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Friday, Jun 14, 2013

  

World of Darkness Details Reset?

World of Darkness News has "word from a source close to the WoD project" that the details about World of Darkness released in 2010 may no longer be valid for the current design for CCP's MMORPG based on the setting of Vampire the Masquerade. They are told that the only information should be considered reliable about the game is anything that has re-announced in some form since that time, so they have listed all the tidbits that qualify.

Three Assassin's Creed Games in the Works

Ubisoft has no fewer than three different Assassin's Creed games in development, reports Kotaku, quote Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot saying it is their goal to continue to make the assassination series "appealing and fresh" in spite of the apparent overkill. Here's a bit where he uses the words innovation and formula in the same breath: "Really, what we see is that we can have the capacity to regularly come with innovation," Guillemot told Kotaku's Stephen Totilo. "That is, for me, the formula: if you can really change the game on a regular basis and bring in innovation your fans want a product very regularly. Our job is to make sure the teams have enough power, enough energy and enough time to take the necessary steps to create a high quality game."

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC for Free

The Close Quarters DLC for Battlefield 3 is now available for free for all owners of the military shooter sequel. Game Informer has word that all that's required to redeem this is use the code "BF3E3" (without quotes) upon checkout. Word is the works for the Windows and console editions.

Planetary Annihilation's $90 Alpha

Steam News announces that Planetary Annihilation is now available as an early access title. This is causing quite a stir thanks to the $89.99 price it carries, which is steep for a finished game, much less a pre-beta. They include a note somewhat addressing this, explaining that this is the price they told their Kickstarter backers that early access would command:

Our pricing for this stage of early access was determined by our Kickstarter. The stages of our early access for ALL users, which was determined during our Kickstarter, is:

June through August: $90 for early alpha access, during the time where we're still locking down features and making tweaks to the flow of the game. This access is permanent access - you will be able to play through alpha, beta and on through retail. (Galactic Edition Equivalent with all addons)

On Sale

Dealzon has a coupon code for 25% off preorders on Green Man Gaming.

It Came from E3 2013, Part Four

Evening Patches

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: 'Elysium' Extended Theatrical Trailer. Thanks nin.

LUFTRAUSERS Code Stolen

Indi developer Vlambeer has suffered the theft of game code, a developers kit and more at E3 in one of those trade show thefts we've heard about before, reports Polygon. A bag with a laptop, two iPads, a PlayStation Vita, a Vita test kit, a Kindle Fire, and the code for the company's upcoming LUFTRAUSERS were taken at the Figueroa Hotel's pool bar, which probably would not be mistaken for Fort Knox. "Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag," explains Rami Ismail, Vlambeer co-founder. "So it kind of feels like Vlambeer got stolen. We have good backups. We take good care of everything, We've got decent backups to continue working. It's just a giant pain." The story anecdotally reports on a number of other thefts, making it sound like a rash, but they have a statement from the show organizers saying that this is not the case, and security has been tight.

Thief E3 Presentation

This trailer offers a look as the E3 presentation of Thief as Eidos Montreal's "Producer / Thief" (not sure they meant the caption to read like he's a criminal) Stéphane Roy demonstrates the game for Spike TV's Geoff Keighley. The clip includes live gameplay footage, though it's the PlayStation 4 edition of the reboot that's used for this (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun). One of the topics they explore is the mix of action and stealth, and they admit they have been enhancing the action part of the equation as they've gone along after starting with a game that was almost purely about stealth. Continue here to read the full story.

World of Diving Trailer

Here' a new trailer with prototype gameplay footage from World of Diving, the upcoming game that puts you in the shoes swimfins of a scuba diver. They warn this is an early look at the game so they can get feedback. "We’ve never before released gameplay footage this early into the development of a game. Apart from supporting the Indiegogo campaign, its goal is mainly to build, connect with, and communicate with the community from the very outset," says Tristan Lambert, Technical Director at Vertigo Games. "Instead of community building, we are gathering a building community around World of Diving." Here's more on the trailer: "The gameplay teaser highlights some of the activities that World of Diving players will be able to partake in together, besides enjoying the virtual fish, flora and fathoms of ocean. It shows the discovery of the forgotten wreckage of the “HMS Montebello,” ancient artifacts to be collected, and sharks startled at underwater flares. Additionally, an underwater communication system is introduced that, true to the real world diving experience, is based on professional diver gestures. This is to support underwater multiplayer interaction with other players on the diving team." Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2013, Part Three

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

Well today is getaway day from E3 as another show is in the books. I bet there's an opportunity to hang out at LAX and pick up swag that's jettisoned along the way that can't be fit into carry-on luggage, though that's not going to be as fun as attending the show would have been. Hell, dumpster diving for swag behind the convention center would probably be preferable to a day at the airport.

Carry On Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cursed Treasure 2.
Screws and Robots.
Links: Aliens: An apology.
Take Alcohol to Drink on Your Flight.
28 Dogs That Immediately Regret Their Decisions.
Stories: Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as The Terminator. Thanks Slashdot.
Man survives three days trapped under sea. Thanks brother19.
Watch your legs, American says it will add seats on many planes. What, like bunk beds?
Science: Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef.
Americans more likely than Japanese to focus on the goal rather than the process of actions.
Media: OctoDad- Dadliest Catch Trailer.
Metal Gear Solid Acapella.
The Funnies: xkcd: Ice Sheets.



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