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Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018

Battlefield 1 Free Premium Pass

EA now offers the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass for free, access to the game's expansions that normally costs $49.99. This post has the details:
The Battlefield™ V Open Beta is now over, and we know it’s left a huge, 64-player hole in your heart. Not a problem, because the Road to Battlefield V continues with the Battlefield™ 1 Premium Pass becoming absolutely free* for one week only, starting now.

This offer will let Battlefield 1 owners play everything Battlefield 1 Premium Pass has to offer: They Shall Not Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse. If you’re not familiar with these, don’t fear – we detail each right below the download information.

Insurgency: Sandstorm Delayed

The insurgency is coming, as publisher Focus Home Interactive announces a new December 12th release date for Insurgency: Sandstorm, New World Interactive's upcoming first-person shooter remake. They planned on releasing this next week, but are taking extra time for improvements based on feedback from the preorder beta. That beta will continue on until release, and they are extending the loyalty discount for owners of the original Insurgency through the end of March. This post has more on the news, including details on some of the changes they plan to make with the extra development time. "Despite the game’s improvement, we are acutely aware that not all of you are having the ideal experience we want to deliver. By extending the beta and moving our launch date to December, the additional time will allow us to make significant improvements to the game with continued input from you," they explain. "The additional time allows us to target a lower minimum system requirement, address more bugs, work on overall polish, gather additional feedback from the community to refine gameplay, and ensure that highly requested community features which may otherwise have had to be added post launch (such as community servers and custom games) are ready for day 1." They offer this list of major goals:

  • Upgrade to Unreal Engine 4.20 and continue optimizing
  • Improve the character models, textures, and animations in the game
  • Improve the “scoped” experience for both high and low-quality scope settings
  • Improve the level visuals, gameplay and optimization
  • Add more cosmetic item variations and a new forearm tattoo cosmetic type which can also be seen in first person
  • Expand in-game server options to include a server browser, community-run server support, and a custom games system allowing users to specially configure games hosted by our server infrastructure.
  • Refine the game to the point it has far less bugs, glitches, visual inconsistencies and other issues.

Strange Brigade DLC and Free Maps

Rebellion now offers Bash, the first season pass character for Strange Brigade, their pulp era action game for Windows and consoles. The PC version is on Steam, where Bash is also available for purchase for non-season pass owners. This also comes along with free content as they offer new maps for all owners of the game. This post has details on the free maps and Bash, illustrated by a bunch of screenshots. They also send along a roadmap of all the free content and DLC they have planned:
SEPTEMBER 11

SEASON PASS
Texas Cowboy Character Pack

  • Patrick 'Bash' Conaghan playable character
  • Wrath of Quetzalcoatl amulet attack

FREE

  • Score Attack - Harbin's Dig Path II
  • Score Attack - Hidden Valley II
  • Score Attack - Tunnels of Wadjet II
  • Horde map - Palace

EARLY OCTOBER

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Endless Space 2 Adds Free Renegade Fleets Content

Amplitude Studios announces the release of a free Renegade Fleets update for Endless Space 2 on Steam. This adds a bunch of new content to their Windows and macOS space strategy game, the payoff the milestones players achieved during their recent free weekend for the game. They promised the new content if players racked up a million hours of play time, a total they almost tripled. The new content consists of six new fleet skins, which come along with their AI Modding update, which is now out of beta. And for those who've been holding out for this moment, the game and its additional content are on sale for the next 48 hours. Here's a trailer showing off what's new. Continue here to read the full story.

ONE PIECE WORLD SEEKER Delayed

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announces a delay to ONE PIECE WORLD SEEKER, saying the open-world ONE PIECE action/adventure will be released in 2019 after previously being expected next year. The announcement simply explains they think the game needs more time:
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. has announced that ONE PIECE WORLD SEEKER will be shifting its release date to 2019. The game will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM®.

The action-adventure gameplay of ONE PIECE WORLD SEEKER introduces a new way to experience the world of ONE PIECE. The development team feels as though a bit more time is needed to reach fan expectations for this ambitious title. More information regarding the ONE PIECE WORLD SEEKER release date will be made in the future.

Into the Black

NBA 2K19 Tips Off

2K Games now offers the release of NBA 2K19, the latest installment in their basketball simulation for Windows and consoles. The PC side of this is covered on Steam, where you can buy the standard edition or the premium 20th Anniversary Edition which includes various extras. You can find all the details on the NBA 2K19 Website, or just lace up your Air Jordans and read on for more:
2K is proud to announce that NBA® 2K19 is now available to fans across the globe. Celebrating 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best-in-class graphics and gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood,” NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture.

“NBA 2K19 represents the culmination of over two decades of development and innovation from the development team at Visual Concepts,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “It’s exciting to be at the forefront of sports gaming by evolving the franchise year after year, and we can’t wait for our community to experience it for themselves.”

NBA 2K19 features improvements and additions to all aspects of the game, ranging from a more immersive MyCAREER, to a redesigned MyTEAM, to an increasingly dynamic Neighborhood, all of which are tied together by a soundtrack produced by one of the most talked about musical artists, Travis Scott. NBA 2K19 promises to be developer Visual Concepts’ most ambitious product to date, with the key aim to provide the most well-rounded basketball simulation experience possible.

