MechWarrior Online Reborn And Going Strong With New Persistent Galactic War

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MechWarrior Online Reborn And Going Strong With New Persistent Galactic War

When Infinite Games Publishing, one half of the MechWarrior Online team, went defunct, it could have meant the end of the game. Instead, Piranha Games regrouped, took control of the game and license, and started building features the community had been politely requesting.

Since it has become the sole custodian of the free-to-play game, Piranha has implemented a persistent galactic war called Community Warfare. Players choose a faction and invade or defend planets to increase their faction's influence.

Community Warfare is just one of the major elements that Piranha has been implementing since taking over in full. "Having a publisher can sometimes be a compromise of certain things that need to be done for a game vs. things we know the fans are waiting for," said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. It sadly didn't work out for IGP in the long run, but I think the split really allowed everyone at Piranha to go head-down and start rolling out features that were being held up for whatever reason. We're definitely happy with where the game is at today and what we've accomplished over the last 10 or so months, we think the fans are happy too."

Clandestine: Anomaly Lets You Call In An Airstrike On Your Neighbor's Yapping Dog

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Clandestine: Anomaly Lets You Call In An Airstrike On Your Neighbor's Yapping Dog

A number of game and app companies have experimented with augmented reality. ZenFri is the latest, with the upcoming Clandestine: Anomaly, a science fiction adventure that makes use of a phone or tablet for storytelling.

In addition to using your iPhone or iPad's camera and screen, Clandestine: Anomaly uses geolocation for some of its gameplay. The gameplay is described as "seek and destroy," and as you play more, you'll unlock more powerful weapons.

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Reaper Cuts Down The Field In Six Minutes Of Overwatch Gameplay

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Reaper Cuts Down The Field In Six Minutes Of Overwatch Gameplay

On the eve of E3, Blizzard continues its rollout of gameplay reveals for Overwatch's characters, and this time you get to see what Reaper does so well.

The footage is an unedited match from an early build of the game, and it takes place in the Temple of Anubis, which is a point capture map. One team is on offense trying to capture specific points, while the other is on defense hoping to keep things at bay until the time runs out.

The Overwatch beta kicks in this fall, and you can sign up here (with a battle.net account).

This War Of Mine's Refugee Life Is Headed To Tablets

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When we first previewed 11 bit Studio's This War of Mine beginning at GDC 2013, we asked the team if it was planning a tablet release. The game is perfectly designed for touch-based play, and putting the game's tense look at war from another angle on that platform seemed like a smart move.

We reiterated the question in subsequent previews, and it became clear 11 bit was considering the move. Today, the studio has announced its plans to bring This War of Mine to touch devices.

Along with the announcement comes the first trailer for this version. The interactive demo below gives new players an idea of what they'll be up against as they struggle to survive.

Mighty No. 9 Gets September Release Date And A Collector's Edition

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After leaving Capcom behind, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune turned to Kickstarter for help bringing a new hero to life. We won't have to wait long now to finally play the spiritual successor to Mega Man.

Mighty No. 9 is coming this September on most platforms. In addition to the digital version of the game, publisher Deep Silver and developer Comcept have announced a number of bonuses.

In addition to the digital version, a retail edition will be available. Those that choose a hard copy will get the Ray DLC and the abandoned lab stage. Defeating that will allow you to play through the whole game as Ray. This bundle also includes a double-sided poster and an art booklet.

Neverending Nightmares Successor Explores Pregnancy And Filipino Folklore

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Neverending Nightmares Successor Explores Pregnancy And Filipino Folklore

Infinitap Games has announced a successor to its 2014 horror title Neverending Nightmares – Devastated Dreams.

Neverending Nightmares tackled issues of depression and mental illness that its creator Matt Gilgenbach experiences in his personal life. For Devastated Dreams, Gilgenbach is tackling new personal fears with a similarly abstract video game – "Being an expectant parent and feeling totally vulnerable in a rural area of the Philippines without any electricity or running water," Gilgenbach writes on his blog.

In the game, players play as Angel, a woman who may or may not be pregnant, as she explores her nightmares and encounters monsters inspired by Filipino folklore. You can read more about the game and Gilgenbach's personal experiences that are inspiring it by heading here.

Harley Steps Into The Spotlight In Latest Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

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Harley Steps Into The Spotlight In Latest Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

Batman: Arkham Knight will be out in exactly three weeks. We've been hearing for a while that Harley Quinn will be playable for those that pre-order the game. Now we get to see her in action.

This is a brief look at the maniacal villainess, who is as acrobatic and lethal as you might expect. She hits hard with her baseball bat and has a number of Mr. J's old tricks at her disposal.

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Six Things We Learned Playing The Dirty Bomb Open Beta

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Six Things We Learned Playing The Dirty Bomb Open Beta

Five years have passed since Splash Damage released its last game, Brink. The multiplayer shooter introduced a novel movement system but the experience was ultimately undermined by its meager offerings, overemphasis on bot play, and milquetoast gunplay. Now the development team best known for Enemy Territory is returning to its PC roots with Dirty Bomb, a new free-to-play, objective-based shooter that launches in open beta today.

Originally announced in 2012, Dirty Bomb was briefly rebranded as Extraction before returning to its original name. In the week leading up to the open beta we got our hands on the game to see how different it is from Splash Damage's previous offerings. Here are a handful of things that stuck out to us. 

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Gravity Ghost Jumps To PS4 With New Content

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Gravity Ghost from Ivy Games came out earlier this year on PC, and now this 2D platformer ruminating on death is coming to the PlayStation 4.

The upcoming version of the game has not been given a concrete date yet, but Ivy has announced that the title on PS4 adds a new constellation, a new playable character, and three new bonus tracks for the soundtrack.

For Ben's full review of the PC version, check it out here.

Slicing And Dicing Slimes And A Cyclops Is Delightfully Fun

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Move over, Hyrule Warriors. Dragon Quest is the next series getting the Dynasty Warriors treatment. Square Enix recently announced plans to bring a new hybrid, Dragon Quest Heroes, to North America as a PS4 exclusive. This is a pleasant surprise considering the publisher passed on bringing Dragon Quest X and the Dragon Quest VII remake stateside.

Dragon Quest is known for its traditional turn-based battle system, but this isn’t the first time the franchise has tried a flashier, more action-oriented approach. In 2008, Dragon Quest Swords launched on the Wii, taking advantage of the motion controls, but ended up a disappointment. Heroes has much more potential, since Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force has a better track record at creating thrilling action.

In Dragon Quest Heroes, monsters suddenly start attacking the peaceful city of Arba. This leads to you teaming up with memorable characters from Dragon Quest IV through VIII, like Yangus and Jessica from VIII and Bianca and Nera from V, to put an end to the chaos. You play a hero, Luceus, or heroine, Aurora.