The Pre-Order Beta for Space Hulk: Tactics has now started!
It will run up until the launch of the game. Save games will also be compatible with the release version, so you can immediately continue your game on October 9th.
We’re excited to share with you this early version of the game in order to gather your feedback and make the best possible game! Please find below various info and details about the Pre-Order Beta.
How can I get the Pre-Order Beta access for PC?
It’s simple. All you need is to pre-order Space Hulk: Tactics on Steam before the release date, then you will be able to get into the game right away.
/!\ If you already participated in previous Beta sessions, please remove the save located here: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\SpaceHulk2
What’s in Space Hulk: Tactics Pre-Order Beta?
The Pre-Order Beta features the following content:
- The first missions of the two narrative campaigns
- Skirmish mode in multiplayer and singleplayer on five maps (Khitor, Osulas, Ukganak, Eratirus and Loseth)
- Map Editor
- Full customization
How to play Space Hulk: Tactics Pre-Order Beta?
Here are the steps for the Terminator Campaign:
- Launch the game
- Select “Terminator Campaign”
- You’ll see an intro cutscene, and the tutorial mission will launch
- After completion, the next cutscene will launch
- You’ll then be able to play Mission 1
- After mission 1, a cutscene will play, introducing you to the main plot elements, different characters and other important narrative details.
Here are the steps for the Genestealer Campaign:
- Launch the game
- Select “Genestealer Campaign”
- You’ll see an intro cutscene, and the tutorial mission will launch
- After completion, the next cutscene will launch
- You’ll then be able to play Mission 1
- After mission 1, a cutscene will play, introducing you to the main plot elements, different characters and other important narrative details
Tell me more about the campaigns.
As many Warhammer fans know, the traditional Space Hulk board game has two factions: Terminator and Genestealer. In Space Hulk: Tactics, you will be able to play fully-fledged campaigns for each faction! With the new card system that emphasizes each side’s campaign, you’ll be able to use your own strategies to best approach each level, and handle each strategy as you see fit..
How many playable maps are there in the Pre-Order Beta?
In Space Hulk: Tactics Pre-Order Beta, you will have 5 playable maps: Khitor, Osulas, Ukganak, Eratirus and Darakin. They are for both Terminator and Genestealer, with special objectives. They offer different gameplay styles and experiences.
Will we be able to play with different players?
Indeed, you can play either against AI or in a competitive player vs player mode.
What’s the specialties of MapTool?
The MapTool (Mission Editor) allows you to create, share and play maps from the community. All the creation items are available, such as environments, interactive objects, objectives, and so on. The most exciting thing is that you can probably see your own maps in the final game if we find them interesting!
What can I customize in Space Hulk: Tactics Pre-Order Beta?
You can create your own squad, select chapters, units, weapons and cards. The cosmetic items are all available in customization mode, including the pre-order bonuses.
You can also find more details about the Pre-Order Beta here:
See you in the Beta!
The Space Hulk: Tactics Team
Farming Simulator 19 unveils its first Gameplay Trailer!
GIANTS Software invites you on November 20 to the great outdoors as the premiere agriculture series returns in Farming Simulator 19! In today's new trailer, Harvesting Crops, discover the basics of farming, including one of the new crops - cotton, using the latest brands, vehicles, and equipment in Farming Simulator 19!
Farming Simulator 19 is the deepest, most complete farming simulator ever as the multimillion-selling franchise takes a giant leap forward and provides the richest farming experience ever made for consoles and PCs. The game is an accurate simulator at heart, filled with deep management options, though it is also an accessible sandbox featuring two huge new maps, countless vehicles and a range of equipment to play with. Farming Simulator 19 boasts the franchise's largest roster yet with over 300 unique vehicles and equipment from all the leading brands, now including John Deere alongside Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr, and many others.
At launch, Farming Simulator 19 will include two new American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities. Plant and harvest many types of crops including the all-new cotton and oats. Tend to your livestock – cows, pigs, sheep, chicken – and for the first time raise and ride horses to explore the huge environments.
Farming Simulator 19 is arriving November 20 on PS4, Xbox One and PC/Mac.
Until September 24, enjoy special discounts on Steam for the Farming Simulator franchise, along with over 50 other original Focus Home Interactive titles at up to 85% off!
Vampyr: Difficulty modes update out next week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
DONTNOD Entertainment’s narrative-driven action-RPG Vampyr continues to receive ongoing support, as the difficulty modes update releases next week, September 26, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. There’s never been a better time for players to sink their teeth in, as a special discount on Steam for Vampyr is now live in celebration of the Focus Home Publisher’s weekend.
