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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Get Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War for Free

In celebration of today's Warhammer SKULLS 2024 Festival, Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War for Windows and macOS is now available completely free on GOG.com and Steam. You have a week to collect on this offer and this strategy game from Proxy Studios and Slitherine and it's yours to keep. If you need a sales pitch for a free game, here you go:
Gladius Prime was known to Imperial scholars as a planet of archeological interest. During its colonization ancient relics were found, revealing hints of a shrouded past. But it was more than relics. Something awakened, an unspeakable horror from an ancient past, and the citizens of Gladius found themselves trapped in a terrible war for survival.

Gladius Prime was once a planet of peace. Now there is only war.

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius – Relics of War brings you to a world of terror and violence with the first turn-based 4X strategy game set in the Warhammer universe. Face challenging AI or cooperate or compete with friends and strangers across the globe.

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Released

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is now available on GOG.com* and Steam, offering the chance to re-experience this fantasy RPG released in 1981 by SirTech in a modernized 3D form. The announcement notes how this pioneered the party-based CRPG and spawned a series that comprises a lot more titles than we remember: "SirTech published seven Wizardry sequels over the next two decades. In the years since, the series' popularity has persisted in Japan, with a number of additional sequels and spin-off games released only in that market. As of 2024, the Wizardry franchise encompasses more than forty titles." Here's the Launch Trailer and here are some details:
The first party-based RPG video game ever released, Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord was a direct inspiration to series like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Digital Eclipse's revival preserves the appeal of the classic, with many upgrades for modern role-playing game fans.

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 groups of challenging enemies, avoid hidden traps, and make your way deeper into the dungeon as you prepare for the ultimate battle: Facing Werdna himself.
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Warhammer Skulls Festival Giveaway

The Warhammer Skulls Festival on GOG.com* is underway as another outlet for this weeklong celebration of Warhammer. This includes a sale with discounts on the mainline fantasy of Warhammer, the science fiction of Warhammer 40K, and spinoffs like Talisman and Blood Bowl. There's also a giveaway, as for the duration of the event everyone is entitled to a Warhammer Skulls 2024 Digital Goodie Bag. Before you start clearing off hard drive space for a new game, be aware this is just some wallpapers and some discount codes for Warhammer books and merch, proving they don't make goodies like they used to. But the discounts in the sale are up to 90% off, so there's still the chance to build your library on the cheap. You can find an overview on this page.

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Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun: Forges of Corruption Next Month

One announcement from the Warhammer shindig is news that Forges of Corruption DLC will launch on June 18th in Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, the retro-futuristic ultramarine boomer shooter. This will come to Windows, Xbox, and PlayStation at that time, while the Switch edition will trail. A coked-up Reveal Trailer is here to shout to the rooftops about this. Here's word:
Your favorite Ultramarine is back! Grab your holy chainsword and trusty Boltgun and prepare for another adrenaline-pumping shootout. The “Forges of Corruption” DLC takes Boltgun’s epic bloodfest to another level.

Explore new environments and stop Chaos corruption before it engulfs the entire world of Graia! Exterminate new enemies, including the monstrous Helbrute, the heavy weapon-wielding Havoc, and the vicious lightning claws of the Terminator. Purge foes with new weapons – burn hordes of heretics with the scorching Multi-melta or blow them away with the Missile Launcher.

For new players, Boltgun’s upcoming Forges of Corruption Edition, featuring the full base game and new DLC, will be the perfect way to grab all the game’s content at a reduced price. Prepare for the glorious, gory purge on June 18!
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Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus II Announced

Kasedo Games and Bulwark Studios announced Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus II, a sequel to the turn-based tactical game coming to Windows, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The Epic Games Store says this is "coming soon" while the Steam Listing shows a "to be announced" release window. Here's the Announcement Trailer with a melodramatic cinematic introduction, and here's more:
After millennia of slumber, Vargard Nefershah mobilises her dynasty’s legions to annihilate the Adeptus Mechanicus interlopers who unknowingly settled upon her world. Across the galaxy, Magos Dominus Faustinius is summoned to bring his hard-won expertise to bear and ensure the Necrons do not succeed. The conflict soon becomes a crucible of unanticipated significance, drawing to it external actors stranger and more deadly still.

