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Prepare for Your Journey as Weird West Hits Xbox This Fall

Hello Xbox community! We’ve been working away on our debut title Weird West for a while now, and we’re extremely excited to announce that it’s coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S this Fall. As this is the first time we’re writing to you, we figured we’d give you an exclusive look at two of the journeys you’ll be taking during your time in the Old West.

Weird West

Weird West is a third-person immersive sim set in a dark fantasy reimagining of the Old West. Gunslingers, evil stalking the night, ritual performers, and people cursed to live freakish lives fill the world with unique and exciting encounters. And beware: Your ally can quickly become your foe as you hunt for the meaning of the burning mark at the heart of your story.

Weird West features five intertwined Journeys, and here we’ll dip into two of them, the Oneirist and the Pigman.

Weird West

The Oneirists have spent their time in the West perfecting the art of future telling to protect the land from its own dark devices. As a new initiate to their order, you’ll begin the Oneirist journey by slipping into your first vision trance that shows you a much grimmer future than initiates normally see. Your journey won’t be an easy one—a whole future hangs in the balance—but with a heap of magical abilities, alongside a six shooter or two, you’ll have as good a shot as you could hope for to save the West from what’s coming.

Weird West

Moving on to something a little different now: the Pigman journey. You were a man once, sure, but now your body’s been transformed into half-human half-pig by somebody with a bone to pick. Now you’re unsightly. Disgusting to the people you once knew; even entering a town in Weird West will cause folks to shout insults, or worse—sic the law on you. As your journey begins, you’ll thirst for one thing and one thing only: to find the person who did this to you and discover their reasons for doing it. But looking like a monster brings out the worst in people, so don’t expect it to be an easy ride.

Weird West

These are just two of the five journeys you’ll take in Weird West, where no two are the same. As an immersive experience, you’ll create posse’s, form friendships, and enemies.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, we’re extremely excited to be releasing on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S this Fall. Follow @WolfEyeGames and @devolverdigital for all the latest info on Weird West.

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This post originally posted here Xbox Wire

Manchester United’s planned debut for Jadon Sancho as club prepare announcement

The Real Madrid star has just one year left on his current contract, making him an attractive target for the club.

United believe he’s the ideal person to partner Harry Maguire at the back, while also considering him to be an upgrade on the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

At right-back, they’re big admirers of Kieran Trippier.

They’ve already had one bid rejected for the Atletico Madrid star but could return with another by the time the transfer window slams shut.

And when it comes to bolstering their midfield, Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga is their main aim. 

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Sport

Bay Area firefighters prepare for bike ride to New York City to honor 9/11 victims

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) — A group of Bay Area firefighters plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a cross country bike ride ending in New York city.

Because some days in American history are so significant, people can remember exactly where they were, even decades later.

September 11, 2001 is one of those days for retired Santa Clara firefighter Darrell Sales.

“That morning I happen to come into work and we had a group of 17 brand new firefighters that were in the last week of their fire academy,” Sales said. “For the first two or three hours of our training, all of us watched as the events unfolded.”

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They watched nearly 3,000 Americans killed on that day, including 343 firefighters.

To honor the lost lives 20 years later, Sales and a team of retired and current firefighters are preparing to ride across the country on bikes.

40 days, 3,800 miles.

An honor ride from the Bay to Brooklyn.

“Trying to come up with a way to honor the 343 firefighters that gave their life on that day, we thought that this would be a good way to do that,” Sales said. “We’re looking at averaging 100 miles a day, going across the heart of the United States, connecting with fire departments each way and then coming into New York in time for the 9/11 events.”

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The group consists of ten firefighters and military vets ranging in age from 38 to 72.

Sales was part of the team that participated in the first event of its kind in 2011.

The team makes stops at other fire stations throughout the journey and passes by landmarks commemorating events from 9/11.

Sales says he never could’ve anticipated the feelings that came with finishing the journey ten years ago and he can’t wait to do it again.

