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Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

  

EA's $1B DLC Goal

A story on Bloomberg about the stadiums full of money EA expects to earn from the new Madden game describes the publisher's lofty general goals for add-on content, saying they hope to reach the one billion dollar mark in DLC sales this year. EA expects Madden to be a major contributor to that figure, as they say add-on content sales for the tackle football series were up 350% last quarter compared with the same period last year. Thanks nin via Joystiq.

Diablo III 2.1.0 Now Live

With today's maintenance complete, Battle.net announces that the long-awaited version 2.1.0 patch for Diablo III is now live, bringing a wide range of changes as well as new features to the action/RPG sequel. That post has the complete official patch notes, and to celebrate the release, Blizzard also announces an additional bonus for those who play the Windows and OS X editions for the coming week:

Patch 2.1.0 is now live in the Americas!

To celebrate the arrival of this major content update, all players who log into Diablo III this week on Windows or Mac will not only receive a +100% bonus to Gold Find, but all Treasure Goblin spawns in the game have been doubled! (As with our previous buff, please note that the Gold Find bonus will stack multiplicatively with existing bonuses including those provided by items and Paragon points.)

This bonus Gold Find and double Treasure Goblin period begins in the Americas region today, August 26, and ends on Tuesday, September 2, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut Trailer

The Kickstarter page for Shadowrun Returns has the official trailer for Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut, and says the Steam page for the game now has a complete feature list for the release version. With the release less than a month off, they are showing the game at PAX Prime this weekend, and offer a quick outline on what this is for the uninitiated: "If this is your first time hearing about the Director’s Cut, here’s the scoop: It’s a standalone release of our critically-acclaimed Dragonfall campaign that includes a bunch of new content and improvements we’ve made to the game. It’s $14.99, releases September 18th for Windows/Mac/Linux, will be available on Steam, GoG and the Humble Store, and is FREE to all existing owners of Dragonfall (including Backers.)." Continue here to read the full story.

Ships Ahoy - Rise of Venice: Gold Edition

Rise of Venice: Gold Edition is now available in North American stores, offering a boxed retail edition of the seafaring trading strategy game. In addition to the game on an actual disk, this also includes the game's Beyond The Sea expansion as well as the Steamship’ and Sea Monsters DLC packs. Here's a Gold Edition trailer that accompanied its digital release, and here's word:

Begin your journey towards fame, wealth and power, as the award-winning trading strategy game, Rise of Venice, is now available for purchase at North American retail as a comprehensive boxed Gold Edition that includes all previously released additional content. Become an intrepid explorer and establish trade with foreign lands, or embrace your inner-Machiavelli and take power over Venice through intrigue and political favor. Establish yourself as one of the most powerful traders of Renaissance Venice in the main game and then expand your empire as far as Gibraltar in the major add-on ‘Beyond The Sea.’ Plus, the Gold Edition also includes both the ‘Steamship’ and ‘Sea Monsters’ DLC.

Rise of Venice - Gold Edition challenges players to rise up through the ranks of Venetian society by crafting their own trading empire. Remove political opponents, apply merchant savvy and trade your way to becoming one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance.

World of Diving Early Access

Steam News announces early access is now underway for World of Diving, offering the chance to immerse yourself in this swimulation before it is complete. Here's how this hopes to make a splash:

World of Diving is the Oculus Rift-enabled online diving game that brings you an exhilarating multiplayer diving adventure, all without getting wet. access the game via Early Access and start playing straight away!

World of Diving enables you… to freely explore the ocean and make progress through exciting challenges:

  • Interact with the amazing sea life
  • Compete against your fellow divers
  • Discover the sunken remains of history
  • Collect and salvage ancient treasure

WARMACHINE: Tactics SE Early Access

Steam now offers early access to the Standard Edition of WARMACHINE: Tactics, as well as the previously launched Deluxe Edition of Privateer Press' mech strategy game. They describe plans to update this with new content every couple of weeks leading up to the game's official release. Here's the general pitch: Turn-based tactical combat set in the award-winning world of the Iron Kingdoms. Command your custom squad of steam-powered robots and elite warriors in raging battles dominated by magic and mechanika. Battle online and after Early Access, play the forthcoming 21-mission epic single player campaign!"

Breach & Clear: DEADline Trailer

Here's a new trailer for Breach & Clear: DEADline with a behind-the-scenes look at development of the PC version of this iOS tactical strategy game. Word is: "The video shows all new pre-alpha gameplay footage fresh off their award-winning appearance at Gamescom 2014. Coming to Steam Early Access this Fall, Breach & Clear: DEADline is published by Gambitious in conjunction with Devolver Digital." Continue here to read the full story.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • Bam Killer - TERA. "BAM-Killer is a revolutionary 21-day crowdsourcing program where players earn rewards for killing BAMs." En Masse having fun with the Kickstarter concept with a TERA promotion.

On Sale

  • EVE Online on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 on Humble Bundle.
  • Men of War: Assault Squad 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 on Steam. Save 60%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: National Dog Day. Woof!

