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Friday, Nov 20, 2020

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Nuketown '84 Map Next Week

Activision announces the Nuketown '84 map will blow up as a free addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on Tuesday. As a thank you to players they will also hand out a Nuketown Weapon 10-item bundle for free to anyone who purchases the first-person shooter before December 4th. You can read all about the return to Nuketown on the Call of Duty Website and take a look at the revival in this trailer. Here's the overview:
We have a new trailer to share today, featuring the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Nuketown '84 map that drops on November 24th. To celebrate the iconic Black Ops map and to thank players who played Cold War since its release, those who jumped into Cold War between the game's launch and today, or those who purchase the game by December 4th will receive the Nuketown Weapon 10-item bundle free.
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October 2020 Digital Game Sales Data

SuperData has released their October 2020 analysis of the worldwide digital games market. They cap off the update with the news that they will also begin regularly reporting on the performance of game subscription services. Here's a breakdown of what they report was a $10.6 billion dollar haul:
Consumers spent $10.6B on digital games in October 2020, up 14% year-over-year. Consistent with ongoing trends, console spending grew the fastest, with earnings up 18% over 2019. This was especially impressive growth given that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched in October 2019 and many of the biggest titles of the 2020 holiday season were not released until November. Earnings on other platforms rose as well, with mobile up 15% and PC up 10%.

Top Grossing Titles by Category
Worldwide, ranked by October 2020 earnings
PC CONSOLE MOBILE
1 League of Legends NBA 2K21 Pokémon GO
2 Crossfire FIFA 21 Genshin Impact
3 Fantasy Westward Journey Online Watch Dogs: Legion Free Fire
4 Dungeon Fighter Online Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Roblox
5 World of Warcraft West Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Peacekeeper Elite
6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Marvel's Avengers AFK Arena
7 Roblox Fortnite Candy Crush Saga
8 Crusader Kings III Madden NFL 21 Coin Master
9 Fortnite Genshin Impact Gardenscapes
10 Valorant Grand Theft Auto V Honor of Kings
Source: SuperData Arcade. Please visit http://bit.ly/sdarcade for more info.
© 2020 SuperData. A Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved
SUPERDATA
A NIELSEN COMPANY

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Iron Harvest 1920+ Demo, DLC, and Tourney Plans

KING Art Games announces plans to follow-up on the recent launch of Iron Harvest 1920+, their alternate history RTS game. First off they note that the game is now also available on the Epic Games Store. They go on to announce an upcoming story DLC called Rusviet Revolution and a new game mode called Drop Zone. They also say a new free demo for the game is on the way. We can expect that starting on November 25th, but you'll have to hurry, as this will only be playable for a week. Finally there will be an ESL fall tournament that will get underway next week and you can even participate by playing the demo. Here are details on all that news:
November content:
Is it a plane? Is it a bird? It is a … crate? New game mode "Drop Zone" is coming to the world of Iron Harvest. In Drop Zone players collect stockpiles that are airdropped across the map. The first player to collect enough Victory Points wins. Multiple stockpiles can drop simultaneously and take time to collect. Protecting dropped stockpiles while securing future drop zones is the key to victory.

Drop Zone will be available on all existing skirmish maps and can be played in Skirmish, Ranked, Quick Match, and custom matches.
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Raidfield 2 Released

Raidfield 2 is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam, offering a multiplayer third-person shooter set during World War II. The official trailer shows off the game, which has a cartoony style a lot closer to Team Fortress 2 than Call of Duty, which suits the fact that this is also available for Android and iOS. Here's a briefing:
In Raidfield 2 you’ll have to take control of axis or ally units as you play with your friends on foot, tanks or even planes. Custom your soldier and accomplish daily objectives fighting in legendary battles from World War II.

Raidfield 2 features 16 Weapons, 40+ skins, 8 battlefield heroes, and 4 types of vehicles from the USA, Russia, Japan and Germany. Apart from PC, Raidfield 2 is also available on iOS and Android devices.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: A Disturbance in the Force Trailer. Thanks Ant.

Play Star Citizen for Free

Cloud Imperium Games announces a chance to play the current version of Star Citizen for free through December 2nd in an event called Intergalactic Aerospace Expo 2950. Word is: "On behalf of Cloud Imperium Games, we’re excited to share news that the largest in-game event in the Star Citizen universe begins tomorrow as ship manufacturers from every corner of the galaxy make final preparations for Day 1 of the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo (IAE) 2950. Starting on Nov. 20 and running through Dec. 2, the IAE offers brand new pilots the opportunity to download and play Star Citizen for free during the event. Pilots will also have the opportunity to step into the cockpit of over 100 vehicles from the vast spectrum of ships featured in Star Citizen." Here are the details:
Join the Star Citizen community for the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo (IAE) 2950. Highlights for this year’s event, include:

  • Download and play Star Citizen for free during IAE 2950. New pilots may sign up and start flying here.
  • See and fly over 100 ships in Star Citizen for free! This is the first time IAE officials have made this many flyable ships eligible for the Test Fly program.
  • The highly anticipated Crusader Mercury Star Runner will be flyable for the first time ever.
  • A special surprise reveal for attendees from innovative manufacturer Consolidated Outlands.
  • “Best in Show” ship awards begin on Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 2 in the New Babbage Expo Hall.
  • Explore the New Babbage Expo Hall for the first time, with manufacturers of vehicles, weapons, and armor showcasing their latest ships, concept designs, and gear every day.
  • View daily coverage and updates from Jax McCleary, the award-winning journalist and host of the wildly popular Galactic Gears spectrum show. Jax will bring viewers the latest directly from the New Babbage Expo Hall, with hot takes on the latest ship models on show.

