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Friday, Aug 16, 2013

  

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Announced

Russian developer HeroCraft announces Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, a virtual card-based turn-based strategy game set in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K universe. Here's word on the game, which is due next year for Windows and mobiles:

August 16th 2013, Kaliningrad, Russia – HeroCraft are pleased to announce a licence partnership with Games Workshop®. Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will be a new turn-based tactical combat video game, using collectible cards to drive the on-screen actions of the 3D characters. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the free to play game is in full development for a 2014 release on iOS, Android and PC.

Continue here to read the full story.

E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway in E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, Streum On Studio's action/RPG, which is on sale for half-of during the event. Here's a refresher on the game:

As a member of the strange secret society E.Y.E, you wake up after a fight in which your fellow teammates were killed. E.Y.E, an armed branch of the Secreta Secretorum is attempting a coup against the all-powerful Federation, a coalition of several worlds and planets that rule with an iron fist.

To complicate matters, E.Y.E itself is plagued with its own internal conflicts between the Jian faction and the Culter faction, to which you belong. Your loyalties are torn between Commander Rimanah, your superior and the chief of the Secreta who is a separatist with an unstoppable ambition, and the "Mentor" your friend and instructor. The "Mentor" tries at all costs to unite the two rival factions. In doing so, you are thrust into the middle of a fratricidal war frought with political conspiracies and quests for power in which different groups and megacorporations are implicated.

Saints Row IV Steam Preloads

Steam News announces that preorders are underway for Saints Row IV in advance of next week's release of Volition's action game sequel:

Saints Row IV is Now Available for Pre-Load on Steam!

Also this is your last chance to pre-purchase and receive the Commander in Chief Edition and the TF2 Weapons and Costume Skins!

The US President must save the Earth from alien overlord Zinyak using an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons in the wildest open world game ever.

The epic conclusion to the game that changed all the rules! The Saints have gone from the crackhouse to the White House—but the Earth has been invaded and it’s up to you to free the world from Overlord Zinyak and his alien empire. With homies new and old by your side, and an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons, you must save the world in the wildest open world game ever!

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Next Month

SEGA announces a September 3rd release date for Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, along with word that PSN preorder customers will get a copy of the PSN port of the original Genesis version. Word is: "We’re excited to announce that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be available worldwide for digital download on September 3, 2013 for PlayStation Network, on September 4th for Xbox LIVE Arcade, and for PC digital download as a cost of $14.99USD/£ 9.99/€14.99/1200 Microsoft Points."

Battlefield 4 Videos

The Battlefield Blog has another "Road to Battlefield 4" entry, offering a deep dive into the Field Upgrade system in the military shooter sequel, and how DICE is tweaking core gameplay to allow for more diversity in combat roles. Also, this trailer offers gamers describing their memorable gameplay experiences in Battlefield 4 accompanied by video of the gameplay that inspired their stories. The clip runs about 2:30 as it seems to be an anthology of four different TV spots ranging from 30 to 45 seconds each. Continue here to read the full story.

Infinite Crisis Atomic Wonder Woman Trailer

This trailer from Infinite Crisis introduces Atomic Wonder Woman, another of the champions in the upcoming DC Comics-inspired MOBA game. Here's what makes her different from the Amazonian Goddess some of us remember so fondly: "The Cold War reaches full tilt, and Earth's Superpowers hold their fingers over the button. Wonder Woman’s mission to forge peace is shattered by an object from space. It explodes above a small town in Kansas, sparking World War III, and no city or nation escapes from the nuclear firestorm. In the aftermath worldwide devastation, Wonder Woman realizes her mission is now one of restoration. A melee Assassin who builds momentum by revving up her chainsaw, Atomic Wonder Woman boosts her powers with expert timing." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Techland Opens Canadian Studio; Releases First Dying Light Gameplay Trailer

Techland announces the opening of a new development studio in Canada, which includes some of the folks from Radical Entertainment who lost their jobs last summer. They explain how this studio fits into their organization: "Up until now, titles by Techland have been created in two development studios, located in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Those studios are now joined by the new facility, located near Vancouver, Canada. The new branch, named Digital Scapes Studios, is led by Managing Director Marcin Chady, previously longtime Technical Director of Radical Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. From the same source are a number of other employees of the new Techland owned Canadian studio. Team members previously contributed to titles such as two installments in the best-selling Prototype series, which was enthusiastically received by players and media alike. Digital Scapes Studios are currently tasked with the creation of certain key elements in the new game Dying Light, currently in development by Techland in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment." Speaking of Dying Light, a new video offers the first look at gameplay in the upcoming first-person, zombie survival/horror game. The day/night cycle is a significant factor in the game, and this "pre-alpha" clip focuses on what players can do in the clear light of day. Continue here to read the full story.

