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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II in October

Activision announces an official launch date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, saying the military shooter sequel will arrive on October 28th. The announcement is marked by a huge publicity stunt unveiling the game's key art using a cargo ship. Here's an Artwork Reveal showing how this unfolded, and there's a Blizzard News post recapping the festivities. The failure to strand the ship in the Suez Canal is a missed opportunity, but there's always next time. Here's word:
Moments ago, the Call of Duty franchise did something only they could pull off, revealing one of the biggest-in-sheer-size entertainment advertisements of all time. Over the course of 24 hours, a team maneuvered a massive cargo ship containing a 90,000 square foot Modern Warfare II wrap prominently displaying the popular and fan-favorite Call of Duty video game character Simon “Ghost” Riley. Once the ship docked on the port of Long Beach, a giant puzzle was revealed, as the port contained another MW2 image that aligned with the cargo ship’s wrap.

As the docking took place, drone footage captured the ship’s movement while also revealing a first look at the game’s squad, called “Task Force 141,” featuring a global cast of characters. The massive piece of art also finally confirmed the release date of the highly-anticipated new entry in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare II, set for global release on October 28, 2022.
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Battlefield 2042 "Winding Down" Hazard Zone

A new Battlefield Briefing: Development Update has the latest from DICE on changes and improvements coming to Battlefield 2042. There's a video, and this is accompanied by an extensive outline of the plans, including the launch of Season One next month. This focuses on a lot of additions, such as new maps, experiences, modes, and other content. But there's also a subtraction, as further development on Hazard Zone is "winding down," not long after the launch of what was planned as a third "distinct" multiplayer experience for the military shooter. Here's word:
One final piece of news for you to take away from today’s video - we’re winding down future development on Hazard Zone. All of us on the team had great ambition and high hopes for this new Battlefield experience throughout our development, but we’re the first to hold our hands up and acknowledge that it hasn’t found the right home in Battlefield 2042 and that we’ll benefit greatly from letting our focus and energy stay on the modes we see you engaging most with.

Hazard Zone will stay as part of the experience, we’re not switching it off, but beyond addressing critical errors and odd behaviors that may appear in the future, we’re no longer actively developing new experiences or content for the mode, and you’ll find that maps that we release across our seasons will not be supported in Hazard Zone.
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V Rising Sells 1M

The V Rising train continues to hurtle down the tracks. Just days ago it was announced that the vampiric battle royale sold 500,000 copies in just three days. Now, just a week after its launch, Stunlock Studios announces the game has already passed the one million sales plateau:
Swedish game developer Stunlock Studios have announced today that V Rising, the early-access open-world vampire survival game, continues its meteoric rise surpassing 1 million copies sold after its first week in Early Access! Players have been entranced by V Rising’s vampiric themes, the ability to play solo or co-op on official servers of up to 50 players, raising magnificent castles or fending off mighty foes with the game’s acclaimed combat.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 Sells 1M

It's taken considerably longer to reach the mark than V Rising, but CI Games announces Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 has also now surpassed one million sales since its release about a year ago. This puts the franchise at over 13 million sales:
CI Games (CIG) today announced global sales figures for the latest title in the Sniper Ghost Warrior series. Released 4th June 2021, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 broke 1 million global units this week. The SGWfranchise has now sold in excess of 13 million copies since it first launched in 2010, with each iteration going from strength to strength.

"This milestone was achieved in under a year, selling faster than its predecessor, and is testament to the hard work by the team at Underdog Studio. We'd like to thank our loyal fanbase who have supported the series over the years and also welcome all the new players who have helped us accomplish this goal." said Marek Tyminski, Chief Executive Office, CI Games.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Official Launch

Blackbird Interactive and Focus Entertainment announce the official release of Hardspace: Shipbreaker for Windows on Steam. This follows a lengthy Early Access run for the space salvage simulation, becoming weightless hasn't been wait-less. An Early Access Recap Trailer takes a look at the journey that's led to this point. This segues to the PC Launch Trailer celebrating the release of version 1.0. Here's word:
Experience the daily life of a working-class spaceship salvager in Hardspace: Shipbreaker, a sandbox game with next-gen physics and demolition effects set in an industrial sci-fi future. You’ll need to master scanning, cutting and dismantling a variety of increasingly hazardous spaceships for valuable components and resources to pay off your astronomical credit debt to the LYNX corporation. Death lurks around every bulkhead, but danger is how you earn your paycheck.

