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Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam, offering a couple of days to get acquainted with this real-time strategy game (thanks Ant). The Definitive Edition includes all the DLC as well as enhanced graphics, and it's on sale for half-off during the promotion. Here's more on the RTS spin-off of the first-person shooter series:

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is an enhanced version of the real-time strategy classic, Halo Wars, updated to run natively on PC.

Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC - made famous by the Halo FPS games - Halo Wars: Definitive Edition provides a unique angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battlefield. Control large Halo armies and direct them in action-packed warfare.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition includes improved graphics, new achievements and all the DLC from the landmark game. Experience the epic campaign or compete in online multiplayer battles with armies of powerful Halo forces at your command.

Network play for this product is exclusive to Steam. Cross-play with Windows Store versions of the same game is not supported.

More Free Games on Steam This Weekend

Other free weekends are now underway on Steam (thanks Ant). In each case the corresponding game is also on sale, as is their way. Here's the lineup:

  • Lethal League. "Lethal League is a competitive projectile fighting game where you have to hit an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponent to win. The ball speeds up with every strike, up to explosively extreme velocities. Play intense local matches with friends and foes, challenge yourself in the singleplayer mode or battle it out online."
  • Eden Rising: Supremacy. "Eden Rising is an all-new Action Tower Defense game with a twist! Roam across an Open World and defend your base from hordes of hostile monsters. Gather materials along the way to craft defenses and gear. Play solo or up to 8-player coop!"
  • Crazy Machines 3. "Crazy Machines 3 is the latest, greatest, most amazing and craziest part of the series and fascinates once more with physic-based puzzles. Build your own crazy machines and share your awesomeness across the world thanks to the Steam® Workshop."
  • Hover Junkers. "Engage in multiplayer VR gunfights that capture real gun play like no FPS you've played before. Pilot and fortify Hover Junkers as you physically walk, duck, dodge and aim in cross ship combat."

Project Warlock Released

Project Warlock is now available on GOG.com, offering a throwback first-person shooter for Windows. This is a timed exclusive, so it will not be offered elsewhere until some time down the road. A look at the launch trailer quickly reveals the inspiration this draws from classics like DOOM and HEXEN, something which is embraced in the release news:

Project Warlock is a first person shooter that fans of Doom, Hexen and Wolfenstein cannot miss. It serves you an exploding cocktail of bullets, spells and monsters. In Project Warlock you battle through 60 levels of non stop action packed with bloodthirsty enemies and challenging bosses. The game offers not just firepower, but perk-based character development, weapon upgrades and unlockable spells system. This high-quality independent gem is priced to appeal to fans of polished indie titles and seekers of classic fps experience alike.

Back in April 2018 hundreds of gamers had a chance to experience an early build of Project Warlock and gave their enthusiastic feedback. The following six months the Buckshot team, with it’s showrunner Jakub Cislo, spent on polishing the game to bring you the most complete and satisfying experience. The end result is something you can check for yourself – Project Warlock is available exclusively to GOG users right now.

Oh. And John Romero thinks “it looks cool”.

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Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: Anabasis Released

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock- Anabasis is now available for Windows, offering what Slitherine calls "the most significant expansion for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock to date." This includes 11 new skirmish maps, four new munitions, and a dozen new resource missions along with a new Operation Anabasis game mode they say completely revolutionizes the space strategy game. The Slitherine Website is where to pick up a copy, and this also offers a new release trailer and all the details. Here's word on the state of the TV tie-in series:

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock offers now a full experience in the Battlestar Galactica universe: set in the First Cylon war, you can play the base game with its dynamic campaign, enjoy the Reinforcement pack with new cruisers and the Mine Ammo, the Broken Alliance DLC featuring a potential Civil War situation, and finally the new survival mode of the newly released Anabasis DLC.

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Reigns: Game of Thrones Released

Reigns: Game of Thrones is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a spin-off of the Reigns "swipe 'em up" that uses characters and settings based on the hit HBO adaptation of Song of Ice and Fire series. Here's a gameplay trailer and here's a bit on the Windows, macOS, and Linux release:

Who will end up on the world's most uncomfortable chair? More importantly: how long will they last? Swipe cards left and right like Tyrion slapping Joffrey. Balance your resources and alliances, play mini-games, pick the right people for the job, and watch multiple outcomes unfold as you die a hundred deaths.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Trailer

A new trailer from Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales offers a look at gameplay in advance of next week's launch of this RPG spin-off. GOG.com has details on this exclusive:

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a dark RPG adventure set in the world of The Witcher, is coming out October 23rd on PC, exclusively via GOG.COM.