Tuesday’s update includes two new game difficulty modes which add further replayability for existing players, and more options for those who haven’t yet sunk their teeth into this dark adventure through 1918 London.
Story Mode de-emphasizes combat, placing a greater focus on narrative so players can enjoy Dr. Jonathan Reid’s journey with less challenging gameplay. On the other end of the scale, Hard Mode makes combat much more difficult. Players will receive less experience from killing enemies too, forcing them to rely even more on embracing citizens to grow in power. Upon starting a new game, players will be given the option to choose from these two new modes or a third ‘Normal Mode’ if they wish to play the original Vampyr experience.
In addition to the new difficulty modes, the upcoming update introduces a host of optimization tweaks and fixes. Nvidia Ansel will also be made available for PC, which allows players to capture beautiful in-game screenshots, viewing and sharing them in 3D on mobile phone, PC or VR Headset. View the full patchnotes here.
Lasting 5 days, from September 20 until September 24, enjoy a special discount on Steam for Vampyr, along with over 50 other original Focus Home titles at up to 85% off!
Vampyr is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. To order the game and for more details, visit http://vampyr-game.com/
Walk the path of madness in Call of Cthulhu’s latest gameplay trailer!
Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame adaptation of Chaosium’s tabletop RPG, will release October 30 on PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC. Today, we invite players to tread further down the path of madness in this new Gameplay Trailer, as the Darkwater investigation begins to spiral out of control in the midst of unsettling conspiracies, bizarre cults and even the Old Ones themselves.
In Private Investigator Edward Pierce's quest to unveil the truth, players will need to rely on a variety of upgradeable Skills to escape the clutches of madness and death. The Spot Hidden and Investigation skill paths let players uncover more clues and draw more meaningful conclusions, unlocking more topics to question in dialogues. Convincing the distrustful locals of Darkwater to reveal what they know will require proficiency in Eloquence and Psychology. Pierce's Strength skill may also come in handy for when brute force is necessary, or to intimidate impressionable people into offering whatever they’re hiding. Expertise in Medicine and Occultism, improved only through discovering unique books and artifacts throughout the investigation, may grant additional insight – but knowledge can be a curse in Call of Cthulhu. The more aware Pierce is made of the horrors that dwell beyond the fabrics of reality, the more he will fall to insanity, impeding his ability to draw logical conclusions.
Pierce is but a mortal man, with few allies in a remote, unfriendly environment. Whether outnumbered by mortal adversaries or facing foes whose mere existence is beyond human comprehension, offering physical resistance is usually not an option. Making the most of Pierce’s extensive set of skills, along with subterfuge and stealth, is paramount… though escaping the gaze of the Great Dreamer may ultimately prove futile.
Call of Cthulhu releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 30. Digital and retail preorders are available on PC and consoles.
Discover the first screenshots of The Surge’s newest expansion ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented’!
Fight against mad scientist Dr. Rischboter for unique weapons, armor sets and plenty more!
Hardcore Action RPG The Surge will soon be getting brand new content with a new expansion as The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented is coming this October 2 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Discover the first glimpses of the expansion’s wicked enemies awaiting you in the Mad Doctor’s testing chambers.
Enter the bowels of the CREO facility and explore an old and abandoned Quality Assurance lab created to push CREO’s tech to the limit. Warren will face Dr. Rischboter’s deadly test chambers that, for some reason, feel like torn straight out of a twisted Wild West TV show!
Fight through the mad doctor’s training rooms and try modifying them yourself for increased rewards by combining up to 4 of the 16 insane modifiers available. At the end of each stage, fight against distinct Challengers, powerful opponents forged from the training scenarios who are equipped with 30 unique new equipment pieces – armors, weapons, and implants - that you can take for yourself!
Mosey on over to Dr. Rischboter’s labs on October 2, when ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented’ comes out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Soon after the release of this new expansion, new players will also be able to embark on the ultimate Surge experience with the Augmented Edition, which will include the full game and all its DLCs, including The Good, the Bad and the Augmented as well as the previously released A Walk in the Park.
Thank you for all your feedback on yesterday's update.
Today, we're launching a hotfix that addresses some issues that you've raised to us since the patch released.