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“People will ask you, ‘why do you do this? How do you get the energy to do something like this?’,” Sales said. “It really goes along with your thought process for the fire service. You just make that sacrifice, because that’s what you do because you want to give back to your community.”

The ride will begin on August 1 in Santa Clara.

The team is also raising money for the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation.

To donate to the cause, visit the Bay to Brooklyn Ride website here.

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Kim Jong-un's sister mocks US intelligence – issues threat to prepare for 'disappointment'

Kim Jong-un’s sister, who is a senior official in North Korea’s ruling party, has released an official statement stating the US is interpreting signals from North Korea in the “wrong way”. The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un focussed her warning on US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan, who made comments about her brother. Mr Sullivan announced on Sunday there was an “interesting signal” in a recent speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The US National Security adviser was referring to “signals” made by the North Korean leader when he was preparing for diplomatic talks with the US and South Korea.

Kim Yo-jong was quick to reply and speaking to North Korea’s KCNA state news agency, said: “A Korean proverb says that in a dream, what counts most is to read it, not to have it.

“It seems that the US may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself.

“The expectation, which they chose to harbour the wrong way, would plunge them into a greater disappointment.”

North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme has given Joe Biden’s administration a challenge that Washington claims can be solved by using a “calibrated and practical” approach by encouraging the regime to give up its deadly arsenal.

The US is currently trying to get talks between North and South Korea back on track.

To encourage diplomatic initiatives, the US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday.

US official, Sung Kim, said on Monday he was willing to meet with the North Koreans “anywhere, anytime without preconditions”.

READ MORE Kim Jong-un health: North Korea ‘making preparations for despot’s death’- signs ‘not good’

Kim Yo-jong is Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, and regarded as a powerful ally, in an otherwise divided family.

She is considered to be a possible successor to Kim Jong-un, who is rumoured to be suffering from ill-health.

In March 2021 she warned the Biden administration: “If it wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step”.

Here she referred to the ongoing military drills that were being conducted between the US and South Korea.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: World Feed

Prepare For Survival Platforming With Residual, Launching Later This Year

Games are often about one simple rule: Don’t Die. But none more so than survival games, which are more like: Don’t Die, But Also We Really Want You To Die. We’ve seen a fair few survival games in the last few years, many of which are bloody brilliant, and we’re now at that stage where we’re seeing survival-meets-other-genre games that mix things up a little.

With that in mind, Residual is a procedurally generated pixel art survival-platformer set in space. With the help of your handy-yet-annoying robot companion, you’ll be trying to stay alive in a hostile alien world as you try to find a way home. Spoilers: a lot of things want to kill you. It is a survival game, after all.

Residual will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in Q3 2021, so some time towards the end of the summer.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

How to Help Prepare Your Home for the Threat of Wildfires

Residents of the Western United States have been warned to prepare themselves, and their homes, for another punishing wildfire season.

A widespread drought has dried out the vegetation and land in several states, priming the region for increased wildfire activity, which typically begins in the summer months and can continue well into the fall.

“If your home is near a wildfire area, you should be concerned,” said Lynnette Round, a public information officer at Cal Fire, the firefighting agency in California, where 9,248 structures were destroyed by wildfires in 2020. “Wildfires can ignite at any moment, so residents need to be prepared now, ahead of time.”

Ms. Round says that Cal Fire recommends people begin preparing their homes as soon as early March.

Here’s a guide to making your home more resistant to wildfires.

By creating a defensible space, or “firescaping,” residents can carve a barrier between their home and flammable vegetation. A defensible space around the perimeter of the house should be well-irrigated and free of brush, vegetation and other materials that could fuel a fire. Adding fuel breaks such as gravel walkways or driveways can also help.

If you’ve got the space, Cal Fire recommends creating a buffer, of at least several hundred feet, with fire-resistant plants and noncombustible materials, like concrete or gravel. Homeowners should also move branches, firewood and garbage to other areas around the home.

