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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

13 Pulses

PlanetSide Arena’s weapons should feel familiar to PlanetSide 2 players

Ignoring the hammy segues, this behind-the-scenes video for PlanetSide Arena contains a lot of information on the vehicles and weapons players will be using when Daybreak Game Company’s new multiplayer shooter launches at the end of the month.

PlanetSide Arena, which we previewed last month, is a class-based shooter featuring traditional multiplayer types as well as, yeah, a battle royale. The variations Daybreak is touting include a weapon upgrade system whereby players can “purchase” better equipment on the battlefield after a certain score has been reached (somewhat akin to the way Star Wars Battlefront 2 will spawn you a hero or a vehicle with a certain score). Vehicles are another differentiator that designers hope will quicken the pace of an expansive 250-on-250 mode called Massive Clash.

1 minutes and 47 seconds

Legendary Eleven is a fun slice of arcade retro soccer

From the mega-afros and big perms to the teensy little shorts, Legendary Eleven takes its soccer style cues from the golden age of the 1970s.

This arcade-style sports game has been out on Windows PC and Nintendo Switch since the middle of last year. But this week, it arrived on Xbox One. I gave it a go, and enjoyed a brief transportation back to the time of Zico and Beckenbauer. But Legendary Eleven also offers a time warp to ’90s-style soccer games, with all that entails.

2 minutes and 3 seconds

Bungie caves after new Destiny 2 puzzle stumps players

Destiny 2’s newest puzzle has players completely stumped.

With Destiny 2’s weekly reset on Tuesday came a new event known as Niobe’s Torment. After players found their way to a previously hidden area on the EDZ location, Niobe Labs, they discovered a multi-tiered puzzle. Completing that puzzle will unlock the fourth and final forge in Destiny 2’s Black Armory Annual Pass content.

2 minutes and 6 seconds

Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer opens up about the personal struggles that delayed his next game

Since the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 in 2010, designer Jon Shafer has made more headlines for what he hasn’t accomplished than for what he has. Now, in a deeply personal essay, he has opened up about what’s been holding him back. The piece comes on the eve of the release of his next game, At the Gates, which is bound for Steam on Jan. 23.

At the Gates is a novel strategy game that began life as a Kickstarter project, where it raised more than $100,000. In a feature story from 2013, Polygon called Shafer and his collaborators “superheroes.” As it turns out, Shafer himself was anything but.

3 minutes and 51 seconds

Tropico 6 publisher delays game to March to give it more polish

Tropico 6, the latest in Kalypso Media’s autocrat simulator, has been delayed to March 29, the publisher announced yesterday.

The city-builder had been slated for a January release, but following a closed beta last fall, Kalypso took a look at the feedback and their own experiences with the game and decided more development time was needed.

1 minutes and 52 seconds

It took two years but beasts are finally in Fire Emblem Heroes

Ever since the launch of Fire Emblem Heroes back in February 2017, fans have been asking for beast units. That wait comes to an end Friday with the Rulers of the Laguz banner, which finally introduces the unit type to the game.

The first beast units were introduced to the Fire Emblem franchise back in 2005 in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance on GameCube. These units, known as the Laguz, could transform between animal and human form. Transformations ranged from hawks to wolves to ravens. Since then, beast units have been represented in many of the major Fire Emblem releases, including Awakening and Fates.

1 minutes and 43 seconds

The Division 2 coming to Epic Games Store, skipping Steam

Ubisoft and Epic Games are teaming up to bring the publisher’s PC games, including Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, to the Epic Games Store.

The Division 2 will be semi-exclusive to the Epic Games Store on Windows PC. Ubisoft will also sell the PC version through its own online storefront, but The Division 2 won’t be released through Steam, which previously featured a product page for the game. A representative for Ubisoft told Polygon via email, “We have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on Steam.”

2 minutes and 50 seconds

The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed

The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a Mac and Windows PC remake of a classic MS-DOS action game lost to time. Or that’s what its developers say, at least. While it shares the harsh, high-contrast look of titles of the time, The Eternal Castle was never a real ’80s game at all.

Purportedly inspired by a long-lost game from 1987, The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a difficult, side-scrolling adventure game reminiscent of genre masterpieces like The Prince of Persia and Another World. You control a pixelated yet fluidly animated character across barren wastelands, shooting your way through dangerous soldiers, traps, monsters, and more. The retro visuals are expertly paired with modern touches, like crisp, stereo sound effects along with a high-fidelity soundtrack.

5 minutes and 47 seconds

Royals put their scoreboard to good use with 105-foot tall game of Mario Kart

Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals franchise didn’t have a great 2018, finishing fifth in their division with a record of 58 wins and 104 losses. The good news is that Mario came in first yesterday, raising his fist in triumph above their home field at Kauffman Stadium.

News of Mario’s stunning victory comes courtesy of Kansas City’s ABC affiliate, KCTV. In a tweet from sports interpreter Tom Martin, turns out that the KCTV news copter caught somebody using the Royals’ 105-foot tall, 85-foot wide electronic scoreboard for a session of Mario Kart 8. The clip has been viewed more than one million times already on Twitter.

2 minutes and 17 seconds

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: what to watch on the fourth day

The fourth day of Awesome Games Done Quick (noon today until noon Thursday) includes 23 events, 13 of them featuring a speedrunner currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the event. This is the day when the “Weird Block” of games runs, featuring wacky, unknown or little-played games. Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 kicked off on Sunday and runs through Saturday from Rockville, Maryland. You can watch all of it live, right here.

Below are the games featuring world-record holders (according to speedrun.com) scheduled to appear over the next 24 hours (all times ET).

4 minutes and 56 seconds

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will finally let you adjust the auto-leveling enemies

Ubisoft is releasing a variety of new content for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey throughout January, most of which is discussed in the video at the top of this post as well as the official blog post. The second episode of “The Legacy of the First Blade” is on the way, along with two new “Lost Tales of Greece.” There will be new mercenary tiers and a new vendor, adding to the already extensive amount of things to do, see and earn in the game.

But I’m most excited about the upcoming ability to adjust the game’s enemy scaling. Ubisoft itself refers to this option as “one of the most community-requested features since launch.”

2 minutes and 3 seconds

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: How do you keep 8,000 players safe in a PvP MMO?

Elite: Dangerous is an elaborate spacefaring game played online simultaneously by thousands of people around the world. While most players primarily engage only in player-versus-environment battles, Elite’s simulation of our galaxy is also a known hangout for small but dedicated groups of highly skilled griefers. There are entire clans formed around a desire to exploit the game’s systems, or to team up and embark on game-breaking raids.

Of course, the ability to let groups of players cause chaos in the game is an intentional part of Elite’s design. But, later this week, more than 8,300 players will be taking part in a peaceful mission to the far side of the galaxy conducting exploration, but also having races and other little planned, player-led events along the way.

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Valve slaps Wandersong, a very real game, with fake-game restrictions

Valve’s commitment to keeping illegitimate games off Steam has led to increased vigilance over the last six months. A series of restrictions put in place to ward off these so-called “fake games,” however, has caught at least one totally real game in the crossfire.

The delightful musical adventure game Wandersong launched to cult acclaim in September and last week received several nods from the Independent Games Festival Awards. (It was also one of my personal favorites of 2018.) Yet Valve has marked it as under review, leaving players unable to access regular Steam features for it, like trading cards and achievements. It’s the victim of a policy that launched last June, made to explicitly combat games that were intentionally “inflating achievement and game counts for users to display on their profiles.”

4 minutes and 23 seconds