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Thursday, Jun 20, 2013

  

Worms Clan Wars Announced; Beta Testers Sought

Team17 announces development of Worms Clan Wars, saying they will be at this weekend's Rezzed 2013 games showcase to unveil the new installment in their strategy series for attendees. They say the game will be released exclusively for PCs in Q3 of this year, and the Team 17 website has put out the call for beta testers, saying this will be a very limited beta.

Ships Ahoy - MotoGP 13

Steam now offers MotoGP 13, a day before Milestone's motorcycle racing sequel was expected (Adobe Acrobat format). A playable demo was released already, and here's word on the game:

2013 Riders, teams and tracks; both simulation and accessible bike handling with scalable aids; photorealistic graphics with TV style interface; ingame voice over by official MotoGP™ commentators; first person elements such as the helmet view and 3D pits to put you in the rider’s shoes. This is MotoGP™13, the official MotoGP™ videogame: try Career Mode, rising from a Moto3™ wildcard to the MotoGP™ World Champion, or challenge your friends in Split Screen or Online Championship.

Ships Ahoy - Pro Cycling Manager 2013

The Pro Cycling Manager website announces Pro Cycling Manager 2013 - Tour de France 100th Edition is now available for Windows PCs, a little earlier than the July release annunced for the latest installment in this sports simulation. They offer a cinematic launch trailer and a full announcement that includes the following outline:

As a true reference point for depth in a sports simulation, Pro Cycling Manager puts you in the shoes of the sports director of one of the season's best teams. By managing the riders, contracts, equipment, finances, sponsors and training sessions, you get a real taste of what the world of professional cycling is all about as you guide your team in various prestigious competitions throughout the 2013 cycling season. This season culminates with the exceptional 100th edition of the Tour de France: a thrilling route that favors attacking riders, legendary and unique stages (Corsica stages, double ascent of the Alpes d'Huez, and a finish by night on the Champs-Elysées...), the return of the team time-trial, and the presence of numerous stars who are already champing at the bit to start.

Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Mac Payne 3

Rockstar Games announces that Max Payne 3 is now available for Mac OS X through the Mac App Store and Steam. Here's word:

Apple Mac users yet to experience the cutting edge shooting mechanics, precision gunplay, and dark and twisted story of Max Payne 3 - your wait is over. Today Max Payne 3 arrives for Mac. This seamless and highly detailed, cinematic experience features advanced Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ effects, plus full integration of Natural Motion’s Euphoria® Character Behavior system.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Map Pack

The Elemental Forums have news that a new map pack is available as DLC for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Stardock's standalone expansion for Fallen Enchantress. This is being sold through Stardock and Steam, and word is that owners of the Fallen Enchantress Map Pack DLC have received the Legendary Heroes Map Pack DLC for free, and it should show up now in your Steam or Stardock account. Here's word:

Play on maps custom designed by Stardock's artists and developers. The pack includes a new, hand-crafted map for every map size, plus new stamps to spice up random map generation. It also includes the full Anthys map, a gigantic map that contains the entire known world of Elemental (at least as of ~150 AC).

The 5 maps include:

  • Clash - Play against a single opponent on a balanced map, or discover a ship and explore the nearby islands.
  • Crucible - Four opponents with a common area between their starting positions, can you hold the center and take out your enemies?
  • Dust Bowl - A dangerous map with few fertile positions. But the land isn't empty, hordes of monsters have claimed it.
  • The Wildlands - 10 Wildlands on one map. Can any empire rise in a world ruled by monsters?
  • Anthys - Play across the entire world of Elemental on this map that is over twice as large as the largest maps in FE: LH.

The Map Pack DLC is available to buy through Stardock, Steam, and other third parties distributors.

Battlefield 4 Spectator Mode Video

A new video captures a livestream for Battlefield 4 where DICE Producer Daniel "Zh1nt0" Matros chats with announcer voice guy about the spectator mode in the upcoming military shooter sequel. The clip includes alpha (called pre-alpha) footage of gameplay showing all the information this mode provides gawkers. Continue here to read the full story.

