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Friday, May 18, 2012

  

38 Studios Makes Payment; Copernicus in June 2013?

Following word that 38 Studios' loan payment check bounced, Joystiq has word the studio has successfully made its required $1.125 million payment to Rhode Island. "It's time for them to go out and get private capital funding," Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee said. "That's the deal. It's a generous deal, but stick to it." Word is their next payment is $2.6 million due on November 1st. Joystiq also reports that Chafee offered the 38 Studios-related press conference offered what he believes is the release date for Project Copernicus, 38 Studios' upcoming MMORPG. "What I understand is Copernicus is June of '13," he said. Formal or not, as far as we know this is the first game release date of any sort announced by an elected official.

Origin Woos Crowd-Funded Games

EA announces it will waive its distribution fees on Origin for crowd-funded, "ready-to-publish" downloadable PC games for 90 days after launch. They offer quotes from prominent Kickstarter projects praising the move. "Crowd-funded projects are like the 'people's choice awards' -- a way for gaming fans to express what they want to buy and play. It's great to see a big publisher like EA acknowledging that and opening up distribution opportunities for these games," says Jane Jensen, President, Pinkerton Road. "I have had a long relationship with EA and it is great to see them recognize and support the crowd-funded games model," said Brian Fargo, CEO, inXile Entertainment. "Having Origin waive their distribution fees for 90 days for fan funded games is a major economic bonus for small developers. We look forward to bringing Wasteland 2 to the Origin audience."

Dungeon Gate Revealed

This announcement offers a September 14th release date for Dungeon Gate, an upcoming project from Wild Games Studio they say "offers never-before seen gameplay approach" (thanks Gamer's Hell). One of the reasons for this may be that the video accompanying the post is flagged as private at the moment, and can't be viewed, amid other indications the website for this is still being developed. In the meantime, they offer some screenshots and here's the actual description of this gameplay feature they're touting:

Now itís up to the player to free Barrilian from the tyrant: They take over the role of Dysan, a young hero. He possesses the exceptional power of being able to drain the DNA of all NPC's he meets and encounters, whatever creature they are. This will not only help him in battles, but also gives him the opportunity to change the way he plays through the story, solves puzzles and overcomes obstacles. So, players can not only use the powers of strong and even stronger enemies, but also shape-shift into a chicken or a rabbit or any other animal if they feel this helps them. All they need to do is to once drain the DNA of a character.

Ships Ahoy - Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage

Gamepires announces the release of Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage, their game of automotive combat. The game is available for purchase on GameFly and Origin. The previously released beta is still available as a free sample of the game, and here's word on the game:

Gas Guzzlers is a fast-paced addictive combat racing game for the PC. The game is played from the "behind the car" camera perspective and features many different vehicles, weapons, upgrades, on-track bonuses as well as distinctive and astonishing environments. The player starts with a low-performance vehicle and gradually works his way up by earning money in a series of challenging races. With an initial amount of money, the player buys his first car without upgrades....

Jutland Pro Free Weekend

StormPowered has word that this is a free weekend for Jutland Pro, allowing free play of the naval strategy game and all its add-ons until Monday. In addition, the game is on sale, and can be purchased for 30% off.

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Project Copernicus World Trailer

A new trailer from the game codenamed Project Copernicus offers a fly-through of the game world of Amalur as it is depicted in the MMORPG in the works at embattled developer 38 Studios (thanks alvador). The clip shows off some lush environments and dramatic architecture. Continue here to read the full story.

Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend

Surely coincidental with the recent release of rival Diablo III, the Torchlight II Website announces this weekend will be a stress test for Runic's action/RPG sequel, as they will evaluate the burden the game will place on their infrastructure and everyone's mouse buttons (thanks AusGamers via VG247). Here's word:

Hi Everyone! We've been busy squashing bugs and deploying patches - 8, in fact! - since our last update. The Torchlight II beta is going really well, and is nearing its end. But before we go, we're going to do a wide network stress test this weekend! We'll be sending out many more beta codes to those who have already made their Runic Games Account. Haven't signed up yet? Go for it now! Creating your account is always your best chance to receive a beta invite - especially this weekend.

The Beta Weekend will start on Friday, May 18th at 11:00am PDT and go until Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:00am PDT. We will be staggering invitations to let participants know they have been chosen, but you will not be able to play until the start of the Beta Weekend on Friday. This is to help stagger downloading of the game client.

The beta will end shortly after this last big network test. We are going to get the last information we need for stress testing, and then get back to finishing the game! A longer beta means a longer wait until we can ship, and we are eager to finish Torchlight II and get it in your hands. Thanks to all our fans who've supported us, participated in, and promoted the beta. It's incredibly fulfilling to see you guys play the game and enjoy it as much as we do.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Video Diary

A new Community Video #3 for XCOM: Enemy Unknown is titled "Modernising A Classic," as it looks at reimagining the strategy classic for modern computers (thanks VG247). In the clip the game's lead programmer Casey O'Toole talks of his experiences with the original X-COM and the ways he feels they have "enhanced" the aspects of the game that they liked, and removed elements they didn't like or were "tedious," the capabilities of their new game engine, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Darksiders II Trailer

Death Strikes Part 2 is a new trailer from Darksiders II, offering a new cinematic look at the upcoming action/adventure sequel. Word is: "Witness the epic conclusion, as Death brings even the mightiest opponent to its knees." Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Why The Problem With Diablo Isnít Diablo.
We have to demand a standard of quality and dedication from these things. If we try to paint complaints about Diablo IIIís loudly reverberating server-side-down bellyflop as entirely immature, wrong, and entitled, weíre basically saying, ďLook, everyone else! Weíre totally OK with this.Ē I mean, Diablo IIIís almost assuredly sold millions of units by this point. If widespread rage then proves relatively short-lived, I have to imagine that looks like pretty much all upside to, say, Tim Willits or even devs/pubs whose intentions arenít quite so benevolent or design-focused. Piggy banks are happy, and customers are happy. What more do you need?

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Out of the Blue

I'm not sure what this weekend will be like around here, it seems MrsBlue will be heading off to California early Monday morning to get the chance to see the offices where her job is moving to help us make our decision over moving. We'll be attempting to do some organizing in the meantime, but we're in an uncomfortably in-between state of not being set on a plan yet, even though the deadline for a decision nears. Gotta love interdependent decisions to complicate things.

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