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    Pixel-art turn-based RPG fans - check out the demo for Of Blades & Tails

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January - 14:13 · 1 minute

Interested in checking out a fresh upcoming pixel-art turn-based RPG? Of Blades & Tails looks pretty great and there's now a demo available to try.

The developer explains that it's inspired by Diablo, Tales of Maj'Eyal and Stoneshard but there's no permadeath so you don't need to worry about any brutal difficulty here. That's not to say it will be easy but it will regularly give you a save so that's nice. On top of that the lore is inspired by the classic point & click adventure Inherit the Earth. Made with Godot Engine , you can see a trailer below:

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Game Features:

  • Turn-based Combat that allows for quick action or strategic planning
  • An Open World with lots of places to discover
  • A fresh, animalistic setting in a vibrant pixel art look
  • Procedural generated dungeons and caves
  • A Main Storyline and various side quests
  • Classless Character Development with many abilities to unlock
  • Equipment of different qualities and Unique Items with special powers
  • Hunt giant bugs or gather herbs and other useful resources
  • Many Enemy Types with different skills that may require tactical decisions
  • Trade with rats and other profit-seeking animals
  • ... and more to come!

Try out the demo on itch.io and Steam .

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    Upcoming GZDoom-powered FPS Selaco shows off the 'AI Response System'

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 January - 12:04 · 2 minutes

As if I could get any more excited? Selaco just looks simply incredible in the footage we've seen previously, this new GZDoom-powered FPS is going to kick-ass.

One of the big features is the FEAR-inspired AI system, where the enemies actually work together properly to take you down. They're aware of each other, use different tactics depending on the situation and so on. It does sound exciting and the latest video shows it off a little more. Oh, you also get to flip things for cover which is clearly awesome.

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Game Features:

  • A lengthy story-driven campaign

Selaco is a story-driven experience, and we don't say that lightly. A dedicated writer has been brought on board to assist with creating an engaging and believable sci-fi story and world.

  • Intense Action set pieces

Turn the entire world into confetti with the destructive power of your weapons. Every single bullet will react properly with any materials or objects you hit. Our artists have created many different variations for each (voxel)object to ensure that the aftermath of each encounter is palpable. That once lavish office space now nothing but a pile of rubble with broken paintings, smashed tables, screen, chairs, smoke, and chunks of debris.

  • Custom AI

With our FEAR influence, writing proper AI was a goal from the get go. The enemy is fully aware of each other's presence and work together to take you down. They will keep their distance if you apply constant pressure on them, will rush you if you hide or run out of bullets, toss grenades if you use the same cover for too long, and much more. Hundreds of custom lines have been written and acted out, providing hints to the player about their current plans and tactics.

  • Full soundtrack

Selaco is accompanied by a full length original soundtrack composed by an experienced musician who has worked on many games in the past.

  • Professional voice-acting.

To help immerse players in the story and atmosphere of Selaco, professional voice actors have been brought on board. Dawn will be voiced by the incredibly talented Melissa Medina, with other casting choices revealed at a later date.

It's quite some time away from release yet but don't let that stop you heading over to Steam and hitting that wishlist button.

You can also support the developer on Patreon .

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    Tiny Life is an upcoming pixel-art take on experiences like The Sims

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January - 13:07 · 1 minute

Tiny Life is an upcoming game trying to capture the essence of games like The Sims, but in an isometric pixelart style. If you've played The Sims before, you mostly know sort-of what to expect from it. Build a house, have a family and take care of all their needs - or totally mess with them. You're basically god watching over a few select people.

Tiny Life's creator, the solo indie developer Ellpeck, has always loved casual life simulation games like The Sims, Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. For multiple years, he deemed the prospect of making a complex life simulation game similar to The Sims too difficult, until he started working on Tiny Life and realized that it is, indeed, quite the task. Nevertheless, he has been working on the game regularly for over a year and considers it his passion project.

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Game Features:

  • Create your own characters with unique personalities and skills and dress them however you like
  • Build houses and community spaces like parks and cafés and watch households inhabit them
  • Control your household and tell your characters what to do, from cooking food to learning complex skills like programming and painting
  • Have your characters interact, build relationships, grow families and live unique lives
  • Share your creations with the community by exporting lots and households from your game
  • Create additional content through the game's built-in C# modding API

I have to admit I've not played The Sims since probably the second one released back in 2004. Some fond memories though, there's not much out there like it and so it's quite fun to see someone else do a take on it.

