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Saturday, Jun 06, 2020

Get The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day for Free

The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day is currently being offered for free on Steam (thanks SteamDB via Ant). This post-apocalyptic adventure for Windows and macOS is yours to keep as long as you pick up your copy before the offer ends on Tuesday. To clear up any uncertainty about this here's a description:
Imagine making moral choices in a world devoid of morality. Logic rules this world, and every decision is just a set of zeros and ones. Most concepts take a whole new meaning, and some get completely abolished. Luckily reasonable beings, even if not human, always have a choice.

The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day is an story-driven adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world. You see it from the perspective of an engineering robot RT-217NP, who seems to be very curious about the human race, long extinct in wasting wars. Experience the mysterious vibe of each of carefully explored locations. Test your skills, solving diverse puzzles. Make fateful decisions and discuss intriguing matters to find out the whole truth being kept from you.

SpellForce 3 - Fallen God Announced

THQ Nordic announces SpellForce 3 - Fallen God, an upcoming standalone expansion for SpellForce 3 planned for release this year on Steam. This will add a new 15-hour single-player campaign, a new continent, ranked multiplayer play, modding tools with Steam Workshop support, and more to the RTS/RPG sequel. The more includes Trolls as a playable race, because who doesn't like trolls? Wait, what? Here's the Announcement Trailer and here is what to expect:
When the gods have abandoned you, there is only one hope for salvation: Find a new god! This is the conclusion Akrog, chieftain of the Moonkin trolls, comes to. He leads his clan through the continent of Urgath, struggling to survive. The player's mission is to guide the new playable faction, the trolls, through an all-new 15-hour long singleplayer campaign. SpellForce 3: Fallen God is a standalone expansion and can be played without having played any SpellForce game before (but we would encourage everyone to do so!) New features for the singleplayer campaign include:

  • Salvaging of weapons to craft superior equipment for your tribe and your heroes
  • The new character-shaping mechanic, adding true replayability value (see below)
  • Multiple endings for the campaign, based on your decisions
  • Character shaping throughout the single-player campaign:
    The choices you make in the campaign affect your companion’s skills and abilities. Plus they can contribute to the story through their own decisions, based on how you previously shaped their character.
  • New playable faction: The Trolls. With their nomadic behavior, Trolls have a different playstyle than all other factions in SpellForce 3
  • A new continent to explore: Urgath is full of mysteries and adventures for you and your heroes to discover.
  • All-new soundtrack to underline the beauty and mystery of the new continent
  • Full Steam Workshop integration and advanced modding tools

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EA SPORTS Takes on Toxicity

A tweet from EA SPORTS outlines steps they are taking to curtail racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and sexist behavior in their games (thanks Game Informer). Here's word:
EA SPORTS will not tolerate racism of any kind.

We're constantly taking action to maintain a culture of inclusion. Toxic behavior changes and evolves rapidly and we recognize that we need to do more to actively monitor and remove those individuals who perpetuate racist, xenophobic, homophobic or sexist behavior in our games.

We are listening to all of you, and we'd like to share some of the specific steps we've been taking and the steps we will be taking to bring change to our games and communities in the fight against racism.
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Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Issues

A post on Reddit discusses a couple of issues with the newly released Command & Conquer Remastered Collection (thanks Ant). EA apologizes for problems with online stability and game stuttering in the RTS remake and discusses what's being done to fix things. Here's a bit:
Online Stability
The first issue is the online stability of the game has been troublesome during the launch today. We’ve seen some games getting disconnected, occasional Quickmatch games failing upon load, and times when the online services are down completely. This is not the experience we wanted you to have with the Remastered Collection upon launch, and for that we sincerely apologize.

The team is working on further optimizations to the online infrastructure, and how to efficiently expand server capacity in this launch window of high demand. While we know many of you are eager to get into multiplayer, we certainly hope you can enjoy the Campaign, Skirmish, or play with a new piece of UGC while we work on these issues.

