Thursday news, part two:
Aghanim's Labyrinth is a Dota 2 roguelike
Dota 2's summer event kicked off this week, letting players take a break from the MOBA to instead play a co-op roguelike, Aghanim’s Labyrinth, with three buds. It's available to everyone, battle pass or no, for free.
The spider-squashing, house-demolishing game Kill It With Fire is coming in August
Kill It With Fire is a bonkers first-person game about arachnophobia and proportional response. I took a look at a demo for the game back in April and enjoyed it a lot: It's dumb—really dumb—but demolishing a house to kill a few bugs (who were just minding their own business) is a lot of fun, and kind of cathartic, too.
Necrobarista, the 3D visual novel about ghosts, coffee, and Australia, comes out next week
We got our first look at Necrobarista, a 3D visual novel about serving coffee, meeting ghosts, and playing with knives, all the way back in 2017. A couple of years later a release date was set, although shortly after that it was delayed "slightly" so developer Route 59 Games could do a little more work on it. The process ended up taking a lot longer than expected, but the studio announced today that Necrobarista will arrive on July 22.
Our favorite skateboarding sim, Session, is getting a physics overhaul
In a Steam update posted today, the makers of skateboarding sim Session said that they're currently "neck high in some major physics work" that'll slow the update pace down for the moment.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a 10 disc physical version
The first Microsoft Flight Simulator came on a single 360kb 5.25 inch floppy disc. Back then you had to run the program directly from the disc, as it wasn't designed to be installed on a rare-at-the-time hard drive.
That was back in 1982: fast forward 38 years, and the forthcoming 2020 version of Microsoft Flight Simulator comes on a whopping ten DVDs, amounting to 85GB, meaning the original Flight Sim could fit on those discs at least 236,000 times. Maths!
>> A physical edition for PC in 2020! It's like a shooting star. Quick, make a wish!
Escape from Tarkov gets a new map expansion and more dangerous AI
Patch notes for Escape From Tarkov's upcoming 12.7 update have been issued, revealing an array of exciting changes and additions to the game, from new weapons and enemies to a significant expansion to the Customs map, as revealed at the PC Gaming Show last month.
The Red Door, reportedly Call of Duty 2020, is on the Microsoft Store
Despite being more than halfway through the year, the next instalment in the ceaseless Call of Duty series is still a complete mystery. Activision hasn't been giving anything away, and so far all we've had to go on are leaks and rumours. But now it might have appeared on the Microsoft Store.
Sea of Solitude wins the Games For Change Award for Most Significant Impact
Games For Change announced the winners for the Game For Change Awards and has given the Most Significant Impact award to the adventure game Sea of Solitude. The Games For Change festival is an event that highlights how games can have a positive impact on society and can be used as a force for good.
Baldur's Gate 3 update breaks down combat and stealth
Following last month's meaty gameplay stream, Larian Studios has shed a bit more light on how Baldur's Gate 3's many systems work, some of which have been changed since we first got a look way back in February.
No Man's Sky takes a terrifying new turn in its Desolation update
No Man's Sky has always been known for its intergalactic exploration, letting players discover new worlds at the far reaches of the galaxy. But the space survival sim has taken a bit of a turn with its new Desolation update, leaving the joys of planet-hopping behind for the terrors of being alone in the unknown. It's a whole new atmosphere for No Man's Sky, which you can see in the trailer above—it's giving me major GTFO and Alien: Isolation vibes.
Star Wars: Squadrons' cockpits will look like they were built in the '70s
Hot-shot space jockeys will have eight starfighters at their fingertips when Star Wars: Squadrons goes live in October: Four Imperial and four Rebel, each one belonging to a different class. That in itself isn't news, but today EA shared more about what each class can do, how pilots can get the most out of their machines, and how it's going about recreating futuristic technology from a long time ago.
Remnant: From the Ashes' final DLC gets a new trailer, releases next month
Co-op shooter Remnant: From the Ashes will see the launch of its final DLC next month. Titled Subject 2923, the expansion introduces two major new biomes for players to explore, alongside a new campaign story that traces the origins of Remnant's strange world.