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Friday, Jun 22, 2018 Anniversary of Quake's Release (1996)

MechWarrior Lawsuit Settled

MechWarrior Online Forums report the settlement of a lawsuit filed against Piranha Games by Harmony Gold, co-owner of the copyrights for the Robotech television series (thanks Rhialto). There was a trademark dispute between the two companies back in 2009, but this may be a different case, as in 2011 Piranha said "There is no legal battle," and the this post talks of settling a lawsuit after "more than a year." But the legal system does operate slowly, and from the statement, it does sound like the issue they cleared up is similar to the one first raised nine years ago:

Harmony Gold and Piranha Games are delighted to announce that they have ended their dispute. Piranha Games will continue to use the “classic” BattleTech designs and Harmony Gold and Piranha Games look forward to continuing to serve their respective fans and customers."

Life is Strange 2 in September

SQUARE ENIX announces Life is Strange 2 will kick off on September 27th with the first chapter in a five-episode adventure game sequel. They offer this trailer to reveal the release date in proper embroidery form, and the following brief announcement, which also outlines plans for a "narrative experience demo" next week:

SQUARE ENIX® is delighted to announce that the DONTNOD Entertainment development team behind the critically acclaimed, award-winning narrative adventure, LIFE IS STRANGE™, will return with an all-new 5-episode story.

LIFE IS STRANGE™ 2 is coming to XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and Windows PC on September 27th, 2018.

Watch the LIFE IS STRANGE 2 release date reveal now:
https://youtu.be/9XvglTk9VyU

THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT™, a narrative experience demo that links to LIFE IS STRANGE 2, releases 100% free on June 26, 2018, on XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

LIFE IS STRANGE™ official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifeIsStrangeGame/
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LifeIsStrange

The Sims 4 Seasons Released

EA announces the release of The Sims 4 Seasons, weather or not you are ready for another add-on for their lifestyle simulation. Here's word:

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and Maxis™ today announced the worldwide launch of The Sims™ 4 Seasons* Expansion Pack, available now on PC and Mac. With The Sims 4 Seasons, Sims can experience impactful weather from four stunning seasons, revel in fun seasonal activities, decorate their homes for holiday celebrations, build out a deeper gardening career, and so much more. Each climate is unique and will impact Sim’s choices, relationships, and daily activities. Players will find plenty of new ways to use their Sims to play with life and tell amazing stories throughout Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, in The Sims 4 Seasons.

“The Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack provides even more ways for players to tell exciting, relevant stories in The Sims 4,” said Grant Rodiek, Senior Producer. “The weather and passage of the seasons changes your Sims’ lives in delightful ways, whether it’s tossing on a raincoat to splash around in a Spring shower, shoving snow in a rival’s face in Winter, or harvesting some sweet honey in Fall. There is tons of new gameplay, challenges, and stories to tell. This is personally my favorite pack and our team was thrilled to finally craft this fan-favorite expansion. We cannot wait to see how players will incorporate the weather into their game.”

In addition to the ever-changing weather, The Sims 4 Seasons adds a calendar full of festive holidays for Sims to get together and celebrate with their friends and family. During Harvestfest, Sims can gather ‘round and enjoy a feast fit for kings. During Winterfest, a visit from Father Winter will brighten the day for any Scrooge-like Sims. After ringing in the New Year, Sims can enjoy a romantic date on Love Day. In The Sims 4 Seasons, players can even create their own custom holidays for Sims and choose how to celebrate. With a calendar full of festivities, Sims will be busy all year long!

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GamesIndustry.biz. - Prickly denial is the wrong response to WHO's "gaming disorder."
"Worst of all is the public image damage done by presenting the industry as being stubbornly set on butting heads with the WHO, based on arguments that stem from what feels like a rather wilful ignorance of the clarity and precision of the disorder's definition. Having your industry's negative externalities pointed out by a high profile international health body may sting, but setting yourself up in the public eye as an uncooperative enemy of that body is like responding to the sting by amputating a limb."

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Plans?

