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Better Ubisoft Petition

A tweet from ABetterUbisoft follows up on the open letter released this summer in which current and former Ubisoft employees laid out demands for workplace changes (thanks GamesRadar+). The company has remained embroiled in a scandal over sexual harassment and sexism for well over a year now. Saying none of these changes have been enacted in the 100 days since the open letter, the group has launched an I support A Better Ubisoft Petition which they would like us all to sign. This tweet outlines four "key" demands:

  1. Stop promoting and moving known offenders from studio to studio, team to team with no repercussions. This cycle needs to end.
  2. We want a collective seat at the table, to have a meaningful say in how Ubisoft as a company moves forward from here.
  3. Cross-industry collaboration, to agree on a set of ground rules and processes that all studios can use to handle these offenses in the future.
  4. This collaboration must heavily involve employees in non-management positions and union representatives.

Next Steam Next Fest in February

Valve is putting word out to independent developers that Steam Next Fest: February 2022 will get underway on February 21, 2022. All the details can be found in this post. Here's what to do if you have a game that can use this sort of exposure:
Developers with upcoming games can register now to participate in Steam Next Fest: February 2022 Edition! This multi-day event gives devs an opportunity to get demos out in front of the Steam community early, gather feedback, and begin building an audience for a future launch.

Steam Next Fest: February 2022 Edition returns February 21st - February 28th.
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Das Boot and Blue Max: Aces of the Great War Return

Retro publisher Ziggurat Interactive announces the return of a pair of early 1990s video games with the rereleases of Das Boot: German U-boat Simulation and Blue Max: Aces of the Great War. Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation, not actually based on the movie Das Boot, is available on GOG.com and Steam with a 33% launch discount. And Blue Max: Aces of the Great War, likewise not actually based on the movie The Blue Max, is also on GOG.com and Steam with its own 33% discount. Here's word on this chance to be a flier in World War I or a submariner in World War II:
Blue Max: Aces of the Great War: The skies of World War I were full of uniquely deadly planes: the Fokker DR.I, Sopwith Camel, and Spad S.XIII just to name a few. Jump into the cockpit of a vast selection of Great War-era aircraft and take on diverse aerial combat missions. Shoot down enemy fliers and destroy ground targets alone or with a friend in cooperative and competitive modes. For a unique switch-up, players can change from real-time to turn-based combat modes!

Das Boot: German U-boat Simulation: Take the helm of a Type VII U-boat in this 3D-rendered recreation of World War II submarine warfare. The Allies have you surrounded; they’re attacking from the air and sea, on the surface and from below. In order to survive, you’ll have to make full use of your navigational tools and arsenal of torpedoes, guns and cannons. The game also features a unique code-cracking mechanic, where orders will need to be deciphered with the help of an Enigma machine. If you follow your coded orders while attacking and retreating strategically, victory may be within your reach.

Islets Announced

Publisher Armor Games Studios and solo developer Kyle Thompson announce Islets, a Metroidvania platformer coming next year to Steam. Cast your eyelets on the Islets Reveal Trailer for a look at some gameplay featuring hand-drawn graphics. Read on for more:
Launching in 2022, Islets is a lush metroidvania starring Iko, an aspiring warrior who sets out to explore a world filled with scattered floating islands. With hopes of connecting the disparate communities in the sky, Iko dreams of finally making a fragmented world whole again.

Players will explore the world of Islets in two ways: by navigating the open skies in Iko's trusty but rickety plane, and by exploring dense island landscapes on foot. However, the journey won't be simple, as just around every corner are unique and challenging enemies looking to put Iko's skills to the test.
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Into the Black

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Released

Call of Duty: Vanguard is now available for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, putting out the call for players to reenlist in the military shooter series in a return to a World War II setting. The Windows edition is for sale on the Battle.net Shop as either a Standard Edition or an Ultimate Edition with additional skins and blueprints, a battle pass bundle, and an XP booster. The game kicks off with a solo campaign, a new zombies experience, and 20 multiplayer maps with crossplay support between PC and consoles. A new season of Warzone will kick off on December 2nd, bringing the free-to-play battle royale to the war in the Pacific. Here's the previously released Launch Trailer featuring Jack White along with more details:
In Vanguard, players will experience the origins of Special Forces fighting across four major theaters of World War II like never seen before.

