Author - Jerry Paxton

GTFO Gets Massive Update this Month

March 18, 2020 Swedish independent game developer 10 Chambers Collective – formed in 2015 by nine industry veterans known for titles such as PAYDAY: The Heist and PAYDAY 2 – released their first game GTFO, a 4-player co-op action/horror FPS, as Early Access in December last year. It’s been described as “Left 4 Dead meets Aliens”, and on March 31st it’s getting a massive update as a part of their Rundown concept, where the game is regularly updated with new expeditions (i.e. maps, enemies, etc.) that replace the previous ones. The new update, which has been in development since November, includes a new environment laid out over 10 new maps, new weapons, enemies and objectives – and today they are teasing it by releasing a developer playthrough of one of the new levels.

GTFO is a 4-player co-op action/horror FPS game, made for hardcore gamers looking for a challenge. The game takes place in a terrifying underground facility called “the Complex”, where your team’s survival relies on your ability to communicate, coordinate – and count your bullets, as ammunition is scarce. Today, they are showing a recorded gameplay session the developers had, revealing the first expedition of their next big update (Rundown #002), which will be named “Infection” – hinting its theme.

In the video, you can see the group of four put on the objective to locate a “TERMINAL_546” and from that, establish an external uplink. It’s up to the team to find out how to get to this terminal, GTFO doesn’t give any waypoints or name clues. This can involve looking for signs on walls and doors, and to type in commands on computers placed out over the maps, called Terminals.

“GTFO doesn’t hold any hands and places demand on cooperation from the start; communicate with your team to find out if they see any signs on the walls or doors, to make progress. On this particular level we’re playing in the video, a new puzzle is introduced where everyone needs to cooperate to establish an external uplink form a terminal. One team member will need to type in commands that are only visible on the screens of the three other players – who will need to shout them, while also combating an onslaught of monsters. It gets intense, as you can see in the video”, Ulf Andersson, founder of 10 Chambers, says.

Visible in the video are also two new weapons, a machine pistol, and a burst rifle. When it releases – and is made available free for everyone that owns GTFO – on March 31st, it will also include a total of 10 new maps, some of them needing unlocking, new enemies and objectives.

“The update will include 10 new maps in total but we’re trying out an exciting new feature as well, that we call Community Lock. When we release the update, it will have a number of the maps unlocked. When a certain number of people have completed the first batch of levels, the rest will be unlocked as well”, says Simon Viklund, co-founder of 10 Chambers. “We hope this will encourage even more help and engagement between our community members, which we have seen a lot of already – and we feel very grateful to have such a nice and friendly community.”

GTFO already has a very active community, especially on Discord where they’re one of the largest servers right now with over 175 000 members. This is used for people to find new team members as well as discussing the game or helping new people understand the game.

This new update, named Infection (Rundown #002), will be available March 31st, 1 PM CET, to everyone that owns GTFO Early Access.

GTFO Early Access is available on Steam for $34,99. The game will be regularly updated with new content.

SnowRunner Gameplay Overview Trailer Released

March 17, 2020 – SnowRunner, the new off-road driving experience from Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive, is just a few weeks away, but you can find out everything you need to know about how it works now with the game’s new Overview Trailer!

SnowRunner puts you behind the wheel of 40 heavy-duty, customizable, off-road vehicles from makers like Chevrolet, Caterpillar, Freightliner and more in some of the world’s most unforgiving environments. Explore three new regions with 11 interconnected sandbox maps, bringing you more than three times the square mileage of the original MudRunner for a true test of how you fare against the elements.

Master extreme hazards like snowbanks, ice, rivers and mud — each with their own unique physics and challenges — to get the job done as cleanly as possible. SnowRunner offers a huge variety of missions to take on alone or with friends online in fully synchronous four-player co-op multiplayer! And with mod support at launch on PC made possible by a new partnership with mod.io, you’ll be able to expand your experience even further with great content from the community.

