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Monday, Aug 05, 2013

  

On Beat Hazard Ultra's Success

The Cold Beam Games website has word that Beat Hazard Ultra is now available on XBLIG, in an update that also describes the indie game's remarkable commercial success (thanks nin via Joystiq and Destructoid). Here's word:

  • 1 Man, 3 Years, 7 Platforms and 3,000% Profit
  • Beat Hazard has sold in excess of 700,000 copies
  • Grossed over $2.2 million.
  • With overall development costs in the region of $70,000, this gives a return on investment of 3000%!

Command & Conquer Trailer

A second Beyond the Battle trailer offers a further behind-the-scenes look at the development of a new Command & Conquer at Victory Games (part one was released in May). Here's word on what this shows of the real-time-strategy revival: "In Part 2 of Beyond the Battle, we take a look at the development of an iconic GLA unit for the new Command & Conquer -- from concept to art production to implementation. Join us behind the scenes for new reveals, never before seen footage, and exclusive interviews from the lead developers of Victory Games." Thanks Ant. Continue here to read the full story.

Stunt Runner Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter campaign seeks $55K to complete development of Stunt Runner, a comedic physics-based puzzler from Kermdinger Studios where you control the environment, rather than the character. Here's the description of how they are attempting to combine two classics, The Incredible Machine and Lemmings: "Stunt Runner is a comedic, physics-based 2.5D puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux that takes the best elements from classic games like The Incredible Machine and Lemmings with tributes to some of film's greatest themes and characters. In each level, you’ll purchase and place props which enable Smash to successfully traverse the obstacles on each set. How you spend your money and solve each puzzle will be up to you. Multiple solutions will be a cornerstone of our design. We plan to launch the PC and Mac versions at the same time, as we're building the game in Unity and porting to Mac will be fairly straightforward!"

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Evening Interviews

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Into the Black

R.I.P.: A good day to die. R.I.P.: Michael Ansara.

Marvel Heroes Patch Adds Human Torch & Speedier Progression

The Marvel Heroes website has news that a new patch is now live, updating the superhero action/RPG, to version 1.11.0.243 to be precise. This adds a hot new hero, the Human Torch, saying he is purchasable with cash, but can also be played in exchange for Eternity Splinters, a new in game drop. The accompanying update explains how these work in getting free upgrades, saying their drop-rate is "tuned to make Marvel Heroes slightly faster than other free-to-play games in terms of getting free heroes, as we continue to work towards the goal of being the most player-focused game possible." They go on to promise they "will continue to evaluate and iterate until we are 100% satisfied that we are meeting that goal." They also explain that old Cosmic Keys have been converted into an equal number of Eternity Splinters and outline a new zone added in this update.

Infinite Crisis Trailer

This new trailer is the first in a series of behind-the-scenes clips for Infinite Crisis, the upcoming superheroic MOBA from DC Comics, WBIE, and Turbine. Along with gameplay footage, the clip features interviews with the development team as well as Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment and Jim Lee, Co-Publisher at DC Entertainment, who talk about the DC Multiverse, and what this game represents. Continue here to read the full story.

Betrayer Announced

New developer blackpowder games announces Betrayer, an upcoming single-player first-person shooter set in colonial America that features the requisite zombies in the form of undead conquistadors. This is coming from a team that includes six veterans of F.E.A.R. and No One Lives Forever development back in their days with Monolith, including Shogo, NOLF, and F.E.A.R. lead designer Craig Hubbard. PC Gamer has some details and hands-on impressions of the "eerie" game along with screenshots and a gameplay trailer showing off its unusual art direction, where most everything is starkly black or white (lacking even grayscale), with the occasional splash of red. The plan is to begin offering the game via Steam Early Access on August 14th, and in the meantime we can get a sense of what this is about through the words of PC Gamer:

Betrayer doesn’t fit neatly into an existing genre. On the surface, it’s an FPS set in open, pristine American wilderness that happens to be crawling with undead conquistadors. But the game’s monochromatic art direction, gloomy tone, and sense of mystery distinguish it from other indie and horror projects.

The story of Betrayer is expressed through scattered clues—gravestone engravings, artifacts, notes, and other evidence that you find in the world. Assembling these clues pieces together the truth of what happened to an abandoned British settlement. One of colonial history’s greatest mysteries, the Roanoke colony, was among the inspirations for this premise, says creative lead Craig Hubbard. “The social situation of that time was really interesting,” says Hubbard, formerly the lead designer on Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, F.E.A.R., and the NOLF series. “I don’t know if you’ve read about what it was like to be in the Pilgrim colonies, like if you broke the law, but they’d like… pile stones on you until you died. It was just brutal and horrific and that’s great subject matter for an atmospheric and eerie game.”

Continue here to read the full story.

Alice: Otherlands Kickstarted

The Kickstarter campaign for Alice: Otherlands concluded last night, managing to exceed its $200K funding goal by over 10%. This means American McGee should be able to acquire the film rights that bear his name for American McGee's Alice. The intent is to uses these to create a series of animated shorts with the goal of eventually making a feature film. This post has word:

After 20 days and much nail-biting, the Alice: Otherlands campaign has reached a successful conclusion. Coming in at over 222kUSD, the funding will allow us to create a series of animated short films, pursue larger animated series possibilities, begin development work on a feature film and access larger funding options for a possible feature film production in the future. All thanks to the kind support of our backers on Kickstarter. You rock!

For those of you who missed out on the action of the race – there’s still a post-campaign funding option via PayPal. Just follow THIS LINK and you’ll be taken to the PayPal campaign page.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK's latest U.K. software charts are out, with their all platforms/all prices chart showing Minecraft: Xbox 360 has dug in for another week at number one. On the full-price PC chart we see The Sims 3 Island Paradise enjoying a Corona in the top spot, and the PC budget chart has details on what bargains gamers are hunting. Here's GfK's summary:

Microsoft’s ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’(-9%) holds the No1 spot in the All Formats Chart for a second week.

It’s a quiet week for new releases and so the 4J studios developed title finds itself largely unchallenged at the top. ‘The Last of Us’ (-2%) which held the crown for six weeks prior to Minecraft’s ascent to the top climbs a place to No2 as does Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing: New Leaf’ (-0%) to No3. Following a strong week on week boost in sales EA’s ‘FIFA 13’ (+33%) continues to climb back up the chart reaching No4.

Even more impressive is the climb of Ubisoft’s ‘The Smurfs 2’ (+115%) which following its debut two weeks ago flies up the chart to No5 no doubt helped by their second outing on the big screen. Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ (+48%) is also back in the Top 10 up from No16 to No7 following a near fifty percent boost in sales. Square Enix’s ‘Tomb Raider’ (+1%) is a non-mover at No9 while ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ (+11%) just edges out ‘Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros’ to round off the Top 10 at No10.

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Morning Consolidation

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Morning Metaverse

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Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Any other Amazon customers get a mail this morning offering "Up to 50% Off Select Blu-ray Books in Our Deal of the Week"? No big deal, but I thought it was funny, and they don't usually make errors like that. Hey, maybe it's not an error. Maybe the long awaited era of high definition books is finally upon us.

R.I.P.: Colts defensive tackle, hall of famer Art Donovan dies.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Transmorpher 2.
Stories: UK’s biggest ‘fatberg’ discovered in London sewer. Thanks Boing Boing.
Peter Capaldi Is The Next "Doctor Who".
The photo that broke a mother’s heart.
Images: The Weird Error Message Gallery.
Media: YouTube Complaints Part 2!.
Man does multiple back flips down a sand dune.
Footbag Fella.
The Funnies: xkcd: The Mother of All Suspicious Files



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