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Thursday, Sep 15, 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Multiplayer and Beta Details

The Call of Duty Blog rounds up details about multiplayer support in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II presented in today's Call of Duty: Next event. This describes "the deepest, most innovative MP experience yet." It also offers a new Reveal Trailer for Modern Warfare II multiplayer. The video also covers Warzone 2.0, which is the subject of a separate blog post with details on what to expect when the free-to-play battle royale launches on November 16th. There's also another post introducing a new Warzone map. Open (closed) beta testing of Modern Warfare 2 commences tomorrow on PlayStation for preorders. It will come to Steam next week for preorder customers, and will open to all players for two days beginning September 24th. This page has all the details on how to participate. Here's the intro:
Since releasing Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® in 2019, Infinity Ward has been hard at work to create a new high-watermark for multiplayer fans, and today is ready to reveal a suite of new, innovative features for the highly-anticipated sequel. Whether you’re playing the Campaign or the cooperative modes with your squad, or you’re casually ranking up in Multiplayer or grinding MP competitively, there’s always something to focus on with an entertaining end goal in sight.
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Street Fighter 6 Closed Beta Next Month

Capcom announces details on Street Fighter 6, including plans for closed beta testing which will run from October 7-10. This will include testing of the fighting sequel's crossplay support, so it's for Windows. Xbox, and PlayStation 5. If you are interested, you can sign up this page. It offers details, system specs, and a mention that a prerequisite is a Capcom ID. It also offers a Closed Beta Test Announce Trailer. This note makes it clear that the goal here is actual testing:
The aim of the closed beta test is for us to monitor the play experience of participants, identify any potential issues, and then address them in order to improve the quality of the game.
As such, it is possible that errors may occur during the test that cause the game to freeze or close during gameplay.
The test sessions will use a version of the game still in development. As a result, we cannot guarantee a smooth gameplay experience. Please bear all of this in mind when taking part in the test.
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Whateverland Released

Whateverland is now available for Windows, offering a point-and-click adventure inspired by the animation of filmmaker Tim Burton. This is available on GOG.com* and Steam, and console editions are expected to follow later this year. There is also a free prologue to sample on GOG.com and Steam. A new trailer shows off the game's style, eclectic puzzles, and a board for a "game-within-a-game experience" that will receive its own standalone version "soon." Here's word:
Awaken in a world filled with crooked souls after coming face-to-face with an ancient and powerful witch, Beatrice, in a failed robbery attempt. Enter the banished kingdom of Whateverland as Vincent the thief and experience the dark humor as he plots to break free from this gloomy universe and its doomed inhabitants.
Encounter deranged personalities and grotesque physiques as this world morphs its inhabitants to match their soul’s true form. Free an annoying ghost-legged man, Nick, from a cabinet to discover the world’s “truths” and attempt to find a way out of the witch’s prison world before losing their human forms forever..
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Blind Fate: Edo No Yami Released

Developer Troglobytes Games and publisher 101XP announce Blind Fate: Edo No Yami is now available for Windows via GOG.com* and Steam as well as for PlayStation and Xbox. In a twist of Fate, the Switch version of this sci-fi action/adventure is expected in about a week. Don't turn a blind eye to the Official Release Trailer, as it can help you understand what to expect. Towards that end, here's more on this chance to take on the challenges of being a blind samurai:
In Blind Fate: Edo No Yami, players enter a dark and machine-filled sci-fi Edo period as the Shogunate rules Japan, with their power and prestige rooted deep within society. Your mantra? Follow orders, obey your overlords, and kill. That was up until your sight was taken away in a deadly conflict, now nothing is what it seems.

As you re-awaken, the balance of life changes in an instant. Relying solely on your damaged Sensors, you must learn to survive and heed the advice of mentor Tengu - Become stronger and dive head-first through a path of rage, in this insane and fantastical world of cybernetics and ancient mythology. Everything you once knew is turned upside down, as you relearn what once made you a skilled, samurai assassin.
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Get Spirit of the North and The Captain for Free

It's Thursday, so put on your snagging shoes. The Epic Games Store now offers its new slate of free games. Either or both of Spirit of the North and The Captain are yours to keep as long as you claim them by next Thursday. Epic also reveals next week's freebies as ARK: Survival Evolved and Gloomhaven so you can spend the time between now and their release rubbing your hands together greedily. Here's word on today's giveaways:
Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore. Play as an ordinary red fox whose story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a magical spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and land left in ruin.

You are Captain Thomas Welmu, a Spacefleet science officer, lost on the other side of the galaxy. Dark forces are en route to Earth to destroy our planet - and you are carrying the only thing that can stop them. Race back home across the galaxy. Collect new friends on your journey. Make new enemies. You won't be able to save everyone. Who will you leave behind? Which civilizations will you save - or destroy - along the way? The decisions are all up to you.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Next Month

The PlayStation.Blog announces Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves will arrive for Windows on October 19th, marking the long-awaited PC debut of the Uncharted series. Legacy of Thieves will bundle the full-length remastered editions of both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. This trailer shows off the PC version and announces that preorders are underway for the daring. Here's word on how Naughty Dog's action/adventure is expected to behave on its new platform:
Whether you’re a first-timer or experienced Uncharted player, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection showcases plenty of new PC features to make your adventure epic – and absolutely stunning.

