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Image courtesy of Toby Fox

Toby Fox, creator of indie darling "Undertale," is releasing the second chapter only of his new game, "Deltarune," for free.

Why it matters: "Deltarune" is the episodic, highly anticipated sophomore title from creator Toby Fox.

  • The free chapter is because "the world has been really tough for everybody recently," said Fox on the game's website.
  • "Just one request — please remember, games like this aren't normally free. If you can afford it, spend the money you saved from getting this game for free by supporting other indie devs."
  • Fox said that once Chapters 3, 4 and 5 are complete, he'll ask people to buy the game for the price of the first five chapters.
  • "I don't know the price yet, but it's definitely going to cost more than 'Undertale.'"

Fox also announced that developers are skipping its episodic release schedule in favor of a simultaneous release for the next three chapters.

The big picture: Despite the format's rise in popularity at studios like (now defunct) Telltale Games, releasing games episodically, with long time periods between each new chapter, isn't always an attractive option.

  • Fox said that while the original plan had been to launch chapters as they were finished, "it's hard both for creators and fans to go a long time without a release. So, I changed my mind."
  • The game is no longer a solo project, says Fox, who worked on "Undertale" alone. Its second chapter is larger.
  • "Deltarune" remains a highly anticipated game; Chapter 2 was so popular, it crashed seller itch.io when it was released last week.

What's next: It's been two years since the release of Chapter 1; there's no word on when the next three will arrive.

  • "I won't know the answer until it's done," wrote Fox.

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Image courtesy of Limestone Games

Beat 'em up "Aeon Must Die!"'s release on Thursday stirred up controversy around accusations from former employees that the game was created under toxic work conditions and ultimately stolen from its creators.

Driving the news: Former Limestone Games developers, now working under a new studio called Mishura Games, published a lengthy statement calling on Limestone and publisher Focus Entertainment to "complete their legal responsibilities."

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.