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New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now offers new version 17.8.1 Crimson ReLive reference drivers for AMD graphics cards (thanks [H]ardOCP). Here's word on what these do:

Support For

  • Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics
  • Quake™ Champions Early Access
  • Agents of Mayhem

Fixed Issues

  • Some protected content applications may experience an HDCP error code while playing Blu-ray content.
  • A limited number of HDR enabled TV's may experience intermittent HDMI signal loss.
  • Grand Theft Auto V may experience an intermittent application crash.
  • With Enhanced Sync enabled Video playback on desktop or YouTube playback in Google Chrome may cause tearing choppy playback.
  • Forza Horizon 3 may experience long or extended load times.
  • FreeSync displays may experience stuttering when watching fullscreen video content.
  • FreeSync brightness or flickering issues have been resolved on a small amount of Samsung FreeSync enabled displays that may have been experiencing issues.
  • Tekken™ 7 may experience a crash (Chapter 13) on some Radeon RX 380 Series graphics products.

Anno 1800 Revealed

MCV tweets the revelation that Anno 1800 will be the next installment in the ANNO series of strategy games. They promise more details soon, but they have not arrived yet. But PCGamesN points the way to the official announcement trailer from Ubisoft. Unfortunately for those of us in the U.S., this returns a message saying "The uploader has not made this video available in your country." So we ironically turn to this version of the trailer posted by Ubisoft Hong Kong/Taiwan/Southeast Asia. This shows off steamships that were not around in 1800, so we presume this covers the ensuing years as well, which is born out by the description, which says: "Welcome to the 19th Century, the dawn of the industrial age! Diplomacy, trade or warfare, choose your strategy for victory." Continue here to read the full story.

BIOMUTANT Announced

Publisher THQ Nordic and developer Experiment 101 announce BIOMUTANT, an open-world action/RPG coming next year to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There's already an official Biomutant website to help track this project, offering screenshots, and describing what they call a "new take on 3rd person combat." Here's the announcement of the game, which is being demonstrated at Gamescom, which gets underway today:

THQ Nordic and independent developer Experiment 101 have revealed BIOMUTANT, a new and original open-world action RPG for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC. Explore a world in turmoil and define its fate – will you be the hero and savior or lead it to an even darker destiny?

BIOMUTANT’s unique design lets players change their character’s abilities and appearance with powerful mutations, bionic prosthetics and weapons. Grow claws, sprout wings, or attach a robotic leg - each choice will impact the way your hero plays in real-time combat that blends melee martial arts and firearms.

Set in an imaginative post-apocalyptic universe, BIOMUTANT is a kung fu fable filled with fantastic creatures to discover, dangerous factions to navigate, and colorful worlds to explore with mechs, paragliders, balloons, mounts, jet skis and more.

Immortal: Unchained Announced

Publisher Sold Out and developer Toadman Interactive announce Immortal: Unchained, a "hardcore" action/RPG coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q2 of next year. Here's the announcement trailer and here's the plan:

Prepare to face the apocalypse in the upcoming hardcore action Role-Playing Game (RPG), Immortal: Unchained. Set in a dark, sci-fi universe, the game is a unique take on a well-known sub-genre, blending third-person action shooter and hardcore RPG elements. Immortal: Unchained is the first original franchise from publisher Sold Out and developer Toadman Interactive and will release on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM™ in 2018.

Immortal: Unchained features a diverse arsenal of unique weaponry for ranged and melee combat, which will aid players in exploring the world, and in facing brutal enemies and merciless boss fights. Immortal’s ranged combat mechanics allow for tactical point-of-contact shooting, and create strategic alternatives in instances when slowing down or disarming an enemy may be more beneficial than simply blasting them away.

“Immortal: Unchained is a fresh new take on the hardcore RPG genre,” explains Sarah Hoeksma, Marketing Director of Sold Out. “We wanted to craft an intriguing story and strategic combat system to set ourselves apart from the other titles out there. The game is certainly not for the faint-hearted, and we’re eager to share it with those who are brave enough to check it out at Gamescom.”

Featuring writers from Battlefield 1 and The Witcher comes a story the player will have to piece together themselves, as the central character sets off with no memory of their past. Unwillingly unchained by the warden, the player’s skills are put to the test, given only the instruction that they must stop the end of the world. Other characters in the game may shed light on the situation, but the reality is not always clear, as characters are always operating on their own agendas. Discovering the truth is just as much of a challenge as the gameplay – and just as much of a reward.

