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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014

  

CryENGINE Linux Support Announced

Crytek announces they are adding Linux support to their CryENGINE, saying they will be showing off a penguin-powered version of their game engine to attendees of the Game Developers Conference. Here's word:

During presentations and hands-on demos at Crytek's GDC booth, attendees can see for the first time ever full native Linux support in the new CRYENGINE. The CRYENGINE all-in-one game engine is also updated with the innovative features used to recreate the stunning Roman Empire seen in Ryse – including the brand new Physically Based Shading render pipeline, which uses real-world physics simulation to create amazingly realistic lighting and materials in CRYENGINE games.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Leaves Beta

Blizzard announces the launch of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft after an extended beta period for the free-to-play card game. Here's the deal:

Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™, its free-to-play digital card game, is fun! Like, really fun. Which is good, because it’s now officially out of beta and fully released upon the world! Speaking of the world. . . .

“We saw some reports early on that Hearthstone might destroy the planet*,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re pleased to see that the game has been released and the planet is still here . . . though we apologize for all the lost productivity.”

Hearthstone is now available on Mac and PC, with iPad support coming soon. Android device, iPhone, and Windows tablet versions are in development and will be available in the future.

Arma 3 Campaign Conclusion This Month

Bohemia Interactive announces the final part of the Arma 3 single-player campaign will be released on March 20th as a free download for owners of the military shooter sequel. "The final installment of our campaign gives players the chance to experience combat on a larger scale than we've seen so far," said Arma 3’s Creative Director Jay Crowe. "Tactical freedom - together with big, combined arms engagements - is at the heart of Episode 3’s gameplay, as we follow Ben Kerry’s story to its conclusion." Here are some details:

The episode’s content package also includes three brand new vehicles. The first new vehicle making its way into Arma 3’s sandbox is the A-164 Wipeout single-seat aircraft. The A-164 Wipeout, successor to the legendary A-10, features improved performance and armaments, adding some real punch and some great new gameplay opportunities to the NATO faction. The other new aircraft is the To-199 Neophron, which serves as a great addition to the CSAT forces due to its agility. The To-199 Neophron is perfect for Close Air Support and taking off from rough terrain. The third new vehicle is a 6x6 mine resistant standard transport truck, named Tempest. Its primary role is to carry troops and cargo, and its modular design allows for several transport variants of the Tempest truck: cargo, refuel, medical, repair and ammo re-supply.

Last but not least, the Win campaign episode delivers a separate ‘Fixed-Wing’ Showcase mission, which introduces players to the new aircraft via a thrilling new scenario. The massive 270 km² Altis terrain has also not been left untouched. New points of interests have been added, with the highlights being an athletics stadium and ghost hotel compound.

Space Hulk Space Wolves DLC Released

Danish developer Full Control has released Space Wolves, the promised new DLC pack for Space Hulk, their Warhammer 40,000-based strategy game. The Windows, OS X, and Linux DLC is available on Steam, and requires the base game (which happens to be on sale) to play. "We’re excited to release the Space Wolves upon the Space Hulk Universe and are looking forward to the responses from the fans," said Thomas Hentschel Lund, CEO of Full Control. "Introducing the fierce Space Wolves and Wolf Guard, players can play as these ruthless, savage warriors from Fenris in all of the other Space Hulk missions to exterminate even more Genestealers and take back more infested ships." Here's word on the pack:

The Space Wolves Expansion comes with the 'Fangs of Fenris' campaign, which features three new missions set in a cool and chilly environment. There are 11 new unique Space Wolves terminators, which users can play in all other missions, new weapons with new rules such as the Frost Axe and Wolf Claw and the campaign also contains a Runepriest with the new skills Murderous Lighting and Hurricane. Furthermore, new chapter specific rules are introduced adding a new level to the game play.

Titanfall 48GB Install is 35GB of Audio

Respawn has explained to Eurogamer why the Windows installation of Titanfall takes up 48GB of disc space, compared with the 17GB the mech shooter occupies on an Xbox One. Word is this is because the PC edition installs 35GB of uncompressed audio to help save CPU cycles on lower-end systems. "We have audio we either download or install from the disc, then we uncompress it. We probably could have had audio decompress off disc but we were a little worried about min spec and the fact that a two-core machine would dedicate a huge chunk of one core to just decompressing audio," explains Respawn's lead engineer Richard Baker. "So... it's almost all audio... On a higher PC it wouldn't be an issue. On a medium or moderate PC, it wouldn't be an issue, it's that on a two-core [machine] with where our min spec is, we couldn't dedicate those resources to audio."

