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Tuesday news, part two:

Hokko Life is a solo-developed Animal Crossing-like coming to early access this year
https://www.pcgamer.com/hokko-life-is-a-solo-developed-animal-crossing-like-coming-to-early-access-this-year/
If you've not hopped on the Switch train just yet and are feeling somewhat left out because of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then don't worry.
Robert Tatnell (who worked as an artist at Sony and Lionhead, working on games like Heavenly Sword and Fable 3) has announced Hokko Life, a PC game heavily inspired by Nintendo's adorable village builder.
>> Another game that follows TemTem's idea: if Nintendo doesn't do it, "we" will.

Spec Ops: The Line developer receives undisclosed investment from Tencent
https://www.pcgamer.com/spec-ops-the-line-developer-receives-undisclosed-investment-from-tencent/
It's only the second month of 2020, but gaming giant Tencent has taken another step toward expanding its investments into game studios of all shapes and sizes. Earlier this year Tencent partnered with Platinum Games to help the studio fund its self-publishing efforts, and it also announced plans to acquire Conan Exiles developer Funcom entirely. And now, Berlin-based Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has received an undisclosed investment from Tencent, though it will reportedly retain its independence.

Two-headed skeletons are punching out cowboys in Red Dead Online
https://www.pcgamer.com/two-headed-skeletons-are-punching-out-cowboys-in-red-dead-online/
Like many games, Red Dead Online has its share of hackers. I've met a few myself: one who turned me into a living stick of dynamite, one who nuked my horse from orbit, and one who teleported me and every other player onto a tiny sliver of land at the edge of the map. Good times with cherished friends.
Now it appears that Red Dead Online hackers have picked up a ghastly new trick: playing as unkillable two-headed skeletons who have come back from the grave for a few rounds of cowboy boxing.
>> There's a video in the article showing it.

Duos are returning to Apex Legends for Valentine's Day
https://www.pcgamer.com/duos-are-returning-to-apex-legends-for-valentines-day/
Valentine's Day, the annual celebration of love and romance, is not the sort of thing that immediately invites thoughts of shooting other people in the face. But teaming up with your special someone to do it? That's definitely on the menu, at least in Apex Legends, which will see the return of Duos mode tomorrow.

Here's new footage of Doom Eternal in Nightmare mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-doom-eternal-in-nightmare-mode/
Word of warning: the above video may cause you to grind your teeth into dust. It's footage of Doom Eternal in Nightmare mode, captured by YouTuber TheSpudHunter, and needless to say it's extremely fast and almost intolerably anxiety inducing. There's an Archvile in there (a seemingly very bullet-spongy one), a bunch of those new Gargoyle things, and almost as an afterthought: a Cyberdemon.

T-Pain streamed Doom Eternal for two hours
https://www.pcgamer.com/t-pain-is-streaming-doom-eternal-right-now/
T-Pain, the rapper and producer best known for popularising Auto-Tune, is currently streaming Doom Eternal. He's joined by Hugo Martin, the art director on Doom Eternal.
Update: The stream is over, and the archive is now embedded above.

2K Silicon Valley is now 31st Union and is working on an 'ambitious and inspired new IP'
https://www.pcgamer.com/2k-silicon-valley-is-now-31st-union-and-is-working-on-an-ambitious-and-inspired-new-ip/
2K's Silicon Valley studio, which opened last year with Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey at the helm, finally has a name: 31st Union. The new studio is already expanding, too, opening an office in Spain.

Starbreeze is looking for a publishing partner for Payday 3
https://www.pcgamer.com/starbreeze-is-looking-for-a-publishing-partner-for-payday-3/
Payday publisher Starbreeze didn't have a good 2019, following it filing for reconstruction to avoid bankruptcy in December the previous year. It sold off studios, laid off 25 percent of its employees and put most of its eggs in the Payday basket. It's now released its end of year earnings report, and while much of it makes for gloomy reading, there's light at the end of the tunnel for the publisher.
(...)
CEO Mikael Nermark said that the new DLC for Payday 2 generated better than expected sales and interest, leading to the highest concurrent player count "in some time." The average player count before Payday 2 went back into active development sat around 10,000, according to Steam Charts, but in November it jumped up to 28,000.
(...)
As for the sequel, Starbreeze is currently looking for a publishing partner that can "provide financial stability and possesses the marketing and distribution resources required to power the best possible launch and further development of the product." It's aiming to present a publishing agreement to investors soon, before the end of the first half of 2020.



