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Friday, Aug 12, 2022

Alone in the Dark Remake Announced

THQ Nordic held its promised digital showcase today, covering some new and previously announces games. You can check out the entire hour-long stream right here. One of the announcements was Alone in the Dark, a re-imagining of the original classic horror trilogy. This is in the works at Swedish developer Pieces Interactive for release on PC, Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5. Here's the Announcement Trailer and the Steam Listing. Read on for details:
Psychological Horror meets Southern Gothic in this reimagination of the classic survival horror game, Alone in the Dark

This love letter to the ground-breaking original lets you experience a haunting story through the eyes of one of two protagonists. Play as either Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood and explore your environments, fight monsters, solve puzzles and uncover the uneasy truth of Derceto Manor…

Deep in the 1920’s south, Emily Hartwood’s uncle has gone missing. Together with private investigator Edward Carnby, she embarks on a journey to Derceto Manor, a home for the mentally ill where something is lurking. You’ll encounter strange residents, nightmarish realms, dangerous monsters and ultimately uncover a plot of rising evil. At the intersection of reality, mystery, and insanity, an adventure waits that will challenge your core beliefs. Who can you trust, what will you believe, and what will you do next?
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Tempest Rising Announced

Another announcement from THQ Nordic's showcase is Tempest Rising, which is in development at Slipgate Ironworks. This has nothing to do with the seminal arcade game Tempest, it's a classic-style RTS where tempest is the MacGuffin that drives the plot. According to its Steam Listing, this is "coming soon." Here's the Announcement Trailer and more:
Classic RTS action meets modern production and performance in Tempest Rising. Inspired by RTS greats of the 90s and 2000s, Tempest Rising is a classic, base-building real time strategy game set in a modern day alternative history war scenario. It features 3 unique factions, each with its own approach to combat and economy and offering a variety of strategies for players of all stripes, maps with neutral structures to contest and neutral populations to contend with, deep and rewarding gameplay that keeps a focus on strategy while rewarding skill, and built-in customization options that allow players to approach the game their way in both single player and multiplayer game modes.
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Space For Sale Announced

THQ Nordic also unveils Space for Sale, a sandbox exploration/survival game where you are a property developer in space, where no one can hear you flip houses. This is coming soon to Steam. In the meantime, here's the Announcement Trailer and the details:
Space for Sale follows the delightful journey of an intergalactic property developer on a mission to build hospitable dwellings, cosy lodgings and luxurious estates. Your list of alien clientele is ever expanding, but so are their demands.

The housing market is all about location, location, location - so venture out to discover the wonders scattered throughout your solar system, and more importantly, try to turn them into sweet profit. Word of warning, some of the local flora and fauna will not take kindly to outsiders. Don’t jump the gun just yet, with careful observation and collaborative experiments you might win them over. Learn how local lifeforms have adapted to harsh biomes and make use of your discoveries to enhance your structures and gadgets!
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Wreckreation Announced

The last of the new announcements from THQ Nordic is Wreckreation, an open-world driving game that's not constrained by the rules of the road, safety, or physics. For proof, check out the Announcement Trailer. This one is also "coming soon" according to Steam. Here's what this is driving at:
Wreckreation is the home of your very own MixWorld, a 400 square kilometers big racing realm that is yours to create, shape – and wreck. Developed by Three Fields Entertainment, a team consisting of Burnout and Need for Speed series creators, Wreckreation was designed to be the ultimate open-world sandbox experience for driving and racing fans alike. A complete world of your own design or designed together with your friends online. In Wreckreation you can continually strive to outrace, out-stunt or even out-crash yourself and the rest of the world on courses and tracks designed by you or your friends. But yours will probably be better anyway.
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South Park Game Teased

One project that wasn't announced today is a new South Park game. But that didn't stop THQ Nordic from teasing it. Gematsu has screen captures showing the clever way this was presented. But at this point literally the only thing that we know is that this involves South Park Digital Studios. Word is this is one of no fewer than 25 unannounced games the publisher has in the works.

Hogwarts Legacy Delayed

A tweet from PortKey games announces it will be longer than expected before everyone can experience Hogwarts Legacy. Word is the Harry Potter prequel is delayed, and it's now expected in February:
Hogwarts Legacy will launch on February 10, 2023 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. The Nintendo Switch launch date will be revealed soon. The team is excited for you to play, but we need a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience.