A post on Reddit from TeamGuru, a group of GTA5 Easter egg hunters, shows evidence that Rockstar is planning a PC edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 (thanks VG247). This comes from a LinkedIn profile where an unnamed Rockstar Leeds programmer listed the following credit: "Red Dead Redemption 2 - PS4/Xbox1/PC." The profile has apparently now been edited to remove the reference, which helps support the idea that this was a leak, rather than a typo, which probably would have been corrected, rather than deleted. The original installment in this wild west shooter series has not yet made its way to the PC, and the sequel has an October 26th release date for consoles.

PUBG Launches Sanhok Map and Event Pass

A post on Steam announces the official launch of Sanhok for PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS following the release of the new map on the test servers earlier this week. This comes alongside sales of their Sanhok Event Pass which offers more missions and more loot. Here's word on the new smaller map and the event pass:

Welcome to Mini Royale! Sanhok, the 4x4km PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) map inspired by the islands of Southeast Asia and designed for speedier combat, is now available as a free update for all PUBG players on PC. To coincide with the full release of Sanhok, PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) has unveiled Event Pass: Sanhok, a new way for fans to unlock rewards and items by playing the game to level-up and taking on daily and weekly missions. Event Pass: Sanhok is available for a limited time, from June 22 to July 21.

Sanhok is available now on PC following a testing period that gave players the opportunity to experience the all-new map and provide feedback during active development. Spanning 4x4km, Sanhok’s geography takes its inspiration from the various islands that dot the coasts of Southeast Asia and features map-splitting waterways, hidden underground caverns and distinct structures and villages, giving players a variety of avenues to approach combat and survival.

In addition to the full release of Sanhok, PUBG players on PC now have an all-new way to track their progression and receive in-game items and rewards with Event Pass: Sanhok. Players can take on and complete a variety of missions and achieve gameplay milestones in order to unlock a variety of costumes and weapon skins that are exclusive to Event Pass: Sanhok. All players can take part in Event Pass: Sanhok missions and unlock rewards by just playing the game, with additional cosmetic items and rewards available to purchase for £7.49. Event Pass: Sanhok is available for a limited time only, from June 22 to July 21. For more information on Sanhok and Event Pass: Sanhok, check out https://sanhok.playbattlegrounds.com/.

World of Warcraft Welcome Back Weekend

This is a Welcome Back Weekend for World of Warcraft, offering a free relapse for those who have recovered from Blizzard's MMORPG. Here's word:

GET BACK IN THE FIGHT
Battle for Azeroth™ fast approaches and you're needed back on the front lines. This weekend only, we're upgrading all inactive WoW accounts to allow you full access to the game and all your characters without a subscription*.

Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades and get back in the fight.

RETURN FREE

New to World of Warcraft? Get the free Starter Edition

*Offers available through June 24, 2018. Player is responsible for any online connection fees. Game access will be granted at the last expansion purchased, or Warlords of Draenor, whichever is greater.

Black Mesa Status

A Black Mesa Summer Update has a status report on this project to remake the original Vintage Half-Life with the engine from the original Vintage Half-Life 2 (thanks RedEye9). As always, there's progress, but as always, there's still more to do. The update notes that this is currently 60% off as part of the Steam Summer Sale. They also mention Half-Life's upcoming 20th anniversary, a reminder that this remake has been in the works for well over half that span. The team has also released a new brief video with your moment of Xen.

There has been lots of progress on Xen. We have started external playtesting. The first two chapters, "Xen" and "Gonarch's Lair", clock in around two hours. For reference, all five chapters of Xen in HL1 can be completed in approximately one hour! We are really excited to show our work to everyone, but we also want to save the majority of Xen as a surprise.

