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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

  

Resident Evil Revelations Demo

Steam News announces the release of the promised playable demo for Resident Evil Revelations:

Horror fans will soon be able to get a taste of Resident Evil Revelations with today’s release of a downloadable demo on Steam.

Acting on orders from the BSAA director, the demo will see players infiltrating the cruise ship ‘Queen Zenobia’ as Jill Valentine and attempt to rescue missing fellow BSAA members Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat whose last known location pinpointed them onboard.

Gamers will be able to experience the full game when Resident Evil Revelations releases on in North America on May 21 and across Europe on May 24.

RIFT Free-to-Play Next Month

Trion Worlds announces RIFT is succumbing to the pressures of the market, and the MMORPG is going free-to-play as of June 12th. This page has details on the move and an explanation of what this means to current players of the game along with a trailer where Bill Fisher and Simon Ffinch discuss the changes. Here's word:

All players will be able to explore the entire world of Telara for free and will have access to the expanded in-game RIFT Store where a variety of services--mounts, boosts, wardrobe items, and more--will be available for purchase. An optional subscription will still be available that grants a slew of “Patron” benefits and bonuses to maximize the RIFT experience. Trion will celebrate its current and previous subscribers with loyalty and currency rewards for their time spent playing RIFT thus far.

Survivor Squad and Demo Released

The Survivor Squad website now offers the release of Survivor Squad, along with a playable demo of this action strategy game, which is currently also running a Steam Greenlight campaign. Here's a trailer, and here's word on the game:

Survivor Squad is a Strategy Action game where you control a Squad of up to four survivors and guide them through a highly randomized world looking for supplies to aid you on your journey.

Scavenge for supplies in every corner of every building, craft your gear, pick your skills and loadout while keeping your Squad alive by covering every corner and moving as a group.

It is a game that encourages quick thinking and fast paced play since you need to pay attention to all of your squad mates. If you leave someone behind, chances are they will be pounced on and die. Move as a Squad and cover every corner.

Three game modes: Campaign, Survival and Death Lab.

Among the Sleep Funded; Alpha Released

The Kickstarter for Among the Sleep now shows that Krillbite Studio's upcoming horror-themed, first-person adventure has passed its $200K funding goal with three days remaining in the campaign. There is also this update announcing that a playable alpha build is now available for Windows, Linux, and OS X. Alpha access is one of their backer rewards, and they explain that qualified backers will now receive a more expanded alpha and that those tiers now include beta access as well. Thanks nin.

Grim Dawn Alpha Tomorrow

A Kickstarter update for Grim Dawn has word that their alpha release will happen tomorrow, providing Kickstarter backers with a first chance to play the action/RPG from Crate Entertainment, the startup developer that includes some of the folks behind Titan Quest (thanks Joao). While they emphasize that they still plan on providing a DRM-free version of the final game as promised, they also explain the alpha will be released via Steam, and anyone put off by the Steam DRM can get a refund. Here's why they are doing things this way:

The initial alpha release will be distributed through Steam because that proved to be the easiest way to provide an exclusive alpha for backers and put out patches while we are still actively developing the game and fixing issues. Other download options may be rolled out later depending on how long alpha lasts / what we are able to manage. We realize that some people have a hatred of Steam and hope that it will not upset anyone excessively, but it was the fastest and best solution given the complexity of trying to set up our own authentication server due to the numerous different pre-Kickstarter / Kickstarter / post-Kickstarter reward tiers with different levels of access and numbers of keys, partnering with Humble Store to handle all the key distribution and not having given out keys that were uniquely tagged to each reward / game tier.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Everything Wrong With Jurassic Park. Thanks nin.

Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2: The Psycho Pack

Gearbox Software announces the release of The Psycho Pack add-on for Borderlands 2 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, adding Krieg the Psycho, a new Psycho Bandit vault hunter for the role-playing shooter sequel. They offer a launch trailer where Sir Hammerlock introduces us to Krieg, and here's word:

Krieg arrives today! Check out the newest playable Vault Hunter for Borderlands 2, the Psycho Bandit, in the video above as Sir Hammerlock explains all of Krieg's mad and marvelous abilities, skills and powers.