New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now offers new version 22.8.1 Adrenalin Edition Windows drivers for AMD Radeon graphics cards. The Release Notes explain these add or enhance support for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, Thymesia, and Halo Infinite:
Highlights

  • Support for:
    • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered™
    • Thymesia™
    • Radeon™ Boost using Variable Rate Shading for Halo Infinite™
  • Enhanced Sync improvements have been introduced in the latest version of AMD Software to provide further stability, and a better overall experience with your AMD PC.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Shattering Spectreglass Released

Shattering Spectreglass is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, adding new content to Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, the Borderlands dungeon crawler. Take a gander at the Launch Trailer for a look at what this adds to the mix. This includes a new class, new character creator options, new bosses and loot, and more. Here's word:
Unleash elemental fury as the all-new Blightcaller! Shattering Spectreglass introduces an additional Fatemaker class, a bevy of customization options, and an enormous, multi-headed wyvern to hunt down and destroy!

Unlock and enjoy new content, including:

  • The new Blightcaller class, an elementalist with a unique talent tree and two fresh Action Skills
  • New options during character creation including the Grim personality and additional backstories
  • New boss: Redmourne the Trivern, with four powerful forms that unlock over time
  • New loot to collect, including weapons, gear, and cosmetic items
  • Additional environments that, once beaten, can show up in the randomized endgame dungeons of the Chaos Chamber

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Caught on Video- Small plane crash-lands on Riverside Co. freeway (disturbing). Never seen one go so wrong. Thanks VideoSift.

Obituary: Actor Anne Heche dies a week after car crash.

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered Swings Out

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering PC gamers the chance to play this superhero action game that originated, to great acclaim, on PlayStation. In this post announcing the launch, Insomniac Games & Nixxes Software point the way to some resources to support new players: "As you dive, swing, and web-zip your way in the game today, please keep in mind that we have a handy performance tuning guide here. If you need game support, please go here." For more, a post on the PlayStation.Blog by Nixxes community manager Julian Huijbregts introduces the team behind the remastered port and discusses PC support. Finally, those playing using GeForce graphics cards will probably be interested in this post on the NVIDIA Website explaining the game's support for NVIDIA DLSS, DLAA, ray tracing, and more. Here's the Launch Trailer and some details:
Developed by Insomniac Games in collaboration with Marvel, and optimized for PC by Nixxes Software, Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC introduces an experienced Peter Parker who’s fighting big crime and iconic villains in Marvel’s New York. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of Marvel’s New York rests upon his shoulders.
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MultiVersus Season 1 and Morty This Month

Following brief delays, a tweet from MultiVersus announces Season 1 of the free-to-play brawler will begin on August 15th and Morty will join the fight on August 23rd:
We’re excited to announce Season 1 will begin on August 15 with a brand-new Battle Pass for you to earn in-game rewards! We can also confirm Morty will join the character roster on August 23 as part of Season 1. We look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks!

Aimjunkies Aims to Continue Cheating Destiny

TorrentFreak has word that Phoenix Digital Group is preparing subpoenas as part of a legal battle between cheat vendor AimJunkies and Bungie, who sued the company last year for selling cheats for Destiny 2 (thanks IGN). Those charges were later dismissed, but the door was left open for further action. Apparently that's what we are in for, as the cheat vendor seems determined to prove its attempts to profit off of the game at the expense of fair play are legal. The subpoenas are said to target Google, PayPal, and Valve, and sound pretty wild. Among other things, they seek access to the Steam source code to make some sort of point about overlays, and detailed sales records in an effort to prove selling cheats actually benefited the game. The report includes this PDF with a statement from Phoenix Digital Group which, ironically, threatens legal action against those "who violated [their] Copyrights and Terms of Service." From the sound of it, this may not have been prepared by a lawyer:
Bungie also claims that we caused grievous harm to their game when in fact some of their most popular months of player counts and sales were during the time Aimjunkies offered their software products. We believe an intent to gather actionable proof of that and disprove another one of their wild assertions.