RESIDENT EVIL 2 Specs

The Steam page for RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 offers system requirements for the upcoming remake of RESIDENT EVIL 2 (thanks DSOGaming). Here's word:

MINIMUM:
OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX™-6300 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
DirectX: Version 11

RECOMMENDED:
OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3770 or AMD FX™-9590 or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 11

Moodust Portal Demo

This post has details on a Moondust Demo created by Valve as part of their development of Knuckles EV2, which they explain is the cutting edge of VR input (thanks Eurogamer). This is an extension of the Portal universe, touching on what happens when one (spoiler alert) creates a portal to the moon. Here's word on the demo and the progress they are making with support for virtual reality:

I'd like to start out by saying that VR is already a step above regular video games: it incorporates the physical motions of the player in addition to their button presses. With Knuckles EV2, it’s yet another step in this direction, with a constant stream of high-fidelity hand pose and force data coming in that has to be interpreted. While it's great to get all this data, it can be really complicated to deal with as a developer. With that in mind, we've already done a lot of the heavy lifting for you with the grab mode in the new SteamVR Input System. Then with the SteamVR Unity Plugin we've given you an interaction system that puts this mode to use and helps with throwing as well.

Moondust takes place in the Portal universe. With moon-based conversion gel stores running dangerously low, Aperture looks to the stars for a new source of the valuable portal conductor. Take control of a giant robot on the moon, spearheading the Aperture Lunar Resources Initiative. This demo utilizes all of the new inputs of Knuckles EV2 and showcases a few new game mechanics enabled by the new controller.

  • Crush moon rocks to a fine powder with your powerful hands, taking advantage of the high-fidelity force sensors on Knuckles EV2
  • Practice driving a moon buggy, utilizing the joystick and the rest of the new inputs of Knuckles EV2
  • Assemble a space station in orbit, with fine interactions driven by all 10 fully tracked fingers
  • Enjoy some target practice in the throwing range, with the most natural throwing VR can offer

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday QUAKE, as id Software's seminal first-person shooter was first released 22 years ago today. The fact that most of my junk is in storage right now means I don't have access to my disks to play this a bit. I thought this would thwart my plans to celebrate. Then I saw that the Steam summer sale offered the chance to add the original QUAKE trilogy to my Steam library for a nominal cost, so that solved that problem. I fooled around with this and see that it was easy enough to launch GLQUAKE, so I'm going to mess around with video settings later and kill me a few Strogg.

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ABC Has Picked Up A "Roseanne" Spinoff Called "The Conners."

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Thursday, Jun 21, 2018

Get Shadowrun Returns Deluxe for Free

Humble Bundle Blog announces everyone can get Shadowrun Returns Deluxe for free for the next 48 hours amid a sale on other Shadowrun titles. Here's a refresher on this game and DLC bundle:

MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner - a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done... by any means necessary.

In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.

The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.

Overwatch Tease

A tweet from Overwatch teases the "Calm before the storm." This has sparked speculation that Blizzard is preparing to unveil the next hero for Overwatch soon. Or perhaps it's just a weather report, and we should stay tuned for the five-day forecast. We shall see.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Free DLC

Publisher Versus Evil and developer Obsidian Entertainment announce the release of the Scalawags Pack, the latest free DLC pack for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. They note that this is also part of a new Pillars of Eternity Collection on Steam that's currently discounted as part of the Steam Summer Sale. Here's the deal:

Independent developer Obsidian Entertainment, in partnership with indie powerhouse publisher Versus Evil, today announced the launch of the latest free DLC pack for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The free DLC, titled “Scalawags Pack” is the latest addition to the free DLC packs currently available for the game in an ongoing show of the team’s commitment to provide their fans with new playable content and game updates.

Round out your crew and personalize your flagship with the Scalawags Pack DLC. This free update adds three new recruitable crew members to the taverns of the Deadfire and adds a wide array of ship upgrades to many of the shipwrights throughout the Deadfire Archipelago. Additionally, it also includes the Savage personality setting for your character.

SCALAWAGS PACK FREE DLC – WHAT’S INSIDE?

  • Three New Crew Members added to the taverns of the Deadfire Archipelago for you to recruit.
  • Five New Ship Upgrades, including a sail, cannon, anchor, and more added to shipwrights throughout the game.
  • Savage personality setting

The team also announced that a Pillars of Eternity Collection bundle for new gamers is now available at a great discount in the Steam summer sale. The collection includes both the Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire games for 28% off the regular SRP.

