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Sunday, Feb 26, 2017


Gone Gold - Mass Effect: Andromeda

BioWare tweets the news that they've completed development on the new installment in their space opera series. They say, "Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold," and offer an image to celebrate. Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected on March 21st, so it sounds like everything is on track for the release.

Dawn of War III Beta Survey

Relic has a survey up for prospective testers of Dawn of War III. This asks some questions about your gaming experiences and preferences, and offers the possibility of being selected to test the upcoming RTS sequel (thanks PC Invasion). Word is: "Thanks for your interest in the Dawn of War III Beta! Your input will help us make our game even better. Take a few minutes to tell us about yourself. If your information matches what we're looking for, then we'll be in touch. Otherwise, if you wish, we will keep you in mind for future opportunities. "

Shenmue HD Remasters Rumor

Rice Digital reports they've learned of plans for HD remakes of Shenmue and Shenmue 2, attributing this to "a trusted source close to Atlus USA." They also say they've been told it's "safe to assume a PC/Steam release." Bringing the first two games in the series to PCs makes sense in light of the upcoming PC release of Shenmue 3, but this remains an unconfirmed rumor, in spite of the impulse to trust Rice Digital without question. Thanks DSOGaming.

Blackwake Early Access

Early access to Blackwake is now available on Steam, offering a multiplayer FPS with a pirate theme. This trailer (NSFW) celebrates the news with a look at gameplay from the game, which was crowdfunded via Kickstarter. Here's a bit on what to expect:

Broadside or board enemy ships as a crew with intense FPS Naval Combat based in the Age of Sail
Man the cannons and fire off coordinated broadsides with other players to sink the opposing ship. You will fight as a crew of up to 16 real players on a ship led by another player that has been voted as captain. Modes can have up to 54 players in a battle!

Coordinate and cooperate to be efficient and be a devastating crew
If you're part of the crew, you may help the ship in any way you see fit without being forced to a role. You can be the part of the gunnery crew by loading cannons and firing at the enemy, or be the master of repairs and help keep the ship afloat by patching holes in the ship, repairing sails, or pumping out water. Help keep your ship's fire power up by running supplies for your fellow crewman, or even board an enemy ship and conquer it!

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Out of the Blue

Apologies for the missed update yesterday. I got caught up in a lot of stuff early in the day, created some posts, and only when I got online this morning did I realize I never committed them here. This is pretty embarrassing, and I don't think saying this is maybe the second time something like this has happened in over 20 years makes it any less so. Sorry about the oversight, and I'm especially regretful that this left anyone thinking that there might be something wrong besides me allowing myself to become too distracted.

R.I.P.: Magician Daryl Easton found dead at Hollywood's Magic Castle.

Distracted Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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My Video Game Hero Roommate.
We Broke: Firefighters (NSFW).
Tigers Snatch Drone From the Sky. Thanks ViperFour.
The Funnies: Voted Off « EXTRALIFE.

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