American conglomerate Amazon is launching a new cloud gaming platform named Amazon Luna. This platform will act similarly to the existing Google Stadia and will be compatible with PC, Mac, and Fire TVs. There will also be web apps created that will provide native support for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
The major difference between Luna and Stadia is how their respective business models will work. Whilst Stadia has users purchase games to stream like most other platforms, Luna is a little different. Instead, users will be able to subscribe to various “game channels,” that will provide access to different libraries.
What you need to know about Amazon Luna
So far Amazon has confirmed two game channels. First, its own Luna+ channel will feature the likes of Control, Yooka-Laylee, and Resident Evil 7. Alternatively, you could for the Ubisoft game channel which will provide access to just about every major Ubisoft product on the market. That also includes first day access to any upcoming games too.
Amazon describes the Ubisoft channel as Luna’s “first game channel in development.” Presumably, it will reach out to other major publishers and indie developers in order to create other channels for consumers to opt into.
On top of all this, Luna will also feature Twitch integration making it a surprisingly decent platform for casual steaming. Players will also be able to see other people’s Twitch streams and actually launch Luna games through the official Twitch client itself.
Regarding pricing, we currently know how much the Luna+ package will cost as well as the controller. You can get the Luna+ game channel for just $5.99 a month. That puts it in a similar bracket to other similar products like Stadia itself. As for the controller, that will launch at $49.99, matching the existing PS4 and Xbox One equivalents.
In an effort to continue to grab money from gamers, Mass Effect: Andromeda is close to full retail release. In the meantime if you have the PC version pre-ordered and are subscribed to EA Access, you can play the game for 10 hours. Here are some things that we can see by playing the demo.
This is a BioWare Game So Character Customization Is a Thing
Players will get to create a male or female version of their “Ryder” character. Unfortunately though, you can only choose the human race as an avatar. The same was true for the first Mass Effect games but I think players were hoping for something different. Speaking of characters, there has been some coverage about the unnatural movements and mo-cap of the human species in the game. The alien races are fine so that doesn’t surprise me. Don’t be taken back by some of the make up choices for the human women especially.
This is a Completely Different Mass Effect story
It should go without saying but this game is not a continuation of the previous Mass Effect trilogy. Starting with a note from Pathfinder Alec Ryder the game is ready for players to immerse themselves in it’s universe. As you progress through the story and get a feel for Ryder, you will notice that even the main character is different from Shepard. They appear more youthful, inexperienced and have more of a personality than the previous iteration. Shepard is still a great character but this one may be different.
To give a bit of back story, Ryder and the crew wake up after being asleep for centuries on the Ark Hyperion to try and find new planets to inhabit. Unfortunately when you wake up its not all sunshine and roses. Players land on a new planet with hostile everything waiting to kill you as a warm welcome.
There Are A Slew Of New Game Mechanics
This game is still a 3rd person shooter and the controls seem to be smoother than before. There are a few notable changes to gleaned. One is that there is no longer a button mapped to put your character into cover. Ryder will hide and crouch almost automatically when you come near certain things in the environment. Players are no longer trapped into one build which promoted multiple play throughs to try different play styles in the previous games. Instead, players can customize their characters to take different skills from categories in their respective skill trees. One last thing I’ll note is the introduction of the dash mechanic which can change the tactical tide of battle. It does have a slight cool down but it can save you from life of death with the better AI of enemies.
The Online Multiplayer Is More of the Same
There is no player versus player mode which is normal for the Mass Effect series. However, if you have played games like Rainbow 6 Siege, when you go into Multiplayer mode you can choose different archetypes for battle. Those characters can also be of a different races so that may be the players only opportunity to play something new. There are also loot boxes to buy with in game currency or money for new weapon mods and new characters. The rest is business as usual with new things to be added after the game is released.
Your Demo Progress Transfers Over and All Upcoming DLC Will be Free
You read correctly. The demo will save your progress so no time is wasted thank goodness. Bio ware is also doing us a service and will not charge for DLC that most of us probably can’t afford at this point anyway. The DLC schedule hasn’t been released yet but hopefully they will support this game for the long haul.
Are You In?