“Having defensible space does make a big difference,” said Brian Centoni, the public information officer for the Fire Department in Alameda County, Calif.

And in California, residents are required to have a “defensible space” in certain high-risk areas.

But no matter how safe you think your home may be, you must leave if the authorities order you to evacuate.

Home hardening, a term used to describe the process of modifying a home to make it more fire-resistant, can help protect firefighters, too. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends plugging a garden hose into a water line so fire departments can have access to it. You should identify and maintain water sources like hydrants, ponds and pools and make sure they are accessible. You can also ensure that your driveway is clear for emergency vehicles and make sure your address signs are clearly visible from the road.

The next best thing to “firescaping” is filling your garden with fire-resistant plants, like french lavender or sage. These plants are also drought-friendly.

Cal Fire recommends curating your garden to be a fire-resistant zone, but cautions that just because plants like currant and aloe are less likely to catch on fire, that doesn’t mean they’re fireproof.

FEMA recommends regularly clearing your roof and gutters of dry leaves and other debris. To prevent embers from flying in, enclose or box in eaves, soffits, decks and other openings in the home’s structure; fine wire mesh can be used to cover vents, crawl spaces and the area underneath porches and decks.

If you are unable to make major changes to your house or landscaping, Carrie Bilbao, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center, recommends conducting a quick assessment of your property and making small but critical changes such as removing flammable items — couch cushions and brooms that are stored outside.

“One thing that people do need to remember is that it’s not just an individual effort but a community effort,” Ms. Bilbao said. “You can do all you can for your own home but if your next-door neighbor doesn’t, the potential for fire to come and impact you is greater.”

Author: Marie Tae McDermott and Giulia Heyward
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

How Dreams Might Prepare You for What's Next

What you experience in your dreams might feel random and disjointed, but that chaos during sleep might serve a function, according to Erin Wamsley, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Furman University in Greenville, SC. In fact, evidence uncovered by Wamsley and her team suggests that dreams can prepare the mind for future situations it will encounter.

Previous research and anecdotal evidence have shown that dreams use fragments of past experiences, Wamsley explains. While studying dreams, her team found that the mind is using select fragments of past experiences to prepare for a known upcoming event.

“This is new evidence that dreams reflect a memory-processing function,” says Wamsley, who presented the work at the virtual SLEEP 2021 conference.

Some high performers already use past experiences to excel in future events. For instance, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic swimmer, with 28 medals, would “mentally rehearse” his swims for up to 2 hours a day, according to his coach, Bob Bowman.

Using sleep to strengthen this process is an exciting prospect that scientists have been eager to figure out, says Allison Brager, PhD, director of human performance at the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Training Center. Deep, rapid-eye-movement, or REM, sleep can lead to improved learning and memory, she says. “So, hypothetically, better dreams mean better sleep, and that equals better performance.”

For their research, Wamsley’s team hooked 48 students up to a polysomnography machine to measure sleep cycles and how often they were in a deep REM sleep. The students who took part in the study spent the night in a sleep lab.

The students were woken up multiple times during the night and asked to report what they were dreaming about.

In the morning, they were given their reports and asked to identify familiar features or potential sources for particular dreams. More than half the dreams were tied to a memory the students recalled. One-quarter of the dreams were related to specific upcoming events the students reported. And about 40% of the dreams with a future event in them also included memories of past experiences. This was more common the longer the students dreamed, the scientists explain.

And this was also more common later in the night, possibly because the dreamer is closer to waking and the anticipated event is approaching, Wamsley says.

Studying dreams is a tricky, subjective business and not always taken as seriously as other aspects of sleep and neuroscience because it involves questions of human consciousness itself, says Erik Hoel, PhD, a research assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

In a recent report published in Patterns, he suggests that our weirdest dreams help our brains process our day-to-day experiences in a way that enables deeper learning.

“This type of research is challenged by the method,” Hoel says.

