Here come the news. Brace yourselves, because it will be a very long post (with lots of articles in the Mods section, in case you want to skip them):
SALES & DEALS
Steam's Top 10
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
- My Friend Pedro
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Tim Sweeney: Epic Store games sale numbers are for sold copies, do not include funding money
These past few months, a number of developers have been sharing their sale numbers for their games that were released exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Understandably, some gamers have been wondering whether those sale numbers included the “funding” money that Epic Games had provided developers and publishers in order to secure their Epic Games Store exclusive deals. And a couple of days ago, Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, shed some light on this matter.
According to Sweeney, the reported sale figures do not include the funding money that Epic Games had provided the various developers/publishers with.
Report: Fortnite made $203 million in May 2019, PUBG keeps selling millions of units
SuperData Arcade has shared its monthly report, stating that Fortnite made $203 million across all platforms in May 2019. This number is significantly higher than the one for April but lower than the May 2018 sale figures.
SuperData also claims that FIFA Ultimate Team revenue declined year-over-year. The company estimates that FIFA in-game spending generated $93 million across console and PC in May, down from the same month last year, partly due to a tough comparison against the initial strength of the World Cup mode last May.
It’s also worth noting that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to sell millions of units. PUBG may have sold 4.7 million digital units across PC and console year-to-date through May, maintaining its position as one of the best selling shooter titles on any platform.
Itch.io's summer sale kicks off with a six-game, $9 bundle featuring Superhot
Indie enthusiasts looking for new games should direct their attention to itch.io, which has just launched its summer sale. There are 1,110 games discounted—but if you don't want to wade through them all, the store's Summer Selects Bundle is offering six gems for $9.
Slow-mo shooter Superhot is the biggest name in the bundle, but you can also pick up the cute frog detective game The Haunted Island, lo-fi horror game Paratopic and Paradox, a Rusty Lake detective mystery.
GOG has two new sales:
Steam has no new daily deals nor weekly sale, because its Summer Sale will begin later today.
On the Humble Store there are another two new sales:
And at Fanatical we have 3 new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes crashes in Shadow of the Tomb Raider & flickering issues in GTA5
NVIDIA has released a brand new hotfix driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes a game crash or TDR when launching Shadow of the Tomb Raider on a Pascal GPU, as well as a bug that could cause the benchmark to quit when running with ray tracing is enabled.
Furthermore, the GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes BSOD after waking ASUS GL703GS/Asus GL502VML notebook from hibernation, and some flickering issues in Grand Theft Auto 5 when MSAA was used.
>> Available from here.
GOG Galaxy Version 2.0 Closed Beta phase has been launched
CD Projekt has announced that the closed beta phase for GOG Galaxy Version 2.0 has been launched. GOG Galaxy 2.0 is an application designed for all gamers, that will allow to combine multiple game libraries into one and connect with friends across all gaming platforms, PC and consoles.
Those who receive an invitation, will get the opportunity to check and test the apps’ core features – connecting multiple platforms, installing and launching PC games, organizing the library and seeing friends’ gaming activity.
Steam is dropping support for Ubuntu, but not Linux entirely
The availability of Steam on Linux has been a boom for gaming on the platform, especially with the recent addition of the Steam Play compatibility layer for running Windows-only games. Valve has always recommended that gamers run Ubuntu Linux, the most popular desktop Linux distribution, but that's now changing.
Last Friday, a developer at Valve announced that Ubuntu Linux 19.10—which is due to come out this October—won't be supported by Steam. Valve is still supporting Linux, just not future versions of the Ubuntu operating system.
So why is Valve ditching the most popular Linux desktop OS? Canonical, the company that owns and develops Ubuntu, said last week that Ubuntu 19.10 will not include any 32-bit packages. That means applications that rely on any 32-bit libraries or drivers won't work, which includes a large amount of games on Steam. The actual Linux kernel still supports 32-bit software, but requires OS distributors like Ubuntu to develop and test the 32-bit components.
