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Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017

Heroes of the Storm Adds New Hero

These patch notes cover a new update that's now live in Heroes of the Storm, bringing balance changes, a new map rotation, and a new hero to Blizzard's MOBA. The new hero is Stukov, a support from StarCraft who's half-man, half-zerg, and all admiral. Here's the Stukov spotlight trailer and here's word on how he's bringing the long arm of the zerg:
In the 25th century of Earth’s History, the United Earth Directorate Expeditionary Fleet was dispatched to reign in the Terran Colonies of the Koprulu Sector. Over time, these expatriate colonists that were once loyal had wavered in their allegiance, threatening the fabric of government which had been sewn across the galaxy. Of the formidable commanders tasked with this imperative endeavor, Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov was second in command.

During the violent campaign in that system, developments ensued that would eventually cast Stukov in a traitorous light to his superiors. Having been found to be in violation of a direct order to destroy the powerful Psi Disrupter, Stukov was subsequently executed for his disobedience. Unbeknownst to the UED at the time, their ranks had been infiltrated by a powerful shape-shifting alien entity that sought to sow confusion about the importance of Stukov’s mission. After his death, Stukov’s corpse was later recovered by the Zerg, who sought to infest human leaders and mutate them into leaders of their own colonies. As the first of their attempts to blend their genetics with that of humanity’s, the once lifeless husk of Stukov was reanimated into something at once both more and less than human.

The infested Admiral known as Stukov has now entered the Nexus as a formidable melee support, ready to spread his healing pathogens and deadly disease across the battleground.
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Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two Released

As noted on Steam News, Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two is now available for Windows. Here's the overview of the series:
Now that Jesse and the gang have vanquished the Wither Storm, saved the world, and become totally super famous heroes, life has gotten a bit more...complicated. With more responsibilities and less time for adventure, old friendships have started to fade -- at least until Jesse’s hand gets stuck in a creepy gauntlet that belongs to an ancient underwater temple. Together with old pals and new comrades alike, Jesse embarks on a brand new journey filled with tough choices, good times, and at least one temperamental llama.

Wild Guns Reloaded Released

Steam News announces the release of Wild Guns Reloaded, offering the first Windows installment in this steampunk western series. Here's what to expect:
In Wild Guns Reloaded, Annie has tracked down the famed bounty hunter Clint to get revenge on the Kid Gang. With eight stages, each with three zones, there's plenty of bad robots to blast away. With a true arcade game feel, Wild Guns was the first sci-fi western to arrive on home consoles, and to this day, there really isn't any other game like Wild Guns!

Wild Guns Reloaded also offers two new characters, each with their own weapons and tactics, and allows 4 players to play at the same time. Online rankings, classic and new stages, new Boss enemies, and special weapons round out the classic Wild Guns experience on PC.

Total War: WARHAMMER II Trailer

A new trailer from Total War: WARHAMMER II is a let's play showing off some High Elves gameplay from the upcoming strategy sequel. Here's word on what we're seeing here:
The High Elves play a defensive game like no other race in the Warhammer world. Staggering their enemy with masterful archery on approach, tar-pitting them into a punishing melee, then counterattacking with elemental flying monsters, this ancient highborn race is a force to be reckoned with. See them in action right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-8RQCwevAk

This new gameplay video from Creative Assembly shows the High Elves in the player's hands, defending against a bellowing host of Lizardmen warriors led by Mazdamundi himself, and reveals spectacular new units in action. Look out for:

  • The noble Flamespyre Phoenix and its Frostheart variant: fire and ice working in perfect tandem to decimate enemy forces
  • The Dragon Princes of Caledor: top-tier shock cavalry clad in dragon armour, making them immune to fire
  • The immensely-armoured Phoenix Guard: standing ready to strike down the largest beasts that the Lizardmen have to offer.

