Dragon Age: Inquisition, Trespasser DLC.

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Well, that sure was quick! Within less than a month after the release of ‘The Descent’ yet another DLC-package for Dragon Age: Inquisition has been announced. The DLC, entitled ‘Trespasser’, is set two years after the events of the main campaign and looks to carry the story to a big finish. Trespasser will be the last DLC for Inquisition, due to release September 8.

What happens to a world-saving organization when the world no longer needs saving?

Having saved the world of Thedas by closing the Breach, your next mission will determine the future of the Inquisition. Your mark suddenly glows, erupting with magic connected to the Fade. Assassins attack in shadow. An invasion of enemies begins.

Win a race against time to face a great evil before it is too late. In this story-based expansion, playable after the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition, you will embark on a last adventure with your team to confront the one who started it all.

You will face “the disciplined and battle-hardened Qunari army”, be able to “explore diverse, new areas as you fight the threat across the whole of Thedas”, “uncover secrets of the Fade that will change your understanding of the world as you know it” and “prove your skill with a new, optional gameplay mode that challenges even the most seasoned veteran”.

Exciting stuff. Click Read more for a trailer!

BioWare was a bit quicker in announcing Trespasser than it did with previous DLCs because it requires a character who has completed the main campaign. Does that make sense? Anyway, make haste if you’ve yet have to do so!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Descent DLC.

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I was quite surprised today to learn about a new DLC package for Dragon Age: Inquisition called “The Descent”. Apparently, the coming of the DLC-package was announced earlier this month. The Descent is a single-player expansion in which players travel to the depths of a new dungeon, journeying across the Deep Roads in an attempt to “uncover some of Thedas’ darkest secrets.” It won’t be a walk in the park, BioWare says, as the nasty Darkspawn–creatures that fill the dungeon–are no pushovers. The darkspawn are a common enemy in the previous Dragon Age titles.

These guys in the background were not invited!

Fight the darkspawn!

We celebrated Max Payne style!

The Deep Roads are back.

I just recently acquired the “Jaws of Hakkon” DLC and have not been able to find some time to play it yet. Although Dragon Age: Inquisition was one of my favorite games of 2014, the DLC was priced €15 here in the Netherlands. That’s quite a lot so I waited for a sale to acquire it. The Descent DLC bears the same €15 price tag. Let’s wait for another sale I guess..

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Remedy 20th anniversary contest winner.

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Back in June Remedy announced a competition celebrating Remedy’s 20th anniversary. In a video, Sam Lake asked fans to share their Remedy game memories and birthday greetings in video form. The winner of the competition will be flown over to Helsinki and are invited to join Remedy’s birthday party.

And the winners are .. Guillermo and Javier! These two are not unknown to us. They are the creators of the Max Payne inspired fan film, Max Payne: Walhalla. Watch their entry below. Congratulations guys! For more information and other entries, click here to head to Remedy’s blog!

A childhood dream came true.

lakemeet2During this week, gamescom 2015 took place in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom is Europe’s epicenter for games and gamers, much like E3 is for the United States. From where I live (Netherlands) a drive to Cologne would take around an hour. Ever since I suspected Remedy would this year exhibit Quantum Break there again, I hopefully mailed back and forth with their community manager in order to arrange something special for PayneReactor.

Despite Cologne being near my hometown, I never managed to go to gamescom before. So yeah, I was a first timer and I have to say that I was flabbergasted by its scale. All those exhibitors, people, and businesses.. Immense! Since I work at a big consumer electronics retailer I managed to grab a Trade Visitor ticket. Meaning I could enter the Business Area and thus did not have to wait hours on end in order to play some games. If I didn’t have a trade visitor ticket I would probably not have enjoyed gamescom as much as I did now. Various games had waiting lines that took hours to get through. I also met various celebrities in the game world like Geoff Keighley, Randy Pitchford, Major Nelson and others. But also non-public figure heads, namely the developers, were present. I really enjoyed talking to them and get more insight in their games and their development processes.

Suddenly, Remedy’s community manager texted me. “I’ve managed to squeeze you into a private press meeting of Quantum Break. Let’s meet at 4pm!”. At that moment I heard a choir singing. A private walkthrough of Quantum Break would probably be accompanied by Sam Lake, the man I was killing to see for over 15 years. And then, it happened…

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Quantum Break is out on April 5, 2016.

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Sam Lake announced the date during the Xbox One Press conference at Gamescom 2015. Quantum Break was originally expected to be released in 2015, however the game was pushed back into the first quarter of 2016.

The presentation at Gamescom provided a bit more information about the game’s story: When a time traveling experiment goes horribly wrong at the Riverport University, the event not only causes time to start breaking down, but also grants the three main characters—Jack Joyce, Beth Wilder, and Paul Serene—the ability to manipulate time. Jack Joyce (played by actor Shawn Ashmore – Yes, the original model from the previews has been replaced) is fighting with Beth Wilder against Paul Serene (Aiden Gillen) and his corporation Monarch Solutions to reverse the situation.

While gameplay will revolve around the heroes of the game, the live action TV-show will focus on the villains. The TV-show can and will be affected by the choices you make in the proper game. A new trailer has been released to further detail how this unique game plays, which you can check out after clicking “Read more” along with some new screenshots featuring the new cast. For more on Quantum Break, head to the game’s new website.

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