Team-Based Fantasy Survival Game Rend Enters Early Access

Rend is an ambitious project that blends a few genres to make a potentially legendary competitive fantasy adventure experience that hasn't been replicated in many other experiences. With some top tier talent on staff, Frostkeep Studios is charging forward with the game's development and allowing curious gamers to give it a go with the Steam Early Access launch, which went live today, July 31, 2018.
In Rend, players join one of three factions and work with teammates to survive the vividly beautiful, yet brutal shattered remains of Midgard. The game pairs RPG mechanics, sandbox elements, factional combat, and massive battles with win/loss conditions to introduce a new gaming experience to the survival genre.

“Since we first announced Rend, we have been developing it side by side with our players through Pre-Alpha and Alpha testing and by gathering feedback through Discord and our official channels,” said Jeremy Wood, co-founder and CEO, Frostkeep Studios, in the press releas..

Shacknews Staff Select: News Editor Charles Singletary Jr

I'm Charles Singletary Jr aka the News Editor for I've been with the team for almost one year at the time this was published and it has truly been an incredible ride thus far. I'm pretty terrible at writing about myself so, whenever I do find the energy to do so, that effort is recycled as often as needed.
Thus, you'll find that the bio below my Staff Select interview is one that takes pieces from my personal author website. I wanted to at least write this and say hello to you all. I greatly appreciate the support and engagement of a community that has been around for so long and I look forward to learning, growing, and gaming with you.
Peace and much love,

Charles is a writer born in Stuttgart, Germany, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and currently living in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to these various dwelling, additional travel has influenced his creativity in a positive way by breaking him out of his comfort zone and expos..

How to Play Total War: ARENA with Friends

So, you’ve decided to jump into Total War: ARENA and wage war on your enemies. Maybe you want to combine the Defensive Infantry skills of Leonidas to hold down the enemy while your friend quickly flanks with Hannibal, or maybe you want to rain death upon your foe using Cynane’s archers while your friend pushes through the enemy as Germanicus. Either way, you want to get your friends on board and wage war as a group, rather than trying it alone. Understandable. After all, everything is better with friends. Here’s what you’ll need to get ready to jump into battle with friends in Total War: ARENA.
First, you’ll need to start by adding your friends to your friends list in Total War: ARENA. On the top-left section of the display, there are a series of options you can choose from, such as the Squad and Tech Trees. The one we’ll be focusing on right now is the Social category. Once you’ve clicked on Social, you are shown a screen where you can select Friends & Party, Private Lobby, and Forum..

Talking World of Tanks Console Development With Mercenaries Narrative Designer Darold Higa

Wargaming's free-to-play game World of Tanks has thrived in a huge way on PC and has a strong presence on consoles, but the studio recognized a major opportunity for growth there. The PS4 and Xbox One communities have different expectations and desires from the PC gaming community and one of those is a strong single-player or cooperative campaign. Mercenaries is the expansion to World of Tanks that launched on June 26, 2018, and aims to address the desire for a narrative experience in World of Tanks. I attended a press event in Minnesota where I was able to discuss the conception of Mercenaries with narrative designer Darold Higa and get a better understanding of what new and old players can expect from it.
“We’re all console players,” Higa says. “A single-player experience has always been a part when you have a multiplayer game. So we knew we were going to shoot for that at some point. The community kept saying ‘hey, we want more tanks’ and they reacted very favorably to the fac..

Happy Hour: A Theme Park for Degenerates

While the fine folks at Bullfrog practically invented the amusement park management genre with Theme Park, the genre became huge following the release of Chris Sawyer’s Rollercoaster Tycoon. A bonafide PC gaming classic, Rollercoaster Tycoon remains a favorite of just about anyone who played it during its heyday in the late 1990s. In recent years, a community project known as OpenRCT2 began with the intention of bringing the game up to modern standards with a new renderer made for modern high-resolution displays and the inclusion of a multiplayer mode. For today’s stream, we will be jumping into a multiplayer park at 5:45 PM ET (2:45 PM PT) on the Official Shacknews Twitch Channel.
We encourage anyone who would like to play to join us on the MP server. You’ll need a working installation of Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (from any source) and a copy of OpenRCT2 (available here). We will give out the server details on the stream. As always, we’d like to take a moment and thank our subscribers a..

