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Friday, Jun 05, 2020

New Halo Project Revealed

A Microsoft Job Posting for a Senior Producer at 343 Industries reveals plans for "a new project in the Halo universe" (thanks Klobrille via GamesRadar+). Here's word:
343 Industries is looking for a Senior Producer to work with our Core Services team to help develop a new project in the Halo universe. This is your chance to work on one of the most exciting and creative intellectual properties in the industry with one of the industry’s most talented teams.

EA Play Live Postponed

Electronic Arts tweets that they are postponing their EA Play Live event by a week. This replacement for their E3 presence was planned for June 11th, but now it will begin on June 18th due to "the important conversations taking place." Here's word:
EA Play Live

With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we're moving our time to come together in play.

We'll see you at EA PLAY Live 2020 on June 18 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT

Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition Postponed

Valve announces that The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition is postponed by a week, and will now start on June 16th instead of June 9th as was originally planned. Many of the recent game event postponements have cited ongoing civil unrest and the Black Lives Matter movement as causes, but this terse announcement does not go into reasons, saying simply:
The Steam Game Festival has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16th thru June 22nd.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Livestream Postponed

Blizzard tweets that a World of Warcraft: Shadowlands livestream planned for next week is also now part of the recent rash of game promotion postponements. They don't specifically mention the Black Lives Matter movement, just that it's the time for "more important voices" to be heard:
More important voices than ours need to be heard, and now is the time to listen.

We are postponing our upcoming World of Warcraft: Shadowlands livestream planned for June 9, and will share more details about the expansion in the future.

Crucible "Retiring" Two Game Modes

A developer update for Crucible announces that two of its game modes are being "retired," just a couple of weeks after the launch of this team-based shooter from Relentless Studios and Amazon (thanks Eurogamer). They say they will continue the game's pre-season to work on priority issues like voice chat and to go "all-in on the parts of Crucible that are resonating most strongly with you, our community." Word is this means they will focus on the Heart of the Hives mode that's proven to be the most popular of the three launch modes:
Our plan for this updated game direction will have two phases. In the first, we will build and iterate on the core systems necessary to support this Heart of the Hives-centered vision for the game. We’re starting the first phase by developing the features we know we need: voice chat, a surrender option, a system to deal with AFK players ruining matches, an expanded ping system, and potentially some form of mini-map. We don’t have an exhaustive list of changes yet, but those are some of our top priorities. While we’re working on adding those features, we’ll also be working on improving framerate, hit feedback, matchmaking, and how we teach the game to new players.

In the second phase, we will add additional systems and polish that will help elevate the Crucible experience. A lot of the work in this second phase will depend on what we hear from you during phase one. Right now our plans for improvements in the second phase include custom tailoring the map for Heart of the Hives, improving the creatures in the world, adding support for custom games, and enhanced social system functionality.
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The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle Released

EA announces the release of the new Eco Lifestyle for The Sims 4 for Windows, macOS, and consoles, offering a dumpster dive of options to help your Sims go green. Here's a Gameplay Trailer and here's word on this homage to sustainability:
Maxis™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), today announced that The Sims™ 4 saw more monthly players this past quarter than ever before, and continues to deliver new, fresh content for its players with the launch of The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle*, the ninth expansion pack that is available today for PC, Mac, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle gives players the opportunity to learn how to maintain a sustainable lifestyle and the importance of collaborating with the community, as every small change can make an impact.

This new expansion pack arrives at a time when The Sims 4 has seen more than 2.5 million new players join the community in the past two months. The game has also seen a peak high of nearly 10 million playing the game monthly in the past quarter, as The Sims 4 continues to be a source of great fun and joy for players looking to recreate life’s special moments. The Sims 4 is seeing what a force the community can be when they come together in play. Through the game’s inclusion of diverse, creative, and fun experiences, players can create unique Sims, design their perfect homes, and craft their own stories.
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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Delayed

Vertigo Gaming announces Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! will be out of the oven and ready to serve this autumn. This is a bit of a delay, as when the game entered Early Access earlier this year they said it would come in Q2. They also announce a new version 0.90 Davidson County Update is now live in the game. Additionally, all three games in the series are currently on sale on Steam, either individually, or as part of a trilogy bundle. Here's what they're cooking up here:
Hit the road in this massive sequel and travel across war-torn America to participate in the Iron Cook National Food Truck Championships with your trusty robot crew Whisk -- voiced by negaoryx -- and Cleaver — voiced by Havana Mahoney. Set in the radically-changed USA of 2042, play through the all new story-driven campaign where you cook hundreds of foods -- including many brand new to the series -- across hundreds of levels in a new gameplay structure that has been completely redesigned to deliver fast paced action, or take it easy with the all new Chill Mode that can be toggled on or off at any time!

Play through the campaign via single player or with a friend in local co-op (with the ability to change on the fly), upgrade your food truck with dozens of gameplay-affecting modules, expand your food catalog, and race to the nation’s new capital in Nashville, Tennessee, to prove once and for all that you’re still the best chef in the world.

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Last Link of the Day: Forklift Heroes. NSFW. Hoši děkujem!

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Released

The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection for Windows is now available as promised on Origin and Steam, offering a chance to relive 90s RTS classics Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer Red Alert. This Reddit post from yesterday details the launch festivities. Here's the Official Launch Trailer and here's word from Steam:

Command & Conquer™ and Command & Conquer™ Red Alert defined the RTS genre 25 years ago, and now they’re back and fully remastered in 4k by the former Westwood Studios team members at Petroglyph. The Command & Conquer™ Remastered Collection includes all three expansion packs, rebuilt multiplayer, a modernized UI, Map Editor, bonus gallery of unreleased FMV footage, modding support, and over seven hours of legendary remastered music by Frank Klepacki.

