Here's a look at Life is Strange: True Colors' powers in action

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 22:32

Tonight brought us a first look at Life is Strange: True Colors' new special power of empathy, in fresh gameplay shown during the Square Enix Presents E3 showcase.

True Colors protagonist Alex Chen has had this power for some time - unlike in previous Life is Strange games - but is only learning to control it now as she uses it to uncover the true story of her brother's mysterious death.

You'll hear people's inner thoughts, and use this to learn secrets - though what you do with this information is up to you. Powerful emotions will let Alex experience someone's emotional state, and see a changed version of her surroundings, but also put Alex in a place where she's experiencing that emotion too.

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Here's a first look at Team Ninja's Final Fantasy spin-off Stranger of Paradise

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 22:25

Back in May, rumours began circulating that Square Enix was collaborating with Nioh developer Team Ninja on an action-focussed Final Fantasy spin-off titled Final Fantasy Origin. Well, it turns out those rumours weren't far off at all! Square has now officially unveiled Team Ninja's action-RPG Final Fantasy spin-off, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins.

Stranger of Paradise follows a band of adventurers who, as the trailer repeatedly reminds us, want to kill chaos. Or at least stab it in the face a few times until its head pops off. "Jack and his allies, Ash and Jed, burn with resolve to defeat Chaos as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine," Square elaborates in its announcement, "Yet doubts remain-are they truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold?".

May's rumours suggested the game would slot into the action sub-genre occupied by the likes of Team Ninja's Nioh games and From Software's Souls series, albeit with a more accessible focus, and today's reveal appears to support that. Square is promising "exhilarating, action-packed battles" against iconic Final Fantasy monsters in a "world of dark fantasy".

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Life is Strange Remastered Collection releases this September

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 22:15

The remastered versions of the original Life is Strange and its prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm now have a release date of 30th September.

As announced during Square Enix's E3 showcase, the two remastered games will be available as part of a Life is Strange Remastered Collection. Players can expect to find "updated visuals across characters and environments," including "vastly improved character animation using full facial mocap performance" and "updated and refined" gameplay puzzles.

The Life is Strange Remastered Collection is already available to pre-order, and will launch on PC, Stadia, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection will also be available as part of the Ultimate Edition of Life is Strange: True Colors, which launches a little earlier on 10th September.

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Here's our first look at Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:56

Square Enix has shown off the Black Panther expansion for Marvel's Avengers.

During its E3 showcase, Square Enix released a new cinematic trailer that gives us a look at this upcoming free expansion.

"Black Panther must defend Wakanda from Klaw, who seeks to steal Vibranium for his own desires," reads the official blurb.

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Hitman Sniper: The Shadows loses Agent 47, sets up new spin-off universe

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:55

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is a free-to-play mobile spin-off without hero Agent 47, developed by Hitman Go developer Square Enix Montreal.

Formerly titled Project Hitman Sniper Assassins, the game will take place in a new fictional universe unrelated to the main Hitman series or Hitman Sniper.

Instead of Agent 47, who has disappeared, you'll follow a new group of assassins - Soji, Kiya, Kolzak, Knight, and Stone - activated by the International Contract Agency (ICA) following the rise of a new criminal network.

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Babylon's Fall is coming to PS5

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:50

Platinum Games' long-awaited Square Enix title Babylon's Fall is now coming to PS5 as well as PS4 and PC. This was announced during Square Enix's E3 showcase this evening.

The game's also going live-service. The publisher treated audiences to a fairly brief trailer, featuring in-game footage of a frantic 3D action game with lots of armour and magical lightning and some decent operatic music. A follow-up developer interview revealed a game in which teams of players enjoy hack-and-slash combat and explore dungeons in groups of four. These dungeons are located on different floors of a giant tower, and end with a boss.

Regular updates will allow for new moves that can be equipped as skills. There's a focus on character customisation and crafting, and a massive emphasis on builds, due to a "Gideon coffin" the characters wear that allows them to equip two additional weapons alongside the weapons they hold in their hands, and, I think, swing them about independently, a la Astral Chain. The game will ship with five weapon types, and there will be a website that allows players to tweak their builds while they're away from the game.

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Pakistan Province May Block SIM Cards of Citizens Who Didn't Get Covid-19 Vaccines

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:48
The government in Pakistan's largest province, Punjab, has decided to block SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens, reports the Hindustan Times (one of the largest newspapers in India), citing reports from news agency ANI. Dr. Rashid, the provincial health minister in Pakistan's Punjab, said that there has been a "considerable decrease" in Covid-19 cases in the province due to mass vaccinations. However, a report compiled by the Punjab primary health department shows that the province still failed to achieve its set target for Covid-19 vaccination, reports ARY News, adding that around 300,000 recipients of the first dose of the vaccine never returned for the second dose since the start of Pakistan's mass inoculation drive on February 2.

