This week in games: Overwatch gets a server browser, Project Cars 2 targets 12K and more

Project Cars 2

More Kickstarter news this week. Can you believe it? Last week I joked about a renaissance but now I’m pretty sure it’s actually happening.

That, plus Overwatch gets a server browser, South Park delays a second time, a bevy of launch trailers and announcement trailers and trailer trailers, and Project Cars 2 talks about supporting 12K resolutions. Mmmm, that’s a lot of pixels.

This is gaming news for February 6 through 10.

St2sis

Another chance for me to talk about Stasis? Excellent. If you don’t know, Stasis is the best horror game you (probably) didn’t play in 2015. An isometric horror game in the vein of the classic Sanitarium, Stasis is some excellent derelict space ship sci-fi.

And now the developers are working on a follow-up, titled Beautiful Desolation. Like PC Gamer, I apparently missed word on this in January, but there’s a Kickstarter campaign and everything. I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I am a huge fan of the art on display so far, and fervently hope it reaches its funding goal.

Tormented Bards

Let’s keep on the crowdfunding theme for a second and talk about inXile. The studio released details on both the upcomingTorment: Tides of Numenera and the slightly-less-upcoming Bard’s Tale IV this week, with a look at Torment’s story and Bard’s Tale’s combat. Here’s Torment:

And Bard’s Tale:

Finish the fight

Halo Wars 2 launches next week, at least for Ultimate Edition buyers. Will it be good? No idea, but it sure does have some beautiful cinematics.

Live to serve

It’s not the sexiest update, but Overwatch is getting a server browser to complement its bevy of matchmaking systems. Want to play a custom game with friends? You can finally—nine months after release—do so.

Project C2RS

I’d sort-of forgotten that Slightly Mad Studios has been working on Project Cars 2. Hard to forget, given the stink people made when the sequel was originally announced, coming as it did mere months after the release of the original. But regardless, I’d forgotten.

There’s video now though—gorgeous video. Also, support for 12K resolutions (12K!) and more. Time to upgrade your graphics card, sim racers.

More-za

Speaking of racing games…well, actually no. The big news this week is that Playground Games, developer of the beloved Forza Horizon series, is working on a new game—and it’s not a racing game. According to GamesIndustry.biz , Playground is opening a second studio and branching out into a new genre, in addition to (presumably) the 2018 Forza Horizon game.

If this mythical second project ends up even half as good as Forza Horizon, we’re in for a treat.

South Park: Still Not Whole

Bad news, South Park fans: Latest game The Fractured But Whole has been delayed yet again, this time to a rather ambiguous “sometime this year.” That’s the second delay for the superhero-themed sequel, which was originally supposed to arrive in December and then was pushed to early 2017. Now? Well, we’ll see.

Cue the Miyamoto quote about a bad game being bad forever, and et cetera.

Siege lifted

Ubisoft’s doing just okay with-or-without South Park though, I imagine. Case in point: Rainbow Six Siege is still humming along, still 2015’s best shooter, and just about to start its second season of DLC characters and maps. You’ll get four minutes of that below, with a look at the new “Velvet Shell” operators and Coastline map.

Oh, and Ubisoft also brought back the Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition. For $15 you get the game and access to four operators, with a whole lot of grinding if you want to unlock the rest—or you try it, enjoy it, and buy the full game (maybe when it goes on sale?) to continue as normal. Your call.

Wild

Okay, more Ubisoft news. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set to release in March. Ubisoft’s continued its tradition of “Silly Live-Action Trailers” for this one—except this time they’ve made a whole live-action movie. There’s a teaser below. Go microwave some popcorn. I’ll wait.

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This week in games: Dirt 4 revealed, Square Enix teams up with Marvel’s Avengers, and more

Dirt 4

I hope you like videos, because we have about a million of them this week. Launch trailers, announcement vids, Planet Coaster rides, the works.

This week: A Dirt 4 teaser, Bossa’s new skateboarding turf war, Square Enix teaming up with Marvel, Ni No Kuni II on PC, the Pillars of Eternity documentary, the end of Star Wars recreated as a roller coaster, and so much more.

This is your gaming news for the busiest week of January, a.k.a. January 23 to 27.

