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Monday, Apr 29, 2013

  

"Something's Up at Callofduty.com"

One Of Swords notes that "Something’s up at callofduty.com," and sure enough, heading to the website for the military shooter series indicates that something is indeed up. What exactly is unclear, however, as there is a vague image constructed from user photos, implying there's something viral/social happening (maybe a flu outbreak at a cocktail party?). The image has a ghostly quality, which ties into some current rumors. Presumably there's more on this to come.

New AI Companion in BioShock Infinite DLC?

Snoopy supererogatory notes a revelation about BioShock Infinite DLC in the résumé on Michael Shahan's LinkedIn profile. The 2K Games animator's C.V. offered a (since removed) entry saying he was "providing animation and R&D for a new AI companion character" for the first-person shooter prequel. Thanks Eurogamer.

Starbound Preorders Pass $1MM

The Starbound website offers a thank you from developer Chucklefish to their supporters, as Starbound preorders now total over $1 million. Word is: "Words can’t even express how grateful and overwhelmed we are by all the support you’ve shown us– not just over the past couple of weeks, but for the past year or so since Starbound was officially announced. You’re all amazing, and we’re going to continue to work our butts off to make Starbound an awesome game for you." This preorder funding plateau triggers the game's third stretch goal, starter pets, which are outlined here. Thanks Joao.

Respawn's Debut an MS Console Exclusive?

The first game from Respawn Entertainment will be exclusive to Microsoft consoles if the rumor on Kotaku is accurate, as they say "two unrelated sources familiar with the game" tell them the debut project from the studio formed by the former heads of Infinity Ward will come to the Xbox 360 and the Xbox 720 (or whatever it will be called), but not to other console systems. The PC is not mentioned in the report, but it is usually unaffected by such console sibling rivalries. They also have a description of what the game (possibly titled Titan) will be like, saying it will involve David and Goliath combat between foot soldiers and mechs, adding the source of that description does not work for the developer. Thanks nin.

Anomaly 2 Next Month; Two-for-One Preorders

11 bit studios announces they are now accepting preorders for Anomaly 2 on the official website as well as various digital distributors, also revealing a release date for the upcoming tower offense/RTS sequel, saying it will be released for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on May 15th. They also announce this is a two-for-one deal, as those who preorder will receive a second copy of the game to give to a friend, adding that "anyone who preorders directly from 11 bit via anomaly2game.com will receive another bonus gift on launch day." Here's a new trailer to celebrate the news. Continue here to read the full story.

Company of Heroes 2 Theater of War Details

SEGA announces details about the new Theater of War Mode coming in Company of Heroes 2, Relic's upcoming World War II real-time strategy sequel, which is due for Windows PCs on June 25th. Word is this will allow them to present historical scenarios that are not part of the game's main campaign. "We get a lot of requests from fans to showcase specific conflicts from the war and it isn’t always possible to fit these into the campaign, says producer Greg Wilson. "Theater of War gives us the opportunity to deliver these new gameplay experiences to our fans." Here's more:

SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Company of Heroes™ 2 will ship with an all-new mode called Theater of War on top of its gripping cinematic campaign and critically acclaimed competitive multiplayer.

“We get a lot of requests from fans to showcase specific conflicts from the war and it isn’t always possible to fit these into the campaign. Theater of War gives us the opportunity to deliver these new gameplay experiences to our fans.” Theater of War allows Relic Entertainment to tell different stories from the conflict in the form of new playable single player and co-operative content. The mode includes solo challenges where players are pitted against overwhelming odds, AI battles against an enemy commander with a unique play style and co-operative scenarios for fans to enjoy with their friends.

At the launch of COH2, the Theater of War mode will include missions from key battles in 1941. Choosing either the Soviet Red Army or the Germans, players will visit different locations across the Eastern Front and take part in some of the most famous battles that occurred that year. Each faction has 9 unique missions included. More Theater of War missions will be added to the game at a later date, including the previously announced mini-pack for all eligible pre-order customers.

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Evening Interviews

Evening Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on IncGamers.
  • Sanctum 2 on IncGamers. Developer Diary - Soundtrack & Environments.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Real Life Liquid Lifebar Project. That's a lot of win right there.

Watch_Dogs in November

Ubisoft announces a release_date for Watch_Dogs, saying the upcoming hacking game will be released on November 19th in North America for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and WiiU, and for next generation consoles whenever the next generation arrives. They celebrate the news with a new trailer showing off the game, including some phone-and-gun gameplay, and announce a GameStop preorder bonus:

Today, Ubisoft® announced that its highly anticipated game, Watch_Dogs™, will be available in North America on November 19 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the WiiU™ system from Nintendo and Windows PC, as well as at the launch of the PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The game is also planned for other next generation consoles.

