Dead Or Alive 6 Will Have A Free-To-Play Version Post-Launch

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Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori has announced that the upcoming fighting game will have a free-to-play version that only includes the "core fighters." This additional version of the game was previously hinted at after a posting for "Dead or Alive 6 Core Fighters" appeared on the Microsoft Store, before quickly being taken down.

"First of all, about the listing on the Microsoft Store, that was a mistake from the development team," Shimbori said in an interview with Siliconera. "We do have plans to make a free-to-play version, but we haven’t announced when it will be available. We can promise it will be out post-launch of the full game. We can’t talk about it yet since we don't have concrete details about what will be included yet. But, it will be similar to what we had with Dead or Alive 5: Core Fighters."

Dead or Alive 5: Core Fighters is a free version of the fifth DoA mainline game. It only gives you four playable fighters, with the option to unlock a few costumes. It was followed by two other versions of Dead or Alive 5, a complete collection of the main game and all DLC called Ultimate and a HD remaster called Last Round.

Monster Hunter-Like Dauntless Will Go To Epic Game Store And Support Cross-Play

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Monster Hunter-Like Dauntless Will Go To Epic Game Store And Support Cross-Play

Phoenix Labs has announced that its Monster Hunter-like game, called Dauntless, will move from its own current launcher to the Epic Games Store. Also, when the game releases on consoles and mobile later this year, Dauntless will support both cross-platform multiplayer and progression on all systems.

There hasn't been an official confirmation as to when Dauntless current launcher will be retired, but it's probable that the PC version of the game will move to the Epic Games Store prior to or around the Xbox One and PS4 release. Phoenix Labs aims to have every player's saved data for Dauntless be tied to their Epic accounts, so when they transition to another system, their data goes with them. This system will apply to the Nintendo Switch and mobile versions of the game that launch later this year as well, allowing for total cross-play.

Phoenix Labs has also announced the release of Hunt Pass Season Two, which is now live in Dauntless and continues until March 13. This second season is Valentine's Day-themed, and introduces new limited-time rewards, such as platinum bundles and romantic emotes. The pass has a free Basic track, and an Elite track that costs 1,000 platinum. Both tracks have 50 levels, but going Elite will net you special Ace chips and notes, exclusive transmogs, and more.

Mage's Initiation: Reign Of The Elements Review - VGA Heyday

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Mage's Initiation: Reign Of The Elements Review - VGA Heyday

It would be remiss to talk about Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements without considering its overt inspiration: Quest for Glory, a series of Sierra games from the early '90s. Quest for Glory was an ambitious hybrid of point-and-click adventures and Dungeons & Dragons-inspired role-playing featuring multiple classes, real-time combat, comprehensive statistic-based character building that all affected and changed the way you approached the game's obstacles. It remains a concept very few games have directly replicated, but Mage's Initiation proudly embraces this influence at every turn and draws liberally from the Quest for Glory template. It feels like a spiritual successor in many ways, but while the fantasy adventure it creates is enjoyable in its own right, its attempts to execute Quest for Glory's RPG-inspired diversity in its different playstyles aren't as robust and meaningful as they might initially seem.

Metro Exodus Leaving Steam For Epic Store Seems Controversial Even Inside THQ

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Earlier this week, Deep Silver announced it will sell the PC version of Metro Exodus exclusively through the Epic Games Store--a move that Valve, the company behind Steam, decried as "unfair." Deep Silver parent company THQ Nordic GmbH tried to distance itself from the controversial decision, and now its parent company--THQ Nordic AB--has issued a response in support of the move.

Following the announcement that Metro Exodus would be skipping Steam, THQ Nordic took to Twitter to explain it had no involvement in the decision. "The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media's side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter," the company wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, THQ Nordic said: "We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible."

Metro Exodus Leaving Steam For Epic Seems Controversial Even Inside THQ

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Earlier this week, publisher Deep Silver announced it will offer the PC version of Metro Exodus exclusively through the Epic Games Store--a move that Valve, the company behind Steam, decried as "unfair." Deep Silver parent company THQ Nordic GmbH tried to distance itself from the controversial decision, and now its parent company--THQ Nordic AB--has issued a response in support of the move.

Following the announcement that Metro Exodus would be skipping Steam, THQ Nordic took to Twitter to explain it had no involvement in the decision. "The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media's side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter," the company wrote.

In a follow-up tweet, THQ Nordic said: "We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible."

New Paris Overwatch Map Revealed; Live On PC Test Servers Right Now

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New Paris Overwatch Map Revealed; Live On PC Test Servers Right Now

Blizzard has announced a new map for Overwatch is now live on the PC test servers. Called Paris, the new map takes place in the French city.

Paris is a new Assault map and it contains many narrow streets and corridors. Despite taking place in the city of love, the new map looks as if it's structured to funnel players into fierce firefights as they battle it out for capture points. Noticeable landmarks on the Paris map are the Cabaret Luna, the Pâtisserie Galand, and the Maison Marat--a palace in the center of the city.

Overwatch's latest event, the annual Lunar New Year celebration, is still live across all systems. Modeled after Chinese culture, each celebration adds new content to Overwatch that makes reference to the country's historical and cultural figures. This year's event, titled the Year of the Pig, will continue until February 8.

The Twilight Zone's New Reimagined Series Will Premiere This April

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CBS has announced the premiere date for the new The Twilight Zone. The TV series will debut on CBS All Access, and be exclusive for subscribers.

The Twilight Zone is scheduled to premiere on April 1, and no that's not an April Fool's Day joke. Two episodes will be available for subscribers on Monday, April 1, with new ones releasing on a weekly basis starting Thursday, April 11. The new series comes from the mind of Jordan Peele, who is also the host and narrator of the show. His production company, Monkeypaw, is set to produce the series.

Other cast members for the The Twilight Zone include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. A reimagined version of the original The Twilight Zone's "The Wunderkind" episode is already confirmed for this new series, but details have not yet been released for other episodes.

The Twilight Zone's New Reimagined Series Premieres This April

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CBS has announced the premiere date for the new The Twilight Zone. The TV series will debut on CBS All Access, and be exclusive for subscribers.

The Twilight Zone is scheduled to premiere on April 1, and no that's not an April Fool's Day joke. Two episodes will be available for subscribers on Monday, April 1, with new ones releasing on a weekly basis starting Thursday, April 11. The new series comes from the mind of Jordan Peele, who is also the host and narrator of the show. His production company, Monkeypaw, is set to produce the series.

Other cast members for the The Twilight Zone include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. A reimagined version of the original The Twilight Zone's "The Wunderkind" episode is already confirmed for this new series, but details have not yet been released for other episodes.