It has only been a short while since The Outsiders and Funcom unleashed the fury of Metal: Hellsinger onto the masses, but it is clear that the game has struck a chord with plenty of players. With a 97% overwhelmingly positive score on Steam and a strong critical reception, Metal: Hellsinger has now gotten even more recognition, this time with the Best Audio win at the Golden Joystick Awards 2022.

This award comes hot on the heels of a nomination for Best Music and Score from The Game Awards, and the teams at both The Outsiders and Funcom are well aware that all of the success would not be possible without the players and the community.

Music is the galloping heartbeat of Metal: Hellsinger. Slay demons to the beat of the music, shooting, dashing, and performing brutal takedowns. Do it successfully and the layered music becomes more intense, and players can deal more damage. Everything in the world pulsates to the beat, wordlessly ushering the player into the rhythm.

On top of the score being composed by the talented musician duo Two Feathers, legendary vocalists were asked to add their voices to the project. Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Tatiana Shmayluk (Jinjer), and more. One by one, they joined, and together, their voices now echo through the eight Hells, setting players’ heads a-banging.

“We are thrilled to be selected as the winners of this award. It has been a pure joy to be a part of creating this game with the incredible development team at The Outsiders, whose talents and hard work made a fun, unique game we know will stay loved by fans for years to come. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed their talent and skill to the soundtrack and audio experience, and thank you to everyone who voted for us to receive the Best Audio award,” shared Elvira and Nicklas of Two Feathers.

Expect to see more from Metal: Hellsinger, with a free update on the horizon soon.

As the release of Fatshark‘s Warhammer 40,000: Darktide creeps ever closer, more specifically, at the end of November, the studio is giving fans yet another avenue to prepare themselves for the madness ahead. The Warhammer 40,000: Darktide soundtrack, composed by the award-winning Jesper Kyd, has now been made available on various platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and others.

“Living machines were the first keywords the developer Fatshark mentioned. This is reflected in the score with a sense of electronic machine breathing or talking, a performance created with the organic synth, the Yamaha CS-80, run through an array of pedals,” Kyd explained about the Darktide soundtrack.

“All happenings in the game are reflected in the music. The bassline is the driving force of the underground vibe instilled in much of the score. The small folk-group-inspired vocals on the score remind the player where they came from, and it celebrates the journey of a rejected outcast who becomes a devout servant of the Imperium.”

Being able to deliver on the audio front with impact has always been a trademark of Fatshark’s games, and Darktide looks set to follow in the same vein thanks to Kyd’s work on the soundtrack. Sharing more on his inspirations, the composer pointed out that “the devotion to the Imperium is absolute and that devotion is front and center in this music.”

“The score features a rousing performance by the Budapest Scoring Choir. The choir idea stems from the journey you go on as an outcast, then being recruited to work for the Imperium. The music follows the story from the Reject makes an entrance with the Nothing-to-Lose attitude all the way to becoming somewhat of an icon. Rejects will Rise.”

As for the main theme, it “embraces the sound of dark folk music mixed with a massive analog synth bassline, created with analog sequences from the 1970s” to get players in the right mood for blood and gore.

For those that rather wait until launch day to experience the majesty of the Darktide soundtrack, do note that it is also included in the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Imperial Edition.

Ahead of its full release on Nov. 30, Fatshark has unleashed the terror in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide early as part of the pre-order beta. This will see players who have previously pre-ordered the game get the opportunity to enter the hive city of Tertium ahead of the rest of the world.

As part of the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide pre-order beta, players can choose from four missions across four different zones, with more missions set to be added throughout the period. At the same time, Fatshark will be looking to run interesting in-game events/conditions to challenge players in new and exciting ways, spicing things up and keeping even the most prepared players on their toes.

This ramp-up also allows for fine-tuning and scaling heading into a full release while offering players regular content. However, the in-game store will be closed until the launch of the full game at the end of November. Progress made during the pre-order beta of Warhammer: 40,000: Darktide will be carried over, but Fatshark has caveated that there might be unforeseen issues that may not make this move possible. The high-level rundown is as follows:

WEEK ONE (November 17 – 20)

  • Full access to the game hub and mission board.
  • 4 changing missions across 4 zones
  • We will regularly run in-game events (Conditions), namely Power Supply Interruption and Ventilation Purge. We don’t want to spoil them too much. We encourage you to experience them for yourself 🙂

WEEK TWO (November 21 – 27)

  • Up to 8 changing missions across 4 zones
  • In-Game Events, other surprise additions we do not want to spoil right now

WEEK 3 (November 28 to 30)

  • Up to 10 changing missions across 4 zones
  • Downtime to get the game ready for wide release: Tuesday, Nov 29, 202219:00 UTC

NOVEMBER 30 (LAUNCH)

  • 13 missions across 5 zones
  • 1 New Zone (We do not want to share its name yet)
  • New Conditions (In-Game Events)

“Running this Pre-Order Beta is our way to actively address common issues games experience at launch and also a  ‘Thank You’ to our most committed fans,” said Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark. “We know it’s been a long wait, but Darktide is finally just around the corner.”

