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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
(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.
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
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.
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!"
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
‘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
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
‘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.
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.