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Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

  

Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Next Week

Ubisoft announces an open beta test for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands will start one week from today on February 23rd, and will run through February 27th. UbiBlog celebrates the news with a new trailer and a repost of the system specifications for the tactical shooter. Here's word on the testing and preloads:

Today, Ubisoft® announced that the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands Open Beta will be available to all players from February 23rd to 27th, 2017, on current-gen consoles and PC. Players eager to jump into the Ghost’s boots and tame the Wildlands will be able to pre-load the Open Beta starting this Monday, February 20th, 2017.

Each player entering this Open Beta will get access to an exclusive mission – the “Unidad Conspiracy” mission, in which players will spark a war between the Unidad, a local corrupt militia group, and the Santa Blanca cartel – by playing the full game before March 31st, using the same Ubisoft account.

The Open Beta will introduce players to two provinces among the 21 of the final game: Itacua, a flourishing and mountainous province where the grip of the cartel is looser, ideal to perfect your sniping skills and get introduced to the Wildlands. Montuyoc, set in the snowy Altiplano, and the second province available in this Open Beta, is much more challenging – players who have suppressed the Itacua bosses will gain XP and skills boosts allowing them to face this dangerous area, home to Santa Blanca elite training centers. Players can of course confront Montuyoc right away… at their own risk.

As in the full game, all the content in the Open Beta will be playable with up to three friends on the same platform via four player co-op, or in single player. Players are free to utilise a large variety of vehicles, tactical equipment and weapons to get the job done.

Set in the largest action-adventure open world ever created by Ubisoft, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands takes place in Bolivia, a few years from now, as the country has been turned by the vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel into a narco-state. Players are tasked with eliminating the cartel by any means necessary. The massive and responsive open world encourages a variety of playstyles, allowing players the freedom to choose how they execute any and all missions.

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Realpolitiks and Demo Released

Realpolitiks is now available on Steam, offering a political grand strategy game for Windows, OS X, and Linux. You can get a look at the game in action in this semi-recent trailer and there is also a playable demo. This post announces the launch:

We're excited to announce that Realpolitiks is now available for purchase! The game has already received critical acclaim for its streamlined approach to the grand strategy genre and fun gameplay.

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated, so feel free to join our Steam community group and discuss various parts of the game, strategies or even funny stories that happened to you in the game.

We hope you will enjoy playing Realpolitiks and don't forget that there's also a free demo available, so you can try before you buy!

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Early Access

Early access to Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is now available on Steam, offering first crack at this promised port of the free-to-play mobile game. The F2P thing is changed, however, as this is a premium game with no microtransactions. This CGI trailer celebrates the news, and here is word on the project from the developers:

“We want to make an awesome PC game, not just a remaster of the popular award-winning mobile title. We’ve got a team of professionals and Warhammer 40k fans who burst with ideas: help us pick the best of them! If you love turn-based tactics, if you love Warhammer 40k, join us! We need your feedback, your vision and your criticisms; let’s make a great PC game together!”

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Redeemer Announced

Gambitious Digital Entertainment announces Redeemer, a top-down, close-quarters action game coming later this year to Windows PC from independent developer Sobaka. They call this a "brute-force brawler," and offer this trailer with a look at gameplay to show why they say that. The game already has a Steam page, and here's more of what to expect:

Redeemer’s single-player story follows a former elite operative whose violent past finally catches up with him after years of living in hiding within a remote mountain monastery. Punch, kick, hammer, hack, smash and shoot through hordes of enemies on a merciless mission for justice against the shadowy corporate forces you once worked for. From hard-hitting stealth takedowns to over-the-top environmental kills, every move bursts with raw energy and visceral sound design.

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Songbringer Announced

Publisher Double Eleven and one-man developer Wizard Fu announce Songbringer, an action/RPG coming to Windows, OS X, Linux, and consoles this summer. This is a sci-fi game set in a 13,000 B.C. Milky Way, and if that's not enough to pique your interest, they promise spaceships, drugs, parties, adventure, and swords. The Songbringerwebsite is where to keep tabs on this, and you can take a look at some beta gameplay in this video. Here's more on what to expect:

Introducing Roq – a shirtless carefree dude just cruising the galaxy in search of the ultimate party aboard the space-faring art party ship, Songbringer. When Roq accidentally awakens an ancient evil army, the galaxy as he knows it is thrown into war. Now it's up to Roq and his trusty sidekick, Jib, to save the galaxy from total annihilation.

Songbringer presents a gorgeous procedurally-generated overworld with ten dungeons in 3/4 perspective. Players enter a six-letter world seed code when starting a new adventure, granting them the possibility to explore 308 million unique environment combinations – no adventure is ever the same, unless you share your code with friends: The seed codes generate the world dynamically and deterministically, so entering the same seed will always generate the same world.

A rich, immersive storyline and a fantastical sci-fi universe littered with secrets, Songbringer introduces the unique concept of hidden realms. As Roq, learn to utilize the powers of the rare cacti you will find in the world to see things that aren't there (or are they?): doors, items and other loot that can help you on your journey.

With action-packed combat and several unique weapons to choose from, including the epic and humming nanosword, the boomerang-like top hat, the ghost sword projectile, and plenty of bombs, Songbringer allows players to go it alone in the galaxy or with a friend – local co-op allows for a second player to join you as Jib, your robot companion with a strange propensity for mustaches. Overcome crowded mobs, virus androids, gigantic bosses and solve a series of puzzles to get you back where you belong; at peace and partying the night away on the Songbringer as you sail the solar winds of the galaxy with your friends.