SnowRunner is coming April 28 to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. SnowRunner: Premium Edition includes the base game and its season pass, which will deliver new vehicles, maps, activities and more after release. Pre-orders and an exclusive pre-order bonus are available via the game’s official store.

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition Announcement Trailer

Prague, Czech Republic – March 13, 2020 – 1C Entertainment and Snowhound Games announce Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is coming for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Switch. Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is set to release March 24th and be priced at $24.99 USD / 24,99 EUR.

Check out the trailer:

Following Deep Sky Derelicts initial launch into Steam Early Access in 2017 and its positive reception by fans of tactical rogue-like RPGs, the game has been requested by numerous players to hit the shelves of Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch stores. Since its successful release on PC, Deep Sky Derelicts has been remarkably polished, expanded, and enhanced with fresh content and multiple new features, which now creates a perfect moment to gratify the console gamers and finally bring it on their favorite platforms!

In a grim dystopian future, mankind has scattered across the galaxy and human society has split into two distinct classes. You are a poor, stateless outcast forced to live off scraps from derelict stations and ships in outer space. A fabled alien derelict ship rumored to be hidden within the Deep Sky sector of space is your ticket for citizenship and a cozy life on a hospitable planet.

Begin your search by building a crack team of scavengers, then enhance their skills and equipment through exploring decrepit space stations, hazardous planets, and derelict alien ships. Fight monsters for loot and return to home base to upgrade your gear, all in distinctive retro-futuristic comic book art style.

Experience Deep Sky Derelicts in its ultimate, definitive edition, which combines the overhauled base game with its two DLCs: New Prospects and Station Life. Both additions bring new gameplay features, character upgrades, home base improvements, monsters, missions and much more!

Key Features:

  • Enhanced base game and two DLC packs included
  • Fresh take on turn-based combat with cards
  • Dynamic sci-fi comic book look & feel
  • Endless customization options for characters and scavenging teams
  • High replay value thanks to procedurally generated content
  • Dozens of enthralling little stories of the outcast life in the grim Deep Sky universe
  • Two game modes: Story Campaign and Arena

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is developed by Snowhound Games and published by 1C Entertainment. The title is rated PEGI 12 – Violence and Bad Language.

Tour de France 2020 Announcement Trailer

Lesquin, France, March 12, 2020 – NACON and Cyanide are delighted to announce that their two cycling simulations will return this year: Tour de France 2020 and Pro Cycling Manager 2020!

Take your team to the top in Pro Cycling Manager 2020

Become the manager of a professional cycling team, string together victories and take it to the very top of the rankings. Building on the strong foundations of this successful series, Pro Cycling Manager 2020 provides the chance to take part in all 21 official stages of the Tour de France and over 230 races – a total of 650 stages. New features have been added to the game, including:

  • Managing the morale of your cyclists in career mode to recreate this essential aspect of real races
  • A new stage planning system to help assign your team members
  • A more dynamic and aggressive AI that forces you to adapt and improve your strategy in real time
  • Experience the intensity of the Grande Boucle from inside the peloton with Tour de France 2020

Pedal into the thick of the action as a cyclist for one of the top teams in the Tour de France. Elbow to elbow in the peloton, experience the attacks, breakaways, sprints and other tense situations of this famous race. You will need to optimise your tactics and stamina management to slip on the iconic yellow jersey.

Multiple improvements and new features have been added to Tour de France 2020, including:

  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège (“The Old Lady”) added, a 266km race of steep climbs
  • A redesigned interface that provides better anticipation of the course and position of competitors
  • A deeper time-trial where posture and sprint management are crucial for success
  • A more realistic AI that grabs any attack opportunity
  • A unique immersive aspect thanks to a new feature that will be revealed soon

Tour de France 2020 and Pro Cycling Manager 2020 will be available on June 4, 2020 for consoles (PlayStation®4 and Xbox One) and PC.

