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As they developed and updated Prison Architect, Introversion co-founders Chris Delay and Mark Morris regularly posted videos in which they showed off what they’re doing. They’ve got the easy rapport you’d expect from any two guys who’ve been working together for fifteen plus years. And English accents, to boot. Those videos come to a halt today. With the last update to Prison Architect, they’re signing off for the time being. But before they go, they’ll give you a look at what might be Introversion’s next game. Scanner Sombre and Wrong Wire are design prototypes that, like everything else Introversion does, is nothing like what Introversion does.

If you’re so inclined, you can vote for your favorite here. I picked the one that didn’t require any knowledge of wires and voltage.

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Back when Microsoft first announced that Halo 5: Guardians’ Forge map editing utility would be coming to Windows 10 as a free download, the creative community was excited by the possibilities. That excitement was tempered by PC gamers wondering yet again why the latest Halo game was not going to actually be playable on their preferred platform, especially in light of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere strategy. Forza and Gears of War are coming to PC, so why not Halo?

Fret not! Along with map editing, the ability to play custom multiplayer matches is coming with Halo 5: Forge on Windows 10. Forgers (that’s what I’m calling them) will be able to host games with up to 16 players. Like Bethesda’s mod system on the Xbox One and Steam versions of Fallout 4, Halo 5’s community content browser will span across both platforms.

Halo 5: Forge will be available on September 8th for Windows 10 PCs. A related Halo App will also be available at that time.

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The Ashes of Ariandel DLC for Dark Souls 3 is coming. Besides snowy locales and new armor sets, weapons, and magic, the DLC offers a gentle welcome to new players. It appears to be meant for kids or Pokemon Go fans. There’s some guy with a magic wand. Another with a big cup. Everyone looks like they want to give the player a hug. But really, what can one expect from a game with such an easy difficulty in the first place? This is a game that almost plays itself, trying to “git gud” at being a challenge. How cute!

Ashes of Ariandel for Dark Souls 3 launches on October 25th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Offworld Trading Company, Mohawk Games’ genius take on martian mining and economic strategy, is leaving the surly bonds of Mars in its latest DLC. The Ceres Initiative takes venture capitalists to the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Besides a palette shift to grays and blues, the new location brings with it new challenges that will force players to change their safe strategies. Since resources can diminish over time on Ceres, companies must be prepared to either modify their manufacturing chains as shipments deplete, or they must seek out new sources of raw material. Wind turbines are not possible on the dwarf planet, meaning that an early source of easy energy is denied. Ceres also presents opportunities in the form of a new building, the nuclear power plant, and newly discovered pockets of uranium.

The Ceres Initiative is available on Steam or through Stardock’s site.

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PlayStation plus is about to get more expensive. On September 22nd, the console subscription service is going up in price by $10. That’s $59.99 for a year of membership. Sony says you’ll still get all the stuff you’re currently enjoying on PlayStation Plus, just at a slightly higher premium.

This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.

Although you can usually find a better deal for subscription codes by scouring the usual sites on the internet, you can count on even those discounts going up a bit when the official change kicks in. The good news is that if Sony follows the precedent, the next price increase won’t happen until at least 2024.

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That image is something you may see in your Titanfall 2 multiplayer game. Buffalo Wild Wings will be offering codes for exclusive in-game “nose art” to decorate your mechs. Amble over to your local wingery starting on October 28th to November 30th and you can grab some cosmetic DLC with your bourbon honey chicken wings. Oh, but the cross-promotional fun doesn’t stop there!

In addition, Buffalo Wild Wings will feature Titanfall 2 branding and game imagery on takeout boxes, napkins, as well as a co-branded Mountain Dew, Buffalo Wild Wings Collector’s Edition 32 ounce takeout cup.

Finger licking! Titanfall 2 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on October 28th.

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Stardock’s Sorcerer King was a clever turn-based title that started with the simple premise of “What happens after you lose a normal 4X game?” Pitting players against an all-powerful Sorcerer King that had apparently just “won” a strategy game before the player came along was a great way to shake up the formula, and allowed the developers to tighten the experience into something with a clear antagonist and goal. Sorcerer King: Rivals looks like it pushes that concept even further. The standalone expansion comes with two new playable races, new sovereigns, spells, units, and abilities. New boss lieutenants will challenge your ascension. The biggest new obstacle for players could be the integration of the Steam Workshop for new scenarios and custom quests. Time for the cat hair mustache quest to make a comeback!

Sorcerer King: Rivals pre-orders begin on August 25th. Owners of Sorcerer King will get a discount on the expansion.

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The upcoming Death Star expansion for Star Wars Battlefront will feature space battles. In the new Battle Station mode players will fight each other in iconic Star Wars spacecraft near the legendary Imperial base.

