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Monday, Apr 20, 2020

Call of Duty: Vietnam Rumor

A Gaming Revolution Video has an unconfirmed report that the 2020 installment in the Call of Duty will not carry a Black Ops title as has long been rumored. They say it may still be somehow connected to the Black Ops series, but will possibly be called Call of Duty: Vietnam as it will be set during the Vietnam War/Cold War era. Wccftech vouches for the past accuracy of this source, saying they have "reported a lot of accurate information about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, and was the source of a lot of the Black Ops information in the first place." Here's the description of the video:
Today, I decided to make a video discussing recent leaks/rumours that Call of Duty 2020 (set during the Cold War/Vietnam War) will not be a Black Ops game. I speculate with DkDynamite about what the name COULD be, such as "Call of Duty Vietnam", like the cancelled Sledgehammer games 3rd Person Call of Duty was going to be called. These are just rumours right now, however, a significant amount of sources have reached out to me with this information, that it's still going to be connected to Black Ops somehow, but they're dropping the "Black Ops" name in the title, ENJOY! :D
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More GeForce NOW Game Departures

NVIDIA Blog puts on a brave face, titling their new update "Full Stream Ahead- PC Community Rallies Behind GeForce NOW." This kicks off talking about their extended trial, and Ubisoft's full-throated support of the streaming gaming service. But buried nine paragraphs into it is the news that WBIE, XBOX Game Studios, Codemasters, and Klei Entertainment are all pulling their games from GeForce NOW. This follows previous news of the removal of games from Activision/Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks, and 2K Games. Here is the minimal mention of the latest departures:
We’re transitioning as many games to GeForce NOW as possible over this time. For those leaving, we’ll give gamers as much notice as possible. Games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, XBOX Game Studios, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment will be removed from the service on Friday, April 24. We hope they’ll return in the future.

Free Dieselpunk Wars Prologue

A Dieselpunk Wars Prologue is now available on Steam, offering a free taste of this upcoming vehicle constitution game. This is based on feedback from a demo released during the game's successful Kickstarter. Here's word on the game: "Dieselpunk Wars is a game about creating unusual vehicles and putting them into battles. Players will be able to create their own unique machines using as many as 270 different elements. The pool of available parts will be expanding as players progress through the missions. Thanks to realistic physics and the possibility of destroying buildings, they will be able to use entire environment to their advantage. The game’s engine can track every single missile, calculate its trajectory and even destroy it with a ricochet, if it hits the machine's armor at the right angle. Vehicles can be cut in half, set on fire, flooded or crushed. It all depends on the players’ creativity!" Here's a Gameplay Trailer and here's an explanation of the prologue:
As explained in the last post, Dieselpunk Wars Prologue is a free version of Dieselpunk Wars - with all of its great gameplay mechanics, advanced physics system, and a sandbox mode. There are also no microtransactions that could interrupt you when you cut enemy vehicles in half.

Compared to the Kickstarter-exclusive demo, the Prologue has a ton of improvements, ranging from gameplay improvements to UI and texture updates. We covered the UI changes already so let's take a look at what we did with vehicle textures. Take a look at the image below:
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ESO Plus Free Trial

The Elder Scrolls Online announces a free trial of ESO Plus is underway for the next week. Here's what's so plus about this premium version of the free-to-play MMORPG:
The ESO Plus Free Trial is now live and will run until Monday, April 27, at 10:00AM EDT. During this trial period, you can enjoy the following membership benefits completely free:

  • Full access to DLC game packs—new zones, quests, dungeons, and more
    • Includes Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, Shadows of the Hist, Morrowind (zone and story), Horns of the Reach, Clockwork City, Dragon Bones, Summerset (zone and story), Wolfhunter, Murkmire, Wrathstone, Scalebreaker, Dragonhold, and Harrowstorm.
  • A Craft Bag offering you unlimited storage for all your crafting materials
  • Double Bank space for all characters on your account
  • 10% increase to Experience and Gold acquisition, Crafting Inspiration, and Trait Research rates
  • Double Furnishings and Collectibles space in player housing
  • Exclusive ability to dye costumes
  • Double Transmute Crystal storage

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Pope Simulator Announced

Okay, we get it, the universe is punishing us for implying that we've seen the oddest possible simulator game concepts. We say this after seeing the announcement from Ultimate Games for Pope Simulator, which will be released for PC on Steam, offering the chance to become a virtual pontiff. They don't know exactly when to expect to see the white smoke for this, but it does say it's "coming soon." Here's a trailer and here are some blessed details:
Ultimate Games S.A. has unveiled the trailer and the first details about Pope Simulator, a game that will allow players to step into the shoes of a pope. It will distinguish itself by its realism and great focus on political and strategic elements. As the Polish company explains, the works on the new simulator are currently at a very early stage.

Pope Simulator will allow players to head the largest religious institution in the world – the Catholic Church. The new release in the publishing portfolio of Ultimate Games S.A. is to be a realistic game focused on politics and strategy.
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Eternal Magic Launches

Eternal Magic is now available on Steam, offering a Windows free-to-play MMORPG with a MOBA mode. This is being supported by sales of extras ranging from a USD$2.99 Novice Pack all the way up to a $74.99 Keeper Pack with various stop-offs in between. Here's the most recent trailer and here's a quick pitch:
Eternal Magic is a new MMORPG set in the high fantasy universe where adventures await behind every corner! The game offers a spellbinding storyline, a variety of seasonal PvE events, ranked PvP, MOBA mode, player-owned private estate, a robust guilds system, as well as a deep social element… There's never a dull moment in Terrasia!
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Evening Interviews

Evening Crowdfunding

  • GamesIndustry.biz - Gaming should take cues from NASCAR's response to Kyle Larson.
    "That ought to be the same response we see from the games industry the next time (and there will, sadly, be a next time) one of its popular personalities broadcasts racism to thousands or millions of followers. We ought to see sponsorships immediately pulled, partnerships revoked, and platforms taken away. If racist content creators want to return, it is the responsibility of platform holders such as Twitch and YouTube to put forth some semblance of effort to ensure that they've learned a lesson and won't be broadcasting racist epithets to millions of viewers. That could take the form of sensitivity training or something else, but whatever the solution, handing a platform to speak to millions of viewers back to someone who engaged in casual racist behavior a few weeks later isn't it."

