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Wednesday, Mar 07, 2018


Expired Cert Behind Rift Outage

Oculus Rift headsets ceased operating today, leaving owners with virtually no way to enjoy their virtual reality. Thanks TechCrunch for pointing the way to this post that explains Oculus is working on the issue, which apparently stems from an expired security certificate, making for some extremely unhappy customers:

We are aware of and actively investigating an issue impacting ability to access Rift software. Our teams apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you and appreciate your patience while we work on a resolution. We'll share more updates here as we have them. Thanks.

Hey everyone - This is an issue with our software certification that we're still actively working on. For security, we use a certificate to ensure that the software you receive actually comes from Oculus. That certificate has expired, and we're looking at a few different ways to resolve the issue. We’ll update you with the latest info as available. We recommend you wait until we provide an official fix. Thanks for your patience.

Fortnite Battle Royale Getting Five Team Mode

Epic Games tweets about plans to update Fortnite Battle Royale tomorrow (thanks GameInformer). This includes a short video explaining this will add a new mode for a limited time. Word is the game's one-versus-99 and 50-versus-50 modes will be joined by a five team mode that will make for 20 players to a side matches:

Bigger teams, bigger battles! Five teams of 20 fight for Victory Royale, coming tomorrow.

CHUCHEL Released

CHUCHEL is now available for Windows and macOS on and Steam offering the new abstract comedic adventure from Amanita Design, developers of Machinarium, Botanicula, and Samorost. Here's a trailer showing the game's antics in action, and here are more details from its description:

CHUCHEL is a comedy adventure game from the creators of Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost. Join the hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel as they will be facing numerous puzzles and challenges in their quest to retrieve the precious cherry!

The reward? Cheerful situational humor, wild music and sounds by the band DVA and dozens of hilarious gags that warm up even the coldest of souls. Plus cherries!

Be ready to:

  • Crack up. Many times
  • Guide Chuchel through a set of original puzzles
  • Enjoy hundreds of whimsical animations
  • Beat stages inspired by classic video games
  • Interact with dozens of funky characters
  • Please your ears with soundtrack by the IGF Award-winning band DVA
  • Build an inexplicable passion for cherries
  • Laugh. A lot.

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Northgard Released

Northgard is now officially available on Steam, offering this Windows Norse mythology strategy game following an early access run. As is explained in this post the full game includes the launch of the Rig's Saga campaign as well as a bunch of other changes and fixes for the early access edition. They also say the macOS and Linux editions will be released tomorrow. Developer Shiro Games also offers this official release announcement with details and this trailer. Here's more:

After a year of Early Access, Northgard is OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! :D
You can now update your game to its 1.0 version and enjoy the full campaign!

In this campaign, you'll be playing Rig, son of the Viking High King, in his quest for vengeance after the murder of his father. Through the different chapters, you get the help of his bannermen. To completely finish the 11 chapters of the campaign, you will need to master all the clan's specificities and tame the wilderness of Northgard...

But that's not the only thing we added in this release!

  • Starting today, you'll have the possibility to created solo and multiplayer games on 7 different environments
  • We introduced a supply lines mechnanics completely changing attack and defense strategies
  • We added customizable shortcuts
  • We changed the balance between clans
  • If you want to take a look at the MANY other things we added to the game, you can find the full release patch note: {LINK REMOVED}

Please be sure that Northgard's development will not stop with this release. Our intention is to expand the game with regular and massive updates!

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Kite Soars

Steam now offers the full version of Kite, a twin-stick shooter that has flown out of early access. This trailer offers a look at this game's frantic pace and throwback graphics. Here's word on the game, which confirms the title is based on how much kiting one does in such games:

As Mags – a well-equipped H.O.R.D. pilot – your mission is to preserve the blanket of peace surrounding the world. To do so, you’ll engage in the gunplay-ballet known as 'kiting' – dashing away from mobs of rebellious bots while blasting through lush, destructible environments.

Mastering the fast-paced combat style means the difference between surviving… and becoming scrap! With a variety of swarming enemies such as Charge Bots, Slice Bots, Bouncing Betties, Crab Bots, Hyper Turrets and Prox Mines in your way, surviving won’t be easy.

Utilize 100+ craftable weapons and items to enhance your battle Droid. Bring your combat capabilities to the next level by learning skills from a vast 76-point skill tree. Power up a slew of upgrades and special abilities – providing all the tools necessary to kite enemies into oblivion!


