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BlizzCon 2014 in November; Ticket Sales Next Month

Blizzard announces details about BlizzCon 2014, saying this year's installment in their annual gaming convention will take place on Friday, November 7th and Saturday November 8th at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The bulk of the $199.00 tickets for the event will go out in two batches on May 7th and May 10th, while a consignment of tickets to the exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner will go on sale for $750.00 each on May 14th to benefit charity. "BlizzCon is always the biggest highlight of the year for us," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With Hearthstone and Reaper of Souls recently launched and Heroes of the Storm and Warlords of Draenor gearing up for beta, 2014 is already shaping up to be an epic year for Blizzard gamers. We can’t wait to celebrate and share what we’ve been working on with everyone this November." Here's more on the planned festivities:

  • Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Global finals for Blizzard eSports, including the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals
  • In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
  • Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
  • Community contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
  • More activities and attractions to be announced

Borderlands 1 & Civilization III/IV MP Moving to Steam

Gearbox Software announces that multiplayer support for the original Borderlands will live on past the impending end of GameSpy services, as Gearbox is transitioning the role-playing shooter to Steam for multiplayer support (Borderlands 2 already uses Steam). They point to the 2K Blog for more details, where word is the previous two Civilization games are also moving to Steam to extend their multiplayer support. Conversely, this page lists legacy games that will lose online services as of May 31st. Here's word:

Beginning May 31, 2014, select legacy titles from the Borderlands® and Civilization® catalogs will temporarily go offline while service is transitioned to Steamworks. During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voiceover Internet protocol (VOIP) where applicable. Players will not experience interruptions to offline play.

The list of 2K titles currently slated for online migration includes:

  • Borderlands® (PC)
  • Civilization® III
  • Civilization® III: Conquests
  • Civilization® III: Play the World
  • Civilization® IV
  • Civilization® IV: Beyond the Sword
  • Civilization® IV: Colonization
  • Civilization® IV: Warlords

Starting May 31, Borderlands® PS3 and Civilization® Revolution PS3 will also go offline as a result of GameSpy Technology's online service termination. We are currently investigating the technical feasibility of transitioning those titles. Again, players will not experience interruptions to offline play for these titles. We will provide updates as they become available.

Additionally, 2K will discontinue online service functionality for a number of our legacy titles that use GameSpy. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

2K titles losing online service as of May 31, 2014

  • Close Combat First to Fight (PC / Mac)
  • Jetfighter (PC)
  • Jetfighter V: Homeland Protector (PC)
  • Leadfoot (PC)
  • Rune (PC)
  • Stronghold 2 (PC)
  • Stronghold Legends (PC)
  • Top Spin (PS2 / PC)
  • Top Spin 2 (PC / DS)
  • Vietcong (PC)
  • Vietcong Demo (PC)
  • Vietcong Fist Alpha (PC)
  • Vietcong 2 (PC)
  • Vietcong 2 Demo (PC)
  • MLB Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (DS)
  • Major League Baseball 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars (DS)
  • NHL 2K10 (Wii)
  • NBA 2K10 (Wii)

Steamships Ahoy - Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game

Steam now offers Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game, a puzzle game based on the comically complicated contraptions created by cartoonist Rube Goldberg. The game's website offers links to mobile versions, while Steam bundles the Windows, Linux, and OS X editions at a 40% off launch discount. Here's the lowdown:

Rube Works features Rube’s cartoons, contraptions, and irreverent humor and animates the iconic invention cartoons in a way never seen before. The game combines the puzzle genre with slapstick humor and creative problem solving. Imagine the goal is to carve a turkey—and you have a penguin, a bucket, a rooster, a box of sand, a sea sponge, a seesaw and an ice cream maker to complete the task. Then imagine connecting these objects together with string and pulleys along with the laws of gravity and cartoon physics to create a Rube Goldberg machine and proceed to the next level.

The Adventures of Space Jade Demo

The Space Jade website offers a new playable demo of an early version of The Adventures of Space Jade, a side-scrolling action/adventure "mixed with a little bit of RPG elements and puzzle solving." Here's word on the game: "Explore one seamless world with five different environments - Make way through the treacherous jungle - Solve puzzles in ancient temples - Beware deadly traps in pitch black caves and discover hidden secrets in the depths of the water."

Star Lords Becomes Lords of the Black Sun; Enters Beta

Indie developer Arkavi Studios announces a name change for Star Lords, saying it will henceforth be known as Lords of the Black Sun, taking the occasion to also announce the 4X space strategy game has entered the beta phase. They say the beta "features highly improved AI that utilizes the ship design component, making for more powerful ships and tougher battles, and offers streamlined gameplay and interface functionality, better lighting, and more." There are details on the Steam Community website, and here's a summary of new beta features:

  • Improved AI: Now the AI fully uses the ship design component and its latest additions, designing more powerful ships and better managing its military forces making it a significantly tougher opponent.
  • Major bug fixes and fixed some crashes and stability issues. Bug and crash fixes include the corrupted save files bug and the Trade Routes menu crash.
  • Multiplayer is now being tested internally. While it's not available in this first Beta release, it will be included soon.
  • Added revamped Light and Medium Draakian ships models.

On Sale

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  • Portal 2 on Steam. Save 75%.
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  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on Steam. Save 75%.

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Link of the Day: Brian Williams Raps "Gin and Juice". Thanks nin.

