The Thursday news:
SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS
Detroit Become Human has sold over 6 million copies worldwide
Quantic Dream has announced the long-lasting success of its video game Detroit: Become Human, which just passed 6 million units sold worldwide. Additionally, the game has sold 1 million copies on PC as of July 6th, 2021.
New World beta hits 190,000 concurrent players on Steam
It felt like it'd been forever since we'd had a big MMO launch—until this summer. Between Crowfall, Swords of Legends Online, and Amazon's upcoming New World, there's now a sudden glut of them. But of those three, New World seems to be the most popular, judging by the 190,000 players who jumped into its closed beta simultaneously yesterday.
According to SteamDB, New World peaked at 190,811 concurrent players and currently has just over 160,000 playing. That's enough to make New World the fourth biggest game on Steam, just ahead of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Apex Legends. It's also dominating on Twitch, where it's currently the second most popular game with just over 300,000 viewers.
Battlefield 1 is now available for free on Prime Gaming
Electronic Arts and Amazon are currently offering Battlefield 1 for free on Prime Gaming. In addition, the teams will be offering Battlefield 5 for free on August 2nd.
Amazon Prime members have the ability to claim one game code for Battlefield 1 Standard Edition until 4th August 2021. The code will be eligible to redeem on Origin until 20th August 2021.
Steam has two new daily deals:
- The first one is Supraland, that has a demo and it's 60% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/813630/Supraland/
- The second one is Do Not Feed the Monkeys, 70% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/658850/Do_Not_Feed_the_Monkeys/
There's a new Humble Bundle: The Humble Hearts of Iron Bundle with up to 8 items (game and DLCs) to get during the next 20 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/hearts-of-iron .
And Fanatical's new Star Deal is Breach & Clear, 93% off during the next 48 hours: https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/breach-and-clear
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Microsoft says it's fixed an issue in Windows 10 Game Mode that 'results in lower frame rates'
If you are still experiencing gameplay issues in Windows 10—and specifically stuttering and lower than expected frame rates—hang tight, a cure for what ails your PC is coming. Hopefully, anyway. It's worth remembering that it was a previous Windows update that caused these performance woes on some PCs in the first place.
MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS
Skyrim gets a cool Castlevania inspired mod, first episode released
Lordkarnak has released a pretty cool mod for Skyrim Special Edition that is heavily inspired by Konami’s Castlevania franchise. In this mod, players will battle their way through the Night Horde of Dracula. Players can also find hidden accessories, craft Castlevania-related weapons and defeat Shaft.
Lordkarnak has so far released the first episode of this mod. In this first episode, players will travel through Abandoned Castle, Baljhet Mountains and Garibaldi Temple in search of a way to stop the resurrection of Dracula.
This mod introduces Alucard and Innocent Devil as your followers. However, and contrary to the followers of Skyrim, you cannot issue commands to them. Instead, you’ll have to fight by their side.
Moreover, this mod brings enemies from Castlevania. As such, you will fight skeletons, cyclops, and zombies. Additionally, you can find some bosses (the first episode includes the Crazy Armor boss fight).
>> You'll find it at Nexus Mods.
Modder adds AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution to Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, and more
An enterprising modder has added AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology to SteamVR (via Sweclockers). This gives supported VR games a much-needed boost to frame rates while maintaining decent image quality. Sounds like a good use of the tech to me, and given Nvidia's DLSS 2.1 also added support for some VR titles, and means there is some parity between the two technologies.
The modder in question is fholger, who admits that there may be a few issues with FSR being implemented at this stage in the rendering pipeline, particularly when it comes to antialiasing. Some experimentation may be needed, in other words.
Wolfire Games released a free Unreal Engine 5 shooter, Low Light Combat
Wolfire Games has released a new Unreal Engine 5 demo/game that you can download right now from Steam. Low Light Combat is a free competitive multiplayer shooter where light is your only weapon.
New Company of Heroes 3 gameplay trailers show Dynamic Campaign Map & RTS Boot Camp
SEGA and Relic have released two new gameplay trailers for Company of Heroes 3. These trailers will bring players up to speed on the basics of Company of Heroes 3 as well as the brand-new Dynamic Campaign Map & optional Full Tactical Pause feature.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 gets a new free expansion, Butcher’s Banquet
CI Games has released a new free expansion for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2. Titled, ‘Butcher’s Banquet’, the update is free for all players and is immediately available as a patch to the main game.
The Ascent gets a Gameplay Deep Dive
Microsoft has released a new video for The Ascent in which we go in-depth with the Neon Giant team on their new ARPG game. Neon Giant co-founders Arcade Berg, and Tor Frick, along with Alexander Litvinov Fominski (Lead World Designer) breakdown the game’s world design, combat, player interactions, and more.
Vigilance 2099 looks like the PREY 2 game you’ve always wanted
In 2019, we informed you about a new indie game that is heavily inspired by Blade Runner and the cancelled PREY 2 game, Vigilance 2099. And today, we are happy to report that NasNakarus has released a brand new gameplay video for it.
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