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Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Interstellar Space: Genesis Next Week

Interstellar Space: Genesis is set to launch on July 25th on Steam, offering a turn-based space 4X strategy game set in space, where no one can hear you order off the menu. This is the debut game from Portuguese studio Praxis Games, formed by the team behind Space Sector, a website devoted to space and sci-fi strategy games (though their new project became its sole focus a while ago). They call this "a spiritual successor to Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares and other classic 4X titles from the ‘90s, and the Launch Trailer is now online to show off what that means. The announcement has more on the game:
You are among the latest, and perhaps the last, of the challengers to undertake this great journey into the stars. While the universe may be ancient, you and your rivals are still young. As you compete with others for control of the galaxy, participants far older and more powerful than you watch from a distance – their true intentions covered in shadows. It’s time for you to prove that your Empire deserves to rule this galaxy, once and for all. You may prove worthy after all, but worthy of what? It’s up to you.


  • Turn-based tactical combat with extensive ship customization and free space-based movement with range limits.
  • Soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye 007, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle) and Ryan McQuinn (Lotia, Dungeons & Doritos, Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, Liberty: Vigilance, Dark Dice).
  • Custom alien races with specific planet types, unique leaders, and random tech trees for each civilization.
  • Deep colony development, terraforming, and diplomacy systems.
  • Varied exploration mechanics and freedom to define a civilization’s wants and needs.
  • Complex economic model with asteroid mining, space tourism, and more!

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Ring of Elysium Boasts 7M Downloads

Aurora Studio announces Ring of Elysium has rung up more than seven million downloads since the release of this free-to-play battle royale shooter on Steam. They take the occasion to remind everyone there's still a chance to win cash and prizes in their ongoing Ring of Elysium Amazon Cup:
Aurora Studio is thrilled to announce that Ring of Elysium has surpassed 7 million downloads according to SteamSpy. The next-gen battle royale found success during its time in Early Access and fully released recently in June. Having first featured a dynamic weather system for players to contend with along with the familiar mechanics of battle royales, Ring of Elysium has since continued to present players with fresh new mechanics with each newly added game mode. The most recent game mode Ashen Eye has players not only facing off against one another but an ever depleting supply of oxygen and features no zone shrinking but intense combat in an ever-moving safe zone.

Ring of Elysium is also proving to be an esports contender with the recent team up with Amazon GameOn for the Amazon Cup. Currently underway, the Amazon Cup features a hefty $60,000 prize pool and is open to players in NA and EU. As revealed in a recent announcement, players entering the Amazon Cup will also have a chance to play against Shroud and Forsen who were announced as wild card team captains for their regions. The Amazon Cup open qualifiers recently began and feature weekly tournaments for both NA and EU players to battle it out for their spot in the Regional Championships, players can sign up to compete from now until the final qualifying week which takes place on August 6.

Tekken 7 Sells 4M

Bandai Namco Tweets that Tekken 7 has sold more than four million copies across Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (thanks Gematsu). Here's word:
Over 4 Million players have stepped into the ring! Thank you for your continued support and keep those #TEKKEN7 fights going!

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Op Ed

WIRED - 'Fallout 76' Desperately Needs to Test-Play Its Patches More.
"In response to the latest controversy, Bethesda has canceled a planned livestream, while fans have started asking for something that a lot of games like Fallout 76 already have: a test server. A test server is a specific server of the game set aside for updates to be rolled out early so willing players can serve as testers of the content in a live environment. What I like about this request, and the story in general, is that it shows just how tricky it is to run a massively multiplayer game, and how ignoring the solutions favored by other, bigger games can be ruinous. Especially when folks aren't super happy with your game anyways."

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Is this the greatest Bond film never made? Thanks Neutronbeam.

Rainbow Six Quarantine by April

Rainbow Six Quarantine will break out before April 2020, reports Game Informer. They picked up this tidbit from the conference call that followed this week's financial results from Ubisoft. During the call CEO Yves Guillemot said the next installment in the tactical shooter series will come before the end of this financial year, which runs through March 31. Guillemot also stated the game would build upon "the proven gameplay of Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak," the PvE event they launched last year.


GORN is now out of Early Access and officially released, offering a "ludicrously violent" virtual reality gladiator game developed by Free Lives (Broforce and Genital Jousting). While this does not allow you to defeat your opponent by crafting gunpowder (much less a rudimentary lathe), it does put you in the arena to go all Spartcus on everyone. You can see this in action in the Launch Trailer and pick up a copy through Oculus or Steam. Here's more:
GORN is a ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator featuring a unique, fully physics driven combat engine where combatants creatively execute their most violent colosseum fantasies in virtual reality. The acclaimed VR game entered Early Access in 2017 to high praise and huge success despite players propensity to smash screens and tear down light fixtures in the heat of battle. One player even dislocated their knee cap. Damage to personal property notwithstanding, GORN went on to become one of the top ten VR games in sales and one of the top three in user reviews on Steam during Early Access.

Free Lives spent the past two years adding in everything from new weapons and opponents to local cooperative modes and even a custom language within the GORN universe. That last one is a joke that frankly just got out of hand until they had a full language and a five-track hip-hop EP in said language. The final update in Early Access brings an ultimate showdown with a longtime nemesis, a new weapon, and more alongside SteamVR Index support and a slew of fixes and tweaks.

“Our team couldn’t be more pleased to see the continuation of Free Lives’ unbelievable streak of turning weird ass ideas into commercially and critically successful games,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker.
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What Happens to Purchases if Google Kills Stadia?

A Google Stadia AMA on Reddit yesterday answered some questions about Google's planned streaming game service. Since Google is notorious for pulling the plug on projects that don't pull their weight (Wikipedia puts the number at 50), Google's Andrey Doronichev was hit with the question of what will happen to game purchases if Stadia ends up going to a farm upstate to live with a nice couple. The response is that nothing in life is certain:
We get this a lot. I hear you. Moving to the cloud is scary. I felt the same way when music was transitioning from files to streaming. I still have all my old CDs in the garage… although it's hard to find a CD player these days :)

The same happened to Movies and Photos and my Docs and other files… And it’s great! Games are no different. Eventually all of our games will be safely in the cloud too and we'll feel great about it. We’ve been investing a ton in tech, infrastructure and partnerships over the past few years. Nothing in life is certain, but we’re committed to making Stadia a success.

The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.

Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don't. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we've been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

I'm starting to turn my attention towards reforming the sovereign state of Manstovia. As I previously mentioned, charcoal grills are verboten by our new homeowners association, so I must turn my attention elsewhere. At first I thought this meant I would have to get a propane grill, but in reading the HOA rules, it does not appear there is a rule against wood pellet grills, so I am going to look a little further into this. There is already a pellet stove in the house, and we're discussing installing another in my office/man cave, so it would be pretty convenient to get a grill that uses the same sort of fuel.

Fuelled Links: Thanks Ant.
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