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Monday, Nov 22, 2021

Star Citizen Passes $400M

With Thanksgiving on Thursday this week will be a little slow. But Kotaku had a brainstorm, and checked on the Star Citizen Stretch Goals Page, the gift that keeps on giving. Sure enough, a new funding milestone has been surpassed, and the crowdfunded space game project has now raised over $400 million from backers. But a decade into development, there's no indication of when to expect the launch of Star Citizen or Squadron 42.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Adeptus Mechanicus Released

Adeptus Mechanicus is now available as new DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Gladius, the 4X Warhammer 40K strategy game. This is available through the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, Slitherine, and Steam. The release is celebrated by this video, which features Ken Burns-style animation. Here's the big picture:
After the Tyranids, Chaos Space Marines, T’au and Craftworld Aeldari, it’s time to conquer the forsaken planet of Gladius Prime with the new Adeptus Mechanicus faction.

The Adeptus Mechanicus are an empire within the Imperium, with their own fanatical purpose - in the name of the Omnissiah they seek to rediscover ancient and powerful technologies. Jealous guardians of the knowledge required to maintain and construct the Imperium's technology, they also possess their own elite armies of bionically-augmented soldiers and terrifying weapons of war. Xenos or man, stand in their way and they will annihilate you.
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Stellaris Aquatics Species Pack Released

Paradox Interactive now offers the promised release of the Aquatics Species Pack for Stellaris. For just a couple of fins this adds a bunch of maritime content to the Windows, macOS, and Linux space sim. The DLC is available on GOG.com, Steam, and the Windows Store with 20% launch discounts across the board. It comes alongside a free version 3.2 "Herbert" update for the base game, sure to please fans of Dune and disappoint fans of Star Trek: The Original Series. Here's the Release Trailer along with the quick pitch:
Embrace the life of a seafaring civilization as you sail the open expanses of the galaxy with Stellaris' most immersive pack yet: the Aquatics Species Pack! Let a wave of new customizable options for your empire crash into Stellaris, with a treasure trove of new species portraits, ship set, origins and more.
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Kotick Would "Consider" Leaving Activision Blizzard

The WSJ (may require registration or subscription) follows up on its recent reporting on Bobby Kotick's alleged role in a toxic workplace culture at Activision Blizzard that's resulted in multiple investigations and lawsuits. This states that the embattled CEO has told senior managers he would "consider" leaving the company if he can't "quickly" fix its culture problems. Tom Henderson helps us with the site's paywall by tweeting the relevant portion:
Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Executive Bobby Kotick has told senior managers he would consider leaving the company if he can't quickly fix the culture problems at the videogame giant, according to people familiar with his comments.

Mr. Kotick, who has led Activision for three decades, stopped short of saying he would step down in a Friday meeting with executives of the company's Blizzard Entertainment unit, but left the possibility open if misconduct issues across the company weren't fixed "with speed," these people said.

Mr Kotick is facing criticism from Activision employees, investors and business partners over how he and the company have handled allegations of sexual misconduct. Some employees and investors have called for him to resign in the wake of a Wall Street Journal investigation into his handling of sexual misconduct allegations and multiple regulatory probes into the company's culture.

HITMAN 3 Year 2, Ray Tracing, and VR Announced

The IO Interactive Website announces that more than 50 million players have played HITMAN 3, making it the most successful Hitman game of all time. This comes with details on HITMAN 3 Year 2 for, saying this will commence on January 20, 2022. In addition to new content, at that time the assassination game will also add support for ray tracing and VR for PC gamers. The post also looks beyond to tease that another major update will follow in spring 2022. Here's a Year 2 Announcement Trailer, and a bit more:
The launch of HITMAN 3 at the start of 2021 was a huge success and we are very proud that the World of Assassination trilogy has reached the phenomenal milestone of 50 million players. Today is all about confirming that HITMAN 3’s extensive post-launch content will continue throughout 2022 with new maps, new storylines, new modes and new ways to play.

Early next year, we’ll share an extended look at our plans for HITMAN 3 – Year 2 with a full reveal of the new content that we’re working on.

Falling Frontier Release Falls to Next Year

Publisher Hooded Horse and developer Stutter Fox Studios announce a delay to Falling Frontier. This sci-fi RTS was named the "most anticipated indie game" at E3 2021. Word is this anticipation for the game's release will have to extend until Q2 2022. The news comes along with a new Search and Rescue Trailer with a look at gameplay. Here's more on the setback and the trailer:
alling Frontier, winner of E3's "Most Anticipated Indie Game" award, is delayed until Q2 2022. The sci-fi RTS developed by Stutter Fox Studios and published by Hooded Horse is being delayed to allow more time to work on the storyline campaign involving war between Mars and Titan, and to showcase the game’s current status, a new trailer has been released revealing previously unseen ships, facilities, and game mechanics.

The central new mechanic featured in the trailer is the search and rescue system. In Falling Frontier, every ship is crewed by officers who influence the performance of the craft — the crew can be injured or die as a ship takes damage, and they can evacuate the vehicle when it is disabled or destroyed. Surviving crew in escape pods can then be recovered by any faction before they run out of supplies and interrogated for information ranging from technology configurations to the location of an enemy base or operation.
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Arkanoid - Eternal Battle Announced

Microids and Taito announce Arkanoid - Eternal Battle, a new modernized installment in this brick-breaker series. It's planned for a 2022 release. It's in development at French studio Pastagames, which the announcement credits for working on Rayman Legends (actually it was a mobile spinoff called Rayman Fiesta Run). There's a Reveal Teaser Trailer, but it's not worth your time unless you really love logos. Here's more:
Players will discover or be reintroduced to the emblematic block breaker game in a fully modernized version. Arkanoid - Eternal Battle features different solo and multiplayer modes that will be unveiled at a later date. Classic elements from the franchise will definitely make a comeback as well as new effects, bonuses and features guaranteed to take veteran players by surprise!
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Morning Multiplex

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Sunday, Nov 21, 2021

BAE Systems Acquiring BISim

UK Defence Journal reports that Bohemia Interactive has a new bae, as BAE Systems is purchasing Bohemia Interactive Simulations (thanks JDreyer). Bohemia Interactive Simulations, or BISim, is the division that uses Bohemia Interactive's expertise at military systems to create software training tools for actual soldiers. Here's the announcement:
“BAE Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global software developer of simulation training solutions for military organizations. Over the coming months, the company will undertake the customary regulatory and pre-closing activities necessary to complete this type of international transaction.

With the successful completion of this acquisition, BAE Systems customers would have access to the company’s extensive and proven system integration experience complemented by BISim’s innovative training products and solutions to enhance military readiness for the U.S. and our allies.”

UNDEMON Released

Following the release of Undungeon, comes the launch of UNDEMON on Steam (thanks RedEye9). This "un"related project is a 3D platformer where you play as a "virgin ghost" on a haunting adventure. There's a playable demo if you want to sample. Grab an Uncola and read on for word from the game's solo developer:
I interested in horror contents. and virgin ghost is a familiar character in Korea.
I started developing that "How about making a virgin ghost the main character of the game?"
This game was developed by mixing the feelings of the 2D platform genre in the 90s.

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Out of the Blue

Well, the Earth has completed another circuit around the sun, so it's another birthday for me. I'm not one for making a big deal about birthdays, an attitude well-suited to this falling on a Sunday. My big plans mostly involve chilling and watching football. And since the Giants play tomorrow night, the NFL is providing me the gift of not having to watch them lose today.

Obituary: Big Big Train singer David Longdon dead at 56. Thanks Frans.

Orbital Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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Science
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