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Friday, Feb 03, 2017

  

Lúcio Coming to Heroes of the Storm

This trailer reveals that Lúcio from Overwatch is the next character coming to Heroes of the Storm. Word is the skating medic will arrive on the PTR on February 6th. Here's the description of the video: "The Nexus has a new musical guest: Lúcio! Debuting in the Nexus during our Feb 6 PTR, experience our newest Support Hero and get ready to drop the beat in all your favorite battlegrounds. It’s time to heal up!"

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 Road to Boruto Launches

BANDAI NAMCO announces the release of Road to Boruto, the promised DLC for NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4. The recent launch trailer shows off gameplay, and here's word:

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., the premier anime videogame publisher and developer has released the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja® STORM 4 Road to Boruto in the Americas on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One for $49.99 and $50.02 on STEAM™ The explosive conclusion to the Ultimate Ninja STORM series collects all the DLC content packs for Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 and introduces an all new adventure set years after the end of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series with Naruto Uzumaki’s son, Boruto and his friends as they prepare for their Chunin exams and confront a new evil. Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 owners will also be able to purchase the Road to Boruto DLC expansion digitally for $19.99 on the PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and STEAM.

A new generation of ninja enters the fray as players control Boruto Uzumaki, the son of Naruto Uzumaki, seventh Hokage of Hidden Leaf Village. Play through an all-new story mode chronicling the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie featuring cinematic boss fights and the electrifying gameplay that has made the Ultimate Ninja STORM games a multi million selling franchise. Take control of brand new characters including Boruto Uzumaki, Sarada Uchiha, MItsuki, Seventh Hokage Naruto, Wandering Sasuke, and Mecha Naruto, each with new moves and Hidden Techniques.

“The new adventure mode and characters found in Road to Boruto offer an exciting conclusion to the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The passion and love that developer CyberConnect2 has for both video games and the NARUTO franchise shines through once again.”

Continue here to read the full story.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Beta Testing

Promised beta testing of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is now underway, and CI Games says anyone interested in participating can still register on this website. They offer this trailer to show off what to expect from the first-person shooter sequel, and offer the following message:

"We'd like to give everyone who registered for the beta a big THANK YOU. You have to throw away everything you know about the series, since Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a redefinition of the franchise developed from scratch and with a much-higher budget," said Marek Tymiński, CEO of CI Games. "This beta includes two single-player missions from the beginning of the game, and is just a glimpse of what you'll experience in the full open-world game. Every bit of feedback you give is invaluable to us, and we'll listen closely to all comments. We're committed to making Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 one of the best games you'll play this year, and will do everything we can to meet your expectations. It's a real treat to know the game will soon be played by so many of our fans."

Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Clone Drone in the Danger Zone -- Steam Greenlight. "Clone Drone in the Danger Zone is an indie third-person arena sword fighter that puts your mind inside a robot gladiator. Your former body has been vaporized. Your sword is sharp. Lose a fight and your consciousness will be deleted forever. Do not resist the invasion. There is no escape. HUMAN, DO NOT TRY TO ESCAPE!"

On Sale

  • Reigns on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Weekly Sale on GOG.com. Features Bloodlines, Interstate '76, and more.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Mafia III Expansion Plans

There is an outline of how the Mafia III story will continue this year on the Mafia website, where they have added three story expansions to the roadmap for the open-world crime sequel. They include specific dates in what they call a "targeted timeline," but warn that release dates may shift "slightly" along the way. There is a quick Q&A on the first expansion along with the following overview of the plan:

Ever since the team wrapped production for the game’s launch, we’ve been hard at work expanding the world of New Bordeaux. So, with that, here’s what you can look forward to in 2017. As we said above, keep in mind that precise dates may shift.

“Faster, Baby!”
End of March 2017
Fast cars, dramatic chases, and epic stunt driving take center stage as Lincoln joins forces with Roxy Laveau, a sister-in-arms out to take down a corrupt Sheriff terrorizing Civil Rights activists on the outskirts of New Bordeaux.

