Batman: Arkham Origins will not use Games for Windows Live, reports
IGN, saying WBIE has confirmed that the new installment in the
stealth/action series uses Steamworks for achievements and multiplayer support.
There was no multiplayer in the first two games in the Arkham series, but they
both used GFWL for achievement tracking. This news comes shortly after
news that the
Xbox.com PC Marketplace (formerly the Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace) will
close this week, and word from
Capcom that Ultra Street Fighter IV will likewise drop Games for
Windows Live after using this on previous games including Super Street
Fighter IV. On the heals of all this,
Polygon reports on a now-removed
support update from Microsoft that announced the Games for Windows Live
service will end in July 2014. Here's what they report the update
Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014.
Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features
of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the
features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational
until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.
NCSOFT announces a hybrid business model for WildStar, the upcoming
science fiction MMORPG from Carbine Studios, saying it will support
subscriptions as well as the ability to buy game time from other players.
There's more on this on the
WildStar blog along with a
Model FAQ. Here's the announcement:
BRIGHTON, UK – 19 AUGUST, 2013:
NCSOFT® and Carbine Studios today revealed initial details on the business model
for WildStar, the much anticipated sci-fi MMO, outlining the different ways
players can embark on their planetary adventure when it’s released in spring of
Upon purchasing WildStar through a retail outlet or digital download, players
will receive 30 days free game time, plus three guest passes to give to friends
for a week of galactic adventure. Players can then either opt to pay a standard
monthly subscription, purchase a Game Time card, or use gold earned in-game to
purchase C.R.E.D.D. from other players and avoid paying a subscription fee
C.R.E.D.D. (also known as a Certificate of Research, Exploration, Destruction
and Development) is an in-game item that can be redeemed for game time. Players
can sell C.R.E.D.D. to each other for gold in-game through each server’s
Commodities Exchange at a rate established by the player community. C.R.E.D.D.
can also be purchased for real money online at www.WildStar-Online.com. This
model provides players multiple options for access to play – through a
traditional MMO subscription or a ’play to pay’ approach.
Ubisoft announces Panzer General Online, a new multiplayer installment in
the Panzer General strategy series in development at their Blue Byte studio in
collaboration with Funatics Software. The free-to-play, web-based game is slated
to enter closed beta testing later this year, and the
Panzer General website is
already accepting advance registration from those interested in participating.
The site also offers an
announcement trailer with a cinematic promoting the game. Here's word:
on intense strategic battles, players are able to play in both single-player and
multiplayer modes. The single-player campaign functions as an advanced tutorial
and lets the player take part in battles including the Battle of Omaha Beach and
the Battle of Monte Cassino. The multiplayer mode challenges players to become
the most effective general through strategic control of their units. Panzer
General Online also incorporates elements of trading card-based games: players
can collect and trade virtual miniatures of tanks, infantry and artillery to
create their own personalized army.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has word that early access to the alpha version of
Sir, You Are Being Hunted is now available to those who purchase the
survival game through Steam
or the Humble Store, as well as to their
Kickstarter backers. You'd almost think the game was developed by a writer
from this eloquent description: "Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a
procedurally-generated British horror in which tweed-wearing robots hunt you for
sport. Roam the landscape, scavenge for food, hide breathlessly in the
undergrowth, flee in terror, and even fight back with stolen weapons. Sir is a
stealth and survival game unlike any other."
Ubisoft announces early access is now underway for Might & Magic X Legacy
Uplay and Steam.
Here's the deal:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. — August 19th 2013 — Today, Ubisoft
announced Early Access for Might & Magic® X Legacy. For all pre-purchases of the
game’s Deluxe Edition, players can now exclusively play the entire first Act of
Might & Magic® X Legacy prior to the full game release and enjoy numerous
exclusive benefits and features. This Deluxe Edition is available digitally on
uPlay and Steam, and on retail via uPlay only.