DOOM Eternal Official Launch Trailer

March 12, 2020 – The time of the Slayer is now. DOOM Eternal releases next week, and to celebrate, we are pleased to present the Official Launch Trailer in all its vicious glory. Rip and tear through heaven and hell, featuring more demons, more Glory Kills, gigantic behemoths, never-before-seen environments and more in id Software’s biggest and most ambitious game to date.

Check out the Official Launch Trailer for DOOM Eternal here:

DOOM Eternal, E3 2019’s Best Action Game and Best PC Game, releases next week on March 20, 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia with Nintendo Switch releasing at a later date.

Comanche Now in Early Access

Hannover, Germany / Vienna, Austria, March 12th, 2020 – Engines: ready! Weapons: ready! Companion Drone: ready! Pilots: are you ready? Comanche lifts-off today for a routine Early Access Launch on Steam. Mission goals are: generate fun among players. Gather feedback. Return to base and update strategy according to the feedback & upgrade the game regularly.

Comanche is now available on Steam for € 19.99 / $ 19.99 / £ 17.99 / 999.00 Rub. Head over to the Steam-Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/879000/Comanche/

What’s in the Early Access Version now?
At the start of the Early Access Phase Comanche will offer 3 different game modes:

Singleplayer
As requested by the community, Comanche will get a singleplayer campaign. Starting with one mission available from March 12th on, developer Nukklear will add new missions on a regular basis.

Multiplayer
The 4vs4 team-based multiplayer will start with two modes, one called Black Box, the other Infiltration. In Black Box, the goal is to collect more black boxes from destroyed Comanches with your drone. You can collect both enemy and friendly black boxes using the drone, so this mode guarantees intense team fights at close range. Infiltration again combines helicopter combat and drone piloting: your objective is to either defend or infiltrate a base. Attackers must place an EMP, defenders must disarm it.

Flight & Combat Training
In a variety of different missions, you can learn how to fly your Comanche and its drone to familiarise yourself with the flight controls and how to maneuver in combat. As Comanche requires some practice before you become a good pilot, we highly recommend players check out the training missions.

Available Helicopters & Drones
Five Comanches and four drones will be available at the Early Access launch, all coming with specific weapons, abilities and strengths and weaknesses. Each type of Comanche has a certain role to fulfill in the team-based combat and is suitable for a special type of player, so choose your favorite.

What to expect in the next months?
The developer has defined a roadmap for the next months of Early Access but we really want to emphasize, that the community will have a voice in the development process. Here is the roadmap:

Garmin Unveils the zūmo XT All-Terrain GPS

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the zūmo XT all-terrain GPS motorcycle navigator, designed to help riders venture on and off the beaten path. The glove-friendly zūmo XT touchscreen introduces a new ultra-bright 5.5-inch display with crisp HD resolution. Designed to withstand the most rigorous weather and rough terrain, the rugged zūmo XT is rain-resistant1 and forged to military grade 810G drop test standards. Riders will also appreciate the zūmo XT’s versatility, with a quick push of a button they can easily toggle through street map views, topographic maps, or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for the best possible view of their route.

“The zūmo XT is able to take on any type of adventure, regardless of the weather or rugged terrain, it’s ready to venture wherever the rider chooses,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With its new, larger display offering an impressive ultra-bright touchscreen, riders will have the advantage of easily seeing their screen even on bright sunny days. Visibility of the route ahead is further enhanced with a choice to mount zūmo XT in traditional landscape or portrait mode.”

The zūmo XT boasts an impressive feature set, starting with new Garmin Adventurous Routing™ options that find the most thrilling and scenic routes. Adventure riders – seeking more than spoken turn-by-turn street directions from their zūmo navigators – can explore new places thanks to preloaded topographic maps that show public land boundaries, 4×4 roads, and much more. Garmin Explore™2 helps adventure seekers easily plan trips and later access routes, tracks, and waypoints across their electronic devices including the zūmo XT, a smartphone3 or a computer. In addition, riders can access stunning Birdseye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads that do not require a subscription.

