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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Get Doodle Devil for Free

Here's another Indiegala giveaway, as they are offering a free copy of Doodle Devil, a puzzle game that's the follow up to Doodle God (thanks RedEye9). Here's a trailer from the game, and here's more, since the devil is in the details:
While Doodle God was busy creating the universe, Doodle Devil was also having some fun.
The same addictive, puzzle game play that made Doodle God a hit is back but with an evil twist. Discover the seven deadly sins and watch as the world crumbles at your fingertips as you create thousands of dastardly deeds.
Combine fire, earth, wind & air to create demons, beasts, zombies... and much more. Being bad has never been so much fun!
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Huntdown Released

Huntdown is now available as promised on the Epic Games Store, offering a platformer where you play as a bounty hunter. Here's the Official Launch Trailer showing off the Windows and macOS game's 16-bit arcade style. Here's word:
Crime doesn’t pay... Unless you’re a bounty hunter
In the mayhem-filled streets of the future where criminal gangs rule and cops fear to tread, only the bounty hunters can free the city from the corrupt fist of felony. Lay waste to the criminal underworld and make a killing in this hard boiled action comedy arcade shooter.

Key Features:

  • Hunt solo or give suppressive fire and advance on the enemy together in co-op as you shoot, run, jump, and take cover in the neon soaked, graffiti strewn 80s inspired cityscapes.
  • Hand painted 16-bit pixel art graphics and hand-drawn animations combined with fluid action-packed 60-FPS gameplay and an epic synthesized soundtrack.
  • Huntdown everything from feral punks to organized hockey hooligans, this game is riddled with 16-bit bad guys and crime bosses, each with their own stomping ground to reclaim, and arsenal of weapons to confiscate.
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Jet Lancer Launches

Publisher Armor Games Studios and developer Code Wakers announce the release of Jet Lancer their jet combat and customization game for Windows, macOS, and consoles. This can be picked up through GOG.com, Humble Store*, itch.io, or Steam. Here's the launch trailer and here's the flight plan:
In the bombastic bullet hell shooter, players will hunt enemy pilots, carve up giant robots, and defy death at supersonic speeds. Jet Lancer lets players tinker with an upgrades system that encourages learning, experimentation, and tactical decision-making - challenging pilots to find the right loadout for each encounter. [Continues below]
Designed from the ground up to be an experience that is both challenging and fair, Jet Lancer features a suite of accessibility options to ensure that pilots of any ability can enjoy the game. The options include damage modifiers, anti-fatigue control toggles, and visual adjustments including screen shake and screen-flash reduction.

Jet Lancer comes locked and loaded with a fully-featured story-driven single-player campaign, which sees players dominating the skies with tight and responsive controls.

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Galactic Civilizations III Worlds in Crisis DLC and Anniversary Update Released

Stardock now offers the promised release of the new Worlds in Crisis DLC for Galactic Civilizations III along with the free fifth anniversary update for the 4X strategy game. The DLC is offered on Steam and the official website, while details on everything that's new can be found in this post, which includes a new Worlds in Crisis DLC / version 4.0 Release Trailer. Finally, the game is currently on sale for 66% off, and can be picked up on Steam or the Stardock Store. Here's more:
Worlds in Crisis introduces several new world events with ideological choices, new planet types, and over a dozen new planet features. Long-time players will find many new strategic options while new players will also enjoy new experiences.

The free anniversary update adds huge performance increases and makes vast visual improvements to the game's planets, both on the surface and from orbit. A lengthy list of balance and AI improvements also accompany v4.0.
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OBEY Released

The Lo-Fi Apocalypse announces the conclusion of Early Access for OBEY with the release of version 1.0 of this asymmetrical multiplayer game. Here's the Official Game Trailer which was first released almost exactly five years ago, and this post has details on the launch and an upcoming tournament. For more, read on and obey:
We've all played games where you send commands to AI units or teammates.
OBEY instead puts you in the position to command your enemies (human opponents), and to be commanded by them. Players are always free to obey/disobey. It is always up to players to deal with the consequences of their decisions in the game.

You win by bribing and coercing your opponents to do things against their own self interest (and in your interest).
If you are being coerced you have only stealth, intelligence, trickery, and creativity to escape.

