Half-Life: Alyx, Microsoft’s accessibility efforts, and extra PC information this week

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Valve are making a brand new Half-Life and… what else occurred this week? The announcement of Half-Life: Alyx form of blotted out all the pieces else, together with the launch of Google Stadia. That platform launch is much less thrilling than a game not even out for 4 months. Read on for extra of the week’s PC gaming information. Do additionally test The Weekly Updates Update for phrase on patches for Borderlands 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Barotrauma, and extra this week.

Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, a VR exclusive

Set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, it stars Alyx Vance inflicting hassle for the Combine in City 17. Valve advised us told us “It’s very difficult to imagine [it] in a non-VR form” so it appears it truly is just for gogglords.

Valve also spoke the name “Half-Life 3”

…however solely to say the entire thought of it appeared extremely daunting after they began on Alyx. Though Valve did vaguely inform The Verge that they’d like to “love to continue pushing forward” with their return to Half-Life, so who is aware of?

Valve confirmed “hardly anyone” is working on TF2

But that’s hardly a shock. They’ve been merely protecting the 12-year-old game alive with bug fixes, minor tweaks, and common occasions for ages. I used to be stunned that this appeared such a surprising revelation to some this week.

Google Stadia launched

Google doubled the launch lineup of their cloud gaming platform lower than a day earlier than it got here out however, uh, so what? It’s been a nasty launch for a questionable product.

Some reviewers have discovered it hiccupy even on superfast connections, invite codes to register names went out late to some individuals who pre-ordered the Founders Edition to do exactly that, and don’t neglect you continue to want to purchase games to play them. Some people casually assume that each one games are included with the non-compulsory Stadia Pro subscription (and I get why they could suppose that) however nnnope.

Microsoft have shared their accessibility guidelines

Covering all the pieces from subtitles and inputs to haptic suggestions and problem, it is a complete lot of cautious thought and analysis that many builders may gain advantage from – and put out into the world free for all. That’s grand, that.

Logitech launched Xbox Adaptive Controller add-ons

Speaking of Microsoft’s really-quite-good accessibility efforts, Logitech now have an enormous low-cost pack of buttons, pedals, triggers and issues to plug into Microsoft’s modular controller.

Word on the next Saints Row coming next year

This is obscure and minor however hell, if Valve can announce a brand new Half-Life let’s have extra wild desires. Saints Row four is such great silly enjoyable that hell, yeah, give me extra.

Shenmue fella vows to keep trying to finish the series

And now that Shenmue Three has lastly launched, after a lot time and doubt, there’s whispers of a fourth. Long-time co-director Yu Suzuki included a wee letter to followers in 3’s credit, saying “For as long as there are those who wish to see Shenmue live on, I will never give up on my own personal journey to complete its story.” Hell, after Shenmue Three truly got here out, something may occur. Our Matthew is at the moment taking part in Shenmue Three for overview, by the best way. Maybe he’ll have accomplished his capsule assortment by the point four is out.

Amy Hennig started a new studio

The former inventive director of Uncharted (who just lately oversaw the cursed Star Wars game of Visceral Games) is constructing a brand new staff with government producer Julian Beak at movie manufacturing firm Skydance Media. She stated, “Our goal is to create inviting and innovative experiences with the high production values and visual fidelity that will set the standard in this new media landscape.”

Arkane veterans started a new studio

Raphael Colantonio, former president of the Dishonored and Prey studio, and Julien Roby, a former government producer there, have revealed the existence of WolfEye Studios. They don’t have something to indicate but however did speak about their “proven passion for immersive games that feature original worlds and strong audio” and stated they needed to “go deeper with the simulation and gameplay possibilities by focusing on interactions more than we ever did in our past games.” They’ll announce their first game in December at The Game Awards.

Deathgarden ending development, so now it’s free

Behaviour, the studio additionally behind Dead By Daylight, are ending growth on their uneven multiplayer shooter as a result of it flopped. They’re tried to reinvigorate it, however this didn’t work. So with one closing replace, they’ve known as it finished and made the game free for everybody for so long as they maintain the servers up.

Freebie: Serial Cleaner on Humble

Subscribe to their e-newsletter and also you’ll get a Steam key for the stealth game the place you attempt to clear up bloody crimescenes earlier than the police uncover ’em. Our former Alec (RPS in peace) adored the look and premise however discovered it “really annoying”. Still, it’s free.

Freebie: Bad North on Epic

This is that cute roguelikelike real-time techniques game about defending wee islands from Vikings. Very fairly.


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