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Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World is an open world, third-person action RPG where players hunt down or capture large monsters. Hunt solo or with up to 4 players in co-op play!

Publisher: Capcom
Playerbase: TBD
Type: Action RPG
PvP: 4 Player co-op
Release Date: 2018
Pros: +First MH game coming to PC. +Huge maps to explore. +Many quality of life improvements. +Long, epic battles.
Cons: -PC release date unannounced.

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The Weekly Raid: Failure To Launch - A Tale of LawBreakers and SkySaga

With the lackluster launch of LawBreakers earlier this month and the announcement that SkySaga would be ceasing development, we felt it was time to return to the topic of extended, public development cycles.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Cliff Bleszinski of Boss Key Productions said that he regrets allowing the alpha test to be streamed because it "deflated some of the expectations, and we have to work three times as hard to win people back based on that perception."

I agree with him on that point, but not just because people judged an unfinished product. Just seeing streamers play the game sort of fills the appetite in my opinion. A game has to be truly amazing to get people to actually play it themselves after watching a streamer play it and move on. Especially if the game comes out a year after said streamers had moved on.

SkySaga fell into a similar trap. I recall playing, heck even enjoying SkySaga when I first played it back in 2015. It was in Alpha testing back then. And it was still in Alpha testing when the publisher, Smilegate refused to fund the game any further in August 2017.

Its always going to be a balancing act between letting players get involved in the development process and 'wowing' them. Too many small studios today have veered too far in one direction. More studios should seek to emulate games like Destiny 2 which only revealed itself a month or so before beta, with a launch following soon after. If we hear about, read about, see gameplay for something year after year, we lose hype. Or at least I think that's how people feel. Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Announced, Official Trailer Revealed

Yesterday, we learned that Final Fantasy XV would be coming to PC in early 2018. Today we got another announcement from Square Enix regarding the Final Fantasy XV franchise

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was revealed in a ~2 minute trailer that shows some of the starting areas of FFXV, but with a totally different art style. Optimized for mobile, the visuals and control schemes are certainly different. But what struck me most was how similar the opening scene was to that of the console original.

Final Fantasy XV will see an episodic release, with the first chapter being available for free. A launch is expected for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile platforms by this fall.

As of this writing, the reveal trailer is being met with some pretty harsh critism. The downvote ratio is high and the youtube comments are littered with gems like these:

MajorBreakfast: All this time and effort... If they had just put it into the second half of the game instead of all this mobile nonsense.

Others took the opportunity to make amusing remarks on twitter:

Square Enix is showing an enormous amount of support for the Final Fantasy XV brand. The original console release has seen many massive patches, the PC version supports enhanced 4K graphics and other technologies, and now a cute mobile version has been announced.

Bandai Namco Is Bringing Tekken To Your Phone

Tekken, one of the world's best known fighting game franchises is getting a mobile release. Bandai Namco"soft launched" the iOS and Android versions of Tekken on August 18, 2017 in Canada. No global launch date has yet been released, but if the Canadian soft launch does well, it shouldn't take long.

This is by no means the first time a fighting game was released for mobile devices. Injustice 2, and Marvel: Contest of Champions are both very success games.

I haven't played Tekken mobile yet, but if they found an acceptable way to get around the control limitations of mobile devices, then it may not be long until we see other classic franchises making the leap!

Check out the official page where you can pre-register to stay updated on the game's progress in your region. Also, check out the announcement trailer for Tekken mobile below:

Quake Champions Early Access Begins August 22, Costs $30

Earlier this week, Id Software announced that the latest entry in the venerable Quake franchise would see an Early Access release on August 22 for a cost of $30.

The Early Access Champions Pack not only grants players access to the game, but also includes all 11 current Champions, all future champions, an exclusive skin for Ranger, and three Reliquaries (loot chests).

While Quake Champions will be free to play upon full release, a similar pack unlocking all Champions will cost $40 at that time. So for those who were impressed by the closed beta, this may be the best time to pull the trigger to ensure unimpeded access to all current and future content.

