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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

  

Warhammer Online Ends in December

The Warhammer Online Website announces Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will close on December 18th due to the license for the MMORPG lapsing:

We here at Mythic have built an amazing relationship working with Games Workshop creating and running Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning over the last 8 years. Unfortunately, as with all licensing deals they do eventually come to end and on December 18th, 2013 we will no longer be operating Warhammer Online. As such we will no longer be selling 3 month game time codes or have the ability to auto renew your accounts for 3 months as of September 18th, 2013. If you would like to read some additional thoughts from one of WAR’s Producer please check out http://www.warhammeronline.com/. From all of us here at Mythic we thank you again for your dedication and support over the last five years.

If you have any questions please feel free contact us via email at support@warhammeronline.com

Waaagh!

New Ground Pounders Demo

Kerberos Productions offers an updated version of the demo for the PC edition of Ground Pounders, supporting the Kickstarter campaign for this hex-based strategy game using units from their Sword of the Stars sci-fi universe. The new demo is available on Gamer's Hell, and they say it has been updated with air and engineering units. There is also a new Alpha Android demo for the game on Google Play.

Day One - Garry's Incident Preorders

Day One - Garry's Incident is now available for preorder on Steam following a successful Greenlight campaign for the first-person shooter/survival game. Preorders get a 25% discount until the game's release next week via digital distribution on September 25th. A new Day One - Garry's Incident website is online, and here's a bit on the game:

Explore a vast hostile environment while crafting new tools to survive. Discover intriguing puzzles and the mystery behind the strange remains of artifacts left in the Amazon Jungle. An extraordinary adventure awaits. Discover a truth that will change the understanding of the
world as you know it.

Key Features

  • Start with nothing and craft, hunt, fish and fight to survive
  • Hunt panthers for their meat
  • Catch fish and find fruits
  • Build a fire and cook your food
  • Search for water sources
  • World Exploration & survival gameplay
  • Craft tools and weapons to survive in the jungle
  • Patch yourself up with makeshift bandages
  • Sneak behind enemies to perform stealth kills

Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Interviews

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

iFruit Yields PC GTA5 Clues

Blend Games has a confirmation of the presence of references to a PC edition of Grand Theft Auto V in the data within the new iFruit companion app for the just-released open-world action game. Following the lead in these tweets they extracted the contents of the app. Here's what they learned:

The folder contains all the app's assets, including PNG images for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC renditions of the GTA V manual. As an example, some of the files include a mention of a color wheel highlight bar for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (to avoid any legal heat I won't completely type out the name of the file, but if anyone bothers to look, you'll know what I mean).

What's interesting though is that there is no showing of the PS4 or Xbox One versions of the game in the app's 4,724 files.

This new information actually leads me to believe that we need to reassess Rockstar's intent with GTA V: It may not launch simultaneously for PC and next-gen consoles.

In our other article noting that there was code pointing to a PC and PS4 version of GTA V, it left many believing that the next-gen version of the game would launch later on down the road alongside a PC version... but the app's assets leads me to believe the PC version could arrive a lot sooner than we all think. Having a PC assets added to the app will make the inclusion of the PC version to the app a quick hop, skip and a jump on the update front for Rockstar.

SEGA Shoulders ATLUS' Burden

SEGA is stepping in to purchase the parent company of struggling developer and publisher ATLUS, as announced in this press release (Adobe Acrobat format). Word is: "Under the agreement, SEGA will take over the operations conducted by Index, the bankrupt company that applied to the Tokyo District Court for the commencement of civil rehabilitation proceedings effective from June 27, 2013" (thanks Destructoid). According to Kotaku, the price tag for this is 14 billion yen (USD $141 million).

MechWarrior Online Launches

MechWarrior Online website announces the release of a new patch for MechWarrior Online coinciding with the mech combat game leaving beta and officially launching. Here's part of the announcement with patch highlights:

Wow It’s been a year since open beta and how time has flown! It has been a fun experience sharing this journey so far but we’re not done, in fact, the opposite is true!

There is plenty of work still on our plate and we are not going to stop till every feature is in your hands. With that said here are some of this patch’s highlights!

  • The Orion is available for C-bills and has all of its patterns available to customize this amazing mech.
  • There is a new Applejack Custom Pattern you can equip on you ‘Mechs with some nice new Custom Colors as well.
  • All the Trials are Champions! Give them a try if you missed them the first time around! You have to buy them to get the XP boost though.
  • 3rd person is disabled in the 12 players pre-made group matches you lucky competitive Warriors.
  • Non 12 player Matchmaking is tightening its search parameters for Weight and ELO.
  • Weapon tuning and Bug fixes round out this patch.

Oh yeah and the Credits are up on the Website now with a link from the front end! Legendary Founders included!

Learn Gaming from the Romero Professors

UC Santa Cruz announces that John and Brenda Romero will run a new masters program in "games and playable media" (i.e., games and games?). Word is they are bringing both prior experience and industry friends to their curriculum:

Both John and Brenda Romero also have experience leading well-regarded game programs at other universities. Brenda Romero served as chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Interactive Design and Game Development department, while John Romero helped establish the Digital Games Guildhall program at Southern Methodist University.

As program director at UCSC, Brenda Romero oversees the curriculum and instructors, teaches and mentors students, and builds connections with companies in the computer game industry. The program's advisory board features leading game developers, including Will Wright (Stupid Fun Club), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Derek Yu (Spelunky), Robin Hunicke (Funomena), Ben Prunty (FTL), and Brian Schwab (Blizzard).

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Today is a bad day for me, the anniversary of my mom's death. It's been ten years now, so I've been trying to use that milestone as a way of trying to put aside some more of the pain over this, and have been pretty successful. Sadly, however, a friend of ours just lost his mom this week, and we are to go offer condolences at some sort of pre-funeral gathering today, which is interesting timing to say the least. Undeterred, we will make the best of this, and I will still try to use the experience in a positive way. No one needs to feel bad about this, I'm fine. Just over-sharing as usual.

Positive Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Medieval Rampage 3.
Connections.
Links: 'GTA V' A Sophisticated Gaming Experience, Says Man Who Spent 3 Hours Running Over Homeless. Thanks nin.
Media: Good Will Batman (Explicit Version). NSFW.
The Dark Knight: 8-bit Remake.
A Capella Science - Bohemian Gravity. Thanks j.c.f.
Watch a Capsized 115,000-Ton Cruise Ship Get Righted.
Auctions: Help Save Videogame History, Get Cool Stuff.



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