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Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019

  

Hunt: Showdown Shows Up

Hunt: Showdown is out of Early Access, and Crytek's multiplayer bounty hunting game is now official available for Windows on Steam. This is a two-fer release, as it comes alongside new Legends of the Bayou DLC which is available separately for those who already own the game as well as in a bundle of both for new customers. They offer a new Launch Trailer for the game along with a separate trailer for the DLC. Word is the game has received over 200 updates since launching in Early Access, and they provide the version 1.0 Release Notes to outline what's changed for the release. Here's the full pitch:

Today is the day! Crytek’s online multiplayer bounty hunting game Hunt: Showdown has fully launched out of Steam Early Access and is now available on Windows PC for $39.99 standalone, or bundled with the new "Legends of the Bayou" DLC for $44.99. The Xbox One version of Hunt is expected to launch out of Xbox Game Preview soon.

The "Legends of the Bayou" DLC plunges deep into the bayou’s dark heart to bring players two new Legendary Hunter characters, two unique weapons, and 500 Blood Bonds. Stepping out of the shadows are two formidable Legendary Hunters—the Bone Doctor and the Weird Sister—as well as the Legendary Copperhead, a Nagant M1895 named for the ubiquitous indigenous snake. Players who already own the game can purchase the DLC alone for $9.99.

As a Steam Early Access title, Hunt: Showdown grew substantially over time with more than 20 updates and patches developed with constant feedback from the community. That close cooperation between the team and fans, says Hunt Producer Fatih Özbayram, was integral to the game’s development process.

“Hunt: Showdown’s development has been completely community-driven, and that has been such a rewarding experience for the entire team. Together with the community, we were able to create the fun, tense, memorable gaming experience we set out to make," said Özbayram. "For example, it was a community request that inspired us to add teams of three to Hunt, alongside many other features. So a big thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us throughout the development process – we couldn’t have done it without you!”

About Hunt: Showdown
Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person bounty hunting game that packs the thrill of survival games into a match-based format. Set in Louisiana in 1895, the game boasts a mixture of PvP and PvE elements that creates a uniquely tense experience. It’s not just the creatures who are a threat—it’s every Hunter on the map. In the classic game mode, a match of Hunt pits ten players—playing solo or in teams of two—against each other as they race to take out gruesome beasts for a bounty they must collect and get off of the map, while Hunt’s quickplay mode offers a shorter match for solo players to scavenge for weapons as they compete for a diminishing pool of bounty. The higher the risk, the higher the reward–but a single mistake could cost everything.

For more information, visit https://www.huntshowdown.com.

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Galactic Civilizations III - Villains of Star Control: Origins Released

Villains of Star Control: Origins is now available as a DLC pack for Galactic Civilizations III, Stardock's 4X space strategy game for Windows. As the name states, this offers new units based on Star Control villains, a direct counterpart to the previously released Heroes of Star Control: Origins is a DLC. You can pick up a copy on Steam where there's a 10% launch discount for the next week. Here are all the details:

Stardock released the new Villains of Star Control®: Origins™ DLC for its massive sandbox space 4X strategy game, Galactic Civilizations® III. The DLC adds 4 brand new playable factions from Star Control: Origins into Galactic Civilizations III, complete with their own leaders, theme music, ship parts, and more.

Some features that players can look forward to in Galactic Civilizations III - Villains of Star Control: Origins are:

  • Four new major factions with unique leaders, ship sets, music, and traits
  • Dozens of new parts for building and modifying ships
  • New faction traits
  • New ship designs

All of the new factions in the DLC have unique traits that are suited to their playstyle and histories. The Measured, for example, have a trait called "mitosis" that grants them an additional administrator for every adjacent planet when they claim a new one. Using their "ravenous" ability, the Phamysht are able to gain free food from each battle in which they are victorious. The Xraki's "chaotic" ability grants them 2 free random techs at the start or each tech age (beginning with the age of war). Finally, the Scryve's ships gain hit points per colony in their zone of control using the "imperial" ability.

