2019 BAFTA Game Awards Nominees Announced

The 2019 BAFTA Game Awards are just a few weeks away so of course, it’s time to look at the nominees for the various categories. If you aren’t familiar with the BAFTA Game Awards they are basically the Oscars for games from the UK. BAFTA also gives out awards for film and television, though those are at different award shows. The President of BAFTA is Prince William, the future King. So yes, this is an incredibly big award show, the most prestigious in the industry. To be nominated the game has to have been made in part in the UK. The games also have to be nominated, a process which many studios either don’t know about or don’t care to go through. As a result, you’ll often see the same studios nominated year after year. So, with all of that in mind, here are the nominees.

 

Elite: Dangerous Beyond Chapter 4 - Mining Changes

 

Artistic Achievement

Detroit: Become Human
Gris
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Audio Achievement

Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Tetris Effect

 

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

British Game

11-11: Memories Retold
Forza Horizon 4
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Room: Old Sins
Overcooked 2
Two Point Hospital

 

Debut Game

Beat Saber
Cultist Simulator
Donut County
Florence
Gris
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Evolving Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Elite Dangerous: Beyond
Fortnite
Overwatch
Sea Of Thieves
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

 

Family

Lego Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!
Super Mario Party
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Game Beyond Entertainment

11-11: Memories Retold
Celeste
Florence
Life Is Strange 2
My Child Lebensborn
Nintendo Labo

 

Game Design

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Into The Breach
Minit
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Game Innovation

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
Cultist Simulator
Moss
Nintendo Labo
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Mobile Game

Alto’s Odyssey
Brawl Stars
Donut County
Florence
Reigns: Game Of Thrones
The Room

 

Multiplayer

A Way Out
Battlefield V
Overcooked 2
Sea Of Thieves
Super Mario Party
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Music

Celeste
Far Cry 5
Florence
God Of War
Gris
Tetris Effect

 

Narrative

Florence
Frostpunk
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Original Property

Dead Cells
Florence
Into The Breach
Moss
Return Of The Obra Dinn
Subnautica

 

Performer

Christopher Judge As Kratos In God Of War
Danielle Bisutti As Freya In God Of War
Jeremy Davies As The Stranger In God Of War
Melissanthi Mahut As Kassandra Of Sparta In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Roger Clark As Arthur Morgan In Red Dead Redemption 2
Sunny Suljic As Atreus In God Of War

 

Ee Mobile Game Of The Year (Voted For By The Public)

Brawl Stars
Clash Royale
Fortnite
Old School Runescape
Pokémon Go
Roblox

 

 

Be sure to check out the BAFTA awards show broadcast online live on April 4th to find out who the winners are.

 

Source: BAFTA Official Site

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Old School RuneScape Makes its Mobile Debut

While we’ve known this day was coming for a pretty long while, it’s still nice to get reminded, so consider this that reminder: Today marks the full OSRS Mobile launch, which stuffs the full classic sandbox MMORPG onto your cell phone because technology is pretty freaking amazing when you think about it.

osrs mobile launch

The game’s release appears to have drawn a crowd as the announcement lauds over one million pre-orders or pre-registrations ahead of today’s launch. This is on top of the million players who were already in-game for the Android soft launch and summer Members Beta testing.

OSRS Mobile promises hundreds of hours of MMORPG gaming and the same wealth of things to do as the original PC version. It also marks the culmination of lots of work on the side of Jagex, who operated in concert with testers to refine OSRS Mobile’s interface.

“We believe in taking our living games to wherever our players want them,” said Jagex CEO Phil Mansell. “The arrival of Old School RuneScape on mobile, and our ongoing work to also bring RuneScape to mobile, is testament to our investment in the continued growth for both titles and building our vision for living games.”

Our Thoughts

Congratulations certainly are in order to Jagex for making this sandbox MMORPG a mobile reality. It will certainly be interesting to know just how popular this mobile edition of one of MMORPG gaming’s elder statesmen ends up being with players.

