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Terraria 2 Plans

Andrew "Redigit" Spinks has plans for Terraria 2, the indie developer tells Rock, Paper, Shotgun in an interview where he discusses the delicate problem of when to finally end development of the original Terraria (a point he erroneously thought he'd already reached in February). Development of the sequel has not yet begun, as he still is working on the last few additions to the original game, but the chance at a tabula rasa (no wait, that was a different game) has him excited. No, make that super excited:

“I’m super excited about starting Terraria 2,” he said, voice suddenly ringing with a pointed intensity. “It’s a ways out, but it’s gonna have a lot in common with the original. It’s gonna be quite different as well. I really want to expand on the whole Terraria universe.”

“There’s a lot of stuff I’m locked into with Terraria. The way loot works, the way character progression works. In Terraria 2, I really want to have infinite worlds so you’re not just stuck to one world. You can travel anywhere. I want more biome diversity in that, too. There’s a lot of stuff [I want to add and change].”

March of War – Episode III: African Sunrise

Steam now offers early access to March of War – Episode III: African Sunrise, the next installment in ISOTX's episodic free-to-play multiplayer strategy game. This trailer shows off the new episode, and here's word on this episode and the one that will follow:

Some of the new units players can look forward to include the Nuclear Suicide Truck and the Kenyan Rhino Rider which was chosen by the players, through the Vote4War system. To top this off, a variety of community-driven unit skins are introduced, as well as hazards in the form of critters, including locust swarms and and gigantic overlords, which will help keep players moving within the African savannas on their toes.

Next month will see the release of March of War - Episode IV: Exalted Inferno which will be available on November 7th, 2013. Future episodes will contain all previously released episodic content, on all expected devices and will always be entirely free-to-play.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Squads Trailer

A new trailer from Call of Duty: Ghosts introduces the squad play being included in the upcoming military first-person shooter sequel. Here's the deal: "Squads introduces a whole new level of competition to Call of Duty: Ghosts. Combining the unrivaled Multiplayer experience with cutting edge AI, Squads lets you play a variety of new game modes with your customized squad-mates. Play solo against another player and their squad, or cooperatively with friends, competing versus an AI-controlled squad. Best of all, the XP earned in Squads is directly connected to your Multiplayer progress!" Continue here to read the full story.

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BioShock 2 Removes GFWL; Joins Steam

Steam News announces that BioShock 2 is now available on Steam as a bundle with all its available multiplayer DLC and the single-player Protector Trials pack, with the shooter sequel collection carrying a 50% discount for the next few days. They state a new update has removed the reviled Games for Windows LIVE service from the game, and that previous owners of the game are entitled to a complimentary Steam key. Here's a BioShock 2 Steamworks Update FAQ and here's word:

In August, the Games For Windows LIVE service marketplace closed and some of you wondered what would happen to BioShock 2 on PC. We remain committed to supporting BioShock 2 on PC and are excited to announce that starting today the game is available via Steam. Not only that, but the Steam version of BioShock 2 includes all available multiplayer downloadable content, as well as the single player “Protector Trials” DLC!

With the help of our friends at Digital Extremes, BioShock 2 on Steam fully supports popular features of the platform, including controller compatibility, Steam achievements, and Big Picture mode. Matchmaking is easier than ever now, allowing you to search for “any game,” as opposed to having to select your game mode. Leveling up is also quicker and easier, as we’ve fine-tuned the multiplayer experience to be better than ever.

If you have already purchased BioShock 2 through a different digital partner, we’ve got you covered. Simply take the same game activation key you already own and “activate” it within Steam. Doing this will grant you access to BioShock 2, all of its multiplayer and Protector Trials DLC, as well as Minerva’s Den – the single player story-driven add-on that includes new weapons, enemies, and plasmids!

