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Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021

Legacy Virtual Sales Soar

The Gala Games Website shows many of the virtual deeds for Legacy have already sold out. We just learned that this game designed by Peter Molyneux and 22cans was fully embracing blockchain technology, and the cash has already started flowing in. Rock Paper Shotgun did the math for us, calculating that the virtual land sold so far took in over 14,000 Ethereum, which is over USD$53 million. Word is the most expensive item was a London plot that sold for almost $900K. There's an interview with Molyneux on The Verge illustrating why blockchain and the famed designer are a marriage made in heaven:
But what I am immensely proud of is if you make something in your world and you then trade it to someone else, that item that you make, whether it be a building, whether it be a worker, will carry with it all the benefits that you imbued in it. And I think that’s what’s really exciting for me is that the things you acquire on the blockchain will make your world a better place. If you take a worker and you put that worker to work in a mine, over time, that worker will become an expert miner. And then if you take the worker and put him to work in the pub as a landlord, he’ll become an expert landlord / miner. And that sort of experience flows through the whole of Legacy. It’s an all-connected system.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning - Fatesworn Released

Steam now offers Fatesworn, a new expansion for Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, the revived fantasy RPG. This continues on after the original main storyline, promising about six hours of additional gameplay. Cast your eyes on the Release Trailer for a preview of what to expect. Here's the pitch:
Grab your weapons, Fateless One, Amalur needs you again. Telogrus, the God of Chaos has awoken in the west and is threatening not only the peace in Amalur, but wants to transform the entire world into a realm of chaos.

The new major expansion Fatesworn kicks off after the events of the main game and offers a new main storyline with more than 6 hours of gameplay alone. Additionally, there is a new environment, various new quests and missions, new Chaos Realm dungeons all over Amalur, a new gameplay mechanic, new weapons and armor, new enemies, and much more. It will raise the level cap to 50, and even features a new soundtrack by famous composer Grant Kirkhope. Fatesworn requires the base game Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.
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Planet Zoo Europe Pack Released

The new Europe Pack is now available on Steam, adding new content to Planet Zoo, the Windows theme park simulator. This adds five new animals, loads of new scenery, a new scenario, and hopefully the ability to get mayonnaise with your fries at the concession stands. This comes alongside a new version 1.8 patch for the base game, and this post has notes for both the expansion and the patch. Here's a Launch Trailer and the quick pitch:
Prepare to welcome five highly requested new animals to Planet Zoo, including the Alpine Ibex, Eurasian Lynx, European Fallow Deer, European Badger, and Exhibit animal, the Fire Salamander. Zookeepers can embrace the beauty of the continent and transform their zoos into winter wonderlands with over 250 pieces of spectacular scenery. An exciting new timed scenario, set in the snow-capped Alps, challenges zookeepers to put their skills to the test against the clock.
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Assassin's Creed Crossover Stories Released

The pair of new Assassin's Creed Crossover Stories revealed just yesterday are now available as free DLC. One story is for owners of Assassin's Creed Valhalla and the other is for Assassin's Creed Odyssey. A sense of how this all works is showing off in this trailer, though it kicks off with spoiler warnings. These details explain further how to avoid spoiling any surprises:
Today, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Crossover Stories featuring Eivor and Kassandra are available now. Both stories are available for free for owners of the respective base games, with one story featuring Eivor and Kassandra available in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and one story featuring Kassandra or Alexios available in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Assassin’s Creed Crossover Stories is the first cross-game project on the franchise, led by Ubisoft Quebec in close collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal. The content aims at answering the question “What happens when two Assassin’s Creed heroes meet?”, allowing fans to deepen their experience in the franchise and exploring the ties between the heroes of the two games, and featuring new environments to explore as well as a rich storyline.
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Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance Announced

