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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Star Trek: Resurgence Released

Star Trek: Resurgence is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store, as publisher Bruner House and developer Dramatic Labs hope to inspire a resurgence in narrative Star Trek adventures. It doesn't carry a direct launch discount, but it's covered by the 25% Epic Coupon as part of the ongoing Megasale. The Launch Trailer reveals some cameos and touches on plot points, including the Trek standby of the erratic commander. Here's a bit from the Captain's Log:
Star Trek: Resurgence is a narrative adventure game featuring dialog choices, relationship building, and exploration. Alongside dialog-driven role playing and rich branching storylines, you will also engage with the Star Trek universe in a variety of other gameplay styles, including shuttle piloting, phaser fights, tricorder scanning, stealth, and micro-gameplay mechanics.
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Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Shoots Out

Everyone interested in a first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40K universe should bolt over to Steam, where Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is now available for Windows. You can also find this for PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch, with 10% launch discounts available across the board. The Launch Trailer shows off some good, old-fashioned boomer shooter gameplay. Here's more on this chance to take on the role of a Space Marine:
Load up your Boltgun and plunge into battle headfirst! Experience a perfect blend of Warhammer 40,000, classically frenetic FPS gameplay, and the stylish visuals of your favorite ‘90s retro shooters. Play as a battle-hardened Space Marine on a perilous mission across the galaxy as you fight against the Chaos Space Marines and Daemons of Chaos.

In glorious boomer-shooter style, unleash your devastating Space Marine arsenal as you blast through an explosion of sprites, pixels and blood. Run, jump and charge across huge levels to shoot, shred and slice the worst heretics across the galaxy! BLAST cultists apart with your mighty Boltgun! SMASH traitors with your Charge! SHRED the spawn of the Archenemy with your Chainsword! OBLITERATE hordes of foes with an array of iconic weapons!
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After Us Released

Developer Piccolo and publisher Private Division have released After Us for Windows on Steam and for consoles, offering a new adventure game. Be warned this requires a controller, even on PC. From the title, this could be paranoia-themed, but it's about the post-humanity future of the Earth, not that this won't provoke a little paranoia too. An Official Launch Trailer provides a moody look at a bleak future as well as some hints at an optimistic outcome. This announcement has Piccolo's thoughts on the news. Here's more, including word on the included soundtrack:
After Us (Original Soundtrack) is included with your game purchase on Steam. Experience the stunning atmospheric original soundtrack of After Us, composed by Daniel Elms. Comprised of 46 songs with a runtime of well over 3 hours, this score captures the emotional exploration of desolation and hope that players find within the game.

Play as Gaia, the Spirit of Life, and navigate stunning platforming environments in an abstract world to salvage the souls of extinct animals. Revive these creatures after learning their final fate: the last whale harpooned, the final eagle caged, the last deer hunted down, and more, while you survive encounters with dangerous, oil-covered Devourers that roam the wasteland in search of remaining life.
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Planet of Lana Released

Lana! Planet of Lana is now available for Windows, having settled into a stable orbit around the Epic Games Store, GOG.com,* and Steam (it's also available for Xbox and Game Pass). The Launch Trailer shows off the game's lush graphics and 2D puzzle/platformer gameplay. Here's a discussion of what is seen in the trailer and what to expect from the game:
A new release trailer showcases the stunning art style, rousing soundtrack from D.I.C.E. and BAFTA-nominated composer Takeshi Furukawa, and unique companion based mechanics that made Planet of Lana one of 2023’s most anticipated titles and have now won the game critical acclaim. The new trailer hints at a hidden past that may hold clues as to why gigantic alien spheres suddenly loom in the sky and stalking, spindle-legged robots stalk the lush natural landscapes of Lana’s planet. It also highlights the diversity of wondrous environments you will explore in Planet of Lana, including our first look at new areas never revealed before, as well as giving us a taste of the awe and danger you will encounter as you move between relaxing platforming, tense stealth, contemplative puzzling and thrilling action.

Through dense jungles, sunlit meadows, arid deserts and the cold steel of alien architecture, the bond that connects Lana and Mui is key to survive and progress. Planet of Lana’s unique companion mechanic means Lana and Mui must work in tandem to solve the game’s compelling puzzles and avoid the hazards that lie between you and saving everything that matters from ruin.
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Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos in September

Natsume announces The Winds of Anthos will blow into Harvest Moon two moons from now. Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos will launch for Windows via Steam and consoles on September 26th, offering a new installment in the agrarian adventure series. Here's a bit on this chance to sow as you reap:
The land of Anthos was a peaceful and harmonious land watched over by the Harvest Goddess and the Harvest Sprites, who protected the inhabitants of Anthos from natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, and the like.