OBEY is sort of like Counter Strike Jailbreak Mod meets Spy Party.
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The Culling Revival Plans

Though The Culling shut down over a year ago after failing to succeed after becoming free-to-play, an update from Xaviant announces the battle royale game will return on to Xbox One on Thursday with yet another business model (thanks Gamasutra). They will be selling the game for $5.99, but also offering everyone one free match per day and awarding winners with free match tokens. They also say they are committed to bringing back the PC edition of the game, as soon as they overcome the "unique challenges" this represents. Here's a Relaunch Announcement Trailer and a Xaviant Video Dev Diary. Here's the brief mention of their PC plans:
I’m sure many of you are wondering about the PC version of the game. We’ve found that it presents some unique challenges, but we are absolutely committed to bringing it back as soon as we can. We’ll let you know as soon as we have news on that front.
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Brawlhalla Season One and Battle Pass Near

Ubisoft announces season one for Brawlhalla will begin soon in their free-to-play fighting game. This will last 12 weeks, and the game's first Battle Pass will offer the chance to unlock free and premium content along the way. The paid version of the Battle Pass will be sold from within the game, and they are gradually revealing more of what to expect on this page. Here's more:
Demon Island is the passage to the demon realm and a battleground where day and night exist in unison. Valhalla Legend Hattori, the Demon Bride, is at home in these harrowing lands as she takes on her ultimate form in this realm. Players can navigate Demon Island by progressing through 85 tiers of Brawlhalla content centered around Oni, spirits, and lost souls, with tier 85 unlocking Hattori’s Epic Skin.

Players progress through the Season One Battle Pass by earning Gems through General, Daily and Weekly challenges. One Daily Mission is granted to each player every day, with the ability to store up to three Daily Missions at a time. Once per day, players can recycle a Daily Mission for a new one. Weekly Missions open each new week of the Battle Pass and will not expire until the end of the Battle Pass season. If players want to progress faster through the tiers, they can unlock them immediately for 35 Mammoth Coins each.
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Evening Crowdfunding

  • We should talk. by Carol Mertz — Kickstarter. "It's not what you say, it's how you say it. We should talk is a short-form narrative game that will make you think carefully about the words you choose, coming Summer 2020 to PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch." Here's a trailer.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster Announced

Perhaps to celebrate Tony Hawk's birthday, Activision and Vicarious Visions announce plans to bring back Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 on September 4th. These skateboarding games will be completely remastered for modern systems, so don't expect the same old grind. The news is explained in a Summer Game Fest video showing off gameplay and concluding with the Epic Games Store logo along with the logos for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In the video Geoff Keighley talks with Tony Hawk himself as well as one of the developers at Vicarious Visions. There's also a full write-up about this on the PlayStation.Blog. Here's word:
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 will feature the full original roster of pro skaters from the turn of the 21st century. That includes Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, Eric Koston, Rodney Mullen, Jamie Thomas, Rune Glifberg, Chad Muska… and of course, Tony Hawk.

These skaters all come with their own Special Moves – from Geoff Rowley’s Darkside Grind to Tony Hawk’s legendary 900 – and have learned a few new tricks over the past two decades, including the Revert, Lip Tricks, and the Wall Plant, allowing you to pull off incredible combos like never before.

The remaster will also feature all the original levels from the first two games in the franchise, from the Warehouse to The Bullring. Those levels can be played solo with goals old and new, with a buddy for local co-op, or online with original multiplayer game modes. All of this will be presented in stunning 4K resolution* with updated and enhanced graphics, running at a frame rate crisper than a perfect 50-50 grind: 60 FPS.
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Divinity Announcements Next Month

After being listed as a participant in next month's Guerrilla Collective announcement event, Larian Studios tweets a reply to hopes someone expressed for Divinity news (thanks VG247). Word from Director of Publishing Michael Douse is they are actually planning on making more than one announcement about their divine role-playing series:
There will be a (couple) Divinity announcement(s) in this, alongside Baldur's Gate 3. Gotchu fam.

Stellaris 4th Anniversary Celebration Includes Free Week

Paradox Interactive announces they are celebrating the fourth anniversary of Stellaris with the launch of a new version 2.7 update for the science fiction strategy game. Word is: "This free anniversary patch is available today and adds strong new visual elements and VFX such as Nebulas, Storms and more. Players can look forward to an updated look to the Stellaris base game to add a little more awe to any shock and awe campaigns." They also offer the chance to play the game for free on Steam starting right now for an extended "weekend" that will run for more than five days. Finally, they reveal that the game actually hit an all-time high in monthly active users in March despite its age. Here's the 4th anniversary trailer and here's more:
Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of games for galaxy brain players, has today announced clusters of festivities across all Stellaris titles to celebrate the four-year anniversary of the popular sci-fi grand strategy game. Additionally, Paradox announced that in March 2020, four years after its initial release, Stellaris earned an all-time high for monthly active users and reached a milestone of over three million units sold.

