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Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Resident Evil Resistance Open Beta Delayed

This tweet announces a delay to the PC and PS4 open beta of Resident Evil Resistance due to technical difficulties:
Due to technical issues, there is a delay for the RE Resistance Open Beta on PS4 and Steam. The XB1 version is unaffected and is available. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as we can and will keep you updated. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Gears Tactics PC Specs and Details

Xbox Wire has word on Microsoft's collaboration with Intel to optimize the upcoming release of Gears Tactics for PC. They offer this image with system recommendations, including specifications for playing on a laptop, which is unusual. All four sets of specs list Windows 10 as a minimum OS, which is also what it says on the game's Steam Listing. Here's word on the Windows edition:
While previous Gears games started with the console as a fixed reference point, the development teams at The Coalition and Splash Damage had to consider an incredibly wide range of processors for Gears Tactics. Not only did the game have to live up to series expectations as a graphics showcase, it had to seamlessly scale across thin and light notebooks, ultra-powerful desktops and device configurations yet-to-come, including those featuring the Xe graphics architecture debuting this year.

Throughout the development of Gears Tactics, The Coalition worked with Intel and the Xe-LP architecture to optimize the game. New to Gears on PC is support for Variable Rate Shading (VRS). Async Compute capabilities have been improved, and content has been built to scale across a wide range of devices. VRS, a relatively new technique, reduces the pixel complexity of a scene to effectively give Gears Tactics a performance boost without sacrificing visual fidelity. Async Compute allows for certain graphics workloads to be run in parallel, allowing the game to perform more back-end graphics processes to keep your session running smooth. And with new Intel hardware compatibility, that translates to fantastic performance across the upcoming Intel Xe architecture.

In short, Gears Tactics will look amazing on high-end PCs and runs perfectly on laptops and lower-spec machines to help bring the franchise to a broad new audience of PC gamers. You can see this represented across the official hardware spec requirements outlined below:
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Wheel of Fate Rolls Out

UDX Interactive announces the Steam Early Access release of Wheel of Fate, their crowdfunded single-player RPG designed by Mass Effect 2 veteran Mike Holmes. This features an AI system that adapts to the player to make every play-through different. Here's the Early Access Launch Trailer and here are more details on why you might want to take this for a spin:
In the ancient world of Providence, a hero must rise. The battle between Fate and the Fateless will be fought in the backwater town of Kismet’s Fall and the Wheel of Fate has chosen you as its Avatar. Explore a world that changes around you with each spin of the wheel. Defeat a foe ancient as time itself. Wheel of Fate is the RPG that will alter your reality! How will you spin your destiny?

Wheel of Fate is a turn-based RPG offering a dynamic gameplay experience. It uses AI-technology to create massive replayability. The Wheel mechanic creates boundless possibilities as the world, story and the very fates themselves will change around you.
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Ahoy, mateys! ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 is now available for PC and consoles, with the Windows edition of the action/adventure available on Steam. The Launch Trailer offers one piece of the puzzle. The announcement has more for you scurvy dogs on the new installment in the manga-inspired series:
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 contains the largest character roster of any ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS game, with over 40 playable characters from various arcs of the ONE PIECE anime. ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 also features the latest stories and environments from the ONE PIECE anime, including Whole Cake Island and an original game-exclusive Wano Kuni arc. ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 features more missions in Story Mode in comparison to previous ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS titles. Aside from Story Mode, players will also be able to take their adventure online and play with up to four people in online Co-Op Mode.

In ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4, players can use their favorite characters to execute powerful “Musou” attacks and take on large amounts of enemies and clear the field of battle in one fell swoop. New gameplay mechanics such as aerial battle and “Titan Mode” – where characters become larger than life – offer players more ways to experience ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4.
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Gordian Quest Early Access

Steam now offers Early Access to Gordian Quest, a deck-building roguelike featuring tactical combat. Here's a trailer showing off gameplay, and here's word on what this is and what it is Gordian not: "Gordian Quest will have players set out on a perilous journey with their party of heroes to expel ancient curses that are rampaging the land." Here's more:
A sinister curse corrupts the land. Darkness reigns. Monsters roam. Scoundrels loot. Cowards flee. Heroes emerge.

Lead heroes on an adventure to save what’s left of this fallen world and destroy the root of evil abound. Will you fall at the claws of your enemies or the consequences of your poor decisions? Your Gordian Quest is about to begin.

