Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate
leads to suffering, and suffering hurts stock prices. At least that's the take
this CNBC article
, which correlates the beating EA's share price continues
to suffer to the controversy over progression and loot boxes in Star Wars
. Word is:
Electronic Arts' shareholders are running
for the hills this month and for good reason.
The company's profitable business model is now at risk after angry gamers
revolted over its aggressive in-game moneymaking strategy in "Star Wars
EA's stock is down 8.5 percent month to date through Tuesday compared with the
S&P 500's 2 percent gain, wiping out $3.1 billion of shareholder value. Its
competitors Take-Two and Activision Blizzard shares are up 5 percent and 0.7
percent respectively during the same time period.
Take-Two Interactive announces Sid Meyer's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
"huge" new expansion coming to Firaxis' turn-based strategy sequel on February
8, 2018 (thanks Fydar). This adds a new underlying game mechanic which inspires add-on's title,
where a civilization can entire a golden age or a dark age. This will add new
storytelling elements called Historic Moments, which highlight turning points.
Word is, "These events happen every time you play, making playthroughs unique,
while also giving them meaning in the mechanics." Here's
accompanying the news, and here is a features list from
a shorter press release
Continue here to read the full story
Key features for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
- GREAT AGES: As your civilization ebbs and
flows, and you reach milestone Historic Moments, you will experience Dark
Ages or Golden Ages, each providing specific challenges or bonuses based on
your actions in-game. Rise triumphantly from a Dark Age, and your next
Golden Age will be even stronger – a Heroic Age.
- LOYALTY: Cities now have individual Loyalty
to your leadership – let it fall too low, and face the consequences of low
yields, revolts, and the potential to lose your city to another
civilization, or its own independence. But one civilization’s loss can be
your gain as you inspire Loyalty among cities throughout the map and further
expand your borders.
- GOVERNORS: Recruit, appoint, and upgrade
powerful characters with unique specialization bonuses and promotion trees
to customize your cities, and reinforce Loyalty.
- ENHANCED ALLIANCES: An enhanced alliances
system allows players to form different types of alliances and build bonuses
EMERGENCIES: When a civilization grows too powerful, other civilizations can
join a pact against the threatening civilization and earn rewards, or
penalties, when the Emergency ends.
- TIMELINE: Review your civilization’s
history at any time with the new Timeline feature, a visual journey through
the Historic Moments that you encountered on your path to victory.
- NEW LEADERS AND CIVS: Nine leaders and
eight new civilizations are introduced. Each brings unique bonuses and
gameplay, as well as a total of eight unique units, two unique buildings,
four unique improvements, and two unique districts.
- NEW GLOBAL CONTENT: Eight new world
wonders, seven natural wonders, four new units, two new tile improvements,
two new districts, fourteen new buildings, and three new resources have been
- IMPROVED GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS: The Government
system has been enhanced with new Policies and additional improvements have
been made to existing systems.
KING Art Games and THQ Nordic announce the release of Black Mirror
macOS, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This is unrelated to the British
television anthology series, rather it's a remake of the horror game of the same
name first released in 2003. The PC editions are available on
how they've updated the game, and here's word on its similarities and
differences compared to the original:
Continue here to read the full story
Like in the original graphic
adventure trilogy, the Gothic Horror genre and its unique atmosphere of madness
and psychological distress remains at the heart of Black Mirror.
The point-and-click gameplay of the original trilogy served as the basis for the
re-imagined gameplay, which focuses on close-up investigation and interaction
with nightmarish visions that plague the protagonist of the game David Gordon.
- A modern re-imagining of the acclaimed
gothic-horror adventure series
- Interactions with vision-like apparitions which
help you learn more about your family's past
- Eerie atmosphere focusing on the horrors of the
mind, in the style of EA Poe and HP Lovecraft
- High quality voice acting from a compelling
Steam News announces
release of another remake, as
STAR OCEAN - THE LAST HOPE -
4K & Full HD Remaster
is now available for Windows, carrying a 10%
launch discount. The original action/RPG is now old enough to drink while the
original Last Hope came out in 2009. Here's how it's been updated:
the creative minds of Square Enix and tri-Ace, STAR OCEAN - THE LAST HOPE takes
place at the very beginning of the Star Ocean series.
This action-packed RPG takes players on the epic journey of mankind’s last
stand, with exploration and battle across some of the most mysterious, dangerous
and fantastical worlds of the universe.
Earth has been decimated by World War III and now humanity must turn to the
stars in search of a new home. Explore the galaxy on your quest, make allies and
enemies among the alien races you encounter and uncover a danger so great that
it threatens all of creation.
