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Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr founders can now jump into the action-RPG’s alpha

11 Feb

Those part of the Founders’ Campaign for Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr can now participate in the alpha.

Called The Founding, the early purchase incentive gives players the ability to help influence the development of Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr. There are various packages available, so if you are interested, be sure to look them over on the Neocore Store.

The trailer seen above was released to mark the launch of The Founding.

Kicking off yesterday, the alpha provides access to the earliest playable build, up to the final product’s release. Neocore Games said the current build lacks features and gameplay elements which will make the final game, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Announced in July 2015, Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr is an isometric action-RPG sandbox, and Neocore promises it will continue to evolve with a “continuous flow of content” as well as years of entertainment value. And blood. Lots of blood.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is currently without a firm release date, but will be made available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Karak Azgaraz DLC and excellent quest update both land on consoles next month

12 Jan

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide updates first on PC, but console players don’t have long to wait now.

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Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide players on PS4 and Xbox One will receive the latest batch of updates and content next month, Fatshark has announced.

Both the snowy Karak Azgaraz campaign DLC and the fantastic Quests & Contract free update will release on February 28 for consoles.

Jut to remind you of what that means:

    Karak Azgaraz Features

  • New Map: Khazid Kro – Journey through the outlying settlement of Khazid Kro
  • New Map: The Cursed Rune – Explore the snow covered Grey Mountains
  • New Map: Chain of Fire – Make your way to the top of the mountain to set the beacon
  • New Weapon: Warpick for the Dwarf Ranger
  • New Weapon: Falchion for the Witch Hunter
  • Three New Achievements
    Quest and Contracts Features

  • Long term quests offer awesome and rare loot
  • Short term contracts offer temporary hero buffs in the form of boons

So not only will there be more content in rotation, you’ll have new ways to dispatch enemies and opportunities to source exactly the loot you want. Nice.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide goes walkin’ in a winter wonderland with today’s DLC

15 Dec

Nothing says “holidays” more than swarms of bloodthirsty bipedal rats.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide players can now check out the Karak Azgaraz DLC campaign on PC.

Released today on Steam and coming to consoles in some vague future, Karak Azgaraz delivers three new maps and challenges Vermintide players to fight through the Grey Mountains to ancient Dwarfen halls.

“Karak Azgaraz brings three new levels to the world of Vermintide, and the rats are meaner than ever – below zero temperature will make anyone cranky,” Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund said.

The DLC also adds two new weapons and a couple of achievements. Details below.

    Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Karak Azgaraz DLC Features

  • New Map: Khazid Kro – Journey through the outlying settlement of Khazid Kro
  • New Map: The Cursed Rune – Explore the snow covered Grey Mountains
  • New Map: Chain of Fire – Make your way to the top of the mountain to set the beacon
  • New Weapon: Warpick for the Dwarf Ranger
  • New Weapon: Falchion for the Witch Hunter
  • Three New Achievements

Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr video outlines how the game makes the open world less repetitive and more interesting

14 Dec

Find out what NeocoreGames had in mind when creating the game world of Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr.

Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor – Martyr, the upcoming action-RPG from Van Helsing developers at NeocoreGames, has a new trailer that’s devoted entirely to the game’s open world. The video explains how studio is looking to eliminate the grind that comes with playing isometric action-RPGs.

Martyr starts you in one of the world’s sub-sectors, which includes various systems each with different planets. The world will expand to unlock more sub-sectors, which tie into the storyline in the sector. You’ll be able to influence these storylines together with other players, too.

The trailer then goes on to lay out how combining open-world with randomly generated missions and objectives is the way to go, before showing examples of the 50 different mission types you’ll run into.

Even the tiles each level is based on are sourced from a wide range of locations and themes from the Warhammer 40K universe. It all looks very promising, even if there’s not much gameplay in there.

Inquisitor – Martyr is out next year, first on PC.

Space Hulk: Deathwing will see a delay, but not by much

7 Dec

Space Hulk: Deathwing, the FPS from Streum On studio set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, will be delayed – but it’s a short wait.

