open beta testing is underway for Lost Saga
, their upcoming subscription-free online fighting game. Word is: "Lost Saga is an action-packed fighting game that brings heroes from fantasy, science-fiction and history to life in an all-out-brawl for the ages. Players start by choosing from a wide variety of heroes, including everything from boxing champs to iron knights, pirates to ninjas, and even cowboys to dark shamans. Each hero comes with unique skills and abilities, and as players hone their battle skills and gain experience, their characters' powers will grow."
pre-orders are now being accepted for EverQuest Underfoot
, the 16th expansion in the EverQuest series. The update for the fantasy-themed MMORPG is scheduled for digital release on December 15, but as outlined here
, pre-order customers who participate in all three "Road to Underfoot" events and purchase the add-on will get access to the new content about a week earlier than the unwashed masses. The first event already took place in August though.
It sounds like Serious Sam HD
will be out on Steam
when Croteam's shooter remake is released next month. Devolver Digital Tweets
: "Question to PC Serious Sammers: will you be buying retail or digital download in November? :)". This is followed by another tweet
saying: "Well all you Steam folks will be happy." Thanks Seriously
has a new patch for Grappling Hook
to update their first-person action/puzzle game to version 1.06. The new version adds eight new levels and a new level editor to the game. They promise: "A tutorial how to create new levels and how to add them to the game will be released within this week." A new version 1.06 demo is also available.
A new trailer for BioShock 2
introduces the "Capture the Sister" gameplay mode in 2K's upcoming shooter sequel. This is a bit like capture the flag, except the flag doesn't usually scream when you pick it up. The clip is posted on GameVideos
The launch trailer for Borderlands
celebrates the release of Gearbox Software's new role-playing shooter. The clip is available on GameTrailers
Unity Technologies announces
they've renamed Unity Indie to Unity
, and the new version 2.6 of this game development platform for Web, PC, Mac, Wii, and iPhone is now free. "Unity Technologies has always believed that the best technology and products should be made available to all developers. We want to accelerate the availability of high quality interactive content," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. "With the explosive growth in new platforms and performance improvement in our Unity suite of products, we believe that there are no technical hurdles remaining for high quality interactive content everywhere. Now we are removing financial hurdles as well. Unity is mature enough and easy enough to use that it can be the entry point for those developers taking their first steps with the technology."
There's an Alpha Protocol interview on Critical Gamer
chatting with Chris Avellone of Obsidian about their spy RPG, and there is also an interview with Chris Avellone and Ryan Rucinski on VG247
discussing Alpha Protocol
, "RPGs, staying indie and much, much more."
The Diablo-Source Exclusive Interview with Diablo 3 Lead Technical Artist Julian Love
was conducted a few weeks ago and posted today. In addition to the art in Blizzard's action/RPG, the conversation also touches on BlizzCon and the new Battle.net. The concluding answer indicates the game will improve upon the PvP support of its forebears: "Just the overview, we like PVP we recognize that it wasn't treated very well in the previous games and we would like to do something to make it better for Diablo 3. What that will be is not something that we can talk about right now."
Link of the Day: We Are Douchebags
. NSFW. Thanks Devicer. And Happy Birthday Fallout 3
announces that the Windows edition of the Left 4 Dead 2
demo is finally available for pre-order customers. On a semi-related note, GameVideos has 1UP's Game Night with Left 4 Dead 2 Part 1
, Part 2
, and Part 3
Frogster Interactive announces
a new version 2.12 of Runes of Magic
is now available, updating Runewaker Entertainment Entertainment's subscription-free MMORPG with new content, including the "Halloween Pumpkin Festival" and the opening of the Naga Acropolis district. Word is: "In addition to the new district, patch 2.1.2 Storming of the Acropolis offers Elven players some new elite skills for their dual class combination. Minor changes in the interface, new titles for their avatars as well as fixing a few bugs have all been included in todays update."
