Let's start the week with a new round of news:
SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS
Win the Gayming Awards Indie Game Bundle over on the PC Gamer forums
The PC Gamer forums are celebrating the world's first award ceremony focused on LGBTQIA+ gaming. The Gayming Awards is an awards show initiated by Gayming Magazine that focuses on the achievements of developers, publishers, and industry individuals who are championing queer representation in video games.
The Gayming Awards will be exclusively broadcast worldwide on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/gaymingmag/, on February 24, at 8:00 PM GMT (3:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM PT). But before we all tune in, the PC Gamer forums are running a special indie giveaway bundle full of wonderfully queer games in support of the awards.
Win a massive Razer prize pack by testing the Rogue State Revolution beta
Like the idea of testing a game’s beta? How about the chance to win a huge prize pack for your efforts?
The PC Gamer forums has teamed up with Razor and Little Red Dog Games to create a special giveaway. Little Red Dog Games have kindly let our community have exclusive access to the beta for its upcoming political strategy roguelike that starts today and ends March 1. During that time, we’re looking to the PC Gamer community to grab some keys, play Little Red Dogs' game, and provide some feedback to the team.
Valheim second only to CS:GO as it breaks 500K peak players mark
Survival game Valheim has cracked some truly remarkable figures in what might be the most meteoric rise to popularity in recent gaming history, selling more than 3 million copies in less than three weeks. With a peak of more than half a million players online concurrently on Sunday, February 21st, Valheim has stepped past Dota 2 to become the second most played game on Steam. Its peak of 502,000 players isn't more than Dota's peak today, but it does still place it behind titan of gaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. (Far behind, that is: CS:GO has more than 1.1 million players online as of press time.)
GOG starts the week with a new sale:
Steam has two new daily deals:
The Humble Store has an Indie Hits Sale with up to 90% discounts during the next 3 days. The keys are for Steam and GOG: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/indie-hits-sale/
And Fanatical has a new Star Deal and 3 bundles added to Bundlefest:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
There's going to be another Steam Game Festival in June
Earlier this month the Steam Game Festival's week-long winter event brought over 500 new demos to Steam. Fortunately some developers took Valve up on the option to have demos remain available once the week ended, and you can still find playable slices of games like Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator, Loop Hero, Warhammer 40,000: Dakka Squadron, and Little Nightmares 2 on their Steam pages.
The follow-up summer event will take place between June 16 and June 22, as noted on the ResetEra forums. Once again there will be demos, livestreams, and developer chats in support of upcoming games. Games being considered for the event have to be unreleased, have a release date of no later than January 2022, and have not participated in either of the previous two Steam Game Festivals. (Early Access games will be considered as long as they haven't released a playable build before the festival begins.)
MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS
PC gamers can now experience Rare’s cancelled Dinosaur Planet
Now here is a nice surprise for all Nintendo 64 fans. Forest of Illusion has leaked Rare’s cancelled Nintendo 64 game, Dinosaur Planet.
For those wondering, Dinosaur Planet was a Nintendo 64 game that Rare has been working on. However, the team decided to cancel it, alter some features, and release it on Nintendo Gamecube as Star Fox Adventures.
PC gamers can run and experience this cancelled Nintendo 64 game via emulators. However, it appears that emulation is not yet 100% accurate. As such, you can expect many graphical issues with shadows and lighting, and some slowdown.
>> You can get the ROM from here (Twitter). The emulator is up to you.
Final Fantasy VII gets a new must-have AI-enhanced HD Mod
Back in May 2020, we informed you about an AI-enhanced HD Mod for FF7, Final Fantasy 7 Remako HD Graphics Mod. However, it appears there is another similar project for it that is easier to install and brings additional improvements.
Created by Satsuki Yatoshi, the SYW mod represents the most accurate modern take on the PC version of Final Fantasy VII. This mod uses deep learning techniques (such as ESRGAN) in order to overhaul the game’s graphics. The package includes cleaner, more detailed and higher resolution background arts. It also comes with better battlefields, world map, magic effects, and menus.
