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Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Get Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Free in Humble Fall Sale

The Humble Fall Sale is now underway on The Humble Store, offering savings on thousands of games between now and November 27th. This includes a Humble Freebie, as they announce they are giving a free copy of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion to everyone who signs up to receive the Humble Bundle newsletter. This offer will end one on Sunday and free keys expire week from today. If you are already a subscriber, not to worry, you can claim your free game without further ado. Looking for more convincing? Here's a rundown on the game:
Take the battle for galactic supremacy to its ultimate level in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – a standalone RT4X game that combines the tactics of real-time strategy with the depth of the 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate).

Key features:

  • New Factions: Decide whether to play as a Loyalist or Rebel – each unlocks new technologies, ships and play styles for each race.
  • New Titan Class Warships: Mighty titans enter the fray of the war to tip the scales of power. Each faction may field their own unique titan, drawing upon unique strengths and abilities on the battlefield.
  • New and Updated Capital Ships: A new capital ship joins the fleet for each race to offer even more tactical options. Additionally, all existing capital ships have been upgraded to four levels for their abilities, allowing players to focus their ships along specific strengths.
  • New Corvette Class Ships: Small and maneuverable, each faction has developed a new light attack craft to harass enemy forces.
  • Updated Visuals: Updated graphics, particle effects, lighting and shadows, race specific UI and other enhancements make the Sins’ universe look better than ever.
  • New Victory Conditions: Take multiple paths to victory including – Military, Diplomatic, Research, Last Flagship Standing, Last Capital Standing and Occupation.
  • New Audio: More than 60 minutes of original music, countless new sound effects and dozens of new voice overs help bring the drama of battle to new levels of immersion.
  • Tutorials: New and updated tutorials make it easy for both experienced and new players to quickly start building their own solar empire.
  • Plus, a number of optimizations that provide better performance than ever before!

Win10 Sunset Overdrive Tomorrow

Insomniac Games tweets that Sunset Overdrive is coming to PCs tomorrow, confirming a couple of recent indications this would happen. They offer a launch trailer along with word this will be for PC owners, if not PC gamers, as it will be for Windows 10 only: "@SunsetOverdrive is coming to Windows 10 PC tomorrow!" Thanks IGN.

Surviving Mars: Space Race and Surviving Mars Free Weekend

Surviving Mars: Space Race and Surviving Mars: Space Race Plus are now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering new DLC for this Windows, macOS, and Linux management game. And for those who have not yet chosen to get their asses to Mars, the base version of Surviving Mars is free to play all weekend on Steam, and is also on sale. Here's the release trailer, and here are more details:
Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games today launched Space Race, the first major expansion for their sci-fi management game, Surviving Mars, on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox and PlayStation. In this competition-focused expansion, players can interact with rival colonies to send or receive distress calls, race to achieve milestones or even steal important colonists. Daring dome designers of all sorts can purchase Space Race for the suggested retail price of $12.99 USD. Players looking to delve deeper into the dome experience can pick up Surviving Mars: Space Race Plus which also features the Marsvision Song Contest and Colony Design Set content packs for the suggested retail price of $19.99 USD.

If you’re new to the red planet, come try your hand at the colonization of alien planets with a free look at the game this weekend! Surviving Mars is free to play this weekend (November 15-18) on Steam and Xbox.
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Play Earthfall and NBA 2K19 Free This Weekend

Earthfall and NBA 2K19 are both also free-to-play on Steam this week, offering the chance to sample one or both of these Windows games and pick them up on sale should you so desire. Here are more details on both:

  • Save 66% on Earthfall on Steam. "When the Earth falls to an extra-terrestrial invasion, humanity becomes an endangered species. Earthfall is a four-player cooperative shooter that challenges players to survive hordes of ruthless alien drones and their inscrutable masters."
  • Save 50% on NBA 2K19 on Steam. "NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be. NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture."

