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Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021

AWS Outage Wreaks Havoc

An ongoing outage at Amazon Web Services today demonstrates how much of the Internet lives in Jeff Bezos' cloud service. As noted on DCD, the outage began at around 10:45 am EST. PC Gamer notes this took down platforms like UPlay and the Epic Games Store, though both are both back up now. Using Downdetector PC Gamer compiled a partial list of affected games:

  • League of Legends
  • League of Legends Wild Rift
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Valorant
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Clash of Clans
  • Destiny 2

Ubisoft Unveils NFTs

Shortly after revealing plans to explore the role blockchain technology can play in games, Ubisoft unveils Ubisoft Quartz, a place to acquire Ubisoft NFTs called Digits. To start, digits are only available for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint players, and the first three are being handed out for free. Here's an accompanying Announce Trailer and here's the overview:
Ubisoft Quartz is a new experience for our players, built upon our vision of creating an ever-greater connection between you and the game worlds you love.

It aims at offering you more autonomy and agency when interacting with the in-game items that help you craft your own story.

This is the place where you can acquire Digits, the first Ubisoft NFTs (non-fungible tokens), playable in a HD game and relying on an energy-efficient technology.
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More Call of Duty RICOCHET Anti-Cheat Plans

Activision announces more about RICOCHET anti-cheat support for Call of Duty: Warzone to deter cheating in multiplayer games. This post has a progress report on the fight for fair play:
RICOCHET Anti-CheatTM is already live across Call of Duty®: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone™ with server-side updates and other backend elements to combat cheating.

With the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific tomorrow, #TeamRICOCHET continues its new anti-cheat security initiative with the rollout of an internally developed PC kernel-level driver for Warzone, which will activate first in the Asia-Pacific region before expanding worldwide.

In today’s anti-cheat progress blog, we outline what we expect from the driver as a new weapon in the fight against unfair play.

Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary & Pack

Bungie announces the 30th Anniversary Event is now underway in Destiny 2. To support this, the Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack is now available on Steam, offering the chance to celebrate by spending some money on a free game. This post has a complete rundown on what this brings to Destiny 2, which is naturally enough required. Here's word on the contents, so please post your tearful videos when you finally snag your Gjallarhorn:
Grasp of Avarice
Plunder the new three-player dungeon inspired by famed Cosmodrome loot caves of yore. Reveal a tale of riches and regret as you follow an adventurer who traded his humanity for treasure.

Treasure Galore
The Exotic Gjallarhorn returns alongside new weapons, ornament sets, emotes, Sparrows, Ghost Shells, and more. Pack your inventory with rewards that represent 30-years of Bungie, a legendary community, and a birthday party that could only happen starside.

Hearthstone - Fractured in Alterac Valley Released

Fractured in Alterac Valley is now available for Hearthstone as the latest content expansion for Blizzard's card strategy game. Here's the announcement with all the details on what will happen if you play your cards right:
Fractured in Alterac Valley introduces 135 all-new cards inspired by the legendary titular battleground from World of Warcraft®, which defined the war between the Horde and Alliance for millions of players around the world. Players will choose between the Horde or Alliance and gain one free Golden Legendary card based on which faction they select to support* — either Elder Shaman Drek’Thar for the Horde, or the Mountain King Vanndar Stormpike for the Alliance. To inspire the warriors of the Horde and Alliance to muster for battle, players will earn Honor Points for their faction through January 11 by playing games in Ranked, Arena and Duels modes. All players will receive a Diamond Legendary version of the faction leader whose side earned the most Honor Points, to be granted during the launch of the upcoming mini-set.

To turn the tide of war in their favor, players can add to their deck’s minions, weapons or spells with the new keyword Honorable Kill. It grants a bonus effect if they deal the exact amount of damage required to kill a minion on their turn. They can also rally the Mercenary heroes who have fought valiantly throughout the Year of the Gryphon’s yearlong narrative as powerful new Hero Cards.

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Legacy of the Sith Delayed

A post to the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website apologetically announces a delay to Legacy of the Sith, the Force-powered MMORPG's upcoming expansion (thanks Rob). This was expected to arrive this holiday season when it was announced, but now it's due on February 15th:
We have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Legacy of the Sith to February 15, 2022.

Like many of you reading this, I personally cannot wait for the launch of our next expansion. I've greatly enjoyed my time exploring the depths of Manaan, testing out new story and ability combinations with Combat Styles, and more during internal playtests.

Legacy of the Sith is something the team has been hard at work on for quite a while but as we get ever closer to launch, it is clear that we need a bit more time. We’re focusing additional testing on the many areas we have changed throughout the game to deliver the experience we want, and one that you deserve.
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White Shadows Released

White Shadows is now available for Windows and consoles, and the PC edition is lurking on GOG.com and Steam. White Shadows is a Ken Howard-free action/adventure featuring 2.5D platforming and lots of monochromatic style, as seen in the Release Trailer. Here's word:
Composed of a vast network of towers rising from the void of post-catastrophe darkness into the sky above, the city our young heroine seeks to escape is a dangerous place to be. She will have to find ways to avoid the teeth of machinery primed to grind her into dust, leap across rickety infrastructure that bridges the cavernous darkness all around and avoid the watchful eyes of guards ready to gun her down. She will travel to the city’s brightest highs and delve to its darkest depths on her journey, discovering her destiny among the last free people alive.
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Wolfstride Released

Wolfstride is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com, and Steam. This turn-based RPG will satisfy your need to trample stuff, as it includes the chance to pilot a "junkyard" mech. Tale a look at this stylized Launch Trailer and read on for the full briefing:
Wolfstride is a role-playing game about three former partners-in-crime arriving at a turning point in their lives. When they inherit a junkyard mecha called Cowboy, they reunite to enter the planet’s most elite mecha competition: the Ultimate Golden God Tournament.

