a reminder that the first batch of BlizzCon 2013 tickets will be going on sale
tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24) at 7 p.m. PDT through the online Blizzard
ticket sales page at that time for the chance to buy yours.
If you don’t get tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Saturday,
April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT. In addition, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon
dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange
County will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT (BlizzCon admission
included). Don’t forget that if you want to attend
the StarCraft II 2013 World
Championship Series Global Finals in-person, you’ll need a ticket to
BlizzCon. For those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon
will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—further details will
be announced at a later date.
BlizzCon 2013 will take place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center,
and tickets cost $175 USD each. Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $500
USD each and include BlizzCon admission. For further information, check out the
official BlizzCon site.
Matrix Games announcesPiercing Fortress Europa, the next addition to their
seemingly endless supply of World War II turn-based strategy games, which
their website says is "coming soon." Here's word on "the latest work of
veteran game designer Frank Hunter":
engaging strategy wargame covers the Allied invasion of Sicily and campaigns for
the Italian peninsula from 1943 through 1945. The title relates to Hitler’s
“Festung Europa” which referred to the plan to fortify the whole of occupied
Europe in order to prevent invasion from the British Isles by the Allied forces.
The player will have the chance to relive all the steps of the Italian Campaign,
with historical orders of battle and freedom of action limited only by realistic
logistics. All the units from Axis and Allies are represented (Britain, America,
Canada, Poland, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Germany, Italy, etc.) and the player
can choose to challenge the AI or a human opponent via PBEM.
Wit, speed and a long view will be required skills to execute a successful plan
with your brigades and divisions and secure victory in the campaign and the
“what if “ scenarios featured in Piercing Fortress Europa
Paradox Interactive announces a May 28th release date for Crusader Kings II:
The Old Gods, the Crusader Kings II expansion in development at
Paradox Development Studios. A
new trailer celebrates
the news with the first look at gameplay from this fourth add-on for the
strategy sequel. Here's the deal:
NEW YORK – April 24, 2013 – Soon
Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studios will welcome you to a past
darker than you can imagine, where there are few shining knights or mighty
castles and the kings of Europe are more petty warlords than imposing rulers. We
stand only 400 years from the fall of Rome, and a mere 200 from the revelations
of Mohammed and much of the world still clings to an ancient code written with
iron and blood.
This is the world of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, and it is yours for the
taking on May 28.
The latest trailer for The Old Gods is the first trailer to show gameplay from
the expansion. Feast thy eyes on river-going vessels, the new map and brand new
powers that will compete for prestige and prominence.
Pray to the old gods or risk the wrath of Odin - watch the
The Old Gods is the fourth full expansion for Crusader Kings II, Paradox’s
critically acclaimed strategy/RPG of medieval scheming, dynastic fortunes and
crusades against the unbeliever. The Old Gods expansion lets the player start
two hundred years earlier than the Crusader Kings II base game, at the height of
Viking power and when the light of Christianity had yet to penetrate many of the
dark forests of the continent, and the power of Islam was still on the rise.
Downloads Page now offers new WHQL version 13.4 Catalyst drivers for AMD
graphics cards along with beta version 13.5 drivers, saying the beta "includes
additional performance improvements and fixes not found in AMD Catalyst 13.4."
Legend of Grimrock - Master Quest is an unofficial user-created add-on
for the Legend of Grimrock. The
mod is available through the
Workshop, where it was recently updated to version 1.3. Here's word on what
this is: "A full-length add-on to the original PC/Mac/Linux game Legend of
Grimrock, in the spirit of the Master Quest versions of some Zelda games, where
the entire game can be played again with new changes and challenges for a fresh
updated experience. - A complete re-working of the entire original PC/Mac/Linux
game with tons of new puzzles, updated dungeon designs, unique story elements,
and more. It has been referred to as 'Grimrock on Steroids'."
Here's a new trailer
showing off Total War: Rome II, The Creative Assembly's upcoming sequel
to the RTS game that came back when the title was written as Rome: Total War.
They warn that this is from the alpha (calling it "pre-alpha footage," which is
not a thing), and is therefore "not fully representative of the final game," but
it does offer a full ten minutes of gameplay. Word is: "Experience one of
history’s most astounding ambushes in The Battle of Teutoburg Forest, recreated
in the Total War™ ROME II battle engine. Narrated by Creative Assembly staff,
this battle depicts the Roman Army caught in a carefully calculated assault by
the massed tribesmen of Germania." Continue here to read the full story.