- Spectacular New 4k and Full HD Visuals
- Exhilarating Real-time Battles
A universe of adventure and danger await in the great Star Ocean!
Daybreak Games announces the release of Planes of Prophecy
, the 14th expansion
for EverQuest II
, the MMORPG sequel.
a look, and the announcement has all the details:
Continue here to read the full story
EverQuest II: Planes of
Prophecy is a throwback to the classic EverQuest expansion, Planes of Power. In
the Planes of Prophecy expansion, players experience the wonders of the
celestial realms, where fates are decided, prophecies are fulfilled and
realities are remade. Venturing deep into these mystic lands, including the
Planes of Magic, Innovation and Disease, players will forge deific alliances and
harness primal powers to wage war against Lanys T'Vyl and her Tenets of Hate,
who seek to lay waste to Norrath and the pantheon.
The expansion features all-new dungeons for solo, heroic and raid players, as
well as an increase in the level cap and a new weapon type: soulbound weapons,
which gain experience and grow in power as they level up.
EverQuest II: Planes of Prophecy is available for purchase today beginning at
$34.99 for the Standard Edition, $89.99 for the Collector’s Edition, and $139.99
for the Premium Edition. Each edition features a variety of special bonuses, as
well as access to all previously released expansion content. Daybreak All Access
members will receive a 10% discount at checkout. For more information, visit
reveals the availability of a free playable demo for
, offering the chance to try on the camo and deer urine of a
virtual hunter (thanks Frans). Here's word on the release:
In this free
version, you’ll begin your adventure with three missions in which you will hunt
different prey in the wilderness of the Colorado plains, the Rocky Mountains and
the French Alps.
Just like in the full game, you’ll need to prepare your equipment beforehand and
adapt yourself to your environment in order to properly track down your prey.
Experience the thrill of the hunt now!
GamesIndustry.biz - Games could be hit hard by net neutrality's death.
Thanks RedEye9 via
"Studio Wildcard co-founder and co-creative director Jeremy Stieglitz
commented to me, "Anyone who cares about multiplayer online gaming should be
up in arms about the imminent demise of net neutrality in the USA. It's
completely destructive to the idea of fair and level competitive gameplay to
have throttled bandwidth depending on whether you are a small title or a
part of a big commercial enterprise.
If you enjoy online games like Rocket League, you need to fight for net
"Once the network carriers decide they can prioritize bandwidth to their own
offerings above anything else, independent games such as Ark are likely to
suffer. This performance degradation may not happen overnight, but it almost
surely will happen once the carriers decide to commercially exploit the
extreme power they will have been given. Gamers everywhere should try fight
this, to the extent that they can make their voices heard."
And it's not just about gamers. Game companies, especially startups, will
almost certainly be affected by all of this. If you're one of the smaller
companies in gaming, you have no chance to compete with juggernauts like
Steam anymore because the playing field is no longer level. For example,
Steam might pay to be included in the ISP's gaming package, get that fast
lane, but then up-and-coming download portals could see their speeds
throttled. It's just not a fair fight, and it's bad news for a free
The promised free trial for Destiny 2
is now available, with the Windows
edition of the first-person shooter sequel offered through Blizzard's
Battle.net. This page
has the details, and here's the overview offered there:
DESTINY 2 TRIAL
- Campaign Mission on EDZ & Titan
- Adventure and Explore two full worlds
- PvP Multiplayer: Crucible Quickplay Playlist
- Character Progression: to Level 7
- Gameplay carries over to full game with purchase
- Clan Functionality
After indications early this year
series was going on hiatus, Square Enix refutes any perception
that the franchise is dead. In
an interview on GamesIndustry.biz
with Yosuke Matsuda, he explains that this
is a "very important franchise" and that they are already having internal
discussions on the next installment. Here's word, which notes that the Thief
series is likely affected by the same glut of projects at Eidos Montreal that
caused Deus Ex to go on the back burner:
Matsuda is also quick to quash
premature reports of Deus Ex's demise: "We have never said anything about
discontinuing that title but for some reason that's the rumour out on the
"What I can say is Eidos Montreal has always developed Deus Ex, and the issue is
we do not have limitless resources. We have several big titles that we work with
and that's partly a factor in what our line-up looks like. Of course, it would
be ideal if we could work on all of them all of the time, but the fact of the
matter is some titles have to wait their turn. The reason there isn't a Deus Ex
right now is just a product of our development line-up because there are other
titles we are working on."
He went on to add that Deus Ex is also a "very important franchise" for the
publisher, highlighting its unique position in Square Enix's portfolio as a
first-person title, and added: "We are already internally discussing and
exploring what we want do with the next instalment of it."