Do not believe everything you read in their filings. In fact do not believe 90% of what they assert in their filings. We believe Bungie and their counsel apparently believe the more s*** you throw at the wall the greater the possibility of something sticking with the court, no matter how ridiculous or absurd it is in the real world.

Understand cheating is not illegal and the game companies want to make it illegal because they cannot govern their own players. They are looking to the courts to do what they "Bungie" are impotent to do on their own, even with the vast resources and technologies at their disposal. They would rather suffer death by a thousand cuts than admit this is not the way to fix the problem.
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Best Forklift Operator Launches

Best Forklift Operator is now out of Early Access and officially available for Windows (with VR support) on Steam. This allows players to live out the fantasy that strikes every time one passes an unattended forklift. For those who've played the Early Access version, this post outlines all that's changed in version 1.0. This also involves a reset of all progress achieved up to this point, a necessary move to prevent stability and data corruption issues. This post covers the news, offering a new Launch Trailer. Here are the forking details:

  • Best Forklift Operator is a unique game about driving a forklift - a vehicle without which world trade and logistics would stop. You can experience the challenges of a forklift operator by playing as you like: on a gamepad, steering wheel, with a mouse and keyboard, or by running the game on VR headgear.
  • Take the training and show that you are ready for the challenges. Complete tasks fast and precisely, earn money and become the king of warehouses, yards, loading, and unloading. Just be careful not to damage your equipment or products, if this happens your wallet will quickly become empty!
  • The game features a combination of faithful simulation and entertainment that forklift fans have been waiting for for a long time. This is evidenced by the Arcade mode, where you can express yourself and make a big mess in the warehouse - and best of all, instead of punishment, you get a reward for it!
  • Best Forklift Operator is a game created with the community and with a lot of dedication. The changes that the project has undergone can be checked in the update list. Currently, it is a challenging, interesting game that literally everyone can enjoy. This title shows how great the potential of forklifts is. If you are looking for digital Zen, you will find it here!
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Timothy and the Tower of Mu Released

Timothy and the Tower of Mu is now available on Steam, offering a hardcore action/platformer for Windows. True to the genre, the 2D game has a distinctive throwback flair, as seen in the Official Release Trailer. Here are some towering details:
Timothy and the Tower of Mu takes you on a journey where you traverse over 5 biomes, each with their own challenge. Fight your way through 10 bosses, each more deadly than the last. Climb vines and jump on bouncy plants, avoid the lava, and watch out for the monsters.

Timothy's grandfather has passed. But legends tell of a tower so high that it disappears above the clouds, built by a god. If someone manages to climb it to the top, a wish is granted. Join Timothy, armed with hope and courage, on a deadly quest to bring back his grandfather.
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Whateverland Next Month

Caligari Games announces Whateverland will arrive on September 15th, offering a point-and-click adventure for Windows. This takes place in a surreal seting inspired by the works of Tim Burton, as seen in this trailer. This is coming to Windows on GOG.com* (where there's a free prologue) and Steam (where there's a playable demo). The premise is based on an imaginative take on the afterlife, which is somewhat like an escape room. In a twist, the game also includes a "unique in-game turn-based board game." Here's word:
Whateverland, a world where morally grey souls are banished and transformed in a darkly comical way into forms befitting their souls’ selfish desires, ends up being the perfect place for professional thief Vincent. Stranded in this weird place, Vincent must seek an escape out of a makeshift society full of people no one would ever (willingly) get a drink with alongside a newfound–and not-so-helpful–sidekick Nick.

Discover new puzzles, storylines, and endings with nonlinear progression. Branching narratives and a morality system stretch beyond the bounds of good and evil with lots of grey to play with. Vincent’s skills as a thief can help get what he needs or wants, but at a potentially steep price. Vincent’s choices lead him down different paths containing more than 20 mini-games, with not all of them discoverable on a single playthrough.
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Out of the Blue

I've been getting to hang out with my two canine buddies this week, as I've been looking in on Adler and Sandra while their owner has headed back to the office. This is a very low-effort/high reward scenario. It's too hot to really walk during the day, so we just go out for a pee. Then we go back in and they get treats. But they act like kids encountering Santa when I enter the house, so for my minimal efforts I get lavished with love. Labs are sweet dogs in general, but these two are so full of love it's overwhelming. Checking in on them is definitely one of the easiest favors I've ever been asked to do.

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