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Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

Capes Next Month (Revisited)

Daedalic Entertainment announces May 29th is the official release date for Capes, the turn-based superhero tactics game. If this gives you déjà vu, it's not a glitch in the matrix, it's because the news was accidentally posted here Monday before an embargo ended, so apologies to everyone for the screw-up. Preorders are now underway on the Epic Games Store and Steam for Windows and macOS and on the respective stores for PlayStation 4/5 and Switch (it will also launch on Xbox One/Series X|S). Developer Spitfire Interactive boasts veterans of Freedom Force and Teen Titans development, promising to build on the lessons learned from those comic book-inspired games. Here's a new Release Date Reveal Trailer and word:
Twenty years ago, the supervillains won. Since then, they’ve created a dystopian city where developing super powers is a crime. Nobody has managed to slow them down, until now.

Capes is a turn based superhero strategy game where you build a team of heroes and fight to take back the city.

Played across a series of campaign and patrol missions, choose to push forward with the story or take the time to explore the side missions and unlock more heroes, earn skill points and complete challenges, and learn more about your heroes lives.
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SteamWorld Heist 2 Announced

GOG.com announces plans for SteamWorld Heist 2, and Steam also has a listing for this action/RPG sequel, saying it will launch on August 8th. The Reveal Trailer shows this follow up to SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist. The lesson here, as Neil Young once warned, is rust never sleeps:
All is not well on the waves, a crisis is brewing. A water crisis! Mysteriously, this precious resource has turned deadly, corroding metal limbs and mechanical hearts.

Take charge as Captain Leeway joined by his ragtag crew of Steambots to uncover the enigmatic menace threatening the Great Sea.

In the heat of battle, precision is key. Take aim and let your shots ricochet with deadly accuracy. Every move counts as you strategise your way to victory, using your environment to your advantage and bouncing bullets off surfaces to outmaneuver your enemies.
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Dead Island 2 SoLA Launches

The SoLA expansion is now available on the Epic Games Store, adding new content to the Windows edition of Dead Island 2, the zombie-infested sequel set on the island of Los Angeles. The add-on is also available for consoles, and since Dead Island 2 is launching next week on Steam, the expansion will arrive there at the same time. The news is covered on the PlayStation.Blog where there's a SoLA Launch Trailer showing how this will let you rock out with your Glock out. Here's word:
Stage dive into the heart of SoLA, the ultimate Californian music festival, built upon ancient grounds...
Stalking the pulsating heart of LA's final rave is a psychedelic beat that has unleashed total chaos, leaving nothing but a rotting crater of gore and a malevolent presence haunting the shadows. Something is out there and it’s still hungry.
Are you ready to face the music and battle the darkness that raves at the edge of reality? Find out in this second story expansion for Dead Island 2.
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Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode Beta

Bay12 Games announces the launch of a beta adventure mode for Dwarf Fortress, the hardcore RPG/sim for Windows and Linux. This trailer takes a tiny look at how this takes players beyond the fortress, offering instructions on how to opt-in. Here's a pertinent warning: "Keep in mind this is very much a beta and still in active development. There are features from Classic Adventure Mode and planned new features that have not made their way to the Steam version yet. We will be updating the beta frequently with hotfixes, new menus, audio and art as well as fixing the inevitable bugs." Here's what to expect:
The beta for Adventure Mode is now live on Steam. Create a character and freely roam the rich simulated world you have made a home in during your Fortress Mode save or start fresh in a newly generated world.

If you already own Dwarf Fortress on Steam, you will be able to play the beta. To access the beta, right click Dwarf Fortress in your Steam library -> Properties -> Betas -> dropdown list and select "beta - Public beta branch”. No password needed. Steam should automatically begin downloading the beta!
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Rauniot Released

Rauniot is now available on GOG.com* and Steam, launching a point-and-click adventure for Windows from Act Normal Games. This is an alternate-history game set in 1970s Finland after an apocalyptic disaster puts humanity on the brink of extinction. The Release Trailer shows off some puzzle-solving gameplay and the description answers a few questions, but what caused this disaster is not one of them:
Rauniot takes you back to 1975 where a devastating natural disaster finally pushed civilization over the edge; continents were drowned by seas; heavy pollution has spread because of collapsed nuclear power plants and subsequent explosion. Hardly anyone has survived. The survivors are scratching a living. It was only a matter of time before riots, conflicts and wars decimated the planet. In this post-apocalyptic nightmare, children are born mutated or dead, often taking their mothers with them; fathers walk alone in bitterness and sorrow – some even driven to cannibalism as food resources slowly run out. In this sad new world nature and humanity are struggling to survive and find balance.

