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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014


Supreme Ruler Ultimate Announced

BattleGoat Studios announces Supreme Ruler Ultimate, which blends the most successful elements of Supreme Ruler 1936 and Supreme Ruler 2020 to create what they call "the most ambitious and comprehensive" installment in the strategy series. The game is planned for release on October 17th, and they will be brining it to Steam via early access later this month. Word is owners of Supreme Ruler 1936 will get a special discount on the new game. Here's the deal:

BattleGoat Studios is proud today to announce Supreme Ruler Ultimate, the most ambitious and comprehensive title in our Supreme Ruler strategy game series. With the announcement of Supreme Ruler Ultimate David Thompson, Lead Designer and Co-Founder explained, "Our recent release of Supreme Ruler 1936 has proven to be very popular with our fans and strategy/wargame players as it revolves around World War II, but one of the biggest requests we've received has been to blend it with the near future game we released back in 2008, Supreme Ruler 2020. That game provided players with the opportunity to make anything they wanted of our modern world, from any starting nation, without any preconceived expectations."

Supreme Ruler Ultimate will incorporate the content from all of BattleGoat's Supreme Ruler series, letting players take control of a nation from the historic troubles of World War II, through the Cold War, and into the near future where established relations are undermined by disorder and turmoil. Thompson went on to comment, "With what is currently going on internationally and the intense domestic polarization forming within various countries, it certainly is not hard to imagine a spark spreading unparalleled chaos through our world." Thompson indicated that BattleGoat will continue to add historic events and content to the game for players that want to start in the 20th century, as well as updating the near future storyline to incorporate new technology threads and to reflect the new international crises that have developed.

Wargame: Red Dragon Free DLC and Sale

Focus Home Interactive announces the release of The Second Korean War, a new free DLC pack for Wargame: Red Dragon, Eugen Systems' real-time strategy game. They include word that the game is on sale on Steam as a midweek madness dealie, but the sale isn't actually live just yet, and this announcement says the sale begins tonight. Here's word on the DLC:

Wargame is back with a second dose of free DLC for the million-selling franchise's third installment, Wargame Red Dragon. In this new expansion for the spectacular real-time strategy game from Eugen Systems, which will patch automatically into the game today, 12 new units and an additional full-length story campaign are added, which takes the war to 1992 charging an uchronical alternate-history narrative.

Fielding some of the most advanced military technology of the time, The Second Korean War will see China, North Korea, and the Soviet Union pit themselves against the might of the United Nations' coalitions. Armed with the Patriot missile system, the USA buffs their anti-air defenses, as do the Chinese with the JH-7. The South Korean K9-Thunder marches onto the field, to the detriment of the USSR's elite Spetsnaz GRU infantry units.

In the all-new campaign, a coup against Mikhail Gorbachev succeeded in 1991, a year prior to the events of the narrative. The former guard succeeds Gorbachev, and restores Soviet order, bringing them closer to the communist leaders in Asia, as leaders in the West grow ever-distant from the Soviet super-power. After a year of friction, the entire Korean peninsula is at war as the Soviets and UN coalitions take their increasingly distancing ideologies onto the battlefield.

And there’s more good news: Wargame is the MidWeek Deal on Steam!

City of Heroes Revival?

This post from Nate Downes has word from the president of Missing Worlds Media and member of the City of Heroes community that the possibility exists that NCsoft will allow a community-driven revival of City of Heroes, the superhero MMORPG (thanks Massively). This is the subject of ongoing discussions, and the plan may change going forward, but for now Nate sounds guardedly optimistic:

The proposal as it stands right now (this is not a final form, just the current proposal on the table) is this:

The CoH IP would be spun to its own company, to handle licensing. This company would itself license the existing engine from NCSoft for the creation of a maintenance mode, using a binary copy of the i23 server.

The existing user database and characters are not part of this arrangement at this time, nor is the source code.

An arrangement is to be made to license the trademarks to the various Plan Z projects, CoT, Valiance and H&V, to create a family connection, and to allow each to drop the “Spiritual” portion of successor. This means they can make references to the original game if desired, and to enable the expansion of partnerships. This could be expanded for any of them, should the desire be there.

An arrangement is also to be made for the Atlas Park Revival project. As part of the informal agreement we have with them, they would be given an official stamp of approval, and the CoT game build would be licensed to them, to create a kind of “CoH 1.5” and migrate people off of the classic game engine before it finally becomes unsuitable (we expect this to happen around when Windows 9 is released, due to binary compatibility). This can be done because both APR and CoT run on Unreal Engine 4.

By being its own firm, the licensing company can also pursue other avenues which were unavailable before.

