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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

  

Borderlands 2 DLC Revealed?

A NeoGAF post has word on some trophies in a PlayStation 3 patch for Borderlands 2 that seems to reveal the name of new DLC on the way for Gearbox's role-playing shooter sequel. They list three trophies (thoughtfully obscured to avoid spoilers) for a pack called Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage. Thanks nin via Kotaku.

Outlast Announced

Indie developer Red Barrels announces Outlast, a survival/horror game coming to Windows via digital distribution next year from a team comprised of developers who have worked on franchises like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Uncharted, and more. Here are some images, here's a trailer, and here's the announcement:

In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, has been operating in strict secrecy… until now.

Acting on a tip from an inside source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line being science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.

Founded in Montreal by industry veterans from some of the biggest game franchises in history, including Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Uncharted, Red Barrels is an independent game studio focused on creating unforgettable single-player games. Outlast is their first title, a true survival-horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind. Outlast will be coming to PC digital download in 2013.

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Steamships Ahoy - Ravaged & Demo

Steam News announces that Ravaged is now available on Steam, offering this multiplayer first-person shooter with a heavy dose of vehicular combat. A playable demo is also available, and in addition to sales of the game they offer clan packs with four copies for you and your friends. Here's the deal:

Get ready for Ravaged, an intense online multiplayer first-person shooter like no other. Ravaged is designed with a heavy focus on vehicular combat taking place on vast maps that will have you strategically duking it out on land and in air with over 40 vehicles and weapons. Placed within a competitive team-based environment created specifically for the PC, Ravaged is set in a post-apocalyptic world that was ripped apart by cataclysmic climate change.

Gone Gold - Tropico 4 Gold Edition

Kalypso Media announces the completion of development of Tropico 4 Gold Edition, saying the gold Gold version of the management sequel is expected in Stores on November 13th. Here's word:

Tropico 4 Gold Edition is the ultimate city building experience, including: Tropico 4 and the “Modern Times” expansion.

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.

  • Become the heroic leader, or a despicable despot as your customized El Presidente avatar makes decisions for the good or ill of the people
  • Two extensive campaigns consisting of more than 30 unique missions including the new “Modern Times” campaign
  • More than 100 buildings in total, including the stock exchange, shopping mall, aqua park, car factories and shuttle launch pad
  • Council of Ministers – Elevate citizens to government positions to help push through your more controversial decisions
  • Sandbox mode for custom games, with improved map and scenario editor for endless replayability

Ships Ahoy - Port Royale 3: Harbour Master DLC

Kalypso Media announces the release of the new Harbour Master DLC for Port Royale 3, which adds new content to the seafaring strategy game. Word is: "The new DLC is priced at $4.99 USD, and can be downloaded via the Kalypso Launcher from inside Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants. The Harbour Master DLC will be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system later this fall." Here's more:

In Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, players will embark upon an epic adventure through the Caribbean during the turbulent 17th century where the naval powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands all fight for supremacy in the colonies. Players take on the role of a young captain trying to build his fortune and reputation in the new world colonies. The campaign consists of two different paths for the young protagonist to follow: adventurer and trader.

Following the path of the adventurer will lead the player on a naval conquest where they must gain notoriety through raids, piracy, bounty hunting, plundering and conquering cities as they strive to build their new Caribbean empire.

The route of the trader sees the player using their economic know-how to become the most powerful trading tycoon in the New World by setting up trade routes, building production facilities and developing cities.

In free-play mode, the player crafts a combination of the two paths, creating a unique and challenging scenario on the path to increase wealth and power.

Project Eternity Did Pass $4M

The Kickstarter Page for Project Eternity has a final update on the record-setting fundraising for Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming RPG, revealing that the game did indeed surpass its final four million dollar target. They also discuss the ability to continue to influence the game's direction, as they promise one more level for the dungeon if they exceed 40,000 "likes" on their Facebook page, and that there's still a chance to become a backer via PayPal. Thanks nin.

Harvey Smith Interview

An interview on Rock, Paper, Shotgun talks with Harvey Smith of Arkane Studios about Dishonored, their recently released stealth/action game. He also discusses the ups and downs of his career in a thoughtful conversation about the business of game development, expressing satisfaction at the work done on cancelled games, and dissatisfaction with some that have shipped ("I was disappointed with decisions that we made on Deus Ex: Invisible War. Things also went very badly at Midway [with Area 51]…"). Thanks nin.

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Into the Black

More "Dragonborn" Skyrim DLC Hints

The Bethesda Softworks Forums explore the implications of hints about upcoming DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim found in a recent beta patch for Bethesda's RPG sequel. There are further indications that this will be named Dragonborn, which corresponds to a trademark filing in May. Thanks Xbox: The Official Magazine via MCV.

