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Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 Happy Birthday DOOM!

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Co-op & Steam Workshop Support Announced

A new Mech_Con 2017 trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries offers a look at Piranha Games' upcoming continuation of the mech combat series. They use the occasion to say to expect a release by the end of 2018 and reveal that the game will include co-op multiplayer for up to four players and mod support for the Steam Workshop. Here are all the details:

Piranha Games announced tonight at Mech_Con that the upcoming and highly anticipated MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature four-player co-op and full modding and Steam Workshop support, and during the keynote speech at the event revealed all-new gameplay footage showcasing a variety of ‘Mechs in combat on a selection of biomes to be featured in the final game, set to launch in late 2018 (www.mw5mercs.com).

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries features intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a new MechWarrior mercenary thrust into leadership of a mercenary squad as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.

The game’s newly-announced co-op functionality will enable players to host up to three friends inside their campaign universe, running missions together as a coordinated lance under the banner of the host’s mercenary unit.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will also receive full mod support, empowering fans to customize their own missions, contracts, planetary systems, biomes, and much more, via powerful toolsets and Steam Workshop integration.

The feature announcements and new gameplay footage were unveiled at Mech_Con 2017, an annual celebration of all things MechWarrior and BattleTech. Hosted by Piranha Games and featuring a variety of partners – each with a deep history of involvement in the beloved franchise – and attended by fans from around the world, the evening was capped off by an exciting conclusion to the first-ever MechWarrior Online World Championship Finals, where two teams of eight duked it out on the battlefield for their shot at the World Championship title and a share of the prize pool.

Continue here to read the full story.

Until None Remain: Battle Royale Beta Testing

Developer D.W.S. is seeking beta testers for Until None Remain: Battle Royale PC Edition, the upcoming non-VR edition of Until None Remain: Battle Royale VR, which, as the title explains, is a VR battle royale game. This Google Document is accepting signups, and offers an explanation of the goals of their testing, and promises testers who participate for more than an hour a free copy of the finished game:

Testing will be conducted during certain periods of time and everyone interested will be contacted to participate. Times are expected to be evenings US time during the week and afternoon to evenings US time on weekends. Communication for all testing will be in English and basic understanding of English is needed if you wish to participate. We will provide a discord channel as well for feedback and to help coordinate everyone. Once you have access you are more than welcome to play/test as long as the servers are up and running, but we cannot guarantee availability until launch, but we do our best to leave some servers up and running.

If you are interested in testing you will be provided a Beta key that will unlock the game before launch. We reserve the right to revoke the key before launch, but those who participate in the testing for a minimum of 1 hour will get to keep the key and it will work as a full retail copy at release as our thanks for helping out.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's recap of last week's 10 bestselling titles on Steam:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. SpellForce 3
  4. Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Italia
  5. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  7. Call of Duty: WWII
  8. Nioh: Complete Edition / 仁王 Complete Edition
  9. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Pass

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Out of the Blue

Update: Noticed after I posted this that today is Human Rights Day, and that I failed to wish a happy 24th birthday(!) to the original DOOM, both of which seem slightly more noteworthy than more of my ramblings about football.

As a Giants fan I'm not used to midseason regime changes, but in spite of the team's aversion to such disruptions, this week seems an endorsement of them. There is a genuine sense of optimism from the team and its fans today that is hard to explain otherwise. There is always intensity to playing a rival like the Cowboys, but the passion surrounding discussion of today's matchup is still completely crazy for a team with a 2-10 record, where everyone is worked up because the team is being led this week by a head coach with a career 10-38 record. I talk like this is all on other fans, but I'm as guilty of being hyped as anyone, so I guess it just shows how much emotion some of us invest in this game.

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Saturday, Dec 09, 2017

Path of Exile: War for the Atlas Launches

Grinding Gear Games announces the release of War for the Atlas, a new expansion for Path of Exile, their action RPG. This is available now for PC, while an Xbox One version is coming later this month. Here's more on the launch of the new content, including word on how to get a helmet skin, which doesn't sound dirty at all:

The War for the Atlas and Abyss Challenge League are now live! We're very happy to see the community so active and engaged in the new content. We ran into a few small issues after launch but these have been fixed now. We'll be keeping a close eye on everything throughout the weekend and will continue to fix things as we go.