In addition to the latest Scalawags Pack, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire players are reminded they can also pick up the “Beard and Hair” and “Rum Runner’s” free DLC packs as well as the free “Critical Role Pack” DLC on Steam.

Defiance 2050 Open Beta Tomorrow

Trion Worlds reminds everyone of their recent announcement that a weekend of open beta testing for Defiance 2050 gets underway tomorrow at 1:00 pm EDT. Here is the blog post explaining the plan, and here's the overview on testing of this remake of the original Defiance, an ambitious MMOTPS tie-in with a sci-fi TV series from SyFy:

Trion Worlds’ upcoming free-to-play sci-fi shooter Defiance 2050 kicks off its free Open Beta on PC beginning this Friday, June 22 at 10:00 AM PST and running until Monday, June 25 at 10:00 AM PST. Players taking part in the Open Beta will have the opportunity to check out the game’s new base classes, weapon enhancements and progression systems ahead of its release on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on July 10. Progress from Open Beta will not carry over into the full game at launch.

Total War: ARENA Celebrates New Commander with Giveaway

This post announces the release of a new patch for Total War: ARENA, updating the open beta of this online strategy game to version 3.1.5. This introduces Ambiorix the trickster, legendary barbarian commander and nemesis of Julius Caesar. They celebrate the news with a new trailer showing Ambiorix in action, and also send along a bonus code for some extra goodies for the game, currently in free to play open beta. The code is "TWABELGAETALES," and here's word on the new character and what you can get for free here:

Legendary Commander and fabled nemesis of Julius Caesar, Ambiorix, has loaded his quiver and entered the Arena. The first Barbarian commander built from the ground up to dominate from any distance, he comes fully kitted with a host of abilities to empower archers and ranged players. Ambiorix is perfectly suited for fast-paced hit-and-run tactics and deadly long-range ambushes.

As Ambiorix, take aim at history’s greatest Commanders, including Leonidas of Sparta, Boudica of the Iceni, Alexander the Great and many more. See Ambiorix in action in his in-engine cinematic, here: https://youtu.be/7zo_pqH0HKU

A free-to-play, team-based strategy game developed by the creators of Total War and published by Wargaming Alliance, Total War: ARENA invites players to forge their legacy in epic real-time clashes with each player commanding armies of hundreds fighting for glory and supremacy.

So far in Open Beta, players have taken part in over thirty-five million battles, with thousands being waged around the world every day.

Download Total War: ARENA and play for free now: totalwararena.com/en/download/

Learn more about Total War: ARENA at: totalwararena.com

GIVEAWAY:

Celebrating launch of the new commander, we would like to share this bonus code with you: TWABELGAETALES
Code is valid for 1 000 activations and contains 300 gold, 3 days premium and 100k silver.
Codes expire - 2018.06.25 21:59:59 UTC

Bonus code redemption guide:

  • Go to totalwararena.com
  • Click “Premium shop”
  • Click “Activate code Wargaming”

Dark and Light Free DLC Plans

Dark and Light has been in Early Access for 11 months on Steam, but the fact that has yet to mark its official release is not deterring Snail Games from announcing the first DLC for the sandbox survival/RPG. This is called Shard of Faith, and will be free to all who already own the game, adding a new map and other new content. They also announce they've cranked up the drop rates for the game, and are gearing up for a live stream. Here's word:

Dark and Light: Shard of Faith expands the Archos universe with a new playable map to explore, and new levels of power to take out formidable enemies of the encroaching darkness in the vast fantasy, sandbox survival RPG. The downloadable content will be a free, automatic upgrade to owners of the core game experience, Dark and Light, and it will be available to purchase on Steam for new adventurers.

