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Thursday news:


The Colonel Sanders dating sim was one of Steam's biggest releases for September
With September now a few weeks behind us, Valve has compiled a list of the 20 biggest new games of that month. As always, because it doesn't provide actual sales figures, the list is chronological, but Valve, being Valve, doesn't send these things out without a few interesting bits of trivia for background.
Eight of the games in the list are either entering or leave Early Access, demonstrating that it "continues to be a unique and valuable option for creating a product with involvement and feedback from the community," and nine of them— Green Hell, Gears 5, Session, Ni no Kuni, Crying Suns, Noita, Flotsam, Cube World and Maelstrom—are from developers launching games on Steam for the first time, although it's maybe a little disingenuous to lump Gears 5 and Ni No Kumi together with games like Crying Suns and Noita, .

At Steam we have two new deals:

On the Humble Store there are two new deals:

Fanatical has two new deals/sales:


NVIDIA will add Reshade filters to GeForce Experience via a new driver next week
NVIDIA has announced that it will add Reshade filters to the GeForce Experience via a new driver that will come out next week. This new driver will release during the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER launch, on October 29th.
NVIDIA has claimed that with this implementation, players will be able to tap into hundreds of filters. However, the green team has not clarified which filters will be available. Moreover, it’s still unknown whether users will be able to freely import their favourite filters to it.


This mod for Fallout 4 aims to overhaul and improve the animations of the main character
Onymaru has released a brand new mod for Fallout 4 that aims to overhaul and improve the animations of the main character. From the looks of it, the modder was able to make the animation transitions smoother. Not only that, but he has improved some other stances and some idle animations.
The end result is cool and I’m pretty sure that a lot of Fallout 4 will appreciate this mod. Do note that this mod is not complete yet, meaning that there will be some bugs here and there. Still, the modder aims to add more animations via future releases.
>> Get it from Nexus Mods:

EverQuest Classic is coming, thanks to a dev approved fan project
Nostalgic Everquest fans will be happy this week thanks to the launch of Project 1999: Green, a fan-made (and dev approved) server that will mirror the day one, vanilla version of the classic MMO. Not only that, but the project will progress through patches and content updates at the same pace as the original.
The server launches on October 25 (the next day in Australia), and will bear all the strengths, weaknesses, and 1999-nesses of the earliest Everquest days. Then, in keeping with the general pace of content updates, the Plane of Fear update will roll out in January, followed by Plane of Hate and Plane of Sky in April and August respectively.
>> For more info, go over here.

Modders realise Borderlands 3 cutscenes are easily replaced, comedy ensues
Players are re-writing Borderlands 3 one sight gag at a time thanks to a minor modding discovery. While the real guts of the game aren't easily accessible, Gearbox appear to have left their pre-rendered cutscenes (used in overlays and on video-screens in game) in plain old MP4 video format, letting you simply replace them with whatever tickles your funnybone. Unsurprisingly, things got weird, fast, starting with "Dooger" on Twitter testing the waters with a bizarre russian Shrimp rave.


First gameplay teaser for Command & Conquer Remaster
Electronic Arts has released the first gameplay teaser for Command & Conquer Remaster. This teaser video will give you a small idea of the visuals improvements that are coming to the remaster via new sprites and higher quality textures.

Space Company Simulator is coming to Steam Early Access on October 24th
Publisher All in! Games revealed that Space Company Simulator will become available in Early Access on Steam on October 24th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has also released a new trailer that you can find below.

PC demo available for download for The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2
Fruitbat Factory and TOKYOTOON have announced that a PC demo is currently available for The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2. This hit visual novel from Japan, will be available worldwide on Steam on November 8th.
>> Available from Steam.

Microsoft Flight Simulator has the best graphics we’ve seen to date, new spectacular screenshots
Microsoft has shared a new set of spectacular screenshots for Flight Simulator that will leave you speechless. Microsoft Flight Simulator has the best PC graphics we’ve seen to date, and the following screenshots will undoubtedly “wow” you.

Borderlands 3 Bloody Harvest full patch notes revealed, performance improvements coming in November
Gearbox has revealed the full patch notes for Borderlands 3’s Bloody Harvest update that will come out later today. According to the team, this patch will improve reliability of the voice chat system when open and closing the ECHO menu on PC. It will also a modification so typing in text chat no longer prevents players from fast travelling.

Netflix Narcos: Rise of the Cartels releases on November 19th, PC system requirements revealed
Curve Digital has announced that its upcoming turn-based strategy game, Netflix Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, will release on November 19th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has also revealed the game’s PC system requirements.

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Thursday news, part two:

Bungie details the stuff coming in Destiny 2's latest Festival of the Lost event
Halloween is approaching, and so too is the Festival of the Lost, the Destiny 2 seasonal event dedicated to dressing up and celebrating the memories of fallen comrades. This year will see the return of Eva Levante as the herald of the event, which will feature spooky decorations all over the Tower, the return of the Haunted Forest activity, and the Braytech Werewolf, a 950 power Halloween-themed version of the Braytech Winter Wolf Legendary auto rifle.

Rainbow Six Siege: Doktor's Curse is a hunters vs. monsters game of hide-and-seek
Halloween has come to Rainbow Six Siege in the Doktor's Curse, a limited time event that went live today and will run until November 6. Set on a "spooky, reworked, Frankenstein version" of the Theme Park map, the mode will pit a team of five Exterminators against a squad of five Monsters, with special rewards for kills, wins, and one for just showing up.

