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Friday, Oct 27, 2017


Get Guns of Icarus Online for Free

Humble Store is currently offering a 100% discount on Guns of Icarus Online, making the game free until tomorrow afternoon (thanks the artist formerly known as Batman). The game will be yours to keep, and fulfillment is a Steam key for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Here's a refresher on the game:

Guns of Icarus Online is the original PvP steampunk airship combat game that laid the groundwork for the expanded Guns of Icarus experience, Guns of Icarus Alliance. Slip the surly bonds of earth and take to the skies as a bold Captain, fearless Gunner, or cunning Engineer. Raising the stakes on team-based PvP combat with an emphasis on strategic competition and team play, Guns of Icarus Online is all about teamwork, tactics, and fast-paced action. With a good ship and the right crew, you can conquer the skies!

GTA Online Celebrates 4th Anniversary and Halloween

Rockstar Games announces they are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the release of Grand Theft Auto V with a new update for GTA Online with Halloween special events, new modes and t-shirts, the Batmobile Vigilante, and a $400K bribe just for logging in. Here are some details:

To celebrate four years of Southern San Andreas mayhem, we're offering up a few treats to any and all players who log in to GTA Online at any point through November 6th. Anyone who plays during the period will receive a GTA$400,000 award that will be deposited in their Maze Bank account between November 6th and 13th.

For costumed crazies roaming the streets in preparation for Halloween, not only are Halloween Masks and Facepaint you know and love returning to Los Santos at a 25% discount, but we're slashing 25% off the Fränken Stange, the Lurcher and the demonic LCC Sanctus, all returning as well. On top of these ghoulish tricks and treats, all players will also be gifted a trio of classic in-game horror film t-shirts for logging in: the Cheerleader Massacre 3 T-Shirt, the Vinewood Zombie T-Shirt, and the Knife After Dark T-Shirt.

And as part of the four year GTA Online celebration, there is also an outrageous selection of items on discount this weekend - everything from properties like Hangars, Biker Clubhouses, Bunkers and Vehicle Warehouses - to select Super cars, motorcycles like the Shotaro (remember to play Deadline to unlock this bike!), Special Vehicles and Weaponized Vehicles, are on sale through October 30th.

Natural Selection 2 Celebrates Five Years with Patch, Skins, and Sale

A new post on the Unknown Worlds website notes the anniversary of Natural Selection 2, saying it's now five years since the release of this action/strategy sequel. Unknown Worlds is celebrating the occasion with a sale covering the game as well as the new Nocturne and Forge skin packs. This is all accompanied by the release of a version 319 "anniversary update," which marks the end of 32-bit support for the game, which they say is freeing them up to make "more advanced updates to the game and content within the game moving forward." Here's more on the anniversary and the game update:

Happy 5th Anniversary to NS2! Five years ago… Wow saying that makes me sit back in my chair a moment. It’s crazy to think that much time has passed, it seems like only yesterday we launched. So much happened to make the game become a reality even before release on Steam and even more has happened since.

We wanted to do something special for the Anniversary patch beyond just celebrating and we think we have done just that for Update 319. To say this update includes a lot of under the hood work would be an understatement. In fact, Update 319 includes changes to over 80,000 lines of code. Ghoul has been working for some time on making as much of the game code able to use LuaJIT as possible. Taking advantage of this function allows for the code to run faster and create a smoother experience for the user. These changes will not necessarily add additional FPS, what it does do is help diminish the disparity between what your FPS shows and how it feels.

Breakaway Takes a Break

A post on the Breakaway website says the feedback from alpha testing is causing a rework of this project from fledgling Amazon Game Studios. This seems to be a response to a rumor reported on Kotaku saying the game "is essentially canceled but may reemerge in some form later." The official news does not touch on the idea that the game would be cancelled, saying they were discontinuing the alpha to make some changes, saying they aren't sure how long this will take. Here's the post:

Hi everyone.

We wanted to inform you about an important change to our plans for Breakaway.

