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Friday, Apr 09, 2021

Gone Gold - Mass Effect Legendary Edition

A tweet from Mac Walters has word from BioWare's project director on Mass Effect Legendary Edition that the Mass Effect trilogy remake is now gold. Presumably that means it's on track for its planned release date of May 14th. Here's word:
Mass Effect Legendary Edition has gone GOLD! It's been quite a journey - time to celebrate briefly. Maybe even dance a little... if that's you're thing.

Speedy Gun Savage Early Access

Speedy Gun Savage is now in Early Access on Steam for Windows virtual reality. This is a first person shooter in a sci-fi/western setting and it requires either a Vive or Rift headset. A look at this in action can be seen in the Savage Story Trailer. Here's more on the game from developer/publisher Gamitronics:
Compatible with HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, this Early Access build is feature complete, but to ensure that it’s as polished as possible, community feedback will be taken into account before the full launch this Summer, when it will also be available on Valve Index and PlayStation VR.

Speedy Gun Savage is an arcade shooter putting players in the gunslinging boots of alien bounty hunter Wolf as they embark on a quest through three stages of futuristic, western-inspired shootouts. Joined by their robot sidekick 3V4N, Speedy Gun Savage features a dynamic cover system, three guns, over a dozen enemy types, and three planets each with multiple levels and with their own unique bosses. Each stage offers replayability with online leaderboards as players hone their gunslinging game in this steampunk adventure.
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Anvil Saga Announced

Anvil Saga is a management sim/RPG in the works at solo developer Pirozhok Studio for release later this year on Steam. In this you play as a blacksmith looking to forge your way during the 100 years war. The Announcement Trailer takes a look at gameplay and the game's pixel art graphics. Here's what this will bring:
Turn a ramshackle blacksmith shop into a successful enterprise in a challenging and endlessly varied world! Deal with local bandits, lords, priests, as well as French and English soldiers. Manage workers with various quirks, improve facilities and tools to create better merchandise, decorate your smithy to attract high-paying customers and most importantly – try not to get yourself beheaded.
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In My Shadow Released

In My Shadow is now available on Steam, offering a Windows puzzle/adventure set in the shadowy corners of the protagonist's mind. This is also coming to consoles and mobile in Q3 of this year. Here's the Release Date Trailer and here's more on this interesting concept:
In My Shadow takes you on a journey through the mind of Bella in pursuit of reconciliation with her past. The four different rooms each offer a glimpse into her memories, exploring the changing relationships with her family. The shadows within each level must be manipulated via furniture to progress, often offering more than one solution.

In My Shadow is more than a cleverly designed puzzle-platformer; it is a heart-warming story into the mind of a young woman looking for answers to questions in her past. Her childhood memories come to life as shadows on the wall of her house, and you must use those shadows to solve unique puzzles and help Bella try to let go of her past.
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Op Ed

  • GamesIndustry.biz - Could Apple and Google pull the plug on mobile game monetisation? - Opinion.
    "The steady move towards legislation and delegitimization of more sharp-toothed monetisation practices is bound to make companies start to think about alternative ways to do business in this space, none more so than the platform holders upon whose tolerance this entire sector relies for its existence."

Borderlands 3 Director's Cut Released

Gearbox Software announces the release of the Director's Cut add-on for Borderlands 3 (take that Zack Snyder!). This adds new content to the looter-shooter sequel including a new boss, new gear, and a new campaign centered on a murder mystery. This comes along with a free update for all owners of the base game to add Crazy Earl's Reroll Machine, which can replace the Anointment on a piece of gear and Maurice's Black Market Vending Machine, which is stocked with top-tier Legendary loot (if you can find it). Here's the Launch Trailer and here's more on the direction this takes:
Attention Vault Hunters! Starting today, new challenges await you with the Borderlands 3 Director's Cut add-on. A colossal Varkid raid boss named Hemovorous the Invincible located on Pandora is in need of a butt-kicking. Ava could use your help solving an interplanetary murder mystery that she's documenting on her new podcast. And there's an opportunity to unlock new gear and cosmetic items honoring some of the fallen heroes of Borderlands with the first of three planned Vault Cards.
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Roadmap

Ubisoft offers a roadmap for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the tactical military shooter. This outlines two title updates for the game. The second of these is due in the fall, and is said to add one of the biggest operations so far. Here's the overview:
Today, Ubisoft revealed its 2021 content roadmap for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint. The upcoming content will be delivered to the live game through two title updates free for all players, which will continue to improve the experience with new gameplay elements including customization, progression and more.

