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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 28 Nov 2021, 10:38

New adventure game from Malte and Rasmus. Set ind the Mind Scanners universe. Also Mind Scannes is releasing on XBOX game pass and Switch the 30th of November.


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 29 Nov 2021, 09:52

Nordisk Film Games fully acquires Flashbulb Games


Nyt opkøb fra Nordisk Film forgylder spil-iværksættere: Flashbulb Games med 26 ansatte blev 400 mio. kr. værd

Nordisk Film køber hele ejerskabet af Flashbulb Games for over 200 mio. kr. Dermed har endnu en lille, dansk spilproducent ramt jackpot på kort tid.

https://finans.dk/tech/ECE13503844/nyt- ... ef=forside

Nordisk Games acquires Flashbulb Games
Nordisk Games acquires 100% of the Danish games studio having previously acquired a minority stake back in 2017

COPENHAGEN - November 29, 2021 – Copenhagen-based Nordisk Games has acquired the Danish games studio Flashbulb Games, having previously invested 16,5 million DKK in the studio for a 43% stake. Depending on the studio’s financial performance in the coming years, the 100% acquisition price can amount to several hundred million DKK.
https://www.nordiskgames.com/journal/no ... gRPWaAsgCw


Also their next game Rubber Bandits is launching in a few days! Grats on everything!

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 29 Nov 2021, 21:44

And a new DK release surfaces. This time with a load of satirical political commentary.
Simply Slette Mette THE GAME!

A free competitive, 2-button, simplistic, runner (with lots of ads). Pixel art is quite nice. 3 weeks'ish in development!

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Slette Mette for Android on GooglePlay
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... etteMettle

Slette Mette on the iOS AppStore
https://apps.apple.com/dk/app/slette-mette/id1596576587

Developed by Peter Robert Poulsen from Heimdal Games
Heimdal Games is also working on the next game 'Get the monster'. More on the web.
https://heimdalgames.org/

Grats on the release! :)

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 01 Dec 2021, 22:51

(SE) Oskar Stålberg has made his Townscaper app (not game) >demo< freely availble for browsers.

Townscaper link
http://oskarstalberg.com/Townscaper


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 03 Dec 2021, 14:11

So after 20 years of R&D. Atomontage's 'micro-voxel' tech is out in open beta.

Sadly the web examples doesn't really look that promising. Super chunky data streaming and the interactive examples are nearly useless. For games built on this setup it is probably dead on arrival. For stand alone builds it might fare better.
For data visualization the tech might find some footing.



Signup and live web examples on their website.
More on: https://www.atomontage.com/

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 04 Dec 2021, 12:20

Blender 3.0 released!

https://www.blender.org


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 07 Dec 2021, 12:27

A few DK+'ish games is featured in the World Land Trust Bundle.

https://itch.io/b/1164/world-land-trust-bundle

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 08 Dec 2021, 01:37

Month free Unreal stuffs!



Free to grab on the marketplace
https://www.unrealengine.com/marketplace/en-US/store

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 08 Dec 2021, 09:50

Oh that Loot River project has a demo out now on Steam. Note to self: give it a play!




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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 10 Dec 2021, 00:37

I've seen Vitaly Bulgarov's work many times over the years. He is totally badass! :cool:
And now featured in an NVIDIA Studio spotlight.

Vitaly Bulgarov: An Inside Look Into His Art, Career, and Life | NVIDIA Studio Spotlight

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 10 Dec 2021, 09:59

Hehe I actually liked watching this more than the movie trailer. Honestly thought the movie trailer looked a bit meh. And neither movie trailer or demo has convinced me to buy a ticket for the theatre. I'm sure a lot of people disagrees! ;) That's fine! :)

Update: The reviews and scores are out... ouch!! A current 4.1 in user score on metacritic. 62 in meta score... yeah kinda only confirms my feelings about the trailer. All in all Matrix Resurrections sounds somwhere in between meh and trash . That's an auto-skip for me. The first Matrix was super great back in the days! Then it spiralled down from there like so many franchises before it. :rolleyes

It should be live to download on Xbox Series X and PS5 as we speak.

