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Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012

  

Diablo III PvP Details Coming "Very Soon"

Diablo III game director Jay Wilson tweets that information is coming soon about the player-versus-player support for Diablo III that is supposed to eventually come to Blizzard's action/RPG sequel: "We'll be doing a PVP blog update very soon. Sorry to keep you waiting."

ACE COMBAT: ASSAULT HORIZON PC Plans

NAMCO BANDAI announces confirms plans for a Windows edition of ACE COMBAT: ASSAULT HORIZON, the aerial combat game, saying this is this is expected during the first quarter of next year in the form of an "Enhanced Edition." Here's word:

ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON brings a new intensity to the beloved flight combat franchise, escalating aerial combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky when destroyed. Players will engage in intense single-player, co-op and online multiplayer combat over real world locations around the globe while dodging skyscrapers and turning enemies into fiery supersonic debris. The game introduces a revolutionary close-range assault system that delivers high-speed acrobatics and one-on-one encounters to make dogfights more tense and exciting.

Making its debut on PC Q1 of 2013; ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON - ENHANCED EDITION features controls and graphics that have been optimized specifically for PC users. The PC version will include many of the DLC items released on the console versions of the game. Players will have immediate access to additional aircrafts and numerous aircraft skins as well as skills and maps. The multiplayer portion of the game will feature support through Games for Windows® Live from Microsoft. The game will be available at retailers and for download via Steam® and the Games for Windows Marketplace.

Guild Wars 2 Wintersday Event Next Month

GuildWars2.com reveals winter is coming to ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel, and it's not going to be a long one, as a Wintersday festival is planned for Guild Wars 2 from December 14 through January 3 (thanks sauron). Here's word:

The nights may be long and dark, but Tyrians of all races keep joy alive during the ancient holiday of Wintersday. While each race celebrates Wintersday in their own unique way, children all over Tyria share a common love of one thing: toys.

This year the city of Lion’s Arch will host the asuran Toymaker Tixx as their special Wintersday guest of honor. Before Tixx arrives in Lion’s Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he’ll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer.

Primordia Demo

Wadjet Eye Games now offers a playable demo for Primordia, providing the chance to sample this cyberpunk adventure that is currently under consideration for a Steam Greenlight and is coming to Windows on December 5th. Word is: "Set in a post-apocalyptic world strewn with cast-off machines, Primordia tells the story of Horatio Nullbuilt, an introspective robot whose solitary lifestyle is thrown into chaos when his sole power source is stolen. Travel with him and his comic sidekick, Crispin, to the dazzling city of Metropol and discover the secrets of this mysterious world -- a place where humans once tread, but are now merely the stuff of legend." The demo is available from their website (direct link), and it is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

World of Warcraft Patched

A new patch is now automatically available in World of Warcraft, updating Blizzard's MMORPG to version 5.1 "Landfall" patch with the first content update since the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion. The update adds to the game's Horde versus Alliance storyline, new faction rewards, new scenarios, pete system upgrades, and more. This page has the complete patch notes.

MechWarrior Online Patch Adds Camo, Bitching

Infinite Game Publishing and Piranha Games announce the new "Camo Spec" patch is live in MechWarrior Online, adding new appearance customizations along with a new "Frozen City at Night" environment, as well as the return "Bitching Betty," the official female cockpit voiceover from the original MechWarrior games.

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Dishonored DLC Next Month

The Bethesda Blog announces plans to release Dunwall City Trials on December 11th for Windows and consoles, offering new content for Dishonored, Arkane's assassination game. They offer a slideshow of screenshots from the DLC, and here's word on what it will offer from its announcement:

Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials, being released in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points), will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

Battlefield 3 Expansion Next Month

DICE announces new details on Aftermath, the next expansion for Battlefield 3, their military shooter sequel. This is due today for PS3 BF3 Premium subscribers today for PC and Xbox 360 Premium subscribers on December 4th. For others, the PS3 release will be December 11th, and the PC and Xbox 360 version for all is expected on December 18th. Here's word on what it will offer:

In Battlefield 3: Aftermath players can weave through the shattered districts, streets and cities in three new vehicles including heavily modified troop transports and a civilian vehicle adapted to deliver deadly force to the enemy. Battlefield 3: Aftermath also sees the debut of Scavenger mode – an objective based conquest where players must brave the environment armed with only one sidearm, as they try to find more powerful weapons in an attempt to survive with their squad. In addition to this, Battlefield 3: Aftermath delivers a new deadly and versatile crossbow for more silent kills, ten new assignments, dog tags, trophies, achievements and more.

Free Bridge Constructor

Headup Games announces they are offering downloads of the full version of Bridge Constructor for PC via their Steam Greenlight page through the end of this week. They are upfront about their ulterior motives on this, as they are requesting those who take advantage of this offer upvote the game's Steam Greenlight campaign to help push it over the top. Here's word on how this game can help you build bridges:

Luckily you have several construction materials at your disposal such as wood, concrete or steel cable. Each of these materials has different attributes and will offer you countless possible solutions. But be warned, as you progress through the game it will get more and more difficult! Less budget, bigger gaps to master and even material limitations won't make this a no-brainer.