Nintendo takes down Mario Royale, new alpha version released without any Nintendo references
Well, it was bound to happen. A few days ago, we informed you about a fan-made Mario game that turned Super Mario Bros into a battle royale game. As we predicted in that article, Nintendo would – sooner or later – shut down this fan game and yesterday its creator announced that he has received a DMCA letter from the big N.
Now while InfernoPlus has removed all Nintendo characters, levels and references from his fan game, he does intend to release a brand new version of it. This version will not feature any Nintendo characters, will have brand new art style and characters, and will be similar – in gameplay mechanics – with Mario Royale.
This new battle royale game is now called Infringio Royale or DMCA Royale, and its latest version is V2.0.0 alpha. InfernoPlus claimed that he and his team will try to fix the game over the next few days.
Here are Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, Crysis 2, RAGE & Resident Evil 2 Remake with Ray Tracing
YouTube’s members ‘Digital Dreams’ and ‘Jose cangrejo’ have shared some videos, showcasing Pascal Gilcher’s Reshade mod – which adds Ray Tracing/Path Tracing effects – in some really old games such as Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, Crysis 2, RAGE and Resident Evil 6.
New trailer released for the total conversion mod for Skyrim, Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil
The team behind Beyond Skyrim has released a new trailer for its total conversion mod that aims to bring the world of Morrowind and Cyrodiil to Skyrim. Beyond Skyrim is described as a massive multi-team mod project that opens the borders and brings Skyrim’s neighboring provinces to life.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rescue-Palooza is a free fan game that you must download and play
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, here is something special for you today. Merso X has released a new free fan game with our favourites turtles, called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rescue-Palooza that you can download and start playing right now.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza is a free fan-made beat-em-up game based on the TMNT. This game is described as an update and homage to the classic NES titles, with tons of characters playable for the first time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza features 60 playable characters, 17 stages, 4 Bonus stages, 4-player local coop, improved graphics, voice clips from the TV show, rideable vehicles and countless references to the original TMNT cartoon and toyline.
>> You can get it from its official website.
Pokemon The Legend of RED is a new Pokemon fan remake in Unreal Engine 4, available for download
Pokemon fans, remember the Pokemon Fire Red 3D fan remake in Unreal Engine 4? Well, we’ve got some good news today as a new version of this remake has been released recently (and completely passed under our radar).
This new Pokemon fan game is called Pokemon The Legend of RED, is just a tech demo, and was created by the man behind Pokemon Fire Red 3D.
>> You can download it from MEGA.
New 2K/4K Texture Pack for Shenmue 1 & 2 released, features more than 200 HD textures for nature
Modder ‘Streamer2k’ has released a brand new texture pack for the Shenmue 1 & 2 collection. This texture pack features 2K and 4K high quality textures that overhaul the games’ nature. This basically means that you can find more detailed textures for trees, grass, bushes, plants, flowers and more.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.
The amazing first-person mod for Mass Effect 2 finally lets you fight the Reapers via an FPS viewpoint
A few days ago, we informed you about a first-person mod for Mass Effect 2. Created by modder LordEmil1, this unofficial first-person mode let you explore the environments of Bioware’s game via a new perspective.
However, the mod was only meant to be used in order to explore the game’s environments and not for combat. After numerous demands for Combat support though, LordEmil1 released a brand new version that lets you fight the Reapers via a first-person camera viewpoint.
The modder stated that there are some major issues with the camera clipping through Shepard’s body and head that cannot be fixed. As such, you should consider this FPS combat mode an experimental mode and nothing more. Still, it’s really cool playing Mass Effect 2 this way so you should at least test it.
>> You'll find it at Nexus Mods.
Fallout Miami, fan DLC/expansion for Fallout 4, early version mod released and available for download
Modder ‘Mika999’ has released an early version of the DLC/expansion-sized mod for Fallout 4, Fallout Miami. According to the modder, this early version of Fallout Miami is the first worldspace he made when he started this project and it contains built parts of the old explorable worldspace which won’t be present in the final version of the mod.
