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Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014

  

Fortnite Alpha Signups

The GameInformer website reveals the May cover story for the print edition of Game Informer will be Fortnite, Epic's upcoming co-op third-person shooter. They offer an overview of the game, but bury the lede, as the bottom of the story adds that Epic is now accepting applications to alpha test the game. Signing up is estimated to take about 10 minutes, though they do not say when testing is expected to begin. They also offer this teaser trailer with glimpses of gameplay and developers discussing the game and how much it is not Gears of War. Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut

Born Ready Games announces that Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is available for Windows as well as the new console systems. The PC edition is available on Steam, and here's the accompanying word on the enhanced edition:

In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages on. In a bid to save Earth from destruction, you must take control of the Strike Suit – a revolutionary fighter craft with the ability to transform into a lethal suit of space armor. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dog-fighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos.

As an added bonus Strike Suit Zero - Director's Cut is 85% off to owners of Strike Suit Zero on Steam. Log in to Steam to see your limited time special offer.

Chaos Reborn Multiplayer Prototype

There's now a multiplayer online prototype of Chaos Reborn, playable in a browser using the Unity Web Player. The Kickstarter page has more details on this tactical RPG remake from X-COM creator Julian Gollop, and explains the state of the prototype: "A third of the spells are implemented, but most of the graphics are place-holder and none of the creatures have animations yet. However, the game is fully functional and great fun to play. With your help we can implement all the features in our game design, and deliver the final game to you by spring 2015."

The Crew This Fall

Ubisoft announces The Crew will be released this fall for Windows, Xbox One, and PS4, offering what they call a "revolutionary" action-driving game set in a massive, open-world recreation of the United States. They celebrate the news with a new gameplay trailer they describe like so: "The Crew’s premiere gameplay trailer, released today, shows four cars, each in a different iconic region of the United States, forming a crew to continue their journey together across the living, breathing open-world." There are more details on The Crew website. Continue here to read the full story.

Dawngate Beta

Electronic Arts and Waystone Games now offer open beta access to Dawngate, a new entry in the ever-more-popular MOBA genre. "We wanted Dawngate to look and feel like a true MOBA experience, but add something fresh and new to the core design by offering a flexible Meta to gameplay," said Dave Cerra, Lead Producer on Dawngate. "We feel that giving players the freedom to tailor each Shaper’s role to their own personal play style makes a powerful impact in the overall experience and sets Dawngate apart." Here's more on the game from the announcement:

Dawngate is a multiplayer online battle arena game that features fast-paced team combat and a flexible Meta that lets gamers play their way. With the freedom to choose a role that isn’t dependent on the player’s choice of Shaper, Dawngate expands its Meta by celebrating personal play styles. Featuring two teams of five Shapers, two lanes and a huge jungle, the game also introduces unique economy-based objectives like Spirit Wells to create a new strategic landscape. Each match ends with an intense fight against the enemy team and their Guardian, and gives players the chance to earn Blessings from their allies and foes. Blessings are loot drops that reward how well gamers played, and commends them for teamwork and sportsmanship.

Blackwell Epiphany Demo

The Wadjet Eye Games website now offers a playable demo for Blackwell Epiphany, the concluding installment in this point-and-click adventure that's due for release for Windows on this month. This page offers further details, screenshots, and a launch trailer. Word is: "After seven years working together to help stranded ghosts in New York City, spirit medium Rosa Blackwell and her spectral guide Joey Mallone are about to embark on the most important case of their lives (so to speak). Their final adventure, The Blackwell Epiphany, will release for PC on April 24 -- but you can get a jump on the mystery today in the demo just released by Wadjet Eye Games."

Out of the Park Baseball 15 Next Week

Out Of The Park Developments announces Out of the Park Baseball 15 will ship on April 18th to all customers who preorder the next installment in the sports simulation series by the end of April 17th. The game will then be publically released for Windows, OS X, and Linux on April 21st. "This is the version of OOTP that will set the bar for all editions of the game to come," says lead developer Markus Heinsohn. "Support for 3D ballparks and 3D in-game ball flight is the stepping stone to 3D players on the field next year, and that will open the door to even more innovations in the years to come." Preorders are being accepted on this page, which describes the game thusly:

New features in OOTP 15 include: Real 2014 Major League Opening Day rosters including full minor leagues, real rosters from 7 international leagues (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba, Mexico, Italy and the Netherlands), a redesigned interface optimized for wide-screen resolutions, 3D ballpark importer & 3D ball-flight in a new game view, a brand new player rating system, improved AI and accuracy, easier historical league creation and much more!

