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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

Forspoken and Demo Now Available

Square Enix announces the release of Forspoken, a new fantasy action/RPG for Windows and PlayStation. You can find the PC edition on the Epic Games Store, Steam, and the Xbox Store. As seen in our review roundup yesterday, reviews are mixed, and the game reportedly has performance issues, so the playable demo on Epic and Steam may come in handy. Also, according to GamingOnLinux, desktop Linux users must spoof being a Steam Deck to play. Here's the Cinematic Trailer and here's word on the game and the demo:
Today, Square Enix® announced that the much-anticipated, debut title from studio Luminous Productions, Forspoken, is now available globally on the PlayStation®5 (PS5™) console and PC via STEAM®, Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store. In this story-driven action-RPG, players will become extraordinary while utilizing magic-enhanced parkour and wielding a vast array of powerful spells and abilities in order to save the lands of Athia.

Square Enix and Luminous Productions also released a free playable PC demo (via STEAM®, Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store) today. In the PC demo, players will face-off with a variety of enemies and test their fighting abilities with an extensive arsenal of attack and support magic that will prepare them for the high-octane action they can expect to encounter in the full game.
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Warhammer 40:000: Darktide Development Regrouping

Fatshark offers an open letter to Warhammer 40:000: Darktide players. Admitting it fell short on its goals for the first-person action game, this lays out the plan to make things right. This means the launch of seasonal content on Xbox and premium cosmetics are being pushed back while work is completed to address player feedback. Word is the primary focus will be to craft a proper crafting system:
Over the next few months, our sole focus is to address the feedback that many of you have. In particular, we will focus on delivering a complete crafting system, a more rewarding progression loop, and continue to work on game stability and performance optimization.

This also means that we will delay our seasonal content rollout and the Xbox Series X|S launch. We will also suspend the upcoming releases of premium cosmetics. We just couldn’t continue down this path, knowing that we have not addressed many feedback areas in the game today.
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Mahokenshi Released

Mahokenshi is now available for Windows on Steam, giving players the chance to become a mighty samurai mage in this deckbuilding strategy/RPG. A new release trailer takes a look at what to expect if you play your cards right. Here's the deal:
Wielding both blade and magic, it is your duty to protect the floating Celestial Islands from powerful opponents who seek to corrupt them. Challenge your fate and build your card deck to defeat foes and complete missions. Evolve your character with every playthrough, and become the Mahokenshi the world needs.

Where will you start your journey? Will you hail from the sturdy House of Sapphire? The cunning House of Topaz? The fierce House of Ruby? Or the secretive House of Jade? Each house draws its strength from a different elemental spirit and allows you to create different playstyles.
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The End of the Sun Demo

A playable demo is now available for The End of the Sun on Steam, providing Windows and Linux gamers a sample of this upcoming first-person exploration/adventure. The game is set in a "Slavic fantasy world and features a non-linear story with time-travel elements. The news is highlighted in a new Demo Teaser Trailer. Word is: "The demo is quite long and should give You over 1 hour of fun! We did everything to make it as best as possible but keep in mind that the whole game is still in development, so We are open for remarks as we will be still improving some elements." Here's an overview of the game:
The End of the Sun is a first-person exploration and adventure story-based game, set in the world of Slavic rites, beliefs and legends. The small village becomes a place of mysterious events, through which the line between myth and reality begins to fade perilously.

As the ashter (Slavic sorcerer) who is gifted with the ability to travel in time and knowledge about Navia (the otherworld where human fates shape), following the trail of the unusual fugitive, you come to a mysterious village . Unfortunately, you cannot find anyone there, at least not in a way you expected to. All you can see around are burned hearths.
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Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters Released

Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters is now available for Windows on Steam as well as for PlayStation 4/5, offering a hack-and-slash action/RPG from Idea Factory and Compile Heart. The game and its anime sensibilities are on display in this launch trailer, which serves as a gameplay guide. This is available with a 10% discount for either the Standard or the Deluxe Edition, which includes a swimsuit costume set for bonus perviness. Here's an overview:
In Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters, you play as the Goddess Candidates, led by Nepgear, who awaken from a two-year-long slumber to a Gamindustri that has been upended by a treacherous threat called the Trendi Phenomenon. While they've been sleeping, the citizens of Gamindustri have turned to using a new device called the rPhone as their main method of communication as they've been unable to leave their homes while monsters lurk outside.

Now, work together with friends both new and old to prevent the total destruction of Gamindustri as we know it!
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Adult Swim Drops Justin Roiland Following Domestic Abuse Charges. Rick and Morty is the new Ren & Stimpy in more ways than one.

Riot Breach Follow-up

Riot Games takes to Twitter with details on its investigation of reports it was recently breached in a cyber attack. Proving this is the perfect format for such messaging, the update only spans seven tweets:
Earlier this week, systems in our development environment were compromised via a social engineering attack. We don’t have all the answers right now, but we wanted to communicate early and let you know there is no indication that player data or personal information was obtained.

Today, we received a ransom email. Needless to say, we won’t pay.

While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.

