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Thursday, Apr 06, 2017

  

Dragon Age 4 Outed?

PSU.com points to an Instagram post as possible evidence that a new Dragon Age game is in the works. BioWare has not announced a fourth entry in the RPG series, but the post by voice actress Alix Wilton Regan suggests development is underway. Having previously played the female Elven inquisitor, her selfie in the recording studio with the hashtag #Elf has gotten fans hopes up. Of course, she may just be working on a sequel to the Will Ferrell movie, or something else unrelated, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Gearbox Issues Ultimatum to G2A

Eurogamer has a reaction from Gearbox to their announcement of their partnership with G2A. They apparently missed all the complaints about shoddy practices at G2A until influencer TotalBuscut influenced them with a total kick to the biscuits, saying, "Pulling coverage plans for it and future Gearbox titles. No support for crooks." Now Gearbox says they are demanding G2A change their ways with the following manifesto in order to keep their Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition bundle deal:

Gearbox Publishing heard loud and clear the concerns voiced by John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain. Gearbox was then provided with a lot of documentation on the subject, after which John was gracious enough to spend time across the last two days with our head of publishing Steve Gibson to put together a proposal and a deadline for G2A to act upon.

  • Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 30 days, G2A Shield (aka, customer fraud protection) is made free instead of a separate paid subscription service within terms offered by other major marketplaces. All customers who spend money deserve fraud protection from a storefront. To that end, all existing G2A Shield customers are notified by April 14th that fraud protection services are now free and they will no longer be charged for this.
  • Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 90 days, G2A will open up a web service or API to certified developers and publishers to search for and flag for immediate removal, keys that are fraudulent. This access will be free of charge and will not require payment by the content holders.
  • Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 60 days implement throttling for non-certified developers and publishers at the title, userid, and account payable levels for a fraud flagging process. This is to protect content providers from having large quantities of stolen goods flipped on G2A before they can be flagged.
  • Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 30 days, G2A restructures its payment system so that customers who wish to buy and sell legitimate keys are given a clear, simple fee-structure that is easy to understand and contains no hidden or obfuscated charges. Join the ranks of other major marketplaces.

Gearbox Publishing won't support a marketplace that is unwilling to make these commitments and execute on them.

New GeForce Drivers

The GeForce website offers new version 381.65 WHQL-certified Windows drivers, saying these are the game-ready drivers for the Quake Champions closed beta as well as the new TITAN Xp graphics cards mentioned in the story below. Here's word on all they do:

Our new GeForce Game Ready 381.65 WHQL drivers are optimized for the Quake Champions closed beta. In addition, they add support for NVIDIA Ansel in Kona and Snake Pass, add support for the new NVIDIA TITAN Xp, and are recommended for users installing the Windows 10 Creators Update. To download and install, simply fire up GeForce Experience and click the "Drivers" tab.

NVIDIA TITAN Xp & OS X Pascal Support Announced

The NVIDIA Blog introduces the NVIDIA TITAN Xp, their latest top-of-the-line graphics card they promise will provide "irresponsible amounts of performance." They quantify this by saying this Pascal-based card will offer up to 3X the performance of the Maxwell-powered TITAN X. These are on sale now for $1,200.00 USD with a limit of two per customer, so you can save what's leftover for Lamborghinis. They also say this will come to Macs, promising OS X Pascal drivers this month. Here's more on these cards:

If you need all the power you can get, our new NVIDIA TITAN Xp is the card you need to have.

Introduced today, the Pascal-powered TITAN Xp pushes more cores, faster clocks, faster memory and more TFLOPS than its predecessor, the 2016 Pascal-powered TITAN X.

With the new TITAN Xp we’re delivering a card to users who demand the very best NVIDIA GPU, directly from NVIDIA and supported by NVIDIA.

Key stats:

  • 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gbps
  • 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz
  • 12 TFLOPs of brute force

This is extreme performance for extreme users where every drop counts.

Open to Mac Community
Speaking of users, we’re also making the new TITAN Xp open to the Mac community with new Pascal drivers, coming this month. For the first time, this gives Mac users access to the immense horsepower delivered by our award-winning Pascal-powered GPUs.

