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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011


Take On Helicopters Takes Off

Bohemia Interactive announces Take On Helicopters is now available, offering the Czech developer's take on the flight simulation genre. The launch trailer offers a look at the game. This page offers a complete rundown of the digital distributors carrying the English version, and word is in about a month they will also release versions that support Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Czech. They also say a retail boxed version is expected around the end of the year, and that we can expect a playable demo in the middle of next month. Here are the game's system specs:

OS: Windows XP / Vista
Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz or faster
Gfx Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or ATI Radeon 4850 with Shader Model 3 and 512 MB VRAM or faster
HDD: 17 GB free space

OS: Windows 7 / Vista
Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Athlon Phenom X4 or faster
Gfx Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770 with Shader Model 3 and 896 MB VRAM or faster

HDD: 17 GB free space

Indie Royale

Indie Royale is now online, periodically offering a new bundle of independent games with an interesting flexible price scheme. The more customers who buy the bundle, the higher the price rises, so this encourages getting in early. There is also an option for generous users to show their support by paying more than the current price, which will actually drive the price down. Once purchased, bundles can be downloaded through Steam or Desura. They currently offer "The Launch Bundle," consisting of A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda, Gemini Rue, Sanctum, and Nimbus. As a thank you, this also includes two DLC packs for Sanctum, and when they reach the 70,000 sales milestone, they will add a third Sanctum DLC to everyone's bundle.

Origin Adds Publishers

EA announces that they will be adding games from other publishers to their Origin service beginning next month:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts (EA) Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that Origin™, EA’s direct-to-consumer gaming platform, will soon offer some of the top PC game titles from publishers Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom Entertainment, Inc. Beginning in November, Origin will feature top new releases including Batman: Arkham City, Saints Row: The Third and more, ready for purchase and download. Additional titles from each publisher will be offered on Origin in the coming months, adding to the extensive library of more than 100 EA PC games already available, and giving PC gamers even more choice for the latest and greatest gaming content on Origin.

“We are very pleased to partner with EA and have Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's key PC titles available on Origin” “Since launch, we’ve had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognizing Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe,” said David DeMartini, senior vice president of Origin at EA. “We’re excited to welcome Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ and Capcom as the first publishers to offer their games via Origin.”

Electronic Arts 2Q Financials - BF3 Ships 10M

Electronic Arts 2Q financial reporting shows increased losses on increased revenue, and were followed by word that EA is raising its forecast for the fourth quarter, in part based on the strong launch of Battlefield 3 (according to the detailed pdf-format report found by VG247) we're talking 10 million units). Word is:

The net loss in the three-month period ending on Sept. 30 grew to $340 million, or $1.03 per share. Last year, the company had a quarterly loss of $201 million, or 61 cents per share. EA said costs for marketing, research and development increased from last year.

Excluding stock compensation costs, acquisition expenses and other costs, adjusted earnings came to 5 cents per share, beating the adjusted loss of 4 cents per share expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

Trine 2 Pre-Purchases Get Beta Access

Trine 2 is now available for pre-purchase on Steam, and word is those who make this advance commitment to Frozenbyte's platformer sequel, will gain access to the game's beta. Word is the beta includes the game's first two levels, with full cooperative multiplayer support enabled.

DCUO Free-to-Play November 1

Massively has word that the launch of the free-to-play era for DC Universe Online will commence November 1st. This page outlines the three different ways players will be able to experience the game at that time.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Weapons Trailer

A new weapons proficiency trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 shows how your weapons level up in the upcoming shooter sequel. They explain who level up a weapon unlocks its attachments and specific areas of weapon proficiency. No explanation of how this relates to reality is offered. Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Isaac Clarke's Engineering RIG Costume. Thanks Ant via TDW Geeks.