Game Stuttering
The second issue is that we are seeing reports of players who are experiencing game stuttering while playing in both single player and multiplayer. We had heard isolated incidents of this issue over the past few weeks with pre-launch players, but were unable to gather enough data and diagnose the exact cause in our research prior to launch.

Skelattack Released

Skelattack is now available for Windows, as Konami quietly released their new platformer on Steam this week as well as consoles (thanks DSOGaming). This is a 2D platformer developed by indie Ukuza, and you can see it in action in this Launch Trailer. Here's word on this game where you start of dead:
Being dead is not so bad when you have the Underworld to live in. An expansive world inhabited by quirky, charming and sometimes deadly inhabitants of the afterlife, the Underworld includes Aftervale, a happy hub where the dead come to spend eternity.

You are Skully, member of the newly deceased and just when you start to get the hang of being dead, your newfound home and friends are attacked by humans. Instead of seeking gold or other treasure, they kidnap Aftervale's elder skeleton Elzedon and then go after the magic that kindles the spirits of the dead: the Blue Flame. Together with your best bat friend Imber, you have to jump, slash, and flap your way though the Underworld and stop the human threat!
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Craftopia Closed Alpha

Japanese indie developer Pocketpair announces Craftopia, a multiplayer survival/action game they plan on bringing to Early Access on Steam in July. They are getting set to conduct closed alpha testing, and if this interests you, this tweet explains how you can enter the lottery to be one of the participants. Here's an Official Trailer showing off the game, and here's a description:
Craftopia is the brand new multiplayer open-world survival action game.

We have imagined what would happen when we combine our favorite video games altogether.
Chop trees and mine stones as in Sandbox,
Explore the world as in Open-world,
Fight the hunger as in Survival,
Cultivate and harvest as in Farming,
Collect loots in dungeons as in Hack-and-slash,
Automate activities as in Factory management,
Hunt monsters and creatures as in Hunting action,
Cast magical spells as in Fantasy RPG.

Now we have a utopia for all of us. That is Craftopia.
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That Tiny Spaceship Demo This Summer

Developer We Make Small games offers a new trailer from That Tiny Spaceship, a mashup arcade space-shooter inspired by classic coin-op and console games of the 1980s. This will also include elements of a visual novel, and they say a demo is coming to Steam this summer to show off both aspects of the game. Here are some details:
Genre’s Collide

  • Single player space shooter inspired by the coin-op games and early home console games of the 1980s.
  • 4 missions - Beware obstacles and hazards lurk off screen!
  • Synth-wave inspired soundtrack
  • Colourful cast of characters who have enrolled in the D.R.O.O.L institute’s program to become licensed single-occupancy drone pilots.
  • Visual Novel sections in-between playable missions that explore our pilot’s academic struggles, interpersonal relationships and personalities.

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Ninja Simulator Announced

Publisher PlayWay announces Ninja Simulator, the latest in their seemingly endless supply of (Noun) Simulator games is coming soon to Steam. They do not indicate if there are plans for this to sneak in any integration with their upcoming Samurai Simulator. Here's a trailer and here's a bit:
Be like a ghost
Silence is your ally. Darkness is your most trusty friend. Use them to get close to your enemies, so they will never even see your blade cutting them into pieces.

Take on impossible challenges
For a true ninja warrior there is no such thing like an impossible challenge. Three enemies, seven, maybe an army? What is your definition of impossible?
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Out of the Blue

Today marks the 76th anniversary of Operation Neptune, the allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. This kicked off Operation Overlord, the Battle of Normandy, which reestablished the western front and helped turn the tide during World War II. It's also the date of another pivotal moment of World War II, as it's also part of the 78th anniversary the Battle of Midway. Called one of the most significant naval battles in history, this resulted in the sinking of two-thirds of Japan's aircraft carriers, devastating their fleet.

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