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Into the Breach Review

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Pacific Rim meets Chess isn’t exactly the most common elevator pitch for indie games, yet it perfectly describes Into the Breach, the long-awaited sophomore release from beloved FTL: Faster Than Light developers Subset Games.

Into the Breach successfully retains all the fun roguelike challenges and tactical strategy of FTL while minimizing most randomized frustrations, creating a compelling tactical board game.

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Pillars of Eternity 2 Release Date Confirmed, Pre-Order Details

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Versus Evil and Obsidian Entertainment have announced the release date for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Pillars of Eternity 2 will launch April 3 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Pre-orders are now available.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is the sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, the first crowdfunded RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. Their goal was to make a classic tactical computer RPG from the Golden Age of the late 90s and early 2000s, and they mostly succeeded. Pillars 2 was funded via video game investment site Fig, raising $4.4 million, over 400% of their funding goal.

“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is our first sequel here at Obsidian and we’ve created something incredible,” said Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart. “At Obsidian, we are all about stories, worlds, and characters, and in Deadfire we’ve done it again with a vast open world explorable by the player’s own customizable ship, character customization with enough options to make any RPG player want to make a hundred characters, and an exciting narrative that truly delivers on the reactivity that makes our games special. We’re confident that new and returning players will find Deadfire to be the RPG experience of the year.”

Pillars of Eternity 2 is available in three editions. The Standard Edition contains the game for $49.99. A Deluxe Edition ($59.99) also includes the soundtrack and several digital goodies including an in-game pet, RPG starter guide, and a digital guide book.

The Obsidian Edition comes in digital and physical versions. The digital version is priced at $74.99, and includes everything in the Deluxe version plus the first three DLC expansions. The physical Obsidian Edition costs $79.99 and also include a physical cloth map of the region, a notepad, and a set of postcards.

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Pre-ordering any version of Pillars of Eternity 2 nets three in game rewards, St. Drogga’s Skull, Beakhead the hawk, and a Black Flag for your ship.

Pillars of Eternity 2 launches April 3 on PC.


Tactical Mech Strategy Game BattleTech Delayed to 2018

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Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Harebrained Schemes announced that Battletech has been delayed to early 2018. The tactical strategy game was initially planned for release near the end of this year. It’s coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux.

“Throughout development our Backers have been clear: ‘Don’t rush it, just make it great.’ and we have taken that advice to heart,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator of BattleTech. “HBS, Paradox, and our Backers all share a deeply personal attachment to this project and we are committed to delivering a game that not only meets the high expectations of our Backers and fans but introduces BattleTech to a new generation of players.”

“The feedback and enthusiasm from Beta participants has shown us just how great BattleTech can be, and rushing development to fit a timeline would be a disservice,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “We believe in the Harebrained Schemes team, and want them to give the game the time and attention they need to create a turn-based game worthy of the name.”

BattleTech is currently hosting a Kickstarter Backers-only closed beta. A new update is hitting this week with various improvements based on feedback, with PVP coming soon. The Backer Beta will last for another month. Interested mech fans can become a Late Backer by pre-ordering the game and gaining access. You’ll have to pre-order the $60 version to gain beta access, however.

Harebrained Schemes launched the Kickstarter campaign for BattleTech in 2015. They raised over $2.7 million from over 41,000 backers. Harebrained Schemes’ Weisman is the original creator of the tabletop games and MechWarrior series. BattleTech was originally planned for an early 2017 release. Harebrained Schemes has since partnered with Paradox to help publish BattleTech.

Harebrained Schemes previously found indie success on Kickstarter by reviving the Shadowrun brand. Three Shadowrun titles were released over the last several years, all of which I can personally recommend.

BattleTech should arrive early 2018 for PC (Windows, Mac, Linux). A specific release date has not yet been given.