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Friday, Sep 16, 2016

4A Games Sci-Fi Tease?

4A Games tweets a tease about their next project, circularly referring to Facebook, which points back to Twitter. The posts include teaser images suggesting the Metro developer is working on a science fiction game. There's analysis of this on VG247 where they note clues suggesting a countdown to an announcement on October 7th for a virtual reality title. October 7th happens to be the date of the third Oculus Connect conference, which supports the VR theory.

Star Wars Battlefront Death Star for Season Pass Holders Next Week

A new trailer from Star Wars Battlefront offers a look at the Death Star expansion from the Star Wars action game. This will be released on Tuesday for season pass holders, and will go into general release a few weeks after that. The description of the clip offers more details on what the expansion will include:
Coming in September, Season Pass holders will receive our third digital expansion pack, *Star Wars* Battlefront: Death Star. Players will experience five new maps – on ground and in space – new weapons and Star Cards and two new heroes, the fearsome bounty hunter Bossk and everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca.

Board the Death Star and blast foes with the new K-16 Bryar Pistol or TL-50t Heavy Repeater. Take your Starfighters to space in an all-new game mode and even hop into the cockpits of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced or Luke Skywalker’s Red Five X-Wing. If the Force is strong with you, attempt a trench run to take down the Empire’s ultimate weapon.
Continue here to read the full story. Adds Paid Name Changes announces the launch of a BattleTag change service for those who no longer feel the connection to 666xxDEATHBRINGERxx420 or whatever alias once seemed like a good idea. They are still permitting one free mulligan under the new system, so your first change will be on the house. They offer a brief FAQ covering the process:
If I want to change my BattleTag, does it have to be something unique?
BattleTags do not need to be unique. You can use any name you want, as long as it follows our Naming Policy. Each BattleTag is assigned a numeric ID to create a unique identifier (for example, FallenSlayer#3592).

Will changing my BattleTag affect my friends list?
Your friends will now automatically see you listed under your new BattleTag, but otherwise your friends list will not be affected by this change.

Will new accounts still get a free name change upon creation?
Yes. All new accounts will continue to receive one free BattleTag change upon creation.

BioShock Remastered Fixes

The BioShock Collection is now available, including remastered versions of BioShock and BioShock 2. Not everything is new and improved, however, as users have run into issues with the updated editions of the shooters. DSOGaming has collected some workarounds for some of them, showing where to edit your ini files to fix things like mouse sensitivity and acceleration, FoV,. 5.1 and EAX sound, and 21:9 monitor support.

Paladins Early Access

Steam News announces that early access is now underway for Paladins. Here's word on this free team-based shooter:
Paladins is Now Available on Steam Early Access.

Enter a fantasy world of ancient technology in Paladins, a team-based shooter with strategy elements and deep character customization. Through a unique collectible card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

Paladins is completely Free-to-Play. Anything that affects gameplay can be unlocked simply by playing, with cosmetic items available for purchase.

Win 5 matches as Barik, while playing on Steam, to unlock the Team Fortress 2 Barik skin FREE! In addition, to celebrate the Paladins Open Beta launch on Steam Hi-Rez is offering 33% off the Paladins Founder's Pack.*

*Offer ends September 30th at 8AM Pacific Time

Doomstar Released

Steam now offers Doomstar, a sci-fi strategy game for Windows and OS X. This virtual board game features hidden-units in the vein of Stratego. Here's word:
Take your starship fleet into battle and manoeuvre your way to victory in this unique hidden unit board game of strategy and cunning designed by industry veteran Lew Pulsipher.

Doomstar is a board game for two players where you have to devise a plan and use your cunning to locate your opponent's Command Ship and destroy it to win the game. The identity of a player's ship is visible to him but not to his opponent and different pieces have different capabilities and movement rules which creates a tense and deeply tactical affair.

  • Learn the game by battlling four different opponents in the single-player campaign
  • Play against friends or online opponents with fully asynchronous online multiplayer
  • Multiple ship types with unique abilities and tactics
  • Customise your fleet and board for even greater gameplay variety
  • Exclusive five-song soundtrack from space composer Simon Heath
  • Steam Achievements and Trading Cards
  • The world's greatest space duck.

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Nice Backyard.

Atlas Reactor Next Month, Open Beta Begins

Trion Worlds announces October 4th will be the release date for Atlas Reactor, their upcoming turn-based arena combat game. This will be preceded by a head start period for preorder customers beginning on September 30th. But in the meantime, this is now available to everyone in an open beta that will run until September 25th. The news is accompanied by the first full-length trailer from the game, and here's word on the release and testing:
It is exciting times for this fast-paced, turn-based, team PvP game. We’re on the brink of release and we’ve got all the details about the Open Beta and the October 4th Launch! It’s time to #MakeYourMove. But first…

Now that your mind is blown, check below for some important dates you’ll want to know:

Open Beta – September 15th – 25th
All players are granted FULL access to Atlas Reactor from now through September 25th. That’s 10 glorious days to test out every Freelancer, skin, mod loadout, and team composition. Grab 3 friends, form a team, and dash your way to victory. This is the best chance to test out the full game before you decide to unlock all Freelancers now and forever with the Founder packs, and grab those awesome Community Rewards before they go away!
Continue here to read the full story.

Tanki X Open Beta

Open beta testing is now underway for Tanki X, a free-to-play online game of armored combat. They say there will be no more data wipes going forward, and offer a new map called Iran for the testing. Here's a new cinematic trailer, and here's word: "Today’s the big day, as Tanki X, AlternativaPlatform’s new multiplayer action game, has entered Open Beta! Everyone can register on the official website, download the client and immediately dive into their first battle. There won’t be any account wipes anymore; players can keep their progress and achievements, even after the official release."

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Out of the Blue

Just caught the news that "Crazy Eddie" Antar recently died. This will only be significant to New Yorkers above a certain age, but at one point Crazy Eddie commercials dominated the local airwaves with their craziness. Eddie is not to be confused with Jerry Carroll, the local disk jockey who became the ubiquitous face of the company in hundreds of fast-talking ads. The City Journal has a profile of the Antar and his business, which would make quite a movie (like American Hustle on a much smaller and sleazier level). There's more on this in the Wikipedia. Ah, the memories. His prices were so low he was practically giving it all away.

Crazy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Science: US renewables: Dropping in price, growing in significance.
Media: The Ultimate Photobomb.
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