Updated: Nov 29, 2022 6:57 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

Far Cry 6 Free Trial Today; Lost Between Worlds Next Week

Ubisoft announces December 6th as the launch date for the Lost Between Worlds expansion for Far Cry 6 on all platforms. In the meantime, a free trial of the first-person shooter sequel is now underway. PC users can check out the Windows edition through the Ubisoft Store or the Epic Games Store. Lastly, the new update is now live in the game, adding the promised New Game+ and more. Word is: "Title Update 6 is now available, and players can return to Yara and relive their favorite missions stronger than ever with the highly-anticipated addition of New Game+ mode, allowing them to bring their endgame gear and weapons back to the start of their next playthrough. Title Update 6 also introduces a Completionist Aid feature, providing players with guided assistance in uncovering all of Yara’s hidden secrets." A new trailer highlights the update and the free trial. Here's more:
In Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds, players will begin a thrilling new chapter of Dani Rojas’ story, set in a fractured version of Yara. Following their exploration of a mysterious meteorite impact site, Dani will discover themselves in a twisted space between worlds accompanied by a noncorporeal lifeform named Fai. Players will need to repair Fai’s broken spacecraft by collecting five lost shards, each increasing Dani’s overall stats for survivability, bringing them one step closer to escape.
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Victoria 3 Sells a Half-Million

Paradox Interactive is declaring Victoria 3 a success, announcing the society simulator tallied more than a half-million sales in 30 days following its launch. This includes a bunch of statistics highlighting just how much time players have spent in the game:
Over the last month, Victoria 3 players have transformed their globe in many different ways. They have:

  • 500,000 Copies sold with 14623631 total hours played. (That’s 1669 years of playtime)
  • 187 million technologies researched
  • Created new countries 380335 times.
  • Built 126263 Suez Canals
  • Built 39982 Eiffel Towers
  • Unified Germany 98082 times
  • Constructed the Trans-Siberian Railway 18471 times
  • Constructed the Trans-Continental Railway 45614 times
  • Turned Prussia Yellow on the Map 83 times

Two Point Campus Space Academy Launches Next Week

Sega and Two Point Studios announce Space Academy, new DLC coming to Two Point Campus, offering the chance to educate the next generation of space cadets in this school of higher than a kite education. This will arrive for Windows, macOS, Linux, and consoles on December 6th except for the Switch edition, which will launch on December 12th. Here's the Announce Trailer with a captain's log, and here's more:
Space Academy comes with a galaxy of new features, including three stellar campus locations, six student archetypes to welcome aboard, six far-out courses and classrooms, and much, much more.

Players will start their extra-terrestrial adventures in Universe City, as they rebuild Two Point County’s defunct space program to bring it back to its former glory and will need your help on the frontlines of galactic defence, inter-dimensional diplomacy, and preparing the County for foreign life. Space Academy also features Two Point's first out-of-County campus, as you take up base on a suspiciously cheesy asteroid, and pillage it of its natural (and delicious) resources.
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Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion Malta Next Week

A new post on Steam has first details on Dominion Malta, the next expansion for Jurassic World Evolution 2, the dinosaur park management sequel. This will come to PC and consoles on December 8th alongside a new Update 5 for the base game. The new add-on will break up the whole "new island/new dinosaur" formula by introducing several new species and no fewer than three new islands. The Announcement Trailer offers a look, and there's a write up on the plans from developer Frontier on the PlayStation.Blog:
In Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Malta Expansion, you’ll establish key buildings, develop your sites, and trade on the dinosaur exchange to acquire more species, eggs, and even genome data. But be warned: the Authorities and the Underground are both taking a keen interest in your operation. Who you choose to align with unlocks more ways to expand your parks, so build trust with these organisations and you’ll earn anything from hatchery upgrades to accessing new islands. There are three in total, and progress is persistent across these islands. Switch between them on the fly, or even bring over dinosaurs on the cargo ship – it’s entirely up to you.

