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Thursday, May 03, 2012

  

Saints Row 3 Standalone Expansion Plans

THQ announces Saints Row The Third: Enter The Dominatrix, a standalone expansion coming this fall for Volition's open world action sequel. Saying this is "no longer an April Fool's dream," they promise "the most requested gameplay features from the Saints Row community: freaking super powers." Here's a bit:

Enter the Dominatrix picks up immediately following the events of Saints Row: The Third. For centuries, alien warlord Zinyak has eyed Earth and its precious natural resources and females with a watchful eye. As he prepares an armada for invasion, he has only one worry: the Third Street Saints.

Once a simple street gang from Stilwater, the Saints have evolved into a global empire, replete with bombastic TV advertising and tasteful consumer products, the kind of TV advertising and consumer products that would give any alien warlord pause. Clearly, the Saints are the biggest badasses on Earth.

Now, in order to prepare his forces for domination, Zinyak captures the leader of the Saints and imprisons him in an elaborate virtual reality simulation. This simulation program looks and feels like Steelport, but it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. Here, you are a slave. Welcome... to the Dominatrix.

More details and a first look at Saints Row: The Third – Enter the Dominatrix will be available this summer. Make sure you're following Saints Row on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest.

Official The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement

This press release officially announces The Elder Scrolls Online, the just-revealed MMOG. The announcement offers a bit more on the game:

Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls® Online, an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer®'s June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month.

"We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted," said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made - and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

Sanctum Collection; Free Weekend; Free DLC

Coffee Stain Studios announces the Sanctum Collection, a bundle that includes all the DLC for the shooter/tower defense hybrid along with the game itself. Both the Collection and the original Sanctum are on sale on Steam for 75% off, and the game can be played for free this weekend on Steam. If all that's not enough, there is also a new free Yogscave DLC on Steam as well as a new automatic patch for the game. Here are the highlights of the new version:

  • Brand New Medal System
  • Improved Balancing
  • Graphic Details Settings
  • Under the Hood Tweaks

The May Hurray Bundle

The Indie Royale Website now offers The May Hurray Bundle an new collection of five independent games offered at a "bargain, fluctuating price." This includes Dungeon Defenders, Containment: The Zombie Puzzler, Data Jammers: FastForward, Brainpipe - A Plunge to Unhumanity, and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. Those who pay the equivalent of USD $7:00 or more will also receive the chiptune album Future, Toward the Edge of Forever by Starscream.

Mass Effect 3 Connection Issues

This post and this one on the BioWare Social Network have complaints from players encountering errors when attempting to play Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. Most of this seems to involve being told they require an "online pass," which does not exist for the PC version of the game, as it is used as a way of combating used console game sales. There are also indications that those who own the From Ashes DLC are not even able to play the game in singleplayer mode. There are posts from players claiming they've been told BioWare is working on the problem. Thanks Mark.

Leisure Suit Larry Kickstart Complete

The Kickstarter to "make Leisure Suit Larry come again" is complete, with Replay Games' upcoming adventure game coming up with $655,182 in funding, a good deal more than their half-million dollar target. Word is: "Future updates will be done on The Replay Games Forum from now on, gang."

More Diablo III Class Skills

The Diablo III Website concludes their look at the Class Skills in Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel, saying: "We hope you've enjoyed this look into the different ways your enemies expect to die in Diablo III."

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Company of Heroes 2 Revealed?

A blog called Enizr.com has what look like scans of an issue of PC Gamer seemingly revealing plans for Company of Heroes 2, a sequel to Relic's World War II RTS game (thanks Joao). Here's their summary: "The game is being developed by Relic. Company of heroes 2 will being in 1941, the sequel is heading towards the eastern front the players will be given control of the soviet army during the largest battle of World War II. Company of heroes to is expected to arrives [sic] in 2013." Company of Heroes Online, the MMO installment in the series closed over a year ago, and rumors of CoH2 first surfaced late last year.

Max Payne 3 MP Trailer

Rockstar Games now offers the Multiplayer Gameplay Video Part Two from Max Payne 3, their upcoming third-person shooter sequel. Here's the pitch: "Max Payne 3 Multiplayer incorporates the gritty storytelling and intense gunplay the Max Payne games are famous for into an epic online experience. Featuring modes like Gang Wars, where events from the single player game are used as narrative starting points for the matches and the outcome of each fight drives the dynamically shifting storyline, plus features like Vendettas, Bursts and the ability to join Crews, see it all in action in high def now at www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3/videos."

The Elder Scrolls Online Next Year

Game Informer's June 2012 Cover Reveal shows the next issue of the magazine will offer the official unveiling of The Elder Scrolls Online, finally fulfilling long-time speculation that Bethesda would one day create an MMO based on their popular RPG series. They say the game will come to Windows and OS X next year, and that a teaser trailer a screenshot will be posted tomorrow. Here's what they reveal so far:

Developed by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.

"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said game director and MMO veteran Matt Firor, whose previous work includes Mythic's well-received Dark Age of Camelot. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

An in-depth look at everything from solo questing to public dungeons awaits in our enormous June cover story – as well as a peek at the player-driven PvP conflict that pits the three player factions against each other in open-world warfare over the province of Cyrodiil and the Emperor's throne itself.

