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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Get Bad North for Free

Bad North is now available for free on the Epic Games Store, as this Windows action/strategy game is their latest giveaway. You have a week to add this to your library to have it for keeps before their next freebie comes with the release of Rayman Legends. Here's some direction on Bad North:
Bad North is a beautifully-crafted, minimalistic, real-time tactics roguelite game where you lead a rag-tag group of island folk as they flee the relentless viking hordes. Progress through a series of procedurally-generated islands, fending off nordic raiders and gather what resources you can, before moving on to the next fight. Protect the nobles and commoners you meet along the way and recruit them to your cause - you'll need their numbers in the conflict to come.

And keep fighting. Not for power or riches or glory, but for the hope that one day you can live a peaceful life again.

Get Serial Cleaner for Free

Serial Cleaner is currently being offered for free from Humble Bundle, where they are currently running their Fall 2019 Sale. This is their latest Humble Freebie for new or existing subscribers to their newsletter, and it is yours to keep if you grab your copy before the offer expires on Sunday. Here's a trailer and here are some details on this stealth/action game set in the groovy 1970s where your job is to dispose of the evidence at murder scenes:
Serial Cleaner is a story-driven, fast-paced stealth/action game, set in 1970s America.

You are a professional cleaner. Your job is to clean up murder scenes by disposing of bodies, cleaning up blood stains and hiding incriminating evidence. A good cleaner never gets caught so you have to make sure you get in, clean up and get out without leaving a trace of evidence for the police to find.

Game Features

  • 70s-inspired Setting and Funky Soundtrack
  • Real-World Data to modify levels according to the current time of day in the player’s whereabouts
  • Full story-driven campaign
  • Challenge modes

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Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend

The promised Free Weekend is now underway for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, offering the promised celebration of the new limited-time Money Heist event in the tactical shooter. Word is: "The free version of Rainbow Six Siege offers access to all of the maps, modes and Operators present in the full version, giving you the full Siege experience over the Free Weekend." Here's a FAQ on the free weekend:
WHEN CAN I PLAY?
You can access the Free Weekend during the following times for each platform:

  • PC: November 21st 13:00 UTC – November 25th 20:00 UTC.
  • XBOX ONE: November 21st 08:01 UTC - November 25th 05:00 UTC.
  • PLAYSTATION 4: November 21st 13:00 UTC - November 25th 13:00 UTC.

HOW CAN I ACCESS RAINBOW 6 FREE WEEKEND?

  • PC: Go to your Uplay PC Launcher.
  • XBOX ONE: The Free Weekend will be available to Xbox Live Gold users. To join in on your Xbox One, visit the Rainbow Six Siege product page on the Xbox Store.
  • PLAYSTATION 4: Join the Free Weekend on your PlayStation 4 by visiting the Rainbow Six Siege product page on the PlayStation Network.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for Warhammer: Vermintide 2, the melee action game for Windows. For those who have played the game during a previous free weekend on Steam, word is your progress will pick up where you left off. If you decide you like the game to buy it, your progress from this weekend will also carry over, and you will be able to take advantage of a 75% discount between now and Monday. Here's word on the game:
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. The time has arrived to revisit the fierce first-person co-op slaughter-fest featuring visceral and groundbreaking melee action, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer Fantasy Battles world.

Our 5 heroes have returned to take on an even greater threat – the combined forces of a malevolent and destructive Chaos army and the swarming Skaven horde. Prepare to be challenged like never before as you and your team desperately try to survive the never-ending onslaught. Choose between 15 different careers, climb the talent trees, customize your arsenal to fit your unique play style, fight your way through a myriad of stunning levels, and challenge yourself in our new Heroic Deeds System. The only thing standing between utter defeat and victory is you and your allies. If you fall - so will the Empire.

