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Saturday, Jun 08, 2019

  

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Footage

The promised presentation of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is complete, which involved a lot of screaming, along with some information. EA also showed off 15 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from this third-person, single-player action/adventure that's set after the execution of Order 66 that wiped out most of the Jedi in Star Wars Episode 3 (the video also includes a humorous "at least we have the high ground" reference). This shows your character doing Star Wars stuff as well as some more commonplace adventuring like Tarzan swinging on vines and using your lightsaber as a flashlight. Never fear, it also features combat where you use it as a weapon, along with various Force powers, aided by a droid/backpack. Respawn's Vince Zampella and Stig Asmussen also answered questions about gameplay, perhaps most significantly saying this game will not tempt you to the dark side, and protagonist Cal Kestis will remain a good guy throughout. Continue here to read the full story.

Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend

A free weekend is underway on Steam for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the most recent installment in this tactical first-person shooter series. This is free to try until tomorrow, and the game and all its content are also on sale for up to half-off if you want to reenlist. Word is if you do so, all progression from the free period will carry over. Here's the pitch on the game:

Master the art of destruction and gadgetry in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Face intense close quarters combat, high lethality, tactical decision making, team play and explosive action within every moment. Experience a new era of fierce firefights and expert strategy born from the rich legacy of past Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six games.

More Free Weekend Games on Steam

There are more freebies this weekend on Steam besides Rainbow Six Siege and Polygoneer (mentioned Thusday). Here's a rundown, with thanks to SteamDB and Ant:

Overcrowd Early Access

Overcrowd is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering a Windows "Commute 'Em Up." This asks you to manage the mass transit needs of hoards of commuters who just want to get to work with a minimum of extra misery. This trailer shows off the game, and here are details on what to expect:

Every day, millions crowd the tube in a desperate bid to get to work. Can you build and run the perfect metro station to help them make it on time?

Overcrowd is a tactical management sim set on the metro of bustling city Lubdon Town. Blending base building with pausable real-time strategy, Overcrowd offers a unique mix of spatial puzzling, strategic thinking and split-second choices.

Excavate your way through 4 layers of earth. Design your layout carefully and plot commuter routes with user-defined directional signs. Keep things on track with a wide range of equipment to unlock and procure.

You’ll need to assemble a crack team, tool them up and deploy them to run your station in real time. You can set priorities, schedule breaks or just deploy them manually. Keep your staff room well stocked and your employees levelled and you can take you tube station to new depths.

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Out of the Blue

It's been quite hot around here the past couple of days. As a skinny guy, I prefer hot to cold, but I'm not so nuts that I like it when it's scorching, so this is about as much as I can take before it's too much. But it still being early June, this serves as an ominous reminder that, to riff on Game of Thrones, summer is coming. Here's hoping it doesn't involve the Day King and red walkers.

R.I.P.: Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies At 83.

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Friday, Jun 07, 2019

FromSoftware/George R.R. Martin Game Details Leak?

Game Informer has what are thought to be details on the upcoming FromSoftware/George R.R. Martin collaboration they report were uploaded by Bandai Namco before being found by 4Chan users. This is unconfirmed, but they have a logo showing the game will be titled Elden Ring. They also have the following details that the suspect will be part of an E3 announcement:

"ELDEN RING, developed by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire," the description reads. "Danger and discovery lurk around every corner in FromSoftware’s largest game to-date. Hidetaka Miyazaki, President and Game Director of FromSoftware Inc. known for directing critically-acclaimed games in beloved franchises including Armored Core, Dark Souls, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice..." the description ends half-finished.

Destroy All Humans! Remake Announced

THQ Nordic announces Destroy All Humans!, a complete remake of the 2005 game Destroy all Humans that will be built with the Unreal Engine. The original was only available for consoles, but this new version will come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next year to celebrate the game's 15th anniversary. They offer a look at how this will turn out in this trailer set to the soothing melodies of Rammstein. Here's word on the plan:

"The first casualty of war is always truth". Or Bessie, the cow. And you KNEW it, didn’t you? They are real, they are evil and they are here to take over our planet. No, not cows, aliens. Yes, that's right, the invasion of Earth has already begun, the aliens are among us! Well, one alien to be precise: Crypto 137, Warrior of the Furon Empire, has arrived to save his people by ... uhm ... extracting DNA from brains. Yours for example. Naturally, one can’t properly subdue inferior life forms without the extensive use of the Zap-O-Matic, the Disintegrator Ray and the notorious Anal Probe Gun. And if that ain’t enough, Crypto can always level everything he sees with his UFO’s heavy loadout.

