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Skull And Bones Delayed; Open Beta Planned

A Skull And Bones Release Date Update has the news that the upcoming pirate adventure has hit yet another delay. Kotaku first revealed a unconfirmed report that the game would not arrive in November as last planned. Shortly thereafter Ubisoft confirmed the news, saying the game is now due to set sail on March 9, 2023. We also received a press release with further details on why the game is delayed and plans for open beta testing before the launch:
An Open Beta will be held ahead of the game's worldwide launch to ensure players get a firsthand look at the dangerous world of Skull and Bones. Players will have the opportunity to discover the game's unique take on the piracy fantasy, its gritty naval combat as well as the immersive and beautiful seas of the 17th century Indian Ocean.

While the game development is finished at this stage, the extra time will be used to further polish and balance the experience using players' feedback from our Technical tests and Insider Program which happened over the past two weeks. This is the right decision both for our players and for the long-term success of the game asMarch 9, 2023 provides for a suitable release window for this very unique new brand.

Cyberpunk 2077 Sells 20M

CD PROJEKT tweets that Cyberpunk 2077 has now sold over 20 million copies. Here's word on the success of the sci-fi RPG:
Over 20 million cyberpunks have been roaming the streets of Night City – partying with Jackie and getting to know Johnny, driving around with Panam and diving with Judy, hanging out with River and listening to Kerry’s songs.

Thank you and we hope to see you all in the Afterlife!

Steam's Top New August Releases

As we head towards the end of September, Valve offers its list of August's top-selling new games on Steam. This feature has moved, and is now part of the recently launched Steam Charts update. The new home is noted in the accompanying blog post, which also has the following on the games of August:
Summer is the perfect venue for a blockbuster, and August fit the bill with a number of headliners rising to the Top Release marquee. As one of the most beloved superheroes of the past 60 years, expectations were massive for the PC debut of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software delivered in a big way, letting players take full advantage of modern hardware, all while raising the bar for what Steam players can expect from an experience built for the PC. On top of that, It's great on the Steam Deck! August also included the massively-multiplayer Steam debut of Guild Wars 2. Its arrival on Steam coincides with recent in-game festivities and player celebration of a 10 year journey with this award-winning MMO classic.

Overwatch 2 Competitive Overhaul

Another update from Blizzard on Overwatch 2 has further details on competitive play in the first-person shooter sequel. SR is being replaced by Skill Tier Divisions. Here's the explanation of why:
SR is being replaced by Skill Tier Divisions in Overwatch 2. We made the decision to remove SR as a numeric value to relieve the sense of being stuck at a certain rank. Seeing your SR go up and down after each match almost felt like taking a test with the teacher passing or failing you based on each individual question rather than your complete work. It was a lot of pressure, and it doesn’t give players an accurate representation of how they’re performing overall in Competitive.

Tiers still exist in Competitive—Bronze through Grand Master. Each tier will have five divisions ranking from 5 (lowest) to 1 (highest). As you progress through each tier, your division will count down until you rank up to the next tier. Top 500 will not have tier divisions.
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Moonscars Released

Xbox Wire announces Moonscars is now available, offering the debut title from Black Mermaid. The Windows editions of this 2D platform are on GOG.com* and Steam. Here's a Gameplay Trailer, and here's an explanation:
In Moonscars, you will be put to the test as you unravel the mystery of Grey Irma’s world. Every death is a lesson learned – and as you overcome each challenge, new truths will be revealed. As the fierce clayborne warrior Grey Irma, you must push your combat skills to the limit and master new abilities to progress through an unforgiving nonlinear 2D world. Facing off against the relentless, destructive darkness and cruel mistress, the Moon, your quest is to find the Sculptor and unravel the mystery of your existence.
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Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter Early Access

Early Access is now underway on Steam for Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter, an action game that simulates counter-submarine warfare on the Atlantic in World War II. The Early Access Trailer offers a lets play look at the game in action. Here are enough details to fill a poop deck:
Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is an innovative, cross-genre destroyer simulation which truthfully depicts the struggle of escort groups protecting allied convoys against German U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. Take full control of a Fletcher-class destroyer, using authentic instruments and attack procedures to fully experience the full spectrum of anti-submarine warfare.

