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Friday, May 27, 2022

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Announced

Respawn tweets the announcement that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is coming in 2023, offering a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Word is: "Five years have passed and the grasp of the Empire only grows stronger. Cal Kestis must fight to survive in #StarWarsJediSurvivor - Coming 2023." Electronic Arts offers a teaser trailer. There are some first details in this press release:
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor picks up five years after the events of Jedi: Fallen Order. Cal must stay one step ahead of the Empire’s constant pursuit as he begins to feel the weight of being one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy. Accompanied by his trusty companion BD-1, Cal will meet and ally himself with an array of unique and interesting characters on his journey. Jedi: Survivor will expand on the series’ dynamic combat in new and innovative ways. In order to survive, Cal must learn new skills and grow his connection with the Force.
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Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy Released

Early Access to Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy has concluded, and the roguelite RPG is now officially available on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, and Steam. Here's the PC Launch Trailer with a look and here's a description:
Embark on a heroic quest and journey through a colourful fantasy world of magic and adventure in Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy. A procedural open-world RPG, Unexplored 2 has a table-top feel and a cool twist on permadeath – if you die during the finale of the main quest, the world (and your save) is permanently destroyed!
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Embracer Group Game Archive

Embracer Group announces that besides collecting game developers, it has begun collecting game collections. This is part of the process of creating a "unique games archive" to preserve physical versions of videogames for posterity. The archive in Karlstad, Sweden currently boasts about 50,000 games, consoles, and accessories. There's a staff curating the collection that is in the process of building a database to catalogue them all. Future plans include collaborations with initiatives, museums, and institutions and answering inquiries from researchers and journalists. The long-term goal is to be able to exhibit parts of the archive, both locally and through satellite exhibitions. Here's word:
My name is David Boström and I´m the CEO of the Embracer Games Archive. I have been given the honourable task to lead the work of building up this unique Games Archive. Imagine a place where all physical video games, consoles and accessories are gathered at the same place. And think about how much that could mean for games' culture and enabling video games research. This journey has just been started and we are at an early stage. But already now, we have a large collection to take care of at the Embracer Games Archive’s premises in Karlstad, Sweden. A team of experts has been recruited and will start building the foundation for the archive. At Embracer Games Archive, we believe that games carry a heritage worth celebrating and safeguarding for the future. Our goal is clear – We want to archive and save as much of the video games industry as possible.

Kao the Kangaroo Bounces Out

Tate Multimedia announces that Kao the Kangaroo has hopped onto PC and consoles, offering a return to this 3D platformer after a mere two decade hiatus. The Windows edition is available on the Epic Games Store and Steam. Steam also has a limited-time launch bundle that adds the 2003 re-release of Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 for an additional $0.07 (seven cents). Here's the Launch Trailer and here's some outside the box thinking:
Gamers picking up Kao - pronounced K-O - will take on his biggest adventure yet, with our favourite kangaroo embarking on a journey to find his missing sister and solve the mystery of just what happened to his long-lost father.

Kao the Kangaroo sees the marvelous marsupial pick up his famous magical boxing gloves and travel the world confronting famous fighting masters who are under the influence of disturbing, dark power.
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Moo Lander and Demo Set Down

Get ready for some bovine ballistics, as Moo Lander is now available for Windows, Xbox, and PlayStation. This 2D action/platformer includes Metroidvania elements, prompting developer Sixth Hammer to dub it a "Mootroidvania." No bull! That's because it features 100% prime beef, including cow bosses and a dairy-driven storyline. It also boasts lush environments, as seen in the Official Launch Trailer. If you want to try this firsthand, don't have a cow, man, there's a playable Windows demo on Steam. For more, here's a Taurus line:
In Moo Lander, you play as civilization’s only hope, an explorer dispatched to ancient worlds, tasked with securing a continuous supply of the galaxy’s most potent energy source: milk.

The lacteal mysteries of how this bovine marvel powers entire planets are not yours to understand. You have matters more important than pondering the galaxy’s workings anyway, namely, a herd of Mighty Cows determined to stop you at all costs.

