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Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024

Slay the Spire 2 Revealed

A Slay the Spire 2 Reveal Trailer does just what it sets out to do, reveal plans for a sequel to Slay the Spire, the runaway hit deckbuilding roguelike. There's no gameplay in the cinematic video, but it does promise Early Access next year, and the description reveals the Steam Listing with the first details. Word is: "Slay the Spire 2 was completely rewritten from the ground up in a new game engine! We're bringing in modern features, incorporating all-new visuals, and expanding moddability." Here's more:
Civilization has waited 1,000 years for the Spire to reopen its doors...
Return to the Spire and face friends and foes in this sequel to the quintessential roguelike deckbuilder. How high will you ascend... and what truths lie at the top?

New slayers join the fray with their own sets of cards, mechanics, and personalities. Try out more archetypes and master them at your own pace. The Spire forever awaits those who dare challenge it...

The Spire isn't what it used to be. New enemies, events, and treasures await as the rooms and items you discover change each time you play... Try risky builds or play it safe as you explore countless different strategies, find yourself in peculiar scenarios, and confront the Bosses of each Act.
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The Planet Crafter Officially Launches

The Planet Crafter has launched out of Early Access and is now officially available for Windows on Steam. The first-person terraforming/crafting game has already changed the world for developer Miju Games, as it currently boasts over 25,000 overwhelmingly positive reviews. Here's the recent Official 1.0 Launch Date Trailer and there's a playable demo to sample. Here's word on what the fuss is all about:
The Planet Crafter introduces a complex and innovative game system where players' actions directly influence the transformation of the world they are living in. By developing technological equipment and optimizing the space and resources at their disposal, players can observe the results of their interventions and gradually see the terraforming index increase, thus unlocking new possibilities and challenges. As they progress, they unveil the mysteries of the planet and bring life to this arid land, transforming it into a living, lush oasis, offering a rewarding experience for players.

The game features a complete and diverse immersion experience with over 30 biomes to discover, a storyline with several narrative arcs, various difficulty levels and an all-new multiplayer co-op mode for collaborating together around a common goal. Players can enjoy this epic space adventure in solo mode, or share their exploration with the community.
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The Rogue Prince of Persia Announced

Ubisoft and developer Evil Empire announce The Rogue Prince of Persia, a return to the Prince's 2D action/platforming roots with a roguelite flair. This is expected to vault into Early Access on Steam on May 14th, but there is also an alpha testing application on the official website if you can't wait. Here's a Reveal Trailer with a first look and here's more on what to expect:
The Rogue Prince of Persia is set in a fictional rendition of Ctesiphon, the capital of the Persian Empire. The city faces invasion by the Hun's army of possessed soldiers, led by the malevolent Hun chief, Nogai. Players will embody the Prince, who was gifted with a mystical bola that resurrects him each time he dies. This magical artifact has let him take huge risks to perfect the skills of acrobatics & combat in his youth, molding him into a formidable warrior. In attempt after attempt, players must help the Prince explore different biomes, master new weapons, equip new trinkets, upgrade his gears at the Oasis and rally his allies to save the city from destruction.

To master the platforming sections, players will have to use the iconic wall run, allowing them to easily cross gaps, avoid traps and outmaneuver enemies. From the aqueduct to the grand academy, by way of the wild gardens, the Prince must use all his acrobatic skills to safely find a route through procedurally generated levels made of a variety of colorful biomes, inspired by Persian architecture.
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KILL KNIGHT Announced

PlaySide Studios announces KILL KNIGHT, an arcade shooter/slasher coming this year to Steam. The Announcement Trailer (which includes a flashing lights warning) shows of the breakneck pace of the game's isometric-perspective action. Harvey Dent said: "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." KILL KNIGHT asks, why not both?:
KILL KNIGHT challenges players to master the demon within as they descend through the voids of an eldritch arena and harness a devastating arsenal of armor and weapons against swarms of otherworldly horrors.

Once a loyal knight, betrayed, and banished to the Abyss. A desecrated corpse inside reanimated armor. You rise to an eternal death. Branded KILL KNIGHT, you have one purpose - KILL THE LAST ANGEL.