Might & Magic® X Legacy is a video game project that initiates a process of
cooperation between developers and gamers. As players will get access to a game
still in development, they will be able to give their feedback so developers can
deliver the best game possible. Early Access’s main objectives are to give
players a first glimpse of the project and let them participate easily in its
The Open Development launch earlier this summer is also part of this early
access process, which allows the development team to share its passion for the
Might & Magic brand. The Open Dev Blog is the platform allowing Might & Magic® X
Legacy enthusiasts to participate in the game’s development. Feedback from the
community has already been taken into account, with features being added to the
game based on community involvement.
website has an update from a week ago announcing this multiplayer arena
shooter is now free-to-play. They explain their philosophy about this: "Well, we
continue to stand by our commitment that Forge will not be pay-to-win. As you
see from our item store already, items are cosmetic. We hope in the future to
add customization to cosmetic items as well. So the assassin could have a
different dagger that gave her some kind of customization as well. For now, we
will offer armor sets and XP boosts. We will be introducing 4 new sets including
Bivröst Armor, Gullveig’s Armor, Armor of Muspelheim, and new war-painted helms:
the Bardajalmor. For a while we had the idea of being a little more of a
Freemium offering and charging for Progression. We have since decided from
feedback from all of you to drop this idea and allow all access to the Item
Store." A new
1.11 patch is now live. Thanks
Frictional Games announces Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs will be released
on September 10th for Windows, OS X, and Linux, offering another survival/horror
experience using the same setting as Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Here's
From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther
comes a new first-person horror game that will drag you to the depths of greed,
power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your
heart. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is survival–horror at its most unsettling;
helpless and alone, no weapons to soothe your nerves, and the dim light of your
lantern to offer any comfort.
For Windows, Mac, and Linux, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is available for $15.99
($19.99 regularly) at these digital distributors:
Mac Game Store
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' narrative-driven horror, free of combat and complex
puzzles, instead encourages players to entrench themselves in the world, be
consumed by its ambiance, and run for their lives. More info: http://aamfp.com/
AMD now offers new AMD Catalyst version 13.8 beta 2 drivers for Windows. The
feature highlights indicate that this is were those with AMD/ATI graphics cards
should turn to run Saints Row IV, which is due tomorrow:
Saints Row 4: Performance improves up to 25% at
1920x1280 with Ultra settings enabled
Splinter Cell Blacklist: Performance improves up
to 9% at 2560x1600 with Ultra settings enabled
Final Fantasy XIV: Improves single GPU and
Van Helsing: Fixes image quality issues when
enabling Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center
Far Cry 3 / Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: Resolve
corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center
RIPD: Improves single GPU performance
Minimum: Improves CrossFire performance
Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Improves CrossFire
CrossFire: Frame Pacing feature – includes
improved performance in World of Warcraft, Sniper Elite, Watch Dogs, and
The rules are simple: don't crash, rack up points, and keep
boosting to keep your solar-powered craft in the ever-sinking rays of the sun.
Race the Sun uses a mixture of hand-crafted and procedurally generated stages to
provide a unique world every day, and invites users to create and share their
Endless racer for the hardcore crowd.
Infinite worlds that change daily for continuous
Ridiculously-hard Apocalypse Mode.
Tools for world-creation and -sharing.
25 levels of ship upgrades and customizations.
Relay sharing. Pass your run off to someone else,
or complete others.
The Gamescom trailer
for Dark Eye – Demonicon is now online, showing off some of the locations in the
upcoming action/RPG as well as some of the foes the player will face in concept
art, cinematics, and gameplay footage.
The game's website has
details on what to expect when the Windows edition is released in October of
this year and the console versions follow next year. Continue here to read the full story.
play in real 3D now, with climb/dive controls (button, keyboard, and joystick).
Players can fly OVER a black hole, and come up underneath enemies.
The UI art has been completely revamped, new crisper fonts, custom screen
controls torpedo controls, and significant changes to every game screen.
Artemis 2.0 can now support up to eight simultaneous bridges, which means up to
48 players. Multi-ship games got special attention during the development, with
known bugs fixed and a lot of UI changes.
By popular request, there is now a full-fledged Player Versus Player mode, where
any number of sides and teams can battle each other in arena sectors that can be
tuned to limit torpedo and ship types, as well as the number of NPC ships on
Ubisoft has unveiled plans for Child of Light at
GDC Europe, reports
Gamasutra, calling this a JRPG-inspired game using the "Ubi-Art Framework
tech developed for the Rayman series." Details like target platforms or release
windows are not offered yet, but they do have word on the general plan from Far
Cry 3 director Patrick Plourde:
According to Plourde, the downloadable
title -- influenced by Japanese games like Final Fantasy VI and artists like
Hayao Miyazaki and Yoshitaka Amano -- was started as an internal indie project
within the developer and is targeted as a next-gen game.
The game is a side-scrolling game with JRPG-esque turn-based battles. Beyond its
artistic and classic JRPG influences, Plourde cited Limbo as a huge influence on
the game's direction, along with European fairytales.
