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Tuesday news:


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Atlantis DLC is free this week
The first episode of The Fate of Atlantis is now free for all PC (Steam & Uplay) users until September 1st. Also the Season Pass will be 50% off during this time.

Steam has two new daily deals, only one legit, as well as a new set of weeklong deals:

On the Humble Store, we find the new Spooky Horror Sale, with up to 80% discounts for the next 6 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/spooky-horror-sale/

At Fanatical there's a new Genre Mystery Games promo, where you can purchase a mysterious game from one of these genres: Strategy, Indie (since when this is a genre?), Adventure and RPG. Go here to choose: https://www.fanatical.com/en/collections/genre-mystery-games
And keep in mind that the Summer Sale will end soon, and it has now entered in encore mode. Check it out before it ends


AMD's 19.8.2 GPU driver promises up to 10 percent better performance in Control
AMD is rolling out a new GPU driver that is optimized for tomorrow's release of Control, the third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by 505 Games.
According to the release notes, the new 19.8.2 driver release delivers up to ten percent better performance in Control when running in DirectX 11 mode, compared to the previous 19.8.1 release. It's also optimized for Man of Medan, though AMD does not offer up any specific performance claims.
>> Available from here.

Control does not use the Denuvo anti-tamper tech
Control releases later today and we can confirm that the game will not be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. The review code, which is the same with the retail version, does not currently feature this anti-tamper tech. As such, we can safely assume that the final version will also not use it.


Free standalone mod, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly beta 1.5, available for download, uses XRay-Monolith Engine
Anomaly Developers has just released the open beta build for its standalone mod for STALKER: Call of Pripyat, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly 1.5. STALKER: Anomaly is built upon the Last Day mod, and continues its way on expanding and adding new features. At the same time, this standalone mod aims to maintain a high level of quality and replay value.
According to the developers, its new 1.5 version is now using a custom engine, the XRay-Monolith Engine. Basically, think of it as an enhanced version of the X-Ray Engine that GSC GameWorld used in its STALKER games.
>> Available from ModDB.


Here are 26 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019/Gamescom 2019 demo of Dying Light 2
Techland has finally revealed its dramatic, previously unreleased 26-minute Dying Light 2 gameplay video from the game’s E3 2019/Gamescom 2019 demo. This video features a main mission so we suggest avoiding it if you mind spoilers.

Next-generation Pro Evolution Soccer will use a new engine and not the FOX Engine
In an interview with WinPes, Konami’s Kei Matsuda confirmed that the next-generation version of Pro Evolution Soccer will use a new engine. On the other hand, the game’s current-gen version will keep using the FOX Engine.
>> Here's the interview, but be warned that it's in Russian.

Here are 17 minutes of gameplay footage from the Gamescom 2019 demo of Chernobylite
The Farm 51 has shared a video, showing 17 minutes of gameplay footage from the Gamescom 2019 demo of Chernobylite. This demo showcases the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which is basically the beginning area of the game.

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Tuesday news, part two:

Ashen will drop Epic Games Store exclusivity and arrive on Steam and GOG this year
A44's broody, beautiful Souls-like Ashen will drop its Epic Games Store exclusivity and make its way to other digital storefronts in December, one year and a little change after it was unveiled as an EGS launch title—which is also when the yearlong exclusivity period was announced.

This new mine-laying Star Citizen spaceship costs over $600 (updated)
The thing about writing anything about Star Citizen on the internet is that it always makes everyone extremely mad. So here we go: Star Citizen developer Roberts Space Industries has a new ship out for select backers. It lays mines and has a serial number and it costs $675.
>> I... have no words.

Ion Fury developers decide not to remove homophobic content after Steam review bombing
Ion Fury is a very good shooter, but its launch has been something else entirely. Just after its release earlier this month, transphobic and sexist comments made by a couple of developers in the Ion Fury Discord were discovered and shared publicly. Developer Voidpoint initially tried to defend the comments as being taken out of context, but then homophobic language was found within the game itself: The use of the word "Fagbag," and an in-game item labeled "Ogay," apparently a play on "Olay."

Conan Chop Chop, the April Fool's joke that became a real game, delayed to 2020
Funcom announced Conan Chop Chop on April 1, and in case you didn't notice the timing it was very clearly an April Fools joke. A couple of months later, the joke was on us when Funcom announced that it's actually a real game that would be out in September. But due to an expanded scope, it won't hit that mark.

