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Friday, May 26, 2023

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Developer Apology

A tweet from Daedalic Entertainment apologies for the "underwhelming experience" many players are having with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Word is work is underway to fix technical issues with the just-launched action/adventure:
Our development team has been working diligently to address the bugs and technical issues many of you experienced. We are committed to providing you with patches that will allow you to enjoy the game to its fullest potential.

Once again, we deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we appreciate your understanding during this time. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and provide transparent communication regarding the upcoming patches and improvements. Your passion and dedication as players have been the driving force behind our determination to make things right.
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Roots of Pacha Puts Down Roots on Steam Again

Roots of Pacha is again available on Steam, offering a stone age farming simulation for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The game was delisted a couple of weeks ago in a dispute between publisher Crytivo and developer Soda Den. Details are scant, but the companies have parted ways, and Soda Den is taking over as publisher. For those who already own it, this means the game's post-release support will resume: "With Roots of Pacha’s return to Steam, the post-launch patches that Soda Den has continued to implement based on community feedback will be available to new players as well as existing ones. Prehistoric farmers can expect an upcoming patch with quality of life updates and a new romanceable character in the next month. Long-term updates include plant and animal evolution this year, new Tundra and Turtle Islands locations next year, among other features and improvements in the works." Here's the official statement about the deal:
Over the past two weeks, Crytivo and Soda Den have worked tirelessly to achieve the common goal of restoring Roots of Pacha on Steam. We are happy to share we have reached an agreement and that Roots of Pacha has been restored to Steam for all to purchase.

We also would like to share that Crytivo and Soda Den have made the decision to amicably part ways under terms that are mutually beneficial.

Soda Den sincerely thanks the Crytivo team for their efforts to support and market Roots of Pacha. Crytivo sincerely thanks Soda Den for their dedication and craft that went into the creation of Roots of Pacha.
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Destiny 2 Ghosts of the Deep Floats Out

Bungie announces a new map for Destiny 2 called Ghosts of the Deep is here to creep out players of the free-to-play shooter. Here's a trailer to immerse you in the depths of its undersea action. This is the first dungeon in the year of Lightfall, and there are rewards for completing this on a timely basis. Here's the deal:
Today, Bungie released the first dungeon in the year of Lightfall. Ghosts of the Deep will challenge Guardians to submerge into the depths of Titan’s methane sea to confront the Lucent Hive and uncover what was lost to the waves.

New treasures await players who are brave enough to dive in, including a new armor set and new Strand Exotic Trace Rifle. The new title, Ghoul, is also available to be unlocked by players looking to master Ghosts of the Deep. Guardians who complete the Ghosts of the Deep dungeon before August 22 will be able to purchase the Dungeon Pin and Hoodie, available at the Bungie Store via Bungie Rewards.
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Get Hue for Free

The Curve Games Publisher Sale 2023 on Steam offers up to 93% off on a variety of games and bundles. On top of that is one 100% discount, as everyone is entitled to a free copy of Hue, the 2016 puzzle/adventure from Fiddlesticks Games. This is for keeps as long as you collect over the next two weeks. Here's what all the hue and cry is about:
Hue is a vibrant, award-winning puzzle-adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background colour. You explore a dangerous grey land, unearthing coloured fragments on a journey to find your missing mother. As obstacles match the background, they disappear, creating new and exciting puzzles - full of peril, mystery… and colours unseen.

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Into the Black

Hey, a surprise update! We got home earlier than I expected, so here we are. Sorry for the confusion.

Last Link of the Day: Terrifying moments as Asiana Airlines plane door opens midair while landing in South Korea.

Alone in the Dark Prologue

Steam now offers an Alone in the Dark Prologue to pave the way for the October release of the return to the horror series. Here's what to expect: "This stand-alone prologue puts you in the tiny shoes of Grace Saunders – an 11-year-old girl delivering a letter, when things go horribly wrong… Experience the unique 1920s horror atmosphere of Alone in the Dark and prepare for the terror that awaits in Derceto Manor." Here's more:

One of Derceto’s residents, Jeremy Hartwood, has been acting strange lately. He asks Grace to do one simple thing – help him deliver a letter to his niece, Emily Hartwood. She seems to be the only one capable of understanding the otherworldly horrors plaguing Jeremy’s mind.

  • Experience the haunting atmosphere of Derceto Manor, where psychological horror meets Southern Gothic, from the seemingly innocent perspective of Grace Saunders.
  • Dive into the eldritch nightmare of Alone in the Dark in this exclusive first taste of Alone in the Dark’s full experience.
  • If you make it to the end, be ready for a very special surprise…

Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust Released

In Tanta We Trust is now available Steam, offering new DLC for the Windows edition of Forspoken. This should arrive today on the Epic Games Store for those who own the base game there, and it is also now out for PlayStation 5. This adds a companion to fight by your side but does not bring co-op support. An In Tanta We Trust Launch Trailer is here to introduce the add-on. Trust can be a rare commodity in the cruel land of Athia, so here's why you can place your faith in Tanta:
After bringing peace to Athia, Frey’s journey continues as she searches for a way to permanently rid the land from the effects of the Break. Amid her search, she follows a mysterious voice that leads her into the past.

