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Thursday, Mar 25, 2021

Get Creature in the Well for Free

Creature in the Well is now available completely free on the Epic Games Store as Epic's latest weekly giveaway. As usual, if you want a copy of this dungeon crawler then claim it over the next seven days and it's yours to keep. After that it will be supplanted by the next freebie, which will be Tales of the Neon Sea. Here's more on the Creature in the Well:
Creature in the Well is a top-down, pinball-inspired, hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. As the last remaining BOT-C unit, venture deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility, haunted by a desperate Creature. Uncover and upgrade powerful gear in order to free the city of Mirage from a deadly sandstorm.

Key Features

  • Pinball with swords: Charge up energy orbs, then bounce and ricochet them to reactivate dormant machinery and stop the sandstorm.
  • Defeat the Creature: Escape the many challenges set by the Creature and confront it in intricate, skillful battles.
  • Dungeon-crawler: Delve deeper into the mountain as you unlock eight hand-crafted dungeons, each filled with unique gameplay themes, unlockables, and secrets to uncover.
  • Over 20 unique items: Customize your playstyle with upgradeable weapons and clothing that change how you play the game.

Watch Dogs: Legion Free Weekend Underway

Here's a reminder that the free trial weekend is now underway for Watch Dogs: Legion, allowing you to take a hack at the open world action/adventure. The Windows edition can be picked up through the Ubisoft Store or the Epic Games Store, and the game is on sale for the duration of the free event. Here's some intel:
Looking to take a virtual trip to a near-future London to join the ranks of a hacker collective framed for a massive explosion that also drove the city under the control of a private military corporation? It may all sound a little daunting, but from March 25-29, you can hit the streets of London and start recruiting the locals in the Watch Dogs: Legion Free Trial on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 (via PS4 backwards compatibility), and on PC via Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. Whether they’re a spy, a construction worker, a street magician, or a grandmother out on her evening constitutional, any one of them could be a valuable member of your team – but some might take more convincing than others.

Both the single-player and Online modes are available during the Free Trial, along with all open-world activities, such as games of darts at the local pub, or fierce bare-knuckle brawl competitions. In single-player, eight boroughs of London are free to explore, and the single-player campaign is playable up to the “Skye Larsen” mission. Meanwhile, co-op and PvP options are available in the online mode, but Tactical Ops are only accessible in the full version of the game.

All progress made during the Watch Dogs: Legion Free Trial transfers over to the main game should you decide to continue your journey.

BAFTA Award Winners

The 2021 BAFTA Games Awards Winners have been announced, and Supergiant Hades was the belle of the ball. Here are all the honorees:

  • ANIMATION - THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team - Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT - HADES Jen Zee - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT - GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Rev. Dr. Bradley D. Meyer - Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • BEST GAME - HADES Development Team - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • BRITISH GAME - SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Ned Waterhouse, Jess Gaskell, Pete Smith - Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • DEBUT GAME - CARRION Development Team -Phobia Game Studio/Devolver Digital
  • EVOLVING GAME - SEA OF THIEVES Development Team - Rare Ltd/Xbox Game Studios
  • FAMILY - SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Joel Smith, Cesar Bittar, Pete Smith - Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT - ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team - Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • GAME DESIGN - HADES Development Team - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • MULTIPLAYER - ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS Development Team - Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • MUSIC - MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES John Paesano, Scott Hanau, Alex Hackford - Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • NARRATIVE - HADES Greg Kasavin - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
  • ORIGINAL PROPERTY - KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION Development Team -Cardboard Computer/Annapurna Interactive
  • PERFORMER IN A LEADING ROLE - LAURA BAILEY as Abby in The Last of Us Part II
  • PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - LOGAN CUNNINGHAM as Hades, Achilles, Poseidon, Asterius, Charon, and the Storyteller in Hades
  • TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - DREAMS Development Team - Media Molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • EE GAME OF THE YEAR (voted for by the public) - THE LAST OF US PART II Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Released

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is now available for Windows and consoles, offering the chance to once again enter the Japanese criminal underworld in the new installment in the series. The PC edition is available on Steam and the Microsoft Store. Here's the dramatic Launch Trailer and here's more about your future life of crime:
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is a fast-paced action brawler following seasoned yakuza Kazuma Kiryu who is faced with the question: How far would he go for family? Hellbent on uncovering the truth behind a tragic accident that left his adoptive daughter comatose, Kiryu must fight his way across Japan weaving through its criminal underworld. Customize Kiryu’s combat abilities, master bone-crushing combos with flashy finishers, and let loose with Extreme Heat Mode that rewards active play with big damage payoff.

