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Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

  

New Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers

AMD support now offers new version 17.9.3 Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition drivers for AMD graphics cards (thanks Hypothermia). Here's word:

Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD's advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3 Highlights

Support For

  • Total War: WARHAMMER™ II
  • Radeon Chill profile added
  • Multi GPU support enabled
  • Forza™ Motorsport 7

Fixed Issues

  • The drop-down option to enable Enhanced Sync may be missing in Radeon Settings on Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics Products.
  • ReLive may cause higher idle clocks on the secondary Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics Product in a multi-GPU configuration on certain AMD Ryzen based systems.
  • Negative scaling in F1™ 2017 may be observed on Radeon RX 580 Series Graphics products in multi-GPU system configurations.

Volition Layoffs Reported

Over 30 employees were laid off this week from Volition, reports Kotaku, where they say the casualties include general manager Dan Cermak. They have not heard back from Volition owner Deep Silver about this, so it is unconfirmed, but they say their information comes from three sources. According to these informants, this move was prompted by the disappointing performance of the recently released Agents of Mayhem, an action game intended to expand the Saints Row series. According to the story, the developer had around 200 staff prior to this.

Elite Dangerous: The Return

A Steam Community Announcement have details on a new version 2.4 patch for Elite Dangerous that Frontier Developments dubs "The Return." The patch notes are quite lengthy, but are vague about what's returning (spoiler alert, it's the Thargoid race). Here's a cinematic trailer showing this returnination, and here's the news:

Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today launched Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.4 – The Return, thrusting players into combat against one of gaming’s most fearsome foes. The Elite Dangerous galaxy will never be the same again.

Since 2014 Elite Dangerous players have scoured the vast simulated Milky Way galaxy as tensions between the Empire, Federation and Alliance have risen. With each new discovery of unknown artefacts, probes and relics, players drew another step closer to the return of the Thargoids.

Today humanity’s dreaded enemy will return in an ongoing Elite Dangerous story arc enabled by Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.4 – The Return, continuing the Horizons season with ongoing story events that will see commanders thrust into battle against the Thargoids for the first time in gaming’s modern age, bringing a new and deadly dynamic to the Elite Dangerous galaxy.

In coming months the Thargoids’ influence will be felt throughout Elite Dangerous, and players will be forced to develop new tactics and technologies of their own to counter the Thargoid menace, or see humanity’s grip on our sectors of the galaxy recede.

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Skyrim Special Edition Adding Survival Mode

Bethesda.net has some details on a new Survival Mode coming to Skyrim Special Edition down the road. But PC users interested in this can opt into the beta and check it out right now. The post explains how this adds hunger, fatigue, cold, and other such needs to the game as the foundation of this new mode. There's also an indication that this will probably be one of those paid mods that have been discussed so much, as they say, "Both PC and console players will get Survival Mode free for one week once it launches on their preferred platform." Here's a bit more:

Survival Mode adds new gameplay features and challenges to transform Skyrim into a land of unrelenting cold and harsh wilderness. You can check out the map below to see all the treacherous climate zones, plus helpful landmarks that could ensure you survive your journey.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Ghost War Next Month

UbiBlog announces that the PvP Ghost War mode for Ghost Recon Wildlands will come to the tactical shooter in a free update on October 10th. This includes a new trailer celebrating the news with a look at more of the classes this will add. They also say there are more free updates for the game in the pipeline:

Ghost Recon Wildlands players looking to test their skills against human opponents can mark their calendars for October 10, the day that Ghost War brings 4v4 team deathmatch for free to all players who own the base game. At the start of each match, players will choose from among 12 soldier classes with distinct weapons and perks. Once they take to the field on one of the eight maps, they’ll need to coordinate with their teammates and take the fight to their foes. New mechanics including suppressing fire and sound markers will make cover positions and situational awareness an even more important part of the tactical landscape. For a look at some of the unique soldier classes for Ghost War, check out the video below:

October 10 is is just the start, as Ghost War will continue to expand and bring players new opportunities and challenges. According to Lucian Istrate, the lead game designer on Ghost War at Ubisoft Bucharest, players should “expect more classes, more maps, and even new modes to be added in the future!”

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Killer Instinct on Steam

Steam News announces that Killer Instinct is now available on Steam, bringing the fighting game to older versions of Windows. Prior to this the only PC version ran on Windows 10. Here's word on the game and its C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERS:

Discover your Killer Instinct! The legendary fighting game franchise comes to Steam!

The legendary fighting franchise is back with over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and C-C-C-COMBO BREAKERS!!! Choose your ultimate combatants each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and enthralling special attacks. Use the open-ended combo system to rack up huge combos as your opponent looks for openings to break you and turn the tides of battle. Go online and compete against players from all over the world, or master your combat skills with in-depth tutorials and intelligent AI combatants.