TITAN Xp is available now for $1,200 direct from nvidia.com, and select system builders soon.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Patched

BioWare producer Michael Gamble tweets that the promised version 1.05 patch is now live in Mass Effect: Andromeda. This addresses the creepy eyes in the RPG sequel as well as other issues, as outlined in the patch notes. Word is: "Patch 1.05 is out now. We made a change to the eyes, and a number of other things. Tell me what you think." BioWare also offers this blog post on the update. At least we assume it is, as it actually does not mention any games by name. This post discusses balance changes in the patch for multiplayer based on feedback from the community. Word is: "We’re continuing to look into issues around weapon balance, particularly at higher difficulties. We’re also looking at melee-focused builds to ensure they pack the right punch."

Hearthstone Expands

Blizzard announces the Journey to Un’Goro expansion is now live in Hearthstone, their virtual card strategy game. This takes us back to the days when dinosaur cards roamed the earth, before nature played a totally OP asteroid card. Here's word:

Today, Azeroth’s finest scholars and explorers have set out on their most ambitious expedition yet—the Journey to Un’Goro™. This new expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game Hearthstone® is now live! Players from around the world are trekking into the heart of this primeval land on a mission to learn about the local inhabitants, harness astonishing elemental energies, and discover powerful minions hidden in the thick jungle mists—all while excavating 135 new Hearthstone cards to add to their collections.

Journey to Un’Goro thrusts players into a land of primordial wonder where ancient elementals, lethal flora, and fierce predators have roamed since the dawn of time. Being an apex predator in such an unforgiving ecosystem has its benefits—the crater’s dinosaurs have learned to adapt to any threat. Adapting allows a minion to take on new properties or powers to better deal with their prey, so don’t let your guard down! As an enticement for those brave or curious enough to venture deep into Un’Goro, a mysterious new bounty awaits: Quest cards. These Legendary spells will always appear in the player’s starting hand, and—once their requirements are met—grant incredible rewards.

Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven Released

Paradox Interactive announces the release of Mandate of Heaven, the new expansion for Europa Universalis IV, their real-time strategy sequel. Much of the add-on centers on the empire of China and it also introduces a new Historical Ages system. This release trailer shows this off, and here are some details on the add-on and the accompanying update for the base game:

With one eye on the rising sun and another eye on a glorious future, Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven is available today. Mandate of Heaven is the new expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s flagship franchise about exploration, religious turmoil, economic dominance and conquest. Taking its name from the Chinese belief that their empire was divinely ordained, Mandate of Heaven will bless your ambitions for years to come.

At the center of Mandate of Heaven, players will find the new Historical Ages system and the associated Golden Eras. The four centuries of play are divided into four Historical Ages, each with seven objectives and seven special abilities that can be unlocked. If you accomplish three objectives in an Age, you may choose to initiate a Golden Era, giving your empire 50 years of prosperity and military prowess. But choose your time wisely! You only get one Golden Era per game.
Mandate of Heaven Release Trailer

Mandate of Heaven’s other features include:

  • Empire of China: The Chinese Emperor has great powers at his disposal, and the efficient bureaucrats keep things running smoothly. But greedy neighbors may seek to take the Mandate of Heaven for themselves.
  • Ashikaga Shogunate: The Japanese Shogunate has been reworked for more interaction and political considerations among the daimyo. As Shogun, carefully balance the pride of your subjects or compel them to choose and honorable death.
  • Confucian Harmony: Keep order in your eastern realm or risk short term spiritual disruption in exchange for long term religious harmony.
  • Shinto Isolation: Will your Japanese kingdom seek benefits in an open society or promote greater unity through closed doors? Major incidents will challenge your aspirations.
  • Tributaries: Eastern empires can persuade weaker neighbors to pay an annual tribute in gold, manpower or monarch points in this new subject nation format.
  • Diplomatic Macro Builder: New addition to the left-hand side macrobuilder automates many repeated diplomatic tasks.
  • And more including Chinese meritocracy and Manchu Banner troops

