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Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

New Indiana Jones Game Revealed

A post on StarWars.com whips up interest in a new Indiana Jones game that's in the works at Bethesda's Machine Games Studio, the developer behind the revival of the Wolfenstein series. It embeds this tweet from Bethesda that features a cinematic trailer teasing the project. Their write-up says the cryptic trailer may provide some clues about what to expect:
Indiana Jones. We always knew, someday, you’d come walking back through our door.

In major news for fans of the cinematic icon, Lucasfilm Games announced today that a new Indiana Jones game will be swinging our way, being developed by the award-winning studio, MachineGames, and executive produced by game industry icon Todd Howard of Bethesda Games Studios. The game will tell a wholly original, standalone tale set at the height of the career of the famed adventurer.

While few details surrounding the Indy game have been revealed, Bethesda Softworks released a cryptic teaser that may hold some clues. Take a look for yourself above and follow @LucasfilmGames and @Bethesda for more information on this title in the future.

Welcome back, Indy. It’s been too long.

GeForce RTX 3060 in February

NVIDIA announces the GeForce RTX 3060 is due in late February to offer the new 12 GB variant in the line. They say these will start at USD$329.00. The list specs saying they will sport 3584 CUDA cores, a 1.78 GHz boost clock, a 1.32 base clock, and 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM on a 192-bit memory interface. Here's their announcement:
For desktop PC gaming, NVIDIA announced the latest addition to the GeForce RTX family--the GeForce RTX 3060. Priced starting at $329, the RTX 3060 has twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance of the GTX 1060, making it a formidable upgrade opportunity for the 90% of GeForce gamers still gaming on a GTX GPU. It will be available in late February.

Ray Tracing and DLSS Coming to More Games

Speaking of NVIDIA (above), they offer this update announcing the addition of RTX Technologies such as DLSS and ray tracing is coming to several games, including Call of Duty: Warzone. They details and trailers for each of the following games:

  • Call of Duty: Warzone Adds NVIDIA DLSS To Its Loadout
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach Adds Ray Tracing and DLSS
  • The Medium Adds Ray Tracing and DLSS
  • F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch Adds Ray Tracing and DLSS
  • Iron Conflict Launches With DLSS
  • Edge of Eternity Brings DLSS To Early Access
  • New Fortnite RTX Morbid Madhaus Custom Map!
  • New Minecraft with RTX On Windows 10 Build Challenge: Powered by GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptops

Dead Cells Fatal Falls This Month

Motion Twin and Evil Empire announces that Fatal Falls will drop on January 26 as the second paid DLC for Dead Cells, their roguelite, metroidvania action/platformer. A new trailer shows off some gameplay, and it does indeed include some fatal falls, so they get extra points for truth in advertising. They also promise to launch some sales at that time on bundles of the game and its DLC. Here's more on what to expect:
The Fatal Falls DLC introduces a significant amount of new content for fans including two new mid-game biomes, a killer new boss and a slew of new weapons and items. The gameplay reveal trailer released today showcases new biomes The Fractured Shrines and The Undying Shores as well as a cranky new boss - The Scarecrow, who existing fans may recognize as the Royal Gardener gone wrong with Malaise.

The two new biomes are parallels to the ‘Stilt Village’, ‘Clock Tower’ and ‘Time Keeper’ areas and are intended as alternate paths to spice up your mid-game runs. Along the new paths fans can expect to encounter a homicidal pet sword (why not?) and new slightly psychotic enemies like the Myopic Crow, the Clumsy Swordsman, the Compulsive Gravedigger and a lot more (eight total) culminating with the final boss, The Scarecrow (might want to keep an eye on those exploding mushrooms when you encounter him).
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Psychonauts 2 Development Milestone

Tim Schafer tweets that he's completed all the dialogue for Psychonauts 2, offering a disturbing Stephen King reference about this news of progress on the upcoming platformer sequel:
Last week I wrote my final line of dialog for Psychonauts 2. I never remember to celebrate these things because there's always more work to do, but I want to say hey, that's cool. Now I should light a single cigarette like that guy in Misery and get my legs hobbled by Kathy Bates

Yaga on Steam

Yaga is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering an action/RPG for Windows where you play as a one-armed blacksmith with "incredibly bad luck." Luckily developer Breadcrumbs Interactive and publisher Versus Evil offer a trailer to illustrate the point. This game was released on the Epic Games Store a little over a year ago, and the launch on Steam includes a new version 1.2 update. Here are the details:
Independent games publisher Versus Evil in partnership with Breadcrumbs Interactive today announced that its darkly funny action role-playing game Yaga is now available on Steam for PC. To mark the momentous occasion, the game will release version 1.2, the “Spirits for Spirits Update” which includes a brand new side mission and new game improvements.

