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Tuesday, Aug 30, 2022

Horizon Chase 2 Announced

AQUIRIS announces Horizon Chase 2, a sequel to its well-regarded racing game. Word is this will race onto Apple Arcade on September 9th, and onto PC and consoles next year. Check out the Official Trailer for a first look at what to expect. Here's word on the game and a mobile price drop to celebrate the occasion:
Brazilian developer AQUIRIS is happy to delight racing fans with the announcement of the sequel to the award-winning Horizon Chase, one of the most successful arcade racers of the last decade. Coming to Apple Arcade this 9th of September, Horizon Chase 2 invites you to race around the world featuring online multiplayer for all game modes, while considerably improving the experience of the first game in every aspect.

Gamers from all ages will enjoy the fast-paced and accessible gameplay supporting online and local multiplayer modes, a super colorful and highly detailed art style and, as it couldn't be different, the thrilling soundtrack by legendary composer Barry Leitch. Additionally to this big news, in gratitude to the community for their support and to ease the entry to more racing fans to our beloved franchise, Horizon Chase Mobile Edition will be permanently dropping the price of the World Tour Pass by one third, to 1,99 USD!
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Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed Released

Here's hoping someone cleaned the probes, as Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed is now available for Windows and consoles, offering the chance to once again invade the Earth in this remake. PC gamers can choose between the Epic Games Store,*, or Steam for the Windows edition, and there are also versions for Xbox and PlayStation on their respective stores. Here's the Release Trailer, and here's the big picture:
Crypto is back with a license to probe. The alien invader returns, groovier than ever. Experience the swinging ‘60s in all its chemical-induced glory and take revenge on the KGB for blowing up your mothership. You’ll have to form alliances with members of the very species you came to enslave.

Key Features:

  • Show those hippies who's boss using classic weapons and new technology like the Meteor Shower
  • Explore 1960’s Mother Earth and unload your trusty saucer all over her fictional cities
  • Defend a much larger, much more open world from those who seek to undermine your mission
  • Hoover up humans from different countries and grind them up into DNA cocktails to upgrade your skills
  • Invite a friend over for a twosome and enjoy the full story in local 2-player split screen co-op

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Tinykin Released

Be careful where you step, as Tinykin is now available for Windows and consoles. For the Windows edition, head over to the Epic Games Store,*, or Steam, where this is available with a 10% launch discount. For a sample, the Steam listing also includes a playable demo. Here's the cinematic Launch Trailer and here's a bit on the game:
Tinykin is the story of Milo, an interstellar explorer who has located the long-lost home of mankind: Earth. It'll take ingenuity, diplomacy and no shortage of exciting platforming action to complete his mission, but thankfully he's not alone on this massive miniature journey.

Expect to make friends in places high and low as Milo explores the house, every room holding its own surprises, secrets and insect civilizations. Befriend bugs, and recruit the aid of the Tinykin, mysterious critters with even more mysterious powers that swarm to Milo's aid fresh from their eggs. Enlist their aid to move (comparatively) colossal objects, blast open sealed passages, build ladders to unreachable ledges and bridge electrical current between devices.
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Steam Top July Sellers

If you've been arguing with your friends over the top new releases on Steam for last month, you're in luck, as a new post on Steam is here to settle any disputes. It outlines the top-selling new premium releases for the month, as well as the free-to-play games that got the most traction with users. As always, here is an accompanying blog post that adds more background. Here's word:
July's Top Releases also include an abundance of simulation games. Between farming and colony sims to city building and management games, about half of the titles this month include one of the various sub-tags from the simulation genre. City builder fans need only decide which era they want to bring to life, with choices ranging from the prehistoric Sapiens, to the medieval Clanfolk, all the way up to the industrial Sweet Transit. July's life-sims offer players relaxing yet fantastic slices of day-to-day life, whether tending your giant wombats in the wild Australian outback of Dinkum or helping Hank the Bear run his business in Bear and Breakfast - did we mention both of these games also feature the cute tag. Along with all of these, PowerWash Simulator really splashed its way on the charts in July. Sprayers--err, we mean, players-- are really soaking up the relaxation with Futurlab’s zen-like hit.

Shovel Knight Dig Next Month

Yacht Club Games announces September 23rd is the release date for Shovel Knight Dig. The post offers this trailer, continuing a recent trend of live-action dealies. It also provides this discussion of the game and its development cycle:
The next epic platformer in the Shovel Knight saga is finally on the horizon!

