There’s A New Free-To-Play “AAA” Lord Of The Rings MMO In The Works

Athlon Games Partners with Middle-earth Enterprises to Publish Multi-Year Online Game Based on The Lord of the Rings

Athlon Games, a global publisher of console and PC games, announced it has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a video game based on The Lord of the Rings. Athlon Games is working with a partner developer to create an online game set in the world of Middle-earth™ at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.

“It’s a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a completely new experience for fans of the landmark fantasy work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and we are excited about the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP,” said Dave Miller, president, Athlon Games. “This, along with several other major properties Athlon is working with, will help us to further our goal of creating AAA cooperative console and PC experiences that gamers will want to play for years to come.”

“We are extremely pleased to work with Athlon Games to create a new, immersive game experience, exploring epic regions in Middle-earth during the years leading to the events of The Lord of the Rings,” said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand & Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. “Athlon’s game will allow millions of Middle-earth fans throughout the world a unique opportunity for fellowship and epic exploration.”

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Athlon Games, and its parent company Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, which also owns Digital Extremes and Splash Damage, is marrying its deep expertise with free-to-play game design and service with Western development and strong IP to create top quality console and PC games that have global appeal.

“We believe in Athlon Games’ model to collaborate closely with Western developers to implement incredibly successful live services, while also giving its partners the autonomy they need to develop outstanding game experiences,” said Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited. “At Leyou, we’ve seen great success implementing this strategy with other titles, such as Warframe. Now we can expand our footprint in the West with Athlon Games.”

Los Angeles-based Athlon Games is a newly formed publisher headed up by industry veteran Dave Miller, formerly of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Codemasters and NBC Universal. For more on Athlon Games, visit athlongames.com.

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The Missing: J.J. Macfield And The Island Of Memories Details Story & Game System

The Missing J.J.Macfield and the Island of Memories Coming For Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam

The newest information about The Missing J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories features gameplay and a peek at the story. The upcoming videos are sure to shed more light on this enigmatic game. Don’t miss it!

Summary

Arc System Works has partnered with Swery, the internationally recognized game creator, to bring you the action adventure game The Missing J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam.

The sprawling nature of the island set inside an Americana aesthetic are depicted with an absurd perversion that can only be achieved through Swerism. We hope you enjoy this story about agony and resurrection within a unique world.

  
 

Story

The sudden disappearance of a dear friend spurs J.J. Macfield to go look for her friend on the curious Island of Memories.

You can’t die on this nightmare island, even if you’re seriously injured. No matter how many times J.J.’s brought back from the grips of death, she continues to drag her mangled body deeper into the woods.
She risks the suffering of having her arms and legs torn off, her neck broken, immolation…all in order to find her friend.

Complete the game to discover the answers to this mysterious island.

  
 

Game System

There are many puzzles that stand in your way during your journey. Hit the iron ball to reverse gravity or use pieces of J.J.’s disjointed body in order to progress. Keep an eye out on your surroundings and think about how to use that to your advantage.

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Party Game Wizards Tourney Launches September 21 For PC, This Fall For PS4

A Chaotic Contest of Wizard Trials.

Spanish developer A Bonfire of Souls will release party game Wizards Tourney for PC on September 21 and PlayStation 4 this fall, the studio announced.

In Wizards Tourney, up to four players can choose from among 12 different wizards and battle in six magical settings full of traps and challenges.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:

About

Wizards Tourney is a chaotic contest in which wizards from around the world compete against each other in trials of up to four participants to decide who is the most talented one. Choose among 12 different wizards and start the battle in 6 fantastical settings full of traps and challenges that will test all your magical talent. Have you got what a true wizard needs to win the tournament?

A controller is needed for multiplayer. Two players can use the same controller by activating the Shared Controller mode.

Key Features

  • Become the Greatest Wizard in the World – Compete against your friends or the CPU in the different trials of the tourney. Each one takes place in a unique environment and introduces its own game mechanics!
  • Select the Character Which Fits You Best – Wizards from all over the world have come to participate in the tourney. Choose your favorite one and go to the magical coliseum to start the challenge!
  • Annoy Your Rivals and Dodge Their Tricks – Hinder and sabotage the progress of your opponents. Don’t let the other wizards catch you off guard and show them who is the greatest wizard of all!
  • A chaotic and fun competition – Never stand still, take action!
  • Each trial is a different challenge and has its own game mechanics – A real wizard must be ready for anything!
  • Hinder and sabotage the progress of your rivals – It’s not cheating, it’s magic!
  • The scenario changes continuously – Think fast or you will fail!
  • An easy to learn game that rewards your cunning and skill – Will you be the best wizard?

