Updated: Nov 26, 2021 12:57 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Friday, Nov 26, 2021

Gone Gold - Rainbow Six Extraction

Ubisoft tweets that development is complete on Rainbow Six Extraction, and the next installment in the shooter series is set to arrive as expected next month:
We’re very proud to share that Rainbow Six Extraction has gone gold!

See you in the containment zone on January 20, 2022.

Play Immortals Fenyx Rising for Free

The latest celebration on the Ubisoft's 35th Birthday Page reveals a free weekend is underway to allow everyone the chance to try out Immortals Fenyx Rising. This page has the details on how this can be played into Monday morning for free on Ubisoft Connect:
Immortals Fenyx Rising™ brings grand mythological adventure to life.
Play as Fenyx, a new, winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods. The fate of the world is at stake – you are the gods’ last hope.

Play the full version of Immortals Fenyx Rising for free from November 26th at 09:00 am to November 29th at 09:00 am (your local time)!

Start your download right now and be ready when servers open.

Once the free weekend is over your progression will be carried over if you purchase the game.

World War 3 Starts CBT and Reveals F2P Plans

Early Access to World War 3 is once again available for Windows on Steam, offering what's now being called a closed beta test for the multiplayer shooter. This is all outlined in this post which announces new plans to ultimately launch the game with a free-to-play model. Access to the closed beta requires purchase of a supporter pack, but that will change for the open beta: "The CBT will be active and playable until the start of the Open Beta Test (OBT), which has a targeted launch date of March 2022. Starting with the OBT, World War 3 will become a free-to-play experience, giving players across the world the chance to hit the battlefield without limits." Unsurprisingly, a change like this coming years after the game's Early Access launch is not sitting well with some players, and there is no word yet on whether refunds will be offered to those who bought the game under different assumptions. Here's a Closed Beta Packs Trailer and here are details on testing:
Join the CBT and discover World War 3, an online multiplayer tactical FPS where the world is your battleground. Team up to outgun and outflank the enemy in thrilling tactical skirmishes waged across real-world locations. Customize your perfect loadout from a huge weapons arsenal, then deploy vehicles, gadgets, and drones, and call in strikes to seize the advantage.

Hit the battlefield in two thrilling game modes: fight in teams to attack or defend capture points in fast-paced Tactical Ops (20 vs. 20), and work together to plan tactical strikes and full-scale assaults to score the highest kill count in the classic FPS mode Team Deathmatch (10 vs. 10). These modes are playable across four war-torn maps during the CBT. Battle through the streets of Berlin, fight for control of Warsaw, brave the bitter cold of Polyarny, and storm the heart of Moscow.
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Scandal Delays Cricket 22

A tweet from Big Ant Studios announces the release of Cricket 22 - The Official Game of the Ashes is being delayed (thanks Kotaku). Word is the game itself is complete, but the packaging and some game elements are being reworked after cover star Tim Paine became reembroiled in a sex scandal:
Unfortunately, factors beyond our control have meant that we need to update the game's cover art, other visuals and team lists. There was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked. The new patch won't be ready for release until December 2.

As a result, we have made the difficult decision to delay the game's release by a week for all platforms both physical and digital. This is the first time Big Ant Studios have ever had to delay a game release, but we find ourselves in an unprecedented position. Everyone at Big Ant Studios would like to thank our fans and supporters for understanding our need to do this, ensuring the game is as full and authentic a cricket experience as possible.
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X4: Tides of Avarice Announced

Ego-driven developer EGOSOFT announces X4: Tides of Avarice, a new expansion that will come to X4: Foundations in Q1 of next year. You can see the add-on in action in a Reveal Teaser Trailer and it can already be wishlisted on GOG.com and Steam. The base game will also be updated when this arrives. Word is: "X4: Tides of Avarice is released at the same time as the extensive, free 5.00 update for X4: Foundations, which expands and improves the base game in several ways. The 5.00 update introduces a series of new capital ships. These ships have been re-imagined, and a new fleet of improved models will now be on sale in various shipyards. Several factions in the game will gradually start using these new and improved ships. The 5.00 update will also bring AMD FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (FSR) to X4: Foundations, using a collection of cutting-edge upscaling technologies to boost performance." This Steam News update has more on what to expect when you get the expansion in your greedy hands:
Encountering and interacting with previously unknown, lawless pirate and scavenger factions, will challenge your perception of social order and justice in the X universe. In new sectors and dangerous regions, you will not only discover new ships and stations, but also encounter stellar phenomena that will significantly influence your plans and actions. What is it all about, and who are the mysterious manipulators that have learned to master a rare and vital resource? Your journey will lead you towards the answers. Set out and discover a new chapter of X4: Foundations.
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GOG.com Black Friday Sale

The Black Friday Sale on GOG.com is now underway. The DRM-free marketplace is currently offering over 3000 games on sale with discounts as high as 90% off. This includes a flash sale on Alba: A Wildlife Adventure in an effort to reach a tree-planting goal that's woven into the game's sales. Word is: "Starting today, we're putting the game on a 72H Flash Deal with an all-time high discount of -45%, and we will be doubling the base amount of trees planted for each copy sold on GOG during that period! Find more information about the number of trees already planted, where they are and their impact, right here." Here's more:
From Friday 26th to Monday 29th, you'll find more than 3000 deals, up to 90%, on GOG.COM! You'll be able to get discounts on:

Our Pre Black Friday Sale titles, with:

  • 50% (all-time high) on Cyberpunk 2077
  • 50% on Horizon Zero Dawn™ Complete Edition
  • 50% on Disco Elysium - The Final Cut
  • 60% on Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive edition

some of our greatest releases of the year, with:

  • 15% on Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
  • 86% on Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
  • 50% on Biomutant

Black Friday Crowdfunding

  • SPACE CHEF on Kickstarter has more than doubled its original target, and has blown past all its stretch goals but the final one.

