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Battle Royale Comes to Forza Horizon 4 in ‘The Eliminator’

Playground Games has brought battle royale inspired racing to Forza Horizon 4 with ‘The Eliminator’, a new mode available for free on December 12 as part of the Series 17 update. The mode will be available to all players on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

The Eliminator pits up to 72 players against one another on Forza Horizon 4’s main map. All participants begin The Eliminator in a classic 1965 Mini Cooper – a level 1 car within The Eliminator’s ranking system – but can upgrade to faster cars via random air drops around the map (marked by coloured smoke) or by beating opponents in head-to-head races.

Head-to-head races are initiated by a horn blast when close enough to a rival. When a challenge is triggered a finish line will be randomly dropped some distance away; first there gets to remain in the contest and the loser is knocked out. Head-to-head winners can either upgrade to a random new higher-level car, or steal the loser’s car (doing the latter only seemed useful when claiming the scalp of an opponent in a vehicle two-or-more levels above).

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All 2020 Video Game Release Dates We Know of

2020 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in video game history, with heavy hitters on the way like Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last of Us Part II, Marvel’s Avengers, and more. As the final year in the current generation of consoles comes to a close, it’s worth noting we haven’t seen such a stacked lineup since 2013 – the previous generation’s final year.

Click through the gallery below to explore every game confirmed for release in 2020 that we know of, or scroll down to see the entire list.

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Resident Evil 2 Gets an RE3 Tease in New Update With a Letter From Jill Valentine

Resident Evil 2 remake will be getting an update that further ties the game to the recently announced Resident Evil 3 remake. And it’ll be in the form of a letter from none other than Jill Valentine.

A week ago, internet sleuths discovered a mysterious new Steam Achievement for Resident Evil 2 remake. Now, after Capcom officially announced Resident Evil 3 remake, that achievement has been revealed and it’s tied directly to the newly announced Capcom remake.

Titled “Chasing Jill,” the Steam Achievement says that players will need to “Read a letter left behind by Jill” to earn the achievement. Resident Evil 2 hasn’t been updated yet, so this letter isn’t in the game at the moment.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Indie World’ Summary, ‘DOOM’ Ports Getting More Love, ‘The Talos Principle’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for December 11th, 2019. In today’s article, we’ve got a bunch of news items about upcoming games, updates, and events. There are also a number of notable new releases, including more than a few surprises. We round things out with a look at the latest sales, which are not super-exciting! But we list them anyway, because why not? Let’s go forth!


The ‘Indie World’ Presentation Had Many Games to Talk About

Well, I was right about one thing yesterday, and wrong about another thing. Let’s focus on what I got right: the presentation indeed had finished by the time the article went up. That’s how it goes sometimes! As for what was in it? Some pretty cool stuff, a lot of which we didn’t know about before. Golf Story is getting a follow-up called Sports Story, which expands on the golf RPG adventure with new sports. Streets of Rage 4 will see the return of Adam as a playable character. Axiom Verge is getting a sequel. There was a very Hollow Knight-looking game called Gleamlight. A Picross/Visual Novel adventure called Murder by Numbers that seems designed …read more

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The Game Awards Partners With Devs to Release Demos on Steam This Weekend

The Game Awards is partnering with game developers to present The Game Festival, a 48-hour event that will allow gamers around the world to try out more than a dozen first-look game demos on Steam like System Shock, SkateBird, Carrion, and Spiritfarer.

The Game Festival is a “first-of-its-kind digital consumer event” that is launching its digital pilot program in 2019 and will run from Thursday, December 12 at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm GMT to Saturday, December 14 at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm GMT. Following the end of The Game Festivals, the demos will be removed from Steam.

The list of announced free game demos is as follows;

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‘Get Closer’ Cheers Up a Lonely Frog Through Conversation

A frog waits in the foliage, looking for someone to talk too. Get Closer is a narrative experience dealing with depression where you have a conversation with this sad frog.

Playing as yourself, you are brought to a very sad frog. This frog needs your help, even if they don’t realize it yet. The conversation works very easily, as the frog talks and there are three choices as a reply. This will take the conversation down a few different routes. The conversation is short, but should provide meaningful support for this frog battling with depression.