After 4 long years of development, we are proud to announce that our ambitious title, Shovel Knight Dig, will be coming to Nintendo Switch, Apple Arcade, and Steam on September 23rd, 2022! We put our full effort into making Shovel Knight’s newest adventure chock-full of fun gameplay and our signature humor. There are thousands of pixel-perfect level chunks, which are procedurally stitched together to create infinite adventurous combinations. Each trip down the well will bring you closer to discovering the secrets lying at the bottom. So, grab your trusty shovel blade and dig in an all-new direction- DOWN…on September 23rd!!
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Astro Duel 2 Announced

Developer Rusty Moyher announces Astro Duel 2, a fast-paced arena fighting sequel coming "in the future" to the Epic Games Store and Steam. To celebrate, the original game is on sale on Steam and Switch. The game will be on display this weekend at PAX West if you're attending. But there's also a Reveal Trailer you can experience from the comfort of home. Here's word:
Astro Duel 2 is an arena combat game set in the open frontiers of the Echo System. A versus and co-op experience that blurs the line between top-down space shooter and platform fighter. Classic arcade action built with fresh, fluid mechanics.

Pilot an elite Nano Fighter that lets you smoothly transition between space flight and ground combat. Enter gravity zones to instantly absorb your ship and switch controls to platforming action.
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Those Who Came: Healing Solarus Released

Steam now offers the release of Those Who Came: Healing Solarus, a strategy/RPG where you lead a band of explorers seeking a new planet to call home. The Windows game is 10% off for the next week, and there's a playable demo to check out. Here's a Full Version Official Trailer and a description:
You are one of the last Sainen, a strong and resilient species that faced extinction after the collapse of their home planet. With the hope of surviving, you ran away from the cataclysm on board the Hermaion, the mother ship that preserved you in cryogenic state.

Two hundred years later, Hermaion detects a new suitable planet: Solarus. And thus your mission begins: discovering its inhabitants the Torek; building a strong relationship with them; finding out who is destroying their planet; mastering the different paths of using the Energy to move through the environment; equipping yourself with special suits to heal Solarus and, in the end, developing a new home.
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Rocksmith+ Next Week

Ubisoft announces Rocksmith+ will arrive on September 6th, offering a third iteration of this game system intended to help teach playing the guitar. The game has transitioned to a subscription model that will run $14.99 for one month, $39.99 for three months, or $99.99 a year. There's also a modest loyalty bonus: "For returning Rocksmith players, Rocksmith+ will have a loyalty offer for Rocksmith 2014 owners and closed beta participants who purchase a Rocksmith+ subscription of 3 or 12 months. Those players will get bonus time in their first billing cycle -- one month free for those who purchase a 3-month plan and three months free for those who purchase a 12-month plan." And since this teaches real guitar play, there's a Rocksmith+ Giveaway where you can win a signature Gibson or Epiphone guitar. Here's more on the plan, which boasts modest system requirements:
The subscription service will run on 10-year-old laptops with Windows 10 and will also be available on mobile later this year.

Developed by a team of musicians, music educators and video game developers at Ubisoft San Francisco in collaboration with Ubisoft Osaka, Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Bucharest, Rocksmith+ will provide players with an expert, 360-degree approach and unlimited access to guitar learning, all included within the subscription:
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Commandos 3 - HD Remaster Released

Commandos 3 - HD Remaster is now available for PC and consoles, offering the chance to revisit this tactical combat game enhanced with new visuals and features. You can pick up the PC edition on Steam, and for the next week it carries a 10% launch discount. Here's a Release Trailer showing off various improvements along with some live-action wackiness. So leave your underwear behind and read on for more on this chance to go commando:
In this revamped edition of Commandos 3, players will have their tactical know-how put to the test as they take history into their own hands. The notorious special forces unit consists of 6 iconic commandos, all experts in their fields and crucial to success: the Green Beret, Sapper, Sniper, Diver, Spy, and Thief. Players will have to perfect their strategy as they face the pressure of 12 daring missions across the 3 perilous frontlines of Stalingrad, Central Europe, and Normandy, all with reworked 3D models and textures, improved controls, and a refined user interface. Keen to rally more recruits? Players can also compete in ‘Deathmatch’ or ‘Collect the Flag’ modes for 2-8 players.
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Victoria 3 in October

Paradox Interactive announces October 25th is the release date for Victoria 3, the upcoming society simulation sequel. The game is now available to preorder via Steam, and there's a new Pre-Order Trailer to celebrate the news. We're pretty sure the Victorian era actually barely lasted into the 20th century, so we're taking the accompanying description with a pinch of snuff:
The revolutionary transformations of the century from 1836 to 1936 are under your control in Victoria 3, the eagerly anticipated grand strategy society simulator from Paradox Interactive. And now it has a release date - 25 October 2022.