Source: press release

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RuneFest Unveils World Event, RuneScape Mobile Beta and OSRS Polls

This past weekend saw a bunch of reveals for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape at RuneFest 2018, including the Members Beta for RuneScape Mobile and new content details for both OSRS and RuneScape.

runefest 2018

Starting today, subscribers to RuneScape can download and play the special members-only beta of the mobile edition. As with the mobile version of OSRS, this will feature full cross-platform and cross-account integration with the PC version of the full MMORPG. It’s currently available for Android only, but will release for both Android and iOS devices. Speaking of releases, OSRS Mobile is due to fully launch on October 30th.

As for the games proper, it wouldn’t be much of a RuneScape convention without a round of announcements for those. RuneScape players can now take on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the ‘Til Death Do Us Part event, which starts today and runs all through October. There are also updates due this Winter like a rework of mining and smithing, the new Needle Skips time-looping adventure, and the last part of the Elite Dungeons trilogy.

For Old School RuneScape players, polls will run that offer up the elven city of Priffdinas and the introduction of the continent of Zeah. If these polls are successful, both pieces of content should arrive to the MMO by next year.

A more in-depth rundown of all of RuneFest 2018’s reveals can be found right here.

Our Thoughts

As ever, RuneFest looked to be pretty jam-packed with new shiny things for all things RuneScape. We’re looking forward to further information for both the content updates and RuneScape Mobile’s progressing development.

Source: press release

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OSRS Moderator Fired for Abuse of Privileges

As an MMORPG moderator, you wield a lot of in-game power. In the unfortunate case of one Old School RuneScape mod, that power went to their head and they have since suffered the consequences. Jagex yesterday confirmed that an OSRS moderator has been fired for abuse of their privileges.

osrs moderator

A statement from Jagex confirmed that they found “irregular activity” on a small number of accounts where in-game gold and items were being moved. As a result, the statement confirms that a member of its mod team was released from employment and the affected accounts have had their items returned.

Further, Jagex is working with authorities on the matter, as OSRS in-game gold carries real-world monetary value. As such, the statement does not expressly name the mod in question.

A thread on ResetEra, however, offers a number of binding ties that suggest that Jed Sanderson, AKA Mod Jed, is the one being referenced in Jagex’s statement. The thread also assumes that approximately $100k worth of gold was shifted by him, and that Sanderson had access to account passwords, payment information and other personal details.

If Sanderson’s name sounds familiar, then it should: Mod Jed was a member of the Reign of Terror guild that was accused of using DDoS attacks to fix a win during a Deadman Mode tournament last year. At that time, Mod Jed was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Regarding financial account details, Jagex released a statement assuring OSRS players that their personal data is not in danger:

“We can confirm that none of our players’ bank or card details were compromised. We work with an industry-respected, fully compliant third-party payment processor, to purposefully avoid staff having access to players’ full bank or card details.”

Our Thoughts

Well then! That…absolutely is a bombshell of a reveal. Whether it’s Mod Jed or someone else entirely, it’s a real shame that someone felt they could screw around with the game, its players and very nearly their financial details.

Sources: ResetEra via PC Gamer, official site, MMORPG.com

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RuneScape and Old School RuneScape Release their Soundtracks

Wow, Jagex, you’re perhaps a little late to the soundtrack release party, huh? Still, news that two RuneScape soundtrack releases are coming will very likely delight fans of the current RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, so better late than never as they say.

runescape soundtrack releases

The releases in question come in two flavors. Runescape: The Orchestral Collection will include rearranged tunes from the MMORPGs by BAFTA award-winning composer James Hannigan, with compositions recorded by the London Philharmonic and Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. RuneScape: Original Soundtrack Classics will take a more nostalgic turn meanwhile, with a selection of original songs from OSRS and the early days of RuneScape.

Both soundtracks will be available in digital and physical releases, with CD and double-deluxe vinyl available for pre-order and the digital versions up for grabs now. The digital and CD versions will include 19 bonus tracks, while those who pre-order the vinyl editions will also get free digital copies of the albums as well.

