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Thursday, Jun 28, 2012


Expendables 2 Game Announced

Ubisoft announces Expendables 2, a video game tie-in with the upcoming action movie they are bringing to PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade, and PlayStation Network this summer. Here are some screenshots, and here's word:

Today Ubisoft announces the debut of The Expendables 2 Videogame. Based on the second installment in Lionsgate and Millennium Films’ phenomenal film franchise, the ultimate elite mercenary shooter is coming this Summer to PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 entertainment system and PC. The Expendables 2 Videogame unites four of the world’s most legendary mercenaries—Barney Ross, Gunner Jensen, Hale Caesar and Yin Yang—in a feast of explosive, over-the-top action authentic to the Expendables franchise.

Building on the universe created in the high-octane, star-studded movies, The Expendables 2 Videogame invites gamers on an adventure to rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped billionaire. It’s business as usual, until all hell breaks loose and the explosive mix of testosterone and kerosene detonates in a massive fireball that never lets up. The adventure concludes right where the new movie begins, creating a continuous story experience for fans of the Expendables’ hard-boiled brand of action.

Players can join up to three friends locally and online to experience all-out action in cinematic, close-quarter combat or while controlling an arsenal of vehicles in exotic locations including Somalian deserts, Burmese jungles, and more, and fans looking to compete for bragging rights can play through several challenges for the top spots on leaderboards.

Civilization V - Gods and Kings Demo

The Steam Page for Sid Meier's Civilization V - Gods and Kings now offers a playable demo for this expansion for Firaxis' turn-based strategy sequel (thanks Frans). There are no details on the demo, so it's not clear if this supports OS X, as the expansion and game itself offer SteamPlay Mac support. Here's word on the add-on:

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings is the first expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This robust expansion covers the entire scope of time from founding your first Pantheon of the Gods and spreading religion across the world, to deploying your spies in enemy cities in order to steal information and technology.

As you move through the ages, you’ll interact with new types of city-states, engage in new city-state quests and global competitions, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat. Civilization V: Gods and Kings will also include nine new civilizations, nine new wonders, three original scenarios, and dozens of new units, buildings, and techs that will offer even more ways for players to expand their empire and dominate the world.

Radical Entertainment Slashed

Rob Bridgett tweets about the demise of his employer, saying: "RIP Radical Entertainment 1991-2012." Kotaku has a confirmation that while the developer of the Prototype series is not technically closed, it will no longer operate as a separate studio. Here's the statement they received from parent company Activision:

Although we made a substantial investment in the Prototype IP, it did not find a broad commercial audience. Radical is a very talented team of developers, however, we have explored various options for the studio, including a potential sale of the business, and have made a difficult conclusion through the consultation process that the only remaining option is a significant reduction in staff. As such, some employees will remain working for Radical Entertainment supporting other existing Activision Publishing projects, but the studio will cease development of its own games going forward.

Dead State AMA Underway

Reddit is now hosting an AMA session with the Dead State developers (thanks nin). Word is: "We are Brian Mitsoda (Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines) and Oscar Velzi (The Age of Decadence). Brian is the Project Lead on Dead State and Oscar is the Lead Artist. Dead State is a survival RPG similar to Fallout with tactical elements similar to Jagged Alliance or X-Com. The game focuses on leading a group of humans after the collapse of society. Dead State is currently on Kickstarter with 6 days to go."

Rapid Assault Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter Campaign for Rapid Assault looks to raise $100,000 to complete this online tactical shooter from Cornered Rat Software (Battleground Europe, World War II Online) they explain will be played on "huge maps where infantry and armor populate the battlefields in action-packed scenarios built around historical WWII battles." The Rapid Assault Website is accepting signups for closed beta testing, and here's a bit on the game:

This project has been in development for 14 months and all core systems and features are complete. It is in early stages of Beta with 1,000 testers and our studio needs additional funding to complete the first content pack and final polish and to bring it to market.