In its current state, the mod does not feature any NPCs, enemy encounters or quests. Still, the modder aims to further polish this early version by adding NPCs and new areas in future updates.
To play Fallout Miami Early Version, you will need the base Fallout 4 game and all the official DLCs. If you don’t own everything, the game won’t show objects used from the DLCs correctly.
>> This mod is also available from Nexus Mods.
Unreal VR, Unreal Gold (1998) in Unreal Engine 4 with VR support, is now compatible with the Oculus Quest
In 2018, we informed you about a VR remake of the classic 1998 Unreal Gold game in Unreal Engine 4. Unreal VR is a total conversion of Unreal Gold, that came out in 1998, in Unreal Engine 4 with VR support and modder ‘kwstasg’ released an alpha version that is compatible with the Oculus Quest.
Unfortunately, and with the exception of the alpha support for Oculus Quest, this new version of UnrealVR does not bring anything new to the table.
>> If you want to give it a try, you'll have to go to ModDB.
This mod adds 25 custom characters to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including 2B, Geralt, Cloud & more
Modder ‘Eyedeability’ has released a must-have mod for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This mod brings to FromSoftware’s action title 25 custom characters, including 2B, A2, Dante, Scorpion, Cloud, Geralt, Guts and more.
Going into more details, the new custom characters that players can have are: NieR Automata’s 2B and A2, Final Fantasy 7 Cloud, Devil May Cry 5’s Dante, Majin Nero, Lady and Nico, Darth Maul, Mortal Kombat’s Liu Kang and Scorpion, Bloodborne’s Gehrman and Yharnam Hunter, The Witcher 3’s Geralt, Guts from BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk, Killer Instinct’s Hisako, Dark Souls’ Gwyn Lord of Cinder, Negan from Tekken 7, Red Hood from Injustice 2, Fire Emblem Warriors’ Ryoma, Warriors All Stars’ William, Zero from Drakengard 3, Zoro from One Piece Unlimited World Red, Tenchu’s Ayame and Rikimaru, Miri from Vindictus, and Momiji from Dear or Alive 5 Last Round.
Eyedeability has also added some weapons for certain characters. For example, Dante can use the Sword of Sparda, Majin Nero has the Open Gate sword, Gehrman has the Burial Blade or the Burial Scythe and Cloud has the Buster Sword.
>> Read the article to know where to get the mod from (Nexus Mods), what other mods it needs to work and how to install it.
QT is like Kojima's P.T. except everything is cute and cuddly (but still very weird)
P.T.—Playable Teaser—was originally released by Konami in 2014 as a teaser for Silent Hills. That game was ultimately cancelled but P.T. took on a life of its own as a small, extremely creepy, slow-burn horror game. It was exclusive to the PS4 at the time, but numerous recreations have appeared on PC over the years, most of which have fallen victim to takedown notices courtesy of Konami.
QT is a little different. It takes place in a poorly-lit apartment that's obviously very similar to that of P.T., but everything inside it is, well, cute. It's not entirely without jump scares, but even those are cute: A rock thrown through a window might startle you (the first time, at least) but the rock has a warm, friendly smile and adorably stubby little legs, and the "look behind you" message sounds ominous but it's really not—it's just someone who wants to say hello.
>> You can get it for free on Itch.io and you and help through their Kickstarter campaign.
New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot screenshots show off Goku, Vegeta, Freezer, Piccolo and more
Bandai Namco has released a new set of screenshots for its upcoming Dragon Ball action RPG game, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. These new screenshots showcase some of the game’s characters like Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Freezer, Dodorian, Kuririn and Dante.
Here are 10 minutes of gameplay footage from SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall
IGN has shared a video, showing 10 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall. From the looks of it, Greedfall is an evolution of SPIDERS’ previous action RPGs so those that have played them will feel right at home.