In the Wamsley study, “waking people up from a deep sleep and asking them to recollect their dream content will only get you part of the experience because it fades so quickly.” That said, the value of connecting what happens as a result could be meaningful, he says. For example, study participants could be asked whether their future event went as planned and whether they think the outcome was related to how well they “prepared” in their dreams.

Even then, it would still be a subjective analysis. But going in those directions might lead to meaningful new training, Hoel says.

And training yourself to recall only specific memories right before sleep might prepare your mind in a focused way for certain events, from giving a presentation to having a difficult conversation with someone, or maybe even winning at the Olympics.

This post originally appeared on Medscape Medical News Headlines

Pension warning: 5 million to have inadequate income in retirement – how to prepare & save

Pension prospects for millions may be in doubt according to a new report by the Pensions Policy Institute, sponsored by the Centre for Ageing Better. The report, titled “What is an adequate retirement income?” estimated a quarter of people approaching retirement, the equivalent to five million people, are at risk of missing the income they need.

“The report calls for a new consensus on what adequacy means.

“As there are various measures of adequacy, the government needs to build a consensus between employers, industry, unions and individual stakeholders on what an adequate income in retirement is.

“Additionally, Ageing Better is calling on employers to match workplace pension contributions at a higher rate and for better support for groups at risk of financial insecurity.”

Anna Dixon, the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, commented on the report’s results.

She said: “The low level of the state pension in the UK, at just 24 percent of the national average income, means people are unable to rely on the state pension to provide an adequate income in retirement.

“Many people don’t have enough pension savings to support a decent standard of living in retirement.

“Further action is needed to ensure millions of people approaching retirement and generations to follow do not find themselves without adequate income in later life.

“While auto-enrolment is boosting the number of people saving for retirement, it is not sufficient to secure financial security in later life. We are calling on the Government and employers to do more to support people to achieve a decent standard of living in retirement and to boost pension savings for those approaching retirement.”

In early June, Which? estimated the amount of income including, state pension, that people are likely to need in retirement.

This broke down as follows:

Single-person household

  • “Luxury” retirement – £31,000 (pot size of £671,000 needed for annuity; £422,140 for drawdown)
  • “Comfortable” retirement – £19,000 (pot size of £305,170 needed for annuity; £192,290 for drawdown)
  • “Essential” retirement – £13,000 (pot size of £123,365 needed for annuity; £77,350 for drawdown)

Two-person household

  • “Luxury” retirement – £41,000 (pot size of £757,000 for annuity; £442,020 for drawdown)
  • “Comfortable” retirement – £26,000 (pot size of £265,420 for annuity; £154,700 for drawdown)
  • “Essential” retirement – £18,000 (pot size of £47,325 for annuity; £28,810 for drawdown)

Becky O’Connor, the Head of Pensions and Savings at interactive investor, commented on these estimates and expanded on the variation involved.

She said: “These estimates are a useful guide for people to know the retirement that they are roughly on track for, given their current pension pot size. But the amount we should all aim for is very personal and at the end of the day, depends on circumstances and goals, such as whether you want to leave an inheritance.

“It’s important to think about the lifestyle you have now and how much you would like this to continue when you retire. If your income will be substantially lower, then unless your costs fall dramatically too, you will have to get used to a potential drop in living standards when you stop work.

“Living costs do tend to fall for retired people and these estimates also assume major expenses like housing costs are largely paid off. But bear in mind any costs you expect to continue into retirement that could eat away at your pot faster, such as housing costs, as well as whether you will need to continue to support adult children or leave them an inheritance, should be factored into your own personal calculation for what your retirement pot should be.

“The Which? drawdown estimates reduce the pot size to nothing after 20 years, which means if you lived to be older than 85, in these scenarios, you would become dependent on the state pension at that point.”

Becky concluded: “While the estimates suggest that someone on an average salary paying the auto-enrolment minimum of 8 percent throughout their working life who will also receive the state pension should just about be on track for a retirement somewhere between ‘essential’ and ‘comfortable’, it might still be a struggle to manage any unexpected high bills, such as property maintenance.

