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Friday, Aug 30, 2019

Homeworld 3 Announced

Gearbox Software officially announces Homeworld 3 is in development at Blackbird Interactive, taking the wraps off the space strategy sequel at PAX West. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Fig, where they offer a giant batch of details on the project along with this Announce Trailer. Here's a bit on the game and why they are going the crowdfunding route:
Homeworld returns with the next chapter of the story. Homeworld 3 is the true sequel to the legendary space-faring RTS. Blackbird Interactive, founded by original Homeworld Art Director Rob Cunningham takes the helm on development, returning the series to its roots with a gripping continuation of the story, fully 3D combat, and the classic RTS elements you expect. Further supported by the veterans of Homeworld Remastered Collection at Gearbox Publishing, Homeworld 3 is coming to life and the teams couldn't be more ecstatic. With our partners at Fig, we can give fans both new and grizzled a chance to fuel and profit from Homeworld 3's success. Now, first things first:

Homeworld 3 is a thing! It's already in pre-production. We want your help in building the game's success.

So why Fig? First, we're partners, and we believe in the platform's ability to bring devs and players closer together. We've been craving the right opportunity to dive deep with a community in a way only crowdfunding offers. With Homeworld's incredibly patient and thoughtful community, we've got exactly that opportunity.

We’re incredibly early on in this project--only a few months into pre-production. That means you can snag a backstage pass to impact the game’s development and prove that the fanbase still craves Homeworld 3. When you come aboard, you’ll not only get the insider access you expect as a supporter.

This is your chance to tell us what you expect of Homeworld 3, including its features, priorities, and even what the collector’s edition will include. We’ll share the data we’ve received from you throughout the game's development and show how its influenced the scope and priorities of Homeworld 3. It’s a unique experience that only Fig can offer and we're excited for the most open development process in both Blackbird's and Gearbox's history. Of course, because it's Fig, there's the unique opportunity to invest in Homeworld 3's success. You don't just get the game. You get a chance to profit too. If you’re not into it, no worries. We’ll see you at launch later down the line.
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Borderlands 2 VR Coming to PC

2K Games and Gearbox Software announce that Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC this autumn. The VR version of the shooter sequel debuted last year on PSVR, but now they offer this PC Announce Trailer and the following details, courtesy of Gematsu:
Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands 2 VR brings the iconic world of Pandora to life like never before. Fans will virtually become a treasure-seeking Vault Hunter, grab 87 bazillion guns, and face off against the galaxy’s most charming psychopathic dictator, Handsome Jack, to free Pandora from the corrupt Hyperion Corporation.

Key Features

  • Virtually Step onto Pandora: Step into the boots of a treasure-seeking Vault Hunter armed with 87 bazillion possible guns on a quest to line your pockets with loot and free Pandora from Handsome Jack’s clutches. Blast bandits with real-world aiming, punch bullymongs in the mouth, find the perfect gun inside a life-sized treasure chest and inspect it from every angle. Catch-aRide and race across Pandora in first-person view and experience the thrill of a psycho running toward you with grenade in-hand yelling, “Boom time!”
  • Virtually Slow Time: Borderlands 2 VR includes new features unique to the VR experience to empower Vault Hunters in their fight against Handsome Jack. With Bad Ass Mega Fun Time (aka BAMF Time), players can use this new slow-mo ability to literally slow the speed of the game temporarily to set up their next attack. In addition, with the option to Teleport, players can glide across Pandora as gracefully as Claptrap (if he had grace).
  • Become a Virtual Vault Hunter: Take on the role of one of four playable classes – Siren, Commando, Gunzerker and Assassin – each with unique combat styles and updated skills that leverage the new VR functionality, including the new BAMF Time ability. Whether crushing enemies with Maya’s Siren powers, calling in Sabre Turret reinforcements as Axton, feeling the heft of dual-wielded machine guns as Salvador, or the satisfying swing of Zer0’s sword in an enemy’s back, Borderlands 2 VR immerses players like never before.
  • Experience Virtual Improvements: For the first time ever, players can experience the sublime exhilaration of driving around the Borderlands in first-person perspective – accelerating and steering with the joystick and aiming the vehicle’s weapons with their headset. With the use of the motion controllers and headset, players can interact with the menu systems in a new and intuitive way for the platform, easily navigating through the menus by pointing, clicking, dragging and dropping. Players will also have the choice of preferred movement styles. Whether that’s the VR popular pointed-teleportation, or the classic direct movement style with joysticks – your experience should feel good for VR and true to form of classic Borderlands.
  • Get Virtually Rich: Borderlands 2 VR brings shoot-and-loot mechanics to VR with bazillions of procedurally-generated guns and gear, each with their own capabilities and modifiers. Procedurally-generated shields, grenades, relics, class mods and more round out your Vault Hunter’s arsenal for maximum power and mayhem.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Deep Dive Video

