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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.

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.

Darwin Project Early Access Launches March 9

You survived the Alphas. You survived the Betas. Now, get ready to fight on a whole new platform! Scavengers Studio is excited to announce that Darwin Project will launch on Steam Early Access  on Friday, March 9, 2018, retailing for $14.99 USD.

FFXIV Stormblood Patch 4.25 Releases March 8

On March 13, the FINAL FANTASY® XIV: Stormblood™ saga continues with the release of Patch 4.25 and the untamed Forbidden Land of Eureka within. This region will feature new battle elements to challenge players which are crucial to obtaining powerful new weapons. This content update will also bring the latest chapter in the adventures of the inspector extraordinaire, Hildibrand.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Pre-Order Beta Begins Today

Independent developer Fatshark today announced that the Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Pre-Order BETA is available. Everyone who has bought Warhammer: Vermintide 2, the sequel to Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, will have access to the BETA all the way to the release on March 8.

The Blackout Club Announced

Question™, a team of industry veterans including the Creative Director and Lead Writer of BioShock 2, the Senior Gameplay Programmer of Dishonored, and the Lead Effects Artist for BioShock Infinite, has unveiled its next title. The Blackout Club, a cooperative paranormal horror mystery, steps into the light in Q1 2019 on PC.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Announced

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden’ is a tactical adventure game featuring a deep storyline set on a post-human Earth, which combines strategy and the turn-based tactical combat of ‘XCOM’ with real-time exploration and stealth gameplay. Currently in development by an experienced team including former ‘HITMAN’ designers and Ulf Andersson, the designer of ‘PAYDAY.

Frostpunk Details Revealed

11 bit reveals a brand new developer update video that asks how much the world’s current political climate has in common with the highly anticipated, Frostpunk. When life imitates art, where do the boundaries of human morality fall?

Heaven's Vault Announced

The storytelling wizards at inkle revealed today that their archeological sci-fi adventure Heaven's Vault will release on Windows and Mac this year, along with the PlayStation 4. Heaven's Vault is the first graphic 3D adventure, and first console release, for the UK-based indie studio known for their award-winning titles 80 Days and Steve Jackson's Sorcery!

SEGA Announces Make War Not Love 5 – The Unusual Suspects

It's that time of year again, where we shun romantic notions, get stuck into our favorite strategy game, and conquer as much as possible to win loads of free stuff. That's right, Make War Not Love is back with MWNL5 – The Unusual Suspects and will run from 10 am PST/6pm GMT/7pm CET, February 12 until 10am PST/6pm GMT/7pm CET, February 18.

Unity Live Training Series with Antigraviator Devs

Antigraviator is teaming up with Unity for the hover racer online training days. The free online training series will take place on February 13th, 14th, and 15th at 8 PM GMT and will be broadcast on Unity’s Twitch channel. Iceberg Interactive’s Twitch channel will host the streams.

New Kingdom Come: Deliverance Story Trailer

Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver today released a new trailer for the critically acclaimed RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance launching on February 13th 2018.

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