Star Trek Online for OS X Released

Arc Games announces Star Trek Online is ready to boldly go onto OS X computers:

We are extremely excited to announce that our Mac client for Star Trek Online is now officially live! We have wrapped up our Open Beta testing period, and we want to extend our warmest welcome to the STO Universe to all Mac users.

Our newest addition of players who utilize the Mac client will be playing on Holodeck, the same server that our PC players play on, allowing them to team up with their friends and fleetmates to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Steamships Ahoy - Cities in Motion 2: European Cities

Steam News announces the release of Cities in Motion 2: European Cities, a new expansion for Cities in Motion 2, adding "a multitude of brand new structures" to the transport simulation. Here's word:

This entirely new expansion gives you control of a new setting with an old world feeling. A campaign inspired by bustling metropolitan areas leads you on an adventure tackling the transportation conundrums in cities inspired by Liverpool, Prague and Düsseldorf. So hop on and keep Europe moving!

1954 Alcatraz Released

1954 Alcatraz is now available on GOG.com and on Steam, offering a point-and-click adventure set in the Rock, the absence of Sean Connery and Nick Cage notwithstanding. Here's a trailer showing off what this is all about, and here's word on the game:

1954: Alcatraz is the story of Joe and Christine, a husband and wife duo caught between violent gangsters and the country's most secure prison. With mutiple endings and solutions, and a mature story that delves into topics of social and sexual identity, 1954: Alcatraz is not a typical adventure game.

Will Christine help Joe to break free and use the hidden stash of loot to run away together? Will Christine keep the money for herself and turn to the embrace of Joe's former partner? Will Joe escape through violoence or trickery and deceit? It's up to the player to decide.

1954: Alcatraz is now available worldwide for PC on Steam, and PC and Mac on GOG for $19.99 including a full localization in English and German, as well as French and Russian subtitles.

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More Elder Scroll Online Invites

The Elder Scrolls Online website announces more beta invites are going out to help with the final scale test of Bethesda's upcoming MMORPG this weekend:

Join us in our final scale test event this weekend—more invites are on their way!

We’re sending out invites for our final ESO scale test. We need your help to push our systems, so check your email and join us. If you’ve been invited to previous beta events, you’ll be able to participate this weekend, too. This may be your last chance to help us test!

For this beta, there’s no need to follow a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). We invite you to post your screenshots, videos, and impressions, and to livestream your adventures for everyone to see. Be sure to use the #esobeta tag to share your favorite moments with the world.

Participants this weekend will also unlock an exclusive monkey vanity pet for PC/Mac that will be available at launch.

Thank you for testing ESO. We hope to see you this weekend and at launch!

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Burnout Tire Explosion. The sympathy of friends is always a comfort. Thanks nin.

The Witcher 3 Delayed to February 2015

CD Projekt RED announces February 2015 is when to expect the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the next installment in their RPG series. They had previously hoped to release the game before the end of the year, and their announcement explains the reasons they made the "difficult" decision to delay things:

Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGS and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

Dear gamers - we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.

Ships Ahoy - Titanfall; First Patch Released

Titanfall is now available in North America, offering the chance to strap in with Respawn's multiplayer mech shooter for Windows and Xbox One, and Respawn tweets this image showing them attending a little midnight madness to launch the game. They also mention via Twitter that a patch is available for the PC edition to address delays in joining private server lobbies. We noted the first reviews rolling in last night, but the game still doesn't have a PC metascore. There's live-action and gameplay in a trailer called Titanfall: Life is Better With a Titan - Extended Cut promoting the release and there's another live-action clip on Your Titan is Ready (thanks Polygon). Here's word from the announcement:

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment announced that Titanfall™ is now available at retail stores across North America exclusively for Xbox One®, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft and on Origin.com for PC. Since its unveiling last June, Titanfall has seized the attention of gamers around the world with its exhilarating first-person action gameplay centered on the dynamic between elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. The game has been praised by critics and fans for delivering a unique, fun and thrilling experience while setting a new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. GameSpot claims “Titanfall is a leap forward for shooters”, while Rolling Stone calls Titanfall “the most anticipated next-generation videogame of the year”.

“Creating Titanfall has really been an incredible journey for our team at Respawn and we’re excited to be able to finally get the game we’ve been making into everyone’s hands,” said Vince Zampella, a Co-Creator of CALL OF DUTY and Co-Founder of Respawn Entertainment. “We’re a small, tight-knit team, and I’m proud to have come together with them over these last few years to create something that we think pushes the boundaries and is above all else fun.”

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Out of the Blue

Yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of the announcement of the original Xbox. That seems surprisingly recent, which I guess shows how entrenched the brand has become in a relatively short time. And happy new year, as the NFL year begins today. No, I don't have a check-writing joke for that one.

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