We only have a week to wait until the games full release and so far the reception appears positive. Have you tried the 10 hour demo and what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
I have been playing a lot of story intense games over the last few weeks. 2017 has been churning out some real winners at the start of this year. Tales of Berseria has tugged at my heart strings and so has the critical and commercial darling, Horizon Zero Dawn. However, the game that I want to talk about today may have flown under the radar since so many great games have arrived. That game is called Night in the Woods and I present to you 5 things you should know about before you start.
Night in the Woods Is An Adventure Game
Not an adventure game like Horizon is an adventure game. More like how Broken Age is an adventure game. It’s a side scroll game that has player take the main protagonist Mae through her hick town. Just about everything can be interacted with but may only open up once you reach certain parts of the story. It has been great searching around the town to see what new things you can reach. I make sure to travel everywhere before I make any major commitments to see what pieces of dialogue I may uncover. Mae is able to climb on wires and roofs of buildings so make sure to look around.
It’s a Grown Up Zootopia
Or Daria for the new millennium whichever you prefer. Even though the characters are animals the commentary is surely not cutesy at all. The dialogue tackles some serious issues like being a college drop out, failing to meet parental expectations, bad break ups etc. You name it and its in here. The dialogue is smart, witty and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Even if all the plot points don’t resonate with you I’m sure someone in town will.
There Is Also Rhythm Game Play Involved
Did I mention that the Mae was in a band before she came back from school? Well she was and her friends are psyched to bring her back into the fold. I wasn’t prepared to be thrown into a rhythm game where you needed to coordinate 3 buttons. And unfortunately I don’t believe the difficulty can be adjusted for it. There is no real penalty for failing but I’m sure there is a trophy for being successful.
The Possum Springs Is A Town Is Full of Personality
I’m not from a small town but I could imagine if I was everyone would know your name. In this town everyone does know your character which is refreshing because of their dialogue. They also have distinct personalities so u may find yourself liking the townsfolk better than Bea. I especially enjoy the bear who writes poems or the penguin right next to her that has nothing but asshole stuff to say to you every day. Mae also has a computer that you can use to interact with your friends which gives a real sense of immersion.
There Is A Mystery Afoot
From the very beginning of the game there is an a sense that before Mae left something went down. Some of the towns people mention it but they don’t ignore you because of it. The main character herself makes it seems like it’s something that shouldn’t be talked about it. At some point this comes to the forefront so you will be thrust into that part of the adventure as well.
I am totally in love with this game and cannot wait to see how it all ends and the relationships I build. Have you checked out this game? What have you discovered? Do you play adventure games? Let us know in the comments below.
I was reading my Twitter feed a few days ago when a streamer announced that viewers could download Banner Saga for free. Since I’m a console gamer, I had a feeling that this initiative would not apply to me but to PC gamers. I was sad to see that I wouldn’t be included in this deal but a part of me wondered how and why they were doing such a promotion. Fast forward a few days later, the news breaks that Twitch will allow for viewers to purchase games straight off the stream. This is a shocking turn of events! Let’s get into the logistics of how Twitch is now becoming a place to stream and buy games.
To Buy On Twitch Or Not To Buy On Twitch?
“Said streamer will get five percent of the sale, with the buyer netting themselves RANDOMIZED Twitch Crates which include exclusive emotes and chat badges among other things.”
In an article by PC Gamer the “whys” of the Twitch initiative became clear. This new program was being introduced as a way to “support” streamers trying to make their Twitch career goals come true. Sometime this spring, no concrete dates were given, a “Buy Now” button will appear below a stream allowing for viewers to purchase the game they are viewing. PC Gamer reports “Said streamer will get five percent of the sale, with the buyer netting themselves randomized Twitch Crates which include exclusive emotes and chat badges among other things.” Or in other words, player loot boxes ala Overwatch or MOBAs.
How will the players get the games? Not through game keys but through existing services that will be linked to the viewers Twitch account. There is already a partnership with Twitch Prime that allows for players to receive free promotional games so it will probably work through that. There are also several developers on board for this initiative like Ubisoft, Telltale Games and Double Fine. The notable absences are Riot and Valve which, if you frequent Twitch know, dominate the directory with League of Legends and Dota 2 respectively.
