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Indiana Jones and the Great Circle relying on Nazis is a "creative lapse," says director of 32-year-old adventure game - gamesradar.com - Germany - state Indiana
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20.02.2024

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle relying on Nazis is a "creative lapse," says director of 32-year-old adventure game

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle sees Indy going up against Nazis, his favorite punching bags, but one veteran director and writer thinks that's a mistake.

Temtem: Swarm looks like an enticing mix of Vampire Survivors and Pokémon - rockpapershotgun.com - county Early
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20.02.2024

Temtem: Swarm looks like an enticing mix of Vampire Survivors and Pokémon

Temtem was a brief mega-hit when it launched in Early Access back in 2020, as a Pokémon-like that was both online and on PC. Now it's getting its own "survivor-like bullet heaven" spin-off called Temtem: Swarm.

PowerWash Simulator Warhammer 40K DLC release date announced - eurogamer.net
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20.02.2024

PowerWash Simulator Warhammer 40K DLC release date announced

The clever beings at PowerWash Simulator developer FuturLab know just how to keep us coming back for more. Not content with tasking us all with scrubbing Tomb Raider's Croft Manor or the Seventh Heaven bar from Final Fantasy 7, it is now setting us the challenge of cleaning up the grimdark universe of Warhammer 40K.

Xenonauts 2 gets biggest update yet, adds new UFO, missions and weapons - rockpapershotgun.com
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20.02.2024

Xenonauts 2 gets biggest update yet, adds new UFO, missions and weapons

Xenonauts 2 received its biggest update yet last night, adding a bunch of new things to the early access X-COM-like that will be sure to please your rude Chief Science Officer Gaius Baltar James Callis whatever his name is SMUG FACE. Alongside a brand-new Cruiser UFO to pilfer for new technology to help fight back against your alien invaders, the Milestone 3 update also brings new story missions, weapons and vehicles, extending the campaign's play time from 180 in-game days all the way up to 260.

PowerWash Sim's Warhammer 40K crossover arrives next week, and the new trailer is very funny - rockpapershotgun.com
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20.02.2024

PowerWash Sim's Warhammer 40K crossover arrives next week, and the new trailer is very funny

My experience with Warhams isn't flat zero - I had some minifigs when I was a teenager and played a few of the Dawn Of War video games - but I haven't actively checked in on it for a while. I know enough to make "[x] for the [x] throne!" jokes, basically. My experience with cleaning-stuff-sim PowerWash Simulator is extensive, though, and I was excited when the crossover with Warhammer 40K was teased a while back. Last night we got a full trailer and release date of Frebruary 27th - next week! - and I'm now earnestly very excited. The trailer is both very funny and shows off massive things to clean. Win win, innit.

Deep Rock Galactic’s new prop hunt mode is cute, even if no-one will play it with me - rockpapershotgun.com
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19.02.2024

Deep Rock Galactic’s new prop hunt mode is cute, even if no-one will play it with me

Ore-poaching co-op shooter Deep Rock Galactic was updated today, primarily to address a series of longstanding technical issues but also to encourage you to get sozzled and turn into a filing cabinet. The patch adds a new Hidden Dwarf Double IPA bevvy to the space rig hub's bar, and duly necking it will initiate a prop hunt minigame among your squad of dwarven miners.

Please fill my eyes with the psychedelic insects of new shmup Nidus - rockpapershotgun.com
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19.02.2024

Please fill my eyes with the psychedelic insects of new shmup Nidus

New arcade shoot 'em up Nidus first caught my eye with its psychedelic bug blast on Screenshot Saturday Monday. Three months later, it has now launched, and for a mere £6 we can all fill our eyes with so many colourful insects. You'd have to pay at least £57 for that sort of fun down the pet shop.

Please, Touch The Artwork returns with a free, hour-long hidden object puzzler through art history - rockpapershotgun.com - Belgium
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19.02.2024

Please, Touch The Artwork returns with a free, hour-long hidden object puzzler through art history

Modern art puzzler Please, Touch The Artwork was a bit of a surprise hit when it came out in 2022. It not only poked fun at the reverential distance enforced on us by stuffy old art galleries, but it also invited us to recreate abstract modern masterworks by clicking, tracing and generally getting up close and personal with them with our big, colourful in-game fingers. Now, solo developer Thomas Waterzooi is back with Please, Touch The Artwork 2, which takes us on a slightly different journey through the art world as a hidden object point and click game. It's out today, is completely free, and was made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the death of the Belgian expressionist and surrealist painter James Ensor.

Claim This Epic Games Store Free Weekly Game Starting February 22 - screenrant.com
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19.02.2024

Claim This Epic Games Store Free Weekly Game Starting February 22

Beginning February 22, the Epic Games Store is giving away for free, though it appears this wasn't the digital storefront's initial intention. EGS typically gives away one free game per week, and platforming fans who haven't yet dabbled in will soon have the chance. will remain free for an entire week, until February 29, after which it will be replaced by next week's game.