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide Available to Play Now With Pre-Order Beta

For the latest news regarding the state of Darktide as well as any additional content coming to the pre-order beta, be sure to follow Fatshark on all social channels, the forums, as well as the in-game launcher. And for those looking for more details regarding pre-orders, here is the vital information:

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

  • The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A cosmetic weapon trinket awarded to those who answered in the hour of Atoma’s need.
  • Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame reserved for those first to enter the fray and last to leave it.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – Imperial Edition

  • Loyalist Pack: Purge heresy in style with these 4 unique class outfits, 8 weapon skin patterns, one headgear, and an Ogryn body tattoo.
  • Mortis Veteran Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame used to pay tribute to the fallen defenders of Tertium Hive.
  • Caducades Backpack: A cosmetic backpack for human characters. Scavenged from the fallen troops of Cadia, this backpack has been repurposed to serve those still alive and fighting.
  • 2500 Aquilas (premium currency)
  • The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A cosmetic weapon trinket awarded to those who answered in the hour of Atoma’s need.
  • Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame reserved for those first to enter the fray and last to leave it.

Devoted Rejects Pack

All owners of Vermintide or Vermintide 2 that purchase Darktide will receive the Devoted Rejects Pack for free on Nov. 30. The pack consists of five unique facial customization cosmetics and tattoos that are inspired by the Vermintide heroes.

New Environments, Bosses, Powers and Characters – Including New Simulacrum Lin

For players eager to see more of the future of Hotta Studio‘s Tower of Fantasy, the developers have now provided even more details on the major updates and exciting new content coming to the 2.1 update – Confounding Labyrinth.

The Confounding Abyss

Arriving this Nov. 22, the 2.1 update for Tower of Fantasy will introduce a brand-new map, Confounding Abyss, filled with menacing bosses, exciting challenges, together with the new simulacrum, the powerful Lin. As players enter the Confounding Abyss located just beneath Mirroria, they will explore the ruins of the Third City, which is filled with diverse terrain and endless obstacles.

Venture deeper, and encounter dangerous lifeforms lurking within the area. These new and powerful enemies have mutated under the effects of the Confounding Abyss and will pose entirely new challenges. As always, in Tower of Fantasy, exclusive exploration rewards await those that are brave enough and can survive the trials ahead.

Some of the unique terrain features and new areas that players will encounter as they journey through the Confounding Labyrinth in update 2.1 for Tower of Fantasy include:

Prism Pillar: 

Tower of Fantasy 2.1 update Prism Pillar

Ruins left within the Abyss by an unknown civilization are riddled with dangerous obstacles hiding behind its endless passageways. Only the flickering light can faintly reveal the traces of the past and the mysteries that lie within.

Deepsoul Industrial Zone: 

Tower of Fantasy 2.1 update Deepsoul Industrial Zone

This Industrial Area around the Scientific Research Center is covered in karst caves, and its humid and warm environment is a paradise for the growth of strange fungi.

As players explore deeper and deeper into the Confounding Abyss in Tower of Fantasy 2.1, they will encounter all-new dangerous lifeforms lurking within the area. These powerful enemies will pose entirely new challenges as some creatures have mutated under the effects of the Confounding Abyss. One terrifying example is a portion of Crystal Hoof: Culton’s body has fused with a mysterious crystal, resulting in its strong, rock-like body.

Crystal Hoof

Lin, the Latest Simulacrum

As for the latest simulacrum to join Tower of Fantasy as part of the 2.1 update, Lin is the only daughter of the founder of Mirroria and was raised to be his successor. The people of Mirroria have already accepted Lin as a leader, even though she has not been officially appointed.

As a result of vigorous combat training from a very young age, Lin displays an aura of strength and prefers fighting on the frontlines with spectacular results. The key element that makes Lin so powerful is her alteration ability. In Tower of Fantasy, each simulacrum is equipped with one element, such as Ruby being armed with flame while Saki Fuwa utilizes frost.

Tower of Fantasy 2.1 update Lin

The division of these elements determines the player’s strategy, but Lin’s unique alteration ability breaks this limitation, allowing her to utilize all elements and can be used by players as a construction weapon for any element genre.

Following the arrival of both House Corrino and multiplayer in recent months, the 4X real-time strategy title that is Dune: Spice Wars is now welcoming its third major Early Access addition in the form of its Air & Sand update.

Shiro Games is hoping for players to explore a new dimension of conquest with the inclusion of new flying units, as well as deploy a host of other improvements and additions across every aspect of the game. At the same time, Dune: Spice Wars will enter new territory with its inclusion on PC Game Pass, opening the gates to a whole new audience.

