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RAGE 2 Getting Post-Launch Support, But Developer Rejects Games-as-a-Service Label

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RAGE 2 will be updated with fresh content following its debut next month, but the development team has rejected the idea of calling it a games-as-a-service title.

Speaking to GameSpot, id Software studio director Tim Willits confirmed that the developers will add “live events” on occasion to “keep people engaged as we can deliver them more content in the future.”

However, the game will not require an online connection, and players will, reportedly, not miss out by not participating in these activities. Willits emphasised that the development team does not see the post-launch support as falling into the category of games-as-a-service:

“It’s not like a subscription or a free-to-play game. But it will be supported,” he said.

Willits added that the goal with these updates will not be get more money from fans, but rather to show appreciation:

“If you’re gonna dedicate so much of your time, when there are so many other things to do, you want that commitment from the other side. So that’s what we are gonna try to do.”

The full interview delves into some of the background details of RAGE 2, including how the partnership with Avalanche Software has improved the game and how no form of level scaling will be present.

Recently, Willits also reiterated the story focus of the gameRAGE 2 is scheduled to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 14.

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How Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Creates a Living World

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The long-awaited Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 aims to buck the trend of bloated open worlds by giving the world a sense of dynamism.

Speaking to Polygon recently, the game’s narrative lead Brian Mitsoda and senior writer Cara Ellison explained how the team at Hardsuit Labs is bringing the Seattle nights to life.

One of the tropes that the developer is attempting to avoid is that where, in RPGs, “everybody is kind of waiting around for the hero to get there,” according to Mitsoda. Instead, he says that “you have to have characters that feel like they’re part of a world, that they’re not just there for the player’s benefit.” Details on how that will be handled, however, were not forthcoming.

Beyond the characters, though is the world, which Ellison says will be affected by the player’s actions: “[O]ne of the ways that we look at our world is that we are trying to make it really reactive to the way that you play and how you act as a vampire. The more that you break the Masquerade, the more consequences are going to come your way.”

That feedback loop will be important, as feeding on NPCs is the primary method through which the player gains strength. The blood of NPCs carries what the game terms emotional resonance, which is used to power up both active and passive skills.

Speaking about how that plays into the wider world, Mitsoda explains that “You’re always kind of on the hunt, and it’s one of the big parts of the side activities in the game. You’re skulking around on the tops of roofs and looking around for people with strong resonance and figuring out how to best get them in a position where you can feed on them without breaking the Masquerade.”

Since the game’s unveiling back in March, Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive have been releasing details on the game’s factions, the latest of which is the Ventrue. Meanwhile, a narrative RPG based on Vampire: The Masquerade from The Council developer Big Bad Wolf is also in development.

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