INDIE Live Expo 2024 set for May 25 - gematsu.com - Britain - China - Japan
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19.02.2024

INDIE Live Expo 2024 set for May 25

Ryu’s Office will host the first INDIE Live Expo event of 2024 on May 25, the company announced. The showcase will mark the 10th ever INDIE Live Expo event, and is commemorated by a new logo.

Retro survival horror Heartworm's release window slips to 2025 - eurogamer.net
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18.02.2024

Retro survival horror Heartworm's release window slips to 2025

DreadXP has confirmed its upcoming retro psychological survival horror game, Heartworm, will be released in 2025.

Stardew Valley Player Gets Bittersweet Reminder To Take Care Of Their Crops - gamerant.com - city Pelican
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18.02.2024

Stardew Valley Player Gets Bittersweet Reminder To Take Care Of Their Crops

Players have praised Stardew Valley for its charming moments, with one fan sharing a hilarious incident of a fairy watering some dead rice crops, reminding the player to take better care of their harvests. The various crops in Stardew Valley have different growth periods and harvest cycles, leading some players to forget to take care of their produce and resulting in funny moments like this player's fairy encounter.

"Palworld has lost X per cent of its player base discourse is lazy," says developer Pocketpair - eurogamer.net
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17.02.2024

"Palworld has lost X per cent of its player base discourse is lazy," says developer Pocketpair

Palworld developer Pocketpair insists it has no reason to be alarmed about the hit game's dwindling player count.

Petroglyph’s 9-Bit Armies: A Bit Too Far launches into Early Access on February 23 - destructoid.com
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16.02.2024

Petroglyph’s 9-Bit Armies: A Bit Too Far launches into Early Access on February 23

Petroglyph has announced that the sequel to 2016’s 8-Bit Armies, titled 9-Bit Armies: A Bit Too Far, will release into PC Early Access on February 23.

Palworld outlines anti-cheat measures as players struggle to connect to servers due to “fraudulent activities” - rockpapershotgun.com
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16.02.2024

Palworld outlines anti-cheat measures as players struggle to connect to servers due to “fraudulent activities”

Palworld is stepping up its efforts against cheats and hackers in the coming weeks, with the developers of the hugely popular Pokémon-a-like survival game saying they are focusing on stamping out ne’er-do-wells on its official servers.

The creator of anticipated city-builder got their start by making one of the most iconic Skyrim mods - gamesradar.com
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16.02.2024

The creator of anticipated city-builder got their start by making one of the most iconic Skyrim mods

Already coming to the table with a BAFTA-nominated game behind him, solo dev Tomas Sala has a lot to live up to with his upcoming city builder Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles. In the latest Edge magazine issue, Sala explained how he started down his development path. Turns out it was his attempts to decompress by modding one of the best RPGs out there, Skyrim, after a stressful day of being a game studio boss, that lead him to where he is today.

This cozy camper van survival game takes the best elements of The Sims and Stardew Valley and puts them on wheels - gamesradar.com
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16.02.2024

This cozy camper van survival game takes the best elements of The Sims and Stardew Valley and puts them on wheels

We've all dreamed of running away from the stresses of modern life and living in the forest, and this cozy campervan survival game lets you do exactly that. 

Nintendo has only missed a February Direct once in the past 12 years, and there's no reason to expect them to stop now whether or not you believe the leaks - gamesradar.com
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16.02.2024

Nintendo has only missed a February Direct once in the past 12 years, and there's no reason to expect them to stop now whether or not you believe the leaks

We are once again in the season of Nintendo Direct speculation, as you might have guessed from the chaos that Switch fans have been in over the past few weeks. The most recent leaks suggest that a Direct is coming soon, but whether or not you believe the rumors, a decade's worth of history points to another February Direct.

Palworld studio admits it can't "keep up" with cheaters, says anti-cheat solution on the way - eurogamer.net
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16.02.2024

Palworld studio admits it can't "keep up" with cheaters, says anti-cheat solution on the way

Palworld developer Pocketpair has acknowledged the significant impact «cheating and the influence of fraudulent activities» is having on rule-abiding players of its hugely popular survival game, and has outlined some of the steps it'll be taking — including the introduction of an «external anti-cheat solution» — to tackle the problem.

Hello Neighbor's creator is making a Home Alone-esque game that looks a lot like Hello Neighbor - rockpapershotgun.com - city Sandbox
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16.02.2024

Hello Neighbor's creator is making a Home Alone-esque game that looks a lot like Hello Neighbor

I'm kind of fascinated by what happened to Hello Neighbor. The original, a stealth horror game against a creepy AI that learned your likely movements, was hugely popular in alpha in 2016. The series was acquired by TinyBuild in 2020, and since then there has been a heroic number of spin-offs. There's one set in an amusement park, a multiplayer game called Secret Neighbor in which one small child is actually a large adult man in disguise, a direct sequel called Hello Neighbor 2, and a VR game called Search And Rescue. I think everyone got a bit of Neighbor fatigue there, lads.

