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Straight from the Devs

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.

Downward Spiral: Horus Stations Launch Date Announced

Independent game and technology studio, 3rd Eye Studios is releasing its zero-gravity space adventure, Downward Spiral: Horus Station onMay 31st for PC, with optional, Oculus Rift with Touch, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality support for £14.99, €14.99 & $19.99.

Open Beta OPN Highlight: Grimmwood

Headup Games and Big Moustache Games announce their cooperation on Grimmwood, a challenging social multiplayer RPG experience, blending elements of survival, roguelike and exploration.

Battle Royale Mode Coming to Battlerite

Stunlock Studios today revealed the first details of Battlerite Royale, a combination of an Action MOBA/Arena Brawler and the Battle Royale survival gameplay. Featuring a map 30 times larger than the standard arena mode map, Battlerite Royale throws 20 players into a cutthroat island deathmatch, played “Free For All” or as a duo.

Three For Vroom Kaboom: OPN Dev Talk with Ratloop Games

Ratloop Games Canada is a small team based out of Montreal consisting of 7 full time developers, and 2 part-time interns. We have 1 producer, 2 programmers, and 4 artists. Some of us have been doing this for decades and others are hot off the press! We’re a mix of old and new blood, from different parts of the world, which we believe is important because of the variety of viewpoints it gives to our projects!

Starship Corporation Out of Early Access May 3

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Coronado Games announced that their spaceship-building game Starship Corporation is releasing out of Steam’s Early Access Program on May 3, 2018.

Vroom Kaboom: Strategy meets Twisted Metal

Imagine vehicular combat reminiscent of Twisted Metal mixed with competitive tower rush strategy. Players choose a faction, and a deck of vehicles to take into a battle against either an AI or human opponent. With limited resources, players will need to collect the appropriate supplies needed to deploy vehicles of destruction against the enemy team. While you're doing this, the opposing player will be vying for the same goals on top of trying to take you down. Each team has a station which needs protecting, and the end goal is to destroy the other teams base. Avoid the enemy or destroy them head-on, the strategy you choose is up to you and reflected in the vehicles you choose to secure victory.

Murderous Pursuits Open Beta

For those looking to dive into the Open Beta and get a taste of how this spiritual successor to PC classic The Ship - also a Blazing Griffin game - moves the genre forward (seriously, it takes place on a flying, time-traveling ship), visit the Murderous Pursuits Open Beta page on Steam and install the free client this Friday.

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

OPN Talent Spotlight: Jengo Campaign

Playdius and independent studio Robot Wizard are proud to announce that the point & click adventure game Jengo, has successfully achieved its Fig Backstage Pass Program, with more than 20% of its fundraising goal reached and over 270 backers in one month. Starting today, Jengo is starting its full Fig Crowdfunding campaign.

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

This is the Police 2 Gets New Trailer

Back in the big city, Police Chief Jack Boyd, the protagonist of This Is the Police, was too deeply mired in bureaucracy to pay much attention to field tactics. But in Sharpwood, a cold frontier town where a young woman named Lilly Reed has recently become sheriff, you'll need to take a new approach: you'll have to take your cops under direct control during particularly difficult and dangerous missions.

The Endless Mission Gameplay Revealed

E-Line Media, creators of Never Alone, has announced its latest project - The Endless Mission. The Endless Mission is a sandbox-style creation game that takes players on a hero’s journey through a rich narrative world where they develop the power and opportunity to craft games and experiences of their own in the Unity engine - all while challenging forces larger than themselves.

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.

Skill-based matchmaking and special Easter event also live now

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.

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