Author - Jerry Paxton

World of Warships Update 0.10.5 Released

Today Wargaming, developer and publisher of the widely popular, free to play naval combat game World of Warships (WoWS), has released Update 0.10.5 bringing a barrage of new features to the game alongside other improvements and additions.

Enter Grand Battle

The all new Grand Battle mode places players in an alternative history where main batteries take precedence over deck aviation. Players will take the helm of new super battleships from a time where navies focused on pure firepower. The mode tasks players to captain Tier IX-X ships, including super battleships, in a 9v9 battle with a limit of three super battleships allowed per side.

Arriving on the seas is the Satsuma, a project modelled on the famous Yamato with whopping 510mm guns, and the Hannover, a version of the H-42 with 483mm guns, both in four twin-gun turrets. The Hannover’s secondary battery also packs 128mm calibre dual-purpose artillery.

Players earn Intelligence Reports – a new kind of temporary resource collected daily on log-in and by playing in Grand Battle on Tier IX-X ships – in order to earn the opportunity to command these mighty vessels. Rewards from participating in dedicated combat missions include Dazzling camouflages, a commemorative flag, and the Grand Battle patch.

German Destroyers hit main servers

Fresh out of early access, the German Destroyers tech tree is now live on main servers. The Tier VII Z-31, Tier VIII Gustav Julius Maerker, Tier IX Felix Schultz and the Tier X Elbing are all available to research.

These ships combine accurate main batteries with destructive AP shells, combining high penetration and damage with enhanced shell ricochet angles. For a full overview of the new ships hitting the waves, and associated imagery, click here.

Celebrating the US Independence Day with the Summer Battles

With the release of the Update 0.10.5, four themed groups of combat missions will guide the players to receive, along with camouflages and signals, the final reward – battleship Colorado in her new Independence Day permanent camouflage, alongside a themed auction.

Finally, additional features include major alterations to some game mechanics, such as the removal of friendly fire, as well as changes to the rocket launching mechanics of all attack aircraft. For the full details, developer notes can be found here, and further assets can be found here.

Arma 20th Anniversary Stream Announced

Bohemia Interactive invites fans and media to the celebrate Arma’s 20th anniversary, taking place on Tuesday, June 22nd.
To begin the celebrations, Bohemia Interactive plans a special live broadcast for Tuesday, June 22nd from 5 PM UTC to 7 PM UTC.

Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Spanel, Creative Director Ivan Buchta and Arma 3 community manager Niles George will be hosting the 2-hour event, revisiting old memories, playing some iconic Arma missions live and unveiling some great news for fans! Spoiler alert: There won’t be talks of any new release.

You can tune in on June 22nd at the scheduled start time via the Arma 3 YouTube channel or on Twitch. Expect a heartwarming event that explores the trajectory of one of the most important military simulation games in the history of video games.

Released in June 2001 as Operation Flashpoint, this franchise has earned the hearts of millions of military game aficionados around the world. An IP with 20 years of legacy deserves a proper celebration and, thus, Bohemia Interactive is organizing a full 20-days commemoration starting June 22nd with special content and social media activities for fans to come together and revisit the epic journey of Arma.

For more information, visit Arma blog, or follow the conversation on Twitter, and Discord.

*Operation Flashpoint(R) is registered trademark of Codemasters.

Dungeons & Dragons and G4 Team Up for D&D Live 2021

Dungeons & Dragons and G4 have assembled a studious and accomplished crew of adventurers to bring D&D Live 2021 to life on July 16 & 17. The two-day event will feature continuous entertainment designed for fans’ enjoyment including essential information on upcoming D&D storylines, Magic: The Gathering sets, and secret projects. Four two-hour D&D games will be presented and today D&D announced the lineup of one extremely consequential table G4 is dubbing Lost Odyssey: Last Light. Veteran daredevils known for perfecting the science of swashbuckling, Jack Black, Reggie Watts, Lauren Lapkus, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes will be led by stern Dungeon Master Kate Welch in a very serious investigation into dragons, krakens and sea giant queens. Another very special guest will be making an appearance and will be revealed closer to the event.

“Holy crap, are you sure you want to put these people around a D&D table with me? I’m pretty sure it’s going to be bedlam, but maybe that’s what D&D Live is all about,” said Kate Welch, perhaps remembering the Cast of Thrones table she presided over last year. “In all honesty, I’m honored to weave a tale for this group of incredibly funny folks. It’ll be a session you won’t forget!”

The players of the Lost Odyssey: Last Light table have chosen Extra Life as the charity they will be raising money for during the event. You can get the jump on the event and donate to their cause here.

