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Friday, Apr 10, 2020

Call of Duty: Warzone Passes 50M Players

Activision tweets another milestone for Call of Duty: Warzone. They say that over 50 million players have now checked out their battle royale. Yes, the game is free-to-play, but that's still a pretty impressive number. Word is:
Over 50 million players.

Thank you #Warzone players for dropping in with us. #FreeCallofDuty

First VALORANT Cheater Banned

The closed beta for VALORANT just got underway, but Riot tweets that they've already banned their first cheater (thanks GameSpot via The Loadout). Cheating shows the competitive shooter is already coming of age (they grow up so fast!). Here's word from Paul Chamberlain, programmer and anti-cheat lead on VALORANT:
Well it sucks, but today we had to ban our first cheater (and it looks like more bans are on the horizon).

I was hoping for a little more time before this fight kicked off but we're in it now and we're ready.

Meeple Station Leaves Early Access

Publisher Modularity and developer Vox Games announce that Meeple Station is now out of Early Access, marking the official release of this management simulation where you build and operate a space station. This is available on Steam and you can also pick up a DRM-free copy on the official website. Here is a Launch Trailer and here's word on the game:
Following two years of development and over a year in early access, Meeple Station has hit v1.0 with a load of new features and content. Along with the release of the complete story mode, the combat system has been revamped, a new events system added and much more to keep you and your hardworking meeple busy.

Inspired by Dwarf Fortress and Rimworld, guide your crew of space faring Meeple to build your own space station and create a robust society and economy. Meeple aren't the smartest race of beings unfortunately, so you'll need to keep an eye on them as you explore space for resources and expand your operations to have multiple stations.
Continue here to read the full story.

Rival Games Closing

The Rival Games Development Blog heralds "The End of an Era," announcing this Finnish developer of Alien: Blackout and Thief of Thieves: Season One is shutting down. They say this is due to financial challenges which are not entirely the fault of the COVID-19 outbreak, which they say is just "the icing on the cake." Word is: "Thief of Thieves: Season One and Alien: Blackout will remain in stores normally, but our first title The Detail will be pulled from Steam and AppStore at some point." Here's a bit on why Rival is now dead on arrival:
After Alien, things were looking up for a while. We signed a deal with Universal Studios for a super cool smash-up of two 80s iconic franchises for an AA PC/console narrative shooter. We had a solid team, with some serious experience, and the same development partner from Alien, a solid vision for the game, fun and challenging gameplay. In short, all the shenanigans for a great, innovative game and a good business structure for the project, that even would’ve allowed us to pay back the loans. We were months in the pre-development when, almost a year ago, the worst possible happened: Universal had a major business strategy shift across their portfolio, shutting our project down in a moment’s notice. We were coming up on a milestone that contractually allowed them to shut it down fast.

Evening Crowdfunding

  • Commander '85 by PlayWay — Kickstarter. "Commander '85 is a sci-fi thriller set in the 1980s, combining elements of adventure, simulation and survival games. The main protagonist, a teenager living in the suburbs of Chicago, receives a birthday present – a Commander computer. The device turns out to be the highest technological achievement, a state-of-the-art computer equipped with a real artificial intelligence system."
  • Old Skool Racer by Ajith Ram — Kickstarter. "Old Skool Racer is a complete racing game world that recreates the sheer thrill of classic arcade racing games such as Outrun, Screamer, Star Wars Pod Racer and Wave Race 64. The game is designed to be updated regularly in close cooperation with racing game fans. To enable this, we are planning monthly feature updates recommended by the fan community itself."

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Corona beer challenge. Now I've officially seen everything.

Final Fantasy VII Remake PC Hint

A new "thank you for waiting" trailer for the Final Fantasy VII Remake offers a special message from Yoshinori Kitase upon the release of the RPG remake on PlayStation 4. This also includes a tidbit for fans of the series hoping to get to play this on PCs. Just a few seconds into the video they offer some gameplay footage. As you can see in a screenshot captured by Wccftech, this is conspicuously labeled "Gameplay captured on PC." This is by no means a confirmation of plans to release a PC edition, but it certainly does suggest it is a distinct possibility. Continue here to read the full story.

Trios Return to Call of Duty: Warzone

Support for three-player squads is now back in Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision's free-to-play battle royale game. This is good news for players upset at how support for Trios was replaced by Quads in the recently launched Season 3. This tweet has the short but sweet announcement:
A playlist update is rolling out now across all platforms! We’ve added BR Trios back into #Warzone!

Ancient Enemy Released

Ancient Enemy is now available on Steam, offering a Windows card-battle RPG from Grey Alien Games. This carries a 15% launch discount for those who pick it up during the first week. Here's a trailer showing off gameplay, and here's word on what happens if you play your cards right:
Ancient Enemy is a strategic RPG card game in which you make interesting tactical decisions as you battle distorted enemies and overcome challenging puzzles. Face a horde of deadly enemies, each one emerging from a world in which evil has already triumphed. You must not only endure, but also rebuild your powers to vanquish evil and fight one last duel against your monstrous nemesis!

Travel through a scarred landscape with dozens of atmospheric levels, draw power from the Earth, and struggle for the soul of the world itself. Test your skills against a host of foes in unique solitaire-style turn-based combat!
Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Out of the Blue

MrsBlue and I made a neat discovery during a careful trip outside for some fresh air. I mentioned recently that we'd only seen one of the swans for a brief period over the past few weeks. During our stroll, we spotted where they are nesting which relieved my vague fear that some harm might have befallen one of them. It does raise concern about future harm, however. I was correct that they are nesting in the marshy area just beyond the pond. However they are on the other side of the road that bisects the marsh. This means they must cross said road to get to the pond, putting them in danger from cars. This is a 30 mph zone, but rural drivers are maniacs, so this is definitely perilous. The good news is that during the summer they seem to spend most of their time on the pond itself, so hopefully they won't be crossing that frequently. That aside, it was neat to see them over there, with one atop the nest and the other swimming in the shallows, never getting too far away like an attentive spouse.

Marshy Links
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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