Better For The Streamer Or Consumer?
On the other hand, as I understand this is a business, streamers already ask for follows and subscribers so this seems like another thing to “sell” to viewers while watching.
So this is where my thoughts come into the mix. On one hand, if viewers were thinking of buying the game anyway this is probably a good thing. This would be a one stop shop to get everything you want without needing to change too many tabs and help out a streamers you many like. On the other hand, streamers already ask for follows and subscribers so this seems like another thing to “sell” to viewers while watching. At times I just want to hear the streamer talk about the game or gauge their reactions not feel like I’m watching QVC. Hopefully they will be able to find a balance.
What do you guys think? Is buying your games on Twitch something you never knew you wanted? Is this a bad idea? Let us know in the comments section below.
NieR Automata has been released in Japan while in America we have to wait with bated breath for another month. Automata is the sequel to Platinum Games original title NieR that was released in 2010. There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this game due to the well received demos released in December. For some, the name NieR may be new since it’s coming sandwiched between Horizon Zero Dawn and Zelda. To help those that may have missed the information about the game, here are 5 things to get hype about NieR Automata.
NieR’s Story Makes Science Fiction Dreams Come True
This game takes place in the distant future where humanity is at risk yet again. The Council of Humanity decides to deploy android soldiers to combat the threat using their newest unit YoRHa. These androids will be fighting against more machines to wage a war that may uncover many of humanities forgotten truths.
The Characters Have Mysteries All Their Own
Reading through the character bios on the official NieR site, it seems like the android soldiers are a mystery. The androids assigned to the YoRHa unit appear to have very strict rules set for them. The androids are only assigned code numbers with no real names. They are encouraged to stifle their emotions even though they all have unique personalities. In the demo, players are introduced to new YoRHa unit 2B, environmental research companion 9S and YoRHa obsolete prototype, A2. The characters also have unique battle styles and, at the moment, I am unsure how many players will get to try.
The Setting is Dystopian and Open World
Incoming open world fatigue. The game is beautiful of course and there is a lot of it. The game camera switches perspectives to top down in some encounters or seemingly 2-D as 2B wall runs. The setting gives me a steam punk vibe but there are only a few screenshots of the world at large available. From the demo we know that a bulk of humanity is on the moon so running into other people may not happen often.
Prepare for an Action Based Battle Experience
The combat is action based using a mix of light and heavy attacks. Players will be able to block as well to create strategies when taking down foes in the open landscape. The rest of the action combat staples follow like free range of motion, jumping, rolling etc. 2B is the master at slinging around a very huge sword with the fluidity to make a Samurai jealous. 2B also has a robot drone at her disposal to dish out some additional damage.
The Game Is Available For Preorder
The game is available for preorder and has a collector’s edition set for those interested. The Collector’s Edition includes a 2B figuring, steel book case, art book, original sound track, the game and bonus DLC of different skins and accessories. The cost for all of this may be a little steep so waiting for reviews is also an option.
Are you excited for NieR? Did you play the demo? Do you think it will live up to the hype? Let us know in the comments below as we wait out this month together.
The last fan festival for Final Fantasy 14 wrapped up in Frankfurt, Germany over the weekend. It was here that fans like myself were treated to the final bit of information concerning Final Fantasy 14’s Upcoming expansion. You can find more depth coverage in this article from Nova Crystallis. There is a lot of information to cover from all three fan fests so buckle up. Stormblood is coming and here are some of the details for FF14’s upcoming expansion.
Two New Jobs Coming In Stormblood
The first job announcement came from the Tokyo Fan Fest where they announced Red Mage.
Clad in it’s customary garb that would look familiar to any Final Fantasy fan dressed in a red coat, feathered hat and rapier, the crowd went wild when it appeared on screen.
The battle design has Red Mage as a ranged magic dps. Yoshi admitted that they had to change how the job worked so it could fit into FF14 but we do know that it will be able to attack from melee and further away in battle. Red Mages can usually cast Black, White and Red magic so we will need to see how it plays out in FF14.
