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Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022

Call of Duty Season 2 Delayed; Commitment to Improvements Announced

A Call of Duty Community Update on the Call of Duty Blog describes Activision's "ongoing commitment to improving your gameplay experience." This includes the news that Season Two for Call of Duty Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is being delayed from February 2nd to February 14th. Promising more communication going forward, the update acknowledges the frustration Call of Duty players have been experiencing. Here's what's being done about that:
To date, we’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done. For this reason, we have decided to reschedule the start of Season Two across Warzone Pacific and Vanguard to February 14. We will use this additional development time to deliver updates, including optimizations to gameplay, game balancing (including weapon and equipment balancing), to fix game stability and bugs, and to ensure an overall level of polish to improve the experience for players across Vanguard, Warzone Pacific, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare.

Upcoming implementations will address several concerns raised by the community and other quality-of-life improvements. Adjusting the core gameplay loop, mechanics, and balance is a continuing and important focus. Fixes will apply to your platform of choice — two generations of consoles and PC — as well as gameplay in general across all five systems.

Ghostrunner Project_Hel Delayed

The Ghostrunner Twitter announces that the Project_Hel expansion for Ghostrunner is delayed until March 3rd. This was just announced at the beginning of last month for release next week, so something went wrong somewhere along the way. Here's what we're being told:
The global release of the Project_Hel DLC will be delayed to March 3rd. We appreciate your understanding and want all our fans to know that we will use this bonus time to make even more worthwhile improvements while ensuring the health & safety of our team and global partners.

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Oscar Mayer's new bologna face mask.

New AMD Radeon Drivers

AMD Support now features new version 22.1.2 Radeon Adrenalin Edition drivers for AMD Radeon graphics cards running under Windows. The latest and greatest drivers add support for Rainbow Six Extraction as well as a couple of new GPUs. The Release Notes have all the details. Here are the essentials:
Support For

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Extraction
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6500 XT Graphics
    AMD Radeon™ RX 6500M Graphics
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6400 Graphics
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6300M Graphics

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Imperiums: Rome vs Carthage Announced

Kube Games announces Imperiums: Rome vs Carthage, new DLC for Imperiums: Greek Wars coming to Steam in the (northern) spring. This adds a new map to the indie 4X/grand strategy game (which will be required) as well as tie-ins to the previously released Age of Alexander expansion. The announcement trailer outlines the various geopolitical factors that will fuel the DLC's conflicts. Here's an outline:
A new campaign map and one of the most interesting periods of our history makes an enticing combination. The rise of the Roman Republic during the 3rd century BCE unfolds against the background of other major events. The Roman wars with the Samnites and Etruscans and later the powerful Carthaginian Empire, the slow decline of the successor states left after the breakdown of the Alexandrian Empire, or the tensions caused by tribes migrating to more hospitable regions of Europe.
The game can be played as any of the 25 states on a huge map of 5000 tiles.

The DLC however brings much more than just a new map. Imperiums: Rome vs Carthage is in fact an extension of the recently released Age of Alexander expansion pack, which means that all of the mechanics introduced there will be also included in Rome vs Carthage.
Plus, it will come with its own new mechanics such as migrating tribes, specific historical and multiturn events (e.g. plague outbreak, rebellions, etc.) and so called mandatory objectives (detailed info on the Steam page).
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Firaxis Vets Form Bit Reactor

A group of "former Firaxis Games lead developers and creatives" announce the formation of Bit Reactor, a new development studio based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The plan is to capitalize on the expertise in turn-based tactics honed during development of the XCOM series. Here's word:
“As game genres of all-types see refreshed takes in this new generation of technology, one thing is clear in that turn-based tactic games have been greatly overlooked and have an enormous amount of room for innovation,” said Greg Foertsch, co-founder and CEO, Bit Reactor. “We have a very team-oriented culture and we’ve assembled an amazing group of talented, experienced and dedicated game developers to inject rich storytelling, immersive presentation and rock solid game mechanics to give this genre it’s rightful time to shine - a golden age of turn-based games is upon us.”

Bit Reactor’s central vision is to define the future of turn-based tactics games by weaving in the high-end production values, riveting storytelling and innovative design for a best-in-class gameplay experience for gamers worldwide. The studio already has unannounced titles in development and is actively recruiting experienced developers for multiple programming, design, and creative roles both for the studio in Maryland, as well as remote talent.

Out of the Blue

Happy birthday Dolly Parton. The country music star/humanitarian turns 76 today. Dolly embodies perseverance. Howso? She's been married for 56 years and has been in show business for 66 years. Here's hoping this pattern holds, and she's with us for another 76.

Obituary: Yvette Mimieux Dead: Star of the Time Machine, The Black Hole Was 80.
Obituary: French actor Gaspard Ulliel dead in skiing accident at 37.
Obituary: André Leon Talley, former Vogue creative director, dead at 73.
Obituary: World's oldest man dies at 112, Guinness World Records says.

Living Doll Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link


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