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Monday, May 16, 2016

Dark Souls III Unpatched

A post about a new anti-cheat patch for Dark Souls III has an update saying the patch has been removed from Steam because they've discovered it causes freezing problems in the action/RPG sequel. Here's word: "The patch has been removed temporarily to fix the freeze issues. We hope to reinstate the patch ASAP. If you fall victim to one of the bugs previously fixed, don't worry, you won't be penalized. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more info. Thank you for your understanding" (thanks HARDOCP). In other Dark Souls III news, Eurogamer notes a new mod is available allowing the game to be played from a first-person perspective.

TOXIKK Patch Adds Maps

German developer REAKKTOR STUDIOS announces version 0.95 is now live for TOXIKK, their upcoming first-person shooter that seeks to recreate the feel of a some of the seminal games from the genre. They call this the game's "BIGGEST PATCH EVAH!!!1" (they dig capital letters), as it adds new maps, characters, and vehicles, along with gameplay changes and bug fixes. This video shows off Citidel, one of the two new maps in the patch. There are more details on TOXIKK.COM, and the game is currently on sale on Steam for 33% off. Continue here to read the full story.

Overwatch Trailer

A new animated short called "Dragons" from Overwatch offers more background on Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter. Today's clip explores the sibling rivalry between Hanzo and Genji, as I think we all know which one mom always liked best. Word is: "'Dragons' explores the history of conflict between the scions of the Shimada clan: Hanzo and Genji. In this episode, we follow Hanzo as he returns to the siblings’ family home in Hanamura to seek redemption . . . and confront the ghosts of the past." Overwatch will launch on May 24th, though reports say the game may be in stores a day before the servers go live. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Minecraft might be changing price in your region.

System Shock Remastered Kickstarter Next Month

A Facebook post from NightDive Studios reveals the developer plans to kick off a Kickstarter at the end of next month for their remastered edition of System Shock, the beloved action/RPG from Looking Glass (thanks Fantaz). Late last year they revealed plans for the remaster, since they acquired the rights to the series following their enhanced edition of the game. A couple of months ago they revealed gameplay footage from the project, and now they say they will head to Kickstarter on June 29th for funding support. The System Shock website has a little more on the plan:
After two decades, we are remastering and re-imagining the original System Shock. We will keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved, while updating the user interface and graphics to use a modern day engine (Unity). With the help of the original concept artist, the original vision of the Citadel Station and its inhabitants will finally come back to life.

Diablo III Turns Four notes that yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the release of Diablo III, the latest installment in their action/RPG series. There are no celebratory events planned, but they offer a little retrospective on the release:
Four years ago, we began a journey across Sanctuary that would forever alter the tide of the Eternal Conflict. In that time, millions of nephalem have stormed the gates of the High Heavens, taken down the Prime Evil, and collected more loot than a treasure goblin could hope to collect.

It’s been one hell of a journey, and we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for being with us every step of the way. Diablo III would not have become the game it is today without the support of our players, and we’re so thrilled to share the horrors, magic, and Legendary goodies Sanctuary has to offer with our community.

Steam Summer Sale Dates Leaked?

The Steam Summer sale will run from June 23rd through the fourth of July, if a post on reddit is to be believed. This shows a communication allegedly from Valve on the topic, which has been shared, even though it is clearly marked as "confidential." This is not confirmed, but does serve as possible advance warning of when to hide your wallet from yourself. Thanks PCGamesN.

U.K. Sales Charts

The new DOOM debuts at number one on the GFK Chart-Track PC top 30 list of the bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending May 14th. Football Manager 2016 drops to number two, while Stellaris joins the chart at number six. On the all platforms chart DOOM enters at number two, while Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the new top performer. Here's more on the news:
PS4 welcomes Nathan Drake to the next generation as ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ debuts at No1.

It’s both the first and final new adventure to arrive on PS4 for developer Naughty Dogs’ flagship series (although the remastered trilogy came to PS4 in October last year). In terms of debut week sales ‘Uncharted 4’ is by far the most successful launch in the series beating ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception debut week by 66%. It marks an excellent few weeks for Sony with their platform exclusives (Ratchet & Clank (-50% now at No4 being the other) taking the crown in 3 of the last 4 weeks. Bethesda Softworks ‘Doom’ also arrives this week comfortably making its debut at No2. It’s the first outing on PS4 and Xbox One for the series and another strong debut with sales up 67% on Doom 3. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ (-46%) makes way for the new releases dropping a place to No3. A pair of former chart topping titles in Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s: The Division’ (-32%) and ‘Far Cry Primal’ (-33%) sit at No5 and No6 respectively. Strong sales for ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ (+28%) ensure it climbs back in to the Top 10 at No10 after a two week absence.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Gemstone Keeper -- Steam Greenlight. "Gemstone Keeper is a 2D topdown dungeon crawler where you explore caves and caverns, defending yourself against the creatures that reside and go as deep as you can to collect the rare and hard to find gemstones. Any minerals and gems you find deep in the caverns will earn you enough money to afford better weapons, items and other advantages to go as far down as possible to find the rarest and elusive stones to become the ultimate Gemstone Keeper."

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Out of the Blue

Didn't get out to the movies this weekend, so that project is still a work-in-progress. It was pretty lovely out though, and a fine time was had by all. Hope it was good for you too.

Fine Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Alula Falling 5.
Stories: Woman Taken to Hospital With 2-Foot Nurse Shark Still Attached to Her Arm.
Man Receives First Penis Transplant in the United States.
Science: Why Do Living Things Die? Thanks Royce Hamano.
Media: EMILY WANTS TO PLAY (Teens React- Gaming).
Friday the 13th - Part III Trailer (8-Bit Trailers).
Police Chase With Hilarious News Commentary.
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