IGN has word on layoffs at Defiance and RIFT developer Trion
Worlds, having confirmed the cuts after initially reporting this as a rumor. Their original report stated as much as 80% of the company's
staff was let go, but Trion says this is "exaggerated" (though no numbers are
provided as a correction), and also says reports that employees were being
escorted from buildings and that some executives would not be receiving
severance are "100% false." Here's Trion's official statement:
position Trion in a rapidly changing industry, we have reorganized our teams and
are expanding our free to play offering. With Defiance, we delivered a great
game that more than one million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy.
As we progress from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting
our staffing levels to deliver new content and improved features. RIFT, and our
other titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much
looking forward to the free to play release of RIFT and are excited by the other
new titles currently in development.
CI Games now offers this
trailer from Alien Rage, revealing this is the new title for the game
originally announced as Alien Fear for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The
clip concludes with a PC-DVD logo and the
game's new product
section also now lists the PC as a target platform for the game's release,
planned for later this year. Here's word from the accompanying announcement:
"Alien Rage (previously known as Alien Fear) is a hardcore sci-fi shooter. It
has the DNA of the best classical FPS games together with stunning graphics that
will provide long hours of satisfactory gameplay. It also includes a rich
arsenal of weapons, various firing modes, 21 types of enemies including 8
bad-ass bosses – Alien Rage is true arcade FPS in a big way!" Continue here to read the full story.
Deep Silver announces Narco Terror, an upcoming co-op dual stick shooter
in development at Rubicon Organization for release via digital distribution this
summer for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Here's
a teaser trailer
showing off the game, and here's word:
Larkspur, Calif., - May 17, 2013 -
Deep Silver and Rubicon Organization present Rick Quinn in Narco Terror, a
sophisticated, action-packed twin-stick shooter that thematically harkens back
to classic action movies from the 80’s and offers great diversity with several
arcade gameplay sequences.
Ex-special ops Rick Quinn is a one-man-army and faces impossible odds. His
beloved daughter was kidnapped by drug cartel leader Delgado, to prevent the use
of a new tool that could expose the secret narcotics smuggling ring. Quinn is
the deadliest weapon around, and will stop at nothing to get his daughter back.
An arsenal of customizable weapons, different ammo types from explosive rounds
to tesla coils, grenades, power-ups, upgrades and character progression allow a
rich variety in Quinn's crusade through hostile territory. Quinn also has a love
for heavy machinery, and will be piloting helicopters and aircraft, battling
through enemy lines consisting of massive tanks, armed helicopters and fast
planes. Add different play modes from 2D side-scrolling to top down vertical
sequences, all presented in blazing visuals, Narco Terror offers game play
diversification never seen before.
Up to two players can lay a path of destruction in Narco Terror in both local
and online co-op, with seamless drop in and drop out at any time.
This update is
100% created by the TF2 community. And when we say everything, we mean
everything—the in-game content, the update hub website, the animated short, the
comic, even the splash images in the Steam store. Even better, everything you
created avoided the classic trap of using other companies’ intellectual
property. (Those of you working on a Darth Vader Pyro mask, we've got some bad
news for you.) Plus, in a first for the Team Fortress economy, all the creators
of the Robotic Boogaloo Update have decided to share the revenue earned from the
sale of RoboCrate Keys. That means that everyone involved will be
profiting from this update, not just the people making hats.
This doesn't mark the end of Valve-produced TF2 updates, by the way. As far as
we’re concerned, there's plenty of room for both to happily co-exist. We're in
uncharted territory here, and it's exciting to be exploring it with you. Amazing
VG247 has a new
trailer from Remember Me, Dontnod's upcoming amnesiac
action/adventure. The clip uses gameplay and cinematic footage to set the game's
story, which is Memento meets Total Recall meets Billy Jack. They also have a
bunch of new concept at from the game. Continue here to read the full story.
Infinite Crisis website offers a profile of Gaslight Joker, the version of
the Batman villain that's one of the champions in Infinite Crisis,
Turbine's MOBA game currently in
closed beta testing.
The Gaslight Joker looks like he's been hitting the Häagen-Dazs pretty hard, but
still is fairly effective in the combat shown in
this trailer. Continue here to read the full story.
Platinum Games creative producer Jean Pierre Kellams
confirmation that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is coming to the PC
platform. There are no details yet, here is what he says: "I am excited to see
Rising hit the PC. BTW - direct all please direct PC MGR questions to @konami.
Bloomberg has details from the latest analysis of videogame sales in North
America from the NPD Group. As is to be expected, all this talk of next
generation consoles is not helping sales of those long-in-the-tooth last
generation units, and as usual the guesswork about digital sales adds
uncertainty to the results. Word is:
Hardware sales fell the most,
declining 42 percent to $109.5 million, compared with a year ago, Port
Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc. said in an e-mailed statement today.
Software sales for the current generation consoles fell 17 percent to $254.3
Sales of packaged game products are sinking as more consumers download games on
smartphones and tablet. Gamers also are delaying purchases before Sony Corp.
(6758) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) introduce their new consoles expected at the
end of this year. Physical sales accounted for about 50 percent of total U.S.
consumer spending on games, NPD said.
IGN notes that GameStop has stopped taking preorders for Rainbow 6
Patriots, prompting speculation that the planned next installment in the
tactical shooter series may have been cancelled. Other retailers continue to
offer advance sales of the game, so this could just be a glitch, though they
consult with "a source with intimate knowledge of the retailer" who tells them
someone must have "actively flipped a switch" to eliminate Rainbow 6 Patriots
from its system, and that GameStop tends not to do this without official
confirmation that a title is dead, adding that this was even more unlikely to a
project that's appeared on the cover of Game Informer magazine, which is owned
by GameStop. Ubisoft's response to their inquiry about this does not provide any
reassurance, as the publisher tells them: "We have nothing further to share
about Rainbow 6: Patriots at this time."
