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Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012

  

Gone Gold - Far Cry 3

The Far Cry Twitter feed announces the completion of development of Far Cry 3, the upcoming first-person shooter sequel, saying simply: "#FarCry3 has gone #gold. Pick it up Nov. 29th in EU, Nov. 30th in The UK, Dec. 4th in NA." Thanks VG247.

No PC Halo 4 Because It's "Designed Specifically for Xbox 360"

The PA Report has confirmation from Microsoft Game Studios that Halo 4 is not coming to the PC, which isn't too surprising considering Halo 3 was never ported to the PC either. What's a little odd is the explanation, as a spokesperson tells them: "Halo 4 was designed specifically for Xbox 360, and while we’re always exploring new ways to expand the franchise and share the Halo experience with as many fans as possible, we do not currently have any plans to port Halo 4 to PC."

Scant Destiny Details Leak

Superannuation's new Kotaku Column has a few details on Destiny, after discovering some documents on Demonware's internal blog related to Bungie's first non-Halo game since the launch of the third-person shooter series. It should therefore either be shocking or obvious that word is Destiny is "still quite like Halo," though "there is a lot of work still to be done." The sleuth also notes a recent job posting for Bungie that calls this "the biggest new entertainment property in the history of video games, currently in development at Bungie, the creators of Halo." The only platform mentioned is the PS3, and here's the most descriptive bit:

…At the end of the day I was excited about the game, I like the feel of being in a large world with different destinations and the interactions along the way. It actually brought back a sense of exploration I recall from playing [Elite] many years ago, although there was no opportunity to shoot aliens in the face in Elite. I'm not fully sold on the appeal of being able to change the colour of a weapon, but I guess it works in China, and customization and individual identity is a big theme for the game.

Steamships Ahoy - Chaos on Deponia

Daedalic Entertainment announces Chaos on Deponia is now available on Steam, and on sale for the first week of release. Here's a description of the game:

With this long-expected sequel to the critically highly acclaimed and lavishly praised Deponia, the player enters round two. Chaos on Deponia turns out to be even wackier than its predecessor and instantly puts the player under its spell. After the events on Deponia, it seems that Rufus came to his senses.

F1 RACE STARS Demo

Steam now offers a playable demo for F1 RACE STARS, the Formula One game where the drivers all have big heads before they win a single race (thanks Frans). Here's word on the demo:

In the demo, players will experience the wild ride firsthand on the Germany track, complete with Formula One-themed power ups, as they compete against official and fictional Formula One drivers. Consumers who preorder F1 Race Stars from GameStop will also receive a special Valencia Street Circuit Edition, which includes a free download code for an additional European Track set around the speedy city streets of Valencia, Spain.

Strategic Command WWI Breakthrough Demo

Battlefront.com features a new playable demo for Strategic Command WWI Breakthrough, the World War I (now WW2 as originally written, apologies) strategy game. Multiplayer modes, saving and unit purchases are disabled in the demo, but it does include these three campaigns: 1914 Call To Arms (limited to August -> November of 1914), 1918 Ludendorff (First 5-6 turns), and 1918 Russian Civil War (limited to Nov 1918 -> August 1919).

Ships Ahoy - Scourge of War: Chancellorsville

Matrix Games now offers online sales of Scourge of War: Chancellorsville, a real-time tactical strategy game set during the American Civil War. Here's word:

Scourge of War: Chancellorsville, players take command of either the Confederate or Union forces during the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863. Commanding troops in real-time tactical pausable combat, players can fight 22 single-player scenarios across three highly-detailed and historically accurate maps, complete with realistic weather and even during the night. Like all titles in the Scourge of War series, Chancellorsville features an extensively-researched historical Order of Battle with authentic leader ratings, authentic units and weapon ratings and specifications, and genuine sounds and smoke effects to bring the battlefield to life.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: 101 Great Movie Villains. Thanks Ant.