This version of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is optimized for PC with PC-centric quality-of-life enhancements such as reimagined UI, scale sliders, GPU and VRAM detection, Variable Load Speed, and so much more.

Discover the breathtaking sights with enhanced visual fidelity. Immerse yourself in the cinematic storytelling with super-sharp true 4K resolutions*. From thick jungles to snow-capped mountains, exotic islands to rain-soaked streets, take in all the views of Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection’s stunning environments with Ultra-Wide Monitor support**. For the first time, enjoy a host of graphical adjustment features designed specifically for PC such as adjustable Texture and Model Quality, Anisotropic Filtering, Shadows, Reflections, and Ambient Occlusion.
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Overwatch 2 Explained

Overwatch 2 is set to launch on October 4th, and to help us prepare, a post on Blizzard News offers new details on the plan. The free-to-play shooter sequel will replace its forebear, which Eurogamer confirms will go offline on October 2nd. The post includes an extensive introduction to the game's new seasonal model, Battle Passes, rewards, and more. There's a discussion of new heroes, and an explanation of how they will be unlocked by playing. There's a discussion of the new support hero, Kiriko, and a new push map set in Portugal, Esperança. There's also word that the game's rock/paper/scissors mechanics are being toned down: "While Overwatch 2 heroes will each have their own clear strengths and weaknesses, and some heroes will be more effective against others, we believe our game plays better and is more fun with fewer hard counters and a broader range of effective hero picks." Finally, even though Overwatch 2 hasn't launched yet, the post concludes with a look even further down the road, be it Kings Row or Route 66:
As we progress through the seasons together, there are some big moments we look forward to sharing along the way: Overwatch is a big universe with so many possibilities. We already have new core game modes and a set of new maps in development, and we plan to launch one of those new modes later in 2023.

We’re also looking forward to sharing PvE with you in 2023. It’s been a continued major focus for our team, and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next.

Metal: Hellsinger Released

Metal: Hellsinger is now available as promised, offering a first-person shooter that will allow you to rock out with your Glock out. This is available for Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, and the PC edition is on Steam along with a playable demo. Reviews for this started rolling out this week, and you can check out our roundup to see if this hits all the right notes. The Launch Trailer takes things up to 11, and the launch announcement provides more details on the game and its celebrity cast:
The Red Judge, ruler of the Hells, has stolen the Unknown’s voice, but she won’t take it lying down. Slay to the rhythm of metal and vengeance on an infernal journey through the eight Hells, with characters voiced by award-winning actors Troy Baker and Jennifer Hale.

Metal: Hellsinger answers the question: What if you could play a metal album? The thunderous OST is composed by musician duo Two Feathers and performed by a legendary lineup including Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused and INVSN), James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate), Tatiana Shmayluk (Jinjer), and Björn Strid (Soilwork).
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Batora: Lost Haven Demo

Publisher Team17 announces Batora: Lost Haven will come to PC and consoles on October 20th, offering an action/RPG developed by Stormind Games. But there's a chance to check this out in the meantime, as Steam now offers a playable demo. A new Release Date Trailer reflects the news and provides a look at what to expect from the game. Here's word on what you will find in Lost Haven:
In Batora: Lost Haven, explore a range of unique alien planets and discover a galaxy in which morals are blurred and the line between right and wrong is mercilessly thin. Harness unlikely hero Avril’s unique abilities to perfect different combat styles and defeat deadly foes, solve intricate puzzles, and take on quests from curious alien inhabitants. Every choice you make will shape your journey and forge the way you carry out your final mission... Restoring your Lost Haven.
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Wanted: Dead in February

110 Industries celebrates this week's Japanese gaming gathering with a new Tokyo Game Show Trailer from Wanted: Dead, the hack-and-slash-and-shoot combat game. The publisher announces plans to make this a Valentine's Day present, revealing a February 14th release date for PC and consoles. For the record, this is a delay, as the game was first announced with a 2022 release window. Here's word:
Launching for PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC on February 14th, Valentine’s Day 2023, the trailer indulges us with a closer look at the game’s stylish high-octane combat mechanics, multiple mini-games, spectacular John Wick-esque style finishers and slick, limb-severing swordplay, accompanied by a seriously killer soundtrack.

Wanted: Dead will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show from September 15th - 18th for the first time in Japan as both media and the public will have the opportunity to go hands-on with 110 Industries and Soleil’s new ​​hybrid slasher/shooter, from the makers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive.
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Once Human Beta in November

A Steam Listing is now live for Once Human, a sandbox survival game from Starry Studio coming to PC in (northern) winter 2023. A new trailer shows off gameplay while showing off "its own spin on the New Weird genre." We're still getting used to the Old Weird, but your mileage may vary. The plan is to beta test the game this November. Those interested in taking part in the testing can fill out this questionnaire and hope they are deemed worthy. Here's more on the game, the video, and testing plans:
The development team has taken a deep dive into the New Weird genre to create the Once Human game world. From eerie in-game locations to the indefinable Great Ones and a fantastical background story, this game offers players the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the world of the New Weird.