FEATURES:

  • Extensive cast of powerful combatants with tons of customization options including Retro Costumes and Accessories.
  • 20 Stages with dynamic stage environments.
  • Award winning audio
  • Competitive online matches.
  • Unique, well balanced characters to fit your fighting style.
  • Test your skill online in Ranked Leagues.
  • Cinematic Story Mode.
  • Extensive Dojo tutorial teaches all the core mechanics for Killer Instinct.
  • Train an AI combatant and challenge your friends to asynchronous matches in Shadow Lab.

Steam Features:

  • Online multiplayer. Pay attention to the Performance Grading test automatically performed before your first match.
  • Steam Achievements

ADDITIONAL PC SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Additional supported peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard, Xbox One Controller for Windows, Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, and Xbox 360 Fight Sticks.

The Evil Within 2 Trailer

Bethesda.net has a new trailer from The Evil Within 2, introducing Father Theodore, not to be confused with Brother Theodore. The post includes this trailer with a look, and offers a lot of details. Here's a bit of what this will add to the survival/horror sequel:

Father Theodore has been kept under wraps since the announce of The Evil Within 2. He has made appearances here and there (most notably in the latest gameplay trailer), but the man has remained an enigma up until now. Along with Stefano, Theodore is one of the main antagonists in The Evil Within 2, and he’s finally ready to reveal his message to the masses – a message that promises a “righteous” fury and immolation to those who oppose him. Sebastian will need to survive the wrath of this master manipulator if he is going to have any hope of finding Lily and escaping the nightmare of STEM.

Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed Origins – Discovery Tour Plans

UbiBlog announces details about an educational Discovery Tour mode coming to Assassin's Creed Origins in a free update early next year. This will enhance the ability to experience history through the game in a combat free environment. Here's word:

With Discovery Tour, Assassin’s Creed Origins is using the concept of the Animus Database – long one of the most fascinating parts of the series – as a springboard for an entirely new kind of experience. Where the Database was a collection of educational (and frequently snarky) notes on the important people, places, and events that you encounter in each game, Discovery Tour adds an entirely new game mode that turns the massive re-creation of Egypt into a combat-free living museum, with guided tours that let players delve into its history firsthand.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, that we’ve been asked to do by teachers, by institutions,” says Jean Guesdon, creative director for Assassin’s Creed Origins. “Discovery Tour is another way to enjoy the beauty of the world we’ve recreated. It’s a more educative mode, so it’s clearly focused on education and on bringing to people actual facts, more academic knowledge.”

Separate from the main game, Discovery Tour annotates the game world with dozens of interactive tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Each focuses on a different subject, including the Great Pyramids, the life of Cleopatra, mummification, and more. Additionally, Discovery Tour lets players roam the entire game world without constraints or threats, exploring a sprawling landscape that includes Memphis, Alexandria, the Sand Sea, and the Giza Plateau at their own pace.

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Into the Black

Battle.net Mobile App

Blizzard announces the release of a mobile version of Battle.net for iOS and Android. This will allow everyone to use the social functions of the app while on the go. Here are the details:

If you've ever wanted to see what games your friends are playing while you’re headed home on the bus, or quickly add a new friend you've met out on the town, now you can with the Blizzard Battle.net mobile app. Available for iOS and Android, the Blizzard Battle.net mobile app brings social features from the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app to your phone.

The Blizzard Battle.net mobile app is starting to roll out now globally on the App Store and Google Play Store—head over now to download, and check back shortly if it’s not available in your region.

The Blizzard Battle.net mobile app makes it more convenient to keep in touch with your Blizzard friends and add new ones.

Mobile Chat
Now it's easier to coordinate play time, discuss strats, or just hang out and chat. When your friends are unavailable, chat history and notifications keep the conversation going.

Mobile Presence
You can see at a glance what your Blizzard friends are up to, so you know when it’s time to jump into a game.

Mobile Friending
Quickly add friends or accept friend requests right from your phone. You can also scan a QR code for easy in-person friending.

Overwatch Ban Bug Squashed

A post from Jeff Kaplan on Battle.net explains that Blizzard has identified and fixed a bug that was banning innocent players from competitive Overwatch. Here's word on what happened in the multiplayer shooter:

We recently identified a bug that, in extremely rare cases, can cause players to lose their skill rating progress and receive a seasonal ban from Competitive Play without any prior penalties for leaving early or being kicked for inactivity. This bug is a high priority for our team, and we’re working on a fix to prevent further instances of it occurring as we speak.

