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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

  

The 7th Guest 3 Crowdfunding

A campaign on new crowdfunding site Collector is looking to raise capital for The 7th Guest 3 - The Collector, a third installment in the FMV puzzle game series that saw its heyday in the dawning days of the CD-ROM (thanks VG247). The game is coming to Windows, OS X, Linux, and iOS, and they are already well along towards their $65,000 goal. Here's a bit of what they have planned:

Imagine The 7th Guest and 11th Hour gloriously outfitted with the latest in game tech capabilities. Whilst the gameplay of T7G3 will fairly closely follow that of The 7th Guest and 11th Hour, Trilobyte will thoroughly leverage touch-screen, mobile technology, and modern standards in video-game presentation to bring you the 7th Guest of your fondest dreams (and nightmares!)

Visualize the Stauf mansion rendered in beautiful high-definition, extensively renovated and furnished with hundreds of interesting new items. Plans to rebuild and remodel the house have not stinted at redecoration, to say the least. The revamped house is something of an historical museum. Grand, quite grand.

Ships Ahoy - Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is now available for Windows and OS X, offering a return of the FMV neo-noir detective. The game is available through digital distribution on Amazon, GOG.com, Humble Store., Macgamestore.com, and Steam. Here's a trailer that debuted last month, and here's word:

Grab your fedoras and pour yourself a glass of the hard stuff -- Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is now available for PC and Mac for $19.99 via Steam, GOG.com, and others. Indulge in your nostalgia!

Tex Murphy is the last of the hard-boiled private detectives living in dystopian post-World War III San Francisco in the year 2050. Tex is an honest and good-natured private investigator with a penchant for bourbon, cigarettes, and getting himself into trouble.

Tesla Effect is a mystery 3D adventure game seamlessly blended with the Tex Murphy franchise's renowned full-motion video (FMV) scenes with real actors such as June Lockhart, Larry Jones (Soup Nazi) and Kevin Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000). You'll need all your wits about you and a lot of help from Tex's more competent companions to get to the game's 5 different endings. Of course, that's only if you survive long enough to not get your head blown off by C4 chewing gum.

Tesla Effect is the product of a successful Kickstarter project funded back in 2012, which ATLUS later joined as publisher. Tex has been out for the count since 1998's Tex Murphy: Overseer, but don't worry -- he's back to his old form in Tesla Effect to the delight of old fans of the series and maybe to introduce some of you younger kids to an old-school style of gaming.

Risen 3: Titan Lords in August

Developer Piranha Bytes and publisher Deep Silver reveal the release date for Risen 3: Titan Lords, saying the hardcore RPG sequel is coming to Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 12th. They also offer a new trailer with a cinematic for the game which includes links in the description to preorder the game from Amazon and GameStop, though neither outlet is listing the PC edition. Here's a refresher on the game:

In the third installment of the Risen franchise, Risen 3: Titan Lords pulls players into a hand-crafted role-playing world full of rugged charm where every decision changes the course of the story and your fate, and the fate of the world is up for the taking. Risen 3 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.

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Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion Next Week

Casual Brothers casually announce that Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion will seep out onto Steam one week from tomorrow, on Thursday, May 15th. They say this is "fully geared for cooperative PC play," and add word on some PC specifics, saying: "All new features have been implemented in the upcoming PC version, as Casual Brothers have improved the range of the camera system, sped up the frame rate, and added Steam Achievements."

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Next Month

Ubisoft announces a June 25th release date for Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a platformer set during World War I based on actual letters sent home by soldiers at the time. The game is coming to Windows, Xbox One & 360, and PlayStation 3 & 4 for a suggested price of $14.99. They mark the occasion with a new trailer showing off the game's comic-style art, and here's the announcement:

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is the story of crossed destinies and broken love in a world torn apart by war. The emotional journey follows four characters inextricably drawn together over the course of the game as they brave the battles and difficulties of the Great War alongside their faithful canine companion. Friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors brought on by war.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, known for their work on critically-acclaimed titles like Beyond Good & Evil®, Rayman Origins® and Rayman® Legends. The title uses UbiArt Framework which allows them to efficiently animate the game’s comic-book style, which consists of a wide-ranging color palette – from the dark trenches to green forests and snowy fields, and provides stunning scenic variety and visual contrast.