As you know, Breakaway was in Public Alpha from June to the end of September. It’s thrilling to play and co-design the game with this fantastic community. Your passion is one of the reasons we believe so strongly in Breakaway.

Over the course of the Alpha we received a lot of feedback from you that we’re taking to heart. In order to get it right, we’re letting our team take the time to iterate and evolve Breakaway’s core gameplay to deliver what you’ve asked for. We aren’t sure how long this will take, but we think it’s the right thing to do for the game, and you, the community.

We won’t be hosting Alpha matches during this time, but we still want to hear your ideas for how to improve the game, and we’ll share our ideas for your feedback.

Thanks again for your continued passion!

The Breakaway Team

Laser League Trailer and Closed Beta

A new trailer for Laser League declares this "the future of sport" as developer Roll7 celebrates this weekend's first round of testing of the sci-fi multiplayer sports game. Those interested in participating in future tests can register on the Laser League website. Word is: "Compete in international stadiums for control of the spectacled pitch, and eliminate rivals by activating powerful, neon-colored laser walls. Assemble a team, combine classes and dominate the arena with teamwork, skill and strategy." Continue here to read the full story.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition Released

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition is now available on Steam, offering a bundle of the original version of this RPG along with all of its post-release content. Here's the launch trailer and here are the details:

Written in close collaboration with Reki Kawahara, creator of the popular light novel and anime series Sword Art Online, SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition brings back beloved characters Asuna, Leafa, Silica, Lisbeth, and Sinon to join Kirito on his adventure through the new Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), “Sword Art: Origin.” Players will choose up to three characters to join their party as they explore the expansive world of Ainground, battling enemies and taking on quests from the mysterious AI, Premiere.

In addition, SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition includes all three chapters from the Abyss of the Shrine Maiden saga. Experience the expansive story that put Kirito and friends in new areas and dungeons to unravel the mysterious story behind the hooded character.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Released; Menu Includes Countdown

Bethesda Softworks announces the release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the latest installment in this seminal first-person shooter series. The Windows edition is available on Steam, offering the welcome chance to punch some Nazis. There's an interesting element about this mentioned on GameInformer, where they note there's a "Vault" item on the menu with a countdown that looks like it will hit zero on November 7th. Bethesda confirms that this will mark the release of the game's first DLC, but they also add: "There are a few extra surprises behind the vault door when the timer reaches 0." The previously released launch trailer shows the alternate-history setting of an occupied United States with a mix of live-action and in-game footage. Here's word on how you can join the resistance with either the standard or collector's edition of the game:

Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™, developed by the award-winning team at MachineGames, is available now for the Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus rockets the action and chaos of the Wolfenstein franchise to new heights. As BJ “Terror-Billy” Blazkowicz, players must unite a rag-tag group of resistance fighters all striving toward one common goal: kicking Nazis out of America.

“The Wolfenstein franchise is all about over-the-top action, combat and storytelling,” said Jens Matthies, Creative Director at MachineGames. “With The New Colossus, we pushed our creative boundaries even further, and we can’t wait for players to finally experience the next chapter of this wild ride.”

Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Players will fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, quarantined New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Armed with an impressive arsenal of fully upgradeable retro sci-fi weaponry, including the all-new Dieselkraftwerk, players can unleash new abilities to blast through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.

Also available today is the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Collector's Edition, which includes a 1/6 scale 12-inch action figure of the game's Nazi-killin' hero William Joseph "BJ" Blazkowicz, packaged in a premium, 1960s-style box. BJ comes fully equipped to rally the Resistance and free America, with an arsenal of accessories including four high-powered guns, a hatchet, and his bomber jacket. This limited Collector's Edition also includes the eagerly awaited game inside an exclusive metal case, and a 9"x14" Blitzmensch poster.

