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Monday, Oct 14, 2019

POSTAL 4 Delivered to Early Access

In a surprise release, Early Access to POSTAL 4: No Regerts is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a new installment in Running With Scissors' outrageous open-world shooter series (thanks Gematsu). Here's an Early Access Launch Trailer with a look at the game's over-the-top action set to the sounds of Tattoo the Scars. The description of the clip has details, calling this a sequel to POSTAL 2 in an effort to deny the existence of POSTAL 3, which was released on Steam back in 2011 without the involvement of Running With Scissors:
The POSTAL Dude is back!

Several years have passed since the events that devastated the once proud town remembered as Paradise. The only two to walk away from the cataclysm unscathed, the hapless everyman known as the POSTAL Dude and his loyal companion Champ, drive aimlessly through the scorching deserts of Arizona looking for a new place to call home. After a fortuitous gas station rest stop ends with their car, trailer home, and the rest of their worldly possessions stolen, all the Dude’s seemingly got left to his name is his canine cohort and his bathrobe, and neither of them smells all that great. However, on the horizon, the duo glimpses an unfamiliar and dazzling town that beckons to them. What untold prospects lie within? Fame? Fortune? Maybe a bidet or two? Edensin awaits.

POSTAL 4: No Regerts is a satirical and outrageous comedic open world first person shooter and the long-awaited true sequel to what’s been fondly dubbed as "The Worst Game Ever™", POSTAL 2! (No third game is known to exist.)

Key Features

  • Free roam, open world, sandbox gameplay: Approach your daily set of Errands in a non-linear fashion! Seek out optional Side Quests for additional rewards! Or ignore all of that and just cause general pandemonium at your own leisure!
  • Jon St. John, industry veteran and legendary voice for Duke Nukem, in the role of the POSTAL Dude!
  • A brand new town to explore: Discover Edensin and unearth the dark secrets of this gambling town! Visit the local penitentiary, but don’t become a permanent guest! Meet the mysterious and exotic locals at the Mexican border! Cruise the roads in style in your own fashionable Mobility Scooter! Test your luck at the casinos on the Zag, all under the watchful eye of the monolithic ERC Tower!
  • Pacifist vs. Aggressive: Enjoy full freedom in your choice of playstyle! New ammo types and other tools to greater support peaceful (or non-lethal, at least) confrontations, but violence is still always an option too!
  • Over-the-top arsenal: Series classics return such as the iconic Shovel, Gas Can, and the famous boomerang Machete! Brandish new weapons like the AK and Tazer Baton! Set traps and unleash feathered chaos with the new Pigeon Mine! Get creative with the Spurt’n’Squirt’s unique liquid ammo types: Fill it with water to put out fires, gasoline to create an improvised flamethrower, or urine to shower Edensin’s residents!
  • Potent Power-ups: Add that familiar POSTAL twist to your weaponry with power-ups such as the classic Cat Silencer, the slow motion-inducing Catnip, and the dual wielding Energy Drink!
  • Bevy of interactivity: Feed Doggie Treats to strays to gather canine armies to do your dirty work! Grab and carry around objects to stack them and reach new areas or just throw them at others to annoy them! For the first time in the franchise, use and flush toilets!

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Trailer Leaks

A trailer for Fortnite Chapter 2 seems to have leaked out, offering a look at the next phase for the battle royale shooter. This appeared in a tweet from Skin-Tracker which has since been deleted, but is preserved for posterity by VentureBeat. The clip shows off a bunch of newness, including new skins and a new map featuring rivers and boats that should offer new gameplay possibilities. Epic has not announced when this will go live, though we saw indications earlier today that Chapter 2 may commence as soon as tomorrow. Continue here to read the full story.

Offworld Trading Company: The Europa Wager Announced

Stardock and Mohawk Games announce The Europa Wager, a second expansion for Offworld Trading Company they say is coming to the interstellar commerce game "soon." There's a rundown on this on the Offworld Trading Company Website and the Steam Listing for the add-on is now online. Here's the pitch:
Today, Stardock and Mohawk Games announced The Europa Wager, the second expansion for Soren Johnson's economic strategy game, Offworld Trading Company™. The all-new addition to the Offworld series will take players to the frozen moon of Europa, where numerous cracks on the surface make building and sustaining new structures a challenge.

Offworld Trading Company is a real-time strategy game in which money, not military force, is the weapon. Stake claims to resources, extract and develop them into goods and upgrades, all while buying and selling in the real-time, player driven marketplace.
Some of the highlights in The Europa Wager include:

  • New planet: Europa
  • New resources: Methane, Magnesium
  • New buildings: Methane Extractor, Gas and Hydrothermal Plants
  • New scenarios

The Europa Wager's scenarios provide a host of new challenges to overcome as you try to establish a new colony that will stand against the frozen elements. Like the rest of the Offworld series, the expansion brings real-world elements into its gameplay. For example, although water will not be hard to find on the frozen moon, aluminum is non-existent.

Football Manager 2020 on November 19

After previously announcing that November is when to expect Football Manager 2020, SEGA now specifies that November 19th is when to plan for the release of the new installment in their association football/soccer series for Windows and macOS. They also offer specifics on the plan to provide preorder customers with a headstart, saying this will begin two weeks before that. They also announce that Windows and macOS gamers will be able to kick around the mobile-centric Football Manager 2020 Touch on November 19th, as well, as that's when it will come to Steam. Here's the plan:
It gives us great pleasure to reveal that Football Manager 2020 will launch both digitally and physically for PC and Mac on November 19th. Fans who pre-purchase Football Manager 2020 from a participating digital retailer will receive a 10% discount and access to the pre-release Beta version, which will be available circa two weeks prior to release. There is also a 10% discount for those pre-ordering from participating physical retailers. More details regarding the Google Stadia launch will follow very soon. Thank you for your patience.

