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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021

More Than 20 Exit Activision Blizzard After Lawsuits

Creating a More Accountable Workplace is an internal Activision Blizzard email being shared with the public. This was written by Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs Fran Townsend to update employees on what's happening in the wake of a pair of lawsuits over its workplace culture. The letter discusses how things are being handled and will be handled going forward, including dismissals: "In connection with various resolved reports, more than 20 individuals have exited Activision Blizzard and more than 20 individuals faced other types of disciplinary action." In a related note, there's an article on Kotaku (thanks Neutronbeam) explaining what it interprets as Activision Blizzard's Attempts To Disqualify California Lawsuit.

Into the Pit Released

Into the Pit is now available for Windows on GOG.com, the Humble Store* and Steam (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). This is a roguelike first-person shooter from publisher Humble and developer Nullpointer Games with a throwback HEXEN flair as amply demonstrated in the Official Launch Trailer. Here's the setup for the game's story:
As members of a family of lore-hunting mystics, you and your cousin Luridia separately wander the land following rumors of occult power. After discovering a demonic pit in a nearby village, Luridia’s once prolific letters grow silent.

Something has gone terribly wrong.

Now it is up to you to journey to the desolate hamlet under dark eldritch skies. What did Luridia discover? And what great power has this village unearthed?
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Inscryption Released

Inscryption is now available on GOG.com, the Humble Store*, and Steam (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item), offering a card-based strategy game that brings some psychological horror to the deckbuilder genre. You can check this out firsthand in a playable demo that's available on Steam. A look at the game in action can be found in this new trailer which has the following delightful description:
From the creator of Pony Island and The Hex comes the latest mind melting, self-destructing love letter to video games. Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards...
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We Were Here Forever Delayed; Closed Beta Signups

Total Mayhem Games announces a new release window for We Were Here Forever, saying it is now due in Q2 of next year. When the new installment in the co-op puzzle series was announced it was expected this year. There's no explanation of the delay, but the news comes along with details on plans for closed beta testing, so obviously development continues. PC gamers interested in participating in the test can sign up on this page. Here's a new Official Teaser Trailer and here's more:
Things are ramping up as We Were Here Forever enters closed beta testing! The release is planned for Q2 next year, which means more exciting things are to be expected in the coming months. We’re already starting today with the new trailer plus concept art and spooky screenshots for a previously unseen part of Castle Rock...

Like the fans anticipated upon the Jester’s return, it can finally be confirmed that you (the players) will return in this adventure as the explorers left behind in the first two games: We Were Here and We Were Here Too. However, there are still many other mysteries yet to be unraveled, but the most dedicated fans have a new opportunity to gather clues with the newly released material.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: World's most spectacular airport landings. Thanks Neutronbeam.

New Splinter Cell Plans?

A new mainline Splinter Cell game is in development, according to an unconfirmed report on VGC. This revelation is attributed to "development sources" who say this will be an effort to win back fans turned off by mobile and VR installments in the stealthy action series. VGC says it's not clear which Ubisoft studios are working on this, but longtime Splinter Cell studio Ubisoft Montreal may not be involved according to "two people with knowledge of Ubisoft’s plans." The game is reportedly in early production, and an announcement may come next year. VGC says Ubisoft has so far declined to comment on this rumor.

Undying Early Access

Early Access to Undying for Windows is now underway on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering a Clive Barker-free adventure game set during one of those all-too-frequent zombie outbreaks. Early access will run into next year when a full release is expected for PC, consoles, and mobile. If you wish to try before you buy, there's a playable demo on Steam. Here's the Early Access Announcement Trailer with an explanation of the game, and here's more:
Undying tells the story of a mother trying to train her son in survival as the zombie infection overtakes her. In their final days together, the two must fight, scavenge supplies, and craft enough tools to get Cody safely to a new life. All the while building their last bonds as mother and son.

