nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 466.24 WHQL adds optimization for Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition. This includes additional raytraced effects, and support for DLSS 2.1. Optimization is also added for Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Resident Evil Village. The drivers also add support for the DirectX 12 Agility SDK, and Shader Model 6.6.

The drivers also confirm the existence of a new hardware revision of the GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB graphics card, which will be generally available from mid-May, 2021. These cards will require at least GeForce 466.24. The revision will likely come with a different device ID from the original RTX 3060 12 GB, and will re-engage the hash-rate limiter. Read more about this card in our article from earlier this week, here. A handful bugs were also fixed. These include performance issues related to NVIDIA Reflex and Rainbow Six Siege; an artificial FPS cap when V-Sync is off on displays connected via HDMI 2.1; and an application crash with RigidGems Prepar3D.

You can download the GeForce 466.24 WHQL Game Ready drivers via GeForce.com.

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europa-universalis-4-leviathanNew Expansion Promotes New Development

Why voyage to distant shores when there is treasure and plunder so near by? The gold of our vassals will decorate our palace, and piles of plunder from looted rivals will fund our improvements. It is said that true growth comes from within, that nothing lasting can be built on the ashes of war. We say that true growth can also come from the enemies you make along the way. Now, with Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan, you can harvest your foes for development and profit.

Available today, Leviathan is the latest expansion to Paradox’s celebrated historical grand strategy game, and the first developed by Paradox Tinto. Leviathan adds a number of new diplomatic and domestic options, with more opportunities for expanding and improving your nation’s position as it competes for power from the Renaissance to the Age of Revolution.

View the Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan Release Trailer HERE.

Features of Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan include:

  • Improved Diplomacy: Cultivate relationships with your neighbors, curry favor so you can request gifts, military support and even provinces.
  • New Regency Options: Regency councils represent the interests of the most powerful estate, and can be extended to delay the ascension of an unfit monarch.
  • Specialized Colonial Nations: Let your colonies focus on military help, trade power or self-government.
  • Concentrate Development: You can now steal development from your vassals or territorial possessions to enhance the power of your capital city.
  • Pillage Capital: Loot an enemy capital as a condition of peace, hauling development back to the capital metropolis.
  • Expand Infrastructure: Provinces can expand their capacity to build new structures and manufactories, allowing smaller nations to create centers of wealth for a modest cost.
  • Centralize State: Reduce the cost of government by spending unused Reform points.
  • Totemism: Nations that follow the Totemist religion can revere a pantheon of past leaders, earning bonuses that reflect the skills they had in life.
  • Monuments: Expand and establish great projects, adding new bonuses to your empire.
  • New Unit Models: New army sprites for Southeast Asian nations, including Indochinese, Indonesian and Polynesian nations.
  • And more: Including the ability to carpet siege enemy provinces, draft transports as a plutocratic nation, watch heirs gain legitimacy as they wait to inherit the throne and other changes.

Leviathan is accompanied by a major free update available to all Europa Universalis IV players. The “Majapahit” update includes modifications to the maps of Southeast Asia and North America, with major gameplay changes for North American First Nations. It also adds Australian Aboriginal nations.

Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan is available at the Paradox Store and major online retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99/£15.49/€19.99.

More game information is available at the Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan webpage, or on the expansions Steam page.

enlistedSoviet and German troops will engage in city battles using late WW2 weapons and gear

Gaijin Entertainment and Darkflow Software announce that WW2 online shooter Enlisted players can now join the Battle of Berlin campaign closed beta. This is the third campaign in the game that already features Battle of Moscow and Invasion of Normandy.

Watch the Battle for Berlin Campaign Trailer HERE.

In Battle for Berlin players will experience the intensity of dense city fighting that occurred during the last days of World War II, such as the assault on the Reich Chancellery, crossing of the Moltke Bridge, and suppressing resistance at the Kroll-Opera. Soviet and German troops use weaponry and vehicles that are typical for the late phase of the war, like the T-34-85 and Panther G tanks, Il-2-37 and Me 410 aircraft, and firearms like PPS-43, M30 Luftwaffe drilling, DT-29, Panzerfaust 100. This campaign also features rifles equipped with bayonet knives, that are perfect for close combat fans.

The Battle of Berlin closed beta is available to those who purchased the special “Battle of Berlin” Bundle. The testing is divided into two stages. Initially, players will only use predefined sets of squads without any upgrade options. This will allow the developers to test and polish the campaign missions. The second stage will unlock the progression system to test it as well. When the whole Berlin CBT is finished, the campaign will become available to everyone for free, as did the Battle of Moscow and Invasion of Normandy campaigns. There will be no wipe of any player progress they receive in the second phase of the beta.

