Epic is about to refresh the free PC gaming giveaways on the Epic Games Store.
As part of Epic’s bid to dethrone Steam, the company gives away a selection of free PC games each week.
Previous free games have included Grand Theft Auto 5, Borderlands, Civilization 6 and Star Wars Battlefront 2.
The current free games include two excellent retro releases, such as Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo.
Unfortunately, however, Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo will only be available to download until 4pm BST UK time on July 1.
The current freebies will be replaced by first-person puzzle game The Spectrum Retreat.
You can download The Spectrum Retreat from July 1 until July 8 at 4pm BST UK time, at which point a new game will join the line-up.
The Spectrum Retreat features a host of colour-coded puzzles in the rooms of a mysterious hotel.
“The Spectrum Retreat is a challenging, first-person puzzle game set in the near future,” reads the official description.
“You awake at The Penrose hotel, a peaceful yet unsettling refuge from the outside world. As a valued guest, your existence is embedded into the corridors and guest rooms of The Penrose.
“Exploration of the striking art-deco hotel will begin to uncover the mysteries of both The Penrose and the uncertainties surrounding your current stay. Your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of colour-coded puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.”
Undoubtedly the best game of this week’s bunch is Sonic Mania, which gives the classic gameplay a modern makeover.
“The ultimate celebration of past and future. An all-new adventure full of unique bosses, rolling 2D landscapes, and fun classic gameplay. Sonic Mania brings retro fast-paced platforming into the future through pixel perfect 2D graphics running at 60FPS.”
Finally, Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game inspired by classics such as SEGA’s Out Run.
“It recreates classic arcade gameplay and offers you unbound speed limits of fun. Horizon Chase Turbo offers a Multiplayer Split Screen mode that rescues the nostalgia of playing with your best friends sitting on a couch all night long.
“Horizon Chase Turbo is inspired in the past without letting go of its contemporaneity. The apparent polygon and secondary colour aesthetic results in a unique atmosphere.
“In Horizon Chase Turbo you’ll pilot your car through extraordinary places, watching the sun setting, facing rain, snow, volcanic ashes and even severe sandstorms.”
Author: Liam Martin
This post originally appeared on Daily Express
Forza Horizon 5 has been officially announced during the Microsoft and Bethesda E3 showcase.
Confirming earlier reports, Forza Horizon 5 will take place in an open world Mexico setting, and have a November 9 release date.
The exciting news was announced alongside a new gameplay trailer, which showcases the stunning Mexico setting.
According to Microsoft, the new Forza Horizon sequel will feature a “deep campaign” complete with new story missions.
One of the more interesting new additions is EventLab, which lets players create their own custom races, challenges and game modes.
“Create your own expressions of fun with the new EventLab gameplay toolset including custom races, challenges, stunts, and new game modes.
“Customise your cars in more ways than ever before. Use the Gift Drops feature to share your custom creations.”
The Mexico setting is shaping up to be one of the most diverse yet, containing deserts, jungles, hidden ruins, beaches and canyons.
Fans will even be able to explore a towering snow-capped volcano, as well as a huge stadium.
“Lead breathtaking expeditions across the vibrant and ever-evolving open world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world’s greatest cars,” reads the official description.
“Take on awe-inspiring weather events like towering dust storms and intense tropical storms as Mexico’s unique, dynamic seasons change the world every week. Keep coming back for new events, challenges, collectibles, and rewards, and new areas to explore.
“Team up with other players and enter the Horizon Arcade for a continuing series of fun, over-the-top challenges that keep you and your friends in the action and having fun with no menus, loading screens or lobbies.”
With Forza Horizon 5 an Xbox exclusive, the game will be available as a free download for Game Pass subscribers at launch.
The Forza Horizon 5 announcement was followed by news of a brand new Xbox IP called Redfall.
The co-op shooter takes place in Massachusetts, where vampires have taken over a small town.
“The quaint island town of Redfall, Massachusetts, is under siege by a legion of vampires who have blocked out the sun and cut the island off from the outside world.
