Command & Conquer website has news of the cancellation of the upcoming
free-to-play Command & Conquer revival, and
Polygon has word that this also means the closure of its developer Victory
Studios. "The team at Victory Games will be disbanded," an Electronic Arts
spokesperson told Polygon. "Wherever possible, we are working to help these
talented people find other opportunities within EA." Here's word from the
Thank you for your participation over the last few months in the
Command & Conquer closed alpha test. It’s been much appreciated, and you’ve been
instrumental in helping define what a new Command & Conquer experience should
and shouldn’t be.
Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your
choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from
campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback
from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That
is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production
of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by
our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and
Over the next 10 days we will be refunding any and all money spent in the alpha.
If you have a question about your refund, please contact help.ea.com.
We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential
and a great history, and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as
possible. To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives
to get the game back on track. We look forward to sharing more news about the
franchise as it develops. Thank you again for your participation and
Telltale Games offers
further details on The Walking Dead Season 2, saying episode one will be
released before Christmas of this year. They provide a
reveal trailer and they
have opened preorders already, which come at a 10% discount off the full price.
Some details can be found in
and here's the announcement, which notes that Telltale has sold more than 21
million episodes in this series to date:
Leading publisher of digital
entertainment Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning
creator and writer of The Walking Dead for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics,
have officially revealed The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series
, which is now available for pre-order on PC/Mac via the Telltale Games Online
Store as well as Steam. The second season will make its highly-anticipated
premiere later this year on PC/Mac, home consoles and iOS, with additional
platforms to be announced.
The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale Games Series will continue the story
of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, now
left to her own devices to seek safety and survive in a world gone mad. Now
assuming the role of an ordinary child, players will struggle to outwit both the
dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the
flow of the story through their decisions and actions.
"The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman's world has allowed Telltale to push
the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans
anxious to know what will happen next in this series," said Dan Connors,
Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "Today we can finally lift the veil,
albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we'll soon be putting
players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of
how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted."
Expected to premiere later this year, The Walking Dead: Season Two - A Telltale
Games Series will consist of five episodes that will be released for digital
download over the course of the season and will conclude in 2014. Players can
save 10% off of the purchase price of the PC/Mac versions with a pre-order of
the season pass, giving them access to all five episodes for the total cost of
$22.49 USD or equivalent when ordering through the Telltale Online Store, or
through the Steam digital distribution service.
Additionally, this November, Telltale Games will release The Walking Dead: A
Telltale Games Series - Game of the Year Edition to retailers across North
America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft,
PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. The Game of the Year Edition
will include all five episodes of the award-winning series, plus the
critically-acclaimed episode '400 Days,' as well as access to the series'
original score and exclusive behind the scenes video. Currently available for
pre-order at retailers everywhere, the Game of the Year Edition will be
available for $29.99 USD or equivalent.
Electronic Arts Q2 FY14 Financial Results are online, showing what they
describe as "strong" results, as they say: "For the quarter, non-GAAP net
revenue of $1,040 million was above our guidance of $975 million. Non-GAAP
diluted earnings per share of $0.33 was above our guidance of $0.12." A
post-earnings conference call will get underway shortly. "EA's strong second
quarter was driven by great title launches, continued digital growth, and
financial discipline," said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. "While we
have made good progress in the first half of the year, we remain focused on
executing our FY14 plan and delivering a full slate of amazing games and
services to players on current and next-generation consoles, mobile, and PC."
GameInformer informs us that Take-Two is enjoying the expected revenue bump
associated with releasing a new game in the blockbuster Grand Theft Auto series,
reporting $1.27 billion in revenue for the fiscal Q2 2014.
MarketWatch has the details, saying GTA5 has sold almost 29 million units
already, though this didn't stop Take-Two from losing $124 million for the
quarter, though some accounting rosiness notes they had "a strong surge in
adjusted sales and profits" for the quarter.
Steam News announces the
commencement of the
Steam Halloween Sale 2013, which has a scary collection of games at a
discount until November 1st: "Now through Halloween*, we're unleashing monstrous
savings on frightening, creepy, and/or scary titles throughout the Steam store.
Hundred of titles are now available at prices so low, you'll shriek in
Steam Community has the announcement that 100 more titles have met with the
approval of the Steam Greenlight system. Word is: "These titles were selected on
the same criteria we have been using in the past: Votes in Greenlight give us a
hugely valuable point of data in gauging community interest along with external
factors such as press reviews, crowd-funding successes, performance on other
similar platforms, and awards and contests to help form a more complete picture
of community interest in each title."
