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Friday, Jul 13, 2012


Battlefield Designer Leaves DICE

David Goldfarb has left developer DICE, where he served as lead designer on Battlefield Bad Company 2 and lead single-player designer for Battlefield 3. "It was time to move on for me," Goldfarb told Kotaku. "Fans have nothing to worry about." EA has not yet responded to the site's request for comment.

Hawken Web Series Planned

Warner Premiere announces plans to produce a web-based film series based on Hawken, the upcoming mech combat game, recalling the surprising story of film plans for the property shortly after it was announced. Here's word:

Warner Premiere today announced it has secured the rights to develop a web series for the highly anticipated futuristic mech shooter game "Hawken." The game, available December 12, 2012, is set in a post-apocalyptic, over industrialized planet where humans are battling for dwindling resources. Initial plans for the web series will take fans through crucial events that spawn this grim fight for survival. Copper Media, a new division of Silver Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and DJ2 Entertainment are attached to produce. Further details about the production will be announced in the coming months. The rights for "Hawken" were secured by DJ2 Entertainment, which is represented by WME and Morris Yorn.

"Hawken" has already become an online sensation with over 300,000 users registered for the closed beta currently scheduled for this fall. When the free-to-play game is finally released to the public on December 12 it will be playable via numerous means, including the Gaikai platform , a cloud streaming game service accessible by PCs Macs, Facebook or any tablet device.

Continue here to read the full story.

Might & Magic Heroes VI Patch

A new patch is now available for Might & Magic Heroes VI to update the turn-based strategy sequel to version 1.5. The patch can be downloaded from AtomicGamer and The Patches Scrolls. According to this post (in German), a version 1.51 hotfix should follow shortly.

Din's Curse Beta Patch

The Din's Curse Patches Page now offers new version 1.025 beta patches for the Windows and OS X editions of Din's Curse, Soldak Entertainment's action/RPG. The patch notes outline what's new, which includes some balance changes along with bug fixes.

On Sale

The Best Deals of July in Digital Games on Amazon (thanks nin via Shacknews) has a load of huge discounts, and today's deals are up in the Steam summer sale, while there's still time to get in on yesterday's as well (not to mention the Flash deals). Here's a big batch of sale items Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Bacon. Mmmm. Bacon. Thanks Ant.

PlanetSide 2 Beta Details

PlanetSide Universe has a post summarizing plans for beta testing of PlanetSide 2, bringing together details about the MMOFPS sequel from various posts and tweets (thanks Matthew). They say external testing is kicking off this week, and outline who is being granted access to the beta, noting that PlanetSide veterans are already in line for keys. They also explain that unlike many "betas," they are actually using this testing session to improve the game, not just promote it:

Beta testing is a critically important part of our development cycle on this project, we may be asking you to only play on tanks for a play session, or only play aircraft. We are doing true beta testing, not just a game demo and we implore those of you who are invited to understand and respect that. Things will break, the server will be unavailable sometimes, we will cancel scheduled tests when we find something that breaks before the test starts. All of this will help us make a better final game.

Assassin's Creed III Multiplayer Details & Boston Trailer

IGN Video has first impressions of the "Wolf Pack" multiplayer mode in Assassin's Creed III, a "hoard mode-ish" co-op experience. They offer a little footage of this in action and breathlessly explain how it will work. Also, Ubisoft has released the trailer they are showing at Comic-Con from their upcoming action/stealth sequel. The clip is narrated by creative director Alex Hutchinson who shows how the game will depict the city of Boston during its colonial setting. Continue here to read the full story.

Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter

This Kickstarter looks to jumpstart development of Defense Grid 2, a sequel to Hidden Path Entertainment's tower defense game. This one has an interesting approach, as there are funding goals to hit along the way. So if they raise $250K, they will create an eight-level expansion for the original Defense Grid; if they raise $500K they will build a new engine for a Defense Grid 2 remake with co-op multiplayer; at $750K they will add a level editor and other platforms; and if the campaign hits the $1M mark, they will be able to create the full sequel of their dreams. Thanks Bob.

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Oi! It's Friday the 13th, and I seem to be suffering for it, as I've had a few technical difficulties today, especially with the YouTube. That turned out to be a problem with my browser, as Chrome refused to login, and I had to use Firefox, as apparently the right hand and the left hand at Google are having a little trouble at the moment. So I don't know if all this qualifies as bad luck, but I probably won't be walking under any ladders at this rate either.

Lucky Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Fat Slice 2.
Game Over Gopher.
Links: 40 Noises That Built Pop. Thanks nin via Dubious Quality.
If Video Game Adaptations of Movies Didn't Suck.
Stories: Papua New Guinea charges 29 alleged cannibals. Penis soup?
'The Hobbit' Comic-Con Footage Will Not Screen In 3D or 48 FPS.
Science: 'Lying Eye' Study Shows Eye Direction Doesn't Indicate Dishonesty.
Media: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer with Pee-Wee Herman Voices.
Dog Tries to Eat Passing Cars.
"I'm Batman" Supercut.

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