The Bard’s Tale IV: Director's Cut Released

The Bard’s Tale IV: Director's Cut is now available, offering a new version of inXile's RPG based on user feedback. Those who already own the game will receive all the improvements in this edition in a free patch. This is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on GOG.com and Steam, and both stores offer a bonus copy of the remastered The Bard's Tale Trilogy to all who pick this up in the first week of availability. Here's a Launch Trailer and here are all the details:

inXile Entertainment, the studio acquired by Microsoft and founded by Brian Fargo, is proud to announce The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut is now available on Xbox Game Pass, the PlayStation Store, and digital PC stores such as Steam and GOG for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The Director’s Cut is loaded with new features, fixes, and content, making it the truly definitive edition of The Bard’s Tale IV. Along with an Unreal Engine update that has the game looking, playing, and sounding better than ever, The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut directly addresses feedback received from the game’s initial launch with thousands of fixes and tweaks included. Those who already own the PC game will receive the Director’s Cut content and improvements as a free update.

New features of The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut include:

  • A new end-game chapter that adds hours of additional content
  • New enemies, items, and weapons, including dwarven master-crafted weapons
  • Thousands of fixes and improvements across the game
  • Refined and more feature-rich UI
  • More class/gender character creation options
  • Rebalanced combat and encounters
  • Additional difficulty settings
  • Full gamepad support across all platforms

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Specs

Ubisoft now offers system specifications for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. These come along with the previously released PC Features Overview Trailer and a reminder that closed beta testing for the shooter sequel gets underway next week:

The PC specs for Ghost Recon Breakpoint have been revealed, giving players planning on visiting Auroa on PC a look at the PC-exclusive features, and the hardware needed to best run Breakpoint. While the full launch, on October 4, is a little over a month away, Breakpoint's closed beta starts on September 5. Players on any platform can get guaranteed access into the beta by pre-ordering now or signing up for UPLAY+.

Features

  • Full PC optimization
  • 4K resolutions
  • Uncapped frame rate
  • Ultra-wide and multi-monitor support
  • Fully customizable controls
  • AMD FidelityFX
  • Discord integration
  • Gameplay and menu eye tracking with tobii

PC Specifications
Minimum – Low Setting | 1080p

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200/Intel Core I5 4460
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280X/Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 (4 GB)

Recommended – High Setting | 1080p

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600/Intel Core I7 6700K
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480/Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 (6 GB)

Ultra – Ultra Setting | 1080p

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Football Manager 2020 in November

Sports Interactive and SEGA announce Football Manager 2020 for Windows, macOS, and Stadia will kick off in early November, offering the latest chance to run your own club in this association football/soccer series. The news includes this Announce Trailer which focuses on the passion of fans of the sport, rather than this game, but the announcement does include some details including word that preorder customers will get a 10% discount and access to a beta version two weeks prior to release (which will not be available to Stadia customers):

Football is a game of opinions. From team selection to transfers and tactics, everyone has their own ideas on how to get results on the pitch. Sports Interactive™ and SEGA® are giving would-be managers the chance to prove that their opinion means more than most when Football Manager 2020 releases in early November.

FM20 will give players the chance to call the shots at their favourite club as they take control of their team's destiny and make all the decisions that a real manager does as they develop their team and attempt to deliver a sustained level of success.

We have today released the first trailer for the game that should whet the appetite ahead of the game's key feature announcements, the first details of which will be revealed in mid-September through the Football Manager website and via the official FM social media channels (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).

But even though we aren't talking about new game features today, we do have other things to talk about which you can see below.

Football Manager 2020 is the follow up to the record-breaking Football Manager 2019, which is the fastest selling, best-selling, and most played version of the series to date across all of its release platforms. Nine months after its release, more than 60% of the people who have bought the PC/Mac game in its lifetime are still playing it each month.

This year also marks the first time in the long-running series' history that Football Manager will be available as a launch title on a new platform as Football Manager 2020 is set to make its debut on Google's Stadia and will be the fastest way to experience Football Manager.

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Tap Cats: Epic Card Battle Released

Feline-themed collectable card game Tap Cats: Epic Card Battle is now out of early access and officially available for Windows and macOS on Steam. An Official Global Launch Trailer can help you decide if you'd tap that, and the announcement sweetens the kitty:

Today, Classy Yak Game Studio and Screenzilla Entertainment celebrate the global launch of Tap Cats: Epic Card Battle, the first Collectable Card Game in the popular Tap Cats franchise. Epic Card Battle’s accessible deck building, strategic gameplay and beautiful hand-drawn art are sure to be a hit with casual and hardcore players alike. The game is now released worldwide, available on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam, with cross-play support between platforms.

