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6 days ago

Rampage in peace: Fortnite firm Epic end Unreal Tournament development

For those of us of a certain age, 'Epic' means 'Unreal' - but, of course, for those of you of a certain, rather younger age, 'Epic' means 'Fortnite.' A very stupid part of my brain couldn't quite let go of the idea that all this cartoony battle royale business was just a temporary distraction for Epic, and soon enough they'd go back to making Unreal…

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3 months ago

Feature: GPUs and HDR explained

What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven't been put off by the astronomical prices of the [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"]s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you'll find a…

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9 months ago

Epic set Paragon assets free for Unreal Engine games

Parts of Epic's third-person shooter MOBA Paragon will survive after the game shuts down in April. Epic today released thousands of Paragon's character models, map props, textures, voiced lines, and more free for all Unreal Engine 4 games to use. If you're prototyping or could use a few bits to spruce your game up, hey, have a dig. Epic say it cost them over $12,000,000…

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11 months ago

Epic to shut down struggling MOBA Paragon in April

I'd always gotten the impression that Paragon - Epic's hybrid third-person shooter/MOBA hybrid - was maintaining a decently sized playerbase, even if it wasn't keeping up with the likes of Smite, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. Epic Games have announced their plans to close down the game on April 26th, and are offering full and direct refunds to anyone who put money…

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Future of Epic’s Paragon looks gloomy as Fortnite Battle Royale prospers

Epic Games have confirmed that updates for Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA, are slowing down, and that they have drafted people from the team to help on the runaway success that is Fortnite Battle Royale. While over 40 million people have downloaded Fortnite Battle Royale in under four months, according to Epic, Paragon has not found nearly the same success. In a candid public post, Epic…

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2 years ago

Talk about: Epic’s Paragon adding pop star warrior

1) I am delighted that Paragon, the Epic Games MOBA whose characters mostly resemble GrIm and GrItTy Todd McFarlane toys, has released a music video to announce that its next warrior is a pop star. 2) I'm disappointed that Shinbi's costume is so bland! She seems to be a generic idea for a generic K-pop or J-pop star (or A-pop, Pip suggests, thanks to the…

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Feature: Rebuilding Epic's MOBA

Paragon’s entire map is about to change: here’s why

"Monolith is more than just a new map, it's really our reimagining of what we actually wanted Paragon to be in the first place and it's our better attempt at delivering that." Monolith is the rescaled and rebuilt map which each match of Epic's third-person MOBA [official site] is played on. Lead hero designer, Cameron Winston, is the one telling me about its development. Monolith…

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Paragon Gets A New Hero, The Countess

Epic Games' free-to-play MOBA Paragon [official site] received a spooky new hero this week, the Countess. She's a lean, mean, fighting machine, and specializes in misdirection and unpredictability. You can utilize her best in hit-and-fade type attacks as she's an expert at picking off single targets quickly and then vanishing before the opposition can react.

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Smash And Shoot In Paragon’s Free Open Beta

The shooty third-person MOBA Paragon [official site] has entered its free open beta, taunting Overwatch and Smite loyalists to come see what all the fuss is about. It’s been in early access since March but has cast off the $20 entrance fee for now. Oh, there’s also a cinematic trailer with a man pumping you up and goading you to be aggressive, like a psychopathic…

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Paragon Adds Thorny New Hero Next Week

Paragon [official site] is getting a new hero in the tiny but mighty fairy fighter The Fey. She's a support character harnessing the power of nature to really annoy the opposition. She specializes in crowd control and commands a number of area of effect abilities to ensnare your foes while doling out blasts of pixie dust (fine, energy damage).

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Epic Games Sues Creator Of “Powerful” Paragon Hack

Last week Epic Games, the developers of the early access MOBA Paragon [official site], filed a lawsuit in the state of California over the creation of a powerful suite of hacks allegedly created by a German player. Including an aimbot, triggerbot, and 2D and 3D radar, the defendant, Robin Kreibich, was reportedly selling the hack online for a monthly subscription fee (via Polygon).

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3 years ago

Epic’s Shooty MOBA Paragon Boots Up GRIM.exe

The MOBA rush has passed the point of straight-up copying DotA and LoL, and moved into the more interesting phase of lifting bits and easing them into other genres. Unreal and Gears of War creator Epic's own crack at this is Paragon [official site], merging MOBA and third-person shooter (Monday Night Combat was ahead of its time, man). Paragon will be free-to-play eventually and launches…

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Flash Bang Wallop! Nvidia Ansel’s Screenshot Tools

Nvidia have unveiled their next top-end GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080, which they say can draw lots of really nice pictures really fast. Look, I'm sure Jeremy and his Week in Tech will have more to say about that soon, but what's interesting to me is the software they announced alongside it. Nvidia Ansel will let people take fancier screenshots, pausing the action to rearrange…

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Giveaway: 500 Paragon Early Access Founder’s Packs

We've got 500 keys to give away for Paragon [official site], Epic's third-person science fantasy MOBA. It takes the now traditional three lane setup in which each lane is protected by towers and minions and uses its third-person perspective as an opportunity to use height to provide and obscure vision. Its closest relative is Smite, but it feels more like a shooter, leaning on its…

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Iggy & Scorch Singe Their Way Into Paragon

Iggy & Scorch have now joined the battlefields of Epic's third-person MOBA, Paragon [official site]. They're classed as a single character but consist of a kind of dinosaur/pyromaniac double act. A dinomaniac, perhaps. I've had a chance to have a kickabout with the pair of them and find out what their actual deal is so here's the skinny. The 411. The lowdown. The field report.…

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Iggy & Scorch – A Pyro-Saur Combo – Joining Paragon

Epic's Paragon [official site] is getting a duo as its next playable character in the form of dino-and-pyro double-act Iggy & Scorch. They count as a single character, I do believe so no Cho'Gall pantomime horse shenanigans for this particular MOBA as yet. Let's take a closer look and I will try to fish some words out of my head that aren't DINOSAUR DINOSAUR DINOSAUR…

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Paragon Adds Hammer-Wielding Wraith, Sevarog

Paragon [official site] has added its first new hero since it launched into paid early access earlier this month. Sevarog, a tanky guy who eats souls and carries an enormous hammer, will now be stalking the jungle bits of the first-person MOBA map. I'll probably try to play as him later tonight and see what his deal is but for some reason I have to…

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Paragon: Epic Announce Early Access Prices, Dates

Epic's third-person shooter-ish MOBA, Paragon [official site], now has an early access release date – 18 March. The game will eventually go free-to-play with the full release in the summer but if you want to play before then you can buy your way in via a Founder's Pack or, if you've signed up for the beta, there will also be a number of beta weekends…

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Feature: Bonus bits

Paragon Interview: Why Epic Are Making A MOBA & More

You can read about Paragon, Epic's new MOBA, over here, but there were parts I had to cut out of the feature for flow and length. If you're wondering about the game's replay system, crossplay with consoles, approach to chat toxicity, and why Epic are making a MOBA in the first place, read on for some bonus materials from my conversation with creative director Steve…

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