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Wednesday, Mar 01, 2023

The Wolf Among Us 2 Delayed

A tweet from Telltale Games announces the a delay to The Wolf Among Us 2. Word is the "difficult decision" to push the release of the adventure sequel out of this year to "do what's right for the game while protecting the health of our team." There's an interview on IGN where Telltale CEO Jamie Ottilie explained this was to avoid unnecessary crunch for the team. This also admits that the reason crunch would be required to hit a 2023 release is because of a switch from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5. Word is the game is now expected next year: "It's now on the docket for 2024, but Telltale does have one major release this year: The Expanse: A Telltale Series, which it's making in partnership with Deck Nine Games. Telltale also has a third, unknown title in very early development." Here's a bit from Ottilie on crunch:
"I've done [crunch], and I don't want to do it again, and it's not fair to ask it," he says. "You can't plan a business around it. So yeah, part of it is about maintaining a healthy work culture. We don't want to burn out our good people. It has been incredibly difficult to recruit the last two years between COVID and the labor markets and the growth in the games industry. So certainly, burning people out or grinding them down is the wrong thing to do long-term. It's not how you build a business. And as an industry, we're terrible about it. We burn our people out. We burn our best people out faster. And as an industry, if we're going to continue to grow, we have to stop it. We just have to stop doing it and make better choices."

Earthquake Relief Bundle

There's a Türkiye-Syria Earthquake Relief Bundle Humble Bundle to help raise funds for the humanitarian crisis caused by the disaster. Word is: "To lend a hand how we can, we’ve joined forces with game makers & book publishers for a bundle 100% dedicated to supporting Türkiye-Syria quake relief efforts." Here's more:

The Türkiye-Syria earthquake relief bundle features over 70 items worth over $1,000, including:

  • Gotham Knights, the 2022 open-world action-RPG featuring Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin; cyberpunk slasher Ghostrunner; epic RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Plus Edition; sci-fi strategy hit XCOM 2; action-packed heist game PAYDAY 2; and acclaimed sim Euro Truck Simulator 2.
  • All 10 current digital volumes of Image Comics’ Eisner Award-winning series Saga, plus the Starfinder tabletop RPG from Paizo.

100% of the proceeds will go to Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, and Save the Children in support of their ongoing Türkiye-Syria quake relief efforts.

Gripper This Month

Heart Core announces Gripper will come to Windows and Switch on March 29th, putting this story-driven "cyberbike" action game in gamer's clutches. Word is: "Players will soon be able to enter the burnout seat of their very own cyberbike as they race through an explosive cyberpunk setting featuring furious dark synth tracks, emotionally charged storytelling, and deadly bosses, each based on a different stage of grief." In the meantime, there's a playable demo on Steam to sample. A new Release Date Trailer illustrates the news with a stylish introduction to the plot. Here's more:
In Gripper, players take control of None, a cyber biker trapped inside a world on the brink of collapse. Long-estranged from his parents, None is jolted back into their lives and forced to save the world from the mysterious AI known as Zero. Aided by his childhood stuffed animal, turned mechanized cat buddy, Kat-Kit, None must race across post-apocalyptic wastelands, explore treacherous tunnels, and defeat challenging bosses by gripping and ripping their hearts out. Working through grief is never easy, especially when the fate of the world is in your hands.

Brought to life by a talented development team whose credits include Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Atomic Heart and Rainbow Six Siege, Gripper is an adrenaline filled adventure, chalk full of action and replay value.
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Sifu Steam Release & Free DLC This Month

Developer Sloclap announces plans to bring a free Arenas expansion to Sifu this month. This will coincide with the launch of the martial arts action game on Steam and Xbox. Here's an Arenas Expansion Release Date Trailer with a look at what this brings to the game. Here's more:
With nine new locations and 45 merciless challenges spread over five game modes, the Arenas Expansion is packing up to 10 extra hours of gameplay into the already demanding title. Masters of Kung Fu will be pushed to their limits as waves of enemies crash upon them in Survival mode, or pushed to perfection in the Performance mode. With Time Attack, players can also battle against the clock on a path filled with enemies. Sifus looking for a twist on the game’s impactful combat can also try the new Capture mode - where players must take and hold a marked area - or Manhunt mode, where a specific target surrounded by protectors must be taken down.
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Two Million Players Feel the Hi-Fi RUSH

Bethesda is on a hi-fi high, tweeting that over two million players have rushed to play Hi-Fi RUSH since the surprise launch of the rhythm action game just over a month ago. Here's word:
Two million players have moved to the beat of @hifirush! Keep on being rockstars!