Tony Hawk: American Paintland

Bossa’s Worlds Adrift isn’t even released yet, but apparently the studio’s been working on two games simultaneously. This week the Surgeon Simulator dev announced Decksplash, some sort of skateboarding game that involves painting an arena with sweet tricks. Literally.

I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. There’s video though:

The long tail

There are two releases I’m excited about this week. The surprising part? Both are related to games that launched way back in ye olde 2015. Some of 2015’s best games, actually. First up, Crypt of the Necrodancer, which released its Amplified DLC prequel into Early Access.

And then there’s Cayne, a free (FREE!) prequel chapter to isometric horror game Stasis. I haven’t gotten a chance to play Cayne yet and don’t know how good it is, but Stasis itself was brilliant. Highly recommended.

Dirty

Another new announcement: Dirt 4, which is set to release a mere four months from now on June 6. Presumably 2015’s Dirt Rally will live on as the sim-oriented half of the series and Dirt 4 will be more arcade-y—a bit of a Forza and Forza Horizon dynamic. We’ll see! For now, there’s just a short teaser.

Avenged

When’s the last time there was a good Marvel game? Maybe one of the Lego titles? Point being: Marvel may have taken over Netflix and movie theaters, but its video games have been either bad or nonexistent since the PS2 era.

That might change, though. This week Square announced a partnership with Marvel, with both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal apparently working on an Avengers game. Let’s hope it’s as interesting and innovative as Spider-Man 2 was at the time.

A trailer for every star in the galaxy

BioWare’s certainly making up for the fact we had no Mass Effect news for months and months and months. This week? Two trailers, one cinematic (below) and another focusing on the crew.

Quake!(Con)

When’s the last time Quake was the focus of QuakeCon? Been a while, eh?

But with Bethesda announcing Quake Champions at E3 2016, it’s safe to say it’ll take center stage at this year’s QuakeCon. If that piques your interest, Bethesda announced it’ll return to Dallas from August 24 to 27. And hey, it’s free so…

Pray for release

The star of QuakeCon 2016 will probably not make another appearance this year though, considering it releases on May 5. That’s Prey of course, which nabbed an official release date.

Ni No Kuni on PC

The original Ni No Kuni and its painterly art style may be forever stuck on the PS3, but its sequel is making moves. Bandai Namco announced this week that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be coming to the PC day-and-date with the PS4.

Lamentations of the players

Conan Exiles hits Early Access next week, and if you’re curious what to expect then here’s a trailer featuring a crucifixion, a burly man, and a sabertooth with a scorpion tail.

Thimbleweed Park

This post is reaching its trailer capacity, but I somehow missed a Thimbleweed Park trailer last week so I’m going to rectify that now because, well, the game looks great. This one centers on Ransome, the swear-filled clown.

Building Pillars

Pillars of Eternity II launched a Fig campaign just yesterday and it’s already blown past its $1.1 million goal. Excellent. If you’re curious what goes into game development though, you might be interested in watching The Road to Eternity, the documentary that chronicled development of the first Pillars of Eternity (originally for backers only). Set aside an hour and a half this weekend and watch.

That’s no moon, it’s a roller coaster

Planet Coaster’s been out for a bit and we’re starting to see some really impressive projects—like “Death Star Strike,” a Star Wars-themed coaster replete with a Millenium Falcon, X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the trench run from A New Hope. Created by Chuck Maurice and Co., the coaster apparently took over 100 hours of work and all I can say is “Wow.” (Via Rock Paper Shotgun)

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Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun

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The gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that Microsoft promised earlier this week, with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features, is rolling out—but with some game-breaking bugs, unfortunately.

What’s officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring also includes a number of more general improvements, including a version of Edge that will read your ebooks aloud and a better out-of-box experience, complete with voice actors to guide you through the process.

If you’re hoping to try out the new PC-centric Game Mode for yourself, though, be wary: Microsoft warned that unspecified “popular games” may experience crashes or black screens when loading, and clicking on certain elements in a Win32 game may cause it to be minimized (and therefore unplayable) unless killed. Even the new Game Mode will show up as OFF when in fact it’s enabled by default. Also, be aware of one download glitch: The issue Microsoft had with its progress bar is still there, so the download will still show “0% completed” even when it’s actually downloading.

