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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Fallout Tease?

Bethesda Game Studios tweets a "please stand by" message in the unmistakably duck and cover style of their Fallout series. It remains to be seen what comes of this, but E3 is on the horizon, so perhaps an announcement is in the works. PCGamesN notes a follow-up tweet from Obsidian where the Fallout: New Vegas developer indicates that this does not involve them, saying, "How do you let someone down easily? Asking for a friend. #ItsNotUs."

Agony Released

Madmind Studio announces the release of Agony for PC and consoles, with the Windows edition of the survival/horror game available on Steam. They celebrate the news with this post offering a launch trailer with a look at the game's setting in the depths of hell. Here's word:
Agony hurls players into the depths of hell, challenging them to survive encounters with its twisted inhabitants while solving the riddle surrounding the Red Goddess, hell’s rumored architect and the sole entity with knowledge of how to escape eternal damnation. Enduring Agony’s nightmarish environments and encounters isn’t as hopeless as it seems however; perseverant sinners who prove stealthy enough to slip past their first meetings with hell’s guardians will gain the ability to possess demons and other souls, improving their chance of survival and making them a formidable opponent.
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Sea of Thieves The Hungering Deep Launches

The Sea of Thieves Website has details on the promised launch of The Hungering Deep, the first free content update for Sea of Thieves, Rare's seafaring action game. This adds new customization options, fixes some bugs, and introduces the following new features:
This content update introduces and showcases a raft of new features that will persist in Sea of Thieves beyond Merrick's story and its time-limited campaign.

  • Bilge Rats - To stay in the know as to what is changing in the Sea of Thieves, visit the Bilge Rat character in the taverns to discover what time-limited events are active. Whether it’s The Hungering Deep or future events, this is the place to go!
  • New Threat - Something old, vast and hungry is surfacing. Follow the trail of riddles and rumours. We hope you live to tell the tale.
  • Speaking Trumpet - Parley! Let other ships know if you are friend or foe with the new Speaking Trumpet, making yourself heard from longer distances. The first Speaking Trumpet is obtainable through The Hungering Deep campaign, but purchasable variants will be arriving in the shops in the near future.
  • Ship's Flags - Want to sink and plunder, or seek allies to adventure with? Let your intentions be known with new flags which can be raised high above your ship! Climb up to the crow's nest and decide which to raise.
  • Drum - BOOM! Pirate percussionists (inspired by Merrick himself) can now be heard all across the seas. The first drum is obtainable through The Hungering Deep campaign, but purchasable variants will be arriving in the shops in the near future.
  • Tattoos - Many pirates wanted them and now they are here! Check out the vanity chest for 16 sailor tattoo sets and visit the clothing shop on outposts for stocks of four purchasable tattoo sets.
  • Scars - What enemies have fallen to your pirate might? Scars earned through campaigns and events such as The Hungering Deep will allow you to tell a story of your pirate's history and adventures. These are not purchasable, they must be earned.

SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics Get VR, macOS, and Linux Support

This post announces the release of a free update for SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics on Steam adding multiplayer enhancements, VR support, macOS and Linux support and more to this throwback arcade anthology. Here's a new music video celebrating the news, and here's word:
SEGA is thrilled to announce that we’ve updated the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics on Steam. This update brings a raft of new features, including online multiplayer, so you can slug your way through Streets of Rage with a friend online.

We’ve also added VR support. You can now immerse yourself in your early 90’s retro-themed bedroom and play on a virtual CRTV or go big with full screen.

The full list of upgrades includes the following:

  • Two-player online multiplayer
  • Leaderboards
  • Challenge Modes – short challenges give old favourites a new twist
  • Additional graphics filters & border options
  • ROMs from other regions for games with significant differences
  • Fast-forward and rewind
  • Sprite limit disable
  • Mirror mode – reverse the screen for a fresh challenge
  • VR support
  • Mac and Linux support

This update comes free to current owners of any SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classic title on Steam.

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Army of the Republic of Vietnam Invades Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Steam now offers the promised Army of the Republic of Vietnam content as a free update for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Tripwire Interactive's military shooter sequel. This post has a changelog for the new version, and this one has videos for the launch, including the launch trailer. Here's some of the announcement:
Tripwire Interactive and developer Antimatter Games continue to expand and improve their award-winning first-person shooter RISING STORM 2: VIETNAM with today’s release of the free Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Content Update. As part of its continued commitment to support its active community with regular and significant free updates, today’s ARVN Content Update introduces the Army of the Republic of Vietnam as a playable faction along with new maps, weapons, and more.

Over one million Vietnamese served in the ARVN over the course of the Vietnam War, with over 250,000 lost in action. Largely equipped with older US military equipment and trained by foreign military advisors, ARVN soldiers bore the brunt of frontline fighting throughout the war both prior to the escalation of US military involvement and after the US began reducing its troop presence.

With the release of the ARVN update on May 29, 2018 for RISING STORM 2: VIETNAM players can play as soldiers in the ARVN faction for the first time, as well as enjoy new weapons and five brand-new maps.
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Battlestar Galactica Deadlock The Broken Alliance Launches

Steam now offers The Broken Alliance, a new DLC pack for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, the Windows strategy game based on the science fiction TV series. Slitherine celebrates the occasion with this trailer celebrating the launch. Here's the news:
DRADIS contact! The Toasters are not the only enemies you will meet in deep space. Discontent and pessimism spread through the colonies already under Cylon attack, and civil war is closer each day. Meanwhile, a strange request comes from Aquaria: it’s the start of a chain of events that could change the tide of the war.

