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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Next Month

Digital Eclipse announces May 23rd as the official release date for Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, the update of SirTech's classic 1981 dungeon-crawling RPG. The 3D remaster is currently in Early Access on GOG.com* and Steam, and the full launch will also come to PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. While this is a graphics remake, word is this uses the same underlying code as the original:
Digital Eclipse's Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord revival is built directly on top of the original Apple II game's code, preserving the appeal of the classic while also incorporating modern graphics and improved party management, navigation, spellcasting, and combat.

While the remake may look, sound, and feel completely new, the original Apple II game is under the hood -- you can even view the original interface while you're playing.

Craft your own party of adventurers and head into the labyrinth at the behest of the mad overlord Trebor, in search of the amulet stolen by the evil wizard Werdna. Battle challenging monsters, avoid hidden traps, and find your way through the dungeon for the ultimate showdown with Werdna himself.

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World of Warcraft Companion App Retiring

Blizzard announces the World of Warcraft mobile companion app is retiring. Please don't ask it to do anything after the next patch, it will just be relaxing and enjoying its hobbies:
With the release of The War Within™ pre-expansion content update, we will no longer support the WoW Companion App. After this date, players will not be able to update, download, or use the companion app and its features.

We want to thank everyone who has used the app as their companion for their adventures over the years!

Frostpunk Turns 6; Celebrates 5M Sales

A post on Steam celebrates the anniversary of Frostpunk, the chill survival/strategy game that launched six years ago today. Among the other factoids this rolls out is that the game has now sold over five million copies:
Today our beloved Frostpunk is celebrating its 6th anniversary. That means that the game's now old enough to cover its first emergency shift in the coal mine.

Here are 6 facts highlighting those 6 years:

  1. Around 3% of the players have over 100 hours on their record.
  2. On average, people play the game for 24 hours.
  3. More than half managed to save every person in Frostland playing The New Home scenario.
  4. The most popular track from the Frostpunk OST is "The City Must Survive". It's been played over 6.4 million times on Spotify and over 1.3 million times on YouTube.
  5. The rarest achievement, unlocked by only 0.6% of Steam players is "Endless slave driver". It's unlocked when you make all other settlements distrustful towards you in Endless Mode.
  6. Over 5 million copies of Frostpunk across all platforms have been sold so far.

Valve Closes Advanced Access Refund Loophole

Valve announces a Steam Refund Policy Update. Customers can still request and receive automatic refunds on games they've owned for under 14 days and played for under two hours. The two-hour limit does not include beta testing, and for advance purchases, the 14-day refund window does not start until the game is playable. A recent trend is to offer Advanced Access to pre-purchase customers, sometimes for pricier editions, giving access a few days before the standard launch. The change closes a loophole that did not count this play against the two-hour limit. Now playing a game in Advanced Access has the same two-hour limit as Early Access and officially released games. Here's how the relevant section in the Steam Refunds FAQ now reads:
REFUNDS ON TITLES PURCHASED PRIOR TO RELEASE DATE
When you purchase a title on Steam prior to the release date, the two-hour playtime limit for refunds will apply (except for beta testing), but the 14-day period for refunds will not start until the release date. For example, if you purchase a game that is in Early Access or Advanced Access, any playtime will count against the two-hour refund limit. If you pre-purchase a title which is not playable prior to the release date, you can request a refund at any time prior to release of that title, and the standard 14-day/two-hour refund period will apply starting on the game’s release date.

Oddsparks: An Automation Adventure Early Access

Early Access to Oddsparks: An Automation Adventure is now underway on the Epic Games Store and Steam, providing the first chance to play this automation/RTS game for Windows from Massive Miniteam and HandyGames. And if you're German, this is a chance to see your tax dollars at work, as word is this is "supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action with Federal funding for video games." Here's a new Things you didn't know about Oddsparks video featuring the developers, and this post lays out the Early Access roadmap. Read on for more:
Oddsparks: An Automation Adventure is a blend of Automation and Real Time Strategy for both the die-hard fans of the Automation genre and the Automation-curious. Explore a strange fantasy world, uncover the mysteries of the past, automate your workshops, and go on adventures with your odd & adorable Sparks!

