Another Monday, another round of news:
SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS
Overwatch gained 10 million players last year despite no new heroes or modes
Despite being one of the biggest multiplayer games around, you don't hear that much about Overwatch nowadays. There's a good reason for that: Blizzard has been winding down development on the game for years as it's been working on Overwatch 2. A year ago, the studio announced that Echo would be the last new hero released in the game before the sequel comes out (a day that remains a far-off mystery). Since then, it has remained at a near-standstill: Seasonal events repeat as they have in years past and the only new stuff to speak of are hero skins and the occasional map.
Surprisingly, the stagnant year didn't stop Overwatch's player base from growing. Speaking to Gamespot about his new role, Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller revealed that the team-based shooter reached 60 million players as of 2021, 10 million more players than it had in late 2019.
GOG starts the week with two sales:
Steam has a new daily deal: SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell is 88% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/457210/SEUM_Speedrunners_from_Hell/
The Humble Store has two sales going on:
And Fanatical has four new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS
Super Luigi 64 is a must-have mod for Super Mario 64, available now
Luigi fans, here is what you’ve been waiting for all these years. Modders ‘PimpUigi’, ‘Marshivolt’, and ‘Kaze Emanuar’ have released a mod/hack that allows you to play as Luigi in Super Mario 64.
Furthermore, this romhack adds a rideable Yoshi. After players speak to Yoshi, he’ll join them on their adventure. Yoshi Eggs will appear in most stages right where Luigi spawns.
It’s also worth noting that Super Luigi 64 comes with some QoL for the N64 emulators. For instance, it packs extra coding for GlideN64 that fixes the widescreen object clipping. It also fixes the widescreen skybox, object clipping and black circles around HUD icons for the Jaco 1.6 plugin.
>> You'll find it here.
Wolfenstein – Blade of Agony Final Version is now available for download
The Blade of Agony team has released the final version of its massive Wolfenstein mod for Doom/GZDoom. In case you weren’t aware of, Blade of Agony is a story-driven FPS. This mod is inspired by WWII shooters from the 90’s and early 2000’s, like Wolfenstein 3D, Medal of Honor, and Call of Duty.
>> Available from ModDB.
Game of Thrones mod for Mount & Blade 2 available for download
Carolina Warlord has released the first early version of the Game of Thrones mod for Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord. This total conversion mod changes Calradia into Westeros and Essos from the HBO series.
According to the modder, this mod aims to feature hundreds of characters. It also aims to have over twenty kingdoms from the Free Folk, north of the wall, to the Dothraki of the Great Grass Sea.
As said, this first release is a very early access version, and is nowhere close to complete. Thus, you should temper your expectations. For instance, the Custom Main Map is an early temporary version with many abnormalities due to leaving native vista texture in place. However, the modder plans to create a new map when the modding tools are fixed and completely implemented.
>> Head to Nexus Mods to get it.
Perfect your Cities: Skylines roads with the Node Controller mod
You want, no, you demand perfection from your roads in Cities: Skylines. You want to customize them, to maximize them, to achieve perfect and smooth flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. You want not just a beautiful green traffic map but a beautiful road network to go with it.
Well, one of the greatest mods for Cities: Skylines just got a huge upgrade. Node Controller Renewal 3.0 is out now, giving you a ton of control over precisely how your roads turn, intersect, and split. The renewal part? It now has a much, much better interface to go with that power. See for yourself in the video below.
>> You'll find it at the Workshop.
Skyrim Grandma Shirley Curry has her own mod now
Shirley Curry, the Skyrim Grandma, became a famous YouTuber at the age of 80 thanks to a channel full of wholesome videos about Bethesda's popular RPG. She explores, does quests, hangs out with modded followers, and even reads in-game books. Thanks to a fan petition, she'll be appearing as an NPC in The Elder Scrolls 6. In the meantime a group of modders have put Shirley Curry in Skyrim as a follower, with dialogue she recorded espcially for the role.
With the Shirley mod installed you'll be able to recruit her after performing a short quest. Shirley's a barbarian who specializes in two-handed weapons and archery, and if the trailer above is anything to go by is apparently a fearsome combatant. Her dialogue includes a "fully fleshed-out, lore-friendly backstory", stories she'll tell about other characters "inspired by some of the many series Shirley has released on YouTube", and "opinions, comments and observations about certain locations around Skyrim", which is a feature that will be expanded on in a future updates.
>> You can find it at Nexus Mods.
No Man’s Sky Expeditions Update 3.38 released and here are its full patch notes
Hello Games has released a brand new update for No Man’s Sky. According to the team, Patch 3.38 fixes a number of bugs and issues that its fans have reported. It also improves stability and fixes some memory leaks.
Outriders April 30th Patch fixes crashes, improves framerate, tweaks FOV and more
People Can Fly has released a major patch for Outriders. According to the team, the April 30th Update fixes numerous crashes and bugs. Moreover, it improves framerate/performance, tweaks the FOV, adds support for the Steam Controller and fixes some FPS bugs.
Mass Effect Definitive Edition Day-1 Update Detailed
Mass Effect Legendary Edition releases on May 14th and like most games, it will receive a day-1 update. According to its changelog (which is currently available on the Playstation servers), this day-1 patch will be 11GB in size.
More trailer details and screenshots for Battlefield 6/Battlefield 2021
Last month, Tom Henderson, a well-known Battlefield and Call of Duty leaker, shared some details about Battlefield 6/Battlefield 2021. And earlier today, two leaked screenshots for this new Battlefield game surfaced online. Not only that, but Henderson revealed some additional details about the game’s upcoming announcement trailer.
Here is how you can reset the timer in Resident Evil Village PC Demo
Capcom has just released the PC demo of Resident Evil Village and as we’ve already reported, it comes with a timer. This demo lets PC gamers play it for 60 minutes. Thankfully, though, there is a way via which you can reset the timer.
>> And here are some new screnshots at 4K and max settings.
Elden Ring further delayed, will release after March 2022, new short in-engine footage
Kadokawa Corp, the parent company of FromSoftware, revealed that its upcoming new games have been delayed due to COVID-19. This, obviously, also includes Elden Ring, a title that a lot of gamers have been looking forward to.
Born of Bread is a Paper Mario-inspired PC game, demo available for download
WildArts Studio has released a demo for its upcoming Paper Mario-inspired PC game, Born of Bread. Born of Bread is a 2.5 adventure game in which players can team-up with a colorful cast of characters, and looks really cool.
>> You'll find the demo here.