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Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022

Colossal Cave Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

Cygnus Entertainment, formed by Sierra On-Line founders Ken and Roberta Williams, announce that Colossal Cave will come to the Epic Games Store and Steam when it's released later this year. This is a remake of 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductee Colossal Cave Adventure, a text adventure designed by William Crowther for mainframe computers in 1976. If you're curious, this is playable online here. This is now being reimagined in 3D by GDCA pioneer Roberta Williams. Here's a Colossal Cave Steam Announcement Trailer, and here's more:
Colossal Cave Reimagined by Roberta Williams, is an exciting new action-adventure game from the founders of Sierra On-Line, Ken and Roberta Williams. Roberta Williams, the acclaimed creator of the King’s Quest series, Phantasmagoria, and numerous other critically lauded adventure games returns to the fold of game creation, paying homage to the original text-based computer adventure game that inspired her to begin her own career as a game designer, Colossal Cave Adventure by Will Crowther and Don Woods.

Immerse yourself in the world of Colossal Cave, explore its vast caverns and vistas, seek the diverse treasures within, and encounter both friends and foes in your quest to explore this mysterious and wonderful locale.
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Bullet Runner Prologue

Steam is now offering access to the Bullet Runner Prologue, a sample of Bullet Runner, a run and gun action/adventure that's coming next year. You can get in on the prologue by availing yourself of the requesting access button. This post has the Official Trailer showing off your rage-induced rampage, described as "what Doom Eternal would be if Bethesda would be into Twin Stick Shooters." Here's more:
Bullet Runner is like pure adrenaline poured into your brain and veins, just like the good ol’ days with Doom and Quake. You are Jack, and for some reason everyone wants you dead. Buller Runner is a top-down shooter where you run your way through the enemy-filled facility shooting, blasting, and raging through any obstacle set in your way.

“My love for DOOM Eternal is very strong, and I wanted to create my own kind of homage to the Doom series. Fighting and especially the glory kill mechanisms will be familiar for all like minded players, but in Bullet Runner the main character is just a regular badass-Jack'' tells Laura Moon, the developer behind the game.
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Steam Autumn Sale and Steam Awards Nominations Begin

The annual Autumn Sale is now underway on Steam, offering discounts on thousands of games for the next week. It also kicks off the run-up to The Steam Awards. Everyone is invited to nominate their personal choices for these honors on this page. After these are sorted out there will be a chance to vote on the actual awards during the Winter Sale slated to begin on December 22nd. The plan is to unveil the winners on January 3rd. This page includes a Steam Awards 2022 Nominations How-To! Video and the following:
This is also the time to nominate your favorite games from the past year for the Steam Awards! We have 11 different categories this year, including a brand new category for games you love playing on portable devices:

  • Best Game on the Go
  • Game of the Year
  • VR Game of the Year
  • Labor of Love
  • Better with Friends
  • Most Innovative Gameplay
  • Outstanding Story-Rich Game
  • Best Game You Suck At (no offense)
  • Outstanding Visual Style
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Sit Back and Relax

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Gungrave G.O.R.E Released

Developer Iggymob and publisher Prime Matter wish a "Happy Resurrection Day" in announcing the release of Gungrave G.O.R.E for PC and consoles. You can now find the Windows edition on Steam. With no apologies to Duke Nukem, this promises the chance to play as "the gun-wielding badass anti-hero of your dreams" The Launch Trailer takes a look at what to expect from this third-person shooter that's aimed at "combining the best that Eastern and Western game design have to offer." Here's more:
In Gungrave G.O.R.E, play the gun-wielding badass anti-hero of your dreams as you mow down tons of enemies in a gory ballet of bullets and experience a story of vengeance, love and loyalty, all in a beautiful third-person action shooter, combining the best that Eastern and Western game design have to offer.

As the titular Gunslinger of Resurrection, you become the badass anti-hero of your dreams, an ultimate killing machine, brutalising your foes without mercy. Taking cover and retreating is not an option for Grave, he only ever goes full steam ahead, preferably right through his enemies.
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Prison Architect: Future Tech Pack Released

Paradox Interactive now offers the Future Tech Pack as new DLC for Prison Architect, the incarceration simulation. This can be found on the Epic Games Store,*, and Steam, depending on where you bought the base game, which is required. Speaking of the base game, the DLC comes along with a free update for all owners called The Slam, and this forum post has the details. As the title of the DLC suggests, it adds modern tools to help manage your prison population. Here's the Reveal Trailer with a look, and here's more:
Future Tech Pack gives players an upgrade to the tools used to build and manage their compounds. With controllable searchlights, keycard-activated doors, and even two robot dogs, Subwoofer and Byte, more is at players’ disposal than ever to keep compounds secure. Inmates' and guards’ uniforms even receive a futuristic design update. To put this heightened security to the test, players can take the perspective of an inmate in Escape Mode in an attempt to escape the compounds they have created.
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Sea of Thieves Season 8 Launches Faction War

