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Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 Happy Australia Day, Mate

Cyberpunk 2077 Mod Tools

CD PROJEKT RED now offers mod support tools for Cyberpunk 2077, which will allow creative types more opportunity to augment the science fiction RPG. There's a metadata tool that some of the other tools require, an ArchiveDump utility, and a TweakDump utility. As suggested by that catalogue, these are probably intended for those already comfortable modifying game content. Here's the accompanying explanation:
Below you will find official tools and resources that will help you modify and create your own experiences in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. Tools will be continuously updated alongside with game patches to ensure compatibility.

Before downloading and diving in, please make sure you have read the Licence Agreement

Lord of the Rings Gollum Delayed

Publisher NACON and developer Daedalic Entertainment are delaying the release of Lord of the Rings Gollum, their upcoming action/adventure featuring the cunning Tolkien antagonist. In the announcement that NACON is publishing the game, they now say the game will be released in 2022. It was originally announced as coming this year, and as of now the release date on the game's Steam Listing is" "Lurking until the time is right." No reason for the setback is provided. Here's word on the partnership:
The two companies decided to join forces to ensure that the game will meet the expectations of fans of The Lord of the Rings and fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles. The universe will be faithfully represented thanks to the partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that holds the adaptation rights to the novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Biomutant in May

THQ Nordic announces that Biomutant will be out for PC and consoles on May 25th, come what may. This open-world action/RPG was originally expected in 2018, but has suffered a couple of delays since then. Along with the date they say more information on the game will come in the next weeks and months. They also announce an Atomic Edition and a Biomutant Collector's Edition, saying preorders are now underway on the Biomutant Website.

Deep Rock Galactic Tops 2M Sales

A new post from Ghost Ship Games has another sales success story, announcing that Deep Rock Galactic has sold over two million copies since launching into Early Access on Steam just under three years ago. They admit this is ten times as many copies as they would have considered to be a success for the co-op first-person shooter:
Before we launched into Early Access, we reached an internal agreement that 200.000 units sold during the game's lifetime would be suitable, and would allow us to continue and do a new game. But now we just crossed 2 MILLION units sold, and the game is performing stronger than ever - not only in sales, but also in the strength of the community. When reading a random thread on gaming and suddenly one user comments "Rock and Stone", causing the whole thread to explode in rock-and-stone shouts, then you know you've created something extraordinary and transcending. And the "we" does not only mean us developers, but also very much you, the community around Deep Rock Galactic. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Lords of the West Released

Lords of the West is now available on Steam, offering an expansion for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, making the real-time strategy remake all the more definitive. The DLC add two new civilizations and three new fully voiced campaigns to the game. Here's a trailer and an overview:
Welcome to Lords of the West, the first new official expansion to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Challenge friends with two additional civilizations as well as new units and technologies. Battle your way across Western Europe and the Mediterranean with three new campaigns, subjugating your opponents by means of sheer military might and diplomatic prowess or through overwhelming economic and cultural power!
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Dead Cells Fatal Falls Released

Fatal Falls is now available for PC and consoles, offering new DLC for Dead Cells, Motion Twin's metroidvania action/platformer. This is the 22nd update for the game, but only its second paid DLC. The Windows, macOS, and Linux edition of the pack is available on GOG.com and Steam and the base game is on sale on GOG.com and Steam for half-off. Here's an Animated Trailer to celebrate the release and here's a description:
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 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 cute but deadly pet sword and deranged enemies like the Myopic Crow, the Clumsy Swordsman, the Compulsive Gravedigger and a lot more (eight total) culminating with the final boss, The Scarecrow.

