Monday news, part two:
Anthem update reveals some of the changes coming with the redesign
It's been a couple of months since BioWare announced that it had started to look into what went wrong with Anthem and how it was going to fix it. Today, it's begun to share the results of that, giving us an idea of what to expect. Mostly more loot.
Here's a first look at Warframe's next three warframes coming this year
Warframe's big TennoCon 2020 fan convention is happening today, and during a special presentation about the art of Warframe, Digital Extremes gave our first look at three of the new warframes coming at some point in 2020. One is a Frankenstein-esque monster named Xaku, another is a serpentine scientist called the Alchemist, and the last is known as Wraithe. What's cool, however, is that all three warframes were designed by artists who either are or were at one point simply fan artists who Digital Extremes has hired or contracted.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! releases a final update before launch
Deceptively hardcore food truck game Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! has released its grand finale update, the Iron Cook Speedway, ahead of launch this summer. Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 is the latest in the series, a return to form for fans of the first game while retaining much of the difficulty of the second.
Co-op board game Spirit Island now has a nice digital edition
Cooperative board game Spirit Island has come to PC at last, with the official port of R. Eric Reuss' masterpiece of complex co-op hitting Steam this week. Spirit Island is one of the best board games of the past few years, sitting at an overall rank of 13 on BoardGameGeek's best games. Each player is a powerful natural spirit who teams up with others to protect their island's native inhabitants from aggressive, militaristic invaders who would destroy their way of life.
Atlantis, aka Coral Castle, arrives in Fortnite
Fortnite's Season 3 brought with it a freshly flooded map, with several existing locations like Slurpy Swamp hidden underwater while new areas appeared above the waterline. Our guide to the Season 3 map changes had the info on that, but now things are changing again. The water has receded, and the Atlantis location fans had been expecting since they saw the Aquaman skin has appeared.
Total War: Troy lays out the Greek and Trojan heroes in detailed videos
Creative Assembly's next strategy game is A Total War Saga: Troy, and we've heard a lot about it at this point, but the consummate strategy enthusiast always hungers for more. To that end, Creative Assembly has released a couple new videos highlighting the unique campaign mechanics for playing as the heroes on both the Greek and Trojan sides. A key part of differentiating the factions in the small theatre of this focused Total War game is the heroes: They give flavor to your army, have unique mechanics, and dictate what units you can recruit.
Spintires got a major update and new DLC
Good news for mudders, muddin' folks, and off-road enthusiasts of all stripes: The original Spintires has a brand new update and DLC. Though it's some six years old, current developer Oovee Games has admirably spent the last year lavishing updates on it. The 1.6 update has revamped some major parts of Spintires, deeply reworking water interactions and the mud physics and simulation. Additionally, tires on some vehicles can now be variably inflated, some vehicles now have differential steering, and articulated chassis vehicles are now supported.
The legendary Frog Fractions is now on Steam in remastered 4k
Perhaps one of the greatest indie games of all time, Frog Fractions is a weird edutainment-ish Indie game that everyone loved back in 2012 and everyone still loves now. You can now get the game in remastered form, for free, as promised, on Steam. Frog Fractions is a surprising, joyous game that celebrates everything good about gaming—no joke. This re-release ahead of Flash's demise this year is upscaled to 4k and still completely free. You can buy a cosmetic hat DLC for $8, though, if you like.
Grown-up Pokémon game Monster Crown enters Early Access
Way back in 2018 we told you about the Kickstarter for Monster Crown, a game of mad-science crossbreeding and turn-based battles somewhere between Pokémon and Dragon Quest Monsters that ended up being funded to the tune of $45,415, well over its humble $5,000 goal. Now, it's finally entered Early Access on Steam and is 10% off this week.
Leisure Suit Larry is coming again in Wet Dreams Dry Twice
The world's skeeviest adventure game "hero" made a comeback in late 2018 in Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry, and to everyone's great surprise (especially after the unmitigated disasters of Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust), it was actually pretty decent. And so, as is the natural order of things, it's getting a sequel later this year called Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice.
Ubisoft VP Tommy François has left the company amid abuse allegations
Tommy François, Ubisoft's vice president of editorial & creative services and one of several employees accused of harassment and abuse, has left the publisher.
Business Insider read an email from CEO Yves Guillemot informing staff that François had left Ubisoft after being on administrative leave for a month, which Ubisoft has since confirmed. The email didn't go into any detail and Ubisoft has not provided any more information about his exit.
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