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Wednesday, Jun 07, 2023

Nocturnal Released

Publisher Dear Villagers and developer Sunnyside Games announce a Nocturnal emission, as Nocturnal is now available for Windows and console. The PC edition of this action/platformer is on Steam. The announcement says the PC edition should be on the Epic Games Store and the Windows Store too, but that is not the case at this time. For an idea of what to expect, check out the Launch Trailer and these details:
Nocturnal is an action exploration odyssey that will task players with repelling a nefarious mist as it enshrouds an ancient isle. Use your fire to uncover what secrets lay hidden beneath the fog!

After a difficult journey across a troubled sea, Ardeshir, a soldier of the Enduring Flame, returns to his home island of Nahran. Engulfed in a shadowy mist, Ardeshir must rely on fire to extinguish the sinister forces that have overtaken his native land. Flame has many uses here. It can ward off the Mist, ignite the scenery, turn on machinery, and be used to burn beings of dark magic impervious to conventional weaponry. But be forewarned: one cannot breathe in the Mist, so you’ll have to use your wits as you intuit new ways to keep it at bay.
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Lil' Guardsman Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for indie adventure game Lil' Guardsman for Windows and macOS. And yes, this gets the abbreviation for little a li'l wrong. Developer Hilltop Studios and publisher Versus Evil plan to launch the full game on PC this year, with console versions to follow a li'l later. The Official Gameplay Trailer offers a look and here are some details:
Lil’ Guardsman puts players in the role of a young girl who finds herself covering for her dad, the head castle guardsman. As she interrogates an array of strange, quirky characters trying to gain entry to their city walls, you must discover each visitor’s true intentions through cunning dialogue and a clever use of her toolbox of investigative items. Lil must make tough decisions as she decides who to allow into her citadel home and consequences can be severe, so you’ll have to make astute use of your abilities to uncover mass conspiracies and protect your stronghold and family from devious interlopers.

To commemorate this reveal, Verses Evil has released a playable demo on Steam. This demo lets players come to grips with Lil’s investigatory plight, as you’ll become intimately familiar with the gadgets and gizmos she has at her disposal. Use your cypher-cracking Decoder Ring, douse travelers in Truth Spray, or threaten them with your trusty Bullwhip! Guardsmen aren’t generally encouraged to whip people willy-nilly, but sometimes it’s the best tool for the job!
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Bunker Builder Simulator: Prologue

Bunker Builder Simulator: Prologue is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a sample of this upcoming prepper game from PlayWay and Farmind Studio. This offers the chance to dig a hole, and then upgrade it to be the best hole imaginable. A Release Trailer shows off the hole enchilada. Here's more:
Players can now take part in this amazing adventure with bunkers! Planning work, digging holes, and constructing safe bunkers that will survive any challenge. Bunker Builder Simulator: Prologue is just part of the full gameplay that awaits players in the full version of the game. In the prologue, players will be able to take on the role of a builder, get jobs, construct, equip, and decorate various bunkers, and their goal will be to ensure the comfort and safety of customers.
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My Time at Sandrock in September

Focus Entertainment and Pathea Games announce our time at Sandrock begins on September 26th with the official launch of My Time at Sandrock for Windows. This will conclude well over a year of Early Access to the sandbox RPG on the Epic Games Store and Steam. The news includes a new Release Date Reveal Trailer showing off the game, and the multiplayer support coming with version 1.0. Here's more:
My Time at Sandrock takes you back to the fascinating world introduced in My Time at Portia, 300 years after the Day of Calamity destroyed most modern technologies. Your adventure starts when you become the newest Builder in Sandrock, a wild and rugged city-state in the heart of the desert. Technology was once thriving, but the community is now on the brink of collapse and awaits you to restore it to its former glory.