“We have always put the community first when developing and supporting content for Stellaris,” said Daniel Moregård, Game Director for Stellaris. “It is so rewarding to see this strategy help us earn the continued interest of a large and growing player base after all these years. Being able to reach a new all-time high right now makes the anniversary festivities feel even more momentous.”
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Dead by Daylight 4th Anniversary Livestream Plans

In more fourth anniversary news, the Dead by Daylight Website announces Behaviour Interactive will celebrate the fourth anniversary of the launch of Dead by Daylight on May 26th with a livestream on Twitch and YouTube (thanks MP1st). Word is this will culminate in the announcement of what to expect from Chapter 16 of their asymmetric survival horror game:
Join the Dead by Daylight team in celebrating the game's 4th anniversary by tuning in on Twitch and Youtube on May 26 at 2pm EST.

During these exceptional times, the Dead by Daylight team has worked hard to prepare a panel-based review of the past year and most notably of the year to come. Panelists will be presenting from their homes; giving fans and journalists alike the breakdown of the most recent developments within the game, what the ever active and thriving Dead by Daylight community has been up to and will end with the reveal of Chapter 16.

This new chapter will feature a classic license, one that has marked the world of horror since its inception. As with every new Chapter, it will feature a new map, a terrifying new killer and a mysterious survivor.

Riot Bans Over 8K VALORANT Cheaters

A tweet from Phillip Koskinas has word from Riot Games' anti-cheat czar that over 8800 VALORANT cheaters have received their smiting by the banhammer (thanks The Loadout). It's not clear if this is in spite of, or thanks to Vanguard, the game's controversial anti-cheat program. Here's word from this cheeky monkey:
located a VALORANT universe where there were 8873 less cheaters and moved us all into it, please be careful as your bones may've shifted during dimensional travel

Get Dutch to Da Choppa in Predator: Hunting Grounds This Month

The PlayStation.Blog has details on plans to bring Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Dutch" character to Predator: Hunting Grounds through a free update and some paid DLC for the movie-based shooter on May 26th. Here's word:
In order to make Predator: Hunting Grounds the game we envisioned it to be, it had to include Dutch’s story and bringing him back into the universe. We have created two different items for the community in order to do this. The first is a free update, available for all players who own the game. Players will be able to learn where Dutch has been all these years and hear his story in his own words through a series of voice tapes that you earn as you level up.

The second is a Paid DLC pack where you can play as Dutch and get early access to the QR5 “Hammerhead” Rifle and Dutch’s Knife! (available free for all players later in June) Getting the future Dutch just right was so exciting for the entire team. Creating the details, working with our partners to make certain everything fit together perfectly in the universe, and of course working with the legend himself has been a dream come true. We cannot wait until you can get access to both the free update and the paid DLC on May 26!
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CYGNI: All Guns Blazing Announced

Keelworks announces CYGNI: All Guns Blazing, a twin-stick shooter that will transport you to bullet hell on Steam as well as consoles. You can see the game in intense action in the Announcement Trailer. This starts off paradoxically serenely (and paradoxically using an aircraft carrier-style ship to launch spacecraft) before the shooting starts, which is suitably chaotic. Here's an explanation of why the cinematics are so impressive: "CYGNI is the work of just two highly talented and entirely self-taught developers who previously worked as Hollywood film and VFX production artists including stints at Pixar. Their impressive work with Unreal Engine soon got noticed by Epic Games and earned Keelworks a substantial cash award as an Epic MegaGrant recipient." Here's more on the game:
An unrelenting onslaught of eye-popping visuals, ear bursting soundscapes and mind-melting action makes Cygni the vanguard for the next generation of Shoot-em Ups.

Outgunned, outmanned and out on your own, plunge into a sky full of hell in a last-ditch battle for survival. Choose to route power between weapons or shield systems and go up against unrelenting waves of ground and aerial enemies. Upgrade your ship by picking up new tech and take down colossal alien bosses in visceral combat; do whatever it takes to survive.
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Out of the Blue

They are sadly too late to save the swan who was hit by a car last week, but I see that the promised wildlife crossing signs are already posted on the road passing the pond behind our home. These are pretty impressive, inspiring optimism that they may have an actual positive impact on the reckless drivers in the area. They are large yellow signs, well-placed on the stretch of road that crosses between the marsh and the pond. They say SLOW at the top and XING at the bottom with silhouettes of the ducks and geese in-between. I went out to take a picture to share, but couldn't find a good vantage point without circling around the pond, so I'll do that later. But while I was out there I saw several cars and trucks clearly slowing down as they approached the signs, so I think they are helping already. Hopefully this means a safer summer for our fine-feathered friends.

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