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Thursday, Nov 04, 2021

Get Aven Colony for Free

If you're interested in trying your hand at building a colony on an alien planet, you're in luck, because Aven Colony is currently available completely free from the Epic Games Store. As you may well know, you have a week to get in on this offer and the game will be a permanent addition to your library. Next Thursday the new giveaway will be a Rogue Company Season Four Epic Pack. Does that make you hope to get two weeks of fun out of Aven Colony? Read on to gauge your prospects:
Discover Aven Prime - an alien planet of deserts, tundras, and jungles light years from earth. Aven Colony puts you in charge of humanity's first extrasolar settlement, where you build and expand your small colonies into massive, sprawling cities while dealing with the challenges faced when settling on a new world.

Build your colony's infrastructure, look after the well-being of your citizens, manage your resources, and guide your colony to prosperity against the backdrop of the harsh and often dangerous realities of the exotic world of Aven Prime.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Trial Weekend Underway

The promised trial weekend for Ghost Recon Breakpoint is now underway, allowing everyone the chance to check out the tactical shooter for free between now and Sunday. You can get in on the action with the Windows version by way of the Epic Games Store. Here's a special trailer for the occasion and a quick recruiting pitch:
Become an elite spec ops soldier known as a Ghost, tasked with a special mission to Auroa. The remote archipelago somewhere in the South Pacific has lost contact with outside world due to Skell Technology turning hostile. The Wolves, a rogue spec ops team, led by your ex–brother-in-arms, have taken over and are hunting you down. Lead your team through the island landscape and save the civilians without being noticed.
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Game CEOs on NFTs has a pair of articles highlighting the outlook of two game company CEOs on the future of NFTS. Speaking with Strauss Zelnick reveals that the Take-Two CEO is skeptical about the idea of an all-encompassing metaverse. But he's a "big believer" in NFTs, though he doesn't directly relate them to games. "If you believe in collectible physical goods, I don't know why you wouldn't believe in collectible digital goods," Zelnick says. "And blockchain authorization, which is what an NFT really is, is one way -- not the only way -- to authenticate the fact something is singular is rare." The other piece features comments by Andrew Wilson during EA's Q2 investor call. The Electronic Arts CEO spoke of NFTs coming to games as an inevitability: "I do think it will be an important part of the future of our industry on a go-forward basis."

Q3 US Video Game Spending Record

Here's NPD Group's analysis of Q3 2021 US consumer spending on video games. Word is that at $13.3 billion, this was the biggest Q3 by revenue in history. Here's a bit:
Gains were seen across PC, cloud and non-console VR content, mobile and subscription spending, as well as hardware. Console content and accessories experienced declines.

Overall content spending in Q3 reached $11.7 billion, an increase of 4%. Subscription content was the only content segment with double-digit percentage gains vs Q3 2020. Hardware posted a 60% increase, while accessories declined 1%.

Among the best-selling and most played games across all platforms in the third quarter were Among Us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone, Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Coin Master, FIFA 22, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, Madden NFL 22, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Mario Kart 8, Minecraft, NBA 2K22, Pokémon Go, Roblox, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and The Sims 4.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: 8-Bit Christmas. Thanks sliv.

Total War: WARHAMMER III in February

Creative Assembly announces that Total War: WARHAMMER III is now scheduled for worldwide release on February 17, 2022 on the Epic Games Store, Steam,, and the Xbox Game Pass for PC. When it was delayed in September, the release was promised for early next year, so mission accomplished. The Windows fantasy/strategy sequel is available for preorder, and early adopters who buy between now and a week after it launches will receive a free Ogre Kingdoms Race Pack as a bonus. Here's an Early Adopter Bonus Reveal Trailer, and here's more:
The Ogre Kingdoms Race Pack has also been revealed as the early-adopter bonus for the forthcoming title. Any player who orders Total War: WARHAMMER III in advance, or buys it during the first week on sale, will gain access to this additional content for free*.

