Google+ post by Christian Svensson
announces this was his final day at
Capcom, as the publisher/developer laid off staff today as part of a
reorganization. He says he actually suggested this: "This departure is not a bad
thing for me and it’s happening mostly because I’d suggested it during the early
planning for today’s reorg. While I wish the company the best of luck, Capcom is
going in a different direction and the need for people at my level, relative to
other areas, is lacking. Those who know me well, know that I’ve been ready to go
for quite some time."
has a statement from Capcom following up on this:
today laid off several employees from the US office as part of an overall
organizational restructure of the company. The transition to the new generation
of hardware and changing industry landscape have required us to adapt our
business to best meet our new goals. We sincerely thank each individual for
their contributions and wish them well.
has word that a revised edition of State of Decay
been approved for sale in Australia under the country's new R18+ rating. The
open-world zombie survival/horror game was
classification there, which would prevent its sale, but word is the drugs in the
game, which were the source of the classification board's objections, have been
renamed stimulants and supplements, which was enough to solve the problem.
Riot Games announces
that the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship
will be held on October 4th in the Staples Center in Los Angeles before a live
audience that may exceed 10,000. They say tickets will go on sale soon, and in
the meantime, here's word:
LOS ANGELES - July 11, 2013 - Riot Games today
unveiled plans for the Season 3 World Championship, the premier event for League
of Legends professional esports on a global stage. Beginning September 16th, the
best teams from each region around the world will descend on Southern California
for a month of intense action, including semi-finals held at the Galen Center,
the site of last year's final. Once the dust settles, competitors will head
downtown for the World Final at the prestigious home of pro sports in Los
Angeles - the Staples Center.
Taking place Friday, October 4th the World Championship tournament will be the
pinnacle of pro League of Legends play this year, with the sport's preeminent
athletes battling in front of more than 10,000 live fans, plus millions more
online. The winning team will be crowned the Season 3 world champion, walking
away with the Summoner's Cup and $1 million in cash. Tickets go on sale soon at
lolesports.com and other associated ticketing outlets.
Bohemia Interactive sends word of a data breach on their website, saying that
passwords were compromised, but payment details were not:
unfortunately discovered that an illegal attempt has been made to access certain
of our online websites, leading to the download of a database containing
usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords. Please note due to the
encryption of the passwords it is very unlikely that anything nefarious can be
done with this information.
We would like to reassure everyone that no other information such as credit card
details is stored by us and thus was not at any risk from this illegal breach.
As a precaution we are resetting the passwords of all users which means you will
be unable to log into any of our websites/forums until your password is changed.
To do this, go to
https://profile.bistudio.com/profile/recover-password , enter your email
address or username and press "Get a new password". Shortly afterwards you will
receive an automated email from
firstname.lastname@example.org with a link, where you can set a new password of your
choosing. In the event that you do not receive the email within 20 minutes,
please try searching your spam folder.
If you have any problems with your account, or have any questions/concerns
regarding this incident please feel free to contact
The Steam page
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World
shows a playable demo was
released yesterday on Steam
for the turn-based strategy expansion (thanks Frans). There's no
detail on the demo, so here's word on the game:
Sid Meier's Civilization®
V: Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V - the
critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This new expansion provides
enhanced depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade
and a focus on culture and diplomacy. Your influence around the world will be
impacted by creating Great Works, choosing an ideology for your people and
proposing global resolutions in the World Congress. As you move through the ages
of history you will make critical decisions that will impact your relationship
with other civilizations.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World also introduces nine new
civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, four new gameplay systems
and dozens of new units, buildings and improvements offering an expanded variety
of ways to build the most powerful empire in the world.
The Steam Store
shows the eagerly
anticipated Steam summer sale is underway, kicking off an 11 day extravaganza.
July 11th, 2013 - Steam has launched our 2013 Summer Getaway
Sale, with massive discounts on hundreds of PC, Mac and Linux titles. Right now,
you can take advantage of up to 75% savings on hits like Bioshock Infinite,
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grid 2, Don't Starve
The Summer Getaway Sale offers you more ways to save than ever, with a hundred
Daily Deals launching over the next eleven days. Check back often to take
advantage of our eight-hour deep-discount Flash Sales. You can even help select
what goes on sale with our Community's Choice Voting Sales.
For the first time, buying discounted games at this year's sale now earns you an
all-new collectible in the form of Trading Cards. Collect, trade and craft over
50 new sets of cards, including 10 Summer Getaway Trading Cards that can only be
earned during the sale. Each set can be crafted into badges, backgrounds,
emoticons and other rewards.
The Steam Summer Getaway Sale will run from now until July 22nd. Complete
information on Daily Deals, Flash Sales, Community Choice Voting and more can be
found at http://www.steampowered.com.
