Travis4

Joined 01/23/2012

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If you've been on this site much, you know we love Terraria, and that we've been waiting for the next update for quite some time. Well, we only have a little longer to wait, as Terraria will receive the Journey's End update this year. It will naturally be free, as all updates have been.

The name "Journey's End" certainly sounds final, and that's what Re Logic has in mind. This will be the last major update to the game, with only bug fixes, balancing, small things like that. What had been teased as 1.3.6 has become 1.4 because of the massive changes they've added.

Shortly after this was shown at E3, the official forums got the news in full, with all the changes coming, including:


  • Terraria: Journey’s End includes a full re-visit to all elements of Terraria. Over time, some things may have felt left behind or made obsolete by newer content. No more! Old things made new and new elements added to flesh out the overall experience – think you know all there is to know about Terraria? Think again!

  • Terraria: Journey’s End will include over 800 new items for players to find or craft!

  • Terraria: Journey’s End adds new foes to defeat and challenges to overcome as you seek fortune and glory.

  • Terraria: Journey’s End will see a full revamp of world generation – including overall improvements and a handful of new mini-biomes to explore.

  • Quality of Life improvements abound in Terraria: Journey’s End! From Block Swap to the Void Vault, these will ensure that the player spends more time doing what they enjoy most – and having more fun at the same time.

  • Terraria: Journey’s End will see the addition of an in-game Bestiary. As players defeat higher numbers of any given foe, they will learn more about them – from key statistics to even what each foe can drop as loot!

  • Terraria: Journey’s End will bring the hallowed game of Golf to Terraria. Golf? That’s right, Golf. Trust us, it is insanely fun – so get your golf skills up to par now!

  • Terraria: Journey’s End will add an all new difficulty mode. Beyond the existing Expert Mode, this is intended to be a true challenge for the most experienced and skilled Terrarians – a true gauntlet for the best of the best. Will your gaming skills and creativity be up to the task?

  • Terraria: Journey's End adds in all new and enhanced weather effects.



I cannot wait to get my hands on this. While I'm sad that this will be the last major update, at the same time it's cool to have this capstone to kinda tie things up. Even if we never get a Terraria 2, this has been a hell of a ride.

I'm absolutely sure that shortly after this drops, we'll have a new Cheerful Ghost server to play on, so stay tuned for that!

Read the full announcement here: https://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/re-logic-announces-terraria-journeys-end-at-e3.80018/

And for a full list of all the teasers we've been fed over the past couple years, the wiki has you covered: https://terraria.gamepedia.com/Upcoming_features


Bethesda kicked off their presentation with Todd acknowledging the missteps Fallout 76 had at launch, but praising the community for helping fix things. And it's true. It was a mess back in November, but it's fantastic now. Not perfect, there's still plenty to do, but we got some sneak peeks at what's to come among the announcements. Here's what's coming over the next year for Bethesda:


  • Fallout 76 is, as mentioned above, getting some big updates. The Nuclear Winter update coming this summer brings a battle royale mode to the game, which... is odd. But OK. I will play it to get any items that I really want, and then ignore it but if people want it, it's cool that it's there. Based on the players I've interacted with, though, I'm not sure how popular it will be.

    In addition, the Wastelanders update coming this fall brings humans back to the region after the scorched plague drove them off (or killed them, or turned them into weird sentient zombies. But not the cool non-feral ghouls). It will also bring a new quest line with factions and game altering decisions. THIS is the one that is most interesting to me.

    Finally, tomorrow begins a week-long free trial, so get your Bethesda launchers ready folks (I'm panickedthumb there, by the way)

  • The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a new expansion, Elsweyr, that takes you to the Khajit homeland and there are some dragons to fight.

  • The Elder Scrolls Legends is getting an Elsewyr card set to go along with the Online expansion

  • Ghostwire Tokyo is the next game from the makers of The Evil Within, and it looks like either The Leftovers or the Thanos Snap in Tokyo, with some seriously creepy vibes. I want to see more about this, I have no idea what kind of game it is, but I'm intrigued.

  • If you told me 3 hours ago that I'd be typing the following sentence I'd have said you're crazy: We're getting an online, free-to-play, cartoon-styled Commander Keen game. Yeah, what a time to be alive! I'll definitely check this out but much like the above, I don't really know what kind of game this is.

  • Arkane is bringing us Deathloop, a game where two people are re-living the same time loop. One person wants to keep the loop alive, one wants to break it. Trouble ensues.