I got the chance to play Get Closer at the Games Library Night. You can comfort the frog and let them know you’ve felt the same way or offer to leave or try to cheer them up. It’s all up to you, but I am sure the frog just enjoys speaking their mind with someone else and not being alone in the flowers. It’s an emotional, well written, short experience where you can be there for a frog, one who really needs a friend.

These types of games, that allow you to comfort another person or creature, are really important, and their messages stick with you. …read more

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Acquia nabs CDP startup AgilOne, which raised $41M

Acquia announced it has acquired customer data platform (CDP) startup AgilOne today. The companies did not disclose the purchase price.

CDPs are all the rage among customer experience vendors, as they provide a way to pull data from a variety of channels to build a more complete picture of the customer. The goal here is to deliver meaningful content to the customer based on what you know about them. Having a platform like this to draw upon makes it more likely that you will hit the target more accurately.

Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert says he has been watching this space for the last year, and wanted to add this piece to the Acquia tool chest. “Adding a CDP like AgilOne to our existing platform will help our customers unify their data across various tools in their technology stack to drive better, more personal customer experiences,” he said.

In particular, he says he liked AgilOne because it used an intelligence layer while building the customer record. “What sets AgilOne apart from other CDPs are its machine learning capabilities, which intelligently segment customers and predict customer behaviors (such as when a customer is likely to purchase …read more

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Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful of parameters, and the service will adjust accordingly.

“Give it a style, an emotion and a musical theme, and you can say, ‘play this,’ and the engine will take that blueprint and realize it,” service cofounder Ryan Groves explained, in a conversation with TechCrunch. “If, at any point, the emotion or style changes, it will adapt to that and create this essentially infinite stream of music. You can play a particular song blueprint for as long as is necessary in any dynamic environment.”

The service is still in its infancy, at the moment. Its two founders are its only two full-time employees, along with a part-time developer. Groves and co-founder Amélie Anglade bootstrapped the scrappy startup, which has yet to seek funding.

Groves is a composer and musical theorist who formerly worked at popular AI-based music composition service, Ditty. Anglade is a music information retrieval specialist who worked at SoundCloud.

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Childcare benefits startup Kinside launches with $4 million from investors including Initialized Capital

Childcare is one of the biggest expenses for American parents and it’s not just families who are taking a hit. Childcare issues cost the United States’ economy an estimated $4.4 billion in lost productivity each year and also impacts employee retention rates. Kinside wants to help with a platform that not only enables families to get the most out of their family care benefits, but also find the right providers for their kids. The startup announced the public launch of its platform today, along with $3 million in a new funding round led by Initialized Capital.

This brings Kinside’s total raised since it was founded 18 months ago to $4 million. Its other investors include Precursor Ventures, Kairos, Jane VC and Escondido Ventures.

Founded by Shadiah Sigala, Brittney Barrett and Abe Han, Kinside began its private beta with 10 clients while participating in Y Combinator last summer. Over the past year, it has signed up over a thousand employers, underscoring the demand for childcare benefits.

“Getting meetings with employers has not been the hard part,” Sigala, Kinside’s CEO, tells TechCrunch. “Any subject line that says ‘do you want childcare for your employees?’ immediately gets …read more

Highly Anticipated MMORPG, ‘Black Desert Mobile’, is Out Now for iOS and Android

Pearl Abyss’ hugely ambitious MMORPG, Black Desert Mobile (Free), has now launched globally for iOS and Android. There’s a lot of hype behind this one due to its stunning visuals, promise of fast-paced action, and epic fantasy storyline. Over 4 million players in total pre-registered prior to today, so it’s fair to say a lot of people will be hopping on to see what all the fuss is about.

Right now, there are five distinct character classes to pick from, including the Warrior, Witch, Ranger, Giant, and Valkyrie. Each of these classes plays quite differently, and you’ll be able to customise them to your exact preferences thanks to the game’s in-depth character creator. There are so many options and ways to make them unique to you, though the creator itself is still easy to get to grips with.

Black Desert Mobile is of course an action-packed MMO, so you can expect a range of compelling multiplayer and co-op modes to get stuck into. The 3v3 PvP is fast-paced and intense, while the co-op dungeon raids serve up tons of great loot and huge bosses to take down together.

Life Skills are another big part of progression here, with areas like gathering, crafting, …read more