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Sunday, Sep 13, 2020

Godfall Preorders and Trailers

Publisher Gearbox and developer Counterplay Games offer a new Combat Trailer for Godfall, showing off the upcoming action/RPG in 4K resolution. There's also a new Aegishorn Teaser for another of the game's Valorplates. They've also opened up preorders on the Epic Games Store and this Zer0’s Sword Trailer takes a look at one of the preorder bonuses. There are three editions of the game, and here's a quick rundown on how they differ:
Also announced during the showcase was the official PC pricing and pre-order availability through the Epic Games Store. Specific pricing and basic details of each are below:

  • Godfall Standard ($59.99)
    • Godfall Base Game
  • Godfall Deluxe Edition ($79.99)
    • Godfall Base Game + Expansion 1
  • Godfall Ascended Edition ($89.99)
    • Godfall Base Game + Expansion 1
    • Godfall Ascended Digital Cosmetic Contents

All Epic Game Store pre-orders will come with additional bonuses including: a Godfall Starter Pack of early equipment Augments and Trinkets; Chrome Silvermane, Phoenix and Greyhawk skin cosmetic variants; a yellow Typhon variant; and, for the Borderlands fans out there, Zer0’s sword to hack and slash through Aperion. Additional specifics on the various pre-order contents can be found here.

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Borderlands 3 New DLC and Next-Gen Updates Detailed

The Borderlands Website has the news that Borderlands 3 is coming to the new generation of console systems. They are adding split-screen co-op support to the console versions which will come to the current-gen systems as a free update. Also, owners of the current console versions will get a free upgrade to the next-gen version in the same console family and all their progress will carry over. Gearbox also reveals plans for a new DLC that will bring an additional skill tree for each vault hunter when it's released later this year. Here's a look at The Gearbox Digital Showcase at PAX Online 2020 and here's an outline a little of what to expect for FL4K in the new DLC:
We got a first look at FL4K the Beastmaster's new Trapper Skill Tree, which features the powerful Gravity Snare Action Skill and a lovable line of Hyperion Loaderbots as a new pet type. Putting skill points into the Trapper Skill Tree will greatly increase shields and survivability for both FL4K and their pet, while the Gravity Snare Action Skill grants FL4K an effective means of crowd control. When thrown, the Gravity Snare will periodically toss nearby enemies into the air and slam them into the ground, interrupting their attack animations in the process and making it easier to isolate and eliminate your targets.

As for the robotic additions to FL4K's pet posse, the Hyperion Loaderbot comes in three varieties. There’s the ranged ION Loader, which fires slow-moving projectiles that can be shot to create powerful shock novas; the melee BUL Loader, which charges enemies and knocks them into the air with its shield (or just roundhouse kicks them); and the WAR Loader, which packs an incendiary shotgun, can toss grenades, and unleashes homing missiles on command.
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Out of the Blue

Still getting used to the fact that the NFL is playing in this disorienting year. To the extent that MrsBlue and I ran some errands this morning and I forgot to make my pool picks for the early slate of games. It's going to make winning the pool that much sweeter now that I've given everyone a headstart. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Obituary: Eccentric millionaire who hid treasure in Rocky Mountains dies. Thanks Neutronbeam.

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Saturday, Sep 12, 2020 National Video Games Day

PAX Online Begins

PAX Online is just getting underway. Here's word on the PAX Online x EGX Digital Expo Floor:
We’ve got a great partnership with our friends at EGX running, so on top of 9 days of streaming content running 24 hours a say, we’ve also got a fun combo expo floor map you can explore.

Right now it’s just the start but once the show begins on the 12th you will be able to explore the digital expo map and click on each of the exhibitor booth to see gameplay trailers and play demos. It should be a fantastic experience, join us won’t you?

DwarfHeim Beta Released; Early Access Next Month

Publisher Merge Games and developer Pineleaf Studio announce that Early Access to DwarfHeim will begin on October 22nd. They also announce a beta of the co-op RTS is being made available today as part of the PAX Online festivities. Here's word: "DwarfHeim’s beta is running now from September 12 to 20, join the DwarfHeim Discord or visit the DwarfHeim PAX/EGX booth to learn how to get your hands on a key!" They reveal the following details about what the Early Access of the game will offer:
DwarfHeim Early Access Content:

  • Conquest — The main co-op multiplayer mode of DwarfHeim. Choose a class, join up with 2 other players and work together to tear through the enemy team’s defenses to destroy their Town Hall.
  • Skirmish — Recently announced and teased in the latest trailer, Skirmish is available in Single-Player and Online Co-op. Put your strategies to the test in this challenging mode and pit your Dwarves against an AI-controlled rival clan in a series of maps each more challenging than the last.
  • Survival — A gruelling and fast-paced challenge mode. All classes, buildings, units and abilities are immediately unlocked. Challenge yourself and try to outlive the onslaught of troll waves that come your way in the Survival mode. Survival mode will be available in Single-Player and Online Co-op and is available to play right now at the DwarfHeim PAX/EGX digital booth.
  • Sandbox — A more relaxed game mode for the player who likes to take their time. All units and buildings are immediately unlocked. Build your own experience, and create your perfect settlement in this creative game mode. Sandbox is also available in both Single-Player and Online Co-op.
  • There’s plenty more that will release throughout Early Access. Stay tuned for updates on the DwarfHeim roadmap.

