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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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CI Games New Publishing Label for Indie Developers

Indie games continue to find success on the mass market. It’s a double-edged sword for indie developers. On one hand, gamers are actively seeking new indie games to try but on the other, it means a more competitive landscape. CI Games, developer and publisher, known for the Sniper Ghost Warrior and The Lords of the Fallen franchises announced a new publishing label dedicated to indie developers.

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Known as United Label, it will bring on indie developers together and offer them the support they need to succeed. CI Games will kick the project off with 4 new indie games: Roki from Polygon Treehouse, Eldest Souls from Fallen Flag Studios, Tails of Iron from Odd Bug Studios, and Horae from Lunaris Iris. United Label is eager to expand and grow. They are actively seeking creative talents to offer them a “structure to success” and building meaningful long-term business relationships with their developers.

United Label Looking for Indie Developers

“We are bringing out existing publishing capabilities to talented developers. We started this process with one of our own IPs, by giving the entire project of Lords of the Fallen 2 to Defiant in New York.” says Marek Tyminski, CEO of CI Games

CI Games isn’t a Bethesda or EA, however, they’ve carved out a sizabe space for themselves in the market. In 2002, CI games made their existence known after selling over 7 million units of the Sniper Ghost Warrior franchise and 2 million units of Lords of the Fallen. Now, this developer / publisher is ready to lend a helping hand to other gamers and independent video game developers.

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The massive success of Cuphead, Celeste, and countless other indie games prove there’s a hunger from the community to experience more independent titles. There are thousands of individuals with a passion for creating video games that have the chance to see their game played by millions. Climbing the mountain to the top alone is a treacherous journey. Organizations like CI Games wants to give creators the support they need to reach their goals. Sometimes, a little helping hand is all a talented person or team needs to achieve their vision.

For aspiring or long-time game developers looking for a strategic partnership with United Label, contact information can be found their website. It’s a big world of indie games out there, having the right team behind a project can mean the difference between success and a game that gets lost in the crowd.

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City of Brass Swings Over to Nintendo Switch

City of Brass, the rogue-like adventure created by Bioshock veterans is now coming to the Nintendo Switch. This February 8th, Switch gamers will have the opportunity to enjoy this treasure filled journey on the portable console. Uppercut Games announced in a press release that the Switch version will launch with much of the newly developed content added since its release on May 4th, 2018.

City of Brass PC and PlayStation 4 Gameplay



Immediately upon release, Switch gamers will be able to get started unlocking the three new characters; the knife-fighting Brigand, spear-wielding Soldier, and lumbering Hellion genie. The original Fool and Traveler duo will also be available for new adventurers just starting out.

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Along with the characters, all the new relics, weapons, enemies, and bug improvements are included in the Switch version as well. The move to bring the game to the Switch has fans excited about having the ability to bring City of Brass on the go (in bed, bathroom, or anywhere else).

It's a Shiny World Out There

Uppercut Games developed an exquisite world filled with mystery, action, and treasure. The procedurally-generated environments ensure every attempt to escape the cursed City of Brass with as much gold in players pockets as possible feels fresh and different . All the characters and items players can find add so much to create individual and unique experiences. Collecting treasure, finding creative ways to avoid or slay enemies, experimenting with all the modifiers, and working through each level is absolutely addicting.

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Now that City of Brass is going to be available on Switch, the audience for Uppercut Games creation is only expected to grow. Nintendo Switch has had incredible success with indie games and City of Brass is a perfect fit for this versatile console. If the game performs like many of the other indie games to find glowing success on the Switch, it could encourage the developer to pour even more resources into the game. Only time will tell if Uppercut Games will keep adding to this exhilarating treasure-hunting roguelike but adding a Switch release is a promising development.

The Gigamax Games crew are big fans of City of Brass. There is sure to be even more gameplay available to see how the game stacks up against the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions.  With its upcoming release on the Nintendo Switch, be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest on Uppercut Games.

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Metro Exodus – Story Trailer and Impressions

Metro Exodus crawls out from beneath the streets of Russia on February 15th, 2019. Deep Silver and 4A Games gave audiences a taste of what’s to come with a brand new Story Trailer, yesterday 1/8/19. New characters, environments, challenges, and dangers await anyone that picks up a copy of Metro Exodus. Players will venture across the nuclear Russian wasteland and embark on a journey that will take them from Moscow to the Summer sands of the Caspian desert.  

The Aurora Heads East

Metro Exodus will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

Metro Exodus Story Trailer - Escaping the Metro



Anna, the protagonist’s Artyom’s wife can be heard narrating the intense trailer. The short, 2 minute thirty second clip was enough to instill the massive amount of stress Artyom’s team of Spartan Rangers face as they explore the decolate Russian wasteland. A broken landscape trying to recover after nuclear devastation is at first all people may see. However, the struggle of this determined crew highlights the importance of searching for some peace in a time of war. Taking solace in a breath of fresh air will still not be enough to protect the Spartan Rangers from the evil that lurks beyond the Metro.

