Microsoft Flight Simulator Flaps Hotfix Coming; Sim Update 3 & World Update 4 Will Be Slightly Delayed

Today Microsoft announced a revision to the update schedule for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The the latest World Update 3 untroduced an issue with flaps that produce too much lift across the board. Initially, the developers planned to fix it with sim update 4 in early march, but due to community feedback, they have now decided to release an hotfix next week.

This will require thorough testing, with the result that the next two major updates will be delayed by a week.

Sim update 3, which will introduce various improvements to the core simulation, is now targeting a release in early March (likely the second week of the month since it was originally slated for March 4).

World Update 4, which will improve France and Benelux, is now targeting early April (likely the first week of the month, since it was originally slated for March 30).

On top of that, we … Read the rest

Anthem’s Failure is Now Complete

Anthem, EA & BioWare’s “Destiny Killer” is finally, mercifully, being put out of its misery. Today BioWare announced that development on Anthem is ceasing. This includes all work on Anthem 2.0, the proposed rehaul of the beleaguered looter-shooter.

This update effectively puts the final nail in Anthem’s coffin. EA and BioWare have committed to a future where Anthem is remembered as a complete and utter failure, and it, like Battleborn recently, will be left to wither away.

Sadly, the story of Anthem really isn’t even all that interesting to look back on. And unlike Battleborn, I don’t have a lot of good things to say about it.

Anthem was incredibly ambitious, very beautiful, and had some of the best jet-pack flying mechanics I’ve ever experienced in a video game.

It was also completely soulless, devoid of an interesting gameplay loop, and it had a bland, and below-average story … Read the rest

Stardew Valley Just Got an Official Board Game, and You Can Buy It Right Now

Eric Barone, developer of the hit farming simulator Stardew Valley, just announced on Twitter that he’s been working on a board game for the past two years. Stardew Valley: The Board Game is available to purchase right now.

He explained on his blog that he’s been working closely with board game designer Cole Medeiros to create a game that “captures the essence of Stardew Valley.” The board game will have nearly everything the video game has, from crops, foraging, and fishing to villagers, animals, and mining.

Here’s what you need to know about the board game:

Stardew Valley: The Board Game is for 1 to 4 players, ages 13

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Airbus A220 Video Shows WIP Air Baltic Livery & More; F-15 Eagle Gets 1.0 Update

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s third-party industry has never been more active, and there’s news from Whiskey Jet Simulation and DC Designs.

First of all, we get a new video from Whiskey Jet Simulations about its upcoming Airbus A220 add-on aircraft.

The video shows a work-in-progress Air Baltic livery alongside a take-off from London City Airport and a bit of flying.

On top of that, the 1.0 update for the F-15 Eagle add-on by DC Designs (which we reviewed a few weeks ago) has now been released and is available on Just Flight for those who purchased the aircraft. It brings a lot of changes and fixes announced last week.

A few days ago, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, who provided a lot of new info about the present and future of the sim.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Spitfire Reveals The Legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin; Simarc Teases Faisalabad

Third-party developers are continuing to work on new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including aircraft and airports.

Aeroplane Heaven is laboring on its upcoming Supermarine Spitfire add-on, and today the developer posted a look at the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin, which is visible in the model.

You can check it out below, while we wait for more precise release details.

On the airport side, we also get a tease from SimArc, that apparently is working on Faisalabad International Airport (OPFA).

It’s one of the major airports in Pakistan, and it’s always nice to see new hubs being created for an often-neglected area of the world. Incidentally, Simarc is the studio behind the excellent Islamabad International Airport.

Speaking of neglected areas of the world, we also get a bonus in the form of screenshots from the duo of developers working on Hangzhou International Airport (ZSHC) over at FSDeveloper.

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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Screenshots & Video Show Trials, Inverse Kinematics, & More

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is continuing to progress toward its release, and more screenshots and videos have been revealed, showcasing various features.

We get to take a look the the “Trails” that can appear randomly in the field.

Below we can see one of them, focused on intercepting flying Dolls.

Another trial named “Stellar Gift” is showcased in a video.

More screenshots show the trial named “Assembly Point,” which includes enemies standing on elevated platforms.

Apparently, there’s a way to climb the tall tower in Central City, starting with a glide from the nearby mountain. Incidentally, a possible secret related to the tower is being teased.

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Neptunia ReVerse for PS5 Reveals “Adjusted” Box Art; Uncensored Japanese Art Included on Reverse Side

Today Idea Factory International revealed the western box art of its upcoming JRPG Neptunia ReVerse.

The box art is similar to the Japanese original, but several “revealing” part of the costumes have been covered up. Idea Factory is quite transparent in mentioning that the artwork has been “adjusted for retail” on the official press release.

Indeed, this usually isn’t done due to a will to censor the art, but simply because this kind of detail doesn’t go down well with mass-market retailers that display them on the shelves.

That being said, the good folks at Compile Heart are still providing the original Japanese art on the other side of the reversible jacket, ensuring that you’re not going to miss out.

You can check out both the “adjusted” art and the original below.

If you’re unfamiliar with Neptunia ReVerse, which was originally titled Go! Go! 5D Game Neptunia ReVerse, is … Read the rest

Kanto-Themed Raid Day Coming to Pokemon GO for Pokemon Day

Earlier today, Niantic revealed their plans for a special raid day featuring the Legendary birds of Kanto. Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno will be returning on Feb. 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. It’s technically part of Pokemon Day weekend, but just on the tail end of the celebration.

This will be the second time in less than 10 days where these birds will be the focus of Legendary raids. Before this raid day, you’ll also be able to get your hands on these powerful ‘mons on Feb. 20 during Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto.

During the special raid day, the shiny versions of each bird will be available. Don’t get down if the Pokemon you’re battling in the raid isn’t shiny. You won’t be able to tell if the one you get is shiny until you get to the encounter after completing the raid.

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Stubbs the Zombie Returns to PC and Consoles in March

Original Xbox and PC game Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse will be coming to modern consoles and Steam in March.

The returning title will be a port of the 2005 original developed by Wideload Games with modernized controls and achievements, which were leaked earlier this month in a TrueAchievements report. It will be handled by Aspyr Media, who published the original game and ported Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars Episode I: Racer last year.

The action-adventure game follows Edward “Stubbs” Stubblefield, a traveling salesman during the Great Depression who was killed by his girlfriend’s father. He rises from the grave 26 years later in 1959 and wreaks havoc on the retro-futuristic city of Punchbowl, Pennsylvania by converting its citizens to zombies alongside using “zombie sputum, gut grenades, and the stunning unholy flatulence.”

The game launched in October 2005 and received a … Read the rest

Microsoft Flight Simulator Spitfire & CRJ Get New Screenshots; Minamidaito & Kitadaito Released

Third-party developers are continuing to enrich the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator, and new assets have been released today.

Aerosoft’s Bombardier CRJ Package is looking closer and closer to release, and today the developer released new screenshots showing it off.

You can check them out below while we wait for the release date announcement.

Another aircraft that’s shaping up really nicely is Aeroplane Heaven’s Spitfire.

Today the developer showcased progress on the beloved warbird, including both the exterior and interior modeling.

I guess it’ll work quite well with today’s World Update dedicated to the UK and Ireland.

Last, but not least, Gate15 Scenery released its scenery for the Japanese Pacific islands and airports of Minamidaito (ROMD) and Kitadaito (RORK).

They can be purchased on SimMarket for approximately $15 plus applicable VAT.

The scenery is quite relevant relevant because, as you see in the pictures below, the default depiction … Read the rest