Ships Ahoy - Metro Redux

Deep Silver announces the release of Metro Redux, offering remastered editions of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, 4A Games' first-person shooters based on the works of Dmitry Glukhovsky. This involves remastered editions of each game, available separately, as a bundle, and as discounted upgrades for owners of one or both of the originals. Here's a Metro Redux launch trailer, and here's word on the release:

Not only is Metro Redux full of content, but the games have been reworked from the ground up and rebuilt inclusive of new animations, voice overs, gunplay and enemy AI. For the first time ever, both games are playable in two completely different playstyles -- Spartan, catering to traditional shooter fans and Survival, a more visceral experience with scarcity of resources. In addition, the legendary Ranger Mode returns to both games, providing the most immersive and challenging experience as the HUD is stripped away and hardcore rules apply.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steamships Ahoy - Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old Iron King

FromSoftware announces Crown of the Old Iron King is now available on Steam, offering the second installment in The Lost Crowns DLC for DARK SOULS II, their action/RPG sequel. Here's word on the additional challenges this adds to the challenging game:

Dark Souls™ II players are amongst the most hardcore, determined, and unrelenting fans in the videogame world and nothing satisfies them more than a new challenge. Hence today’s launch of FromSoftware’s Crown of the Old Iron King DLC, the second chapter in its The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy is going to make stalwarts fans very excited. Each chapter of The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy has been specifically designed to enhance, challenge, and bring players to their knees and yet make them yearn for more!

Ships Ahoy - To End All Wars

Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Tannenberg, AGEod now offers To End All Wars, a turn-based grand strategy game set during World War I, which unfortunately failed to live up to the billing as "the war to end all wars." You can find images and details on the game's official product section, where you can also pick up the game and enjoy its $5.00 introductory discount, and it will also appear on Steam by the end of the week. We have a video introducing the game, and here's a description:

One hundred years ago today, Russian and German forces were standing facing each other in East Prussia. This early confrontation on the Eastern Front – known as the Battle of Tannenberg - resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian Second Army and the suicide of their main commander, Samsonov. On the German side the battle made Paul von Hindenburg famous for the rest of the war, and proved that moving troops quickly by train could bring a decisive advantage. Technology was an asset that could make all the difference in the years to come…

In To End All Wars - their new Grand Strategy game dedicated to WW1 - Ageod (www.ageod.com) aim to reproduce in detail this conflict that involved all of the main powers of this period. The AGE engine has been especially enhanced in order to cover the specifics of this war. New technologies, trenches, war plans, aerial and armored units, and an original diplomatic system have been implemented to simulate the Great War with a high level of realism.

Today we are proud to announce that the game is finally released! Players can now embrace a new military career by leading the destiny of one the major WW1 alliances that fearlessly fought, not only for Europe, but also for Africa and Asia. The game allows a high degree of freedom in terms of decisions, so battles, diplomatic relations, political events and war production will depend on player’s choices.

Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III 2.1.0 Today - First Season Begins Friday

Battle.net is currently down for Scheduled Game Maintenance with the expectation that the service will return at around 4:00 pm EDT, bringing the new version 2.10 of Diablo III with it. Blizzard warns that though the patch is "only" 300 MB, but that the "applying patch" phase of the update process may take up to 30 minutes. There is also a note saying Login and Connection Issues noted yesterday are fixed for when things return, and they also highlight a known issue with Stormshields that will be addressed by a future patch. This is a large patch bringing major changes, as outlined in this post with Cliff Notes [sic] on what's new and different, including all you need to know about Greater Rifts, Seasons, Leaderboards, and more. Word is the first Diablo III Season begins on Friday.

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

  • Sound Blaster E5 announced. New flagship offers "audiophile-grade" mobile audio.

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Still haven't worked out recording the co-op mutant play sessions on Monday nights... which means we don't have a record of a great moment last night during a Left 4 Dead 2 session. In the midst of a furious standoff on one of the walkways in the shopping mall, someone in all seriousness declared "there's only one thing I can do" before screaming "aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh" as he accidentally fell off the ledge to his death. It played out so perfectly like his intent was to end it all that we ended up with tears in our eyes. We never even did find out what he actually planned on doing...

Planned Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Burn Everything.
Klondike.
Links: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed. Thanks Boing Boing.
Binding of Isaac Blog: †, 9 lives? Thanks nin.
Stories: Emmys 2014: Complete winners list.
Ridley Scott: 'Martian,' 'Blade Runner,' 'Prometheus' sequels written.
The $10 “Meat Mountain” from Arby’s: It’s exactly what it sounds like.
Science: Why We’re Not Driving the Friendly Skies. Thanks j.c.f.
Images: Heroic Self portrait. Thanks Reddit.
These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I. Thanks nin.
Media: Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston Make Out at the Emmys. Whatley!
Pet Fox Tells You What The Fox Says When Being Petted.
Follow-up: 5 Successful People Who Everyone Forgets Are Exposed Frauds.
The Funnies: Orky the Porky Orca. Thanks Sr.Jil.



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