Battlefront 2 developer says the community is 'happier than it's ever been'
After struggling through one of the most famously catastrophic launches in years, it sounds like Star Wars Battlefront 2 is turning things around. Associate design director Dennis Brännvall told GamesIndustry that it "hit rock bottom in terms of player sentiment" thanks to the furor caused by the game's aggressive loot box implementation, but nearly two years later, "the community's happier than it's ever been."

Some World of Warcraft Classic servers already have hour-long queues to get in
"You think you do but you don't," is what Blizzard president J. Allen Brack famously said years ago when a player expressed interest in playing World of Warcraft as it existed back when it first launched. Though he told me that famous quote was, at the time, poorly worded, it's what I'm laughing at now as I try to log into World of Warcraft Classic, which just went live. Update, 6:39pm, 8/26/2019: Blizzard appears to be adding more servers every few hours which should hopefully cut down on queue times. Though some players are still reporting having to wait three-plus hours to get in. Personally it took me about 1.5 hours to get onto my server. We'll update as this develops.

Rainbow Six Siege will be free for a week starting tomorrow
Rainbow Six Siege will be free to try for an entire week starting from August 28 and ending September 9. During that period, you'll have access to 20 legacy operators, and all progress won during the period will carry over if you choose to purchase the game. According to Ubisoft, it'll be a 70 percent discount off the Deluxe, Gold and Ultimate versions.

Fortnite and Borderlands collide in the latest update
Fortnite's latest map-warping Rift has ripped a chunk out of Borderlands' Pandora and dropped it in the battle royale. Patch 10.20's crossover lets you duke it out in the dusty battleground and also includes a bunch of themed Fortnite Borderlands challenges and cosmetics. If you truly despise yourself, you can even buy your very own Claptrap.

A Norwegian ISP postponed maintenance for World of Warcraft Classic
World of Warcraft Classic players faced gargantuan queues when servers went live last night, some 10,000 deep, but it could have been worse. Your ISP, for example, could have been planning to do maintenance, cutting you off from old school Azeroth. That was the case with Norwegian ISP Lyse, but it looks like the influence of the venerable MMO was enough to get it to hold off.

Frostpunk's first expansion and season pass are out today
Frostpunk, the best sim of 2018, is beckoning survivors back to the frosty wasteland. The unrelentingly gloomy management game's first expansion is out today, along with a season pass that will net players another pair of expansions further down the line.

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Let's go with another round of news:


GOG's new Midweek Sale brings lots of games up to 90% off until August 31: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190828_midweek_sale

At Steam we have two new daily deals, only one legit as usual, as well as four Midweek Madness deals:

There are three new deals on the Humble Store:

And at Fanatical, there's two more deals:


NVIDIA and AMD release optimized drivers for Remedy’s supernatural action game, Control
AMD and NVIDIA have released new drivers that are optimized for Remedy’s supernatural action game, Control. Although the green team did not reveal any performance percentages increases, AMD noted that this driver improves performance under the DX11 API.
The new NVIDIA driver fixes the corruption issues on some tracks in Forza Motorsport 7. Furthermore, it resolves the system crash that occurred while installing the drivers on a system with mixed GPUs.
>> I posted the AMD one yesterday, so here's the Nvidia one.


First mods for Control add FOV slider and remove Motion Blur in DX11
Remedy’s supernatural action adventure game, Control, has just been released and the first mods for it have just surfaced. These mods bring a FOV slider to it, and remove Motion Blur from its DX11 version.
The FOV mod allows you to increase or decrease the game’s Field of View. This mod supports both DX11 and DX12, and you can download it from here. All you have to do is extract the content to your game’s folder (or desktop) and run “CTRL_FOVChanger” before launching the game. Then, you’ll have to press F1 to increase the FOV or F2 to decrease it.
On the other hand, the Motion Blur removal mod only supports DX11 right now. Once you’ve downloaded the mod from here, you’ll have to extract it to your game’s folder. Then, and while you are in-game, you’ll simply have to press F4 ingame to toggle motion blur on/off. Alternatively, you can edit its .ini file and change “w2=1” to “w2=0” for it to start off by default.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Official PC System Requirements
Ubisoft has just revealed the official PC system requirements for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. According to the publisher, PC gamers will at least need an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or an Intel Core I5 4460 with 8GB RAM and an AMD Radeon R9 280X or an Nvidia Geforce GTX 960. With these specs, gamers will be able to run the game on Low settings at 1080p.

