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Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season Three Begins

Season Three for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now live, offering new content and rewards for players of the military shooter and Call of Duty: Warzone, its free-to-play battle royale spin-off. Here's a new trailer showing off the accompanying battle pass. Here are all the details:
Season Three is now available across the Modern Warfare Universe, giving all Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® and Call of Duty: Warzone players access to a new season packed with free, new content and experiences. The new Season Three is packed with new maps, modes, weapons, Operators, Vehicle Skins, cosmetics and more to continuously fuel the fun for both Modern Warfare and Warzone. Millions of players already have joined the fight to date totaling more than 2.4 billion hours played together in Modern Warfare including Warzone.*

“When you play Modern Warfare and Warzone, you’re joining a massive community of players having fun, staying connected and playing together,” said David Stohl, Co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “Season Three is packed with free, new content coming to players across both Warzone and Modern Warfare. From the new maps and modes coming to core Multiplayer and the new ways to play in Warzone – including all-new Quad gameplay, this season is going to be awesome; we can’t wait for everyone to jump in and start playing.”
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The Witcher 3 Sales by Platform

This financial report from CD Projekt offers well over 100 pages of details on the company's business dealings. This is filled with graphs and charts, including one that breaks down sales of The Witcher 3 by platform. Twitter Digital Detective Nathan went to the trouble of counting the pixels on the graph to create a rough approximation of the numbers this graph presents (thanks ResetEra). He presents his findings in this tweet showing that the RPG sequel sold the greatest number of units on PC:
Sales of #TheWitcher3 by hardware platform (units sold)

Pixel counting from this graph gives rough results per platform:

PC: ~12.4m
#PS4: ~10.8m
#XboxOne: ~4.3m
#NintendoSwitch: ~0.7m

Total: ~28.3m

Something Ate My Alien in June

Rokabium Games announces Something Ate My Alien will launch this June on Steam, offering a 2D digging puzzle/adventure game for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Word is: "Take on the role of the AI Antalasia, and control your little Alien blobs to explore a variety of planets!" You won't have to wait that long for a taste of this, however, as a pre-launch demo is now available on Game Jolt, Indie DB, and Here's a trailer and here are more details:
In Something Ate My Alien, you're tasked with digging through different worlds to find all the items required for the pirate who hijacked your mining ship. During the adventure on each planet you have to battle environmental dangers, fight off wildlife, solve secret puzzle chambers, and all this while surviving on a depleting oxygen supply and a threat far scarier than the local wildlife.
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For the People Announced

Publisher 101XP and developer Brezg studio announce For the People, a social novel/strategy game set in an alternate-history Soviet Union (in Soviet Russia, novels read you!). This has a Steam Listing saying it's expected this year. Here's a propaganda-free trailer, and here's word on this project that puts the chill back in the Cold War:
Welcome to the Cold War in a parallel reality. You are Francis Reaver, the newly-elected mayor of a major industrial city in the Commonwealth of Orange Collectives, an alternate version of the Soviet Union. Your political decisions and who you choose for your allies will carve out the fate of this parallel world. Lead it to democracy or take control as unyielding dictator. Will the party serve the people, or will the people serve the party? The choice is yours, comrade!


  • Taste of power - Gather information however you can—even from illegal sources if it suits your needs.
  • Think strategically - Every district of Iron-1 has pressing needs.
  • 5+ endings - Every decision you make has its consequences.

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Danger Scavenger Announced

Danger Scavenger is a cyberpunk-themed roguelike coming to Steam in Q2 of this year from Star Drifters and Piotr Wolk. Here's a sneak peek trailer for your sneaky peeping pleasure, and here are some details we scraped up:
Danger Scavenger is an intense cyberpunk-themed roguelike, where evil corporations immersed in a dystopian setting bring doom upon the world. The Scavengers – a group of outcasts once rejected by fate, now glorified and admired – decide to overcome the status quo. Become one of them and set out on a risky adventure where you get to choose your destiny. Choose your path wisely though, as big rewards come at a price and often mean even bigger risks.
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Stadia Pro is Free for Two Months

The Google Blog announces that Google Stadia Pro will be free for the next two months, allowing gamers in 14 countries to sample the streaming game service. Those who are already Stadia Pro subscribers need not be upset, you will not be charged for the next two months. Here are the details:
We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months. This is starting today and rolling out over the next 48 hours.

