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Wednesday, Jun 01, 2022

Get Tell Me Why for Free

DON'T NOD Entertainment, still celebrating its drastic rebranding from DONTNOD Entertainment by offering Tell Me Why on Steam with a 100% discount. All the chapters in the game are free to keep, as long as you collect on the offer before the end of June. Here's what to expect:
Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life is Strange. In this intimate mystery, reunited twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their supernatural bond to unravel the memories of their loving but troubled childhood. Set in beautiful small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices.

As you conjure up memories of the past, your choices will affect the twins’ relationship, determine the strength of their bond, and shape the course of their lives.

Try Warhammer 40,000: Gladius for Free

The Warhammer SKULLS Festival is underway, showcasing a portion of the vast catalogue of computer games based on the Warhammer series. As part of the festivities, players can try Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War for free on Steam for the duration. After that, those who want just one more turn at the Windows and macOS strategy game can pick it up with a 90% discount. Here's word:
Gladius will be free to play on Steam throughout Warhammer Skulls, giving new players the chance to check it out. The game will also boast its biggest discount ever with 90% off.

Slitherine is also releasing a new DLC, called Escalation Pack, where each of the playable factions in Gladius will receive one new unit. This unit's pack includes fan favourites such as Megatrakk Scrapjets for Orks, Skitarii Rangers for the Adeptus Mechanicus, Hive Guards for Tyranids, and more.

Get Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate and More for Free

Another free offer related to the Warhammer SKULLS Festival is the Warhammer Skulls 2022 Digital Goodie Pack on, a collection of items which are free for everyone. This sounds like one of those bundles of wallpapers and trailers, but a full copy of Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate is included along with discounts on other games. Here's a trailer and here are the details:
All the warriors of the Old World and 41st Millennium, hear us! To celebrate the Warhammer Skulls festival, Games Workshop and GOG have teamed up to present you with this outstanding Warhammer Skulls 2022 – Digital Goodie Pack that is available only in our store.

This pack includes:

  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate
  • Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Concept Art Book
  • Warhammer wallpapers
  • Panini discount
  • Koyo discount
  • Cubicle 7 discount
  • Warhammer Merchandise discount
  • Warhammer Art discount

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Amazon Prime Gaming June Freebies

As the calendar turns the page to June, Amazon Prime Gaming turns the page on its monthly offers. As usual, there are a bunch of games to be had for free for Prime subscribers, as well as various cosmetics and add-ons. Here's the list of new games that are free to keep as long as you claim them between now and the beginning of July:

  • Far Cry 4
  • Escape from Monkey Island
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Calico
  • Astrologaster
  • Across the Grooves

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Announced

Also from the SKULLS Festival, developer Auroch Digital and publisher Focus Entertainment announce Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, a retro first-person shooter based on the Games Workshop series. The new game also appears to be inspired by Quake, as you can see in the Reveal Trailer. This is expected next year for PC and consoles, and the game's Steam Listing is already live if you want to add this to your wishlist. Here's word:
Experience a perfect blend of Warhammer 40,000 fun paired with the classic FPS gameplay, style and visuals of your favorite ‘90s retro shooters. Load up your Boltgun and plunge into action headfirst as a battle-hardened Space Marine on a perilous mission across the galaxy against the Chaos Space Marines and daemons of Chaos.

Unleash your devastating Space Marine arsenal as you blast through sprites, pixels and viscera in glorious, boomer shooter style. Run, jump and charge across huge levels to shoot, shred and slice the foulest heretics of the galaxy!
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Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector - Sisters of Battle Announced

More from the SKULLS festival is the announcement of Sisters of Battle, new DLC coming "soon" to Steam for Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector, the strategy game from Black Lab Games. This will come later this year, adding a new playable faction, among other things. But there are new changes to the game right now, as this post details a "massive" patch that's now live. This includes a load of changes and one Sisters of Battle unit as a sampler. Here's a Battlesector 2022 Video Roadmap, and here's more on the plan:
For the whole duration of the festival, Battlesector will be discounted by 40%. Additionally, Slitherine will announce a new Faction Pack DLC entitled the Sisters of Battle that will be playable as a full faction later during the year, with a complete roster of units and tailored gameplay mechanics. The DLC is now available to be wishlisted here.