“Trapped with a handful of survivors against diabolical enemies threatening to bleed the town dry, choose your hero from a diverse roster, grouping up with others to create the perfect team of vampire slayers. Redfall is an open-world co-op FPS being developed by Arkane Austin and will launch exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC in Summer 2022.”
A novel, ultra-long-acting oral formulation of the antipsychotic risperidone (Risperdal) only needs to be taken once weekly and appears to be safe and effective, results of a new phase 2 study suggest.
The new formulation, LYN-005 (Lyndra Therapeutics), quickly reached therapeutic levels in patients, provided sustained exposure to risperidone active moiety over 7 days, and reduced peak drug exposure.
Dr David Walling
“This novel formulation has the potential to improve treatment adherence and quality of life in patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder,” study investigator David Walling, PhD, chief clinical officer for the Collaborative NeuroScience Network, Long Beach, California, told Medscape Medical News.
The findings were presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) 2021 Annual Meeting.
Adherence Is Key
About 50% of patients don’t take medications as prescribed, creating a significant relapse risk, Walling noted.
“Here we have the possibility of having a once-weekly oral medication, which means patients don’t have to struggle with the issue of taking the medication daily. Right now, all we have on the market for long-acting medications for schizophrenia are injectables, where the patient has to go get a shot every month or every 2 weeks in order to have the medication in their system for a longer period of time,” he added.
The study included 32 clinically stable patients with a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
Patients received immediate-release (IR) risperidone at 2 mg or 4 mg, based on their current antipsychotic dose, for 13 days.
They were then randomly assigned 3:1 to receive either IR risperidone-matched placebo and LYN-005 at 14 mg or 28 mg risperidone (12 patients per group), or to LYN-005 matched placebo and IR risperidone, 2 mg or 4 mg, (4 patients per group) for 3 weeks.
LYN-05 was administered once weekly for a total of three doses. IR risperidone was administered once daily.
The study’s primary endpoints were pharmacokinetics after LYN-005 and IR risperidone, and the incidence of adverse events.
Following LYN-005 administration, systemic exposure to risperidone active moiety (risperidone and 9-hydroxyrisperidone combined) increased with the increasing dose. Peak concentration occurred within the first 3 days of dosing and peak exposures from LYN-005 were lower than with IR risperidone.
“Steady state was achieved around day 15. It didn’t take 3 weeks of dosing for patients to achieve steady state. We achieved that around day 15,” Walling said.
LYN-005 was well tolerated in the 85% of study participants who received all three doses.
Adverse events occurred in 18 (75%) patients who received LYN-005. Of these, 10 were with the 14 mg dose, and 8 with the 28 mg dose.
The most common AEs were gastrointestinal, which occurred in 13 (54%) patients receiving LYN-005, with a higher incidence in the 28-mg group than in the 14 mg group.
Additionally, 9 patients had abdominal pain, discomfort, or tenderness, and 5 patients (21%) had nausea.
Overall, the incidence of adverse events was higher for LYN-005 compared with IR risperidone, but they were judged to be mild and transitory, with fewer AEs reported with subsequent LYN-005 dosing. After the first dose, 58% of patients reported an AE; this dropped to 18% after the third dose.
An Important Development
Commenting on the findings for Medscape Medical News, Ira D. Glick, MD, professor emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, said, “The major problem with schizophrenia is getting adherence.”
“The better the adherence, the better the outcome, the worst the adherence, the worse the outcome, so being able to take a preparation less often is a very important advance in the field,” said Glick, who was not involved in the research
Long-acting preparations for chronic mental illness represent a significant advance, he said.
“The future of the treatment of schizophrenia is long-acting injectables. That is the trend,” Glick explained “The oral once-a-week preparation may be useful in a group of patients who are phobic about needles, but with the injections, you can be sure that the patient has received their medication. With the oral, there is more of a chance to be noncompliant.
“That said, having an effective, longer-acting oral for those who refuse injections is helpful. It’s an important development, and it’s part of the advance the whole field is moving toward, to ensure adherence to treatment. We know treatment works, we know it is going to save lives, and that’s what this ultra-long-acting formulation is promoting.”
