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Monday, Apr 03, 2017

  

Overwatch Tease

A tweet from Overwatch teases something will happen next week related to Blizzard's multiplayer shooter. There is a short clip referencing the seventh anniversary of the King's Row uprising, suggesting this is connected to the omnic crisis that drives the game's story. Seems we'll learn more by next week, as word is: "Initiating archive declassification… Mission files unlock: April 11"

PAYDAY 2 Free Week+

A Steam community announcement has details on a The Search for Kento, a 10-day community event that's now underway in PAYDAY 2. The other news is that the co-op heist sequel will be free-to-play for the duration of the event, giving everyone the chance to play. Finally, the game and all its DLC are on sale for 75% the whole time as well. A The Search for Kento website has all the details on the event, along with a trailer. Here's a bit:

Winter is finally dying away, and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds.
That means that it’s time for a PAYDAY Spring Break again.

And this spring comes with something extra. Especially for Jiro who’s finding a clue to to the whereabouts of his son, Kento. A small and maybe insignificant clue, but still. By pressuring Bain, the PAYDAY gang manages to get him to devise a plan. A plan for getting Kento back. But as per usual, it’s not gonna be easy.

The Search for Kento” is live from April 3rd until April 12th. During that time we’ll treat all players will lots of freebies, new features, some surprises and stuff that goes “BOOM”!

You should also check the newest members of the crew the Paper gang!
A nice suprise for all you handy heisters out there.

We’re also making PAYDAY 2 free-to-play during this time, and more or less all DLC and the base game is 75% off on Steam this starts at 19:00 +1 GMT today.

So join the search party, as we’re setting out for a bit different Spring Break - one where family is worth killing for, this time The search for Kento!

We have also prepared some good Community challenges for you, check them out in game. the more you play the more xp you gain.

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Dishonored 2 Free Trial This Week

Bethesda.net announces a free trial for will be released on April 6th for Dishonored 2, Arkane Studios' assassination sequel. The windows demo will be available on Steam, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 demos will appear on each console's respective marketplace. This will allow players to sample the game's first three levels, and progress from the trial version will carry over for those who choose to buy the full game. Here's word:

We’re pleased to announce that we’re releasing a free trial for Dishonored 2 on April 6! Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, the free trial will allow players to dive into the first three missions of the campaign as either Empress Emily Kaldwin or the Royal Protector, Corvo Attano.

The free trial can be downloaded from Dishonored 2’s store page on the PSN Store, Xbox Marketplace and Steam. What’s more, players that decide to upgrade to the full game during or after the free trial will keep all of the saves made during the trial, and can continue enjoying Dishonored 2’s campaign from where they left off.

Take on the role of a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2, the follow up to Arkane Studio's first-person action blockbuster that earned more than 100 'Game of the Year' honors. Dishonored 2 has been praised by IGN as “amazing” and “a superb sequel”, declared a “masterpiece” by Eurogamer, and hailed “a must-play revenge tale among the best in its class” by Game Informer. Named ‘Game of the Year’ by PC Gamer, ‘PlayStation 4 Game of the Year’ by IGN, and winner of ‘Best Action-Adventure Game’ at The Game Awards 2016, Dishonored 2 has garnered over 100 ‘Best of 2016 Awards.’

When the mad witch Delilah seizes the throne, the fate of your Empire is left hanging in the balance. As Emily or Corvo, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca, the once-dazzling coastal city that holds the keys to restoring Emily to power. Armed with powerful supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, how far will you go to hunt down your enemies and take back what’s yours?

IMPACT WINTER Delay

BANDAI NAMCO announces a delay to IMPACT WINTER, saying the all-caps survival adventure needs precisely 41 days of additional development time, and is now due on May 23rd. Here's more on the delay, which says the game's scope has grown during development:

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe and Mojo Bones announce today that the development of IMPACT WINTER needs a little bit more time to be completed. The post-apocalyptic survival adventure is going to arrive on May 23rd , 2017 on PC Digital. This will give more time to pre-order the PC Digital version and get the exclusive soundtrack created by composer Mitch Murder. The PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on digital versions are still planned to release later this year.

“Unfortunately IMPACT WINTER will now release a little later than expected, hitting Steam on 23rd May 2017. Why the delay? Well, the truth is, IMPACT WINTER has become a LOT bigger than we first expected: a pretty complex beast with lots of different systems and mechanics. Everything is in place, but one of our main priorities in the run up to release has been making sure that the initial stages of the game aren’t too overwhelming and that the overall experience is evenly balanced. Given the scope of the project and our team size it’s taking a little longer than expected. Ultimately, it’s all in aid of giving everyone the best experience possible which is the No.1 priority” explained Stuart Ryall Co-Founder and Designer at Mojo Bones Ltd on their website. “On the flip side, we’ve had some really positive feedback from our playtest sessions and the game is shaping up to be something unique, and definitely a lot more than we envisioned all those years ago.”

Evening Patches

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

  • Stellaris: Utopia on YouTube. Developer diary with a feature breakdown.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Max Fury Road. Missed this way back when it appeared.

Agents of MAYHEM in August

Deep Silver announces Agents of MAYHEM, Volition's single-player, open-world, third-person action game, is coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the U.S. on August 15th and worldwide on August 18th. They celebrate the news with a trailer showing off the game's Bad vs. Evil theme, saying: "When they weren’t busy taking down Dr Babylon and generally causing havoc around Seoul, they took a time out to show you a little more about themselves and what they can do." Here's more:

After the horrors of Devil’s Night, the world was left in ruins from the devastation that the shadowy supervillain organisation LEGION had left in its wake.

They needed heroes.
They got the Agents of MAYHEM.

