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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New GRID Announced

Codemasters announces GRID, a fourth title in their automobile racing series that borrows its name from the first installment, making it a reboot of sorts. This is coming to PC and consoles in September. "GRID as a racing franchise is revered by our community and we are delighted to bring it to the current generation of consoles," said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters. "The game offers so much variety and depth, from the number of modern and classic cars through to the locations and race options. Renowned for its handling, the game will appeal to all types of player, from casual drivers who want a lean-in challenge, to sim drivers who want some serious fun." To further enhance the game's realism, they're partnering with professional driver Fernando Alonso as their race consultant. There's a pre-rendered reveal trailer on IGN, and here are more details:

Codemasters® today announced that one of its most loved franchises, GRID®, is making a long-awaited return when it releases on September 13th 2019 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam). The fourth game in the series, GRID delivers intense wheel to wheel racing action, spanning four continents in some of the world’s most famous city streets and race circuits. Choose cars from GT, Touring, Stock, Muscle, Super-Modified and more, across race types including Circuit, Street Racing, Ovals, Hot Laps, Point-to-Point and World Time Attack.

GRID strikes the perfect balance, offering risk and reward for every type of racer. Handling is incredibly responsive with a learning curve that appeals to both casual arcade gamers through to the core simulation racers. Progression is rewarded through liveries, player cards, team mates, achievements and driving accolades. AI drivers push the player to their limits to earn a place on the podium and ultimate victory in the GRID World Series Championship. Realistic damage can affect both the car’s performance and handling and too much contact with the same racer will see them emerge as a nemesis who will stop at nothing to get their revenge in the race.

Established as one of the best modern-day drivers across F1®, Endurance and Stock Racing, Fernando Alonso has signed as a Race Consultant and appears in-game. Players enter a series of events against some of Alonso’s Esports driving team ‘FA Racing’, across multiple classes of racing before coming face to face with the former World Champion in his infamous Renault R26 F1® car, in a final showdown event.

George R.R. Martin Confirms Game Consultation

A blog post by George R.R. Martin reflects on Sunday's conclusion of the Game of Thrones television series. He discusses the ending of the show and what he's doing with all his free time, which thankfully includes continuing to work on the A Song of Ice and Fire series (along with producing no fewer than eight television series and development of feature films). He also drops an itsty-bitsy tidbit about video game work, saying: "I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan." This jibes with a recent report that Martin was working with FromSoftware on an RPG project. This remains unconfirmed, but a post on Gematsu (thanks GameSpot) cites a "person familiar with ongoings at From Software" saying this is the game to which Martin is referring, a project they've been asked to refer to by its initials, G.R. Adding to the speculation, WCCFTECH has details from a post on 4Chan saying this title is to be Great Rune, a "true successor to the Dark Souls game," which will feature a Norse Mythology theme. If the rumors are correct, we'll learn more about this at E3. In the meantime, here's more of what Gematsu hears from their source:

A person familiar with ongoings at From Software has told Gematsu that the project—said to be known internally as “GR” (Gematsu has been asked to only share the acronym) and in development for the past three years—is an open-world title (with horse riding) and collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin published by Bandai Namco, which will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference.

Conan Unconquered Co-op Trailer

With Conan Unconquered due for release next week, publisher Funcom and developer Petroglyph offer a new video showcasing the cooperative multiplayer support in the barbaric real-time strategy game. They also announce support for a "challenge mode" that allows players to play a scenario with a given set of parameters and challenge others to best their score, noting this should please streamers. Here's word:

With only a few more days to go until launch, Petroglyph and Funcom have now released a new video, featuring interviews with Command & Conquer-veterans on the production team and a further glimpse into the co-op aspect of Conan Unconquered.

While most comparable RTS games are purely single-player games or 1v1, the development team behind Conan Unconquered were faced with a new challenge; namely producing a game that works equally well in co-op mode.

“We’re trying to make it as cooperative an experience as possible,” explains Executive Producer Ted Morris, who in addition to working on Command & Conquer can boast of having been the Development Director on the critically acclaimed RTS Star Wars: Empire at War.

