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Monday, Jun 28, 2021

Chris Avellone Files Libel Suit

Game writer Chris Avellone has filed a libel lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him one year ago (thanks D.M. Schmeyer via Gamasutra). Just yesterday we mentioned a few posts by Chris addressing the situation, and clearly these were related to the lawsuit. The defendants are listed as Karissa Barrows, Kelly Bristol, and 100 Jane Does, and the complaint includes a demand for jury trial. Part of it alleges conspiratorial behavior:
Avellone is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that at all times herein mentioned, each unnamed Defendant was the agent of the other named Defendant(s) herein, and at all times were and are acting within the purpose and scope of such agency, and with the permission and consent of his/her/its named co-Defendant(s) with knowledge, authorization, permission, consent, and/or subsequent ratification and approval of each co-Defendant. Avellone is further informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that each named and unnamed Defendant knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed among themselves to deprive Avellone of his rights and to cause the damages described herein.

Xbox Cloud Gaming Expanded PC and Apple Device Availability

Microsoft announces that Xbox cloud gaming is now available to an even wider range of devices than before. This comes along with word of significant improvements to the overall experience when playing in the cloud. Here's a bit of the explanation on Xbox Wire:
Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries. If you’re a member or want to become a member, simply go to on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass library.

With billions of active Windows 10 PCs, iOS devices and Android phones, we want you to have new opportunities to play the deepest, most immersive games whenever and wherever you choose. Simply put, we’re bringing the Xbox experience directly to the devices you use most.
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New id Project Spied

The Australian Classification Website reveals plans for a game codenamed PROJECT 2021B. Submitted by publisher ZeniMax Europe, the developer is listed as id Software. There's very little to go by. There's no description. All there is are notes that the games themes and language both have mild impact, while its violence has a moderate impact.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Foundation — Official Teaser 2.

Grand Theft Auto VI Rumors

After successfully predicting some of the announcements for Battlefield 2042, internet sleuth Tom Henderson is now taking a leak all over the Grand Theft Auto series. In this video Tom discusses various rumors he's heard over the years about Grand Theft Auto VI. Previous speculation about a new installment in the open-world crime series suggest it will be set in the 1980s. According to Tom's sources, however, the game may be a recreation of Vice City set in the present day. He does admit that this is not in his wheelhouse: "Of course, I'm not known for GTA 6 news, so take all this information with a grain of salt." Continue here to read the full story.

WitcherCon Schedule

The WitcherCon Website now offers a complete schedule of events for this online celebration of The Witcher that will get underway on July 9th. There are various panels and presentations planned for The Witcher game and television series. However, unless there are secret unscheduled plans, it seems that there will be no new game announcements at the show. Things get under way at 7:00 pm CEST, which is 1:00 pm EDT. The second stream gets underway at 3:00 am CEST on July 10th, which is 9:00 pm EDT July 9th . Here's an overview:
Get ready for WitcherCon – the upcoming global online celebration of The Witcher franchise! You will be able to watch WitcherCon across two separate streams: the first one will air on July 9th at 7 PM CEST, and the second one on July 10th, 3 AM CEST. Both of them will be available on our Twitch and YouTube channels.

Legend of Mana on Steam

Legend of Mana is now available on Steam, offering a Windows addition of the HD remaster of this role playing game from Square Enix. Here's a Gameplay Launch Trailer showing off how this allows you to party like it's 1999. Here is an introduction to this legend:
Set off on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, before discovering... the world map is empty! During your travels, you’ll acquire special artifacts; place these wherever you’d like on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life and advance the story.

Meet a colorful cast of characters, square off against fearsome monsters, and explore the vast world of Fa’Diel. Not only has the music has been rearranged for this remaster, you can also alternate between the new and original soundtrack. Other features have also been added, including the ability to turn off enemy encounters, and the never-before released mini-game "Ring Ring Land".
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Shadow of the Road Looms

Indie publisher announces a partnership with Another Angle games for Shadow of the Road, a steampunk tactical/RPG set in an alternate-history feudal Japan. Another Angle is an alliterative development studio formed by former CD PROJEKT RED and People Can Fly developers with experience working on AAA titles including The Witcher III and Outriders. Here's the angle:
Shadow of the Road is the company’s first title and features a rich setting based on real history, a deep cast of believable and interesting characters, and riveting, calculated combat. Strategy and tactics work hand in hand as players will need to manage the interpersonal relationships and goals of each team member while also engaging in turn-based, tactical combat. In a world filled with rogue samurai, evil corporations, and mystical demons, only the most cunning of battlefield commanders will emerge victoriously.

Set in the Boshin War era of Feudal Japan, Shadow of the Road drops players into a land torn apart by war. The forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate clash with Imperial armies throughout the land, with mass losses of life plaguing both sides. However, this battle isn’t as simple as one side against the other, as the mythical demons known as Yokai coupled with the Steampunk machinations of the dastardly East Nippon Company make the battlefield a far deadlier and more complex arena. It’s Samurai vs. Soldier, Demon vs. Spider-mech in a battle for control of the Japanese islands!

Dreamreaper: Grey Skies in October

Dreamreaper: Grey Skies is an action/adventure coming from developer BeeFlame Studio and publisher ManyDev Studio (not to be confused with the recently released Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story). Here's a trailer and a description:
Dreamreaper is an action-adventure game in which you play as unwilling partners in the form of an immortal man and an alien entity parasitizing him. Break through the hordes of enemies using feral powers, unravel the mystery of your existence and escape the dying world of the Grey Skies.

Bestowed with otherworldly powers and perception see behind the veil of the world to uncover its secrets. Manipulate matter and energy to restore or disintegrate items and parts of the landscape according to your needs. Fight through the creatures inhabiting the World of Dusk and invaders aiming to destroy it.
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On AI Voice Acting

There's an interesting article on Game Rant discussing the use of AI to create voice acting for video games (thanks Max). This is based on questions raised by A Night to Remember, a modification released earlier this year for The Witcher 3. The mod uses AI to create new dialogue from the game's original voice actors. Much like the use of CGI to recreate the appearance of dead or aged actors in movies, this raises concerns about the impact of computers on the future of the performing arts. Here's a bit:
In the case of Nicich340, the mod developer used a readily available software called CyberVoice to create the dialogue in “A Night to Remember.” There are multiple companies that create what some call “voice parodying” technologies. While developing The Outer Worlds 2, Obsidian Entertainment is using Sonantic to create AI-generated voices as temporary placeholders for real actors. But there may come a time when the technology isn’t used solely for placeholders, but for replacements.

The greater a voice actor’s body of work, the easier it is for AI to parse and replicate that person’s voice. So it may be the most successful actors who find themselves being outsourced to AI. However, this worry is similar to that of screen actors when CGI started being used in films to recreate deceased actors or make older performers appear younger. So far, use of that technology has been constrained to a handful of cases and has not threatened the livelihoods of real people. Hopefully, the same will be true for voice acting.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles in October

SEGA announces Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles is coming westward. This arena fighting game will come to Windows and consoles in North America and Europe on October 15th. There's also a Digital Deluxe Edition which comes with two days of early access for those who preorder. Here's a Story Trailer, a First Look: Adventure Mode Trailer, and the game's Steam Listing. Time to warm up the grill, this game involves demons and charcoal. Here's more:
It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human and kill the demon that massacred his family.

A sorrowful tale of siblings in which the fates of humans and demons intertwine… begins now!
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