No Man's Sky Limited and Explorer's Editions

With an innovative algorithm and a new take on the Sci-Fi sandbox gaming genre, leaves Hello Games and their much anticipated game:  No Man's Sky with some really big expectations to fill.

From what we have seen, they stand to deliver a great looking game and one which will give players hours of entertainment.  The official price has been released for the game and its set at $60 for the base game, which you can pre-order on Steam or GoG.com

Two other packages that have also been announced with some really nice additions.  First, is the PS4 Limited Edition set to retail for $80 which comes with a comic, digital items, a stealbook case, art book, and PS4 themes.  

The second and one that actually catches my interest is the $149 Explorer's Edition for the PC which is only available via a merchandise website called iam8bit.  The Explorers Edition is limited to 10,000 sets, which include a hand painted 1:39 scale toy replica, a diorama display background, mystery item and of course a copy of the game in digital format on Steam or GoG.com 

 

Pre-Orders have already begun and the game is set to officially release on June 21, 2016.  Definitely a game to be on the look out this summer.  Let us know what your thoughts on the game are and if you are planning on purchasing the game or either one of the limited editions, in the comment section below.

Fable Legends Cancelled and LionHead Studios to Close

It has been announced that the long time in production game Fable Legends has been officially cancelled.  Along with this news is the studio that started the who Fable universe Lion Head Studios will also be closing its doors. 

This is very sad news indeed to hear, as a fan of the Fable 1, II, and III games and the amazing leaps in gaming that they brought to the players, to hear that the studio made popular by Peter Molyneux, closing is a big hit to the gaming community.  After 20 years in business, Lion Head studios will be missed, if the decision does get finalized.

It has been reported that those testers who were taking part in the Beta, will still have access to play until the game and the game servers are officially taken down.

Let us know what you think of the decision by Microsoft to cancel Fable Legends and close Lion Head studios, down in the comment section below!

Paragon Open Beta Updates!

Epic Games, the studio behind the new upcoming MOBA called Paragon sent out an email to all those who had signed up and were interested in participating in the games Open Beta test weekends!

Within their update email, they announced that Founder's Packs will go on sale March 14th, and Early Access beings on March 18th.  The Founder's pack will cost $19.99 for early adopters, which will include access to the game, skins, boots, and other cosmetic items you unlock by playing the game.  There will be two other packs available to purchase as well, they are the Challenger pack priced at $59.99 and Master Packs priced at $99.99.  This top tier packs will include more skins and in game items, as well as a Founder's Pack to gift to a friend. Details on the packs will be included in their future updates.  

For those who sign up to participate in the Beta, you do not need to purchase a Founder's pack.  You will still get invited to participate in the free Beta Weekends during the Early Access season.  To sign up for the Beta click here! 

 
The game is set to officially release Summer of 2016 for those who would rather wait to play!  You can read the full email via their Reddit page found here!  Let us know what you think of the Paragon update and idea of purchasing these Pack's for in game items, down in the comment section below!
 

SWORD ART ONLINE THE BEGINNING PROJECT

Fans of the popular Japanese Anime: Sword Art Online will be happy to find out of a new real life project sponsored by IBM, Bandai Namco, Aniplex, and other partners.

Not much is known about the project itself, but it is rumored that the project will explore the idea of Cognitive computing. 

Alpha test are to be scheduled to take place from March 18th to the 20th in Tokyo Japan.  Those interested in joining the Alpha test can sign up on the project page!  The only catch, is that you must be located in Tokyo Japan at the time of the test.  The test will give 208 lucky individuals the chance to experience the beginning of a VRMMORPG!

Within the teaser trailer below, there are shots of the Oculus Rift which may be used in the test.  Check out the teaser trailer for yourselves and let us know what you think of the project and its potential, in the comment section below: 

 
Sword Art Online:  For those unfamiliar with the story behind Sword Art Online; an anime/manga that takes place in the future, the year 2022 where the technology for a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called SAO is launched.  With the invention of a device called NerveGear that take the user into the game world and where their in game characters are controlled by their mind.  
At launch after all players have logged in, they experience a problem with logging out of the game.  This is where the story begins and players must try to complete and finish the game to gain their freedom and ability to log out of the game where they are trapped in.   
The anime is currently available on Netflix and I would highly recommend watching it.  I've recently started watching it again after learning of the project!
 

HTC Vive Consumer Edition Price and Pre-Order!

The folks over at HTC have released some announcements concerning their Vive VR headset. The final consumer price of the HTC Vive VR headset will set at $799 USD, is $200 dollars above that of the Oculus Rift.  

Along with the headset itself, the complete HTC Vive kit will ship with its two wireless controllers, its 360 degree tracking and room scale movements sensors.  With its integration of SteamVR into the mix ensures that the equipment is up to date with the latest features.

Two full fledged VR experiences will be shipping with the HTC Vive, the first title is Job Simulator by Owlchemy Labs.  The second title is called Fantastic Contrapition, by Northway Games who collaborated with Radial Games.  

Pre-order's are set to go live on Monday, February 29th @ 10 EST.  First pre-order shipments to be fulfilled in early April 2016!  Let us know what you think about the price compared to the Oculus Rift and about the games that will be included with the kit, in the comment section below.  
 

Steam Lunar New Year Sale!

Steam is at it again with another sale!  I may be mistaken but it's the first time I've seen Steam do a Lunar New Year Sale!

The message on the Steam says:

There is some really cool stuff on sale, so you may want to hide those wallets!  I know I will be picking up some more Rocksmith 2014 songs and Trine 3 is on sale for 75% off!

Make sure to open up your Steam client or head over to the Steam site for more info!  The sale ends on February 12 at 10 AM PST!

Humble Ubisoft Bundle!

 

The folks over at Humble Bundle have released a new awesome selection of games.  The Humble Ubisoft Bundle is now live and in full swing.  

The current bundle includes the following games: 

  • Call of Juarez:  
  • Gunslinger
  • Grow Home
  • Rayman Origins

If you pay more than the average you can unlock the following:

  • Far Cry 3
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
  • Plus more to be added soon

If you pay more than $15, you can unlock:

  • Assassin's Creed Rouge
  • The Crew 

And you can even pre-order The Division if you pay $75 or more:

  • Tom Clancy's The Division Pre-Order
  • Exclusive Tom Clancy's The Division T-shirt
  • 66% off up to any three Ubisoft titles in the Humble Bundle Store

Now remember the best part of the Humble Bundle is that you get to choose how your payment is divided up, between the folks at Humble Bundle as a tip, the Supporting Charity's, or Ubisoft.  You can give a little or a lot with the "Choose where your money goes" option!  So getting some awesome game titles and being able to support the developer and/or a great charity is a great deal.  Be sure to head over to the Humble Bundle site to check out this and future Humble Bundle deals to come in the future.  This current Humble Bundle only has 13 days left from the time of writing this article, so head on over! 

Let us know what you think of the Humble Ubisoft Bundle and the awesome games that they are including in the comment section below!