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THE FIRST MAJOR RUNESCAPE EXPANSION OF 2017 LAUNCHES TODAY AS JAGEX OPENS THE GATES TO “MENAPHOS: THE GOLDEN CITY”

Menaphos: The Golden City, the first in Jagex’s large-scale RuneScape Expansions, has been released today for the MMORPG. Released free for RuneScape members, Menaphos: The Golden City finally unlocks the gates to the desert city, which have been visible in-game, but remained firmly closed, for more than a decade.

The largest single-day content release in RuneScape’s 16-year history, Menaphos: The Golden City features four brand-new story quests, procedurally-generated City Quests, a new Slayer Dungeon, an increased level cap of 120 for the popular Slayer skill, a maze-like Shifting Tombs mini-game and a graphical overhaul of the entire in-game desert region.

Enabling all gamers to experience Menaphos, an open access weekend will be held from this Friday 9th June through to Monday 12th June, allowing non-members the chance to explore the expansion and the wider RuneScape world of Gielinor… for free.

While largely an expansion for mid- and high-level players, Menaphos: The Golden City will be accessible to newcomers to the MMORPG. On completion of a three-part questline that takes them across the desert sands to the city itself, they can explore the area and discover its many collectibles, benefit from the 5% buff on all skill training, and take part in City Quests, before using Menaphos as a jumping-off point into the rest of RuneScape’s world.

“Players have been intrigued to find out what’s behind the closed doors of Menaphos for 12 years, so we’re really excited to finally reveal all. When we announced the first in the RuneScape Expansions would be The Golden City at RuneFest last year, the reception we received was incredible,” said David Osborne, Lead Designer, RuneScape. “We really hope they enjoy the adventure we’ve created, as well as the many secrets held within the city walls that we’re letting them discover for themselves!”

Raiders of the Broken Planet Background Story Video Developer Diary Out Now

MercurySteam have released the second developer diary for Raiders of the Broken Planet, that focuses on the the background story of its 4 divided by 1 asymmetric shooter. Currently in closed beta Raiders of the Broken Planet takes a pulp sci-fi approach melding comic book visuals with an intense narrative that involves various factions fighting for an mythical power source.

In one of the moons of Saturn, a scientific expedition from earth discovers the remains of a space ship stranded millions of years ago. The explorers enter the ruins and discover Aleph, an incredible power source that is the key to interstellar travel. Motivated by private interest and corporate greed, the organisation sends a group of paramilitary factions to the Broken Planet. On arrival, an accident renders the paramilitaries technology useless and the factions begin a battle for supremacy, Aleph and the alien technology that can return them back to earth.

In addition, the developer diary delves deeper into the role of the antagonist and his role not only in the story but how the counter operative adds to the overall adventure aspect of the game.

Check out The Background Story Developer Diary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JNjACTvgTU
View the 4 Divided by 1 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=705m76iebys
Check out the website: http://www.raidersofthebrokenplanet.com
Sign up for the closed beta: https://www.mercurysteam.com/raiders-of-the-broken-planet/beta

ROCKET LEAGUE’S ‘ANNIVERSARY UPDATE’ REVEALED AT RLCS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, creators of the sports-action hit, Rocket League, today revealed the Anniversary Update during the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season Three World Championship in Los Angeles, CA.

Launching on July 5, the Anniversary Update features a FREE new arena named ‘Champions Field,’ a standard, modern-looking stadium that will be available in Competitive, Casual and Private matches. The update also brings the end of ‘Competitive Season 4’ and the start of ‘Competitive Season 5,’ as well as the introduction of ‘Rocket League Radio,’ which adds 18 new songs from record label, Monstercat, to the game.

Additional new content includes two new Import Battle-Cars – ‘Animus GP’ and ‘Centio V17’ – available exclusively as drops inside the new ‘Overdrive Crate,’ and for the first time ever, new customization options like ‘Engine Audio,’ ‘Goal Explosions,’ and ‘Trails’ that are a mix of FREE selections and Crate drops. New Achievements and Trophies are also planned. Look for more details regarding all content for the Anniversary Update HERE.