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World of Darkness Interactive Fiction

Steam now offers a pair of World of Darkness preludes from the White Wolf, the studio behind Vampire: The Masquerade and the upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood and Mage The Ascension: Refuge are all-new interactive fiction games they describe as inspired by the classic choose your own adventure books. Word is: "The White Wolf titles tell mature, intelligent stories featuring a foreboding painterly art style. Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood is written and illustrated by Zak Sabbath and Sarah Horrocks. Mage The Ascension: Refuge was written by noted Swedish author Karin Tidbeck." Here's a We Eat Blood trailer and a Refuge trailer showing off more of what to expect. Continue here to read the full story.

The Wardrobe Released

The Wardrobe is now available on Steam, offering a Windows adventure game inspired by some of the classics from the genre. This is out now for Windows, and word is to expect versions for OS X and Linux next week. They also promise additional language subtitles in the coming month to supplement the game's full English and Italian localization. Here's a trailer and here's an outline of the game's story, which reinforces the old adage about not putting any old pair of plums in your mouth:

It all happened five years ago, during a picnic arranged by Ronald and his best friend Skinny.

Things were going well, until Ronald pulled out two very tiny plums from his basket, one for Skinny and one for him. Not knowing about his deadly allergy to plums, Skinny didn’t think twice about eating it, and immediately went into anaphylactic shock which caused his sudden death. Ronald ran off, terrified.

When he woke up, Skinny discovered that he had become a skeleton and been sentenced to live in Ronald’s bedroom wardrobe forever. Since then, Skinny has watched over Ronald constantly, without his knowledge… but now things are going to change! To save his best friend’s soul from eternal damnation, Skinny will be forced to reveal himself and make Ronald admit his 'crime'. Not a simple challenge at all!

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Cossacks 3: Rise to Glory Released

GSC Game World announces the release of Cossacks 3: Rise to Glory, and this Cossacks 3 content is now on Steam and presumably coming soon to GOG.com. Here's word on the DLC, the upcoming free release of a couple of new races, and the addition of a competitive ladder and ranked play:

Rise to Glory allows you to take up the mantle of the greatest military leaders of all time and participate in battles that defined the world’s history as we know it. The drums and pipes of war thunder across all Europe, as you get to witness the daring adventures of the Old Fritz and the Lion of the North on peak of their glory.

Among other numerous new features, we would like to announce that Ranked Games and the Ladder are coming into the game, along with remake of the multiplayer shell and introduction of the ‘Quick Play’ functionality. Now players will be able scratch that competitive itch and show everyone their skill!

Main features:

  • Prussian campaign: Assume the role of Frederick the Great and lead the mighty Prussian armies into the fiercest skirmishes 18th century Europe have ever seen.
  • Swedish campaign: Experience the rise of Sweden to its position of the global power under the leadership of Gustavus Adolphus, a genius military leader who invented the modern way of conducting warfare.
  • New Original Units: 7 new units come into the game, 3 of which are completely new.
  • New environments: Take out your winter coats, as Rise to Glory introduces winter maps to both singleplayer and multiplayer modes.
  • New nations: mighty Bavaria and Saxony – favorites of the old fans – make a comeback to display the military might of German states. Each new nations is accompanied with its own unique soundtrack.
  • Custom missions: three singleplayer scenarios will allow you participate in exciting historical battles that took place all over Europe.

As a reminder, Bavaria and Saxony will be available to everyone for free in one week after the release of the DLC! Deluxe edition and DLC owners will get an exclusive 7-day access to them and new units, everyone else will get their hands on them on 22th of February.

Shiness: the Lightning Kingdom Overview Trailer

A new overview trailer for Shiness: the Lightning Kingdom shows off gameplay from this crowdfunded action/RPG. Focus Home Interactive says developer Enigami is in the home stretch, and a release is now just weeks away. The Windows game can be preordered on Steam, and the clip is accompanied by some details:

Today's video invites you to the magic world of Shiness, supported by a strong artistic direction, enthralling environments and endearing characters. Explore the world, and use your characters' special powers - Kayenne's telekinesis, Poky's electromagnetic fields manipulation, and more -to progress in your adventure and find precious parchments, which are key to devastating spells and powerful combat techniques.

Throughout your quest, take part in hyper-dynamic combat inspired by traditional fighting games, combining combos, special moves, magic, elemental affinities and devastating "finishing moves". As you complete quests and battles, you will gain experience and levels, develop your characters and recruit new playable companions on your team.

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  • Robots In The Wild is now in early access on Steam, offering a Windows and OS X puzzle/strategy game that combines a bunch of game influences. Here's a trailer

Out of the Blue

When I was younger I had a hard time understanding why those older than me seemed obsessed with getting rid of objects that cluttered up their lives. Now that I'm digging through 16 years worth of clutter, I wish I had just taken it on faith that I would come to such a point as well. I have thrown out and boxed up a lot of stuff, and it seems like there is still more of it that's left to be dealt with. I'm at the point where if it was practical to burn the rest I might just, but it will be almost as much work to pile it into a bonfire as it will be to sort through it, so I guess there's no easy way out here.

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