Underworld Ascendant Ascends

Publisher 505 Games and OtherSide Entertainment announce the release of Underworld Ascendant, a chance to return to the Stygian Abyss of the Ultima series in this crowdfunded action/RPG. This trailer offers a look, and this can be picked up on Steam with a 15% launch discount. Here's more on the game and its impressive pedigree:
Independent game studio OtherSide Entertainment, co-founded by legendary game designers Paul Neurath (Ultima Underworld, Thief) and Warren Spector (System Shock 3, Deus Ex, Epic Mickey), in partnership with publisher 505 Games, today launched the fan-funded dungeon action-RPG Underworld Ascendant. Available now on Steam for PC for $29.99 USD, players who purchase Underworld Ascendant through Nov. 21, 2018 will receive three in-game bonus items to aid their journey through the Stygian Abyss:

  • Vorpa: A companion creature that appears mild-mannered, but will launch itself at nearby enemies who are at extremely low health
  • Mana Leech: A companion creature that absorbs Mana throughout the world, “firing” its reserves at the player when Mana is low
  • Map of The Stygian Abyss: A digital map of the iconic Stygian Abyss to aid players in their explorations of its fathoms

Written & directed by Joe Fielder (Bioshock Infinite), Underworld Ascendant takes players back in time to the genesis of role-playing games as they assume the role of ‘The Ascendant,’ summoned to the legendary Stygian Abyss by a mysterious figure called Cabirus. There, they learn of the beast Typhon, a threat to both their worlds, who can only be stopped by the player. To defeat Typhon, players must overcome challenges, uncover lost secrets and gain favor with factions to maximize knowledge and strength.

Underworld Ascendant boasts robust player-authored gameplay that encourages and rewards experimentation within a constantly evolving environment that reacts dynamically to player choices. Each decision holds the potential for great opportunity or grave consequences. Players can mix and match dozens of combat, stealth and magic skills to develop their unique style of play and devise clever plans to overcome challenges as they navigate the foreboding Stygian Abyss.

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The Settlers History Collection Released

Ubisoft announces the availability of The Settlers History Collection, a new bundle of all seven games from this strategy/management series, updated to work properly on modern computers. Here's a launch trailer with a look at what to expect, and here are the details:
Today, Ubisoft announced the release of The Settlers® History Collection for Windows PC on Uplay. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, The Settlers History Collection contains all seven main titles of the strategy build-up series, along with all expansions. Every game has received updates to run on modern PCs with Windows 10 support as well as other improvements to the original versions. The Settlers History Collection is available digitally on Uplay, and each game can also be purchased individually.

Developed by Blue Byte and created by Volker Wertich, The Settlers games have allowed millions of players worldwide to experience the brand-defining “wuselig” feeling of the world of The Settlers. Each game requires players to establish and grow a medieval-themed town by creating production chains for goods and by exploring and conquering new territories. A reboot of The Settlers game will also be released in the fall of 2019.

The Settlers History Collection includes the following games:

  • The Settlers (1993) History Edition – Turn back the clock 25 years and relive the fascination of this gaming classic! This edition includes the base game with improvements such as Windows 10 support, different game speed options and classic RTS controls.
  • The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici (1996) History Edition – As leader of the Romans, you take over the responsibility for the fate of your people. This edition includes the base game and The Settlers II Mission CD. Improvements include Windows 10 support, auto save, 4K support, mouse, keyboard and controller support for split-screen mode.
  • The Settlers III (1998) History Edition – A strategy-filled fantasy civilization simulation in which your industrious subjects construct buildings, produce goods and conquer new lands. This edition includes The Settlers III, The Settlers III Mission CD and the expansion pack Quest of the Amazons. Improvements include Windows 10 support, auto save, 4K support, dual monitor support and online multiplayer via Uplay.
  • The Settlers IV (2001) History Edition – Choose one of four playable groups – the Romans, the Vikings, the Mayans or the Trojans – to face the threat of the Dark Tribe. This edition includes The Settlers IV, The Settlers IV Mission CD and the add-on The Settlers IV – The Trojans and the Elixir of Power. Improvements include Windows 10 support, auto save, 4K support, dual monitor support and online multiplayer via Uplay.
  • The Settlers: Heritage of Kings (2005) History Edition – Dive into enthralling build-up matches and real-time fights, as manifold landscapes await to be explored and populated. This edition includes the main game plus both expansions. Improvements include Windows 10 support and online multiplayer via Uplay.
  • The Settlers: Rise of an Empire (2007) History Edition – Build vibrant cities in a medieval world. Increase the wealth of your empire and to go down in history as a legendary king. This edition includes the main game and the expansion The Eastern Realm. Improvements include Windows 10 support and online multiplayer via Uplay.
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (2010) History Edition – Experience the new world of Settlers – in the midst of green forests and lush meadows, it will bustle again. Whether as a well-read scientist, crafty merchant or brave general, it is up to you to build a prosperous kingdom with power and prestige. This edition includes the main game and all available DLCs. Improvements include Windows 10 support and permanent Internet connection no longer required.