In an exciting addition for the sequel, players will not just be battling as the Adeptus Mechanicus against the awakening of a Necron tomb world, but will also be able to fight as the Necrons for the resurgence of their dynasty , with both sides now fully playable over multiple campaigns.
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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader: Void Shadows in August

Today's all eggs in one basket Warhammer announcement storm also includes news of Void Shadows DLC coming in August to Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, the story-driven sci-fi RPG. This will come to PC, Xbox, and PlayStation on August 8th, promising hours of new content including a new romanceable companion. Here's a Teaser Trailer to raise anticipation, and here's more:
Void Shadows is the first DLC for Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, offering a massive amount of content with about 15 hours of gameplay and a new romanceable companion, all fully integrated into the game’s main story. The DLC allows the players to personally delve into the depths of their voidship in an enthralling story that will pit them against an entirely new enemy who is trying to bring ruin to the von Valancius dynasty from the inside.
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Warhammer 40,000: Speed Freeks Open Beta

For more Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000: Speed Freeks is now in open beta, allowing everyone interested in this free-to-play combat racer to check it out on Steam. But there's a hitch. Word is the beta also requires a PROS account, which applies to games from PLAION, Saber Interactive, Deep Silver, and more. And as we know, gamers can be hesitant about new services and games requiring multiple logins. Here's the pitch on going PROS despite those concerns: "To access the Open Beta on Steam, users will need to set up or log into PROS, an online services account for upcoming games from PLAION, Saber Interactive, Deep Silver, and more. PROS accounts offer additional in-game rewards, extended stats, community benefits, and other features." Here's a new Konvoy Mode Trailer and more on the testing, which runs for the next week:
In the 41st Millennium, a kult of speed-obsessed Orks have emerged to gather an immense Speedwaaagh across the galaxy.

These ‘Speed Freeks’ are addicted to high-speed combat. With the fastest, shootiest, pulse-pounding, brain-rattling combination of dakka and recklessness, they bring their supercharged mob of buggies and tanks into the Speedwaaagh, ready to crush their competition. Hell-bent on gunning down their rivals and trashing everything in their path, these Orks race through battle attempting to prove themselves as “da fastest Orks in all da galaxy.”
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Sand Beta Signups

Publisher tinyBuild announces the launch of a Gameplay Reveal Trailer for Sand, the upcoming desertpunk action/adventure in the works at Hologryph and TowerHaus. But this includes more than just a look, as signups are now underway for beta testers on the Sand Steam Listing so you can see what they're Dune here. Word is: "This summer, we invite you all to join us in the first beta for SAND, which you can sign up to participate in now on the Steam page." Here's the tourism ad for the land of Sand:
In SAND players are thrust into desolate deserts of the fallen planet Sophie, embarking on a quest to uncover resources and treasures. To navigate this harsh terrain efficiently, players are provided with the ability to design and modify their own Trampler, a walking mech capable of traversing the islands that were once submerged beneath a vast sea. Your Trampler is your base.
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DAVE THE DIVER Godzilla Content Pack Released

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound he pulls the spitting high tension wires down! The Godzilla Content Pack is now available for Windows and macOS on Steam, offering free content for DAVE THE DIVER, the surprise-hit Eldritch horror fishing/restauranting game. As noted in this post, this is only free for a limited time, but it's a big window, so you have until November to snag your copy. Here's an Official Trailer with a look, and here's word:
Get ready for an action-packed collaboration with 'DAVE THE DIVER' and 'Godzilla' ! 🤿X🦖
This legendary monster stomps into the world of Dave the Diver for an exciting adventure.
Exclusive content including new missions, boss fights, and an enticing storyline await!

Free DAVE THE DIVER x Godzilla crossover update is now available on Steam, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 & 5.
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Serum Early Access

Early Access is underway on Steam for Serum, a survival game from Game Island and Toplitz Productions where your challenges include the game's titular serum, an "unknown liquid that "takes control of your life." The Official Release Trailer is here to illustrate the news. Here we have a fuller description and a brief outline of goals for Early Access:
SERUM throws the player head-first into a dark and intriguing narrative driven by a unique game mechanic: a mysterious elixir (serum) is essential to survival, a lifeline to be injected regularly as a momentary respite from an infected world. Players will quickly discover how this vital liquid can prolong their existence, amplify their abilities, and enhance their hand-crafted arsenal of deadly weaponry as they uncover a government conspiracy. This is an adrenaline-fueled journey filled with intrigue, danger, and the relentless pursuit of survival under the pressure of time in a contaminated wilderness.

