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Tuesday, Apr 05, 2022 Happy First Contact Day (UFP)

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Development Ends

A tweet from Ubisoft announces that development has now concluded for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. To be clear, the servers remain online, and the tactical shooter is still playable, but it will receive no new content going forward. The latest Ghost Recon was released just two and a half years ago, but despite an overhaul, free weekends, free trials, and free friends passes, it has reached its breakpoint. Here's word:
During the past two years, we released more than 11 updates and supported several unique initiatives. From the Ghost Experience, the return of AI Teammates, Special Operations with Sam Fisher; working with R6 operators in Operation Amber Sky, and lastly our "Plant a Tree Project" we have been hard at work to add extra content for Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

The last four months marked the release of our final piece of content: the brand new Operation Motherland mode, tons of new items including 20th anniversary iconic outfits and Quartz items for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. We will continue to maintain our servers for both ghost Recon Wildlands and Ghost Recon Breakpoint and we truly hope you will continue to enjoy the game and have fun playing in solo or co-op with your friends.
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My Time at Sandrock Early Access Next Month

Pathea Games announces our time at Sandrock is nigh, as My Time at Sandrock is set to arrive for Windows in Early Access on May 26th. This will run on both the Epic Games Store and Steam. Word is: "The Early Access version of Sandrock will receive regular content updates, including new NPC dialogue, multiplayer, and more throughout development." About a year ago this My Time at Portia sequel was delayed until further notice, which is where we are today. Here's the Early Access Date Announcement Trailer along with more on the life simulation sequel:
Welcome to Sandrock, a struggling city-state in the jaws of economic and environmental ruin. As Sandrock’s newest Builder, it’s up to you to revitalize the region and restore the city to its former glory.

Make the most of your time in Sandrock by leveling up skills suited to your playstyle. Choose to become a social butterfly by increasing community and friendship traits, or get increased production yield from construction talents. Tame the desert and plant delicious crops by skilling up cultivation talents or even grow into a stalwart defender of Sandrock through combat-oriented talents.
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Two Hypnospace Games Announced

Publisher No More Robots and developer Tendershoot announce two new games in the "Hypnospace universe," Dreamsettler, a spiritual sequel to Hypnospace Outlaw; and Slayers X, a comedy "boomer shooter." This triples the size of this universe, which previously only contained Hypnospace Outlaw. Like that game, Dreamsettler is set in an alternate-reality version of the early internet, while Slayers X is a big bag of crazy drawn from the Hypnospace Outlaw meta. Here's a Dreamsettler Reveal Trailer, a Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer Reveal Trailer, and more:
Publishing label No More Robots and development team Tendershoot are thrilled to announce not one, but two new games in the Hypnospace universe: Dreamsettler, a spiritual sequel to Hypnospace Outlaw; and Slayers X, a comedy "boomer shooter" from Hypnospace fan-favorite character Zane Lofton.

Set in the same universe as the award-winning, GOTY-nominated Hypnospace Outlaw, Dreamsettler is an alternate-reality '00s internet simulator, where you play the role of a digital private eye, trawling the Somnius Sleepnet, finding users to help… and global conspiracies to unearth.
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On Sale

  • April Humble Choice.* This month's for-keeps offerings include Ghostrunner and Destroy All Humans.

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Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Barry Season 3 - Official Trailer.

New Tomb Raider Announced

Another bit of news from the Unreal Engine 5 showcase is that the new engine will power a new Tomb Raider game that's now in development at Crystal Dynamics. This tweet has word: "Crystal Dynamics is incredibly excited about the future of Unreal and how it will help us take our storytelling to the next level. That's why we're proud to announce that our next #tombraider game is being built on Unreal Engine 5!" It also includes a video message, and here's a transcript of that:
Crystal Dynamics is proud to be a part of the launch of Unreal Engine 5. This new engine translates into next level storytelling and gameplay experiences. And that's why we are thrilled to announce today that we have just started development of our next Tomb Raider game, powered by Unreal Engine 5. Our goal is to push the envelope of fidelity, and to deliver the high-quality cinematic action/adventure experience that fans deserve from both Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise. We can't wait to take this next journey together. Thank you, and congratulations again to the Epic Games team.

Unreal Engine 5 and Sample Projects Released

The Unreal Engine Website announces the official launch of Unreal Engine 5 is the promised exciting news from today's State of Unreal presentation. Here's the video with a recap of the production. Along with downloads of Epic's new game engine are also a couple of sample projects to experience it firsthand. They are not necessarily games, but include components which can be used in Unreal Engine-based products. One is The City Sample, a PC offshoot of The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. The other is Lyra Starter Game that can serve as the basis for shooter projects and more. Here are the full Unreal Engine 5.0 Release Notes, and here's a summary:
With this release, we aim to empower both large and small teams to really push the boundaries of what’s possible, visually and interactively. UE5 will enable you to realize next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility than ever before.