“Self-employed people will need to put more in themselves to achieve the same outcome, as they do not benefit from employer contributions.

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you are in a defined contribution scheme, as most now are, your pot size is subject to variations in stock market performance – those who retire during a downturn can find a substantial chunk of the pot they were expecting wiped out at the last minute and sometimes have to work longer to make up for it.

“According to the interactive investor Great British Retirement Survey 2020, one in four people had suffered life setbacks that had derailed their retirement plans, such as illness or divorce, with women and people with children the most likely to be affected by an unexpected event. While no one knows what the future holds, it’s sensible to factor in the odd setback is likely.

“Younger workers who want to boost their chances of retiring well could do themselves a big favour by investing in potentially higher growth assets earlier on as this will give them the best chance of higher returns over the years. A separate study by interactive investor, Show Me My Money, found that more than a fifth of 18 to 34-year olds have a low risk pension, and so are potentially missing out on higher returns.

“Increasing contributions above the auto-enrolment minimum will also put you in a better position later on. The auto-enrolment minimum of 8 percent is not guidance on the right amount – it’s the minimum and should arguably be at least 12 percent to account for the possibility of lower investment growth over the coming decades, as highlighted by the interactive investor and LCP report ‘Is 12 percent the new eight percent?’, published last month. Don’t forget contributions to workplace schemes include employer contributions and tax relief. Generous employer contributions can be a huge boost to your retirement outcome – something to bear in mind if looking for a new job.

“To know you can get by on less when you retire is comforting, but if you are able to build up a bigger pot so that you can have more options later in life, then it’s a good idea to do so.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season and Evacuations

Be ready for another season of above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

That’s the warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is predicting anywhere between 13 and 20 named storms in 2021, including three to five major hurricanes.

There is no telling yet how many storms will make landfall, but experts caution that a storm does not need to be a major hurricane to cause damage, and extreme flooding and winds can occur hundreds of miles inland, not just on the coastline.

“People tend to focus on the category of the storm but storm categories are completely based on wind speed,” said Keith Acree of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. “What does most of the damage is not the wind, it’s the water.”

When a hurricane is poised to make landfall and the authorities issue an evacuation order, you may not have much time before you leave to protect your home and your family from the storm — and from flooding.

So here’s what you can do to get ready ahead of time.

Prepare an emergency kit, including cash, prescription medicines and three days’ worth of food and water (for people and pets). If your house floods and you can’t return immediately, this is essential. Be sure to consider provisions for those with special needs, like older people. If you need help coming up with a list, this one from Wirecutter, a New York Times company, has suggestions for any household.

If you live in a coastal area, it’s important to become familiar with community evacuation plans, evacuation zones and evacuation routes.

And plan a meeting spot for your family. Deanna Frazier, a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that forgetting to do so was one of the most common mistakes when Hurricane Harvey landed as a Category 4 hurricane in Texas in 2017. “Cellphones may not work or you may not have your cellphone with you,” she said. “There were a lot of people who were looking for loved ones and disconnected from them. Those are the kinds of things that you need to think about.”

Listen to local news media for the most up-to-date information on how to prepare and when to evacuate the area. “The biggest issue I see people running into is that they just wait too long,” said Alberto Moscoso, a former communications director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “When it comes to hurricane and storm preparation, now is always the right time.”

Photograph or scan important documents like driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, prescriptions, tax statements and other legal papers. Upload the images online for safekeeping. Store documents in a fireproof, watertight container, or take them with you. FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit has a checklist of documents you’re likely to need to claim insurance and other benefits.

When the time comes to evacuate, take irreplaceable keepsakes with you, if possible. Otherwise, move belongings with sentimental or monetary value upstairs or to high shelves to protect them from floodwaters. It’s common for people to underestimate how high the water will go.

“Anywhere it rains, it can flood,” Mr. Acree said.

[What do storm categories mean? Here’s what you need to know.]

