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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Bungie Announces Marathon

Bungie announces Marathon, a PvP extraction shooter in the works for PC and consoles with full crossplay and cross-save capabilities. Here's the Official Announce Trailer with a cinematic introduction. The game does not yet carry a release date, but the Marathon Website is here to help us keep up with development. The announcement mentions this connects to the company's "legendary history," but doesn't point out the connection. Bungie already released a first-person shooter titled Marathon back in 1994. This included some innovations for the fledgling genre, but was a Macintosh exclusive, so most gamers didn't get to play it, though the sequel, Marathon 2: Durandal, did eventually come to PC. There's no indication of how the new Marathon is considered to be connected to the original, if at all:
Today Bungie took the next step in its evolution into a multi-game studio with the announcement of its next game: Marathon, a new sci-fi extraction shooter and the first completely new project from the studio in more than a decade. Marathon is currently in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC with full cross save and cross play, and no release date has been announced. Coinciding with the announcement, Bungie released the first CGI trailer for the game, showing off a first look at the world of Marathon, a glimpse of the player characters—known in game as “Runners”—and the game’s bold visual style.

A PvP-focused extraction shooter set on the mysterious planet of Tau Ceti IV, Marathon will see players inhabit the bodies of Runners, cybernetic mercenaries who have been designed to survive the planet’s harsh environments, exploring the lost colony that once inhabited Tau Ceti’s surface. Players will engage solo or in crews of three, searching for mysterious alien artifacts, as well as for valuable loot and new weapons and gear that they can add to their collection.
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Alan Wake 2 in October

The PlayStation.Blog has an update from Remedy Entertainment on Alan Wake 2, the long-awaited action/adventure sequel. The headline is the release date saying the game will come to PlayStation 5 on October 17th. This is Sony's blog, which probably explains why the PC and Xbox editions go unmentioned. But Epic Games Store and Xbox logos adorn the end of this new Gameplay Reveal Trailer. The post also discusses what to expect from the game and offers reassurances to players who never played the original:
Never played the first Alan Wake (or Alan Wake Remastered)? No need to worry, as players who may have missed out on the first game can easily dive into the sequel without any prior experience or knowledge of the game’s story. It was important for us to create an approachable experience for new players without forgetting our long-standing fans. Another key pillar for us was ensuring that we respect fundamental survival horror principles: make the gameplay challenging for experienced players yet easy to navigate for those who want to focus on enjoying the game’s rich, layered story.
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Assassin’s Creed Mirage in October

Ubisoft announces October is also when to expect Assassin’s Creed Mirage, saying the murder-for-hire sequel will arrive on October 12th. A new Gameplay Trailer is here to illustrate the news. Here's word, including an odd typo about preordering:
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will release on October 12 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC via Ubisoft Connect, Amazon Luna, and is also available with a Ubisoft+ subscription. Step into the role of a young Basim – from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – who is haunted by visions as he grows from common street thief to master Assassin. An homage to the original Assassin’s Creed, Mirage takes the series back to its roots as a stealth game, when the Hidden Ones were an established and organized order in ninth-century Baghdad. You can pre-order the game now at the .

New Assassin’s Creed Mirage gameplay was revealed today during the PlayStation Showcase and showed off the return of classic Assassin’s Creed stealth features like throwing knives, smoke bombs, and Black Box missions (large-scale assassination missions that can be carried out and completed in multiple ways). The trailer debuted at the show also highlighted new abilities and features like Assassin’s Focus, which allows Basim to mark and assassinate multiple targets in a row, and pole vaults that let him cross wide gaps as he makes his escape across the rooftops of Baghdad.
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Destiny 2 The Final Shape Announced

A second announcement today from Bungie is the news of The Final Shape expansion now in development for Destiny 2, the free-to-play shooter. Word is this will cap off the decade-long Light & Darkness Saga: "The ten-year journey of Destiny’s Light & Darkness Saga is approaching its epic conclusion and, later this summer, Bungie will show off the first details of what to expect in the Destiny Showcase event on August 22nd." As revealed in this Teaser Trailer, the add-on will feature the return of Nathan Fillion in his role as Cayde-6. Here's more:
Bungie also announced today that actor Nathan Fillion is reprising his role as fan-favorite character Cayde-6 for the Destiny Universe. The legendary Hunter made a brief appearance in a teaser video for the next Destiny 2 expansion, Destiny 2: The Final Shape.

