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Monday, Aug 15, 2022

Deliver Us Mars Delayed

A tweet announces a delay to Deliver Us Mars, the upcoming narrative adventure that's a sequel to Deliver Us the Moon. This was due next month, but publisher Frontier Foundry and developer KeokeN Interactive now explain they will deliver us the game on Groundhog Day. Word is extra time is being taken to make the best game possible. As a consolation, we're promised a trailer at Gamescom, though we suspect some other games might have the same idea. Here's word:
Deliver Us Mars is KeokeN Interactive's most ambitious project to date. The journey that players will take as Kathy Johanson is packed with deeply emotional moments and fraught with danger.

It is important to us that this experience is the best it can be at launch. With this in mind, we've collectively made the difficult decision to move the release date to 2nd of February 2023 in order to ensure that we are able to live up to that ambition.
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Lord British Preparing Iron And Magic Land Sales

The Iron And Magic Website is online as home to the blockchain-based MMORPG in development at DeMeta, the startup developer from Richard "Lord British" Garriott and former ION Storm executive Todd Porter. This is gearing up to sell virtual plots of land for Iron And Magic. As noted by PC Gamer, one of the things that blockchain technology adds is the potential for disappointment:
It's a rough time to launch a digital world with blockchain-backed real estate, cryptocurrencies more broadly experienced a real humdinger of a Spring, with Bitcoin and Ethereum precipitously dropping in value and so-called stablecoins fluctuating in a decidedly not stable manner. That instability extends to NFT real estate: Cointelegraph reports that six of the largest Ethereum-based metaverse projects featuring digital real estate purchases like those promised by Iron and Magic saw an 85% decline in average price of those assets in recent months. Additionally, unlike a, you know, real life bit of real estate, you can't do cool things like grill out or play frisbee golf on your suddenly worthless plot of digital land.

Diablo III Season 27 Next Week

A post on Xbox Wire by Blizzard Entertainment Senior Community Manager Adam Fletcher announces August 26th as the start date for Season 27 of Diablo III. This includes the challenges and rewards familiar from prior seasons. Here's a bit on what's different in the new one, which is titled The Light's Calling:
In Season 27, Light’s Calling, valiant Nephalem can recover Angelic Crucibles, a new season-exclusive consumable item, that can be used to Sanctify equippable Legendary items.

By Sanctifying an item, players infuse it with one of three new, random class-specific powers, such as the Wizard’s spellbinding Magic Missiles shown above. Angelic Crucibles will allow you to lean into the strengths of each class and highlight what makes each of them shine. A full list of potentially receivable class powers can be seen in our blog. Which power will your Sanctified items bring you?

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: The Man Who Killed Millions and Saved Billions. Fascinating. Thanks RedEye9.

Middle-earth Game Revealed

Private Division announces a publishing partnership with Wētā Workshop for a new game set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe. This is based on the literature, rather than the movies, and word is Wētā is being granted "the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books." Hopefully this does not include adding weird diacritical marks like the macrons in its company name. The game is said to be in early development and as such does not have an announced release date. But it has a window of Take-Two's fiscal year 2024, which ends March 31, 2024. Likewise, details are still scant:
“We are thrilled to partner with Wētā Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe,” said Michael Worosz, Chief Strategy Officer, Take-Two Interactive, and Head of Private Division. “The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many remarkable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Wētā Workshop to create a distinctive, new Middle-earth gaming experience.”

“It’s a privilege to create a new game set in Middle-earth, especially one that’s so different from what fans have played previously,” said Amie Wolken, Head of Interactive at Wētā Workshop. “As fans ourselves, we’re excited for gamers to explore Middle-earth in a way they never have before, and introduce new fans to the magic of The Lord of the Rings.”

This title is in early development and does not yet have an announced release date. It is expected to launch during Take-Two’s Fiscal Year 2024. Private Division and Wētā Workshop look forward to sharing more details about this game in the future.
Private Division and Wētā Workshop look forward to sharing more details about this game in the future.

Mortal Kombat Trilogy Released

Get over here! GOG.COM* now offers the Mortal Kombat Trilogy, a bundle of three games from the formative years of the influential fighting series, which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Offered without any of the controversy that once dogged the series, the trilogy carries a 10% launch discount. In a twist, it is also part of a twist sale* where it can be combined with other offerings. Here's word:
Mortal Kombat Trilogy, a legendary fighting game, is the new gem in GOG’s kollection of klassics. The release of MK Trilogy highlights the 30th anniversary of Mortal Kombat première in 1992 and is the next step of GOG’s kontinuing efforts to restore klassic games and bring them to the new generations of gamers around the world under the Good Old Games initiative.

Mortal Kombat Trilogy, released originally by Midway in 1996, is the second and final update to Mortal Kombat 3. It features kharacters and stages restored from MK 1 and MK 2 as well as the “Aggressor” bar and new finishing moves. The release was possible thanks to the efforts made by GOG Team, who worked with Warner Bros to make it accessible for modern platforms.
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Vikings on Trampolines Announced

Owlboy developer D-Pad Studio announces Vikings on Trampolines, a co-op adventure coming to PC and consoles. The Announcement Trailer offers a look at the game's fast-paced platformer gameplay, nostalgic throwback graphics, and the obvious appeal of Vikings sensuously jiggling as they defy gravity. Here's more:
Featuring a Story Mode that sets you on a quest to stop the gaseous villain Balloonie, as well as a head-to-head Versus Mode, Vikings on Trampolines is packed with minigames, battles, mind-blowing bosses, balloon-soccer and more. All of this can be played with a single thumbstick, opening the game to players of all ages and ensuring that you can become a master of air-time in no-time!