Watch D&D Live 2021 on July 16 & 17 at 12 pm PT. G4 and D&D are partnering to deliver this programming in a myriad of ways for fan’s convenience:

In addition to the multitude of entertainment at D&D Live 2021, fans will receive more information on upcoming products from Wizards of the Coast. Interviews with the lead designers behind the annual D&D storyline The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, the D&D source book set in a Magic: The Gathering plane Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos, and Magic’s Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set using D&D mechanics and monsters. There will be a few surprise announcements as well.

Go to G4TV.com/dndlive for more information on all of the programming coming during D&D Live 2021 on July 16 & 17.

Hello Puppets: Midnight Show Announcement Trailer

Escape the horror puppet show in Hello Puppets: Midnight Show, a new game by Otherworld Interactive and tinyBuild that was just revealed as a part of Steam Next Fest.

Midnight Show is a standalone PC prequel to the VR hit Hello Puppets!, set in the 1980s on the set of a Muppets knock-off TV show. You have one night to reverse the spell and escape the Handeemen Sound Stage alive!

You are Owen Gubberson, a master puppet maker that brought their creations to life using magic. The puppets aren’t what you expected, however. They’re sadistic and evil, and they have plans for you.

“It’s the most challenging and ambitious game we’ve ever made. Our goal was to combine our love of narrative-focused horror with a more systemic game design, so you can play it over and over. We’re absolutely thrilled with how the game is shaping up so far, and we hope you enjoy getting an early look at it at Steam Next Games Fest!” ” – Andrew Allen, Creative Director at Otherworld.

Features: 
  • Dynamic Hide and Seek gameplay against an advanced AI that hunts you and forces you to learn its behavior and adapt.
  • Four distinct AI bosses with unique behaviors, personalities, and narratives. You’ll grow to fear and love them at the same time.
  • Large, complex levels full of tools to use against the puppets, hiding spots, and pieces of a larger narrative you’ll have to work to put together.
  • Unique “Hiding” mechanics that force you to stay on your toes by completing high-stakes minigames and challenges.

First Official E3 2021 Award Winners Announced

The first-ever, all virtual E3 2021 culminated with the Official E3 2021 Awards Show, as Forza Horizon 5 from Microsoft Game Studios was named the Most Anticipated Game of E3 2021.

The Official E3 2021 Awards Show winners were selected from all the games showcased during the four-day live E3 2021 broadcast that began on Saturday, June 12. Editors from IGN, GameSpot, PC Gamer, GamesRadar+, Game Bonfire and IGN China participated in the voting with results announced live during the show.

Full List of Official E3 2021 Awards Winners

  • Overall Most Anticipated: Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Game Studios
  • Best presentation: Microsoft: Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase
  • Most Anticipated:
    • Capcom: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
    • Gearbox Entertainment: Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
    • Indie Games: Falling Frontier
    • Intellivision: Asteroids
    • Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
    • PC Gaming Show: Songs of Conquest
    • Freedom Games: Airborne Kingdom
    • Future Games Show: Immortality
    • SQUARE ENIX: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Ubisoft: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
    • Xbox/Bethesda: Halo: Infinite
    • Yooreka Studio: Loopmancer

The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced Launch Trailer

Today, we are excited to release The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced, a next-gen upgrade to the award-winning RPG that takes advantage of the significant power of the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

Available now, those who own or purchase The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, or PS4 will receive free access to ESO: Console Enhanced on next-gen. Xbox Game Pass members will also receive the benefits of Console Enhanced when they play on Xbox Series X|S.

The arrival of The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced represents a landmark moment, marking the second generation of consoles to receive a true Elder Scrolls Online experience. Here’s a peek at the upgrades players can look forward to:

  • Next-Gen Performance: With the next-generation power of Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, the game will run at a crisp 60fps while in Performance Mode. If you’re looking for a visual feast, Fidelity Mode allows Xbox Series X and PS5 players to enjoy native 4K @ 30fps, while Xbox Series S runs 1440p @ 30fps.
  • Increased Draw Distance: For players who love to admire ESO’s vast beauty, the game’s draw distance has nearly been doubled, allowing greater views of the ever-growing world of Tamriel.
  • Improved Loading Times: Moving up to next-generation power means loading times on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 have been nearly cut in half on average, enabling console players to remain immersed in ESO’s stunning world with less waiting.
  • Enhanced Textures & Antialiasing: Throughout the world of Tamriel, shadows are now sharper, creating a more precise visual, and great improvements to antialiasing have smoothed out objects like foliage and structures.
  • For the comprehensive list of features coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, head over to the ESO website for more.

While enjoying Console Enhanced, players can continue to immerse themselves in the year-long Gates of Oblivion storyline. Available now on all platforms, the Blackwood Chapter will task players with exposing the daedric plots and tyrannical schemes consuming the region. Discover their connection to the Prince of Destruction and his dreadful plans for Tamriel. Though Blackwood is a standalone story, its events further the overall Gates of Oblivion narrative that will conclude later in 2021.