Anyone who signs up will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. You can purchase even more games on the store, which will remain yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription. If you’re already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, we won’t charge you for the next two months. After that, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month, but you can opt out of your subscription at any time.
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Gears 5 Free Weekend Now Underway

The Gears 5 free weekend we mentioned on Monday is now finally underway on Steam as well as theoretically on Xbox One and Windows 10 if you can figure out how. Here's what they announced at the time about this chance to check out the steroidal shooter sequel:
Don’t have Gears 5? No problem. It’s easy to get in on Operation 3: Gridiron, because Gears 5 is part of Free Play Days starting today, April 6 through April 12. All Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Gears 5 online with their Gold friends during Xbox Free Play Days! Console, Windows 10 PC, and Steam — everyone can play together.

We’re all in this together. Let’s get in some game time with our friends and jump in!

The Crew 2 Free Weekend Starts Tomorrow

Ubisoft announces the chance to play The Crew 2 for free this weekend for Windows and PlayStation 4. The free play kicks off tomorrow, and you can preload the game starting now through the Ubisoft Store. If you enjoy your test-drive of the open-world motorsports sequel you can pick it up on sale for 75% off and keep your progression. Word is:
We are thrilled to invite all motorsport fans to discover The Crew® 2 for free! From April 9 to 13 enjoy the full Motornation experience and get behind the wheel of an extensive selection of exclusive, extensively customizable vehicles all across the USA.

Hanako: Honor & Blade Free Weekend Plans

Indie developer +Mpact Games announces plans to update Hanako: Honor & Blade, their samurai/ninja game currently in Early Access for Windows on Steam. They say they plan one more major update after this before the game officially launches later this year. They also announce a free weekend and sale on the game will kick off tomorrow. Here's an Early Access v.4 Trailer and here's word:
Free Weekend Details
Early Access v.4 patch will release Thursday April 9th at 1pm EST and Hanako: Honor & Blade will be free to try from the 9th-12th for a Steam Free Weekend. We will be active, holding events, streaming and chatting with new friends on our Discord

The official trailer for Early Access v.4 will be revealed in the coming weeks before the event/release. We welcome anyone who wants to preview these changes early to join our Discord and play in one of our Wednesday night events, where we playtest the below changes to get them ready for full release.
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Journey to the Savage Planet Hot Garbage Announced

Publisher 505 Games and developer Typhoon Studios announce Hot Garbage, a new expansion coming to Journey to the Savage Planet, their comedic sci-fi exploration game. Those who are eager to jump into this dumpster fire don't have long to wait, as they plan on dumping this on the Epic Games Store on April 15th. Here are the details:
Journey to the Savage Planet’s ‘Hot Garbage’ expansion rockets players to a new alien planet DL-C1 and tasks players with investigating reports of strange spikes in pollutants at Kindred Aerospace’s (voted 4th Best in Space) new interstellar waterfront resort. After discovering robotic representatives from Vyper Corp. (voted 2nd Best in Space) are using Kindred’s resort as a toxic waste dump, players will explore their way through more alien goo and report their findings back to corporate headquarters. Using the Kindred scanner to report their discoveries, players will unlock new upgrades to gear and abilities including lead boots for adventuring underwater, a specialized Kindred suit for traversing toxic areas, an unlimited stamina ability for endless sprinting and the power of flight (well, sort of).

Doubling down on its cast of sarcastic robotic intelligence, the ‘Hot Garbage’ expansion in Journey to the Savage Planet introduces Kronus, a trash talking piece of Vyper Corp. property with a single mission to berate players throughout their adventure. The new area of this weird and wonderful world also brings new flora and fauna, including a goofy variation of the bird-like Puffer and a fleet of ‘harmless’ Vyper Corp. cleaning and flying security bots. After a long day of dumpster diving, return to the Javelin habitat to view a selection of new commercials for the galaxy’s hottest products and services the future has to offer.

SnowRunner DLC Details

SnowRunner is not out yet, but winter is coming, as this frosty follow-up to MudRunner is expected at the end of this month. Publisher Focus Home Interactive and Saber Interactive are not waiting until then to discuss DLC, as they reveal plans for post-launch content for the off-roading game. They say the game "will continue to grow after launch through its massive Season Pass, which adds new maps, features, vehicles, mission types, and more." They offer a Season Pass & Premium Edition Trailer with a look along with the following details:
Four phases of content
The Season Pass content will be delivered in four phases, each with its own theme and new region: Search and Recover; Explore and Expand; Locate and Deliver; with a massive Expansion as the fourth phase. With each step, players will receive brand new vehicles and be able to explore vast new regions, including the great white north of Canada, a beautiful new location for the franchise. New regions set in Russia and Wisconsin will also arrive for players to explore alone or with friends.