This Race Pack unleashes the Ogre Kingdoms and their two Legendary Lords – Greasus Goldtooth & Skrag the Slaughterer – into the grand campaign, enabling players to lead an army of colossal warriors and primeval monsters in search of plunder, gold, and meat for their insatiable bellies.
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Red Solstice 2: Survivors Gets DLC & Season Pass

HOWELL-BARREX INC is now available on Steam, as new DLC for Red Solstice 2: Survivors, the sci-fi RTS/RPG sequel. It adds "new story campaign, pilotable destructive Exoskeletons, and gameplay mechanics." This is the first of four planned premium DLCs, with the next three expected next year. Those interested in signing on for the full tour can commit to the new Season Pass. Here's more:
The fall of Elysium Corporation created a power vacuum Howell-Barrex Inc. was happy to wield to its advantage. As the Strike Commander, follow the story of Edward Howell, General Barrex, and the IRON HAWKS in their campaign to fend off the STROL mutants invading Mars. Reign victorious solo or with up to seven friends wielding devastating new armaments across 11 new story missions, 28 side missions, and eight new maps.

Become a walking tank with the Universal Bipedal Armoured System (UBAS) Exoskeleton. Combine the UBAS with the new Engineer suit capable of bunkering up and creating new tactical options to transform into a harbinger of death. Upgrade both with a new tech tree, rain death with a new superweapon, and unlock a new degree of customization with the Headquarters system.
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EVE Fanfest Returns to Iceland Next Year

CCP announces the EVE Fanfest will return in 2022 as an in-person event celebrating EVE Online, the sci-fi MMORPG. The last time this was a physical gathering was in 2019, but the next Fanfest is planned for May 5 - 8, 2022 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Early Bird tickets are available now for USD$150, and when these sell out, remaining tickets will be sold for $295 each. Here's word on efforts to create a safe environment for attendees amid an ongoing global pandemic:
Since 2004, EVE Fanfest has served as a gathering place for EVE Online players to put faces to the names of peers, rivals, and the EVE team that has kept New Eden running for over 18 years. In 2022, CCP is bringing together players from around the world to Reykjavík once more for an epic event offering keynote presentations, developer panels, legendary parties, and more in celebration of the vast spaceship MMO enjoyed by over 24 million players since launch.

CCP is working with local authorities and taking COVID-19 safety measures for EVE Fanfest 2022. To attend the event, proof of vaccination is required. CCP is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide further guidance according to Iceland’s national guidelines as the event grows closer.

Devolver Digital Goes Public

The Devolver Digital Website has big news from this offbeat game publisher, saying as of today, Devolver is a publicly traded company on a sub-market of the London Stock exchange. This includes an assurance that our "sixth favorite game publisher" is still mostly owned by its founders. An update from says the company's initial market cap is just under a billion dollars, and that Sony Interactive is now a five percent investor. Devolver's announcement includes a recap of the acquisitions the company has made over the past year in addition to the high profile purchase of Croteam:
So what does this mean for your sixth favorite game publisher? This means Devolver Digital will be able to continue to invest into all the games we’re working on now, partner on new ones that we’ve previously not been able to consider, and add more of the fine people we love working with into our cadre of consummate video game professionals.

That last point is an important one - over the past year or so we’ve brought our longtime partners and friends Croteam (Serious Sam, The Talos Principle), Dodge Roll (Enter the Gungeon), Nerial (Reigns, Card Shark) and FireFly Studios (Stronghold series) into the strong but gentle arms of Devolver Digital. Those developers and our team looked ahead and saw that we’d be working together forever so we lovingly acquired them, mostly so they would hang out with us more. The games and experiences that these four studios have planned are incredible and each maintain their full creative autonomy afforded to them throughout our relationship. No specific plans for Enter the Gungeon 2 but rest assured we’ve asked them more than once.

Intel 12-Series CPU Reviews

Reviews have begun pouring out for the new 12th generation Intel CPUs. Here are evaluations of Alder Lake processors:

ELDEN RING Shows Gameplay

A new Gameplay Preview Video for ELDEN RING offers a narrated look at this upcoming action/RPG from FromSoftware with the aid of George R.R. Martin. The clip shows off gameplay, and the description attempts to drive viewers towards pre-ordering. Here's word:
Return to your world, Tarnished. Pre-order #ELDENRING:

ELDEN RING is an Action RPG developed by FromSoftware – releasing Feb. 25th, 2021. Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Editions are available for pre-order today.