Truthfully, any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging. Since the attack, we’ve been working to assess its impact on anticheat and to be prepared to deploy fixes as quickly as possible if needed.
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GTA Online Exploit Warning

A tweet from Rockstar Support confirms dire reports that a new round of exploits have surfaced in GTA Online. The online Grand Theft Auto experience has been a hive of scum and villainy since launching almost a decade ago, so the fact that this has drawn such attention shows how dramatic the situation has become. Word is a fix is in the works, and if you have been affected by the situation you should contact Rockstar Support:
We are aware of potential new exploits in GTA Online for PC, which we aim to resolve in an upcoming planned security-related Title Update.

If you think you might have experienced any related issues, please reach out to Rockstar Support:

Exodus SDK Released

4A Games tweets that it has released the Exodus SDK, opening up Metro Exodus to modification. This page has the links to the download and documentation. The thrust of the EULA is: "you can’t use it for commercial purposes, share it behind a paywall, or sell anything you make with it." Here's more:
We’re thrilled to pull back the curtain and release Exodus SDK for you all to play with for free! To run it, you just need to have Metro Exodus (2019) or Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition installed on your machine. This isn’t just simple mod support – we’re giving you our full Editor as it was the day we released Metro Exodus, with the ability to create standalone content run from a basic executable. We’ve integrated support, so it’s really easy to manage and share your content. If you also know visual script, our Visual Script Editor leaves the doors wide open with possibilities, so get creative! Along with some tutorial levels and as an example of a fully featured, shipped level, we’ve included a full unpacked Metro Exodus sandbox level for you to tear apart using our tools. Feel yourself a 4A Games team member – we’ve provided you with everything our Designers, Artists, and Animators have access to!

New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA Support now offers new version 528.24 WHQL-certified Windows drivers for GeForce graphics cards. These include game-ready support for Marvel's Midnight Suns, HITMAN 3, Deliver Us Mars, Dead Space, and Forspoken. They also address some bugs in some specific applications:
This new Game Ready Driver provides the best day-0 gaming experience for the latest new games supporting NVIDIA DLSS 3 technology including Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Hitman 3, and Deliver Us Mars. Additionally, this Game Ready Driver supports the launch of titles supporting NVIDIA DLSS technology including Dead Space and Forspoken.

Fixed Bugs

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Lightroom instability with 528.02 [3940086]
  • Adobe Photoshop 24.1 application instability with 528.02 when using GeForce Experience [3940488]
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: ProRes RAW files appear completely black when previewing [3924753]
  • Autodesk Alias: Expected transparent window appears opaque [3891620]
  • OctaneBench 2020 fails intermittently due to render engine failure [3880988]

Empire of the Ants Announced

Publisher Microids and developer Tower Fire announce Empire of the Ants, a strategy game expected to march out next year for PC and consoles. Microids released a real-time strategy game of the same name in 2001, but the announcement does not mention this. But there is a reassurance the game is based on a bestselling book series, so it's unconnected to the genuinely terrible movie of the same name based on an H.G. Wells short story. It's said to feature photorealistic Unreal Engine 5 graphics, and while there's no video yet, there are screenshots on Steam. Rather than focusing on the ant colony strength of socialization, this game takes the human-centric lone hero approach: "Play as the Ant Savior, whose mission is to lead its 'people' and rebuild a home, protect them, make them prosper and conquer new territories through different seasons." Here's more:
Based on Bernard Werber’s best-seller, Empire of the Ants will offer a strategic experience close to the iconic books series.

Experience immersive adventures and defend your lands through tactical and strategic battles in a microscopic world of epic proportions.

Exploration, strategy, combat skills, but most of all, the local wildlife alliance will be necessary in order to emerge victorious from the many challenges that await you.

WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests Released

Unexpected guests have arrived, as WHALIEN - Unexpected Guests is now available on Steam, offering an adventure game from Austrian developer Forbidden Folds. This puts you in the role of Ernest Hemingwhale, the lone remaining resident of a mechanical whale (no word on whether you own or rent). Here's an Announcement Trailer, and here's more on the importance of being earnest:
Players take on the role of Ernest Hemingwhale, the sole remaining inhabitant of Fin, the mechanical whale. Fin is not only Ernest’s home but also his close friend. When mysterious and dangerous Squiddies begin taking over Fin’s body, he doesn’t hesitate to take down the slimy threats. The origin of the mischievous little beings is not the only secret to discover. The mechanical whale is filled with little details and even more unexpected guests, the Springpeople. Whatever they are up to remains to be seen.

Ernest must use both his wits and special gloves and pearls - appropriately named Mr. Push and Mrs. Pull - to manipulate objects in the environment, solve puzzles, and send the Squiddies packing. Through unique, vibrant, and colorful environments, players delve deep into the inner workings of Fin, meet loveable characters, and help protect not only Ernest’s home but also his friend.
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Out of the Blue

Oscar Nominations 2023: Full List of Nominees. I've seen a few, but I am looking forward to a few more, so I'm not really qualified to comment. But I will say I'm surprised The Batman didn't at least score a nomination for cinematography. Being able to follow along with the action despite the movie being so starkly dark was an impressive achievement. Oh well, competitive art is a pretty weird concept anyway. Something, something eye of the beholder.

Eye of the Round-up
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Breakfast Link




Creature Features
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