OtherSide Entertainment layoffs leave the future of System Shock 3 in doubt

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OtherSide Entertainment layoffs leave the future of System Shock 3 in doubt

Back in 2017 Starbreeze Studios agreed to publish OtherSide Entertainment's System Shock 3. Less than two years later, Starbreeze sold the publishing rights back to OtherSide after the failure of Overkill's The Walking Dead. OtherSide's Warren Spector said they were "looking for a publishing and funding partner" but would self-publish System Shock 3 as a last resort. As yet no publisher has publicly stepped forward to take on the game.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous hits Kickstarter target, working through stretch goals

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous hits Kickstarter target, working through stretch goals

Owlcat Games are following up Pathfinder: Kingmaker with another adaptation of a tabletop RPG campaign, this time called Wrath of the Righteous. It's about a mythic hero who challenges demon lords, closes a portal to the Abyss, and leads a crusade. While Owlcat have enough money to make Wrath of the Righteous they've turned to Kickstarter to expand their budget and also drum up some interest. As their campaign page says:

Many Chinese developers are worried about Steam's upcoming Chinese-only version

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Many Chinese developers are worried about Steam's upcoming Chinese-only version

A China-only version of Steam might sound like a good thing on paper, but for the Chinese developers for whom Steam is a lifeline, a region-locked version of the platform may actually represent an existential threat. In December I flew to Shanghai to attend WePlay Game Expo, China's only convention for its vibrant but relatively small indie gaming scene. You should read the report in order to understand the precarious situation these developers are in, but the gist is that heavy-handed government regulations make it almost impossible for small developers to survive in China's enormous gaming industry.

Valve is building a system that auto-mutes abusive CS:GO players

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Valve is building a system that auto-mutes abusive CS:GO players

Team-based games like CS:GO require coordination between players. Coordination requires communication, and communication, unfortunately, generally requires talking to other people. This is where the wheels tend to come off, because while some players will use the power of comms to set ambushes or warn about incoming enemies, others prefer less friendly approaches to chit-chat. You know what I mean.

Dwarf Fortress devs are finally about to start working on the Steam version

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Dwarf Fortress devs are finally about to start working on the Steam version

Sinister plots have come to Dwarf Fortress. Somewhere out in its ASCII world there are now bad guys who can send undercover dwarves to steal the artifacts from your fortress, and you can go Dwarf Cop on them. It's one of the most exciting components of the new "villains" release, which also includes some of the largest additions to Dwarf Fortress's Adventure mode in years. The most relevant thing about this update for most people, though, is that it's the last one before the developers focus on integrating graphics and launching Dwarf Fortress on Steam.