Lost Levels is the lovely ‘unconference’ of GDC

GDC, or the Games Developers Conference, has a secret. Except it’s not a secret, and it’s not actually part of GDC.

Every year, a group of people gather in a nearby park for Lost Levels. A book is passed around, and every gatherer is invited to jot their name down if they fancy it. When their name gets called, that person leads a five-minute talk or discussion on a topic of their choice. People normally like to talk about games, and nearly always about how they can be made more inclusive, progressive and positive. I spent three hours there this year crisping under the Californian sun, and they were three of the bestest and wholesomest hours of my trip. Especially when Robert Yang, maker of glistening shower simulators, handed out popsicles.


Borderlands 3 Supports Cross-Platform Co-Op According to Microsoft Store

The listing for Borderlands 3 on Microsoft’s store page claims that the game will support cross-platform co-op.

So far in the game’s short-but-loud marketing campaign, developer Gearbox has yet to say anything about cross-platform play. And yet here it is, in black and white, under the ‘Capabilities’ section of the Microsoft store listing.

We’ve reached out to Gearbox for comment. Hopefully it refers to full cross-platform compatibility, but chances are it more likely refers to co-op play between PC and Xbox One. A recent example of this kind of co-op is Sea of Thieves, although it should be noted that Rare’s pirate sandbox is a Microsoft exclusive, and thus would naturally be limited to Microsoft platforms. Still, there’s significantly less corporate mess to untangle with PC to Xbox cross-platform play than there is when Sony is involved.

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Wot I Think: Photographs

EightyEight Games have previously bought us the absolutely splendid 10,000,000 and You Must Build A Boat. Their latest release, Photographs, is a very different prospect. Gone is the match-3, and instead comes a combination of story and puzzle.

This is a collection of five narrative vignettes, each taking about half an hour to an hour to complete, telling stories both through some beautiful pixel art, and via the puzzles themselves. As a puzzle game, it’s five completely different puzzle types, each growing in complexity as you progress. As a story game, these are delicate, heartfelt tales told in developing pixel drawings, scoured by a zooming camera lens for clues.


Wield Powerful Weapons and Magic with Four New Classes Now Available in Black Desert

Today marks the introduction of four new classes in Black Desert, the fantasy-action MMORPG, each bringing a completely new way to play the game. Striker, the powerful hand-to-hand combatant; Musa, the agile martial arts swordsman; Lahn, the Crescent Pendulum swinging acrobat; and Dark Knight, the master of dark magic and the two-handed blade. These four new adventurers bring the total of 10 playable classes to explore in Black Desert.

In addition to the four new classes, the anticipated Node Wars has arrived. A large-scale PvP feature that requires guilds to build fortresses at specified node locations within the world of Black Desert, then battle for control until the last guild fortress stands. The winning guild will own their occupied node for a week and be rewarded a portion of the worldwide tax collected from that node.

If that wasn’t enough to satiate your thirst for battle, Conquest Wars will also be available in this update. Conquest Wars are much bigger in scale than a Node War. Guilds will fight and defend their command post until the bitter end, and in certain regions, winning a Conquest War will give the guild the chance to occupy the castle of that region.

For those who have already purchased Black Desert on Xbox One, all four classes, Node Wars, and Conquest Wars,  plus all future in-game content, is available for free. For more information regarding Black Desert, please visit xbox.playblackdesert.com.

We hope you enjoy the new content — we look forward to seeing your new characters in-game!

Black Desert is available now on the Microsoft Store starting at $9.99. Click here for purchase details.

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Borderlands 3 Arrives September 13 on Xbox One, Watch the New Trailer Today
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Borderlands 3 blasts new gameplay vid, confirms Epic launch date

Following last week’s announcement of Borderlands 3, publishers 2K today blasted a new trailer which does seem to actually contain several seconds of the game being played in there somewhere. They also confirmed the leaked release date of September 13, as well as a details about the game. In short, it’s more of the usual looter-shooter action but on new planets with new characters and with guns that grow legs and chase enemies. And yes, it will initially be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.


Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Champions Secures An April Release On Switch

New modes also incoming.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions has now received a solid release date for Nintendo Switch. Get ready to bring the fires of war to a hybrid console near you on 16th April.