Steam for Linux Beta Client

Steam New announces the commencement of a limited beta test for the Steam for Linux client. Here's a bit on what this involves:

The Steam for Linux Beta client supports the free-to-play game Team Fortress 2. Approximately two dozen additional Steam titles are now also available for play on Linux systems. Additionally, the Steam for Linux Beta client includes Big Picture, the mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and controller, also currently in beta.

“This is a huge milestone in the development of PC gaming,” according to Gabe Newell, Valve President and co-founder. “Steam users have been asking us to support gaming on Linux. We’re happy to bring rich forms of entertainment and our community of users to this open, customer-friendly platform.”

The Steam for Linux Beta client is currently available for installation on Ubuntu 12.04. “An overwhelming majority of beta applicants have reported they’re running the Ubuntu distro of Linux,” according to Frank Crockett, a member of the Steam for Linux team, “We intend to support additional popular distros in the future; we’ll prioritize development for these based on user feedback.”

Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter

This new Kickstarter from David Braben and Frontier Developments seeks capital for Elite: Dangerous, a new installment in the Elite series of space simulations. The series has had its ups and downs since the release of the influential original Elite in 1984, including some lesser sequels and a proposed Elite 4, a project that's been in and out of limbo long enough to make Duke Nukem blush forever. The Kickstarter pitch acknowledges a certain lack of focus for Elite 4, and says the time is now right to redress this, saying: "I’ll be frank - we have had a couple of false starts on this over the years, where progress wasn’t as good as I wanted. Also, understandably, other projects have been prioritised – projects with announced dates or other commitments. Up to now 'Elite' has been worked upon by a small team as a ‘skunk-works’ activity in the background as availability permits. Nevertheless, we have been preparing; laying the technology and design foundations for when the time is right. And that time is now." There's an article about this on BBC News that includes a video with glimpses of prototype gameplay, and the Kickstarter page includes details about trading, combat, travel, and more, all under the following overview:

In the game, you will of course begin with a spacecraft and a small sum of Credits. You will be able to trade, pirate, bounty-hunt, explore, and salvage your way to wealth and fame, building on those key elements of the previous games, and with sumptuous graphics only now possible with the performance of today’s machines. Only this time some of the ships out there will be other players like yourself – other members of a secret ‘Elite’ group of space-farers…

Bridge Project and Demo Now Available

The Chronic Logic Store now offers digital sales of Bridge Project, a new Windows and OS X construction game from the indie developer whose résumé span titles like Bridge It, Bridge Construction Set, and Pontifex, as well as titles that don't even involve the Election Day-appropriate theme of building bridges, such as Gish and Kingdom Elemental. A playable demo is offered, and here's word on the game:

Introducing Bridge Project, the new bridge building simulator. Ever wondered if you had it in you to be a successful bridge architect? Find out today whether you have the skills to pull it together, or crash, crumble, and burn. Bridge Project offers you the tools needed to create your own bridge masterpiece, and along with tons of customizability options you will be addicted from day one. With the included level editor you can create, and share your creations with the global builder community, and download other builder's creations also. Take place in worldwide building competitions, and upload your level scores to prove you really are a bridge making master!

X-Motor Racing Patch and New Demo

A new version 1.4 of X-Motor Racing is now available, offering new changes and fixes for this independently developed motorsports simulation. Registered owners can update the game automatically, and the demo on the game's download page is now updated to the new version. Here's an outline of what's changed: Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Well today is Election Day here in the U.S., our annual opportunity to practice democracy (insert joke here about continuing to practice until we get it right). Here's hoping all those who are registered get out and vote, and that the process proceeds smoothly.

Smooth Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Obama vs Romney Boxing Match
Legendary Thieves.
Links: 'Battlestar Galactica- Blood and Chrome' being released online Friday.
New! GameMaxx. Thanks HARDOCP.
Science: Experiencing math anxiety may be like the experience of physical pain.
Broken Heart Syndrome: Now doctors say you really CAN die from a sudden shock to the system.
New dinosaur named after Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Or Blue's forum poster. Thanks nin.
Media: The Brooklyn Hipster.
Adam Savage Builds Patton Oswalt's Halloween Costume.
How Videos Go Viral.



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