  • Title Update 4.0.0, coming to players this spring, will focus on improving the players’ experience with AI teammates, including a new progression system, added customization and more features requested by the community.
    Title Update 4.1.0 which is set to be one of the biggest operations so far, will release in the fall.

More details will be revealed later.

Future Games Show and the PC Gaming Show in June

GamesRadar+ has details on the Future Games Show and the PC Gaming Show, saying the 2021 installment will return as a double-header on June 13th. So if you're keeping track at home, these are the third and fourth gaming trade exhibitions in June, along with the Summer Game Fest and E3 2021. These fall right in the middle of the E3 schedule, so it's possible they're actually part of that show, but the announcement gives no indication of that. Here's more on the shows, which are a collaboration between GamesRadar+ and PC Gamer:
The Future Games Show on June 13 will feature a mix of indie and AAA titles across all formats, including PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile.

The PC Gaming Show began in 2015 with the goal of uniting the disparate creators and hardware makers that comprise the hobby under one roof, shining a light on the vibrancy of the open gaming platform. Previous games featured at the PC Gaming Show include Borderlands 3, Valheim, XCOM 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, Warframe, Baldur's Gate 3. Past broadcasts have featured Xbox, Intel, AMD, Oculus VR, and legendary game designers like Warren Spector.

NEO: The World Ends with You Ends Up on EGS This Summer

Square Enix announces NEO: The World Ends with You is coming to Switch and PlayStation 4 on July 27th, and that this sequel to The World Ends with You will come to PC via the Epic Games Store this summer as well. Here's the Release Date Announcement Trailer and here are some details on the game:
A long-awaited new story in The World Ends with You series has finally arrived!

Rindo comes to the grim realization that his life is on the line when he is forced to compete in the so-called "Reapers' Game."

There's no telling how this tale will unfold—but it's up to you to find out! Put your psychic prowess to the test as you duke it out on the stylishly animated streets of Shibuya.
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Smurf Game Plans

Microids and Smurfs world license holder IMPS announce plans for development of four new Smurfs video games. These will cover different genres and will gradually launch over the next five years. Additionally Microids will publish the previously announced The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf later this year for PC and consoles. Here's word on the only kind of game where it isn't a cheesy move to smurf:
In addition to these four upcoming games, the Smurfs will also be a part of Microids’ 2021 line-up, as the new Smurfs game that was announced last May will launch at the end of the year. Entitled The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf and developed by Osome Studio, the game will launch simultaneously on PC, PlayStation®4, Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo Switch. In this new 3D adventure-platformer, the Smurfs will once again have to thwart evil Gargamel’s schemes to save their village… and the whole forest!

Trials of Fire Begin

Your trial by fire begins today with the official launch of Trials of Fire on Steam. This offers the chance to play your cards right in this tactical, deck-building roguelite for Windows. This is developed by Whatboy Games, a studio composed of Rocksteady veterans. This post discusses the launch, and has lengthy patch notes of changes for version 1.0. Here's a How To video outlining the basics of play, which boasts "exploration, tactical turn-based combat, deck-building, bags of loot and extensive procedural systems that make every adventure unique." Here's more:
Embarking on their quest into the desolate wastelands of Ashe, players guide a party of three Heroes in search of hope. The hope to save a forsaken people, the hope to survive in the brutal and barren wastelands, the hope that their party will live to fight again and write a new chapter in their enduring story.

Trials of Fire plunges players into a vast and varied game world featuring a unique tactical, card-driven combat system, and branching narrative encounters with no easy choices.
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Say No! More Released

Say No! More is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam (nudge, nudge), offering what developer Studio Fizbin and publisher Thunderful Publishing call the world's first NPG (NO!-Playing Game). Here's a Short Making Of trailer, and here's some more on this arcade comedy game:
Say No! More is the world’s first NPG (NO!-Playing Game), a brand new experience coming straight from the minds of Studio Fizbin. In a world where everyone sticks to the status quo of saying “YES”, create your own custom character and take on the role of an intern on a mission to change the world with the positive power of “NO!”. With this new power nothing will get in your way as you shout “NO!” at any absurd requests fired at you.