This page has the list of all the new approvals.
Steam now offers Deadly
Premonition: The Director's Cut, which comes at a 10% discount during the
Steam Halloween Sale.
Here's word from Steam News
on the PC edition of this action/adventure game:
Playing as special agent
Francis York Morgan (call him York – everyone else does), it’s your job to
investigate the brutal murder of a young local beauty in the town of Greenvale.
Amidst the backdrop of soaring mountains and a small American suburb, York must
solve the mystery of the Red Seed Murders and stay alive in a place where
supernatural creatures and a mysterious raincoat-clad, axe-wielding killer seek
to end his investigation for good.
Part suspense-filled horror, part action-adventure game, Deadly Premonition
offers an open-world experience packed with locals to meet and places to
discover, as well as numerous side quests and mini-games that will help you
solve the murders and uncover Greenvale’s deepest, darkest secrets.
ManiaPlanet News has the
promised details on Nadeo's tenth anniversary celebrations for TrackMania,
their racing series (thanks Frans). Here's the deal:
As we previously
announced, TrackMania will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary on December
14th, 2013! Celebration events will include a community driven LAN event [aka
LANniversary] alongside streaming events.
In addition, today we are announcing the official TrackMania 10th Anniversary
Video, Car Creation, and Track Creation contests!
In order to be considered for any of the three contests, participants will have
until November 24th to submit their entries. Official rules of entry for each
contest are linked below. Only the first 60 entries for each event will be
considered, but don’t rush – you won’t be able to edit your entry once it’s been
submitted, so make it count!
Explore a vast range of
experiences that allow you to play your way. Be the lone wolf to take control of
your own destiny or work together in tight-knit five-man squads to strike as a
team. New maps, more vehicles, weapons and destruction allow you to create your
own path and play to your strengths. Absolutely nothing compares to the sheer
scale and scope of Battlefield 4.
AMD support now offers a new AMD Catalyst 13.11 beta driver for AMD/ATI
graphics cards. These are offered "as is," but promise performance improvements
for a variety of games, including the just-released Battlefield 4.
This trailer shows off
some graphical effects in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, as NVIDIA
highlights the beauty of next month's PC edition of the stealth/action sequel
that's out today in North America for consoles. Word is: "Ubisoft Montreal and
NVIDIA are enhancing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with NVIDIA-exclusive
effects, features and technologies, creating the definitive Assassin's Creed
Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Continue here to read the full story.
Kickstarter for Raindrop, an eponymous environment-driven survival
game from Raindrop Studios featuring "intuitive, complex puzzles" (thanks
NamecaF). The two-person development team has been working on this for a few
years now, and the page has screenshots showing its transition from the Source
engine to the Unity 3D engine along with their explanation of the advantages of
the switch. The campaign is currently almost exactly one-quarter funded about
halfway through. Here's a bit of the description:
Revolving around a
horror themed storyline, the chilling and breathtaking atmospheres will keep you
inching around each corner while uncovering the hidden truth behind the complex
and its inhabitants. Scavenge items to build objects in order to piece together
complex puzzles, or dangerous death traps. Gather hints and schematics to unveil
rewards and information. Survive both the haunting environment and your own
The Repopulation website now offers a
second gameplay trailer
showing off alpha footage from the upcoming sandbox MMORPG. Word is: "This is a
more modern video of the game's general features and includes footage of Combat,
Resource Gathering, Vehicles, City Building, Inquiries, Character Customization
and looks at a number of different environments in the game." Continue here to read the full story.
I've been having trouble with one of the monitors in my dual-monitor setup for a
while: I spent some time on the phone recently with a tech support guy who
helped confirm that the monitor's flaky behavior in resuming from power-saving
mode was because it was going bad, probably one of those capacitors that cause
us so much joy and pain. This morning I couldn't get the bad monitor to come on,
and for a while had switched everything to one monitor, but I tried it again in
a bit and coaxed into coming on, though the writing is clearly on the wall here.
I'm not really eager to go further over the hardware budget, but the brief
period working in a single monitor shows me how badly I have spoiled myself with
the 3840x1200 pixels of screen real estate I use, and it would be quite an
adjustment going back, and it's only a matter of time before this thing stops
working altogether, so I have to start planning for that.