Jagex plans to further release additional albums featuring the series soundtrack. Considering the title holds a Guinness World Record for most original pieces of music in a video game, they’ve got a lot of material available.

The announcement also came along with a video that offers a look at how the game’s music is put together, which you can watch below.

Our Thoughts

These tunes very likely carry lots of nostalgia for a lot of MMORPG fans, so it’s pretty surprising these songs weren’t released in an album sooner. Like we said in the opening, however, it’s definitely better late than never and we hope fans of the RuneScape series enjoy these new releases.

Source: press release

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Old School RuneScape Arrives to Mobile October 30

After what’s being called a successful members-only testing period and soft launch in certain territories, Old School RuneScape‘s mobile version appears ready for the big time. The OSRS Mobile launch date has been officially locked down, granting iOS and Android users access to the classic sandbox MMORPG at the end of October.

osrs mobile launch date

Tuesday, October 30th will see OSRS make it to both the Apple Store and Google Play, with pre-registration available on both storefronts.

As mentioned before, the mobile edition of Old School RuneScape features full cross-platform play with the PC version, which means you can pick up right where your PC character left off while you’re on the go. The mobile game touts a number of features including intuitive touch controls and the ability to run on older devices such as those with Android Lollipop or iOS 10.

“The next few weeks are going to be incredibly exciting for myself, the Old School RuneScape mobile team,” remarked producer John Colgrave. “Today’s invitation to pre-order and pre-register the game on the App Store and Google Play is a hugely significant one, and we can’t wait to throw open the doors next month.”

Our Thoughts

We expect that diehard players of OSRS will be very excited indeed to see this game’s full arrival to their mobile devices, particularly since there’s full cross-platform support. Gee, it’s almost like having people play the same game on multiple devices is a good idea.

Source: press release

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Old School RuneScape Goes Dark after Economy-Destroying Bug is Found

A game as wizened as Old School RuneScape can kind of feel like it’s just holding itself together by sheer force of will and years of careful work. That said, even the elder statesmen of MMOs can be prone to world-shattering bugs. Case in point, an OSRS bug that brought so much grief to the MMO’s economy, the whole game had to be reset a bit.

osrs bug

The bug in question essentially let players create huge stacks of in-game gold from thin air, transforming items into gold at-will, even on every single player kill. Worse yet, this figure was nothing small – 2,147,483,647 to be precise, which happens to be the largest amount of money possible to be held at once.

Not only did this random bug cause a sudden flood of coin, but this had greater impact on the MMO’s Old School Bonds market, which lets free players purchase subscription time with gold. All told, the bug spelled doom for the entirety of OSRS and so Jagex pulled the plug approximately 19 minutes after the bug was found in the wild.

The cause, according to the latest update, was a coding error related to the Pickpocketing update.

As of this writing, some of the worlds of OSRS are back online while the devs assess the fix they’ve applied, which essentially was the first forced rollback of the game. “We’re very much aware that players’ other items are affected by this kind of rollback,” reads the latest post. “Sadly we were not able to restrict the effects solely to players who’d generated money from the bug, as coins are tradeable and the effects were far more wide-reaching.”

As for those who took advantage of the bug to snag themselves some Old School Bonds, Jagex will be dealing with those players accordingly, including removal of illegitimately gained membership time and temporary bans from the game.

Our Thoughts

Woopsies! That is a pretty astronomical bug, to say the least, and it’s pretty remarkable that the folks at Jagex were able to act as swiftly as they did. Losing 20 minutes’ worth of progress seems like a pretty small price to pay for not seeing the MMO’s economy absolutely tank.

Sources: PCGamesN, official site

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OSRS Mobile Opens Beta to Every RuneScape and OSRS Subscriber

The population of the Old School RuneScape mobile beta is about to balloon by a pretty significant factor. Jagex has just announced that all Members (AKA subscribers) to either RuneScape or Old School RuneScape who have an Android device can now join in on the sandbox MMO’s testing.

old school runescape mobile beta

OSRS Mobile will roll out a staggered release for every Member of RuneScape and OSRS on PC right now, bringing in approximately 250,000 people over the next few weeks. The so-called “members beta” will be for Android devices.