Between the sleepy port town of Onomichi to the rough-and-tumble Kamurocho district, Yakuza 6 features dozens of lifestyle activities to indulge in. From bar hopping and gaming in arcades with classic SEGA titles to sightseeing by the sea and lending a hand to the locals in need, immerse yourself in Japanese destinations through Kiryu’s eyes.
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Isonzo Announced

M2H and Blackmill Games announce Isonzo, a new first-person shooter that's the third installment in the World War I series that began with 2015's Verdun and continued in 2019 with Tannenberg. The new game will take the battle to the Southern front with tactical battles in northern Italy. It's coming to PC and consoles later this year, and the Windows edition already has a Steam Listing. Here we have an announcement trailer and some details:
Isonzo is the third game in the WW1 Game Series, and introduces players to high-altitude Alpine warfare in Northeast Italy. Tannenberg revolves around the large-scale maneuver warfare seen on the Eastern Front, and Verdun - the game that started everything - immerses players into intense close-quarters trench warfare on the Western Front.

Isonzo builds on the rock solid and authentic base of the WW1 Game Series, taking the intensity of Verdun and combining it with the scale of Tannenberg. It breaks new ground in the Alps with a complete feature overhaul - including a brand new historically driven game mode - to take the series to the next level and immerse players like never before!
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Back 4 Blood Delayed; Open Beta This Summer

A tweet from Back 4 Blood announces the release of Turtle Rock's spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead is delayed until October 12th. The game was previously expected in June. A new Gameplay and Developer Presentation Video and news that there will be an open beta this summer is our consolation prize. Here's the announcement, translated from a picture to text to save bandwidth, and from all caps to upper/lower case in an abundance of good taste:
Turtle Rock Studios is working hard to make Back 4 Blood the best game it can possibly be a launch and the team needs more time to do this. Therefore, we will release back for blood on October 12, 2021. We thank our community for its continued support and are excited to share that there will be an open beta this summer.
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Immortals Fenyx Rising - Myths of the Eastern Realm Rises

Ubisoft announces the release of Myths of the Eastern Realm, new DLC for Immortals Fenyx Rising which adds Chinese Mythology to the Greek Mythology of the base version of this action/adventure. The Launch trailer takes a look at the new content. Here's word:
Immortals Fenyx Rising - Myths of the Eastern Realm arrives tomorrow, March 25, delivering a new world, hero, and storyline inspired by Chinese mythology for Immortals Fenyx Rising players. Unfolding separately from the main campaign, the new DLC is based loosely on a myth known as Nuwa Mends the Heavens, in which the Chinese goddess Nuwa restores balance following a disastrous war in Heaven. Into this story steps Ku, a new hero and the last remaining human after a catastrophic event tears a massive rift called the Scar into the sky.

Led by Ubisoft Chengdu, Immortals Fenyx Rising - Myths of the Eastern Realm is shorter than the main campaign, but features a complete, self-contained story with a wealth of content spread across three distinct biomes. The new world is filled with environmental puzzles to solve, roaming monsters to fight, and other activities to discover – along with some new twists and unique touches that give the DLC a flavor all its own.
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Steam Remote Play Together Sale & Livestream

The Steam Blog invites everyone to participate in a Remote Play Together Sale & Livestream Event that's running until midday Monday. This page has the livestreams and the many games on sale, celebrating the ability to invite people to join your local multiplayer Steam games even if they don't have a Steam account. Here's more on the festivities and how this works:
Tune in Thursday, Save All Weekend
Steam offers thousands of games you can share with friends and family to play together online. Discover the best of them in our Remote Play Together Sale & Livestreams, now through Monday March 29th at 10am Pacific. Watch today's livestreaming marathon to witness Remote Play Together in action, and even join our livestreamed games when we share links in chat on Steam, YouTube, and Twitch.

Invite Anyone!
Yes, links! New to Steam's Remote Play Together titles, you can now invite anyone to join your local multiplayer game with just a URL! Up to four players can instantly join in the fun. Only the host needs to own and install the game, while additional players can now connect through Steam Remote Play streaming technology using Steam or the lightweight Steam Link app. No account is needed to join your game from Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS or Android devices.