Despite a quickly deleted after the Japan Fan Fest that hinted at only two jobs being announced for the expansion. We got our confirmation Saturday as Yoshi P delivered the opening key note. Samurai, a melee dps, was going to be the second job for the expansion and it was to be the last. Red Mage and Samurai will be available in the starting ARR areas for players at level 50. While it is not stated implicitly, players will probably need to own the new expansion in order to access these jobs.
There are concerns over the incoming que times in the aftermath of adding the Ninja job mid expansion in 2.xx but we will have to wait and see. See the Samurai job in action here and the Red Mage job trailer here.
New Locales and Story Hints
With Isgard and Heavensward behind us, players knew that we would be traveling to Ala Migho to liberate the peoples there. At the Germany Fan Fest, Yoshi and the team had a surprise for us. We would also be traveling to Orthard to help liberate Doma which expands the map exponentially. Here area few of the areas we will see.
We will also travel to the new player city named Kugane. In the lore, it is primarily in isolation and does not deal with many outsiders so how all the warriors of light manage to get a ticket in will be worth discovering. This city is a port town so that further highlights the swimming and diving aspects revealed in the previous fan fests. I wouldn’t be surprised if ships and pirates play an active role as well.
You can find the video showcasing more shots here.
Last expansion we were introduced to the new playable race the Au’Ra. Despite their introduction we still did not see too many NPCs of them and now we now why. The Au’Ri tribes originated from Orthard and the Azim Steppe area so we will get to know the nomadic tribes of this race come the expansion.
The next area was Yanxia but Yoshi didn’t state too many lore details about this region except for this is where Doma is located. As far as we know, Doma was obliterated when the Garleans conquered the region so I am curious to see what we will be fighting over.
New Beast Tribes and Primals
Two seems to be the magic number as it seems we are only getting two beast tribes so far this expansion. The new tribes are the Kojin, who reside in The Red Sea, and the Ananta located near Ala Migho. The trailer shows us an under sea village so maybe that was theirs? Time will tell.
Each beast tribe has a primal they worship so this one is no different. Meet Susano, The Lord of Revel and Lakshmi, Lady of Bliss. While Lakshmi is native to the FF series, Susano is an original Primal like Ravana was in Heavensward. I can’t wait to see their encounters.
Dungeon Preview and Raid Preview
Yoshi also informed us about the new 8 main raid called The Bend of Time, Omega. This story would involve an older character named Nero from the Crystal Tower raids in the 2.xx series. SE has responded to the criticism of the Alexander raids not being tied to the MSQ with this raid so hopefully it will recreate the magic of the Coils of Bahamut.
The final type of content we were introduced to was the 24 man raid currently titled Return to Ivalice. The FF14 team has consulted the expertise of Final Fantasy 12 director, Yasumi Matsuno to direct and write the story. This is the first time someone outside the FF14 team has directed content so this should infuse a new style to the game when released.
The new expansion also brings about a few other quality of life changes. The first change will be the introduction of swimming. All mounts that fly will be able to swim and dive in the expansion. The team informs us that while they do not plan to create swimming in all the areas they do plan to implement in some of the 2.0 areas.
Players were also informed that as of Stormblood they will be dropping all PS3 support. That means that once the game updates players who use the older platform will not be able to access the game at all. There is an upgrade campaign free to current PS3 players to move to PS4 that will continue through 2017. The team is also encouraging PC players to upgrade their hardware to 64 bit in order to accommodate the upcoming expansion.
The last change announced was the increase in inventory space. The team informed players that this increase will probably occur in 2 parts throughout the expansions. Since it was a massive overhaul to the system they do not want to risk crashing the server by implementing it all at once.
That About Wraps it Up
There will be more information to satiate players in the coming months until the expansion. We still have 2 small patches before we explore the rest of Eorzea but the hype in the air is real. The game is set to release on June 20th, 2017 with early access starting on June 13th, 2017. If you’re curious about the world or waiting to rejoin now is a great time to get lost in Eorzea.
Have you played FF14? Does this news peak your interest? Have you played an MMORPG before and how was it different? Let us know in the comments below.