Elite: Dangerous delays Fleet Carrier launch to mid-2020
In August, Frontier Development announced that massive Fleet Carriers with the ability to travel great distances and serve as refueling and refitting stations for smaller ships would be added to Elite: Dangerous in December. That plan has now changed, however, as Frontier has shifted its focus for the remainder of the year, and beyond, to fixing bugs.

Some kind of Dying Light/Left 4 Dead 2 crossover appears to be coming
It's been longer than you think since Left 4 Dead 2 came out, and if you don't believe me, chew on this: Ten years have passed since Coach, Nick, Rochelle, and Ellis first blazed their way across the Infected wasteland. That's right, a full-on decade—you didn't see that coming, did you? I can barely believe it myself.
Sadly, despite all that time gone by there's still no sign out of Valve that Left 4 Dead 3 is something that will ever actually happen. But it seems like something is happening—in that other first-person zombie game, Dying Light.

Age of sail FTL-like Abandon Ship leaves Early Access
After 20 months in Early Access, Abandon Ship is entering version 1.0 and sailing into full release. It's a game of krakens, lightning storms, and pirates that's a bit like a cross between FTL and Sunless Sea, although with a mercifully much faster ship than the latter game.

Helldivers is four years old and still being updated
Every year around Liberty Day, which is October 26 in the futuristic Super Earth of Helldivers' setting, Arrowhead Studios release an update for their game of twin-stick co-op chaos. This year it comes with a new subtitle, and will be called Helldivers: Dive Harder from now on.

Former Xbox executive Mike Ybarra is joining Blizzard
Former Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra is joining Blizzard next month. He announced the news on Twitter, only weeks after it emerged that he would leave Microsoft after nearly 20 years with the company.

The Long Dark's third episode is out now
After a long delay—it was initially scheduled for release in December of 2018—the third episode of The Long Dark's narrative Wintermute mode is out now. It's called Crossroads Elegy, and it has players, now in the role of new protagonist Dr. Astrid Greenwood, exploring Pleasant Valley to "uncover local mysteries and rescue lost survivors as you navigate treacherous blizzards and face devious Timberwolves". From the trailer, it seems like there's going to be a lot of those wolves.

Kingdom Under Fire 2 finally arrives on November 14
I've been following the development of Kingdom Under Fire 2 since long before I started writing about games. First announced in 2008, it was originally intended to be a flagship game for the Xbox 360 in 2009. An ambitious Warhammer-inspired hybrid of high fantasy MMO, RTS and Dynasty Warriors-style hack n' slash action, putting Korean studio Blueside on the map once more.
Clearly, things didn't quite work out. After a decade of development hell and several attempts at free-to-play launches around the world ending in server shutdowns, new publisher Gameforge hope to give it one more go. Launching in English for the first time on November 14, Kingdom Under Fire 2 will now be a retail game priced at £26.99/€29.99/$29.99, though it's still an MMO, and there will still be (mostly cosmetic) microtransactions available after launch.

Borderlands 2 VR is off to a rough start on PC
Borderlands 3 might be the talk of the town in looter-shooter circles, but Gearbox are taking Borderlands 2 out for one last victory lap on PC with Borderlands 2 VR, released today. Originally a PlayStation VR game, it has made its way back to PC as a full-priced re-release (comparable to Fallout 4 and Skyrim's VR ports) letting you play through the entirety of the RPG shooter in virtual reality, minus multiplayer support.
At least, that's what it should do, but if you don't have an Oculus Rift S or similar you might have a rough time, as owners of other headsets are reporting issues with the game at the moment.

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Here come the last round of weeks of the week!


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 were commercial failures for Ubisoft
Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and – to a lesser degree – The Division 2 were commercial failures. According to the French team, there was a sharp downward revision in the revenues expected from Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a lesser extent, The Division 2.
Going into more details, Ubisoft stated that it was unable to capitalize on the potential of its latest two AAA releases. While the team did not comment on The Division 2, it did comment on Breakpoint. Ubisoft stated that critical reception and sales during the game’s first weeks were very disappointing.

A Plague Tale: Innocence and GreedFall were commercial successes for Focus Home Interactive
Focus Home Interactive has announced that both A Plague Tale: Innocence and GreedFall had successful launches. As the press release reads, for the first six months of its 2019/20 fiscal year, Focus Home Interactive posted revenues of €79.8 million. In case you’re wondering, this is an increase of 80% in comparison with the same period of last year.
Focus Home Interactive claims that the strong performance in the first half of the year was driven by the successful launches of A Plague Tale: Innocence and GreedFall. The publisher claimed that Greedfall showed a stunning start and beat overall expectations.

Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 are now available for free on the Epic Games Store
Epic Games has announced that Layers of Fear and Q.U.B.E. 2 are now available for free on the Epic Games Store. PC gamers can acquire their free copies from today and until October 31st. Next week, Epic Games will be giving away SOMA and Costume Quest.

On the Humble Store there are three new sales:

Fanatical has four new bundles:


AMD Radeon Software 19.10.2 released, optimized for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & The Outer Worlds
AMD has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.10.2 offers optimal performance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds and Chernobylite Early Access.
Going into slightly more details, this driver improves performance by up to 18% in COD: MW on the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Moreover, it improves performance by up to 8% on the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
This new driver also fixes an application hang in Borderlands 3 after running the in-game benchmark or changing resolutions. It also addresses some flickering issues while playing media in Movies and TV application when using some displays connected via USB Type-C. Moreover, it resolves some temp blank issues when launching League of Legends.
>> Available from here.




SD GUNDAM G Generation CROSS RAYS is coming to the PC on November 28th
Bandai Namco has announced that SD GUNDAM G Generation CROSS RAYS will be coming to the PC on November 28th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has released a new PC trailer that you can find below.

