Steam News announces
free weekend is now underway for
Magic 2014 — Duels of the
, adding that the virtual card-based strategy game also
currently on sale for 75% off. Here's the deal: "Become a Planeswalker and
travel the planes of existence unleashing a torrent of spells and creatures to
devastate your opponents. Prove yourself in combat against Chandra Nalaar—a
fiercely independent Planeswalker with an affinity for fire and quick
temper—then battle your way through the planes to face the mysterious villain
trying to pull Chandra’s strings. "
The Shards Online website
details on how to participate in an open preview weekend that's now underway for
this upcoming multiplayer sandbox action/RPG, in support of the game's
, which is heading into the home stretch (thanks Remi).
on the game, there's a Shards Online
with more, and here's what they say about the testing
As we end our Kickstarter campaign with a bang, we
invite everyone to play during our Shards Online Preview Weekend event. This
event starts right now and we plan to keep it running throughout the weekend.
We are taking over the MMORPG Twitch
channel (starting at 4pm EDT/8pm GMT) and streaming the preview event live!
It is possible that we may also have a second stream on our
Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson
put Jeannie down long enough to post the first
Windows drivers for the Xbox One controller. Here's word:
We know our fans
have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox
One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with
using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC
games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for
fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new
comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new PC drivers will enable the
Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for
the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One
controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you’ll be gaming in no
The first trailer
now available for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
, the upcoming debut title from
The Astronauts, the developer formed by the founders of People Can Fly. Word is:
"This is the first trailer for the game, with the focus on the mood of the story
the players can experience, and the visuals one can expect from the game. The
trailer is a real-time in-game capture (PC), just with the cameras set to tell a
certain story. The game is made in Unreal Engine, and uses the photogrammetry
)." Continue here to read the full story
All The Ways To Hack
is another live action trailer for Watch Dogs
, connecting the
kind of hacking found in the game to real life. Here's word: "The series finale
tackles the complex issue of mobile phone security, and uncovers how the
sophistication levels of our devices allow for them to moonlight as spy tools,
making us more susceptible than ever to attack. In the episode, we visit some of
today's top white hat hackers to witness the various ways that phones can be
hacked or be used as hacking tools. By raising user awareness, these security
researchers aim to strengthen every smartphone's digital armor against the
malicious hackers in the world." Continue here to read the full story
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At the CD Projekt RED & GOG.com Summer Conference today, GOG.com announced GOG
Galaxy, a new platform for the DRM-free game store.
how this entirely optional client will work, which is based on their focus on
freedom of choice, saying this will allow GOG.com and Steam players to game
together. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
During the CD PROJEKT RED and GOG.com
Conference, GOG.com ushered in a new era of DRM-free gaming with the
announcement of GOG Galaxy,
its brand new technology that places unparalleled freedom over online play and
connectivity back in the hands of gamers. With this an entirely optional
platform, players can dive into online multiplayer portions of their favorite
games, while enjoying single-player anytime they please without needing an
internet connection. GOG Galaxy is designed to be a platform-agnostic online
solution, allowing GOG.com and Steam players -- with more platforms to be added
in the future -- to game together. An optional client will be introduced later
this year to allow for easy game updating, and GOG.com has already begun working
with developers to implement the technology in their games.
In addition to announcing their new GOG Galaxy platform at their
, GOG.com and CD Projekt also unveil plans for a Witcher
based on the tabletop
Witcher Adventure Game
. They don't offer much more detail on this, but say
that two keys for the upcoming multiplayer beta for this are an incentive for
preordering The Witcher 3: The Wild
, saying the RPG sequel is due for release on February 24, 2015, and
offering the E3 trailer
from the game. They say the beta will begin in the summer, and in the meantime,
preordering will also get you a free copy of Neverwinter Nights: Diamond
, which is the original RPG along with all three official expansions.
Here's the entire preorder package:
- An instantly-available copy of Neverwinter
Nights™, the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons (www.dungeonsanddragons.com)
game, an inspiration for generations of developers
- A great pre-order price and, on top of it, up to
10% off for players who already own The Witcher and its sequel The Witcher
2: Assassins of Kings
- A Fair Price Package for gamers living in regions
where the price is higher than in the U.S.: get back the price difference in
form of in-store coupons to grab other GOG.com games!
- Two multiplayer beta-access keys to The Witcher
Adventure Game, coming soon
- Tons of bonus goodies such as the digital artbook,
The Witcher comic book, bonus music tracks and desktop wallpapers
- Guaranteed more great goodies that will pop up
during the pre-order period
Continue here to read the full story.
Ubisoft announces the release of Conspiracy!
, the first DLC pack for
, their open-world action game. Here's the deal:
Ubisoft® announced that the first piece of downloadable content for the open
world action-adventure game Watch Dogs is now available. Players can now
experience the Conspiracy! Digital Trip game mode that will have them hunting
down cyborgs in a mind-bending alternate game universe.
Conspiracy! is available for all players as a stand-alone piece of downloadable
content for $4.99. Players can also still purchase Conspiracy! as part of the
Season Pass for $19.99, which grants players one week of early access to Watch
Dogs add-on content including the upcoming Single Player Story and separate
Single Player Missions, outfits and weapons. Season Pass holders will save more
than 25% over the individual downloadable pack prices.
