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Exclusive: Indie sci-fi horror game 'Routine' re-revealed after 10-year hiatus

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Why it matters: Summer Game Fest showcased a couple of sci-fi horror games on Thursday. One is The Callisto Protocol — the spiritual successor to the Visceral Games classic Dead Space developed by the original title’s team. The other is Routine from Lunar Software and Raw Fury.

Like The Callisto Protocol, Routine takes several cues from the Dead Space franchise. However, it has been in development hell for nearly a decade. Lunar Software initially announced it in 2012, with a 2014 release date, but the project went radio silent in 2016, leading many to think the developer canceled the game.

Lunar re-revealed the game at Summer Game Fest, but it appears quite different from the Dead Space knockoff it showed off all those years ago. Routine still has that dark vibe and paranoid-inducing environments that have you cautiously peeking around corners. You’ll still feel like something is about to get the drop on you — a reasoning that is wholly justified judging by the trailer (masthead). However, the visuals clearly show 10 years’ worth of graphical advancement.

Lunar explained its hiatus on its website, saying that it almost had a finished game in 2016 but did not like the end product. So it scraped the whole thing and started over.

“We’ve essentially restarted production of the game. What we’re sharing here today is in-game footage of Routine,” the team said in an address to would-be fans. “As we were approaching what we believed to be the end of development, we were finding more and more things that we weren’t happy with that negatively impacted the experience. We had worked on the project for 5 years at that point and simply couldn’t release it as it was.”

The small indie developers were operating on a shoestring budget and had to put the game on the back burner and work on it in their free time between other paying projects. Lunar finally partnered with Raw Fury, which provided the funds to return to Routine’s full-time development. That said, the team is still reluctant to reveal a release window.

“While we won’t be repeating the mistake of sharing a release date until we’re entirely confident we can hit it, we didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer and felt that it was time to share what we’ve been working on,” it explained.

Whenever it does launch, it will be available on Xbox and Steam.

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Star Trek has had an up-and-down history with video games, sometimes managing to succeed in gaming genres it arguably shouldn’t, while never managing to quite succeed in the ones it should. There’s been plenty of great ones, but now a very cool little animation imagines one of its finest entries getting a ‘90s tie-in that never was.

Twitter user SpinaSanctuary’s hypothetical title screen for a mid-’90s Deep Space Nine game on the Nintendo 64 imagines a sideways glance where the platform that gave us Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire instead took a visit to the Gamma Quadrant for some licensed gaming goodness, essentially riffing on the opening moments of Deep Space Nine’s own title sequence, but in a gloriously polygonal retro style.

What could’ve Star Trek 64: Deep Space Nine even been? An adventure game aboard the station? A starship strategy game set during the Dominion War? A retail management sim dedicated to the Promenade á la Roller Coaster Tycoon or Theme Park World? A first person shooter like Voyager got with the Elite Force games, that shouldn’t make sense, but totally does? Whatever it would’ve been, this cute little “demake” has me wishing we could’ve found out.


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Amazon Prime subscribers in the US are getting a new benefit as part of their subscription, the company has announced. From today, they’ll be able to redeem a free year of Grubhub Plus, the monthly subscription service that offers free food delivery on orders over $12 from participating restaurants. Grubhub Plus normally costs $9.99 a month.

According to Amazon, free deliveries associated with Grubhub Plus are available from hundreds of thousands of restaurants across over 4,000 cities in the US. After the year is up, Grubhub will automatically start charging $9.99 a month for continued access. Existing Grubhub Plus subscribers can still make use of the promotion, which will be applied from the start of their next billing cycle. Canceling Prime automatically cancels Grubhub Plus.

The deal comes just a few short years after Amazon shut down Amazon Restaurants, its own attempt to compete in the takeout delivery market. The service was live between 2015 and 2019 but faced stiff competition from the likes of Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Since then, the e-commerce giant has mainly focused on grocery deliveries, but has kept a toe in the takeout delivery market through partnerships with other firms. It announced an investment in Europe-focused Deliveroo in 2019, and started offering access to its Deliveroo Plus subscription service as an additional perk for Prime members in the UK last year.

“Amazon has redefined convenience with Prime and we’re confident this offering will expose many new diners to the value of Grubhub Plus while driving more business to our restaurant partners and drivers,” Grubhub CEO Adam DeWitt said in a statement. The company, which is owned by Just Eat Takeaway.com, says it expects Grubhub Plus subscriptions to rise as a result of the deal.

GrubHub Plus isn’t the only additional benefit Amazon is announcing for Prime members today. The e-commerce giant is also making a short teaser trailer for its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power available exclusively to Prime subscribers for 48 hours. Members can watch the teaser over on the show’s Amazon page. The trailer ends by promising yet another teaser is coming on July 14th ahead of the release of the series on September 2nd.

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