That's only a few days away!

If you want a taste of what's in store, watch the new gameplay-focused trailer which showcases exploration of The Witcher world, the game’s choice-driven narrative, and teases new locations and characters. The video also features a closer look at the mechanics of managing your army and upgrading the battle camp, as well as the story-driven battles players participate in.

Pre-order Thronebreaker now on GOG.COM

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Dirty Bomb Development Ending

Splash Damage announces they are ending development of Dirty Bomb, regretfully explaining they were unable to make the success out of it they hoped for when they reacquired the rights to the game (thanks MP1ST). Servers for the first-person shooter will remain in operation, and they say they have spent much of the summer preparing the game to continue without their intervention. They are also refunding the purchase price of the All Merc Pack DLC. Here's word:

Hey guys,

We’re sorry for the recent radio silence. You deserve better and we haven’t been there for you. It has been a challenging couple of months full of sensitive decisions that we had to make regarding the future of Dirty Bomb. It’s with a heavy heart that, after a bug fix build ships in the upcoming weeks, we will be ending live development and updates on Dirty Bomb.

After regaining publishing rights for DB nearly two years ago, we staffed up a load of developers and tried our best to deliver a Dirty Bomb experience that would be feature-rich with tons of new content, while maintaining its great gameplay feel & balance. Unfortunately, despite all the added time and resources, there were some challenges we couldn’t overcome, and we were not able to make DB the success that we hoped it could be. The bottom line is that we can’t financially justify continuing to work on the game we love.

Since we won’t be releasing any additional Mercenaries, we’re going to refund the All Merc Pack DLC to everyone who purchased it by January 31st, 2019 – the money you spent will go back in your Steam wallet and the unlocked Mercs will remain in your account. We know many of you love DB and still play it religiously, so we will keep servers up for you to enjoy, as long as there are a meaningful number of players using them in the supported regions.

We spent the summer months trying to get you guys as many features as possible in order for you to control DB yourselves, without our direct involvement. We hope that Steam Trading, Community Servers, and FACEIT help you play DB the way you want moving forward.

To close, we’d like to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you for your support these many years. Dirty Bomb is a shooter that we always wanted to make, we could not have done it without you and are forever grateful. The future is bright at Splash Damage, we have many announced and unannounced titles in production that we can’t wait to work with you on!

Thank you,
Splash Damage

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Gone Gold - Call of Cthulhu

Focus Home Interactive announces Call of Cthulhu has gone gold, and the now-complete H.P. Lovecraft game is on track for its release on October 30th. Here's a new Preview to Madness Trailer that celebrates the news, and here's more on the horror this will bring on All Hallows Eve Eve:

Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame adaptation of Chaosium’s pen-and-paper RPG, has gone Gold, ready for its release on October 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Today, dive into the Preview to Madness Trailer for a taste of the press’ first impressions, joined by a dose of Lovecraftian madness.

With Call of Cthulhu releasing in under two weeks, members of the press have already gotten their hands on the early hours of Detective Pierce’s haunting investigation. Today’s trailer explores praise for the game’s distinctly Lovecraftian atmosphere, mesmerizing audio and visual design, as well as the RPG-investigation mechanics that allow players to discover clues, draw conclusions, question locals and survive the island’s cosmic horrors.

In Call of Cthulhu, nothing is as it seems. Terrible creatures, conspiracies and cults await on Darkwater Island, lining the path to the horrifying truth behind the island. Pierce’s mind will suffer – solving the case will bring him to brink of insanity, to a place where death may appear the most favorable outcome. The player’s senses will be challenged to the point of questioning whether everything and everyone is real or illusory. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.

Call of Cthulhu releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 30. Digital and retail preorders are available on PC and consoles.

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More Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Records

You know what they say, a half-billion here, a half-billion there, and after a while it starts to add up to real money. So it's probably significant that Activision announces the opening weekend of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 generated a half-billion dollars in revenue. This follows the news that the game already set a one-day Activision sales record. They say the game has established new high-water marks on consoles, and that PC digital sales and active players for the first three days are also "up significantly from last year." Here's the story:

Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 has sold more than $500 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days of release as the total number of players climbed from last year. Through its first three days of release, Black Ops 4 set a new Call of Duty® franchise record for most combined players, average hours per player and total number of hours played, on current generation consoles. The combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes of play during those first three days tops both last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (single player, multiplayer and zombies), respectively, for the same period of time.

