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Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013

  

Insomnia Announced

This teaser trailer introduces Insomnia, an online RPG coming by the end of next year from Russian startup developer MONO described thusly: "a real-time tactical sandbox MMORPG. It combines elements from strategy, tactical, and real-time action games." The Insomnia Project website is online with details on the game, including a FAQ, as well as screenshots and other art. Their description of the game's setting gives an idea of what to expect:

The bulk of the action in the game will take place on an enormous, half-deserted space station that has spent more than four centuries traveling to its ultimate destination: the Evacuation Point. Most of the station is abandoned and has come to be known as “the Dump,” but there are also many sectors that have never been explored. The survivors are trying to maintain order within a manned sector called URB-e in the hopes that the station will one day reach its destination.

Continue here to read the full story.

Eidos Montreal Game Cancellation Rumor

Kotaku has an unconfirmed rumor that Eidos Montreal has cancelled an upcoming game, saying they have heard this from multiple sources. They also say this is not the new Thief game, but is rather a new IP, saying it may have been connected to the Japanese branch of Eidos parent Square Enix. So to recap: An unannounced game from an unknown IP may have been cancelled. We're guessing this actually happens a lot. Thanks nin.

Hellraid Delayed to Next Year

Techland announces a delay to Hellraid, the upcoming zombie game formerly known as Project Hell. They say the game is now expected in 2014, and there is an explanation of why from game producer Marcin Kruczkiewicz on the Hellraid blog:

Why? The additional time will give us the chance to add new features and completely new game modes for single player and co-op that until now we haven’t had time to finish. We also want to use this time to rethink a few things. Playtesting our game with fans and players who visited our office gave us a lot of fresh insight and new perspective on many aspects of the game. For example we want to redesign the magic system to make it even more powerful and diverse, add new ways of casting spells and a set of new, more visually stunning spells.

Spaceships Ahoy - Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients

Soldak Entertainment now offers Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients, the first expansion for Drox Operative, their sci-fi action/RPG. Word is:

Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Drox Operative. It adds ancient invasions, space stations, persistent galaxies, Scavenger race, new Talon, Legion, and Overlord monsters, 19 playable subraces, and much more.

Before the Drox ruled the galaxy, before they were even sentient, there were older races now known as the Ancients. Using their Operatives, the Drox crushed and enslaved most of these races. The rest fled known space. When the Drox turned on their own Operatives, the Drox were utterly destroyed. Newer races emerged and thrived in the power void, never knowing the menace waited. Seizing their chance, the Ancients are invading to take their rightful place in the galaxy, as rulers! Thirsting for revenge, the Ancients can't harm the extinct Drox, but they can crush the next best thing, the Drox Operatives.

The Ancient enemies are back! Can you defend the Drox Operative Guild and younger races against the Invasion of the Ancients?

CD Projekt RED Reaffirms Anti-DRM Stance for The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED has a statement on their Official Blog re-stating their hard-line stance against DRM for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, saying that while the game will be distributed on Steam where it will be protected by Steamworks, on all platforms within their control, their RPG sequel will have no digital rights management whatsoever:

Hey, following our recent announcement of the distribution deals of The Witcher 3 in North America and Europe, there have been some concerns regarding DRM and previous legal issues with The Witcher 2. We’ve seen a lot of comments in various places around the web and we would like to join in on the conversation.

I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.

We’ve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naïve we were;)) and that’s enough. Lesson learned.
Having said that, I’d like to thank you for your continuous support. You’ve bought six million copies of the Witcher games so far. Whoo-hoo! Let’s celebrate. Here, have some cake!

UPDATE:

It’ll be on Steam; the team isn’t going to exclude that community by any means. Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games, but where CDPR does have control — like GOG.com — there will be absolutely no DRM.

