Top RPG & Game News of the Week on Final Fantasy XV, Elder Scrolls Online, The Witcher, Hellblade & More!

Happy weekend from Fextralife! If you’ve been too busy to keep up on the latest in the games we cover or are looking for a refresher we’ve got your back. Let’s take a look at the comings and goings across the Fextralife Wiki Network. Check out the video above and read on for the text!

Final Fantasy XV

  • Square Enix has released update 1.13 for Final Fantasy XV that adds some new features to the game, including the now tongue in cheek Magitek exosuits.
  • The update had been delayed past its original release date due to the similarity between the Magitek suits and the Power Rangers. Yes, indeed. The new suits have been revised and no longer feature colors, instead they now sport a much more military like scheme. The suit will make you invincible for 30 minutes and improve your ability to fish. Once used, you cannot equip the suit again for a full 24 in-game hours.
  • Also added were some new hunter quests, a co-op rush link system that lets you team up and do some heavy damage on stout foes and the usual litany of pesky bug fixes. Reactivated in this update is the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, the whimsical event that made its way to the game earlier this year.
  • The global closed test of the upcoming multiplayer DLC for Final Fantasy XV, titled Comrades was available this week for players.
  • The closed beta allowed you to create a character of your own and join up with 3 people for some online multiplayer. The beta had a limited amount of content compared to the full release.
  • There is no release date yet for the full expansion but we can expect it likely in the fall, ahead of the final episodic DLC, Episode Ignis which is coming in December.

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Elder Scrolls Online

  • The next DLC pack for the Elder Scrolls Online, titled Horns Reach will be available this August 14th for the PC and August 29th for the PS4 and Xbox One. The new DLC will cost 1500 Crowns in the Crown Store.
  • Horns of the Reach will contain the following:
    • 2 New DungeonsBloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold
    • Base Game Update with quality of life improvements
    • The update will also include a new Battlegrounds map and game type.

    For a full overview of everything coming in the DLC expansion, check out our Horns of the Reach Overview Guide. In it we provide a breakdown of the dungeons, the new battlegrounds map and game type and more.

  • You can check out our explanation of the major changes coming to the game with update 15 in our recent changes guide.
  • Thoughts on the new expansion? It’s live right now on the PTS on PC if you just can’t help yourself. Otherwise, it’s right around the corner for PC and console players.

The Witcher

  • CD Projekt Red and Dark Horse Comics have announced a partnership to release a Witcher Adult Coloring Book on November 1st, 2017. The book will run you 14.99 USD, and pre-orders are now available at a discounted 10.49 USD.
  • When they say adult, one wonders what the pages will contain…We do know that a bathtub Geralt is definitely included.
  • The book will consist of 96 pages to color and will feature art from various artists
  • With The Witcher becoming a mega franchise (it’s getting a Netflix show after all) it’s joining other titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age in the coloring world.

Hellblade

  • Ninja Theory announced Hellblade: Senua’s Psychosis, a 25 minute feature included in their upcoming game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrfice about their collaboration with neuroscientists and people with lived experience of psychosis. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is coming to the PS4 and PC on August 8th.
  • The teaser is a welcome addition for those who are interested in the authenticity behind the game’s development, as it pertains to psychosis and neurological disorders, which are topics very rarely touched on in gaming.
  • Thoughts on the reveal? Planning to pick up Hellblade when it releases next week? Let us know in the comment!

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Divinity 2

  • Larian Studios has posted a new development update for Divinity: Original Sin 2 that shares some of the new additions they’ve made to the game. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is presently in early access and will release September 14th on PC.
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 will have controller support for PC on release! Furthermore, the game will support split screen play with controller support. In addition, you can use controllers and split screen to play a four player game on two connected PC’s. 4 person co-op!
  • Another new feature unveiled is skill crafting. By combining any elemental book with a non-elemental book you will create a new skill.
  • In addition to skill crafting, Larian is also introducing Rune Crafting. Players can find or craft runes to improve weapons and gear. By combining various items and materials you create a rune. You can then enchant items with available rune slots to give the piece of gear additional effects.
  • The game will now feature ragdoll physics and better death animations that are relevant to the death suffered. For example if a character dies on a hill, the ragdoll effects will send them tumbling down.

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Sinner

  • Another Indie Studio and developer Dark Star Game Studios have officially announced their Dark Souls inspired boss rush action-RPG Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Q1 2018.
  • Adam, a fallen soldier on a quest to save his soul, will face eight abhorrent bosses, the first seven each based on one of the deadly sins. Before each clash, Adam must make a sacrifice to enter combat and choose a stat to level down.
  • The bosses are very Dark Souls meets Shadow of the Colossus and seem to present similar challenges.
  • They have also released the first official screenshots. The screens give a better look at the game’s design aesthetics, and you can see although the gameplay is heavily souls influenced, the visuals are much less realism and have a fantastical, cel-shaded quality.