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Star Citizen Free Fly Next Week

Roberts Space Industries Website announces a free fly event will take off next week for Star Citizen. This celebrates the release of Star Citizen's first explorable planet, so development must be hitting warp speed. Here are the details:
To celebrate the release of Hurston, Star Citizen’s first explorable planet, and commemorate our anniversary, we’re launching a Free Fly event of unprecedented magnitude.

From Nov 23 through Dec 1 you’ll have the chance to try out every flyable ship and operable vehicle in the game for free. Here’s how it works:

During the promotion, anyone can join Star Citizen’s Persistent Universe for free. You’ll be able to experience Star Citizen first-hand, but to get out there and start exploring, you’re gonna need a ship.

Starting on November 23rd, every day, a different ship manufacturer in the game will make its entire flyable fleet available for a 24-hour test flight period.

There may also be some surprises in store for those of you who make the trek out to Hurston and see what Lorville’s all about, as well as some fun interactive activities here on the website, so stay tuned.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Telltale's Final Chapter

GameDaily.biz has word that the end is here for Telltale Games following indications the developer was in trouble that surfaced a couple of months ago. Word is the company's games are being removed from Steam, and that liquidation of the company's assets are underway. They also outline what's going on with laid-off staff and former contractors, saying this is leaving them without severance or insurance. They summarize how this is being handled and some of the questions it raises:
It appears that Telltale is assigning all of its assets, including physical goods, trademarks, copyrights, software, and source code. The agreement may be an abridged document, as it does not detail what Telltale has received in return for the assignment. No specific amounts have been detailed. A more complete agreement may exist out of the public view.

"You wouldn’t assign everything you own to someone else, unless you were getting something for it," Huffman says. Alternatively, the assignee, Telltale, LLC, might not be due any consideration.

"Telltale LLC is probably just a shell company that will hold the assets for purposes of selling them off. the liquidation company may even be the owner of that LLC," Huffman suggests. "It's also possible that the company will go bankrupt and that they're only remaining income for their creditors will be whatever the liquidation company pays them under any other arrangement they might have."

It also seems that some of Telltale's back catalog are being removed from Steam. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and many others are still live. However Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Tales of Monkey Island are currently unavailable. Telltale struck a deal with Skybound, co-founded byThe Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, to finish the final season of the episodic series.

According to a letter dated November 11, 2018, that was sent to creditors and shareholders, anyone with a claim against Telltale's assets has until April 9, 2019 to submit proof. Additionally, the letter indicates that the assignment agreement began a month prior, on October 11, 2018. The 30-day period between these two events is standard per California Civil Code of Procedure 1802.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels Announced

Publisher Curve Digital, film producer Gaumont, and developer Kuju announce a collaboration on Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a turn-based strategy/action game coming PCs and consoles in Q3 of next year. Plans for such a project were teased earlier this year, and now they reveal this will be based on the first season of Narcos, the Netflix series focused the illegal narcotics trade. This teaser offers a look at not gameplay in a with a 30-second travelogue showing alleyways, furniture, and paint drying. This doesn't take sides, as the description reveals players can choose to be part of the Medellin Cartel or the DEA:
Publisher Curve Digital, in collaboration with Gaumont and developer Kuju, announced today, the Q3 2019 release of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a new game for PC’s and consoles based on Gaumont’s Emmy® and Golden Globe nominated hit series, Narcos. A newly launched teaser trailer reveals that Narcos: Rise of the Cartels will follow the events of the first season of Narcos, in a story narrated by El Patron himself, where players will take the role of the Medellin Cartel or the DEA in a tactical turn-based action adventure.

“Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a hugely exciting prospect for us,” said Rosemary Buahin, Marketing Director of Curve Digital. “We love the show and have ensured that our game stays true to the source material, from the locations, to the characters, the clothes, the iconic music and more. We think that the action-packed, turn-based strategy gameplay lends itself perfectly to the world of Narcos.”