Streets Of Rogue 2's latest dev diary is a crash course in proc-gen map building - rockpapershotgun.com
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16.02.2024

Streets Of Rogue 2's latest dev diary is a crash course in proc-gen map building

The first Streets Of Rogue was an RPS favourite when it launched back in 2019 (we literally couldn't stop playing it), and we've known for a while now that its sequel, Streets Of Rogue 2, is due to arrive later this year. Ahead of the game's launch, developer Matt Dabrowski has started releasing a series of dev diary videos detailing his design process and how it's all coming together. The latest is about how he creates the game's proc-gen open worlds and biomes, and it's a fascinating watch if you've ever wondered how its particular blend of randomised chaos works behind the scenes.

This "spooky" indie RPG is actually dark as hell, and even though it's inspired by Zelda, Chrono Trigger, and Undertale I've never seen anything like it - gamesradar.com - France
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16.02.2024

This "spooky" indie RPG is actually dark as hell, and even though it's inspired by Zelda, Chrono Trigger, and Undertale I've never seen anything like it

The latest subject in my ongoing 'hey, look at this cool indie game I found' is a uniquely dark spin on some beloved RPGs with a wonderfully thick atmosphere and an innovative combat system unlike anything I've ever seen.

4 Xbox games are coming to other consoles, but Starfield and Indiana Jones aren't - gamesradar.com - state Indiana
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15.02.2024

4 Xbox games are coming to other consoles, but Starfield and Indiana Jones aren't

Loosely in line with recent rumors, Microsoft Gaming boss Phil Spencer says Xbox is bringing four exclusive games to other consoles. 

After 3 years of "a lot of painful work," first-time dev had no idea his game was one of the best-reviewed Steam releases of the year - gamesradar.com
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15.02.2024

After 3 years of "a lot of painful work," first-time dev had no idea his game was one of the best-reviewed Steam releases of the year

When I found and wrote about Sheepy: A Short Adventure just yesterday, the pleasant little platformer had around 1,750 Steam user reviews with a 99% positive rating. That's since jumped to nearly 1,900 reviews, still at 99% positive. Bear in mind, the game only came out on February 6. These are enviable numbers for any game, let alone a fresh-faced indie. The free, short game from music promoter MrSuicideSheep and solo developer Thomas Lean is a certified success, and nobody is more surprised than Lean himself.

Die by the Blade Launches on PC This May; Console Versions Scheduled For October - wccftech.com
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15.02.2024

Die by the Blade Launches on PC This May; Console Versions Scheduled For October

One-hit-kill fighting game Die by the Blade has been in development for a very long time, becoming a staple of our most anticipated fighting games lists, but it seems like the long wait is finally over, as the game will finally release this year on PC and consoles.

Disco Elysium standalone expansion reportedly cancelled and quarter of staff facing redundancy at ZA/UM - eurogamer.net - Britain - Sweden - Eu
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15.02.2024

Disco Elysium standalone expansion reportedly cancelled and quarter of staff facing redundancy at ZA/UM

A quarter of Disco Elysium studio ZA/UM's total workforce — approximately 24 employees — is reportedly facing redundancy following the cancellation of a standalone expansion for acclaimed RPG Disco Elysium, said to be «one to two years away from completion».

Supernatural spaceship shooter Underspace shows admirable ambition in its Next Fest demo - rockpapershotgun.com
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15.02.2024

Supernatural spaceship shooter Underspace shows admirable ambition in its Next Fest demo

I respect a game with wild ambition. Declaring your game "the spiritual successor to Freelancer" is bold and ambitious, considering how the spaceship sim is still so beloved after 20 years that our readers voted it your 16th favourite space game of all time. This ambition is wild when the tiny development team is led by someone best known for replacing Skyrim's dragons with Thomas The Tank Engine. So while I'm not much of a spaceship sort, I had to check out the demo for Underspace, which aims to combine Freelancer shoot-o-trading space action with a dash of Lovecraftian horror.

Geometry Survivor is like if Geometry Wars and Vampire Survivors got together - destructoid.com
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15.02.2024

Geometry Survivor is like if Geometry Wars and Vampire Survivors got together

The “bullet heaven” genre was not something I seriously encountered until I started playing Vampire Survivors. It’s got that dopamine hit that comes when you’re the one the enemies have to watch out for. But if you want something that’s less about castles and spells and more about basic shapes in space, Geometry Survivor is where it’s at.

"Every screen is an Xbox" Microsoft reportedly tells staff - eurogamer.net
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15.02.2024

"Every screen is an Xbox" Microsoft reportedly tells staff

Xbox president Sarah Bond reportedly told staff that «every screen is an Xbox». These words come ahead of Microsoft's business update later today, in which the company is expected to lay out its plans to publish some Xbox games on PlayStation and Nintendo platforms.

