There's a Batman: Arkham City interview on guardian.co.uk
discussing the upcoming superhero sequel with Sefton Hill, game director at Rocksteady Studios. Along the way, he tells them how much gameplay to expect, saying: "It takes over 25 hours to complete the main stories in Batman: Arkham City," and that: "The Side Missions in Batman: Arkham City are a good example. We have around 15 hours of story that's off the main path. It's completely down to the player when and how they want to tackle this – there's no right or wrong time." Thanks Destructoid
now offers the release of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy
, as the Windows and OS X editions of the World War II strategy game are available by mail, digital distribution, or a combination of the two (thanks Dan). Word is:
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy (CM:BN) faithfully recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two. Using the unique Turn-Based (WeGo)/Real-Time hybrid game system of our proprietary CMx2 battle engine, the first installment in this new series covers the three months after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944, from Operation Overlord in June through the Cobra Breakout in August.
The APB-Reloaded Website
has news that the launch of their open beta is on hold, which they say is both "temporary," as well as "until further notice." Word is open testing of open-world action game relaunch is being hindered by a "new player disconnection issue that cropped up in the last 48 hours." They are patching the closed beta, and say: "If we determine after the next patch that the issue has been resolved, we will then proceed to release the game to the public."
The Realm of the Titans Website
outlines a new "massive" update live in this upcoming Multiplayer Online Battle Arena in advance of its upcoming closed beta test. New features include Mounts, a "plant" power-up, a new Rune system, and a new PvP map called "Titan's Eye," which is described like so: "Titan’s Eye boasts an additional win objective for teams – destroy the enemy base OR be the first team to achieve 66 enemy kills for match victory! The map also features increased global gold gain, decreased death timers, and reduced cooldowns for all heroes."
The Dawn of Fantasy Developer Diary #2
is a video introducing Kingdom Wars in the upcoming MMORTS game. The clip features a couple of the game's developers playing through a single-player campaign session to show what to expect. Here's an explanation of Kingdom Wars: "‘Kingdom Wars’ is an exclusively single-player Conquer-the-World style campaign mode with a mix of Skirmish and MMORTS gameplay elements to create a new, action-packed experience. This game mode takes the epic siege warfare, continuous army progression, army construction, and World Map from the massively multiplayer ‘Online Kingdom’ mode and pairs it with an intelligent and aggressive AI, improved diplomacy features, and the ability to control conquered strongholds. At the same time, ‘Kingdom Wars’ leaves out select ‘Online Kingdom’ mode elements including city construction, advanced economic micromanagement, and story-driven quests to promote fast-paced action at every turn."
The Second Guest Website
is live, offering a bilingual (German and English) home to this upcoming crime-themed episodic adventure game. The site includes details on the game and its story, a couple of music samples, a wallpaper, a screenshot, and a teaser trailer.
Valve sent out a note today explaining that there is no need for media outlets to pursue E3 appointments this year, as they are not showing any titles at this year's show. This could be some sort of feint, but it seems like they have nothing to announce or show at this time.
- Anomaly - Warzone Earth on Impulse.
- Worms Reloaded: The "Pre-order Forts and Hats" DLC Pack on Steam.
- The Tiny Bang Story on Steam.
- 2K Games on Games For Windows. Save 50%.
- 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul on Steam. Save 66%.
- Dead Space and Dead Space 2 on EA Store (US). Save 50% with code "d1n2s65815".
- Dragon Age II on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
- Plain Sight on Steam. Save 50%.
- Sacred Gold on GOG.com. Save 60%.
- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition on Steam. Save 10% on prepurchases.
Still on sale (previously reported). Continue here to read the full story.
- City of Heroes/City of Villains on Blue's News. Steampunk pack to go live on June 1.
- Diablo III on Blizzplanet.com. Skeleton King concept art.
- Mass Effect 2: The Arrival on Blue's News.
- Serious Sam 3: BFE on Blue's News. Headless kamikazes.
Here's a reminder that we have a boatload of keys to give away for the closed beta testing of Rise of Immortals
, Petroglyph Games' upcoming Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (and you can fit a lot of beta keys in a boat!). Here are instructions
on how to get one of your very own.
The Official CnC Twitter Feed
solicits suggestions for future games in the Command & Conquer
series of real-time strategy games. Word is: "Tell us your idea on how to improve future cnc games. Maybe it will be your idea, which changes everything!" They point the way to A Community Developer Area in the C&C Forums
as where to offer your thoughts. Thanks Computer and Video Games
A new installment in the Total War
series of strategy games is already in development at The Creative Assembly, reports Eurogamer
. They confirm that work began on the next Total War game began before they completed Shogun 2
, though the setting of the new game is not being revealed at this time. They also have comments from TCA's Mike Simpson and Tim Heaton expressing satisfaction with Shogun 2, and describing the "long tail" sales pattern of the franchise.
offers a reminder that the first tickets for BlizzCon 2011 will go on sale on Saturday (thanks Ant
) for this year's installment in Blizzard's gaming convention, which will be held on October 21-22 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Here's what's going on:
Just a reminder: If you're interested in attending this year's BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, the first batch of tickets goes on sale this Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. PT through the online Blizzard Store. If you can't be online at that time or if tickets sell out before you have a chance to snag some, don't worry -- you'll have more opportunities to attend. A second batch of tickets will be going on sale Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. PT, and tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon charity dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County will be going on sale Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. PT.
For more information on purchasing tickets to this year's BlizzCon, visit the official event website at www.blizzcon.com.
has the announcement that Blizzard is working on a service to allow World of Warcraft
players to invite Real ID friends of the same faction to party, even if they play on a different realm. They explain why part of this service will be offered at a premium: "As this is a fairly complex service to develop, we don’t have a release date to share quite yet. It’s important to note that as with some of the other convenience- and connectivity-oriented features we offer, certain elements of the cross-realm Real ID party system will be premium-based, though only the player sending the invitations will need to have access to the premium service. We'll have more details to share with you as development progresses -- in the meantime, you may begin to see elements of the feature appear on the World of Warcraft PTR." There is some backlash from users unhappy that this will involve a fee, and the controversy is summarized on IncGamers
A quick interview with Casey Hudson on PC Gamer
talks with BioWare's project director on the Mass Effect series about the consequences of the player's decisions in the upcoming third installment in the action/RPG series. They go into some details about how choices throughout Mass Effect 3
will impact the way the ending plays out.
The Paradox Interactive beta signup page
offers applications to closed beta testing of Sengoku
, the upcoming grand strategy game where the player assumes the role of an illustrious samurai family during a civil war in 15th century Japan. Beta applications are being accepted until May 23rd, and those who are accepted will be notified by May 25th. The game is due for release on September 13. For more about the game, here's a video developer diary
and here's the game's announcement trailer
"Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than second-hand sales on the Xbox," says lead Fable III combat designer Mike West
. "I've been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they'll buy it." Thanks joao.
Last night I realized that Hudson the wonder dog was planning a night out before we turned in. I called her in from the backyard and she emerged from a favorite spot under a giant forsythia. I might have considered indulging her desire to be a wild dog for the night, but it was pretty wet out there, though this clearly bothered me more than it did her.
R.I.P.: Harmon Killebrew dies of cancer