DICE is "not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the
issues with Battlefield 4
an EA representative told IGN
when asked about
ongoing issues with the shooter
. "We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is
absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the
game." They say the China Rising expansion was "already in the final stages of
development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4," in explaining the
know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain," EA says. "We
will not stop until this is right."
Revolution Software announces the release of Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent's
Curse: Episode One
for Windows, OS X, and Linux, kicking off the latest and
"most ambitious" installment in their adventure series. This is available on
for 20% off
the full price, which also includes the concluding episode, which is due "early
next year." Here's word:
The adventure game sees the series return to
point and click for the first time since Broken Sword 2 – to the genre in which
Revolution has truly excelled. Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent’s Curse has reunited
key members from the original Broken Sword team, with layout artists from
studios such as Disney, Aardman, and Universal who have created sumptuous,
classically drawn backgrounds. The rich, lavish HD art evolves the art-style so
loved in the previous Broken Sword games.
When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery,
George Stobbart and Nico Collard are thrown, seemingly by chance, into the
investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the trail becomes a
race against time as dark forces from Europe's turbulent past are woken from
their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered—but who can
George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as
the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once
“This has been a labor of love not just for us here at Revolution but the entire
Broken Sword community too,” says Charles Cecil, founder, Revolution Software.
“We have been privileged to be able to make the game we’ve wanted to thanks to
the generous support of our Kickstarter supporters, who really have given us the
freedom to take the series to new heights.
is now available
, where the
side-scrolling action game is 15% off its regular price for the next week.
Here's the pitch:
Crashed and alone on a world mankind tried to leave
behind, Darkout challenges players to survive on Illuna, in harsh, procedurally
generated biomes, utilizing the game’s sandbox features to build shelters, craft
weapons, and research new technologies.
You are not alone. Light-sensitive creatures prowling the landscapes become most
active at night and in a world shrouded by clouds the security of day will never
come, instead, twilight periods allow players minor security to explore,
rebuild, and gather resources.
Darkout’s deep history manifests itself through logs left behind by others, some
recent, while others hearken back to long-extinct natives of Illuna, offering
glimpses into what events led up to the pandemonium that now persists.
How will you survive?
Steam Community Group Announcement
reveals 100 more games have been approved
by the now more egalitarian Steam Greenlight system.
has the entire list of new approvals, and word is: "As with past
batches, these titles will be released independently in the weeks or months
ahead, as they complete development and integrate any Steamworks features they
are interested in utilizing."
- Guacamelee! Gold Edition + Mutant Blobs Attack on
GOG.com. Save 50-60%.
- Mars: War Logs on
Steam. Save 75%.
- Simulation Bundle on Bundle
Epic offers this new
"Inside Unreal" trailer
with part two of their look at the visual effects in
the Unreal Engine 4. They say: "Epic's Tim Elek and Zak Parrish talk about
implementing advanced VFX such as realistic water effects, lit translucency, GPU
particle simulation and collision and more in the Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator
real-time demonstration." Continue here to read the full story
has word that
underway in the mech shooter, and their annual winter event will run through the
beginning of next month. This is accompanied by the release of the latest patch
for the game, which updates the game to version 0.9.6.5 and adds a new map
called Wreckage. You can
read all about the new update here
and there's also a
off the new map. Continue here to read the full story
Matrix Games announces its Slitherine Group has struck a deal to create
videogames based on Stratego
the strategy board-game. There are few concrete details for now, but they say
the new series is already in development with The Lordz Games Studio targeting a
release "on all major platforms" in 2015. "This is a very important new
collaboration for Slitherine," said JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine Group.
"We continually strive to reach new players with fresh and innovative titles,
both old and new, to introduce them to this great hobby of strategy and
wargames. Our genre is growing exponentially and as market leaders of this
sector, we feel it is vitally important that we continue to improve and further
expand our reach. The Stratego brand is a wonderful opportunity to do this and
many players will welcome such a recognizable brand name, to persuade them to
have a go."
Bohemia Interactive announces a January 21st release date for the second
campaign episode for Arma III
, their military shooter sequel, noting this
will be preceded by the release of some of the episode's new goodies one week
from today in an automatic Steam
update. They say:
today announced the release date of the second campaign episode for Arma 3.
Picking up from where the first episode left off, the campaign is set to
continue with the release of the ‘Adapt’ episode on Tuesday January 21st, 2014.
The official campaign for Arma 3, named ‘The East Wind’, unfolds over three
episodes: 'Survive', 'Adapt', 'Win'. In the first episode, players were
introduced to Ben Kerry, a regular soldier who’s part of a NATO-peacekeeping
mission in the Mediterranean. After a botched withdrawal trapped Kerry’s unit on
the island of Stratis, in the midst of a flashpoint, they attempt an escape to
the neighboring island of Altis.
