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      Dream Harvest announce the gorgeous looking NeuroNet: Mendax Proxy

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 11:29 · 1 minute

    NeuroNet: Mendax Proxy is the upcoming title from Dream Harvest, an upcoming choose your own adventure styled cyberpunk visual novel and it looks brilliant.

    While Dream Harvest are also working on the strategy game NeuroSlicers (which will also come to Linux ), NeuroNet: Mendax Proxy will be coming out first but they're not giving a date just yet. NeuroNet: Mendax Proxy is also confirmed to be launching with support for Linux.

    "You are an artificial intelligence charged with managing a city-wide augmented reality network known as the "NeuroNet". Embark on a journey of self-discovery as you learn what it means to be human in a world losing itself to technology."

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    Features:

    • A branching narrative that takes you across the city of Catena, exploring humanity's reliance on technology and its power to be both our saviour and downfall.
    • Manage a variety of city resources tied to the state of affairs within Catena. Balance the city's financial prosperity, how the public perceives you, the axis of order, and your degree of power.
    • Meet and build relationships with 23 diverse, fully voiced characters, each with their own wants and needs.
    • 6+ hours of gameplay with over 5000 unique story cards.
    • Discoverable mini-games and secrets.
    • An expansive Codex packed with gorgeous character and environment art.
    • A unique original soundtrack.

    Definitely excited about this one. With some wonderful visuals backed up by what sounds like a thoroughly interesting story in a visual novel adventure style setting with a cyberpunk theme.

    You can follow it on itch.io and Steam .

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      Mojang talk about new Minecraft mobs in the Caves & Cliffs update in a fresh dev video

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 10:13

    Excited for the huge Caves & Cliffs upgrade coming to Minecraft? Even though it's being split in half , we certainly are and you can get a little more behind the scenes info in a new video.

    Caves are one of the most unloved areas in Minecraft, so to see Mojang put some effort into sprucing them up a bit is quite exciting. Digging deep for riches should be much more enticing than it currently is and there's a lot of new goodies coming. What about the mobs though? There's plenty of new there too.

    Interested in knowing more? Watch the below video:

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    As a reminder the first part of Caves & Cliffs arrives "mid-2021" bringing with it the new blocks, mobs, copper and more with the second part due towards the end of the year to include the expanded world generation for new caves, increases to the height and depth world limits, new mountain generation, new biomes and so on. There's a seriously huge amount to look forward to for Minecraft this year.

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      Stadia confirms Super Animal Royale and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse plus more coming

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 09:35 · 1 minute

    Stadia has confirmed another few new announcements for their Linux-powered game streaming service that will be coming soon. Some out now, some have no release date yet.has confirmed another few new announcements for their Linux-powered game streaming service that will be coming soon, although neither has an actual release date.

    Two recently we missed were Street Power Football and Hundred Days , both of which are out now and available on the Stadia store.

    As for other titles coming up? Just this week they announced Super Animal Royale and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will be coming over to Stadia. Super Animal Royale will be "Coming Soon" with no clearer date. It's going to be free to play too, so it gives people yet another chance to try out something on Stadia with no commitment to anything.

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    Meanwhile Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is said to be coming out on Stadia "Summer 2021".

    If you missed it, Stadia claim the service is "alive and well" in a recent interview. Certainly will be interesting to see how long Stadia sticks around for, with ~100 games coming to it this year. Stadia still have a problem of getting their marketing right too - so many people still don't quite understand Stadia itself is free as Stadia Pro is an optional subscription to get free games and 4K support (varies between games). Stadia really need to be making all of it a lot clearer for potential people to sign up to it.

    Play Stadia on Linux on Stadia.com with a Chromium browser.

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      Scarlet Hollow Episode 2 due out in early June, play the first episode free

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 15 May, 2021 - 15:58 · 1 minute

    Scarlet Hollow, a rather excellent horror-novel adventure is getting a second paid episode that will enter Early Access with Linux support on June 11. This follows on from the successful Kickstarter campaign late last year, and the free release of episode one which you can play now.