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood looks suitably amazing. If you've played the recent Wolfenstein games this will look very familiar but now you can play co-op. It's more Wolfenstein, and therefore it's awesome

  • Rage 2 is getting frequent small updates, including some new vehicles and a mech suit soon, and the new expansion is coming later this summer.

  • Orion is Bethesda's new streaming tech that can be included in any game, and increase streaming performance by reducing the required bandwidth to stream. As a dev I *really* want to know how they're pulling this off.

  • Doom Eternal looks amazing. So amazing. The same insanity from Doom, but with far more veritcality and a focus on world traversal. You have a grappling hook for one, but there are also other platforming elements added. The end result is something that's even more fast paced, and the twitch shooting is ramped up significantly with so many more interesting ways to take out an enemy. This one launches November 22.


  • As a lover of Fallout 76, the Wastelander update is a big draw for me, but my hat tip has to go to Doom Eternal for this presentation. I NEED IT NOW.

    Day 1 was a blast, and I'll be back tomorrow with more updates.


Microsoft brought their A game to E3 this year. Their focus is definitely on games, games, and more games, mostly third-party, but they're doing a damn fine job of selling Xbox as the way to go. I'm not going to get into everything because there was a lot, but here are some highlights.


  • Xbox Game Pass for Windows is a new service that costs $9.99 a month and gets you access to 100+ games on Windows, much like their Xbox Game Pass for consoles, and EA's similar offering for Origin. If you have an Xbox One as well, you can get both game passes and Xbox Live Gold for $14.99 a month.

  • Xbox Scarlett (probably a codename) is the next Xbox console, coming April 2020. They claim significantly increased performance with 8k resolution and 120fps in some games. They're also putting a focus on load times, and making cloud gaming a priority. They mentioned playing four generations of games on it, so it seems like their backwards compatibility is still going strong.

  • Speaking of streaming, Project xCloud is coming this October and will let you stream games from your console at home to nearly any device, anywhere in the world, for free.

  • Halo Infinite will be a Scarlett launch title and it looks gorgeous, but we didn't really see any gameplay.

  • Borderlands 3 got a new trailer and it looks as amazing as ever. In addition, the new Borderlands 2 DLC rumors were confirmed, and you can play it right now. After the show, IGN sat down with some folks from Gearbox for a gameplay demo of Maze the gunner, on one of the many varied planets you can visit. You can check out that gameplay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWtFYMeBGjI

  • Cyberpunk 2077 is now my most anticipated game for the next year, and it's not even because Keanu Reeves is in it. This game has serious depth; even the clothes you wear can affect how the world treats you.

  • Gears of War 5 is coming out September 10, and has a new interesting multiplayer co-op mode where you have to kill everything and GTFO fast.

  • Minecraft Dungeons is coming next Spring. Imagine Minecraft aesthetic with Diablo-style gameplay. It sounds odd but it looks very interesting. They're focusing on accessibility but will have depth to keep people of all skill levels happy.

  • Doublefine has been acquired by Microsoft Game Studios, and we got a new trailer for Psychonauts 2.



EA isn't really at E3, but that didn't stop them from doing their own presentation the day before E3 kicked off. It's a massive three-hour show that you can watch above, but here are some highlights:

  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order by Respawn is the first single-player Star Wars game since the Lucasfilm sale went through, and it looks like a doozy. Stig Asmussen, who worked on God of War 1 - 3, and was the director of God of War 3, is directing Jedi Fallen Order, and it shows. A lot of the world traversal feels like some of the stuff we saw in the old God of War games. The combat looks very Star Warsy, lots of strategic force use, plenty of lightsaber combat. I really like what I've seen here and can't wait to get my hands on it

  • Apex Legends is getting a new playable character, a new gun, and a dragon that will appear in season 2

  • Battlefield V is getting private servers, new multiplayer maps, and will be returning to the Pacific Theater

  • FIFA 2020 is getting a new mode that feels like the old FIFA Street games, and this mode is being targeted as a new player orientation since you have fewer players to handle. The 11v11 mode has gotten some heavy tweaking as well, and they really get into the weeds with details on that. As a soccer fan I've tried FIFA games before and felt a little overwhelmed, this may be my path into actually playing a licensed sports game.

  • Anthem hasn't been very well received, and the devs feel that. Their segment in the presentation was mostly reassurances that they are working to fix things.

  • The Sims 4 is getting a new expansion, Island Living, which gives players some fun in the sun as well as some thematic hazards like volcanoes. A few Sims games are getting some new outfits to celebrate Pride Month




For me the standout has to be Jedi Fallen Order, and it was definitely the setpiece for the stream. As I said up top I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm glad to see EA *finally* doing some single-player stuff with their Star Wars contract.