Saints Row 4 Video Diary

A fourth Saints Row 4 video diary (NSFW) is now available, with more on the open-world action sequel that's due for release next week. Though some argue Saints Row 2 and 3 are cut from the same cloth, Volition creative director Steve Jaros explains a rift between fans of the two games they hope to mend with Saints Row 4. The clip highlights the game's returning characters and the role the voice actors play in the production, discussing the return of Johnny Gat, which personality of Shaundi we will experience, and more. Continue here to read the full story.

Thief in February

The GamesCom trailer for Thief is a cinematic look at the upcoming reboot, setting the Robin Hood-style story line of the upcoming stealth/action game, depicting Garrett's role in the uprising of the proletariat. The clip also concludes with an official release date for the game, saying it's coming to stores on February 25, 2014. Word is:

London (16, August 2013) – Square Enix® and Eidos-Montréal™, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution® today announced that THIEF™ will be released for Windows PC, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 25th February 2014 in North America and 28th February 2014 in Europe and PAL territories.

“This city will not die with the old and the poor holding it back. The time has come for a new future” -Baron Northcrest

“No more will our homes be taken and our families starved. This City belongs to the people. We must seize it back.” -Orion

Garrett the Master Thief is entangled in the growing layers of conflict between Baron Northcrest and the oppressed masses led by Orion, the voice of the people. In a City on the brink of revolution, Garrett’s skills are all he can trust as he walks the fine line between politics and the people.

Continue here to read the full story.

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Next Month

GOG.com announces they are now accepting preorders for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the upcoming survival/horror "indirect" sequel, adding a release date, saying the game is due on September 10th. Those who are willing to commit to the game before then will get themselves a 20% discount. Here's word:

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the indirect sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent excels in the art of terror storytelling. Using first-person perspective gameplay, suggestive visuals, and chilling ambiance, it creates an experience that all horror fans will deeply appreciate. Altering and expanding the ideas used in the previous Amnesia story, the game offers a new level of immersion and interaction, that will make you feel a part of the events more than ever before. With a gripping story-line, perfect pacing, and atmospheric environment design, this title is everything you need to make your heart beat faster.

Pre-order Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs for only $15.99 on GOG.com today, and start preparing for one of the most terrifying and unsettling gaming experiences of your life. The 20% pre-order discount offer lasts until the game's release, which is expected on September 10.

Guild Wars 2 Free Trial This Month; Sales Record Claimed

ArenaNet is claiming a sales record for Guild Wars 2, saying that selling over three million copies in nine months gives them rights to claim the title of fastest selling MMORPG in the U.S. in Europe over the first nine months, beating out whatever game previously held this coveted distinction. "After triangulating against multiple data sources, it’s clear that Guild Wars 2 is the fastest-selling Western MMO of all time based on the first nine months of availability," said analyst David Cole of DFC Intelligence. "This puts Guild Wars 2 in an impressive position when they release in China, where we’ve seen similar franchises really take off." Burying the lede, they also mention they will offer the chance to check out the game at the end of this month in a free trial:

ArenaNet also announced a free trial for players looking to experience what millions of others are already enjoying. New players can create an account starting today and participate in a free trial from 08:00 BST Friday, 23rd August to 07:59 BST Monday, 26th August. Players can register for free trial accounts here: https://register.guildwars2.com/trial.

Ships Ahoy - Tropico 4: Propaganda

Just a day after the announcement of Tropico 5, Kalypso Media has released the new Propaganda expansion pack for Tropico 4, the current installment in the Island dictator series. The add-on is available via digital distribution for Windows and Xbox 360, tasking the player, in his role of El Presidente, with winning the "International Communist Propaganda competition" (what would the prize be?). Word is: "Turn the most absurd propaganda slogans into reality using the new Propaganda Tower building, then use it to suppress protesters and convert citizens to loyalists, or brainwash your people with the PR Specialist trait and ultimately ensure that the rule of El Prez endures! In addition, you can finally compete with the likes of Stalin and Lenin with the authority of the Party Leader outfit." Some new screenshots accompany the announcement.