    "Trapped in the dying Appalachian mining town of Scarlet Hollow for the funeral of your estranged aunt, you quickly find yourself at the center of a dark mystery that threatens your life and the fate of an entire town. Who lives, who dies, and the fate of an entire town rests on your shoulders."

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    Features:

    • A heavily branching narrative where your choices matter . The relationships you forge and the decisions you make will dramatically alter your journey.
    • Terrifying and funny. Charming characters and snappy dialogue flip to pulse-pounding horror at a moment's notice.
    • A complex relationship system that changes how characters act around you. Characters don't just like or dislike you. Become friendly rivals, bitter adversaries, best friends, or mild acquaintances with everyone in town based on how you approach the story.
    • Trait-based dialogue and role-playing. Scarlet Hollow's dialogue system is driven by role-playing elements that let you choose who you want to be. Are you quiet and observant? Hot and clueless? 21 different character builds change how you interact with the world and how your story unfolds.
    • Original monster designs inspired by Appalachian myths and cryptids. You won't find any predictable vampires or zombies here.
    • Five romance options. Whether you're into goths, dads, Youtubers, mysterious recluses, or lo-fi beats to study and water your plants to, we've got all your bases covered.
    • Dozens of meticulously hand-drawn and traditionally inked backgrounds. Every background in the game is drawn by hand and inked on massive 19x24 inch paper.
    • Hundreds of immersive sprites. Each major character has dozens of hand-drawn sprites that interact with backgrounds and capture a full range of lighting, emotion, environment, and outfit changes.

    The plan is for the full experience to stay in Early Access until all 7 episodes are done.

    Follow on Steam and play the first episode free on Steam too.

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      Check out the demo for Increlution, a survival-idle game up on Steam

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 15 May, 2021 - 11:40 · 1 minute

    Increlution is quite unusual and somewhat engrossing, an idle-styled game about survival and seeing how long you can last while doing various tasks.

    It blends together elements of an idle game, a clicker and a text-adventure all into one package. It's a little weird but surprisingly it actually works quite well. I've been somewhat enamoured with it, keen to see more as I explore and unlock new activities. The game sprinkles in story elements too as you explore, it's just such a great idea if you love the basic idea behind it.

    "Survive the ever increasing pressure of time for as long as you can! A minimalistic idle game about time management that takes inspiration from roguelite games, with a focus on meta-progression. Every generation will have better chances at survival, because previous lives influence its instincts"

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    Check out Increlution on Steam and try out the demo now.

    The release is planned for Q3 2021, with it planned to be in Early Access for 6-18 months while the developer continues to expand what's possible with it.

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      Viscerafest is a sci-fi fantasy FPS with lots of punching entering Early Access on May 20

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 11:07 · 1 minute

    Ready for more retro-infused first-person shooting action? Viscerafest is now confirmed to be launching on May 20 into Early Access on Steam following a successful Beta. The developer, Acid Man Games / Fire Plant Games have been regularly putting out Beta builds on their Discord which have shown a lot of promise.

    "Viscerafest is a Sci-Fi Fantasy Singleplayer Arena FPS with minor Collectathon elements. Fight through hordes of aliens and eldritch monstrosities wielding a slew of powerful weapons, juggling your resources, and exploring over 26 intricately designed hand crafted levels."

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    Features:

    • Navigate nonlinear hand-crafted levels, stuffed to the brim with secrets, using key cards, completing puzzles and various objectives to progress. Set across a wide variety of locations, from a space station above the earth, to a realm beyond our reality.
    • Wield 9 unique and powerful weapons, from staples of the genre like the bunker buster double-barreled shotgun, to the more unique and offbeat, such as the Pung Cannon.
    • Slaughter over 2 dozen different enemy types, from the minor grunts who make up the U.S.C's forces, to monsters beyond your ability to comprehend such as The Soul Hunters. New enemy types are introduced every level, each compounding the challenges you'll face with a variety of attacks and behaviors.
    • Juggle your resources, as you fight to stay alive, constantly balancing your use of ammo, health, and armor.
    • Move at the speed of light, chaining bunny hopping and dashing together to move at speeds no man would dream of, and with your overbearing air control, dance around projectiles like no other.
    • Collect tons of goodies to unlock items such as Cypher keys, and level modifiers to spice up your playthroughs.

