PTR patch notes
are now online, outlining changes being tested for
in a patch that will probably go live for the teamplay shooter in
a week or two. There are some major changes involved, including the addition of
21:9 resolution support, a no duplicate hero rule for competitive play, and
more. This patch will also introduce the expected support/sniper, who is named
Ana. This page
details on her kit, and here's the overview:
After being out of the fight
for several years, one of Overwatch's founding members is returning. Introducing
Ana—a battle-scarred veteran who supports her teammates from a distance using a
unique and highly specialized collection of weapons.
Ana’s primary weapon is her Biotic Rifle, which fires long-range darts that can
restore the health of her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies.
Meanwhile, her Biotic Grenade is perfect for a close-quarters clash,
simultaneously healing teammates and injuring foes caught in its small area of
effect. (Affected allies will also receive a temporary increase to all incoming
healing, while affected enemies can’t be healed for a few moments.) And if the
battle starts to get out of hand, Ana's sidearm can fire a Sleep Dart, knocking
her adversaries unconscious.
Plus, Ana's ultimate ability, Nano Boost, empowers one of her teammates,
granting faster movement, increased damage, and resistance to enemy
A new patch is now live in Heroes of the Storm, updating Blizzard's MOBA/team
brawler to version 19.0. This brings a bunch of promised changes and new
features, including the new hero Gul'dan, DirectX 11 support, the availability
of 30 heroes for AI games for the next six weeks, and more. There are also a
number of gameplay changes and quality of life improvements, along with a big
balance pass that includes some major reworks. The
post covering Gul'dan Hero Week
has all you need to know about the game's
Steam News announces
the release of NECROPOLIS: A
Diabolical Dungeon Delve
, a procedurally generated action/adventure from
Harebrained Schemes featuring perma-death, prompting them to call it a Roguelite.
This is coming to consoles later this summer, but the Windows and OS X editions
are available now. The
from the game is from February, but it offers a look at some
gameplay and its stylized graphics. Word is:
Continue here to read the full story
Introducing NECROPOLIS: an
addictive blend of third-person action and procedural dungeon-delving. Oh, and
perma-death. Adventure alone or with up to 3 friends in a magical deathtrap that
reconstructs itself each time you play. Will you find the exit, or die trying?
SPOILERS: You’ll probably die trying.
Greystone is now live in Paragon, becoming the newest hero to join Epic's MOBA
that's currently in paid early access.
an overview of the character, and
has all the detail on Greystone as well as the changes in the
accompanying patch. Here's the lowdown:
Continue here to read the full story
The TL;DR on Greystone is that he
is a fighter who thrives in team fights and excels on the front lines. Using
“Assault the Gates” to close the gap on high-priority targets, Greystone then
activates “Make Way” dealing damage in an area around him. He doesn’t mind
taking a few blows since his “Stoic” ability grants him passive bonus
resistances. When Greystone’s opponents think they've bested him, he turns to
stone and is respawned through his ultimate ability, “Reforged.” With his spirit
crashing down from above, Greystone returns from the dead with a portion of his
HP and full Mana while damaging and knocking up enemies around
A new Ghostbusters
game is now available
, offering a
Windows action/adventure set after the events in the new Ghostbusters movie.
Ghostbusters is a third-person action role-playing game
featuring single-player and local couch co-op multiplayer for up to four
players. Taking place after the events of the film, players command a squad of
rookie ghostbusters through Manhattan’s most haunted environments, discovering
hidden collectibles and ridding the city of rogue spirits. There are four
distinct heroes to choose from, and each character can be upgraded with new gear
and abilities throughout the adventure. Ghostbusters is available today on the
PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam
for $49.99. It is rated E10+ by the ESRB.
EXO ONE -- Steam Greenlight. "Exbleative is proud to announce EXO ONE, a
surreal, exoplanetary exploration game currently in development for PC.
A teaser video is
available using entirely in-engine footage, and displays a mix of gameplay
and atmospheric shots. In EXO ONE, the focus is shifted away from
traditional sci-fi and space game tropes, such as space combat. Instead, it
encourages a relaxed state of flow by using a gravity-based movement system
to traverse and explore high sci-fi planets."
Pigsodus - the Ultimate Pig Adventure Game by Psilocybe Games — Kickstarter.
"Pigsodus is a point and click adventure game with RPG elements. Use your
wits to solve puzzles, test your reflexes in dynamic minigames and explore
the mysterious, pigcelart world inspired by Orwell's Animal Farm." Windows
and OS X demos are available.
- Five Nights At Freddy's Franchise on
Steam. Save 66%.
now offers new version 16.7.2 Crimson reference drivers fro AMD
graphic cards. These offer support for the
new Vulkan support for DOOM
and a couple
of other changes. Here's word:
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.2
- The "compatibility mode" UI toggle was designed to
reduce total power with minimal performance impact on AMD Radeon™ RX480
reference boards and has been made available to users in the Global Settings
menu of Radeon Settings (first introduced in the previous Radeon Software
Crimson Edition 16.7.1 driver). This toggle is in "off" by default.
