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Friday, January 17, 2020

Summerford Teaser Trailer

Indie developer Noisy Valley Studio revealed first teaser trailer for their upcoming survival horror game Summerford.

While fans of survival horror genre are getting remakes of their favorite titles these days on modern consoles, developer/publisher Noisy Valley Studio has been working on their indie horror game Summerford for some time.

Heavy inspired from legacy of survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Noisy Valley has recently released a grim new trailer for their upcoming project, which currently has an estimated release window of Q4 2020.

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Summerford Teaser Trailer

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Newly released official Summerford teaser trailer offers a short tour of the titular village of United Kingdom.




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There is not much footage to dive deep into but this brief video nicely captures its overarching themes. Adapting a third-person action adventure playstyle, the game follows same aesthetics and camera angles as golden age horror games.

With a small development team of three members from rural England, Summerford explores a story set in a small UK village of the same name where protagonist character Sam goes looking out for her friends after getting separated.

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Whatever tiny fraction of gameplay is shown gives out similar vibes of early Silent Hill games and developers are attempting to take a modern approach to key-elements from these classic types with improved controls and UI.

They are trying to create an English village that suffered radioactive fallout many years ago. Taken over by nature, countryside surroundings feature less heritage sites and more regular shops where player character would go exploring.

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In terms of enemy types, Noisy Valley would like to ditch psychological aspects of horror and would try to make players feel secluded. There could be a bunch of yet to be revealed grotesque creatures lurking around somewhere there.

Konami has been quiet about reboot of their iconic franchise after 2015 cancelled Hideo Kojima project Silent Hills. However, a sub-section of that genre can still live up to expectations of horror fans through Summerford later in 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

Over the weekend, Rockstar Games has pulled off selling for PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam, for now.

Almost like every other game from Grand Theft Auto series by developer/publisher Rockstar Games, 2008 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto IV has made headlines for controversy and sold out millions of copies over its lifetime.

Most recently, GTA IV has been restricted from purchase for players on PC digital distribution storefront Steam without any prior announcement because the game is not supported on Games for Windows Live platform anymore.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

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A technical issue arises lately upon Microsoft deciding not to continue supporting a prominent online gaming feature that allowed players to cross-play between PC and Xbox 360 and for which, GTA IV was originally created for.

Now that their service is no longer available, Rockstar Games can't generate keys anymore to sell the game. Currently, they are considering any viable option to digitally distribute Grand Theft Auto 4 on PC once again in future.

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Rockstar has released an official statement on inquiry of what made them take such a step all of a sudden.

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.

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After a marketplace shutdown notice back in 2013, Microsoft officially discontinued Games for Windows Live a year later. Although it was accessible through Steam, many developers have removed its system integration over time.

Rockstar has made sure that no one can buy a copy of GTA 4 on Steam but a product page is still up there and this latest issue with Windows Live services following its demise will now affect sales of its PC version on similar outlets.

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Last year, players faced issues regarding soundtracks for the title and developers stepped in to disable in-game music. Even though many have found ways to avoid losing access to licensed songs, similar treatment may arise for its sequels.

There have also been rumors of a planned remake or remastered version of GTA IV and its expansions to make them playable on modern consoles but it seems like Rockstar is more concerned with Grand Theft Auto VI right now.

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Despite its sequel Grand Theft Auto V being one of the best-selling games of all time, there are still many who are in love with journey of protagonist Niko Bellic trying to find his place in Liberty City and would love to keep playing.

Rockstar Games launcher for PC made its debut nearing end of last year and players are heavily speculating that they simply removed Grand Theft Auto IV from Steam and other digital platforms to add the title to their own launcher.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2019 on Steam.

Nearing end of 2019, Valve Corporation has proudly unveiled their top list of best-selling and most played PC games on digital distribution storefront Steam throughout whole year with impressive number of concurrent players.

Majority of these titles are also part of ongoing Steam Winter Sale, offering some really good titles for a greatly discounted price. So, be sure to check that out as well if you are interested in saving some bucks on annual good deals.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

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Top 100 games from each list are parted into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories based on sales number and total revenue earned. Some of these ground-breaking titles are from last year and some are new releases of early 2019.

Platinum set of top sellers include Total War: Three Kingdoms, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Warframe, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grand Theft Auto V, Dota 2, Destiny 2, Civilization VI, Elder Scrolls Online and more.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2019

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Path of Exile, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Witcher 3, Dead by Daylight, Mordhau, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Rocket League, Total War: Warhammer II, Final Fantasy XIV and Devil May Cry 5 are following up on Gold class.

Drawing a Silver line this year are Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Black Desert, ARMA 3, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Planet Zoo, Risk of Rain 2, ARK: Survival Evolved, Borderlands 2, Remnant: From the Ashes, Code Vein and Rust.

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Bronze section gets glorified with Dark Souls III, Hitman 2, Terraria, Kenshi, Jump Force, XCOM 2, Stardew Valley, GreedFall, Hunt: Showdown, Frostpunk, Mortal Kombat 11, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Farming Simulator 19, Gears 5 and RAGE 2.

