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More Star Wars Battlefront Beta Servers

EA tweets that they are responding to the popularity of the just-launched Star Wars Battlefront open beta by adding more PC servers (thanks VG247). They say: "A lot of interest around the beta. We’re bringing more PC servers online and appreciate your patience #StarWarsBattlefront."

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Rises

2K and Firaxis announce the release of Rising Tide, the new expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the Windows, OS X, and Linux sci-fi RTS game. This page has all the details on the expansion, and here's part of the announcement:

Rising Tide pushes the boundaries of Beyond Earth across new alien terrains and oceans while adding more choices and diplomatic options as players build “one more turn” toward a new vision for humanity’s future. New aquatic gameplay allows players to explore the seas for colonization by dramatically extending the play space, while an overhauled Diplomacy system provides them with additional layers of dynamic choices and options to shape the diplomatic landscape. Players can also discover an assortment of additional updates, including visually-and behaviorally-distinct aliens that are now unique to each biome, as well as enormous, powerful Marvels that appear as part of the planet terrain and offer new quests to embark upon.

“Beyond Earth successfully proved there is an audience for a sci-fi spin-off to the Civilization franchise,” said Sarah Anderson, SVP of Marketing at 2K. “Over the last year, Firaxis has done a lot of work to ensure Rising Tide is an ambitious expansion that continues differentiating Beyond Earth from its historical predecessors while reviewing and implementing community feedback since the launch of the base game.”

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Adds Multiplayer

The Big Robot Blog announces the release of a version 1.0 multiplayer patch for Sir, You Are Being Hunted, practically a robot reboot of this first-person survival game. This trailer shows off some multiplayer testing conducted over the summer, and here's a bit on how this changes things:

Over three-hundred thousand Sir, You Are Being Hunted players can now enjoy the company of friends and enemies whilst being hunted to death by robots, thanks to a multiplayer client and the ability to launch dedicated servers. Multiplayer mishap was a feature promised way back in the mists of the 2012 Kickstarter, and marks the end of a splendid journey for the Big Robot team.

Lead designer James Carey explains: “Sir has always felt like a Multiplayer game in-waiting for us so it’s great to have finally made that a reality. It’s an interesting mix of coop and PvP: it might make sense to collaborate at the start of a game, but because only one person can escape at the end those alliances soon break down. It’s been fantastic to see players respond to that ambiguity during the beta test and it’s a real thrill to put those choices in the hands of the wider player base now.”

It’s important to mention that Sir, You Are Being Hunted is one of the few games to feature a networked playable trombone. So that’s cool.

Continue here to read the full story.

ARK: Survival Evolved Sells 2M

Developer Studio Wildcard is celebrating the success of ARK: Survival Evolved, announcing the dinosaur hunting game has sold more than two million copies since launching on Steam Early Access in June. Here's word:

Since its wildly popular launch in June 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved has exploded dramatically and rapidly in real estate, reach, and units sold.

  • Every week, at least one new dinosaur is added to expand the exotic fauna in the game.
  • Two weeks ago, ARK expanded significantly by adding two new biomes, snow and swamp, greatly increasing the scope and type of real estate and adding complexity to the environment and AI behavior.
  • And most significantly Studio Wildcard over the last two months has built out a massive competitive aspect to the game and is in the third phase of its Survival of the Fittest competition, “The Last Stand,” featuring more than 230 players and $60,000 in prizes, throwing the survival-adventure title into the competitive e-sports field with a whole new twist.

Star Citizen Ship Explosion Trailer

Episode 2.02 of Around the Verse is a video with the latest internal reporting on Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium's upcoming space combat game. The main topic of this is ship explosions, and this video (thanks PCGamesN) offers a supercut of just the scenes from the clip of ships blowing up, which include internal and external views. Continue here to read the full story.