LEGO Minifigure Game Pre-Announcement

The Funcom website is counting down the just under 13 days remaining before their planned August 29th reveal of a new online game based on LEGO Minifigures, as the latest scheme to make a video game based on the blocks-based toy will actually remove the block from the equation. Platforms and other details await the official unveiling, so we don't know that this is coming to PCs, but they are orchestrating an embargo to ensure a preview blast when the countdown concludes. For now, here's the announcement of the announcement, which takes no chances by mentioning their announcement date in each sentence:

On August 29th Funcom will reveal its brand new online game based on the exciting world of LEGO Minifigures -- and the countdown has already started!

With each day leading up to August 29th, more and more minifigures will gradually make an appearance on www.funcom.com, giving LEGO fans a glimpse at some of the many uniquely different minfigures they will be able to take with them on their online adventures.

The Team will be presenting the game for the first time ever at next week's GamesCom event in Cologne, so that fans can look forward to impressions based on actual live gameplay and developer interviews with the reveal goes live on August 29th.

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes in U.K./EMEA Stores

Kalypso Media announces the boxed retail edition of Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is now available as planned in U.K. and EMEA territories, including Europe, Russia, Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. They've cooked up a new launch trailer to help celebrate the occasion, and here's the elevator pitch for the game: "After a devastating cataclysm has precipitated the world of elemental into an era dominated by death, chaos and destruction, new civilizations have risen from the ashes. In Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes you will forge a new empire in a world sundered by powerful magic. Mighty champions and grand armies will fight under your flag to face terrible creatures, complete quests, rediscover lost secrets and expand your kingdom in your bid to rule the world of Elemental." Continue here to read the full story.

World of Warcraft Patch Nears [Updated]

Battle.net announces the new version 5.4 patch is now live nears for World of Warcraft, celebrating the news with a new Siege of Orgrimmar trailer. Update: We initially reported the patch is already live - Apologies for the confusion. Here's word:

Heroes of the Horde and the Alliance have tested their mettle against the might of the sha, the Thunder King, and one another, but an even darker storm brews within the heart of the Horde Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream. His thirst for power has unleashed a calamity that will have unforeseen consequences neither side could have prepared for—and his betrayal of the Horde as Azeroth has known it will soon be complete.

Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar is nearly here, and we’re pleased to present you with the official trailer! Strap in, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Siege of Orgrimmar introduces a ton of exciting new content and features, including Flexible Raiding, a new solo Pet Battle Scenario, the Timeless Isle, Proving Grounds, a new Raid dungeon, and more

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Out of the Blue

Yesterday I paid the price for wearing the flimsy surfer shoes I recently mentioned re-discovering after a long search. I was walking the pooches when I managed to bang my foot against a protruding bit of sidewalk, giving myself a nasty pain on the ball of the foot right where the big toe is attached. This turns out to be a spot that gets a lot of wear-and-tear that one doesn't think about until it hurts, but it bears a lot of weight when I walk, and is the *exact* spot that depresses the clutch when I drive. At least it's my left foot, so my ass-kicking foot is still in order, and I'm ready if any NFL teams come calling for a placekicker, but I'm basically a gimpy mess at the moment.

Gimpy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Need Water.
Crazy Old Man.
Links: Google's Definition of Literally Literally Isn't Literal. Thanks CNN.
Stories: The Government Now Admits There's an 'Area 51'. Thanks HARDOCP.
What PBS owes to 'Honey Boo Boo'. Thanks reddit.
Seattle Police hand out free Doritos at Seattle Hempfest.
Science: New species is first carnivore found in the Americas in 35 years.
Media: Fake White Shark Week?
Follow-up: "Ender's Game" Author Causes New Headache. Thanks nin.
The Funnies: NASA gives up on resurrecting Kepler telescope.
Hostess Relaunches Twinkies as Dude Food.
Russian meteor left a dusty mess in the stratosphere.



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