No Man's Sky is free to play this weekend as new Omega update lands - eurogamer.net
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15.02.2024

No Man's Sky is free to play this weekend as new Omega update lands

It's been fairly quiet on the No Man's Sky front since its previous big update, Echoes, introduced the world to a mysterious new robot race known as the Autophages last August, but all that changes today with the release of its new Omega update — which coincides with a first-ever free weekend for the exploratory space sim.

This Cobalt Core mod adds hapless frog Soggins to your crew for extra chaos - rockpapershotgun.com
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15.02.2024

This Cobalt Core mod adds hapless frog Soggins to your crew for extra chaos

If you've been enjoying the excellent Cobalt Core as part of this month's RPS Game Club, you may well have stumbled into Soggins the frog along your travels. Running into this hapless buffoon is always a delight in Cobalt Core, as he's one of the few special characters who doesn't instantly attack you on sight. Rather, the task here is always to try and save him from his own idiocy - namely, his malfunctioning ship that keeps firing his missiles right back toward him. He's an ungrateful little sod if you do rescue him from certain doom, but I kinda love him for it anyway - and thanks to an industrious pair of modders, you can now have Soggins join your crew to inflict his own special brand of personal chaos on you.

Palworld's community manager reminds people impatient for updates that playing other games is fine - rockpapershotgun.com
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15.02.2024

Palworld's community manager reminds people impatient for updates that playing other games is fine

If you told me at the start of the year that Palworld would break Steam records, I would've done a hearty "no no" chuckle. But here we are, with the survival game exceeding 19 million players and Pocketpair probably wondering how they managed such a feat. With its success has come the inevitable slew of impatient people saying the game's dead because it's not received updates fast enough, or folks saying it's lost a hefty percentage of its player base, and others saying its viewership numbers over on streaming services have plummeted. Palworld's community manager Bucky has gently reminded folks that not only is this discourse "lazy", but to play other games instead.

Embracer confirms it’s laid off over 1,300 people since the start of its restructuring program - techradar.com - Sweden
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15.02.2024

Embracer confirms it’s laid off over 1,300 people since the start of its restructuring program

Embracer Group, the Swedish video game and media company that owns a huge number of subsidiaries, including Plaion, Saber Interactive, and THQ Nordic, has confirmed that it’s laid off around 8% of its staff since the start of its restructuring program last year.

Happy Valentine's, you can win a huge and official Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood dildo - rockpapershotgun.com - Britain - Usa - Canada - Eu
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14.02.2024

Happy Valentine's, you can win a huge and official Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood dildo

We've eschewed any Valentine's theming this year, but Edwin put this in our news queue last night as a sort of dare for our evening shift, and let the record show I am less of a coward than Graham Smith. The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood, a visual novel Tarot-themed card game from perennial (perhaps perineal, in this case) favourites Deconstructeam, was praised by Edwin in his review, and I was going to use the same strapline for this news post had he not got there first. Because now, in time for the season of romance, they've teamed up with sex toy purveyors Uberrime to create a frankly prohibitively massive dildo as an official tie-in for the game, which can be won in a free competition by three lucky people living in either the UK, EU, US or Canada (as in, they each win their own dildo; they don't have to time share).

Fantasy extraction game Dungeonborne was February's most played Steam Next Fest demo - rockpapershotgun.com
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14.02.2024

Fantasy extraction game Dungeonborne was February's most played Steam Next Fest demo

February's Steam Next Fest demo bonanza officially concluded on Monday, and Valve have now revealed the 50 most played games you all tucked into across the week-long event. Ordered by the number of unique players that spent time with them during Next Fest proper (meaning all those early demo plays from earlier in the month haven't been counted), the most popular game of the lot was one that was only formally announced right at the end of January. So congratulations Dungeonborne - your blend of PvPvE dungeon crawling and fantasy skelly monsters clearly struck a chord with this year's Next Festers.

Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama has passed away - eurogamer.net
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14.02.2024

Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama has passed away

Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of the Suikoden RPG series and scenario writer for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, has passed away.

Suikoden Series Creator, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Scenario Writer Yoshitaka Murayama Has Passed Away - wccftech.com
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14.02.2024

Suikoden Series Creator, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Scenario Writer Yoshitaka Murayama Has Passed Away

Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of the Suikoden series and scenario writer for the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, passed away earlier this month.

A dungeon crawler RPG, a "next-gen" RTS, and a moody survival game top Steam Next Fest's 50 most-played demos as Valve reveals record-breaking wishlists - gamesradar.com
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14.02.2024

A dungeon crawler RPG, a "next-gen" RTS, and a moody survival game top Steam Next Fest's 50 most-played demos as Valve reveals record-breaking wishlists

Valve has revealed the 50 most-played demos from 2024's Steam Next Fest, and topping the list is the dungeon crawler RPG Dungeonborne, the self-styled "next-gen" RTS Stormgate, and my personal favorite, the moody survival driving sim set in the lush Pacific Northwest rainforest, Pacific Drive.

