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Thursday, May 02, 2013

  

TimeGate in Chapter 11

Texas-based developer TimeGate Studios has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas Southern Bankruptcy Court, reports Polygon, where they say they have seen the relevant court papers. They say the Section 8 developer and Aliens: Colonial Marines codefendant has fewer than 50 creditors and somewhere between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities, which presumably includes the $7.35 million in compensatory damages they owe SouthPeak Interactive after recently losing an appeal of their court case over Section 8. TimeGate, who just last month announced a minimalist shooter called Minimum, has not yet commented on the situation.

Epic Citadel on the Web

Epic Games has launched a public version of Epic Citadel, their engine demo, as a web-based application that requires no plug-ins to run, as it is built on standards-based technologies like HTML5, WebGL, and JavaScript. As such it should run in any browser, though for the moment it seems to favor Firefox Nightly version 23 or above, because with all that talk of standards and lack of plug-ins, it also makes use of "optimizations for asm.js, a highly-optimizable subset of JavaScript pioneered by Mozilla, whose performance can rival native code." The Unreal Engine website has further details on this.

Borderlands 2 "Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep" DLC in June

Joystiq has a confirmation from Gearbox that the next DLC pack for Borderlands 2 is titled Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, and it's coming to the role-playing shooter sequel on June 25. The title was revealed when Anthony Burch accidentally revealed it through the Twitter, attempting to rectify this by deleting the Tweet, but apparently people read this stuff, and it was spotted by Stealthy Box before it went away. Gearbox also confirms this will be included with the Borderlands 2 Season Pass, or can be purchased for $10.00.

Bethesda Gets Testy

The Bethesda Blog puts out the call for beta testers, saying they are opening a new Bethesda Play Test Lab in the Dallas, TX offices of id Software. They say the first tests will kick off in the coming weeks, and that players will get the chance to see games before they are released, and possibly get some swag out of the deal. Word is: "We are looking for people of all skill levels who enjoy playing games. We’re interested in your feedback, whether you are a person that only plays games once in a while or the hardcore gamer that plays everything. If you’re over 18 and in or around the Dallas area, apply at playtest.bethsoft.com.

Defiance Boasts a Million Accounts

Trion Worlds announces that players have created more than one million accounts in Defiance since the launch of the open world shooter one month ago today, less specifically adding that "TV viewers are tuning in at record cable numbers for the first two episodes" of the related TV show. They offer some stats from the game's first month, saying more than a half-billion hellbugs have been killed, 50 million miles have been driven, and Ark Hunters have engaged in triggering and battling back over one million Arkfalls.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Spies vs. Mercs Trailer

IGN Video offers a Spies vs. Mercs reveal trailer from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, using gameplay and cinematic footage to show off the asymmetrical multiplayer in the stealthy sequel. Continue here to read the full story.

The Elder Scrolls Online Trailer

The Bethesda Blog now features a new "Journey to Coldharbour" trailer from The Elder Scrolls Online, Betheda's upcoming MMORPG. Word is: "We’re taking you straight to Molag Bal’s realm in this new video. Watch it to get a glimpse of Coldharbour and some of its inhabitants and to learn more about this malevolent Daedric Prince’s plans for Tamriel—and your soul." Continue here to read the full story.

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Ships Ahoy - Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness

The Might & Magic Heroes 6 Website announces the Shades of Darkness standalone expansion is now available for Might & Magic Heroes VI, the turn-based strategy sequel. To celebrate the news, we have some screenshots and the game's launch trailer, and here's word:

A century after the tragic events of Might & Magic Heroes VI, that determined the heroic fate of a dynasty, Shades of Darkness recounts, in two original campaigns, pivotal moments in Ashan’s darker history that will define the future of a decadent underground people and decide the survival of the dying cult of the Spider Queen. Determine the fates of two legendary factions; the Dark Elves of Dungeon and the Necromancers of Necropolis.

Continue here to read the full story.

Valve Steampipe Conversions

The Team Fortress 2 blog has word that the Team Fortress 2 Steampipe conversion is complete, and the next time users log into the teamplay shooter their installation of the game will be converted, something that could be a lengthy process even on fast machines. They note that this is a one-time procedure, after which the game will operate and update more efficiently. This is a process all Valve's source engine games are undergoing, which will result in these games no longer sharing any code. For server operators, there is no automated conversion process, so the game will have to be reinstalled, but the good news is that server installations are now much smaller, as they no longer include textures and audio data. This FAQ has answers to burning questions about this and discusses known issues.

Gooseman AMA Today

Counter-Strike co-creator Minh "Gooseman" Le will take to reddit today for an Ask Me Anything session to discuss his career, and his new first-person shooter, Tactical Intervention. This will take place at 3:00 pm EDT today, and this page offers full details.

Counter-Strike: GO - Operation Payback Live

Steam News announces that Project Mayhem is now known as Operation Payback, as their recently revealed program to provide a way for the community to remunerate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map authors for their efforts is now in place:

Operation Payback” marks the first of an ongoing series of limited-time updates aimed at giving a well-earned financial reward to some of CS:GO’s most popular and prolific mapmakers. For a limited time, you can buy a pass half-priced for $2.99. That’ll get you unlimited access to a Classic Casual map group featuring seven of the highest-voted Workshop Maps. Invite your friends (even if they don’t have a pass) and enjoy uninterrupted low-ping play on official servers—all while rewarding CS:GO’s top-voted virtual mapmakers with real money. Buying a pass also gets you a one-of-a-kind challenge coin, upgradable by playing and viewable wherever your avatar is shown. “Operation Payback” will be live from now until July 31st, and it’s currently half-priced, so get in there!

And remember: “Payback” is just the beginning. Future Operations will highlight all-new collections of popular maps. So stay tuned, keep mapmaking, and keep upvoting!

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Out of the Blue

We started getting reports a few days back about some sort of odd redirect when visiting this site using mobile phones. It took a bit to track down, but a couple of you provided some detail that helped work things out. This has now been addressed, so hopefully this is the last of it, but if you are still experiencing this or any other odd behavior of the sort, please let me know. Sincere apologies for the problems, and thank you for whatever patience with the situation you were able to maintain.

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