How is "Rapid Assault" different from other games like RO and WoT?

RA blends simulation-style realism with fast action team play and does it by combining infantry and armor on iconic WWII battlefields. Our game engine is built with realistic ballistics and physics based damage and every vehicle is comprised of historically accurate, component based models. Players can choose to play single maps or join in campaigns of linked scenarios with player and team scoring carried throughout the campaign.

Sam Suede in Undercover Exposure Kickstarter Cancelled

This update on the Kickstarter Campaign for Sam Suede in Undercover Exposure announces this fundraiser has been cancelled, having only attracted a fraction of its $500K goal. The update references allegations that the participation of Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe in the Kickstart was overstated, a dust up which Lowe defused, and indicates they will continue to pursue completing the game. Thanks nin.

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Into the Black

Diablo III Hotfix Improves High-End Drops now offers a list of hotfixes for Diablo III dated today (thanks Chris). The new server-side update addresses some bugs and increases the rate of high-end item drops for Acts III and IV in Hell difficulty and the entirety of Inferno difficulty. Here are the new approximate drop rates: Continue here to read the full story.

Guild Wars 2 August 28th

NCsoft announces August 28th is the official launch date for Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet's MMORPG sequel. This kills the rumor the game would be coming today, but we probably knew that by now anyway. The announcement includes word that the stress test announced for next week will be followed by one final beta weekend event from July 20-22. Here's word on the eagerly awaited follow-up:

NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), and ArenaNet™, developer of the renowned Guild Wars franchise, today announce that Guild Wars 2, the most anticipated game of 2012, will launch in both Europe and North America on August 28, 2012.

“We’re offering gamers an experience that delivers on the promise of online gaming with a truly social experience in an immense, shared world” Building on sales of more than seven million units of the original game, Guild Wars 2 redefines massively multiplayer online roleplaying games with visceral, action-oriented combat; a gorgeous, living world full of constantly evolving dynamic events; customizable personal storylines that are unique to each player; intense Player vs. Player combat between small teams or massive armies; and most importantly, a shared online world where players work together as allies instead of as rivals - all with no monthly subscription fee.

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Funcom Plans LEGO Minifigure MMOG

Funcom announces development of a new MMOG based on LEGO minifigures, apparently undeterred by the fairly rapid failure of LEGO Universe, which triggered the demise of developer Netdevil. "The market for family-friendly online experiences intended for children and youngsters is brimming with potential," says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. "Being able to work with a world-renowned brand such as the LEGO® brand to develop an MMO for this audience is incredibly exciting to us as game developers and for Funcom as a company. This is source material we all know and love and we simply cannot wait to get started working with the LEGO Group on realizing this exciting project." Here's more:

The massively multiplayer online game that Funcom will develop based on the LEGO® Minifigures franchise will focus on maximum accessibility. Funcom and the LEGO Group will work together to make the game available to consumers in their online channels and will be coordinating activities to provide a broad and enhanced experience for the product line. The game will be a prominent part of the LEGO® Minifigures online experience which already has millions of unique visitors per month.

OS X Black Ops This Fall

Aspyr Media announces plans to bring Call of Duty: Black Ops to OS X this fall, a few months before the sequel to this military shooter is expected for Windows and consoles. “Aspyr has worked with the biggest brands in the entertainment world, but the launch of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops for Apple fans is our biggest in 17 years," says Ted Staloch, Aspyr's Executive Vice President. "Treyarch has created a masterpiece and we are thrilled to launch later this year."

Team Fortress 2 Updated

Steam News announces the promised new update is now live in Team Fortress 2 along with some related changes to the underlying Source engine. The new version includes Pyrovision, a new game mode, a new map, and more.

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The mild temperatures this week are to give way to a little more heat today, but the forecast calls for low humidity. Out of all the possible combinations of weather one can experience in the northeast, temps in the 90s and humidity in the 50s is about as unusual as it gets... To my experience, both earthquakes and tornados have occurred more frequently.

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