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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Happy National Day (Norway) Hurra, hurra, hurra!

Arma Reforger Early Access

Arma Reforger is already available in Early Access on Steam, offering a new Windows Cold War shooter as the latest installment in the Arma series. This comes just a couple of days after rumors first emerged about its existence. This post has an outline of what this offers, saying it represents "the beginning for the evolution of the Arma franchise." Word is: "Arma Reforger, currently in Early Access, offers you a glimpse of things to come. Functioning as a creative platform, you can modify and adjust the experience with the tools given to you. Remember, this is just the beginning for the evolution of the Arma franchise. It's going to be an exciting journey, and we're glad to have you with us!" This kicks off the road to Arma 4, and this trailer takes a look at that. Here's the elevator pitch on the new game:
Powered by the new Enfusion engine, Arma Reforger lets you fight for supremacy over 51 km2 of incredible island terrain in an authentic Cold War setting, or create unique scenarios in real-time with the Game Master curation mode. Return to Everon, the war-driven microstate from the hit game that started it all, Arma: Cold War Assault.

Arma Reforger is the first step towards Arma 4 and a versatile, creative, fully-moddable platform for the future, offering a glimpse of things to come.
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Outward Definitive Edition Released

Developer Nine Dots Studio and publisher Prime Matter definitively state that Outward Definitive Edition is now available for Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The Windows edition is available on Steam, where it replaces the original game (which explains the 15,000 reviews). If you own the base game and The Three Brothers DLC, you are entitled to a free digital copy of the Definitive Edition. Here's a Launch Trailer with a look, and here's an explanation of what sort of improvements to expect:
Outward: Definitive Edition boasts the base game of Outward as well as the title's two DLCs - The Three Brothers and The Soroboreans – plus a plethora of quality of life updates, balancing adjustments, and some new content, too.

Outward: Definitive Edition includes:

  • New unique encounters in dungeons
  • New defeat scenarios
  • New diseases
  • Access to stash in co-op
  • Improved enchantment & crafting
  • Visual optimizationMore totem workshops
  • Previously DLC-exclusive corruption hazards spread throughout the whole game
  • Much more

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Endzone - A World Apart - Distant Places Released

New Distant Places DLC for Endzone - A World Apart is now available for Windows, offering players of the strategy game the chance to satisfy their wanderlust. You can grab this from where you got the base game, be it* or Steam. Here's a Release Trailer to wish you a bon voyage, and here is a travelogue:
Resurfacing after being trapped in subterranean bunkers for over 150 years, survivors fought to escape a nuclear holocaust above ground. Now, after the denizens have rebuilt society generations later, they are able to further explore beyond the reaches of their sanctum walls. The DLC adds some much-desired features, such as brand new territories to discover and explore via Hot Air Balloon; settlers of the "endzone" can now fly to previously unseen lands far beyond their usual borders. With 12 new narrative-driven explorations to undertake, colonists will set off to new and exciting biomes in search of other displaced survivors, new food items, and brand new building blueprints.
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Tennis Manager 2022 Released

Tennis Manager 2022 is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering a Windows simulation of the art of teaching tennis. Who knows? Play your cards right and the guy who plays you in the movie may punch someone out at the Oscars. Here's the Release Trailer which says this is available for macOS, which does not seem to be the case at this time. Developer Rebound CG serves the following details:
In Tennis Manager 2022, players will take their hand-picked academy of players from the humble beginnings of the junior circuit, through training and more than 2000 tournaments, to the high-stakes professional circuit and global acclaim. The team at Rebound CG have poured their tennis-loving souls into the game, which builds on the success of the first title in the series with a host of new features.

Alongside its roster of brilliant international tennis stars, the game features player creation, a new contract management and negotiation system, plus a host of complex team management tools to dive into. Matches have been made more immersive with enhanced AI and animations, while countless other gameplay improvements ensure that Tennis Manager 2022 delivers the leading simulation experience for fans of tennis everywhere.
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Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim Announced

