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Bluehole Studio

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits New Concurrent Players Record; Tops GTAV

The massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has reached a new record for its concurrent players numbers and cracked Steam’s all-time top 5. …Read More The post PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits New Concurrent Players Record; Tops GTAV by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Final Fantasy XIV’s New Expansion Off To A Predictably Rocky Start

Stormblood launched in early access today, and the servers are getting bodied. As I see it, we wouldn’t have constant lag, frequent disconnects and players forming massive lines in a desperate attempt to get a quest done if Final Fantasy XIV didn’t make such attractive expansion packs. What seems completely ridiculous to folks who haven’t played Final Fantasy XIV during its relauch or previous expansion pack launch isn’t an unfamiliar sight to players who’ve been doing this for a while. Everyone with an active account is trying to get online at once to venture into new lands, complete new quests and play a couple of new job classes. Lapsed players are back, as well as new players caught up in the excitement. The line above, posted to YouTube by Stuart Jingles (via NeoGAF), is a result of the massive server congestion. At the end of the line is an NPC who starts the expansion’s first big instanced single-player quest. Once activated the player is pulled into a new story instance created just for them. Get 20 or 30 players trying to do that at once and things break. When I tried to access the quest earlier, I got a cinematic…

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Fortnite Paid Early Access Season Begins on July 25 for PS4, Xbox One & PC

[embedded content] Epic Games has announced that Fortnite will begin its paid Early Access Season on July 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Founder’s Packs are up for pre-order on the PlayStation Store for $39.99 USD to $149.99 USD, and they also grant early Early Access on July 21 and exclusive items. A retail version of Fortnite on PS4 and Xbox One will also be available, published by Gearbox. Asked on Twitter if Fortnite is a free-to-play game, Epic Games replied, “In order to participate in Early Access (Starts July 25) you will need a Founder’s pack. Open free access starts in 2018.” Here’s the description for Fortnite, an action building online game: The Storm came without warning. 98% of the world’s population vanished … then came the monsters. Lead the world’s remaining Heroes in the fight to hold back the Storm. Explore the large, destructible world where no two games are ever the same. Build huge forts, craft exotic weapons, find loot and level up your Heroes. Take on the Storm with four player online co-op. Welcome to Epic Games’ new Action Building game, Fortnite. “No co-op/split screen, but you and up to 3 of your friends can play together online!” Epic Games added on Twitter. READ FULL…

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Fortnite Enters Early Access, Six Years After Getting Announced

Fortnite, a building survival game developed by the folks at Epic Games, will enter Early Access on July 25, the publisher said today. It was announced on December 10, 2011, so it only makes sense that it’d enter Early Access now. The game will be out for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Mac. Here’s a new trailer: Fortnite, perhaps best described as a cross between Minecraft and Left 4 Dead, has undoubtedly gone through some development struggles over the past six years. As the game’s creative director, Darren Sugg, said in a press release today: “Bringing Fortnite to life has been a true labor of love by a talented and dedicated team over many years.” I played the game at a press event in 2015 and thought it was just fine. We’ll see more of Fortnite at E3. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Curve Digital

Serial Cleaner Gets New Trailer Rervealing the Game’s Story And Challenge Mode

Serial Cleaner, a fast paced stealth game about cleaning up crime scenes, gets a brand new trailer revealing major details involving the game’s story and challenge modes. …Read More The post Serial Cleaner Gets New Trailer Rervealing the Game’s Story And Challenge Mode by Jordan Boyd appeared first on DualShockers.

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Everspace Gets an Exciting Gameplay Teaser Trailer Prior to May 26 Release

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Flat Heroes Coming to Nintendo Switch; Survival Mode and Twitch Integration Added on PC

Parallel Circles has announced that Flat Heroes is coming to Nintendo Switch, and released an update for the Early Access PC version. …Read More The post Flat Heroes Coming to Nintendo Switch; Survival Mode and Twitch Integration Added on PC by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.

Awesome Game Studios

Badass Hero Early Access Update Fleshes Out Second Comic Book

Airheart

Action Rogue-Like Airheart Now Available on Steam Early Access

Blindflug Studios, based in Zurich, Switzerland, have released their rogue-like action game Airheart – Tales of Broken Wings onto Steam Early Access for $14.99. There is a 20% discount for those who purchase during the launch week, bringing the cost down to $11.99. A deluxe edition which includes the game, soundtrack, and some bonus content is also available for $15.81 (regular pricing $21.97). Airheart tells the story of a Amelia, a young woman who dreams of hunting the legendary Skywhale in the stratosphere, bringing with it fame and fortune. However skyfishing is a competitive business in this world, with dangers from both the environment and sky pirates. You can view the trailer for Airheart – Tales of Broken Wings below, as well as view images from the game in the gallery at the bottom of this post. [embedded content]

amplitude studios

Endless Space 2 Available Now on Steam Early Access

Endless Space 2 Launches on Steam Early Access Award-winning developer Amplitude Studios announced today that Endless Space 2 is available now on Steam, for $37.49, a 25% discount off the $49.99 retail price for the Digital Deluxe Edition, and $29.99, a 25% discount off the $39.99 retail price for the Standard Edition. Set in the same universe as critically-acclaimed Endless Space and Endless Legend, Endless Space 2 is a turn-based, 4X space-strategy game that expands the Endless universe even further. In addition to the Standard Edition, Endless Space 2 is available in a Digital Deluxe Edition (only available during Early Access), which contains the digital Soundtrack from FlybyNo and cosmetic in-game bonuses inspired by the Pathfinders of the Academy.  “Endless Space 2 has been such a fun development process, building upon Endless Space and Endless Legend, and creating the game brick by brick,” said Romain de Waubert de Genlis, Creative Director at Amplitude Studios. “Our games are deep, and we need lots of different people collaborating and contributing their thoughts and suggestions during Early Access, to help us formulate the perfect game.” The Early Access version of Endless Space 2 features four of the eight factions planned for the full…