As usual, Mandate of Heaven launches alongside a major free update to Europa Universalis IV that improves and updates many aspects of the core game experience.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Adds Replays, Mod Support, New Maps

A new update is now available on Steam for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation updating the real-time strategy game to version 2.2. This adds game replays, new maps, mod support, balance changes, and more. A recent dev journal discusses the update, and there's also a video introducing all that's new and different. This post has all the details, including the following portion of the lengthy patch notes:

v2.2 CHANGELOG:
Features

  • Replays- Watch a replay of your game, or go into the leaderboards and watch games from the top players.
  • Modding Support- We have added the ability to mod game files, add maps and scenarios and enable and disable mods for your game. For all the details checkout the Modders Guide.
  • New Maps- 3 new large maps added to support lots of players.
    • Manannan- A 12 player Terran map which is great for free for all games.
    • Brighid- An 8 player Arctic map that is ideal for 4 teams of 2 players each.
    • Aenghus- A 10 player Desert map that is great for free for all games.
  • Issue Orders to Multiple Factories- Selecting multiple factories will allow you to give the same order to all of them. If you select 3 factories and queue up a Brute all three will begin producing a Brute. If you hold the Ctrl key it will issue those requests out one at a time (ie: queuing a Brute will have the first factory begin queuing a Brute).
  • Period key now selects an idle engineer (just like the F1 key does).
  • Radioactive and Metal desposits without mines now show as grey in strategic view to make it easier to see which one's haven't been upgraded yet.
  • Adds language support for French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese-Brazil.

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Conan Exiles Adds New Map

The Conan Exiles blog has details on an update #24 that's now live in Conan Exiles, adding a brand-new dungeon to Funcom's barbaric survival game. Bring your torches and your nose plugs, because "The Dregs" is the vast sewer system of an unnamed city. This video offers a look. Here's word:

The Exiled Lands are filled with dark caves and mysterious ruins, but now you get a brand-new dungeon to challenge your adventuring urges!

A massive and ancient aqueduct leads water from the mountains down to the Unnamed city. A vast sewer system was built to carry the city’s refuge and waste into the southern river system. Ages ago, dark and dangerous sorcerous experiments were performed in the Unnamed city, and their remnants and leftovers were also flushed down into the tunnels beneath the city.

The Unnamed city fell into ruin long ago, and now only dark and terrible creatures wander its cursed streets. But something malevolent and powerful also lurks in the shadowy sewers beneath the city. Disturbing whispers can be heard in the deep tunnels – whispers which call on you to explore deeper and deeper.

Do you dare to enter? Dare explore the dank sewers in search for power and glory? In ancient times, slaves got the horrendous task of cleaning and clearing out this horrible place shrouded in eternal darkness. It became known as The Dregs.

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Dawn of War III Multiplayer Trailers

Two new trailers are now available for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, showing off multiplayer from Relic's upcoming real-time strategy sequel. One is Assemble Your Troops Online and the other is a multiplayer tutorial on the Fog of War. Here's are the descriptions of the clips:

  • Dawn of War III: Assemble Your Troops gives a taste of what it’s like to form fragile alliances and bitter rivalries with fellow players as you go head to head in battle! With live audio recorded from players during one particularly suspenseful 3v3 match, Assemble Your Troops captures the chaos, strategy, and excitement of Dawn of War III multiplayer.
  • Fog of War: Multiplayer Showcase is for those players who might be new to the Dawn of War franchise or the RTS genre, or want a refresher before heading out into battle. Covering the entire multiplayer experience, players will learn the strategy that goes into selecting Elite units and Doctrines to enhance your play style, accomplishing multiplayer objectives, and achieving victory. After watching this, you’ll surely be ready for WAAAAGH!