“Curve Digital and Kuju have taken a deep dive into the phenomenon that is Narcos and how it’s incredible stories are told to give fans an authentic experience to interact with the brand,” said Tim Stephen, Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Gaumont. “From the frantic action that comes from acting as a DEA agent or a Cartel leader, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels gives players the thrilling sensation of being the hunter or hunted as they delve into the minutiae of each operation.”

“Working with the Narcos licence has been an incredible experience so far for the team at Kuju,” said Matt White, Head of Studio at Kuju. “As creators, having such an evocative and multi-layered world to play around in gives us the ability to tell incredible stories and create awesome gameplay opportunities. We are incredibly proud of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels and hope that it will resonate with fans of the series and of the turn-based tactical genre.”

Curve Digital is the publisher of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, developed by sister company Kuju with the Unreal Engine. Curve Digital secured video rights to develop the first video game based on Narcos earlier this year. The deal was brokered by Evolution USA, LLC on behalf of Gaumont.
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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Rearmed and Remastered Free Week

Tripwire Interactive announces the chance to go back in country for another tour with the release of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Rearmed and Remastered, an updated version of their military first-person shooter. This includes quality-of-life improvements, community-requested features, and remastered versions of Mekong and Dong Ha, two maps from Red Orchestra 2. This is a free update for all owners of the game, but newcomers can check this out as well, since the chance to play this for free for a week begins on Steam at 1:00 pm EST today, and will run through until next Wednesday. Word is: "Today’s update is part of Tripwire Interactive and Antimatter Game’s commitment to support Rising Storm 2: Vietnam with regular updates and improvements, and follows over 20 new updates, 12 new maps, 16 new weapons, and over 250 million confirmed kills since the first-person shooter first launched in May, 2017." Here's more on the new version and what they are calling an extended free weekend:
The new Rising Storm 2: Vietnam - Rearmed and Remastered update also kicks off an extended Free Weekend for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam on Steam. Starting on Thursday, Nov. 15 (10AM PST) through Wednesday, Nov. 21 (10AM PST), players can download and play the game for free and experience the brutal multiplayer battles that makes Rising Storm 2: Vietnam a fan favorite. During this time, new recruits can also take advantage of a 67% off Steam sale on Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and 50% off on all Rising Storm 2: Vietnam DLC.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam - Rearmed and Remastered key features include:

  • Red Orchestra 2 Maps: Revisit “Mekong” and “Dong Ha,” two fan favorite maps from Red Orchestra 2, remastered and updated for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.
  • New Weaponry: In addition to over 50 weapons, covering everything from rifles and pistols to flamethrowers and rocket launchers, players can look forward to a more expanded arsenal, including:
    • MP40 for the NLF
    • 200-round belt-fed RPD
    • Deployable DShk: Pick up this heavy machine gun at a resupply point and deploy where needed
    • Fougasse mine trap for North Vietnamese
    • M2 Browning for Southern forces
  • Audio Improvements: New audio occlusion system improves how sound is affected by the environment

Available now on PC, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is the sequel to Rising Storm, PC Gamer magazine’s 2013 ‘Multiplayer Game of the Year’, published by Tripwire Interactive and developed by Antimatter Games. Command your team to victory in massive 64-player battles with authentic weapons, aircraft, and maps that pit conventional military forces against guerilla forces.

Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows Next Month

Fair Weather Studios announces a December 11th release date for Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows, a standalone expansion (or as they call it, an "expandalone") for Ancient Frontier, their sci-fi, turn-based RPG. Word is this will offer "multiple gameplay improvements," and "builds upon the universe of Ancient Frontier, putting players in command of their own ragtag fleet of ships to embark in tactical turn-based combat with RPG progression." Here's a teaser trailer, and here are more details:
Playing as Rogan Harker, a recently freed convict players will explore the vast expanse of space forming new friendships and conquering enemies to level and expand their fleet of ships. With an intuitive based combat system, Steel Shadows lets players customize their play experience as they unlock technologies in the extensive Tech Tree.

