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Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021

Battlefield 1 Free With Prime: Battlefield V Giveaway Next Month

Amazon is now offering Battlefield 1 for free on Prime Gaming, the gaming perk that's free for Amazon Prime subscribers. The World War I shooter is yours to keep on Origin if you claim it between now and August 4th. This fits a prediction from last week by Tom Henderson, though he didn't mention the Prime prerequisite. EA is not done with these giveaways, as the listing says to check back on August 2nd for a Battlefield V giveaway. Here's more on the current freebie:
Experience the dawn of all out warfare during WWI. Discover different shores, cities, and deserts in this global conflict. Turn the tide of battle by operating massive vehicles and machinery to win the Great War. Download Battlefield 1 today for PC on Origin - for Prime Members.

Raphael Lacoste Leaves Ubisoft

Raphael Lacoste tweets that he is departing Ubisoft, where he served as art director on the Assassin's Creed series. There's been some staff turnover at Ubisoft amid the company's harassment scandal, but this post makes it sound like it was just time to move on:
It is not without emotions I have to tell you that after 8 assassins, 16 years at Ubisoft I have decided to set sails on new adventures and challenges.

I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart our wonderful community and the incredible talents I’ve had the chance to collaborate with, over these amazing years.

Thank you too ,Ubisoft , for your trust and the fantastic projects we brought to life together ! Bye for now, these years will remain unforgettable :)

Ubisoft has been a nice home for me for 16 years, and I am very touched about this, the trust they gave me as well as the opportnities, but it was time to do another leap of faith :)

Waves of Steel Early Access

Waves of Steel Early Access is underway on Steam, offering the chance to get your feet wet with this Windows arcade naval combat game. This starts with the ability to design your own warships and scavenge enemy ships for "bizarre superweapons." Here's a trailer and the recruiting pitch:
This is a fast and accessible naval combat simulator. Across the game’s single-player campaign, your lone ship will need to take on hundreds of enemy ships, planes, and submarines – along with colossal superweapons like a flying battleship and a gun made out of a volcano (!)

Between missions, use the parts you've scavenged to customize your vessel in a flexible yet straightforward ship designer. You'll need all the firepower you can muster to take on the enemy and find the source of their power ...
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Super Sami Roll Rolls Out

Super Sami Roll is now available on Steam, offering a 3D platformer for Windows where you roll, bounce, and tongue (you read that right) your way through a variety of levels. Here's a look at gameplay in the Official Launch Trailer, and here's word:
The wicked Albert VII has captured Sami’s friend Vera and only you can help him save her! But it won’t be easy – you’ll need to roll, grapple, and jump to make it through in the colorful 3D world of Super Sami Roll.

Embark on a journey rolling through beautiful green fields, deserts dotted with magnificent pyramids, dangerous oozing volcanoes, frigid ice lands and many other memorable places with rolling physics and tons of hidden secrets!
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Nexon announces PROJECT MAGNUM, an upcoming third-person looter-shooter in development at subsidiary NAT GAMES for release in "most major markets worldwide." Our hope is that this involves a tropical shirt-clad detective who drives a sports wagon and packs a giant gun and a giant gun while rocking out. But we'll have to wait to find out, as word is: "More information on the release schedule of PROJECT MAGNUM will be announced at a later date." Here's what we know in the meantime:
PROJECT MAGNUM¹ is a PC/console-based game that combines RPG play with third-person shooter combat. It presents beautiful visuals and attractive and unique characters based in a sci-fi-style player vs. environment worldview.

It also provides exciting battles using various skills, actions, and guns, as well as the fun of high-quality PvE shooter battles that target huge bosses.

¹ Working title

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: U.S Black Hawk Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Traffic. Dang? Was that an auto-rotation landing?

PES Becomes eFootball

Konami announces that eFootball is the new official title of the series formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). This will be free-to-play, and will support crossplay for all platforms. There's a roadmap showing this will first roll out in early (northern) autumn and new features will be added into the winter. Here's the Official Reveal Trailer and here's a description:
It all began with the implacable determination to create a revolutionary soccer platform.
Our ambition was to recreate the perfect soccer environment, from the grass on the field, to the players' movement, all the way to the crowds in the stadium.
To this end, we decided to create a new soccer engine with a newly built animation system and revamped game commands.
The final result was even more impressive than we had originally conceived.
We went beyond the border of PES, into a new realm of virtual soccer.
To signal this new era, we have decided to part ways with our beloved PES brand and rename it "eFootball™"!
Now we hope that you can enjoy this brand-new soccer experience that eFootball™ has to offer.
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New World Beta Bricking 3090 GPUs? [Updated]

A thread on Reddit has reports from gamers who have found their RTX 3090 graphics cards bricked after playing the closed beta of New World, Amazon's upcoming MMORPG. Sorting through them it seems the problem may primarily affect EVGA 3090s. There's no official response to this situation, but it may be wise for 3090 owners to hold off on trying the beta until what's going on is better understood. Unless you want to risk sell your remaining kidney to buy a new 3090. Thanks Windows Central via Simon and OmegaFoRCe. Update: Windows Central now has this follow-up from EVGA on the situation:
An EVGA representative provided the following comment: "At the moment we are dealing with specific problems, if it is a problem really confirmed we will inform and inform you in our EVGA forums on our website." The linked forums contain instances of users discussing New World EVGA RTX 3090 issues.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 Adds Free Content

A new free update called Butcher's Banquet is now available for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 on all platforms. CI Games calls this a "massive" content update. Here's a Butcher’s Banquet Trailer, and here's some fresh meat on what's being referred to as an expansion:
Featuring an all-new expansive region, ‘Butcher’s Banquet’ takes place in a stunning desert-like area, complete with luscious oases, dramatic waterfalls, and mysterious temples. And whilst it might be especially picturesque, make no mistake - it’s certainly no holiday destination. Following the recent turmoil in Kuamar - the setting of SGW Contracts 2’s main campaign - new threats have been allowed to surface, the most dangerous of which is Mahmoud Zarza... aka ‘The Butcher’.

