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Monday, Mar 20, 2023

WWE 2K23 Released

2K announces the release of WWE 2K23, a new installment in this simulation of the simulated sport of professional wrestling. This is available for PC and consoles, but that's a decision for you to wrestle with. If you opt for the Windows edition, it's available on Steam. There are already four DLC packs for this, as well as sales of the game's virtual currency. Here are more details to grapple with:

WWE 2K23 features an array of new features and improvements on existing fan-favorites:

  • WarGames: The much-requested, chaotic and action-packed WarGames makes its debut in WWE 2K23 and delivers heart-pounding 3v3 and 4v4 single player or multiplayer mayhem inside two side-by-side rings, surrounded by a double-steel cage;
  • “You Can’t Beat Me” 2K Showcase Starring John Cena: Conquering John Cena in the ring is an accolade few Superstars can claim. In an unprecedented twist on the 2K Showcase, players will step into the boots of several of Cena’s toughest competitors with one goal in mind: defeat the man who will “Never Give Up.” Spanning his 20-year WWE career and narrated by Cena himself, this interactive sports entertainment documentary uses 2K’s unique Slingshot Tech for a seamless transition from gameplay to live-action footage to bring pivotal moments in each match to life. Check out the official “Even Stronger” Showcase trailer here;
  • MyFACTION: Now featuring online multiplayer action, the team-building mode in which players collect, manage, and upgrade an array of WWE Superstars and Legends to create their ultimate four-person factions returns.* Regular post-launch content in the form of scheduled Live Events will arrive year-round, offering a single-player experience with unique matchups curated by WWE 2K designers, as well as the new Pink Diamond card tier set to arrive post-launch. Players can collect multiple iterations and MyFACTION exclusive looks for favorite Superstars, from the most coveted historic looks to the most up-to-date changes happening on TV;

Sonic Frontiers Free Update This Week

SEGA announces a free content update called Sights, Sounds, and Speed will race out on Wednesday for Sonic Frontiers on all platforms. This is the first of three such releases planned for this year, and it will bring new features including a Jukebox, Photo Mode and new challenge modes. Here are the details:
To learn more, see below for a breakdown of the new features:

  • New Challenge Modes - After completing the main story campaign, players can access new challenge modes – Cyber Space Challenge and Battle Rush – via the title screen. The Cyber Space Challenge is a time-attack mode where players will compete against the clock to complete multiple Cyber Space stages in a row. Additionally, Sonic Frontiers will offer Battle Rush, a timed-battle mode where you fight multiple enemies, Guardians and Titans in one go.
  • Photo Mode - To capture memories of their time on the Starfall Islands, players can open the pause menu to access Photo Mode, which will pause gameplay and bring up a camera that is freely moveable.
  • Jukebox - Players can listen to their favorite Sonic songs all throughout the Starfall Islands with the new Jukebox. With 53 song tracks available, players will have instant access to 13 songs, and can unlock the remaining 40 songs by collecting Sound Memories on each island.

Stay tuned as two additional updates to Sonic’s open-zone, action-packed adventure will arrive later this year, including new features, challenges, playable characters and more.

SubwaySim Hamburg in May

Publisher Aerosoft and developer HR Innoways announce SubwaySim Hamburg, a subway simulation that will arrive on PC on May 16th. Here's the Steam Listing. This does not lend itself to open-world gameplay, but word is it will allow you to go slightly off-track: "Additionally, players will be able to explore their surroundings off the train in freeplay mode, where they’ll be able to walk around the map at each station." Here's an English-language trailer with the latest look. If this all sounds a little quotidian, this excerpt is not going to alter your opinion:
SubwaySim Hamburg also features a timetable mode, which lets players realistically relive the everyday life of a subway conductor. With numerous functions to discover in the highly detailed conductor’s cab, every journey will have its own lessons and surprises, and when the train reaches its last stop, the excitement continues!
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Project Sirius Getting "New Framework"

A regulatory announcement from CD PROJEKT has the English version of an "impairment allowance" the Polish developer is putting on the books regarding Project Sirius (thanks TweakTown). This project was recently revealed with the following description: "Game developed by The Molasses Flood with support from the CD PROJEKT RED team, set in The Witcher universe. Compared to existing CD PROJEKT RED games, this one targets a much broader audience. Sirius will include single player and multiplayer gameplay." The new announcement suggests the project (projekt?) is being reworked (reworced?):
The aforementioned decision is based on results of evaluation of the scope and commercial potential of the original concept of Project Sirius, and ongoing work on formulating a new framework for this project.

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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Timeshares: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (NSFW). Thanks RedEye9.