“We recognize that this is painful for those wanting to try out the new gaming features announced this week,” Microsoft’s Insider chief, Dona Sarkar, wrote in a blog post. “We deliberated a lot on whether to release this build to Insiders with these issues; however we decided to go ahead and release it as we need feedback from Insiders on other areas of the OS.”

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Windows 10’s new Game Mode settings, which are designed to optimize your PC for gaming.

Some great new gaming features

Build 15019 is specifically optimized for gaming, with new additions to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. (A separate build for Xbox Insiders should roll out today, with support for Screentime, a parental control that is already on Windows 10.) Our previous story outlined the new additions, but we’ll briefly recap them here:

Game Mode: a specific mode for the PC that minimizes the resources other background tasks have at their disposal, giving the game all of the resources your PC can spare. My colleague Brad Chacos has outlined what Game Mode does for your PC. The Windows Game Bar now supports 17 more games in fullscreen mode, including Battlefield 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, FIFA 14 and FIFA 17, Rocket League, and more.

Gaming Settings: Microsoft has consolidated gaming controls for Game Bar, GameDVR, and more into a Gaming section in Windows 10’s Settings.

Beam livestreaming: Microsoft bought Beam and its livestreaming technology last year to take the games you’re playing on Windows 10 and the Xbox and broadcast them to others on the Internet. You’ll be able to trigger the Game Bar (Win + G) and show others how fast you can drive in Forza Horizon 3.

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Action Center now keeps tabs on your games.

Microsoft also revealed a small additional convenience: If you buy a game from the Microsoft Store app, you’ll be able to track its download progress in the Action Center notifications. The company also fixed a bug that would crash the display controller if an Xbox controller was attached, and another that could cause the screen to flicker if a player used Alt + Tab to change focus to another window.

A better out-of-box experience

Having just reset a balky Surface Pro 4 that couldn’t get past Build 15002, I can confirm that the out-of-box experience that build introduced is excellent—and Build 15019 promises to improve on it even more. Setting up a new PC is now voice-driven: Cortana asks you the questions you’d normally have to be at your keyboard to answer. (For those who are unable to hear Cortana, there are now subtitles.)

Windows 10 out of the box experience

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Cortana will guide you through the new “Out of the box” setup experience,

With build 15002 and the latest build 15019, you can be working away at another PC while Cortana’s voice asks you if you’d like to accept the default options and other questions. It’s fun to holler “Yes!” and keep typing.

At one point during build 15002’s reset process, Cortana’s voice was replaced by a more robotic text-to-speech voice. That’s been fixed, with additional voice acting in place to maintain a consistent, pleasant tone. A bit of spit and polish has updated the UI, including the way in which you sign in with a Microsoft account. Windows Hello enrollment, which simply asks you to smile at the camera for a second or two, has also been updated.

Troubleshooters, all in one place

I have sporadic issues at my home office where my Wi-Fi connection needs to be reset, requiring me to right-click my Wi-Fi icon on the Taskbar and launch the troubleshooter. For Build 15019, Microsoft’s grouped all of the Troubleshooter options inside Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot so you can see the complete list, including tools for resolving printer issues, Windows updates, Bluetooth, and more.

Windows 10 troubleshooters

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The collected Troubleshooters.

A bevy of other useful features

Build 15019 adds a number of other useful features, most of which don’t require that much additional explanation:

  • A new “read aloud” button in Microsoft Edge will read ebooks stored in Edge in 24 languages.
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    Edge’s new “read aloud” interface.

  • Full-color emoji, on those sites that use them.
  • Blue light support, which removes the blue colors your display produces late at night so as to help prevent insomnia. (Microsoft now calls the feature “night light.”)
  • If you use the Hyper-V feature to create virtual machines, you can now resize the window and the guest OS will rescale the resolution appropriately.
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CBS All Access will start streaming live NFL games this weekend

Sling TV, Twitter, YouTube, and now CBS All Access. The NFL and CBS just announced that CBS All Access subscribers can watch the network’s NFL broadcasts starting on Sunday, December 4 and continuing through the post-season—including Thursday night games. This is a multi-year deal, which means NFL on CBS will return to CBS All Access for the 2017 season beginning with the pre-season games.

