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Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021

Epic Games Acquires Fall Guys Developer

Epic Games announces it has acquired Tonic Games Group, parent of developer Mediatonic, the creators of breakout hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Epic says this will not change the game or how the studio operates, pointing the way to this blog post for specifics on that aspect of this news. There's an interesting note in the brief FAQ there, as this is the answer to the question of whether the game will go free-to-play: "Nothing to announce right now!" Here's more:
This is a huge win for Fall Guys. Since Fall Guys broke out in August, we’ve put everything we have into the game, and the Fall Guys team has already grown massively from 35 to 150+. Yet, there is so much more we want to build for our players. With our publisher Devolver Digital supporting and championing us along the way with Fall Guys, Foul Play and Hatoful Boyfriend, we've been able to bring some truly unique experiences to players as an independent studio.

Joining forces with Epic will accelerate our plans to improve the game and bring Fall Guys to as many players as possible, while continuing to support the community.

Epic/Apple Trial Set for May

MacRumors has the news that the Apple v. Epic Games trial is set to begin on May 3rd. They say the judge wants this to be an in-person trial, but it is possible it will end up being virtual if the COVID situation warrants it. Word is the judge is pushing for a two to three week trial, while Epic feels it should run a couple of weeks longer than that:
Judge Gonzalez is planning to hold an in-person trial that will require all witnesses to travel to Northern California to answer questions before the court and the judge. She believes that the case is significant enough that the court should hear it in person, with witnesses in the case less likely to lie when sworn in in a physical courtroom.

Health considerations will be taken into account for witnesses that aren't able to travel to California, but the court will look into people who say they can't visit the court in person.

The judge said that the people involved and the companies involved have the available resources to quarantine for two weeks after the trial. The court plans to put measures in place to keep participants safe, including a limited number of people in the courtroom. Witnesses will be positioned far from the attorneys in the case, with distance between parties, and enough space will be given that witnesses can speak clearly without masks.

Based on the COVID numbers in May, the in-person trial could be set aside, but the case will go forward in May no matter what, even if it is held entirely over Zoom. The judge is pushing for a two to three week trial, while ‌Epic Games‌ wants it to last four to five weeks, with the exact length to be determined later when all of the case details are ironed out.

8 Ziggurat Rereleases

Ziggurat Interactive now offers more of their signature rereleases by offering eight arcade titles. These are Joe & Mac - Caveman Ninja, Super BurgerTime, Heavy Barrel, SRD: Super Real Darwin, Express Raider, Two Crude, Bad Dudes, and Gate Of Doom. All of these are available from GOG.com, Humble Store, and Steam. Here are quick descriptions of all the games with links to all three stores: Continue here to read the full story.

Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 Released

Star your engines! Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a sequel to the monster truck game. The PC edition is available on GOG.com and Steam. Here's a mean mother trucker Release Trailer and here are the details:
Monster Jam® Steel Titans 2 takes everything fans loved about the original and packs in more trucks, brand new worlds, updated physics for improved truck control, and online multiplayer! The expanded roster of trucks numbers 38 and includes fan favorites like Megalodon, Sparkle Smash, Higher Education, Avenger, and Backwards Bob! The five, brand new, in-game worlds expand on the Monster Jam® universe, providing endless exploration and discovery for players. Monster Jam® Steel Titans 2 also delivers on the competitive aspects that racing fans crave, such as head-to-head stadium racing, freestyle competitions, and waypoint challenges. Players can challenge friends all over the globe with new online multiplayer up to six players. Follow @monsterjamgames for latest news and special discounts!

