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Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021

BlizzCon Being Paused and Reimagined

Blizzard announces the global BlizzCon event planned for early next year is no longer taking place as previously thought. This was announced earlier this year when the cancellation of BlizzCon 2021 was revealed. This is said as a way to keep focus on supporting their teams and game development at this time. But this also says the event is being reimagined for enhanced safety and inclusiveness when it returns:
Additionally, we would also like to take the time to reimagine what a BlizzCon event of the future could look like. The first BlizzCon was held 16 years ago, and so much has changed in the time since—most notably, the multiple ways in which players and communities can come together and feel like they are a part of something bigger. Whatever the event looks like in the future, we also need to ensure that it feels as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible. We’re committed to continual communication with our players, and we see BlizzCon playing a big role in that going forward. We’re excited about what we’ll do with the event when we revisit it in the future.

One more thing we wanted to make clear: even though we aren’t holding BlizzConline in February, we’ll still be making announcements and updates for our games. We’re proud of our teams and the progress they’ve made across our games. We have a lot of exciting upcoming news and releases to share with you. You’ll continue hearing about those through our franchise channels, with the talented people on the BlizzCon team playing a part in supporting these efforts.
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The Division 2 Major Update Pushed to Next Year

An update from The Division 2 team has the latest on Ubisoft's open-world action game. Earlier this year plans for a major update were revealed to add new content "for release late 2021 at the earliest." Turns out this will not be at the earliest, after all, as the update is now coming next year:
While plans were still being actively discussed at that point, it was critical for us to give you some early insights about what would come next for the game. Since then, we made various iterations on the plans and actively challenged ourselves not to compromise on quality and ambitions for this new content. This title Update will be one of our most ambitious to date.

We remain confident that this content will bring an exciting experience to our players and pave the way for the future of The Division 2 with future title updates coming in 2022. That being said, and to make sure we deliver this content on par with our vision, we have made the decision to move our new season, game mode and associated content release to February 2022.
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Shadow Warrior 3 Delayed

Devolver Digital tweets that the release of Shadow Warrior 3 is being pushed back to early next year. Included is an Official 2022 Delay Trailer as a consolation prize. Here's the explanation:
Shadow Warrior 3 needs a bit more time to sharpen its blades so developer Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital are sliding it into early next year!

Please enjoy the Official 2022 Delay Announcement Trailer - more release date news soon...
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DOOM Eternal Adds Horde Mode

Bethesda.net announces the promised version 6.66 update is now available for DOOM Eternal, the latest installment in id Software's first-person shooter series. The announcement includes details on the new Horde Mode that's introduced by this update. Here's a bit:
Compete for the highest score by battling wave after wave of demons across three Missions from DOOM Eternal and The Ancient Gods – Parts One and Two* in this challenging new single player game mode. You’ll need to keep your wits about you and your skill sharp. Like a classic arcade game, there aren’t any checkpoints, you start with just 3 extra lives - but there are more to earn as you progress. You begin with only a fully mastered Combat Shotgun, unlocking a new weapon at random as you complete each Arena Round. Earn new Milestones and unlock loads of cool new customization items as you progress!

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Launches

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the chance to head into space with the titular team of heroes. Or as Groot explains: "I am Groot." Here's the recently released Launch Trailer, and here's what you need to know:
Fire up a wild ride across the cosmos with a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In this third-person action-adventure game, you are Star-Lord, and thanks to your bold yet questionable leadership, you have persuaded an oddball crew of unlikely heroes to join you. Some jerk (surely not you) has set off a chain of catastrophic events, and only you can hold the unpredictable Guardians together long enough to fight off total interplanetary meltdown. Use Element Blasters, tag-team beat downs, jet boot-powered dropkicks, nothing’s off-limits.

If you think it’s all going to plan, you’re in for a world of surprises, with the consequences of your actions guaranteed to keep the Guardians on their toes. In this original Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy story, you’ll cross paths with powerful new beings and unique takes on iconic characters, all caught in a struggle for the galaxy’s fate. It’s time to show the universe what you’re made of.
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RiMS Racing Demo

Developer Raceward Studio and publisher Nacon are offering gamers the chance to test drive RiMS Racing. There's a demo of the motorbike simulation for Windows on Steam that offers unlimited play over next two days. This will be followed by versions on the PlayStation and Xbox stores on October 29th that will allow for three hours of play-time. The news is accompanied by a new gameplay video and word on a free DLC coming to the game on Friday:
Finally, The Bloody Beetroots DLC will be free for all players on all platforms between October 29th and October 31st at 7pm CET (until November 1st at 7pm CET on Steam). This DLC coincides with the official release of the "RiMS Racing Soundtrack" EP by The Bloody Beetroots, available on all platforms. It features a unique Ducati Panigale V4 R livery and full rider gear in partnership with Dainese and AGV, in the colors curated by The Bloody Beetroots.
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Franchise Hockey Manager 8 Released