There are also a few extra benefits for CBS All Access subscribers. Apparently subscribers will also be able to “sample content” from NFL Game Pass beginning next season. Game Pass is the NFL’s subscription game streaming service, which is full featured outside of North America, but heavily restricted inside football’s heartland. It’s not clear what this “sample content” will be, but this could mean CBS All Access subscribers will get to see content from the NFL Network and RedZone. Both NFL-owned channels are part of Game Pass subscriptions.

Next season, the NFL on CBS may also be available to All Access subscribers on NFL sites and apps as well.

And now for the bad news

So here’s the thing. This is not going to be wide open streaming, where you get to pick any game that CBS is broadcasting that day. You will only see the games that are broadcast by your local CBS station, and only if you get local CBS broadcasts as part of your All Access subscription. All Access currently offers local broadcasts in 150 markets across the U.S.

This restriction is pretty standard for live NFL streaming. Sling TV, for example, only offers local Sunday day games with Sling Blue.

The other issue is that you cannot use CBS All Access to stream NFL games on your phone. Verizon has an exclusive deal for the NFL on phones, and that’s not going to change with CBS All Access.

That said, you can watch CBS All Access’ NFL games on pretty much anything else, including tablets (iPad, Android, Windows 10), consoles (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4), TVs (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick), and PCs via the web.

Why this matters: Despite the NFL’s deep ties to television and restrictive broadcast deals, the league keeps working on ways to extend its reach into the digital realm. The CBS deal follows NFL’s agreement to stream games via Twitter and deals to bring the NFL Network and RedZone to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The NFL also recently rolled out a new virtual reality series on YouTube called NFL Immersed.

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This week in games: Free Overwatch, free Elder Scrolls Online, and more Rainbow Six: Siege

Were finally starting to wind down the year. Watch Dogs 2 hits PC in a week and a half, Dead Rising 4 shortly thereafter, and…thats pretty much it for 2016. Soon itll be time for Game of the Year discussions and then the steady drumbeat of Spring 2017.

But for now, the news rolls on. This weekend its a bunch of free games (including a few days of Overwatch), plus Remedy teases a fresh trailer, Rainbow Six gets another year of add-ons, and Total War goes for broke. This is gaming news for November 14 through 18.

Giving thanks early

If youre one of the dozen or so people whove yet to play Overwatch, set aside some time this weekendBlizzards hero-based shooter is free from today through November 21 at 4 p.m. Pacific. Download Battle.net and create an account if you havent already. Youll see Overwatch in the sidebar. All your progress from the trial carries over to the full game, if you decide to buy in once your free access runs out.

Shoot-y games not your style? You can also hop into Elder Scrolls Online for free, also through November 21. Its been a while since I played, but Ive heard its a bit better than it was at launch. Its no Morrowind, butwell, its free this weekend.

Okay, neither of those sounds good? Well I hope you like winter sports because Ubisofts open-world ski/snowboard/wingsuit(?)/whatever game Steep is in open beta this weekendif you can bear with Uplay.

Wake me up

Over the summer, Remedy 1) Teased two new games and 2) Said that neither of them is Alan Wake 2. So keep that in mind before you get your hopes up.

That being said, Remedys teasing a trailer for a new game. All weve got is this 20-second video of Sam Lake saying hes Sam Lake. Good enough for me.

sam lake remedy

Long haul truckin

American Truck Simulator captured the time-honored American tradition of roaring down an open road in a big rig, but it certainly didnt capture how damn big the US of A actually is. Good news, then: SCS Software went back in and redid the entire map, making it quite a bit larger in the process. The old map was 1:35 scale, the new (beta) map is 1:20. Time to load up on 7/11 taquitos.

Now if only we could somehow combine American Truck Simulator with Google Earth VR for maximum realism.

Total-er Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer is the strategy game that just keeps on giving this year, with yet another suite of DLC prepped to launch on December 6. This time its Realm of the Wood Elves with uh…Wood Elves, believe it or not. New campaign, new units, new leadersbut unfortunately the same ridiculous $19 price as the last DLC, from which the games Steam rating has still not recovered. Anyway, heres a trailer:

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Total-est War

The Total War news doesnt stop there though. Another historical Total War is on the horizon, and according to an interview with Eurogamer the series is going to an era we [meaning Creative Assembly] havent tackled yet. Considering the breadth of Empire and Medieval, best bets on something modern or something real old.

