A post on The Postmortem
has word from former Monolith CEO Jace Hall that hoa proposal
to update the original version of Blood
to work on modern PCs and other operating systems has been quashed by rights-holder Atari (thanks Polygon
). Here's word on the fate of the old-school shooter:
Dear Blood Community:
I just got an unusually short, one sentence e-mail from Atari, letting me know that given the current set of circumstances, they are choosing to decline to proceed.
Obviously, I am disappointed. Particularly given Atari's continued encouragement along with the amount of time, effort and correspondence that I have put into this venture.
The only thing that can be done at this point is to wait and see what happens with ATARI, and hope that they find themselves in a position and mindset to allow my efforts to continue on this matter at a future date.
Tears and Sadness, Jace Hall
The BioWare Blog
announces this weekend is Operation: HEARTBREAKER for Mass Effect 3
players. Apparently this does not involve Pat Benatar:
Operation: HEARTBREAKER (Feb 15th-17th)
Event Description: The number of Banshees on the battlefield has suddenly increased. We believe the Reapers are improving their means of creation, and we need to recover as many Banshee bodies as possible for analysis. Use cautious tactics – and try not to get your heart ripped out.
Individual Goal: Earn 20,000 points killing Banshees.
Reward: Commendation Pack
In advance of the release of Crysis 3
next week, Electronic Arts announces
the shooter sequel has racked up 35% more preorders than Crysis 2:
The countdown to the launch of Crysis 3 has begun! In just four days, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and award-winning developer Crytek GmbH will unleash Crysis 3 to gamers worldwide. Anticipation has been building for months, as press and fans praise the gorgeous visuals and unparalleled power of the Nanosuit. More than three million gamers worldwide downloaded the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta propelling pre-orders to new heights, now reaching 35% over Crysis 2. Gamers are also devouring YouTube videos of Prophet, the Nanosuit and the 7 Wonders of the New York Liberty Dome, with more than 16 million video views on the official Crysis YouTube channel.
offers a look at a prototype of a Star Wars
fighting game that was proposed by Studio Gigante, a developer composed of former Mortal Kombat developers that created another fighting game called Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus
. They were apparently pitching this as well as a Kill Bill
game before they closed up shop in 2005. Thanks Polygon
. Continue here to read the full story
- The Amazing Spider-Man on Steam. Save 60%.
- RPG Weekend on GOG.com. Save 50%.
The Ubisoft Forums
offer details on a new patch that's now available for Assassin's Creed 3
to update the stealth/action sequel to version 1.03 (thanks Computer and Video Games
). The new version includes some fixes and changes while also paving the way for the upcoming release of The Tyranny of King Washington DLC
for the game. They also have a note for players experiencing PunkBuster problems in the game on how to try to clear these up. Here are the patch notes:
Continue here to read the full story
We’ve just launched another patch for Assassin’s Creed III which repairs a few remaining single-player issues, many known multiplayer issues and prepares the game data for the release of our first single-player DLC: The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy!
NOTE: If you are a PC player and encounter incompatibility with Punkbuster, please see the following link for details on how to manually update Punkbuster: http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php...ch-1-03-Forums
If problems persist, please refer to this thread for updates:
The StarCraft II Website
has details on a new version 2.0.4 patch that's on the way for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
, saying this is due within a few days. This will include a bunch of enhancements Blizzard says will also be part of the imminent release of the Heart of the Swarm
expansion on March 12th. Here's the outline of what this is about:
- An all-new user interface with new menu screens.
- The launch of in-game Clans and Groups.
- New Replay features, such as Watch with Others and Take Command.
- A multitude of Editor improvements.
- New matchmaking options: Training Mode, Vs. AI Mode, and Unranked Play.
- All-new AI Options, including AI Communication.
- Players Near You, so you can find other StarCraft II players on your local network.
- New customizable Observer UI.
now offers Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus: Part 2
, a continuation of the pseudo-documentary discussing the events surrounding the formation of the floating city of Columbia that serves as the setting for BioShock Infinite
, the upcoming first-person shooter sequel. This touches on the legend of the "Songbird," and the sinister implications of it being the guardian of the "Lamb of Columbia," which may just end up playing into the game. Continue here to read the full story
reveals NPD Group's reporting $834.7 million in North American physical game sales figures for January 2013. Sales are up nine percent over the same period last year, but this is attributable to their accounting methods, rather than an actual uptick, as the results include a "leap week" that's added every few years, presumably to keep calendars in sync. Word is sales would be down 13% if this was tabulated as a typical four-week month. Likewise hardware sales are up four percent, rather than down 17%. Word is: "an additional $141 million was spend on used and rented video games, while $382 million went toward sales of digital video game content such as mobile games and downloadable content."
The Unigine Website
now offers a new version 1.0 of the Valley GPU benchmark for Windows, Linux, and OS X. Here's what they have to say about this: "Valley Benchmark is a new GPU stress-testing tool from the developers of the very popular and highly acclaimed Heaven Benchmark. The forest-covered valley surrounded by vast mountains amazes with its scale from a bird’s-eye view and is extremely detailed down to every leaf and flower petal. This non-synthetic benchmark powered by the state-of-the art UNIGINE Engine showcases a comprehensive set of cutting-edge graphics technologies with a dynamic environment and fully interactive modes available to the end user." They also are offering a new version 4.0 and an "extended edition" of their Heaven Benchmark
A new Wargame: AirLand Battle Website
is online as an official home to the upcoming sequel to Wargame: European Escalation that escalates the war to the expanses of AirLand (hey, if you're going to make up a word, we're going to have fun with it). Word is
this offers details on the game, media (including some new screenshots), a home for user-created videos, and more.
We ended up laying low last night, and will go out to celebrate Valentine's Day over the weekend (after being married for a while, practicality starts to influence the romance). This weekend is also the President's Day weekend, so hopefully we won't have trouble getting into a restaurant amid all the celebrations this will inspire.