Camelot Unchained, an MMO from the lead designer of Dark Age of Camelot, had a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, but it looks no closer to launching than it did six years ago. The first beta, initially planned for 2015, didn't appear until 2018 and there's still no word on a release date. In the meantime, City State Entertainment has been working on a second game, Colossus, due out by the end of the year. Oh dear.Colossus uses Camelot Unchained's engine, but it's otherwise a separate game-a co-op PvE affair. It's a pretty wild state of affairs for a studio that's struggled to get its previous game off the ground. In an interview with MassivelyOP, CSE boss Mark Jacobs admitted that developing the second game had slowed Camelot Unchained down, but that the new game also netted the studio more investments that helped it make more hires."[W]ithout the push on Colossus, we wouldn’t have gotten the additional investment in CSE from our investors, which was used, in part, to expand the team significantly," he said. "That, in turn, resulted in work that will speed up the remainder of CU’s development, as well as add things that weren’t planned for CU at launch."
Warcraft 3 Reforged has the lowest user score of any game on Metacritic, currently sitting on a 0.5. While this dubious record was previously held by Day One: Garry's Incident, a number of drive-by 10 out of 10s have pushed it up into second place, inflating its user score from 0.4 to 0.7. For comparison's sake, even Metal Gear Survive has a user rating of 1.2.According to user bob4ever, Warcraft 3 Reforged is the "Worst remaster in the history of remasters." Meanwhile solwltar says that, "Blizzard disabled my old Warcraft 3 version and trying to force me to download additional 30gb(my game was only 2gb) , also I heard you no longer has option to play maps that had custom models like pokemon, naruto and dbz not to mention they removed custom campaigns and lan games. 0-10". And Encore 22 is upset that, "Blizzard has a paragraph in the user agreement for this game that they have exclusive rights to any custom game which is made in this game. Just unbelievably **** from one of the companies who used to be my #1 by miles. This game does not deliver on what it promises and I am not even going to start on the price (40$) on what is essentially a HD mod."As well as complaints about being forced to update existing copies of Warcraft 3 to a new version, changes to custom maps, various bugs, and the updated EULA, a large number of players are surprised that the cutscenes haven't been updated as dramatically as the intro was (something Blizzard did mention, but only if you were paying attention to interviews they were giving at the time by which I mean waiting until five minutes into this). Some people aren't fussed by the new menus, and others expected more new dialogue-Blizzard scrapped plans to rewrite the story after fans who wanted all the original voices left in complained.
Bandai Namco has made a job listing that hints at a possible English release for action MMO Blue Protocol. The job posting, for an English language localization manager, likely means that Bandai Namco is planning on a release in the US, UK, and Australia. While there's no guarantee that this is the case, the job posting does ask for someone proficient in English to localize, including cultural changes, the UI, text, and cutscene voices. We've reached out to Bandai Namco for comment and will update if we get a response. (The job posting, here, is entirely in Japanese.)Blue Protocol is an online action RPG set in a world “on the brink of devastation.” It got some notice when it was announced in Summer 2019 because of the anime-inspired shading in its visual style, similar to games like Ni No Kuni. It's developed by an internal team at Bandai Namco Online and Bandai Namco Studios that worked on Tales series of RPGs, Tekken, and Ace Combat. There was a closed alpha in Japan last year, and there is no release date.
The 2020 Taipei Game Show, scheduled to take place February 6-9 (and also where we were expecting to finally get a look at From Software's upcoming Elden Ring) has been postponed until the summer due to the ongoing outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus."Taipei Game Show is one of the iconic annual networking events. With that in mind, W.H.O. has declared a global emergency as Wuhan coronavirus spreads," organizers said in an emergency announcement."Considering mass gatherings like Taipei Game Show increase the chance of cluster infections, the organizing committee has decided to steer away from such unthinkable risks. We sincerely ask for exhibitors’ understanding of such a major decision."
It's been a while since we last saw Ben and Dan, what with Size Five Games having since worked The Swindle, Gun Monkeys and Behold the Kickmen, and they're a bit different since we last saw them. Instead of sticking to its adventure game roots, Lair of the Clockwork Gods has each of the two protagonists interact with the world in an entirely different genre: Ben stays true to his adventure ways, while Dan plays as a platformer, complete with wall-jumping and block-pushing.
To help explain the concept, Size Five previously unveiled the game with a lengthy gameplay trailer, showing how the two characters' unique playstyles bounce off of each other.
The stakes are high for Lair of the Clockwork God, as developer Dan Marshall has stated that it failing to sell may mean it will be the last game he works on. Which would be a shame, as while I didn't entirely gel with The Swindle, and the multiplayer Gun Monkeys died shortly after launch, Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen, Please! were among my first exposure to the modern adventure genre, having not played one before that since Discworld on the Sega Saturn.Lair of the Clockwork God launches on February 21. PC is confirmed, with a Steam page and everything, though console platforms will be announced at a later date.
Update, January 30: Valve has confirmed that Dota Underlords will launch into 1.0 on February 25. "This release will be the beginning of Dota Underlords Season 1, and will come with new content, more rewards, and new alliances," the update confirmed.Original story:This week's Dota Underlords update was accompanied by the news that it's almost broken free of Early Access and will soon hit 1.0. It launched on Steam back in June, and in February the first season will officially kick off. It's not a moment too soon, as Valve's auto battler has been losing traction. Initially it boasted a player count that was double Artifact's at its peak, but it's steadily been declining, now down by around 90 percent, and so far has shown no signs of plateauing. No update has managed to move the needle significantly, but the 1.0 update should get a bit more attention.There's only one more update to go before the milestone, along with some balance tweaks and fixes, and one more Underlord. The 1.0 patch that follows will include the battle pass, hero/item rotation, a UI update and more.