Immortal: Unchained will be available in both digital and retail versions for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM™ in Q2 2018. The game is not yet rated.

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Cities: Skylines - Green Cities Announced

Get ready to argue about climate change, as developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive announce Cities: Skylines - Green Cities. This expansion for Cities: Skylines is coming to Windows, Linux, and macOS later this year, allowing virtual mayors to create a more eco-friendly environment for their citizens. Fire up you solar-powered YouTube machine to gaze upon the announcement trailer, and read on for more details in an announcement that references INXS, Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, and, of course, The Carpenters:

Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order are preparing to make players green with envy in Green Cities, a new expansion for their evergreen city-builder Cities: Skylines. Coming later this year, Green Cities will allow mayors to make sustainable cities, complete with organic stores, electric vehicles, and new services designed to make pollution a quaint notion of the past. Green Cities will arrive for $12.99 via low-carbon-footprint digital delivery for Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs later this year.

Cities: Skylines - Green Cities adds 350 new assets to the core game, adding a massive selection of new visual options, complete with eco-friendly buildings, organic stores, electric vehicles, and new services designed to make pollution a quaint notion of the past. Players can create more diversified cities, or go completely green as the urban population grows. New in-game services and buildings arrive alongside revisions to noise and environmental pollution, making the skies safer for Chirper at last.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, with exciting new features such as:

  • Story to Story, Building to Building, Street to Street: New eco-friendly buildings, New specialization buildings, new alternative service buildings, new unique buildings, electric cars, new parks -- 350 new assets in all giving a unique new look to Cities: Skylines
  • I Wish I Was Special, You’re So Very Special: New specialized options for all city zones, plus leveled-up specializations for the first time in Cities: Skylines
  • So What So What So What’s the Scenario: New scenarios, New policy options, and a new Monument to make your friends Green with envy
  • Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear More Stylish: Of course we’ve included a flower-crown hat for Chirper.

As always, the expansion will be accompanied by a free content update to the base game, which will include electric cars, road modding, changes to noise pollution, and more beautification options in the form of parks and trees, among other things.

For more information on Cities: Skylines, please visit www.paradoxplaza.com/cities-skylines

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Bus Simulator 18 Announced

Publisher astragon Entertainment announces Bus Simulator 18, a transportation sim sequel to Bus Simulator 16 coming to PCs. This is in the works at stillalive studios and is expected in 2018. The news comes with a cinematic reveal trailer that seems to goof on itself with an overly serious slow motion look at a pot-bellied driver donning his sweater-vest in the locker room before he and Mr. Brown and Mr. Pink stride purposefully towards their destinies. This will include a multiplayer mode, but there's no word on whether this includes the ability to play as a passenger. Here's the announcement:

astragon Entertainment has announced some great news for bus fans during today’s gamescom press conference in Cologne: stillalive studios, the creators of Bus Simulator 16, have already begun with the development of its successor, Bus Simulator 18 for PC, which will delight players with many new exciting features.

In addition to buses by Daimler Buses and MAN as well as a more the twice as large game world compared to its predecessor, players of Bus Simulator 18 can already look forward to even more possibilities in regards to bus and city modding as well as a synchronous multiplayer mode.

Bus Simulator 18 is being developed in Unreal® Engine 4, which means even more and better creative options in regards to the game’s graphics for stillalive studios. Further interesting features of Bus Simulator 18 include a day/night cycle as well as an enhanced progression system.

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The Crew 2 in March

UbiBlog offers an official release date for The Crew 2, saying the open-world driving, flying, and boating sequel is due on March 16, 2018 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. They celebrate the news with a new Gamescom 2017 trailer and the revelation of some preorder bonuses. Here's a bit:

Get your motor running and head out on the highway on March 16, 2018 when The Crew 2 arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Thanks to its new Fast Fav feature, you can seamlessly switch between your favorite ground, water, or air vehicles as you travel across the game’s new take on an open world USA. As you search for more boats, planes, bikes and exotic cars for your collection, you’ll find a variety of challenges and competitions that’ll put that collection to use. You’ll hone your street racing, off-road racing, pro-racing, and freestyle racing skills in events like powerboat racing, aerobatics, jetsprint, and rally raid, as well as the newly announced drift, alpha grand prix, and motocross.

