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YAGER’s ‘The Cycle’ Season 3 Now Available

I have to admit that I have The Cycle installed, have since the very first season, but I still haven’t found the time to get into it. I think part of that is that it looks right up my alley and I’m afraid it’ll suck up all the free time I have left, but from the looks of the third season I might have to bite the bullet and give it a shot at long last.

Season Three brings in a couple additions in trains and a new space station, but also has a boatload of player-centric improvements like revamped social features, a new crafting system, skill-based matchmaking, and esports support.

That skill-based matchmaking might make it just too tempting to fire it up, but we’ll see what the weekend brings.

Here’s the press release:


All Aboard! The Cycle Season 3 Adds Moving Trains and a New Space Station

YAGER’s competitive quest shooter gets even better with revamped social, crafting and competitive features

BERLIN  July 8, 2020 – The third season of YAGER’s competitive quest shooter The Cycle is here! Season 3 introduces a big showstopper: Prospect Station, a new social hub for all players. In this bustling space station orbiting Fortuna III, you’re free to interact with other players, grab new missions, craft items for your next match and more. Spend less time in menus in your new home away from home!

Season 3 also raises the stakes with a new setpiece contract on a moving Mag Train available on both maps. As the train loops around the environment, squads must battle to get on board and keep it locked down, forcing players to use whatever cover they can find in close-quarters combat without falling off!

There’s a ton of other new content added with Season 3 today, as well, including:

  • A total revamp of the crafting system, scrapping the old artificial resource system and streamlining it with a single soft currency for all items and mods, making it easier to manage your resources and craft what you want when you want it.
  • New starter shotgun and assault rifle, designed to help newcomers flesh out their arsenal.
  • New features for The Cycle’s competitive scene, including support for esports tournaments and the introduction of skill-based matchmaking.
  • Two new playable Prospectors: Primetime, a streamer with a flashy LCD outfit, and Ronin, a sci-fi samurai.
  • Recall Recharge: A new mechanic which allows you to recharge your recall battery, essentially letting you gain a life back if you lose it.
  • A new context-sensitive ping system for contracts, making it easier to communicate and coordinate with your squad.

Season 3 also introduces new free and premium (Gold) versions of the Fortuna Pass, The Cycle’s exclusive season pass, each offering a variety of in-game currency and rewards like weapons, skins, emotes, banners, sprays and more. This season’s free pass features over 50 unlockable rewards. The Gold pass features more than 150 rewards (including those from the free pass), as well as the two new Prospectors and special challenges and customization elements for them both.

In addition, players can claim the new “Rogue Starter Pack” for free on The Cycle’s Epic Games Store page from now until July 22. This limited-time bundle of exclusive in-game items not available anywhere else includes the new Rogue Thrill Seeker Prospector, plus a unique vehicle, melee weapon and weapon skin (total value 40 USD/35 EUR).

The Cycle is an action-packed competitive quest shooter: complete jobs, defeat hostile lifeforms, gear up with new weapons and powers, out-score other prospectors, and make it off the planet alive before it kills you. The Cycle delivers a competitive multiplayer experience where everyone can survive, but how you stake your claim can make all the difference. Form squads with friends, make uneasy alliances with strangers, or go it alone — the choice is yours!

Season 3 of The Cycle is free to play now on PC via the Epic Games Store. For more information, visit www.TheCycle.game.


About YAGER
YAGER is an independent developer of computer and video games based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1999 by five dedicated developers and artists, its focus is the creation of vivid and meaningful high-quality gaming experiences. Today, 20 years after its foundation, a strong international team of game-loving developers is hard at work bringing YAGER’s vision of gaming to life as an independent self-publishing studio. www.yager.de

Hunt: Showdown Releases on Xbox One

Hunt: Showdown is relentlessly intense, with enemies and other players both hunting you in a remarkably atmospheric recreation of the Louisiana swamps. The game puts players in the role of a bounty hunter tracking down supernatural enemies, competing against other players to find and defeat the target.
Played either solo in as part of a duo, Hunt: Showdown ramps up the tension through the use of permadeath – though the system has been tweaked multiple times through the lengthy beta period so I’m interested to see how it works in retail.
Hunt: Showdown hits retail on Xbox One today, and is already available on PC. Look for a review soon!

Here’s the press release:


Hunt: Showdown Launches on Xbox One

Crytek’s hit online multiplayer bounty hunting game is officially out now on Xbox One

