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Thursday, Aug 24, 2023 Independence Day of Ukraine

Starfield Launch Schedule and Specs

Bethesda offers a launch schedule for Starfield along with system specifications and other details about the release of the sci-fi RPG beginning with Early Access next weekend. The launch schedule is presented as a graphic with launch times for various territories. The bad news is this doesn't enlarge, making it difficult to read. The good news is this overcomplicates things, saying "early access and launch times vary depending on your location." That's just because of time zones and the game actually arrives everywhere simultaneously at midnight UTC on September 6th, which is 8:00 pm EDT September 5th. Early Access begins for preorder customers at midnight UTC on September 1st, which is 8:00 pm EDT on August 31st. The post also includes the latest PC system requirements:
For those who are playing Starfield, a next-generation RPG, on PC, make sure your rig is outfitted with the right gear for the best experience.

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 10 version 21H1 (10.0.19043)
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5700, NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 125 GB available space
Additional Notes: SSD Required

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
DirectX: Version 12
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 125 GB available space
Additional Notes: SSD Required

ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON Released

It's Friday somewhere, and the Windows edition of ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON is now available on Steam, offering FromSoftware's new mech combat game. This Overview Trailer includes "everything you need to know" about the game and a new Live-Action Trailer features actor Karl Urban challenging our readiness. Here's word on the game:
Combining FromSoftware’s longstanding expertise in mech games with their signature action gameplay, ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON brings a brand-new action experience to the series.

Players will pilot their mech in fast-paced, omni-directional battles, taking advantage of massive stages and their mech’s mobility on land and in the air to ensure victory.

Customize Armored Core parts to suit a large variety of playstyles. Selecting different parts not only changes the mech’s attacks, but also directly affects its movement and battle style, so each mission can be approached with a unique mech strategy.
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New Intel Drivers

Intel now offers new Game On Windows drivers for Arc graphics cards. These arrive just in time to support the launch of ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON:
Intel® Game On Drivers deliver the best experience for gamers playing on Intel Graphics with optimized launch-day patches and performance updates as new games release.

If you’ve got a hankering for tinkering and appetite for a mecha fight, you’re ready for Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon. Intel Arc graphics are too; today’s Game On driver fully powers up your GPU for explosive metal mashing.

Blasphemous 2 Released

Expletive deleted! Blasphemous 2 is released, and the Metroidvania sequel from Team17 and Game Kitchen is available for PC and consoles. For the Windows edition, head over to GOG.com* or Steam where you can find the game, a digital art book, the soundtrack, and a Deluxe Edition bundling the three. This post discusses the release, illustrated by this Launch Trailer. Here's blasphemous word:
The Game Kitchen and Team17 Digital have today launched punishing Metroidvania Blasphemous 2 on Steam! Following a newly reawakened Penitent One, Blasphemous 2 thrusts players back into an endless cycle of life, death, and resurrection as they face monstrous enemies and inconceivable challenges to halt the prophetic birth of a new Child of the Miracle.

Featuring three unique weapons to acquire and master, and an enhanced skillset to choose from, players will have to use these new tools to survive and explore a land hell bent on sending them back to the grave as they collect scattered pieces of lore, unpick long forgotten secrets, and avoid deaths final embrace.
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Jusant in October

DON'T NOD announces a release date for Jusant, saying the action/puzzle game will climb onto PC and consoles on October 31st. A new gameplay trailer shows off the game's vertigo-inducing climbing mechanics in action. Here's word on the heights this hopes to achieve:
Jusant is a meditative action-puzzle climbing game where you and your watery companion, the Ballast, help one another ascend a tall tower. Master your climbing tools, find your way up through diverse biomes, and piece together the tower’s past as you go. Play the game at your own pace, accompanied by the tower’s breathtaking flora and fauna and an atmospheric soundtrack.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: Dune 2 Delayed Until March 2024, Other Warner Bros. Movies On Schedule. Like sands through an hourglass.

Obituary: WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt Dead At 36.

Get Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak for Free

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as this week's promised giveaway. The drill should be familiar by now, anyone with a free Epic account interested in a free copy of the science fiction RTS prequel can snag a copy for the next week and it's theirs to keep. The offer concludes next Thursday at 11:00 am EDT when the new giveaway arrives, which will be Cave Story+. Back to the current freebie, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak first launched in 2016, so here's a refresher:
Crafted by Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of Homeworld and Company of Heroes. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune.

Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game.

In Deserts of Kharak’s campaign, an anomaly is discovered deep in the southern desert. An expedition is sent, but the story is not that simple. Discover the story of Rachel S'jet as she leads her people on a quest to find their destiny in an exciting campaign.

Saints Row Steam Launch

Saints Row is now available on Steam, almost exactly a year after its launch on the Epic Games Store. The launch is discussed in this post which includes a new Bigger, Badder, Bossier Trailer with the latest look. The post points to Update 1.6 Patch Notes which outline all that's new in the game on each store. Here's the overview:
Alongside Saints Row releasing on Steam – we have also dropped some new content and fixes for all players on all platforms, update your game and head towards Vallejo to find a brand new activity!

Plus you can now manually save using Dirty Cheats!
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Icarus: New Frontiers Released

Icarus: New Frontiers is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a new expansion for ICARUS, the sci-fi survival game from Dean Hall's RocketWerkz. An Icarus Week Ninety Update on Steam has details on the launch, promising to continue to support the base game along with the expansion. It also features an Introduction Video from a content creator digging into what's new. Here's an official Gameplay Trailer setting up the story. Here's word:
Welcome to Prometheus, a region of Icarus where the terraforming process failed and left the raw alien landscape and life intact but not unaltered.
Previously this heavily-restricted zone was declared too dangerous for prospecting. Bound by a gag order from Group 15, the UDA has refused to reveal any details about the zone's status or history. Until now.