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Actually looking forward to seeing how Hokko Life develops. It's nice that those on PC get to have a taste of Pokemon via TemTem, and now AC. At least now we have the options for those sort of games on the platform.



                                       

The Wednesday news:

SALES & DEALS

The Steam Soundtrack Sale has begun
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-steam-soundtrack-sale-has-begun/
In January, Valve rolled out a major overhaul to the way Steam handles game soundtracks. Previously, soundtracks were treated as DLC, which was a real hassle: They couldn't be purchased separately from the games they belonged to, and if you wanted to download the soundtrack you'd have to install the game first.
The update in early January changed all that by adding a new "soundtrack" category to Steam, enabling users to purchase, download, and manage their game music entirely independently of their games. It wasn't perfect—existing soundtracks would have to be manually converted to the new system by developers, so some old favorites were bound to be missed—but it's a big improvement over the old system.
To celebrate the big move, Valve kicked off a Soundtrack Sale today, with deals on a wide range of the more than 900 soundtracks currently available in the new category.
>> But that's not the only new sale:

GOG's Midweek sale is full of war games (of all genres), up to 90% off for the next 3 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20200212_midweek_sale

There's a new Humble Bundle: the Humble VR Bundle, with up to 7 games available for the next 13 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/vr-bundle

And Fanatical has three new sales:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Real-time ray tracing could get a boost from standardized support in Vulkan
https://www.pcgamer.com/real-time-ray-tracing-could-get-a-boost-from-standardized-support-in-vulkan/
In a sense, real-time ray tracing in games is sort of like VR—adoption is slower than we'd all like, but also growing. This despite RTX graphics cards having been available for over 18 months now. One of the things that could give ray tracing a boost is a standardized specification within the Vulkan API, and that is something the Khronos Group intends to talk about with Nvidia and others at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 in March.

MODS/EMULATORS

Modders remake GTA San Andreas’ controversial Hot Coffee in Red Dead Redemption 2
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/modders-remake-gta-san-andreas-controversial-hot-coffee-in-red-dead-redemption-2/
Remember the controversial Hot Coffee from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas? You know, the inaccessible mini-game that portrayed animated sexual intercourse between the main character and his girlfriend? Well, modders Unlosing and Jedijosh920 have released a similar mod for Red Dead Redemption 2.
By installing this mod, players can enter any of the supported locations and have some “fun“. The currently available locations are Valentine Saloon, Saint Denis Saloon and Strawberry Hotel/Welcome Center.
The modders also plan to add more locations in a future release.
In order to install this mod, you’ll also need Alexander Blade’s Script Hook RDR2. Once you have installed it, you’ll simply have to place “HotCoffee.asi” in the root folder of your Red Dead Redemption 2 game directory.
Now even though there is a sexual intercourse, both Arthur and the prostitutes were their clothes. So yeah, this isn’t a “full” Hot Coffee, though I’m pretty sure the modders may add such a feature in a future release.
>> Get the mod from Nexus Mods.

GAMING NEWS

Gearbox announces new free seasonal event and level cap increase for Borderlands 3
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gearbox-announces-new-free-seasonal-event-and-level-cap-increase-for-borderlands-3/
Gearbox has announced a new free seasonal event for Borderlands 3, Broken Hearts Day. According to the team, particularly lovesick enemies across the Borderlands will soon have special hearts floating around them. These hearts take a variety of forms, and shooting them produces any of a number of unique effects.

Official gameplay reveal trailer released for People Can Fly’s upcoming game, Outriders
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/official-gameplay-reveal-trailer-released-for-people-can-flys-upcoming-game-outriders/
Square Enix has just released an official gameplay reveal trailer for People Can Fly’s upcoming game, Outriders. Outriders is an RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe.
>> HollyGamer has made a thread about it.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare February 11th Update released, adds brand new content, full patch notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-february-11th-update-released-adds-brand-new-content-full-patch-notes/
Infinity Ward has released a brand new major update for Call of Duty Modern Warfare. This update kicks off Season 2 and adds brand new content to the game. Moreover, it packs a number of gameplay tweaks and PC fixes.

Coffee Stain Studios’ Satisfactory receives its third major update, is coming soon on Steam
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/coffee-stain-studios-satisfactory-receives-its-third-major-update-is-coming-soon-on-steam/
Coffee Stain Studios has announced that Satisfactory, the otherworldly first-person factory building sim will soon launch on Steam Early Access. Moreover, the team has released the third major update for its game. As such, below you can find out what is included in it.

