Party Animals Free Demo Reaches Over 100k Concurrent Steam Players

Party Animals, a game about cute animals wrestling and beating each other up, reached a concurrent player count of over 100,000 players with a free demo earlier today.

The game is a PC physics-based multiplayer brawler in the vein of Gang Beasts and Human Fall Flat where much of the fun is players flailing around while grabbing and fighting with other players or objects.

It was released as a free demo on Sunday, Oct. 4 and is featured in the Steam Games Festival: Autumn Edition, which showcases games scheduled to release later this year through May 2021 with free demos, livestreams, and developer Q&As.

According to SteamDB, the Party Animals demo reached a concurrent player peak of almost 70,000 on Thursday and Friday mornings around 10 a.m. ET.

The game hit its current peak of 108,764 around the same time earlier this morning, placing it in the top Read the rest

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Interview – Director Discusses Multiplayer, Music, & More

The remastered edition of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was released worldwide on Aug. 27 this year. It is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS, making it unique in comparison to the original only available for GameCube players. It’s an interesting mix of platforms, especially as players will now be able to experience this classic on mobile.

To learn more about what inspired the development of this remastered Crystal Chronicles, Twinfinite interviewed director Ryoma Araki.

Read on for the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles interview– you’ll learn some interesting details regarding the game’s multiplayer, and challenges faced by Square Enix.

Anna: What inspired Square Enix to bring Crystal Chronicles back in a remastered edition?

Ryoma Araki: The original FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES (FFCC) game was released the year I joined SQUARE ENIX. At that time, I had been creating a game for the Nintendo GameCube at … Read the rest

New Microsoft Flight Simulator Update Coming Next Week; Video Teases Aerosoft’s CRJ & MOre

Today Microsoft and Asobo released a new development update of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Within the update we learn that the next patch will be released on October 13.

It’ll bring the following changes:

  • Bug fixes (VFR Map, Avionics black screen, etc.)
  • Navigation data updates
  • UI updates
  • Aerodynamics updates
  • Activity updates
  • Marketplace updates
  • World updates

On top of that, we get a video focusing on one of the biggest third-party developers working on the game, Aerosoft.

Within the video, we get to see a new tease of the developer’s promising Bombardier CRJ line.

On top of that, we also hear that Aerosoft plans to release plenty of airports, including Brussels, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Barcelona, and “many more.”

You can check out the video below.

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Check Out These Gorgeous Screenshots of Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s New Exotics

Destiny 2 continues to be one of the most beautiful games out there, even now over six years since the original game’s release. With a next-gen and a new expansion on the way, nothing appears to be stopping Destiny 2 from continuing to look objectively pretty.

The new exotics revealed today not only have very cool sounding perks, they are also among the prettiest and sickest added to the game so far.

All three classes are getting a new exotic helmet and gauntlet armor, and there are at least four new exotic weapons that will be obtainable as well. I’m not sure if any of them are tied to the raid, but if I had to take it guess it’s that Stasis-themed grenade launcher.

Although it’s definitely looks sweet, hopefully I’m wrong and there’s a yet to be revealed weapon out there because more is always better.

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Nintendo Treehouse Live To Show off New Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Pikmin 3 Deluxe Gameplay

Nintend of America has announced today that a new Nintendo Treehouse Live presentation will air tomorrow morning (Oct. 7) at 10 a.m. PT. The livestream will feature two different gameplay segments: one for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and one for Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

The Treehouse team will be diving deep into Pimin 3 Deluxe and you can expect to see the new Deluxe-specific features in play here, such as the campaign co-op mode and tips to help Pikmin newbies out. There’s also a new stage for the game that will be shown.

The Hyrule Warriors segment will get more “gameplay details.” I … Read the rest

Apex Legends Aftermarket Patch Buffs Pathfinder, Adds Caustic Heirloom

Respawn recently revealed that a new event is coming to Apex Legends this week. The Aftermarket Collection event starts tomorrow, Oct. 5, alongside the Flashpoint LTM and the crossplay beta. Today, they’ve shared the patch notes for tomorrow’s Apex Legends update.

