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Wednesday, Feb 01, 2023

Apex Legends/Titanfall Spin-off Reportedly Cancelled

A story on Bloomberg says that Electronic Arts has cancelled an unannounced Apex Legends/Titanfall single-player spin-off game called Titanfall Legends that was being developed by Respawn Entertainment. The unconfirmed report is said to be based on the accounts of three unnamed individuals familiar with the matter. Here's a bit:
Electronic Arts Inc. canceled a game based on the popular Apex Legends and Titanfall franchises, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The game, which hadn't been publicly announced, was in production at EA developer Respawn Entertainment. On Tuesday, EA, one of the world's biggest video game publishers, gave a disappointing outlook for revenue in the current quarter. The company said it was canceling the Apex Legends mobile game as well as a mobile version of Battlefield and shuttered Industrial Toys, the studio behind it. EA also delayed the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, another title in development at Respawn.

Management informed the unnamed game's team of about 50 people that EA will try to find positions for them within the company. Anyone who can't be placed will be given severance packages and laid off, according to the people familiar with the matter, who asked to speak anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the press. An EA spokesperson declined to comment.
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Amnesia: The Bunker Delayed

Frictional Games announces a delay to Amnesia: The Bunker for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. The game was expected in March when it was announced just two months ago. Now the release date for the World War I installment in the psychological horror series is May 16th on all platforms. This tweet explains:
Amnesia: The Bunker has been delayed and will be released on May 16th 2023.

The team here at Frictional has had a tough winter with a slew of illnesses that has affected the development. We are a small team and things like this heavily impacts production.

It is important to us to do the game justice, and in light of these halts in production we don't wish to rush the end product. The team is working hard to make The Bunker the best it can be, and a few more weeks will make the necessary difference.

Rhythm Sprout Released

Rhythm Sprout: Sick Beats & Bad Sweets has sprouted for Windows on Steam, offering an action adventure where you beat your foes to the beat. The launch trailer shows off how to play without beating you over the head with it. Here's word:
Every music track goes together with a unique and detailed 3D environment designed around its theme and story beat. Keep an eye out for little events and easter eggs throughout the levels!

All the music is crafted exclusively for the game with creative beatmaps in mind. It results in high sync between sound and gameplay – you'll feel it!
Music themes are inspired by different genres such as EDM, K-POP, Drum’n’Bass, Disco, Lo-fi hip-hop, even Metal, and much more.

Follow Sprout - the Chosen Onion - on his lightweight and self-aware adventure between music levels. Make funny dialogue interactions, full of silly jokes and pop culture references. Help the adorable inhabitants of the Vegetable Kingdom and face a charming cast of Sweet Villains.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - M3GAN. Thanks RedEye9.

Redfall Single-Player Requires Online Connection

One of the answers in a new Redfall FAQ on the official website reveals that playing Bethesda's upcoming vampire game will require a persistent internet connection, even in single-player mode (thanks Reddit). Here's the explanation of the game's online requirements:
Will playing Redfall require an online connection for single player as well as co-op?
A persistent online connection is required for single player and co-op.

Will playing Redfall require a account?
A account is required.

Will playing Redfall require account linking (to your Steam/Xbox User ID)?

Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Edition This Month

This tweet announces plans for Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Edition, which will launch on February 16th. This will bring Flying Hog Studios' first-person shooter to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. This includes performance and graphical improvements and new gameplay that will come to current owners as a free upgrade. Here's the Announcement Trailer with a look at what to expect. Word is: "The Definitive Edition of Shadow Warrior 3 is a reinvigorated, ultraviolent blend of fast-paced gunplay, razor-sharp melee combat, and spectacular free-running movement through a mythical Japanese realm. Test your skills against the all-new Survival Mode, New Game Plus, and Hardcore Mode, and WATCH OUT FOR THAT DRAGON!" Here's more:
Shadow Warrior 3: Definitive Edition launches on February 16 and adds new versions on PS5 and Xbox S/X!

  • Survival & Hero Modes
  • New Game Plus Mode
  • Hardcore Difficulty
  • 60 FPS Performance & 4K Visual Modes
  • Free Upgrade for Existing Owners

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Final Factory Playtesting

Never Games Limited announce Final Factory, a sci-fi factory simulation coming to Steam later this year. This is a new entry in an increasingly crowded subgenre, so we doubt the final part is accurate. The chance to try this out is already upon us already, as signing up for the game's Discord includes the opportunity to get "pre-alpha" access. Here's the Announcement Trailer with a look, and here's a Reddit post by the game's solo developer, who is now working on this full time to complete its five-year journey towards completion. Here's more:
In Final Factory, create a space-faring factory as vast as the cosmos. Design space stations and connect them through careful logistical planning. Use your infrastructure to advance through a sprawling tech tree. Automate the production of a massive fleet of ships that will grant you special abilities and help you defend your base against the local aliens. Explore and expand across space on an infinitely generating map, filled with stars, planets, black holes, the ruins of an ancient civilization, and random item drops that will help your factory.
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Out of the Blue

I've been contemplating getting a hardware key for added online account security. This seems like a question that can take advantage of the high level of technical proficiency here (flattery is always a good run-up to asking a favor). Anybody have any advice to share? I have USB C on both my PC and phone, so that's probably the only interface I would need. I'm basically hoping to maximize security while minimizing effort. The best of both worlds doesn't seem like too much to ask. So, should I just get a Yubikey and call it a day, or is there more to it than that? Any wisdom on the topic is welcome. Thanks!

Secure Round-up
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Creature Features
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