Flying units add a new layer of strategy to the battlefield, letting players balance desert power with air power using the new Ship and Frigate units, capable of traversing the map without fear of sandworms. While combat may see the biggest changes, the additions and improvements touch on every aspect of the game.

As the most recent Dune game and the first in two decades, Dune: Spice Wars weaves the universe’s deep lore and themes into its gameplay. In the Air & Sand update, players will experience the expansion of several of these mechanics, such as spy missions, political resolutions, and brand-new Spacing Guild mechanics.

Additionally, balancing has been tweaked, quests updated, the UI and multiplayer chat system improved, new village features and Sietches added – the list goes on. Gather intel, garner political authority, make plans within plans within plans, and predict those of your opponents.

Dune: Spice Wars is available on PC game Pass and is now 20% off on Steam. In addition, Funcom also recently announced that they are developing Dune: Awakening, an open-world survival MMO set on Arrakis. The Spice War rages on.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will soon be in the hands of eager players all around the world, but before that, the team at Fatshark has prepared another deep dive, this time focusing on the classes, this time on the formidable but unstable Psyker: Psykinetic class.

Psykers’ formidable mental powers channel the raw stuff of the Immaterium – the very essence of daemons and gods. Should their discipline waver for even a moment, they risk a grisly, explosive demise … or worse, possession by the unspeakable entities of the Immaterium. As such, Psykers are hated and feared by the ordinary run of humanity. They are culled, controlled, and victimized at every level of society – despite the Imperium’s inability to function without them. Psykers alone see the Imperium as it truly is: a mass of contradictions, bigotries, and horror fashioned in the name of survival.

Unsurprisingly, this makes Psykers insular and untrusting. They see danger in every shadow, assuming that they haven’t already been driven mad by the combination of mistrust, whispering voices, and the ever-present danger that their brains might melt out of their ears in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.

“Alas, such has always been the way for my kind. If we are not slain out of hand, dissected, drafted, or dragged aboard unmarked vessels, never to be seen again, we are forced to treat with our obvious inferiors as equals … or even as our betters, laughable though that sounds. But I mustn’t complain. After all, it can always get worse.”

A Psyker’s every waking hour brings fresh opportunities for victimization and betrayal. Accordingly, they don’t trust anyone – including other Psykers, who are surely either mad, unstable, or willing to offer up one of their own in the hopes of living a quiet life. Nevertheless, shared hardship does create a bond between all Psykers – a spiritual siblinghood that binds them even in the heat of battle.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide Class Spotlight - Psyker Psykinetic

As for the others, Psykers are most comfortable in the company of Ogryns, who lack the deviousness for betrayal, and whose malice is of a childish, uncomplicated sort. Veterans are tolerated for their skills and derided for their limited (by Psyker standards) mental capacity. And as for the Zealots, who hound and harry all Psykers as abominations, witches, and freaks, such individuals are not to be trusted or tolerated in the slightest.

The Psykinetic in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide manipulates empyrean forces with the power of their mind, repurposing it to crush heads and inflict gnawing agony on their victims. They leave a trail of mangled bodies in their wake … most of whom never had a chance to react to their danger. The Psyker: Psykinetic draws upon its connection to the Warp in battle. This perilous and devastating force may bring any wielder of such powers to ruin if they do not exercise caution.

This incredible power and damage output come at a price, however. Lacking in brawn and toughness compared to other classes, the Psyker: Psykinetic must learn how to position themselves at a distance away from the hordes in Darktide lest they become overwhelmed by the swarming masses.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide Class Spotlight - Psyker Psykinetic

As they use their psychic abilities in battle, Psykers slowly build their level of Peril. If you don’t manage Peril wisely – by taking a moment to meditate and thus Quell the roiling energies within – you are sure to explode in spectacular fashion. A Psyker: Psykinetic gains Warp Charges by killing their enemies – growing more powerful but rapidly increasing their Peril. In place of the grenades carried by the other classes, the Psyker: Psykinetic’s power is Brain Burst, which does pretty much what it says. Stand well back.

With a clearer idea of what to expect from the Zealot, Veteran, Ogryn, and now the Psyker, the perilous world of Tertium will be the perfect battleground to test your capabilities when Warhammer 40,000: Darktide launches this Nov. 30.

For fans who have been following the journey of Fatshark‘s Warhammer 40,000: Darktide since the beginning, the first teaser trailer was released two years ago and saw a four-person recon squad venturing to investigate sub-level six of Atoma Prime’s Tertium Hive. Their fate remained precariously unknown, that is, until now.

Fatshark Drops New World Intro Trailer for Warhammer 40,000 Darktide

A new World Intro Trailer has finally arrived, and it provided a proper glimpse of what players can expect from the game in terms of worldbuilding and atmosphere. Ominous music, trepidation with every move, and the constant reminder that conflict is truly the only instinct that all beings abide by, and also, warp travel does a number on anymore making the jump.

