Top RPG News of the Week: Monster Hunter World, FFXV, Diablo 3 & 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!

Monster Hunter

  • If you have been itching to see the newly announced Monster Hunter World in action, Capcom has unveiled 25 minutes of hunting gameplay.
  • The action shown in the gameplay seems to be the same quest that we witnessed unfold during Sony’s E3 2017 presentation last week, and tasks the hunter with armoring up and taking down an Anjanath. Along the way we see how the various monsters all interact according to their hierarchy and at the end of the gameplay we see the game’s 4 person multiplayer in action. The beast is felled with teamwork and skilled weapon use, leaving its hide for crafting use, and this time no Rathalos has crashed the party.
  • The game will require Playstation Plus to play online, and it has been confirmed that Hunter Styles and Hunter Arts will not be making an appearance in this iteration, with Capcom instead focusing on new features.
  • Monster Hunter World is scheduled to release for the PS4 and Xbox One early in 2018, with a PC release shortly after the consoles.

FFXV

  • Square Enix has released the official trailer for Episode Prompto, the next chapter DLC for Final Fantasy XV. The DLC centers around Prompto and is the second of the episodic DLCs that explore the backstory of the characters, after March’s Episode Gladiolus.
  • Prompto becomes quite the action star in this installment, and in the trailer one could call him Nathan Drake like if not for all the emotional screaming.
  • Episode Prompto launches on June 27th for the PS4 and Xbox One, alongside an update that adds the Regalia Type-D option that gives your car a monster truck like overhaul, making it easier for off road driving. Another episode that revolves around Ignis is still due as well as Comrades which will bring 4 person multiplayer to the game.

Diablo 3

  • The next DLC for Diablo 3, titled Rise of the Necromancer will release next week, June 27th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One Blizzard revealed. The announcement of the launch coincided with a new launch trailer.
  • The content is available for those who own Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. In addition to full access to the Necromancer class which allows players to consume Essence from downed enemies and take direct control of undead creatures, the Rise of the Necromancer pack includes additional exclusive digital items.
  • Releasing in conjunction will be patch 2.6.0 which enables the new DLC as well as adds Challenge Rifts, The Shrouded Moors zone, Temple of the Firstborn zone, and the Realms of Fate which are all available to play if you own the Reaper of Souls expansion pack.
  • For an overview of everything that has gone into the new class, check out our Necromancer class overview to see all of its abilities and how much inspiration it took from Diablo II’s Priests of Rathma.

FFXIV Stormblood

  • With the release of Stormblood this week for Final Fantasy XIV, the MMORPG for the PS4 and PC is drawing a lot of renewed attention. Although the game has a healthy population of regular players, for many, the game remains a bit of mystery, as even thouhg it’s a properly numbered entry in the hugely popular series, it’s MMO nature resulted in some players used to the single player experience going right from XIII to last year’s XV. If you’re interested in taking your first steps into the world, or are an existing player who has taken a break and is now intrigued, we put together an article to make sense of the expansion.
  • So what does the second major expansion Stormblood bring to the table? In addition to the new zone to explore, the expansion features 2 new jobs, the Red Mage and Samurai, new locations, a revamped battle and PvP system, new raids and dungeons as well as the ability to swim and even dive.
  • If you are a new player you can buy the Complete Edition of FFXIV for 59.99 (99.99 Collector’s edition for pre-order bonuses) which includes the base game and both expansions. Existing players can buy Stormblood on its own for 39.99 (note that it also includes Heavensward so no need to buy that if you’re still on vanilla) or the Collector’s Edition for 60-200 depending on if you opt for the physical copy with statue.

XCOM 2

  • In a new video from 2K and Firaxis, we got a look at the new Assassin from XCOM 2‘s upcoming DLC expansion War of the Chosen which was announced last week during E3
  • The Assassin is one of the chosen who will take on the resistance, making use of a variety of abilities and weapons that include stealth and blades, as well as extracting info from fallen soldiers, all in their mission to recapture the Commander. The assassin will be a powerful force to plan against when launching into one of the new missions.
  • The War of the Chosen expansion will feature new soldier classes, enemies, missions with extra options for strategy gameplay and modifiers as well as a new challenge mode that gives regular one-shot challenges for a chance to land on leaderboards.
  • War of the Chosen will release on August 29th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Keep checking back with us for more info.

