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Saturday, Sep 24, 2016

Street Fighter V Patch Rootkit Removed

CapCom Unity reports that the promised September patch for Street Fighter V is now available for the Windows edition of the fighting sequel. This adds the new Urien character, new daily targets, and more. However, The Register reports this patch installed a rootkit that compromised PC security via privilege escalations. They detail how this was an attempt to provide security against game hacks without requiring being online, but that the way it was implemented opened PCs up to attack. The good news is that Capcom responded to the problem, Tweeting that they have rolled back the rootkit: "The rollback to the PC version of SFV prior to the security measure update is now live. The new September content is included."

Sunless Skies Announced

Failbetter Games announces Sunless Skies, an upcoming sequel to Sunless Sea. They are showing this off today at EGX, and say this will take to Kickstarter in February for funding. In the meantime they offer a fact sheet with seven details about what to expect. Here's the list:
There’s very little we can say at this early stage, but we've put together just a few facts:

7 facts about Sunless Skies

  1. As with Sunless Sea, it'll be rich with stories. This is the Victorian Empire in space - the High Wilderness - a "blistering, wonderful night" among the thrones and domains of the stars. The Empress has abandoned London and led an exodus to the High Wilderness, to carve out a new British Empire. With the Empire being increasingly authoritarian, bohemians, revolutionaries and outcasts - like you - are trying to make a life for themselves on its fringes.
  2. Sunless Skies will elaborate on Sunless Sea. We’re enhancing the stuff we liked, and refining the experience. It will be a punishing game, but respectful of your time.
  3. At full release, it will be available on the same platforms that Sunless Sea is available on now: Windows, Mac and Linux.
  4. We will use Early Access again, taking on board all of the lessons we learned from Sunless Sea.
  5. Why the name? The stars are dying. The stars are the Judgements: the inventors, arbiters and enforcers of the universe's laws - but a revolution has begun, and the stars are being murdered.
  6. Our influences include: the science fiction of H G Wells and C S Lewis, the planetary romances of Leigh Brackett, Art Nouveau, Event Horizon, trains.
  7. We are running a Kickstarter for it in February 2017!

As well as pre-production work on Sunless Skies, right now we are completing work on Zubmariner - Sunless Sea's expansion, due to launch on 11 October. We'll be premiering the launch trailer on Saturday.

Gone Gold - Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

Square Enix announces Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is gold for all platforms, and will be released on October 11th. They call this the "definitive Rise of the Tomb Raider experience," which adds a new story chapter, a co-op endurance mode, an art book, and additional in-game content. Here's word:
Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics®, and Nixxes Software today announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration™ has completed development and will be released worldwide on October 11. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor, and embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition in search of the secret of immortality. She’ll explore a vast and hostile world, engage in guerilla combat, and discover deadly tombs.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, and includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new story chapter “Blood Ties”, “Lara’s Nightmare” zombie combat mode, PlayStation VR support for “Blood Ties”, co-op Endurance gameplay, an “Extreme Survivor” difficulty, 5 classic Lara skins, and an outfit and weapon inspired by TR III. It also includes all of the previously released downloadable content such as “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch”, “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, multiple Expedition Card packs, and more. The game launches on PS4 October 11th, and the new content will be included as part of the Season Pass on Xbox One and PC.

Saturday Patches

  • Fragmented 16.9.2 Build is Now Live. "Highlights include a slew of new achievements, housing improvements, a number of visual and feedback related upgrades, and the usual assortment of bug fixes and random tweaks."

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Out of the Blue

Can you smell what the Blue is cooking? Well, probably not, but the answer is hamburgers. If you can smell them from where you are, I'm probably overcooking them. Anyway, it's a lovely fall weekend here, and I look forward to taking advantage of it.

Smelly Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King.
Stories: Alleged gold smuggler hid 'Oreo-sized' nuggets in rectum. Gold Sphincter. Thanks JDreyer.
Clueless iPhone 7 owners destroy new handsets after YouTube prank. Thanks Matthew.
Science: What The F? What swearing reveals about language and ourselves.
Stress Can Cancel Out The Benefits Of 'Healthy' Fat.
Stephen Hawking warning: If aliens call, should we answer?
Media: No Man's Sky replicated in Doom2.
HeroStorm Ep18 Trust the Nydus Touch.
Abandoned Blockbuster- (Exploration). Thanks Destructoid.
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