BATTLETECH: Heavy Metal Rocks Out

The Heavy Metal expansion is now available for BATTLETECH, adding new content to this mech combat game for Windows, Linux, and macOS. This expansion, which is included in the game's season pass, adds new mechs, new weapon systems, and a mini-campaign. You can pick up a copy through either the Paradox Store, GOG.com, or Steam. The Release Trailer offers a look, and the announcement has the scoop:
Heavy Metal is the definitive expansion for fans of BATTLETECH’s 35-year legacy, adding seven classic ‘Mech designs from the original BATTLETECH board game and an additional ‘Mech exclusively designed for this expansion. Players can pilot these new ‘Mechs in an all-new Flashpoint mini-campaign featuring two legendary MechWarriors from BATTLETECH's rich history. By adding eight weapon systems and ‘Mechs, each with unique special equipment, players can enjoy a wealth of new and interesting tactical choices both in the Mechlab and on the battlefield!

Key Features:

  • One Original and Seven Classic BattleMechs: Seven classic ‘Mechs from BATTLETECH’s 35-year legacy make their triumphant return along with the first completely new ‘Mech designed exclusively for this expansion. Each classic ‘Mech comes with unique equipment that reflects the flavor and lore of the original board game.
  • Eight Game-changing New Weapon Systems: Eight all-new weapon systems can be utilized to destroy even the most formidable opponents in a wide variety of unique ways. The ‘Mech Mortar is the first AOE weapon in BATTLETECH and can destroy multiple units at once, while the new COIL Beam generates more energy the further the attacker travels before firing, a perfect fit for light ‘Mechs.
  • New Flashpoint Mini-Campaign: Come face-to-face with two legendary characters from BATTLETECH lore - the Bounty Hunter and the Black Widow of Wolf’s Dragoons. A derelict cargo ship has drifted into the Periphery from deep space; what secrets does it contain, and who will ultimately control its mysterious payload?

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Offworld Trading Company: The Europa Wager Released

Publisher Stardock and developer Mohawk Games now offer The Europa Wager, the second expansion for Offworld Trading Company, the out of this world economic strategy game. You can see this in action in this trailer and pick up your copy from Stardock or Steam. Here what this involves, besides, of course, ignoring the warning from 2010: Odyssey Two:
The expansion takes players to the frozen moon of Europa, where numerous cracks on the surface make building and sustaining new structures a challenge.

Offworld Trading Company is a real-time strategy game in which money, not military force, is the weapon. Stake claims to resources, extract and develop them into goods and upgrades, all while buying and selling in the real-time, player driven marketplace.

The Europa Wager is available to play in skirmish, multiplayer, or in a new series of challenging scenarios that provide a host of new challenges to overcome. Like the rest of the Offworld series, the expansion brings real-world elements into its gameplay as you attempt to establish a new business amid the frozen elements. For example, although water will not be hard to find on the frozen moon, aluminum is non-existent.
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GearStorm Early Access

GearStorm is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering a sandbox action/strategy game for Windows in a science fiction setting. One of the creators of this is Brian "Xilverbulet" Rivers, known for his mods for both the Fallout and the Elder Scrolls series. Here's a trailer with a look at what to expect, and here's word:
The Phage, a deadly nano-virus, is decimating the human population – so humanity has set out to find a new home by colonizing a hostile alien planet. In GearStorm, dive into a militarized sci-fi sandbox game featuring a massive, open, procedural – and entirely destructible world. Work together and compete with other players to fortify your positions and ensure humanity’s survival!

  • Experience intense military sci-fi gameplay in first or third-person POV.
  • Terraform the environment as you see fit.
  • Leave your mark on an entirely destructible open world.
  • Survive using exploration, resource management, and a powerful crafting ecosystem.
  • Build an elaborate base and even manage your own colony!
  • Explore an alien planet and build up your character by completing quests.

