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Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

Nexus 5X Released

Paradox Interactive has launched Nexus 5X out of Windows Early Access on Steam, kicking off what it describes as the world's first 5X game by adding eXpress to the 4X formula. This post has details on what was once planned as an extension of the Stellaris series and the Release Trailer includes gameplay footage and narration discussing what to expect. Here's word:
Nothing beats the thrill of a deep strategy board game session with friends, and with Nexus 5X, you can play not one, but several sessions during an evening where “One More Turn” becomes “One More Game.”

Nexus 5X is a multiplayer turn-based 4X clash for galactic dominance, played from start to finish in about an hour!

Choose from unique factions and leaders and play alone or in turn-based multiplayer with 2-8 players. Play with friends or brave the Nexus online in skill-based matchmaking. Form unlikely alliances, execute bitter betrayals, or quietly plot from the shadows to ascend victorious to the Galactic Throne, all in around 60 minutes.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance II Announced

Warhorse Studio announces Kingdom Come: Deliverance II, delivering on this morning's leaked news of plans for a sequel to the 2018 action/RPG. That leak was the early release of this Official Announce Trailer with a cinematic introduction to life in the middle ages that concludes with a 2024 release window. There's also an Official Game Reveal Video where actors and developers discuss the game while hanging out in a cathedral (like you do). Word is that while this is a true sequel, it will also be completely friendly to newcomers. Here's more:
Diving back into the heart-pounding world of 15th Century Bohemia (Central Europe), Kingdom Come: Deliverance II picks up where its predecessor left off, thrusting players into the shoes of Henry, the steadfast son of a blacksmith embroiled in a tumultuous tale of vengeance, betrayal, and self-discovery.

In this gripping sequel, players will traverse a meticulously crafted medieval landscape, from the humble confines of a blacksmith's forge to the grandeur of royal courts, all while navigating the treacherous currents of a kingdom torn apart by civil war.
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F1 24 Announced

EA Sports announces F1 24, the next installment in the official game series of the FIA Formula One World Championship. This will launch for PC and consoles on May 31st, which is earlier in the season than usual (F1 23 launched on June 16). Here's the Official Reveal Trailer and the high octane details include word on an overhauled career system and improved handling dynamics:
Working closely with current World Champion and Champions Edition cover star Max Verstappen, the new EA SPORTS Dynamic Handling redefines the feel of the car to produce a realistic and predictable performance across wheel and pad. All-new suspension kinematics, upgraded tyre model, advanced aerodynamic simulation, and new engine and car setup options enhance the driving experience. Cornering, rolling resistance, brake pressure, ambient track temperature, and variable conditions enable drivers to receive immediate feedback to maximise their on-track performance.

Enhancements on and around the circuits add to the race week experience, including Silverstone which has received a significant update to deliver authentic circuit accuracy. Updates to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Lusail International Circuit, and Jeddah Corniche Circuit ensure that in-game tracks match their real-world counterparts. Actual driver audio samples taken from F1® broadcasts add a new dimension as they react to on-track incidents. A new broadcast presentation package and cutscenes add to the race day immersion.
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Predecessor Passes 1M Players

An X post from Omeda Studios thanks the over one million players who have already participated in the Predecessor open beta test that launched just a few weeks ago. This takes the opportunity to invite everyone to join the MOBA partially based on Paragon:
Words can't explain what this means to our team. Thank you all so much for your support! 💝

👇 Join over 1,000,000 players in the Predecessor Open Beta now!
http://playp.red/JZ8c50RiAAQ

Galactic Civilizations IV: Warlords Launches

Stardock has launched Warlords, the latest expansion for Galactic Civilizations IV: Supernova, adding loads of new content and features to the 4X space strategy sequel. As can be inferred from the title, the focus here is combat. This should be purchased from wherever you got the base game (which is required), be it the Epic Games Store, Steam, or the Official Website. Speaking of the base game, there's also a patch updating that to version 2.5. This post has the change log. Here's a new video introducing the add-on. Here's more:
Stardock has released a major expansion pack for its popular space 4X game, Galactic Civilizations IV. Galactic Civilizations IV: Warlords adds a host of new features including War Aims, Combat Doctrines, Invasion Tactics, New Ship Components, New Technologies, a new Battle Viewer and much more.

Alongside the expansion pack, Stardock has also released version 2.5, a major free update for fans of the series which has a host of new features, user experience improvements, AI updates and an improved trade system.
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Cities: Skylines II Beach Properties DLC Delisted