The Park Trailer

A new trailer offers a look at The Park, Funcom's upcoming single-player horror game set in a theme park. The clip combines gameplay footage with developer commentary to help us better understand this project. Here's a bit on the clip from Funcom:

This new video offers both a glimpse behind the scenes at Funcom as well as the first-ever released gameplay footage showing 'The Park' in action. Creative Director Joel Bylos, Art Director Gavin Whelan and Audio Director Simon Poole takes time to explain what 'The Park' is all about and what players can expect to see and do once they step through the gates of Atlantic Island Park. Focusing entirely on atmosphere, exploration and a strong narrative, 'The Park' draws inspiration from games such as 'Gone Home', 'Dear Esther' and 'The Vanishing of Ethan Carter'.

"For the last ten years, Funcom has been focused on making massively multiplayer online games, so 'The Park' is our first single-! player experience in a long time," says Creative Director Joel Bylos. "It has been an incredibly fun and rewarding process working on 'The Park'. What initially started out as a prototype and a way for us to learn new development tools, has evolved into a short and intense psychological horror experience which we are all very excited to share with gamers out there."

Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Echo Delta- Incursion -- Steam Greenlight. From a veteran of Barrysworld.com. "Echo Delta: Incursion is a tactical first person shooter set in large, cooperative, openworld environments. The game focuses on non-linear player choices and encourages tactical cooperative play." Here's a gameplay trailer.

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to Blue's News, as it was on this date 19 years ago that this site moved to its own domain. That makes today the start of our 20th year(!). I know that there are more than a few of you who have been visiting here for a majority of that time, and it's hard to find words to express my gratitude for all the support over the years, but I do want to thank you all very much.

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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Fallout 4 Specs

Bethesda.net now offers a Fallout 4 release FAQ along with the minimum and recommended system requirements for Bethesda's upcoming RPG sequel. Word is the game requires 64-bit Windows and 8 GB of RAM. Here's a bit:

We’re almost there! In just over a month, the wait for Fallout 4 ends and you can finally explore its densely populated Wasteland on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Until then, Vault-Tec was kind enough to provide us with some handy information to ready you for launch.

PC Systems Requirements (Requires Internet Connection and Free Steam Account to Activate)

Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Console Storage Space
Make sure you have enough space in the vault to store Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 requires 28-35 GB depending on territory and languages supported.

Release Time
Want to know exactly when you can start playing Fallout 4? Digitally the game will become available on November 10, 2015, at 12:01 am (local time) in all territories (In North America, the unlock time will be 12:01 am EST), except Asia (available at 12 am on Wednesday, November 11th) and Japan (available at 12 am on Thursday, December 17th).

Armored Warfare Open Beta

The Armored Warfare website announces that open beta testing is now underway as planned in Armored Warfare, Obsidian's upcoming multiplayer vehicular combat game. Here's the explanation of what's going on, including word there will be no wipes going forward:

Obsidian Entertainment and My.com are proud to present the Open Beta phase of Armored Warfare development! Starting from the 8th of October, all players can access Armored Warfare without any restrictions! Please note that from now on there will not be any progress wipes.

A few words by the CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, Feargus Urquhart:
"Armored Warfare heading into Open Beta is an incredibly exciting time for the team here at Obsidian. After several years of development, and months of Early Access Testing, we are looking forward to showing off everything we've created. We want to thank you, our fans and the community, for all their support, input and all the great feedback we've already received."

"Your passion for the game, and ongoing input, is critical to making Armored Warfare a success. Open Beta is a big step forward for us, and it's one that will bring new challenges, as we test our game services and features with more gamers than ever before. However, these are challenges that we are really looking forward to with Armored Warfare."

"Getting to make the game better based how you play the game, and your insights, is something we have been looking forward to for months and months. And, while that is all going on we are continuing to move forward creating new maps, new vehicles, and some cool new features we will talk about soon. It's really an exciting time in Armored Warfare land right now, and for the months, and years to come."