The Psycho Pack add-on for Borderlands 2 is now available on Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Marketplace), PC / Mac (Steam) and PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Store - North America) at 800 Microsoft Points / $9.99 -- look for Krieg to be available in the European PlayStation Store when it updates on May 15.

The Borderlands 2 Season Pass, which bundles four campaign add-ons and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack at a discount, does not include additional characters like Gaige the Mechromancer or Krieg the Psycho.

Continue here to read the full story.

Anno Online Open Beta

Ubisoft announces that Anno Online is now in open beta for players in North America and "and all English speaking countries," offering a crack at this "browser-based world-building strategy game that challenges players to build and manage a medieval kingdom and trading empire." The game is free-to-play and requires use of a new or existing Uplay account (also free). Word is closed beta accounts are carrying into the open beta with no wipes, suggesting this may be a soft launch with no further wipes going forward, though this is not explicitly stated. They also are giving closed beta participants special statues and offering them a special premium ship with enhanced speed and cargo capacity if they join the open beta during the first week.

Diablo III Turning One

Blizzard announces that tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the release of Diablo III, their action/RPG sequel. The game has had its ups and downs over its first year, claiming the biggest PC game launch in history followed by 12 months of scrambling to better align the game with player expectations, resulting in changes to its difficulty level, items, co-op, and more. They are celebrating the game's birthday by requesting players send them birthday greetings, saying they will retweet the best of them, though the worst of them might make for some entertaining reading as well.

City of Steam Beta

As announced here, steampunk MMOG City of Steam is now in beta testing, noting that although last week they announced this was change from an "early access" beta to an open beta, they've since changed their minds again, and it's in early access mode again. Here's the explanation: "Now you’re of course all saying: 'But hey, you said that you were going to do Open Beta next!' …we still are! This is a prelude to that. Think 'early admission'." This post explains how things have changed for the beta, and developer Mechanist Games says: "We're also working together with R2Games to make a VERY aggressive content release schedule possible that will make a lot of new content available to play and test over the coming weeks and months." Though the beta is not "open," it actually shouldn't be hard to join, since they say they are guaranteeing keys for newsletter subscribers.

Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter

A Kickstarter campaign is now underway for Shadow of the Eternals in addition to the looser "donation" campaign being run directly for this "spiritual successor" to Eternal Darkness. It was recently reported that this game was not using Kickstarter because developer Precursor Games is based in Canada, but the campaign is live, even though this developer consisting of Denis Dyack and other Silicon Knights veterans is still located in the great white north. The campaign seeks $1.35 million, and is currently $1.32 million shy of that goal. Thanks Develop.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailer

Here's a new trailer from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag where Ubisoft offers some cinematics and couple of glimpses of gameplay to promote how they will tell the "true stories" of famous historic pirates in "the real golden age of piracy," which followed the golden age of highway robbery, and proceeded the golden age of stock swindles, glorious times villainized by the lamestream media. Here's a bit on the truthiness this all exposes:

Included with the trailer is an infographic riddled with facts about the Golden Age of Pirates in the 18th century. We’ve referenced multiple sources to provide a visual introduction to the period. You’ll learn about the events that made this Age of Piracy possible, get a taste of the living conditions that might make an honest sailor turn pirate, and uncover some of the key places, people and events that you will experience in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

I'm having a little frustration with my mobile service, as I've learned some of the texts I'm sending don't go through and others are cut off. As far as I know this is isolated to texts sent to one other person, and poking around online suggests this may be because I'm sending from the Verizon network across to the AT&T network, though we are also caught in the brand war, as this involves an iPhone 5 talking to a Galaxy S4 S3. I've seen a lot of reports online about similar problems, but not much suggests how to solve this, and some seem to think it's an inevitable complication of translating across networks or carrier technology or something, but I thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone had any experience that might lead to a suggestion of how to work around this annoyance.

R.I.P.: Farewell Dhama - Eidos Forums - Tomb Raider Blog. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

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