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Thursday, Oct 04, 2012

  

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Next Week

Devolver Digital announces we can expect the release of the Jewel of the Nile DLC for Serious Sam 3: BFE on October 16th, offering more mayhem for Croteam's first-person shooter prequel. Preorders are available through Get Games and Steam. Here are some screenshots and a description: "Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile follows the legendary hero to the mysterious Temple of Isis on the island of Philae where a monstrous temple guardian lies in wait. Set in the midst of the events in Serious Sam 3: BFE, Sam and his team will battle through three new campaign missions against the unrelenting hordes of Mental’s forces."

Might & Magic Heroes VI Standalone Expansion Adding Dungeon

Ubisoft announces they are working on a standalone expansion for Might & Magic Heroes VI expected for release for Windows PCs in the spring. We have three pieces of concept art from this unnamed iteration of the strategy sequel, and this announcement, which says the Dungeon faction is making a return:

Today, Ubisoft® announced the release of the long-awaited Might & Magic® Heroes® VI Standalone Expansion, which is set to be released on Windows® PC in Spring 2013.

This fully fledged expansion will feature a new fan-favorite faction to Heroes VI, Dungeon, led by the Dark Elves. The Dark Elves have left the forests of Irollan, made a pact with the mysterious Faceless and escaped extermination by becoming underground renegades - stealthy and revered assassins. This faction is introduced into an epic campaign that not only unveils unexplored territories of Ashan, but also recounts the mysterious origins of their people.

Starring the cult hero, Raelag, first introduced in Heroes V as a master manipulator with a mysterious Demonic past, this standalone expansion retraces his early years as founder of the faction's hidden city in a time of decadence and desperation.

To follow all recent developments please visit www.mightandmagicgame.com

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Demo

The Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Website announces that a playable demo is now available for Bohemia Interactive's just-released action/strategy remake. Here's word on its two demo-exclusive assaults on the islands of Thermopylae and Granite: "Narrated by one of the developers, the demo kicks off with an action-packed sequence in which players control one of the amphibious Walruses. Once they complete their first objective, the demo fast forwards to another island. Here, the gameplay opens up and players will be able to switch between driving Walruses, flying Mantas and ordering units via the tactical map. Overall it takes about 45 minutes to complete." The demo is available for download from this page and it is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

Steamships Ahoy - The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire

The Bethesda Blog reveals that the console exclusivity for Hearthfire is over, and this DLC for The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available through Steam for the Windows edition of the RPG sequel. Here's word:

In case you missed it, with Heathfire you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

Mass Effect 3 Free Retaliation MP DLC Next Week

The BioWare Blog announces Retaliation, a new multiplayer DLC package for Mass Effect 3 coming to the action/RPG as a free download on October 9th (10/10 for the PS3 in Europe). This will add a new enemy faction, new unlockable class kits, new characters, maps reworked with new environmental hazards and traps, new unlockable weapons, new upgrades, and a new multiplayer challenge feature described like so: "Think you are the best soldier in the Alliance? Make sure to track your progress in the new 'Challenges' database. Complete various multiplayer assignments and feats of strength to unlock titles and banners to display in-game, and then compare your progress against your friend."

World of Tanks Patch Details

Wargaming.net announces details about the upcoming version 0.8.1 patch for World of Tanks, saying this will add some highly anticipated British tanks to the MMO armored combat game. Word is: "Tankmen will get their chance to follow the history of the British tank building mastering 22 iconic steel fortresses from the Royal Tank Corps, starting from the tiny Vickers Medium Mk I tank, and ending up with the intimidating FV 214 Conqueror top-tier heavyweight." This page offers links to renderings, screenshots, and a British Tech Tree.

Drox Operative Beta Patches

This page offers new patches for Drox Operative to update the beta Windows and OS X editions of Soldak's action/RPG to version 0.923. Here's the change log, and here's a summary: "This patch improves the fear/legend conditions, makes crew more survivable, makes the opening screen much cooler, and as usual fixes a bunch of small things."

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: A Good Day to Die Hard Trailer. Thanks nin. Can a series unjump the shark?