Video Games – we all enjoy it. Whether you’re young or old, a student or an employee looking to pass the time with a little fun; we all enjoy video games. It is a means for us, an outlet, to do the things we can not do in real life; to experience the things that is not readily accessible to the most of us. Video games also help us understand different types of people by having diverse and – for some games – very realistic characters. But, not a lot of us see the underlying meanings behind the video games we play and enjoy. The implications hidden behind the realistic graphics, the heart-warming soundtrack, and the innovative gameplay. Here is a list of some of the video games that tackle different social issues. Sit back and let us dwell deeper into the meaning of these well-known video games.
War – “This War of Mine”
Let’s start with a very well-known topic – war. We’ve all heard of different stories about war. And war has been a choice of topic or genre by a lot of video games. But, the creators of This War Of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, approached this genre in an innovative and immersive way. In this game, you don’t play as a well-trained-muscle-torn super soldier equipped with a planetary cannon. Here, you play as a civilian caught very deep in the war-devastated fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia. You will struggle, because ‘gather’ is putting it lightly, for food. Scavenge for medicines or supplies and try your very best not to bump into soldiers or other hungry survivors.
The day and night cycle plays a significant role in the game mechanics. During the day, you’ll be managing your hideout in a very detailed manner; while keeping an eye on that sniper whose not letting you out. When darkness falls, you’ll be sneaking into buildings and areas for supplies; while avoiding being killed by other people seeking means for survival. You will also be making a lot of moral decisions; whether you’ll kill that one annoying person to save the whole group or watch as everyone slowly suffer. Add to that, the beautifully-made charcoal-style aesthetics; and you have a game that will leave you thinking and reflecting about war and its effect on the human soul.
Privacy – “Watch Dogs 1 and 2″
Have you ever felt like being watched? Like Big Brother is always around you, lurking in the dark, studying and recording your every move? We are living in the age and time of information and the improvement in technology is far from slowing down. Also, the number of people uploading all of their information in the internet is increasing. Which is why black hats are more eager to steal any sensitive information they can get their hands on.
Watch Dogs, is a video game about hackers waging war on the government for manipulating information and invading the privacy of their people. This video game does not really tackle or explain ‘hacking’ in detail; but it shows what hackers can do with the information that the people, themselves, gave out there in the internet. This game is a sweet reminder that internet privacy is sometimes just an illusion to make us feel safe. It also reminds us that the internet is a very dangerous place to be placing all of our information.
Social Difference – Multiple Video Games (Witcher Series, Life is Strange, The Last of Us, other video games)
So what if you have white hair, feline eyes, sterile, and has high resistance, if not immune, to diseases? So what if you have pointy ears and lives longer than humans? We are all living things and we can co-exist if given the chance and consideration.
The Witcher series, which is set in the world of Temeria, is flooded with racism and discrimination. Elves and Dwarves are discriminated for not being human, despite the humans being the invaders of the land. Basically, humans are the foreigners and, yet, they are pushing away and abusing the original inhabitants of the land. Luckily, Geralt, despite being discriminated himself, acts as the median between the two worlds. That of humans and of ‘non-humans’. Geralt does not make any rush decisions when doing a job. He investigates first and looks for a way for both parties to work together. With an exception, there is no consideration to be given for evil-tainted individuals, human or non-human.
Life is Strange is a video game that takes place in a small town called Arcadia Bay. A place where a lot of things happen. Including alcoholism, bullying, and child abuse. Child abuse being a social issue that’s very rampant nowadays; this video game shows the whole issue in a different perspective. You play the game and see the world through the eyes of a teenager with the ability to control time, Max Caulfield. The game also includes other issues like teenage pregnancy, social anxiety, and brats who think like they are on top of everyone. Max’s story is also a depiction of how it feels like to be bullied for being “not among the famous”. This is a game definitely worth checking out if you want a relaxing soundtrack and a story that is full of twists.
The Last of Us: Left Behind, sparked a controversy when Ellie and Riley hinted quite a number of times about their feelings with each other. We all remember that photobooth scene, right? How about that scene where they dance to a tune and then unknowingly attracted a horde of infected? All of these hints led to one conclusion and a lot of people were shocked. Some related and found themselves in the position of the protagonists in terms of personal identity; some accepted the fact and were happy for the pair; but, for some…they just do not approve of the whole charade. The relationship they have and the characters themselves doesn’t actually raise an issue; but the different ways people responded to the writing of the game, present an issue on sexual discrimination.
