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Straight from the Devs

AAA or indie, big or small, OPNoobs is looking for quality games made by talented people. It’s not about marketing budget or Twitch numbers, we bring you updates straight from the developers of the games you’re playing. We provide an unfiltered voice from inside the gaming industry. Anything published in OPN’s Straight From The Devs series is just that, and we hope our readers feel that this narrows the gap between them and the industry they follow so closely.

Raiders of the Broken Planet Gets Major Overhaul

Independent studio MercurySteam today announced that Hades Betrayal, the third premium campaign for Raiders of the Broken Planet, is available now for PC.

Duo Mode Now a Permanent Part of Darwin Project

After two test sessions, Scavengers Studio is excited to make Duo Mode a permanent part of Darwin Project on Steam. Joining its standard free-for-all game mode, Duo Mode allows combatants to team up with friends or strangers as they stake their claim on the snow-covered battlefield. The developers stated they welcome player feedback as they work to improve Duos even further.

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Three For MOTHERGUNSHIP: OPN Dev Talk with Grip Digital

Grip Digital is a video game developer and publisher based in Prague, Czech Republic. We've been in the industry for nearly a decade and during this period we have worked on over 50 projects on all major platforms, from one-man games, to multinational AAA titles. Among our most known games that we have developed and published, are the award-winning exploration adventure, The Solus Project, and the upcoming bullet-hell FPS, Mothergunship.

Silent Thunder Announced

Gaijin Entertainment, creators of the vehicular combat MMO War Thunder,announced a new, tactical submarine combat game in development, Silent Thunder. In clashes between three of the major military powers of the 21st century, players will face off against each other in combat on the world’s most powerful nuclear submarines.

Layers of Fear New Ending Announced

On April 1, Aspyr and Bloober Team are proud to introduce Layers of Fear: Everything Is Going To Be OK DLC pack. Pull back the curtains, bask in the sunshine, play with your kids, kiss your wife, and paint for the sheer joy of painting.

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition Announced

THQ Nordic Red Faction Guerrilla will be fully re-Mars-tered (pun proudly intended) and released in Q2 2018. The game will go by the name of Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered and "destruction" will remain its middle name.

New Chapter Announced for The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda Softworks announced The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, the next Chapter of ZeniMax Online Studio’s online RPG, The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). This year’s Chapter will send players to the Isle of Summerset to explore the home of the High Elves for the first time since 1994’s The Elder Scrolls: Arena. With a new zone, a main story, a new skill line based on the Psijic Order, and the introduction of Jewelry Crafting, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset was desinged to be an installment for both new and veteran players.

Three For The Wizards: OPN Dev Talk with Carbon Studio

On the full release, The Wizards will get access to three new story chapters, two of them including epic boss fights. The update will also bring "Master Enchantments" - powerful upgrades for all the spells. We also managed to highly optimize the game and increase its visual fidelity. The major and most visible difference is in the lighting. Since the full release, all spells will cast light on its surroundings, which will lead to quite interesting visual effects.

Microïds to adapt Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO

Microïds, Anuman Interactive’s video games publishing label, has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based Reeder Brand Management for the rights to the name and likeness of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and elements of his film Vertigo. Microïds also announced that Pendulo studios will be developing a game loosely based on Hitchcock's masterpiece.

Digital version of Paranoia Authorized, Cyanide Announces

Cyanide and Black Shamrock are fervently loyal to The Computer and therefore proud to announce the development of Paranoia: The Official Video Game, a darkly humorous RPG adapted from the critically acclaimed pen and paper game created by Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan, and Eric Goldberg.

OOTP 19 Trailer Showcases New 3D Engine

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and MiLB.com, announced that Out of the Park Baseball 19 will be released on March 22, 2018. OOTP 19 offers dozens of new features and improvements to its gameplay.

Ni no Kun II: Revenant Kingdom Gets New Trailer

BANDAI NAMCO released a new trailer for Ni no Kuni II™: REVENANT KINGDOM, the upcoming RPG developed by famed Japanese game studio Level-5 Inc. with involvement from composer Joe Hisaishi and former Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose. 

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord: Custom Engine Gets New Features

Creating a custom engine has been one of the most important challenges that TaleWorlds has faced during the development of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. As it happens with other parts of games development, it is not a straightforward task that you finish and put on a shelf, but an iterative process.

A Plague Tale: Innocence: Screenshots Unveiled

A Plague Tale: Innocence, the upcoming adventure game developed by Asobo Studio, unleashes hordes of rats in a new series of images. Join orphan siblings, Amicia and young Hugo, as they struggle through the heart of a brutal and ruthless world in which millions of rats ravage the Kingdom of France - already beset by war and the Black Death.

Quake Champions Update Details Revealed

Quake Champions is getting new content, features, and improvements driven by feedback from the community. Next Thursday, March 15, id Software will roll out the next big free update for Quake Champions, delivering new ways to play and new looks. This will include the return of Instagib - the first new game mode added since closed beta - the introduction of ‘No Abilities Mode’ in custom games; a new 2v2 version of Ranked Play for competitive players and a variety of seasonal cosmetics to commemorate the coming of Spring.

Crazy Dreamz: Best Of announced

Dreamz Studio announced the upcoming launch of the first crowd-developed game, Crazy Dreamz: Best Of. The game collates and transforms the 100 best user-crafted levels made in Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition into a new game experience. Community creators will receive 50% of the game's revenue.

The American Dream Lights Up PC Next Week

Developer Samurai Punk invites you to take a satirical trip through a 1950's world's fair that shows you how your everyday American life can be improved with guns as The American Dream VR hits PC, Oculus and PlayStation on March 14th for $19.99. From flipping burgers on the grill to changing your baby's diaper, you'll traverse through a vast complex constructed by a group of powerful and respected gun manufacturers aiming to prove to you the virtues of guns for the common man.

Three for Frostpunk: OPN Dev Talk with 11 Bit Studios

11 Bit Studios was founded in 2009, and since then we've released six games. This War of Mine was the latest and Frostpunk is the next. In the early years we had a philosophy of making games that mix genres or turn genres upside down. For example, inverted tower defense became tower offense, which was the idea behind Anomaly Warzone Earth. The philosophy evolved into making innovative games with a focus on thought-provoking topics and that's what drove us into creation of This War of Mine. The further step is Frostpunk. This is a game that questions morality as you play as the leader of a society in the last city on Earth, in an alternate history where the whole Earth freezes in the XIX century.

Journey: Star Conflict Gets Campaign Progression

StarGem Inc. and Gaijin Entertainment today announced the release of the “Journey” update for the space action MMO Star Conflict. In a redesign of the game’s progression system, players can now earn experience points and unlock new content by taking part in a story-driven campaign. The update offers beginners a gradual introduction to the game’s warring factions, different ship types, and incrementally increasing complex combat scenarios, while experienced pilots can head directly to more challenging adventures in outer space on new ships.

Editor’s Note: this article was edited by OPNoobs staff for neutrality.

New Cinematic Trailer for A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

For King Anaraut, the pressures of lineage weigh heavy on the mind. But those pressures of following his father, the respected leader Rhodri the Great, have stirred him to strive for a new kingdom for his people.  A famous new kingdom that will span the entirety of the Welsh peninsula, win the pride of its people and cement his own place in history.

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