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Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster coming soon to PC and mobile

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:43

Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster.

This collection includes remasters of the first six Final Fantasy games. It's due out soon on PC via Steam and mobile, Square Enix said. Consoles weren't mentioned, unfortunately.

The trailer is below:

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Square Enix's Guardians of the Galaxy is single-player, without DLC or microtransactions

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:35

The fact there's a new Guardians of the Galaxy game from Eidos Montreal may not come as too much of a surprise. Its existence, as the second game in Square Enix's big Marvel deal following Avengers, has been an open secret for some time.

But what you may not have expected, and what I will be a welcome surprise to those who bounced off of Avengers' controversial live game concept, is how this Guardians game will actually play.

Guardians of the Galaxy will launch on 26th October for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S as a single-player, story-driven third person action-adventure. After launch, developer Eidos Montreal has promised, it will not have DLC or any microtransactions. Huh!

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SumTotal's 'ToolBook' (Older RAD/Content Authoring Tool) Is Approaching Its End-of-Life

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 21:05
Long-time Slashdot reader thegreatbob writes: The old RAD/content authoring system, ToolBook, appears to be entering the final phase of its EOL process. Sumtotal/Skillsoft (the current owner, under which meaningful development effectively ceased) 'may' refuse software activations after the end of 2021, and does not provide a format-compatible replacement. Similarly, they are halting their support services, and will not allow contracts to be renewed. This may have significant ramifications for the education/training sector, and I have reason to believe that the body of the work dependent on this software is significantly larger than one might expect out of a wayward VisualBasic competitor from the 90s. The software, which was offered for sale until relatively recently (I'm unsure of the date of cutoff), has not received an update since 2014, nor a major version update since 2011. As such, I'd like to increase the visibility of this particular EOL, in the hopes that interested parties will take notice and have an opportunity to begin the process of moving their courseware out of this format... If one has never encountered this software before, it is "interesting", to say the least, as is the history of Asymetrix (one of Paul Allen's ventures) and later Sumtotal Systems, through 90s and early 2000s. If one does not care to look into it, it can be thought of as some sort of bizarro-world amalgam of features from Visual Basic and HyperCard.

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Microsoft's impressive list of Xbox Game Pass games just got even better

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:56

Microsoft confirmed a number of games set for Xbox Game Pass in 2021 and beyond during its E3 show.

Today, 13th June, Yakuza: Like a Dragon hits Xbox Game Pass. This one leaked yesterday.

On 22nd June, Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance comes out as a day one Xbox Game Pass title. We knew about this one already.

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Redfall is a vampire-shooting game by Arkane, releasing in 2022

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:49

The Bethesda and Xbox showcase ended with a twist this evening, with the announcement of a brand-new game from Dishonored and Prey developer Arkane Studios.

Titled Redfall, the game is an open-world co-op shooter arriving in summer 2022. It's being developed by Arkane Austin, and judging by the trailer, it looks like it will feature... well, a lot of vampires and shooting.

While we don't yet know exactly what the gameplay will look like, it will feature co-op with up to four players. "Redfall blends single and multiplayer options seamlessly, allowing the player to venture into the darkness alone or to squad-up with up to three friends for four-player co-op", a Bethesda press release explained. "Teammates can try different hero loadouts and combine their strengths to overcome the vampire legion and their brood of maniacal followers."

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Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X/S gets July release date

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:36

Developer Asobo's jaw-droppingly beautiful Microsoft Flight Simulator finally has a console release date, and will be coming to Xbox Series X/S on 27th July.

Microsoft Flight Simulator received much praise when it launched on PC at the end of last year, in large part thanks to its utterly staggering rendition of the entire world - one that Asobo has continued to build on with regular free sim updates and visual overhauls for the likes of Japan, the United States, France, Benelux, the UK, and Ireland.

"From light planes to wide-body jets," explains Microsoft of its flight sim, "you'll test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time weather, including accurate worldwide cloud cover and cloud layers, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rain, and lightning - all in a dynamic and living world. With the power of satellite data and cloud-based AI, you'll travel the entire planet in amazing detail with over 37,000 airports, 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings, real mountain ranges, roads, trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and more."

