08 May, 2016

This Week In Videogames – 08/05/2016

Boy have we got news this week, releases both near and far, trailers both awesome and mundane, and Warhammer, so much Warhammer…

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Licenses For The License God!


Without so much as a smidge of sarcasm, I genuinely contemplated starting a Warhammer/Warhammer 40,000 podcast earlier this week, specifically to discuss the videogame adaptations. Not a week goes by when there are no announcements, there’s always one game on the rise, another getting DLC, and usually a third being revealed. This week is no exception.

Let’s start with the new; Dawn of War III by Relic. Oh come now, this is no great surprise, there have been rumours and official indications a plenty after Sega scooped up Relic from the ashes of THQ. Here’s the first trailer.



The game will feature only three factions; Space Marines (the Blood Ravens chapter of course), the Eldar, and the Orks. In an interview with PC gamer, game director Phillippe Boulle shed some light on the nature of the campaign and its structure; DoWIII will retain the concept of hero units with levelling from DoWII and progression, but also return to the scale of battle of DoWI.
‘We wanted to take the epic scale of Dawn of War 1, the large over-the-top battles, and inject into that the awesome heroes from Dawn of War 2, make them the centrepoint of that battle, but have the battle be as large as Dawn of War 1, and bigger still.‘ 
‘One of the things with a really deep equipment system is that you can move units, they become a little mushy—they can do a little bit of everything. Dawn of War 3 units are built to do specific things. You unlock the option to make them do those things in a slightly different way but Gabriel is still an up-close melee brawler tank and Soleria [the Imperial Knight] is always going to be a ranged powerhouse.’
Urgh, Gabriel’s back…

Up to three hero units may be taken into each campaign mission, one of which these will usually be the leader warrior – Gabriel – but the others may be any hero, or elite/super units, like Imperial Knights.
‘If you don't really know what you're doing there's a suggested hero selection for this mission. If you do, but you want to try something else, there's room to do that so you can experiment. That gives you the opportunity to learn more of the elites.’
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Looks like Dawn of War to me!

Over on the fast approaching Total War: Warhammer front; Creative Assembly were able to surmount whatever contractual roadblocks they may have previously encountered, to bring mod support to the game. The game will use the Assembly Kit and Steam Workshop, as the previous three Total Wars have. Creative Assembly are working with a  couple of modders to bring mods to the Workshop on day one, ironically one of which will allow any race to occupy any settlement – it had to happen right, mod support or not?

Looks like a new Total War launcher is coming too.

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Let’s zig-zag back into the Dark Millennium with Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr, the new trailer shows off some impressive environmental destruction. Finally, the bolt pistol packs the punch it deserves.


And in the Old World, the Age of Sigmar marches relentlessly to fruition in the shadow of horned rats… Which is to say Warhammer – End Times: Vermintide is getting more DLC; the Drachenfels.

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Coming May 26th, for an undisclosed price, the Drachenfels DLc will add three new maps:
“Castle Drachenfels - Walk through the ancient rooms of Castle Drachenfels, covered in the blood and bones of the past. 
Summoner’s Peak - Foil the Skaven’s plan by destroying the Nurgle portals and put a halt to their reinforcements. 
The Dungeons - Stumble your way through the dark and dingy dungeon of Drachenfels, avoiding traps and using torches to light your way through the darkness.” 

Infinite Scripted Flight Sequences


Shortly after I posted last week’s news roundup, Activision released the first official trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, space it is…


Ghosts was Infinity Ward’s last outing, and in the years since its release I have found myself attributing a great deal to my dislike of the Xbox One to that game specifically – it was the first disc I tried, launch day, boy what a disappointment. I’m excited for space – I couldn’t not be – but hell if I don’t think that trailer is garbage and I don’t just mean the awful cover. Modern Warfare Remastered looks hot though, and anecdotally at least, appears to be the most exciting part of the whole thing.

Gameover Man


Also from space, XCOM 2’s Alien Hunters DLC releases May 12th, this Thursday for $9.99 (part of the Reinforcement Pack). It adds a new mission, four new weapons, three suits of armour, a ‘Hunter’s Lodge’ update to the armoury and three new aliens, ‘Rulers’

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The Viper King, above is one such example, they’ll appear randomly after completing the mission. The three suits of armour are crafted from the corpses of the Rulers, as if it’s Monster Hunter or something – one of which is effectively a jet pack suit.

God of Force


Respawn are working on more than just Titanfall 2, EA announced this week that Respawn is developing a Star Wars third-person action adventure game. Not much is known beyond the studio, genre, and project lead, Stig Asmussen, creative director of God of War III and all around industry vet.


Ah Yes, A War The Masses Can Feel Good About


The future of Battlefield was in fact revealed to be the past, Battlefield 1 was revealed – Matthew hates the name – and is set in the First World War, not the easiest war to translate to modern first-person shooter fun times, as anyone will tell you.
“With Battlefield 1 we set out to create some of the largest, most dynamic battles in FPS history while continuing to tap into what fans love most about the franchise. One of the things that makes World War I such an amazing era is just how advanced it really was. Almost everything that you know about the conflicts of the next century, from the massive battles across land, air and sea, to the powerful and efficient weaponry, is there. Tanks, planes, machine guns, artillery – a lot of the tech you've used in other Battlefield games was perfected during this era, letting the classic Battlefield DNA shine through.”

Now that’s a well cut trailer. Battlefield 1 releases October 21st, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and will feature 64 player multiplayer and a single player campaign.

The Institute Cast Far And Wide Apparently


Creepy critters, spooky mist, and false prophets all feature in Fallout 4’s Far Harbor trailer, below. 


Far Harbor releases May 19th and is apparently the largest landmass Bethesda has ever released as DLC. Set off the coast of Maine, it will feature new faction quests in addition to creatures, gear, and so on. 

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