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FTL: Faster Than Light Expansion Next Year

A free expansion is in the works for FTL: Faster Than Light which will be released for the throwback space strategy game next year along with a new version of the game that will work on iPads and iPad. The FTL: Faster Than Light website offers this trailer and the following details:

We’ve been working hard over the summer and are excited to finally officially announce a free expansion, FTL: Advanced Edition! FTL: AE is a huge content addition that includes new weapons, drones, augments, systems, enemies, and more. Here are some details on just a few of the additions visible in the trailer:

  • Mind Control System: Temporarily turn enemies into allies. Force a boarder to repair the damage they just did, or have the enemy pilot sabotage their own helm.
  • Hacking System: Lockdown and disrupt enemy systems. Unique effects for each system, ranging from forcing a teleporter remove boarders to making the medbay damage instead of heal.
  • New Sector and Events: Our writer Tom Jubert has returned along with special guest writer Chris Avellone (of Planescape fame), who managed to find some time for us between his work on Project Eternity and Wasteland 2. They’ve been helping us add a new sector and scatter new events throughout the rest of the game.
  • New Weapons and Effects: Many new weapons that take advantage of new mechanics: overcharging to increase the number of volleys, stun effects to freeze crew, and area effect targeting, to name a few.
  • And more systems, drones, augments, enemy ships, enemy layouts, and hostile environments. All of which we’ll be sure to talk about more in the coming weeks!

In addition to new content, we’ve continued to polish FTL and add some of the most requested small features. As a few examples: you’ll be able to save your crew positions and send them back to battle-stations, save and quit during combat, and find more items for purchase in stores.

For the purists out there, FTL vanilla will still be available. All of the new content can be disabled from within the hangar before starting a new game.

Cult of the Dead DLC for DARK Next Month

Kalypso Media announces plans for DLC called Cult of the Dead for DARK, the stealth/action where the player takes on the role of a vampire. This is due on December 5th via digital distribution for Windows and at some point after for Xbox 360. Here's word:

Eric Bane is back and this time he is taking no prisoners as he embarks on a deadly new mission in ‘Cult of the Dead’: the first DARK DLC for Windows PC. ‘The Cult of the Dead’ will be available to download via digital distribution on 5th December for £3.99/€4.99/$4.99. ‘Cult of the Dead’ will also be available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft shortly after.

After escaping the M17 vampire hunters, Eric Bane’s life is not getting any easier. He learns of the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’ which grants its owner the power to control death and its creatures. This not only presents an immediate threat to all things living and dead, but also the chance for Eric to learn much about his kind.

In his quest for the book, Eric must face off against a new enemy, the Necromancers, as well as a regrouped M17 who want their revenge!

Features of the ‘Cult of the Dead’

  • Includes a brand new mission which challenges you to find the mysterious ‘Book of the Dead’
  • Test your stealth and vampiric skills with five new maps in challenge mode
  • New opponent: the deadly sniper
  • New Boss: the Cultist

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel This Month

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel is coming to Windows this month, bringing a new standalone PC game based on the Conflict of Heroes boardgame. This is due on November 20th, and will also serve as an expansion for those who already own Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear. Here are the details from the Matrix Games website:

The game relives the moments of Operation Citadel, when the German Army tried to overcome the Soviet forces in its major offensive on the Eastern Front in 1943. The clash of the full might of the two warring powers culminated in the largest tank battle in history, outside Prokhorovka, where 900 Soviet tanks charged 600 German panzers to neutralize the German long range advantage. The result cost Germany the strategic initiative and helped turn the war in favor of the Allies.

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel puts you in command of the fast-paced and fiery firefights of the Battle of Kursk and allows you to make the tactical choices and experience the challenges of this massive and decisive battle. It adds fifteen new firefights, new terrain types, over fifty new units like New AT Guns, Marders, Panzers, troop transports, Panthers, Tigers, T-70's, Grenadier Squads, and much more along with new rules for fighters and sniper units.

sonder Announced

Indie developer Kamai Media announces sonder, a third-person action/adventure with a time-rewind mechanic and a capitalization-free proper name. Their announcement teaser trailer shows off the concept, and here's a description:

sonder., (a.k.a. The Station) is a game that is a little different: it's a strongly narrative-focused game where there isn't a main protagonist, or (if you wish) every character is the main protagonist. Usually, the characters that are not the main protagonist end up being merely a backdrop for him, existing only to fulfill a specific role within the narrative arc of the "main" player. Not so in our game, where you are free (and indeed encouraged) to play as any other character, and perceive the single game narrative from their perspective. You can do this any time during play, as many times as you wish.

When you play as a specific character, you make the choices for him – and they have direct consequences on the game world, other characters or even himself. The choices you make determine who, if anyone, survives the adventure that transpires in the game.

Every choice influences what happens in the game, even mundane things like which space to occupy with your character at a certain time. But no choice is final: the player can pause the game at any point, rewind it to any previous point in time (all the way to the beginning, if necessary) and resume playing from that point on, attempting to alter the game’s outcome.