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Black Future '88 is Now

Black Future '88 is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a 2D roguelike shooter for Windows. A look at the game's frantic action can be found in the Launch Trailer, and you should down some crazy pills before reading on for its wild description:
Black Future ‘88 is synth-punk Contra with tons of explosive twists. In a grim alternate history where it’s always 1988, you’ll ascend a procedurally generated tower through a merciless onslaught of bullets, lasers and steel on a mission to exact revenge on the maniac who destroyed the world with nuclear fire. Battle homicidal robots, cutthroats, bosses and more in a death trap that’s constantly evolving to kill you.

You’ve only got 18 minutes until your heart explodes, but strategic combos of weapons, abilities, buffs and curses will help you close the gap between you and your mark. Choose from several deadly characters as you shoot, slash and dash through anything standing in your way.

Survive this nightmarish neon dystopia alone or with a friend in two-player local co-op, then measure your mettle against the world on the global leaderboard with special daily challenges. Black Future ’88 also supports Steam’s new Remote Play Together feature, letting PC players join a friend's game online.
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Evening Interviews

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Dog destroys wet driveway concrete. D'oh!

Half-Life: Alyx in March

Valve has followed through on their promise, revealing first details of Half-Life: Alyx, a new installment in the Half-Life series that will require a virtual reality headset. The game will be free to owners of Valve's Index and will also support Rift, Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality. This Source 2 engine project is planned for release in March 2020 (Valve Time), and it is already available for pre-purchase on Steam. There is more information on the Half-Life Website, including an Announcement Trailer. While gamers have been waiting for more than a decade to learn what happens after Half-Life 2: Episode Two, word is this new game will help us understand what happened between Half-Life and Half-Life 2:
Valve, the creators of Half-Life and the Steam platform, today announced Half-Life: Alyx, a new, full-length virtual reality entry in the Half-Life series. Slated for release on Steam in March 2020, the title will be compatible with all PC-based VR headsets in March 2020.

Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount the resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine. As Alyx, players take the fight to the Combine to save the future of humanity.

Half-Life: Alyx was designed from the ground up for Virtual Reality and features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game: world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe.

"Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life", says Valve founder Gabe Newell. "VR has energized us. We've invested a lot of ourselves in the technology. But we're also game developers at heart, and to be devoting ourselves to a VR game this ambitious is just as exciting. For that to come in the form of Half-Life feels like the culmination of a lot things we care a lot about: truly great games, cutting edge technology, and open platforms. We can't wait for people to experience this."

Half-Life: Alyx is powered by SteamVR on Valve's Source 2 engine, and can be played on Steam with all PC-based VR headsets.
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More on Amazon's Game Streaming Plans

On the heals of the launch of Google Stadia comes a renewal of long standing rumors that Amazon is planning its own cloud gaming service. This is something they are well-positioned for, being a leader in cloud computing and the owner of Twitch. A post on Wccftech rounds up indications that this is coming together, drawing on job listings and Linkedin profiles to make their case. This ties in with a story on CNET which says they've learned more on Amazon's plans after talking with a couple of anonymous sources:
Amazon is planning to announce its service next year, according to two people familiar with the company's plans. It's begun recruiting people from large game companies like Microsoft to help with the launch, as well as hiring for jobs in a "new initiative" within its Amazon Web Services team, which sources said is involved in Amazon's future gaming service.

"We believe the evolution that began with arcade communities a quarter at a time, growing to the live streams and e-sports of today, will continue to a future where everyone is a gamer and every gamer can create, compete, collaborate and connect with others at massive scales," one job posting this month showed. And in at least one other job posting, the company said it wants to "drive innovative new use cases like machine vision and game streaming."

Amazon said in yet another job posting that it plans to integrate its new initiative with Twitch and the company's other services.

Steam Autumn Sale Today?

As mentioned below, in announcing the new Prison Architect DLC, Paradox Interactive also squeals about the Steam Autumn Sale, saying this annual event gets underway today, exactly one year after last year's sale. This is not officially confirmed, and does not jibe with a recent post from the SteamDB saying this sale will launch on November 26th. That said, here's the part of their press release that spills the beans:
Prison Architect will be included in Steam’s annual Autumn sale where it will be available for purchase at a 75 percent discount from Thursday, November 21, through Tuesday, December 3.