  • Smash and explode your way through destructible pixel art environments.
  • Craft 100+ items and weapons with help from rescued scientists.
  • Customize your Droid by investing levels in a massive 76-point skill tree.
  • Enhance your battlefield prowess with a vast array of upgrades and special powers.
  • Push forward with character-driven plot and in-game cinematics.
  • Activate Hardcore mode with permadeath for the ultimate challenge.
  • Unlock all 20 Steam achievements!
  • Enjoy an all-original synthwave soundtrack as premium DLC.

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SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash

Steam now offers the Windows edition of SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash, a third-person shooter where the players are busty, bikini-clad schoolgirls doing battle with super-soaker water guns. The launch trailer shows this is far more over-the-top than your wildest imaginings, showing the latest refinements in boob-splashing physics. Here's the explanation of how something so clean can be so dirty:

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash – the sultry, summer-themed third person “splasher” in its popular busty brawler series – is now available on Windows PC exclusively via Steam. SENRAN KAGURA series fans and aquatic shooter enthusiasts can pick up the title digitally as a standard edition for $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99 or as part of the “Sexy Soaker” special edition for $49.99, €49.99, and £39.99. The special edition comes stuffed with the digital soundtrack and five exclusive DLC items: the Soaking Wet High School Uniform costume, a set of colorful bikini costumes, the Futomaki Roll Bazooka special weapon, a Bebeby pet card, and a special set of skill cards. XSEED Games is celebrating this launch with a 10% discount on both the standard and special editions of SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash, which will be applicable until 10AM PST on March 14.

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James Harden Outs Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII?

A tweet from NBA on ESPN has a shot of Houston Rockets guard James Harden arriving at the arena last night (presumably early, after learning he was to be guarded all night by Carmelo Anthony). It's hard to notice anything else in a photo of Harden besides his glorious beard, but Kotaku notes the remedial Roman numeral on his hat IIII looks suspiciously like Black Ops typography. It is certainly similar, but by no means a slam-dunk. This plays into recent rumors about plans for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, err, IV, err IIII. They say Activision did not respond to a request for comment, but in an update posted after their original report Kotaku says they've confirmed this is the logo for Black Ops IIII, vaguely attributing this to "one source."

BATTLERITE Season 1 Adds New Champion

Stunlock Studios announces Season 1 is now underway in BATTLERITE, their online brawler. This will introduce some changes like a reworked reward system along with the game's newest champion, Jamila, a Shadowblade Assassin. This trailer shows off Jamila in action, and the announcement has details on the new reward system and more:

Independent developer Stunlock Studios announced that Season 1 of their PvP arena brawler, Battlerite, kicks off today, bringing along exciting new changes. The new Sponsor Reward System expands on the current daily quests by allowing players to follow specific reward paths to unlock Champions, earn in-game currency as well as obtain season-specific rewards. Moreover, a new Champion Jamila, the Shadowblade Assassin, joins the arena, ready to swiftly release a deadly shuriken on anyone who dares to undermine her leadership.

“We updated the reward system in order to acknowledge the daily efforts of competitive players, and to make sure casual gamers don’t feel left out. That’s why the new system has multiple Sponsor paths, some fitting less frequent play styles and others having a League requirement for higher ranked players”, said Peter Ilves, Game Director at Stunlock Studios. “All the content is now connected through the reward paths that piece together new places and characters into a more cohesive and ever expanding Battlerite universe.”

Other new features in Season 1 include Leaderboards of top 200 players in five Regions (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania), ability for League players to change their selected Champion in a pre-game lobby according to the team and enemy picks as well as improvements to matchmaking and ranking systems. Battlerite now also has a unique application kit in VR called ‘CamCrew’. This feature allows players to watch live matches and replays in VR and also control the camera movement in full 3D in order to produce stunning cinematic shots for streaming or render to video.

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Rocket Jockey Announced

Burn Ward Games announces Rocket Jockey, an Unreal Engine 4 remake of the 1996 action game of the same name that's coming to Windows and consoles, though no release dates are set at this time. This is a ground-up project involving none of the assets or developers from the original game, though they express a determination to capture its flavor. This website has details and this teaser trailer offers a look at pre-alpha gameplay footage. Here's word:

A reimagining of one of the most overlooked games from the 90’s, Rocket Jockey brings back all of the chaos, surf guitar, and humor of Rocket Science Game's original 1996 cult classic. Fly on top of modern jet engines with classic car chassis at break-neck speeds. Use your left and right grappling hooks to swing around pillars and grab other players off of their rockets. Drag, fling, clothesline, slam and string up your friends.

