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Monday, Dec 10, 2018 Happy Birthday DOOM!

Beyond Good and Evil 2 Videos

A new gameplay update trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 shows off "augments, vehicles, co-op, and spyglass" from Ubisoft's upcoming action/adventure sequel. This runs almost four minutes and offers lots of gameplay, but for more you can also check out this recording of a livestream from earlier that ran almost an hour. Here's the description of the new trailer:
The latest Beyond Good and Evil 2 Space Monkeys stream gave us a closer look at a whole bunch of new gameplay, featuring augments, ship-to-ship combat, combat skills, the scope of seamless co-op, how you can begin recruiting characters to your crew, and more. This recap gives a small taste, but for more, be sure to check out the full Space Monkeys livestream, with Senior Producer Guillaume Brunier and Associate Creative Director Emile Morel. https://youtu.be/4YzEozG5EYs
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Clatter Released

Facepunch Studios announces the release of Clatter, saying their new tactical arena game is now available for Windows on Steam with a 20% launch discount. This trailer shows off the latest offering from the folks behind Rust and Garry's Mod, and the Clatter Website is where to turn for additional information. Here's a bit on the game:
Strategise
Build your own squads from a variety of units, including Grabbers, Flippers, Mortars and more. Each one has its own strengths, weaknesses and synergies with other units.

Take on Everyone
Built for multiplayer, there's an ever-changing roster of maps available across both deathmatch and control game modes. Take your squads and strategies online and pit them against other commanders in a bid to climb your way up through bronze, silver and gold leagues. Can you make it to the top?

Career Mode
The single-player career mode puts you in the role of player-manager, building and battling with your team across season-long leagues. Build your team from the ground up: buy and sell units, mod their stats, and grab sponsorships as you strive to take your team from chumps to champs.

Daily Challenges
A new challenge awaits you every day! Battle against the AI on random maps with pre-made squads, competing for the top score on the daily leaderboards.

Customise
Change your appearance as often as you change your tactics: make your commander and arena your own and pick from an ever-expanding collection of interactive items. With hundreds of possible combinations, you can be sure you'll stand out from the crowd.
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DUSK Dawns

Appropriate to today's DOOM anniversary is the release of DUSK, which is now available on Steam, offering a throwback first-person shooter in the vein of DOOM and other classics like Heretic, Hexen, and QUAKE. This launch trailer shows off the game in all its frenetic retro glory, and the description dives headfirst into the lava:
DUSK reintroduces you to a world where butchery and bloodshed must be mastered... if you're to survive 'til dawn. Inspired by Doom, Quake, Blood, Heretic, Hexen, Half-Life, Redneck Rampage and all your '90s favorites, while featuring a soundtrack by metal music mastermind Andrew Hulshult.

In three distinct campaign episodes hand-crafted from straight outta the '90s, players will battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and even darker forces and attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth. Featuring a vast arsenal of badass weaponry including sickles, swords, crossbows, rifles, dual-wielded and double barreled shotguns and incredibly necessary grenade and rocket launchers, DUSK brings unapologetic retro action from start to finish.

In addition to the main campaign, DUSK features an Endless Survival Mode, putting you front and center against wave after wave of merciless enemies.

And for those looking for an extra challenge, DUSK also offers the chance to go head to head online to battle your friends in DUSKWorld arena multiplayer, where darkness hosts the worst of humanity in surprising new ways...
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CoD Black Ops 4 Operation Absolute Zero Trailer

With Operation Absolute Zero set to launch tomorrow for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4, Activision offers a new trailer showing off the free content update, which is coming to other platforms down the road. The clip shows off a new specialist, new weapons and customization options, a new game mode, and more. The clip concludes saying "we're done here," but they're not really, as they promise additional information and content is to be revealed tomorrow. Continue here to read the full story.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 3 Trailer

Ubisoft offers this new trailer from Special Operation 3, which launches tomorrow for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, offering "new weapons, new icons, new PVP classes, and more" in the first-person shooter. Here's word:

Scott Mitchell is back in Ghost Recon Wildlands: Special Operation 3: Future Soldier. Get access to new weapons, new icons, new PVP classes, and more starting 12.11.18.

Your mission is about to begin. Enter the Wildlands and dismantle the Santa Blanca Cartel any way you choose.

You decide how to take down the cartel. Watch now to see how you can customize your character’s appearance and gear, and use the Gunsmith to craft weapons to take on any enemy in any environment.