And as the massive starship emerges on the other side, the gargantuan Hive City of Tertium looks almost peaceful. Diving deeper into the sublevels paints a drastically different picture.

From the same uniforms, headgear, and even unit logo, this is the squad that hasn’t been seen for a while, and true to the prophetic words uttered by their commanding officer, they are not going to make it out alive. It is clear that plenty of work has gone into realizing the threatening universe of Darktide, the nightmares that await, and the struggle to survive, with this latest Darktide trailer being another great example of that.

Needless to say, this will be a common theme for players when Warhammer 40,000: Darktide arrives this Nov. 30. If you needed a reminder of how things got started for the recon squad, the first teaser can be found below:

Following the August expansion with Children of the Worm, Turtle Rock Studios are now preparing for the third content expansion for the cooperative shooter, Back 4 Blood. Officially titled River of Blood, the Back 4 Blood expansion will arrive on Dec. 6 as part of the Annual Pass or a standalone purchase.

The entirety of the content update will feature a brand-new story campaign that unfolds over a five-map mission. Cleaners will need to travel upriver, stopping to scavenge resources and supplies, all while clearing any threats that stand in their way.

A new Cleaner will also be joining the Back 4 Blood crew in River of Blood, with former cultist outcast Tala the latest addition. What is more interesting is that Tala will be accompanied by a Ridden companion in the form of a friendly Tallboy named Jeff. This enemy-turned-ally should be useful in a pinch, and can be summoned either by Tala or other Cleaners in a team.

The expansion will deliver cosmetics as well, bringing eight exclusive character skins and 12 exclusive weapon skins, not to mention more new weapons, accessories, and cards.

If that is not enough, all owners of Back 4 Blood can partake in the free Trial of the Worm update when the expansion arrives in December. This is a new cooperative PvE mode where players can choose their own path in a four-map chain, earning Supply Points along the way for their troubles. The ability to add Corruption Modifiers or choose the tougher paths will see even more rewards, and having a leaderboard will make things much more competitive and fun.

The Back 4 Blood Holiday event will make a return when Rivers of Blood is released as well. Lasting till Jan. 4 2023, players can enjoy the festive decor in Fort Hope, catch some tunes at the jukebox, and grab more holiday-themed skins, emblems, weapon skins, and sprays.

For players who have been eagerly awaiting more news about the impressive-looking first-person, PVE, open-world survival crafting game that is Inflexion GamesNightingale, the month of November has provided a gift in the form of the first-ever Developer Update for the title.

Following the conclusion of the first round of Closed Alpha Testing, Community Manager Steph Herdman shared that a selected group of testers have been able to try out the early game experience, including survival elements. Despite encountering certain bugs and missing UI elements, there was positive feedback, as well as areas that Inflexion will have to work on. Any interested players looking to join in future tests can sign up for the official newsletter, which will contain a survey that will make it possible for future testing participation.

Unreal Engine 5

The update also touched on the initial delay of Nightingale, of which the shift to Unreal Engine 5 was part of the reason. Technical Art Director Nick Sadler and Environment Director Noel Lukasewich pointed to the visual upgrades that the engine is able to provide as something exciting, especially with the help of Lumen and Nanite technology.

The former is a global illumination feature that brings realistic lighting and reflections in real-time, a feat previously impossible to achieve in games. For Nightingale, it will have a profound impact due to the time-of-day and Realm Card system that can change what players see during gameplay. As for the latter, the system that deals with virtualized geometry enables smooth transitions up close and at a distance, upping the visual fidelity that is possible in the game.

As part of the Nightingale Dev Update, community questions on areas such as character progression, creature difficulty, the building system, and launch support for languages were answered by Director of Production, Leah Summers.

Character Progression in Nightingale

Summers explained that character progression is tied to items and gear, so players will be able to craft better equipment with resources found around the realms. It will likely be the core gameplay loop that takes up most of the time spent in Nightingale, and the key driver in exploring newer and more dangerous realms in the future.

Character Progression Nightingale

Creature Difficulty

For the creatures that players will face, the game will feature level scaling to ensure that there will always be a challenge for players. The deeper you explore into Realms, the harder the creatures will be to deal with. This includes the local flora and fauna, factions, and monsters, so there will always a tougher challenge to look forward to.

Building System

Building is a key part of Nightingale, and players will be able to take advantage of blueprints to help with the process. From the foundations to the roof, players will have the option to configure their estate as they see fit, made possible with different tile sets to add to the variety.

Building Nightingale

Other functional structures are also in the mix, such as defensive buildings and crafting benches, and planning out an estate is going to be an important part of the Nightingale experience as well.

Nightingale Language Support

At launch, Nightingale will support the English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish languages. Once the game has entered Early Access, the team will be evaluating and looking to add more support for additional languages.

