Surprise: Outlast is now available on Switch

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Surprise: Outlast is now available on Switch

Out of nowhere, Outlast — the 2013 survival horror game — has appeared on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Outlast: Bundle of Terror is available today on the European eShop, with a U.S. release expected to arrive soon thereafter.

Publisher Red Barrels previously announced that it would bring both Outlast and its 2017 sequel, Outlast 2, to Nintendo Switch in the first quarter of 2018. A post on the franchise’s Facebook page even showed a developer playing a pre-release build of the game on Switch. Yet the company never got more specific about a release date, and hasn’t spoken about the Switch port since December.

Pathfinder on your tablet and in your browser, complete with dice and a GM

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Pathfinder on your tablet and in your browser, complete with dice and a GM

Roll20, the leading browser-based virtual tabletop application, has partnered with Paizo Games to bring Pathfinder online. The browser-based tool, which also includes an app for iOS and Android devices, is free. An automated Pathfinder character sheet with be available for all on March 22, with several adventure modules to follow. Comparable content for Starfinder, Paizo’s newest game, will come out later this year.

Roll20 began as a Kickstarter and has since become the premier browser-based virtual tabletop application. Game masters log in and prepare the client with materials, much as they would for an in-person game. Players arrive later, and the GM leads them through an adventure as though they were sitting together at a physical table.

Atari is making a new Night Driver

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Atari is making a new Night Driver

Atari, the branded cryptocurrency and speaker hat maker, will release a new version of the company’s classic racing game, Night Driver, more than 40 years after the original hit arcades. The new game, simply titled Night Driver, is coming to Android and iOS devices.

The new Night Driver is currently available in Canada via the Apple App Store and Google Play as a free-to-play download. A release date outside of the Canadian soft launch has not been announced.

Pokémon turns 22 this year with a low-key birthday party

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Pokémon turns 22 this year with a low-key birthday party

Pokémon is turning 22 this year, which isn’t the most exciting birthday. (At least, it wasn’t for me.) The Pokémon Company managed to find at least a few nice ways to celebrate the franchise’s anniversary on Feb. 27, however, refusing to skimp on this year’s Pokémon Day festivities.

First up is a free application for Google Home- and Amazon Alexa-compatible smart devices. Pikachu Talk will give your hardware the voice of the most iconic Pokémon, which probably isn’t helpful for anyone who actually uses Alexa and Google to help out. Ask Pikachu questions, and it will respond with one of its little squeaks. If you never got the chance to have a circular conversation with a Pokémon before (like in the infernal N64 game Hey You, Pikachu!), here you go.

Sea of Thieves honors 28 players in-game for hardy work in its early builds

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Sea of Thieves honors 28 players in-game for hardy work in its early builds

Sea of Thieves’ closed beta ended about a week ago, leaving behind a bunch of in-game tributes to players who have helped developer Rare out the most, either with feedback on the beta, or just by being hardy shipmates as the rollicking pirate MMO comes to term.

There’s no confirmation these will be part of the main game when that launches March 20. So this thread at the Sea of Thieves official forum has catalogued the 26 known Easter eggs bearing players’ Gamertags and often symbolizing what notorious thing they did in their time with the game. (One of the Easter eggs recognizes multiple players, and some players have been recognized twice.)

PUBG is resetting its leaderboards early, play will be unranked for now

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PUBG is resetting its leaderboards early, play will be unranked for now

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has made the unusual decision to reset its leaderboards early, prior to announcing the start of the game’s next competitive season. According to a Tweet sent early this morning, Battlegrounds’ leaderboard will be reset today at 6 p.m. PT. That gives players just a few more hours to gain ranks before the season is over.

The last time that the leaderboard was reset was at the end of January. Prior to that it was also reset when the game emerged from Early Access.

Into the Breach is no less challenging than FTL, but it’s less punishing

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Into the Breach is no less challenging than FTL, but it’s less punishing

Into the Breach, the new turn-based strategy game from Subset Games, looks to be a simple thing at first glance. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that the team behind FTL: Faster Than Light has mellowed with age. This little roguelike piles on the complexity, but removes some of the punishing difficulty that made Subset’s debut game frustrating at times.

In the lore of Into the Breach, gigantic creatures have begun breeding below ground. When they emerge on one of the game’s four islands, they immediately attack the planet’s few remaining urban centers, killing off the population and knocking holes in the power grid. It’s a fight to the death against pixelated kaiju played out across multiple battlefields, each a mere eight-by-eight grid. But, as it turns out, that’s more than enough space for interesting gameplay.

PAX organizer acquires USgamer, Eurogamer and more

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PAX organizer acquires USgamer, Eurogamer and more

Live event organizer ReedPOP, which runs the annual PAX gaming conventions, now owns some of the biggest publications in games. The company announced today that it has acquired the entire Gamer Network roster of websites, channels and events, as it enters into the editorial and video content space.

ReedPOP, a division of the larger Reed Exhibitions, produces numerous live events worldwide. In the U.S., it’s best known for running both New York Comic Con and the increasing portfolio of PAX conventions. But the Gamer Network acquisition marks previously uncharted territory for the company.

Kirby maker HAL Laboratory’s first mobile game comes west

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Kirby maker HAL Laboratory’s first mobile game comes west

Part Time UFO, the mobile game by Kirby developer HAL Laboratory, has launched on Western app stores. It’s a charming physics game, in which a claw-equipped flying saucer helps people out by moving and stacking things.

According to Part Time UFO’s official site, users steer the UFO around the screen pick up objects and pile them up at a designated platform. Stacking enough of them completes the level and results in the UFO receiving its part-time pay. No word on if the UFO is limited to working 29 hours per week. (That’s a joke. The game costs $3.99, and you can play it all you want.)

Metal Gear Survive includes hidden shoutout to Kojima Productions

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Metal Gear Survive includes hidden shoutout to Kojima Productions

Metal Gear Survive is the rare Metal Gear game developed without the involvement of series creator Hideo Kojima, and the first entry in the series since the breakup of Kojima Productions. But the people working on Survive haven’t forgotten about their Koji Pro brethren, many of whom have moved on to the new Kojima Productions working on Death Stranding.

In the opening cutscene of Metal Gear Survive, there’s a well-hidden reference to the old Kojima Productions, along with a couple of other references.