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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022

Silent Hill 2 Remake Announced

At today's SILENT HILL Transmission, Konami broke its silence on several games, including a Silent Hill 2 Remake in the works at horror specialist Bloober Team. The PlayStation.Blog describes how the classic psychological/horror game is being rebuilt from the ground up on Unreal Engine 5 for release on PC and PlayStation. Here's a new Teaser Trailer, the Steam Listing, and a bit on the plan:
Silent Hill 2 is a beloved and timeless classic – it’s almost a cliche to say it out loud, but it’s just so true for many of the Bloober Team members. This is also the reason why we approach working on the remake with such great care and respect for the original game.

With that in mind, one of our primary goals is to preserve the atmosphere that made Silent Hill 2 so exceptional, while also modernizing many aspects of the game’s overall gameplay. We are working closely with the original creators, including Akira Yamaoka and Masahiro Ito, to ensure we’re keeping that unique Silent Hill feel intact.

One of the new elements that you could spot in the reveal trailer is the adoption of an over-the-shoulder camera. With that change we want to immerse players even deeper into the game, make them feel like they are a part of this unreal world, and deliver them a more visceral experience across the board.
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SILENT HILL f, Silent Hill: Townfall, and SILENT HILL: Ascension Revealed

The other Silent Hill game announcements mentioned above are a little more vague, so we don't have details on platforms or release plans. This tweet discusses the official reveal for SILENT HILL f, a new story set in the swinging 60s. There's a Teaser Trailer with a first creepy look at what to expect. Meanwhile, this tweet unveils Silent Hill: Townfall, a "brand new entry in the series" in the works at No Code and Annapurna Interactive. This one has a Teaser Trailer as well. Last but not least, this tweet unveils SILENT HILL: Ascension, an "interactive streaming series where the entire community shapes the canon of Silent Hill." This is coming next year from Bad Robot Games, Behaviour Interactive, and others. This also has its own Teaser Trailer as well as an Official Website. Here are the first scant details on each project:
SILENT HILL f – will be a completely new story set in 1960's Japan featuring a beautiful, yet horrifying world. Written by Ryūkishi07, famed for Japanese visual novels dealing with murder mysteries, psychological and supernatural horror.

SILENT HILL: Townfall, a co-production with Annapurna Interactive (Stray) and multiple BAFTA award winning No Code Studios (Stories Untold, Observation).

SILENT HILL: Ascension introduces a new interactive video streaming experience for the series.
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The Valiant Released

The Valiant is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store,*, and Steam, kicking off a "journey of brotherhood and redemption" in this squad-based RTS set during the crusades. The Release Trailer sets up the story and shows off gameplay. Here's word:
The world is facing untold evil and suffering. A former crusader, Urlich von Grevel has found a piece of a mysterious artifact - the Rod of Aaron. Corrupted by the unholy powers of the relic, Ulrich strives to find the missing pieces and eliminate everything and everyone in his way. If he can unify the rod, he will gain powers no mortal should ever have. It falls upon Theoderich, his former brother-in-arms, to raise his sword again and gather a band of loyal and brave companions to stop Ulrich at all costs.

Embark on an epic adventure in this new tactical RTS. Command specialized units, use their skills wisely, and see them gain experience from battle to battle in the 15-mission-long single-player campaign, or fight your way through the hordes of the Last Man Standing co-op mode for 3 players.
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Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Dies

A post on Steam announces the abrupt delisting of Warhammer 40,000: Regicide (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). This can still be installed for offline mode, but is no longer offered for sale. The turn-based strategy game launched seven years ago. But there's no word from Hammerfall Publishing on why the hammer has fallen:
Unfortunately, we regretfully announce the immediate closure of the servers and will be unlisting the Steam Release, Google Play Store, and the Apple App Store from Today, the 19th of October, 2022.

For Game Preservation, Offline mode will still work for prior installs.

Hammerfall will be venturing into new and exciting projects in the future.

Zombie Cure Lab Early Access in December

Developer Thera Bytes and publisher Aerosoft announce December 7th as the Steam Early Access release date for Zombie Cure Lab. This is a sandbox building and management sim where you work towards not just surviving the inevitable zombie apocalypse, but curing it. The game will arrive in on December 7th. A new trailer celebrates the news with a look at gameplay. Here's more on this chance to be Legend:
As the world ends, the last remaining humans hide underground, emerging to find a whole heap of zombies where their friends once stood. But with a little ingenuity, these walkers can become allies once more!

