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Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011


On PC Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Eidos Montreal is co-developing the PC edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with Nixxes Software, the Netherlands-based developer that has assisted on ports of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, and Tomb Raider Underworld, reports Shacknews. They learned this as part of an interview they will publish soon discussing the upcoming action/RPG prequel with Jean-François Dugas, who explains the Windows edition "was done in-house, but with a partnership." Dugas, who says he is currently playing the game exclusively on the PC, explains the reason for the collaboration: "It was more of a logistical problem more than anything else and having enough people to make sure it's all on the same level, all the time. So, yeah. It was more about manpower and logistics."

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime and Demo Available

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is now available for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 via digital distribution. The PC edition of the movie-based action/adventure sequel is available on and Steam, and Steam also offers a playable demo. Here's a launch trailer, and here's word on the game:

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime is a four player, ghost busting adventure that will take players on a brand new paranormal experience. Players will suit up with their proton packs and assume the role of a rookie hired by the Ghostbusters to save New York City from a disaster of ghoulish proportions in either single player, or cooperative (online or local).

The action-packed gameplay progresses as players explore a series of haunted environments that must be cleared of any ectoplasmic threats. The gripping adventure rages on as players encounter gigantic bosses that require a concentrated effort to defeat using a medley of highly destructive weapons including the Proton Stream, Plasma Inductor, and the Fermion Shock. The rookie Ghostbusters will face the dangers of the eerie world alone or with a ghost busting team of friends both locally or online through the game’s multiplayer capability.

Space Marine in August

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine is now expected in August, according to Big Download. Relic's action/RPG based on the Warhammer 40K series was previously announced for release this summer.

Sanctum Beta Tomorrow

Coffee Stain Studios announces beta testing will commence tomorrow on Steam for Sanctum for those who preorder this first-person shooter/tower defense game. This game is part of a just-announced five-year deal they've signed with Epic to license the Unreal Engine 3. Here's word on the game: "To succeed you have to construct and upgrade defensive structures. What makes Sanctum unique from other tower defenses is that when the havoc starts, you jump right into the action with your own weapons and play a key role in the defense. Sanctum has taken the best features from first person shooters and tower defense games to create something totally unique."

The Sims Medieval Patch

A new patch is now available for The Sims Medieval, updating the new installment in the lifestyle simulation series to version 1.1.10. Mirrors can be found on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, The Patches Scrolls, and WorthPlaying. The lengthy change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Ex-NetDevils Reach The END

The END Blog announces the existence of END Games, a new studio formed by Scott Brown and other NetDevil expatriates, following what turned out to be the demise of the developer. They outline their vision for the future, and offer this explanation of the group's bona fides: "Every founder and team member at END Games has at least 5-10+ years of experience building large scale MMOs and online games. When we founded END Games, we saw it as a new opportunity to apply everything we've learned in the past decade, as well as adopt some best practices from innovative businesses we admire such as LEGO, Pixar, Netflix, and Google." Their FaceBook Page is also online. Thanks Kotaku.

Bizarre Vets Launch Hogrocket

The Hogrocket Website is online for this new developer formed by veterans of the now-defunct Bizarre Creations. This self-described "micro studio" is based in North-West England, consisting of Peter Collier, Stephen Cakebread, and Ben Ward, though they say they are also "supported by a small team of contractors, including two BAFTA award-winning animators with past experience in top-flight British broadcasting." They are not prepared to reveal their first project yet, but say it's already underway, and that their mission is to "create high-quality games across multiple platforms, initially targeting iPhone/iPad, PC, and Mac." They are also available for your social networking pleasure on FaceBook and Twitter.

On Sale

Week three of the 5th Anniversary Sale on GamersGate offers another huge selection of games up to 75% off. The IGN PC Store offers 20% off on over 3000 games when you use the code "ignpcstore" on checkout and Direct2Drive offers the same discount with a different code: "marchmadness".

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Woman, 92, Goes Ballistic After Being Denied Kiss. Thanks Roger.

The First Templar Date, Trailer

Publisher Kalypso Media sends a new trailer from The First Templar, offering cinematics and a first look at gameplay in Haemimont Games' upcoming third-person cooperative action game. Kalypso also narrows the game's May release date saying it is expected on May 10th in North America for Windows and Xbox 360. The embedded version of the trailer follows. Continue here to read the full story.

ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif Legal Woes

DreamCatcher and JoWooD announce an indefinite delay for ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif, indicating that this is due to "unclear and diverse legal positions" between themselves and the financiers of the standalone expansion for ArcaniA - Gothic 4. Here's word:

Toronto, ON: March 23rd 2011; DreamCatcher Games and JoWooD announce the delay of the add-on “ArcaniA – Fall of Setarrif.” The legal background of the official add-on to “ArcaniA - Gothic 4” is unclear and diverse legal positions with the BVT fund that financed the main game are present.

“It’s uncertain whether the game can be released onto the market in its current form”, explains Stefan Berger, Business Development Manager JoWooD, “Of course this must be investigated and settled before the release - unfortunately”.

Due to this fact JoWooD officially announces, that the release of the Add-On has been set on hold and will be delayed indefinitely for now.

