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Saturday, Jul 15, 2017

  

Antisphere Released

Steam News announces the release of Antisphere for Windows. That post simply says: "Antisphere is a PvP competitive twin-stick shooter where you compete against other players from around the world." This post covers the launch, but offers no further information on the game, so we'll fall back on the Steam "about" section:

Antisphere - Antisphere is a PvP competitive twin-stick shooter where you compete against other players from around the world.

Conquer the Arena - Antisphere is a fast-paced arcade shooter where your goal is simple: blast away the competition. It’s just two ships in one arena - going head-to-head. You can customize your ship and your loadout to make sure that your loadout is optimal. Play against friends and see if you got the speed and reflexes needed to climb the ranks.

Dota 2 Immortal Treasure III Now Available

The Dota 2 website announces that all Battle Pass owners now possess their Immortal Treasure III, and offers detail on how to earn more of these:

Immortal Treasure III is now available, featuring Viper’s venomous debut onto the item scene, along with all-new items for Weaver, Legion Commander, Spectre, Winter Wyvern, and Sand King. Each Immortal Treasure III you open also offers increasing odds to receive a rare drop of 50 Battle Levels, a very rare Golden version of the Weaver item, or an ultra rare sword for Sven.

All Battle Pass owners can find an Immortal Treasure III ready to unbox in the Armory, and you can earn more of these treasures by increasing your Battle Level. Head over to the Battle Pass page for a preview of the new items and custom effects contained in today’s treasure.

With The International just around the corner, we’d also like to take a moment to thank the Dota 2 community for the incredible support that has helped this year’s prize pool eclipse past records to become the largest tournament purse in esports history. We look forward to welcoming the players and fans to Seattle for the annual celebration of Dota and the community that helps it thrive.

Balloon Chair Death Match Free Weekend

Balloon Chair Death Match is now officially launched out of early access on Steam with the release of version 1.0 of this virtual reality shooter for Windows. To celebrate, this is free-to-play on Steam this weekend, offering a sample during its 20%-off launch sale (thanks Steam Sales via Ant). Also, this post has a schedule of livestreams to watch the game in action today and tomorrow. To play you must have a Vive or Rift HMD (as well as a Steam account), and here are more details on what to expect:

Balloon Chair Death Match gives you the opportunity to achieve your yet unobtainable dreams; Sitting hundreds of meters above the ground on an office chair being held aloft by party balloons, all the while using your six-shooter to pop anything that looks at you funny!

Game Features Include:

  • Single player campaign with 14 missions over two sprawling cities!
  • Singleplayer Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch verses bots!
  • Multiplayer Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Survival Modes!
  • Five unique weapons from Pigeon Launchers to Laser Guns!
  • Five unique pickups including the infamous Mr Spongy Face!
  • 14 achievements throughout the game for various feats of skill!
  • Comfort settings to help minimise VR discomfort!
  • Cross-play between Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online Patch Next Week

This post has details on a new "renewal" patch for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online, which is expected to come to Nexon's first-person shooter on Tuesday. Word is the UI will get a complete overhaul, and there will also be "some major updates and optimizations to the user experience and flow." They offer details on changes and new operatives that will come with the update, and illustrate the news with a new official cinematic trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

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I've been working on earlier weekend updates (I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not!), but today is a bit earlier than usual even with that. But it will be mismatched bookends this weekend, as I don't think I'll end up posting an update tomorrow until later in the day/early evening.

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Friday, Jul 14, 2017 Bastille Day

Jotun Free; Sundered Preorders

GOG.com and Steam announce they are now accepting preorders for Sundered, the upcoming action/adventure from Thunder Lotus Games. The game carries a 10% discount right now, and the soundtrack is included free as a preorder incentive. Also, the developer reveals this is expected for release on July 28th, and they celebrate the news by offering Jotun: Valhalla Edition for Windows, macOS, and Linux for free all weekend, giving everyone the chance to own their previous game. You can pick that up from GOG and/or Steam through the middle of Monday. Here's a new Sundered preorder trailer along with word:

To the delight of the studio’s fans and indie game enthusiasts worldwide, Thunder Lotus Games has revealed – via an eye-catching new trailer – that its hotly anticipated hand-drawn Metroidvania Sundered will be released on July 28th, 2017 on PC/Mac/Linux and PlayStation®4.

Pre-orders are live today on Steam, PlayStation®Store, GOG, and Uplay PC. The studio is also celebrating the imminent release of its sophomore production with a victory lap for its first: the award-winning Jotun will be free to own on Steam this weekend, while a physical edition of Jotun has been released through popular publisher Limited Run Games.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that Sundered is releasing on July 28th!” said Will Dubé, Creative Director and President of Thunder Lotus Games in a blog post accompanying the launch trailer. “From the announcement, to the Kickstarter, to the alphas and betas, the fans have supported us. We thank them with all our hearts and hope to blow their f****** minds!”

Sundered​ will be released on July 28th, 2017 on PC/Mac/Linux and PlayStation®4, Pre-orders start today

Continue here to read the full story.

Serial Cleaner Released

Serial Cleaner is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering an action game for Windows, macOS, and Linux where you act as part of the clean-up crew for the mob. Here's a trailer. If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please... with sugar on top. Read the f**king blurb:

Can you dig it?