Players must learn to exploit enemy weaknesses, enact brutal executions, and weave through the Knight’s Arsenal to tactically manage resources - as they dance with death in the Abyss and take the fight to global leaderboards against friends and foes alike.
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Old World Behind the Throne Next Month

Hooded Horse announces Behind the Throne, a new expansion coming on May 28th to Old World, the historical 4X strategy game. This promises over 350 new events, new character traits, and mechanics for court politics, personal ambitions, and epic rivalries. Just remember that when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. Here's the Steam Listing, a trailer, and more:
This new Old World add-on focuses on character interactions – their wants, needs, and ambitions. New gameplay mechanics include the emergence of powerful rivals – figures with the popularity or authority to challenge your ruler in various ways. Stress mechanics will see characters struggle under the pressures of court life, forcing them to engage in revelry. What revelry you ask? The good old-fashioned kind – gambling, opulence, the usual.
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Broken Roads Released

Broken Roads is now available for Windows on GOG.com* and Steam, as well as for Xbox One/Series X|S and PlayStation 4/5, kicking off a story-driven RPG where you must lead a party through a postapocalyptic Australian Outback that's trying to kill you even more than the preapocalyptic Outback. The Windows edition is available with a 10% launch discount. You can see this in action in the Launch Trailer and read on for more on the game and its inspirations:
Born of a love for traditional computer role-playing from franchises such as Pillars of Eternity, Disco Elysium, Fallout, Wasteland, Tyranny, Pathfinder, and Baldur's Gate, Broken Roads provides a rich, engaging narrative in which players make their way across a desolated future Australia. Blending together traditional and all-new role-playing elements on top of a classless system offering nearly unlimited character development options, Broken Roads presents players with an original morality system: the Moral Compass. This novel design sees dialogue options and questing decisions influence, and be influenced by, a character's philosophical leaning.
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Reigns Beyond Next Week

Developer Nerial and publisher Devolver Digital announce Reigns Beyond will launch on PC and Switch on April 17th, launching a science fiction installment in the Reigns series that's currently only available on Apple Arcade. Here's the deal: "Reigns Beyond takes the series’ famous narrative-driven, card-swiping gameplay to cosmic new heights. Journey across the universe as an intergalactic band, playing shows, recruiting new members and rocking the cosmos." A launch trailer takes a look, and here's more:
But it wouldn’t be Reigns without risk. As you embark on this epic multi-planet tour you have to keep your crew in check and your ship running. One wrong decision can leave you stranded, or worse, in the depths of space.

FEATURES

  • Unlock legendary galactic guitars and rock out in front of your adoring fans
  • Fight pirates, overzealous tax collectors and more in swipe-based dogfights
  • Hang out on your ship for band practice and help out lost space travelers
  • Meet over 60 curious characters, including a know-it-all AI, a space bear, a scholarly mollusk and your manager, Lord Shark
  • Swipe over 1,700 decision cards, offering endless possibilities
  • Original soundtrack by Sam Webster (Grindstone)

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Sky: Children of the Light Released

Sky: Children of the Light is now available in Early Access for Windows on Steam. Not to be confused with yesterday's launch of Children of the Sun, this is a serene MMOG from thatgamecompany. The Official Steam Launch Trailer is a chance to see the light, and here's more on the game and its peaceful vibe:
Sky: Children of the Light is a peaceful, award-winning MMO from the creators of Journey. Explore a beautifully-animated kingdom across seven realms and create enriching memories with other players in this delightful puzzle-adventure game.
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Underspace Early Access

Underspace is now available in Early Access on GOG.com* and Steam, offering the chance to play the in-development action/arcade offering based on classic space games. This is to the extent that developer Pastaspace Interactive refers to it as the "spiritual successor to Freelancer." Here's the Early Access Launch Trailer and you can watch the developers playing the game in a livestream on Steam. Here's word on the game, and the possibility of encountering some eldrich mysteries in the stars:
The spiritual successor to Freelancer, Underspace is an open-world sandbox RPG with a Lovecraftian twist, where every star system is handcrafted, and every star system has something to see or do. Jump into the bizarre galaxy of Croft, step into the role you want, and thrive alone or online with friends (multiplayer on near term Early Access roadmap). But beware! The storms rule the stars.

Be a miner picking through crystallized bones of ancient star beasts, a trader hauling artifacts to far-flung outposts, a pirate robbing spacetrains, an explorer combing through lost stellar cities, or a hunter chasing down unknowable monstrosities that spew forth from the storms. Brave violent weather, eldritch beasts, and the terrors of the unknown as you make your mark in the universe.
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Star Trek: Infinite Support Ending

A low-key post on the Paradox Interactive Forums announces that Star Trek: Infinite is turning out to be quite finite, as the Trekkie grand strategy game will not be getting any updates going forward, just months after it launched last October (thanks Rock Paper Shotgun). This doesn't explain why the game failed, or besides the use of the word "sadly." even admit to failure, making it sound like a six month support cycle is normal. This concludes thanking the community for its unrequited enthusiasm:
Lastly, we cannot express enough gratitude for you, our community, for your support, enthusiasm, and dedication. Your engagement, feedback, and passion have been the driving force behind this adventure. You've built more than just a player base; you've forged a community of explorers united under the banner of Star Trek.

