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Friday, Dec 07, 2012

  

Crusader Kings II: The Republic Revealed

Paradox Interactive is working on Crusader Kings II: The Republic, a new expansion for Crusader Kings II, their grand strategy sequel. This is revealed through an interview on PC Gamer where project lead Henrik Fåhraeus discusses details like an enhanced user interface, graphical improvements, and gameplay changes this will entail. They say this is due in Q1 of 2013 and offer this overview: "The latest expansion for Crusader Kings II is looking to launch the fleets of the medieval merchant republics, offering a very different gameplay style to the feudal lords we’ve lived through so far. Using trade, wealth, and political savvy, you’ll have to lead your Patrician family to greatness in Venice, Genoa, Pisa, the Hanseatic League, or Gotland."

Might & Magic Heroes VI Shades of Darkness in February

Ubisoft announces that February 28, 2013 will be the worldwide release date for Might & Magic Heroes VI Shades of Darkness, the upcoming standalone expansion for Might & Magic Heroes VI, their fantasy strategy sequel. Here's word:

Starring the cult hero Raelag, first introduced in Heroes V, this fully-fledged standalone game will feature a return of the fan-favorite faction, Dungeon. Shades of Darkness recounts, in two original campaigns, epic and world shaping Dark Events in Ashan's history where two factions, The Dark Elves and the Necromancers, define their nefarious and gruesome destinies. The campaign occurs one century after the events in Heroes VI.

The Shadow-tainted Dark Elves, a persecuted people, exiled from their homeland, torn apart by internal strife. As heir to the throne of Queen Tuihdana, the hero Raelag can unite them and make them rise again as a proud and strong nation. Forging an alliance with the powers of Darkness, he will get the support of the almighty Black Dragons and elevate the Dark Elves as masters of deception, stealth and assassination!

The Necromancers of Heresh face a crisis that threatens their very existence as a magical disease is slowly destroying their Spider Goddess, the Mother Namtaru. The player will incarnate the vampire hero, Vein, a rogue Death Knight with a troubled past. After allying with a former mentor, Vein will discover the source of the disease is connected to the Dark Elves and the infamous Netherlord, Sandro. To thwart Sandro's plans, Vein will have to repair the corrupted memories of the Mother Namtaru and restore her godlike powers.

Players can also enjoy the full experience with Might & Magic Heroes VI Complete Edition, containing a fully-enhanced version of the game, all bonus maps & items, two adventure DLC packs, the original soundtrack of the game and the Shades of Darkness expansion, set for release on PC on the same day, February 28th.

Far Cry 3 HUD Patch Planned

Ubisoft is planning a patch for Far Cry 3 to allow customization of the game's heads-up display and de-clutter the screen by choosing elements to toggle off. They sent the following statement on the topic to Kotaku:

Based on feedback from both press and fans, the Far Cry 3 production team is working on a patch that will allow you to toggle most HUD/UI elements based on player preference. The patch will also avoid issues encountered in the .dll hack that might create a mission walkthrough break (missing QTE prompts, critical information, etc;). The team is excited about how the Far Cry 3 community and fans of the game are enjoying themselves, and finding new ways to experience the Rook Islands. More news will be coming on the patch shortly…

Serious Sam 3 BFE Patched

Steam News announces a new patch is now automatically available for Serious Sam 3 BFE, the third-person shooter prequel. This patch was previously available as a beta for those who opted in, and begins with an important note for Linux users. Here are the patch notes: Continue here to read the full story.

Game of Thrones RPG Patch

A new patch is now available for the Game of Thrones RPG, which will bring Cyanide Studios' role-playing game to version 1.4.2.0. This replaces a version 1.4.1.0 update that came out today, but broke the auto-updater, which this newer patch rectifies. The download is available on AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls.

CM Battle for Normandy Patch

Battlefront.com now features new patches to update the Windows and OS X editions of CM Battle for Normandy to version 1.11. They say: "The v1.11 patch includes a number of improvements and bug fixes, including updated graphical shaders and performance improvements on the Mac."