Rauniot challenges you to play as struggling protagonist Aino, a survivor lucky enough to be part of a group. Trust is like a razors edge, but collaboration is critical to provide protection, find food, clean water, medicine, electricity, and crucial knowledge to progress. The only thing preventing you from total isolation during these dangerous journeys are guile and determination. Have you got what it takes to master everything Rauniot throws at you?
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OutRage: Fight Fest Demo

There's now a playable demo on Steam for OutRage: Fight Fest, a party brawling game for Windows from Hardball Games. This is not a mano a mano fighting game, it's a 16-player riot with support for free-for-all, team-based, and battle royale modes. There's also comedy along with physics-based mayhem which is shown off in this trailer. Here's word on the game and this new sample:
OutRage: Fight Fest is the world’s first, 16-player beat-em-up, Mega-Brawler where players punch, kick, throw, use a whole host of weapons and the destructible levels around them to party-up in hilarious, short-session, Battle Royale, Free for All and Team-Based game modes. Players cause damage to each other and the world around them to earn ‘Rage’. As their ‘Rage’ increases they’ll bulk up, hit harder and throw bigger in chaotic smash sessions where everything is a weapon.

This two-mode teaser gives players the chance to take part in a 4-player Survival match where only one contestant can be left standing. They can also try out the 8-player, team-based Domination mode where they’ll need to work together to capture and control points, or jump into the training area to hone their fighting skills.
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Kingsgrave Released

Steam now features the launch of Kingsgrave, a fantasy adventure for Windows and macOS inspired by the Zelda series. This heritage and the game's admittedly "gloomy" atmosphere can be seen in the Launch Trailer. You get a 10% discount if you pick this up over the next week. Here's the sales pitch:
Kingsgrave is a gloomy 2D RPG inspired by the classics, with puzzles and gated exploration that are approachable yet provide a satisfying challenge. Players will traverse the fractured lands to gain more power and combat skills, slay foes created by plague, solve various puzzles, and rebuild villages along the way.

Arise, mighty monarch, from your prolonged slumber. A dreadful disease has struck the kingdom and taken away people's lives. Your lands have wilted, the rest of the subjects have abandoned their houses, and monsters created by fragments of diseased souls have come in their places, swallowing up all living beings. It is time, king, to awake and unite the fractured lands, vanquish the darkness, and lead your people to prosperity like old times. The fate of your realm depends on you!
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Reigns Beyond Released

Reigns Beyond is now available on Steam, offering the Windows edition of this card-swiping sequel that debuted on Apple Arcade. This also arrives on Switch today. This trailer shows off this new installment in the multimillion-selling series. Here's the deal:
Journey across the universe as an intergalactic band, playing shows, recruiting new members and rocking the cosmos. But don’t forget to keep your crew in check and your ship running. Otherwise, you could be stranded in the depths of space... or worse.

With over 1,700 decision cards to shape your narrative, a cast of memorable characters to interact with and thrilling dogfights to engage in, Reigns Beyond boldly swipes where no Reigns has swept before.
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Last Link of the Day: Brian Cox: Joaquin Phoenix was terrible in Napoleon and I would have played it better. Thanks Dark Horizons. He's not wrong. He would have been better even if he kept his Scottish accent.

PC Vigor Next Month

Bohemia Interactive announces Vigor will come to Early Access on Steam next month, giving PC gamers a free-to-play looter-shooter that's already hosted more than 20 million console players. Here's a teaser trailer that teases those of us who miss DOS as well as the game. Read on for the announcement, which leans heavily into battle pass FOMO:
Early Access arrives with the special Vigor – Reinforcements Pack which will be priced at $19.99 and will allow players who purchase it to be able to play with each other on PC, while the game is still in Early Access. The Reinforcements Pack contains an exclusive uniform and a unique title that you can wear as a badge of honor by being one of the very first to play Vigor on PC. The Pack also contains a set of weapons and consumables from all rarities that will help you kickstart your journey as you become the ultimate Outlander in perilous Norway. Once the Early Access is over, all progress will be wiped for all players on PC. The only thing that will be bound to their account are the contents of the Vigor - Reinforcements Pack. The format is very similar to the one when Vigor was first released on Xbox Game Preview in 2018.
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Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut PC Details & Specs

PlayStation.Blog has more on the Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut that's coming to PC next month. The post from Nixxes Software discusses support for PC hardware, cross-play, and PlayStation Trophies. You read that last part right, as word is this is the "first PlayStation title on PC that uses a new PlayStation overlay, which includes your Friends list, Trophies, Settings, and your Profile." The post also includes four sets of system specifications ranging from nope to yup:

Preset Very Low Medium High Very High
Avg Performance 720P @ 30 FPS 1080P @ 60 FPS 1440P @ 60 FPS /
4K @ 30 FPS
4K @ 60 FPS
Processor Intel Core i3-7100
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Intel Core i5-2600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Intel Core i5-11400
AMD Ryzen 5 5600
Intel Core i5-11400
AMD Ryzen 5 5600
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
AMD Radeon RX 6800
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT
Memory 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Storage 75 GB HDD space
(SSD recommended)
75 GB SDD space 75 GB SDD space 75 GB SDD space
OS Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit

Yars Rising Announced

Atari announces Yars Rising, another game based on Atari 2600 classic Yars' Revenge following the 2022 launch of Yars: Recharged. The new game is in the works at WayForward Technologies for release on PC and consoles later this year. The Official Announcement Trailer shows off this modernized metroidvania, and here are some details:
In Yars Rising, players take control of the young hacker Emi Kimura, who is hired by a mysterious patron to infiltrate the shadowy Qotech corporation. Run, jump, sneak, and hack a way through challenges to unravel layers of intrigue in this expansive sci-fi mystery. Embark on Emi’s journey to decipher the mystery of the corporation’s closely guarded secret and uncover her inexplicable bond to a far-off alien race.

WayForward has built a reputation for developing franchises featuring strong characters and rich storytelling. In Yars Rising, the studio delivers a side-scrolling Metroidvania adventure with platforming action, a balance of stealth and combat gameplay, and retro-inspired mini-games.
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Buckshot Roulette Sells 1M

CRITICAL REFLEX and developer Mike Klubnika announce that Buckshot Roulette has sold over 1 million units in just over a week since its launch on Steam. This success is no thanks to us, as the launch escaped our watchful eye. This game of Russian roulette has a horror-themed twist that should be apparent to anyone who understands how shotguns differ from revolvers (we kid, the gimmick here is some of the shotgun shells are empty). This announcement covers the news, saying multiplayer support is currently in the works. A new trailer celebrates the milestone, and here's more on the game:
BUCKSHOT ROULETTE is a tabletop horror take on the infamous game of Russian Roulette with a proper 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Live and blank shells are inserted into the chamber in a hidden sequence. Next — take aim, (don’t hesitate!) and pull the trigger.

Many powerful beings entered this club before. Not a lot of them left. As the metal railings tremble to the pulse of long-lost drum machines, a ruthless Dealer awaits you. Are you willing to play a deadly game of chance with them?
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MULLET MAD JACK Next Month

HAMMER95 and Epopeia Games announce MULLET MAD JACK launches on Steam on May 15th, kicking off a 2.5D boomer shooter with a colorful anime style. As evidenced by the title's reference to Billy Ray Cyrus' favorite hairstyle, this is set in the 1980s/1990s, which is equally demonstrated in the official launch date trailer. Here's more on this throwback experience:
In an exciting journey inspired by classic anime, you will be immersed in the cyberpunk world of Mullet MadJack, set in the 90’s... 2090s to be precise. Your mission is to rescue the world's most famous influencer from the clutches of a dangerous criminal organization comprised of powerful billionaire robots.

In the future, vigilantes are addicted to dopamine, and to get their fix, you'll have to overcome deadly challenges in each skyscraper, floor by floor, all in pursuit of securing your own dopamine hit. Get ready to face each level and claim your dose of adrenaline.
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Life Eater Released

Life Eater is now available on Steam, offering a dark Windows game described as a "horror fantasy kidnapping simulator." The launch trailer has a stylized look at a gameworld described as both dark fantasy and steampunk. Did we mention this is dark? Okay, you've been warned:
To delay the end of the world, you must sacrifice a number of specific - but vaguely-described - human beings every year. Use a video editing-inspired interface to discover the story of your victims' lives, one schedule block at a time. Pry into the most intimate details of your targets' schedules, and when the time is right: abduct them before the authorities can find your lair. Time is short and your list of names is long. Choose your options wisely... and pray that the dark god you serve is even real.
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Out of the Blue

It's beautiful and sunny around the BlueTower right now. But the elbow I broke in my car accident a few years ago has something to say about that. It's being cranky and achy, and sure enough, the forecast calls for a little rain later. So chalk one up for my osteopathic weather reporter. What's weird is it's more likely to alert me to minor weather issues like this, but not bigger storms. Too bad, that would actually be more helpful than a warning it's going to drizzle.

Obituary: Indiana's Carl Erskine, Dodgers legend, human rights icon, dies. RIP Oisk. Thanks Neutronbeam.

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