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Friday, Jun 18, 2021

Red Solstice 2: Survivors Released

Red Solstice 2: Survivors is now available on Steam, offering a strategy/RPG sequel from developer Ironward and publisher 505 Games. "We have been working on Red Solstice 2: Survivors for the past few years and are thrilled to release the game today," said Hrvoje Horvatek, CEO, Ironward. "We are very dedicated in supporting Red Solstice 2: Survivors long-term and are happy to listen to player feedback. We will reveal more around the post-launch roadmap soon and welcome players to join us in-game and play with the staff from Ironward! You can find us in the Skirmish mode and we will be wearing special Executor suits." The release trailer shows things off, and the following explains more:
Across both a deep strategy layer and engaging real time combat missions, you'll need to make decisions quickly to survive in this hostile world and determine the fate of the planet. Choose your mission, select your loadout, take to the battlefield, and lead your squad to victory.

Playable in single-player or co-op with up to seven friends, Red Solstice 2: Survivors combines tense claustrophobic action with careful strategic planning to create a sci-fi experience like no other.
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2021 Summer Game Showcase Recap

The 2021 Summer Game Showcase Recap Is another chance to try and get a handle on all that is featured as part of Valve's videogame gala. There are links to announcements, showcases, playable demos, and teases of more to come. Word is:
We’re coming off a busy week of announcements from events of all kinds; but even the savviest of players may have a hard time keeping track of all the reveals, updates, highlights and launches. From E3 to Summer Game Fest, PCGaming Show, and many others, here's our Recap Page to browse and filter all the games in one place.

Madden NFL 22 Announced

Electronic Arts announces Madden NFL 22, a new installment in the official NFL tackle football simulation series. This will launch worldwide on August 20th for Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia. The official website is already accepting preorders, which come with some bonus content. A new Official Reveal Trailer shows off some gameplay, and highlights plans for a generational cover featuring Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. Here's a bit on what's new besides updated player rankings:
Franchise Mode in Madden NFL 22 will make players feel more connected and in control of their team, with more detailed staff management and skill tree progression systems, and comprehensive weekly game strategy with a revamped Season Engine that keeps things fresh every week. Franchise will also continue to see improvements throughout the year via multiple live service updates.

Madden NFL’ s newest mode, The Yard, will feature an all-new single player campaign and avatar progression system that shares progress, rewards and vanity with Face of the Franchise. Face of The Franchise returns with an all-new story, player class system, and the option to play on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker for the first time. Superstar KO will bring multiplayer squad play to NFL teams with the addition of real-world NFL teams to the mode for the first time. Plus, Madden Ultimate Team will deliver a new season of content, allow for halftime adjustments to Superstar X-Factors and integrate Next Gen Stats* to track stats for player items.
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PC Madden NFL 22 Not Getting Newer Console Features

There's a post on Sports Gamers Online about the Madden NFL 22 announcement above (thanks DSOGaming). Although that this year's version of the football game will have new enhancements for the new consoles, apparently the PC addition will be based on last year's game, and will not receive these new features. EA SPORTS responded to their question about this by saying this may change down the road:
“It’s something being explored for the future,” a rep from EA Sports said. “We’re still early in the transition to next-gen and right now the team is focused on making the best, quality experience on new consoles before looking to upgrade other platforms.”

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Possibly the worst attempt at lying ever.

Final Fantasy VII and Alan Wake Remake EGS Listings Spotted

A tweet from Wario64 reveals discoveries datamined from the Epic Games Store. These apparently reveal previously announced plans to bring remakes of Final Fantasy VII and Alan Wake to PC. Here's a summary of the news from Gematsu:
Both titles are listed as code-names (“Pineapple QA” for Final Fantasy VII Remake, and “HeronStaging” for Alan Wake Remastered), but the “CloudSaveFolder” property reveals the true identity of each title:

  • “Pineapple QA” – “{UserDir}/My Games/FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE/EOS/{EpicID}/”
  • “HeronStaging” – “{UserDir}/Remedy/AlanWakeRemastered/”

The final trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the newly launched PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, revealed the game will only be available on PlayStation 5 for at least six months before it is available on any other format, meaning that a PC version could release as early as December 10.

Star Control II Sequel Plans

A post to the Dogar And Kazon Blog reveals that the team that created the original Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters is at work on a sequel to the classic space combat game (thanks Brian). After part of the IP was sold to Stardock, the development team also known as Toys for Bob ended up embroiled in a legal battle over the Star Control rights. The lawsuits in this case were settled a couple of years ago, so hopefully there's a clear path ahead for this project without further litigation. His word on the plan:
Fred and I have been working on UQM2 full time since Fall of last year. So far it's just the two of us, with Fred working loooong hours developing a cool new designer-friendly scripting system for gameplay, and me reading old sci-fi, drinking Mai Tais and trying to make something coherent out of almost 30 years of story notes and design sketches.