The Sims 4 and Patch Released

EA announces that The Sims 4 is now available, offering the latest installment in the lifestyle simulation series. A day one patch for the game is also now available, addressing a few bugs and crashes, a couple of which are classified as "severe." Here's news on the release:

It’s time to create and control a new generation of Sims. Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) announced that The Sims™ 4 is now available on PC in North America. The Sims 4 gives players the power to create Sims filled with personality and discover a new way to play with life, where every decision opens up an ever-evolving world of meaningful possibilities.

“Every Sim is unique in The Sims 4, your own individual creations that come to life with big personalities and endless possibilities,” said Rachel Franklin, Executive Producer for The Sims 4. “Who they are on the inside changes the way you play. Your Sims embody the traits and aspirations you give them in The Sims 4, and playing out their charming, hilarious and crazy stories has never been more fun.”

In The Sims 4, the Sims are smarter, more relatable and emotionally aware. Every action is affected by who they are, what they’re thinking, and how they’re feeling. Players control the mind, body, and now the emotions of these new Sims, which brings their stories to life with richness and texture that has never before been possible in the franchise.

One of the fundamental tenets of The Sims experience is the ability for players to express their personal creativity – in both the Sims they create and the homes that they build for them. Create A Sim and Build Mode have been completely rebuilt to be more powerful and tactile than ever, featuring direct manipulation and drag and drop functionality. Additionally, players can now share their creations with other players directly in the game. In the all-new Gallery players can upload or download Sims, houses and individual rooms, making it easier than ever for players to populate their world.

New Sims with unique personalities and rich emotions, combined with powerful creative tools and the ability to share via the in-game Gallery, come together to provide an exciting new gameplay experience, empowering a whole new era for The Sims.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus

2K announces details about the Season Pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the upcoming installment in the first-person shooter series. This will include four DLC packs, and the announcement touches on those as well as a preorder bonus: :

2K and Gearbox Software announced today that Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel™ will offer four add-on content packs following the release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The four add-on content packs will encompass new characters, challenges, missions, and experiences and each pack will retail individually for $9.99 on all available platforms. As Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel nears completion and the teams shift their focus to add-on content, additional details will be announced as development progresses.

Additionally, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass* bundles the four add-on content packs at a discounted rate. Priced at $29.99, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass includes access to all four of the add-on content packs – a $39.96 value – and will be available for purchase when Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases on October 14, 2014 in North America and October 17, 2014 internationally. Once purchased, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass enables the download of all included add-on content packs as they become available on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft and PC.

Gamers who pre-order Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from participating retailers will gain access to the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus content. Taking place in an old Dahl facility on Pandora’s moon, players will meet TR4-NU, who once was one of Dahl’s military recruiters until he went crazy. TR4-NU is now hosting the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit and giving awesome loot to those who succeed against the moon’s toughest enemies. The Shock Drop Slaughter Pit will not be included in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, but it will be available for purchase at a later date, for those who do not pre-order Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. To pre-order Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, please visit http://borderlandsthegame.com/index.php/retail/borderlands-the-presequel.

*Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network or Steam account and Internet connection required. Copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel required for play.

Jameson: The Pilot Announced

11 bit launchpad announces development of Jameson: The Pilot, a space simulation in development at Rezoner, which they call "a mysterious one-man dev team responsible for every single aspect of the game." The Jameson: The Pilot website is online with screenshots and a reveal trailer showing off the game's 2D approach to outer space. Here's word on the game, which is expected for early access this autumn:

Jameson The Pilot is a space sim in which the players can do almost anything they want. They can be explorers, miners, traders, pirates or even… space bus drivers! Countless possibilities and the extensive system of customizable ships, guilds and quests create huge universe full of potential.

This universe is rendered beautifully with pixel art graphics and 8-bit music, making every minute spent with the game a real pleasure. What really sets Jameson apart from other games though, is its attitude. This is a game about having fun, so don't expect huge SAVE THE GALAXY quests. What does it have instead? Plenty of humor, pop culture references and rather cheesy jokes, that’s for sure. It’s a game that will allow players to relax and just fly through endless space.

Continue here to read the full story.

Uncut Left 4 Dead 2 Cleared in AU

Kotaku Australia has word that Australians are ready to party like it's 2009, as the uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 has received approval for release down under. They discovered a new R18+ classification for the game from a couple of days ago and confirmed with Valve that the complete uncut version of the co-op zombie shooter is coming to the region. "We are delighted that the full version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be available to fans age 18+ in Australia," explains Valve's Doug Lombardi. "We are making plans to deliver that version to those who have already purchased the game. We will announce more details on that soon." Thanks Darth Guybrush.