Football Manager 2020 Touch (Steam, iOS & Android) and Football Manager 2020 Mobile (iOS and Android) will also launch on November 19th. Check for device compatibility and stay tuned for a Football Manager 2020 Touch for Nintendo Switch release date announcement very soon.

Gears 5 Quitters Risk Lengthy Bans

In a tweet late last week, The Coalition Studio cautions players who quit Gears 5 multiplayer matches that they risk being banned from the shooter sequel for up to a year (thanks VG247). Here's the warning:
Quitters have been receiving month to year long suspensions for prior behavior.

This is how long you can be suspended for being a rampant quitter. Take heed.

Over the next few hours, impacted users will be un-suspended, but 1 quit away from suspension.

You have been warned.

Fortnite Apocalypse

#FortniteBlackout is currently trending on Twitter as the game world in Fortnite imploded into a black hole yesterday. In its wake this cataclysm left a minigame playable by entering the Konami code as well as a coded message that's being furiously analyzed in places like Fortnite INTEL (thanks PCGamesN) and Reddit. A recent leak suggested Fortnite Chapter 2 will bring a new map to the battle royale shooter, and this tweet says this may be getting underway on October 15th, which begins in a couple of hours in China (thanks WCCFTECH). Something is afoot, as a Fortnite livestream that began 20 hours ago is still underway, though there's not much happening at the moment. Continue here to read the full story.

Infinity Ward Not Working on Loot Boxes for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Responding to rumors about plans for loot boxes coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward took to Twitter to say these are inaccurate, and that they "are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system" for the upcoming military shooter (thanks WCCFTECH). That's pretty definitive for now, though it does not rule out the idea that they may work on such a system in the future. Here's the full statement:
Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare. What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system. Also, functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY. Stay tuned, we're planning to release info this week.

Internet Archive Adds 2,500 More MS-DOS Games

The Internet Archive Blog announces that more than 2,500 additional MS-DOS games are now available in the archive to be played for free via emulation (thanks Boing Boing). You can browse through the 2,541 recent additions through this link and view the entire Software Library here, which now includes more than 19,000 entries. Word is this is the library's largest update yet:
Another few thousand DOS Games are playable at the Internet Archive! Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection, but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.

On Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Plans

In an audio interview with AVSim, talks with Microsoft's Jorg Newman and Asobo Studios' Sebastian Wloch about the upcoming revival of Microsoft Flight Simulator. An interesting element of this is highlighted by VentureBeat, where they note the discussion touches on how this oddly did not initially include plans for VR support until the prospect was raised by gamers. Word is this may not make it into the game for launch, but they seem committed to adding it as quickly as possible:
“Right after the E3 trailer came out there was a lot of people making that exact assumption, that ‘Oh yeah, this better be supporting VR right from the get go.’ It honestly wasn’t our plan. But we are listening, and we heard it, so we will try our darnedest to make it happen. Whether or not we’re going to pull it off for launch, we can’t commit to that at this point in time, but we are aware of the desire […] We will try to prioritize that over other things.”

Gensokyo Night Festival Early Access

Gensokyo Night Festival is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering a 2D exploration game that's a spinoff of the Touhou series. Here's a trailer with a look at gameplay. Here's word on the game and the Early Access edition:
The protagonist is popular Touhou Project character Suika Ibuki. It has been some time since the last Hakurei Shrine Festival and Suika decides that it is the perfect time for her to have a little rampage around Gensokyo. This work is the first game made by developer tea_basira and in a bid to receive feedback from users around the world to improve the game, it will go into early access this month. The early access version will constitute approximately 15% of the content of the 1.0 release and development will continue towards full release in stages while taking user feedback into account.

Unbridled, satisfying combo action
Although she may appear cute, Suika is a demon and therefore extremely powerful. Use her abilities to unleash devastating physical attacks, ranged attacks and counters and string them together in satisfying combos. Also Suika has the ability to control density, using her Density charge and Sparsity charge you can add effects to her combos to make them even more devastating. If you get the hang of her combos it is even possible to deliver over 100 hit combos. Furthermore, this game has the Touhou Project games classic game mechanic of Graze dodging. Using this you can dash through enemy attacks and execute counters by circling around behind them or avoid otherwise unavoidable attacks.
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Out of the Blue

Today is Columbus Day, which, despite widespread misgivings about this history this represents, is one of just 10 federal holidays here in the U.S., and one of only three that honor individuals (the other two being George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.). Being the second Monday in October, today is also Thanksgiving in Canada. This has me feeling thankful for Canadian Bacon, Canadian Club, and, of course Canada Dry. Here's hoping you are feeling thankful too, ya hosers!

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Thankful Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: The 5 Best (& 5 Worst) James Bond Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes. Thanks Neutronbeam.
The local news celebrity who rigged the state lottery. Thanks Digg.
Stories: Trading Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day- For some, an overdue change.
Media: What if We Nuke a City? Thanks Kxmode.
Grouch (Joker Parody) - SNL. Thanks RedEye9.
Man With Balls Of Steel. Thanks JDreyer.
Follow-up: ’I’m nearing the end of my life’- Alex Trebek says he’s not afraid to die as cancer grows. Thanks Reddit.
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