Destroy All Humans! is in development for PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. It's a complete remake of the 2005 cult-classic, using the mighty Unreal Engine 4 to give new and old fans the best-looking invasion of Earth ever.

What are we keeping just the way it was and should be? The unique 50s alien invasion story and legendary dialogues full of quirky humor.

What are we carefully updating? Crypto is more agile than ever, his aerial combat skills improved, his psychic skills can now be used in glorious unison with his guns. And the new Psychokinesis… ever wondered what’d happen if a Jedi had a love child with the Goat Simulator? You’re welcome for that mental image.

Destroy All Humans! is developed by THQ Nordic's internal studio Black Forest Games in Germany and is scheduled to release in 2020, marking the 15th anniversary of the Destroy All Humans!-Series.

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Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars Announced

Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Palindrome Interactive announce Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, an upcoming strategy game which will combine turn-based combat, card game elements, empire management, and, obviously enough, vampires. This will come to Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch, with the PC release to come first this fall, and the others to follow next year. Details on the Windows edition on the Kalypso Shop and Steam, and a look at what to expect is in the teaser trailer. Here's word:

Immortal Realms – Vampire Wars is an engaging strategy game set in a dark vampire world in turmoil, that combines empire management and turn-based combat with card-game elements. Descend into a mythical world filled with horrors and legends in a compelling gothic adventure. Discover the secrets of Nemire and experience an enthralling story from the perspective of four mighty vampire lords with competing agendas.

Command one of three unique vampire clans with distinctive units, powers, gameplay mechanics and characters, making strategic maneuvres in “Kingdom” mode before switching over to “Combat” mode to take on your foes in tense, closely fought battles. Original card game elements enhance the gameplay and provide a refreshing take on the genre. Each clan and vampire lord have access to their own set of cards, which can be combined to powerful effect.

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PC OCTOPATH TRAVELER Released

Steam News announces that OCTOPATH TRAVELER is now available for Windows on Steam. A post on Steam offers this previously released trailer about PC edition of the RPG. Here's word on this release, which came out for consoles last year:

OCTOPATH TRAVELER for PC brings to life the game’s unique HD-2D visuals, blending striking 2D character designs with a beautiful 3D world. Featuring eight distinct characters each with their own tales to enjoy ranging from journeys of self-discovery to quests for revenge, each traveler will start their journey in a different land within the enchanting yet perilous continent of Orsterra, allowing players to steer their own adventure depending on the hero they choose.

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Dota 2 International 2019 Collector's Cache

The Dota 2 blog announces that voting is complete on the contents of The International 2019 Collector's Cache:

The final votes have been tallied and The International 2019 Collector’s Cache is now available, loaded with the top 18 item sets as voted on by the Dota 2 community.

Unboxing 15 treasures will automatically grant you 36 Battle Levels, and the odds of receiving a bonus rare item will increase with each treasure you open. You can also recycle any unwanted items for 2 Battle Levels.

The 2019 Cache is available for $2.49 and will only be on sale for 30 days. This will be the only way to acquire these exclusive items, except for the ultra rare Rubick item, which will be marketable towards the end of 2020 after next year’s International concludes. Each purchase contributes 25% of sales directly to The International prize pool.

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Into the Black

Kingdom New Lands Free on EGS

Kingdom New Lands is now available to keep for free on the Epic Games Store, offering their latest promised freebie to promote the service. These freebies are currently rotating on a weekly basis, so you have until next week to pick this up before it is replaced by Enter the Gungeon, which will go free for a week starting June 13th. Here are some details on Kingdom New Lands:

How long will you last?
Be brave, ruler, and fight to the bitter end,
lest these New Lands conquer you instead.