The patch notes go over everything you’ll need to know about the Aftermarket Collection update, including buffs, nerfs, and other gameplay adjustments.

The most notable Legend changes are for Bloodhound, Wraith, and Pathfinder. Bloodhound’s Tactical now has an eight-second cooldown during their Ultimate, and Wraith has new running animations that correct issues that used to make her harder to hit.

Pathfinder mains will really appreciate these Apex Legends patch notes. His Tactical cooldown now directly correlates to the distance that he zips. Basically, if you zip/grapple into a faceplant by accident, your cooldown will be shorter. The 35-second cooldown still applies to longer grapples, though.

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Conan Exiles Shows New Armor From Isle of Sipath Expansion in New Video

Funcom released a new video about its popular survival game Conan Exiles and its expansion Isle of Sipath.

To be more specific, the video showcases the new armor featured in the expansion alongside the concept art at the base of its design, as Lead Artist Bruno Nunes explains the inspiration behind it.

You can check it out below.

Conan Exiles: Isle of Sipath was announced a few weeks ago and it’s already available in early access for PC; It will fully release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2021.

Here’s how Funcom describes it.

“Isle of Siptah is a massive expansion to the open world survival game Conan Exiles, featuring a vast new island to explore, huge and vile new creatures to slay, new building sets and a whole new gameplay cycle. Fight the elder races in new underground dungeons. Defeat demonic monstrosities that spawn from a

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Minecraft Reveals Caves & Cliffs Update; Minecraft Dungeons Getting Cross-Platform Play & DLC

During the Minecraft Live broadcast, Microsoft and Mojang had a few news to share about the popular franchise.

We get to see the new “Caves & Cliffs” update which will improve caves and mountains and bring several elements to the original Minecraft Games

On top of that, Minecraft Dungeons will receive a new DLC titled “Howling Peaks” on top of a free update. Cross-platform play on Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, Windows PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch is also coming.

Here’s an official breakdown directly from the press release.

  • Brace Yourself for…the Caves & Cliffs Update! This upcoming update for Minecraft will combine two highly anticipated improvements to the game: an update to caves, and the winner of the 2019 Minecon Live biome vote: mountains. At Minecraft Live, we showed off new blocks and capabilities coming soon, such as the copper ore, crystal geodes, telescopes, and talked about improvements to
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New Switch Games Releasing in October 2020

While the month of September was a bit light for first-party Nintendo Switch titles, October tells a different story when it comes to new Switch games.

Not only are there literally dozens of indies releasing this month on the eShop, Nintendo has three pretty big titles coming out that are sure to appeal to Switch owners. There’s a new new Mario Kart AR title, a Pikmin 3 port, and a Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion.

Below you will find the list of all new Switch games releasing in October and if you keep scrolling, we have a bit more info on the more notable releases.

New Switch Releases for October 2020

  • Quell – Oct. 3
  • Space Grunts – Oct. 5
  • Danger Gazers – Oct. 5
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix – Oct. 6
  • Charterstone: Digital Edition – Oct. 6
  • Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders – Oct.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets Enhanced Tokyo & Shanghai Add-Ons

Add-on developer SamScene3D released two packages for Microsoft Flight simulator, Shanghai and Tokyo Enhanced.

Shanghai is priced at $12.95 and adds several landmarks to the otherwise slightly drab default version of the largest city of China.

Here’s what it includes, alongside a few screenshots.

  • over 200 custom iconic buildings and apartments
  • many famous museums, buildings, apartments, hotels, banks, landmarks in Shanghai city center area
  • beautiful and detailed bund area with old style buildings
  • few bridges across the river
  • buildings with PBR material
  • beautiful night effect
  • fixed MSFS default Pearl tower size and added night effect
  • free update in the future

Tokyo is priced at $5.95 and may appear a harder sell considering that Microsoft itself just released a giant Japan world update for free.

Yet, true Japanophiles may still find a few reasons to grab it. The photogrammetry model used by Microsoft is a bit … Read the rest