A new Deep Dive Video for Cyberpunk 2077 offers around 14 minutes of new gameplay footage from CD Projekt RED's upcoming cyberpunk RPG. They do offer a caution: "This video contains work-in-progress gameplay — everything you see is potentially subject to change." The clip includes looks at two builds with different play style, the strong solo character, with an emphasis on action, and a stealth and hacking approach. This also helps us learn more about Pacifica, one of the districts in the game. The clip comes with this description:
In the most dangerous megacity of the future, the real you is not enough. Become V, a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant — the key to immortality. Customize your cyberware and skillset, and explore a vast city of the future obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The choices you make will determine the story and shape the world around you.
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Blair Witch Released

Blair Witch is now available for Windows and Xbox One, and the PC edition can be picked up through Steam. The Launch Trailer sets up the story and shows its connection to The Blair Witch Project, the movie that got all this started. Word is the game picks up shortly after the events in the film:
Blair Witch offers fans, and players alike, their own descent into madness through an original story inspired by Lionsgate’s iconic Blair Witch franchise. Set in 1996, a young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. Players experience the horror as Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, accompanied by his trustful canine companion, Bullet. Their story starts as they join the search for the missing boy, but players shortly discover the horrors that await as the woods twist and turn into an endless nightmare. Ellis will have to confront his fears, and his past, along with the mysterious force that haunts the woods.

The first-person experience will study players’ reactions to the many dangers, stresses and tolls that the original story delivers to result in one of various potential playthroughs. In addition to the horrifying psychological experience, there is a balanced display of the beautiful environments, showcased in full in-game 4K; tricking adventurers to feel a sense of relief before venturing even deeper into the home of the iconic Blair Witch. Blair Witch is Xbox One X enhanced for 4K gameplay, along with 4K playability on PC via Steam.
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Re:Legend Early Access Re:Lease

Early Access to Re:Legend is now underway on Steam, offering the first chance to play this cooperative multiplayer JRPG adventure developed by Malaysia-based Magnus Games. This video celebrates the news with a look at the game, which is said to be the most successful crowd-funded game in the history of Southeast Asia. Here are the details:
An all-encompassing JRPG-simulator hybrid combining farming and life-simulation mechanics with strong monster-raising and multiplayer features, Re:Legend invites players to build and expand their village through a huge variety of life-simulation activities, inclusive of farming, fishing, crafting and more. Several renowned composers are working on Re:Legend, including famed Video Game Orchestra founder and composer Shota Nakama (Final Fantasy XV).

Set in the world of Ethia, players awake as a legendary hero, washed ashore on Vokka Island with no memories. Players must revive their hero and find ways to remember the forgotten past. By learning how to survive – cultivating the land, breeding and catching fish, befriending inhabitants, expanding the village, crafting weaponry and training for combat, among all the available activities – players will increase the chances of taming and raising the Magnus, magical creatures that populate this wondrous world. With a Magnus on his/her side, the adventurer will be able to venture across the land, facing threatening challenges, finding even more powerful Magnus and eventually regain lost memories.

The Steam Early Access program will allow players to experience the game during its last phase of development, offering the player community an opportunity to help the development team define the final game content. The world of Ethia will expand during the Early Access program with additional biomes made available to players leading toward the official v1.0 game launch.
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Dying Light 2 Hidden Message Competition

The Dying Light 2 Trailer released earlier this week includes around 26 minutes of gameplay from the upcoming action/RPG sequel. But it apparently includes more, as Techland reveals it also includes three hidden messages. They are offering three special Limited Edition E3 2019 Aiden Caldwell figurines as prizes for the three eagle-eyed viewers who find them. If you discover one of these yourself, you can head over to this page to report your discovery and collect your prize. Continue here to read the full story.

Destiny 2 Steam Migration Nears

With just over a month remaining before Destiny 2 switches platforms from to Steam, Blizzard reminds players of the steps they need to take to make sure they're not left behind. They point the way to a Move FAQ on which has all the details. Here's word:
Destiny 2 developer and publisher, Bungie, has announced that the Destiny 2 service will be transferring to a new PC platform on October 1, 2019.

Blizzard and Bungie are committed to making this transition as simple and seamless as possible for the Destiny 2 PC community.

You will be able to migrate your Guardians, gear, game progress, product licenses and Silver currency balance from at no cost. Please note you will lose access to Destiny 2 if you choose not to migrate to the new platform. The last date that Destiny 2 will be accessible via is September 30, 2019.

