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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

  

2D Prince of Persia Rumor

A report on French site Le Portail du Jeu Vidéo says a new 2D installment in the Prince of Persia series is in the works using the engine behind Rayman Legends (thanks NowGamer). The report is unverified at this point, but here is a translation of what they are saying:

Not sure! According to our sources, a new Prince of Persia is in preparation (certainly in local Ubisoft Montpellier). This is a 2D title that carries the same engine as that of Rayman Legends with apparently bluffing animations details. The game uses the same techniques of animation in the last Rayman , ie the prince's body is divided into several parts (torso, pelvis, leg, shin, foot, forearm, hands, etc..) that can be animated independently of each other. This provides a real diversity / credibility in the postures and movements of the hero. The quality of the work is to believe in a 3D modeling both transitions are fluid and feel well made ​​volume. Prince - shirtless, dark complexion, medium brown hair - can run, hit the sword or jump against the walls. The usual array so.

Chapter assumptions - pending a formal response - Ubisoft seek to revive the series of Prince of Persia in abandoning adventures in 3D, as did Rayman Origins in 2011 Opting for a 2D game would also do. not impinge on the flat bands of Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs while providing a quality alternative to the excellent Rayman Legends ( métanote 89% on PJV ) in the catalog of a publisher who knows diversify its horizons.

Minimum Early Access Soon

Atari announces Minimum is coming to Steam Early Access soon, saying they worked with developers TimeGate and Human Head to save this third-person multiplayer combat game from TimeGate's bankruptcy. Here's word:

Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, announced today the third-person, multiplayer online combat game, Minimum, for PC. Minimum will be available for early access spring 2014 on Steam.

“Since its founding, Atari has been at the forefront of making creative and engaging games that resonate with the gaming community”

Set in a minimalistic stylized universe, Minimum features fast-paced, session-based combat that pits teams of five against each other with powerful, craftable weapons. Each team has their own gigantic robotic Titan that they power up and support to help them fight and destroy the enemy’s base. At the core of Minimum is an elaborate blueprint crafting system where players collect resources to create customized weapons and armor that power-up during kill streaks, enabling skilled warriors and Titans to become deadlier as matches progress.

Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition Announced; Steam Pre-Purchases Begin

Kalypso Media offers a new "Eras" trailer from Tropico 5, celebrating the announcement of a new Limited Special Edition of the upcoming island dictator sequel, which is being offered to those who pre-purchase the game. Here's the deal:

If you want to forge your own rich and powerful empire just like El Presidente in Tropico 5, then you’ll want to make sure you pre-order your copy of the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition. This edition of Tropico 5 is automatically available to anyone who pre-orders or buys the retail boxed version of the game at launch and includes a snazzy avatar costume for your El Presidente, as well as the unique ‘Bayo del Olfato’ map for Sandbox mode at no extra cost. In addition, the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition contains an authentic Tropico passport and Tropico island postcard designed by master illustrator Penultimo himself all in the box.

If you prefer to get your games digitally, then Steam Pre-Purchase is available from today (April 17th) with a 10% discount. The Pre-Purchase deal will offer aspiring rulers a new alternative ‘Businessman’ avatar costume and ‘Isla de Vapor’ sandbox map available exclusively for digital players. Plus, there will be additional pre-order bonuses depending on the overall number of Steam pre-orders for Tropico 5 - check out the Steam store page for more details. You can also pre-purchase Tropico 5 via the Kalypso Launcher and get a 15% discount.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Effect Early Access

Early Access to Dead Effect is now available on Steam, offering a chance to be among the first to play this survival/horror shooter for Windows and OS X (the release of the Linux edition will wait for the completion of development). Details are on the Dead Effect website, and this recent trailer offers a look at gameplay. Here's a rundown: "Dead Effect is a survival indie SCI-FI FPS with few RPG elements in which you are an elite member of the Unit 13, the last man standing. Your spaceship, the ESS Meridian, is full of zombies and monsters. Your goal is simple, survive and find out what happened on board. Use lots of variable weapons to clear a path through the zombie swarm. It’s time to explore new 3D environments and fight against a flood of life-like zombies with high-res textures." Continue here to read the full story.