Our goal is to create a genuine sequel to the game we last worked-on in early 90’s -- something that feels like a seamless continuation of your best UQM memories. Selfishly perhaps, we also want to make the game our own way without any bosses, driven only by our own imaginations and that of the UQM community. To that end, we will soon be opening up a forum where the core UQM2 team, volunteers and fans can discuss, debate and collaborate on the new game.
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Baldur's Gate III Official Release Date Uncertain

In a video interview on GameSpot, Larian boss Swen Vincke discusses progress on Baldur's Gate III, Larian's upcoming RPG sequel that's currently in Early Access. Swen Indicates a full release date is in flux, saying Larian is working very hard to get the game out in 2022. It's slightly confusing because the interviewer asks if they are shooting for an official release "in 2020." Sven's Response is that Larry and would be happy to release it "next year." He says "we're aiming for it," but stresses that there are "no guarantees." Unsurprisingly, he cites the circumstances surrounding the global pandemic as one of the main reasons for any setbacks they've suffered. Continue here to read the full story.

It Takes Two Takes Two Million

Hazelight Studios tweets the news that It Takes Two has sold more than two million copies since the launch of the cooperative adventure game in late March:
#ItTakesTwo has sold Two Million copies!!

We’re simply amazed by the PASSION you wonderful people have shown our game and we couldn’t be happier seeing so many fans of co-op out there

Tannenberg and Verdun Free Weekend

As work continues on World War I shooter Isonzo, M2H and Blackmill Games announce the opportunity to play both of the first two games in the series on Steam for free all weekend. You can find Tannenberg for Windows, macOS, and Linux right here and Verdun for those same platforms right here. And if you decide you want to reenlist after your weekend tour of duty, each game is on sale for 60% off. Here's a word:
The free weekend celebrates the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S releases, and allows players to try everything Verdun and Tannenberg have to offer – no features or content are restricted. From ferocious trench warfare in the Western Front with Verdun, to the sweeping maneuver warfare between Russia and Germany in Tannenberg, there’s a lot to see.

Railroad Ink Challenge Released

Railroad Ink Challenge is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam as well as for mobile. This is a digital version of a tabletop game where you complete rail routes in order to keep the trains running on time. Here's the release trailer and here's a description:
Railroad Ink Challenge is a popular tabletop game created by award-winning designers Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo Silva and illustrated by artist Marta Tranquilli. The digital versions now available offers the same compelling and exciting gameplay where you plan your routes, connect the exits around your board, expand your transportation system, and reach networking nirvana! You can play solo to beat your own best scores, or challenge players from all over the world using the global online leaderboards. For each of the 7 rounds you roll the dice and draw the ideal routes to the exit. Your goal is to collect the highest number of points, and at the end of the game, you are penalized for any open connections, so careful planning is essential. You may connect special structures to your network to trigger special effects: duplicate a route with Factories, gain bonus points by building Stations next to Villages, and unlock extra Special Routes with Universities. Each game also features a different set of optional, time-limited in-game Goals. Try to complete them before they expire to score even more points!
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Steam Next Fest Demos, Part 3

  • Panic Mode (Windows, macOS, Linux). "Panic Mode is a casual simulation/strategy game about saving creatures from dangerous disasters using shoddy crisis management tools."
  • Project Haven (Windows). "Project Haven is a squad tactics game set on the mean streets of Earth’s last city." Here's a two-hour Demo Playthrough video.

Out of the Blue

I'm still dealing with the aftermath of my auto accident. Apparently this is not the last time I will get to say that. I got to see the orthopedist yesterday, and I am now in a full splint on my left arm. It turns out I may need surgery, and my arm may never be the same again. So I guess it's time to give up this effort to pretend this isn't a big deal. To punctuate that point, I also learned yesterday my car has been declared total loss. I will always appreciate it sacrificing its life to protect mine. Anyway, this splint makes it impossible to use my left hand for typing or anything else (I'm pretty sure that's the idea). I'm not very adept at one-handed typing, evidence of a misspent youth not chatting with webcam models. Hopefully the arcane magic of voice recognition will help along the way. On the bright side, I'm sure that's bound to produce some amazing typos. Or would that make them speakos?

Obituary: Frank Bonner, Herb on 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' dies at 79. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Obituary: Daredevil motorbike rider Alex Harvill dies during world-record jump practice.

Messed-up Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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