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Police Simulator 18 Delay; Trailer

The Gamescom 2017 trailer is now online for Police Simulator 18, the upcoming sim that puts you in the shoes of a law enforcement officer (hopefully with good arch support). The clip comes along with a new release date, saying this is coming on January 25, 2018, a setback from previously announced plans to put this out before the end of this year. Here's word:

Welcome to Loston Bay! During today’s gamescom press conference in Cologne astragon Entertainment and Bigmoon Entertainment were very happy to give attending media representatives new insights into the game world and gameplay of the upcoming police simulation game POLICE SIMULATOR 18 in the form of an official gamescom trailer.

POLICE SIMULATOR 18 lets the player slip into the role of a real US police officer and discover the interesting challenges and varied tasks that lie waiting for him while patrolling the streets of the sprawling US city of Loston Bay. The player can choose to go on patrol through three different city districts either alone in the game’s single player mode or together with a friend in the cooperative two-person multiplayer mode. The extremely expansive - and thanks to the use of the Unreal® Engine 4 very lifelike - metropolis can be explored by the player freely either on foot or in one of three distinct patrol cars.

POLICE SIMULATOR 18 will be released worldwide for PC on January 25, 2018.

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TransRoad: USA Release Date and Trailer

Publisher astragon Entertainment and developer Deck13 Hamburg reveal November 9th is the release date for TransRoad: USA, their upcoming Windows and macOS transportation simulation. They also offer a Gamescom 2017 teaser trailer to illustrate the news. And to keep us on our toes, the trailer description says to expect the game on November 11th, but they can't fool us into thinking this comes out on a Saturday, so we're placing our bets on the 9th. Word is the game will be available at retail as well as via download. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I never got past my indifference to the eclipse yesterday, and still managed to be disappointed since it didn't even get that dark around here. I presume being in the path of totality would have the effect I expected, but around here where the moon only covered about 80% of the sun, it was essentially the same as if it was cloudy. I eventually got what I was looking for when the sun set, and I didn't even need any special glasses.

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Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Age of Empires 4 and More Definitive Editions Announced

The Age of Empires website recaps a few Age of Empires announcements from Gamescom. First and foremost is the news that Age of Empires 4 is in development at Relic Entertainment. They say they cannot wait tell us more about this, but they are waiting anyway. They say to stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime, they offer an announce trailer to celebrate the news. This ends with the Windows 10 logo, and it's possible that it's not coming to older versions of Windows. They also announce an October 19th release date for the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, a Windows 10 exclusive, and they also revealed plans for definite editions of Age of Empires 2 and 3, which are presumably for Windows 10 too. They also offer a new Age of Empires Definitive Edition Gamescom 2017 trailer. Here's word:

Age of Empires 4!!!!!!!! We have been dying to tell you all!

Now that we’ve gotten that excitement out of the way, we can move onto a wrap up of the rest of the announcements from our event. There is a lot to cover!

We started off announcing the release date for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, October 19th, 2017! What a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original game! AoE: DE will launch with a ton of awesome new features, but we have kept a lot of things the same to preserve the feel of the original game. Take a look at the list:

  • Attack Move
  • 250-300 population cap​
  • Rally Points Basic
  • Rally Points Contextual (Intelligent Villagers)
  • Grid default key layout ​
  • Select Idle Military
  • Select Idle Villagers
  • Unit queueing
  • Right-click mouse scroll
  • And MORE!

We then announced that we will be releasing Definitive Editions of both Age II and Age III, keep an eye out for more details about those!

Those led nicely into our announcement of Age of Empires IV. We are also excited to announce that we are working with the fantastic team from Relic Entertainment to make this the best Age game yet! Stay tuned for more details, we cannot wait to tell you more.

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Battlefield 1 Revolution and Battlefield 1 Incursions Announced

EA announces Battlefield 1 Revolution, a new definitive version of Battlefield 1, as well as Battlefield 1 Incursions, a new mode that's in the works for the World War I shooter. Battlefield 1 Revolution is now available, offering the game and the Premium Pass that includes four DLC packs. Also now available for Premium Pass owners is Lupkow Pass, the first map from the imminent In the Name of the Tsar expansion. Finally, they also announce Battlefield 1 Incursions, a new competitive mode featuring five-versus-five matches. This trailer shows that off, and this page is accepting signups for the alpha test. Here's an overview:

DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today unveiled a Revolution for Battlefield™ 1. In the complete Battlefield 1 experience, Battlefield 1 Revolution allows players to experience the dawn of all-out war through epic multiplayer battles where no battle is ever the same, immersive single player War Stories, more maps, deeper progression and new modes, all in a single package. Battlefield 1 Revolution is now available worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin on PC. In addition, Battlefield 1 Incursions is a new intense gaming experience being developed in collaboration with players, and optimized for competition. Players can register now for the Closed Alpha beginning in September.

