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Friday, Mar 02, 2012



Black Bean Games announces the SBK series of superbike racing games continues this May with SBK GENERATIONS for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3:

London, 2nd March 2012 – Leading Italian publisher Black Bean Games proudly announces today that a new exclusive SBK® videogame is being developed by Milestone Studios, Italian software developer, and is scheduled for release in May 2012 for PlayStation®3, the Xbox360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Following the successful international launch of SBK®2011, both Black Bean Games and Milestone are looking forward to setting a new standard in the bike racing genre. SBK™GENERATIONS will meet racing fans expectations following the most accurate feedback collected from international critics, gamers, and worldwide customers.

Regarding the official content available on launch day, SBK™GENERATIONS will deliver the usual official package of the next Championship Season made up of classes, riders, and tracks from the 2012 roster. SBK™GENERATIONS will not only be your ultimate motorbike racing experience, but also the largest motorbike game. Follow us for more details in the upcoming weeks!

Live the Official Experience of the Superbike World Championship like never before!

Ships Ahoy J.U.L.I.A.

J.U.L.I.A. is now available via digital distribution, offering Czech developer CBE Software's new science fiction adventure game. The game is available on GamersGate, Metaboli, Green Man Gaming, and Gamesload, as well as in stores in the U.K. and Ireland. The J.U.L.I.A. Website offers a recently released playable demo, and here's word on the game:

J.U.L.I.A. is an innovative narrative driven PC game. The story centers on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an elite group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the space probe’s artificial intelligence and Mobot, a huge reconnaissance robot. Together, this unlikely trio will explore the mysteries of this solar system. But are they prepared for what they will find?

THQ TMs Evolve

A trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office on February 22 by THQ seeks to trademark the name "Evolve" for "video game software." GameSpot contacted THQ for comment, and were told, "Sorry, no, we don't comment on filings."

Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer

The Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer is now online to pave that way for next week's launch of the next installment in the action/RPG series. The clip is entirely cinematic, and is fairly epic. Continue here to read the full story.

Game of Thrones: The Game Trailer

A new trailer from Game of Thrones: The Game shows off the Castlewood area of the upcoming RPG based on the Game of Thrones television series and the A Song of Ice and Fire series of books upon which it is based. Continue here to read the full story.

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id on DOOM 4 Images

While neither confirming nor denying the authenticity of the recent batch of screenshots purportedly from DOOM 4, id Software's Matthew Hooper took to Twitter to say that these are not representative of the game, saying: "Those images have nothing to do with what you're gonna see in Doom4. When we officially show things you'll see awesome." Thanks VG247.

Solar Defense and Demo Released

The Solar Defense Website now offers Solar Defense, a science fiction tower defense game for PCs, though the throwback system requirements say this is only for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. Their downloads page has a playable demo, and here's word: "While the trial demo version is limited to 30 waves and level 10 technology, the full version allows you to play on until your base finally becomes overwhelmed. The full version also adds a number of powerful unlockable weapons and 3 different defense scenarios that require the player to adapt their defense strategy accordingly. Individual games play out in under an hour and the player may save and quit at anytime and resume the action from the start of the last wave."

Legend of Grimrock in April

The Legend of Grimrock Blog now outlines release plans for Almost Human's upcoming Windows and OS X dungeon crawler. They say the Windows edition will be released in April, though the exact date and distribution platforms are still under wraps. They say that they will begin accepting preorders a few weeks before launch, and in the meantime, they have set up forums to foster more productive discussion of the project. Here's the summary of the current state of the game:

So we’re not done just yet but close! So, what’s up next? There’s still a few bugs to fix and testers are still finding stuff to polish. We are also going to do the long overdue site migration to a more powerful server with more bandwidth over the next two weeks. Biggest of all we are going to freeze the code and content pretty soon, build our first release candidate and start the final round of testing. We hope to get the RC out of the oven to testers sometime next week. And before you ask, beta testing is still closed so no need to apply for beta testing, thank you :)

Ships Ahoy - War in the East Don to the Danube

Gary Grigsby's War in the East Don to the Danube is now available from Matrix Games, offering an expansion to War in the East, the World War II grand strategy game. Here's word on the add-on, which requires the original game:

The critically and fan-acclaimed Eastern Front mega-game Gary Grigsby’s War in the East just got bigger and better with Gary Grigsby’s War in the East: Don to the Danube! This expansion to the award-winning War in the East comes with a wide array of later war scenarios ranging from short but intense 6 turn bouts like the Battle for Kharkov(1942) to immense 37-turn engagements taking place across multiple nations like Drama on the Danube(Summer 1944 – Spring 1945).

Don to the Danube and the War in the East system gives players unprecedented control over pivotal operations in the Second World War like Operation Uranus, the encirclement of the 6th German Army at Stalingrad, the Cherkassy Pocket and much more. Don to the Danube also takes full advantage of the hefty number of new features and rule changes that come with the massive 1.06.04 update and incorporates a full new Editor manual as well.

Markus Metes Mojang Masses Minecraft Millions

The Minecraft Forums round up a couple of tweets telling a tale of generosity where Markus "Notch" Persson distributed his 2011 dividends from Mojang to the company's 25 employees. This comes to approximately three million dollars, a gesture which moved at least one Mojang employee to tears. Thanks MisterBenn.

Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter Update

The Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter Page has another new update on the now well-funded adventure game in the works at Double Fine Productions. This includes a blooper reel from a previous trailer, as well as a bit on their plans. This includes word on a monthly documentary series, an plans for a Tim Schafer AMA on reddit for Sunday.

New Doomsday

The forums announce the release of a new stable version 1.9.7 of Doomsday, one of the projects based on id Software's publicly released source code from DOOM. This is the output of a new iterative development model they implemented about a year ago after deciding to end the project's ""unproductive Beta development phase." Thanks Ant.

CNC Fallout

Mod DB now offers version 0.1 of CNC Fallout, humorously described as the first "pubically-released" [sic] version of this Command & Conquer: Generals modification that crosses the game's real-time strategy with the post-apocalyptic mayhem of the Fallout series. Says the creator: "For almost a decade since its original conception in 2003 for Generals; I have imagined, designed, and meticulously built this mod." Thanks Ant.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Birthday Theodor Seuss Geisel, as the author more famously known as Dr. Seuss would have been 108 years old today. This occasion is marked by today being NEA's Read Across America Day, which seems a pretty worthy cause.

Worthy Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
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Despicable Me 2 Trailer. Thanks nin.

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