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Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017

  

Valve Cashing Out of Bitcoin

Not sure if this confirms Half-Life 3, or just that GabeN is Satoshi Nakamoto, but Valve announces they are no longer accepting Bitcoin as payment on Steam. Here's word why they are bailing on the volatile cryptocurrency:

As of today, Steam will no longer support Bitcoin as a payment method on our platform due to high fees and volatility in the value of Bitcoin.

In the past few months we've seen an increase in the volatility in the value of Bitcoin and a significant increase in the fees to process transactions on the Bitcoin network. For example, transaction fees that are charged to the customer by the Bitcoin network have skyrocketed this year, topping out at close to $20 a transaction last week (compared to roughly $0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin). Unfortunately, Valve has no control over the amount of the fee. These fees result in unreasonably high costs for purchasing games when paying with Bitcoin. The high transaction fees cause even greater problems when the value of Bitcoin itself drops dramatically.

Historically, the value of Bitcoin has been volatile, but the degree of volatility has become extreme in the last few months, losing as much as 25% in value over a period of days. This creates a problem for customers trying to purchase games with Bitcoin. When checking out on Steam, a customer will transfer x amount of Bitcoin for the cost of the game, plus y amount of Bitcoin to cover the transaction fee charged by the Bitcoin network. The value of Bitcoin is only guaranteed for a certain period of time so if the transaction doesn’t complete within that window of time, then the amount of Bitcoin needed to cover the transaction can change. The amount it can change has been increasing recently to a point where it can be significantly different.

The normal resolution for this is to either refund the original payment to the user, or ask the user to transfer additional funds to cover the remaining balance. In both these cases, the user is hit with the Bitcoin network transaction fee again. This year, we’ve seen increasing number of customers get into this state. With the transaction fee being so high right now, it is not feasible to refund or ask the customer to transfer the missing balance (which itself runs the risk of underpayment again, depending on how much the value of Bitcoin changes while the Bitcoin network processes the additional transfer).

At this point, it has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option. We may re-evaluate whether Bitcoin makes sense for us and for the Steam community at a later date.

We will continue working to resolve any pending issues for customers who are impacted by existing underpayments or transaction fees.

Ylands Early Access

Ylands for Windows is now available on Steam as an early access release. This is a sandbox adventure with throwback graphics that represents a departure for the Arma III and DayZ developer. This release teaser provides a quick look, but we need to turn to the announcement for a real understanding of the game:

Bohemia Interactive, today, announced the official release of its new sandbox adventure game, Ylands, on Steam Early Access. The beautiful open-polyworld of Ylands completely unleashes players' creativity to craft, explore, and create anything they have ever imagined. Bohemia's hardcore titles, Arma and DayZ, are known for their huge open terrains, lots of gameplay freedom, many opportunities for content creation, and their involved community. While this family-friendly title might look like a very unusual addition at first sight, Ylands aims to bring exactly those elements that made Bohemia successful to a brand new group of gamers. The game can be found here on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/298610/Ylands/

Ylands is a unique sandbox game that lets players explore their creativity. Players can seamlessly switch between single and multiplayer modes while exploring uncharted ylands, laying siege to castles, engaging in naval battles, taking part in car races, crafting monumental structures or quirky things like crab armor, cheese walls and much more. Ylands lets you live your childhood fantasies and create your own new adventures.

Another powerful feature of the game is the Ylands Editor. With interactive scripting and thousands of objects to play with, it makes Ylands much more than yet another sandbox game. It's a platform where players can create their own games and share them with others through the custom-made Workshop.

"You don't need any special skills or knowledge to become a creator in Ylands - if you have an idea, that one creative spark, you're all set," said Aleš Ulm, the Creative Director of Ylands. "We can't wait to see what players think about our game and hope that together we'll shape it into something unique" he added.