Edited: The DLC is now out, and free until July 8! I’ve updated the post with the trailer. Enjoy going back to Pandora!

From the “Worst-kept Secrets” department, news emerged today that Borderlands 2 is getting new DLC to bridge the gap between Borderlands 2 and 3.

I say emerged, but in reality a Steam store page popped up for it and was quickly taken down. It’s likely that this was meant to be an E3 surprise but someone published that page too soon.

However, rumors have been circulating about this for a few weeks now. I normally hesitate to post about anything non-confirmed but this is about as close as you can get.

It looks like this DLC will drop on June 9 for the low cost of $0.00 but that could change. And let me stress that this still could be some bizarre mistake, but people grabbed the screenshots from the store page and they don’t appear to be from any previous content, and SteamDB scraped the info before it was taken down. So we do know for sure that it was published. Again, it’s all but confirmed.

The description, before it was taken down, was as follows:

Return to the award winning shooter-looter for a new adventure that sets the stage for the upcoming Borderlands 3. Sanctuary is under siege, the Vault's map has been stolen and a toxic gas is poisoning Pandora. Fight new bosses, explore new zones, get new loot (including an entirely new tier beyond Legendary) and join up with Lilith and the Crimson Raiders to take on a deranged villain hell-bent on ruling the planet

Returning players can pursue an increased level cap of 80, while newcomers can automatically boost to level 30 and dive straight into the action.


And here’s the gallery of screenshots to further entice you: https://m.imgur.com/a/UtflKRy

I may be most interested in that level 30 boost to try out some different characters quickly. How about you? Excited to return to Pandora a little earlier than planned?

If you don’t have the game but you have PlayStation Plus, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free this month, is on sale for $6 on Steam right now, and $9 on Xbox One. These are probably strategic moves to get the game in people’s hands when this DLC was near and drum up hype for Borderlands 3, and it’s a damn good plan.

Hat tip to resetera for the info:
https://www.resetera.com/threads/borderlands-2-commander-lilith-the-fight-for-sanctuary-leaked-by-steam-june-9th-free-dlc.121174/

And SteamDB for grabbing it before it was taken down:
https://steamdb.info/app/872280/history/


We are very excited to announce Cheerful Ghost’s first game, Tale of the White Wyvern! Tale of the White Wyvern is a text based, high fantasy, sword and magic adventure mini-MMO that you can play with your friends! We were inspired by old-school BBS/text games such as Legend of the Red Dragon, Adventure, Zork, and Usurper.

We’re going to jump right in and show you about the game starting with the main game hub, the Town Square.

The Town Square
https://i.imgur.com/Mch5EyI.png

The Town Square is the main area of the Tale of the White Wyvern where you can do anything in game. Do you want to check out the latest armor and weapons, King Frosthelm’s Weaponry and Asadi’s Armor are the places to go! Do you want to take a break from adventuring and chat with friends then head to the Inn to kick up your feet. Are you born to adventure and want to seek out new quests to increase your in-game abilities, then the deep dark of Forkwood Forest is the place!

Forkwood Forest
https://i.imgur.com/I54Ikma.png

Forkwood Forest is the main place you go in Tale of the White Wyvern to fight monsters to gain experience, gold and find secrets. Each player starts out at level 1 and can gain experience by way of fighting in the forest or other players to make it all the way to level 12! Each level allows you the ability to fight tougher and tougher enemies with scaling experience and gold rewards to boot. As with all magical forests random encounters abound for explorers to unlock hidden gems and the like that even the most veteran adventures haven’t found yet.

https://i.imgur.com/tpq6bOc.png

Forkwood Forest is the PvE section of the game and each game day you are awarded a certain number of turns to find monsters and random encounters to gain experience, gold and more.

Fighting in the Fields
https://i.imgur.com/75qBSls.png

Fighting the toughest foes in Forkwood Forest is one of the things you can do in Tale of the White Wyvern, but interacting with other players is much more fun, so that’s why we’ve focused on PvP combat. If you are a brave adventurer or simply running low on gold you can stay in the fields for the night allowing anyone in your level range to challenge you to a fight. If you win you gain quite a lot of experience but if you lose you are only set back a little. Do you fight someone and gain a huge upswing of experience or do you play it safe and stay in the Inn? It’s up to you but the safety staying in the Inn for the night comes with a cost in terms of gold for the room rental and has a huge upside in that your foes have to pay the Inn Keeper to attack you and the person staying in the Inn always gets the first hit.

