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Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

Green Man Gaming Key Sources Follow-up

A Facebook post from Green Man Gaming follows up on recent questions about the sources of some of the game keys they sell, and allegations that some of these are from the grey market (thanks Eurogamer). They say from now on they will provide customers with pedigree information on all game keys they sell:
You spoke, we listened.

We know you want great games at great prices. In response to your feedback, rolling out from today on the Green Man Gaming store you’ll see our pages now have two new pieces of information:

1/ When you can expect the delivery of a key
2/ The source of that key

We are committed to continually improving our site, so you can expect the very best service and experience from us. Bear with us as we have over 5000 titles to update, but remember that your feedback is always really important to us, and we want to keep helping you make informed decisions when shopping with us. Thanks for your support!

Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Next Week

UbiBlog has details on open beta testing of Rainbow Six Siege, saying this begins a week from today on November 25th, saying they will offer preloads a couple of days in advance. They also offer a new "Siege The Day" TV Spot featuring Idris Elba. Here's the outline of plans to test the tactical shooter:
Rainbow Six Siege is almost here, but before it launches, the developers want to give everyone one more chance to try it out. That’s why they will be running an Open Beta on all platforms from November 25 through November 29. This is your opportunity to hop in, play with the operators, check out a few of the maps and modes on offer, and help the developers run one last stress test before the game officially launches on December 1 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Because of the Open Beta, all players will be able to pre-load the game on November 23, and those who participated in the Closed Beta in September will be able to jump into the Open Beta a day early (on November 24). During the Open Beta, you’ll have access to 14 operators (out of the 20 that will be available at launch), including 3 of the Russian Spetsnaz operators you may have seen during the Closed Beta – Glaz, Tachanka and Kapkan.

The Secure Area and Bomb PvP modes will be open during the beta, as well as the Disarm Bomb PvE Terrorist Hunt mode. Those of you who took part in the Closed Beta might already be familiar with two of the Open Beta’s available maps – Hereford and House – but this will be your first opportunity to check out the Kanal map seen in the Gamescom trailer. All three maps will be playable in both PvE and PvP, in either the day or night setting.
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Hard West Released

Hard West is now available on GOG.com and on Steam, offering a turn-based strategy game with a supernatural old west setting. This trailer offers a look, and here's the news:
Follow Warren on his descent into the darkest recesses of the human soul, and try to survive in a world full of hard choices and even harder consequences. In this world, death is a constant presence and the black pacts you make will forever haunt all those around you.

Fight your way through 40 missions of henchmen, cultists, and cannibals in your quest for vengeance. Uncover the plans of the ancient powers at play and make difficult choices that resonate throughout your journey. Collect and combine poker cards to craft special abilities, and arm yourself with an eclectic collection of firearms including outlandish prototypes of the era.
Continue here to read the full story.

Rocket League DLC Next Month

Psyonix reveals plans to release new Chaos Run DLC next month for Rocket League, bringing some Mad Max-style off-roading to the automotive sports game, and saying this will be accompanied by a new Wasteland arena that will be free for all owners of the game, even if they don't get the new DLC. They've rolled out a new trailer with a look at all this in action, and here's word:
Thematically inspired by films and literature set in grim, post-apocalyptic futures, Chaos Run brings those happy-go-lucky scenarios to Rocket League's universe with two brand new Battle-Cars (Ripper and Grog), 12 new Decals (six for each new vehicle), and several new Paint Types, Wheels, Rocket Trails, Toppers, and Antennas.

"Chaos Run" will be available this December on both the PlayStation™Network and Steam PC for $3.99 USD or its regional equivalent.

But that's not all. In addition to its paid downloadable content, Psyonix will also release a FREE new arena, dubbed "Wasteland." Based on a popular map of the same name found in the original Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Wasteland is the first "non-standard" Rocket League stadium to hit the game - boasting a completely-sloped perimeter, entirely different Boost placements, and a much more prominent, physically-wider pitch.
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Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena Early Access Next Month

Whitebox Interactive announces early access to Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena will begin on December 9th, offering the first chance to check out this Warhammer 40K-themed MOBA/shooter. In the meantime you can check out the details on the Dark Nexus Arena website, and in this portion of the announcement:
A skill shot-based control scheme is at the core of Dark Nexus Arena, making the game feel like a shooter, while still providing the depth and character progression of a MOBA. With the ability to dash out of harm's way and take cover behind walls and other characters, players will have an unprecedented level of control over their characters in Dark Nexus Arena.

Dark Nexus Arena, in closed beta since May, implements press and fan feedback. As a result, when the game launches into early access, Dark Nexus Arena will even further differentiate itself from the standard MOBA formula by replacing the traditional three lane design, in favor of a map that removes lanes and towers entirely.

