will be a free-to-play game, id Software's Tim Willits
. They note there will also be a premium option, something that's
part of most F2P games. Here's word on the plan:
Both for-pay and
free-to-play players will share the same maps, and compete in the same brackets,
Willits said. The only difference will be how they access Champions other than
Players who buy the Champion Pack — the de-facto full-price version of the game
— will get Ranger and all the other Champions that the game launches with.
Everyone else will be able to pay the in-game currency, called favor, to play
other Champions for a finite period of time.
Paradox Interactive celebrates the second anniversary of the launch of
, promising free DLC for the urban planning game. They say
Colossal Order's game has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, and they
will soon offer all those owners a pack of buildings featuring Chinese
architecture. Here's more on the plan:
“From the first day Cities:
Skylines was released, it’s been breaking records,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of
Paradox Interactive. “The game had our biggest launch in history at the time,
selling 250.000 copies in its first 24 hours, and the community has only gotten
bigger and more devoted over the last two years. Cities: Skylines perfectly
showcases the kind of experiences we’re proud to support at Paradox: a game that
people are just as excited to play now as they were two years ago. Happy
birthday to Cities: Skylines, congratulations to Colossal Order, and my sincere
thanks to all our players. Please follow me on Chirper.”
“It’s fair to say that Cities: Skylines has changed all of our lives at Colossal
Order,” said Mariina Hallikainen, CEO of Colossal Order. “This is a game we had
all been working on and dreaming about creating for years. Seeing how many
people have rallied around it, and seeing the incredible community sharing their
cities and mods has been so rewarding and inspiring. On behalf of our entire
team, thank you so much to all of our players for your ongoing support!”
Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order will be releasing a new in-game building
pack as a free DLC to all players of Cities: Skylines. The pack, titled “Pearls
from the East,” will bring a splash of style to mayor-players’ cities with three
new buildings: a Panda Zoo, a Chinese Temple, and the Shanghai Pearl Tower, and
will be available soon.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
is not due for more than a week, but BioWare now
offers the official launch
for the new installment in the spacey action/RPG series. This
includes a brief blurb on the game: "You are on a mission to find a new home for
humanity. Explore dangerous worlds, keep your crew alive, and unravel the
mysteries of Andromeda. The journey begins now. How far will you go?" Continue here to read the full story
Here's the PAX East
, offering a look at this co-op action/RPG in the works at
Phoenix Labs. The accompanying word explains the clip and mentions plans for
beta testing this year: "To celebrate the kick-off of PAX East today, Phoenix
Labs has released a new trailer for their upcoming co-op action RPG, Dauntless.
Featuring intense combat and hundreds of craftable items, players must work
together to protect their world by defeating ferocious Behemoths. The trailer
offers a glimpse at Pangar and Shrike, just two of the unique Behemoths players
will hunt once the game enters beta later this year." Continue here to read the full story
access to Streets of Rogue
, a Roguelike action/adventure for Windows,
Linux, and OS X. This carries a 10% launch discount, but is also free-to-play
for the weekend to offer a sample. Here's word on the game:
Rogue is a rogue-lite about player choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. The game
takes inspiration from fast-paced top-down rogue-lites like Binding of Isaac and
Nuclear Throne, and adds free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay
elements of RPGs like Deus Ex.
Rather than taking place in a dungeon, the game is set in a functioning,
procedurally generated city, where complex AI informs denizens from all walks of
life, who are just trying to get by in their daily activities.
NEXT JUMP- Shmup Tactics -- Steam Greenlight. "What would happen if the
pillars of the "shmup" genre were translated into a "Tactics and Strategy"
game? NEXT JUMP is a love letter to shmup's [Shoot 'em up or space
shooters], read in a slightly different manner: In turn-based battles! Do
space jumps and chase the vicious Dragons who stole all the stock of
Beverage from the Galaxy and now are running away!"
- Invisible, Inc. on
Steam. Save 70%.
- Six Sides of the World on
IndieGameStand. Today's pay what you want indie game deal.
- Slitherine Weekend Deal on
Save up to 75%.
- FlatOut 4: Total Insanity on
PlayStation Blog. Welcome to the unfriendly wilderness.
- Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade on
the Stardock Website. Crusade diary 5: Spies & Saboteurs.
Link of the Day:
Alien: Covenant - Meet Walter
. Thanks RedEye9.
Lionsgate announces Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days
, an action/shooter based on the
classic crime drama coming to PCs this spring and Xbox One sometime thereafter.