PS4-exclusive ReadySet Heroes is coming to the PC on October 29th + PC System Requirements
Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that its fast-paced multiplayer dungeon crawler, ReadySet Heroes, is coming to the PC on October 29th. This game has been a Playstation 4 exclusive for one month, and will release via the Epic Games Store.

You can play Citadel: Forged With Fire for free this weekend, starting from today
Blue Isle Studios has announced that PC gamers can play for free Citadel: Forged With Fire this weekend on Steam. Players can download the game for free and embark into a magical open world where they will craft, explore and build as they try to master the art of magic.

Here are the first 20 minutes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from the PC in 4K/60fps
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases in a few hours and below you can find a video, showing the first 20 minutes from its single-player campaign. This gameplay footage was captured on the PC with the game running in 4K and 60fps.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Day-1 update detailed, comes with PC-specific tweaks, full patch notes
Infinity Ward has detailed the day-1 update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. According to the release notes, this patch will bring some tweaks to Ground War, and spawning tweaks in Core Multiplayer. It will also brighten characters in dark areas across many maps.

Second Developer Diary for Maneater released, focusing on the game’s world
Tripwire Interactive has released the second developer diary for Maneater. In this video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration behind Maneater‘s premise and story, as well as the variety of environments, humans (for consumption), and more.

Watch_Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters have all been delayed
Ubisoft has announced that Watch_Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters have all been delayed. This delay is mainly due to the underperformance of The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

The 13th Doll, a new licensed 7th Guest spin-off, releases on October 31st
Attic Door Productions has announced that The 13th Doll: A Fan Game of The 7th Guest will release on October 31st. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has released the game’s launch trailer that you can find below.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is officially coming to the PC in Winter 2019
Forever Entertainment has announced that Panzer Dragoon: Remake will be officially coming to the PC in Winter 2019. Although we don’t have enough information, we do know that the game will be available on Steam.

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Friday news, part two and last for the week:

Player claims Fallout 1st domain to protest Fallout 76's subscription
Yesterday, Bethesda boldly announced that their much-maligned MMO spinoff Fallout 76 was getting an optional subscription service named Fallout 1st. To say that this went down poorly with the game's community is a massive understatement. One particularly salty player even snapped up FalloutFirst.com. What they did with it wasn't pretty.
>> I'm actually surprised Bethesda was dumb enough to not have the rights for that domain.

Adorable deckbuilder Rise Of The Slime enters early access
Deck-building dungeon crawlers are common enough these days, but few are as cute as Rise Of The Slime, and I'm not just saying that because I like the Dragon Quest series. Seemingly inspired by Slay The Spire, it's a deck-building dungeon crawl RPG starring an innocuous little blob-monster. Or at least a cardboard cut-out of one glued onto a stick—truly a work of the Dark Arts And Crafts.

Dota Underlords' 'Big Update' goes live with new heroes and a Duos mode
The Big Update has finally gone live in Valve's autobattler Dota Underlords, meaning that the Underlords themselves, Anessix and Hobgen, have now joined the fight. Players will select an Underlord at the beginning of each match to lead their team with abilities and buffs that will grow stronger as they play.

Ubisoft sues Rainbow Six Siege cheat maker who appeared on the BBC
Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against the operators of a company called MizuSoft, which it claims has earned thousands of dollars monthly through the sale of Rainbow Six Siege cheat software. MizuSoft promised to help Siege cheaters get away with it by working in subtle ways, including boosting weapon damage, expanding the field of vision, revealing hidden enemies, and providing information on things like enemy location and health.

Artificial Extinction is first-person tower defense with robots
Artificial Extinction is an indie title by 100 Hr Games where you have to defend yourself from an evil AI that controls drones and terraforming spiderbots. It looks a bit like the Sanctum games if you remember those, and has you running around to place sentries before the next wave of AI attacks.

Stellaris adds a stony-faced new faction in the Lithoids Species Pack
Stellaris, much like space itself, is always expanding. While the larger Federations expansion isn't due out later this year and set to overhaul the diplomatic side of the sprawling 4X strategy sandbox, Paradox Interactive rolled out an extra slab of optional DLC yesterday for players eager to expand their universe. The Lithoids Species Pack allows players to control an empire of planet-devouring mineral-based creatures. It's life, Jim, but not as we know it.

Voting opens for the Golden Joystick Game of the Year 2019 Award
The boat has sailed on the chance to vote on individual categories for this year's Golden Joystick Awards, but today you can have your say on the big one: the prestigious Game Of The Year 2019 award. The winner will be announced at the Golden Joysticks award ceremony, livestreamed on November 15th.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne gets a PC trailer and a January release date
It's not out until the dead of winter, but today we've got our first look at the PC version of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the massive expansion to Capcom's 2018 dragon-bothering extravaganza. In the trailer below, Capcom announces a January 9th release date, and showcases a few of the shinier features of the enhanced PC port. Give it a peek.

Payday 2 development resumes after a rough year for Starbreeze
Troubled Swedish publisher Starbreeze is apparently going back to what works, announcing today via Steam that Overkill's co-op heist shooter Payday 2 is returning to active development. The studio is re-branding the current 'ultimate' version of the game (which was meant to be the final release, live-action secret ending and all) as the Legacy Edition, and letting players buy DLC separately once more.

And these are the GOG and Steam deals for the weekend:



Now go, go and have a happy and gaming weekend.

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Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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Time for the Monday news:


GOG starts this week with the Halloween Sale, with more than 300 games up to 90% off for the next 7 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20191028_halloween_sale

Steam has one daily deal, HELLDIVERS Dive Harder Edition, 50% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/394510/HELLDIVERS_Dive_Harder_Edition/. And don't forget that, thanks to the leak that Rhonin the wizard posted, today will start the Steam's Halloween Sale.