The journey takes you to bucolic pastures, sun-dappled forests, sinister swamps, and more, all hand-painted and stunningly beautiful – and each ruled by a Mighty Cow. The Sixth Hammer’s Cow AI powers Moo Lander’s Mighty Cows, making every encounter uniquely dangerous and fraught with tension.
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The Galactic Junkers Closed Beta

Developer Evil Twin Artwork and publisher Green Man Gaming announce plans for closed beta testing of The Galactic Junkers, an upcoming comedic space adventure. We're told this is coming to PC and consoles "in late 2022," though the game's Steam Listing carries a June 30th release date. A week of beta testing is scheduled to start on May 31st, so those interested should sign up on this form. Here's a new beta sign up trailer along with more on the game:
We know. Being the captain of a spaceship can be a bit daunting, especially when there’s a price on your head. Not to mention the bounty hunters, space pirates, and even the Galactic Union are trying to hunt you down.

Fear not, because all you need are your wits, your crew, and your trusty ship! Sure, the ship might be falling apart and your crew isn’t… well… competent to say the least. But! With a little luck and support from M.O.E (your ship’s trusty built in AI) we just know you’ll be able to keep everything ship-shape.
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PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ Opens

Waka waka, shhhhh! BANDAI NAMCO now offers PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ as the latest pack of PAC-MAN games from times gone by. This is for PC and consoles, with the Windows edition is available on Steam. The museum places the included games in a virtual arcade, which can be customized. Here's the Launch Trailer and the pitch:
PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ features a customizable in-game arcade where players can unlock custom cabinets, decorative themes, wallpapers, and even a jukebox that plays music to design the PAC-MAN game room of their dreams. They can also earn coins to use in a virtual Gashapon™ vending machine that offers decorations and classic PAC-MAN themed toys. For a limited time, players who purchase PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ within the first 30 days of launch will get a bonus with five silver or gold PAC-MAN figures to decorate their in-game arcade.

For the competitive PAC-MAN player in all of us, PAC-MAN MUSEUM+ offers unlockable missions along with an online leaderboard for each title that ranks game play scores and a range of funs stats such as coins collected, dots eaten, and more.
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Autonauts vs Piratebots Announced

Developer Denki and publisher Curve Games announce Autonauts vs Piratebots, a new Autonauts game coming this (northern) summer to Steam. This will test your strategy and coding skills, as you automate your Autonauts to keep the invading Piratebots at bay. Here's a trailer showing off what to expect, and here's more:
Autonauts vs Piratebots is a whole new game of automation and strategy for novices and veterans alike. Be the captain of your own destiny in this swashbuckling simulation that boasts an in-depth campaign across procedurally-generated worlds. Players will need to use crafting, world-building and RTS thinking to reclaim Autonauts settlements from marauding Piratebots, all while honing their Bot coding skills.

Use coding and automation to scavenge the world for resources, create industrious Workerbots and train them to become fearless Defencebots to combat fearsome Piratebots. Build mighty defensive walls and deploy armed towers to stop the relentless pillaging Piratebot raiders in their tracks. Salvage essential new technology from the black-hearted Piratebots to drive them from the land while you free your fellow Autonauts.
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MY LITTLE PONY: A Maretime Bay Adventure Released

Tweens and bronies rejoice, as MY LITTLE PONY: A Maretime Bay Adventure has galloped onto PC and consoles. The Windows edition is available on Steam. Check out the Launch Trailer for a look, and saddle up for more details:
It's time to celebrate as preparations are in full swing for Equestria's Maretime Bay Day Festival. However, one pony is out to spoil the party! Join the adventurous Sunny, kind Hitch, creative Izzy, courageous Zipp and confident Pipp as they attempt to save the day and put on the best festival ever!

Play as Sunny and use her magic powers to complete tasks and challenges with special unlockable pony skills to fly, jump and skate around the fantastical world of Equestria. Customise Sunny along the way with new clothing and accessories to make sure she looks her best for Maretime Bay's big day!
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Out of the Blue

Disney's stewardship of the Star Wars franchise has been a mixed bag at best, and I've found myself pretty unmoved by the hype of recent projects. But the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is different. The premise and tie-in to the previous movies is a strong draw, and it only took seeing about two promos to suck me in. The first two episodes debut today, and I am risking disappointment by allowing myself to get pretty excited about watching them.

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