And the strange development saga of Total War: Arena continues. According to PC Gamer, publishing rights for the free-to-play multiplayer title are being handed over from Sega to Wargamings latest subdivision, Wargaming Allianceand theres still no release date in sight. Bizarre.

Press 0 for Operator

Rainbow Six Siege is coming up on its one-year anniversary, but the end isnt imminent yet. According to Ubisoft the game will receive at least another year of stuffmeaning four maps and eight new characters, if its anything like 2016. Not bad.

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This week in games: Steven Seagal joins World of Warships, Forza Horizon 3 goes wintery

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Battlefield. Titanfall. Call of Duty. Tyranny. Dishonored 2. Where’s a person supposed to find the time to play all these games?

Let alone care about news. This week, Forza Horizon 3 gets a demo and teases its first expansion, Mass Effect teases next week’s teaser, and Steven Seagal hits World of Warships. This is gaming news for October 31 through November 4.

Free time

If you need to fill your weekend with something and don’t have any of this year’s million game releases on hand, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (the best game with the worst name) is free-to-try on Steam this weekend, from now until Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific. It’s basically Left 4 Dead, but with rat guys.

N7 Eve

Next week is supposedly the big Mass Effect: Andromeda news blowout, with a big ol’ reveal slated for November 7 (a.k.a. “N7 Day”). But EA teased some stuff this week, including…a mailing list? Exciting.

The best part of this trailer is realizing the ascent stage of the Apollo lander (a.k.a. the part that ferried the astronauts home) is still attached to the landing framework, for some reason.

More-za

Forza Horizon 3 is the best arcade racer to hit the PC in a long time, so I’m pretty excited to dip back in for a winter-themed expansion coming sometime soon. (Though I think it’s funny Microsoft is releasing a winter expansion when it’s currently summer in Australia.)

Forza Horizon 3 expansion tease

And if you’re still on the fence about Forza Horizon 3, there’s now a demo. Sounds like it covers the opening region of the game, including the famed Twelve Apostles landmark.

Killing moon

Killing Floor 2 apparently emerges from Early Access later this month. If you’ve held off killing ridiculous numbers of zombies until the game was polished to a mirror sheen, you’ll be able to hop in on November 18.

Here’s an appropriately gory trailer:

A-maize-ing

“It’s a video game about sentient corn.” That’s really all you need to know about Maize, an adventure game releasing December 1. Here’s the tiniest of tiny teasers.

Under Siege

I’m pretty fond of teasing my colleague Gordon Ung about his obsession with World of Warships. But perhaps the joke is on me, because this week Wargaming announced that Steven “Above the Law” Seagal himself is now available in the game as a Commander. And you better believe there’s a trailer.

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35 great PC games for Linux and Steam Machines

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Linux games rising

For the first time in a long time, Linux gamers have a reason to smile. Gaming on the open-source operating system has long meant dabbling in Wine and arcane workarounds, but ever since Valve launched Steam for Linux a year-and-a-half ago the number of native Linux games has positively exploded.

Sure, Valve’s embrace of Linux may have a wee bit to do with advancing the Steam Machine ideal—the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Alienware Steam Machine all kick butt—but any game released for “SteamOS” works just fine on other Linux distros, too.

What better way to bask in how far Linux has come on its 25th birthday than to play some games that call it home? Here are a slew of killer PC games that’ve recently become Linux natives—including several recent PCWorld Game of the Year winners and 5-star games.

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This week in games: Gwent’s beta, Evolve’s end, and Michael Phelps meets Call of Duty

Michael Phelps will shoot you

It’s Halloweekend. Don’t do anything (too) stupid. Maybe just stay inside and play a horror game.

This week’s spookiest gaming news: Battlefield 1’s zeppelins are like a Hindenburg ballet, meteors ruin your day in Cities: SkylinesEvolve ends development…again, and somehow Michael Phelps ended up in a Call of Duty commercial. This is gaming news for October 24 through 28.