F.E.A.R. 3 U.K. Date

WBIE announces May 27th as the U.K. release date for F.E.A.R. 3, which follows the recent announcement to expect the shooter sequel in May. A North American release date is not yet offered, but based on the U.K. date, this will almost certainly be either May 24th or May 31st.

Black Prophecy N.A. Closed Beta Begins

Following on the recent launch of Black Prophecy in Europe, closed beta testing of the space combat MMOG is now underway in North America. There's still the opportunity to signup as tester, and word is the first round of beta invitations are on the way. They say: "The focus of this testing phase will be on balancing as well as optimizing the server hardware and software. gamigo expects Black Prophecy to be ready to go live in North America in a few weeks' time."

Arma 2 Patch

The Arma 2 Official Website now offers a new patch for Arma 2, which will update Bohemia Interactive's military shooter sequel to version 1.09. The patch is available on this page, where word is: "This update is for all Arma 2 versions including STEAM. However for STEAM version we recommend to use STEAM update." The change list follows. Continue here to read the full story.

Stronghold 3 Delay

SouthPeak Interactive announces a delay for Stronghold 3, saying Firefly's castle-construction strategy sequel is now expected this summer "to include a host of great new features that will ensure Stronghold 3 truly is the king of the castle." The game was first announced for release this spring, a window that was quickly revised to Q1 2011. "We want to make sure fans get the game they want and deserve," said designer Simon Bradbury. "Although some may be disappointed the game isn’t coming out as soon as they expected, we’re sure they won’t be disappointed with the new elements we’re adding to the franchise, to make this the best Stronghold yet."

Starpoint Gemini Demo

Iceberg Interactive now offers a playable demo for Starpoint Gemini, LGM Games' space-based tactical RPG. Word is: "The Starpoint Gemini demo includes the introduction, tutorial mission and first two campaign missions. On top of this, players can free roam two of the sectors and step aboard a selection of the ships that will be available in the full game." They offer a list of mirrors carrying the demo, and the following description of the game:

Starpoint Gemini is a tactical space RPG, in which players are free to travel the rich sci-fi universe and fight, trade and research as they go. Ships can be upgraded with state-of-the-art technology and players can increase their own experience and rank to become more powerful. All of this will be used in large scale battles with other fleets of hostile ships, the outcome of which will shape the fate of Gemini.

Defiance is SyFy/Trion MMOG

SyFy reveals its new programming lineup, which also names Defiance as the MMOG in the works at Trion to tie-in with an upcoming TV series, saying the game is due this year (thanks Big Download). Here's word, which also reveals some Facebook gaming plans:

Syfy Ventures is launching a new publishing business of completely sponsorable genre games under the Syfy Games banner. Available initially on Facebook in the United States, the suite of high quality games will embrace the sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, action/adventure, and superhero genres, ranging from original content to games based upon Syfy programming. These first round of games are scheduled for launch later this year. As well, Syfy is partnering with game developer Trion Worldwide for a new entertainment franchise, Defiance, that will seamlessly pair a primetime series with an online video game, scheduled for 2011.

L4D2 Cold Stream Beta

The Left 4 Dead Blog announces beta testing is underway for the Windows and Mac editions of Cold Stream, which will be part of an upcoming DLC release for Left 4 Dead 2. To help with the beta testing, they have enabled in-game bug reporting for the zombie shooter sequel: "We have activated the in-game bug reporter for L4D2. You can currently submit bugs on Valve maps including Cold Stream. This system will eventually be extended to work with community campaigns."

Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - No Oceans- Call For Worldwide Release Dates.
Crysis 2 comes out today! And Lego Star Wars III! Hooray! Except of course, only if you drawl your vowels. These two big games are out in America only today. Crysis 2 reaches Australia on Thursday, and the finally completes its journey to Europe by Friday. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is taking a three day journey to Europe to reach us by Friday, before then walking to Australia to eventually be released eight days after its US launch. We’ve had enough.

No Oceans is RPS’s campaign to have the UK release day for games changed to Tuesday, to come into line with North America. Which will be a lot of work. It means convincing retail to change their delivery days, and reschedule their systems. But we think it’s worth it, both for them and for customers. Here’s why.

Games On Net - The Killer Inside.
Killing is bad, or at least heinous. Most of us would be sick at the prospect of actually having to plot and enact a murder, provided it wasn’t that chick who ‘sings’ Friday. But the list of homicides you’ve committed in the name of gaming numbers in the countless, and the amount of times you’ve stopped to consider the form of said entertainment? Possibly zero. Why? It’s fun, you think nothing of it. Friend of a friend of mine works the big guns for a certain country’s Special Forces. One time he took a video on his phone of 155mm shells scattering a village full of insurgents – and, possibly, some civilians – to the four winds. It’s awful. He cringes every time he clicks ‘play’ on it. But he can still enjoy a game approximating something very similar to that reality. Visibly gets off on it, just like the rest of us. The Romans sank under the weight of similar appetites; we just have the technology to actualise them without physically feeding Gaulish slaves to lions (although some might argue that reality television is a perilously close modern equivalent).

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