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Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012

  

Hard Reset Free DLC

Steam now offers Hard Reset: Exile, new DLC that is free for owners of Hard Reset Extended Edition, Flying Wild Hog's first-person shooter. Word is: "Follow Major Fletcher into the Barrens - dangerous lands beyond the last human city of Bezoar, where our hero will meet new foes and make new friends. Get ready for more machine madness!" Here's a feature list for the DLC:

  • Five new levels outside Bezoar
  • Four new enemy types
  • New boss fight
  • Two new survival maps
  • Additional achievements

The Witcher Hits 4M Sold

CD Projekt RED announces that The Witcher franchise has now sold over four million copies across all platforms between The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. "I’m still amazed with the result we have achieved with The Witcher franchise," said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED studio. "Many gamers on many platforms have been drawn to the vivid and complex world we have created. In the gaming world summer means a lot of great, hot deals. So if you still don’t own the game look out for both retail and digital special offers. 'The Witcher' and 'The Witcher 2' are great, robust RPGs, that every true gamer should own."

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Delayed

An interview on GameZone chats with Dan Pinchbeck about Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Along the way he reveals a setback to the upcoming sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, saying it will not be released in time for Halloween as planned. Here's word: "No, it's just slid back to early 2013. The quality of the game is the absolute first, last, and always with this development, and we felt it could do with a few more months' work to make sure that's really going to happen." Thanks Joao.

Drox Operative Beta Patch

The Drox Operative patches page now has new patches to update the Windows and OS X betas of Soldak Entertainment's upcoming action/RPG to version 0.908. Word is: "This patch adds multiple win conditions (Military, Diplomatic, Economic, Fear, and Legend) and fixes a bunch of other little things." The patch notes have all the details.

War of the Roses Documentary

Paradox Interactive announces the launch of War of the Roses Behind-the-Scenes Odyssey: Episode I, kicking off a live action series to promote the upcoming strategy game. Here's the deal: "Paradox has released a documentary-style video featuring a behind the scenes look for War of the Roses, showing senior producer Gordon Van Dyke and lead designer Mårten Stormdal visiting real-life battle locations for the historic English civil war and highlighting inspirations drawn from their trip to York." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Capitol Hill Game Night. Thanks Devicer. Oh to be a fly on the wall.

EA Shakeup Rumor

GameFront reports a rumor that John Riccitiello may be asked to step down as EA CEO soon after the company's July 30th earnings call, to be replaced by Peter Moore, currently EA COO. They say their anonymous source indicates that this still needs to be voted on, and is not set in stone, but that there is a general feeling of tension at the company amid falling share prices. Just yesterday GamesIndustry International noted comments from Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter saying that Riccitiello is worried about getting fired, which Pachter later clarified as "kidding." Thanks Joao and VG247.

Free Mass Effect 3 DLC Next Week

The BioWare Blog announce Mass Effect 3: Earth, following up on recent indications that more content is coming to the action/RPG sequel with news that this free multiplayer DLC pack will be released next week:

When is Mass Effect 3: Earth available?
Mass Effect 3: Earth is available on July 17th for Xbox 360 and PC worldwide. For PlayStation 3 owners the pack will be available on July 17th in North American and July 18th in Europe.

What is included with Mass Effect 3: Earth?
Firebase Rio, Vancouver, and London are available to play on as soon as Mass Effect 3: Earth is downloaded. The new weapons, characters, and equipment are available as rewards inside existing Reinforcement Packs.
How much does Mass Effect 3: Earth cost to download?
Mass Effect 3: Earth is available to download at no additional charge.
How do I get new items in Mass Effect 3: Earth?
As with the Resurgence Pack and Rebellion Pack, new items will be unlocked in existing Reinforcement Packs. Make sure to look out for promotional packs and weekend challenges for other ways to unlock the content.

Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers

There's more on recent rumors that Vivendi SA is considering selling off its stake in Activision Blizzard on Reuters, where they say that the French telecom giant had decided it will divest itself of the gaming unit. The report indicates that they are gauging interest from those with suitably deep pocketbooks: "Although a formal process has not started, bankers close to Vivendi are sounding out cash-rich trade players, including China's Tencent and U.S. duo Time Warner and Microsoft, as well as private-equity heavyweights KKR, Providence and Blackstone, banking sources said." Reuters got no comment responses about this from Microsoft and Time Warner. Thanks VG247.

