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The Foxhole Gaming News Discussions / Dragon Age 4
« Last post by Silver Sorrow on Yesterday at 08:57:21 PM »
Some good news, for once:

Kotaku: After Anthem's Failure, Dragon Age 4 Will Reportedly Be Single-Player Only

According to sources at BioWare, the latest Dragon Age game “had previously been designed with a heavy multiplayer component” but has since turned into a “single-player only game.”


Bloomberg: Electronic Arts Removes Multiplayer Mode From Dragon Age Game in Big Pivot

Bonus good news, not having anything to do with DA4:

System Shock remake coming in late summer, demo arrives today
At this point, I'm expecting them to announce George Broussard and Scott Miller as the new project managers.

"We're changing the name to something that reflects the spirit of the game better; we're calling it Bloodlines: Forever."

All they need now is two or three engine changes to make the experience complete. But why stop there?

The appointment of a totally random idiot from the depths of reddit shows a complete tonal shift away from the series' trademark of dark, disturbing themes and black humor. "Kinda like South Park crossed with Beavis And Butthead, I guess," commented one (now former) employee who wished to remain anonymous. "Lotta fart jokes, lotta references to dicks," he said, clutching a box of his personal belongings. "I'm quitting the industry entirely to grow peas," he grumbled as he was shoved through the building's rear exit by security.

Press statement excerpt: "We'd also like to thank the Krazy Kazoo Korps for providing the soundtrack! And good news for Rod Stewart fans (all six of you): we blew 98% of the music budget licensing his hit song, "Forever Young," so expect to hear that blasting at you for the entirety of the game!"

I could go on, but what's the point anymore.
Sooo... for those who have not been following the news lately, the development of Bloodlines 2 was stopped. According to the publisher Paradox, they decided that Hardsuit Labs wasn't up to the task so they removed the project from them without, however, announcing any other developer to take the place nor any solution of any kind and still pretending that the title is "still in development", we just don't know by whom?. Pre-orders are cancelled until further notice.

Well that's another low blow to a game that had already received some serious flak including the dismissal of both the main writer (and former lead writer on the first Bloodline) and the design lead without any explanation (credible ones at least).

Only thing we know for sure is that Bloodline 2 -- if it ever see the light of day, at that point all bets are off -- won't be released in 2021.

Quote from: Paradox

Good morning, everyone

As you have noticed, we’ve been keeping pretty quiet for a while. With this in mind, the first piece of news we have for you is to confirm that Bloodlines 2 is still in development.

Secondly, we have made the hard decision that Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading the development of Bloodlines 2 - which also means that we will not be releasing in 2021 as previously planned. Since we cannot at this time communicate a new release date, we've also decided to stop accepting pre-orders for the time being.

This game is very important to us and it has been an ambitious project from the very start. In order to meet our goals for it, we’ve come to the conclusion that a change is needed and, as a result, more development time is required.

We’d like to take this opportunity to honor Hardsuit Labs for their efforts and thank them for their hard work on the project. The studio has done a tremendous job in laying the foundations for the game and we hope that you, the community, will also appreciate their contribution to Bloodlines 2.

We’re thankful for your continuous support throughout the game’s development. We understand how important this is to you, and we’d love to share more with you. As soon as we can, we’ll let you know what the future development team of Bloodlines 2 will look like.
And he has a tail.

Doomicorn's ass is more...substantial...than Miranda's, and therefore better. Theoretically speaking.  :ss-thinking

However -- notice I didn't say "but" -- I give the edge to Miranda, who has had to overcome more difficult obstacles: that weird bucktoothed face and, worst of all, her personality. Compared to those hurdles, the armies of Hell are as nothing.

What is it with Bioware and screwing up virtual recreations of real people, anyway? Take the Allers woman from ME3: based on...someone else whose name escapes me...she looked fantastic in a dress, but her face...! Good grief.

Still, Epic's got something that might help: MetaHuman Creator. They look almost real...and I say "almost" because when they smile, it's obvious. Otherwise, it's a fantastic advance. Too bad E/A's too cheap to license that for the next ME game.

