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Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020

Age of Empires IV in the Testing and Polishing Phase

An Age of Empires 2020 in Review discusses the various games in the real-time strategy series (thanks Wccftech). Their progress report on Age of Empires IV says the new installment is basically feature complete, and they are in the testing and polishing phase. That said, they don't offer any outlook on when this will be ready for release:
RTS development is funny: it takes a while to build the separate systems (AI, economy, sim, rendering, etc), and then it takes a while for them to come together. But when they do, you suddenly have a game—a game that needs debugging and balance and polish— but the core of the game that you know you’re going to ship. And the best part is that it feels like an Age of Empires game.

Our partners at Relic have been incredible stalwarts as we all migrated development from office to home, and modified (through trial and error) our processes to help facilitate productivity to keep the game on track. So much passion, such great developers, artists, designers, narrators, audio experts, and community—not to mention the backbone functions that keep the company going.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Video

A Gameplay Teaser for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 offers a first in-engine look at GSC Game World's upcoming first-person shooter that returns to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Here's how they introduce the clip:
That's how the game actually feels: fast-paced change of scenery, ominous landscapes and the ever-present feeling of an inevitable danger accompanied by a barely-distinguishable guitar soundtrack.

You’re seeing this world with the eyes of a stalker named Skif — remember the codename, you will hear it a lot. Following the steps of its predecessors, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 introduces a completely new main protagonist. His actions will shape the new grand chapter in the history of the Zone.
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Get Torchlight II for Free

Torchlight II for Windows and macOC is now available for free as the latest daily holiday giveaway on the Epic Games Store. It's likely that many of us already own the action/RPG sequel on Epic's service, as it was also given away over the summer. This is another bullseye for the tweet that predicted all the giveaways, so we expect it will be correct again about tomorrow's final giveaway in the promotion, which they forecast to be Jurassic World Evolution. Here's more on Torchlight II:
Torchlight II is filled to the brim with randomized levels, enemies and loot. Capturing all the flavor and excitement of the original, Torchlight II expands the world and adds features players wanted most, including online and LAN multiplayer.
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Get Metro: Last Light Redux for Free

The Winter Sale finale is underway on GOG.COM, offering the last few days of up to 91% savings on over 3500 games before the sale concludes on January 4th at 9:00 am EST. They celebrate this by offering a 100% discount on one game, as you can pick up Metro: Last Light Redux for free. The remade version of 4A Games' first-person shooter will be yours to keep if you pick it up between now at 9:00 am EST on January 1st. Here's a refresher on this refreshed version of the game:
Metro: Last Light Redux is the definitive version of the critically acclaimed ‘Metro: Last Light’, rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine for Next Gen. Newcomers will get the chance to experience one of the finest story-driven shooters of all time; an epic adventure combining gripping survival horror, exploration and tactical combat and stealth.

This definitive version also includes all previously released DLC, adding 10 hours of bonus single-player content to the huge solo campaign. Fans of the original game will notice new features and gameplay improvements, including new melee animations, the ability to check your watch and ammo supplies on the fly, and new full-body player animations.

Epic Games Launcher Hot Graphics Card Hotfix

A tweet from Sergiy Galyonkin indicates that the recently identified problem that caused graphics card temperature spikes on systems when running the Epic Games Launcher was a bug (thanks PC Gamer). He says they have rolled out a patch as a preliminary partial hotfix that seems to be working:
The fix seems to be working, so it shouldn't take long.

The hotfix is live now (11.0.2). It's not a full solution, but things should improve.
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