Unlike previous Quake titles, Quake Champions borrows a bit from the recent 'hero shooter' craze. Each of the 11 characters in Quake Champions has different stats, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Its still a fast-paced frag fest that veterans of the brand should feel familiar with. The game will compete most directly not with Overwatch, but with the recently released Lawbreakers.

Further Reading: Official Announcement

Caravan Stories Exceeds 1.5 Million Registrations

Japanese Mobile/PC cross-platform MMORPG Caravan Stories has already exceeded 1.5 million registered users. That marks a record in Japan, and shows how high the demand is for Caravan Stories.

First teased around this time last year, the game is nearing closed beta. At least in Japan. A very short CBT will begin on August 22 and run until the 24th. Servers will only be accessible from 14:00-22:00 daily.

To celebrate the game's 1.5 million pre-registration milestone, the studio is giving away 1.5 million YEN (~$15,000) in the form of LINE, Rakuten, or Amazon Prepaid cards. That's right, cold hard cash. There are multiple ways to enter including twitter, email, and through the LINE app. Each method corresponds with one of the three prepaid card brands. Check out the official event announcement page to get all the details if you want to try and win.

Still no word on when Caravan Stories will make it to the West, but if the game meet expectations in Japan it shouldn't take long. In the mean time, check out the new Orc Teaser Trailer!

Top 5 Best MMO Gaming Mice Of 2017

Over the past several years we have seen a boom in high end computer peripherals. Ever since Das Keyboard help popularize mechanical keyboards back in 2008, there has been a proliferation of high end (and high priced) keyboards, mice, headsets, and even mouse pads. While many of these products offer little beyond RGB 'gamer' aesthetics, those of us who spend the majority of our time in front of a PC owe it to our selves to sift through them for high quality, functional, and comfortable products. We'll start by looking at mice.

1) Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

Clocking in at over $100, the G900 Chaos Spectrum is Logitech's flagship mouse in their gamer lineup. The G900 boasts the industry's most accurate optical sensor (PMW3366) which allows it to match wired mice even while in wireless mode. I currently use this mouse and can confirm that it is just as accurate and responsive as any wired mouse I have ever used. I find the mouse visually pleasing, at least after disabling the RGB logo. Certain design choices may displease some users. The mouse wheel is louder than any mouse I've encountered, but gives off a satisfying tactile feel when used. The industrial look and ambidextrous design of the mouse are added bonuses.

Pros: Seamless wireless response rate. Industrial, ambidextrous design. Tactile button and mouse wheel feedback.

Cons: High price. Mouse wheel louder than expected. Firmware updates require mouse + dongle connected to computer.

2) Razer DeathAdder Elite

The workhorse of the gaming mouse world. The Razer DeathAdder has around for a long time and continues to get better and better. The DeathAdder is a large mouse, but very comfortable. It has a 16,000 dpi optical sensor and some of the most durable mouse switches around, built to last for 50 million clicks! Newer variants like the Elite come with full RGB support if you're into that sort of thing. The lights can be disabled through the Razer gaming software included with the mouse. My only gripe with the DeathAdder is the plastic and rubber build. After prolonged use, the rubber on the sides tend to either fall off or accumulate gunk. That hasn't stopped MMOs HQ from continuing to use them. We have at least 4 of these in the office and it's currently Omer's favorite mouse!

Pros: 16,000 DPI sensor. Highly durable mouse switches. Braided cable. Comfortable for all grip types.

Cons: May be too large for small hands. Rubber on sides accumulates dead skin, peels off after prolonged use.

3) Razer Naga Chroma

Many MMORPGs today require a dozen or more hotkeys. It can be tedious to bind so many skills to the keyboard, mapping alt-commands and so on. Well Razer has the solution to this quandary. The Razer Naga has an impressive 12 buttons organized in a 3x4 grid on the side of the mouse. While this does make the mouse extremely bulky, it alleviates a ton of keyboard headaches. With 12 different hotkeys within easy reach of your thumb, skill rotations become a breeze. The bundled software can also be used to create macros outside of gaming. Advanced users can map keys to open new browser tabs, close tabs, launch certain programs, and so on. The Razer Naga comes in Left hand and wireless variants. There's even a MOBA version that includes a radial wheel on the side rather than a grid.

