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The recently-renamed THQ Nordic is continuing its efforts to breathe new life into old brands with the release of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. The heavily-updated version of the sorely-underrated Iron Lore action-RPG includes both the original game and the Immoral Throne expansion, and if you happen to own one of the previous releases of the game on Steam, you get it for free.

The full anniversary edition changelog is available here, but it's stupidly huge (ten years of updates will do that), so here are the high points:

  • Restored and improved multiplayer functionality, including new features like a built-in voice chat and NAT resolving for best multiplayer connectivity
  • Support for more resolutions, larger camera distance and scaleable UI size
  • Improved performance and general stability
  • Support for modders through new modding options and a fully integrated Steam Workshop
  • Complete balance rework with improvements to all Masteries, damage types, unique items and sets
  • Countless bug fixes and other improvements, including ten years’ worth of community fixes
  • Increased challenges and rewards for larger parties and on higher difficulty levels
  • Dozens of new heroes and bosses to encounter Improved enemy and pet AI
  • Quality of life features like higher stack limits, quick item pickup, a larger stash and a speed setting
  • Reduced cheating with curbed exploits, removal of test items and mod comparison in multiplayer
  • Steam Friend Invites
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards

Titan Quest was a really good action-RPG that, despite largely positive reviews, suffered a rough launch and never really caught on. Iron Lore went under shortly after the release of the Immortal Throne expansion, and that was the end of it although on the bright(ish) side, that failure ultimately led to the creation of Grim Dawn, another top-notch ARPG.

For those of you who don't have Titan Quest in your Steam library, the Anniversary Edition is still awfully cheap: It's on sale for 75 percent off on Steam and GOG, dropping it to $5/ 4.50, until September 7.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Today, in news I didn’t think I’d be writing: peachy-keen action-RPG Titan Quest [official site] has received a huge update, more than ten years after its release. Everyone who owned Titan Quest on Steam is now upgraded to the Anniversary Edition, where performance is improved, bugs are fixed, balance is tweaked, GameSpy guff is cut, and oh, the Immortal Throne expansion is included free too. Cripes! The game’s now sold on GOG and all. Unlike the terrible creature wearing the skin of Atari, the creature that’s trying on the skin of THQ seems quite friendly so far.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - THQ Nordic
Children, Women, Men, Gods, Monsters and Titans – Heads up – We Have Something for Free!

For all of you lovely individuals in possession of the Steam version of a Titan Quest title – we have a special treat for you! (Hint: Look at your Steam Library!)

Of course, if you want to ruin the surprise you can also keep reading…

Vienna (Austria), August 31st: THQ Nordic releases a surprise title on Steam called Titan Quest Anniversary Edition for the game’s 10-year-anniversary and gifts the game to everyone calling either Titan Quest, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne or Titan Quest Gold their own on Steam. So, in numbers, more than 1 million people will automatically find the game in their library starting today.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/475150/

Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains both Titan Quest and Titan Quest: Immortal Throne which have been completely reworked in terms of multiplayer, stability, performance, balancing, AI and much more. In rough numbers, this translates to roughly 1.261 changes to the original version 10 years ago.

For the detailed changelog, refer to this link: http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_AnniversaryEdition_FullChangelog.txt

“What about the rest of us?”
“But what about those who do not have the game yet (because they were too young when it came it or had a really bad taste in games etc.) – don’t we get something for free?” we hear you scream.

No we did not forget about you. YOU very special people have the golden opportunity to get the game ALMOST for free! ;) Beginning today, THQ Nordic offers 75% off the Titan Quest Anniversary Edition for one week. This means USD/EUR 4.99 for the whole lot (regular price after the first week: USD/EUR 19.99).

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One Question: “Why?”
Before someone comes around asking why we give our games out for free (or almost for free if you want), here’s a quick explanation: After our name change from “Nordic Games” to “THQ Nordic”, we wanted a running start for our new identity and had to think about how to begin the new era with the most positive connotation possible (for a publisher).

So, many months ago, we had a conversation in our marketing department which went something like this:
“Guys, what can we do to make people like us and stay with our brands?”
“Easy, we just have to be grateful. Remember, without them, we would be nothing.”
“And how should we show gratitude?”
“Free stuff… I guess. Everyone likes free stuff.”
“Well then, give them free stuff, for f***’s sake”

So, that’s basically where we are now.

---

Well… we hope that you are satisfied with our way to say THANK YOU and wish you a great time showing ‘em titans who the boss is.

Yours truly,
THQ Nordic
Community Announcements - THQ Nordic
Children, Women, Men, Gods, Monsters and Titans – Heads up – We Have Something for Free!

For all of you lovely individuals in possession of the Steam version of a Titan Quest title – we have a special treat for you! (Hint: Look at your Steam Library!)

Of course, if you want to ruin the surprise you can also keep reading…

Vienna (Austria), August 31st: THQ Nordic releases a surprise title on Steam called Titan Quest Anniversary Edition for the game’s 10-year-anniversary and gifts the game to everyone calling either Titan Quest, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne or Titan Quest Gold their own on Steam. So, in numbers, more than 1 million people will automatically find the game in their library starting today.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/475150/

Titan Quest Anniversary Edition contains both Titan Quest and Titan Quest: Immortal Throne which have been completely reworked in terms of multiplayer, stability, performance, balancing, AI and much more. In rough numbers, this translates to roughly 1.261 changes to the original version 10 years ago.