And Fanatical has two new deals:


Electronic Arts all but confirms its return to Steam
A new rumour surfaced last week, suggesting that Electronic Arts would return to Steam. And yesterday, the publisher has shared a teaser video that all but confirms this. This video shows an EA steamy cup (get it? Steam, EA).
>> It would be great but also odd. Why coming back to Steam now and not going to the Epic Store given that they left to get more money?

Steam now asks if you want to revise your user review after spending more time with a game
The beta version of the new Steam client has started asking players whether they want to revise their user review once they've logged additional hours in a given game.
The new feature, part of Steam's big new library update, was first highlighted by user PunnyCasual on the Destiny 2 subreddit. A pop-up message on their Steam client, which they captured and posted here, read: "You've played an additional 93 hours. Would you like to revise your review?"


PC gamers can now play Zelda: Breath of the Wild with higher FOV and an “Over the Shoulder” camera
While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has not been officially released on the PC, PC gamers can already enjoy it by using the Nintendo WiiU emulator, CEMU. Not only that, but earlier this Summer, the first mods appeared online for this Zelda game.
The man responsible for this mod is Silentverge. Silentverge was able to increase the FOV and include various camera angles. PC gamers can now use a close FOV, a classic FOV and a FAR FOV cameras. However, the most exciting new viewpoint that this mod adds is the “Over the Shoulder” camera.
This Over the Shoulder camera is a really cool new way to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As such, we strongly suggest downloading it and testing it.

First mods for The Outer Worlds let you skip startup videos & unlock UE4 Developer Console
Private Division has just released Obsidian’s new RPG, The Outer Worlds, and it appears that its first mods have surfaced online. The first mod allows you to skip the startup splash videos, while the second one unlocks the UE4 developer console.
According to Infogram, there is currently no convenient method to skip the developer splash video that plays when starting the game. However, most users can work around this by replacing the .mp4’s with blank files. You can also bypass it by deleting the file, however this may introduce issues.
On the other hand, the second mod unlocks the UE4 developer console. This will allow players to mess with developer commands, cvars and more.
>> Check the article for the links (to Nexus Mods and GitHub).

You can make The Outer Worlds' tiny text bigger with an INI tweak
The Outer Worlds has received a positive response both from reviewers and many happy players, though one fairly common complaint has to do with the teeny, tiny text size. There's a lot of reading in The Outer Worlds: dialogue subtitles, item descriptions, journal entries, menu text, and more. And there's currently no option to adjust the size of the on-screen text, which is unfortunate. It's pretty itty-bitty.
However, a fix may be on the way. On Twitter, Obsidian Production Director Alec Frey said he would "double check this issue is in our database today and is properly prioritized!" Hopefully, we'll soon see some options to adjust the size of the game's tiny text.
In the meantime, there's a tweak PC players can use while we cross our fingers for an official option to be added. There's an INI file that can be edited to scale up the entire UI, which makes the text a bit larger. I tried it out and it works, though you'll need to fiddle with the value a bit to find the sweet spot. And keep in mind, this tweak resizes the entire UI, so if you make it too big it will expand past the edges of your screen and you may not be able to read everything or click certain elements.
>> Check the article for the instructions.

Skyrim HD SE is a 10GB HD Texture Pack, featuring thousands of 1K, 2K and 4K textures
Over the past few months, we’ve shared a number of Texture Packs for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, there are gamers out there that would prefer a single pack with a lot of textures for numerous objects. And today, we are bringing you such a HD Texture Pack.
Modder ‘luxor8071’ has released a 10GB HD Texture Pack for Skyrim Special Edition that features thousands of 1K, 2K and 4K textures. As said, this pack is ideal for those that do not want to search the Internet in order to find out the best packs for skyboxes, snow, furniture, interiors, etc.
Going into slightly more details, this pack adds new high quality textures for architecture, skies, clutter and dungeons. It also improves the textures of various effects, like whitewater and candleflames. Moreover, it adds new textures for both the Dawnguard and the Dragonborn DLCs.
In order to install Skyrim HD SE, you’ll have to first install SMIM and Blended Roads. Then, you’ll have to download Skyrim HD SE from here. Afterwards, you’ll have to run SSELODGen or TexGen and DynDOLOD.

These mods for the first Spyro game upscale all of the enemy and boss textures to 4K
Modder ‘Cramped Misfit’ has released two must-have texture packs for the first Spyro game. These mods are for Spyro Reignited Trilogy and upscale all of the enemy and boss textures to 4K. Now as the title suggests, these improved textures are only for the first Spyro game (from the collection). As such, don’t expect the enemies and bosses in Spyro 2 and Spyro 3 to look better. Still, these packs are a must-have for anyone that wants to play the first part.
>> Check the article for the links to both mods (both at Nexus Mods) and the instructions to install them.


CCP Games will showcase a new tech demo for EVE Aether Wars on November 23rd
CCP Games has announced will be showcasing the next iteration of EVE Aether Wars, their technology partnership with London-based start-up, Hadean, on November 23rd.

New in-engine trailer released for Shenmue 3, showcasing environments and characters
YsNet has released a brand new in-engine trailer for Shenmue 3. This trailer is in Japanese and most of you won’t understand a thing. Still, it packs a few new in-engine sequences that some of you may find interesting.

