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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

  

Czech President Pleads for Jailed BiS Devs

Czech Republic president Václav Klaus has sent a letter to Greek president Karolos Papoulias to make the case for releasing Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, two employees of Bohemia Interactive Studios under arrest in Greece for espionage. Following word the pair have been denied bail the Czech president has intervened, and while this letter would be all Greek to us, Eurogamer was able to check with the Czech counterparts for a translation. While repeating he is confident the pair will be treated fairly, Mr. Klaus implies he wants the Greek president to make that confidence justified: "I want to ask you, Mr. President, to follow this unfortunate affair with special attention considering the excellent relations between our nations so this does not throw unnecessary shade onto our relationship," reads their translation. "Once again, I want to assure you that I have the utmost certainty that our accused citizens will be given all the rights in the search for justice by the Greek authorities."

Star Citizen Grace Period

The Roberts Space Industries Website follows up on the hegely successful fundraiser for Star Citizen with The Pledge, their founding document that outlines the principles they will follow in spending their millions on developing this upcoming space simulation. They also announce a grace period for those who attempted to participate in the fundraiser but were locked out in the homestretch:

In the aftermath of some of the craziest 48 hours we’ve ever experienced it’s become clear that there’s a sizable number of people that were unable to pledge, or adjust their pledges due to the difficulties with the RSI site. Many people tried repeatedly over the weekend, only for the site to crash at various points during the check out. Some people switched to Kickstarter, but there were also a large number of people that Kickstarter wasn’t an option and so they have been left high and dry. The focus of our campaign was, from day one, involving the fans and trying to give them as many options to support us as possible. The last thing we want to do is punish any of you, and so we have decided to adapt our plans and offer a grace period for all current members of the RSI community.

If you have a membership, regardless of whether you have previously purchased a tier, you will be able to pledge at the current prices through this weekend. We will keep the limited add-on ships available through that time for everyone who tried to purchase one but wasn’t able. Everything will switch to the new pricing structure on Monday November 26th

EVE Online: Retribution Details

A new EVE Online: Retribution Website is online to update players on all the changes coming next month to EVE Online: CCP's MMORPG. This offers several subsections with details on various systems.

Drox Operative Beta Patches

Soldak Entertainment now offers new patches to update the Windows and OS X editions of Drox Operative to beta version 0.932. Here's the change log and here's an overview on what this does to the sci-fi action/RPG: "This patch adds ceasefires, revamps some of the components like missile defense and ballistics, and fixes a bunch of minor issues."

Divinity: Original Sin Video

This trailer depicts an internal review meeting at Larian Studios for Divinity: Original Sin, protecting "things you are not supposed to see" by hiding them on the YouTube. Here's word on this behind-the-scenes look at this RPG sequel: "Larian Studios gives you a rare chance to step behind the scenes in a weekly review meeting for the upcoming role-playing opus, Divinity: Original Sin. Includes never-before-seen gameplay and insight into what developers talk about." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: How to get out of bed. Thanks Ant.

Peter Molyneux's God Game Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter from 22cans seeks £450,000 for Project GODUS, a "reinvention of the god game" from this studio formed by Peter Molyneux, who pioneered the genre with Populous over two decades ago (thanks Joao). They are shooting for a release in about nine months, but will use funding beyond their target to extend the development schedule. Here's word:

Populous was created over 22 years ago, and we believe that to date, nothing has come close to emulating its powerfully godlike experience. It’s this experience we aim to reimagine. GODUS blends the power, growth and scope of Populous with the detailed construction and multiplayer excitement of Dungeon Keeper and the intuitive interface and technical innovation of Black & White. The original Populous hailed from the 8-bit era but GODUS will use the most modern technology the world has to offer.

Steam Autumn Sale

The Steam Website Announces that the Steam autumn sale is now underway. This includes flash sales, indie games, and daily deals. Today's daily deals are save 75% on Age of Empires III: Complete Collection, save 66% on Darksiders II, save 50% on Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, save 66%on Terraria, save 50% on The Walking Dead, and save 33%on XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Mirror's Edge 2 in Development

Ben Cousins tweets a response to a Eurogamer article to state that Mirror's Edge 2 is in development at DICE, finally firming up long-standing rumors the parkour game is getting a sequel: "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2 is in production at DICE."