In the meantime, we’ll be removing the seasonal ban for all players affected by this bug as well as restoring their skill rating. To date, this bug has impacted fewer than 200 accounts, but we’ll continue to monitor for additional occurrences and provide assistance until we can implement a permanent fix. We don’t have an ETA to share right now for when the fix will go live, but we’ll update this thread as soon more information becomes available.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or frustration this bug has caused and are grateful for your patience and ongoing reports.

WWE 2K18 Season Pass Details

WWE 2K18 is due for release on October 17th, and now 2K announces details on a season pass and post-release content for the sports simulation so we can wrestle with whether an advance commitment makes sense. Here's the overview:

2K today announced details surrounding the Season Pass and downloadable content offerings for WWE® 2K18, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. The offerings will include playable WWE and NXT® Superstars, including fan-favorites The Hardy Boyz; a host of new in-game moves; and access to both unlockable content and player progression features. The individual content packages will begin releasing in late 2017, with some packages releasing in early 2018, for the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC.

“WWE 2K18’s downloadable content will deliver a notable combination of playable WWE Superstars, NXT Superstars and WWE Hall of Famers, as well as popular annual requests like new gameplay moves,” said Greg Thomas, President at Visual Concepts. “This content aligns with WWE 2K18’s ultimate mission – providing players with authentic and simulation-based WWE gameplay, the largest playable roster in WWE games history and the freedom to create and control their experiences, be it through MyCareer, the Creation Suite or other notable features – and for a great overall value.”

Sylvio 2 Next Month

Independent developer Stroboskop announces Sylvio 2 will be released on October 11th, offering a sequel to their acclaimed 2015 horror game. The launch trailer introduces the game, and a separate trailer shows off gameplay. Here are the details:

Sylvio 2 is a sequel to critically acclaimed Sylvio, nominated for Best Original Game on the 2015 TIGA Awards and listed as one of the best horror games ever by PC Gamer. It is created and developed by Niklas Swanberg, owner of horror game studio Stroboskop. Juliette Waters is once again portrayed by Swedish actress Maia Hansson Bergqvist.

Juliette Waters wakes up in an empty apartment from the seventies, buried underground by a landslide. With the help of her ghost recording equipment she manages to escape and make contact with Walter, the owner of a local boat business. She learns that her boyfriend Jonathan is looking for her, and she decides to look for him too. She borrows Walter’s boat to travel the flooded landscapes of Saginaw Park, and heads for the coordinates written down on a post-it note stuck to the ship’s computer.

The game consists of nine levels and a flooded main area with twenty islands, free to explore. Estimated gameplay time is 6 hours.

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PlanetSide 2 Patch Includes Major Changes

The PlanetSide 2 Forums have details on a new "Critical Mass" update for PlanetSide 2, the multiplayer shooter sequel (thanks Dave). This adds a new weapon and implements a bunch of major changes to various systems, including a complete reworking of the vehicle/infantry relationship. Here's word on a continent locking revamp that's part of this:

Continent Locking Revamp
With the Critical Mass update comes a major revision of the way continents are fought over and conquered. When one faction has refined enough cortium and controlled enough territory, that faction triggers an alert which signifies the impending domination of a continent. If the triggering faction wins the alert, they will conquer the continent and call in an armada of Bastion Fleet Carriers to rain destruction upon their enemies.

The Goal
One of the driving motivators of revitalizing the continent locking system is to encourage more strategy and competitive spirit in PlanetSide 2. Prior to this update, locking a continent was not only confusing for many players, but also happened abruptly, and often times without direct influence from the players fighting on the front lines. The new system intends to create a climactic end-of-continent encounter that challenges players not only as individuals, but as squads, platoons, and outfits. We want players to feel the rush of a hard fought victory, and reward them for partaking in it.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare Released

Major Nelson announces the release of Halo Wars 2: Awakening The Nightmare for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Here's word on the new expansion:

The hotly anticipated arrival of Halo Wars 2’s new expansion is finally here and with it, a new opportunity to take one of humanity’s oldest adversaries: The Flood. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is now available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and we can’t wait for fans to get in on the action.

Awakening the Nightmare is a brand-new full expansion for Halo Wars 2, featuring new campaign missions played from a Banished perspective, two new multiplayer leaders, two new multiplayer maps, and Terminus Firefight – a unique new cooperative mode where players build both bases and armies to defend and survive against an onslaught of enemy forces.

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Out of the Blue

Our endless moving project has been repeatedly set back by additional projects, but we are inevitably going to run out of them. We have a little demo work in the basement that needs to be done. I am a mixed bag when it comes to handiness, but this actually seems pretty minor, and I'm imagining I can do most or all of it myself. We do have a handyman coming to give his thoughts on the topic today, though, so I'll see if what he says changes my thoughts on that. Either way, it feels like we're nearing the home stretch.

R.I.P.: Paul Horner, Famous Fake News Writer, Found Dead at Age 38.

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