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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021

Aliens: Fireteam Gets New Title and August Release Date

A new trailer reveals Aliens: Fireteam Elite as the new title of the upcoming action game formerly known as simply Aliens: Fireteam. It also reveals a release date, saying the game will come to PC and consoles on August 24th. Pre-orders are now under way on this website, and the description of the video explains the incentives for this advance commitment:
Pre-order any edition of Aliens: Fireteam Elite and receive the Hardened Marine Pack, which includes the Bandana Head Accessory, Digital Red Weapon Camo, 3 Weapon Decals, and Chestburster Emote.

Set in the iconic Alien universe, Aliens: Fireteam Elite is a cooperative third-person survival shooter that drops your fireteam of hardened marines into a desperate fight to contain the evolving 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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Steam Limiting Account Changes

Steam Database tweets about the discovery of a change in how Steam handles changing the country listed on your account. This is to impede manipulation to take advantage of regional pricing:
In a further crack down on people buying games in cheaper regions, Valve added a limit on how often you can change your Steam account's country.

Country may not be updated more than once every 3 months. Purchases can be completed using a payment method from your current region.

Out of Line Out

Out of Line is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, Humble Store*, and Steam, offering an action/platformer developed by Nerd Monkeys and published by Hatinh Interactive (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). Word is: "Inspired by Studio Ghibli, modern philosophy and impressionist art, the game depicts protagonist San’s journey of self-discovery. As players assist the young man in recovering his memory and escaping an oppressive factory regime, they’ll uncover existential themes that relate to their own lives." As you can see in the Launch Trailer, the game features lush, hand-painted graphics. Here's why you will be a stan for San:
Players will use San’s spear to climb walls, activate switches, operate platforms, halt machinery and more across a variety of landscapes. As they navigate past puzzles and mechanical hazards in order to gather the young man’s memories, they’ll unravel the mysteries of his world and discover the power of hope in the face of tyranny.

Key Features

  • Enjoy dozens of visually impressive puzzles
  • Learn to master the mechanics of the spear
  • Interact with beautiful hand-drawn environments
  • Learn from extraordinary characters
  • Discover what San’s story means to you
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Just Die Already Free Multiplayer Update

A free update is now available for Just Die Already, the senior citizen sandbox game. This adds the promised new player-versus-player mode in what is described as "the first free update of many." Those who own the Windows edition should get this automatically through the Epic Games Store or Steam. Here's more:
In the new PvP mode, it’s time to give the boomers what they deserve by having them fight for their lives! Compete against your other old friends, playing in four new arenas where the goal is simple: survive the onslaught from your elderly assailants and start ripping their limbs off.

The new PvP mode includes:

  • A brand new game dubbed ‘Farm’: A cat and mouse type affair where one player takes the role of a farmer trying to stop the apple thieves with his shotgun and the others set about lifting that fruit.,
  • Battle arenas where players will duke it out using the array of weapons and tools scattered around the level. Players can choose between a variety of settings such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Stock, Time Limit, and King of the Hill to tweak their battle to their liking.

Viking Berserker Announced

Gaming's Viking trend shows no sign of slowing down as publisher SimulaM and developer LothbrokStudio announce Viking Berserker, a Norse berserker game coming to Steam. Here's the Official Trailer and a chunk of the description:
In the Old Norse written corpus, “berserkers” were those who were said to have fought in a trance-like fury.
Now, it’s a time for you to become one of them - to be a great Viking warrior, you need to learn how to be a Berserker.

Dark forces have opened the sky and come to our world, and it will be your job to stop all of them and send them back to where they came from.
Your journey will be full of different types of monsters and enemies!

Did we mention that it will be super difficult? If not, please keep in mind that you’ll need to use all your skills and learn new ones to reach the end.
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Get ARMA: Cold War Assault for Free

As the summer sale continues on GOG.com, the DRM-free marketplace rolls out another giveaway. For the next 48 hours everyone is entitled to pick up a copy of ARMA: Cold War Assault for free. This may not actually be related to the sale because the giveaway is also underway on Steam. Wherever you pick up the game, it will be a permanent addition to your library as long as you act in time. Here's word on this re-release of Operation Flashpoint, Bohemian Interactive's debut first-person shooter:
The horrors of WWIII are imminent. There are clashes over the Malden Islands from dusk to dawn and you are caught in-between. You must use all of the available resources in your arsenal to hold back the incoming darkness. When Victor Troska came back to Nogovo, he thought the pain of war was left buried in his past. But his dream lies broken now. His worst nightmare returns when military forces lands near Nogovo.

ArmA: Cold War Assault includes Bohemia Interactive's debut game published by Codemasters as Operation Flashpoint in 2001 and its expansion -- Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. This game is a genre-defining combat military simulation and was a bestselling PC game. It has won many international awards, including “Game of The Year” and “Best Action Game.” Over 2 million copies of Operation Flashpoint have been sold since its release.

DOOM Eternal GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Limited Edition Demon Slayer Bundle

Bethesda announces the exclusive DOOM Eternal GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Demon Slayer bundle. This includes DOOM Eternal, some special physical rewards, and an unobtanium-powered GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. Since state-of-the-art video cards are almost impossible to find these days, there will be a drawing to see who is entitled to purchase one of the 300 bundles. Here are the details:
Because of extremely high demand, a select number of those interested in this bundle will be selected randomly to win the opportunity to purchase. After the deadline, the Gear Store will reach out to the lucky chosen few via email with a purchase link, with any unclaimed bundles redistributed to new winners. To enter for your chance to pick up this limited-offer item, just sign up using your region’s link below.