Sons Of The Forest's horrible cannibals reach 1.0 next week - rockpapershotgun.com - county Early - county Forest
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13.02.2024

Sons Of The Forest's horrible cannibals reach 1.0 next week

Sons Of The Forest's 1.0 release date draws nearer. Players who prefer their cannibal islands as polished as possible can begin their visit on February 22nd, and there's now a release date trailer that shows exactly what kind of human monstrosities you can expect.

Typing dungeon crawler Cryptmaster's demo is a delight - rockpapershotgun.com
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13.02.2024

Typing dungeon crawler Cryptmaster's demo is a delight

One of the best things in games is the freeform ability to type commands for another character, then having them respond with voiced dialogue recognising your weird directions. That's one of the joys of Cryptmaster, an upcoming typing-driven dungeon crawler where one of the first things you can do in the demo is get your disembodied necromancer pal to lick a mysterious metal object to help identify it (it's a helmet). He's like if Hand Of Fate's dastardly dealer was a bit of a dingus and also your only hope of escaping the underworld. I love this guy.

Play as a sheep with a Cloud Strife Buster sword in this fast and fluid action roguelike - rockpapershotgun.com
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13.02.2024

Play as a sheep with a Cloud Strife Buster sword in this fast and fluid action roguelike

Steam Next Fest may be over for another few months, but dozens of demos are still alive and kicking, it seems - which is good news for me, who still has a good half dozen on my to do list, and also good news for you, as it means you still have time to check out the really quite good demo for Stand-Alone, a fast, 2D hack and slasher where you play as a robot-powered sheep packing a very large sword. Wolves have broken into your home and murdered all your friends, but you play as the one sheep who got away - or rather, a sheep that's been fused with a surprisingly powerful robot capable of producing a honking great greatsword to make their escape with. Thus begins the wolves' hot pursuit - not least because this robot also seems to be kind of sleeper agent for them - and your roguelike-shaped quest to avenge your fallen friends.

Dead Cells "abrupt termination" was a bid to promote publisher's new game, ex-dev says - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
13.02.2024

Dead Cells "abrupt termination" was a bid to promote publisher's new game, ex-dev says

Former lead designer Sébastien Benard has further discussed the decision made by publisher Motion Twin to end Dead Cell's development — something he previously dubbed «the worst imaginable asshole move».

Lethal Company mobile app is a "scam", developer warns - eurogamer.net
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13.02.2024

Lethal Company mobile app is a "scam", developer warns

A mobile version of hit survival horror Lethal Company has popped up on the iPhone App Store and Google Play — but isn't what it seems. The game's developer Zeekerss has warned players this is «likely a scam of some sort», and not made with its permission.

Inkulinati headed to PlayStation, Switch, as it leaves early access - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
13.02.2024

Inkulinati headed to PlayStation, Switch, as it leaves early access

Inkulinati will leave early access later this month, on 22nd February, at which point it will become available for the first time on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.

Ending Dead Cells updates is a "marketing stunt" to "leave room" for Windblown, claims former lead designer - rockpapershotgun.com
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13.02.2024

Ending Dead Cells updates is a "marketing stunt" to "leave room" for Windblown, claims former lead designer

Former Dead Cells lead designer Sébastien Benard is none too chuffed about publisher Motion Twin's decision to end development of the well-regarded roguelike Metroidvania. A few days ago, Motion Twin announced that the 35th major Dead Cells update, aptly titled The End Is Near, would be its last. Benard feels this is a betrayal of both the game's community and its current development team, Evil Empire, a spin-off studio who took the reins in 2019.

From Metroidvanias to roguelikes, survival games to strategy games, here are the best things we played during Steam Next Fest - gamesradar.com
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13.02.2024

From Metroidvanias to roguelikes, survival games to strategy games, here are the best things we played during Steam Next Fest

Another Steam Next Fest is over, meaning another collection of indie game demos have vanished into the ether. As ever, with so many options at your fingertips, it can be hard to know what to play, but now that the dust has settled, we've collated our Steam Next Fest coverage to point you towards the games we loved that deserve a spot on your wishlist.

A Sub $20 GOTY, Triple Digit Dollar Savings on Starfield Constellation and Yakuza Collection, plus More! - ign.com - county Day
ign.com
13.02.2024

A Sub $20 GOTY, Triple Digit Dollar Savings on Starfield Constellation and Yakuza Collection, plus More!

As a bargain hunter, nothing pleases me more than the continuing slow orbit decay of that Starfield fancy edition. Why? Because I need that watch in my life, but I'm sure not going to pay 500 bucks for the privilege. Personally, my event horizon for a purchase is the $200 off mark. Will it get there before stocks deplete fully? Who knows, fellow space cadets.

