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Tuesday, Jun 06, 2023 World Tetris Day

Star Wars The Old Republic Developer Switch

IGN has the news that BioWare is no longer working on Star Wars The Old Republic. This was originally reported as a rumor, but Electronic Arts confirmed that Broadsword Online Games is taking the reins of the MMORPG. Word is: "Currently, roughly 70-80 people are part of the core development team of The Old Republic, more than half of whom are expected to move to Broadsword. Those remaining with EA would have an opportunity to look for roles elsewhere within the company, but may otherwise face layoffs." Here's the official statement:
Almost 12 years after launch, Star Wars: The Old Republic remains a success and continues to grow its dedicated and passionate community. We’re so proud of the work the team has done, and the future of the game and the community continues to be very bright. We’re evaluating how we give the game and the team the best opportunity to grow and evolve, which includes conversations with Broadsword, a boutique studio that specializes in delivering online, community-driven experiences. Our goal is to do what is best for the game and its players.

Four SSI Rereleases

SNEG announces that four games from the DOS era from beloved publisher SSI are now once again available, playable on Windows. These are: Veil of Darkness on* and Steam (here's a trailer), Star General on* and Steam (here's a trailer), The Summoning on* and Steam (here's a trailer), and Dark Legions on* and Steam (here's a trailer). It's around 30 years since these were in their heyday, so it's understandable if you need this refresher, starting with Veil of Darkness:

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Brewpub Simulator Demo

Steam now features a playable demo for Brewpub Simulator, offering the chance to renovate the character out of an old dive bar for fun and profit. The full game is due next week, but in the meantime this gives the chance to pour a few cold ones and contemplate a purchase. Here's a NEW DEMO Teaser Trailer, and here's more on what to expect:
The new demo introduces you to the story of a university dropout who inherits his Grandpa’s old, decrepit brewpub . Along with it, you get a chance to prove yourself, make some moolah, and discover beer recipes.

  • SOME crazy stuff you can do in the game
  • De-ruin an old brewpub
  • Customize it (to a degree - it’s a demo after all)
  • Meet your lawyer Harvey and try to be friends with him
  • Make beer and drink beer sell beer
  • Be serious about it or go crazy!

Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

Unofficial games, patches, and mods.

Virtual Reality Check

Diablo IV Launches as Blizzard's "Fastest-Selling Game of All Time"

The Early Access period is over for Diablo IV, and Blizzard's action/RPG sequel has officially launched for PC and consoles. It is available through, along with details on the game and the previously released Gameplay Launch Trailer. There are new game-ready graphics card drivers for this from AMD and NVIDIA (there's also a hotfix from NVIDIA if that applies to you). And thanks to that Early Access, Blizzard announces Diablo IV is its "fastest-selling game of all time." Word is: "In the four days since early access started on June 1, Diablo IV has been played for 93 million hours, or over 10,000 years --- the equivalent playing 24 hours a day since the beginning of human civilization." Read on for more on this latest battle against an incursion from Hell:
The endless battle between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells rages on as chaos threatens to consume Sanctuary. With ceaseless demons to slaughter, countless Abilities to master, nightmarish Dungeons, and Legendary loot, this vast, open world brings the promise of adventure and devastation. Survive and conquer darkness – or succumb to the shadows.

Seeking refuge from the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, Inarius and Lilith formed Sanctuary and gave life to the Nephalem with the stolen Worldstone. Fearing for the destruction of her hybrid offspring, Lilith led a violent, protective act to protect the Nephalem; ultimately leading Inarius to turn his back on her, banishing her to the abyss, becoming enemies henceforth. Lilith’s return ushers in an age of darkness and misery. What fate awaits?
Continue here to read the full story.

Amnesia: The Bunker Released; Get Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs for Free

Amnesia: The Bunker is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store,,* and Steam, offering a new installment in Frictional Games' highly regarded survival/horror series. Here is the launch trailer with a look at gameplay. Lest we forget this is not the first game in this franchise, has a reminder, offering Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs as its latest giveaway. You have 72 hours to snag this and it's yours to keep, with no purchase necessary. Here's the Launch Trailer along with more on why you should stock up on fresh undies before checking this out:
Left all alone in a desolate WW1 bunker with only one bullet remaining in the barrel, it’s up to you to face the oppressing terrors in the dark. Keep the lights on at all costs, persevere, and make your way out alive. A truly intense horror experience.

