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Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013

  

MotorGun Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter seeks $650,000 in funding to develop MotorGun, which is the new title for the game announced with the title Autoduel. This is still called the "return of the auto duel" by developer Pixelbionic, who have some experience in the topic, as the game's "dream team" of developers has a steering committee that boasts the creative forces behind two of the most influential games in this small genre, Twisted Metal designer David Jaffe and Interstate '76 designer Zack Norman. They promise a PC and OS X game with no publishers and no compromises. Here's word:

MotorGun is a PC team based multiplayer game that pays homage to epic car combat games of the past such as Interstate '76 and Twisted Metal – while offering gamers the chance to see what can be accomplished when a talented team of industry veterans and luminaries are unleashed on this beloved genre. Assemble your team and drive into battle. Full of high-octane thrills and spills of team-based car combat with RPG-influenced persistence and progression gameplay, MotorGun promises to take the genre to the next level with plans for a wide variety of vehicles, multiplayer modes, customization options, and an in-depth tech tree – all set in a gritty, post-apocalyptic world where gasoline, guns, and your skill behind the wheel rule the day.

Path of Exile Adds Twitch Streaming

Grinding Gear Games announces Path of Exile is the latest game to jump on the Twitch bandwagon, as the action/RPG now has integrated support for the streaming video service:

Auckland, New Zealand - July 16, 2013 - Grinding Gear Games today announced that Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers, has been integrated into their online action RPG, Path of Exile. Path of Exile now allows players to stream gameplay from inside the game client, including full support for streaming webcam footage and integrated Twitch channel chat. Twitch integration also enables players to know who on the leaderboards is racing at any given time for real-time spectating.

Leveraging Twitch's new software developer kit, Path of Exile is able to add functionality beyond the live broadcasting of gameplay. When Path of Exile and Twitch accounts are linked, users viewing the Path of Exile website will be able to see little Twitch icons next to player names wherever they appear on the site while streaming and can click on the logo to visit the user's stream. In addition, while a Path of Exile race event is in progress, the leading streamer for that event is shown on the race page. Since all streamers are marked on the leaderboard, players can switch between them and watch them play directly on the race page.

Former Maxis Devs Form New Studio

The awesomely named Ocean Quigley took to Twitter to announce his departure from Maxis, where he served as creative director and art director for the new SimCity. He announces he's forming a new development studio called Jellygrade with two more Maxis veterans, Andrew Willmott (previously engineering lead on SimCity, Spore, and The Sims) and Dan Moskowitz (previously lead gameplay engineer at Maxis/EA). He says he still has a lot of affection for Maxis, which was a good studio to work for, but that "after SimCity 3k, SimCity 4, the Sims, the Sims2, Spore & the new SimCity, it was time for something new." He says they hope to make PC games, but their first project is a tablet game he describes like so: "We're making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures." Thanks nin via Kotaku.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Trailer; LE Preorders

Ubisoft offers a new trailer from Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, the upcoming continuation of their stealth/action series. The clip offers a cinematic look at the game's naval combat as well as fighting on dry land, though none of it looks like it has anything to do with assassinations. Speaking of making a killing, Ubisoft also announces they are now accepting preorders in North America for a Limited Edition of the game for all its target platforms. This will run a cool $129.99, and here's the plunder you'll receive if you choose to part with that much from your treasure chest:

Beware, all who purchase, for awesomeness awaits. The set comes with a treasure trove of goodies, starting with (of course) a copy of the game, along with a SteelBook game case, the game’s full soundtrack, an exclusive 80-page art book, an embroidered flag with Edward’s crest and an absolutely striking 18-inch Captain Edward Kenway statue.

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Guild Wars 2 Election Season Begins

ArenaNet announces a July 23rd release date for Cutthroat Politics, a new content update for Guild Wars 2 which will imbue the MMORPG with the kind of political intrigue many of us play games to escape. Here's word:

Experience the sharp edge of politics in ArenaNet’s latest content update for Guild Wars 2, Cutthroat Politics, going live 23rd July. This update comes with an exciting twist: players, through their votes, will bring about permanent changes to the world of Tyria.

In Cutthroat Politics, a vacant seat on the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch is up for grabs and two powerful figures have emerged as the leading candidates. Players will have the opportunity to support either the war hero Ellen Kiel or the prominent merchant Evon Gnashblade to fill the seat and strike a lucrative trade agreement with the merchants of the Zephyr Sanctum.

Neverwinter Free & Premium Content Next Month

Perfect World Entertainment announces Fury of the Feywild, the first new post-release module for Neverwinter, their free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMOG. This will be released for free on August 22nd, and word is: "This free Module allows players to explore the enchanted woods of Sharandar, play as Sun and Moon Elves, collect new weapons and items, earn new rewards, encounter new creatures, and much more." This will be accompanied by two related expansions that are far from free: A Feywild Starter Pack which they say provides a $49.99 value for $19.99 and a Knight of the Feywild Pack which is said to be a $149.99 value for $59.99. "This new content for Neverwinter continues to support our goal of creating fantastic digital D&D experiences," said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast. "Neverwinter is one of D&D's most iconic settings, and Fury of the Feywild is a fantastic addition to keep this exciting story going."