Destiny 2 February 11th update released, Hotfix 2.7.1.1 full release notes unveiled
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/destiny-2-february-11th-update-released-hotfix-2-7-1-1-full-release-notes-unveiled/
Bungie has released a new hotfix patch for Destiny 2. According to the team, the February 11th update brings some fixes to Iron Banner and Gambit. It also packs a fix for the Carousel. However, it appears that this hotfix again causes loss of currencies and materials.

Ghost Knight: A Dark Tale is a new 2.5D action platformer, powered by Unreal Engine 4
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/ghost-knight-a-dark-tale-is-a-new-2-5d-action-platformer-powered-by-unreal-engine-4/
Grimware Games has announced its new 2.5D action platformer, Ghost Knight: A Dark Tale. This new action platformer will be using Unreal Engine 4, and you can find its announcement trailer below.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 February 12th Update detailed, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/star-wars-battlefront-2-february-12th-update-detailed-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Electronic Arts and DICE will release a brand new update for Star Wars Battlefront 2 tomorrow. According to the teams, the February 12th update packs a number of fixes. It also implements various collision, visual effects and lighting improvements.

3D Realms was also in talks with FOX for an Aliens FPS game, called Aliens: Hadleys Hope
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/3d-realms-was-also-in-talks-with-fox-for-an-aliens-fps-game-called-aliens-hadleys-hope/
Yesterday, we informed you about a cancelled Aliens game that was to be developed by Boss Key Productions. However, it appears that 3D Realms had also pitched an Aliens game. Similarly to Boss Key Productions’ game, though, this game was cancelled when Disney purchased FOX.

Update 0.9.1 for World of Warships adds six new British heavy cruisers & new Ranked Battles Season
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/update-0-9-1-for-world-of-warships-adds-six-new-british-heavy-cruisers-new-ranked-battles-season/
Wargaming has released a brand new major update for World of Warships. With the release of Update 0.9.1, six new British heavy cruisers in Tiers V-X will be fully available. These new ships are: Hawkins (Tier V), Devonshire (Tier VI), Surrey (Tier VII), Albemarle (Tier VIII), Drake (Tier IX), Goliath (Tier X).

The Division 2 Title Update 7 released, adds new content, fixes numerous bugs, full patch notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-division-2-title-update-7-released-adds-new-content-fixes-numerous-bugs-full-patch-notes/
Ubisoft has just released a new major patch for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Title Update 7 is now available for download and adds brand new content to the game. Moreover, it fixes numerous bugs that its fanbase has reported over the past couple of months.

Criterion will develop the next Need for Speed game, Ghost Games will refocus as an engineering hub
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/criterion-will-develop-the-next-need-for-speed-game-ghost-games-will-refocus-as-an-engineering-hub/
It appears that Need for Speed: Heat was the last game that Ghost Games developed for Electronic Arts. According to the publisher, the franchise will return to Criterion Games. Thus, the Burnout studio will develop the next Need for Speed title.

Report: None of the creatives behind the old People Can Fly games is there anymore
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/report-none-of-the-creatives-behind-the-old-people-can-fly-games-is-there-anymore/
Square Enix revealed yesterday the co-op game that People Can Fly is currently working on. Now I’m pretty sure that most of you were disappointed after witnessing the small bits of gameplay from Outriders. However, there is an explanation behind the differences between Outriders and People Can Fly’s previous titles.



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Wednesday news, part two:

Stardew Valley creator is working on two new games
https://www.pcgamer.com/stardew-valley-creator-is-working-on-two-new-games/
Eric Barone has spent years working on Stardew Valley, shepherding it from Steam Greenlight in 2012 to ten million copies sold in 2020. Amidst all that, he's also hinted at other projects now and then, although his dedication to Stardew Valley has always taken priority: The last we heard about such things was a little over a year ago, when Barone said that he'd put an unannounced project on hold so that he could focus on the farm.
But on Twitter today, he confirmed that the wheels are turning on new games.

The Division 2: Warlords of New York expansion will tie up loose ends from the first game
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-division-2-warlords-of-new-york-expansion-release-date/
Following a detailed stream, it looks like The Division 2 is about to get a huge expansion, and it's coming a lot sooner than you might think. Warlords of New York is a narrative-driven escapade, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it on March 3. New gear and weapons are on the cards, as well as a bunch of changes to the UI, gear systems, Dark Zones and level progression.