Steam digital Standard Editions include the remastered versions of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, plus all three expansion packs (Covert Operations, Counterstrike, and The Aftermath), and tons of bonus features and improvements.

Head over to the PC Specs and Requirements page to find out what you'll need to start your campaign on the battlefield. And if you have any questions about how modding will work in the game, check out our FAQ or dive deeper with the Remaster Update and Open Source / Mod Support article here.

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Get Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for Free

You can now get the Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for free on GOG.com, offering a 100% discount on Cavedog's 1997 sci-fi RTS game for Windows and both its expansions. This is yours to keep if you claim your copy by June 7th. GOG.com now also offers DRM free versions of two other games designed by Chris Taylor with the release of the Supreme Commander Gold Edition and Supreme Commander 2, both of which are currently on sale for 80% and 75% off, respectively. On a related note, they also offer The story of Supreme Commander and how Chris Taylor redefined real-time strategy games. Here's more on today's giveaway:
What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machine has escalated into a war that has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of the entire galaxy in their struggle for domination. Choose your side, build an army, and crush your enemies on huge, three-dimensional battlefields. And remember, there is no such thing as "too many guns"!

  • Includes Total Annihilation and both its expansion packs - The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics
  • A timeless classic that has won over 57 awards!
  • Epic battles with hundreds of units accompanied by frantic music composed by Jeremy Soule and hundreds of available mods

Guerrilla Collective Event Delayed

A tweet from Guerrilla Collective announces their indie showcase that was supposed to start tomorrow is being postponed for a week to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement (thanks Gematsu). They also plan a livestream for Sunday to showcase games by black developers. Here's word:
The Guerrilla Collective came together to create to create a space where we all find a voice to support each other, our industry and our work. It is the cumulative effort of incredibly diverse teams unified in the creation of a digital event to bring hope and positive content to the world.

We recognize this is a time for action and for voices speaking out for justice and change to be heard. We stand united for change, for justice, and in support of Black Lives Matter.

We are announcing here that our event is moving to June 13, 14, and 15. We are preparing a live stream for June 7 to highlight Black voices in our industry, dedicated exclusively to showcasing games created by Black developers, titles featuring Black protagonists, and conversations with these creators. We will have more details to share shortly.

PUBG vs. Cheating

Just in time for the game's free weekend a new Dev Letter on Anti-cheat actions discusses what's being done to combat cheating in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. Here's word on the battle royale against miscreants:
Ranked games depend heavily on the reliability of the service, so today we’d like to talk about what we’re doing to improve our anti-cheat safeguards and increase our ban intensity.

  • Preliminary Measures – When players use cheats in a match, we will utilize immediate countermeasures to minimize the impact on legitimate players.
    • Additionally, we will improve the system to immediately ban the kicked user.
    • If the cheat used is easy for game logic to recognize, we will kick the cheater in real time. (This has already been applied as of June 3rd, 2020.)
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Sentimental K Early Access

Early Access to Sentimental K is now available on Steam, offering a 3D action/roguelike from Korean developer Fordays. They say the Early Access version already contains most of the game's planned features. A Gameplay Trailer shows this in action, helping you to decide if this is a Special K or just OK. Here's the announcement:
Sentimental K is a video game that integrates dynamic and intuitive 3D action with Rogue-like genre which adds freshness every gameplay in an attempt to challenge the new genre. Players can combine five types of weapons, eighty skills, and a hundred artifacts in various ways to enjoy battles, stylish action, and to defeat stages.

As you play the game, new weapons, skills, and artifacts will become available for more diverse combinations. Particularly, due to the nature of the Rogue-like genre, every gameplay is different based on the choice. Moreover, the visual and the play experience of 3D action will provide a whole new entertainment. Players will be able to play three Acts which is prepared with sixty-nine unique stages. As players complete the game, the more challenging elements await. Also, there are various entertaining elements including fifty distinct events, twenty disciplines, and seventy achievements
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Agents: Biohunters Early Access Relaunch

This post announces the relaunch of Agents: Biohunters on Steam, an Early Access MOBA from Playstark. This first launched in April but was quickly pulled to address complaints of bugs and other problems. Word is: "As promised, we have been putting in all of our love and hard work into developing the features that YOU want in the game. We, Playstark: the developers of Agents: Biohunters, are giving it our best and more to make Agents: Biohunters the game of your dreams." Here's word on the game:
THE WORLD OF Agents: Biohunters
The world has been infected by a bioparticle-like substance, causing the environment to evolve and wildlife to mutate. The Agents have banded together to ensure planet Earth’s survival through this bio-crisis, but there are some who wish to use this substance for their own sinister motives. Your mission as a Biohunter Agent is to save the world by hunting down mutant creatures and defeating anyone or anything standing in your path to victory.

HUNT WAVES OF CREATURES
In every match, you'll need to hunt waves of creatures to gain experience, which will help you level up and upgrade your Agents' abilities. When the creatures drop blue bioparticles, collect them and use them to spawn buildings that will support you during the match.
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Out of the Blue

I thought my virtual doctor's appointment yesterday went quite well. This was finally a follow-up on our physicals from a few months ago so it made sense for a teleconference just to discuss test results. We did not like the doctor who did our original checkups, but MrsBlue and I liked the new doctor a lot, so we will stick with her. This will be my first female doctor, which I'm imagining will make the more intimate aspects of my next in-person check both more and less awkward. I can definitely see why many of you said that this is probably the future of medicine. Some consultations with a doctor just require conversation, so it will save everyone time, effort, and exposure to illness to avoid office visits when they are unnecessary. As an example, even via video she was able to confirm my self-diagnosis of tendonitis. She says the wraps I bought to help with this were the right move, and suggested a heating pad as an additional treatment.

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