Using simple controls designed for anyone to pick up and play, start your working life through a predetermined path in a quirky office environment. As well as shouting NO! in your chosen language, use your NO! different emotional states to send them reeling. Confuse people with different actions to let their guard down, then charge up your NO! for an even greater effect on unsuspecting colleagues.
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Vampire Clans Announced

RockGame announces Vampire Clans, an action/RPG based on the vampire mythos coming to Steam "when the night come." This uses a side-scrolling POV and includes the construction of your own elaborate vampire lair beneath the streets of Paris. Here's a bloody trailer with a look at how this works, and here is a fuller explanation:
Become the most powerful vampire lord and lead your clan to take over Paris underground. Expand your base, collect blood and kill anybody you want.

As a vampire, you have to enslave people and drain their blood to keep alive your clan. Build prison and go hunting, fresh blood is the most important thing for vampires.

Vampires are super fast. Use this advantage in smooth, slow motion fights. Use magic, alchemy, weapons and special abilities to beat your enemies. Conquer other clans and enlist their members ... or kill them, the choice is yours.

Train your vampires to create the best formation to fight against your enemies. Evolve from cave vampires to the most powerful vampire lords.
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First Feudal Leaves Early Access

Harpoon Games announces that First Feudal is out of Early Access, and has officially launched on Steam. This puts you in the role of a feudal lord and allows you to build up from a small village to a sprawling castle that would be futile to feudally attack. Here's more:
Starting with a small village, some peasants and with limited resources, players must develop their tech and expand their territory and influence into a formidable kingdom capable of defending its newly gained wealth from a host of enemies including roaming bandits, thieves and wild animals.

First Feudal allows players to lead from the front by joining subjects in chopping down trees and mining, or they can sit on the throne and command their serfs. Peasants can be assigned to one of 10 professions, and it is up to the lord to decide what role they take in the settlement based on their attributes and experience, be it hunter, farmer or trader. Players must keep a close eye on food, fatigue and morale to keep their workers happy, productive and - most importantly - alive. Building houses, hosting bards and brewing alcohol are all worthwhile strategies in making their village a continued success. But players can always remind their subjects who is in charge by cracking the whip at the cost of happiness. It is a delicate balance, as random events force players to make critical decisions that could have significant repercussions, such as choosing between new weapons for defence or food to prevent famine.

NARUTO TO BORUTO: SHINOBI STRIKER Karma DLC

The Master Character Training Pack - Boruto Uzumaki (Karma) is now available on Steam, adding a 23rd DLC character to NARUTO TO BORUTO: SHINOBI STRIKER, the brawler which now boasts $172.70 worth of DLC. Here's a Boruto Uzumaki Launch Trailer and here's word from BANDAI NAMCO:
This latest form of Boruto from the hit anime series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Boruto (Karma) has had new powers activated after Momoshiki Otsutsuki used his final moments to embed his Karma into Boruto.

Boruto (Karma) beefs up NARUTO TO BORUTO: SHINOBI STRIKER’s roster of “Defense-type” characters, and his Boruto Stream and Lightning Style: Thunderclap Arrow jutsus will surely strike fear into all foes who cross his path. Boruto (Karma) will further weaken enemies by resetting their Ninjutsu and stock of enemy substitutions within range with his Secret Technique, Karma Linchpin (Wild).
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GWENT for Apple M1 Macs

CD PROJEKT RED qwent and made a version of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game that works on Apple's new M1 Mac models. Gwent for macOS is available as a free download from the App Store. Here's more on the game and the new port:
GWENT is a free-to-play card game of choice and consequence, where skill — not luck — is your most powerful weapon. Leading powerful armies from the Witcher world, players wage war against one another in dynamic multiplayer duels across a number of modes, including ranked games, friendly matches, and Draft battles.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game for macOS works with all devices equipped with the Apple M1 chip and features full cross-play and cross-progression support with versions of the game for PC (via GOG.COM and Steam), Android, and iOS. Device compatibility requirements can be checked on GWENT’s product page on the Mac App Store.

Out of the Blue

I'm a little frustrated with myself after losing my ATM card. I can be a little absent-minded, but I almost never actually lose things. Worst of all, I'm virtually certain it's somewhere in the house. But it's becoming impractical to live without it, so I notified the bank. They've disabled the card, and in a move that I should have anticipated, the cancellation means I can't use the version on my phone anymore. It'll take 3-5 business days for the replacement to arrive, so I guess purchases in the meantime will have to go on a credit card.

Obituary: Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces.
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Charles Coolidge, the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 99. Thanks Roddy.
Obituary: Anne Beatts, pioneering 'SNL' writer and 'Square Pegs' creator, dead at 74.

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