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Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014

  

Grim Fandango HD Remake Coming to PCs

Double Fine tweets that their plans for Grim Fandango include a roadmap to bring their remastered version of the critically acclaimed game that Wikipedia says derailed the adventure genre to Windows, Linux, and OS X: "Reap your heart out! We're pleased to announce Grim Fandango will also be available on PC, Mac, and Linux alongside PlayStation 4 and Vita!" Thanks IncGamers.com.

MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; "New Concepts" Coming

Train Simulator developer Dovetail Games  announces they've licensed Flight Simulator X from Microsoft, and plan on bringing the venerable program to Steam later this year in a special edition for Valve's service. They also somewhat vaguely say: "The company is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015." Here's word on the Steam edition:

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will include the Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack in one bundle. Dovetail Games will bring Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition to the Steam online gaming platform for the first time in late 2014.

Alien Isolation Preorder Bonus Features Film Cast

SEGA announces the preorder bonus for Alien Isolation will be a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes bonus content called Crew Expendable, which features the voices of the cast of Alien (except for Ian Holm). This trailer shows off what this is about, and here's word on what this all adds to Creative Assembly's survival/horror game:

Anyone who pre-orders the game will get a free upgrade to the Nostromo Edition, which includes the bonus content “Crew Expendable”. Players can choose to play as one of three surviving crewmembers, only moments after Brett’s death at the jaws of the creature. As Ellen Ripley, Dallas or Parker, players can explore the Nostromo from habitation deck down through engineering, coordinating their efforts with Lambert and Ash to lure the Alien into the ship’s airlock.

In addition, consumers who pre-order at GameStop will exclusively also receive “Last Survivor” in which players pick up the story as Ripley tries to escape on the Narcissus. On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, players must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and their escape.

Project Eternity Backer Beta Next Month

A Kickstarter update for Project Eternity has details on some of the creatures who will populate Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming RPG (thanks nin). This also includes an update schedule with word on the push to complete the game that will include a beta for backers on August 18th. Here's the deal:

Update Schedule

Hey, everyone. Brandon here. With production moving into the finalization phase for Eternity, the team and I are hunkering down to finish up the game over the next few months. Going forward, we will be spacing out our backer updates a bit more from now until the project ships. They’ll come a bit less predictably, but you can still expect updates as we have big announcements or special news for you. This will really help us focus as much of our efforts into putting out the best game we possibly can for everyone.

In our next big update, we will discuss the upcoming Backer Beta in more detail as well as what it will entail and how to redeem your copy.

Speaking of the Backer Beta...

Backer Beta

We will be releasing our Backer Beta on August 18th. As we mentioned above, we will get into all of the specifics about the Backer Beta in our next update. Be on the lookout for it over the next month.

Lost Planet 3 Steam Patch Tomorrow

Capcom Unity has word that Lost Planet 3 will be updated tomorrow to complete the game's migration to Steam for multiplayer after Glu killed GameSpy support. They offer complete instructions for PS3 users on how to import their save data to the Steam cloud, and the following word for PC users, including how the leaderboards will be reset:

As previously mentioned, the migration of the online service for Lost Planet 3 (PC Version) is nearing completion, and a downloadable update is scheduled to go live on STEAM this Thursday, July 10th at 1:00am PT. The migration to a new server will unfortunately reset MULTIPLAYER leaderboards and the CINEMATIC GALLERY. CAMPAIGN difficulty will also default to Normal difficulty.

Please note that Item Sphere related achievements for which the unlock conditions have already been met in the current save data, will be unlocked upon importing the save data to Steam Cloud and accessing the Item Sphere. Campaign related achievements, including those related to difficulty will need to be acquired by replaying through the campaign. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Battleborn TM Oddity Explained

The United States Patent and Trademark office Trademark Electronic Search System reveals something interesting about Battleborn, showing that the trademark for Gearbox Software's just-announced "hero shooter"/not a MOBA is not actually registered to Gearbox, but to Necromonger, LLC, a company located at the same Plano, TX address as Gearbox. We got in touch with Gearbox to learn if this revealed some cool spin-off label, but it turns out this is just a holding company, and doesn't represent any changes. Gearbox's Steve Gibson points out, for example, that Borderlands was originally registered to Iperion, LLC. Thanks Kristian.