PlanetSide 2 Beta Nears

PlanetSide Command Center -- Episode 1 is a new video offering a look at PlanetSide 2, SOE's upcoming MMOFPS sequel through the words of its developers, saying: "Check out the first episode of PlanetSide Command Center to get intel on all things PlanetSide straight from the Development Team" (thanks Cutter and Matthew). This includes word on when beta testing will begin, saying they will be opening it up within the next month to some of their "hardcore" players and that the "technical test" they are planning should get underway soon as well. Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Trial

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Website announces the launch of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Trial, which will allow everyone the chance to sample BioWare's MMORPG (thanks durandal). Word is you can progress up to level 15 without taking your wallet our of your pocket. Here's word:

Today we are excited to announce the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Free Trial*. Now you will be able to live out your very own Star Wars™ saga with thousands of other players up to level 15 with no charge or time limit! The Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Trial allows individuals, without a previously active Star Wars: The Old Republic game account, to see a portion of what the game has to offer with no payment method required.

Free Trial participants will experience the opening adventures of each of the eight character classes in the game. Players will explore their classes' Origin World, and may even have the opportunity to visit their faction’s Capital World! Additionally, Free Trial players will have the chance to face off against other players in Player-vs.-Player Warzones, or join up with friends and play through a Flashpoint.

Players who have previously participated in one of the Weekend Pass Free Trials or the Friends of Star Wars: The Old Republic Trial are also eligible to join this new free trial!

Visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/trial to create your account, download the game, and begin your free trial experience! Have questions? Visit the Free Trial FAQ for more details.

Be sure to check back to www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!

Silver Age Batman Game Plans?

Variety has word on what's going on at DC Entertainment, saying Rocksteady's follow up to Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be a look back at the Silver Age of the 1950s: "New, highly stylized title is being developed as a prequel that revolves around Batman's first meeting with the Joker. It's based on the Silver Age of DC's comicbooks from the 1950s when the Caped Crusader teamed with other heroes like Superman and founded the Justice League of America." Thanks VG247.

New BioWare F2P Announcement Nears

It's announcement of an announcement time, as Computer and Video Games has word that BioWare is preparing to unveil a new free-to-play game tomorrow, saying this was confirmed by studio general manager, Eugene Evans. They express suspicions this may be based on a classic EA franchise, but do not explain the reason for this hypothesis.

R.A.W. Realms of Ancient War Trailer

The R.A.W. Realms of Ancient War Website now offers a new trailer with an overview of gameplay from Wizarbox's upcoming action/RPG. Here's word on this from publisher Focus Home Interactive: "This 'overview' video will throw you into the heart of the battle where you can discover all the features of Realms of Ancient War, such as the leveling system of the 3 playable heroes, an exciting co-operative mode, and the special incarnation ability that lets you take control of the game's most powerful monsters! Discover all this and more, through today's new video!" Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Happy 7/11, and oh thank heaven, as that makes this 7-Eleven Day, which means those conveniently close to one of those convenience stores can get a free Slurpee out of the deal. We fall into the category, as there's one just a couple of miles away, but in spite of talking about it before, this is the first year I am particularly tempted to take advantage of this, as we were coincidentally there last week, and I really enjoyed the Slurpee I had at that time (I didn't grow up on these, as there were no 7-Eleven's in Brooklyn when I was a kid).

To follow up, Jim Carrey came yesterday and fixed my cable connection... it turned out to be from water damage to the wiring outside. The neat thing is I'm experiencing a 20% boost in downstream bandwidth following the new modem and wire repairs. The other neat thing is that at no point did anyone on their end presume I might have been the victim of that DNS changer malware: Though my outage began the day that overstated threat was to hit, it was obvious to me this wasn't my problem, and thankfully it was to them as well.

7/11 Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Robots vs. Zombies 2.
Castle Survive.
Stories: Tigers kill man who scaled fence at Danish zoo.
Shipwrecked cruise liner's captain admits distraction, says destiny played role in crash.
Images: Gordon Freeman Stained Glass. Thanks Reddit.
This is how my friend and his friends queue for DOTA 2.
Media: What is Doom Remix.
Spider-Man: The Original Trilogy Summed Up in 6 Minutes.



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