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Various Video Game Stories from the Week of April 10

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Perhaps to the surprise of some, it is Friday already, and that means it is time to go through the video game and related news that has collected in my inbox. First up is the announcement from Cococucumber of Ravenlok's release date. This action filled adventure set in a voxel-based fantasy world is to arrive on May 4, with pre-orders opening on April 20. You play as Kira, who has moved into a new home with her family, and there discovers a mirror that transports her into this magical realm. There she takes on the role of Ravenlok, and with sword and shield embarks on a journey to save the realm from a tyrannical queen. Among the locations you will visit is a lost labyrinth and a menacing mask mansion, with enemies such as jump jesters, shadow birds, and a mechanical eagle you will need to slash at, dash through, and cast spells at to defeat.

Ravenlok releases on May 4 for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S priced at $24.99.



Source: Press Release (Cococucumber – Ravenlok)

EA revealed Immortals of Aveum this week, a single-player, first-person magic shooter from Ascendant Studios, being published under the EA Originals labels. Aveum is a world that has been trapped in the Everwar since magic was discovered there and everyone vies for control over it. You play as Jak, an Unforeseen, so-called because his ability to wield magic emerged later in his life, and so General Kirkan has recruited him to join the Order of the Immortals, an elite force of battlemages. During the course of the game you will have to master the three colors of magic, blue, green, and red, as well as uncover the history of this world to determine its future.

Immortals of Aveum is to release July 20 on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5. The base edition of the game is $59.99 for PC and $69.99 for the console versions, while the Deluxe Edition comes in ten dollars more expensive, but starts you out with some useful gear. If you are an EA PlayPro member you can get access to the Deluxe Edition starting July 20.

Source: EA (Immortals of Aveum)

Them's Fightin' Herds has received an update and new DLC character in the form of Stronghoof the Reindeer. He is the second character from the Season 1 Pass but can also be purchased separately. You can watch the trailer below to check out how he fights, but this update does include more than just his character, such as some critical bug fixes. As the source link explains, there were two issues that presented significant disadvantages to two characters that the developers wanted to address sooner, but console update release schedules can complicate things. Fortunately they have been fixed now, but the developers are also going to be taking extra precautions now to minimize the chance of such critical issues making it to live releases.



Source: Modus Games (Them's Fightin' Herds)

Stingbot Games announced the Early Access release date for its upcoming title Soul Survivors, a time-survival, roguelite. In this game you will face continuous waves of enemies with a character that only auto-attacks, making positioning and timing very important. Being a roguelite though, failure is not the end but part of progression, as you are able to collect the souls of defeated enemies and gold to unlock upgrades. If you are able to survive the endless waves of enemies long enough, the area bosses will appear to challenge, and by defeating them you enter Cursed Mode that really tests your ability to survive.

Soul Survivors will be entering Steam Early Access on May 3, priced at $3.99. At first you will only have access to two characters; the Bogatyr, a knight with heavy armor and short range attacks, and the Necromancer, who reanimates corpses to build an undead army.



Source: Press Release (Stingbot Games – Soul Survivors)

El Paso, Elsewhere is a somewhat unusual looking game coming from Strange Scaffold, and this week a new look at it has been shared view a level playthrough. In this game you will be exploring a motel that exists over a labyrinth you must explore in order to stop the vampire lord Draculae from finishing a ritual that will end the world. Complicating the situation beyond the monsters of different worlds, which you may briefly enter, trying to kill you is that Draculae is the former lover of the playable character, James Savage.

The video goes for about seven minutes but gives a look at what Savage is capable of with his guns and slow-mo.



Source: Press Release (Strange Scaffold – El Paso, Elsewhere)

Frozenbye and THQ Nordic have announced the next game in the Trine series with Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy. Once again you take control of Amadeus, Zoya, and Pontius, the Heroes of Trine, in order to save their fairytale world from this latest threat. A Clockwork army is advancing on the kingdom and it is up to these heroes to stop them. It will support both local and online co-op of up to four players.

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is in development now and will release to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Box Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.



Source: THQ Nordic (Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy)

Farworld Pioneers is an open-world side-scrolling survival game coming from tinBuild and Igloosoft that has a team of scientists crashed landed on an alien world. You start with just your survival pod and best friend Buddy, but will eventually build your way up to colonies on alien worlds you establish after building a new spaceship, all by using the resources around you, hunting alien life, and researching new technologies and methods. You will not need to do this alone if you wish, as the game will support up to 32 players on a single server, and has a dynamic faction system with the ability to move seamlessly between PvP and co-operative gameplay. This and other gameplay features can be seen in the trailer below.

Farworld Pioneers is to launch on May 30 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.



Source: Press Release (tinyBuild – Farworld Pioneers)

Lastly we have some non-game news that is probably not something many expected, as Intel has decided to sell off its server business. Part of the reason this might be unexpected is because some are likely unaware Intel made and sold servers. According to Server the Home, the source of this news, not only did they, but the servers were often well built and included forward-looking features too. In fact, STH was once hosted on Intel servers. Now the business has been sold to MiTAC, the parent company of Tyan as part of Intel's focus on its IDM 2.0 strategy. Basically, because this is not part of the company's core business model, it is being dropped like other technologies before it.

Naturally Intel will continue to manufacture the components that go into these and other servers. As STH very nicely puts it, "Intel's core, high-margin business here is selling silicon, not sheet metal."

Source: Serve the Home (Intel selling server business to MiTAC)

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