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Next Steam Game Festival Next Month

Valve announces the Steam Game Festival, February 2021 Edition will get underway on February 9th. Like the two such virtual festivals they held last year, this will once again feature more demos than anyone could possibly sample along with a number of game showcases:
The Steam Game Festival: February 2021 Edition kicks off Wednesday February 3rd at 10AM PST, with hundreds of brand-new demos for fans to Play What's Next for FREE through Tuesday, February 9th at 10AM PST.

The event features over 500 demos across multiple genres, plus developer-hosted livestreams and chats. And, in a new addition for this edition (see what we did there?) The Steam Game Festival will livestream its own show on the event page and Twitch for the first day of the festival, featuring a select group of demos.

Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood Announced

MeanAstronauts announces Robin Hood - Builders Of Sherwood, an upcoming action/adventure based on the legend of Robin Hood. The Official Trailer offers a look at how this includes a combination city-building and role-playing, which presumably combine with a dash of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Details on the game can be found in its Steam Listing, and a summary follows:
Robin Hood is an action adventure game combining RPG and City-building elements, where we will play the role of a classic hero to fight to defend the oppressed by tyranny. The game is in a third person perspective. As the king of thieves, we will steal, rob, fight, ride a horse, shoot a bed, help the poor and also develop a forest village and its community. In the game, we will have an open world that we can freely explore.

Robin Hood is a hero of medieval English folk legends who lived with his companions in Sherwood Forest and fought against the despotic sheriff of Nottingham.
In the game we will meet legendary characters such as: Lady Marion, Little John, Brother Tuck, Allan from the Valley and Will Scarlet.
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Dota 2 Gets Community Regulation

The Dota 2 Blog announces "Overwatch Arrives in Dota," meaning the MOBA is getting the same community self-regulation tools as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Out hopes that this means Genji or Winston from Blizzard's game of the same name would strike down miscreants are dashed by the explanation of what this means:
Much like in CS:GO, Overwatch for Dota 2 provides a system that allows good-standing members of the community to verify the validity of reports flagging disruptive actions within games.

If a player chooses to review a case, they’ll watch a replay with pre-marked sections indicating possible negative behavior by a specific player. After reviewing the replay, they can choose: guilty, not guilty, or insufficient evidence for either.

Eligible players will occasionally be notified below their profile pictures that they have the option to review a case. Reviewers will earn an accuracy score for their efforts, and those who falsely convict will receive a lower score, eventually losing the ability to participate in Overwatch at all. To gather a pool of reliable reviewers, we’ll be enabling a growing number of accounts for participation over the next week or so.

The Day Before Announced

The Day Before is a zombie-infested, open-world, MMO survival game coming "soon" to Steam (thanks Gematsu). This is set in a pandemic-ravaged wasteland, presumably to allow some escapism from life in this pandemic-ravaged wasteland. The Announcement Trailer includes a first look at gameplay, showing off driving, scavenging, stealth, and combat. Here's word:
The Day Before is an open-world MMO survival set in a deadly, post-pandemic America overrun by flesh-hungry infected and survivors killing each other for food, weapons, and cars. You wake up alone in a world you no longer remember, setting out to find answers and the resources to survive.

    Search abandoned vehicles, houses, and skyscrapers as you scavenge for resources.
    Crush the infected and other players with realistic weapons, becoming a legend of the new world.
    Explore beautiful yet dangerous places with stunningly detailed vehicles.
    Take part in the restoration of the former society before it's too late. In the survivor colony, you can sell your loot and communicate safely with other players.

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Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy Next Week

Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy is a point-and-click adventure from developer Bad Goat Studios coming to Steam on February 4th. This coming-of-age story will take the player on a trip to Cape Coocoo. That's not a knock, it's an actual location in the game. Here's a wormhole to suck you in:
When he’s not studying cosmic meta-algebra, teen earthling Henry Mosse helps his mother Seren operate Mosse Family Supplies - galactic delivery is much more fun than dividing the cubic-space of infinity by one solar parsec! Yet still Henry longs to break free of his domestic life and seek fame amongst the mysterious Far Star Galaxy!

When a too-good-to-be-true business opportunity leads the Mosses to the mysterious Cape Coocoo, they find themselves at the epicentre of a sinister cosmic conspiracy, and an adventure is set in motion that will determine the fate of the Mosses and the Far Star Galaxy.

Embark on an interplanetary journey of danger, empathy and self-discovery - ultimately fulfilling a secret legacy founded a generation ago.

Valve Sued for Steam Controller Infringement

Law360 reports that a trial is underway (on Zoom!) to determine whether Valve infringed on a patent in the design of the Steam Controller (thanks According to the attorneys for controller maker SCUF, they warned Valve back in 2014 that the rear-side control surfaces on the Steam Controller prototype used technology that they patented. In response, Valve's lawyer says: "Ironburg's case will be based on altered graphics, modified pictures, and skewed viewing angles ... and then they'll ask you to make that decision based on an altered reality." Here's an outline of the plaintiff's case:
"Valve did know that its conduct involved an unreasonable risk of infringement, but it simply proceeded to infringe anyway — the classic David and Goliath story: Goliath does what Goliath wants to do," Becker said.