Oddsparks is a great entry point into automation games but with a fresh spin for those who’ve already played thousands of hours in the genre. You’ll design automated workshops and put your Sparks to work in carrying and crafting everything you could need - including more Sparks!
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dev_hell Demo

Unhinged Studios now offers a playable demo for dev_hell, an upcoming roguelike deckbuilder set at a tech company. This is on Steam, where this post describes the demo as a final round of job interviews for applicants hoping to work in dev_hell. Here's a Demo Trailer along with more on this chance to exercise some daemons:
Congratulations! You are officially invited to final-round interviews for the job of your dreams! We were impressed by your submissive nature superb ability to navigate tough questions, and believe you would be a great fit for our team.

During these last steps, we will discuss your work experience, skills, and qualifications in-depth and provide you with more information about both the position and our company. There will also be a demo available to test your practical application skills, which we will be monitoring very closely. No pressure!
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Mark of the Deep Announced

Mad Mimic announces Mark of the Deep, an action/adventure for PC and consoles inspired by games such as Hollow Knight and Death's Door. A Steam Listing is live, showing a 2024 release window and sporting a "Request Access" button if you want to be a beta tester. We have a first look at gameplay in this trailer and the following details:
Mark of the Deep is an epic pirate-themed adventure with a strong narrative and a thrilling mix of Metroidvania and Souls-Like elements. Embark on this journey, explore the mysteries of a cursed island and find your missing pirate crew!

A pirate ship wrecked on a mystic and cursed island, till then known only by myths n’ tales. In this diversely hostile environment, Marcus “Rookie” Ramsey needs to face a wide variety of dangers to find his lost crew.
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House of Golf 2 Announced

Starlight Games announces House of Golf 2 is coming to PC and consoles this summer. The Announcement Trailer shows this off as an indoor version of golf, which can often be ill-advised. The Windows version will come to the Epic Games Store and Steam, but it has no listings yet. For a bit of confusion there's a Steam Listing for House Of Golf that says the first installment in the series is both "coming soon" and "no longer available on the Steam store." So there's that. Here's the description of the announcement trailer:
House of Golf 2 is coming to PS5, Xbox X/S and PC Steam and Epic Summer 2024.

The new game is developed with Unreal 5, and coming to new consoles for the first time. It takes the fun approach of mini-golf and brings it into the home with over 100 incredible courses, gorgeous visuals, weekly tournaments, and many crazy ways to play.
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Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection Delisting

A post on Steam announces the Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection will no longer be available after the end of next month. It will remain playable for those who already own it. This is more of a technicality than a real delisting, as both halves of the collection, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles will remain available separately. They just will no longer be offered with a discount as a bundle. Here's word:
The Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection bundle (The set SKU of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles) will be discontinued as of May 31, 2024.
*New downloads of Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection will not be available in the store, but owners will be able to continue to play game.
*Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles will remain available for purchase.

Out of the Blue

Here's a little PC game history, as the SDL Sopwith GitHub is celebrating today's 40th anniversary of the launch of Sopwith, a side-scrolling flight game for MS-DOS first released on this day in 1984. Based on source code released to the public by creator David L. Clark, the game is reportedly still "in development" after all these years: "SDL Sopwith is a port of the classic biplane shoot ‘em-up 'Sopwith' to run on modern computers and operating systems. It is named 'SDL Sopwith' as it uses the LibSDL cross-platform library." A 40 years of Sopwith page has links to read about the game's history and play it in a browser. Word is: "For the 40th anniversary, we finally got Sopwith's multiplayer feature working." It's still a lot of fun and a great reminder of how much early game programmers did with so little.

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