Walling is chief clinical officer for the Collaborative NeuroScience Network, LLC, Long Beach, California. Glick has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) 2021: Abstract 3002873. Presented June 2, 2021.
Horizon Forbidden West is the latest game to get the Sony State of Play treatment.
The next big State of Play broadcast will take place on May 27 at 10pm BST for fans living in the UK.
It will be preceded by a State of Play pre-show, which offers a “uniquely crafted countdown towards the main State of Play event”.
According to Sony, the State of Play event will focus primarily on Horizon Forbidden West, so don’t expect any additional game reveals.
It will feature around 14 minutes of new gameplay, which is captured on PS5 consoles. Fans can expect a release date to be announced at its conclusion.
“During this State of Play, we will debut the Horizon Forbidden West gameplay reveal!” reads a Sony post.
“In this 20-minute exclusive segment, you’ll be seeing about 14 minutes of brand new in-game action featuring our heroic protagonist Aloy, all captured directly on PlayStation 5.
“This reveal has been a true team effort and we’re very excited to show you what we have in store.
“Whether you’ve been with us and Aloy since Horizon Zero Dawn or are only just getting to know this incredible world, we want to share this huge milestone with you and cannot wait to see your favoUrite moments and reactions.”
As a reminder, Horizon Forbidden West is coming to PlayStation 5 and PS4. The game is expected to launch in 2021.
The sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn takes place in a huge open world, and once again features Aloy in a leading role.
“Join Aloy as she braves the Forbidden West – a majestic but dangerous frontier that conceals mysterious new threats.
“Explore distant lands, fight bigger and more awe-inspiring machines, and encounter astonishing new tribes as you return to the far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon.”
According to the official description, the new game will contain a selection of “lush forests, sunken cities and towering mountains of a far-future America”.
“The land is dying. Vicious storms and an unstoppable blight ravage the scattered remnants of humanity, while fearsome new machines prowl their borders.
“Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why.
“It’s up to Aloy to uncover the secrets behind these threats and restore order and balance to the world. Along the way, she must reunite with old friends, forge alliances with warring new factions and unravel the legacy of the ancient past – all the while trying to stay one step ahead of a seemingly undefeatable new enemy.”
Xbox Series X and S fans have been given an update on games that could be heading to Microsoft’s next-gen console soon. We already know that the 2021 Xbox Series X and S exclusive line-up is confirmed as including the eagerly anticipated Halo Infinite as well as Psychonauts 2, CrossfireX and much more. And it looks like Microsoft could have plenty of unannounced surprises up their sleeve as well – with one of these being Forza Horizon 5.
There have been plenty of Forza Horizon 5 rumours swirling around recently, with an alleged map for the new Playground Games open world racer reportedly leaking.
And this ‘leaked’ map could show that the next Forza Horizon game will be set in Japan, with Tokyo, Mount Fuji and the Gunma region (which is where Initial D is set) all possible locations for Forza Horizon 5.
If you’re excited about the prospect of a new Forza Horizon game then the good news is the next entry in the hugely popular series could be launching this year.
In-the-know journalist Jeff Grubb was recently asked on Twitter whether Forza Horizon 5 will be launching this year.
And the VentureBeat journalist simply replied with a GIF of Easy A star Emma Stone saying: “I think so.”
Forza Horizon 5 is yet to be announced by Microsoft, so if it is launching in 2021 it would be a pleasant surprise for Xbox fans.
Elsewhere rumour has it that Persona 5 could be launching on Xbox, with the critically acclaimed JRPG from Atlus possibly arriving on Xbox Game Pass.
Both Windows Central journalist Jez Corden and Shpeshal_Ed from the XboxEra Podcast appear to be hinting that Persona 5 – which is currently exclusive to PlayStation – could be heading to Xbox.
Corden appeared to drop a Persona 5 hint when replying to an RPG fan on Twitter.
Twitter user @HazzadorGamin posted their hopes for the Persona franchise to make its Xbox debut.
