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Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017


E3 Opens to Public

This tweet announces that consumers are being welcomed back to the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year, which will run from June 13th-15th in Los Angeles. Word is consumer passes will go on sale on the E3 website on February 13th. According to Polygon 15,000 tickets will be offered, with the first 1,000 selling for $149 each and the remainder selling for $249 per ticket. They say, "The show will still have a central media and business component. ESA officials say that business pass owners will still receive special benefits, including a dedicated entrance and VIP Business Lounge."

Syberia 3 in April

Microids announces an April 25th North American release date for Syberia 3, saying the adventure game sequel will come to Windows, OS X, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Europe on April 20th. They celebrate with the game's first official trailer and offer the following details:

Microids unveils the first trailer of Syberia 3 and its release date, scheduled to launch on April 25 in North America on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC/Mac. “After years of expectations, we are glad to offer to our fans a first overview of the universe imagined by Benoit Sokal and set to music by Inon Zur. This first trailer will transport them in Kate Walker’s new adventure, they will learn more about her fellow companions and the obstacles they are going to face.” declares Elliot Grassiano, Vice-President of Microids

The story begins when Kate is found left for dead on a shore by the Youkol tribe, a nomadic people caring for their snow ostriches during migration. Trapped, prisoners in the city of Valsembor, they will have to find together a way to continue their journey in a chase against their enemies and unexpected challenges. While at the same time, Kate’s past is catching up with her…

Impersonating Kate Walker, players will benefit from a brand new way to freely explore striking landscapes and circumvent their mysteries and puzzles to allow Kate to progress in her journey.

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EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week

CCP announces a new Wormholes update will launch in EVE: Valkyrie on February 15th, offering the fourth major free update for their sci-fi MMORPG. This includes a titular Wormholes mode they call "a whole new way to play" along with a new leagues feature. Some action from the update is on display in this new trailer, and here's more on the plan:

From the edges of known space, Valkyrie scouts have brought back intel on a mysterious phenomenon! Wormholes – the fourth major free update for EVE: Valkyrie – will be coming to CCP Games' stunning virtual reality space combat shooter on Wednesday 15 February across Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.

Introducing a whole new way to play EVE: Valkyrie, the Wormholes update brings mysterious and exotic game modes, as well as the new Leagues alpha feature. Watch the new video exploring the Wormholes update's game-changing additions here:

Each weekend, a new wormhole will open and inside, players will find unique gameplay opportunities that challenge everything they know about being a Valkyrie pilot. From mined control points to Supermissiles and beyond, the combinations are endless. The mysteries of Wormhole space are still largely unknown, with plenty yet for players to discover.

The Wormholes update also brings with it the new Leagues alpha feature, which showcases the competitive spirit of the Valkyrie. All pirates are after treasure, but to a Valkyrie the ultimate reward is status. In this first iteration of Leagues, players will earn points toward League status by playing competitive multiplayer matches. All players will begin at Emerald and the best will progress to Sapphire, Ruby, and ultimately Diamond, where the brightest stars sit in a league of their own.

Also included in the Wormholes update is HOTAS (hands-on-throttle-and-stick) support for PlayStation 4, improvements to Com Alerts based on feedback from the community, plus various enhancements to performance and stability.

Further substantial updates are also in development for all Valkyrie pilots. For more information about EVE: Valkyrie, visit

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

WWE 2K17 Released

Steam News announces WWE 2K17 is now available on Steam offering the way to get hold of the Windows edition. Here's word on the chance to pretend to play the pretend sport of professional wrasslin':

Now on PC! Welcome to Suplex City, courtesy of cover Superstar Brock Lesnar! WWE 2K17 returns as the reigning, defending, champion of fighting video games! WWE 2K17 features realistic graphics, ultra-authentic gameplay, and the largest roster to date featuring your favorite WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends.

Exclusive to PC, the WWE 2K17 PC Standard Edition includes the Goldberg Pack!