We kept an eye to make fights fair and as a lower level player you won’t be able to be attacked by people that far out-class you. For instance, players can only attack people that are at the same level or a higher level than they are or one level lower. So for instance as a level 5 player you can attack other level 5 players all the way up to level 12 and and also level 4 players but you can’t attack anyone from level 3 or below. We thought that if you wanted to take the risk to attack a higher level player, you should be able to, but we didn’t want high level players killing people much lower in power to them.

We’re open to hearing what people think of PvP combat and are open to balancing things as the game moves into beta and launch. The goal of the game is to be fun so let us know how it plays!

The Hype Train To Launch

Tale of the White Wyvern is a free to play sword and magic game that will never be pay to win. We have some fun text-based cosmetic items coming for Cheerful Ghost Patreon Members and as the game gets closer to launch we’ll talk more about that. With that, we wanted everyone a chance to get some in-game awesomeness at launch so when the game launches if you retweet our launch post and reply to the tweet chain with your Cheerful Ghost profile URL you will be rewarded with some awesome in-game rewards. You will be rewarded with the “Original Hype” Tale of the White Wyvern player title as well as 400 in game gold and 2 gems! This Hype Train pack will only be available to people that help share the news of the game at launch and will be available to any new players that do so six months after the game launch. If you’re not on Twitter just send us a screenshot of your social media post and your Cheerful Ghost profile URL and you will get the Hype Train pack!

Even if you share the news of the game multiple times you can only get the Hype Train pack once per account!

There are many more fun parts to Tale of the White Wyvern that we haven’t written about today so expect to hear more about the game as we get closer to launch. Feel free to hit us with questions and if there are things you want to hear more about, let us know.

We’ve recorded a special episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio where we talk a lot more about the game so if you are interested you can listen to that episode on this post or subscribe to us on the Podcast client of your choice.

Tale of the White Wyvern is in development and will launch sometime this summer and for more information on the upcoming beta come back to Cheerful Ghost and follow us on Twitter.

We also have the White Wyvern game site up at the URL below so check it out and I urge you to let the game hype flow!

https://thewhitewyvern.com/
https://twitter.com/_cheerfulghost


Death Stranding, the weird-ass game from Kojima that had many people scratching their heads a few years ago at E3, has a new trailer and I gotta say... I'm still scratching my head.

Not in a bad way. At least now there's something more concrete. This game looks absolutely stunning and the cast is phenomenal. Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Guillermo de Toro, Troy Baker... I'd watch that movie. Instead, we get to play it.

Kojima tweeted some info about it to further clarify:

People have built "Walls" and become accustomed to living in isolation.

"DEATH STRANDING" is a completely new type of action game, where the player's goal is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society. All elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of "Strand", or connection.

As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to "Bridge" these divisions, and in doing so, create new bonds or "Strands" with other players around the globe.

Through your experience playing the game, I hope you'll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others.

Now please enjoy the latest Death Stranding trailer.

Hideo Kojima


So yeah, I'm interested. I'm going to hold my enthusiasm until we get some reviews in I think because I barely know what the gameplay will even be like at this point, but I'm far beyond intrigued.


In this episode, we talk about what we've played and watched over the last month, the new decision from the WHO to recognize Gaming Disorder as an illness, the new details Nintendo dropped about Super Mario Maker 2, and Jon and Travis share their first thoughts on Rage 2.

If you think you may be affected by Gaming Disorder, please see the WHO's description: https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en#/http%3a%2f%2fid.who.int%2ficd%2fentity%2f1448597234

If you need help finding treatment, please see the SAMHSA National Helpline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

And if you feel like you are a danger to yourself, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Travis gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Travis gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Much like the Power Glove, this episode is so bad. Hopefully you'll think it's "bad" like the 90s slang, not like... actually bad. Come join us as we discuss one of the greatest games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3, and the legacy it has left, including visual media like The Wizard and Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3!


Avengers: Endgame is thrilling MCU fans and dusting box office records. In this episode we review the conclusion to the Infinity Saga, make some ludicrous Star Wars Episode IX predictions, and talk about what we've been playing and watching over the past month.

Since this episode is a big one, if you want to skip around here's how to find each section:

0:00 - Intro
1:00 - What we've been playing and watching
17:08 - Star Wars Episode IX trailer reactions and predictions
34:01 - Avengers: Endgame spoiler-free thoughts
41:26 - Avengers: Endgame super-spoilery thoughts
1:03:48 - Predictions we had for Avengers: Endgame and how right we were (Thanks Will and Adam for submitting yours!)
1:12:29 - Questions and issues we had about Avengers: Endgame
1:20:53 - Our Ghost Scale review of Avengers: Endgame


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