Inside the Park VR Released

Inside The Park VR is now available on Steam, offering a virtual reality baseball game. Here's word on what this simulates and what hardware it supports:
Inside The Park VR is an immersive baseball training simulator for virtual reality technology. Compatible with the Valve Index headset, Inside The Park VR delivers a true to life baseball experience in the comfort of your own home. Fully accurate physics allow for a vast amount of hit types and high fidelity graphics enable you to feel like you are actually standing on a baseball field. Not good at baseball? Inside The Park VR includes three different levels of play to fit your skill level. Features include a ball machine, dynamic statistics, throwing and catching, Vive tracker support, AI pitcher and fielder, and more. So step up to the plate and immerse yourself in the next generation of baseball training with Inside The Park VR by Intelimmerse LLC.

Inside The Park VR is also compatible with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

HTC Vive Racket Sport Set from the Vive Store Recommended for Best Experience

etc., etc.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Released

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is now available for Windows on Steam, with a discount available through Green Man Gaming. This is the first in a planned series of cinematic horror games, and a follow up called The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope was just revealed. Here's the previously released Launch Trailer and here's more:
The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of stand-alone, branching cinematic horror games featuring a multiplayer mode.

In Man of Medan, five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip that soon changes into something much more sinister...

Embark on a horrific journey aboard a ghost ship.

Experience your terrifying story with a friend online or go for safety in numbers with up to five players offline

All playable characters can live or die. The choices you make will decide their fate.

Who will you save?

Don't. Play. Alone.
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Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Hunter & The Beast Next Month

Steam now offers preorders of The Hunter & The Beast, new DLC coming to Total War: WARHAMMER II on September 11th. This trailer offers a look, and here we have more on the pack:
The Hunter & The Beast is the latest Lords Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER II. Introducing two rival Legendary Lords from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, each with their own objectives, mechanics, units and playstyle, for use in both the Eye of the Vortex and Mortal Empires campaigns, and custom/multiplayer battles.

  • Two richly themed new Legendary Lords lead their own factions: Markus Wulfhart leads the Huntsmarshal’s Expedition (Empire), and Nakai The Wanderer leads the Spirit of the Jungle
  • Each Legendary Lord brings their own unique faction mechanics, quest-chains, legendary items, skill-trees and campaign narrative
  • Devastating new ranged units, mobile gunpowder batteries and fabled Hunter Heroes for the Huntsmarshal’s Expedition
  • Towering new Dread Saurians, the largest beasts to walk the world of Total War: WARHAMMER, plus new Kroxigors, Razordons and Rites for Spirit of the Jungle
  • New Regiments of Renown to unlock, recruit and field

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WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Ultimate Announced

KOEI TECMO America and Omega Force are proud to announce WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Ultimate, saying this a new entry in the one versus many hack-and-slash series coming to Windows and consoles in February 2020. This adds seven new characters to WARRIORS OROCHI 4 along with new storylines. Here's a Reveal Trailer with a vague first look. Word is this will be available as a standalone release or as an upgrade pack for those who own the original:
KOEI TECMO America and Omega Force are proud to announce WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Ultimate; the thrilling new entry to the popular 1 vs. 1,000 hack-and-slash series of games for the PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, the Nintendo Switch™, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam®. The new game will be available in February 2020 as both a standalone title for those who haven’t yet experienced WARRIORS OROCHI 4, or as a special Upgrade Pack for those who already own the previous game.

The latest in KOEI TECMO’s dynamic crossover series features characters from DYNASTY WARRIORS, SAMURAI WARRIORS, and the gods of ancient history joining together in an all-out fight against swarms of enemies as they seek answers to why they were reunited to battle in this mysterious new world. All-star characters and fan favorites from past KOEI TECMO games, like Joan of Arc, join the WARRIORS OROCHI 4 Ultimate cast; boosting the number of playable characters from WARRIORS OROCHI 4’s staggering 170, to the eye-popping new count of 177. One of the most significant new characters is the Mother Earth goddess, Gaia, who created numerous lands at the beginning of time and now looks to unite our heroes in an effort to help save the world.

