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Wednesday, Jan 09, 2019

  

The Division 2 Blows Off Steam; Specs Revealed

Ubisoft offers system specifications and new details for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, their upcoming open-world online shooter. They also announce the game is now available for preorder from the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store, a brief list of etailers that noticeably excludes Steam. Sure enough, Polygon confirms that at this time Ubisoft has no plans to sell the game on Steam, presumably to avoid a higher royalty rate. A Ubisoft representative replied to their inquiry thusly: "We have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Steam." Those who do preorder the game will get access to a private beta, and those who do not still have a chance to be selected to participate if they register here. They illustrate the news with a PC features overview trailer where the developers show off the game and discuss its PC cred. Word is: "The Division 2 is rolling towards its March 15 release date, and the development team at Ubisoft Massive has fully optimized the game for PC. The PC version of the game includes a host of features, including uncapped frame rate, uncapped display resolution, full UI and HUD customization, multiscreen and widescreen support, variable refresh rate support, and HDR support." They offer four levels of system specifications:

Minimum – 1080p | 30 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD FX-6350 | Intel Core I5-2500K
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 670
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

Recommended – 1080p | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X | Intel Core I7-4790
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX 480 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

High – 1440p | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | Intel Core I7-6700K
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD RX Vega 56 | Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

Elite – 4K | 60 FPS

  • OS: Windows 7 | 8 | 10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X | Intel Core I9-7900X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII | Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 TI
  • VRAM: 11 GB
  • DIRECT X: DirectX 11 | 12

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AMD Radeon VII Graphics Cards Next Month

At CES today, AMD unveiled new Radeon VII graphics cards coming next month, reports AnandTech, who say these high-end 7nm Vega-based cards will run you about $699 USD starting February 7th. Here's part of their take on this:

Today’s announcement is interesting in that it’s just as much about technology as it is the 3D chess that is the market positioning fights between AMD and NVIDIA. Technically AMD isn’t announcing any new GPUs here – regular readers will correctly guess that we’re talking about Vega 20 – but the situation in the high-end market has played out such that there’s now a window for AMD to bring their cutting-edge Vega 20 GPU to the consumer market, and this is a window AMD is looking to take full advantage of.

At a high level then, the Radeon VII employs a slightly cut down version of AMD’s Vega 20 GPU. With 60 of 64 CUs enabled, it actually has a few less CUs than AMD’s previous flagship, the Radeon RX Vega 64, but it makes up for the loss with much higher clockspeeds and a much more powerful memory and pixel throughput backend. As a result, AMD says that the Radeon VII should beat their former flagship by anywhere between 20% and 42% depending on the game (with an overall average of 29%), which on paper would be just enough to put the card in spitting distance of NVIDIA’s RTX 2080, and making it a viable and competitive 4K gaming card.

Pumped BMX Pro Next Month

Are you pumped? Pumped enough to go pro? Then you're set for Pumped BMX Pro, a new sequel to Pumped BMX + that's set to pump (*clap!*) you up on February 7th for Windows, Xbox One, and Switch. This "momentum-based BMX freestyler" is from one-man studio Yeah Us! Games, and word is the sequel "takes the action to the next level with a beautiful new look, a fresh new physics engine and more content than ever before." This trailer gets down with the radness, and here are some details:

Choose from 15 riders with pre-designed bikes, or come up with your own in the easy to use bike creator. Once you’re ready to hit the tracks, get creative with more than 40 trick options and combo your way through over 60 insane levels, maintaining your flow to ensure you reach the next obstacle wheels first instead of face first. For the best riders out there, there are over 200 challenges to beat. Have you got what it takes to go pro? High score chasers can compete on the global leaderboards, to see if they can thrash at the same level as the best riders in the world!

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Link of the Day: ASUS left us unsupervised with their water cooled graphics card... It's easier to get forgiveness than permission. Thanks Hypothermia.