As Fatshark prepares to launch Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on Nov. 30, it would not be possible without the fervent support of the community that has put in blood, sweat, and tears fighting against the forces of evil. As the third installment of Fatshark’s take on the Warhammer universe, celebrations are in order.

Throughout November and leading up to the release of Darktide, there will be activities and updates from Fatshark for all “Tide” players. Here’s what is in line for one of the best gaming communities this side of the universe:

As a start, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will be free to keep starting from Nov. 3 to 7, so be sure to claim a copy before this generous offer is over. In addition, there will be a new content update coming to Vermintide 2 in the form of Trail of Treachery, the first of a two-parter that will launch on Nov. 8. 

In Trail of Treachery, it is up to brave heroes to escort a caravan carrying precious cargo to a village plagued by strange and unusual happenings. Pave the way to Tockstadt and investigate what misfortune has befallen the settlement, and beware of avalanches.A new, snowy adventure begins – Make your way down the precarious mountain path to save the village of Tockstadt, where nothing is quite as it seems.

A free update for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 A Treacherous Adventure is a free update to all players for Vermintide 2.

  • The first map in a two-part adventure – Trail of Treachery is the first of a two-part adventure map pack. The second act will be available in 2023.

Furthermore, a pre-order beta for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will take place from Nov. 17 to 29, allowing players to familiarize themselves with the challenge ahead. Any players coming to Darktide, having played either Vermintide or Vermintide 2, will also be rewarded with the Devoted Rejects Pack, a unique cosmetic pack that contains five facial customization cosmetics and five tattoos, all inspired by Vermintide’s heroes.

With Warhammer 40,000: Darktide set to release on Nov. 30, players are gearing up to face the forces of Chaos for the fate of Tertium. Central to this cause is the Mission Terminal, the centerpiece of the Mourningstar hub in Darktide.

It is here where players share the space with others and access a variety of missions. At any given time, there will be a selection of missions available to take on, each relevant to character competency, dynamically populated to complement the predetermined narrative or emergent events that unfold in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.

Mastering Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - Mission Terminal

For developers Fatshark, the legacy of working on the Vermintide series has made the Mission Terminal possible, a system that suits the overall universe while ensuring that the gameplay experience is more dynamic than anything seen in the series thus far.

Inspired by the analog nature of the technology layer present in Warhammer 40,000, the Terminal emulates the space cop fantasy where the world is alive, and it remains everchanging, reflecting the perils and urgency of its contents. The grounded nature also plays a huge role in keeping players engaged with easy-to-understand information, with missions being displayed in several ways:

  • In a small panel: where users get a very condensed idea of what they can expect about the selected mission
  • In a medium panel: where users get access to quick play (a fast way to queue in missions) or events of critical nature get displayed; this panel also acts as a legend for better explaining the small panel’s iconography
  • In an expanded panel: where users get all the information they need to embark on said mission
Mastering Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - Mission Terminal

By progressing and succeeding in the pushback against Chaos, players will earn the trust of the Inquisition, and that will be reflected in the Mission Terminal. Higher difficulty missions, better rewards, and more opportunities to face danger head-on become possible. As for missions of critical timing, these get highlighted in the middle of the Mission Terminal, promising better rewards and higher intensity in combat, with survival a slimmer possibility than usual.

Once access to the Mission Terminal is granted, players can easily team up or strike out solo on missions. The first player in a team will get to initiate a vote for whichever mission chosen, and the democratic process ensures fairness even in the face of impending doom.

Do note, however, that certain missions possess modifiers, or Special Conditions, that can change up the gameplay. An example is the Power Supply Interruption modifier, which plunges the entire level into darkness and paves the way for a new way to play.  

Mastering Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - Mission Terminal

A Special Condition could also apply on a more global scale in Tertium Hive, transforming into a Global Condition. During a Global Condition, the game will alter the missions more frequently. There could, for example, be a blackout in the hive, and therefore almost all the missions available are affected by Darkness. 

Always be sure to keep a keen eye on the Mission Terminal in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide; it becomes more than just an avenue to start enjoying the game, and a constant reminder that safety is never guaranteed.

A new shooter subgenre enters the fray

It’s no secret that some of today’s best-loved games are subgenre shooters. There are last-player or last-team-standing battle royale experiences, tactical military shooters, and even co-op horde shooters/slashers. The latest shooter subgenre to gain popularity is the extraction shooters. 

What is an Extraction Shooter?

Extraction shooters exploded onto the scene with games like Escape from Tarkov and Hunt: Showdown. The basics are simple, but the execution is more nuanced. Core FPS skills are transferrable, but extraction shooters generally reward stealth over run-and-gun tactics.

As players hunt, they’re being hunted – both for loot and frags. Any noise, especially prolonged firefights, will draw in other combatants.

