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Friday, Dec 03, 2021

Chad Grenier Leaving Respawn

A post on the Respawn Entertainment Website from Chad Grenier announces he is leaving the studio he co-founded 11 years ago. Chad has been game director for Apex Legends, and he explains that stewardship of the battle royale shooter will now be in the capable hands of Steven Ferreira:
Apex Legends is in great hands and I feel like I can walk away knowing this game and community will continue to be taken care of. We’ve got years worth of content in flight, and I can’t think of anyone better than Steven Ferreira to take over as the game director and make sure it’s done right. Steven joined as a lead on the Apex Legends team shortly after launch in June 2019, where he’s been running half of the team and serving as my right hand for the other half. At Respawn, we’ve always believed that new leadership and new team members mean new ideas, new energy, and new innovations. This couldn’t be a more accurate statement to describe Steven’s many contributions over the years.

As I step away from Respawn, it’s important to let you know how much everyone at the studio and I appreciate the fans and this passionate community. Without you, this whole making games thing just doesn't work. And we’ve accomplished some truly extraordinary things together, from integrating fan art into the game to seeing the community bring Apex Legends stories to life on Twitter. It's been an absolute joy to watch the game and community grow.

Rumor: Next Battlefield a "Hero Shooter"

Battlefield rumormeister Tom Henderson tweets that his understanding is the next Battlefield will be more of a hero shooter:
The next Battlefield title is scoped as a hero shooter of sorts - It's not a removal of specialists, but an enhancement of them.

#Battlefield2042 has always been intended to be a stepping stone to a "hero shooter" with a Battle Royale - It was just executed poorly.

It should be said to take with a grain of salt, of course, but given that I heard about this stuff last week and with all of the announcements the past couple of days, it makes perfect sense.

BF 2042 did change direction early on, but I can't see them changing it?

More BioShock Rumors

Here's more rumormongering to get the weekend off to a saucy start. Following a recent unconfirmed report about plans for a new BioShock game, VGC has more speculation about a fourth installment in the shooter series. This is based on a Patreon Video which it says jibes with its own reporting. Here's word:
According to Moriarty, BioShock 4 will take place during the 1960s in a fictional Antarctic city. This matches with what VGC has been told by our own sources about the game.

Narratively the game will be tied to the previous BioShock games, the journalist claimed, and developer Cloud Chamber is targeting a 2022 release.

“It takes place in a 1960s Antarctic city called Borealis,” Moriarty said. “[The game is] codenamed ‘Parkside’… I’ve been told that the development team has incredible latitude to get it right. That seems and sounds right to me.”

He added: “Internally the game is very secret and apparently, totally locked up. Apparently the inclination there is that they understand full well that this game will be compared to what [BioShock creator] Ken Levine does. And by the way, [Take-Two] is also publishing Levine’s next game.”

Syberia: The World Before Delayed

With the scheduled release date for Syberia: The World Before looming just a week off, Microids announces it is delayed. The release of the new installment in the adventure series is now planned for Q1 2022. Sadly, Syberia creator Benoît Sokal died earlier this year. He is mentioned in the announcement, but his passing is not mentioned as a reason for the setback:
We wish to share some important news regarding the Syberia: The World Before’s release date.

Initially scheduled for December 10th 2021 on PC, we’ve made a decision to push back the launch to Q1 2022. We soon will release more information about the exact release date.

We are committed to releasing the best possible game offering an immersive adventure which will transport you and remain faithful to the universe of Benoit Sokal. It currently seems necessary to give ourselves a little more time to finalize the development in the best conditions.
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Titan Quest: Eternal Embers Released

THQ Nordic stirs the embers of Titan Quest with the release of Eternal Embers, a fourth expansion for the action/RPG. This is available for Windows on Steam with a 10% launch discount for the next week. The add-on has a bunch of new content and settings as it takes the game into "the mystic realms of the Far East." The Release Trailer takes a look, and the description explains further:
Action-RPG Titan Quest is getting a new expansion! In Eternal Embers, players will set foot in the mystic realms of the Far East. Legendary entities from Asian mythology like the Jade Emperor, the Ten Suns, and the Dragon King of the Four Seas are part of an epic storyline, spanning four new acts. Over 30 different types of enemies and bosses are standing in the player's path and a new mastery becomes available. With the legendary powers of the ancient Neidan masters, the blessings of demigods, and the will of ancient emperors, all the power is at the player’s fingertips.

With new weapons and new gear, new relics, new potion types, and additional game modes - Titan Quest: Eternal Embers offer a divine amount of fresh content for the critically acclaimed Action-RPG.
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New AMD Drivers

New version 21.12.1 AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers are now available from AMD Support. As usual, these Windows drivers offer some gaming support:

Support For

  • Halo Infinite™
    • Up to 17% increase in performance in Halo Infinite @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6900 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.11.3.
    • Up to 19% increase in performance in Halo Infinite @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 on the 16 GB Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.11.3.
    • Up to 16% increase in performance in Halo Infinite @ 4K Ultra Settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 on the 12 GB Radeon™ RX 6700 XT graphics card, versus the previous software driver version 21.11.3.
  • Fortnite™
  • Icarus™
  • Blender 3.0™ on Radeon™ RX 6000 series Graphics.

