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Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021

Call of Duty: Warzone Anti-Cheat News Tomorrow?

A tweet from Activision discusses cheating in Call of Duty with the caption "see you tomorrow." According to Tom Henderson this will lead to a Call of Duty: Warzone anti-cheat announcement tomorrow: "HUGE statement to make. Hopefully, they deliver. News on Warzone's new Anti-cheat is coming tomorrow." Here's the body of Activision's tweet, translated from the all-caps original:
We love games. It's our passion.
We're honored to make games for the greatest fans in the world.
We don't always get it right,
but we're committed to doing our best.

Cheating ruins fun for everyone.
No one likes a cheater.
Our goal is to deliver a fun and fair gaming experience.
For our developers.
For our fans.
And most importantly...
For Call of Duty fans everywhere.

Cheaters aren't welcome.
There's no tolerance for cheaters.
And soon you'll know what we mean.
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New Call of Duty Battle Pass Includes Vanguard Weapons

Speaking of CoD, Activision outlines details on the Season Six Battle Pass for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. In a new twist, this includes the ability to unlock Call of Duty: Vanguard weapons that you can use right now in Warzone as well as in Vanguard when that launches next month. Here's the overview:
Call of Duty: Vanguard's integration with Warzone is set for the end of the year, but before then players can get a taste of what it will offer through the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season Six Battle Pass. In unprecedented Call of Duty history, Sledgehammer Games is making 24 items from Call of Duty: Vanguard available prior to the game's full release. All of them can be found in the Season Six Battle Pass, and all of them can be earned for FREE - just by playing Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

These 24 pieces of Vanguard content can be unlocked now and used immediately in Warzone. They will also be available in Vanguard when the game launches on November 5.

EA Renews FIFAPRO Partnership

Electronic Arts announces the renewal of its partnership with FIFPRO, the global union of professional association football/soccer players. A report emerged yesterday speculating that EA may be moving away from the FIFA brand, so this may play into that somehow. Or not. Here's word:
For the last 28 years, EA SPORTS has created the world’s biggest sports game - beloved by fans, players, and the football community worldwide. The collective strength of the EA SPORTS football franchise is fueled by 300+ licensed partners, including FIFPRO, who help generate the game’s unparalleled authenticity, both now and long into the future. In addition to the thousands of player names and likenesses that are supported by the FIFPRO license agreement, EA SPORTS football experiences are the only places fans can play in the iconic UEFA Champions League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander.

Overwatch Halloween Terror Begins

The Overwatch Website reveals that this year's edition of the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is underway:
It’s time for another year of fear—Overwatch Halloween Terror is back! Celebrate this horrific holiday with weekly rewards and the return of Junkenstein’s Revenge. Play to earn Overwatch Halloween Terror Loot Boxes and unlock bewitching cosmetics so you can send your enemies to their graves as Coffin Bastion, bring the fright mid-flight as Vampire Bat Echo, raise the stakes as Vampire Hunter Brigitte, and more. With new loot to obtain each week, can you survive the tricks to earn your treats?

League of Legends All Chat Disabled

Riot Games announces that /all chat is being disabled in matchmade League of Legends queues as of patch 11.21 (thanks Game Informer). The post recognizes some positive aspects of being able to chat your opponents in the MOBA, but the conclusion is the reduction of toxicity makes this a valid tradeoff:
While /all chat can be the source of fun social interaction between teams, as well as some good-hearted banter, right now negative interactions outweigh the positives. We'll evaluate the impact of this change through verbal abuse reports and penalty rates, as well as surveys and direct feedback from you all.

/All chat is the only thing being disabled. Enemies will still be able to hear and see your emotes and champ mastery (unless muted), as well as CTRL+1/2/3/4 spam. End of Game chat will still be cross-team. Allies will still be able to coordinate with each other in team chat.