Apex Legends' Valentine's Day Rendezvous event has been delayed
https://www.pcgamer.com/duos-are-returning-to-apex-legends-for-valentines-day/
Valentine's Day, the annual celebration of love and romance, is not the sort of thing that immediately invites thoughts of shooting other people in the face. But teaming up with your special someone to do it? That's definitely on the menu, at least in Apex Legends, which will see the return of Duos mode tomorrow.
Update: Apex Legends' big Valentine's Day Rendezvous event was expected to start today, February 11, but when the flag was meant to drop, well, apparently it did not. And whatever went wrong, it's serious enough that EA has now put the whole thing off until tomorrow.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is almost certainly getting a battle royale mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-is-almost-certainly-getting-a-battle-royale-mode/
Activision announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's second season today and it wasn't especially surprising: there are three new maps, new weapons, a new Battle Pass... the usual. But for anyone paying close attention to the similarly unsurprising in-game cinematic that accompanied it (gruff military folk, death, explosions, gunfights), there was a pretty straightforward hint that a battle royale mode is on the way.

Metro Exodus 'Sam's Story' launch trailer features snakes, giant bats and other terrors
https://www.pcgamer.com/metro-exodus-sams-story-launch-trailer-features-snakes-giant-bats-and-other-terrors/
Metro Exodus gets a new expansion today in the form of Sam's Story, and it's a big one: it features an all new sandbox area, snakes, giant bats, and an American. Specifically you'll be playing as Sam, a "former US marine turned Spartan Ranger" who must travel to Vladivostok in order to (hopefully) secure passage back to the United States.

With BattleTech's expansions complete, Hairbrained Schemes is focusing on two brand new projects
https://www.pcgamer.com/with-battletechs-expansions-complete-hairbrained-schemes-is-focusing-on-two-brand-new-projects/
The big, burly mechs of BattleTech are due a well-deserved rest. After a trio of expansions and two years of updates, developer Hairbrained Schemes has the itch for something new. In a message to players, studio co-founder Mitch Gitelman thanked the community for its support, as well as teasing what's coming next.

Valve bans more than 40,000 Dota 2 accounts for 'abusing matchmaking'
https://www.pcgamer.com/valve-bans-more-than-40000-dota-2-accounts-for-abusing-matchmaking/
Valve banned more than 40,000 Dota 2 accounts this week, doling them out to players who were found abusing the matchmaking system. The specifics of the ban wave weren't made clear in Valve's tweet, below, but smurfing seems like the most likely suspect.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is getting a pair of new angry monster variants
https://www.pcgamer.com/monster-hunter-world-iceborne-is-getting-a-pair-of-new-angry-monster-variants/
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's next free title update will send its diligent monster slayers to get beaten up by a new pair of tough customers, both with epithets that suggest they're always in the mood for a fight.

Leaked E3 2020 exhibitor list confirms who's attending
https://www.pcgamer.com/leaked-e3-2020-exhibitor-list-confirms-whos-attending/
Now that we're firmly in the second month of 2020, this year's E3 doesn't seem all that far off. The E3 2020 website is primed to launch tomorrow, but an inquisitive ResetEra member spotted a link that directs to a site with all the details, including an FAQ and list of participating companies.



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Hey guys, remember when people asked "but can it run Crysis?" in almost every GPU and CPU review? Well, Linus has gotten a 3990X and, while at no where near playable framerate, it can actually run Crysis in software, without a GPU:

Skip to 9:12 to see it.

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Reminds me of the days when everything was software-rendered. Those were dark dark (yet fun) times.

I believe Quake 1 was the first game I played with hardware acceleration. Or maybe a version of Terminal Velocity that came with a (not 3DFX) video card.



CladInShadows said:
Reminds me of the days when everything was software-rendered. Those were dark dark (yet fun) times.

I believe Quake 1 was the first game I played with hardware acceleration. Or maybe a version of Terminal Velocity that came with a (not 3DFX) video card.

I think Quake was also the first hardware accelerated videogame, at least on PC (not consoles with those cartridges with special chips).