When she emerges, Frey finds herself surrounded by chaos and destruction. Injured and draped in blood-soaked clothing, she discovers a grim truth about her fate. The recently thriving Athia is at war, but why and with whom? Accompanied by Tanta Cinta, and a new set of magic, Frey must uncover the answers and save Athia once more – and attempt to save herself.


Bandai Namco announces the PC edition of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 will land on May 31st. The free-to-play multiplayer action game is now available to preload on Steam if you want to be among the first boots on the ground. It features six versus six battles but is a team combat game, not a MOBA. Already available on PlayStation, the game includes over 350 mech suits to collect and 17 playable maps. All the details are on the Official Website. Here's the most recent trailer and a quick summary:
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 features intense 6v6 online team combat that immerses players in epic battles set in the Gundam universe. The game pits Gundam pilots from all around the world in a fight for survival as they operate their favorite Mobile Suits, battling on land and in space. Players can enhance their mecha with different loadouts and customization options using DP, an in-game currency that can be earned in battle.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION 2 adds a new dimension to mecha combat with Infantry Battles, where players can enter and exit their mecha to repair other units, place bombs in enemy bases, or request support fire to help decide the outcome of the battle.
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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Battle of Zhongyuan Next Month

Team Ninja announces Battle of Zhongyuan will break out on June 29th, offering the first DLC for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Details are scant for now. The post includes some concept art and the following short overview:
The first DLC will be available play on June 29, 2023, featuring the new scenario, "Battle of Zhongyuan." Included will be new stages, difficulty level, weapon type, enemies and more, promising an exciting experience for Wo Long experts and novices alike. Check back soon for more information!

ONE PIECE ODYSSEY - Reunion of Memories Released

An announcement from Bandai Namco Entertainment reveals Reunion of Memories is now available for PC and consoles as an expansion for ONE PIECE ODYSSEY, an RPG following the adventures based on the anime series. It includes more than one piece of DLC for the Straw Hat Crew, as it's part of an Adventure Expansion Pack+100,000 Berries bundle on Steam that includes a bushel of spacebux. There's also a warning that the new content will not unlock until the main campaign is completed. The add-on is seen in a trailer featuring Japanese narration and English subtitles. Here's more:
In Reunion of Memories, Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates are trapped once again in Memoria, the world made from their memories. As players embark on this new journey, they will encounter familiar figures rooted in the series’ canon such as Mihawk, Perona, Eneru, and Whitebeard. In true ONE PIECE fashion, these characters will play their part in either helping or hindering the Straw Hat Pirates in their quest, this time to escape Memoria once and for all.

Reunion of Memories also introduces exciting new gameplay systems that dramatically alter the ONE PIECE ODYSSEY experience. These include Limited Order battles where encounters with stronger enemies and dangerous situations present the player with conditions that demand a more strategic approach. Another new addition is Captain’s Selections, where players can choose from the branching storyline and change the way they experience the game, making for a deeper level of immersion.
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Quintus and the Formidable Curse Announced

Wreck Tangle Games announces Quintus and the Formidable Curse, an upcoming sequel to Quintus and the Absent Truth, an episodic adventure launched in 2020 despite an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign. In this, you again play as Alan and Quintus, a man-and-mouse team, and the events pick up immediately after Chapter 3 of the first game. You follow the project through its Steam Listing. Here's a weird Teaser Trailer with a first look, and here's more:
Following on from ‘Quintus and the Absent Truth’, which was released on PC and all last and current gen consoles in 2022, our unlikely team are ready to take on a new adventure, which promises to be larger and far more dangerous than this couplings first outing.

The plot picks up right after the events of the original game, throwing Alan and Quintus into an adventure that only a Man/Mouse duo could overcome.
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Out of the Blue

It's the Memorial Day weekend here in the US, so Monday is a holiday. Coincidental to that, a colleague of MrsBlue's invited us to a gathering this afternoon to celebrate his graduation from law school. As an aside, it never struck me that Law School sounds odd. It's not like doctors go to medicine school. Shouldn't lawyers go to legal school? Anyway, we have not attended anything resembling a party in years, so despite it being a conflict, I agreed to attend (happy wife, happy life). So today I will honor the unofficial start of summer by heading out early this afternoon. I guess I can call this unofficial summer hours. Any patience or understanding you can spare for this is appreciated.

Summery Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Breakfast Link

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