Diablo III Patched

Diablo III is currently offline in North America for patching, as a new version 1.0.6.13300 will be live when Blizzard's action/RPG returns. According to the Diablo III Website, this includes the first steps of some UI tweaking for Battle.net: "Patch 1.0.6 for Diablo III includes some of the data for this testing but will not impact your play experience. Similar testing-related data will be patched into World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in the future." The new version also adds a pair of bug fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to bypass the one-second trade timer when exchanging items via the Trade window
  • Fixed an issue that caused the same item to occasionally drop for players using Threatening Shout with the Grim Harvest rune

Max Payne 3 Patched

Rockstar Games announces the latest patch for Max Payne 3 is now live on all platforms to update the third-person shooter sequel. Here are the patch notes:

  • The Kill screen now shows what weapon and burst the enemy used to kill you
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally get stuck in cover
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally appear invisible
  • Fixed an issue where game modes could appear to be over 100% full
  • Fixed an issue where occasionally a Loadout slot could overwrite another Loadout slot at the start of a round of Gang Wars
  • Fixed an issue where a party would have trouble loading into a new game after a party member had left

East vs. West: A Hearts of Iron Game Diary and Video

The Paradox Interactive Forums kick off a new series of developer diaries for East vs. West: A Hearts of Iron Game, their upcoming military strategy follow-up. The post is written by project leader Lennart Berg and game designer Gellert Keresztes, who go into detail on how the game will allow players to attempt to succeed against the pressure-packed backdrop of the Cold War. They promise to continue to post such diaries on a monthly basis until the game is released in Q2 of next year, and accompany the article with a new trailer introducing the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs?

A post on SemiAccurate breaks down some information from PC Watch (translation) suggesting that Intel's upcoming Broadwell CPUs will be soldered to the motherboard, rather than socketed, a detail they have now confirmed with a pair of OEMs. They offer the distressed opinion that this will be a death knell to the desktop PC and the enthusiast market, and though they add that they've received information indicating there's a "good chance" that the Sky Lake processors that will follow Broadwell will be socketed for one or two generations to follow, they conclude: "By then the last remaining overclockers and experimenters on the PC front will be gone, and for good technical reasons." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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Out of the Blue

I mentioned that I ended up pushing off some of our leaf raking duties on my brother over the weekend. As it turns out, he had his revenge, as he managed to pass along some sort of cold to me. Besides avenging the labor imbalance, this also serves to suggest I should just leave well enough alone, as when I got a cold a few months back I mentioned it had been over five years since I'd had one, but after blabbing about that, have since caught two more. Thankfully, this seems mild so far, so here's hoping it stays that way.

Sniffly Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tesla Defense.
Links: The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy Marathon.
Stories: Global first: Brit visits all 201 states without flying.
Science: Risk of robot uprising wiping out human race to be studied.
Media: Captain Planet Still Turning Everyone Into Trees.
The Ultimate Falling On Ice Compilation.
Hood Popping Compilation.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Begin the Healing Cartoon - Savage Chickens.

Monday, Nov 26, 2012

Hotline Miami Sequel Revealed

Jonatan Söderström tweets the revelation of unannounced plans for a sequel to Hotline Miami, the hit throwback serial killer game (thanks Eurogamer). Word is: "Working while listening to the sweet tunes of a preliminary Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack that we've put together during the weekend."

DOOM 3 BFG Edition Patch and GPL Source Code

The Bethesda Blog announces the promised release of the source code for the DOOM 3 BFG Edition under terms of The GNU General Public License. The id Software section on GitHub has the files along with an explanation of the legalities of using the source code, and additional restrictions besides the GNU GPL, including this condition: "This source release does not contain any game data, the game data is still covered by the original EULA and must be obeyed as usual." The same update also has details on a new patch that will automatically be provided for the game through Steam. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

Max Payne 3 Painful Memories DLC Next Week

Rockstar Games announces a December 4th release date for the Painful Memories DLC for Max Payne 3, the third-person shooter sequel. This is a delay, as this was expected last month, but the setback goes unaddressed. Here's word:

Inspired by the grisly shootouts from Max’s past, the Painful Memories Pack will bring four new maps and much more to Max Payne 3 Multiplayer this December.

Revisit the subway bloodbath from the original Max Payne in the Roscoe Street Subway map. Flashback to the dingy Hoboken watering hole at Marty’s Bar, open fire on the posh Branco family yacht in Shoot First and wage Gang Wars at Canal De Panamá. The Painful Memories Pack also includes the IMG 5.56 and UAR-21 assault rifles, new avatars, items and the Hangover Burst, which causes enemies to respawn with blurred vision, reduced stamina and health.

