Let's go with another edition of the news that, since the number of articles has (thankfully) fallen to reasonable numbers, goes back to its usual style.
SALES & DEALS
The Witcher 3 has sold more than 20 million copies
The Witcher 3 is making its way over to Switch, which is neat but not really in our wheelhouse, but accompanying the news of the port are sales figures for the series as a whole, as well as the third installment. Not surprisingly, they're quite high.
40 million copies of the series have been sold, which started in 2007 with an ambitious but incredibly buggy RPG built using a modified version of the engine from Neverwinter Nights, though you'd never know to look at it.
The Witcher 3 is by far the most successful of the trilogy, apparently accounting for more than half of the series' sales. That puts it at over 20 million, an astronomical number for one game.
Epic Games Store extends weekly game giveaways to the end of the year
When the Epic Games Store Mega Sale got underway in May, Epic upped the frequency of its free game giveaways from one every two weeks to one per week. With the sale almost concluded—it wraps up on June 13—Epic has announced that it's going to extend that one-a-week freebie offer all the way until the end of 2019.
The announcement was fairly low-key as these things go, crammed into a rundown of upcoming Epic Games Store releases that were announced at E3, along with a reminder that EGS freebies are yours to keep once claimed. Kingdom New Lands is the current free game on Epic; beginning June 13, it will be replaced by Enter the Gungeon, which will be up until June 20.
This Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters PC should be locked away forever
To mark last week's launch of the Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters DLC, Frontier is giving away a custom PC themed around the crossover. This isn't something I'd normally write about, except I've not been able to get this horrific creation out of my mind. Just look at it.
>> You'll need some drawing skills and a reddit account. The prize includes the PC (it has good specs), the game and the Ghostbusters DLC.
At Steam there are two legit daily deals and two Midweek Madness deals:
On the Humble Store, there's the Hamble's Retro Paradise Sale, with classics from the 8-bit up to the 128-bit (Dreamcast) era, or with that graphic style, up to 75% off for the next 5 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/hambles-retro-paradise-sale/.
And at Fanatical, there are two new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Nvidia's streaming software GeForce Now adds automatic highlight recording in select games
Nvidia announced today that a new update for GeForce Now, the company's game streaming service, introduces a highlight recording system. In select games, including Fortnite and PUBG, exciting gameplay moments like "clutch kills and match wins" are automatically recorded.
Nvidia's Highlight system has been around for a few years, but this is the first time it works with games being streamed via GeForce Now. For those unfamiliar, Nvidia Highlights works a bit like the original highlights system from Overwatch, which would automatically save a recording of your Play of the Game (or otherwise best moment) from each match. Interestingly, Overwatch isn't on the list of supported games for Nvidia's highlight system (perhaps because it's unnecessary due to the in-game tools).
Steam Library overhaul is just weeks away
The Steam Library is getting an overhaul, with a public beta only weeks away. We've been anticipating it since the update was announced in March, and a leak last week gave us our first look at it. Valve's now confirmed it's coming soon and has given developers a quick tour.
According to Valve, the new Library "brings together a player’s experience with a game and new content/communications from the developer and community in a richer, more visual layout."
Cyberpunk 2077 will officially support Ray Tracing, first RTX screenshots revealed
Last year, we informed you about the possibility of Cyberpunk 2077 supporting real-time ray tracing effects. And today, we are happy to report that CD Projekt RED’s highly anticipated RPG will be indeed supporting Ray Tracing.
>> And here are more screenshots.
New E3 2019 trailer for Remedy’s Control showcases Ray Tracing effects
NVIDIA has released a brand new E3 2019 trailer for Remedy’s upcoming supernatural game, Control, showcasing its real-time ray tracing effects. Control is powered by the Northlight Engine and Remedy will be using real-time ray tracing for reflections, contact shadows, diffuse global illumination and transparent reflections.