You can find the details of this hotfix below:
Included in the hotfix:
- Additional loot has been added Coolers
- Fixed an issue with the parachute of Air Drops
- Fixed an issue with the placement of anomalies near Yanov
- Fixed an issue where some localized lines weren't updated properly
The Council’s fourth episode, Burning Bridges, releases September 25
Louis de Richet is thrown ever deeper into the web of intrigue…
The fourth episode of The Council, the narrative adventure game redefining the genre with RPG mechanics and consequences for every choice, releases September 25. Discover the first screenshots of this new episode!
Episode 4: Burning Bridges sees allegiances explained, rivalries come to a head, and the ghosts of the past begin to catch up to the inhabitants of the island. Your decisions will haunt you as you decide the fate of Louis, Mortimer, and the world itself.
The Council has already enthralled players and press alike with a deep and captivating story featuring intricate characters and smart writing. The innovative concept brings the genre beyond its boundaries and allows for meaningful choices with impactful consequences.
Witness Louis’ first encounter with the catacombs beneath Mortimer’s island in new screenshots. Characters and their fates are up to you, and shown here is just one way things can go – how will your endgame begin?
Owners of the Complete Season or the Season Pass can play Episode 4 on September 25. Episode 4 will be available as a single episode two days later, on September 27.
*The Council Episode 4: Burning Bridges, releases September 25 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Complete Season will include a total of five episodes, with the last episode releasing at end of 2018.
Fear the Wolves Early Access update brings fresh content, gameplay tweaks and performance optimization
We are deploying today a new update for their Battle Royale FPS Fear the Wolves, now available in Steam Early Access. Fear the Wolves drops players, in squads or as lone wolves, into the oppressive environments of a radiation-ravaged Chernobyl. The classic Battle Royale mode forces them to fight to be the last man standing.
From the launch of the early access, Vostok Games has been looking after the feedback from the community which has allowed the team to roll out multiple updates and improvements - but that was only a start, as dev team continues improving their game on a regular basis along the Early Access period. Today’s update is first dedicated to performance optimization – many players should see a significant improvement during their gameplay sessions, while the developers continue working hard to make sure Fear the Wolves runs smoothly and reaches higher performance on all configs as the Early Access goes on.
Maps have also received significant care, with more landmarks and topography tweaks, not only strengthening even more the immersion into the dark Chernobyl atmosphere, but also bringing more intensity and challenge during the entire gameplay session, as well as offering a better overall balancing (loot repartition, weapons…) - either games are launched with high or lower number of players.
More additions like new languages available, queuing for new game while being in spectator mode, improved visuals, and more content will complete this new update. Full list and details about this update are available below
We've been condensing our models and creating new LODs to improve performance. Optimization is the top priority, and this will always be worked on throughout Early Access and even post-launch.
New Customization Sets – Unlock the Edge and the Gangster sets
Kill-hungry players will be pleased to know that player and wolf kills are added to the rewards at the end of each match. More difficult kills like headshots, vehicle kills, grenade kills, and melee kills are also rewarded with bonus points.
Spectator Matchmaking - You can queue for the next game while spectating
10 Additional Languages – French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Hungarian and Turkish
You can now change these directly in game.
Improved visuals - Updated anomaly effects, weather effects, and a variety of new shooting VFX
Several new points of interests have been added to the map, including complex industrial and urban settings. These dense and complex multi-storied buildings have loot on all levels so be careful and thorough!
- Several parts of the map’s topography have been changed, as below:
- Gas Storage
- Old Dam
- Concrete Plant
- Points of Interest
- Security Checkpoint
- RLS Vostok
- RLS Duga
- Wolves will no longer spawn in the air or in the ground.
- Players will no longer fall through the ground when getting out of a vehicle that has been parked on a hill.
- The Fort 17 pistol will now always have a magazine present inside the gun when seen in 3rd person.
- Grass should no longer be growing in the air.
- Various other tweaks and fixes.
Quality of life
- Toggle for movement keys - ADS, Crouch, Walk, Sprint, Hold Breathe
- Ammo is removed for dropped weapon.
- Increased map precision.
- Compass – By popular demand!
- Evacuation messages were removed, to cause players to pay more attention to when the chopper was arriving.
And much more – Additional sound effects, improved screen effects, fixed overlap between likes and FPS/Ping when turned on, Squad radiation status display
More information will be revealed in the incoming months, so stay tuned for more! Enter the battle for Chernobyl, as Fear the Wolves is available now on Steam Early Access. The launch of the full game is planned for 2019.
