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Saturday, Sep 07, 2013

  

Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website has word that Star Citizen crowdfunding has now surpassed the $18 million mark, just a week after the announcement the upcoming space combat game had reached the $17 million plateau. Chris Roberts explains the "exclusive star system for backers" triggered by reaching the $18 million goal, and also goes on to discuss balancing the game's item sales based on supporter feedback. He also unveils their $20 million goal is "First person combat on select lawless planets. Don’t just battle on space stations and platforms… take the fight to the ground!" He calls this their "penultimate planned stretch goal," cryptically explaining: "While goals will continue after $21 million, they will take a new form representative of what additional funding can add to the game!"

BattleForge Closing After Next Month

The BattleForge website has news that EA is closing down Phenomic's free-to-play RTS game as of the end of next month after a four-plus year run that began in March 2009 (thanks GamePolitics). Here's word from Sky Marshal Dienes:

Skylords,

Today we bring sad news to the world of Nyn as the rift between our worlds is coming to a close, and with this we come to the unfortunate retirement of BattleForge.

The decision to retire older games is never easy. We hope you’ve enjoyed playing BattleForge as much as we enjoyed making it and we wish to extend our sincerest thanks to all of our passionate and dedicated players for supporting BattleForge over the past 4 years. Those of you who still have a balance of in-game currency are encouraged to spend it before the game is shut down on October 31st and is no longer available for play.

Wangtastic Shadow Warrior Trailer

This new video trailer from "the Devolver Digital Marketing Department" shows off some "Wangtastic features" of Shadow Warrior, the upcoming martial arts shooter remake. Some of the features they highlight suggest that they are throwing a little mocking in the direction of some high-profile game projects:

  • Fully destructive bicycles!
  • Optional katana maintenance!
  • Tasteful product placement *cough* Alienware *cough*
  • Advanced Fish Physics!
  • Next-Gen Tree Swaying!
  • And more!

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Out of the Blue

I just love how the background in this video reads "Keep Portland Weird." I'm going to go out on a limb and say things are safe in that regard for the time being.

Weird Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Cheeez Huntr.
Barons Gate.
Links: Man Builds Classic Video Game Cabinet With 75 Controllers [Video].
Watch a Virgin Galactic Test Flight from Onboard the Engine. Thanks nin.
Science: MIT Study: 200,000 Americans Die Premature Deaths Caused by Emissions.
Media: Journey to Splash Mountain trailer (L4D2). Thanks nin via Shacknews.
335-foot 700 Ton Ship Flips.
The Funnies: 2DS.



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