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Overwatch Junkertown Map Tease

"Junkertown: The Plan" is a new trailer from Blizzard for Overwatch. This shows off a new escort map coming to Overwatch that's highlighted further in this Junkertown "coming soon" trailer. They've said to expect another video on Wednesday, but it's not clear if that also relates to this. Here's what they are saying for now about the new map:

Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches...and to survive.

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Heroes of the Storm Kel'Thuzad Tease

A new "Obey the Call" trailer for Heroes of the Storm is now online, promoting the upcoming addition of Kel'Thuzad to the Nexus. This takes a different form from their recent hero cinematics, as it's in the style of an animated cartoon. There is also a new Kel'Thuzad page on Battle.net outlining his abilities as an assassin in the MOBA. For those unfamiliar with the Archlich of Naxxramas from World of Warcraft, they also offer an overview:

Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel’Thuzad remains Arthas’s most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.

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Motorsport Manager DLC and Free Content Released

New Challenge Pack DLC is now available for Motorsport Manager, accompanied by a new free content update called Devil's in the Detail for the racing management simulation (which is currently on sale). This recent trailer shows off what to expect, and here are the details:

We're delighted to confirm that the Motorsport Manager Challenge Pack DLC & Free Update "Devil's in the Detail" is out now (free update automatically applied to all players). If you don't already own Motorsport Manager PC, we can also reveal that you can also get an amazing 66% off Motorsport Manager right through to the end of the Belgian GP weekend!

Buy the Challenge Pack -> http://store.steampowered.com/app/639680/
66% discount -> http://store.steampowered.com/app/415200/Motorsport_Manager/

Each of the exhilarating challenges in this pack will test your ability to adapt and succeed under pressure. Try to win races in a season where unusual, but exciting rules like race track sprinklers and reverse grids have been introduced. Or strive to bring your team back from the brink in a season marred by the loss of your vital parts design centre.

In addition, the brand new "Devil's in the Detail" update (free and automatically downloaded for all users) brings with it much-requested community features such including harder in race AI difficulty, which is an option in the preferences menu offering a new challenge for long time players. Other features include save/load setups, weight stripping, run wides and more.

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Destiny 2 Launch Trailer

With Destiny 2 due in a couple of weeks for consoles and on October 24th for Windows, Bungie now offers the official launch trailer for the first-person shooter sequel. Here's the blurb that accompanies the clip:

Humanity has fallen. Villainous Dominus Ghaul has arrived on Earth with his Red Legion army to lay claim to the power he believes he alone is worthy to wield. Rally with the remaining survivors and rise up to defeat Ghaul before all is lost.

Destiny 2 features a dramatic, cinematic story campaign, and a variety of activities for every type of gamer, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players with new places to explore and adventures to conquer. Destiny 2 launches September 6th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will be available for PC on October 24 via Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service.

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FE Announced

EA announces FE, a platformer in the works at Swedish Studio Zoink Games for release early next year. Here's the plan:

-Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that the EA Originals title Fe will be launching worldwide in early 2018. Developed by the award-winning Swedish studio Zoink Games, Fe is a new type of wordless platformer full of sounds. Through Fe, a small cub that suddenly awakes in the forest, players will discover a world they will never want to leave as they use sound to communicate, connect with nature, identify friendly and unfriendly creatures and interpret their own narrative along the way.

“We wanted to create a game that gives the feeling of exploring something special,” said Klaus Lyngeled, CEO and Creative Lead at Zoink Games. “We would spend hours in the woods as kids, and while it felt scary at first, eventually the strange sounds became familiar -- you become part of nature and the forest feels like home. Players will realize similar feelings as they play through Fe. Wherever and however the game is played, we ensure it will be a unique experience of discovery, unlike anything played before.”

“Through Fe, Zoink has reminded us that everything is connected. They have created a game where the magic and beauty of nature, and all its creatures, come alive,” said Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Worldwide Studios. “This game and this studio embody the spirit of the EA Originals program that we started a little over a year ago – the freedom to create, and to bring uniquely innovative and memorable games to players all over the world."