A team-based vehicle sport that plays like a cross between “Rocket League” and “Smash Bros”

  • Online multiplayer w/ Split screen support
  • Soundtrack of 5 indie surf guitar bands along with legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale
  • Ride on walls and ceilings using simulated downforce
  • Customizable rockets
  • Violent but no blood/gore
  • 3 game modes (names are not final)
    • Jockey Toss – Like Soccer, but the players are the ball. More damage makes you worth more points.
    • Deathmatch – Last one standing
    • Racing – Racing with grappling hooks

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The Piano This Spring

Mistaken Visions announces The Piano is coming in the spring, describing this noir horror adventure as "ambitious," as it's been in development for five years now. They say they've teamed with consultants Game If You Are to complete the project, a collaboration that's resulted in the addition of full voice acting for the entire cast and other enhancements. Here's a new teaser trailer which features Ave Maria as a soundtrack, obviously played on the violin. Here are more details from the announcement:

Born to an American father and a French mother in the aftermath of the Great War, John Barnerway lived in the shadow of his three brothers. George, Louis and Valentine were renowned pianists - but when John is accused of their murders, he finds himself at the centre of a media witch-hunt that sees him traversing the lonely streets of Paris in search of answers.

Part traditional survival horror, part story-driven adventure, and part noir-influenced murder mystery, The Piano is an unsettling and riveting indie game more than five years in the making.


  • True psychological horror: delve into the darkest corners of John's mind
  • Gather clues and solve puzzles in search of answers
  • Evade terrifying foes that stalk the empty streets of Paris
  • Piece together a fragmented story to uncover the truth
  • A noir-influenced aesthetic, with heavily stylised visuals
  • Immersive soundtrack and full voice acting

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Golem Announced

Longbow Games announces Golem, a puzzle/adventure game coming to PCs this spring. This is not to be confused with Golem Gates, a CCG/RTS game coming to Windows this spring. They offer a teaser trailer along with scant details, but they are showing the game off later this month at the Game Developers Conference, so we'll probably hear more about it then. In the meantime, here's what they are revealing:

Get a first glimpse at adventure puzzle game Golem from Longbow Games with the below first gameplay trailer. In it you’ll discover a young girl and a shape-shifting golem traversing through the ruins of an ancient tower to solve its challenging puzzles and re-activate its long-dormant machines.

Launching this spring on PC, Golem has players controlling both the young girl and the golem while navigating through expansive levels, from caverns deep below the tower to the windswept turrets perched about the surrounding desert. Throughout the journey, the golem evolves to allow players new abilities to solve puzzles.

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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics This Year

Publisher Ripstone and developer Auroch Digital announce Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics will be released later this year for PC and consoles, offering this crowdfunded strategy/RPG where supernatural forces play a significant role in the outcome of World War II. Here's a trailer from this Hitler meets Lovecraft mashup, and here are more details:

Veteran strategy game developer Auroch Digital, and indie publisher extraordinaire Ripstone have collaborated with the award-winning table top team at Modiphius to create Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics - The Forest of Fear which is set for release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a World War II themed strategic role-playing game in which the player controls an army of Allied heroes trapped behind enemy lines trying to uncover and foil a Nazi plot of terrifying evil. The game draws from the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu roleplaying universe developed by Modiphius, which sees the Nazis turn to other-worldly mythical beings to bolster their war effort.

The game encompasses an array of unique gameplay features, including an innovative combat system constructed around the theme of light vs darkness. Representing the battle of ‘good vs evil’, Allied characters find solace in the light whilst the opposing Nazi army hide in the shadows awaiting their moment to strike. A skilled player can use this light and dark feature to provide an edge to their gameplay strategy.

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Devil May Cry HD for Twitch Prime Members

Twitch now offers a free copy of Devil May Cry HD to all Twitch Prime users (thanks GameInformer). Here's word:

All Twitch Prime members receive Devil May Cry HD - one part of the Devil May Cry HD Collection, as a free gift.


  • Meet Dante, the world's most powerful demon hunter, in Devil May Cry - the inaugural installment of the hit series!
  • Dante, the descendant of the legendary Sparda, must fight against the return of the Prince of Darkness - Mundus. With the inclusion of the demon transforming "Devil Trigger" system and a satisfying combination of sword based melee attacks with dual wielding pistols
  • Devil May Cry established the very core of the series to come, and made a name for itself in the "Stylish Action" genre. Devil May Cry set a new bar for video game visuals and its gameplay still has an influence on action games today.

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Out of the Blue

Well, we're having more serious weather less than a week after the last nor'easter, as Winter Storm Quinn has rolled in. This was not as dramatic as predicted when we first got up today, but the snow has been picking up steadily, so it's not out of the question that we'll end up with the predicted 18" when it's all said and done. But all we have to do is look across the street to our neighbor who is still without power from the last storm for inspiration to count our blessings. Here's hoping everyone in the path can stay safe and warm. Hot cocoa seems like a good idea around now.

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