Celebrating the sixth anniversary of Dead by Daylight, the developers at Behavior interactive held a livestream today to discuss the roadmap for the multiplayer survival/murder game. Here's the 90 minute stream as a 120 minute video in case you want to read 30 minutes of chat spam as a warm-up. Included is news that the game's next chapter launches on June 7th, a new Resident Evil chapter is coming, and the next game in the series will (obviously) be a dating sim. Here's more on Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim and its developer's KFC bona fides:
The Dead by Daylight community is famous for its love of romance, steamy references and... shirtless outfits! After surveying its players and noting that one of the most longed for Dead by Daylight experience across its entire fan base was a dating simulator, the development team decided to quench this thirst for love and romance with Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim. Available later this year, the very first Dead by Daylight visual novel is an interactive game that allows players to romance their favorite Killers. To develop as rich an experience as possible, the team collaborated with Psyop, the creators of the immensely successful visual novel I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator.
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Free Multiplayer Week Starts Tomorrow

The Call of Duty Website announces that tomorrow Call of Duty: Vanguard will kick off a week of free multiplayer access for all players. This will include all maps and modes and the new season three, Classified Arms. Here's a briefing:
In Classified Arms, the third season for Call of Duty: Vanguard, global Nebula attacks continue to threaten the balance of power. We need all the help we can get to turn the tide back in our favor.

Invite your friends and family to gear up and deploy during the one-week Free Access period beginning 10 AM on May 18 through 9 AM on May 24. Enjoy the entire Vanguard Multiplayer experience with all maps and modes open to Free Access players, including the Season Three launch map, Mayhem. Read on for the highlights.

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505 Announces Three Games

The first-ever 505 Games Showcase included the announcements of three new games coming from the publisher over 2022/2023. These are first-person survival game Among the Trolls, action/RPG Stray Blade, and adventure game Miasma Chronicles. The Stray Blade website has a button to register for a PC beta, but this doesn't go anywhere yet. Here's a Stray Blade Announcement Trailer, a Miasma Chronicles Announcement Trailer, and an Among the Trolls Announcement Trailer. Here are the quick pitches for all three:
Among the Trolls is a first-person, survival, action-adventure game where strange mysteries of folklore-laden Finnish forests are unraveled. Embark on a quest to find your grandparents who have disappeared in the wilderness, and learn how to survive in the wild…Among The Trolls.

Stray Blade is an Action RPG where you play a rogue Adventurer exploring the ancient Valley of Acrea with your mischievous companion, the Xhinnon wolf Boji. Unveil the history of the forgotten valley and master the powers of the three Acrean Metals to restore balance to this war-torn land. Stray Blade will be available in 2023 on PC Steam, Epic, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Wishlist now!

From the creators of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, comes a beautifully crafted tactical adventure you won’t forget. Embark on a quest across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, torn apart by a savage force known only as the “Miasma”, and unlock the dark secrets that are ravaging the world. Wishlist Miasma Chronicles on Steam, Epic Games, Xbox and PlayStation now.
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Techland Reveals Open-World Action/RPG

Techland tweets about plans for a AAA open-world Action/RPG in a fantasy setting. The tweet points to this page with job listings for the project. It looks like this is in the very early stages, as the job offers seem to cover an entire development team. There are, however, no further real clues in the listings about the plan. Here's the tweet:

Are you ready to begin a new, thrilling journey with Techland?

We are hiring for the unannounced AAA Open World Action-RPG in a fantasy setting!

Join us now!

V Rising Rises

Early Access to V Rising is now underway for Windows on Steam, offering an open-world multiplayer game were you play as a vampire. Stunlock Studios offers this Early Access Launch Trailer in hopes of sucking you in. There are also two DLCs accompanying the launch, one of which costs 33% more than the base game. Here's a quick outline:
Awaken as a weakened vampire after centuries of slumber. Hunt for blood to regain your strength while hiding from the scorching sun to survive. Rebuild your castle and convert humans into your loyal servants in a quest to raise your vampire empire. Make allies or enemies online or play solo offline, fend off holy soldiers, and wage war in a world of conflict.

Explore a vast world teeming with mythical horrors and danger. Travel through lush forests, open countryside, and dark caverns to discover valuable resources, meeting friends and foes alike along the way. Traverse the world with vampire comrades or hunt solo as you pillage villages, raid bandits, and delve into the domains of supernatural beasts.
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Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion DLC Released

Flaming Fowl Studios announces that Jaws of the Lion is now available on* and Steam, offering the first DLC for Gloomhaven, the Windows and macOS tactical/RPG. This adds 30 hours of new content, including 25 scenarios from the original Gloomhaven board game, new mercenaries, new enemies, and more. The Launch Trailer lets you look into the jaws of the lion without getting eaten, and the description outlines more of what to expect:
The Jaws of the Lion DLC is the digital adaptation of the eponymous board game and expansion to Gloomhaven, the critically acclaimed grim Tactical RPG. Recruit four new mercenaries with unique gameplay and explore a previously hidden side of the city of Gloomhaven through an arching storyline filled with a plethora of new enemies and bosses.