The main goal of the SYW mod is to improve the graphics as much as possible without having an oversharp and overclean effect. The mod also attempts to keep the rendering as natural as possible and constant in quality across the whole game.
>> Available from here.
Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero Fan Remake in Unreal Engine 4 released
Mortal Kombat fans, here is something really special for you today. AG 3D Art and his brother have created an HD Remake of Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero in Unreal Engine 4.
This first version of the Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub-Zero Fan Remake in Unreal Engine 4 features a training area that is basically the entrance to the Shaolin temple. Additionally, it features – and let’s you complete the Shaolin Temple level from the original game. And yes, you can fight Scorpion at the end of the level.
According to the team, both Sub-Zero and Ermac are playable characters in this fan remake. Moreover, players can use either a controller or a keyboard in order to play it.
The team claims that a bonus level, similar to the Wind Temple, is currently in development. However, we don’t know whether there are any plans to remake other levels.
>> If you're interested, you can find it at Discord.
Wyrmstooth is an expansion-sized mod for Skyrim Special Edition
Wyrmstooth is a new mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. This mod adds a new quest, new landscapes, new dungeons, and a new shout. In addition, the mod brings new weapons, shields, and spells.
In Wyrmstooth, you as the Dragonborn, are being commissioned by the East Empire Company to hunt and slay a dragon, which is responsible for interrupting trade routes throughout Skyrim. However, nothing is ever simple, and something sinister might be hidden behind the actions of the dragon.
The new quest will take the Dragonborn to the island of Wyrmstooth, which is located north of Solitude across the Sea of Ghosts. In this island, the Dragonborn will delve into one of the largest dungeons in Tamriel.
>> Head to Nexus Mods to get it.
First Nioh 2 nude mods are available for download
Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition has just been released on the PC and modders have released the first nude mods for it. There are currently three nude mods that PC gamers can download, and below you can find more details about them.
>> You'll have to look for them at Nexus Mods.
18 minute of gameplay from the fan sequel to Dark Souls, Dark Souls: Nightfall
A team of modders is currently working on a fan sequel to the first Dark Souls game, Dark Souls: Nightfall. Dark Souls: Nightfall will feature a new story, new combat system, new world map, and more, and you can find below 18 minutes of gameplay footage from it.
Here's an absolutely gorgeous Doom map called Lullaby
Lullaby is a sprawling, beautiful map for Doom 2 that puts the level and visual design of many full-fledged, expensive games to shame. Created by mapper-modder Danlex for Doom port GZDoom, it's a testament to the game design talents that lay deep in the communities of modders and mappers for old games.
>> You'll find it at the Doomworld forums.
After 13 years, Half-Life RTS Lambda Wars releases
In an update posted to their Steam page, the team behind the mod Lambda Wars have announced that the Half-Life 2 real time strategy project has left beta. The launch includes singleplayer, co-op, and multiplayer modes. Lambda Wars has two factions, the Combine and Rebels, and lets players refight the battles of Half-Life 2 from a top-down angle. The launch update implements the "lost" enemies of Half-Life 2, like the crab synth and mortar synth, found in artbooks of the original game.
New Diablo 4 gameplay trailer introduces the Rogue class
And it appears that the leaks were legit. Blizzard has just announced the Rogue class for Diablo 4. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team released a new trailer, featuring both cinematic and gameplay sequences.
Official Yakuza Remastered Collection patch reduces CPU usage by 30%
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has released a brand new PC update for Yakuza Remastered Collection. According to the release notes, the February 19th Update addresses the high CPU usage issue, and reduces overall CPU usage by 30%.
Diablo 2 Resurrected PC requirements revealed, mod support confirmed
Yesterday, Blizzard officially announced its upcoming Diablo 2 Remaster, Diablo 2 Resurrected. And today, the team revealed the game’s official PC system requirements. Moreover, Blizzard confirmed that the remaster will support mods.
Kingdom Hearts 3 PC Requirements
Square Enix has revealed the official PC system requirements for Kingdom Hearts 3. According to the specs, PC gamers will at least need an Intel Core i5 3330 or an AMD Ryzen3 1200 with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or an AMD Radeon R7 260X.