The Premium Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order for fans in US and Canada soon, exclusively at the Bandai Namco Store.

Battlerite Celebrating Anniversary With Giveaway

The Stunlock Blog announces that the developer is celebrating the fourth anniversary of the launch of Battlerite with a free content pack for Battlerite Arena. Beginning Sunday everyone can collect a free copy of the all-heroes pack for the MOBA-ish action game. Here's the limited-time offer and the chance to get other freebies:
On November 7, this Sunday, we’re celebrating Battlerite’s 4 year anniversary and would like to invite you all to the arena for one massive smackdown. For all newcomers having their first battlerite experience, starting on November 7th we will be giving out the All Champions Pack for Battlerite Arena FREE (come back Sunday to find the Download URL) for a limited time. This is an excellent opportunity to invite your friends to the arena and show them what Battlerite is all about!

To celebrate you can also expect some rare mount giveaways on both the Battlerite Discord and V Rising Discord, which should help some of you make a dramatic entrance back onto the proving grounds. Finally, for everyone out there who ever dreamt of defeating a game dev, we can promise you plenty of Stunlockers online playing with you guys this Sunday!

Luau Goes Open-Source

The Luau Website announces that the Luau is now available as a standalone open-source programming language. Luau is a variation on Lua, the original scripting language behind Roblox. To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack, we're all gonna get leied:
Luau is a new language that started from Lua 5.1 and kept evolving while keeping backwards compatibility and preserving the original design goals: simplicity, performance, embeddability.

We’re incredibly grateful for the foundation that Lua has been—it’s been a joy to build on top of! So now we want to give back to the community at large.

Starting today, Luau is no longer an inseparable part of Roblox platform; it’s a separate, open-source language.

PGA TOUR Delayed

EA SPORTS tweets the news of a delay to PGA TOUR. The golf simulation did not have a set release date when it was announced, but it was later announced as being due in (northern) spring of 2022. Coming full circle, the launch of the game is now once again TBD:
Hey golf fans, we wanted to let you know that we are shifting the launch date of EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. We are excited to bring championship golf to you and will be providing more information on our launch plans in the coming months.

Sociable Soccer Next Year

Publisher Kiss Publishing and developer Tower Studios announce Sociable Soccer will come to PC and console in Q2 of next year as a spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer. This association football/soccer arcade game was released in Early Access for Windows in 2017, but this community page shows that it was apparently abandoned along the way. It is no longer for sale, and the last developer post is from 2018 promising changes that never came to pass. It mentions receiving a vital influx of financing from a China Mobile deal, and ironically the post to explain "anti-sociable radio silence" is followed by three more years of radio silence. In the meantime, the mobile version eventually had a successful release on Apple Arcade, and now attention has returned to PC and consoles. "Sociable Soccer has been a labour of love since we first started working on the game as a PC title in 2015," explains Tower Studios CEO Jon Hare. "With the game firmly established on Apple Arcade we’ve found the perfect partner in KPL to take it to Steam, Switch, PlayStation and Xbox. We’ve always thought of Sociable Soccer as an organic football franchise – and it’s going to be growing more over the next few years." Word is those who purchased the Early Access edition while it was available will get the newer version for free (while those who purchased it while it's been unavailable are officially wizards). Here's what to expect:
The highly anticipated console and PC versions of the game will offer the same great player experiences and more, including:

  • Enhanced graphics and animations
  • Enhanced gameplay, strategy & AI
  • Collectible legend players per club
  • Challenges and battle pass system
  • Improved PVP matchmaking & customisable difficulty
  • Update to all 1,000 teams & 30,000 players for 21/22 season

Out of the Blue

"Sopranos" Creator Confirms That Ending. I don't see any reason to view it otherwise. A good question to ask when watching any show or movie is 'why is this scene included?' You only have so much time to move things along, so generally it's either character development or plot development. Was that scene included to show that the family sometimes eats out in diners, and that's the climactic takeaway from six seasons of the series? ♪♫Don't stop, believin'…♪♫

Believable Round-up
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