In today’s computer gaming news, learn more about Corsair just released one of favorite ultra-thin keyboards. The K100 Air sports a brushed aluminium frame and low-profile keys. This could be the year’s most gorgeous keyboard for PC gaming and typing. Meanwhile, Marcin Iwiski, one of the co-founders of CD Projekt and the person who was the inspiration for a popular Witcher joke, has decided to step down. Also, after repeated delays, Kerbal Space Program 2 isn’t due until early 2023. Intercept Games, which was founded for Kerbal 2, has another game in the works. Lastly, 20 years after it was cancelled, a Dune video game is now available on Steam under a new name called Elland: The Crystal Wars was once called Dune: Ornithopter Assault.
Corsair’s K100 Air is the Year’s Best-looking Keyboard
Corsair just released one of the sexiest ultrathin keyboards I’ve ever seen. The K100 Air includes a brushed aluminum frame and ultra-low profile keys. This may be the year’s most gorgeous keyboard for PC gaming and typing.
This low-profile keyboard would fit on any desk and add sophistication. Corsair’s K100 Air is only 11mm thick at its narrowest point, and the keys don’t appear to go much higher. With its brushed metal finish and metal grey keys, this keyboard looks stylish, and its stats are great.
These low profile keys are Cherry MX Ultra Low Profile switches, which are popular. Cherry switches are robust and feel excellent. Many of our favorite mechanical keyboards, including our top pick for typing, the Ducky One 3, include these switches (opens in new tab). This keyboard should feel wonderful even with depressed keys.
Corsair K100 Air offers WiFi, Bluetooth, or cable interfaces. It can connect to up to three devices and has gaming-level response times and performance. Those who game on mac type boards or laptop keyboards are in luck. This keyboard is intended towards gamers, with a little of flair.
It also has RGB backlighting to illuminate the main titles. Corsair says there are 20 complicated hardware RGB lighting layers, but it’s unclear what that implies.
It sounds like those prepared to sacrifice battery life can customize a lot. With the lights on, Corsair offers 50 hours of battery life; turn them off for 200.
Aside from that, the K100 Air seems to have all the bells and whistles of a high-end keyboard. It can save profiles, remap keys, and be typed on.
This slick look and feature-rich credentials cost a lot. Corsair K100 Air costs $280 for the privilege of sitting on your desk.
CD Projekt Loses a CEO but Gains a Studio
Original Source: CD Projekt is losing a CEO but gaining a new studio
Amid CD Projekt’s massive announcements came a lesser but nonetheless significant piece of internal news. Marcin Iwiski co-founded the studio in 1994 and is now co-CEO.
“For me, this is huge. “I’ve worked at CD Projekt for almost 30 years and have seen it grow from a handful of rebels to a creator of story-driven RPGs enjoyed by millions,” Iwiski stated in his parting statement. “When Micha Kiciski and I launched the company, neither of us could have imagined this trip.
“The future of CD Projekt excites me. Today, approximately 1,200 individuals work in offices throughout the world. CD Projekt has never been about size or location; it’s about the skill, hard work, and dedication of everyone who works here.”
Although Iwiski is stepping down as CEO, he’s not leaving the company. Instead, he’ll chair CD Projekt’s supervisory board, which supervises CD Projekt Capital Group. He’ll also remain a big shareholder in the company.
“In my new non-executive role, I will stay active and engaged,” he stated. “I will stay engaged to what makes us exceptional, which is developing the best storytelling games and doing right by gamers.”
Doing right by gamers is especially important considering CD Projekt’s previous experience. The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 was such a fiasco that it disrupted the studio’s plans for upgrades and new content and hurt CD Projekt’s image among fans. But it’s worked on the game for two years, bringing it to a decent level of functioning, and player counts and sales have both rebounded. Cyberpunk 2077 is still no Witcher 3, but it’s better.
CD Projekt is also opening a new studio in Boston, which will be part of CD Projekt Red North America. The new organization will be autonomous from The Molasses Flood, the Boston-based developer of The Flame in the Flood that CD Projekt acquired in 2021(opens in new tab).
Growth is key to CD Projekt’s long-term ambitions. The studio also announced plans for a new Witcher trilogy to be released over six years (which seems optimistic), two more Witcher spin-off games, a full-scale Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, and an original new project—all of that on top of the current work being done on Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher next-gen upgrade, and whatever it is that The Witcher 3 will be. That’s a lot for a studio that’s struggled to finish one game at a time.
