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The Outer Worlds 2 announced for PC, Xbox Series X/S

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:10

The Outer Worlds is getting a sequel for PC and Xbox Series X/S. It's called The Outer Worlds 2.

In a humorous CGI trailer, developer Obsidian cheekily acknowledged there was not much else to show of the game as yet, and no word on a release window. Still, it's nice to know its coming.

"New solar system, new crew, same Outer Worlds," the trailer's description reads. "The Outer Worlds 2 is coming... and when that day is closer we will show you more... but until then enjoy this."

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A Plague Tale is getting a sequel next year

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 20:04

Fans of rat-themed stealth-action rejoice! Developer Adobo's enormously enjoyable A Plague Tale is getting a sequel and it's coming to Xbox and PC some time next year.

Picking up after the events of the first game, A Plague Tale: Requiem, as the sequel is known, will follow Amicia and her brother Hugo on a perilous new quest, "doing whatever it takes to survive a brutal, uncaring world."

That's pretty much all we're getting at the moment, but expect plenty more details as A Plague Tale: Requiem readies to launch on Xbox and PC - as well as Game Pass - some time next year.

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Grounded's new update adds sitting, mushrooms and a really big spider

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:58

Grounded, the game about being very small and trapped in your own back yard, is getting a new update. The Shroom & Doom update was announced at this year's Microsoft and Bethesda E3 showcase, and looks really pretty wonderful.

WARNING: BIG SPIDER IN THE TRAILER BELOW.

The update allows for sitting (apparently this was heavily requested), pets and a new giant spider called the Brood Mother. Not fun.

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Hades comes to Xbox and Game Pass in August

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:53

The critically-acclaimed Hades will finally launch for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on 13th August, Microsoft announced in tonight's E3 2021 showcase.

It'll also arrive on that date via Xbox Game Pass, meaning subscribers will get it at no additional cost.

UPDATE: Hades will also launch for PlayStation 4 and 5 on the same date, 13th August, according to the PlayStation blog.

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Doom Eternal's free next-gen update out late June

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:52

Doom Eternal's free next-gen update comes out 29th June for Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation 5, Bethesda has announced.

This update offers improved visuals, increased performance and support for ray-tracing, or 4K resolution at 60fps, or an optional 120fps mode.

The next-gen update is also coming to PC, which adds ray-tracing support on compatible machines.

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Psychonauts 2 gets August release date

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:51

Psychonauts 2 is arriving on 25th August, as announced during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase this evening.

The third-person platformer has seen a series of delays, with developer Double Fine previously explaining that it needed more time to bring it up to standard, and that the studio needed time to adjust to its acquisition by Microsoft. It looks like we'll finally see the results of all this hard work soon, however, and Double Fine provided a fresh peek at Psychonauts 2 with a gameplay trailer shown during the showcase livestream:

"Psychonauts 2 is an exciting journey through the mind filled with the signature Double Fine humor and heart, and a touch of next-level platforming," says the official blog post. "You play as Razputin Aquato, a trained acrobat and powerful young psychic, who has realized his lifelong dream of joining the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts. But these psychic super spies are in trouble. Raz must use his powers to bring the murderous psychic villain, Maligula, back from the dead! Check out the video above and get psyched!"

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Delightfully silly Battlefield 2042 trailer shows of grappling hooks, zipwires, and air-dropped tanks

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:47

Battlefield 2042 got a new trailer in Xbox's E3 showcase, and it's a silly one.

It's all in-game captured footage from an Xbox Series X, showing off the chaos of the game's new 128-person battles and a range of new toys.

The highlights include a tank being air-dropped into battle via parachute, a grappling hook that should open up some new opportunities for the more ingenuitive campers (and anti-campers), some cross-skyscraper ziplines, a desert cyclone, and a rocket launching into the atmosphere. There's a nice tone to it all, too - clearly DICE is aware of the more ridiculous stunts the Battlefield community has become known for pulling off.

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Sea of Thieves is getting a Pirates of the Caribbean crossover next week

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:42

Two swashbuckling worlds are set to collide next Tuesday, 22nd June, when Sea of Thieves joins forces with Disney's Pirate of the Caribbean to go on a grand new adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and friends.