Pillars of Eternity

  • Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment have announced the Pillars of Eternity Complete Edition, which will be releasing on August 29th for the PS4 and Xbox One, bringing the celebrated CRPG to console for the first time!
  • The Pillars of Eternity complete edition includes the following content:
    • The base game
    • Both expansions: The White March Parts I and II
  • Fans of Pillars of Eternity now have an entirely fresh experience to play (or relive) in anticipation of the upcoming sequel, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. The port is developed by Paradox Arctic studio and features an enhanced console interface, with controller-friendly menus, combat, and party management.
  • Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire just finished up an impressive crowdfunding campaign and is in heavy development. The sequel will build upon the strengths of the first while adding more expansive player options while continuing the story of the first.
  • This could mean good things for Pillars of Eternity’s alternative history sequel Tyranny which envisions a world where evil has won, and this could mean it’s the next Obsidian classic to make an appearance on consoles as well as Deadfire. We can only hope!

Mass Effect Andromeda

  • BioWare has released the next limited time Apex mission for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer. It is available from today until June the 26th on every platform.
  • This Mission, “Don’t Go Looking for Trouble” takes place in the Firebase Aqua, this time under cover of darkness, to face your greatest challenge as the Kett fight to take control of this lucrative base.
  • In this mission you will have access to  the Pistol / SMG AMP which increases pistol and submachine gun damage by amplifying the weapon’s mass accelerator and Armored Components which increases thermal clip and power cell capacity with added armor compartments.
  • The Match Modifier is Expanded Waves of Battle – Your team will fight through the first of its kind: an unprecedented fight where you face 11 waves of enemies – including fighting a major new “Boss” the Kett commander. Happy fighting!

Steam Summer Sale

  • That time of year when all of our wallets are lightened through impulsive purchasing is upon us as Steam’s annual Summer Sale is now underway. The sale runs from today through July 5th and will have a rotation of great deals on PC games.
  • Coming with the sale is a new feature called Stickers which are similar to the Steam trading cards. Each day you can complete various activities in your queue to earn 3 random stickers which you will then add to your sticker book. Once you have them all you will earn a new badge that comes with an emoticon and profile background. Now you can compete to see who is the true ruler of the 1.99 game deal.
  • As expected there are tons of games on discount already, including some of our favorites like Torment: Tides of Numenera, Tyranny, the Final Fantasy series, The Surge, Divinity Original Sin and Dead Cells. You can bet popular franchises like Dark Souls, the Witcher, Fallout and the Elder Scrolls will also see deals as the days go by, among others.
  • Ready to add another dozen games to your library of dozens that haven’t even been installed yet? Me too. Take a deep breath, shave a few non-necessities off that grocery list and dive in. See you on the other side!

Fallen Legion

  • Not many games take advantage of the unique relationship between the PS4 and PS Vita. Rarely does a game release for both and usually if it does, the Vita version is typically a port of the console version, and often with compromises in content, controls, or both. Even more rare is to see the handheld get a unique experience.
  • Fallen Legion is an upcoming RPG that is making its way west in July and is doing just that for the platforms. From from YummyYummyTummy and Mintsphere, it is not only delivering a full party based RPG experience, but it also allows players to experience the game’s story from different sides of the conflict, depending on whether they’re playing on the PS4 or PS Vita. The game takes the intensity of action RPGs with real time combat and adds split second decision making that impacts the narrative and we have selected it as one of our Top 5 RPGs of 2017: July.
  • Fallen Legion takes what is already a great RPG story, setting and gameplay concept and goes a step further by delivering complimentary experiences on the PS4 and PS Vita. Some may not take kindly to having to play it on both systems to get the complete story, but the approach is innovative. With a wonderful art style and intense 2.5D gameplay, fans of Atlus and Vanillaware’s games should give this game a serious look.

Top 5 RPGs: July

  • This week we released our Top 5 RPGs of July 2017 and really love the assortment of games presented. Players of all tastes will be sure to find something to love between Immortal Planet, Fallen Legion, Sundered, Pyre and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
  • Check out the video and companion article on the blog for a closer look at each of the games!

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