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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

FNAF Creator Teases New Game and Old Mystery

A post by Scott Cawthon on Steam discusses the future plans of the Five Nights at Freddy's series creator, while also revealing that the heart of the story from Five Nights at Freddy's 4 has not yet been uncovered by the community (thanks Kotaku via nin). He describes a patch to come to Five Nights at Freddy's 4 on Halloween with new content and refinements, and also teases something different that will come at that time. Word is: "I'm hoping to have something else in addition to it, but it may not be ready. I have something fun in mind, a new game (not FNaF5), but it will be a real challenge to have even a small playable portion by Oct 31st. If a playable demo isn't ready by then, then at the very least there will be some sneak-peak content." He also notes that while the stories from the first three FNAF games were quickly sniffed out, the latest game has proven more difficult to crack:
You know, when I released the first game over a year ago, I was amazed at how quickly everyone found every bit of lore and story. Then the same happened with part 2, fans and youtubers dug in and found everything. Game Theory did an incredible video on part 2; getting almost everything right. Then part 3 came out, and once again the story was uncovered by the community. It seemed that there was nothing I could hide!

But then I released part 4, and somehow.... no one, not a single person, found the pieces. The story remains completely hidden. I guess most people assumed that I filled the game with     random easter eggs this time. I didn't. What's in the box? It's the pieces put together. But the bigger question is- would the community accept it that way? The fact that the pieces have remained elusive this time strikes me as incredible, and special, a fitting conclusion in some ways, and because of that, I've decided that maybe some things are best left forgotten, forever.

Diablo III Patched

Battle.net announces a new patch is now live in Diablo III, updating Blizzard's action/RPG to version 2.3.0, paving the way for Season 4, which will get underway soon. Here's a new What's New in Patch 2.3.0 trailer showing off the new features in the update, including the new Ruins of Sescheron area, Kanai's Cube, Season Journeys, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

DiRT Rally Patch Adds Competitive Multiplayer

A Steam Community Group Announcement has word on a new patch for DiRT Rally updating the Early Access rally racing game to version 0.7 with the addition of new competitive multiplayer features. A bunch of changes and bugfixes and word is "you’ll now be able to head online and challenge your friends in officially licensed FIA World Rallycross events." Thanks DSOGaming.

Heroes of the Storm Placement Matches Investigation

The Heroes of the Storm forums are filled with unhappiness about the outcomes of the placement matches intended to more accurately rank players in Hero League in the MOBA. Now Blizzard's Dustin Browder tweets a response to a complaint about this suggesting Blizzard is aware that something may be wrong, as there are numerous reports of players ending up with very low ranks after a successful run of placement matches. Word is: "@HeroesMyth Thanks for feedback. Have heard about this issue. Team is investigating." Thanks Ten Ton Hammer.

GOG Galaxy Client Updated

GOG announces an update to the Galaxy client which brings it to version 1.1 with the addition of new features, including the ability to roll back unwanted updates. Here's word:
Update 1.1 to the GOG Galaxy beta will bring the anticipated Rollback feature, allowing you to restore your game to prior states with just a single click. Game updates are now not only optional, but also reversible.

The weeks following our GOG Galaxy-powered release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were a chance for the team to collect feedback and to work on perfecting the Client while addressing many of your top feature requests. The newest 1.1 update includes much-requested improvements to the friend system (making it easier to find and invite friends), pausing & resuming downloads, extended pre-installation options with more ways to configure your games, and an improved app UI and navigation. The entire client will now be more resource-friendly while also becoming faster.

The 1.1 update is available today for everyone enrolled to receive preview updates through GOG Galaxy, but it will also be rolling out very soon to the entire userbase. Those of you eager to test out the announced improvements today, can simply navigate to your GOG Galaxy settings screen and select the option to “Receive preview updates”.

Ship Ahoy - Crookz – The Big Heist

Crookz – The Big Heist is now available, on Steam, offering a heist game with a funky '70s flair for Windows, OS X, and SteamOS. A new launch trailer offers a look at the grooviness this all involves, and a playable demo was released a couple of weeks ago. Here's the announcement, which also includes word on a boxed edition:
Set in the funky 1970s with a slick and groovy atmosphere, Crookz – The Big Heist shows off the art of thieving by tasking players with coordinating stylish heists and robberies; utilizing espionage and quick-thinking to avoid detection. Implement a successful strategy by assembling and equipping your team before the job and planning the best way in. Accompanying the launch of Crookz – The Big Heist is an all new interactive gameplay trailer that allows players to choose between three very different sets of bandits to see three equally different ways of approaching a heist. Once you’ve watched the trailer, head on over to Steam to download the playable demo.