Command a colony of heroic scientists on a quest to restore the world. Start the adventure by gathering natural resources in the woodlands and summits. Prepare for the first night with fortifications and a rudimentary base, giving the scientists just enough stability and defense to stay alive. With a foothold established, set traps for the zombies and attempt to snag one. Take it back to the lab and attempt to reverse the infection.

Eureka! The zombie is a humble human once more. One down, only 500 million to go!
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Lords and Villeins Next Month

November 10th is the official release date for Lords and Villeins, the "lighthearted pixel art city-building strategy simulation" from Honestly Games and Fulqrum Publishing. The game is currently in Early Access on the Epic Games Store,*, and Steam, and the new Full Release Date Announcement Trailer shows how far the game has come during its beta phase. Here's word on this chance to start chillin' like a villein:
Lords and Villeins sets a lighthearted tone to the city building genre, bringing an experience that is both accessible and relaxing, but does not shy away from the complexity and richness of systems that players can discover and learn as they delve deeper and deeper in the incredibly rich and authentic simulation of medieval feudalism.

At the heart of the game lies an immersive and emotional journey, in which villagers grow, evolve, create relationships, go through struggles and challenges which shape their lives and stories in compelling ways.
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The Last Hero of Nostalgaia Released

The Last Hero of Nostalgaia is now available on Steam for Windows and for Xbox, offering a comedic action/adventure from Coatsink and Over the Moon with a satirical look at the genre. This is on ample display in the Launch Trailer, which calls this "the soulslike you didn't ask for." Here's the pitch:
The Last Hero of Nostalgaia is set in a world that celebrates videogame nostalgia, blending the complex systems and dark aesthetics of its Souls-like inspirations with a reference-packed comedy tale told by a cynical narrator never short of a sharp putdown. The game delivers tough but fair combat, challenging bosses for you to overcome, engaging narrative mechanics rich in lore and a shockingly-rich character creator (kind of). The Last Hero of Nostalgaia draws on the best of the games that inspired it while delivering a humorous and innovative twist on the genre, along with a boatload of nudge and wink references that will delight videogame fans.

The Last Hero of Nostalgaia offers players the chance to enjoy tackling the game’s tough battles and laugh at its funny moments with friends thanks to an online co-op mode. Whether alone or alongside a friend, it’s time to jump into the world of videogames and find what’s causing the blight of pixelation causing it to collapse backwards in time. Nostalgaia is fading away to nothing: even the memories of our proud, cherished video games are being lost. Now, with our fidelity all but gone, at the very brink of extinction, hope emerges to fight back.
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Hello Puppets: Midnight Show Released

Hello Puppets: Midnight Show is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a stealth/horror game set in the 1980s. Some people are known to find puppets especially disturbing, and this will not do anything to cure anyone's pupaphobia. It's easy to understand why with a look at the Launch Trailer and the details:
It’s 1987. You are Owen Gubberson: master puppet maker, and creator of “Mortimer’s Handeemen,” a Muppets knock-off on the verge of cancelation. One night, you decide to try using a magic spell to bring your puppet creations to life. But the puppets aren’t what you expected. They’re sadistic and evil, and they have plans for you. You have one night to reverse the spell and escape the Handeemen Sound Stage alive.

"Hello Puppets: Midnight Show" is a stealth-puzzle horror game. Explore large, intricate levels full of secrets and surprises, solve complex puzzles, and stay a step ahead of a murderous puppet that will stop at nothing to hunt you down.
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Annie and the AI Announced

NoSleepGames announces Annie and the AI, a visual novel/puzzle game based on the birth of a new sentient AI coming to Steam in February 2023. The twist is, rather than being controlled by the computer, the AI is you, the brainchild of a shut-in programmer. If you're busy planning your Skynet/GlaDOS-style reign of terror, you can save your time, as you seem to be decidedly more peaceful than that. Here's a Game Trailer and here's more, including why you may recognize one of the voices in the clip:
Today, NoSleepGames is proud to announce their puzzle-based visual novel Annie and the AI - launching on Steam in February 2023. Featuring actress Katy Bentz (Life is Strange: Before The Storm, Life is Strange: True Colours), Annie and the AI is an emotional and existential story about artificial intelligence, and the bond between creator and creation.

Players will step into the processing unit of a newly-born artificial intelligence - solving puzzles to help it to learn, grow, and - most importantly, question. As the AI gains understanding of the world it finds itself in, players will discover more about its creator, Annie, and her own very personal struggles.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Dachshund and turtle playing soccer. Thanks VideoSift.

UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection Released

UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection is now available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, offering Windows gamers the chance to play UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy. The Launch Trailer shows off the PC edition of the action/adventure bundle. Here's more:
Seek your fortune and leave your mark on the map in the UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Uncover the thrilling cinematic storytelling and the largest blockbuster action set pieces in the UNCHARTED franchise, packed with all the wit, cunning, and over the top moments of the beloved thieves – Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer.

In an experience delivered by award winning developer Naughty Dog, the UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection includes the two critically-acclaimed, globe-trotting single player adventures from UNCHARTED™ 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED™: The Lost Legacy. Each story is filled with laughs, drama, high octane combat, and a sense of wonder – remastered to be even more immersive.
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The Callisto Protocol Not Delayed

Publisher KRAFTON and developer Striking Distance Studios tweet the announcement that The Callisto Protocol will NOT be delayed. This debunks some rumors, and the need for such a reassurance serves as a commentary on the general reliability of release dates. Word is the horror game will arrive as promised on December 2nd, and it will feature a 60 FPS "performance mode":
We would love to inform you all that we will be shipping globally on December 2nd. And yes, we'll have a 60 FPS performance mode.

Nitro Kid Released

Nitro Kid is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a roguelike deckbuilder immersed in the allure of the 1980s. It glorifies the era with its fashion, neon color scheme, synthwave soundtrack, and pixel art graphics. All this is shown off in the Official Launch Trailer. Here's the deal:
Synthwave roguelike deckbuilder set in the neon 80's. Pick your agent. Build your deck. Hit card combos and fight through the floors of INFINITY tower. Featuring 30+ fresh Synthwave tracks by LudoWic, Tonebox and Jules Reves.
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Embers Adrift Floats Out

Embers Adrift is now live for Windows and macOS, offering a crowdfunded fantasy MMORPG that recalls the original classics of the genre (thanks Kapyong). This uses the traditional business model of a base price and a monthly fee, rather than the microtransaction-driven free-to-play model that's been in vogue for some time. Here's the previously released Official Game Trailer, and here's more:
Embers Adrift is a PvE MMORPG focused on group-based gameplay, exploration, and community. Inspired by experiences in tabletop games and early MMORPGs we aim to build a unique experience in today’s MMORPG market.

Come discover a new MMO world made by gamers, for gamers; a world filled with mystery and challenge that brings players together to forge great memories and new friendships. A place where you can give direct feedback to the devs and know they're listening. An MMO you can call home.
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Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Steam Next Month

Crytek announces the Epic Games Store exclusivity for the Crysis Remastered Trilogy is nearing its end, and the updated shooter bundle will arrive on Steam on November 17th. Steam already sells Crysis Remastered, but this will bring Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered to the store for the first time. Word is this will carry a launch discount as well as a loyalty discount for those who already own the first installment:
If players already own the first Crysis Remastered, they will get 55% off the trilogy bundle in the first week. Each legendary game in this excellent-value, all-in-one collection has been optimized and enhanced to play faster and better on today's hardware. Fans are encouraged to wishlist Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Steam ahead of the launch to make sure they don’t miss out on the launch discount.

Crysis Remastered Trilogy features all the action-packed gameplay and high-octane battles in sandbox levels the series is known for updated with improved lighting and visually enhanced characters, weapons, and environments, plus high-definition textures for crystal clear images. The remasters also feature ray tracing and substantial performance improvements. Gamers can choose to lock in their frame rate or push their PC to the limits and play on maximum settings.

REPO MAN Announced

Games Box and ACHARA STUDIOS announce REPO MAN, a first-person RPG coming to Steam. In this you play as a debt collector, but the sad news is that this is unrelated to the cult classic film of the same name from 1984, so any hopes of playing as Bud or Otto are dashed. But word is this is quirky nonetheless:
In this quirky first-person RPG - or an *immersive sim*, if you will - you are a repo man, a debt collector.

Track down debtors, claim their assets, strike deals, deceive, seduce, intimidate. Solve mysteries, uncover conspiracies and dabble in the occult. Mingle among the high society and delve into the shadow demimonde of crime and superstition.

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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue and I were outside the patio doors to my office when she noticed a wasp going into wire hole near a light fixture in the siding. I looked, and in the span of just a few seconds saw about a dozen of them come and go. This is probably something I could just handle with a can of insect spray, but I don't have any great desire to anger potentially dangerous creatures, so we called in a professional. This came up as he was preparing to spray them. I headed inside to safety, explaining that was what I was paying him for. He took care of it pretty quickly, and says we shouldn't see anymore of them by a couple of weeks from now. Of course, last night we had our first frost, so the weather over the next two weeks would likely have wiped out most of them anyway. But queen wasps can often survive the winter, so this was probably the move.

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