The Left 4 Dead 2 Interview Blowout on G4tv.com
has three video interviews with Valve about their upcoming zombie shooter sequel. One clip features a conversation with writer Chet Faliszek about the game's "Realism Mode," another discusses Scavenge and Survival Modes with programmer Kerry Davis, and the third chats with designer Dario Casali about how the game's level design has evolved. Each of those clips include new gameplay footage, and there is also a 12-minute clip showing Realism Mode in the Hard Rain campaign.
DICE's David Goldfarb made this tweet
and this one
yesterday revealing that the "prone" position will not be part of Battlefield: Bad Company 2
, just a day after a forum post
by the Battlefield Community Manager touted prone as one of the advantages the Windows edition of the military shooter sequel over its console counterparts. One tweet says: "no prone in any sku of BC2, sorry!" and the other says this: "there will be no prone.. we tried it many times and decided it didn't feel right for the dynamic, destructible world we made." Thanks Ant
via Planet Battlefield
, where they also note the Battlefield Bad Company 2 Pre-launch Website
the release of another automatic update to the Steam
client addressing a few issues under Windows 7. Steam News
also has word that Valve has added email verification to further secure your Steam account. Once you've verified your address, email confirmation will be required to change details like your password and contact information.
has details on a new update that's automatically available for INSURGENCY: Modern Infantry Combat
, the military shooter modification for the Source engine. The new version has a number of bug-fixes as well as new features such as a fully configurable spawn protection system, a new morale system, and new per-player timers for ammo caches.
has an article wrapping up their World of Goo
sale where customers could choose their own price for the platformer, offering more statistics and analysis on the 83,250 copies they moved during the sale. They start off by pointing out that the average price increased immediately following their previous update on the topic
, which pointed out how cheap some customers were being. Other trends they highlight include that Linux users willingly paid the most and Windows users the least, that Switzerland was the most generous country and Turkey the least (the US and UK are pretty low on the list). This also gives them the opportunity to thank one generous customer who bought a copy for $150.00.
An ATI Catalyst Legacy Display Driver Page
has a large list of DirectX 9 graphics cards that ATI has moved to a legacy driver support structure "in an effort to better focus development resources on future products," saying they will not be officially supported under Windows 7. They do say these cards will operate under Windows 7 using the Windows Vista drivers, but new Windows 7 features will not work, and this will not be supported. They also state that they may make future updates with "critical fixes" for Windows XP and Vista, but no new features will be added. Finally, the Linux driver "will only be supported in Linux distributions prior to February 2009 for the legacy products listed above." Thanks [H]ard-OCP
the first update is live for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited
, their D&D MMORPG that recently introduced a subscription-free model. The update introduces some new features and adds a new adventure to the store, word is: "DDO Unlimiteds newest update will introduce several new features including Veteran Status and the new Epic Difficulty setting, as well as expand the DDO Store with over 100 new items including a brand new adventure pack Path of Inspiration." they also have a new trailer on the YouTube
showing off the previously released Vale of Twilight Adventure Pack.
Mythic and EA announce the Macintosh edition of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
is now available. The Mac client is $19.99 USD on GameTree Online
for new subscribers, while those already playing the game are entitled to download the Mac client for free from the Warhammer Online Website
. "We couldnt be more excited to officially bring Warhammer Online and our intense Realm vs. Realm combat to Mac gamers," says Executive Producer id Jeff Hickman. "We welcome MAC users to experience the thrill of WAR and take up arms with their PC brethren."
As part of the legal wrangling reported in the story below, Interplay has released a piece of concept art from Project V13
, the codename for an unannounced MMOG in the works at Interplay and Masthead Studios (which may or may not end up being Fallout Online
). The art is posted on the Interplay Forums
, but since viewing the art requires registration, it is mirrored on No Mutants Allowed
. Word from Chris Taylor is "Keep in mind that this is concept art. It's not finalized art, but it will give you a feel for what we are aiming for with V13."
