FTL: Faster Than Light
is now available from Steam
, where this space combat strategy game is being offered for 10% off over the next week. Word is:
In FTL you experience the atmosphere of running a spaceship trying to save the galaxy. It's a dangerous mission, with every encounter presenting a unique challenge with multiple solutions.
This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.
The BlueGiant Interactive Website
announces Tryst is now available
, offering a fast-paced multiplayer RTS game that also includes a short single-player campaign. As a reward to their loyal customers, BlueGiant is offering owners of APOX
a 20% discount. Here's word on the game:
Tryst is a competitive Real Time Strategy Game that provides a unique, fast paced spin to the established strategy model that combines player choice with unit customization.
War has erupted on the lonely planet of Ishtonia IV. Humans and a sentient, mechanical alien race known as the Zali – former collaborators in the mining and processing of the rare compound, Lohum – now see each other as threats to their continued existence on the planet both had so tenuously shared.
This Kickstarter Page
for Planetary Annihilation
announces this "next-generation" RTS from Uber Entertainment has achieved its funding goals. This should make old-school RTS fans happy, as here is why they've been collecting loot: "We all know that the RTS genre has taken a hit. There just aren’t that many quality original RTS games coming out. If you love to play games like Total Annihilation your options are pretty limited. This is where Planetary Annihilation comes in. It is meant to be a truly innovative spin on what RTS games can and should be."
has first word on Banner Saga Factions
, a free-to-play multiplayer game from Stoic Studio that will launch for Windows and OS X in November and for iPad and Ouya at some point after that. The game is based on the turn-based combat system from Banner Saga, their tactical RPG that was Kickstarted earlier this year
and is expected in early 2013. "Basically we are developing the single-player game, and we realized we are doing all this work on the combat and it's really fun to play," says Art Director Arnie Jorgensen. "Why not just release the combat as we develop the full game?" They say the result is already pretty polished and promise a preview with their impressions next week.
The Baldur's Gate Website announces
a delay to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
, saying the RPG remake is now expected in November (thanks nin). Here's word from Trent Oster:
When we first announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, you set fire to our servers and we were overwhelmed by the huge wave of support from the fans of the original game.
Once the fires had subsided, thousands of you posted suggestions and requests on our forums. Dozens of volunteers from all over the world helped us improve game play, squash bugs, and generally fine-tune the game. Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages.
Executing on our plan to make the best Baldur’s Gate possible and responding to that overwhelming feedback, we’ve added new characters, areas, and story, creating many new hours of game play. Yet the suggestions, fixes, and translations continue, and more volunteers keep joining.
After recently reviewing the game and then consulting with our partners, we've decided to ensure that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best possible product on launch. Thus, we have pushed back the release date of the game. Our plan is to release in November, 2012.
To all who have pre-ordered, we ask for your patience as we move toward our final release date -- and we will be working on something a little extra for you. To all who have volunteered, we thank you for your dedication and support.
A recent article on The Escapist
describes how former Funcom CEO Trond Aas is facing insider trading charges over his attempt to liquidate Funcom stock. This allegedly came shortly after a switch in his role from CEO to "Strategic Advisor to the Board and Chief Strategy Officer," which apparently removed him from Funcom's "primary insider list," making this a more low-profile sale. It also allegedly came shortly before the layoffs and a precipitous drop in their share price after poor sales of The Secret World
, but according to an anonymous source quoted in the report, word getting out of Aas' stock sale is part of what caused it to lose value. Aas claims the timing was simply fortuitous, and having resigned as CEO, he new nothing about poor sales of their new game until the company issued its financial reporting. Thanks nin via Kotaku
The Diablo III Website
has some details on the recently announced
plan to change monster damage in the action/RPG sequel in the upcoming version 1.0.5. Word is the plan to buff player defense involves the insidious double-nerf, as they reduce defensive skills as well as monster damage. They crunch some numbers to explain what the plan is, and offer specific examples of how skills are being changed. They also offer first word on a "Monster Power" system for players looking for a greater challenge.
Link of the Day: The Facebook Fired
. Thanks HARDOCP
on the Obsidian Entertainment Website
has culminated in the announcement of a Kickstarter
for Project Eternity (working title), "an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world," which they say "pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment." Here's word on the project, which is will on the way to its $1.1 million goal:
Project Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPGs that we enjoyed making - and playing. At Obsidian, we have the people responsible for many of those classic games and we want to bring those games back… and that’s why we’re here - we need your help to make it a reality!
Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.