For more information on the Watch Dogs Season Pass, please visit
Capcom follows on the discovery
plans for a Steam edition of Dead Rising 3
with a confirmation of plans
for a PC version of the zombie-heavy survival/horror sequel this summer. We have
a PC trailer
, and the
details gleaned from a fact sheet, including system specifications that start at
6MB RAM, requiring a 64-bit OS:
Continue here to read the full story
The critically acclaimed Xbox One exclusive launch title Dead Rising® 3
will be available for PC digital download on Steam globally and a retail version
for Windows PC in Europe in Summer 2014. PC gamers will be able to experience
the hordes of horror at high PC resolutions with upgraded textures on
characters, backgrounds and in-game objects.
Dead Rising 3 for PC will include Steam platform support with Steam
Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards, global leaderboards and full
game controller support. Also compatible with the keyboard and mouse, players
will be able to toggle back and forth between the two in real time.
The third title in the Dead Rising series with sales of over 1 million units to
date, Dead Rising 3 takes place 10 years after the
events of Dead Rising 2. Set in the city of Los Perdidos amidst a nationwide
zombie outbreak, the story follows Nick Ramos, a young
mechanic. He must find a way to escape from thousands of blood thirsty zombies
before an impending military strike wipes out the
city and its population. Relying on the help of other survivors he meets along
the way and the vast array of unique and powerful
combo weapons available, Nick will need to get creative to get out of the
infected city before it’s too late.
- Welcome to Los Perdidos – Set 10 years after the
events in Fortune City players are taken to the massive open and infected
world of Los Perdidos while being immersed in action and stunning visuals.
- All the survival horror action comes to PC – Fully
optimized to run at a high resolution, the PC release includes full Steam
and game controller support.
- More zombies than ever before – The zombies are
smarter and deadlier than ever with intelligent AI and shared awareness
forcing players to employ all their cunning skills and creativity to stay
- Hundreds of unique combo weapons and vehicles –
Combine and customize hundreds of pieces found throughout the sandbox world
including the gruesome Boom Cannon weapon or the Party Slapper vehicle.
- Face the horror alone or with a friend – Join
forces with a friend for endless zombie killing mayhem and earn experience
points that carry back to your single player experience.
Minimum System Requirements:
Gearbox Software announces
October release dates for Borderlands: The
, saying the new in-between installment in the shooter series will come to
Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 14th in North America and on
October 17th in other territories. They are now
, saying the advance commitment will entitle customers to
a free copy of the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus. They also offer a new
Moon Dance trailer
showing off gameplay, and, of course, moon dancing, as Claptrap gets all jiggy
with it with an assist from rhythm gaming experts Harmonix. Continue here to read the full story
A playable demo for Painkiller Hell & Damnation
has quietly appeared
on the Steam page
The Farm 51's demonic first-person shooter remake for Windows, Linux, and OS X.
This is a timely chance to check out the game, as
a patch from last week
adds a bunch of improvements and new features,
including bonus levels, a dedicated server, SDK support, OS X improvements, and
more, though it's not clear how much of that will be evident in the demo, since
its contents are not described. Thanks Frans.
A new gameplay video
shows off how trading works in Elite Dangerous
, Frontiers upcoming
space combat remake that recently
premium beta testing. They eight-minute video shows "how it all
works, from docking, to hyperspace, to interdiction." Continue here to read the full story
an article on theguardian.com
with a postmortem on World of Darkness
casting some light on why CCP recently
development of the MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG of the same
). They talked to some insiders in drawing the conclusion that "bad
management hubris wasted nearly a decade of work." They outline how this began
with CCP's generous approach to their merger with tabletop developer White Wolf
that was unfortunately complicated by CCP's disorganized management structure,
explaining: "Very shortly after initial development began, the company started
blurring the lines between the World of Darkness and Eve projects." The article
goes on to describe a start-and-stop development that left CCP with a game that
had very little game to it after nine years of work. Here's some of
This constant yo-yo effect contributed to a development cycle in
which planned features were partially completed and then dumped numerous times
over. There seemed to be no clear vision on how the various parts would create a
cohesive end product.
Sources report that, over the nine-year period, the game effectively reached
alpha – the stage at which all the major features have been implemented - three
times, only for each version to be scrapped.
“I tested it myself, on two different occasions out of those three,” says Blood.
“With the first playtest, I was amazed at how little of the core game was there
– at this point the game had been in development for over half a decade. I mean,
there was just nothing, literally nothing, for someone like me, a complete
outsider to the WoD IP, to appreciate.
"Other testers who were familiar with it thought it was great that they could
finally see their avatars ‘diablerise’ – or consume – other player’s corpses,
for health, or something. I just kind of shook my head and wondered how this
would ever draw in anything other than die-hard fans.
“On the second play test, quite some time later, I was struck by how much had
changed – and yet remained unfinished. The flagship achievement was a new
movement system, made after scrapping the old one, which was similar to the
Assassin’s Creed gameplay – with mantling walls, etc. But it was very basic in
comparison. CCP was quite self-congratulatory on achieving this much, and the
internal propaganda was that this kind of movement system would revolutionise
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OverClocked inside. German.
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True PC Gaming.
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Today is the day of the Reset the Net
campaign, which certainly seems like a worthy cause. Word is: "On June 5, I will
take strong steps to protect my freedom from government mass surveillance. I
expect the services I use to do the same." There's more on the concept in
this video also posted
here last night
Don Zimmer dies at 83; spent more than six decades in baseball