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Persona 5

  • Atlus has announced that a Persona 5 anime is coming. Titled Persona 5 The Animation, the anime will be produced by Atlus in conjunction with studio A-1 Pictures
  • Persona 5 The Animation will release in Japan by 2018, and the word is still out whether it will be localized or dubbed for the west, but the smart money is on yes.
  • Persona 5 came to the west earlier this year on the PS4 and PS3, to critical acclaim.
  • Atlus also announced that the Persona series is getting 3 new spin-off games. The games are Persona 3: Dancing Moon NightPersona 5: Dancing Night Star and Persona Q2. The rhythm games are headed to the PS4 and PS Vita, and Persona Q2 is coming to the 3DS. All 3 are coming in 2018.
  • Persona Q2 is a followup to Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth and is a crossover dungeon crawling JRPG that will likely feature characters from past games
  • The franchise is no stranger to spin-offs, having received several over the years across all types of genres like 2D fighters and rhythm games, all rooted in the stories of the beloved JRPG series. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on all of these.

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Guild Wars 2

  • NCsoft and developer ArenaNet have revealed the second expansion for Guild Wars 2, called Path of Fire, and it will release on September 22nd for the acclaimed MMORPG. The expansion will be a standalone experience so you don’t need to own the prior expansion Heart of Thorns or the base game to play it, and it will get a free preview event next weekend.
  • The Path of Fire expansion contains the following:
    • 9 new specializations, one for each profession
    • 5 new open zones, the largest ever made
    • Mounts – brand new feature, these animals let you traverse the new zones, ride in combat, solve puzzles and jump, hover and reach new areas. The new mounts are the Raptor, Springer, Skimmer and Jackal
    • The expansion is cheaper than Heart of Thorns, costing 30€, with additional (more and more expensive) tiers for bonus (mostly cosmetic) stuff.
    • You don’t have to purchase the game to play in the trial, you only have to register for a free account and download the client.
  • There are 3 different buying options beginning at 29.99 USD and going up to 79.99 USD for an ultimate edition that features several bonuses.

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Wolfenstein II

  • Bethesda has released a sizeable chunk of gameplay for Wolfenstein II that shows the opening 20 minutes of the game as well as 30 minutes of a later chapter. This comes on the heels of last week’s fresh new milkshake gameplay trailer.
  • The first video is a developer walkthrough of the first mission. The next video walkthrough occurs later in the game and takes BJ to Roswell, New Mexico which is now under Nazi control. This all culminates with the final video, an epic boss battle in Roswell with a Zitadelle.
  • Hope you like guns! Wolfenstein is scheduled to release for the PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 27th.

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Ark: Survival Evolved

  • Studio Wildcard announced that Ark: Survival Evolved will be delayed past its initial August 8th release date and will now release August 29th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
  • The game has been in early access since 2015 and its long awaited full release was just around corner. Fans will instead have to wait just a little bit longer to get their hands on the full content.
  • The Ragnarok map DLC and upcoming PC update will now be delayed to coincide with the new release date of August 29th, which will give Studio Wildcard an opportunity to now expand the new content, increasing the size of the overworld by about a quarter at launch.
  • Thoughts on the release date delay for Ark: Survival Evolved?

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Sundered

  • We reviewed Sundered, the new Metroidvania from Thunder Lotus Games this week. Check out our video for the full breakdown.
  • Sundered is an overall excellent entry into the Metroidvania genre and should be a strong consideration for fans of this style.
  • Memorable bosses and a narrative embedded in the deepest corners of the game create a very satisfying experience.

 

XCOM 2

  • 2K Games and Firaxis have given us another look at XCOM 2’s upcoming DLCWar of the Chosen, with a video look at one of the new enemy units you’ll be dealing with, called the Lost.
  • The Lost roam abandoned cities in hordes. If confronted, they will start swarming whomever gets in their way. The Lost are drawn to loud noises. So, as you’re fighting off enemy forces, you’re potentially calling attention to your units. The Lost swarm in continuing waves, eventually overwhelming you.
  • As you’re fighting back enemy forces, The Lost can show up on a map.
  • There is a chance to fight back the Lost hordes for a bit, though. By successfully taking down the Lost with headshots, you score a free action
  • Ready for some zombie action? Their arrival in the middle of missions should provide a nice bit of random thrill to manage. XCOM 2 War of the Chosen releases August 29th for the PS4, PC and Xbox One.

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Star Citizen

  • Ambitious space MMO Star Citizen’s highly anticipated Update 3.0, what will let early access alpha players finally land on worlds has been delayed until September. The update was to land in August, after being delayed from its original June target launch.
  • The cause for the delay is due to stability issues that have come up with the massive content additions for the update as well as work on the game’s new patcher system.
  • The new target date for update 3.0 is now between Sept. 4th and 8th. The game is also supposed to be entering a beta period at some point this year, but there is no date set for it.
  • Thoughts on the update’s delay? Have you been waiting like many others for the planet exploration update 3.0 before taking a plunge in the game? Sound off in the comments!