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NBA Playgrounds Next Month

Saber Interactive announces NBA Playgrounds, a two-on-two arcade hoops game coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch next month. This features giant-headed players and skyscraper dunks reminiscent of the NBA Jam series, as shown in this trailer. Here's word:

Developed by Saber Interactive, NBA Playgrounds is a new, high-flying, arcade-style basketball game. This classic 2-on-2 action experience will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows PC (Steam) as a digital-only release in May 2017 for $19.99.

“Basketball is such a pick-up-and-play sport at heart – we really wanted to bring that spirit into gaming,” said Saber’s CEO, Matt Karch. “NBA Playgrounds has a lot of depth for pros who’ve mastered their game, but it’s accessible enough that anyone can jump in, have fun and feel competitive.“

All 30 NBA teams are featured in NBA Playgrounds, as well an extensive roster of current and retired NBA players that you can level up over time. Play solo, with friends in local and online multiplayer, or against the world in online tournaments. There are hundreds of over-the-top dunks and moves to unleash for show-stopping displays of acrobatic skill on lively playgrounds across the globe.

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BAFTA 2017 Winners

BAFTA lists the winners of the British Academy Games Awards for 2017. Their best game winner is UNCHARTED 4, and Overwatch took the honor for best multiplayer. This announcement has further details. Here's a bit:

The winners of the British Academy Games Awards have been announced.

  • Uncharted 4 wins Best Game
  • INSIDE wins four BAFTA Awards
  • Overcooked and Firewatch win two BAFTAs each
  • Clash Royale wins AMD eSports Audience Award
  • Brenda Romero presented with Special Award

London, 6 April 2017: BAFTA has announced the winners of tonight’s British Academy Games Awards, which celebrated the very best in games of the past year. The ceremony was hosted by Danny Wallace at Tobacco Dock, London.

Uncharted 4, the action adventure game developed by Naughty Dog Studios, won Best Game. This is the fifth win for the series, its previous four came in 2010 for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

INSIDE, the puzzle-platformer adventure game, won four BAFTAs: Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative and Original Property.

Overcooked, the cooking simulation game, won British Game and Family. Firewatch, the first-person mystery adventure game, won Debut Game and Performer for Cissy Jones.

Another six games were winners on the night. The autobiographical game That Dragon, Cancer won for Game Innovation. Futuristic sports-action game Rocket League won Evolving Game. The team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch won the BAFTA for Multiplayer. Pokémon Go, the location based augmented reality game, won in Mobile Game. The Last Guardian, the action-adventure game, won the BAFTA for Audio Achievement. The mystery adventure game Virginia won in Music.

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  • Pixplode -- Steam Greenlight. "Pixplode is a 3d puzzle game with 2d physics mechanics. At first glance puzzle seem to be impossible to solve, but why not to change the view of the whole level? Over 40 detailed levels allow you to rack your brains for a long time!" Here's a trailer.

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Into the Black

Dishonored 2 Demo

Steam now offers the promised free trial version of Dishonored 2, Arkane's assassination sequel (thanks Frans). Here's word on what to expect:

The free trial can be downloaded from Dishonored 2’s store page on 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?

Stellaris: Utopia Launches

Paradox Interactive announces the release of Stellaris: Utopia, a new expansion for their science fiction strategy game. The release trailer offers a look at what this holds, and it can be picked up from the Paradox Store or on Steam. The expansion is accompanied by a free update for all owners of the base game intended "to make empire management a more engaging task," and word is this and all Paradox titles will go on sale later today. Here's word:

The time has come to lead your species into a permanent golden age; to a future where the brilliance of your scientists and energy of your administrators is harnessed to build immense megastructures that dwarf even the planet itself. Sound leadership and a firm hand in diplomacy will bring your species to the promised land, to Utopia.

Utopia is the first major expansion for Stellaris, the best-selling science fiction grand strategy game that delivers unparalleled variety in an ever changing universe. Utopia adds new ways to improve your planets and even your species itself, with a greater focus on allowing you to reach your full potential in a multitude of new ways - both peaceful and aggressive.

One of the major upgrades in Utopia is the addition of Ascension perks. Harness the unity of your species to establish strong cultural traditions allowing your empire to pursue your specific vision of Utopia. Choose to advance via genetic engineering, psionic exploration, or even abandon frail mortal flesh entirely and pursue a path of cybernetic ascension.

