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Friday, Mar 25, 2022

Apple Asks Court to Deny Epic Appeal

Apple is urging the court to deny Epic's appeal of the decision in Epic's lawsuit over App Store royalties. Reuters (may require registration or subscription) reports Apple is claiming Epic has not made its case:
Apple in its reply on Thursday said Epic had failed to propose a reasonable alternative to the App Store policies.

"Epic asks the Judiciary to fundamentally change the App Store by forcing Apple to abandon the integrated distribution and digital-content delivery model that, among many other procompetitive benefits, helps safeguard user security and privacy," the court filing said.

Steam Next Fest June 13-16

Valve sends a save the date for the Steam Next Fest June 2022 Edition. Obviously this will be in June, but this is pinned down to June 13-20th. Here's your heads-up:
Mark your calendars for the June 2022 edition of Steam's multi-day celebration of upcoming games! From June 13th - June 20th, players get to try out free demos from all sorts of upcoming games on Steam, giving developers a chance to start building an audience and gather early feedback.

While you're checking out hundreds of cool demos throughout the week, you'll also have a chance to watch livestreams and interact with the teams behind the demos.

Console GTA Online Adding Subscriptions

Rockstar Games announces the console editions of GTA Online are getting an optional subscription program called GTA+. At this point there's no indication this is coming to the PC version, which may be due to it being a hive of scum and villainy. Here's word:
GTA+ is a new membership program exclusively for GTA Online on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S — launching on March 29 and providing easy access to a range of valuable benefits for both new and long-standing players on the latest generation consoles.

Being a GTA+ Member gets you a recurring monthly GTA$500,000 direct deposit to your Maze Bank account, plus the opportunity to claim properties in and around Los Santos that unlock gameplay updates you may have missed out on, special vehicle upgrades, Member-only discounts, GTA$ and RP bonuses, and more each month.

Deliver Us Mars Announced

Publisher Frontier Foundry and developer KeokeN Interactive announce Deliver Us Mars, an upcoming narrative adventure that's a sequel to Deliver Us The Moon. The second game is set a decade after the first, and expands on its story. Here's the Steam Listing and here's a Reveal Trailer. Read on for word on the game and the video:
Taking players on a journey across the Red Planet for an all-new story, Deliver Us Mars is the sequel to 2019’s atmospheric puzzle-adventure game Deliver Us The Moon. Frontier Foundry is collaborating with KeokeN Interactive to help the studio realise its creative goals for this third-person sequel, which involve a radical step forward in both gameplay and narrative presentation.

In the first teaser trailer for Deliver Us Mars, we pick up in the immediate aftermath of a ship crash-landing, where we catch a glimpse of our mysterious new protagonist. Uncovering and reactivating her companion drone, a familiar presence to fans of Deliver Us The Moon, the teaser ends with a stunning reveal of the Mars landscape that will form the main setting of the game.
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Steam Alpha for Chrome OS

Valve announces the promised alpha version of Steam for Chrome OS is now available to developers. The post updates us on this project and its goals:
As of Monday this week, an early version of Steam for Chrome OS has been made available to developers. Google and Valve have been collaborating on this project, which will ship to end users sometime in the future. Because Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system, it can leverage much of the work that Valve has recently done for Steam Deck to allow games to run well even when they don't have a native Linux build. Google engineers have worked to greatly expand the capability of Chrome OS to make this possible.

Access is currently limited to those who are running their Chromebooks in developer mode. If you have a Chromebook that meets the system requirements (Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 11th Gen Core i5 or i7 processors, and at least 8GB of RAM), then you can try running your game through Steam on a Chromebook today to see a preview of what users will see on current or future Chrome OS hardware.
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Evening Multiplex

↑ Official trailers. ↓ Content creator videos.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: ‘Halo’ wishes it was ‘The Mandalorian.’ Thanks RedEye9.

Ghostwire: Tokyo Released

Bethesda Softworks announces the release of Ghostwire: Tokyo, the supernatural action game from Tango Gameworks. This is available for Windows on Steam and is a console exclusive for PlayStation. For some background, the previously released Ghostwire: Tokyo – Prelude Visual Novel is a free release that can catch you up. Reviews for this rolled out earlier this week and the launch is accompanied by an Official Accolades Trailer. Here's a bit more:
In the wake of an otherworldly vanishing, players step into the role of Akito – one of the last few living humans left in the city. Teaming up with KK, a ghostly detective and ally with an agenda of his own, the two of you will have to seek the cause of Tokyo’s vanishing, face off against malevolent beings of myth and urban legend that have seeped into our world and save the city from supernatural chaos.
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Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Released

