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Thursday, Nov 07, 2019

Get Nuclear Throne and RUINER for Free

The Epic Games Store now features this week's Free Game Collection, offering a 100% discount on Nuclear Throne and RUINER. These are each free to keep if you pick them up over the next seven days. As usual, they also reveal next week's free offering, which will be The Messenger. Here's the quick pitch for the new freebies:
Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and mutants and monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities. All these things and more you could do if only you were good at this game. Can you reach the Nuclear Throne?

RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired psychopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend.

PAYDAY 2 DLC and Free Weekend

The Silk Road update is now available for PAYDAY 2 on Steam, adding the promised free content to the heist sequel. This comes with the release of the Border Crossing Bundle, which includes three new premium DLC packs, as shown off in this trailer. If this inspires you to check out the game, you won't have to plan any elaborate heists, as anyone with a free Steam account can play the game for free for the next couple of days. This post has details on all the new content and a new patch for the game with fixes and other improvements. Here's a bit on what's new:
Hello Heisters!
It's time to get back in the van and kick some ass. We here at OVERKILL have something wonderful for you. A big update to make up for the recent year of silence. We bring more content and fixes to the game we all love. So suit up and join the fray as we once again put on our masks; let's head south of the border to hunt murkies.

Outfits system
A new cosmetic Outfits system is introduced in PAYDAY 2 with this DLC. In addition to selecting a mask of their choice, players can now also select an Outfit from a selection in their inventory. Outfits are clothes that the character wears below the neck and are selected in the same screen as armor.

Improved UI
The general UI and menus have been given an overhaul and streamlined to make things more efficient and easier to navigate. This also, of course, includes added elements for managing the new outfits system.
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American Truck Simulator - Utah Rolls Out with Free Weekend

American Truck Simulator - Utah is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam, adding new content set in the Beehive State to American Truck Simulator. This comes along with the chance to take the game on a test drive with a free weekend that runs between now and Monday. Here's a trailer along with word on how this can help you become a mean mother trucker:
FREE BEE
Getting into Utah soon will get players a nice little gift too - a Bee cabin toy to accompany them on their travels! We'll publish the "how to get the bee" guide shortly, but we're going to leave a few days to those curious souls willing to find a way to get the Bee by themselves!

ABOUT ATS: UTAH
Welcome to "Beehive" State Utah. Visit the great Salt Lake City, tourist-favorite Moab or historic St. George cities and see how rich the local architecture and lifestyle are. Venture into crude-oil digging sites in remote areas away from the urban noise and enjoy the challenges hauling crude oil has to offer!

A completely new approach to creation of rock and other natural formations. Our tool and asset library has been vastly improved in this regard and offers best-to-date representation of real references. Expansion of existing industries via new company docks or cargoes. You can look forward to visiting agricultural stores, improved car dealers, a new feed mill, heavy machinery service or a set of new warehouses!

MAIN FEATURES
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Counter-Strike Co-creator's New MMO Shooter

Rock Paper Shotgun has first word three games Korean developer Pearl Abyss plans on unveiling next week at G-STAR 2019. This includes PLAN 8, a new MMO shooter from Minh "Gooseman" Le, who co-created the original Counter-Strike with Jess Cliffe back in 1999. Word is this will involve combat in exo-suits. The other two new games from the folks behind Black Desert Online are a "casual" collectable MMORPG called DokeV, and an open-world fantasy MMORPG titled Crimson Desert. We'll learn more about these plans when this global game exhibition kicks off on November 14th.

Activision Blizzard Financials

Activision Blizzard Announces Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results, calling these "better than expected." They cite the success of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft as factors, though tellingly they no longer include WoW subscriber numbers that used to jump off the pages of such reports. Word is: "For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were $1.28 billion, as compared with $1.51 billion for the third quarter of 2018. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $1.01 billion. GAAP operating margin was 19%. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.26, as compared with $0.34 for the third quarter of 2018."

Take-Two Interactive Financials

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Strong Results for Fiscal Second Quarter 2020. In a world where all fiscal reporting is called strong, here's what they mean in this case: "GAAP net revenue grew 74% to $857.8 million, as compared to $492.7 million in last year’s fiscal second quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (which is generated from ongoing consumer engagement and includes virtual currency, add-on content and in-game purchases) increased 32% and accounted for 37% of total GAAP net revenue. The largest contributors to GAAP net revenue in fiscal second quarter 2020 were Borderlands® 3; NBA® 2K20 and NBA 2K19; Grand Theft Auto® Online and Grand Theft Auto V; Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online; Social Point’s mobile offerings; and WWE® 2K19 and WWE SuperCard." The news includes the following comments from management:
“Our positive momentum continued in the second quarter, enabling our Company to generate operating results that significantly exceeded our expectations,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “We delivered strong Net Bookings, cash flow and earnings growth, fueled by the performance of NBA 2K, Borderlands 3, Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online. Once again, our strategy of creating the highest-quality entertainment in the industry translated into outstanding results.