Stronghold Kingdoms Launches

Firefly Studios announces Stronghold Kingdoms is out of beta, and the castle MMOG is now officially live. They offer a launch trailer to celebrate the news, along with word on the latest update to the game:

Patch 2.0 was released this morning, updating the popular Castle MMO with two requested features: Sound effects and a new Village Overview screen. Sound effects have been introduced during battles and for daily activities such as scouting and trading, adding another layer of immersion to the game for all players. A new Village Overview screen has also been introduced for users with an active Premium Token. The new screen shows an overview of your Villages, Troops and Units with detailed stats on each, available at a glance.

Firm Says Steam URLs Exploitable

Startup vulnerability research and consultancy firm ReVuln says the way Steam handles steam:// protocol URLs leaves users open to having vulnerabilities in Steam and their game exploited, reports Computerworld, who say their request for comment on this was not immediately fulfilled by Valve (thanks Ant). A proof-of-concept trailer shows what they are talking about, and here's a bit:

According to tests performed by the ReVuln researchers, Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome and Opera display warnings and the full or partial steam:// URLs before passing them to the Steam client for execution. Firefox also requests user confirmation, but doesn't display the URL and provides no warning, while Safari automatically executes steam:// URLs without user confirmation, the researchers said.

"All the browsers that execute external URL handlers directly without warnings and those based on the Mozilla engine (like Firefox and SeaMonkey) are a perfect vector to perform silent Steam Browser Protocol calls," the researchers said. "Additionally for browsers like Internet Explorer and Opera it's still possible to hide the dodgy part of the URL from being shown in the warning message by adding several spaces into the steam:// URL itself."

Aside from tricking users to manually click on rogue steam:// URLs, attackers can use JavaScript code loaded on malicious pages to redirect browsers to such URLs, Luigi Auriemma said Tuesday via email.

MechWarrior Online Raises $5M

Infinite Game Publishing announces that the MechWarrior Online founder's program has raised over five million dollars to support the upcoming mech MMOG, and that the game will soon enter open beta testing:

Infinite Game Publishing (IGP), Canada’s fastest-growing independent publisher of online games, and MechWarrior Online™ developer Piranha Games today announced results of its MechWarrior Online Founder’s Program: The pre-order program for MechWarrior Online achieved more than $5 million in sales since it first went on sale in July. Beginning soon, MechWarrior Online will be available for all PC gamers to play at www.mwomercs.com as it transitions into the Open Beta phase.

MechWarrior Online represents the first of three premium online games to be published worldwide by IGP, opening first in North America. Bolstered by high demand for top-quality online digital entertainment, startup publisher IGP has grown its Montreal-based headquarters to more than 50 people in the past year. It continues to recruit top industry talent as it prepares for global expansion.

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Mass Effect 3 Weapons Pack

The BioWare Blog announces the release of the Groundside Resistance Weapon Pack for Mass Effect 3, expanding the arsenal in their action/RPG sequel:

Today we are pleased to announce the Groundside Resistance weapon pack for Mass Effect 3. Take the fight to the Reaper army with the latest addition to the single player experience!

Groundside Resistance adds seven additional weapons to Commander Shepard’s armory. It includes the brand new Venom Shotgun and Executioner Pistol plus the Kishock Harpoon Gun, Striker Assault Rifle, N7 Typhoon Assault Rifle, N7 Piranha Shotgun, and Acolyte Pistol. Lock and load and bring down the Reaper threat!

World of Warcraft Hotfixes

The World of Warcraft Website lists even more hotfixes applied on the server end for Blizzard's MMORPG since the recent version 5.0.5 client update. Another large batch of tweaks are now live, including class balance changes as well as updates to pet battles, quests, and more. In other WoW-related news, a Blizzplanet Interview talks with the authors of World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen to discuss how the novel tied into the game.

Project Eternity Kickstarter Concludes

The Kickstarter for Project Eternity is now concluded, and Obsidian Entertainment's RPG project lists 73,986 backers and $3,986,929 in pledges, falling short of their final $4 million stretch goal (inevitable if you keep adding a goal every time the last one is surpassed). With funding in place, the Project Eternity Website is where to go to keep tabs on this project.

Guild Wars 2 Halloween Plans

The Guild Wars 2 Website has an outline of events being conducted in ArenaNet's RPG sequel to celebrate Halloween. They describe plans to decoate the game world, offer costumes in the Trading Company, and conduct paid PvP tournaments. They add: "The world continues to evolve with new events, jumping puzzles, bosses, mini-dungeons, and achievements appearing across a variety of maps."

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