During its time in early access, developer Game Island will look to expand upon the features and resources available to players, and has also revealed SERUM’S early access roadmap, which includes plans to bring an up to 4-player co-op mode later this year.
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Hauntii Released

Hauntii is now available for Windows on Steam and for consoles, offering a "beguiling" adventure with a stylish hand-drawn style from Moonloop Games and Firestroke. Hauntii is haunting, and a little offbeat, as seen in the Launch Trailer. Word is: "you uncover the secrets of an expansive and mysterious world - haunting both the environment and its denizens to craft ingenious solutions." Here's word:
Hauntii features a creative haunting mechanic that lets you possess the environment and the creatures that inhabit it as the game shifts effortlessly between compelling puzzles, minimalist storytelling, action and discovery. Take control of enemies, rocks, trees, bugs and much more with the haunt mechanic, then use the special abilities of Hauntii’s denizens to come up with ingenious solutions to overcome the many challenges littered across the game’s enchanting world. On your adventure, you will meet a host of charming characters bursting with personality that will give you insights into the game’s mythology, battle enemies with twin-stick shooter mechanics and delve into a ghostly mystery that will see you diving deep into your past - all set to a richly textured, dynamic soundtrack by Michael Kirby Ward that sways and swells with the action on-screen.
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Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: The 26 most anticipated movies of the summer. Thanks RedEye9.

Get Farming Simulator 22 for Free

It's Thursday, which brings another chance to build your game library for free, as everyone can now collect Farming Simulator 22 from the Epic Games Store as its latest weekly giveaway. If Green Acres is the place for you, pick this up between now and next Thursday and it's yours to keep. After that another giveaway will launch, but this is another "mystery game," as Epic seems to be enjoying the recent decision to stop announcing these things in advance. Here's word on today's agrarian gift:
Take on the role of a modern farmer and creatively build your farm in three diverse American and European environments. Farming Simulator 22 offers a huge variety of farming operations focusing on agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry - now with the exciting addition of seasonal cycles!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Full Reveal Next Month

A post from Activision has the official announcement of plans for Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, the next installment in the neverending Call of Duty series of military shooters. For now there's a little concept art and word that this is a "dark new chapter" in the series. But it won't be long before we know more, as a full reveal will follow the Xbox Games Showcase on Sunday, June 9th at 1:00 pm EDT. In the meantime there's this trailer pointing to this site for what seems to be an ARG, and the Call of Duty Blog has an invitation to the presentation:
Full Reveal Date Confirmed: Xbox Games Showcase, Sunday June 9th at 10 AM PT. Black Ops 6 Direct immediately following. Stay on this channel for further updates.
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Atari Acquires Intellivision

Atari announces it has acquired the Intellivision brand. The current version of Atari uses the name of the now-defunct original company, but that's okay, because the same is true of Intellivision. There's another small twist here, as the original Intellivision was Mattel's console system launched in 1979 as a direct competitor to the original Atari 2600. The announcement notes this, humorously saying this news puts an end to that console war:
Atari® — one of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — announced today it has purchased the Intellivision brand and certain games from Intellivision Entertainment LLC. Intellivision Entertainment LLC will rebrand and continue its business of developing and distributing the Amico brand game console with a license from Atari to continue to distribute new versions of the Intellivision games on the Amico console.

Atari will seek to expand digital and physical distribution of legacy Intellivision games, potentially create new games, and explore brand and licensing opportunities as part of a long-term plan to create value from the Intellivision properties.

“Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest-running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

Expeditions: A MudRunner Game Gets Free Update; Roadmap

Sabre Interactive announces the launch of a new free update called Breaking Ground for Expeditions: A MudRunner Game, the offroading game for Windows and consoles. The PC edition is now available on Steam and presumably arriving soon on the Epic Games Store. This adds a new map, new vehicles, over 20 new missions, and more. All this is on display in this trailer. There's more on the release in this post explaining how this free DLC is a departure that hints at the future of the franchise. Here's the included roadmap and more:

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We hope this roadmap will give you a better understanding of what is to come. You should also know that we're currently exploring new ways to provide you with unique gameplay, particularly with the cave environment, which you can get a first glimpse of in today’s free Breaking Ground Update. Developing this new underground feature is a true technical challenge for the team, and we are excited about how it will change your experience throughout future seasons as we reveal exciting new caves.

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System Shock Remake for Linux and macOS "Shelved"

A new Kickstarter Update from Nightdive Studios reveals that plans to launch its System Shock remake for Linux and macOS are cancelled (thanks GamingOnLinux via Xylemon). It's almost a year since the launch of Nightdive Studios' System Shock remake, and the console editions are now live, but these other versions are off the board. There is no mention of compensation nor even an apology, despite how Linux and macOS editions were specifically mentioned in the 2016 Kickstarter announcement for the project. Here's the terse announcement:

  • Is System Shock still coming to MacOS and Linux?

