Good news for Fractured Space fans, the Alpha 18 update is coming with new maps! This is something I've been talking about for awhile now (see my previous article on the matter) and while Edge Case took its sweet time doing it, better late than never. The next update will see two brand new maps (refereed to as sectors) for players to fight over.
The first will feature a forest of vertical alien structures that break line of sight from a dozen different angles, perfect for setting up a good ambush or short skirmish between ships. The second will continue with the theme of the first, taking you to an asteroid belt full of debris. That, and the mine fields scattered around to make your life even more miserable.
Now keep in mind these are brand new sectors so the textures and settings used are taken from existing map elements, but once they've had some time to settle Edge Case games have promised to polish them and add in unique atmospherics for each of them. The sectors are named Obulong Cascade and Glacial Array respectively and are definitely a step in the right direction for the game. The update is scheduled for the first week of August.
the 5-part episodic game Life is Strange is set to get a live action TV show according to the Life is Strange blog. Not many details right now, as it was announced just today, that is the 27th of July but we do know that Legendary Entertainment is going to be the ones making it. This is a big move for Dontnot, who released the award winning series in 2015 to much applause. The game centers around Max Caulfield, a 12th grade student at a private academy who re-connects with an old childhood friend, after discovering she has the ability to manipulate time, going backwards and forwards in time to solve some of the mysteries that have started to pop up at almost the exact same time she developed her power.
Now in the press release, it was implied that characters we know from the game will appear but to what end and role we don't know. The only other game I can think of that tried something like this was the Defiance MMO, which ran on the slogan of play the game, watch the show and that the Life is Strange show will feature a 'new version of Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy.' The series will also feature a season 2, and if you haven't already started the series then you most definitely should I highly recommend it both for its good writing and interesting gameplay. And unfortunately, that's all the news I could find on it. Episode One is free on all platforms and for you PC players out there here's a Steam link to it.
When I was a kid, 'play anywhere' was a term restricted to gameboys, now it's come to mean bridging the gap between PC and Console. Although it was announced at the E3 press conference this year I quickly forgot about it in favor of what I considered better news, only to be ironically reminded about it while in Gamestop looking for a DS3. But what I didn't know at the time was that this marked the beginning of the end of the multi-year long struggle between gamers.
The plan is for Microsoft and Xbox to bridge the gap between players on PC and Xbox, something that they're not the first to try (remember the MMO Defiance made quite a few promises on its watch the show, play the game slogan) but but they're pulling it off quite nicely. Phil Spencer from Xbox said that 'gamers have never had more choice in how and where they play, we are bringing our biggest games lineup ever to Xbox One and Windows 10.' Which is great for people like me, who has a lot of friends who play on Xbox instead of PC and used Xbox Live as more of a social media platform than anything else.
There aren't that many games slated for Xbox's Play Anywhere but there are quite a few big names including Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, We Happy Few, Recon, and State of Decay 2. The world of gaming has been getting progressively smaller as games have gotten more mainstream, more accessible and accepted by society and Xbox in one fell swoop just made it that much smaller.
Sadly, you will need Windows 10, as well as an Xbox One console so unless you already have both its really not worth it financially to go out, buy a thousand dollar computer or a 300 dollar Xbox (not to mention the price of games) but it is a promising start to putting an end to years of bickering and arguing, allowing players on all sides of the spectrum to 'game together', to borrow a phrase. Launching September 13th of this year, Play Anywhere saves your progress to a single file and means that any DLC, game add-ons, or season passes will also be transferable between PC and Xbox.
Since it has been released, the Stellaris universe has been getting ever larger. What with player mods adding new races (most being blatantly taken from other popular science fiction universes like Mass Effect and Warhammer) and new game mechanics, the developers have finally decided to get in on the action and take a break from mid-game patches
It's a thirty second teaser clip found here on youtube, but the title kind of puts it all out there for you to see. The announcement from Paradox Interactive reads that 'this first species pack will be called Plantoids, and, as its name suggests, will introduce sentient plant life to the universe of Stellaris. Instead of becoming salad or animal fodder, these plants have reached for the stars and begun to spread their tendrils across the galaxy, planting the roots of new civilizations on new planets.'
Which, I won't lie, sounds really cool. Set to come August 4th, this DLC pack will contain new ship types to go along with the new species type (remember, plantoids are not currently a species type) and 15 new player usable portraits and a city background portrait fitting for the plantoids.