The first Call of Duty release on Blizzard Battle.net®, Black Ops 4 on PC continues to be significantly above last year, as the number of players is more than double year over year through its first three days.

Additionally, based on minutes watched, the title delivered the highest level of viewership through launch weekend on Twitch in franchise history.

“Black Ops 4 is off to a blockbuster start. Our player counts and hours played are up year over year, our viewership on Twitch has set new standards and is showing just how fun Blackout is to play and to watch, and the weekend results yet again put Call of Duty at that highest tier of entertainment,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “Our digital sales results have been record-breaking across all platforms, and the overall performance strong. We’re really excited about Black Ops 4’s momentum. There’s much more to come, we’re just getting started.”

Following its launch last Friday, Black Ops 4 already established a new day one record on PlayStation for digital full game sales on PlayStation Store, globally*; and also became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one, globally**. Through its first three days, PC digital sales and active players are up significantly from last year.

Sell-through sales figures include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 retail and digital unit sales, including Black Ops 4 season pass sales, for the opening three-days following initial launch. Sales figures based on retail customer sell-through information, Gfk Chart-Track data, and internal Activision estimates. Total players, hours per player, total hours played, and Twitch viewership based on Activision data.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Trailer

Funcom offers a new trailer to answer the burning question "What is Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden?" With the tactical combat game due in around six weeks, they highlight its real-time stealth and exploration that's combined with "XCOM-like turn-based combat." Here's more on this behind-the-scenes look:

On December 4th, in just under two months, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will make its debut on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game combines XCOM-like tactical combat with real-time exploration, stealth, and story as it puts players on a journey across a post-human Sweden where anthropomorphic animals scramble to survive in the remains of human civilization. Throughout the game, players can seamlessly jump between real-time exploration and tactical combat.

Since the game’s announcement in February (where the characters Dux and Bormin undoubtedly stole the show), Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden have been collecting both awards and praise from press who have gotten hands-on time with the game. But, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, the developers at The Bearded Ladies’ studio in Sweden are ready to show you what the game is all about.

In the brand-new video released today, the team takes you behind the scenes at their Malmö studio as they give you the overview of what the game is all about and what players can look forward to. You can also find a written overview posted on www.mutantyearzero.com.

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Farming Simulator 19 Livestock Trailer

A new trailer from Farming Simulator 19 gives us a break from their usual tractor porn to take a look at the critters in the upcoming farming game (not the livestock!). Here's word on the clip, which holds back their enthusiasm for tractors until the final paragraph:

Farming Simulator 19 is the most complete farming experience ever, coming November 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Mac. In this new gameplay trailer, explore one of the many activities on your farm: raising and tending to your various animals. For the first time, care for and ride horses around the beautiful environments of your home and the surrounding areas.

As part of creating the largest Farming Simulator ever, many animals are available to be reared on your custom-designed farm. Cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens each have unique needs and rewards for effective farming, and which you choose is entirely up to you. React to the market and focus on the most in-demand produce or have a broad strategy with many more machines, processes, and area requirements.

Horses are a brand new addition, rideable for the first time as a new means of traversing the land in and around your farm, allowing you to train them up for sale at a high price. Keep them healthy with the new oat crop, and transport them between locations in unique equipment. They join over 300 vehicles and tools, including the John Deere brand for the first time, new environments, and new crops in cotton and oat to make Farming Simulator 19 the biggest and best Farming Simulator of all time.

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Out of the Blue

I awoke today with a scratchy throat, so I guess I'm fighting off a cold. It certainly seems like cold and flu season around here, as the temperatures took a pretty rapid downward shift about the moment summer officially ended. This is also not completely unexpected now that the twins are in kindergarten, as we're aware this makes them an even bigger virus vector than before. I'll do my best to gargle this away and take in a lot of fluids, but of course this will just run its course anyway, so I'll also cross my fingers and hope it's a quickie.

Quickie Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: RIN: Rest in Nightmare.
Stories: Coca-Cola's marketing slogan backfires in New Zealand. Thanks LinkedIn.
Science: Spain to lead Japan in global life expectancy, US continues to slide.
AFM virus: Parent's guide to polio-like disease acute flaccid myelitis.
Cook your chicken extra carefully — 5 salmonella cases linked to the poultry reported in Illinois.
Images: Some of this year’s best microscopy images. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Media: Honest Trailers - Ant-Man and The Wasp.
This Prop Master’s Work Is Hidden in Plain Sight.
Coin with secrets.
Follow-up: Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' was meant to be shredded completely.