Vicious balloons attack! They’re turning sweet animalis into huge monsters! Vikings on Trampolines’ Story Mode tasks you with rescuing King VI and reversing the Balloonie’s curse! You must learn the way of the trampoline and use your bouncy techniques as you square off against Balloonie’s brigade, including a roster of intimidating and unforgettable bosses full of personality.
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To the Stars Announced

Developer Stellar Cartography and publisher Blowfish Studios announce To the Stars, a tactical, roguelike deck-builder coming to Windows and macOS via Steam and to Switch in Q2 2023. To get acquainted with this, check out the Official Website and the Reveal Trailer. Here's the deal:
What’s a disgraced captain of a renowned treasure-hunting brigade to do when they fail to make a name for themselves? Open a universe-wide touring service, of course! Surf a procedurally generated sea of stars while recruiting a group of…quirky, yet talented alien crewmates. Utilize their distinct abilities to effectively manage the voyages ahead and, most importantly, ensure guests have a great time aboard your spaceship.

The galaxy is full of threats, so cruise cautiously and keep an eye out for territorial tyrants and rival tour agencies. Ready a deck with an elite arsenal of aliens, weapons, bonuses, abilities, and ships to safely ferry passengers through the final frontier. Prepare for real-time strategy battles - deploy Neela the Great, the best darn pilot in the galaxy, Zelbob, the slyest smuggler in the sector, and more colorful characters to eliminate galactic threats with style.
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Ship of Fools in November

Team17 and Fika Productions announce November 22nd is the official release date for Ship of Fools, the solo/co-op action/roguelite set on the high seas. So we can save World Party from tomorrow, but the band is on its own come November. A new Release Date Trailer celebrates the news with a look at the game's offbeat, hand-drawn style. Here's more on the course the game is following:
Team17 and Fika Productions have announced that bombastic solo or two-player co-op roguelite, Ship of Fools, will launch on 22nd November. Set among the islands and outcrops of the Archipelago, Ship of Fools follows a group of plucky sailors – The Fools – as they set out across the choppy waters of their watery world, combat creatures from the deep, and attempt to thwart The Everlasting Storm and the Aquapocalypse! Along the way, the Fools will have to work together and master the cannons, repair their ship – Stormstrider – from damage caused by monstrous boarding parties and missile lobbing leviathans, and tread an unlikely path to victory!

Disembarking on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, Ship of Fools and its cast of characters – each with their own special abilities to help steer the crew to success – will encounter varied roguelite runs through the Archipelago. Each time they start a new voyage they’ll find something new to experience, whether that’s some of the 100+ unique trinkets to find and collect (and to combine as part of a winning strategy) or strange new islands to explore.
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FIFA 23 Marvel Crossover

EA SPORTS' final licensed FIFA game is going out with a bang, as EA announces a new cast of players for FIFA 23 FIFA Ultimate team inspired by Marvel Comics characters. Here's word on this superheroic take on association football/soccer:
Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Marvel Entertainment announced a collaboration to bring a new cast of FIFA Ultimate Team™ (FUT) Heroes to the pitch in EA SPORTS™ FIFA 23, reimagined and inspired by Marvel Comics. This collaboration between two of the world’s largest entertainment brands will bring some of the game’s fan favorites to the game and celebrate their larger-than-life cult hero status alongside the amazing artists at Marvel. Recognising their memorable careers for club and country, each FIFA World Cup™ FUT Hero will receive a special illustrated FUT item at the launch of the World Cup game mode, with base versions of FUT Heroes being available at launch of FIFA 23.

The collaboration will include other vanity items related to the fan favorite heroes being immortalized as Marvel inspired Heroes, including tifos, kits, balls, and more*. Fans will also be able to get their hands on a forthcoming online Marvel Heroes comic book alongside Marvel written bios, with limited physical quantities to be made available at a later date. More info on both the in game vanity items and comic book availability will be made available closer to the holiday period.

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Out of the Blue

Well, my mid-season praise of Westworld probably represented the high point of the series since season one. It definitely reverted a bit after that, but I stuck through it. The best parts of last night's season finale were probably the game references. Such as (spoilers hidden) Trevor from GTA's comical death and William calling out that sniper as a camper. We're not done with being done with things, as tonight is the series finale of Better Call Saul, which has been one of the best things on TV since its earliest moments. Though I feel like one of the most important moments of the series passed last week. Again hiding the spoilers, like just about everyone else watching the show, I've spent years worrying that Kim Wexler doesn't come up in Breaking Bad because she was going to die. One could argue here new life is a fate worse than death, but it was still a big relief to learn she survived (barring some bizarre turn of events tonight).

Obituary: Anne Heche Taken Off Life Support Sunday, Rep Confirms.

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