Daymare 1998 Patch 2.0 brings new difficulty mode, performance optimizations, collision fixes & more
Invader Studios has released a brand new patch for its Resident Evil-inspired title, Daymare 1998. According to the release notes, patch 2.0 adds a new difficulty mode, as well as support for Simplified Chinese.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout does not support mouse on the PC
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is a game that I was kind of looking forward to. However, it appears that the PC version will not be that optimized for our platform. According to early reports, the game does not support mouse on the PC.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is always-online on the PC, even for its single-player campaign
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has just been released and we can confirm that the game is always-online on the PC. Currently there is no way to play this game in offline mode. Furthermore, even its single-player campaign mode requires a constant internet connection.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare suffers from major pop-ins and cut-scene stutters on the PC
It appears that the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare suffers from some technical/visual issues. As we’ve already reported, the game requires a constant Internet connection even for its single-player mode. Not only that, but the game suffers from major pop-in and cutscene stutters issues.

Death Stranding is officially coming to the PC in Early Summer 2020
Alongside the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, the PC version of Death Stranding was the worst kept secret. And today, Kojima Productions has officially announced that the game will be coming out on the PC in 2020.
>> FloatingWaffles has made a thread about this.

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Monday news, part two:

Romance Of The Three Kingdoms 14 marches onto PC in February
Romance Of The Three Kingdoms 14—the latest in Tecmo Koei's long-running historical strategy series—now has a release date on PC. Aspiring generals can begin their conquest of ancient China on February 28, and it might be just the thing for players who got a taste for this particular slice of history with the recent Total War: Three Kingdoms.

Ambitious sci-fi MMO Seed will launch a 'narrative prequel' alpha next year
It's been more than a year since we last looked at Seed, "a hugely ambitious in-development MMO that echoes EVE Online, Rimworld and The Sims." Work has been continuing, though, and developer Klang has now announced that closed alpha testing will begin next year in a "narrative prequel" called Seed Pioneers.

20,000 toxic CS:GO players banned in six weeks by FACEIT and Google's new chat AI
A new AI built to combat toxicity in online gaming has banned 20,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players within its first six weeks, solely by analyzing messages in the game's text chat.

Epic sues former Fortnite tester who leaked Chapter 2 secrets
Epic Games is suing a former Fortnite user experience tester for leaking details of Fortnite Chapter 2, claiming the leak spoiled "the suspense that Epic had been working to generate and build for months".

WWE 2K20 team will try to patch the sim's most ridiculous flaws within two weeks
WWE 2K20 is ridiculous. From wrestlers with no faces to players getting stuck inside ring ropes, every bout is plagued by a new, silly, potentially game-ruining bug. Publisher 2K knows it: in a tweet last night, the game's official Twitter account said it was "listening closely to the feedback" and was preparing an initial patch to release within two weeks.

Apex Legends' big Charge Rifle nerf is now live
The nerf Respawn promised for Apex Legends' powerful Charge Rifle is now live, slowing the weapon's fire rate and dampening its long-distance firepower. It follows a smaller tweak last week, which reduced its magazine capacity by one shot.

More Diablo 4 information leaked via art book
The Art of Diablo coffee-table book, due out on November 3—the day after Blizzcon—has already been responsible for leaking the existence of Diablo 4 after an ad for it in German magazine Game Star described it containing artwork from "Diablo 1, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, and Diablo 4." Now it seems to have been responsible for another leak, as Twitter user @WeakAuras has posted a seemingly legit page from the book.

Media Molecule's Dreams could come to PC along with the games made in it, co-founder says
Media Molecule wants to bring its PS4-exclusive game creation suite Dreams to PC eventually—and let players export games made in Dreams to platforms other than PS4, studio co-founder Kareem Ettouney has said.

Carrion, the promising 'reverse horror' game, gets free demo on Steam
James liked what he saw of Carrion, the upcoming "reverse horror" that casts you as tentacled monster, when he played it during this year's E3, naming it among the show's hidden gems. Now it's your chance to go hands-on: developer Phobia Game Studio has released a half-hour demo that you can grab on Steam. The demo will only linger until November 2, so act fast.

The Drifter is a pulpy point-and-click from the developers of Crawl
The team behind competitive hack-and-slash Crawl, one of the best local multiplayer games on PC, have announced The Drifter, a pulpy pixel art point-and-click starring a murdered man who's brought back to life.

Destiny 2's new PvP mode adds 'super charged supers' and makes every weapon lethal
Destiny 2's new Momentum Control PvP mode, which launches on Tuesday, will add instant respawns, increase all weapon damage and supercharge your supers, turning you into a "1,000-pound gorilla". Not literally, obviously, although that would really shake up the meta.

ESPN say they've got a document revealing Overwatch 2
ESPN say they've obtained a BlizzCon training document that spills the beans on Overwatch 2, and have a source to back it up. According to their info, Overwatch 2 will have a significant PvE element, with a narrative and missions that include "a four-player story experience set in Rio de Janeiro". This mode will also feature "Hero talents and in-game items".

Sinking Simulator, the relaxing game about wreaking needless destruction on ships, is now on Steam
I don't know who else needs to hear this, but there's a game on Steam all about destroying giant ships. It's called Sinking Simulator, and it's actually the second iteration of the game – an earlier version hit Greenlight several years ago and Tyler even briefly wrote about it. That said, this appears to be the first time Sinking Simulator has been playable on Steam, though it's been on Gamejolt and indieDB for a while.