In co-op mode each player will have their own hero and army, but they will share resources and most of the buildings. “Where the challenge comes in, is in trying to coordinate between the two of you, in order to fight more difficult mobs,” says Senior Game Designer Patrick Pannullo, adding that it is not simply going to be about double the number of enemies. Instead the increased difficulty will mainly be about what kind of mobs you face and where the attacks will come from.

The upcoming game will also feature a previously unannounced mechanism called challenge mode, which allows you to create and share a link with the exact same map, settings and unlockable feats as in the game you just had. This allows you to challenge your friends to beat your own score in a much more comparable way than it would have been with everything randomized. Each link will also come with its own leaderboard.

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RAD in August

Double Fine tweets a release date for RAD, saying their "action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world" is due on August 20th. This post has a trailer for the game along with details and beta signups:

In conjunction with Bandai Namco, we are proud to bring you RAD – a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice.

Playing as a teenage protagonist, you must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It is here that you will find the solution to heal the world, and transform the cracked, barren landscape into a lush source of new life.

However, humanity’s future comes at great personal cost, as the deeper you journey into unknown lands, the more you will expose yourself to gnarly toxins which will wreak havoc on your fragile human form.

The fate of the world depends on you, your trusty bat, and whatever strange new abilities you gain as the world around you ravages your body — twisting and mutating you into something far less than human, but far more powerful.

But forget all that — go grab that sweet bat and help save the world…or what’s remaining of it anyway!

RAD is a new game from Headlander and Stacking’s Lee Petty, along with a whole host of wonderful folks here at Double Fine, all listed at the end of the trailer.

It’s heading to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch this summer, and you can also sign up right over here for a chance to play in the limited Steam closed beta, coming real soon!

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Atelier Lulua -The Scion of Arland Released

Steam now offers Atelier Lulua -The Scion of Arland, an anime RPG that's the fourth installment in the Arland series. Here's a launch trailer with Japanese dialog and English subtitles, and here's word:

The engaging role-playing game invites players on a magical journey across mythical Arland, as the young heroine, Lulua, sets out on an epic adventure in hopes of uncovering the secrets of her family’s homeland.

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland continues the story of the fan-favorite Arland Trilogy, set several years after the happenings of the popular 2012 title: Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland. Fans familiar with the series will instantly be brought back to the nostalgic land they love through Lulua, the aspiring alchemist in training who discovers an ancient codex and awakens an ancient power within.

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Out of the Blue

The DOWNTON ABBEY Official Trailer is online. I dunno. MrsBlue and I enjoyed the series, but in contrast to the upcoming Deadwood movie, it didn't suffer from lack of closure. The trailer celebrates all the returning characters, but it just seems like another episode of the show. We'll still watch it, but I don't know that we'll rush to the theater to do so. Waiting for it to show up on a streaming service should suffice.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Collector’s Edition Announced

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Warhorse Studios announce the Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Collector's Edition, an upcoming bundle of the medieval RPG and all its DLC as well as some physical rewards, a bundle targeted at those with a great love for the game who paradoxically do not own it yet. This is expected for release on June 25th, and here's word on what it will include, and no, there is no corresponding footnote for that asterisk:

Celebrating the million-selling medieval roleplaying Game Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver proudly announce the Royal Collector’s Edition for PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X as well as Windows PC. Fans will get the complete experience of what has been one of the critically most acclaimed games of the year 2018 as of 25 of June 2019. The Royal Collector’s Edition includes the base game in its enhanced version as well as all DLCs and additional exclusive content.

Content overview Royal Collector’s Edition:

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition*
  • Double-Sided Poster featuring “A Woman’s Lot”-Artwork and world map
  • 15cm tall Polyresin Figurine of Theresa, painted in silver and with an antique finish
  • Selection of the official Kingdom Come: Deliverance soundtrack on Audio-CD
  • Deliverance - Making of Kingdom Come and Fechtbuch: The Real Swordfighting behind Kingdom Come on Blu-Ray
  • Decorative Metal-Pin with Kingdom Come: Deliverance Logo

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition includes all DLCs:

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Hell is Other Demons Released

Steam now offers Hell is Other Demons, an arcade, bullet hell shooter for Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can check out some gameplay in this colorful trailer. Here's the elevator pitch:

Hell is Other Demons is an arcade shooter, driven by quick, creative gameplay that rewards fast decision-making and even faster reflexes. Jump into the hooves of a demon out to kill a bunch of other demons as you progress through an extensive campaign and dominate wonderfully over-the-top bosses. For fans of classic, high-score based arcade games, Arcade Mode offers unlimited, procedurally generated action and endless replayability. The game’s bold colors and chunky pixels are backed by a heavy synthwave soundtrack by Rémi Gallego, of The Algorithm, and retro sound effects by Magnus Pålsson, of the VVVVVV OST.

