Top RPG Game News Of The Week: Nioh, Destiny 2, Dragon Age, Diablo 3 & More

Last updated on July 7th, 2017

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

  • A new¬†patch¬†for¬†Nioh¬†made its¬†way for players that not only makes some bug fixes and adjustments but adds some new improvements to the game, especially the¬†Blacksmith¬†as well as added support for players to play their own background music.
  • You can use a new type of item called ‚ÄúUmbracite‚ÄĚ that allows you to choose new special effects for your equipment from a list. After obtaining¬†Umbracite, open the reforging menu and press the ‚Ė≥ button to begin tempering.
  • Check out the wiki for the complete nitty gritty notes
  • Team Ninja‚Äôs post-launch support of the game has been impressive as their patches have been regular and very much focused on quality of life fixes as well as adding new features. The¬†Dragon of the North¬†DLC¬†released in May, and 2 more DLC packs are still on the way,¬†Defiant Honor¬†and¬†Bloodshed‚Äôs End.

Destiny 2

  • Some light has been shed on¬†Destiny 2‘s¬†Beta¬†start times and¬†Clans¬†feature and how it will integrate with existing clans in¬†Destiny.¬†Bungie¬†has detailed the steps that players who run clans will have to take in order to make sure that their clans are carried over to the new experience when the sequel¬†releases¬†in September for the¬†PS4,¬†Xbox One¬†and¬†PC.
    • Destiny 2 beta ‚Äď PS4 start times

      • Pre-order early access:¬†10:00am PT July 18
      • General access:¬†10:00am PT July 21
    • Destiny 2 beta ‚Äď Xbox One start times

      • Pre-order early access:¬†10:00am PT July 19
      • General access:¬†10:00am PT July 21
    • Destiny 2 beta ‚Äď PC

      • Pre-order early access: ‚Äúlate August‚ÄĚ
      • General access: ‚Äúlate August‚ÄĚFirst off, we know the beta runs from July 18th-23rd. Here¬†are the start times per platform:
  • When it comes to clans, starting on¬†July 25, 2017, which is just after the July 18-23¬†beta, Clan leaders should visit their base of operations on Bungie.net and decide if they want to convert their Group to a Destiny 2 Clan.
  • The clans in Destiny 2 will retain their basic format and will be capped at 100 members. Clans in Destiny 2 will enjoy new features in the game. Clans will be the¬†guides, leading solo players on missions, strikes and raids. You‚Äôll be able to manage your Roster and send invitations to new members right in game. Every Guardian in a clan will¬†earn rewards based on the success of their teammates.
  • Thoughts on the beta start times and the new Clan features in Destiny 2? Let us know in the comments!

Final Fantasy XV

  • A new¬†update patch¬†is available for¬†Final Fantasy XV¬†on the¬†PS4¬†and¬†Xbox One. The patch is substantial in size and paved the way for the¬†episode Prompto¬†DLC, while adding some new features to the game including the culmination of the feedback survey for future DLC and off road options for the Regalia car.
  • Now that the survey is concluded, we will now wait and see what Square Enix will decide on how to implement future DLC, based on player feedback. The off road customization of the Regalia Type-D is a fun addition to the game that will let players literally go off the beaten bath and explore the wilds a little more easily. Fast travel is boring!
  • This week Square Enix also¬†released the latest episodic¬†DLC¬†for¬†Final Fantasy XV, titled¬†Episode Prompto¬†which explores the backstory of party member¬†Prompto. It is the second episodic DLC to be released after¬†Episode Gladiolus¬†and is available for the PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Playing through the DLC unlocks a teaser trailer for the next episodic chapter,¬†Episode Ignis, which will release this coming December.
  • Final Fantaxy XV released last fall, but Square Enix is committed to supporting it going forward, with the episodic¬†DLC¬†and the upcoming¬†Comrades, which will add 4 person multiplayer. Recently they‚Äôve hinted at¬†some big reveals coming this summer so more is certainly to come.

Diablo 3

  • This week marked Blizzard‚Äôs release of¬†Rise of the Necromancer¬†and¬†Patch 2.6.0¬†for¬†Diablo 3. The new¬†DLC¬†content is available for the¬†PS4,¬†Xbox One¬†and¬†PC.
  • The new DLC¬†is available for those who own¬†Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. In addition to full access to the highly anticipated Necromancer class which you can¬†learn about here, the Rise of the Necromancer pack includes additional exclusive digital items
  • The standalone cost of the DLC is 14.99 USD. Console gamers just getting into the action can pick up the digital Eternal Collection, which includes the base game, Reaper of Souls expansion and the new Rise of the Necromancer content. It will sell for 59.99 USD, and will come at an introductory discount of 39.99 USD for Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members, which is a hell of a discount.
  • Launching ahead of the content is¬†Patch 2.6.0¬†which adds the following:
    • Challenge Rifts
    • The Shrouded Moors
    • Temple of the Firstborn
    • The Realms of Fate
  • Challenge Rifts¬†are a weekly opportunity to try a totally new build, receive a reward for your efforts, and compete with other players on a level playing field.
  • The Shrouded Moors¬†and¬†Temple of the Firstborn¬†are the 2 new zones in the game and they can be explored in Adventure Mode through a new waypoint on the Act 2 map.
  • The Realms of Fate¬†are 4 new zones that are seamlessly connected via fractures which appear as waypoints in Act 4.
  • In addition there are a host of changes coming with the patch,¬†and you can find the full notes on the blog.
  • Will this be the last hurrah of new content for Diablo 3? The game has had some serious legs for Blizzard, entertaining fans for 5 years now, and many wonder how soon we will see Diablo 4.

