Time to raise your APM because Competitive Play for Overwatch is now live on PC. With PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions to be updated with the new mode next week. What's a Competitive Play? Well its the new ranked mode where after a batch of placement games players are given a skill rating that they can then improve to unlock rewards, and prove their worth against other Overwatch players over the course of a season.
With Gearbox's hero shooter slash first-person MOBA thing Battleborn out in the wild, the developer has posted its plans for future content, both paid-for and free. As part of the Season Pass, five additional Story Operations are set to drop before year's end, in addition to new characters and free additional maps and modes for the multiplayer side of things. As part of the update to its community, they offer up rough time-frames and details as to when we can expect to see it all.
A month out from its planned July 29 release, Warner Bros. has delayed Batman: Return to Arkham. The title, which includes remastered editions of both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has strangely not been given a revised date. The reasoning behind the delay, according to the official statement, is to ensure that its a polished Batman Arkham game experience.
Being rebuilt from the ground up with redesigned levels, puzzles, and weapons Nightdive Studios' System Shock is more reboot than remaster. The Kickstarter campaign for the project has finally gone live, and already looks to be on track for success. And for those who want a taste of what's to come they're also offering up a free pre-alpha demo you can grab right now on Steam.
It looks like a number of Australian players have been incorrectly placed onto US servers whilst trying to play the PC version of Overwatch. Normally that wouldn't be a huge issue, but as we're talking about a ping increase from ~40ms to ~200ms, that could mean the difference between the Hanzo we know and love from the cinematic animated short to one that fires arrows like that one Orc archer in Lord of the Rings that couldn't hit Frodo who was just sitting there crying about Gandalf as he fell into that giant pit with the Balrog. Ahem.
After spending a few hours with The Technomancer it's clear that its influences lie firmly in the realm of BioWare's classic Kotor series, with a dash or two of Japanese action-RPGs like Final Fantasy or Star Ocean. Heck, there's even a hint of The Witcher in there too, but through the lens of a B-release from a much smaller development studio. With the digital release for The Technomancer happening tonight, we now have the pretty cool launch trailer for this new sci-fi action-RPG for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Battlefield developer DICE has announced that it's working on a revamped UI for all of its Battlefields that will see a unified interface shared between Battlefield 4, Battlefield: Hardline, and the upcoming Battlefield 1. What will it entail? Well, the ability to group up with friends outside of a match and seamlessly switch between games as a squad. Or, lone wolf. In other words, better integration for the already excellent Battlelog system.
The first paid for expansion for The Division, Underground, is set to drop tomorrow for PC and Xbox One. Due to an exclusivity deal, it's PS4 release will happen in August. Underground, which introduces a new wing to your Base of Operations introduces randomly generated dungeons in the form of various missions that take place in New York's subway system in the aftermath of a viral outbreak. And in preparation for the new content, The Division is also updating to version 1.3.
In development since the launch of Skyrim all the way back in 2011, Enderal: The Shards of Order is a pretty ambitious project. An entirely new RPG built using the Creation Kit with new locations, characters, and story, all set outside of the Elder Scrolls universe. With a German release expected this weekend, a full English voiced release is due later in July. Trailer after the break.
Night Dive Studios is getting ready to launch the Kickstarter campaign for its ambitious System Shock Remastered project. But as the headline suggests, and with the scope of the project growing in recent months and the developer re-building the game from the ground up, it's now more of a reboot than remaster.