Destroyer combines the thrill of commanding an anti-submarine warship with the tactical challenge of managing a whole escort group protecting convoys against relentless wolfpacks. The game goes to great lengths to appeal to fans of realism and immersion, at the same time offering a great experience for beginners in the genre as well.
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The Excavation of Hob's Barrow Released

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux on GOG.com* and Steam. This point-and-click adventure from developer Cloak & Dagger Games and publisher Wadjet Eye Games carries a 10% launch discount for the next week. The Launch Trailer takes a look at the games retro art style and introduces the game's central mystery. Here's word:
Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train with her assistant a day behind.

Upon her arrival, however, the mysterious man who summoned her is nowhere to be found. Her assistant never arrives. A stubborn landowner refuses access to the barrow, and the locals are wary of this woman who is traveling alone and (gasp!) wears trousers.
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Winter Games 2023 Next Month

Wild River Games announces Winter Games 2023 will arrive on PC, Xbox, and Switch on October 13th, and later this (northern) autumn for PlayStation 4 and 5. The Announcement Trailer shows off some cool gameplay. Here are some details:
Players will be able to dive into a realistic winter sports game that offers popular snow and ice sports in thrilling, fast-paced, competitive fun for all ages. It’s not winter yet, but winter sports fans can hit the virtual snow from home and compete on slopes all over the world.

Features:

  • Ten winter sport disciplines to enjoy including Biathlon, Downhill, Super-G, Skeleton, Speed Skating, Two-Man Bobsled, Ski Jumping, Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross and Curling
  • Local Co-Op multiplayer mode which allows for up to four players to engage in winter competition together
  • Over 50 nations to choose from and representWide variety of adaptable competition modes and trophies to allow for endless replayability
  • Difficulty options for beginners and pros, making the game accessible for all players
  • Create your own Winter Sports event with a user-defined mode that allows for a more personalized experience

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Deadpool Update, Part Hugh. Thanks Kxmode.

NeverAwake Dawns

Grab your Ambien and your ammo, as developer Neotro and publisher Phoenixx announce NeverAwake is now available on Steam, offering a twin-stick shooter set in a nightmarish dreamscape. This is also expected to launch on PlayStation and Switch early next year. A playable demo was released during the summer, and this remains available if you want to check it out. Here's the Steam Release Trailer and here are some dreamy details:
Guide Rem, a small girl trapped in an endless sleep, through visions from the darkest corners of her mind. Shimmy between projectile patterns fired by disturbing, hand-drawn representations of Rem’s fears, manifestations of vegetables, dogs, classmates, and more as grotesque creatures.

Overcome fear with ferocious firepower through more than 80 levels demanding fast-paced precision. Shoot back with combinations of twin-stick weaponry paired with accessories and upgrades bought with the souls of defeated enemies. Try to defeat foes on the first loop of each level, with each further loop posing further risk of failure. However, souls earned don’t disappear on death, giving Rem the chance to afford the weaponry she needs to break free.
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WILD HEARTS Announced

Electronic Arts and KOEI TECMO announce WILD HEARTS, a "new kind of hunting game" coming to PC via Origin, Steam, and the Epic Game Store and to consoles on February 17, 2023. Word is this "features ancient technology that gives players a fighting chance." That doesn't sound like the hunting we know, and it turns out that's because it isn't. The game takes you to feudal Japan to track down "giant nature-infused beasts." Said beasies are on display in the Official Reveal Trailer. Here's more:
WILD HEARTS takes place in Azuma, a fantasy landscape inspired by feudal Japan, that is now rampaged by the once peaceful Kemono - altering their environment at the cost of citizens’ lives. The Kemono range from plant-infused squirrels to the massive Kingtusk wild boar. After a dreadful fight with the winter wolf Deathstalker, players become bearers of a life-sustaining technology and are compelled to restore balance across the region.