Unfortunately no, plans for MacOS and Linux releases of System Shock have been shelved.

Tennis Manager 2024 Released

Tennis Manager 2024 is now available for PC, and Rebound CG's sports management simulation is for sale on the Epic Games Store, GOG.com,* and Steam with a 10% launch discount. This service does come with a couple of faults: All three stores list this for Windows, but only Steam shows a macOS version for some unexplained reason. The announcement also mentions a loyalty discount specific to Steam that's not actually mentioned on Steam, though there is a discounted Tennis Manager 2023/Tennis Manager 2024 Bundle. Here's the Official Trailer Release and more:
It’s a big month for tennis. The leading developer and publisher of sports simulation games Rebound is thrilled to announce the release of Tennis Manager 2024 on PC and Mac, alongside the start of Roland Garros. This highly anticipated title brings an immersive and dynamic tennis management experience. Such as the coaching legend Patrick Mouratoglou, who actively participated in the design of the game, you play the role of a tennis manager who manages all aspects of a pro career, from player development and tournament planning to training and match strategies.
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The Tribe Must Survive Officially Released

The Tribe Must Survive has survived Early Access, and this stone age strategy game is now officially available for Windows and macOS on the Epic Games Store and Steam. Word is: "After three months of intense tribal tinkering and an insightful journey in Early Access, the game emerges from the shadows today ready to captivate gamers with its quirky blend of strategy, survival, and roguelike elements." The 1.0 Release Trailer is the latest look at the game and the announcement includes more details:
Picture this: a dark, Lovecraftian Stone Age where cosmic disasters coincide with tribal group dynamics. By day, Tribe members work to provide for their community. At night, the faint glow of the campfire becomes your sole defense against what lurks in the dark. Manage wood, food, and other resources to keep the Tribe going in a world filled with threats that could end your run at any time - it’s exhilarating, challenging, and slightly terrifying.

“The Tribe Must Survive” has a steep mastery curve. Forge ahead and learn to adapt in a deeply atmospheric environment, steeped in darkness and sprinkled with unpredictable twists and turns. From Tribe members spiraling into Riots, to transformative spiritual practices, to making choices in life and death Events, there are many ways in which things can go wrong. Its blend of strategy, survival, base-building, and roguelike elements makes it an alluring playground for strategy survival genre fans everywhere.

Ships At Sea Released

Misc Games has released Ships At Sea into Early Access, and this seafaring simulation is now available for Windows on the Epic Games Store and Steam. Word is Early Access will continue into 2026 and the game will also come to consoles when it's officially released. Here's an Official Gameplay Trailer to help get your sea legs under you, and here are more tidings:
Ships at Sea is the culmination of creativity, drive, and innovation. Misc Games’ team of passionate industry professionals has taken the charm of the previous Fishing franchise and the feedback of their equally passionate community and created an all-new franchise, starting with this game.

Set in the unforgiving Norwegian Sea and around the harbors of Lofoten, Norway, Ships at Sea takes captains on their most realistic boating experience yet. Misc Games has harnessed NVIDIA’s proprietary WaveWorks water shader and Unreal Engine 5 to deliver the most striking, immersive experiences and cinematic-quality water simulation imaginable. Now with multiplayer capabilities, players can team up in a maximum party of four and complete various tasks and necessities.
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Out of the Blue

I ignored news of overclocking issues with 13th gen Intel CPUs like mine for as long as I could, but I got a couple of BSODs yesterday, so I finally did turn off the overclock suggested by my motherboard, which is indeed from ASUS. This fixed the crashing. It also fixed an odd error I still can't figure out, but the overclock seems to have been the cause of the spellchecker in my HTML editor to identify properly spelled words as typos, which is some real wtf stuff right there. The follow up set me to troubleshooting a couple of other issues. I'm pretty careful about adding and removing programs, and this install of Windows 10 isn't that old, but I was shocked to find so much garbage to clean up. In fixing one program that wouldn't launch at startup I found a shocking number of traces of partially uninstalled programs all over the place. The good news is that I didn't break anything while removing stuff. There's a reason there are third-party uninstallers for Windows programs out there, and this illustrates that. I'm pretty nervous about using one of those, but considering how happily Windows will break itself, I should probably be more nervous about not using one.

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