Evening Interviews

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Tech Is Allowing Businesses to Overcharge You in Tips (may require registration or subscription). I've seen a lot of these where 15% is the minimum of the three easy choices.

Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor Revealed

Funday Games and Ghost Ship Publishing announce Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor, a single-player survival game based on co-op shooter Deep Rock Galactic. The plan is to launch the new game in Early Access on Steam this year. There's no video yet, but here's a description of this "reverse bullet hell" game:
Kill bugs, upgrade your gear, and delve ever deeper into the lethal caves of Hoxxes. Collect and assemble a devastating array of guns, unleash hell upon wave after wave of alien monsters in fast and frenetic combat, and tunnel your way to collect precious riches from deep within the cave walls. Each mission is unique, using procedural cave generation and enemy waves, just as you've come to know from Deep Rock Galactic.

Delve deep, Miner! Once the Drop Pod releases you into the oppressive darkness, you are on your own. Complete the mission objectives set forth by the Company, and make it back to the Drop Pod in time to try your luck at even more deadly and lucrative encounters. Choose your route though a path of harder and harder missions while you grow ever stronger, survive all the way to the very end of your assignment, and finally get extracted alongside your hefty sack of loot.
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Atlas Fallen Rises in May

Focus Entertainment and Deck13 Interactive announce the release date for Atlas Fallen, saying the action/RPG will land on May 16th for PC and consoles. There's a post about the news on Steam illustrated by "glorious new screenshots showcasing the game’s high-octane action and breathtaking environments." These actually look like cinematics, but we'll find out for sure shortly, as we're promised a gameplay trailer "soon." Here's more:
On your own or with a friend, take on a heroic journey through a variety of breath-taking environments, swiftly gliding through the desert landscapes of a vast sand-covered world. Explore ancient ruins and unearth the mysteries and secrets of a fallen society. Fight corrupt gods and extraordinary beasts thanks to the divine power of your shape-shifting weapon. Unlock powerful skills and abilities to build a unique moveset and rise as the champion who will liberate the people of Atlas.

Atlas Fallen releases May 16 on Steam. Register your Focus Entertainment account for exclusive news and benefits!

Merge & Blade Released

Merge & Blade is now available on Steam and Xbox Game Pass, offering a auto-battler/puzzle game hybrid for Windows from Magic Cube. This is not to be confused with Mount & Blade, which is also available on Steam, but has nothing to do with puzzles nor auto-battles. There's a Merge & Blade Launch Trailer showing off gameplay that will completely dispel any confusion. Here's word:
You will engage in large-scale battles with monsters with your own squad which is made using merge mechanics.

After a battle, you can recruit new units using merge mechanics.
By proceeding with these puzzles and battles, you will retake the castles occupied by monsters.

As you retake the castle one by one, your base and squad get stronger.
Your journey will continue until retaking the last castle.
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Out of the Blue

Welp, it's March already. This is the in like a lion, out like a lamb month, and true to that we got a lion's share of bad weather into last night. This spoiled my chance to play with my doggie friends Adler and Sandra, as it cancelled their mom's trip into the office. But it was a two-day obligation, so I'll get to take them for a walk today. It should even be a bit warmer when I get to it, so the contrast with yesterday will be all the more noticeable. And even if it stays cold, I will quickly end up with a thick coating of Labrador retriever fur as extra insulation.

Obituary: Linda Kasabian, member of notorious ‘Manson family’, dies at 73.
Obituary: Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Bob Richards dies at 97. The original Wheaties cover athlete.
Obituary: R.I.P. "Black Lagoon" Star Ricou Browning. Here's a musical tribute.

Insular Round-up
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