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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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Evening Interviews

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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