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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Peace Officers Memorial Day (USA)

Ubisoft Financials: The Division Heartland Cancelled

Ubisoft's latest earnings report is here with the latest razzle-dazzle for investors. Word is non-IFRS operating income for fiscal 2024 is €401m, in line with targets, the company's cost reduction program is "on track," and "solid growth" is expected with Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Shadows in the pipeline. There's also word that free-to-play first-person shooter The Division Heartland is cancelled in favor of "bigger opportunities." The game was first revealed three years ago and following a delay seemed to be on track after testing last summer. Now word is: "Additionally, in line with the increased selectivity of its investments, Ubisoft has decided to stop development on The Division® Heartland and has redeployed resources to bigger opportunities such as XDefiant and Rainbow Six." There's a slightly more expansive statement on IGN:
After careful consideration, we have made the tough call to halt development on Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland, effective immediately. Our priority now is to support the talented team members at our Red Storm Entertainment studio, who will be transitioning to new projects within our company, including XDefiant and Rainbow Six.

Assassin's Creed Shadows in November

Ubisoft officially unveils Assassin's Creed Shadows as promised, confirming the next installment in the stealth/action series will launch worldwide on November 15 for Windows via Ubisoft or the Epic Games Store, macOS, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, macOS (on Apple silicon), and Amazon Luna. Especially eager beavers can get three days of advance access by subscribing to Ubisoft+ or purchasing one of the three pricier special editions. A cinematic Official World Premiere Trailer is here showing off the previously revealed setting in feudal Japan and concluding with word that preorders are now underway. There's also a Who Are Naoe and Yasuke? Trailer and an Assassin's Creed Shadows Explained Video. There's still more on the official website and below:
Players will experience the intertwined stories of Naoe, an adept shinobi Assassin from the Iga Province, and Yasuke, the powerful samurai of historical legend. Discover their personal stories, meet pivotal historical figures, and shape the duo’s common destiny as they usher in a new era for Japan.

As Naoe and Yasuke, players can master two complementary playstyles, with each character featuring their own progression paths, skills, weapon options, and stats. Whether they embrace Naoe’s stealth skills or Yasuke’s combat prowess, players will have plenty of ways to approach objectives. With Naoe, they will experience refined infiltration mechanics using light, noise, shadows, and changing surroundings to avoid detection from enemies. With Yasuke, they will be able to take on larger groups of enemies with brutal precision.
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Men of War II Released

Today is D-Day for Men of War II, as the World War II RTS sequel is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store and for Windows and Linux on Steam. There's no launch discount, but there is the opportunity to spend more, as an artbook and the official soundtrack are also available for separate purchase. The Launch Trailer welcomes commanders back with its own wordier variation on "war never changes" along with a cinematic look at the game. Here's word:
Featuring an unmatched level of strategic depth, Men of War II offers players a staggering number of meticulously detailed units, each with unique specializations to fit their strategic visions. It also offers unwavering historical fidelity with authentic environments and battlefields and advanced enemy AI that will try to outsmart and outmaneuver players by adapting to their playstyles.

In Men of War II, players will take command of one of three World War II global powers - the Soviets, Americans, or Third Reich - each boasting a unique narrative campaign, allowing them to experience the war from different perspectives and utilize their military expertise in their choices. Two further Historical campaigns introduce pivotal battles with scenarios inspired by historical events, as well as a dynamic Conquest campaign and a skirmish-style experience in Raid mode. Players can also team up with up to four friends and tackle any campaign cooperatively.
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Extinction Rifts Announced

QUByte Interactive announces Extinction Rifts, an upcoming boomer shooter for those nostalgic for the 1990s who pine for the type of game that hasn't been released since way back in this morning. This will come to Steam, where the release window is still TBA. Here's a trailer showing off some high-FPS/BPM action. Read on for a bit on the story or pretend it's in-game and just hit the space-bar to skip ahead:
In a dystopian future, mysterious monoliths have suddenly appeared on planet earth, causing fear and doubt. Humanity, fearful of the origin and power of these artifacts, began to debate what should be done, always inclined to destroy them.