Victoria 3 is a deep socio-economic and political simulation that endeavors to represent the needs and desires of every person on earth across a century of dramatic technological and social upheaval. Growing populations will have to be fed, but they will also make political demands to increase or maintain their power. Pass laws and social reforms to reflect the wishes of your citizens, or try to impose a brighter future on a nation that may not appreciate your forward thinking.
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IMMORTALITY is now available for Windows and macOS on* and Steam, offering an FMV adventure spanning decades of moviemaking. The unusual way the game presents its underlying mystery is teased in this Release Trailer. Here's a bit to inspire interest:
IMMORTALITY is an interactive trilogy from Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story. Use the cinematic ability to teleport from scene to scene to explore a treasure trove of newly unearthed footage from the three lost films of Marissa Marcel and traverse decades of movie history.
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The Last Alchemist Announced

Developer Vile Monarch and publisher Marvelous Europe announce The Last Alchemist, a pseudoscience simulation coming to Steam Early Access early next year. The Announce Trailer offers a first look at state-of-the-art 16th century superstition. Here's the Steam Listing and here's more:
In the superstitious heart of 17th century Europe, Alchemy is a mad new practice to be feared and forbidden. The Inquisition, a group of fanatical lawmakers with rising power, condemns Alchemy as heresy and intends to root out and punish Alchemists as the world's most dangerous heretics.

As an Apprentice with a knack for unruly experimentation, you must master Alchemy in a world that despises it. Take on the mantle of your late mentor and inherit Old Imperial Star Observatory, a laboratory equipped with all the marvels, mechanisms, and knowledge you need to become the new Master Alchemist.
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Brewmaster Next Month

Those eager to play Brewmaster barley have to wait, as the homebrewing game hops onto PC and consoles on September 29th. The Windows edition will head to Steam, where it is available to wishlist. Here's the Official Release Date Trailer and here's more:
Developed by Auroch Digital, Brewmaster is an authentic beer brewing simulator that invites beginners and beer aficionados alike to master the art of homebrewing in the ultimate celebration of craft beer. From perfecting authentic, chemistry-driven brewing techniques to bottling and labelling, become the ultimate brewmaster in an authentic and relaxing beer brewing experience.
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Re:Legend Re:Lease Next Week

Publisher 505 Games and developer Magnus Games announce Re:Legend will be officially Re:Leased on Steam one week from today on September 6th. The co-op, monster-taming, farming adventure entered Early Access exactly three years ago, but the Early Access Trailer re:mains one of the most re:cent videos from the game. Here's what to expect:
Awaken as an amnesiac on the whimsical island of Vokka, where magical creatures called Magnus roam. Grab hold the reins of destiny by yourself or with friends and reclaim lost memories to rebuild your Legend.

Though Vokka’s gorgeous, vibrant vistas appear inviting, dangerous wildlife may attack in self-defense. Survive the wild Magnus in satisfying combat with a variety of weapons and abilities. Command tamed Magnus of your own in battle, or ride them to more quickly traverse.

Learn to live off the land in a charming community. Befriend villagers and help them with their woes to recover memories. Hone life skills and expand the village by farming, breeding, mining, logging, fishing, crafting, and forging weaponry.
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ZOR: Pilgrimage of the Slorfs Early Access

Early Access to ZOR: Pilgrimage of the Slorfs is now underway on Steam, offering first crack at this strategy game that sounds like part of Louis Tully's Vince Klortho speech. This was created by former veterans of Plants vs. Zombies and Skate development. Here's the Early Access Trailer and an explanation of what to expect:
On a weird and ridiculously dangerous planet, a tribe of resourceful monsters called Slorfs, have witnessed a terrible omen. Their star god ZOR has wept a tear, blasting the horizon with a haze of despair. Two young Slorfs must embark on a pilgrimage to investigate, in a desperate attempt to regain ZOR’s favor before all of existence disappears.
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Morning Patches

Official patch.

Out of the Blue

Happy National Knife Day! Though you can probably celebrate this internationally if you wish (just be careful not to cut yourself). That website helps answer the burning question of why: "National Knife Day is the day to appreciate the knives that we use on a daily basis. This day is a celebration of this marvelous tool that has been with us since the dawn of time." So in other words, no reason.

Obituary: 'Man of the Hole'- Last of his tribe dies in Brazil. Thanks Slashdot.

Cutting Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.


Thanks Max.



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