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Monday, Jul 01, 2019 Happy Canada Day, Eh?

CD Projekt RED Making More Cyberpunk Games

CD Projekt RED has revealed they are developing two additional games in the Cyberpunk universe in addition to the high-profile Cyberpunk 2077. DSOGaming has word from a conference where CDPR president Adam Kicinski and vice-president Piotr Nielubowicz announced their plans:
As Kicinski said:

“We’re working on three cyberpunk things – over the main game and over two more. These are three teams. We are also working on ‘Gwent’ and we still have an unannounced game in Spokko. So we have five working teams, three working on ‘Cyberpunk’ “

Vice-President Piotr Nielubowicz added:

“Our next big project will also be in the ‘cyberpunk’ universe, and we’re already working on it and treating it as a really big and innovative project for us.”

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Battle Royale Rumor

A video from TheGamingRevolution claims insider knowledge that a battle royale mode is coming to Call of Duty Modern Warfare. This is unconfirmed, but Charlie INTEL notes that a tweet from Joel Emslie, Infinity Ward’s Art Director uses a Jim Halpert meme to say "No comment," which seems suspiciously not at all like a denial. The inclusion of a battle royale mode in a current shooter is the new hotness, so it certainly won't be shocking should this come to pass. Continue here to read the full story.

eFootball PES 2020 Demo This Month

GameReactor has details on plans for an eFootball PES 2020 demo coming to Steam and consoles on July 30th (thanks DSOGaming). Word from Konami's Lennart Bobzien is that this will include an Edit Mode and 14 real teams:
"Really good news for us, for our fans; the demo is available on July 30th for all three platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam)," Bobzien told Gamereactor.

"The great news is that this year, besides the offline mode and the online mode - which is Quick Play and Co-op for online - for the first time we've included the Edit Mode into the demo, and this means that all our fans, they can start playing around with the Edit Mode, they can create their own bespoke kits, they can edit teams as well."

"In total, we will have six leagues available in the demo, so six leagues our users can play around with, and a very nice feature is you will be able to carry over your edited files, from the demo over to the final product when it comes out in September."

Twitch Prime July Freebies

Twitch Prime announces the in-game loot and games being offered for free to subscribers for July, including Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online goodies which are available through next March. Twitch Prime subscribers (which includes Amazon Prime members) are now entitled to free copies of For The King, The Escapists, Cultist Simulator, and Yooka-Laylee as well as goodies and/or spacebux for Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, World of Tanks, En Masse, Path of Exile, The Division 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, RuneScape, StarCraft II, Warface, EVE Online, Dauntless, Dungeon Hunter Champions, and Prince of Darkness. They also offer a Nintendo Switch Online Membership and 500 bits is you purchase the Overwatch League 2019 All-Access Pass.

Hearthstone Expansion Next Month

Blizzard announces the Saviors of Uldum expansion is coming to Hearthstone on August 6th, and that a corresponding solo adventure will follow in September:
The Year of the Dragon—Today, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled Saviors of Uldum™, the adventurous new expansion for the developer’s smash-hit free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone®. Available starting August 6, this action-packed second chapter in the game’s year-long story line picks up where the latest expansion, Rise of Shadows™, and its corresponding Solo Adventure, The Dalaran Heist, left off, with thrilling new keywords, intriguing new Hero Powers, and 135 swelteringly hot new cards.

In Saviors of Uldum, players will join ranks with the League of Explorers—a motley crew of treasure seekers and Azeroth’s unlikeliest heroes. To get the upper hand against the League of E.V.I.L., players will have to survive such perils as Plague cards with powerful, board-sweeping effects and the Reborn—restless mummified minions that come back to un-life (with just 1 Health remaining) upon being defeated. Would-be heroes can even the odds by completing all-new Quests, a returning mechanic featuring game-changing objective cards that are now easier to achieve and reward players with powerful alternate Hero Powers.

