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Monday, Jul 13, 2020

Skull & Bones Reportedly Rebooted

Ubisoft has not yet made its annual announcement that they are delaying Skull & Bones, but VGC has an unconfirmed report that the open-world, pirate-themed sailing game is being rebooted to a "live" game model rather than a premium game. They attribute this to "development sources speaking under the condition of anonymity." They add that "one person with knowledge of its development" tells them social and "live storytelling" elements in Fortnite are the inspiration for this new direction. They also say the reboot resulted in Elisabeth Pellen taking over as the game's creative director, replacing Justin Farren, who's now with Wargaming. VGC says Ubisoft declined to comment on their story.

Steam Labs Turns One; Steam Community Recommendations Launch

Valve has officially launched Steam Community Recommendations which will showcase helpful reviews on the Steam homepage. This began as one of their Steam Labs experiments, and their announcement notes that this program is now one-year old. Here's a post recapping the first year of Steam Labs, and here's the short form:
This July marks the one-year anniversary of Steam Labs, a project we launched last year with three experiments and big ambitions to improve Steam through public experimentation and iteration. We are celebrating with the official release of Community Recommendations, introduced to Steam via Labs.

Steam Labs is a place to explore the potential for new and improved versions of Steam, and the most valuable part of that process is you. (Yes you, in the back with the lab coat! And the rest of you, too.)

We've put together a bit more background on what we've learned in Labs during the past year: How it led us to ship four experiments, shelve two, and continue to design and refine even more along the way, as we look ahead to the future.

In all, we couldn't have done it without YOU! (Yes, still YOU!) So thank you for being a part of it, and here's to another year of Steam Labs!

Kill It With Fire Next Month; New Demo This Week

Publisher tinyBuild and developer Casey Donnellan Games announce an August 13th release date for Kill It With Fire, their game of extreme spider extermination. They also say we can expect a second demo for the game on Friday with the release of Kill It With Fire: HEATWAVE on Steam. If you missed the release of their first demo, Kill It With Fire: Ignition, back in April, you can still pick that up on Steam as well. Here's a new Release Date Trailer and here's word:
The spider is a mankind’s most ancient and deadly nemesis. As a licensed Kill It With Fire exterminator, it’s time to fight back! Gather your arsenal and pursue the eight-legged menace on a journey across suburbia.

To defeat spiders you must exploit their one weakness: FIRE. Or bullets. Or explosions, throwing stars, gettin’ smushed by stuff... pretty much anything, really. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy – first you’ve gotta find the spiders. Use state-of-the-art arachnid tracking technology to pinpoint your quarry’s location among hundreds of potential hiding spots - then, torch everything and smash the spider with a frying pan after it runs out. It’s the only way to be sure.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Snowpiercer Season 2 Teaser Promo. Let the Sean Bean death pool begin!

Obituary: Nicole Thea, 24-year-old YouTube star, dies along with unborn child. Thanks JDreyer.

Watch Dogs 2 Make-Up Giveaway

Perhaps due to overwhelming demand, it was impossible for most users to access their Ubisoft accounts yesterday during the Ubisoft Forward event. Since this prevented qualifying for the promised Watch Dogs 2 giveaway, they have set up this page where anyone with a Ubisoft account can collect a free copy of the open-world hacking sequel along with all the other rewards they announced for watching the stream. Simply log in and the game will be added to your library. Word is:
Thank you for tuning in to Ubisoft Forward!
After registering you will soon receive your free PC copy of Watch Dogs 2 in your Uplay PC library. The other in-game rewards will soon await you directly in the related games.
Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Participants must be 18 or older at the time of entry. Ubisoft may offer alternative giveaways, when necessary

Microsoft Flight Simulator Next Month

Microsoft is now offering preorders of Microsoft Flight Simulator on the Xbox Website, saying the new installment of the series will take off for Windows 10 on August 18th. The game is also coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). This comes as a Standard Edition with 20 planes and 30 airports, a Deluxe Edition that adds five more aircraft and five more airports, or a Premium Deluxe Edition with 10 additional planes and 10 additional airports. Here's a new Pre-Order Launch Trailer and here are some details along with the minimum system requirements:
We have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date. Microsoft Flight Simulator features include:
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The Tideshell Keeper Announced

The Tideshell Keeper is a point-and-click adventure coming to Steam in Q1 2022. This includes an unusual twist as one element of the game involves learning a new language. This is shown off along with other gameplay in this trailer. Here's a bit:
After listening to her grandma's mad stories about the coming of a giant wave, Noon, takes her submarine fishing. Unfortunately, she gets her submarine stuck underneath a drifting city and finds herself helplessly lost at sea in an attempt to find her way back to home. Noon discovers that there might be more to her grandmother's rambling tale about destruction and tidal waves and that she might have the only key to stopping the destruction, a mythical tideshell.

Follow Noon as she travels through a thousand year old thunderstorm, visits a dried out lake in a desert where fish still swim at Night, and explores a sunken city that drifts with the currents.
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Out of the Blue

I finally ran out of propane in our first tank yesterday. The first time I used it in the re-opened Manstovia was May 3rd, so that's 71 days on one fill-up. I had no idea propane was so much more economical than charcoal! I'm guessing I would have run through $100.00 worth of charcoal in the time I used $12.00 worth of gas. That's pretty crazy. The changeover to the spare tank was easy, and I didn't even ruin the hamburgers, so it all worked out very well.

Obituary: Actress Kelly Preston dies at 57.
Obituary: Elvis Presley's grandson Benjamin Keough dies at age 27.

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