The Week in Wikis: Top RPG News of the Week on Nioh, Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XV, Torment & 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!

Nioh

  • In an industry where last minute delays can sometimes dash the hopes and work schedules of eager players, we also get our share of good news. Team Ninja’s Nioh announced today that the game has gone gold, meaning its development stage is complete and it will be releasing as expected for the PS4 on February 7th in NA and on the 9th in Japan.
  • Speaking to Gamereactor, Nioh director Yosuke Hayashi said that developer Team Ninja will add PvP to the game in a post launch DLC.
  • There are no details on how the mode will function, whether it’s environmental in-game or via a dedicated arena. We’ll be sure to bring updates when we know.
  • Nioh held a “Last Chance Trial” on the Playstation Store. The Final Demo for Nioh featured changes to the game implemented from the feedback received from the Beta test Survey, as discussed after TGS 2016 in September.
  • Players who completed the demo earned two items that may be used on the full version of the game: the Ogress Headgear and the Crafting Book of Demon/Ogress Mask (A crafting manual to the mask).
  • It was also possible to earn the Mark of the Strong and Mark of the Conqueror items, which were the rewards for completing the Alpha and Beta tests. To unlock the bonuses on the final game, players must keep the save data from the demo, but the application can be deleted.

The Elder Scrolls Online

  • The Elder Scrolls Online announced on their official forums that the Homestead Player Housing feature of the popular MMO will be released on Monday, February 6th for PC and Tuesday, February 21st on PS4 and Xbox One. The feature is presently live for testing on the public test server for PC.
  • This free update introduces 39 uniquely-themed homes you can acquire throughout Tamriel, and includes over 2,000 individual decorative and furniture options plus Furnishing Crafting. In addition, the update also includes Master Crafting Writs, four new Motifs, an update to PvP itemization, and an overall balance pass across all classes and skills.
  • We’ve been digging heavily into the new feature on the PTS and have put together a definitive guide on everything you need when it comes to setting up new digs in Tamriel.

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Final Fantasy XV

  • Square Enix has detailed the contents of Final Fantasy XV’s upcoming new patch which will release for players on January 24th, along with the seasonal event, the Moogle Chocobo Carnival.
  • Most of the patch is the enabling of the content that players downloaded with the free Holiday Pack DLC but were not able to access as they were locked until the launch of the carnival.
  • The big new feature is the inclusion of free photography mode, which should make for some great moments. Fans of games like Uncharted 4 will tell you how much fun a dedicated in-game photo mode can be for players. Happy snapping!

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Torment

  • Techland and inXile Entertainment have released a trailer for Torment: Tides of Numenera that shows off the game’s dynamic choices and options in combat.
  • When tensions flare, you are able to use the game’s deep dialogue and skill system to attempt to diffuse conflict with your deception, persuasion or stealth.
  • Furthermore, as you increases in Tiers, which function like levels, you can unlock new abilities that are used in combat.
  • Your most important pieces of equipment however are Cyphers, which are unique devices that can perform all manners of different actions, such as offensive area of effects, life drain, or summon beings.
  • There are a variety of party members who can accompany you in the game, up to 3 at a time. You have full access to them when in combat, letting you control their weapons, cyphers and abilities.
  • The class you choose also has an effect on combat, as Nanos can call down flaming creatures and Jacks can summon illusory warriors.
  • Even in the midst of combat, you’ll have opportunities to talk to some of your enemies and attempt to diffuse the fight before people get further hurt.
  • If you do die in battle, you go to a mysterious place called the Castoff’s Labyrinth. It is a maze within the mind of the your character, Last Castoff. You can explore this maze and its denizens and discover new quests and story content and increase your power, returning to life when you’re ready.
  • Heady stuff. Torment: Tides of Numenera releases February 28th, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and we’ve picked it as one of our Top 20 RPGs of 2017.

Overwatch

  • Blizzard has revealed that Overwatch’s next event, Year of the Rooster will begin January 24th. They shared a teaser video in anticipation of it with the caption “Good luck and great fortune await!”
  • Details are scant as to what the event will entail but players can expect content similar to other holiday events like October’s Halloween Terror. We’ll keep our eyes peeled and will report back when Blizzard releases more details.
  • Rumors are also swirling that a Valentine’s Day event is in the works so we may be soon treated to a lovely follow up!

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XCOM 2

  • The popular Long War mod for XCOM 2 is now available for players on PC. Players can download the mod by visiting the Steam Workshop page. The mod is an overhaul mod similar to the Long War mod that was popular for players of the first game. This mod is unique from other games in that developer Firaxis has worked closely with Long War developer Pavonis to make the mod possible.
  • The mod adds new missions, weapons, classes, and enemies as a whole overhaul.
  • Enthusiastic modders should find plenty to like in the new mod. Full instructions on how to implement the mod can be found on the workshop page.
Tactical view, expect gameplay to be deep.

Tactical view, expect gameplay to be deep.