The Berlin Early Access Bundle includes a premium squad of the 336th Rifle Regiment in the 120th Guards Rifle Division of the Red Army, PPD-40 DSZ submachine gun, a premium squad of the 652nd Grenadier Regiment in the Infantry Division “Berlin” of the Wehrmacht, MP 40/1 submachine gun and premium currency.

You can follow the latest Battle of Berlin Closed Beta Test and other news on the games official website.

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warplan-pacificIt is now just a few days until Warplan Pacific releases. Already, our beta testers are sharing their opening moves, hoping for the best possible start in what are sure to be epic campaigns.

If you’ve joined us for our previous tours, you’ll know that Alvaro too, is quite the cunning strategist. So for this tour, he is doing something a little bit different and is bringing you a guide to his favourite opening moves, playing as the Axis.

If you are looking to learn or just excited to see more gameplay, be sure to give our final tour a watch.

Episode #7, Axis Opening Moves Tutorial

Remember, the official PDF manual is now available! You can download it here.

For more information on Warplan Pacific, you can check out our product page on Matrix Games.

Warplan Pacific will be released on the 29th of April.

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partisans-1941New DLC adds brand-new modes, sandbox elements and more to real-time tactics game

Developer Alter Games and Publisher Daedalic Entertainment are happy to announce Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle, a major DLC for the modern take on the real-time tactics genre. Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle releases Thursday, April 29th and adds brand-new sandbox gameplay for high replayability, including two new game modes, customizable scenarios and more.

Watch the new Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle gameplay trailer HERE.

Partisans 1941 – Back Into Battle expands the main game with new gameplay features and modes that are tailored for high replayability. In Missions mode, choose your own team of Partisans, their skills, and their equipment to tackle a variety of existing and new maps. Five familiar locations are playable by everyone who owns the main game, while owners of the DLC will receive access to seven exclusive missions.. The DLC-exclusive mode Heroic Defense is a wave-defense scenario that offers additional challenges for fans of the genre.

DLC Features:

  • Missions Mode: even more brand new challenges in seven new locations.
  • Never seen scenarios with modifiers. Freely choose your Partisan team, skills and equipment.
  • Heroic Defense mode: New wave-defense mode for the toughest of commanders.
  • Additional campfire dialogue for the Partisans, giving you new insight into their personalities.

Partisans 1941 is a unique take on the genre set on the occupied Eastern Front during WWII. It features tactical squad combat, stealth elements, character progression, and resource management. Take control of Partisans, a brave group of resistance fighters, opposing the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines. Players can recruit soldiers and civilians as unique allies to tackle a variety of challenges – from focused sabotage to extensive attacks on German supply lines. The expandable home base deep in the forest serves as a hub in-between missions to arm and upgrade Partisans troops, manage and distribute resources, and take a break until the next objective awaits.

Visit the Partisans1941 Steam page for more game information.

sherman-commander“We’re going to rip out their living goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks”

Sherman Commander lets you put general Patton’s words into action

Sherman Commander is the latest offering in the simulation genre that has just been announced by Iron Wolf Studio S.A. In this tactical tank simulation, the player will take the role of a Sherman tank platoon commander and lead his men across the most famous World War II theatres of operation.

Sherman Commander will bring a whole new perspective on realism in tactical armored warfare simulation, presenting the tank as a slow, lumbering war machine that required the effort of the entire crew to operate. The player will lead his forces from the commander’s seat, with a realistic first-person view through optical sights in the commander’s cupola, as well as from the tactical map.

Watch gameplay trailer for Sherman Commander

The game will put a lot of emphasis on the primary role of the Sherman tank, i.e. infantry support. Therefore, the player will often assist and cooperate with various infantry units to achieve tactical advantage in battle. Game mechanics will put emphasis on the most crucial aspects of fire and maneuver tactics, such as reconnaissance, suppression fire, soft and hard cover, morale, flanking, and more.

Sherman Commander will also feature tank duels against more heavily armored and harder-hitting enemy vehicles. Being the underdog in those match-ups will require a thoughtful approach, as each mistake may and will have dire consequences.

Sherman Commander will feature various battlefields and combat situations across many theatres, and will pit the player against a dynamic AI that will attempt to outmaneuver and put them on the defensive. A sweeping campaign mode will take the player from the sands of Africa to the cobblestones of German cities, forging and testing their commanding skills in the heat of battle.

More information about Sherman Commander is available on the games official Steam page.

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combat-mission-cold-warAs announced during the last Tea Time, the release of Combat Mission Cold War has been officially postponed to the beginning of June. This is to allow the implementation of the PBEM system for multiplayer.

To find out more, tune in to our Twitch channel on May 11th, for the “Home of Wargamers 2021 Live+” event.

You will not only have the chance to preview Combat Mission Cold War, but also discover other important news from Slitherine’s gaming world.

Find out more on the official Combat Mission Cold War product page.