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SIGIL Trailer and Q&A

This trailer illustrates today's SIGIL announcement, showing off gameplay from John Romero's upcoming new megawad for DOOM. The clip offers a little background and then shows off some single-player gameplay in the familiar lava-filled depths of DOOM. Also, if you scroll down on the Romero Games Website, you'll find an interview where John Romero answers questions about the project. Thanks Frans. Continue here to read the full story.

NoClip's Half-Life Documentary

NoClip celebrates the anniversary of the release of DOOM with Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary, their feature-length look at Valve's seminal first-person shooter. This is actually to celebrate Half-Life's 20th birthday, which was just a few weeks ago. Word is this looks at the legacy of the series and its seeming abandonment:
What happens when one of the most revolutionary series in video games suddenly goes dark? To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Noclip hits the road to investigate the legacy of Half-Life and the incredible community working to keep the dream alive.
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GOD EATER 3 Story Trailer

A new story trailer from GOD EATER 3 lives up to the story part by showing expositional conversations in the upcoming action/RPG sequel, along with a little gratuitous cleavage. Here's word:
A new trailer for GOD EATER 3 has been released from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. highlighting the game’s story. Fenrir is gone, and a new AGE is upon us. Ash Aragami have appeared and the GOD EATERS known as AGES are the only ones with the power to stop them. The new trailer can be found at the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/jXJCb2vhas8

This latest entry of the GOD EATER action-RPG series will include a robust character creator, brand new giant enemies to slay alone or with a group of allies, all-new weapons and dynamic battle mechanics, engrossing storyline, as well as dual Japanese and English voice acting. GOD EATER 3 will launch on February 8, 2019 throughout the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC via STEAM®.
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Witcher Crossover Announced

Capcom announces Iceborne will be the first expansion for Monster Hunter World, saying this currently slated for console release in autumn 2019 and that future announcements will cover plans for a PC release. They offer this trailer to celebrate the news, and though this is Japanese, it includes no dialogue to translate. They also announce plans for a collaboration with CD Projekt RED to bring Geralt from The Witcher series to the game, this trailer illustrates that news, and this offers English voiceovers. Details on this are scant, but they say it is expected early next year. Here's the announcement:
Hunters around the globe can prance in joy! Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne™, a massive expansion for the highly-acclaimed more than 10 million unit-selling Monster Hunter: World™. The new content will be available for download in autumn 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, with more details on the PC release to be shared in future announcements. The content-rich Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will feature new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves and gear in addition to a full narrative experience that continues on from the ending of Monster Hunter: World. The Monster Hunter: World base game is required for the expansion and is currently available across consoles and PC. More information on the expansion will be shared next spring. A new teaser trailer offering a sneak peek at the upcoming Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is available to download from the Capcom press site now.

In addition, there is plenty of exciting content for current players of Monster Hunter: World to look forward to soon. Capcom is working on a special collaboration with CD PROJEKT RED to bring professional monster hunter Geralt from The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt into the New World early next year. Unique quests will offer a brand-new type of gameplay that blends the immersive RPG experience of The Witcher 3 with Monster Hunter: World. The voice actors for Geralt have also contributed newly recorded dialogue to further enhance this collaboration.
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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Goes Back to Ubersreik

Grab your hammer and prepare for war, as this post on Steam announces the release of Back to Ubersreik, the new DLC for Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Fatshark's melee combat sequel. This features a return to some of the most memorable locations in the first Vermintide with additional challenges, including tougher opponents. There also may be more here than they are revealing: "Three levels are included in the Back to Ubersreik DLC - officially," teases fictional character Bardin Goreksson. "There might be more content…" This trailer shows off this chance to party like it's 2015, and the announcement fills in more details on the DLC, how hosting games with DLC content is changing, and the an accompanying update to the base game:
Our second DLC brings with it version 1.4, update #43. Which includes plenty of bug fixes and tweaks, three new missions and five new weapons for players who own Back to Ubersreik.

Our DLC policy for Vermintide 1 is something that we are very proud of. Players who owned a DLC, could invite their friends along for the ride - not everyone in the party had to be owners. We felt that was a fair deal.

But for Vermintide 2, when we released our first DLC 'Shadows over Bögenhafen', we received feedback from our players that, because of how Quickplay works, the value proposition of our DLCs wasn't all that clear.

So for this release, we're changing how access to DLC missions works. From now on, in order to host a Custom game with a DLC mission, or have that mission be selected for Quickplay - you, or another player in your Keep, will have to own that DLC.