Watch Dogs Specs Lower Than Alleged

Ubisoft Montreal's Sebastien Viard tweets a comment about those recently reported unconfirmed alleged system specs for Watch Dogs. The Graphics Technical Director on the upcoming hacktivist action game says: "Hello. Ce ne sont pas les configs officielles. Les vraies specs sortiront bientôt et seront moins élevées que celles-ci :)" Which translates to: "Hello. It is not the official configs. The real specs will come out soon and will be lower than these :)" Thanks IncGamers.

CD Projekt RED/ Dark Horse Fantasy Game Teased

CD Projekt RED announces a cooperative effort with Dark Horse Comics on an upcoming project, though they are holding back on most of the details until next week when they officially unveil it at the New York Comic Con. In the meantime they offer a teaser video and say this will be "something truly special for fans of the fantasy genre." The only other clue in their pre-announcement is this: "There’s a mystery near the edge of the Black Forest. We'd like to invite you to fear it with us." Continue here to read the full story.

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition Preorders

Beamdog, Atari, and Overhaul Games announce pre-purchases are now underway for Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition for Windows and OS X, paving the way for the release of the RPG remake on November 15th, 2013, with the inclusion of Atari in the announcement providing some reassurance there will not be a repeat of the contract issues surrounding the release of the first Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. Here's a semi-recent gameplay trailer, and here's word:

The original Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, launched in September 2000, and became the most celebrated Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying video game of its time. On November 15th, gamers new and old can experience the epic continuation and conclusion of the Bhaalspawn Saga with full HD resolution support and area art remastered from the original renders.

Set in the iconic Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes the adventures Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal. In addition to the improved graphics and gameplay, the Enhanced Edition bundles four new allies for your party, each with their own unique quests. Also bundled in the Enhanced Edition is The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay, an arena challenge that puts players’ tactical skills to the ultimate test.

“We are thrilled that our partners at Beamdog have confirmed a date for the rerelease of what many people consider one of the greatest RPGs ever on PC, (Baldur’s Gate II),” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast. “As we continue to expand our world-class storytelling on digital platforms, it is great to bring this classic to new devices and share the rich fantasy of D&D with new fans.”

Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition for PC and Mac can be pre-loaded through either the Beamdog client or an upcoming stand-alone installer. Pre-loading the game allows players to access Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition immediately after its release on November 15th, 2013.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Will Happen, Eventually

DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson confirmed plans for a third game in the Battlefield: Bad Company series at a recent Battlefield 4 event, reports Polygon. As he explains, however, this is more of a long-term plan than anything that will happen any time soon. "I want to see it again. Whether it can happen [right] now with the newly announced Mirrors Edge 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront... but we'll see," he explains. "But trust me, the Bad Company [team] isn't forgotten, they are just on a very long vacation. So they are out there, they're coming back."

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified DLC Next Week

The 2K Games blog offers details on Hangar 6 R&D DLC for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified that will be released on October 8th as a prequel for the XCOM prequel (thanks Eurogamer). Here's a bit:

Delivering a tactical, tense, and rewarding experience meant cranking up the difficulty. Yes, it's even more difficult than The Bureau, and equally as rewarding! But don't despair - we gave you lots of goodies to play with. DaSilva’s got a new series of powers and perks based on his “plant and trigger” bomb abilities in the level "Signal from Beyond." You can choose between those and some of Carter's old standbys in your upgrade path. There's enough experience to level up a couple of agents of every class, so you can mix and match and see what combo is really your style. Ammo and weapons are plentiful – including a new AK-47 and a prototype Microwave Gun that cooks enemies from the inside out. We wanted you to be able to maximize your mastery of third-person tactical XCOM combat while having the opportunity to try something new.