And what’s an update without new weapons? Fatal Falls’ new maniacal sword (did we mention it flies?) is designed to bring Brutality players a real counterpart to the Great Owl and Mushroom Boi. Sickles, undoubtedly one of the more iconic weapons in existence, have also been added - they are attracted to enemies and will follow you around a bit. Seven new weapons in total have arrived: Lightning Rods, Ferryman’s Lantern, Scarecrow’s Sickles, Iron Staff, Snake Fangs, Serenade and Cocoon. Each one will help you in different areas of the two new biomes. And because we want you to feel good AND look good, a total of 10 new outfits have also been added to the update.
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New Star Trek Online Season

House Reborn is now live in Star Trek Online, celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Trekkie MMORPG, offering part one of the finale to the game's Klingon War. This features two episodes centered around Star Trek: Discovery's L’Rell and Tenavik, a new Klingon Recruitment System, a Special Anniversary Event, and a complete revamp of the Klingon experience. Cryptic has also added the ability of players of all factions to command any ship for the first time. Here's the Launch Trailer and the captain's log:
All this takes place across two brand new featured episodes. House Reborn also introduces a ton of new playable content for PC players to explore and exciting updates exclusively for Klingon characters. A full list of game features released with today’s update includes:
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Snowtopia: Ski Resort Tycoon Early Access

Early Access to Snowtopia: Ski Resort Tycoon is now underway on Steam, offering the chance to be a ski mogul in this Windows simulation that puts you in charge of your own winter resort. Here's the Early Access Release Trailer and here are the details:
Snowtopia makes resort building accessible and fun for all. There’s no money in the game, creating a new twist on the genre where resources are managed differently and the focus is squarely on skier satisfaction. The game’s snappy creation tool lets you drop pistes easily on the mountain side and add the right kind of ski lift for the terrain, while keeping an eye on the queues of impatient ski nuts of course.

Running a successful resort brings more skiers of all kinds to sample the slopes, terraces and tartiflette, so make sure you’re ready for them. Fix broken lifts, groom the pistes and run enough ski patrols to keep your visitors safe. Happy skiers will show their appreciation by joining the volunteers running the resort, making sure everything on the mountain stays in perfect shape.

During Early Access an avalanche of new features will be added to the game, including, yes, avalanches, plus dynamic weather, snow cannons, ski schools, more buildings, and new staff models. Modding is also planned for the coming months, so players can customize their dream ski resort down to the last icy detail.
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Distant Worlds 2 Announced

Slitherine announces Distant Worlds 2, a 4X strategy sequel set in space, where no one can hear you explain that all the Xs in 4X actually start with "e." It's been 10 years since the release of the first Distant Worlds game, and the new installment promises 3D graphics, a 64-bit engine, and a state-of-the-art interface. An Ackdarians Trailer features a look, and the game's Steam Listing says this is coming soon. Here's a bit:
Distant Worlds 2 is a vast, pausable real-time 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of turn-based strategy, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game. The Universe is Yours!

Huge galaxies with up to 2,000 star systems and tens of thousands of planets, moons, and asteroids are yours to explore and exploit, whether peacefully through mining and diplomacy or by conquest! The complex process of generating a galaxy ensures that every new game will be different and the many galaxy setup options ensure incredible replayability as well as the ability to have your game be just the way you like it.
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Main Assembly Leaves Early Access

Assemblers assemble! Main Assembly has completed Early Access and rolled off the assembly line onto Windows via Steam. This freeform simulation from Team17 and Bad Yolk Games allows you to design and engineer your own futuristic contraptions from robots to space stations. It includes multiplayer support as well as solo play, and you can get a taste of how things work in the Launch Trailer. Here's more:
Team17 and Bad Yolk have announced that creative sandbox, Main Assembly, has today left Steam Early Access. Featuring a comprehensive array of freeform building tools, players can now construct an even more significant number of intricate machines and robots thanks to a brand new update launched alongside the game’s full release. The Final Frontier content introduces players to zero gravity, with a new sandbox map that includes a space station, a new space-based challenge level, the ability to add rocket engines and lasers to creations, and cosmetics so the in-game drone can cosplay as an astronaut.

Main Assembly has continually expanded during its Early Access phase, adding aquatic systems, environments, and Bot Brawls (a new game mode for players to battle against each other and their creations through online multiplayer) to the game over the last few months, regularly providing more activities for players.
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New GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA now offers new version 461.40 GeForce Drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards running under Windows. These are game-ready for The Medium and also offer support for new GeForce RTX 30-series gaming laptops. All the details can be found in this article, which also details support for newly validated G-SYNC compatible displays. Here's the short description:
Game Ready for The Medium
This new Game Ready Driver provides support for The Medium, a new adventure-horror game that features ray tracing and our performance-accelerating NVIDIA DLSS technology.

