Weekend PC Game Deals: Tactical free events, Bundled Warhammer, and more

The Warhammer universe has descended upon the Humble Store with a new bundle featuring seven of its games and some expansions. Total War is sadly missing, however.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Talisman: Digital Edition arrive with the $1 or above tier. The Blood Moon, Harbinger, and Sacred Pool expansions for Talisman are also included.

Admittedly, the ‘pay more than average’ second tier is probably the most worthwhile of the three, with it bringing Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Collection, as well as Blood Bowl 2. Opting for this will set you back $6.65 at the time of publishing this feature.

The final $12 tier adds on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, and the Stromdorf expansion for the original Vermintide.

Sticking to the Humble theme, the Day of the Devs Bundle that features games like RiME and Hotline Miami 2 still has a couple of days left on its counter. Don’t forget that the Humble Monthly Bundle is meanwhile offering Metal Solid Gear V Definitive Experience and Cities: Skylines plus an expansion for $12 as early unlocks.

Free Events

It’s another massive free event filled weekend featuring games from a variety of genres, and up first are three military simulators, but vastly different ones.

The combined arms modern tactical shooter Squad – which just received a new early access alpha update adding tanks and more – is currently having a free weekend. The next tactical shooter that’s gone briefly free to play is Post Scriptum, however it is set in World War II. This game also just received a new update, adding the US Airborne to it.

VR headset owners aren’t left behind either, as the early access game Onward is available to try out for tactical shooter fans who want a more ‘in your face’ experience.

Moving on, ARK: Survival Evolved is also having a free weekend promotion, giving everyone a chance to try out its dinosaur taming multiplayer world. Of course, we can’t end without a battle royale free event as well, and the Mad Max style vehicle-based early access title Fractured Lands steps up to the task this time.

Big Deals

With the beginning of the weekend arrives a wide assortment of sales from all sorts of stores, and below, we have a selection of handpicked games that are near or below their historical discount rates. Note that the Destiny 2 base game giveaway that kicked off last week is still going strong, so be sure to pick it up through Battle.net if you haven’t yet.

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Microsoft Monday: 1.5 Billion Windows-Powered PCs, Xbox Game Pass For PC, Fake Ad Removed From Bing

“Microsoft Monday” is a weekly column that focuses on all things Microsoft. This week “Microsoft Monday” features news about Xbox Game Pass coming to PCs, the fake Chrome ad removed from Bing, the quarterly earnings report and much more!

Xbox Game Pass For PCs

Microsoft has announced that it is bringing the Xbox Game Pass platform to PCs. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for the Xbox One console, which is known as a “Netflix for video games.” This announcement was made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the recent earnings call, according to Windows Central. However, a timeline was not provided for the launch of Xbox Game Pass on PCs.

Forbes contributor Jason Evangelho also pointed out that Microsoft did not detail how Microsoft would integrate Xbox Games Pass into Windows 10, but he is guessing that it will either be built into the Xbox app for Windows 10 or the Windows Store.

Fake Chrome Download Ad Removed From Bing

Microsoft has taken down a fake Bing ad that directed users to a fake Chrome download page filled with malicious content. The ad was removed following a number of complaints.

According to HowToGeek, the ad was sending users to “googleonline2018.com.“ The Google Chrome browser blocked users from going to that site, but Microsoft Edge and Bing did not have it blocked at the time.

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“Protecting customers from malicious content is a top priority and we have removed the ads from Bing and banned the associated account. We encourage users to continue to report this type of content so we can take appropriate action,” said a Microsoft spokesperson via ZDNet.

Often times, search engine developers rely on reports from users to take down malicious content. It’s worth mentioning that a similar problem happened with Google AdWords. “Search ad phishing seems up across multiple engines,” wrote Mozilla and Firefox co-founder Brendan Eich in a tweet.

Quarterly Earnings Report

Microsoft announced its FY Q1 earnings on Wednesday, October 24th and the results were better than expected. For the three months ended September 30th, Microsoft reported $29.1 billion in revenue, which is up 19% from the same period a year earlier. And Microsoft’s net income increased 34% to $8.8 billion.

Microsoft is now including commercial LinkedIn revenue in its Commercial Cloud revenue numbers, which is the division that includes the Redmond giant’s Azure business. The Commercial Cloud business jumped 47% from the previous year to $8.5 billion. Based on that figure, Microsoft gained a lead over Amazon as the world’s leading enterprise cloud provider for the past 12 months according to Forbes contributor Bob Evans. Revenue for Azure went up 76% and the enterprise services revenue increased 6%.

“We are off to a great start in fiscal 2019, a result of our innovation and the trust customers are placing in us to power their digital transformation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “We’re excited to help our customers build the digital capability they need to thrive and grow, with a business model that is fundamentally aligned to their success.”

The revenue for Microsoft’s More Personal Computing division increased 15% to $10.7 billion. This division includes Windows OEM, Windows commercial products, gaming revenue, search ad revenue and Surface revenue.

And revenue for the Productivity and Business Processes division jumped 19% to $9.8 billion. This division includes Office commercial products, Office consumer products and Dynamics products.