Bethesda working on hotfixes for broken Fallout 76 subscription features
Fallout 76's new subscription service, Fallout 1st, hasn't been received well for the most part. The pricey $12 per month ($100 per year) subscription offers, among other things, an unlimited scrap storage box and private servers. But in addition to widespread complaints about the service in general, some subscribers have been reporting technical problems as well. Namely, that the private servers aren't exactly private and that their scrap supplies have been disappearing from their shiny new premium boxes.
In a statement sent to Polygon, Bethesda says it's addressing both issues. Currently, private servers are joinable by anyone on the friends list of the server owner, even if they haven't been invited. As you can imagine, this is a big issue: anyone who has played Fallout 76 has no doubt added players (perhaps many of them) to their friends list who aren't really friends but just strangers they may have played with briefly. Starting your private game and being joined by a bunch of randoms you don't really even know isn't exactly the definition of private.
>> What were they expecting, that it would work? C'mon, it's Bethesda and Fallout 76! That there would be big problems was all but guaranteed.

Class warfare has come to Fallout 76
Like the vaults themselves, Fallout 76 has become a curious social experiment. Since launch, the initially egalitarian West Virginian wasteland has slowly been splitting its community with microtransactions and premium conveniences, which reached their zenith last week with the launch of Fallout 1st, a premium membership subscription. Now some players seem to be gearing up for a class war.

EVE Online: Invasion Chapter 2 is coming in November
The second chapter of EVE Online's Invasion expansion is coming next month. Pilots have had their hands full recently with multiple invasions and a communications blackout, and it looks like they won't have much time to rest before the next crisis.

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The Tuesday news:


The Steam Halloween Sale begins with the Steam store going down (Update: It's back!)
The Steam Halloween Sale for 2019 is alive! The spooky savings event features deals on horror and horror-adjacent games, and also provides a handy rundown on games that are running Halloween-themed events. The Steam store went down for a couple of hours right after the sale first appeared, but now it's back, so have at it.
>> But that doesn't mean that the usual sales aren't available either:

At GOG there's a new Paradox weekly sale (that I may or may have not missed it yesterday), with up to 80% discounts for the next 6 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20191028_weekly_sale_paradox

At Fanatical there are four new deals, and all of them will last 3 days:

And at Fanatical the new Star Deal is RESIDENT EVIL 2, 56% off for the next 48 hours: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/resident-evil-2-biohazard-re-2


NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.08 WHQL Driver released, adds support for Reshade filters & Image Sharpening
Last week, we informed you about the native support for Reshade via NVIDIA’s control panel. And today, NVIDIA released a brand new driver for its graphics cards that enables it. The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.08 WHQL driver adds support for Reshade filters, as well as support for Image Sharpening via the Control Panel.
As NVIDIA noted, with the launch of the new driver, you can now import hundreds of new customization filters from ReShade. There are currently 14 NVIDIA-Made Freestyle filters for competitive games and 16 filters for non-competitive games.
NVIDIA also supports 30+ curated ReShade filters for competitive games and 70+ filters for non-competitive. Furthermore, PC gamers can add any custom Reshade filter for the non-competitive games.
Regading Image Sharpening, NVIDIA is now offering a Global – and per game – setting via its Control Panel. PC gamers can easily enable and tweak this setting. Furthermore, Image Sharpening will automatically work on all DirectX 9, 10, 11 and 12 games (if you set a Global profile). NVIDIA will also add support for Vulkan and OpenGL games in the future via a new driver.
Lastly, the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.08 WHQL driver adds support for 7 new G-SYNC Compatible monitors. It also adds support for G-SYNC compatibility with NVIDIA Ultra Low Latency Mode.
>> Available from here.

Developers now have access to more DX12 features, such as DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1 & Mesh Shader
Microsoft has added some new features to DirectX 12 that developers can use in their games. Alongside these features, developers can now access a new tier of DirectX Raytracing effects and Mesh Shaders.
DXR tier 1.1 is a superset of tier 1.0. Microsoft suggests game developers to start building their raytracing solution based on the existing tier 1.0 APIs, and then move up to tier 1.1 once they can better evaluate the benefit of tier 1.1. to their games. Microsoft also continues to work with both GPU vendors and game developers to better expose hardware capabilities and to better address adoption pain points.
On the other hand, Mesh shaders and amplification shaders are the next generation of GPU geometry processing capability. These shaders will replace the current input assembler, vertex shader, hull shader, tessellator, domain shader, and geometry shader stages.
Another new DirectX 12 feature is Sampler Feedback. Sampler Feedback is a hardware feature for recording which areas of a texture the GPU accessed during sampling operations. With Sampler Feedback, games can generate a Feedback Map during rendering which records what parts of which MIP levels need to be resident. This feature greatly helps with Texture Streaming and Texture-Space Shading. As such, it will be interesting to see if developers will use it to address stutters. Moreover, this could improve loading times when a game uses Texture Streaming.

Electronic Arts officially announces that it will publish games on Steam, Jedi: Fallen Order to be the first game
And it’s official everyone. Electronic Arts has just announced that it is coming back to Steam. The first game that the publish will release on Valve’s distribution service is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, with more games to come in the future.


Here is a mini update for the Half Life 3 fan game, Boreal Alyph, showing new in-game screenshots
Keep Away From Fire has released a new mini update video for its upcoming Half-Life 3 fan game, Boreal Alyph. Similarly to Project Borealis, Boreal Alyph is based on Marc Laidlaw short story Epistle 3.
Epistle 3 is a synopsis of Half-Life 2: Episode 3, written by ex-Valve writer, Marc Laidlaw. Therefore, Boreal Alyph aims to capture Valve’s lost vision, and bring a fun and satisfying end to the Half-Life series.