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Let's go with the news:

SALES & DEALS

Tekken 7 has sold 5 million copies, Devil May Cry 5 3.1 million units, Resident Evil 2 Remake 5.8 million copies
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/tekken-7-has-sold-5-million-copies-devil-may-cry-5-3-1-million-units-resident-evil-2-remake-5-8-million-copies/
Katsuhiro Harada and Capcom have revealed new sales figures for Tekken 7, Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 7. From the looks of it, all these games have performed well, meaning that we could see some new installments on next-gen platforms.
Going into more details, Tekken 7 has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide on all platforms. On the other hand, Devil May Cry 5 has sold 3.1 million units. Thus, DMC5 is the most successful part of the franchise.
Resident Evil 7 has sold 7 million copies on all platforms. Moreover, Resident Evil 2 Remake has sold 5.8 million units worldwide.
Last but not least, Street Fighter 5 has sold 4.1 million copies on Playstation 4 and PC. Monster Hunter: World has also sold 14.9 million units worldwide, and is the most successful Capcom game so far.

Steam has two new sales:

On the Humble Store, Red Dead Redemption 2 is on sale, up to 40% off during the next 5 days. The keys are for the Epic Store: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/red-dead-redemption-2/

Fanatical has two new sales and an interesting incentive:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS/EMULATORS

This mod finally allows you to permanently kill zombies with one headshot in Resident Evil 2 Remake
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/this-mod-finally-allows-you-to-permanently-kill-zombies-with-a-headshot-in-resident-evil-2-remake/
Resident Evil 2 Remake is a truly amazing game. However, we can all agree that it was really annoying when zombies were not dropping dead after a headshot. I mean, we’ve seen this happening in the cut-scenes so why is it not happening in the actual game? Well thankfully, there is a mod that allows you now to headshot zombies.
Created by modder Ferrazbaixista, this mod lets you permanently kill zombies with one headshot. Thus, all you have to do is aim at their heads and shoot them. Of course that’s easier said than done.
Furthermore, all of the enemies’ weak points are now weaker than before. According to the modder, this will provide a more realistic experience.
On the other hand, though, ammo is more scarce and there aren’t a lot of healing items. Again, this change aims to provide a more realistic experience than the one featured in the vanilla version.
>> Sounds like the proper way to play the game. If you want to give it a try, you'll be able to find it at Nexus Mods.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Remastered is a 3.4GB overhaul mod that is available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-elder-scrolls-iv-oblivion-remastered-is-a-3-4gb-overhaul-mod-that-is-available-for-download/
Modder ‘Levi’ has released a 3.4GB overhaul mod for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Oblivion Remastered is a lore-friendly, easy-to-install, mod that adds hundreds of hours of content to the game. Moreover, it overhauls the graphics and mechanics for a greater experience.
Oblivion Remastered adds tons of new textures and upscaled old ones. Moreover, it packs new HD character models and a realistic underwater environment.
Not only that, but the mod adds two entirely new worldspaces that are comparable to Cyrodil itself. Naturally, these new environments also feature new quests.
It’s also worth noting that Oblivion Remastered has new gameplay features. For instance, it features duel wielding, new sprint mechanics, new fighting mechanics and faster horses. It also gives players the ability to pet creatures and command mounts. Players can also camp. Furthermore, there are war factions with the surrounding areas (that you can also explore with new content), new worlds, etc.
>> Available from Nexus Mods.

GAMING NEWS

Rocket League now supports an experimental DirectX 11 client
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/rocket-league-now-supports-an-experimental-directx-11-client/
Psyonix has announced that Rocket League now supports an experimental DirectX 11 client on the PC. According to the team, players shouldn’t notice any difference in appearance or gameplay when using this experimental client.

Call of Duty: Warzone is most likely COD: MW’s Battle Royale mode, may be a free standalone game
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/call-of-duty-warzone-is-most-likely-cod-mws-battle-royale-mode-may-be-a-free-standalone-game/
A couple of days ago, Activision teased the Battle Royale mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. And from the looks of it, this BR mode will be called Call of Duty: Warzone. Not only that, but according to the latest rumours, COD: Warzone will be a free standalone game.

Post-apocalyptic adventure game, Beautiful Desolation, releases on February 26th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/post-apocalyptic-adventure-game-beautiful-desolation-releases-on-february-26th/
The Brotherhood, a leading adventure game developer and the creators of critically acclaimed STASIS and CAYNE, today announced that Beautiful Desolation will release on February 26th. Moreover, the team revealed the game’s official PC requirements that you can find below.

First gameplay video surfaces for the upcoming tactical strategy game, CORRUPTION 2029
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-gameplay-video-surfaces-for-the-upcoming-tactical-strategy-game-corruption-2029/
The Bearded Ladies have released a first gameplay video of their new IP, the tactical strategy game CORRUPTION 2029. The video explains the background story set in a dystopian America and shows several ways to solve conflicts against the inhuman enemies that got infected by the CORRUPTION.



