This Week in RPGs – August 6th, 2023
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This Week in RPGs – August 6th, 2023

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This Week in RPGs – August 6th, 2023

This week in RPG News, we’re going to be talking about the upcoming Gamescom 2023 lineup for Xbox, Baldur’s Gate 3 launch, Remnant 2’s success. The Action-RPG Wo Long Fallen Dynasty will be getting not one but two collaborations with soulslike Nioh and Lies of P. Path of Exile 2 is so big it’s a standalone game and Phantom Blade Zero updates. Plus the long running MMORPG FF14 coming to Xbox.

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Path of Exile 2

  • During ExileCon 2023 developer Grinding Gear Games revealed that the sequel, Path of Exile 2 will be a full standalone game. Path of Exile 2 will no longer be an expansion of the first game.
  • Originally announced in 2019 to be an extension of POE1, the scope of the project has grown making it a full-blown sequel with its closed beta on June 7th 2024.
  • Originally, the game was meant to be a part of Path of Exile 1, with the client containing both campaigns. As the developer continued to work on the game, it’s become so big it’s now its very own standalone sequel. This means a whole new campaign, new enemies, classes, mechanics, leagues and more.
  • This outcome is a result of also realising that they’d be doing away with POE1, ultimately “destroying a game that people love for no reason”.
  • The sequel is going to be pretty huge with 100 bosses to battle each with unique mechanics to master. Six acts with 600 monsters to meet.
  • There will be six new classes introduced, together with the original makes 12 total in Path of Exile 2. New classes are Sorceress, Monk, Huntress, Mercenary, Warrior and Druid. New ascendancies are also coming, with three for each class totalling 36 to choose from. Adding some further movement, all characters have the ability to dodge roll, which can cancel a skill at any time. 
  • What do you think about Path of Exile 2 being a standalone? Let us know in the comments below. For more on this news find it here in Path of Exile 2 Will Be A BIG Standalone Sequel.
Path of Exile 2 is standalone game with new classes, bosses and more.

Phantom Blade Zero

  • The kungfupunk Action-RPG Phantom Blade Zero made an appearance recently at ChinaJoy 2023. The title which debuted during Playstation’s May Showcase, is a mix of Wuxia-styled combat mixed in with some steampunk. A 30-minute demo was announced to be planned for sometime in 2024. The title will be coming to both PC and PS5.
  • According to a recent interview with Wccftech, the title which is being developed with Unreal Engine 5, is aiming to support two modes, 2K at 60 fps and 4K at 30 fps.
  • Developer Soulframe also discussed the difference between switching from purely mobile development to PC and consoles. They highlighted how the experience means more freedom in terms of “actual creativity” and fewer hardware limitations.
  • Phantom Blade Zero will focus on Action-RPG with “character progression elements”. While they didn’t go into detail how this will be carried out, you can expect a rich storyline and gameplay. You will also be able to team up in co-op but it looks like the main campaign will be a solo experience.
  • Inspirations are drawn from games such as NiohSekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Ninja Gaiden. Throw in some classic Hong Kong films, Japanese manga and some John Wick revenge plot, you’ve got a smorgasbord of martial arts combat.
  • Phantom Blade Zero will be heading to PC and PS5. No release date has been announced but a demo is expected to launch in 2024.

For more on this news find it here in Phantom Blade Zero Demo Set for 2024.

Phantom Blade Zero will get a demo in 2024

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 had its full launch this week. The CRPG has fully launched after spending a few years in early access. Celebrating version 1.0, Larian Studio has released new details on how mind flayer powers or Illithid Power work in the game. This hidden skill tree lets you use powers granted by a particular parasite. Search high and low inside jars and pools of brine. Larian hints you can even discover them in the skulls of the infected. Once you find them simply gobble them up as if they’re brain food, yum!

Baldur’s Gate 3 has had a massive launch on PC. It has now topped over 400,000 concurrent players in just a few hours, marking it the biggest 2023 launch for the platform. It’s also become the top-selling game on Steam now. Twitch also told a similar tale with a mass of 480,000 viewers.

Speaking of Twitch. If you want to celebrate the launch in style you can now gain Twitch drops for the Camp Clothing Set. This is a range of purple clothing that will have your character looking their best. You can earn these drops by watching our Baldur’s Gate 3 Twitch streams for at least 2 hours to earn the whole set.

We’ve already dropped a Beginner Guide to get you started, covering everything from proficiency to feats. You also watch our review impression if you’re still deciding whether to dip your toe in the adventure. If you’re currently making your way through the Forgotten Realms don’t forget to check out our content. We will have plenty of guides, builds and more so make sure you are subscribed to our YT channel. For further help drop by our Baldur’s Gate 3 wiki.