Here is almost an hour of gameplay footage from the upcoming Lovecraftian game, The Sinking City
YouTube’s ‘theRadBrad’ has shared a video, showing almost an hour of gameplay footage from the upcoming Lovecraftian game, The Sinking City. This video obviously contains spoilers for the first hour of the game, therefore we strongly suggest avoiding it if you want to experience it yourselves.
SCUM Maneater update now available, adds female characters, base building, overhauls inventory & more
Gamepires has released a new major update for its multiplayer open world survival game, SCUM. According to the release notes, the Maneater update adds female characters. Right now there are only 3 head variants to choose from, however – and similarly to the male prisoners who have a penis slider – the female prisoners have a breast slider.
Hell Let Loose looks visually stunning on the PC in 4K/Epic settings
Team17 has released its World War Two first person shooter that features open battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks and artillery, called Hell Let Loose. Hell Let Loose uses Unreal Engine 4 and looks absolutely gorgeous.
Final Fantasy 8 Remaster PC Exclusive Features Revealed
At E3 2019, Square Enix revealed that a remaster of the second 3D Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy 8, is under development. This remaster will come with some new features and in an interview with Ryokutya2089, Producer Yoshinori Kitase unveiled these brand new features.
>> The interview is in Japanese so, unless you can read it, don't bother clicking the link.
F1 2019 Day-1 PC patch will improve stability, will address a number of DX12 issues
Codemasters has revealed the fixes that will be coming with the Day-1 /launch update for the PC version of F1 2019. According to the team, this patch – which will be most likely applied automatically to your game’s version when the game officially unlocks on Steam – will feature a number of DirectX 12 fixes.
Madden NFL 20 Official PC System Requirements
EA Sports has revealed (via the game’s Origin store page) the official PC system requirements for Madden NFL 20. According to the specs, PC gamers will at least need an AMD FX-4330 or an Intel i3-4350 with 8GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon RX 460 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card.
Contra & Metal Slug-inspired platformer, Blazing Chrome, releases on July 11th
Joymasher has announced that its upcoming 16-bit platformer that is heavily inspired by the Contra & Metal Slug games, Blazing Chrome, is coming to the PC on July 11th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team released a brand new gameplay trailer that you can find below.
>> The Contra influence is undeniable. And looks much better than the new Contra game.
First-person horror game, Silver Chains, releases on August 7th
Headup Games has announced that its upcoming first-person horror game, Silver Chains, will release on August 7th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has also released a brand new gameplay trailer that you can find below.
Battlefield 5 Chapter 4: Defying the Odds Update #1 available tomorrow, full patch release notes
Electronic Arts and DICE have announced that the first update for Battlefield 5 Chapter 4: Defying the Odds will be released tomorrow. According to the teams, this update will feature new content for Tides of War and the Armory, as well as several quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes.
>> That tomorrow is today.
Here are 15 minutes of gameplay footage from Black Mesa: Xen
IGN has shared two videos, showing 15 minutes of gameplay footage from the upcoming Xen levels of Black Mesa. The first video shows off the first six minutes of this upcoming mod, while the second video showcases some of its environments and enemies.
Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 demo was running at 1080p & Ultra settings with Ray Tracing enabled on a Titan RTX
A few days ago, we shared with you the specs of the PC system that was running the E3 2019 demo of Cyberpunk 2077. And today, we’ve got some additional details about the resolution and the settings that were used in order to showcase this demo.
Respawn on why it used Unreal Engine 4 instead of Source Engine or Frostbite Engine for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the next game from Respawn, the team behind the Titanfall series. The Titanfall games were powered by the Source Engine so a lot of gamers were wondering why Respawn decided to use Epic’s engine for this new Star Wars game. Thankfully, game director Stig Asmussen and Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella have shed some light and explained why the team decided to use this particular engine.
Fallout 76 Update 10.5 releases later today, is 1GB in size on the PC, full patch release notes
Bethesda has announced that the latest patch for Fallout 76, which will update your game’s version to 10.5, will release later today. This update will be 1GB in size for the PC and the publisher has revealed its full patch release notes.