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Saturday, Oct 26, 2019

EA Steam Return Hint

A tweet from Electronic Arts adds fuel, or at least steam, to the recent indications that EA Games will be making a return to Steam (thanks DSOGaming). In a bygone time Electronic Arts games were sold on Steam, but that ended when EA launched Origin as their own online store back in 2011. The new tweet offers a visual hint at the return, showing an EA mug emitting wisps of steam. This seems like a pretty straightforward clue, though it could just mean that they really like coffee.

Epic Sues Fortnite Tester over (Spoiler Alert) Spoilers

Polygon reports that Epic Games is suing a user named Ronald Sykes in North Carolina court for leaking details about Fortnite Chapter 2, prior to the recent launch of the update to their battle royale/survival game. Sykes was a beta tester, and Epic says this was a violation of their non-disclosure agreement. Here are some details on the situation:
The lawsuit said Sykes broke a non-disclosure agreement by revealing information he learned as a user experience tester. “He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite only to have some of Epic’s planned surprises spoiled by Sykes’ leaks,” lawyers wrote.

Sykes played Fortnite’s new content in late September — and three days later he tweeted to another Twitter user that he “played S11 and can tell you the new stuff,” according to the lawsuit. He tweeted again from another account and revealed that in Fortnite Chapter 2, players would be able to swim. Sykes continued to post about Fortnite secrets, including an image of the new map, in the lead-up to the event.

Epic is asking for injunctive relief and maximum damages for Syke’s breach of contract and “misappropriation” of trade secrets he learned while testing for the developer. “As a direct result of Sykes’ breach of his contractual obligations under his NDA, Epic has sustained and will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be determined,” Epic said in the lawsuit.

An Epic representative told Polygon it does not comment on ongoing litigation. Sykes did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.

Cooking Simulator - Cooking with Food Network Released

The new Cooking with Food Network DLC is now available on GOG.com and Steam for Cooking Simulator, bringing content based on the foodie network to the Windows culinary game. Here's a release trailer along with word on your chance to crank out some good eats, or, you know, get chopped:
Key features:

  • New Contest mode
  • 30 new recipes
  • 15 new ingredients
  • New kitchen setup

Play the new Contest mode with fresh recipes inspired by various Food Network TV shows. Set yourself up for an exciting culinary adventure or cook at your own pace for a more relaxing experience. The new mode allows you to customize the difficulty and changes your ordinary kitchen into a professional TV studio!

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Pathologic 2 DLC Monday, Free for Owners

Pathologic 2 is getting a new DLC called Marble Nest on Monday on Steam, adding a new two-hour spin-off story to Ice-Pick Lodge's Windows RPG. And for those who have been holding out on picking this up until it offered 120 minutes of additional contact, they announce this DLC will be free for anyone who picks up the game before its release. After that it will be sold as normal DLC for $9.99 USD. Here's a Marble Nest Launch Trailer with a look at what to expect, and here are some details:
Play for a single day as Dr. Daniil Dankovsky, a scientist from the Capital, who is trying to save the Town alongside Haruspex. Uncover the missing pieces and attempt to solve the riddle offered to you by Death itself.

The Town is doomed. But what if Death knocked on your door and offered a chance to do it all again? Would you still struggle, or accept your fate?

  • A 2-3-hour self-contained story. While true connoisseurs of Pathologic 2 will appreciate The Marble Nest as a great addition to the main storyline, it can be played separately—no need to refresh your memory if you’ve played the main game a long time ago.
  • Time flies, and events in game evolve as the time goes by.
  • Two districts of a ravaged town. It’s almost over. You’ve almost lost. Or have you?
  • Lenient survival compared to the main game. While you still need to manage your body, it’s less pressing. It’s almost as if the Bachelor didn’t try to cling to life too much…
  • Piece the picture together and find an answer to Death’s riddle… or don’t.

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Relive the Original EverQuest in Project 1999: Green

This forum post announces the launch of a new Project 1999: Green server as home to Project: 1999, a fan effort to revive the original version of EverQuest, the seminal MMORPG. This project is not affiliated with Daybreak, but the developer has given the not-for-profit project their blessings. The launch is a double commemoration, as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of EverQuest last March and this month's 10th anniversary of Project: 1999. Here's a Project 1999 Green Trailer, and here's more on this vanilla version of the original game:
"October marks the 10th year anniversary of Project 1999; March of this year also marked the 20th anniversary of Everquest. The intent of our project was always to restore the original classic experience of Everquest from launch through Velious, and our most recent patch was the last major milestone in that effort. It seems appropriate now that we relive through that timeline on a proper, fresh classic experience.

Introducing Project 1999: Green, to be released on October 25, 2019 (Early Afternoon Eastern Time)

Project 1999 Green is a new PVE server without any patches or expansions enabled upon release. Old-style mechanics and drops will be enabled, including legacy items such as Guise of the Deceiver and Manastone. The server will then progress through all patches on the same timeline as Everquest's original launch, all the way up to the last patch in Velious."
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