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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020

Get Rayman Legends for Free

Ubisoft announces you can now get a free copy of Rayman Legends from the Ubisoft Store. This is yours to keep as long as you claim it before April 3rd at 9:00 am EDT. In case you are hesitant to part with your zero dollars, here's a description of the game:
Product description
In Rayman Legends, Rayman, Globox and the Teensies have gotten themselves in trouble yet again. As they roam around an enchanted forest, they discover a collection of immersive paintings. Each painting depicts the story of a unique, mythical world. One painting of a medieval world is particularly immersive. Rayman and friends finds themselves literally sucked inside of it, and a long journey begins. Download Rayman Legends for PC to control the gang as it fights its way through each painting’s world, and work to uncover all of the secrets held within this strange collection.

Classic Rayman Gameplay
When it comes to gameplay, Rayman Legends offers everything you have come to expect from an installment in the Rayman series. Safety is fleeting, and certain death is never far away. Fast-paced side scrolling gameplay takes you through a host of dangerous environments that pile challenge upon challenge on top of you, inviting fatal mistakes at every turn, and learning to glide through the challenges thrown at you is part of what makes Rayman Legends so satisfying to play. To be successful, you need to learn to run, jump and swim your way through a diverse set of environments, each one more deadly than the last.
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Wasteland 3 Delayed

An update on Fig announces a delay to Wasteland 3, saying the post-apocalyptic RPG sequel is now expected on August 28th. The game was expected this spring, and the setback is attributed to the added difficulties of remote development due to COVID-19:
As with most companies, we moved to a work-from-home environment some weeks ago, and that’s of course introduced new challenges that many of us throughout the world have been learning to manage. We’ve been excited to see the Wasteland 3 Beta so well received, but the reality is that with these new logistical challenges our release was going to be impacted.

We’re in a great position with both Microsoft and Deep Silver supporting our desire to ensure the game launches in the best possible circumstances, and to add a few extra months to ensure this is a stellar product on day one. With that, Wasteland 3’s new release date is August 28, 2020.

That’s time we’re putting into acting on Beta feedback and suggestions, optimization, polishing and refinements, and making sure we have an awesome co-op experience. We’re pouring our hearts into this game, and the last thing we want is to have anything but an amazing launch for a product we truly believe in.
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50K Call of Duty: Warzone Cheaters Banned

Saying "Cheaters Not Welcomed in Call of Duty: Warzone," the Activision Blog announces over 50,000 cheaters have been hit with the permanent banhammer in the new CoD battle royale game:
We have been enforcing account bans since Day 1 of Warzone’s release. To date, we issued more than 50,000 permabans worldwide.

We employ a number of programs in place to combat both cheaters and cheat providers.

  • Our security teams monitor 24/7 to investigate data and identify potential infractions.
  • The teams review all possible cheats and hacks, this includes identifying use of aimbots, wallhacks and more.
  • We’re working to improve our in-game system for reporting potential cheating. Plans are underway to streamline the UI for a more seamless reporting experience.
  • For all reports that are received in-game, they are both analyzed and filtered based on key data.
  • Once investigations are complete, we will continue to work as quickly as possible to ban.

Moving forward, we will aim to provide a regular count on the latest number of bans issued, as needed.

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Minecraft Dungeons Delayed

The Minecraft Website announces a delay to Minecraft Dungeons, saying this is now launching on May 26th instead of by the end of April as previously planned. Word is that Microsoft and Mojang are now accepting preorders on a Standard Edition and a Hero Edition of the voxelated dungeon crawler:
We love a good announcement here at Mojang – no matter the type. Just this morning, my team announced that I needed to clean out my moldy old lunchboxes from the fridge. Can you imagine the excitement? The anticipation? The thrill? But we’re not here to talk about my trivial duties. We have much bigger things to share.

So sit down, take a deep breath, stand up, roll out the red carpet, pet your dog, and tell him he’s a good boy. Minecraft Dungeons is coming out May 26 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass.

As you all know, we initially planned to release Minecraft Dungeons by the end of April. However, due to the current state of the world, this was no longer possible, as we wanted to guarantee the health and safety of our teams, and empower them to deliver the best possible experience to you, our players. We hope you’ll find it was worth the wait.
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PONG Quest Announced

Atari announces PONG Quest, an improbable RPG based on the original Atari game from 1972. This will come this spring to Windows via Steam as well as to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and, Switch. So grab your crazy pills, fire up the Official Trailer, and brace yourself with more of this unusual plan:
Atari® — one of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — and developer Chequered Ink, announced today that PONG Quest™, a humorous new RPG reimagining of the flagship arcade classic PONG®, is coming soon to Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One, and PlayStation®4.
It’s PONG like you’ve never thought it could be! Immerse yourself in a whole new world of PONG-inspired fun where you’ll adventure as a brave young paddle traversing a variety of treacherous dungeons, all loosely based on classic Atari hits, including Asteroids®, Centipede®, and more. Your journey will dictate the fate of PONG World as you reveal the mysteries of… the Spooky Door!