Fans can check out the latest action in Watch_Dogs by watching the gameplay trailer, released today. In the Watch_Dogs gameplay trailer, Aiden Pearce takes his fight to a never- before-seen district in Chicago and encounters new characters while trying to put his past to rest.

Players who pre-order Watch_Dogs at GameStop stores across North America will receive an exclusive poster designed by famed comic-book artist, Alex Ross. The poster’s design is the inspiration behind the game’s box art and captures the essence of Aiden Pearce, a modern-day vigilante who must rely as much on brains as brawn to take down threats in our increasingly connected world.

Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

Stay connected to Watch_Dogs by visiting the official website: http://www.watchdogsgame.com, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watchdogsgame and Twitter account: http://twitter.com/watchdogsgame.

Continue here to read the full story.

Project Hell Becomes Hellraid

Techland announces Hellraid is the new title of the game announced as Project Hell, which started as an internal modification for Dead Island, the developer's zombie game. This single-player & co-op first-person hack-and-slash game is coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 "later this year," and the new Hellraid website has the latest screenshots and info. Here's word from the announcement of the game under its new name:

Techland has formally announced Hellraid, a first-person co-op slasher that offers two games in one: a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action; and unique, co-operative multiplayer that pits four players against the denizens of hell – and each other – in a battle for points, rewards and fame. The first official screenshots, game details and more are available on Hellraid.com, where you’ll also find the developers blog, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Hellraid.

The armies of Hell brought pain and destruction to the realm of man, and only a select few have the fighting skills necessary to confront the devilish monstrosities. Combining elements of hack & slash RPGs, first-person shooters and online multiplayer games, Hellraid features an advanced, immersive combat system with melee, ranged and magical weapons. The engaging Game Master system makes each game a different experience, placing loot and enemies while generating random online challenges.

With exploration, looting, questing, weapon crafting, boss fights, armor customization, character development, leaderboards, magic and so much more, Hellraid is set to drag you straight to hell later this year on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

For more information visit hellraid.com and like it at facebook.com/hellraidgame.

Call of Duty Ghosts Revealed?

A listing on XtraLife.es has a listing from this Spanish game etailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, an unannounced installment in the military shooter series. The listing has since been removed, but the box art and details are shown on Nintendo Everything, and Joystiq notes that this title, which has already been rumored to come to consoles, now also lists the PC as one of its target platforms. The listing also has a release date, saying the game is due on November 11th.

Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars Funded

The Kickstarter for Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars now shows that Digital Eel's upcoming sci-fi roguelike-like sequel has achieved its initial funding goal, and there are four days remaining to fund the game's stretch goals. This update from a couple of weeks ago outlines these goals, the first of which is the Space-o-Tron digital encyclopedia, aka "the dungeon master's guide to the Purple Void."

Worlds of Magic Stretch Goals Expanded

Another Kickstarter with stretch goals in play is the campaign to fund Worlds of Magic, the throwback 4X fantasy game. With three days remaining they have hit the goal to add a seventh playable faction and they are closing in on the threshold to add 20 roaming creatures (and a partridge in a pear tree), so they have revealed the next two goals beyond: £45,000 will trigger the release of OS X and Linux editions along side the Windows game, and £50K will add two more playable factions.

U.K. Sales Charts

The top 20 chart of the bestselling full-priced PC games in the U.K. on GfK Chart-Track is now updated for the week ending April 27th. SimCity remains entrenched at number one on a chart where the top 10 contains two new entries: Dead Island Riptide at number three and Star Trek: The Video Game at number six. Meanwhile Riptide enters the all-platforms chart at number one, Star Trek enters that chart at number three, and debuting at number seven in LEGO City Undercover: The Chase begins.

Browser Games from Notch and Broussard

Markus Persson tweets about drop, a new Unity-engine game from the Minecraft creator also known as Notch. He says this is inspired by the Ludum Dare competition, as well as Super Hexagon and the ending of Fez (thanks Polygon). Also, VG247 notes that The Road is an actual Ludum Dare entry from George Broussard formerly of 3D realms. This game was created in 48 hours, a development cycle approximately 200,000% shorter than that of Duke Nukem Forever.

Morning Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Justin Pugh's can't-miss celebration over N.Y. Giants has a look at the reaction from the Giants' first-round pick. You may have seen this since its already a bit of a viral sensation, but if not (or even if so), this is one of those that's hard not to smile at.

Sensational Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Incursion 2: The Artifact.
Links: Star Trek Renegades.
Stories: Kickstarter Campaign To Create Glowing Plant Goes Viral. Thanks loonybomber.
Lakers News- Phil Jackson Told Team He Had Cancer During 2011 Playoffs.
Musical of 'Rocky' heading to Broadway.
Media: Mitchell and Webb - American Idol Interview. Thanks reddit.
Crash Course: World War II.
End Zone.
FBI Agent Takes Shortcut.
The Funnies: Brevity.



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