Hmmmm I wonder if they actually used UE5 for certain scenes in the movie, rendering out the frames with the path tracer features.
https://docs.unrealengine.com/4.27/en-U ... athTracer/
Wouldn't be surprised if they are using the engine for virtual production. And the city in the demo is actually the city 'as is' in the movie itself used for >specific shots<.

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 10 Dec 2021, 14:44

Much sweet looking AAA cinematic/'bit of gameplay' trailer stuff dropped at The Game Awards.

Hitman 3 was the only DK game nominated (Best VR/AR game). No win.
https://nordic.ign.com/deathloop/52134/ ... -full-list

Full show here


Star Wars - Eclipse (Quantic Dream)


Ninja Theory's Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Gameplay Reveal - The Game Awards 2021


Swedish Embark Studios Arc Raiders


Warhammer 40,000: SPACE MARINE 2 - Reveal Trailer | The Game Awards 2021


Homeworld 3- Gameplay First Look Trailer (Not sure it's technically part of The Game Awards). But whatever!

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 11 Dec 2021, 16:47

And the latest Somerville teaser trailer from former Playdead CEO Dino Patti's UK company, Jumpship.

Looks suuuper nice as usual! :cool:

Releasing somewhere in 2022

Somerville Teaser Trailer #4.


There is even a Steam page now!

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 11 Dec 2021, 16:57

Former workplace Logic Artist's 'Expeditions: Rome' also got a release date trailer. Releasing the 20th of January 2022.

The game has big ass ~300.000 words script. Fully voiced. So there should be something for the more story loving players.
Writer Jonas has been busy busy! ;)



Expeditions: Rome - Release Date Trailer

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 11 Dec 2021, 21:06

So the first proper HALO TV series trailer hits.. seems pretty neat actually! Looks like they have put a large budget to good work.

The biggest barrier for large scale popularity might just be the Paramount+ streaming service itself. The app seems to universally hated and few people want's to subscribe to yet another streaming service. This whole battle of the streaming services will surely drive more people back to piracy. Just as the streaming service concept had won a lot by pure convenience.

But let's see where it lands! Trailers are just trailers. So far positive on the quality of the show even with my initial skepticism.


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 12 Dec 2021, 22:58

DK solo project, Godstone has a demo on itch.

https://dementedplant.itch.io/godstone


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Call of Juarez - Gunslinger free for a limited time

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How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica

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So finally there exists some pretty good looking "video-motion capture". Not mocap suit needed! Only a video camera.
It's not quite perfect yet. But certainly already good enough for a range of casual applications.

Another one from 2 minute papers.
NVIDIA’s New AI: Journey Into Virtual Reality!


Paper here
https://nv-tlabs.github.io/physics-pose ... ject-page/

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 14 Dec 2021, 22:37

You can get Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico from the now defunct Deadline Games on GOG for cheaps!
$1.70 in the current sale.
I worked at Deadline back in 2000-2001. Not on this project though. First job in the industy!

Gman Lives has a modern (a bit harsh maybe) review of the game.


Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico on GOG
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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 15 Dec 2021, 23:18

A few DK projects was revealed in Nintendo's Indie World Showcase for upcoming Switch titles.
Figment 2 from Bedtime Digital Games. But we already know that! :) Of cause coming to Switch is the new thing. A good and predictable move nonetheless. It's looking great!

And also a new title with few seconds work of footage of Gerda: A Flame In Winter by PortaPlay.

Indie World Showcase 12.15.2021 - Nintendo Switch


Gerda: A Flame In Winter - Announcement Teaser.




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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 Dec 2021, 00:19

So there will be 15 days of free games on the Epic Store from now! So you can go and add more games you will probably never have time to play. ;)
Or at least I don't in any meaningful capacity when working on 3 games. Two at work and one at home and then there is all the other life things.

Starting out with Shenmue 3.
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/shenmue-3

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How Deus Ex Blended Genres To Change Shooters Forever | War Stories | Ars Technica

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 Dec 2021, 22:48

A free demo is out of Logic Artist's Expeditions Rome.


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