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Friday, Oct 23, 2015

Fallout 4 Ready to Roll

BethesdaGameStudios tweets that "all 27 versions" of Fallout 4 are complete, so the post-apocalyptic RPG is on track for its planned November 10th release. It looks like they skipped over an announcement that the game went gold, as the included image shows what appear to be store-ready packages for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In an odd bit of related news, Bethesda announces a partnership with Carlsberg UK to offer Fallout BEER, "a beverage inspired by Vault-Tec Industries and the multi-award winning Fallout® videogame series" because while no one is looking forward to an apocalypse, it is widely agreed that if one happens, the beer will be awesome. You can reserve a "case" of 12 bottles on Amazon.co.uk, for the post-apocalyptic price of $46.00.

Day of the Tentacle Remake Plans

Double Fine announces that they are at IndieCade showing off a remake of Day of the Tentacle, the classic LucasArts adventure from 1993, saying this is coming next year to Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Here are some screenshots showing the modernized look of the game, and here's word on their plans:
Originally released by LucasArts in 1993 as a sequel to Ron Gilbert’s ground breaking Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is a mind-bending, time travel, cartoon puzzle adventure game in which three unlikely friends work together to prevent an evil mutated purple tentacle from taking over the world! It was Tim Schafer’s first game as project lead, and is a much beloved cult classic.

Now, over twenty years later, Day of the Tentacle is back in a remastered edition that features all new hand-drawn, high resolution artwork, with remastered audio, music and sound effects, and some new special features too!

Day of the Tentacle Remastered is playable for the first time at Indiecade this weekend, down in Los Angeles. Come on by the PlayStation area to play the game, and chat with Double Fine folks!

Warhammer: The End Times Vermintide Released

The Vermintide is rolling in, as Warhammer: The End Times Vermintide is now available, offering a fantasy-themed melee combat game for Windows from Fatshark. The release trailer came out the other day with a cinematic from the game, and this page offers links to where this can be picked up. "After over two years of development, we are excited to launch Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide on PC," said Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark. "We’ve been blown away by the positive feedback from the over 140,000 gamers who have purchased the pre-order to enjoy Vermintide’s fast and furious cooperative action." Here's word on the game:
In Vermintide, the city of Ubersreik is under siege as players select from a band of five heroes with different play-styles and abilities, all equipped with unique gear and personalities. Working together cooperatively, players must use their individual attributes to survive an apocalyptic invasion from hordes of relentless, power hungry Skaven, across a range of environments stretching from the top of the Magnus Tower to the bowels of the Under Empire.
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Pillars of Eternity Sells 500K Copies

Developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Paradox Interactive proudly announce that Pillars of Eternity has sold over 500,000 copies since the launch of the crowdfunded RPG, saying that makes it one of the best-selling games on Steam this year. "It’s very encouraging to see so much enthusiasm for the classic CRPG alive and well within the gaming community," said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. "It’s a genre we’re very fond of ourselves, as evidenced by the large number of Pillars of Eternity backers within our own company. Given that Paradox itself grew from tabletop-inspired strategy games, we’ve always believed there was plenty of room for the ‘classic’ genres to thrive, and we’re very proud to see half a million players agree with us."

Falcon Collection on GOG.com

GOG.com now offers the Falcon Collection, a bundle of this F-16-centric flight simulator series from back in the day. The bundle includes, Falcon, Falcon A.T. (286 processor required), Falcon Gold, and Falcon 4.0. This includes digital version of the manuals, which were as big as textbooks in print. Their listing for this invokes a funny nostalgia, as I can still recall when the crude image they show from the game represented state-of-the-art graphics.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

On Sale

  • Devolver Digital on GOG.com. Save up to 90%.
  • Reign Of Kings on Steam. Save 60%.
  • Retro Mishmash on GOG.com.