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Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Begins Friday

Activision announces a Winter Siege event for Call of Duty: WWII will get underway on Friday and run through January 2nd. This will be free to all owners of the military first-person shooter, offering some winter weather, a limited-time return of Gun Game, and seasonal supply drops. Here's word:

The first seasonal community event for Call of Duty®: WWII is here. Running Friday, December 8, 2017, through Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Winter Siege delivers an array of activities and content for free to all Call of Duty: WWII players for a limited time. The Winter Siege features a new, frost-covered Winter Carentan multiplayer map, the return of the Gun Game party mode, Double XP Playlists, a winterized Headquarters with new visiting Quartermaster as well as new Winter Siege Supply Drops delivering new, limited edition winter gear and content to players. Winter Siege is packed to the brim for the Call of Duty: WWII community this holiday season.

“The Winter Siege is all about celebrating with the Call of Duty® community,” said Aaron Halon, Senior Product Developer, Multiplayer, Sledgehammer Games. “There’s a ton of content for everyone to play during this time from a reimagined Winter Carentan multiplayer map that’s now packed with snow to Gun Game to Supply Drops full of winter-themed gear and content all available throughout the Winter Siege.”

Winter Siege Features:
The Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege event brings the seasonal change to Multiplayer like never before. During the Winter Siege event, all players will have access to Winter Carentan, a snow-covered winter themed version of the fan-favorite Carentan map, previously only available as reimagined Carentan to Season Pass owners.

The Winter Siege event also marks the limited-time return of Gun Game. This beloved mode makes its Call of Duty: WWII debut during the second week of the event as part of a non-stop schedule of special 2XP playlists, delivering a perfect way for players to take a variety of weapons out for a spin and keep their opponents guessing.

The Winter Siege event also winterizes Headquarters, with the beach encampment taking on a seasonally appropriate appearance for the span of the event, and welcoming an all-new Quartermaster, Captain Butcher. Captain Butcher visits Headquarters bearing Winter Siege Division uniforms, cosmetic items and weapon variants. Players can earn a variant of each new weapon for free via Special Orders from Major Howard (Orders will be rotated daily to allow players to unlock a variant of each new weapon for free). Other rarity variants of these weapons are available through Collection Bounties, or in Winter Siege Supply Drops. Winter Siege Supply Drops can be earned for free simply by playing Call of Duty: WWII during the event. Players will also receive a free Winter Siege Supply Drop for logging in to play each week of the Winter Siege event. Players can also purchase Winter Siege Supply Drops using Call of Duty Points in-game currency.

Son of Scoregasm Comes Out

Son of Scoregasm is now available on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's a trailer, and here's word on this bullet-hell shooter that proves that Scoregasms can lead to offspring:

In Son of Scorgasm, you only have one simple but dastaradly objective ... Destroy all of the evil space baddies and rescue the King of the Earth's beloved biscuit tin! Blast and manoeuvre your way through 28 varied levels full of evasive enemies, traps, red hot lasers and atmospheric explosions! Are you in for a dunking or can you save the galaxy, defeat the boss contraptions and rescue the biscuits! With online leaderboards showing the world who's no.1!

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New Historical Total War Planned

A Total War: WARHAMMER II development update covers a lot of territory, just like a Total War game, discussing the complications of the kind of parallel development of several projects and updates they currently have on their plate (thanks K). They are not making this any easier on themselves, as they include this tidbit, "Plus, we also have the next full-blown historical era title in the works too. More on this next year." Other bases they cover include development of Thrones of Britannia, their first Total War Saga game, refining the Empire Divided expansion for Total War ROME II, and the complications of aligning all the elements they are developing for the Total War WARHAMMER trilogy. This is a lengthy post which includes a developer Q&A that explains why some aspects of their plan may seem out of order, such as launching a DLC campaign pack before Norsca makes it into Mortal Empires. They offer a roadmap that summarizes what to expect over the next six months:

December: Reprisal Update rollout for Mortal Empires. This contains equivalent Foundation Update skill/campaign improvements to Old World Legendary Lords and Chaos, and will also include some new changes and fixes for Mortal Empires. We’re also bundling in a free, new (and highly experimental!) game mode which we’ve had in our back pocket for a while now. More news on this later in the week.