Epic Card Battle stands apart by bringing ease of entry to the normally complex CCG genre. Making limitless choices in deck building is fun with themed cards and heroes guiding the way. Thoughtful mechanics like “Team Power” allow players to optimize their team’s performance, getting an edge on their opponents and no bad starting hands means every player has a shot at success through strategy alone.

“We’re incredibly excited to unleash Tap Cats: Epic Card Battle to the world. A very special thanks to our passionate community for their feedback and help balancing and improving the game throughout development, turning it into a kickass card battler for everyone to enjoy,” says Sean Megaw, Game Director.

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Link of the Day: Squirrel Stuck In Her Hair. "Bein' high, and having to get a squirrel out of somebody's hair is the best day, yo!"

Get Assassin's Creed Odyssey Fields of Elysium for Free

Ubisoft announces that Fields of Elysium, the first episode of The Fate of Atlantis expansion for Assassin's Creed Odyssey is free to keep for those who pick up their copy between now and September 1st (thanks DSOGaming). According to the announcement, you can get the PC version through Uplay, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. While we can find a listing for The Fate of Atlantis on the Uplay Store, we see no individual listing for Fields of Elysium. Update: Here's the Uplay link (thanks Orogogus). As for the Epic Games Store, we can't even find a listing there for the base game, so we're not sure what to make of that. But this is now available with its 100% discount on Steam, so one two out of three isn't bad. Here's word:

Assassin's Creed Odyssey took a big step into Greek myth this year with The Fate of Atlantis, a three-part post-launch story arc that brought Alexios or Kassandra into the Greek afterlife – and, eventually, to the titular lost city of Atlantis, once a teeming center of the mysterious First Civilization. If you haven't yet begun your journey into The Fate of Atlantis, its first episode – titled Fields of Elysium – is free from August 26 through September 1. During that period, players can download and keep Fields of Elysium on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Uplay, Steam, or the Epic Games Store).

Fields of Elysium transports players to Greek mythology's equivalent of heaven, a vibrant paradise of white cliffs and flowering meadows presided over by the Greek goddess Persephone (actually a member of the First Civilization, or Isu). However, this seeming utopia hides dark secrets and super-powered enemies, as well as treasure-filled labyrinths and four new enhancements for your Abilities, which let you wield the powers of the Isu in battle.

Once downloaded, Fields of Elysium is open to Assassin's Creed Odyssey players who've reached at least level 28 and finished the Between Two Worlds questline, along with the Heir of Memories questline. Players who want to jump straight into Fields of Elysium's content, meanwhile, can take a shortcut option and begin playing with a pre-leveled character (although you'll still need the Assassin's Creed Odyssey base game to play). Should you decide to continue your journey by purchasing The Fate of Atlantis or the Season Pass, any character progression or loot you earn in Fields of Elysium will carry over into the second and third episodes, Torment of Hades and Judgment of Atlantis.

Gaming Industry Rape and Sexual Assault Allegations

Two very serious stories have surfaced with allegations of rape and sexual assault in the game development industry. A post titled calling out my rapist by Nathalie Lawhead accuses famed game music composer Jeremy Soule of rape during a time she was working on an ARG in Vancouver in 2008. WCCFTECH reports that Soule, who has worked on renowned soundtracks for many prominent games, has not yet commented on the allegation. Inspired by Nathalie sharing her story, Zoë Quinn has tweeted a "me too" story as well (thanks GameRevolution). Quinn, who was at the center of events that helped spark the GamerGate controversy, alleges an abusive relationship with Night in the Woods creator Alec Holowka in the aftermath of a sexual assault by an unnamed assailant. To be clear Holowka is not being accused of this sexual assault. His twitter feed is protected, however, and it's not clear if he's responded to this. The actual assailant will apparently remain anonymous, as Quinn says: "A few months into making games, I was sexually assaulted. My visa status was threatened if I told anyone (but a third party who saw it happed confronted him about it the next day). This story isn't about him - after years of therapy and working on himself, he reached out an apologized for everything, and I've forgiven him."

Fortnite Borderlands Crossover

Epic Games announces mayhem has come to Fortnite in the form of a new Pandora Rift Zone that crosses their battle royale game with the Borderlands universe. This includes shields that generate when you haven't taken damage for a while, which seems intended to balance the chance of being brutalized by a B.R.U.T.E. The accompanying version 10.20 Patch Notes show the update also includes a new Shield Bubble item that's invulnerable to projectiles and explosives, which serves a similar goal. They offer a new trailer showing a little mayhem from Fortnite x Mayhem and explain what to expect:

Inhabitants of Pandora have found their way to Fortnite, and they brought with them the planet’s characteristic mayhem. Starting today until September 10, shoot and loot your way through the Pandora Rift Zone, take on themed Challenges for free rewards, and pick up the Psycho Bundle from the shop.