With a solid simultaneous player number of 100,000, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Sekiro, CS: GO, Path of Exile, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Dota 2, Dota Underlords, PUBG, Warframe, Halo: MCC and Grand Theft Auto V are most played games of 2019.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2019

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Games such as DMC 5, Civilization 6, BL2, Rust, Terraria, No Man's Sky, Rocket League, Monster Hunter: World, Mordhau, Atlas, RE2 Remake, Team Fortress 2, DBD, RDR 2 and Football Manager 2020 gets 50,000 or more players on regular basis.

Continually generating around 25,000 players are 7 Days to Die, Human: Fall Flat, Oxygen Not Included, NBA 2K20, MK11, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Paladins, Payday 2, Hearts of Iron IV, ESO, Planet Zoo, Stardew Valley, FFXIV and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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New releases this year that did exceptionally well are Remnant: From the Ashes, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Halo: MCC, Jedi: Fallen Order, RDR2, RE2 Remake, Code Vein, Sekiro, Planet Zoo, Devil May Cry 5 and Mordhau.

Steam had an overall good year in spite of losing a handful of AAA-titles and indie favorites to their rival platform Epic Games Store. Nevertheless, they are still reigning supreme as platform with their dedicated fan-base and unmatched superiority.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

Motion Twin to allows players to enjoy older versions of Dead Cells on PC with brand-new Legacy Update.

Earlier this month, an announcement of upcoming The Bad Seed DLC for roguelike metroidvania title Dead Cells were made by indie studios Evil Empire and Motion Twin, which is currently scheduled to arrive on Q1 2020.

Following its original debuted in Early Access, the game has gone through many changes with regular updates but some prefer versions from early days and developers have allowed players to do that in recently released The Legacy Update.

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Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

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The Legacy Update is a latest patch that allows you to load up any older build of Dead Cells from current state to Early Access era. This has been a frequent request from player community for a very long time that is finally fulfilled.

From here on, Motion Twin plans on to keep this up with all of their major future updates as well. This way, dev team will be able to look back at how things have changed and players can take a trip back to nostalgia lane at any time.

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Aside from increasing replayability, Legacy Update includes new handy weapons Ice Shield and Ice Armor. Two more mutations for hardcore players as well as rework on least-used weapons are among latest noteworthy changes.

Available now on PC via Steam, the update will soon arrive for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. As part of continued post-launch content support, more upgrades will keep rolling as we move on to 2020.

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Added Weapon Reworks

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Like any major patch, Legacy Update introduces a bunch of common bug fixes and rebalances as par community requests. It also offers solution to a recent issue of cloud saves getting deleted by adding a regular backup system.

You can head over to Steam library to select which version of Dead Cells you would like to play from properties for PC. As a sweet holiday bonus, a Santa Claus skin for jolly occasion of Christmas is added on top of all improvements.

Witcher 3 Steam Player Count Rise Following Netflix's The Witcher Premiere

Player count on Steam for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sees sudden increase following Netflix's The Witcher premiere.

Last week, Season 1 of highly anticipated fantasy drama TV Series The Witcher has premiered on online streaming-service Netflix, which received huge fan approval in general and a recent peak of player count for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Following debut of Netflix's The Witcher on December 20, a sudden boost of players for 2015 action role-playing game Witcher 3 is seen on popular PC gaming platform Steam over the weekend, ranking it as 14th most played game.

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Witcher 3 Steam Player Count Rise Following Netflix's The Witcher Premiere

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According to analytics site Steam Charts, there was an abrupt spike of player number amassing to 50k peak on this Monday, positioning ahead of recently released Western-themed action-adventure title Red Dead Redemption 2.

For past six months, average players count for TW3 was over 13,000 on PC and it saw a slight increase in June, reaching 18,000 after first official teaser trailer for The Witcher TV Series was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel.

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Considering this current peak number is coming from Steam alone and not including other available platforms like Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this is an impressive feat for a four year old game without multiplayer component.

There was an influx of players on such scale was back in 2016 when TW3 received its second and final expansion pack Blood and Wine. By mid-2019, the game has sold over 20 million copies worldwide across all major platforms.

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Based on fantasy novels of author Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix's The Witcher TV Series casts British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) in lead role and series protagonist Geralt of Rivia, who is a monster hunter.

Cavill himself is a huge fan of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from developer/publisher CD Projekt Red and has read the books. Aside from having played the game several times, he finds acting as Geralt is similar to playing but in a different way.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

Gather your fighters and get ready for first Bleeding Edge Closed Beta, beginning on February 14, 2020.

Earlier this year at E3 2019 press conference, developer Ninja Theory and publisher Xbox Game Studios unveiled their upcoming multiplayer brawler game Bleeding Edge that is set to release on March 24, 2020 for PC and Xbox One.

