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Epiphany working on episodic conspiracy saga

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 30 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Are they dancing or fighting? Perhaps neither? Perhaps both?

Once in a while, the Black Panel will take a risk. A risk so outlandish that it could spell our very end just for printing the words that are about to follow.

Our informants at Sydney based Epiphany Games know something. Something about various conspiracies that have occurred in the past few decades. The first of these revelations are presented in the debut season of its RPG series Majestic Nights, “an episodic role-playing-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are True.”

If you choose to read more, the Black Panel suggests that you dim the lights, shade the screen of your tablet or smart phone, and keep your wits about you. Morgan Lean, CEO of Epiphany Games admits that “People walk around knowing all the facts about conspiracies like the Moon Landing, but don’t yet see the Truth.” He believes that it is Epiphany’s dangerous responsibility to enlighten people via entertainment.

Players, nay… truth-seekers, will need to use “wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.”

Season One of Majestic Nights is split into six chapters, which can be played as individual experiences or as a complete story. To entice new players, the first chapter will be free.

It’s probably a good time to reshape your tin foil hat, and get in touch with your inner Mulder or Scully in preparation of a late 2014 release on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

Motiga living large with Gigantic

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Wednesday 16 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Motiga has announced its first title. Gigantic is a free-to-play online battle game within a fantasy setting. Motiga may be an indie operation, but the budget for Gigantic is certainly not small, as the studio raised $20 million dollars for the project. Motiga VP James Phinney, is the former lead designer for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft and integral part of the team involved in Gigantic.

The studio has been working on what it describes as a “genre-bending online game” for the last two years. Coupled with the announcement is a trailer. Like all good announcement trailers, not much is revealed regarding gameplay, however we do get a glimpse of the lush fantasy environments, character designs and playful tone. One character we encounter is Tytoa, a sword-wielding hero whose shoulder is home to a purring white cat. This may be one of the guardians that will be key to the core gameplay of Gigantic. The aim is to protect your guardian and defeat your opponent’s guardian in order to win the game.

Gigantic is due for release on PC in 2015. However, for those who can’t wait until then, Motiga will be at PAX Prime in Seattle, providing fans with some hands on time with the game.

Tekken gets Unreal

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 15 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

In what seems to becoming standard, a leak has forced a game to be announced early. In this case it is the latest iteration in the long running Tekken franchise. Tekken 7 was officially announced at the weekend’s EVO fighting game tournament where producer Katsuhiro Harada was forced to unveil it ahead of schedule.

As reported by CVG, the original leak revealed that the game will be running on Unreal Engine 4 and that it will be released on last gen systems. There has been no further information from Bandai Namco, so the game could well be coming to current gen as well. The use of  Unreal Engine 4 is sure to make it the best looking entry in the series. Harada gave no indication of a release date so it is fair to say that it is probably quite some time away.

The official teaser doesn’t reveal much in the way of gameplay but it does touch on a bit of the story. Fans I am sure will understand what is going on but for the rest of us…. well it isn’t exactly clear. There is also an indication in the trailer that it may be the last instalment in the series, but this will surely be negotiable depending on how well it sells.

Tekken 7 is coming in the not so near future to an undisclosed console that you may or may not have.

Gearbox reveals Battleborn

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 11 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

League of Legends and Dota 2 may still be the biggest fish in the pond, but MOBA fans are now well and truly spoiled for choice. This week Battleborn from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software joined the likes of Dawngate, Battlecry, Dead Island: Epidemic, Sins of Dark Age and numerous others on the upcoming release roster.

Gearbox has actually been careful to avoid the MOBA tag. Much as Monday Night Combat shook up the tower defence formula by viewing the action from an over the shoulder perspective, Battleborn will be blazing its own path within the MOBA genre. For one, it’s a first person shooter. For another, it will feature a proper story mode in addition to its multiplayer shenanigans. Judging by the rather flashy announcement trailer, the setting will meld elements of fantasy with sci-fi and steampunk.

Publisher 2K Games is aiming to bring Battleborn to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC before the end of its fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.