Risen 3: Titan Lords Trailer

This new trailer offers a cinematic teaser for Risen 3: Titan Lords, the continuation of the Risen RPG franchise coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in August. You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! But since you asked: "A true classic European RPG, Risen 3 refuses to hold your hand. It gives players the freedom to explore the vast and beautiful world at their own pace. Engaging combat will test the player's skills and with a visually stunning environment, Risen 3: Titan Lords is a must-have title for RPG fans looking for a challenge. This hardcore RPG is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this August. Pre-order the game today at: http://shoppage.deepsilver.com/risen3-titan-lords.html?L=1." Continue here to read the full story.

The Flock Trailer

This trailer offers a first look at gameplay from The Flock, Vogelsap's upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer game, and the indie Dutch developer also announces the game has been approved for an upcoming release on Steam without having to undergo the Greenlight process. What's The Flock, you ask? Here's the game's unusual premise: "The Flock is an asymmetrical multiplayer thriller. You play as the hunter lurking in the shadows, but your goal is to become the prey, which is key to winning the game. Starting as a Flock in a dark and desolate world, you need to find the coveted Light Artifact. The player who grabs it first, transforms into the Carrier, a fragile, slower and more humanoid creature. The goal of the game is to hold onto the artifact for as long as possible while the other players – who are Flock – hunt you down. There’s only one thing that can stop them. The Flock can’t move while being in the light emitted from the artifact. They have to stand still or they will die in an instant." Continue here to read the full story.

BioShock Postmortem

Eurogamer offers a postmortem on the development of BioShock called "Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock," from a writer who took a deep dive to dredge up details on Irrational's shooter. This includes some dark moments early in the process where they were unsuccessfully demoing a version of the game set on a space station to a point late in the process where a focus group heaped their work with negative feedback. The interesting read contains loads of anecdotes from the developers covering inspirations, setbacks, crunch time, what when wrong, what went right, and more.

On Sale

  • FATE: Undiscovered Realms on Steam. Save 40%.
  • Gigabytes of Deals on Origin. Save up to 50%.
  • Oh Man, You Should Totally Check That Game Out! Presented by Devolver Digital on Humble Weekly.
  • Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal" on Steam. Save 50%.
  • The Wolf Among Us on GameStop PC Downloads. Save 40%.

Evening Patches

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock

Develop has news that Frontier Developments acquired software and IT consultancy Professional Practice Automation on Tuesday in a deal worth £5.09m, a deal which, besides the other assets of the company, also includes the rights to the Elite franchise, as Frontier is currently developing Elite Dangerous, a crowd-funded new installment in the space combat series. They also report that Frontier founder David Braben now plans to sell up to 1.6m shares in Frontier Developments, which they say represents a little over five percent of the company. Besides holding the Elite rights, Develop says PPA develops software "currently in use on thousands of seats across accountancy practices in the UK."

Alien: Isolation Trailer

GameSpot offers a new narrated trailer showing off the "Lo-fi Sci-fi" Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly's upcoming game installment in the Alien/Aliens series. Word simply is: "The Alien: Isolation team discuss staying true to the original film in this exclusive insider video from Creative Assembly," and the video kicks off by warning "this trailer uses pre-alpha footage, and represents a work in progress." The clip explains the development team's efforts at creating a setting that matches the feel of the original film, with a very analog/mechanical approach to technology. Continue here to read the full story.