After initial reveal, a new hybrid assassin fighter Cass is introduced during X019 livestream event. Its first Closed Beta program will kick-start on February 14, 2020 and then a second one will be available ahead of launch on March 13.

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Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

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A store page for the game has gone live on Steam recently for players to place their pre-order before March 2020 to earn access to Beta phase and bonuses like fighter skins, Rioter's Hoverboard, sticker pack and extra taunts.

Also included in pre-purchase incentive is exclusive Punk Pack for all available platforms. Players with membership to Xbox Game Pass will get automatic access to Closed Beta and receive all items by playing on first week of launch.

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A large number of crowds has signed up and participated in Technical Alpha following showcase at E3. Then Alpha Tests are run where player community enthusiastically took part for months to help dev team make further improvements.

For long, Ninja Theory has been secretly working on Bleeding Edge under direction of Rahni Tucker, who worked on DmC: Devil May Cry and has admiration for action combat that she intended to bring on multiplayer games.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Official Gameplay Trailer

Skydance Interactive releases official gameplay trailer for upcoming The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners VR title.

Originally slated to release in 2019, upcoming VR game The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners has been pushed back and now scheduled to come out in January 23, 2020 for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.

Saints and Sinners VR game from developer/publisher Skydance Interactive and their associate Skybound Entertainment is much more than a typical immersive experience through virtual reality as it offers some gameplay depth as well.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Official Gameplay Trailer

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Skydance releases a brand-new official gameplay trailer showcasing brutal world of The Walking Dead.




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The trailer starts by asking players a simple question, "Who are you?" before they embark a journey into a world ravaged by zombie-apocalypse where all of their actions and way of survival will truly define who they really are.

You can choose to help people who need it or be violent in dealing with them; all your deeds will bear consequences. Use from a bunch of melee or ranged weapons to defend yourself from hostile humans and group of Walkers.

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Based on fictional universe of acclaimed comic-book series The Walking Dead by creator/writer Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible), Saints and Sinners is set around in New Orleans and takes place three months after initial outbreak.

In stores for pre-order right now, there are three different versions of the game to choose from. Aside from regular Standard Edition, a Tourist Edition and Tower Edition for TWD: Saints and Sinners will be available for purchase.

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Face Gut-Wrenching Choices

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You can get your hands on "The Sheriff" revolver for buying Standard Edition early alongside base game. Tourist Edition pre-order bonus includes craft recipes for weapons, original soundtracks, New Orleans voodoo dolls and more.

Tower Edition will feature all of the above-mentioned digital content and unique physical items such as 16 GB "thumb" drive, buttons, collector's challenge coin, concept arts, magnetic camping lantern and a reversible backpack.

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Though developers are currently focusing on select release platforms, ports for Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR will be launched later. Tower Edition of Saints and Sinners will come with a dynamic theme exclusive for PS VR versions.

Given track record of some really bad TWD games in past, Skydance is looking forward to take a new direction unlike any other for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners; first-ever VR title set within same universe with choice-based narrative.

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

Batman: The Telltale Series gets an all-new makeover in Telltale Batman Shadows Edition re-release for PC and Xbox One.

In its original release, point-and-click episodic graphic adventure game Batman: The Telltale Series had a successful run for two seasons until developer/publisher Telltale Games shut down in 2018 and some of its IPs were acquired by Athlon Games.

Telltale is reformed by LCG Entertainment, Inc. now and has announced a collection bundle titled Telltale Batman Shadows Edition earlier, which is currently out for PC via Epic Games Store and Steam as well as on Xbox One platform.

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Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

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Shadows Edition is a noir-style take on already dark tone of The Dark Knight mythology explored throughout Batman: The Telltale Series and a grim version of that fictional world is thrown into shades of black and white.

All 10 exciting episodes from two narrative-driven seasons of storied Telltale's Batman series are enhanced with remastered textures to deliver the definitive adventures of Caped Crussader in an ominous new look for re-release.

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Noir-Style Makeover

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Rather than going for a simple use of desaturation process, a group of former Telltale artists were tasked to work on lights, textures and vfx elements to provide a gritty makeover to for fans to experience these stories from a new perspective.

Therefore, some elements are left in shadows and some remained in color to highlight certain key-moments and plot themes. This reworked iteration of Batman series lets you to relive the game in a way that is different than original version.

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Players who already own both games from Batman: The Telltale Series can simply upgrade to Shadows Mode by purchasing it as standalone DLC pack and you should own at least one episode of the game to use this add-on content.

Right now, PC version of Shadows Edition is priced $11.99 on Epic Games Store and $14.96 on Steam at 25% discount. There was plan for a Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 version release as well, which will be launched in near future.

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Sinister New Gotham

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It is time for fans to revisit Gotham City and to witness the evolution of Joker from time as an inmate named "John Doe" in Arkham Asylum to finally become clown prince of crime while come across many other classic characters.

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition takes you in for a twisted journey of Bruce Wayne in two episodic installments; Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within that you can either play through in black and white or in original color.