Four additional trucks are also available for download on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and PC now! The Inverse Truck Pack includes popular Spin Master Inverse Truck Series designs of Grave Digger, Northern Nightmare, Monster Mutt Dalmatian and Alien Invasion.
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Project CARS 3: Power Pack Released

New Power Pack DLC is now available on Steam and consoles, adding new cars and more to Project CARS 3, Slightly Mad Studios' racing game. This is part of the Season Pass or available separately. It also adds Utah's Lake Valley Speedway, a new free racetrack for all players. Here's more on how this helps fill your virtual garage:

The “Power Pack” cars:

  • 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) + Race Conversion Kit
  • 2002 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R Aero + Race Conversion Kit
  • 2020 Nissan 370Z + Race Conversion Kit
  • 2021 Nissan Z Proto + Race Conversion Kit

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Crypto: Against All Odds - Tower Defense Released

Crypto: Against All Odds - Tower Defense is now available on GOG.com and Steam, offering a Windows and macOS tower defense game where you play as a cybersecurity expert fighting against "hackers and other blockchain threats." Presumably through the power of memes. Here's a trailer and here's the pitch:
In Crypto Against All Odds, you play as a blockchain security expert doing bounties jobs in the early days of Bitcoin. When hacking activities begin to surge, you sense a looming threat trying to bring down the entire crypto space. As you interact with other forum users, read terminal chats and message boards, you slowly piece together a big conspiracy. Meanwhile, the people behind it are also on to your true identity, something you have been trying to keep as a secret.
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Open Country Announced

Publisher 505 Games and developer FUN Labs announce Open County, an open-world action/adventure to help you stave off cabin fever with a virtual great outdoors. This is slated to come to the Epic Games Store and Steam on May 18th. The Announce Trailer provides a look at the hiking, camping, and hunting. Gather around the campfire for all the details:
Open Country places players in the hiking boots of an all-too-familiar corporate worker drone who yearns for a change from their restrictive city life. Eager to break away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, players and their trusty canine companion are faced with newfound freedom to explore and survive among the untamed wilds and relish in the open spaces of their new life.

Featuring a third-person open world that ranges from lush foliage to harsh landscapes, Open Country’s environment stands ready for players to explore while learning important survival and hunting skills along the way. Want to become a Master Outdoorsman? Players can visit Gary at the Snowridge Lodge and by the Park Ranger to complete more than 30 missions designed to put their newly learned skills to the test.

  • Explore – Roam free amongst the terrain and engage in missions throughout the area while sharpening survival skills
  • Hunt and Survive – Manage supplies carefully while trekking out to find both food and sport through hunting
  • Prove Your Skill – By completing tasks in town, players can level up to get better weapons and equipment, engage in tougher missions, and work towards becoming a Master Outdoorsman

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Aliens: Fireteam Announced

A new Aliens: Fireteam Website heralds the coming of a new co-op third-person shooter set in the Aliens universe, where no one can hear you scream. This is expected for PC and consoles this summer, with the PC edition coming to Steam. Developer Cold Iron offers an Announce Trailer and these details:
2202. A mysterious distress call reroutes your Marine Assault Unit to LV-895 in the outer colonies, where deadly Xenomorph legions, hidden corporate secrets, and ancient alien ruins await your arrival.

Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the Xenomorph threat.

Face off against waves of terrifying Xenomorph and Weyland-Yutani Synthetic foes alongside two players or AI teammates, as you and your fireteam desperately fight your way through four unique campaigns that introduce new storylines to the Alien universe. Create and customize your own Colonial Marine, choosing from an extensive variety of classes, weapons, gear and perks, battling overwhelming odds in this heart-pounding survival shooter experience.
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Nacon's The Sinking City Rebuttal

A post on Steam from Nacon responds to accusations from developer Frogwares that the publisher has in effect pirated The Sinking City to list it on Steam. Heres' their rebuttal:
For the release of The Sinking City on Steam, published by Nacon, Frogwares posted on Twitter urging players not to buy it. We regret that Frogwares persists in disrupting the release of the Sinking City. It was Frogwares who came to Nacon to request financing for the development of the game, and to date, more than 10 million euros have been paid to Frogwares by Nacon. It was Frogwares that relied on our marketing and promotion teams, representing thousands of hours of work and several million euros worth of investment. Now that the game has been fully developed, and published, largely thanks to Nacon's money and work, Frogwares would like to revise the terms of the contract to their sole advantage. It's easy to play the victim, but all we seek is that Frogwares respect its commitments both in the contract and as demanded by the courts.

In regards to feedback on the release of the Sinking City on Steam, this is an official and complete version. However, due to a lack of cooperation with Frogwares, we are unable to integrate Steam-specific features (cloud saving/achievements). Despite this, we have organized the release so that fans on Steam can enjoy the game.