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Into the Black

BioShock Infinite Delayed

Irrational Games announces that previews of BioShock Infinite are appearing now that some press have had some hands-on time with the upcoming shooter sequel. They follow this optimism with word that the game's release has suffered another setback, albeit a small one. After choosing the exact release date of February 26, 2013 after the game's last delay, they now say the game is due precisely one month later:

Work on the game is now down to final polish and bugfixing. In order to give the team a few more weeks of this polish, the release date of BioShock Infinite is March 26th.

We know that this is going to ruffle some feathers. But we’re willing to take the heat to make sure that BioShock Infinite is 100% the game our fans deserve.

Planets Under Attack Demos

The Planets Under Attack Website now features Windows and OS X demos for this recently released space strategy game from developer Targem Games (Battle vs. Chess) and publisher TopWare Interactive. Here's the description of the game:

"Planets under Attack" takes place in a fast paced and colorful world, challenging players to amass riches and conquer their enemies. Thinking on your feet is crucial, as victory can turn to defeat in the blink of an eye. Defend your planets and take your enemies’ by force in this easy to learn, hard to master strategy title. The trial version offers a first glimpse at a universe filled with space zombies, sentient space insects and greedy, backstabbing humans.

A Game of Dwarves Sci-fi DLC

The A Game of Dwarves Website now offers Star Dwarves, a new DLC pack for A Game of Dwarves, Zeal Game Studios' vertically challenged strategy game. Here's word on how this adds sci-fi content to the game's fantasy setting:

The new content pack, entitled Star Dwarves, enables the game’s titular miners to spruce up their mines with all the trappings of deep space, adding a wealth of new sci-fi furnishings and tools to their lairs. Of course, a terrifying space monster or two have also come along for the ride, but that’s a small price to pay for having your very own cryosleep bed to spruce up the old mineshaft.

Star Dwarves adds new props, new enemy, and new dwarves to A Game of Dwarves, from sci-fi-inspired generators, holographic statues, and spiffy captain’s chairs to untold horrors like the Beardprober – a monster who studies beards in the worst way imaginable. Thankfully, the dwarves can combat these invaders with new military classes, including the rifle-toting Redshirt, and the Knight, a melee fighter who relies on training he acquired a long time ago in some place far, far away.

Mars War Logs Trailer

Focus Home Interactive offers a new trailer from Mars War Logs, jokingly calling this look at Spiders Games' upcoming cyberpunk action/RPG "the stunning video that Curiosity did not catch." Here's word on how you must get your ass to Mars and wrest control of the planet's prized supply of air water from Cohaagen the guilds:

Guaranteed 100% Dubstep-free, this first trailer is supported by bewitching music that contrasts with the strong images of the video: the survivors of the great cataclysm that hit Mars, who have retreated into huge slum-cities and are subjected to the dictatorship of the guilds controlling the planet's most precious resource, water.

Mars' first trailer presents the cyberpunk universe, where the technology and violence of a decadent world clash with supernatural creatures, mystical characters and out-of-the-ordinary powers.

Continue here to read the full story.

Eurocom Closing

GameSpot follows reports of layoffs at Eurocom with word that the remaining employees at the 007 Legends developer have now also lost their jobs as the company winds down operations and enters administration. "The administrator and the company's directors have been negotiating with customers surrounding new contracts to develop console games," a statement from the company reads. "However, these contracts could not be secured in time and due to insufficient funds to pay outstanding wages, Eurocom today entered administration."

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Out of the Blue

The Bethesda Blog notes that yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the release of QUAKE II, which may be accurate for some territories, but I think the North American release date for the game was actually December 9th, in fact we still have a banner from id announcing the release date in our archive. It's easy to be confused, as "when it's done" has been the second week in December for a couple of id's big releases, so this it's like an anniversary week for them. Anyway, happy birthday Quake II.

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