“PONG as an RPG is something completely unexpected, but wonderful in execution,” said Atari COO Jean-Marcel Nicolai. “We are thrilled to bring PONG Quest to life to honor the classic IP and bring the beloved gameplay to a new generation of players and RPG fans. Atari has a rich portfolio of titles and exploring new ways to breathe new life into those franchises yields exciting results.”

In PONG Quest, you’ll explore a fantasy world as you encounter a variety of paddle opponents in energetic, RPG-esque battles! Special unlockable PONG balls add new depths and strategy to the classic gameplay putting a fresh and modern spin on the original.
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X4: Foundations 3.0 Update and X4: Split Vendetta Released

EGOSOFT now offers the new X4: Foundations version 3.0 update as well as the X4: Split Vendetta expansion for the space exploration and combat game. This post on Steam has the version 3.0 patch notes and the patch is also available on GOG.com. Likewise the X4: Split Vendetta expansion is available for Windows and Linux on GOG.com and Steam. Here's a Launch Trailer for both releases and here's a description of the add-on:
X4: Split Vendetta is the next chapter in the X4: Foundations story. This is the first big expansion for X4, greatly increasing the size of the universe and introducing two new Split family clans along with their economy, new ships, weapons and station modules.

Along with the Update 3.0 to X4: Foundations, the X4: Split Vendetta expansion brings exciting new missions and adventures to the game. New gamestarts allow an even more varied experience in the biggest sandbox this side of the galaxy.

TRADE with the Split families or FIGHT against them. BUILD your own station designs based on the new modules and THINK carefully on your path through the new diplomatic missions.
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Gears 5 Launches Operation 3: Gridiron

Xbox Wire announces Operation 3: Gridiron is now available for Gears 5 on all platforms as the latest free quarterly multiplayer update for the third-person shooter. Here's a Gridiron Trailer, which explains: "Tear up the field in Gears 5’s all-new Gridiron Mode. Two teams of five square off looking to drive the neutral flag into the opponents end zone. The first team to score 13 points wins, but with only one life per round, victory is intense." Here's more:
Missing live sports? Gridiron is Gears 5’s brand-new, single life objective mode that sees two teams fighting to run a neutral flag into their opponent’s endzone.

Here’s how it works: At the start of each round, the flag rotates between one of three locations along the center line of the map. Picking up the flag is as simple as touching it, and your team can score at touchdown by possessing it for five seconds in the opponent’s end zone. However, since Gridiron is a single-life mode, securing victory will be a focused effort in battling for the flag and controlling weapons and key positions across the map.

The first team to hit 13 points wins the match, and with a short two-minute time limit per proud, Gridiron provides rapid and intense action while still requiring teams to work tactically together to claim the win.
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Good Company Early Access

Early Access to Good Company is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a first crack at this tycoon game from food-motivated developer Chasing Carrots and constipated publisher The Irregular Corporation. This involves the construction of automated assembly lines to crate your wares, which makes a prophetic cautionary tale out of Queen's 1975 tune named Good Company: "All through the years in the end it appears, there was never really anyone but me. Now I'm old I puff my pipe but no one's there to see. I ponder on the lesson of my life's insanity. Take care of those you call your own and keep good company." Classic rock introspection aside, here's a Launch Trailer, here's an Early Access roadmap, and here's more on the actual game:
Good Company sets you up as CEO of your very own company, where dedicated tycoon fans of tycoon games will feel right at home with challenging and rewarding gameplay as you grow your staff, delegate tasks using the powerful Logistics mode and rake in enormous profits by inventing increasingly complex tech products that the public desperately craves.

A new trailer released today showcases the latest gameplay footage of your soon-to-be expanding empire and the ease in which you can research upgrades, hire new workers and keep track of changing markets and your profits and losses while strategizing your next move.

Choose how you want to run your Good Company as the game lets you set your own pace: continue to refine your ever-expanding empire and find creative and efficient ways to maximize those profits either in single-player Campaign Mode or endless Freeplay Mode. In Campaign Mode, aspiring CEOs tackle rewarding scenario levels and bonus challenge maps while in Freeplay Mode you are free to shape your company however you want. Building a good company and mastering the art of invention, automation and expansion is the name of the game at Good Company.
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Phalanx of Resistance Released

Phalanx of Resistance is now available on Steam, offering a blend of the tower defense and real-time strategy genres that publisher 70:30 and developer Dominik Michalke say creates a "mixture you have never played before." You can judge the accuracy at this claim of uniqueness in this previously released trailer and read on for more details:
Phalanx of Resistance mixes RTS gameplay with Tower Defense elements. Build your own base and survive devastating attack waves, place turrets, harvest resources and use weapons of mass destruction wisely.