For more information on our new Trading Card feature, please visit
Deep Silver and inXile Entertainment announce a deal whereby inXile's
distributed worldwide by Deep Silver, and the publisher will also assist in QA
testing and localization of the role-playing game. "This is a perfect
opportunity for inXile: it allows us to continue to focus all of our energy and
money into the creative aspects of the game while letting Deep Silver take our
game outside of the pure digital space. This has the added bonus of allowing us
to spend more of the Kickstarter funds on development while continue to retain
all ownership and control," says Brian Fargo, CEO inXile Entertainment. "I’ve
known the people at Deep Silver for many years and they have always been a first
rate organization to deal with."
Valve is considering the viability of opening an office in the U.K., states
in an unconfirmed report, saying the studio is attending the Develop
Conference this week "and has been sharing its plans with some attendees." They
also say Valve recently opened a small office in Luxembourg to assist with
European wheeling and dealing (and/or operate as a tax shelter), adding "UK
developers could also work at its Seattle office or in a newly set up Luxembourg
studio." They don't get into what the goals might be for such an expansion.
is underway to fund development of WARMACHINE: TACTICS
turn-based tactical combat game from publisher Privateer Press Interactive and
developer WhiteMoon Dreams for Windows and OS X based on the WARMACHINE tabletop
game. The project is homing in on its $550K goal already, putting their five
stretch goals in reach, which will add two new factions and four new multiplayer
mercenary characters. Those will all be triggered at just below $700K, so at
this rate they will have to add more stretch goals pretty soon (thanks Amdae
from Australia). Here's word:
Privateer Press Interactive and video game
developer WhiteMoon Dreams have joined forces to bring WARMACHINE to life.
Inspired by the predecessors of this hallowed genre like Valkyria Chronicles,
Final Fantasy Tactics, and the X-COM franchise, WARMACHINE: Tactics seeks to
break new ground for turn-based tactics games by delivering a never-before-seen
level of dynamic battlefield combat.
As you’ll see in the video, the development team has worked around the clock for
several months to prove we have the experience and the ability to turn
WARMACHINE into an incredible video game worthy of your pledge. Kickstarter has
provided the opportunity to realize this vision, and with you on our side, we
can make it a reality.
their promised reorganization, calling this "a
far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with
greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world" (thanks nin).
Here's a bit on the plans:
There will be four engineering areas: OS, Apps,
Cloud, and Devices. We will keep Dynamics separate as it continues to need
special focus and represents significant opportunity. We will consolidate our
technologies coherently into these groups pulling together some things that have
been spread out in our current BG structure like cloud infrastructure, operating
systems, mail, and identity, to name a few. Some of these changes will involve
putting things together and others will involve repartitioning the work, but in
all instances we will be more coherent for our users and developers. We have
resolved many details of this org, but we still will have more work to do.
Undoubtedly, as we involve more people there will be new issues and changes to
our current thinking as well. Completing this process will take through the end
of the calendar year as we figure things out and as we keep existing teams
focused on current deliverables like Windows 8.1, Xbox One, Windows Phone,
A sixth video
is online, offering a further
progress report on this free-to-play MMOFPS in the works at Vostok Games and an
update on the game's alpha test
content with this new content, they also offer
new screenshots and artwork
as well as updates to the website on
the Fringe Settlers
and the game's Chemical
location. Here's word on the diary:
Continue here to read the full story
Today we are pleased to
present the latest developer diary video, diary number 6. It is by far our
longest video so far is the series and contains a whole host of information;
starting off, we disclose the story behind the Chemical Plant location, shortly
followed by and in depth look at a new faction called The Fringe Settlers. We
disclose their agenda, history and ethos. Lately the remaining part of the diary
delves into the Alpha testing, our expectations for future Alpha tests, content
and more! Enjoy the video and as always, we look forward to your feedback and
thank you for your on-going support!
Here's a new trailer
from Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
is a look at some
prerendered scenes from the upcoming adventure game based on the world's most
famous fictional detective. The clip shows off the benefits of switching to the
Unreal engine in the latest installment in the series, which they say will
improve gameplay mechanics as well as the game's appearance: "But the change of
game engine has not only improved the graphics; new investigation techniques
have been developed and the game can now offer 14 game mechanics. From the
opening of each of the eight investigations up to the arrest of the culprits and
the moral dilemmas faced by the players, the new game mechanics convey the
feeling of BEING Sherlock Holmes. Players will therefore be able to exploit the
incredible gifts and talents for which he is renowned, such as his ability to
guess the details of an individual’s life simply by observing them, or to
imagine and reconstruct a past event by studying the key features of a crime
scene." Continue here to read the full story
Thanks Acleacius and j.c.f.
Well look at that, it's 7/11 again, making this seven eleven day for everyone
with proximity to a 7/11 convenience store. This means free Slurpees today in a
promotion so appealing we give it a free plug every year. In spite of thinking I
might, I have never actually taken advantage of this deal, but we do have a
7/11 fairly nearby, and the forecast calls temps in the eighties again today, I
may just finally make it.