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Get Crime Cities for Free announces a Techland Classics Sale to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Techland, the Polish developer/publisher. In addition to the other discounts in the sale, this includes 100% off on Crime Cities. Here's a refresher on this shooter/vehicle simulation, since it was first released over 20 years ago:
Pandemia System: A futuristic world where law and order have been replaced by a tidal wave of terror and crime. The human federation decides to frame one of it's best men for treason and disobeying orders and sentences him to spend the rest of his days on one of the planet's prison cities. This is his cover as he begins the most crucial mission of his life.

Crime Cities is a revolutionary mix of shooter and future vehicle simulator with a complex plot, and explosive environment and life-threatening missions that are so mind-blowing, you'll think flying a hovercraft through a myriad of city skyscrapers is the easy part of the job.
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Gone Gold - The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Crows Crows Crows Tweets that development is complete on The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, and this reimagined version of 2013's The Stanley Parable will arrive next year on Steam. Word is: "After 3 years of full time development, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is content complete and launching in early 2022 on consoles and home computers! Check out our Steam page!" Here's the description of what to expect from the adventure remake:
Everything that was in the original Stanley Parable is here, preserved just like it was back in 2013. But The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe also dramatically expands the world of the original game with new content, new choices, and new secrets to uncover. The labyrinth has just gotten bigger.

In addition, the game has been visually upgraded to reflect modern technology while faithfully preserving the tone of the original game. Accessibility features have also been added to the game, including localization of in-world text, colorblind options, and content warnings.

Chorus Released

Chorus is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a third-person shooter set in space, where no one can hear you harmonize. The Steam listing still calls this a pre-purchase, but this post has a Launch Trailer and word the game is out. Here's a Chorus line:
Take control of Nara, Legendary Ace pilot and her sentient ship Forsaken, on their path to redemption as you travel across the galaxy with one quest – take down The Circle and their oppressive regime and face-off with The Great Prophet, its mysterious leader.

Experience fast-paced, zero-G action as you upgrade Forsaken’s weapons and tech, discover the mysteries of the Chorus universe and unite resistance forces against the powerful scourge of The Circle. Become the ultimate living weapon as you master your powers to achieve your goal. The journey starts now, we rise as one.
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WorldBox - God Simulator Released

WorldBox - God Simulator is now available on Steam, offering a god game for Windows from Maxim Karpenko. This in fact describes itself as the "ULTIMATE god simulator," though the throwback graphics in the this trailer suggest this god may need glasses. The description certainly describes a more impressive set of powers that bygone entries in the genre that put you in the role of a landscaper:
In Worldbox - God Simulator you can build your own world and fill it with life. Create different creatures: sheep, wolves, humans, orcs, dwarves, and even Dragons or UFO! Watch how civilizations progress and interact with each other; or you can use your powers to destroy. Start fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, launch meteorites -- everything is up to you!
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On Crysis Remastered Patch Plans, Sale, and Settings

In a post on Steam, Crytek thanks players for a recent uptick in review scores for Crysis Remastered. They also mention a new patch will come to the shooter remake at the end of next month to improve CPU/GPU performance. The post also notes the game is currently on sale, and offers the following perspective on the game's "Can it Run Crysis" mode:
We also like to mention another thing that we've been seeing coming up a lot lately and that's the "Can it Run Crysis?" graphical setting mode. While it's technically the highest available graphical setting mode in Crysis Remastered, and although we’re working on performance improvements, we recommend everyone to treat “Can it Run Crysis?” mode as an experimental setting, not a baseline for performance benchmarks. It doesn't function as a regular graphic setting; it has unlimited view distance and level of detail, and it loads every detail in the level you're playing at the start of your session. This is an extremely taxing setting even for the top-of-the-line PC hardware currently on the market. When we came up with this setting, our aim was to future-proof the Crysis Remastered experience for years to come.

Take-Two Takes It Takes Two TM

Eurogamer reports that developer Hazelight has abandoned the trademark for It Takes Two, the recently released co-op puzzle game. This was a response to legal threats from Take-Two Interactive, a company that is historically quite aggressive about trademark protection. A Hazelight spokesperson responded to a request for comment by saying the company "cannot comment on ongoing disputes," but remains "hopeful it will be resolved." This is odd in light of a notice of abandonment indicating Hazelight already surrendered this trademark shortly after Take-Two's objection was filed.


Out of the Blue

Burger King is returning the Whopper to its original price. This is today and tomorrow in participating locations. There are Burger Kings outside the US, but I don't know if this is a worldwide promotion. My physical therapy place (actually occupational therapy for injuries above the waist) has one practically next door. The smell from this surrounds the area, so I finally gave into temptation a couple of weeks ago and picked up an Impossible Whopper for a nostalgia trip. Burger Kings have always been a mixed bag, and this one was at the wrong end of the mix. It was dirty, the service was slow and terrible, and they even got my order wrong ("cheese?" really?). So yeah, I'm going have it my way and pass. Even if it was $0.37, the Whopper I got would have been overpriced.

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