Slitherine announces Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance, a real-time strategy game based on the most recent installment in the unkillable Terminator franchise. This is in development at Cats Who Play, and the game's Steam Listing says it's "coming soon." Here's a Teaser Trailer and a gameplay video. This description says it will become self-aware next year:
Today, Slitherine and Skydance Media announced the development of Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance, a new real-time strategy game set within the reinvented franchise. The game follows the war between humanity and Legion's synthetic intelligent machine network. In the single-player campaign, players take the role of a commander in the Founders faction and guide their army to foil Legion's plan to destroy humanity. In skirmish and multiplayer modes, three very diverse factions are available: Founders, Legion and Resistance. The game is set to be released on PC in 2022.
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Headquarters World War II Announced

The second of three new game announcements today from Slitherine is Headquarters World War II, a turn-based wargame that will allow players to experience the aftermath of D-Day on a platoon level. It's coming to PC and consoles next year, and it already has a Steam Listing. Here's the briefing, straight from HQ:
During the Home of Wargamers Live plus event, Slitherine announced Headquarters World War II, a new turn-based platoon-level wargame set in the aftermath of the D-Day landings. Headquarters World War II is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game where your battlefield tactics are as important as your army management skills. Experience both sides of the war, battling in Europe as the USA, the UK, or Germany. Storm bunkers, occupy houses, win tank duels, or set up ambushes for the enemy armor. All units and scenery are created with the finest attention to detail using Unreal Engine 4 to achieve a very realistic visual style with state of the art graphics. HeadQuarters World War II will be available in 2022 both for PC and consoles.

Modern Naval Warfare Announced

Slitherine's third announcement of the day is Modern Naval Warfare, a simulation of, well, modern naval warfare. This puts you in the cramped quarters of a nuclear submarine. This will come to PC next year and will include virtual reality support. Here's a gameplay video, the Steam Listing, and more:
Today, Slitherine announced Modern Naval Warfare, the new generation of nuclear submarine simulators. Players will take command of a USS Virginia class submarine into the dark and unforgiving world of the modern, high tech naval battlefield. Track your enemies, avoid patrols and mines, engage in covert operations, fight your way with torpedoes and unleash devastating cruise missile attacks. Modern Naval Warfare is set to release on PC in 2022, with additional support for VR.
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Firegirl Released

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue is now available on Steam, offering the chance to single-handedly fight fires the way children do these days. The launch comes along with a new Developer Commentary Video. There's also a Launch Trailer showing the title character using her hose as a jetpack and axing a few questions with her axe. Here's more:
Firegirl: Hack ’n Splash Rescue is a roguelite platformer where you take on the role of a young fire rescue officer breathing new life into her rundown local fire station. Armed with your trusty axe and high-pressure fire hose that also doubles as a jetpack, respond to emergency calls that bring you to dangerous procedurally generated blazes across the city. When Firegirl arrives on the scene, she has 3 minutes to save all the civilians caught in the blaze! Extinguish fire monsters to buy more time in these tricky missions where you will feel the heat as you battle to get the job done. Uncover the truth of why these fires have engulfed the city, in a mystery that goes all the way to the top!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Everything Everywhere All At Once - Official Trailer HD. Thanks Gizmodo via Neutronbeam.

Get Rayman Origins for Free

The Ubisoft 35 anniversary celebration continues with another giveaway. You can now pick up Rayman Origins for PC completely free on the Ubisoft Official Store. It's yours to keep as long as you claim it by a week from tomorrow. Here's a refresher:
Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil® and the Raving Rabbids® returns to his roots to bring us Rayman® Origins: a high-definition, 2D side-scrolling, platforming adventure in full 4-player co-op!

Play Rayman Origins and discover or rediscover the magical universe and legendary 2D game play that captured the hearts of millions of fans...

When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by “nefurrious” Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day; but the hero of light isn’t quite all there…To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream...