The Beach Properties DLC for Cities: Skylines II is now delisted on Steam, and is no longer for sale, just a few weeks following its release. A lengthy post from Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive explains this is in response to player disappointment with the add-on, discussing the path forward, which involves the delay of the city builder for consoles. This also includes making the add-on content free for all players and providing refunds where possible, which it is not for Ultimate Edition customers due to the complexities of partial refunds. Word is: "We are committed to repaying that loyalty, and therefore, we will compensate Ultimate Edition holders by adding 3 Creator Packs and 3 Radio Stations which, together, sum up to a value of USD 39.99." The post starts out admitting the DLC was rushed and should not have been published as it was. Here's what it says about changing things going forward:
Looking ahead, we also want to make immediate and meaningful changes in the way we approach the game’s development and our communication with you. Firstly, this means a complete focus on improving the base game and modding tools, and secondly, we want to better involve you, the community, as we choose our priorities going forward. We will focus on additional free patches and game updates in the coming months before Colossal Order spends time on new paid content, resulting in a move of the Bridges and Ports Expansion to 2025. In addition, the aforementioned Creator Packs are being produced independently, and will not take any focus away from the work on improving the game. To make sure we focus on the right things, we’re putting together an advisory meeting, where a small group of player representatives, together with Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive, will discuss the development plan for this year. The people in this group are chosen for the size of their following within the community to represent as many people as possible. The teams from Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive will provide them with full transparency and answer any questions and critiques voiced. Our hope is that together with you, our community, we can make sure that we do not repeat the same mistakes we have made in the past and bring this game into a bright future.

HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED 2 - Turbocharged: Fast & Furious Expansion Pack

The Fast & Furious Expansion Pack is now available for HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED 2 - Turbocharged, offering a chance to recreate the action movie series in a more realistic manner using virtual toy cars. This is on Steam for Windows and is also available for consoles and Game Pass. This chance to live your life a quarter mile at a time features Dom's Garage and four cars, including the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 and a wheelie-popping 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Here's word:
Holding a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide, the iconic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T is now available. Its muscular frame and powerful stance will make it instantly recognizable on the track, striking fear into all opponents. Fast & Furious is the essence of adrenaline-filled action, and the Charger isn’t the only new souped-up vehicle. Just like Brian O'Conner earned Dom Toretto’s respect, his Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 will quickly conquer players in the game with its all-wheel drive and massive twin turbos. Nevertheless, the most nostalgic fans of the saga will be eager to drive the ‘95 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the game, the compact sports car that marked O’Conner's entry into the underground racing scene.
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Get The Big Con and Town of Salem 2 for Free

This week there are two free games for the taking on the Epic Games Store and the store also reveals plans for two more next week. As of right now everyone is entitled to free copies of The Big Con and Town of Salem 2. Each is for keeps as long as you collect by next Thursday at 11:00 am EDT when the new games arrive. Those will be INDUSTRIA and Lisa: The Definitive Edition. Read on for descriptions of today's giveaways (there was this time… at band camp…):
The Big Con - Play as Ali, a curious and sarcastic high schooler who ditches band camp to go on a cross-country road trip. But this isn’t a joyride! Ali is on an all-important mission to save her family video store from the nasty loan sharks trying to shut their shop down. Swindle strangers, pickpocket people, and con commoners across a wacky America of the ‘90s. And – it should go without saying – lie to your mom about all of it. Choose who deserves to be conned and who might need a helping hand. The world is your oyster (and hey, pearls are worth a lot!).

Welcome to Town of Salem, a gripping online multiplayer game of murder, deceit, and survival set in the quaint yet treacherous town of Salem. Immerse yourself in this thrilling social deduction adventure, where your strategy, wit, and ability to read others are your greatest assets. Can you uncover the truth before it's too late, or will deception lead you astray?

Larian on Baldur's Gate III and Two New Game IPs

A post from Larian Studios on Steam revels in the best game honor for Baldur's Gate III at the recent BAFTA Game Awards, noting this is the fifth major Game of the Year award for the RPG sequel. The post discusses future plans for the game, saying "we still have a few tricks up our sleeve" in discussing Patch 7 and beyond (warning about possible spoilers). There's also a look ahead, as the developer has already expressed a desire to move on from Baldur's Gate going forward. Details are scant for now, but work is underway on two new game projects, each based on an original IP, and excitement is high: "I don’t know if we’re going to pull it off, but looking at our narrative, visual and gameplay plans, I think what we’re working on now will be our best work ever," gushes Larian CEO Swen Vincke. "I get excited like a kid watching the key imagery, want to show it to everyone now and grumble in frustration at having to wait until it’s actually all working. Yes, it’s hype but it’s hype because it really looks and feels good." Here's more:

As an independent studio since 1996, we value the freedom to follow our creativity wherever it leads. In this case, after six years in the Forgotten Realms and much discussion and rumination, we’ve decided to seize this opportunity to develop our own IPs. We’re currently working on two new projects and we couldn’t be more excited about what the future has in store.

It’s still early days - we’ll tell you more about those later down the line. But know that even as our focus turns to these new games, the sensibilities that brought you Baldur’s Gate 3 are alive and well here at the Larian castle. We’re fueled by the very same fire in our bellies, one that drives us to create immersive experiences shaped by your choices, and we can’t wait for you to join us on this next adventure.
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Sker Ritual Released

Sker Ritual is now officially available for Windows on Steam and for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, offering a zombie-infested survival FPS from Wales Interactive. This was put through its paces in Early Access to a positive reception, and is now ready for prime time. This post discusses the launch and what's changed for version 1.0. It offers the Official Launch Trailer featuring 4K gameplay, and there's also a playable demo to sample. Here's word:
An intense, round-based, zombie horror shooter by indie developers at Wales Interactive. Play solo or up-to 4-players online, facing relentless waves of Quiet Ones whilst solving mysterious missions, uncovering Easter Eggs, upgrading steampunk weapons and obtaining Miracles — a vast network of Celtic God powers.