Conan Exiles

  • Funcom announced that on August 16th, Conan Exiles will go live on Xbox One and also release its first expansion update for the game for both PC and Xbox One players. Previously teased at E3 this year, the expansion is called The Frozen North.
  • The Frozen North will be completely free to all players on PC and Xbox One, and it adds a whole new landmass and makes the world of Conan Exiles 70% bigger.
  • The Frozen North also introduces new gameplay mechanics such as:
    • Fish traps, beekeeping, and cooking.
    • Brewing, a new crafting system, will allow players to make alcohol which will also keep them warm in cold environments.
    • Players will also get to dedicate themselves to a new religion, giving them the ability to summon the avatar of Ymir, the Lord of Storm and War.
    • Improvements to combat, AI and more
  • Conan Exiles will leave early access and release in full on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in Q1 2018.

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Stardew Valley

  • Quirky and popular farm sim RPG Stardew Valley from Chucklefish is getting its multiplayer mode in early 2018, and the developer has finally shed light on what to expect.
  • Shortly after you begin the game, Robin will offer to build up to 3 cabins on your farm. Each cabin will house a farmhand, controlled by one of your friends. Farmhands basically do everything the main player can: farm, mine, fight, fish, forage, marry NPCs and take part in festivals. Each one of the players has their own inventory and when a farmhand is not connected, their inventory can be managed through a chest in their cabin.
  • Player to player marriage is also being planned that will require effort to successfully woo, but they don’t have the full details on that system just yet.
  • They plan to run a beta test at the end of the year for Steam users. The final 1.3 patch will then come in early 2018 on PC. Consoles will also get the patch, beginning with the Nintendo Switch
  • A typically unique update for a very unique game that has captivated many.

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Overwatch

  • Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch seasonal event, Summer Games 2017 will get underway next week, August 8th and run until August 28th on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. This year’s event will include new skins and updates to the Lucioball game mode, and will also give players an opportunity to earn some skins from last year’s event.
  • Mark your calendars and get ready to get your game on!

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Immortal Planet

  • We reviewed isometric soulslike Immortal Planet this week. Read our full review on the blog for a breakdown of the game.
  • For every Souls feature it misses the mark on, it makes up for it with an innovative twist on the formula with marked improvements in some ways. Immortal Planet manages to capture the strategic adrenaline rush of the Soulslike, while forging its own identity along the way.

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Dark and Light

  • We also reviewed Dark and Light’s early access edition this week to see if it’s worth checking out right now.
  • Overall, Dark and Light has a ton of gameplay possibilties but right now in its early access state it is incredibly raw and unpolished. The bugs and crashes are incredibly problematic and sometimes make the game unplayable, which is unfortunate because it has a solid core of magical, survival gameplay. If you are interested in survival games or you like RPG games in general, keep an eye on this game and think about picking up a copy when it has achieved some more stability.

 

Sunless Skies

  • Failbetter Games has announced that Sunless Skies, their highly successful crowdfunded literary RPG is coming to early access for PC via Steam and GOG on August 30th for 24.99 USD.
  • Initially, players will be able to explore the Reach, one of the four regions of the High Wilderness, with other regions being added in throughout development.
  • Mechanically, players can expect a broad skeleton of gameplay features to be available. You’ll be able to explore the skies, dock at ports, interact with stories, trade, fight and die.
  • Ten years have passed since the first game, Sunless Sea, and Queen Victoria has led an exodus from London to space. As the captain of a spacefaring locomotive you’ll behold wonders and battle cosmic abominations in the furthest heavens.
  • Sunless Skies looks to continue the unique literary RPG gameplay of the first, and it raised an impressive amount of funds through its kickstarter, making it an eagerly anticipated follow up. It’s scheduled to release for PC sometime in 2018.

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Dynasty Warriors 9

  • Koei Tecmo has announced that Omega Force’s open world, action game Dynasty Warriors 9 is now coming to the west for PS4Xbox One and PC, which should be some good news for fans of the franchise on all platforms.
  • The game takes the series to an open world format for the first time and players can tackle the main mission or just follow their wanderlust and roam China. Folks who have loved some of Koei Tecmo’s other titles like Nioh and Berserk but haven’t experienced Dynasty Warriors may find a lot in common. Koei Tecmo has not yet given a release date for the game.

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Demoniaca

  • We went hands on with a demo of Demoniaca, a new Metroidvania meets 2D fighter and put together a hands on impressions piece. Read it all for an in-depth take.
  • So, final verdict, is this a game worth keeping an eye on?  If you’re a fan of Metroidvanias without question.  While the opening scene had some intense body horror to it, it never really came up again, though the enemy designs were on the creepy side.  While the demo has a lot of flaws, there is far more potential here.  All we can do now is cross our fingers, and hope the devs can pull it off.

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