Open Letter to the Gaming Community

An Open letter to the gaming community on Medium addresses the current hot topic of gaming criticism and developer harassment, currently supported by almost 2000 game developer and player "signatures" collected via Twitter. Here's the body of the letter:

We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened. It is the diversity of our community that allows games to flourish.

If you see threats of violence or harm in comments on Steam, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook or reddit, please take a minute to report them on the respective sites.

If you see hateful, harassing speech, take a public stand against it and make the gaming community a more enjoyable space to be in.

Thank you

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Video

Here's a new video from Gratuitous Space Battles 2, using pre-alpha gameplay footage to show battle effects in the game. Here's an accompanying description which touches on the game's throwback business model: "GSB2 is a space strategy game that has 'asynchronous battles', so people can design a fleet of custom ships, upload them, and let the rest of the internet attempt to crush them (or be crushed). The game uses the 'pay to buy it' model that was so popular on earth in the old days." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Just a couple of days until the NFL kicks off on Thursday, so please feel free to jump into the Blue's News ESPN - Pigskin Pick'em Group, the password is "bn" (don't think there's any reason not to post that here)... Discussion of this can move to a non-news forum after things get underway to keep from torturing non-participants too much, but I want to get the word out to as many of you who are interested before things get underway.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Demons Down Under.
Kuja.
Link: The Loyal Dogs Who Served Alongside Human Soldiers In War. Thanks nin.
Story: Movies Have Worst Summer Since 1997. Thanks HARDOCP.
Science: Battle of the Heavyweight Rockets – SLS could face Exploration Class rival. Thanks HARDOCP.
Trinitite: The radioactive rock buried in New Mexico before the Atari games.
NASA rover to get Martian memory wipe. Men in Black make long-distance house call.
Media: Loading a Bobcat like a boss. I was hoping this involved wildlife.
Stuffed Dog VS Real Dogs.

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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Resident Evil Revelations 2 Announced

Capcom Unity announces Resident Evil Revelations 2, revealing the survival/horror sequel is due early next year for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Details are scant for now, though they do offer a concept teaser trailer for the game, a stylized slow-motion clip which may harbor some secrets, as the description says: "Hidden secrets beckon to be discovered by anyone with eyes and wits sharp enough to find them." Here's what they are saying about the game and the clip for the moment: "Big news today! The horror and suspense of Resident Evil Revelations will live on in Resident Evil Revelations 2. There's a lot to talk about with this title, but for now we're gonna be a little naughty and let this concept teaser pique your interest. Hmmm... lots to consider after that. BUT for the time being we have to wait for further information. That said, savvy RE fans know there are a few important shows left in 2014 to discuss this title, so hopefully the wait won't be toooooo long?" Continue here to read the full story.

Flockers This Month

Team17 announces Flockers will be released on September 17th for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, which will be the official release of their new flocking strategy game. The game has been in early access on Steam for about four months, and word is it is nearly ready for prime time:

New from the creators of Worms™, Flockers is a modern day take on the classic A to B puzzle genre with a generous helping of dark humour for good measure. Set hoof into this sinister, steampunk inspired world as you navigate the hapless sheep through 60 dark, heinous puzzles and 6 further secret levels in an attempt to save them from their impending doom!

Flockers is due for release on the 19th September for PC, Xbox One and PS4 (EU) and will be available both via digital download and at retail as a boxed copy. While US PlayStation fans will be able to get their hands on Flockers as a digital download from the PlayStation®Store on the 23rd September.

Star Citizen Arena Commander Trial for DragonCon Attendees

The Roberts Space Industries website has word that those who attended DragonCon 2014 over the weekend received codes to activate a special five-day free trial version of Star Citizen's Arena Commander module, offering a chance to check out the upcoming space combat game (thanks charlie brownau). There doesn't seem to be a way for others to participate, but it's interesting they feel the game's progress warrants this already. Here's word on how this works:

Roberts Space Industries is proud to offer DragonCon 2014 attendees with a free flight week-end to try out Star Citizen’s Arena Commander module! If you have a valid code given to you on the floor of DragonCon 2014, paste it below to activate the Dragon Con free flight weekend on your account!

With this pass you will be able to download and install the game, walk around the Hangar Module and sit in an RSI Aurora trainer ship that you can then take into flight in Arena Commander. Once activated the pass is valid until September 5 2014!

