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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Get Among Us for Free

Among Us is now available for free for Windows on the Epic Games Store as this week's giveaway. This will be a permanent addition to your library if you claim it between now and next Thursday when a new freebie takes its place. For the third week in a row, Epic is playing it mum about future plans, once again referring to the next giveaway as "mystery game." Here's a refresher on paranoiac social deduction gameplay of Among Us:
Life as a Crewmate: Complete all your tasks on the ship to win, but watch out for Impostors! Report dead bodies and call emergency meetings to vote the Impostors out. Hope you chose correctly!

Play as an Impostor: Cause chaos, sneak around, and frame innocent bystanders! Winning involves killing off every Crewmate - think you’re a master of sabotage?
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Get Company of Heroes 2 and Ardennes Assault for Free

SEGA and Relic Entertainment are commemorating the US's Memorial Day Weekend with a giveaway of Company of Heroes 2, the World War II real-time strategy sequel. The freebie comes along with an additional bonus, as the Ardennes Assault standalone single-player campaign is free as well. Both are available Steam, yours to keep if you claim them over the next week. Also, all the other content for the game is currently on sale for 80% off. This trailer celebrates the giveaways. Here's more:
There really is no better opportunity for strategy fans to get their hands on this ground-breaking historical title, engage in its thrilling tactical combat and claim victory over both the Eastern & Western Fronts of World War II. Newcomers to the award-winning World War II RTS series can expect countless hours of single and multiplayer gameplay, with the ultimate goal of defeating the mighty German forces and turning the tide of war. Download COH2 and Ardennes Assault for free now and kick off your single player campaign with The Battle of the Bulge, or dive straight into various intense online multiplayer modes and missions.
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Ghost Recon Breakpoint Free Weekend

The Ubisoft Website offers the chance to play Ghost Recon Breakpoint for free all weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, and Stadia. The site says the event runs from May 27-31 in the heading, while later saying: "From May 27th to May 30th you can access the full game for free." The Free Weekend Trailer says this ends on the 31st too, so that's two votes to one. Here's the description of the clip:
From the 27th to 31st of May, discover the dangerous Auroa Island. Become a Ghost and fight against your worst enemy, ex-brothers in arms gone rogue, on their territory.

During this Free Weekend*, you will also have access to the new Teammate Experience Update, letting you customise your squad to the fullest, enjoy a better progression system and new weapons and headgear.
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Dying Light 2 Stay Human in December

Dying 2 Know- Episode 1 is a video following through on Techland's promise to start releasing more details about Dying Light 2 Stay Human, the zombie game follow-up. This includes an official release date, as word is the game will arrive on December 7th. This is also highlighted in a new Official Gameplay Trailer. Word is we'll be hearing more about what to expect between now and the game's launch:
Delve into the newest gameplay of Dying Light 2. Here, we will give you a broader look at the cruel world of the Dark Ages, fearsome enemies, and things we will talk about in the upcoming months.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Gets New Game Director has word that Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz has left CD PROJEKT RED, where he was appointed design director for Cyberpunk 2077 two years ago. Word is that role is being assumed by Gabriel Amatangelo:
Amatangelo joined CD Projekt in January 2020 as a creative director for Cyberpunk. Prior to the role, he worked as design director on Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, as well as lead designer on various expansions for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

He will be tasked with leading the development of Cyberpunk's future expansions.

$4M Lawsuit Judgment Against Valve Upheld

The Esports Observer reports that a Federal Judge in Washington threw out a motion from Valve to nullify the $4 million verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit from controller maker SCUF over the Steam Controller. Word is an effort by SCUF to enhance the payout was also dismissed:
The Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maker filed a post-trial motion asking the Western District Court of Washington in Seattle to nullify the verdict, but U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly ruled Wednesday that the company failed to prove that there was insufficient evidence presented at trial because that evidence, according to the ruling, was straightforward and easy for the jury to understand. Zilly also denied a motion by SCUF, who was seeking enhanced damages.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate Announced

