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Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

Tim Willits Leaving id Software

Tim Willits tweets that after 24 years at id Software, he will be leaving the company after this year's coincidentally 24th annual QuakeCon:
After 24 years, I’ve decided to leave id Software after QuakeCon. I’ve been extremely lucky to work with the best people in the industry on truly amazing games. QuakeCon has been an unbelievable part of my journey and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Gaylord Texan.

All of the games currently in development are in very good hands, my departure will not affect any planned releases. id Software is packed full of amazing talent that will continue to develop (long into the future) some of the best shooters in the world.

After QuakeCon I will announce my future plans, where I am going, and what new exciting things I am doing. Stay tuned.

Valve Developing 2 Half-Life Games? HLVR/Citadel Leaks

A new video from Tyler McVicker takes a look at some Source 2 engine information gleaned from a new low-level update for Dota 2. Tyler thinks this points to a new project called Citadel that was referenced briefly in previous code snippets. While Tyler says "I'm not going to be doing the normal Valve News Network thing. There isn't enough to go off of here. And I'm not going to be throwing up baseless speculation on what this game could be. However, it needs to be stressed, this is a separate project in Source 2. The only other projects that exist are Dota 2, HLVR, and Left 4 Dead 3. Citadel is a new part of this list." That said, he caps off the video with some post-credits speculation that Citadel is a stealth game based on a cancelled Nintendo Switch RTS game called Half-Life Tactics. But we digress. He also makes the case that the VR project Valve is working on is Half-Life VR. Here's more:
Now, at the same time that we found this new reference to Citadel, we have more stuff in relation to HLVR, and this game *has* to be under crunch time. Because I have it on *very* good authority that the Half-Life game that Valve has been developing for at least three years is the flagship VR game that Gabe Newell has doubled down on a few times. Both at the Index press launch party, and through email directly from community members.
But this needs to be stressed: HLVR is very heavily in development, and we've known about it for at least three years. That has been confirmed through anonymous sources directly to me, and I know a lot of you are sick of hearing about "anonymous sources," but it has been confirmed to me that the flagship VR title is the Half-Life game, and now we have this completely different game, codenamed Citadel, that has a lot of things related to stealth, AI pathfinding, and a top view minimap.
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Borderlands Free Weekend

For those who do not own the original Borderlands and/or all of its DLC, the Borderlands Website announces the chance to play the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition for Free all weekend. The Windows version is available on Steam, and the Xbox One version is available to Gold subscribers through the Xbox Marketplace. All progress will carry over for those who choose to buy the post-apocalyptic shooter, which is currently on sale for half off. Here's word:
Before you embark on a planet-hopping adventure in Borderlands 3, how about you take another mayhem-filled tour of Pandora and see where the shooter-looter genre was born? Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is the best way to experience the series’ start—and you can try it for free this weekend* on PC (via Steam) and Xbox One (exclusively for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members).

Today through Sunday, July 21 (exact times listed below), you can jump into Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition on your PC or Xbox One to wreak havoc as the four original Vault Hunters. Lilith the Siren, Mordecai the Hunter, Roland the Soldier, and Brick the Berserker explore the desert wastelands of Pandora in search of a legendary Vault Key, killing hundreds of crazed bandits and collecting some killer loot along the way. Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition includes remastered Ultra HD visuals as well as new features like local co-op for up to four players and even a handy minimap, so it’s well worth revisiting even if you played Borderlands back in the day.

RUNE II Preorders Get Deathmatch Beta Access

Preorders of RUNE II are now underway on the Epic Games Store, and word is purchasing the savage Viking combat sequel includes access to the game's deathmatch beta that will run for the next three games. Here's a new How To Become A Viking Trailer along with the details:
Ragnarok approaches! Human Head Studios announced today that warriors can now pre-order its upcoming action RPG RUNE II and gain access to the Deathmatch beta! With pre-order purchases, players will also be granted exclusive weapons, armor, maps, and the game’s soundtrack, along with instant access to the Deathmatch beta from July 18 - July 20. It’s kill or be killed in this action packed bloodfest - are you strong enough to survive?

Not sure how to be a Viking? Check out the newly released ‘How to Become a Viking!’ trailer, where aspiring warriors can study the steps to becoming a true Norse legend! Drink Mead! Eat Lizards! Mmm Delicious!