In Fe, players will be enchanted by the natural surroundings as they uncover secrets, complete side quests, and meet the mystical creatures of the forest. Players will climb, glide and dig as they voyage through the open experience meeting, interacting and rescuing plants and animals from the Silent Ones, the machine antagonists that are threatening the forest. Through unparalleled freedom of exploration in a world full of discoveries to uncover, players will become Fe and never want to leave.

Fe will be launching worldwide in early 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Origin for PC and Nintendo Switch. Fe is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information on Fe please visit https://www.EA.com/Games/Fe.

The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs Announced

"Dogs and cats, living together!" EA announces a Cats & Dogs expansion pack coming to The Sims 4. They say this is coming to the lifestyle simulation on November 10th, so there's still time to fence in the backyard and stock up on kitty litter. Here's word:

Life is better with cats and dogs! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and Maxis today announced that The Sims™ 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack is coming to PC and Mac on November 10th. The highly anticipated expansion pack allows players to experience the cuddly companionship and delightful surprises cats and dogs will bring into their Sims’ daily lives. The all new Create A Pet tool provides players with the ability to create and design their perfect pet. Choose from an expansive variety of cat and dog breeds or mix multiple breeds to create something truly unique. Customize furry friends’ coats with crazy patterns or match the spots and stripes of an in-game pet to a real-life pet. For the first time ever, special outfits and accessories will also be available to finish off the look, and tailored personality traits ensure no two pets are alike inside-or-out.

“The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs offers fans some of the cutest, most charming pets ever seen in The Sims. From dogs and cats to puppies and kittens, the new tools for customizing pets are so flexible and powerful, players can really create anything they can imagine,” said Executive Producer, Lyndsay Pearson. “We know how much our community values four-legged friends as part of their families and I am thrilled at what the team has been able to bring to life.”

The animals’ unique personality traits will be discovered along the way as Sims care for, train and play games with their pets. A brand-new veterinarian business will allow players to pursue dreams of building their own veterinary clinic, hiring a dedicated staff, and diagnosing and curing pets from the occasional fleas to the more bizarre sicknesses they encounter.

Lastly, The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will expand The Sims 4 with the beautiful coastal shores of a brand-new world, Brindleton Bay. Here Sims and their pets can play fetch near the harbor docks, take a walk to the lighthouse, visit a park to setup an obstacle course, meet other pet-loving locals, and even find stray pets that Sims can take in as their own!

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information and to pre-order The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs, please visit www.TheSims.com.

*REQUIRES THE SIMS 4 GAME (SOLD SEPARATELY) AND ALL GAME UPDATES TO PLAY.

THQ Nordic Acquires Black Forest Games

THQ Nordic continues to play Katamari Damacy with gaming properties, announcing the acquisition of developer Black Forest Games as well as three of their IPs, Giana Sisters, Helldorado, and Rogue Stormers. Here's word:

THQ Nordic is announcing today that it has acquired 100% of the shares from the five founders of Black Forest Games. Also, an Asset Purchase Agreement with Black Forest Games was concluded to acquire the intellectual properties “Giana Sisters”, “Helldorado” and “Rogue Stormers”, which will be now part of the THQ Nordic Portfolio of IPs and Franchises.

The IP-acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, whereas the day-to-day business and the share deal is handled by THQ Nordic GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria. THQ Nordic GmbH is taking over 100 % of the company including the whole team. The five founders will stay on board to continue the success story of the 50 people studio.

Black Forest Games is currently working on an unannounced project for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. More details regarding this project will be revealed soon.

Ruiner Next Month

Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Reikon Games announce a September 26th release date for Ruiner, their upcoming cyberpunk shooter. This represents a delay, as the game was announced for release last year for Windows, macOS, and Linux. A new "Ugly Heart" trailer illustrates the news, which follows:

Developer Reikon Games and the street gang bosses of Devolver Digital have announced the brutal cyberpunk action shooter RUINER will hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 26. The new ‘Ugly Heart’ trailer heralds in the release date and puts the spotlight on some of RUINER’s more extravagant weapons [https://youtu.be/8kt6SSibH9s].

RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired psychopath lashes out against a corrupt system to retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend. Combine preternatural reflexes, augmented tools, and the arsenal of fallen foes to tear down and dismantle the corporate titans of virtuality dealers at HEAVEN.