Former Windows Head Terry Myerson To Join Investment Companies

Terry Myerson stepped down as the head of Windows at Microsoft earlier this year and it was not clear what he was planning for the next move. On a LinkedIn blog post via ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Myerson has announced what he is doing next. Myerson is joining both Madrona Ventures and The Carlyle Group. Myerson will work as a Venture Partner at Madrona and he will be an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group.

Myerson pointed out that Madrona likes to lead Series A rounds of brand new ventures and Carlyle manages over $200 billion and considers investing hundreds of millions of dollars to scale existing businesses. So Myerson will be working on startup investments across a wide range of sizes.

1.5 Billion Windows Devices

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Microsoft said that there are now 1.5 billion PCs running on Windows across the world. This number was revealed in Microsoft’s “By The Numbers” website. Other figures mentioned in the website includes Microsoft donating over $1.4 billion in software and services for nonprofits, 137 grants issued by the company’s “AI for Earth” initiative, 6.5 trillion signals analyzed every day to identify threats and 18 billion questions asked to Cortana since launching.

LinkedIn Integrates With Google Campaign Manager

LinkedIn has announced that it is being integrated with Google Campaign Manager. Marketers will now be able to see LinkedIn ad performance along with the rest of their paid spend while also getting attribution for LinkedIn ads across all impressions and interactions measured in a cross-device and cross-platform manner. This integration was launched for several ad formats earlier this year, but it now includes Sponsored Content.

“Our customers use Campaign Manager to track and report on their ad performance in a single place, and we are really excited to offer this capability for their LinkedIn campaigns as well,” said Google Marketing Platform’s Director of Product Payam Shodjai via LinkedIn. “This new integration makes it easy for customers to see metrics and attribution for LinkedIn campaigns alongside the rest of their campaign data.”

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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ rumored to be heading to PC

But while these rumors are compelling and have some evidence behind them, they are still just rumors. Developer Rockstar Games has not officially announced any date for a PC release, although it is reasonable to expect that such a release is likely given the popularity of the game and the number of gamers who still prefer the upgradability and flexibility of a PC to a console.

In the mean time, gamers who want to play Red Dead Redemption 2 will have to borrow a console from a friend to experience the vast open world, unique Dead Eye time dilation mechanic, looting, character appearance options, and of course the all-important horse riding that the game offers.

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Hidden files hint at a possible PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2

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At launch, the long-awaited (and much hyped) western adventure that is Red Dead Redemption 2 is only available on the PS4 and Xbox One.

That might not be the case forever, though. Code hidden within the game’s mobile companion app suggests that a PC version could be in the works.

Last week, we wrote about Red Dead Redemption 2’s companion app, which lets you rip the in-game map off the TV and put it on a nearby tablet, instead. No more pausing just to figure out if you and your horse are still headed in the right direction.

Some tinkerers over at GTAForums (as spotted by RockstarIntel) have been poking around that very app, and have unearthed a few interesting parameters left behind.

Two unused parameters tucked into the app (“PARAM_companionAutoConnectIpPC” and “CommandIsPcVersion”) mention the PC platform by name, but there are also dozens of different parameters referencing advanced graphic settings that generally don’t exist on consoles.

While the original Red Dead Redemption never made it beyond the console, this wouldn’t be Rockstar’s first foray into the PC world. Many of their most popular games landed on PC… eventually. GTAV, for example, launched on consoles in September of 2013 and made its way to Windows in April of 2015. L.A. Noire shipped for consoles in May of 2011, and hit PCs near the end of the same year.

Adding fuel to the fire: A few months back, a mention of a PC build reportedly popped up in a Rockstar designer’s LinkedIn profile.

With all that said: As with all things relating to video game releases, don’t get your hopes up too high until you hear it straight from the developer’s mouth. While the signs point to a PC build having existed in some form at some point, there’s always the possibility that these parameters are left over from the company’s own internal testing, or that plans will change.

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TRICK OR TREAT Steam Halloween Sale 2018 is on NOW! What are best PC game deals today and when does the sale end?

 Steam's Halloween sale should give you a few frights.

When is the Steam Halloween Sale 2018 and when will it end?

Steam’s Halloween Sale is on NOW and it’s serving up a few frights.

The bumper sale of PC games will last until November 1, 2018 – follow this link to check out the bargains but click below for our own personalised collection of games worth treating yourself with.

What are the best deals today?

  • Don’t Starve Together: Looking for a night in with your scardey cat boyfriend? Pick up this multiplayer survival game for just £4.39 (60% off).
  • The Forest: Try to survive alone in this mysterious forest after your plane crashed, leaving you the sole survivor. 653% off at £10.37
  • Resident Evil VIIResident Evil 7 is one of the best games in the series and it’s definitely one of the scariest too – just £12.99!
  • Friday the 13th: The Game: In a deal that’s practically theft, survive a night with Jason as you team up with pals at just £4.49, a whopping 85% off the RRP.
  • Alien Isolation: Horror fans are in for a treat with this first-person horror extravaganza – just surviving is difficult enough – 75% off and costing just £7.49.