January: Our first Campaign Pack was initially planned for this year, but will slip to January. Not to seem too… cryptic… but It’s a hugely characterful and significant addition to both Eye of the Vortex and Mortal Empires, and we’re pretty sure people are going to enjoy it. We’ll also be rolling out another Mortal Empires update alongside this release to address any further issues post-Reprisal Update.

May: Yes, this is a bit of a gap, but this is how long our painstaking re-implementation of Norsca will take to get added to Mortal Empires. This update will include Norsca and its full roster, updates to various aspects of the race (eg techs, New World race interactions) to make them appropriate and relevant as well as the 30th birthday Regiments of Renown. There will also be further updates to other aspects of Mortal Empires.

Bridge Constructor Portal Announced

Headup Games reveals they've got chocolate in their peanut butter with the announcement of Bridge Constructor Portal, a game that combines the engineering of their Bridge Constructor series with some quantum physics licensed from Valve's Portal series of first-person puzzlers. This is due quite soon, as they announce a December 20th release date for Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile, and say to expect console versions next year. This cinematic trailer introduces the mash-up, featuring trucks, bridges, turrets, portals, and GLaDOS, everyone's favorite murderous AI. Here are the details:

We welcome all lucky applicants to Bridge Constructor Portal with our new vehicle-based test chambers, Quantum Tunnels and patented Aperture technology!

For the last year we've been secretly working in our underground labs on the next iteration of the million-selling Bridge Constructor series. This new stand-alone title will release on PC, MacOS, Linux, mobile devices, and console, and fully embraces the Portal license, one of the most beloved video game franchises of the last decade.

Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.

Do you think we're kidding? Here is undeniable scientific proof:

Bridge Constructor Portal - Announcement Trailer

Bridge Constructor Portal will be released on December 20 2017 for Windows, MacOS and Linux as well as for mobile devices. The console versions will follow in early 2018.

"If you've been paying attention the solution should be obvious. As the case may be... good luck!"

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Desert Map Details

An update on Steam offers details on the new desert map coming to PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, saying this will come to the early access battle royale game in its last content update before the game hits version 1.0. They also reveal the name of the map is Mirimar, an odd title for a desert map, as our careful research tells us this term is of Portuguese and Spanish derivation, and means "sea-view" or "sea sight," but the images included in the article do show this desert is surrounded by the sea, so there. Along with that news and the screenshots, PUBG Corporation also offers details on some of the landmarks on the new map:

Players,
We are excited beyond words that we can finally share the name of our new desert map and tell you a little bit about some of the places you can visit. When we decided to create a new map, we focused on creating an environment that is very different from Erangel. We wanted to go the opposite direction of having lush fields and forests and arrived at the harsh and unforgiving desert of what we can now reveal is Miramar. The unique terrain and dense urban areas of Miramar will create a new Battle Royale experience where the old strategies may no longer work and new tactics are required. We don't want to tell you too much as you will soon be able to experience it all yourself but we did write a few short descriptions of several of the key landmarks and towns. You can find them below, together with the new screenshots.

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Antigraviator Announced

Iceberg Interactive announces Antigraviator, a Unity-engine science fiction racing game coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q2 2018. As the title implies, this involves racing anti-gravity ships, à la Redout, and this teaser trailer offers a look at this in action. The game's Steam page is now online, as is the Antigraviator website. Here's more:

In the year 2210, racing has evolved far beyond its expected limits. New terraforming capabilities paired with scientific breakthroughs in the field of antigravity have given birth to a new spectacle: the Antigraviator tournament. In Antigraviator, players will race on exquisitely detailed stages, full of light-speed danger, chaos and mayhem. Gamers will guide their Grav in three gameplay modes across four different worlds with three tracks each. These dynamic courses come to life, while pushing the power of Unity to the limit.

Players can challenge their friends in the fiercely competitive multiplayer modes, either online or in split-screen mode. Race yourself to the top of the worldwide leaderboard and earn special ranked skins.