In a case of bad versus evil, this elite band of often unstable misfits, armed with a variety of crazy weapons, work under the watchful eye of Persephone Brimstone, ex-LEGION lieutenant, and her girl Friday, to bring down LEGION and its mysterious leader, the Morningstar.

Explore the city of Seoul with a team of three interchangeable agents, each with their own distinct look, sense of humour, weapons, and skillset. Players can build their team however they choose, switching from Daisy, a mini-gun wielding, beer-swigging, foul-mouthed derby girl, to Rama, an immunologist with a futuristic bow and energy arrows, to Red Card, a psychotic football hooligan with a temper that can literally clear a crowd.

With a toy box of twelve unique agents to choose from, players can jump between notable TV star/pretty boy Hollywood, to sky pirate and internationally infamous thief Fortune, as the mission demands.

So kick back, cue the action music and find out how to create your A-Team of agents!

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Batman: Arkham VR PC This Month

WBIE and DC Entertainment announce that Batman: Arkham VR is coming to HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift on April 25th. This is already out for PlayStation VR and this announcement trailer shows off the PC edition. Here's the plan:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Batman™: Arkham VR is coming to HTC VIVE™ and Oculus Rift beginning April 25. Currently available for PlayStation®VR, Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham VR is a top-selling, BAFTA nominated virtual reality experience that takes place in the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham canon and is based on DC’s core Batman license.

Batman: Arkham VR is the first virtual reality experience to immerse players into the Dark Knight’s universe, putting them inside the Batman’s cowl like never before. PC players with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hardware will now have the opportunity to experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective, and delve deep into a tense Batman: Arkham mystery. Players will enter a virtual reality world where they must think like Batman and utilize his legendary gadgets, unraveling a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.

“Bringing Batman to VR was a very rewarding experience for us here at Rocksteady. The Dark Knight has always been an incredible character to work with due to his psychological depth, so it’s really exciting to use this immersive medium to delve deeper into his psyche than ever before” said Sefton Hill, Creative Director, Rocksteady Studios. “We’re thrilled that PC players can finally wear the cowl for themselves and take on the role of the World’s Greatest Detective with the addition of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift versions.”

Batman: Arkham VR will support both the Oculus Touch and Vive Controllers, and also have full gamepad support on PC, including the PS4 Dual Shock 4 Controller, Xbox One Controller and the Steam Controller.

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F1 2016 for OS X this Week

Feral Interactive announces that F1 2016 for OS X is due on April 6th, saying this takes advantage of Metal, Apple's new graphics API. This website is home to the project, offering details and an announcement trailer showing things off. Here are the details, including system details:

F1 2016, the official video game of the 2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, takes players deeper into the world’s most glamorous, exciting and prestigious motorsport, both on and off the track.

An all-new career mode sits at the heart of the game, allowing players to create their own legend over a lifetime in the sport that can span up to a massive ten seasons.

“It’s been three years since a new F1 game graced the Mac and a lot has happened since then!”, said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “F1 2016 is a massive step forward for the franchise, greatly improving upon the fastest and most thrilling on-track racing experience in gaming.”

F1 2016 features extensive online multiplayer, allowing players to compete against up to 21 rivals on any of the 21 GRAND PRIX™ circuits. On Steam, multiplayer is cross-platform between Mac and Windows. On the Mac App Store, multiplayer is Mac-Mac and supported by Feral’s multiplayer matching service, Calico.

F1 2016 will be available through the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99 / £39.99 / €49.99.

On the Mac App Store, F1 2016 will be available for $49.99 / £48.99 / €49.99.

The minimum system requirements for F1 2016 are a 2.8Ghz Intel Core i5 processor running macOS 10.12.4, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB NVIDIA 680, AMD R9 280M, Intel Iris 540 or better. The recommended system requirements are a 3.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor running macOS 10.12.4, 16GB of RAM and a 4GB AMD R9 395X or better.

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U.K. Sales Charts

This Sims 4 returns to its home atop the GFK Chart-Track top 30 chart of the bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending April 1st. Mass Effect: Andromeda slips to number two, and Football Manager 2017 retains its toehold on number three. Mass Effect: Andromeda stays number one on the all platforms chart and the new entry at number four is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. This write-up has more details:

EA’s ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ remains at No1 for a second week, equalling the 2 week consecutive run of ‘Mass Effect 2’ (‘Mass Effect 3’ only had 1 week at No1, replaced the following week by EA’s own ‘FIFA Street’.

Original ‘Mass Effect’ debuted at No12). Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ remains at No2 for a second week and Warner’s ‘LEGO Worlds’ is a non-mover at No3. Debuting at No4 as the only new release within the All Formats Top 40 is Square Enix’s PS4 6 game compilation ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix’. This is actually the second Kingdom Hearts PS4 release this year, after ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter’ which debuted at No 3 in week 4, 2017. In total, there have been 11 Kingdom Heart games released as boxed products in the UK and all have been single format releases, starting with the original ‘Kingdom Hearts’ for PS2 back in November 2002, which is also the top-seller in terms of units. There’s not a lot of movement in the next few chart positions, the highest climber is Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs 2’, up 11 places to No17 and there are a few re-entries, such as Activision’s ‘Destiny: The Collection’ at No24 and Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy Rainbow 6: Siege’ at No25.

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is opening day for my local New York Mets. This has often been a punch line over the years, but the fortunes of the Metropolitans have turned a bit in recent years, built on an electrifying young pitching staff. So there are some specific causes for optimism this season along with the more generic hopes that accompany everyone starting with an equal 0-0 record. That moment of equality has already passed anyway, as a couple of games were played already. So congrats to fans of the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Rays on their undefeated first-place showings. For the rest of us, play ball!

R.I.P.: Roland founder and TR-808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi dies at age 87.

Baller Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Dogs vs Homework.
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Media: The Mummy - Official Trailer #2.
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