It's a Rough Life Above Ground

Gamers will board the Aurora, a weaponized steam train as Artyom, Anna and Spartan Rangers move East. Searching for more survivors and some kind of civilization, players will need to scavenge, craft, and fight in order to survive.

The press release emphasized that the “gripping story” will elevate classic Metro gameplay with massive, new, non-linear levels. Dynamic weather and day/night cycles are included, expected to enhance the immersion level. The developer also added a “choose your fate” mechanic, allowing players choices to determine if some comrades will live or die.

Pre-Order Bundle Incoming!

Along with the Story Trailer reveal, Deep Silver and Microsoft showed off the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle. The bundle is currently available for pre-order and it includes a 1TB Xbox One X Console, all three Metro games; Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, and the new Metro Exodus. MSRP for the bundle comes in at $499.00, the usual cost of a 1TB Xbox One X on its own.

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The last Metro game to come out, Metro: Last Light released in 2013. Metro Exodus is positioned to be a massive upgrade from the previous title. If the trailer is any indication of how the full game will turn out, Metro fans are in for a thrilling and unforgettable adventure.

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Persona 5 R Officially Announced By Atlus

Atlus officially announced Persona 5 R, the latest version of its critically acclaimed RPG. So far, only a teaser video and website have been released, but neither of them reveal what the new title will contain.

Persona 5 R, What Is It?

Both the website and the teaser trailer indicate that Atlus will have more to reveal on Persona 5 R in March 2019. The video shows off a PlayStation Logo in the beginning, which means whatever the developer has planned will be on the PS4. "New Projects" can also be heard throughout the teaser, leading many to believe Atlus will have a lot more to reveal in the next couple of months.

Much like Capcom, Atlus has been known to release enhanced secondary editions of their popular titles. Both Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden are examples of Atlus remastering and expanding an already lengthy game and Persona 5 R could potentially follow the same path.

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Bring It To The Switch!

Many fans are hopeful that this means a version of Persona 5 will finally appear on the Nintendo Switch. Speculation has also been increased by the recent reveal that Joker (Persona 5's protagonist) will appear in Super Smash Ultimate's first Character DLC. This wouldn't be Atlus' first portable Persona as both Persona 3 and 4 got handheld adaptations.

Persona 5 initially launched in March of 2017 and was well received by critics and fans alike. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Persona 5 R so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.

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Bloodstained No Longer Coming To Mac Or Linux

The upcoming side scroller Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, from the producer of Castlevania, Koji Igarashi, removed their support for Mac and Linux based operating systems. This news follows the developers' cancellation of the PlayStation Vita version, a delay into 2019, and adding resources from the developer behind the Shantae series, WayFoward.

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This news was revealed by Igarashi himself on a post made through Kickstarter.

“Bloodstained will no longer be supported on Mac and Linux,” he wrote. “We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game. We will be offering backers who planned to play the game on Mac and Linux the option to change the platform of their order.”

The post also included instructions on how backers can switch the platform they selected. Currently, the development team is set to produce versions of Bloodstained for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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Kickstarter and Fans Made Bloodstained Possible

Bloodstained's journey began with a Kickstarter request that was able to secure over $5 million from 65,000 backers. The game was ranked 16 on the all-time top earners of the donation platform, grossing even more money the Dark Souls board game. Initially the game was supposed to release in March 2017, but delays have set it back to sometime 2019.

Unfortunately, the failure of Kickstarter video game projects to meet their own deadlines has led to a sharp decline in people donating money to projects. Funding fell from $42.5 million in 2015 to $17 million in 2018.

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We'll be keeping a close eye on the status of Bloodstained so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest on this controversial indie project.

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Blizzard Cuts Back Heroes of the Storm Development

Things are not looking good for Blizzard's MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, a title that blended together all of the company's games like Overwatch, Diablo, Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. The president of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, and chief development officer, Ray Gresko, announced today that developers are being pulled from the game and being transferred to different projects within the company. 

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In a press release that was made public today, Brack and Gresko said that it was a difficult decision to make and it will ultimately impact the future of the game. 

“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of,” Blizzard said. “We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.” 

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This Isn't the End for Heroes of the Storm

The company assured they will continue development of the title, supporting the game with new characters and events, but the time between these updates will increase. According to the two executives, this is to set up Heroes of the Storm for long-term sustainability. 

Unfortunately, this news also means that Blizzard had to cancel both of their planned eSports events for Heroes of the Storm. The pro-level tournament, Heroes Global Championship, and the collegiate level contest, Heroes of the Dorm will get the axe. 

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Tough Call for Blizzard

“[A]fter looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019,” the press release read. “This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.” 

It is a shame that this is the beginning of the end for a game that many enjoyed so much. Blizzard is making a responsible move by reallocating employees internally rather than laying people off. The MOBA space has plenty of competition in today's market and it looks like Heroes of the Storm couldn't keep up with games like League of Legends and DOTA. We here at Gigamax will keep a close eye on these deveopments, so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details. 