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Also Leaving Freenode: FSF, GNU, plus Linux and Python support channels

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:34
Freenode's Linux support channel has an official web page at, which now bears this announcement: 22+ year old ##linux on freenode has been seized by freenode staff The community's (multi-platform) site reminds visitors of the alternative channels #linux on Libera and Linux.Chat on Discord. But they're not the only ones making changes. "[T]he FSF and GNU have decided to relocate our IRC channels to Libera.Chat," reads an official announcement on the FSF blog. "Effective immediately, Libera is the official home of our channels, which include but are not limited to all those in the #fsf, #gnu, and #libreplanet namespaces." As we have had nearly twenty years of positive experiences with the Freenode staff, most of whom now comprise the staff of the Libera network, we are confident in their technical and interpersonal expertise, as well as their ability to make the network as long-lasting and integral to the free software community as they made Freenode. We look forward to joining the large number of free software and free culture projects who have already made Libera.Chat their home, and hope to stay there for many years to come. Also making a move: freenode's #Python channel. Software developer Ned Batchelder, one of the channel's operators (and also an architect at edX), shared a recent experience in a new blog post this morning. When they'd decided to move #python to the new network (run by former Freenode staffers), they also stayed in Freenode's channel "to let people know where everyone had gone." Yesterday, after a heated debate in the Freenode channel where I was accused of splitting the community, I got k-lined (banned entirely from Freenode). The reason given was "spamming", because of my recurring message about the move to Libera. Then the entire Freenode #python channel was closed... Was it malice or was it mistake? Does it matter? It's not a good way to run a network. After the channel was closed, people asking staff about what happened were banned from asking. That wasn't a mistake... [T]he new staff seems to be using force to silence people asking questions. It's clear that transparency is not a strong value for them. Setting aside network drama, the big picture here is that the Freenode #python community isn't split: it's alive and well. It's just not on Freenode anymore, it's on Libera. Freenode was a good thing. But the domain name of the server was the least important part of it, just a piece of technical trivia. There's no reason to stick with Freenode just because it is called Freenode. As with any way of bringing people together, the important part is the people. If all of the people go someplace else, follow them there, and continue. See you on Libera.

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E3 2021: Square Enix Presents live report

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:29

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Fallout 3's The Pitt hits Fallout 76 in 2022

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:28

Fallout 3's The Pitt hits Fallout 76 in 2022.

The Pitt was the second add-on for Fallout 3, Bethesda's 2008 sci-fi role-playing game. It was an atmospheric setting that depicted post-nuclear Pittsburgh.

The Pitt arrives as an Expedition for Fallout 76. It's a free update that will, for the first time, take players outside of Appalachia. Expeditions are story driven, repeatable missions to various locales in the Fallout universe - starting with The Pitt in 2022. The trailer is below:

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Diablo 2: Resurrected launches September

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:20

The remastered Diablo 2: Resurrected will finally spring back to life on 23rd September, for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

As we knew already, this refreshed version of the 20-year-old classic will also include its Lord of Destruction expansion. You'll also be able to swap back and forth between the game's up-to-4K resolution or original 800x600 look.

There will also be a Diablo Prime Evil Collection, containing Diablo 2: Resurrected and Diablo 3 Eternal Collection. Pre-order either and you'll get early access to the game's August open beta test on certain platforms.

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Forza Horizon 5 heads to Mexico, launches in November

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:19

Forza Horizon 5 has been announced for PC, Xbox One and Series X, to launch on 9th November this year.

It's set in Mexico, and looks beautiful in gameplay shown today during Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda E3 showcase.

Developed once again by Playground Games, it'll be the largest game in the series with the most diverse array of environments to date, Playground said. Expect deserts, jungles, beaches, modern day cities, ancient ruins and a volcano.

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Age of Empires 4 releases this October

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:13

Age of Empires 4 releases 28th October, 2021 - here's a shiny new gameplay trailer that came with the announcement during Xbox's E3 conference.

The trailer itself showed off some naval battles, all kinds of horse, camel and elephant cavalry, and some notable historical figures, like Joan of Arc.

There was also plenty of siege and town-based action, and lots of people in armour running at each other on nice grassy hills, which is exactly what we want.

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First look at Halo Infinite multiplayer

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:11

Microsoft has offered a first look at Halo Infinite multiplayer.

The video, below, shows some gameplay from the player's perspective, with lots of non-gameplay angles, too.

Halo Infinite, due out "holiday 2021" on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as Xbox Game Pass day one, offers free-to-play multiplayer.

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