The Deathmatch beta for RUNE II will run daily from July 18 to 20. The schedule is below (all times are EST):

July 18: 2PM - 8PM
July 19: 2PM - 8PM
July 20: 9AM - 3PM

In RUNE II's fast-paced Deathmatch mode, kill your friends, your enemies, and your frenemies with a variety of different weapons, such as swords, spears, axes, war hammers, and even human limbs. Rush to control the divine chests that drop across the field and you'll be handsomely rewarded. With consumable runes that grant you godly powers like the ability to call down Mjolnir's lightning or a short teleport behind your opponents, death is always a left click away. Will it be your opponents...or yours?
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FIA European Truck Racing Championship Released

FIA European Truck Racing Championship is now available for Windows on Steam with the console editions of the big rig motorsports game coming to consoles on August 20th. You can see the game in action in the Launch Trailer. BIGBEN is also offering a bonus to those who pick up their copy in the next week, saying those who purchase the game will get the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway track for free. Here is a post outlining all the wheels and other peripherals that are compatible with the game upon launch, and here are more details:
In Truck Racing Championship, the simulation pushes the limits of what's possible, and everything has been designed to guarantee players all the thrills of racing in these spectacular races. With dynamic weather, different physics and inertia for each vehicle, and manual management of brakes and water cooling, everything has been included to ensure players experience the ultimate challenge.

Truck Racing Championship Main characteristics:

  • 45 race trucks from top manufacturers, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Western Star and many others.
  • 7 faithfully recreated circuits of the ETRC, as well as 6 iconic circuits such as Laguna Seca, the COTA and Fuji Speedway.
  • 20 official teams and championship drivers are included in the game.
  • 5 single-player and 5 multiplayer modes including local split-screen.

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Waking Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Waking, the upcoming Windows action/adventure set in the mind of a comatose protagonist. There is also a new Combat Trailer to show off the game, which is due for release this summer for Windows and Xbox One. Word is: "We'd like to invite you on a very emotional journey that's likely to make you cry. We just launched the demo of WAKING - an action RPG that asks you very deep and personal questions." Here's more:
WAKING is an emotional action-adventure set in your own mind as you lay in a coma. The game 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 scale.

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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Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Chaos Space Marines Released

The Chaos Space Marines expansion is now available on and Steam for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War, the far future space strategy game based on the Games Workshop tabletop series. This comes along with a version 1.3.0 update for the base game that's outlined in this post. The new add-on release is covered in this post which includes a new Story Trailer. Here's the skinny:
The Chaos Space Marines are here!
Legions of Heretic Astartes are ready to unleash their fury upon Gladius Prime! Neither the lapdogs of the Fallen Emperor nor the Xeno shall withstand their wrath.

The Chaos Space Marines DLC introduces a brand new playable faction to Warhammer 40,000: Gladius.

The Chaos Space Marines are hardened warriors, veterans of thousands of battle in the Immaterium and realspace alike. Their style of fighting has been portrayed with new unique gameplay mechanics, a full roster of new units, a brand new technology tree, buildings and quest-chain.

The Chaos Space Marines are a force to be reckoned with: they can field very good infantry, like the Khorne Berzerkers, who will carve through any enemy formation, and the Havocs, ready to unleash devastating fire from afar. Powerful daemon engines, like the Defiler and the Maulerfiend, are able to crush any opposition. And of course esoteric sorcerers like the Master of Possession make full use of their warp-infused powers to gain a decisive edge on the battlefield. For more information on all new units please refer to this page.

The new expansion is accompanied by a massive new free update. It adds a lot of new content, including new items and achievements. You can read the full changelog here.
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Etherborn Born

Etherborn is now available on and Steam, offering a gravity-defying puzzle/platformer for Windows. Here's an ethereal Launch Trailer, and here is how this works:
Etherborn is an elegant leap in the gravity-puzzle genre; an environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures.

You are a voiceless being that has just been born into a world where a bodiless voice awaits your arrival. As your first thoughts emerge, you realise your journey has just begun. You must reach this ethereal voice to fully understand your own existence.