Lovecraft's Untold Stories This Month

Blini Games announces January 31st is the official release date for Lovecraft's Untold Stories, their action/RPG/roguelite that's currently in Early Access on Steam. They say this will launch with localized support for English, Russian, and Spanish, with other languages to be added in the "near future" (they also note the Chinese version is also available separately on Steam). The official trailer shows off gameplay, and the announcement provides more background on this:

After a successful period of 6 months in Early Access, the game is now complete and ready for its full release. Follow the path of five different characters (the Detective, the Professor, the Ghoul, the Thief, and the Witch) in their adventures against the Great Old Ones, their minions, and their worshippers. Explore their different storylines inspired by Lovecraft's stories that cross randomly generated levels such as the hospital, the jungle or the port city, and look for the clues you need to face terrible foes like Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, and Great Cthulhu.

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The Textorcist Next Month

Publisher Headup and developer Morbidware announce a February 14th release date for The Textorcist on Steam, so this mashup of a bullet hell shooter and a typing game is set to add some exorcism to the romance of Valentine's Day. You can see the game in action in the previously released announcement trailer. Here's word on this word game:

Life as an exorcist is hard: You get insulted, spit and puked at or even cursed - and this every single day. But Ray Bibbia, main protagonist of The Textorcist, takes it to the chin. As a private exorcist and certified badass he knows how to put demons back into their place.

On February 14th, Headup and Morbidware will open Rome's first Private Exorcist Agency and there's enough work waiting for him. In The Textorcist you only have to do two things: type and dodge. Sounds easy but proves much harder in practice. This game will put you to the limits of your cognitive and body coordination capacities. And it will bring you the great feeling of kicking some demon ass.

Your mission is to rid the world of every evil spirit and send them back to hell. You banish them by typing out the (un)holy passages from his exorcism book, down to the last letter.

Any spelling mistake you make will set you back; but to make things really interesting you also have to dodge your enemies' relentless bullet barrage at the same time. Welcome to (Bullet) Hell! But obviously this is still not enough of a challenge for you, which is why later on in the game the texts will be in Latin, as is proper for such a (un)holy man of the church as Ray Bibbia.

As first influencer gameplays have proven, the action-packed gameplay and its dark humour brings players tons of fun. Be one of the first to play this fresh hell of a game and don’t miss its exhilarating soundtrack, composed by GosT! So add The Textorcist to your Wishlist. Now.

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EVGA NU Audio Card Announced

EVGA announces the EVGA NU audio card, reminding us of the days when every gaming PC had a dedicated add-in card for audio (preferably both Ad Lib and SoundBlaster compatible). The EVGA NU is the outcome of a collaboration of Audio Note, a U.K. company with 30 years of experience in the high-end audio business. Those interested will not have to wait, as they say to expect these to be available one week from today on January 16th. Nowadays many are content to use the integrated audio on their computer's motherboard, so this video and the announcement tries to make the case for going beyond this:

With the EVGA NU Audio Card you can experience:

  • True Audio - Hear audio as it is
  • Lifelike Gaming - Improved and precise enemy detection, and increased immersion.
  • Studio and Audiophile Grade - Hear all the subtle sounds, emotional dialog, and powerful explosions to keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Ambient RGB Lighting - Set the RGB lighting to match your mood, or use Audio Reactive Lighting options to let your audio control the effect.

A Completely Different Gaming and Multimedia Experience

High-quality audio is built on a simple premise: everything must be solid from start to finish. One weak link in the chain can turn a symphony into a cacophony. The NU Audio Card is designed to maximize the performance in every major component section:

  • Analog - Detail. Clarity. Reality.
    • The analog section is responsible for returning audio without distortion and fine-tuning the sound to ensure it remains as faithful to the source as possible.
  • Digital - From Source to Playback
    • The digital side of the EVGA NU Audio Card is responsible for processing your source audio at the preferred format or converting the audio to and from analog, without affecting the internal makeup of the source audio.
  • Power - Good Clean Power
    • Powered by Specialized Audio Note (UK), Ltd. audio-grade capacitors and audio-grade resistors, your audio remains noise- and distortion-free as it passes through to your choice of speakers or headphones.

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The Walking Dead Broken Toys Trailer

Skybound Games offers this trailer from The Walking Dead Final Season: "Broken Toys," the project formerly known as Telltale's The Walking Dead before Telltale died. As they explain, this paves the way for next week's release:

Skybound Games has just released a new trailer for "Broken Toys", the forthcoming Episode 3 in The Final Season of Telltale's The Walking Dead.