Check out the first screens from this pack below, which will be available on December 4th for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and $9.99 on PlayStation Network and PC (Rockstar Pass owners will receive this content at no additional charge).

We're also making the new shoot out at the Roscoe Street Subway station artwork above available as desktops and avatars at rockstargames.com/downloads, along with a pair of original illustrations from the Hostage Negotiation Pack featuring the Filhos De Ogum wielding the IA2 Assault Rifle and other weaponry as they attempt to dominate the Estádio Do Galatians and O Palácio Strip Club multiplayer maps.

Far Cry 3 Map Editor Trailer

Here's a new video showing off the power of the map editor that will accompany Far Cry 3 when the first-person shooter sequel is released next month. Word is: "Create your own tropical oasis, or a jungle death trap, or anything else you can imagine, with the in-game map editor for Far Cry 3. A deep and varied library of set pieces allow for endless possibilities. Plan every last detail from the flora and fauna to the derelict tanker crashed up on a rocky beach. Build your own adventure or download top rated maps from the community, free of charge. What the trailer now to see how." Continue here to read the full story.

Battlefield 3 PC Patch Next Week

EA's Battlelog announces details on a new patch for Battlefield 3, saying this will go live for consoles tomorrow, and will be released for the Windows edition of the military shooter sequel no later than December 4th. Included will be weapon balance changes and bug fixes as well as gunship balance changes, tweaks for "hard to get medals," and more.

Diablo III Hotfixes

The Diablo III Website reveals new hotfixes applied to Blizzard's action/RPG sequel as of yesterday. This includes two bug fixes:

  • Monsters will no longer spawn with 10%-15% of their health missing
  • Players who pre-purchase the Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition will now properly receive the Blade Wings digital item on both Normal and Hardcore characters

On Sale

Announcement: GOG.com Now Supports Windows 8 Officially!

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Not Even Kidding: Hidden Camera Show Pulls Scariest Elevator Prank Ever. Insanely messed up. Thanks nin.

No BioShock Infinite Multiplayer

Ken Levine's Twitter feed reveals that BioShock Infinite will not include any form of multiplayer support. The designer expressed skepticism early on about the inclusion of multiplayer in Irrational's shooter sequel, though a recent job posting seemed to indicate it would indeed be part of the game. Now in a series of responses to questions about multiplayer support, he puts several nails in the coffin for this prospect, saying: Nope, No Multi, No MP in Infinite to being badgered about the prospect, leading to an exasperated retweet: "Thank sweet baby Jesus no multi ---That's exactly the reason we don't have it. That kid is persistent." Thanks nin via Kotaku.

U.K. Sales Charts

The GfK Chart-Track List of bestselling full-price PC Entertainment titles in the U.K. for the week ending November 24th shows three new entries in the top 10: LEGO Lord of the Rings is number 10, Hitman Absolution is number three, and Assassin's Creed III is number two. Football Manager 2013 resumes its post at the top spot, while last week's number one, The Sims 3: Seasons, drops to number five. On the all platforms chart LEGO LotR is the new number five and Hitman Absolution enters at number two, while Call of Duty: Black Ops II retains the top spot.

Op Ed

TechCrunch - The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
The fun factor is about more than making a game is amusing or full of pretty rewards. If your game is a dynamic system to be mastered and won, then you can go nuts. If you can give the player real fun then you can afford to break some of those format rules, and that’s how you get to lead rather than follow the market. If not then be prepared to pay through the nose to acquire and retain players. Your format strategy won’t matter as your game will lose users regardless of what you do.

games.on.net - Ten lessons that other MMO developers must learn from the death of City of Heroes.
As somebody who purchased the City of Villains Collectors Edition at full retail price back in the day, the transition to free-to-play left me less than impressed. My main character, a Mastermind class with a sweet personal army of ninja, was locked out to me… because I hadn’t purchased the ability to have Mastermind characters. Yet my (many) alts were available to ‘unlock’ simply because they were non-paid classes.

#AltDevBlogADay - What they DON’T tell you about being a game developer.
Because of this unique perspective of having a relatively successful title (despite not yet being released) on my first ever attempt, I haven’t yet developed the pessimism that often comes with being an experienced indie game developer. This has led me to want to write this new thought piece, which goes into all of the things that they DON’T tell you about being a game developer. If you want the short and sweet version, feel free to skip to the end.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Cyber Monday, presuming this is actually as much of a thing as they make it out to be. I guess the good news is that nobody is going to get trampled during a "door-buster" today, though after some of the Black Friday footage I saw, I'm not sure I'd bet against that.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Pinata Hunter 2.
Stories: Cyber Monday Sales Poised to Hit $1.5B.
Man Arrested After Telling Kids Santa Isn't Real. *Spoiler warning*.
Science: Universe, human brain and Internet have similar structures. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: DayZ "The Helicopter" Day04. NSFW.
Speech 101 Prank FINAL. Thanks reddit.
Unusual powerlifter: Using the power of Bounce.



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