The alphabet soup of filthy Rebel space ships will try to destroy the loyal Imperial defenders in their stalwart TIE Fighters. If the traitorous Rebellion breaks through, their infantry will attempt to steal an innocent droid from its rightful place in the Death Star. New heroes Bossk and Chewbacca can face off during this phase of the battle – a contest that will undoubtedly end in a merciful death for the woolly smuggler beast. (It has to be better than having a moon fall on you.) Should the brave Stormtroopers fail, the fight will go back into space with Rebels futilely navigating the impossibly fortified Death Star Trench while The Emperor’s chosen emissary, Darth Vader himself, dispenses with them. Go home, Rebels. You’re drunk. Like you’re going to get a photon torpedo into a vent the size of a womp rat.

The Death Star expansion for Star Wars Battlefront is coming in September.

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Among Ubisoft’s Gamescom announcements was the Calling All Units DLC for Tom Chick’s Official GOTY 2014, a.k.a. The Crew:

Players will hit the road as a cop or street racer to prove their driving skills and team up in crews to take over the USA. This new police-chase fantasy will have a deep impact on the gameplay and on players experience all over the gigantic open world offered by The Crew. Players will be introduced to this brand-new police versus racer gameplay through a twelve-mission story that will allow them to build up their own cop style and tactics, ride in fully tuned police vehicles and collect new parts, vehicles and XP.

Oh, so it’s just some new multiplayer mode that forces you to wait in a lobby for a full team? In other words, something separate from what makes The Crew great: it’s open world?

In this always-on, all-terrain confrontation, each side will rely on a set of special abilities and a great variety of vehicles as they race across the US. As a member of the police, players chase street racers across the US in frantic, high-risk pursuits. They will perform successful arrests and get their hands on a wide range of exclusive cop vehicles, from exotic supercars to legendary motorbikes or indestructible SUVs, fully tuned up with police livery and light bars. Players who prefer to hit the roads as a racer will take off with cargo for heart-pounding rides and high rewards. Chases can be triggered anywhere, anytime, bringing even more intensity to the multiplayer experience, already enjoyed by more than nine million players.

“Always on”? Sounds like full-blown PvP to me. Consensual PvP. Some players carry “cargo”, some players hunt down the cargo carriers, and everyone else goes about their business.

Additionally, all The Crew players will be able to take part in this frantic face-off as they will have total access to the street racer gameplay, which includes special abilities such as blinding flashbangs and unlimited nitro. All players will also enjoy the new level cap, now set to 60.

So carrying “cargo” — c’mon, Ubisoft, just be like Rockstar and call it drugs already — is available to everyone as a new means of advancement, but only folks who buy Calling All Units get to be the law.

The release date is November 29th. Ubisoft also announced a bunch of other stuff at Gamescom, but I wasn’t really listening.

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Social media is confusing and annoying to people that barely understand phones without a coiled cord. Snapchat and Tinder are mind-blowing to a generation used to writing letters. Imagine how off-putting something like Pokemon GO is for the same crowd. Clayton Chowaniec understands. He’s created That Pokeyman Thing to illustrate the frustrations of trying to relate to grandkids that are all-consumed with some new-fangled phone game. It’s free and playable in your browser! No, the computer program that connects to the internet. The big “E” on the screen. Double-click it. No, click twice really fast with the left mouse button. No, the… Here.

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It can be difficult to go back and watch horror from the 70s and 80s. So much of that Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper stuff, so many of those Italian movies, so many of the myriad forgettable slasher films were mean-spirited and cruel. There was no creative intent behind the cruelty other than shock. It was as pointless as it was effective. Lake Nowhere is a grisly morsel that remembers this. It very nearly keeps a straight face, but it can’t help but crack its goofy Raimi smile. Not a wink, mind you. But definitely a smile.

Of course, it tips its hand early. Since Lake Nowhere barely clocks in at 40 minutes, co-directors Christopher Phelps and Maxim Von Scoy have front-loaded it with a fake commercial and trailers. The conceit is an old VHS copy taped over…well, I don’t know what it’s taped over, but it bleeds through a couple of times. My guess is the overarching story isn’t about people who go into the woods and fall prey to a masked killer. The overarching story is some kids who shot their own horror movie on a VHS camera and then years later used the tape to make a copy of a horror movie called Lake Nowhere. You’re not watching Lake Nowhere. You’re watching a physical slice of 1982.

And not the anodyne 1982 of Netflix’s Stranger Things with its running time of eight hours and its body count of one. These are the aesthetics of 70s and 80s sex and gore, these breasts, that balding forehead, this fake blood, this sickly green cinematography and grainy film stock and questionable lighting, the tracking glitches and distorted sound and popping audio. Lake Nowhere’s low-budget texture is slick filmmaking shrewdly disguised as trash. And at its heart, it is the can-do “hey, let’s go out in the woods and make a horror movie!” enthusiasm and audacity of Cunningham, Carpenter, Coscorelli, Romero, and Raimi.

Lake Nowhere is currently available on VOD. Support Qt3 and watch it on Amazon.com.

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Like the famous E ticket attractions from Disneyland of yore, Bethesda hopes Nuka-World will be as popular. The final official DLC package for Fallout 4 features a post-apocalyptic theme park complete with new enemies, weapons, settlement bits, and quests. Presumably, all flavors of everyone’s favorite refreshing soda pop will be available for a modest sum throughout the park.

Nuka-World will be open for visitors on August 30th.

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