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Sniper Elite 3 Trailer

A new trailer from Sniper Elite 3 takes us to school for a class in Sniper 101. The clip includes over four minutes of gameplay from the upcoming sharpshooter sequel. Here's the description: "Watch this ultimate Sniper Elite 3 preview with over four minutes of NEW gameplay footage. See the game's emergent stealth mechanics and genre-leading ballistics first hand, and learn the tactics you'll need to defeat Germany's Afrika Korps." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

New RollerCoaster Tycoon PC Game This Year

An announcement rolled into the BlueTower today with news about plans to update RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile that includes word on the next PC installment in the theme park series. Here's all the publisher still known as Atari has to say about this for the moment:

RollerCoaster Tycoon® PC Game is Coming this Year: We have a new premium PC game in production, for release in Winter 2014. A website and forums will launch soon, where you will be able to directly engage with the RCT Team for this game. Stay tuned for more details.

Transistor Preorders, Specs, & Soundtrack

Supergiant Games now offers preorders of Transistor for PC and PS4, also announcing the soundtrack will be released alongside the sci-fi themed action/RPG on May 20th (thanks nin via Joystiq). They have updated the Transistor FAQ and also announce a few PC-specific features along with system specifications:

Transistor for PC Features
- Full controller support & fully remappable controls
- Steamworks support including cloud saves, achievements, & trading cards
- DRM-free: You can play the game offline if you want

PC Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows 7 or newer
CPU: 2.6GHz Dual Core CPU or greater
RAM: 4GB or greater
GPU: 1GB Video RAM or greater, e.g. Intel HD Graphics 3000, Nvidia 9400 GT, AMD HD 5450
Hard Drive Space: 4GB free

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments in September

Focus Home Interactive announces Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is coming in early September of this year, adding that Xbox One will be one of the platforms for Frogwares' mystery game, along with PC, PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360. They celebrate with a few new screenshots that are explained thusly: "On this occasion, discover 3 new screenshots of the game, featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigating some of the crime scenes from the 6 exceptional cases the game asks you to solve. You will have to exploit the incredible gifts and talents of Sherlock, such as his ability to guess the details of an individual's life simply by observing them, or to imagine and reconstruct a past event by studying the key features of a crime scene, in order to find out the truth. But what will you do of your suspects? Will you listen to your moral sense, or will you impartially enforce justice?"

Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible

The Towns forums have another situation where Early Access has not gone well, as developer Florian "Moebius" Frankenberger announces he's leaving the project, even though many of the issues that have plagued the city builder since its 2012 Early Access launch remain unaddressed (thanks Strategy Informer). He explains that he was working for a percentage of the game's proceeds, so as sales have dwindled, so has his salary, leaving him unable to continue. He offers a ray of light for fans, explaining that a sequel is possible, and making it sound like there would be some sort of discount for Towns backers if that project comes to be. He explains the advantages they would enjoy from a fresh start:

A new game will give us the following advantages:

  1. we can implement all the cool things that are not possible at the moment due to how the core mechanics works in Towns 1
  2. we can also rise attention as this is a completely new game and a successor for once great runnning game
  3. this will also make it possible to have a financially sound basis for a long development of Towns2

I want to end this post by thanking you for reading this and for all your support in these two months. Again I'm sorry
that we had to pull the plug right here, but I sincerely hope you can understand why we had to make that decision right
now.

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Op Ed

Strategy Informer - Early Access on Steam- Paying the Price for Unfinished Games.
Moreover, some people doubt the value of giving gaming communities such authoritative power over the direction of design processes; although this isn't a viewpoint I have much sympathy with myself it's still worth a mention. It may sound a little peculiar to argue that gamers don't know what's best for them, but just look at the MMORPG sector and how downright uninspired it's been ever since the success of WOW. People are resistant to change and that can be a bad thing. In paid alpha testing the devs have to be the ones to make design calls, but we have to wonder how well some of these small studios would stay true to their creative vision under the pressure of over a million screaming fans. Whether they should or not is an entirely different question.

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Out of the Blue

Greatly looking forward to tomorrow's NFL draft kick-off, as I'm a year-round tackle football fan. Apparently tickets to the event are free, so there's even a temptation to attend, but there would be too much time spent waiting on line as part of the process. This urge is even stronger since there are now indications the event will move away from NYC next year, so the ability to attend locally may stop being an option. Oh well, I'm guessing it would probably end up being a little tedious actually being there.

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