With each member lending their unique abilities to the team – dog-mechanic Duque, mecha pilot Knife Leopard, and jack-of-all-trades Dominique Shade – they’ll have to take on and outwit the best mecha opponents in turn-based combat. What begins as a simple mission to make money gradually unfolds into a deep, slow-burning exploration of their complex lives, the dark choices of their past, and their inevitable fate with the future of the world hanging in the balance!
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Temperia: Soul of Majestic Announced

Publisher Leonardo Interactive, creator Moonwolf Entertainment, and developer A2 Softworks announce Temperia: Soul of Majestic, a card strategy game coming to Windows and macOS next year via Steam. There's a twist, as this is an "open-handed" game where players can see each other's cards. Here's the Official Announcement Trailer with a look, and here's more:
Publisher Leonardo Interactive and developer Moonwolf Entertainment have officially announced Temperia: Soul of Majestic, the first international strategic card game with an innovative “Open-Handed” mechanic. Temperia: Soul of Majestic is unique in that players must use totally exposed cards and two decks: one of 20 Creatures and another of 20 Equipment. Each match is completely different thanks to the countless creature abilities, equipment and elemental powers that may be found on the game's board.
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Expeditions: Rome Delayed

Rome wasn't built in a day, and it turns out Expeditions: Rome wasn't built on time, as THQ Nordic announces a delay to this Rome-playing game. This was announced earlier this year as coming this year, but now word is it is delayed until MMXXII. A new Release Date Trailer narrows this to January 20, 2022. Here's the announcement, which does not explain why the launch date had to roam:
The fate of an empire lies in your hands! On January 20th, 2022 you can become the Legatus of a Roman legion and lead your troops through Greece, Egypt, and Gaul. You'll gain power and influence and your word will carry weight in the political affairs of Rome. Your decisions will change the life of your fellow companions, your soldiers, and even the destiny of whole nations.

This Classic RPG from the creators of the critically acclaimed Expeditions: Vikings will take you on a 50+ hour campaign across Europe and northern Africa. You´ll have to fight intense turn-based battles, level up your alter ego as well as your companions, manage your legion, explore, loot, and craft – in short, everything, you'd expect from a Classic RPG.
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FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker Strolls Out

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker is out for PC and consoles, and the Windows edition of the MMORPG expansion is now available on Steam. This requires the base version of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, and is offered as a choice between a Standard Edition and a Collector's Edition. There is also a Complete Edition that includes the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Starter Edition for newcomers. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's word on the add-on's lofty ambitions:
Yet shadowed by their triumph in the First, the Warrior of Light and Scions of the Seventh Dawn are home at last. An even greater calamity than refulgent oblivion has been building in their absence, however─a second advent of the Final Days. Should all despair, the myriad conflicts that now ravage the land cannot but foretoken an end to life in the Source.

Take heart in the faith of those who walk beside you, and journey ever higher─to the very stars above.
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Icarus Daily Updates to Continue

In an update on Steam, Dean Hall discusses the launch of Icarus and outlines plans to address some of the launch issues for the recently released PvE survival game. Noting the game has managed 50,000 concurrent player, Dean acknowledges complaints about performance issues. Word is a content update is coming this weekend, and that the game will continue to receive daily updates to put things in better order:
Through launch weekend we produced three hotfixes immediately to address some of the key bugs that had presented with the launch. Through our first week we will be continuing this process and aiming for daily updates.

These updates can disrupt your time playing the game but they are critical for us to quickly improve the game for you. Due to the high intensity of this update cadence, we will be focusing these updates on performance optimizations, connectivity and mission fixes.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection PC Plans

Naughty Dog announces launch details for the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, for PC and PlayStation 5. This definitely overpromises what it will share about the Windows edition, saying: "For those of you who cannot wait to get your hands on the PC version, stay tuned for more details from us on specs and the upcoming release date." Unfortunately, it actually supplies neither, as there are no specs, and it just repeats the 2022 release window we've already seen: "PC players, wishlisting for Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves can be done on the Epic and Steam Stores, and rest assured, we will be revisiting and revealing more pertaining to the PC launch as we head into 2022." Here's the Steam Listing and here's the Epic Games Store Listing.

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Out of the Blue

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the US into World War II. In his December 8th speech requesting a declaration of war, President Roosevelt called December 7th "a date which [sic] will live in infamy." Its infamy may have faded over the years, but the date still stands out for many, myself included. Here's a respectful salute to the fallen.

Obituary: Derby winner Medina Spirit collapses, dies in California.
Obituary: Jaques Tits, the mathematician behind Tits buildings, the Tits alternative, the Tits group, and the Tits metric, has died at 91.

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