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Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020

Get Quake II for Free

Quake II is now available for free through the Bethesda Launcher as part of Bethesda's and id Software's thank you to those who helped them raise more than $30,000 for charity during QuakeCon. The first-person shooter sequel will be free to keep as long as you pick up your copy between now and Saturday at noon EDT. Then on Monday they will complete their giveaway by offering Quake III Arena for free for 72 hours.

Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition Announced

Valve announces the Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition will run from October 7-13, offering a follow up to their recent Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition. Like the Summer Edition, the Autumn Edition will offer playable demos to check out. But unlike the last go-round, which featured an impractical total of over 900 demos, the next one should be less of a circus based on a more restrictive set of qualifications for developers. Here's the plan:
The Steam Game Festival is a great opportunity to get your demo out in front of a large audience before your game launches. Much like we did with The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, there will be options to participate in additional features, including live streams and developer Q&As.

Demos will be eligible for the Autumn Edition if the game’s launch date is set between October 13th, 2020, and May 1, 2021. If your game is ineligible this time, don’t worry! We will be announcing details soon on future Steam Game Festivals for 2021.
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G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout Announced

IGN has first details on G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, a team-based third-person shooter that will be released for PC and consoles on October 13th. They have a Reveal Trailer and details on what to expect on the tie-in, which will be based more on the comic book series than the toys or cartoons:
Allowing you to play as 12 characters across Team Joe and Team Cobra, the game will feature an 18-mission campaign in single-player or local split-screen co-op and a variety of PvP multiplayer modes.

The campaign will be an original story based on 80s comics, taking you to Cobra Headquarters and the U.S.S. Flagg. Multiplayer will include Capture the Flag, Assault and King of the Hill modes.

The game seems to be taking something of a hero shooter template, with characters each coming with unique powers, but customisable weapons and looks. Confirmed playable characters include Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, and Storm Shadow.

Metamorphosis Released

Metamorphosis is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering an action/adventure for Windows based on the Franz Kafka novella of the same name. The Release Trailer highlights the nightmarish story that involves waking up as a insect, which can make it difficult to wear your favorite shoes, among other problems. Here's a summary:
You wake up one morning to find that you are rather inconveniently transforming into a tiny bug, while your friend Joseph is being arrested for reasons unknown.

To save him and to find the answers you seek, you must embark on a journey through a world which, like yourself, has become twisted and unfamiliar.

What once seemed like mundane dwellings have become an expansive obstacle course, and now you’ll have to chart your path through the dingy nooks and crannies that exist within the cracks of civilization.
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Rising Star 2 Rises

Rising Star 2 is now available on Steam, offering an RPG/simulator that puts the player in the role of a rock star. Here's the release trailer and here's more on this sequel to Shady O'Grady's Rising Star:
As a solo development project, Rising Star 2 blends the statistical, tactical gameplay of Football Manager and seamlessly mixes it with the musical bones of Rock God Tycoon, into a perfect harmony. Players can customize their band, tweak their setlists, trash hotel rooms, buy their first pad, and secure a manager: it’s completely down to you on how you pursue your path to fame. Just remember, it's a long way to the top of you wanna rock and roll.
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Fallen Angel Closed Beta Friday

Publisher V Publishing and developer Matrioshka Games announce plans to begin closed beta testing of Fallen Angel on Steam on Friday. Those interested in taking part and testing this game based on John Milton's Paradise Lost should jump into the Fallen Angel Discord to request a key. Here are more details on the game, which is due for release later this year:
Players are equipped with blades, guns, claws, and their own raw skill to make their way through the realms of Heaven and reach the top. Players can use their preferred fighting styles to take on enemies whether that be head-to-head brute combat, maneuvering with precision and counter-attacks, or relying on ranged weapons to attack from afar. In addition to various fighting tactics, Lucifer can transform into a powerful, demonic rage machine, killing everything in his path.

A full list of features include:

  • An incredible soundtrack to battle through Heaven’s gates and eliminate all archangels that stand in the way to the throne of Heaven.
  • Brutal and seamless combat styles for ground and aerial approaches, including unique combos for players to smash out.
  • Beautiful pixel art and animations with several different flavors of Heaven.
  • Challenging boss fights that re-imagine the marvels of the Old Testament.
  • Full controller support to suit every player’s preferred style.
  • Co-op availability to bring carnage to Heaven with a friend.

Edge of Eternity on the Edge of Beta

A post on Steam has details on plans to the beta phase of Edge of Eternity on Friday. They explain what will change, which includes the price of the Early Access JRPG, which will be going up to mark the occasion. Here's a new Beta Release Trailer and here's how Midgar Studio describes the state of the game:
During this summer, Edge Of Eternity will go through very important steps. We have been in Early Access for nearly 20 months now and it has allowed the game to grow progressively into what it is today.