With development led by Sledgehammer Games, Vanguard enlists players in an engaging blockbuster campaign as ordinary soldiers from diverse backgrounds rise on all fronts to do the extraordinary and turn the tides of war. Multiplayer features 20 maps, 12 Operators and over three dozen Weapons in the revamped Gunsmith all starting day one. Vanguard multiplayer delivers new ways to play with the Combat Pacing system and the fast and frenetic multi-arena survival Champion Hill mode. Vanguard also brings a franchise-first Zombies crossover developed by Treyarch, expanding upon the Dark Aether storyline that players were introduced to in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War.
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Game DRM Breaks New Intel CPUs

The speculation that Intel's new Adler Lake CPUs may have problems with game DRM has turned out to have merit. In a Game Dev Guide for Alder Lake Performance Hybrid Architecture, Intel warns: "If your existing or upcoming game uses a DRM middleware, you might want to contact the middleware provider and confirm that it supports hybrid architectures in general, and the upcoming Intel ADL platform in particular. Due to the nature of modern DRM algorithms, it might use CPU detection, and should be aware of the upcoming hybrid platforms. Intel is working with leading DRM providers such as Denuvo* to make sure their solutions support new platforms." Now Intel offers a List of Games Affected by DRM Issue in 12th Gen Intel Processors for Windows 11 and Windows 10 (thanks Neowin). This outlines games that won't run under the new CPUs broken down by Windows version, as well as a list of games that can played by taking advantage of a Scroll Lock workaround:
The games listed below are known to be impacted by the Digital Rights Management (DRM) software issue with Windows 11*. The games listed in bold are expected to be patched sometime in mid-November with the upcoming Windows 11 update. We are working with developers to resolve issues with the rest of the games listed. In the meantime, the Scroll Lock workaround can be used.

This list will be updated as patches are released.

  • Anthem*
  • Bravely Default 2*
  • Fishing Sim World*
  • Football Manager 2019*
  • Football Manager Touch 2019*
  • Football Manager 2020*
  • Football Manager Touch 2020*
  • Legend of Mana*
  • Mortal Kombat 11*
  • Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2*
  • Warhammer I*

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New World Bans Dupers; Resumes Character Transfers

A developer blog on the New World Forums updates players on how current issues are being dealt with in New World, the MMORPG from Amazon Game Studios. Several topics are covered, including character transfers, full server status monitoring, the game economy, exploits, and more. Amazon says it has perma-banned some players for coin and item duping: "We have permanently banned players who exploited the Coin/Item dupe issue." There's also word that character transfers have been reinstated, and that most players should now be able to change servers:
Character Transfers
It is important to us that everyone have the opportunity to choose which server they are playing on. By the time you are reading this, character transfers will have been re-enabled and most players should be able to move their characters. If you have questions about transfers, please visit our FAQ post here. We are committed to making sure our community is satisfied with where they are playing long term. We will continue to monitor your feedback after this wave of Character Transfers is complete and offer additional Transfers if needed. We are also working on region-to-region Character Transfers, but it is difficult to solve and will take time.

eFootball 2022 Patch Delayed; Premium Pack Cancelled

A statement from Konami announces that the patch for eFootball 2022 originally planned for last month and then delayed to this month has suffered a further setback. This is now expected in (northern) spring, a surprisingly long way off considering previous expectations. Konami also announces it is canceling the planned Premium Player pack for the association football/soccer sequel, and anyone who preordered it will receive a refund. Though the version 1.0 patch is now months off, a version 0.9.1 patch will arrive today to address some bugs:
We have been working diligently towards distributing an update that will bring new content to the game, including a new mode where you can strengthen and play with an original team, as well as support for mobile devices on November 11, 2021.
Unfortunately, we have concluded that more time is needed to deliver the product in the quality that will meet the expectations of our users and have decided to postpone the delivery.
Also, we have decided to cancel the pre-order for eFootball™ 2022 Premium Player Pack, which includes items that can only be used in-game after the update.