As well as a deep new campaign packed with fresh gameplay features, Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Malta Expansion of course brings you stunning new prehistoric species, variants and skins, as seen in Jurassic World Dominion. Authentically created to mirror their film counterparts, these iconic prehistoric species are ready to give guests an unforgettable experience.
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PC In Nightmare Awakens

In Nightmare is now available for Windows on Steam, allowing PC gamers the chance to play this narrative horror/adventure first released for PlayStation. A new PC Launch Trailer takes a look at gameplay. Here's an explanation:
In Nightmare follows a young boy who closes himself off from the world around him and falls into a deep sleep, during which his inner nightmares take over. Heartbroken about his family’s troubles, the boy escapes reality into a dark, whimsical world created from his own memories. This sets him on a journey to uncover a web of truths within a haunting world of deception. With the help of his dream spirit, the boy will seek out ways to sneak past enemies, overcome intricate puzzles and embrace his fears so that he may finally be able to awaken.
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Scrap Riders in January

Microids announces a new release date for Scrap Riders, saying the throwback cyberpunk adventure will arrive on Steam and Switch on January 9th. The launch was planned for this year, but what's nine days between friends? A new Release Date Trailer celebrates the news in the game's signature pixel-art style. Here's word on this scrappy title:
Scrap Riders is a pixel art beat’em up adventure game set in a cyberpunk future, developed by Spanish studio Games for Tutti. You play as Rast, a member of the outlaw bikers gang Scrap Riders, and make your way through the wastelands as well as a big metropolis controlled by corporations. Act as a smuggler with caustic humor to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.

Fight your way through this 2D beat them up using your fists and guns, but beware: the wastelands are not for the faint of heart. There, violence is always the answer, but it won’t be enough! Without your wits you won't last long. Talk to the right people, gather clues, and kick bad guys’ butts!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Happy birthday Pong, as according to Wikipedia the seminal arcade game turns 50 today. That's a pretty good run considering all the pills he's eaten along the way. Thanks Frans.

Obituary: Clarence Gilyard Jr- Top Gun and Die Hard actor dead at 66. Thanks Console General.

World of Warcraft Dragonflight Takes Off

Blizzard announces Dragonflight has taken flight in World of Warcraft, offering the latest expansion to the long-running MMORPG. This introduces new zones, new content, and (drumroll), the ability to ride dragons. Here's the previously released Take to the Skies Launch Cinematic and a Survival Guide to help players get started. Read on for more:
The new Dragon Isles continent is comprised of five vibrant zones, which are some of the largest by area in the history of WoW: the Forbidden Reach, the new starting zone for the dracthyr race; the primordial Waking Shores, an untamed land brimming with elemental energies; the windswept Ohn’ahran Plains, home to proud centaur clans; the expansive Azure Span, where tuskarr fish amidst arcane ruins; and gleaming Thaldrazsus, the seat of power for the dragon aspects and home of the dragon capital city Valdrakken.

Dragonflight introduces the first ever race/class combo for World of Warcraft, the dracthyr Evoker. Featuring an abundance of character customization options and starting out at level 58, dracthyr Evokers are the first ranged damage class to be added to World of Warcraft since the game’s launch 18 years ago. Players can channel the magics of the dragon flights, maneuvering across battlefields as they heal their allies or damage their foes while utilizing all-new Empowered spellcasting.
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Portal RTX Next Week

NVIDIA reveals details about Portal RTX, the recently announced version of Valve's classic puzzle game with support for advanced graphics features, including full ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS 3. This is now slated to arrive on Steam on December 8th, and will be offered as free DLC for all owners of the original game (which is still on sale for $0.99 for another hot minute or two). There will be a launch party to mark the occasion, and presumably there will be cake. This will include the chance to win some hardware to crush this with, as there will be GeForce 40-series giveaways along the way. This page has all the news on the game and the party as well as system specifications. Here's the previously released World Premiere Trailer and here's a new trailer showing the game in 4K with NVIDIA DLSS 3 enabled and disabled. Here's more on the project:
Every frame of gameplay is upgraded with stunning full ray tracing, new, hand-crafted hi-res physically-based textures, and new, enhanced high-poly models evocative of the originals.

To achieve the stunning new look, Portal with RTX utilizes a suite of demanding graphics techniques that are accelerated by NVIDIA DLSS technology. DLSS 3 allows 40 Series GPU users to get over a 2.8X increase in performance, making the game incredibly smooth and responsive compared to native rendering, while 30 series GPU users will benefit from DLSS 2, bringing the game to a playable experience.
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Rebellion Celebrates 30 Years With Sniper Elite 5 Gifts

Rebellion is gearing up to celebrate its 30th anniversary, but rather than receiving gifts, the plan is to hand some out. This page outlines the release of a new Airborne Elite content pack for Sniper Elite 5 players as well as a new survival map which is free as well. Here's a trailer with a look at what to expect, and here's more:
Rebellion is turning 30! To celebrate this momentous milestone we're gifting our incredible Sniper Elite 5 Community a FREE content pack alongside the final Season Pass One update.

Available now, the FREE Airborne Elite Pack pays tribute to Rebellion's British heritage and includes the iconic British Paratrooper character skin, the much-requested Lee No. 4 bolt-action rifle and a Union Jack weapon skin for the Welrod pistol. Additionally, the final content for Season Pass One, including a thrilling mission called Conqueror, is also available now as is a new Survival Map called Tide of War, which is available for free to all players.