ESA's Gaming Economic Impact Map

The Entertainment Software Association Website features a new Impact Map, showing the dollars added to local economies in the US, broken down on a state-by-state basis. The top five states are California at $51.8B, Washington at $11.6B, Texas at $4.2B, Florida at $2.7B, and New York at $2.1B. The page includes a fact sheet saying the game industry in the US supports 428,646 jobs and generates over 90 billion dollars a year. Here's more:
One in three people on the planet play video games, a figure that illustrates the appeal, reach and potential of this vibrant, modern and global industry now redefining and reimagining entertainment. More people are playing games than ever and on multiple platforms, both individually and with others. More than 214 million people play video games in the United States. The average player is between 35- and 44-years-old and has been playing for 16 years.

Nearly 80% of all players are over 18. And about half of all players are female. Building on powerful and long-standing U.S. strengths in advanced technology, creative arts, and entertainment, the video game industry now has an impact in every state and supports over 428,000 jobs across the country with family-sustaining incomes and compensation averaging $121,459—more than double the national average

Outriders Cheaters to be Branded

With Outriders due on April 1st, an update from People Can Fly tells us all we need to know about the imminent action/RPG. This includes launch and preload timing, an explanation of what's changed since the demo, plans for post-launch support, and more. It also includes how they plan to deal with cheaters, which is pretty harsh and includes a unique touch. Word is cheaters will not be matched with non-cheaters, their queues will be longer, and best of all, their HUDs will be permanently branded with a watermark. Here are the details:
Repercussions of being identified as having used cheats:

  • Repercussions are account wide, not character specific
  • You will not be able to matchmake with legit players
  • Matchmaking will likely take significantly longer
  • You will still be able to play solo
  • In future, your HUD will have a discreet but visible watermark placed on it so that gameplay footage created on this account can be readily identified as coming from a flagged account.

All accounts will be checked for evidence of cheat use on launch day - April 1st, and then at regular intervals thereafter.

Any account logs found to have evidence of cheating on them on or after launch day will be permanently branded.

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Thymesia Announced

Publisher Team17 and developer OverBorder Studio announce plans to launch Thymesia later this year. This is an action/RPG set in a world ravaged by plague, which will provide a nice escape from our everyday problems. Here's a Partnership Announcement Trailer with a look, and here's why they hope this will go viral:
Punishing action role-playing game, Thymesia, from OverBorder Studio, is to be published under Team17’s independent games label. Today’s partnership announcement will see the studio’s debut title arrive on PC later this year. Set against a world ravaged by a plague, Thymesia will challenge players with fast-paced melee combat while they unravel the mysteries that haunt the harrowingly beautiful world.

At the heart of the story is Corvus, a mysterious character capable of seizing enemy diseases and using them as weapons against his adversaries; players will engage in visceral combat, combining ferocious offensive abilities, perfectly timed parries, and dynamic dodges to take down unforgiving enemies. Players will also have the ability to customise Corvus to their own play style, upgrading and improving various stats to aid in their journey to recover Corvus’ memories.
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Frost Giant Studios Raises More Cash

Forbes reports that Frost Giant Studios announced it raised $5 million in a second round of funding. The studio, launched by Blizzard Entertainment veterans Tim Campbell and Tim Morten, raised $4.7 million in October, totaling $9.7 million so far towards their goal of creating a new real-time strategy game. Details on the nature of the game remain scarce at this point, but the report includes the news that former StarCraft II lead engineer James Anhalt has joined the company as chief architect. His other credits at Blizzard include work on Battle.net and World of Warcraft. As for the investors, word is: "The latest investors include Korean venture capital fund Kona Venture Partners; internationally operating Global Founders Capital; co-founder of RXBAR nutrition bars Jared Smith; and game entrepreneur Eden Chen."

Black Legend Released

Black Legend is now available for Windows and consoles, and the PC edition can be found on GOG.com and Steam with a 10% launch week discount. The Official Trailer introduces this turn-based strategy game, and here's an overview to help us understand what we're seeing:
In Black Legend, your team of mercenaries' survival will depend on mastering both strategic combat and the art of alchemy in this dark fantasy world directly inspired by folklore and stories from 17th-century Belgium and the Netherlands.

Explore deep into the cursed city of Grant to battle cultists, monsters, and more on your quest to eradicate the madness inflicting fog that shrouds the streets. Unlock fifteen different classes from Duelist to Landsknecht to Marauder and cross train different skills to create your perfect team.