The ‘Anniversary Update’ launches the week of Rocket League’s second birthday, which takes place on July 7, 2017. Since the game’s launch in 2015, the community has grown to more than 31 million players who have played more than 1.45 billion completed matches across all platforms.

To view the Anniversary Update trailer please go HERE

Hacktag Brings the co-op Fun Back Stealthing Today to Steam Early Access!

The independent videogame developer Piece of Cake Studios is thrilled to announce that its award-winning title, Hacktag, the 2-player co-op stealth game with one agent and one hacker, is now available on Steam Early Access at 9 a.m. PDT for the reduced price of $14,99 plus a 25% launch discount off. The Early Access launch trailer can be watched here.
The Early Access version of Hacktag allows players to experience the core mechanics of the game both online and locally with a split screen mode. The experience system (with both passive and active skills) and some customization options are also already implemented. This first released version features 9 playable levels and the studio has plans to add more maps on a weekly basis. In the future, players can expect an upgrade to an infinity of levels thanks to a level generation system based on their feedback. The fans will be able to contribute to the final phase of the game’s development to really make a difference.
“Hacktag is an original concept with a challenging asymetrical gameplay which requires thorough testing and iteration. We’re counting on players feedback through suggestions and surveys during the early access to go even further with the game.” said Marine Lemaitre, Piece of Cake Studios co-founder.

In 2029, in a parallel world, you are a mercenary who secretly accomplishes missions for corporations struggling for leadership. To succeed, you will team-up with another and infiltrate corporations simultaneously in two ways:

  • As the stealth agent, infiltrating physically the level with an isometric 3D view and a fast infiltration gameplay with a rewarding arcade feeling.
  •  Or as a hacker, infiltrating virtually the same level with a holographic blueprint vision. He moves on a virtual network to quickly hack and interact with the cameras, doors, phones, and even coffee machines.

Hacktag Features:

  •  Online and local multiplayer: Play separately or share the same screen.
  • “Co-operative” gameplay: As mercenaries, your partner is also your best competitor!
  •  Original co-op mechanics and mini-games: Alarms, locked doors or jails…
  •  Procedural generation: 3 corporations, 3 types of missions and an infinity of levels.
  •  Experience and unlockable skills: Gain levels and choose new active or passive skills.
  •  Character creation: Customize your character with unlockable content.
  •  Online challenges, rankings and leaderboards: Share your scores and defy your friends.
  •  Unique story for each player: Experience Hacktag’s story with your own NPCs.

Indie Smash Hit Town of Salem Gets New Expansion: The Coven

BlankMediaGames is happy to announce that Town of Salem – The Coven will be available for purchase on the PC and Mac through the Steam store on June 6th. The Coven Leader has gathered the strongest witches through out time and is ready to take her revenge on the Town of Salem. Can you survive?

Town of Salem, with it’s over 5.5 million registered users, is the largest online version of the classic party game Werewolf.

Created in 2014 by BlankMediaGames LLC, it rose to popularity through Kickstarter. Now the game has a successful online presence as well as a card game named Town of Salem – The Card Game which raised almost $400,000 on Kickstarter in mid 2016. The newest addition to the Town of Salem line is the DLC Expansion: Town of Salem – The Coven.

“This expansion is the biggest content update we have done since the release of the game and we know our fans are going to love it!” says Josh Brittain, CEO of BlankMediaGames.

Town of Salem – The Coven will introduce 15 new roles (adding to their current amount of 33), a new faction called The Coven with 6 roles that use magic or trickery to win, exclusive queues, rotating game modes, and tons of improvements to the existing game.

You can view it on the Steam store here:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/626470/Town_of_Salem__The_Coven/

Read the full announcement here:
http://www.blankmediagames.com/town-of-salem-the-coven-announcement/ .

The official website: https://www.blankmediagames.com/

The official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfSalemGame/

The official Twitter: https://twitter.com/townofsalemgame

That’s all for news today!
~Ciao!

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