Arriving alongside the third season of content for Rare's multiplayer pirate game, Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life, as the crossover is known, sends players on a new five-episode story campaign, playable either solo or in a crew, involving the world's greatest Pirate Treasure, which Jack Sparrow just so happens to have stolen.

Davy Jones, inevitably, isn't far behind, and the adventure will see players setting sail to visit new locations from both universes - including some from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park rides that didn't quite make it into the movies.

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Apple Repair Tech Posted Woman's Explicit iPhone Photos to Facebook

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:34
"Apple paid a multimillion dollar settlement to a woman after iPhone repair techs posted risque pictures from her phone to Facebook," reports the Washington Post, citing legal documents obtained by the Telegraph. An unnamed Oregon college student "sent her phone to Apple for repairs after it stopped working" in 2016, and the iPhone ended up at Apple-approved repair contractor Pegatron... Two iPhone repair technicians in Sacramento, uploaded "10 photos of her in various stages of undress and a sex video" to her Facebook account, resulting in "severe emotional distress" for the young woman, according to the Telegraph's review of legal records. Pegatron, a major Apple manufacturer with facilities across the globe, had to reimburse Apple for the settlement and face insurers who didn't want to pay for it, according to the news outlet... The settlement isn't the first time Apple has had to handle the misdeeds of employees. In 2019, a California woman alleged that an Apple store employee had texted a private picture on her phone to himself. That employee was no longer working for the company after Apple conducted its investigation. Apple store employees at a Brisbane, Australia, location were fired in 2016 for taking candid pictures of female employees and customers' bodies and stealing photos from consumers' phones to rank their bodies. "Apple keeps a firm grip on the repair of its devices, arguing that allowing only approved retailers and vendors to repair its products ensures the privacy of its customers," the article points out. "The revelation of the lawsuit pokes holes in the company's stance that only authorized retailers can keep customer information secure."

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12 Minutes, the claustrophobic time-loop drama, arrives in August

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:26

12 Minutes, the claustrophobic time-loop thriller set in a single room, will be launching on the 19th of August this year, according to a trailer just dropped in Microsoft and Bethesda's E3 showcase.

The game features Bake-Off talent Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy, alongside Willem Defoe, who was not on Bake-Off. But that hasn't held him back. The game will be out on Xbox and PC, and features a couple facing a home invasion in 12 minute looping bursts.

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Just Cause developer Avalanche announces Contraband

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:25

Avalanche Studios has announced Contraband, a new 1970s co-op open world game coming to PC and Xbox Series X/S.

It looks like this is being published by Xbox Game Studios, so don't expect it to appear on other consoles.

"In Contraband, players will take on the roles of smugglers exploring the fictional Southeast Asian world of 1970s Bayan," a press release states.

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Stalker 2 out April 2022 on Xbox Series X and S and PC

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 19:23

Stalker 2 comes out 28th April 2022 on Xbox Series X and S and PC, Microsoft has announced.

The new trailer, below, shows the first-person game's impressive visuals, creepy monsters and tense gameplay.

Stalker 2 is not coming to Xbox One. The game launches into Xbox Game Pass.

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A Massive Underwater Avalanche Lasted Two Days

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 18:34
Slashdot reader SysEngineer shares this report from the BBC: Scientists are reporting what they say is the longest sediment avalanche yet measured in action. It occurred underwater off West Africa, in a deep canyon leading away from the mouth of the Congo River. Something in excess of a cubic kilometre of sand and mud descended into the deep. This colossal flow kept moving for two whole days and ran out for more than 1,100km across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The event would have gone unrecorded were it not for the fact that the slide broke two submarine telecommunications cables, slowing the internet and other data traffic between Nigeria and South Africa in the process. And also because of the prescient action of researchers who had lined the length of the Congo Canyon with instruments capable of measuring current and sediment velocities.

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Starfield launches November 2022 for PC, Xbox Series X/S

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 18:33

Bethesda's highly anticipated Starfield will launch on 11th November 2022.

Its launch platforms are listed as PC and Xbox Series X/S only. And, of course, it'll be available via Xbox Game Pass.

Starfield's two-minute trailer was posted by The Washington Post an hour ahead of tonight's Xbox and Bethesda livestream. We then saw it confirmed officially at the start of Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda show.

