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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon Announced

Slitherine and Games Workshop announce Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon, a turn-based strategy game using Games Workshop's "Battle for Armageddon" setting they plan on releasing in the first quarter of next year for Windows and iOS. "It is very exciting to see a game like this come alive - I just can't wait to play it," said Iain McNeil, Development Director of the Slitherine Group. "It's been almost 15 years since a turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe has been released and we think it is now time to deliver that experience to all fans around the world." Here's a feature list:

  • The game portrays the Second War for Armageddon™ in great detail, from the initial Ork landings to the final liberation of the planet;
  • It contains a large branching campaign with 30 major scenarios, plus additional 5 tutorial scenarios that explore the story in detail;
  • A complex plot, which can develop during a mission, right in the middle of battle, creating an engaging story line with unexpected twists;
  • Players lead Imperial troops of the Armageddon™ Steel Legion, with supporting assets from a number of Space Marine chapters against the ferocious Orks;
  • Fight alongside Commissar Yarrik and Commander Dante against the cunning Ork Warboss Ghazghkull Thraka;
  • Carry over battle-hardened veterans from scenario to scenario, using their experience and upgrading their equipment;
  • Detailed combat model with terrain, weather and morale effects;
  • Extensive modding options delivered through a powerful and easy-to-use game editor.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailers

This video is the official reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next installment in the Call of Duty military shooter series. The clip looks like a movie trailer, which makes sense, since it's all cinematics. There is also a longer video with a behind-the-scenes look at the game's development that discusses the premise of the game, the power of their new game engine, smart dogs, smart fish, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Rockstar 3XP Weekend

Rockstar Games has details on a triple experience points event this weekend for several games, with the PC edition of Max Payne 3 included in the mix. They are also offering prize packs as part of the festivities, and plan six hours of live stream video. Things kick off Friday, May 24th and will run through Sunday, May 26th.

On Sale

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Cats vs Printers Compilation. Thanks nin.

Xbox One Announced

Wired.com has details from Microsoft's announcement of the Xbox One, the third installment in their Xbox series of game consoles, using the name a lot of us have used for the original Xbox since the Xbox 360 was announced. The announcement seems to stress the new unit's ability to handle living room entertainment like watching movies and TV over its gaming prowess. As for games, MS touts an improved Kinect and cloud integration, and Wired infers that games will be locked to an individual console based on word that games must be installed to the hard drive and can be played without the game disc inserted. They say Microsoft has confirmed there will be a way to sell used games where they receive a cut (you can pay them a fee to install the game again on a different system) but say MS did not answer of there would be a way to sell games to be played from the disc without their intervention, but they already stated that HDD installs are mandatory, so this seems moot. They also say that the new console will not be backward compatible with games for the Xbox 360 or the Xbox 1 (1). GamesIndustry International has details on the hardware, saying it has an 8-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray disc drive, 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and HDMI In/Out. Word is it will launch later this year, but pricing is not being discussed yet.

PlanetSide Going F2P

John Smedley's Twitter feed has a series of tweets indicating SOE is planning on making the original PlanetSide a free-to-play game, like PlanetSide 2, the sequel to the MMOFPS. They are starting out by granting anyone who has previously played either game with free PlanetSide time, and Smedley indicates this is part of the conversion from their subscription system, and suggests this will all be formally announced at some point today. Thanks Strategy Informer.

Heavy Gear Assault Kickstarter

Here's a new Kickstarter from Stompy Bot Productions for Heavy Gear Assault, a revival of the Metal Gear series of mech combat games. The plan is to raise at least $800K to recreate the game "with the technology of tomorrow," which is how they describe the Unreal Engine 4 (thanks Neutronbeam). This is planned for Windows, OS X, and Linux, and there are also plans to support a subset of game features for smartphones, and there is a clear focus on e-sports support. Here's the pitch:

The world of Heavy Gear Assault is unforgiving – but so is your lust for glory. A pilot on the distant planet Terra Nova, you play the high-stakes game of competitive Gear Dueling. You earn fame and fortune by making a name for yourself on the arena floor. You stand out from the crowd by customizing the look and style of your Gear. You manage corporate sponsors, hire a support staff and fine-tune your Gear’s performance in the Gear Bay. You rise to the top, claim your position – and with every cannon shell left in your magazines, you refuse to let go.

Neverwinter Exploit Fixed; Diablo III Exploit Revisited

The Perfect World forums have details on a rollback in Neverwinter after the discovery of a bug that some users exploited to their economic advantage in the beta RPG. Noting that damage to the game's economy had already been done, they rolled back user accounts to undo this, and offer this FAQ with all the details on the process (thanks Polygon). This brings to mind the recent exploit in Diablo III that also impacted the economy but was not rolled back. There is no proper way to judge the impact of the problem on the game, however, because Blizzard was maintaining an artificial floor in selling gold for cash of $0.25 per million, a limitation they removed just a week ago, so there's no way of separating the impact of the exploit from the impact of removing their price fixing. But for the record, according to this Gold Price Tracker the cash price of gold in Diablo III has dropped close to 1000% in the past week.

World of Warcraft Escalation Patch Notes

Battle.net now offers the patch notes for the version 5.3 "Escalation" patch going live soon in World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG. They also offer this roundup of articles on the new features and content in the new version.

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

So today is the next Xbox reveal, huh? I wonder if this includes actually showing off the console, or has Sony lowered the bar on this for everyone?

Revealing Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Flip and Go.
Cat 2 Around Europe.
Links: Star Trek Into Darkness: The Spoiler FAQ. Thanks nin.
Stories: Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister.
Media: Fan Made BioShock Infinite Video.
OK City Tornado Footage. Thanks nin.
Speedrun: Aliens in 60 Seconds.



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