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Friday, Nov 22, 2013

  

John Carmack Leaves id Software

John Carmack has parted ways with id Software, a move that was once inconceivable when he was part owner of the Mesquite-based developer, but had become possible when Bethesda Softworks parent Zenimax bought id in 2009, and perhaps inevitable when Carmack joined Oculus Rift over the summer. John's twitter feed has his comment (thanks Paul): "I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn't work out. Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging." IGN has id's statement: "John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio," id's studio director Tim Willits told IGN. "John’s work on id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id’s tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well." John later tweeted once more about this: "If they don't want me to talk on stage at Quakecon next year, we'll just have to fill up the lobby like the old days. :-)"

Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Week

EA announces a player appreciation event for Battlefield 4 to mark the game's Xbox One launch and to help compensate players for XP they may have lost due to glitches in the early days of the military shooter sequel's release. Here's word:

Today we launched Battlefield 4 on Xbox One. With that console, we will have brought Battlefield 4 to no less than five platforms. It is amazing to see such a complex universe come to life across so many advanced hardware systems. Millions of people around the world are playing the game and seeing the tip of the iceberg of what the next generation has to offer. At DICE, we are committed to you, the fans, and view the game as a live service. I am extremely proud of the people at DICE and everyone across EA that contributed to the development of Battlefield 4. However, I am less proud to see that the game has experienced some turbulence during the launch period. While some platforms have had only minor problems, others have had more than their fair share of issues. Resolving the launch issues is our #1 priority. In fact, we are so serious that we have the entire team working to stabilize the game and we will not move on to other projects until we are sure that Battlefield 4 meets – and exceeds – your expectations. It is the right thing to do.

To show our appreciation for your patience as we work through these issues, we are announcing that from November 28 through December 5, we will reward all players with Double XP for every multiplayer match they complete. We understand that the launch issues may have impacted your progression, and we want to do everything we can to help you get back the XP that you may have lost. Also, to cap off the week, on December 5 we will give all players that log in to Battlefield 4 multiplayer a M1911 pistol scope. This special sidearm scope, previously reserved for our DICE developers, has a 3X zoom and is available for all classes in Battlefield 4.

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Fallout 4(?) "Nuclear Winter" Teased

A post on IncGamers attempts to sort out the chaos of the presumably Fallout 4 teasing on The Survivor 2299 website, which is being discussed in earnest in reddit's The Survivor 2299 Speculation and Hype Megathread Part 5. There are various facts and theories being bandied about, but the main takeaway is that we should have more of a concrete idea of what this is about soon enough, as there is a countdown timer and other indications that something (presumably an announcement?) is coming on December 11th, and a Ned Stark meets Tony Stark warning in the code: "Nuclear winter is coming."

Torment: Tides of Numenera Combat Voting

The Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numenera sees inXile entertainment soliciting backers to vote on how combat will be handled in their upcoming role-playing game (thanks nin via Polygon). Here's the handy summary:

TL;DR: Weigh in on Turn-Based vs. Real-Time with Pause (or declare your indifference). Voting will close in December.

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve been reading all of your commentary and ideas regarding combat. Many good points and suggestions, and mostly civil discourse. Thanks to all who have engaged in the discussion so far!

And now... It is time! Only backers can place a vote. (If you haven’t already and you’d like your voice heard, please register with us to gain access to the backer-only UserVoice forum.) Feel free to also continue to submit comments and ideas to the combat discussion forum. Please remember that this vote is advisory only. Above all, please remember that our goal is to provide the best possible experience for the game, and if the final decision is not your preferred choice, we ask you trust our ability to deliver a solid game.

For more context about what this is about, please see Update 24, where we describe what Turn-Based and Real-Time with Pause might each mean for Torment. We’ll close the voting in December.

Two New Space Hulk Campaigns

Full Control is now offering two new campaign add-ons for Space Hulk, their Warhammer 40K-based strategy game. Available on Steam, the Defilement of Honour campaign and Sword of Halcyon campaign each carry a US$4.99 price tag, and here's a bit on what that gets you:

Sword of Halcyon
The Space Marine vessel, The Sword of Halcyon, left the orbit of the planet Falkan, for its journey home. Upon entering the Warp, the ship crashed into a Space Hulk, infecting the ship with Genestealers. When the Battlebarge, Mayan, picks up the escape pods, they decide to recapture The Sword of Halcyon.Time is of the essence in this campaign, as players must complete objectives, and take out Genestealers as quickly as possible. To aid players in the race against the clock, Bulkhead Doors are introduced, which enable terminators to completely shut off certain areas.