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"Tiny" MMORPG Book of Travels launches into Early Access in August

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 17:43

The hand-painted RPG Book of Travels will release into Early Access on 9th August, 2021.

Book of Travels was originally announced back in September 2019, and came with the curious description of being a TMORPG - a tiny massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. That's reportedly because "players per server are limited and meetings between players will be uncommon".

Here, take a peek:

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Capcom Sued By Photographer Claiming They Used 80 of Her Photos Without Licensing

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 17:34
Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool summarizes a report from Polygon: Photographer Judy Jurasek has sued Capcom for copyright infringement of at least 80 of her photographs in their recent game, Resident Evil: Devil May Cry and other games. Jurasek claims the textures in the video game where copied from her 1996 book Surfaces which contained 1,200 images of surfaces and textures. The book was sold with a CD-ROM with digital copies of the images. Jurasek's damages could total $12M from Devil May Cry alone. Jurasek claims that Capcom never licensed the images for use in their video games. The initial filing is over 100 pages with many detailed photographic examples of her claims. Part of her evidence comes from Capcom's 2020 data breach. The data breach leaked among other things files and filenames of images used by Capcom. At least one filename appears to match those found in the CD-ROM from Surfaces. Jurasek is also seeking additional damages of $2,500 to $25,000 for each used photograph for "false copyright management and removal of copyright management," according to Polygon's report, which says she's alleging her photos were used for "everything from marbled textures to ornate sculptural details that are recognizable and abundant in Capcom games," and even the shattered glass texture used in the Resident Evil 4 logo. A Capcom representative told Polygon that the company is "aware of the lawsuit" and has "no further comment."

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Check out new retro-inspired adventure game, Arietta of Spirits

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 17:13

The "emotion-filled narrative, no-filler gameplay, and fast paced combat" of upcoming adventure game Arietta of Spirits will release on PC and consoles, including Nintendo Switch, later this year.

According to the developer, the game tells the story of Arietta and her family, "visiting their Grandmother's cabin for the first time after her passing away a year prior".

"However, the family trip takes an unexpected turn when Arietta meets a mysterious new friend and gains the ability to see strange spirits that inhabit the island," the description explains.

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E3 2021: Xbox and Bethesda Showcase live report

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 17:05

Here come the big guns! Join us live from 6pm BST.

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New Study: Only 33% Would Opt For Immortality

Slashdot - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 16:34
Captain Kirk once said "The trouble with immortality is it's boring." But how many people agree with him? Long-time Slashdot reader tinkers shares one answer. University of Texas scientists surveyed more than 900 adults living in the U.S. — and discovered that only 33% of them would be willing to take an immortality pill if one existed. But then they broke down the results into different age groups. From The Independent: One group was younger people, between the ages of 18 and 29, another group of senior citizens whose average age was 72, and a third group made up of individuals whose average age was 88. Each of the groups reached a majority consensus that they would not want to live forever. However, among the youngest group and oldest group there were differences in what age they would prefer to be "frozen" at by a theoretical immortality pill. The younger group chose the age of 23, while the oldest group picked 42... The youngest group had the largest number of individuals saying they would want to live forever, with 34% saying they would take an immortality pill. Another 40% said they would not take one, and 26% said they were unsure. The middle group saw slightly fewer people willing to live forever, with 32% saying they would take the pill, and 43% saying they would not. A quarter of the the respondents said they were unsure. The oldest group saw the fewest number of those interested in eternal life, with only 24% saying they would agree to take the pill. More than half — 59% — said they would not take it, with only 17% saying they were unsure.... Differences in responses emerged along gender lines as well, with more men saying they would take the pill than women.

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Far Cry 6's season pass will include a remastered copy of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Eurogamer - Sun, 13/06/2021 - 15:43

Far Cry 6's season pass will include a remastered copy of fan-favourite Far Cry 3 DLC, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Confirmation came during a reveal of Far Cry 6's season pass details, which also showed that the DLC lets you play as Vaas, Pagan Min, and Joseph Seed - villains from previous Far Cry games.

While, admittedly, the teaser doesn't tell us much, the neon colours that come in 30 seconds before the end of the trailer are unmistakable. Here, take a look:

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