New Frontiers takes you out of Icarus' safe Earth-like terraformed zones. The further you go, the more foreign the land. Adventure across grasslands, familiar yet unsettlingly alien. Traverse volcanic wasteland, still active and interlaced with flowing lava. Trade visibility for reward in the murky marshes of the swamplands, where each step is more perilous than the last.
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Ride 5 Races Out

Ride 5 is now available for PC and consoles, offering a new installment in this motorcycle racing series. The Windows edition is available on the Epic Games Store and Steam, and there's partial crossplay support, as Steam and Epic customers can play together, as can the various console versions, but there's no PC/console interoperability. The Launch Trailer is here with a look and here are more details:
Find your favorite bikes and check out new ones in the ultimate motorcycle game! Race on over 35 tracks and collect more than 200 motorcycles from world-renowned manufacturers, each element is designed to feel like you're riding a real bike.

It's not just speed that wins races - Endurance mode rewards perseverance and strategy. Time is no longer the issue, ride to your heart's content with the option of saving, exiting and jumping back in later. Just make sure you keep an eye on fuel and pit-stops - these helplines can quickly become your worst nightmare!
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Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector - Daemons of Khorne Released

Daemons of Khorne is now available as the latest DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector, adding new content to the Windows sci-fi strategy game. The add-on is available on GOG.com* and Steam, depending on where you bought the base game. If you have two minutes to spare, this trailer promises to tell you everything you need to know about this. If you're more pressed for time, here's a quick looks:
The warp-fuelled manifestations of rage and violence are the latest playable faction in Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector. Eight murderous units, including the dreaded Daemon Prince, are available to bring Chaos to the galaxy. Bring your armies of the Blood Legions to bear in skirmish and multiplayer battles, or to a Planetary Supremacy campaign.

Bloodletters and Bloodcrushers are ready to charge into battle fuelled by rage and an insatiable need for slaughter, while the Flesh Hounds hunt without mercy those who have dared to offend the Blood God. These horrors are led into battle by the Bloodmaster: powerful Daemons that use dark rituals to create a rent in the fabric of reality, allowing more of their kind to pour forth and shed blood for their ever-thirsty god.
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AirportSIM Demo

A playable demo for AirportSIM is now available for Windows on Steam, offering a sample of this upcoming game from MS GAMES and Iceberg Interactive. This is a simulation of ground operations at an airport, in contrast to the countless simulations of being a pilot, air traffic controller, or airport manager. So get ready to refuel some aircraft, toss some baggage, and direct passengers to their gates. More details are on the AirportSIM Website and this trailer takes a look at some gameplay. Here's more:
In AirportSim, players will step into the shoes of various airport ground staff. Service planes with true-to-life details including real connecting points, door operations, refueling systems, lights, sounds, and general ground procedures during the plane turnaround. The game features ground layouts, plane parking, lines, and gate numbers inspired by real-world airports like Vagar Airport, Keflavik Airport, Warsaw Chopin Airport and Key West. With multiple gameplay modes, stunning visuals, a deep level of customization, and a dynamic weather system mapped in conjunction with the METAR system, AirportSim is poised to captivate aviation enthusiasts and simulation game lovers alike.
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Wild Country Announced

Startup developer Lost Native announces Wild Country, a "cozy competitive" strategy game coming to Steam and Switch "in the near future." Attendees at PAX West next weekend will be the first to get to play this hands-on, but in the meantime we have a Reveal Trailer that shows this combines elements of city-building and deckbuilding games. Here's an explanation:
Wild Country is a city-building game where players battle each other using cards. It blends quick and strategic gameplay with fun and furry town-building. Players can collect cards, construct cities, and challenge their friends in an easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-master proposition.

Outside the competition, players can explore Big Sky Canyon, complete quests and hang out with its residents. This is the place to unlock cosmetic items to customize the player’s mayoral hopeful, who can be chosen from a variety of humanoid animal characters. After completing the single-player campaign players can compete online in both ranked and unranked matches online.
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Dark Envoy Next Month

Event Horizon announces Dark Envoy will arrive one month from today, revealing October 24th as the release date for the fantasy RPG that features guns as well as sorcery. A new Release Date Trailer accompanies the news, so plans seem more concrete than when it was announced the game would arrive last year. Here's more on the video and the news:
The trailer shows off the lush world of Jäan, the core mechanics of the game, and echoes a deep narrative that beckons players to get lost in. Dark Envoy brings classic RPG mechanics with a skill-based combat system built on classes and specializations and blends it with diverse tactical options for approaching your battles. You control a party of relic hunters in a tale of destiny set in a conflict-torn world. Crafted as an accessible RPG to be enjoyed as a single-player or online co-op adventure. Every path is a path forward and you control your destiny.
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Out of the Blue

As I guessed I would, I managed to work out the Mouse Without Borders function I mentioned yesterday, and it works pretty well. It's allowing me to easily use the same mouse for two machines, and the keyboard follows the mouse, which is neat. But using two mice side-by-side before I got this going was revelatory. I previously considered my Corsair Nightsword mouse pretty lightweight, but using it alongside the little Logitech portable mouse for my laptop made it feel like a clunky brick. I could use Mouse Without Borders to operate both machines using the smaller mouse, but I don't like gaming with a wireless, so that's out. But this does have me thinking I'll start to look a lighter wired replacement. I don't love the aesthetic of those mice with those cutout honeycomb patterns, but I'm guessing that some of them would fit the bill nicely. It's no emergency, but it does have me thinking.

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