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FTS: Make Out Like a Bandit in Risk of Rain 2 - New Survivor + Boss + More | Now Available on Consoles!

Make Out Like a Bandit in Risk of Rain 2 - New Survivor, Boss and More Now Available on Consoles 

 

Free content update celebrates the roguelike’s two-year anniversary of hitting Steam Early Access  

 

FRISCO, Texas – June 29, 2021 – Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing today announced the free Anniversary Update for Risk of Rain 2 is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 owners can also enjoy today’s update through their system’s native backward compatibility. Players on Nintendo Switch can anticipate the update soon. 

 

The Anniversary Update features the return of classic survivor Bandit from the original Risk of Rain. Also included is the legendary boss Grandparent, more items, additional skill variants for the other survivors, a huge drop of lore entries, and much more. The update is a “thank you” to fans for supporting the game since its Steam Early Access debut two years ago. Risk of Rain 2 has more than four million copies sold on Steam alone and received ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ Steam Reviews alongside an 85% on Metacritic.  

 

 

Here’s what’s new:  

 

  • Bandit and a New Boss! The fan-favorite classic returns from the first Risk of Rain with a new bag of tricks! Armed with a shotgun, dagger and smoke bombs, the Bandit stabs, blasts and slashes with the best of them – but can they withstand the might of the legendary Grandparent? 
  • Character and Stage Updates: More skill variants mean that every character now sports three variant skills, with additional gameplay enhancements for Commando, MUL-T, REX, Captain, Loader, and Mercenary. !SPOILER WARNING! The final stage has also been redone from the ground up, including new objectives, challenges, and a new Lunar Chimera monster type !SPOILER WARNING! 
  • New Stackable Items: Constantly cut nearby enemies with a slow spinning ball of death, or take an egg and receive healing when you’re attacked – just two of the latest additions in the game’s arsenal of more than 115 items. New challenges and unlockable skill variants add new strategic potential, while new lore entries flesh out the universe of Risk of Rain 2
  • Largest Logbook Update Ever: Browse past runs and lifetime player stats - like favorite survivors, progress to completion, and favorite equipment - in the Logbook alongside 88 new lore entries. 
  • Quality of Life Improvements: New items, new challenges, bug fixes, performance optimizations, improved AI pathing, and more! 

 

Hopoo Games shared more about the new update, their journey, and the future expansion in their latest Dev Thoughts #20 post

 

“The Anniversary Update is a huge ‘thank you’ for our fans who have been with us since the beginning as well as an opportunity to revisit a lot of the things we couldn’t finish up for the official launch,” said Paul Morse and Duncan Drummond, co-founders of Hopoo Games. “We have a lot of exciting things coming and we can’t wait to share more with you soon.”  

 

Risk of Rain 2 is a fast-paced, co-op roguelike shooter developed by Hopoo Games and published by Gearbox Publishing. Players can team with up to three other friends, play as over 10 unique Survivors, and trek through more than a dozen stages to escape the alien planet. With unlockable alternate abilities, tons of items to discover on runs, and equippable Artifacts to shake up gameplay, no two runs are ever the same. 

 

The Anniversary Update for Risk of Rain 2 is now available on Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia. The update will be available for Nintendo Switch players in the future. Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 owners can also enjoy today's update through their system's native backwards compatibility. 

 

Complete patch notes for PC players can be found on the Risk of Rain 2 Steam hub. Console players can find patch notes on Gearbox Forums. 





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Mask Up Mondays: Muse Dash - Midstream Jam + Gamers are taking over!

 


64% of US Adults Are Video Game Players; A Breakdown Of US Gamers in 2020

Contrary to popular belief, video games are not just for kids anymore. A breakdown of the demographics of US video game players reveals that the average age range of video game players is between 35-44 years old. According to data presented by Rex Pascual, 64% of US adults are gamers and 75% of Americans have at least one member of their household who plays video games.

3 Out 4 Americans Have A Gamer In Their Household

One of the outdated misconceptions about video games is that it is a hobby enjoyed mainly by the younger generation. According to the Entertainment Software Association, by the end of 2020, there were an estimated 214.4M gamers in the US, and of this total gamer population, 163.3M were US adults compared to just 51.1M video game players who are under the age of 18.

A survey of 4000 Americans about their video game habits revealed 64% of US adults are gamers while 70% of those under the age of 18 are video game players. The average age range of a video game player in the US is between 35-44 years old, with the 18-34 age group having the largest share of video game players at 38%. Notably, three-quarters of Americans have at least one member of their household who plays video games.