Kerbal Space Program is Developing Something New
Original Source: Kerbal Space Program studio is working on something new
Intercept Games was created in 2020 to take over development of Kerbal Space Program 2 from Star Theory Games. At the time, it felt almost like a name change, since “core members” of the Kerbal 2 team went to Intercept to continue working on the game.
The process hasn’t gone smoothly since. Kerbal Space Program 2 was originally scheduled for March 31, 2021, however it’s now expected in early 2023. (opens in new tab). While Intercept Games was created to work on Kerbal 2, it has another game in the works.
The project is a “stylized science-based adventure game,” according to a Take Two job advertising. Applicants must have a “passion for space exploration, rocketry, worldbuilding, and associated entertainment mediums” and will be responsible for “translating the game’s visual design language into explorable landscapes.” Bonus talents include designing “completely spherical worlds” and using Unreal Engine, Gaea (a terrain design tool), World Creator, or World Machine.
Details sound like they’re for a KSP2 role, however the listing doesn’t specify. Other Private Division job advertising mention KSP2, so this one may be for something else.
What’s notable is that Intercept is working on something else—perhaps a Kerbal offshoot (“stylized science-based adventure” might fit) or something wholly different. It’s logical to worry if this new project would affect Kerbal 2.
One user in a September thread in the Kerbal forums(opens in new tab) speculated that the listing could indicate that Kerbal 2 is far enough along that Intercept can start moving developers to other things; another suggested it may have played a role in Intercept’s struggles to finish the game it was formed to create.
I asked Private Division for comment and will update if I hear back.
20 Years Later, a Canceled Dune Game Arrives on Steam
Original Source: A canceled Dune game comes to Steam under a new name, 20 years later
Westwood wasn’t the only developer of Dune games back then. Cryo Interactive’s 1992 adventure game Dune was followed by Widescreen Games’ 2001 tie-in to the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune. Cryo Interactive, already struggling owing to the early 2000s recession, entered bankruptcy.
Soft Brigade was hurt. The Hungarian firm worked with Cryo Interactive on Dune: Ornithopter Assault, a Game Boy Advance arcade flight-sim in which you defended spice harvesters from the Harkonnen as a House Atreides pilot on Arrakis. It was canceled, as was an online RTS called Dune Generations by Cryo Networks. A playable ROM leaked online, but crowdsourcing saved Soft Brigade’s game.
The game originally known as Dune: Ornithopter Assault has been finished. Without the Dune license, Retro Room Games renamed it Elland: The Crystal Wars on PC.
Instead of Arrakis, it’s set on Elland, where Brem-Nar crystals are mined. As a raptor pilot for Elland Inc., you deliver crystal gatherers to crystal fields and prevent smugglers and Trafford Corp. agents from destroying them. There are 23 levels with current quality-of-life features like save anywhere, controller support and remapping, cloud saves, and image scaling and smoothing.
The Crystal Wars is available on Steam as of October 3. Official Dune videogames include 4x strategy Dune: Spice Wars, which is in early access, and Funcom’s open world survival MMO Dune Awakening, which has no release date.
Summary of Today’s Computer Gaming News
Overall, Corsair released one of the coolest ultra-thin keyboards. The K100 Air includes a brushed aluminium frame and ultra-low profile keys. This may be the year’s most gorgeous keyboard for PC gaming and typing. This low-profile keyboard would fit on any desk and add sophistication. Corsair’s K100 Air is only 11mm thick at its narrowest point, and the keys don’t appear to go much higher. With its brushed metal finish and metal grey keys, this keyboard looks stylish, and its stats are great.
Also, CD Projekt’s enormous announcements today were followed by a smaller but nonetheless significant internal statement. Marcin Iwiski, the studio’s co-founder and co-CEO, is leaving. “This is big for me. I’ve worked with CD Projekt for nearly 30 years and have seen it grow from a handful of rebels to a creator of story-driven RPGs loved by millions. Micha Kiciski and I couldn’t have imagined this adventure when we began the company.
Meanwhile, Intercept Games, which was founded for Kerbal 2, maybe has another game in the works. A Take Two job listing calls it a “stylized science-based adventure game.” The listing states applicants should “love space exploration, rocketry, worldbuilding, and associated entertainment media” and will “translate the game’s visual design language into explorable environments.”The details sound like they’re for a KSP2 role, however the listing doesn’t specify. Other Private Division job advertising mention KSP2, so this one may be for something else.
Finally, The game originally known as Dune: Ornithopter Assault has been completed after many ups and downs. Without the Dune license and renamed Elland: The Crystal Wars, Retro Room Games, who specialize in game preservation, has restored it to PC.