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According to a announcement from publisher Focus Home Interactive, instead of releasing this week on December 9 as planned, the game will arrive a week later on December 14.

The extra time will provide the development team time to address technical points raised during the closed technical beta last week.

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Most issues have already been addressed, according to the studio. These include: improvement to loading times, optimization of general performance, improvement of interface and menu elements, sound-design changes including character voices, and fix of numerous bugs and nearly all occurrences of crashes.

Work is ongoing to fix the remainder of these issues.

To hold you over until release, a final batch of images have been released, and can be seen above in the gallery.

Space Hulk: Deathwing will be released on PS4 and Xbox One in early 2017.

Check out 17 minutes of Space Hulk: Deathwing’s solo campaign

19 Nov

Here’s a new video for the first-person shooter Space Hulk: Deathwing, based on the Games Workshop boardgame.

Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, along with a cooperative multiplayer mode, Space Hulk features a solo campaign which was written in collaboration with Black Library author and Dark ​Angels specialist, Gav Thorpe.

What you see above is 17 minutes worth of uncut gameplay from the campaign, which clocks in at around 15 hours when in normal difficulty mode.

If played on harder difficulty and with time taken to explore to find hidden relics along the way, the campaign will last even longer.

The campaign also has huge environments, with lots of “optional areas and secret rooms to discover.”

Here’s what you can expect from the solo campaign, according to developer Streum On Studio:

“In the campaign you play as a Librarian of the Dark Angels’ 1st Company, the Deathwing, taking on swarms of Genestealer in the Space Hulk Olethros with Storm Bolter and Force Sword in hand. The Librarian is a Psyker, granting him access to powerful psychic abilities such as chain lighting, a powerful lightning bolt, which arcs between multiple enemies; and Shockwave, which blasts enemies back from you. You will need to utilize the full armory of the Deathwing company, your powerful psychic abilities, as well as the squad members under your command to fend off the xenos threat.

“The Genestealers adapt their behaviour, based on their numbers, their type, and your actions. Commanding your teammates to cover you, block doors to prevent genestealers from flanking you, heal you, or hold a key position, is vital to survival in the depths of the Space Hulk. By playing the campaign you also unlock new weaponry for use by you and your squadmates, along with gaining experience to spend on three skill trees to unlock powerful new abilities.”

Space Hulk: Deathwing will be made available for download on PC, December 9 and will arrive on consoles in 2017.

Total War: Warhammer players will soon enter the Realm of the Wood Elves

17 Nov

A new content update called Realm of The Wood Elves will be released for Total War: Warhammer next month.

It introduces The Wood Elves race to the Grand Campaign as well as a narrative mini-campaign for the Elves, The Season of Revelation.

Here’s a list of content:

  • New Wood Elves Race in the Grand Campaign
  • New additional Race-specific currency: Amber
  • Wonder-based Campaign victory condition
  • Wood Elves may conquer any region on the map
  • Two New Playable Legendary Lords: Orion and Durthu
  • Two new Lord types with deep-specialisation skill trees
  • Three new Hero types with deep-specialisation skill trees
  • Comprehensive Wood Elves army roster
  • Adds an additional campaign map to the game with the unique ‘Season of Revelations’ Wood Elves story Campaign
  • New Unique Monsters, Heroes, Magic and Game Features

According to the Creative Assembly, the race offer a swift, “glass-cannon playstyle,” and are the most powerful and versatile archers in the game. Magical arrows can be equipped, they can fire while moving, and can be joined in battle by Woodland allies such as Dryads, Great Eagles, Forest Dragons and and the ancient Treemen.

Realm of The Wood Elves is available to preorder now, and more information is posted through the game’s Steam page.

If you pre-order the new content before it releases on December 8, you can take 10% off the regular price of $18.99.

New level for Warhammer – End Times: Vermintide in the works for VR

12 Nov

I you own the PC version of Warhammer – End Times: Vermintide, the game’s developer wants to give you a VR level of the game for free.

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Fatskark announced it was working on a VR level for Vermintide on Twitch, and if you missed the livestream this link will take you directly to the part where it is discussed.

