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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Call of Duty: Vanguard Free Week Underway

This tweet announces that the promised free week of Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer access is now underway. As a bonus, a Max 2XP bonus is also now active. Here's word on what you can expect from the first-person shooter in exchange for your time:
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.

Roller Champions Next Week

Ubisoft announces everybody will be able to play Roller Champions a week from today as the free-to-play roller derby game will launch on May 25th. For a look at the game there's an Overview Trailer. For more, there's a Dev Stream Video where some very enthusiastic developers talk about their game and another video where they discuss the launch of the game's creator program. Here's more on this multiplayer team sport:
In each match, you and two teammates will face off against another team of three in an elliptical arena. The goal is straightforward – reach five points before your opponents do – and the basics are easy to grasp. Keep control of the ball by skating and passing, steal it from your opponents with a well-timed tackle, and make a full lap of the arena to open up the goal and take your shot. Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, you can level up your game by practicing and socializing in the skatepark hub, and then using your skills in matches to execute team maneuvers and do multiple laps to increase the points each goal is worth. Teamwork, dedication, and daring are your keys to progressing from your scrappy beginnings through bigger stadiums and tougher competition all the way to the Elite Champions’ league.
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Overwatch 2 PvP Beta News Next Month

Blizzard tweets a save the date for the next Overwatch 2 Event. Word is a PvP beta for the first-person shooter sequel will revealed on June 16th:
Coming through.

Save the date for an #Overwatch2 Event on June 16, where we will share our plan for the months ahead, including the next PVP Beta!

Phonopolis Revealed

Phonopolis is the title of a new adventure game in the works at Amanita Design, developer of Machinarium. Word is this has been in development for multiple platforms, but has no release date at this point, and is not expected within the next year. The game is shown off in the Announcement Teaser Trailer, which exhibits the studio's hand-drawn esthetic, and a less esoteric setting than its prior games. Here's the Steam Listing and more:
Phonopolis, in contrast to Amanita Design’s previous titles, tackles more relatable, real-world themes and topics, focusing on manipulation and individualism but still keeping the overall experience playful and light-hearted. Players will take on the role of Felix, a thoughtful young man who, along with his fellow citizens, faces the imminent threat of falling under the control of the city’s authoritarian Leader once and for all, effectively losing their humanity. Accidentally becoming the only person who consciously recognizes the threat, young Felix must try to stop the Leader from playing the Absolute tone...

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GreedFall 2 - The Dying World Announced

Publisher Nacon and developer Spiders offer an Announcement Trailer revealing plans for GreedFall 2 - The Dying World, an RPG prequel the description says is planned for release next year. Or not, as this tweet says it's coming in 2024. Then there's the Steam Listing which says this is "coming soon." Presuming it will actually arrive sooner or later, here's a description of the game:
The story starts three years before the events of the first game and the adventures of De Sardet.

This time you play as a native of Teer Fradee, uprooted by force from your island and taken to the continent of Gacane, where the colonists are from. In this old world ravaged by war and scarred by the Malichor plague and the political scheming of the different factions, you need to regain your freedom and control of your own destiny. Using diplomacy, cunning or combat, as well as help from allies you make, it's up to you to end one man's ambitions of conquest, which could spell the end for the continent and your island.
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WRC Generations in October

Nacon also tweets the announcement of WRC Generations, saying the next installment in this rally racing series will arrive on PC and consoles on October 13th. Word is: "Dive into the heart of the action and drive the cars from the 2022 WRC championship, including the new hybrid models." Here's the Announcement Trailer and here are some details from the game's Steam Listing:
2022 will see the WRC transition to the hybrid era. This is a revolution for the rally world, significantly affecting performance, changing strategies and making drivers and teams adapt.

In terms of gameplay, new mechanics have been integrated to represent the demands of the hybrid engines. In order to win, you have to carefully manage your battery by adapting your engine mapping throughout the special stages you take part in.
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Chivalry 2 Update and Steam Launch Next Month

Publisher Tripwire and developer Torn Banner announce that Chivalry 2 will launch on Steam on June 12th. This concludes a year of exclusivity for the first-person slasher on the Epic Games Store, where it launched June 8th of last year. The Steam launch will be a boon for all, however, as it will come alongside the launch of the Tenosian Invasion update. This is described as the game's "largest and most ambitious content update" to date, and it will be free for all players on all platforms. You can find a look at what to expect in the Tenosian Invasion Teaser Trailer. Here's more:
The Steam version of the game will have immediate parity with all other versions, containing all game updates released to date, and the same content as every platform. To celebrate this tremendous occasion, Chivalry 2 players can also look forward to the release of the Tenosian Invasion update across all supported platforms, including PC (via SteamandEpic Games Store), the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5 computer entertainment systems, the Xbox One family of devices, and the XboxSeries X|S console systems day-and-date with the title’s Steam debut on June 12.

The Chivalry 2: Tenosian Invasion update will be the largest and most ambitious content update yet for developer Torn Banner Studios. Players can look forward to a bevy of new content including the introduction of the fierce Tenosian faction, new team objective and team deathmatch maps, armory items, weapon skins, and more. For the first time ever, mounted horseback combat comes to the Chivalry franchise, adding a thrilling new way to battle in the genre-defining first-person slasher. Plus, join friends across platforms with the new Console Server Browser.
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Interstellar Space: Genesis - Evolving Empires Next Week

Praxis Games announces an official release date for Interstellar Space: Genesis - Evolving Empires, saying the second premium expansion will arrive for the 4X space strategy game on May 25th. This will be available on*, Steam, and other digital storefronts, depending on where you bought the original game (the versions on GOG, Humble and Itch-io are DRM-free). It will also come with a new version 1.4 patch for the base version. The previously released Evolving Empires Trailer takes a look at gameplay, and here's the captain's log:
Evolving Empires brings two major new features into the game: Evolutions and Minor Civilizations. While these features should provide tons of new content on their own, this expansion also includes 7 new leaders and 2 new music tracks! The new Minor Civilizations gameplay feature will be detailed in their next dev diary. In the meantime, you can check their previous dev diaries on the other game-changing feature of this expansion, Evolutions and the Evolution Perks.

Along with the new expansion, Praxis will also release the 1.4 free update to everyone who owns the game alongside the expansion release. This free update adds new leader skills, revamped strike craft 3D models, AI improvements, many QoL improvements, and bug fixes, many of which in response to player feedback.
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