We will release v0.9.1 to fix numerous bugs sequentially on each platform starting today (November 5). We will continue to improve and update our game.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Preloads & DLSS Support

The GeForce Website has details on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition and its support for NVIDIA DLSS when played on an RTX graphics card. Additionally, Rockstar Games announces that preloads are now underway for the collection to pave the way for its launch on November 11th. Here's an outline of the plan and how to get a bonus coupon from Rockstar for preordering:
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will release across all available platforms at 10 a.m. ET on November 11, with a physical release for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 coming on December 7.

PC players can download Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition at launch, and pre-purchasing from the Rockstar Store — either via the web at store.rockstargames.com or through the Rockstar Games Launcher — will get you a special $10 off bonus on any product priced at $15 or more (exchange rates apply). Discount expires January 16, 2022. See here for complete details/terms.

Prison Simulator Breaks Out

Prison Simulator is now available on Steam, offering an incarceration simulation for Windows. If you're curious about this, the Prison Simulator Prologue is still available on Steam to provide a sample. Here's a new official live action trailer with some additional gameplay depicting a riot that seems like an effort to drive away customers with a realistic depiction of prison life. But here's an Official Launch Trailer that's more about fun and games. Here's the description:
Get a taste of prison life! Become the prison guard and deal with dangerous convicts. Prison management, lots of daily activities.
Will you become the best guard in history? Or maybe you'll turn into the worst scumbag this prison has ever seen?

  • Experience life in prison in the comfort of your own home. Without any real-life consequences!
  • As a prison guard, your job is to maintain order behind the prison walls. But on the other hand - you're in charge here.
  • Simulate the hell of a prison guard's life. Look for contraband (you don't want to know where...), gun maintenance or shoot some hoops during your break.
  • Check out our really cool Prisoner Creator. But guys, please - no celebrities or politicians
  • Experience the thrilling prison story (missing your fav prison tv shows? We've got you covered)
  • This game is really fun for streaming on Twitch/Youtube. Srsly - give it a go if you're into that kind of thing

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Bloober Team Going Rogue

Rogue Games announces it is not announcing a game (thanks Gematsu). But it does announce a collaboration with horror specialists Bloober Team to create the game that's not being announced. Here's word:
Poland-based Bloober Team is an industry-leading studio with a proven track record of hit games, including the Layers of Fear series, Blair Witch, Observer, and most recently, The Medium, which won numerous awards and earned top ratings from critics.

“We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Rogue on this incredible project,” said Piotr Babieno, CEO, Bloober Team. “We pride ourselves on making games that push the boundaries of originality and immersion, and we’re delighted to be working alongside a company that shares our vision.”
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SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris - Blooming of Forget-me-not

Xbox Wire announces the release of Blooming of Forget-me-not, the first major DLC for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, the anime action/adventure. The article features an internal interview from BANDAI NAMCO where lead producer Keishu Minami discusses the new content. The Windows edition of the DLC is available on Steam, and it requires the base game. Here's a quick outline:
Additional content includes a new story, weapons, outfits, and more.

Includes the following content:

  • New story: major expansion DLC 1 - Blooming of Forget-me-not
  • New maps and dungeons
  • New divine beasts
  • New weapons and outfits

Morning Patches

Official patch.

Op Ed

  • GamesIndustry.biz - Baseless NFT hype hits a crescendo - but play-to-earn is worth watching.
    "Do these executives actually know what NFTs are, how they work, and how fundamentally useless to video games they are? I suspect they do actually, at least in terms of the high level concepts. They also know, however, that many investors who have been sold on the blockchain dream (as distinct from the blockchain reality, which is a very smart idea that is very useful for solving an extremely limited set of problems, none of which apply to video games) don't understand the technology at all, viewing it simply as a panacea that will bring other impossible technological dreams to life, or as a dimly defined signifier of The Future."
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