“The gameplay in Phalanx of Resistance is unique”, claims the indie developer Dominik Michalke. “You’ll have to optimize your turret setup to defeat challenging, strong bosses, and progress in the game”.

Set in an old school C&C environment, Phalanx of Resistance features 50 exciting missions in 5 different environments, 30 turrets, 10 buildings, 30 upgrades, 4 resources, 5 W.O.M.D and tons of enemies.
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Haohmaru Joins SOULCALIBUR VI

Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown is now available as a new playable character DLC for SOULCALIBUR VI for PC and consoles. He can be found on Steam for the Windows edition of BANDAI NAMCO's fighting game sequel. Here's a Haohmaru Launch Trailer and here's word:
Worlds collide today as Haohmaru of SNK’s Samurai Shodown fame joins other blade-wielding warriors in the SOULCALIBUR universe - for the first time ever. With his Fugudoku in hand, Haohmaru poses a serious threat to the warriors in SOULCALIBUR VI. Haohmaru is waiting for you now on your platform of choice. Go forth and see if you’re able to harness his power and skills for victory!
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Vanguard Princess Online Released

Publisher eigoMANGA announces the release of Vanguard Princess Online Deluxe on Steam, new DLC which adds online multiplayer support for the Windows edition of Vanguard Princess, their 2D fighting game featuring an all-female cast, because plot. As noted in this announcement there is also a less deluxe version of Vanguard Princess Online offered with some of the game's DLC. Here's more:
'Vanguard Princess Online Deluxe' will also feature the following in-game content:

  • Updated and originally uncensored version of 'Vanguard Princess'
  • Access to playable versions of the game's boss character Hilda Rize in Arcade Mode and Two Player Mode
  • Additional battle stages
  • Alternate story-lines
  • Alternate endings for various characters
  • Additional in-game music

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Officially Announced

After many rumors and leaks, Activision officially announces Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, saying this updated first-person shooter is out now for PlayStation 4 and is available for preorder on other platforms, including PC. They note that those who purchase of pre-purchase this will get a bonus of a free UDT Classic Ghost Bundle for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone. Here's the Official Trailer (which leaked yesterday), and there are two articles about this on the Activision Blog, a separate announcement and a post with a look at the campaign and confirming indications that multiplayer maps and modes from MW2 are being added to the 2019 edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: "Rather than release a separate, multiplayer experience as a standalone pack, Activision and Infinity Ward are looking to bring more classic map experiences to new life within the Modern Warfare universe as it continues to grow and build over time." Here's the announcement:
One of the most iconic, blockbuster video game story experiences in gaming entertainment history has returned. Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Campaign Remastered, a complete enhancement of the critically-acclaimed single player experience, is available for purchase now, first on PlayStation 4 on the PlayStation Network, with other platforms available for pre-purchase. The game includes the full campaign with stunning high-definition visuals – up to 4K resolution and HDR support on console; and uncapped framerate as well as ultrawide monitor support on PC.

Published by Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered features improved texture resolution and detail, revamped animation, remastered audio, and much more.

In this famed experience, originally developed by Infinity Ward and now re-mastered by Beenox, players enlist as members of Task Force 141 and Tier 1 Operatives in a breathtaking series of missions to save the world from destruction. “Cliffhanger,” “Takedown, “No Russian,” and more all return in this intense story experience.
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QuakeCon Cancelled

The Official QuakeCon Website announces this year's installment of QuakeCon is cancelled (thanks Roger). The 25th installment in the venerable LAN party/gaming convention wasn't going to happen until August, but id Software and Bethesda Softworks say the COVID-19 pandemic casts too much uncertainty on the planning the event would require:
In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time discussing how we might still move forward with QuakeCon this year, particularly given that it's the 25th year of the event. However, with all of the logistical challenges and uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s QuakeCon. The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and players will always be our top priority, and in these times it felt wrong to be talking about a gathering when gathering is the last thing any of us should be doing right now.

While we don’t know what the state of the pandemic will be this August, we do know it will not be possible to complete the work and planning with partners, vendors, volunteers, and others that is required to make QuakeCon a success.
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Resident Evil Resistance Open Beta

Resident Evil Website announces that the Resident Evil Resistance open beta is now available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, users, so the setback to its launch for PC and PS4 is cleared up. Word is: "We apologize for the delay and thank you again for your patience. Have fun and look forward to the full game release on April 3!" The Windows edition is offered through Steam, where they have more details on testing of this 1v4 multiplayer survival game:
In this open beta, you can get an early taste of a new 1 vs 4 online multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe, where four Survivors face-off against a sinister Mastermind.