In WILD HEARTS, players journey through Azuma as a lone wolf or pack-hunt with up to two friends thanks to the game’s co-op and crossplay features across all platforms. Players can expand their battle plans and go on special missions while pack hunting, join other hunters in the world or take on Kemono on their own. The game will feature voice overs in English, Japanese, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
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EDENGATE: The Edge of Life Next Month

Publisher/developer HOOK announces EDENGATE: The Edge of Life, a "dark" narrative adventure coming next month to PC via Steam, and to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Announcement trailer is said to reflect "the fear, isolation and uncertainty in the future" the team experienced while developing this during "the most difficult months of the pandemic." Word is this will do nothing to address the long-running epidemic of amnesia in games:
Mia, a young and promising biologist, awakes in an abandoned hospital with no memory of how she got there. With no other traces of life, Mia tries to piece together the events that brought her to the hospital and unravel the mystery of the now desolate city of Edengate. What happened to her? What happened to the world she remembers? Join Mia on her emotional journey to discover any traces of life and the terrifying events that have befallen the once vibrant city. A fusion of exploration, investigation, puzzle solving and meaningful decision making will lead you on an emotional journey and unveil the events leading to Mia’s awakening.
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Kredolis Launches

Kredolis is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering a puzzle/adventure game for Windows from Pharos Interactive. The game is set on a "freshly unsunken" Atlantean island filled with puzzles and mysteries. As seen in the Release Date Announcement Trailer this has a Myst vibe (albeit less polished) until the end when an actual character appears. Read on for the details:
Kredolis players will explore a vibrant, colorful island in first-person using nothing but their wits – and the lore left behind by the island’s long-gone inhabitants – to progress and reveal the secrets of the isle’s past. After becoming shipwrecked in a thunderstorm, players will need to solve innovative puzzles and challenges to piece together where they’ve been stranded and what happened to those that came before them.
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Criminal Dissidia Released

Criminal Dissidia is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a deckbuilding Roguelike. As seen in the release trailer, this features an ACG theme that can help dazzle your opponents with the power of bewbs. Here's a description that calls the style anime, though the game was developed in Taiwan:
Criminal Dissidia, developed by Monoceros studio, is an anime-style RPG combining Roguelike and card battles.

The game is set in a world called Cyria, where players can choose from three different female characters to experience unique storylines.
With a rich set of systems such as the elf system, random maps, skill building, optional levels, card enchantment and fusion, various items and equipment, players can achieve their full potential in the land of Cyria.
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Gigantosaurus: Dino Kart Next Year

Outright Games announced Gigantosaurus: Dino Kart will race onto PC and consoles next year, offering a kart racing game based on the animated Gigantosaurus television series. Here's an Announce Trailer and here's the roadmap:
Go kart or go home in this prehistoric racing showdown! Choose from eight different characters including Bill, Mazu, Rocky and Tiny, speed around fifteen tracks full of awesome obstacles and power up across multiple locations throughout Cretacia.

Collect special skills on the track to create shortcuts or gain a jetpack-powered boost to zoom ahead of the opposition and win the race all whilst steering clear of Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur in the land.
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Morning Previews

Out of the Blue

So the chess cheating scandal mentioned here a couple of times blew up yesterday when Magnus Carlsen explicitly accused Hans Niemann of cheating. And the alleged method of cheating is certainly quite explicit. So here's my suggested headline:

"Chess Champ Has Figurative Bug Up His Ass About Opponent's Literal Bug Up His Ass."

Your move, Pulitzer committee.

On a more serious note, good luck to those in the path of Hurricane Ian. Here's hoping this doesn't turn out nearly as bad as predicted.

Bugged Round-up
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Science

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