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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Details

Blizzard News offers a first intel dump for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the next iteration of the free-to-play battle royale. This introduces a new Al Mazrah map, new aquatic combat features, new vehicles, new buy stations, and more. Here's word:
With over 125 million players dropping in to play the original Call of Duty®: Warzone™, and over 200 streamers and content creators playing an early Alpha version of Call of Duty®: Warzone™ 2.0 at the Call of Duty®: Next event, the first official intel has dropped regarding this massive, free-to-play Battle Royale experience featuring a huge and incredibly detailed new map, a host of innovations, and many more details we plan to share between now and November 16, when Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is officially launched – free for everyone – as part of Modern Warfare® II Season One.

ATTENTION! The following briefing represents only the first wave of intel related to Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 and is by no means exhaustive. Look for a number of additional intel drops to come! In addition, the original Call of Duty: Warzone is continuing on, and we’ll have more information to share in the weeks ahead.

Star Citizen Passes a Half-Billion Dollars

The Stretch Goals Page on the Roberts Space Industries Website shows that the crowdfunding of Star Citizen and Squadron 42 has now passed the half-billion dollar mark (thanks TweakTown). As of this writing the site says funding for the space games is now at $500,076,598 from 4,096,882 backers. To save you the math, this means over four million people have pledged an average of over $122.00 each on this project.

Hello Neighbor 2 Demo

A playable demo for the Windows edition of Hello Neighbor 2 is now available exclusively on Steam. This adventure sequel once again plays with the idea that you actually want to know what that creepy neighbor is doing down in his basement. Here's a recent trailer about the demo. Word is the demo paves the way for the game's full release, which is expected for PC and consoles on December 6th:
In today's Steam-exclusive demo, players will get to start their investigation in a familiar location. The old Peterson house has seen better days, but there's rumors of strange noises coming from the building at night. In this one-shot standalone adventure you'll have to tread carefully to avoid the attention of the house's reclusive owner as you search for the tools and keys needed to steal a glimpse at its deepest, most hidden secrets. What's lurking behind the red door? Why are there so many paintings of oranges? And what on earth is going on in that bathroom!?

Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles on December 6th, Hello Neighbor 2 takes the stealth, horror and mystery of the original game to a much wider setting. It's not just the Peterson estate that's full of secrets - it seems that everyone in the town of Raven Brooks is hiding something, and young investigative journalist Quentin is just the man to find out what's going on. That is, if he doesn't end up on the town's extensive missing persons list himself...
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Construction Simulator Released

Construction Simulator is now available, offering the chance to operate some heavy machinery to undertake a variety of construction projects. The Windows edition is available on Steam, and the options for the various console editions can be found on this page. The Release Trailer provides a look, and building on that we have some details:
True to the tagline "GET TO WORK." in Construction Simulator®, anyone can work their way up from a simple construction worker to the biggest builder in the respective region. Each of the two huge open world scenarios, inspired by regions in the US and Germany, offers an extensive campaign in which players start their own construction company. With guidance from a mentor, players have to build their company from scratch to gradually land more and more exciting assignments when they expand their business. Tasks such as restoring a harbor to attract more tourists or giving a run-down city center a new lease of life will demand all their skills. More than 90 exciting tasks and 100+ hours of gameplay fun are awaiting simulator fans in the most comprehensive and authentic construction simulation of the popular series to date.
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HYPER DEMON is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a first-person shooter from Sorath which claims to be "like no other." That's a lofty ambition, but the madcap Launch Trailer and new Gameplay Video do a lot to support the premise. Be careful, this carries a photosensitivity seizure warning: "This game contains intense visuals including stroboscopic effects." Here's what you get if you can overcome the flashing lights:
HYPER DEMON is an FPS like no other..
a pearl of lightning. a dream from the future. a drop of poison. a swan song.
The faster you slay demons, the harder the game and the higher your score.
There is an end
will it see you?

  • Master minimal controls that open up a plethora of weapons and abilities for deep and spectacular combos.
    Collect gems to buff your shot and rapid or grab them to charge laser attacks and skillfully unleash cataclysmic super moves.
  • Groundbreaking spherical projection gives the player wide peripheral vision without pinching and shrinking the center of the screen like a traditional linear perspective, allowing fields of view up to 180 degrees.
    A unique red holographic “rear view” overlay gives the player a full 360 degree sensory awareness of threats.
  • Challenge your Steam and Discord friends’ scores or take the ultimate journey to reach the top of the Global Leaderboard.
    Watch Replays for any run, record and share clips straight from the game with embeddable video links that seamlessly work in Discord, Twitter and more.

