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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Get Death Coming for Free

Death Coming is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as their latest weekly giveaway. Unlike last week's freebies to collect this you must indeed follow their new requirement of enabling two-factor authentication. After that this is yours to keep as long as you collect your copy over the next seven days. After that the new giveaway will take its place, but they are being tight-lipped for now, just calling this a "mystery game." Here's the brief description of Death Coming:
'Death Coming' is a non-linear puzzle game where you must harvest human souls ‘Final Destination’ style. However, pesky mortals are not your only problem, as the Agents of Light will do everything they can to stop you.

Get Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation for Free

The proud crew at Humble announce Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is their latest Humble Freebie. This sci-fi real-time strategy game from Oxide Games and Stardock is yours to keep in exchange for signing up for the Humble Newsletter through this page, but hurry, as the offer ends on May 10th at 1:00 pm EDT. If you are already subscribed to the newsletter then you just need to hop over there and claim your copy. Here's a refresher on the game:
Play as the Post Human Coalition or their eternal foes the Substrate and battle for control of the galaxy. Experience maps of unprecedented size and detail with the unparalleled power of the world’s first native 64-bit RTS engine, Nitrous.

Enjoy the game online with friends in ranked or unranked multiplayer mode or play it by yourself against a powerful non-cheating AI in skirmish or campaign mode. No matter what mode you play, strategy is the key: deciding what technologies to research, where to send your armies, how to manage your economy, and what units to construct are crucial to victory.

Experience a massive-scale real time strategy game where you wage war across worlds with thousands of units. The conflict has escalated, and it’s time to choose a side.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Announced

SEGA announces Yakuza: Like a Dragon, a new installment in the criminal RPG series coming to Windows and consoles. Here's a Cinematic Trailer and here is the announcement:
The Story Begins...
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is, at its core, an underdog story about fighting for what you believe in, even when you're at rock bottom. Our new main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family, takes the fall for a crime he didn't commit in order to protect his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa. After serving an 18-year prison sentence, he returns to society to discover that the clan he once belonged to has been destroyed, its few remaining members are being hunted in the streets, and learns that his former patriarch may be the man responsible for it all. Facing an unimaginable sense of betrayal, loss, and confusion, he sets out to discover the truth. This is where Yakuza: Like a Dragon's story begins.

A Truly Outrageous RPG Like You've Never Seen Before
Along with the all-new cast and setting, Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduces a new dynamic RPG combat system that takes the genre somewhere it's never been before - present-day Japan. Ichiban is a diehard RPG fan, so to help him stay focused in fights, he imagines the battlefield as if he was living in one of his favorite games. In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, players will level up 19 different 'Jobs' far from traditional RPG fare - not Warriors or Mages, but Bodyguards and Musicians, with completely unique strengths and skills. Get ready to step into Ichiban's shoes and crack some skulls in style!
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Chorus Announced

Deep Silver announces Chorus, a space combat shooter coming next year to PC and Stadia as well as current and next-generation consoles. This new IP in the works at in-house developer Deep Silver FISHLABS was unveiled at today's Inside Xbox event through this Announce Trailer narrated by not-Emperor Palpatine. Word is you play as two heroes, a sentient AI ship and its space goth pilot: "In Chorus, players will take control of dual protagonists: ex-cultist Nara, an ace pilot with a haunted past, and Forsaken – a sentient AI starfighter and Nara’s closest ally – which has a mysterious backstory of his own to unravel. This story-driven single player experience invites gamers to unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities as they fight to free the galaxy from the Circle, the oppressive cult that will stop at nothing to ensure complete subjugation." Here's more:
About Chorus:
Take control of Nara, once the Circle’s deadliest warrior, now their most wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Along with Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat, and venture beyond our waking reality.