For more on this news find it here in Baldur’s Gate 3 Tops 400,000 Players on PC Just 4 Hours In, Baldur’s Gate 3 Mind Flayer Powers, PC Launch Times, Twitch Drops & More Revealed and Baldur’s Gate 3 Review Impressions Hands-On Spoiler-Free.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has big launch on Steam with 400,000 concurrent players just 4 hours in

Remnant 2

  • Publisher Gearbox and developer Gunfire Games have announced the third-person shooter RPG Remnant 2 has now passed the one million mark for units sold. This milestone is across platforms PC, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. According to the press release the sequel to Remnant: From the Ashes has now doubled its concurrent players at launch, breaking the franchise record. Celebrating the news, a new accolades trailer has been released for Remnant 2.
  • In case you missed it Remnant 2 stormed onto the scene last month, gaining some stellar reviews, We gave it an 8/10, praising its improved gameplay, exploration and carving its own identity in the sea of soulslikes. The sequel pits players in co-op survival, with new unseen worlds. Its reroll element for worlds adds an interesting way to explore. You can go it alone or team up with other players. The multiclass system also adds further customisation with a variety of Archetype combinations.
  • If you’re looking for some help unlocking the myriad of world exploration in Remnant 2 be sure to drop by our wiki for all the latest.

For more on this news find it here in Remnant 2 Has Sold Over 1 Million Units on PC, PS5 & Xbox Series.

Remnant 2 has sold 1 million units

Final Fantasy 14

  • Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest brought great news for players of the MMORPG Final Fantasy 14. The fifth expansion was announced called, Dawntrail coming in the Summer of 2024. The expansion is teased as “the very best summer vacation a hero could possibly have”.
  • It marks the first steps into a new story for the game taking place in a “New World” known as Tural. It will be up to the Warriors of Light to help assist in the succession of the next ruler of Tural. But there maybe some upheaval over it, ultimately dividing the Scions into two factions.
  • The expansion promises a new hub, new level cap going from 90 to 100, new skills, new jobs which are confirmed to be new DPS roles a melee and ranged magical DPS. New Dungeons, raids, enemies, gear, lifestyle content, and a PVP update.
  • Also in the news recently Final Fantasy 14 will be coming to Xbox Series X|S in Spring 2024. This will be the first time the MMORPG has come to the platform. Previously it’s only been available on PC and Playstation. An open beta is expected to take place sometime before the launch of patch 6.5 with progress carrying over.
  • What also makes this news sweeter is that the free trial is also getting an update. This will now extend up to the the Stormblood expansion with level 70.

For more on this news find it here in Final Fantasy 14 Will Usher in New Era Coming to Xbox Finally.

Final Fantasy 14 heads to Xbox in 2024 with expansion Dawntrail

Wo Long Fallen Dynasty

  • Koei Tecmo have announced plans for upcoming free content for Wo Long Fallen Dynasty along with a paid DLC as part of the 2023 roadmap.
  • This also includes paid DLCs “Conqueror of Jiangdong” and the “Upheaval in Jingxiang”. These bring new stories, new weapon types, new Divine Beasts, bosses and much more.
  • Along with paid content, players will gain free updates starting with one this August. The first update adds some additional missions to get stuck into, plus a Boss Rush mode Part 2. It will also bring some balance adjustments and improvements.
  • November has a Nioh collaboration. The Action-RPG will be getting crossover content from the challenging soulslike. That won’t be the only crossover as Lies of P will also be coming to the game in September which is its launch month.
  • Wo Long has already had a crossover with the fast-paced action game Naraka Bladepoint. Upcoming collaborations may be similar in scope, providing some content inspired by these awesome RPGs.
  • If you’re currently making your way through the Three Kingdoms, be sure to drop by our Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty wiki to stay on top of challenging bossesarmorweapons and more.

For more on this news find it here in Wo Long Fallen Dynasty Gets Free Updates and Paid DLC in 2023 Roadmap.

Wo Long Fallen Dynasty 2023 roadmap includes two RPG crossovers, paid DLCs, Boss Rosh Mode Part 2 and free content
Wo Long Fallen Dynasty 2023 roadmap includes two RPG crossovers, paid DLCs, Boss Rosh Mode Part 2 and free content

Gamescom 2023

  • Gearing up for Gamescom 2023, Microsoft has announced their lineup of games presentations including Starfield, Ara: History United and Forza Motorsport. First-party playable titles will include the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Towerborne.
  • Not only that, but there will over 25 playable third party titles at their booth.  Set to be featured include the highly anticipated expansion Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Then there’s also the fiery mech fighter, Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. It was confirmed earlier by Bandai Namco to be present. We’ll also get to see more of Persona 5 Tactica the turn-based RPG. Others include PAYDAY 3, Under the Waves, Jusant and more.
  • Not attending Gamescom 2023? Not to worry, as we’ll have you covered with all the latest news. You can check out the livestreams as they happen, with Xbox FanFest on August 23rd at 11:30 AM PT. Further schedule updates will be announced in the run-up to the conference. But they have 3 hours of livestreams planned for over the course of 3 days.
  • Which game are you most looking forward to seeing more of at Gamescom? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Gamescom 2023 will be taking place in Cologne, Germany from August 23rd to 27th with Opening Night Live on August 22nd.

For more on this news find it here in Microsoft Announces Gamescom 2023 Lineup Plus 3 Hours of Livestreams.

Gamescom 2023 Xbox Lineup includes Starfield, over 25 third party titles and more

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