Players can purchase the Blackwood Chapter through the ESO Store or platform store of their choice. The new Chapter is available now with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, MAC, Stadia, PS5 and PS4. For full patch notes on Update 30, remember to keep an eye on our official forums.

Arma 3 Creator DLC: CSLA Iron Curtain Out Now

Publisher Bohemia Interactive and third-party developer CSLA Studio are announcing today the release of the Arma 3 Creator DLC: CSLA Iron Curtain. The DLC is available for purchase on Steam for $12.99 USD / €12.99 EUR / £10.99 GBP, and early adopters will receive a 10% discount in the first week of its release.

In the CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, players are taken back to the Cold War era of the 1980’s, and explore what life in Czechoslovakia and its heavily-guarded border with the Federal Republic of Germany could have been like if an armed conflict had ever come between the East and the West.

CSLA (or ČSLA) is an abbreviation for “Československá lidová armáda” in Czech and “Československá ľudová armáda” in Slovak. It refers to the Czechoslovak People’s Army, which were the armed forces of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic from 1954 until 1990.

Key features of the CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC include:

  • 256 km2 terrain – Original landlocked map called “Gabreta” with deep forests, windswept mountains, calm valleys, a railway network, and various military outposts.
  • 3 factions – Cold War era armed forces of the United States and Czechoslovakia, as well as local rebel fighters.
  • 35 weapons (incl. variants) – A mix of classic pistols, rifles, and launchers (with a large variety of weapon attachments), including the FAL and Sa-58 assault rifles, XM177 carbine, and M1911 pistol.
  • 52 vehicles (incl. variants) – Various ground, air, and water vehicles such as the T-72 Main Battle Tank, M113 and OT-62 APCs, and Mi-17 and UH-60 transport helicopters.
  • 19 scenarios – 9 singleplayer scenarios depicting various armed confrontations in the Gabreta region, 1 singleplayer Showcase scenario, and 9 multiplayer scenarios (Zeus, Warlords, co-op, team deathmatch, and more).

CSLA Studio has published a ‘compatibility data pack for non-owners’ via the Steam Workshop, which enables those who do not own the CSLA Iron Curtain DLC to still play on multiplayer servers that make use of its content. However, the DLC’s terrain and singleplayer scenarios remain exclusive to owners of the DLC. Restrictions to the use of non-owned content also apply.

Creator DLC is a label for original Arma 3 projects made by third-party developers and published by Bohemia Interactive. It enables external talent to earn a financial reward while players get to enjoy more quality content. CSLA Iron Curtain is the third Creator DLC project to come out after the release of Global Mobilization – Cold War Germany in April 2019 and S.O.G. Prairie Fire in May 2021.

Developer CSLA Studio will share further development news and updates via their website, Twitter account, and Facebook page More information about the Arma 3 Creator DLC program can be found on https://arma3.com/dlc/creator.

A Plague Tale: Requiem E3 Reveal Trailer

Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive are delighted to announce A Plague Tale: Requiem, the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed and award-winning A Plague Tale: Innocence. Unveiled at the E3 2021 Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we are happy to share with you A Plague Tale: Requiem’s worldwide premiere reveal trailer!

The heart-rending story of Hugo and Amicia’s struggle for survival in a dark, plague-ridden, medieval world will continue in 2022 on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, and PC. The game will be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC. A Plague Tale: Requiem will also be released on Nintendo Switch using Nintendo’s cloud-streaming technology.

For more information, visit www.focus-home.com/games/a-plague-tale-requiem.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Anounced

Today, publisher of retro-and-modern games, Ziggurat Interactive, announced a summer 2021 release for their remastered, high definition edition of BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites, coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, and Switch. In development by WayForward, the game’s original creators, this updated version of the hit 2D hack ‘n’ slash platformer will feature all-new voice acting performed by the original BloodRayne cast — Laura Bailey (Rayne) and Troy Baker (Kagan). This digital release is coming to Windows PC, PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox as well as an exclusive, multiplatform physical release through Limited Run Games.

“It has been a phenomenal experience working with WayForward to revisit and revamp BloodRayne Betrayal for a new generation of Rayne fans,” said Michael Devine, SVP of Business Development. “We were very fortunate to work with Laura Bailey and Troy Baker to lend their voices to their iconic characters.”

Released in 2011, the original BloodRayne Betrayal was met with passionate reviews for its gorgeous graphics and punishing difficulty. This iteration in the series changed things up by switching from a 3D format to a fast-paced, 2D side-scroller. As Rayne, players will battle through 15 levels as they wend their way through a hidden castle where a sinister gathering is taking place. It’s Rayne’s last job — will she “clean house” or find herself six feet under?

