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Friday, Feb 04, 2022

Path of Exile: Siege of the Atlas Released

The Siege of the Atlas expansion is out for Path of Exile as the latest new content for Grinding Gears' free-to-play action/RPG. The Windows and macOS editions are now available the official website, while console gamers must wait until February 9th. Check out the Official Trailer for a look, or the Patch Notes for an outline of all that this brings. A recent announcement outlined what this brings to the party:
Siege of the Atlas Content and Features:

  • Updated Atlas: The end-game Atlas of Worlds has been simultaneously simplified and also made deeper. The region system has been removed, and individual Atlas Passive Trees have been replaced by one gigantic Atlas-wide passive tree which creates a more flexible way for players to engage in the content they like best while also increasing its challenge and reward.
  • Four Pinnacle Bosses: The new storyline is capped with four new Pinnacle Bosses, ultimate boss fights for players seeking additional challenges. These bosses can potentially drop a selection of extremely valuable new unique items.
  • Endgame Item Crafting: Players can master the Eldritch Implicit Modifier system to improve their best items. New currency items allow them to craft powerful new implicit modifiers onto items that enable new build opportunities.
  • Archnemesis League: Players can collect modifiers to use on Petrified Monsters that are encountered throughout Wraeclast in order to create their own mini-boss fights. Each modifier provides a reward and a monster behavior and will stack in subsequent fights to create progressively more dangerous and rewarding encounters. These modifiers can be combined to create recipes for even more challenge and reward.
  • Game Balance Improvements: Spellcasters and Archers have been targeted with a massive selection of balance buffs, so that they are even more competitive with Path of Exile's best builds.

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Google Stadia Pivots

A report on Business Insider (may require registration or subscription) says Google is refocusing Stadia from a standalone game streaming service to an online partner for others. The struggling cloud service has already apparently hitched its wagon to Peloton (not exactly a rising star itself lately, though that may be changing) as well as gaming partners like Capcom and Bungie. The takeaway presented by The Verge is that such partnerships are now a priority for the service, so it may not have the future as a consumer gaming platform Google imagined. It reports Google spokesperson Patrick Seybold responded to inquiries with this statement:
We announced our intentions of helping publishers and partners deliver games directly to gamers last year, and have been working toward that. The first manifestation has been our partnership with AT&T who is offering Batman: Arkham Knight available to their customers for free. While we won’t be commenting on any rumors or speculation regarding other industry partners, we are still focused on bringing great games to Stadia in 2022. With 200+ titles currently available, we expect to have another 100+ games added to the platform this year, and currently have 50 games available to claim in Stadia Pro.

Blue Fire: Void Maker

Blue Fire: Void Maker is now available on Steam, allowing players to create and share 3D platforming levels in a free spin-off of Blue Fire. Here's a launch trailer showing off what to expect. Here's word on the new game and the original:
Blue Fire: Void Maker allows players to create and share challenging Void platforming levels. Let imaginations run wild designing hardcore, epic or silly levels and sharing them with others. Players do not need to own the original Blue Fire to play the spinoff, while those who own Blue Fire will automatically see Blue Fire: Void Maker appear in their Steam Library.

In Blue Fire players embark on an extraordinary adventure through the desolate kingdom of Penumbra to discover the hidden secrets of this long-forgotten land. Explore mystical temples, where players will need to master the art of movement to survive increasingly difficult 3D platforming challenges. Along the adventure, players will slash their way through diverse adversaries, encounter survivors, collect valuable items, take on strange quests and more.
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Evening Patches

Official patch.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Astronomers stand up to satellite mega-constellations. Thanks Michael.

GTA6 Officially in Development

A Grand Theft Auto Community Update from Rockstar Games discusses Grand Theft Auto V. This outlines details on the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S editions of the open world crime game. Also, recognizing that continuing to discuss the future of a game released nine years may be frustrating for fans of the series, the post finally officially admits that active development of Grand Theft Auto VI is "well underway." A tweet says more will be shared "soon." In the meantime, here's word:
With the unprecedented longevity of GTAV, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered — and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway. We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.

On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to step into the future with you!

The Sims 4 Free Weekend

A free trial weekend is underway on Steam for The Sims 4, the latest installment in the lifestyle simulator from EA Maxis. As noted in this Steam announcement this celebration of 22 years of Simlish also includes a sale in case that will allow you to continue on after the promotion ends on Monday:
Create unique Sims whose personalities and appearances you choose and play through the stories of their lives. You’ll constantly discover new reasons to celebrate as they make friends, fall in love, build their careers, and grow their families.

Try The Sims™ 4 between from Feb 3-7 and save 88% when you purchase from Feb 3-11. Also, save on select packs that expand your Sims’ world with new locations, jobs, and gameplay from Feb 3-11.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human Released

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is now available for Windows on Steam, offering the chance to continue to fight for survival in Techland's zombie-infested RPG. Steam News has details on the promised Day One patch, which is now also available. And NVIDIA outlines the game's DLSS and ray tracing support. Dying Light 2 has already received some praise, so the launch is accompanied by an Accolades Trailer with some humblebragging. Here's more on how to fight the dying of the light:
Over twenty years ago in Harran, we fought the virus—and lost. Now, we’re losing again. The City, one of the last large human settlements, is torn by conflict. Civilization has fallen back into the Dark Ages. And yet, we still have hope.

You are a wanderer with the power to change the fate of The City. But your exceptional abilities come at a price. Haunted by memories you cannot decipher, you set out to learn the truth… and find yourself in a combat zone. Hone your skills, as to defeat your enemies and make allies, you’ll need both fists and wits. Unravel the dark secrets behind the wielders of power, choose sides and decide your destiny. But wherever your actions take you, there's one thing you can never forget—stay human.
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New AMD Adrenalin Edition Drivers

New version 22.2.1 AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers are now available from AMD Support. As noted in the Release Notes, these add support for Dying Light 2 and Lost Ark, among other things. Here are the details:
Support For

  • Dying Light 2™
  • Lost Ark™
  • Vulkan® 1.3 and Vulkan® Roadmap 2022. Click here for more information.

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Square Enix Financials

Square Enix Holdings Announces Financial Results for the Nine-month Period Ended December 31, 2021. Have a yen for more details? Read on:
In the Digital Entertainment segment, the HD (High-Definition) Game sub-segment, the nine-month period ended December 31, 2021 saw the release of such titles as “OUTRIDERS,” “NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...,” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.” However, the sub-segment’s net sales declined compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, which had seen the release of such titles as “FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE” and “Marvel's Avengers.”

In the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) Game sub-segment, sales rose compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, due not only to a sharp rise in the number of monthly paying subscribers for “FINAL FANTASY XIV,” but also to the release of an expansion pack for the title.

Morning Patches

Unofficial games, patches, and mods.

Out of the Blue

So today marks the start of the Winter Olympics. This means things are already underway, since these are taking place in Beijing, where it's basically tomorrow already. MrsBlue and I discovered this when we came across some live figure skating when flipping channels late last night. Long ago I learned that I inevitably end up watching more of the games that I think I will. Now that I've accepted that, I probably won't watch any. Except of course, for curling. Who doesn't love curling?

Curled-up Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link
Thanks Max.

Stories

Science
Thanks Max.

Media
Thanks VideoSift.

Follow-up

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