However, one day many years ago, Anthos experienced a severe volcanic eruption that threatened life on Anthos itself, and the Harvest Goddess and Harvest Sprites had to use all of their remaining power to keep the people and animals of Anthos safe. This left the different villages across the land blocked off from each other. Some unfortunate souls even got trapped outside their villages, and were unable to return...
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Humanity Is About To Get An “Alien” Message From Mars Tomorrow. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine! Thanks A.C.M.

Total War: PHARAOH Announced

Possibly in response to the news leaking, SEGA officially announces Total War: PHARAOH, a new installment in CREATIVE ASSEMBLY's strategy series. The Announce FAQ on the official website says this will arrive in October for both Epic Games Store and Steam. An Announce Trailer offers a scarab's perspective on the news, though we doubt the game will include a dung beetle faction. Here's word:
The Pharaoh is dead, and the people of Egypt, Canaan, and the Hittite empire cry out for a new leader. Many desire the power of the throne, but the path to becoming Pharaoh is a perilous one. As the leader of these great nations, you must overcome societal collapse, face natural disasters and fight to protect your people against invaders from far off lands…

Total War: PHARAOH will immerse players in the turbulent events of the Egyptian New Kingdom period where they’ll determine the fate of three great cultures as they fight for survival amid the cataclysmic Bronze-Age Collapse.
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Amnesia: The Bunker Demo

Frictional Games seeks to lubricate the June 6th launch of Amnesia: The Bunker with a playable PC demo for the survival/horror sequel. This is available for Windows on Steam, while the full version of the game will also come to the Epic Games Store. For a look, a video from a couple of weeks ago supplies 10 minutes of gameplay footage. Here's word on this sample of the game's first-person horror:
The official launch of Amnesia: The Bunker is right over the horizon but Frictional Games has something to tide eager fans over until then. PC players can now download a demo of Amnesia: The Bunker. Available on Steam, the demo is available now and will give players a chance to sample the new entry until launch day. The full game launches June 6th on Steam, Epic Games Store,, Xbox, and PlayStation.

Set during World War 1, players take on the role of Henri Clement, a French soldier who finds himself trapped inside an abandoned military bunker.. but he's not alone. As Henri, players must navigate the non-linear semi-open world Bunker, using all their skills and resources to outsmart and outrun an everpresent beast that learns from your actions. The bunker is also a twisted labyrinth filled with traps and other hazards that threaten to end the soldier's life at every turn.
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GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Reviews

An embargo expired today, triggering a flood of reviews for NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics cards. Read on for evaluations of how these fit into the landscape of gaming GPUs:

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theHunter: Call of the Wild Heading to Australia

Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios announce Emerald Coast Australia, new DLC coming soon to theHunter: Call of the Wild. As the title states, this brings the hunt down under, famed for how desperately the local flora and fauna are trying to kill you back. In addition to new locations and new critters like kangaroos and crocodiles, this will add new missions and a new rifle. It will be available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, depending on where the base game was purchased. You can find a look at what to expect in the Announcement Trailer. Read on for more:
Welcome to Australia! Discover breathtaking landscapes and hunt iconic animal species such as the Saltwater Crocodile and Eastern Gray Kangaroo as you explore this magical new hunting destination down under.

KEY FEATURES

  • • Explore the Australian outback, subtropical bushlands, and tropical rainforests, and experience the natural wonder of its stunning wilderness.
  • • Hunt some of Australia's most iconic fauna, including the Magpie Goose, Banteng, Saltwater Crocodile, Eastern Gray Kangaroo, and a new Great One.
  • • Make new friends and work together to protect the region's beautiful but fragile ecosystem through side and story missions focused on conservation, cooperation, and community.
  • • Expand your hunting arsenal with the new Zagan Varminter .22-250 Bolt-Action Rifle. Light and comfortable to shoot, it's the perfect companion for any hunting trip.

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Annie and the AI Released

Annie and the AI is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering a puzzle game from NoSleepGames. Ripped from today's headlines, this puts the player in the role of the AI rather than Annie. A new trailer accompanies the news, showing off the game's hand-drawn art style. It also features the game's voice talent, as highlighted in this blurb:
Annie & The AI is a narrative puzzle game with a strong focus on existentialism and self-reflection, and the team is very excited to have Katy Bentz (Life is Strange) on board as the voice of main character Annie.