Dragon Age

  • hough lacking any kind of official reveal or announcement, speaking to the¬†1099 podcast,¬†Dragon Age¬†series Creative Director Mike Laidlaw said that ‚Äúsomething is happening with Dragon Age,‚ÄĚ which very well could imply a new game in the series, which last saw a release back in 2014 with¬†Dragon Age: Inquisition.
  • He said he could not¬†go into detail but did say that the team at¬†BioWare¬†has been hiring more people. In addition to Dragon Age, Laidlaw said that the studio at BioWare is working on other things they can‚Äôt go into, which we presume are different than their recently revealed Anthem. Also revealed in the podcast was the existence of a Jade Empire sequel which never saw the light of day due to the work on the¬†Mass Effect¬†and¬†Dragon Age¬†series.
  • Interesting stuff. We figured there would be another Dragon Age game in the series, but the question is always when.¬†What are your thoughts on this teased morsel? What would you like to see in a follow up to Dragon Age: Inquisition?

XCOM 2

  • 2K Games and Firaxis have released a new video for¬†XCOM 2‚Äės upcoming expansion¬†War of the Chosen¬†that details the new¬†Reaper¬†units coming to the game when the¬†DLC¬†releases on August 29th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC . These are new units you will be able to bring into battle with your soldiers to take on the alien ADVENT and new Chosen forces.
  • The¬†Reapers¬†are an independent group who specialize in stealth mechanics and can be added to your squads when launching into¬†missions.
  • Reapers can choose different skills that allow them to enter shadow mode more quickly or conversely can spec out for more explosive and offensive oriented skills.
  • Very fun looking unit indeed and should make for an entertaining and versatile addition to your squads.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

  • Iconic CRPG developer¬†Obsidian¬†has released a¬†Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfiregameplay video of the footage we got to witness during E3. Following their successful crowdfunding campaign on Fig, the team has hit heavy development and have a lot of goodies to show.
  • In the gameplay we are following the events of a¬†quest¬†in the middle of the game, on a mission to find an item in unknown ruins. You are making your way across the sea on your slick ship, complete with a crew you will have to manage.
  • Lots of new features were shown in the footage, including the revamped UI, skills, spells, new world map and new combat mechanics as well as destructible environments in the dungeons.
  • Obsidian and publisher Paradox Interactive recently announced the¬†Pillars of Eternity Complete Edition¬†that is bringing the original game to the PS4 and Xbox One for the first time on August 29th. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is set to release in 2018.

 

The Surge

  • Deck 13 has released a new update for¬†The Surge¬†for¬†PS4¬†and¬†Xbox One, based on community feedback since launch. The Surge released last month for the PS4, Xbox One and PC and takes Soulslike combat and places it in a dystopic world impacted by devastating climate change.
  • Some highlights are the addition of save slots up to 10, which should make those who want to tinker with new builds happy, music control options and various bug fixes and adjustments which should help with progression and balance.
  • Not a bad list of changes for the game. We have really enjoyed our time with the game so far, and you can watch our review of The Surge above or¬†read it here. Post launch support is always highly appreciated and we‚Äôre looking forward to seeing what the developer has in store for us next.

The Elder Scrolls Legends

  • A day ahead of schedule,¬†Bethesda¬†and¬†Dire Wolf Digital¬†have released the¬†Heroes of Skyrim¬†expansion for¬†The Elder Scrolls Legends¬†on PC.
  • It will add 150 new cards to the game. The Dragons in Heroes of Skyrim appear across all attributes, and many will reward players for playing them with other Dragons.
  • The¬†Heroes of Skyrim¬†expansion introduces some new gameplay mechanics like¬†Shouts¬†and¬†Companions. To get a better idea of how these mechanics work,¬†check out our feature¬†where we explain all the new elements.
  • The Elder Scrolls Legends¬†is free to play and a lot of fun, especially if you can‚Äôt get enough of the Elder Scrolls flavor and lore. If you‚Äôre giving it a try, let us know what you think about it in the comments!

Previews

  • This week we took an in depth preview of¬†some upcoming games in Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Sundered, Immortal Planet and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • As the first single player game¬†set in the Pathfinder setting of Golarion, Pathfinder: Kingmaker has all the elements to do it justice. With genre greats contributing talents and a focus on options and mechanics the game is already shaping up to be a strong¬†modern CRPG.¬†If the kingdom building feature is robust and gratifying, it could make the game an instant genre classic, and help make the case for even more tabletop settings being brought to digital life.
  • By bringing attention to what is and what isn’t there Hellblade looks to shed a new light on mental illness, something so rarely explored in gaming. Their steadfast approach to developing a game their own way without compromising on prodcution, has Hellblade poised to be a breakout experience for those who crave engaging gaming.
  • In Immortal Planet, there is an intricacy to the combat and gameplay that begs to be taken seriously. When all of the elements are put together, it takes on some of the intimate dance-like feel of the Souls series‚Äô combat, where every encounter is attended to and becomes its own mini-story. This game has flown under the radar, but has the potential to really hit for fans of the Soulslike. It‚Äôs a bite sized package that may¬†wind up satisfying like a full course meal.
  • The Metroidvania Sundered has all the elements for a special gaming experience and this starts with the game’s visual and audio design and works it’s way through all of the elements of gameplay, especially the corruption mechanic and it’s impressive boss and set design. There is a fluidity and polish to everything presented so far and that level of production indicates a deeply engaging experience. Creativity is at the core of all of this and Sundered is all set up to be a memorable indie success.

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