We sincerely would have preferred that our relationship with Frogwares remain cooperative and respectful, as is the case with all of the studios whose titles we publish. We hope that many of you will continue to play The Sinking City, and may your adventures in Oakmont be a lot of fun.

Unity of Command II - Barbarossa Announced

2x2 Games and Croteam announce Barbarossa, new DLC that will come to Steam on April 21st for Unity of Command II. As the title suggests, this is based on Operation Barbarossa, allowing owners of the World War II strategy sequel to recreate Germany's ill-fated invasion of Soviet Russia. The DLC includes 23 scenarios, new maps, new units, new vehicles, and alternative outcomes that make it possible, if difficult, for Germany's plan to succeed. Here's the battle plan:
On 22 June 1941, a Sunday, Nazi Germany set in motion the largest invasion in the history of warfare — the attack on the Soviet Union, codenamed “Barbarossa”. By the time the four-year conflict on the Eastern Front is over, the world will have witnessed a war that’s unfathomable in scale and unparalleled in brutality.

In this DLC, you command Axis forces during Operation Barbarossa, from their summer of roaring victories to the painful halt at the gates of Moscow in the winter of 1941/42.

Key Features of the Barbarossa DLC

  • 23-scenario historical campaign, with battles from the lakes of Karelia in the north to the Black Sea beaches in the south
  • Limited, but still difficult to achieve, alternative historical outcomes, such as capturing Moscow in late 1941
  • Detailed, zoomed-in maps for the hard-fought sieges of Odessa and Sevastopol
  • 20+ new unit types including those from Italy, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Finland, and Spain.
  • Beautiful new vehicle models including BT-7 and T-26 tanks, and the iconic ZIS-5 truck

Gears 5 Launches Operation 6

The Gears 5 Website announces Operation 6 is now live in the shooter sequel. Or at least partially, as there's a second part to this update that's expected in mid-April to add new characters and a new map. This page has details on what's new. Here's a new trailer and here's a summary:
COG & SWARM
Three new characters are joining the fight in this Operation: Victor Hoffman, Queen Reyna, and the Locust Zealot.

NEW OPERATION CONTENT
Honor the heroes of Gears in Operation 6 with three new characters, a fresh multiplayer map, renewed Tour of Duty, and more.

SPEYER
A revamped Speyer returns with signature close-quarters fights in the sanctuary. Just make sure to keep your head down.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Adds Free Friend's Pass and Curator's Cut

BANDAI NAMCO announces a Curator's Cut for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, adding new content to the survival/horror game. This is a free update, and for more free fun, all owners of the game also now get on Free Friend's Pass. This will allow them to play through the game with one friend who doesn't have to own it. This is a limited-time offer good for one playthrough on the same platform. These additions are highlighted in a new Accolades Trailer. Here's more:
Starting today, all existing owners of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope will gain access to a free Friend’s Pass* – allowing players to experience one full playthrough of the game via Multiplayer Shared Story mode with a friend that does not own the game.

Along with this Friend’s Pass, the Curator’s Cut is making its way to everyone, allowing players to get a fresh perspective with new and exclusive scenes following their initial playthrough. On top of this in-game content, players can also access the game’s soundtrack, starting today, on all major streaming platforms.
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Singles' Generation Announced

Forever Young Games announces Singles' Generation, an episodic visual novel coming to Steam. This is described like so: "The game's genre is visual novel, but with a twist: the whole game was designed to give the player the feeling as he/she was watching (well, reading) a sitcom TV show." Word is this is not targeted at the younger generation as much as those who grew up watching Friends. That show is cited as an influence, a claim that's supported by this trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

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The special logo now adorning the site is one of our rare non-game logos. It depicts Darph Bobo from Tripping the Rift, the sci-fi comedy television series that turns 17 years-old this week. Thank you to Walter "2" Costinak for the original, and thank you to Scott for updating it to work in our current format. I screwed up a little rotating the logo, so if you visited before and are seeing the Plants vs. Zombies logo, you need to do a hard refresh. Finally, thank you to Frans for patiently helping me fix things.

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