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  1. Releasing December 10 on PC, you can now pre-order MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on the Epic Games Store. This is the first single-player, campaign-focused entry in the series in over 17 years, and you can put down $49.99 for the Standard Edition or $59.99 for the Deluxe Edition starting today. The Standard Edition includes the game and a PDF of the game manual. The Deluxe Edition instead offers a digital game manual, providing a comprehensive breakdown of mechanics and features, a digital technical BattleTech manual, the game's soundtrack, and a 4K desktop pack. The technical manual has imagery and information about the equipment and Mechs you can encounter in the game. In the game, players will build, manage, and guide their own unit of mercenaries through a multi-year campaign set during the Third and Fourth Succession Wars. You can play the missions alone, with AI-controlled pilots, or with up to three friends via co-op play. The situations you will be in offer no perfect solutions as you select the contracts to accept and how to balance resources between repairs and upgrades. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  2. The first story DLC for Metro Exodus is out now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This DLC is set a year prior to the main game's events and follows the journey of Colonel Khlebnikov during the final days of Novosibirsk. A year later, Colonel Miller retraces this path. Aiding his journey is a new weapon for the game, the flamethrower. It needs to be pumped up to maintain its power, but when it comes to lighting up a room or mutants, it gets the job done nicely. Revealed yesterday by NVIDIA, The Two Colonels DLC has had its ray-traced global illumination technology expanded to include area lights, point lights, and emissive lights. To get the DLC you can purchase it on its own or the Expansion pass on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Though the base game was removed from the Steam store for the Epic Games Store shortly before release, you can still purchase the DLC and pass from Steam, as Steam pre-orders were still honored. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  3. Last year Stardock released the Heroes of Star Control: Origins DLC for Galactic Civilizations III and on August 27 it is getting the very appropriate follow-up, Villains of Star Control: Origins DLC. With this comes four new playable races, with their own abilities, ship styles, and theme music. First up we have The Measured that are sentient coral that were modified to serve as bureaucrats. In addition to the game's Bureaucrat ability, they also receive Mitotic, granting free administrators when colonizing new worlds. Next are the Pamyst, the galaxy's most polite cannibals that have the goal of bringing class and refinement to the otherwise messy galaxy. The Xraki are quite different, being fanatical monsters once used as shock troops, before being exiled to a different dimension. Lastly we have the Scryve, a people that were once idealistic and hopeful, but came to be twisted with corruption. Unlike the violent and intolerant Drengin in Galactic Civilizations III, the Scrye Empire is civilized, thoughtful, and methodical, while still being evil. They will have the Conquerors ability and the new Imperial ability. This new ability grants bonus health to ships in their territory, based on how many colonies have a zone of control contiguous with their home planet. The Villains of Star Control: Origins DLC will be available on August 27 from Stardock, Steam, and GOG for $5.99. Source: Stardock Back to original news post
  4. Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy game set in an alternate, diesel-punk version of the 1920s, and today Deep Silver and KING Art Games have announced its release date, and provided a new trailer for it. The world is based on the work of Jakub Rozalzki, a Polish artist, and players will get to enter it on September 1, 2020 when it launches for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. If you cannot wait until then, there is the trailer and screenshots below to give you a taste of the setting.     Source: Press Release Back to original news post
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  6. Have four pieces of news from Ubisoft today, so here goes. First off, it was announced that until August 26 anyone interested in trying Anno 1800 can play it on UPlay. It includes the first three tiers of the sandbox mode and the multiplayer mode. This will also be the first time players will get to experience the day-night cycle that is coming as a free update September 10. On the same day the game's second DLC, Botanica releases, enabling players to raise their city's attractiveness via a modular Botanical Garden. You can see these changes shown off in the gamescom trailer below.     