The Lion King and Aladdin HD Remasters announced, coming out in October 2019
Disney has just announced, at GameStop Con, that there will be HD remasters for two of our beloved 16-bit games; The Lion King and Aladdin. These two remasters will be bundled together and will come out in October 2019.

Football Manager 2020 releases this November, gets debut trailer
SEGA and Sports Interactive have announced that Football Manager 2020 will release in early November. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher released the game’s debut trailer that you can find below.

Crytek’s online multiplayer bounty hunting game, Hunt: Showdown, leaves Early Access and is fully released
Crytek has announced that its online multiplayer bounty hunting game, Hunt: Showdown, has left Early Access and is fully released on Steam. In order to celebrate this announcement, Crytek also released the game’s official launch trailer that you can find below.

New Wreckfest PC update adds 4 new tracks, 5 new vehicles, new career events and more
Bugbear Entertainment has released a brand new update for the PC version of Wreckfest. According to the release notes, this patch adds four new tracks, five new vehicles, and brings new career events.

Borderlands 3 Official PC System Requirements; DX12 support, 75GB free hard-disk space
Gearbox has just revealed the official PC system requirements for Borderlands 3. According to the team, PC gamers will at least need an AMD FX-8350 or an Intel i5-3570 with 6GB RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 7970 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680.
>> It's both DX11 and 12, in case the title makes you wonder.

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The second part of the news:

World of Warcraft game director responds to Classic queue complaints
In response to a player asking why Blizzard didn't have more servers in place to avoid these long queues, game director Ion Hazzikostas explained the developer's approach and why it can be better to have too few realms than too many.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is coming to Steam in January
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is a collection of six games from two separate series and "a ton of bonus content" that's headed to PC (and other platforms, if that's your thing) early next year. Taking place 600 years after the Mega Man X games, the Mega Man Zero series—four games in all—"sets the stage for the revival of the legendary Reploid Zero as he joins human scientist Ciel and Resistance forces in their fight for a better future."

The Bard's Tale 4: Director's Cut adds a new dungeon, difficulties, and 'thousands' of fixes
"Bard's Tale 4 was good at launch" is a hill I will happily die on, but not everyone had a smooth-sailing experience with it out of the gate, and even I have to admit that there were some rough spots. The Bard's Tale 4: Director's Cut, released today, aims to address those shortcomings with new features, a "massive balance pass," and new content including more powerful bosses, Dwarven weapons, and the Royal Necropolis of Haernhold.

Watch a Sandworm smash a weird wooden land crawler in a new Last Oasis trailer
Last Oasis is a survival MMO in which players construct weird, walking land-yacht machines and use them to fight over the last hospitable chunk of land on Earth. The specifics are tricky—the Earth has stopped spinning and the Moon disappeared for some reason—but it looks very cool, and the promise of a dynamic map that's always in flux is intriguing, if maybe a little worryingly ambitious.

Population Zero, a story-driven sci-fi MMO, begins beta testing in September
Population Zero is an upcoming sci-fi MMO set on an alien world called Kepler, where thousands of stranded colonists struggle to survive while they try to figure out what went wrong with their ship—and what they're doing to do next. It's been in development since late 2018, and today developer Enplex Games opened signups for a closed beta test that's coming in September.

Gamestop conference leak may have confirmed that Crypto is coming to Apex Legends
There's been a lot of speculation about whether the next character coming to Apex Legends will be the mysterious hacker named Crypto—the man purportedly responsible for the smashed-up state of things in Apex's latest season. Based on a leak out of a Gamestop leadership conference in Nashville, Tennessee, it looks like the rumors might be true.
>> think-man has made a thread about this leak.

Bloodlines 2's demo gets added info from creative director
In a video posted by Paradox Interactive this morning, Hardsuit Labs creative director Ka'ai Cluney goes over the pre-alpha Bloodlines 2 gameplay demo build shown at E3 and Gamescom 2019, providing more insight into the world of the game. We've gotten a good amount of detail in the past, but this new commentary-filled demo has plenty of new specifics to, ahem, sink our teeth into.

The Alder's Blood demo feels like Bloodborne's sneaky turn-based cousin
Hunting werewolves is dangerous business in Alder's Blood. For starters, they're flupping enormous fangorious man-dogs, which is bad enough. Second, they've got a great sense of smell, which isn't so great when your cadre of monster hunters (who look like they've just walked straight out of Bloodborne) haven't bathed in weeks. Stealth is order of the day here, giving this squad tactics game a very different feel from its peers.