And Nero fiddled

It’s safe to say disasters were one of the most conspicuous absences from the original Cities: Skylines, so I’m excited for the upcoming Natural Disasters expansion if only so I can—after saving, of course—pepper my poor populace with meteors and then put out the fire with a tsunami. Here’s some footage:

Doom (4) Doom

The Doom (4) Doom mod, which aims to bring all the guns and what-have-you from Doom (2016) back into the original Doom, hits 2.0 this week. Here’s a new trailer [Warning: Turn down your speakers] the dev made to mark the occasion:

Fully evolved

Looks like Turtle Rock had just enough time to transition Evolve to free-to-play before 2K cut the cord. This week, the studio announced that all development on Evolve has ceased and that it now falls to 2K to maintain the servers moving forward. From the announcement:

“This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP. We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.”

Farewell, Evolve. You weren’t always great, but at least you were unique and interesting. And best of luck to Turtle Rock with whatever the studio turns to next.

W_A_T_C_H_D_O_G_S_2

“The entire Bay Area is a playpen for counter-culture.” I guess the unspoken “If you can afford to actually live here and still have principles” part that should come afterward doesn’t make for sexy marketing.

Anyway, here’s a Watch_Doggies 2 trailer:

Almost a Witcher

The Gwent beta is now underway, so if you’re hankering to get in on some Witcher-y card gaming action and you haven’t yet signed up for beta access, you might want to go do that. Invitations will be sent out in waves for the next few months, and you have plenty of time—according to the FAQ, “The Closed Beta is expected to end sometime in the spring of 2017.”

They live

Once upon a time live-action trailers were a novelty, something to be regarded with curiosity and (maybe) a bit of humor. But now it seems like every game has one. Don’t believe me? Well I’ve got two for you this week.

First up, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and this ridiculous trailer, which features a humorous “Canada Builds Wall” throwaway gag within the first five seconds. Also, Guns N’ Roses and uh…Michael Phelps.

Slightly more serious is this Titanfall 2 trailer, which I’d argue is better written than the game itself.

Lead zeppelin

I leave you this week with this beautiful Battlefield 1 bug. See you next Friday.

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This week in games: Diablo 4 whispers, Civilization VI launch

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I thought I’d be posting news about Red Dead Revolution 2 here this week, but since Rockstar didn’t bother announcing a PC version, instead we’ll roll with Diablo 4 rumors,Stellaris getting a big story expansion, Watch Dogs 2 needing two extra weeks to hit PC, and King’s Quest finally drawing to a close.

Definitely no Nintendo Switch or Red Dead news here. This is your PC gaming news for October 17 through 21.

Watch (everyone else play) Watch Dogs

In a now-familiar move for anyone who follows Ubisoft’s November releases, Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed on PC—but only for two weeks! Now it’ll launch November 29 instead of day-and-date with consoles on November 15. Good news for people who don’t want a repeat of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, bad news for people who hoped to play it over Thanksgiving.

And I mean, if the game is bad at least the console reviews will warn you.

Speaking of, the “Let’s Completely Overhaul This Game” 1.4 patch for The Division goes live October 25. Maybe some of you are still playing The Division? Maybe?

One last Titanfall trailer

It’s true: EA really is going to dump Titanfall 2 a week after Battlefield 1 and a week beforeCall of Duty. That seems crazy! But here’s one final trailer, barring a last-minute delay to…you know, like March or something.

BlizzCon Rumors

We’re two or three weeks out from the start of BlizzCon 2016 Edition, and that means the rumors are starting to fly fast and thick out here. The biggest story: A potential Diablo 4announcement, the root of which can be traced back to a BlizzCon promo bag with a four-sided die, or “D4.” Here’s Rhykker with a longer explanation, or you can just wait until BlizzCon kicks off on November 4 to find out more.

Still questing

While not quite as drawn out as the episodic structure of say, Kentucky Route Zero, at almost a year-and-a-half since the first episode of the new King’s Quest it’s been…well, basically forever since we started this journey. Some incentive to go back, though: The fifth and final chapter releases on October 25.

And I count myself among those who need to return to the series—I haven’t played since the first chapter. Time to catch up.

Rusty Lake 2

Rusty Lake Hotel is one of my favorite “I’ll give this game a try” games of 2016, so word that there’s already a sequel and that it released this week? Excellent. Here’s a trailer forRusty Lake: Roots.

Leviathans

The Paradox DLC Machine is hard at work. Stellaris received its first story-centric expansion this week, subtitled Leviathans, which fleshes out the mid-game. There’s a trailer below. But more important: The free 1.3 Heinlein patch is also out now, bringing with it some system and UI tweaks. Quality-of-life stuff.

