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Darkwood: A Survival Horror Game Its Own Developers Want You to Pirate

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Ever heard of Darkwood? It’s an indie horror game that was released a week ago on Steam. It’s also available for free on The Pirate Bay, thanks to the game’s developer, Acid Wizard Studio, of all people.

Earlier today, Acid Wizard Studio posted a sort of tell-all story on Imgur explaining why the company decided to post its game on The Pirate Bay. The story explains how this three man (and one dog) Polish development studio worked for four years on Darkwood, the survival horror game that doesn’t rely on jump scares, because the developers were too scared to play survival horror games. The story goes into detail how the developers quit their day jobs, ran an Indiegogo campaign that almost didn’t succeed, and missed numerous scheduled game release deadlines. But, then the story takes an interesting turn and describes the studio’s mounting frustration with scam emails that asked for free Steam keys that the scammers planned to sell on gray market key-reseller sites like G2A.com. The article also mentions how sorry the guys at Acid Wizard Studio felt when they read why gamers asked for refunds of Darkwood, especially one kid who “didn’t want his parents to be stressed out when seeing the bill at the end of the month.” According to the story, this kid was one of the galvanizing forces behind the Acid Wizard Studio’s decision to post Darkwood on the infamous pirating site The Pirate Bay: because they felt bad for people who didn’t have $15 to spare on a video game. This, my friends, is what a bleeding heart looks like, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.

“So we decided to something about it,” explains the original article. “If you don’t have the money and want to play the game, we have a safe torrent on the Pirate Bay of the latest version of Darkwood (1.0 hotfix 3), completely DRM-free. There’s no catch, no added pirate hats for characters or anything like that. We have just one request: if you like Darkwood and want us to continue making games, consider buying it in the future, maybe on a sale, through Steam, GOG, or Humble Store. But please, please, don’t buy it through any key reselling site. By doing that, you’re just feeding the cancer that is leeching off this industry.”

Interesting words from an interesting developer. Most studios would scream to the heavens that The Pirate Bay is the true cancer leeching off the gaming industry, but I’ve never, ever, seen a game developer actively support gamers pirating its game, let alone post the game on a well-known pirating website. However, many prominent Internet game critics and reviewers actively support Acid Wizard Studio’s decision, including TotalBiscuit.

Gamers who want to take Acid Wizard Studio up on its pirating offer can find the link to the officially pirated version (never thought those words would come out of my mouth) in the original article, but those of who want to support the studio can buy Darkwood on Steam here. Given the game’s quality, I look forward to what Acid Wizard Studio does next.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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