Steam News announces
that preorders are now underway for Rising Storm, the
next installment in Tripwire Interactive's Red Orchestra series of
military first-person shooters. Preorders come at a 15% discount and entitles
purchasers to join the game's beta. There's an even bigger discount for owners
of Red Orchestra 2,
who will get an additional 25% off. Here's word on the game:
Rising Storm is the next
game in the award-winning Red Orchestra franchise. Rising Storm goes to the
Pacific Theater, adding more features, new levels, new weapons and new factions.
The game will allow the player to fight across iconic locations from the famous
island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945, as the US Army and
Marine Corps fight it out with the Imperial Japanese army and Special Naval
Landing Forces. Players will experience beach assaults, jungle fighting, close
quarters night fighting and more across Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Saipan, among
other iconic battles. The player is able to take the part of either side –
American or Japanese – battling it out online in multiplayer on up to 64-player
Dallas-based indie developer The Fun Pimps Entertainment announce 7 Days to
Die, a voxel-based sandbox game set in a post-apocalyptic environment with
FPS, survival/horror, RPG and tower defense elements they say will offer a
"unique combination of combat, crafting, exploration, and character growth." The
7 Days to Die website is online with more
details and a gameplay
trailer. Here's a feature list:
Explore a modern, beautiful, fully destroyable,
fully buildable, fully dynamic, hand crafted, huge voxel world with cities,
forests, wastelands, deserts, plains and mountains. Explore hundreds of
points of interest and every building inside and out!
Our advanced “Dynamic Block Stability Physics
System,” simulates real-time structural integrity. Build it right or watch
it come crumbling down.
Relentless enemies will stop at nothing as they
claw, jump and break their way through the world in order to get to you. And
watch out for the unique severely mutated.
Mine and loot a multitude of items and ingredients
to survive creating hundreds of weapons, items and traps with the intuitive
and deep “Crafting System” inspired by classic adventure games but
modernized. No wiki required!
Uncover the truth as you find survivor notes that
lead to better loot from the “Dynamic Story Generation System” which puts
the player in charge of the story solving the “now what problem” that plague
most voxel games.
Play solo, Co-op online with friends or in our
unique “Zombie Nomad Mode” for a no rules experience!
Enjoy a fully destroyable voxel-based world
blowing up everything in the entire game or build it up bolstering the
defenses of an existing structure or building your own fort to try and keep
the zombies out.
Gain experience and upgrade your skills in melee,
guns, crafting, and stealth!
Rummage and mine your way through the world
finding food, water, loot and the resources you’ll need to survive and
discover a purpose for everything in the world.
Build your own worlds and play them with your
friends using the ‘Creative Mode Tools” featuring hundreds of block shapes
Casual Brothers announces a name change for Orc Attack, saying this is
now known as Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion, reflecting the biological
warfare featured in the upcoming action game for Windows, PlayStation Network,
and Xbox LIVE. They are all-in on this, as seen in the outline of the game's
four playable characters: Sir Sniff, Doc Turd, Lord Poop, and Friar Krap, "each
equipped with special fart-blasting abilities to out-stink their opponents,"
which are shown off in this
new trailer. Here's more on the cheese-cutting road they are taking with
this: "Casual Brothers announced today three pieces of news for Orc Attack, its
fartastic action game for XBLA, PSN, and PC. First, the gas-blasting title has a
new name: Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion. Second, a brand new gameplay trailer
showcases the Orcs as they battle, belch, and fart their way to victory against
the Humans. Third, Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion offers a four-player co-op
campaign enabling gamers to inflict solo flatulent attacks or to team up to
combine farts and belches for crowd-clearing combos." Continue here to read the full story.
new trailer from Ride to Hell: Route 666 Deep Silver's upcoming
motorcycle action/strategy game. They say the road to hell is paved with good
intentions, but no one in this clip seems to demonstrate any such positivity,
though it does tell us that using other riders for traction can help with your
journey. The clip shows off cel-shaded graphics, and how strategy
plays into the game, as well as reflexes. Word is: "In this new trailer,
different classes of gang members and enemies are explained as well as how to
arrange formations and how to finish off opposing bikers in close combat. Set up
your team, choose your weapons and hit the road! Ride to Hell: Route 666 is
scheduled for release on the PlayStation® Store and on Xbox Live® as an arcade
game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this
summer." Continue here to read the full story.
I went to the eye doctor yesterday, as the lenses in my glasses are so scratched
they are becoming a problem. I also had a worrisome medical question about my
vision that I thought I'd put to him as a precursor to asking my M.D. about it,
and he was able to provide an answer. I've had a couple of incidents where I
suffered brief periods of impaired vision, sort of like you'd get from looking
at a bright light and then looking away. This was worrisome, to say the least,
but his diagnosis was about as benign as I could have hoped, as he explained
I've been suffering what are known as
Migraines. These are apparently actual migraines, but the good news, and the
reason I consider this somewhat benign, is because these are not accompanied by
any pain, and they have been brief in duration as well as infrequent, so this is
not really a problem that needs much solving. This is in contrast to the kind of
scenarios that ran through my mind when encountering this, as I suffered some
Woody Allen-style concerns about things like blindness and brain tumors, so this
is obviously a relief.