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Part two of the news:

Conan Chop Chop has been delayed again
https://www.pcgamer.com/conan-chop-chop-has-been-delayed-again/
Conan Chop Chop, the co-op roguelite that originally masqueraded as an April Fools' gag, won't be hitting its February 25 release date. It's been delayed before, but apparently Mighty Kingdom still needs to get that "final chop in place," according to CEO Philip Mayes.

Classic indie RPG Geneforge is being remastered
https://www.pcgamer.com/classic-indie-rpg-geneforge-is-being-remastered/
Spiderweb Software has returned to Kickstarter to fund its next RPG. The indie joint, founded by Jeff Vogel in 1994, has been consistently putting out complex, liberating RPGs that, you'll quickly notice, aren't exactly easy on the eyes. They're great, though, and the next one will revisit one of the most unusual outings: Geneforge.

Destiny 2's inventory-deleting bug was caused by a remarkable run of bad luck
https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2s-inventory-deleting-bug-was-caused-by-a-remarkable-run-of-bad-luck/
A couple of weeks ago, Bungie was forced to take Destiny 2 offline for the bulk of a day to fix a bug in an update that caused widespread loss of glimmer and rare enhancement materials. Yesterday, it happened again—it didn't take quite as long to fix (because developers knew what was going on this time) but it was still several hours of downtime for a major online game.
You might wonder how this kind of thing happens in a well-established game being run by a large, experienced game studio. If so, that large, experienced game studio is here to explain: With the game back online, Bungie posted an unusually https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/48723" target="_blank">deep and detailed explanation of what went wrong, and what it's doing to avoid that kind of gong show in the future.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney condemns loot boxes, says game companies should 'divorce themselves from politics'
https://www.pcgamer.com/epic-ceo-tim-sweeney-condemns-loot-boxes-says-game-companies-should-divorce-themselves-from-politics/
Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney offered some stinging criticism of loot boxes and "pay-to-win" games during his keynote speech at this year's DICE Summit. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Sweeney said that said that the industry needs to move away from a "customer adversarial model" if it wants to maintain the trust of its audience.

79% of League of Legends players say they were harassed after a match ended, according to a community survey
https://www.pcgamer.com/79-of-league-of-legends-players-say-they-were-harassed-after-a-match-ended-according-to-a-community-survey/
League of Legends' reputation for making people lose their cool during a game is well documented, but a surprising 79 percent of the 3,784 respondents to a recent community survey said that harassment continued after the match was over. Getting cussed out, being sent friend requests repeatedly, and, almost exclusively in the case of League's female players, being sexually harassed, were the most common forms of post-match toxicity.

Watch 12 minutes of Doom Eternal's 'Battlemode' multiplayer combat
https://www.pcgamer.com/watch-12-minutes-of-doom-eternals-battlemode-multiplayer-combat/
Doom Eternal's new Battlemode multiplayer mode was revealed last year as a 2v1 throwdown between one player as the Doomslayer, and two others working together as demons. Today we got a closer look at that asymmetric mode in action courtesy of a 12-minute IGN video featuring one of their guys against two of id's.

Sea of Thieves is getting a new cursed chest that will set your ship on fire
https://www.pcgamer.com/sea-of-thieves-is-getting-a-new-cursed-chest-that-will-set-your-ship-on-fire/
The Sea of Thieves content update for February won't arrive until next week, but developer Rare shared a look at what's coming today in the first of what is apparently going to be an ongoing Sea of Thieves news series called—wait for it—Sea of Thieves News.

PUBG is getting an 8v8 team deathmatch mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/pubg-is-getting-an-8v8-team-deathmatch-mode/
PUBG is getting a team deathmatch mode with its imminent 6.2 title update, as part of a new Arcade branch of the game focused on new game types. Unlike the game's shortlived stab at TDM in 2018, this one eschews the sprawl of battle royale for tight, 8v8 matches across seven small maps set in existing PUBG environments.

New Resident Evil Resistance additions include maps and Masterminds
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-resident-evil-resistance-additions-include-maps-and-masterminds/
Resident Evil Resistance, the assymetrical multiplayer outing that'll come bundled with the Resident Evil 3 remake, just had two new playable villains and maps announced. The game operates similarly to Dead by Daylight: four survivors need to ward off the attacks of a powerful antagonist, and in Resistance these antagonists are "Masterminds," each with varying abilities and approaches.

