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Monday, Aug 02, 2010

Gold - Victoria 2

Paradox Interactive announces Victoria 2 is gold, and this 19th century grand strategy sequel is on schedule for release on August 13. Word is: "Created by the development team behind the likes of Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron, Victoria 2 is a grand strategy game set during the colonial era of the 19th century. Gamers will guide their nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization in hopes of becoming a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century." The game is available for preorder from various digital distribution outlets as outlined on this page, and those who preorder are entitled to immediate access to the official Victoria 2 Soundtrack (including an exclusive in-Game operatic musical piece called "Lament for the Queen"), the Victoria 2 manual, techguide, map, and forum codes that will provide access to a Victoria 2 strategy guide when the game is released. There's also a new trailer from the game on the YouTube.

Fable III PC Delayed, Villager Maker Launched

Fable III is no longer planned for a simultaneous October 26 release on PC and Xbox 360, reports IGN, where they say the PC edition has suffered a delay of undetermined length. "The console and PC versions are now on different schedules as we're focusing on building experiences optimized for each platform," reads a statement from Microsoft Game Studios. "We aren't announcing a ship date for the PC sku at this time, but expect news soon." On a related note, MS Game Studios announces the launch of the Fable III Villager Maker, which will allow those who preorder the upcoming RPG sequel to design their own villager for the game. Word is: "Great heroes of the past and present all know one thing is true: the revolution starts with you. That’s why Microsoft and Lionhead Studios are giving fans the chance to get into the action now before “Fable III” launches on October 29th. With the all-new character creator tool, called the “Fable III” Villager Maker, fans who pre-order the game can create and bring their personalised villager to life. Your custom in-game villager will deliver to your hero a thrilling new quest and 1,000 gold fortune, and then continue to interact with you on your journey to become ruler of Albion." The YouTube also now offers a Villager Maker Tutorial.

Irrational Announcement Next Week

Irrational Behavior Episode 7 Part 1: Calm Before The Storm offers the announcement of an upcoming announcement from Irrational Games. They play back a bunch of the guesses from their recent guess request, which are far more amusing than one might have suspected at first. They go on to reveal their plan to announce their next project next week, saying they will launch a CGI trailer for the game on August 12. To raise expectations, they also describe how excited they are to be able to unveil this game, which has been in development for a couple of years now.

Heroes off Newerth Free Week

The Heroes of Newerth Website has word that a free play week is now underway for S2 Games' action/real-time strategy game. They say: "Have you always wanted to try Heroes of Newerth for free? Now is your chance to try out HoN for a full week at no cost to you! There are absolutely NO content restrictions during the Free2Play week. Create your account and start playing instantly." Thanks Big Download.

QuakeCon Done Quick

The Bethesda Blog announces "QuakeCon Done Quick," a premium package for attendees seeking more from their attendance of the otherwise free gaming convention that kicks off in less than two weeks. The QuakeCon Done Quick Reservation Page is offering 500 packages for residents of the United States 18 years of age or older on a first come, first served basis for a cost of $20.00. The package includes express registration, priority seating for special sessions, a limited-edition QuakeCon t-shirt and a signed RAGE lithograph.

Create Announced

EA announces Create, an upcoming family-oriented game from EA's Bright Light Studio planned for launch in November of this year for Windows, Mac, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Create Website is live with a trailer and some screenshots, and here's a bit from the announcement: "The more players explore the game, solve level-based challenges, and customize their world, the more rewards will be unlocked. Creativity will be unleashed as players design environments with easy-to-use brushes and tools, including textures, props and animating objects that bring the scene to life. On the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and MAC players can share any of their creations, solutions or challenges with the community through the console and also via the official Create website at www.create.ea.com. Friends can download and remix solutions and set challenges for other players to download and complete. Imaginations will run wild this holiday!"

Impulse Top 10

Impulse announces the top 10 selling titles on Stardock's digital platform for the week of July 25 - July 31:

  1. Commander: Conquest of the Americas
  2. Elemental: War of Magic (Pre-Order)
  3. Sins of a Solar Empire - Trinity
  4. Elven Legacy Bundle Pack
  5. Sword of the Stars - Complete Collection
  6. Mount and Blade Warband
  7. The Guild 2: Renaissance
  8. Sins of a Solar Empire Expansion Bundle
  9. Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy
  10. Hacker Evolution - Untold

Evening Previews

  • City of Heroes: Going Rogue on Joystiq.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: Left 4 Dead Tank statue costs $324.99. If you buy one, expect Kasper Gutman to try and steal it.

DiRT 3 Revealed

A Colin McRae: DiRT 3 Trailer aired over the weekend, revealing the next installment in the rally racing series, currently planned for release sometime next year. There's a Facebook - DiRT 3 Page for the game, and there are details from the latest print issue of Edge Magazine on Eurogamer.net, where they quote chief game designer Matt Horsman saying DiRT 3 "is the biggest rally game ever made." Here's a bit of their summary: "100 routes are promised, stretching from Norway, Aspen and Monte Carlo to the plains of Africa. You can trim your replays and upload them to YouTube. There's a combo system that analyses how close your car is to obstacles before working out your score."

More StarCraft II Sales Figures

With StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty sitting atop the UK multi-format sales charts, the first PC-only title to top that list so far this year, MCV points out that Blizzard's real-time strategy sequel has sold more copies in the UK in five days that the original StarCraft has sold over its 12-year lifespan. This is all the more impressive when knowing this is purely based on physical copies, and does not account for digital distribution.

GRIN Vets Form New Studio

Former members of closed Swedish developer GRIN have formed a new development studio called Whiteout, reports GamesIndustry.biz (registration required), saying they already have a game in development using Crytek's CryENGINE 3. "We've got some very exciting concepts under development," says Whiteout co-founder Joel Fagerlund. "We are currently working on a bigger project in Cry Engine 3, and thanks to the excellent technology and support from Crytek, we have been able to carefully handcraft a playable prototype that will knock your socks off."

Patrician IV Interview

There's a Patrician IV interview on UGDB where Daniel Dumont discusses the upcoming city-building strategy sequel. They discuss the long gap since the last Patrician game, the story and setting of part IV, their target audience, how economic and trading systems have evolved, advancement, engine technology, and more.

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Out of the Blue

I want to sincerely thank everyone for their sympathies for the death of my dad. I guess sharing that sort of thing in a setting like this is atypical, but the comfort I've been able to draw from all your kindness has been a big help. And again, thanks in advance for your patience for what will probably be a disrupted week here.

Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Halo 2600. Thanks Koku Gamer via Digg.
Cling.
Links: MythBusters Comic Con Interview Video.
Science: Herpes virus used to treat cancer.
Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Solved? It's a cookbook!!!
ISS's Cooling System Malfunctions, Forcing Massive Shutdowns, Repairs.
Media: Mega 64: The internet is over.
The Funnies: ActionTrip Comic Strip: StarCraft 2 - Having the Proper Tools.
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