Prison Architect Psych Ward: Warden's Edition Breaks Out

Psych Ward: Warden's Edition is now available on the Paradox Interactive Store, GOG.com, and Steam, offering new content for Prison Architect, the Windows, Linux, and macOS incarceration simulation. In addition to the new DLC, publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Double Eleven also now offer The Sneazer Update, which adds free content to the base game, including new architectural items and additional guard dogs for all players. There will be the chance for everyone to check out what's new, as they say a free weekend is about to kick off for the game, while also revealing that the Steam Autumn Sale will get underway today. The DLC is shown off in this trailer, and the announcement has more details:
In Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition, the Criminally Insane have arrived with their own unique traits. To house these unpredictable inmates, players can build a dedicated wing with padded cells, hire Psychiatrists with trained Orderlies, develop treatment sessions, and outfit their prisons with right tools to ensure their needs are met. Inmates must be treated with care or they can turn violent, vandalize, or even attempt to escape. Regularly subjecting your regular inmates to harsh conditions can cause them to turn criminally insane.

“Prison Architect has always looked at prison management through the lens of popular prison fiction seen in films and TV. Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition continues that tradition with the introduction of Psych Ward to PC.” Steacy McIlwham, Product Manager for Prison Architect at Paradox Interactive, said. “This expansion features new inmate behavior systems that will make players rethink the way they approach prison management. How players capitalize on these systems is entirely up to them, but their actions can have dire consequences on the inmates’ behaviors.”
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Farmer's Dynasty Plows Out

Farmer's Dynasty has now sprouted, close to two years after this agriculture simulation was planted in Early Access. This trailer shows off what this offers, and the game can be picked up on Steam, carrying a 15% launch discount for the next week. Here's a rundown on some of the changes present in the game for its official launch:
Arriving in time for launch are 11 new features, all of which contribute to the immersive nature of the game. Some of these features include:

  • Wake Up, It’s Coffee Time: Three new coffee shops have been added to the world. Coffee shops are now open 24/7 and NPCs will visit the coffee shops, too. Additionally, a new item, the Coffee Cup, can now be obtained at coffee shops, and making use of it gives the player an in-game energy boost!
  • Gather Honey and Watch the Bees: Honey, a new item, can now be gathered at beehives or purchased at coffee bars. If bee-watching is more your speed, you can find bees flying near beehives on particularly sunny days. As long as there are flowers nearby, you can expect honey to be present in beehives after a long day’s work.
  • Think of the Environment: Solar panels, a fun, and useful, new item, can be installed on your buildings. During sunny days, they will increase a player’s social points and earn money.
  • Learn to Cook: Nine new meal recipes have been added, each requiring at least three ingredients. These recipes can be found in any of the three cookbooks that can be bought in the world.

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It seems I have helped the Earth complete another successful orbit of the sun and arrived at yet another birthday. I can only assume that the Earth has increased in speed, as it seems like it was only yesterday that we completed the last such voyage. Now where are my orthopedic shoes? It's almost time for the early bird special!

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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

Arkane Vets Form WolfEye Studios

Raphael Colantonio, former President and Creative Director of Arkane Studios and former Arkane and former Executive Producer Julien Roby, announce the formation of WolfEye Studios. They are not revealing what they are working on just yet, saying they will officially unveil their first game on December 12th at the Game Awards. Here's what they have to say for now:
Twenty years after the creation of Arkane Studios, former President and Creative Director, Raphael Colantonio and former Executive Producer, Julien Roby, announce WolfEye Studios.