Undying mixes the survival genre with a full narrative story in a unique story of family. Through skills, crafting, and fighting back zombies, you need to reach safety before Anling’s infection takes over. Mixed with visions of the past and dark dreams, Anling must pass on a mother’s knowledge to her son and give him a future in the darkness.
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Celebrating a Decade of PAYDAY

Starbreeze is celebrating the 10th anniversary of PAYDAY, as the first installment in the criminal co-op shooter series was released was first released on October 20, 2011. The celebration will include a four-part documentary series leading up to a special livestream. The first episode is now online. Word is: "The first episode launches today, with new episodes releasing sequentially, leading up to the anniversary live stream on October 22. Each episode will focus on a particular time period across the last 10 years of PAYDAY and can be viewed on the PAYDAY Anniversary Website or at this YouTube channel." Here's more on the planned celebrations:
For the next ten days, PAYDAY fans across the world will be able to enjoy a variety of updates and celebrations both in the game and in the community, culminating in an anniversary celebration livestream on Friday, October 22.

  • PAYDAY fans will also be able to enjoy community competitions and discounts on the entire PAYDAY catalogue for the duration of the event, ending on Thursday, October 28.
  • Starting October 20 the celebration will make its way into PAYDAY 2, with all players who log in gifted an exclusive in-game Anniversary Outfit, as well as a limited-time game-mode where shooting festive balloons grant temporary buffs for extra-festive Heisting.

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Riders Republic Time-Limited Trial This Week

A Riders Republic Trial Week begins on Thursday, allowing players to sample Riders Republic for free in advance of its release later this month. But before you start scheduling sick days and stocking up on pizza rolls for your week-long free ride, be aware this will be a time-limited demo that only allows four hours of play over the week. Here's word:
During the Riders Republic time-limited Trial Week, players can shred through four hours of the game before its official launch on October 28th. Progression during the time-limited Trial Week will carry over to any edition of the game, so players can pick up right where they left off at launch.

Additionally, players will be invited to participate in the Mad Challenge: a multiplayer contest that offers players a chance to win rewards. To participate, players will first need to finish the onboarding and reach 20 stars to unlock the ShackDaddy’s “Exclusive Multiplayer Contest” to access the mass race. Players who place in the top 10 in a mass race will be entered in a random draw, where one player will win a custom Canyon x Riders Republic bike and a Gold Edition of Riders Republic. Additional winners will also receive a Gold Edition of Riders Republic. To sign up for the Mad Challenge, please visit: https://ridersrepublic.com/madchallenge.

MS Flight Simulator Expansion and GOTY Edition Next Month

Xbox Wire announces November 18th is the official release date for the Reno Air Races expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator. This is accompanied by another announcement that this will come alongside a Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition which adds additional aircraft, airports, and features to the mix. For those who already own the game, rest assured the GOTY edition will be a free upgrade:
And, best of all, the Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will be available as a free update for existing players on PC and Xbox Series X|S. For new users, the GOTY Edition is the perfect entry point to flight simming as it offers an even richer experience, and it will be the item they purchase as we are retiring the original.

We can’t wait for you to experience this expanded edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator on November 18. We encourage you to invite your friends to experience the wonders of flight. The sky is calling!

Sea of Thieves Celebrates 25M Thieving Sailors

Xbox Wire has news that over 25 million players have now played Sea of Thieves, the pirate adventure developed by Rare. The article outlines 25 things to do within the game to mark the milestone. It also promises some free booty for all, and a huge treasure chest for one lucky player:
With so many sailors heading out for the first time, and well over a year gone by since we outlined 38 Things Added to Sea of Thieves Since Launch, we want to mark the 25 million player milestone by showcasing 25 new features we’ve introduced since then. As an extra celebration, anyone who plays Sea of Thieves between October 19th (3pm BST) and October 26th (3pm BST) will receive a special login bonus of 25,000 gold and 25 Doubloons. On top of that, one randomly picked pirate who hands in treasure during this period will earn a payout of 25 million in gold!