Tabletop Playground Open Beta

A Tabletop Playground Beta is now available on Steam, offering the chance to check out this new installment in this genre pioneered by Tabletop Simulator between now and (at least) May 3rd. This is for Windows, includes VR support, and allows you to play classic tabletop games as well as new ones created by the community. The beta has support for their game editor, and users who upload their own creations will be entered into a drawing for free game codes for the release version. Here's the game's Teaser Trailer and here are more details:
Players can enjoy a suite of classic games, such as Chess, checkers, cards, etc, and dozens of games already created by our community as part of our closed beta Creator's Program. We've been running the program since the end of last year in collaboration with mod.io, which will be our cross platform modding solution for Tabletop Playground.

We're excited to see how players utilise the in-game editor and the games they create over the next few weeks. Players who do upload any creations during the open beta period, will go in the running for final release codes for the game and their friends!
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Star Citizen Roadmap Potholes

A Roadmap Roundup post for Star Citizen announces the delay of some features planned for Star Citizen/Squadron 42, Cloud Imperium Games' two-headed space game (thanks Wccftech). Some of these are now removed from the Star Citizen Roadmap as they explain: "As Alpha 4.2 is not yet visible on the roadmap, we will be removing these cards for the time being, but we expect to re-surface them for the 4th quarter in the near future." The comments on this reflect a growing unrest from their backers, as does this thread on Reddit which includes a graphic showing the dramatic scope of the removed features. Progress or lack thereof are not for lack of time, as this project was announced in 2012. Nor is it lack of money, as it famously has raised well over a quarter-billion dollars in crowdfunding. Indeed, the funding has contributed to the lengthy development cycle, having provoked feature creep, so maybe this sort of feature de-creep is what's needed to push the project towards completion?

GRIS for the Mill

Nomada Studio tweets an announcement that dreamy platformer GRIS has sold over one million copies since it was released for PC in December 2018 (thanks DSOGaming). Here's word:
We are thrilled to announce that GRIS has sold more than one million copies... crazy!! 🎉😊 Thanks to our team, families, @devolverdigital and specially to all of you who made this possible ♥️

Paradox Interactive Financials

Paradox Interactive now offers their Annual Financial Report for 2019. This opens with note from CEO Ebba Ljungerud summarizing what she calls the best year in company history:
2019 was the best year in the history of Paradox, both in terms of revenue and profit. Revenue for the year increased by 14% from the previous year and amounted to SEK 1,289 million. Profit before tax for the year increased by 3% from the previous year and amounted to SEK 467 million.

At the same time, 2019 has mainly been about building for the future. Over the past twelve months, we have invested more than ever in game development as well as marketing and organization. Only a small part of this year's investments has been for games that were launched and have generated revenue in 2019. Instead, they are investments in future projects, i.e., games that we intend to release and see revenues from in the coming years. We have been in a strong development phase during the past year, which means that margins for the period are held back. Therefore, we are extremely proud, despite these factors, to deliver a record high result.

We continued our strategy during the year to develop and publish games with long lifetimes, with a business model that gives us recurring revenues on each game for several years. An important part of the strategy is that we own the brands and other intellectual property rights to the games we publish. This means that every successful game release also builds value in our brands. This helps us to steadily develop our customer base, both in depth and in width, and reduces the risk in subsequent game projects based on already established brands. Our goal is to continuously expand our portfolio of games and brands, which we also consider a success in 2019.

Blaze Revolutions Early Access

In a startling not coincidence, Early Access to Blaze Revolutions is now underway on Steam, offering a Windows real-time strategy game based on the Cannabis industry. Grab your bong and some Doritos and spark up this Early Access Trailer for a look, and read on for the details:
Developed by Little Chicken Game Company, Blaze Revolutions is an RTS set in a dystopian future, where the totalitarian SomaCorp surveys all, pollutes the environment and rules through misinformation campaigns. It’s up to you to cultivate your product, hack drones, evade SomaCorp surveillance and manage your resources as you turn this grassroots movement into a Revolution!

Aside from being an RTS with stealth and economic management mechanics, Blaze is a thriller with a deep narrative and strong character development about the effects of big business and government corruption on our planet. Our environment is suffering from pollution, small businesses are going under as big corporations grow increasingly stronger, and governments are tightening their chokehold on the common man. The revolution is industrial, as well as social: Blaze Revolutions envisions a future where society rises up and creates idyllic enterprises using the natural resource of hemp!
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Out of the Blue

Today is Patriots' Day here in the U.S., commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Menotomy during the American Revolution. That makes this the seventh anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, as the race is part of the celebrations of the occasion, though not this year, as it's been rescheduled due to the pandemic.

Being 4/20, today is also 420 day, an annual celebration of Cannabis, the ever-more-legitimate recreational/medical drug. Despite concerns that things that affect lung health increase the dangers of COVID-19, it seems to be a boom time for wacky tobaccy, it's said to be a favorite pastime of the quarantine and is even now considered to be an essential business.

Obituary: David Bowie bassist Matthew Seligman, 64, dies of coronavirus. Thanks RedEye9.

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