Posts Tagged ‘Epic Games’

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 developers legacy in that other genre.

Eventually Paragon will be free-to-play, but like many MOBAs it’s begun life in a paid early access period, access to which costs $20. This code will get you in now for free.

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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. The… what do young people say when imparting information nowadays?

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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 even though it’s Friday and I’m just looking at the video and thinking 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 put all of my settings down to their lowest and that makes me sad. So I guess this evening will be “trying to see if I can fix that” and THEN “trying Sevarog”.

While I fiddle around with settings and drivers and other things that make me cross let’s run through what we know, starting with Sevarog’s look:

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Unreal Tournament Now Chilling On Monastery Map

These days, Epic Games are known more for their Unreal Engine than the games which game the tech its name. Up go the cries of “The youth of today…!” and “High school computing students should know the name Steven Polge!” and “Get off my lawn!” and “I’m sorry, I just… how did my life become this?” and “Why? I… why this? Why me?” etc.

While it seems unlikely Epic will make another Unreal game again, they are making a new Unreal Tournament [official site], the multiplayer spin-off series. Delightfully, the FPS is entirely free and Epic release work-in-progress builds regularly. Why, only yesterday they released one with a new map all finished and fancied-up!

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“Microsoft Is Moving Against The Entire PC Industry”, Says Epic Founder

Tim Sweeney, programmer and co-founder of Epic Games, says that “we must fight” Microsoft and their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, which makes certain Windows 10 features only available to developers who agree to sell their game via the official Windows Store.

This is from an op-ed in The Guardian where Sweeney outlines his objections, arguing that “this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made” and that “Microsoft is moving against the entire PC industry – including consumers (and gamers in particular), software developers such as Epic Games, publishers like EA and Activision, and distributors like Valve and Good Old Games.”

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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 during the early access period where you can play free of charge. Here’s how it’ll work:

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