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Monday, Jun 03, 2019

Shenmue III Delay III

Shenmue III is now expected on November 19th, announce Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver, who boldly once again pick an exact date in spite of repeated delays to the action/adventure sequel (thanks Engadget). The first delay pushed the release to the second half of last year, then that was pushed to this year, and this was later pinned down to August 27th, which was when it was expected before today's announcement. Here's word on the plan, as of now at least:
Hello Everyone,

Today, Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver would like to give a message concerning the release date.

Shenmue III will now release on 19th November 2019.

[before] August 27, 2019

[new] November 19, 2019

Whilst almost ready, the game simply needs a little more refinement before being truly finished.

We feel that the extra time we have will help us deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve!

We thank you for your patience and understanding,

Yu Suzuki & Deep Silver

Quake II RTX Specs

The Quake II RTX listing on Steam now includes system requirements for the updated version of the shooter sequel (thanks DSOGaming). If you ignore the fresh coat of ray-traced paint for this version, you'll be shocked at what it will take to properly run this version of the game that required a 90 MHz Pentium processor when it was released in 1997. Here are the specs:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2060 or higher
Storage: 2 GB available space
Additional Notes: Vulkan

Cyberpunk 2077 Next Year?

Kotaku's Jason Schreier tweets about release plans for Cyberpunk 2077 (thanks Digital Trends), offering insider information that's not being officially provided to gaming journalists (such as, you know, Kotaku's Jason Schreier). He states the CD Projekt RED may announce a 2019 release date at E3, knowing they will probably delay the highly anticipated RPG until next year. This is contained in a pair of tweets, as he followed up for clarity:
Idk where you saw that rumor but Cyberpunk is absolutely not coming out this year

This has gotten a lot of Reddit attention so some clarity: I've heard from three sources that Cyberpunk was aiming for 2019, but belief around the studio was that it was an unrealistic target. I expect first half 2020 or maybe even an E3 announcement of 2019, then a delay to 2020

Mortal Kombat 11 Adding Shang Tsung, Spawn, and More

WBIE announces a new Kombat Pack DLC coming to Mortal Kombat 11 on June 18th, adding six new kombatants to the fighting game. These will include Shang Tsung, featuring the voice and image of actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa from the 1995 MK movie, Todd MacFarlane's Spawn, and more. This will also include bonus skins for existing characters, and more. This trailer accompanies the news with a look at Shang Tsung in action, and the announcement has all the details:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios today released a new gameplay trailer for Shang Tsung, featuring the voice and likeness of actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who portrayed the popular character in the classic 1995 ‘Mortal Kombat’ film. The soul-stealing sorcerer is the first of six playable fighters included in the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack, providing the best way to upgrade the Mortal Kombat 11 game experience with new downloadable content (DLC).

The Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat 11, which had the best launch in the franchise’s history, will include:

  • Spawn will join the Mortal Kombat 11 roster as a new guest character, along with two other guest fighters to be confirmed at a later date
  • Three Klassic Kombatants return as DLC characters: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Sindel
  • Character skin and gear sets for each DLC character
  • Bonus Johnny Cage Ninja Mime character skin and gear set
  • 18 bonus character skins for existing Mortal Kombat 11 characters*
  • One-week early access for all content listed above

All characters, skins and gear sets will be released in the coming months, beginning with Shang Tsung on June 18 as part of the early access incentive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Kombat Pack is available now as part of the Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition for $99.99 (SRP) or individually for $39.99 (SRP).

*Bonus character skin packs also available after one-week early access period for individual purchase of $5.99 (SRP).

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Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary This Month

Frontier Developments announces Claire’s Sanctuary, a premium DLC coming to Jurassic World Evolution on all platforms on June 18th. Word is this will expand the movie tie-in game with new missions, new dinosaurs, and a new storyline. A first look at this can be found in this trailer, word is this will come along with a free update for all players:
Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary sees Bryce Dallas Howard return to the role of Claire Dearing – former Jurassic World Park Operations Manager, now a prominent campaigner and advocate for dinosaur wellbeing – in a new standalone campaign. Players will return to Isla Nublar in a race against time to rescue the island’s remaining dinosaur inhabitants from the eruption of Mt. Sibo and relocate them to Sanctuary Island, where players will be tasked with building them a new home under guidance from Claire Dearing.

Alongside the new campaign, Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary introduces all-new structures, features and three new dinosaurs to Jurassic World Evolution – the Albertosaurus, Euoplocephalus and Ouranosaurus – bringing new challenges to players’ islands. New paleobotany features and a new Greenhouse facility let players research and develop extinct plant species for their dinosaurs’ feeders, and a new off-road truck ride tour for park visitors can be dispatched from its own new building.

18 June will also see the launch of a free game update for all players, headlined by new creative options giving players total control over terrain types, rock and flora. The free update also introduces changes to Spinosauridae care, Pachycephalosauridae defense, and improvements to the Gyrosphere system, monorails and a selection of other quality-of-life improvements.
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Out of the Blue

The general plan is still for us to move next week. This is in stark contrast to the fact that we're still without a closing date, which is hinging on some final full approval of our buyer's mortgage, which has been preliminarily approved. This is making it impossible to make concrete plans, and is causing significant anxiety for us, as well as the sellers of our prospective new home. The weird thing is everyone, including our lawyer and our real estate agent, reassure us that this is how these things always go down, and that New York can be the toughest state to wade through such red tape. Obviously people buy and sell houses every day, but going through all this makes me marvel at that. I think we may just need to start shopping around for a yurt.

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