Dead Cells Post-Launch Support Coming to an End After Five Years of Updates | Push Square - pushsquare.com
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12.02.2024

Dead Cells Post-Launch Support Coming to an End After Five Years of Updates | Push Square

Dead Cells is the excellent side-scrolling roguelike action game from Motion Twin. We loved it back when the vanilla version launched years ago, but it's since received many huge updates, adding a vast amount of extras to keep the experience fresh. Now, though, the studio has announced that the next update to the game will be the last.

Wild PS5 Indie INDIKA Gets a Bonkers Gameplay Trailer | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Russia - Ukraine
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12.02.2024

Wild PS5 Indie INDIKA Gets a Bonkers Gameplay Trailer | Push Square

The bizarre PS5 indie game INDIKA is back with a fresh trailer showcasing how the third-person action adventure plays, and it appears just as invitingly strange as its original pitch last year. Playing as a nun with the devil as your companion, you'll go on a journey of self-discovery in 19th-century Russia. Check out the gameplay trailer above.

Taipei's Biggest Gaming Convention Showcases the Best of Taiwan and Beyond | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Taiwan - city Tokyo - city Taipei
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12.02.2024

Taipei's Biggest Gaming Convention Showcases the Best of Taiwan and Beyond | Push Square

Taipei’s blue-hued Bannan Line is always packed to bursting, as it’s the approximately 26-kilometre MRT line which ferries passengers to key city destinations like Ximen and Taipei Main Station, but it was abuzz with added enthusiasm late last month, as enthused gamers rode the train all the way through to its destination station for the Taipei Game Show.

Beloved Indie Oddity What the Golf? Tees Off on PS5, PS4 in March | Push Square - pushsquare.com
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12.02.2024

Beloved Indie Oddity What the Golf? Tees Off on PS5, PS4 in March | Push Square

Have you ever wanted to play a golf game where you do pretty much everything except play golf? Such a thing exists, and it's What the Golf?, just announced for PS5 and PS4. The oddball indie will finally swing onto Sony's consoles on 14th March, 2024.

Dead Cells designer calls decision to end development "the worst imaginable asshole move" - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
12.02.2024

Dead Cells designer calls decision to end development "the worst imaginable asshole move"

Former lead designer and developer on Dead Cells Sébastien Benard has called the decision to end development on the game «the worst imaginable asshole move» by publisher Motion Twin.

Start a boring and stressful maintenance job in this former Arkane level designer's upcoming game - rockpapershotgun.com - Britain - Russia - Iran
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12.02.2024

Start a boring and stressful maintenance job in this former Arkane level designer's upcoming game

As a big fan of moody first-person games where you follow procedures to do a job, I'm quite interested in the recent announcement of Threshold. Made by a former Arkane level designer, it's about a train maintenance job at a border post atop the world's tallest mountain, where the air is so thin you need to huff top-ups from cans. Concrete information on Threshold is a bit thin at this point but I can tell you that you have a bucket and some planks, so what more do you need to know? Check out the announcement trailer, below.

My very patient customers were obsessed with cooking oil in this chill supermarket management Steam Next Fest demo - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
12.02.2024

My very patient customers were obsessed with cooking oil in this chill supermarket management Steam Next Fest demo

Over the years, simulation games have given us a taste of what it would be like to run hospitals, theme parks, zoos, and even whole cities, trying to balance the books while also making sure everyone stays happy. This new offering from Nokta Games takes that idea and gives it an all-new and more down-to-earth setting: a supermarket.

Threshold Games shuts down - gamesindustry.biz - city Seattle
gamesindustry.biz
12.02.2024

Threshold Games shuts down

Indie developer Threshold Games has shut down after announcing its closure last week.

Lethal Company dev wants future updates to feel like they "broke into an alien zoo and released the animals" - eurogamer.net
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12.02.2024

Lethal Company dev wants future updates to feel like they "broke into an alien zoo and released the animals"

Viral co-op horror Lethal Company may only have released in early access in late October 2023, but it's already received almost 50 updates.

Dead Cells developer ends support, focusing on new projects - eurogamer.net
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10.02.2024

Dead Cells developer ends support, focusing on new projects

Dead Cells developer Evil Empire is no longer working on the game, bringing to a close five years of updates.

Palworld creator Pocketpair says it is "overwhelmingly short of people" in an appeal for more developers - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
10.02.2024

Palworld creator Pocketpair says it is "overwhelmingly short of people" in an appeal for more developers

Palworld creator Pocketpair has acknowledged it is «overwhelmingly short» of developers to help the viral hit maintain momentum.

Dead Cells to receive its final update as devs move on to new "secret projects" - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Dead Cells to receive its final update as devs move on to new "secret projects"

Dead Cells developers Motion Twin have announced their roguelike Metroidvania will receive its final update with the launch of the appropriately titled Update 35: 'The End Is Near'. It's been a pretty great run as these things go: over the course of five years, Dead Cells has received four major DLC expanions, a mobile release and, of course, 35 of those big title updates. However, current custodians Evil Empire are now moving on to greener, "secret projects"-flavoured pastures - the emphasis being on pastures plural there, if their Xweet about it is anything to go by, too.