GOG.com Adding New Browsing Methods

GOG.com announces the introduction of new ways to browse for games in its online store. Word is this is being rolled out in stages:
With more than 5500 products in the catalog, searching for the next game to play or discovering the gems to add to your collection can be a hassle. We understand that – we’ve been listening to your feedback and researching ways to improve your experience with GOG’s offer.

Now, we've introduced the new catalog on GOG to the first group of users – some of you may have already noticed the change. It allows for a more customized search, adding more ways to sort and filter games via price range, genres, release date range, and newly introduced tags system. You can see a little sneak peek at the attached image.1

In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out the new catalog to more users, while we test its performance. Let us know how you like it!

Youtubers Life 2 Released

Youtubers Life 2 is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a sequel to this simulation of the life of a streaming celebrity. The new game offers new challenges, as well as the participation of virtual versions of actual streamers. Will the real streamers stream games playing as the virtual versions of themselves steaming virtual games? Will gameplay include virtual streamers being offered a deal to appear in a virtual version of a game like this one? The recursive possibilities are endless. Just remember, déjà vu is a glitch in the matrix. Take a look at Youtubers Life 2 in this YouTube Trailer and read on for more:
In this new brand title, players will take on the role of an emerging YouTuber in NewTube City, where they will need to keep an eye on what’s new and trending around them to create content and reach the top. Just as in real life, the hot new trends change daily and can be found everywhere: A location, an event, an exclusive new video game, or a popular person - whatever the movers and shakers in NewTube City are talking about!

As a life simulator game, players can also design their home and avatar with their preferred style, and build relationships with other citizens to collaborate with, offering a fresh and creative experience while growing as a YouTuber with their own style, thus becoming a new trendsetter in the city.
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Discovery Tour: Viking Age Begins

Ubisoft now offers Discovery Tour: Viking Age, new installment in this educational series. Built off the historical environments created for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, this is available for Windows and consoles in a couple of different manners. First off, the PC edition is free for all who own Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and it is also included in a Ubisoft+ subscription. It is also available for standalone purchase on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect. Finally, it will also arrive next year for Amazon Luna, PlayStation, and Xbox. Here's the Launch Trailer and here are the details:
Following Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt and Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece’s line, Discovery Tour: Viking Age is the brand-new chapter in this educational experience based on the worlds developed for Assassin’s Creed. Players of all ages will be immersed in a unique interactive experience where they can learn about the history, traditions and famous people of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon worlds. For the very first time, Discovery Tour: Viking Age changes the formula by putting narrative and interactivity at the core of the experience. The two new creative pillars “History through stories” and “Learning by doing” make the experience even more memorable and engaging than previous opuses. Following a new narrative storyline structured around eight quests, players will have the opportunity to embody Viking and Anglo-Saxon characters of the time and take part in their adventures set in the ninth century. This narrative takes players through the snowy lands of Norway, the beautiful landscapes of England, and the mythical realms of Jotunheim and Asgard.

The Last One Month Released

Steam is now serving up Early Access to The Last One Month, a battle royale game developed in Korea that combines elements of survival/RPGs and turn-based strategy games. A new Official Trailer shows off gameplay, accompanied by the following explanation:
The Last One Month is a Battle Royale game set in a medieval and fantasy world offering a unique mix of Battle Royale, Survival, RPG, and Turn-Based Strategy genre where player begins as one of the 50 warriors and battle each other to save the kingdom. Player's goal is to become the dominant force, by all necessary means, and to become the chosen hero.

Unlike other battle royale games, The Last One Month combines a fast-paced and turn-based strategy combat into survival game. Players can wander around the kingdom to find treasures, recruit allies and NPCs, form alliances with other warriors, gain experience from battles against those who stand in their way, and whatever else players believe is essential.
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Out of the Blue

Watching the NFL on an itty bitty screen was less than ideal, so with our TV broken I wasn't really that tempted to watch Monday Night Football. Okay, so it turned out to be one for the ages. Ain't it always the way? Haha, okay, fair enough NFL. I get it. The Giants needed everything to go their way to win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. If you need to make me suffer in return, it's still a fair trade.

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