FRANKFURT, Germany – Sept. 20, 2019  Today Xbox One players can finally get their hands on the official release of Crytek’s tense and atmospheric online multiplayer bounty hunting game, Hunt: Showdown. At launch, players will also be able to grab the game’s first Legendary DLC pack – “Legends of the Bayou.” Hunt: Showdown is available on Xbox One for $39.99/€39.99, or bundled with the “Legends of the Bayou” DLC for $44.99/€44.99. The game’s soundtrack – which was released at the end of August – is available on all major digital music platforms, such as SpotifyiTunes, and Amazon Music.
“The team has really put their heart and soul into this game,” said Hunt Producer Fatih Özbayram. “We wanted to make an experience that was tense, atmospheric, and, above all, fun. We can’t wait to see what the Xbox community thinks!”
Xbox One X players can expect 1800p resolution – as well as better texture filtering, a larger texture pool, a higher quality water shader, and improved SVOTI, shadow quality, and anti-aliasing.
Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person bounty hunting game that packs the thrill of survival games into a match-based format. Set in Louisiana in 1895, the game boasts a mixture of PvP and PvE elements that creates a uniquely tense experience. It’s not just the monstrous targets that are a threat—it’s every Hunter on the map. In the classic game mode, a match of Hunt pits ten players—playing solo or in teams of two—against each other as they race to take out gruesome beasts for a bounty they must collect and get off of the map, while Hunt’s Quick Play mode offers a shorter match for solo players to scavenge for weapons as they compete for a diminishing pool of bounty. The higher the risk, the higher the reward – but a single mistake could cost everything.
The “Legends of the Bayou” DLC gives players access to two formidable Legendary Hunter characters – the Bone Doctor and Weird Sister – plus two unique weapons, including the Copperhead, a Nagant M1895 named for the ubiquitous indigenous snake, as well as 500 Blood Bonds that can be used to customize Hunter characters. Those who already own the game can purchase the DLC alone for $9.99/€9.99.
Hunt is also available for Windows PC on Steam. For more information, visit https://www.huntshowdown.com.
About Crytek
Crytek is an independent videogame developer, publisher, and technology provider dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming with its cutting-edge 3D game development solution CRYENGINE. With headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and studios in Kiev (Ukraine) and Istanbul (Turkey), Crytek has created multiple award-winning titles, including the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Son of RomeWarfaceThe ClimbRobinson: The Journey and Hunt: Showdown. Crytek delivers fun and innovative gaming experiences for PC, consoles, and VR and continues to grow its reach in the games-as-a-service market. Every Crytek game is created with CRYENGINE, which can be used by anyone to create games.
For more information, visit www.crytek.com and www.cryengine.com.

Crossplay Comes to 'World War Z' in Season 2 Free Content Drops

World War Z’s post-launch support has really helped keep the co-op zombie shooter at the top of gamers ‘must play’ lists since it launched, and that continues with the reveal of Season 2’s free content road map.
The highlight for me is crossplay, which will open up the ability to play with some friends who have it on different platforms, but I’m not going to turn down a pair of new PvE missions, an all-new wave-based horde mode, a new zombie type, a new weapon, and new cosmetics.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out World War Z, check out this gameplay from YouTuber jackfrags:

Here’s the press release:


NEW WORLD WAR Z ROADMAP TEASES SECOND SEASON OF FREE CONTENT

New PvE missions, horde mode, crossplay support and more coming soon to the hit co-op shooter

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. – Sept. 19, 2019 – Saber Interactive, in partnership with Focus Home Interactive, has shared a first look at the roadmap for the second season of free content coming to World War Z, the best-selling action-packed co-op shooter inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film. Fans can expect a huge variety of new goodies in the coming months, including:

  • Two challenging new PvE missions set in Moscow and New York.
  • The highly anticipated introduction of a wave-based horde mode – Horde Mode Z.
  • A dangerous new zombie type.
  • PvE crossplay support.
  • The ability to prestige rank up for new weapon skins and perks.
  • A fiery new weapon and new cosmetic items.

World War Z’s first season of free content included the Weekly Challenge mode, “The Undead Sea” Tokyo mission, and the six-skulls extreme difficulty setting, as well as several other treats for players.
Powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm EngineWorld War Z unleashes hundreds of fast-moving, bloodthirsty zombies at a time, able to move and strike as one collective herd, as well as break off as individual attackers. Choose from six distinct classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps. Outlive the dead through intense four-player co-op campaign missions around the world, including New York, Jerusalem, Moscow and Tokyo, and battle both zombies and real human opponents in competitive, team-based Players vs. Players vs. Zombies (PvPvZ) multiplayer.
World War Z is out now digitally and at major retailers on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, plus Windows PC via the Epic Games store. For more information, visit http://wwzgame.com, and follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WWZGame, Twitter @WWZTheGame, and Instagram @WWZGame.
About Saber Interactive
Based in the U.S., Russia and Spain, Saber Interactive is an independent developer whose credits include the 2019 hit World War ZQuake ChampionsHalo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryHalo: The Master Chief Collection and others. Saber’s NBA Playgrounds is one of the best-selling digital console titles of 2017. The company has multiple development studios across the world making great games and bringing fun interactive experiences to life.
About Focus Home Interactive
Focus Home Interactive is a French publisher based in Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles (GreedFall, A Plague Tale: InnocenceVampyrFarming SimulatorCall of CthulhuInsurgency: Sandstorm) that have become benchmark titles worldwide, available both in store and for download across the world. Focus publishes games on all major platforms, consoles and PC. The publisher’s catalogue will get even richer in the coming months and years with eagerly awaited games such as The Surge 2SnowRunner and many more.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.