Hearthstone Mercenaries Live

Blizzard announces that Hearthstone Mercenaries is now live, offering a new way to play the deckbuilding game in what's described as "one of Hearthstone’s biggest updates ever." Here's a trailer welcoming players aboard. Here's the deal:
In Mercenaries, you form a Party of up to 6 Mercenaries instead of a deck of cards. You can then take that Party in to the Travel Point in order to hunt a Bounty, or to the Fighting Pit for single-fight combat. When fighting, up to 3 of Mercenaries are active while the rest wait on the Bench, ready to jump in when one of your active Mercs falls. In combat, lock-in your team’s moves and then watch as both teams automatically battle it out! With different Roles, Abilities, and Equipment for over 50 launch Mercenaries (and more to come), there are countless ways to personalize and empower your Party!
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Evening Crowdfunding

Into the Black

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Play Riders Republic Today for Free

Ubisoft is offering gamers a sample of Riders Republic, allowing a one-day test ride/fly of this massively multiplayer extreme sports game. You can pick up a copy and get started playing through Ubisoft Connect. Here's word:
The team has curated a special World Adventure Free For All Playlist, featuring a bunch of events across different sport disciplines and varied landscapes to be enjoyed again and again (until the 24 hours are over).
Play Mass Races against more than 50 players in events like Yosemite Clash, Teton Mania and more! 3 Mass races will be available to play every 30 minutes.
Our 6v6 mode Tricks Battle is back! Compete in the Abyss Arena throughout the 24 hours.

Back 4 Blood Released

Warner Bros. Games announces the launch of Back 4 Blood, as Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock Studios has returned to the co-op zombie shooter genre they helped originate. Here's the Launch Trailer and here are some details:
Developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the award-winning creators of the fan-favorite Left 4 Dead franchise, Back 4 Blood combines a dynamic co-op campaign with thrilling moment-to-moment gameplay and near endless replayability that can be played with up to four friends online. The game also features a unique take on competitive, team-based strategy through the game’s PvP (Player vs. Player) Swarm mode. The Back 4 Blood campaign takes place after a catastrophic outbreak where most of humanity has either been killed or infected by a parasitic Devil Worm. Gamers can play as apocalypse veterans called Cleaners, a group of spirited zombie slayers, as they take on the infected horrors known as the Ridden in their effort to reclaim the world.
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DC Dual Force Announced

Cryptozoic Entertainment, YUKE’S, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics, and a cast of thousands announce DC Dual Force, a collectible card game coming in 2022 based on the DC Comics universe. The DC Dual Force Website is online, as is the Announcement Trailer, but neither of them mention target platforms, so we'll just have to stay tuned for that. The game's single-player experience will be drawn directly from over 80 years of comic book history, so hopefully this will involve Batman fighting space gorillas on the moon and other golden age wackiness. Here's more:
In an unprecedented partnership with DC, the game will feature all-new single-player experiences that draw on over 80 years of comic book history. Fan-favorite characters from the DC Universe will be released at launch, with the catalogue expanding to include all Super Heroes and Super-Villains in future updates. This free-to-play CCG will let fans play their favorite comics and earn rewards. There will be a constant stream of new content, with a comic from the vast existing DC library released every week for fans to play through.

Cryptozoic is committed to making DC Dual Force quick to learn and fun to master, with innovative card game mechanics that are intuitive for all players. Offering a fresh way to play a collectible card game, DC Dual Force gives players the chance to team up with their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and build amazing decks that take advantage of the characters’ synergies. This unlocks expansive variety in gameplay, particularly in terms of strategy.
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New NVIDIA Drivers and DLSS Support

NVIDIA now offers new version 496.13 WHQL-certified GeForce drivers for running NVIDIA graphics cards under Windows. These are the game-ready drivers for Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered Trilogy, and The Riftbreaker. They also provide support for NVIDIA DLSS in Baldur's Gate 3, Chivalry 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Sword and Fairy 7, as outlined in this post. Here's more on DLSS proliferation:
With 10 more DLSS games coming this October, NVIDIA DLSS is now accelerating performance with uncompromised image quality in 120 games and apps, including today’s release of Back 4 Blood. This October also sees the launch of NVIDIA DLSS in Baldur’s Gate 3, Chivalry 2, Crysis Remastered Trilogy, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Sword and Fairy 7, and Swords of Legends Online. And it’s available now in recently released titles Alan Wake Remastered and F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch.

