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Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015


Division 9 Footage

This trailer purportedly shows footage from Division 9, a co-op zombie shooter cancelled years ago by Irrational Games (thanks DSOGaming). This was actually posted in 2010 the day after we learned about the project, and it seems to be part of Game Informer's coverage at the time that went unnoticed. The clip begins with the Irrational Games logo, and the following introduction: "Hey, this is Ken Levine, Creative Director at Irrational Games, and we've got this little video here of a game that we never actually shipped called Division 9. It sort of predated the zombie games that you're seeing now, and I think of all the games at the studio that we wish we had done, this is the one. So check it out, we never made it, but we kind of wish we did." Continue here to read the full story.

Might & Magic Heroes VII Closed Beta

Steam News announces the promised closed beta testing of Might & Magic Heroes VII is now underway for those who have preordered the turn-based strategy sequel. Word is:

Beta Access for Might & Magic® Heroes® VII is Now Available on Steam!*

Might & Magic Heroes VII’s closed beta can be played with up to 4 players simultaneously in both team and free for all modes. Players who pre-purchased the game will receive an extra beta key allowing them to invite another player to join them on the battlefield, as a thank you for waiting an additional week for the beta to open.

*Beta access ends June 17th.

Evening Patches

On Sale

  • Assassin's Creed Franchise on Steam. Save up to 50%.
  • RESCUE 2: Everyday Heroes on Steam. Save 10%.
  • Space Run on Steam. Save 75%.

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Into the Black

Bards Tale IV Kickstarter Bonus Extended

The Bards Tale IV Kickstarter page announces the offer of a free game for first day backers is being extended another 24 hours, offering procrastinators a last chance to get in on the bonus (thanks nin). Here's word:

As we’re entering day 2, we’re still going strong! We had massive interest in our free game offer, and now our good friends at CD Projekt Red and have graciously agreed to allow us to extend the offer for another 24 hours! Anyone who backs The Bard’s Tale IV on Kickstarter in the first 48 hours of the campaign will receive a FREE copy of inXile’s Wasteland 2, or CD Projekt Red's The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. To be exact, this offer ends on June 4th, 6am PST. To be eligible for the free copy you have to back at the $20 reward tier or above.

Help us spread the word! Be sure to tell anyone you think might be interested in this deal and was on the fence about backing, as this will be the last chance to get your free game from us!

Overwatch Reaper Video

A new Reaper gameplay video from Overwatch shows why you should fear the Reaper in Blizzard's upcoming teamplay shooter. Here's word: "Where Reaper appears, death quickly follows in this complete, unedited match from an early version of Overwatch, captured in 60fps on PC. Here, Reaper plays on the attacking team in the Temple of Anubis, a Point Capture map located on the enigmatic Giza Plateau." Continue here to read the full story.

Fallout 4 Trailer

The Fallout website now offers an official Fallout 4 trailer and announces that the new installment in the RPG sequel is now available for preorder for Windows, OS X, and Linux. According to the description their E3 showcase with more on the game will happen Sunday, June 14th at 10:00 pm EDT:

Watch the official in-game trailer for Fallout 4 – the next generation of open-world gaming from the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Game Studios. Tune into Bethesda’s E3 Showcase on Sunday, June 14th at 7:00pm PT to see the world premiere of the game.

Continue here to read the full story. Summer Sale Begins

The 2015 DRM-free Summer Sale is now live on, where they are offering discounts of up to 90% on some titles, daily bundles, and three free games. Here's word from the official announcement:

It's that time of the year again.

Temperatures are rising, summer break is almost upon us, and whether you're going for a classic staycation or taking your laptop for a trip - we've got what it takes to make your summer vacation more gamey and 100% yours. Today, we're inviting you to a truly exhilarating, DRM-free summer adventure!

We're starting with a splash and diving straight into 100+ titles on promo in twice-daily deals, deep-discount bundles, and with FREE games to unlock! With new deals appearing on the site every 12 hours, we'll have more than 100 offers every day up to 90% off. We also have a few fun surprises in store to keep things fresh and worth the regular trip back to the summer sale!

Every summer adventure needs something special, that's why this year you can earn up to three games for free during the sale! Just do your thing, and the more you spend, the more free stuff you'll get! The rewards -- free for everyone whose total spendings during the Summer Sale exceed a certain amount -- will include:

SimCity 2000 - free for everyone who spends at least $1.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - free for everyone who spends at least $20.
Xenonauts - free for everyone who spends at least $50.

Plenty more summertime joy awaits us all, including a surprise giveaway, exciting game premieres, and more! The 2015 DRM-free Summer Promo is set to last 18 days, from June 3 until June 21 at 11:59 AM GMT (13:59 CET / 4:59 AM PDT / 7:59 AM EDT).

Team Fortress 2 Maps Workshop Beta

The Team Fortress 2 website announces the launch of a beta Maps Workshop for the multiplayer shooter. Here's how this works:

Are you great at making fun, addictive TF2 maps? Do you have no idea how to make a map, but you like playing on them? Are you only vaguely aware of what maps are and prefer to just walk in a single direction until you find what you're looking for? Introducing the Maps Workshop Beta, a place for all three of you to upload, enjoy or just learn about the existence of maps!

The Maps Workshop Beta is an in-development one-stop hub where mapmakers can instantly upload and get feedback on their maps. Simply head over to the in-game Workshop tool and click on the new Maps button. If you're just in the market to play new maps, you can now browse the Maps Workshop and up-vote and subscribe to maps you like—or just connect to a server running a Workshop map and it will download automatically from the Workshop.

And remember, this is a Beta that we'll be working to improve. The TF2 team is incredibly appreciative of your feedback.

World of Tanks Adds Domination Mode

Wargaming has implemented an all-new Domination gameplay mode in World of Tanks, their free-to-play armored combat game (thanks Krovven). This page has all the details on how this works, along with a new Domination Mode trailer. Here's the elevator pitch: "Domination mode tasks you with destroying tanks or capturing and delivering flags to your base. Friendly fire is off, plus repair points can heal you and replenish ammo, and if you're destroyed, you can respawn in a matter of moments." Continue here to read the full story.

3D Mini Golf Released

Merge Games announces the release of 3D Mini Golf, a new simulation taking the shrunken sport into the realm of high definition. This is available for Windows and OS X on Steam and other online stores. Here's a bit:

Experience virtual 3D Mini Golf on your computer and master an entertaining match over 54 challenging holes - 18 of which have been faithfully modelled after official courses in the real world. Three scenarios in glorious HD are waiting for the discerning mini golf enthusiast: a lovely green park, a camping site in the mountains and a dreamy sandy beach. Create your own profile to keep track of your statistics. Thanks to the integrated medal system you'll collect virtual rewards for your best matches too. Try improving your own records in Challenge and Tournament mode or face off against your friends in Multiplayer mode. Enjoy exciting matches with 2-4 players.

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Out of the Blue

The NHL finals get underway tonight, so congrats to the Lightning and Blackhawks on being the last two teams eligible for Lord Stanley's cup. Naturally I'm saddened that the Rangers did not secure a return to the finals, as I really thought this was their year, but it was not meant to be, and the team deserves its vacation after such a poor effort in the third period of game seven with everything on the line. I wonder if they will be able to continue to contend with this group, as Henrik Lundqvist is not getting any younger, and at some point the window he's provided them will close. Anyway, back to the non-chokers, hats off to the Blackhawks and Lightning.

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