However, a paramilitary terrorist group called New World has taken possession of five of the monoliths around the world in order to use their supposed powers for their cause: the selective extinction of the human race!

It's now up to you, armed with a super-powerful item, the Adreno-Gauntlet, to locate all the monoliths and destroy them completely to ensure the survival of the planet!
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Evening Patches

Official patches.

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: House of the Dragon Season 2 - Official Trailer - Max. Thanks RedEye9.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut Declares Crossplay "Beta"

An update to last month's article on the PlayStation.Blog with system requirements for Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut reveals the multiplayer side of the PC edition of the action/adventure will be considered "beta" on launch (thanks Eurogamer). Multiplayer reportedly will require a PlayStation Network account, a prerequisite that caused the game to be delisted in all the territories where the PSN is not available. This mandate has caused loads of headaches for HELLDIVERS 2, that persist after it was dropped. It's not clear if declaring crossplay to be beta is intended to address this situation, or how it could do so. But the top of the post now bears this note:
Update (May 14, 2024): At launch, cross play on Legends Mode will be in Beta. Cross play between PS4 consoles, PS5 consoles, and PC is supported when starting a game session by inviting friends on PlayStation Network.

AR Glasses Breakthrough Claimed

Nature has details on an AI-assisted breakthrough by Stanford University researchers that may eventually mean the end of bulky headsets for augmented reality. Headset mass is holding this segment back, as even Apple's used-car-priced Vision Pro is a chunky monkey, and Stanford claims AR support in a prototype unit the size of normal glasses. There's some proof-of-concept code on GitHub and a write up on ZDnet (thanks Max) calling this a "VR breakthrough," though the Nature article is about holographic AR and doesn't mention VR at all. But we'll still quote it to summarize the jargon-heavy article with the explanation of why this tech is revolutionary, along with the virtual reality check it may still be a decade out:
There is a limit to how small glasses can become when embedding traditional screens. But by changing the optical properties of the glass itself, scientists would be building on the most accepted augmented reality device in history: our glasses.

Unfortunately, what the Stanford team has now is a prototype. The technology needs to be developed much more to move from research, into fundamental science, into the engineering lab, and then on to productization. While the Stanford team didn't predict how long that would take, it would be a fair bet to assume this technology is at least five to ten years out.

The Land Beneath Us Released

The Land Beneath Us is now available for Windows on Steam and for consoles, kicking off a roguelite dungeon crawler with a little anthropology, as Dear Villagers and FairPlay Studios say it is "rooted in Welsh mythology." If that sparks your curiosity, you're in luck, as there's a playable demo on all platforms, but these come with a warning that they'll be permanently removed after a week. Here's the Launch Trailer and more:
The Land Beneath Us is a turn-based rogue-lite action dungeon crawler. Use powerful skill combos and stylish weaponry to battle your way through the Underworld known as Annwn. Enjoy challenging dynamic encounters and discover the mysteries of this mythological world.

Forged by The Creator, the Ultimate Soul Harvester (U.S.H) is crafted to gather Souls. Now armed with Soul-Technology, its mission is one of redemption. Explore The Underworld, engage, barter, or confront characters. Learn from their tales to shape your unique path.
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Grab your Flowbee and make sure your 'do is fully business in the front and party in the rear. MULLET MADJACK is now available on Steam, offering a single-player first-person shooter from HAMMER95 and Epopeia Games. This boomer shooter features manic action and colorful throwback graphics, as seen in this Launch Trailer. There's a playable demo, and it carries a 10% haircut for the next week. The premise here is similar to the cinematic masterpiece Crank, where you must keep the action amped up in order to stay alive:
You must KILL to get more TIME

We are in the 90s... 2090 to be precise. MULLET MADJACK is a frantic first-person action game set in a vintage ANIME world:

In this future, MAN and INTERNET have merged into a new being. This being needs DOPAMINE every 10 SECONDS, or else it will DIE!
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