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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

  

Star Citizen Passes $20M

Cloud Imperium announces that Star Citizen has passed the $20 million mark in the crowd-sourced funding campaign for this upcoming space simulation. They promise surprise announcements are coming next month to coincide with the first anniversary of the game's announcement:

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Star Citizen™, the PC based space sim from legendary designer Chris Roberts, has crossed yet another major milestone in its crowd funding campaign. Roberts’ company, Cloud Imperium™ Games, announced today the campaign passed the $20 million mark in crowd funding. It’s an amount that’s been raised in less than one year — $10 million was raised in just the past 4 ½ months.

“It was not quite a year ago when we began our voyage with this incredible community,” said Roberts, Cloud Imperium CEO. “Honestly, we never dreamed we’d reach this point so quickly. It’s a testament to the passion that our backers have for space sims and PC gaming. We have the best community in all of gaming and they are literally taking part in helping us develop Star Citizen.”

Star Citizen’s crowd funding campaign is setting new standards in the way a community participates in a game’s development. “We are breaking new ground in community interaction,” said Roberts. “The fans are involved through feedback forums, polls and direct contact with our dev team, and all the while they are continuing to back our project even more and helping us put out the word about Star Citizen. Our backers are our sales force. It’s really quite liberating for us and for our fans who are helping us create the dream of a true AAA PC game without the restrictions of a publisher.”

Ahead for Star Citizen backers and fans are plenty of game updates including the unveiling of more ships, some surprise announcements coming at the one year anniversary of the game’s unveiling on October 10 and the highly anticipated dogfighting module scheduled in coming months. More Information on becoming a Star Citizen backer can be found at http://www.RobertsSpaceIndustries.com.

Star Citizen is a crowd funded game that officially launched on October 10 of 2012. Since that time Roberts’ company has raised more than $20 million from backers all over the world making Star Citizen the top ranking crowd funded project ever.

Divinity: Original Sin in February

Larian Studios announces on Kickstarter that Divinity: Original Sin is now slated for release on February 28, 2013. Here's the plan:

We are very determined to implement all the extra features gained through stretch goals the way they should be implemented, which essentially means that we want to incorporate them in the story, the world and the gameplay mechanics.

This is taking us more time than we originally thought, and so, rather than cancelling a feature or a goal, we decided to move the release of Divinity: Original Sin from this fall (as originally announced) to this winter, specifically to February 28th 2014.

We realize this may be disappointing for some people who had hoped the game would still come out this year, but really, we think you'll have a much better RPG experience when everything we wanted to put in, is actually going to be in.

For backers that have Alpha access, expect to have the rough and rugged version of Original Sin by November. Beta should be your New Year's present in January!

Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass Detailed

WBIE announces details on a Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Origins, which includes a batch of DLC at a bulk discount. Here's the plan, which features pricing in British currency:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Season Pass for Batman ™ : Arkham Origins , this Autumn’s highly-anticipated installment to the best-selling Batman Arkham videogame franchise . The Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass (for PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system or PC) will be available at launch for £15.99 (£27.99 value) and grants purchasers access to five of the game’s upcoming downloadable content packs, one of which includes two exclusive skins.

Players who purchase or pre-order the pass will gain access to the following content:

  • Gotham by Gaslight Batman™ Skin and Brightest Day Batman™ Skin
  • New Millennium Skins Pack
  • Infinite Earths Skins Pack
  • Arkham Origins Initiation: Play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman™, and face his final test to prove himself worthy to his greatest teacher, Kirigi.
  • An all-new story campaign

WildStar Trailer

A new "devspeak" trailer from WildStar shows off character ability mechanics in Carbine Studios' upcoming MMORPG. Word is: "NCSOFT and Carbine Studios is pleased announce the latest episode of DevSpeak, where we tell you how you, the player, control what your character can do. You will learn more about how WildStar deals with the traditional Instant, Cast time and Channel abilities." Continue here to read the full story.

