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Friday, Mar 10, 2017

  

Quake Champions Will Be Free-to-Play

Quake Champions will be a free-to-play game, id Software's Tim Willits tells Polygon. They note there will also be a premium option, something that's part of most F2P games. Here's word on the plan:

Both for-pay and free-to-play players will share the same maps, and compete in the same brackets, Willits said. The only difference will be how they access Champions other than Ranger.

Players who buy the Champion Pack — the de-facto full-price version of the game — will get Ranger and all the other Champions that the game launches with. Everyone else will be able to pay the in-game currency, called favor, to play other Champions for a finite period of time.

Cities: Skylines Free DLC Plans

Paradox Interactive celebrates the second anniversary of the launch of Cities: Skylines, promising free DLC for the urban planning game. They say Colossal Order's game has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, and they will soon offer all those owners a pack of buildings featuring Chinese architecture. Here's more on the plan:

“From the first day Cities: Skylines was released, it’s been breaking records,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “The game had our biggest launch in history at the time, selling 250.000 copies in its first 24 hours, and the community has only gotten bigger and more devoted over the last two years. Cities: Skylines perfectly showcases the kind of experiences we’re proud to support at Paradox: a game that people are just as excited to play now as they were two years ago. Happy birthday to Cities: Skylines, congratulations to Colossal Order, and my sincere thanks to all our players. Please follow me on Chirper.”

“It’s fair to say that Cities: Skylines has changed all of our lives at Colossal Order,” said Mariina Hallikainen, CEO of Colossal Order. “This is a game we had all been working on and dreaming about creating for years. Seeing how many people have rallied around it, and seeing the incredible community sharing their cities and mods has been so rewarding and inspiring. On behalf of our entire team, thank you so much to all of our players for your ongoing support!”

Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order will be releasing a new in-game building pack as a free DLC to all players of Cities: Skylines. The pack, titled “Pearls from the East,” will bring a splash of style to mayor-players’ cities with three new buildings: a Panda Zoo, a Chinese Temple, and the Shanghai Pearl Tower, and will be available soon.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

Mass Effect: Andromeda is not due for more than a week, but BioWare now offers the official launch trailer for the new installment in the spacey action/RPG series. This includes a brief blurb on the game: "You are on a mission to find a new home for humanity. Explore dangerous worlds, keep your crew alive, and unravel the mysteries of Andromeda. The journey begins now. How far will you go?" Continue here to read the full story.

Dauntless Trailer

Here's the PAX East trailer for Dauntless, offering a look at this co-op action/RPG in the works at Phoenix Labs. The accompanying word explains the clip and mentions plans for beta testing this year: "To celebrate the kick-off of PAX East today, Phoenix Labs has released a new trailer for their upcoming co-op action RPG, Dauntless. Featuring intense combat and hundreds of craftable items, players must work together to protect their world by defeating ferocious Behemoths. The trailer offers a glimpse at Pangar and Shrike, just two of the unique Behemoths players will hunt once the game enters beta later this year." Continue here to read the full story.

Streets of Rogue Early Access

Steam offers early access to Streets of Rogue, a Roguelike action/adventure for Windows, Linux, and OS X. This carries a 10% launch discount, but is also free-to-play for the weekend to offer a sample. Here's word on the game:

Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite about player choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. The game takes inspiration from fast-paced top-down rogue-lites like Binding of Isaac and Nuclear Throne, and adds free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay elements of RPGs like Deus Ex.

Rather than taking place in a dungeon, the game is set in a functioning, procedurally generated city, where complex AI informs denizens from all walks of life, who are just trying to get by in their daily activities.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • NEXT JUMP- Shmup Tactics -- Steam Greenlight. "What would happen if the pillars of the "shmup" genre were translated into a "Tactics and Strategy" game? NEXT JUMP is a love letter to shmup's [Shoot 'em up or space shooters], read in a slightly different manner: In turn-based battles! Do space jumps and chase the vicious Dragons who stole all the stock of Beverage from the Galaxy and now are running away!"

Evening Patches

On Sale

  • Invisible, Inc. on Steam. Save 70%.
  • Six Sides of the World on IndieGameStand. Today's pay what you want indie game deal.
  • Slitherine Weekend Deal on Steam. Save up to 75%.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Alien: Covenant - Meet Walter. Thanks RedEye9.

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days Video Game Announced

Lionsgate announces Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days, an action/shooter based on the classic crime drama coming to PCs this spring and Xbox One sometime thereafter. This is a slow-burn take on a movie adaptation, coming on the film's 25th anniversary, in contrast with many tie-in rush-jobs. The Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days website is live, offering this reveal trailer with a look. Here's word:

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier next-generation global content leader, in partnership with independent video game publisher Big Star Games, has announced the upcoming release of the action-packed shooter Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cult-favorite film from Lionsgate’s vast film and television library, Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days combines all the drama and tension of the movie with a unique “Time Back” gameplay mechanic. The game is expected to launch worldwide later this year, first on Steam (PC), followed by an Xbox One version.