My eyes hurt from the extreme 90s CGI style of this Next Fest demo, and I couldn't be happier - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

My eyes hurt from the extreme 90s CGI style of this Next Fest demo, and I couldn't be happier

Ah sure I've enjoyed the nostalgic resurgence of Quake/PlayStation-grade 3D art in video games, but I am fully blown away by indie game Fragrance Point looking like the truest classic 3D computer graphics: the shiny pre-rendered CGI from TV show transition cards, adverts for double-disc dance music compilations, and Windows Media Player skins. My eyes are still reeling from the gloss and glitz and pulsating lights of the Steam Next Fest demo, and I welcome this pain. Grab the demo now and set out to explore a space station as a bopping security bot with snazzy boots and endless projectile lipstick.

Handcrafted "interactive music album" Asterism has a delightful Next Fest demo - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Handcrafted "interactive music album" Asterism has a delightful Next Fest demo

Take your protein pill and put your headphones on for the free demo of Asterism, an "interactive music album" exploring a solar system one song at a time. Each visit to a planet lasts as long as the song, whisking us through scenes reflecting the lyrics and mood, rendered with a mix of 3D computer art and a range of handmade physical mediums. I was delighted from the first twang. And impressively, it's mostly the work of one developer, Claire Morwood. Do have a look!

Mullet Mad Jack is extremely my kind of unbridled FPS chaos - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Mullet Mad Jack is extremely my kind of unbridled FPS chaos

First spotted when James and Liam (RPS in peace) covered the PC Gaming Show 2023, Mullet Mad Jack is a roguelike FPS with a Steam Next Fest demo out right now. And my goodness me, it rules. The retro anime aesthetic is cool, sure, but I particularly love its setup, which forces you to blast through corridors as fast as you possibly can. Yeah, this is extremely a bit of Edders, and it's gone straight on the wishlist.

Palworld patch saves breeding Pals from falling asleep and never waking up - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
09.02.2024

Palworld patch saves breeding Pals from falling asleep and never waking up

UPDATE 2.20pm: Xbox Palworld players, your time has come. The below patch, known as version v0.1.1.4 on Xbox, is now available for you as well.

How psychedelic gardenvania Ultros would have you "talk" to the aliens - rockpapershotgun.com - Sweden
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09.02.2024

How psychedelic gardenvania Ultros would have you "talk" to the aliens

When playing any character-driven videogame I sometimes experience a sensation akin to my eyes unfocussing, and remember that I'm not, strictly speaking, controlling a body in a world, but interacting with a simulation that includes representations of a body and a world. The character is just an interfacial node in a vast tangle of visible and invisible elements; by moving the character, I cause objects, surfaces, creatures to load or unload, spring into motion or change colour and a million things besides.

Subnautica 2 developers clarify it won't have a season pass or battle pass - rockpapershotgun.com - county Early
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09.02.2024

Subnautica 2 developers clarify it won't have a season pass or battle pass

A financial report from Subnautica 2 publisher Krafton said the underwater survival sequel would adopt a "game-as-a-service model". Cue much gnashing of teeth and rending of shirts, so much so that developers Unknown Worlds have clarified what that means. "No season passes. No battle passes. No subscription."

Whitethorn announce Slime Heroes, a Soulslike starring slimes, plus Botany Manor release date - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Whitethorn announce Slime Heroes, a Soulslike starring slimes, plus Botany Manor release date

In an upsetting confirmation that February is in fact winter (and that the year doesn't just start with summer like my brain thinks it should) publisher Whitethorn Games held a 2024 Winter Showcase, where they revealed the existance of a game that answers the question "what if the slimes in Slime Rancher were in mortal peril, and had swords?". The answer is apparently "be ruddy heroes in a cute Soulslike". I think this game, too, looks very cute, although Slime Heroes doesn't have a release window yet.

The Steam Next Fest demo for this magical co-op adventure game is like a mix between Little Nightmares and It Takes Two - gamesradar.com
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09.02.2024

The Steam Next Fest demo for this magical co-op adventure game is like a mix between Little Nightmares and It Takes Two

I can't stop playing the Steam Next Fest demo for this fairytale co-op adventure game as it's making the wait for Little Nightmares 3 slightly easier. 

Dead Cells is about to get its final major content update after many, many years of support - destructoid.com
destructoid.com
09.02.2024

Dead Cells is about to get its final major content update after many, many years of support

The highly acclaimed indie roguelite side-scroller, Dead Cells, is about to wrap up shop, from the looks of it. While it’s been known for some time now that Dead Cells‘ Update 35 will be fairly sizeable, Motion Twin has just announced it’ll also be the game’s final content update.