If possible, make sure that your home has flood insurance. Most homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage, and flood insurance takes 30 days to become effective.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends switching your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest possible settings and moving fridge items to the freezer so they stay cold longer if the power goes out. Even in a power failure, a tightly packed freezer can stay cold for 48 hours. If you can’t fit everything into the freezer, add containers of ice to the fridge.

Keep thermometers in the fridge and freezer so you can check the temperature when you return. Anything that has remained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is safe to eat. Move pantry items and a supply of bottled water to high, secure shelves so they will be safe from floodwaters.

Look for any potentially dangerous substances, like bleach, ammonia and drain cleaners. Check in the garage. Make sure all lids are tightly closed and move these items to high shelves, as far from potential flooding as possible. Chemicals that mix into floodwaters can be hazardous to your health or cause fires and explosions.

Move electronics, small appliances, portable heating systems and other things with wires to upper levels and high shelves — as far away from water as possible. If you have a generator, keep it away from moisture. (Never use it inside or plug it into a wall outlet.)

Trim and safely dispose of tree branches, which can fall during hurricane winds or become projectiles if left on the ground. Secure rain gutters and downspouts, and clear clogged areas that could stop water from draining from your property. Move bikes, trash cans, outdoor furniture, grills, tanks and building materials to a secure spot, either inside or tied down, as these can fly in high winds. Board up your windows to prevent leaks and broken glass, and, where necessary, secure doors with storm shutters.

Avoid driving or walking through floodwaters, which can be electrically charged from downed and underground power lines; contain debris like glass, dead animals or even poisonous snakes; or be contaminated with sewage and hazardous chemicals. Just six inches of moving water can knock down a person, and a foot of fast-moving water can destabilize a vehicle.

Don’t enter your house until officials say it is safe to do so. To avoid electrical hazards from flooding, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker, or ask for professional help. Go inside with caution — don’t touch electrical equipment, and use a flashlight, rather than anything flammable, in order to see.

Only bottled water, canned and well-packaged foods are safe to consume after a flood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises throwing away any food that may have come in contact with water. If cans get wet, remove their labels and wash them in bleach solution to be safe.

Waterborne diseases are also a risk — only drink fresh, bottled water. If this is not accessible, boil water according to C.D.C. guidelines.

Hazardous chemicals, mold, asbestos and lead paint are all potential dangers in the aftermath of a flood — so follow official recommendations and wear gloves, eye protection and face masks on any flood-damaged property. Before beginning cleanup and debris removal, take photographs of your home and contact your insurance company, then air out and remove all water-damaged items. This is the most important step toward minimizing mold, which can cause asthma attacks, eye and skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Adeel Hassan contributed reporting.

Author: Livia Albeck-Ripka
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Prepare to Weigh Anchor with King of Seas

Pirates, plunder, and a procedurally generated world await in 3DClouds’ brand-new, single-player pirate adventure King of Seas. Framed for the murder of your father, cast away from the only life you’ve ever known and with no choice but to turn to piracy, King of Seas takes you out onto the unforgiving and ever-changing sea to embark upon a story of redemption and betrayal.  

A pirate game would be remiss without, well, pirate ships! King of Seas is built around strategic navel combat, meaning you’ll have to keep an eye on the wind direction, stay out of the trajectory of errant cannonballs, and line up the perfect shot to banish enemy ships to Davey Jones’ locker. With each enemy ship you trounce in combat, the bounty on your head will grow, and as it does, you’ll be able to take on a myriad of the most famous pirates in history, truly becoming the King of Seas.

King of Seas

Taking to the seas in your very own pirate ship, customize everything from bow to stern (front to back for you landlubbers); different weapons can be equipped for maximum damage to enemy vessels, figureheads can be equipped to improve various stats, sails can be swapped out to increase speed, and a whole host of other changes will make even the most sea-hardened captain think twice before engaging.