Stronghold Crusader 2 Trailer

A new Meet the Slave King trailer from Stronghold Crusader 2 introduces a new character to Firefly's siege warfare series. Here's word on this AI opponent: "His methods and style of attack may be more direct than other AI characters, but the Slave King is not to be underestimated! Commanding the loyalty of large armies of torch-wielding Slaves freed from their lives of imprisonment, the Slave King is more than likely to rush players early on at the start of a multiplayer match." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

  • Joe Danger 2: Undead Movie Pack on Steam. Save 20%.
  • Papers, Please on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2013 on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Rise of the Triad on GOG.com. Save 50%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts

Valve announces a milestone for Steam, saying their online service now boasts 65 million accounts after a 30% growth spurt over the past 12 months:

Valve today announced 30% growth in active accounts during the trailing 12 months on Steam, a leading platform for PC, Mac, and Linux software.

Now offering over 3,000 games and software titles to over 65 million accounts, 2013 also marked Steam's 10 year anniversary of providing services to gamers. Expanding upon that history, Steam gamers saw the introduction of several new service features during the year, including Family Sharing, Steam Trading Cards, Early Access, and support for Linux titles.

Looking ahead to 2014, Valve looks to expand Steam's services and offerings to gamers and developers by holding the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, WA this January and rolling out the recently announced Steam Machines with a variety of hardware partners later in the year.

"The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user's experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta."

Battlefield 4 Antialiasing Tip

HARDOCP has a tip for playing Battlefield 4 on Windows they came up with while putting the military shooter sequel through its paces for their technical evaluation. They encountered some odd results in the game's antialiasing, and have this preliminary tip for users looking to improve the game's visuals:

We are hard at work testing BF4, and the first thing we discovered was that the textures did not seem up to par for a new Frostbite 3 engine game. We quickly found out that by turning the "Antialiasing Post" (inherently FXAA) graphics setting to "Off," fixed this problem. The textures were now much sharper, clearer, and the fidelity in the entire game was better.

Post AA seems to be adding blur over the entire image, even though it does reduce aliasing on everything. It is the nature of FXAA, but it seems apparently bad in BF4 according to our testing so far. You have an interesting choice. We have a poll and a discussion thread which we would love to hear your feedback on what settings you prefer while you play BF4.

WildStar Trailer; Class Details Coming

This teaser trailer reveals plans for an "ultra drop" for WildStar, as Carbine Studios plans on unveiling six classes from their upcoming sci-fi MMORPG over the coming six weeks. They say this info stream will include "devspeaks" (huh?), live streams, reveals, and a new trailer, and the new clip offers glimpses of gameplay in the meantime. Continue here to read the full story.

Need for Speed Rivals Trailer

A new trailer from Need for Speed Rivals highlights the "Ultimate Cars, Speed and Rivalry" in the upcoming car chase sequel. Here's the description of the clip: "As the hottest, fastest cars in the world tear up the streets of Redview County, Zephyr and the racers like him, risk it all as the Cops cross the line to try and stop them in the ultimate rivalry of the roads. The power of AllDrive brings the Cops and Racers together in a seamless world where races and chases collide to create a white knuckled experience found nowhere else but in Need for Speed Rivals." Continue here to read the full story.

Rocksmith 2014 Smashing Pumpkins DLC

Steam now offers new Smashing Pumpkins DLC for Rocksmith 2014, so owners of the music game sequel can party like it's 1979. The songs included are Today, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, 1979, Disarm, and Tonight, Tonight.

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Screenshots

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I've been working on getting both morning and evening updates online earlier, which I think makes sense. Last night's went up at a good time, but this morning's is later than I'd have hoped, but I'll continue working on it.

Working Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tales Of Terratos.
Stories: Rumor: Harrison Ford's New "Star Wars" Deal. Thanks nin.
'Saturday Night Live' Stars Blame Video Games for Everything.
Science: Are Humans Hardwired to Detect Snakes? Thanks JDreyer.
Media: Video: GTA V gaming granny reaps revenge on energy supplier.
Honest Trailers - Thor.
The coolest Air Force UFO videos.
Groceries Only Take One Trip.



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