Titanfall Behind-the-Scenes Trailer

EA News now offers a Behind the Scenes of Titanfall feature on the mech combat game in development at Respawn Entertainment. This consists of this behind-the-scenes video where producer Drew McCoy, game director Steve "Funkidooda" Fukuda, and others explain the single-player level of polish going into the game and their enthusiasm for the project. Continue here to read the full story.

Assassin's Creed IV Commented E3 Trailer

This trailer is a new version of the E3 video demonstration for Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag includes a voiceover explaining what we are seeing of the next installment in Ubisoft's stealth/assassination series. Word is: "Watch the E3 official gameplay demo, now with commentary from game director Ashraf Ismail. Learn new insights from the development team on the vast and diverse pirate world of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag." Continue here to read the full story.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Full Combat Rebalance 2 Mod

The REDKit website offers the Full Combat Rebalance 2 modification for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, an unofficial project from an official source, the staff at CD Projekt RED. The forums require registration just to read about this, but there a write up and a copy of the extensive patch notes can be found on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Thanks nin.

On Sale

There's a big sale on GameStop PC Downloads with too many titles to list. 232 to be exact, according to this index, most at 75% off.

  • #NoDRM Summer day 3- Daedalic Adventure Games and Might & Magic RPGs 75% off on GOG.com.
  • Dead Island Weekend Deal on Steam. Save up to 75%.
  • Evoland on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Mafia II on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Paradox Interactive Games on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Rochard on The Humble Weekly Sale. Pay what you want and help charity.

It Came from E3 2013, Part Ten

Evening Patches

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Remember 1990 in 12 minutes. Thanks Ant.

Sanctum 2 Road to Elysion DLC Next Week

Coffee Stain Studios announces a June 26th release date for Road to Elysion, the first of four planned DLC pack for Sanctum 2, their tower defense/first-person shooter hybrid. "The DLCs for Sanctum 2 will be much more substantial and larger compared to the DLCs for the first Sanctum," says Oscar Jilsen, Lead Designer at Coffee Stain Studios. "You will see new maps, enemies, perks, weapons, towers, and even a new playable character once in a while. Our goal with the DLCs for Sanctum 2 is to add more replayability and more mind-blowing madness for our biggest fans!" Here are some screenshots and here is a feature list:

  • New Playable Character - The DLC storyline centers around TSYGAN, a new shadowy playable character.
  • New Weapons – Two weapons have been added including the rapid-firing Gatling Laser.
  • New Tower Options - Two new towers, including the Range Spire, that dramatically increases the range of nearby offensive towers.
  • Four Additional Unique Maps – Four brand new maps with refreshing interactive elements add exciting new tactics to each DLC level.
  • Enhanced Enemies - From new support monsters that heal and mutate the attacking horde to a brand new aerial enemy boss, players should be prepared for this heightened challenge.
  • Additional Perks – Customize your character even more with six awesome new perks, including a perk that gives you a pet robot that will fight for you!

Deadpool Trailer

Here's a new trailer from Deadpool, the Marvel Comics character-based video game based that's due next week for Windows and consoles (the trailer only mentions the console editions for some reason). The clip is narrated by Deadpool himself, which makes for a quiet, soothing experience. Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Magrunner Dark Pulse

Focus Home Interactive announces that Magrunner Dark Pulse is now available for Windows PC, offering a first-person science-fiction meets Cthulhu action/physics game from Frogwares. The launch trailer provides a look at the game, and here's the release announcement:

Magrunner Dark Pulse, the action/physics game from Frogwares studio, is now available on PC! On this occasion, we are pleased to share with you an impressive launch trailer!

In the near future, 2048, a handful of young and brilliant citizens have been chosen by Gruckezber Corporation to join the Magtech training program for space exploration. Equipped with a special glove using Gruckezber's technology, the candidates have to solve their way through a huge maze of challenge rooms, by magnetically charging objects that will attract or repel each other. But what seemed to be the chance of a lifetime for the candidates will soon turn into a nightmare, as they will have to survive a high-tech world gone mad. A real descent in hell, perfectly illustrated in the launch trailer of Magrunner!

Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - TrackMania 2: Stadium

Ubisoft announces the release of TrackMania² Stadium, and latest installment in Nadeo's Windows PC racing series is for sale from ManiaPlanet and Steam, offering a return to the stadium tracks familiar to the series after a trip to the desert in TrackMania² Canyon. ManiaPlanet has word on the release and launch trailer (thanks Frans). Update: Though not announced, the game is clearly available from other e-tailers, as it just popped up on GameStop PC Downloads. Here are some new screenshots, and here's word:

Stadium benefits from a new single-player campaign, new content creation tools, as well as an overhauled graphics and lighting engine. This engine provides high-quality, scalable visuals, and the new content creation tools offer greater diversity for the TrackMania community.

TrackMania² Stadium is the next evolution of the series and a fitting successor to the popular TrackMania Nations Forever. TrackMania Nations Forever gathered over 1 million players in its first few weeks and has grown ever since, reaching over 12 million players by 2013.

"I’m happy to confirm to the TrackMania players, that the Stadium environment is coming to ManiaPlanet as TrackMania² Stadium. This is a new start for our most popular and beloved racing environment. As a matter of fact, having it as a part of ManiaPlanet with TM² Canyon and the upcoming TM² Valley, will enable us at Nadeo and the community to make TM² Stadium come alive thanks to new features, content and evolutions along the way." said Nadeo Publishing Managing Director at Ubisoft, Anne Blondel-Jouin.

Free Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines was not very well received, but Newegg offers the chance to judge for yourself gratis, as they offer the first-person shooter from publisher SEGA (no one accepts full development credit) for 60% off at $19.99, a deal which stacks with a $15.00 mail-in rebate (Adobe Acrobat format) and a $4.99 off coupon code from Dealzon which includes free shipping for a final cost of $0.00. We're not sure if the game can be purchased in other territories, but please be aware the rebate form says it is only valid in the United States.

Skulls Of The Shogun & Windows 8 Follow-up

Rock, Paper, Shotgun relates what they call "The Sorry Saga Of Skulls Of The Shogun & Windows 8," which follows up on recent news that a new Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition is coming to offer a version of 17-bit Studios' turn-based strategy game for systems other than Windows 8. As one can imagine, the decision to make the game a Windows 8 exclusive was not organic, as Microsoft paid to exclude other Windows systems from the game to promote their new OS, and the RPS story surprisingly alleges the deep-pocketed publisher failed to live up to its financial commitments on a timely basis which forced the game's developers to spend personal capital and take out a loan to continue development. They hear from developer Borut Pfeifer, who draws a distinction between Microsoft as a whole and game publisher Microsoft Studios, which he savages: "They came across as though they were institutionally incompetent. I think they’re not really set up to be a decent publisher. I do feel slightly bad saying that, because there were people there who worked hard on our behalf, but at the same time there are systemic problems with the way that division is setup and run." He also offers insights into why Windows 8 for desktops has been a disaster and the Surface is treading water, which has made their admitted "deal with the devil" turn out like, well, it sounds. After the history lesson they look ahead to the game's release on Steam, talking about all the additions it will contain compared with the original Windows 8 version. The article says the Steam release is this week, but Steam currently says July. Thanks Verno.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Legal Tangle

The Baldur's Gate Website has news from Beamdog and Overhaul Games president Trent Oster that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and its upcoming follow-up are caught up in some unexplained legal limbo (thanks N). Word is that while those who already own the RPG sequel are still able to download and play it, "complex legal matters" they are unable to discuss (though they do mention "issues with our publishing partner") prevent its further sale, the release of future patches, or the release of the Android edition or Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition II. There's FAQ with more details accompanying this letter:

Dear Friends of Baldur's Gate,

We recently removed Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from sale on Beamdog and the Apple App Store. We've taken this step at our publishing partner's request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues.

Unfortunately, until this matter is resolved, we are unable to release the latest Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition patch or Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android.

This also prevents the launch of Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. I sincerely apologize to the series' fans and promise we are working diligently to remedy the situation.

Regards, Trent Oster President, Beamdog & Overhaul Games

PC Assassin's Creed IV to Follow Consoles

Blend Games has word that the Windows PC edition of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will arrive "a few weeks" after the console editions of the stealth/action sequel, which are expected in late October. This is revealed in an ElderGeek video interview where AC4 director Ashraf Ismail mentions the staggered release: "We're working hard on the PC version," Ismail said. "It's one of the main platforms we work on in the office. For our PC fans, don't worry. The game on PC looks phenomenal." We're seeing this characterized as a delay, but we had fair warning, as the announcement of the October release date only mentions this applying to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U editions (not to mention every previous PC port in the series has come after its corresponding console release).

