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Friday, Jun 04, 2010

  

Shattered Horizon Free Weekend Underway

As noted on Steam News, the free weekend is now underway for Shattered Horizon, the zero-G, DirectX 10 multiplayer shooter from Futuremark Game Studio. Also, the game is on sale on Steam for 50% off.

New Din's Curse Demos

Updated version 1.002 Mac and Windows demos for Din's Curse are now available on the demo page for Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG. Want to know more? "Din's Curse is a single player and co-op multiplayer action RPG with 141 class combinations, infinite number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world."

Left 4 Dead 2 Patched

Word on Steam News is a new Left 4 Dead 2 patch is now automatically available. Included are a couple of changes, as well as this week's new mutation, "Chainsaw Massacre." This is discussed in this week's update to the Left 4 Dead Blog, along with poll results, a new poll, video winners, and more. The full patch notes follow. Continue here to read the full story.

Supreme Commander 2 Patched

Steam News has details on a new automatic patch for Supreme Commander 2, the RTS sequel which is also on sale this weekend for half-off. The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution E3 2010 Trailer

The E3 trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution is now available in advance of the upcoming trade show. The clip contains cinematics and narration to establish the setting of the upcoming action/RPG prequel, and concludes saying "coming early 2011." The trailer is embedded below. Continue here to read the full story.

Singularity Trailer

A new "Gravity" trailer for Singularity shows off the gravity powers of the Time Manipulation Device in Raven's upcoming first-person shooter. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

Need for Speed World Diary Trailer

The Need for Speed World Diary #1 is a video diary where the developers of Need for Speed World describe their excitement at the new things they are able to add to the upcoming online installment in the Need for Speed series. The embedded version follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trailer

The E3 Trailer for Transformers: War for Cybertron is now available, offering gameplay and cinematics from the upcoming Transformers prequel, including a look at a dinosaur that presumably transforms into oil to run all the Autobots. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Blood Bowl - Dark Elves Edition on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Determinance on Impulse. Save 40%.
  • Heavyweight Transport Simulator on Impulse. Save 40%.
  • Indie Space Bundle on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Resident Evil 5 on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Sacraboar on Impulse. Save 80%.
  • Shattered Horizon on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Simon the Sorcerer 5 on Impulse. Save 40%.
  • Supreme Commander 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Warfare on Direct2Drive. Save 80%.

    Still on sale (previously reported)
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Evening Previews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

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Into the Black

My old buddies and I are hitting the town tonight, so hide your daughters. Oh who am I kidding, it would be more like hide your mothers if we weren't so harmless to start with.

Quest Online Sues David Allen

Quest Online announces it has filed a lawsuit against former managing member David Allen over circumstances surrounding development of Alganon, their subscription-free MMORPG. They refer to this as a counter-suit, as Allen apparently sued Quest Online back in March. Word is: "Alganon, the company's flagship product, is a game that the investors had originally invested almost $4M to develop and which ended up being released in an incomplete and exceptionally faulty state in December 2009 under Allen's leadership. That action resulted in the game and company generating a lot of bad press for the company as well as the game." The release goes on to praise the efforts of Derek Smart, their new president, in getting the game back on track, saying he has been added as a managing member of the LLC. As might be expected, Derek Smart's blog has further commentary on this situation from the outspoken developer.

Men of War: Vietnam Revealed?

A post on Strategy Informer based on attending the "Prague'N'Play" summer showcase event for 1C Company games discusses 1C's upcoming line-up. They mention two unannounced titles, of one saying: "The official announcement of this game will be coming next week, so stay tuned. We'll give you a hint. It involves Men." They then proceed to let the cat out of the bag by posting a batch of Men of War: Vietnam screenshots, indicating Best Way's real-time strategy series will be leaving World War II behind for a foray into the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The Lord of the Rings Online Going Free

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces that Turbine's MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online will adopt a free-to-play model this autumn, following the footsteps of Dungeons & Dragons Online, another Turbine MMORPG that went free last year. Like DDO, this plan includes a VIP program, and existing subscribers will be designated VIPs for the duration of their term. They are now accepting beta signups for testing that will begin in a couple of weeks. Accompanying the news is A letter from Kate Paiz, Executive Producer LOTRO, a FAQ, and a VIP Chart. Here's a bit:

Launching this fall across North America and Europe, with Codemasters operating the game free-to-play in Europe, LOTRO will introduce Turbine’s innovative new pricing model that allows players to download the game and play for free, purchase expansions, quest packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new LOTRO Store, or join the VIP program to get unlimited access to all of the game’s content for one low price. Players interested in getting a sneak peek of the new LOTRO can sign up for a chance to participate in the Beta program which begins June 16, 2010 at http://www.lotro.com.

Rise of Flight: Iron Cross Edition Announced

777 Studios announces Rise of Flight: Iron Cross Edition, an updated version of the World War I aerial combat simulator Rise of Flight. This will have a retail release on June 29, offering two new multiplayer modes, doubling the number of available AI aircraft, and adding other new content and features. Though it's not mentioned in the announcement, we have confirmed that all the new content and features will be available through a free patch for owners of the original Rise of Flight. Going forward there are plans to offer more flyable aircraft through their in-game store.

DigitalMindSoft Steamed at Steam

DigitalMindSoft Managing Director Chris Kramer expressed frustration with the Steam patching procedure at 1C Company's "Prague'N'Play event," describing how this has impacted those playing Men of War, reports Strategy Informer. "For some reason Steam users are being left out and we don't know why," he said. "We don't know why Steam is taking so long to update its version of the game - it's actually very annoying and very disappointing for us as we see our game having so many problems that we're unable to do anything about."

CosmicBreak Beta

The open beta for the English edition of CosmicBreak is set to begin in about a week, and the site is now accepting registration from those interested in testing this free-to-play, anime-influenced robot shooter. Word is: "The first 2,000 players to sign up can get a limited edition Gold Metallic Zero Saber robot for free. Get the chance to start the game with this hard-to-get and super-powerful combat capacities robot!"

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Metaverse

Safety Dance

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