Here come the Friday news:
SALES & DEALS
What Remains of Edith Finch is free on Epic’s store, A Story About My Uncle free on Humble Bundle
Epic Games and Humble Bundle are currently offering for free What Remains of Edith Finch and A Story About My Uncle on their stores, respectively. What Remains of Edith Finch is free until January 24th, whereas A Story About My Uncle is free until January 12th.
>> The Humble Store's Winter Sale will last until January 24th, and you can win the games Teslagrad and Desync with your purchases. Check them out: humblebundle.com/store.
Blast Zone! Tournament, a Bomberman-style competitive game, is free to keep on Steam at the moment
Blast Zone! Tournament is a Bomberman-style competitive game which, although it does boast a single-player component, makes no secret of its esports aspirations. It's been in Early Access for a while, and the studio Victory Lap Games writes that the stint was designed to help gain feedback "to help us turn Blast Zone! Tournament into the next big esport."
Presumably in aid of that goal, Blast Zone! Tournament is currently free-to-keep on Steam. So long as you add the game to your inventory before January 16, you won't have to pay the US$19.99 asking price. Then, on February 28, the game will exit Early Access. The game will boast crossplay with PS4 and Xbox One (though if I understand correctly, not between all three at the same time – PS4 and Xbox don't play nicely, yet).
>> Here's the Steam page of the game.
At Fanatical, there are a bunch of new deals
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 released, improves performance in Fortnite
AMD has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 driver improves performance in Fortnite by up to 4% on the Radeon RX 580 and by up to 3% on the Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards.
This driver also addresses the system lag issues that some gamers have been experiencing when Alt+Tab was used during gameplay, some screen tearing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled on Vulkan API game, a crash issue related to the Radeon Settings when clicking the restart button after a driver installation or while switching between some Radeon WattMan tabs when changing fan settings and more.
>> Available from here.
Unity says licensing change will not affect developers using SpatialOS (Updated)
A change to Unity’s terms of service late last year means that SpatialOS, a cloud platform used in MMOs, can no longer be used with the Unity engine, jeopardising any Unity games that rely on the platform. In-development sci-fi MMO Lazarus has already shut down its servers for the time being.
“All existing SpatialOS games using Unity, including production games and in development games of all developers, are now in breach of Unity’s license terms,” SpatialOS developer Improbable said in an announcement today. Unity clarified the change yesterday, making it a breach of terms to operate or make games using SpatialOS in Unity.
This won’t affect developers using SpatialOS in other engines, such as UE4 and the CryEngine, and Improbable says it’s currently working with other engine creators to see if games affected could transition to an alternative engine.
>> The story has been updated 4 times. Check it out to know all what has happened. Well, almost all, because...
After spat with Unity, Improbable teams up with Epic Games for $25m 'transition' fund
Improbable and Epic Games have announced a surprise new $25,000,000 fund "to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems". The announcement comes just hours after a public war of words between Improbable and Unity, after the former claimed that a recent change in Unity's terms of service rendered its SpatialOS technology in breach of Unity's terms – and thus potentially fatal to SpatialOS / Unity titles including Lazarus and Worlds Adrift.
>> Epic and "more open engines" doesn't add up.
Multiplayer mode for ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown detailed
Bandai Namco has detailed the multiplayer mode of ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown. According to the press release, ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown’s multiplayer mode will consist of two gameplay variants; the first variant takes on a team death match format featuring 4 vs. 4 dogfights.
Atomic Heart – Real-time RTX Tech Demo CES 2019
At CES 2019, NVIDIA showcased – once again – the real-time ray tracing effects that will be featured in Atomic Heart. Mundfish will be using RTX for real-time ray tracing reflections and refractions, as well as for its dynamic shadows.
Bungie gains the rights of the Destiny IP franchise from Activision, will self-publish all Destiny games
Bungie has announced that its Destiny games will no longer be published by Activision. Instead, the development team has gained all the IP rights for this franchise and will self-publish all future Destiny games.
>> flashfire926 made a thread about it yesterday.
Resident Evil 2 – 26-minute video comparison between Remake and Original versions
YouTube’s ‘Cycu1’ has released a comparison video between the Remake and the Original versions of Resident Evil 2. This video shows the entire 1-Shot Demo (the PC demo will release in around 9 hours on Steam) so I strongly suggest avoiding it in case you want to experience it yourselves.
Assetto Corsa Competizione – In-game versus Reality comparison screenshots
KUNOS Simulazioni will release next week the Circuit Zolder to Assetto Corsa Competizione and in order to celebrate it, the team released some comparison screenshots between the in-game and the real track.