Yaga’s darkly funny narrative and action role-playing premise tells the story of Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith with incredibly bad luck, who must take on the impossible tasks given to him by the tzar. Mysterious witch, Baba Yaga, keeps a keen eye over Ivan’s fate as he mashes a variety of wretched monsters and legends inspired by the disparate myths and pagan beliefs of unsettling Slavic folk tales.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - Wonder Woman 1984. Thanks Ant.

Intel CPU Announcements

Intel Announces Four New Processor Families at CES 2021 (thanks Hypothermia). Interestingly, they refer to their new desktop CPUs as targeting business, while the gaming CPUs they tout for gaming are mobile processors. Here's word on their gaming plans:
New Line of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series Mobile Processors for the Best Gaming Platforms
Intel launched a new line of 11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors for gaming that extends the 11th Gen mobile family of products and pushes the limits of what’s possible for enthusiast-level gaming in laptops as thin as 16 millimeters. Led by the Intel® Core™ i7 Special Edition 4-core processor with up to 5 gigahertz (GHz) Turbo, these H35 processors are specifically targeted for ultraportable gaming. They feature new Gen 4 PCIE architecture for connecting to latest discrete graphics and deliver amazingly low latency and immersive game play on the go. At CES, Acer, ASUS, MSI and Vaio announced new systems powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series processor for ultraportable gaming, with more than 40 designs from top manufacturing partners launching in the first half of 2021.

For mobile enthusiasts who want desktop-caliber gaming and creation performance, Intel also announced an 8-core processor that will start shipping later this quarter. This platform is unique in the industry with features that would normally only be found in high-end desktop systems – including up to 5GHz, 20 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.0 architecture for fastest storage and discrete graphics, and Intel® Killer™ Wi-fi 6E (Gig+).

More CAPCOM Breach Details

CAPCOM offers more details on the information that was revealed through the unauthorized breach of their systems late last year. Though they originally said this included no customer information, they later announced that details about some of their users was, in fact, compromised. Now they say that this was more widespread than previously thought. They break it down by details that are confirmed as compromised those that are potentially compromised:
1. Information verified to have been compromised (updated)

i. Personal
Information    
16,406 people *cumulative total since investigation began: 16,415 people
  • Business partners, etc.: 3,248 people
    At least one of the following: name, address, phone number, email address, etc.
  • Former employees and related parties: 9,164 people
    At least one of the following: name, email address, HR information, etc.
  • Employees and related parties: 3,994 people
    At least one of the following: name, email address, HR information, etc.
ii. Other
Information
Sales reports, financial information, game development documents, other information related to business partners

2. Potentially compromised data (updated)

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Teratopia Next Week

Teratopia is due one week from tomorrow, as January 20th is the release date for this action/brawler developed by Ravegan. This is coming to Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and while it's also coming to Switch, but that edition is "slightly delayed." Word is: "Inspired by classic 3D action platformers with a naughty sense of humor to grow with the genre’s aging fans, Teratopia is a festive experience that doesn’t pull any punches. Combat and exploration take place in real-time, seamlessly incorporating strategic beat ‘em up action with accessible RPG elements." Here's a previously released Teratopia Trailer and here's more:
Join Tucho in his quest to rescue his friends and liberate the colorfully grotesque lands of Teratopia! Traverse 13 unique zones packed with enemies bent on overtaking your homeland. But fear not! The power of friendship arms you with fellow Teratopians and a diverse set of skills to face a family of red invaders.

Immerse yourself in an adventure full of action, and strategize on-the-go to better overcome your foes! Play as either Tucho the brawler, Benito the shooter, or Horacio the trickster, each with their own strengths and skills.
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Handball Manager 2021 This Month

Handball Manager 2021 is coming to Steam on January 27th, offering the chance to play as the manager and trainer of your own Handball team in a new installment in netmin games' sports series. They celebrate the news by announcing two additional leagues will be part of the mix:
Today netmin games announced the integration of the Liga Sacyr ASOBAL - the Spanish league - and the STRABAG RAIL Extraliga - the Czech league - into the Handball Manager 2021.

Handball Manager 2021 will be published on Steam on January 27, at the same time as the start of the knockout games of the Handball World Championship in Egypt. In addition to the two leagues mentioned above, the title also includes the LIQUI MOLY Handball Bundesliga and HBL 2.
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Gatherings & Competitions

Out of the Blue

Last year I mentioned my learning experience when the swans and most of the ducks did not depart our area to fly south for the winter. Now that I'm aware this isn't something they all must do, I'm not shocked that they are once again sticking around. But they still have the capacity to surprise me, as they've been spending most of their time on the nearby pond, undeterred by the fact that it's frozen over most of the time. The swans, who generally don't seem to like walking or sitting on dry land, spent most of yesterday sitting on the ice. At one point they tucked their heads back and took a lengthy nap. Even when a bit of the ice thawed they spent more time on the ice than in the exposed water. It's still hard to fathom how comfortable they and the ducks seem. Whether on the ice, or swimming around, they so not seem to care at all. I'm jealous, as I am always cold when outdoors in winter, even wearing a down jacket that uses the very same insulation that they do.

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