On June 1st Battlesector is receiving a new free update containing one new and powerful unique unit for the Sisters of Battle, the Penitent Engine, and the first round of expansion and new features for Planetary Supremacy: these are the addition of HQ upgrades and complete tech trees for all factions in Planetary Supremacy, a feature which was highly requested by the community.
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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Announced

Owlcat Games announces Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, warhammering home news on another new game. This one is a turn-based RPG, and those interested can purchase a founder's pack right now from the Rogue Trader Website. Word is: "Starting today, fans can support the game and purchase one of the Founder’s Packs and become a part of the team behind Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader. Those who decide to support the developers early will gain access to the Alpha and Beta versions of the game, help the team to shape the experience with their feedback, and receive a set of unique rewards and items available only to early supporters." Here's the Teaser Trailer with a first look. Read on for more:
Players will take on the role of a Rogue Trader, a scion of an ancient dynasty of daring privateers, that reign over their own merchant empire and explore the fringes of Imperial space with the blessing of the Emperor Himself. Thanks to their Warrant of Trade - the Rogue Trader is endowed with privileges and power beyond imagination as well as the task of expanding the borders of the Imperium. At their disposal is a gargantuan voidship of immense strength and innumerable personnel ready to follow any undertakings of the leader. Show your subjects mercy or disdain, stay faithful to the Emperor or consort with enemies of Mankind - every decision and every act of the Rogue Trader sends ripples throughout entire star systems, changing the in-game world and those who inhabit it.

The action will unfold in the Koronus Expanse, a dangerous and unexplored region on the far frontiers of the Imperium of Man. Many explorers have fallen victim to this dangerous place and never returned.
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Old Skies Announced

Retro gamers Wadjet Eye Games announce Old Skies, a throwback point-and-click adventure coming "soon" to Steam. In this you play a time cop of sorts, though there's no sign of Jean-Claude Van Damme. The game is set in a future where well-heeled time tourists can go back and experience history firsthand. You are tasked with preventing this from causing any problems, as any time traveler understands the sanctity of the timeline. Word is a playable demo will be part of this month's Steam Next Fest. Here's a teaser trailer and a bit:
For Fia Quinn, hopping through time is just another day on the job. Join this ChronoZen time agent for seven missions with clients who have the desire (and the bank accounts) to sightsee in the past.

Some are simply curious. Others have unfinished business. And they've all put down a lot of money for the trip, so it's vital to keep them happy while ensuring they follow the rules. What could go wrong? It's only time travel, after all.
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Knockout City Goes Free-to-Play

The promised free-to-play era is now underway in Knockout City, the multiplayer dodgeball game. You can now pick up the Windows edition for free on the Epic Games Store and Steam. The changes are covered in this post, which includes this trailer with a look. Here's a bit:
Gather your friends and come visit Knockout City, where all are welcome to have a brawl. The city has opened its gates for the Super Science Symposium, letting all brawlers experience the latest in dodgeball technology. Check out Boomerang Barrage to see the new ball everyone’s been talking about!

Knockout City is now Free to Play for all!

You’ll be playing Team KO rules against your fellow brawlers with four possible loadout options: Boomerang Ball, Party Boomerang Ball, Any Ball, and Party Any Ball. All four of these options have a chance to put a Boomerang Ball in play! Try them against Basic Balls, or test-throw them against every other Special Ball out there. Just remember the golden rule: when you throw a Boomerang Ball, it’s gonna come back!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard trial verdict. Those of us who think they are both losers win the pool.

Obituary: Just Flight's Paul Hyslop has died - With that name, we may have been related.

Diablo Immortal Launch Schedule and Preloads

With Diablo Immortal set to launch globally tomorrow, Blizzard now offers a Roadmap to Hell with a release schedule and other relevant details. As was previously announced, the launch in certain Asia/Pacific regions will follow on June 22nd. This roadmap is already a little outdated, as the mobile editions are reportedly already available today. So tomorrow's launch will be for the PC open beta. This will take place globally at 1:00 pm EDT. If you're planning on trying the beta, you can pre-download it from now. There's also a detailed FAQ to answer any burning questions this may raise. Here's the pitch on the game:
Skarn, Lord of Damnation has amassed his battle-hungry forces in anticipation of your near arrival to Sanctuary. With an ashen gaze and ghastly gesture, the demon lord utters “we are waiting for. . .YOU!” In just a few days it will be up to you, noble adventurer, to scour Sanctuary’s many locales in search of fragments from the shattered Worldstone. Only then will you have a chance in Hell of thwarting Skarn’s nefarious plan.