    The Linux version we tested before release has been running exceptionally well, we think this is one you're going to like a lot if you love arena-styled fast-paced shooters. You need some good reflexes for this one. When we say it's fast - we really do mean it. A lot of fun though punching through everyone. Ammo is limited, so you will be using your fists quite a bit. Wishlist Viscerafest and follow on Steam .

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      Check out the first Total War: WARHAMMER III gameplay reveal, coming to Linux late in 2021

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 18:23 · 1 minute

    Today we've seen the first official gameplay of the upcoming Total War: WARHAMMER III from Creative Assembly, SEGA and porting studio Feral Interactive.

    Before it gets into the gameplay though, it also shows off the Trial By Fire trailer that was released by itself yesterday which gets you in the mood for some action. This is the final game in the Total War Warhammer trilogy, and it's pleasing to see that we will have all three officially on Linux.

    Have a look below:

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    Some much bigger sites than us (Hi Eurogamer , IGN and so on) also got a hands-on preview. Sounds like all the previews were played across Parsec , which is pretty intriguing to see streaming tech used more like this.

    "I think what I could say is that this is the final in a series of games, a trilogy, and this one is bigger, badder, better than the rest. We’ve had time to look over Warhammer 1, 2 and the DLCs. We've taken fan feedback and we’ve really improved on this game in terms of functionality and usability", says designer James Martin.

    You can pre-purchase on Steam . The release will be sometime late this year.

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      Coldwild Games announce Lazy Galaxy 2, an idle strategy game with basebuilding and combat

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 12:44 · 1 minute

    Coldwild Games, developer of Merchant of the Skies and Luna’s Fishing Garden, have announced Lazy Galaxy 2 an idle strategy game with basebuilding and combat elements.

    Lazy Galaxy 2 is an idle/clicker game with base-building and RTS elements. Lead an evil (albeit lazy) alien race to conquer the universe! Expand your base, fight vicious foes, and conquer the galaxies. Acquire combat experience and convert into candy, the most precious alien resource!

    "I know I’ve said that we only make peaceful games now, but this was a long con from the start. Guess you should have seen this one coming" - Vladimir Slav, Director of Coldwild Games

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    Much like the previous game, it's supposed to be one you can have on another monitor or minimized while you do other things - to come back to it whenever you want and progress further in your own time. You get to build up your base, send your fleets across the universe and start a conquest.

    Features:

    • Conquer the galaxy! Build your base, build your fleet, fight the enemies
    • Campaigns / hand-crafted scenarios with planned map editor support
    • Achievements matter! Unlocking in-game achievements adds permanent researches that improve the gameplay
    • Control units directly or idle it out! Micro-control is rewarded, but not necessary. You can idle out the battles or seek more active participation
    • Multiple development paths will add variety to incremental/base-building gameplay

    The release is planned for Q3 2021 to be supported on Linux, macOS and Windows.

    You can follow Lazy Galaxy 2 on Steam .

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      The next Skullgirls 2nd Encore fighter is Umbrella who carries a hungry sentient brolly

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 08:47 · 1 minute

    Hidden Variable, Future Club, and Autumn Games have confirmed that the next fighter entering Skullgirls 2nd Encore is Umbrella, who carries a huge hungry brolly around.

    Sounds like a really fun character to try out too, and the second DLC character to appear as part of the Skullgirls: Season 1 Pass following on from Annie. They're not sharing exactly when we can expect to play Umbrella but it is being developed for 2nd Encore and Mobile at the same time so we get this new character earlier than usual. They're estimating an Alpha test in about a month, with the full release in Q4 this year.

    "Umbrella is a small character with BIG swings thanks to her living weapon, Hungern. While she is slow with limited movement options, she can use special moves to approach with some risk.

    Most of her attacks will involve Hungern in some way. Hungern will get hungrier as the match goes on or after performing certain actions, and his hunger level will influence his move properties."

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    Two more characters will eventually be revealed as part of the pass but the next two are scheduled for 2022.

    You can buy a copy of Skullgirls from Humble Store and Steam .

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