As a standalone expansion, Steel Shadows gives players the opportunity to jump into the world of Ancient Frontier without having to own the original title. Including the “Random Event” and “Crew Free” DLCs from the original Ancient Frontier, Steel Shadows packs hours of content and dynamics into tactical combat giving both fans of RPGs and turn-based strategy titles something to enjoy.
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Armored Brigade Rolls Out

Slitherine announces the release of Armored Brigade, saying this Cold War real-time strategy game is now available for Windows through the Matrix Games Store. The release trailer shows off the game, which they say inspired by classic titles like Close Combat and Steel Panthers. Here's the full announcement:
Time: November 15th. Location: Somewhere east of Frankfurt. From the woods near Gelnhausen, dozens of T-72s and BMP2 emerge with covering infantry deployed on their flanks. The earth trembles beneath their tracks, then everything stops. Few seconds later, the silence is broken by the horrific sound of the 125 mm Soviet guns. It's a chily morning, but the situation will soon get much hotter. It's the year 1985, and the Cold War has now turned into World World 3.

Set between 1965 and 1991, Armored Brigade is a tactical RTS in which you will take control of either the NATO command or the Warsaw Pact. You can select your army not only by choosing the nationality (USA, West Germany and United Kingdom for NATO; USSR, Poland and East Germany for the Pact; Finland as neutral), but also the type of deployment - infantry, motorised or tank division. Jump in and select where you want to fight in one of the three huge maps available, with the level of zoom you choose.

But just don't expect an "ordinary" RTS: you have unit morale, training level and fatigue, even order delay based on the distance between your unit and its HQ. You will have to face a smart dynamic AI that, combined with the battle generator, offers unlimited replayability.

The battlefield is set on three huge maps: Central Germany, the Fulda Gap, where NATO expected the salient of the USSR attack in case of war, and the south of Finland, present in the game as a neutral faction. You choose any portion of these maps to fight your battle.
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THQ Nordic Acquires Expeditions IP

With the ink barely dry on their last deal, THQ Nordic announces the Expeditions IP is their newest acquisition. They say that in addition to now owning the rights to Expeditions: Conquistador and Expeditions: Viking and all DLC for both of these historical RPGs, they say developer Logic Artists is gearing up to develop a third game within the Expeditions universe, saying more details on this will come "in due time." Here are the details:
THQ Nordic today announced that the acquisition of the intellectual property “Expeditions:...” has been finalized with Logic Artists, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deal comprises of “Expeditions: Conquistador” and “Expeditions: Viking” and its respective DLCs. Furthermore, Logic Artists and THQ Nordic have agreed to start development of a third game within the “Expeditions:”-Universe. More information will be announced in due time.

The acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, and daily operations (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be done via THQ Nordic GmbH in Vienna, Austria.

About Expeditions: Conquistador
Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators.

About Expeditions: Viking
Circa 790 AD. A small band of Norse warriors lands on the shores of England. History may have forgotten their names, but their actions live on. As the chieftain of your clan, let ambition guide your choices in the party-based RPG Expeditions: Viking. How will history remember you?

Railroad Corporation Announced

Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Corbie Games announce Railroad Corporation, a simulation coming to PCs next year to put the player in the role of a rail tycoon back in the pioneering days of steam travel. The reveal trailer offers a full 4K collection of pixels to show what to expect, and the announcement has details about what to expect if you choo-choo-choose to play this:
Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Corbie Games reveal Railroad Corporation, a tycoon strategy game set in 19th century North America during the Golden Age of Steam. The game is slated to launch in early 2019 for PC. Establish your own railroad, build the lines, buy the rolling stock and prosper in the cities you connect - compete against other railroad tycoons and work your way to the top.

“After developing Bounty Train, a train simulation game, we wanted to take the next step and have a more global approach of running a Railroad company”, says Yurij Ishchuk, CEO at Corbie Games. He continues: “We are very excited with how development is progressing and look forward to revealing more of the game to fans of the genre in the following weeks.”

Erik Schreuder, CEO of Iceberg Interactive adds: “Iceberg is well-known as the go-to publisher for excellent strategy games and Railroad Corporation is no exception. Our mantra is that we should enjoy the games that we publish ourselves and Railroad Corporation has kept us hooked for many happy hours. We are positive that tycoon enthusiasts will not be disappointed when this title is released.”