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Week In PC Game Releases: Halloween Horror With Agony Unrated And Call Of Cthulhu

Week In PC Game Releases: Halloween Horror With Agony Unrated And Call Of Cthulhu

This week in PC game releases (October 29 to November 4), we’re celebrating Halloween with some spooky horror thrillers. There’s Agony Unrated and Call of Cthulhu, as well as a few not-so-scary games like Project Hospital and Football Manager 2019.

Naturally, for those who are looking to check out the launches further ahead, you can always browse our updated PC game release date list.

Call of Cthulhu

Weekly Pc Game Releases - Halloween - Call Of Cthulhu

  • Release Date: October 30
  • Developer: Cyanide Studio
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Starting off Halloween week is Call of Cthulhu from developer Cyanide Studio and publisher Focus Home Interactive. The game tells the tale of alcoholic private investigator Edward Pierce who slowly pieces together various clues to solve a murder. This eventually leads him to terrifying discoveries in the town of Darkwater.

Call of Cthulhu has your usual Lovecraftian cosmic horror tropes and a suspenseful atmosphere that slowly builds to a crescendo — or does it? There is, actually, a particular caveat. Our own Andrew Farrell reviewed the game and, while he did enjoy the story and the setting, most of the game wasn’t particularly scary. Creepy? Yes. Horrifying? Probably not.

Project Hospital

Weekly Pc Game Releases Project Hospital

  • Release Date: October 30
  • Developer: Oxymoron Games
  • Publisher: Oxymoron Games

Project Hospital is the first offering from Czech game dev company Oxymoron Games. The game focuses on the management and design aspect from building your own humble healthcare center and turning it into a sprawling world-class facility.

Comparisons to a classic such as Theme Hospital and the more recent Two Point Hospital are warranted. However, based on gameplay videos, it looks as though Project Hospital focuses on a more grounded and fairly realistic take. At least we haven’t seen any ghosts of patients and monsters flying around.

Agony Unrated

Weekly Pc Game Releases - Halloween - Agony Unrated

  • Release Date: October 31
  • Developer: Madmind Studio
  • Publisher: Madmind Studio

Agony was supposed to give its rabid fanbase and supporters a memorable trip to hell. Unfortunately, technical and gameplay issues, coupled with a couple of censorship problems, led to fans feeling that promises were not kept. Thankfully, Madmind Studio decided to push through with a bloodier, gorier, and somewhat overly-sexualized version: Agony Unrated.

The studio touted that Agony Unrated would be completely uncensored and would provide fans with a glimpse of what they truly wanted the finished product to be like. It will also be completely free for Steam owners of the original.

The Quiet Man

Weekly Pc Game Releases The Quiet Man

  • Release Date: November 1
  • Developer: Square Enix; Human Head Studios
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Video games turning into cinematic experiences aren’t new. In the 90s, we had games that relied predominantly on FMVs. That was then followed by the integration of ten-minute-long CGI cutscenes — remember Final Fantasy VII? Fast forward to the present and live-action cutscenes and highly cinematic games have become fairly common.

The Quiet Man will follow this trend of games that rely heavily on cinematics and seamless transitions between scenes. The action comes in the form of fisticuffs and hand-to-hand combat. The game will have a deaf protagonist which means that players will experience a world of near silence — outside of certain key moments and cues that the game throws your way, of course. It’s a very interesting concept but we’ve also heard reports that the game can be finished in one sitting. So yes, it’s both intriguing and worrying at the same time. Will a game with this concept realize its true potential, or are Square Enix just experimenting and throwing ideas at a wall hoping that something sticks?

Football Manager 2019

Weekly Pc Game Releases Football Manager 2019

  • Release Date: November 2
  • Developer: Sports Interactive
  • Publisher: Sega

The Football Manager franchise has been around for two and a half decades. Starting out as Championship Manager when developer Sports Interactive was partnered with Eidos, and then as the Football Manager series we know today when they buddied up with Sega. It’s become a phenomenal success owing to the global love of the beautiful game and the franchise’s cornerstone emphasis on simulation, scouting, and statistical analysis.

Perhaps one particular example of how far-reaching this franchise has become is how it’s shaped football here in the Philippines. To be completely honest and fair, only a handful of folks liked football in my country. The only sports that people tend to focus on were basketball and boxing (Manny Pacquiao, of course).

Suddenly, in the mid-2000s, a Football Manager player discovered that two brothers playing in Chelsea’s youth squad were eligible to represent the Philippine Azkals team. Those two were Phil and James Younghusband. Yes, the game, even back then, was able to track their eligibility to play for our national squad. Naturally, the two were scouted and they eventually joined our team. As a result of their memorable plays and their dashing, made-for-TV good looks, football’s popularity in my country skyrocketed to new and hitherto unknown heights.

Although our team has never won a major international tourney, and we are ranked 116th globally (I know, quite depressing), I’m still surprised by how much football has grown in our little corner of the world. All of that was thanks, in part, to Football Manager.

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