While Matsuda didn't address Thief specifically, the stealth series is also
developed at Eidos Montreal so is no doubt in the same position at Deus Ex. This
is in no small part because Eidos Montreal is one of several studios working on
Square Enix's multi-year, multi-game partnership with Marvel Studios.
Unity Technologies announces
the acquisition of Multiplay Ltd and its game
hosting business from GAME Digital for £19 million GBP (a bit over $25M USD).
This adds a new dimension to Unity's engine licensing business with back-end
support for multiplayer games. Here's word on the plan that quotes Unity boss
(and former EA CEO John Riccitiello:
Unity Technologies (https://unity3d.com/),
creator of the world’s most popular creation engine that reaches nearly three
billion devices worldwide, announced today that the company has entered into a
definitive acquisition agreement under which Unity Technologies has acquired
Multiplay Ltd and its game hosting business from GAME Digital plc (LON:GMD) for
£19M GBP. The events business and its associated IP’s will remain with GAME.
“The team at Multiplay have created scalable multiplayer technology that gives
all game creators, from indies to AAA studios, the ability to create performant
experiences that can serve hundreds of thousands of players at once,” said John
Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies. “We welcome the Multiplay team to the
“Multiplay is thrilled to be joining Unity for what will be an exciting new
chapter,” said Paul Manuel, Managing Director of Multiplay. “It’s a great fit
because like Unity, it’s in our core to solve hard problems so game developers
don’t have to. This deal will let us bring scalable AAA quality server
technology and infrastructure to a much wider audience.”
Multiplay serves today’s most popular games including Titanfall 2 (Respawn
Entertainment/Electronic Arts), Rocket League (indie developer Psyonix) and Rust
Tripwire Interactive now offers a Bushranger
content update for Rising
Storm 2: Vietnam
, adding Australian forces to the Vietnam War first-person
shooter. They celebrate the news by putting the game on sale
for half-off. This
has details on the Bushranger update along with screenshots, and
their announcement includes an outline of all that's new:
Interactive is excited to release the Bushranger Content Update, the first free
major content update for the award-winning tactical shooter Rising Storm
2: Vietnam, which debuted for PC via Steam earlier this year in May. The
Australians were a major player on the anti-Communist side of the war for 10
years, between 1962 and 1972, along with supporting elements from New Zealand.
Now playable in today’s update, the Australian forces come with new unique
customization options and specially recorded voice-over.
To celebrate this milestone, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is featured
on Steam’s Midweek Madness sale for 50% off! This sale is live and will end on
Dec. 1st at 10 a.m. PST.
The Bushranger Content Update for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam
- New Weapons
- L1A1 SLR – The backbone of the Australian
Army’s arsenal, this 7.62 NATO semi-automatic is available for the grunt
- L2A1 LMG – Machine gunners will be able to
choose this fully automatic version of the L1A1, with an added bipod and
fire selector for precision aiming
- Owens SMG – First brought into service during
World War II, the gravity-assisted 9mm machine carbine was still used by
troops during Vietnam
- F1 SMG – Similar to the British Sterling, this
9mm submachine gun comes with semi and full automatic fire modes and a
- Browning Hi-Power Pistol – Semi-automatic 9mm
sidearm sporting a 13-round magazine
- New Maps
- Long Tan – NLF forces will be tasked with
attacking a defensive position set in a rubber plantation on a dark and
- Rung Sac – Battle in the Vietnamese
marshlands, culminating with a last stand in an old Indochina-era
- Operation Forrest – A large-scale map taking
place across swamps and farmland, this map features the games longest
engagement distances to-date
- New Commander Ability
- The Canberra Bomber – Australian Forces
commanders can now call in English Electric Canberra bombers to carpet
bomb an area along a set path. New UI features have been added to help
commanders direct the trajectory of this ability as well as the existing
Napalm Strike ability
- New Vehicle
- Huey ‘Bushranger’ Attack Helicopter – Complete
with folding-fin aerial rockets (FFAR) and adjustable miniguns for the
pilot and co-pilot, and dual mounted M60 door guns for passengers
- Bug fixes and improvements in response to
Happy Giving Tuesday
, an occasion I
daresay rates more attention than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.
has word on the possibility of a sequel to Master and
Commander: The Far Side of the World
, just 14 years after the release of the
age of sail movie. I found the original to be a terrific epic tale, and always
thought its worthiness of a sequel was a no-brainer, but I'd long ago given up
any hope that one would happen. This possibility was raised in a
, and he suggest that the chances this will happen could be
enhanced by tweeting 20th Century
which may be enough for me to start a persona Twitter account just to
throw my support behind this.
Pelham's Anthony Senerchia, inspired Ice Bucket Challenge, dead at 46