Sailors hankering for a vast world to explore will not be left disappointed in King of Seas as the world is procedurally generated; the layout of the sea, rock formations, volcanoes, fishing points, pirate hides, and islands – with their irresistible lure of treasure – will be different for everyone.  

King of Seas

Conditions out at sea are ever-changing, affected by a day/night cycle and a dynamic weather system; use the wind to fill your sails and cut through waves at breakneck speed, but be wary of storms. The sea is a cruel mistress, and unprepared sailors will regret their decision to take on mother nature when she tears down mastheads and rips up planks, causing damage to even the most expertly built vessels.

The driving force behind every act of piracy is treasure… except, you know, clearing your name and reclaiming your home. The islands and oceans of King of Seas are a veritable goldmine of loot just ripe for the picking: shipwrecks with unrecovered hordes litter the open ocean while Xs dot across the inhospitable island. Treasure is just waiting for a greedy pirate armed with a shovel to go and pilfer the plunder.

King of Seas

After a long day (or night) at sea, dock at one of the many ports available in King of Seas, although we’d recommend making sure it isn’t inhabited by somebody you’ve stolen from or attempted to murder recently. Murderous ideations aside, ports in game offer a chance to trade loot, buy upgrades for your ship, and even enlist new crewmates to help you on your journey, improving the stats of your keel and your chances of survival.

Booty isn’t the only driving force behind the pirate life, and quests are available from ports across the world, providing you with loot, gold, and maybe even a chance to unearth the truth so you can make your way back home and claim the justice you seek.  

King of Seas

We look forward to welcoming you to the crew in King of Seas on May 25 when it launches on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S! Adventure, treasure, and piracy awaits me hearties!

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“Cannon shots echo on the seven seas as on the horizon the sun rises on a new dawn of pirates. Drop your moorings, unfold the sails and launch yourself into the heart of the storm shaping your empire. The murder of your father will not be forgiven”. King of Seas is an Action Role playing game set in a deadly procedurally generated pirate world. In a ferocious plot you will fight to regain what has been taken away and embark on an epic adventure in a fantastic world, filled with battles, lost islands and treasures. A universe full of amazing characters and breathtaking missions will keep you anchored as you strive to become the king of all pirates. MAIN MECHANICS Story: A series of quests guide you on your journey and uncover the intriguing characters of the King of Seas world who will lead you to the next path of your epic adventure. Procedural Generation: Dive into a lush, procedurally generated world that constantly refreshes the exploration mechanics within each new game. Dynamic World: The world reacts to your every action, naval routes change and with each conquered settlement the difficulty adapts to constantly give you a more challenging time. Map: A thick fog will ensure travelling towards objectives is not plain sailing, after all wouldn’t you want to lose the joys of exploration !? Navigation system: Atmospheric effects influence gameplay. Sail during a storm at your own risk, escape the enemies and always remember to carefully watch the wind direction to stay in control during battles. The strategy starts here. Ship customization: Five types of highly customizable ships through an equipment and skill system, just as in any true role-playing game! Combat system: Not only cannon shots and nautical strategy but also speed and spectacle, thanks to a set of more than 20 skills to choose from and three branches of talents to suit any playstyle. SECONDARY MECHANICS Special Missions: Extra rewards await you upon completion of these secondary missions, each settlement you conquer will be the source of new adventures! Treasure hunt: Secret maps are hidden in the abyssal depths, find them and obtain directions to submerged treasures! Trading: Each settlement produces specific products with their own market value. Buy them at the lowest price possible and sell them to other settlements where they are in demand. Buy low, sell high, this is the basis of trade! Fishing: Find as many as 30 varieties of fish living below the ocean surface. Fish them all but be careful to observe the time of day and weather conditions… Ranking: Every battle won will drive up the bounty on your head, compare it with the most famous pirates of history. Be the King of Seas! Multiple difficulties: The difficulty level adds a substantial multiplier to the bounty obtained in the game. How much will you be able to generate in hardcore mode?

Author: Rebecca Nicol, Junior PR & Events Manager, Team17
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire