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Wednesday, May 01, 2013 May Day

  

Petroglyph TMs Deadscape; Lays Off More Staff?

Las Vegas-based developer Petroglyph has registered a service mark and a Trademark for Deadscape, which covers "Video game software; computer game software and instruction manuals sold therewith; electronic game programs; downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices." We were tipped to this by a source familiar with the company who also tells us Petroglyph has suffered another round of layoffs following cuts last December, and their unconfirmed estimate is that the company currently only has about 20% of the workforce they had before End of Nations development was taken in-house by Trion.

Steamships Ahoy - FEZ

Steam News announces that Polytron's platformer FEZ is now available on Steam:

Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives. Explore a serene and beautiful open-ended world full of secrets, puzzles and hidden treasures. Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.

Ships Ahoy - SC Global Conflict - Assault on Communism

Battlefront.com announces the release of the Assault on Communism expansion for Strategic Command: Global Conflict, celebrating International Workers' Day in their own ironic fashion. The add-on looks at the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, which did not work out as planned. This includes several campaigns along with all the engine advancements of the previous Gold expansion, and word is it will be followed soon by an Assault on Democracy expansion (perhaps they'll release that one on July 4th).

Camelot Unchained Funded

The Kickstarter for Camelot Unchained reveals that this Dark Age of Camelot-inspired MMORPG from City State Entertainment has hit its $2 million funding goal with under 24 hours remaining. As of this writing the project is on the verge of hitting its first stretch goal.

GRID 2 Trailer

This trailer introduces LiveRoutes, a feature in GRID 2 that will switch the tracks in the game's city environments dynamically in the upcoming racing sequel, offering a test of racers' reflexes. "LiveRoutes is the new challenge event that we’re most proud of in GRID 2. It’s as fresh to racing games as Flashback was when we introduced it as a mechanic in the original GRID," said Clive Moody, Senior Executive Producer for GRID 2 at Codemasters. "In a LiveRoutes event, you don’t know what’s coming next and it turns each race into a test of your racecraft, car handling and reactions on circuits that cannot be learnt. In both career mode and online, LiveRoutes offers near limitless possibilities in every race and it’s a great leveler, even for the most experienced racing game players." Here's word on the video: "The new LiveRoutes video shows how the road changes ahead dynamically on different playthroughs, creating new routes through GRID 2’s Paris Street Racing environment. Available in both single-player and in multiplayer, LiveRoutes events feature millions of potential corner combinations and offer players extensive replayability." Continue here to read the full story.

Frozen Synapse for iPad Next Week

Mode 7 Games announces plans to release the iPad edition of Frozen Synapse on Thursday, May 16th. This will offer cross-platform play with the Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android editions of the simultaneous turn-based strategy game. This video shows off the iOS version and cross-platform play. Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

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Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - Iron Man 2.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Announced

Activision officially announces Call of Duty: Ghosts is in development at Infinity Ward, saying this will come to Windows PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on November 5th, and that preorders are already underway. The completely expected reveal of the next installment in the military shooter series comes with the unexpected twist that they call this "a new sub-brand" using "a new engine." A Ghosts Masked Warriors teaser trailer offers a first glimpse, and word is the game will make its official debut during the Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed program on May 21 at 1:00 pm EDT on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE, or SPIKE TV. Here's the announcement:

Santa Monica, CA - May 1, 2013 - Prepare for the next generation of Call of Duty®. The franchise that has defined a generation of gaming is set to raise the bar once again with the all-new Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® series, Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise. The new title delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation.

"Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they're going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world's greatest fans."

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. "We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can't wait to share them with our community."

Continue here to read the full story.

Infinite Crisis Closed Beta Next Week

WBIE and Turbine announce that closed beta testing will begin on May 8th for Infinite Crisis, their upcoming MOBA based on the world of DC Comics. They commemorate the news with new art (at virtually infinite resolution) "highlighting the Multiverse variants of Wonder Women, a nod to the character variations found within Infinite Crisis." They encourage everyone to sign up on this page for a chance to take part in the beta, and say they expect a full launch "later this year" for this "free-to-play PC game featuring a deep roster of DC Comics characters clashing in fast-paced, player-versus-player battles."