This is a slow-burn take on a movie adaptation, coming on the film's 25th
anniversary, in contrast with many tie-in rush-jobs. The
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days website
is live, offering this reveal trailer
with a look. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier
next-generation global content leader, in partnership with independent video
game publisher Big Star Games, has announced the upcoming release of the
action-packed shooter Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days. Celebrating the 25th
anniversary of the cult-favorite film from Lionsgate’s vast film and television
library, Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days combines all the drama and tension of the
movie with a unique “Time Back” gameplay mechanic. The game is expected to
launch worldwide later this year, first on Steam (PC), followed by an Xbox One
Adding a new level of strategy to the action-shooter genre, players will be able
to rewind time to control each and every tactical move and splattering shot for
all members of the team. Every time the clock is turned back the outcome of the
heist hangs in the balance as each Reservoir Dog plays their role in finishing
the job and completing the bloody escape.
“As huge fans of Reservoir Dogs, we’re very focused on creating a highly
addictive experience that stays true to the tense, dramatic vibe of this
unforgettable movie,” said Liam Patton, CEO, Big Star Games. “By taking control
of different characters for overlapping bursts of time, players must utilize the
strengths of each squad member to carry out the game’s missions, with every move
and shot creating a butterfly effect on the overall outcome.”
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days lets players take on the role of memorable
characters Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White
as they embark on several heists based on the movie. Using “Time Back” combat,
players will need to rob, shoot and provide cover fire with the iconic cast of
characters as they approach each of the fast-paced, bombastic action scenes and
navigate the game’s dramatic twists.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days will let action-shooter fans experience:
- Unique time-bending action: Employ a highly
addictive strategic approach in tension-filled robberies and shootouts,
controlling each character for overlapping bursts of time;
- Six Infamous Movie Characters: Control Mr. Blonde,
Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White in a series of
- Heists and surprises based on the film: Experience
adrenaline-filled heists with the Reservoir Dogs crew.
A new launch trailer
from Styx: Shards of Darkness
paves the way for the stealthy assassination
sequel to sneak out next week. The game is due on Tuesday for Windows and
consoles, and there is still time between now and then to
for some bonus content.
Here's word on the game:
Continue here to read the full story
Styx’s latest adventure sees him making an
unexpected deal with a mysterious human officer named Helledryn – and she’s got
a job with far higher stakes than anything he’s tackled before. He must steal an
ambassador’s scepter, which has attracted the interest of several nefarious (and
goblin-hating) parties. As a reward for completing this dangerous mission, he’s
promised a mountain of magical Amber, the source of Styx’s power and a substance
he’s hopelessly addicted to. Of course, it’s not long until our green-skinned
thief is stuck in a web of intrigue and assassination!
Master the verticality and non-linearity of Styx: Shards of Darkness’ open
environments with an array of tools and abilities. Struggling to bypass a
heavily guarded entrance? Scout the path ahead using your amber vision, distract
the guards with a controllable goblin clone, then emerge from temporary
invisibility to stab them in the back! Styx will always have a wide range of
dastardly creative methods for completing his objectives – and if you join a
friend in the drop-in coop, you’ll discover even more ways to unleash chaos!
Steam Blog announces
further changes coming to Steam user reviews. Valve
explains that they will no longer count scores submitted by users who did not
pay for their copies of the game in question. Here's the deal:
the process of making a couple more small changes to Steam Customer Review
system as we continue to fine-tune the relevance and accuracy of the overall
review score for each product.
In September, we made some adjustments to how the review score was calculated
for each product. You can read about those changes and the reasoning behind it
here. We're continuing with a few more changes in this direction to improve the
relevance of the score by better reflecting the sentiment expressed by invested,
With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store
pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no
longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a
gift, or during a free weekend. Reviews can still be written by customers that
obtained the game in any of these ways, but the review will not count toward the
overall review score.
We started rolling out this change earlier this week, and it will take a few
more days for our system to completely update all reviews and re-calculate the
scores. In the meantime, you may see the review score on a game change a couple
of times depending on how many reviews come from the sources mentioned above.
This change only affects games that are listed for sale on Steam. For free or
free-to-play games, reviews by all users will continue to count toward their
Dead Exit -- Steam Greenlight. "Dead Exit is a zombie apocalypse based
card game where each player manages a base and tries to out maneuver their
opponents and survive the evacuation of a city. Manage your base. Make
alliances.Break alliances. Betray sworn allies at the worst possible time
and leave them to get eaten by the hordes. It's up to you how you play it,
just make sure you get out of the city with enough resources to survive!"
Here's a trailer.
We're getting some snow as predicted today. This seems wacky, since the
temperatures hung around the 60s all week, but there it is. At least the warm
ground and barely freezing temperatures are teaming up on the snow, and so far
it isn't sticking, so hopefully cleaning up will be easy enough. And yes, it's
just over five weeks since Groundhog Day, so it seems the little rodent's
pessimistic prediction of six more weeks of winter turns out to be pretty
accurate. Little rat.
Also, happy 77th birthday to Chuck Norris, the unofficial bouncer of the entire
internet. And happy belated 24th birthday
to Adam Jensen