The Political Machine 2016 Early Access

With next year a presidential election year in the U.S., Stardock has released The Political Machine 2016 on Steam as an Early Access title, and the Political Machine website offers sales of discounted two-packs and upgrades from previous versions. This launch trailer offers a look, this blog post has all the details, and here's a description: "Dodge mud and sling some of your own as you fight against other candidates for the headache of becoming the President of the United States. Play as more than 15 candidates including Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and more!" Continue here to read the full story.

Escape from Tarkov Announced

Battlestate Games announces Escape from Tarkov, a "hardcore online game set in a Russian setting" coming to Windows and OS X next year. The game's official website is online, offering signups for closed beta testing, and this lengthy cinematic trailer showing lots of gunplay in a war-ravaged urban environment. The announcement also refers to this as an "MMO," and describes a conflict in a cut off region called Norvinsk:
With every new day the situation in Norvinsk oblast becomes stranger and more complicated. Panic reigns as the city is plunged into armed conflict: citizens flee while those who stay begin to scavenge whatever they can. Taking the new realities as a matter of course and huddling up into well-armed gangs, scavs start their own battle for territories. Today, Tarkov is divided by unseen borders set by bandit groups. Up-for-anything, they won't stop short at killing innocents or waging a war against two private military companies.

Players will enter the battlefield as surviving ex-mercenaries. After choosing one's side, USEC or BEAR, the protagonist starts off in the middle of the city. Tarkov is blocked by UN forces and Russian military, supply lines are cut, communications are lost – in these realities everyone decides by himself or herself, how to survive and get out of city.
Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Evening Mobilization

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Delayed

The Deus Ex Universe website announces August 23, 2016 is now when to expect Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the next installment in the RPG series. The RPG sequel was previously expected on February 23rd, so this represents a delay of precisely six months. Here's the explanation:
As you may have already seen by reading and watching the many previews for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, our aim is for it to be a worthy successor to Human Revolution, and to improve upon that game in every way possible. I know that expectations are extremely high, and we not only want to meet those expectations, but to exceed them.

We're confident and proud of the game so far. However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards. In order to achieve this, we need to move the release of the game to August 23rd, 2016.

We are sorry to disappoint you with this news, and also thank you for all your support and comments. This game is a huge part of our lives, and we don't want to compromised on its quality.

So please be patient with us a little longer, and thanks as always for your passion and support — through thick and thin. It's a huge responsibility to work on Deus Ex Mankind Divided — we know, but also a huge privilege. We're determined to deliver the best game we can.

David Anfossi — Eidos-Montreal Head of Studio

Hotline Miami 2 Editor Beta Next Month

Dennaton Interactive Design announces internal testing is complete on the level editor for Hotline Miami 2, and that the beta of the level editor will be released on Steam on December 10th (thanks GameSpot). They say this will be for Windows only, but Linux and OS X support will eventually be added. They list 11 different important points about this, and offer the following overview:
The testing period for the Hotline Miami 2 level editor with Testronic is over and we are very happy with the results! There were tons of bugs found and fixed so the core of the editor feels very stable now. While the cut-scene creator and campaign editor still have some nasty bugs, Jonatan and Abstraction are going to take care of them soon and get those features all smoothed out as well.

So without any further delay we're excited to announce:

THE BETA VERSION OF THE EDITOR WILL BE UP ON STEAM ON THE 10TH OF DECEMBER!

We've added some extra time just to make sure that the date won't be pushed anymore. Thursday the 10th of December is the day. More details soon!

Back to Dinosaur Island VR Tech Demo

Back to Dinosaur Island is now available on Steam for free as Crytek has released this virtual reality tech demo they showed off at this year's Game Developers Conference. This is a full VR game and requires the Oculus Rift DK 2 to play, but this video offers a look at gameplay without that weird binoculars-style double screen. This doesn't actually involve gameplay (or Chris Pratt). Here's word: "In Back to Dinosaur Island, players become the eyes and ears of a baby dinosaur in a nest. Surrounded by dinosaur eggs, players are immersed in a beautifully rendered 3D jungle environment filled with lush vegetation and buzzing with life. Players interact with elements around them, including the eggs, a dragon fly and finally, will come face-to-face with an enormous dinosaur, experiencing a sense of scale and awe in a way that can only be achieved with virtual reality." Continue here to read the full story.

Just Cause 3 4K Trailer

This trailer shows off Just Cause 3 gameplay in spiffy 4K resolution in advance of next month's release of the action sequel (thanks DSOGaming). Word is: "Avalanche Studios have been busy squeezing every last drop of power out of their proprietary engine for the upcoming release of JUST CAUSE 3 on December 1st. The game can be seen firing on all cylinders, with all settings turned to overkill in this video running at a 4K resolution!" Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 6 - The Ice Dragon on GameWatcher.
  • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series on PC Gamer.
  • StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void on PC Gamer.

Hardware Reviews

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