Want to try it out? There's a free Alpha on itch.io and you can wishlist on Steam .

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    Check out some fresh Haunted Chocolatier screenshots

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January - 11:33

Haunted Chocolatier is the next game from Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe (Eric Barone), we still don't yet know a huge amount about it but the dev recently showed some fresh screenshots. These are just some small teasers, with Barone mentioning on their Twitter to expect plenty more throughout 2022.

On December 25, Barone mentioned the game is "making good progress" and currently work is progressing on the "core elements of the game". We don't expect to get a lot of info before a true full reveal, as Barone mentioned "I don’t really feel like sharing much, because I’d rather let the game be a surprise than reveal everything. I just like working in secret".

The first shot shows off some ghosts in some sort of laboratory, conducting some of that sweet science.

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Later on Twitter you can also see these two newer images (click to enlarge):

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Given the popularity of Stardew Valley, there's of course a lot of eyes watching to see how this turns out. Are you excited for Haunted Chocolatier?

You can also follow development on the official site .

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    Dell announce the new XPS 13 Plus with Ubuntu supported

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January - 10:23 · 2 minutes

During CES 2022 Dell announced the brand new XPS 13 Plus, which overhauls the design and it looks pretty slick. They've confirmed that Ubuntu 20.04 will also still be a supported option, on their Developer Edition.

"Our most powerful XPS 13 was redesigned from the ground up to be our highest-performing flagship ever, so users can do everything they love faster. New modern and simplified interiors are beautiful and provide a seamless touch experience for customers. Stunning displays and enhanced audio bring your content to life. Crafted of machined aluminum and glass in Platinum or Graphite." — Dell.

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It's small, thin and light and with the redesign it's about the same size as before with a few major differences.

The one you can notice right away is the new capacitive touch bar above the keyboard, allowing you to switch between function and media keys. It looks fantastic but, I'm always a little wary of these special touch bars. It's not as fancy as the one on the MacBook, which would hopefully mean it would have less problems. At least the new edge-to-edge keyboard looks like it has decent spacing for comfortable typing.

They've also stretched-out the fans to the outer-edges, which they say gives "up to 55%" more airflow allowing it to be more powerful while also keeping the size and without increasing noise or temperature.

The screen sounds rather nice too. With it you're getting a 13.4-inch 16:10 aspect ratio OLED "InfinityEdge" display, they say it gives "7.4 million pixels are individually lit, turning off completely for black, so dark areas are true black or perfect black, so content comes alive with breathtaking detail especially in dark areas".

Specifications depend on what model you go for, options include:

Processor

12th Generation Intel Core i5-1240P (12MB Cache, up to 4.4 GHz, 12 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i7-1260P (18MB Cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 12 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i7-1270P (18MB Cache, up to 4.8 GHz, 12 cores)
12th Generation Intel Core i7-1280P (24MB Cache, up to 4.8 GHz, 14 cores)

RAM

8GB LPDDR5 128-bit Dual Channel at 5200MHz
16GB LPDDR5 128-bit Dual Channel at 5200MHz
32GB LPDDR5 128-bit Dual Channel at 5200MHz
Note: (onboard memory)

Storage

256GB PCIe 3 x4 SSD, 512GB PCIe 4 x4 SSD,
1TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD, 2TB PCIe 4 x4 SSD

Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Display

13.4-inch 4K UHD+ (3840x2400) InfinityEdge touch display; DisplayHDR 400, 500-nit, 90%
DCI-P3 typical, 1650:1 contrast ratio, 0.3% anti- reflective, anti-smudge

13.4-inch 3.5K (3456 x 2160) InfinityEdge OLED touch display, DisplayHDR 500, 400-nit, 100%
DCI-P3 colour gamut, 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.5% anti-reflective, anti-smudge, Corning® Gorilla ® Glass 7

13.4-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge touch display; 500-nits, 100% sRGB typical, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 0.3% anti-reflective, anti- smudge

13.4-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge display; 500-nits, 100% sRGB typical, 2000:1 contrast ratio, anti-glare

All panels - Dolby VisionTM, Eyesafe® technology, 178° wide viewing angle +/- 89° / 89° / 89° / 89°

Battery

55WHr battery (built-in)
Battery is built-in to the laptop and is not replaceable.