Comanche Multiplayer Goes Free

Publisher THQ Nordic and developer NUKKLEAR now offer free multiplayer access to Comanche, their helicopter combat simulation. This is the complete multiplayer component of the Early Access game, which is also getting an update to include a new mission. You can pick up the multiplayer version on Steam, where it is listed as a demo. A Free Multiplayer Trailer shows off what this includes, as described below:
Comanche is now available for free - at least with the multiplayer part of the game. Everyone can simply download this new additional version of the game, familiarize him- or herself with the game in the brand new tutorial, and start competing online against other pilots from all over the world. The Comanche multiplayer experience will be completely free and will offer the full multiplayer content.

Players can choose between two different game modes, five different versions of the Comanche attack helicopter, four interesting combat drones, and fight on three large-scale maps. Everyone who bought Comanche in the past will be rewarded with a special skin to show off their status as a Comanche veteran pilot.
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Updated Cyberpunk 2077 Specs

CD PROJEKT RED tweets the updated system requirements for Cyberpunk 2077, their upcoming sci-fi RPG. The specifications for the game were first revealed a couple of months ago but now include new recommendations for ray tracing. There's a related article on the NVIDIA Website with details on the support of NVIDIA graphics cards. This includes a new trailer showing off new RTX gameplay and featuring commentary from the developers at CD PROJEKT RED. Here are some details:
With RTX ON, Night City is transformed. Glorious ray-traced reflections are cast on every possible surface; substantially improved shadows naturally soften and sharpen; shops, streets and buildings are realistically illuminated with diffuse lighting; and in general the world is more immersive and detailed, enhancing your Cyberpunk 2077 experience.

The minimum GPU for Ray Tracing, at 1920x1080, is the GeForce RTX 2060. Gamers will explore Night City with Medium Ray Tracing Preset powered by DLSS.
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BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cuts Released

Ziggurat Interactive now offers the promised release of BloodRayne: Terminal Cut and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cut. These new editions update both of these vampiric third-person shooters for modern PCs with support for Windows 10, 4K gameplay, and upscaled cinematics. And for owners of the original BloodRayne games on GOG.com or Steam, these are available as free upgrades, which doesn't suck. The BloodRayne: Terminal Cut Trailer and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cut Trailer look at the changes in each game, and there's an article on GOG.com on how these new editions were created. Sink your fangs into these details:
Today, publisher of retro-and-modern games Ziggurat Interactive is releasing enhanced versions of the classic third-person action-RPGs, BloodRayne and BloodRayne 2. These “Terminal Cut” editions feature enhancements such as 4k gameplay, upscaled cinematics, better lighting, 4x anti-aliasing, and more. BloodRayne: Terminal Cut and BloodRayne 2: Terminal Cut are available for $14.99 USD, at a substantial discount during launch week, and are free for current owners of the original games on Steam and GOG.com.

“We were blown away by the fan response to the new Terminal Editions. Even after all these years, the BloodRayne community is still an incredibly vibrant group of fans, and we’re going to do everything we can to make them proud. Thank you,” said Wade Rosen, President of Ziggurat Interactive.
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Poker Club Released

Ripstone Games now offers Poker Club, is out now for Windows on Steam, as well as for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, offering a new play-money simulation of the popular turn-based strategy card game. The Xbox and PlayStation editions are each cross-generational and there is a plan to up the ante by releasing this on Switch next year. This is a premium game with no microtransactions. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's the deal:
Poker Club is designed as a social experience. In line with the increasing online community-led nature of the gaming landscape; Poker Club will connect players with friends and poker fans around the world, featuring tournaments for over 200 participants. Players can create or join a club complete with leaderboards, bespoke tournaments and daily chip bonuses, whilst working towards shared goals that unlock exclusive rewards. Some customisable gear and events are club-specific, meaning the best way to play is as part of a collective with others from around the world. Poker Club will also offer cross-platform and cross-generation play, meaning users will be able to play together on PC, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms. PlayStation users experience cross-generation play between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 platforms only.
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Out of the Blue

The last couple of binge-watches for MrsBlue and me were pretty quick runs. We watched The Queen's Gambit, which was pretty terrific. But it was just a miniseries, and the seven episodes went by quickly. We also watched season four of The Crown, which remains as great as always. It certainly circumvents any impatience to have all 10 episodes of the season drop at once, but being able to blaze through them in just a few evenings is a little weird. A year of anticipation quickly transitions to another year of anticipation. I guess that's just about expectations. After all, some movies you anticipate for several years and then they're done with after two hours.

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