In this world, the laws of physics behave in a way that will bend your imagination. You experience gravity perpendicular to the surface you are standing on, allowing for creative exploration possibilities in environments carefully crafted as navigation-based puzzles.

Travel through beautiful and exotic sceneries where each level is an organic puzzle that you need to explore, manipulate and shift your gravity on in order to decipher the way forward.

Etherborn features:

  • Gravity-shifting platforming and exploration
  • Navigation based puzzles based on your unique sense of gravity
  • Surreal levels in an atmosphere inspired by artists of the 20th-21st centuries
  • Dynamic and captivating original soundtrack tailored to each level

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Horace Released

Horace is now available on Steam, offering a throwback platformer for Windows. Here's the elevator pitch: "Horace is a story-driven, pixel-platform adventure peppered with nostalgic, popular culture references which will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era!" The Launch Trailer shows what that looks like, and the launch announcement has more:
We're excited to announce that Horace is OUT NOW on Steam! A platforming game at heart with metroidvania-inspired abilities to be unlocked as players progress through the game, Horace invites players to overcome challenging puzzles and defeat difficult bosses while evoking a range of emotions that will leave some laughing, crying and cheering their way through a touching narrative.
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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020). Thanks JDreyer.
Bonus Link: FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise. Thanks Max.

Limbo Free on EGS

Limbo is now available for free on the Epic Games Store, offering the latest in their weekly game giveaways. As usual, Epic also tips off their next freebie(s), saying next week they will hand out not only Moonlighter, but also This War of Mine in a double-dose of gratis gaming. They offer a trailer for Limbo but no description, so we'll quote part of that from Wikipedia:
Limbo is a puzzle-platform video game developed by independent studio Playdead. The game was released in July 2010 on Xbox Live Arcade, and has since been ported to several other systems, including the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows. Limbo is a 2D side-scroller, incorporating a physics system that governs environmental objects and the player character. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution. Playdead called the style of play "trial and death", and used gruesome imagery for the boy's deaths to steer the player from unworkable solutions.
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Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Next Month on EGS

Double Damage Games announces an August 13th release date for Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, their sort of prequel to Rebel Galaxy. This will launch as an Epic Games Store exclusive with console releases to follow "in the coming months." This comes with a new Release Date Announcement Trailer presented by petulant alien Sandar D'Truz as well as the following details:
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is a prequel to 2015's Rebel Galaxy, this time dropping you right into the cockpit. You'll inhabit the role of Juno Markev, an outlaw and smuggler who went straight and settled down until events conspired to drag her back into the life. After an encounter in a shady watering hole goes bad, your ship is trashed, and you find yourself in debt to an old friend and casino owner who gives you a rustbucket and some words of advice. Packed with exciting combat, unique ships, and tons of great music, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw drops you into a retro future steeped in blue-collar Americana.

Features include:

  • A full single player story campaign. But there's plenty of room to do your own thing and make some money – or some mayhem. The big empty is filled with lowlifes, cops, pirates, and blue-collar folks just trying to get by.
  • Unique Autopursuit feature makes space combat accessible to everyone - play the way you want to, with game styles for novices to veterans.
  • Slap down some cash for the right ship for the job. Outfit it with a vast array of weapons, armor, and gear. Apply a custom paintjob and get flyin’.
  • Gamble for cash and equipment at the local watering hole with various side games, including: 8-ball, dice poker, slot machines and arcade games.
  • Slide into your cockpit, switch on the Subspace Radio and listen to one of 7 stations with over 21 hours of music, DJs and commercials - and full support for custom soundtracks.
  • Meet and befriend an array of sketchy characters and call them up to lend a hand when needed. Join the community before flinging yourself into the final frontier!

Join Double Damage Games on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Discord.

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The Great Perhaps Next Month Perhaps

Daedalic Entertainment announces The Great Perhaps will land on Steam for Windows, Linux, and macOS on August 14th. They show off this 2D puzzle/platformer's time-swapping mechanic and "hand-drawn Soviet-inspired art design" in a Teaser Trailer. Perhaps you want to read on for more of what to expect:
The debut title from indie developer Caligari Games, this original thought-provoking journey features hours of puzzle-based gameplay and atmospheric storytelling in a unique sci-fi universe.