Don't forget, if you haven't already gotten yours, it's still possible to receive a free helmet skin simply by watching your favourite streamer play Path of Exile! Find out more here.

We hope that you enjoy the new content. Please consider checking out our new War for the Atlas Supporter Packs. Thank you so much for your support!

Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Begins

Activision announces the Winter Siege event for Call of Duty: WWII is now underway as promised. There are patch notes on Steam with all the details on how this comes with an update for the military shooter. This post has more on the event, and this one discusses extra perks for Twitch Prime members. Here's word on two levels of supply drops that will be part of all this:

FREE WINTER SIEGE SUPPLY DROPS
With a new Quartermaster comes new gear! Log in each week during Winter Siege to grab yourself a free Winter Siege Supply Drop, and check out some of the new items like Weapons, Helmets, Calling Cards, Emotes, and more that will be available.

One variant of each weapon can be earned in-game for free via Special Orders from Major Howard. You can also obtain a unique Winterized version of each weapon as a Collection Reward, along with special Winter Uniforms. Be sure to stay tuned for more info!

Additionally, if you’re a Twitch Prime member (and Twitch Prime is free if you have Amazon Prime!) there’s even more free loot heading your way! Winter Siege kicks off the Call of Duty: WWII Twitch Prime Partnership that’s bringing you six months of Supply Drop Packs and an exclusive animated Weapon Camo. Check back on 12/8 for all the details and how to partake in this offer.

Overwatch Competitive Changes

A Blizzard post to the Overwatch Forums discusses planned changes for competitive Season 8 in the multiplayer shooter. Principle designer Scott Mercer says they are removing personal performance skill rating adjustments for diamond players and says they are also going to tighten the variance between skill ratings on an individual team. Word is they will make that adjustment right after the new year:

With the debut of the new competitive season 8 in January we’re going to be making a few matchmaking changes to increase match quality. The first change is limiting the maximum Skill Rating (SR) difference between the highest SR player on a team and the lowest SR player on the same team. This will especially help players at both the lower and higher limits of SR, where there are typically fewer players available. If a player has an SR of 4500, there are not that many other players who have a similarly high SR. The matchmaker has previously assigned players who are of a much lower SR to the same team as 4500 SR player, and hasn’t always created the best match experience possible.

We implemented the technology for this change in the 1.17.0.3 patch at the end of November, but did not aggressively tune the SR value of the limit. During the month of December we will be quietly testing the effect of more restrictive SR limits to both match quality and queue times. With the data and player feedback from testing, we’ll then come back from our holiday break on January 2 and apply a finalized set of values for Season 8.

Note that the matchmaker will still allow you to group with other players according to the current SR limits at their skill tier, which is 1000 SR for Bronze through Diamond, 500 SR for Master, and 250 for Grandmaster. We recently restricted the SR grouping limit at Grandmaster with this new Season 8 change in mind.

On Sale

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Saturday Interviews

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Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

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Hardware Reviews

  • EZVIZ Mini Trooper Wi-Fi Security Camera on Big Bruin.
  • LaCie 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 20TB External HDD on TweakTown.
  • Rantopad MXX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Nikk Tech.
  • SteelSeries M750 TKL Mechanical Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
  • Zalman Z-Machine X7 Full Tower ATX Case on Benchmark Reviews.

Out of the Blue

We're getting our first snow of the season right now, which is an odd one, since this storm started in the deep south before heading our way. It's been a very mild autumn in this part of the northeast, where I often joke about how short or non-existent the transitory seasons of spring and fall tend to be. This storm is the real deal, though, so I'll probably have to dust off the show shovel and do some work. This makes perfect sense, as winter is less than two weeks away, but the moderate weather allowed me to ignore this fact before this cold slap in the face.

Snowy Links: Thanks Ant.
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Citizen journalist enthusiastically reports local house fire (NSFW).
Follow-up: What Happens When You Microwave a Boiled Egg. Thanks j.c.f.



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