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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Developer Change

This tweet announces that Ubisoft Montréal is taking the development reins of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. Last year it was revealed the game's release was being delayed into the fiscal year ending in 2023. Today's announcement mentions the team will "take the time to regroup" to deliver the game "when it's ready." So we don't need an ancient Persian temple to fall on us to suspect another delay announcement will come down the road. Here's word:
The development of Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time Remake will now be led by Ubisoft Montréal, the very birthplace of the epic Sands of Time trilogy.

This decision is an important step in the team, building upon the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, will now take the time they need to regroup on the scope of the game to deliver you the best experience for this remake of an all-time classic, when it's ready.
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Loot River Released

Time to fuel up the Loot Boat, as Loot River has come around the bend, and is now available for Windows on Steam. Developer straka.studio calls this an action/roguelike, offering a Launch Trailer with gameplay to show off what that means. This includes the ability to reshape your environment: "In Loot River, players are able to harness the power of the Relic to shift the ground beneath them, sliding around on the floating pieces of ruined landscapes. These Tetris-like blocks can be slotted together to solve spatial exploration puzzles and employed creatively as a tool in combat to manipulate enemies and control the space on which your battles take place." Here's more:
Head off on a journey into the labyrinthine procedurally-generated waterways of Loot River to discover a rich combat system, a varied bestiary of cursed enemies and a bounty of build-changing weapons, spells and other loot. You will find yourself exploring a rich world where wandering nomads, drawn by shards of an unholy relic, have found themselves stuck in a perpetual cycle of life and death, losing their sanity as they journey through endless parallel realities, devouring each other to absorb the knowledge of their fellow travelers. No two journeys are ever the same as countless lost souls float through the Loot River.
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Sniper Elite 5 New Features Detailed

Sniper Elite 5 is targeting a May 26th release date for PC and consoles, so Rebellion offers new details on what to expect from the next installment in the sharpshooter series. Here's a new Features Trailer showing off what's different. It also shows some of what's the same, such as the game's graphic killcam, showing x-rays of bullets entering bodies. Word is this "showcases the game's features and game modes, including the first glimpse of multiplayer and Invasion Mode. With all footage captured in-game." Here's more on what's new:
The game’s expansive campaign is set in France in 1944 and centers around the events of D-Day. Elite marksman Karl Fairburne uncovers a Nazi plot called Operation Kraken that could turn the tide of the war back in their favor. Working in the shadows behind enemy lines, Karl has to use all the skills at his disposal to destroy Operation Kraken and the mastermind behind it Abelard Möller. The full Campaign is playable in two-player online co-op, allowing players to team up as they fight the Axis force and track down Möller.

However, human players can also try to thwart Karl’s progress as the new Invasion Mode allows an opposing player to join your game as an Axis Sniper tasked with hunting Karl down and taking him out. The invading player can make use of AI Axis soldiers to help them find Karl’s location, creating a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Meanwhile, Karl can utilize phones placed within the level to gather intel on the invader and their location. Invasion Mode can be toggled on/off in the game menu.
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Sifu Spring Content

A new patch is now available for Sifu, which includes the spring content update for the martial arts action game. This is available for Windows and for PlayStation, which gets a physical version in stores as of today. The Epic Games Store doesn't do patch notes, so here's a Spring 2022 Content Update Trailer and here are some details:
Players can now choose their difficulty setting in Sifu, including the option to make the game more challenging. Three settings: Student, Disciple and Master determine the weakness of opponents, AI response and how slowly or quickly your character will age in the game, with Disciple being the original difficulty setting for the game.

Two new unlockable outfits debut in today’s update as well, with more planned for future updates. Players will be able to select their outfits in the Wuguan. Owners of the Deluxe Edition have been granted one additional outfit selection. And for players who are looking to hone their skills, a new advanced training mode appears today which allows players to train against any enemy archetype or bosses they have defeated in the story. An option to face multiple enemies at once is also included.
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Activision Asks Shareholders to Vote to Stay in the Dark

Axios reports that Activision Blizzard is advising shareholders to vote against a proposal by New York State that Activision Blizzard issue an annual report on workplace abuse, harassment, and discrimination. The company has faced multiple lawsuits over such issues, and clearly would prefer to move on. In another effort to avoid increased accountability, Activision is also urging a no-vote on a proposal to allow employees to add a member of the AFL-CIO to its board of directors. Here's the outline of New York's proposal:
Why it matters: The proposal, first made in February, is a push for transparency about the wrongs at a scandal-racked company.

  • Such proposals often fail, but last year Microsoft shareholders voted for such a report over the objections of that company’s board.