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The Thursday news:


There's only one new daily deal at Steam, Onimusha: Warlords, 40% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/761600/Onimusha_Warlords/

There's a new Humble Bundle, the Spooky Horror 2019 one, available from the next 20 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/spooky-horror-2019-bundle

And at Fanatical, there are two new deals:




Here is Metal Gear Solid 4 running in 4K with unlocked framerate on the PC via RPCS3
Last week, we shared a video showing Metal Gear Solid 4 running in the latest version of the Playstation 3 emulator, RPCS3. And today, we are sharing with you another video showing this PS3 exclusive game running in 4K and with uncapped framerate on the PC.


Wolfenstein: Youngblood update 1.05 released; adjusts boss difficulties, improves weapon damage & more
MachineGames has released a brand new update for Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Patch 1.05 adjusts boss difficulties, improves weapon damage improvements, adds health bar toggles and more.

Here are 10 minutes of gameplay footage from Synced: Off Planet
Synced: Off Planet is an upcoming third-person shooter by Tencent Next Studios & Studio Gobo. This game indeed looks like The Division, as John wrote in the official gameplay reveal trailer article. The game has also similarities with other games such as War World Z and PUBG, as Jack said in the following gameplay video and I tend to agree.

New trailers for The Surge 2, Last Oasis and The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan
Focus Home Interactive, Donkey Crew and Bandai Namco have released new trailer for The Surge 2, Last Oasis and The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan. As such, we’ve decided to share all of them in one big article.

Gears 5 will require 80GB of free hard-disk space; Final PC System Requirements
Microsoft and The Coalition have revealed the final PC system requirements for Gears 5. According to the specs, Gears 5 will require 80GB of free hard-disk space. However, the game will also come with a HD Texture Pack, meaning that the actual file size could be even higher.
>> It's another DX12 only game that will be able to run in Win7.

Here are 13 minutes of gameplay footage from SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall
IGN has shared a video, showing 13 minutes of gameplay footage from SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall. This video showcases some of the game’s environments, as well as its combat and RPG mechanics.

New gameplay details revealed for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
KOEI TECMO and GUST Studios unveiled today exciting new gameplay details to their upcoming title Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. Players will be able to obtain special new gathering locations to explore and share.

New Resident Evil project, Project Resistance, to be announced on September 9th
Earlier this month, we informed you about a new Resident Evil game. And it appears we were right. Capcom has launched a teaser website, announcing that it will officially reveal a brand new Resident Evil project on September 9th.
>> ZODIARKrebirth has made a thread about this new game, and here are the first screens of it (reminds me of the former RE Outbreak games).

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey patch 1.5.0 available for download, full patch notes revealed
Ubisoft has released a brand new update for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This patch will update your game’s version to 1.5.0, is 9GB in size (though some Steam owners reported a 3.8GB size) and you can find its full patch notes below.

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Thursday news, part two:

Telltale Games to return under new management
Telltale Games is (at least on paper) returning to business, as reported earlier today by Polygon. Holding company LCG Entertainment (run by industry veterans Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle) have bought up the studio name and some of their licensed properties after Telltale's messy closure last September left hundreds of staff displaced. Effectively a new studio with new management operating under an old name, the new Telltale will be based in Malibu, California, with plans to "stay small over the next six months".

Ubisoft executive thinks that Steam's business model is 'unrealistic'
Ubisoft isn't too impressed with how Steam is doing business these days, at least according to Chris Early, the publisher's Vice President For Partnerships And Revenue, speaking to the New York Times. He's not the only voice critical of the monolithic digital retailer either.

Cyberpunk 2077 character creator drops male and female options in favor of 'body type'
For all the positive responses that CD Projekt's upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 has enjoyed, one area where it hasn't gone over particularly well is in its portrayal of gender. It was initially designed to be playable as male or female but some critics noted that binary gender delineation falls well short of themes expressed in actual cyberpunk—a shortcoming highlighted by the presence of in-game ads seen by some as transphobic.

