Archived News:

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Overwatch Loot Box Sales End This Month

Blizzard announces the Overwatch Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event is now live. This celebration of the sixth anniversary of the multiplayer shooter includes exclusive brawls, weekly rewards, and the opportunity to collect previous skins that have been locked away in the skin vault. The event includes loot boxes, which are going out with a bang, as word is these will no longer be sold after the end of this month. Here's a trailer from the event along with word on your last chance to spend loot on a box:
Earn and purchase Anniversary Loot Boxes throughout the event! Each Loot Box has a chance to contain items from past Anniversary and seasonal events; don’t wait too long to snag those skins you’ve been eyeing for the past year, though–Loot Boxes will no longer be available for sale after the end of the Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event on August 30. However, you will still be able to earn standard loot boxes after the end of the event.*

*Loot Boxes will open automatically before the launch of Overwatch 2. Terms on use of Overwatch virtual currency in Overwatch 2 apply.
Continue here to read the full story.

Train Sim World 3 Next Month

Dovetail Games announces Train Sim World 3, a new continuation of its transportation simulation coming to PC and consoles on September 6th. The Windows edition will come to both the Epic Games Store and Steam. The new game supports the DLC from its predecessors, which is a good thing, as there's just under $1400 worth of it. Train Sim World 3 goes off the rails with new features including new weather systems and a new training center for both new and returning players. Train your eyes on the Announce Trailer for a look. Here's word:
Train Sim World 3 will continue to break new ground in realism with new weather dynamics, longer routes, and a dedicated Training Center designed for new and experienced players alike. The latest iteration will also support add-ons from Train Sim World 2*, allowing players to carry all the routes and engines they own into Train Sim World 3 to continue playing some of their favorite content.

Train Sim World 3 features a brand-new dynamic weather system delivering beautiful volumetric skies, all powered by a new lighting system enhancing realism and immersion. Trains can now be driven through the extremes of weather - snow, thunderstorms, and even the dreaded leaves on the line, each altering the driving experience and requiring players to pay close attention to track conditions. While tiny compared to the mighty machines, leaves on the line pose serious challenges for drivers as they can greatly reduce the friction between wheels and rail that trains need to pull their heavy loads of goods or passengers.
Continue here to read the full story.

Railroad Corporation: Niagara River Released

Speaking of trains, Niagara River is now available on Steam, offering new DLC for Railroad Corporation, the rail sim set during the steam engine days. The title is drawn from a scenario where you must connect the United States and Canada by traversing the Niagara River (in case the 5500 miles of shared border don't serve your needs). Here's the plan:
The Niagara River DLC is another challenge, long-play scenario. You are offered a unique opportunity that will cement your place as the market leader in your field:
Connecting the United States to Canada... The caveat? You must build over the mighty Niagara River.

The construction efforts require a vast and reliable supply chain which must operate efficiently, to manage deadlines and keep the government inspectors content.
Continue here to read the full story.

Farthest Frontier Early Access

Early Access is now underway on Steam for Farthest Frontier, a survival/city-building game for Windows from Grim Dawn developer Crate Entertainment (thanks Matt). Check out the recent Welcome to New Townsville trailer for a glimpse at what to expect. Here's word on how far this one goes:
Protect and guide your small band of settlers to forge a town from untamed wilderness at the edge of the known world. Harvest raw materials, hunt, fish and farm to sustain your advancing town. Produce crafted items for villagers to trade, consume, equip and fight with as you battle for your survival against the elements and outside threats (pacifist mode available for players who do not want to engage in combat).
Continue here to read the full story.

Darfall Announced

Speaking of survival/city-building games by small developers, two-person studio Play Square Games announce Darfall, another entry in the subgenre coming to Steam next year. There's an Official Trailer to introduce the project. This involves the typical build by day/fight by night cycle, and combat involves direct control of your character. Here's more:
During the daytime, Darfall gives a player more breathing room, as invasions halt and the player is free to explore the map with all its secrets. But by nightfall unholy monstrosities ravage the land, and you must secure your safeguards if you’re to make it through the night.

In addition to commanding from on high, you’ll have direct control of your hero as they brave an ongoing battle.. During the daylight hours you’ll have to branch out beyond your embattled hamlet, wandering the procedurally-generated landscape beyond your home to gather supplies. Collect materials for your blacksmiths and carpenters to craft weapons, fortifications and shelter for your kinfolk.
Continue here to read the full story.