The new video includes real gameplay showing different areas of the game map as well as dilapidated post-apocalyptic structures and underground relics. You can also explore a range of different climates and terrains, crawling with aberrant monsters and the Great Ones. And further updates, including more extreme weather, a larger world, and more terrifying monsters are all still in the works for the official launch.

If you like sandbox, survival, shooting games, or are just curious about the New Weird worldview, add this game to your wishlist and pre-register for a beta test via the website. The development team invites all players to join their community and follow their social media channels for updates. Add Once Human to your wishlist now to receive a notification as soon as the game becomes available.
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SuperPower 3 Next Month

THQ Nordic announces your chance to conquer the world arrives on October 7th with the launch of SuperPower 3. This geopolitical simulator is truly global, allowing you to lead any of 194 nations. A new Explanation Trailer digs into the political implications of your actions, outlining the sort of cause and effect your decisions will have. Here's more on the game and the new video:
Admit it - when it comes to politics, you've thought at least once, "Oh, I could do better than our actual leaders!". Well, from October 7th, you can prove it in SuperPower 3, an upcoming geopolitical simulation game. In SuperPower 3, you can take control of countries in pre-made scenarios, for example re-establishing the British Empire, or decide the fate of one of 194 nations in the sandbox mode.

Today's gameplay trailer highlights one of the most important aspects of the game: Politics. Your decisions have a strong impact on your country, on your citizens, and on how other states regard your nation. Many factors are interconnected; an economic treaty can have a huge effect on the people in your country and how happy they are with your rule, and changing laws might anger other nations, creating new rivals...
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Foretales Released

Steam now offers Foretales, a story-driven card game for Windows from developer Alkemi. This can also be found on Switch. Here's the Launch Trailer that sets up the concept and shows off gameplay. Publisher Dear Villagers provides the following details and dares you to call it a lyre:
Our story begins long ago in the realm, where the avian thief Volepain and his friend were asked to steal a magical lyre. They outwitted the guards with an ace up their sleeve. And by “ace” I mean pocket sand. The point is it worked, and our heroes snagged the lyre undetected. Unfortunately, it was no sooner that they had gotten their hands on the lyre that Volepain began to have terrifying visions of the end of the world!
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To combat this catastrophic prophecy, Volepain knew he had to assemble a team of companions. His potential allies included the tiger archer Léo, the gorilla Karst, the elephant Isabeau, and the parrot Pattenbois, among other eccentric allies. He knew each party member came with their own strengths and weaknesses that would have to be deployed strategically if they were to succeed in their quest.
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Formula Retro Racing: World Tour Announced

Repixel8 and CGA Studio Games announce Formula Retro Racing: World Tour, which is scheduled to launch for consoles on December 14th and for Early Access on Steam on March 31, 2023. This new entry in the Formula Retro Racing series is inspired by classic motorsports game of the 1990s, which is evident from this trailer. Did you know that HD low-poly graphics are a thing? Well they are:
Players will race across 8 new landmark-filled cities, including Tokyo, Paris and London. Multiple vehicle types are the biggest new addition in World Tour. Master the art of kissing the apex, as players get to grips with World Tour's high-performance, muscle and standard race cars. Each one brings its own benefits and challenges to the track, and its up to players to find what works best for them.

Formula Retro Racing: World Tour features crisp low-poly HD visuals running at 60fps, 4-player split-screen multiplayer, online leaderboards and classic checkpoint racing. Realistic destruction physics provide a sense of authenticity, alongside snappy car handling that places you at the heart of the action.
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ONE PIECE ODYSSEY Begins in January

Bandai Namco announces ONE PIECE ODYSSEY will begin its odyssey in January, when the JRPG lands on PC and consoles. A new Release Date Trailer accompanies the news. Make sure you're wearing your straw hat and read on for more:
Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. today announced ONE PIECE ODYSSEY, an upcoming JRPG with an original story rooted in ONE PIECE canon and gameplay that puts players in control of their favorite characters from the Straw Hat Crew, will launch worldwide on January 13, 2023. The game is coming to PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via STEAM®, and pre-orders including the Limited Edition bundle with an exclusive Luffy and Lim figurine are now available at https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/one-piece-odyssey.

ONE PIECE ODYSSEY transports the Straw Hat Crew to a mysterious new island where they embark on quests and fight powerful enemies and massive bosses in exciting turn-based battles. In the game, players take on the role of nine of their favorite pirates, playing as Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji,Chopper, Robin,Franky and Brook. The game is introducing a new chapter for these famed pirates, with original story and new characters developed under the guiding hand of series creator Eiichiro Oda. Coming as the original manga prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, ONE PIECE ODYSSEY is sure to retain the charm, humor and chemistry of the anime with its colorful artistic style and stunning visuals, and by starring the series’ original Japanese VO actors.
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ICYMI, Pumpkin Spice Among New Merriam-Webster Entries. You know, ICYMI. As an actual descendant of Noah Webster, I want to go on record as disapproving of the addition of "pumpkin spice" unless the definition includes the word "inexplicable."

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