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For more information, including the full rules and eligibility of this offer, please check your region’s Bethesda Gear Store site. Good luck to everyone entering – we can’t wait for you to experience DOOM Eternal running in all its gorgeous, RTX ON glory!

This Means Warp Beta Next Month

This Means Warp is a roguelike space ship management and combat game for one to four players in the works at two-person developer Outlier. The plan is for this to launch on Steam early next year, but its closed beta test is getting underway on July 2nd. Those interested in taking part can register on this page. Here's a new Gameplay Trailer along with some details:
Play solo or work together with up to 3 crewmates as you make your own destiny in a procedurally generated universe. Purchase new weapons/systems for your ship, battle increasingly challenging enemies, and choose your path through a wide array of varied and dangerous encounters. The stakes are high - if your ship is destroyed, it’s game over!
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Vesper Demo

Developer Cordens Interactive and publisher Deck13 Announce a July 30th release date for Vesper, a puzzle/platformer coming to Windows (it is also a dangerous cocktail invented by Ian Fleming). In the meantime there is a playable demo on Steam. Here's an Official Release Date Trailer along with some details on the game and its inspiration from the past:
Vesper mixes the gameplay of classic 90's atmospheric platformers with newly inspired mechanics. Use the Drive Gun to wield the light in order to overcome obstacles, take control of your enemies and turn them against each other.

The game offers you a variety of different solutions for every encounter, allowing you to hide in the shadows to avoid contact or to engage enemies head-on. Choosing a path that fits your play style is the core design philosophy of Vesper.
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Find Lost At Sea Next Month

Publisher Headup announces a July 15th release date for Lost At Sea, the seafaring adventure game in development at Studio Fizbin. Here's last year's gamescom 2020 Trailer to show this off. Here's the course the game will follow:
Lost At Sea tells the story of Anna, who, in the later stages of her life, has come to be alone. To live her new future, she will first have to take stock of her past. Construct her memories by finding objects and solving puzzles on a strange island, and face the question we all face eventually: “Did I do it right?”

In Lost At Sea players experience poignant moments in Anna’s life, moments that we can all relate to, moments that make us all wonder how life can suddenly take a hold of us, instead of the other way around.
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ITORAH Announced

Publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Grimbart Tales announce ITORAH, calling it a "genre-blending" action/adventure title ITORAH. This will come to Windows via Steam later this year. The Announcement Trailer shows off the game's hand-painted environments inspired by Mesoamerican culture. Here's more on this project's inspirations:
ITORAH harkens back to the Nintendo Gameboy titles that inspired the team at Grimbart Tales. A loveable and scrappy cast of characters, a looming evil that threatens a colorful fantasy land, and of course, progressively more difficult platforming elements are but a few of the genre hallmarks awaiting players when the game drops later in 2021. As Itorah journeys through the world of Nahucan, she’ll meet a colorful cast of quirky companions, including her chatty and loud-mouthed weapon, which also serves as a guide to understanding the events of the past. She’ll need all the help she can get in order to make her way through the winding paths of Nahucan on her quest to save the land and battle the malignant contagion that threatens it!
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Swords of Legends Online Next Month

Publisher Gameforge and developers Wangyuan Shengtang & Aurogon announce a release date for Swords of Legends Online, Saying the MMORPG will launch on July 9th. A new Release Date Announcement Trailer celebrates the news with a look at the inspiration the game draws from Chinese mythology. Here's more:
In just a few weeks, players will be able to immerse themselves in the rich, expansive, visually stunning world and delve into the mystical story told through fully voiced cutscenes. Legendary warriors will play as one of six initial classes and embark on incredible quests, join forces with formidable allies to take down challenging foes, and rest their weary heads in a home among the clouds—easily accessible thanks to their trusty flying mounts!

Based on the legends that inspired the multi-award-winning television series, several movies, novels, and a series of games including the recent MMORPG Gu Jian Qi Tan Online—which first launched in China in July of 2019—Swords of Legends Online introduces a fully remastered edition of the popular AAA saga to a whole new audience in Europe and the Americas, presented in glorious, high-definition visuals. Following a successful Beta phase where players were able to test the waters, MMO fanatics in North and Latin America and Europe will soon be able to jump into the action themselves and explore a fascinating and strikingly gorgeous world steeped in and inspired by the poetic lore of ancient Chinese culture.
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Out of the Blue

I've been struggling to make updates here since being rendered one-handed by my car accident. But even though I feel a little better everyday, today was by far the most frustrating battle with my computer. Windows has two different voice programs built in. One is Windows speech recognition which is activated with an icon. The other is the voice dictation app that comes up when you hold the Windows key and hit H. They both have their foibles, but I find the former tends to lock up my computer, and the latter is easier to work with. Unfortunately, the latter is the one that doesn't work very consistently on my set-up. I've managed to get it working again several times by rebooting my system. But as you can imagine that's not super-practical. I'll mess around with this a bit further today to see if I can figure out why it's so inconsistent. Maybe I just need to get a third-party voice recognition app.

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