Before you begin to traverse the eight expansive zones of Diablo® Immortal™ as a Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, or Wizard, we’ve assembled this roadmap to get you ready for Hell, and when the time comes, march into Sanctuary unabated.

Activision Blizzard Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dropped

A filing on May 6th by the parents of Kerri Moynihan requests the court dismiss their lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over the death of their daughter, reports Axios. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed last year, alleged that sexual harassment was a "significant factor" in Moynihan's suicide, which occurred during a company retreat in 2017. Now the family has called for the "entire action" to be dismissed "with prejudice," meaning the case cannot be reopened. It is not clear what has changed; neither the family's lawyer nor Activision responded to Axios' request for comments.

Silt Released

Silt is out for PC and consoles, and the Windows edition of this puzzling ocean adventure is available on* and Steam. Here's a trailer showing off some immersive gameplay, and here's more:
Silt is a surreal underwater puzzle-adventure game. Alone in an underwater abyss, you are a diver searching the deep to uncover long-forgotten mysteries. Possess the creatures around you to solve puzzles and travel further into the darkness…

Nature has evolved into bizarre forms. Discover strange organisms, unexplored ruins and ancient machinery hidden beneath the water’s surface.

Survive encounters with giant deep-sea goliaths. Harness their power to awaken a long-dormant force at the centre of the abyss.
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Prison Architect: Gangs Announced

Developer Double Eleven and publisher Paradox Interactive announce Gangs, an upcoming seventh expansion for Prison Architect. This will arrive "soon" for the PC and console versions of the incarceration simulation. As the title suggests, this introduces prison gangs to the mix, complicating the process of maintaining order. Here's the Announcement Trailer and here are some details:
Show gangs who’s boss by enforcing a strict code of conduct among your inmates, and turn gang members into valuable members of society. Gangs will form and grow throughout your facility, with each group having its own personality and reputation. As a result, inmates with certain traits will naturally be attracted to specific gangs. Take inventory of your population by measuring your prison’s “temperature”, which will get hotter (read: more dangerous) as gangs grow and flex their muscles.

Wardens can enact methods of inmate reform and release, with programs like Gang Rehabilitation, to slow the spread of gang activity. State-of-the-art rooms are available for architects, with options to install a tattoo removal center or a regulated fight club for prisoners to get out their aggression. Watch out for Crooked guards, as they may try to smuggle in contraband or accept bribes from gang leaders. Wardens can weed these bad seeds out during the hiring process and recruit investigators to identify guards who have become corrupt.
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Democracy 4 Voting Systems DLC Released

New Voting Systems DLC is now available for Democracy 4, Positech's political simulation sequel. Now to go along with courting the electorate, players will get to engage in real power. Deciding who can vote. The pack can be purchased from the Positech Store, Steam, or*. Here's a recent Video Developer Blog on the DLC, and here are more details on the best democracy money can buy:
Frustrated that your voters seem too influenced by corporate donations? Eager to lower the minimum voting age? Perhaps you would like to ban election robo-calls, or maybe go the other direction and make corporate party donations unlimited? All your voting and campaign problems are solved with this DLC!

Only part of winning an election is really about running the country well. Democracy 4 - Voting Systems introduces a whole bunch of new policies that let you decide who can vote, how they vote, and how easy it is for big money to swing an election.
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Konami announces it is pulling the plug on SUPER BOMBERMAN R ONLINE, barely a year after the launch of the multiplayer Bomberman game (thanks PlayStation LifeStyle). Word is the sale of the game's spacebux ends today, and the game will go offline for good on December 1st. Konami thanks players and assures everyone the series "is moving forward with new projects." Here's the plan:
This service has continued to operate with the support of many users since its launch in May 2021, but due to various circumstances, we have decided to terminate the service on all platforms on December 1, 2022 at 01:00:00 (UTC).

The sale of Bomber Coins and Premium Packs will end at 01:00:00 UTC on June 1, 2022.
We ask that all unused Bomber Coins be used before the end of the service.
We hope that you will enjoy the game until the end of the service.

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