In early 2014, shortly after finding out that the patent at the heart of the trial was going to be granted, SCUF CEO Duncan Ironmonger saw Valve's Steam Controller prototype at the premier CES trade show.

Concerned by the Steam Controller's incorporation of rear-side controls, Ironmonger informed Valve staffers at the show about the soon-to-issue patent, and then wrote a letter to Valve that March, explaining Ironburg's belief that the rear controls were an infringement of a patent with which "Ironburg really created a new category of controllers," Becker said.

Timberborn Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for Timberborn, allowing Windows and macOS gamers to sample this upcoming post-apocalyptic city-building game between now and February 16th. Here's what developer Mechanistry says about the demo: "Try the free demo of Timberborn! And, whether your beavers survive or die in a desert, share your feedback on our Discord server! Please note that the demo is only available in English. For Early Access launch, Timberborn will be available in all 11 languages listed on the Steam page." Here's an overview of what they call a lumberpunk game:
Mankind turned Earth into a dry wasteland and perished, but some species adapted and evolved. Choose one of the unique beaver factions and see how long your colony can last!

Wet and dry seasons
Prepare your settlement for recurring droughts. Stockpile on food and keep fields and forests alive even after rivers dry up. Rely on both natural water sources and artificial irrigation to keep the land arable.

River control
Redirect rivers, put up dams and dig water canals with explosives – beavers of the future have millennia of experience in water engineering. But be careful, uncontrolled flooding is as deadly as a dynamite blast!

HITMAN 3 Already Profitable

IO Interactive announces HITMAN 3 is already profitable, just a week after its release. The publisher/developer tells that the new installment in the assassin-for-hire series has already recouped its development budget:
"We have been really happy with the Hitman 3 journey," says IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak.

"It has been a labor of love between our fans and everyone at the studio. As the developer and publisher, we are immensely proud that we can say Hitman 3 is already profitable. We have recouped the total project costs in less than a week. That puts us in a really good place and allows us to confidently move forward with our ambitious plans for future projects."

Skate Comes Full Circle

EA has formed a new development studio called Full Circle. A explained on the Full Circle Website this is based in Vancouver, employing staff scattered around the globe to grind out the next game in the Skate franchise:
Full Circle is a studio based in Vancouver, with team members around the globe, embracing a geo-diverse team and culture.
We're all about having fun and making great games that people want to play with their friends.

We're working on the next evolution of Skate, and set to deliver an experience that will embrace and build upon everything our community found special about the previous games.

PC Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 in March

SEGA announces that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is coming to Windows via Steam on March 23rd, offering PC gamers the chance to play this puzzle game mash-up that's already available on consoles. The PC edition will include all current content as well as some upcoming additions including Sonic as a guest character and a new Boss Raid mode. The Steam Announcement Trailer shows what to expect when Puyo Puyo and Tetris collide. Here's a bit on the game, characters, and multiplayer support:
Two Legends Reunite for the Ultimate Puzzle Match
Japan’s beloved puzzle game series Puyo Puyo and the world-renowned Tetris® game franchise have teamed up again to deliver even more Puyo-popping and Tetrimino-clearing fun!

Competitive and Co-op Play
Engage in up to 4 player online and local play, including competitive Puzzle Leagues and the new online co-op Boss Raid mode.

Characters Old, New, and Blue
Select from a large cast of new and returning characters including the recently announced additions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Lidelle, Ms. Accord, and The Ocean Prince—with more to come.
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Highway Builder Announced

Road Studio and Detalion Games announce Highway Builder, an upcoming simulation that allows you to manage highway construction and repair projects. Have you ever looked on in envy as you drive past road crews? Or perhaps you already work in the field and wish you could revisit you job in you leisure time? Then you'll want to wishlist this on Steam so you can pick it up on its release date, which is TBA. The Announcement Trailer shows off gameplay, and here are more details:
Highway Builder combines elements of a construction worker simulation and company management. After accepting the tasks, you will decide which machines and tools will be necessary during the construction, select the right professionals to the team and send them to the field. Depending on the mission you will need a completely different set of machines, equipment and specialists! Then, during the construction phase, you will take control over individual members of the construction team to perform specific tasks by yourself. Remember that each client expects high quality from you and allocates a specific budget to complete the work. Prove to him that it is possible to do the job well, fast and to not exceed the budget! After all, you are the professionals.
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Out of the Blue

Bond May Be Altered To Fix Dated Tech (thanks Ant). It's a certainly a sign of the times that tech progresses so quickly that this is a problem after two and a half years. Though this seems to be more about product placement than having to edit out propeller planes and rotary phones. Hopefully the movie will actually be released before they have to edit out things like smartphones and road cars.

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Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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