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Crusader Kings 3 is happening: here's ten things we know so far

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A few minutes ago, Crusader Kings 3 was announced at PDXCon in Berlin, with an actual choir of hooded figures, and this splendidly grim trailer. Predecessor Crusader Kings 2 is still going strong after nearly eight years, with its last expansion launched last November, but now it’s time for that old warhorse to be put to pasture. Or perhaps become pope. Either way, it’s free to play now.

But what’s in store for budding Dukes, Caliphs, and Holy Roman Emperors in CK3? Luckily, I spent the start of the month with Paradox in Stockholm, where even a thematically appropriate run-in with blood poisoning couldn’t stop me soaking up all there was to know about the grand strategy behemoth under construction. I’ll be posting some longer pieces getting into the meat of the game in the weeks to come, but for now, here’s a summary of what we know so far:

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AineLindae
344 days ago
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Oh yes.

Forget The Elder Scrolls 6 – series veterans are making a successor to Daggerfall

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Forget The Elder Scrolls 6 – series veterans are making a successor to Daggerfall

We’re (probably) still many, many years away from the Elder Scrolls 6 release date, but to help kill time between now and the year 2034, some of the series’ original creators are developing a new ‘spiritual successor’ to its earliest games.

OnceLost Games is a new indie studio founded by some of The Elder Scrolls’ most notable veterans. Julian LeFay, known by some as ‘The Father of The Elder Scrolls’, is working alongside Ted Peterson, who worked on everything from Arena to Oblivion, and Vijay Lakshman, who was lead designer and producer on Arena.

In an announcement on Discord last month, the team said that it’s in pre-production while it seeks financing for the project, but that details are likely to be scarce until development steps up a notch. The post does, however, outline some of the “principal game pillars,” which the devs say are “inspired [by] classic RPGs.” Those pillars include “a huge dynamic world to explore,” “rich lore” that will be uncovered through NPCs and in-game books, and “robust character generation and advancement.” So far, so Elder Scrolls.

RELATED LINKS: Elder Scrolls 6 release date, Elder Scrolls 6 setting, Fallout 5 news
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AineLindae
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Ok, colour me intrigued.

Wheel of Fate - New "AI" RPG

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Twinfinite reports on Wheel of Fate which is described as being an "AI" RPG capable of thousands of story possibilities. Developer UDX Interactive has today announced a new project called Wheel of Fate. The game’s genre is described as an artificial intelligence RPG, in which player decisions shape the world around them using unique technology....
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AineLindae
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That could become something interesting.

Coming soon: Baldur's Gate III

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An ancient evil has returned to Baldur's Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out. The fate of Faerun lies in your hands. Alone, you may resist. But together, you can overcome.

Larian Studios have just announced that they are developing and publishing Baldur’s Gate III. Created in close collaboration with the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate III is based off current D&D mechanics and spells and is the official new chapter in the legendary series.

Baldur’s Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios’ biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure.

Prepare for the return of a malevolent presence to Baldur's Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out, corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms.

Alone you may resist, but together you can overcome. Gather your party.



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AineLindae
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Cautiously Optimistic. Liked Larian's D:OS games, but this requires something quite tonally different.

Malkavians confirmed for Bloodlines 2: we talked to Brian Mitsoda on the new clan reveal

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“I actually wish we had started with Malks,” said Brian Mitsoda, “Because honestly the number one thing I think people ask is, ‘Are malkavians in the game?’” I had a chat with Mitsoda, narrative lead on Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 and lead designer on the original Bloodlines, for the new Clan reveal. Yup, the Malkavians are back, baby. There will be comments.

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AineLindae
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Surprising. I thought for sure that they'd hold it back to the first free dlc (to give them more time to write it). No complaints here though.

GOG GALAXY 2.0. All your games and friends in one place.

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There are two things that matter to all of us gamers: the games we play and the friends we play them with. But as more titles come with dedicated launchers and clients, our games and gaming buddies become scattered in between them. With GOG GALAXY 2.0, you’ll be able to combine multiple libraries into one and connect with your friends across all gaming platforms!

As gamers, we need to juggle between multiple clients to access our games and see what our friends are playing,” says Piotr Karwowski, Managing Director at GOG. “We believe gamers deserve a better experience, and this became the driving force to redefine GOG GALAXY client,” Karwowski adds. “GOG GALAXY 2.0 is designed for all gamers and extends well beyond existing GOG.COM users, into both PC and console platforms.

Once you connect GOG GALAXY 2.0 with other platforms, it will import all your games into one library. You will see your friends activities and online status across connected platforms. All new library and friends features apply to your GOG.COM games and enhance your experience. And it’s designed to protect your privacy – your data belongs to you and will never be shared with third parties. We see it as an all-in-one solution for the present-day gamer.

Experience GOG GALAXY 2.0 yourself — sign up for the closed beta at www.gogalaxy.com and be among the first to get access to it!

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Learn more about our vision.
Main features and what to expect once GOG GALAXY 2.0 officially launches.


Your Games.
  • Import all your games from PC and consoles, build and organize them into one master collection. Install and launch any PC game you own, no matter the platform.

  • Keep track of all your achievements, hours played and games owned.

  • Customize your library by filtering, sorting, tagging, and adding your own visuals like game backgrounds or covers.

  • Follow upcoming releases and discover games popular among your friends and the gaming community.


    • Your Friends.
      • Bring together your friends from all platforms and see their online status.

      • No matter on which platform your friends are, you can chat with them.

      • See your friends’ cross-platform achievements, game time milestones and recently played games.

      • See who’s the master collector, completionist or spends the most time playing.


      Your Privacy.
      • Your personal data will never be shared with third parties.

      • We’re not spying on data from your computer.

      • With a single click, you can remove imported games and friends data from our servers.


        • Your GOG Client.
          • All new library management and friends features take your experience to the next level.

          • The best way to run and update your GOG games.

          • Use features like cloud saving, in-game overlay, multiplayer & matchmaking, rollbacks and more.

          • The client is not required to play your DRM-free GOG games.


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          • Connect more platforms and add new features with open-source integrations.

          • All customizations and changes to your library are saved in the cloud and synced between all your devices.

          • Save any view like a customized library or favorite games and friends to access them instantly.



          • GOG GALAXY 2.0 will be available for Windows and Mac for free.
            Sign up now at www.gogalaxy.com for the closed beta access.

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AineLindae
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Oh, now *this* is interesting. Very smart move by GOG; have been saying for ages that with more and more of these digital storefronts cropping up we need a unifying solution.
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