In addition to the compelling campaign and casual free-play modes that make up your solo journey as a space worker, you can test your skills in R.A.C.E mode and win timed competitions against other shipbreakers on the leaderboard.
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Keplerth Leaves Early Access

Keplerth is another game graduating from Early Access today, and the survival/RPG for Windows has officially launched on Steam. Everything that's new in version 1.0 is detailed in this extensive update. Here's the Official Release Forecast Trailer and here's more:
Keplerth is a classic 2D sandbox RPG set in a hostile alien planet. You can choose to live alone, fight side by side with your friends, or experience the calamity of online multiplayer.

In Keplerth, your fate is in your hands. With randomly generated maps and dungeons, you must survive, build, farm, fight, and explore your way to victory in this open-world adventure!
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Crossfire: Legion Early Access

Steam now offers Early Access to Crossfire: Legion, a real-time strategy game set in the war torn world of Crossfire. This post covers the launch, and provides an Early Access Launch Trailer with a look. Here's a rundown:
Set in the near future of the Crossfire universe, where society is crumbling and the world is consumed by corporate conflicts, three rival factions fight for the domination of their ideologies.

With 45 units to choose from and six unique Commanders, players must raise and customize their army, manage its resources, consolidate their positions and push forward to dominate the map.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE - Official Redband Trailer (NSFW). Thanks Acleacius.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum in September

Daedalic Entertainment announces a release date for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, saying its precious will arrive on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox on September 1st. A Cinematic Trailer delves into the split personality of the broken protagonist of the stealth/adventure game. Read on for more, but remember, the first rule of Gollum Club is you don't talk about Gollum Club:
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, based on the legendary The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien, tells of Gollum’s experiences from behind-the-scenes in the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring. After losing his precious ring to Bilbo Baggins, Gollum decides to leave the Misty Mountains and embark on a perilous journey that leads him from the dungeons of Barad-dûr to the realm of the Wood-elves in Mirkwood. In order to survive the dangers of his journey through Middle-earth, Gollum has to sneak and climb and use all his cunning. He also has to deal with his Hobbit-self - Sméagol. It’s up to the players if they want Gollum to have the upper hand when it comes to making important decisions, or if they prefer to allow Sméagol to take over. Gollum also encounters well-known characters from the books as well as a few new faces.
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New GeForce Drivers, 500Hz Monitor, and More

NVIDIA announces the release of a new version 512.95 WHQL-certified GeForce drivers for running GeForce accelerators under Windows. These offer "the best day-0 gaming experience for the HITMAN 3 – Year 2 update, which introduces ray tracing and uses NVIDIA DLSS to more than double framerates." Here's a HITMAN 3 - 4K NVIDIA DLSS Reveal Trailer. This comes amid a spate of announcements at COMPUTEX 2022, and you can relive the NVIDIA keynote in this video. There's word that HITMAN 3 is one of a dozen games with new NVIDIA DLSS support. And this article discusses plans to add NVIDIA Reflex support to four additional titles, including ICARUS. It also introduces the ASUS ROG Swift 500Hz Gaming Monitor, which, as the name states, is actually capable of a 500Hz refresh rate. Finally, this one discusses new GeForce RTX Gaming and NVIDIA Studio laptops. Here's a bit more on that crazy new monitor:
At COMPUTEX 2022, we’re introducing the newest member of the NVIDIA G-SYNC family - the ASUS ROG Swift 500Hz Gaming Monitor. This 500Hz display has been designed from the ground up for esports, using a brand new E-TN (Esports TN) panel for maximum motion clarity. It also boasts NVIDIA G-SYNC Esports Mode with adjustable esports vibrance and of course, complete NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer support, allowing users to measure end-to-end system latency when using a NVIDIA Reflex mouse and GeForce GPU.
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Voodoo Detective Released

Voodoo Detective is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam, for Windows and macOS on the Epic Games Store, as well as for mobile. This is a point-and-click adventure intended to evoke the classics. The game's hand-drawn 2D art style is on full display in this trailer. Here's more:
Developed by Short Sleeve Studio, Voodoo Detective tells a noir-inspired tale that pays homage to classics like Monkey Island and King’s Quest.