Welcome back to our Roots of Innocence series of articles, where we’re unveiling more details and info about the making of A Plague Tale: Innocence, Asobo Studio’s upcoming adventure game, coming 2019 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is set in a plagued, medieval French Kingdom. Fear, war and disease generate violence. With no scientific means to fight the disaster, the people are defenseless.
In order to ensure our game is consistent as possible within the period, we’ve committed ourselves to heavy research and the analysis of many historical texts. One thing that has struck us throughout this research, is unveiling the sadness that underlay much of the Middle Ages. Like many fairy tales and bloody legends before, we could clearly see one main topic: a tumultuous Europe.
As you’ve seen in the 16-minute gameplay video released during Gamescom, 1349 was a war-filled year, which strongly inspired us during each step of development. Every element in the game reflects, as much as possible, this dramatic period. Architecture, siege engines, weapons, armor - everything has been researched down to the smallest details to offer players fantastic immersion within this historical period.
Sebastien Renard, our Lead Narrative Designer shared with us his memories of the beginning of this project, and the struggle the team faced in being as consistent and coherent as possible. “The team initially started work on a slingshot animation before realizing that Amicia would have to wield a sling crafted from materials such as linen, wool, hemp and leather. The slingshot was actually only invented in the 19th century, following advances in chemistry and the creation of rubber.”
Continuing this dedication to the historical setting, we also find it important to clarify the famous “trebuchet” that appears in the Gamescom demo. This siege weapon is actually what’s known as a “Couillard” – this is a smaller version which is easier to trigger by a smaller, less strong person, which is why our protagonists are able to use it.
“Amicia and Hugo are children,” explains Kevin Choteau, our Lead Game Designer here at Asobo. “This means that in every environment, we need to make sure all their actions are actually doable for children. The game world has to be coherent for the players to believe the story and setting we create”.
See you soon for more information and exclusive anecdotes about the creative process behind A Plague Tale: Innocence!
Today we are announcing the delay of Insurgency: Sandstorm from its originally planned release date on September 18th 2018 for Windows PC. The game will now be releasing for Windows PC on December 12th 2018, and the Pre-order Beta will continue until the release of the game.
This was one of the hardest decisions our team has ever had to make and not one taken lightly. However, we feel it is in the best interest of the game and our community to spend more time working to ensure we deliver the best possible experience.
During Pre-order Beta 2 thousands of players took to the game and gave us great feedback on dozens of topics. Our small, but highly dedicated team has been working around the clock to respond to and address as much feedback as possible; releasing two hotfixes over the first weekend and a significant patch last Thursday. We’ve already seen your positive feedback, as our team have started to address priority areas such as performance, hit registration, and player movement.
Despite the game’s improvement, we are acutely aware that not all of you are having the ideal experience we want to deliver. By extending the beta and moving our launch date to December, the additional time will allow us to make significant improvements to the game with continued input from you. The additional time allows us to target a lower minimum system requirement, address more bugs, work on overall polish, gather additional feedback from the community to refine gameplay, and ensure that highly requested community features which may otherwise have had to be added post launch (such as community servers and custom games) are ready for day 1.
The major goals we aim to achieve with this extra time are as follows:
- Upgrade to Unreal Engine 4.20 and continue optimizing
- Improve the character models, textures, and animations in the game
- Improve the “scoped” experience for both high and low-quality scope settings
- Improve the level visuals, gameplay and optimization
- Add more cosmetic item variations and a new forearm tattoo cosmetic type which can also be seen in first person
- Expand in-game server options to include a server browser, community-run server support, and a custom games system allowing users to specially configure games hosted by our server infrastructure.
- Refine the game to the point it has far less bugs, glitches, visual inconsistencies and other issues.
We appreciate that these improvements may mean you have to wait a little longer; however we feel it is important that we deliver a game that lives up to your high expectations and that Sandstorm can be deemed a true successor to Insurgency. Those of you who have been supporting us during the Pre-order Beta tests will be able to continue playing until the release of the game, and we look forward to more of your feedback.
The pre-order discount will be extended until the new release date and we will continue to grant pre-purchasers instant access to the ongoing beta along with the 10% pre-order discount. The additional 10% loyalty discount for owners of the original Insurgency will continue to run until the end of March 2019. Note that the Loyalty Discount does not stack with other promotions.
We thank all of you for your passion and support, and look forward to continuing to test with you over the coming weeks ahead of our launch in December.
New World Interactive