Dandy Ace Released

Dandy Ace is now available on Steam, offering a Windows card-based action game that publisher NEOWIZ and developer Mad Mimic call part action/RPG and part roguelite. Here's a dandy trailer with a look and here are some dandy details:
Dandy Ace is an over the top fast-paced roguelike experience that follows a fabulous magician seeking to combine and use his magical cards while fighting and looting his way to defeat the Green-Eyed Illusionist, Lele, who has imprisoned him in a cursed mirror. While battling your way through Lele’s ever changing palace, combine different cards with more than a thousand possibilities, each with their own playstyles and powers. Every run provides new challenges and combinations for players to explore as they progress closer to Lele.

Play as Ace, the amazing hero, and survive the challenges of the extravagant, lavish and ever-changing palace created to defeat him filled with bizarre creatures and outrageous bosses. Find all the magical cards, gather shards and gold, and get help from his assistants and unconventional allies.
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Total War: ROME REMASTERED Next Month

A tweet from Total War announces that Total War: ROME REMASTERED is in development at Feral Interactive for release on Steam on April 29th for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This promises improved visuals, modern features and enhanced game mechanics for the strategy game which was originally released in 2013. Here's an Announce Trailer with a first look, and here's an overview:
Total War: ROME REMASTERED lets you relive the legacy that defined the award-winning strategy game series. Remastered to 4K with multiple improvements to visuals as well as refinements to gameplay, it’s time to revisit a true classic. Not everyone gets a second chance to conquer the Roman Empire.

ROME REMASTERED includes the Alexander and Barbarian Invasion DLCs, as well as a copy of the original ROME: Total War Collection*, if you don’t already own it.
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Get Red Wings: Aces of the Sky for Free

Steam is now offering Red Wings: Aces of the Sky for free. All in! Games' World War I aerial combat game is yours to keep as long as you pick it up before the offer expires tomorrow evening, so fly on over if you're interested. A game controller is recommended. Here's the flight plan:
Red Wings: Aces of the Sky is an arcade action game that puts you in the middle of WWI aerial battles. The game combines the action-packed dynamics of classic flight games with modern arcade gameplay and detailed, stylized 3D art.

Play solo or with a friend in 2-player local multiplayer mode. Upgrade your pilot progression skill tree to improve your stats and aim for the best score.
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Risk of Rain 2 Anniversary Update

Hopoo Games announces an anniversary update is now available on Steam for Risk of Rain 2, the Windows action game/weather report. This is the first item on a roadmap that forecasts expansion #1 will arrive in Q4 of this year. The patch adds morgue and account stats, a new survivor, five new items, five new skill variants, a new monster, a new elite, a new boss, and much more. Also, Risk of Rain 2 is currently on sale for 25% off. The anniversary update is huge, so we'll skip the full patch notes and just go for the big picture:
Our goal with this update is to upgrade and round out the game as a whole, and also be a ‘thanks!’ to all our fans that supported us through Early Access. This patch includes both new content and updated old content. Let us know if you like it!

Changes with the icon in front of them are changes or additions suggested by the community. As always, if you want to stay up to date on the game feel free to join the discord at https://discord.gg/riskofrain2

Jace Hall and Others Found HiDef Inc.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has details on HiDef, a San Diego-based video game startup which has raised $9 million since its formation in 2019. The company was founded by industry veterans, including chief creative officer Jace Hall, co-founder of Monolith and CEO of Twin Galaxies (and King of teh Monstars). The other core members are former pro basketball player and Echo Fox founder Rick Fox, CEO Anthony Castoro, who was general manager of H1Z1, and Dr. David Washington, a former aide in the Obama administration. So far the company is keeping pretty mum about its plans. Here's about all it is to say about what's going on there:
HiDef will use the money to ramp up development of its first flagship game, which is still in stealth mode, said Co-founder and Chief Executive Anthony Castoro. He declined to discuss further details.

But in a statement, HiDef described the game as “a genre-defining metaverse that places users of all ages at the creative center of its daily programming.”

Dota 2 Improves New Player Experience; Bans Smurfs

Celebrating today's launch of the new Netflix anime DOTA: Dragon's Blood, Valve has introduced a comprehensive update to the new player experience to help newcomers to Dota 2. MOBA players are not at all toxic and super-nice to newbies, so it's hard to understand the reasoning here, but it couldn't hurt. The changes include a streamlined shop experience for new players to avoid overwhelming them with choices, new player rewards, a glossary, a new player mode, improved bots, in-game tip wizards, and more. As part of the effort at smoothing out the new player experience, smurfing (veteran players starting additional accounts) is now a bannable offense. Here's word:
Even the most fairly-matched games of Dota can spiral out of control. And no one wants the extra burden of playing against smurfs. In the past, we leaned heavily on attempting to detect smurf accounts and move them to their correct MMR more quickly, which has helped somewhat but still causes damage along the way in cases of extreme smurfing.

Starting today, smurfing will be a bannable offense. We will primarily focus on new accounts created after today for which we have high confidence in their smurfing and game-ruining behavior. Moreover, we will also occasionally manually ban old pre-existing accounts that are clearly game-ruining. Furthermore, if you are found to be selling accounts, boosting or engaged in similar game ruining behaviors, your primary account may also be subject to a ban. To go along with this, we've recently increased our ban rate for boosters and purchased accounts.
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Super Mecha Champions Released

Super Mecha Champions is now available on Steam, offering a free-to-play Windows edition of this third-person shooter that first launched on mobile. Climb into the cockpit of the giant YouTube robot and check out the Steam CG intro video and read on for more on the game:
Alpha City is hosting the world's greatest event: Super Mecha League! The most formidable mechas and ace pilots from all over the world are assembling on the hazardous battlegrounds. It is your time to show the world what a real champion is like by becoming one with your mecha and taking your decisive aim! Rock Alpha City as a rising star of Super Mecha League and create your own legend!
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The Bus Early Access Begins

Early Access to The Bus is now available for Windows on Steam. Developer TML-Studios and publisher AeroSoft are calling this the next generation of city bus driving simulation, and boast its setting of Berlin is a realistic 1:1 scale recreation of the German capitol. Here's the Official Trailer and here's the route this plans to follow:
Today The Bus by Aerosoft and TML STUDIOS (Fernbus Simulator) launches into Early Access on Steam (PC). The game is a comprehensive new bus simulation game that allows players to become bus drivers on beautifully rendered routes in Berlin. Everything is as real as it gets: the streets, the buses (Scania Citywide Bus), the handling of ticket sales, the routes, the passengers, the traffic, the sights.

The game is released in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and 11 other languages and costs 25.95 EUR / £21.95 / $24.99.
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HUMANKIND Delayed

Historical strategy game HUMANKIND was expected next month, but Amplitude Studios announces its "magnum opus" is delayed, and is now due on August 17th. Based on feedback from members of the community who got to test part of the game, the decision was made to focus on improving certain areas before release. This developer blog delves into the details behind the decision. Here's a trailer showing off the "LUCY OpenDev" testing and thanking participants, and here's more on the news:
Here's a few words from our Chief Creative Officer & Studio Head, Romain de Waubert de Genlis about the reasoning behind the delay:

"It's been exciting to see the community get their hands on the game during the last few OpenDev sessions, and to hear all the positive (and constructive!) feedback.

Players have always been at the heart of Amplitude's philosophy and releasing HUMANKIND in August will allow us the extra time to keep working with the community and polishing the game for an amazing day one experience."

The team will be focused on improving areas of work identified by the community during our previous Lucy OpenDev, when players tested out 4 eras and 40 cultures of the game to give us their thoughts. Accessibility, Onboarding, Pacing, Balancing, Diplomacy and AI are just a few of the key areas we'll be concentrating on.
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Secret Government Leaves Early Access Next Month

Publisher 1C Entertainment and developer GameTrek announce Secret Government will elect to leave Early Access on April 15th, and go into general release on GOG.COM, Steam, "and other digital platforms." Here's the previously released Early Access Launch Trailer and here's more on the game's secrets:
The full release update will bring improvements to the Free Play mode, along with performance optimization, UI and UX enhancements as well as several other minor and major fixes. Moreover, this update will add Steam achievements for the players. A detailed roadmap is available to all players who would like to see all the content that has been added to the game during the early access period.

