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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 Happy Birthday DOOM!


Double Fine announces Hack 'N' Slash

Double Fine announces Hack 'N' Slash, a game that was created as an Amnesia Fortnight prototype that's coming to Windows, Linux, and OS X next year. Here's the games pitch trailer and here's the deal:

Double Fine Productions today announced that Hack ‘n’ Slash, a hacking themed puzzle action game for Windows, Mac, and Linux, will release in the first half of 2014. A version of the game debuted during Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight 2012 internal game jam. It was selected by the gaming public to be turned into a two-week prototype, after garnering more votes than any other Amnesia Fortnight pitch.

In Hack ‘n’ Slash, a young elf uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action/adventure game. The game was funded by Indie Fund, Humble Bundle, Hemisphere Games, make all, AppAbove Games, Adam Saltsman, The Behemoth, Morgan Webb, and Rob Reid as part of a two-game deal that also includes Spacebase DF-9, which released in Early Access Alpha and recouped its investment within two weeks.

“I’ve always loved games with lots of secrets in them,” said Hack ‘n’ Slash project lead Brandon Dillon, “and when I first discovered a hex editor in an emulator, it dawned on me that I could be a kind of digital treasure hunter—no game could keep even its deepest secrets from me if I adventured long enough in its code and memory.”

By subverting old-school gaming tropes with unique hacking mechanics, Hack ‘n’ Slash allows non-programmer players to experience that same sense of mystery and discovery.

“Look, I’m going to be honest with you here: I don’t really understand what’s going on inside this game’s code,” said Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer, who claims to possess a degree in computer science. “I believe it contains ‘algorithms.’ But I know what’s going on inside my heart when I play it. And that is joy.”

“We’re psyched to be helping with Hack’n'Slash because Amnesia Fortnight projects are about empowering individual creators,” said Indie Fund partner Ron Carmel, who definitely possesses a degree in computer science. “And I can confirm that this game’s code does contain algorithms.”

Hack ‘n’ Slash will be released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Steam and DRM-free in the first half of 2014. It will include algorithms.

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Company of Heroes 2 DLC and Steam Workshop Support

Steam News announces new DLC called Southern Fronts is now available for Company of Heroes 2, along with newly added Steam workshop support for the World War II real-time strategy sequel. In celebration, the game is on sale for 10% off over the next week. Here's word:

During the Spring Rasputitsa in early 1943, the Red Army launched a series of counteroffensives against German lines in the southwest. While initially successful, the Germans regrouped and managed to regain the momentum to recapture Kharkov.

Take command of both factions in a series of challenges and battles that feature new environmental conditions; thick mud that impacts vehicle movement and exposes new vulnerabilities.

Plus, with the release of the Company of Heroes 2 World Builder in November members of the community have been hard at work on creating maps. With the addition of Steam Workshop, map creators can now easily let the entire CoH2 player base have access to their maps.

Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered

Obsidian announces their RPG previously known as Project Eternity will be released under the official title Pillars of Eternity. They celebrate the news with a new logo and a gameplay teaser trailer. They also offer a super-detailed tutorial on how you can give them more money, and a list of several interviews and previews for the game. Continue here to read the full story.

Wargame: Airland Battle Free DLC

Steam News announces the release of Magna Carta, new free DLC for Wargame: Airland Battle, Eugen System's real-time strategy sequel. Here's word:

MAGNA CARTA DLC for Wargame: AirLand Battle offers 12 new units (one per nation) and new large-scale multiplayer maps: Wargame AirLand Battle therefore has 7 new maps: Gjöll and Ásgard, 2 totally new maps specifically designed for the massive battles with 20 players, and 4 new additional maps for 1 vs 1 up to 3 vs 3 players: Oslo, Orkolsvik, Karlstad and Aarhus that can all be played in the Conquest and Destruction modes. Finally, those nostalgic for the first Wargame will welcome the arrival of Three Miles Island, one of the most popular multiplayer maps in European Escalation, which is now playable in AirLand Battle in both Conquest and Destruction modes!

Saints Row IV - How the Saints Save Christmas DLC

New How the Saints Save Christmas DLC is now available for Saints Row IV. Here's word from Steam News:

How the Saints Save Christmas (1953) - Santa is trapped inside the Simulation but the Scrooge-like Boss of the Third Street Saints can't muster enough Christmas spirit to save him. Can the Saints help the Boss discover the true meaning of the season in time? A holiday classic for the whole family.

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Into the Black

Unannounced Blizzard Game Revealed

A tweet by Mike Booth sees the Blizzard Game Director sending out the call for "a Lead Producer to help us create Blizzard's next awesome game!" He links to this job listing which calls this an "unannounced game title," and states it's in the works with a small development team, similar to their upcoming Hearthstone. Blizzplanet notes that another help wanted for the same project seeks a 3D weapons artist, so we know there will be combat. Here's all they say about the game for now: "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet, but trust us, it’s awesome."

Legends of Persia Announced

Independent Australian developer Sourena Game Studio announces Legends of Persia, an action/RPG coming to Windows PCs in January 2014. They promote the game with this trailer as well as this clip, which is mostly gameplay footage, and hope to inspire support for their Steam Greenlight campaign. Here's a bit on the plot: "The storyline revolves around Keykhosro, the son of the Persian prince Siavosh, who in the name of his father’s blood seeks to take revenge upon Afrasiab, the king of Tooran. Throughout the game, the character will face difficult challenges to overcome, such as defeating massive waves of enemies, encountering difficult bosses, and finally dealing with Afriasiab, his father's killer." Here is word on gameplay:

Featuring more than 8 hours of single-player action in addition to 5 attractive locations and more than 200 weapons and items to use, 'Legends Of Persia' is packed full of features! The game will also include 18 unique types of magic, 3 different hero characters, fully customizable, and more than 30 unique challenging enemies. Already a thriving and popular game on Steam Greenlight, prepare to get blown away with the addictive gameplay and fantastic graphics!

Continue here to read the full story.

Shadowrun Returns Returns With No DRM announces they are now offering Shadowrun Returns, capping off the recent news that Harebrained Schemes has worked out a deal to offer the tactical RPG completely free of any digital rights management. Word is: "Shadowrun Returns, a classy turn-based RPG set in one of the most iconic Sci-Fi worlds where cyberpunk meets fantasy, sporting excellent character development mechanics and a sleek visual style drawing you right into the dark and dangerous Seattle metroplex, is available 40% off on, for Windows and Mac OS X. That's $11.99 for the first 48 hours."

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Out of the Blue

Well today is the 20th anniversary of the release of DOOM, which was a seminal event in modern gaming, and something that eventually lead to the formation of this website. A lot has changed since then: John Romero, Tom Hall, Michael Abrash, Dave Taylor, Adrian "No relation" Carmack, and Sandy Petersen are long gone from id Software, and now John Carmack is too (it looks like the only member of the original DOOM team still at id is Kevin Cloud). The game's original MS-DOS platform? Dead. The 3.5" floppies it was distributed on? Dead. Neidermeyer? Dead! But the game lives on in ports, emulations, every shooter that's followed, and, of course, our hearts. Wired has an interview with John Carmack looking back at two decades of DOOM. Now I feel like some old school one-on-one deathmatch... where did I put that modem?

Required reading: Hank Leukart's DooM FAQ 6.666. Optional reading: Blue's Doom Deathmatch Guide.

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