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Monday, Oct 05, 2020

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered Next Month

This post has the not unexpected announcement of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, saying that this will roll out on November 6th for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a Switch version to follow a week later. Here's the Official Reveal Trailer and there's also a video showing off 10 minutes of gameplay on GameSpot, and here's an outline of what to expect from the updated version of Criterion's 2010 racing game after its tune-up: "Unleash a savage sense of speed both as an outlaw and a cop in this timeless racing experience updated for today’s platforms. Get cross-platform multiplayer and Autolog, enhanced visuals, all main DLC delivered at launch, and much more. It’s time to reignite the pursuit." Here are more details:
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered has been upgraded for today’s generation of hardware with enhanced visuals. The Nintendo Switch version runs at 1080p/30 FPS in docked mode (720p/30 FPS undocked) and includes higher-resolution models, more objects and props, longer draw distance, higher resolution shadows, and improved videos.

Depending on your specifications, 4K/60 FPS is supported on PC, and players can choose between 4K/30 FPS or 1080p/60 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. Base versions of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will run the game at 1080p/30 FPS. In addition to the listed improvements for the Nintendo Switch version, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions are also updated with upressed UI, higher resolution reflections, boosted textures, more particles, and improved AA/SSAO.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - Beta Trailer

A new Beta Trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War celebrates the beta that begins on Thursday for PlayStation 4 preorder customers. Interestingly, this carries a disclaimer: "Footage captured on next-gen platform. Performance may vary on other platforms." This means that this trailer does not look like the PS4 version it intends to support. It does, however, probably represent the PC version. The PC beta begins for preorder customers on October 15-16 and for everyone else on October 17-19. Continue here to read the full story.

Professor Lupo: Ocean Released

Professor Lupo: Ocean is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering a puzzle/adventure game that's a sequel to Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets. This is offered as a standalone release as well as in a BeautiFun Games Collection. It's also supposed to be in a bundle of both Professor Lupo games, but this seems to be broken right now. You can see the new game in action in this Gameplay Trailer and check it out firsthand in the playable demo. Here's word:
Professor Lupo: Ocean blends gorgeous hand-drawn characters with 2D grid-based gameplay and challenging, deadly puzzles, all accompanied by an evocative synth soundtrack. With 40 story-driven levels, you’ll have to navigate an abandoned ship, utilize water flow and currents to progress, and avoid alien creatures set on harming or hindering your journey, to discover the mysteries of who you really are.
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Gone Gold - Cyberpunk 2077

CD PROJEKT RED tweets the news that Cyberpunk 2077 is officially gold, so the sci-fi RPG is on track for its planned November 19th release. A map and some postcards seem to be part of some of the physical releases, as these have apparently leaked online, and can be seen in this thread on ResetEra. The tweet about the completion of the game's development includes an image of cyber-Keanu holding a gold master disc, and the following concise message:
Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold! 📀

See you in Night City on November 19th!

Almost My Floor: Prologue

An Almost My Floor: Prologue is now available on Steam, allowing a chance to sample a portion of this point-and-click horror/adventure. This is in the works at two-developer Russian studio Potata Company and a full release is planned for February 2021. A look at the game's distinctive comic-inspired art style can be found this previously released trailer. Here's the elevator pitch:
One day Alex routinely comes back from work and enters the elevator. Strange and terrifying things start to happen, making it hard to distinguish delusions from reality. He will meet monsters from the depth of unconsciousness, traverse the endless maze of floors, meet the inhabitants of the house and taste their fears and suffering. The victims of this world drown in their fears and worries. Each character has a backstory, and you are going to lead them to a befitting ending. Alex is driven by a single goal - to get out of this nightmare.
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Ponpu Next Month

Developer Purple Tree Studio and publisher Zordix announce November 5th is the new release date for Ponpu, their Bomberman-inspired battler which features duck-on-duck violence. The Windows and console versions were previously expected in June, but something must have happened to fowl that up. The new Release Date Trailer shows off the game's near-monochromatic graphics and you can see more of what to expect through its Steam Listing. Here's a quick description:
The all-seeing Duck God has had enough and the world has run out of time. Every 2 billion years the world must be refreshed through divine destruction and he has sent you, a Ponpu, as his herald. But, a nasty bump on the head during a crash landing took your memory and now you find yourself working against the Duck God in a carnage-fueled battle against other Ponpu to save the very world you were sent to destroy.

Across an expansive single-player campaign, your Ponpu will battle its way through 10 challenging worlds, while fighting off rival Ponpu and enormous, deadly and grotesque bosses. If the spirit of competition is what drives you, up to four players can battle to be the best via both local and online multiplayer across three frenetic modes, including Coin Chase (get those coins before the competition!), Color Fight (your attack spread paint through the level, cover the most real estate with your color to win!), and good old-fashioned team deathmatch (kill, kill, kill!). Bomb, kill, and dominate with your stats tracked via a global ranking system.
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Get AppGameKit Classic for Free

AppGameKit Classic for Windows, macOS, and Linux is currently available for free on Steam, providing the chance to do some "easy game development." This can be yours to keep, but you must claim your copy soon, as this offer ends in a couple of hours (thanks to Free Steam Keys via Ant for letting us know in time). Here's what this offers:
AppGameKit Classic is a powerful game development engine, ideal for Beginners, Hobbyists & Indie developers. Now anyone can quickly code and build apps for multiple platforms using AppGameKit's BASIC scripting system. With just a few commands you can have demos/games up and running on mobile devices. Bob Duffy, Developer Relations Intel Corporation, said “AppGameKit is a great cross platform development tool. It allows developers to quickly optimize and compile apps.”

Games can be developed and deployed to your chosen mobile devices for rapid prototyping. AppGameKit Classic does all the heavy lifting for you - making it easy to code, compile and then export apps to each platform. All you need to focus on is your game/app idea. It's that simple!

Out of the Blue

Happy belated World Animal Day, as this was actually yesterday (thanks Frans). But to echo a sentiment I've expressed before about similar occasions, every day is animal day at the Blue Tower, as critters are some of my favorite people (the ducks are quacking their approval outside my door as I type these words).

Obituary: French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19.

Feral Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.



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