Miner Wars 2081 Beta on Steam

Keen Software House announces that the Miner Wars 2081 beta is now available on Steam in advance of the launch of this 6DOF shooter next week. The beta is open to preorder customers, and they say they say the game is now able to save games to the Steam cloud and that they are in the process of adding Steam achievements as well. Steam support is available for the game regardless of where they are purchased, and here's word how to activate your copy on Valve's service:

1) Get your Steam key: http://www.minerwars.com/SteamKeys.aspx
2) Open your Steam client; go to menu; click 'Games'; then 'Activate a product on Steam'
3) Type the key and wait until the game installs
4) Enjoy Miner Wars 2081

Aliens: Colonial Marines Multiplayer Trailer

This new trailer from Aliens: Colonial Marines shows off the "Survival" multiplayer mode in Gearbox Software's upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter. Here's word on the clip, which looks like it comes from the Xbox 360 edition of the game: "Showing off the thrilling gameplay of Survivor Mode, players must work together to hold their ground against swarms of xenomorphs and fight until the last player is left." Continue here to read the full story.

Sid Meier's Civilization V Patched

Steam News announces the release of a new automatic patch for Sid Meier's Civilization V to hotfix some issues with the turn-based strategy sequel. Here is the change list: Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Look at that: Another year, another birthday for me, as much as I hate being predictable. One thing you learn about being born on this date is that it's the day before JFK's assassination, as it is always in the news around now. The other thing you learn is that the 22nd is the earliest day that can be Thanksgiving in the U.S., and this is one of those years. This isn't a big problem, and it certainly wasn't like a kid born near Christmas as I grew up, but it does mean that my celebration today will include such choice moments as cleaning bathrooms and bathing doggies to prepare for company tomorrow.

R.I.P.: Billy Scott Dead- R&B Singer Dies At 70.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Stack of Defence.
Stories: Why Trevell Coleman Charged Himself With Murder.
Former boxer 'Macho' Camacho shot in Puerto Rico.
Science: New Smell Discovered.
Media: Batman's Wheel of Fortune.
Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: Kasdan, Kinberg To Pen "Star Wars" 8 & 9.

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012

PlanetSide 2 Launches

The PlanetSide 2 Website announces the official launch of SOE's highly anticipated free-to-play MMOFPS sequel:

Players can opt to play as one of six classes to aid their chosen Empire in global domination. They’ll fight for control of key territories and valuable resources on three playable continents – Indar, Esamir and Amerish. With an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles can last for days or weeks, so players will need to build alliances and specialized combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives. With aircraft and ground vehicles, as well as infantry combat, the battles will be larger and more intense than ever before.

As players earn battle experience, they’ll increase their certs and unlock access to new roles and extensive customization options, along with a variety of weapons and vehicles.

“PlanetSide 2 is designed to enable player-driven combat where teammates rely on each other to succeed and survive. With so much control in the hands of the players, every day we learn more about what they can and will do in Auraxis,” said Higby. “We’ve launched, but development will never be done. We have tons of plans in place and content in development to help fuel years of battle.”

Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed III

The Windows edition of Assassin's Creed III is now available in North America, offering the chance to sneak around some American Revolutionary War battlefields in the latest installment in the stealth franchise. In addition to the retail version, there's a standard edition sold digitally through GameStop PC Downloads and Steam, along with Digital Deluxe editions (GameStop/Steam), and a DLC Seasons Pass (GameStop/Steam). Steam has a quick explanation of the difference: "The Deluxe Edition comes with the Season Pass, 4 bonus single-player missions, the official Assassin’s Creed® III soundtrack (mp3 files) and George Washington’s notebook (pdf file)."

Ships Ahoy - Hitman: Absolution

Today marks the worldwide release of Hitman: Absolution, marking the return of 47 and this stealth/action series. Here's word from the description on Steam:

Hitman: Absolution follows the Original Assassin undertaking his most personal contract to date. Betrayed by the Agency and hunted by the police, Agent 47 finds himself pursuing redemption in a corrupt and twisted world.

Halo Team Seeks MMO Devs

This job posting and this one seek software engineers to join Halo developer 343 Studios, to work on "building the next generation of backend services to power Halo 4 and our new game saga." As noted by GameSpot, each listing has an interesting note under qualifications for an ideal candidate: "Experience in MMO development."

Legend of Dungeon Kickstarter & Demo

Kickstarter now has a campaign to fund Legend of Dungeon, a pixel art roguelike for Windows, OS X, and Linux by husband-and-wife team RobotLovesKitty. The game has a modest $5,000 goal, and to see if it's worthy of your support, here's a trailer, and there's also a playable demo of an early build. Here's word on that: "As you explore the sparsely lit dungeon, gather items and battle monsters you will no doubt end up dead, and like classic rogue, death is game over. Except with co-op, instead, you turn into a ghost and collect the glowing souls of monsters your comrades have slain in order to revive. Another interesting aspect of single and multiplayer is that the dungeon doesn't adjust for player count, so alone you might have more apples to eat and hats to wear, but there will also be more monsters for you alone to kill."