The Great Perhaps is a pre- and post-apocalyptic adventure about a cosmonaut returning to Earth to find a wasteland devastated by an unknown cataclysm. Armed with a mysterious lantern that can both reveal the past and transport you between timelines in an instant, you’ll overcome challenges and survive dangers in both eras to uncover — and perhaps prevent — what happened in this uncompromising vision of our planet’s future.

Key Features

  • Use time travel to solve challenging puzzles and unlock the mysteries behind the apocalypse.
  • Experience a world of gripping tension and haunting sorrow before and after the fall.
  • Discover innovative storytelling which binds together past and present.
  • Meet memorable characters with touching personal stories.
  • Original dynamic soundtrack which adapts to each timeline.
  • Wistful hand-drawn 2D art style inspired by Soviet aesthetics.

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Wanderlust: Travel Stories Next Month

Publisher Walkabout and developer Different Tales announce Wanderlust: Travel Stories is expected to come to Windows and macOS via Steam on August 28th. This is described as "a narrative based interactive travelogue inspired by real world travel stories, and illustrated by beautiful bespoke photography," and this trailer offers a look at what to expect. Though this is not an action game, the description below notes, this developer boasts two of the project leads from The Witcher:
Publisher Walkabout and developer Different Tales today announce Wanderlust: Travel Stories, a narrative based interactive travelogue inspired by real world travel stories, and illustrated by beautiful bespoke photography.

Created by Artur Ganszyniec (lead narrative designer on The Witcher) and Jacek Brzeziński (project lead on The Witcher and game designer for Hitman), Wanderlust sees you join a group of modern travellers sharing stories in a small bistro in Hanga Roa. From there, you will step into their shoes and help them navigate the stories that brought them all together.

As showcased in the new teaser trailer, you will plan the travellers' journeys, manage their spends, take care of their mental health and find them a place to rest for the night. The story and its characters will develop and grow from your choices.

Artur Ganszyniec, co-founder of developer Different Tales, said: "Ten years after I met with Jacek during our work on The Witcher, we decided to team up again to make a different kind of a story, something more grounded in reality and rooted in the common human experience."

"Wanderlust was born from Jacek's love for travel and from my love for storytelling. We aimed to create something different. A bridge between literary experiences and gaming. A title that is meant to be taken in, experienced and felt."

"Perfect when you're traveling — or wish that you were"
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Starbase Asteroid Mining Video

Another new trailer for Starbase is now available, showing off how asteroid mining will work in the upcoming sandbox space game. They point out this is one of the first things we'll get to do in the game to earn some credits. To give credit where credit is due, here's more: "Asteroids are in high demand since they consist of a variety of materials which are used for building mostly everything in the game. The surface material of the asteroids is useful as a cheap building material for stations and such, and the core can contain valuable metals and other materials which are used in the making of, for example, spaceships, electronics, and ammunition." Continue here to read the full story.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

One of the things that really appealed to us about our new condo when we first saw it was a view of a pond from the back deck and patio. By the time we moved in, however, spring had sprung, and a lot of the view was blocked by foliage that had grown in. You could still see part of the pond, and it was all quite lovely and serene, so we weren't upset about it. But we weren't upset either when a crew showed up three days later and started clearing things out. As I watched them work I commented to MrsBlue that this seemed like more than just an annual spruce up, as some of the bushes and overgrowth they pulled out had stems (trunks?) that were as thick as an arm. Sure enough we later learned that this was the first time they undertook such a clearing in around 15 years, so we benefited from some extremely good timing. By the time they were done, we had an almost completely unobstructed view. There was an oddity, though, as they cut the stems of a lot of vines that were running up our tree, but left the vines themselves in place. As you'd expect, these quickly withered and died from being cut, which resulted in a bigger eyesore than they were when they were alive. We convinced someone that this should be addressed, and yesterday they came back for more extreme defoliation, going at parts of this all with chainsaws. This was pretty extreme, and resulted in an even more dramatic improvement in our sightlines. We now can see almost the entire pond, perfect for watching the ducks and geese when they swim there. This is a wonderful bit of nature right in our own backyard, and we feel extremely lucky about how this all is turning out.

Natural Links: Thanks Ant.
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