The level starts off in a tavern which leads the player to the Castle Drachenfels which is where everything turns to Skaven hell. A bow and staff were used to combat the horrible things, and since there is little information to go on at this time, it’s unknown whether there will be other weapons available for the player.

Again, not much is known at present, other that what you see in the stream, but the developer promises more details will be announced soon.

The Vermintide VR level will be standalone experience, and is slated for release on HTC Vive before the end of 2016.

Stab rats in the face at no cost thanks to Vermintide’s free Steam weekend

4 Nov

Vermintide is free on Steam. What a glorious day!

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Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is basically Left 4 Dead except with rats instead of zombies and with persistent progression for each of the characters.

Now that a number of free updates have sorted out its loot problem, it’s a heck of a good time if you have even one pal to watch your back. Would you like to try Vermintide? Now you can.

Head on over to Steam to try Vermintide for free. If you enjoy yourself, you can purchase it at 50% off – or consider the newly-released console versions on PS4 and Xbox One, perhaps.

Vermintide is set in Warhammer: End Times, the last hurrah of the classic Warhammer fantasy universe before Games Workshop rebooted the whole thing. There aren’t many games I can think of where you’re playing in the middle of an apocalypse you can’t actually avert. Knowing this gives the whole thing an interesting flavour, I think.

This new Vermintide DLC addresses my biggest problem with the game – and it’s free

14 Oct

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is about to get a whole lot less frustrating.

I really like Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide but I don’t play it as much as I should, because it makes me super angry.

The problem is the loot. There are several tiers of rarity in Vermintide and if you’re a scrub like me you’ll want the best gear before you challenge the higher difficulty levels.

Getting that best gear though? It’s a slog. Given that each character has multiple weapon types, at multiple rarity levels, with multiple possible bonuses attached to them, the chances of Vermintide’s RNG throwing up something you want is slim to none. Collecting all the tomes and grimoires increases your likelihood of scoring loot and its final quality, but it has zero effect on the chances you’ll get something totally useless for your particular build.

Vermintide developer Fatshark has added a couple of systems to make this less unbearable. For example, you can take multiple weapons of the same rarity and reforge them into one, better weapon for example – but again, RNG plays a factor. You can also try offering up resources obtained from breaking down equipment to receive a new weapon – but oh, look, RNG is back again.

There are ways to improve your chances and you could always, like, try another character or build based on the loot you do have, but I personally am really attached to my Witch Hunter and his headstab rapier so I’m not having any of it. I demand Vermintide give me what I want … and so I’m still waiting on enough base-quality items to force it to give me even a second level version of the weapon I’m chasing.

Yes, my Vermintide teammates are tired of my stubbornness – but now here comes a new free DLC which may restore harmony to our group without me having to switch off my adjustment disorder. Called Quest & Contracts, it provides players with the opportunity to agree to little side missions in order to earn specific loot, or boons which buff your character – making a dive into the more lucrative difficulty settings a possibility.

The DLC is out now on PC via the latest patch, so grab it and check the Bounty Board in the tavern to get started. Now we just have to hope a quest comes up offering a rapier so I can stop being the dead weight in my Vermintide group.

Total War: Warhammer’s next DLC introduces two bitter rivals

13 Oct

Total War: Warhammer – The King & The Warlord has plenty of new goodies on offer.

The next major Total War: Warhammer DLC is its second Lords pack, and will release on October 20.

The King & The Warlord is now available for pre-order on Steam, with more information promised soon.

The DLC adds two new Legendary Lord with new quest chains, magic items and skill trees: Ancestral heir of Karak Eight Peaks Belagar Ironhammer and Warlord of The Eight Peaks Skarsnik. These two rival characters will certainly liven things up for Greenskin and Dwarf players.

The DLC also includes two additional Lord types, six battlefield units including Squigs, and 22 elite Regiments of Renown. The accompanying patch will also add a stack of free content for those who don’t buy in, including maps.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is available to pre-order on consoles now

27 Sep

It’s been a hell of a wait but Vermintide’s console release date is almost here.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide released in October last year on PC and it’s finally coming to consoles next month.

