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Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

An update to the Steam user interface and library has been in the works at Valve for years now. Today, the company finally feels comfortable enough to show off their Steam UI overhaul and did just that during a presentation at GDC 2019. I'd like to first thank Game Informer and PC Gamer (and again) for a lot of the information and screenshots you'll see below.

Library
First up, let's talk about the changes coming to how your Library will look and function with this new update. The Friends list is now integrated into a column on the right side. No idea if this is an optional...
 

The Outer Worlds, Remedy's Control, Detroit: Become Human, and More Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusives


As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives and more about simply paying companies to keep their games off of Steam. Consumers should not...
 

System Shock 3 GDC Teaser


As part of the Unity keynote at GDC 2019, a new teaser trailer for System Shock 3 was shown off. I suppose that also confirms that System Shock 3 is being built on Unity. I think that was already known prior to this? Perhaps not.

The game is currently in development from OtherSide Entertainment. A release date for the horror title is not yet known. ...
 

Nvidia Announces Real-time Ray Tracing for Older GTX Cards


Nvidia just announced today that they are bringing real-time ray tracing to their GTX lineup of cards. This support will begin with a driver update currently slated for some time in April.

Get ready to have your framerates destroyed. Think about it this way: Nvidia's RTX cards have special hardware that is dedicated to handling the load of real-time ray tracing. Even with this special hardware, enabling real-time ray tracing still destroys framerates on these new cards.

Now they're going to add support for it on to their older cards? It will certainly make your...
 

Epic Games Launcher Allegedly Scrapes Local Steam Data Prior to Granting Consent, Epic Responds

Earlier today, Reddit user PhoenixPoint and ResetEra member Madjoki found out that the Epic Games Launcher may be collecting your Steam history at startup. As part of their investigation, they found that at startup, the Epic Games Launcher searches your local computer for a Steam install. If it finds that Steam is installed, it then apparently proceeds to pull a list of files typically stored in your Steam Cloud. This data includes game saves for all users that have logged in to Steam on your computer.

Madjoki also found that it pulls a list of your Steam friends and their name history....
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  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now


    After multiple weeks and a few months of teases, including a long running ARG surrounding a dating app called Tinder, we now have an official announcement of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Paradox Interactive made the big reveal just moments ago via a GDC party. The party was "supposed" to be for a new Tinder reveal but thanks to some unintentionally cheesy live-action role playing, it turned out to be a big reveal for Bloodlines 2.

    This is a direct sequel to the previous title that came out back in 2004 on the very same day that Half-Life 2 was released....
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  • Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

    Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

    An update to the Steam user interface and library has been in the works at Valve for years now. Today, the company finally feels comfortable enough to show off their Steam UI overhaul and did just that during a presentation at GDC 2019. I'd like to first thank Game Informer and PC Gamer (and again) for a lot of the information and screenshots you'll see below.

    Library
    First up, let's talk about the changes coming to how your Library will look and function with this new update. The Friends list is now integrated into a column on the right side. No idea if this is an optional...
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  • Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    The third episode for Life is Strange 2 will be released on May 9. Square Enix and DONTNOD announced that Episode 3, "Wastelands," will hit the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on this date.

    Beyond this new reveal, the two studios also wanted to toss out the release dates for both Episode 4 and Episode 5.

    Episode 4 will be released on August 22, while Episode 5 will be released on December 3. ...
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  • New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore

    New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore


    WBIE and IO Interactive just announced that a new map is being added to the Sniper Assassin mode for Hitman 2. The new map will take players to Singapore. It will be released on March 26.

    A new trailer was even released today that shows off some of the ins and outs of the map that they're calling "Hantu Port Sniper Assassin Map." The map will take players "to a container yard set on the island of Singapore where Han Ldong and his wife have been kidnapped by a group of highly skilled criminals known as the Heavenly Guard."

    Play the map along...
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  • Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter

    Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter


    WBIE and NetherRealm revealed yet another addition to the Mortal Kombat 11 playable roster today. That new character is none other than Kotal Kahn. "Who?!" I hear you ask. Well, I'll tell you.

    Kotal Kahn is an "Osh-Tekk warrior and Emperor of Outworld."

    And that's your explanation. Look for Mortal Kombat 11 on March 28 for the beta and April 23 for the full release of the game on PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC.

    Oh, you wanted to know more? Fine. Enjoy this full bio, trailer, and screenshots for Kotal Kahn.



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  • Nintendo Embraces Indie - Cuphead, Darkwood, a Dancing Zelda, and More Revealed Today for Switch


    Are you ready for the invasion of the Indies on the Nintendo Switch? Earlier today, a new Nindies Showcase for Spring 2019 outlined a good number of independent developed titles that are coming soon to the portable console otherwise known as the Switch.

    Some of the highlights in today's announcement include Cuphead from Studio MDHR. This one will be out on April 18. In addition, Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda was also announced today. This rhythm-action title takes its catchy tunes to Hyrule and features playable Link and Princess...
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  • Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade

    Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade


    Today at GDC, Facebook announced a new version of their Oculus Rift headset that they're simply calling the Oculus Rift S. They announced a $399 (USD) price point for the device that will start shipping later this Spring.

    On paper, the headset sounds like a decent device. It features an LCD 2560x1440 panel (1280x1440 per eye), better pixel density compared to the Rift, updated lenses, an 80Hz refresh rate, updated Oculus Touch controllers (functionally the same as the old ones), an adjustable halo strap similar to PlayStation VR.

    It also features inside-out tracking,...
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  • The Outer Worlds, Remedy's Control, Detroit: Become Human, and More Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusives


    As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

    Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives and more about simply paying companies to keep their games off of Steam. Consumers should not...
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  • Mutant Year Zero Coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer

    Mutant Year Zero Coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer


    This Summer, Mutant Year Zero will be released on the Nintendo Switch. Mutant Year Zero is a tactical title in the same vein as XCOM. When it releases on the Switch on June 25, it will include the full game along with the DLC expansion. There will also be a retail release out at the same time.

    The retail release will also be for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the same date. The price for the retail Deluxe Edition will be $39.99 (USD).

    This was announced today at GDC as part of the keynote delivered by Epic Games. ...
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  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season Finale Dated for March 26

    The Walking Dead: The Final Season Finale Dated for March 26


    The last episode of the last season is upon us. March 26th marks the release date for the conclusion to The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

    The episode is entitled Take Us Back and it will serve as the fourth and final episode for the adventure series. A new trailer, courtesy of Skybound Games, shows players a bit of what they can expect. This final episode will launch digitally for the PC via the Epic Games Store, along with the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

    A physical boxed release of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which includes all four...
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  • Apex Legends Season 1 'Wild Frontier' Update is Out Now

    Apex Legends Season 1 'Wild Frontier' Update is Out Now


    The first major season for Apex Legends is now available. Respawn is calling this season "Wild Frontier" and with it comes a bunch of "seasonal swag" for players to earn. It also comes alongside the release of the Wild Frontier Battle Pass.

    The Battle Pass comes in two flavors. The first, priced at 950 Apex Coins, grants you access to the Pass. Play to level the Pass up to get more rewards. You can also spend 2,800 Apex Coins to get the Battle Pass Bundle that includes the Pass and a shortcut that unlocks the first 25 levels instantly.

    As with...
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