World Championship Boxing Manager 2 in January

Remember in September when Ziggurat Interactive announced World Championship Boxing Manager 2 would arrive for Windows this year? Well that was so three months ago, as a new announcement reveals the PC edition will launch on January 17, 2023. That's a near miss, however, so the judges may not even deduct any points. In the meantime there's a playable demo on Steam if you want to go a few rounds for free and teaser trailer with a look. Here's an outline of this sports management sequel:
Brought to life with hand-drawn 32-bit visuals, World Championship Boxing Manager™ 2 is the official sequel to its 1991 predecessor. Players will enlist promising amateur competitive fighters and train them from the ground up on their path to the world championship. They’ll manage their training schedules — including fitness training — to create the best balance for their roster. To keep them on the path to glory, they’ll also need to hire the best staff, gain supporters at all levels, and promote their fighters. The game features former pro boxers Rocky Marciano™, Sugar Ray Robinson™, and Sue “Tiger Lily” Fox as coaches within the game, along with a roster of fantastic fictional fighters, coaches, and training staff. A well-managed team will rise to the top, but one misstep will lead to a TKO!

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Monday, Nov 28, 2022

The Settlers: New Allies in February

Ubisoft announces The Settlers: New Allies will arrive on the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store on February 17, 2023. This new installment in the city-building real-time strategy series will also eventually settle on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and Luna. For more details, there will be a livestream on Twitch on December 1st at 10:00 am EST. In the meantime we have a Developer's Update Trailer and the following:
In this build-up real-time strategy game, players will settle onto a new land, build their communities, meet new factions, and choose to welcome them as allies or enemies in order to protect and defend their new settlement.

Players can enjoy The Settlers®: New Allies in one of three game modes:

  • Single-player campaign: As the Elari are forced to flee its homeland, they must settle on new and unknown territories. These new Settlers will have to face many challenges on their journey, from the raiding of ruthless bandits to the discovery of the new culture of these lands.
  • Hardcore Mode: As players will be able to play new scenarios, a wide range of modifiers and conditions will make the AI an even more challenging opponent. Adaptability is key in this new mode that will put the best players to the test, alone or with friends.
  • Skirmish: Players will be able to experience Solo vs. AI, co-op vs. AI or PvP featuring up to eight players on the 12 maps available at launch.

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Far Cry 6 Stream Tomorrow

Ubisoft sends a reminder its about to unveil the Lost Between Worlds add-on for Far Cry 6. As previously noted, there will be an "announcement trailer premiere" on YouTube tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST. The follow-up says to tune into at that time to Twitch, and says this will include more than just the trailer. Word is the Twitch stream will include developer commentary and more:
WHAT: Ubisoft will give players a first look at the Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds expansion, including gameplay and dev commentary, as well as share the latest updates on Far Cry 6.

WHEN: November 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

WHERE: https://www.twitch.tv/Ubisoft. A recording will be available on Ubisoft’s YouTube channel following the livestream at Youtube.com/Ubisoft.

Oddballers in January

Here's one more from Ubisoft, as it has announced a January 26th release date for Oddballers, the multiplayer party game for PC and consoles. Right before it was to be launched in March, it was announced the game was delayed indefinitely. Here are more details on this dodge ball game where you can hurl anything at your opponents, presumably including the occasional odd ball:
A new type of dodgeball game, players in Oddballers can throw anything and everything at their opponents to win - the more absurd, the better. With many different arenas, a variety of mini-games, and perilous environments that include electric fences, explosive gas tanks, and tennis ball launchers, OddBallers provides a fresh experience with every match.

Up to six players can compete locally on the Switch, and up to four players on other platforms. For long-distance competitions, dodgeballers can also play OddBallers online, taking on opponents around the world. Each match also comes with customizable accessibility features, allowing players to adjust match length and difficulty. Players can also customize their avatar, celebratory dance moves, and choose which mini-game to play thanks to OddBaller's custom mode.