2K and Gearbox Software announce that Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is now available worldwide. This is a spinoff of the Borderlands series based on the extremely popular Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep add-on for Borderlands 2. The Windows edition can be purchased from the Epic Games Store. Here's a review roundup, the launch trailer, and more on this D&D influenced first-person shooter:
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands features the journey of the Fatemaker through an extraordinary tabletop realm where rules rarely apply. Joined by an all-star celebrity cast, players can create and customize their own multiclass heroes as they loot, shoot, slash, and cast their way through outlandish monsters and treasure-filled dungeons on a quest to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord. The chaotic fantasy world is brought to life by the utterly unpredictable Tiny Tina, who makes the rules, changes the world on the fly, and guides players on their respective journeys.
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LEGO Bricktales Announced

Thunderful Group announces LEGO Bricktales, a digital LEGO game coming to Steam later this year. This will allow you to build with LEGO bricks without the risk of being crippled by accidentally stepping on one in your bare feet. Developed by Clockstone (Bridge Constructor), the game will focus more on building aspects than most LEGO games, as you can see in the Announcement Trailer. Here are some details:
Travel across a diverse range of intricate and colorful diorama biomes all fully built from LEGO bricks, and get captivated by the charming story, LEGO Bricktales encourages you to unlock your creativity as you build your own solutions to the game’s many inventive puzzles.

In LEGO Bricktales, journey across 5 different LEGO themed biomes and use an intuitive new brick-by-brick building mechanic to solve puzzles and bring your solutions to life. From purely aesthetic creations, such as market stands and music boxes, up to functional physics-based puzzles like building cranes and gyrocopters, LEGO Bricktales offers a host of challenges and quests to test your imagination and building skills.
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Turbo Golf Racing Announced

Developer Hugecalf Studios and publisher Secret Mode announce Turbo Golf Racing, an upcoming action game that applies the Rocket League mashup formula to golf. This will come to PC via Steam and to consoles, and beta testing should get underway soon. If you're interested in being a tester, you can sign up on the official website or start lurking in the game's Discord. Of course we haven't given much to help you decide on such things, so here's an Announcement Trailer and here are the details:
Turbo Golf Racing is a fast-paced arcade-style sports racing game for up to eight players, all competing to see whose speed-putting skills are up to par. Racers flip, glide, and dash their turbo-charged cars down winding fairways as they strike their oversized golf balls toward the finishing cup.
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Expedition Zero Released

Expedition Zero is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store,*, and Steam, offering a survival/horror game from developer Enigmatic Machines and publisher tinyBuild (*Blue's News may receive a commission on sales of this item). This is set in "the anomaly zone of the northern forest," so you might want to pack your long underwear. For more, let's Launch Trailer and chill before checking out the description:
Trapped within the confines of an abandoned military research zone, survive intense hunger and frigid weather conditions while searching for a way out. Gather resources to cobble together tools and gain new abilities amid a cacophony of inhuman growls, windblown tree limbs, and your own heartbeat. Evade the monstrous horror hiding in the dark long enough to become the terror’s worst nightmare.

Discover a mighty mecha suit and upgrade it by utilizing deserted tech, transforming it into an all-powerful armor to confront the ghastly abomination wandering within the zone’s inescapable walls. Get stronger with each passing day while discovering the weaknesses of the wicked beast to face it in a deadly duel. With the right resources and knowledge, the prey can finally become the predator.
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Forts - High Seas Sets Sail

Forts - High Seas is now available on Steam as new DLC for Forts, the physics-based RTS for Windows. As the title suggests, this takes gameplay into open waters, as shown in the Launch Trailer. Here's more to help you decide whether this floats your boat:
Set sail towards action and adventure in the next generation of Forts’ 2D base-building artillery formula. High Seas’ overhauled physics engine simulates buoyancy and water effects to portray impressive naval skirmishes with floating vessels and explosive engagements. Amass a fleet of battleships, gunboats, and hulking dreadnoughts, each capable of causing huge devastation with Harpoons, Deck Guns, Nighthawks, and other destructive armaments. Maintain the buoyancy and equilibrium of your vessels to land your shots and command the seas.

Follow intrepid United Navy Captain Max Capacitor through a story-driven campaign consisting of 18 missions punctuated by graphic novel-inspired cutscenes. Search for Max’s father, a long-missing scientist with links to the construction of a new mega weapon with terrifying capabilities. Overcome challenges, defeat enemies during combat missions, and rescue Max’s father on a seafaring adventure colored with Forts’ signature gift for whimsical warfare.
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Out of the Blue

I'm very excited about the new remastered versions of the Godfather Trilogy. Like many, I have some issues with the third movie, but like most enthusiasts, the first two land high on my list of favorites. I'm also someone who enjoys rewatching a good movie after some time has passed. This works out great, as I haven't had a viewing in so long I can't remember when the last one was. So I am looking forward to popping some corn, leaving the gun, grabbing the cannoli, and revisiting the tragic saga of the Corleone family this weekend.

Round-up You Can't Refuse
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.


Thanks Max.


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