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Wednesday, Jun 05, 2019

Barotrauma Early Access

Early Access to Barotrauma is now available on Steam, offering the chance to take a deep dive with this sci-fi submarine simulation set under the seas of Jupiter's verboten moon Europa. Word on Steam News is: "Overcome crisis and the unrelenting pressure of a frozen ocean. Flee or fight alien lifeforms, explore a strange new world in Jupiter’s orbit, command your crew and craft equipment in a tense 2D experience." This post welcomes new players, and here's the game's description with more of what to expect, evoking a James Cameron movie:
Embrace the Abyss
Overcome crisis and the unrelenting pressure of a frozen ocean. In the not too distant future, where habitable places have become scarce, humanity has arrived on Jupiter’s moon. Europa with its frozen surface is a hostile environment, and life can only be found in the dark ocean beneath the ice – and the small pockets of human habitation are not the only form of life to be found there.

Play with friends in adrenaline-filled co-operative gameplay, navigate Europa’s frozen depths in single player mode and transform the game with fully integrated mod tools and Steam Workshop. Procedural levels and events ensure no two games will ever be exactly alike.

Key Features

  • Play as a submarine captain, engineer, mechanic, medic or security officer. Help your teammates survive, or make sure no one does.
  • Operate the many onboard systems of your submarine, from nuclear reactors to sonar, guns, engines and more.
  • Create tools, drugs and weapons with the comprehensive crafting system.
  • Navigate dangerous environments and flee or fight the creatures that you encounter.
  • Explore alien ruins and wrecked submarines to discover rare and powerful artifacts and resources.
  • Unleash your creativity with the submarine editor, character and procedural animation editor. Share and discover mods directly via Steam Workshop.

Battlefield V - Chapter 4: Defying the Odds Trailer

EA announces details on the upcoming Chapter 4: Defying the Odds update for Battlefield V that will bring new maps to the military shooter sequel. A new trailer illustrates the news, and they promise more on the topic during the Battlefield V EA Play livestream on Saturday. In the meantime, here's what they say about this clip:
New battlefields incoming. Starting June 27, Chapter 4: Defying the Odds will evolve Battlefield V with new maps rolling out throughout the summer. See more during the Battlefield V EA Play livestream on Saturday June 8th:

Continue the Battle of Greece on the narrow streets of Marita and face all-out war on the vast Al Sundan map. Get up-close and personal in Provence and Lofoten. Further down the road, enjoy the meat grinder of Operation Underground and the awakening of a giant in Chapter 5.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RTX Support

NVIDIA announces the Windows edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be modern enough to include support for DirectX Raytracing when it is released on October 25th. This will require one of their RTX graphics cards. Here are the details:
NVIDIA and Activision today announced that NVIDIA is the official PC partner for Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®, the highly anticipated, all-new title scheduled for release on Oct. 25.

NVIDIA is working side by side with developer Infinity Ward to bring real-time DirectX Raytracing (DXR), and NVIDIA® Adaptive Shading gaming technologies to the PC version of the new Modern Warfare.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is poised to reset the bar upon release this October,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA is proud to partner closely with this epic development and contribute toward the creation of this gripping experience. Our teams of engineers have been working closely with Infinity Ward to use NVIDIA RTX technologies to display the realistic effects and incredible immersion that Modern Warfare offers.”

The most celebrated series in Call of Duty will make its return in a powerful experience reimagined from the ground up. Published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on Blizzard Modern Warfare features a unified narrative experience and progression across an epic, heart-racing, single-player story, an action-packed multiplayer playground, and new cooperative gameplay.

“Our work with NVIDIA GPUs has helped us throughout the PC development of Modern Warfare,” said Dave Stohl, co-studio head at Infinity Ward. “We’ve seamlessly integrated the RTX features like ray tracing and adaptive shading into our rendering pipeline. It’s been a great addition to our existing technology, and we look forward to our PC fans experiencing it for themselves very soon.”

DXR brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers. DXR consists of a highly scalable ray-tracing technology and runs on NVIDIA Turing, NVIDIA Volta and NVIDIA Pascal architecture GPUs.

NVIDIA Adaptive Shading is a new, advanced shading technique that enables developers to improve performance and achieve a real-time visual fidelity previously impossible in games. By adjusting the rate at which portions of the screen are shaded, the technology reduces the work the GPU has to do, which boosts performance without denigrating image quality.