Other features available in Utopia include:

  • Megastructures: Build ringworlds or Dyson spheres to make the most of your star system, adding prestige and power to those who wield this technology.
  • Habitat Stations: Your subjects can orbital habitat stations. No longer will you be forced to fight costly wars to house a burgeoning population.
  • More Evil Empires: Use your subjects as domestic servants, battle thralls...or food
  • Indoctrination: Before bringing a pre-FTL civilization in to the galactic community, it’s important that they believe the right things. Guide the primitives to follow your true path.
  • Advanced Civics: Three new civics for your empire to aid in the dynamic story-telling that Utopia excels at – syncretic evolution, mechanist and fanatic purifier.
  • Hive Minds: Can you master the challenge of ruling an empire that is one collective consciousness?
  • And more: New events, new decisions and the mystery of The Shroud.

Stellaris: Utopia launches with the Banks update to Stellaris, another major upgrade free to all Stellaris owners. The Banks update reworks the place of factions in your population, adds new challenges to maintaining internal stability within your Empire, and makes changes to how ethics work in the game. The goal is to make empire management a more engaging task.

Starting later today, a number of Paradox Interactive titles will go on sale on Steam for the weekend, including the Stellaris core game. Players across the galaxy who have yet to explore Paradox’s new worlds will have the perfect opportunity to try the latest version of the game alongside its newest expansion. Stellaris: Utopia is now available on Steam and the official Paradox store for $19.99.

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BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character

BioWare tweets an apology for the way the Hainly Abrams character is presented in Mass Effect: Andromeda, admitting they didn't take enough care in the crafting of the transgender crewmember. As PC Gamer notes, Hainly's backstory comes across as "ham-fisted," and the backlash has been vocal. BioWare offers this statement on plans to update the character:

At BioWare, we strive to make games that are representative of our players and the broader world around us. We do this by actively consulting within our diverse workforce, as well as speaking with different communities.

In Mass Effect: Andromeda, one of our non-player characters, Hainly Abrams, was not included in a caring or thoughtful way. We apologize to anyone who interacted with or was hurt by this conversation. This was never our intent, and was an unfortunate byproduct of the iterative process of game design and a change in the structure of the character's dialogue.

We have had several discussions with members of the transgender community, both internally at BioWare and in the broad community, and we are working to remedy this issue. Once the changes are implemented, Hainly will only reveal certain information to Ryder after they have developed trust, and only if the players chooses to support her.

As always, we appreciate the help, feedback, and support from the BioWare community.

XPlane 11 Takes Off

Laminar Research announces the launch of XPlane 11 for Windows and OS X, offering the latest installment in the flight simulation series. Word is: "XPlane 11 continues the evolution of the desktop version of XPlane. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve XPlane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling so accurate that it has been adopted by numerous commercial aviation organizations." This can be picked up from the Aerosoft website, and you can get a look at this in this trailer. Here's word:

XPlane 11 continues this evolution with new aircraft, scenery, and 3-D airports. This new version also incorporates the newest technology available in computing and graphics processing, resulting in breathtaking visual and dynamic effects.

Some of the major features of X-Plane 11 include:

  • A brand new intuitive user interface and control setup
  • A completely overhauled aircraft fleet with detailed documentation, plus multiple new aircraft
  • High-resolution exteriors and detailed 3-D cockpits for many aircraft
  • New global auto-gen scenery with both European and North American details
  • The latest road placement and global scenery from open street map are included
  • Now with over 3000 airports with 3-D buildings & airport scenery
  • Airports are now populated with dynamic, driving service vehicles and static and dynamic aircraft.
  • New rendering engine for enhanced lighting and water effects
  • Updated weather and atmospheric effects
  • Enhanced performance from the modern 64-bit engine

The boxed version of XPlane 11 is available at: www.aerosoft.com

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F1 2016 for OS X

Feral Interactive announces that F1 2016 is now available for OS X, offering Mac users their promised chance to play the racing sequel. This website is home to the port, and here's word:

F1 2016 is the official video game of the 2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ and includes the most immersive, in-depth career mode ever featured in the franchise. Race against Mac and Windows players in cross-platform multiplayer, and shape your own path with a new career mode that allows players to create their own legend over a career that can span up to a massive ten seasons.

