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Monday, Sep 19, 2022 Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yarr!

Diablo IV Endgame Beta Nears

A Developer Update from Blizzard announces the chance for some players to check out Diablo IV nears, leaked footage of the action/RPG sequel notwithstanding. Word is closed beta testing of endgame content is coming, explaining how invites are being distributed. Included is this video where Rod Fergusson and Joe Shely discuss the news. Here's an explanation of the desire to collect early feedback on late-game content:
We have decided to focus the Closed Beta on Diablo IV’s end-game offerings for a few reasons. The full story of Lilith’s return to Sanctuary is not something we would like to spoil prior to release—players will experience a post-campaign Sanctuary during the Closed End Game Beta. Also, for many, the end game is their favorite aspect of Diablo—we want to ensure it feels satisfying, and with no shortage of challenging variety to experience across many, many demon-slaying gaming sessions. To achieve this, we’re collecting community feedback early so that it may be integrated into Diablo IV prior to launch. Players who are selected to participate in the Closed End Game Beta will have the ability to provide feedback between bouts of cutting down demons through an in-game feedback tool.

Now, here’s a run-down of the end game offerings included in the Closed End Game Beta: Helltide, Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead, Fields of Hatred, and Paragon Boards. Take stock of the skills and knowledge you cultivate from playing through these features, you’ll need every tool at your disposal to defeat the Closed End Game Beta’s boss!
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Steam Bash Bash

Valve announces the Steam Bash Bash is underway, offering a week-long hack & slash celebration focusing on melee combat games. This involves discounts, demo, and more. This trailer introduces the event, and this blog post explains everything. Here's the summary:
From now until September 26th at 10am PDT, you'll find discounts and demos on current and upcoming games as described above, and we hope you have as much fun exploring them as we did putting it together! However, if you disagree with our definition of games that Bash, definitely feel free to angrily tweet at us let us know, as we're always looking for fun and creative ways to feature all kinds of genres!
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More Early Steam Decks

Valve continues to exceed its own expectations in shipping Steam Decks to preorder customers. A new update says it is once again ahead of schedule in getting its handheld PCs into the hands of gamers:
As some folks on the internet have noticed (we see you Reddit!), we're speeding through reservations at an accelerated pace. This is due to increased production, and we've beaten our own estimates yet again. With today’s batch of emails we’ve now sent invitations for all reservations in the Q3 (July-September) bucket.

Now that Q3 is done early, we're going to get a head start on the next set of reservations, and are fulfilling reservations that were scheduled for the Q4 window. We've updated the store page to reflect this, with an updated bucket description: September-December.

Omega Strikers Released

Omega Strikers is available as a free-to-play release on Steam, offering a 3v3 multiplayer game for Windows. This features "lightning fast" matches that involve scoring goals and smashing your opponents. Said scoring and smashing is on full display in this new Meet Asher trailer. Here's word:
Omega Strikers is a 3v3 competitive game where the objective is to knock out opponents and score goals against the enemy team using explosive attacks and abilities. Matches are fast and intense—the first team to get five goals wins, and you must get at least two points ahead to secure a victory.

Omega Strikers has an ever-growing roster of unique and powerful Strikers, each of which can be unlocked through normal play. 3v3 unranked, ranked, and private lobbies across a handful of maps are available from day one, with more maps and modes planned. For those looking to dive deeper into the game, cosmetic purchases and battle passes are available via in-app purchase.
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Candle Knight Release Date, Demo

Dracma Studios announces that Candle Knight has a release date, saying the 2.5D platformer will be set to curse the darkness on January 20th. And while it can't hold a candle to the full game, there is now a playable Windows demo on Steam. Here's a new TGS Trailer showing off gameplay. The description waxes poetic:
Wield your flame to overcome menacing creatures lurking in the shadows of a ruined castle, use the dynamic difficulty system to your advantage, traverse challenging platforming sections and solve cryptic puzzles inside surreal paintings in this 2.5D action adventure platformer.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: I Got Access to Chernobyl’s Deadliest Area. Thanks The Flying Penguin.

Return to Monkey Island

The Return to Monkey Island Website announces the launch of Return to Monkey Island for Windows and macOS on Steam and for Switch. This celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day sees the return of Guybrush Threepwood, zombie pirate LeChuck, Ron Gilbert, and the current incarnation of Lucasfilm Games. It continues the point-and-click comedy adventure that made the original series a classic. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's the setup:
It’s been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last locked in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the old guard from power, Melee Island has taken a turn for the worse, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’.