Defilement of Honour
Space Hulks do not move through space on their own power; but are pushed by the winds and tides of warspace. The Defilement of Honour is different, with a partially functioning engine room and an ancient navigational device in control of its course. The Blood Angels, must shut down the engines before they can destroy the Space Hulk. This campaign comes as maps featuring Air Ducts, which can only be entered by Genestealers.

Ships Ahoy - Rise of Venice: Beyond the Sea

The Beyond the Sea add-on is now available as an expansion for Rise of Venice, bringing new content to the trade simulation, though sadly, no Bobby Darin. Here's a new trailer, and here's word:

Kalypso Media invite you to set sail once again and explore distant lands in search of lucrative new trading opportunities for Renaissance-era Venice. Trade in goods, battle enemy navies and craft a political empire through means both overt and subversive in ‘Beyond the Sea’, the comprehensive expansion for economic simulator, Rise of Venice. ‘Beyond the Sea’ is now available to download for Windows PC via digital distribution priced at £14.99/ €19.99/$19.99.

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Total War: ROME II Patched

A new patch is now available for Total War: ROME II, as Creative Assembly continues to address issues with their recently launched strategy sequel. Patch 7 is available automatically via Steam, and here's an outline of its intent:

This is the most significant gameplay-enhancing patch yet, bringing framerate improvements to high-end systems, and substantial gameplay, AI and behavioral improvements, particularly in settlement and siege battles.

Among other AI improvements, players will now find the attacking siege AI more active, more likely to employ battering rams against gates, and more conservative in how it commits its generals in gate and wall assaults. It will also use a wider range of units when attempting to burn down gates.

This patch also brings the first in a series of targeted unit rebalances. Among other units, infantry small-arms ranged units and the barbarian Naked Warrior unit have been readdressed. Disciplined units (such as Legionaries and Hoplites) now have a Formed Attack ability, which keeps them ordered in melee, and all units now hold formation much better.

Ships Ahoy - The Shivah: Kosher Edition

The Shivah: Kosher Edition is now available, offering a revamped traif-free version of this adventure for Windows and iOS. Here's word from Wadjet Eye Games:

In this story-driven game players don the yarmulke of Russell Stone, a disillusioned rabbi at the head of a struggling New York City synagogue, who gets tangled up in a murder investigation after inheriting a large sum of money from a former congregation member.

The commercial debut of game designer Dave Gilbert, this unassuming adventure game sparked interest from mainstream publications including CNN, USA Today, and The Jerusalem Times and earned a “Best New Studio” Game Developer’s Choice nomination for Gilbert’s company, Wadjet Eye Games. In the seven years since, the self-sustaining Brooklyn-based studio has gained recognition for developing the supernatural Blackwell mystery games and publishing breakout indie hits such as Independent Game Festival winner Gemini Rue.

From its rabbinical conversation methods, Talmudic combat, and handy in-game Yiddish dictionary to its point-and-click gameplay reminiscent of classics like King’s Quest and Monkey Island to its thoughtful storyline, The Shivah is a unique adventure game poised to appeal to Jews and goys alike. The new Kosher Edition has updated pixel art graphics, a new soundtrack, and a refined interface as intuitive and comfortable on touchscreen devices as it is on PC.

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Out of the Blue

Thank you all very much for the birthday wishes, and for the sympathies about the circumstances surrounding the occasion.

R.I.P. Grandma Belle, she did indeed pass away yesterday, strong to the end, she only ended up hanging on roughly 50x longer than the doctors thought she would without the respirator. It wouldn't have been her style to go out without surprising everyone like that one more time, and the only thing I can think would have been more appropriate is if she managed to crack everyone up with one last joke on the way out. Here's what I will say about Belle, and though this is obviously from a skewed perspective, I assure you of its accuracy: She had as much capacity for love as anyone you'll meet, and had the innate ability to create it on the fly like a love generator. She was the matriarch of an incredibly extended family that is pretty complicated in the way of our times, and she bound us all together with a warmth and caring that defies description. One example of that is how boggled the nurses became at all the visitors of various races who referred to themselves as Belle's daughters, as so many of Belle's actual daughter's friends "adopted" her over the years. We're sad to lose her, but happy for her life, and relieved that the suffering that accompanied her passing has ended.

R.I.P.: DNA pioneer Frederick Sanger dies aged 95.

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