Franchise Hockey Manager 8 is now available, providing a new installment in this sports management series from Out of the Park Development. The game features an official license from the NHL for authenticity, something you can check out in this trailer. Word is: "Franchise Hockey Manager 8 is the deepest, most authentic hockey strategy gaming experience and features an array of features for hockey to live out their dream as team manager. Players can choose from 32 leagues around the globe and select a team to guide to glory, including a chance at the ultimate prize - the Stanley Cup." The game is available for Windows and macOS with a 10% launch discount from the OOTP Developments Store and Steam. Here are some details with the goal of inspiring purchases:
In its 8th edition, Franchise Hockey Manager features a variety of enhancements and improvements added based on community feedback.

  • The Choice is Yours - Build your Legacy with the new financial system, allowing you much more control over your budget and operations; New on-ice decisions let you influence your players’ choices.
  • Release the Kraken - Draft your own version of the expansion Seattle Kraken or enter the league with their real lineup.
  • Influence and Respond - Alter players’ styles and tactics in response to game events and engage with new rumours, news stories, and stats reveal your hockey world.
  • New Scouting Reports - Revamped scouting reports help you find your future stars.

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Kathy Rain: Director's Cut Released

Kathy Rain: Director's Cut is out for Windows, macOS, and Linux on GOG.com, Steam, and mobile offering an updated version of this throwback point-and-click adventure first released in 2016 (a version for Switch is also on the way). Word is: "This overhaul of the 2016 point-and-click detective mystery improves and expands upon the original with updated features like new puzzles and locations, as well as over 700 fully voiced lines of bonus story and dialogue." Those who own the original PC edition can pick up the updated version with a 50% discount. Here's a Launch Trailer and here's the forecast:
Set in the ‘90s, Kathy Rain follows a strong-willed journalism major (Kathy) who returns to her small hometown of Conwell Springs following the death of her grandfather. But it isn’t long before questions surrounding her grandfather’s final days begin to arise, spurring Kathy into action as she seeks to uncover the dark secrets of the town she left behind. What are the people of Conwell Springs hiding? With limited technology, Kathy will have to use her wits alongside her notepad and trusty motorcycle to reveal this deeply personal mystery.
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Defend the Rook Released

Defend the Rook is now available for Windows on GOG.com and Steam, offering a tower defense/roguelike game for Windows. You can take a look at gameplay in the Official Trailer and you experience it firsthand in the playable demo on Steam. The pitch is pretty straightforward:
A roguelike tactics board combat combined with tower defense elements. Defeat the invading hordes to stay alive and save the land! Enjoy more tactics than a normal TD game, combined with the added challenge of building towers and fighting off waves of enemies!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: 'Dune: Part 2' Officially Greenlit.

A Quiet Place Announced

Saber Interactive, iLLOGIKA, and EP1T0ME announce A Quiet Place, a single-player horror/adventure game based on the horror movie and its sequel. Details are scant for now, and more is promised later this year. The game does already have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as an official website, all of which list a 2022 release window. Here's word:
This first official video game set in the terrifying A Quiet Place universe will deliver an original story and gameplay that captures the compelling suspense, emotion and drama for which the series is famous. The game is in development by iLLOGIKA, the Montreal-based studio with veteran talent from the Rainbow Six and Far Cry franchises, and published by Saber Interactive, the Embracer Group company behind the hit game World War Z and the upcoming Evil Dead: The Game.

“The A Quiet Place video game will let fans experience the tension of the films with a level of immersion they’ve never felt before,” said Hervé Sliwa, Creative Director at iLLOGIKA. “We’re excited to work with EP1T0ME and to team up with Saber Interactive to share this unique vision of hope and horror with players everywhere in the future.”
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Steam Sale Dates Revealed

The Steamworks Documentation Website confirms the dates of the upcoming Halloween, Autumn, and Winter Sales on Steam (thanks VG247). These sale dates frequently leak in advance, but this is the first time we recall them coming from an official source. Here's the schedule:
Steam Halloween Sale | Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2021
Join the Halloween Sale, with a special focus on content updates and in-game events in celebration of the theme. Resources for more information regarding the Halloween discount event and related promotional opportunities are now available. No registration required!

Steam Autumn Sale | Nov 24 - 30, 2021
Resources for more information regarding this Autumn discount event and Steam Awards nominations are coming soon. No registration required!

Steam Winter Sale | Dec 22, 2021 - Jan 5, 2022
Resources for more information regarding this Winter discount event and Steam Awards voting are coming soon. No registration required!

