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Monday, Apr 14, 2014

  

New Interceptor Countdown

Nogumneeded.com is a new website from Interceptor Entertainment that's got a countdown ticking off the next 30 days. This recalls the news of a similar tease from February where a tease went up on alloutofgum.com (which now redirects to this new site) for Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, which prompted a lawsuit from 3D Realms over ownership of the rights. Presumably an announcement will eventually clarify whether this means the legal issue is settled, the project is continuing without Duke, or there is some other explanation for what's afoot. Thanks DSOGaming.

Crysis and Crysis 2 MP Support End Next Month

The Crysis forums have word that Crytek is ending multiplayer support for Crysis and Crysis 2 on May 31st with the the pending shutdown of GameSpy services (thanks PC Gamer). Here's word:

There has been a bit of discussion surrounding the ceasing of operations at Gamespy, and we wanted to take the opportunity to clear the air a bit as it were, by providing some informaiton on the whole topic;

As of May 31 this year, the multiplayer modes in Crysis and Crysis 2 for PC will no longer be playable. The conclusion of online multiplayer support comes as a result of GameSpy Technology shutting down all their hosting services. GameSpy have been providing multiplayer functionality for Crysis and Crysis 2 since they launched. The single-player campaigns in both games are unaffected by this transition, and the multiplayer mode in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 versions of Crysis 2 remain playable.

We'd like to thank everyone who has taken up arms in Crysis and Crysis 2's multiplayer modes in the last few years, and apologize to the small but dedicated community of PC players who are still actively competing against one another.

Horizon Patched

A new patch is now available for Horizon, updating the 4X space strategy game to version 1.0.0.88 with a number of tweaks and changes suggested by the community. The new version is automatically available on Steam, where the game is currently on sale for 33% off. Complete details on the new version are here, and here's the short form:

  • UPDATED: Improved fleet managing A.I. for attacks, or rallying to defend a system
  • UPDATED: Rebalanced economy and race relations
  • UPDATED: Improved UI
  • ADDED: French language now supported
  • ADDED: A new refit system is added to more easily change the design of existing ships
  • ADDED: New UI icons added making it easier to distinguish surveyed planets

On Sale

Evening Previews

Evening Screenshots

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Skateboarding with dogs. Iditarad! How good a skateboarder/cameraman is that dude? Thanks Ant.

World of Darkness Cancelled

CCP Games announces they have halted development of World of Darkness, the MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG of the same name. The announcement does not make it sound like the project will be resumed, and includes word that 56 employees at their Atlanta, GA studio have lost their jobs, and that the remaining staff there will focus on games in the EVE Universe, which they say is the first time the entire company has been focused on EVE since 2006. Here's word from CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson:

The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make. I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I’ve watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

I would like to give special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the World of Darkness MMO a reality, especially the team members affected by this decision. Their considerable contribution to CCP will not be forgotten, and we wish them well.

To our current and former employees and fans of World of Darkness, I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the experience that we aspired to make. We dreamed of a game that would transport you completely into the sweeping fantasy of World of Darkness, but had to admit that our efforts were falling regretfully short. One day I hope we will make it up to you.

Although this was a tough decision that affects our friends and family, uniting the company behind the EVE Universe will put us in a stronger position moving forward, and we are more committed than ever to solidify EVE as the biggest gaming universe in the world.

DICE Looking Into BF4 "Death Shield" Bug

MP1st has details on an apparent bug discovered in Battlefield 4, DICE's military shooter sequel. This video demonstrates what commentator jackfrags refers to as a " pretty game-breaking" bug where fallen bodies eligible for revival will block projectiles, including tank shells. A tweet from DICE says they are looking into this: "Thanks for the ping. Looking into it and will bug it." Continue here to read the full story.

Watch Dogs "Ultra Specs"

The dogged watch for details on system specifications for Watch Dogs continues. Following hints they would be steep followed by reassurances they would be reasonable, the reveal of minimum specs; full specs; and the Uplay requirement, comes a tweet with "ultra specs" in response to requests for details on how to get the best visuals from the upcoming open-world (or open-Chicago, at least) hacking game (thanks CVG). Here's word:

Ultra specs : Intel Core i7-4770K with a GeForce 780. The PC video was recorded on an Intel Core i7-3930K with a GeForce Titan IIRC.

U.K. Sales Charts

The latest GfK Chart-Track listings of top-selling games in the U.K. for the week ending April 12th are now available. The Elder Scroll Online holds onto the number one position on the full-price PC games chart where the top new entry is LEGO: The Hobbit at number 10. On the all platforms/all prices chart LEGO: The Hobbit debuts at number two, while FIFA 14 drops to three with Titanfall jumps back into the top spot. Here's the write up:

EA remain at No1 this week with ‘Titanfall’ (+220%) reclaiming top spot from ‘FIFA 14’ (-1%), boosted by the launch of the Xbox 360 version.

‘Lego The Hobbit’ has to settle for a debut at No2 with FIFA 14 dropping to No3. ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ (+52%) jumps 4 places to No4 thanks to retailer promotions, ahead of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (+28%) which slips one place to No5. Easter holidays and retailer promotions will have helped kid’s titles ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (+35%), up from No9 to No6 and ‘Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’ (+20%), back in the Top 10 at No8. ‘The Lego Movie Videogame’ (+7%) is the second of 4 Lego games in the Top 40 this week and a non-mover at No7. ‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ (+27%) and ‘Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes’ (-36%) complete the Top 10 at No’s 9 and 10 respectively.

There are new entries at No14 for Microsoft/Rare’s Xbox One ‘Kinect Sports: Rivals’ and No34 for Alternative’s ‘Don Bradman Cricket 14’, while ‘Football Manager 2014’ (+280%) is back in the chart this week at No18 thanks to the new Vita version.

Single-Player Hearthstone Plans

An announcement on Battle.net we missed from a few days ago reveals plans for Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure, a single-player mode coming to Hearthstone, Blizzard's card-based strategy game (thanks nin via Polygon for the catch). They say this will be released simultaneously for Windows, OS X, and iOS, but that a release date is not yet set, nor are pricing details. This will add new cards and an all-new game board. Here's a bit:

Progressing through Curse of Naxxramas and overcoming the challenges that lurk within will reward you with all-new Hearthstone cards! Once you earn these cards, you can start playing with them in your decks right away. A total of 30 new cards will be added with Curse of Naxxramas - Check out a few of the shambling creatures of the undead that are just dying to be a part of your collection below!

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

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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

Wow... The Mad Men premiere was great, but I didn't know how much I should have been looking forward to Game of Thrones last night... that was awesome! If discussing details in the forums, please use spoiler tags for those who haven't watched yet, and specify book spoilers, if for no one else, then for me.

Game of Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tetrings.
Links: 12 WTF Things at the New York Toy Fair.
Someone Asked Harrison Ford Who Shot First.
Story: Neil Gaiman's comic book 'Sandman' returns after 25 years. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands.
The physics of water drops and lift-off.
Images: Call of Duty stand up joke.
Shifter knob broke... Awesome.
HDMI to Garden Hose adapter.
Media: Wowcraft Episode 2: Quest for Tooth.
Jeff Francoeur Was Tricked into Thinking Minor League Teammate Was Deaf for a Full Month.



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