Wega: Lost in the Outer Reaches Announced

Wekthor announces Wega: Lost in the Outer Reaches, a sci-fi survival game coming later this month to Early Access on Steam. In a nice acknowledgment of the achievements of developer Unknown World, Subnautica is cited as this game's primary influence. This game trades Subnautica's water and submarines for a desert and a fancy dirt bike, as you can see in this trailer. Here's more on the game, which is the passion project of a solo developer:
Sci-fi survival game inspired by Subnautica and Star Wars. Drive speeder bike, collect resources, craft and explore an alien word. You play as Yager, elite scavenger unit, searching for resources on a desolate planet. You were chased into an unexplored region by creature you have never seen before. Now you need to survive deadly radiation, rogue drones and other local dangers, if you want to get back to Arcadia, floating mirror city, last city on this deserted planet.
Continue here to read the full story.

Project Discovery Bumped ARC Raiders

A blog post by Patrick Söderlund follows up on yesterday's news of a delay to ARC Raiders. The former DICE boss explains that the co-op shooter is taking a back seat to Project Discovery, a team-based first-person shooter that was teased last year. Project Discovery doesn't have a release date, but Patrick promises "more news from Project Discovery is due very soon™." The post confirms that ARC Raiders is now expected in calendar 2023. Word is: "Yesterday we announced that we’re delaying the release of ARC Raiders to next year, having previously said the game would be coming out in 2022. We understand if you’re disappointed you won’t be getting your hands on ARC Raiders this year, and for that, we apologize." Word is Project Discovery came together more quickly than anticipated, and releasing two games in rapid succession would overtax the fledgling studio:
We’ve got a number of super talented people with ample fps experience here at Embark, and the development of Project Discovery has progressed faster than we first imagined, especially over the past few months.

So much so, that we started facing the prospect of being able to release two games simultaneously. For a young, relatively small studio like ours, releasing two games in short succession would have strained our teams and resources, many of which are shared between the two projects.

As such, we decided to let Project Discovery be our studio’s first game to market, pushing ARC Raiders to a 2023 release. It’s a decision that will also allow us to expand and refine the ARC Raiders experience.
Continue here to read the full story.

New NVIDIA Drivers

NVIDIA Support now offers new version 516.94 WHQL-certified GeForce drivers for Windows. As explained in this post, these are game-ready for a few upcoming games. They add support for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, which is due on Friday. This includes a set of PC specs which include requirements for ray tracing support in the superhero remake. Additionally, these are the drivers owners of GeForce graphics cards should use to play Madden NFL 23 and the SUPER PEOPLE beta, both of which are expected next week. Last but not least, these also add support for 18 more G-SYNC compatible monitors as well as 13 sets of new Optimal Playable Settings. Here's word:
Our latest GeForce Game Ready driver delivers the definitive #RTXON experience in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which on PC is enhanced with NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA DLAA, NVIDIA HBAO+, and upgraded ray tracing.

Our new driver also includes optimizations for Madden NFL 23 and the upcoming SUPER PEOPLE beta, and introduces support for 18 new G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors and 13 new Optimal Playable Settings.
Continue here to read the full story.

MultiVersus Passes 10M Players

Citing data from a tracking site, a post on PC Gamer says that MultiVersus has surpassed the 10 million player mark since the multiplayer brawler entered open beta three weeks ago. According to tracker.gg, the free-to-play game has now hosted a total of 10,292,969 combatants.

Bridget Joins GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-

Arc System Works announces the release of Additional Character 6 - Bridget on Steam as the latest playable character for GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-. Bridget is also part of Season Pass 2 which is also now available amid a Repackaging and Repricing Notice. As noted on Kotaku, Bridget's gender representation has evolved since the character's introduction in 2022's Guilty Gear XX, and the character is now canonically coming out as a transgender woman. Here's a Bridget Trailer and a Starter Guide. Here's word:
Bridget, the 6th DLC character, is now available on Steam!
Free-form tricky spinner!
Check out our recent Starter Guide to learn all the tips, tricks and treats!
Continue here to read the full story.

Game Reviews

Out of the Blue

After explaining our eagerness to see last night's Better Call Saul, our DVR didn't record it. This is a cloud DVR from Xfinity, and when I checked it said we have no upcoming programs scheduled to record. I found this forum thread with users who also lost their schedules. There are a couple of messages from employees saying we may be screwed. But there's also a helpful message from a fellow user. Turns out there's a menu setting to resync the DVR which took care of this instantly. And we were able to watch our show on demand, so no harm, no foul. Comcastic!

Obituary: David McCullough, historian and film narrator, died at 89.

Resynced Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

Stories

Science
Thanks Max.

Media

Follow-up

About That Ad Blocker
We see you're using an ad blocker. While we strive to make our ads behave, we understand your desire for peace and privacy. So please consider becoming a supporter to take advantage of the no ads version of Blue's News. This will help sustain our efforts to bring you the best in gaming and tech news without requiring you to see ads or suffer a guilty conscience. You'll even get a nifty forum badge that will be the envy of the neighborhood!
Support the Site!