In addition to being available on digital stores, the boxed retail version of Crookz – The Big Heist is available as a Limited Special Edition, which includes two exclusive DLC outfits, a digital copy of the funky 70s soundtrack and a digital copy of the Crookz short movie!
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Bounty Train Early Access

Publisher Daedalic Entertainment is going off the rails on a Bounty Train, offering Early Access on Steam to Corbie's roguelike-like train-simulation for Windows. They offer a discount for the next week on either the standard or the "Trainium" edition, which contains the soundtrack, an artbook, and more. Here's word on the game:
Bounty Train is a complex, tactically challenging game. The player has to keep many balls in the air -- dealing with real time skirmishes with bandits, trading good for the best prices, resource management, train optimization and keeping the line (and train) in good repair. In addition, Bounty Train confronts the player with historical events, from the onset of the Civil War to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln -- and depending on player choices and performance, the course of history may be changed. Bounty Train borrows elements from many genres and uses them to build a greater whole, a new unique strategy game experience.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer

A new launch trailer is now available for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in preparation for next week's release of the next installment in the stealth/action series. The trailer is accompanied by details about a companion app for the game, but this will only be coming to the console versions. They specifically call this "a new trailer created by Mr. Hideo Kojima" so the game's creator has not yet been escorted from the building. Continue here to read the full story.

Dying Light: The Following Trailer

Techland has released this new video which runs about 29 minutes offering about 15 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from Dying Light: The Following, the upcoming zombie-filled expansion. They also take the opportunity to remind everyone that the Beyond Dying Light Dev Tools Contest II is now in its final week for those still polishing their entries. Here's word on the new video: "After the release of the heart-pumping reveal trailer for Dying Light: The Following, Techland is giving fans the chance to take a closer look at the upcoming story-based expansion. A video has been released with over 15 minutes of uncut gameplay coupled with commentary from some of the Dying Light team – all recorded during last week’s Twitch stream. In the playthrough, fans are taken down the ‘The Trust Is Out There’ quest chain, which showcases some of the core new features of Dying Light: The Following, including a massive new map, drivable and upgradeable dirt buggies, and new types of ranged weapons." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

  • Amnesia: Memories on Steam. Save 40%.
  • DG2: Defense Grid 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Pillars of Eternity on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Shelter 2 on Steam. Save 33%.

Evening Previews

Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released

Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive announce the release of The White March: Part I, the first half of the two-part expansion for Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian's throwback RPG. The new content in the pack is shown off in this trailer and more media and links to purchase add-on can be found on this page. Here's word:
Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive today released the first of a two-part expansion to Pillars of Eternity, the role-playing game (RPG) phenomenon funded by over 70 thousand backers. The award-winning recipient for the Best Indy RPG at E3 2015 from MMORPG.com, “The White March: Part I” is the first addition to the critically acclaimed game, and includes an extensive array of new dynamic content for both Pillars of Eternity veterans and newcomers. White March expands the story and experience of the original game, adding new locations, quests, and companions to the world of Eora, as well as new gameplay features such as multi-class abilities, soulbound weapons, and a higher level cap, allowing players new ways to play in all areas of the game. The White March: Part I is available today as an add-on to Pillars of Eternity for Windows, Mac, and Linux PC for $14.99. A bundle with Parts I and II is available for $24.99, which will grant owners the second installment immediately upon its release.

In The White March: Part I, Obsidian Entertainment continues the tale of Pillars of Eternity, an RPG inspired by classics of the computer RPG genre. Featuring an expertly crafted story from Carrie Patel, author of the Recoletta series and writer on the original Pillars of Eternity, and Eric Fenstermaker, lead writer on Pillars of Eternity and one of the co-writers of South Park: The Stick of Truth alongside show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the new expansion has new lore and challenges to explore. Set during the middle of the original game similar to the classic Tales of the Sword Coast, the new expansion can be experienced regardless if players have completed the core game or not. Players will venture into a new setting inspired by the snowy environments of Icewind Dale, and meet new companions including The Devil of Caroc, a construct rogue, and the scarred monk Zahua. Additionally, players can make use of new advanced party-based AI during combat and other adventuring challenges.
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Battlefield 4 Night Operations Next Month

EA reveals Night Operations, a new DLC pack for Battlefield 4 coming next month as a free download for owners of the military shooter sequel (thanks Gamer's Hell). This trailer shows off the nighttime gameplay this involves, and here are highlights of the planned release:
ZAVOD: GRAVEYARD SHIFT
Battlefield 4™ Night Operations includes the new map Zavod: Graveyard Shift, a night version of Zavod 311. When the old Russian tank factory is shrouded in darkness the tactics change drastically.