Source: news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/22833558/heroes-of-the-storm-news

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Pokémon Go, PvP Multiplayer Update: What You Need To Know

Pokémon Go, PvP Multiplayer Update: What You Need To Know

Pokémon Go is finally giving gamers the chance to battle each other with an update focused on delivering a true PvP experience. There is no set release date but Niantic, Inc and The Pokémon Company ensure fans they will have a chance to fight their friends by the end of December 2018. Pokémon Go will open up both online and local PvP as well as introduce the Trainer League.

  • Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown
  • The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles
  • Single Player Battles
  • Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards

Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown

Mobile gamers will be able to face other Pokémon trainers online. One-on-One fights can take place between random players, local trainers, or friends. Friends can send battle invites when they reach the top two tiers of friendship, Ultra Friends or Best Friends. Both Good and Great Friends cannot send battle requests through the Friends list.

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Trainers will need to create Pokémon battle parties before their battles. These battle parties are made up of three Pokémon instead of the classic six. Once the two trainers face off, they will be able to choose which battle party they want to use. Battles don’t use the traditional Pokémon turn-based style and instead, people will tap or hold the fast or charge attacks to perform a move. There will also be a Protect Shield ability that gamers can use when they think a big attack is coming. Furthermore, Pokémon Go trainers will be able to swap out their Pokémon anytime over the course of a battle. The only restriction on switching Pokémon is a cooldown timer that stops people from quickly spamming the switch Pokémon button.

Battles have a four-minute timer. A battle ends when either all of a person's Pokémon are defeated or the timer runs out. If both trainers have Pokémon still in play at the end of the four minutes, whoever's Pokémon has more health will be crowned the winner.

Gamers have unlimited access to Trainer Battles. They can pick fights with as many people as they’d like in a day. However, they will only get rewards from the first three.

The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles

Local Pokémon battles are handled a little different than their online counterpart. Local battles are dependent on Trainer Leagues. There are three different tiers that players have the option to join. In order to battle a player locally, trainers need to be a part of the same Trainer League and exchange battle codes. Battle codes are not the same as friend codes. These codes are QR codes that trainers will scan and will allow them to send an invite and start a local battle.

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Each Trainer League has a combat power limit. This helps gamers gauge the difficulty of the opponents in a particular league. A breakdown of each Trainer League can be found below.

Great League - Combat Power Maximum, 1,500

Ultra League - Combat Power Maximum, 2,500

Master League - No Combat Power Maximum

Single Player Battles

Before jumping into battles with friends and trainers from around the world, it might be smart to try a few single player battles first. The new update brings with it Team Leader Battles where gamers can battle three team captains, Blanche, Candela, and Spark. Gamers can battle these NPCs as much as they’d like to level up their Pokémon but will only be rewarded once each day, more on the rewards below.

Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards

There are some exciting rewards for those that take part in the new Pokémon Go PvP battles. Each trainer that takes part in a Trainer Battle or Team Leader Battles, winner, and loser, will receive a prize. Candy, Stardust, and rare items can all drop for any trainer. Every player walks away with a reason to celebrate. The actual winner of the battle won’t receive any additional rewards besides those all-important bragging rights.

Many thought Pokémon Go was going to be a fleeting fad but that was disproven after two years of consistent improvements and its ability to retain an audience. The Augmented Reality driven mobile app is even incorporated into the latest Nintendo Switch Pokémon games, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu. For more information on Pokémon Go and to keep up with the latest gaming news and updates, be sure to keep stopping by GigamaxGames.com every week for new articles!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Gets New “Together” Trailer

After over a decade of work, Kingdom Hearts 3 has finally finished development. For those that grew up with the series, this is a wild statement and Square Enix released a trailer to celebrate. Most of the previous trailers that the company showed off featured one or two of the Disney characters such as Pooh Bear or Rapunzel, but this one is meant to show off the full scope of the mash-up.

Playing Kingdom Hearts 3 Together

The "Together" trailer, which you can watch above, includes characters and worlds from Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Big Hero Six, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Hercules. These locations join a number of worlds fans will recognize from the series as the game seeks to wrap up Sora's fight against the forces of darkness that plagues these realms.

Square Enix announced in a tweet that development had been completed and also mentioned that now would be a perfect time to play through Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8. Those that want to own all of these games can purchase the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far Bundle for $40. This includes both of the remastered versions of the main games along with the side adventures; Chain of Memories, Birth By Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 29th, 2019 and will be the first numbered game in the series since Kingdom Hearts 2 released in 2005. Square Enix and Disney know fans have waited a long time to see the conclusion of this epic story and put in a ton of work to ensure that it was a perfect experience.

We here at Gigamax are certainly excited to see what Kingdom Hearts 3 has in store for us and will certainly have plenty of coverage as the release date draws closer so be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information!

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