Gather resources to build machines with your trusty tools, grow relationships with locals, and unlock new perks and abilities to improve your workflow, combat and more—all while defending Sandrock from monsters and saving the town from economic ruin!
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Madden NFL 24 Announced

You Madden bro? EA SPORTS officially announces Madden NFL 24, saying the latest installment in the tackle football series will kick off on PC and consoles with crossplay support on August 18th. Bills quarterback Josh Allen is the athlete who will risk the Madden cover curse this year. The release will also see the return of Superstar Mode and some mini-games. In a twist, the PC edition will not use last year's game engine this time. Here's the official website, the Official Reveal Trailer, and some details:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and EA SPORTS™ today revealed EA SPORTS Madden NFL 24 with new gameplay depth that delivers more control and realism on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, through the next evolution of FieldSENSE™ and the debut of SAPIEN Technology. SAPIEN delivers a leap forward in NFL realism by rebuilding the character skeleton to provide more body definition and variation to physiques on the field. SAPIEN makes characters more human and anatomically correct, improving authentic athletic motion and with FieldSENSE, creates true-to-life movement patterns on the gridiron.

Dozens of improvements to foundational football elevate the Madden NFL 24 football experience, while the return of fan-favorite Superstar Mode and mini-games (on PS5™, Xbox Series X|S and PC versions) deliver fun new ways to play and learn the game. Plus, for the first time, fans can play with friends regardless of their platform with cross-play support and feature parity on PS5™, Xbox Series X|S and PC in head-to-head and certain online multiplayer modes.
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Bloodlines 2 Details in September; Preorders Cancelled

A post on Steam discusses the status of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, the upcoming vampiric action/RPG sequel. Those eager for the game will see more of it in September. But this is a good news/bad news deal, as word on preorder refunds suggest issues with the game's release schedule. This fits uncomfortably well with the history of the series, as developer Troika shut down just a few months after launching the original Bloodlines in 2004. Hopefully, its horror setting has not left the series cursed. Here's an explanation of what's up with both optional and mandatory preorder cancellations:
It’s been quite a while between updates while we’ve had our heads down working on the game. We remain just as dedicated to delivering a great Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines game as we were when we announced, and are looking forward to showing you more in September this year.

We acknowledge it was a long time ago that many of you pre-ordered Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. As development continues, we will be updating the game’s editions and bonus content, and we want to provide the best value to those of you who supported us via digital pre-order after all this time. We are thus offering refunds to anyone who has pre-ordered any edition of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. As part of this process, we are proactively refunding all pre-orders of physical products, including the Collector’s Edition. The digital versions of the First Blood Edition, Unsanctioned Edition and Blood Moon Edition remain, but can be refunded if you choose.
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No Man's Sky Expedition Ten: Singularity Launches

The No Man's Sky Website announces the launch of Expedition Ten: Singularity for No Man's Sky, the space exploration game. Here's a trailer showing off the free update. There are explanations from Hello Games' Sean Murray on the PlayStation.Blog and Xbox Wire. Here's more on this five-week mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before:
Today we’re peeling back the curtain on more of the mystery started in the Interceptor update in our latest expedition – Singularity. It is chapter two of a four-part narrative that will play out throughout the year.

Like all No Man’s Sky expeditions, Singularity draws Travellers together from all systems to a specific starting point in the universe, this time to investigate the curious robot heads that were bamboozling those who came across them in Interceptor with cryptic binary messages. We want to keep the mystery, but this is a story about AI corruption, robotic uprisings and strong hints of what’s to come in No Man’s Sky.
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Hearts of Iron IV Arms Against Tyranny Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Arms Against Tyranny, an "immersion pack" for Hearts of Iron IV coming to the World War II grand strategy game. Its Steam Listing is live, saying this is coming "soon." When it does arrive it will come alongside a major patch with a free update for all players. The focus here is the Winter War that broke out between the Soviet Union and Finland near the beginning of WW2. A snowy Announcement Trailer has a haunting introduction, concluding saying this will arrive in (northern) autumn. Here's more:
In times of crisis, it is important to be nimble, especially when you are the weaker party. Pay attention to the swiftly changing winds of diplomacy, build an army that can take advantage of weather and terrain to outfox a superior foe, and find alternate paths to prosperity and security. Sometimes, Winter is your only ally. Even if you can’t retreat into the cold forests, there are tactics and techniques available to anyone who would take Arms Against Tyranny.