TACTICAL GAMEPLAY
Get a tactical advantage by using night vision scopes, flares and other gadgets to reveal the enemy positions, or by destroying light sources such as lamps.

GAME MODES
Zavod: Graveyard Shift supports the following game modes: Conquest, Rush, Obliteration, and the infantry focused game modes Team Death Match, Domination and Gun Master.
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The Phantom Pain PvP Not Paywalled

Konami has refuted a GameSpot report that the Forward Operating Base PvP multiplayer mode in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be locked behind a paywall. PC Gamer has word from the developer that this is "simply not true." Here's the official statement:
Gamespot posted an article following the review that the PVP (FOB) mode in MGSV TPP will be restricted behind a micro-transaction paywall and that is simply not true. The FOB mode will be fully accessible at launch and the micro-transaction layer to that specific feature in the game primarily acts as an accelerator. We’ll have more details at launch, but we did try and clear these rumours up when they started circulating during E3. We even addressed this in our official E3 2015 demo when it went live during that show.

Ship Ahoy - Evoland 2

French independent developer Shiro Games announces the release of Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder, saying their time-spanning sequel is now available for Windows, with the Linux and OS X editions to follow in the coming months. They can direct you to the various digital storefronts where this is available through the game's website, and you can get a gander at gameplay in this launch video. Here's a bit:
A unique RPG adventure on a grand scale, Evoland 2 takes players on a truly epic journey through time and across a variety of classic and contemporary video game styles. Filled with homages, a wide variety of gameplay genres, and an innovative graphical style that evolves throughout the game, Evoland 2 is bursting with charm and character. Players can expect exciting beat-’em-up battles, captivating puzzles, pixel-perfect platforming, a tense shoot-’em-up segment, and much, much more.

“We’ve taken every measure to craft a memorable and fully-featured game with Evoland 2,” said Nicolas Cannasse, creator of Evoland and CTO of Shiro Games. “I’m overjoyed to say that we’ve not only fulfilled our original vision, but expanded on it considerably. We’ve come very far since myself and two others created the original Evoland — we’re a tight-knit team of nine now — and we’re confident that both existing Evoland fans and newcomers alike will be charmed by the labor of love that is Evoland 2.”
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Industry Giant II Returns

Industry Giant II is now available for Windows on Steam, a relaunch of an updated HD version of this business simulation originally released by JoWooD in 2002. Here's word:
Industry Giant II features economic booms, stock market crashes, oil crises, upswings, downturns and triumphs... This is your chance to become the greatest power in the industry. Begin the game in the year 1900 with little money, but large ambitions and through skillful decisions, you can build up an enormous empire. You make critical decisions about which products you should manufacture, where to gather the raw materials, where to sell product, and how to transport them effectively. It is your choice whether you start out as a minor fruit-growing framer with a little orchard and retire as the owner of the biggest foodstuff empire around, or end up owning a multinational conglomerate with a vast portfolio of products.

Boss Key Teaser

This 30 second teaser video offers the first of the three promised reveals of what's going on at Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions. The clip contains a five second glimpse at a rubble-strewn environment that probably doesn't yet justify the warning to #braceyourself. Continue here to read the full story.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

I'm suffering slightly with a sore hamstring since yesterday morning for no possible reason I can imagine. I didn't do anything strenuous over the weekend, just a couple of normal walks with the Gunnar-man, but I feel like I did more. The weird thing is that over a long span of being a serious softball weekend warrior, I only had a hamstring issue on one occasion, so I have no idea why this would crop up now. Oh well, it's a mystery more that some sort of major problem, and I imagine it will clear up on its own soon enough.

Sore Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Volt Toys Championship.
Katja's Escape.
Link: Drone Munitions Now Shipping. Thanks HARDOCP.
Stories: Goonies house shut down after owner gets sick of people doing Truffle Shuffle on lawn. Thanks reddit.
Facing possible ban, more Americans are buying new—and legal—$900 flamethrowers.
Iceberg Big Enough To Bury Manhattan Under 300 Meters Ice Spotted Breaking Off Greenland.
Science: Universal flu vaccine a step closer as scientists create experimental jabs.
Media: Mario Skate (60 fps!). And Making of Mario Skate.
GUNSHIP - Tech Noir. Features Claymation and John Carpenter.
Bike Rider Braves a Mob of Locals. That's eerie.
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