A journey of redemption – Lead Nara, an ace pilot facing her haunted past, and Forsaken, her sentient ship. Their quest for redemption will take them across the galaxy and beyond the boundaries of reality, as they fight to unite resistance forces against the Circle and their leader, the Great Prophet, at all costs.
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Drox Operative 2 Announced

Soldak Entertainment announces Drox Operative 2, a sequel to their starship action/RPG coming to Windows and Linux in Q1 of next year with Early Access to begin "in the near future. They promise "warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer." You can find details on the Soldak Website along with screenshots, and the game also already has a Steam Listing which seems to indicate Early Access will begin on May 27th. Here's more:
Eons ago the Drox crushed and enslaved the ancient races and ruled the galaxy through their mighty Operatives. These elite starship captains were trained to accomplish the impossible at whatever cost. Whether employing stealth or brute force, they were always deadly. Using these Operatives, the Drox ruled the galaxy with an iron grip for over 100,000 years. Eventually realizing their Operatives were a threat, they attempted to assassinate all of them. They failed. The following Galactic Civil War was so devastating that the Drox are now extinct. The Drox Operative guild, now fully independent, survived.

Newer races emerged and thrived in the power void ... for a while. Then the ancients returned. The wars were devastating, but with the Drox Operatives on their side, the ancients were beaten back and a truce was established.
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DRIFT21 Slides Out

DRIFT21 is now available on Steam, offering Early Access to this freewheeling drifting simulation for Windows. This post has a launch trailer and some details, including some hints about an eventual price increase, if you catch their drift:
The team at ECC have worked hard over the last couple of years and we are beyond excited to be racing into Early Access today!

As part of the early access program, the game is refined as much as possible however we have a lot of content planned for the next few months.
During Early Access, the team at ECC will be constantly updating and adding new features such as new tracks, cars, game modes ( including multiplayer ) and polishing elements from your community feedback. Between now and 1.0 you can expect to see a reset in the number of credits in the Garage as the final game will include a lot more additional vehicle modification options! It’s not just your racing skills that need tuning!
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DiRT 5 Announced

Following their recent reveal of plans for a new installment in the DiRT franchise, Codemasters officially announces DiRT 5. They say this will come to PC and current and next-generation consoles in October with a Stadia version to follow early next year. Here's an Official Announce Trailer with a look at the continuation of their off-roading series. Word is this will follow in the muddy tire tracks of DiRT 2 and DiRT 3:
DIRT 5’s global journey takes in some of the most thrilling, exotic, and picturesque settings such as New York City and Rio de Janeiro alongside challenging events in remote areas of Greece and China. Players will experience the thrill of in-your-face extreme racing in a variety of vehicle classes from buggies, unlimited trucks, and rock bouncers to traditional and modern rally cars.

The expansive narrative-driven Career mode is bigger in every way with event types and challenges across some of the toughest terrain. Before hitting the track, get creative using the livery editor, with more customization options than any previous DIRT game. DIRT 5 features a non-linear progression path, so players can choose more of the events they want.
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Trailer

Ubisoft offers a new trailer with the first look at gameplay from Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the recently announced Viking installment in their murderous action series. At least that's how they describe it, but it actually still looks like it's mostly cinematics. This debuted during an Xbox Series X presentation, but is presumably also representative of the Windows edition of the game. Here's the video's description:
Ninth century AD. Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources, a Viking raider, Eivor, leads a clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Their mission: establish a new permanent home, no matter the cost.

In Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla.
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Total War: WARHAMMER II DLC This Month

SEGA announces The Warden & The Paunch will come to Total War: WARHAMMER II on May 21st via Steam, adding new DLC to Creative Assembly's fantasy strategy sequel for Windows. This will add new Legendary Lords for the Greenskins and High Elves races, and they say each will feature "an interwoven campaign that culminates in an epic showdown that will determine the future of the fabled Kingdom of Yvresse." They illustrate the news with a new trailer, which says it uses the game engine, but warns it is still a work in progress despite the imminence of the DLC release. Complete details can be found in this FAQ. Here's the announcement, including word on a free Legendary Lord that's coming to all owners of the game:
A Fierce Rivalry
Warlord Grom, known more famously as Grom the Paunch is the only Greenskins warlord to have ever successfully invaded the fabled isles of Ulthuan, home of the High Elves. Both bloated and unstoppable, Grom is an indomitable character blessed with supreme power and a WAAAGH! eager for fightin'.