Magicka: The Stars are Left Announced

Paradox Interactive announces The Stars are Left, the next DLC pack for Magicka, the action/adventure game from Arrowhead Game Studios. While it sounds like it's about Hollywood liberal bias, this DLC actually offers content based on the Cthulhu mythos along with a Minecraft spoof, and more. We have some screenshots, a launch trailer, and here's word:

NEW YORK — October 27, 2011 — Paradox Interactive and Arrowhead Studios have exciting news for Magicka fans, straight from the Inn’s Mouth: Everybody’s favorite magical multiplayer massacre is taking on an all-new adventure in Magicka: The Stars are Left. Designed for players who love to craft the hundreds of different spells available in Magicka, this new campaign will pit up to four wizards at once against a horror-mystery inspired by the popular Cthulhu Mythos. The Stars are Left will boast a much requested feature from the players – a new adventure campaign, including several terrifying new enemies, bosses awakened from the depths of insanity, and several other miscellaneous Miskatonic minions. Other spoofs ending in “-craft” may or may not also be included.

Continue here to read the full story.

PES 2012 and PESEdit Patches

A new patch for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is now available, kicking the port simulation up to version 1.2. The download is available from AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls. There are also a pair of patches for the related PESEdit program, updating it to version 2.0 and then 2.0.1, and these can be found on The Patches Scrolls. Here are the change notes for the new version of the association football/soccer game: Continue here to read the full story.

No Cause for Just Cause 3 Rumor

Avalanche Studios has apparently shot down yesterday's rumor that Just Cause 3 is in development for release next year. Eurogamer has a follow-up from the developer on the report on the open-world action sequel, as Avalanche's Christofer Sundberg says: "It's just a rumour and we're not releasing any game in 2012."

Shadows on The Vatican Announced

Adventure Productions and 10th Art Studio announce Shadows on The Vatican, an episodic point-and-click adventure game for Windows PC, for which the first episode, "Greed," is due within weeks. The official website is online, here's a debut trailer, and some artwork and screenshots. Here's a bit on the game:

A blood-red sky surrounds the city of Rome in a surreal, neverending twilight. Under the shadow of St. Peter, an American ex-priest investigates a series of events that exposes a deeper, more complex web of political and religious intrigue than he ever could have imagined.

Visiting Rome from Chicago, where he works as a doctor, ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents is enough to convince James that his friend is a victim of something shady and sinister. The Vatican’s involvement and some strange parallels with his own traumatic past inspire James to get to the bottom of this mystery. Along this dangerous and disturbing path, James finds the most unlikely travelling companion who will question his deepest beliefs. And so the two characters begin both a physical journey in search of the truth, and a metaphysical exploration of the inner soul and the darkest secrets that everyone hides, even a "champion of the faith" like James. Rome is the stage for this adventure – a city bathed in eternal twilight, its skies tinted the color of blood spilled in more than thirty years of intrigue: blood of innocents and guilty, unknown and famous victims alike.

Continue here to read the full story.

Batman: Arkham City Nightwing Trailer

Here's a trailer from Batman: Arkham City, showing off the Nightwing character from the upcoming superhero action/stealth sequel. Word is that this will be released for the already available console editions of the game next week. We've asked for clarification of plans for the Nightwing and Robin packs for the yet-to-be-released Windows PC edition of the game, but are still in the dark about if and how they will be released. Continue here to read the full story.

BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized

The closing performance at BlizzCon 2011 by Level 90 Epic Tauren Chieftain has drawn fire from GLAAD for anti-gay slurs in a lead-in video from guest singer George 'Corpseater' Fisher from Cannibal Corpse, reports GayGamer. Word is: "The problem? His hate for the Alliance. Specifically, the anti-gay language used to describe them. Though bleeped-out, Fisher's diatribe calls Alliance players a number of anti-gay slurs, and declares that they should die." They say this "has prompted GLAAD to initiate an outreach to Blizzard." VG247 notes the following official comment on this from Blizzard:

Thank you everyone for your feedback regarding the closing night performance at BlizzCon. While we had some other messaging worked up we were going to post, the members of band wanted to instead address it themselves:

Hey guys, we read and heard all the feedback from BlizzCon this year. The Corpsegrinder bit was never intended to be taken seriously. We are sorry that we offended anyone; everything at our shows is just meant in fun. Thank you all for speaking up. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future shows.

Our humblest apologies,

Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain

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And I can sum it all up in just one word: courage, dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, *guts*. Why, Ted Striker's got more guts in his little finger than most of us have in our large intestine, including the colon!

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