“After the success of the Hotline Miami series and the impending cash money windfall of RUINER and Absolver, Devolver Digital will only publish games with masks now,” noted Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker.

Reflexes will be put to the test as players take aim at HEAVEN, the monolithic corporation behind the entertainment networks bringing people real sensations in virtual worlds. The masked hero will utilize a fantastic array of weaponry and gadgets in concert with fluid movement and tactical strikes to save his kin and discover the hidden truths of Rengkok.

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Link of the Day: Glass Top Pool Table. Thanks Ant.

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION Announced

Square Enix announces they are bringing FINAL FANTASY XV to PCs with the FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION early next year. They say the Windows version will contain PC-specific enhancements, and the GeForce website dives into this in detail, and offers this trailer with a look at the game running at 4K resolution. Here's a bit on the plan:

The Final Fantasy series is one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time, with over 135 million copies sold worldwide. Each release employs the highest possible production values and pushes the limit of game technology with cutting-edge effects, massive worlds, and the latest rendering techniques. Last November, the critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XV launched on current-gen consoles, and today at a special NVIDIA event at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Square Enix’s FINAL FANTASY XV Director, Hajime Tabata, made a surprise appearance to unveil FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION.

To achieve the creation of this highest-end edition of FINAL FANTASY XV, Square Enix has partnered with NVIDIA to integrate several of the world’s best real-time visual effects, courtesy of our GameWorks library, in addition to ShadowPlay Highlights, NVIDIA Ansel, and GeForce Experience’s extensive suite of features. Take a first look below in the debut trailer for FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION, and keep on reading to learn more.

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Jurassic World Evolution Announced

Frontier Developments announces Jurassic World Evolution, a management simulation game expected for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next summer. The film Jurassic World came out in 2015, but a sequel titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is also expected next summer, so there is some planned synergy here. An announcement trailer is online with a look at the game's CGI takes on the movies' CGI dinosaurs and an idea of what gameplay will be like. Here's the announcement:

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced its new game, Jurassic World Evolution, and revealed the first trailer. Based on Universal Pictures’ iconic film franchise and created in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, the game expands on the official Jurassic World mythology and puts players in charge of cinema’s greatest tourist destination – where they will have the opportunity to create and manage their own Jurassic World. Launching in summer 2018, Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system.

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonny Watts. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Jurassic World Evolution evolves players’ relationship with the Jurassic World film franchise, placing them in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.’

The game is scheduled to release next summer and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be in theatres June 2018.

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Surviving Mars Trailer

Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Haemimont Games now offer a new trailer revealing gameplay from Surviving Mars, showing how this will allow players to science the doodoo out of the red planet when it lands next year. Here's the accompanying blurb:

Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games that mix Opportunity and Curiosity, today revealed a new in-game trailer for Surviving Mars, the upcoming management strategy game from Haemimont Games. Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs in 2018, Surviving Mars will put players in charge of the first functioning colony on the Red Planet, where resources are thin, the environment is hostile, and human colonists will need to balance productivity with sanity. The new video features footage captured from inside the game itself, and provides a first look at what players can expect when Surviving Mars arrives on Earth next year.

In Surviving Mars, players will lead a colonization effort on the surface of Mars, from the very first rovers and supply drops to the construction of suitable habitats for brave settlers from Earth. Every colonist will be vital to the mission as the colony struggles to gain a foothold where the environment is hostile and resources are scarce. With each success, however, players will gain the ability to expand further, and even establish a thriving society – and lead a new generation that has never known the Earth.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Trailer

Here's the official Gamescom trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, the upcoming brixilated superheroic sequel. Here's word on the clip, and how it will take us on a journey to Chronopolis:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, taking viewers on an exciting journey through the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. The video spotlights a myriad of iconic Marvel locations, all ripped from time and space to form one huge, incredible open world for players to roam and explore, from the mythical land of Asgard and deep space base of Knowhere, to the vibrant jungle of Wakanda and the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Other Marvel settings revealed in the trailer include the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, K'un-lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, Nueva York, Old West and The Swamp, which will be joined by Attilan, Kang’s Citadel and Xandar to make up sprawling open world that is Chronopolis.