Halo 5 PC Possibilities

A GamesRadar livestream with Frank O’Connor of 343 Industries touches on the possibility that Halo 5 will eventually make its way onto the PC platform. DSOGaming transcribed the following quote on the chances of a Windows port of the shooter sequel:
You know, Microsoft has made a huge commitment trying sort of… I think normalize the Windows experience across multiple platforms. You see the elements of Windows 10 are going to appear in Xbox and Cortana and stuff like that. There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC. Nothing to announce at this point… you know, we developed the game on an Intel platform. It wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff. But nothing I announce today on this chat.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Launches

ArenaNet announces the launch of Heart of Thorns, a paid expansion for Guild Wars 2, their MMORPG sequel, also taking the occasion to announce that over seven million player accounts have been created for the game since launch, a number that was boosted when they recently made the base game free-to-play. There are details on the game on the Guild Wars 2 website along with a previously released launch trailer. Here's part of the announcement, which offers all the info from an infographic without the frills:
The new infographic from ArenaNet catalogues hard data and fun factoids that highlight the continuing popularity of Guild Wars 2 across the game, from open world players who focus on story content and world exploration to those who participate in the game’s increasingly competitive Player vs. Player (PvP) and World vs. World (WvW) scenes. ArenaNet recently announced the launch of a $400,000 Guild Wars 2 Pro League PvP tournament, launched in partnership with ESL, and the infographic highlights how PvP player participation has grown by 135 percent since last year. There is a statistic showing that 40 percent of max level players showed up in starter zones to welcome new players the day the core game went free, showcasing the friendly reputation of the player community. Topping it all is an astronomical figure – more than 1.4 billion hours – totalling the amount of time players have put into Guild Wars 2 since launch, nearly the same time modern humans have spent walking the earth.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns now extends the core game experience for this growing community as a paid expansion with a range of new content and features, including a unique new system called Masteries that redefines endgame character progression in Guild Wars 2. The expansion marks a couple of additional firsts for Guild Wars 2, introducing Guild Halls where guilds and groups of players can claim and customise a piece of the game world, and setting the stage for the first-ever Raids coming to the MMO and activating shortly after launch. As with the original Guild Wars 2, which delivered more than 40 major content updates without charging a subscription fee, players who purchase Heart of Thorns will have access to future releases coming to the expansion free of charge.
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer

The Deus Ex blog now offers an Adam Jensen 2.0 trailer which includes gameplay from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the upcoming installment in the action/RPG series. The clip shows off how the protagonist will continue to adapt to a cybernetic future. Word is: "Adam Jensen is the next step in human evolution. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, he is now an experienced covert operative, forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy. This new in-game trailer highlights the Titan shield, as well as his new gun-arm augmentations: the Tesla, the Nanoblade and the PEPS." Continue here to read the full story.

Homeworld Remastered Collection for OS X Released

Gearbox Software announces the Homeworld Remastered Collection is now available for OS X. This is now available on Steam, so those who purchased the space strategy remake for Windows are now entitled to both version. To celebrate, the game is on sale for the next couple of days for 25% off.

Car as a Controller

Taking a page out of the Rocket League playbook, this video shows a Nissan QASHQAI (an SUV model not sold in the U.S.) being used as a controller to play PES 2016 for what is described as "thoroughly unique," if not practical experience. Word is: "Nissan has invited game influencers around the world to support the development process of Nissan Controller and in November, football fans will be able to steer the PES 2016 players with a Nissan Qashqai, offering the players a thoroughly unique experience." A Nissan Controller page has more details. Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

With Halloween a little more than a week off, the preparations are in place here at the BlueTower. We have an ample supply of candy on hand, and I have been dutiful in checking to make sure it's all fresh and tasty. We also have a new costume for the Gunnar-man, which I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I just deleted a mention of what it is, as I think I'll wait until next week when I can post some photos and not spoil it.

Dressy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Jack Lantern.
Stunt Crazy.
Bazookitty.
Link: 5 Insane Things Otherwise Respected Celebrities Believe.
Science: Many Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influence.
Images: Honestly from Microsoft.
43 Photos That Prove That Everything In Your Life Is A Lie (Slide #1).
Media: Saving the world, one quarter at a time.
The First Person To Run A Marathon Without Telling Anyone.
Purranormal Cativity.
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