Gaming Technology
Includes support for GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops (RTX 3080, RTX 3070, RTX 3060)
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IO Interactive's James Bond May Return

In an interview on a Danish Website, the developers at IO Interactive reveal that they envision possibly making two additional James Bond games after the previously announced Project 007 to create a complete trilogy (thanks Charlie INTEL). Here's a machine translation of the relevant portion:
We have been allowed to make our own digital Bond, which will not lean on a Bond actor. We are also making a completely original story, and you could easily imagine that a trilogy could come out of it, says IO Interactive's director, Hakan Abrak.

Cyber Shadow Released

Cyber Shadow is now available for PC and console, with the Windows, macOS, and Linux edition available on Steam. It's also available for Windows on the Microsoft Store and through the Buy Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Here's word on this action/platformer that allows you to live the dream of being a cyber-ninja:
The world has been taken over by the evil Dr. Progen and his merciless synthetic army. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow, the sole survivor of his clan, on one last mission to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Your robotic companion, L-Gion, is your only guide through the ruins of Mekacity. How far will Shadow go to protect his clan and the one he loves? Is there more to their bond than meets the eye? Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan's ancient powers. Hurry before you run out of time! The road to redemption awaits in Cyber Shadow, the quintessential Ninja Action game.

ENCODYA Released

ENCODYA is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a point-and-click adventure for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This is set in the year 2062 in the city of Neo Berlin starring a nine year-old girl named Tina and her giant robot SAM-53, whose bond of friendship is shown off in the Release Trailer. "It’s been a long journey with plenty of blood, sweat, and tears to get Encodya into the hands of players," says Nicola Piovesan, Founder of developer Chaosmonger Studio. "We here at Chaosmonger poured our hearts and souls into this project and can’t wait to see people join Tina and SAM-53 on their quest to save Neo Berlin." Here's more:
Encodya follows in the footsteps of beloved titles like Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle, but with a hefty dose of dystopian cyberpunk stylings. Join the plucky ragamuffin Tina and her best pal, an imposing mass of metal and wiring named SAM-53, as they navigate the gritty streets of Neo-Berlin. Tina and SAM-53 must use their wits to help fix a society where mankind has become hopelessly addicted to the technology that allows them to ignore the plight of their city and waste their days in a virtual world.

Encodya has been painstakingly and lovingly crafted from the ground up, including a completely original soundtrack — right down to the ad jingles found across Neo-Berlin — along with 35 unique and distinctive NPCs and a whopping 4,000+ lines of dialogue. A cute and colorful art design with a hint of something more sinister reflects the progress, or lack thereof, of a city under siege from rampant capitalism and an overreliance on technology. Explore a beautifully realized world, solve puzzles, and help Tina and SAM-53 bring life and love back into the city they call home.
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King Arthur: Knight's Tale Early Access

Early Access is underway on Steam for King Arthur: Knight's Tale, allowing us to draw the sword from the stone one more time. This take on the Arthurian legend is a tactical turn-based RPG which got its start through a Kickstarter campaign from NeocoreGames, who have made something of a specialty of King Arthur games over the years. Here's the game's Cinematic Intro and more on what they're doing with the theme this time around:
KING ARTHUR: KNIGHT'S TALE is a unique hybrid between turn-based tactical games and traditional, character-centric RPGs. Knight's Tale is a modern retelling of a classic Arthurian mythology story filtered through dark fantasy tropes, a twist on the traditional tales of chivalry.