Keep abreast of WARHAMMER II gameplay videos, roster reveals, lore talks and more at youtube.com/user/thecreativeassembly

Launching September 28th, Total War: WARHAMMER II is the sequel to 2016's award-winning PC fantasy-strategy epic. For more information, please visit totalwar.com

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AFTERGRINDER Launch Trailer

A new official trailer for AFTERGRINDER sets up the planned release of the side-scrolling runner on July 18th, which is when this will come to Windows via Steam. This kind of platformer is always big on story, so here's word on that:
AFTERGRINDER drops you head first in a current day Romeo & Juliet tale: From the suburbs to the big city, two thrashin’ gangs battle for supremacy. When one gang member (“The Dude”) falls in love his rival’s sister (“The Lady”), the suburbs are no longer safe. Now the Lady must skate her way to the big city while grinding rails and dodging death to save her Dude.
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On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Star Realms Frontiers by Robert Dougherty — Kickstarter. "Star Realms is a fast-paced game of space battles that combines the fun of a deckbuilding game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game-style combat. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in the Trade Row. You use the Ships and Bases you acquire to either generate more Trade, or to generate Combat to attack your opponent and their Bases. When you reduce your opponent’s score (called Authority) to zero, you win! Battle your friends or team up to play cooperatively against the game!"

Fire Pro Wrestling World Early Access

Steam News announces the release of Fire Pro Wrestling World in early access for Windows on Steam, offering the chance to grapple with this sports simulation. They offer a message from the director on the news:
Fire Pro fans, welcome to the dawn of a new age!

It took us over 10 years to actualize Fire Pro Wrestling World, but today it’s finally here, in Early Access!

It’s been a long journey.
I nearly gave up many times along the way.
I followed through to the end, and look where it got us.
But I wasn’t alone… you and fans like you helped push me through the rough spots.

The title is still in development but it stands for great things to come.
I’m asking you for your suggestions, for your praise and complaints to help make this the ultimate Fire Pro experience!

If you’re a fan who grew up with the series like I did, then this day is almost enough to make a grown man cry.
And if this is your first time in the ring, once you step into the squared circle, I promise you won’t want to leave.

All I can say is: Thank you! Everyone!

Tomoyuki Matsumoto
–Fire Pro Wrestling World Executive Director

Riders of Icarus: Rise of the Trickster Released

The Riders of Icarus Steam page has word that a new Rise of the Trickster patch is now live, calling this a new expansion for the airborne MMORPG. Here is the official trailer for the new content, along with a mount trailer. This post has the complete patch notes. Here's word on the new Trickster class:
Trickster has arrived! This support-oriented class mixes the use of summons, buffs, and debuffs to support her fellow Riders. Her ability to play a support role, while dealing damage from afar allows her to be versatile in nature. And, allow Riders to provide that additional support strength when combating difficult content.
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Battle Splash Alpha Released

Battle Splash has entered the alpha phase, and the alpha of the third-person shooter is now available for Windows and macOS on itch.io. Here's a trailer showing off gameplay (which naturally features schoolgirls), and here's word:
Take your water weapons and challenge with/against your friends. Feel the frenzy as water splashes from your weapons can accidentally wet your opponents, your allies, and even yourself! The aim of this game is to create a fun, intense, and exciting shooter with no need of violence. Everyone, regardless of ages, can enjoy Battle Splash as much as they can.

Players can choose one of 4 character classes with different traits and stats so as to bring variety of play styles. These classes are also equipped with a special items based on strength and advantages of the characters. Battle Splash also allows players to equip a set of 4 weapons with no restriction for more fun and frenzy experience. The game will also feature different game modes, providing more challenges to the skilled players.
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Out of the Blue

So happy Prime Day, as today marks Amazon's now-annual celebration of Amazon. This offers discounts for Amazon Prime customers, providing a great chance to fill out your waterproof Bluetooth speaker collection. If it seems like I'm giving you the hard sell, that's because we're in on the deal, since we'll get a cut on any purchases you make after navigating to Amazon using our Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, or Amazon.de links, so thanks to all who take the effort to do so. Also, today is 7/11 day, so there's a chance to get a free Slurpee today from 7-Eleven, so enjoy that as well. Sadly, it's probably too late to order a wool hat from Amazon to stave off headaches from taking in your Slurpee too fast.

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