Pros: Access to 12 buttons with your thumb alone. Wireless, MOBA, and Left-Handed variants. 16,000 DPI sensor.

Cons: Bulky, not particularly attractive. Grid button layout lacks ergonomic and aesthetic appeal.

4) Corsair Gaming M65 Pro

This gaming mouse bills it self as a FPS mouse, but I found it to be just as functional for MMOs. It doesn't have quite as many programmable buttons (8) as some of the other mice on this list, but makes up for it in other ways. The mouse looks and feels amazing. The weight tuning features allow you customize the weight and center of gravity of the mouse. Combined with the aluminum frame, the Corsair Gaming M65 Pro is a superb choice for gamers of any genre.

Pros: Aluminum body. Weight and center-of-gravity tweaking options. Very high build quality.

Cons: Very heavy by default, make sure you can handle it! Wide shape may make it uncomfortable for palm grippers.

5) SteelSeries Rival 500

If you're a hotkey-heavy gamer who just can't stand the obese Naga, the SteelSeries Rival 500 may be the mouse for you. Rather than slapping all the buttons on the side in a dial pad formation, the Rival has 'only' 6 buttons on the side in a radial style with three other buttons placed on top of the mouse. Pictures of the mouse make it clear that it is a far sleeker alternative, though that comes at the expense of a few buttons.

Pros: Sleek design (at least for a MMO mouse) Tactile feedback. 15 programmable buttons. 16,000 CPI sensor.

Cons: Still a bit bulky. Disconnect issues on some models.

There you have it. The top 5 MMO gaming mice of 2017. Let us know what you think of these gaming mice and any others you've tried!

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The Amazing Eternals

The Amazing Eternals is a First Person Hero Shooter where players build custom decks to customize their arsenals. Fight alongside your teammates across a variety of maps to harvest the essence of the Keystones!

Publisher: Digital Extremes
Playerbase: TBD
Type: Hero Shooter
Release Date: TBA
Pros: +Unique character and level designs. +Cards have a significant impact on gameplay. +Free to play.
Cons: -Limited Information Available. -Another Hero Shooter.

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Digital Extremes Reveals New Free To Play Shooter: The Amazing Eternals

Digital Extremes, the Canadian studio behind smash hit Warframe, has just released more details on their next title. Originally codenamed Keystone, the game was teased back in May as a mix between FPS and card games.

Several months later, we finally have more information on the project. The game is a hero shooter titled The Amazing Eternals. Closed Beta and the Founders program begin on August 29, 2017. The Amazing Eternals is inspired by 1970s American Pulp Fiction and has a stylish and distinct art style.

Digital Extremes chose an interesting time to get into the hero shooter market. Its a tough genre dominated by Overwatch. Rival buy to play games like Battleborn and Lawbreakers haven't been able to find their footing. The Amazing Eternals will launch as a free to play game, boosting its chances of success. The card system in the game reminds me of Paladins, another free to play hero shooter.

A 3 minute developer diary goes into more detail on the environments, gameplay elements, and where the team drew their inspiration for The American Eternals.

Further Reading: Official Site

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Black Desert Mobile

Black Desert Mobile is the mobile version of the innovative Korean MMORPG Black Desert. Players can enjoy similar high fidelity graphics, fast paced combat, and a variety of life skills right on their smartphones!

Publisher: Pearl Abyss
Playerbase: TBD
Type: Sandbox MMORPG
PvP: TBD
Release Date: 2018 (estimate)
Pros: +Visuals look great. +Fast paced combat. +Crafting, gathering, fishing, and other non-combat activities. +Boss battles & other group content.
Cons: -Limited information available.

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