Top RPG News Of The Week: February 2nd (The Outer Worlds, Torchlight 3, Dauntless and 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 you covered! Here’s a bite-sized version of the Top RPG news of the week. Taste all the latest news across the Fextralife Wiki Network.

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Torchlight 3

  • Originally called Torchlight Frontiers, publisher Perfect World Entertainment has announced that it will now be released as Torchlight 3 this year.
  • Torchlight Frontiers has now been rebranded, as publisher Perfect World Entertainment have shared it will now launch as a premium title instead of free-to-play.
  • The title not only get’s a new name, but also has gone through a major overhaul, as well changes to where you can grab the title. A lot of these changes have been due to feedback received during alpha testing the developer explained.
  • It is the spiritual successors of Torchlight and Torchlight 2. Other major changes include offering all content on day one, and removing the in-game real money store.
  • A new video has been released announcing further details, this includes sharing that the game which was set to launch on the Arc store, is now going to be made available on Steam.
  • Torchlight 3 will be releasing sometime this year on PC via Steam.

For more on this news, find it here in Torchlight Frontiers Rebranded As Torchlight III Launching 2020.

Code Vein

  • Bandai Namco dropped their launch trailer for Code Vein’s latest DLC Hellfire Knight this week.
  • The first major DLC for Code Vein was released on January 28th, adding further content called Hellfire Knight.
  •  It adds new foes to face, new weapons to sought after, additional Blood Veils and Blood Codes.
  • You can also adorn your partners with new alternate costumes which can be found in the newly added areas located in the Depths.
  • The Hellfire Knight DLC is part of the Code Vein Deluxe Edition which contains base game and Season Pass, allow accessing to the latest downloadable content. This is first of the Season Pass which contains 3 DLCs total, set to bring new story content, bosses, weapons, blood codes and more.
  • The DLC is also available separately which you can pick up for $9.99.

For more on this news find it here in Code Vein DLC Hellfire Knight Launch Trailer.

Cyberpunk 2077

  • CD Projekt Red the developers behind the upcoming sci-fi action-RPG Cyberpunk 2077 have released a few details, explaining further about the delayed release of the game.
  • Originally set to release this April, Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed to later this year in September, however to quell some rumours behind the delay, CD Projekt Red shared in their forums the reasons behind it, assuring fans.
  •  Rumours have been stirring, some saying that the reason behind the delay was that the didn’t run smoothly on the current generation of consoles.
  • Cory Barlog, the creative director at SIE Santa Monica Studio, chimed in expressing that “EVERY game runs badly until you optimize for the hardware in the final push before gold.”
  • This was responded to by the developer themselves through the voice of a Senior Quest Designer at CD Projekt Red, Philip Weber who shared on the official forum who agreed wholeheartedly with Barlog. He explained that when it comes to the last stretch of development “lots of things are unoptimized because they’re all in flux, changing, and still not finished”.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 will release on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 on September 17th 2020.

For more on this news find it here in Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Shares Details About Delay.

Phoenix Labs

  • Phoenix Labs the developer behind the monster hunter online action-RPG Dauntless has been acquired by publisher Garena.
  • The studio has now the support of Garena, under the digital entertainment department based in Singapore.
  • The acquisition has already been confirmed with Garena now owning 100% of the Dauntless developer. Through this transaction, a 100 in-house developers will be added to the Garena team, and the developer will continue to support Dauntless.
  • They also have plans to bring the game over to mobile, as well as increasing their presence in Asia and Latin America markets. Phoenix Labs Co-Founder Jesse Houston shared that this acquisition would “ensure that we can provide the best possible experience for Dauntless players around the world“.
  • Hopefully this will result in an exciting new future for the cross-play monster hunter. Dauntless is now available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, with plans for mobile.

For more on this news find it here in Dauntless Developer Phoenix Labs Acquired By Publisher Garena.

