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Thursday, Jun 13, 2013

  

Fez II Announced

Game Informer has word that Fez II was teased at a Horizon Independent Game Press Conference today. No details were provided about a release date or target platforms for a sequel to Polytron Corporation's puzzle/platformer, there was just a brief visual tease, and they have a captured image of it.

Double Fine Working on Two Unannounced Games

Game Informer has more from the Horizon Independent Game Press Conference, where it was revealed that Double Fine has two unannounced games in the works thanks to backing by the Indie Fund. No further details are offered yet, but it sounds like between the Indie fund and Massive Chalice and Broken Age funded through Kickstarter, Tim Schafer and company have four games in the pipeline.

Ships Ahoy - Conflict of Heroes: Ghost Divisions

Matrix Games announces the release of Conflict of Heroes: Ghost Divisions, the first expansion for Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear, Western Civilization Software's World War II tactical strategy game. This is accompanied by a new version 1.30 patch, detailed on this page. Here's word on the add-on:

Similar to the Awakening the Bear release, Conflict of Heroes: Ghost Divisions adds new content that has never been available before to Conflict of Heroes players, while staying true to the original board game rules. It also adds an exciting new feature – the ability to play any campaign multiplayer against a human opponent!

Ghost Divisions focuses on the battles of Army Group Center (nicknamed the "Ghost Division" because of its speed and independent movement, which even the German High Command had difficulty following) and its two Panzer Groups under Guderian and Hoth against the Red Army, the rapid initial Blitzkrieg and the drives to encircle and destroy the Soviet forces. Speed, coordination, concentration and combined arms will be necessary to lead your forces to victory!

This brand new expansion allows you to play company and platoon-sized forces from the 7th Panzer Division and the Grossdeutschland Regiment in two additional campaigns with 10 Scenarios total as a stand-alone or directly in the main game. Multiplayer has also been added for head to head linked campaign games!

Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars Siegeworks Next Week

Reverie World Studios announces a June 18th launch of the Siegeworks expansion for Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars, their siege combat MMORTS game. This page has details on the release schedule, which includes some sort of early access on June 16th, though this is explained oddly. Here's word:

Toronto, Canada – 13/06/2013 Reverie World Studios has announced the imminent release of the first expansion to their flagship MMORTS game - Dawn of Fantasy. This massive expansion pack, titled Siegeworks, is scheduled for release on Steam on June 18th, and promises to greatly enhance the gameplay experience in Dawn of Fantasy's Online Kingdom.

The great thing about the Siegeworks expansion is that it is absolutely free! Reverie World Studios has stated that they see this as a way to give back to the community that supported the development of Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars over the years.

As the name suggests, the new Siegeworks expansion will put a strong emphasis on sieges, with the number of towns to attack more than doubling and amazing new siege-related units added. The expansion will also introduce a new Guild Alliance feature and completely reworked pathfinding system.

Get ready to experience Dawn of Fantasy like never before. With fantastic siege combat in a persistent online world environment, players will build, trade, ally and siege with hundreds of other players as they try to dominate the entire realm in the most elaborate persistent MMORTS game on the market!

The Evil Within Trailer

Here's an E3 trailer showing off the first look at gameplay from The Evil Within, the upcoming survival horror game. The clip is accompanied by an interview with Bethesda's Pete Hines, with the chipper conversation standing in contrast with the atmospheric horror visuals. Continue here to read the full story.

No BF4 Mod Support

PC Gamer has official word from DICE that there will be no modification support in Battlefield 4, though at this point, we have lost any expectation for it in this military shooter series. Karl-Magnus Troedsson tells them flat out "we will not have mod support in BF4." He says this is still something they are considering for the franchise moving forward, but talk is cheap, and paying to add support that might leach DLC sales is expensive, so we're not getting our hopes up.

It Came from E3 2013, Part Two

On Sale

Thanks Dealzon.

Evening Patches

Op Ed

TechCrunch - You’re Not Wrong, Microsoft, You’re Just An Asshole. Thanks nin.
These downsides put Microsoft in a powerful position with game publishers. It’s all about making money and selling systems. It guarantees that games will not be pirated, theoretically putting them at ease and more likely to publish exclusives on the Xbox One. But once you put making money above the user, you start down a slippery slope.