Our epic JRPG now represents more than 30 hours of gameplay, shared between six chapters (including Chapter 0 - Seed of Destruction, which serves as a prologue to the story). More than half of Daryon and Selene’s quest is already part of the game, and our small indie team is fully dedicated to deliver the final chapters over the next months!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Steamed Hams but it's Take on Me. Thanks Boing Boing.

Control Gets Ultimate Edition and Steam Launch This Month

Developer Remedy and publisher 505 Games announce the Control Ultimate Edition, a new version of their supernatural action/adventure that will launch on August 27th alongside the game's new AWE expansion. The Ultimate Edition includes the original game and both expansions at a new lower price. That date is also the one-year anniversary of the game's original launch, and thus marks the end of its Epic Games Store exclusivity, so the Ultimate Edition will launch on August 27th on Steam. For those interested in the console versions, the Ultimate Edition will also include an upgrade for the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 editions when they are released. More on all this should be covered tomorrow during Remedy's livestream on Twitch at noon EDT. Here's an Ultimate Edition Trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Second Extinction Early Access Next Month

IGN has word that Early Access to Second Extinction is going to launch on Steam in early September offering the chance to put an end to the second coming of the dinosaurs. Meanwhile this post on Steam offers a trailer called Welcome to the War Effort with a look at a new community-centric game mode turning this into a cooperative venture. IGN has more details on that in a developer quote:
“The War Effort reflects the changes in the ongoing fight against the dinosaurs and ensures you’ll always have to stay on your toes. It’s a highly interactive, community-driven environment for players to fight in, letting us create new content that evolves over time,” said Second Extinction product owner Julianne Harty. “The War Effort is an integral part of how we’ll introduce new dinosaurs, missions, and more as a live service experience, and it’s a feature we’re excited to fully flesh out throughout early access.” As you can see in the trailer above, War Effort tallies the stats of player matches and uses them to alter the threat level for future matches, meaning you'll take on various challenging levels of dinosaurs.
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Pizza Simulator Announced

Gaming Factory announces Pizza Simulator, a management sim coming next year to PC via Steam as well as to consoles, offering the chance to see if you can make some dough in the pizza business. Here's a trailer and here are some saucy, cheesy details:
Pizza Simulator is a unique combination of strategy and simulation games mixed with some economic elements. Take on the role of a pizza restaurant manager. Start from the bottom with only a few bucks in your pocket and eventually climb all the way up to the top while dealing with all the challenges of a pizza business along the road. Build the largest pizza franchise in the world or go broke while trying. Welcome to the world of Pizza Simulator!
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BattleJuice Alchemist Announced

BattleJuice! BattleJuice! BattleJuice! Solo developer Alain Brunotte announces BattleJuice Alchemist, an action/RPG that will feature deck-building, third-person combat, and 80s synthesizers when it's released via Steam next year. Here's a Cinematic Trailer and a Gameplay Trailer, neither of which include even a trace of Michael Keaton. Here's more:
BattleJuice Alchemist has a dark but cartoonish look and feel to it while it sounds like Stranger Things with explosions. The game is mainly played in classic RPG top down view while close combat is fought in third person and dilated realtime. In these thrilling fights players must rely on a "deck" of flasks they draw from.

Fans of action RPGs of the early 2000s might be familiar to the interface of BattleJuice Alchemist: red globe to the left, blue globe to the right. Try to keep the red one full and empty the blue one for destruction. But there is more depth to the resource management of this game. The protagonist named Juice has access to a third resource, a white fluid that supercharges his abilites. Furthermore, his skills are determined by the alchemical flasks he currently has at hand. The skinny alchemist Juice is by far no Geralt von Riva. But being the nerdy type of guy does not stop him from throwing flasks at possessed animals, humans and even facing demons. All this takes place on beautiful procedurally generated maps.
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Out of the Blue

Variety, among other outlets, is reporting that Sumner Redstone is dead at 97. Sumner was my boss on some level, as I was at MTV when it was acquired by Viacom. I never met the man personally, but have always been struck by an anecdote about him from someone who did. As mentioned in the obituary, he suffered serious burns in a hotel fire. The way the story was told to me, shaking with him was surprising by the hard-edged scars on his hands. His hands were scorched by the fire as he hung from a window ledge. His intense will to live that allowed him to hang on as his hands burned and his enormous success in life seemed to go hand-in-hand, so to speak. I always found this tale to be quite inspirational, as well as a bit intimidating.

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