Here come the last news of the week: the Friday news!
SALES & DEALS
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is free to own on Epic Games Store until May 28th
Epic Games has announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is now available for free on Epic Games Store. From today and until May 28th, PC gamers can visit its official EGS page and acquire their free copy.
>> This basically confirms the leak from last week, meaning that the next titles will be Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and ARK: Survival Evolved.
Talking about free games, there are new free games at Steam:
The Humble Store's Spring Sale has entered its Encore stage, until Monday 25th.
Fanatical has two new sales:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
NVIDIA Marbles RTX Demo looks insane in these screenshots, running in real-time on a single RTX GPU
Gavriil Klimov, Senior Art Director at NVIDIA, has shared some amazing screenshots from NVIDIA’s latest real-time RTX tech demo, Marbles. The NVIDIA Marbles RTX demo uses full ray traced effects, and showcases some truly incredible next-generation graphics.
As Klimov stated, this tech demo runs in real-time on a single NVIDIA single Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card. Unfortunately, Klimov did not specify the framerate and resolutions. Still, the fact that we can have this kind of graphics on a current-gen graphics card is insane.
>> Given that they're screenshots, and not a video, I'd say that the framerate isn't great.
You’ll soon be able to ride giant bats, throw fireballs and cause chaos in Red Dead Redemption 2
Talented modder JulioNiB is currently working on a pretty cool mod for Red Dead Redemption 2. The Pig Rider mod will allow players to ride a number of animals, and one of them will be a giant bat. This giant bat will be able to throw fireballs, thus allowing players to cause chaos.
While this mod is currently still in progress, JulioNiB released a video that showcases the giant bat in action. And, to be honest, this looks ridiculously fun.
Here is a brief gameplay clip from Arkane’s cancelled Half-Life game, Half-Life 2: Episode 4
Noclip has shared a GIF, showing some brief gameplay footage from Arkane’s cancelled Half-Life game, Half-Life 2: Episode 4. This clip showcases a WIP build of the game and in case you’re wondering, this is actually legit.
Beta phase for Obsidian’s Grounded will begin on June 9th, will be also part of the Steam Game Festival
Microsoft has announced that the beta flight phase for Obsidian’s new survival game, Grounded, will begin on June 9th. From June 9th and extending through June 14th, players will have an opportunity to play an early demo.
Just Die Already is a new physics-based sandbox game from the designer of Goat Simulator
Armin Ibrisagic, designer of Goat Simulator, and his development studio DoubleMoose have unveiled the first details for Just Die Already. According to the team, Just Die Already is a ridiculously gory and unpredictable physics-based sandbox game.
New F1 2020 gameplay trailer showcases the Monaco stage
Codemasters has premiered the first F1 2020 in-game hot lap on Circuit de Monaco ahead of its appearance at this weekend’s Virtual Grand Prix. The hot lap, recorded by the F1 2020 development team, also features Pierre Gasly’s newly re-branded AlphaTauri.
People Can Fly releases new beautiful screenshots for its co-op shooter, Outriders
People Can Fly has released a new set of screenshots for its upcoming co-op shooter, Outriders. And to be honest, these latest screenshots look stunning. My guess is that People Can Fly has “doctored” them, so it will be interesting to see whether the final game will look this good.
Early Access phase begins today for the sci-fi team-based multiplayer game, Project Genesis
8 Circuit Studios has announced that the Early Access phase for its sci-fi team-based multiplayer game, Project Genesis, will begin later today. Project Genesis is a fast-paced sci-fi combat. This new game encourages players to choose between frenetic third-person space battles and first-person combat in the same match.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.9.1 now available on PTU, brings gameplay tweaks & bug fixes, full patch notes
Cloud Imperium has released Star Citizen Alpha 3.9.1 on the Public Test Servers. According to the team, this new alpha version player’s movement speed while charging a railgun. It also removes timers for “steal stash” mission, and temporarily removed scramble races.