A Ghost Story Games website
online as home to the "studio formerly known as Irrational Games" (thanks
). Word is
"We’re a Boston-area game development studio dedicated to making immersive story
driven games for gamers that like a challenge. The studio was founded by a group
of former Irrational Games developers, such as creative director Ken Levine, art
director Shawn Robertson, executive producer Don Roy and more. We’ve been
concepting, prototyping and experimenting on a new game for some time now and
have attracted new talent along the way. You can learn more about our team and
our vision here." Here's more:
Ghost Story was founded by twelve former
Irrational Games developers and our mission is simple: to create immersive,
story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them. While
we believe our new games will have strong appeal to fans of BioShock, our new
focus allows us to craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the
We are not yet ready to share any more on our new game, but we invite you to
join us and take part in our community, Sign up here.
Steam News announces
free weekend us now underway in
Call of Duty: Infinite
along with a sale on the shooter sequel. Here's word on the
Infinite Warfare delivers three unique game modes: Campaign,
Multiplayer, and Zombies.
In Campaign, players play as Captain Reyes, a pilot turned Commander, who must
lead the remaining coalition forces against a relentless, fanatical enemy, while
trying to overcome the deadly, extreme environments of space.
Multiplayer combines a fluid momentum based movement system, player focused map
design, deep customization, and a brand new combat rig system to create an
intense gameplay experience where every second counts. Combat Rigs (Rigs) are
the ultimate combat systems. Each Rig is a cutting-edge, tactical combat suit
worn by the player and is built for totally different styles of play. Players
will also join one of four brand-new Mission Teams to unlock calling cards,
camos, emblems, and weapons unique to that team.
In Zombies, go back in time to fight the undead in a 1980s amusement park,
complete with a plethora of rides, an awesome arcade, and a funky, functioning
rollercoaster. Embrace previously beloved aspects of the mode like easter eggs,
power ups, and novel weapons while experiencing innovations like brand-new team
mechanics, the After Life Arcade, and Fate and Fortune Cards.
Another free weekend is underway
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate
Ninja STORM 4
, which is also on sale for more than the duration of the
event. The pitch on this game is almost shorter than its title:
latest opus in the acclaimed STORM series is taking you on a colourful and
breathtaking ride. Take advantage of the totally revamped battle system and
prepare to dive into the most epic fights you’ve ever seen in the NARUTO
SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM series!
Prepare for the most awaited STORM game ever created!
has word that Steep
owners may be able to see Russia from the new Alaska update
that's now free to owners of the winter sports game. Here's
and the scoop:
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The world of Steep just got a lot bigger, opening up the peaks of
Alaska’s Denali to explore freely – and for free. Steep owners who install the
latest title update on Xbox One, PS4, and PC can now access the Alaska map at no
cost, and dive in to explore its winter-sports playground on skis, snowboards,
wingsuits, and paragliders.
Alaska is huge, but there’s much more here than a new range of terrain to
explore. The Alaska update features 21 new challenges, two new invitationals, a
new Mountain Story, and new branded challenges every two weeks, so there’s
plenty to keep you busy as you carve across its pristine spinelines and immense
glaciers. There are even new Alaska-specific items and costumes for customizing
your athlete – and like in the Alps, you’ll be able to meet other players as you
explore, ensuring you’ll have a chance to show off your acquisitions.
You’ll also now be awarded XP for beating community challenges, which should
come in handy now that the level cap’s been raised from 25 to 30. The update
also comes with a host of bug fixes, so check the
official patch notes for a full list.
A new trailer
Mass Effect Andromeda
is part two of their official gameplay series. This week's
clip covers "Combat Profiles & Squads" following last
on "Combat Weapons & Skills." Here's the short description this
carries: "Welcome to the Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay series. In this video,
learn all about how to customize your character, progress your skills, and
command your squad. In Mass Effect: Andromeda, you are on a mission to find a
new home for humanity. How far will you go?" As a bonus, BioWare also offers
lovely actress Natalie Dormer talks about her role in the game playing Dr. Lexi
T’Perro. Continue here to read the full story
is now available in early access
, offering a
first-person virtual reality shooter set in the wild, wild west. You'd be
forgiven for expecting Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman to show
up in this, but this is not a tie-in (though everyone does vaguely resemble
Woody from Toy Story
offers a look at gameplay, and here's word on the game, which
requires an HTC Vive headset:
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Unforgiven is a VR multiplayer game for HTC
Vive that let you become a western duelist and face other player in a real
shooting duel where a split second can make the difference. The game lets you
search for fast duels with anyone or duel the IA in several rounds to decide who
wins and who losses. Thrive in the ruthless social world of Unforgiven and
become a true legend.
The game is available on Early Access on Steam. The development has been divided
in different stages grouping features, shaped by the community. From a dueling
system and 4 characters it will grow by adding permadeath, cosmetic items,
rewards on your head and a nickname system based on how you play. Will you be
“Dirty Sullivan” or “Fast Sullivan” or maybe “Deadly Sullivan”?
