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Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

Path of Exile Expansion Next Week

Grinding Gear Games announces August 19th as the launch date for the Windows and macOS editions of Lake of Kalandra, the newest expansion for Path of Exile. As usual, the add-on for the console versions of the free-to-play action/RPG will follow, in this case on August 24th. The new expansion was introduced today during a Twitch Livestream while a more concise introduction can be seen in this Official Trailer. Additionally, Grinding Gear announced ExileCon 2023 will be July 29-30, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. This will offer the chance to play Path of Exile 2 and Path of Exile Mobile, as well as rub elbows with the developers and other fans. Tickets will go on sale August 25th on the official website. Here's more on the add-on:
Path of Exile: Lake of Kalandra will explore the namesake of the famous Mirror of Kalandra, giving players a taste of Kalandra's power. The August expansion contains the Kalandra challenge league, new content in the Atlas endgame, four new gems, 14 new unique items, 100+ buffed existing uniques, revamps to Harvest, Beyond and Archnemesis, a variety of balance changes and much more!
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Metal Slug Tactics Delayed

Leikir Studio and SNK tweet the news that Metal Slug Tactics is delayed. Word is the tactical warfare spinoff of the action series is now expected next year (thanks Game Informer). Here's word:
Marco, Eri, Fio, and Tarma are tinkering away to make #MetalSlugTactics as explosive as possible on release, but the squad needs a bit more time in the shop to prepare for the battles ahead. See you in 2023!

Nightingale Delayed

Early Access to Nightingale is now expected in the first half of 2023. This represents a delay from the 2022 release window originally announced for Inflexion's upcoming survival game. Wccftech notes that its interview about the game earlier this year revealed a desire to possibly switch development to Unreal Engine 5. Now a new tweet explains the delay is in part to do just that:
The move is based on two considerations: The first is an upgrade to Unreal Engine 5. After reviewing the potential UE5 has to offer, we decided on upgrading now rather than waiting until after release.

Secondly, Inflection Games is committed to delivering the best possible experience and fulfilling the promise of what Nightingale's universe of realms has to offer players. To achieve that the additional time will allow the team to make key improvements, bolster content and polish gameplay.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Rick and Morty - Season 6 Official Trailer.

Get Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! for Free

Can you smell what Epic is cooking?! As promised, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as its latest weekly giveaway. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the post apocalyptic kitchen. But if you are up to it, this action/management game may be just the recipe. It's yours to keep if you claim it before next Thursday. After that the new freebie will be a Rumbleverse - Boom Boxer Content Pack (see below). Here's what's cooking:
Hit the road in this massive sequel to the million-selling Cook, Serve, Delicious! series as you travel across the United States to participate in the Iron Cook Foodtruck Championships with your trusty robot crew Whisk and Clever.
Set in the radically-changed war-torn America of 2042, play through an all new story-driven campaign where you cook hundreds of foods—including many brand new to the series—across hundreds of levels in a new gameplay structure that has been completely redesigned to deliver fast-paced action, or take it easy with the all new Chill Mode that can be toggled on or off at any time!

Rumbleverse Launches

Let's get ready to rummmmmmmmmmmble! Rumbleverse has launched on the Epic Games Store, offering the Windows edition of this free-to-play battle royale, which is also available for consoles. This supports 40-player games with full crossplay support. The Launch Trailer shows of some melee combat and sweet dance moves. Here's a full description:
Rumbleverse™ is an all-new, free-to-play, 40-person Brawler Royale where anyone can be a champion. You play as your own unique citizen of Grapital City, as you battle your way to victory!

Customize your fighter by mixing and matching hundreds of unique items, and stand out from the crowd. Get launched from a cannon, drop into the streets, and prepare to throw down! Where you land is up to you, but beware -- there's chaos around every corner and on top of the tallest skyscraper!

Leap from rooftop to rooftop and smash open crates looking for weapons and upgrades.
Each round is a new opportunity to discover new moves and perks that'll give you the edge in your quest for glory.
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Cult of the Lamb Released

If you've been looking for a good cult to join, Cult of the Lamb is now available, offering a new action/adventure from Massive Monster and Devolver Digital. This is available for PC and consoles, and the Windows edition can be found on Steam along with a playable demo. This post announces the release and this Launch Trailer illustrates the news. Here are some flocking details:
In Cult of the Lamb, you play as the last Lamb who is set for execution. After death, a mysterious deity known as The One Who Waits, brings you back to life with the Red Crown and its powers. You are tasked with growing a following who will worship you and your crusades. You'll combat heretics in fast-paced dungeons and epic boss battles.