It’s 1914, and Elisabeth Williams has conquered Sker Island, now seeking domination with a broadcast of the Siren’s Song. Arianwen, her daughter, has opposed her, and after being mysteriously awakened, you must join her mission to thwart the broadcast and save the world from descending into hell. Sker Ritual is not a direct sequel, but an FPS spin-off from the award-winning British indie horror game, Maid of Sker!
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Fate/Samurai Remnant: Additional Episode 2 Released

Additional Episode 2 "Record's Fragment: Yagyu Sword Chronicles" is now available on Steam, PlayStation, and Switch, adding new content to Fate/Samurai Remnant, the action/RPG from TYPE-MOON and KOEI TECMO GAMES. The DLC Vol. 2 Trailer doesn't attempt to write out the title, even though it positively rolls off the tongue. This is sold separately, and requires the base game. It's also already in the libraries of those who purchased either the Deluxe Edition of the game or its Season Pass. A new trailer sets up the story, offering English subtitles to translate the Japanese dialog. Here are the details:
Entitled “Record’s Fragment: Yagyu Sword Chronicles”, the new content includes fresh story elements, a mysterious new Rogue servant, and a crime for the ages.

In DLC Vol. 2, a new mystery unfolds in the shadow of the Waxing Moon Ritual when the streets of Edo become the theatre of night killings. At the behest of Sukenoshin, Miyamoto Iori and Saber investigate the murders of helpless citizens, found dead at sunrise, cutdown by a samurai of tremendous skill wielding a new deadly blade. Players will make their way through the blood-soaked streets of Edo to reveal the killer before it’s too late. Along the way, they will cross paths with a Rogue Saber, who’s true identity is Yagyu Munenori. With the Rogue Servant by their side, players will have the chance to solve the mystery and restore peace to Edo.
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Tricky Madness Demo

A Steam Listing is now live for Tricky Madness, an upcoming arcade snowboarding game inspired by classics of the genre like SSX and 1080. This is from solo developer Nathan Dearth, and players can have a near-dearth experience by checking out the demo on itch.io. Here's a Re-announcement Trailer suggesting there's some déjà vu here, but we're not up to speed on that. Here's word on this game's aspirations to be the same old grind:
Tricky Madness is a love letter to the beloved snowboarding games of the early 2000s. Taking inspiration from what made them so good, fans of earlier titles will feel right at home in this refreshed interpretation with a familiar tricking system and iconic snowboarding tricks. With more polished gameplay, modern graphics, and modern system accessibility, Developer Nathan Dearth says he’s “ready to bring people the ultimate modern arcade snowboarding experience they've waited decades for.”
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Morels: The Hunt 2 Released

Morels: The Hunt 2 is now available for Windows on Steam, offering another chance to forage for fungi without the risk of tripping balls or poisoning yourself with a toadstool. This also allows you to explore nature and test your skills as a wildlife photographer, sort of like Dead Red Redemption 2 without all the shootin' and rustlin'. Here's a Gameplay Trailer and here's word:
Morels 2 is a relaxing adventure game about mushroom hunting and wildlife photography. Find as many morel mushrooms as you can while capturing photos of wildlife that you encounter, all while enjoying the sounds and experiences of nature surrounding you. Explore locations all around the world. You will get 100 days per season as you unlock locations along your journey and discover hunting secrets, along with a few surprises!
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Life is Feudal: MMO Relaunch

Long Tale Games announces lives up to its name with the relaunch of its Life is Feudal: MMO on Steam. The revival of the game as a subscription MMORPG is detailed in this post, saying that players who already have the game in their libraries are getting a free 30-day subscription, Also: "If you played the previous version of Life is Feudal: MMO, you can restore your investments in the form of special LiF Coins, redeemable for game subscriptions." New players will get to play for free for seven days. The post details a full game rebalance and additional enhancements and anti-cheat measures all meant to ease a return to the game after around a decade. Here's word:
Life is Feudal: MMO is a subscription-based MMO set in a medieval world of thrilling risks and unyielding realism. From intense PvP combat and large-scale guild wars to politics and diplomacy, the game is alive with possibilities. With unique crafting mechanics and professions, players can master their domain, build formidable fortresses, and dive deep into guild life for an immersive experience. The return of this legendary game opens the vast lands of Abella once more, offering players the chance to ascend through skillful swordplay or masterful wealth accumulation.

Out of the Blue

Quentin Tarantino's Final Film Won't Be 'The Movie Critic'; Pic Scrapped. Not sure why he's arbitrarily sticking to limiting his work to 10 films in the first place, especially since he's already directed 11 (sorry Quentin, there were two Kill Bill movies). But I certainly understand why he might not want his final film to be one to piss off the film critics who will be responsible for ongoing reevaluations of his work going forward. That's just prudence.

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