Multiple men in the games industry accused of sexual abuse or assault
On Monday, Tetrageddon developer Nathalie Lawhead published a blog post about her time working at an unnamed developer in Vancouver. Titled 'Calling out my rapist', it alleges that composer Jeremy Soule raped Lawhead after meeting her at a party and striking up a friendship. In the days since Lawhead made the allegation against Soule, more members of the industry have come forward to share their own experiences of abuse, accusing several industry men of unwanted advances and sexual assault. Update: Late Wednesday, composer Jeremy Soule sent a message to Kotaku stating: "These 11 year old allegations are false. I am shocked and saddened that these outrageous claims have been made." Kotaku spoke to another woman who had worked with Soule in 2014, who stated that Soule sent her a video of him masturbating. When she told Soule that she wanted to keep their relationship professional, she said she was "blocked and removed from a project [she] was proposed to work on." Soule told Kotaku "I don’t agree with her point of view, and I’m not at liberty to discuss." Original story appears below.

Shovel Knight Dig will take the pixellated platformer underground
Five years after the release of the original Shovel Knight, developer Yacht Club Games has dropped word that a new game is on the way. Shovel Knight Dig is a collaborative effort between Yacht Club and Nitrome that will tell an all-new story about Shovel Knight and his dastardly nemesis, Drill Knight.

Bloodlines 2's first faction is the old money Pioneers
The first Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 faction to be revealed is a newcomer to the series. The Pioneers were among the earliest to settle in Seattle, which they view as a "last frontier," free from the ancient power structures of other cities. But their hold on power has weakened in recent years, and they've been forced to cede control over all but some minor parts of the city. Their idealism, romanticism, and fierce independence carries echoes of the Anarchs, but they hold themselves apart from their more "hot-headed" brothers and sisters.

Control has a deeply weird cameo from a famous game developer
Back in March, an image of Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima doing some voice recording "for the other Sam" made the rounds on Twitter. Sam is the name of Norman Reedus' character in Death Stranding, but who was the other Sam?

The next Apex Legends event will (probably) be about Wraith
Respawn kicked off an Iron Crown Collection event in Apex Legends earlier this month that landed with a thud for a lot of fans. The biggest issue was that some in-game items, particularly Legendary skins, were only available through event-exclusive Iron Crown packs. It was a complicated event but the simple version is that costs were very high—the "Raven's Bite" Heirloom weapon for Bloodhound effectively costs $170—and players weren't happy.

John Carmack wishes Rage had been released earlier
John Carmack, wearing a t-shirt that reads "I don't get older, I level up," was recently interviewed on an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. The co-founder of iD Software and CTO of Oculus discussed—among other things—the release of Rage, one of iD's less well-received games. Rage picked up several "game of show" awards at E3 in 2010, four years into its development, but when it finally came out in 2012 it the response was muted.

World Of Warcraft Classic is 'substantially' boosting player capacity
In order to combat the enormous queues to get into its World Of Warcraft Classic servers, Blizzard has announced via the official forums that it is "substantially increasing the number of players that can be simultaneously logged in and playing". There's no specifics on exactly how many more players are being let in, but it sounds like the capacity hotfix was deployed last night.

Try grisly metroidvania Blasphemous before the demo vanishes on Sunday
The gore-soaked, darkly religious world of Blasphemous is yours to tour today, although you'd best get in quick. The time-limited demo vanishes on Sunday, September 1st, with the full game launching on September 10th.
>> The demo is only available from Steam, but the game will launch on Steam and GOG.

Total War: Warhammer 2's next DLC adds its biggest, stompiest dinosaur yet
When it comes to Total War, and especially Warhammer games, bigger is always better. It's good news, then, that The Hunter & The Beast DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2 is upping the ante on September 11th with the game's biggest and most absolute unit yet; the Dread Saurian, which you can see in the trailer below.

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Here's your chance to get a hard game: the HUMBLE STORE is giving away the game DiRT Rally for the next 2 days or until they run out of keys:


Hurry up!

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Also, for those interested, Jon Peddie Research has published its Q2 2019 report


Some highlights:

  • The PC GPU market sequentially increased by 0.6% in Q2’19, decreased year-to-year by -10.4%
  • AMD shipments increased 9.8%, Nvidia was mostly flat, -0.04%, and Intel's shipments, decreased -1.4%.
  • A total of 76.7 million units were shipped in Q2'19 which decreased by -8.93 million units from the same quarter a year ago indicating the market is negative. on a year-to-year basis. << This is still becaue of the crypto craze
  • Surprisingly enough, AMD has surpassed Nvidia in marketshare (that includes discrete GPU cards and integrated ones). First time since Q3 2014

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Let's go with the Friday news!