Seiken Densetsu 3 Remake, TRIALS of MANA, has been announced, coming to the PC in early 2020
Square Enix has announced TRIALS of MANA; a remake that brings the beloved story and characters of Seiken Densetsu 3 (the third game in the Mana series) to the modern gamer. This new JRPG features turn-based battles and will be arriving to Steam in early 2020.
>> A lot of the "small" games that were revealed during yesterday's Nintendo E3 Direct are coming to PC, with this one being the first with an article about it.
Shenmue 3 will be coming to Steam after its Epic Games Store release
Deep Silver has announced that Shenmue 3 will be coming to Steam after its Epic Games Store release. The publisher did not clarify when this Kickstarted game will come out on Valve’s distribution service, though we expect the Epic Store timed-exclusive deal to be between 6 to 12 months.
Nightwolf: Survive the Megadome, vehicular battler inspired by Twisted Metal & Vigilante 8, is now available on Steam
CyberPho, an indie studio composed of industry mainstays, announced the launch of Nightwolf: Survive the Megadome. Nightwolf: Survive the Megadome is described as a high-tech cyberpunk tribute to classic vehicular battlers such as Twisted Metal, Rogue Trip or Vigilante 8.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is coming to the PC on September 3rd, official PC requirements revealed
Well, we knew it was coming. Activision announced yesterday that Spyro Reignited Trilogy is officially coming to the PC on September 3rd. In addition, the publisher has revealed the game’s official PC system requirements via its Steam store page.
Konami announces the next canonical part in its CONTRA series, CONTRA: ROGUE CORPS
Konami has announced the return of the Contra franchise with CONTRA: ROGUE CORPS. As the press release reads, players will experience the series that inspired countless shooting games since its 1987 debut with the new title releasing on September 26th.
Here are 8 minutes of new gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of Dying Light 2
YouTube’s ‘MrRedRivers’ has shared a video, showing 8 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of Dying Light 2. Unfortunately the stream quality is not that great, however it will give you an idea of how this new Dying Light game plays like.
Twin Mirror has been delayed until 2020, will be timed-exclusive to Epic Games Store
DONTNOD Entertainment has announced the signing of an exclusive PC distribution partnership with Epic Games. The PC version of Twin Mirror will be released exclusively via Epic Games store for a 12-month period.
Here are 12 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Watch_Dogs Legion
YouTube’s ‘jackfrags’ has shared a video, showing 12 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Watch_Dogs Legion. Watch_Dogs Legion is the third part in the Watch_Dogs series that is set in a post-Brexit world in which society, politics and technology have changed and altered London’s fortunes.
Here are 38 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
IGN has shared two videos, showing 38 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a military shooter set in a diverse, hostile, and mysterious open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op.
Here are 18 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines fans, here is something special for you today. IGN has just shared a video showing 18 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of this highly anticipated RPG.
Empire of Sin is a new character-driven strategy game from John Romero
Paradox Interactive has announced a new character-driven strategy game that is being developed by Romero Games. Titled Empire of Sin, the game will have players build their own ruthless criminal empire as one of 14 distinct bosses vying to run the seedy underworld of organized crime in the city.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is receiving a remaster for PC
Bandai Namco is working on a Nintendo Switch version of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, as well as a remastered version for both the PC and the Playstation 4. Due to the success of the sequel on Steam, Bandai Namco have decided to invest in a PC port for one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest forays into gaming.
Here are 11 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds
IGN has shared a video, showing 11 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds. The Outer Worlds is a player-driven story RPG in which your choices affect not only the way the story develops, but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios.
Here are 11 minutes of new gameplay footage from the E3 2019 demo of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts
IGN has shared a new video, showing 11 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts aims to deliver tense, mission-based scenarios with CI Games’ best sniping ever.
Here is your first look at eFootball PES 2020, first gameplay footage from E3 2019
IGN has shared a video showing the first gameplay footage from Konami’s upcoming soccer game, eFootball PES 2020. eFootball PES 2020 will feature a new dribbling technique (called finesse dribble), upgraded trapping mechanics, context-sensitive kick accuracy, more realistic defence, improved ball physics, as well as new skills and abilities.