The core gameplay loop is simple – get in, loot, and get out. Depending on the game, character death may be permanent, drastically raising the stakes. But those risks make the rewards sweeter. Extracting with loot leads to better equipment, and upgraded gear boosts the future chance of survival. At the same time, upgraded kit also cranks up the pressure as players have more to lose. 

Extraction Shooters

A Different Adventure

The Cycle: Frontier puts a sci-fi spin on extraction shooters. Drop in to do a daily, or stick around to delve into a longer loot loop.

More time in the game means more significant risks. There are environmental threats aplenty. Use a flashlight to indicate friendly intentions with other players, or hunt enemy players for the ultimate thrill. The Cycle: Frontier newbies should stick to the relative safety of the Bright Sands area.

Want a bigger challenge? Crescent Falls ups the skill requirement and the overall tension. Minimize noise where possible. And stick to safer paths to avoid fall damage. As always, stealth is a great way to pick the where and when of fights. Plus, it leads to ambush opportunities. Ultimately, timing is everything and choosing the right moment to engage will make the difference between living and dying – being the looter or the looted. 

Another week, another spotlight on one of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide‘s classes, this time around, Fatshark is focusing on the big, strong, and unstoppable force that is the Ogryn: Skullbreaker.

Ogryns are abhumans, a subspecies of humanity deemed useful enough to protect it from the sanction of purgation. Stronger and tougher than ordinary humans, Ogryns excel at work that requires extra muscle or indifference to pain, making them perfect as shock troops and bodyguards in the Astra Militarum. Nothing like using their brawny bodies to shield their comrades and immense strength to smash their enemies.

They value strength above all else and thrive in situations where their straightforward approach to life is likely to earn praise, reward, or food from their teammates and superiors.

“If you want to win, you send for the biggest, meanest, and angriest you’ve got. That’s me. Not these runts. They can’t hold a proper gun. Can’t hold a proper knife. Scream in pain all the time. Or just because it’s fun. Or because they’re bored. Idiots. Not good enough. Not gonna win. Not without me. Everyone agrees. Everyone I talk to, anyways. And people like talking to me. If they know what’s good for them. Not polite to ignore me, now is it?”

Large and brutally strong, what Ogryns lack in wit and strategic ability, they make up with sheer strength in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. Slow but reliable, their immense toughness grants them great survivability, serving well to take the brunt force of their enemies’ assault in the place of their comrades.

Darktide Ogryn

A Skullbreaker leans into the Ogryn’s foremost attribute: its prodigious strength. He loves nothing more than to charge into the thick of the fighting, shouldering aside any “punies” that get in his path to deliver punishing, shattering blows against his chosen target. Often while laughing as the tiny, tiny foes tire themselves out, flailing at him in return.

It’s not subtle, but it’s definitely effective. More importantly, it’s fun, and Ogryns like having fun.

Naturally, it would be difficult for an Ogryn to handle human weapons with those massive slabs of hands they have. For this reason, they have their own arsenal of weapons – such as the starter weapons Ogryn Pipe Club, or the Ogryn Thumper, a massive, break-action shotgun that complements them in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.

Utilizing the class ability of Bull Rush sees the Ogryn charge forward with speed and power, knocking all enemies back. It also buffs the Ogryn with increased movement and attack speed at the same time, making it easier to deliver punishment to all who are unfortunate enough to be standing in its way. For those seeking a tank to do the business, the Ogryn: Skullbreaker is always going to be a good choice.

Following the deep dives into the Zealot, Veteran, and now the Ogryn, there will be one more class spotlight coming in the near future for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide for the Psyker. Best get up to speed before the game launches this Nov. 30; survival is going to require all players can muster in the fight against Chaos.

For all would-be vampires chomping at the bit to get more information about Stunlock StudiosV Rising, the end of October brings some good news. As part of the game’s Halloween celebrations, V Rising will be available to play for free starting from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

In addition, the spookiest month of the year will see a new content drop in the form of Halloween decorative items added to help players create the most haunted castle possible. The Haunted Nights Castle DLC pack contains a large assortment of items, from pumpkins to chandeliers, and is available to be claimed for free from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7.

V Rising halloween

For those seeking a more-challenging time in V Rising, the arrival of the new Mad Hunt server setting is exactly what the witch doctor ordered. Adding a new element of chaos to the traditional formula, the option will randomize key resources such as V Blood locations, spell unlocks, and technologies to add additional variety to the game experience. 

As a counterbalance, specific technologies will still appear at certain points to prevent progression from getting frustrating. Beyond that, however, anything goes in this brand new way of enjoying V Rising this Halloween.

V Rising is now available on Steam in Early Access.

With the Thailand Game Show 2022 a wrap, Level Infinite reflects back on a week that saw over a hundred thousand players experiencing the show and Tower of Fantasy, PUBG MOBILE and Dragon Nest II: Evolution at our booth.