As a fully distributed team, WolfEye Studios aims to create games in which players live their own adventures in rich simulated worlds that respond to actions and decisions in ways that are unique to each playthrough. Today, the studio released a teaser image for its first title, which will be announced at The Game Awards in December.
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Blood of Steel Announced

Chinese developer Evolution Studio announces Blood of Steel, a PvP MOBA that will launch on January 9, 2020 on Steam as a free-to-play title. Some players won't have to wait that long, however, as a closed beta demo is expected at some time this month. A gameplay trailer accompanies the news, but does not live up to its title, as it doesn't seem to include actual gameplay. Here's word:
Evolution Studio, the Chinese-based development studio of YC Games is pleased to announce the free-to-play PvP MOBA game Blood of Steel will launch on PC for Steam in early 2020. In Blood of Steel, command your army and wage war against other players online using historical generals in authentic and dynamic locations. Later this November a closed beta demo will be released to test the server stability, latency and most importantly player feedback.

Blood of Steel is a PvP MOBA strategy game set throughout the Middle Ages where you lead legions to conquer cities, expand your territory and ultimately rule the world. Players assume control of legendary commanders from world history including Joan of Arc, Julius Cesar and Alexander the Great, each with their own distinct weapons and personalities, as you lead their troops to victory. Take control of multiple troop types from archers, calvary riders, swordsmen, spearmen, crossbowmen and more to gain the upper hand on the battlefield. Terrain plays an important part in warfare; players can choose from multiple maps comprising of open plains, lush grasslands, snowy fields, city streets and many other locales. Clever use of this terrain and management of a dynamic weather system incorporating variables such as rain and snow are key to victory.
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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Trying to aim with a controller - Crossplay. How I feel any time I try a console shooter. Thanks Ant.

Borderlands 3 Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot Announced

Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is "coming soon" as the first story-based DLC for Borderlands 3, Gearbox Software's looter shooter sequel. This add-on involving attempting to rob Handsome Jack's casino was announced as promised during this month's edition of The Borderlands Show. The first details are found in this post along with an Official Reveal Trailer, which carries the following description: "Ready for the biggest score of your loot-hunting career? Moxxi has just the job for you, sugar: a good old-fashioned heist. Join her crew of ragtag 'experts,' battle your way through Hyperion security forces and crazed casino-goers, and claim The Handsome Jackpot's vault of loot for yourself." Here are the details:
PULL OFF THE ULTIMATE CASINO HEIST
Moxxi's assembling a crew to plunder a derelict space station casino and you've proven yourself worthy of joining her ragtag team of "experts." Successfully battle your way through Hyperion security forces and crazed casino-goers to reach a safe loaded with Eridium, cash, and all-new Legendary loot!

Requires Borderlands 3 to play.

THE HANDSOME JACKPOT
This once-thriving destination is packed with unique zones worthy of Handsome Jack's lavish lifestyle and dirty dealings but has been on total lockdown since his death.

YOU READY FOR THIS?
To reach The Handsome Jackpot you need to have played enough of the Borderlands 3 story to have access to Sanctuary III.

The enemies and loot aboard the station will scale to your Vault Hunter's level, ensuring that the casino heist missions and new Crew Challenges are suitably difficult and rewarding.
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On Diablo IV Leveling

System Design in Diablo IV on the Diablo III Website offers outlooks from the designers of the next installment in Blizzard's action/RPG series on items, "Elective Mode-style skill selection," power sources, keyed dungeons, and more. They also discuss character leveling, saying they are still deciding between whether Diablo IV will use level caps, or support "infinite" leveling:
We haven’t decided whether the character leveling and experience system should be finite or infinite. We’ve been discussing the pros and cons of both and would love to hear your thoughts. There seems to be some concern around infinite being worse because it will eventually overshadow all the power granted by other sources. However, we can control how much power each system gives, whether it’s infinite or finite.

For example, say we’re talking about thousands of hours of gameplay . . . within those thousands of hours, we could choose to create a finite system that grants 1,000,000 times more power than an infinite system, making it practically impossible for the infinite system to catch up in power.