The game is described as “a modern take on collectable card games”, featuring cross-play between digital and physical versions and allowing players to scan physical cards into their collection to claim and take them onto the battlefield. We first heard about this one coming to Switch in January, when we were also treated to a cinematic trailer.

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Borderlands 3 Is Now Available For Digital Pre-order And Pre-download On Xbox One

NOTE: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until the release date/time: 09/12/2019 – 9:00 PM (check the product page for release date/time in your region).

Product Info:
Developer: Gearbox Studios
Publisher: 2K

Borderlands 3 Hits PS4 September 13, Watch the New Gameplay Trailer

Attention Vault Hunters! After years spent developing the game behind closed doors, I am thrilled and relieved to finally say this out loud: Borderlands 3 is real, and it’s coming out later this year. We unveiled the game at PAX East last Thursday, and today I can confirm Borderlands 3 will launch on September 13, 2019. I’m also proud to share our third Borderlands 3 trailer (assuming you count the “Mask of Mayhem” teaser we posted last Wednesday and the footage we debuted at PAX East).

If you’ve already watched the trailer at the top of this page, you probably noticed four brand new Vault Hunters, all of whom will of course be playable, customizable, and totally badass. Let’s get the ball rolling with some quick introductions: Moze is a nimble soldier who can digistruct and hop into her mech—Iron Bear—anytime she needs some additional firepower. Amara is a Siren who can summon ethereal fists to pound enemies. Zane is a semi-retired hitman who can cause chaos with his Digi-clone and other gadgets. And FL4K is a wandering robot who’s always accompanied by one of their loyal and battle-hardened pets.

You may have also noticed a couple villains in the trailer – you know, the ones with the hair? Those are the Calypso Twins, who are uniting the bandit clans and attempting to get their hands on the galaxy’s ultimate power capable of destroying, well… everything. Only you and your Vault Hunter allies will have the unique abilities, uncommonly deep skill trees, and seemingly never-ending arsenal of guns and gadgets to stop them.

You’ll be capable of tackling the Calypso Twins and their fanatical followers alone, but when you team up with other Vault Hunters, you’ll really feel unstoppable. With that in mind, one of the things that I’m most excited about in Borderlands 3 are the improvements that we’ve made to co-op. Regardless of your respective levels or mission progress, you and your friends can play together online or on the couch, and not only will each of you deal a meaningful amount of damage, you’ll also receive your own discrete loot stream. No more loot ninjas! Of course, if you prefer to play with classic Borderlands 2 co-op rules—where loot is shared—you can choose to do so.

Regardless of which mode you opt for, every fight in Borderlands 3 will be an opportunity to score new gear. If you’ve adventured in the Borderlands before, you’ll recognize most of the weapons manufacturers, but I think you might be surprised by some of their latest innovations. Atlas now offers guns that fire tracker tags and Smart Bullets; DAHL weapons feature alternate fire modes; and the Maliwan range now incorporates firearms that can toggle between two elements and deal guaranteed elemental damage.

Looking for something a little crazier? Okay, how about rifles that spawn fire-spewing volcanoes, or guns that grow legs and then chase down enemies while verbally abusing them? We’ve got those too. All of us at Gearbox are excited for you to get your hands on these weapons and bazillions more like them come September, when you’ll get to take the fight to the Calypso Twins not only on Pandora but on other planets throughout the Borderlands as well.

We’ll be offering an extended look at Borderlands 3 during our worldwide gameplay reveal event on May 1. To catch all that and more, be sure to follow @Borderlands on Twitter. We’re also making pre-orders available today for those who might be interested in picking up some extra loot in addition to the game itself. And hey, if you’re down for an action-packed Borderlands history lesson while you wait, both Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are available on PS4 and, as of today, playable in 4K on PS4 Pro. Catch you again on May 1!

Borderlands 3: Here’s What Comes in Each Edition

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It’s been a long time coming, but Borderlands 3 is officially set to launch on September 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will see the return of many characters from the previous installments (including Tales from the Borderlands) like Lilith, Mordecai, Brick, Tiny Tina, Moxxi, Claptrap, Vaughn, Rhys, and more. The teaser trailer suggests it will take place on “worlds” — plural — rather than just Pandora. And for anyone worried it might stray from its loot-shooter roots, Gearbox also says the game will contain over a billion guns.

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