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Monday, Nov 21, 2022

Ubisoft Games Returning to Steam

A listing for Assassin's Creed Valhalla on Steam shows a December 6th release date for the Viking action game on Valve's service. This confirms recent rumors that Ubisoft was planning a Steam reconciliation. This reverses a trend that began in 2019 when Ubisoft games started blowing off Steam in favor of its own online store and the Epic Games Store. Back then Ubisoft's Chris Early went so far as to call Steam's business model "unrealistic." Apparently things have gotten real again, as Eurogamer has a statement from Ubisoft saying that Valhalla is not the only one of its titles coming to Steam. The logic presented suggests Ubisoft started skipping Steam to help bring its games to different audiences. Or maybe this is a new approach. Here's word:

"We're constantly evaluating how to bring our games to different audiences wherever they are, while providing a consistent player ecosystem through Ubisoft Connect," a Ubisoft spokespeson told Eurogamer today. "Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Anno 1800 and Roller Champions are among the Ubisoft titles that will be releasing on Steam."

25M Play Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 in 5 Days

Activision tweets a thank you to Call of Duty: Warzone players for helping make the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 such a success. Word is over 25 million players took the plunge in the free-to-play battle royale in just the first five days following its launch. On a related note, this new trailer reflects what's called the "Ultimate Experience" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0. Continue here to read the full story.

Evil West Released

Evil West is now available for Windows on Steam, while the console editions of Flying Wild Hog's third-person shooter are expected tomorrow. This involves hunting for Vampires in the wild west, playable both solo and in co-op. If that's not enough to entice you, the game also features legendary thespian Danny Trejo, as seen in this live-action trailer. For a look at gameplay, check out this recent Gameplay Overview Trailer. More on Danny's participation and the game can be found in this post on Steam:
If Evil West is nothing short of a blast, that’s thanks to an explosive gameplay that rids itself from any extra, tedious worry. Actor Danny Trejo, of badass film fame, is not one to let anything interfere with his smashing business. Naturally, Evil West is just his kind of video game: a satisfying run of adrenaline that brings action fun back to basics.

Jump right into fast-paced, over-the-top carnage in a vampire-infested Wild West. Eradicate bloodthirsty monstrosities in style with an overpowering arsenal of weapons and a lightning-fueled punch, combining brutal melee and ranged combos to dominate visceral boss fights and encounters.
Continue here to read the full story.

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Last Link of the Day: The Surprising History of the Mullet (video). Thanks RedEye9.

Postal III Delisted on Steam

A tweet from Running With Scissors announces that Postal III has been removed from sale on Steam. The studio long ago distanced itself from this installment in the deliberately outrageous shooter series, blaming its poor reception on the decision to outsource development. Word is there was a desire to make it free, but this is prevented by the DRM issue that prompted the delisting:
With Postal 3's DRM issues and overall shittiness of the game itself, the game is officially no longer being sold on Steam.

We didn't have control over the page, so we couldn't make it free before the DRM issues began.

At least people will no longer buy that trash!

Bots Are Stupid Next Month

Developer Leander Edler-Golla and publisher Yogscast Games announce Bots Are Stupid will arrive on December 15th for Windows, macOS, and Linux on Steam. Described as an "ultra-precise" 2D platformer, rather than offering direct control, it requires players to program bots to traverse its levels. Helpfully, there's a playable demo so players can experience how this works firsthand. There's also a new Release Date Trailer with a look. Here's more:
Bots Are Stupid takes the 2D precision platformer genre and populates it with an infinite supply of stupid robots and innovative instruction-based control method. Use the game’s simple programming language to teach your bots how to use grappling hooks, navigate speed boosts and more to reach the exit, then watch as they follow your direct instructions, often dying in the process.

Master the campaign levels or create and share your own with a sophisticated level editor. Create outrageous courses and devise dastardly challenges for players to overcome, before showing them how it's done with downloadable replays.
Continue here to read the full story.