Watch a trailer below. Visit the official website here.

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‘This is Battlefield V’ – New Trailer Showcases Modes & Features

A Deep Dive in to the WWII Shooter Battlefield V

Electronic Arts and DICE have released a new trailer for Battlefield V titled “This is Battlefield V.”

The trailer is a deep dive into Battlefield V, including details on the new Battle Royale mode “Firestorm,” single-player “War Stories,” multiplayer maps and modes, and free post-launch live service, “Tides of War.”

Battlefield V is due out worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin on November 20.

Watch the trailer below

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PUBG Xbox One Fully Released;Update v1.0 Out Now

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, commonly known as PUBG was announced for the Xbox One back at E3 2017. Following that it was released in December 2017 as part of the Xbox Game Preview program which is essentially Early Access and not the full release. After 9 months of being in Xbox Game Preview, it is finally out of it with the launch of the v1.0 Update.

The new PUBG 1.0 Update was showcased at Gamescom 2018 and is finally out now with a download size of 13.54 GB. The game now features achievements which were previously absent, the Sanhok map, War Mode, the PUBG Event Pass and now also has microtransactions enabled in the form of in-game currency known as G-Coin which can be used to purchase cosmetic items. The game has also received performance updates and bug fixes in the new version as seen below.

Performance

  • Optimized loading high resolution textures on Xbox One OG.
  • Optimized level streaming on Xbox One X

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue where some items weren’t able to be picked up.
  • Fixed an issue where having more than one controller connected would:
  • Lower the sensitivity after ADS
  • Disallow driving vehicles
  • Fixed an issue where frame would drop because of effects from destroyed vehicles/boats.
  • Fixed an issue where the screen would be darkened in HDR on some monitors.
  • Fixed an issue where the character would seem like it’s moving faster after certain steps near stair handrails.
  • Fixed an issue where player was unable to navigate shotgun through attachments on S1897, S686.

The full patch notes can be read on the PUBG Forums.

Now that PUBG is officially out now, we can expect it to come to the PlayStation 4. It has dominated the PC gaming scene, the mobile gaming scene and with the full release of Xbox, it might take over the Xbox landscape as well. All that is left is the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. It would be quite a surprise to see it come to the Switch, especially if they manage to keep it on par with the Xbox version but this is just speculation and only time will tell how PUBG grows from here.

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2K Believes Microtransactions are an Unfortunate Reality of Modern Gaming

Earlier this week 2K was in the headlines because of a controversial plea to fans asking to them to let their local government know that they want Loot Boxes. They’re back in the headlines again because of statements made in a recent interview.

In an interview with TrustedReviews, NBA 2K19’s Senior Producer Rob Jones said:

“VC is an unfortunate reality of modern gaming.”

VC is the in-game currency in NBA 2K series which players had issues with since they felt the game was too grindy last year, which hindered progression mainly due to VC. They felt that they were being pushed by the game to use real money to purchase VC because the grind felt too long.

“Every game, at some point, in some way has currency and they’re trying to get additional revenue from each player that plays the game. You know, the question has to be when does it feel like it’s a straight money grab versus when does it feel like it’s value-added, right? We know nowadays that most people don’t have the patience to work their way to the top. They just wanna be there right away.”

Jones wanted to make sure that players understood that the inclusion of VC is not a cash grab but a way of getting to the top if you don’t want to spend the time grinding. It is a way of adding value which can be bought by players. He goes on to state that if players want to purchase items that require a bit of grinding or are just outside of their reach, it is “A choice, not a force”.

After DLCs became an industry standard and a way for devs to release half-finished games, Microtransactions have also become mainstream much to the dismay of many gamers. While they feel that games should not be “Pay-2-Win”, they don’t mind the inclusion of buying in-game items if there’s a viable way of getting it without buying it for real money and without it being incredibly frustrating.

You can read more about 2K and their loot box requests here.

Interview Source: TrustedReviews 

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Battlefield V Firestorm: The Battle Royale Mode

Battlefield V’s new trailer ‘This is Battlefield’ gives a lot of insight to the various modes available in the game ranging from Singleplayer to the various multiplayer game modes and also showcases new mechanics that have been added to the game.

