Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Archived News:

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

  

Steamships Ahoy - Loadout

Edge of Reality announces the release of Loadout on Steam as a free-to-play third-person shooter offering "innovative and acrobatic gameplay." The Loadout Uncensored Launch Trailer by Rooster Teeth shows the game's cartoony, over-the-top style, and here's a description of what to expect:

Loadout is a fast-paced shooter that distinguishes itself with an amazingly robust customization system, super-fast action, and comedic violence. With over 44 billion possible combinations, players have the ability to assemble the weapon of their dreams. From Gatling guns to tesla bolts to remote-controlled missiles, if you can think it - you can build it.

The team behind the game has worked on tremendously successful franchises such as Mass Effect, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, The Sims, and Dragon Age, and they’ve spent countless hours developing a game that’s so over the top it needs to be played to be believed. Characters hilariously lose limbs, expose vital organs, and inflict shocking and ridiculous wounds upon enemies. The more damage a character takes, the more devastated they will appear. Designed in a humorous, highly irreverent tone, Loadout is comic violence at its finest.

At its core, Loadout is all about total and uninhibited player expression. As players progress, they earn new weapon parts, equipment, and prestige. The more you play, the more you can customize. The range of possibilities in the chaotic and deranged world of Loadout is essentially endless.

Continue here to read the full story.

Beyond the Sideline Football Announced

OOTP Developments announces Beyond the Sideline Football, a new sports management franchise they plan on releasing next year for Windows, OS X, and Linux, with a beta to launch about a year from now. The Operation Sports Website has details on the game and a teaser trailer and there is a new forum and a FAQ for the game as well. Here's a feature list:

  • A realistic modern day American football experience with all current rules and regulations.
  • All 32 real American football teams with their real players and current rosters.
  • A realistic 2D game engine that represents all the action on the field, with the ability to call plays and watch them unfold, complete with the roar of the crowd and other sound effects.
  • You dictate the action on the field: Set depth charts and develop strategies around your preferred style of play.
  • FaceGen support allows realistic images of all players.
  • A complete box score for every game played in the league during its history, so you can always look back on thrilling victories and agonizing defeats.
  • The ability to sim decades into the future and watch teams' fortunes rise and fall as dynasties emerge, crumble, and eventually renew themselves.
  • You call the shots from the front office: Participate in the draft for your team every spring; trade players; and negotiate contracts with draft picks and free agents.
  • All of the (non-playable) Division I colleges as well as many more, with real players, so you can draft the next crop of superstars every year.
  • A living, breathing world full of news articles from around the league and a message system that lets you field offers from other GMs and hear what your players have to say.
  • Complete histories, including stats, transactions, injuries, and contracts, for all players who have participated in a training camp during the past decade.
  • Nearly 50 tracked stats, allowing you to go beyond the usual numbers and dig deep into players' performance.
  • Each player features a Health Scan that lets you quickly assess their current situation by showing you which areas of their body are hurt, which areas are okay, and which ones are worn.
  • Customization options, including the ability to change team names, the number of teams, the league structure, the league's country, and a variety of settings.
  • Many benefits from utilizing the OOTP code base, like the user-friendly interface, online league support, HTML output, customizable text database and much more!

Brad McQuaid/Richard Garriott Kickstarter Cross-Promotion

Brad McQuaid's Visionary Realms announces a collaboration with Richard Garriott's Portalarium to reward backers of each developer's crowd-funding with in-game cloaks cross-promoting each project. The Garriott-designed Shroud of the Avatar can be backed on the game's official website and McQuaid's Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is up on Kickstarter. Here's word:

Visionary Realms, Inc. is proud to announce today its collaboration efforts with Portalarium, the development studio of Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar. As an opening endeavor both Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and Shroud of the Avatar will offer a cross-game reward for those who back both projects. The pledge reward will provide these backers with a cross-game cloak that can be worn in either game to promote a growing community. Pantheon will feature the Shroud of the Avatar symbol (Lord British’s Coat of Arms) emblazoned on a cloak in their game, while Shroud of the Avatar will have a cloak bearing the Pantheon symbol.

Titanfall Trailer

EA France offers a new Titanfall trailer offering cinematics from the upcoming shooter. The clip features a French acting, French narration, and plenty of mechs, which speak the universal language of Pepe Le Pew pew pew. Continue here to read the full story.

Blackguards Trailer

This video is the official trailer for Blackguards, Daedalic Entertainment's just-launched Windows and OS X RPG set in Daedalic's Dark Eye universe. Here's the description: "What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question. You will discover over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds within a dark and mature story of crime, drugs, and murder." Continue here to read the full story.

Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes Trailer

A new "This is Sherlock Holmes" trailer offers a look at Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes, the next installment in Frogwares' series based on the famed fictional detective. The trailer show off their take on the character and its authenticity: "The character of Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle has been portrayed in many different ways in the past. Crimes & Punishments brings this iconic and peculiar figure to life, in a stunning and faithful representation: his eccentric personality, his manners and, above all, the many remarkable gifts for which he is famous." Here's more:

This video follows Sherlock in a murder case involving a sailor, a whale harpoon and various suspects. Please note that while this video may hint at one of the possible conclusions, it is but one of many potential outcomes. Depending on how YOUR investigation progresses, you will be able to accuse different guilty parties from among your list of suspects... and determine their fate: will you absolve them of their crime, or will you impartially enforce justice?

Continue here to read the full story.