THQ Default Follow-up

THQ announces an update on the company's dicey credit situation. They announce they have entered into a forbearance agreement with Wells Fargo to prevent the bank from bringing the hammer down on THQ for its defaulted credit facility. The company also announces "that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a financial sponsor regarding financing alternatives which may result in, among other things, significant and material dilution to shareholders." Finally, they announce the departure of Paul Pucino, their former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

On Sale

Steam's Autumn Sale Starts Tomorrow, According To One Developer. Thanks nin.

Portal 2 Patch Adds Local Co-op

Steam News has word on a new automatic patch that's now available for Portal 2. This has a couple of bug fixes and adds local co-op support. Word is: "Added 2 controller splitscreen support for Standard Co-Op. Press X on the second controller inside the first Co-op menu to activate it."

Natural Selection 2 Patched

Steam News announces the availability of a new patch for Natural Selection 2 to update Unknown Worlds' newly released action/strategy sequel with a number of balance changes and bug fixes, which are detailed below: Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Portal 2 Sentry Turret USB Desk Defender (thanks Ant). Am I the only one who thinks of the turrets when I hear the Slinky in this commercial?

Ships Ahoy - Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage Trailer

This launch trailer offers another quick look at Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage to pave the way for this DLC for Borderlands 2, which is now available for Gearbox Software's first-person shooter/RPG on Windows and consoles. Aside from touting today's release, here's what the description says about this video: "EXPLOSIONS!!!"

Nuketown 2025 Black Ops II Map Returns

Treyarch Studios tweets that the Nuketown 2025 map for Call of Duty: Black Ops II that was removed from playlists yesterday. Perhaps reacting to the outcry over this, they announce the map has returned as part of a bonus category:

Just launched a new fast-action playlist in the Bonus category called Chaos Moshpit. Back by popular demand: Nuketown 2025!

Child's Play Underway

This year's annual charity drive is now underway on Child's Play. This year's likely-to-be-smashed goal is about $2.25 million, and they have already raised about a quarter of that total, which will benefit sick children with toys and games. Thanks nin.

Hero-U Funded

The Kickstarter for Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption reveals this RPG from the designers of Quest for Glory has met its funding goals with a few hours to spare. This page has some details on their plans going forward as well as a video of a Google+ homestretch chat they conducted.

Strike Suit Zero Funded

Another just concluded Kickstarter shows that Strike Suit Zero has met its funding goals, and Born Ready Games is set to make their mark on the resurgent space combat genre, saying the PC version of their game is expected on January 24, 2013, with console versions to follow. Here's word:

The outpouring of support by close to 4,500 backers, who helped the Kickstarter succeed by an additional 75% beyond the initial target of $100K, means that in addition to the core game, fans will have access to XedMod, a lightweight and unified version of Xed, the development toolset used by Born Ready to create the game. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, Born Ready also offered exclusive PC beta access for the first thousand backers who pledged $50 or more. This closed beta is currently scheduled for early December.

James Brooksby, CEO of Born Ready Games said “We are truly grateful for all the support we’ve received and above all else want to thank the community. Their support has meant we’re now able to make the game we always envisioned, and we can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on it.”

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  • Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage on Kotaku. Thanks nin.

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Out of the Blue

Well amidst a hectic week at the BlueTower we had our annual physicals this morning, which has caused a bit of a setback in posting the news this morning, for which I apologize. A final word on this must wait for our blood tests to return, but I got a very upbeat initial overview that I seem to have the metabolism of a runner, in spite of being amazingly sedentary. I'm not taking this for granted, and want to make a point of getting more regular exercise before whatever luck I've been experiencing in this area wears off.

Checked Up Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Stories: Giant boxing robots reality show unveiled by Syfy.
Santa stuck by beard at Reading shopping centre.
Science: NASA paint kills that new car smell, saves satellites too.
Media: Juggle-Playing WIN.
T-1000 Special Effects -- Part 1.
ESPN NFL Kickoff references the Princess Bride. Inconceivable!
The Funnies: Beyond Shuffling Cartoon - Savage Chickens.
Follow-up: Displaced Hurricane Sandy Pets.
Twohy Gives Quick Update On "Riddick".



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