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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fallout 76 Revealed

Bethesda.net reveals that their Fallout tease was to whet everyone's appetites for news on Fallout 76, a new installment in the Fallout series of post-apocalyptic RPGs in the works at Bethesda Game Studios. They promise more on the game at E3 starting on June 10th, and in the meantime offer an Official Teaser Trailer depicting a frightening future when music consists of John Denver covers. The teaser includes a link to this page, which recursively features the teaser. Word is:
Watch the official teaser trailer for Fallout 76 below, and see more during this year’s Bethesda E3 Showcase, happening on June 10 at 6:30pm PT in Los Angeles, CA, or live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or here at Bethesda.net.
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Nordisk Film Acquires Avalanche Studios

GamesIndustry.biz has word that Nordisk Film has acquired Avalanche Studios, developer of Just Cause, Mad Max, and the upcoming RAGE 2. They were previously a minority shareholder in the Swedish studio and now have bought up the rest of the company for approximately $103 million USD. They have a statement about the news from Avalanche:
"This was simply the right offer, at the right time, from the right company," said Avalanche CEO, Pim Holfve, speaking via email to GamesIndustry.biz. "We have worked closely with Nordisk Film as a minority owner for the past year, which has been a great experience. As good as we are at developing explosive open-world games, they have a 111-year history of working with companies within the creative industries, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience.

"Nordisk Film are also fully committed to our road map, and feel that Avalanche Studios are headed in the right direction, so they don't want to mess with that. Being able to maintain our creative independence, while at the same time being acquired by stable, long-term owners is the best possible scenario, and I couldn't be happier to have them onboard."

League of Legends Adds Pyke

These patch notes outline a new update that's now live in League of Legends, updating Riot's MOBA to version 8.11. Along with other changes, this introduces Pyke, the Bloodharbor Ripper to the game, and this trailer offers a look at him in action. Word is:
Abandoned by his crew to the leviathans of the deep, Pyke drowned—but didn’t stay dead. Years later, a fabled revenant known as the Bloodharbor Ripper still stalks the Slaughter Docks, crossing names off a list that never seems to end. Wait...you look familiar...
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Bus Simulator 18 Multiplayer Trailer

This trailer from Bus Simulator 18 shows off multiplayer support in the transportation sim. If you imagine this involving some players serving as passengers on a bus, you've come up with something at least as engaging as this, which involves the joy of letting other buses pass you or merge into traffic. No one will be seated during the suspenseful waiting for the light to turn green scene. Word is: "With our official multiplayer trailer of Bus Simulator 18 we offer a closer look at the game’s cooperative multiplayer mode today. Have a good time watching!" Continue here to read the full story.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment (and probably others) announce LEGO DC Super-Villains is the next installment in their series of toy/comic book crossover games. This is coming to PC and consoles on October 16th, and they offer a brief look in this teaser video and more in this announce trailer. Here are some details:
In LEGO DC Super-Villains, the Justice League has disappeared, leaving Earth’s protection to a newcomer group of heroes from a parallel universe, proclaiming themselves as the ‘Justice Syndicate’. Renowned DC Super-Villains from the ‘Legion Of Doom’ discover Earth’s newest heroes may not be the heroes they claim to be. With each player’s completely customizable Super-Villain character in command, this team of misfit lawbreakers must join forces to discover and foil the evil plans the incognito strangers have in store.

At the beginning of the campaign, players can create their own unique villain and main character throughout, while also teaming up with a variety of DC Super-Villains throughout the story mode. As players progress, they will unlock new abilities, powers and can continue to customize their character to take on the evil threat. Friends and family can join story mode at any time with the fun, two-player, local co-op experiences where players can team up in epic boss fights.

A Deluxe Edition of the game, featuring the main game content, Season Pass content and early access to the DC Super-Villains: TV Series DLC Character Pack, is now available for pre-order. An exclusive LEGO minifigure, Lex Luthor Superman, also comes with the physical version of the Deluxe Edition, while digital consumers will receive the Justice League Dark DLC Character Pack with their Deluxe Edition.
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Space Hulk: Tactics Trailer

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Cyanide Studio offer a new video from Space Hulk: Tactics, the upcoming tactical RPG based on the Warhammer 40K series. The clip includes the first look at gameplay, and it's accompanied by these details:
Space Hulk: Tactics is a faithful adaptation of the board game Space Hulk, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, bringing unique twists to the cult classic formula. Discover the new Overview Trailer showcasing the game’s battle system, team management, customisation and unique card system, so you’re ready for glorious combat when Space Hulk: Tactics releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2018.

