With the recent announcement that Total War WARHAMMER II is slated for release sometime later this year, a vocal portion of the Total War community began speculating that maybe the studio's focus was shifting away from the steeped-in-history aspect that the series became known for. Obviously that's not the case, as it seems the studios is simply expanding. In a new blog post the developer was quick to point out that the next historical Total War is well underway.
At the recent Heroes of the Storm summit in sunny California, where Blizzard detailed the impressive new 2.0 update coming later this month, I basically spent my time there exclusively playing the new Diablo II hero to join the ranks -- Cassia. Firstly out of a love for all things Diablo II, but after that mainly because her abilities and play-style spoke to me as a Heroes player. A player that more often that not leaves escape to the last possible second, making Cassia's Avoidance passive something of a blessing from the Nexus gods.
And surprisingly Microsoft has partnered with the excellent Digital Foundry, which is where the reveal is expected to happen at around about 11pm AEST. As a credible site that has been an invaluable source in providing technical specifications and performance analysis across all major gaming platforms, it's expected that the Xbox Scorpio reveal will be of the specifications variety, and detail how the console will hit its planned 4K output for games.
Usually the first patch for a big AAA release like Mass Effect: Andromeda would be aimed at fixing any glaring bugs, glitches, or stuff that could potentially break the game. But with a lot of the launch feedback surrounding the new Mass Effect centered on and around the animation, and how weird and often poor some of it looked, BioWare has already begun to address these concerns. With the developer also pointing to future animation fixes and improvements we can expect to see in the future.
In an interview with IGN, id Software's Tim Willits advised that the Quake Champions team is all prepped to setup Australian servers for the upcoming Closed Beta. That is, once the North American and European markets are taken care of. Proclaiming, "I love my Australian fans, but y’all live on the other side of the world!" he went on to advise that they're teaming up with a "major server cloud company" in Australia, and that invites to the Quake Champions beta will only go out once servers go online.
Last week Blizzard announced Heroes of the Storm 2.0, a new update to its take on the MOBA genre out later this month (playable right now on the PTR) that completely rewrites the progression and the reward system found in the game. Sure, on paper the big takeaway might be the implementation of Loot Chests, but underneath all the various skins, sprays, banners, portraits, voice lines, emojis, and announcers lies the greatest version of the game to date.
Currently available for PlayStation VR, as one of the highlights on Sony's VR kit, Batman: Arkham VR is coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on April 25. Even though it's a somewhat short experience, as most VR stuff was in 2016, Batman: Arkham VR received a number of positive critical responses after its launch with many citing how well it put players behind the cowl of the World's Greatest Detective for an immersive VR experience.
Set in the Saints Row universe, Volition's Agents of Mayhem looks to take the comic sensibilities of that series to its logical conclusion -- an action-packed Saturday morning cartoon. Add in a fun stylised art style, colourful characters, and a vibrant city to run around in, and Agents of Mayhem might be one to keep an eye on when it launches August 18 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
One that will let you play the first three missions of the campaign as either Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano -- on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. As one of the best games of 2016, Dishonored 2 ups the freedom and choice of the original in a thrilling and inventive action-adventure game that, for some of you, may have gotten lost in the holiday shuffle. Personally, it's one that I missed and got to play prior to the launch of Zelda. And it certainly lived up to the hype.
Something with the header 'Overwatch Mission Archives' that will unlock, or become declassified on April 12. What could it be? Well, your guess is as good as ours. The word mission implies some form of story-based content, and the 'King's Row Uprising' tag listing it as an event from 7 years ago within the Overwatch universe lends itself to something along the lines of a new mode. Maybe. Again, we're not sure what to think.