NBA 2K19 delivers dynamic new features including:

  • Take Control with Takeover: Harness your MyPLAYER’s full basketball potential with the new Takeover feature. Unlock special moves and abilities never before seen on the court, or activate Team Takeover and unleash the power of your full squad.
  • Run the Neighborhood: You won’t want to miss a single day in the updated Neighborhood. Make a name for yourself on the court, at the Under Armour Cages, and during live events on the block. Ball until dawn with new day to night transitions, walk on at the Jordan Rec Center, or get the old Crew back together for exciting 3 on 3 streetball action.
  • MyTEAM: Create your very first MyPLAYER card, and ball with LeBron, Kobe, and the rest of your collection in a variety of competitive modes. MyTEAM players can now test their skills in the NBA 2K19 MyTEAM Unlimited $250,000 Tournament, which will run October 13, 2018-February 13, 2019. The tournament will be played using the new MyTEAM Unlimited Mode, which features 5-on-5 NBA-style gameplay and allows users to choose any 13 cards from their Collection.
  • All New MyCAREER: From Neighborhood legend to global phenomenon. The original career story mode returns with an all-new, immersive narrative charting your journey from China to the G League and eventually the NBA. Featuring an all-star cast, endorsements tied to your popularity, and new team chemistry elements that allow you to dominate the hardwood.

Featuring LeBron James on the cover, the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes the NBA 2K19 game, 100,000 Virtual Currency, MyTEAM cards, LeBron-themed digital items for MyPLAYERs and more for $99.99 MSRP. Giannis Antetokounmpo is featured on the cover of the Standard Edition, available now for $59.99 MSRP. NBA 2K19 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Spintires: MudRunner Expands This Fall

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Saber Interactive announce an American Wilds expansion is coming on October 23rd to Spintires: MudRunner, their offroad driving game. This will be available separately for owners of the original game, or as part of a new bundle that includes the game and the expansion. This teaser trailer goes full Arnold on the concept, showing as Humvee climbing a muddy hill. Here's the plan:
The American Wilds Expansion features a number of highly-requested additions, including 2 new sandbox maps inspired by the rough lands of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota, new challenges to tackle, and seven of the most iconic US trucks from household brands including Hummer, Chevrolet and Western Star.... This means a total of over 30 vehicles, 60 add-ons, 10 sandbox maps and 11 challenge maps in the Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds Edition, which brings together the new expansion, base game and DLC content.

Overcome muddy terrain, raging rivers, and other obstacles that realistically react to the weight and movement of your vehicle, powered by the game's advanced physics engine. Armed with your map, compass, winch, and driving skills, go solo or join up to three others in the coop multiplayer. On PC, download mods created by the passionate community for truck-loads of content and an ever-evolving Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds experience.

The American Wilds Expansion, as well as the American Wilds Edition that includes the base game and all of the previously released DLCs will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 23 and for the first time on Nintendo Switch in November.
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God Eater 3 Early Next Year

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announces a release window for God Eater 3, saying the Windows and PlayStation 4 action/RPG sequel is due in the Americas in "early 2019." The news comes with a new Tokyo Games Show trailer featuring Japanese voice-overs and English subtitles. Word is: "The intense 3rd person action gameplay of GOD EATER 3 is punctuated by a dramatic storyline which is highlighted in its newest trailer, which can be found at the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_2DSbCKc97I." Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Getting Uncensored Anime Game Friday

A tweet from Dharker Studios reveals that Valve has approved their Negligee: Love Stories for release on Steam this Friday with no censorship (thanks DSOGaming). This will be the first such release since Valve announced plans to accommodate such content without putting off those with more delicate sensibilities. Word is: "Steam have given the official thumbs up... Negligee: Love Stories will be releasing this Friday 100% uncensored on Steam." The tweet includes a Steam link that you must sign in to view after acknowledging your consent to possibly be offended, and the game's description outlines how far this goes: "Negligee: Love Stories features four story-lines that frequently include dialogue of sexual themes, sexual interactions and nudity and through them illustrations featuring nudity, undressing and sexual interactions as well."

Call of Cthulhu One Hour Gameplay Video

Do you like scary movies? Well Eurogamer kindly points the way to a new trailer from Call of Cthulhu, showing off the upcoming horror game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This features developer commentary from Cyanide Studio and includes almost a full hour of gameplay, so how much of the game you're willing to spoil should factor into whether you choose to view this. The description offers a nice overview of the game, which is due next month for Windows and consoles:
About Call of Cthulhu:
Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Darkwater Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Soon enough, Pierce is plunged into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors.

Hidden passageways, nightmarish asylums, illegal bars, and seemingly-abandoned warehouses make up Darkwater’s scattered geography. Originally supported by a now long-dead whaling industry, the island is home to only desperate old sailors and decaying families of old money with nowhere else to go. They do not like outsiders.

Faced with terrors beyond human comprehension, you must delve deep into the secrets that lay beneath the surface of the Darkwater Island community. Speak with the island’s inhabitants, overcome deadly horrors and discover cryptic clues, in a desperate attempt to expose the terrible truth at the heart of the Hawkins case.

Investigation comes in many forms. Will you talk to characters to learn their secrets, or look around on your own? A friendly ally may provide a much-needed distraction or reveal a path to progress but picking a lock or stealing a key is equally viable.

Despite his experience in the Great War, Pierce is not a fighter, and you will need to find solutions to your problems that don’t involve a fist fight or gunning down the inhabitants.
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