The Witcher 3 is selling better in 2019 than it did last year
CD Projekt recently took a look back at the first half of 2019, and it saw some interesting things. Cyberpunk 2077 preorders have been going well, particularly on GOG: One-third of all digital PC preorders have been on CD Projekt's own platform. But the primary driver behind the company's financial performance is actually The Witcher 3, despite the fact that it was released more than four years ago.
"Our financial result for the first half of the year was again mainly affected by sales of The Witcher 3, which remain strong. This further confirms our belief that investing in top-quality games pays off, and that such games may continue to sell well for many years," CD Projekt CFO Piotr Nielubowicz said. "In the first half of 2019 gamers actually purchased more copies of The Witcher 3 than during the first half of the previous year!"

Celeste and Inside go free on Epic Games Store, with another two next week
While both ostensibly about running and jumping, Celeste (by Matt Makes Games) and Inside (by Playdead) have shockingly few things in common, beyond them both being excellent and completely free on the Epic Games Store for the next week.
Make sure you grab these two now to add to your account and keep forever. This time next week, they're getting swapped out for an oddly similar pair of games. The End Is Nigh is a darkly humorous (if positively sadistic) platformer from one of the makers of Super Meat Boy, and Abzu is a surprisingly soothing game about deep-sea exploration and hanging out with cool fish.

On the Humble Store, it's the End of the Summer Sale, so go check it out.

At Fanatical, there's a new Build Your Own Retro Bundle, with 18 games to choose from for the next 14 days: https://www.fanatical.com/en/pick-and-mix/build-your-own-retro-bundle


CRYENGINE 5.6 is now available to developers, featuring more than 1000 changes to the engine
Crytek has announced that CRYENGINE 5.6 is available now for all game developers. According to the team, this major new release includes over 1,000 changes to the engine. Crytek has also released a CRYENGINE 5.6 technology video, showcasing just some of the new features in the engine.
CRYENGINE 5.6 includes new features, enhancements, and improvements across the engine. Thus, the engine gives developers more power, making game creation quicker and easier. The key features of this brand new version are: In-Editor Project Management, Area Lights, Particle Ribbons and Full-Body Ragdoll IK.

Valve will fight European Commission's anti-competition ruling against Steam
Early this year, the European Commission launched an investigation into six game companies—Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, and ZeniMax—over "suspected anti-competitive practices." In April it released a preliminary finding that the practice of geo-blocking games, which restricts the ability of people to buy games based on their home location, violates EU competition rules.
Since then, according to a Reuters report, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, and ZeniMax have all agreed to settle the case. The terms of the settlement aren't known, but Reuters said that under EU antitrust rules, companies are given a ten percent reduction in their fines for admitting to wrongdoing. Valve has decided to fight the charges, however, and is now expected to seek a hearing with European Commission competition regulators and "national watchdogs" to argue its case.




First gameplay trailer released for Jumanji: The Video Game
Bandai Namco has released the first gameplay trailer for Jumanji: The Video Game. In addition, the publisher has announced that the game’s release date has been moved up by a week to November 8th for all platforms.

The worst PC racing game ever made, Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing, gets a remaster in 2020
Now here is something that came out of nowhere. Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing is often described as the worst PC racing game ever made. And today, Stellar Stone Devolopment announced that it is working on a Remaster for the PC that will come out in 2020.

New WRC 8 videos detail its physics system and level design
Bigben and KT Racing have released the latest glimpse behind the scenes of WRC 8. Through two Dev Diaries, KT Racing’s Art Director, Amaury Beyris, and Physics Designer, Jérémy Lolieux, shed some light on the game’s level design and physics.

Narrative-driven VR game, Westworld Awakening, is now available on Steam
Westworld fans, here is something for you today. Warner Bros and Survios have announced that the official VR game for the Westworld series, Westworld Awakening, is now available on Steam. Westworld Awakening is a narrative-driven experience in which you assume the role of a host, Kate.

Here is your first look at The Settlers, new video showing 16 minutes of gameplay footage
PCGames.de has shared a video, showing 16 minutes of gameplay footage from The Settlers. The Settlers uses the Snowdrop Engine and we can finally take a look at it. And while the video is in German, there are some English subtitles that you can enable.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Patch 3 released, brings general gameplay, AI & visual improvements
Rebellion has released a brand new patch for Sniper Elite V2 Remastered. According to the release notes, patch 3 addresses several low-repro stability issues that were evident during gameplay and features general localization improvements.