It’s been described as Left 4 Dead with rats, and as a huge fan of the Left 4 Dead series, I’ve been waiting for this to tide me over while I wait for Left 4 Dead 3. Which has to happen.

As the release date edges closer, we’ve been treated to a new trailer. And in other news, you can now pre-order the title both physically and digitally – check the PlayStation and Xbox Stores in your region for the latter.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is out on October 4 for PS4 and Xbox One.

Just look at the rad new units in Total War: Warhammer’s The Grim and The Grave

24 Aug

Is that a – ghost bus? Why didn’t anyone tell me Warhammer had ghost buses?

Total War: Warhammer is getting a second Lord Pack, following on from Call of the Beastmen.

There was a time not to long ago when Total War DLC trailers were, well, pretty dull; there’s not much you can do to spruce up another Celtic tribe or minor Sengoku clan, really.

But Warhammer is such a bonkers setting that all the Creative Assembly has to do is lovingly recreate some of the more interesting units and bam, there’s a winner. Just look at The Grim and The Grave in the trailer above. You can’t tell me you don’t want to unleash that ghost bus on your enemies. I don’t even care what it does. Ghost buses make Total War: Warhammer the strategy game of the century in my opinion.

Total War: Warhammer – The Grim and The Grave arrives on Steam on September 8 for $8. It adds two new legendary lords with quest chains, magic items and skill trees; two new lord types (Strigoi Ghoul King and Arch Lector); five all-new units and numerous variants; and 18 elite regiments of renown. Whether you buy in or not, everyone gets one free legendary lord (Vlad von Carstein) and five new battle maps, which is lovely.

“The first – and arguably greatest – of the Vampire Counts is a nigh-unrivalled practitioner of the Lore of Vampires, granting Vanguard Deployment to all units under his command, whose thirst for the throne of the Empire rivals even that of Mannfred himself,” Creative Assembly said of von Carstein.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide will be made available on PS4 and Xbox One in October

27 Jul

After selling over 500,000 copies on PC, Fatshark is bringing its popular Skaven-infested game to consoles.

It was announced by the studio today Warhammer: End Times­ Vermintide would arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in October.

Along with the core game, the console version will include the Last Stand game mode as well as its two maps. This mode finds players trying to fend off horde after horde of Skaven, with each battle more difficult than the last.

It will also include Sigmar’s Blessing as well as the Drachenfels DLC which comes with three additional maps set outside of Ubersreik.

Warhammer: End Times ­ Vermintide will be released on PS4 and Xbox One October 4.

Fatshark will self-publish the digital versions for console and has enlisted Nordic Games to handle the worldwide distribution of the physical editions.

Next Total War: Warhammer DLC leaks, again – and this time it’s Beastmen

14 Jul

Brutal trailer reveals Total War: Warhammer is getting a bit beastly.

Total War: Warhammer publisher Sega has a definite PR plan for revealing the strategy smash’s content drops, but it keeps going out the window. The latest leak is the trailer above, which was unlisted but not private, and uncovered by Redditors, among others.

Due to the nature of this leak we don’t know much about the DLC, but the trailer gives us a July 28 release date for Call of the Beastmen and a note at the end advertises a July 19 gameplay reveal, so we shouldn’t have too long to wait before it becomes official.

In the meantime, here’s the official description:

As The Beastmen emerge from their woodland lairs, ten thousand hooves stamp in agitated union, and a foetid musk arises from the sea of matted fur. The bray of the battle-horns pierces the gloom, and beyond: from Bordeleaux to Ostermark, the Call Of The Beastmen will be heard across The Old World.

Nice. This wasn’t much of a surprise to fans as The Creative Assembly has teased it pretty heavily, but it’s still good to have confirmation – well, as much as we can call this confirmation while it’s still technically a leak.

Dawn of War 3 extended E3 gamplay footage shows Space Marines in action

7 Jul

An extended look at the Space Marine mission from E3.

Back in June, we got to see some Dawn of War 3 gameplay at E3.

It was only a few brief minutes and in German, so you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an extended gameplay video with game director Philip Boulle talking us through the mission.