“As a result of our better-than-expected second quarter operating results, we are once again raising our operating outlook for fiscal 2020. The third quarter is off to a solid start with the launches of The Outer Worlds, Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC and WWE 2K20, and we will bolster our holiday line-up with offerings for Google Stadia and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Throughout the fiscal year, we will continue to support our titles with experiences designed to captivate audiences and drive ongoing engagement, including new content for Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.

“Looking ahead, Take-Two has the strongest development pipeline in its history, including sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP. We are actively investing in emerging markets, platforms and business models, and are exceedingly well positioned to capitalize on the positive trends in our industry and to generate growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”

Gangsters 1920 Released

Gangsters 1920 is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a strategy game set during the prohibition era. This is already available for Android and iOS, but includes some PC optimizations. Here's word on this quest to avoid remaining clueless:
Explore the gloomy roads of the surreal 1920s underworld and find the relevant hints. Together with detective Lake, you will be able to hunt down the gangsters responsible for the national bank robbery. Better be safe than sorry – find out who your friends are before encountering your foes. The right people will do you a favor and give you the two clues, the wrong people will kill you.

Find the secret passwords and combine them properly to solve the tricky case.

Features:

  • Arcade-Adventure in retro-look
  • 3D-iso-view
  • Graphics in real time including shadows
  • Controlling by mouse and keyboard (retro!)
  • High replay value thanks to a randomly generated optical scene map after each new game start

Inspired by a great adventure game from the 1980s...

Bite The Bullet Announced

Publisher Graffiti Games and developer Mega Cat Studios announce Bite The Bullet, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter where you will feed your appetite for destruction by eating defeated enemies as well as bullets. You can see this gluttony in action in this trailer, which shows off the game's throwback arcade graphics. Here's more on this chance to get in touch with your inner ultraviolent Mr. Creosote:
Bite The Bullet launches next year on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC, and also features rogue-lite RPG elements. In Bite the Bullet players satisfy their appetite for destruction by eating enemies, bullets and more to powerup their character, weapons, and abilities. Players gun down adversaries with a barrage of bullets before dining on their corpses to craft new weapons, energize skills and special attacks, and transform into a powerful Zombro form to smash foes into smithereens. There are three branching skill trees based on diet – and players must always remember, you are what you eat!

Key Features Include

  • Chow Down on Everything – Devour enemies, walls and even bullets to powerup your character, weapons and abilities.
  • Food Based Class System – Choose between diet-based classes like the vegetarian Slaughter of the Soil or the blood-soaked Gorivore, all based on what you eat. Chew carefully because every enemy has its own nutritional information, and your body type will change based on the types of enemies you consume.
  • Loot Powerful Weapons – Defeat enemies and take their mighty weapons with fun modifiers, like Spicy Critter Cannons and Organic Meat-Seeking Missiles.
  • Customize Your Character & Weapons – Wolf down special types of characters and enemies to craft exotic new weapons and customize your character’s synergistic skill tree that offer abilities like Napalm Vomit and Appetite for Destruction.
  • Transform into Powerful Zombro Form – Spice up combat to the next level by mutating into Zombro form and smashing enemies into bite-sized bits.

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Garfield Kart - Furious Racing Released

Garfield Kart - Furious Racing is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering a kart racing game based on the rarely amusing antics of the famed comic strip cat. This is also now available on consoles in Europe, while the North American console editions will roll out on November 19th. This supports three different game modes and offers multiplayer support for up to eight players online or four players in local split-screen mode. The Launch Trailer shows off some racing, and the announcement explains more:
Fans of racing, cats and lasagna: get ready!

Garfield, the world-famous cat, is back to take on Jon, Odie and their friends in this racing game where anything goes! Each of the available characters and karts (which can be customized with dozens of accessories) has its own characteristics and a unique driving style: make a strategic choice to match your play style so that you can cross the finish line in first place! Get off to the best start on the starting line and master tough skids to save time and win the race.

Crazy bonus items will be available too, including the pillow and the magic wand, to give you the edge over your competitors. And if you are as lazy as Garfield, take shortcuts and use the Spring to overtake everyone else!
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AO Tennis 2 in January

Publisher BIGBEN and developer Big Ant Studios announce plans to serve AO Tennis 2 on January 2, 2020, offering a second game based on the Australia Open, one of professional tennis' grand slam events. They court us with a Reveal Trailer featuring "mild lyrics" and a cinematic look at the game. Here are more details to help decide if you're going to love this:
In AO Tennis 2, tennis fans can take themselves from the outside courts to centre-stage glory in the all-new narrative-driven career mode. For the first time in AO Tennis, success for a young talented player depends as much on external events as great play on the court, which provides deeper immersion into the world of professional tennis.

Players can once again use Big Ant's celebrated content editor, which was loved by the community in AO Tennis, to customize every element of their game. Furthermore, all content created and shared by users since the first game from 2018 will be available in AO Tennis 2. That's over 20,000 players and hundreds of courts that can be enjoyed by fans of the sport.