The new expansion builds on all the elements players loved about the base game, including the 1000m+ extreme-range sniping, next-gen graphics, more intelligent NPCs, and the most lethal array of weapons yet. The challenging sniper game is set in Kuamar, a lawless region of the Middle East, located along the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Players take on the role of Raven, Contract Sniper Assassin, and are tasked with toppling a brutal dictatorship by completing a series of replayable missions that can be approached in a number of ways. SGW Contracts 2 features large-scale sandbox maps, a variety of side missions and objectives, realistic weapons and gadgets, and a range of unlockable skills and equipment.
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Electronic Arts announces that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will include licensed LPGA women's golf. What platforms the golf simulation will come to when this tees off in the spring are not yet revealed, so this may turn out to be console-only news. Here's a bit of the new announcement:
Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the next phase of their long-term partnership with plans to bring the LPGA Tour, the longest-running women’s sports association; The Amundi Evian Championship, one of its five major championships; and more female golfers to EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™. For the first time, the LPGA Tour will be experienced in high-fidelity on next-generation consoles and will feature a wide breadth of women’s golfing representation. In Spring 2022, all players will be able to tee-off as a female golfer at the truest representation of the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, thanks to the power of EA’s Frostbite™ game engine.

“We’re thrilled that the LPGA Tour is coming back to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR especially with the inclusion of a major global tournament like The Amundi Evian Championship,” said Brian Carroll, the LPGA’s senior vice president of global media distribution. “EA SPORTS has done a great job in continuing to expand female representation in the various modes throughout the game and featuring women’s golf in an authentic and modern way.”

Game Item Exchange Service

Promising this is the "future of game monetization," Playthora is a new service offering virtual item exchanges in video games. Most games that disallow item trading or sales do so via term of service. The new service claims to be "fully legal" nonetheless, and it's based in France where the Napoleonic Code was invented, so…? Actually it sounds like this works through developer/publisher cooperation, and will require implementation in individual games:
Playthora, a small team from France has officially launched their platform enabling game developers worldwide to implement digital item second hand markets into their games. Playthora does this in a fully legal manner, letting users trade their game skins or collectibles freely in the supported games. The platform is backed by insurance giant AXA and aims to give players the freedom to do whatever they want with their virtual items without having to resort to the black and grey market.

Playthora is a digital platform that gives players the ability to recycle cash back or trade their skins, accessories, stickers and more in a fully legal and game-compliant way.
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Poker Quest Early Access

Poker Quest is now in Early Access on Steam, offering a card-based roguelite for Windows and macOS. While card mechanics are now commonplace in such games, the unusual twist here is the use of playing cards. The game has been undergoing beta testing, and Playsaurus is moving it along to the next stage of development. Here's an Early Access Trailer and here's the deal:
Poker Quest is a new roguelike card battler where you progress through a world full of monsters, using a standard deck of playing cards (like the "Queen of Spades") with magical properties to activate your gear in combat. The game offers a wide variety of playable heroes, each specializing in different strategies that change the way you play.

Choose your hero, and march forward through a diverse, procedurally generated, high-fantasy world. Each of the 15 playable heroes comes with unique gear and abilities, providing many different play styles. In combat, bigger and better hands trigger stronger abilities. Discover hundreds of equips, events, abilities, and monsters.
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Sphere - Flying Cities Announced

Publisher Assemble Entertainment announces Sphere - Flying Cities, a sci-fi city building game in the works at Hexagon Sphere Games for release on Steam Early Access later this year. As seen in the Announcement Trailer, this involves creating floating cities, the long-standing dream of urban planners and architects everywhere. Here's an explanation of why:
In the not-so-distant future, Earth’s moon has been struck by a massive asteroid. With the fallout rendering the terrestrial surface uninhabitable, the ecosystem of the planet collapses. Facing complete annihilation, humanity makes one final and desperate attempt to survive — thanks to newly-created anti-gravity technology, the first (and possibly last) faction of flying cities ascends as the ultimate bastion of the human race.

As Commander, you’ve been granted an impossible task: rebuild, restructure, and protect the last of society in an uninhabitable environment. Your primary weapon and invaluable tool? An anti-gravity device you’ll use to navigate the upper atmosphere and the daunting unknown. Stay vigilant, as each decision could have ghastly consequences; be prepared to lay it all on the line to succeed, else risk losing everything you worked for.
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Out of the Blue

Hey! Frans' new tag can also apply to the sports spoilers I've been asked to avoid. So, congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks and their fans on winning their first NBA championship in 50 years! Now I'll stop getting irate letters from pro athletes and sports teams complaining about my failures in acknowledging their accomplishments.

Accomplished Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

Thanks Max.



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