Where it was previously possible to join a DLC mission through Quickplay, even if you didn't own that DLC, from today that won' be the case. You will have to join a friend who owns it.

These changes also affect the missions from the Shadows over Bögenhafen DLC.

We're in the process of making more finely grained options for random mission selection in Quickplay. In the next major update, planned for January, we will present players the option of playing only certain sets of missions - excluding, or including DLC levels.
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John Romero Is Going to Make You His Wad

The Romero Games Website announces SIGIL is the project John Romero was teasing, revealing this to be a DOOM Megawad that will be released for free in February. There are also two limited-run boxed editions available now for preorder, offering additional art and exclusive music created by Buckethead. There is a Standard Edition for $39.99 and a Beast Box Edition for $166 (limited to two per customer) with various dustcatchers, including a statue of The Romero's head on a spike from the DOOM endgame (spoiler alert). Here's the plan:
SIGIL™ is a free megawad for the original 1993 DOOM® created by John Romero. It contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels. The free megawad will be released in mid- February 2019 and requires players own the original 1993 registered version of DOOM® in order to play. SIGIL™ is the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of DOOM®, and picks up where the original left off.

In addition to the free megawad, SIGIL also releases in two limited edition fan boxes created by Limited Run Games. The fan boxes feature music by metal guitar legend Buckethead, including a custom song written expressly for SIGIL, and cover art by Christopher Lovell whose iconic, detailed work has been featured on numerous metal albums. (Note: The free megawad does not ship with Buckethead’s music or Christopher Lovell’s art.)
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Conan Unconquered Details

Following the weekend reveal of Conan Unconquered comes the official announcement of the game from Funcom with more details on their plans. They discuss how Petroglyph is making the first strategy game featuring Conan, which builds upon the survival gameplay from Conan Exiles. They also confirm plans for more barbarism set in the Hyborian Age in an unannounced upcoming "single-player Conan game that will be revealed at a later date." Here's word:
The mighty barbarian returns, this time in the first-ever strategy game set in the brutal and savage world of Conan! Funcom is thrilled to announce Conan Unconquered, a strategy game releasing in Q2 2019 where players must build the ultimate stronghold and assemble an unconquerable army that can stand against wave after wave of enemies in increasing numbers and difficulty. The game is published by Funcom and created by the veterans at Petroglyph, a team that includes several of the lead developers on the classic and original strategy games such as Dune 2 and Command & Conquer.

“It is both a professional and personal honor to be working with the genre veterans at Petroglyph,” said Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “My first love is strategy games and I spent endless hours playing Dune 2 back in the day. The current team at Petroglyph is responsible for some truly great strategy games, including Star Wars: Empire at War, and I can think of no one better to bring to life the first ever strategy game set in the world of Conan the Barbarian.”
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Aftercharge Next Month Open Beta This Weekend

Chainsawesome Games announces Aftercharge will come after December, as they reveal a January 10th release date for this 3-vs-3, cross-platform first-person shooter. The game had an open alpha test in October, and they have a beta weekend planned for this weekend for Windows and Xbox One. The Aftercharge Keys Website will generate a key for Windows users, and word is testing gets underway on December 14th at noon EST. The news is accompanied by a new launch date trailer, and they provide the following details:
Aftercharge is a 3v3 shooter where players put their strategic wits to the test in fast-paced matches of asymmetrical, competing teams — invisible robots facing off against invincible security enforcers! The game will launch with online cross-platform play between Windows PC and Xbox One — and three-way cross-platform play with the Nintendo Switch version due for release shortly thereafter, ensuring lots of battles between friends and foes alike regardless of platform.

For those energized fans who can’t wait to blast, zap, and punch their way to victory, the “Ultimate Aftercharge Beta Weekend” will be available from December 14 to December 16, 2018, for both Windows PC and Xbox One!

Sign-up to the cross-platform “Ultimate Aftercharge Beta Weekend” is available at www.afterchargekeys.com for Windows PC access and through the Xbox Insider preview program for Xbox One consoles.
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Out of the Blue

Well, happy birthday to DOOM, as id Software's classic first-person shooter was first released on December 10, 1993. It's nice to celebrate such anniversaries, but a quarter century is a little boggling. For perspective, 25 years before DOOM was released gas was 34 cents a gallon, the year-end Dow Jones Industrial Average was 943, and "the 'mother of all demos' foretold our tech future" with a first look at things everyone takes for granted today. So this is quite the milestone. Bethesda Softworks offers a 25 Years of DOOM trailer to celebrate the occasion.

Milestone Links: Thanks Ant.
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