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Dauntless Releases with Complete Cross-Play: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Dauntless, a free-to-play Monster Hunter-like Action-RPG released on Tuesday, 5/21/19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store. Dauntless achieved a feat that has yet to be seen, launching with true cross-play functionality across all consoles.

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Dauntless crossplay includes the big three; Xbox One, PC, and the notoriously difficult to secure, PlayStation 4. Phoenix Labs, the independent game studio behind Dauntless, promised this before launch and called the initiative “One Dauntless,” a cross-platform and cross progression system.

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“After a year in Open Beta and a ton of great feedback from over 3 million Dauntless players, we’re proud to bring our game to console and expand our PC audience through the Epic Games store,” CEO and Co-founder of Phoenix Labs, Jesse Houston stated in the press release. He continued, “When we first started talking about ‘One Dauntless,’ we knew it was a truly audacious goal. No one has ever launched on console with full cross-play support from the start, but we believed in our vision and, thankfully, our friends at Epic Games, Sony, and Microsoft did too. Keeping the community connected is one of our top priorities, and with all the new players coming in at launch, there’s never been a better time to be a Slayer in Dauntless.”

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It’s impossible not to compare Dauntless to the long-running series, Monster Hunter. Players assume the role as a Slayer, a group of heroes that put it all on the line to protect the Shattered Isles against the Behemoth. Behemoth are massive, boss-like monsters that roam the world and pose a treacherous threat against all that live in this beautiful land. Gamers will forge unique weapons and craft armor out of the very monsters they’re tasked with slaying. This all takes place in a massive, online world and it’s all free-to-play.

Phoenix Labs has made some impressive improvements since their open beta. There has been an entire campaign rework along with questing, crafting and multiplayer alterations. An “End of Hunt” screen has been added as well. This menu gives players access to loads of information and a way to track progress for all the different Mastery cards, quest rewards, and Behemoth break parts earned.

Phoenix Labs Breaks Ground with Sony

Beyond creating a highly anticipated free-to-play action-RPG, Phoenix Labs was able to get Sony to launch with cross-play. This is something that countless developers have tried to accomplish in the past, but all have failed. It is unclear how Phoenix Labs convinced Sony to agree to this, however, this could be the beginning of a new chapter for Sony. Even more impressive, Phoenix Labs is an independent game developer and still overcame a barrier that AAA developers couldn’t bypass.

Free-to-play games like Fortnite have upended the video game industry. All eyes are on Dauntless, especially after they secured “One Dauntless,”. There’s no telling the level of success this game will achieve but there is no doubt that they will go down in gaming history. Looking beyond the game itself, launching with cross-play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC has the potential to lead to more games releasing with this important feature in the future. Be sure to stick around GigamaxGames.com to keep up with the latest news and Dauntless gameplay videos coming soon.

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Apex Legends is Here: Next Big Free Battle Royale

Respawn Entertainment released their free-to-play Battle Royale game, Apex Legends on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Gamers can download Apex Legends right now even though the game was only recently announced. A part of the Titanfall universe, this is not a new Titanfall game, instead, it’s a unique take on the massively popular Battle Royale genre that has made waves all around the world.

Apex Legends - The New Spin

Just like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Respawn Entertainment took a new approach to the Battle Royale concept. Fortnite has building, PUBG has its gritty realism, and now Apex Legends is shaking things up even more. Strictly a team-based game, 20 teams consisting of three players each will fight together to survive. Along with this unique feature, Respawn Entertainment takes a note from the massive success of hero-based games as well. Just like Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege, players will be able to choose from different “Legends” or characters that all have unique abilities. Besides the unique abilities each player possesses, each of the Legends have ultimate abilities that recharge over time.

The primary concept of Battle Royale largely remains the same in Apex Legends. Players will still drop in with no weapons and have to find their equipment scattered around a large map. However, the unique addition of hero based characters, unique abilities, and being strictly a team based game has a large impact on how gamers make it to the end.

Respawn Entertainment Continues to Innovate

Apex Legends also has a few mechanics that help the matchmaking system remain competitive and team-based. Respawn Entertainment included a helpful ping system. Using a single button, gamers can mark locations, loot, and enemies to alert the rest of their team. Communication is always key in a Battle Royale game with others. The ping system circumvents the issue of jumping into matchmaking with other gamers that might not have a headset. The ping system ensures communication is still possible, even if no one is actually speaking to each other.

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There are eight “Legends” or heroes to choose from at this point in time. It is expected that Respawn Entertainment will continue adding more characters as the game progresses. The unique characters are listed below along with additional information about the classes. Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.

  • Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.
  • Gibraltar: Defensive, able to deflect enemy fire and has a dome shield.
  • Lifeline: A medic class that can revive teammates and uses a drone that heals allies.
  • Pathfinder: Recon focused, allows players to access hard-to-reach areas.
  • Wraith: Offensive, revealing enemies firing positions and also has a phase shifting ability.
  • Bangalore: The soldier, increased movement speed while under fire and smoke grenades to help fend off advancing attacks.
  • Caustic: Defensive, uses AOE weapons and proximity gas traps that can also be activated on demand with a well aimed shot.
  • Mirage: Trickster, using holographic decoys to confuse and throw off enemies.

Taking a page out of the Fortnite book, the free-to-play status means cosmetic items are the primary revenue stream of Apex Legends. Microtransactions allow gamers to purchase items with premium currency or roll the dice with loot boxes. However, dedicated players can ear the in-game currency so even if people don’t want to drop money on a free game, there is the possibility of collecting all that cool loot.

Apex Legends is available right now on the Origin store on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Respawn Entertainment wasted no time getting this game in the hands of the public. A combination of Battle Royale and hero- based shooter, there are high expectations for Apex Legends as the game progresses. For more information on Apex Legends and to keep up with its continued development, be sure to stop back on GigamaxGames.com.

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Digital Extremes Announces Two Major Warframe Expansions

Digital Extremes Announces Two Major Warframe Expansions

Warframe certainly came prepared with announcements for this year's TennoCon, the expo that has been set up to celebrate the game. Fans were initially surprised to hear that the free-to-play ninja robot simulator would be heading to the Nintendo Switch. Digital Extremes followed this news up by unveiling the next major expansion named, Fortuna, which will take place in an open world setting on Venus. The update will add a new faction and expand the lore of the title. Another expansion that will build off of Fortuna will quickly follow it as well.

Warframe Continues to Grow

Fortuna is the follow-up expansion to the massive Plains of Eidolon update that released last November. The new faction making its way to the game is called Solaris United and is comprised of cyborgs who live in a debt-internment colony named, Fortuna, that feels heavily inspired by Blade Runner. Fortuna will serve as players hub city for the expansion much like Cetus in Plains of Eidolon. Fans of the co-operative shooter will discover a Venusian sci-fi landscape packed to the brim with seascape flora, giant mushrooms, rare creatures, and so much more.

Space Combat Is Coming

The second expansion that was announced for Warframe is Codename: Railjack, which will come sometime after the end of this year and will focus on space combat. Players will need to team up to pilot a spaceship and fill roles such as driving, weapons, and repairing/managing shields. The preview above gives a good look at how this new system will work in the game.

On top of all these announcements, Digital Extremes revealed that two new Warframes would be making their way into the game. For those that are unaware, these are the bio-mechanical suits players take control of to fight the alien menace.

Warframe is currently available on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. The game launched back in 2014, but has seen an amazing amount of post-launch support making it the fourth most popular game on Steam.

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World of Tanks Won’t be Getting a Sequel

World of Tanks Won't be Getting a Sequel

Despite being one of the largest games in the world, World of Tanks will not be getting a sequel according to its developer, Wargaming. Many may recognize this free to play game's name and that is no surprise considering its massive player base now reaching over 130 million active users. Due to the massive success of World of Tanks, many fans anticipated that a sequel would be arriving in the near future, but that is not the case.

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Recently at PAX Australia the Regional Publishing Director of Wargaming, Alex de Giorgio, was asked during a panel if World of Tanks 2 was on the way. Ultimately, de Giorgio said that the studio did not have plans to make another game in the series, but instead had a bigger plan for their seven-year-old game. He added that Wargaming sees its title as a games-as-a-service, one that will continue to expand and update over time. With that being the case, a sequel will most likely never come out for the game.

De Giorgio explained "It's this constant evolution; that's been the hallmark of the game," he continued saying that adding a sequel to World of Tanks "doesn't really make sense to us." (http://bit.ly/2gVGSG0)

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This games-as-a-service model is nothing new in terms of big name games. In fact, Wargaming's stance on their game falls in line with Psyonix's stance on Rocket League and what the developer of PUBG, Brendan Greene, has spoken about for his game. Each of these developers believes in updating and evolving their games instead of rushing to put out a sequel.

This belief in continued support of a game has shown success because it gives players a reason to stay invested in a game and spend their money on the experience. Free to play games like World of Tanks need microtransactions to survive, which many people say is a democratic system that helps developers make compelling content because if they don't, people will just walk away from the game. It'll be interesting to see how this game evolves. Gigamax will be keeping a close eye on these developments so be sure to check back soon.

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