- Support for DOOM (with Vulkan API) – enables
performance enhancements through support for Async Compute and Shader
- In the previous Radeon Software Crimson Edition
16.7.1 driver the "Restore Factory Defaults" option under Preferences of
Radeon Settings Software would not set the "Compatibility Mode" UI toggle to
its default "OFF" value. This is fixed in the Radeon Software Crimson
Edition 16.7.2 driver. The "Restore Factory Defaults" options resets all
Radeon Settings to their factory default values.
semi-recent post on reddit
has a confirmation from Psyonix of plans to add
loot crates to Rocket League
to provide cosmetic drops for the motorized
sports game (thanks
). They call these Counter-Strike: Global Operations
crates, but promise they will not be supporting the sketchy gambling side of
this system that's caused a lot of recent controversy. Here's word:
assets are, indeed, early pieces of an upcoming system we plan on implementing
to fund our esports prize pools and events. We plan on officially announcing it
next month at (or near) the RLCS Live Finals since it directly relates to that
event and other events like it, but since this image came out before our
official word, we wanted to clarify some things for you:
- Crates will contain cosmetic content only. We have
a strict "Don't Sell Advantage" policy for Rocket League, and we're sticking
- There will be no Steam Marketplace integration
with crates. We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party
gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach.
- Players who don't want to interact with this
system can hide it entirely with a single checkbox. Also of note, this won't
affect or impact our current item-drop system in any way.
- We also want to reassure you guys that we are
sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and
Items, along with the occasional paid DLC just like we always have.
Hope this helps shed some light on what we have planned. It's actually a
pretty cool system that we'll be happy to share detail about next month.
A formatting error obscured our report last
on the release of the Arma 3: Apex
new expansion for Arma 3,
Bohemia Interactive's military shooter sequel.
has the details and the
short: "As reflected by the expansion’s name, Arma 3 Apex represents the
pinnacle of over 15 years of Arma development. It builds upon the series’
signature large-scale authentic combat gameplay, where movement, shooting, and
teamwork truly matter – and introduces fresh opportunities for all types of
A new patch is now available for
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
, offering changes and improvements for the combat racing game,
including DirectX 11 support.
has word on version 184.108.40.206:
- New DirectX 11 rendering engine (DirectX 9
rendering is available as different branch)
- 5-10 times faster map loading times
- Lots of optimizations across the engine
(new animation system, new math library, new binary mesh format, new texture
- Data optimizations. Game is 1 GB smaller for the
- Rendering optimizations
- Improved probe reflection quality and ambient
- Fixed frame drops regarding particles at start of
- More stable FPS
- Faster and higher quality SSAO
- Fixed Bloom bug on AMD graphics cards
- Fixed bug with human player applying too much
damage and taking 0 damage
- Engine switched to Visual Studio 2015
A public "pre-alpha" test for Starfall Tactics
will begin on Thursday
before they turn their attention to adding a lot of the game's MMO content. The
Starfall Tactics website
has details on how to sign up to participate,
though they warn not everyone will get in. Word is:
Prepare to crash your
opponents in intense tactical battles, outmaneuver enemy ships or simply ram
them and climb in PvP rating with your friends! New maps, modules, ships, 2x2
quick matches, co-op, tutorial and many other interesting things are waiting for
you to be played and tested from 14th July 18:00 CET to 17th July 23:55 CET. Are
you bold and daredevilish enough to do it all?
Rockstar Games announces
the release of the promised Cunning Stunts update
for Grand Theft Auto Online
. This updates the multiplayer side of
Grand Theft Auto V
with Stunt Races, Premium Races, new vehicles and
clothing, and more. The update also includes word to expect the release of a
Stunt Race Creator in a few weeks. Here's word on that:
er the next three
weeks, look for more Stunt Races and vehicles to be added to GTA Online as part
of Cunning Stunts, culminating in the release of the Stunt Race Creator on
August 2nd, which will give the amazingly talented GTA Online Creator community
the opportunity to tap into hundreds of Stunt Props along with new features and
improvements to forge the most outrageous stunt tracks of their dreams.
Detective Hayseed - Hollywood -- Steam Greenlight. Pint-and-click
adventure. "The list of Oscar winners has been stolen as part of a nefarious
plot to overturn the established Hollywood order. Our hero has to struggle
through a series of tests and tasks in order to uncover the clues as to who
has done it. And, of course, to stop him carrying out his threat to blow up
the entire Oscars ceremony."
Hey, so happy Prime Day! The holiday based on being a giant e-tailer is an idea
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