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Friday, Jul 12, 2013

  

EA Phenomic Closed: Report

GamesIndustry International states that EA Phenomic is closed, a still-unconfirmed report that says the end has come for the German developer of the Spellforce series and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances. EA did not specifically address Phenomic in responding to their request for a comment, but rather gave an outlook on their restructuring as a whole:

As part of EA's realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas. The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities.

These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us

Shadow of the Eternals Kickstarter Resuming This Month

Precursor Games now offers a Pre-Launch Update #3 for Shadow of the Eternals, revealing they plan on reviving the Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals on July 25th. The previous effort of these Silicon Knights veterans to fund a "spiritual successor" to Silicon Knights' Eternal Darkness was cut short when it was apparent it would not reach its goals amid community concerns about how the campaign was structured. Having regrouped, here's what they have to say: "We really want to thank our community and followers for the unwavering support and patience over the past few weeks – it’s been a huge inspiration and motivator for us. Your feedback has been instrumental in many ways throughout the process of creating the new campaign and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you all." Thanks VG247.

LoL Players Athletes

Eurogamer notes a that in an interview with GameSpot, Riot Games' eSports manager Nick Allen says that the U.S. government now recognizes League of Legends as a sport, as players are now allowed to enter the United States on athletic visas in order to compete in LoL tourneys. "The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award[s] visas to essentially work in the United States under that title," said Allen. "This is groundbreaking for eSports."

Total War: ROME II Campaign Map Planner

A new Total War: ROME II Campaign Map Planner is online, showing the scope of Creative Assembly's strategy sequel in a format that can actually help you formulate game strategies in advance of the game's release. Here's the explanation: "Today Creative Assembly updated the Total War website with an Interactive Campaign Map for ROME II! Not only will you be able to get a sense of the vast scale of the new Campaign Map and get a feel for the various factions, wonders and diplomatic relations at the start of the game, but you’re also able to plan out your burgeoning empire’s opening moves. Share your vision via Facebook, or recreate a distinct moment from history; it’s an exciting hint at the epic conquest coming your way on the 3rd September."

Toki Tori 2+ Released; Launch Discount Extended

Toki Tori 2+ was released yesterday on Steam, and it turns out Two Tribes debuting their game while the launch of the Steam Summer Sale was committing a DDoS attack on the Steam Store had some downsides, as they experienced some problems with the loyalty coupons for their beta testers. They send word that the coupons should work correctly soon, and that they've extended the game's 34% launch discount for the duration of the Steam sale, which runs until July 22nd. Here's word on this platformer: "Toki Tori 2+ is a Metroidvania style puzzle adventure. There are no tutorials, there's no hand-holding, no-one tells you what to do in Toki Tori 2+. The fun is in exploring and overcoming the obstacles of the lush forest island on your own merit."

Evening Interviews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

Evening Safety Dance

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: KTVU reports fake racist names of Asiana Airlines 214 pilots. Thanks Ant. Stay classy Oakland.

Epic Working on AAA Shooter

A "triple-A" shooter is one of the unnanounced games in development at Epic Games, reveals company founder Tim Sweeney at the Develop Conference, as quoted on Eurogamer (thanks VG247). He says the company is "trying to master development at every scale" as he outlines the scope of the various projects they have in the works:

"Last generation, most of the company was focused on building Gears of War 3, a massive project," he said. "Gears of War 1 was a 60-person project at peak. Gears of War 3 was more than 100-people at peak.

"Now we're building several games at different scales. We're building Fortnite, a PC online game which is a fun, sort of Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead. It's a 35-person team. It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics. It's more of a Pixar art style and a limited project in scope, just aimed at fun as opposed to massive breakthroughs in scale.

"We're building a bigger, triple-A shooter project that hasn't been announced yet. And we've also internally started developing really tiny projects with two or three guys working together as a team for a few months in small scale game development.

"It's really cool. We're testing our development at all scales and learning it as we go. We're trying to master development at every scale."