Ports

2x ThunderboltTM 4 (USB Type-CTM) with DisplayPort and Power Delivery
1 USB-C to USB-A v3.0 adapter ships standard

Wireless

Intel ® KillerTM Wi-Fi 6E 1675 (AX211) (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.2

Size & Weight

Height: 15.28 (0.60”) x Width: 295.3mm (11.63”) x Depth: 199.04mm (7.84”)
Starting weight: 1.24kg (2.73 lbs.)

When will it be available? That's not entirely clear, they say sometime worldwide this "Spring" starting at $1,199.

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    System76 tease their new 'Kudo' laptop with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 6 January - 17:13 · 1 minute

Looking for a new high-end laptop for your Linux needs? System76, makers of Pop!_OS have teased their latest with the Kudo that blends together the worlds of AMD and NVIDIA.

"The Kudu laptop is for expert multitaskers. The rub-belly-pat-head types. The Mach 12 errand runners. The kind of thinker who can open 10 doors with 1 makeshift key.

Whatever your missions, get them done faster with the Kudu laptop. Between the H-class CPU and 3000-Series NVIDIA graphics, you’ll be the ultimate conductor in a multitasking concerto." — System76.

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Starting at $1899, this is one laptop that sounds like it will handle close to anything you throw at it. With the choice of having it pre-installed with Pop!_OS 21.10, Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

They're only teasing it but they did at least give out the basic specifications, although they don't note what the base model will have in terms of RAM and things like that, we're just given vague details on the max support so far:

Processor

AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX: 3.3 up to 4.6 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads

Display

15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD Matte Finish, 144Hz

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Memory

Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz

Storage

2 x M.2 SSD(PCIe NVMe). Up to 4TB total.

Expansion

1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1× USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1× USB 2.0 Type-A

Input

Multitouch Clickpad, Multi-Color Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5

Video Ports

1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.4, 1 × HDMI(w/HDCP), 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.4

Audio

Stereo Speakers, 1 × Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, 1 × Microphone Jack

Dimensions

14.21″ × 10.16″ × 1.14″ (36.09 × 25.81 × 2.90 cm)

What do you think to this new model? No word on release date yet but they do say stock will be limited so you may want to head to the page and sign up to be notified.

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    Relic Space shows off its very satisfying space roguelike gameplay in a demo

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 6 January - 15:23 · 1 minute

Love space sci-fi and roguelikes? Relic Space blends them together and it's really beginning to look like a game that's going to steal endless hours away from me.

Relic Space is a turn-based, roguelike RPG in which you help rebuild civilisation following a galactic catastrophe. Through varied missions as a single starship pilot you will engage in deeply simulated, hex-based combat with an innovative, fluid feel - all set within an epic sci-fi narrative that you help construct through your choices. A bit like Jupiter Hell, the movement is so fluid you often don't remember it's taking a turn each time.

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The developer put up a public demo recently and it's really come along, with a couple of hours gameplay available it gives a great look into the game. Heavily inspired by traditional roguelikes, the developer mentions they wish to "break new ground with the variety and complexity of randomly generated missions, and their associated subplots". While it will have a main story campaign, it sounds like there's going to be a lot you can replay through and have it all be different each time.

You can check out the new demo on itch.io and follow on Steam .

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    Classic open source platformer SuperTux is coming to Steam

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 09:38 · 1 minute

One we don't cover or hear about too often is SuperTux, a free and open source platformer that's been around for some time now and it's getting a Steam release.

"Run and jump through SuperTux, the sidescrolling 2D platformer starring Tux, the Linux mascot. Squish and knock out enemies, collect powerups, and solve platforming puzzles throughout the Icy Island and the Rooted Forest, as Tux tries to save his beloved Penny from her kidnapper, Nolok!"

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Game Features:

  • Platforming gameplay similar to original Super Mario games, with some unique abilities such as backflipping and dynamic swimming
  • Lovingly hand-crafted graphics contributed by a variety of artists, alongside engaging and catchy music
  • Engaging levels designed with casual gameplay, puzzling and speedrunning in mind
  • Weird, quirky and some not-so-adorable enemies that might be too cute to kill
  • Two full worlds packed with unique and challenging levels, castles, and boss fights
  • Other contrib levels, including seasonal worlds, storyless bonus islands, and downloadable Add-ons, which feature new and unique stories and levels
  • Simple, flexible Level Editor, which allows for the creation and sharing of levels of any complexity

Follow on Steam or grab it from the official site / Flathub .

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