Evening Interviews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Link of the Day: It's Not Your Fault - Video Games (Extended). Thanks nin. H. Jon Benjamin always makes everything better.

DNF Royalties Lawsuit

PCGamesN has details on a lawsuit filed this week by 3D Realms against Gearbox Software in Texas District Court over unpaid royalties for Duke Nukem Forever, the first-person shooter sequel completed by Gearbox after its 12-year development cycle bankrupted 3D Realms. The suit alleges that 3D Realms is owed more than $2 million and that Gearbox has refused to submit to a contractually agreed upon audit of royalty statements. They have reached out to former 3D Realms staff for comment and have so far not received one, but Kotaku has the following statement about the matter from Gearbox:

Ironically, Scott Miller himself provided the best response when he wrote: "... filed lawsuits are entirely one-sided statements, based on knee-deep BS and with more spin than a top."

The reality is that Apogee / 3D Realms (3DR) received the full benefit of its bargain. Gearbox, in its fulfillment of its commitments, enriched 3DR, saved 3DR from its debts and rescued 3DR from its litigation surrounding its failed dozen-plus year attempt to ship Duke Nukem Forever.

Everyone wished that 3DR's game was better received by the market for the benefit of gamers and profit to its creators. While 3DR might not wish the reality that the results make clear, 3DR turned out to be the only beneficiary of the deal. Gearbox Software, meanwhile, experienced damage to its credibility and loss of its money.

It's unfortunate that 3DR did not abide by the the objective audit rules outlined in the agreement and even more unfortunate that it chose to blame its failures on Gearbox. Since 3DR seems unable to accept reality and has chosen to become hostile, Gearbox is forced to bring its actual claims of breach of contract against 3DR and is confident Gearbox will prevail.

Perhaps the lesson learned here is to never enter a gaming business deal with a person who has had more lawsuits than shipped games.

Ships Ahoy - Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013

TBCB Development Website offers the release of Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013, the promised new version of this boxing simulation from P.I.S.D., who recently acquired the IP from Out of the Park Productions. Purchasing the game includes two licenses for those with an opponent in mind, and a 50% discount is offered to owners of a previous version of the game. Mobile versions are also in the works for a future release. Here's word on the game:

P.I.S.D. Ltd. today announced the release of its boxing simulation, Title Bout Championship Boxing (TBCB) 2013. The game features thousands of real boxers, with the ability to re-stage classic bouts or create "What if?" scenarios, such as pitting Sugar Ray Robinson against Marvin Hagler. TBCB can even be used to forecast upcoming fights.

P.I.S.D. co-founder Paul Norman said: "I am thrilled to see the release of Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013. The game has been a labour of love for me, and I know boxing fans everywhere are excited about it. Whether players want to recreate the early days of boxing or see how modern day matches might end differently, TBCB 2013 offers something for everyone."

Title Bout Championship Boxing also features Top Ten lists, complete statistics, revised and multiple ranking systems, full editing capabilities, and much more. Trainers, corner men, and referees are all part of the simulation, adding an extra dimension of realism.

Title Bout Championship Boxing 2013 adds many new features, including: enhanced radio-style commentary; more realistic crowd noises; pseudo-animated fighters who throw punches, clinch, and get knocked down; ring girls who parade between rounds; organisational rankings; the ability to import multiple images of each fighter, as well as pictures of famous boxing venues; a revamped auto-scheduling tool; and much more.

Leviathan: Warships Jazzy Patch

Paradox Interactive announces a new update is now live in Leviathan: Warships, offering a new jazz music soundtrack and a new in-game announcer, "Jazz Boatman," who will use the "silky-smooth vocal gifts" he's displayed as narrator of the trailers for the game. This page has the full patch notes describing these changes along with some balance tweaks, and a new trailer features our narrator explaining his new role as our narrator. Continue here to read the full story.

It came from E3 2013, Part One

Morning Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

The rain here is getting out of hand... it's pouring again today, and we have flood warnings over the next couple of days (and it's not like this is a flood zone). With this being wildfire season in Colorado we just need to work out how to ship a few rainclouds out west and kill two birds with one stone. I know, if only it were that easy, right? Oh well, I won't complain too much since it looks like a window of nice weather is targeting this weekend.

Targeted Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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My Ninja Friend.
David Letterman: "Are Those Your Drums?"
Follow-Up: Warcraft mom who let toddler die while she gamed gets 25 years.



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