Anyway...yeah, Tali. Too bad she's straight...otherwise, my DykeShep would be all up in that. (To quote Queen Elizabeth.) No, she has to wait for Traynor in ME3 for it to be officially acknowledged. Until then it's playing with the stretched Smurfs...uh...asari, I mean. There's Kelly, but there's no Achievements involved.

The only thing I didn't like about Pinnacle Station's smuggler thing was that the results were totally random, so there was a lot of saving-reloading going on. But when you were rewarded with Colossus X in your ideal armor class? Bliss.

On a completely different note, have I ever mentioned how much I hate Winter?

They're projecting 10 to 15 inches of snow in the next few days. Don't get me wrong: I know that isn't a lot of snow. It's nothing compared to Minnesota, for example; other places have it much, much worse.

But I still hate it. Most of all, I hate the cold. If I could afford to live somewhere warmer, I would. But I'm stuck here in this miserable town in this miserable state. But you bunker up and survive somehow and then...Spring! And the misery of torrential rains and tornadoes! Yay! If you manage not to be murdered by swirling clouds of death from above, you'll be treated to Summer. And it's hot. Goddamned HOT. But you somehow avoid melting, only by the faint hope that Fall will be tolerable. And it is...for about three days. And then it gets as cold as an icicle up the ass and the neverending cycle of bitter misery continues.

So when someone asks me how I'm doing, I usually say "enh...okay." But know that the preceding paragraph is what I mean by "okay."

So anyway, I've been retro gaming, somewhat. I ran through Blood again, was stymied by the intransigence of Blood 2 (I think it worked okay on my Win 7 machine, but Win10? NO.), and I'm playing Duke3D again. And don't mistake "gaming" as playing through like a normal human being would: I'm cheating merrily, because I'm just not in the right state of physical and mental well-being to handle the dilemma of constant reloading.

I'll get back to Cyberpunk eventually. I swear. Really, I will. I guarantee it. :ss-spam


Monday's Weather Update: it's sunny and beautiful. But the temp is 0. That's right, *zero*. (That's in Fahrenheit, kids. But it feels more like Celsius.) It is a slight improvement over the bracing -4 of this morning, but who the hell am I kidding.

A day shouldn't be so stunning and yet so cold. So very wrong. However, I don't think it would be better if the day looked as miserable as it felt. There is that.
The more I hear about the ME Legendary edition the less I am impressed. And I wasn't to begin with.

Regarding the issue of Miranda's ass... well, I'm not on any side. As I said in a number of occasions before, ass shots seemed to be the only redeeming feature of Miranda (but then I was never a big fan of the character in general and my male Shep always end up wit Tali anyway  :lol: ). In the end they can do whatever they want, I don't care, because this remaster is still too damn expensive and lacking pieces.

Pinnacle Station: well, the interest for me is that once you've beaten the thing, you can use Shepard's apartment and the smugglers communication and use the ludicrous amount of money you have to buy rare things, including colossus armor (which notably difficult to acquire normally, much harder than acquiring money anyway).

And seriously, who managed to put both Pegasus wings and a unicorn horn on the poor thing?  I am impressed. :purplelaugh:
Ladies and gentlem--wait. Just the gents I guess, since we have no ladies left.

Anyway: have you ever seen something so stupid that you just had to have it? Of course you have. Thus...Doomicorn.

That sick feeling you have right now? No, it isn't pity. Nor is it embarrassment over my continued existence. It isn't even contempt. It's envy, goddammit. ENVY. Not pity...envy.
Oh, and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will cut back on the butt shots.

Intolerable. The butt shots were the only good thing about Miranda. This leads to the butterface aspect...the real-life actress -- her name escapes me at the moment and I don't really care -- is more or less presentable, but her videogame counterpart...yeef. She could eat corn through a picket fence. When she was a kid, her mama had to tie a dead rat around her neck just so the family dog would play with her. Her daddy called her "Miranda" because "Holy Shit That Kid's Ugly" didn't fit on the birth certificate.

You get the picture, I hope.