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Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight Test Server Tomorrow

A new post on the Ubisoft Website has more on Year 4 Season 2 for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, including details on the two new operators coming to the tactical shooter, and the rework coming to the Kafe Dostoyevsky map. This trailer is included with a look at the gameplay and the new operators, offering a few tips to get players started with their new gadgets. We also have a separate press release about this saying a Windows test server will launch tomorrow for Operation Phantom Sight, offering the chance to help work out the bugs on all that's coming:

Today, Ubisoft announced the full details of the second season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege Year 4 content. Operation Phantom Sight introduces an all-new Attacker and a Defender, Nøkk and Warden respectively, as well as a major map rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky, the high-class locale situated at the heart of Moscow. Furthermore, in Year 4 Season 2, Rainbow Six Siege will introduce new changes to the recently implemented feature, Reverse Friendly Fire, as well as updates to the Rainbow Six Siege storefront and the Ranked playlist,

In this new season, Nøkk and Warden will redefine how intel is gathered as the newest additions to the Rainbow Six Siege Operator lineup. Armed with her FMG-9 and SIX12-SD, Nøkk uses her high-tech HEL Presence Reduction gadget to quietly navigate behind enemy lines, invisible to cameras and drones alike. In the meantime, Warden uses his Glance Smartglasses to enhance his vision, providing him with better visibility in smoke as well as immunity to flashes while remaining still. His M590A1 and MPX makes him a powerful anchor and entry denier in defense.

In addition to these two new Rainbow recruits, players will be able to explore the map rework of Kafe Dostoyevsky, which incorporates significant changes to the current map in order to open up and diversify gameplay: the first floor has been redesigned, new Bomb sites appeared on the second floor, alongside with many other updates improving replayability and gameplay opportunities. Other features that will be introduced in the upcoming season include further updates to Reverse Friendly Fire based on data and community feedback, a reworked Ranked playlist and a new in-game storefront.

The Test Server for Operation Phantom Sight will go live on May 21. The Test Server is an alternative version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, allowing players to test upcoming gameplay features that will make their way into the main game itself. Since this is a testing environment, a consistent gameplay experience is not guaranteed on the Test Server. Players are invited to submit the issues they encounter on the Test Server on the R6 Fix platform [link: here]. The Test Server is exclusive to Windows PC.

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F1 2019 Trailer

A new trailer for F1 2019 shows the eye of the tiger, as it is titled "Rise Up Against Your Rivals." The clip is featured in this blog post which includes a list of all the classic cars coming in the Formula One racing sequel. This promotes pre-purchases on Steam, offering the following overview of the project:

“Every year we make great strides so the game is as authentic and immersive as possible and we have surpassed expectations with the quality of the visuals in F1 2019,” said Lee Mather, F1 Game Director at Codemasters. “We also know from fan feedback the classic cars our community want to race and we hope the returning roster, alongside the new vehicles from the Legends and Anniversary editions, will give them the choices they crave.”

F1 2019 features all the official teams, drivers and all 21 circuits from the 2019 season. This year sees the inclusion of F2 with players being able to complete the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship™. The 2019 F2 Championship content will be made available as a free digital update during the season**. The F1 2019 Legends Edition is launched with three days early access on June 25th 2019 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam). The F1 2019 Anniversary edition is released on 28th June 2019.

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Out of the Blue

It was an interesting Game of Thrones finale... I feel like it's taking a while for me to digest it fully. I've seen reactions heaping both praise and criticism, and I guess it probably deserves some of each. But after lowered expectations over the past two seasons I did think it was much better executed than it could have been. I was quite worried it would be such a disappointment that it would feel like it ruined the whole run of the show, so I'm relieved that this was not my takeaway. It was a mixed bag, but I think overall I'm pretty satisfied. Am I wrong here? Was it as bad as some of the critics say?

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