Battlefield 4 Battlefest

EA announces Battlefield 4 Battlefest, a month-long event for Battlefield 4 players that will include weekly rewards, contests, and in-game content, saying: "It’s a fun way to give back to our community and say thanks, while doing some cool things in the game. Not to mention, there will be tons of prizes, including graphics cards and three gaming PCs, provided by AMD." They are kicking things off with a double XP weekend. Here's word:

To get Battlefest started, we’re giving everyone a weekend of double XP from July 12-13, so if you need to level up your game, now is a good time to start or get back into the game. The 12th also marks the first day of our daily contest (called Battleshots), where we’re asking you to send us a screenshot in Battlefield 4 based on a different theme requirement. Each daily winning entry will receive an AMD graphics card, $50 gift card to the DICE Store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership on their platform of choice. We’re excited to see what you send in and will be altering the screenshot theme request daily until August 13 for more chances to win. Official rules can be found here.

Beyond the daily Battleshots contest, check out these other initiatives we’ll be doing during Battlefest.

Free Camo Unlocks
Each week we will be releasing a free camo in-game for all players. This will give you more ways to standout on the battlefield.

Continue here to read the full story.

Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition Survey

A Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition Community Survey allows you to vote on the priceless treasures to be included in a premium edition of the upcoming zombie sequel. They say completing the survey should take about two to five minutes.

Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons Announced

Publisher Kasedo Games announces Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons, a sci-fi real-time tactics game from indie developer Camel 101 that's coming to Windows, Linux, and OS X by the end of this year. This trailer offers a look, and here's word on what to expect:

Take command of the Black Talons company, a fearless mercenary unit currently stationed in the Oberon system providing needed military support in a galaxy torn apart by ruthless dictators and power-hungry warlords. The Black Talons provide everything from specialist squads and supplies, to entire armies, bases – and even powerful mechs of warfare. This comes at a price, of course – but in a universe controlled by the corrupt, is it enough to stand by and watch while great cities burn to the ground and whole civilisations are destroyed all in the name of conquest?

Continue here to read the full story.

Team Fortress 2 Maps Beta

A post on the Team Fortress 2 website announces the release of a new beta version of Team Fortress 2, which includes the opportunity to beta test a couple of new Mann Co. maps. This post has further details on how to participate in the testing:

Now is your chance to boss around the little guy as you stand on the ground floor of cutting edge environment construction!

We need volunteers that are capable of putting these spaces through the wringer. We want to make sure they stand the test of time for future generations of mercenaries, so they may also enjoy the simple things in life, such as detonating explosive ordinance, setting men on fire and conga dancing.

This is your chance to help guide the direction of TF2. You will get to participate in the development process as we cycle through different iterations of gameplay, based on your feedback.

Trainz: A New Era Preorderz

The Trainz Portal is now accepting preorders of Trainz: A New Era, the latest installment in the rail transportation series. This is being offered in three different forms, a Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition, and a Collector's Edition, which are currently discounted by $10.00, $20.00, and $40.00, respectively, and each SKU comes with a package of bonus DLC they value at over $67.00. Here's what's included with all preorders:

  • FREE VIP access to the DLS with a 6 month first class ticket.
  • Priority Advance Order List - get TANE BEFORE the official release.
  • 2 BONUS never-seen-before DLC locomotives when you pre-order.
  • USRA Light Pacific.
  • Duchess in BR Express Blue livery.

Trials of Ascension Gameplay Trailer

Developer Forged Chaos has released a new combat demo video with a look at a work-in-progress look at Trials of Ascension, the crowd-funded sandbox MMORPG. They explain like so: "The video showcases the combat system of Trials of Ascension, including their unique multi-motion action system. The video also updates their followers on the progress that is being made on the technical demo." Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

In a triumphant moment we got a window to open in our bathroom that was painted shut a few years ago, which was making it difficult to get it properly dried out after showering. The bad news is that it now seems to be stuck open, and since it turns out there is no screen behind it, this has served as an open invitation to all sorts of insects to come visiting, so the bathroom is quarantined until we can get the window closed or we can import enough spiders to restore nature's balance in there.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Glitch Lab.
Save Astronauts 2.
Desktop Racing 3.
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Story: (Fast Food) Restaurants Hike Food Prices.
Media: The Ultimate Luigi Death Stare Cosplay vs. Anime Expo 2014.
Sneak Peaks & Techniques - Behind the Scenes of 8-BIT CINEMA.
Pilot loses patience after terror-threat delay @ JFK Airport.



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