"While the first part of the campaign focused on the basics of infantry combat,
this second ‘Adapt’ episode plays with the other cool features of Arma 3’s
sandbox”, said Jaroslav Kasny, Playable Content Lead for Arma 3. "Players will
find more open and unorthodox scenarios, and with the help of guerrilla warfare,
set out to defeat a much stronger enemy."
Before the upcoming holidays, ahead of the second episode’s launch, Bohemia
Interactive will already be releasing the episode’s new sandbox content.
Included in this (free) package are 3 additional vehicles for the Altis Armed
Forces faction. The Wy-55 Hellcat helicopter has previously seen action with the
British Armed Forces, and now provides a maneuverable and armed aerial
reconnaissance platform for the AAF. The FV-720 Mora is a tracked Infantry
Fighting Vehicle best employed in combined arms warfare. Last but not certainly
least, we find the fully new MBT-52 tank, brought in to the round out the
faction's war fighting options.
The vehicles, plus other new content such as black versions of the MX rifle
family, infra-red grenades and the LRPS sniper scope, will be made available on
Wednesday December 11th via an automatic update on Steam.
post from EA Support
admits that yesterday's launch of the China Rising
expansion for Premium Members of Battlefield 4
has introduced additional
gameplay issues to the military shooter sequel (thanks
). Also, a
DICE's Mikael Hedberg
) admits the patch for the Windows edition that accompanied the
expansion only partially addressed the one shot kill bug
, as half the
problem is still waiting on fix. He says: "@barklassiebark there's another
related issue. It's not quite the OHK, but it's related to how you die and may
display as a OHK,"
"@barklassiebark it looks similar from the target's point of view. we are
testing a fix." Here's the post from EA Help:
While exploring new
battlegrounds in the Battlefield 4 expansion, China Rising, you may run into an
occasional hiccup, issue, glitch, or problem that could interrupt or prohibit
Below, find all the gameplay affecting issues we’re currently aware of and
tracking, as well as any workarounds or troubleshooting for issues we may have
confirmed or discovered:
Be sure to check the Battlefield 4 base-game troubleshooting information for any
issues as well.
The following are issues you may run in to when playing Battlefield 4 China
has a speculative article based on tips from anonymous contacts
talking about Microsoft's future plans to converge the Windows desktop, Windows
mobile, and Xbox operating systems (thanks nin via
). They say the plan is to roll out an update codenamed "Threshold"
in Spring 2015 that will bring the three systems closer in line. Microsoft has
refused to comment on their report, calling it "rumors and speculation," but
here is what they say MS has up its corporate sleeve:
From what I've
heard, Threshold doesn't refer to a single Windows OS -- not even the expected,
converged hybrid comprised of the Windows Phone OS and Windows RT. Instead,
the codename refers to the wave of operating systems across Windows-based
phones, devices and gaming consoles.
The Xbox One OS, Windows 8.x OS and Windows Phone 8 OS already share
a common Windows NT core. As we've heard before,
Microsoft is working to deliver a single app store across its myriad Windows
platforms. Company officials also are laboring to make the developer toolset for
all three of these platforms more similar.
But Threshold will add another level of commonality across Microsoft's various
Windows-based platforms, sources said. With the Threshold wave, Microsoft plans
to support the same core set of "high value activities" across platforms. These
high-value activities include expression/documents (Office, and the coming
"Remix" digital storytelling app, I'd think); decision making/task
completion (Bing, I'd assume); IT management (Intune and
Join, perhaps?) and "serious fun."
CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned this
concept of high-value activities at back in July when he announced
Microsoft's cross-company reorg to make the company more focused around its
new "One Microsoft" mission.
IncGamers - Steam's refund policy is restrictive, incoherent and in urgent
need of change.
It’s a strangely Draconian stance from a company with an otherwise
friendly, inclusive face. For the vast majority of purchased items, you need
to actually use them for a bit before you can figure out whether they’re
broken. I’d argue that the same is true of games. It takes a good few hours
to figure out whether a title is a bugged piece of shit, just as it might
take a while for stitching to come out of a pair of boots or a dishwasher to
In Valve’s world, you should know before you play a game whether it’s going
to function as advertised.
There are some ways to stay informed about a game’s release quality, it’s
true. People can read about it on forums or through previews, for example.
But the former is only an option if the game is already out, and the latter
is subject to both the integrity of the journalist writing about the title
and the ‘reach’ his or her publication may have.
A neighbor is getting her revenge for our recent roof job by having her own
re-done. Okay, this probably isn't about us, as that would be pretty extravagant
payback, but the constant nail pounding feels retributive at this point. Oddly,
it seems more jarring from across the street than it was above my head when our
work was being done, but that probably reflects my selfish perspective more that
the way the sound travels.
Original voice actor for Miles "Tails" Prower dies at 48