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Thursday, Aug 20, 2020

HITMAN 3 an Epic Games Store Exclusive

Epic Games announces that IO Interactive's HITMAN 3 is coming to the Epic Games Store. They say the Windows edition of new installment in the series will be exclusive to them for a year after release, currently planned for January 2021. They celebrate the news with The Thornbridge Mystery Trailer revealing a game location in England and word that the 2016 HITMAN will be one of their freebies next week. Here's the plan:
Agent 47 makes his ruthless return in the dramatic conclusion to the World of Asassination trilogy.

HITMAN 3 will launch exclusively for PC on the Epic Games Store in January 2021. Add the game to your Wishlist now, and keep an eye out for new details coming soon!

In the meantime, check out the latest trailer, HITMAN 3 – The Thornbridge Mystery (England Location Reveal):
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Get Enter the Gungeon and God's Trigger for Free

As promised Enter the Gungeon is now available for free on the Epic Games Store along with God's Trigger. You can keep either or both if you snag them over the coming week. After that the new freebies become the Shadowrun Collection, and, as mentioned above, Hitman 2016. Here's more on this week's giveaways:
Enter the Gungeon is a bullet hell dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. Select a hero (or team up in co-op) and battle your way to the bottom of the Gungeon by surviving a challenging and evolving series of floors filled with the dangerously adorable Gundead and fearsome Gungeon bosses armed to the teeth. Gather precious loot, discover hidden secrets, and chat with opportunistic merchants and shopkeepers to purchase powerful items to gain an edge.

God’s Trigger is a power fantasy where you dispatch enemies with speed and precision in a balet of blood and explosions.
Burst through a room in seconds killing with one of the many weapons, freely selectable special abilities, environmental hazards, and melee attacks.

Battletoads Hops Out

Xbox Live's Major Nelson announces the release of Battletoads for Xbox One and Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. This is also available on Steam, offering a remake of this beat-em-up game that made its original debut in 1991. This post on Steam covers the release, offering a Gameplay Showcase Trailer (with a spoiler warning) and another trailer showing off a crossover Fightin' Frogs ship set launching in Sea of Thieves to celebrate the occasion. Here's the description of the game:
The wait is over! Rash, Zitz and Pimple are returning at last to smash-hit their way through an all-new action-packed adventure of choreographed chaos, and couch co-op may never be the same again.

1-3 players will take control of the Battletoads and team up to storm through wild and unpredictable stages with only one rule – expect the unexpected. Teamwork makes the dream work in a drop-in, drop-out gameplay blast, filled with over-the-top gameplay moments that anyone can enjoy, but only a True ‘Toad’ can master.

With a unique hand-animated cartoon style and packed with memorable characters and locations, the Battletoads are back for a larger-than-life brawl across the universe that promises to be fun alone, and unforgettable together.
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Fall Guys Key Revocation Error

The Devolver Digital Website has a statement from the publisher called "Our actions against scammers and an apology." This explains how they accidentally revoked some legitimate keys for Fall Guys in their zeal to combat scammers:
Devolver Digital recently took action against scammers, refunding and revoking a series of Steam keys that were purchased via fallguys.com at a great discount by resellers and others who exploited regional prices in Argentina.

We made a mistake which resulted in the cancellation of legitimate keys purchased by our community and we apologize unreservedly for our unfortunate error.

Our team also recently adjusted the price in Argentina independent of this issue as the price Fall Guys launched at within the region was incorrect, leaving those who had their game revoked unable to re-purchase at its original price.

Those who have been affected may recover their copy of the game by sending an email to support@devolverdigital.com with their details and email address used in the purchase.

Thank you for your support and apologies for the inconvenience. We promise to do better moving forward and we will take care of all of the community that was affected. ❤️

Wasteland 3 Co-op Details and Trailer

A post on Xbox Wire discusses the co-operative multiplayer mode for Wasteland 3, the upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG sequel. They offer a Co-op Trailer and these details:
In Wasteland 3’s co-op you can work with a partner to strategize in tactical combat, make decisions on how to navigate the gangs, factions, and cults of Colorado, and how to divvy up their loot. There are also unique moments in the game that can only be pulled off in co-op, like turning in a quest to two rival NPCs at the same time for double the reward. While it’s not a PvP game, there are also unique opportunities to mess with your friend, like spreading rumors about them at your home base.

Playing co-op in Wasteland 3 is as simple as choosing multiplayer from the main menu and inviting a friend. You can also choose to post your game in the public browser, or for PC, connect directly via a friend’s IP. Just keep in mind that the game doesn’t allow crossplay across PC and Xbox One, so you’ll both want to be on the same platform.
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Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Released

FuturLab’s now offers the release of Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, a puzzle/adventure game for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch based on the television drama. The Windows edition is available on Steam with a 20% launch discount. Take a peak at the Launch Trailer and read on for the details:
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle-adventure game where players take on the roles of Tommy Shelby and his gang as they seek to take control of the streets of Birmingham in the early 20th century.