F1 2013 Hotlap Video

This trailer from F1 2013 show off another hotlap in the Formula One racing simulation, this time showing motorsport legend Emerson Fittipaldi taking on the Brands Hatch circuit. Here's the description: "F1 2013 gives FORMULA 1™ fans the chance to compete against legendary drivers in cars from different eras of FORMULA ONE with a range of classic content from the 1980s. F1 Classics, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, allows players to race iconic 1980s cars from Williams, Lotus and Ferrari against drivers including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Gerhard Berger, with more to be announced, on classic circuits Brands Hatch and Jerez." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

X Rebirth Trading Trailer

A new trailer is now available from X Rebirth, the upcoming installment in EGOSOFT's X series of space simulation games. The clip shows how trading and mining work in the game's complex economy. The clip includes developer commentary, explaining the difference between simple item trading and the more complex trade and transport of large quantities of goods, which is a separate game system. This is also accompanied by this text primer on the topic:

Sharon, MA, September 26, 2013 - All X games have been created to provide players an open sandbox experience with multiple levels of gameplay elements. Among the most significant is a fully simulated and realistic economy. X Rebirth takes advantage of the wealth of experience derived from the prior X games to create a trading experience that is completely immersive. Today we are pleased to present a trade video that delves into some of the trading, building and resource management aspects players can expect from the X Rebirth economy.

Like any economy, supply, demand and animal spirits are the main drivers. In the trade world of X Rebirth, countless variables impact each of these factors. Prices and the economy can and will be influenced by pirates, warring factions disrupting supply routes, broken station power units, shot-down freighters, good relations with merchants, and the list goes on... For example, if a player directs his aggression at a freighter, he can be sure that his action will make prices rise or delay production elsewhere.

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Pro Rugby Manager 2014 Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter is underway for Pro Rugby Manager 2014, as Cyanide is proposing a return to this sports simulation series that was last updated in 2005. They are looking to raise £100,000 to support this effort, adding that it "is important to note that Cyanide has already earmarked and invested its own funds in this project." They are shooting for the game to go gold in August of next year, though they note that this "may evolve as new stretch goals are confirmed, but the main aim is for a release to coincide with the start of the 2014/2015 club season in the northern hemisphere" (no stretch goals are currently listed). Here's the elevator pitch for the game:

"Pro Rugby Manager" puts the players in the shoes of a manager of a rugby union team. They must guarantee sporting success on the field and financial success off it, so as to secure the job for another season or to be recruited by a bigger club. Only available on PC.

Early Word on Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access

Stainless Games announces an early access program for Carmageddon: Reincarnation, their upcoming road-rage revival. This is early notice on early access, as they say it won't actually launch until Q1 of next year, so just consider this advance warning. Here's word: "Once the Early Access programme launches, players will have the option to buy the game content at a variety of tiered prices, starting with the standard game package and leading up to a full package bundle that will include all DLC and all future released material at an all-inclusive price. (All the Kickstarter and Paypal Backers who pledged $15 or more for the game will receive the standard game package bundle for free, as that content is released.)." This prior notice gives everyone interested in a free copy of the game to participate in their Early Access Prize Drawing, where 99 winners will get the full Carmageddon: Reincarnation package as a reward for tweeting about this.

Free R.U.S.E. With Air Conflicts: Vietnam Preorders

Ubisoft announces preorders for Air Conflicts: Vietnam are now being accepted on The Official Ubisoft Online Store in advance of its October 2nd release. Those who commit in advance to the aerial combat game will be rewarded with a 10% discount as well as a free game: a copy of .R.U.S.E.: The Art Of Deception, Eugen Systems' 2010 real-time strategy game.

Gatherings & Competitions

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Out of the Blue

I had some discomfort in my mouth that was getting worse, so I went to the dentist yesterday to check it out, and ended up with a root canal for my troubles. The doctor asked if I had any health changes or something that might help understand why a tooth that looks fine on an X-Ray taken in January would have decayed so much, but we could come up with no explanation, other than this supports my mom's contention that amid all the positive traits I inherited from her I also got some pretty bad teeth. Anyway, I'm glad I decided to take care of this before it became an emergency, as the discomfort is minimal, so I think I can stop taking the painkillers already (on a related note, apologies for the two stories that were each posted twice here last night).

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