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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Blizzard "Working on Different Diablo Projects"

Blizzard outlines their BlizzCon 2018 plans for Diablo, saying they will not be showing everything they're doing with their action/RPG franchise, revealing they "currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects." They say they won't be announcing everything, but say they will be sharing some sort of news about the series:

BlizzCon 2018 is almost here and we’ve seen a lot of rumors flying around about our plans for Diablo at the show. These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right.

We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that “good things come to those who wait,” but evil things often take longer. We appreciate your patience as our teams work tirelessly to create nightmarish experiences worthy of the Lord of Terror.

While we won’t be ready to announce all of our projects, we do intend to share some Diablo-related news with you at the show.

November 2 will be an especially diabolical date—not only is it the first day of BlizzCon, it’s also when Diablo III arrives on the Nintendo Switch. If you’re planning to pick up the game (the digital download will be available starting at midnight on launch day) and are joining us in Anaheim, be sure to bring your console. We’d love to slay some demons with you on the show floor.

Again, we want to thank you for your patience and support. We are eternally grateful to you and the millions of other Diablo fans around the world whose passion for this franchise inspires us and keeps our fires burning.

We’ll see you in hell . . . and at BlizzCon!

Loot Play Debuts

Loot Crate announces a new addition to their roster of subscription crates called Loot Play which will deliver a monthly selection of independent PC games. They call this subscription "the first of its kind on the platform," which is not true, as the Humble folks have been running Humble Monthly for three years now. This is only available in the U.S. to start, and they say that games will be redeemed via Steam codes. "We want to solve two problems with Loot Play. We want to help subscribers find new games that are curated with a focus on creative new voices, and we want to help these independent studios reach new audiences through our large network of Looters," said Erik Reynolds, VP of Product Marketing and Communications, Loot Crate. "Loot Play will be Loot Crate's first digital subscription product and will open the door for the company to continue its growth through digital offerings, redefine collecting and explore the relationship fans have with content." Here's more:

Each digital crate month will have one featured title, a title that is the anchor of each month and fully revealed in our marketing assets. We'll dive into the stories of the development teams and their unique voices in the games industry through stories on The Daily Crate, we'll feature them on our Tuesday streams on Twitch and Mixer, and they will be the star of that month's marketing push. The other four games in each crate will be a mystery in keeping with Loot Crate tradition, but we will show those teams some love on unboxing day, near the end of each crate cycle. Our debut featured title for Loot Play is Crossing Souls, developed by Fourattic and published by Devolver Digital!

RimWorld Leaves Early Access

Steam News announces the official release RimWorld for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This follows a couple of years of Early Access for this strategy game that puts you in charge of a space colony, and this post has details on version 1.0, and what Early Access players should know about the transition. This launch trailer illustrates the news, and here are more details:

RimWorld is a sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Inspired by Dwarf Fortress, Firefly, and Dune.

  • You begin with three survivors of a shipwreck on a distant world.
  • Manage colonists' moods, needs, wounds, and illnesses.
  • Build colonies in the forest, desert, jungle, tundra, and more.
  • Watch colonists develop and break relationships with family members, lovers, and spouses.
  • Replace wounded limbs and organs with prosthetics, bionics, or biological parts harvested from others.
  • Fight pirates, tribes, mad animals, giant insects and ancient killing machines.
  • Craft structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, and futuristic materials.
  • Tame and train cute pets, productive farm animals, and deadly attack beasts.
  • Trade with passing ships and caravans.
  • Form caravans complete quests, trade, attack other factions, or migrate your whole colony.
  • Dig through snow, weather storms, and fight fires.
  • Capture refugees or prisoners and turn them to your side or sell them into slavery.
  • Discover a new generated world each time you play.
  • Explore hundreds of wild and interesting mods on the Steam Workshop.
  • Learn to play easily with the help of an intelligent and unobtrusive AI tutor.

RimWorld is a story generator. It’s designed to co-author tragic, twisted, and triumphant stories about imprisoned pirates, desperate colonists, starvation and survival. It works by controlling the “random” events that the world throws at you. Every thunderstorm, pirate raid, and traveling salesman is a card dealt into your story by the AI Storyteller. There are several storytellers to choose from. Randy Random does crazy stuff, Cassandra Classic goes for rising tension, and Phoebe Chillax likes to relax.