No Mutants Allowed
reports Bethesda has been denied a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against Interplay over the rights to the Fallout
series, attributing the report to Interplay investor "frymuchan." They post some points from Interplay's arguments, and some of what they hash through indicates that this case may be complicated by "inexact language of the contract" that allowed Bethesda Softworks to create new Fallout games while leaving Interplay the rights to develop a Fallout MMOG. One example is the argument that the clause requiring Interplay's Fallout MMOG to have a budget of at least $30 million does not actually require they spend all that money.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
will include the scenario seen in
yesterday's leaked video
of the player participating in the
slaughter of civilians in the military shooter sequel, Infinity Ward confirms
, though they stress that the scene can be skipped by those who will
find this troubling. They say: "The scene establishes the depth of evil and the
cold bloodedness of a rogue Russian villain and his unit. By establishing that
evil, it adds to the urgency of the players mission to stop them." As for
skipping it, word is: "Players have the option of skipping over the scene. At
the beginning of the game, there are two checkpoints where the player is
advised that some people may find an upcoming segment disturbing. These
checkpoints cant be disabled."
bitComposer Games Website
announces S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
is gold in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and GSC Game World's PC
first-person shooter sequel will be released in those territories on November 5.
The announcement includes word on regular and collector's edition pricing and
bonuses: "This dark, FPS will be available in two versions: a standard version
priced 29.99 Euros and a limited special edition at 39.99 Euros. The special
edition game comes in a cool metal box with lots of extra goodies for fans.
Besides a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. lighter, there's an A3 map of the area, two embroidered
badges and a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bandana."
bitComposer Games announces Race ON
has raced into stores, offering
the newest motorsports game from SimBin (thanks The Patches Scrolls
). A playable demo for the
game was recently released
, and here's word on the game:
In RACE On, PC players can race on the circuits in 39 meticulously
reproduced vehicles that are available in over 450 designs. 27 variants of 21
racing tracks guarantee hours of gaming fun. Apart from Imola and Okayama,
glamorous raceways such as Laguna Seca, Road America, Sturup and Karlskoga also
feature on the impressive list of tracks. Drivers can compete against up to 24
AI drivers in the 17 different race classes, and can of course burn rubber
against real players online! The new Dual Ghost mode offers players two ghost
opponents to help improve both your own lap times and those of your opponent. A
realistic physics engine and a dynamic weather system that can change during a
race, provides a totally authentic race atmosphere. Compulsory pit stops in the
STCC races add an extra tactical component to the already exhilarating gameplay
posts their latest discovery from an online résumé for 3D
artist Shamus Baker, though the résumé has since disappeared. The C.V. had the
following listing: "Jan 2007 April 2008 2K Games Canberra, Australia
(Xbox 360, PC Game)," supporting rumors that an X-Com revival
is in the works
A petition on
calls for a PC edition of Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, the
Warhammer action/RPG announced in May for consoles
. The petition
currently boasts only 350 signatures, but
has word from Relic that there is a possibility that PC fans
may influence this situation, saying: "we're always looking at feedback on
forums and know there are lots of people who are interested in a PC version. If
we continue to see a strong desire for a PC version of Space Marine, who knows
what might happen!"
State of the Game post on the Champions Online Forums
is a recap of the new
content just-launched in their superhero MMORPG. Also,
Bill Roper On Champions Online Launch Interview on IncGamers
Studios' design director's take on the launch of the game, discussing what went
well and what didn't along with a tease about future plans: "a new HUGE
repeatable 5-hero lair in November, and a special themed winter event in
December. And in early 2010, we have something amazing planned..." There's also
a Champions Online Blood
Moon and Post Launch Q&A with Roper on ZAM News
announces that they
are now accepting
for Empire of Steel
, Atomicboy Software's upcoming global
domination strategy game. They also announce an extension for the
beta demo for the game, which will now work
until December 1.
- Aliens vs. Predator on
GameSpy. Multiplayer hands-on.
- Fallen Earth on
MMORPG.COM. "Revamping the New Player Experience."
- Race On on
The World Series kicks off tonight, weather permitting. The Yankees/Phillies
matchup is a tough one to work through for a Mets fan... there's not a lot in
that for me to root for.