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Sublevel Zero – Redux update now live

sublevel zero getting a free expansion Linux mac windows in games

Sigtrap #Games’ released the critically acclaimed zero-g shooter for Linux, Mac and #Windows in 2015. #SublevelZero now receives a huge free update including bags of new content. While also including VR support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

So the update to this six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) roguelite is huge. While the games content is so big that that Sigtrap Games are renaming the game Sublevel Zero Redux. To celebrate, the games now 35% off on Steam and GOG for the first week.

Since there is a completely remastered campaign, new enemies and unlocks. Even a secret new weapon for dedicated players to uncover. Therefore Sublevel Zero Redux adds hours more addictive gameplay.

Sublevel Zero Redux Trailer:

Lead artist Gary Lloyd says “We’re really excited about the upcoming release of Sublevel Zero Redux on PC. It’s been great to see such a positive response from the community. And we can’t wait to see what people think of the extra content.”

With Rift and Vive support on Windows. Sublevel Zero Redux is now an incredible VR experience too. A cockpit space shooter with unparalleled freedom of movement. Sublevel Zero Redux takes on a whole new life, and offers the deep, long-form gameplay VR users crave. Which we hoped will make a Linux debut as VR support continues. So we can all strap on your headset and get some VR 6DoF action.

Lead programmer Dr Luke Thompson says “We created the first outline of Sublevel Zero at a game jam. As a love letter to games we grew up with like Descent and Forsaken. From the start we knew it would be awesome in VR. And though it’s taken us a while to finalise support we think it’s been worth the wait.”

Sublevel Zero Redux is a hardcore roguelite 6DoF shooter. Since players take control of a lone gunship pilot. Whose mission is to loot and craft ancient technology. So descend into a vast underground facility, fighting through procedurally generated zero gravity environments. While you recover the technology you’ll need to escape.

The retro gravity-defying combat is driven by modern looting and crafting mechanics. Battle through a wide range of environments, from industrial zones to mining caverns. Salvage tech from enemies and craft dozens of weapons. While makikng upgrades to suit your play style. Unlock items, blueprints, levels and even elite enemies. All for subsequent play-throughs to maintain your progression.

Sublevel Zero Redux is available on Steam and GOG with a 1 week 35% launch sale. Released for Linux, Mac and Windows. While the Humble Store price remains at 14.99 USD.

HTC Vive leading for VR Headsets according to statistics

HTC Vive leading for VR Headsets according to statistics

There are #VRheadsets from Samsung, LG and Google. When it comes to dedicated VR headsets there are really only two main ones in the #market right now. So between Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, it looks like the HTC Vive has taken the clear lead.

This is all according to stats on Steam. Hence showing the HTC Vive is clearly in the lead, with a 66% market share. This is versus the Oculus Rift which has a market share of 27.75%. Wwhile the remaining headsets are the Oculus Rift developer kits, which could now be the retail version.


But there’s a catch

Of course, users are to take note, these numbers are just on the Steam platform. Meaning that in terms of global market share this does not include games not listed on Steam. So the Oculus Rift’s numbers could be higher. However this does seem to be in line with headset reviews.

Reviews of the HTC Vive have been great and despite the expensive price, many gamers have been more interested in it. It is still very early in the game to see which device is the “winner”, but it looks like the HTC Vive is in the lead.


The Collider 2 released on Steam for Windows PC but will be coming to Linux


The final push against the alien invasion commences with the #action #racer The Collider 2 #launched on Steam this week. In this high-stakes game of reflexes, players will attempt to destroy a colossal mothership looming over the planet. With a fleet of high-tech starfighters at their disposal, players take on a series of near-suicidal missions to destroy the alien invader from the inside. They will take down reactors, collect sensitive data, and avoid lethal defenses all while maneuvering through the vents of the enemy vessel at near light-speed velocity.

Watch the launch trailer on YouTube


  • Light-Speed Gameplay – Enjoy a fast-paced arcade experience that’s easy to pick up but challenging to master. Get your adrenaline pumping as you manoeuvre between elaborate obstacles and death traps inside a giant spaceship beautifully rendered in Unreal Engine 4.
  • Mission Mode – Pilot 6 unique star fighters through 54 missions. Scout, infiltrate, sabotage, and fight to repel the alien invasion once and for all.
  • Upgrades & Levels  Unlock and upgrade space fighters, customize their plating, collect power-ups, and level up your pilot rank for higher score multipliers and better rewards.
  • Endless Clash Mode – Reach unthinkable speeds that will put your eye-hand coordination to the test. Set new high-scores, compete with friends, and take part in weekly online tournaments.
  • Virtual Reality Support – Full VR support on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift right from the start. It’s intuitive, exciting and faster than anything you’ve seen before.

Collider 2 and Linux?

We just tried installing Collider 2 on Linux, so there is an active build, but “missing executable”. Given that this is a Techland release, we expect to see a full native release soon.

The Collider 2 launched this week on Steam for $9.99 / €9.99 / £6.99 with full VR support included.


Descent: Underground gets VR update release for Linux, Mac and Windows PC


#DescendentStudios, #developer of Descent: Underground, released their VR update for its reboot of the classic 1990s FPS, Descent. Codenamed “Beholder”, this includes the latest updates to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, providing full support for the major VR headsets now available. Codenamed “Beholder” it also includes the classic “Smart Missile”, new hidden areas with special power-ups, and additional #gameplay enhancements.

The Early Access version of Descent: Underground is available now through Steam, DescentUnderground.com, and other online sellers.

Descendent Studios showcased some of these VR improvements at the world-famous SXSW expo earlier this month. Enthusiastic fans waited in long lines to try out Descent: Underground on both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. Among those applauding the game’s advanced graphics and gameplay were cast members from the popular Smosh Games YouTube channel and fellow YouTube celebrity sWooZie!

Check out sWooZ1e as he plays Descent: Underground on the HTC Vive:

“Descent: Underground’s VR experience is set to challenge the top tier of AAA action titles with advanced graphics and lightning-fast gameplay,” said Jason Spangler, Descendent’s CTO.  “As an indie studio, we like to say we are creating a “Triple I” experience, and VR is a big reason we think our game will stand out.” Spangler personally led the indie developer’s VR implementation. More details are available in the Release Notes:

Check out the full deals update for Enhanced VR, match browser, NEW map, and MORE in “Beholder”.

The officially-licensed prequel to the enormously successful Descent series of games, Descent: Underground combines first-person shooter action with six degrees of freedom vehicular movement. Players take on the role of pilots commanding space-combat ships in high-stakes battles for control of warren-like asteroid mines.

Descent: Underground was one of 2015’s most successful Kickstarter projects and is scheduled for release in 2016 on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. More information is available on the company’s website at DescentUnderground.com.

Descendent Studios, Inc. is an independent game development studio based in Austin, TX. The studio’s team includes several industry veterans who worked on titles such as Wing Commander, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Conquest Frontier Wars, Starlancer, Star Citizen, and Ultima Online.


OSVR announced Epic Unreal Engine support


Sensics, the developer of groundbreaking  virtual reality (VR) technologies and co-founder of OSVR, announced today a new collaboration with Epic to bring native OSVR support to the Unreal Engine 4.12, one of the world’s most popular game engines. This integration gives developers who are using Unreal the ability to instantly support hundreds of VR display, input and output devices.

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