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Friday, Sep 17, 2021

Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed Announced

THQ Nordic officially announces Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed, one of several game announcement from its digital showcase today. This is the rumored complete remake of the original action/adventure from 2006 which will mark its first appearance on PC. Here's a Gameplay Trailer and an Announcement Trailer that says this is "coming soon." Here's more on this treat for everyone who rooted for the Martians in Mars Attacks!:
That's right, earthlings, Crypto is back and this time, he's invading the swinging sixties! After the KGB blew up his mothership, Crypto seeks revenge and travels to iconic places in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, Japan, and even to the Moon! Destroy All Humans! 2 is a full remake of the original game, adding and improving features while (re-)building the game from scratch in shiny Unreal Engine 4 visuals. The game is developed by Black Forest Games who successfully re-launched the Destroy All Humans!-Franchise in 2020 and is in development for PC, PS5™, and Xbox Series S/X.
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Jagged Alliance 3 Announced

Another THQ Nordic announcement is Jagged Alliance 3, a third installment in the strategy series in the works at Haemimont Games. This now has a Steam Listing, which says it's coming soon. Here's the Announcement Trailer and here's all that's being revealed about this for now:
Fans have been waiting for decades, to see the third edition of the legendary strategy franchise Jagged Alliance. The strategy game experts from Haemimont Games, well known for their work on the Tropico-Series, Surviving Mars, Victor Vran and many other great games will finally create a true successor to the beloved series. This time, the player takes command of a mercenary organization in the fictional country of Grand Chien - a land thrown into chaos after a brutal paramilitary force known as "the Legion" took over. Jagged Alliance 3 will combine tactically deep, turn-based combat with exploration of a large game world with strategic elements including gaining control over territories, training local forces, and establishing multiple squads chosen from beloved mercenaries - all well known to fans of the series. Jagged Alliance 3 will have RPG-elements like special perks or level-ups for your mercenaries, as well as looting and customizing your arsenal of weaponry. Coming to PC, Jagged Alliance 3 will also feature a co-op multiplayer mode so you can free Grand Chien together with a friend.
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Outcast 2 - A New Beginning Announced

Also from the THQ Nordic dealie comes the announcement of Outcast 2 - A New Beginning. The title suggests a prequel, but this is a follow-up to Outcast, set 20 years after the original action/adventure (which was released a bit over 20 years ago). Cast your eyes on the Announcement Trailer and the World Trailer, which shows off some gameplay. Here's more:
Your friendly neighborhood invader-slayer is back: Cutter Slade returns to the spectacular alien world of Adelpha in Outcast 2 - A New Beginning. Twenty years after the events of the first game, Adelpha finds itself under threat of invasion: a ruthless robot army is exploiting the planet and is enslaving and even killing the people. Cutter's mission is clear: organize a resistance, rescue the people, and get rid of the invaders. Outcast 2 is developed by the original team behind the first Outcast Adventure - Appeal Studios from Belgium. The open-world action-adventure features fast-paced 3rd person combat as well as a non-linear Science-Fantasy story with dynamic plot progress based on player actions. Outcast 2 is currently in development for PC, PS5™ and Xbox Series S/X.
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Superpower 3 Announced

Another new announcement today from THQ Nordic is Superpower 3, a grand strategy game where you try and lead your nation to global dominance. This is coming soon according to its Steam Listing. Here's the Announcement Trailer and word:
Superpower is tailor-made for all the megalomaniacs out there who are convinced they would do a much better job of running the world than the real-life leaders across the globe! In this grand-strategy game, set in the contemporary world, your goal is to lead your chosen nation to world domination or to master special scenarios. Wouldn't it be tempting to re-establish the British Empire? Players take control of the economy, politics, diplomacy, social development, military strategy, and more. If you ever wanted to become the ruler of the world, in Superpower 3 for PC you can give it your best shot!

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Announced

The last of the new games announced today by THQ Nordic is SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, a tie-in with the animated series coming to Steam and consoles. Here's the Announcement Trailer for this one. If you think a game starring a cartoon character is lightweight stuff, you'll be surprised to learn this one will decide the fate of the universe. Soak up these details:
Everything is possible in the infinite expanses of the cosmos .. there might even be a reality where mayonnaise isn't an instrument! When the mysterious fortune teller Kassandra grants SpongeBob and Patrick wishes, the two buddies unintentionally open up portals to strange Wishworlds... it's all F.U.N. and games until their friends get lost in the portals! Explore seven distinct worlds and don more than 30 cosmic skins to rescue the universe of the brand new adventure SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, available on PC, PlayStation™, Nintendo Switch™ and Xbox One.
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Blade of Darkness Demo

A playable demo is now available on Steam for Blade of Darkness, the remastered version of Severance: Blade of Darkness that's due for release next month (thanks fakespyder). This slice of the hack-and-slash action/adventure gives a chance to see how it's been modernized since its original 2001 release. There are no specifics on the demo, so here's an overview of the game itself:
Blade of Darkness is a hardcore fantasy action-adventure with unique combat mechanics and role-playing elements that pioneered the “soulsborne” genre. Pick one of four characters to hack and slash through a gory quest to save the world from the forces of Chaos.

Desperados III Free Weekend

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses? Publisher THQ Nordic and developer Mimimi Games are now offering the chance to play Desperados III for free all weekend on Steam. The western, stealth/strategy prequel is on sale for 60% off, so if you decide to keep your boots on, you can pick it up at a bargain price. Here's word:
Desperados III is a story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game, set in a ruthless Wild West scenario.