Nintendo Switch May Not Be Fad After All, Sells 20 Million Units

If you haven’t yet bought a Nintendo Switch, chances are you know someone who has. The portable console continues to burn up the sales charts in its second year on shelves. Nintendo released its earning report to investors and within the report it is mentioned that the company has sold nearly 20 million Switch units worldwide. Nearly 40% of all the units sold were in North America, the strongest market for the device. While the year over year hardware sales numbers were slightly down, the Switch software market is spicy hot. Nintendo has reportedly sold over 85 million units of Switch software since launch.
Despite what some consider to be a disappointing showing at E3 2018, Nintendo is poised to have a monster holiday season in 2018. The Switch’s showcase title this year will be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a new entry in the platform fighting series that promises to include every character under the sun for its Nintendo Switch debut.

For a closer look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,..

Destiny 2 Moments of Triumph Checklist

The Solstice of Heroes is upon us, Guardians, which means a nearly month-long event where we take time to reflect on our past successes and failures. It also means new activities to participate in that will bring us new loot of the legendary and exotic nature. Some of that loot, however, is locked behind the Moments of Triumph checklist. Completing one of these Triumphs will grant you a varying amount of Triumph Points based on the difficulty of the task. These points can then be used to buy rewards, including a t-shirt from the Bungie store.
Moments of Triumph Rewards
The Moments of Triumph rewards are purely cosmetic, meaning that you’re not grinding for armor or weapons when you complete Triumphs. They include emblems, a ghost shell, an exclusive t-shirt, sparrow, and an exotic ship. The ship, however, is tied to upgrading three different sets of the Solstice armor.
Renewed Triumph (Legendary Emblem) – Any Triumph Completed The Right Choice (Legendary Ghost Shell – 125 Triumph P..

GTA Online After Hours Mode Offers Tale of Us In New Update

Only a week after Rockstar pushed out the new After Hours Update for GTA Online, the developer has just released the newest content for your cyber nightclub use. Today’s update for GTA Online brings Tale of Us, a popular Italian techno outfit to the game. They can be hired to be the resident DJs in your nightclub. The group will also be debuting new music from the group Afterlight on the new Los Santos Underground Radio station in-game.
Los Santos Underground Radio will also be debuting new sets from DJ Solomun, who debuted a new music video shot entirely within GTA. Along with this techno-flavored update comes a pair of new vehicles: The Enus Safford, a 4-door luxury sedan and Blimp, a flying advertisement for your club.
Like with most GTA Online updates, there are a host of vehicles and properties on sale in-game, as well as some showcase multiplayer events that are themed around the new update. For the complete rundown of everything, check out this Rockstar Blog posting.

Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project Card Analysis Lab (Part 5)

Card reveals have begun for Hearthstone's next big expansion. The Boomsday Project will dive deep into science and technology, as part of the next set for the Year of the Raven.
This expansion features the new keyword Magnetic, new Omega Projects, and Legendary Spells. And as is the case with each new Hearthstone expansion, Shacknews is stepping into the lab to analyze each of the Boomsday Project's new cards. Before we get started, here's everything you might have missed:
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project – The Dr. Boom, Mad Genius Design Interview
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project – Analyzing Dr. Boom, Mad Genius
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project Analysis Lab (Part 1)
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project Analysis Lab (Part 2)
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project Analysis Lab (Part 3)
Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project Analysis Lab (Part 4)
And now, let's continue with the next batch of cards.
(4) Juicy Psychmelon
Type: Spell
Class: Druid
Rarity: Epic
Draw a 7, 8, 9,..

Gameplay Debut For Lovecraftian Action-Horror The Sinking City

Lovecraftian horror is getting a lot of love these days with games like Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics and Cyanide Studio's Call of Cthulu on the horizon. Bigben and Frogwares Games will be contributing to our nightmares with their own Lovecraft-inspired experience, The Sinking City, and we've got the debut gameplay trailer for you right here.

In The Sinking City, players take on the role of private investigator Charles W. Reed in 1920s New England. He seeks salvation from a creeping insanity, a staple of Lovecraft-inspired works, while unraveling the source of a supernatural flood in a once-prominent trade harbor.
The Sinking City is due for PC, PS4, and Xbox One release on March 21, 2019. There's a lot more to learn about this ethereal action game and a lot of time between now and the release date, so stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates. Feel free to check out the other video game releases for 2019, as well.