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Saturday, Oct 13, 2012

  

Metro: Last Light Dropping Multiplayer

The Metro: Last Light Website has an update on multiplayer support in the upcoming shooter sequel, or more accurately the lack of multiplayer support, as THQ explains this feature is being dropped from the game so they can focus their full efforts on the single-player campaign. They note that they've gone through a bunch of multiplayer prototypes, but note that the response to the game's E3 demo convinced them that this is the direction they should take. They also admit that "a lot of interest and intrigue" surrounds multiplayer support for the game, and they could potentially revisit this as a separate project after the game ships (especially since they "don’t like throwing away work"), but for now they are "100% focused on the single player campaign and not thinking beyond that." Thanks Joystiq.

HAWKEN Closed Beta in Two Weeks

The HAWKEN Forums announce plans to begin closed beta testing of this mech combat game in two weeks on October 26th (thanks Eurogamer). They offer a pretty extensive FAQ which mostly covers how to get your hands on a beta key, which also says there will be no NDA associated with this testing, so we should be hearing more about the game very soon. Here's word on the testing, which also adjusts expectations for what had been described as the launch of the game on December 12th, now calling this date the beginning of the open beta, though for a free-to-play game, this is probably more a technical distinction than anything. Here's word:

This test will have a much larger tester pool than Alpha 2 and will include participants of our previous tests. Invitations will start to appear as early as this week and can be applied to your account by logging in to PlayHawken.com and clicking "Redeem Code". This will be the first of a series of Closed Beta tests, all of which will allow you to capture footage and screenshots and share them publicly. These Closed Beta tests will lead up to Open Beta on December 12, 2012.

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website has another list of hotfixes applied on the server side of Blizzard's MMORPG since the recent version 5.0.5 patch. In spite of a couple of previous such patches, they don't seem to be slowing down, as the list of balance changes and tweaks is quite lengthy.

Chaos on Deponia Trailer

This teaser trailer offers a look at Chaos on Deponia , Daedalic's upcoming adventure game sequel. The video is all of 30 seconds, so this description is almost as long as the clip: "Rufus, the main character, is as lovely as his home Deponia. Odd and cantankerous, he lives in the most remote part of the worldwide junkyard and works on his plans to escape to the hovering city of Elysium. After countless failed attempts, he succeeds – nearly, at least. As a result, he falls from the sky and lands back in his hometown together with the mysterious girl, Goal. For Rufus, she is mainly a good reason to escape once again, and so he begins to plan her way back. Obviously, Rufus' bad luck seems to be infectious and, in the sequel, "Chaos on Deponia", both end at the point where it all began. Before they can start another attempt to escape, Goal's consciousness needs to be restored. On top of all that, they have to save Deponia from threatening chaos. 'Chaos on Deponia' will be available on November 6, 2012 on Steam for PC and Mac." Continue here to read the full story.

Panzer Corps Patch & DLC

Matrix Games has a patch for Panzer Corps to update the strategy game to version 1.11, paving the way for the new Panzer Corps Grand Campaign ’42-43 West DLC, which is now also available for the game. The patch is available on this page (it's also mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell), and the DLC is offered here. This is the description of the new grand campaign:

Set during WWII on the Western Front, Germany is now facing the Western Allies as they engage in campaigns of hit and run raids to gather intelligence and probe their costal defences for weaknesses. Take command of a newly-formed task force to repel these commando raids and to prepare for the eventual return of the Western Allies to Europe! Fight at Dieppe, Syracuse, repel the Salerno landings, and more to prove yourself as the thorn in the Allies’ side.

The DLC contains 14 all-new scenarios that utilize and expand on the new features implemented with the release of Panzer Corps: Afrika Korps, creating a truly new and unique campaign. Players can use their core forces that completed previous campaigns as it gains experience and new equipment, or alternatively use a preset core force and play each of the campaigns on its own or jump in at any year.

Get a Free Origin Game?

A post on Slickdeals.net describes how to get a $20 credit from EA's Origin service that can be used to make a $19.99 purchase essentially free. Apparently the credit is offered for the completion of a simple survey. Thanks Siliconera.

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Out of the Blue

I saw a reference today to Indiana Jones today that made me think of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a recollection not as painful for me as it should be, as I have not seen the much-reviled latest installment in the series. This is because, as I've mentioned in the past, MrsBlue and I end up seeing a vast majority of movies after they come to cable/satellite, especially when the reviews are as mixed (to put it kindly) as they were for Indy 4. Which brings me to my point: Is Spielberg so embarrassed by this film he's keeping it off cable? It was released well over four years ago, and its absence from the small screen is starting to seem like the it's getting The Star Wars Holiday Special treatment. By all accounts this is deserved, but I remain masochistically curious to see it.

Masochistic Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Siegius Arena.
Stories: Florida man accused of returning used enemas. Thanks Gawker.
Seattle police seek more drones while two sit unused. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Satellite Left Stranded by SpaceX Rocket Falls From Space.
Media: Minecraft Environmentalists.
The Onion Takes on TED.
This guy is awesome at kicking American footballs.
Follow-up: Brevity.



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