For the detailed changelog, refer to this link: http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_AnniversaryEdition_FullChangelog.txt

“What about the rest of us?”
“But what about those who do not have the game yet (because they were too young when it came it or had a really bad taste in games etc.) – don’t we get something for free?” we hear you scream.

No we did not forget about you. YOU very special people have the golden opportunity to get the game ALMOST for free! ;) Beginning today, THQ Nordic offers 75% off the Titan Quest Anniversary Edition for one week. This means USD/EUR 4.99 for the whole lot (regular price after the first week: USD/EUR 19.99).

---

One Question: “Why?”
Before someone comes around asking why we give our games out for free (or almost for free if you want), here’s a quick explanation: After our name change from “Nordic Games” to “THQ Nordic”, we wanted a running start for our new identity and had to think about how to begin the new era with the most positive connotation possible (for a publisher).

So, many months ago, we had a conversation in our marketing department which went something like this:
“Guys, what can we do to make people like us and stay with our brands?”
“Easy, we just have to be grateful. Remember, without them, we would be nothing.”
“And how should we show gratitude?”
“Free stuff… I guess. Everyone likes free stuff.”
“Well then, give them free stuff, for f***’s sake”

So, that’s basically where we are now.

---

Well… we hope that you are satisfied with our way to say THANK YOU and wish you a great time showing ‘em titans who the boss is.

Yours truly,
THQ Nordic
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Titan Quest is my favourite clickety-clicky hack and slash game. It doesn’t have the intelligent dynamic design of Soldak’s games, the meaty character building of Path of Exile or the polish of Diablo III, but it’s mythological worlds and monsters are beautiful. It’s bright where so many are dark (including the creators’ own follow-up Grim Dawn) and now that I’ve mentioned it I want to play through the whole thing again.

At its best, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard [official site] is like Titan Quest transported from Hellenic lands to the frozen axe-grinding of Norse mythology, but the early build I played fumbles some of the ARPG fundamentals.>

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - MegalomaniacNG
As a follow up to the original message we did some further updates on the multiplayer mode and the game which is currently available in the beta branch:
To access the beta please do the following:
Follow this guide http://ds.nordicgames.at/SteamBetaBranchGuide.jpg
Under Step 1 select "Titan Quest Immortal Throne"
Password for step 4 is: nordictqitbeta
The branch for Step 6 is named publicbeta

Update #15
31st July 2016

Technical bugfix update

- Fixed bug where items could be placed out it the inventory grid.
- Fixed bug where "toggle voice chat" key triggered when entering a text in the chat window.
- Fixed unintended display of debug information.
- Fixed bugs related to game stability.
- UPnP backend for more reliable network connectivity updated

Enjoy
Community Announcements - MegalomaniacNG
As a follow up to the original message we did some further updates on the multiplayer mode and the game which is currently available in the beta branch:
To access the beta please do the following:
Follow this guide http://ds.nordicgames.at/SteamBetaBranchGuide.jpg
Under Step 1 select "Titan Quest Immortal Throne"
Password for step 4 is: nordictqitbeta
The branch for Step 6 is named publicbeta

Update #14
18th July 2016

This patch adds an in-party voice chat function and larger health bars in the current UI scheme. Also after all the hero improvements it was time for the enemies to step up their game with better AI and some heroic reinforcements.

The full list of changes can be found here: http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_Beta_Patch1.25_ChangelogFull.txt

Enjoy
Community Announcements - MegalomaniacNG
As a follow up to the original message we did some further updates on the multiplayer mode and the game which is currently available in the beta branch:
To access the beta please do the following:
Follow this guide http://ds.nordicgames.at/SteamBetaBranchGuide.jpg
Under Step 1 select "Titan Quest Immortal Throne"
Password for step 4 is: nordictqitbeta
The branch for Step 6 is named publicbeta

Update #13
5th July 2016

Besides some minor fixes and adjustments this patch is all about items. We looked at every unique item, relic and artefact in the game and buffed many of them up in order to make them more exciting to find and use. Some of them also form new sets now, and all of the old sets have been adjusted to be worth collecting and wearing.

If you have time, the full list of changes can be found here: http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_Beta_Patch1.24_ChangelogFull.txt

Enjoy
Community Announcements - MegalomaniacNG
As a follow up to the original message we did some further updates on the multiplayer mode and the game which is currently available in the beta branch:
To access the beta please do the following:
Follow this guide http://ds.nordicgames.at/SteamBetaBranchGuide.jpg
Under Step 1 select "Titan Quest Immortal Throne"
Password for step 4 is: nordictqitbeta
The branch for Step 6 is named publicbeta

Update #12
11th June 2016
We finished the mastery balance pass with improvements to Spirit, Dream and Nature, adding a cooldown display to skills, and introducing a few difficulty adjustments to Epic and Legendary modes. Moreover modders are now able to modify files without any restrictions on what the game actually loads.

The full list of changes can be found here: http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_Beta_Patch1.23_ChangelogFull.txt


Enjoy!
Community Announcements - MegalomaniacNG
With our partner dotEmu we just released Titan Quest on iOS. Check out here and grab it for a lot of fun on the go here:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/titan-quest/id1035690802

We will soon also share some news about the Android version!
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