Step into the polished shoes of The Cleaner, a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. There's no business like the cleaning business, and right now business is booming…

Sneak around crime scenes avoiding detection from the guarding cops as you vacuum up blood, hide bodies and remove evidence in this 70's styled, fast paced, 2D action/stealth game.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Mass Effect: Andromeda Free Trial

Mass Effect website now offers a free trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest installment in the space opera series (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun). This will allow ten hours of play in the game between now and November 1st. Here are the details:

TRIAL DETAILS
Explore a new galaxy in the Mass Effect: Andromeda trial through November 1, 2017. If you’ve already taken part in the Origin 10-hour Play First trial, you can still join this free trial and play the time you have remaining.

FULL GAME
Play Up To 10 Hours
This is the perfect time to join the fight for humanity’s new home. Play unlimited Multiplayer and play through to the first planet in Single Player.

SEAMLESS TRANSITION
Carry Over Save Progression
If you enjoy the trial and decide to purchase the full game, your saved progress carries over so you can pick right up where you left off.

TRY ALL MODES
Single and Multiplayer
All game modes are available in the trial so you can get a true sense of the game.

Devoid of Shadows Released

Steam now offers Devoid of Shadows, a vampire-themed Windows action/RPG with Roguelike elements and some new-school nostalgia, as word is it is "inspired by the sentiments taking us back to the 2000’s." Here are details on what this includes:

Spend Your Summer in the Chill Dungeons of the Labyrinth!

Devoid of Shadows is a vampire saga inspired by the sentiments taking us back to the 2000’s.

  • The graphics of the game locations is dark.
  • It is a true АRPG with roguelike elements.
  • There are three types of the characters and advanced crafting.
  • You will have dozens of skills based on the Power of Blood.
  • The game has 21 levels of dungeons with random world generation.
  • A magic painting depicting the Royal castle. One can move there from any location and relive, improve the workshops and craft the weapon, armours, potions, combat scrolls and everything that helps you survive. All this is accompanied by sweet sounds of guitar strings.
  • Galidon is a powerful vampire kingdom. You are a lawful heir to the throne. The power struggle and an intriguing plot are in place.
  • Each level contains quests.
  • The gameplay is rapid, bloodthirsty and intransigent that does not forgive a single mistake.

It is the same feeling when there is little left to live being surrounded by merciless enemies. Devoid of Shadows is a heat in the chill dungeons of the Labyrinth.

Interstellar Transport Company Early Access Next Month

The Steam page for Interstellar Transport Company now offers an August 16th early access release date for this tycoon game set in space, where no one can hear you yell at George Jetson for napping on the job. The page also now includes this trailer showing off some gameplay. Here's a description of what to expect:

Interstellar Transport Company is a tycoon / management game where players control a transportation company in space, supplying all of humanities needs as they spread throughout the galaxy. Players must manage ships, routes, colonies, finances and infrastructure to crush their rivals which can take the form of AI opponents or other human players via online multiplayer. The simulation uses a scientifically grounded galaxy generation algorithm which produces believable and fresh maps for every playthrough.

Continue here to read the full story.

BUTCHER Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for BUTCHER, a side-scrolling shooter that is not based on the iconic Diablo villain (thanks DSOGaming). The game is currently on sale for half-off, and the demo allows a sample to see if it's worth your while. Here's word from the announcement:

The full version's campaign has been enhanced and the free demo - released!

Like promised before, we've added a pack of 3 levels to enhance the beginning of the game.

Those levels will be released for free as a standalone Demo (for those, who are still undecided).

Evil Within 2 Story FAQ

Bethesda.net now offers an Evil Within 2 Story FAQ with details on the upcoming horror sequel. This comes with a couple of disturbing new images from the game, and is kicked off with the following introduction:

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of The Evil Within in order to jump into The Evil Within 2 and understand the conflict and setting, but if you want a little background info, we’ve got you covered. At its core it’s about a man who is fighting his demons (both literally and figuratively) as he journeys into a twisted world to save his daughter. This FAQ is designed to catch you up on the story and get you ready for The Evil Within 2. Maybe you just need a refresher course on things you may have forgotten since playing the first game and the two main DLCs (The Assignment and The Consequence), or maybe you haven’t had a chance to play anything in the series at all. That’s cool, too.

We’ll start with the first game, The Assignment and The Consequence, and then we’ll hop into some questions about The Evil Within 2. This FAQ is a living resource for players both new and old, so we will continue updating with more questions as we see them pop up in the community.

SMITE Bonus Weekend

The SMITE Website has details on a bonus weekend that's underway for Hi-Rez Studios' MOBA:

Dreamhack is here and it’s time to watch as the world’s best teams duke it out to see who truly is number one! All the while you’ll be earning DOUBLE Fantasy Points for playing! Beginning Friday, July 14th until Sunday, July 16th, play SMITE and receive 2X Fantasy Points!

This is a great way to reach those Season Ticket rewards and unlock some awesome content! Earn even more Fantasy Points by voting on this weekend’s matches!

You can catch all the SMITE Pro League Summer Finals action starting on Friday at 7:15 am ET over at twitch.tv/hireztv!

Grand Theft Auto V Crashes

It's not just you, as Rockstar Support has posts from lots of users complaining of crashed in Grand Theft Auto V on PC. It's noted that you can keep the game from repeatedly crashing to desktop by setting yourself to play in offline mode, so it seems to be something on the server end. Thanks Jake.

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