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Saturday, Dec 08, 2012

  

Dark Souls II Announced

This portion of the Spike video game awards introduces Dark Souls II, an upcoming sequel to the challenging action/RPG. Eurogamer has details from Eurogamer.cz from a Namco Bandai's Czech announcement on this saying this is coming to Windows as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend

PlanetSide 2 Twitter feed announces a double XP weekend for PlanetSide 2, Sony Online Entertainment's recently launched MMOFPS: "To thank you for sticking with us through the growing pains, we're having a DOUBLE XP weekend (now until 9AM PST on Monday)! Don't miss out!"

Company of Heroes 2 Closed Beta Nears

A post to the Company of Heroes 2 Forum has an update on the state of Relic's upcoming RTS sequel (thanks IncGamers), which a companies a new video developer diary titled "Preparing for War." The forum update covers an Alpha Stress Test next week for a limited number of players, plans to enter closed beta testing "shortly after the New Year," and the following commitment to post-release support:

Building on experiences from our previous titles, we’re committed to improving our post launch support efforts, by regularly updating the game. This means lots of bug fixing, balance updates and FREE content, for everyone to enjoy. For those interested in more, we’re now excited to introduce the Command Pass - an opt-in upgrade that offers perks like advanced map access, special event access and other bonuses. It’s free for pre-order customers who purchase the Digital Collector’s Edition and a 1 time cost/lifetime upgrade for anyone that didn’t get in on the pre-order goodness. More detailed information will absolutely be available later.

GameSpy Sale Ends Sniper Elite Multiplayer

The Sniper Elite V2 Community Forum has a post from Rebellion senior management on multiplayer support in the original Sniper Elite, saying this was was switched off by Glu, the third-party now responsible for the shooter's GameSpy multiplayer support. As noted on Slashdot, Glu acquired the GameSpy multiplayer technology from IGN in August of this year (apologies for missing this then -- interestingly, this is not even yet reflected in the Wikipedia), saying at the time: "There will be no disruption in service to GameSpy's current customers and contracts as a result of this acquisition by Glu." Rebellion says that after seven years they will no longer be able to provide multiplayer support, as they are locked in by the current economics of having used the GameSpy middleware:

"A few weeks ago, the online multiplayer servers for Sniper Elite were suddenly switched off by Glu, the third-party service we had been paying to maintain them.

For the past seven years we have run these servers at a cost to ourselves so that fans of Sniper Elite could continue to play online for free.

This decision by Glu was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control.

We have been talking to them since to try and get the servers turned back on. We have been informed that in order to do so would cost us tens of thousands of pounds a year - far in excess of how much we were paying previously. We also do not have the option to take the multiplayer to a different provider. Because the game relies on Glu and Gamespy’s middleware, the entire multiplayer aspect of the game would have to be redeveloped by us, again, at the cost of many tens of thousands of pounds.

While we are not happy about the situation, as an independent developer we simply do not have the resources to pay the massive costs of new servers along with redeveloping a seven-year-old game.

We share the disappointment of fans who have played the game since it was published in 2005. This is not something we intended or wanted to happen, but unfortunately it has been beyond our control. We have always looked to support our fan community and we hope the past seven years of free multiplayer service have been evidence of that - we're sorry that the servers have been shut down in this way.

We would like to thank all the fans who have continued to support Rebellion and Sniper Elite."

World of Warcraft Podcasts

The World of Warcraft Website has links to podcasts on various sites where the developers of Blizzard's MMORPG discuss the present and the future of the game. They say: "Over the course of the last week, World of Warcraft fansites from all over the globe were given an opportunity to chat with World of Warcraft developers and ask questions about Mists of Pandaria, hot topics in the community, current design philosophies, the future of the game, and more."

Spike VGAs

The Spike Video Game Awards Site now offers the results of this year's VGAs, which were handed out last night. The Walking Dead: The Game walked off with the game of the year for studio of the year Telltale Games. Though that game came out for PCs, the PC game of the year us XCOM: Enemy Unknown, while Borderlands 2 won for best shooter and Dishonored stole off with best action/adventure honors. Best indie of the year went to Journey, and most anticipated is Grand Theft Auto V.

Void Rim Open Beta

Void Rim is a free-to-play, turn-based strategy game based on tabletop wargaming in a sci-fi setting. The UDK-engine game is now in open beta testing, and developer Desert Owl Games, which includes veterans of PoxNora development, promises this game is "truly free to play in every sense of the phrase."

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Antec Soundscience Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit on eTeknix.
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II on Bjorn3D.
  • Club 3D HD 7870 jokerCard Tahiti LE 2 GB on techPowerUp.
  • Cooler Master HAF-XM on Technic3D. In German.
  • Corsair AX760 Power Supply on Hardware Secrets.
  • Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard on eTeknix.
  • Samsung Flip Cover for Galaxy S III and Note II on Legit Reviews.
  • Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on Nikk Tech.
  • Tt eSPORTS Theron RTS Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
  • Zotac ZBOX AD06 on t-break.

Out of the Blue

We have a landline that's been out since Hurricane Sandy, and when speaking with Verizon today they indicated this condition may persist for months, and it sounds like I may be getting a good deal on FiOS as a result. We'll have to see, because I'm still skeptical that the conditions they are trying to work around actually apply in my case, but it will be pretty cool if they do.

Fiber Optic Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Avalanche Stunts.
Link: The Lamest Science Fiction Cars that Should Have Been Junked.
Stories: "Wreck-It Ralph" Getting A Sequel?
Science: Wil Wheaton & Science of Star Trek with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Mathias Rust: German teenager who flew to Red Square. Thanks brother19.
Media: M4SONIC - Virus (Live Launchpad Original). Thanks nin.
The Ultimate Live TV F-Bombs Compilation. NSFFingW.
Dogs taught to drive by NZ animal welfare group.
Follow-up: Jackson Talks "Hobbit" 48FPS, Trilogy Plans.



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