“Starting with Rise of Shadows, and now with Saviors of Uldum, we’re refining game mechanics and exploring new ideas that will add even more layers of depth and strategic decision-making to Hearthstone,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We think these new cards, as well as the return of fan-favorite heroes from the League of Explorers™ expansion, will continue making this the game’s most exciting and competitive year ever.”

Saviors of Uldum card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode starting with the expansion’s launch on August 6, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. In addition, players who log in for a limited time* after release will be able to claim one of the new Legendary Quest cards, randomly selected from this set. Starting today and up until launch, players can pre-purchase Saviors of Uldum card packs in two different bundle options: the 50-pack bundle includes a random golden Legendary card and the Elise Starseeker card back, while the 80-pack Mega Bundle includes those bonuses along with the new playable Elise Starseeker Druid Hero. These bundles are available for $49.99 USD and $79.99 USD, respectively; one of each can be purchased per account.

Further details regarding Saviors of Uldum’s corresponding Solo Adventure, available in September, will be announced in the weeks to come. Dig up more information at www.saviorsofuldum.com.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time Video Diaries

A new video developer diary for Doctor Who: The Edge of Time offers a behind-the-scenes look at this virtual reality game coming in September to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Vive Cosmos, and PlayStation VR. This is accompanied by three additional videos showing off the creation of some of the enemies to be encountered in this game, Hydrorks, Weeping Angels, and, of course, Daleks. Here's word:
Revealed last month, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time is a feature-length VR videogame that will transport fans into a globally-beloved world of aliens, mystery and wonder. Players will embark on a brand-new and fully-interactive adventure, inspired by the show’s 55-year history and starring the Doctor’s current incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker.

Fun Facts

  1. The weeping angels utilise a classic horror game mechanic, so the team have been excited to work with them.
  2. Daleks in VR are incredibly imposing. Getting up close to them, seeing the textures of the metal and reflectivity are awe-inspiring (in a terrifying kind of way!).
  3. Jump scares work really well in VR! They are a brilliant technique. Be warned.
  4. Being able to create new monsters for the show and add to the canon is hugely exciting. We’re making Doctor Who history!
  5. When working in VR, because people can move around, get up close and experience the monsters from any angle, it’s really important to get the quality and accuracy just right. It feels very real!

Continue here to read the full story.

Subscriber-Only Streams May Violate Terms of Service

A post on Reddit by justalazygamer notes that Twitch's recently announced plan to offer a subscriber-exclusive stream option would violate the Terms of Service for many game companies (thanks PCGamesN). Word is Blizzard, Valve, Riot, and CD Projekt RED all have language in their Terms of Service that disallow premium streaming that has no free alternative available:
Blizzard

Limitation of Usage

Neither you nor the operator of any website where your Production(s) may be viewed can force a viewer to pay a "fee" to be able to view your Production(s).

Regarding Websites and "Premium Access"

We understand that many third party websites have a "free" method to see their video content, as well as a 'premium' membership service that allows for speedier viewing.

For clarity, please note that as long as the website that hosts your Production provides a free method to allow viewers to see the Production, Blizzard Entertainment will not object to your Production being hosted on that site, regardless of the site's "for pay" premium service plans.

Valve

Use of our content in videos must be non-commercial. By that we mean you can't charge users to view or access your videos. You also can't sell or license your videos to others for a payment of any kind.

You are free to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites. Please don't ask us to write YouTube and tell them its fine with us to post a particular video using Valve content. It's not possible to respond to each such request. Point them to this page.

Riot

Exception 2: Gameplay Streaming

We permit individual players to solicit personal donations or offer subscription-based content while live-streaming games, so long as non-subscribers can still watch the games concurrently.

CD PROJEKT RED

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Developers Prefer Piracy to G2A

VG247 rounds up some posts from developers who express a preference for players pirating their games over purchasing them from shady key seller G2A. To be clear, they would still rather their games to be purchased legitimately, but if you buy from G2A they will not get anything in return, so it would be better to steal the game instead of allowing G2A to profit from their work. Here's word:
G2A is pushing its store once again on Google search results, and developers are not happy.