Broken Toys will release on January 15th on the Epic Games Store, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

You can view the trailer, which includes a sneak peek at the Broken Toys narrative, on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/7zkWTfFCA04

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Star Trek Online Mirror of Discovery This Month

Perfect World Entertainment reminds us that Star Trek Online's ongoing mission is still underway after almost nine years with the announcement that a new Mirror of Discovery update is coming to the MMORPG two weeks from today on January 23rd. Here's an official teaser trailer along with word on the new content, which ties into Star Trek: Discovery:

When Mirror of Discovery launches later this month, fans will come face-to-face with Captain Killy (voiced by Mary Wiseman from the show), the ruthless leader of the Terran Empire’s I.S.S. Discovery and mirror version of everyone’s favorite Starfleet Cadet, Sylvia Tilly. Players will finally learn what happened to Killy and her crew after their Terran starship crossed into the Prime Universe while exploring new content, including two new Discovery-themed featured episodes, anniversary challenges and an update to the game’s Endeavors System.

Fans of Star Trek: Discovery may remember the episode “Despite Yourself,” when the U.S.S. Discovery and its crew were inexplicably warped into the Mirror Universe in the year 2256, while its counterpart, the I.S.S. Discovery, was believed to be destroyed by the Klingons at the same time. Mirror of Discovery opens in the year 2410, when Captains travel to the forest planet of Pahvo amidst an ion storm that transports a group of time travelling survivors from the I.S.S Discovery. This includes the one and only Captain Sylvia “Killy” Tilly (voiced by Mary Wiseman), the Terran ship’s ruthless leader who slaughtered her way to the top. This is an exciting moment for Star Trek: Discovery fans, as the real Killy was never seen on the show, except when she was imitated by her Prime self, Ensign Sylvia Tilly. Captains will now have the opportunity to meet the Slayer of Sorna Prime herself, while uncovering what really happened to the legendary Terran Crossfield-class starship that fateful day in 2256.

These events all transpire across two new featured episodes in Star Trek Online, “Para Pacem” and “The Illusion of Communication.” The missions allow Captains hailing from all of the game’s factions to explore the mysterious woods of Pahvo, while trying to stop Captain Killy from destroying the planet. Mirror of Discovery also brings back the Omega Molecule Stabilization event, in celebration of Star Trek Online’s 9th anniversary. Players can collect Omega particles scattered across the galaxy to earn the new T6 Vulcan Scout Ship, which was featured in Star Trek: Discovery. The update also introduces the new Personal Endeavors System, which offers players daily challenges to complete for account-wide performance boosts. A full list of features will be provided when Mirror of Discovery launches on PC January 23.

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Japanese Final Fantasy Digital Card Game Announced

SQUARE ENIX announces the Final Fantasy Digital Card Game, an upcoming CCG adaptation of their RPG series. The announcement is in Japanese, but Siliconera offers details in English, but they note that a version of the game for western territories has not been announced. Here's word from their coverage:

In Final Fantasy Digital Card Game you’ll make your own decks consisting of various characters from the Final Fantasy series as well as numerous summons in pixel art form.

There will be a closed beta test that takes place from January 18, 2019 to January 25. Its host, Yahoo! Japan, will accept closed beta test sign-ups until January 15. You can register here.

Final Fantasy Digital Card Game launches in Japan in 2019 for PC, iOS, and Android.

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Tuesday, Jan 08, 2019

Resident Evil 2 Demo Friday

CapCom Unity announces we should expect a "1-Shot" demo for Resident Evil 2 this Friday, January 11th. The one shot refers to how this permits just 30 minutes of gameplay with no turning back, so they warn to "use what time you have wisely." This is coming to all platforms, so the PC edition will be released on Steam. They say this will offer a "unique slice from the full game." Here's word:

Who are ‘ya? What are you doing here? If you’re looking for info on the Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” Demo, look no further! With the demo out in just a few days on January 11th, we’ve got fresh new details on what to expect from this unique slice from the full game.