Adding a new level of strategy to the action-shooter genre, players will be able to rewind time to control each and every tactical move and splattering shot for all members of the team. Every time the clock is turned back the outcome of the heist hangs in the balance as each Reservoir Dog plays their role in finishing the job and completing the bloody escape.

“As huge fans of Reservoir Dogs, we’re very focused on creating a highly addictive experience that stays true to the tense, dramatic vibe of this unforgettable movie,” said Liam Patton, CEO, Big Star Games. “By taking control of different characters for overlapping bursts of time, players must utilize the strengths of each squad member to carry out the game’s missions, with every move and shot creating a butterfly effect on the overall outcome.”

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days lets players take on the role of memorable characters Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White as they embark on several heists based on the movie. Using “Time Back” combat, players will need to rob, shoot and provide cover fire with the iconic cast of characters as they approach each of the fast-paced, bombastic action scenes and navigate the game’s dramatic twists.

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days will let action-shooter fans experience:

  • Unique time-bending action: Employ a highly addictive strategic approach in tension-filled robberies and shootouts, controlling each character for overlapping bursts of time;
  • Six Infamous Movie Characters: Control Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White in a series of heists;
  • Heists and surprises based on the film: Experience adrenaline-filled heists with the Reservoir Dogs crew.

Continue here to read the full story.

Styx: Shards of Darkness Launch Trailer

A new launch trailer from Styx: Shards of Darkness paves the way for the stealthy assassination sequel to sneak out next week. The game is due on Tuesday for Windows and consoles, and there is still time between now and then to preorder for some bonus content. Here's word on the game:

Styx’s latest adventure sees him making an unexpected deal with a mysterious human officer named Helledryn – and she’s got a job with far higher stakes than anything he’s tackled before. He must steal an ambassador’s scepter, which has attracted the interest of several nefarious (and goblin-hating) parties. As a reward for completing this dangerous mission, he’s promised a mountain of magical Amber, the source of Styx’s power and a substance he’s hopelessly addicted to. Of course, it’s not long until our green-skinned thief is stuck in a web of intrigue and assassination!

Master the verticality and non-linearity of Styx: Shards of Darkness’ open environments with an array of tools and abilities. Struggling to bypass a heavily guarded entrance? Scout the path ahead using your amber vision, distract the guards with a controllable goblin clone, then emerge from temporary invisibility to stab them in the back! Styx will always have a wide range of dastardly creative methods for completing his objectives – and if you join a friend in the drop-in coop, you’ll discover even more ways to unleash chaos!

Continue here to read the full story.

More Steam Review Changes

The Steam Blog announces further changes coming to Steam user reviews. Valve explains that they will no longer count scores submitted by users who did not pay for their copies of the game in question. Here's the deal:

We're in the process of making a couple more small changes to Steam Customer Review system as we continue to fine-tune the relevance and accuracy of the overall review score for each product.

In September, we made some adjustments to how the review score was calculated for each product. You can read about those changes and the reasoning behind it here. We're continuing with a few more changes in this direction to improve the relevance of the score by better reflecting the sentiment expressed by invested, paying customers.

With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a gift, or during a free weekend. Reviews can still be written by customers that obtained the game in any of these ways, but the review will not count toward the overall review score.

We started rolling out this change earlier this week, and it will take a few more days for our system to completely update all reviews and re-calculate the scores. In the meantime, you may see the review score on a game change a couple of times depending on how many reviews come from the sources mentioned above.

This change only affects games that are listed for sale on Steam. For free or free-to-play games, reviews by all users will continue to count toward their review score.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Dead Exit -- Steam Greenlight. "Dead Exit is a zombie apocalypse based card game where each player manages a base and tries to out maneuver their opponents and survive the evacuation of a city. Manage your base. Make alliances.Break alliances. Betray sworn allies at the worst possible time and leave them to get eaten by the hordes. It's up to you how you play it, just make sure you get out of the city with enough resources to survive!" Here's a trailer.

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Out of the Blue

We're getting some snow as predicted today. This seems wacky, since the temperatures hung around the 60s all week, but there it is. At least the warm ground and barely freezing temperatures are teaming up on the snow, and so far it isn't sticking, so hopefully cleaning up will be easy enough. And yes, it's just over five weeks since Groundhog Day, so it seems the little rodent's pessimistic prediction of six more weeks of winter turns out to be pretty accurate. Little rat.

Also, happy 77th birthday to Chuck Norris, the unofficial bouncer of the entire internet. And happy belated 24th birthday to Adam Jensen.

Ratty Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Heart of Galaxy.
Science: The Quest to Crystallize Time. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Media: ROBOT APOCALYPSE!!! - HORIZON ZERO DAWN (Teens React- Gaming).
KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 (Honest Game Trailers).
Incredibly fast calculator fingers in Japan.



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