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Thursday, Mar 06, 2014

  

PC Dark Souls II Next Month

A post on Facebook reveals that recent indications that the PC edition of Dark Souls II is coming next month were correct, and the action/RPG sequel should be released via Steam on April 25th (thanks Kotaku). Word is: "PC & STEAM version will benefit from PC capabilities with increased texture resolution and an enhanced frame rate option. On top of that, FromSoftware have been working to perfectly adapt the game for a mouse & keyboard combo."

Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devastation Announced

Activision announces Devastation is the next DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, saying it will debut as a limited-time exclusive on Xbox LIVE on April 3rd, with other platforms to follow (in a month, based on history). Here's a trailer and here's word on the devastation this will bring:

Gamers clamoring for all-new Call of Duty®: Ghosts content can set their calendars for Devastation, the second of four massive DLC Packs, set to launch on April 3rd. Available first, exclusively on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360, Devastation delivers a new assortment of content to Call of Duty®'s definitive online multiplayer experience. The DLC Pack features four new small to medium-sized multiplayer maps, including a mountaintop Mayan temple, a mangled container ship, a giant excavation digger in South America, and a fully reimagined version of Infinity Ward's fan-favorite map "Dome" from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 - each with their own unique Field Order. There's also the all-new "Ripper" tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and "Episode 2: Mayday" - the gripping second chapter in Extinction's four-part episodic narrative which includes multiple mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapon, and closes with a battle against a monstrous, 100-foot tall Cryptid alien boss, aptly named the Kraken.

Continue here to read the full story.

Disney Interactive Cuts 700

NYTimes.com has details on massive cuts at Disney Interactive, saying about 700 employees today were cut today, which represents about a quarter of the workforce at Disney's game and Internet division. Word is this is part of a refocus that will involve the release of fewer games and a concentration on outside development. "We’re not exiting any businesses, and we will pursue licensing partnerships in which we retain a lot of creative input," says James A. Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive. "But this is a doubling down on mobile and an effort to focus much more intently on a core set of priorities." The article also notes the move seems an admission that Disney's purchase of Playdom in 2010 was a waste of more than a half-billion dollars. Thanks Neutronbeam.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer

The BioWare Blog now offers a new trailer offering the opportunity to "Discover the Dragon Age" in Dragon Age: Inquisition, the upcoming continuation of the Dragon Age action/RPG series. "Our new 'Discover the Dragon Age' video highlights only some of the locations you can choose to visit during your adventure. Each area in the video has its own realistic ecosystem with predators, prey, factions, and opportunities to expand your Inquisition," explains producer Cameron Lee. "The world’s population is based on an emergent system that adjusts what you’ll encounter based on how your actions tip the balance in the area. You’ll see towns attacked by bandits, deer fleeing from wolves, giants feeding on bears, and countless other scenarios." Continue here to read the full story.

Planets³ Kickstarter

A Kickstarter is underway for Planets³, a voxel-based first-person RPG in the works at Cubical Drift. They say the game is about 10% complete, and the $250,000 goal for the campaign is what it will take to complete and release it in the fall of next year. Here's the pitch:

Imagined by video game lovers, Planets³ (pronounced «planetscube») combines the excitement of role playing with the pleasure of construction and the boundless freedom to roam about in a 3D universe. Its intricate plot and outstanding voxel based design offers opportunities for intense action and unlimited creativity. Planets³ has been designed to promote multi-player gameplay, to share the fun with friends.

Today, in the early development stage, all the elements are in place to develop a first PC release. What we need now is your help to make it happen!

Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Plans

An Indiegogo confirms rumors (threats?) of plans for a sequel to Shaq-Fu, the brawler that put the FU into fighting games (their motto is, "this time we wont fu it all up"). The page includes an explanation of how the original game starring now retired basketball star Shaquille O'Neil came to be: "Most celebrity games take a well known face and build a crappy game around it, knowing it will sell." They go on to explain their goal is to "build a game that would kick ass even without Shaq." For his part, Shaq tells SI.com the original wasn't awful, because it made money. ''When you talk about the worst, you've got to talk about sales," said O'Neal. "I actually sold a lot of games, but when I did the first `Shaq-Fu,' that was at the end of analog right before digital came out. It wasn't a bad game. It wasn't a good game, but it wasn't awful.'' The campaign is looking to raise $450,000, and this trailer outlines their plans. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Assetto Corsa on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Devolver Digital Double Debut on Humble Bundle.
  • Infested Planet on Steam. Save 20%.
  • PopCap Weekly Sale on Humble Mumble.
  • Return to Mysterious Island on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Return to Mysterious Island 2 on Steam. Save 33%.
  • Rogue Legacy on Steam. Save 66%.