Star Wars: The Old Republic Lead Leaves BioWare

A new Twitter account from Daniel Erickson announces his departure from BioWare Austin, where he was Creative Director and lead designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, the MMORPG that has not proven to be the force in the marketplace that some expected. The reasons for this are not revealed, but along the way he comments on the current focus of commercial game development: "When 90% of the industry is saying the exact same thing (social, mobile, FTP!) a huge number of people are going to lose that race." Thanks MCV.

Tropico 4 Gold Edition Next Month

Kalypso media announces the Tropico 4 Gold Edition, a bundle of Tropico 4 and the Modern Times expansion for the island dictator simulation coming to Windows and Xbox 360 on November 30th. Info on this will presumably be added soon to the World of Tropico, and in the meantime, here's a refresher on the game: "As the president of a tiny Caribbean island, it’s up to you to lead your country to greatness! Will you be a benevolent and tolerant leader, or a power-mad dictator? Will your economy rely on tourism, farming, big business or cheap sweatshops? The decisions you make will shape the future of your island, and more importantly, the size of your off-shore bank account."

WoW Passes 10M Subscribers Again

GamesIndustry International has further details on sales of the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG. They say the add-on has now sold over 2.7 million units, and the game's subscriber count currently tops the 10 million mark over the summer.

Bethesda Opens New Austin Studio

The Bethesda Blog introduces Battlecry Studios, a new development house located in Austin, TX headed up by Rich Vogel, the former Star Wars: The Old Republic executive producer who recently departed BioWare. "I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games," said Vogel. "It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating." There are no details yet about what they will be doing first other than to say: "The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project."

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Launch Trailer

The launch trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, subtitled "Our Last Hope," offers a look at gameplay to celebrate next week's release of Firaxis' continuation of the X-COM series of sci-fi strategy/action games. They say: "Take command of XCOM headquarters, recruit and train your soldiers, and research alien technology to advance the capabilities of your squad. The battle against the enemy will be tough, and success will depend on your ability to keep your recruits alive and evolve them from rookies to more skilled and powerful soldiers. You are our last hope to save humanity from the global alien invasion. Good luck, Commander." Continue here to read the full story.

Dishonored Interactive Trailer

The Bethesda Blog offers a new interactive trailer from Dishonored, warning they are potentially spoiling Arkane's stealth/action game in the process: "A true choose your own adventure, the trailer offers a full series of interactive videos – including a branch that allows for a non-violent playthrough. As you make your way through the video, which was created with the help of the Twine interactive game engine, be on the lookout for hidden giveaways. Note: The video features extended content (and minor spoilers)… you’ve been warned. We also recommend viewing the video in full screen. Enjoy!" Continue here to read the full story.

Survarium Diary

This video developer diary #3 from Vostok Games shares the latest details of development of Survarium, their upcoming MMOFPS. Word is: "The diary discloses Scavengers faction, Rudnya in-game level and some key features of Vostok Engine, the technology behind the game." Continue here to read the full story.

College Ruled Universe Trailer

The Arachnid Games Website now offers a trailer showing off College Ruled Universe, the hand-drawn side-scrolling space shooter with RPG elements Kickstarted earlier this year. They hope this look at the game will help with their Steam Greenlight campaign. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Creston and I tied for last at 9-6 picking the NFL games last week (I'm going to give him the Broncos since he mentioned Manning in picking the Colts, who didn't actually play), and Jivaro and Mag did us one better at 10-5. But hats off to Cutter, who returned to dominance by going 12-3. Here's what my dartboard and I came up with for this week: Cardinals, Dolphins, Packers, Ravens, Giants, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Bears, Vikings, Patriots, 49ers, Chargers, Texans.

Picky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: SAS: Zombie Assault TD.
Links: Things We’ve Learnt From The Skyfall Trailer.
Stories: World Chili Cook-Off To Allow Beans For The First Time. Blasphemy!
{air Banned From All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant For Eating Too Much.
Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown achievement not getting the attention it deserves.
Science: Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says. Thanks Slashdot.
Black mamba venom could be a fantastic painkiller.
Surprised scientists find twin black holes in Messier 22 cluster.
Images: Claptrap Cake.
The Very Best Calculus Test.
Media: Enter the Freeman.
Longest...Bid...Ever.
The Ultimate Bowling Fails Compilation.
The Funnies: Leafless Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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