Combat uses a tactical real-time with pause system - positioning your party and coordinating attacks and abilities is one of the keys to success. The world map is dotted with unique locations and wilderness ripe for exploration and questing. You’ll create your own character and collect companions along the way – taking him or her not just through this story, but, with your continued support, through future adventures. You will engage in dialogues that are deep, and offer many choices to determine the fate of you and your party. …and you'll experience a story that explores mature themes and presents you with complex, difficult choices to shape how your story plays out.
We are excited at this chance to create something new, yet reminiscent of those great games and we want you to be a part of it as well.
They're waiting for you Gordon, at the Black Mesa Website
, where they now offer the long-awaited first release of the Black Mesa modification to bring the gameplay from Half-Life
to the Source engine (thanks ochentay4). Here's word from the wiki
Black Mesa (formerly Black Mesa: Source) is a Half-Life 2 total conversion remaking of Valve Software's award-winning PC game, Half-Life.
Utilizing the Source engine, Black Mesa will reintroduce the player as Doctor Gordon Freeman, along with the original cast of memorable characters and environments seen in Half-Life. Black Mesa was built and founded on the basis that Half-Life: Source didn't fully live up to the potential of a Source engine port of Half-Life. As such, Black Mesa was founded to fully reconstruct the Half-Life universe utilizing Source to its fullest potential in terms of art detail, level sizes and code features. It should be noted that the project is being built from the ground up and is not a simple port of Half Life maps and models into the Source Engine. The idea is to remake the storyline used in Half Life into a new polished Source Engine version with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting and textures.
This total conversion will not require Half-Life: Source to play - only a copy of any Source Engine game installed on Steam. For more details, check the System Requirements.
The Guild Wars 2 Forum
offers notes for a new patch that went live today in ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel (thanks Acleacius). Here are is the change list for the new version: Continue here to read the full story
A second round of closed beta testing for Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict
is getting underway, as gamigo has added lots of new content to their upcoming space battle MMOG. Word is: "Now both factions have other 18 new missions in which the exciting story of the battle for Nexus is actually fully narrated with thrilling dialogue. Furthermore, a clan system has been added to the game, players can now trade among themselves, and PvP skirmishes have been reworked: Thanks to a new button you can now jump straight into PvP battles. A new form of loot, called Intelligence reports, is now available for players to find on defeated PvP opponents. With these you can access challenging new missions and receive valuable rewards." They are also offering pretty open access to the closed beta:
Anyone who has yet to take part in the beta testing of Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict can activate their account by using the following key:
This key is limited stock, so get it while you can!
The Australian Classification Board has issued its guidelines
format) on the upcoming addition of an R18+ rating to the Australian game rating system. This has lead to some criticism
that the way this is being executed continues to "to treat adults like children." ABC News Australia
has an article based on talking with the head of the local Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and a university professor to discuss the new law and its implications, including how this will allow the sale of some games that were previously unavailable, but will also make it harder for younger gamers to play some already available games.
has word on plans for a film based on Metro 2033, the Russian sci-fi novel that inspired a first-person shooter of the same name (thanks nin), as well as an upcoming video game sequel. Here's word:
Set in 2033 after a nuclear holocaust devastates Moscow and survivors head under ground, the story follows a young survivor who is forced to go on a journey that will see him deal with mutants, soldiers of a Fourth Reich and political factions of various metro stations in order to reach above ground.
F. Scott Frazier ("Line of Sight," "Day One") will adapt the script while Mark Johnson ("The Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Galaxy Quest") will produce along with Eugene Efuni and Marina Hall.
Bundle In A Box
offers one of those creative bundles of indie games with a flexible price scheme and a charitable bent, though the digitally distributed games do not actually come in a box. This includes five space-themed games supported by a bonus batch of four other games to be had for those choosing to pay more than the average bundle price, as well as a raft of unlockable extras. The offer will run for two weeks and they promise more surprises along the way.
offers the first developer diary for Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
, Paradox Interactive's upcoming World War II strategy add-on. Word is: "In this, the first of three video diaries for 'Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour', Project Lead Dan Lind walks you through some of the additional content the expansion will bring to you the 26th of September." Continue here to read the full story
Well the new iPhone announcement came pretty well-timed for MrsBlue and me, as our several-year old phones are in actual need of replacement with audio issues and diminishing battery life. It says something about how needlessly complex mobile providers make things (I don't think this is unique to Verizon) that I was unable to complete my order online, but was pleasantly surprised to end up talking about this with someone in Tennessee, rather than halfway around the world, and she made it a very pleasant process along the way, going so far as to credit me for a month to make up for my cell modem still being under contract.