Starbound Update Pace Explained

A new progress report on the Starbound website explains the reasons updates to the space sandbox game have slowed lately, reassuring supporters that this "certainly has nothing to do with us taking the money and running." One reason is that Chucklefish is still working on relocating their development team into a single location, and the other is that updating more frequently raised other issues, as they explain here:

The other reason updates have slowed down was the community response to faster updates. People like to point out that we said we would deliver near daily small updates and have failed to do so. They do not however point out that we made the decision to go back to more substantial updates because we were criticised heavily for putting out small updates without much substance (though larger updates were ongoing behind the scenes). Critics argued passionately that updates containing one new sub biome, or new guns, or new structures, or new weather was just pointless fluff and they wanted real ‘game changing’ updates. So we listened and that’s what we went back to focusing on. We’ve been working on building a new progression system, new ship upgrade system, new navigation system, new monster and combat systems, all behind the scenes for one bigger update. Bigger updates take time. You simply can’t have it both ways. Daily updates are small because small updates are all that can be produced in a day.

Once we have the team over in the UK we will be focusing on finishing our large game changing, progression update. Whilst providing bug fixes and small changes to the existing version. As well as pushing out updates unrelated to progression such as combat changes.

I hope this gives you an idea of what’s going on.

Steam Guard Scam Warning

Malwarebytes sends along a warning for Steam users they say they will soon publish on the Malwarebytes blog about a way scammers can bypass Steam Guard security in trying to gain unauthorized access to user accounts. This involves falling for a phising scheme along the way, but this is apparently easy to do as the technique uses screens and prompts that mimic the behavior of the actual Valve safeguards being exploited. This scheme has been around for a while now, as a month-old Reddit thread discusses what's going on, how to avoid being scammed, and shows this in action in this screenshot.

75 More Steam Greenlights

A Steam Community announcement reveals that Valve has approved an additional 75 titles for future sale on Steam though their ever-more-inclusive Greenlight process. This page has a detailed list of the new approvals, which will become available upon completion of development.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AOC Q2770PQU 27″ PLS Monitor on eTeknix.
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum on Guru3D.
  • Bloody B540 Mechanical Keyboard and TL8A Laser Gaming Mouse on Hardware Heaven.
  • CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.org.
  • Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L All-In-One CPU Water Cooler on eTeknix.
  • Cooler Master Nepton 280L CPU Cooler on pcGameware.
  • Kingwin KF-252-BK Internal Hard Drive Hot Swap Rack on TWEAKNEWS.
  • LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 External Storage Device on TweakTown.
  • Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-1 Card on The SSD Review.
  • Noctua NH-D15 on HCW.
  • Noctua NH-U12S on LAN OC.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 vs. GTX 780 Ti on ocaholic.
  • NZXT H440 on techPowerUp.
  • Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink on FrostyTech.com.
  • Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 265 Dual-X 2GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
  • Sentey Revolution Pro Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
  • Silverstone Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX Case on TechSpot.
  • Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Illuminated Gaming Keyboard on Technology X.
  • Tivax MiTraveler 3D-8 on Vortez.
  • TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 802.11ac Wireless Router on TweakTown.
  • XFX Radeon R9 290 CrossFire Video Card Review at 4K Ultra HD on Legit Reviews.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Ooops, I'm off by a day! At first I thought today is Good Friday, but now I realize it's actually Maundy Thursday. Sorry for the confusion. Not that this clears up all of it: I have no idea what "maundy" means. I'm on a roll in this regard, as CalmDragon points out I was also way off about Ash Wednesday, which I always incorrectly assume is between Palm and Easter Sundays. Guess I should just stick to holidays I observe... like Super Bowl Sunday.

Maundy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Where Is My Beard?
Techno Invaders.
Solid Rider 2.
Links: 30 Knockoff Products That Are Almost Better Than The Real Thing.
Stories: Toddler found playing inside toy claw machine.
South Korean ferry survivors: Passengers told to stay put.
Wife Dies, Husband Wins Lottery Next Day. Thanks Reddit.
Science: Cherry Blossom Grown from Space Seeds a bit Weird. Thanks Boing Boing.
Cassini may be witnessing the birth (or death) of a moon of Saturn.
Images: Renaissance Space Invaders art.
Media: Go Home Productions "Imagine The Band" (Lennon/Wings). Thanks nin.
How to Play Jenga with Giant Construction Equipment.
One Hair-Raising Bike Ride - 1st person view.
Game of Thrones Medley (The Monster, Roar, Demons, & Titanium Parody).



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