Set immediately before the events of the first season, players join the Shelby family's criminal organisation as they unearth a sinister plot to put Tommy out of business. The game is designed to sync with Tommy's talent for planning out complex scenarios in his head, with players setting out strategies by taking control of key members of the Shelby family down on the ground.

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind will allow players to set and rewind each character's path in order to tune all of their actions for perfect coordination, tactically utilising characters and stealth to solve increasingly complex puzzles.
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Serious Sam 4 Countdown Trailer

A new trailer called Against All Odds starts the countdown to the release of Serious Sam 4 on Steam. This kicks off a five-part video series leading up to the launch of the first-person shooter prequel on September 24th. The clip combines gameplay and interview footage to prepare the way for the coming on the game. Here's word:
Croteam starts the official countdown to Serious Sam 4 with a brand new behind-the-scenes video that intertwines gameplay and developer interviews. Croteam’s founding father, Davor Hunski, looks back on the early days of Serious Sam and talks about some of the challenges of developing video games in Croatia during the 90s.

The “Against All Odds” video is the first in a five-part series scheduled to be published weekly leading up to the release of Serious Sam 4 on September 24, 2020, via PC and Stadia.

Serious Sam 4 pre-orders are available on Steam, and include a classic Tommy Gun in-game weapon skin, as a throwback to the series’ early days.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Adds R.A.C.E. Challenges

Developer Blackbird Interactive and publisher Focus Home Interactive announce they are playing the R.A.C.E. card with the release of a new version 0.2.0 update for Hardspace: Shipbreaker, their space salvage game that's working its way through Early Access on Steam. This adds a new weekly R.A.C.E. (Rapid Acquisition Competence Exercise) challenge mode. This news and other recent developments in the game are covered in the Dev Vlog #2. Here's word on the new mode:
The Weekly R.A.C.E. offers up a special time-limited challenge, as salvagers across the world compete to extract the most value from a new ship each week. Players can vye for the top spots on this new mode’s dedicated leaderboard, accessible on the leaderboard website or through the official website.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s passionate community has proven to be hugely important in the game’s development throughout early access. Several fan-requested features have already made their way into the game since launch two months ago, including an Open Shift mode that allows for a more relaxed playstyle with no time or oxygen restrictions. Take a look at the game’s roadmap on Steam for a summary of what’s been added and what’s still to come -- between new campaign acts, ships, tools and more, the adventure is far from over!
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A Long Way Down Leaves Early Access Next Week

Developer Seenapsis Studio and publisher Goblinz Studio announce A Long Way Down will officially launch on August 27th on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This follows an Early Access period that began early this year for this deck-building roguelite RPG. Here's a new official release trailer and here's the deal:
A Long way down is a mash-up between an RPG and a deck-building game. Embody Sam and try escaping this maze where a sneaky and evil mastermind reigns. Let your memories and your choices guide you... but don't fall into darkness.

Craft a deck
The cards you choose will determine how you explore the dungeon and how you defend yourself from the horrors it contains.

Fight your way through the unforgiving monster maze
Great challenges await you as you go deeper into the dungeon. Use your cards and cunning, adapt your playstyle and overcome all enemies.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to both return as Batman for ‘parallel universe’ Flash movie. Very cool. Too bad Adam West is dead. Wonder if they could entice Christian Bale into participating?

Marvel's Avengers Open Beta Tomorrow

Square Enix reminds everyone that the beta testing for Marvel's Avengers opens to all tomorrow. This has been restricted to preorder customers, but everyone is invited to check this out from August 21st at 9:00 pm local time until August 23rd. This will require a Square Enix Membership, so you'll want to sign up for one of those if you plan to participate. The PC beta will be conducted through Steam, but interestingly, console players are encouraged to link their Square Enix and Epic Games accounts for a Fortnite bonus. Here's the previously released beta trailer and here are the details:
The beta includes four of the game’s single-player campaign Hero Missions, three HARM Room challenges, four War Zones, and five Drop Zones. All of this content adds up to hours and hours of Super Hero action! War Zones and Drop Zones can be played solo with any of the heroes in a player’s roster as AI companions or cooperatively in groups of up to four players.
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Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923 Released

Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923 is now available on Steam, offering new DLC for Remnant: From the Ashes, the Windows action/RPG from Gunfire Games that was released exactly one year ago today. This Launch Trailer rises from the ashes to show things off, and the announcement outlines the new campaigns and quests this adds to the game:
Remnant: From the Ashes - Subject 2923 has players pick up where the main story left off as they continue the fight for humankind. In the DLC’s brand new campaign mode, players will discover the origins of “The Dreamers” -- humans bonded with powerful entities -- and how they connect to the dreaded Root, the evil force plaguing Earth. To successfully put an end to the Root once and for all, players must overcome new puzzles and threats, traverse unfamiliar locations, and partner up with unexpected allies in hopes of saving the world. These new challenges will take players to a rural region of Earth, into a military base called ‘Ward Prime’, where the U.S. military began the Dreamer Program in the 1960’s - as well as the new world of Reisum, a frosty, mountainous, world inhabited by the Urikki, a horde of humanoid rats.

Those who take on this final adventure for Remnant: From the Ashes can also expect to discover new quests to complete, new gear to acquire - like the Frostborne axe that inflicts frostbite on enemies - along with new enemies and challenging bosses to take down. Along with the vast array of content in the new campaign mode, Subject 2923 also adds new threats and a suite of new rewards to the game’s Adventure Mode and rogue-like Survival Mode*.
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DethKarz Returnz

Retro publisher Ziggurat Interactive announces plans to bring DethKarz back from the dead (ded?) tomorrow on Steam. This will offer the chance to get back behind the wheel with this racing game that was first released back in 1998, which you can probably tell by the "z" in the title. "Racing games as fun and exciting as DethKarz are a rarity in a genre focused so heavily on simulation, and so we are very excited to take the wheel and make the game available to a wide audience," says Michael Devine, SVP of Business Development at Ziggurat Interactive. "Back in 1998, Beam Software pushed the limits of hardware to give DethKarz a sense of speed and danger, and to this day, that feeling is still there!" Here's a DethKarz Trailer to take us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. This sits at a bargain price-point to start with, and will carry a 33% (re) launch discount to boot. Here's more:
Developed by Beam Software, DethKarz is a futuristic racer set in 2408 A.D. where the roads are ruled by fusion-powered vehicles armed to the teeth with tech — including stealth fields, homing missiles, plasma artillery, and more. Win races to unlock more cars, each deadlier and faster than the last, then tear up the track and blast past — or just blast away — the 19 other contenders all vying for a shot at the winner’s circle.
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Eternal Hope Released

Eternal Hope is now available on Steam, offering a Windows platforming adventure game where hope springs eternal. Here's the Release Trailer and here's why Doublehit Games hope you'll pick this up:
Inspired by the artistic stylings of Studio Ghibli and featuring beautiful environments and an intensely emotional storyline, Eternal Hope follows the story of Ti'bi, a boy who must travel between two dimensions in search of the remains of the soul of his soul mate. Embarking on a journey filled with undying love and unwavering hope, players use intuition and quick-on-their-feet thinking to find clever ways to overcome the many obstacles and puzzles in their path.

Not all love is created equal; Eternal Hope’s Ti'bi is on a highly unusual journey — one that he hopes will bring his cherished girlfriend’s soul back from the Shadow World, a purgatory-like realm. Granted the ability to travel between dimensions, he will use this power, along with a few helping hands from otherworldly beings, to solve puzzles that will ultimately lead him to his love’s final resting place in the great beyond. Visiting the Shadow World is no easy feat, however. With corrupted creatures inhabiting this mirror dimension, Ti’bi will make friends — and many enemies — along the way while unearthing ancient secrets, none of which were meant for the living to discover.
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Heliborne: Enhanced Edition is Born

Klabater announces the birth of Heliborne: Enhanced Edition, a new version of their helicopter simulation. This definitive edition of the game is now available on Steam and it includes new content and improvements for the base game and both of the previously released DLCs. This is also now available as a free update to the game for everyone who owns it already. Here's a Launch Trailer and here are the details:
Heliborne: Enhanced Edition is the next big step for the franchise, meant as a final version of the Heliborne game dedicated to those who love the game already but also for newcomers. It’s a brand new visual quality mixed with significant gameplay overhaul. The development team is now working on the console edition of Enhanced Edition, and more info will be revealed soon!

With Heliborne: Enhanced Edition, the Ultimate PC Helicopter Warfare Experience is now taken to new heights!

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Gleamlight Released

Publisher D3 and developer DICO give the green light to Gleamlight, which is now available for Windows on Steam. The news post with the announcement includes a launch trailer with a look at this 2D side-scrolling action/adventure. Here's the description:
Welcome to Gleamlight – a 2D action game that will take you through an adventure traversing a beautiful, transient world.

Immerse yourself amid the beautiful stained glass artistry as you navigate without the reliance of any standard game UI, while tracing the world’s mysterious unspoken story.
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