G2A, the marketplace specialising in game keys, recently bought a bunch of premium Google ads. What this does is that it ensures the first result you get when you look up a game on Google is one of a G2A listing.

Although these are labelled as sponsored content, they will still show up before even the game’s official site, or any of the more reputable stores where it’s being sold. This was recently spotted by No More Robots’ Mike Rose, who saw an add for extreme sports game Descenders on Google.

Rose even tried to turn off the ad, but the toggle didn’t work. “Please, if you’re going to buy a game from G2A, just pirate it instead! Genuinely!” wrote Rose in a tweet.

“Devs don’t see a penny either way, so we’d much rather G2A didn’t see money either.”

Descenders developer RageSquid joined Rose’s call, asking fans to pirate instead of buying the game on G2A.

"Please torrent our games instead of buying them on G2A"

G2A has taken out sponsored ads on Google, which mean that when you search for our games, you get G2A popping up above our own links — and we make zero money on our games if people buy through the ads.

Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail likewise shared a similar stance, explaining that despite players’ best intentions, it’s better in this case to pirate the game in question rather than doing business with key sellers.

“These sites cost us so much potential dev time in customer service, investigating fake key requests, figuring out credit card chargebacks, and more,” said Ismail.

Remedy Regains Control Over Alan Wake

Remedy Entertainment announces they've acquired publishing rights to Alan Wake from Microsoft. Word is: "For its first half-year period of 2019, Remedy Entertainment Plc records approximately 2.5 million euros of royalties from previously released games as one-time income. The royalties are paid to Remedy during the second half-year period of 2019. In relation to this, the publishing rights of Alan Wake games are reverted to Remedy." Due Microsoft's involvement, the game was previously exclusive to Xbox and Windows, so Eurogamer inquired about the possibility this means the action/adventure would come to more platforms, but the answer they received was vague:
The only thing we want to clarify, now that Remedy owns the publishing rights, is that we could bring Alan Wake to different platforms if we so choose.

We have nothing to announce for now. We are fully focused on Control releasing on 27th August.

The Walking Dead Definitive Series in September on Epic Games Store

Skybound Games announces Telltales The Walking Dead: The Definitive Series, an updated version of the episodic zombie series coming on September 10th. They are accepting preorders on this page, where they offer a new trailer showing graphical improvements and bonuses this will include. There's no word if there will be any discount or upgrade for owners of the original game, but there is an indication that this will be another of those Epic Games Store exclusives that the kids love so much. Here's more on what to expect:

A LIGHT OF HOPE IN A DARK WORLD
Play the series that revolutionized storytelling in games. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series contains all 4 Seasons, 400 DAYS DLC, and The Walking Dead: Michonne. Experience the full story of young survivor Clementine as she grows from scared little girl to capable survivor. A light of hope in a dark world, Clementine goes through many protectors and weathers many threats, learning to fight back in an apocalypse where the weak are crushed and the cruel get results. Always at a disadvantage, Clementine must outsmart and out-will foes stronger than her, and become one of the toughest people still alive, despite her small stature. It’s up to you how much Clementine trusts, who she loves, who she hurts, and what she chooses to protect when you cannot save everyone.

With enhanced graphics and behind the scenes bonus features, this is the ultimate way to experience Clementine’s journey and find out how her story ends.

Graphical Enhancements: “Graphic Black” art style brings Season 4’s enhanced visual style to all previous seasons of the acclaimed series. Will also include full dynamic lighting to episodes that previously did not receive this upgrade.

Behind the Scenes Bonuses: Exclusive looks at the making of the game from the developers, VO artists, and other team members that brought Clementine’s story to life. This includes over 10+ hours of developer commentary and other behind the scenes material.

Gameplay Improvements: Character performances, lip syncing, and other gameplay and UI enhancements make this the definitive Telltale’s The Walking Dead experience.