As the Mastermind your aim is to prevent the Survivors from escaping by whatever means necessary. In turn, the Survivors must work together to fend off the Mastermind's attacks and complete puzzle style objectives to escape the map before time runs out!

Open beta test operation times:
PDT: 3/27/2020 10:00 - 4/3/2020 00:00
UTC: 3/27/2020 17:00 - 4/3/2020 07:00
HKT: 3/28/2020 2:00 - 4/3/2020 15:00
JST: 3/28/2020 1:00 - 4/3/2020 16:00

No play data will be saved, so closing the application will reset your progress.
(Game settings will be saved)

Half-Life 2 Shown in VR via Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life 2 on Source 2 - Half-Life: Alyx Mod Showcase is a proof-of-concept for running Half-Life 2 content in VR using Half-Life: Alyx. The creator says there are no plans to share this mod "yet," as the video is just a "showcase demo and nothing more" at this point. Here's word:
This mod is done by me. I took the original map file and converted to Source 2 format and added to Half-Life: Alyx. In process, I converted assets of Half-Life 2 to Half-Life: Alyx as well.

Things i was able to do was very limited since Valve didn't share SDK with the public yet. I started this project around 24 March and planned this since around January. You can pretty much say, this is the first Half-Life: Alyx mod.

Note: I have no plans to share this yet since it's just a showcase demo and nothing more.

Don't forget to join my Steam group to get latest updates!

https://steamcommunity.com/groups/Vect0Rx
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Imperator: Rome Gets Free Week & Free and Paid Content Updates

A new content pack called Magna Graecia is now available for the Windows, macOS, and Linux editions of Imperator: Rome, accompanied the Archimedes Update, a major version 1.4 patch that's free for the base version. For those who don't own Paradox's historical strategy game, it's free-to-play until April 5th on Steam, and on sale for half-off for those who wish to continue on after that. Besides a list of where this can be picked up, the official website offers a guide to Magna Graecia and the Archimedes Update, while this post with more on the patch along with an Archimedes Update Trailer. Here are the details on both releases and the free sample:
The rise of Macedon overwhelmed the ancient fame of Athens and Sparta. But with the death of Alexander, the prospect of freedom among competing empires offered a chance to revive lost glories. In Magna Graecia, a new content pack for Imperator: Rome, you can play this dangerous game and restore the Greek city-states to imperial power.

Imperator: Rome, Paradox Development Studio’s grand strategy game about the classical world, gets a new content pack today. Magna Graecia enhances the experience of playing Greek minor cities, especially the big three - Athens, Sparta and Syracuse.
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GTFO Gets Infected AF

An update on Steam announces that a new major update called Infection is now available in GTFO, the hardcore four-player first-person shooter that's currently in Early Access for Windows. This video shows off a developer playthrough of the new content, and the announcement has full patch notes and these infected details:
What does the new Rundown 002 / Infection include?
Among tweaks, such as improved weapon sounds and a new on-screen liquid system, this new Rundown will give you:

  • A new environment called Dig Site
  • 10 new expeditions (with a new system called Warden Restriction, where the community help each other to unlock the last expeditions)
  • New weapons (a machine pistol and a burst rifle, as well as an updated machinegun)
  • New enemy, or enemies? (this, you will have to find out by yourself)
  • New objectives
  • And more!

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Fates of Ort Released

Fates of Ort is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux is now available on Steam, offering a new RPG from developer/publisher 8BitSkull. This involves sacrifice and difficult choices as you fight to stave off a spreading existential threat to the game world, proving Ort imitates life. This previously released trailer shows off gameplay and the game's throwback 8-bit graphical style, and here's an older video where one of the designers discusses its story and mechanics. If you like what you see, this can be picked up with a 10% launch discount for the next week. Here's more:
Fates of Ort is a retro inspired fantasy RPG with a focus on strategic action and a story driven by your decisions. It is a tale of sacrifice and difficult choices, in a world under threat of annihilation by the avaricious force of Consumption magic.

Fight
Magic is powerful, but it is not free. Every spell you cast requires a little bit of your life energy to spark it. Cast enough spells and you will extinguish your very soul. This means you need to be strategic when fighting, balancing the cost of magic with the risk of taking damage from your enemies.
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Out of the Blue

How's your social distancing going? We're hanging in there in the BlueTower, though I worry about MrsBlue's nerves getting frayed from being around me too much, especially since the lockdown ended her work assignment. I've been working remotely for years, and being a natural introvert, I am more suited to it than many. The bigger impact on me came before all this went down, as I've been nursing soreness in my right arm, so I am still trying to limit my gaming. The good news is this is helping, so I'm hopeful the measures I'm taking are preventing this from blossoming into a real debilitating repetitive strain injury. Of course a sore arm is just one of the countless maladies that are preferable to a potentially deadly virus, so world events are helping keep this in perspective. Here's hoping you all are finding ways to remain healthy and sane.

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