Sorry ‘bout all that, thought you were one of them. You can never be too sure with what’s left of the once bustling Raccoon City. With the living dead shuffling about and even the supposedly safe Raccoon City Police Department, or R.P.D., being overrun by terrifying monsters, nowhere feels safe anymore. As rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy, you’ll be setting foot into a reimagined R.P.D. station not only to seek shelter and figure out why none of your co-workers are calling you back, but also to find a way out of the nightmare that’s unfolding in front of you.

Leon’s welcoming party may have been cancelled, but your escape from the police station has just begun. Similar to the demo that we’ve had at various events since the game was first unveiled at E3 in 2018, you’ll be able to explore the R.P.D. as you like… but you’ll be on a time limit. Once those thirty minutes are up, so is your demo! Fortunately, you can continue if you die, or if you complete the mission objective. However, just like in real life, you can’t turn back the clock and you won’t be getting back the time you lost, so use what time you have wisely.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Special Editions

Piranha Games is now accepting preorders for no fewer than three different community editions of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the upcoming mechanized first-person shooter sequel. These include bonuses for the new mostly single-player game, as well as some perks for its older sibling, MechWarrior Online which alone are said to be equal in cash value to the cost of the special editions, which range in cost from $49.99 to $119.99. They also offer a new trailer showing off gameplay. Here's a bit from the announcement on the game itself:

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is modeled after the gameplay style from MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, granting players the freedom to run their campaigns how they choose. In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, pilots will build, manage, and guide their own mercenary unit through a multi-year campaign during the sprawling Third and Fourth Succession Wars.

Whether braving missions alone, alongside AI-controlled pilots, or with the help of up to three friends via co-op play, pilots will face complicated situations with no perfect solution as they choose which contracts to accept, where in the galaxy to direct their attention, and how to balance repairs or upgrades with maintaining their unit’s precious resources.

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Metro Exodus Story Trailer

A new story trailer for Metro Exodus paves the way for the new installment in 4A Games' first-person shooter series that's due to pull into the station on February 15th. Word is: "This trailer will take you from the frozen Winter streets of Moscow to the scorched Summer sands of the Caspian desert. The Metro Exodus Story Trailer features a cast of new characters and provides a first look at some of the locations Artyom’s band of Spartans will visit on their journey across post-apocalyptic Russia." Here's more on the clip, including a heads-up to expect more gameplay reveals between now and the game's release:

Narrated from the perspective of Anna, Artyom’s wife and the Spartan Order’s top sniper, the Metro Exodus Story Trailer explores the hostile world which awaits the crew of the Aurora as they flee the ruins of Moscow and embark on an expansive year-long journey into the unknown. Artyom always believed that there was life beyond the Metro stations of Moscow – Metro Exodus sees these hopes and dreams put to the ultimate test in the crucible of the Russian wastelands.

Featuring an original score from series composer Alexey Omelchuk, the Metro Exodus Story Trailer is just the first in a series of upcoming gameplay reveals leading toward the release of Metro Exodus on Feb. 15 for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

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Fear the Wolves Unified Update

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Vostok Games announce a new Unified Update is now live in Fear the Wolves, the battle royale first-person shooter currently in Early Access on Steam. They also offer a Unified Update featurette video to illustrate the news on the patch, which is said to focus on improving the new player experience. Word is: "This huge patch focuses on improving the player experience with faster queues and more intense matches, as well as adding much-requested features such as a new waiting room, vaulting, voice chat, and more." They offer complete patch notes along with the following overview:

The update’s namesake is the new Unified game mode, which makes playing as a duo the default and puts all players together in the same matchmaking pool. Those who want to play solo can do so, and hoard all the gear they find for themselves without having to split it with a partner, but may find themselves outnumbered. This is just another new way Fear the Wolves is creating a unique battle royale experience, alongside our radiation system, treasure maps, PvE elements and much more.

Also included in the Unified Update is a completely reworked on-boarding experience to go along with a new deployment phase. It adds contextual hints as well as a revamped in-game UI that should help new players navigate the complex changes and tweaks Fear the Wolves has made to the battle royale formula.