The Broken Alliance DLC pack for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock™ includes 8 new story missions that are seamlessly integrated into the single player campaign, and linked together into a brand new plot that explores the intricate and feeble maze of Colonial politics. New characters enter the fray, disrupting old pacts and forging new partnerships. The Broken Alliance DLC pack expands the lore of the Battlestar Galactica universe, bringing a new story of intrigue and backstabbing to Battlestar Galactica Deadlock™. In the DLC you will also find four new capital ships and two new squadrons.
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Into the Black

Link of the Day: What's the Worst a Hot Pepper Can Do To You? Thanks Neutronbeam.

PUBG vs Fortnite Lawsuit

PUBG Corporation is suing Epic Games in Korean court, accusing them of copyright infringement in Fortnite for copying the battle royale genre which they did not invent from PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (thanks BBC News). Here's a bit on the legal stink from the Korea Times:
Korean game developer PUBG, a subsidiary of Bluehole, has filed a copyright violation lawsuit against U.S.-based Epic Games, asking a court to determine whether the latter's "Fortnite" was copied from the former's "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds."

A PUBG official said Friday that the firm filed an injunction, alleging copyright infringement, with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea.

"We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January," said the official.

Released in July last year, "Fortnite," a first-person shooter (FPS) game, has recently become popular around the world, threatening the popularity of "Battlegrounds" that was a great hit in the global game market last year.

When "Fortnite" was first launched, the game only had the "Save the World" mode, at which gamers build walls and defended it. But in September, the firm added the free-to-play "Battle Royale" portion into the game, provoking a plagiarism controversy and allegations that it copied "Battlegrounds" items and user interface (UI).

When the controversy flared in September, Bluehole said in a statement that the firm was mulling ways on how to respond to the claims that core elements and UI of the Battle Royale mode of "Fortnite" seemed to be similar to those of Battlegrounds.

The Korean firm added that it was regrettable that Epic Games, which was a partner of Bluehole, had released a similar game.

Battlefield V System Specs

Origin now offers system specifications for Battlefield V (thanks PC Gamer). They don't specify these as minimum or recommended, so we expect them to be updated at some point. Here's word:
System Requirements
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce® GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 50GB

More PUBG Sanhok Testing

This announcement on Steam has word that testing of the Sanhok map for PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS resumes this week:
As discussed in last week’s dev letter, we’ve been hard at work improving all the fine details of our newest map, Sanhok. This week, Sanhok is coming back once again for a fourth round of testing on the Experimental Server.

As before, everyone who owns a copy of PUBG will be able to play simply by downloading the updated version of the “PUBG: Experimental Server” found in your Steam library.

Full testing schedule below:

May 31, 7pm PDT / June 1, 4am CEST / June 1, 11am KST

June 4, 4am PDT / June 4, 1pm CEST / June 4, 8pm KST

This will likely be the final Sanhok test on the Experimental Server. If everything goes according to schedule, Sanhok will come to live servers near the end of June. Even after it launches, we’ll continue making changes based on the feedback we get from you guys.

See you on the Experimental Server!

Soulblight Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Soulblight, the top-down action roguelike recently launched by indie developer My Next Games. In addition to providing a sample of the full game, this offers the chance to own it, as everyone who tries the demo will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the game. Here's a newish video with a guide to their unfortunately named Taints system, and here's a refresher on Soulblight:
Soulblight is a dark, unforgiving, top-down action roguelike luring you to cross the thin line between good and evil. Instead of XP grinding, it introduces a Tainting Mechanics. While traveling through the shattered reality of the Sanctuary, you will receive personality traits based on your choices. These will be the main source of your strength. To harness them, you will have to act accordingly. Becoming an alcoholic means that you will be rewarded for getting drunk, but from that point being sober might prove to be unbearable.
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ONE PIECE: World Seeker Trailer

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment offers a new trailer for ONE PIECE: World Seeker, the upcoming action/adventure based on the popular hat-wearing manga. The clip shows off the setting of Jail Island, and while the voiceover is Japanese, there are also English subtitles. Here's word: "Play as Luffy as you explore the mysterious Jail Island to uncover the secrets of this unique island city, where cultures that should clash actually end up existing together under the bond of island life. Scale skyscrapers and shops using Luffy’s “Gum Gum Devil Fruit” ability and seamlessly jump from building to building, taking in the sights of Jail Island that blend nature and powerful science to create formidable buildings and bars. Discover the story behind the institutions created by the World Government and the Marines, and help Luffy find the reason why they exist." Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

GFK Chart-Track reveals that Detroit: Become Human is the 10th different PlayStation exclusive title so far this year to reach number one on their all-platforms chart tracking videogame sales last week in the U.K. There's also a new entry atop the PC top 30 chart, where The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset debuts at number one. Here's the top 10 from the PC chart:

LW TW Title Developer Label Publisher

Gatherings & Competitions

Game Reviews

  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation DLC on Gaming Nexus.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to (thanks RedEye9). I've discussed this before... I have a catch and release policy for most bugs that get past the defenses and enter the BlueTower, and those too small or quick for this get executed. But we are a full-on spider sanctuary. I'm very fond of the little guys and their tireless efforts to eradicate real pests, and am always happy to see them. There are usually a couple of them visibly inhabiting corners in my office, though I don't happen to see any at the moment. But they're out there doing their thing, and for that I am quite grateful.

Links: Thanks Ant.
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