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The Kung-Fu Bunny Simulator Overgrowth is Finally Available

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Have you ever wanted to play as a kung-fu rabbit, as odd as that concept sounds? Well, now you can thanks to Overgrowth.

While the game might star anthropomorphic rabbits, cats, dogs, and other animals, don’t assume it’s a fun, cutsey platformer like Yooka-LayleeOvergrowth is a bare-knuckles brawler that forces players to fight off opponents by stringing together moves that would feel at home in a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movie. The challenge of the game comes from the enemies; they use a sophisticated AI that lets them actively predict the player’s moves, so the only way to win is to mix up attacks and continually be on your toes. But, the game isn’t all kung-fu bunnies; players can also sneak around and kill enemies like a stealthy assassin. Thanks to an extremely lenient save system, players can tackle challenges any way they want, and the punishment for failure is less than a slap on the wrists, which lets gamers get back into the thick of it only as quickly as they can press a button.

Overgrowth is the definition of a passion project. The developer, Wolfire Games, has worked on this game for almost a decade. Not only was the game developed independently, it also garnered a large fan following, and many of these fans have developed mods for Overgrowth. These mods let players fly like the world’s most awkward bat, shoot lasers from their eyes, play as a human in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals, and explore new campaigns and stories.

Overgrowth is currently available on Steam for $29.99 (it is an indie game, after all), but until October 23rd, gamers can purchase the game at 30% off for $20.99. Furthermore, anyone who buys the game at its discount price also receives another Wolfire Games game, Receiver, which is a randomly generated FPS game created for the 7-Day FPS Challenge. And while you’re at it, check out Lugaru HD; turns out Overgrowth is actually a sequel, and Lugaru HD is the beginning of the story.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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