Gamers can sabotage their fellow racers by activating hover mines, damaging the environment to create a rockslide, causing tunnels to collapse, firing missiles from rocket launchers along the track and many more fiendish tricks.

Gravs are customizable, but choose wisely: deciding on one upgrade may mean compromising on another. Strategically tailor-make Gravs to gain the upper hand in races or face the crushing prospect of defeat. In addition to the customization options, unlockable skins will be available free of charge.

In this futuristic high-octane racing game, defying gravity is the least of your concerns.

Key Features

  • No speed limit!
  • Play the single player campaign to unlock new parts, ships and skins
  • Race your friends with local split-screen multiplayer for up to 4 players
  • Race anybody in online multiplayer mode with rankings and leader boards
  • Use environmental traps to overtake your opponents
  • Power-ups and boosts allow you to become top of the track
  • Vehicle customization gives you an edge over the opposition
  • Four beautifully created sci-fi worlds with three dynamic courses each
  • Stunning realistic 3D graphics powered by the Unity Engine
  • Soundtrack featuring 12 intense tracks that will enhance your racing experience

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Hyper Knights: Battles Released

Hyper Knights: Battles is now available on Steam, offering a sandbox strategy game for Windows, Linux, and macOS. The twist here is the ability to design your own units, so this has a touch of Gratuitous Space Battles to it. This launch trailer shows off some gratuitous ground battles, and the announcement offers the details:

Spartans vs Persians, Ogres vs Chickens, Marines vs Archers. Create your own units, customize their AI and watch them fight!

Create
your own units by drawing the sprites, creating the animations and writing their AI.

Want to make a Goose that can teleport and stuns enemies? You can!
Want to make a Space Ninja that can push and pull enemies while attacking them with lightning? You can!
Want to make a Super Hero that can solo 1,000 enemies? You can!
Your imagination is the limit!

Features 11 Default Unit Types: Minion, Shielder, Archer, Chuck Boris, Space Ninja, Spartan, Persian, Ogre, Chicken, Marine, Zombie

Share your Units in the Workshop and check out what others have built.

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Jetball Early Access

Early access to Jetball is now available on Steam, offering a first-person shooter that plays a bit like Rocket League crossed with Starsiege TRIBES, as it simulates a sports game played with jetpacks and weapons including a disc launcher. This trailer shows off gameplay in what's described as raw footage from the alpha. The game features bots, a variety of maps, and the ability to run your own dedicated server. Here are some details:

You take control of a super athlete playing a football/basketball style game in the future. You can take to the skies with a powerful jetpack. Maintain your speed by bunny hopping (or skiing) downhill giving way to unrestricted movement. The ball inherits all of your momentum as you throw, so speed plays a big part.

Objective
The objective is simple. Get the ball and throw it into the enemy goal. Pass and score off teammates using one-timers to add style points to your score. Like Basketball, score from long distance and you are also rewarded.

Weapons
To stop the enemy from scoring in your goal, you are equiped with 4 unique weapons.

  • The disc launcher shoots an explosive disc that not only harms players but also delivers a strong knockback.
  • The nade launcher lobs an explosive grenade that also harms players and delivers an even stronger knockback force.
  • The spike thrower shoots fast and deadly spikes that fly across the map at super speeds.
  • The boost gun can knock back players and also be used to grab that ball when it is just slightly out of reach.

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Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Korea Trailer

A new trailer for Civilization VI: Rise and Fall takes a look at the role of Korea in this upcoming expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization VI, the turn-based strategy sequel. The video also introduces the faction's leader Queen Seondeok (little rocket lady?). Here's the description:

Get a first look at the Korean civilization and its leader, Queen Seondeok, one of nine new leaders in the Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion. SUBSCRIBE for First Looks at other civs, leaders, features and tips from the developers of Civilization VI: http://2kgam.es/CivilizationYT

The Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion arrives February 8, 2018.

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