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Thursday, Jul 07, 2022

Terminator Survival Game Teased

At its NACON Connect event NACON today announced a "survival video game from the Terminator franchise" is in the works at NACON Studio Milan. This confirms recent rumors, but there's only so much to know about this for now. Here's the brief Terminator Survival Project Reveal Trailer, and here's the clip's description:
Just a tease for the future, but if you couldn’t tell, we’re big fans of 80’s movies, and our team at Nacon Studio Milan is working on the first survival game set in the Terminator universe.

We can’t say much more for now, but this is definitely something to keep your eyes on.

Coming to PC & Consoles in the distant future.
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RoboCop: Rogue City Gets Peter Weller

NACON offers news about RoboCop: Rogue City, the first-person shooter based on the RoboCop movies coming to Steam and consoles. They announce this is expected in June of next year. And this post offers a Gameplay Reveal Trailer along with the news that the game will feature the voice of Peter Weller, the original RoboCop actor. Here's word:
Welcome to Detroit; crime runs rampant as the city lies on the edge of ruin, people fighting for scraps as others live extravagant lives of luxury. Control of the Detroit Police Department is given to the Omni Consumer Products corporation in an attempt to restore order. You are that solution, RoboCop, a cyborg tasked with protecting the city.

The triumphant return of RoboCop wouldn’t feel right without the man who brought so much life into the role, and we’re excited to reveal that Peter Weller will be performing voiceover work on the game. Enjoy this first look at gameplay and for the record, “dead or alive, you’re coming with me!”
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GTA6 Development Puts a Hit on Red Dead Online

A Community Update from Rockstar Games offers a mixed bag for GTA Online and Red Dead Online players. The update has some details on an update coming soon to GTA Online with quality of life improvements, balance changes, payout adjustments. This restates a commitment to "bonuses and gifts, community challenges, and other surprises for players will ensure that Los Santos remains as dynamic and unpredictable as ever." On the other hand, for Red Dead Online players, word is that the newer game in the older setting will not receive another major themed content update: "Alongside seasonal special events and experience improvements — plus other changes to enhance and maintain a healthy Red Dead Online environment — we plan to build upon existing modes and add new Telegram Missions this year, rather than delivering major themed content updates like in previous years, and we will continue to highlight and share the creative efforts of our Red Dead community at every opportunity via the Newswire and beyond." This is good news for those looking forward to Grand Theft Auto VI:
Over the past few years, we have been steadily moving more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series — understanding more than ever the need to exceed players’ expectations and for this next entry to be the best it can possibly be — and as a result, we are in the process of making some changes to how we support Red Dead Online.

Matchpoint - Tennis Championships Released

Steam is serving the Windows edition of Matchpoint - Tennis Championships, the new sports simulation that's also now available on consoles. The news is accompanied by a Release Trailer with a look, and there is a playable demo to sample. Just remember if you turn out to love it, no backhanded compliments in your review. Here's word:
Matchpoint - Tennis Championships offers a dynamic and immersive gaming experience with its extensive career mode, unique rivalry system, authentic ball physics, and advanced multiplayer mode. From choosing the right coach to implementing the best play style, strategy and decision-making will be central to success as players experience what it truly takes to climb the ranks and become a tennis champion. Unprecedented player control and true-to-life ball physics are combined to make Matchpoint – Tennis Championships an authentic tennis gaming experience in which every swing and hit counts across the clay, hard, and grass courts.

On the virtual courts, players can face up against their friends in the game’s fully cross-platform multiplayer or go racket-to-racket with any of the game’s 16 tennis superstars from around the globe: Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Garbiñe Muguruza, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkaczs, Nick Kyrgios, Benoît Paire, Heather Watson, Hugo Gaston, Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka, Taylor Fritz, and Pablo Carreño Busta. Additionally, in the aptly named retail Legends Edition, players can also take on the legendary Tim Henman and Tommy Haas.
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Wolfenstein 3D and The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall Insider Previews

Xbox Wire has word of another oddball Xbox Insider preview, offering the chance to play Wolfenstein 3D and The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall (thanks Console General). Word is this is to help prepare these quarter-century old games for release in the Windows store. In case it's been a while, here's a refresher on these two classic games:
Wolfenstein 3D
Maybe it was the fact that people got to blow away Nazis. Maybe it was the sheer challenge of it all. For whatever reason, Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny, pioneered the first-person shooter genre and brought its legendary creators, id Software, worldwide notoriety and numerous awards. In fact, The Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame recognized Wolfenstein 3D as helping to shape the overall direction of the computer gaming industry.

The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
The ancient golem Numidium, a powerful weapon once used by the great Tiber Septim to unify Tamriel, has been found in Iliac Bay. In the power struggle that follows, the King of Daggerfall is murdered and his spirit haunts the kingdom. The Emperor Uriel Septim VII sends his champion to the province of High Rock to put the king’s spirit to rest and ensure that the golem does not fall into the wrong hands.