“Stones Unturned”
May 2017
When a merciless rival resurfaces in New Bordeaux, Lincoln must join forces with CIA agent John Donovan to settle a blood feud that began in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

“Sign of the Times”
July 2017
A string of ritualistic killings has New Bordeaux on the edge of terror. At Father James’ request, Lincoln agrees to hunt down the cult responsible, a quest that will take him from the dark heart of the old bayou to the drug-ridden counterculture of the inner city.

All three of these story expansions will deliver tight, focused, and compelling narratives, while also introducing new gameplay mechanics, activities, environments and rewards.

American Truck Simulator Going to New Mexico

The SCS Software blog celebrates the first anniversary of the release of American Truck Simulator. To mark the occasion they detail an upcoming expansion that will take the transport simulation into New Mexico, though there's no word on whether you will be hauling meth for Walter White. They offer some screenshots of the new environments along with this roadmap:

Today marks one year anniversary of American Truck Simulator's release. When we started working on the game way back several years ago, it was with a tiny team of five people, and still we were not sure if we can sustain the development. But we persisted, and were rewarded by a very strong launch on the market and a warm reception by the community as well as gaming press. This gave us the confidence to bolster the team and raise our ambition for the scale of the project.

At this moment, over 20 people focus solely on ATS development; an internal team plus a network of full-time contractors. Still it is not enough. We are well aware that the game's fans would like to see more content, more vehicles, more game features, more optimizations, faster progress. To make this possible, we keep growing the company - our vision is to at least double our production bandwidth for both American Truck as well as Euro Truck 2. We have been adding a few new people to the company pretty much every month during 2016, and we'll definitely keep on growing through 2017. All this new talent does and will make a difference that you should definitely notice.

We are happy to confirm that the next map expansion for American Truck Simulator will be the state of New Mexico!

More Overwatch Cheaters Banned

PC Gamer says that translating this Korean thread reveals that Blizzard has banned another 22,000+ players in Korea for hacking in Overwatch. The post notes the futile nature of such a measure since so many players access the game in Korea through "PC Bang" gaming centers for an hourly fee, so some of the accounts being banned do not actually belong to the cheaters. Word is most of the bans were for using third-party software in the game, and they have a translation of Blizzard's comment on the topic:

Creating and delivering a pleasant game environment for the majority of good players is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to taking all the steps we can take to create, distribute and use our programs. We are also aware of the fact that our programs are circulated through various communities, and we will prepare countermeasures.

The Red Solstice Free Weekend

Steam offers the chance to get your ass to Mars for free in a free weekend that's now underway in The Red Solstice, an action/RPG set on the red planet (thanks Ant). For those who find the game appealing, it is also currently on sale. This post covers the news as well as the game's latest update.

The Red Solstice is FREE to play for everyone next few days!

As promised, new things have been added to the game.

New Mode, Outpost defense:

Goal is simple, survive as long as you can defending your outpost and hopefully enjoying the starship troopers feeling in TRS

  • Outpost has 300 HP, if player is out of outpost, HP will drop by 5 for each player outside.
  • Reaper turret missions are spawned every 5 waves.
  • Some waves are extra hard.
  • Supplies are given every 60 seconds, waves in normal mode are 60 sec, fast mode is 30

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day! As I mentioned yesterday this has been a pretty mild winter here in the northeast, but that doesn't reduce hopes for an early spring, so lets turn to the weather rodents. As unlikely as it seems based on how overcast is was yesterday, apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, leading to his prediction of six more weeks of winter. But even closer to the BlueTower is Staten Island Chuck, reputed to have an 80% success rate, and beloved for his feisty relationship with publicity-hungry mayors (Mayor de Blasio did not attend today after dropping Chuck in 2014 though it was later reported to be a female stand-in after this accidental public execution). Chuck (presuming the substitute groundhog story isn't a conspiracy) did not see his shadow, and called for an early spring. Reports that Chuck called Phil an untalented hack along the way remain unconfirmed. It's frustrating to get mixed results from such an exact science like shadow spotting, but there it is.

Ned Ryerson Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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