As you may have seen, the new features and workflows have already been production-proven for game development in Fortnite and The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience demo.
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New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now has new version 22.4.1 Adrenalin Edition Windows drivers for AMD Radeon graphics cards. As seen in the Release Notes, these offer timely support for the new version of the Unreal Engine mentioned above:

  • Support For
    • Unreal® Engine 5.0 and City Sample.
  • Fixed Issues
    • Visual artifacts in Horizon Zero Dawn™ may be observed during gameplay on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800 XT.
    • Cursor may be misaligned in some titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn™ and resolution changes while using Radeon™ Super Resolution.
    • Performance Metrics Overlay may be misaligned after snapping the window to either side of the desktop.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Released

Warner Bros. Games, TT Games, the LEGO Group, Lucasfilm and perhaps others announce the launch of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for Windows and consoles. This latest action game based on LEGO building blocks covers the beloved installments in the mainline Star Wars movies, as well the ones you hate as much as sand. The Launch Trailer shows off some gameplay, and you can learn more by reading this block of text:
In LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, players can traverse space using the galaxy map on their holoprojector to chart their course through the saga, progressively unlocking planets to explore along the way. During space travel, players may engage in aerial encounters against enemy ships, piloting legendary vehicles like the Millennium Falcon™, Imperial TIE fighters™, Rebel X-wings™, and many more. Once reaching their destination, players can choose to either continue onwards through the main story or explore and discover exciting quests and puzzles within the galaxy.

Exploration rewards players as they uncover Kyber Bricks which unlock new features and upgraded abilities across a range of character classes, including Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, Villain, Scavenger, Scoundrel, Bounty Hunter, Astromech Droid, and Protocol Droid. Play as iconic characters like Luke Skywalker™, Rey™, Obi-Wan Kenobi™, Finn™, BB-8™, Leia™, Yoda™, Boba Fett™, Darth Maul™, Poe Dameron™ and over 300 more unlockable characters from across all nine films in free play mode to create fun, new adventures. Whether it’s the jungle moon of Ajan Kloss, the city-covered planet of Coruscant, the idyllic grassy hills of Naboo, or the desert dunes of Jakku, the LEGO Star Wars galaxy is available to discover and play in.
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Gone Gold - Sniper Elite 5

Rebellion tweets the news that development is complete on Sniper Elite 5, and the sharpshooting sequel is officially gold. The game is set to hit the target date of May 26th from its recent Release Date Trailer. If you have an itchy trigger finger, preorders are now underway on the official website. Word is:
We're thrilled to announce that @SniperElite 5 has now GONE GOLD

Our dev teams across Rebellion have done an *incredible* job and we cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on Sniper Elite 5 on May 26th

Preorder now: http://reb.to/PreOrderSE5

Kapital: Sparks of Revolution This Month

1C Entertainment announces an April 28th release date for Kapital: Sparks of Revolution, an upcoming economics simulator. This has a focus on class struggle, so developer Lapovich Team gets high Marx for the title. The Announcement Trailer takes a look at gameplay, though the game was actually revealed in a demo (no longer available) last summer during the Steam Next Fest. Here's more:
Players take control of a ruined city after a conflict and must pull it up from the ashes to flourish again, but this means tough decisions have to be made. Passing laws, building infrastructure, imposing taxation, and gathering resources are just a few of the concerns a leader has to face, all of which will impact the people and their happiness.

Social unrest may arrive as a result of decisions made in the city, and it’s up to the player to ensure the happiness of the people through entertainment, resource distribution, housing, medicine, and policing if tensions spill into the streets. Not everyone can be pleased at all times, and when radicals gather outside the palace, things can get ugly.
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Trolley Problem, Inc. This Month

Developer ReadGraves and publisher Yogscast announce an April 21st release date for Trolley Problem, Inc. The Trolley Problem is a classical ethical dilemma you may have seen explored to great comedic effect on The Good Place. The game also takes a dark comedy approach to the topic, in stark contrast to the serious questions it raises. The release date trailer introduces the kind of life-and-death dilemmas players must face. Here's more:
With scenarios that challenge opinions on vaccinations, war, immigration, corporate espionage, religion… even the nature of decision making itself, Trolley Problem, Inc. will take players on a journey that could ultimately change how they view the world, themselves and ultimately the concept of free will.

Players are initially assessed as new recruits to Trolley Problem, Inc. – their suitability for employment determined through some initial introductory problem solving which only affects the lives of a few people and a dog. Two choices are offered – then a countdown begins. Pick the option you feel is right – but justifying your decisions to any family or friends watching you? Well, that’s your problem.
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Out of the Blue

Congrats to the winners of the NCAA tournaments. I'd say that's generic enough to avoid spoilers. The men's final was reportedly phenomenal, and I'm sure that both the men's and women's winners were quite deserving. Unless they weren't. I don't follow college hoops, and being a Knicks fan means I'm pretty unfamiliar with quality play. Hopefully you all did well in your brackets, even if you didn't pick St. Peter's (did anybody?).

Obituary: Punk legend Jordan - aka Pamela Rooke - has died.

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