A full-fledged sequel to the Doom reboot from 2016 was announced at Bethesda's E3 presentation earlier this year titled Doom Eternal. However, gameplay footage was missing from the announcement, with only a short cinematic trailer being shown. Today at QuakeCon, id Software rectified that problem.
As the footage has not been uploaded to YouTube separately just yet, the above video of the QuakeCon livestream will have to suffice for now. The video should begin at the Doom Eternal section, which is around the one hour 16 minutes mark.
As evident by the gameplay, in addition to massively upgraded weapons he can use on enemies, the Doom Slayer even has an arm blade to rip apart the "mortally challenged" this time. The game will feature double the enemies compared to the previous title, and they will also visibly take damage from weapons fire, with chunks of body parts being blown off.
Players will have much more freedom when it comes to movement as well, thanks to the new grappling hook and dashing mechanics that were showcased. As a brand new feature, players will be able to invade other player worlds as a demon to try and slay them.
Doom Eternal still doesn't have a release date, but it is slated to launch for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. It will be interesting to see if this title will also skip out on a Steam release akin to Fallout 76, which will only be available via Bethesda's own launcher.
After a long testing period which began last year, id Software's Quake Champions has finally gone completely free-to-play. The transition has been in the cards since the beginning, with the arena shooter even being temporarily free to claim during E3, but now, everyone can join in.
The game still offers the Champions Pack upgrade for those wanting to unlock all the available playable characters (named Champions) immediately but they are also unlockable by just playing the game. Although the latter method may take a while.
In addition to an array of new characters as well as those from previous Quake games, the new entry also features some faces from other games published by Bethesda, such as B.J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein.
Those interested in jumping into the fast-paced world of Quake Champions can do so via Steamand the Bethesda.net launcher for free. Also, the aforementioned Champions Pack is currently discounted by 34% on both services, dropping the price from $29.99 to $19.79, in celebration of QuakeCon.
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DNA-69616 [Windows][Linux] Instant search dialog is not focused when multiple tabs are opened
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Primarily aimed at the gaming audiences, Discord is a successful chat app that has gained 150 million users and 19 million daily users. In a podcast with the tech outlet Recode, Discord CEO Jason Citron shared the company's plan to increase the revenue stream for the popular service.
So far, the app's only revenue stream has been Discord Nitro which costs $5 a month and whose bonuses are limited to niche features like custom emotes and animated avatars. But according to Citron, Discord will soon start making money by becoming a game storefront. Once Discordstarts selling games, Discord Nitro will become a gaming subscription service much akin to EA Access and Xbox Game Pass which offers an "all-you-can-eat buffet" of games.
He believes that Discord's social features that allow users to check what their friends are playing will create a synergy with the storefront. Rather than selling every game on the market or focusing on major titles, Citron stated that the goal of the Discord store is to recommend small but interesting titles based on what friends are playing. He compared the service's vision to a local bookstore that understands its customers and can provide reliable recommendations.
While Citron did not share any timeline for the new service, Discord's transformation may not be too far off. According to Variety, Discord will launch a beta test for the game store service this Thursday for 50,000 randomly selected users in Canada. Discord Nitro users will be able to play the following 10 games for free:
Saints Row: The Third
Metro: Last Light Redux
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
Tormentor X Punisher
Kingdom: New Lands
System Shock Enhanced Edition
Super Meat Boy
Also, the store will start selling the following games:
Into the Breach
The Banner Saga 3
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
This is the Police 2
Discord is also planning a new program called First on Discord. First on Discord games are the ones that Discord 'helped bring to life' and are exclusive to the servicefor the first 90 days after launch. However, there won't be any First on Discord games at the store launch.
Starting from the addition of the games tab back in June, Discord is on track to become a total gaming solution that reaches beyond text and voice chat. This vision inherently clashes with Steam, all the more because Steam is also trying to take on Discord by overhauling the chat experience. The competition and rivalry between the two services is something to watch out for during the next few months.