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Elder Scrolls Online drops subscriptions, adds consoles

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Sunday 25 January 2015Comments Off
The heroes of Tamriel prepare to head out for bruch.

The heroes of Tamriel prepare to head out for brunch.

It was only a matter of time, if recent reports are anything to go by. With EB Games and other retailers pulling copies of The Elder Scrolls Online from shelves, speculation was rife that the disappointingly received MMORPG was finally moving to a free-to-play model. Bethesda Softworks has finally revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online is not only going free-to-play, but will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One worldwide on 9 June, the console release being consistent with the current PC release, which is good news for potential buyers.

Retitled The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unleashed, the removal of a traditional MMO subscription service doesn’t mean that Bethesda haven’t included alternate revenue streams in order for the title to continue receiving support and content. While all existing PC players will transition automatically to the new F2P system, anybody wishing to play this updated release on PC or console will still be required to purchase a copy at full retail price, much like the Guild Wars series. To complement this, Bethesda is also taking a cue from the model employed by Funcom with The Secret World by including a store which will sell cosmetic and ‘convenience’ items, as well as optional add-on content whilst still providing players who elect not to spend further access to regular content and gameplay updates.

But wait! There’s still more! ESO:TU will also include an optional subscription model dubbed ESO Plus which will provide players who front up a monthly fee with “a premium membership service, providing exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member.” PC players with active subscriptions by 17 March will automatically transition to the ESO Plus program.

With so many options to choose from, it seems as if Bethesda are catering to the widest audience possible, although how successful this move will be remains to be seen. History is encouraging however, as seen through the continued success of Lord of the Rings Online, The Old Republic, The Secret World and many other MMO’s after transitioning to a F2P model.

Let’s drift again

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 19 January 2015Comments Off
Do not adjust your television set.

Do not adjust your television set.

When it comes to separating us from our hard earned dollars, the power of nostalgia is all but unrivalled. This was demonstrated yet again in recent days as retro-themed racing extravaganza Drift Stage blew by its US $30,000 Kickstarter goal.

According to the promotional material released by developer Super Systems Softworks the gameplay in Drift Stage was inspired by the likes of Outrun 2, Ridge Racer and Daytona USA. “Drifting is the key to victory in the world of Drift Stage. Races become duels of wits and technique, with the deciding factor often coming down to split second timing on the entry or exit of the turn.”

While the gameplay has been drawn from the 90s, some elements of the visuals appear to harken from an even earlier era. Drift Stage combines 3D models and pixel art to deliver a vivid, almost blinding, experience that racers are unlikely to forget in a hurry.

The game will feature at least five solo modes, as well as local and online multiplayer. Players will also be able to create custom tracks and decorate their cars in a workshop mode.

Drift Stage is due to arrive on PC in December.

Hotline Miami 2 knocked back by Classification Board

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 15 January 2015Comments Off
An example of the stylized 2D violence in Hotline Miami 2.

An example of the stylized 2D violence in Hotline Miami 2.

Highly anticipated indie sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has failed to secure the expected R18+ rating. As reported by Player Attack, the game instead incurred the dreaded RC (Refused Classification). Unless the publisher of the game, Devolver Digital, is able to successfully appeal the Classification Board’s decision, Hotline Miami 2 will effectively remain banned from sale in this country.

According to the Board, the decision relates to some degree to a graphic scene in which a female character is overpowered and raped by a male character. Such a depiction would represent an escalation over the already brutal standards of the original Hotline Miami, released to widespread acclaim back in 2012.

In technical terms, Hotline Miami 2 was knocked back because it belongs to a category of games that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”

While numerous observers have expressed their discomfort with some of the themes of the game, Devolver Digital’s Chief Financial Officer has advised Australia to “chill the fuck out”.

PC players will get to wield the Hellblade

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 14 January 20151 COMMENT

Independent developer Ninja Theory has announced that its forthcoming third person hack and slash title, Hellblade will be coming to the PC platform. Hellblade had been previously announced to arrive on PS4.

Ninja Theory creative chief, Tameem Antoniades, spoke to PC Gamer about the merits of bringing the game to PC compared with releasing their work on consoles. Antoniades also mentioned wanting to support PC related features such as 4K resolution, and possibly enable modding on the game.

The short teaser trailer shows a woman we assume is the game’s heroine readying herself for a battle against some dark force. A sword, which is probably the titular blade is in evidence. No actual gameplay was shown, but considering the studio’s past games, such as DMC and Enslaved, it is sure to be an action packed, high adrenaline adventure. I guess it will also feature an ass-kicking, femme fatale and big sword, but I’ve been know to be wrong occasionally.

It’s still early days, however, and no release date has been announced, but if you fancy yourself in leather armor and helmet, wielding a big sword, you’ve got something to look forward to.