The game makes no judgment on whether a choice is good or bad (you will not fail a mission). It will continue under all circumstances towards a conclusion. Only the player decides whether where he ends up is good or bad.

Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Introducing the Humble Store. Should have said "proudly introducing..."

  • Fable III on Steam. Save 75%.
  • MouseCraft on Steam. Save 10%.
  • PixelJunk Shooter on Steam. Save 25%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Warcraft and Warcraft II Coming to Modern PCs "In Some Form or Fashion"

Blizzard is working on updating Warcraft and Warcraft II to allow their real-time strategy classics to work on current PCs, the company revealed over the weekend at the BlizzCon extravaganza. Polygon quotes World of Warcraft production director J. Allen Brack's response to a question about the games by saying a "side project" is in the works related to being able to play these older games, though he hedges saying this will be "to do something like that in some form or fashion." Here's the full quote:

So, we actually have a guy on our team — actually several guys on our team — who are actually working on a side project to do something like that in some form or fashion. We're fans of Warcraft 1, Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, and we'd love to replay those games for sure.

Steam In-Home Streaming Beta Begins

Polygon reports that beta testing of Steam in-home streaming is underway, allowing the streaming of games between computers in one's home. Word from the Steam In-Home Streaming Community Group is: "Beta participants will be randomly selected from members of this group, so join, have fun, and stay tuned for more details!"

U.K. Sakes Charts

GfK offers their latest chart of the top-selling full-priced PC games in the U.K. for the week ending November 9th, showing Football Manager 2014 hanging onto the number one spot amid an incursion by Batman: Arkham Origins, which debuts at number four and Call of Duty: Ghosts which enters the chart at number two. Ghosts lands at number one on the all-platforms chart, knocking Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag into the number three spot. Here's the summary:

‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ reignites the All Formats Top 40, debuting at No1 with the 3rd biggest launch of the year (behind GTA V and FIFA 14).

Released on Tuesday, sales were split 62% on XB360, 34% PS3, 3% PS4 and the rest on PC and Wii U. Despite Sony’s new console not due in stores until November 29th, Activision Blizzard released the PS4 version alongside the current formats. The PS4 version performs spectacularly well for a game that consumers will not be able to actually play for another 3 weeks, managing to outsell the PS3 versions of ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ and ‘Battlefield 4’. Beaten to No1 by ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ (-63%) last week, ‘Battlefield 4’ ( -54%) holds on to No2, outselling the popular Ubisoft title by 6,000 units across their first two weeks of launch.

‘FIFA 14’ (-16%) and ‘GTA V’ (-31%) both slip one place to No’s 4 and 5 respectively, while ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ (-55%) also drops one place to No6, despite PC, Wii U and 3DS versions new out this week. ‘WWE 2K14’ (-57%) holds on to No7 ahead of ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (-3%) at No8 and ‘Football Manager 2014’ (-65%) which falls three places to No9. ‘Skylanders Swap Force’ (+2%) is at No10, the only Top 10 title to increase in sales this week.

There is only one other new title to make the Top 40, Nintendo’s sixth Professor Layton game and final part of the latest trilogy of titles ‘Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy’, new at No13. Previous Layton game ‘Miracle Mask’ debuted at No7 last year.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Be Quiet! Power Zone 1000W Power Supply Unit on Nikk Tech.
  • CM Storm Mech Keyboard on pcGameware.
  • Gamer Storm Lucifer on Vortez.
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition on Legion Hardware.
  • GIGABYTE R9 270X Windforce 3X Review on Vortez.
  • In Win H-Frame Mini mITX Aluminium Chassis on eTeknix.
  • Logitech G602 mouse on CSGO.com.au.
  • Noontec Rio In-Ear Headphones on eTeknix.
  • Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
  • Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 850 W on techPowerUp.
  • XFX R9 280X Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Veteran's Day, which is being celebrated here in the U.S. today. Here's a salute to veterans everywhere, as putting your own safety on the line for the sake of others deserves the utmost respect. This is always celebrated on a Monday, but today this occasion falls on its actual date, which was originally Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. I like to note that, because celebrating the end of a world war is as close as we come to celebrating world peace, something that doesn't seem to ever have existed, but remains an admirable goal.

Saluting Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Jim Loves Mary 2.
Stories: Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Wore Their Hearts on Their Helmets. Thanks nin.
Goodbye, Astrodome. From 8th wonder of the world to junk in 50 years. Thanks HARDOCP.
"Thor" Sequel Scores $86M Opening Weekend.
Science: US courts see rise in defendants blaming their brains for criminal acts.
Images: Portraits of War: From the Civil War to Afghanistan. Thanks nin.
Media: Top 10 TV Show Title Sequence Intros.
Battle Toads + Half Life 2 = Halfetoads.
INSANE Domino Tricks.
Follow-up: The Chaos After the Super Typhoon.



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