Okay, I've had my fun. To be honest, the butt shots always struck me as patently stupid. Reportedly, the Character Environment Director (yes, that's apparently a real thing) Kevin Meek thought so too, so they're changing things around a bit.

BioWare is taking steps to improve FemShep's animations in the upcoming remaster, "so that she's a bit more on par with male Shepard." That includes things like "subtle face changes or some wrinkles or support or whatever, so she's catching the light and the same kind of quality level," and in places where animations can't be changed, adjustments to the player's perspective are being made.

My real concern is if they'll make FemShep consistent across the trilogy. I know it's possible, as someone's already tweaked the ME1 and ME2 models so that they look like her ME3 version.

BioWare is leaning into Shepard's female side for the Legendary Edition in a way it never did with the original releases, which effectively treated the male character as the default in promo materials.

Good, since she was pretty much an afterthought.

Anyway, a very good article.

While I was wandering around the PC Gamer site, I stumbled across this one: BioWare is working with the modding community on Mass Effect: Legendary Edition compatibility. A gleam of hope there.

I guess we'll see how it all works out on May 14th.
Oh, and it gets better: Mass Effect DLC Missing From Remaster Due To Corrupted Source Code

That's right, they won't be including ME1's Pinnacle Station in their lazy cash grab repackaging. And while I was never a fan of Pinnacle Station and generally avoid it whenever I play ME1, it's something of a shame. Not enough to care all that much, but stilll.

Thinking about it: wasn't that a good way to grind up to level 60 without a new game? Seems so, but I may be wrong; going from 56 to 60 took a crapload of XP and...wait. Maybe it got you to, say, 58? And it just made getting to 60 easier. It's been a while. I don't remember exactly.

E/A's really knockin' 'em out of the park lately, eh? Re-reckoning, this thing... ::)
Mass Effect Legendary Edition -- $60.00 (I pissed myself laughing for a good five minutes there).

Mass Effect Legendary Edition rebate on Origin when you have the three original games in your account? -- 0%

Yeah, go Electronic Arts! Start the new year by screwing everyone in the most visible way. The price of the legendary edition is already plainly laughable. Take three 10 years old games, repackage them with features that were already designed by modders over the past ten years and sell them for the price of a new game (oh wait $59.99 -- just to make the point that EA marketing department is composed of a bunch of a**holes that still think that this kind of trick fools people).

And then, in spite of the normal practice in the industry regarding what is essentially a "remastered" edition (and yeah EA, stop pretending "Legendary" means anything else than "remastered" in this case) which is to offer the remaster either free (Skyrim SE), or with a substantial rebate to owners of the original versions, sell it to them full price, why not?

Will EA greed ever cease? I guess not. But at least that makes for a laugh  :purplelaugh:

Oh and, no I won't be buying thank you very much. I'm pretty happy with my three originals modified.
Shakespeare...of course.  :ss-facepalm

Thanks, Doc. As you can tell, I lean more towards Melville than the Bard. :ss-shootme

Although this *should* be embarrassing for someone who was an English Literature major in college, I'm not. Because, well, I hated English Literature. Couldn't stand it. While the coursework expected us to go into raptures over meanings and themes -- overarching, underlying, etc. -- in works by assorted long-deceased drug addicts given legendary status by virtue of their tendency towards sheer inscrutability with a writing implement, I found myself unimpressed by anything that didn't feature, at the bare minimum, an action-packed finale involving a Coast Guard helicopter crashing into a drug dealer's boat and exploding so violently that it blows the bikini off the hero's large-breasted love interest.

While everyone else was prattling on and on about The Great Gatsby, I was poring over Starship Troopers. Ah, well.

On a completely different note, I was thinking of starting a rumor that the Covid vaccine given to most people is merely distilled water; however, you can tell if you're given the *real* vaccine if you have a negative reaction and/or die. Is that just borderline crazy enough to get me on the local news? Because from there I can begin to push my real agenda: banning MSG in all its myriad forms from food everywhere. Sometimes I just want a chicken sandwich without the blinding headache, you know?
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