Even more digital bonuses: Music player that includes 40+ tracks across all seasons, art gallery, 3D model viewer with playable voice lines, and new 3D front end that still includes the original menus and music from all past seasons.

Continue here to read the full story.

Defend The Keep This Month

Defend The Keep is due to be released on Steam and itch.io on July 16th, offering a fast-paced action/strategy game. Word is: "Take control of the keep tower and blast, electrocute and poison waves of enemies, to defend your villages! Defend the keep takes the you through forests, fields and mountains as you push against a wave after a wave of creatures. Blast enemies, build towers and defend the keep in over 20 levels, to figure out what’s behind the sudden attacks." Developer Vanille Games offers this trailer with a look at gameplay, along with more details on what to expect:
The waves will get bigger, stronger enemies will join the battle, and you better get your aim straight, because every fireball counts!

“Real-time strategy has been my favorite genre for over a decade. But in many cases, I've missed the fast-paced, palm sweating intensity, of an overwhelming tower defense match. I’ve tried to mix the best of both, while I’ve worked on Defend the keep, and I hope the players will get an intense experience, and enjoy the fantasy setting of my first game.”
Continue here to read the full story.

Dungeon of Dragon Knight Leaves Early Access Next Week

HexGameStudio announces July 10th is the official release date for Dungeon of Dragon Knight, a Windows retro dungeon crawling RPG inspired by titles like Dungeon Master, Eye of the Beholder, Lands of Lore, and Legend of Grimrock. If you can't wait that long, the game is in Early Access on Steam, and currently carries a 40% discount. This trailer from last year introduces the game, while a more recent Early Access trailer offers a look at some throwback gameplay. Here's more on the game, which recalls the old saying, "good wine needs no bush":
BACKGROUND STORY
Your home town got attacked by orcs. As a last resort you fled into an unknown forest. Suddenly, a witch appeared and pointed you to a house not far away. However, you found that it was in fact a cave. Then you were informed that the witch needed you to enter the cave and look for the Dragon Knight, Sowen, who had a magical weapon that he intended on using to open the Gates of Hell. So you descend into the dungeon and begin your adventure.

GAME FEATURES

  • Grid based system
  • Real-time combat.
  • Made with the Unity engine. Makes the environment real.
  • Runes Combination magic system, easy to learn but difficult to master.
  • Old-school mode for veterans.
  • Crafted maps and random levels (coming soon).
  • Tavern in the dungeon, good wine needs no bush.

Continue here to read the full story.

Fortnite Vaulted Weapons Return

A tweet from Fortnite reveals Epic is bringing some weapons out of the vault on a daily basis in their battle royale shooter. This kicks off with today's rerelease of the Compact SMG:
Each day we're bringing back a vaulted weapon for one day only!

Today's weapon is the Compact SMG.

Hardware Reviews

  • 1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Mechanical Keyboard on AnandTech.
  • Kingston KC2000 SSD on Vortez.
  • ORICO M.2 Solid State Drive Enclosure on ThinkComputers.org.
  • Razer Blade Pro 17 Laptop on TechSpot.
  • Seagate IronWolf & IronWolf Pro 16TB SATA III HDD on Nikk Tech.
  • SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1000-PTS 1000W PSU on APH Networks.

Out of the Blue

It's July already? This is my wake-up call that 2019 is now half over, prompting the age-old question of 'where does the time go?' Of course the answer is the Internet, where it is used as fuel for more cat videos, but it's still startling. That means this week is Independence Day here in the U.S., which may make for a slow week of game news. It's also working to our advantage with our move, as there was an opening to move our cable installation up to tomorrow, so our Internet situation will be straightened out much sooner than I thought, which is great news.

July Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began. Thanks j.c.f.
Media: Girl Brings Home A Dead Squirrel, Traumatizes Her Whole Family.
Much Trampoline Bounce.
Dead Spot on Hisense Arena Explained.
Follow-up: What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane? Thanks RedEye9.
The Funnies: Brevity.
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