The ten-year journey of Destiny’s Light & Darkness Saga is approaching its epic conclusion and, later this summer, Bungie will show off the first details of what to expect in the Destiny Showcase event on August 22nd. During the livestreamed showcase, Bungie developers will reveal the details for The Final Shape and provide a look forward into the future of Destiny 2.
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New AMD Radeon Drivers

AMD Drivers and Support now offers new version 23.5.1 Adrenalin Edition Windows drivers for AMD graphics cards. The headline here is the addition of support for Lord of the Rings: Gollum:

  • Support for:
    • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™
      • Up to 16% increase in performance in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™ @ 4k, using AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™ 23.5.1 on the Radeon™️ RX 7900 Series GPUs, versus the previous software driver version 23.4.3 RS-577
      • Up to 12% increase in performance in The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™ @ 4k, using AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition™ 23.5.1 on the Radeon™️ RX 6000 Series GPUs, versus the previous software driver version 23.4.3 RS-578

Fixed Issues

  • Application crash or driver timeout may be observed during video playback using DaVinci Resolve™ Studio.
  • Brief display corruption may occur when switching between video and game windows on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon™ RX 6700 XT.
  • Higher than expected memory usage during shader compilation time when first launching THE LAST OF US™ Part I.
  • Intermittent system crash while playing Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon™ RX 580.

The Talos Principle 2 This Year

Devolver Digital announces The Talos Principle 2 will arrive later this year for PC and consoles, offering a puzzle/adventure sequel from Croteam. This is a surprise since we've only heard about this once since its announcement in 2016, and that was when Devolver acquired the game along with Croteam. A new trailer accompanies the news, as do the following details:
Coming to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2023, The Talos Principle II greatly expands on the beloved original with more mind-bending puzzles to solve, new puzzle mechanics, a richer storyline, more secrets to uncover, and the biggest, weirdest world Croteam has ever built.

Set in a distant future where humankind has long been extinct, human culture lives on through interminable robots made in our image. Embarking on a quest to investigate a mysterious megastructure, you will be confronted with questions about the nature of the cosmos, faith versus reason and the fear of repeating humankind's mistakes.
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Concord Announced

The PlayStation.Blog reveals Concord, a new PvP first-person shooter coming to PC and PlayStation 5 from Firewalk Studios. A Teaser Trailer is here to set the mood, though this warns it's not gameplay footage, so don't expect such realistic hamburger physics. There's probably a lot to say about this project, but this article is pretty vague:
Concord is a bringing together of peoples. It’s the power of games to build connection and inspire social play. The Firewalk team is driven by the type of exciting, unexpected moments and shared experiences that multiplayer games create. Every time you log on is the beginning of a new adventure and every match is an opportunity for a new story. It’s these ideals that define Concord, its unique universe of vibrant worlds, and its rich cast of colorful characters.
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Helldivers 2 Revealed

Here's an Announce Trailer for Helldivers 2, an upcoming sequel from Arrowhead Game Studios to its 2015 top-down shooter. The new game is a third-person shooter that's said to be coming soon (the clip ends with a 2023 date). As with many of today's announcements, there's more in the PlayStation.Blog. Here's the Starship Troopers-style pitch to sign on to defend Super Earth:
Freedom. Peace. Managed Democracy. Your Super Earth-born rights. The key pillars of our civilization. These are under attack from deadly alien civilizations, conspiring to destroy the Super Earth and its values.

You’ll step into the boots of an elite class of soldiers whose mission is to spread peace, liberty, and Managed Democracy using the biggest, baddest, and most explosive tools in the galaxy. Team up with up to four friends and wreak havoc on the alien scourge that threatens the safety of your home, Super Earth.

The Helldivers must take on the role of galactic peacekeepers in this Galactic War and protect their home planet, spread the message of Democracy, and liberate the hostiles by force.
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Fairgame$ Announced

A PlayStation.Blog post by Mathieu Leduc of Haven Studios introduces Fairgame$, a competitive heist game coming to PC and PlayStation 5. Word is: "Fairgame$ will be coming to PS5 and PC, and we hope you are as excited about the game as we are. For now, we are heads down and focused on bringing Fairgame$ to life and we will share more as soon as we can." There's not much more about the game, as most of the update is about how awesome Haven Studios thinks it is. Here's a CGI Reveal Trailer setting up the game's underlying class struggle and here are two more excerpts about the game:
The team and I are super excited to finally unveil the project we’ve been working on here at Haven. Our first new IP, Fairgame$, is a fresh, modern take on the heist genre. In a nutshell, this is a thrilling competitive heist game where you join an underground movement to rob the ultra-rich and rebalance the scales.