Rare announces that Season Eight is now underway in Sea of Thieves, the swashbuckling action/adventure for Windows and Xbox. In addition to the rewards of a new battle pass, this implements a PvP faction war where players will choose to be part of the Horde or the Alliance Guardians of Fortune or the Servants of the Flame. The Official Content Update Video illustrates the news. Here's more:
Caught between the opposing ideologies of the Pirate Lord and Captain Flameheart, the Sea of Thieves has descended into open warfare. Using the new Hourglass of Fate on their ships, all pirate crews who wish to join the fray can vote on a Faction to side with: the Guardians of Fortune, backed by the likes of the Pirate Lord and Belle, or the Servants of the Flame, fuelled by the hunger of the Reapers and their loyalty to Flameheart.

Once you’ve chosen your Faction, the goal is simple: sink as many enemy ships from the opposing Faction as you can. Unfurl the War Map, dive beneath the waves and enter head-to-head showdowns with crews of similar ability to your own. Fight and win, and you’ll earn Allegiance and unlock Faction rewards!

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HAWKED Announced; Closed Alpha This Week announces HAWKED, a PvPvE extraction shooter coming to PC and consoles. The Windows edition is listed on Steam as "coming soon." In the meantime, a Closed Alpha test is scheduled to begin for PC users on Thursday, so those interested should head over and hit the "Request Access" button. Testing will introduce the game's Hunt mode, which can be played solo or in squads of three. Here's the Announcement Trailer, showing off an Indiana Jones flair that suits this battle between greedy pseudo-archaeologists. Here's more:
HAWKED is an online shooter in which teams or solo players race to collect and extract treasure from a remote island. Players must explore this mysterious island, compete with each other, and battle greedy saurian so called Disciples in an all-out heist for treasure and mystical artifacts. But it’s not just the monsters they’ll have to worry about, other players are gunning for their treasure too. Players will also have to contend with puzzles and traps, hazardous environments, and a variety of other challenges along the way.
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Swordship Next Month; Playable Demo Now

Publisher Thunderful and developer Digital Kingdom offer a new Developer Commentary Video for Swordship, a "futuristic lightning-fast dodge’em up" coming to PC, PlayStation, and Switch on December 6th and the following day on Xbox. But PC players can check this out sooner, as there's a playable demo on Steam. The launguage in this video from the Swedish developer sounds like French, but it features English subtitles explaining what to expect from this action-packed roguelike. Here's word:
In the video, Swordship Game Designer, Sandro, and Lead Artist, Ben, from Digital Kingdom discuss what players can expect from the thrilling chase adventure. They discuss how, from the beginning of the project, Digital Kingdom wanted to explore the fast-paced chase characteristics of action franchises such as Fast & Furious and James Bond. The key element in Swordship is that there are no offensive weapons. Players must use their streamlined abilities, tactics and elements around them to zig-zag, dodge and weave in and out of explosions, turning enemies’ attacks against them, and causing collisions at the last second.

In terms of game design, Digital Kingdom decided to work with a reversed camera angle which allows players to feel the chase and always be in the action. The roguelike structure of Swordship allows many elements to interact with each other, giving a fresh aspect of discovering new things on each new run.
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Aurora's Journey and the Pitiful Lackey Announced

Sony Interactive Entertainment España and the Not so Great team announce Aurora's Journey and the Pitiful Lackey, a run-and-gun platformer coming next year to Steam and PlayStation. Here's a trailer with a look at how this plays. The game is set after the turn of the 20th century when it turns out what was assumed to be a natural phenomenon turns out to be anything but:
What if an ancient comet that crashed into Earth was actually an alien ship torn into pieces? That's what actually happened in 1908 (at least in Aurora's Journey's universe) and that event let to the discovery of the robotos: peaceful, robotic and clunky beings. One of them, Lackey, is one Aurora's oldest companions, and soon will join her in a quest to find her missing father when she receives his journey via mail.

William was one of the scientists behind the discovery of that comet that turned out to be an ancient ship and disappeared four years ago after embarking on an expedition to closely research the remains of the alien ship. Why is his diary appearing now? Is he alive? Who has sent it, if not Aurora's father?
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Out of the Blue

Thank you for the well-wishing for my birthday. As I mentioned, we laid low for the occasion. But there's been some talk of possibly going out to dinner at some point to mark celebrate. I say possibly, as this is something we haven't done since Early 2020, so we're out of practice. This talk may lead nowhere, but it's an interesting development that it's even a topic of discussion.

Topical Round-up
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Breakfast Link




Creature Features
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