Kingdom is a minimalistic micro strategy game with modern retro aesthetics and an ambient soundtrack. Players take control of a monarch struggling to build their kingdom from nothing by exploring the world, recruit loyal subjects and defend from the nightly Greed attacks.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Announced

Publisher Team17 and developer Playtronic announce Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, a new installment in the platforming adventure series coming to PC and consoles this year. They offer a reveal trailer and say they will be showing off the game next week at E3. In the meantime they provide the following rundown:

In this new platforming adventure hybrid, Yooka and Laylee must combine their abilities to take on a series of challenging and vibrant 2.5D levels and explore and solve puzzles in a beautiful 3D overworld. It’s on them to rescue Queen Phoebee’s Royal Beettalion Guard from each level, as they size up Capital B’s most dastardly challenge yet – the Impossible Lair.

More information will follow during E3 week, so stay tuned to learn more about Yooka and Laylee’s new adventure.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be heading to Nintendo SwitchTM, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2019. A boxed console version will also be available.

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Path of Exile: Legion Marches Out

Grinding Gear Games announces the release of Legion, the newest expansion for Path of Exile, their free-to-play action/RPG. This is out for the Windows edition, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of the add-on are expected on Monday. All you need to know about Legion is located on this page where there's this trailer showing it off with some accompanying developer commentary. Here's a handy summary:

Trapped for thousands of years in the Domain of Timeless Conflict, Wraeclast's mightiest military leaders have been fighting an eternal war. In Path of Exile: Legion, you'll set free their legions and battle them to earn valuable rewards.

Additionally in this latest expansion, Grinding Gear Games has created an entirely new melee combat experience. All melee attacks now hit multiple enemies, and all movement skills are now instant, with additional movement and dodging skills added to various classes.

Legion also introduces a few new character archtypes: the Blood and Sand Gladiator and the Rage Berserker. The Blood and Sand Gladiator can switch between Blood Stance and Sand Stance - Blood causing massive damage to multiple enemies at once and Sand providing the character with better defense. The new Rage Berserker introduces skills that generate or consume rage with certain attacks improving movement speed and attack damage.

Path of Exile Key Features Include:

  • Download and play for free, but never pay-to-win
  • A dark and deep action RPG
  • Unlimited character combinations with the game's gigantic skill tree
  • Combine skill gems to create unique combat strategies
  • Explore a dark and gritty world rendered from a fixed 3D perspective
  • Explore randomly generated levels for nearly infinite replayability
  • Craft weapons, magic items and even end-game maps to become more powerful
  • Cooperate or compete with thousands of other Exiles in a persistent online world
  • Ascend online ladders in every game mode

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WAKING Announced

Publisher tinyBuild and reveal Jason Oda announce WAKING, an "emotional" action/adventure game set in the mind of a character who is in a coma. This is coming to Steam, Discord, and Xbox One this summer, and this announcement trailer shows off a bit of what to expect from not being woke. Here's the announcement:

WAKING is an emotional action adventure set in your own mind as you lay in a coma. Will you give up to the forces of darkness and softly descend into death? Or will you prevail using the only weapons you have: your most treasured memories and the people you love?

Did you ever wish there was a game that would allow you to dive into your own subconscious? Revisit your most treasured memories and confront your fears and desires. Meet a pet that died long ago and the people you love. Fight the demons within you and deal with your childhood traumas.

WAKING presents a unique mix of souls-like high challenge in combat, a vast ever-changing world waiting to be explored, and deep meditational experience of unmatched emotional range.

WAKING is coming to Steam, Xbox, and Discord this summer.