Immerse yourself in the multiple ways of tackling survival. In the shoes of the French soldier Henri Clément, you are armed with a revolver gun, a noisy dynamo flashlight, and other scarce supplies to scavenge and craft along the way. With randomization and unpredictable behavior, no play-through is the same.
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Ships at Sea Announced

Norwegian developer Misc Games announces Ships at Sea, a shipping simulation coming to Early Access on PC next year. Here's the Steam Listing for this sequel to Fishing: Barents Sea and Fishing: North Atlantic. Both previous games are also set at sea, so the significance of the new title is unclear. The Announcement Trailer has a cinematic look, and here are some details to help decide if this is trolling:
Set in the Norwegian archipelago and ocean, Ships At Sea introduces various new and highly detailed service and cargo ships and new fishing methods such as jigging. The game offers stunning graphics and a new economic system allowing players to manage their careers as they engage in fishing, service, and cargo businesses.

With the introduction of multiplayer mode, players can embark on a voyage through the world of ships with up to 4 friends. They can share resources and items, maintain and repair their boats, purchase tools or equipment in the store, upgrade ships, refuel ships at one of the fuel stations, and stock up on essential supplies for themselves and their crew.
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Jumanji: Wild Adventures Announced

Outright Games and Sony Pictures Consumer Products announce Jumanji: Wild Adventures, a new game based on the Jumanji film franchise. It arrives on November 3rd for Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It will feature multiplayer play, allowing players to relive the movies by playing as the musclebound guy, the short guy, the fat guy, or the hottie. Here's the Announce Trailer, showing off a lot more punching and kicking than you'll see in the movies. Read on for more on the game and its RPG elements:
Choose your avatar from heroes Smolder Bravestone, Ruby Roundhouse, Mouse Finbar, and Shelly Oberon, and explore uncharted territories home to fierce predators, warring factions and devious traps that can sweep you off your feet. Survive the jungle to reach new zones including forgotten villages, icy mountains, dark caves, and fetid swamps. And always be ready for new threats, because the Jumanji drums could strike at any moment!

As you level up your heroes through experience and purchase upgrades with your hard-earned loot, you’ll gain the strength to take on bosses like the cunning Smuggler and vicious Siberian Tiger. You may even discover some of Jumanji’s most secret rooms and lost treasures.
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Diablo IV Hardcore Challenge Suspended

With Diablo IV officially released, more players have the chance to compete in the competition to be immortalized for being among the first to hit level 100 with a hardcore character. But there's time to take a breath, as Blizzard announces this competition is temporarily disabled:
The level 100 pinnacle challenge encounter has been temporarily disabled as we work to resolve a few items related to this encounter.

We will update the community once this has been re-enabled.

Blackout Protocol Demo

The June 2023 Steam Next Fest gets underway next week on June 19th. It will offer the expected flood of sales, presentations, and time-limited demos. However, Ocean Drive Studio is part of a mini-trend of developers releasing demos outside that window to increase the chances of discovery (the anarchy!). The Steam Listing for Blackout Protocol now offers a playable Windows demo for this top-down, co-op shooter. This post has more details on the news:
Today, we’re here to open up a public demo for Blackout Protocol. The demo features limited content from the earliest parts of the game, in order to showcase what Blackout Protocol is about, as well as to identify and address any bugs or issues for a better gameplay experience during Early Access and beyond.

Below is what you can expect from the demo:

  • 4 playable Agents
  • 13 weapons (unlockable via blueprints) and 5 tactical equipment items
  • All weapons we currently have planned are available in this demo, but only their first few levels
  • The earliest 2 stages of the game (out of a total 6 planned for Early Access)
  • Alternate variants of those first 2 stages, which you'll encounter over multiple playthroughs
  • The first 3 tiers of unlockable Agent Upgrades (out of a total 7 tiers planned for Early Access)

Out of the Blue

I've mentioned before, but few dates from history stand out in my mind like today's anniversary of the D-Day invasion. History is rife with moments where it's hard to imagine what it would be like to be a participant. And as much praise as Saving Private Ryan received for verisimilitude from veterans of the invasion, the courage it took to storm those beaches remains unimaginable to me. Here's a salute to the fallen, and for those who made it out alive, the hope every day after the war was good to them.

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