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PAX East 2017 Takes Place This Weekend in Boston

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The eighth annual PAX East gaming convention begins today, March 10, and runs through the weekend. PAX East is held in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Since 2010 PAX East has rocketed in popularity, selling out every year to become one of the biggest gaming conventions in the U.S. (along with PAX West in Seattle).

If you’re not attending PAX East, don’t fret. We live in the age of live streaming, and Twitch.tv has you covered. No less than four different channels will broadcast various games and panels of PAX East. See the full schedule for the weekend here.

The keynote speaker for PAX East 2017 is game designer Jake Solomon, Lead Designer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 at Firaxis. The keynote speaker is the first panel at every PAX. Solomon will take the stage of the Main Theatre at 10:30 AM EST. You can watch it live on Twitch.

This year’s PAX Arena at PAX East will feature Rocket League and For Honor on Friday, Brawlhalla on Saturday, and close out with Super Smash Bros. 4 on Sunday. Live stream begins at Noon Eastern today.

More than 100 publishers will have booths on the massive show floor this year, from the big guys like Bethesda and Nintendo to the Indie Megabooth. Stay tuned for any major announcements and reveals.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends Launches on PC, Announces Expansion

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Digital card game spin-off The Elder Scrolls: Legends officially steps out of beta and into final release today. If you’ve played in the beta since last year, you still keep all your cards and rewards. The 1.0 release is for Windows PC only, through Bethesda’s game launcher. It’s coming to iPad on March 23, Android tablets in April, Mac in May, and mobile phones in Early Summer.

“We’re pleased to announce that the PC version of Legends is now out of beta,” states the blog post. “Start the game today, play with friends, grow your collection, and begin your adventures across Tamriel. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing fans and we want to thank them for helping us grow during our closed beta.”

Read our preview of The Elder Scrolls: Legends here.

With the release, Bethesda is also announcing their first expansion update, “The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood,” coming April 5. It will feature more than 20 solo PvE missions across three maps, and 40 new cards.

Bethesda plans on integrating rewards and incentives across The Elder Scrolls: Legends and The Elder Scrolls Online. Those who get “The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood” will also receive the Doom Wolf mount in The Elder Scrolls Online. This is comparable to how Blizzard often includes cross-promotional rewards and bonuses with their titles such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.

Bethesda detailed more future post-launch plans with The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Another big expansion will come in early Summer; it will be announced during E3 in June. May will see many new features added, such as Spectator mode, Twitch integration, and a new Gauntlet mode. Gauntlets will be monthly in-game tournaments with varying conditions and prizes.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends uses the now familiar Hearthstone model of pricing. The digital card game is free-to-play and card packs can be earned in-game. You can also purchase card packs with real money. Presumably expansions will follow suit. Bethesda will release more information in the coming weeks.

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Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter Ends With Over Double the Funding

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A few indie developers have found continued success via crowdfunding over the last several years. Stoic’s Banner Saga series is a prime example. The extra-long 40-day Kickstarter campaign for sequel Banner Saga 3 raised $416,986, more than twice its initial goal of $200,000. A little over 8,000 backers contributed.

“The support from backers and the community has been amazing, and it’s humbling to know that RTS fans around the world really want to support us,” said John Watson, co-founder at Stoic. “The additional funds will be invested into bringing as much of our intended vision to the final game and rewarding our backers’ support with an unforgettable experience to conclude this epic tale.”

Banner Saga 3 will represent the final journey of the harrowing tactical series. The series is set in a world based on Norse viking myths. It’s also a world on the bleak of apocalyptic destruction. The story features many tough moral choices and decisions you make during your journey, many of which decide who lives, who dies, and who joins your party of warriors.

The original Banner Saga was among the first wave of video game crowdfunding successes on Kickstarter, back in 2012. It raised over $700,000 from over 20,000 backers. The tactical-strategy game brilliantly combined Oregon Trail-like structure with grid-based tactical turn-based battles within its uniquely dark setting.  It won Best Debut from the GDC Awards in 2014.

Banner Saga 2 launched last year and was similarly critically acclaimed. Funding for that sequel was made possible by the over-funding and sales from the first game.

A number of Stretch Goals were unlocked during the Banner Saga 3 campaign. Stretch Goals include playable Dredge, Survival Mode, “Ubin Lives,” and an all-new Eternal Arena game mode. Note that the Eternal Arena will be added post launch.

Banner Saga 3 is listed with an Estimated Delivery of December 2018. As always, consider that the extreme earliest date possible.