About Railroad Corporation
Begin your career as an ambitious employee of a 19th century railroad company, in the Golden Age of Steam. Manage the business by obeying the directions of your bosses. Build railroads, tunnels and bridges to towns and cities old and new, and decide how to use the railroad to the best advantage of the company. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful scenery that you must blast, dig and tunnel through – nothing must stop the railroad! If you excel, you will get the chance to set up your own railroad corporation, build up the local economy and earn your fortune in the New World. In order to be the very best, you must involve yourself in every aspect of your railroad empire: making new investment decisions, lobbying politicians, managing the global resources of your business empire, and constantly looking over your shoulder at the competition.

Start planning your railroad today by wishlisting the game on Steam.

Key Features

  • Build and manage your very own 19th Century Railroad Corporation, using track, tunnels, bridges and rolling stock
  • Historically accurate locomotives and rolling stock to choose from – research and upgrade stock as you become more successful
  • Blast, dig and tunnel through a beautiful landscape, from town-to-town
  • Exert your influence on towns and cities, buy real-estate and run a vast business empire
  • Play alone, against an opponent, or against many fierce competitors
  • Engage in political lobbying, play the stock market and defend your huge business empire against your enemies

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The Textorcist Announced

"Your mother still types in hell!" Headup Games announces The Textorcist, an upcoming game that allows players to exorcize evil spirits while exercising their typing with some Typing of the Dead-style gameplay. This is expected in Q1 of next year, but in the meantime we can see this in action in this trailer. Here's word on how you can combine spirited typing and devilish dodging to help save humanity from bullet hell:
About Textorcist
Get ready for an electrifying mix between a bullet game and a typing hell! Dodge bullets while typing exorcisms and jump into the adventure of Ray Bibbia, a private exorcist who's going to face the threats of a demonic outbreak and deal with his sinful past at the same time! A city in decay, streets filled with thugs and only one man to stop it all. Groundbreaking gameplay, exorcists, demons, the Pope and tons of hardcore action-filled boss battles for the first type em up game ever realized.

Features

  • Intense storytelling
  • Tons of bullets
  • Lots of typing
  • 10 Boss fights
  • Challenging twisted typing mechanics for every boss
  • Type even to open a door
  • Type on a Holyvetti computer
  • Show it off with online leaderboards
  • Play with the keyboard for a typing experience or with a gamepad for a rhythm experience
  • Original Soundtrack composed by GosT
  • Some more bullets

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Morning Patches

Op Ed

Kotaku - A Young Man's Ego Doomed A Much Hyped Jurassic Park Game. Forgiving Trespasser its trespasses.
"Working on Trespasser taught Blackley a lot about himself, and about how to make a game like that work. Trespasser released before it was actually finished. He said that none of the things he imagined for the game were actually impossible to produce, but his own mismanagement lead to the team being forced to ship a broken game.

'The situation and how I handled it was purely my fault, but it was awful to have to ship something that we knew was broken, and that could have been fixed,' he said. 'A huge lesson in this is that any innovative technology needs to be perfect when it ships, or it will likely fail.'

Trespasser was also released at the advent of internet fan activity—the good kind and the bad kind. “I personally took insane heat and humiliation online, and also death threats, people coming to my house, the whole thing. And the team got it just as bad,” he said. 'The thing is, everyone wanted to have this experience of being free in the game world so much—and we know how compelling it is now in our modern games—that when we failed to deliver, they were pissed off!'"

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Out of the Blue

There's a nor'easter in the forecast, so we're currently looking at the prospect of snow and freezing rain in these parts. It's a shame we can't magically turn this into a nor'wester (which is apparently an actual thing in New Zealand), since a downpour could possibly help dampen the Wildfires in California. That's probably naive thinking, and a storm would probably just make things worse, but it's hard not to wish for some sort of miraculous turnaround in light of the terrifying reports from the scene. Those reports also make it impossible to complain about a snow storm considering what the west coast is enduring right now, so I'll just break out my shovel and my long johns and count my blessings.

Long John Sliver Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Landor Quest 2.
Links: AI Trying To Design Inspirational Posters Goes Horribly And Hilariously Wrong. Thanks Max.
Media: Deadlocked Bench Vice is Perfectly Restored.
Why New Yorkers Insisted On a "Worse" Subway Map
Meanwhile In Russia.
Follow-up: Homeless man and N.J. couple concocted story for GoFundMe fundraiser, complaint says. So they were all scammers?
Chilling details recount fatal Southwest flight that pulled woman out window. Thanks j.c.f.
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