Chivalry 2 Content Update

Publisher Tripwire Interactive and publisher Torn Banner Studios announces a new Fight Night content update is now available for free for owners of Chivalry 2, the melee combat sequel. This is for both PC and consoles, and the Windows edition is now on the Epic Games Store. Among other things, this also kicks off the game's Halloween event. All that's new is shown off in this Launch Trailer, and here's a rundown:
Chivalry 2: Fight Knight update key features include:

  • Brawl Mode and Maps: Leave your weapons at the door for the all-new brawl mode designed to capture the rowdy and chaotic feel of a tavern brawl. Take a seat! Literally. And then smash someone’s face with it!
    • Two Brawl Maps: Up to 40 players can join the fray in The Great Hall and Rudhelm Feast.
    • Found Objects: Players can pick up and wield just about anything they can find across the map. Embrace the chaos and grab chairs, beer steins, rolling pins, sausages, and giant fish to beat down your rivals!
  • Last Team Standing Mode: Players looking for more realistic team battles can expect the return of top-requested mode from the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare! Stakes are high, as these 40-player battles have no respawns. The last team/person standing is crowned as the winning team.
  • Headbutt Combat: It’s only a flesh wound! Chivalry 2’s limb loss combat system sees the most brutal and outrageous update yet. Now, when a player has lost both limbs in combat, they can execute an arm-less headbutt attack for a last chance at taking down an opponent before bleeding out.

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AMD Xbox Game Pass Bundle

A new AMD Xbox Game Pass for PC Offer provides gamers with one month of complimentary access to Xbox Game Pass for PC for purchasers of a qualifying AMD graphics card or CPU. Here's word on this chance to get something quite easy to come by in exchange for purchasing something that's still difficult to find:
Today, AMD launched the AMD XGP ‘Equipped for Battle’ Game Bundle, offering gamers one month of complementary access to Xbox Game Pass for PC with the purchase of select AMD Radeon graphics cards or AMD Ryzen desktop processors.

Xbox Game Pass for PC allows gamers to enjoy more than 100 top PC titles, including the highly anticipated Halo Infinite when it launches, with the purchase of select AMD Ryzen 5000 Series and AMD Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors and/or AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards.

Included in the AMD XGP ‘Equipped for Battle’ game bundle is the flagship AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card – the fastest gaming graphics card AMD ever developed. Gamers can also take advantage of the existing AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT ‘Raise the Game’ Bundle, which offers complimentary copies of Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village with purchase of a Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card.

New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA now offers new version 496.49 WHQL-certified Windows GeForce drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. These are game-ready for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and offer additional support for a bunch of other games, including DLSS for Chivalry 2. There is also a GeForce Reward with an "early unlock of the Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Sleek-Lord Outfit for Star-Lord" for GeForce gamers. Here's an overview:
The latest NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver includes support for the highly-anticipated Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the expansive single-player action-adventure game that features Star-Lord and his legendary band of misfits. The new GeForce Game Ready driver ensures the definitive gaming experience in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and includes day-0 optimizations for 11 other games, six new G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors are also included, and six new GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Setting profiles.
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New AMD Drivers

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is also one of the main focuses of new version 21.10.3 AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers for Windows. Available from AMD Support, these also provide updated support for Riders Republic, Age of Empires IV, and DOOM Eternal. Here are the highlights:
Support For

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™
    • Up to 21% increase in performance in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6900 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.RS-423
    • Up to 21% increase in performance in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.RS-424
  • Riders Republic™
  • Age of Empires™ IV
    • Up to 45% increase in performance in Age of Empires™ IV @ 4K Max Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.10.3 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.10.2.RS-425
  • Doom® Eternal:
    • Update 6.66

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Out of the Blue

Well, it's a weather extravaganza in the US, as the east coast is being battered by a nor'easter while the west coast is dealing with a bomb cyclone. The bomb cyclone, or explosive cyclogenesis, is described as record-breaking, which is certainly scary. Hopefully everyone affected is staying safe. Though it's a little on the early side, our nor'easter (the official weather pattern of Talk Like a Pirate Day) is pretty typical of storms that hit these parts a few times a year from late autumn through winter. They can be dangerous and often morph into bomb cyclones as well. Interestingly, they are noteworthy for being particularly hard on the northeast, but that is not where they derive the name, which comes from the wind direction during the storms. Anyway, that all makes it sound more dramatic than it is for us right now, as after some thunder and lighting overnight, we're now just dealing with a steady rain. With some luck, things will turn out equally undramatic for everyone on the paths of these storms.

Obituary: Leslie Bricusse, Prolific Songwriter for Stage and Screen, Dies at 90 (may require registration or subscription). Thanks Neutronbeam.
Obituary: Roh Tae-Woo, South Korean Leader as It Moved Toward Democracy, Dies at 88 (may require registration or subscription).
Obituary: Walter Smith: Former Rangers manager dies at the age of 73.

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