WAKING in brief:

  • Souls-like combat with unique features, such as telekinetic attack system
  • Guided meditation where you envision memories from your life through a series of choices
  • The procedurally generated world is unique every time you venture into it
  • Created by a solo indie developer with a small team of collaborators between 2015 & 2019
  • Coming out on Steam, Xbox, and Discord this summer

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Swords of Gargantua Unsheathed

Swords of Gargantua is now available on Steam and the Oculus Store, offering an online action game for virtual reality that will allow you to make like Arya Stark and stick 'em with the pointy end. This requires a VR headset, with support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and Oculus Quest. This post on Steam describes a launch event that's running for the next two weeks (or so, it specifies this will end on Friday, June 20th, but the 20th is a Thursday). Word is: "If players boot up Swords of Gargantua at least once before 23:59 Friday, June 20, you can unlock a unique sword! You'll receive the sword in an upcoming update shortly after the campaign end date." Here's last year's announcement trailer along with more on what this involves:

Grab three friends and build a team to fight foes! SWORDS of GARGANTUA is designed for cross-platform co-op play so that players can engage with friends in multiplayer action regardless of head mount display choice. Specifically, for Oculus, SWORDS of GARGANTUA is “cross-buy enabled” such that purchasers of the game on the Oculus Store will be able to play it on either the Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift headsets.

To commemorate the release of SWORDS of GARGANTUA, we’ll have a campaign in which players can earn a special unique Sword! All players who purchase SWORDS of GARGANTUA and launch the game at least once will unlock a special sword at the end of the event. The event will run until Friday, June 21, and the unique sword will be delivered in-game in an update soon after the closing date.

Key Features in SWORDS of GARGANTUA:

  • Hyper-Realistic VR Swordsmanship: We’ve taken great care to ensure that each battle feels great through heavy refinement of our battle system and accurate haptic feedback.
  • Cross-Platform Four-Player Co-Op: With native voice chat, develop strategies, revive downed friendlies, and battle hordes of enemies in order to protect your mana station, and penultimately fight an enormous foe.
  • Grand in Size: over 50 single player missions, 30 weapons to unlock, and a multiplayer mode rarely seen in VR melee action games.
  • Gargantuan in Scale: Embrace destiny and take on the mighty titan, Gargantua. Larger and more challenging than anything players have faced in SWORDS of GARGANTUA before!

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Reventure Released

Reventure is now out of Early Access and officially available on Steam, offering a throwback non-linear adventure game which boasts 100 different endings. This actually came out a few days ago, but as we all know, reventure is a dish best served cold. This trailer shows off the game's distinctly retro style. Here's what to expect from this:

An adventure with 100 different endings
You are a wannabe hero who is supposed to do hero-ish things but sometimes flips off and does crazy stuff instead.

Features:

  • One hundred different endings
    Choose your path, every decision leads to a new ending. Will you find the real one? Is there such a thing? Only one way to know...
  • Lots of "Aha!" moments
    The world is doesn't change with each newgame, you do. Well, actually it DOES change, but that's a secret for you to find out.
  • A big bunch of unlockable stuff
    New playable characters, hints, costumes, visual effects and more!
  • Bazillions of secrets and pop-culture references
    They are, you know, secrets. So we won't spoil them here ;)
  • Magic
    Even a simple-looking-yet-amazing game like this takes a lot of time and big piles of money to make, but you can get it for only a few bucks. How's that for magic?
  • Time travel, battle royale fights, mimics, permadeath, shotguns, mining, resource gathering, base building, global leaderboards, farming...
    Ok, we may have had exaggerated on that one... OR HAVE WE???
  • Humor
    Yup, there's that too. Available in many flavours.
  • A beautiful OST
    Don't believe us? Listen to it
    here.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Video

A new trailer features a savage Jon Bernthal declaring "we are wolves" as it shows off 4K footage of gameplay from Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. On a related note, this is one of the games coming to Google's upcoming Stadia cloud-based console. Word is:

Tom Clancy’s Ghost® Recon Breakpoint is a military shooter set in a diverse, hostile, and mysterious open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op. Injured, without support, and hunted down by ex-Ghosts, you must fight to survive while lost in Auroa. Choose the right alliances and decide how to take down your toughest enemy.

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Out of the Blue

D'oh! Today National Doughnut Day, offering the chance to get in touch with your inner Homer Simpson. There is apparently no International Doughnut Day, so those outside the U.S. can either improvise, or take this as a compelling reason to move here.

This post outlines various places where you may score a free doughnut to celebrate. Mmmmmmmm doughnuts.

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