Kamikaze Veggies Leaves Early Access

It's out of the steamer and into the Steam for Kamikaze Veggies, as the stealth/adventure departed Early Access today, and is now officially launched. A new Game Trailer celebrates the news with an updated look at gameplay. Here's word from developer Red Limb Studio: "Our game consists of 12 missions that will put your dexterity, stealth, patience, and logical thinking skills to the test! If you don't abandon ship, you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable adventure, 7 - 10 hours of gameplay, and a story as bizarre as we managed to create!" Here's more:
Red, communist vegetables want to take control over the world. Only a special squad of veggies - warriors can stop them. If you like absurd humor and a breath of adventure on your back, then you've come to the right place!

Kamikaze Veggies is a game where the wrong move means death. Keep your eyes peeled! You need to be focused to react quickly to a threat. If you are smart, you have a chance of a successful mission. When the frontline situation is dire, use a kamikaze blast. This is the specialty of the rebel crew.
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DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: FRIENDS OF THE GREAT KINGDOM Announced

Bandai Namco announces DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: FRIENDS OF THE GREAT KINGDOM, a new installment in the farm simulation series. According to the Farmer's Almanac, this will sprout for Windows, PlayStation 5, and Switch later this year. The Announcement Trailer takes a look, and the announcement explains a bit:
Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is bringing DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: FRIENDS OF THE GREAT KINGDOM, the sequel in the popular farm simulation series known for its popular mascot and engaging world, to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation5, and Windows PC (STEAM) in 2022.

DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: FRIENDS OF THE GREAT KINGDOMbrings back the beloved Doraemon with an all-new original heartwarming story. Players guide Doraemon and his friends as they set up their farm on an unknown planet, experiencing casual farm simulation game play set against a picturesque landscape with realistic natural elements such as wind, light, and seasons.
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Evening Tech Bits

Skull and Bones in November

Ubisoft officially announces November 8th is when to expect Skull and Bones to set sail, offering the chance to hit the high seas in the highly anticipated action/adventure. It's coming to PC, PlayStation and Xbox with crossplay and cross-progression, and the Windows version will be available through the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The news comes with a new Long Live Piracy Cinematic Trailer to try and hoist your Jolly Roger. Here's word:
Inspired by the legendary tales around piracy, players will get to experience the authentic pirate life. From accepting contracts, gathering resources, to navigating important trade routes and attacking wealthy merchant ships, each decision will influence their journey, with varying levels of risk and reward. As they grow their Infamy, players will be able to fully craft and customize their naval fleet and unlock a variety of new items throughout the game.

The game is inspired by one of the deadliest periods in history – the end of the 17th century. Considered to be the second Golden Age of Piracy, it sets the stage for a chaotic and ruthless era of pirates, warring factions, powerful organizations and empires all vying for power in the untamed paradise of the Indian Ocean.

Each journey in the Skull and Bones universe will be unique. Players can expand their empire by joining forces with up to 2 other friends or players they encounter out at sea. For additional challenge, they can enable PVP and test their iron against aspiring kingpins, powerful organizations, local factions, or even rival pirates.
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Get Ancient Enemy and Killing Floor 2 for Free

The Epic Games Store is once again offering the chance to pick up games with nothing more than the click of your mouse. This week's new giveaways are now live, so everyone now has the chance to get Ancient Enemy and Killing Floor 2 completely free. These Windows titles can be yours to keep as long as you claim them over the next seven days. After that two different giveaways begin, which are Wonder Boy The Dragons Trap and some free content for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. But that's off in the future, for now we focus on today's freebies:
In KILLING FLOOR 2, players descend into continental Europe after it has been overrun by horrific, murderous clones called Zeds that were created by rogue elements of the Horzine Corporation. 6-player Co-Op & 12-player VS Zed-slaughtering mayhem.

Ancient Enemy is a strategic RPG card game in which you make interesting tactical decisions as you battle distorted enemies and overcome challenging puzzles. Face a horde of deadly enemies, each one emerging from a world in which evil has already triumphed. You must not only endure, but also rebuild your powers to vanquish evil and fight one last duel against your monstrous nemesis!

E3 2023 Announced

The ESA announces details about E3 2023, saying the gaming show will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the second week of next June. This will be presented in conjunction with ReedPop, the folks behind various PAXes and New York Comic Con. The history of E3 has always been unpredictable. At one point there was an attempt to exclude the pubic and make a smaller trade show. The scope of the show gradually re-expanded, and eventually the public was invited back. But the pandemic has taken the chaos to a new level, as shows were announced, and subsequently cancelled, for E3 2020, a possible digital-only E3 2020, in-person E3 2021, in-person E3 2022, and the digital-only E3 2022. So it seems prudent not to make any hotel or plane reservations for E3 2023 just yet. Cautions aside, here's the current plan:
E3, the world’s premier celebration of interactive entertainment, will make its long-awaited return to the Los Angeles Convention Center in the second week of June, 2023. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will partner with ReedPop, the veteran event production company behind PAX, New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, and other acclaimed celebrations of pop culture, to reunite the global video game industry for a week of titanic AAA reveals, earth-shaking world premieres, and exclusive access to the future of video games.