Dontnod Entertainment Clarifies

Dontnod Entertainment CEO Oskar Guilbert tells GamesIndustry International that today's reports that Dontnod has filed for bankruptcy are not accurate. "We are in something called in France 'judicial reorganisation'," he explains. "Which allows us to re-adapt our production pipeline to the new situation." The site goes on to explain that this "judicial reorganisation" is like something we have in the U.S. called bankruptcy protection: "Judicial reorganisation (or redressement judiciaire) appoints a Judicial Administrator to oversee the running of the company focusing on sustainability, settling liabilities and managing labour costs."

On Sale

  • Guacamelee! Gold Edition on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Wargaming Weekend on GOG.com. Save 70%.

Evening Patches

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

John Carmack Offers QuakeCon Talk

John Carmack's tech talk is a traditional highlight of id's annual QuakeCon, which was just announced for this July, but since he stepped down as id's technical director in November, it seemed logical this would not be part of this year's gathering. Surprisingly, John tweets that he is willing to continue the practice, saying: "I have offered to give my traditional talk at Quakecon, we'll see if it is accepted."

Paradox/TaleWorlds Split

The Paradox Interactive Forums have word that Paradox Interactive and developer TaleWorlds are parting ways, and that TaleWorlds will retain the rights to the Mount & Blade series (thanks The Escapist). Word is they are marking the occasion by giving the gift of Early Access to Magicka: Wizard Wars: for those who own Mount & Blade on Steam

As of January 31st at 00:00 (UTC -08:00) Paradox Interactive will be handing over the reins for Mount and Blade back to the developer, TaleWorlds. It’s been five and a half years since Mount and Blade was released, five and a half years of sieges, tournaments and pitched open-field battles, and of course, the odd expansion or two!

We feel honoured to have fought beside you and at our final parting of ways would bid our farewells with a gift which has automatically been added to your Steam library.

What is your gift? One of our internal studios, Paradox North, is currently hard at work on a spell-casting action PVP game by the name of Magicka: Wizard Wars. As we know that you are all fans of fast-paced tactical combat we feel that you would be equally as adept with a robe and staff as you are with sword and shield, as such our gift to you is an invitation to our Early Access alpha of Magicka: Wizard Wars.

If you would like to know more about the game please do check www.wizardwars.com or our official forum at http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...ka-Wizard-Wars.

Again, thank you for an exciting five and a half years!

Remember Me Developer Bankrupt

French site Factornews reports that Remember Me developer Dontnod has filed for bankruptcy, but this leaves them non-nonplussed, as they say "ce n'est pas une surprise" based on Remember Me's reception. Thanks Gamasutra where they note this is confirmed on SOCIETE.COM.

Rambo's European Invasion Next Month

Reef Entertainment announces a February 21st European release date for Rambo: The Video Game for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, saying the North American release of the slightly overdue movie tie-in will come later this quarter. Word is the game will feature the actual voices of Sylvester Stallone and Richard Crenna, though this is because they are using clips from the movie, not because they participated in development. They also announce preorders are underway, offering the chance to pick up a couple of figurines:

The game will feature the original movie voice-tracks of John Rambo and Col. Samuel Trautman as well as selected music from the original Rambo Trilogy.

Selected retailers across Europe will offer one of two limited-edition figurines as pre-order incentives for RAMBO ® THE VIDEO GAME. The figurines have been designed & manufactured to the highest standards exclusively for RAMBO ® THE VIDEO GAME, giving Rambo fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to grab a genuine collectable.

The highly detailed, hand-painted, 3-inch figurines are based on iconic images of John Rambo from FIRST BLOOD ™ & RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II ™. Each figurine features authentic likeness, costume and weapons.

The figurines will be offered as pre-order incentives by select retailers, while stocks last, and will not be available for sale separately. A list of participating retailers can be found on the official game website here: http://www.rambothevideogame.com/#!pre-order/c1air

Op Ed

IncGamers - YouTube, EA’s 30 pieces of silver, and yet more damage to industry integrity.
There may be some truth in that. It’s always baffled me that YouTube has been regarded as a magical bastion of objectivity for so long, when all evidence suggested it was as fallible (more so in many respects) than any other system of criticism. But while it does please me that some people will now be revising that view, I don’t take any joy in the revelation that YouTubers took money to shill for videogames. That’s just depressing.

Kotaku - How Not To Complain To A Developer by Vlambeer's Rami Ismail.
What surprises me, though, is when an unsatisfied gamer takes their argument the route of 'do this, otherwise I want a refund' or 'I won't buy this game.' Those people are literally saying 'please treat me like a number.' They are expressing the assumption that a studio would always treat people in the worst possible way unless there's the threat of monetary or reputational damage. Essentially, making that statement is saying 'you shouldn't listen to me because I have a thought, just listen to me because of my money or the way I can impact your ratings or your reputation.'

Morning Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Chinese New Year! Yup, it seems like we were only just discussing this around a year ago, but here it is again. Broncos fans will be happy with the omen, as we begin the Year of the Horse, though there's no seahawk or generic bird on the calendar for that to have been an option here (closest for that would be the rooster). So there it is, happy Year of the Horse... though I'm sure I'll still be writing Year of the Snake on my checks for months.

Traditional Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Shape Fold 2.
Sin Mark.
Square Jump.
Link: Transporting the CIA A-12 Blackbird. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Stories: Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving brain surgery.
Doves attacked during Pope's prayer for peace in Ukraine.
Science: New treatment shows promise for kids with peanut allergies.
End the Ban on Psychoactive Drug Research.
Acid bath turns cells from any tissue into stem cells.
Images: Video Games Are Art.
747-8 Seahawk Flight Path.
Media: Taylor Swift Attacked at Grammys.
Drunken Rampage Plays Out Like GTA V. NSFW.
‘This is a Trent Reznor Song’: Nine Inch Nails by-the-numbers parody.



.. .. ..

Blue's News logo