Eltharion, Prince of Yvresse, is one of the most renowned High Elves in all Ulthuan having achieved what many of his kin consider impossible many times. Mounted atop his ethereal griffon named Stormwing, he is vengeance incarnate, and will do all that he can to protect Yvresse from the forthcoming green tide.
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Elite Dangerous Fleet Carrier Beta 2 Next Week

Frontier Developments announces a second beta for the upcoming Fleet Carrier update for Elite Dangerous will get underway on May 11th. Owners of the space exploration and combat game seeking to participate can register on this page. The test should conclude on May 26th, and they say that starting May 22nd the Fleet Carriers will be offered at a drastically reduced price to help them simulate the impact of mass adoption when they go live in the full game in June. Here's more, including details on what's changed since the first beta:
Fleet Carriers Beta 2 will incorporate significant changes from the initial Beta held in April, with the majority of adjustments focussed around the decommissioning, performance and utility of Fleet Carriers, these changes are the direct result of feedback obtained from the dedicated Elite Dangerous community during Beta 1.
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Ghostrunner Demo

The Steam Listing for Ghostrunner now includes a playable Windows demo for this upcoming action game set in a post-apocalyptic urban landscape. The game is planned for release this year, and this post offers a new Cinematic Trailer and details on the demo along with a Demo FAQ. Here's word:
The demo version of Ghostrunner is available on Steam from May 6 to May 13.

Previously only available at trade shows, the demo cuts right to the chase — awaken as a cyber-warrior and slash through anyone blocking the way. Practice nimbly leaping through the air, using the grappling hook to reach new heights, and surviving lightning-paced one-hit-one-kill style action. This hardcore dance with death requires finesse and quick reaction speed, but instant respawns make each fight feel like a strategic and often bloody chess match.

Test your skills today:
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Disintegration Next Month

Private Division and V1 Interactive announce Disintegration will launch on June 16th, offering a sci-fi first-person shooter for Windows and consoles. The news comes with a new Story Trailer and the following details:
Disintegration is a sci-fi, first-person shooter that blends real-time tactical elements to create an entirely new experience. Set in a world ripped apart by famine, scarce resources, and the planet on the brink of destruction, humanity has developed a process to survive its harsh reality known as Integration, in which a human brain is transferred to a robotic armature. From the ensuing chaos, an aggressive, militaristic legion, known as the Rayonne, gain control and begins to impose the once optional process of Integration onto the rest of humanity to consolidate their power.

Players command Romer Shoal, an incredibly-skilled Gravcycle pilot, who leads a small band of outlaws to fight back against an overwhelming Rayonne force. Over the course of a thrilling single-player campaign, players will control a Gravcycle loaded with weaponry, leading Romer and his team across a series of diverse missions packed with action, explosions, and plot twists, to beat back the Rayonne forces and give the last vestiges of humanity hope to prevail.
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Out of the Blue

It is with great joy that I announce the completion of the Blue's News responsive redesign and the launch of the ad-free version of the site for our supporters. Though conversion of the news pages was done a while ago, the responsive forums were a temporary fix, and they are now properly mobile-friendly as well. Please join me in thanking Kxmode and Frans for all the hard work they put into this project, as it took a lot more time and effort than you might imagine to drag our 20+ year old code into the present. The entire site including the forums should now properly scale to any mobile device. Whether you visit the forums with your desktop or mobile you'll also notice some visual improvements and changes, including the use of new icons for some functions that I think turned out great. Frans made this forum post with complete patch notes and other information about what's new and different.

As I say, this also marks the launch of the promised ad-free version of the site for our backers. Ads are now off by default for supporters, though you can opt to turn them back on through your user settings. As Frans explains in his post about the news, we are carefully monitoring the impact of this on the server. There's a chance ads will have to resume for all on the main page if the load is too much, but so far this has not been a problem. We have plans to upgrade the server hardware fairly soon, so if we're forced to revert the ad-free code it will return on the new server. These changes also mark the end of founder's program, which will conclude tomorrow, so if you want to have the coveted founder's status as part of your profile or have been waiting for supporters to receive native ad-free viewing, now's the time jump in and become a backer. To all of you who do back the site, here is another huge thank you, especially considering these tough times. Ad revenue has fallen off a cliff lately, so your contributions are more vital than ever to help keep the lights on here.

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