E3 2023 will welcome back publishers, developers, journalists, content creators, manufacturers, buyers, and licensors. The event will also highlight digital showcases and feature in-person consumer components.
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GWENT: Rogue Mage Released

As promised yesterday, GWENT: Rogue Mage is now available for Windows on GOG.com.* This is a new standalone expansion bringing a single-player focus to the deckbuilder series inspired by The Witcher. As explained in this announcement, Rogue Mage is available as either a Standard or a Deluxe edition. Here's a trailer with a look, and here's the deal:
GWENT: Rogue Mage is the first single-player and stand-alone expansion to GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. The title includes an engaging combination of roguelike, deckbuilding, and strategy game elements. If you add the unique mechanics of GWENT card battles and a captivating story to the mixture, you’ll receive hours of spellcasting and monster-slaying fun to take part in.

The story of GWENT: Rogue Mage takes place hundreds of years before Geralt and other witchers started to roam the Continent. After the Conjunction of Spheres brought endless ranks of monsters into this world humanity needs a savior in order to survive. As a player, you follow the footsteps of a young and ambitious mage Alzur and his companion Lily. Together they embark on a dangerous quest to create a living weapon that will eradicate the monster threat once and for all.
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Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia Announced

Microids announces Asterix & Obelix XXXL: The Ram From Hibernia, a new installment in the action/adventure series. The return of the pair of plucky Gauls will come to Windows, macOS, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch this (northern) autumn. The Announcement Teaser offers a first glimpse of what to expect. Here are some details:
This Fall, Asterix and Obelix will take you on a journey through Hibernia for a series of memorable brawls where no dirty tricks will be barred… including smashing your enemies with a barrel! For the very first time, the game will be playable solo and co-op with up to 4 players! Even the most courageous Romans should hold on to their helmet!

The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders… Meanwhile, in Hibernia (today known as Ireland) Keratine, chief Whiskitonix’s daughter, is calling Asterix and Obelix to the rescue as they need help to overcome the Roman invasion and bring back her father’s beloved golden ram. For this mission, you’ll control your favorite heroes and use your fists and any surrounding objects to make your way while throwing Romans in the air! Our two Gauls will also be able to count on their trusty druid Getafix, who’s been working on a new magic potion recipe for extra power!
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Nine Noir Lives in September

Developer Silvernode Games announces Nine Noir Lives, a feline-themed point-and-click adventure coming to GOG.com* and Steam on September 7th. In the meantime, both stores offer a playable Windows, Linux, and macOS demo for the game. For some reason, the two-person team calls the game's combination of influences unlikely: "The story, themes, and tone of Nine Noir Lives draws its inspiration from several very different sources, including classic film noir, Shakespeare, and the absurdist comedy style of writer and director Taika Waititi." This mix is shown off in the Release Date Announcement Trailer. Here's more:
In Nine Noir Lives, players will take on the role of Cuddles Nutterbutter, a feline private investigator with a taste for solving crime… literally. Cuddles will poke, talk, and lick his way through his toughest investigation yet: a murder case that threatens to upset the tenuous relationship between the paw-erful Montameeuw and Catulet crime families. Along the way, players will interact with dozens of fully-voiced characters, beautifully hand-drawn scenes, and devious puzzles to answer the most important question of all: how many things need to be licked to solve a murder in this town?

Fueled by a lifelong passion for point-and-click adventure games, the two person team at Silvernode Games has been hard at work creating a love letter to the most beloved games in the genre like Grim Fandango and Broken Sword. Nine Noir Lives builds on everything that came before it, adapting elements from other classic adventure games to create an experience that is simultaneously familiar and fresh.
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Trackmania Free Cup Of The Day Weekend

The Trackmania Website announces a free Cup Of The Day weekend gets underway tomorrow in Trackmania (thanks Frans). This will allow everyone the chance to compete in these daily competitions in the track racing game. Here's word:
From Friday, the 8th of July (6:30PM CEST) to Monday, the 11th of July (6:55PM CEST), all players will be able to access for free the exclusive Track Of The Day online servers and Cup Of The Day content, usually reserved to premium accesses, which highlight the amazing tracks created by the players for the players. Both content allow to enrich one’s medals collection, earn new trophies and climb the worldwide rankings.

Op Ed

  • GamesIndustry.biz - How do you solve a problem like E3? Opinion.
    "Yet E3 undoubtedly has questions to answer, and criticism to react to. How do you make the event good for consumers, when so many of the games are behind closed doors? How do you bring in fans and improve the experience for business attendees at the same time? How do you make it more accessible to more developers, and not reliant on an increasingly consolidating number of AAA publishers? How do you expand beyond the console industry and engage more with mobile and PC? How do you regain the trust of attendees and exhibitors who have decided it's not for them?"

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Out of the Blue

We basically haven't socialized during the pandemic, but I attended a very small birthday gathering over the weekend. Despite the small size and the outdoor setting, MrsBlue declined to come along. There's an obvious flaw in trying to stay safe that way with me attending, but that's how it worked out. So of course, it turns out that one of the nine attendees has since tested positive for COVID. But as I say, this was outdoors, and we were careful, so I and all the other partygoers have tested negative so far. Hopefully it stays that way. Sheesh.

Obituary: Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi Dies At 60

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