The game is released at $4,99 and it will raise with every stage to
Twitch announces they are gifting The Banner Saga
1 and 2 to Twitch Prime
members, and donating money to the development of The Banner Saga 3
those who play the first two games in the tactical RPG series. They say the
games will be available for a limited time, and do not specify whether they will
remain yours to keep after the specified period. Here's word:
publisher Versus Evil today announced a promotion with Twitch Prime, which gives
Twitch Prime members the chance to download and play both The Banner Saga and
Banner Saga 2 for a limited time for FREE. The Banner Saga will be available to
download between 23-28 February, while Banner Saga 2 will be available between
Twitch Prime will also donate $1 towards the development of Banner Saga 3,
developed by Indie developer Stoic games and published by Versus Evil (up to a
maximum of $200,000) for every person who downloads and plays either game
through the Twitch Launcher between 23rd February and 6th March.
"Working with the Twitch Prime team has been amazing," said Steve Escalante,
General Manager of Versus Evil. "They are clearly fans of the Banner Saga, which
has helped us craft a great value for fans. Their commitment to the Twitch
community and their commitment to support indie development with this offer is
Twitch Prime members who download the games during this promotional window will
also get exclusive content for Banner Saga 3, which is currently under
development. Stoic launched a Kickstarter for Banner Saga 3, the final chapter
in the planned trilogy, on 24th January. Funds raised will be used to help make
the conclusion to this epic saga even better. The campaign, which funded in just
a few days, will end on 7th March.
Valve announces the launch of
The Steam Audio SDK
a free beta. In spite of the name, this does not actually operate through
. Here's word:
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Steam Audio SDK is available now via a free Beta.
Steam Audio is the product of many years of academic and industry research and
development, and is designed to enhance all interactive products, specifically
VR applications. It is the next generation of the Phonon spatial audio tools
previously developed by Impulsonic, which is now part of Valve.
The Steam Audio SDK is available free of charge, without any royalty
requirements. Supporting multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android),
Steam Audio is not restricted to any particular VR device or to Steam.
Visit the Steam Audio Community Hub to
hear examples of what's possible with this technology.
The Steam Audio SDK currently supports the Unity engine and includes a C API for
integration into other game engines and audio middleware.
testing of Ghost Recon Wildlands
is now underway. This will run through
Monday, offering the chance to get your virtual boots on the ground in the
latest installment in the Tom Clancy shooter series. Here's word from
last week's announcement
of the plan:
Running through February 27,
this Open Beta features all of the same content found in the Closed Beta and
more, including an additional province to explore called Montuyoc. Set in the
Bolivian Altiplano region, this province contains heavily defended strongholds
where the Santa Blanca trains some of its toughest soldiers.
Learning how to use all of the tools in your arsenal is key for taking on the
Santa Blanca. First and foremost, use your fellow Ghosts. Whether you’re playing
in co-op with up to three other players or going solo with cooperative AI, the
other Ghosts can provide valuable distractions and cover fire when things start
to heat up. And don’t forget transportation – jeeps, helicopters, APCs, and a
large assortment of other vehicles can all become part of your strategy when
infiltrating a Santa Blanca base (or escaping from it). Your environment can
also be used to your advantage in Ghost Recon Wildlands. Itacua is a lush region
with plenty of vegetation to hide you from enemy view when scouting for enemies.
Meanwhile, the cover of night or a strong storm may be what keeps you from being
spotted around Montuyoc’s lakes and sparse terrain.
As a special bonus, if you participated in the closed beta or the open beta –
and start up the retail version of Ghost Recon Wildlands before March 31 on the
same Ubisoft account – you’ll also gain access to the special “Unidad
Conspiracy” reward, which includes three exclusive missions that features a
brewing conflict between the local Unidad military and the Santa Blanca.
Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Gaming Minds Studios have busted out the
thesaurus to announce Railway Empire
, a new tycoon game centered on
railroads starting in the early days of rail transport. The game is scheduled to
pull into the station by the end of this year, and they plan on further showing
it off at GDC next week. In the meantime they offer
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In Railway Empire, you will create an elaborate and
wide-ranging rail network, purchase over 40 different trains modelled in
extraordinary detail, and buy or build railway stations, maintenance buildings,
factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the
competition. You’ll also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to
ensure an efficient train service, whilst also develop over 300 technologies
ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace
infrastructures and advanced amenities as you progress through five eras of
However, you can’t just build and research your way to the top – the competition
never sleeps, and to keep your business on track you’ll have to survive against
up to three rival tycoons. To get to the top you may have to resort to more
cutthroat tactics as you attack and sabotage your opponents through raids and
Features of Railway Empire
- Exploit the economic opportunities of the United
States in an extensive campaign, working your way step by step from coast to
coast across this great continent.
- Lead your Railway Empire to success by
establishing a comprehensive rail network and optimizing transportation of
passengers and goods.
- Master challenges and objectives through a range
of scenarios, or create your perfect railway network in construction mode
without any financial pressure.
- Over 40 historically accurate locomotives and more
than 30 different wagons can be acquired over the course of the game, and
must be put to use in the best way in order to take advantage of their
strengths and weaknesses.
- Invest in over 300 new technologies across five
different eras to progress and maximize the potential of your rail network.
- Compete with up to three rival companies, and even
sabotage their efforts with the use of bandits and spies.
Today is the NBA trade deadline. Anyone willing to part with a first-round
draft-pick for Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony? Oh well, no harm in asking.