  • Playable WCW Goldberg with black tights
  • Playable WWE Goldberg with black and white tights
  • Two Playable Arenas: WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc

Immersive Gameplay & More:
Experience the most authentic WWE gameplay ever, featuring thousands of new moves and animations, backstage and in-arena brawling, and the biggest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends to date.

Impact Winter in Spring

BANDAI NAMCO announces an April 12th release date for the Windows edition of Impact Winter, their post-apocalyptic survival game. At the risk of causing snow blindness, this trailer offers a look at how cool this is. Winter is coming to consoles, as well, as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions will follow later this year. Here's word:

This ground breaking post-apocalyptic survival game will have players taking the role of Jacob Solomon, survivor of an extinction level event caused by a giant asteroid impacting Earth. The resulting devastation and death caused by this environmental catastrophe has plunged the planet into sub-zero temperatures and covered its remaining inhabitants under unprecedented amounts of snow. Just when Jacob thinks all is lost, he discovers a snow-buried church and bands together with the inhabitants within, each contributing to the group’s overall survival by utilizing their individually unique skills to survive. Just when hope is at its bleakest, a radio transmission is received by the group promising rescue in 30 days, this message inspires the survivors to push on in their quest to stay alive, but will they all survive to be rescued?

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Project CARS 2 This Year

Publisher BANDAI NAMCO announces Project CARS 2 is coming to Windows and consoles later this year, offering Slightly Mad Studios' sequel to their racing game. They promise 12K support via triple 4K monitors and call this "the most immersive and technically advanced racing simulation experience." Here's an announcement trailer and here's word:

Leading interactive entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., and Slightly Mad Studios, today announced their publishing partnership to bring Project CARS™ 2 to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017. Project CARS 2 features an expanded roster of over 170 cars and 60+ tracks, brand-new fan-requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines – including ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing – over its critically acclaimed, ground-breaking predecessor (Project CARS™). All of this racing action can be presented at up to 12K* resolution graphics (PC) with VR support, making Project CARS 2 the most immersive and technically advanced racing simulation experience.

Created by gamers and fine-tuned by professional racing drivers, Project CARS 2 delivers an unparalleled racing experience to players of all skill levels. To achieve this goal, Project CARS 2 utilizes leading-edge visuals, precise car physics, and realistic A.I. designed to mimic a competitive driver’s heart and mind that is sure to challenge players. The use of Slightly Mad Studios’ proprietary LIVETRACK 3.0 technology enables the development team to create dynamic real-time weather & seasonal effects, track surface conditions & time-of-day changes, and implement advanced tire grip/wear physics into the Project CARS 2 gameplay. By combining these features with the highest performance driving machines in the world, Project CARS 2 will enable players to live-out their dreams of being a racecar driver.

“Project CARS 2’s authentic presentation of motorsports racing isn’t just cutting edge, it surpasses the cutting edge,” says Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “No other driving game or racing title can approach Project CARS 2’s level of visual fidelity, real-world physics, and intelligent driver A.I. These features combined with dynamic weather and track effects, refined controls, and an authentic love of competitive eSports guarantees players will be able to live-out their racing aspirations on multiple gaming platforms.”

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Out of the Blue

So there was that story a couple of weeks ago warning to watch out for cold calls asking "can you hear me." There was a follow up a couple of days later saying this is "unproven," though they granted the potential for a hypothetical crime here. So all of two days after that my phone rings, and when I answered, the guy on the other line said, "hey this is Bill from customer service... can you hear me?" So yeah, I hung up.

R.I.P.: Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch has died.
R.I.P.: Irwin Corey, comic who styled himself the World’s Foremost Authority, dies at 102.

Heard Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Dialogue 3-D. Wolf 3-D homage/parody. Thanks Hypothermia.
Bartender: Mix It Up.
Story: She felt a ‘crawling sensation.’ Doctors found a live cockroach in her skull.
Media: Dog Wick: They messed with the wrong dog.
2017 Kia Niro, Hero’s Journey, Starring Melissa McCarthy.
This bride thought her first dance was ruined… Thanks ViperFour.

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