There you go. Here are just some of the games that tackle some of the issues we are facing up to this day. There are still a lot of games that depicts issues not mentioned here. If you have played a game with an interesting theme, comment them down below and let’s have a talk. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Not all games are created equal. However, that’s the best part about video games. You can play them however you want. Breeze through to the finish line in record time, or go for gold in being a Completionist. Completing every task, quest, mission, and achievement available. Sure, it will take a lot of time, but gamers don’t mind. In fact, game length is a common complaint for a lot of games. But rest assured. There are some games that can fill those desires for lengthy gameplay. Here are 5 games that will take you over 100 hours to complete.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues the epic journey of Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Geralt, in search of his adopted daughter Ciri, the Goddess of Time and Space. Geralt must track down Ciri through every twist and turn with the help of his longtime allies and some former acquaintances. Battling monsters, beasts, evil henchmen, and creatures of myth and lore.
Completing just the main story will take you about 30 hours. However, going for the complete finish, including all questions, missions, and locations; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers you complete gameplay of over 200 hours.
Fallout 4 is a sole-survivor post-nuclear fallout game. Being the last survivor of Vault 111, you and your canine companion are left in a destroyed world. Fighting for survival every moment. The fate of the Wasteland rest on your shoulders. You—the sole survivor has the choice to rebuild this tarnished world.
Fallout 4’s main story line will take you just a short 25 hours. But where’s the fun in that? For the completionists out there, according to howlongtobeat.com, Fallout 4 offers about 150 hours of entertainment.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is highly regarded still for its immensely vast open world map. Despite being release 6 years ago (2011). Skyrim gives players the option to completely customize their character. Choosing a race, sex, scars, hair and facial features, and your name. Thrusted into the rise of the long extinct dragons; you, as Dragonborn, are the only one who can put an end to the dragons destroying Skyrim. And the dragon of prophecy, Alduin.
Skyrim is one game that just seems to have missions as quests pop up at random, no matter where you go in this world. You can expect to follow the main story quest for about 32 hours. That’s if you don’t detour with side quests. However, for the Completionists, Skyrim will take you no less than 230 hours to finish. That includes all the locations, side quests, and achievements.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Continuing the work of Snake from previous Metal Gear Solid games, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, follows the aftermath of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of MSF’s base. Falling into a coma, Snake awakens nine years later and quickly gets back to work. Forming the Diamond Dogs.
You can expect quite a length main story of 45 hours. With totally complete gameplay of over 160 hours. Surpassing all previous Metal Gear Solid games in glorious fashion.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition, set in the land of Thedas. Which is plunged into great turmoil over a catastrophic event. Filling the land with darkness, Dragons conquer the skies. A once great, quiet kingdom, now left to the shadows. War develop among the Templar and Mages. Prompting nations to take up arms against their follow brothers and sisters. The fate of the land lies in your hands, Head of the Inquisition. With legendary heroes fighting at your side, you must restore order to this once peaceful land.
A main story that can give Metal Gear Solid V a run for its money at around 45 hours. However, you can expect almost 3 times that to finish. At 125 hours, Dragon Age: Inquisition surely can provide you with many long hours of gameplay.
I love lengthy gameplays. I enjoy the journey to find and do everything. Even if that means I don’t find out the end of the story right away. These were some of the most popular games in recent years. All of them were critically loved for their continuous gameplay. Lasting days on end of entertainment. If you’re looking for some games that can take you days, weeks, maybe even months to beat, look no further than these.
Let us know what you think. How long did it take you to beat these games? Any games you think deserved to be here instead? Leave your thoughts below!
Has The Time Come for The Next Chapter in Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls Franchise?
It’s 2017 already. Thus, marks the beginning of year 6 since the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released. Although, sure…you can argue and say the October 2016 release of the remastered version of Skyrim for the next-gen consoles and PC counts. But, it’s not the release we really were excited for. Bethesda for the most part have been hush-hush on opening coming out and saying the Elder Scrolls VI project is in the works. But, just because they haven’t said it doesn’t mean they haven’t been hard at work on it.