Though our journey in updating Star Trek: Infinite concludes here, the universe we've created together remains. The legacy of Star Trek: Infinite will live on through you, the community, and the adventures you continue to share.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible voyage, live long and prosper.

Tripwire Leadership Changes

Tripwire Interactive announces the appointment of Matthew LoPilato as the new CEO of the publisher/developer. LoPilato was previously CFO, and word is company co-founder and former CEO Alan Wilson is transitioning to a new role as a vice president. Word is: "The leadership transition reflects a new era for Tripwire Interactive, as LoPilato will oversee the Roswell-based studio and its 120 employees as they continue to create new game experiences and service their community of fans worldwide." Here's more:
Wilson co-founded Tripwire in 2005, and has held multiple senior positions within the studio before being named CEO in 2021. In his new role as Vice President, he will continue to be involved in activities including the assessment of internal and external developed titles, as well as potential publishing opportunities, business development support and legal assistance.

LoPilato has been at Tripwire since 2016, where he held business and financial roles. He has served as CFO since 2018, and has worked closely with Wilson and other leaders to oversee the studio including its acquisition by Embracer Group in 2022. As CEO, LoPilato will be responsible for continuing to lead the company as they further invest in their tentpole IPs (Killing Floor series, Maneater, and more) as well as grow their portfolio through Tripwire Presents, the company's 3rd party publishing division, and other strategic partnerships.

Intel Star Wars Outlaws Bundle

Intel and Ubisoft announce a collaboration for Star Wars Outlaws. The new action/adventure just got an August 30th release date, and now word is purchasers of an Intel 14th generation CPU will get a copy for free. Here's the plan:
What Gamers Should Look For: Starting today, gamers can take advantage of a special promotion. Gamers upgrading to the new Intel Core 14th Gen HX-Series mobile processors and S-Series desktop processors will receive a copy of Star Wars Outlaws.

This promotion is available across a range of newly released gaming laptops from partners, including Dell Alienware, Lenovo Legion, HP Omen, Acer Predator, ASUS ROG, MSI and Razer – all powered by Intel’s fastest-ever gaming processor.

Gamers will receive a digital copy of Star Wars Outlaws on qualifying purchases made April 9, 2024, through July 31, 2024, and can redeem and download the game until Sept. 15, 2024. For more information on eligible products and participating partners please visit the Software Advantage website.

Master Blaster Demo

Lost Cabinet Games announces Master Blaster, an "aim-and-shoot" arcade game loosely based on air hockey. This low-friction action is on display in this trailer, and there's also a playable demo on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's the pitch:
Master Blaster is a simple, yet addictive aim-and-shoot chaotic game that combines old-school arcade action with tactical and strategic elements.

In Master Blaster, you find yourself in the shoes of a ultraversal entity, the enigmatic Master Blaster . Engage in sweaty cosmic battles against adversaries known as 'Chaosbringers' - the manifestations of the very forces of universal unpredictability.

Embark on an otherworldly, atmospheric journey where air hockey-inspired physics meets strategy , precision and intense blasting action!
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Ereban: Shadow Legacy Released

Ereban: Shadow Legacy is now available on Steam, offering a stealthy 3D platformer for Windows. Its rapid pace and science fiction theme are shown off in the Launch Trailer, and this post from Baby Robot expresses excitement over the developer's debut release. Here's more on the game, which offers the choice between playing like a ninja or going full Rambo:
Ereban: Shadow Legacy is a fast-paced stealth platformer game where you become Ayana, the last descendant of a forgotten race. Harness mystical shadow powers, high-tech gadgets and avoid or kill to uncover the truth about your past and the key to saving a dying, morally grey universe. What will your legacy be?

Experience an unprecedented combination of stealth and shadows with the Shadow Merge ability. Dive into shadows and move freely through them to climb walls, reach inaccessible places, attack from cover or advance unseen.

Absorb echoes to learn more lethal and non-lethal shadow powers, craft high-tech gadgets, and combine all this with your agility to infiltrate Helios lines and investigate what they are hiding.
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Out of the Blue

Even though the groundhogs predicted an early spring, it has only just now finally arrived in these parts, a couple of weeks late (predicting a late spring isn't even an option on Groundhog Day!). This came on so suddenly that when MrsBlue and I ran an errand yesterday, she walked out bundled in a parka. I knew what was coming, but she didn't. Imagine her shock when it was 74°F outside! Surprise!

Overdressed Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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