This announcement celebrates the one year anniversary since Dark and Light first released on Steam Early Access. The Dark Plane has appeared on the horizon where a corruption has infected the vibrant homelands and gods awaken from their centuries-long slumber. At launch, players will find themselves in brand new areas battling against the mysterious Faiths and uncovering ancient secret rites as they must unite to put the world back into balance.

In readiness for the new expansion content, Dark and Light is participating in the Steam Summer Sale at 50% off and players, new and loyal, will receive a double drop rate bonus for the upcoming week.

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Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale

Hide your wallet from yourself, as Steam is now offering their Intergalactic Summer Sale, as was accurately predicted six weeks ago. Along with sale prices on tons of games and daily featured deals, there is a Summer Saliens Game offering the chance to unlock free games and Steam trading cards between now and July 5th. Here's word:

The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale is here! For the next fourteen days, take advantage of huge savings throughout our store on over ten thousand games. You can also help unlock free games by playing our Summer Saliens Game.

Today's Featured Deals include:

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds 33% off
Fallout Franchise up to 50% off
Dead Cells 40% off
Grim Dawn 70% off
Everspace 67% off
Tyranny 66% off
Nino Kuni II 40% off
Dark and Light 50% off
and many more

Along with the sale is the Summer Saliens Game. Team up with other Saliens to fight The Duldrumz on different planets and free the abducted games. Gain XP as you battle, level up, unlock new abilities, and win cosmetic items to deck out your Salien. Plus, get Summer Sale Trading Cards just for playing.

Choose to battle on a planet that piques your interest and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win one of its rewards when it's conquered. The longer your Salien spends on a planet the higher your chances of winning! The groups with the most tiles when a planet is taken will get to plant their flag as conquerors, undoubtedly gaining Saliverse-wide fame in the process.

The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale will run from now until 10 AM Pacific, July 5th. Complete information can be found HERE.

Gears Tactics Catch-up and Gears of War 5 PC Details

WIRED UK caught up with Rod Fergusson of The Coalition at E3 2018 to discuss the Gears of War series (thanks DSOGaming). Along the way Rod tells them Gears of War 5 is being build from the ground up for the PC platform, a far cry from the original third-person shooter, which launched as an Xbox exclusive. So this is good news for PC games, though it is tempered by the recent revelation that this will be a Windows 10 exclusive on PC. "Having a game that we're building from the ground up for PC [means players] will be able to take advantage of all the types of different PC optimisation options you can have," Fergusson says. "You'll be able to max it to quite high. It's still reasonably early, but we can usually get to 120fps. It's obviously going to matter what hardware you're using to get that - but it'll be able to scale up that high, [if] the hardware can push it." The article also discusses the PC bona fides of Gears Tactics, an upcoming turn-based strategy game that serves as a prequel to the series that we may have failed to mention following its revelation at E3 (apologies for the oversight). Here's more on that:

Accordingly, Gears Tactics will be tailored to PC play, to better serve the traditional mechanics of the genre. Unlike the third-person real-time adrenaline rush of the 'Gears Prime' entires, tactical games require a wider view of the area of engagement, specific movement paths and placement of units, ultimately rewarding players for patience and planning rather than bravado – all elements improved by the precision offered by mouse-and-keyboard controls.

Tactics is also potentially going to be one of the most important instalments in the saga, exploring the earliest days in its history.

"Tactics is canon. It's a story that takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War, before the first Marcus Fenix story," Fergusson reveals. "It's a new squad, and of course, being a tactics game, you get to create a lot of that squad yourself in terms of customisation. The core though – who's there and what you fight – are intended to be canon."

Its placement comes as a result of Fergusson and The Coalition's 'negative space' policy, which applies to wider entries in the Gears mythos told in other media.

"We really like working in what we call negative space, where you leave gaps. If there's something that isn't locked down in our universe, then we don't try to artificially lock it down," he says. "We leave negative space so that when we work with a new collaborator like Kurtis [Weibe, writer of recent Gears of War comics, there's some life to find, a hook to go and create new parts of the world, which is exciting. It's really beneficial to have this sort of open minded perspective about where the franchise can go."