The show marked a triumphant return to large-scale physical events in the region and was an opportunity for the gaming industry to come together and celebrate. And fans and players got to feel the excitement in person.

From photo opportunities with a miniature hot air balloon over at PUBG MOBILE, getting up close with the city of Mirroria in Tower of Fantasy, to channelling their inner adventurer with Dragon Nest II, crowds surged throughout the days and included several noteworthy guests.

One was Dr. Chadchart Sittipunt, the recently elected Bangkok Governor. Having opened the show, both he and his team paid a visit to Level Infinite and enjoyed a round of PUBG MOBILE as the crowd looked on.

With support from the local and regional community, the Level Infinite team hopes to join the event again. As the industry continues to explore new frontiers in a post-Covid world, the aim will always be to engage players in a variety of ways. 

Expect more to come in the coming months from Level Infinite!

Bridging the gap between players and new experiences

Level Infinite will be part of the Thailand Game Show 2022 from October 21 to 23 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) for the very first time. The event will allow consumers to get up close with some of the brand’s biggest titles, including Tower of Fantasy, PUBG MOBILE, and Dragon Nest II: Evolution.

As a top gaming exhibition, the Thailand Game Show represents a great opportunity for Level Infinite to grow its presence in the region and continue its effort to build a global gaming community that enjoys high-quality and engaging entertainment experiences.

Consumers are encouraged to visit the intricately put-together Level Infinite booth to check out the latest updates for all of the games at the show, with plenty of official merchandise available to commemorate their visit to the Thailand Game Show 2022.

Tower of Fantasy
A shared open-world MMORPG, Tower of Fantasy is set to welcome its Vera 2.0 update that will introduce the barren and large Desert Gobby and a cyberpunk-themed city in Mirroria for players to explore, and many more challenging opponents to take down. Fans can immerse themselves further with the floating glass pyramid of Mirroria, meet special guest Manasaproyy as Ruby on October 23 for a photo op, or participate in various interactive activities to get stamps for rewards redemption. 

PUBG MOBILE
Jump into battle and feel the thrill of intense combat enhanced by the new Gear Front mode, a new way to get that coveted Chicken Dinner. Visitors can also visit the new Nusa map, which is the game’s smallest map focused on fast-paced matches. Fans can get up close and personal with popular PUBG MOBILE figures while taking a tour through newly added landmarks at the Level Infinite booth.

Dragon Nest II: Evolution
The next iteration of the mobile MMORPG, interested players can encounter the brand new evolution of the Dragon Nest franchise, get involved in the Dungeon Party-Up competitions for a shot at limited-edition merchandise, and meet the most beloved and popular NPC, Airin in the flesh.

Join Level Infinite at the Thailand Game Show 2022 this October and be among the first in the world to experience the latest additions in the world of Tower of Fantasy, PUBG Mobile, and Dragon Nest II: Evolution.

Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the Vera expansion for Tower of Fantasy coming Oct. 20, Hotta Studio held a special YouTube streaming event to provide players with a closer look at what to expect, including the new simulacrum Ruby.

Not only will Tower of Fantasy be available on Steam alongside the new Vera expansion on the same day, but the event also pulled back the curtain on Ruby, who is set to bring her Spark weapon and abilities to Wanderers everywhere.

As for Vera itself, it features two distinct environments – the irradiated wilderness of the Desert Gobby and, at its center, the cyberpunk city of Mirroria. The glittering city may, at first glance, seem like an oasis and offer respite from the harsh Desert Gobby, but Wanderers will soon discover that it is full of danger and conflict.

Both areas will offer Wanderers a fresh set of missions, events, raids, instances, monsters and legendary bosses to overcome, plus new vehicles to discover and weapons to master. However, it is a section of the Desert Gobby, known as the Grayspace, where the most significant challenge awaits. Upon entering the Grayspace, the whole environment darkens, bringing a sense of foreboding coupled with the threat of encountering Grayspace Entities, the enemies that inhabit this zone. 

Tower of Fantasy Ruby

In addition to all the new details, the upcoming Vera expansion will offer players the biggest rewards, with up to 70 draws and more if players meet certain conditions and participate in in-game events.

Prepare to face new dangers in Tower of Fantasy alongside Ruby when the Vera expansion goes live later this month.

Tower of Fantasy is now available on PC and mobile.

With a Nov. 30 launch to look forward to, eager rejects hoping to experience the bloody battles that await in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be able to do in the upcoming Closed Beta Test starting from Oct. 14-16. Sessions will be available on both Steam and Microsoft Store for PC, with registrations still currently open.