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Stellaris Toxoids Species Pack Released

The Toxoids Species Pack is now available for Stellaris, adding new creatures to the science fiction game. The Windows, macOS, and Linux edition is on* and Steam, while the console editions are in their respective stores. But there's something new for all Stellaris players, as there's also a new version 3.5 patch available for the base edition of the game. The Stellaris Dev Diary #267 has details on that. Get your antidote ready, as here's toxic word on the Tocoids:
Paradox Interactive, a developer and publisher of games for foul players, today released the Toxoids Species Pack for sci-fi strategy game Stellaris on PC platforms. Toxoids, a new Species Pack for Stellaris, adds new origins, civics, and cosmetic options to the game, and is available today from digital retailers worldwide. Containing themes of rapid gains at the cost of personal and environmental sacrifices, Toxoids gives players several new options to create and play the galactic empire of their twisted dreams.

Be glad you can watch, but not smell, the Toxoids launch trailer:
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Dual Universe Demo

Dual Universe is getting set to launch next week, offering a first-person MMOG. But the opportunity to check out the game's science fiction setting is upon us today, as a playable demo is now available on Steam. Word is: "The free trial server will be reset regularly, meaning all accounts will be periodically reset. Players will receive a notice on logging in at least one week prior to the next reset date. The frequency of these server resets is yet to be finalized." Here's the Launch Announcement Livestream discussing the game's emergence from a couple of years of beta testing. Here's more of an explanation:
The free Steam trial, which runs separately from Dual Universe’s main persistent server, is designed to give interested players a comprehensive overview of what to expect when the title launches on the platform, the developer’s official website, and NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW on September 27.

In an effort to introduce newcomers to everything Dual Universe will have to offer next week, gameplay within the free trial is accelerated, meaning markets are seeded with useful items at greatly reduced prices. Players still need to make money on their own, but will be able to access the resources necessary to explore uncharted planets, form new business ventures, create priceless works of arts, and experiment with the most advanced voxel-based tools on the market from the outset.
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Iron Man Game Announced

Marvel announces a new Iron Man game is in development at Motive Studio, confirming rumors that have swirled for a while. There are additional details on the EA Website, saying this is the first of several new collaborations between Marvel Studios and Electronic Art. The game is currently in preproduction, so it doesn't yet have a release date. Here are some stark details:
Developed in collaboration with Marvel Games, the game will feature an original narrative that taps into the rich history of Iron Man, channeling the complexity, charisma, and creative genius of Tony Stark, and enabling players to feel what it’s like to truly play as Iron Man.

GeForce RTX 4090 Next Month

To the surprise of no one, NVIDIA finally announced its RTX 40-series GPUs at its event today. What may be a surprise is the power being promised, as the 4090 is said to offer 4X the performance of the 3090. Word is this will be available October 12th starting at $1599, and the GeForce RTX 4080 16GB and 12GB will follow in November. This post has the news, the NVIDIA Website has more details, and this trailer shows off the new cards. NVIDIA also announces DLSS 3 the next iteration of its accompanying technology that combines DLSS Super Resolution, all-new DLSS Frame Generation, and NVIDIA Reflex. The presentation included DLSS 3 videos showing off NVIDIA Racer RTX, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Cyberpunk 2077. Here's word:
GeForce RTX 40 Series of GPUs support DLSS 3, an AI-powered performance multiplier that kicks off a new era of NVIDIA RTX neural rendering for games and applications. DLSS 3 builds on the company’s lead in AI-accelerated super-resolution techniques to deliver outstanding image quality and up to 4x the performance of brute-force rendering, plus the quick responsiveness that defines a comprehensive gaming experience.

Powered by new fourth-generation Tensor Cores and a new Optical Flow Accelerator on GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, DLSS 3 is the latest iteration of the company’s critically acclaimed Deep Learning Super Sampling technology and introduces a new capability called Optical Multi Frame Generation. Optical Multi Frame Generation generates entirely new frames, rather than just pixels, delivering astounding performance boosts. Because DLSS Frame Generation executes as a post-process on the GPU, it can boost frame rates even when the game is bottlenecked by the CPU.
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RTX Portal Announced

Included in NIVIDIA's announcements today is the announcement of Portal with RTX, an updated version of Valve's classic puzzle game that takes advantage of the horsepower of NVIDIA's RTX graphics card to add full ray tracing support. This page offers a World Premiere Trailer and says this can be wishlisted right now on Steam (thanks jacobvandy). Here's word:
Portal with RTX exemplifies the incredible power of our new, beyond fast GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics cards, and the capabilities of our NVIDIA RTX Remix modding platform. Every frame of gameplay is upgraded with stunning full ray tracing, new, hand-crafted hi-res physically based textures, and new, enhanced high-poly models evocative of the originals. Performance is accelerated with NVIDIA DLSS 3, allowing the game to run incredibly smoothly, and system latency is minimized using NVIDIA Reflex. And it was all built collaboratively by NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios.