Sight-seeing has never been simpler with the zūmo XT’s lineup of options that include the HISTORY® database of notable sites, iOverlander™ points of interest, Ultimate Public Campgrounds, a U.S. National Parks directory, TripAdvisor® traveler ratings and Foursquare® content – offering millions of popular places to explore.

Storing or sharing adventures is a snap with the new track recorder option built into the navigator. Users can wirelessly import3 their favorite tried-and-true GPX files after pairing their phones to the zūmo XT using the free Garmin Drive™ app. Additionally, the convenient Garmin Drive app will allow riders access to smart notifications, real-time fuel prices, and live4 traffic and weather.

Designed with built-in convenience, the zūmo XT offers a number of safety features, including Bluetooth® hands-free calling5, rider alerts for potential hazards6, automatic incident notifications for family or loved ones in case an incident occurs, and the option to pair the zūmo XT with a compatible7 Garmin inReach Satellite Communicator for two-way texting, critical location sharing, and interactive SOS. Motorcyclists can stream their favorite music tracks on their smartphones through the zūmo XT or by utilizing the MP3 music files stored on the navigator. Built-in Wi-Fi® allows riders to easily update the maps and software on the zūmo XT without the hassle of using a computer. Riders can hardwire the device to constant power or rely on the zūmo XT’s extended battery life that can last up to 6 hours (3.5 hours with backlight settings at 100 percent brightness).

The zūmo XT is expected to be available in March with a suggested retail price of $499.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/zūmo.

E3 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

WASHINGTON – MARCH 11, 2020 – After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.

Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds.

We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3expo.com.

We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Reveal Trailer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Welcome back Commanders! In celebration of the Command & Conquer™ 25th anniversary, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) today announced the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, a compilation of the iconic real-time strategy (RTS) games that defined a generation will be available June 5 worldwide on PC via Origin™ and Steam, and as part of an Origin Access Premier subscription. Comprised of Command & Conquer: Tiberian DawnCommand & Conquer: Red Alert and their three expansion packs – Covert OpsCounterstrike and The Aftermath – the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is a passion project between EA and some of the original Westwood Studios team members at Petroglyph.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is being created alongside the C&C community, where the project was publicly revealed in October 2018 to gather community insight before development began. An active Community Council has been involved since early pre-production with 24/7 access to the development team. The title features rebuilt graphics and textures with support up to 4K resolution, along with an over seven-hour soundtrack remastered by the renowned original composer Frank Klepacki. The community has helped shape the enhancements of the game through highly requested features like revamped UI, updated controls and a Map Editor for fans to showcase their creations. Multiplayer has been rebuilt from the ground up to support a modern online experience with custom games, 1v1 quick match, Elo-based matchmaking, leaderboards, replays and much more.

“Our team has been working hand-in-hand with the C&C community since day one and we hope this transparent dialogue will result in the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection being a love letter to our fans,” said Jim Vessella, Lead Producer at EA. “We’re taking the classic gameplay that ushered in a new era of the RTS genre and adding the most fan requested features like Skirmish mode for Tiberian Dawn, quality of life control improvements, and full Steam integration with UGC support. For me personally, having been a C&C fan since I was 12 years old in 1995, working with the original Westwood Studios team members at Petroglyph has been a dream come true.”