Gordian Quest is an epic roguelike / lite adventure that combines the best elements of deckbuilding, tactical combat and strategic decision-making. You will form parties of heroes whom you will have to lead and manage on grueling missions. Help them forge bonds and discover new skills among them. Be fearless and unwavering as you work to unravel the curses laid upon the lands and defeat the ultimate evil at the heart of it all.
Continue here to read the full story. Free Spring Sale Goodies Collection #2

A Spring Sale Goodies Collection #2 is now available on This promotes the closing days of their Spring Sale by giving away even more game-related art and music. Here's word:
Experience fun of playing games to the fullest. With our free Spring Sale Goodies Collection #2, you can enjoy some of the best titles even outside the game’s world.

The pack includes enchanting artbooks from Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. There’s also something cool for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition fans. Fantastic soundtracks from the base game, as well as from Darkness Over Daggerford and Premium Adventures DLCs, await your discovery. Last but not least, we would also like to present you with a set of goodies from the cult 11bit studio titles, namely Frostpunk, Children of Morta, and Moonlighter.

Hurry up and claim this unique giveaway before it ends on March 29th, at 1 PM UTC.

Steamworks Winter Recap

A new Steamworks Winter Recap takes a look back at what Valve did on Steam during the season to support developers and publishers on their platform. They discuss the overhaul in how they present soundtracks, a recap of the various Steam Labs Experiments they launched, and talk about developer tools and the new virtual game festival they introduced. They cap off the update with the following note about developer support in the days of COVID-19:
Like most other businesses in the US and across the world, our staff has switched to working from home. This presents some new challenges for our teams that provide important Steam services like moderation, customer support, and reviewing builds and store pages. Our goal is to minimize the impact on partners and players, but we appreciate your patience in the event of any delays. We hope that Steamworks partners worldwide are able to stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: See adorable puppies run around the Georgia Aquarium. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Free Trial Weekend [Updated]

A free trial weekend gets underway at 8:00 pm EDT tonight for Predator: Hunting Grounds, IllFonic's upcoming first-person shooter based on the sci-fi action movie franchise (thanks Bob). The Windows version is on the Epic Games Store and the trial continues until 2:59 am EDT on March 30th, so get to da choppa because you ain't got time to bleed. Update: We initially thought this was already live as the "get" button is active, but it looks like the trial won't actually get underway until 8:00 pm EDT tonight. Here's the brief explanation:
Squad-up with friends as part of a Fireteam and take on dangerous missions before the Predator finds you–or become the Predator and hunt your prey.

Wield human and alien weaponry in this intense asymmetrical multiplayer experience–unlocking iconic gear and skins as you level up throughout the trial.

More About Playing Half-Life Alyx Without VR

A new video from the Valve News Network follows up on the brief clip from the other day showing Half-Life: Alyx played on a flat monitor without VR. In this we learn the details on how this was done. The good news is that it didn't involve any external modding, but the bad news is that it utilized a test version of the game that's no longer available anywhere to the public. It also explains why a non-VR mod for the game will be a novelty, but ultimately will not be fun to play. Continue here to read the full story.

DCL - The Game Free Weekend

DCL - The Game is free-to-play this weekend on Steam, joining a host of other freebies by allowing everyone to check it out for nothing. This official videogame of the Drone Champions League for Windows and macOS is also on sale if you decide to pick it up. Rather than drone on about this let's just take a look at this post covering the free weekend, the sale, and a competition to become part of a DCL team:
Play DCL - The Game for FREE this weekend only on Steam. Race against your friends, fly for fun or simply try out a new game! If you want to be drafted into a Drone Racing Team to compete in the Drone Champions League 2020, this weekend is your last chance to get noticed.

Here’s how you can notch up a few flying miles on 3 types of drone configurations in 4 different gaming modes and some challenging racetracks:

Simply download DCL - The Game on Steam and play for FREE from March 26, 10 am PST until March 29, 1 pm PST. Don’t forget to show off your skills and stream on Twitch!
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Biped Walks Out

Biped is now available on Steam, as publisher META and developer NEXT Studios are now allowing their co-op action/adventure to stand on its own two feet. Here's an Official Gameplay Trailer to walk us through this and show the game's robot protagonists working together to overcome the game's puzzles. Here's a rundown:
Biped is a multi-awarded beautiful, bright coop action adventure game with a strong focus on moment-to-moment collaboration between two little bipedal robots, Aku and Sila, who will walk side by side in a fun and bonding journey.