BF4Central has a poster they say they obtained from an EB Games store in
Sydney Australia that lists some of the features in Battlefield 4,
including the return of Commander Mode to the military first-person shooter
sequel along with mention of Battlelog 2.0, and an expansion called "Drone
Strike." The poster has an October date, coinciding with
about the upcoming shooter sequel being shown off in October at Australia's EB
Games Expo. The part about Commander Mode coincides with
a recent rumor that we skipped suspecting a hoax, and October is the release
date mentioned in a another sketchy rumor,
but a skeptic would note that if one hoax begat the other then this is not a
confirmation, and it seems odd to create a poster eight months in advance of the
event. The poster also has some oddities like a missing PC logo, PS3 and Xbox
logos placed on areas with deliberately poor contrast, and a lack of TM symbols
anywhere but the EB Games logo. However, the site says the got the poster from
the store, so it may be legit. We shall see.
WBIE and Turbine announceHelm's Deep, an expansion for The Lord
of the Rings Online coming to the Tolkienesque MMORPG this autumn, raising
the level cap to 95 and "bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental
scale." Here's the deal:
(NEEDHAM, MA – April 24, 2013) -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion
to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game
(MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the
western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for
Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95.
“With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental
scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online,
Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth,
and put players in the center of the action.”
THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES:
Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to
defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a
soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The
Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war
effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!
Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan -
Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan
returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and
the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.
Advance from levels 85 to 95 - Experience 10 new
levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class
specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as
you war against the evil of Saruman.
Continue the Epic Story - Encounter beloved
characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his
rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.
Games blogs about plans to unveil "a fresh look at the long-awaited
squad-based tactical shooter in development at 2K Marin" in the coming days.
This is to clear up the status of their XCOM shooter, a game they refer to in
the headline as [redacted], which plays into recent
implications the game was being rebranded and the
recent disappearance of its website. The
XCOM shooter has been a lightning rod for criticism due to its departure from
the roots of the series, and though it says "the game has undergone an evolution
since we last showed it to you at E3 2011," the post also indicates that
whatever changes are afoot, this will still be an XCOM game on some level, as
they refer to it as "a new experience within the world of XCOM" and a game which
has "evolved into a high-stakes narrative experience imbued with core XCOM
financial presentation follows up on recent
word from CAPCOM some games were being cancelled based on the Japanese
publisher's financial situation. Word is that most of the games being axed were
not expected in the coming year, and none of them have been announced: "There
were a few titles scheduled for the current fiscal year, but most of the
cancelations were for releases planned in the fiscal year ending March 2015 and
subsequent fiscal years. No titles that had already been announced were
Here's a new trailer
from Lost Planet 3 showing off multiplayer action from the upcoming
continuation of the sci-fi shooter series. Translating the
page on which this is posted doesn't shed much light on this other than to
say the images shown are still under development. The clip also includes no PC
branding among the logos at the end, in spite of Windows support for the game
already being confirmed, so presumably this is an oversight. Thanks
VG247. Continue here to read the full story.
Batman: Arkham Origins will include multiplayer support, according to a
on Kotaku they say they can "confirm" after verifying their anonymous
source's tip with a second anonymous source. They also describe how this is
supposed to work, but this is only from their first source, though they are
comfortable sharing it because the source previously predicted how the cover art
for the Batman stealth/action sequel. They say one aspect of this will involve
playing as a gang member working for The Joker or Bane fighting Batman and
Robin, since in the comics and movies those henchmen are never effortlessly
dismissed by the heroes.
Playing the Knicks last night, the Celtics pulled their starters when they were
down by 14 points with four minutes left in the game. I'm pretty sure I've never
seen an NBA team surrender like that during the regular season, much less the
playoffs, so that was pretty shocking. But I'm not going to complain, as it
prevented Knicks killer Paul Pierce from pulling off some sort of miracle
Miller could score eight points in 11 seconds (actually, according to
almost all accounts it
was eight points in 8.9 seconds) to win a playoff game against the Knicks in
1995 after the Pacers were losing by six with under 19 seconds remaining, then I
imagine the whole Celtics team should not have ruled out the possibility of