D&D: Neverwinter and Chronicles of Mystara Launch

Wizards of the Coast announces two Dungeons & Dragons releases this week, saying Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara came out on Tuesday and that today is the launch day for the Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter free-to-play MMOG. Here's word, which includes mention of the BG2 Enhanced Edition which is now caught in a legal tussle:

Wizards of the Coast is celebrating two new digital releases this week: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, which released on June 18th, and today’s launch of the critically-acclaimed Neverwinter MMORPG. These releases are just two of several exciting Dungeons & Dragons digital games scheduled for release in 2013.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara from Capcom features up to four players battling against mythical beasts from the D&D universe with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. The game is available as a digital download on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.

Neverwinter is an action RPG set in an immersive massively multiplayer world that lets players explore and defend one of the most beloved cities in the Forgotten Realms. The MMORPG is free-to-play and can be downloaded at http://nw.perfectworld.com/.

The release of Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara and Neverwinter join many other partnerships and digital releases in the works, establishing D&D as a major force in the digital space. Other upcoming releases include Arena of War, a mobile game for Android, iPhone and iPad devices from DeNA available later this year; Shadowfell Conspiracy, the second expansion pack to the Dungeons & Dragons Online MMORPG releasing on August 19; the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate on Android followed by Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition; and a yet-to-be-announced game from Playdek.

Prime World Open Beta Weekend

NIVAL Interactive announces this will be an open beta weekend in Prime World, their upcoming MMORTS game. Things get underway tomorrow, and here's the rundown:

Hallandale, FL – June 20, 2013 – After several limited behind-closed-doors beta events, Prime World is ready for a grander entrance to a wider world. Starting this Friday, anyone can join the battle and try an award-winning competitive RPG for him or herself. The first Open Beta weekend has arrived!

This weekend Nival will open seven modes of Prime World, including the PvE and single-player "Challenges" that were unveiled at E3 last week.

The Beta Weekend will start at June 21, 11AM PST (2PM EST) and last until June 24, 1AM PST (4AM EST). No invitation is necessary and no progress will be wiped once the beta ends, so you'll be able to carry on with your heroes and castle in all future battles after that.

Test Drive RaceRoom Racing Experience

A new Video Recap from RaceRoom Racing Experience is now available, showing off SimBin's upcoming motorsports game. They also send out the call for beta testers on this page who will receive "premier access to R3E updates, including multiplayer," before they roll out on the version of the game available for free on Steam. "R3E is an 'ever-growing' concept being developed to support demands from the market," says QA Lead, Sonat Öztürk. "We are still in a Beta stage of development and even though we have a solid platform today, some of the most interesting features, game modes and content are yet to be released. We need more Beta testers to help with development."

The Detail Announced; Demo Released

Indie developer Rival Games announces The Detail, an episodic 2D point-and-click adventure that draws inspiration from The Wire, The Watchmen, and Telltale Games' The Walking Dead series. The game is due in 2014 for Windows, OS X, and Linux, but in the meantime they offer a demo in the form of a version 1.1 presentation alpha available on this page and a look at the game in this teaser trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Patches

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

I'm one of those who has been using Google Reader for a long time now, but apparently there aren't enough of us, as the big G is deep-sixing the RSS reader at the end of this month. I haven't been successful in finding a replacement, so I thought I'd ask here if anyone had any recommendations for a good RSS reader. I realize this is very 2000s of me, but some of us are stuck in their ways. Thanks for any help with this.

Stuck Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Accurate Boy.
Hired Heroes Offense.
Stories: Canadian driver says he was speeding so he could dry car. Thanks devicer.
Science: Cancer immunity of strange underground rat revealed.
Images: The Kite-Borne Camera That Captured Post-Quake San Francisco in 1906.
Media: Billy Crystal Meets his Monster.
Self Control Room.
Follow-Up: Italy hospital: Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest.
'Star Wars' Cast Breakdown Unveiled. Thanks nin.
Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Role Cut From 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2';. Thanks nin.



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