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Friday, Jun 22, 2012 Anniversary of Quake's Release (1996)

PC Assassin's Creed III Delayed? has an image of a promotional flyer that indicates the PC edition of Assassin's Creed III will not be released alongside the console editions of the stealth action sequel as planned on October 30th, but will instead be sneaking into stores on November 23rd (which is a Friday, so this may be fine-tuned for North America. Ubisoft told them: "The Windows PC release date is still to be announced."

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Tuesday

The BioWare Blog announces the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be released on Tuesday as free DLC for all owners of the action/RPG sequel, except most PS3 players, who will have to wait until July 4th:
The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers. The Extended Cut will be available to download at no additional charge for Mass Effect 3 game owners starting on June 26 for PC and Xbox 360 customers worldwide. Playstation 3 customers in North America will be able to download the Extended Cut DLC on June 26 and the rest of the world on July 4.

Tryst Announced

BlueGiant Interactive to announces Tryst, an upcoming real-time strategy game "set in the distant future where humans find themselves at war with a mechanical alien race known as the Zali." The Tyst Website has a teaser trailer and a developer diary along with screenshots and more information. Here's more on the game, which doesn't yet carry a release date: "Tryst is a competitive RTS in which players experience reactive environmental dangers, a breadth of unique units and most importantly the A.R.M. - the Augmentation Research Mechanism. This last feature allows the player to equip units with specific load-outs to change their natural advantages and disadvantages."

New Drox Operative Beta

Soldak Entertainment offers another new beta version of Drox Operative on this page, updating the prerelease version of their sci-fi action/RPG to version 0.903 for Windows and OS X. This page has the patch notes.

Valve and Adult Swim Teaming Up

Adult Swim and Valve are Teaming Up, offering signups for a newsletter, and saying they will announce something about Team Fortress 2 and the network next week. As for the Pyro, he seems to be holding back for now. Here's the announcement of the announcement:


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Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change

Two aspects of the up to 72-hour waiting period digitally purchased versions of Diablo III now undergo before full functionality are unintended, Blizzard tells Kotaku, and will be addressed "as soon as possible." The delay (which they say can be as short as one day) is to allow them to process credit card information before allowing unverified accounts the ability to buy and sell items and access areas of the game where commerce is conducted. But it is not intended to impede player's progress as it currently does. Here's word:
However, as an unintended consequence of these security measures, players who purchase the game digitally after patch 1.0.3 are temporarily being capped at level 13 and not able to proceed beyond Act I. We are working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share.

Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise

Former baseball star Curt Schilling was interviewed this morning on the Dennis & Callahan sports radio show on WEEI in Boston in the first such appearance since the demise of 38 Studios, the developer he founded. quotes some of the conversation where Schilling spoke of investing all of his personal assets into the company while never a penny back out. He also says his former employees "have every right to be upset" as they were "blindsided" by the studio's closure after he promised a month or two of advance warning, admitting he "bombed on that one in epic fashion." He also describes the last ditch effort to save the company that failed because Rhode Island refused to go along with the plan, and addresses accusations that his acceptance of tax credits and loan guarantees from the state were hypocritical in light of his outspoken conservative viewpoints: "I don't know how that correlates to this. I don’t have any problem with government helping entrepreneurs and businesses." Thanks JJ.

Nuclear Union Announced

1C Company announces development of Nuclear Union, a "large-scale" post-apocalyptic role-playing game in the works at Men of War developer Best Way. The Nuclear Union Website is online with a debut trailer, and here's a bit on the game:
Every child knows the glorious story that lead to today. When the Capitalist Alliance lead by the Americans refused to allow our defensive screen in Cuba, in 1962, and then attacked us with nuclear weapons. However our Motherland and the Soviet Forces were better prepared than the dogs knew. We leveled them, and half the planet, to show our sickle is sharp and the hammer hits hard indeed!

While the Americans celebrated that they reduced Moscow to rubble, our air defenses kept the city from becoming ash. Almost the entire planet surface was contaminated by their bombs, but it didn’t matter as we had moved underground days before. The Soviet Union did what we have always done, survived. The country underwent a massive evacuation of the most important citizens, leaders and industries to a pre-built network of specifically equipped bunkers.

It’s 50 years later, 2012, and our glorious capital city, Pobedograd (Victory City), is a beacon of hope. It’s time to go outside again brothers and sisters, time to see what has become of our Motherland and her proud cities and towns. Grab a weapon and join us!
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Nexus Conflict Name Change; Closed Beta

Closed beta testing is now underway for Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict, gamigo's upcoming MMOG of tactical space combat. You may notice this represents a name change for this project, which was announced as simply Nexus Conflict. You can still register to participate in testing, and here's word on what to expect:
This free-to-play real-time strategy game by gamigo is based on the well-known universe of Black Prophecy. It lets players take command of battleships that are up to 1.5 kilometers long and can be individually equipped with a wide variety of modules and weapons. This gives players the choice of which of the classic MMO roles - tank, healer, damage dealer - they would like to take on in battle. Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict includes a comprehensive PvP mode with a matchmaking system. Tyi and Genides are mired in a continual battle for control of important regions within the Nexus.

Spec Ops: The Line Trailer

A new trailer from 2K Games shows off Spec Ops: The Line in part one of a series called "Beyond the Line." Word is: "In Spec Ops: Beyond the Line Part 1, gamers get an inside look at the development of Spec Ops: The Line from the members of the development team at YAGER. The team discusses the unique setting, deep narrative and some of the moral choices the player has to make while venturing deep into Dubai in Spec Ops: The Line." Continue here to read the full story.

3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo

There's a new 3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo trailer on the 3DMark for Windows Website showing off the next version of Futuremark's gaming benchmark, which they expect to release following the official launch of Windows 8. Here's word:
3DMARK DIRECTX 11 TECH DEMO In the trade town of Scarport, buildings cling to canyon walls above canals of lava and provide shelter from the toxic volcanic atmosphere. Gaudy neon signs flicker as steam rises from the molten rivers running beneath the town. A trader walks along ledges carved from the volcanic rock, smoke swirling around her flowing cloak. Her robotic sentinels keep watch, but what dangers lie hidden in the shadows?

The 3DMark DirectX 11 tech demo brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering. The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various lens effects complete the look.
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Op Ed

PlaySF - Explore And Expand, Or Exploit And Expire?
But it never feels as if we’re inhabiting a real universe. There is almost no sense of a ‘living’ galaxy; even in the Sword of the Stars series, which goes to some effort to introduce smaller, independent colonies and galaxy-stalking Grand Menaces like the System Killer, these events feel like random acts of punishment rather than the chance events of a real galaxy. The only standout in my mind here is the retro-styled Distant Worlds, which populates its galaxies with odd lifeforms, wormholes and snippets of storyline, as the only 4X where I’ve felt a genuine sense of exploration – that feeling that something, anything could be out there.

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Out of the Blue

Today is the 16th anniversary of the release of QUAKE on June 22, 1996. I'm pretty over my disappointment of losing my saved game on my last attempt to play id's classic shooter using LordHavoc's DarkPlaces Quake Mod, so I think I'm ready to give that another go in celebration. Get me some nine inch nails, I'm hitting the slipgate!

Celebratory Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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