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Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013

  

End of Nations Alpha Returns

Trion Worlds announces the alpha server is back online for End of Nations following their changes from an MMORTS game to a MOBA. "We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our last round of Alpha and Beta testing – and applied those learnings [sic] to the game, boiling it down to the strongest core game elements –tactical combat, session-based gameplay, and vastly improved hero units," said Scot Lane, Executive Producer of End of Nations. "Our core fans have been tremendous during this stage of early development. We are now confident we have the game the fans have been waiting for: a tremendously powerful tactical game that fans of war games and strategy will love." Here's more on the reworked game:

Gamers will notice dramatically smaller teams of two to four players, more focused objectives, better balance, more emphasis on commander abilities and four new classes to choose from, which will substantially improve matchmaking and queuing.

Additionally, players can level up on the fly in-game with new streamlined tactical leveling that allows for quick adjustments during combat – all of which could be the difference between domination and annihilation.

Saints Row IV Johnny Gat Trailer

A new "Gat is Back" trailer (NSFW) from Saints Row IV celebrates the revelation of the return of Johnny Gat to the series. Word is voice actor Daniel Dae Kim is on board to recreate his role as "one of the most beloved citizens of Steelport." Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - R.I.P.D.: The Game

Steam News announces the release of R.I.P.D.: The Game, a tie-in with the upcoming movie where The Dude and Green Lantern team up as ghost cops. Here's the deal:

Based on the 3D supernatural action-adventure film, R.I.P.D., you and a partner will take up the holsters of two lawmen dispatched to the otherworld to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Top-notch teamwork and an arsenal of badass weapons are the keys to defeating your enemies and bringing order back to the world.

Crypt Run Kickstarter and Demo

Crypt Run is an "ever-changing medieval fantasy hack 'n slash game that isn't over when you lose your life" in the works at Lost Decade Games. It's currently the subject of a Kickstarter, and there's a browser-based demo of the Windows and OS X desktop game which can also be played as the reddit alien. Two dozen screenshots show off the game, and here's a bit: "Crypt Run is an arcade-style medieval fantasy hack 'n slash for Windows and Mac. The dungeons change each playthrough and always offer new situations to handle. Crypt Run presents combat, exploration, and collection in a playful medieval fantasy world. What makes Crypt Run special is its unique death mechanic -- the game isn’t over when you die in Crypt Run!"

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Honest Trailers - (X-Men Origins, Wolverine). Thanks nin. Bonus: Wolverine: The Musical. Thanks Ant.

Two Guys SpaceVenture Demo

A Kickstarter update for Two Guys SpaceVenture announces that a playable demo is now available to the public, though in this case they actually mean members of the public who are also backers of this campaign. Backers can find the demo in the Rewards section of the SpaceVenture Rewards website. Word is this offers an early work-in-progress look at the upcoming sci-fi adventure from the team behind the Space Quest series. Thanks nin.

Standalone Sven Coop Half-Life Coming

The Sven Co-op website has details on how the Sven Co-op mod for the original Half-Life is becoming a standalone game, as Valve is granting the team behind the modification access to the full Half-Life source code to create a custom version of the engine. The standalone game will be offered for free on Steam, and will not require ownership of the original Half-Life (though it's hard to imagine someone would be interested in this project but would not pay the $2.49 it would cost to get the game right now on Steam). Word is: "Full engine access will allow many previously impossible features to be added to the game, as well as new functionality for Half-Life's level editor, Hammer. Features such as Steam achievements will also be possible." No ETA for the standalone edition is offered yet.

7 Days to Die Kickstarter

A Kickstarter is now underway for 7 Days to Die, the voxel-powered zombie survival/horror game announced exactly two months ago by The Fun Pimps Entertainment. They hope to raise $200K to support the game's development, and offer an extensive set of stretch goals that lists what the game will include all the way through the $3 million funding mark. Here's part of their pitch:

We have a lot of experience but we’re still too small of a team to finish this ambitious game with all of the great features we'd like to add and need an additional $200,000 to hire the extra, artists, animators and programmers to do it right.

If we reach our target goal we’ll invest every dollar raised into the development of 7 Days to Die and we have a great list of features and improvements outlined in our stretch goals which we’d love to add. We don’t want to make just any zombie game we want to make “The Zombie Game” that defines all zombie games!

Rise of Venice Closed Beta

Kalypso Media invites players to apply for closed beta testing of Rise of Venice, the upcoming strategy/trading simulation set in the waterlogged city during the Renaissance. This is not some sort of vast test, as they say they are only seeking 50 testers, and those interested can sign up on this page. To qualify one must have a Kalypso board account a Steam account and meet the minimum system requirements, which call for Windows with a version number lower than 95. Here's word on the game, which is expected this autumn:

This is where your story begins. As a young man striving for success, power and wealth and with the support of your family, you begin to build up a trading empire across Genoa, Tripoli, Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople in addition to many other significant cities from the Renaissance. As you progress through the ranks of Venetian society, increasing your power with smart trading moves and calling in the occasional favour, you can begin to assemble your own fleet. With this you will start to build up new production facilities and test yourself in challenging sea battles where you will face off against pirates as well as political enemies.

The Lego Movie Videogame Announced

Eurogamer has details, such as they are, of plans for The Lego Movie Videogame, the latest in TT Games' improbable series of madcap platformers based on LEGO toy, this time to be based on The Lego Movie, the upcoming animated feature based on the series. Word is the game is expected alongside the movie next year for Windows, next-gen consoles, last-gen consoles, and mobile.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Trailer

A new "Last Defence" trailer from The Bureau: XCOM Declassified shows off gameplay from the upcoming third-person shooter. Here's the description: "Our last line of defence rests upon the shoulders of Special Agent William Carter and the able men of The Bureau. But a wrong order can mean death for not only Carter's men, but humanity as well." Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

It's an impressive development to add the ability to receive Emergency Broadcast Network alerts on mobile phones, as this seems a far more reliable way to warn people about emergencies than via TV and radio alerts. Last night seemed to be an overreach in this regard, however, as my phone started screeching at 3:51 am to inform me that there was an Amber Alert in Manhattan for a tan Lexus. It's not that a missing child isn't a serious matter, but waiting until almost 4:00 am to broadcast an alert for a child abducted by her mentally ill mother some 12 hours before more than 50 miles away doesn't seem the most logical use of the system, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was some sort of mistake. Anyway, here's hoping they find that baby and her mom and that everyone's okay.

P.S.: Sorry about the delayed update this morning, as it had to wait for Network Solutions to sort out its DNS services.

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