In OOTP 15 you guide your team to glory. Set up your roster, trade players, draft the next superstar, negotiate with free agents, discover talent in the rule-5 draft, keep an eye on your minor leaguers, scout foreign countries or other leagues, it's all here. On top of the GM features, OOTP sports a great baseball simulation engine with stunning statistical accuracy and extensive play-by-play. It is widely regarded as the most realistic baseball game available, by far! You call all the shots from the dugout and see the game unfold before your eyes.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Invasion Update

The version 2.7 Invasion update is now live in Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's Star Wars MMORPG. The new version adds new level 55 Flashpoints, a new Huttball Warzone, a new Galactic Starfighter Battle Zone, and a new Nightmare Mode Operation. This blog post has all the details.

Hotline Miami 2 Trailer

Here's a new "Dial Tone" trailer from Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the ultra-violent top-down sequel coming to Windows, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita in Q3 of this year. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • The Amazing Spider-Man on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Avoid - Sensory Overload on Steam. Save 15%.
  • Dark Lore Mysteries: The Hunt For Truth on Steam. Save 15%.
  • Feral Games Bundle for Mac on Macgamestore.com.
  • PC and Android 9 on Humble Bundle.
  • Titanfall on Best Buy. Save 25%. Thanks Dealzon.
  • Voodoo Whisperer Curse of a Legend on Steam. Save 15%.
  • The Wolf Among Us on Steam. Save 40%.

Evening Patches

Evening Interviews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Safety Dance

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Into the Black

Watch Dogs Requires Uplay

The Windows edition of Watch Dogs will require Ubisoft's Uplay service, reports IGN, having confirmed this with Ubisoft. "Like some of our other AAA releases, including Far Cry 3, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag," a Ubisoft representative tells them, "Watch Dogs will be available on Steam and will leverage Uplay to support the games services." The open world hacking game's full system specs were recently revealed.

Outcast Reboot HD Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter is underway from indie developer Fresh3d for Outcast Reboot HD, an upcoming well, HD reboot of Outcast, Appeal's 1999 action/adventure. They are looking to raise $600K in funding to bring this to Windows PCs late next year, with support for other platforms possible through stretch goals. This comes now because they recently reacquired the rights to the game, and with much of the original team is involved in development, they hold out the possibility of a full Outcast sequel if the reboot clicks. "Fresh3d and a team of world-class developers is working on the game, along with support from Yves Grolet as gameplay advisor. The studio founded in 2004 and headed by Yann Robert and Franck Sauer, has a significant experience in developing games for PC and consoles and has worked on several shipped games on PC, PS2, Xbox 360 and Xbox One," they explain. "Most members from the core team were present in the old days, when developing the original Outcast, and we are delighted to have them on-board to help develop this HD reboot." Thanks Mercenar.

List of Games Relying on GameSpy Services

There's a list on reddit of games that will be impacted by the upcoming shutdown of GameSpy services (thanks PC Gamer). Here's the list of games they say are definitely affected:

Arma (Source)
Arma: Cold War Assault (Source)
Arma 2 (Source)
Arma 2: Free (Source)
Borderlands
Dungeon Defenders [PS3/Non-Steam] (Source)
Halo: Combat Evolved
Saints Row 2 (Source)
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Stronghold 2 (Source)
Stronghold Legends (Source)
Take On Helicopters (Source)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Specs

The Steam listing for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor now offers system specifications for Monolith's upcoming Tolkienesque action/adventure (thanks Polygon). Here's word: :

Minimum:
OS:
64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space

Recommended:
OS:
64-bit: Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 | AMD Radeon HD 7970
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

U.K. Unreal Engine 4 Developer's Day Next Week

Epic Games announces a developer's day to support the just-released Unreal Engine 4, offering just nine days notice to work out getting to the recently opened Epic Games Centre at Staffordshire University on April 17th. This is open to all with active UE4 subscriptions, and tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis through this page.

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

I had to rewatch Game of Thrones to confirm that I wasn't confused about the recasting of a character, but Daenerys' new friend from last season is even newer this season. The guy from last season may have been a little too pretty, but having a new guy just pop up out of nowhere is annoyingly distracting. I'll get over it, but I wonder what the thinking was there?

R.I.P.: Standup comic John Pinette dead at 50; acted in 'Seinfeld' finale. Thanks Mark.

Recast Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Sneaky Dex.
Crusade of Undead.
Colony Age Robot Outbreak.
Stories: Life With a Dog: You Meet People. Thanks j.c.f.
"Breaking Bad" Memoir, New "Saul" Characters. Thanks nin.
Media: Fan-Made GTA V Trailer Makes You Want to Play It All Over Again. Thanks nin.
Follow-up: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Adds Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.
Frak! There's a New Battlestar Galactica Movie on the Way.



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