The Battle Royale mode was first announced at E3 2018 and then the Gamescom trailer teased the Battle Royale mode. In the new trailer, the Battle Royale mode has been confirmed to be named Firestorm due to the fact that there’s a Firestorm closing in on the players instead of a force field. Firestorm features the biggest Battlefield map and will be playable in Squads of 4 for a total of 16 teams which means 64 players fighting head to head to be the last team surviving.

They’ve described the gigantic Firestorm map as “A sandbox filled with destructible buildings, weaponry, and vehicles”. While we were not shown new footage for Firestorm, we did get a lot of new information which is always welcome.

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Bless Unleashed Debut Trailer ~ Coming First to Xbox One

Bless Unleashed- A free to play MMORPG from Bandai Namco

About Bless Unleashed

Bless Unleashed is the first free-to-play MMORPG from Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., coming first to the Xbox One video game system. Built with the hardcore MMO gamer in mind, Bless Unleashed takes players on an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world where gods exist, and mythical beasts are a constant threat. Adventurers will battle – in hopes of surviving vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit the untamed landscape.

Key Features

• A Visually Stunning MMORPG Experience – Utilizing the Unreal Engine 4, the game brings unparalleled visuals and deep gameplay mechanics which offer one of the most beautiful MMORPGs built for a console platform.

• Combo-Driven Gameplay – Survive a menagerie of mythical beasts and other players with deep and rewarding combat system that features skillful combo mechanics coupled with action-oriented combat with dodging. A progression system handcrafted for online play and an integrated players-vs-player (PVP) mode provide added challenges and rewards at every turn.

• An Immersive Fantasy World – Dive into an open persistent world with a rich backstory and an intricate plot as players uncover divine secrets on their journey to defeat the return of an evil goddess.

• A MMORPG Built for Modern Consoles – Built from the ground up to be a comprehensively and robustly supported live service, every aspect, from story to combat to skill progression, has been carefully crafted with the console experience in mind.

• Classic Fantasy with a Twist – Choose between five classic fantasy jobs, including the arcane wielding Mage or the bloodthirsty Berserker. Travel the world in search of the truth about the gods with other adventurers and experience a personal brush with divinity.

Anthem Public Pre-Launch Demo Launch Date and Story Trailer Released

Anthem Public Pre-Launch Demo Launches February 1, 2019

Announcing the Start of Anthem’s Pre-Launch Demo

We’ve rolled out a ton of news about Anthem, but there’s one question we keep hearing that we haven’t been able to answer: when is the demo?! Well, friends, now we can answer that question. The public pre-launch demo will start on February 1.

How Can I Play the Anthem Demo?

Simple – pre-order now or join Origin Access or EA Access.

If you’ve already pre-ordered or joined, you’re all set. Just set your calendars for February 1, clear out your schedule, and prepare to discover the world of Anthem.

One important note: if your Origin Access or EA Access membership is not active at the time of the demo, you won’t be able to play the demo. So make sure your membership is current when we get close to the start of the demo.

Keep checking back for more details and availability.

Anthem launches February 22, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Early Access begins on February 15 for Origin Access and EA Access members.

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In related news, Electronic Arts also detailed the game’s Colosssus and Interceptor javelin exosuits.

Hitman 2 ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Teaser Trailer

Welcome to the Jungle! New Hitman 2 Video Teases Next Location – Colombia

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today released a new video at PAX West teasing the next destination featured in Hitman 2 – Colombia. This new setting will put players directly in the heart of a dark and dangerous South American rainforest, providing a vastly different canvas for Agent 47 to carry out his deadly missions. Truly a living, breathing jungle environment with threats lurking around every corner, Colombia will feature a unique gameplay experience with multiple paths to explore, unparalleled game depth and countless interactive possibilities for players. Stay tuned on the Hitman 2 channels in the coming weeks for more details on this exciting new location.

Hitman 2 is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed video game, Hitman. Featuring entirely new hyper-detailed sandbox locations full of living, breathing environments to explore, HITMAN 2 offers players the freedom to plan the ultimate assassination utilizing an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events.

Hitman 2 introduces new ways to play with Sniper Assassin mode, a standalone feature that brings a co-op experience to the Hitman series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets. Sniper Assassin is available to play now as an early access bonus for consumers who pre-order the Hitman 2. Players can also enter the Hitman: Sniper Assassin Competition and put their marksman skills to the ultimate test for a chance to win the grand prize of getting their name and likeness included in future Hitman 2 content. For more information, visit: hitman.com/competition.

Hitman 2 will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC beginning 13th November 2018. To learn more about the Hitman 2, please visit hitman.com.