SEGA announces Sonic Colors: Ultimate, an upcoming remastered version of Sonic Colors. In addition to the console versions, this will finally fulfill long running speculation of a PC edition of the platformer, as this will come exclusively to the Epic Games Store on September 7th. Here's an Announce Trailer, and here are some quick details:
Sonic fans, get ready to Color the Universe! Today, as part of Sonic Central, SEGA® unveiled Sonic Colors: Ultimate™, an adrenaline-pumping upgrade on the iconic 2010 platformer, Sonic Colors. Developed by the award-winning studio, Blind Squirrel Entertainment, Sonic Colors: Ultimate brings a fresh hue to the celebrated game with stunning visuals, additional features, a new mode, and improved gameplay enhancements, providing players the ultimate Sonic experience. Sonic Colors: Ultimate is set to release both digitally and physically on September 7, 2021 starting at $39.99 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One Consoles and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC via the Epic Games Store. For a limited time, Sonic fans can pre-order the Sonic Colors: Ultimate physical edition and get access to an exclusive baby Sonic keychain.
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EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: WORLD BROTHERS is now available, offering a new installment in the EDF series that attempts to save Earth from invading aliens with the power of voxels. This is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch, and the Windows edition can be found on Steam. Here's a Launch Trailer and an explanation:
-A New Fight on a Square Earth
A new EDF adventure begins! Only this time, the action unfolds in a parallel world where the Earth is made of digital blocks. This world has befallen into chaos, as the once peaceful square Earth has been shattered into pieces. Shape aside, it is an Earth nonetheless which needs to be defended. It is now up to the EDF to restore peace to the square planet.

-Assemble Your Own Team
The Earth has been shattered into pieces. EDF soldiers are fighting desperately on their own in various countries around the world. Rescue these soldiers to have them join you, and assemble your own unique team. Each mission can be attempted with up to 4 teammates. Switch among your teammates as you go, making use of each character's unique traits which shall prove useful in battle at different times.
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Chivalry 2 Crossplay Beta

The Chivalry 2 crossplay beta is now underway, as publisher Tripwire Interactive and developer Torn Banner Studios iron out the ability to do combat between platforms in the melee combat sequel. The Windows client can be downloaded through the Epic Games Store. Here's more on the testing:
Chivalry 2 Cross-Play Open Beta content and highlights include:

  • Cross-Play Across All Platforms: Cross-Play smashes the boundaries between PC and console, allowing players to face-off on the battlefield together, regardless of platform.
  • The Slaughter of Coxwell (New Team Objective Map): The Mason Order seeks to make a brutal example of the peaceful village of Coxwell after it declared support for Argon II. Burn the village, breach the gate, steal the gold, and kill the soldiers.
  • The Battle of Darkforest (New Team Objective Map): Agathian forces lie in wait, ready to ambush the Mason army that marches forth to kill the Duke of Fogbern Keep. Destroy the barricade, push the convoy, capture and hold the gatehouse, and kill the Duke.
  • The Siege of Rudhelm (Team Objective Map): After weeks of siege, Agathian forces begin a final assault upon a Mason stronghold defended by the Mason heir. Push the siege towers, capture and hold the gatehouse, burn the tents, push the siege ramps, capture and hold the courtyard, and take down the heir to achieve victory.

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Iron Harvest Operation Eagle Launch

Operation Eagle is now available as new DLC for Iron Harvest, KING Art's alternate history RTS game. This adds a fictionalized version of the United States to this fictionalized depiction of World War I. This can be downloaded for Windows from, the Epic Games Store, or Steam, depending on where you own the base game. Here's the Launch Trailer, and here's a bit on what's changed now that the Yanks are coming:
Iron Harvest: Operation Eagle introduces the new faction of Usonia and the sub-faction Arabia. The latest DLC features the full single and co-op campaign for Usonia, introduces the massive Usonia flying units, adds new multiplayer maps, and more.

The Operation Eagle add-on contains:

  • Usonia Faction with over 20 new units
  • Complete Usonia Campaign (single player & co-op)
  • Three new playable heroes
  • New playable allies from the Arabia faction
  • New flying units for all factions
  • New structures and anti-air defenses for all factions
  • New multiplayer maps

*Every Iron Harvest player will get access to new units, buildings, and maps via matchmaking.

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Tainted Grail: Conquest Released

Tainted Grail: Conquest is out of Early Access and is now officially available for Windows on and Steam. Word is: "Following an exceedingly positive early access period, the official launch brings three new classes, full English voiceover support, a revamped tutorial, and a range of enhancements to improve UX, balance and more." Here's a Launch Trailer and here's more on what Awaken Realms Digital calls a "dark fantasy deck-building roguelike RPG":
Tainted Grail: Conquest is set in the immersive, dark fantasy universe of Awaken Realms’ hit board game Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon. The game combines narrative-driven RPG elements with roguelike deck-building gameplay, offering a unique twist on the genres. Players set out on the cursed island of Avalon, where an ever-changing map filled with deadly enemies awaits. With a deep character customization suite across nine distinctive classes of heroes plus dozens of skills, runestones, and items available, each playthrough brings a unique set of challenges.


  • Experience a unique blend of deck-building roguelike and story-driven RPG.
  • Complete quests, save NPCs and build your village to help unlock new passive abilities that carry over from run to run.
  • Travel through corrupted lands inspired by Arthurian legends and learn the secrets behind ancient menhirs, Fore-dwellers and death itself.
  • Create endless combinations with nine distinctive classes, 460 cards, 340 passive skills and 50 masteries at your disposal.