Finally, squad voice chat and vaulting make their debut in the Unified Update. Both are vital to getting the game ready for final launch in early 2019, and greatly improve the gameplay experience, particularly for those matching randomly with other players online.

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League of Legends Unleashing Sylas The Unshackled

There's a new champion reveal on the League of Legends Website unveiling Sylas The Unshackled as the next champ coming to League of Legends. They illustrate the news with this trailer which carries a very short description: "Power is so easily taken. Watch me break a kingdom with it." The post has details on his kit along with some individual clips showing off specific gameplay tidbits. It also includes a bit from the character that sounds like he's working on a new song:

Once I was a prisoner. Like you.
Locked away by cowards and hypocrites. Left to die for the way I was born.
Nothing to live for but vengeance. Nothing to lose but my chains.
Yet in the revolution to come—our revolution—these chains will liberate us all.
And I will make sure we are never shackled again.

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Dark Devotion Nears

Publisher The Arcade Crew and developer Hibernian Workshop announce a Q1 2019 release window for Dark Devotion, their side-scrolling action/RPG "depicting a society’s commitment to a macabre religion." They also finalize the platforms for the game, saying it's coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The news comes along with a new trailer from the game which they describe thusly: "Today’s platform reveal is paired with a new gameplay clip detailing a few of the pivotal battles awaiting those brave enough to prove their faith in Dark Devotion’s unforgiving temple. These fights demand flawless reflexes, keen intuition, and an unwavering determination to persevere over an army of godlike adversaries. Only by overcoming these peerless, horrifying warriors can true allegiance to Dark Devotion’s divine designer be proven, a feat well worth unending anguish to the faithful." You can follow the game on Steam, and read on for a description of the game:

Dark Devotion encourages adventurers to explore and experiment with caution; traps and ghoulish enemies stand ready to punish a careless pace, and favoring the wrong weapon could bring a staunch disadvantage in its style of weighty, calculated combat.

The game’s atmospheric world draws inspiration from French gothic architecture and the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, informing its labyrinth of foreboding chambers with a distinct sense of dread and danger. Meticulously crafted pixel art brings every encountered horror to life, lending a sense of beauty to Dark Devotion’s grim world despite it being plagued with suffering.

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Anthem Specs: Windows 10 Required

EA offers official system requirements for Anthem (thanks MP1ST). They provide minimum and recommended specifications along with word that the game requires a persistent internet connection in case anyone thought a multiplayer game could operate otherwise. Also, according to this, the game requires Windows 10, which we don't recall seeing before. Here are the specs:

ANTHEM MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 50 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

ANTHEM RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060/ RTX 2060, AMD RX 480
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 50 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Xbox One Wireless Controller for Windows supported, persistent internet connection required for play.

Tropico 6 Delayed Again

Kalypso Media announces another delay for Tropico 6, saying the next installment in this dictatorial management/strategy series is now expected on March 29th on all platforms. Tropico 6 was originally announced for release last year, but that window was later pushed to this month. The previous setback was to "deliver the most complete and balanced experience ever seen in a Tropico game," and this new delay is chalked up to the same goal: "to deliver an outstanding gameplay experience to make Tropico 6 the best in the series to date." There are more details in this Open Letter to the Tropico Community from Kalypso. In a sign of confidence and/or chutzpah, they offer to compensate fans with free DLC if they decide to pay for the game in advance:

Again, I apologize for the delay, and can only ask all fans for their patience and understanding as we put in even more work, with the hope that the game will meet your expectations on March 29, 2019.

As a loyalty bonus and reward for your patience, all customers who have pre-ordered the game by 7pm (CET) January 10th, 2019 via our own Kalypso Shop, Steam and other digital platforms, will receive the first DLC, planned for Q2 2019, free of charge.

Dead or Alive 6 Delayed

Publisher KOEI TECMO America and developer Team NINJA announce the release of Dead or Alive 6 will be delayed by a couple of weeks. The new installment in the fighting series was expected to come to Windows and consoles on February 15th, but this is being pushed back to March 1st to allow extra time to enhance and balance the game. "The title's development is already near complete; however, we would like to take more time to further polish its balance, gameplay, and expressivity. In return for your patience, we commit to bringing you the best DEAD OR ALIVE gaming experience," said Yohei Shimbori, the game’s Producer and Director. "I am truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the release delay of DEAD OR ALIVE 6."