Violent Media Studies Retracted

We've seen what seem like countless studies both "proving" and "disproving" the notion that violent media contribute to violent behavior. Now Quartz has word that two of the studies suggesting such a link exists have been retracted (thanks Slashdot via Ant). Word that one study connecting video games to marksmanship skills was retracted earlier this year due to "irregularities in some variables of the data set." The other paper studied the "effects of violent media on verbal task performance in gifted and general cohort children," concluding that watching violent cartoons temporarily reduced the verbal skills of child viewers. Perhaps coincidentally both papers were coauthored by Ohio State University psychology professor Brad Bushman. And perhaps also coincidentally, the second paper was retracted for the same reason, lack of verifiable data to support its conclusions. Here is the newer retraction notice:

Joseph Hilgard, postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, contacted the journal with questions regarding the pattern of results and conducted reanalyses of the data that called into question the credibility of the data. Unfortunately, the data collection procedures could not be verified because the author who collected the data (Cengiz Altay) could not be contacted following the attempted coup in Turkey. Therefore, as the integrity of the data could not be confirmed, the journal has determined, and the co-authors have agreed, to retract the study.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Launch Plans

Gearbox Software outlines what to expect from tomorrow's launch of the Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. They say there's still time to get in on their preorder bonus, and that those who have preordered are already entitled to preload the shooter remake. Here's word:

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is officially launching on April 7th, and we’ve got a few tidbits of information to make your launch experience a successful one.

Last Chance to Pre-Order Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
There’s still time to book your trip to Stygia! When you do, you’ll receive 15% off the title (at participating retailers), plus the Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour campaign add-on. Pre-orders will be open until the game launches on April 7th, so don’t miss out!

Pre-Load Now on All Platforms
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is available to pre-load on PlayStation®4, Xbox One™, and Steam! Load the game today, and immediately get to killin’ on Launch Day.

Launch Times
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will launch on April 7th at the following times:

  • 12am, your local time, on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™.
  • 10am PT/1pm ET (5pm UTC) on Steam. To determine what time that will be for you, refer to this timezone converter.

For more information on Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, visit bulletstorm.com.

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  • Alphacool EISWAND 360 External Water Cooling Kit on Nikk Tech.
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard on ThinkComputers.org.
  • Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX Mid-Tower Case on Benchmark Reviews.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SuperClocked 2 (with iCX) Graphics Card on TweakTown.
  • GIGABYTE Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Gaming 11 GB Graphics Card on techPowerUp.
  • ID-COOLING FrostFlow 120 AIO Cooler on Play3r.
  • Logitech Circle 1080p Security Camera on TweakTown.
  • NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti SLI vs. GTX 1080 Ti SLI Graphics Cards on AMD Ryzen 7 1800X on TweakTown.
  • NVIDIA Pascal Quadro Roundup on PC Perspective.
  • Roccat Suora FX Keyboard on techPowerUp.
  • Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.org.

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Out of the Blue

We've got a flood watch amid heavy storms around here today. This is the season for April showers, but that's taking things a little far. I guess the timing of this is actually acceptable, because the forecast calls for freezing temperatures on Saturday, so if this all came together a little differently we might be facing a blizzard. We didn't miss by that much as it is, as it's currently 39°F, so it came pretty close to snow as it is. I shouldn't complain, though, as the weather south of here apparently includes hail and the threat of tornadoes. Happy spring!

Springy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Soda Dungeon.
Story: Rogue One’s best visual effects happened while the camera was rolling. Thanks Kxmode.
Science: Baby ants have a host of unexpected superpowers.
Media: Dog Just Being Protective of His Baby Squirrel.
Jain - Come.
The Funnies: xkcd: Security Advice.



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