Dungeon Siege receives a 887MB High Resolution ESRGAN Texture Pack, improving 500 textures
AntonioR has shared an ESRGAN AI-enhanced high resolution texture pack for Dungeon Siege. This pack is 887MB in size and will update some of the game’s textures. Therefore, we highly recommend downloading it if you are still playing this RPG. (...) Going into more details, this texture pack contains about 500 new textures. The modder mostly used the “Misc” model for ESRGAN which gave great results. Furthermore, the areas he worked on are: Farmlands, Stonebridge, Glacern (only buildings and items) and upper parts of Castle Ehb. As AntonioR said, this is around 15-20% of the game.
>> If you want to try it, go to ModDB.

First Leia nude mod released for Star Wars Battlefront 2, available for download
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 came out in 2017 and the first fully nude mod for Leia has just appeared online. To be honest, I was expecting this to come out within the first months of the game’s release. However, modders had initially a lot of trouble with Battlefront 2. As such, and after almost two whole years, the first nude mod is now available.
According to the modder, there are two versions of nude Leia: one which covers up the neckseam with a tasteful white flannel hood thingy and another that doesn’t. This mod features a lot of… ahem… details. I don’t expect anyone to get banned for using it, however we suggest avoiding it if you’re playing online.
>> If you want it, you'll have to look for it at the Nexus Mods Battlefront 2 section.


Official launch trailer released for Need for Speed: Heat
Electronic Arts and Ghost Games have released the launch trailer for Need for Speed: Heat. In this trailer, five fans that participated in the NFS Heat Studio Showcase contest showcase their unique designs.

Star Citizen Free Fly 3.7.1 has been launched, will last until November 3rd
Cloud Imperium has announced that a new free fly event is now live for Star Citizen. According to the team, PC gamers will gain access to Star Citizen Alpha 3.7.1 and one of five varied ships from October 28th until November 3rd.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare gets an 8GB update on the PC and here is what it does
Infinity Ward and Beenox have released a brand new update for the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The October 28th update is 8GB in size and you can find below all of the changes and fixes that it brings to the table.

Battlefield 5 Update 5.0 releases later today, full patch notes revealed
DICE has detailed a new patch that will come out for Battlefield 5 later today. According to the release notes, Update 5.0 will bring some balance tweaks, will have some UI fixes, and will implement general audio improvements.

New gameplay footage released for the four-player PvE first-person shooter, GTFO
10 Chambers Collective, an independent nine-man Swedish development team led by the game designer behind the PAYDAY franchise, released uncut gameplay from a play session the developers had at their game studio. Therefore, this video will give you an idea of what GTFO is all about.

Here are 25 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from BLACKSAD: Under the Skin
Microids, Pendulo Studios and YS Interactive have released new gameplay footage for Blacksad: Under the Skin. In this 25-minutes video, players will discover the incredible film-noir mood and the variety of gameplay mechanics the game has.

Here are 9 minutes of gameplay from Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Buu Saga, featuring Majin Vegeta
IGN has shared a new gameplay video for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. In this video, we get to see 9 minutes of gameplay footage from the Buu saga. Moreover, one of the characters that players can control during this saga is Majin Vegeta (most likely after his fight with Goku and before facing Majin Buu).

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Tuesday news, part two:

Fortnitemares 2019 start time announced
Fortnitemares is coming back for Halloween 2019 and it all starts at 6 am PT (6 am ET) on October 29, announced this morning via the official Fortnite Twitter. That's tomorrow, a few days before Halloween and likely a few days after you already dressed up and got too drunk at the local disco bloodbath. (Let's petition to make Halloween always land on a weekend, eh?)

Ubisoft explains how it's going to fix Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said last week that despite the very rough start, the company "will continue to support the game and listen to the community in order to deliver the necessary improvements." Today, Ubisoft offered some insight into how it's going to do that.

Blizzard teases Hearthstone's next expansion with an ominous new trailer
BlizzCon is coming next weekend, as you may have heard, and over the weekend we made some predictions about what this year's big show will deliver. Include among them was a call from Tim Clark, our Number One Hearthstone Guy, who said that the next expansion "will feel weird" before breaking down how it will come about: A trailer, some details during the opening ceremony, then card reveals and a deeper dive in a separate Hearthstone panel.

Overwatch 2 rumors gain momentum with new leaked image featuring Echo
A new Overwatch image has leaked ahead of Blizzcon 2019, and once again it features long-rumored 32nd hero Echo. The image was exhumed from the Blizzard merchandise store by fans on the MMO Champion forum (via Polygon), but the original has since been removed.

CS:GO container keys can no longer be resold because they were being used for money laundering
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive container keys, which are purchased with real money and used to unlock the game's equivalent of loot boxes, can no longer be resold. In other words, the keys will not be able to leave the purchasing account, thus making it impossible to sell them on the Steam Community Market.

Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York trailer introduces some sexy bloodsuckers
Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York is another chatty undead game with a very long name, but it's otherwise shaping up to be rather different from Bloodlines 2. Developed by Draw Distance, it's a narrative adventure with lots of pretty, but mostly static, backgrounds and plenty of text. Give the first trailer a watch above.

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Once again: the news:


APEX Legends surpasses 70 million players, Steam version will not require the Origin client
Electronic Arts has announced that APEX Legends has surpassed 70 million players. APEX Legends is a free to play shooter that is a huge commercial success for both EA and Respawn. Moreover, Respawn has confirmed that the Steam version will not require the Origin client.

Remnant: From the Ashes has sold one million units, Harcore Update releases tomorrow
Perfect World Entertainment and Gunfire Games today announced that Remnant: From the Ashes has sold more than a million units. To celebrate, on Thursday, October 31, the game will release new in-game content and rewards. This new content will enhance players’ experience and will include one of the most requested asks by fans: Hardcore Mode.