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Preorders

Funcom offers a new trailer from Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, calling this the first gameplay footage of the game, which is the same thing they said about the video they released almost three months ago. They say the tactical adventure will launch later this year, and that they are now accepting preorders:

Now available for PC pre-order on buy.mutantyearzero.com, the game will be available in a Standard Edition ($34.99) and a Deluxe Edition ($54.99). The Deluxe Edition includes a desktop wallpaper, digital artbook, digital soundtrack, and a digital copy of the Mutant Year Zero pen-and-paper RPG book. Pre-ordering the Standard Edition will give you a three-day head start at launch while pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition gives you the three-day head start as well as access to a Beta version of the game before launch.

“Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is our passion project,” said The Bearded Ladies CEO Haraldur Thormundsson. “It’s the game we always wanted to do and we’re incredibly excited to be working on it. We truly believe the unique mix of turn-based tactical combat combined with freeform exploration, stealth, and story will offer something new and different gamers have never experienced before.”

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is powered by the Unreal Engine and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 during the second half of 2018. The game is based on the classic Mutant IP that has spawned several popular pen and paper role-playing games since the 1980s, including the current Mutant: Year Zero from Free League and Modiphius Entertainment. The interactive IP rights are controlled by Heroic Signatures, a company owned by Funcom and the Cabinet Group (see earlier announcement). For more videos, screenshots, and information please visit the official website that launched today on www.mutantyearzero.com.

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Lost in Harmony Found

Lost in Harmony is now available for Windows and Switch, with the PC edition offered on Steam, offering a musical endless runner game with a soundtrack composed by the likes of Wyclef Jean, Roc Chen, Mark Griskey, Borislav Slavov, and Xilix. The release trailer focuses on the Switch edition of the game, which is already available for mobile devices. Here's more:

Lost in Harmony tells two tales focusing on themes of destiny and desire. In Kaito’s Adventure, players join Kaito and Aya, two teenagers who brave many hardships to remain together despite all odds. Also included with the Nintendo Switch and PC editions of Lost in Harmony, comes the bonus companion adventure, M.I.R.A.I.’s Escape, which takes players on an unforgettable journey through the universe. In both adventures, players will travel across stunning, hand-painted landscapes, all while dodging obstacles in harmony to the game’s mesmerizing music.

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Dig or Die Next Month

Dig or Die is coming to Windows via Steam on July 10th, and developer Gaddy Games celebrates the plan with the release of a new trailer showing off this sandbox platformer. Here's a bit on the game, and the obvious influence of Terraria and Starbound:

French independent game development studio Gaddy Games announced today that its art infused survival action and strategy oriented title Dig or Die will see its final version released on Steam July 10, 2018. Dig or Die was inspired by games like Terraria and Starbound but with a very particular look onto the sandbox game genre. It adds more action, an amazing simulated environment, a rich defense building system, and a sci-fi universe with a real objective for the player. After three years of development, focusing on implementing the community’s feedback, Dig or Die achieved an average of 91% positive reviews on Steam and will leave the early access stage for a price of $11.99 in the US and £9.29 in the UK.

With a very distinct art style and a robust building system, Dig or Die stands out as a very unique sandbox game. As employee of CRAFT & Co., a space exploration agency, your latest contract has gone awry and you find yourself stranded on a distant planet. Your objective is to establish a base and accumulate resources in order to build a spaceship and find your way back home. When the daylight fades, however, you’ll have to fight back massive hordes of monsters who just like you, don’t take kindly to unwanted intruders. You will build your defenses, create barricades and turrets to protect yourself against your opponents.

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Out of the Blue

Happy summer to those of us in the neighborhood of the northern hemisphere, as the solstice was this morning at 6:07 am EDT. And of course, happy winter to those of you south of the equator. It seems that this is all catnip for fast food joints, chain restaurants, and other similar franchises, as this article outlines a bunch of giveaways and other promotions for the occasion from such places. So enjoy the change of seasons, and here's hoping you can stay cool/warm, as appropriate.

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