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GOG Galaxy Will Finally Receive Cloud Saves and Other Features

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CD Projekt’s digital distribution platform GOG Galaxy will soon leave beta and update to version 1.2. Normally, such an event would not be cause for celebration, but the update’s prominent features, including much-awaited cloud saves, beg to differ.

CD Projekt touts GOG Galaxy as a rival to bigger digital distribution platforms, including Steam, Origin, and Uplay. Unlike those platforms, games offered through GOG Galaxy are DRM-free (i.e., players don’t actually have to download the GOG Galaxy client to play games they purchase on the GOG website) and come with numerous extras. For example, people who buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Steam or Origin also receive artwork, the game soundtrack, a digital art book, premium wallpapers, and a digital map of the game world. The GOG Galaxy version of The Witcher 3 offers all of the above in addition to papercraft toys, a compendium of The Witcher universe, HD Videos, avatars, and a digital comic book. While Galaxy’s extras might tempt some gamers, the platform currently lacks various features some PC gamers find necessary, such as cloud saves. However, GOG Galaxy version 1.2 aims to rectify this problem.

The highlight of GOG Galaxy version 1.2 is its universal cloud saves. Most Steam, Origin, and Uplay games come with cloud save functionality, but many older games, such as the Legacy of Kain franchise and Shadow Man, and some modern titles, including Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, lack this feature. CD Projekt promises that GOG Galaxy’s cloud service will apply to all games available on the platform, without exception. Yes, even games that predate the internet.

GOG Galaxy 1.2 will also provide various smaller features, some of which are not available in other digital distribution platforms. These features include but are not limited to:

  • An in-game overlay
  • A bandwidth limiter and scheduler to decrease download speeds when gamers want to download or upload more pertinent files
  • A new chat service
  • A screenshot capture function
  • Desktop notifications
  • The ability to know the rarity of various achievements
  • An FPS counter
  • A new settings window
  • A hibernation mode that limits GOG Galaxy’s CPU usage when idle or during gameplay
  • The ability to activate and deactivate various features to customize each player’s experience

The GOG Galaxy version 1.2 update is scheduled to launch sometime in April.

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Battle Pass for Crash Team Rumble is not necessary to unlock new characters; the upcoming closed beta

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The competitive multiplayer spinoff of Crash Team Rumble, which will be available on both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, will debut on June 20. A closed beta for the game will be held in the coming weeks, and the good news that character unlocks won’t be dependent on Battle Pass progress was just revealed.

Publisher Activision made its intentions very clear in a lengthy blog post, writing, “New heroes and powers will be unlocked through in-game challenges rather than being connected to the Battle Pass because we want every player to have a balanced experience while enjoying the N. Sane fun that Crash Team Rumble has to offer.” “For those who wish to get a WUMP on the season’s newest looks, Battle Passes will solely reward cosmetic goods; however, cosmetics will still be earnable through participation in seasonal events.”

Those who preorder the platformer/battle royale mix can take part in a limited beta between April 20 and 24. For those who want to jump right in, online matches against other players and practice matches versus AI bots will be offered.

How does Crash Team Rumble strike you? Will you participate in the closed beta test?

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Indie Not on PlayStation Wins BAFTA Game of the Year, Beating PS5, PS4’s Greatest Hits

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God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring were both beaten out for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Game by a tiny little independent title called Vampire Survivors, which isn’t even accessible on PlayStation systems. Do you really believe that?

Putting all lightheartedness aside, Vampire Survivors was something of a phenomenon in 2022, and you would have to be living under a rock (or live offline) to have missed it. It burst into prominence and eventually became a favorite among industry insiders. A fiendishly addictive fundamental gameplay loop hides beneath a deceptively simple exterior, earning developer Luca Galante, aka Poncle, this year’s BAFTA for Game Design as well as another honor.

There hasn’t been any news of the mega-hit coming to PlayStation as of yet, so there’s probably some sort of exclusivity agreement in place or anything else blocking it. Perhaps one day we will be granted access to it, but until then, console yourself with one of the numerous high-end games on our preferred platform, such as The Last of Us, which won Best Game back in 2014.

In slightly related news, Shuhei Yoshida, a PlayStation legend, received a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

What do you think about the Vampire Survivors’ victory—do you believe it was well-deserved or totally absurd?

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On May 17, Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court Expansion will be available on consoles

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While we felt Crusader Kings 3: Console Edition was fantastic when it was launched on the PS5 last year, we were only able to play the base game. We are incredibly grateful that the great Royal Court extension will be coming to consoles. This is a regal proclamation that we could not be more delighted to make.

It’s pretty difficult to switch back after you’ve experienced the conveniences and enhancements that Royal Court offers to the well-stocked table, as anyone who has played Crusader Kings 3 on PC knows. It’s not just for show; players will be able to use trophies and priceless pieces of art to adorn their throne room, which adds a minor RPG system to an already magnificently complex adventure.

If you haven’t already and like the basic Crusader King’s experience, we highly encourage you to give Royal Court a try. This expansion is the ideal reason to jump back in for another round of backroom maneuvering. Are you going to create your own royal court?

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