Tech2.Games S01E03: Co-op, loot boxes and more unnecessary confirmation that PC gaming is not dead

What was most exciting this week to me this past week was that Phoenix Point, the turn based strategy game from the creator of the original X-COM series reached its funding goal of $500,000. There’s some nice gameplay footage linked in the previous line, and if you’re an X-COM fan, I’m sure you will enjoy it. In other news, Overwatch reminded us of its ubiquity, first with Activision-Blizzard reporting that it’s brought in over a billion dollars for the company, and (again) a South Korean politician belittling her rivals in the best way possible: via Overwatch “Play of the Game”-inspired eliminations.

Drop rate of Overwatch loot boxes revealed in China

Who doesn’t love the low probability of obtaining something meaningful from an in-game purchase? Loot boxes, crates or packs have been a tremendous source of revenue for game creators over the last couple of years, but thanks to a late-2016 rule implemented by China’s Ministry of Culture, it is now mandatory for game publishers to reveal the odds of obtaining random rewards via such boxes in the country. As a result, Blizzard announced on the Overwatch site for China that players would receive a legendary item every 13.5 loot boxes and a rare item for every 5.5 boxes opened. Now, these are drop rates of loot boxes in China, and it hasn’t been confirmed if this varies based on region.

In fact, some of the most popular gaming videos on YouTube are the ones where content creators simply open loot boxes for over twenty minutes, like the one above.

Missed the Tom Clancy’s The Division bandwagon? Play it for free this weekend.

Despite its shortcomings in terms of endgame and an oddly implemented player-versus-player multiplayer mode, The Division offered a solid co-operative shooter experience. If you chose to skip it due to middling reviews or the fact that you weren’t a burned-out Destiny player, there’s some good news: The Division got way better as its player base saw a steady decline. The better news is that it’s free to play on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One between the 4th and 7th of May 2017.

What’s more, the game is on sale on those platforms as well, if you’re so inclined to purchase it. Find it at these links: Xbox One | PS4 | PC (Steam)

Co-op story mode incoming for DOTA 2

DOTA 2’s Battle Pass has been a very popular form of engaging with the competitive DOTA 2 scene, contributing to the prize pool of annual tournament “The International”, all while basking in the glory of some fresh loot and exclusive access to tournament streams. The inclusion of a co-op campaign “Siltbreaker” is a welcome one, and potentially barrier-breaking for players who have been intimidated by the game’s steep learning curve.

MOBAs in general do their best to create context through pages of lore, but the best way to do any sort of world building is through activities such as this. Siltbreaker will see teams of up to four players journey to the blackest depths of the Dark Reef, fighting monsters and evading traps.

The first episode arrives later in May, while the second is expected to launch in July. You can read more about the Battle Pass on the DOTA 2 website.

Dark Souls-inspired post-apocalyptic action-RPG Code Vein gets a trailer

Bandai Namco is at it again. After enjoying immense critical and commercial success with From Software’s Dark Souls series (which is taking a breather from all the kiting and side-stepping, it would seem), Code Vein will arrive sometime next year to fill the void. The game is a post-apocalyptic action-RPG where you play as Revenants—vampires who need to feed on blood to fuel abilities.

Expect Soulslike combat and systems, where mechanics are seldom explained in full, and boss fights of epic proportions. While I personally do find Dark Souls clones enjoyable overall, I think the genre could do well with some new ideas—let’s hope Code Vein is able to bring something new to the table.

The PC Gaming Show returns this E3

It’s always odd to see PC gaming being described as the “fastest growing platform”—particularly when there’s an existing 1.2 billion players on it worldwide. Nonetheless, it’s good to see all platforms getting their due, and for a show which has turned very console-centric over the years, the PC Gaming Show is a welcome change of pace (it quite literally is—tune in this year and you’ll be surprised at the difference in the glitz and glamour).

What’s more, Bethesda, Sony and Microsoft have confirmed dedicated stage events, while Nintendo seems to be continuing its practice of not doing one. Expect a livestream of some sort. PC Gamer will be presenting this year’s PC Gaming Show, with Intel as the title sponsor. The show will take place on Monday, June 12th at 10 AM Pacific (10:30 PM IST). You can read more about the PC Gaming Show on the official website.

May the Fourth be with you: good deals on Star Wars back catalogue

It’s that time of year when we celebrate all things Star Wars, with everyone including Canadian Prime Ministers joining in on the fun. Grab good deals on Star Wars games, with rock-bottom prices for PC gamers on Steam. Some decent deals on Xbox and PlayStation as well. Here are some good ones:

Star Wars Sale - PC/Steam | Upto 75% off

Resident Evil 7 – Xbox One/Play Anywhere | Rs 2,593 (requires Xbox Live Gold)

Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition – Xbox One | Rs 1,250 (50% off)

Batman: Return to Arkham bundle – PS4 | Rs 1,999 (27% off)


Published Date: May 06, 2017 11:22 am | Updated Date: May 06, 2017 11:22 am