Diablo 4’s latest update, patch 1.3.2, is here and if you’re a dedicated player you’ll be happy to hear that you can finally craft that one Uber Unique item you’ve been missing. At least you can if you’re prepared to put the work in.
When is the Skate 4 release date? While we’ve seen plenty of early footage of Skate 4 already, EA’s upcoming Skate revival is a rare case of a triple-A studio showing off very early in-development footage of a game. Though we’ve seen plenty of Skate 4, we can also clearly see it’s not ready yet. It’s already been over a decade since the last Skate game, so we can hold on a little longer.
The first Skate was among the most innovative skateboard games around, from its analog control scheme and semi open-world game structure to its more realistic, less edgy representation of the skating scene. The development team behind Skate 3 was disbanded after its release in 2010, and the series’ community has been consistently bombarding EA message boards with questions about the series and its potential return ever since. Now, the team is very open about the development process for Skate 4, so here’s what we know so far.
A Diablo 4 hotfix is out now that dramatically boosts the rewards offered by the Lunar shrines and Ancestor’s Favor sigils in the Blizzard RPG’s ongoing limited-time event. The Diablo 4 Lunar Awakening event introduces powerful new shrine variants, but they can feel a little less exciting once you’ve already earned all the event rewards. That should be rectified somewhat with this new update, and the team says it’s also working on a fix for players that are unable to redeem cosmetic items.
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Paralives, the independently-developed life simulation game suspected to be coming for The Sims 4‘s crown, has received a long-awaited news update on when we might really get to play it. The development team led by Alex Massé released a seven-minute gameplay video and accompanying blog post last night, which also addressed their plans for DLC (the elephant in the simulated living room), and ended with the announcement that an early access release is planned for an as-yet-unspecified date in 2025.
Paralives was announced back in 2019 and currently pulls in £27.5K/$33K monthly via Massé’s Patreon, which is amazing when you consider that these seven minutes are the most footage we’ve ever seen in one go of the game’s all-important Live Mode; to say nothing of the fact that this is the first time the team have let slip a hint of a release window for the game. Clearly there’s plenty of appetite among players for a serious challenger to go toe-to-toe with EA’s behemoth Sims franchise.
In case there was any doubt remaining, Paralives is clearly squaring up to The Sims with yesterday’s announcement that all updates and expansions will be free, including those released after the game’s eventual V1.0 launch out of early access, and that the game will never branch out into paid DLC. (Quick reminder that a full complement of The Sims 4’s DLC would currently set you back over a grand, with no signs of new content releases slowing down; while collecting every little add-on available for The Sims 3 honest-to-goodness costs as much as outright purchasing a family home in some parts of Wales.)
It seems Diablo 4’s troubles are very much not behind it. After it looked like Blizzard had learned some key lessons from the reaction to the game’s launch, and the disastrous first post-launch balance patch, the developer has seemingly – and inexplicably – reset the clock with Season 3.
Season of the Construct is a strange step backwards in both its focus, along with the mechanics and seasonal quest it introduced. It makes it appear fairly slight for what is the third major content update. You could tell that Blizzard knew it, too, having very quickly tried to make the best of the situation with wide-sweeping buffs, and other changes that lessen the effects of Season 3’s controversial mechanics. All of that is especially alarming coming off the solid Season 2, which truly made it feel like the game had started coming into its own.
As luck would have it, however, the current situation has played right into the hands of Diablo 4’s first big competitor this year: Last Epoch.
With The Sims 4 now almost a decade old, one of the most exciting rivals to EA’s long-standing champion of the life sim genre has outlined its plans for launch. Paralives is now coming in 2025, and in a new gameplay overview video the team behind the Patreon-funded upcoming PC game, helmed by team lead Alex Massé, states that it will never put out paid DLC after launch, committing to “only free expansions.”