Warlock 2: The Exiled Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Warlock 2: The Exiled is in development for release in spring 2014 to provide a sequel to Warlock: Master of the Arcane, 1C:Ino-Co Plus' turn-based strategy game. The news is accompanied by this announcement trailer they hype as being "courtesy of a babbling man spouting off stuff about war," and more media and details can be found on the official website. Here's word on the game:

NEW YORK — October 3, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and minion of all-powerful wizards, today announced the upcoming release of Warlock 2: The Exiled from Ino-Co Plus, the sequel to turn-based strategy fantasy game Warlock: Master of the Arcane. Coming to PC in Spring 2014, Warlock 2 will challenge strategic sorcerers and megalomaniacal mages to conquer Ardania in an all-out war of cunning, combat, diplomacy, and excessively enormous fireballs. Single-player and multi-player gameplay will each challenge would-be warlocks to manage an entire realm full of deadly beasts, promising to make Warlock 2: The Exiled an exercise in constant war mongering and turn-based tragedy.

Journey back to the realm of Ardania, the land that cannot go an entire week without being conquered, and conquer it once again! Exiled to a shard from a shattered world, players of Warlock 2: The Exiled must contend with fellow exiled mages and a host of terrifying creatures. Wield ancient magic, summon even more terrifying creatures, wage constant war where every decision is crucial (warlocks don't do auto-resolving battles), and discover just who possesses the greatest balls of fire in a turn-based strategy game that offers no surrender or retreat.

Warlock 2: The Exiled features:

  • The Never-ending Gory – The battle for Ardania is constant, merciless, and challenging: your claim to the land will be tested with battles across the world map where each fight is worthy of your personal attention; you're not called a WAR-lock for nothing
  • Spelling Counts – Over 150 spells to add to your tome, allowing command over powerful enchantments, nasty hexes, and elemental forces
  • A Crass Menagerie – Hundreds of different mythical and magical beasts to deploy on the battlefield with distinct tactical uses, from giant rats and dwarven prospectors to werewolves with hats on them
  • Friendship is Magic – A multi-player experience as robust as the single-player experience, including PvP, Co-op PvE, and every combination in between
  • Warlock 2: The Playstyles – Fight your way through the shards to reclaim Ardania in new ‘Exile’ mode, or relive the classic gameplay of ‘Master of the Arcane’ mode with new features from the sequel

Continue here to read the full story.

Watch Dogs & Assassin's Creed 4 Require 64-Bit OSes?

A post on NeoGAF shows system specifications for the PC edition of Watch Dogs purportedly posted by Ubisoft before being removed. The point of interest here is word that the game will only support 64-bit operating systems, a first for a AAA game. As stated, such a listing is no longer available, and this is unconfirmed, but is being widely reported as fact. Supporting this is word on DSOGaming that the same 64-bit requirement was listed for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag before those specs were also removed.

Guild Wars 2 Trial Extended

ArenaNet announces they are extending the Guild Wars 2 free trial that's currently underway in the MMORPG sequel through Monday. They are also extending the sale on the game through then as well. Word is: "The original seven-day free trial period, which started 27 September, was scheduled to end today. The extension provides even more opportunity for players to experience the trendsetting game, which recently was named the fastest-selling MMORPG of all time in Europe and North America through the first nine months of availability." You can register for a free trial account on this page.

Space Safari Demo

Two-person Indie developer Cunning Force Games announces Space Safari, a Unity-engine adventure platformer for Windows, OS X, and Linux inspired by classics like Mega Man and Metroid. The Space Safari website has information, screenshots, a link to the game's Steam Greenlight campaign, as well as a playable demo for all three platforms.

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Out of the Blue

Donte Whitner of San Francisco 49ers changing his name to Hitner after fine. I would have gone full on with Shitner (maybe William Shitner), but that's me. That would also help describe my recent luck picking NFL games, but another week commences tonight (these two-day stretches without football seem endless), so hope springs eternal.

Hopeful Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Frontline Defender.
Red Ball 4: Volume 3.
Link: Sniffing a beaver's butt- a surprisingly pleasant experience. For the record.
Science: Stanford's latest particle accelerator is smaller than a grain of rice.
Mice get replacement glands, grown from scratch.
Images: Dan Morison’s Space Marines.
Media: The Honest Truth About The Matrix.



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