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Snooker 19 Announced

Publisher Ripstone Games breaks the news about Snooker 19, a simulation of the cue game in the works at Lab42 for release next year on Windows and consoles. They say this is the "first official snooker game in a generation," so they aren't trying to snooker us into remembering Snooker 18 or anything like that. Word is: "Snooker 19 will deliver the most authentic, realistic, and best-looking snooker game ever made with multiplayer modes, a single player career mode linked to real tournaments and compelling TV style presentation." The Snooker 19 website promises to help keep up with this project. Here's more:

Ripstone Games is proud to announce that it’s teamed up with developer Lab42 and World Snooker, to release the officially licensed ‘Snooker 19’ in 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Leamington based Lab42, Snooker 19 will feature 128 of the world’s top players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui as they take to the table at iconic venues including The Crucible and Alexandra Palace and in countries across the world including China and Germany. Players will be able to compete in every major tournament culminating with the World Championship in Sheffield. Snooker 19 will be the first officially licensed game to be published across all current generation consoles as well as PC.

Dark Devotion Video

Publisher The Arcade Crew and developer Hibernian Workshop offer a new video developer diary #1 from Dark Devotion. This features a behind-the-scenes look at this side-scrolling action/RPG they humorously describe as the "Dark Souls of 2D Dark Souls." The game is due early next year, the clip explores "the inspirations behind its world striving for incessant sacrifice driven by unwavering zealots." Here's more:

The new video weaves together the artists, locations and inspirations that would ultimately become the rich narrative tapestry for Dark Devotion. Artist Alexandre Magnat, programmer Louis Denizet and writer Arthur Dos Santos describe how they drew from Romantic era artists like Delacroix and 14th century French Gothic architecture from southeastern France to create the overall macabre tone and artistic design of the game. The trio also detail how H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories and concepts around ‘the anti-hero’ helped them fine tune Dark Devotion’s story arch and character development.

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HITMAN 2 Hunts Sean Bean

WBIE and IO Interactive confirm the speculation that actor Sean Bean will be the first "elusive target" in HITMAN 2, the next episodic installment in their assassination series. Bean has rarely been a very elusive target in his acting career, as he is quite famous for his penchant for dying on screen, so lets just call this typecasting. This live-action trailer celebrates the news, showing that coping with being a target can be therapeutic. This also provides the chance to vote on the Elusive Target Website to pick a weapon that will unlock later in the game. Here's more:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today announced that international actor Sean Bean will star in the first Elusive Target mission for the HITMAN™ 2 video game. Bean will take on the role of Mark Faba, a former MI5 agent turned freelance assassin. Notoriously known as “The Undying”, Faba’s reputation as a master of faking his own death is second to none, ultimately causing the International Contract Agency (ICA) to put an imposing bounty on his head.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming HITMAN™ 2 video game” said Bean, “It’s always exciting to take on a new role, and I look forward to seeing my character in action when the Elusive Target mission launches.”

“We are very proud to partner with the talented Sean Bean on the first Elusive Target mission in HITMAN™ 2,” said Hakan Abrak, Studio Head, IO Interactive. “Elusive Targets have become a distinguishing trait in Hitman™ games as part of the constant stream of free live content for all players to enjoy. This new mission starring Sean Bean is one of many updates, features, modes and franchise firsts coming to HITMAN™ 2, making the next chapter in our ever-expanding world of assassination a richer game for our passionate community and newcomers to the series.”

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Adds The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon

The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering new content for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the action/adventure from Warhorse Studios. Word is: "This DLC once again reunites players with Henry as he both aids an old lovesick friend and proves his combat skills in a fresh challenge." You can see Sir Hans work his medieval magnetism in the release trailer and read on for this throwback take on Super Seducer:

Warhorse Studios alongside Deep Silver today released a new DLC for the critically acclaimed medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance for $9.99 USD. With the new content, players will enjoy The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon and experience first-hand how brave young gentlemen try to win a woman’s heart. The DLC is available for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One as well PC at the respective digital stores and via Steam.

Amorous Adventures challenges players to help their friend Hans Capon. Hans is in love and he needs Henry’s guidance to conquer the heart of the beautiful Karolina. However, things turn out to be trickier than expected; a lost family jewel, a magic love potion and the most romantic poem of all time promise many new fun moments in Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

Players who prefer new chances to prove their fighting skills can join the freshly added Rattay Combat Tournament. The prize for players winning this iconic tournament are unique armor parts.