Speaking during a recent Team
Fortress 2 livestream, Minecraft originator Markus "Notch" Persson reveals
that at this point Mojang has no further plans to develop 0x10c, their planned
sandbox space simulation game, saying "I’m just going to be working on small
games for the rest of my life."
The game's subreddit points to a
Project Trillek subreddit, home to an effort to pick up the mantle of the
game to release as a community project called Project Trillek, and
USgamer has quotes from the developers on their ambitions. Thanks
Desura now offers
downloads of a
playable demo for Teslagrad, Rain Games' magnetic puzzle/side-scroller
adventure that's due for full release this fall. Here's what this is all about:
"The demo, available by direct download for Windows, Linux and MAC OSX, allows
you to dive into the secrets kept in the Teslagrad Tower. This first public
build features the first steps of the adventure, a final boss fight, and perhaps
even certain clues about the legendary struggle between the ancient Teslamancers,
and the wrath of an embittered king." The
Rain Games website
has more details on the demo as well as a "super awesome Teslagrad demo speedrun
contest," offering a "unique" soundtrack CD as a prize.
Steam News announces
that Valve is now accepting pre-purchases of X Rebirth, offering a
10% discount on this advance commitment to EGOSOFT's space combat sequel:
Rebirth represents a spectacular new beginning for the X series, offering
loyal fans and newcomers alike a vast, vivid and extremely detailed universe to
explore throughout the game. Varied gameplay elements such as action-packed
space combat, detailed trading mechanics and high-speed space exploration with
fast travel allow players to experience a truly unique space saga that will keep
them hooked for dozens of hours. X Rebirth features a whole new user experience
- it is easier than ever to start with, and remains as deep as fans expect
Cyanide Studio announces a September 12th Steam release date for Aarklash:
Legacy, which is a bit of a delay from the Q2 2013 debut originally
announced for this game based on the Confrontation miniatures series. They
also offer new details on the game in
the Gamescom 2013 trailer
for the tactical adventure/RPG. Word is: "Players will also discover the
different characters that can join the party, as well as some of the enemies to
be encountered along the way. Venture into the fantasy world of Aarklash and
discover the fate of the last mercenary "Wheel Swords." Customize skills,
experiment with different tactics and strategies, and collect artifacts to
advance on the quest. Ultimately, promote synergy between companions and lift
the veil on the odious plot against them." Continue here to read the full story.
As usual, GfK Chart Track is here to brighten a Monday morning with their
calculations of the bestselling games in the U.K. for the past week. The
top 20 full-priced PC games chart has one new entry that's not a re-entry,
as Europa Universalis IV joins the chart at number 10, while the Sims 3: Island
Paradise continues to bask in the number one spot. It may remain there until it
is eligible for the
PC budget chart, as 40% of the full-priced chart is now Sims 3 SKUs. On the
all platforms/all prices chartPAYDAY 2 steals the number one spot from
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Here's
their summary of this
‘Payday 2’ ends Minecraft’s three week run at the top of
the chart and becomes 505 Games’ first No1 since Sniper Elite V2 back in Week 18
The sequel makes the jump to console following the great success of the original
‘Payday: The Heist’ which was released as a digital download only. ‘Minecraft:
Xbox 360 Edition’ (-14%) drops down to No2 while a strong boost in sales sees
‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ (+60%) continue its impressive climb back up to
No3. ‘FIFA 13’ (-18%) drops two places to No4 while Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing:
New Leaf’ (-9%) holds its position at No5.
Further down the chart there is little movement with ‘The Last of Us’(-19%)
still holding at No6 while ‘The Smurfs 2’ (-31%) is pushed down from No3 to No7.
Both ‘Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes’ (-0%) and ‘Tomb Raider’ (-10%) are
non-movers at No8 and No9 respectively. Perhaps in anticipation of the hotly
awaited next instalment, Take 2’s ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ (+6%) just edges out
Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ (-10%) for the No10 spot.
My weird ear for celebrity voices popped up again over the weekend, as I became
convinced the voice in the NFL's new TV promos is Forest Whitaker. A quick
Google suggested I was wrong, but I heard it a couple more times and did a
better search, and found out it is indeed his voice. The weird thing is that
before this if you asked me if I thought I knew what he sounded like I would
have answered probably not. Too bad there's not a way to capitalize on this odd
skill: Like Name that Tune for voices or something.