We founded Haven with the goal of making the kind of games we all love to play. As huge fans of competitive multiplayer experiences, Fairgame$ came from a desire to create a new type of PvP game with emergent sandbox gameplay. We want to deliver a fresh multiplayer experience that rewards creativity and mastery and delivers surprising stories each and every time you play.
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Radeon RX 7600 Launches Tomorrow

AMD officially announces the Radeon RX 7600, a new graphics card launching tomorrow. Like the RTX 4060 Ti everyone reviewed yesterday, this parties like it's 2016, targeting 1080p gaming. AMD calls it "an ideal upgrade for legions of gamers using older graphics cards." The AMD Radeon Last of Us Part I Game Bundle is adding a few days to connect to this launch. Here's more:
The AMD Radeon RX 7600 graphics card is built on the groundbreaking AMD RDNA 3 architecture, designed to deliver incredible 1080p gaming experiences. The Radeon RX 7600 provides an ideal upgrade for legions of gamers using older graphics cards. Key features include:

  • AMD RDNA 3 Architecture – Featuring redesigned compute units with unified raytracing and AI accelerators and second-generation AMD Infinity Cache technology, RDNA 3 delivers exceptional performance, visuals, and power efficiency.
  • Improved Streaming Quality and Performance – Improved AMD encoders deliver enhanced visual quality when streaming and recording. AMD AI and content adaptive machine learning technology has also been integrated into the AMD Media Framework to enable better looking and crisper text when streaming at low bitrates and resolutions.
  • Ultra-High Definition Encoding – An encode/decode media engine provides the ultimate performance, unlocking new multi-media experiences with full AV1 encode/decode support, wide color gamut and high-dynamic range enhancements.
  • AMD Radiance Display Engine – Provides support for DisplayPort 2.1 on select models and HDMI 2.1a displays for ultra-high resolutions and high refresh rates for gaming and content creation workloads.
  • AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) – Now available in more than 260 current and upcoming titles, AMD FSR upscaling technologies provide crisp, high-resolution image quality while boosting framerates in supported games.

New GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA has released new Windows drivers for GeForce graphics cards through its Drivers Download Portal. An accompanying post explains that these are the game ready drivers for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. They also include the latest and greatest support for NVIDIA's brand new RTX 4060 Ti graphics cards. Here's an overview:
Our latest GeForce Game Ready Driver is here for the new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, and gets your system ready for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™, launching May 25th with DLSS 3, Reflex, ray tracing, and other RTX technologies.

Additionally, there’s support for 2 new G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors, and another 7 GeForce Experience Optimal Settings.

TrackMania Passes 5M Racers

A tweet from Ubisoft celebrates the success of TrackMania. Following the launch of console versions of the free-to-play racing game, word is it has now reached over five million players. There's nothing more to the tweet other than a thank you to all those virtual racers.

Liberte Liberated from Early Access

Liberte (aka Liberté) has completed Early Access and is now officially available for Windows on,* Humble Store,* and Steam. This roguelite deckbuilder is quite revolutionary, as it's set in and around the French Revolution. But there's a sci-fi twist, as the insurgency is complicated by the involvement of an interdimensional invader. If that all seems too straightforward, never fear, it gets more complicated. Here's a Launch Trailer along with more:
Liberté is a deck-builder roguelite set in Paris during the times of the French Revolution. Brave the war-torn streets as Rene - a regular Parisian entangled in a massive intrigue between the four most influential factions in the city. Collect cards, nurture alliances and discover the truth behind the city’s cryptic invader from another dimension, Lady Bliss.

It’s the middle of a history-defining moment for 18th-century Paris. Without the king, with the crown missing, you wake up in a world ravaged by Lady Bliss - an otherworldly being that appeared out of nowhere during the coronation of Prince Phillip. Lady Bliss wants you to find her a worthy queen or king. Why, out of all the people in Paris, a grey citizen like Rene is destined to find the next ruler?
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Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord Released

Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord is now available on Steam, offering a tactical RPG for Windows with a 10% launch discount. In addition to the standard edition, there's a deluxe edition, and this post can help with the decision. Here's a Gameplay Trailer to see if this strikes a chord. Here's a familiar refrain if you're still on the fence:
FFF Tactics?! – Strategize to capitalize with an all-new Tactical RPG battle system! Use terrain, and objects such as rocks, boxes, and grass to your advantage. Strategic positioning on the battlefield can raise your evasiveness, or lower your movement speed, among other effects. Plus, Avalanche Attack and Fairize battle mechanics return!

Fairies, Fencers, Furies...and Muses? – With the introduction of the two Muses, all-new battle mechanics are at your command. Use the power of their song to buff allies or combine both area of effect boosts for an even more DRAMATIC buff! But beware, enemies within the area can also benefit.
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Out of the Blue

Okay, I have to swear off takeout food for a while after picking up yet another case of food poisoning! This one seemed pretty bad, and I thought I might "call in sick" this morning. That's pretty unprecedented, so you know it was severe. Thankfully I turned a corner quickly, and I feel fine now. But this was extreme for a while, and after a few recent bouts in rapid succession, I need to give my poor system a break.

Systemic Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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