Gary Grigsby's War in the West: Operation Torch Released

Slitherine announces the release of Gary Grigsby's War in the West: Operation Torch, a new expansion for the World War II strategy game. This requires the base game, and enhances it with 10 new scenarios. You can pick this up through its Matrix Games product page, and here's a bit of the description it provides: "Operation Torch is an expansion of the acclaimed wargame, Gary Grigsby’s War in the West. This new addition to the most detailed strategy game available on the Western Front of WWII, introduces 10 new challenging scenarios, including both historical and what-if operations."

Street Fighter V Intros Laura

Capcom Unity has the official introduction of Laura Matsuda, the Street Fighter V character previously revealed via an accidental leak. Here's a reveal trailer, and here's word:

Another new character enters the fray. Announced moments ago at Brasil Game Show, allow me to introduce the latest addition to Street Fighter V: Laura Matsuda! Fighting out of Brazil (home of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Laura specializes in Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu, a first for the Street Fighter series.

As the next heir of the famed Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu fighting style, Laura is constantly looking for strong opponents around the world to defeat, in an effort to spread the Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu’s name and prestige. Generally a happy and outgoing spirit, Laura finds she is the most content and most focused in the heat of battle.

Laura’s methodical grapple style and quick movement will make her a favorite for those who like to specialize in “up close and personal” mind games. Using a variety of quick moving attacks and command grabs, opponents will have to always to be on guard to stop Laura from overwhelming them quickly.

Laura is also the first grappler in the Street Fighter series to ever have a projectile! This really changes up how she approaches her opponent and how opponents can approach her.

Continue here to read the full story.

Tales From the Borderlands Concludes This Month; First Chapter F2P

Gearbox Software announces an October 20th release date for The Vault of the Traveler, the season finale for Tales of the Borderlands, Telltales episodic Borderlands game, adding that the debut chapter is now free-to-play. Here's a new trailer, and here's word:

The Vault of the Traveler,' the season finale episode of Tales from the Borderlands, will be out beginning October 20! The complete release schedule can be found below:

  • October 20: PC/Mac, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
  • October 21: Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • October 22: iOS via App Store, Android via Google Play and Amazon.com Appstore

As part of the season one wrap-up celebration, Episode One, 'Zer0 Sum' is now FREE to play!

Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

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Derek Smart: Star Citizen – The End-Game.
"Star Citizen is finished. THE END."

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Into the Black

Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta Begins

Origin now offers the open beta of Star Wars Battlefront, allowing anyone with an Origin account to check out the upcoming force-powered action game. Here's word on what to expect from a previous announcement:

Get ready to be taken to a galaxy far, far away! Today, we are happy to reveal that the Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Beta will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and on PC via Origin for players between October 8 and October 12. The Star Wars Battlefront Beta is a technical test and will give Rebels and Imperials alike just a small taste of the Star Wars™ battle fantasies you can expect to live out when the game launches on November 17.

In addition, you will also get a chance to try out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta only at www.StarWarsBattlefront.com, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront.

Dungeons 2: A Game of Winter Next Week

Kalypso Media announces A Game of Winter is the title of the next expansion for Dungeons 2, continuing to surreptitiously ride George R.R. Martin's coattails following the release of a first expansion for the strategy sequel called A Song of Sand and Fire. This is to be released on October 15th for Windows, OS X, and SteamOS. Here's an announcement trailer and here's word:

The sniveling, wretched dwellers of the sickly-sweet surface world may think they’ve already had it tough with the horrors inflicted upon them by the Dungeon Lord so far – but the ever-devious Evil One has been hard at work gathering his most gruesome and terrifying group of minions yet.

Young Barthas Snow of the Northwatch sets forth to search for his lost uncle Banjo beyond the great wall. He is all too aware that a perilous journey lies ahead of him, one in which he will unwittingly awaken an unimaginable evil from a long dead era...

