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Thursday, Oct 20, 2022

Redout 2 Summer Pack Races Out

Steam and the Epic Games Store now offer the first premium post-launch content for Redout 2, the action-packed anti-gravity racer. The add-on is the Summer Pack, a title which seems to speak to the uncertainties of game development schedules, as it comes more than a month after the (northern) summer concluded. In addition to inspiring nostalgia for the passing of the season, this includes a patch for the base game. The patch notes have all the details on that. Here's a summery trailer and a summary of the news:
The “Summer Pack” introduces a new environment to the high-speed anti-gravity racer: the Caribbean Dam. This fresh environment introduces four new tracks (three base tracks and a boss track), all of which are reversible, plus 29 new career events and 30 new items such as liveries, colors and cosmetic pieces. In multiplayer lobbies, the new tracks will be accessible by all players in a party as long as one player in that party has purchased the DLC!

Redout 2 also received a new patch today on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC, unlocking a variety of new quality-of-life features along with general UI improvements and game fixes. The patch will be available on Nintendo Switch at a later date. You can find the complete list of patch notes here.

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Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef Released

Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef is now available on GOG.com* and Steam, offering a run-and-gun platformer for Windows and macOS. The game features a hand-drawn, cartoon aesthetic, which can be seen in the Launch Trailer. Here are some details to sink your teef into:
Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef is a hand-drawn 2D action adventure taking you on a wild ride of dakka, gore and explosions! Krump your way through the hive city of Luteus Prime; battle Humans, Orks and Genestealer cultists; and ultimately retrieve your luscious hair squig from the hands of the Warboss Gutrekka!
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The Pegasus Expedition Early Access

Early Access to The Pegasus Expedition is now underway on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com*, and Steam, offering Windows gamers a story-driven grand strategy game set among the stars. The Early Access Launch Trailer sets up the story and shows off some gameplay. This post discusses the game and lays out a roadmap (starmap?) for Early Access. Here's a bit on the game:
The Pegasus Expedition is a story-driven sci-fi grand strategy game set in a key moment for humankind’s survival. Facing an overwhelming threat at home, humanity sends an expedition to the Pegasus Galaxy in a desperate attempt to find a refuge for the population of Earth, only to find themselves in the middle of an interstellar war they inadvertently started.

As you lead one of these fleets, your mission soon transitions from exploration to governance, conquest, and eventually a fight for survival. Players will experience a challenging story where nothing is self-evident and every decision will have its consequences.
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Batora: Lost Haven Found

Publisher Team17 and developer Stormind Games offer the release of Batora: Lost Haven, offering an action/RPG for PC and consoles. The Windows edition is available on Steam, sporting a 20% launch discount for the next week. The Launch Trailer shows off the game's fast-paced isometric combat and interplanetary settings. Here's more:
Avril never thought she’d have to step up and be a hero but after a mysterious and devastating event, her world was flipped upside down. With her homeworld on the brink of destruction, Avril has been gifted extraordinary powers and will have to journey across the universe to uncover ancient secrets and reckon with a series of life-changing decisions.

Throughout Batora: Lost Haven®, you will 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. As you explore, you’ll need to harness 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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Melvor Idle: Throne of the Herald Released

Throne of the Herald is now available on Steam, offering the first premium DLC/expansion for Melvor Idle, the Runescape-inspired idle game for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's a launch trailer showing off what to expect, and here are some details on what's new, which includes a patch for the base game:
Throne of the Herald takes players on an exhilarating new journey through the world of Melvor as they seek answers about the mysterious Herald. Players will encounter a huge amount of new content as they progress through the game, now up to level 120, including new dungeons, new slayer areas, new monsters and a final boss fight to really put their new skills to the test. To help there’s also new items and gear, prayers, spells, curses, auroras and plenty more to be discovered.

Additionally, as part of a free update to the game players will be able to enjoy increased mod support, quality-of-life improvements and access to the highly anticipated Township skill. The Township skill brings a management simulator aspect to the game, requiring players to help with resource management in a town. This is a passive skill that can be trained alongside other skills, and there will be a second expansion to the skill in a future update that will bring combat into the fray.
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Get Fallout 3 and Evoland for Free

Time to put away your wallet and open up some drive space. As of today Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition and Evoland Legendary Edition are each now available for free on the Epic Games Store as its latest giveaway. You have until next Thursday at 11:00 am EDT to make one or both permanent additions to your library. At that point everyone will have the opportunity to get the next freebies, which will be Saturnalia and Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus. Here are quick pitches for today's freebies:
With Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, experience the most acclaimed game of 2008 like never before. Create a character of your choosing and descend into an awe-inspiring, post-apocalyptic world where every minute is a fight for survival. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition includes all five of the Fallout 3 Game Add-on Packs.

Evoland Legendary Edition brings you two great and unique RPGs, with their graphic style and gameplay changing as you progress through the game!

Gotham Knights Reviews

Tomorrow Gotham Knights will be released, and the review embargo is up. Here's a roundup of reviews of the Batman-less Batman game:

AMD RDNA 3 Stream Next Month

AMD announces a livestream event to unveil the RDNA 3 chips powering its next-generation of Radeon graphics cards. The stream will get underway on for November 3rd at 4:00 pm EDT. If you're interested, you can sign up here for a reminder for the event. If you miss it, a recording of the stream will be posted after it concludes. Word is:
AMD executives will share details on the new high-performance, energy-efficient AMD RDNA 3 architecture that will deliver new levels of performance, efficiency and functionality to gamers and content creators.

World Boss Early Access

Early Access is now underway on Steam for World Boss, a new free-to-play first-person shooter from PlaySide. This involves 16-player battle royale combat in colorful environments, as shown off in this Launch Trailer. In what may be an omen, the description says more about battle pass options than gameplay:
In order to become the World Boss, players will need to delete their enemies, unlock powerful perks and weapons and use their wits and skills to rise to the top – and stay there.

Alongside the launch, PlaySide Studios has announced details for World Boss’ Early Access Battle Pass and the new ‘Fresh’ Founder’s Pack.

The inaugural Early Access Season will feature 90 tiers of content, including dozens of free tiers, and bespoke items like character skins, weapon skins, character banner customization options, titles, stat trackers, Boss Bucks, Battle Pass XP boosts and more. The Premium Battle Pass can be purchased in the in-game store for 750 Boss Bucks.
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Sigil of the Magi Early Access

Sigil of the Magi is now available in Early Access for Windows on Steam, combining roguelike deckbuilding and turn-based combat. The Official Launch Trailer takes a look at gameplay and the game's retro graphics. If you're looking for a sample, you're in luck, as there's also a playable demo. Here's what this brings to the party:
Pick your party of unique champions and embark on a journey through three ever-changing worlds full of challenging encounters, rewarding events, and hidden secrets before you face formidable bosses at the end of each expedition. Every champion has their own distinct set of cards and passive abilities that will alter your playstyle with each run. Take advantage of useful treasures, powerful relics, and valuable boons to boost your Champions’ abilities and lead them to victory!
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Morning Previews

Out of the Blue

I mentioned the first frost hit here yesterday. That trend continues today, as it was freaking cold here this morning! It's how I learned that new "news and interests" bug on the Windows toolbar has an alarming exclamation point icon as a weather warning. Looking at the forecast indicates the cold front is not yet a full season change yet. Or skip, since it feels like winter. But it sure does close the door on summer, and is a definite harbinger of what's to come. Anyone south of the equator up for houseguests for a few months?

Chill Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

Stories

Science
Thanks Acleacius.

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Media

Follow-up

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