New York's proposed report would include:

  • The “total number of pending sexual abuse, harassment or discrimination complaints the company is seeking to resolve.”
  • The amount of money Activision spent settling misconduct claims in the past three years.
  • The number of pending misconduct complaints facing the company.

Thymesia Gets Demo and August Release Date

Publisher Team17 and developer OverBorder Studio announce Thymesia will arrive on PC and consoles on August 9th. This action/RPG was without a release date after it was delayed last year. But you won't have to wait until the (northern) summer to check this out, as there's a playable demo on Steam. The game is arguably a soulslike, so it's part of the Steam Going Rogue Festival, so this demo will end on May 9th. Here's a Release Date Announcement Trailer with the latest look at gameplay. Here's more:
As the mysterious masked protagonist Corvus, players will battle through the plague-ridden and blood-soaked streets of Hermes against the unforgiving enemies that now inhabit the once-thriving city. Tasked with uncovering the truth and saving Hermes, Corvus will utilise mysterious plague powered weapons reaved from fallen foes and use them to execute devastating attacks as he overcomes seemingly impossible odds and uncovers the truth hidden in his memories.
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Oaken Gets Demo and Early Access

Oaken is now available in Early Access for Windows and macOS on GOG.com* and Steam. This roguelike is also part of Steam's Going Rogue Festival, so there's a playable demo, though this is only for Windows. Check out the Early Access Launch Trailer for a look, and read on for more:
Embark on a valiant mission to save the Great Oak. Employ the help of a guide, mighty spirits with distinct abilities to aid the hero in battle, and journey across a randomly generated world map, with numerous levels, bosses, and events in turn-based encounters to uncover. Discover Aya’s special spiky seeds power, Enju’s miracle cure, and myriad magical spells to ambush enemies or replenish your team’s health during combat.

March onto hexagonal battlegrounds allowing strategic attacks, unit rotations, and calculated moves to turn the battle and conquer enemies. Unlock new cards by defeating foes and fight onward to cleanse the realm from wild spirits, each lost without the Oak’s song and corrupted by a mysterious eclipse. Heal the land by intentionally placing seedlings in key locations to push back and remove the poisonous dusker.
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Airoheart Demo

Here's another demo from the Steam Going Rogue Festival, as you can find a sample of Airoheart on Steam. This is inspired by classics of days gone by, as you can see in the previously released Teaser Trailer. If this interests you, don't dawdle, as the demo will go away on May 9th. Here's what it provides between now and then:
The demo allows players to explore the second dungeon of the game, where they must engage in real-time battles and fight their way through dangerous creatures. As players make their way deeper into the dungeon, they must solve more complex puzzles while surviving the dangers lurking within.
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Redout 2 This Month

Saber Interactive and 34BigThings announce Redout 2 will arrive for Windows and consoles on May 26th, offering a new game in the venerable anti-gravity racer genre. A new Release Date Trailer accompanies the news with a fresh look at gameplay. Here's more:
Redout 2 is the biggest and fastest entry in the series yet, with more tracks than ever before. Strafe, tilt and boost your customizable hovership through dozens of mind-bending, jaw-dropping courses in a variety of game modes, including an expansive single-player campaign plus competitive online multiplayer for up to 12 players on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and up to six players on Nintendo Switch.
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Lovecraft's Untold Stories 2 This Month

Publisher 1C Entertainment and developer Blini Games announce plans to go blabbing about H.P. Lovecraft's secrets with the release of Lovecraft's Untold Stories 2 on May 17th for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This sequel is another action/RPG with roguelike elements, but boasts a new graphic style, which can be seen in the Release Date Announcement Trailer. Here's more of how this will be both similar to, and different from, its predecessor:
Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 continues the narrative of the cult classic first game, but this time players will continue the fight against the unknown with new elements like crafting - using blueprints and resources to create consumables and even new equipment. Reunite with old acquaintances and meet new characters, explore new procedurally generated locations, defend yourself against dozens of different enemies and face off against epic bosses. But beware… Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is more challenging than ever before, and the tough nightmarish creatures opposing you will not give up easily!

This time, Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 gives you access to 6 different playable characters, old and new, each one with a different playstyle. The Detective, Witch and Professor return, and this time are joined in their fight against the Great Old Ones by the Medium, Veteran and Alienist.
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Out of the Blue

It's been a long time since I opened myself up for mockery by admitting that I still play Rock Band online. But a buddy, my brother, and I still get together every week or two and thrill the imaginary crowds with our imaginary talents. In fact, I only got an Xbox One when Rock Band 4 Rivals was released, and it's most of what I've played on it. But last night my controller failed on me, which is the second one now. So even with the gentlest use, I'm looking for a third controller. I think I've figured it out. They make these things knowing they'll get thrown around the room when players get mad, so they don't need to be made to last.

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