In Portal with RTX, full ray tracing transforms each level, enabling light to bounce and be affected by the scene’s geometry and materials. Every light is ray-traced and casts shadows, global illumination indirect lighting naturally illuminates and darkens rooms, volumetric ray-traced lighting scatters through fog and smoke, and shadows are pixel perfect.
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RTX Remix Plans

The RTX Portal news above includes the announcement that the RTX Remix tool used to create this will be release for free, allowing the creation of graphics enhancement mods for classic games. Here's more:
RTX Remix is able to capture the textures, geometry, lighting, and cameras thanks to an innovative, custom D3D9 Runtime called the RTX Remix Runtime. Classic games like Morrowind use the D3D9 runtime to send draw calls (rendering instructions) to the GPU. RTX Remix Runtime intercepts those draw calls, interprets them into distinct assets, and reassembles those assets into an identical scene. From there, RTX Remix converts the assets and scene into the widely adopted Universal Scene Description (USD) open 3D framework, which is the foundation of the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for building and operating custom 3D pipelines.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Closed Beta Next Month

Fatshark announces that closed beta testing for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will run from October 14-16 as it prepares to launch the co-op action game. Here's the recent Gamescom 2022 Trailer to inspire you. A post on Steam has details on the plan, including how to participate if you aren't already signed up:
Best start clearing your calendar on the 14th -16th of October! We’re opening the gates of Tertium for a Closed Beta Test on PC (Steam & Microsoft Store). So, if you haven’t already - fill out the survey and you’ll get the chance to join in on the carnage.

If you haven't completed the survey, you won't be eligible to receive a test key - so click the link and make sure to complete it!

If you’ve already filled out the survey we sent out last month, you don’t need to do anything else. We’ll notify you if you're accepted to test and deliver download instructions when we get closer to the date. For more information, read the FAQ.

Super Buff HD Announced

Developer Buffcorp and publisher Digerati announce Super Buff HD, a fast-paced first-person shooter coming "soon" to Steam. This is a new title for a project previously known simply as Buff, reflecting how even more jacked it has become. The Announce Trailer shows how wildly this succeeds at innovating the genre, showing stylish untextured graphics, and battles against buildings, giant mushroom creatures, and autonomous garbage cans. Basically it makes Serious Sam seem serious. Here's word on the game's tiny development team:
A skate-surf-FPS designed with high-mobility and low-expectation in mind, Super Buff HD is the creation of Egypt-based developer, Buffcorp, aka Omar Samir. Lead programmer and self-proclaimed supreme leader on the project, Super Buff HD is Samir's first 'mostly solo' game, having worked previously as a contract dev on what he describes as "dirty deeds done dirt cheap."

Helping Samir on Super Buff HD are two associates he currently regards as "good friends" – Cayden, who handles all the sounds in the game and occassionally helps out with "some art and level stuff," and Christian, who Samir describes as "a programming prodigy" and "basically the next John Carmack."
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Unholy Announced

Publisher HOOK and Polish developer Duality Games announce Unholy, a psychological horror game coming to PC and consoles in 2023. This will cover two settings, a desolate post-Soviet town in Eastern Europe, and a "grotesque" religious society called Unholy. Here's the Steam Listing, here's a quick Teaser Trailer, and in the name of all that's holy, here are some details:
HOOK, the recently formed indie label of global video game publisher Digital bros, and Polish developer Duality Games have released a brand new teaser trailer as part of the recent Tokyo Game Show for Unholy, the new first-person psychological horror experience coming to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X in 2023.

Unholy follows the disappearance of a young child from a run down, unwelcoming post-soviet town. Using exploration, puzzle solving and innovative combat mechanics, players will traverse between reality and a twisted Unholy world to unveil the terrifying truth.
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Everdream Valley Demo

Do you ever dream of living on a pastoral farm? Well Everdream Valley has you covered with a playable demo of this agrarian adventure on Steam. The Demo Announcement Trailer shows how this will allow you to get your ducks in a row. Here's word on how this will allow you to reap what you sow:
What could be more fun than a summer holiday with your grandparents in the countryside? When the sun shyly looks over the horizon, and a rooster crows cock-a-doodle-doo, another busy day starts on the farm! Ever since your grandparents appointed you a Junior Farmer, your responsibilities include sowing, taking care of the plants, crafting some materials and, of course, feeding, breeding and petting the animals!
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Out of the Blue

I mentioned my amazement years ago at how hard it's become for us to get appointments for our annual physicals. It got to the point where we started scheduling the next year's checkups at the end of the years'. It turns out this level of preparation is still not sufficient. We had appointments today, but got the call yesterday saying they need to be rescheduled. It's not like I was looking forward to this, but I was looking forward to getting it over with. They haven't rescheduled us yet, but hopefully our new appointments won't be a year out.

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