Songs of Syx is a base building game with massive scale battles

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Songs of Syx is a base building game with massive scale battles

Songs of Syx is an upcoming strategy game from developer Jakob de Laval that promises to dwarf its competition in the survival strategy/colony builder/base building genre. It’s a fantasy city-state simulator where you start off with a small colony and build yourself into a prosperous mega-city with a powerful military and detailed international relations. It’s also huge, with plans for massive battles and cities with tens of thousands of residents. Songs of Syx’s real banner feature is scale. Cities promise to have “5-digit populations” and battles with tens of thousands of warriors on each side. It’s a pixelated Total War writ extra, extra large: 

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord adds beta test branch and outlines update schedule

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Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord adds beta test branch and outlines update schedule

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord has gotten a slew of hotfixes and updates for urgent issues in the weeks since it launched, and developers TaleWorlds have now outlined their future plans for the game’s updates alongside the release of a beta 1.1 patch fixing some much-requested community issues. There’s now a branch on Steam for public testing of the game’s new versions, which TaleWorlds plans to beta test for a week and release with fixes the next week. There’s also an alpha update branch planned with content that hasn’t gone through TaleWorlds’ internal testing, though that branch is currently unreleased.

Foxhole's latest update adds mass production to fuel the MMO war

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Foxhole's latest update adds mass production to fuel the MMO war

It has been a hot minute since we checked in with Foxhole, an isometric massively-multiplayer shooter, and boy howdy has that game come a long way since its Early Access release in 2017. What was once an ambitious framework for a game unifying front line combat, defense, and logistics into one persistent, high player count shooter has become a fully-realized war machine where hundreds of players stoke the fires of an endless World War 2-esque conflict. The game's combat is neat, relying on squad-size team efforts to coordinate assaults and defense. If combat isn't  for you, the logistics system has other players gathering resources and producing supplies for the front lines—like the workers in a complex RTS. Foxhole has a pretty dedicated community, and there are usually hundreds of players online at any given time.

Cyberpunk 2077 will have as much DLC as The Witcher 3

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Cyberpunk 2077 will have as much DLC as The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 is a rarity in that players don't often complain about its DLC. That's because its two full-price expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood & WIne, were both quality products, and they were accompanied by 16 free bits of DLC ranging from new quests and equipment sets to new outfits that you should absolutely turn off in the menu because they're hideous.

Ubisoft are planning to give Assassin's Creed 2 away for free

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Ubisoft are planning to give Assassin's Creed 2 away for free

If nothing else, it's a good time for free games, with plenty of stuff being given away to help people pass the time. Wizards of the Coast are giving away a bunch of D&D material (including Adventure with Muk, an introduction for kids that contains a great character sheet I used in my own last game, and the sandbox campaign Lost Mine of Phandelver), and you can grab both Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishment and Close to the Sun from the Epic Store right now.

Farming game meets roguelike shooter Atomicrops now has a release date

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Farming game meets roguelike shooter Atomicrops now has a release date

Who’s up for post-apocalyptic punk aesthetics, roguelike shooter mechanics, and classic farm sim gameplay all in one? I don’t know who besides me has been watching the development of Atomicrops closely, but here you go: It’s coming to a full release on May 28th. Atomicrops is developed by Bird Bath Games and published by Raw Fury, who have shown pretty impeccable taste as a publisher so far and whom I am always excited to see another game from. We first called it “an unholy union between Stardew Valley and Nuclear Throne” which is still spot-on a year later. Atomicrops also has excellent music. See exhibit A, announce trailer, for details: 

Gritty Action RPG Grim Dawn is only $5 right now

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Gritty Action RPG Grim Dawn is only $5 right now

Looks like the nice people at Crate Entertainment liked what happened when they put Grim Dawn on sale in February, because here it is: On sale at 80% off. That’s five more percents than last time! Both of its expansions, Forgotten Gods and Ashes of Malmouth, are also 30% off, so you can get a lot of action RPG for $5 or a whole lot of action RPG for $28.78. That’s a decent amount of dollars for a game we called out as cream of the crop in our review: “Few modern hack-and-slash RPGs are quite so fun.” Grim Dawn is a decidedly old-school action RPG that calls back to the Diablo 2 era of the genre, slathering on the dark grimness and grim darkness. Our review, again: “So many of us wanted this in the wake of Torchlight's Pixar-ed up heroes and Diablo III's dazzling halls, and Grim Dawn certainly delivers. It's a true heir of old ARPGs like Diablo II and Titan Quest, dumping mountains of loot in dimly lit dungeons but with far more spunk and personality than you'll find in its closest cousin, Path of Exile.”

Free game Happy’s Humble Burger Barn is really freaking me out

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Free game Happy’s Humble Burger Barn is really freaking me out

You have a new job, and the job is working at a fast food burger place. You do normal things like make burgers and serve fries and drinks and salmon nuggets. Also, everything is absolutely terrifying because it looks like a game from the PS1 era. Happy’s Humble Burger Barn is a free “Fast Food Horror Sim” that has some pretty thrilling moments and an oddly captivating aesthetic for a game about burgers. It’s a game with a specific time and place it’s emulating, a kind of low-grade, lo-fi horror thrill akin to Twin Peaks or your first job in high school. I quite like it, and I’m looking forward to what else creators Scythe Dev Team come up with in the future.