Kainga: Seeds of Civilization Leaves Early Access Next Month

Publisher Green Man Gaming and solo developer Erik Rempen announce a December 6th release date for Kainga: Seeds of Civilization, the roguelite village-builder for Window. The game has been in Early Access on Steam for the past year, a process described as "very productive and positive." Check out the Release Date Announcement Trailer for a look, and read on for more:
After enjoying a very productive and positive Early Access launch, Kainga: Seeds of Civilization has seen huge steps in the title’s development, as well as the depth of new gameplay content implemented throughout. Working closely with an ever-growing community of budding ‘Thinkers’, solo developer Erik Rempen, has created a beautiful and challenging world full of mystery and cultural intrigue, ready to be revealed in the exciting V1.0 launch.
Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Patches

↑ Official patches. ↓ Unofficial games, patches, and mods.

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to me, as today marks the completion of another orbit around good old Sol. To follow up about my phone, I had a normal charge cycle yesterday, so not needing to replace it can be my present from the universe. That's a double-edged gift, as it comes with the reminder that my phone "problem" was me just not paying enough attention to its battery level, perhaps due to my advancing years. The universe can be a dick like that sometimes. But my non-problem led to a few recommendations for apps to help manage a phone's charging, so there's another gift. Thanks to all who offered help. Anyway, as I've mentioned in the past, I like my birthdays quiet. This being Thanksgiving week in the U.S. will help with that. Another gift! Quite the haul this year.

Obituary: Nicki Aycox Dies: ‘Supernatural’ Actor Was 47.

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Sunday, Nov 20, 2022

BattleBit Remastered Testing

BattleBit Remastered is a low-poly MMOFPS that's planned to come to Early Access on Steam next year (thanks PCGamesN). This promises multiplayer battles with up to 254 combatants with high performance thanks to the game's pared-down graphics. There are loads of videos showing off progress on the YouTube channel for developer MrOkiDoki. There's a "Request Access" button for those interested in participating in play testing. Here's word:
BattleBit Remastered is a low poly FPS that aims for a massively multiplayer experience. Fight on a large battlefield with ground vehicles, boats, and air support. Create your own strategies to win in a near-fully destructible map.

Shape the Battlefield!
BattleBit Remastered offers the players the experience of nearly fully destroying the map. Nearly all elements of a map are destructible. The buildings, the skyscrapers, the bunkers... Shape the battlefield as you see fit!
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Nobody - The Turnaround Released and Unreleased

The Steam Top 10 list below alerts us to the launch of Nobody - The Turnaround, which arrived in Early Access on Steam last week. This is a life simulator from developer U.Ground Game Studio and publisher Thermite Games. The good news is the game sold well enough to land on the top 10 list. The bad news is that issues with older versions of Windows prevented many players from being able to install or play the game properly. As a result this announcement apologetically states the game has been removed from sale while the issues are ironed out. Those unwilling to wait for a fix are entitled to a refund. The Official Reveal Trailer offers a look at how the game is supposed to play. Here are some details:
Nobody - The Turnaround takes place in a parallel world similar to our current reality. The story unfolds in a modern metropolis, but not the concrete jungle as you know it. It's more about the undergrowth, the much less glamorous neighborhoods where actual life happens.

“You” are one of the ordinary “Nobodies” in this world. You do not have a distinguished family background, elite education, or once-in-a-lifetime business opportunities. However, through hard work and determination, you might eventually get rid of your troubles and make your way in this realistic society.
Continue here to read the full story.

Out of the Blue

I may be in the market for a new phone soon. One day this week my alarm didn't go off because the battery was drained by the Sunday. I assumed that was on me, but last night it was dead by the time I went to bed again. This morning I put it on a charger and it jumped to 22% charge within a few minutes. I turned it on and it ran out of juice right away. I don't see any indication that this is due to malware, so it may just be the battery has hit the wall. But it's also possible this is all just due to me failing to pay attention (besides the weird 22% thing). It's a Galaxy S9, so it's been through a few cycles in its almost four-year run. I've got it fully charged again, which took a normal amount of time, so I'll keep tabs on it today to try and pin down what's going on.

Obituary: 'Power Rangers' Star Jason David Frank Dead By Suicide at 49.

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