Wild West Dynasty in February

Publisher Toplitz Productions and developer Moon Punch Studio announce a February 16, 2023 Early Access release date for Wild West Dynasty. This is an adventure RPG where you build your own wild west town, in the grand tradition of Once Upon a Time in the West. We'd make more movie references, but we think they used them all up, saying: "Whether you are a Young Gun or Unforgiven, consider yourself part of The Wild Bunch, want to Dance With Wolves or simply are a Maverick, be careful, because there are A Million Ways To Die In The West." Here's a Release Date Trailer and here's more:
So try to avoid them all, while you fight for your survival against scorching heat and freezing cold, wild animals as well as outlaws. Start a new life in the pioneering West and explore the vast open landscape with its diverse and visually stunning environments. Build farms, find and gather resources and help other settlers to find a home in the wilderness. But you are not only looking for riches. You also need to find answers to a mysterious family secret that will shape your destiny. And don’t forget your next of kin: Find a partner and lay the foundation for a legacy that spans generations. With Wild West Dynasty you not only shape your own destiny, but are a driving factor in expanding the American West during the mid 1800s.
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Starship Troopers: Extermination Revealed

Offworld Industries reveals plans for Starship Troopers: Extermination, a co-op FPS set on the frontlines of the war against the Bugs. The news is revealed via an Announcement Teaser which notes that the game's Steam Listing is live, showing a 2023 release date. There's also an Official Gameplay Teaser on IGN with a look at this in action. Remember, service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?
Starship Troopers: Extermination drops up to 12 players right into the fight against the Bug menace in this co-op first person shooter. Suit up and ship out to a far-off front as a Trooper in the Deep Space Vanguard, an elite Special Forces group within the Mobile Infantry. It’s up to squads like yours to battle against hundreds of bloodthirsty insectoid aliens and take back fallen colonies for the Federation. The only good Bug is a dead Bug!

No Trooper stands alone. As soon as the dropship hits dirt, your trusty Morita Assault Rifle and fellow Deep Space Vanguard Troopers are all that will keep you alive while exploring the hostile surface of the planet Valaka. Work together to complete objectives, acquire resources, build and defend a base, and then escape to the extraction point together.
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Northgard North of 3M Players

Shiro Games announces a double celebration. While the French developer marks its 10th anniversary, it also reveals Northgard has surpassed three million players since launching in March of 2018. A new trailer celebrates this milestone for the Viking strategy game. Here's word:
Shiro Games is thrilled to announce that Northgard, the acclaimed Viking strategy game has reached 3 million players since its original launch in 2018. The studio has kept adding new content to the game since its release, lately with the Clan of the Eagle, now offering 15 clans to choose from, multiplayer options, and varying difficulty levels to suit any play style. More content is coming soon, to grant more challenge and novelty to historic and new players.

Alongside this huge accomplishment, the French indie studio also celebrates its 10 years anniversary this month. Based in Bordeaux, the video game developer and publisher recently welcomed 10 new hires, bringing the total number of employees to 60. The company has been growing strongly, supported by the historic success of Evoland and Northgard and the recent launches of Dune: Spice Wars and Wartales in Early Access, both garnering critical and public acclaim.
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Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr Sororitas Class in Session

Sororitas Class is now available for Windows on Steam, offering new DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr. This introduces a fifth player class to the futuristic action/RPG. The new DLC carries a 10% launch discount, while the base game and all its previous content are currently available for 80% off. This post discusses the DLC and the accompanying patch for all owners. Here's the Release Trailer. Word is this will come soon to consoles, and all platforms will soon receive new seasonal content:
The Sororitas Class DLC is also coming out soon on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X. New Seasonal content is also in the works and will be out in the near future for PC as well as for consoles.

You are an Inquisitor, one of the most powerful agents of the Imperium. You operate in the Caligari Sector, a region overrun with heretics, mutants and Daemons of Chaos.
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Starfighter Renegade Released

Starfighter Renegade is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam. This is a third-person arcade shooter where you do combat in your starfighter "over compact and varied alien worlds." Word is this is the passion project of a solo developer: "It's been developed, by me, over the last 2 and a half years of weekends and evenings around my regular job and a very understanding wife." Here's the release trailer and more:
Swoop, twist and boost your Starfighter through unique landscapes, defending them from the invading alien threats!

  • Encounter a wide range of Alien fighters to battle.
  • Stop the Aliens spreading their deadly terraforming virus.
  • Rescue local inhabitants before the Aliens can collect them.
  • Decide which combination of weaponry, gadgets and strategy will get you the highest score.

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Happy Cyber Monday! A lot of this is hype, but I've mentioned I have a few tech items which are aging out. My phone and laptop have both been subject to issues lately, but they seem to be stable at the moment. I'm also at the point where I'd like to build a new machine, but it feels like a time to let the market for parts to stabilize. At one point I thought I might get a new GPU before building a new system around it, but after seeing the size and power specs of the latest cards, that doesn't seem practical. So I'll look for deals, but I feel like all of this is a little up in the air to make a move. Oh well, window (Windows?) shopping can be fun too.

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