Smartphone Most Popular Device Among US Adult Gamers

According to the survey, 73% of Americans own a gaming console while 43% own a handheld system. Another 29% own a VR device while 25% own a mobile VR device. Despite the overwhelming lead of the console in device ownership, the smartphone was the most common device used by US adults to play video games at 61% compared to just 52% for consoles. Another 49% indicated using their personal computers to play video games.

The Benefits Of Gaming Became More Apparent Because Of Pandemic

The video game industry was already a growing industry even before 2020, but the Coronavirus pandemic highlighted the significance of video games even more. In 2020, 65% of US gamers indicated playing video games with other players. More specifically, 42% indicated playing with their friends while a notable 17% indicated playing with “online-only” friends or clanmates.

When asked about the positive impact of video games on their lives, 80% of US gamers believe that video games provide mental stimulation while 79% said that video games provide relaxation and stress relief. Notably, 55% of gamers also indicated that video games helped them connect with friends, a significant benefit considering the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Rex Pascual, commented;

“2020 was a tough year for a lot of people in many respects, and for many, video games provided an enjoyable escape. Besides the innate joy that gaming brings, many other benefits such as being able to connect with friends were highlighted by the pandemic. Through the challenges of 2020, the stigma around video games being for the young and immature is slowly being broken.”


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Indonesia is fighting for the top spot, but the USA is up!

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United Kingdom

Australia

Sweden

Canada

Germany
Ukraine
Netherlands
France


Japan, Singapore, and Brazil... came close!


No candy pick this week. I had my fill of one, but... it was just okay.

 

          
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Worms Rumble

 


Worms Rumble is Worms like you've never played it before, with intense, real-time, arena-based 32 players cross-platform combat. Get ready for Deathmatch and the Last Worm Standing modes where you're only ever a Holy Hand Grenade away from death!

Use a variety of fan-favorite weapons like the Bazooka, Shotgun, and Sheep Launcher plus all-new additions to the armory to bring the pain to your invertebrate opponents as you climb the ranks. Customize your worm, take part in challenges and seasonal events and experiment with new ways to play in The Lab. This is Worms, reinvented.  

The First Real-Time Worms!

You won't find any turn-based combat in Worms Rumble. Every round is in REAL-TIME! If your enemy is raining fire upon you, give them heck right back!

32 Player Cross Platform Multiplayer

Play with friends online across console and PC. With Deathmatch and Last Worm Standing solo and squad battle royale modes available at launch!

Classic Weapons with New Ways to Play 

Arm yourself with new and returning fan-favourite weapons! With classics like the Bazooka, Holy Hand-grenade and Sheep launcher and the all-new Hammerhead, Plasma Blaster and Rocket shield. 

Events, Challenges and ‘The Lab' 

Take part in seasonal and community events, and daily challenges for additional XP and in-game rewards. And experiment with new gameplay mechanics and weapons in The Lab. Each week brings new experimental game modes with new fun ways to play!

Player Customisations 

Earn XP and in-game currency to unlock and purchase weapon skins, outfits, accessories, and emotes! Mix and match to create your own personal style on the battlefield.

Available on the Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation, and Xbox.

 

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Mask Up Mondays: Muse Dash - Light of Muse

 

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#GlobalRickAndMortyDay - THIS SUNDAY 6/20

 


An Out-Of-This-World Celebration
 
 
Blasting Off Sunday, June 20th
 
WHAT:        
For the first time ever, Adult Swim will premiere the first episode of Season 5 of Rick and Morty from space by launching Rick’s Space Cruiser 150,000 feet into the atmosphere. Fans from around the world can Go Rick Yourself (#GoRickYourself) and become part of the series by creating a personalized Rick and Morty avatar, and then create custom t-shirts (US and Mexico only) to commemorate the new season.


 
 
WHO:
From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), fans can catch up before the big day and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD. This outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
 
WHERE:
Wubba Lubba Grub Grub! In honor of Global Rick And Morty Day, Wendy’s® and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty have teamed up to include two new show-themed mixes in more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in Wendy’s locations across the country through August 22. To sweeten the deal, fans can also score free delivery from Wendy’s in-app through July 1 with no minimum purchase necessary. Fans in the Los Angeles area can also visit Morty’s, a weekend-long restaurant pop-up at Wendy’s Panorama City location from June 18-20. Morty’s will feature a show-inspired menu, like the Jerry’s Single, paired with an out-of-this-world experience. Navigate your spaceship or car through a custom LED drive-thru experience, receive a Rick and Morty-themed menu and be one of the lucky few to enjoy the limited-edition Pickle Rick Pickle Frosty®, a pickle twist on the iconic Vanilla Frosty®, only available at Morty’s.
 
Fans can also catch up on all things Rick and Morty prior to the event by checking out HBO Max’s curated Rick and Morty fan viewing experience featuring previous seasons, extras, and creator-selected episodes.




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