Iron Grip: Warlord DLC

ISOTX Website announces the new Scorched Earth DLC pack for Iron Grip: Warlord is now live on Steam, offering new content for this first-person shooter/tower defense hybrid. The announcement doesn't offer any details on the DLC, but this earlier post offers a video, images, and information. ISOTX does take the occasion to outline how you can attempt to snag a free copy of the DLC by participating in a giveaway program. Here's the brief Steam description of the pack: "The Scorched Earth DLC adds new weapons and enemies to the classic Warlord gameplay, and for the first time you can directly compete with your friends in Deathmatch mode!"

Jagged Alliance – Back in Action Patch; DLC Plans

The Jagged Alliance – Back in Action Website announces the release of a new patch to update the strategy remake to version 1.13. The patch is available automatically through Steam, and the news of new version is accompanied by word on plans to release new DLC for the game "shortly," saying: "Now another particular type of weather forecast: all the shading is turning red. The first DLC is called 'Shades of Red', which will be available shortly."

Sherlock Holmes to Testify in September

Focus Home Interactive announces plans for a September release on PCs and consoles for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, the continuation of the adventure series starring the famed fictional detective. We have five new screenshots from the game accompanied by the following explanation: "Even though London’s police are actively searching for him, Sherlock must complete the investigation he began. Watson witnesses, powerless, the suspicious behavior of the famous detective… and while he agrees to help his partner for the time being, this certainly won’t last if Holmes refuses to explain his incriminating actions. The five new screenshots reveal more of the incredibly detailed locations where Sherlock and Watson begin their investigation this September."

It's TERA Time

With today's launch of TERA in Europe joining TERA North America, both editions of Bluehole Studios' MMORPG are live. Not following the rush to free-to-play, TERA requires both the purchase of the retail game along with monthly subscription. Here's a thumbnail of the game: "New players will begin their adventure in TERA by creating a highly customised character from seven races and eight classes. They will join forces with thousands of allies to save an endangered universe. They will vie for power and set their own rules through an advanced political system. TERA players will discover a one-of-a-kind experience, giving them an MMO game setting combined with the thrill of action games."

FilePlanet Heading Towards a Black Hole?

Though we don't see an announcements anywhere referring to this, there is now a red banner across the top of the front page of FilePlanet from indicating that this files archive is no longer active, saying: "Note: FilePlanet is no longer being updated and is in the process of being archived." This game file repository that was once popular enough to successfully charge subscription fees was launched by GameSpy back in the late 20th century. It came into the possession of IGN in 2004 and a year later IGN was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Thanks Auger.

Renaissance Heroes Announced

ChangYou.com (US) announces Renaissance Heroes as the new name for a project previously known as "DaVinci Online." This upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter is set in 16th century Renaissance Europe, which was apparently home to more gunfights than we were previous aware. The Renaissance Heroes Website has a trailer, art, information, and is accepting signups for the game's upcoming closed beta test. Here's word: "The game, previously known as "DaVinci Online," combines classic multiplayer action with unparalleled visual realism powered by the Unreal Engine 3 technology to deliver the fun of fast-action shooters to a new generation of gamers. Renaissance Heroes invites players of all skill levels to experience the adrenaline-pumping action coupled with easy accessibility in a completely free to play environment later this year."

Quoteworthy: Notch Knocks "Indie" EA

Markus Persson's Twitter has strong reactions from Mojang's Markus 'Notch' Persson to the oddity of the EA Indie Bundle on Steam, as it would be a stretch to refer to anything related to the giant Electronic Arts as "indie" (in the same stretch of tweets he objects to even calling Mojang an "indie"). Beginning by saying: "EA releases an 'indie bundle'? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards," he follows with "Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it." He caps this off with a clarification of what he's faulting here: "I got into trouble on the interwebs again! The games in the bundle are good, I'm not questioning them. I'm questioning EA." Thanks Develop.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I assume the rain overnight around here was accompanied by lightning and thunder. I didn't hear anything, but Hudson the wonder dog woke me up having one of her panic attacks that are triggered by such noises. I did my best to comfort her, and looked at the situation as another argument in favor of MrsBlue and I accepting the offer to relocate to L.A., as they rarely suffer the kind of storms that have become the norm all summer in these parts, and I'm pretty convinced her getting so freaked out by such things is shortening her lifespan.

Freaky Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Perfect Strangers: Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now. Thanks nin via Rob Sheridan.
Nuclear Outrun.
Ghost Trix.
Links: Rejected and controversial New Yorker cover art.
Stories: Vin Diesel Updates "Riddick" Status.
The New World’s Fastest Motorized Toilet Goes 46.6 MPH. Thanks Crowley.
Man sues BMW after motorcycle seat allegedly causes 2-year erection. Pfizer may sue too. Thanks Boing Boing.
Science: Scientists watch black hole feast on unlucky star.
Images: Black Widow Cosplay Pictures.
Media: Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm (BRAD).
Wil Wheaton on Leaving TNG, With Entire Cast.
Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity.



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