Updated: Oct 01, 2022 12:27 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Saturday, Oct 01, 2022

Bungie and IO Interactive Seeking Stadia Solutions

Bungie and IO Interactive are also indicating efforts are underway to support players who purchased their games on Stadia, now that the cloud gaming service is closing (thanks IGN). Yesterday a statement from Ubisoft Support discussed bringing Ubisoft games from Stadia to Ubisoft Connect. Now a tweet from Destiny Bulletin for Destiny 2 players and a tweet from IO Interactive for HITMAN players discuss plans for those games. Here are both messages:
Hello. We just learned about Stadia shutting down and have begun conversations about next steps for our players. We will announce and send out information regarding Destiny 2 Stadia accounts once we have a plan of action.
For general questions about Stadia's shutdown, please review their FAQ: https://support.google.com/stadia/answer/12790109

To all our HITMAN fans on Google Stadia.

We hear you - we are looking into ways for you to continue your HITMAN experience on other platforms.

Activision Blizzard CCO Steps Down

Frances Townsend has stepped down from her role as Chief Compliance Officer at Activision Blizzard, reports Bloomberg (may require registration or subscription). Townsend came under fire last year for a response that employees characterized as "abhorrent and insulting" to a Blizzard workplace lawsuit. Word is she is now an adviser to the board and Bobby Kotick. The Activision CEO lays on the hype, saying she was doing four jobs, and will be replaced by two people, who will presumably do two jobs each:
“Fran did a truly exceptional job—actually four jobs—with continuously increasing responsibilities and the most exemplary work ethic,” Kotick wrote in an email shared with Bloomberg News. “Fran also has done an extraordinary job enhancing the strong governance and compliance programs we have throughout the Company.”

Jen Brewer, the senior vice president of ethics and compliance, and Luci Altman, the senior vice president of corporate governance, will fill Townsend’s role. Brewer has been with the company for over a decade. The Wall Street Journal reported the move earlier Friday.

Overwatch 2 Preloads for Existing Overwatch Players

Blizzard tweets a PSA for Overwatch players, informing them they can now download the Overwatch 2 client in advance of next week's launch of the first-person shooter sequel:
PSA FOR EXISTING PC PLAYERS

You can pre-download #Overwatch2 on Battle.net NOW so you can dive into the action right at launch!

Overwatch 2 goes live Oct 4 at 12pm PT!
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Friday, Sep 30, 2022

Ubisoft Stadia Games Will Transfer to Ubisoft Connect

Ubisoft is stepping up in light of the news that Google is shutting down its Stadia streaming game service. A tweet from Ubisoft Support announces it is working to bring all Ubisoft games purchased on Stadia to Ubisoft Connect:
While Stadia will shut down on January 18, 2023, we're happy to share that we're working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect. We'll have more to share regarding specific details as well as the impact for Ubisoft+ subscribers at a later date.

UNDETECTED Sneaks Out

The UNDETECTED detector is going off, so UNDETECTED is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, and Steam. This is a new take on classic stealth/action games intended to make your snake solid. Sneak a look at the trailer to see for yourself. Word is you are on the trail of a cell that has apparently splintered off in some manner:
A cell of the revolutionary group who call themselves ‘Los Desplazados’, including their leader Gloria, has gone missing in the Chicxulub Perpetual Energy Station area. Mexican-American ex-CIMACORP Agent ‘Tenoch Kaan’, now a Desplazado himself, is deployed to find Gloria and her team. He is fitted with the latest in biotechnological enhancements. His mission is to find out what happened to the missing Desplazados without alerting CIMACORP of his presence.
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Project U Testing

Ubisoft reveals plans for Project U, "a new concept of session-based co-op shooter" that's now in early development (thanks VGC). Ubisoft UK has the details, because the first closed beta will be restricted to players in Western Europe. Word is: "Codename 'Project U' explores a new concept of session-based co-op shooter, where many players unite to prevail against an overwhelming threat!" Signups are now underway for interested players from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. But be warned the game is entirely in English. Here are the system specs for testers:
30 FPS: OS : Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i5-4460, AMD Ryzen 3 1200 GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB of VRAM) or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8GB of VRAM)

RAM : 16 GB dual channel 60 FPS: OS : Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K, AMD Ryzen 5 2600 GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (8GB of VRAM) or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8GB of VRAM) RAM : 16 GB dual channel