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Features:

  • All-New Voice Acting: Originally released without any spoken dialog, the new BloodRayne Betrayal will feature AAA-quality voice acting by Laura Bailey and Troy Baker reprising their roles as Rayne and Kagan. Patrick Seitz and Todd Haberkorn are also featured as voice actors in the game, bringing more of its characters to life.
  • Enhanced Edition: Cleaned-up visuals, squashed bugs, and support for HD displays (up to 4K) are just a few new details added to the game that help Rayne strut her stuff on modern PCs and consoles
  • Advanced Controller Support: Improved support for haptic features on modern console controllers
  • Modern Console Release: Rayne returns to console including a first-ever release on Nintendo Switch
  • Physical Edition: Collectors rejoice! Fresh Bites will receive an exclusive physical edition release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch through Limited Run Games

Capcom E3 2021 FULL Live Showcase

During the all-virtual E3 2021, the Capcom showcase offered fans a look at what to expect from the renowned Japanese publisher’s latest lineup. The broadcast, hosted by Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, shared news and updates for the upcoming games Monster Hunter Stories™ 2: Wings of Ruin and The Great Ace Attorney™ Chronicles, the recently released hits Resident Evil™ Village and Monster Hunter™ Rise, plus a look at the year ahead for esports from the Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) and Street Fighter League (SFL).

The full Capcom showcase broadcast can be accessed on Capcom’s official YouTube and Twitch channels, in addition to being available within the official E3 portal and app.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Takes Flight
The new story trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin shed light on the fate of the famous Monster Rider Red, the origins of Razewing Ratha, and the player’s journey to unravel the Wings of Ruin prophecy. Monster Riders eager to hop in the saddle to experience the opening hours of the highly anticipated RPG can enjoy a Free Trial Version offering full save data transfer when it lands on June 25 for Nintendo Switch™ and Steam at launch. Fans interested in seeing more of the diverse and majestic monsters coming to the game could catch a glimpse of numerous fan favorites they can bond with during their travels, including Elder Dragons Kushala Daora and Teostra. Finally, the showcase offered a look at some of the free title updates coming to the game after its release on July 9, 2021, starting with the Palamute from Monster Hunter Rise.

Mysteries Abound in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
Budding defense attorneys looking to make the journey West with rookie ace attorney Ryunosuke Naruhodo got a first look at the new features and gameplay arriving with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. While investigating heinous crimes, Ryunosuke and his legal aid Susato Mikatoba will team up with the preeminent investigator in London: Herlock Sholmes. During these Dances of Deduction, the duo will need to work together to untangle the ace detective’s over-enthusiastic assumptions and discern the truth. In order to stave off the peril awaiting his clients, Ryunosuke must use these facts in court to convince a jury of his client’s innocence. Just as the scales of justice lean toward a guilty verdict, Ryunosuke can engage in a Summation Examination to tip the scales back in his favor. This seldom-used legal practice allows Ryunosuke to pick apart any inconsistencies in each juror’s logic, and pit the jury against itself to force the trial to continue. With 10 new cases to unravel, eight mini escapades to experience, and a wealth of bonus content to explore, ace attorneys will have a full docket when The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles arrives in court on July 27, 2021.

More Challenges Await in Monster Hunter Rise
The robust post-launch support for the critically acclaimed Monster Hunter Rise continues, with the next update featuring the first Capcom collaboration title: Monster Hunter Stories 2. Hunters who complete the free collaboration quest arriving June 18 will receive layered armor based on the wise Palico Tsukino for their buddies, while players who use save data from Monster Hunter Stories 2 can access the Rider layered armor based off the gear of Mahana Village Monster Riders on July 9. Additionally, new Event Quests arrive starting June 24, and offer a variety of rewards for intrepid hunters such as new armor, gestures, and stickers. Fashionistas will also gain access to a treasure trove of new looks, with new (paid and unpaid) DLC options for hunters and their buddies. Finally, fans can look forward to a number of additional collaborations with other Capcom titles throughout the second half of 2021.

The Road Ahead for Resident Evil
Following the successful launch of the acclaimed Resident Evil Village last month, Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda shared news on what fans can expect next as the Resident Evil 25th anniversary celebration continues. Due to the overwhelming support and feedback for the game, the team has just begun development on additional DLC for Resident Evil Village. More news will be shared at a later date.

Capcom Esports
Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) commentators Vicious and RobTV provided a breakdown of the upcoming competitions and an overview of the changes coming to CPT 2021, which is shaping up to be the best season yet for fans and competitors alike. These changes include updates to the rules for competitors, and details about prizing. Additionally, the next season of Street Fighter League (SFL) is on the horizon, with more details coming soon. For all the latest information and 2021 schedules, check out the official CPT and SFL pages.