KING ARTHUR: KNIGHT'S TALE's Early Access version features the very beginning of the campaign, including two story missions and several side missions, seven playable heroes from four different classes, a level cap of 5 and some of the Camelot management mechanics. A lot more is coming in the final version.
Early Access allows us to work hand in hand with our players and implement changes to the game as we go, based on the feedback we receive from the community. The Early Access period will last for a few months, with regular content updates, followed by the full release on PC in 2021 and later on PS5 and Xbox Series S / X.
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Open Sorcery: Sea++ Released

Open Sorcery: Sea++ is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam, offering a text-based puzzle/adventure with the punniest title we've seen in a while. This is the follow-up to the original Open Sorcery, which came to Steam in 2017. Abigail Corfman and publisher Open Sorcery Games supply this trailer to help process what this is all about, and we've compiled the following details:
Open Sorcery: Sea++ takes inspiration from classic franchises such as the Zork® and Wishbringer® series from the golden era of adventuring but adds a contemporary user interface and a touch of resource management. You wake up at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by your broken memories. You can interact with a variety of strange beings, like the wreckage-hording Packet Rat and a polyamorous triad of ghosts haunting the seabed. Items and spells can be cleverly used to accrue power as you navigate 19 challenging worlds and travel back to your body. Sail the ocean beneath our world on currents of emotion.

Open Sorcery: Sea++ was produced by Abigail Corfman, a freelance writer, game designer and software engineer. The game is challenging - the perfect companion to old-school fans of the genre. With its superb fiction and intuitive interface, the game offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane when your imagination was the key to the best of games.
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Dyson Sphere Program Sells 200K

Just five days after its release on Steam Early Access, word is Dyson Sphere Program has already sold over 200,000 copies:
Publisher Gamera Game and indie studio Youthcat Studio report today that Dyson Sphere Program, which released in Steam Early Access on January 21st, has sold over 200,000 copies in just 4 days. The game holds a user approval rate of 96% on Steam, highlighting its deep gameplay, awe-inspiring universe and engaging mechanics – but also its incredible potential, considering that this is the first version of the game and that its developers have announced many features to come.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Released

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now available in the west following the North American release of KOEI TECMO's adventure game sequel. This is available for PC and consoles, and the Windows edition can be found on Steam. Here's the all-singing, all-dancing Launch Trailer, and here's a summary:
The thrilling and emotional JRPG picks up three years after Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, as Ryza sets out in an all-new quest to discover the secrets behind the ancient ruins and the truth behind the lost legends. Joining Ryza on her journey is a host of new and old friends from the franchise, along with Ryza’s adorable and enigmatic new furry companion known as “Fi”.

Adding to the fun and adventure, Ryza now has all new dynamic abilities to help her navigate across the deadly terrain, including the ability to swim underwater, use plants to climb walls, and even swing on a magical rope! These and other abilities allow Ryza to explore various areas and ruins more fully and actively. In addition, the thrilling real-time tactics battle system has been powered up to include up to four members (three main party members plus one sub-member), with characters able to link multiple skills and items in a row to defeat even the deadliest of enemies thanks to the new Skill Chain and Item Rush techniques!
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Lust from Beyond Next Month

Publisher PlayWay and developer Movie Games Lunarium offer a hard release date for Lust from Beyond, saying this erotic horror/adventure for Windows will come to Steam on February 25th. If you desire a little foreplay, there is a playable demo, a Prologue, and a standalone intro episode called Scarlet. Here's a Video Dev Diary #1 on the making of the game, which features a translated narration, and here's more on the game:
Lust from Beyond is a first-person psychological horror with bold occult and erotic themes, set in a unique world inspired by the works of Lovecraft, Giger, and Beksinski. The game takes place in the same universe as Lust for Darkness, however, playing it is not required to understand Lust from Beyond. The game is another title from the same universe, overflowing with horror and erotica. In the embedded video you can get more information about the game and the whole “Lust” world.
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Morning Crowdfunding

  • The Dream - a game about adventure and curious puzzles by Tanja Leonova.
    "The Dream is a first-person puzzle and adventure game. It's quite simple - everything you need to do is just walk around and enjoy yourself! Both day and night. Well, day and night in the game, of course. You will encounter surprises almost every step. You will search for clues and solve puzzles. Or it may not be that simple after all..."

Out of the Blue

I'm happy to say that the tendinitis in my wrist and forearm has been gradually improving. I still take care to wear my wrist support and tennis elbow brace while gaming, but I find I am able to do normal typing on the computer without them, and do not seem to be any worse for wear. I could probably try to game without them as well, but they're not too much of an impediment, and I don't think I want to risk a setback for no particular reason.

Braced Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

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Media
Thanks The Flying Penguin.

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