Surprise! RimWorld launches Royalty DLC
Other / 25. 2. 2020

Here’s something to brighten up a reigny Monday morning: RimWorld’s free 1.1 update is rolling out to everyone today, and better still, a surprise DLC called Royalty has launched. Don’t worry, it’s not a battle royale. The expansion means some rather glamorous figures can grace your space hovel, as the DLC introduces a new “honour-bound culture wield[ing] hyper-advanced technology”. Despite their sci-fi capabilities, the Empire still uses a hereditary system of rule, and can bestow royal titles upon your colonists. While this gives colonists psychic powers, they also become rather hoity-toity, demanding luxury bedrooms and beautiful clothes while issuing “wild decrees that must be carried out”, and occasionally playing piano, harp and harpsichord. I’m not sure how my flatmates still put up with me. The bonus for putting up with all this is your colonists gain the psychic power to make enemies vomit en masse… amongst other things. The DLC also introduces high-tech weapons that “speak directly to the wielder through a psychic link”, and a selection of body implants. I’ll take the nuclear stomach for next time I go to the pub. Read more

Kojima Productions is also skipping GDC 2020
Other / 25. 2. 2020

Kojima Productions has cancelled both of its GDC 2020 sessions. Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions is the latest developer to decide not to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC). The developer announced the news this morning, predictably citing concerns over coronavirus. Kojima Productions previously had two sessions planned for GDC 2020. The first, taking place on March 16, would be hosted by AI programmer Eric Johnson. Another was scheduled for March 19, hosted by Hideo Kojima. Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to coronavirus. (1/2) — Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) February 24, 2020 Although much-anticipated, unfortunately this cancellation also includes Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Eric Johnson’s session on the 16th. (2/2) — Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) February 24, 2020 Kojima Productions is yet another high-profile company pulling out of GDC 2020, following Sony, Oculus and others. This year’s event takes place March 16-20. The post Kojima Productions is also skipping GDC 2020 appeared first on VG247.

Rainbow Six Siege developers aware of desire for separate solo queues
Other / 25. 2. 2020

The experience of playing Rainbow Six Siege as a solo player could be getting better soon. One of the more frustrating aspects of Rainbow Six Siege, as in any team-based game, is that you sometimes have to play it alone. Unfortunately, Siege does not queue up solo players with other solos, causing them to instead end up in matches with stacked teams. This is a problem Siege developers are aware of, as it’s not a particularly new issue. However, it looks like players may finally see some changes. The game’s official Twitter replied to a fan asking about the possibility of a solo-only queue, sometimes referred to as a mercenary playlist. “This is something the community has discussed over the past few weeks, and the idea has been passed up the chain to the devs,” the reply reads. This is something the community has discussed over the past few weeks, and the idea has been passed up the chain to the devs. — Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) February 22, 2020 While this may not be enough, it’s a good sign that the problem may not remain there for long. Ubisoft’s teams are placing a bigger focus on the player experience…

New Gameplay Today — Totally Reliable Delivery Service
Other / 25. 2. 2020

Click here to watch embedded media Sometimes, you just have an appetite for nonsensical mayhem. Totally Reliable Delivery Service fills that void and then some, as you and up to three friends can become the world’s worst deliverers. You traverse an open world, drive strange vehicles, and haul packages in the most ridiculous ways. We’re Five Games level designer Brent Boehner joins the show to guide Jeff Cork, Ben Reeves, and Joe Juba through the lunacy while also demonstrating some of the secrets the islands have to offer. If you and your friends want to cause some chaos together, Totally Reliable Delivery Service comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 1, no fooling!

Fortnite Chapter 2’s current season comes to an end this April
Other / 25. 2. 2020

The current season of Fortnite Chapter 2 could come to an end on April 30. The end date for this season, which was initially spotted by PCGamesN, appears in an in-game message when you purchase the Battle Pass. The message refers to a refund policy for the pass and suggests that Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 will come to an end in 10 weeks time. While Epic has yet to publicly announce the end date for this season, it is worth noting that Fortnite seasons typically do run for about 10 weeks – give or take a few weeks of additional development time. The newest season of Fortnite began on February 20. As we reported at the time, this season introduced a bunch of new skins and rewards to collect this season, as well as the introduction of The Agency and a new spy hub called The Hideout. As the season progresses, you can complete missions to earn bonus variations of your skins – either Ghost or Shadow. There are also new LTMs involving massive bombs, hiding in cardboard boxes a la Solid Snake, and a rideable pet. And you can even unlock a Deadpool skin. The post Fortnite Chapter…

“Cosy management game about dying” Spiritfarer gets first gameplay trailer
Other / 25. 2. 2020

Thunder Lotus Games, the Montreal studio behind Jotun and Sundered, has released the first proper gameplay trailer for Spiritfarer, its upcoming “cosy management game about dying”. Spiritfarer casts players as Stellar, a ferrymaster to the deceased, charged with roaming the seas and fulfilling the final requests of lost souls so that they may pass on to the afterlife. “Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers,” explains Thunder Lotus, “create lasting memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends.” That translates to an experience that takes its cue from a variety of genres, bringing in conflict-free platforming, farming, fishing, cooking, mining, crafting, and more. There’s even co-operative play for two players, with one person taking on the role of Daffodil the cat. Some of these elements are giving a gentle airing in Spiritfarer’s beautiful new trailer below. Read more

Overwatch is getting its new experimental mode tomorrow
Other / 24. 2. 2020

Overwatch will finally get its Experimental Card mode on Tuesday, game director Jeff Kaplan has revealed. The upcoming mode will enable players to test out planned changes in a similar vein to a public test realm. But unlike a traditional PTR which is restricted to PC systems, the Experimental mode will be available to all players across all platforms and will be focused on gameplay changes rather than bug testing. In addition, progress made in this mode will apply to levels and special event progress. The first big gameplay experiment will begin with the role queue system, which the Overwatch team hopes to get direct player feedback on. “This was a lot of fun,” Kaplan says in a new video describing the roll queue feature. “It was very controversial on the development team. We have very strong reactions for and against this system, and ultimately at around the same time we had also mentioned to you that were going to do this experimental card… and so many players said, ‘Why don’t you let us try it?’ So this is your chance.” Role queueing lets players select the role they want to play ahead of a match and then assembles a…