In the major expansion ‘A Game of Winter’, the hordes of the undead have overrun the world of Dungeons 2 – bringing with them not just the foul stench of blood and decay, but much more importantly a completely new, fully-scored and voice acted campaign with eight maggot-ridden missions! As the Commander of the brainless army you will control 13 gruesome new units, including brain-devouring zombies, bone-crunching skeletons and blood-sucking vampires. Also included are eight new rooms for your dungeon to use for your evil machinations, such as the cemetery, the laboratory and the final resting place. As well as the single-player campaign, the curse of the dead will also spread out to multiplayer games! Make sure to check out the launch trailer to see all of the new gruesome gameplay in action.

Features of ‘A Game of Winter’:

  • New faction: The brainless army brings a new, undead menace to the Dungeons 2 universe.
  • New tasks: A completely new and fully-scored and voice acted campaign with 8 extensive missions awaits you.
  • New subjects: Command 13 new units, including zombies and vampires.
  • New rooms: Build 8 new rooms, like the cemetery and the laboratory.
  • Multiplayer support: The undead can also be relied upon to spread evil and wreak havoc in battle against your multiplayer adversaries!

Continue here to read the full story.

Bethesda's BattleCry "Concerns"

There's a statement from Bethesda Softworks on Progress Bar updating us on the status of BattleCry, since we haven't heard much about the upcoming free-to-play multiplayer action game lately. The statement, which has been confirmed by Eurogamer, says they "have concerns" about the game that they are still evaluating. Here's the entire quote:

We have concerns about the Battlecry game and whether it is meeting the objectives we have for it. We are evaluating what improvements the game needs to meet our quality standards. The studio remains busy during this process on multiple projects.

Voice Actors Authorize Strike

Video game voice actors who belong to SAG/AFTRA have voted to strike, reports BBC News, following recent indications a work stoppage might be coming over royalties and working conditions in the industry. 96% of union members support the strike, which needed a 75% majority, and demands include residuals, stunt pay for "vocally stressful" parts, and limits on long recording sessions. At this point the vote remains a negotiating position, as it does not mean the union is on strike: "It is important to note that the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike," the union explains in a statement. "With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games."

Victory Command Becomes Battle Battalions; Petroglyph Layoffs?

Gamasutra reports layoffs at Petroglyph, saying the Grey Goo developer has cut at least 20 employees, though this is unconfirmed, as they attribute it to a "source close to the matter." Their source tells them employees were aware that finances were tight at the developer, but that the layoffs were unexpected. This news prompted us to check on the status of Victory Command, their MOBA that entered early access in May. The game is no longer available on Steam, but a Steam Community forum post points the way to where this has been relaunched as Battle Battalions, and they offer a Beta Update #1 with the latest on the game.

Weekly Black Ops 3 Intel

A Call of Duty tweet announces that Treyarch is planning weekly livestreams each Friday in October beginning tomorrow to reveal new details about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the next installment in the covert ops shooter series. These will take place on the Call of Duty YouTube channel at 3:00 pm EDT every Friday, and a portion of the image that isn't redacted shows tomorrow's festivities will include a ninth specialist reveal, a new map reveal, and a fan Q&A session. Thanks VG247.

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Out of the Blue

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs, which is not something you say every day by any stretch. It's fun when rivals like the Cubs and Cards clash in the playoffs, so that's something to look forward to. Speaking of sports (I just made myself fondly recall Howard Cosell, as that was the name of his radio segments back in the day), the NBA preseason and NHL regular season are underway, and rounding out the four major American sports, there's an NFL game tonight, so pool participants should get their picks in. Back to baseball, I just want to comment that for me the champagne celebration has jumped the shark somewhere along the way. Now that they prepare for bubbly showers by covering the lockers in plastic and giving the players protective goggles, it's time to just give it up. The only way these celebrations could be less spontaneous is if they rigged the sprinkler system to spray champagne at the flip of a switch.

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Uncovering The Secret History Of Myers-Briggs.
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