In this long-awaited prequel to the beloved classic Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, John Cooper will join forces with the runaway bride Kate, the shady hitman Doc McCoy, the giant trapper Hector, and Isabelle, a mysterious lady from New Orleans. On Cooper’s quest for redemption, his adventures lead him and his gang from rural towns, over swamps and riverbanks, and finally to a dramatic showdown worthy of Wild West legends.

CoD Warzone Bans Apply to Vanguard

A tweet from CharlieIntel explains its understanding of how bans work in Call of Duty. Word is players who are banned in Call of Duty: Warzone will also find themselves unwelcome in Call of Duty: Vanguard matches:
If you are currently banned in Call of Duty: Warzone - including hardware or account banned - you are banned from playing Call of Duty: Vanguard.

For those in the cheats Discords/forums etc. asking why, I think it's pretty obvious why. But thought I'd let you know.

Dota 2 Dropping Support for 32-bit OSes, DX9, OpenGL, and More

A new post to the Dota Blog discusses The International 2021, saying tickets to the Main Event of this year's big Dota 2 tournament go on sale on September 22nd. The article outlines the efforts attendees will have to go through, which include health precautions, not to mention travelling to Bucharest, Romania. There's a discussion of other things, like improvements to the spectator modes in the game client. Speaking of the game client, this concludes with a discussion of moving the MOBA forward technologically. Valve outlines plans over the coming months to drop support for 32-bit operating systems, macOS below version 10.14, DirectX 9, OpenGL, and XAudio. This sounds dramatic, but Valve says it shouldn't actually affect that many players:
For the vast majority of players, nothing will change when these changes are implemented. Most machines already support any of the newer technologies necessary. In fact, most players are already benefiting from the newer technologies, whether it's via larger content sizes, higher frame rates, better graphical fidelity, or cleaner sounding audio. Removing these older technologies will let us streamline our development efforts as well as use the newer features of these APIs to provide an even better Dota experience.

If you have concerns, your chosen graphics API can be adjusted on the settings panel and the audio system can be changed by the command line options above. We encourage players to switch to the newer APIs if they haven't already, and let us know if problems come up.

Crysis Remastered on Steam

Crysis Remastered is now available on Steam, just one-day shy of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the shooter remake on the Epic Games Store. It carries a launch discount as well as a loyalty bonuses for owners of the original Crysis or Hunt: Showdown. Here's the Official Launch Trailer from back in the day, and here's word:
Crysis Remastered, the remaster of the classic FPS, is now available on Steam for PC. Owners of the original Crysis on Steam can get Crysis Remastered today for 50% off, and owners of Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown can grab an additional discount, as well.

“We’re delighted to bring Crysis Remastered to even more PC fans with the game’s release on Steam,” said Steffen Halbig, Project Lead. “We will also have some exclusive Steam trading cards available, and we look forward to seeing people enjoy the stunning Remastered version of the game!”

Crysis Remastered features the action-packed, single-player, sandbox gameplay from the classic acclaimed shooter, upgraded with remastered graphics, high-quality textures, improved art assets and more. Face down an alien invasion armed with the powerful Nanosuit, which provides super strength, armor, speed and cloaking abilities. Choose your own path as you use a huge arsenal of modular weapons to fight enemies on ever-changing battlefields.
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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron's Workshop This Month

Taito announces Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron's Workshop, a puzzle platformer coming to Steam on September 30th. Not to burst your bubble, but this does not seem to be part of the Microids/Taito collaboration announced yesterday. Celebrating the release is this trailer, which turns the weird up to 11. The announcement floats the following details:
First launched in 1986, Bubble Bobble is an iconic arcade classic in which twins Bub and Bob clear stages of bullies by blowing and bursting bubbles. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the latest edition in the classic Bubble Bobble series and the first new sequel in 24 years. Join Bub and Bob as they journey with their friends Peb and Pab on a quest to defeat their old enemies Bonner and Baron Von Blubba in 200 stages of platform puzzle action.
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IKEA Adds ROG Line

IKEA and ASUS Republic of Gamers announce a collaboration on new line of gaming furniture and accessories. This involves a new product family called UPPSPEL, which is disturbingly similar to upsell, but affordability is stressed as one of the line's features. This page is home to the products, which are to hit stores next month. Gamers love challenges, so IKEA's signature "some assembly required" philosophy can be just another part of the game. Here's word:
”We believe there’s a lot to be done to democratise the gaming experience”, says Ewa Rychert, Global Business Leader of Workspace, IKEA of Sweden. “Now, we take the first step on our gaming journey, and we do it by presenting affordable, high-performing gaming products and complete solutions that we hope reflect people’s personality and taste.”

In total, the new gaming range is comprised of over 30 products across furniture and accessories, offered at different price ranges to meet the needs of a variety of gamers. Furniture offerings include gaming desks, chairs and storage, and accessories include a mug holder, mouse bungee, neck pillow, ring light and more.

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Out of the Blue

Here's a reminder that there's a THQ Nordic showcase at 3:00 pm EDT today to show off some upcoming games. Word is no fewer than six new projects will be unveiled for the first time, so it will not be a particularly quiet Friday. You can tune into the festivities via whatever flavor of stream you prefer, Steam, Twitch, or YouTube.

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