Here are two hours of gameplay footage from the Gamescom 2019 demo of Need for Speed: Heat
At Gamescom 2019, Electronic Arts presented a playable demo for Need for Speed Heat. Thus, below you can find a video showing two whole hours of gameplay footage from it. This video will give you an idea of what you can expect from this new Need for Speed game. Since we’re talking about a 2-hour video, we strongly suggest checking it out, especially if you are fans of the series.

Here are 3 minutes of new gameplay footage from the CRYENGINE-powered action RPG, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
WOLCEN Studio has released a new video, showing 3 minutes of gameplay footage from Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem. Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is a new action RPG that uses Crytek’s CRYENGINE, and is currently available on Steam Early Access.

Gears 5 will support Asynchronous Compute and AMD FidelityFX Tech
Microsoft and The Coalition have shared some new PC tech details about Gears 5. According to the teams, the PC version will support Asynchronous Compute, Multithreaded Command Buffering, as well as AMD’s new tech, FidelityFX.

Here are 8 minutes of gameplay footage from the PAX West 2019 demo of Streets of Rage 4
At PAX West 2019, DotEmu presented a new demo for Streets of Rage 4. As such, below you can find a video showing almost 8 minutes of gameplay footage from that demo. We strongly suggest watching this gameplay video, especially if you are old-school beat ’em up fans.

Once Upon A Time In Roswell is a new first-person psychological horror game
TinyBuildGames has announced Once Upon A Time In Roswell; a new first-person psychological horror game that is coming to PC in late 2020. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher released the game’s debut trailer that you can find below.

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Friday news, part two:

Star Wars: The Old Republic's Onslaught expansion is now due in October
It was a long time ago that a galaxy far, far away last saw a major expansion, but BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is still alive and kicking, and due its next big slab of content soon. Available as part of the free-to-play MMO's optional subscription, Onslaught will add a new story arc centred around two new planets as the war between the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire resumes on October 22nd.

Planetside Arena enters Early Access in September with 300-player battles
Planetside Arena, the next class-based multiplayer shooter from Daybreak Games, was originally planned for January of this year. Its first delay pushed it back to March, and then—perhaps blindsided by the surprise announcement and massive success of class-based battle royale Apex Legends in February—the release slipped again to summer.

The Lab gets a handy physics-driven update
The Lab was one of the first big showcases of modern virtual reality, and one of the first experiences many had after picking up a first-generation Oculus or HTC headset. Today, Valve are keeping up with the times and updating their free VR playground to better reflect modern technology, such as their own Index VR hardware.

Manifold Garden, Wattam, and No Straight Roads will be Epic exclusives
Epic announced today that six more games will be launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store: Manifold Garden, Wattam, No Straight Roads, Superliminal, Airborne Kingdom, and The Alto Collection, which packages together a pair of snowboarding sidescrollers that were previously mobile-only.

Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.08 buffs the Ninja and Samurai classes
Final Fantasy XIV is having a moment right now, thanks to the fantastic Shadowbringers expansion that launched in July. As such, there's plenty of excitement around the latest FFXIV patch notes, as Square Enix rolls out new raid content alongside class balance changes and bug fixes.

Blatant Warcraft ripoff goes offline after Blizzard files a lawsuit
World of Warcraft Classic isn't the only blast from the Azeroth path to come out of Blizzard this month—World of Warcraft lawsuits are also back in the news. The operator of a web-based and mobile game that brazenly ripped off World of Warcraft has halted operations two weeks after Blizzard filed a lawsuit against it.

Noita, the game that simulates every pixel's physics, hits Early Access this September
Noita, the "action roguelite" in which every pixel is physically simulated, is headed to Steam Early Access on September 24. To mark the big news, developer Nolla Games dropped a new trailer showcasing how that simulation translates into gameplay.

Cyberpunk 2077 livestream will show off 15 minutes of gameplay on Friday
CD Projekt Red will share a 15-minute edit of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay during a livestream on Friday. The stream will also include interviews with developers that will dive deeper into the Pacifica district of Night City and the different ways you'll be able to approach your adventures in the gritty cyber-world of the future.
The Cyberpunk 2077 livestream will get underway at 8 pm CEST/2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on August 30, and will be available on CD Projekt Red's Twitch and Mixer channels.
>> We'll see!

