Spring 2020 is extremely crowded, nevertheless it acquired a bit much less so this week as Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 slips its launch date. Am I unhappy? Sort of, however principally simply relieved.
That information, plus the Internet Archive expands its DOS assortment, Riot lastly branches out from League of Legends in a giant manner, Saints Row II is getting a workable PC port, Postal 4 exists, and extra. This is gaming information for October 14 to 18.
Epic’s drummed up extra nice freebies this week. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a flawed spin-off, however has an ideal Twilight Zone vibe and a few neat time loop concepts. And then Observer is possibly Bloober Team’s greatest sport, a cyberpunk-horror detective story with some apparent Philip Okay. Dick influences.
Next week’s trying nice too. Bloober’s Layers of Fear is paired with the beautiful Portal-esque puzzler QUBE 2, which is one other strong combo. We’re closing in on the Epic Games Store’s first anniversary, which can mark the top of the giveaways. If so, it has been one hell of a run.
And if you have not hoped onboard Crusader Kings II‘s sprawling monarchy sim-slash-grand technique game-slash-wild story generator but, Paradox introduced that to have fun PDXCON this weekend, the bottom sport is now free on Steam. Wow. If you wind up loving it, there’s an completely huge quantity of DLC obtainable for the sport, although it is not included as a part of the freebie. It’s all on sale for 50 p.c off this weekend although.
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If older video games are extra your pace, excellent news: The Internet Archive added another 2,500 classic PC games to its assortment this week. That greater than doubles the archive, which began up in 2015 with 1,500 titles. The new batch options some good’uns too, together with The Secret of Monkey Island, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Loom, The Incredible Machine, Night Trap, and extra. All you want is a browser and a halfway-decent Internet connection.
I’m nonetheless fairly amazed the Internet Archive can preserve including these video games. The legality appears…questionable. That mentioned, I’m undoubtedly not going to complain. Game preservation is vital, and it is a good way to each revisit previous favorites and introduce new audiences to video games they missed—or possibly weren’t even alive to see the primary time round.
One of October’s quieter releases, Funcom’s Moons of Madness is out subsequent week. I used to be actually intrigued by what I performed of this one at E3, reminiscent a little bit of Soma‘s psychological horror—not less than within the early hours. The finish of the demo did seem to be it was headed for a cheesy chase sequence although, so…we’ll see. Regardless, it is out subsequent week and there is a new trailer saying as a lot.
Larian giveth, and Larian taketh away. Divinity: Fallen Heroes was simply introduced earlier this yr, a pseudo-sequel to Original Sin II that might put extra emphasis on tactical fight. Now it is postponed “for an unspecified period of time,” in line with a statement posted this week.
“We all agree there’s a great game in there that will sometime reach the players who await it,” the assertion continues, however “It has become clear to everyone involved that the game will need far greater development time and resources than are available now to bring it to fruition.”
Alas, you will simply should be content material with Baldur’s Gate III as your consolation prize.
You will not get to console your self with Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 although. Not within the spring, not less than. Hardsuit Labs, by means of Brian Mitsoda, confirmed the sport has slipped its unique Q1 2020 launch and can now land someplace later within the yr. It’s a good statement, opening with “For the final three and a half years, we’ve labored exhausting to deliver you a worthy successor to Bloodlines 1. To us, that meant not solely making good on the ambitions of this exceptional sport, but in addition an obligation to make sure we’d not repeat its errors,” a reference to the unique sport’s notoriously buggy and half-finished state.
Anyway, Paradox is scheduled to announce a bunch of video games on Saturday and can doubtless discuss Bloodlines 2 as a part of that occasion. Maybe we’ll get a brand new launch date? Keep a watch out.
Of all this week’s bulletins, the disclosing of Postal 4: No Regerts might be probably the most surprising. A brand new Postal? In 2019? Sure. Whether it is any good, I do not know—however yow will discover out for your self, because the announcement coincided with an Early Access launch. The trailer would not give me the very best hopes, however hey, it will probably’t be as dangerous as Postal III proper?
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In a bygone period, earlier than it despatched gamers into house and gave them superpowers, Saints Row was a critical collection. PC players may not know that although as a result of the high-point of that interval, Saints Row II, is a dumpster-fire of a port. It’s legendarily unstable, even with a raft of user-made fixes put in.
Turns out the explanation was Volition misplaced the supply code sooner or later. And now? They’ve discovered it. Kotaku studies that the supply code’s been discovered, and that Volition plans on fixing the port within the close to future. You’re nonetheless free to desire the extra ludicrous sequels, however not less than now you’ll be able to desire them for the correct causes.
2018 was not a great yr for Starbreeze, however 2022 may be—assuming they will survive that lengthy. Starbreeze quietly announced this week “an anticipated launch of Payday 3 in 2022-2023.” That’s nonetheless fairly a methods out after all, however a sequel to Starbreeze’s best-selling sport might be a reasonably good solution to save the corporate from an ignominious finish. (Via Eurogamer)
For a decade now, Riot’s been just about a single-game studio—and why not? When your single sport is League of Legends, one of many greatest on the earth, you are most likely doing okay for your self. But whether or not the MOBA style is sagging or they’re simply bored, Riot went forward and introduced a couple of half-dozen new initiatives this week, some long-rumored and others a whole shock.
First, the long-rumored: Riot acquired Rising Thunder developer Radiant in 2016 and it was just about assumed they’d develop a League of Legends-themed combating sport. And guess what? They’re making a League of Legends-themed combating sport. Referred to as “Project L,” it is nonetheless a methods off, with Tom Cannon saying throughout the stream “Don’t expect anything soon.”
Also within the works? An action-RPG (Project F), a collectible card sport (Legends of Runeterra), and an animated TV collection (Arcane).
But most stunning of all, Riot’s additionally engaged on a shooter. It’s at present labeled Project A, and—gasp—it is not League-themed.
Did Planetside Arena was out? I did not know Planetside Arena was out—and possibly that is the issue. Daybreak’s Planetside battle royale was the newest guess by a struggling firm and it would not appear they had been in a position to seize the identical lightning as H1Z1 as soon as commanded. This week Arena lead designer Tony Morton tweeted that his group had “lost some really good people,” and apparently it wasn’t the one group hit. Condolences to these affected, and hopefully Daybreak has some concepts the place to go from right here. This is the third vital spherical of layoffs within the span of a yr, which appears fairly rattling dire.
The fallout continues to unfold from Blizzard’s suspension of Hearthstone professional blitzchung final week. First, a refresher: The controversy kicked off when blitzchung used the phrase “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in a post-match interview. He was suspended for a yr and his prize winnings revoked.
Blizzard then selected the doubtful route of commenting on the matter final Friday night, within the “Nobody’s working now, right?” interval the place companies usually attempt to dump dangerous information. There’s some excellent news, as blitzchung’s suspension was commuted to 6 months and his prize winnings reinstated. But Blizzard President J. Allen Brack’s assertion is paper-thin, particularly a bit that reads “I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.” Even if that is the case, Blizzard may as effectively shout that sentiment right into a hurricane. Or right into a blizzard, if you’ll.
It’s exhausting to think about the assertion helped in any respect, and certainly the scenario’s continued to escalate this week. To persist with its personal arbitrary guidelines, Blizzard was then pressured to suspend another Hearthstone team that held up a “Free Hong Kong” signal. Then Nintendo canceled an Overwatch occasion at its New York City flagship retailer, specifying that it was Blizzard’s resolution.
And the timing couldn’t be worse, as BlizzCon takes place November 1 to 3. There are murmurs of a number of large-scale protests deliberate for the occasion.