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Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII: Fame and Strategy Expansion Unveiled

Koei Tecmo today announced the upcoming release of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII: Fame and Strategy Expansion Pack. Arriving on April 25th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam, the add-on will offer players a variety of new strategic options as they witness the tale of a collapsing dynasty and fight to unify China.

The upcoming expansion’s release also marks the first time that the grand-strategy experience will be available on Xbox One, as a digital bundle including both Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII and the Fame and Strategy Expansion Pack. This bundle option will also be available for the digital PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII: Fame and Strategy Expansion Pack introduces new mechanics to the series that allow for greater strategic possibilities. One of these additions is the Fame System, wherein players work towards receiving bonuses for their characters by completing achievements, which range from battlefield objectives to peacefully resolving disputes. Players can also earn a Prestige title for their character through the Fame System, which will unlock new actions based on their Prestige level and ultimately shape life as an officer.

Also arriving with the new expansion is the War Council, which is held before engaging in battle. With this feature Generals are able to choose which Officers will follow them into combat and which strategies they will apply to outsmart their opponent. Furthermore, players will now be able to create their own scenarios with the Event Editor. This tool allows unique narratives to be crafted within second century China and offers full control over when Events take place, which officers are affected and whether there will be multiple outcomes.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – Battlegrounds PvP Trailer

Recently Zenimax Online Studios debuted the first public hands-on for The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind at PAX East in Boston, MA, drawing thousands of fans who lined up to be among the first to play the game’s new class, The Warden; revisit the world of Vvardenfell; and experience for themselves the new fast-paced, small-scale PvP mode, Battlegrounds.

Check out some of the in-game action – as well as reactions from players – in the Battlegrounds video.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will release on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 6th.

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Dark Souls III: The Ringed City Now Available

Bandia Namco today released Dark Souls III: The Ringed City, the final DLC expansion for Dark Souls III, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam. This new adventure has players chasing after the Slave Knight Gael to the literal end of the world as he searches for the Dark Soul of Humanity. Bandai Namco also announced today that it will release Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition on April 21st. This complete Dark Souls III set contains Dark Souls III as well as both DLC adventure, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City, into one physical package for the PS4 and Xbox One for $49.99.

At the close of the Age of Fire, as the world ends and all lands converge upon themselves, a lone adventurer descends into the madness of the earth and uncovers the secrets of the past. As players make their way to the fabled Ringed City they will encounter ancient beasts, a new cast of sullen NPCs teetering on the edge of insanity, new armor, weapons, magic, and at the bottom of it all, a long lost city filled with deadly horrors for players to overcome.

Team up and take down fellow Ashen Ones with updates to Undead Match, a dedicated multiplayer mode first found in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel. Dark Souls III: The Ringed City also provides two additional maps and an all-new feature enabling players to team up with up to two other friends has been added for fans that enjoy battling each other in feats of wits and strength. Dark Souls III players who own either Ashes of Ariandel or The Ringed City will be able to play the new content found in Undead Match.

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Expanded Free Trial Comes to Final Fantasy XIV

Square Einx has brought new enhancements to the Final Fantasy XIV free trial in preparation for the upcoming release of Stormblood. The latest update removes the 14-day time restriction previously placed on free trial accounts, allowing anyone to experience the MMO for free, up to level 35. Players will be able to continue exploring the realm of Eorzea for as long as they like, or try out different playable races, classes, and jobs.

These enhancements do not extend only to new free trial accounts — existing or expired free trial accounts will be reactivated, allowing players to continue their previous adventures. Free trial players can access all content up to level 35, create up to eight playable characters (one per World), join parties or linkshell groups with fellow players, and even battle their way to Floor 10 in the Deep Dungeon.

Also released today, Patch 3.56 marks the conclusion of the main narrative of Heavensward, setting the stage for the upcoming release of Stormblood on June 20th.

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Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Gladiolus Now Available

Fans of Final Fantasy XV can experience the world of Eos from a new perspective in the game’s first character-focused DLC, titled Episode Gladiolus. For the first time, players will set aside the swift warp-strike play style of the Crown Prince Noctis and take on the role of faithful comrade Gladiolus, who utilizes a vastly different play style emphasizing defense, blocking and counterattacks.

The episode features:

  • A new story told from Gladiolus’ perspective uncovering the events that transpired when the character left the party in Final Fantasy XV’s main storyline
  • A combat system that capitalizes on Gladiolus’ blocking and counterattacking play style through the new “Valor” and “Rage” system
  • Previously inaccessible parts of Eos that are now open for exploration
  • Special items that can be carried over the main game and exclusive to those who complete Episode Gladiolus
  • Two brand-new gameplay modes, “Score Attack” and “Final Trial” made available upon completing Episode Gladiolus

Square Enix also released a free game update that adds cutscenes that enhance the Chapter 13 story experience, two different playable Chapter 13 routes for players to choose from, more powerful ring magic, and opens up additional areas to explore in the game.

Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Gladiolus is available now as a standalone package for $4.99 through the Xbox Games Store and PlayStation Store. Fans who own the Season Pass will automatically have access to the DLC.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Now Available

Square Enix and Disney are celebrating 15 years of Kingdom Hearts adventures with today’s release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. The new HD collection is the first time six chapters from the series will be available for the PlayStation 4.

In Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, fans will join Sora, Donald, Goofy and other familiar Disney characters as they voyage through Disney worlds to stop the Heartless invasion and save the Kingdom Herats universe from darkness. Keyblade wielders will befriend and enlist Disney and Final Fantasy characters to help light overcome the darkness.

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Valkyrie Revolution Coming June 27th

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Sega today announced that Valkyria Revolution will be available on June 27th both physically and digitally for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and as a digital-only title for the PlayStation Vita.

Pre-orders and limited launch copies of the physical PS4 and Xbox One versions will come packaged as the Valkyria Revolution “Vanargand Edition.” Named after an in-game specialized unit of anti-Valkyria soldiers, the “Vanargand Edition” will come with a metal pin emblazoned with the team’s insignia, a 12-track soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow), and an outer box.

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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Out Now on Steam

NIS America today announced that Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is now available on PC via Steam with a 25% discount during launch week.

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Blizzard Entertainment Announces StarCraft: Remastered

Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled StarCraft: Remastered, a modernization of the original real-time strategy game. StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion, while preserving the gameplay.

The remastered graphics and audio will bring a modern look and feel to the classic, with widescreen UHD support for up to 4K resolution. Other updates will include new illustrations to enhance storytelling in the StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War campaign missions; advanced matchmaking; full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates; cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and keybinds; support for eight new languages in addition to the original five; and more. While these improvements will bring StarCraft to the modern era, gameplay and balance have been precisely preserved, for an experience that will feel identical to veteran players.

Blizzard is developing StarCraft: Remastered for release on PC, with an anticipated release date this summer. Pricing on StarCraft: Remastered will be announced at a later date.

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theHunter: Call of the Wild Coming to Consoles

Avalanche Studios, Expansive Worlds and astragon Entertainment announced today that theHunter: Call of the Wild is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2017.

Originally developed for PC and released via digital and retail outlets earlier this year, theHunter: Call of the Wild is a hunting experience featuring open-world gameplay across two reserves set in Germany and the Pacific Northwest.