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Saturday, Sep 04, 2010

Project: MyWorld Sold

Insolvent developer Realtime Worlds has sold in-development MMOG Project: MyWorld to an "anonymous American company," reports Develop. The studio suffered some layoffs related to its crash, but staff was later rehired for Project: MyWorld when it became clear there was interested in buying the IP. Thanks Big Download.

Stardock Layoffs: Elemental Faulted

Confirming a rumor on Shacknews, a post on the Elemental Forums by Stardock's Brad Wardell says that the launch failure of Elemental: War of Magic has resulted in layoffs at Stardock, shedding some light on his comment that "the issue here is far far worse than many of you think it is." Word is:
It is true.

Elemental's revenue was anticipated to provide the revenue both for our main games team's next project as well as a second team. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen so we've had to start laying people off.

No one is being fired. None of these people did anything wrong. Stardock is a small company and each person here is truly amongst the best and brightest. So you can imagine how much it sucks for all of us to lay off anyone. We haven't had to lay anyone off since our migration from the OS/2 market in 1998. It would be great if we can bring as many of these people back over time if the studio can afford it.

No one involved on the core components of Elemental is affected.

Elemental's rocky launch can be summed up (IMO) as follows: Our QA process was insufficient to handle a brand new platform (Elemental = Kumquat 1.0 versus say Galactic Civilizations II was using Pear which was the same engine, modified, from 1997's Entrepreneur) + my own catastrophic poor judgment in not objectively evaluating the core game play components.

Din's Curse Beta Patches

Dins Curse patches page now offers new beta patches for Din's Curse to update Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG to version 1.007. There's a patch for the PC edition and a patch for the Mac edition, and as usual, the beta carries the following warning: "A beta patch means it has been tested, but not enough to be an official patch. So use at your own risk." This page outlines all the changes.

ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Demo This Month

DreamCatcher Games and JoWooD Entertainment say we can expect both PC and Xbox 360 playable demos for ArcaniA: Gothic 4 on September 24. Word is: "The demo comprises the first two hours of the game and shows the beginning tutorial level on Feshyr Island featuring selected quests. Fight off demons, hone your skills and prepare for a bloody battle fueled by vengeance. Get your first taste of ArcaniA: Gothic 4." The game is also now available for preorder, with JoWooD eShop, GamersGate, and Impulse offering 15% discounts, and on Steam where it is bundled with a free copy of Gothic 3.

More on The Old Republic Space Combat

A new article on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website offers the space combat trailer released at Gamescom. LucasArts and BioWare now offering some details on how space combat will work in the upcoming MMORPG, discussing mission objectives and exploration.

Kings and Castles Video Blog

Chris Taylor's Kings and Castles Video Blog Episode # 30 discusses plans to release the mod tools for Gas Powered Games' upcoming real-time strategy game and other tidbits about the project. Chris also visits an over-caffeinated employee, as well as one with excellent taste in Scotch, spies on some folks, shows off his art skill, and more. No cracked-out mailbag or teleporting this week. Also, happy 44th birthday Chris!

TERA Trailer

A new TERA trailer is called an extended gameplay trailer, though it looks like the footage is mostly, if not entirely, cinematics. The clip concludes with the depiction of one of the larger boss monsters we've ever seen. Here's the embedded version. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

We have some low-key grilling plans for today, since the threatened fallout from Hurricane Earl fizzled out and it's quite pleasant out there. We're just doing some wings and veggies with hamburgers, as my recent burger efforts have been very successful, and my last batch of wings was the best yet, so I am trying to lock-in my technique on each.

Locked-in Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Gunbot.
Lost Head.
Links: Infrared Nerf autocannon hunts predators, little sisters too.
Iraqi Reality TV Show Pranks Celebrities by Planting Fake Bombs in Their Cars. Thanks brother19.
Science: Giant iceberg enters Nares Strait. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
Media: Stranbeast. Thanks Devicer.
Beware your roommates.
Japanese Precision at it's Best/Weirdest.
The Funnies: The crap we put up with getting on and off an airplane.
Follow-up: In defense of the 'Happy Days' ' 'Jump the Shark' episode. Thanks Devicer.
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