For fans that want to relive the glories of their favorite players, AO Tennis 2 includes a roster of some of the brightest talents across both the ATP and WTA, including Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty, Angélique Kerber and many others. All venues that will be used in the 2020 Australian Open will also be available in the game, so fans can enjoy maximum authenticity as they play along with the Australian summer of tennis.

Big Ant also listened to the community and has implemented many other improvements and new features requested by players. More details about content and the career mode will be shared soon.
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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Cat can't stop massaging his favorite pigs. Okay, that's insanely cute. Thanks Kxmode.

For Honor Year 3 Season 4 Begins

Ubisoft announces Year 3 Season 4, Sun Da, is now live in For Honor, their melee combat game. This comes along with an update for the base game outlined in these previously released version 2.15.0 Patch Notes. Here's word on the update, which is to be followed by the launch of a beta version of the spectator mode on November 14th. Here's word:
Today, Ubisoft announced that For Honor® Year 3 Season 4, “Sun Da”, is now available on November 7, bringing a new Wu Lin Hero: “Zhanhu”. Year 3 Season 4 will be available on PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. For Honor is also available on UPLAY+,* Ubisoft’s subscription service.

For Honor’s Spectator Mode Beta will also be available on November 14, allowing all players to test the feature and provide feedback prior to the full launch.

The newest hero, the Zhanhu, is available to play as either a male, Sun Da, or female, Fu Huo. Under the Wu Lin banner, Sun Da is a dark force who travels west carrying terror and dread into battle. Fu Huo fights in service to Empress Dou, venturing out to deliver the might of the Wu Lin, striking fear into enemies as an unpredictable warrior.
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Gets Free Upgrade to the Complete Edition

SEGA announces they've upgraded the base version of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Steam (thanks Siliconera). As of now owners of the standard edition of the strategic action/RPG now own the Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition. This includes all the game's DLC, comprising the following:

  • Squad E to the Beach
  • A Captainless Squad
  • Expert Level Skirmishes
  • The Two Valkyria
  • Advance Ops
  • A United Front with Squad 7

CARRUMBLE Rumbles Out

CARRUMBLE is now available on Steam, offering 3DClouds' free-to-play arena game of automotive combat. Word is: "At launch here are six heroes to choose and fight with but many more will be arriving in the coming weeks. Also at regular intervals new arena vehicles and modes will be added, each with its own characterization, liveries and special moves." They are promising a free golden livery to everyone who plays online during the first month of release, and also say they are rewarding their closed beta testers a credits package as a thank you. Here's the Official Launch Trailer and here are more details:
In the world of CARRUMBLE you don't only play for glory but also to win prizes that allow you to unlock ever more spectacular vehicles and related skins. Hundreds of hours of play await you as you attempt to climb the charts and be crowned king of CARRUMBLE!

CARRUMBLE main features

  1. Choose your vehicle from a wide range of cars and trucks!!
  2. Fight in unique dynamic arenas
  3. Hit your opponents with a special move inspired by the wrestling world or then again simply use brute force until your opponent’s explode. Make sure however to use strategy and tactics to triumph, the gameplay is deep and multi-faceted!
  4. Power up your attacks by collecting the "BLUE NITRO" tanks to deliver more powerful blows
  5. Watch out for the drone containing the "PINK NITRO X" you will need this to unleash the powerful ultimate ability of your character.
  6. Seasonal ranking system for online matchmaking!
  7. Shape the game, your opinion matters, share your thoughts ideas and passion with the developers and the best ideas will become future features!

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Albedon Wars Early Access

Albedon Wars is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering an MMO strategic card game for Windows and macOS. Here's what Firemill Games has to say about this: "Experience a deep Strategy Card/RPG game in a colorful fantasy themed persistent world where your actions matter on a large scale. Factions are living entities with players actively cooperating toward common goals and battling to conquer each other territories and resources." The Official Early Access Trailer, which was released quite early, offers a look at game. Here's the official description:
Albedon Wars combines the depth of a strategic card game with the immersive enjoyment of a multiplayer role-playing game.

Set in a hostile unpredictable world, two ancient rival races are locked in a never-ending struggle for supremacy.

Each player assumes the role of a hero commanding a troop that has to tackle formidable opponents, complete exciting quests, and conquer enemy territories.

A world in continuous evolution, a vast number of collectible cards, a huge range of possible strategies, and a multitude of unlockable abilities, make Albedon Wars an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind game experience.

Key Features:
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PC Fútbol Stars Kicks Off

PC Fútbol Stars is now available on Steam, offering a free-to-play Windows game that simulates bottle cap association football/soccer. An Open Beta Teaser Trailer from a couple of weeks ago shows this in action. Here's a rundown that looks like it was probably translated into English:
The long history of the PC Fútbol games saga (Known as PC Calcio in Italy or PC Premier in the UK) finally gets to Steam for the first time and is ready to be downloaded.

Developed by Silicon Games, an UAE based game studio, and Published by IDC/Games, a Spain based Game Publisher for PC and Mobile games, PC Fútbol Stars is a bottle caps football game that inherits all features from the more than 20 years old Football games saga.

The game is available in Android and Windows PC at the IDC/Games platforms and Steam in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish and Turkish.
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