Players will take on the role of Esme, an artificial intelligence developed by the brilliant but troubled Annie, and must solve puzzles to learn and develop their intelligence. As players solve puzzles, Esme will grow in intelligence, and its relationship with its creator will deepen, exposing players to an engaging yet sensitive story.
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Bread & Fred Released

Developer Sand Castles Studio and publisher by Apogee Entertainment announce the release of Bread & Fred, an action platformer for Windows. This is available now on Steam along with its previously released playable demo. This is not exclusive, but as of now the listing on GOG.com* still says "coming soon," and it's not yet even listed on the Epic Games Store. A look at the game's penguin platforming is in the Launch Trailer. Here's more:
Tether to a friend in couch co-op and online multiplayer via Steam remote play, and get in perfect sync to jump, cling and swing across massive gaps and brain-teasing obstacles. Progress from simple snow to moving platforms and crumbling floors in the cavernous Mines. Test Bread & Fred’s plucky perseverance in the face of blustering winds and slippery ice. When co-op buddies feel like dead weight, tether to a literal dead weight with Jeff the rock for a single-player solo-climb.

Timing is key to conquer cliffs and chasms in unison, as one misstep can send both penguins comically careening down the mountain, often in hilarious penguin-pounding plummets. Use in-game emotes to count down to every jump, and play a quick game of Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who takes the lead. After the inevitable falls, re-climb back to previously reached heights, or ease the icy pain of lost progress with assist options like placeable checkpoints and infinite jumps.
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Sniper Elite 5 Saboteur Weapon and Skin Pack

A new Saboteur Weapon and Skin Pack is now available on Steam and consoles, adding new content to Sniper Elite 5, Rebellion's sharpshooting sequel. This Season 2 content adds a new skin and a couple of weapons, including a "grease gun" SMG, which looks like the iconic M3. There's also a new patch for the base game and a new No Cross multiplayer map titled Rhine Crossing, free for all players. All that is seen in a new trailer. Here's more:
The new Rhine Crossing No Cross is also available now and is free to all players. Based on the battle of Remagen at the Ludendorff Bridge in Germany, the new map is set at night. The iconic towers on the collapsed bridge offer the highest vantage points on either side of the no cross zone. With diagonal sightlines across the corners of the map and cover offered by the remains of the bridge, players will have to be at their stealthiest and make use of the dark to prevail.

Cities: Skylines - Hotels & Retreats Released

Booking dot yeah! If you're ready for a luxury vacation, Paradox Interactive has you covered with the launch of Hotels & Retreats, the new DLC for Cities: Skylines, the urban planning game. This is for PC and consoles, and the Windows edition is available on the Epic Games Store, Steam, and the Xbox Store, depending on where you bought the base game (since that's required). For an even more complete experience, there are also three new Content Creator Packs: The Industrial Evolution, Railroads of Japan, and Brooklyn & Queens. Check out the Release Trailer for a look, and read on for more:
Cities: Skylines - Hotels & Retreats gives players the tools they need to build luxury accommodations and tourist attractions to boost their city's economy. Players start with a small hotel chain and unlock more specialized accommodations.

Cities: Skylines - Hotels & Retreats Key Features:

  • Hotel Buildings: Hostels, cabins, hotels, luxurious resorts… you name it! Add a series of hotel buildings to your city on a range of budgets.
  • Hotel Management: Start with one-star hotels and unlock new options as your business revenue and popularity booms.
  • Tourism Buildings: New structures will support your hotels: parks, restaurants, playgrounds, and cafès.
  • Location: Matching hotels with good locations will be paramount, as differing locations will attract different tourist groups. We added 5 new maps for your hotels (3 European-inspired maps, 1 tropical map, and 1 temperate map)

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Alone in the Dark Showcase Thursday

THQ Nordic announces a "mini-showcase" Thursday to show off Alone in the Dark, the upcoming remake of the survival/horror trilogy. Just last month, the publisher announced this game would feature in an August event, but this is separate. Word is: "This 'mini-showcase' is entirely dedicated to Alone in the Dark, featuring not only new insights on the game, but also potentially unexpected revelations!" This will air on Twitch and YouTube on May 25th at 8:00 pm EDT. In the meantime, here's a Spotlight Announcement Trailer to set the proper spooky mood, and here are some details:
Alone in the Dark is a love letter to the ground-breaking original that lets you experience a haunting story through the eyes of one of the two protagonists: play as either Edward Carnby or Emily Hartwood in this re-imagination of the classic survival horror game where Psychological Horror meets Southern Gothic. Explore your environments, fight monsters, solve puzzles, and uncover the uneasy truth of Derceto Manor...
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Morning Multiplex

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Game and Mod Development

  • Adventure Forge. "A powerful toolset aimed at empowering game masters, storytellers, authors, and artists to create their own narrative-rich video games, with no coding required."

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Out of the Blue

It feels like we're easing into the annual game announcement season. News has been fits and spurts lately, and the slow points fit that cliché of "quiet, too quiet" as things get ready to warm up. Things tend to get sporty once June begins, so batten down the hatches.

Quiet Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Stories

Science
Thanks Max.

Media

Creature Features

Follow-up

The Funnies

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