Evening Patches

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

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Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Coke + Mentos Vs. Durex Condom. Science!

Watch Dogs in May; New Trailer

Ubisoft announces a May 27th release date for Watch Dogs for Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360, saying the Wii U edition of the hacking action/adventure game also seen written as Watch_Dogs/WATCH_DOGS is due "at a later date." They celebrate the news with a new story trailer, which they describe thusly: "Check out the all-new Story Trailer and get a deeper look into what drives Aiden Pearce. Remember, there are some things you can’t walk away from." Continue here to read the full story.

MS Planning DirectX 12

Microsoft has launched a new DirectX blog and DirectX 12 Twitter account indicating another version is in the works, with the motto on the Twitter account stating "#DirectX12 is coming... follow us for the latest news." This contradicts other indications they might be phasing out the API collection. This goes along with a GDC 2014 Session titled "DirectX: Evolving Microsoft's Graphics Platform (Presented by Microsoft)." Here's word on DirectX 12 from the session summary:

For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet.

However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console.

Come learn our plans to deliver.

Monaco Sells > 750K

Lifetime sales of Monaco: What's Yours is Mine have passed 750,000 units, notes the Pocketwatch Games Blog, a 50% improvement over the 500K in sales they reported just a couple of weeks ago (thanks nin via Joystiq). The boost is thanks to a two-week run in the Humble Indie Bundle 11, though being a "beat-the-average" bonus in the promotion impacted how much cash they raked in. Here's word:

Monaco was a Beat the Average game, which means that not all HIB bundle sales resulted in a Monaco sale. Of the 493,000 bundles sold, 370,034 of them included Monaco. Of those, 270,677 have activated their Steam keys. Interestingly, this means three quarters of the Humble customers beat the average. (Remember that the average starts low and climbs as people beat the average)

This means that Monaco has now sold over 750,000 copies!

Distribution of revenue typically ends up being the default distribution of 65% developers, 20% charity, 15% humble tip.

With 6 developers, plus the mid-week additions of Fez, Starseed Pilgrim, and BeatBuddy, that’s around 8% per developer.

Monaco grossed approximately $215,000 over the course of the Humble Bundle. Of course we’ll know more when we get the actual sales report. In any case, that’s a nice hefty sum!

Tropico 5 Gameplay Trailer

The first gameplay trailer is now available from Tropico 5, the return of the island dictator series coming this summer to Windows, OS X, Linux, and Xbox 360 (a PS4 edition is expected to follow). Word is: "El Presidente invites you to take a historical tour around the beautiful island paradise of Tropico in the first gameplay trailer for Tropico 5. Bask in the Caribbean sun and watch Tropico develop through the ages from a small colonial state of the Crown to a sprawling metropolis of the future. See how small farming communities evolve into thriving industrial powerhouses under the glorious leadership of El Presidente and his new family dynasty." Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Gamer Horizon - Diablo III is fun again (or for the first time).
"'Fun." That’s the key here. It was fun; more fun than any previous Diablo III experience. That is what Loot 2.0 is all about, and I would describe it as an absolute success. Blizzard has implemented a system that reduces time wasted by traveling to town by reducing the number of garbage drops significantly, and made finding items more fun with gear that is appropriate to the class being played, and exciting legendary drops to look forward to, and even count on. That is one problem solved."

Morning Patches

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Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

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Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

The past week has been shockingly cold around these parts, though, thankfully, the latest winter storm predicted for the area missed us. Here's hoping the current predictions are more accurate than that, as after one last frigid day today, things are supposed to warm up tomorrow and the milder weather stretches on into next week. I'm more than ready for this winter to be over, as it has been as rough as any I can remember... I ran outside without a coat for around 30 seconds to get something out of the car last night, and it took several minutes after coming back inside to catch my breath from the spasmodic shivering this caused. Of course I am very wimpy about the cold in general, but still, this has been way too extreme.

Extreme Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Samurai Rebellion.
Birdy Fruit.
Zombie Truck 2.
Story: Major changes coming to 2016 SAT test.
Science: 6-billion-year-old quasar spinning nearly as fast as physically possible.
Media: Virtual "First Person Shooter" Projector.
Benny Hill theme & how it's done.



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