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Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan Announced

InselGames reveals plans to launch Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan for western audiences later this year, calling this a sci-fi action/MMORPG with hack-and-slash combat and MOBA-style skill and hero systems. The game's Steam page goes a step further, and saying this is due next month. They supply a teaser trailer to give a sense of this, and offer details in the announcement:

About Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan:
Wild Buster is a Sci-Fi Action MMORPG with a heavy focus on a range of PvP mechanics. By joining either the human Guardians or the mutant Abandon factions, players will be able to choose from more than 12 characters, all with a varied spectrum of skills for unique play styles, that allow players to adopt a variety of roles more commonly found in MOBAs rather than in MMORPG environments. While facing a mutual enemy, Guardian and Abandon fighter will inevitably square off against each other for resources, in guild battles, when participating in the Squad League, or by intercepting each other during epic dungeon raids.

Key Features:

  • Full MMORPG with Hack'n'Slash combat
  • MOBA-style character and skill system: Different skill combinations with two powerful ‘ultimate skills’ to choose from for each hero and the possibility to upgrade and customize skills with items
  • 12+ selectable heroes (24 planned) that employ distinctly different play styles and unique abilities
  • Two factions: The Guardians, a military organisation tasked with the mission to protect all humans, who rely on strict discipline and training to do so and the Abandon, an alliance of unbound wild mutants. They are less organized, but experts in utilizing weapons and gadgets to survive even in harsh environments.
  • Highly diverse dungeons: three different difficulties, Raid dungeons for up to 15 players, defend dungeons with wave-based combat and competitive shared dungeons for four groups of players at once
  • Squad League: league for high level characters (level 50) offering 5vs5 pvp matches for honor and glory
  • Extensive item upgrade system: Recycle old gear and create unique equipment matching your character and playstyle perfectly
  • Rank level system: Players increase their account wide level beyond the character level to get extra attribute bonuses

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Gappo's Legacy VR Announced

Odysseus announces Gappo's Legacy VR will launch into Steam early access on September 7th, offering a home version of this game that's currently playable in "VR arcades around the globe," which are apparently a thing. They call this a transmedia project, saying a TV series and a comic book are also in development. Here's a teaser trailer and here's the announcement:

GAPPO’S LEGACY VR, the stunning Punch-and-Shoot Sci-Fi Combat game which is currently rocking on VR arcades around the globe, will be released on Steam on September 7. The title will appear in Early Access and will contain all the features and more of the Viveport Arcade version, available since July 18.

Teaser Trailer 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GnsLbU6Pq0

Dodge, cover yourself, hit your enemies, catch and throw your opponents, and shoot your targets as you join the Makina Resistance Army in their historical battle for freedom. GAPPO’S LEGACY VR is part of a transmedia project which includes a TV series and a comic book in development.

This game is being published by and will resume development for the final full release under the baton of Odysseus. This company is the result of the merge between the indie videogame studio GKT Studios and the multimedia film producer Moviement Films, which are the original co-producers of this early access.

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Offensive Combat: Redux! Released

Steam now offers the promised launch of Offensive Combat: Redux!, a Windows first-person shooter that revives the offensive combat of the original Offensive Combat (no offense). The game carries a launch discount, and they are promising VIP perks to all who get the game before the end of this month. Here's the launch trailer, and here's word:

That's right, we're live. What an awesome feeling to be able to open the game up to players.

We also want to acknowledge the amazing feedback we received from our testers, and we want to thank the them for their time, effort, passion, and hard work in helping make the game better for everyone.

We've had the opportunity to create some really funny stuff here (the Zapper is a personal favorite), crazy characters (VIP Gold Disco Ball Helmet anyone?) and have ensured the game is level and fair for players (EasyAntiCheat and balancing)! We're open and ready.

So, if you're wondering if this is a game you might want to play, you should know. We are VERY passionate about this game, and making it a really fun place to be. Community is very important to us and we want people to be active in letting us know what they like, love and hate. We're listening.

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Out of the Blue

So today is the solar eclipse in North America. Up here in New York we are on the fringes of the path, so a little over 70% of the sun will be obscured around here, but there is a swath of the country from Oregon to South Carolina that will experience a total eclipse. I speculated a while back that I might end up getting hyped by this, but that has not turned out to be the case. I don't have any glasses, and don't have any plans on trying to view this live... I'll just end up watching video of it or something. I see warnings about pets, and while I don't picture The Gunnar-man deciding to stare at the sun, I'll be sure he's inside this afternoon when things are happening. This won't be any sort of hardship for him, as he spends all of about five minutes a day outside other than when we are on walks. Here's hoping you have clear skies if you are heading out to experience this, and that you keep your eyes safe from the death rays.

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