Monster Crown Leaves Early Access

Uneasy lies the monster who wears the crown! Developer Studio Aurum and publisher SOEDESCO have officially released Monster Crown, a creature collecting action/RPG that has been sitting on the Early Access throne for the past year. The Windows, macOS, and Linux edition is available on Steam, and this also marks the game's debut on Switch. Here's the Launch Trailer with a look at the game's retro style. Word is: "To celebrate the launch, SOEDESCO released a brand-new trailer that highlights what Monster Crown is all about: breeding over 200 base monsters to create more than 1200 species, making pacts with monsters for shelter in exchange for their protection, and journeying to restore balance on Crown Island from an evil ruler that is seeking power." Here's more:
Unravel Crown Island’s dark story as you create your own monster legacy. With a history of sadistic rulers and heroic saviors, the island faces another threat in the form of a malicious young woman seeking power. It’s up to you and the monsters you make pacts with to prevent the return of tyranny. Will your decisions make you a savior or a dark messiah?

Features

  • Make pacts with monsters to receive their protection in return for shelter
  • Breed and fuse over 200 base monsters to create your own new species
  • Travel across Crown Island with your monster allies to uncover a dark world
  • Choose a pivotal decision that will drastically change the ending and post-game
  • Play online to battle and trade, and have your new species reach across the globe

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The International Main Event Underway

Today is the main event for The International (not to be confused with The Continental), the annual Dota 2 world championship. You can watch the festivities live here, as the action is already underway in Romania. This page outlines additional viewing options available through Twitch. The finals will take place on Sunday as teams look to divvy up a record-setting prize pool:
The International Dota 2 Championships begin today at noon local time in the National Arena - Bucharest, Romania, with 16 teams fighting for a spot in Sunday's final and the winner's share of the record-breaking $40 million prize pool.

Skyrim: Anniversary Edition Will Break Mods

A post on Reddit offers an "important PSA" about the upcoming Skyrim: Anniversary Edition (thanks DSOGaming). This is a warning that significant changes under the hood will break compatibility with many of the large number of modifications for the role-playing game. Word is: "the native code mod scene is going to be broken for an unknown length of time after AE's release." Here's more:
The reason for this is that as part of the AE update, Bethesda has decided to update the compiler used to build the 64-bit version of Skyrim from Visual Studio 2015 to Visual Studio 2019. This changes the way that the code is generated in a way that forces mod developers to start from scratch finding functions and writing hooks. Class layouts are unlikely to change, luckily. I didn't ask specifically, but the most probable reason for this is that the Xbox Live libraries used for achievements on the Windows Store are only available for 2017 and later. Some games have worked around this limitation by building the code that interacts with Xbox Live in to a secondary DLL that is dynamically loaded by the game, but they didn't choose this option.

Plugins using the Address Library will need to be divided in to "pre-AE" and "post-AE" eras. Code signatures and hooks will need to be rewritten. We will all need to find functions again. The compiler's inlining behavior has changed enough that literally a hundred thousand functions have disappeared and been either inlined or deadstripped, to put it in perspective.

Fornite Impostors Offers a Nod to Among Us

In a new Fortnite Update Epic Games acknowledges that the Impostors game mode in Fortnite was inspired by Among Us. This influence was unmentioned when the mode first launched, leading the developers at Innersloth to gripe a bit. It's not clear if this belated credit is the only concession Epic made in this matter:
v18.20 brings improvements to Impostors, the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth!

Out of the Blue

This is the fifth anniversary of our dear friends adopting Jedi the Jindo, my best canine buddy. Jedi was rescued from Korea, where he spent his early days as a stray, followed by a stay on death row where he was destined for a dinner menu. Based on that, it was no surprise that in his youth he had a tendency to escape and run all over town trying to raise hell. What is a surprise is that he's turned out to be such a solid citizen, and a wonderful family pet. I like to think that the Gunnar-man was a positive influence during the years they walked together, as he was about the best-behaved dog I've ever met. Anyway, I need to find a way to visit and take the little fluff ball for a walk to celebrate his anniversary.

Obituary: Jörg Schilling is gone. Thanks Ant.

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