Get Death Rally (Classic) For Free

Remedy Entertainment announces that they are celebrating their 25th anniversary by making their debut game permanently free. You can now pick up Death Rally (Classic) for Windows and macOS on Steam for nothing. Here's a refresher on this top-down battle racing game first released in 1996:
Prepare to be blown away, literally. Race for the finish line, leaving a trail of burnt rubber and spent brass behind you… along with the flaming wreckage of anyone reckless enough to get in your way.
Pick up more ammo and turbo from the side of the track, and floor the pedal while performing some shady deals for The Dealer. No trick is too dirty when you're preparing for The Final Confrontation. Only the hardest armor, the most powerful engine and the biggest guns will see you through the ultimate battle against The Adversary.

And when you feel you can't take it anymore, you can check out the underground market. Spiked bumpers, landmines, rocket fuel or sabotage can provide a way to create some nasty accidents for the competition.

Play alone or with friends! Death Rally supports network multiplayer for up to 4 players and serial or modem connection for two players.
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Fortnite Dominic Fike Concert Today

Epic Games announces a musical performance that will take place later today within Fortnite. Starting at 5:00 pm EDT they will kick off a Spotlight concert series with a performance by Dominic Fike:
From our brand-new, state of the art studio in Los Angeles, CA, we’re spinning up a new live concert series in Party Royale. Get ready for Spotlight!

Act 1: Dominic Fike
For the debut of the Spotlight concert series, star singer, rapper, and songwriter Dominic Fike is ready to bring down the house with hits from his acclaimed LP debut, ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong.” Fike’s performance will be broadcast live in-game from the Party Royale Spotlight sound stage in Los Angeles, on Saturday, September 12.

Here’s a full look at showtimes:
Dominic Fike Premiere - Saturday, September 12 @ 5PM ET
Encore 1 - Saturday, September 12 @11PM ET
Encore 2 - Sunday, September 13 @ 1PM ET

Your Time to Shine
Get ready to shine at the Main Stage with the debut of the all-new Outfit, Shimmer. Or break out of your shell and flock to the dance with Tender Defender’s return to the Item Shop. It’s the perfect look for when Dominic performs his megahit, “Chicken Tenders”.

Extreme Rise of the Triad Release Date Question

3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler asked me a question about the release date for Extreme Rise of the Triad, a retail add-on for ROTT that was released sometime in late 1995. He's filling in some details about their database, and was hoping the exact release date could be found here. Unfortunately a lot of old stories were deleted here as new ones were added back in those days before we worked out a system for archiving older news. This is not to mention the site's original laser focus on Quake. Anyway, it seemed unlikely this would provide an answer, but he's run out of other avenues, so I volunteered to ask if any of you might know when the game came out. To be clear, he's not looking for guesses or vague recollections, but a definitive answer to when this came out. This tweet and this follow-up tweet explain the puzzle:
Does anyone have any true, verifiable info as to the PRECISE release date for Extreme @RiseOfTheTriad? The date on the files on the original disc are 1 Nov, 1995, but I can't tell if that is release date.

It's *NOT* 17 Feb 95 - that's what Google says. That's ROTT Reg date

I can't remember if I set the files on the disc to Nov 1, 1995 intentionally because that was the release date, or if that was the mastering date. Setting it for proj release date sounds like something I'd do, but I can't remember for sure if that's what's happening here.

If you happen to have proof of the real honest to god date, plz let me know, but have some proof. Don't say you "think" you know what it is, have some proof, like a retail flyer, or some old store inventory, or a magazine article. Tkx.

Update on this. The 1 Nov 1995 dates on the disc is the mastering date. Someone found the metadata on an EROTT CD shows it was physically printed on 6 Nov 1995, so my date is mastering date for sure.

The Extreme @RiseoftheTriad release date is still elusive. Search goes on.

Out of the Blue

Happy National Video Games Day! I will be celebrating the occasion by playing video games. This is something I also do in the days immediately preceding National Video Games Day. Specifically the 364 days preceding it.

Obituary: Hal Singer, Saxophonist and Tulsa Massacre Survivor, Dies at 100. Thanks Roddy.
Obituary: Obituary: Toots Hibbert - the man who coined the word reggae. Tireless frontman. Toots and the Maytals was one of the best concerts I ever saw. Thanks brother19.

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