Mass Effect writer Drew Karpyshyn says he left BioWare because it became too 'corporate'
https://www.pcgamer.com/mass-effect-writer-drew-karpyshyn-says-he-left-bioware-because-it-became-too-corporate/
Longtime BioWare designer James Ohlen left the studio in July 2018, after 22 years and credits on games ranging from Baldur's Gate to Anthem. His departure came shortly after that of writer Drew Karpyshyn, who'd been with BioWare for nearly as long—his first credit is as a writer and editor on the Baldur's Gate 2 manual—and who left, for the second time, a few months earlier. Now they're back together again at Ohlen's new studio, Archetype Entertainment.

Disney wants developers to 'come and play' with its properties
https://www.pcgamer.com/disney-wants-developers-to-come-and-play-with-its-properties/
Disney has always been stingy with its properties, but that may be set to change as it lays out its new plan for gaming.
At the 2020 DICE Summit, and shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's Senior VP for Games and Interactive Experiences, Sean Shoptaw, said he wants to "empower [developers] to do really unique things" with Disney's huge list of properties. He encouraged the developers at his DICE talk to "come and play" with its franchises.

Former Starbreeze executive convicted of insider trading
https://www.pcgamer.com/former-starbreeze-executive-convicted-of-insider-trading/
An unnamed executive at Payday publisher Starbreeze has been convicted of insider trading.
Starbreeze suffered major financial difficulties in late 2018, following the disastrous launch of Overkill's The Walking Dead. (...) Shortly following the launch of The Walking Dead, Starbreeze's CEO Bo Andersson stepped down.
Following this, Starbreeze announced it would be undergoing a corporate restructure and refocusing its efforts on its most popular series, Payday. Before the restructuring was announced, two executives, including Andersson, were alleged to have sold their shares in the company, leading to a raid by the Swedish police and an investigation into insider trading.

Black Mesa wants players to test its full 1.0 launch build
https://www.pcgamer.com/black-mesa-wants-players-to-test-its-full-10-launch-build/
Black Mesa, the extensive remake of Half-Life 1, is very close to completion. So close, in fact, that developer Crowbar Collective wants players to test the release candidate build.
In a Steam announcement, Crowbar Collective announced it has pushed a complete build to a public beta branch, with the intention of this build then becoming the same one released when the game comes out of early access. In effect, unless there are any major, unexpected issues that need fixing at the last second, this is the release build of Black Mesa.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will have both real-time and turn-based combat modes
https://www.pcgamer.com/pathfinder-wrath-of-the-righteous-will-have-both-real-time-and-turn-based-combat-modes/
Owlcat Games has announced that Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will be getting a much-requested turn-based combat mode.
In its latest Kickstarter update, Owlcat confirmed that, while the game, like its predecessor, is still being developed and balanced with real-time-with-pause combat in mind, it will also introduce an option that lets players play in a more traditional turn-based fashion as well.



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It's time, time for the Friday news!

SALES & DEALS

The Witcher 3 sales were up 554% thanks to the Netflix show
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-witcher-3-sales-were-up-554-thanks-to-the-netflix-show/
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is doing rather well for itself thanks to Netflix's recently-released The Witcher series.
As spotted by PC Games Insider, The NPD Group claims that, compared to December 2018, December 2019 saw a massive 554% increase in sales for physical editions of The Witcher 3 across all platforms. Considering that was the same month that Netflix released its own take on the fantasy series, it's clear the Henry Cavill-fronted show convinced a heck of a lot of people to try out the game.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez are now available for free on Epic Games Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kingdom-come-deliverance-and-aztez-are-now-available-for-free-on-epic-games-store/
Epic Games has announced that Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez are now available for free on Epic Games Store. From today and until February 20th, PC gamers can visit their EGS pages and acquire their free copies.
>> Next week, the free game will be the card game Faeria. Also, there's a Valentine sale of sorts (for the love to videogames) on the Epic Store, with up to 75% discounts until February 27th: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-EN/collection/for-the-love-of-the-games

On the Humble Store there are two new sales:

Fanatical has four new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Steam Labs' new experiment will help you decide what to play next
https://www.pcgamer.com/steam-labs-new-experiment-will-help-you-decide-what-to-play-next/
Steam Labs is a virtual place where Valve conducts "experiments" aimed at making Steam easier to use. One of the most interesting experiments we've seen so far is the Interactive Recommender, which uses machine learning instead of conventional tags in order to find games you might be interested in.
The newest experiment, Play Next, performs a similar function, and is actually based on the same technology that powers the Interactive Recommender. But instead of rooting through the store to find games you might want to buy, it roots through your massive backlog (you have one, right?) to find games that it's about time you finally got around to playing.