It’s clear that Bethesda doesn’t need to follow the popular trends to be successful. They’ve paved their own path to success and it continues to work well in their favor. They’re never in a rush to release sequels to popular games. Unlike, some other companies. I’ll leave names out of it but they know who you are (Hint…Call of Duty).
Bethesda aims to please. They strive to create the best possible game no matter the time is takes to do it. Just look at the gaps in years between sequels of some of their games; Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took 5 years. Dishonored to Dishonored 2 took 4 years. Fallout 3 to Fallout 4 took 7 years. Shall I go on?
Time means very little to the developers at Bethesda. However, is anyone complaining? The results speak for themselves. ($750 million in sales for one day during the release of Fallout 4)
Official Unofficial Hints
Being completely direct, in an IGN interviews with Studio Head Todd Howard after 2016’s E3 conference, Howard said that Bethesda will be making a new Elder Scrolls game. I know—lets the cheers rain down!
However, that’s about all that has been official when talking about the next instalment of the Elder Scrolls franchise. Howard never said Bethesda was currently working on the game current though. Which, for a lot of us sounds like more waiting. Sadly, that’s the truth. But just how far away are we from getting our next fix of the Elder Scrolls?
The Waiting Game
It’s safe to say that none of us shall expect another Elder Scrolls game in the next couple of years. Studio Head of Bethesda, Todd Howard, has said that the Elder Scrolls VI development is “very long off” from any kind of release. As you may already know, the Elder Scrolls huge world design is not a simple feat to accomplish. Especially now that the next-gen consoles have introduced the stunning 4K formatting.
Bethesda has stated after Dishonored 2 dropped in late 2016, that they’re working on 2 huge projects that much like the size of Skyrim and Fallout 4. These 2 games will be released before the Elder Scrolls VI project will be.
If Skyrim was any indication of how advanced Bethesda is looking to expand and improve-on means, we could be getting next-level pioneering in effects and gameplay as a result! You know…when it does come out.
As for me, all I can say is it’s going to be a journey to its release. I don’t expect to TES6 to be released until 2019 at the earliest. Maybe at 2017’s or 2018’s E3 Conferencewe’ll finally be told much more about the future of Elder Scrolls VI. Until then, keep playing gamers.
A founding member of the original Overwatch strike team and mother to Fareeha “Pharah” Amari, Ana Amari has been revealed as the first new hero to be added to Blizzard’s hit first-person shooter Overwatch following its release. Once the top sniper in the Egyptian military, Ana was believed dead after an encounter with Talon operative Widowmaker. Despite losing her right eye in the fight, she is prepared to step back into active duty at 60 years young.
Ana is a support sniper whose rifle can heal teammates or deal poison damage to enemies depending on who her shots land on. She’s also armed with a sleep dart that can knock a single opponent unconscious, but any damage dealt to them will immediately wake them. It can certainly be useful in conjunction with a high-damage ally to assassinate enemies, but it can also be handy for cancelling certain ultimate abilities, such as McCree’s and Reaper’s. Next is a biotic grenade that supplements healing for teammates and completely blocks healing for enemies. Finally, her ultimate ability is Nano Boost which temporarily buffs the attack, defense, and movement speed of a single ally. You can see all of her abilities in action in the official gameplay reveal trailer.
Ana is available play now in the newly-launched, PC-only Public Test Region, which is the beta-testing segment, and is planned to be added to the full game very soon. The PTR is also experimenting with various balance changes, such as making self-healing abilities charge ultimates and adjusting the ultimate charging rate for all heroes that will apply to. The new patch will also buff D.Va, Zenyatta, and McCree. You can read the full patch notes here.
The new story trailer (featured above) also hints at two more early members of the strike team on the far left and right that could potentially join the playable cast in the future. We have no solid leads on who either of these characters might be, but it’s possible that they are Liao and Sombra whom have been hinted at multiple times in the past. Given that Blizzard has gone out of their way to include these characters in the group shot, it’s a safe bet that they have some plans for these characters.
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