“What you’re about to see is a condensed version a longer mission balanced to show you the core features of gameplay,” says community manager Kellie Goggins in the intro, noting that the footage is pre-alpha with under-powered Eldar that get roundly trounced by the Space Marines.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 will be released in 2017 on PC.

The Eldar faction now available in Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Early Access

11 Jun

Those playing Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade through Steam Early Access will be happy to know the Eldar faction was deployed this week.

The Eldar faction now available in Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade Early Access

The faction is one of the most ancient races in the Warhammer 40K universe, and is now playable alongside the Space Marines and Chaos Space Marines.

Along with the Eldar, the development team has made “massive” balance adjustments, added the Garrison training grounds, Rogue Trader store items, added a new weapon and have made various improvements and tweaks to gameplay.

The update notes also state the Eldar’s Swooping Hawk air support and the Banshee aspect warrior will be released at a later date.

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is third-person MMO shooter from Behaviour Interactive and will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer. It will be published by Bandai Namco.

Total War: Warhammer sells half a million copies in three days

27 May

SEGA and The Creative Assembly should be rather pleased with the response to Total War: Warhammer. And they are, obviously.

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Total War: Warhammer sells half a million copies in three days

Within three days, the game has already sold half a million copies, which is a franchise record.

The latest entry in the Total War series launch at 8am BST on Tuesday, May 24 and regularly tops 100,000 concurrent players. No wonder there were server issues at launch.

As of press time, there are currently 76,590 folks playing the game on Steam.

If you have yet to pick the strategy game up, which critics seem to enjoy, you have until Tuesday, May 31 to get the Chaos Warriors Race Pack free with purchase.

The Pack adds three new playable Legendary Lords such as the Dragon Ogre Kholek Suneater along with new Chaos Warrior mounts, units and monsters. It also includes new quests, magic items, abilities and a new horde campaign playstyle.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide DLC adds three maps, free on Steam this weekend

27 May

Three new maps, what a glorious day.

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Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide free on Steam this weekend, new DLC out now

PC exclusive first-person co-op action effort Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is free on Steam this weekend.

Dive on in and have a go; if you like what you see you can pick it up at a discount.

In other news, a new DLC called Drachenfels launched today. As with all the other DLC packs so far, only the host needs to own it, and then everyone else can access the content.

The new pack adds three maps set outside the walls of Ubersreik, in the Grey Mountains. Here’s Fatshark’s description:

Fight your way through the halls and chambers of Castle Drachenfels, adorned with the bones of victims long gone. Make your way through The Dungeons, sections of which are so dark, a torch is required to illuminate the trap riddled passages. Quell the Skaven reinforcement efforts by destroying the ancient portals on Summoner’s Peak.

The Skaven are on the move, beady eyes set on the dreaded abandoned castle of Drachenfels. In this DLC for Vermintide, it’s up to our heroes to once again stop the Skaven army from fulfilling their vile agenda.

If you’re yet to play Vermintide, I recommend it. It’s a lot like Left 4 Dead, except everyone is a snarky Warhammer character. Since launch, the unsatisfying loot system has been overhauled a little bit, making it slightly more rewarding to play – but the addition of a horde mode and new maps through DLC has been more helpful in that regard.

Total War: Warhammer video takes a behind-the-scenes look at game design

24 May

Total War: Warhammer releases today, and to kick things off, The Creative Assembly has released behind-the-scenes look at the game’s development.

Total War: Warhammer video takes a behind-the-scenes look at game design

The video goes into how the team brought the tabletop fantasy game to the Total War series, how it expanded upon the strategy franchise’s gameplay and mechanics, and the team’s determination to “bring Warhammer to life in a way no one has attempted before.”

Reviews for the game went live last week and critics seemed pleased going by early scores.

With many jumping into the game at launch, servers were having some issues dealing with the load. At launch, there were over 40,000 folks playing the game on Steam. We just checked a minute ago: there are over 73,000 as of press time.

The Creative Assembly provided a workaround, so if you are affected, give that a read.

Total War: Warhammer is available for PC alongside the free Chaos Warriors Race Pack.