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Monday, Sep 16, 2013

  

Valve Remains Bullish on Linux

Gabe Newell gave a keynote address at LinuxCon in New Orleans, where the Valve managing director was highly critical of Windows while reiterating Valve's support for Linux as a gaming platform, reports Ars Technica. He says there will be a tangible demonstration of this soon: "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room." Valve confirmed plans for a Linux Steam client last year and not long after Newell famously labeled Windows 8 a "catastrophe." He also predicts a PC hardware shakeup. "I think we'll see either significant restructuring or market exits by top five PC players. It's looking pretty grim," he said. "Systems which are innovation-friendly and embrace openness are going to have a greater competitive advantage to closed or tightly regulated systems."

Rise of the Triad Patch and Free DLC

Apogee Software now offers a new patch for Rise of the Triad to update Interceptor Entertainment's first-person shooter remake to version 1.1. The patch includes "hundreds of fixes and improvements" as well as five new multiplayer maps and a new map playlist tool. This forum post has the complete patch notes, this trailer celebrates the content of the patch, and here are some screenshots. Here's a summary:

The wait is over: the first Rise of the Triad update is now live on Steam and GOG.com, including hundreds of fixes, tweaks, optimizations and features requested by the rabid fan community during the first month since release. Said Frederik Schreiber of Interceptor Entertainment: "We are extremely happy about the feedback we have gotten from you guys and we couldn't have done it without you." He's talking about the fans there. Duh.

The team has spent the last month collecting every single bug, tweak and suggestion posted on forums, blogs and websites, in order to create one mega patch. On top of all that, Interceptor has also been working on five brand new multiplayer maps and a map playlist tool -- among the most requested features from the community -- which are also included in patch 1.1. And it's all absolutely free, of course.

Red 5 Studios Reorganizing; Reworking Firefall PvP

Red 5 Studios announces plans to reorganize in advance of the launch of Firefall, saying this has cost some staff their jobs, but has not derailed the ongoing beta testing of their sci-fi sandbox shooter. Word is: "As part of the reorganization, Red 5 Studios confirms that it has released about 10 percent of its staff, the majority from Red 5’s video internet entertainment channel, Stage 5 TV. Development of Firefall is unaffected by the reorganization and Open Beta Stage 2 is well underway with a major patch scheduled for later this month." On a related note, they also recently announced they are pulling the game's underused PvP mode for an overhaul (thanks PC Gamer via Shacknews), saying it "does not represent Firefall at its best," and that they will relaunch that part of the game when its ready."

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Silent Hunter Online Open Beta

Silent Hunter Online is now in open beta, a soft launch for the MMO installment in Ubisoft's submarine simulation series. This new trailer shows off the game, and here's word on testing:

Düsseldorf, September 16th 2013 – Today Ubisoft and Blue Byte have announced the Open Beta launch for Silent Hunter Online. With the start of the Open Beta players around the world can slip into the role of submarine commanders during WWII and fully immerse themselves into the Battle of the Atlantic.

Silent Hunter Online is a browser based Free-to-Play submarine simulation game developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte in co-operation with Sproing. Players take position on board their submarines, hunt down enemy convoys, manage their personal flotillas and partake in server-wide dynamic campaigns. With a strong focus on multiplayer experience, every mission in the game can be played cooperatively.

Silent Hunter Online is based on a powerful graphics engine. Ocean waves and the vastness of the sea are being displayed in stunning 3D – without the need to install a game client. All in-game ship models are rendered in full detail and thus provide an unforeseen level of visual realism. Dynamic weather effects, authentically simulated waves and changing daytimes ensure gameplay variety during missions and create an immersive atmosphere. Impressive environmental effects like dense walls of fog, strong swell, stormy rain showers or idyllic sunsets on the open sea further enhance the gameplay experience. Thanks to an advanced particle system, battles at sea feature spectacular explosions, fire and smoke effects.

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U.K. Sales Charts

The latest U.K. sales charts are now available from GfK Chart-Track. Total War: Rome II (they still can't get that title right) hangs on at number one on the full-price PC chart, where the new entries are Farming Simulator 2013 at number 20 and Arma III at number eight. The PC budget chart has a new number one: The Sims 3: Movie Stuff. Meanwhile NHL 14 joins the all platforms/all prices chart at number 11 and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix enters at number two, as Saint's Row IV holds the top spot for the fourth week before the hit squad from GTA5 bumps it off next week. Here's how they describe the situation:

True to its name ‘Saints Row IV’ (-30%) holds the No1 spot for the fourth week in a row.

From this week’s new releases only one has an impact on the Top 10 with Square Enix’s ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix’ debuting at No2. The PS3 exclusive which includes new content and characters makes a marked improvement on its original debut on PS2 back in W46 2002 where it reached No35. Activision Blizzard’s ‘Diablo III’ (-50%) remains at No3 for a second week while Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist’ (-16%) is also a non-mover at No4.

It’s a similar story throughout the chart as ‘Disney Infinity’ (-22%), Microsoft’s ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (-9%) and Payday 2’ (-33%) are all static at No5 to No7. Two Warner Bros titles find themselves back in the Top 10 with ‘Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes’ (+5%) climbing five places and ‘Lego The Lord of the Rings’ (-5%) climbing three places to No8 and No9 respectively. Following a strong debut last week Sega’s ‘Rome: Total War II’ (-87%) slips from No2 to No10. New at No11 is ‘NHL 14’ which becomes the 4th best week 1 release in EA’s ice hockey series.

Further down the chart at No24 Solid Snake returns once again in Konami’s ‘Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection’ while Sony’s ‘Puppeteer’ makes its debut at No40.

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