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches DLC Next Month

The Bethesda Blog has information they teased yesterday about new DLC for Dishonored, revealing plans for The Brigmore Witches, an upcoming pack that will conclude the saga of Daud, and determine if this leads to darkness or redemption. The DLC will be released on August 13th for all editions of the game except the European PS3 version, which will follow the next day, and word is this will make use of saved games from The Knife of Dunwall DLC. They offer some screenshots and promised more details soon, and in the meantime this outline shows what to expect:

In The Brigmore Witches, continue your journey as the legendary assassin, Daud, and bring his twisted narrative that began with The Knife of Dunwall to a close. After discovering the identity and intentions of Delilah, the leader of the Brigmore Witch coven, you set out to disrupt her from completing a powerful ritual that will spell your doom. Having already been betrayed by your lieutenant, Billie Lurk, you must rely on feuding gang factions—the Dead Eels and the Hatters—to negotiate your way through previously unseen districts of Dunwall en route to Delilah’s stronghold. Regardless of the way you reach your destination, one thing is for certain – you will finally answer for your treacherous actions and fall before the mercy, or punishment, of the Royal Bodyguard and Assassin, Corvo Attano. Additionally, your power, weapon and item upgrades, Chaos level, and player actions from The Knife of Dunwall will carry over via a compatible save file option.

Police Quest Creator's Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter campaign is attempting to raise a half-million dollars to develop a police game called Precinct, proposed by Jim Walls, the former police officer who helped develop the Police Quest series for Sierra On-Line back in the day (thanks nin). This is to use modern 3D graphics and play from a first-person perspective, in a project they say is "an effort to successfully combine original Sierra-style adventure with modern video game technology." Here's word on the game:

Precinct takes players on a police adventure as officer Maxwell Jones in the corrupt town of Fraser Canyon, CA. Starting out as a rookie and then moving up the ranks, players face adrenaline charged scenarios and conduct real police procedures while solving crimes and arresting perpetrators.

Written by Jim Walls and some of today's brightest Hollywood talent, Precinct features a gripping crime story based on true accounts of real police cases. As players clean up the crime ridden streets, the plot thickens with corrupt cops, greedy public officials, and a deadly struggle for control of Fraser Canyon's criminal underground.

Shadowrun Returns Keys Inbound

A Kickstarter update for Shadowrun Returns has word from Harebrained Schemes that beginning today Steam keys are being sent to backers and preorder customers to ensure they are set for the Windows and OS X launch of the tactical RPG follow-up on July 25th. Here's the plan:

Starting today, emails containing Shadowrun Returns Steam keys are going out to all Backers and HBS website Pre-order customers. This will help ensure that everyone has their keys in time for the launch on July 25.

Please note that the keys will not unlock the game until it is released on July 25th. Once we flip the switch, you’ll be able to begin the download from Steam and play the game when it completes. More specifics on loading your Steam key will be included in the email we send you.

Also on July 25, your DRM-free version of the game and the digital rewards for your pledge level will be available via your HBS Account. Go to https://account.harebrained-schemes.com/ to download them on launch day.

As a reminder, your physical rewards will begin shipping in the first week of August. Delivery dates are determined by geographic location.

Steamships Ahoy - Metro: Last Light - Faction Pack

Steam News announces the release of the Faction Pack with new content for Metro: Last Light, 4A Games' first-person shooter sequel. Word is:

Experience 3 original Metro missions as a specialist from the different factions. Play as a Special Detachment Sniper of the Red Line, a Hanza Ranger, and a Reich Heavy Squad Soldier. This pack also includes 5 new deadly weapons: the Abzac, Hellbreath, Medved, C4 Grenade, and the Silent Sniper Rifle.

Spicy Horse's Alice Film Kickstarter

Spicy Horse follows up news of the cancellation of their OZombie Kickstarter with a new Kickstarter for "Alice: Otherlands by American McGee," an effort to secure the film rights to American McGee's Alice and create a series of animated shorts with the ultimate goal of producing a feature film based on the property. Here's word on their plans for the $200K they seek: "If this campaign is successful you will receive, at a minimum, an animated adventure into Otherlands. Beyond that, the success of this campaign will bring us one step closer to seeing Alice on the big screen." They also address the obvious concerns about a film project from a game developer in their "Risks and challenges" caption:

Because Spicy Horse is a game studio and not an animation or film production house, the biggest risk in acquiring these rights and working with them will come in how we choose and collaborate with external partners. That being said, we do have experience working with external 3D animation houses (see animations for Alice: Madness Returns marketing). For feature film (either live action or animation) we're already being approached by well-known producers, writers and directors - and would strive to work only with the best possible partners in order to reduce risk and achieve the highest quality.

Saints Row IV Cast Unveiled

A new Saints Row Gov - Hail to the Chief website offers a comical "official" government website for the offbeat office of the president in Saints Row IV, Volition's upcoming open-world action sequel (thanks GamesBeat). Also, the Saints Row website outlines the complete voice cast for the game, including such luminaries as Keith David, Terry Crews, Michael Dorn, and Neil Patrick Harris.

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