Alone in the Dark: Illumination Trailer, Details

Atari revealed new details on Alone in the Dark: Illumination at PAX Prime over the weekend, as they promised when they announced PureFPS's survival/horror reboot a couple of weeks ago. They have updated the Alone In The Dark website with a new teaser trailer for the project showing some of its titular darkness and illumination, though it turns out you are not quite as alone as you might like. The game is due this fall, and here's more on what to expect:

Largely recognized as the “Father of the Survival Horror Genre,” the original 1992 Alone in the Dark title became an instant classic as it forged its way as a leader in the 3D PC games category . The new PC edition, Alone in the Dark: Illumination, takes the survival horror genre to the next level with new features, including the power of illumination and a cooperative multiplayer mode. To survive, players must fight through challenging missions and dynamic environments filled with blood-thirsty beasts in order to rid an abandoned town of its mysterious curse of Darkness, and free fellow playable hero characters including the Hunter, Witch, Engineer and Priest – each armed with a unique set of special abilities and weapons.

Continue here to read the full story.

Haunted House: Cryptic Graves Trailer, Details

Atari also fulfils the promise of more details on this autumn's Haunted House reboot, revealing the title of this as Haunted House: Cryptic Graves, revealing its developer is Dreampainters, and serving up a teaser trailer on the game's official website. Here more on the game:

The upcoming PC version of Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is a terrifying, first-person single-player adventure-horror game filled with cryptic puzzles, supernatural entities and paranormal activity. Gifted with psychic abilities, players must use their unique powers to purge the spirits and monsters that infest the Abbadon Grange estate. For example, players can communicate with the dead to decipher puzzles and avoid deadly traps, and use additional powers to craft objects that eradicate gruesome ghosts. The original 1982 Haunted House title is also recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in the horror-adventure genre.

Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

The Elder Scrolls Online maintains its elder number one status in the latest GFK Chart-Track's full-priced U.K. PC games chart. The top new(ish) entry on that chart is Metro Redux, which debuts at number seven. Metro Redux does better on the all platforms/all prices chart, as it lands in the top spot on that one, while Madden NFL 15 debuts at six. Here's the rundown of the new action:

Deep Silver/Koch Media celebrate their first No1 of the year.

It's their first since Saints Row IV took 4 weeks at No1 over weeks 34-37, 2013, thanks to 4A Games’ ‘Metro Redux’, bringing together definitive next-gen iterations of Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Activision’s ‘Diablo III Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition’ (-59%) drops to No2 and Sony’s ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’ (-21%) drops one place to No3.

Also down one place is EA’s ‘Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’ at No4 (-10%) whilst Activision hold steady at No5 with ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (+13%). The only other new entry within the Top 40 is EA’s ‘Madden NFL 15’ debuting at No6, one place higher than the debut postion of last year’s ‘Madden NFL 25’ (week 35-2013 for 360/PS3 versions – PS4/XO versions debuted later in the year).

Memorial Crowdfunding Roundup

Op Ed

Ten Ton Hammer - The Cult of Star Citizen's Delays.
These delays come rapidly, over and over again, with every single update. It can range from a month to a six months to more of delays while features like towels are added to the hanger module. Even these delayed updates are just… micro-updates filled with some random content they’re rolling out and more stuff to sell in the store.

It’s so hilariously transparent that this isn’t about making a game anymore, but more so about exploiting a community of zealous fans who will spend as much money as humanly possible to make sure that they’re right. Chris Roberts tapped into a group of extremely proud loyal warriors who will fight the good fight for the game, and take any blow as a success - nay a victory.

The harsh reality is that Chris Roberts isn’t making vaporware, he’s making cash. He’s making a lot of it and the community is fully supporting his actions, like some kind of weird religion where paying to Chris Roberts absolves you of your sins buying lollypops in Candy Crush Saga.

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Out of the Blue

Happy labor day to those here in the U.S. who are celebrating by not laboring. Yesterday turned out to be the washout I anticipated, so I actually cooked indoors last night (Manstovia is on the other side of the house from the kitchen, so hopefully none of the citizenry spotted my heresy). Things look nicer out there today, so there may still be a chance to celebrate the holiday with a little grilling. Speaking of celebrations and memorials, yesterday would have been Hudson the wonder dog's 14th birthday, and since this was always an excuse to indulge both doggies, the Gunnar-man got some extra attention to celebrate, which was nice.

Memorial Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Dash Dash.
Monkey Go Happy Dragon.
Link: Star Trek Rick Berman On That Enigmatic TNG Script Tweet.
Story: Sports fan lobbyist fights NFL blackouts, taxpayer-funded stadiums, and Comcast. Thanks JDreyer.
Media: Heisenberg's science lesson.
Party Horn Car Exhaust - In The Name Of Science.
Boeing 747 - 400 Amazing Landing and Reverse Thrust Spray.
The Funnies: Dilbert.



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