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Star Wars Pinball VR Gets Free Han Solo Table

Zen Studios announces the Han Solo pinball table from the Star Wars Pinball Heroes Within pack, is now available for free for Star Wars Pinball VR. This is available on Steam, Oculus Quest, and PlayStation VR. This is the first major content update for the game since its launch, but word is "fans can expect even more exciting surprises in the near future." We know better than to tell you the odds, so we'll just leave you with the Han Solo Table Trailer and an explanation you can read in less than 12 parsecs:
The new Han Solo table is a nerf-herding tribute to the Classic Trilogy’s original lovable rogue, with a focus on pure physics, speed, and shooting. Go for high scores alongside Han and Chewie, and experience intense moments like the dangerous asteroid field chase in the enhanced immersion of VR. You’ll also unlock new Fan Cave customization options dedicated to the greatest scoundrel in the galaxy.

Star Wars Pinball VR delivers a growing collection of amazing tables, including new designs such as The Mandalorian and Star Wars Classic Collectibles. The game expands the core Star Wars™ Pinball experience with exclusives like a decked out Fan Cave to call home for your tables and digital collectibles, plus mesmerizing gameplay features like Total Immersion Mode and full 360-degree mini-games.
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Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R Announced

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R is an action/driving game in the works at 3D Clouds based on Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, the TV series based on the automotive movie series. The game is expected for release in November for PC and consoles, offering multiplayer support, and voice talent from the original series. Here's an Announce Trailer along with a roadmap:
Inspired by the Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R brings the intense action from the show to consoles and PC for a thrilling, globe-trotting, racing tournament. Featuring show-stopping tracks set in five incredible locations including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and the Sahara Desert, the game allows players to use high-tech spy gear to gain the upper hand in the game's story mode and features online and split-screen multiplayer races for up to six players,

The elite criminal racing gang, SH1FT3R, returns in the game and it's up to the Spy Racers team to stop them from winning the ultimate cutting-edge vehicle that will cause chaos in the wrong hands. Players will go undercover and race as their favorite characters, including Tony Toretto, Echo, Cisco, Layla Gray, or even race as the notorious SH1FT3R gang including Shashi Dar, Moray, Rafaela Moreno, and more. Fans can use spy weapons to speed through secret shortcuts and personalize customizable cars with a range of skins.
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I Am Fish Announced

Publisher Curve Digital announces I Am Fish is in development at Bossa Studios. Besides Surgeon Simulator, Bossa is also the developer of I Am Bread, making one wonder if this is all leading towards the inevitable announcement of I Am Filet-O-Fish. The game is "coming soon" to Steam, and word is a playable demo will surface on June 16th. Here's the Announcement Trailer and here are some fishy details:
I Am Fish is a charming adventure starring four intrepid fish friends, forcibly separated from their home in a pet shop fish tank. Throughout the game, players will join them as they swim, fly, roll, and chomp their way to the open ocean from the far-flung corners of Barnardshire (the smallest county in England) in their bid for freedom and to reunite once again.

The game features four playable fish: a Goldfish, Pufferfish, Flying Fish, and Piranha each with their own unique personality, abilities, and aquatic adventuring styles. Today’s trailer shows just how deeply these plucky explorers can think outside the bowl on their journey to fishy freedom. Fans of charming, will be challenged to bring the four piscine pet shop pals back together through hilarious physics-based challenges!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002) Pierce Brosnan - James Bond Revisited. Thanks Redwood.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End PC Plans Revealed

Sony's Investor Relations Day 2021 Presentation seems to spill the beans on plans to bring Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to PC (thanks Gematsu). Included in the slides is one outlining "new growth vectors" for PlayStation Studios. This has a section on "off console" releases for PC and mobile. The PC heading references the success of the PC release of Horizon Zero Dawn, and lists two more planned PC releases: Days Gone and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Dragon's Quest XII: The Flames and Dragon's Quest III Remake Announced

A new announce trailer from SQUARE ENIX reveals plans for Dragon's Quest XII: The Flames of Fate, a new installment in the JRPG series formerly known as Dragon Warrior. The company also offers this trailer with a look at a planned Dragon Quest III HD/2D remake, though details are scant for now. Likewise, getting back to Dragon's Quest XII, Gematsu notes that translating all there is to know about this for now reveals there's not a lot to know about this for now:
Square Enix officially announced Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate during the Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Special live stream. Platforms and a release date were not announced, but a simultaneous worldwide release is planned.

According to Dragon Quest game designer Yuji Horii, Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will feature dark, mature content, and force players to make various decisions to determine their way of life. The series’ traditional command battles will also be revamped, but fans of the series should still be able to enjoy it without discomfort.