Arms Against Tyranny is the latest immersion pack for Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox Interactive’s best-selling grand strategy wargame about the years around World War II. In Arms Against Tyranny, players will encounter new alternate histories and National Focus Trees for the nations of Scandinavia and Finland, with a heavy emphasis on the Winter War and Finland’s struggle against Soviet invasion.
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Street Fighter 6 Sales Pass 1M

Capcom announces the early success of Street Fighter 6, saying the latest installment in the fighting series has already sold over a million units since launching less than a week ago:
Street Fighter 6 represents the next evolution of the series and a new generation of fighting games, launching seven years after the previous title in the franchise. In addition to delivering the pinnacle of fighting game experiences, the title includes new features such as World Tour Mode, in which players create an avatar and journey through the universe of Street Fighter, as well as Battle Hub, where players can interact with one another. Further, the game provides different controller input options tailored to appeal to both beginners and seasoned players alike, and has improved audio accessibility settings to supplement gameplay experiences without the use of visual information. As a result of providing features for a diverse range of players, the title was met with broad acclaim, driving sales to 1 million units worldwide.

Why Games Should be on

The GOG Blog (now doesn't that have a ring?) outlines reasons developers and publishers should launch their games on It introduces a new game submission form to ease the process. One potential barrier to entry is the store's ardent anti-DRM stance, which may provoke concerns about losing sales to piracy. The article leans into this factor, talking about its advantages:
GOG is the largest DRM-free platform in the PC gaming industry, and by releasing your game HERE, you can effortlessly tap into a vast and passionate community of gamers who value the principles of ownership and preservation. When you release your game on GOG alongside other platforms, you unlock the potential of growing your fanbase by captivating DRM-free enthusiasts without hindering your sales elsewhere.

Our community of seasoned players appreciates the freedom and flexibility that come with the ability to play games offline, which is why they actively seek out DRM-free games.
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TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge - Dimension Shellshock Announced

Cowabunga! Developer Tribute Games, Publisher Dotemu, and Nickelodeon announce Dimension Shellshock DLC for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. It will come to the throwback action game later this year for PC and consoles. A Reveal Trailer has a look, and details on the DLC and an accompanying free update follow:
The DLC includes a new game mode, fresh original music from the soundtrack’s composer Tee Lopes, and alternative color schemes for playable fighters, all of which will be detailed at a later time. Separate from Dimension Shellshock, a second free update will be released for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge offering an additional range of color palette options.

Dimension Shellshock and the upcoming free update are made possible only by the totally tubular passion of fans and the radical reception Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge has enjoyed since launch. After receiving an incredible amount of support and reviewing the community’s outpouring of wishes for the future of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, Dotemu and Tribute Games were inspired to create additional content for the game.
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Espresso Tycoon and Demo Released

Espresso Tycoon is now available for Windows on Steam, lowering the bar to be a barista. If the title evokes the response "PlayWay" in your word association session, you've correctly identified the publisher, while the developer is DreamWay Games. It carries a 10% launch discount for the next week, and there's a playable demo if you want a sample shot first. Here's a RELEASE TRAILER brewed up to celebrate caffeine culture, and here's a steady drip of details:
Designed with an intricate isometric perspective, Espresso Tycoon creates an immersive visual experience, replicating the captivating atmosphere of coffee shops. Attention to detail in graphics and gameplay brings the vibrant world of the coffee business to life.

Unleashing the players' creativity, Espresso Tycoon features extensive customization options, allowing players to design and personalize their coffee shops to their liking. From floor to wall, almost every element in the coffee shop can be customized, offering players an unparalleled level of freedom and immersing them in the day-to-day operations of their business.
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Out of the Blue

Wildfires in Canada caused smoke conditions throughout the northeast yesterday. Smoke was quite evident here, which was disturbing. Also disturbing are reports of resulting terrible air quality all over the area. It turns out the fire is trying to kill us by any means possible. MrsBlue has asthma, and while we're thankful this didn't trigger any noticeable problems, this is not good. But a cold front is reportedly continuing to push smoke south, so we'll have to hunker down and see how things go. I hope you are staying as safe as possible if you are in the affected areas.

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