But your Followers need guidance. Keeping them satisfied and faithful is not an easy job. Satisfy their hunger, prevent wicked illness and keep their devotion high by building and growing the Cult. With these two aspects of gameplay, combat and management, you'll aim to become the one true Cult of the land.
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Welcome to Arcade Paradise

Developer Nosebleed Interactive and publisher Wired Productions present Arcade Paradise, an arcade/management game where you literally manage an arcade. This is available for Windows and consoles, and PC users can pick it up through the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, or Steam. Like many of the best companies (such as ISIS and Lavandería Brillante), your business starts as a humble laundromat which you transform into your dream business. In a twist, this features over 35 fully playable arcade games which you unlock along the way. Here's the live-action Launch Trailer. And here's your welcome to paradise:
Oozing retro-fuelled gaming nostalgia in a 90’s style advert, the far-out live action launch trailer showcases how players can feel like a kid again by transforming the run-down laundromat into their ultimate arcade empire - with over 35 fully playable arcade games to unlock.

In Arcade Paradise, players take on the role of Ashley and manage the day-to-day tasks of running the family laundromat. Rebel against your father, Gerald (voiced by The Witcher’s Geralt, Doug Cockle), and create a games arcade to give the sleepy town of Grindstone something to really get excited about as you wash rags, invest the profits and build your very own Arcade Paradise!
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Riot Games Diversity and Inclusion Report

Riot Games has released its new Annual Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report for 2021, detailing its efforts at making its games and workplace more inclusive. Here's part of the introduction:
This report is a snapshot of 2021, which was a foundational building year that would set us up for what we believe will be a transformative next chapter at Riot. Even as there were many variables externally that led to great unpredictability, we made enhancements to processes, and continued to focus on the player experience. From giving players more ways to see themselves reflected in our games to investing more resources for the next generation of gaming professionals and creators, we moved ahead. Of course our approach to D&I as a company is not linear - there’s constant learning, evaluating, and tinkering to continuously improve and do better. Focusing on Rioters, our processes, our culture, and our products, we’ve decided there is no set bar because this work will always evolve.

Islets This Month

Solo developer Kyle Thompson and publisher Armor Games announce August 24th as the release date for Islets, the action/adventure for Windows via Steam, Xbox One, and Switch. A version for Xbox Series X|S will follow. Described as a "surprisingly wholesome metroidvania," the game is set among a world of floating islands, physics be damned. A new Release Date Trailer is here to show off what to expect. Here's the pitch:
Islets is a lush metroidvania starring Iko, a brave mouse with ambitions of setting out to explore a sky filled with scattered floating islands and communities isolated from one another after the land was fractured by a mysterious incident many years ago.

Using his trusty but rickety plane, Iko hopes to navigate the disparate landscapes and find a way to bring the world together again. However his journey will also bring him to uncover the secrets of the immemorial evil that tore his world apart in the first place.
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Heart Of Muriet Announced

Microtale, another solo developer, announces Heart Of Muriet, a voxel-based real-time strategy game coming to Early Access on Steam. The listing says it will arrive in late 2022, but the announcement we received says its release will come early next year. The game is said to be inspired by the golden age of the RTS genre, and you can see it in action in this trailer. Here's word:
Teaming up with Elves, Dwarfs, and Mages, you’ll need to build and manage settlements while researching powerful magic to overcome the enemy in tense, company-based warfare.

Heart of Muriet’s gameplay favours grand strategy over individual unit micromanagement, much like the original Starcraft and Warcraft games. Combine your resources with troop management, research progression, and base building to overcome the Heart of Muriet’s single-player campaign and restore the Seneer to its former power.
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Lovecraft's Untold Stories 2 Next Month

Following its last minute delay, Lovecraft's Untold Stories 2 once again has a release date. The action/RPG sequel is now expected to begin telling its stories on September 13th. This will come to the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, and Steam. In the meantime, Steam offers a playable demo. A new Meet Your Heroes Trailer ignores the old axiom to provide a new look at some gameplay. Here's more on the release plans:
Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 let’s players switch between 6 different characters which can be unlocked during their journey, each one with a different playstyle. Fan favourites from the previous instalment - the Detective, the Witch and the Professor – make their return, joined in their fight against the insanity of the Great Old Ones by the newcomers: Medium, Veteran and Alienist.

Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 continues the narrative of the cult classic first game, but this time players will continue the fight against the unknown with new elements like crafting - using blueprints and resources to create consumables and even new equipment. Reunite with old acquaintances and meet new characters, explore new procedurally generated locations, defend themselves against dozens of different enemies and face off against epic bosses. But beware… Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is more challenging than ever before, and the tough nightmarish creatures opposing you will not give up easily!
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Out of the Blue

As I mentioned yesterday in memorializing Jen Bailey Bergen (Mynx), today is the tenth anniversary of the passing of Paul Steed. This just compounds the sadness over losing both of them, as Jen and Paul were very tight. I am what I like to describe as a self-righting boat, but I am extremely sad right now.

Self-Righting Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

Stories

Science
Thanks Max.

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