In addition, new storylines from WARRIORS OROCHI 4 will also be explored. What led Zeus to form the anti-Odin coalition? What happened to the officers who were sent to investigate the enemy forces? Discover the truth while unlocking the all-new True Ending to the saga with the gods. Add in new game modes, including the multi-layered maps of Infinity Mode, and fantastical new magical abilities and Sacred Treasures, and it’s no question that Omega Force is delivering fans the definitive WARRIORS OROCHI 4 experience.
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Fishing: North Atlantic Announced

Developer Misc Games and publisher astragon Entertainment announce Fishing: North Atlantic, a follow-up to Fishing: Barents Sea that takes the commercial fishing simulator into even more open-waters. They say they will catch and release this next year, and the Fishing: North Atlantic has already spawned, though details like target platforms are not being discussed at this point. Here's a first Teaser Trailer and here's more:
The success story continues: With Fishing: North Atlantic, astragon Entertainment and developer Misc Games will release a successor to the simulation hit Fishing: Barents Sea in 2020. Lots of new features, fish species, fishing methods and, of course, ships are set to delight fishery fans around the globe. As the game’s title already suggests, players will also be able to discover a brand-new setting: The Canadian province of Nova Scotia and the North Atlantic Ocean will be offering an exciting backdrop for even more extensive fishing expeditions. Another interesting news for players is the cooperation of Misc Games with the UK software studio Simul Software. Misc Games will use the already well-known weather renderer trueSKY from Simul for Fishing: North Atlantic, but also their realistic ocean renderer Volumetric Water, which is currently still in development.

While the open source ocean simulation OceanProject used in Fishing: Barents Sea reproduced the waves of the Barents Sea only as adjustable sine curves, Volumetric Water will be able to calculate the waves by taking the in-game wind direction and intensity into account, which will result in a more realistic water behaviour including wave breaking. Moreover, the new water shader provides natural transparency and light reflections on the water surface.

Additionally, Misc Games plans to develop a completely new buoyancy algorithm for Fishing: North Atlantic to ensure realistic buoyancy for every ship in the game. Fans can also look forward to seeing and steering lots of new ships and boats which will come in a varied mix of different sizes, shapes and functions.

Detailed particle effects will display water displacement, water turbulences as well as wake and therefore ensure that Fishing: North Atlantic will provide an immersive fishing simulation experience.
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Oriental Empires: Three Kingdoms Released and Steam both now feature Oriental Empires: Three Kingdoms, offering a new expansion for this strategy game set in historical China. The Launch Trailer provides a look, and the announcement explains all:
The Three Kingdoms period was one of the most turbulent periods of Chinese history, and the most beloved thanks to its vivid depiction in the novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. The ancient Han Dynasty was coming to an end, and the empire was in chaos. Bandits and rebels were overrunning the countryside, the Emperor was just a child, and control of the court had been seized by a vicious tyrant.

Yet the time of chaos was also a time of opportunity, when men of courage and ambition could rise to power from outside the traditional aristocracy. A common soldier could become a warlord, a sandal maker could become an emperor, and a fugitive would come to be revered as a god.

In this expansion you take the role of a warlord attempting to re-unite the land, and create a new dynasty.

Three Kingdoms Features

  • Choose from any of 26 factions on a new campaign map that stretches from Vietnam to the northern borders of China.
  • Play as one of the founders of the Three Kingdoms; the tyrant Dong Zhuo; one of many major or minor warlords, or exploit the chaos as a barbarian or bandit.
  • Unique portraits and in-game models of more than a dozen major figures.
  • More than 300 named historical characters.
  • Scripted events introduce new characters and depict important events from history and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.
  • New unit models depict the soldiers of the Three Kingdoms era, as well as the Nanman and Qiang barbarians.

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Heave Ho Released

The Heave Ho Website reveals this co-op arcade platformer is now available for Windows and macOS on and Steam. Steam also offers a playable demo, and there's this launch trailer to show how you can play this with your friends and perhaps become enemies as you rely on each other to complete levels. Here's word on the game and plans to show it off this weekend at PAX West:
Independent developer Le Cartel and tight-gripped game label Devolver Digital have launched the physics-based local multiplayer game Heave Ho on Nintendo Switch and PC. Heave Ho has been hailed as the leading contender for 2019’s LMPGOTY [Local Multiplayer Game of the Year] by nearly everyone, except for that one dude Leonard who – honestly – sucks at games anyway.

Heave Ho tasks up to four players with a simple goal – don’t fall to your death! Players will use their own two hands and the outstretched grip of their friends to grapple across each level on their way to victory. Grab one another’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your pals to safety in a wobbly, dangly mass of limbs. Customise your character with all manner of stylish accessories and zany accoutrement in a vain attempt to remember who you are and which of your hands is the only thing between you and the plummet of doom.

Heave Ho is playable at PAX West all weekend on a 20-foot 4K screen and at the launch party in Paris that, well, you weren’t invited to anyway. Awkward.
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Abandon Ship for macOS and Linux

Fireblade Software announces that macOS and Linux editions are now available for Abandon Ship, their seafaring action/adventure/strategy game that's currently sailing through Early Access on Steam. Here's word on how gamers on those platforms can get in on the action and help them sort through any issues that may be present:
The Mac and Linux versions of Abandon Ship have been released!