Virginie Haas Leaving Ubisoft

Speaking of Ubisoft, journalist Stephen Totilo tweets that Virginie Haas is leaving the company, where she had been serving a Chief Studios Officer reporting directly to CEO Yves Guillemot. Ubisoft has been embroiled in a high-profile harassment scandal, but no explanation for the departure besides a desire "to pursue other activities" is offered at this time. Here's word:
Virginie Haas is leaving Ubisoft. Employees were informed today. She'd assumed the role of chief studios officer, reporting to CEO Yves Guillemot, on Sept 1, 2020.

In her email to employees she said she was leaving "to pursue other activities"

Arguably the second most powerful person at Ubisoft. Gone after 16 months in the role.

PR:"Ubisoft thanks Virginie for her contribution and wishes her every success in the future. The company is well on its way to appointing her successor. In the interim, the senior team she was in charge of will ensure the continuity and seamless execution of the current projects"

System Shock Remake Next Year

Prime Matter announces it is publishing the remake of System Shock that's in the works at Nightdive Studios. The news includes a 2022 release window, which is a delay from plans to release the game this past summer. The project has survived a couple of previous snags, as it was delayed to 2018 shortly after being Kickstarted in 2016. By 2018 development needed a reset. A Kickstarter Update from February said late summer 2021 was the target, and offered a playable demo, which is still available. There's also an early adopter bonus, which is a free copy of System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition. Here's the deal on deal:
Set on an abandoned space station, players have to survive a hostile environment and overcome SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimised Data Access Network), a malevolent AI hellbent on humanity’s destruction.

The new System Shock is a fully-fledged remake of the groundbreaking 1994 original, pairing its beloved core gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface and remastered sounds & music.

The global publishing and distribution agreement will bring System Shock to PC and consoles next year.

Windjammers 2 Next Month

Dotemu announces an official release date for Windjammers 2, saying the arcade sports sequel will arrive on PC and consoles on January 20, 2022, just 28 years after the original. A new release date trailer celebrates the news, as word is: "Catch Windjammers 2’s roster of 10 playable athletes in action, a glimpse of the 10 varied courts they’ll be battling to score on, and more in the new video." There's also a new development update on the PlayStation.Blog. Here's more to help you decide if this is your jam:
An evolution of the arcade classic, Windjammers 2’s radical power disc-flinging showdowns pair approachable mechanics with subtle depth, offering up an accessible competitive sport that’s perfect for casual rounds as well as high-stakes tournaments. Fluidly hand-drawn 2D animation converts the intense energy and emotion of matches into a beautiful spectacle, making Windjammers 2 a joy to both play and watch.
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Reverie Knights Tactics Next Month

1C Entertainment announces a January 25, 2022 release date for Reverie Knights Tactics, the tactical RPG in the works at 40 Giants Entertainment. This is another delay, as the game was announced as coming this (northern) fall, which ends in one week. This post covers the news in brief, and adds a Release Date Announcement Trailer. If this inspires your curiosity, there's a free Prologue on Steam you can sample. Let's all get lost in reverie as we read the details:
Reverie Knights Tactics is a turn-based, story-driven tactical RPG set in a hand-drawn fantasy world, featuring turn-based battles in a 2D isometric perspective. For those itching to experience the game even earlier, a free Prologue is available on Steam.

Embark on an expedition to save your loved ones from Lennórien, the lost elven city, while fighting the goblin menace that spreads its terror across the continent. Lead your party of heroes, each one with distinct, special abilities and skills, allowing you to use multiple battle strategies and powerful team attacks to defeat your enemies. Discover a fantasy world featuring deep map and scenario exploration in an epic adventure, visual novel style. Craft new items and accessories from the treasures you collect and use them to gain tactical advantage every time you configure your characters.
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Out of the Blue

A tweet from John Romero notes that today is the 31st anniversary of Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons, which launched on December 14, 1990. According to Wikipedia, the success of this three-part platformer convinced the team to quit their jobs at SoftDisk and form id Software. So, without this game there would be no id, no DOOM, no Quake, and (sob) no Blue's News. Happy birthday Commander. Update: Thanks Kxmode for pointing to the Commander Keen Complete Pack on Steam.

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