If you’re going to make some mayhem, you have to look the part. Pick up the Psycho Bundle from the shop and travel around with Claptrap on your back!

The Pandora Rift Zone has appeared on the map, bringing its iconic planet look with an added bonus — if you go long enough without taking damage, you’ll generate Shield. There are some other surprises for you to discover as you wreak havoc in Pandora.

Create your own Pandora using new Prefabs in Fortnite Creative! Change up the look of your location using the new camera filter and share your masterpiece using #FortniteXMayhem. Submit on Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit using #FortniteXMayhem by September 6 for a chance to be featured on The Block.

Looking for some loot? Check out the free Welcome to Pandora Challenge Bundle, with rewards like the Mayhem Wrap, Vault Hunter Banner, Psycho Spray, and Crunk Bunny Spray.

Let's make some mayhem!

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Control Released

Control is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a supernatural action/adventure game from Remedy Entertainment this is available physically and digitally for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, while the Windows edition is being sold exclusively through the Epic Games Store. NVIDIA is all-in on this, as Control is part of their current RTX graphics card bundle along with Wolfenstein Youngblood. They have a new set of Windows drivers that are game-ready for Control, a tech talk video on the game's ray tracing support, along with a Control Graphics and Performance Guide promising the inside track on support for ray traced effects, deep learning super sampling, and more. The recent Launch Trailer provides a look at what to expect from the game, and the announcement has more details, including word on a livestream for charity later today:

Global videogame publisher 505 Games and its partner, internationally renowned developer Remedy Entertainment, Plc. today launched the award-winning Control in the Americas, Europe, the United Kingdom and other supported territories on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for physical and digital retail, with a simultaneous digital launch on the Epic Games store for PC, all priced at $59.99 for the base game. Fans will have an opportunity to try Control at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West in Seattle, WA from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2 in the 505 booth (#425), the Discord booth (#2109) and the Sony America booth.

Set in a unique and ever-changing world that juxtaposes our familiar reality with the strange and unexplainable, Control is a third-person action-adventure game combining Remedy’s trademark gunplay with supernatural abilities.

After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, players will take on the role of Jesse Faden, the new Director struggling to regain Control. This sandbox-style, gameplay-driven experience built on the proprietary Northlight engine challenges players to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactive environments while fighting through the deep and mysterious worlds Remedy is known and loved for.

“Control is our most ambitious game as a studio yet,” said Mikael Kasurinen, game director, Remedy Entertainment. “We said early on this would redefine what a Remedy game is; giving our fans a more player-driven experience than we’ve ever created before, while still retaining the compelling worlds we’re known for. Everyone at Remedy is proud of what we’re delivering to players today and we look forward to continuing to expand on what we’ve built after launch as well.”

To celebrate the launch of Control, 505 Games will host a stream today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT in an effort to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families at St. Jude never receive bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because they believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Guests will include YouTube personality Alanah Pearce, lead voice actress from Control Courtney Hope, Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake, Twitch personality SanchoWest and more. To watch or donate, please visit: https://tiltify.com/@505games/505-games-for-st-jude.

Control on PC is one of the first games to support multiple ray-traced effects, including ray-traced reflections, contact shadows, and indirect diffuse lighting. Control on PC also supports NVIDIA® DLSS. For a limited time, gamers will receive Control with the purchase of an eligible GeForce RTX™ GPU-equipped graphics card, desktop or laptop; more details here.

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Unfold Offers DARQ Money to Charity for EGS Non-Exclusivity

There's a new twist in the discussion of whether DARQ will be sold on the Epic Games Store (thanks Verno). Unfold Games tweets that if Epic chooses to offer their game without exclusivity they will donate 100% of their EGS revenue to a charity of the game community's choosing. This comes in response to a tweet from Tim Sweeney saying, "We’re happy to see DARQ succeed because it’s a great game and it deserves succees [sic]. That’s why we contacted them to explore exclusivity. 😜" This all follows a recent exchange where Unfold turned down an offer to sell DARQ exclusively on the Epic Games Store because they'd already committed to releasing the game on Steam. Here is the tweet from Unfold Games, which has drawn a number of comments both positive and negative calling it a canny move to generate publicity:

Tim, I’m glad to hear that. If you change your mind and accept DARQ to your store non-exclusively, I’ll donate 100% of my EGS revenue to a charity. If you accept, the charity can be picked by the gaming’s community at a later date.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Released

Private Division and Panache Digital Games announce the launch of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for Windows, which is available exclusively on the Epic Games Store, with console editions to follow later this year. This third-person action game centered around evolution was intelligently designed by Patrice Désilets, creator of the Assassin's Creed series during his time at Ubisoft. A recent Launch Trailer offers a look at gameplay, and the announcement details what to expect:

Private Division and Panache Digital Games today launched Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for PC on the Epic Game Store. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, is the debut title from Panache Digital Games, the independent development studio co-founded in 2014 by Patrice Désilets, the original creative director behind Assassin’s Creed. In the game, players relive the early stages of human evolution millions of years ago, battling a harsh and brutal world to ensure the future of their lineage.

Players begin ten million years ago as an early hominid, our first known ancestor, swinging through the trees of a lush jungle full of dangerous predators like giant pythons, sabre-tooth tigers, deadly alligators, as well as other beasts, and will need to master both their character in addition to their surroundings. Through carefully analyzing and discovering the environment, players will help ensure the survival of their clan by expanding the capabilities of their hominid. The player will have the choice in how to advance the neuronal network, offering a host of role-playing game elements that improve different abilities. These choices may allow the clan to advance motor functions, heighten their senses, enhance their intelligence, and unlock better communication amongst the tribe. Eventually, the player may evolve their clan to a more advanced species through the decisions and actions along their play experience. Ultimately the player will determine if the clan will have an enduring lineage or become another extinct species that recedes into history.

“I am extremely proud of what my team and I have accomplished with Ancestors. I wanted to make a game about evolution that would help remind of us of our shared primal instincts. Once I thought of this concept, I could not shake this idea of struggling, trying to survive in this massive, dangerous world,” said Patrice Désilets, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Panache Digital Games. “Today is a great day because we can now share this game with the real world. It may be a difficult journey but hopefully you can survive just as our own ancestors did.”

“It has been a privilege to partner with Panache Digital Games to make Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey,” said Kari Toyama, Senior Producer at Private Division. “Patrice Désilets is meticulous in his approach to game design, and together with his small team incredibly talented developers, they created an experience that is wholly unique.”

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person exploration survival game in which players will establish a clan in an unforgiving wilderness of Africa spanning from ten million to two million years ago. The game mechanics focus on three main principles: explore, expand, and evolve. With danger around every corner, players must carefully explore their environment set in Neogene Africa, slowly expanding their clan’s territory, and choosing how to evolve their clan from one generation to the next. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the first title from Panache Digital Games.

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Controversial Ion Fury Content Going Unaltered

The fury over content in Ion Fury originally spawned a commitment to alter the content of the recently released Build-engine first person shooter. At one point developer Voidpoint also apologized for comments by staff in the company's Discord. Now a Joint statement from Voidpoint and 3D Realms on Steam indicates a change of heart, saying the content that some found offensive will remain in the game:

We’ve caused a recent controversy suggesting Ion Fury game content was to be censored.

We will absolutely NOT be censoring Ion Fury or any of our other games, now or in the future, including but not limited to by removing gags such as gaming’s most controversial facial wash.

We do not support censorship of creative works of any kind and regret our initial decision to alter a sprite in the game instead of trusting our instincts. 3D Realms and Voidpoint stand together on this matter.

Last but not least, please respect our need to keep our community forums clean from hateful messages, spam, or off-topic threads. We recognize our mistake and have received your message loud and clear!

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Out of the Blue

After a couple of days of seeming improvement, this sciatica from which I've been suffering flared up last night, and was really bothering me this morning. The good news is that a couple of Advil can provide complete relief. I am not planning on making a habit out of taking analgesics, however, so I'm only going to give this a few more days to clear up on its own before I take the drastic step of seeing a doctor. I'm actually probably at the point when I would do this now under normal circumstances, except we recently changed medical plans, and my old doctor does not accept our new insurance. He's also near our old house, which is not so convenient anymore, but I would make the trip if this was covered. As it stands, seeing a doctor would mean accelerating the search to find one in the first place. We're working on that, and in the meantime, I'll hold out hope this clears up on its own as it is said can often be the case. But, as I say, I'm near the end of my rope.

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