Aliens Colonial Marines Lawsuit

Perhaps inevitably, SEGA and Gearbox Software are named as defendants in a lawsuit over Aliens: Colonial Marines, the movie-based first-person shooter that met with a good deal of discontent after its recent release (thanks durandal). Polygon reports the suit was filed in the Northern District of California court by law firm Edelson LLC on behalf of plaintiff Damion Perrine, saying the game was falsely advertised. SEGA Europe has already received a scolding over how the visuals in the game did not live up to what was shown in prerelease trailers, and now this is being taken to the courts in the U.S. They offer the following excerpt from the court papers:

"Each of the 'actual gameplay' demonstrations purported to show consumers exactly what they would be buying: a cutting edge video game with very specific features and qualities," the claim reads. "Unfortunately for their fans, Defendants never told anyone — consumers, industry critics, reviewers, or reporters — that their 'actual gameplay' demonstration advertising campaign bore little resemblance to the retail product that would eventually be sold to a large community of unwitting purchasers."

Battle for Graxia Launches

Petroglyph announces that Battle for Graxia is now out of beta, and their new MOBA game is live, saying the launch version includes a new replay mode to play back recorded matches. "Battle for Graxia has been an evolving project and has now culminated into what we are excited to officially call Launch," said Steve Tall, Project Lead. "Throughout the development process we've worked with the community to create a game that adds even more fun for MOBA gamers. We are eager to see what the community thinks of the latest features." Signups for the free-to-play game are being conducted on this page, and here's word on how you can spend money on this:

Multiple content bundles are also offered that include exclusive Immortals and their alternate skins, in-game achievement badges, and a variety of unique booster items to give new characters a head-start in matches. Many of these features are available to Steam players via the game's Steam page with additional exclusives for founding players the week of launch.

Auto Club Revolution Live

Eutechnyx announces Auto Club Revolution is now live, offering a free-to-play racing game with sponsorships from some major automakers. With the game's beta testing concluded, they say they will send those who participated a code to unlock an exclusive car paint scheme. "From the initial closed beta launch right through to our commercial release we’ve been taking our lead from the game’s beta test players adding and changing features accordingly, don’t expect this to change now that we’re in commercial release," says Eutechnyx's Darren Jobling. "Our teams have long term plans for new content, new features and new initiatives which will cement Auto Club Revolution’s position at the top of the pile." Word is:

Auto Club Revolution is the online racing game built in collaboration with the motor industry, featuring the world's most desirable cars to race online at real race tracks. Compete in single and multiplayer racing events take on the challenge of a racing leaderboard event or chase down the many in-game achievements.

BlizzCon Charity Tickets Tonight

Blizzard reminds us that tonight is one of the last chances to get tickets to BlizzCon 2013, as tonight they will be selling 200 tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, with the proceeds to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County. Each $500.00 ticket includes entrance to a dinner with the opportunity to rub elbows with the folks from Blizzard, a ticket to the gaming convention (valued at $175.00), a Blizzard goodie bag, and a signed print of Blizzard artwork.

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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  • The Rex Rocket Kickstarter seeks funds for this small platformer that foregoes the 16-bit days for an even more retro 8-bit style…

Out of the Blue

Happy May Day! It is certainly nice enough around here today to warrant a fine pagan celebration of the end of winter and the glory of spring. Today is also International Workers' Day, which is labor day in lots of countries, though not here in the U.S. where Labor Day was moved in the 19th century to avoid it seeming like a commemoration of the Haymarket affair, which was sort the labor movement's equivalent of the Kent State shootings. The weird thing that I never put together before? The Haymarket massacre and the Kent State shootings, each of which resulted in four civilian deaths, were on the same date 84 years apart, though it was May 4th, not May 1st. Something to keep in mind if someone invites you to a protest on Saturday.

May Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Link: Thanos Held Back Until "Avengers 3"?
Stories: Mexican official's daughter gets restaurant shut down over wrong table. Thanks MSN via reddit.
Indian arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari.
DB Cooper parachute packer ID'd as homicide victim.
Science: Behind the Scenes of SpaceShipTwo's First Powered Flight. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
The Complex and Pathogen-Laden World of Ticks. Thanks Boing Boing.
Does antimatter fall up? Experiment could provide the answer.
Images: BIOSHOCK INFINITE #2 by ~argentinaland on deviantART. Thanks Kotaku.
Got a nice shot of my wife hitting a pole jam yesterday...in her Link costume.
Media: LEGO Breaking Bad concept video is pure genius.
Iron Man 3 Trailer Parody. Thanks reddit.
Faster & Furiouser.
Follow-Up: Why your streetlights won’t be replaced by glowing trees any time soon.
More than 20,000 people apply for one-way ticket to Mars.
The Funnies: Fun stuff.



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