MODS/EMULATORS

Fortnite map makers recreate Counter-Strike's Dust 2
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-map-makers-recreate-counter-strikes-dust-2/
A team has recreated Counter-Strikes Dust 2 map in Fortnite.
Team Evolve, a collective of players who create and share impressive maps using Fortnite's in-game Creative mode, showed off its remake of Dust 2 on Twitter. It's eerie how similar it is; I wouldn't have realised it wasn't Counter-Strike if it wasn't for those radioactively green trees. The architecture, the colours and the general grunginess of it all are spot-on.
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Dust 2 will be coming to Fortnite through the Battle Lab feature. Introduced in December, Battle Lab essentially opened up the game's battle royale mode to custom maps made in Creative. Assuming you have the code for it—which Evolve will be releasing soon through its Twitter—you can play a Battle Lab creation with up to 15 friends, or you can hope to find it in public matchmaking.

GAMING NEWS

CRYENGINE-powered action RPG, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, has been fully released on Steam
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/cryengine-powered-action-rpg-wolcen-lords-of-mayhem-has-been-fully-released-on-steam/
WOLCEN Studio has fully released its CRYENGINE-powered action RPG, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, on Steam. This game has been in Early Access for a while, but it’s now feature-complete. In order to celebrate it, the team has also released a new trailer that you can find below.

New in-engine trailer released for Marvel’s Avengers, showcasing some of the characters & their powers
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-in-engine-trailer-released-for-marvels-avengers-showcasing-some-of-the-characters-their-powers/
Square Enix and Marvel have released a new in-engine trailer for Marvel’s Avengers. This trailer showcases some of the characters that players can select, and their powers. Moreover, it packs some brief gameplay sequences.

DayZ is free to play on Steam until February 17th, and you can download it right now
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/dayz-is-free-to-play-on-steam-until-february-17th-and-you-can-download-it-right-now/
Bohemia Interactive has announced that the standalone version of DayZ is free to play this weekend on Steam. From today and until February 17th, players can visit the game’s Steam store page, download and play it.
>> And it's also 40% off.

Half-Life: Alyx releases on March 23rd, gets brand new screenshots
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/half-life-alyx-releases-on-march-23rd-gets-brand-new-screenshots/
Valve has announced that Half-Life: Alyx will release on March 23rd. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has also released some new screenshots that you can find below. Half-Life: Alyx will be using the Source 2 Engine and these screenshots showcase what you can expect from it.

Square Enix releases official gameplay presentation video for Outriders
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/square-enix-releases-official-gameplay-presentation-video-for-outriders/
Square Enix has released an official gameplay presentation video for Outriders. This video gives us the first look at its gameplay mechanics. Now since this video will give you an idea of how the game plays, we suggest watching it.

New mind-blowing screenshots for Microsoft Flight Simulator showcase next-gen graphics
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/new-mind-blowing-screenshots-for-microsoft-flight-simulator-showcase-next-gen-graphics/
Microsoft Flight Simulator is easily one of the most impressive – visually – games out there. While the game is still in an alpha stage, it looks absolutely incredible. Seriously, the game’s alpha build showcases next-gen graphics, and it’s a beauty to behold.

Remedy is working on four games right now, Vanguard to be long-term service-based multiplayer game
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/remedy-is-working-on-four-games-right-now-vanguard-to-be-long-term-service-based-multiplayer-game/
Remedy has announced that it is currently working on four games/projects. The “first game project” is the single-player campaign of CrossfireX. The second project is also a game in the Crossfire universe, though we don’t have enough information about it yet.
>> And of those four, only one could, I repeat, *could*, be a sequel.

Borderlands 3 February Update is now available, increases level cap, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/borderlands-3-february-update-is-now-available-increases-level-cap-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Gearbox has released the February Update for Borderlands 3. This update increases the level cap from 50 to 53, giving you three additional skill points to add to your skill trees. It also adds several highly requested feature updates, such as True Takedown Mode, skippable cutscenes, and event toggling.

First gameplay footage surfaces for the PC version of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-gameplay-footage-surfaces-for-the-pc-version-of-halo-combat-evolved-anniversary/
Following the release of Halo: Reach, 343 Industries is currently working on Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the PC. The team has launched a new flight/beta phase earlier this week. As such, below you can find the first gameplay footage from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.



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