The tweeter wrote: “I hope Xbox guys get to experience Persona series soon #Persona5”.
To which Corden simply replied with a smiley face.
Elsewhere @Shpeshal_Ed also appeared to drop heavy hints that Persona 5 could be heading to Xbox.
The XboxEra co-host quoted a tweet they posted towards the beginning of February which said: “Seems like Yakuza isn’t the only popular Sega franchise Microsoft are trying to get into Game Pass”.
And quoting this tweet now they simply added an image of Persona 5 protagonist Joker with an Xbox logo.
So, from the sounds of it – not only could Persona 5 be arriving on Xbox, but it could be launching on Xbox Game Pass.
In other Xbox news, more details have emerged about The Elder Scrolls 6 – one of the most highly anticipated games on the horizon.
This news comes courtesy of leaker Tiffany Treadmore, who previously leaked the huge news that E3 2020 was being cancelled and also dropped Nintendo Direct information early.
Treadmore has revealed that The Elder Scrolls 6 could have “survival mechanics” as well as a “Rune Drawing” mechanic for crafting new magic spells.
And finally if you’re counting down the days till your next official look at Elden Ring then you may not have too long to wait.
According to the rumour mill a gameplay trailer for Elden Ring with unseen footage will be released on April 8.
This is ahead of the Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin collab allegedly releasing in August this year.
Elden Ring first appeared during the Xbox E3 event in 2019 but official announcements on the highly anticipated project has been thin on the ground since then.
Forza Horizon 4 is available now for purchase on Steam starting at $ 59.99/£54.99/€ 69.99
With cross-play, Steam players join millions of monthly Forza Horizon 4 players driving across Britain on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs and cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Customize your Horizon Festival with the Standard, Deluxe, or Ultimate Edition digital bundles; content expansions and car packs are also available for purchase separately.
Last month we announced Forza Horizon 4 was headed to Steam for the first time, and today we welcome new players as Forza Horizon 4 is officially available for purchase. We’re excited for Steam players to experience the joys of driving in beautiful, historic Britain alongside players across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs and cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
There are three ways to customize your Horizon Festival experience and car collection, with the Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate Editions offering players options in kickstarting their garages and seeing everything Britain has to offer. Choose one of the below bundles to get started, or head to ForzaMotorsport.net for more details. You can also purchase car packs and expansions separately.
Standard Edition digital bundle$ 59.99/£54.99/€ 69.99:
Forza Horizon 4
Formula Drift Car Pack
Deluxe Edition digital bundle$ 79.99/£69.99/€ 89.99:
Forza Horizon 4
Formula Drift Car Pack
Ultimate Edition digital bundle$ 99.99/£84.99/€ 99.99:
Forza Horizon 4
Formula Drift Car Pack
Best of Bond Car Pack
LEGO® Speed Champions
The world of Forza Horizon 4 has grown tremendously thanks to the support of the community, with game modes including The Eliminator and Super7 joining expansion content Fortune Island and LEGO Speed Champions alongside over 600 available cars to create an expansive and social driving experience. Players looking to add even more playful fun to their garages can also check out the Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack, which introduces iconic favorites such as the 1949 Ford F-5 Dually Custom Hot Rod and 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk ‘Dream Roadster’ to Forza Horizon 4.
Interested in adding a very special car to your garage for free? Starting today, all Forza Horizon 4 players across Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Steam can add the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS to their collections for free by playing Forza Horizon 4 while logged into their Xbox profile between now and March 14 at 10 a.m. PDT. Upon their next log-in, players will receive a message in their message center about the reward car, and upon opening the message it will redeem to their garage. More information on this promotion can be found on forzamotorsport.net.
New to Forza Horizon 4? Check out our beginner’s guide filled with advice and tips from our community of seasoned and welcoming racers. With cross-play, you can cruise with a convoy of your friends no matter where they play—across Xbox consoles, Windows 10 PCs, cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and now Steam!
Check out Forza Horizon 4 on Steam and join the community at https://forzamotorsport.net/.
Mike Brown, Creative Director of Forza Horizon, Playground Games