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Thursday, Jul 18, 2013

  

New Strider Game Announced

CapCom Unity has the announcement of a brand-new Strider game coming to Windows and consoles early next year. They offer some concept art and this announce trailer showing off the game's platforming action, but we can one-up them with this press release:

San Diego, Calif. – July 18, 2013 - Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that the ultimate ninja, Strider Hiryu, will return in Strider®, a brand new title in development for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360®games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 system and PC. An intense side-scrolling action platformer, Strider’s action begins in the expansive metropolis of Kazakh City, a mix of ornate Russian architecture and hard-edged futuristic high-rise buildings with sprawling energy cables and pipework. Players freely explore the city and beyond, gaining new abilities and items which in turn open access to a truly massive and expansive interconnected game world.

Remaining true to its roots, Strider features the same franchise hallmarks of fluid, lightning quick combat and ground-breaking free-flowing traversal that inspired many of today’s third person action titles. Strider further builds upon this pedigree by endowing the player with a vastly expanded arsenal of moves and weapons to acquire and use, while slicing their way through a massive, interconnected and rich game world.

Continue here to read the full story.

Shadowrun Returns Launch Trailer

The Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter campaign has kicked off Harebrained Schemes' countdown to next week's release of their turn-based RPG revival. They enlist the support of their backers to help market the game, offering this launch trailer to help spread the word. Here's what they say: "As gamers, we know that a lot of paid marketing efforts are kind of useless. Most of us rely on the opinions of people we trust to help us figure out what we want to play next. So please get the word out and get people talking - not just about the game but about how they have the power to add to it and tell their own stories using the Editor." Continue here to read the full story.

Watch Dogs Limited Edition

Ubisoft announces a North American exclusive limited edition of Watch Dog (aka Watch_Dogs) that will run a cool $129.99. Here's word on what you get for that princely sum:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 18, 2013 – Today, Ubisoft® announced the Limited Edition Pack contents of the open world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs™. The Limited Edition Pack will be available on November 19 across retailers in North America for $129.99 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, at their respective system launches, along with its release on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows® PC. Fans can stay connected to the world of Watch Dogs with the following contents available in the Limited Edition Pack:

  • Watch Dogs video game
  • 9" statue of Aiden Pearce prominently showing his deadliest weapon – his smartphone
  • Aiden Pearce’s iconic vigilante mask
  • Collectible SteelBook™ game case featuring DedSec art
  • Official soundtrack with an original score by pioneering composer Brian Reitzell, whose work includes the films The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and the video game Red Faction: Armageddon. His recent projects - Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and the hit NBC thriller Hannibal – are earning critical acclaim, reaffirming Reitzell's status as one of the industry's top composers.
  • Deluxe hardcover art book with 80 pages of concept art

In Watch Dogs, players will be immersed in a living, breathing and fully connected recreation of Chicago. Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

Watch Dogs will be available on PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One on their respective system launch dates, along with its release on PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360, the Wii U™ system from Nintendo and Windows PC on November 19.

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Into the Black

Battlefield 4 Campaign Details

The Battlefield Blog offers a couple of high-resolution renders of a couple of Battlefield 4 squad mates to accompany details about the campaign Tombstone squad will conduct as they fight for peace all around the globe. Here's the intro: "The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and you and your squad are the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. This is Battlefield 4. As Sergeant Daniel Recker, you play as a member of an elite group of unlikely heroes known as Tombstone squad, navigating the turmoil around you as you fight to save the final hope for peace."

New GeForce Beta Drivers

The GeForce website offers new GeForce version 326.19 Beta drivers for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards running under Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 preview. They say: "The new unified Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 Preview GeForce 326.19 beta driver is now available to download. Featuring performance optimizations of up to 19% in DiRT Showdown, F1 2012 and Tomb Raider, as well as SLI profiles for Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell Blacklist, 326.19 beta is a recommended update for all GeForce GTX gamers. 326.19 beta also improves Arma 3 SLI performance, and adds support for ASUS's PQ321Q 31.5" 4K, 3840x2160 monitor." Thanks Iggy.

Magicka: Wizard Wars Gameplay Trailer

A new "First-Glance" trailer from Magicka: Wizard Wars includes actual gameplay from the PvP Magicka game in development at Paradox North. The clip includes the following caption: "In Magicka: Wizard Wars, two teams of four wizards each will cast, blast, and get sassed by one another in pitched battles, utilizing the celebrated dynamic real-time spellcasting system of Magicka, along with some new tricks. In true Magicka fashion, friendly fire is in full effect, and hundreds of spell combinations are possible, with victory going to the wizards who can think and act the fastest – and stay out of the line of fire. With short battles, skill-based spell-offs, and a set of marvelous robes, Magicka: Wizard Wars aims to provide multiplayer aficionados with a new option for PvP mayhem." Continue here to read the full story.

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut for Windows

Rising Star Games announces plans to bring Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut to Windows PCs after the success of Deadly Premonition for Xbox 360 and of the PlayStation 3 edition of The Director's Cut. They have the game up for voting on a Steam Greenlight campaign and offer a reveal trailer for the PC edition. Here's word:

Part suspense-filled horror, part action-adventure game, Deadly Premonition offers an open-world experience packed with locals to meet and places to discover, as well as numerous side quests and mini-games that will help you solve the murders and uncover Greenvale's deepest, darkest secrets.

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut on PC includes the following new features over and above the original game, plus additional content over the PS3 release:

  • A surprising new scenario from the game's director, Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro
  • Enhanced HD graphics with new textures
  • Reworked control system allowing for an even better combat experience
  • Downloadable content to expand the mystery beyond the original game
  • New bonus DLC exclusive to the PC version!
  • Achievements and Steam Trading Cards (exclusive to the Steam version)

"Steam's Greenlight process is a first for Rising Star Games and there is nothing better than the cult hit, Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, to make our mark on it," said Martin Defries, managing director & COO of Rising Star Games. "Rising Star Games is an extremely community-driven publisher and our vocal fans have been calling for a PC version of this game, so using Steam Greenlight gives those fans the chance to make a difference."

Continue here to read the full story.

PlanetSide 2 Shelving Paid Implants

John Smedley tweets that SOE is shelving plans to add microtransaction-fuelled player buffs to PlanetSide 2 after player outcry, saying: "After reading through your comments we have decided to go back to the drawing board on implants." Massively explains what they were considering: "Implants were cheap consumables designed to offer specific abilities or bonuses over a short span of time."

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Next Month

A new video for Sir, You Are Being Hunted narrated by game critic/game creator Jim Rossignol reveals an August 19th release date for the first-person stealth/survival huntee simulation, though this goes unmentioned on the Big Robot Website or Rock, Paper, Shotgun (thanks nin via Kotaku). At that point the game will be released with its three main biomes, though this will be followed with further content updates to complete their vision. The clip shows off new environments from the game in an update going out next week to backers. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

The NYTimes has an article about that wee hours amber alert I mentioned yesterday, saying that I was not the only one awakened by this, explaining how the system works, and discussing whether a late-night alert is really advisable (thanks j.c.f.). It also tells us that the missing child that inspired the alert was found, so there's good news there, and in fairness, the amber alert played a part in this (albeit during the day when people were awake), so one can't complain about the results. There's also a post about this on Buzzfeed (thanks nin) including this explanation from the powers-that-be: "It truly is a city that never sleeps. There are always tons of people on the road. It makes perfect sense to send this out." So their actual intent wasn't to wake up the millions of us who were asleep, it was for people to read on their cell phones while driving that night. Okay, as long as they thought this all the way through.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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