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will run on Unreal Engine 5 and is directed by Takeshi Uchikawa. Square Enix is currently hiring staff to work on the game. According to Horii, “While the story is complete and only needs to be implemented, this is a big game, so there is still some time to go before completion.”
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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Gets DLC and Steam Release

The Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC is now available for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries for PC and consoles. Piranha Games' single-player, BattleTech action game (and the new DLC) can also now be purchased for Windows through or Steam, and the Xbox Series X|S edition is also now available. There's an added incentive on, where you'll get a free copy of The Surge with your purchase. The PC version of Mercenaries had been exclusive on the Epic Games Store since late 2019 (updated to remove some erroneous date math, thank you Joshua for the heads-up). Here's a DLC Launch Trailer and some details:
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries finds players in the battlefields of the future, dominated by BattleMechs, hulking machines of war capable of leveling entire cities. As the inheritor of a once-glorious Mercenary company, the quest for glory and revenge will stretch light years, chasing the threads of interstellar intrigue on the journey to become an elite MechWarrior and mercenary commander.

The merc life of a MechWarrior BattleMech pilot continues in the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC. Follow your chosen career path from War Dog to Treasure Hunter in the new Career Mode. Explore new warzones, new quests, and new missions that span the full scope of the Inner Sphere. Hunt the Heroes with special quests that tell the story of seven new heroes and their lostech mechs. Find new mech chassis and variants, weapons, equipment, as well as blueprints to quirk your prized mechs.
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Conan Exiles: Isle of Siptah Officially Released

Isle of Siptah is out of Early Access, and this expansion for Conan Exiles is now officially available for Windows on Steam. This comes along with a patch to update the base edition of the Hyborian Age survival game to version 2.4.4. You can find all the details on the new version in the patch notes. Here's the Isle of Siptah Launch Trailer and here's more on the add-on and its Early Access journey:
Conan Exiles: Isle of Siptah was first released into early access on Steam in September 2020 and has since then undergone massive improvements. The landmass has increased, there are dozens of new points of interest to explore, three new factions of NPCs have settled down on the island, and a new religion has been introduced, allowing players to summon forth an avatar of the spider-god Zath.

“We are fortunate to have a huge and vocal community of Conan Exiles players, which has enabled us to focus development on the areas our players deem the most important,” says Conan Exiles Project Director Scott Junior. “The result is a massive and vibrant island, with loads to explore, and more freedom to pursue the objectives you enjoy the most. This kind of optimization is precisely what early access should be all about. I’m incredibly proud of what our dev team has been able to achieve during the past 8 months and looking forward to seeing players explore Siptah across all three platforms.”
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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Released

Today's forecast calls for storm ground, as Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is now available for PC and consoles, with full crossplay support across all platforms. The Windows edition of this "action-packed," turn-based strategy game based on the Games Workshop property is offered on Steam. A Launch Trailer illustrates the news. Here's the pitch:
Become the commander of one of the extraordinary factions of Warhammer Age of Sigmar - a dark-fantasy universe where immortal knights ride heavenly stardrakes to eradicate Death across a multitude of realms. This is Storm Ground, a world of legends, heroes, hellish creatures and fearsome battles.

Lead your highly-customisable force in this dynamic and spectacular skirmish turn-based strategy game packed with fast-paced warfare. Victories allow you to collect and upgrade new types of units, powerful equipment, and unlock devastating skills.
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Truck Driver Rolls Out

Breaker 1-9! The Windows edition of Truck Driver is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering PC gamers the chance to get behind the wheel of a virtual big rig in SOEDESCO's hauling sim. The PC Features Launch Trailer shows off enhancements for this version of the game, including multi-monitor support with panoramic view, Tobii eye-tracking, button mapping, unlocked framerate, and advanced graphics settings. Here's word on this chance to ply the family trade:
When you inherit a truck from your father, you decide to take your chance and move to a new city. Here, it’s up to you to make a name for yourself and earn the respect of the local community. Drive through a seamless open world, work with all kinds of people ranging from a constructor to a lumberjack and honor your father by making it as a Truck Driver!
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Out of the Blue

Today's morning update arriving a bit earlier than usual is the result of me trying to adjust to having tomorrow's first post arrive even earlier. If I can manage to pull off my ambitious plans, I'll be hitting the road early tomorrow to attend the burial of my uncle who died over the winter. I did not attend his funeral due to COVID-19 concerns, but the burial that was put off at the time due to frozen ground is being held tomorrow. I'd be very happy if this effort can develop into a trend towards getting these updates online earlier on a regular basis. But I'm getting ahead of myself. For now, let's just see if I can make it on time tomorrow.

Obituary: Eric Carle, Creator Of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' Dies At 91.
Obituary: School of Rock 's Kevin Clark Dead at 32 After Cycling Accident.

Early Round-up
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Breakfast Link

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