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Saturday, Jul 11, 2020

Free Devolverland Expo Released

To cap off their Devolver Direct 2020 presentation today, Devolver Digital doubled down on a their very madcap and very meta presentation by announcing the release of Devolverland Expo, a first-person "marketing simulator" that's now available for free on Steam. Word is: "Devolverland Expo is a first-person 'marketing simulator' set within an abandoned convention center after the annual Devolver Digital game expo was mysteriously canceled. Break into the convention center and avoid the advanced security systems to watch and retrieve all the trailers, gameplay demo videos, and other secrets lost in the expo's cancellation." Here's more:
Developed by Flying Wild Hog Rzeszów, Devolverland Expo is a first-person ‘marketing simulator’ set within an abandoned convention center after the annual Devolver Digital game expo was mysteriously canceled. Break into the convention center and avoid the advanced security systems to watch and retrieve the remnants of gameplay trailers and promotional video packages from all the games featured in Devolver Direct, and other secrets lost in the expo’s cancellation.

Shadow Warrior 3 Gameplay Trailer

Following this week's announcement of Shadow Warrior 3, Devolver Digital offers "Way to Motoko," the promised Gameplay Trailer for the first-person shooter sequel. They note that this can now be wishlisted on Steam and offer the following blurb on the game:
Shadow Warrior 3 finds Lo Wang and his former employer turned nemesis turned sidekick Orochi Zilla embarking on an improbable mission to recapture an ancient dragon they unwillingly unleashed from its eternal prison. All it will take is the mask of a dead god, a dragon's egg, a touch of magic, and enough firepower to tear down the encroaching Shadowlands.
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Serious Sam 4 Trailer

Devolver showed off Serious Sam 4 in today's presentation, confirming that Croteam's first-person shooter prequel is still on track for its previously announced August release on Steam. Here's word that comes along with the game's new Gameplay Trailer:
Humanity is under siege as the full force of Mental’s hordes spreads across the world, ravaging what remains of a broken and beaten civilization. The last remaining resistance to the invasion is the Earth Defense Force led by Sam “Serious” Stone and his heavily-armed squad of misfit commandos.
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Weird West Trailer

Devolver Direct also brings us a closer look at Weird West, the upcoming western RPG in the works at WolfEye Studios, the new home of some former Arkane Studios executives. A new Gameplay Developer Commentary Trailer shows off some gameplay and features thoughts on the project from Raphaël Colantonio. Here's the description from the game's Steam Listing:
Survive and unveil the mysteries of the Weird West through the intertwined destinies of its unusual heroes in an immersive sim from the co-creators of Dishonored and Prey.

Discover a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West where lawmen and gunslingers share the frontier with fantastical creatures. Journey through the origin stories of a group of atypical heroes, written into legend by the decisions you make in an unforgiving land. Each journey is unique and tailored to the actions taken - a series of high stakes stories where everything counts and the world reacts to the choices you make. Form a posse or venture forth alone into an otherworldly confines of the Weird West and make each legend your own.
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CARRION Next Week; Demo Right Now

Devolver announces a July 23rd release date for CARRION, the "reverse horror" platformer where you play as the monster. This is coming to GOG.com and to Steam where a sneak peek demo is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It's not clear if this differs from the sneak peek demo from last October, the Games Festival demo from last December, or the demo released as part of the GOG.com summer sale. Here's a release date trailer and here's word:
CARRION is a reverse horror game in which you assume the role of an amorphous creature of unknown origin. Stalk and consume those that imprisoned you to spread fear and panic throughout the facility. Grow and evolve as you tear down this prison and acquire more and more devastating abilities on the path to retribution.
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More Devolver Media

Here's the rest of the media Devolver Digital unveiled today during their presentation:

Persona 4 Golden Sells 500K

ATLUS tweets that Persona 4 Golden has now sold more than a half-million copies on PC (thanks DSOGaming). The Windows edition of the RPG sequel was released on Steam just under a month ago. Here's word:
We're excited to announce that Persona 4 Golden has hit 500,000 players on PC! Thank you for all your support!

Character Designer Shigenori Soejima created this original sketch to celebrate. We hope you're enjoying #P4G and welcome back to the Midnight Channel!

More on Ubisoft's Culture

The Libération Website has an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at Ubisoft that have lead to recent suspensions and departues amid promises to change their culture. Reading this directly requires overcoming a couple of obstacles, as it's written in French and sits behind a paywall. A report on Eurogamer.net links to a series of tweets translating portions of the article and offering some translations of their own. The article states that some leaders within Ubisoft consider this a "witch hunt" resulting in backlash against female staff. There are also several graphic stories describing a toxic culture at the company, and how management has resisted efforts to change this over the years. Word is Ubisoft Montreal's HR department is now pressuring the CEO to absolve them of responsibility for this:
According to Eurogamer's own translation, the piece claims the head of HR at Ubisoft Montreal has threatened to quit with half his team unless Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot makes a public statement absolving them of any responsibility for the toxic culture there.

Out of the Blue

This is not going to be the typical quiet Saturday, as Devolver Digital's Devolver Direct not-E3 presentation gets underway today at 3:00 pm EDT on Twitchgaming. So fork you Fork Parker! Also, no 7/11 day this year, as the pandemic has cancelled the annual free Slurpee-fest, so fork you too COVID-19. However, word is you can get a coupon for a free Slurpee through the 7-Eleven loyalty program.

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