Anno 1800: The Anarchist Deluxe Content/DLC

Ubisoft announces the release of The Anarchist, a new content update for Anno 1800. This is additional content is part of the deluxeness promised with the Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition of the historical strategy game, and it is also available for purchase for plebs who bought the standard edition. Here's more:
The Anarchist is a new AI character named Dr. Hugo Mercier that players can choose as an opponent. His unique style of building his island – including propaganda banners and speaker towers – will affect the gameplay and, potentially, create riots on player’s island. In addition to getting a new rival, players will have access to two new ornaments, more than 50 new quests with the addition of defector quests, new items, and six new achievements to unlock.

Anno 1800 combines beloved features from 20 years of Anno history, delivering a rich city-building experience, including a story-based campaign, a highly customizable sandbox mode, and the classic Anno multiplayer experience. Anno 1800 will see the return of highly requested features such as individual AI opponents, shippable trade goods, randomly generated maps, multi-session gameplay, items and more.

The Anarchist content is available for free for owners of the Deluxe and Collector versions of the game and is downloadable starting today. In addition, the Anarchist can be purchased as part of the Deluxe Pack for $9.99.

Farming Simulator League

A new Farming Simulator League mode is now available for Farming Simulator 19 for Windows and macOS, offering the chance to do a little competitive farming. This seems like an epic troll, but there's a full Farming Simulator League with these instructions on how owners of the game can download the free client DLC required to participate, which requires registering as a team of three. Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer GIANTS also offer a trailer to explain the game mode, and another one to introduce the league. Just remember not to cheat, because as ye sow, so shall ye reap. Here's more:
The Farming Simulator League game mode is now available to Farming Simulator 19 PC and Mac players!

The Farming Simulator League game mode, the official version of the competitive scene for Farming Simulator 19, has just released as part of a free update to the game. Two new tutorial videos, an introduction to the mode and an introduction to the league as a whole, take you through everything you need to know to compete and become the greatest farmer the world has ever seen!

Players will need to register their teams of three on the official website, then download the mode to play and test it. GIANTS Software are eagerly awaiting feedback from the most competitive Farming Simulator players out there, so the mode can be continuously updated ahead of the debut full-scale tournament at FarmCon 19, July 27 & 28.

GIANTS is greatly looking forward to seeing how players react to and enjoy this new mode as Farming Simulator enters the esports scene in earnest. The number one priority heading into FarmCon will be balancing and taking feedback on the mode through our official forums (English, German, French), with constant communication between the studio and players.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

THQ has promise three daily game announcements between today and Friday, the first of which is SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, an update to this action/adventure "faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor." This has a listing on Steam which can help you decide if you feel this will be sponge-worthy when it's released, which will be "(When) I'm ready." Here's word:
Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots with your mighty bubbles? Of course you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn't you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!


  • Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and use their unique sets of skills
  • Thwart Plankton's evil plan to rule Bikini Bottom with his army of wacky robots
  • Meet countless characters from the beloved series


  • Faithful remake of one of the best SpongeBob games ever created
  • High-end visuals, modern resolutions and carefully polished gameplay
  • Brand new horde mode multiplayer for up to two players, online and splitscreen
  • Restored content that was cut from the original game like the Robo Squidward boss fight and more

Into the Black

Link of the Day: "Dark Phoenix" Reviews Paint A Poor Picture. Sounds like another down moment for this up and down series.

Watch Dogs Legion Confirmed

The Watch Dogs Twitter feed is now named Watch Dogs Legion in a confirmation of the leak revealing this as the title of the next game in the surveillance game sequel. A new tweet shows off a logo, says the game will be revealed at E3, and seems to confirm the report that all the games non-playable characters will be playable characters, saying: "God Save the NPCs. Reveal at E3."

The Surge 2 Surging Out in September

Focus Home Interactive announces a release date for The Surge 2, saying the sci-fi action/RPG sequel is coming to Windows and consoles on September 24th. They are now offering preorders, and incentives to part with your money before the game is available:
The Surge 2, Deck13’s incredible follow-up to the hardcore sci-fi action-RPG The Surge published by Focus Home Interactive, will be available worldwide September 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Players who preorder at participating retailers will receive the URBN Gear Pack DLC for free, which includes an armor set, two weapons, one drone, one module, and a bonus online message icon (check listings for local availability). The Surge 2 Limited Edition is now also available for pre-order, including an exclusive lenticular cover, an 8-page comic book, a massive double-side poster and three lithographs. The Limited Edition is available from select retailers worldwide.