Welcome to all our new players on those platforms :)

As we are a very small Indie team, we don't have access to a large selection of hardware/software to test on, so we really appreciate all of the assistance from the community in reporting their test results.

Linux players may be interested to know that while we've focused our testing on Unbuntu 18.04, we have had reports from people that have run the game perfectly on the following operating systems:

  • Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon
  • Linux Mint native Steam
  • Manjaro Linux KDE desktop, Steam Flatpak install

Of course, if you are experiencing any issues, we're here to help! You can post on the Steam forums, email us at, or reach out to our Discord:

We hope you enjoy the game, and if you like it please leave a review as it massively helps us out.

Manifold Garden This Year

William Chyr Studio announces Manifold Garden will launch later this year as a one-year exclusive on the Epic Games Store, saying that after that period passes the game will also come to Steam. Here they talk about the exploration game, and how the Epic deal is allowing them to expand its scope:
William Chyr Studio is thrilled to announce its long awaited exploration puzzle game Manifold Garden will launch for Windows PC this year as a 12-month timed exclusive on Epic Games Store -- rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture in this highly anticipated indie release.

Manifold Garden is a game that reimagines physics and space. Witness infinity in first-person, and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.

Key Features

  • An expansive and visually striking world filled with mind-bending puzzles.
  • Manipulate gravity to gain new perspectives and walk on any visible surface.
  • Experience space in new ways as you explore infinitely repeating Escher-esque architecture.

The partnership with Epic has allowed the studio to expand the scope and polish of the project, as well as increase the size of the art and design teams. A 3rd party QA studio has also been brought on board to help track down and tackle bugs. The partnership ensures that the studio will be able to provide support for the game -- bug fixes and new features -- through launch and beyond.

Manifold Garden is also scheduled to release on Steam in 2020. Additionally, it has been announced for PS4 and other platforms are currently being explored.

Destiny 2 Year 3 Details has details on how Seasons will work in year three for Destiny 2 (thanks PCGamesN). They are implementing some changes to the reward system, and changing the annual pass into a seasonal pass, so players opting for the premium experience can now do so in smaller slices. Bungie does not say if this relates to the impending move from to Steam for the shooter sequel. Here's a bit on how you will experience the season with or without a pass:
Everyone who plays Destiny will be able to see how the world is different and changing during the Season. Those with the Season Pass will be able to play a seasonal matchmade activity within the Black Garden for that extra level of sweet gear (this is similar to the old Annual Pass access), but the goal is that everyone will be involved in how the world changes.

And at the end of the Season, your collective actions will have caused the world state to change and the Seasonal Activity connected to those events will also go away.

Doing this allows us to evolve the world—narratively, but potentially physically as well. It is not possible to keep Destiny frozen in place to allow all activities to live forever while also changing the world in meaningful ways. This strategy lets our team be agile and innovative. We believe that Destiny will grow even better when the world state can change, and that the best Destiny stories are the ones where “you had to be there when….”

Blasphemous Demo Dammit

This announcement informs us a playable demo for Blasphemous is now available on Steam, offering the chance to side-scroll your way through part of this action/RPG planned for release next month (thanks GameSpot). This is set in the game's initial stage and runs through the first boss encounter. It's time-limited, and will be available until Sunday, so get moving if you're interested. Here's the story on the game:
A foul curse has fallen upon the land of Cvstodia and all its inhabitants - it is simply known as The Miracle.

Play as The Penitent One - a sole survivor of the massacre of the ‘Silent Sorrow’. Trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, it’s down to you to free the world from this terrible fate and reach the origin of your anguish.

Explore this nightmarish world of twisted religion and discover its many secrets hidden deep inside. Use devastating combos and brutal executions to smite the hordes of grotesque monsters and titanic bosses, all ready to rip you limb from limb. Locate and equip relics, rosary beads and prayers that call on the powers of the heavens to aid you in your quest to break your eternal damnation.

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Out of the Blue

Here's another reminder to urge all who are interested in our free annual Pigskin Pick'em competition at picking NFL outcomes. The straight picks group has the password "bn" and the password to the spread group is bn2. As has been noted, the signup process is more than a little wonky, and I know I had to try it a few times myself to work it out. So apologies for that, but hopefully if you're up for this you'll have the patience to power through it so we can get as robust a turnout as possible.

Wonky Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: Breaking: The Onion Has Detected A Virus On Your Computer. Thanks Simon.
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