“Since announcing our plans to bring both RuneScape games to mobile, the community has been clamoring to get their hands on the titles,” claims director of game development Conor Crowley. “Old School RuneScape Mobile has been running 24/7 in invite-only closed beta for the past couple of months, and, with development progressing really well, we wanted to share this progress with the most important people: our members.”

Rollouts for the mobile edition of OSRS beta are starting today and fans should keep their eyes on the game’s website for details. And if you’re among those looking to play on iOS, then the devs want you to know that they’re working on it. Meantime, bear in mind the beta build of the game is functional on the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2XL
  • One Plus 3
  • One Plus 3T
  • One Plus 5
  • One Plus 6

Our Thoughts

That’s most definitely a significant ramp-up in testing scale! Of course, whether all of the current Members take the invite or not is entirely up to the players, but it certainly sounds like the mobile edition of Old School RuneScape is very nearly ready for prime time.

Source: press release

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Old School RuneScape’s Theatre of Blood Raid Brings the Pain

The monkey’s paw of wanting a hard challenge was used by players and the devs of Jagex have responded with Old School RuneScape’s Theatre of Blood, the most recent raid content added to the game which is gleefully ripping apart the adventurers of Gielinor. You’re welcome, I guess?

theatre of blood

Theatre of Blood pits players against the vampires of Morytania in a gauntlet full of brutal creatures and deadly traps, culminating in a showdown with Lady Verzik Vitur, the last true vampire left in the realm.

Theatre of Blood features a death mechanic where any party member who falls in a room must watch on the sidelines as their group presses on. If the group finishes the room, any fallen players are revived, but a full wipe kicks everyone out of the raid to collect rewards. It’s important to note, too, that the number of deaths suffered by a raid group has a direct affect the chance of obtaining unique rewards.

The raid was voted in thanks to the results of 40k polled players, with around 90% of those polled wanting to see the content added. Balancing and testing of the encounter was done with the assistance of some of OSRS’s best raiders and content creators and, as of this writing, that tuning has seen numerous asses kicked; 100,000 have fallen in the raid out of 20,462 attempts with nobody clearing the final boss thus far.

If you’re interested in keeping up with how the top flight of OSRS PvE players are doing, there’s a dedicated web page tracking the best clear times for each room.

Our Thoughts

You wanted it, you got it! Of course, this leaves the question of just how many OSRS players are actually among these raiders that want to be tested as much as this encounter appears to be doing. Regardless of the size of that number, we hope everyone attempting the raid the best of luck. Clearly, you’ll need it.

Sources: press release, Twitter

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Old School RuneScape Mobile’s Beta Begins on iOS

The entire realm of Gielinor has been stuffed into a cellphone and is now open to invited players on Apple devices. Today marks the beginning of the Old School RuneScape Mobile beta test, with over 5,000 players getting their tickets punched for the mobile edition of the sandbox MMORPG.

old school runescape mobile beta test

By the time you’re reading this, invitations should be sent out to those who have been included in the iOS-specific test. According to a tweet from the devs, the installation link for the test build might be sent to an email that’s different to the one linked to your RuneScape account or the email an invitation was sent to.

The iOS beta test for OSRS Mobile will run for six days and is looking for feedback to be posted to the relevant forum. Testers are asked to bear in mind a list of known issues in any reports they provide and should also expect surveys to be sent over the week, with development reports and further information about later tests issued ASAP. The devs will also be scouring Twitter and Reddit, asking players who prefer those avenues of media to use the #OSRSMobile hashtag on Twitter and the “iOS Beta” subject on Reddit.

Our Thoughts

We do hope that those who have been invited take the testing as a serious round of tests and not a sneak peek at what’s coming soon. It sounds like the devs are keen on getting honest feedback and we’re looking forward to seeing how they develop OSRS Mobile going forward.

Sources: official site, Twitter

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