Developed by Fatshark, the award-winning team behind the Vermintide series, the time is now to take back the city of Tertium from hordes of bloodthirsty foes in this intense and brutal action shooter. In the depths of the hive, the seeds of corruption threaten to turn into an overwhelming tide of darkness. A mysterious and sinister new force is seeking to take control of the entire city. It is up to all the Rejects and their allies in the Inquisition to root out the enemy before the city succumbs to Chaos.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Features

Your Character, Your Playstyle

Create a unique character and customize their physical appearance, voice, and origin. Choose a preferred class to determine which unique traits and skill sets they will make use of in battle. Decide between a seasoned veteran of the Imperial army, a snarky outsider, or a fiery zealot, and bring the war to the undeserving.

Combat Evolved

Built on the legacy of Vermintide 2‘s best-in-class melee combat, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide introduces intense gunplay to the mix. Master the balance between ranged and melee combat as in battles against a slew of enemies. Feel the impact of each swipe, swing, and slice of a chainsword, or fry some flesh with a lasgun.

Save Tertium from Ruin

Step into the violent, dystopian world of Warhammer 40,000. From boiling hot industrial factories to the decaying water maintenance zone afflicted by constant acid rainfall – Tertium Hive is a hard and unforgiving place even at the best of times. Serve the zealous Inquisition by embarking on missions to exterminate the threats lurking in the depths of the hive city, or die trying.

Overcome Unpredictable Challenges

Adapt to the erratic whims of Chaos with circumstances – mutators that add a spontaneous challenge to your mission. Every team must learn to adjust, adopt new tactics and change up their loadouts to face these ruthless challenges.

Experience all of the action in the Closed Beta Test for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, available from Oct. 14 to 16.

A week after showing off the Zealot: Preacher class, Fatshark has once again pulled back the curtains on another Warhammer 40,000: Darktide classes. The time is now for the Veteran: Sharpshooter class to enter the Darktide spotlight.

The battle-hardened soldiers of the Astra Militarum are the foremost defenders of the Imperium, survivors that persevere through discipline, and most at home in the thick of battle. 

“Just another day in the Imperial Guard. Official name’s the Astra Militarum, but you know what? I can’t even fragging spell that one on the regular, and my mother – Throne rest her foul-mouthed soul – told me never to use words that I couldn’t paint in the blood of my enemies. It’s good manners, ain’t it? Thing is, I’m not even part of the Guard any longer, not since that business with the commissar, the court-martial, and the holding cell.

Now I’m part of Inquisitor Grendyl’s merry band of maniacs, for better or worse. Still figuring out what that means, exactly, but most of it seems to be putting the boot in on the Emperor’s enemies and not getting summarily executed for meeting the wrong stare funny, so I guess I’m better off. At least, so long as the ammo and grub don’t run out.”

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide Class Spotlight - Veteran Sharpshooter

Sharpshooters epitomize the Astra Militarum’s combat doctrine: overwhelming firepower honed through training and delivered unflinchingly in the heat of battle. They specialize in ranged combat drills, keeping the foe at a distance while bringing firepower to bear against high-priority targets. Though they can spray and pray with the best of them, the Veteran Sharpshooters are at their most dangerous when they take the time to place their shots where the enemy is vulnerable in Darktide.

Activating its Class Ability will see movement slow down in exchange for increased weak spot damage, accuracy, and handling. It also sharpens the senses of the Veteran, helping them identify non-Ogryn elites and special enemies in a crowd or from afar. When everything else fails, a Frag Grenade should do more than most to even the odds.

Two more class spotlights will arrive in the coming weeks, as Warhammer 40,000: Darktide gets closer to its Nov. 30 launch. Next up will be the Psyker and Ogryn, and interested players can take the reins when the beta commences soon, with registration still open.

The second entry of the electrifying space adventure returns

Ironhide Game Studio is heading back to space once more with Iron Marines: Invasion, the second installment of its mobile real-time strategy franchise, now available on both iOS and Android

Combining an expansive universe with action-packed challenges, an original art style, humor and other thrilling surprises, the only way to peace for all the planets in the Federation is through the Iron Marines corps and its incredible allies.

Players will face dreadful alien threats on a variety of unique worlds, enlist the help of the galaxy’s finest heroes, and complement unique tactical skills with defensive towers to augment firepower.

Iron Marines: Invasion Gameplay Features:

  • An entire galaxy to be discovered.
  • 25+ campaign missions that will take explore the most incredible worlds. 
  • 70 special operations to upgrade Marine abilities to peak level.
  • 8 unit groups for a total of 24 different troops. 
  • 8 powerful heroes with unique skills.
  • 8 Special Weapons to boost the firepower against the aliens.
  • 40 Upgrades to empower units, such as defense drones, napalm rockets, ricocheting blasts and much more.
  • 20+ Achievements.
  • Daily challenges provide amazing rewards.
  • Enjoy the real-time strategy experience anywhere offline
  • Choose the difficulty mode for the best RTS experience: Casual, Normal, or Veteran. Impossible Mode for the elite players is available offline.

The invasion is coming, and the time to prepare to fight for peace is now.