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Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023

Redfall in May

Here's the Official Gameplay Deep Dive Trailer for Redfall that debuted today with a closer look at the upcoming co-op first-person shooter in the works at Arkane Austin. The clip confirms the rumored May 2nd release date for the game. An article on Xbox Wire by Bethesda's Anne Lewis discusses the game and the release date:
You’ve waited patiently, and now that wait is almost over. The team at Arkane Austin announced during the Developer_Direct showcase that Redfall will be launching on Xbox Series X|S and PC on May 2, 2023 — and they announced it alongside over ten minutes of brand-new gameplay, highlighting what’s waiting for you on the titular island.

Danger lurks around every corner and it’s up to you to clean up the streets. Take on a variety of missions throughout the world and face down terrifying vampire underbosses to make the town a little safer for the survivors. While you’re busy being the friendly neighborhood vampire hunter, you’ll also be gathering intel about the mysteries surrounding the island and its new vampire overlords — intel that will eventually lead you to the vampire gods controlling everything…
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Hi-Fi RUSH Released

A surprise from today's Bethesda Softworks showcase is the announcement of Hi-Fi RUSH, an action game from Tango Gameworks where you beat your foes with rhythm. The surprise is this is available right now for PC, Xbox, and Game Pass, and you can pick up the Windows edition on Steam. The Official Launch Trailer catches us up with the "how we got here trope." Here's more:
Feel the beat as wannabe rockstar Chai and his ragtag team of allies rebel against an evil tech megacorp with raucous rhythm combat! From Tango Gameworks, the studio that brought you The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo (no, really) comes Hi-Fi RUSH, an all-new action game where the characters, world and combat stylishly sync to the music!

Labeled ‘defective’ after a shady corporate experiment mistakenly fuses a music player to his heart, Chai must now fight for his freedom in a slick animated world where everything – platforming puzzles, enemy attacks and even the colorful gags & banter - are synced to the beat.
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The Elder Scrolls Online Reveals Expansion and Two DLCs

More news from Bethesda is the announcement of Necrom, a new expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online on all platforms on June 5th. There are a few articles on the official website for the MMORPG covering the news. There's one covering Necrom Editions & Pre-Purchase Rewards, a reveal of Necrom’s Telvanni Peninsula & Apocrypha Zones, and another introducing the New Arcanist Class. The final bit unveils DLC called Scribes of Fate which will arrive in March and another unannounced DLC that will arrive later this year. Here's a Shadow Over Morrowind Cinematic, and here's a content release roadmap:
The Daedric Prince of Knowledge, Hermaeus Mora, harbors and protects many secrets best kept from mortals and Daedra alike. Now, the One Who Knows’ most closely guarded mysteries are threatened by forces unknown and reality itself is at risk!

Beginning with the Scribes of Fate dungeon DLC pack in March, the Shadow Over Morrowind adventure tells an interconnected story across multiple content releases, including the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom Chapter and beyond.

While all of 2023’s major releases will tell unique stand-alone tales, each one will also build upon and expand the larger Shadow Over Morrowind storyline, including:

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Scribes of Fate Dungeon DLC
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom Chapter
  • Unannounced 2023 DLC

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Gone Gold - Atomic Heart

Developer Mundfish tweets that development on Atomic Heart is complete and the game is now officially gold. This puts the first-person shooter on track for its promised February 21st release date:
We want to bring you incredible news that Atomic Heart has gone GOLD ✨

Thanks to our partners and everyone who is involved in this exciting project!
And, first of all, thank you all for staying with us and supporting Atomic Heart ❤️‍🔥

Can't wait to see you playing 21 Feb! 2022 Recap

A post on talks a look back at last year, discussing the games released over the course of 2022 on the store. They offer infographics detailing the 264+ petabytes of data the store served up and the over 137 million hours of gameplay this provided. Here's the big picture:
That’s right, when it comes to the arrivals on GOG we’ve released 684 games! And that’s not counting the various packs, bundles, special editions and DLCs. But we won’t stop there, with our love for games, we’ll try to push those numbers even higher!

As you can also see, the best-selling 2022 releases include Songs of Conquest, ELEX II and Old World (not a surprise here, all of them are excellent titles). With classic bestsellers The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition takes the cake alongside Alien: Isolation and The Wheel of Time. We are incredibly glad you’ve enjoyed them so much!

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The Day Before Delayed Again

Here's an odd story about the status of The Day Before, an Unreal Engine 5 MMORPG that was last expected on March 1st. Yesterday the game's Steam listing disappeared, causing concern that the project was cancelled or in trouble. In a now-deleted update, developer Fntastic chalked this up to "a minor technical difficulty with our game's visibility," calling this "a known bug that has affected multiple titles in the past." This now appears to be bullshit, as a subsequent tweet admits a failure to trademark the game's title. Without further explanation, this claims this is the reason its release is now being delayed until November 10th, though the mentioned goal "to deliver you the best game possible" suggests further development time is welcome:
Previously, we were not aware of the existence of claims. We found out about this only on January 19, 2023, when we received a complaint from him and a request to contact him.

Now we find out all the circumstances of the incident and we will definitely solve everything.

We previously planned to post a lengthy gameplay video later this month, but we'll have to sort this issue out first. We will post a video asap.

As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the launch to November 10, 2023. We understand this may disappoint many of our fans, however we want to ensure we release the best possible game.
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Caverns of Mars: Recharged Announced

Continuing to plumb its back-catalog for rechargeable titles, the current iteration of Atari announces Caverns of Mars: Recharged is the next game to go on the recharger. A reimagined version of this vertically scrolling shooter first released for the Atari 2600 in 1981 is coming to PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and VCS this (northern) spring. Word is the game will be on display along with two other titles which haven't yet been announced in March at the 2023 Game Developers Conference. The Announcement Trailer shows the modernization in the recharged version of the game. Here's more:
In Caverns of Mars: Recharged, players progress through 30 unique missions set within three primary “depths” of Mars, descending deeper and deeper into enemy territory. Blast through oncoming hostile fire, bull through debris and obstructions, and dodge other obstacles all while keeping a close eye on fuel and ammo reserves. Featuring a unique local co-op mode, players can team up with one partner assigned to navigation while the other player shoots the drone!

Keeping in tune with the rest of the Atari Recharged series, Caverns of Mars: Recharged includes a global leaderboard where players can compete for points or speed, as well as an original soundtrack from award-winning artist and composer Megan McDuffee.
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AMD RX 7900 Adrenalin Drivers

AMD Drivers and Support now offers new Adrenalin Edition 23.1.2 Windows drivers, specifically for Radeon RX 7900 Series graphics cards. There are no corresponding drivers for other GPUs for now. According to the Release Notes, 7900 series owners are getting support for Forspoken along with a few bug-fixes:

  • Support for:
    • Forspoken™
    • IREE compiler using MLIR interface on Vulkan.
    • Additional Vulkan® extensions. Click here for more information.

Fixed Issues

  • AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition may fail to launch with the error message “Delayed Write Failed” on Microsoft® Windows® 11 version 22H2.
  • Poor performance and load time may be observed while playing SpaceEngine™.
  • Missing or flickering textures may be observed while playing Emergency 4™.

Out of the Blue

It appears we may be lucking out on the weather in the area of the BlueTower today. Yesterday the forecast suggested we would be buried in snow today, and the HOA mailing list was abuzz with talk of preparations for digging out. But after a dusting this morning, this ended fairly abruptly. I thought this might just be a temporary pause, but an updated weather report now indicates we're to expect 0.2" of accumulation at most. That's fine by me. I like my hamburgers medium rare, but this well done nothingburger is a treat.

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