Also, power increase doesn’t need to be linear throughout the ranks—it can slow down as players reach higher levels. We believe the more important question is what experience feels best for players, and we can playtest various approaches to tuning to find the power curve that makes the most sense.

We have a couple reasons for having a different experience system in addition to a level cap. A level cap gives us the ability to grant players a sense of completion. But for players who want to go deeper into the game, a second experience system allows us to capture the fun of achieving those really difficult endgame goals and ranks. We can also introduce additional depth through this system, because players will be more experienced with the game at this point. Ultimately, our goal is to create a meaningful system that provides clear choices depending on your preferred playstyle in the endgame.

Team Fortress 2 Update Outlook

A video from the Valve News Network discusses the current scaled-back state of development of Team Fortress 2, noting that the lack of recent updates makes it apparent that the multiplayer shooter is in a bit of a holding pattern. Their discussion of this is prompted by a recent Operation Madness vs Machines interview, a self-interview based on a semi-recent visit to Valve. The VNN video's premise is that TF2 "is on hold." That's not technically what the "interview" says, which reinforces a disclaimer at the head of the document suggesting summarizing any of its contents is dangerous: "To minimize the chances of misunderstandings, each person should read the file on their own and not listen to other people’s summaries (tl;dr’s are quite dangerous here). Reading what other people say about my experiences has the risk of them injecting false information in their summaries (intentional or not)." The lengthy document makes it clear Valve is still supporting the game, and it answers a number of questions about how new content gets created. But it notes nothing is in the pipeline right now, and offers the following outlook on the possibility of a new update:
Q: If the TF Team does fully cut support to TF2, will they tell the community not to expect any more updates or will they just let players sit in eternal anticipation of the next update?

A:
This is a bit of a loaded question, so it will get a loaded answer: They will let players sit in eternal anticipation of the next update.

Like I said earlier, Valve employees keep moving around to different projects that the company has going on. Why would Valve want to declare that TF2 is permanently dead when it still makes them money? What if Valve comes up with an amazing update idea that they want to implement for TF2 in the future?
What if there’s a slow period in Valve’s projects and the TF Team has time to make something new?

Valve doesn’t know right now when they will release the next content update. They would love to if they could, but they can’t because they have other, more important things in the company to work on.

Just like Valve won’t promise an update or a timeline because they may later backpedal on it, similarly Valve won’t ever announce that TF2 development is over because they may backpedal on that too. The backpedaling works in both ways (in this case it’s in favor of the TF2 community).

In short, yes this means players will have to sit in eternal anticipation of the next update.
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Stadia Launch Follow-ups

A post on VentureBeat reveals that the amount of data consumed by Google Stadia is in line with predictions, prompting them to call the game streaming service a "data hog." At between 4.5GB and 20GB of data per hour, word is: "That means just to play through the story of Red Dead Redemption 2, you will use more than 335GB of data on Stadia. Again, that’s at 1080p60. At 4K, you’re likely using at least twice that." Meanwhile, Kotaku's Jason Schreier tweets his understanding that Stadia's launch did not live up to Google's expectations: "Google Stadia is out today, and it already looks like a monumental flop. (I heard from one person involved that preorders were below expectations.) Question is, will they eventually stop trying to sell games and switch to an all-you-can-eat subscription model? Or just let it die?" In another tweet he says he does not think Google is going to give up on the project very quickly, but repeats his opinion that they are misguided in thinking they could sell full-priced games this way:
I don’t think Google is going to give up on Stadia that quickly — they’re building multiple game studios as we speak — but it was always asinine to think they could sell games at full price on this thing. Need to pivot, even if it means losing some of the biggest AAA games