First twist is the innovative new card system, giving players greater control and more options than ever before. Grizzled veterans and Space Hulk newcomers alike will find the cards add a new layer of depth, replayability and customization, as explained in the trailer.

Also showcased are the two non-linear, narrative-driven campaigns, offering hours of epic single-player entertainment. One campaign sees you commanding the stalwart Blood Angels Space Marine Terminators, while the other puts you in control of the alien Genestealer forces for the first time in a Space Hulk game.

The game also provides an intuitive but powerful community tool in the form of the map maker, with dozens of varied objectives and endless possible combinations of layouts, objects and tilesets. Once completed, share your maps with others for the community to play and rate.

Finally, Space Hulk: Tactics offers a deep customisation system affecting both gameplay and the appearance of your squad. Hand-craft your forces from one of four Space Marine Chapters or four Genestealer Hive Fleets. A host of cosmetic customization options for every limb, joint, and weapon allow you to choose the exact look of the units in your roster. All multiplayer cosmetics are unlocked from the very start, along with all multiplayer cards.
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Mega Man 11 in October

A new preorder trailer for Mega Man 11 shows off the next installment in the platformer series. It also touts preorders for the game, saying it will land on PC and consoles on October 2nd. Word is:
Mega Man 11 slides on to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 2nd, 2018! Jump, shoot, speed, and power your way through beautiful hand-drawn environments and take down eight brand-new Robot Masters in Mega Man’s latest fight for everlasting peace. With Mega Man’s classic arsenal of tools and skills and the brand new Double Gear system at your fingertips, foil the devious Dr. Wily’s latest plot for world domination!

It’s no surprise that the mustache-twirlingly evil Dr. Wily is up to his old tricks, but this time the master of malevolence has a brand new tactic tucked away in his lab coat. Reflecting on his younger days when he studied alongside Dr. Light – the good-natured and ever-hopeful creator of Mega Man – Wily recalls a creation of his own: the Double Gear system, capable of pushing robots beyond their normal capabilities. Putting his idea into action, the unscrupulous doctor steals eight of Dr. Light’s robots to use for his own nefarious plans. At Mega Man’s request, Dr. Light installs the prototype Double Gear system in the heroic blue ‘bot, imbuing our hero with brand new skills in his quest to put a stop to Dr. Wily’s diabolical plan and continue the fight for everlasting peace.
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Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Queen's Wish: The Conqueror by Spiderweb Software — Kickstarter. From the creators of the Avernum series. "Queen's Wish will be a huge fantasy role-playing game for Windows, Macintosh, iPad, and possibly iPhone. It will feature an enormous world, sharp dialogue, cunning quests, and fascinating characters. It will be old-school 80's-style gaming, with a low budget but tons of clever design and charm."

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Out of the Blue

Well Monday's Memorial Day is not failing to live up to its designation as the unofficial start of summer in these parts. It hit the 90s here each of the last two days, but we're getting a break and it's much cooler today. The heat has me contemplating the Gunnar-man's walks. We do five or six miles a day spread over two walks, and he still gets around great. But he's pushing 14 years old, and that's a lot when it's so hot out. It's obvious from that much walking that the goal here is to stay healthy, so I don't want to ironically harm him with exercise, so it's hard to know exactly how to proceed, other than to do so with caution.

Cautious Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Blocky Wars 3D Toonfare.
Links: Mistakes that got these game developers fired.
This person's attempt to lie about their love of cars went very wrong, very fast.
Stories: De Beers to sell lab-made diamonds as gemstones.
N.C. dam in "imminent danger" of failing, evacuations ordered.
Science: Great White Sharks Have A Secret 'Cafe,' And They Led Scientists Right To It. Thanks RedEye9.
Media: Chasing Cheese Down A Hill Is Dangerous. That must be awesome cheese.
The Canadian Way To Remove Bears From Yard.
The US-Canada Border Splits This Road Down The Middle.
Auctions: "History of Gaming" Auction Features Vintage Video Games and Computers.
The Funnies: Wife Versus Wifi - Dilbert.
Savage Chickens.
Sunny Street.
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