Taking place from the 17th century to the contemporary era, Secret Government tasks you with leading a secret organization as you spread your influence across the globe, rewriting key historical events and deciding the fate of humankind. Take part in the Glorious Revolution in England where you face a hostile secret organization with methods similar to yours, but with goals completely different; or influence the struggle of the thirteen colonies for independence from the British rule in the “New World” and decide the fate of the American Revolution. The fate of the world is in your hands!
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Orbital Bullet Early Access Next Month

Publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer SmokeStab announce Orbital Bullet will shoot onto Steam Early Access on April 22nd. This is a 360° roguelite, an unusual concept that's made clear in this Gameplay Trailer. Here's the circular logic:
Orbital Bullet is a multi-award-winning action-platformer that brings with it all the hallmarks of the genre: procedurally generated levels, a bevy of fun and creative destructive implements to use against your foes, a deep-skill tree, and plenty of upgrades, modifications, and crafting. However, what makes it stand out amongst its peers is the atypical 360° level design that will see players going ‘round and ‘round while dodging incoming bullets and laying a digital smackdown on their enemies. Orbital Bullet has already won several awards, including "Best Concept with Prototype" at GermanDevDays, 2nd prize in the "Prototype Young Talent Award" category at Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2019, and a nomination for the "Best Student Game" at GDC 2020.
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PC Glyph Plans

Glyph now has a Steam Listing as Bolverk Games announces plans for a PC edition of this 3D platformer first released for Switch. A new trailer celebrates the news with a look at some gameplay reminiscent of child hood "the floor is lava" games. Here's more:
A mechanical monster has devastated the nation and poisoned the land.

In Glyph, you snatch a fractured civilization from the jaws of doom after runaway technology has destroyed everything.

But safe ground is rare in this dying world.

The desert sands are toxic and destruction has left few places to rest...

So the last shred of hope is for you to collect the resources that will restore life to your home.
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Unfolded - Camellia Tales Released

Unfolded - Camellia Tales is now available on Steam, offering a puzzle/adventure game for Windows and macOS. There's also a Prologue you can play for free to get a sample. Here's a Launch Trailer with a look at the game's hand-drawn 2D graphics, and here's a bit on what to expect:
Set on Jeju Island in the late 1940s, Unfolded : Camellia Tales covers a story of a massacre on a peaceful island and Herman and his friends' struggle to survive.

Meet the islanders. Talk to your family, friends, villagers, and survivors hiding in the cave. Find out how to help them.
Use your wits. Combine items and use them to your advantage.
Write your journal. Pass your memories and thoughts to future generations.
Experience Herman's coming-of-age story dotted with tragedy, humor, and poetry.
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An Airport for Aliens Currently Run By Dogs Announced

Strange Scaffold announces An Airport for Aliens Currently Run By Dogs, an upcoming new entry in the crowded airports for aliens run by dogs genre. The game is coming to Steam on May 25th. The title seems to sum up all you need to know about this, but if you're especially curious, here's a Release Date Trailer with a look at gameplay, and here's more:
Strange Scaffold, the studio behind Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator, proudly announces the official release date for An Airport for Aliens Currently Run By Dogs (aka Dog Airport Game). Dog Airport Game is an open-world comedy adventure set in a galaxy run by stock photo dogs. The game will be available on May 25th, 2021 via Steam for PC, and launches on Xbox Series X/S as a console exclusive.

You and your fiancée are the last two human beings left in the universe. Dogs run airports, along with the rest of society, resulting in a strange and delightful utopia. Decipher alien environments and logic to catch your flight. Bend the fabric of space-time using eldritch Time Zones (or a nap in a comfy chair). Solve the problems of existential pups while finding opportunities to support the person you love. This is what it looks like when a universe of simulated airports is run by stock photo dogs.
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Out of the Blue

As planned, MrsBlue and I received our COVID-19 shots yesterday. We got the Janssen vaccine, which is indeed the single-dose Johnson & Johnson variant, so theoretically we'll be inoculated in a couple of weeks. The process was surprisingly pleasant. It was in the gymnasium of a nearby middle school, and it was quite orderly and by no means overcrowded. The people running it were all very cheerful and kind and the nurse who jabbed me had a great bedside manner and a gentle touch, so it really couldn't have gone better. We waited about 20 minutes to make sure we had no adverse reactions, and were on our way. In all it took about a half-hour. As for side-effects, I was a little lightheaded as we left, and MrsBlue's arm hurt, but mine does not. I was a little sleepy after and feel a little loggy today, and that's about it. We were warned it could be worse, including my nurse saying it makes some people cranky, to which I replied I wish I knew that before bringing my wife along. All in all it was a great experience, and I can only hope everyone who is still waiting for shots end up as lucky as we were in getting appointments so quickly and having the process work so smoothly.

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