Even those without the Season Pass will receive new content for free, including new activities, more extreme cargo, skins, trials, and more.
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MicroMan Announced

Indie developer Glob Games Studio announces MicroMan, an upcoming action adventure that puts you in the itty-bitty shows of a laboratory worker who gets accidentally reduced to the size on an ant. A Formicidae-Man if you will, as we would marvel if anyone could come up with a better name. This is expected in the second half of next year, but it already has a Steam Listing, and here's the first trailer. Here's a little more:
“Our new game will allow you to look at the human world from a completely fresh perspective. MicroMan will have to face adversities that the average person would not even think of. We will provide the players with a surprising, dynamic and – at the same time – very multifaceted adventure. We will be fighting rats, running away from a hedgehog, looking for a way to get on the bus or trying to avoid getting crushed by human feet. And these are just some of the things MicroMan will offer. All this will be wrapped in stylish audio and visuals and sprinkled with a good dose of good humour” – adds Karol Marcinkowski.

MicroMan – main features:

  • a crazy story and a dynamic adventure;
  • a completely new perspective on the urban jungle;
  • a humour-rich experience;
  • unexpected threats (such as ants, hedgehogs and rats);
  • fighting to survive;
  • unusual means of transport (e.g. a butterfly and a skateboard);
  • stylish audio and visuals.

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The Sims 4 DLC Plans

EA announces plans for new content for The Sims 4, which is in the works despite how the developers of the wee-people game are currently working from home (thanks VideoGamer). This will come as a relief to fans who may be worrying they'd have to make due with only 6,452 pieces of DLC for the game. Here's what's coming over the next six months:
We are currently hard at work on the new Community Voted Stuff Pack. I know, of course we are…. I can’t tell you its name, because we have not voted on that yet, but I saw the list of options last week, and I have no idea which one you all will choose. I’m anxious to find out. That pack is really coming together and it has been great having all of your input to help shape it.

In addition to the Stuff Pack, we are also hard at work on our next Expansion Pack. I’m super excited about the theme the team has chosen—I think it will be a surprise to many of you. The team has also been hard at work on some new surprise additions we plan to bring to the game over the summer. They are not massive changes, but they are pretty cool ones that I think you will have a ton of fun with. Another group on our team is currently focused on our next Game Pack. This pack is a major first for us, and we are super eager to share it with all of you later this year.
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Morning Crowdfunding

Op Ed

  • Ars Technica - Ars analysis: -80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two weeks. Thanks JDreyer.
    "But even as the number of successes on Steam has increased, the number of failures has increased even more, both on an absolute and relative basis. For developers, that means just getting a game on Steam isn't anything close to a guarantee of being able to find a significant audience these days. For players, that means sifting through Steam storefront listings full of a lot of crap that apparently very few people want to buy."

  • PayneReactor - I want to be sedated.
    "What struck me upon revisiting the game in 2020 was the fact that Max, when injured by non-player villain characters, is damaged all the time. He never really has a chance to recover from his injuries but sustains more and more, and the player is encouraged to hoard painkillers and frantically smash a button when Max comes dangerously close to losing his life. It’s this constant yo-yo between frenetic, bullet-dodging gameplay and constant monitoring of Max’s wellbeing that leaves the player in an almost out-of-breath race to solve the narrative puzzle surrounding the character to ensure his agency and success. To beat the game, you have to use."

Out of the Blue

Inspired by the discussion that ensued after I described our accidental Stove Top Stuffing delivery, I had to give it a try. And after poking fun, I have to admit it was much better than I expected. It actually makes sense, adding hot water and butter to bread crumbs, dehydrated chicken stock, herbs, and seasoning is a lot closer to traditional stuffing than I was imagining. The butter is the most noticeable element in "real" stuffing, so that makes this pretty darned real. Of course a dish that's mostly bread and butter is not necessarily the perfect choice for these sedentary days of social distancing, but it does serve as comfort food for times that try one's soul. So with all due apologies to the folks at Kraft, I'm going to call this mistaken delivery serendipitous.

Obituary: John Prine, influential singer-songwriter, dies at 73.

Stuffed Links
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Links





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