Global Agenda 2 and Tribes Ascend 2 Take Precedence Over Tribes Ascend Patch

The Tribes Ascend Forums have a response from Hi-Rez's Todd Harris to an Open Letter To Hi-Rez on reddit about patching Tribes Ascend, since the free-to-play shooter was last updated four months ago today (thanks PC Gamer). Todd explains that they will continue to support the game's servers, but the company's priority for the next six months is SMITE, and that updating their Tribes multiplayer shooter is still not their top priority after that. The implication is there may be no further updates for the game going forward, as their post-SMITE plan is a Global Agenda sequel, and though no one is working on Tribes Ascend 2, a sequel would probably take precedence over a patch as well. Here's word:

There are no major dev updates planned for Tribes: Ascend in the next six months.

For the next six months our primary development focus is SMITE. Beyond that it is GA2. And beyond that a TA2 would be more likely than a major update to TA; but to be clear no devs are currently working toward TA2.

Per the development blog on our forums, the recent TA work has been Kate developing some additional maps. If time allows then these new TA maps (along with some bug-fixes) would be finalized and deployed but no committed date yet.

We continue to support TA servers, online community events, tournaments with prizing, bringing Tribes to offline events like recent RTX and upcoming QuakeCon, and live-streaming.

End of Nations MOBA Beta Signups

The End of Nations website now offers beta signups for End of Nations, calling the this "the first MOBA RTS." This was announced by troubled developer Petroglyph as an MMORTS game before being brought in house at Trion Worlds late last year. It seems they altered the formula a bit, as here is how the game is now described: "End of Nations® is a tactical MOBA where your success on the battlefield depends on the heroes and units you command and quick decision making in the heat of combat. Dominate during team-based matches and catapult your commander to the top of the ranks." Thanks VG247 via PCGamesN.

World of Warcraft Free Transfers

Free character transfers are underway in World of Warcraft, Blizzard announces, saying these will run until July 25th. They list specific source and destination realms that qualify, suggesting they are rebalancing based on the number of players who have opted to give their toons a free transfer to the retirement home for the MMORPG. They say paid transfers are still offered for those swimming against the tide, and also offer a warning that players planning on moving as a group should coordinate, as they reserve the right to end free transfers at any time as target realms fill, so care should be taken not to strand your straggler friends on your former realm.

Ten Aces Kickstarter

A Kickstarter seeking a modest $15,000 is underway for Ten Aces, a tactical turn-based strategy game for Windows, OS X, and Linux which is intended to emphasize player skill and minimize the impact of randomness or luck. Playable demos are available for all three platforms to help decide whether this project is worthy of support.

Bad Game Marathon

Worst Marathon Ever II is just underway, a 72-hour gaming marathon that's a sequel to an event that raised $10K last year for clean water projects. As the name implies, one of the sacrifices for charity this involves is that they are playing what are regarded as some of the worst games of all time, including Superman 64 and ET on the Atari 2600.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO (Intel Z87) Motherboard on TweakTown.
  • ASUS P8Z77-M and Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H on X-bit labs.
  • BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Motherboard on Mad Shrimps.
  • EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W on techPowerUp.
  • Eye-Fi Mobi 8gb Memory Card on Testfreaks.
  • Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra on Guru3D.
  • Logitech G700s on True PC Gaming.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2 GB Graphics Card on X-bit labs.
  • NZXT Phantom 530 Chassis on eTeknix.
  • Palit GeForce GTX 770 2GB JetStream Overclocked Video Card on TweakTown.
  • Palit GeForce GTX 780 Super JetStream on TechSpot.
  • SanDisk Extreme II RAID 0 (3) Drive Array on SSD Review.
  • Scythe Ashura CPU-Kühler on Technic3D. German.
  • Tesoro Gungnir H5 on ocaholic.
  • Zalman CNPS10X Optima Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

For all my talk, I didn't actually get out to 7/11 for my free Slurpee yesterday, even though as nin points out they were considerably larger this year than last year. I still have the bug in my ear, so I still plan on heading over there one of these days to get one, but I'll be more likely to get one of those in a cup the size of a garbage can than one of those little guys. Sorry Mayor Bloomberg.

Icy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Gentleman.
Links: Spam Lunchbox.
Science: First distant planet to be seen in colour is blue. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: Tomb Raider: Additional Deaths DLC.
Unbelievable Little Kid Does a Trick Shot Video.
Strange end to a tennis match.
Follow-Up: Sam Mendes to direct next James Bond film.



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