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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015

Street Fighter V in February - Free Unlock Details

CapCom Unity announces a February 16th release date for Street Fighter V, saying the brawler sequel will arrive on that date in both North America and Europe. They accompany the news with this new Paris Games Week trailer and also take the occasion to explain how unlocking new characters for free will work:
Now, the next question you probably have is… how hard is it to get these characters for FREE?

Fight Money Details:

The purpose of the Fight Money system is to reward players who stay engaged with Street Fighter V over time. While we are still finalizing details on pricing and Fight Money accumulation rates, which will be refined throughout our future beta tests, we are excited to share some details on how we are approaching the new system.

There will be two primary methods for players to gain Fight Money: completing daily goals, and leveling up individual characters.

Daily Goals:

Each day a player logs into the Street Fighter V client, they will be assigned a new daily goal. Daily goals should be easily achievable in in one play session, and will award Fight Money based on their difficulty.

Some example goals are as follows:

- Land X number of Hadokens

- Land X number of anti-air attacks

- Land X number crush-counter hits

Daily goals will help players improve with a variety of characters. It will also ensure that players with a limited amount of time to play per day can still earn characters for free. We want a system that rewards frequency of play, rather than requiring long marathon grinding sessions.

Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition Released

Steam News announces the release of Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for Windows, offering an updated version of Larian's RPG, which is also now available on consoles. This is also being offered as a free upgrade for owners of the original version. Here's a description outlining what's so enhanced about the rerelease:
Gather your party and get ready for the kick-ass new version of GameSpot's PC Game of the Year 2014. With hours of new content, new game modes, full voiceovers, split-screen multiplayer, and thousands of improvements, there's never been a better time to explore the epic world of Rivellon!

Alien: Isolation - The Collection Released

Alien: Isolation - The Collection is now available for Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, offering Creative Assembly's movie-inspired survival horror game bundled with all its post-release content. The PC versions are available on Steam, carrying a 50% launch discount for just the first 24 hours. Here's the whole rundown:
SEGA and Creative Assembly have today launched Alien: Isolation - The Collection for Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as a digital download. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of 'The Collection' will be $39.99 at launch, with Steam users able to take advantage of a 50% discount of the $59.99 price in an exclusive 24 hour launch day promotion. Additionally, the cost of the digital version of Alien: Isolation on all consoles (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360) will be reduced to $29.99, beginning today.

Alien: Isolation - The Collection will feature the main game in addition to all previously released DLC, including two standalone missions set aboard the Nostromo, where players can relive some of the terrifying moments from the original Alien film, playing as original protagonist, Ellen Ripley and members of her crew. The Collection also includes five mission packs that add new maps, playable characters and challenges to Survivor and Salvage modes. This is the perfect opportunity for those yet to experience the chilling atmosphere of Alien: Isolation, with its 50-plus game of the year nominations and its recent induction (at #19) into PC Gamer's top 100 PC games of all time, to grab one of the most talked about survival horror games of 2014.

Play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, as you seek to uncover the truth behind your mother's disappearance. Marooned aboard the stricken space station, Sevastapol, along with a few desperate survivors, players must stay out of sight, scavenge for resources and use their wits not survive a host of threats, especially the ever-present and deadly Alien.

Dungeons 2 Free DLC This Week

Kalypso Media reveals plans to release a free DLC pack called "A Clash of Pumpkins" for Dungeons 2 on Thursday to celebrate Halloween. Here's word on what this adds to the bad guy simulation:
With Halloween just around the corner the Dungeon Lord is in fine spirits and in between raising morale in the Snot community (via a few swift slaps) and raising an army of the Undead, the Ultimate Evil has a special ghoulish treat in store. From Friday October 29th, Dungeons 2 fans will be able to download and play the new devilishly fun Halloween themed DLC ‘A Clash of Pumpkins’ absolutely free! Prepare to face new horrors including trigger-happy pumpkins, haunted forests and murderous penguins across three all-new, eerily beautiful combat maps; Scare Island, Ghostwood and Regicide.

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire Launches

BioWare announces the release of Knights of the Fallen Empire, a new free expansion for subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic, their Force-powered MMORPG. Here's word:
This new adventure also offers first-time players an accessible point of entry to the exciting universe of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The digital expansion also includes a free Level 60 character, allowing them to jump straight into the Knights of the Fallen Empire storyline to experience a deep and personal adventure.

The story of Knights of the Fallen Empire focuses on the player, as their character becomes the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War. As the Outlander, players must confront a powerful new enemy, the immortal Emperor, Valkorion, whose dark destiny is tied to their own.

Knights of the Fallen Empire also offers players an enhanced experience of the first 50 levels of Star Wars: The Old Republic which have been refined to put more focus on a player-driven story arc. In addition, all of the Flashpoints in the core story now feature a solo mode with level sync, offering players the ability to play these missions on their own as they adapt to the character’s level. These enhancements make playing the origin stories of the eight different iconic Star Wars character classes including Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunter, Smuggler and more, a more engaging experience for all players.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

No Man's Sky in June

A new trailer for No Man's Sky titled "I've Seen Things" shows off more of Hello Games' upcoming procedurally generated space exploration game. In addition to a look at the game, the video offers a release window, concluding saying it is expected in June 2016. Thanks Kotaku via Rob. Continue here to read the full story.

DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games

A Kickstarter update from the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment 2.0 celebrates the news that Librarian of Congress has adopted recommended changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow the circumvention of software protections when resurrecting orphaned works (thanks KXmode). They explain what this means to gamers:
Just what is this? What does it mean? It means the work we did with the EFF, Stanford, MIT, Archive.org and many game developers, worked! We managed to convince the Librarian of Congress to change the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow developers to circumvent software protections when resurrecting an orphaned work.

Here's the "Explain Like I am Five:" The good news: Individual game owners can modify their copies to keep them playable when authentication servers are shutdown. Archives, museums and libraries can modify TPMs and jailbreak consoles for the purposes of preserving games. If you want more detail, check out pages 52-56 of this link."

This means we can bring old game servers back online. It also means museums like us can now circumvent copy protection on consoles to preserve old games! We just managed to make a major change to American Copyright law, one that benefits ALL museums, and ALL game fans.

Your money and support helped us accomplish this. With your continued support, we can move on to more issues like this and keep changing things for the better!

Overwatch Beta Today

As Blizzard previously announced, today begins closed beta testing for Overwatch, their upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter. The Overwatch Twitter account has a few additional notes about this. This tweet says there isn't an exact launch time for the beta (though after the current maintenance ends is a good guess) and this tweet explains that once the beta is live, they will begin flagging accounts to participate "in waves," which may take hours to complete. Finally, this tweet notes that there are no "keys" for the beta, warning to watch out for scams offering them. A note later added to the original announcement says this will be available in the EU as well as North America.

The Park Released

Funcom announces the release of The Park, their new survival/horror game that shares a setting with The Secret World, their horror-themed MMORPG. A new launch trailer helps set the spooky scene, and here's word on why the Norwegian developer's first single-player game in nearly a decade won't be a walk in the park:
A day at the park... a lost teddy bear... a missing child. So begins the story of Lorraine, a mother that must face every parent's worst nightmare when her son goes missing in Atlantic Island Park. While amusement parks should be happy places, the one you visit in 'The Park' is anything but. Freak accidents, grotesque killings and ghostly hauntings have inspired many sensational headlines, and locals worry that the park is far from done claiming innocent lives.

Funcom's first-single player experience in almost ten years, 'The Park', launched on Windows PC today and is now available for purchase on Steam, Humble Store, NVIDIA GeForce NOW Store, GreenManGaming and GamersGate at a 23% promotional discount ($9.99). 'The Park' is a one to two hour adventure focusing on intense storytelling and exploration instead of combat and action. Players must explore the dilapidated amusement park and face panic and paranoia as they progress through a narrative written and created by an award-winning team of storytellers.

"Thanks to similar games in the narrative space, such as 'Gone Home', 'Dear Esther' and 'The Stanley Parable', we are confident that there is a place in the gaming industry for shorter, intense experiences," says Funcom creative director Joel Bylos. "Technically, it explores the limits of what is possible for a team to achieve with a small budget, short deadline and a strong focus."

Known largely for its massive-scale online games, 'The Park' is Funcom's first game built on a relatively small budget and short development cycle. The team's ambition has been to create a short, but intense experience with solid quality production values.

For more information about 'The Park', please visit the official website at www.theparkgame.com.
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Battleborn Stream Today

Gearbox Software announces that with Closed Technical Tests for Battleborn getting underway on Thursday, they will have a livestream today with an early look at gameplay from their upcoming teamplay shooter. Here's word on the session, which begins at 3:00 pm EDT:
Battleborn's Closed Technical Tests kick off this Thursday, October 29! Get an early taste of the action with our Closed Technical Test preview stream on Tuesday, October 27 at 12 PM PT at http://twitch.tv/battleborngame.

Want to help test? There's still time to sign up! Click here to RSVP.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 2 Released

Mojang announces the second chapter in Minecraft: Story Mode is now available, bringing more plot twists to this sandbox spinoff. They offer a new trailer and here are the details:
It seems that lots of you are having a great time on Minecraft: Story Mode – a narrative-driven game developed by Telltale Games and set in the world of Minecraft. That makes us very happy!

Well, prepare yourselves for even more enjoyment because Episode 2 – Assembly Required is now available for download on all platforms. That was quick, eh? Watch the trailer up there for a taste of what’s to come.

For more on Minecraft: Story Mode, check out the official website. It’s packed with fun info and cool animations.

Have fun, narrativing, story-folk!
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Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Tonight is the opening night of the NBA season, and game one of the World Series. That makes for a rare convergence where all four major U.S. team sports are in season at the same time (though it is the postseason for Major League Baseball). Obviously I'm looking forward to the World Series, which reminds me that maybe I should say something disparaging about the Knicks' chances in the NBA this season, since my pessimism about the Mets has finally paid off to some degree. Never underestimate the power of mojo!

R.I.P.: Today, We Lost a Great Japanese Illustrator. Thanks nin.

Mojo Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Project Borgs.
Patchas Halloween.
Delicious Cortex.
Stories: Dog named ‘Trigger’ shoots owner. Was the ambulance driver named driver? Thanks Devicer.
Report: 'Human DNA' found in small percentage of tested hot dogs.
Science: It’s official: Bacon, hot dogs, other processed red meat cause cancer.
'Human chimera': Man fails paternity test because genes in his saliva are different to those in sperm.
Physicists prove 'quantum spookiness' and start chasing Schrödinger’s cat.
Media: Star Wars: The Original Trilogy - The Force Awakens Mashup. Thanks JDreyer.
Sometimes the job doesn't seem worth the pay. Holy moley!
Boomer the dog loving cat!.
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