Steam has two new deals and three Midweek Madness deals:

At Humble Bundle/Store there are two new sales:

At Fanatical there are three new sales:


The latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech, used in Borderlands 3, has been cracked
Borderlands 3 came out on September 13rd and the latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech was able to protect it for one and a half months. However, and after a healthy two-month sales period, a certain scene group was able to crack it.
It will be interesting to see whether Gearbox will remove Denuvo from the game. After all, pirates can now freely play this latest Borderlands game. Let’s not forget that this anti-tamper tech is only “punishing” its legitimate owners right now.




Official Modding Tools are finally available for Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Warhorse Studios has finally released the official modding tools for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. These tools will allow you to create new scripts, textures, characters, stories, areas and more for this fantasy RPG.

New Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts shows dismemberment and weapons
CI Games has released a brand new gameplay trailer for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts. This video shows the new dismemberment system that the game features, as well as some of its weapons.

Free new Kill it with Fire Update released for World War Z
Saber Interactive, in partnership with Focus Home Interactive, has released the Kill it With Fire update for World War Z. The free new Kill it with Fire Update lets you outlive the dead in two new PvE missions.

Bioware, DICE, Maxis, Criterion and EA Sports are working on new games for EA
On its preliminary financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2019, EA revealed that some of its studios or working on brand new games. As such, gamers can expect new titles from Bioware, DICE, Maxis and Criterion.
>> But don't expect them anytime soon.

Final Halo: Reach PC Flighting is a go, will last until November 5th
343 Industries and Microsoft have launched the final PC flighting for Halo: Reach. According to the teams, the flight has just begun and will last until November 5th.

New gameplay trailer showcases new features for the tactical sci-fi multiplayer shooter, Boundary
Surgical Scalpels has released a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming tactical sci-fi multiplayer shooter, Boundary, showcasing some of its features. This trailer shows off a radar showing the orientation and height of enemy players in zero gravity, radio interference based on distance to enemy players and a new threat marking system.

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Part two of the news:

Fortnite Halloween event lets you murder the Storm King
Fortnitemares has returned to Fortnite. This year's Halloween event brings with it a moody monarch and a horde of undead bastards. The Storm King is apparently a bad dude from Save the World, Fortnite's original and often overlooked mode, but now he's causing a ruckus in the battle royale.
>> And you can now be a Hex Girl with the new skins.

Blizzard confirms departure of former Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm directors
Crunched in the midst of a Kotaku report on how 2019 went sideways for Blizzard is another bit of news, not directly related but still very interesting, about a trio of veteran developers you may have heard of—StarCraft 2 lead designer and Heroes of the Storm game director Dustin Browder, former Hearthstone director Eric Dodds, and former Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes. All three of them, it turns out, are no longer with the company.

Destiny 2's latest update nerfs bottom tree Striker and Dawnblade subclasses
The Festival of the Lost has returned to Destiny 2, bringing Halloween-themed fun and frights to the Tower including decorations, special rewards, and the return of the Haunted Forest. It also brings some not-inconsequential behind-the-scenes changes in the less-excitingly-named 2.6.1 update, including nerfs to the Striker Titan subclass aimed at toning down its lunatic dominance in the Crucible.

Warcraft 3: Reforged multiplayer beta is now live (Updated)
Warcraft 3: Reforged, the remastering of the great Blizzard RTS that was announced last year at BlizzCon, will begin multiplayer beta testing this week. Blizzard said that the test will kick off with 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking for the orc and human races, with the undead, night elf races, and more game modes, coming "in the weeks ahead."

Update: Apparently when Blizzard said the beta would begin "this week," it meant "today." Invitations are already going out, and people are playing it on Twitch, if you haven't received one yet but would like to see what it's all about. Have fun!

Can you escape Resident Evil's 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Halloween dungeon?
Game companies are doing all sorts of fun and interesting things to mark the coming of Halloween. Destiny 2 is bringing back the Festival of the Lost, for instance, while Team Fortress 2 is now Scream Fortress 11, and Agent 47 is wearing a pumpkin on his head. There are some sales, too.
And then there is Capcom, which is currently running a Resident Evil "Escape For Halloween" game, playable in your browser. It seems that you were kidnapped on the way to a Halloween party—oh no!—and then dropped into the deadly Umbrella Project maze, and now you have to make your way out in what is essentially a digital "Choose Your Own Adventure" game.

Minecraft now has foxes, brown mooshrooms, and 'Suspicious Stew'
Life just got more complicated for Minecraft's chickens, as wild foxes are now roaming loose in their strange, blocky world. The red-furred creatures that arrived in today's 1.13.0 (Bedrock) update will come out at night looking to make a meal of your birds—but with a little effort, you might be able to make a friend of them.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare angers Russians who call it 'propaganda'
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes place in a fictional Middle Eastern country, but very obviously borrows elements from the ongoing Syrian Civil War to build a narrative in which British and American forces buddy up to fight evil Russians. Predictably, that plot hasn't gone over well in Russia.

The next Battlefield game won't be out until mid-2021 at the soonest
The Battlefield series has been pretty regular over the years: Battlefield 3 in 2011, Battlefied 4 in 2013, Hardline in 2015, Battlefield 1 in 2016, and Battlefield 5 in 2018. The wait for the next Battlefield, whatever it ends up being called, will be a little longer, as CEO Andrew Wilson said in an investors call today that it won't be out until sometime in EA's 2022 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2021.

Death Stranding's launch trailer is 8 minutes long
Now that Death Stranding is officially coming to PC, you lot might be interested in the launch trailer that just appeared. It's eight minutes long, because of course it is, and you can watch it above.
>> Hiku has made a thread about this.

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