Dirty Bomb Microtransactions Ending

Splash Damage announces that Dirty Bomb will go "fully free" next week when a new patch goes live to remove microtransactions from the game (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). A couple of months ago they announced development of the game was coming to an end. They plan on keeping servers up through the rest of this year, and so now they are removing the final cost of entry. Unlocks still must be earned, however, so they are also improving the rate at which these can be earned. The complete patch notes have more details, and here's the overview:

Late last year we announced we were ending active development on Dirty Bomb. In that post, we said that after one more update development would cease but, as we sat down to discuss what fixes we would make, the contents of that build changed.

Instead, we wanted to turn this update into a celebration of Dirty Bomb, allowing players old and new to experience everything, without a cost. We’ve been working to remove all monetisation from Dirty Bomb, and also have thrown in a few extra treats as a thank you to all of our players for supporting the title over the years.

This update will be going live next week, Tuesday 15th January.

Paradox Buys Prison Architect

The Prison Architect franchise has broken out of its bonds at Introversion Software, as Paradox Interactive announces they've acquired the IP for the strategy series. Understanding some would take this a confirmation of plans for a Prison Architect 2, or at least some other new entry, in a separate post they indicate they've done this with only a vague sense of direction: "We have lots of ideas! Our team's are hard at work watching prison escape movies and are several seasons into the TV series Oz for inspiration, but at this time we have no concrete plans to share. We will be keeping you informed wherever we go though!" Here's the announcement:

Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of games for the general population, today announced the purchase of all rights and assets for the Prison Architect IP, a BAFTA award-winning management simulation game developed by Introversion Software. Paradox will take ownership of Prison Architect on all current and any future platforms, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs, and Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, in addition to their ongoing publishing of Prison Architect: Mobile on iOS and Android tablets. This acquisition also allows Paradox to continue development of Prison Architect going forward, and to explore opportunities with the wider “Architect” IP in the future.

In Prison Architect, players are tasked with the construction and maintenance of a maximum security prison, from laying out cell blocks and inmate facilities to managing staff pay and prisoner morale. Prison designs will include basic necessities like cells, canteens, guard rooms, and infrastructure, but players can also include features like solitary confinement, workout areas, and even an execution chamber. Inspired by management simulators like Theme Hospital, Dwarf Fortress, and Dungeon Keeper, the game has won a BAFTA award for the “Persistent Game” category and has sold over two million copies across PC and console platforms.

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LEGO DC Super-Villains Aquaman DLC Released

WBIE announces the promised release of the two-part DLC for LEGO DC Super-Villains based on the new Aquaman movie. It's doubtful that they (or anyone besides Ari Gold) suspected the new flick would be such a sensation, so they are probably pretty pleased at how this is all working out. Here's word on how you can get one or both of the new DLC packs:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the second Aquaman movie pack for LEGO® DC Super-Villains on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows® PC. The downloadable packs add levels and DC characters inspired by the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Aquaman.

Aquaman Movie Part 1 and 2 are part of the Season Pass included in the LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition or can be purchased separately for $14.99. For players that want to purchase Aquaman Movie Part 1 and 2 à la carte, they can now be purchased together in a bundle for $5.99.

The action-packed Aquaman movie packs offer players the chance to control DC’s legendary pair, Aquaman and Mera, in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. It’s up to them to lead their people against Aquaman’s brother, Orm, who seeks to unite the seven kingdoms against the surface world. The packs expand the main game’s already large roster of over 150 iconic DC characters. Aquaman Movie Part 2 pack adds new playable characters Aquaman (Movie), Vulko, Trench Creature, Murk, Brine King and Orm (Movie). Aquaman Movie Part 1 adds new playable characters Aquaman (Gladiator), Black Manta (Movie), Mera, Orm (Gladiator), King Nereus and Queen Atlanna.

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