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At Sundown Rises

Publisher Versus Evil and developer Mild Beast Games announce the release of At Sundown, offering a top-down shooter for Windows. This debuts as a First on Discord title, so for the first 90 days the only place to pick this up is through the Discord Store, which just entered open beta. The launch trailer shows off this BAFTA winning title, and the announcement has all the details:

Independent video game publisher Versus Evil, in partnership with independent developer Mild Beast Games, today announced that the BAFTA winning top down shoot ‘em up, At Sundown, is available today on PC and Mac through Discord’s new game store in a 90 day exclusivity deal on PC.

Discord, which now has over 150 million registered users, today launched the global beta of their new curated store and Nitro subscription service. The “First on Discord” program in the store will offer access to select high-quality indie games launching exclusively for PC on Discord for a limited time. Discord has also released their new universal library, which allows players to be able to find and launch any game they have previously played (regardless of where it was purchased) from one universal launcher within the Discord app.

At Sundown is a top down stealth-based arena shooter in which up to 4 players compete in online and local deathmatch games. Players are under the cover of complete darkness and can only see themselves and be seen by their opponents when they shoot, dash or walk into or trigger a light source.

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Unholy Announced

Duality Games announces Unholy, a first-person stealth/horror game coming to Steam late next year. As you may notice from this teaser trailer, this bears a resemblance to Agony, prompting an odd preemptive statement from the developer: "We have many questions about that, so I want to clear this: - it's completely different developer from Madmind Studio and its 'Agony'. I mean - we won't make same errors like with Agony. We know how to avoid them." Here are the details on the game:

Become Saidah, a mother in search of her abducted child. Venture through morbid streets of the last city on a dying planet. Challenge a repressive regime under which your whole life is determined by which social caste you belong to. Save your child and find out if escape is possible.

Unholy takes place on a desolate planet where last members of the human race live in the Last City. This sprawling metropolis is divided between castes, and every day is shrouded in fear. Fear of being noticed by higher castes. Fear of being killed by a mysterious Plague that is slowly consuming the city Fear of being caught by one of the maniacs or mysterious beast that are going through the streets at night.

Gameplay is a mix of horror and stealth game, where for each challenge can be overcome in several different ways. Will you sneak through the guards unnoticed or will you resort to murder, leaving behind you a trail of blood as you fall into madness? As an outcast and a wanted person you have a unique chance to exploit the caste system and impersonate different members of society. Your playstyle is your own, but each has its consequences.

FEATURES:

  • Engaging First Person Horror / Stealth gameplay
  • Explore a rich story behind Last City and Siadah’s desperate quest to save herself and her child
  • Immerse yourself in a uniquely dark environment never seen before.
  • Multiple ways to approach challenges through stealth, or through exploiting the city’s social order.
  • Take good care about your physical and mental health. Fight the encroaching madness or deal with the consequences of going insane.

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Out of the Blue

I tried to dawdle to draw out the experience, but I've finished the single-player campaign in Red Dead Redemption with time to spare in advance of the sequel. I found it very enjoyable, and will continue to pursue completing the various shooting and survival goals. This includes collecting loads of plants and flowers, which is something I don't actually recall featuring in a lot of western lore, but it is what it is. This plays into a recent real-life distraction for me that connects to the game, as I keep passing these flowers in our walkway. I think anyone who's played the game will agree that these bear enough resemblance to Wild Feverfew and Violet Snowdrop to make you reflexively hit the "Y" button to dismount your horse to collect them.

Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Combo Pool.
Stories: Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana.
Science: Next Generation Telescopes Could Use "Teleportation" to Take Better Images. Thanks j.c.f.
Ancient Viking Ship Found Buried Next to Busy Norwegian Freeway.
Study documents paternal transmission of epigenetic memory via sperm.
Earth Lost 2.5 Billion Years’ Worth of Evolutionary History in Just 130,000 Years.
Media: STRANGER THINGS AFOOT! - Teens & College Kids Play Life is Strange 2.
Bear Smashes Way Out Of Minivan. New Kool-Aid spokesperson discovered.
Why Drag Racers Have Parachutes.
Follow-up: NASA Astronaut Describes What It Was Like to Fall to Earth When Soyuz Launch Failed.
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.


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