Collapsed Announced

Glaive Games announces Collapsed, a Roguelike action/platformer set on a post apocalyptic platform. The game will feature co-op support and procedurally generated levels, as seen in the announcement trailer. The game's Steam Listing is live, showing this is planned for release this summer. Here are some additional details:
Glaive Games is excited to present you Collapsed, it is a post-apocalyptic roguelike action-platformer. Hunt your prey through vast procedurally-generated levels filled with tough enemies, useful loot and experience points. Fight alone or with a friend – either way, it won’t be easy!

In Collapsed you play as one of 4 unique Hunters who have to track down their prey. Each one has its own set of abilities, skills and combat style. You’ll have to travel through hazardous procedurally-generated levels, fighting dozens of enemy types and challenging bosses. This post-apocalyptic world is filled with useful items, that you’ll combine to gain new traits, and with experience points, you’ll invest in a vast skill tree. And you won’t lose all of your precious treasure when you’ll die! You’ll die a lot, and start from the beginning each time – but all of your loot and items are carried to your next run.
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Conqueror's Blade Open Beta

The promised open beta test for Conqueror's Blade is now underway, offering the chance to jump in and play this in-development MMORPG. This post offers a new This Is Conqueror's Blade trailer to get you up to speed, along with all these details on what to expect:
A new dawn is rising. Heed the call to arms, and prepare to take what is yours with the fire and force of your armies, siege weapons, and will to conquer everything in your path. Conqueror’s Blade is now in Open Beta, and it’s available to download and play for free from the official website and Steam, with zero limits. The world is yours to conquer, 24/7!

Are you new to the game? Welcome to the party! Conqueror’s Blade is an MMO game set in a huge open medieval world where you can build your own army using different medieval and feudal units, fight for castles and land, engage in massive online siege battles, and achieve victory through cunning tactics and combat skills. If you need to brush up on the basics, check out our about page, the new trailer (below), or browse our news and game guides!

In the Open Beta version of the game, you’ll be able to try out the new Territory Wars feature. This allows you and your friends to unite as a House and declare war against other players as you fight for your own piece of land, plus a spot on the House leaderboard and all the awesome riches that come along with it!

During the Open Beta testing phase, your feedback is still of utmost importance to us. If you have any suggestions, or if you spot any bugs or issues, please let our lovely community team know via our social channels on Facebook, Twitter or Discord. If you receive any surveys about your experience with Conqueror’s Blade, we would also greatly appreciate your time and feedback here!

Thanks to our massive global community of warlords, and to everyone who participated in previous tests. We couldn’t have reached this huge milestone without your help, dedication, and passion for playing Conqueror’s Blade. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the battlefield!
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Starbase Spaceship Video

Another new video from Starbase shows off more of this upcoming sci-fi game, this time focusing on spaceships, including the ability to design and construct your own creations. Here's the pitch:
Frozenbyte has released a new Starbase feature video, and this time the topic is your most crucial companion in space, the spaceship!

Starbase allows you to have endless possibilities when it comes to spaceships, as you can either buy a ready-made one or design and build your very own ship with exactly the features that you need.

In order to construct a ship it's good to know what they're made of and how, so this video will explain a few things that are crucial to have in any functional spacecraft.
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Diablo Hellfire on announces they are now offering the Hellfire expansion for the original Diablo. This is updated to work properly in higher resolutions on modern systems. This is offered as part of their Diablo offering, so it is available for free for those who've already purchased the DRM-free version of the classic action/RPG from them. For those who have not, it is currently on sale for 10% off during their Summer Sale Festival. Here's more on the add-on and its pedigree:
Originally developed by Synergistic Software and released in 1997, Hellfire was not an official Blizzard product and did not carry Blizzard’s endorsement or label. Despite that, in response to Diablo players who have expressed a desire to experience the content, Blizzard has given the OK for it to be included as a free add-on with Diablo purchases on GOG.COM.

Hellfire offers a non-canonical single-player storyline where players must defeat a powerful demon named Na-Krul who is threatening Tristram. The expansion also adds a Monk class, new weapons and items, new missions, locations, dungeons, and enemies. Hellfire will be accessible while launching the original Diablo.

Morning Videos

Pop some corn. Here is a small assortment clips of possible interest:

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Out of the Blue

The latest on moving our moving date is this may end up pushed out to the end of the month. As I mentioned, our sellers will be going on vacation next week, and it does not seem like they are interested in giving their lawyer power of attorney to complete the sale. This is a bit frustrating, but is considered normal. Our contracted closing date was basically today, but this is an "on or about" date in real estate terms, which means it actually could be any time within the next 30 days. So we may get to be on pins and needles for a good while longer.

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