If you are interested in a more action-oriented game, Ubisoft also announced For Honor Standard Edition will be free on Uplay from today to August 27. On August 22 there will be in-game activities that add new elite outfits for purchase with in-game currency. The event will also open access to a special warrior challenge and the Carousel of Death event playlist. Another announcement today is that The Settlers a new entry in the classic series, will be releasing to PC in 2020. It development is being led by Volker Wertich, the original creator of the franchise, and Ubisoft Dusseldorf. It will bring back the best of the original gameplay, modernized and combined with new features and systems. Built in the Snowdrop engine, players will be able to enjoy PvE and PvP gameplay and three game modes; Campaign, Skirmish, and Multiplayer. Procedural map generation will afford players a genuine sense of discovery. It will be available via UPlay and the Epic Games Store, and there will be multiple editions. The Standard Edition will be the base version while the Gold Edition grants three days of early access, the Monuments & Merchants expansion and two decorative items. Two more editions are limited to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Poland, with the Entdecker Edition being a physical pack containing three lithographs, an original selected soundtrack, and one in-game decoration item. The Collector's Edition is also geographically limited, but drops Poland from the Entdecker list, and it contains a numbered Collector's box (5000 copies), an artbook, three lithographs, flower seeds, an original select soundtrack, a letter from Volker Wetich, and the content of the Gold Edition.     Lastly we come to Trials Rising and its Crash & Sunburn expansion releasing September 10. This is the game's second expansion and brings players below the Equator to the Amazon rainforest, Inca ruins, to Antarctica, and more with 37 new tracks across South America, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. The Jungle Explorer outfit is also coming, so you can ride in style, and there will be two new bikes too. The Turtle has a roll bar to protect the rider, and give them a new way to ride, while the Alpaca will change how you play with its front-wheel drive. The expansion can be purchased separately for $11.99 but is also part of the Expansion Pass for $19.99.     Source: Press Releases Back to original news post
  7. THQ Nordic has decided to enter the Grand Strategy genre with the newly announced Knights of Honor II: Sovereign. Being developed with Black Sea Games, the goal is to build a medieval strategy experience with depth while maintaining great approachability. Players will be managing your kingdom's economy, guide the religion of your people, serve as the master diplomat, and be the nation's general in an RTS mode when battle is necessary all in real-time gameplay. You will not be completely alone in your efforts, as you will be able to appoint marshalls, clerics, merchants, diplomats, and spies to your royal court to assist in bringing your will to your people. Knights of Honor II: Sovereign is expected to launch on PC in 2020.     Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  8. At gamescom the Creative Director for Borderlands 3 shared a couple challenge modes you can encounter in the upcoming title, as you explore the solar system and advance the campaign. The first is the Circle of Slaughter, sponsored by the weapons manufacturer Torgue, which is well known for its explosives. Enemies will be sent at you in five rounds with multiple waves in each round, all while Mister Torgue himself watches on, providing his own colorful commentary. To show off you can complete bonus objectives, and if you want to pander to your audience, using grenades is hardly going to be a bad idea. The second challenge area shared is the Proving Grounds, which is run by an Eridian known as the Overseer. The goal is to test your mettle for the Overseers masters by rushing through maps with three areas and defeating a boss, all in 30 minutes or less. Better times and efficient will get you better bounties, and completing bonus objectives will also improve your reward. Borderlands 3 will be launching on September 13. Source: Gearbox Back to original news post
  9. If you remember fondly the previous Comanche games, than you may be happy to hear THQ Nordic and Nukklear are bringing it back with a new title entering Early Access early next year. You can watch the teaser below as it shows off not only the capabilities of the Reconnaissance and attack helicopter, RAH-66 Comanche but also the short range drone it can carry. The background story to the game is that following an incident where a drone was captured through cyberwarfare, the advanced Comanche helicopter program was revitalized as a means to deliver non-hackable short-range drones. Based on this premise and the gameplay of the original games, the companies are building a team-based online multiple helicopter shooter that will have players using both the helicopter and the armed drone it carries to complete missions. The pairings of Comanche and drone will have their own strenghs and weaknesses in the encounters. The new game, simply titled Comanche should enter Steam Early Access in the first quest of next year, and for those curious it is powered by Unreal Engine 4.     Also announced today is Drone Champions League - The Game, thanks to a partnership between THQ Nordic GmbH and the Drone Champions League AG. It will be the official game for the league and allow players to fly the original DCL tracks. There will be four flight modes to choose from, starting with an Arcade mode for beginners. The GPS mode is more like a standard camera drone, utilizing stabilization and altitude control, while Angle mode, which is sometimes known as stabilized mode, is available on many amateur racing drones. Finally the Acro mode gives the pilot the most control and is how real drone racing is done. There will even be support for drone controllers on PC and Mac. Drone Champions League – The Game is expected to launch this Winter and the standard edition on PC will cost $29.99 while the standard edition on consoles will be $39.99. The post-launch plans include adding additional real-life tracks prior to the event as well as a track editor for PC. More information will be released on the game in the future.     Source: Press Releases Back to original news post