Op Ed

  • GamesIndustry.biz - Game remasters must respect creative history, not just make a fast buck.
    "The least we should do, however, is respect the medium's creative history enough to make it possible for players to access the original versions of games even after an updated version is released -- let's not get all George Lucas about this, in other words. Ideally, though, publishers with an eye on re-releases of their classic older titles should try to respect their back catalogue as part of a creative canon and treat it accordingly, rather than just looking for ways to make a quick buck from it -- not just because they have a duty to preserve their industry's creative history, but also for straightforward commercial reasons."

Out of the Blue

Happy Black Friday, an "occasion" that's taken on less significance in the era of online shopping. But it's certainly still a thing. So if you are reading this from the middle of a mob fighting over the last sale TV in the store—well, enjoy! For those shopping at the widespread online sales today, here's hoping you can avoid a virtual trampling.

Obituary: Mr Goxx, the cryptocurrency-trading hamster, dies.

Black Friday Round-up
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Thursday, Nov 25, 2021 Thanksgiving (USA)

Get theHunter: Call of the Wild and Antstream - Epic Welcome Pack for Free

Today's Thanksgiving holiday in the US is not deterring Epic Games from making its weekly Thursday giveaways. Everyone interested can now head over to the Epic Games Store and snag a free copy of theHunter: Call of the Wild and/or a special Antstream - Epic Welcome Pack. These will be permanent additions to your game library as long as you claim them between now and next Thursday. Epic also reveals the two new games that will carry a 100% discount next week will be Dead by Daylight and while True: learn() - Data Scientist Edition. Here's the pitch on this week's giveaways:
Never before have you experienced a hunting game like theHunter: Call of the Wild. Plunge into an atmospheric open world, teeming with life: from the majestic true-to-life animals to the rustling of leaves above you as you stalk your prey. You can decide to hunt on your own or join up and hunt together with friends. Just remember, you are not just a visitor in this world, you are a living and breathing part of it. As you finally spot the majestic crown of your first red deer through the brush, the feeling is indescribable.

Antstream - Epic Welcome Pack - Grab 1090 Gems for free to use in-game! This in-game currency can be spent on playing games, challenges and limited-time tournaments! Gems can also be used to unlock harder challenges and play turn-based PvP against friends and other players!

Blizzard DDOS Attacks End

A tweet from Blizzard CS reveals a denial of service attack knocked Battle.net and Blizzard online services out: "We're currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may result in failed or slow login attempts." Perhaps this was someone taking advantage of advance warning that support is short staffed for the holidays. In any event, things seem to be cleared up now, as the latest tweet on the topic says:
The DDOS attacks that we were monitoring have ended. If you are still unable to log in try

Connection Troubleshooting - Blizzard Support.

Kaiju Commander Announced

Gameparic announces Kaiju Commander, a strategy game where you attempt to dominate the world by breeding and deploying giant monsters to do your bidding. We would have just leaned into the concept and titled the game Kaiju Tycoon, but perhaps that's why nobody asked us. The game has a Steam Listing with a TBA release date and a trailer with a first look. Here's more:
Kaiju, or giant monsters as a movie genre, was initiated by Godzilla - a film by Toho studio in the mid-1950s. However, over the years, interest in this type of cinematography began to decline. The phenomenon of great monsters returned with doubled force thanks to American films in which great robots struggled with equally great monsters. However, since the premiere of the film, there has been no game that would allow you to assume the role of a Kaiju commander and attempt to exterminate humanity. Only Kaiju Commander, a game developed by the Warsaw-based Gameparic studio, will give players such an opportunity.

In Kaiju Commander, the player takes the position of the manager of a corporation seeking to conquer humanity using Kaiju, giant monsters inspired by Japanese films. Players will be given many tools that will allow them to manage the network of bases but will also let them tinker with the genotype of monsters. This will allow them to create monsters with a different appearance but also one with unique abilities. Thanks to this, it will be easier for players to fulfill their goals, and - at the very end - to achieve the main goal which is to conquer the world.
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Train Sim World 2 Sherman Hill: Cheyenne - Laramie Route Add-On Rolls Out

The Sherman Hill: Cheyenne - Laramie Route Add-On is now available on Steam, helping keep Train Sim World 2 on track with new content. This comes alongside an update for the base version of the transportation sim, and you can read all about that here. Last but not least, the game is part of the Steam Autumn Sale, and this post has the details on how you can save on the game and many of its 47 DLC packs. Here's a trailer along with some details:
Stretching 58 miles, the Cheyenne – Laramie route is one of the crowning achievements of America’s Transcontinental Railroad. Built in the 1860’s, this route crosses the Continental Divide in Wyoming and has been a railfan favorite often referred to as American railroading at its best. While it was originally operated with the fabled ‘Big Boy’ of the steam era, it now is home to today’s third generation of diesel engines. Operators will control the powerful Union Pacific Electro-Motive SD70Ace with its 4,300-horsepower engine and the 3,000-horsepower EMD SD40-2 as they traverse the lines tough 1.5 percent westbound grade.
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Out of the Blue

Today is a holiday here in the US: Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating. As always, here's hoping we all have reasons to be thankful wherever we live. It's been an eventful year for me, but I certainly am appreciative to be healing up after my car accident, not to mention my gratitude that I managed to survive it in the first place. The other sentiment I usually express on this occasion is true every single day. This is my appreciation to all of you who visit here, for which I can't thank you enough. As for the festivities, we have a 10 lb turkey to roast along with the fixings for dinner for two (plus leftovers) at home, but there's a plan to Zoom with our families for some togetherness.

Obituary: Remembering David Lawson, one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry • Eurogamer.net

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