Yakuza 7 is replacing beat 'em up action with turn-based combat
The Yakuza games are ever so slowly making their way to PC, with Sega stating in June that it now considers the series to be a multi-platform one. So it's worth getting a bit excited about Yakuza 7, which was unveiled during a Sega press conference on Thursday. It's exciting for three reasons: 1) it's a new Yakuza game, 2) it'll be the first mainline game without Kazuma Kiryu as protagonist, and 3) it'll have turn-based combat.

Greedfall extended gameplay video shows a promising blend of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age
Spiders' newest RPG Greedfall releases on September 10, and I for one am pretty exciting about it. Inspired by 17th century colonization, the game is by no means based on true stories (it has monsters and stuff), but its strange amalgam of fantasy and history is fascinating. The video above shows the most substantial chunk of gameplay footage we've seen yet, and I've got my fingers crossed that Spiders nails it with this one. It looks great.

Borderlands 3 writer wants to do more Tales from the Borderlands
Telltale Games will be returning under new management, which hopefully means their complete stable of games will be available again. And, fingers crossed, some of them might receive sequels.
The first season of Tales from the Borderlands developed a cult following for its sense of humor and cool credits sequences, even among those who didn't love the Borderlands shooters. Now Sam Winkler, one of the lead writers on Borderlands 3, has said that he'd like to write a second season.

This forthcoming retro FPS is a throwback to the Nintendo 64 era
The retro-styled first-person shooter is hardly a new phenomenon: Ion Fury, Amid Evil and Dusk are only three recent examples. But Dark Data feels especially novel, as its clearly a hat tip to a distinctive, platform-specific style of FPS, namely, Nintendo 64 classics like GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark.

Planet Zoo will have aardvarks
The latest Planet Zoo video discusses the importance of creativity and simulation in Frontier's forthcoming game, and their role in informing features like the ability animals have to climb player-made structures. But fast-forward to 3.16 in that video and you'll see something else pretty neat: Aardvarks.

Destiny 2's new seasonal model will offer free and 'premium' reward paths
Not content with dropping a trifecta of wordy updates on Destiny 2 players recently, game director Luke Smith is back with another magnum opus. Today he dug into how the game will handle seasons in its third year, and some pretty big changes are on the way. Destiny 2 Year 3 will include four "fully supported" seasons of content, each of them with a 100-rank "Season Pass" featuring free and premium reward tracks.

Destiny 2's most coveted grenade launchers now demand less grind
Two of Destiny 2's most coveted 'pinnacle' weapons are now easier than ever to earn, although that still doesn't make them accessible for more casual players. The Wendigo GL3 and Mountaintop grenade launchers each required massive PvE and PvP grinds to earn, respectively. The Mountaintop in particular needed players to rack up a phenomenal 200 PvP multi-kills with grenade launchers and 100 Calculated Trajectory medals, each requiring three grenade launcher kills without dying.

Two Point Hospital probes aliens in the Close Encounters DLC
Silly medical management sim Two Point Hospital continues to expand in weird and wonderful ways. Yesterday, its third major chunk of DLC, Close Encounters, landed in stores with an meteoric crash. As the name suggests, it introduces all manner of extraterrestrial weirdness to the already bizarre game, with three high-tech new hospitals to run, new patients to treat from way out of town, and thirty-four new illnesses to cure.
>> And because of that, the game is free to try for the next 3 days and 50% off

Man Of Medan hides a trailer for Little Hope, the next Dark Pictures adventure
It took a while to get here, but thanks to studios like Supermassive Games and their recently-released Man Of Medan, 'interactive movie' is no longer a term synonymous with disdain and grainy clips of C-list actors. They're fully committed to their craft, too, as Man Of Medan ends with a trailer for Little Hope, next in their Dark Pictures horror anthology and due out next year.

Pathologic 2 will get free DLC despite studio struggles (updated)
Pathologic 2 by Ice-Pick Lodge was never going to set the world on fire. A dark and theatrical plague survival sim, set in a dreamlike, pseudo-Russian industrial town wracked by crises both self-made and supernatural. It's dark, weird and stressful, like living in one of David Lynch's more vivid fever-dreams. It's a hard sell, but it's a game I hold dear to my heart, making it all the more tragic that it hasn't sold as well as it might.
Update: The Marble Nest DLC will be a "polished and optimised version of what was once Pathologic 2's demo," according to Ice-Pick Lodge. The developer has confirmed that they're working on porting the game to consoles at the moment, but they don't have any details to share about their plans for the Bachelor or Changeling's stories.

Let's check what's in store (get it?) for us at both GOG and Steam:



That's all. Have a happy and gaming weekend.

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