Pokemon Home

  • Pokemon Home is set to release in February, and the recent official website has shared features, pricing and details of the premium plan.
  • Pokemon Home was announced last year, set to allow players to transfer their Pokemon from various games and the Pokemon Bank. On the official Pokemon Home website they have now outlined how much this live service will set you back.
  • Pricing is subscription based meaning you either purchase a month at a time for $2.99, for 3 months at $4.99 or commit to a full year for $15.99.
  • There are a lot of features available with the premium plan, the main selling point being able to transfer up to 6000 of your Pokemon between games.
  • For those who have been long-term fans of the franchise or players who are committed to catching ’em all, Pokemon Home will be pretty useful. However the pricing it a bit steeper than the previous Pokemon Bank which was available for the 3DS which cost only $5 per year.
  • Pokemon Home will be going live in February, no exact date has be announced as of yet.

For more on this news find it here in Pokemon Home Premium Plan Features Revealed.

Dead Cells

  • Developer Motion Twin has announced the action-platform rogue-like Dead Cells will be getting it’s first paid DLC this February.
  • Dead Cells will be gaining it’s first premium DLC this February 11th called The Bad Seed, which will be coming to PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The DLC will be adding two new biomes, the rich vegetated area of Arboretum and the wild, overgrown location The Swamp.
  • There are plenty of new inhabitants to be aware of too, including a clan of mushrooms in Arboretum, and mutant trees to bloodsucking fiends in The Swamp.
  • There is also a new boss to best called Mama Tick who can be found in The Heart of the Swamp who has been previously described as “exceedingly creepy”. Developer Motion Twin says this battle will is just as challenging as The Concierge, set to “spice up your early game runs once you’ve played through the core game”.
  • But this isn’t the only twist as there is a “unseen mechanic” which sounds rather mysterious. The DLC also comes with new weapons and further enemies.
  • Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC will cost $4.99 and comes to the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 11th.

For more on this news find it here in Dead Cells First Paid DLC Releases February On PC And Consoles.

The Outer Worlds

  • The publisher Private Division have announced The Outer Worlds will be coming to Nintendo Switch on March 6th.
  • The Outer Worlds was announced last summer that it would be launching on the Switch, but it would be coming after other platforms had launch.
  • However, there will be no physical cartridge of the game for Switch players, but those who choose to buy a physical version will find only a download code in the box. While this isn’t anything new as other Switch games have in the past also launched this way.
  • This one is not to be missed out on as The Outer Worlds recently just won the Best Game of the Year award at the New York Video Game Awards this January, and has plenty of options for builds in this interstellar RPG.
  • If you’re wondering whether to pick up the quirky sci-fi title, you should check out our The Outer Worlds Review: Immense Interstellar Fun.
  • The Outer Worlds will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on March 6th. The title is currently available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For more on this news find it here in The Outer Worlds Will Launch On The Switch In March.

Archetype Entertainment

  • A new sci-fi RPG is being developed under Wizards of the Coast new studio Archetype Entertainment. The publisher is behind the well-known Magic: The Gathering franchise.
  •  The developer consists of Ex-BioWare creative director and lead designer James Ohlen, who has had quite the arsenal of games under his belt, working on titles such as Baldur’s GateDragon Age: OriginsNeverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
  • Archetype Entertainment is a full “autonomous division” based in Austin, Texas and will also house another BioWare alumni Chad Robertson who has worked as head of live services on Anthem until his recent departure in November last year.
  • The details so far are few for the upcoming project for Archetype, but the developer says it’s creating a team to work on a “multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe”.
  • We’re eager to find out more on what exactly Archetype has their hands on as the team speaks volumes with its combined experience. This is definitely an interesting start to the year, hopefully more will be revealed as we get further into 2020.

For more on this news find it here in Ex-BioWare Team Working On A Story Driven Sci-Fi RPG At New Wizards Of The Coast Studio.

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News Editor at Fextralife. Yuria is an avid PC gamer and Twitch streamer who online multi-player games and believes games should have amazing storylines not just great graphics.

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