Next Dragon Age Begins in October

EA and BioWare announce an October 7th release date for Dragon Age: Inquisition, in North America, saying the release of the next installment in their action/RPG series will follow for Windows, PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 in Europe on October 10th. A new gameplay trailer accompanies the news, and here is the announcement:

BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced that the highly-anticipated, epic role-playing game, Dragon Age™: Inquisition will be available in stores and for digital download on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the expansive, beautiful world of Thedas is being torn apart by a massive, mysterious breach in the sky. Players must assume the role of the Inquisitor and lead a team of legendary heroes to uncover the truth behind the impending devastation.

“Our goal with Dragon Age: Inquisition is to usher in the next-generation of role playing games.” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare Edmonton and Montreal. “Players will experience the rich storylines and characters that they’ve come to expect from BioWare, in an expansive world with large open environments just begging to be explored.”

Players can pre-order* Dragon Age: Inquisition to get special bonus content. Visit the Dragon Age website for more information on editions, including the Deluxe Edition available for pre-order and the upcoming Inquisitor’s Edition.

Become a fan of Dragon Age: Inquisition on Facebook and follow us on Twitter® via http://www.twitter.com/dragonage.

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GRID Autosport Announced

The Codies Blog has first details on GRID Autosport, a new installment in Codemasters' racing series coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on June 27th. The post is quite lengthy, as it discusses how the game should better align with the expectations of fans who were disappointed in GRID 2, though they do boil it down to 10 words in their TL:DR summary: "Yes, we have an in-car view, two in fact." There are posts on NeoGAF (thanks DOSGaming) where a purported Codemasters developer says PC is the lead platform here, and the PC edition will not be a port. This trailer celebrates the return to the roots of the series, and here's a bit on their plans:

While we were patching GRID 2 and releasing new content, we were busy gathering feedback. We devoured the comment threads under articles about GRID 2 on gaming websites, took stock of our reviews, and of course, digested all the comments on our social channels and forums where we received direct feedback. It’s this feedback that helped create GRID Autosport.

If GRID 2 raced off into a more narrative-led world of racing with more accessible controls, it’s clear that for many of you, that wasn’t what you wanted or expected from GRID 2. So with GRID Autosport we had the opportunity to make a much more focussed motorsport game, a desire that many of you have expressed directly to us, and a game that in spirit goes back to some of our earlier titles in terms of content and handling.

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King's Bounty: Dark Side Announced

1C Company reveal plans for King's Bounty: Dark Side, a new installment in the King's Bounty role-playing series coming to Windows PCs this summer. The 1C Publishing website has details and some screenshots. Here's the deal:

1C Company is excited to announce the upcoming release of King’s Bounty: Dark Side, the next chapter in the award-winning King’s Bounty saga.

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!

Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.

Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

King’s Bounty: Dark Side features:

  • New companion system (different companions for each character);
  • New battle companion;
  • New units, artifacts, and rage abilities ;
  • Over 100 new quests and 15 new locations

King’s Bounty: Dark Side is scheduled to be released in summer 2014.

Rise of Incarnates Announced

A new Rise of Incarnates website is now online and is accepting alpha signups for this upcoming free-to-play brawler from Bandai Namco (thanks CVG). This announcement has details, saying this "is scheduled for release in the latter half of 2014 for PCs in the Americas," and the site includes an announcement trailer, as well as details on the alpha. Here's the outline of what this is all about:

BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today announces an entirely new franchise, Rise of Incarnates. Forged by the creators of Tekken and SoulCalibur; unfettered 3D battles are about to be unleashed upon PC gamers. Rise of Incarnates is scheduled for release in the latter half of 2014 for PCs in the Americas.

Born from BANDAI NAMCO Games’ fighting game pedigree, the teams behind Tekken, SoulCalibur, and Gundam Extreme VS unite to bring Rise of Incarnates to life. Rise of Incarnates features ground-breaking 2 vs. 2 gameplay, a multitude of characters and roles, and battlegrounds throughout shattered yet accurately rendered real-world cityscapes. These diverse character types and roles, each with unique skills and powers, appeal to a variety of play-styles while accommodating expansive team dynamics and strategy. Players employ sharp reflexes, mental resolve, and strategic insight as they run, jump, and fly through 3D arenas, engaging in both close-quarters combat and long-range assaults.

Players take the role of “Incarnates”, humans that command untold mythical powers as they vie to avoid tragedy and reshape the course of their world. Due to their special abilities, Incarnates are both feared and loathed by the general population while being persecuted by the authorities that want to harness and use their power for their own nefarious needs. One day, a mysterious voice calls out to the Incarnates telling them the only way to avoid certain destruction is to destroy the “Sovereign of this era.” It is here that the battle for dominance amongst Incarnates begins and the fate of life on Earth hangs in the balance.

“As a new franchise, Rise of Incarnates represents the next big step in expanding BANDAI NAMCO’s footprint in the Free-to-Play gaming space,” said In Joon Hwang, Director of Digital Games at BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “Having been built from the ground up, Rise of Incarnates contains the necessary attributes that create a rich and dynamic gaming environment that fans are sure to enjoy.”

Rise of Incarnates for PC is scheduled for release in the latter part of 2014. To learn more about Rise of Incarnates please visit: http://www.riseofincarnates.com/. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. go to: http://www.bandainamcogames.com/home.html.

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