Obsidian

  • Obsidian Entertainment, developer of Tyranny and Fallout New Vegas has teased something interesting on Twitter. The image features a pipe and grain and features the quote: “I used to dream that when my god came back, he would forgive us. That’s the trouble with dreams. Sooner or later, we all have to wake up.”
  • The tweet simply links to Obsidian’s website, which has now been skinned with this same image. A follow up tweet links us to a forum titled Project Louisiana. What could it mean? A new game from the RPG legend could certainly be in the works, and as they have created some of our favorite RPGs, a new reveal would be quite exciting.
  • There has been speculation for a couple of years that the developer is working on Fallout: New Orleans. If this is this the case, many fans of the franchise will be thrilled as Fallout: New Vegas was received very highly by fans and will give them something to look forward to as Bethesda has moved on from Fallout 4 and likely to the next Elder Scrolls game.
  • Alternatively some speculate it could be Pillars of Eternity 2, which may be unexpected given Tyranny’s recent successor status.
  • Whatever it turns out to be, we’re excited as hell!

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Destiny 2

  • The existence of Destiny 2 is probably the worst kept secret in gaming. We all know it’s coming, we just lack a proper name and a solid release day. This week we took a look at all the evidence that exists out there and speculated on when we think we’ll see a release.
  • We know there is already an enormous team working on it between Bungie and other developers, Activision has told investors they expect it in 2017 and their yearly business model seems to dictate a major release for this fall.
  • The game is looking to be an dramatically different experience from the first, with more open planets to explore with populated towns and organic quests.
  • Read the full length piece on the blog to find out why we are feeling confident the game will release in September of this year.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

  • This week we previewed the new Igavania game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from legendary designer Koji Igarashi and developer Inti Creates, published by 505 Games.
  • Bloodstained is an exploration-focused, 2.5D side-scrolling platformer RPG for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Vita and Wii U that features a unique crafting system and is seen as a successor to the Castlevania series.
  • In Bloodstained, you will follow the story of protagonist Miriam, an orphan who is afflicted by an alchemist’s curse. The alchemist’s curse is devastating to Miriam, slowly transforming her skin into crystal. In order to reverse the effects of the curse, she must enter a demon infested castle and locate a summoner named Gebel, who is himself afflicted by the same curse.
  • The game is being built on the Unreal Engine 4 with the developers planning to create a map that is larger than any of the previous Igavania titles. There are 3 tenets to the gameplay development: exploration, RPG elements and crafting.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the night is not stuck in the past and will also feature an RPG core to the system that is comprised of the typically expected stat spread, allowing players to improve their abilities as they progress through defeating the demons of the castle.
  • You will also be able to choose from 12 different weapon categories that each have their own unique moveset. Of course there will be whips. Each of the different weapon types also have differing movement speeds that will allow players to match their preferred playstyle.
  • Further adding to the itemization depth will be a crafting system that allows you to create items, weapons and abilities.
  • A final piece of modernization for the new Igavnia will be the inclusion of multiplayer. The game will feature local co-op play for those couch buddy enthusiasts. Furthermore, Bloodstained will also have asynchronous online features similar to the Soulsborne series such as viewing Ghosts.
  • By fusing the best of nostalgia’s past with the sensibilities of today’s RPGs, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is looking to bring the unique Igavania genre to the modern era.

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Conan Exiles

  • This week we also took a look at  Conan Exiles, an open world, survival game with light RPG elements from developer Funcom that may just be the head smashing, war mongering orgy we’ve all been waiting for.
  • In Conan Exiles, the premise is simple: you are an exiled outcast punished to wander a wasteland that is defined by survival of the fittest. In order to thrive, you must find a means to live, construct a new life and crush your foes in your rise to glory.
  • From the get go, after character creation, you start with absolutely nothing. The game is classless so it will be up to your wits and skill to survive and make best use of everything before you.
  • Your next step is going to be about securing shelter which is where the game’s build mechanic takes over.
  • Eventually, you’ll be able to progress your home to a fortress like structure and outfit it with stations for crafting where you can create better weapons, armor and items. You’ll also be able to decorate and furnish your house with collectibles and trophies you gain from your conquests.
  • When engaged in combat enemies can be literally cut to pieces; you can sever arms, legs, heads or even cut them in twain as they explode in a bloody mess. Every killing blow can result in these kinds of moments, building an anticipation in combat to a goretacular finish.
  • As you work to build and improve your living situation you will have the opportunity to build an empire and populate your territory with loyal servants. Via the game’s Thrall system, you can enslave people of these lands and force them into a life of servitude and defense of your land.
  • Once you’ve raised an army of sufficient size to satisfy your desire for conquest, you can march forward against your enemies, making use of explosives to demolish their territorial defenses.
  • The brutality doesn’t stop there as you can drag the bodies of your defeated enemies back to your land, cut their hearts out and sacrifice them to your god to earn blessings. Curry enough favor with your god and you will be able to summon avatars of them that will devastate the battlefield.
  • Conan Exiles can both be played alone or on persistent multiplayer. If you choose to connect online you have a couple of different options. You can join the official public server and engage in survival and battle against players all across the world. Or you can rent and set up your own private servers where you can customize the rules and settings for an adventure that is uniquely yours.
  • Early access begins January 31st, and we’ll be sharpening our spears in the meantime.

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