FIFA 23 Kicks Off

EA SPORTS announces the release of FIFA 23 for PC and consoles, kicking off the latest installment in the long-running association football/soccer series. This apparently hasn't gone as smoothly as hoped on PC, and VG247 discusses some day one problems hurting the game's review scores on Steam. If you are undeterred, the other places selling the Windows edition are the EA App, Origin, and the Epic Games Store. The announcement also mentions Stadia, but well, yeah. Here's the Official Launch Trailer. Read on for more on EA's final FIFA licensed game:
Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is celebrating the launch of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 23 featuring HyperMotion2* gameplay technology, delivering incredible action, realism, and authenticity to every aspect on the pitch. With cross-play†, innovations in fan-favorite modes including FIFA Ultimate Team™, Career mode, VOLTA FOOTBALL, and both the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cups™**, FIFA 23 is now available for PlayStationⓇ 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC via the EA app, Origin™, EPIC, and Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“With FIFA 23, we’re bringing fans everywhere the most immersive, authentic football experience ever in an EA SPORTS FIFA title,” said Nick Wlodyka, SVP, GM of EA SPORTS FC. “By incorporating women’s club football, our latest innovations in technology with HyperMotion2, unrivaled authenticity with more than 300+ partners across world football, this latest title encapsulates the power of football to connect players, leagues, teams and talent from around the globe through our shared passion for the sport.”
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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Normandy Takes Flight

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Normandy is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the latest installment in this combat flight simulator from 1C Game Studios. Air combat is not the typical focus when recreating World War II's pivotal invasion of Normandy, and the battle involved none of the game's titular Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik aircraft, but the game is focused on realism nonetheless. This can be seen in the launch trailer and the description:
IL-2 Sturmovik: The Battle of Normandy contains eight famous aircraft you can take into virtual combat alone or with friends and comes with a map of the Normandy theater that includes a portion of southern England and northwest France. Taken from satellite data, the accurately reproduced topography reflects the battleground as it was in mid-1944 both pre and post invasion.

Complete with new mission types and airfield types - bringing the total amount to 100 airfields with historically accurate layouts. The Battle of Normandy offers franchise new ships, ground vehicles, buildings, coastal defenses, V-1 buzzbombs and their launch positions, plus dozens of new aircraft paint schemes, and much more.
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RAILGRADE Rolls Out

RAILGRADE is now available for Windows and Switch in an attempt to railroad its way into the crowded train simulation market. Windows users can station themselves at the Epic Games Store, where this carries a 10% launch discount for the next week. Train your eyes on the Launch Trailer for a high-pressure message about this from your corporate overlords. Here's more on whether this makes the grade:
Construct intricate railway networks and use the power of trains to connect vital industries with the resources they require. Manage inputs and outputs to optimise production, and create efficient supply chains using multi-level tracks and a variety of unique engine types.

Combine strategic decision-making with creative construction in order to rebuild a thriving industrial colony. Succeed, and you might just impress your corporate overlords enough to be allowed back home to earth.
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Airoheart Released

Airoheart is now available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch, offering a top-down RPG "inspired by the classics." The version on Steam lists Windows and macOS support, while for some reason the Epic Games Store lists this for Windows alone. Here's the Launch Trailer showing off the game's decidedly throwback style, and here's more;
Our story begins in the land of Engard, where our beloved hero Airoheart sets out on a journey to stop his brother's diabolical plan to unleash an ancient evil that has been sealed in the shadows for generations, and to trigger a war using the power of the Draoidh Stone.

Will you confront your own brother and stop him from executing his wicked plans?
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I See Red Next Month

Gameforge announces I See Red is coming to Windows on October 24th, offering players a top-down shooter in a gritty, science fiction environment. What's black and white and red all over? This game. This is shown of in the previously released Announcement Teaser Trailer. Here's an explanation:
The world is bleak in the dichromatic roguelite I See Red, with flashes of crimson breaking up its stark black and white aesthetic. Your enemies are skilled and strong, but you’re even better. Get up close and personal by using your grappling hook and pulling yourself towards them. Chase them down with your guns. Execute them with your bare hands. Upgrade yourself with new passive skills. And should one of your foes get lucky, your more adept and powerful clone will return to finish the job. Time is on your side!
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PAW Patrol: Grand Prix Released

PAW Patrol: Grand Prix has raced out for Windows and consoles, and the PC edition is available for Windows on Steam and for consoles. This features arcade racing based on the pawpular animated children's show. Here's the Launch Trailer, and here's what this holds for kids of all ages:
Join Ryder, Chase, and the rest of the PAW Patrol on their fastest mission yet--to win the Pup Cup! Players will be able to speed their way around 11 tracks in Adventure Bay, Jake's Snowboarding Resort, the Jungle and more to find out who's the quickest racer of them all. But watch out for Mayor Humdinger, --he could be just around the corner in his blimp to cause all kinds of mayhem on the track!

As well as being the first ever PAW Patrol game kart racer, PAW Patrol: Grand Prixis the first PAW Patrol multiplayer video game that allows up to 4-players at once, letting the whole family play together via split screen. Race to become a champion using power ups and boosts like water balloons, snowballs and confetti blasts. More experienced track stars will be able to play on hard mode, while younger players can use easy control options with auto-acceleration to guide them to the finish line.
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Out of the Blue

After a good start in our Pigskin Pick'em Pool. I have now been incorrect picking eight consecutive games. This includes losing last week on the Tua Tagovailoa return, and losing last night on his departure. Silly pool results aside, I hope there are ramifications from putting him back in the game last week with an obvious concussion. It's hard to stay an NFL fan if the league is already backsliding on its commitment to better protect players from head injuries. Hopefully Tua makes a full recovery.

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