The new campaign unlocks directly on Gloomhaven’s existing map once the core game’s second scenario is completed.

You can play with the four new mercenaries and items in both the Guildmaster and existing Gloomhaven game modes. Jaws of the Lion can be played Solo or in Co-op mode with up to four players.
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FOBIA - St. Dinfna Hotel Next Month; Demo Available

Publisher Maximum Games and developer Pulsatrix Studios announce FOBIA - St. Dinfna Hotel, an investigative mystery game coming to PC and consoles on June 28th. The PC edition will come to Steam, where there is already a playable demo for Windows and Linux. A Gameplay Spotlight Trailer shows off some pointing and clicking, as well as gunplay, as this mixes a little Doom in with all the Sherlock Holmesing. Here's more:
The announcement was paired with a new gameplay spotlight showcasing the title’s unique systems. By utilizing the game’s camera to see into the past, present and future, players can best decide their next move. Engaging with enemies isn’t always the best option, and today’s video also highlights the game’s varied and interesting puzzles that players will need to solve if they hope to uncover the dark mysteries of the hotel:

FOBIA – St. Dinfna Hotel is a single-player, investigative thriller that puts players in the shoes of rookie journalist Roberto in a fight against the supernatural. Explore mind-bending worlds where different eras collide in mysterious scenarios rife with conspiracy. Discover a series of clues, navigate events through time and defend yourself against monstrous creatures that stalk the hotel corridors.
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Next Week; Demo Now

KOEI TECMO announces Touken Ranbu Warriors is coming to Windows as well as Switch, so PC gamers will have a chance to play this upcoming "musou thriller." There is a playable Windows demo on Steam, and the full release is expected on May 23rd. Or May 24th if you go by the date in the Steam Announcement Trailer. Progress from the demo will carry over to the full game, and a few demo players will win free copies or some swag. Here's more:
The Touken Ranbu Warriors demo features the main game’s prologue, including 15 playable members of the Touken Danshi. The save data from the demo can be carried over to the full version of the game, allowing players the ability to seamlessly continue their journey for justice. In addition, players will be able to capture their favorite scenes of the demo in Photo Mode and post them to Twitter. Three lucky fans who post a picture will be selected at random to receive a limited edition Touken Ranbu Warriors poster and two keychains featuring different characters from the game. Another three people will be chosen at random to receive a digital copy of Touken Ranbu Warriors!

In Touken Ranbu Warriors, famous swords take the form of warriors named Touken Danshi (swordsmen), and these elite fighters are sworn to protect history from an onslaught of evildoers. This all-new experience promises to combine the Touken training of the Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- simulation game with the breathtaking musou action of KOEI TECMO’s WARRIORS series, delivering exhilarating 1 vs. 1,000 battles.
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The Valiant Announced

THQ Nordic and Kite Games announce The Valiant, an action/RTS game set in medieval times during a story-driven crusade. This is "coming soon" to PC, and can now be wishlisted on the Epic Games Store,*, and Steam. The Announcement Trailer sets the scene, offering a cinematic depiction of some good old fashioned melee combat and village burning. Here's more on the game and its multiplayer support:
The Valiant is an upcoming action-RTS with RPG elements, designed to bring a fresh experience to players wanting something new in the genre. Focused on more tactical combat with smaller forces, players encounter a sweeping, story-driven campaign where each mission’s challenge is unique. Decisions both on and off the battlefield count, as players will want to select their forces carefully for each mission (no base building here!), as well as decide the skills and equipment given to each hero. With three unique skill trees per hero, there are plenty of options to explore when finding the playstyle that fits best, and Valiant’s fast-paced, melee-centric combat will give new challenges to even the most veteran RTS player

The Valiant also offers two different multiplayer modes: competitive and cooperative. While the game's campaign is designed as a single-player experience, 3 friends can enjoy the Last Man Standing mode together and hold their ground against waves of enemies, including mini-bosses and bosses. Success will be rewarded with experience to level up the selected hero, granting new skills and better stats for future challenges. The PVP mode offers 1vs1 or 2v2 scenarios that consist of swift and thrilling clashes as players capture control points and build up their forces. As players earn more victories, they’ll be able to unlock a wide range of visual customization that can be leveraged throughout the game experience.
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