We Happy Few: We All Fall Down Released

We All Fall Down is now available on Steam, a new expansion offering a happy ending for We Happy Few, the action/adventure "set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England." This requires the base game, and it is offered separately, or as part of a season pass with the game's previous two add-ons. Also, according to GameSpot a documentary called The Cost of Joy: The Compulsion Games Story, will debut on December 19 with a look at the making of the game. Here's the We All Fall Down Launch Trailer, and this announcement has more details:
We All Fall Down returns to the dark origins of We Happy Few’s drug-riddled world and eliminates survival mechanics in favor of fast-paced action and storytelling. As Victoria Byng, players must wrestle with the effects of withdrawal, speak out against the government, and take up arms against the Bobbies to shine a light on the dismal truth of society. To accomplish her mission, Victoria can maneuver around the city’s rooftops, engage in close combat with her whip, and stealthily take out opponents from afar with the new dart gun.
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American Fugitive Gets Free DLC

State of Emergency is a new DLC that's now available on Steam completely free for owners of American Fugitive, the top-down shooter inspired by the original Grand Theft Auto. You can run, but you can't hide from the details on this:
Rising crime levels in Redrock County has forced the army into action. The former plastic toys factory has been commandeered as a makeshift operating base and military vehicles and weapons have been deployed in an attempt to control the criminal element wreaking havoc in town. This is War.

American Fugitive: State of Emergency cranks up the chaos, featuring; destructive chaotic weaponry, devastating military vehicles, a brand new star rating, 10 new challenges AND 3 new achievements/trophies - testing your mettle with new NPC ‘Sarge’.

Hit the road in a military-grade Westmoreland Tank and go off-roading in an army 4x4 jeep, or take your new arsenal on foot blasting your enemies with a bazooka and wielding the destructive power of the mini-gun. The free update also includes 3 new achievements/trophies to unlock, as well as 3 new additions to the runaway soundtrack!

Set in 1980s middle-America within a sleepy rural town, American Fugitive invites you to play as Will Riley. By no means a killer, but no angel either, you face life in prison for a crime you didn’t commit. Fuelled by grief over the cold-blooded murder of your father, and armed with a burning desire for vengeance you’ll need to break out of jail to find the real culprit. Simply put: It's payback time.

Neverwinter Infernal Descent Drops in January

Developer Cryptic Studios and publisher Perfect World Entertainment announce Infernal Descent, a new module coming to the PC edition of Neverwinter on January 21st. This is based on Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, the latest Dungeons & Dragons tabletop adventure, and word is its release on consoles will follow "at a later date." Here's the Announcement Trailer, and here's word on what this will bring to the free-to-play MMORPG, which will kick off with a three-week event beginning tomorrow:
Adventurers will unite with new heroes to rescue Vallenhas Manor from the fiery depths of Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells.

Infernal Descent marks the debut of Neverwinter’s first-ever campaign for level 80 characters, plus a new endgame dungeon and adventure zone set on Vallenhas Estate, which is chained in limbo. To celebrate the game’s venture into the Nine Hells, Neverwinter will also kick off the Hell Pit event tomorrow on PC, a special three-week challenge inviting heroes to survive the horrors of the Lower Planes.
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Out of the Blue

The death of anyone in our community is sad news, but an untimely death is particularly poignant. From the first reports it's not clear what took Brad McQuaid's life at the age of 51, but that's way too early. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Brad's family, friends, and fans.

Obituary: EverQuest developer Brad McQuaid dies.

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Science: Human patient put in suspended animation for the first time.
Is There Actually Science Behind 'Dopamine Fasting'?
Why office noise bothers some people more than others. Thanks Slashdot.
Images: Hilarious decal "fixes" a dented vehicle.
No, Greta Thunburg is not a time-traveler in this old photo. Thanks RedEye9.
Media: Woodland creatures sing a Bellini opera in beautiful short film. Thanks Neutronbeam.
FLYING Leaf Blower RC airplane Mk2.
10 year old Japanese drummer, Yoyoka, kills on drums.
Follow-up: Boeing may need to redesign engines on 7,000 jets after a fatal accident last year. Different 737. Thanks RedEye9.
The Funnies: StBeals.