Banter with old friends and new faces on familiar islands now under dangerous new leadership. Then, take to the high seas and explore the new and unknown as you work your way out of tough predicaments. Clever puzzles, bizarre situations, and devastating ripostes are all that stand between Guybrush and glory.
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Rockstar on GTA6 Leak

A tweet from Rockstar Games has the full official response to yesterday's leak of a trove of Grand Theft Auto VI footage. Word is development of the open-world crime sequel will continue as before:
We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto. At this time we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing project.

We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it's ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.

Diablo IV Footage Leaks Too?

Following closely after the GTA6 leak mentioned above, there's a post on Reddit offering what's alleged to be 53 minutes of beta footage from Diablo IV. According to the post this is from the friends and family beta of Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. VG247 has a further explanation:
As shared by Reddit user iV1rus0 on the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit, about 53 minutes of the upcoming sequel is available to watch as a pair of videos, one that's around five minutes in length, the other around 38 minutes. While the GTA 6 footage was the result of a hack, this Diablo footage appears to be from a Discord stream, as the app's notification sounds can be heard in the background.

Arto Demo

Gamera Games and OrionGames announce Arto, a fast-paced action/RPG expected to launch for Windows on December 1st. But your first chance to try this is now, as there's a playable demo on Steam. The game involves going all Pleasantville on a monochromatic world by bringing back the color. The result is pretty psychedelic, as seen in the Announcement Trailer. Here's a bit more:
Arto is an action role-playing experience that features fast paced combat, an arsenal of weapons and spells to unlock and upgrade, alongside epic boss encounters. Arto invites you to discover strange biomes with their own unique visual and gameplay styles, to piece together the mysteries of a broken world. Are you ready to paint a new path?

Arto features huge bosses and over 30 different enemies, each with their unique abilities, motivations and lore. You'll need to perfect your positioning, weaponry, combat skills and timing if you're to defeat them.
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Trinity Fusion Announced

Trinity Fusion is a side-scrolling action/RPG in the works at Angry Mob Games for release on PC and consoles next year. This promises "slick and stylish combat" spanning multiple realities in a quest to save a collapsing multiverse. Check out the Reveal Trailer and the Steam Lising for a look at what to expect. If you're interested in participating in upcoming closed beta testing you should sign up on the Trinity Fusion Website. Here's more:
Set across three shattered versions of the game's world, Trinity Fusion casts players in the role of the Hitchhiker, psychically linked to her parallel selves to coordinate the attempt to stitch their different realities together. Each reality comes not only with its own unique challenges, but a version of your character with their own weapons and abilities. Deploy equipment that afflicts enemies with status effects, deal heavy bursts of damage at a distance with ranged weapons or brawl up close with blades and hammers!
Stages are a mix of procedurally-generated and hand-crafted levels. As the player travels through each universe, levels and biomes will merge depending on the route the player takes, encouraging multiple playthroughs to see the various ways the worlds can be combined.

Make difficult choices with dozens of unique weapons from Wrist Claws to Rocket Launchers, with elemental weapon variants adding further variety. Mods with different activation conditions can dramatically change the decision-making process mid-run. Do you spend your money at the shop on a slightly better weapon, or do you hold onto it for now, knowing one of your mods gives you a better critical hit chance based on how rich you are? While you’ll lose much of your gear upon death, there are plenty of permanent upgrades available, so no matter where you die, you’re making progress somewhere.
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Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti Launched

Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti has officially launched for Windows on Steam, following an Early Access run for this action/RPG from indie developer Team Monkey. Here's the quick pitch: "Indie-RPG infusing 'Zelda' with classic JRPGs like 'Secret of Mana'. Explore the cute and wonderful Orio Island, gain the trust of the elemental god fairies and wield their magical powers to save the Divine Tree from the Relics of Gan-Ti." A V1.0 Release Trailer celebrates the occasion. Here's more on the game:
A long time ago at the peak of the High Kingdom of Aerovan, a group of seers looked into legends of a powerful force believed to be the origin of life; this they called ‘Gan’, though modern peoples know it as ‘Divinia’. The ancients sought to utilize Gan as a weapon; in doing so, their perverse intentions spawned the malignant ‘Gan-Ti’, or ‘anti-life’. Infusing Gan-Ti into artifacts, the godlike High Kings ruled the Aerovan peninsula with an iron fist.

Eventually, rebellion arose and the Order of Archkeepers was formed of the most noble warriors to free the people. They managed to capture the relics of Gan-Ti and cast them into the fiery pits of Mt. Suvius near the shores of Orio island.
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Out of the Blue

Avast there! Happy Talk like a Pirate Day! Hats off to actor Robert Newton, who basically invented pirate talk for 1950's Treasure Island. Something, something scurvy matey! Yarr!

Seafaring Round-up
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Breakfast Link

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Science
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