  10. Today CD Projekt Red announced its much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 title will be coming to the Google Stadia streaming platform. This will allow people to experience the game on more devices, and maybe also at a better graphics level than what some of our computers are capable of. Unfortunately it might not be on Stadia on April 16, 2020, when it releases to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, but will be out some time in 2020. We can expect more details in the future, but until then we have a new developer video we can watch.     Source: CD Projekt Red Back to original news post
  11. Today Ubisoft revealed the PvP mode for its upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint title. This mode, named Ghost War, will be part of the beta taking place from September 5 to September 8. It features 4v4 action with players able to select from four classes to fulfill different needs on the battlefield, which will be on six unique maps. These classes are the Assault, Panther, Sharpshooter, and Medic. At launch Ghost War will have two modes, Elimination and Sabotage, with Elimination being a team death match mode with the twist of a collapsing combat zone. Sabotage is an asymmetrical bomb mode, requiring attackers to plant and detonate a bomb at either of the match's bomb sites. Ghost War is going to be seamlessly integrated into Ghost Recon Breakpoint, so the progression system will carry over in both the PvE and this PvP mode, including unlocked classes, skills, customization items, and weapons. There will be special tuning in place for PvP though, to ensure a fair and skill-based experience for all players. Learning from the PvP of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ghost War will have dedicated servers, reduced loading screens, and improved matchmaking. You can also expect massive post-launch support, with regular balancing updates and improvements, as well as new content such as maps, classes, weapons, and additional modes and events. Ghost Recon Breakpoint is releasing on October 4 to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and will be available as part of UPlay+. Anyone who pre-orders any edition of the game will also get access to the beta I mentioned earlier, running from September 5 to September 8. Source: Ubisoft Back to original news post
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  14. If you are a Windows Insider, which gets you access to preview builds for the operating system, there is a new build on the Fast ring with some interesting new features. Among these is the addition of GPU temperature monitoring within Task Manager. This is only for discrete graphics cards currently and will requiring using drivers that support WDDM 2.4 or higher. It only reports in Celsius at the moment but is still going to be a nice addition to the software. A quality-of-life change is coming to Virtual Desktops as well, allowing you to name each one. Virtual Desktops can be used to collect together windows for different tasks on separate desktops and then swap between them as needed. The ability to give titles to these desktops should help keep track of the purpose for each one, and these names will survive reboots. Other changes include a new system for managing the installation of optional features, the mouse cursor speed being brought to Settings instead of requiring accessing the Control Panel, and bringing Notepad to the Microsoft Store, allowing it to be updated more easily. If these changes are so interesting you want to jump right in and try them, remember that going to an experimental build of any software can be dangerous. Source: Microsoft Back to original news post
  15. Co-developers Dotemu and Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games have released a new trailer for the upcoming Streets of Rage 4 that features gameplay of a new character, Cherry Hunter. She is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original Streets of Rage game, and was trained both by him and Axel Stone, another playable character in the new title. Instead of becoming a cop as she once did, she plays in an electro progressive rock band, and you can see her wielding her guitar in the trailer. This new trailer also shows off levels for the game at different time of day and, rather importantly, that the game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. After 25 years without an entry to the core series, Streets of Rage 4 will be available for you to play on the platform of your choice.     Source: Press Release Back to original news post