7 demos to try before Steam Next Fest 2024 ends - polygon.com
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09.02.2024

7 demos to try before Steam Next Fest 2024 ends

Steam Next Fest has once again returned with another weeklong celebration of video games and hundreds of demos to try out. From major upcoming releases like Homeworld 3 to unique and interesting debuts from indie developers, there’s tons to play and all too little time to try everything out.

Devolver CEO Morin steps down - pcgamesinsider.biz
pcgamesinsider.biz
09.02.2024

Devolver CEO Morin steps down

The CEO of indie publisher Devolver Digital, Douglas Morin, has stepped down.

Players’ Choice: Vote for January’s best new game - blog.playstation.com
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09.02.2024

Players’ Choice: Vote for January’s best new game

Welcome to the first Players’ Choice poll of 2024! Let’s welcome the new year by picking your favorite title for January among the heavy hitters, indie knockouts, and virtual bangers. 

Paralives heats up the race to be the next Sims with early access release in 2025, confirms no paid DLC - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Paralives heats up the race to be the next Sims with early access release in 2025, confirms no paid DLC

After years without a new The Sims game, it seems like three are likely to land in fairly close proximity - sort of, anyway. We know that Paradox’s ambitious competitor Life By You will arrive this June (assuming no more delays), while EA’s own free-to-play evolution of the OG life-sim series - currently codenamed Project Rene rather than The Sims 5 - is probably still a while off yet. Dropping somewhere in the middle will be Paralives, the promising Patreon-funded up-and-comer led by indie dev Alex Massé, which has been given a fresh look and confirmation of a release date sometime next year.

Indie devs say Steam Next Fest is a massive win for finding early success: "Wishlists go brrrr" - gamesradar.com
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09.02.2024

Indie devs say Steam Next Fest is a massive win for finding early success: "Wishlists go brrrr"

Indie developers are enjoying a surge of early success this week, all thanks to this year's Steam Next Fest, which offers a ton of free demos for upcoming indie games.

Latest Palworld update stops Pals falling asleep forever while breeding - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Latest Palworld update stops Pals falling asleep forever while breeding

The latest major Palworld update is live, fixing a range of crash and save data bugs while also addressing a glitch which saw your much-abused indentured munsters falling into an eternal slumber when assigned to a Pal breeding farm. I continue to wonder how much of Palworld is deliberate satire.

Art strategy game Inkulinati gets 1.0 launch in February, still an illuminated manuscript full of warring animals - rockpapershotgun.com
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09.02.2024

Art strategy game Inkulinati gets 1.0 launch in February, still an illuminated manuscript full of warring animals

Not to denigrate either the efforts of either the comms or dev teams, but when a game has been knocking around my consciousness for a while, eventually I just move it it from a mental box marked "in development" to "probably out now, innit" without any input from anyone else. Inkulinati, a turn-based strategy game where you play a medieval artist duking it out with another artist on the pages of an illuminated manuscript, is one such. It's been kicking about on Steam since at least 2019, and in fairness to me it did launch in January last year - it just went into early access. These factors contributed to me being sort of surprised at the reveal of the actual release date for 1.0, which is February 22nd.

Promising Sims-like Paralives gets seven-minute gameplay video, is hitting Steam early access next year - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
09.02.2024

Promising Sims-like Paralives gets seven-minute gameplay video, is hitting Steam early access next year

If you're a fan of The Sims and Sims-like experiences, it's quite an exciting time; work on The Sims 5, or whatever it'll be called, is officially underway. Then there's the imminent release of Paradox's Life By You following a number of delays, and even the charmingly lo-fi Tiny Life for old-school Sims fans. The game that's generated perhaps the most excitement since its unveiling in 2019, however, is Paralives, and after a long old wait — and five years of crowdfunding support — its developer has announced it'll be entering early access next year.

The Big Indie Interviews: Holy Cow Productions and Hobo Interactive discuss racing their way to the crown at the first ever digital Big Indie Pitch - pcgamesinsider.biz - India
pcgamesinsider.biz
09.02.2024

The Big Indie Interviews: Holy Cow Productions and Hobo Interactive discuss racing their way to the crown at the first ever digital Big Indie Pitch

The Big Indie Pitch is a regular event run by the makers of PCGamesInsider.biz. It sees indie developers engage in a speed-dating-style pitching competition for fame and those sweet, sweet promotional packages.

Play piano, blag your book report, and navigate high school crushes in this gorgeous Philippines-inspired indie game - rockpapershotgun.com - Philippines
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09.02.2024

Play piano, blag your book report, and navigate high school crushes in this gorgeous Philippines-inspired indie game

If you played and liked last year's excellent slice-of-life adventure A Space For The Unbound, stop what you're doing and go and download the Steam Next Fest demo for Until Then. Go on, I'll wait. Right, sorted? Let's continue. Like A Space For The Unbound, Until Then is a coming of age story where the ups and downs of everyday high school life start intermingling with strange, supernatural occurences.

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