Explore forests, valleys, waterfalls and icy mountains in 30 stages by controlling the legs of the two robots either with two sticks or with the left and right buttons of your mouse.

Biped supports solo, local multiplayer and online coop modes. Apart from Steam, the game will also be released on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 later this year.
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Control and More Join GeForce NOW

The NVIDIA Blog announces several games for GeForce NOW that can now be played on their streaming game service. This includes Remedy's Control as well as the new Sunset Harbor expansion for Cities: Skylines just in time for the free weekend for the urban planning game. Here's word:
In addition to Control, today’s games include Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dungeons 3, Headsnatchers, IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire, and The Guild 3.

Just in time to participate in their Free-to-Play Weekend taking place now through March 30, GeForce NOW has also added support for the Sunset Harbor expansion released today for Cities: Skylines. Sunset Harbor is a new fishing and transportation-themed expansion that adds a wealth of content, including fishing industries, intercity buses, passenger helicopters, water treatment plants and more.

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Beyond the Wire Announced

Beyond the Wire sounds like an HBO sequel, but it's actually an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter that puts you in the unenviable role of a soldier in the trenches of World War I (thanks Kotaku via Neutronbeam). An Announcement Trailer is a cinematic look at some brutal warfare, and it this inspires you to enlist, you can register on this page for the chance of participating in closed alpha testing. The Steam Listing says this should enter Early Access this year along with the following details:
Beyond the Wire is a large scale multiplayer first-person shooter immersing players in the frantic and bloody Western Front of the Great War. In battles with up to 100 real-world combatants, players will have to contend with large open maps and tight claustrophobic trenches. Utilizing both period-appropriate guns and a more tactical close-quarters melee combat system, the action in Beyond the Wire is more comprehensive than anything seen in a WW1 game to date.

Soon entering Closed Alpha, Beyond the Wire will have an Early Access release in 2020. Wishlist now for development updates and information about release!
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Grand Guilds Released

Grand Guilds is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a tactical RPG with "unique" card combat mechanics. A look at gameplay can be seen in this Official Release Date Trailer and a full description follows:
Grand Guilds is a story driven, turn-based RPG with unique card combat mechanics in which you have to follow the adventures of Eliza and her crew throughout Irin, a continent on the brink of war, and unveil a mystery that's plaguing all the guilds of the land.

Learn and master the fundamentals of tactical combat using a diverse set of skill cards as you tailor each character’s playstyle. Each of them has unique mechanics and abilities that will help you complete procedural missions, increase your reputation, and earn bonus points.

The players, community and fans can look forward to a few free DLCs in the future, as a heartfelt thank you from the team for all the support along the way. The first DLC can be expected 2 months after launch.
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Shapik: The Moon Quest Next Month

Shapik: The Moon Quest is a point-and-click adventure game with a word-free narrative coming to Steam on April 22nd. Developer Paul Podberezko offers How one can become old and castaway by the example of developing a quest, an article about the creation of this game, starting with its predecessor. It's an interesting tale of the ups and downs of getting one's start as an indie developer and it includes links to playable demos for the Windows and macOS editions of the game. Here's the description:
SHAPIK: The Moon Quest is a handmade quest. The story is told without a single word - but with the help of most beautiful animations and enchanting music.

Background and characters are drawn by hand. The game’s animation took hours of detailed work.

Fewer words:
You won’t find a single long and boring dialogue - all the characters communicate with each other with animated “thought clouds”.

Our composer wrote the original score for the game just so you can feel all the tension of this story and get goosebumps during nerve-wracking moments.

Morning Patches

Out of the Blue

Happy birthday Neutronbeam, who has given us all the gift of interesting link submissions for many years now. I know he's expressed an interest in one of the new Aston Martins if anyone's looking for a gift idea. He also mentioned his preferred colors, but I imagine he'd take any of them.

The reaction to yesterday's new links format was mixed. Most found them more readable, especially on mobile. But many of you expressed concern about all that extra spacing. Frans pointed out some changes I could make to the style that may give us the best of both worlds. So here's take two on a reformatted list link. Again feedback is encouraged.

New Link Format, Take II
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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