Pre-orders for the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection digital edition and physical Collector’s Editions are available now, please visit the Command and Conquer website. The pre-orders include:

  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection (Digital) – $19.99 USD – Only available on Origin and Steam and includes the remastered versions of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, plus all three expansion packs (Covert OperationsCounterstrike, and The Aftermath), and tons of bonus features and improvements.
  • Special Edition (Physical) – $59.99 USD – Only available on Limited Run Games, this edition comes in a 2-piece big box with embossing treatments and includes a Steam digital download code, Tiberium crystal 16GB USB drive with remastered original soundtrack (119 tracks, over 7 hours of music including the album, “Frank Klepecki and the Tiberian Sons: Celebrating 25 Years of Command & Conquer”); reversible 18” X 24” poster, four factional enamel pins, tech tree prints (one for each faction), and faction sticker sheet.
  • 25th Anniversary Edition (Physical) – $149.99 USD – Only available on Limited Run Games, this edition includes all items in the Special Edition plus a beautiful foil and embossed rigid box, six-disc remastered original soundtrack signed by Frank Klepacki, 100+ page art book, four faction patches, reversible beanie, metal mammoth tank replica, and painted PVC light and sound tesla coil and obelisk replicas.

The Command & Conquer series helped cement the foundation of the RTS genre’s core gameplay when Command & Conquer: Tiberium Dawn was released in 1995, introducing innovative faction mechanics with asymmetric unit creation and technology trees for a highly strategic experience. In addition to gameplay, the series pushed the boundaries for storytelling with its unique and lighthearted full-motion video (FMV) cutscenes, ultimately creating one of the most recognized villains in games with Kane, the megalomaniac leader of The Brotherhood of Nod. In Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, Earth has been overrun by Tiberium and while GDI (Global Defense Initiative) aims to contain the material, The Brotherhood of Nod looks to harness its power, leading to all-out war between the factions. Command & Conquer: Red Alert is set in an alternate universe where the Soviet Union wages war on the Allies in a fun, action-packed, tactical RTS game.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is being developed by Petroglyph, Lemon Sky Studios, and EA, including some of the original Westwood Studios team members at Petroglyph, and will be available on PC via Origin and Steam on June 5. Origin Access Premier subscribers will also get full access to the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on PC on June 5 for as long as they are subscribed. For more information on Command & Conquer Remastered Collection and to stay up to date on development updates to the community, please visit: https://www.commandandconquer.com.

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 2020 Tasting Event

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boyseberry Festival is back for 2020 and starts on March 20th, a short week and change away. Last week, we got the chance to checkout some of the park’s new boysenberry-infused food items that you can expect to find when you visit. Walking into the park’s Wilderness Dance Hall, we found a multitude of food stations setup with various items. In the center of the hall stood a table containing a huge array of items for photo-taking. Unfortunately, most of those were not available for tasting (which is a shame as they all looked incredible).

Food Table Photos

As you can see, the two foot long hot dog with boysenberry bun is back as well as boysenberry elote. Personally, I can’t wait to try the boysenberry churro and crepe. But, I digress…

We did get to sample some of the items, including beef tips with boysenberry mashed potatoes (my favorite of the evening) as well as brussel sprouts topped with a boysenberry glaze. The beef tips were incredible, the BBQ sauce used on them was sweet yet savory. However, the mashed potatoes were an “interesting” culinary experience. The sweetness of the boysenberry was undercut by whole seeds which, in mashed potatoes, is not my favorite texture. Out behind the hall was a beer garden which served boysenberry beer and cider – both were outstanding and, as I learned at the event, the beer is served year-round at the park. Its notes of boysenberry are more pronounced than I expected and I can’t wait to sample some more on my next visit.

Over at the merchandise table, Knott’s Berry Farm has set up a variety of items that will be on sale during the Boysenberry Festival, including boysenberry sarsaparilla, a special event pin, boysenberry toffee, and a whole lot more. They are even rolling out some boysenberry lavender body lotion for the event.

Merchandise Table Photos

In short, there is truly something for everyone no matter what table you’re looking at. Of course, during the actual Boysenberry Festival, you’ll find these food and merchandise items scattered throughout the entire park, so consult your map when you arrive as you’ll want to plan your route accordingly. Some of the food kiosk lines can get rather long on busy days, so hit the ones you really want to try first.

The upcoming Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm runs from March 20th through April 19th. You can find out event hours, ticket information, and more over at the park’s official website.