The year is 1934, the place: New Ginen, an island paradise swimming in Voodoo culture, drowning in tourists. Your name is Voodoo Detective, a wise-cracking private investigator with a chip on your shoulder and a hole in your pocket. Your client is Mary Fontule, and when she walks through your door, she brings with her a mystery so profound it threatens to unravel the very fabric of existence!
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For the King II Announced

Publisher Curve Games and developer IronOak Games announce For the King II, a sequel to the strategic, RPG, and roguelike elements of the original For the King. This will also allow players to party up with friends, as it is adding four-player co-op to the mix. This will be familiar to many players, since the first game has been a free giveaway on Twitch and not once, but twice on the Epic Games Store. The Announce Trailer provides a look, and the game is already listed on Steam for your researching and wishlisting pleasure. Here's more on why it's good to be the king:
For The King II allows fans to kick off a single-player experience or play cooperatively online with up to 4 players. Offering a whole host of new biomes to explore, a beautiful, updated art style, and a brand-new original soundtrack, players will be transported deep into the wonders of Fahrul, leading them further than ever before into this stunningly imagined land of adventure. From the vast number of character and item combinations to the procedurally generated maps, quests, loot, and events – The world of Fahrul is ever-changing and will constantly keep players on their toes!

With a greater focus on strategic decision making and class, armour and weapon customisation, players will need to pick their battles carefully, arming characters with the skills and gear needed to succeed in this famously unforgiving combat system that rewards planning and foresight.
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Paper Ghost Stories: Third Eye Open Announced; Play PGS: 7PM for Free

Chorus Worldwide Games announces Paper Ghost Stories: Third Eye Open, a new installment in the "paper theater" narrative adventure series. This will come to PC via Steam and consoles next year. In the meantime, the news is celebrated with the chance to play Paper Ghost Stories: 7PM for free on Steam between now and June 2nd. A look at the new game is offered in this Teaser Trailer. Here's more:
Third Eye Open’s gripping narrative unfolds across multiple years at locations including Ting’s troubled home, creepy campgrounds, haunted houses, and even nightmares. Speak with friends and family through a timed dialogue system simulating heated arguments and hard questions. Interact with the world through a collection of minigames ranging from assembling a barbecue platter during a camping trip to hiding from malevolent phantoms.

Rendered in a living "paper theatre" style inspired by the paper puppetry - the shadow plays - of Southeast Asia, Third Eye Open haunts and charms in equal measure. The beautiful, childlike aesthetic belies a darker story of a family falling apart, Ting's role in its salvation, and the haunted house at the heart of it all. For added authenticity, all in-game sounds were recorded on location in Malaysia, in places such as the Taman neighborhood, local Ko Pi Tiam (coffee shops), and the Pasar Malam (night markets).
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Released

KOEI TECMO announces the North American launch of Touken Ranbu Warriors for Windows and Switch. This is an anime action game with a plot driven by a talking cat. So, you know, the usual. Here's an explanation of all the elements this combines: "Touken Ranbu Warriors is a collaboration between the ‘spirits of blades’ simulation game Touken Ranbu - ONLINE – by DMM GAMES and NITRO PLUS, and KOEI TECMO’s famed 1 vs. 1,000 WARRIORS series. Touken Ranbu fans can now experience their favorite characters in 3D for the first time as they take on missions against the History Retrograde Army." Here's a Launch Trailer to illustrate the news, and there's a playable demo on Steam. Here's more:
Utilize the powerful abilities and graceful actions of the Touken Danshi, including Hissatsu attacks, which perfectly capture each character’s personality as they elegantly defeat enemies in their path. Two characters can also partner up on the battlefield to unleash electrifying co-operative attacks, and the more certain Touken Danshi fight together, the more their bonds deepen and special conversation events can even take place. The game also features two different control modes: Easy Mode allows simple button commands for those new to the action game genre, while Regular Mode allows for a wider range of actions for fans already accustomed to musou-style controls.
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Morning Patches

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Out of the Blue

The swans both appeared on the pond this weekend, which was the first time we've seen them there since they began nesting in the adjacent marsh. This led me to speculate their brood may have hatched, and a Facebook post by a neighbor confirms this is the case. I'll take a walk past the area this afternoon to see if I can spot anyone. I'll be careful, as I don't want to upset anyone, but I would love to get a look at the babies when they're still so little.

Hatched Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

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Science
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