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Assassin's Creed Origins Released

Steam News announces the release of Assassin's Creed Origins, offering the latest chance to travel through time and do some serious killing. You can get a look at the assassination sequel in action in the previously released launch trailer. They call the game a "new beginning," and offer the following details:

Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark secrets and forgotten myths as you go back to the one founding moment: The Origins of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Sail down the Nile, uncover the mysteries of the pyramids or fight your way against dangerous ancient factions and wild beasts as you explore this gigantic and unpredictable land.

Engage into multiple quests and gripping stories as you cross paths with strong and memorable characters, from the wealthiest high-born to the most desperate outcasts.

Experience a completely new way to fight. Loot and use dozens of weapons with different characteristics and rarities. Explore deep progression mechanics and challenge your skills against unique and powerful bosses.

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RUGBY 18 Released

RUGBY 18 is now available for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, offering the latest installment in this sports simulation series. This launch trailer shows off the game's rough-and-tumble action, and the launch announcement covers the video and the release:

Bigben and Eko Software are happy to reveal RUGBY 18's launch trailer. The game is now available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC.

The most complete rugby videogame to date, RUGBY 18 captures the intensity of the biggest games of the 2017-2018 season through its selection of 65 official teams and more than 2,000 professional players from around the world:

  • National teams : Australia (Wallabies), England, France, Scotland, Wales, Italia, South Africa (Springboks), New Zealand (All Blacks), Fiji
  • Championships and their teams : TOP 14, PRO D2, PRO14, Aviva Premiership Rugby.

RUGBY 18 features innovative gameplay that faithfully recreates every situation in the game. The Career mode is ideal for leading your favourite club to the top of the rankings, while the My Squad mode lets players assemble their dream team. New challenges will also be offered each weekend via the Match of the Week.

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Spintires: MudRunner Trailer

Here's a new launch trailer for Spintires: MudRunner, celebrating the upcoming release of this off-road driving remake. The clip shows a lot of heavy vehicles attempting touchy maneuvers, most with bad outcomes, like a skateboarding video. The game is coming to Windows and consoles on Halloween, and the clip comes with this outline of what to expect:

The Ultimate Off-Road Experience arrives on consoles and PC on October 31

Spintires is an incredible off-road vehicle simulator, taking players on hostile roads and harsh environments. Acclaimed for its immersive and accurate driving and physics models, the first edition has captured over a million players on PC.

Today, discover the launch trailer of Spintires: MudRunner, the ultimate edition of Spintires. Available on PC, and for the first time on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, this version of Spintires offers new content and unique experiences for a video game - It's a genre of its own, reinventing the rules and offering new challenges for players looking for emergent encounters and true-to-life off-roading situations.

With near-photorealistic graphics and incredible physics simulation, Spintires: MudRunner puts you in the driver’s seat of powerful off-road vehicles, and challenges you to face extreme sandbox environments, with only a map, a compass and your driving talents to survive!

Through numerous missions and challenges, off-road vehicle fans will enjoy crossing mud, rivers with strong currents, and climb perilous peaks aboard their 4x4s, trucks and sturdy logistic vehicles designed to withstand the most extreme conditions. Dedicated players and driving enthusiasts will appreciate the hyper-realistic driving sensations thanks to an advanced physics engine, including fuel simulation, a differential transmission system, soft-tire simulation, as well as realistic interactions between vegetation, mud, water, and your vehicle. Lastly, players looking for adventure and open environments will love the freedom offered by the sandbox maps of the game – choose what path to take, through difficult terrain, rivers, forests, swamps, mountains... nature and its dangers will always put you to the test.

Spintires: MudRunner will release October 31 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Spintires owners benefit from an exclusive 50% discount on Steam, on top of the 10% off special offer for all preorders.

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Team Fortress 2 Scream Fortress IX

The Team Fortress 2 blog announces Scream Fortress IX is now underway, offering the annual Halloween celebration in Valve's multiplayer shooter. Here's the brief blurb:

Play your favorite classic Scream Fortress maps alongside Jungle Inferno! We've added free Halloween contracts and rewards to the ConTracker! Scream Fortress IX runs through November 8, 2017.

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