Launch day

Other strategy news this week: Civilization VI launches today. Here’s a launch trailer, featuring a lady with scary-big eyeballs.

Sigh

“We traced his bloodline back 500 years…to the Assassin’s Creed.” That’s all I have to say about this trailer for the upcoming movie. Fingers crossed that line was cobbled together specifically for the trailer, because…yeah.

Nope 7

A few weeks ago someone modded an exploding Note 7 into Grand Theft Auto V. Samsung was so honored, they tried to get the video taken down with a DMCA claim. YouTube denied their request. Here’s the video again, for posterity.

Let sleeping dogs lie

Normally I’d end on that ridiculous Samsung news again, but this week I’d like to take a serious moment and lament the closing down of United Front, the studio that madeSleeping Dogs. Apparently United Front’s latest game Smash + Grab wasn’t enough to save them (despite a free weekend just this past week), and the studio has reportedly closed down. Refunds for Smash + Grab are available through Steam.

It’s one hell of a sad end to a talented studio. Best of luck to those affected.
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This week in games: Tyranny snags a release date, polygonal Lara Croft returns

tyranny

Hey Civilization fanatics: Maybe try going outside this weekend. You know, before Civ VI releases next Friday. Might be a good idea to get some sunlight.

The rest of you? Keep on reading this wrap-up. This week we’ve got a release date forTyranny, polygonal Lara Croft, and Overwatch’s excellent Halloween event featuring the terrifying Dr. Junkenstein. This is gaming news for October 10 through 14.

Petty theft

This weekend’s Steam freebie is Smash + Grab, a beat-em-up multiplayer game and the latest from Sleeping Dogs developer United Front. I haven’t checked it out yet but…well, maybe I will this weekend. It’s free until Tuesday, after all.

And for anyone who owns a Vive, Raw Data is also free-to-try this weekend. I’d recommend it—it’s one of the better (read: more polished) VR shooters at the moment, though its Early Access status means there are still bugs and balance issues to be worked out.

The Dark Side

Every couple of months EA drops another expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republicand I think to myself “…If only this were a Knights of the Old Republic game.” It’s a feeling I’ve held onto for about five long years now, and this latest (beautiful) trailer for the upcoming Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion has only made it worse:

The Darker Side

We’re right in the thick of autumn, big-name games dropping left and right, and there’s none I’m more excited for than Tyranny—Obsidian’s “The battle between good and evil happened, and evil won” CRPG built in the Pillars of Eternity engine.

And it’ll be here less than a month from now. As revealed Thursday, Tyranny launches on November 10.

I’m a little teacup

Last we’d heard of the Max Fleischer-esque cartoon-game Cuphead, the developers had tacked platforming onto what was originally a game made entirely of boss battles. Quite an undertaking, to just “add platforming,” and thus it comes as little surprise the game’s been delayed into 2017. Let’s all shed one large, cartoon tear to mark the occasion.

Prey too

Want to play Prey 2 as a lady? Well, we already knew you could but now Bethesda’s redone its trailer as such. Here’s Morgan Yu, looking a bit different than last time:

Prepare for singleplayer

Respawn must feel real broken up that Titanfall didn’t have a singleplayer campaign, because they just cannot stop talking about its inclusion in Titanfall 2. Here’s a snapshot of Respawn’s “Single Player Gameplay Vision” to go alongside the cinematic trailer from a few weeks ago.

Broverwatch

A co-op mode? In Overwatch? Apparently so. The game’s Halloween event went live this week, and along with a bevy of skins, icons, sprays, et al is a new game mode, “Halloween Terror” starring one Dr. Junkenstein. Be sure to play between now and November 1 if you want that sweet, sweet loot.

Tomb Raider’s 20th

I guess the perks of having a game hit your platform almost a year late include “DLC Packed Right In The Box,” as evidenced by the Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration for PS4. But hey, you can buy the new story mission right here if you’re so inclined.

More important is the fact it gets you “five classic Lara Croft skins,” one of which is represented in this incredibly absurd screenshot that I can’t stop laughing at:

Tomb Raider 20th

Almost makes me want to play the whole game a second time through.

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