Life By You Early Access in September

Paradox Interactive offers the promised details on Life By You, saying the "most moddable and open life simulator" will launch into Early Access on the Epic Games Store and Steam on September 12th. Word is: "Paradox Tectonic is led by Rod Humble, and made up of veteran game development talent dedicated to building games that enable creativity, freedom, emotion, and sharing. The studio is committed to working with the players, making Life by You’s Early Access a shared experience where the community’s feedback will impact on priorities, content ideas, and development as the team brings the game to full-launch." The Announce Trailer shows how this will offer an escape from humdrum everyday life with virtual humdrum everyday life. It also touts high degree of customization the game will offer. Here's more on this upcoming competitor to The Sims:
Life by You allows players to design and live out the lives of the humans that they create in an open game world where everything is customizable. Players create their households, build their homes and tell life’s many stories. With real language conversation and the ability to switch from third-person to direct control gameplay, players will connect with their humans on an emotional level. A wide variety of Creator Tools and Editors will allow players to tweak every aspect of their experience, giving them the ability to live life to the fullest - or break the rules, as they see fit.

“Life by You evolves the life simulation genre with modern style, real language conversation, and unprecedented freedom of expression,” said Rod Humble, General Manager at Paradox Tectonic. “The game’s extensive customization tools allow for unparalleled levels of storytelling, and I can’t wait to see what creations players come up with once they dive into Early Access this summer.”
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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Story Trailer

EA now offers the Official Story Trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the upcoming Force-powered continuation of the adventures of Cal Kestis. The description includes a confirmation that the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel remains on track for its most recent release date of April 28th:
The dark times are closing in as Cal Kestis seeks out a safe haven far from the reach of the Empire. Follow Cal and his crew's increasingly desperate fight as the galaxy descends further into darkness.

Picking up five years after the events of STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™, Jedi: Survivor is a third person, narrative-driven action-adventure game from Respawn Entertainment, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor™ will be available on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC on April 28th, 2023.
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GOG Spring Sale: Get Lorelai for Free

Spring arrives later today in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Spring Sale is underway right now on,* offering discounts of up to 90% off on over 4500 games between now and April 4th. But this is not our first rodeo with GOG. and sure enough, the sale will include a few 100% discounts as well. Lorelai is the first of these giveaways, and the action/adventure is free to keep to all who are subscribed to the GOG newsletter. You have three days to lay your claim, and it's safe to assume other giveaways will follow. Here's a bit on how Lorelai concludes a trilogy:
Lorelai, by Harvester Games, is the conclusive part of R. Michalski's Devil Came Through Here adventure game trilogy, alongside The Cat Lady (2012) and Downfall (2016).

A brand new horror adventure with an immersive story and world in full HD. An engaging soundtrack by micAmic and guest artists, English voice acting and Xbox controller support.

Lorelai will take you on a whirlwind journey through an engrossing psychological thriller suitable for adults, soon! More information, screens and trailers forthcoming.
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Rebel Moon RPG: The Snyder Hype

Highlighting some comments from The Nerd Queens Podcast by Zack Snyder, VGC shares indications that the director's upcoming movie Rebel Moon will be accompanied by an RPG using the same setting. It's like he channeled his inner Mark Ruffalo and Peter Molyneux, as this seems to be equal parts leak and hype. Netflix's gaming ambitions have so far been in the mobile space, but Zack is talking about a game that sounds like it has greater scope than your typical mobile fare:
“And I was like, ridiculous scale is clearly the scale that we should be doing it.

“And they were like: ‘Well, it’s going to take so much time, we’ve got to do all these brain dumps, you’ve got to tell us everything in the universe, what’s happening, the science.’ And I was like: ‘It’s fine, I’m happy to do it, let’s go all the way.’

Snyder added that the game would offer “a completely realised universe and it’s really going to be fun”, before saying “anyway, I’m not supposed to talk about it” and changing the subject.

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Trinity Fusion Early Access Next Month

A new Announce Trailer for Trinity Fusion reveals plans to bring this roguelite action/platformer to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. This led to noticing the game now has an Early Access release date on Steam, saying it will arrive on April 13th. At least in this branch of the multiverse:
The various branches of the multiverse are always changing. Fight through a combination of procedurally-generated levels as well as hand-crafted challenges and arenas that will put your skills to the test. Levels with 3D graphics are seamlessly constructed out of hundreds of custom-made rooms.

With weapons and attack systems that leverage our previous experience working on fighting games. You’ll slide, dash and dodge between enemy attacks and strike back with an arsenal of satisfying special weapons and abilities.
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Out of the Blue

Today is the vernal equinox, also known as the spring equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. This marks the first day of northern spring, astronomically speaking. The magic happens at 21:24 UTC, or 5:24 pm EDT, so let's synchronize our watches. Sadly for our friends down under, this marks the end of summer, but I'm not going to feel too guilty, as I'm definitely ready for some spring up here. I had a moment with a mourning dove outside the window this morning as I made coffee, and we seemed to be in agreement about this. There's an interesting article about the equinox on explaining that today won't actually have equal amounts of light and dark, and how changes to the Earth's orbit are causing the equinox to arrive earlier and earlier. This used to happen most commonly on the 21st, but now is more likely to be the 20th. Next year it will be the 19th. I won't complain. By then I will surely once again be ready for some more spring.

Sprung Round-up
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