The next character to step up for a profile in the DC Universe MOBA Infinite Crisis is "The Laughing Butcher", the special incarnation of The Joker from the Gotham by Gaslight graphic novel.
Focus Home date Wargame: AirLand Battle's release May 31st. They also tease the Dynamic Campaign at the heart of the strategy game, which is a follow-up to European Escalation.
Battle groups are dispatched via a theatre map, where you can jump in for real-time conflict. Units are "persistent all along the campaign" and yes, the campaign supports multiplayer.
SEGA has revealed a most pleasing statistic for Total War fans - proving the franchise is stronger than ever. Total War: Rome II is the "fastest" for pre-orders in the entire series history, easily besting Shogun 2.
In fact Rome II tallied "six times" the pre-orders its first official week than Shogun 2 managed. SEGA also boast of good pre-order levels for the "exclusive and highly-limited" Collector's Edition.
The Kickstarter crowdfunding drive
for Defense Grid 2
failed to meet the $1M stretch goal to debut the sequel; it made just enough for Hidden Path Entertainment to get some new content for the original Defense Grid
Arcen Games has announced that Skyward Sword will be hitting Steam and the developer's own site on the 23rd May. The game is an interesting 4x turn-based strategy game and god game hybrid.
Relic has announced the Red Star Edition of Company of Heroes 2, which among other bonuses will include the original Company of Heroes with both the Tales of Valor and Opposing Fronts expansions.
Indie developer Spry Fox has announced a new real-time puzzle game Road Not Taken, inspired by the famous Robert Frost poem of the same name.
Waystone Games, a splinter group formed from Visceral Games, has got its first title and it's called Dawngate. It turns out that it's a MOBA, and so will be EA's first dip of the toe into such waters.
It's built from scratch to "look and feel familiar" and so shouldn't freak out MOBA fans. From their wording it seems Dawngate will feature heavy customisation and an 'evolving story'?
Subterranean Games' Dungeon Keeper-styled War for the Overworld has finally achieved release of its Bedrock Beta for Kickstarter backers and for those who pre-order. The beta is a Steam-only launch.
The full game will also be releasing outside Steam with no DRM, but the beta uses Steamworks because it's "a far better environment" to test the game in. Bedrock Beta includes a sandbox map.
Tecmo Koei's 30-year-old Nobunaga's Ambition series is getting a new entry this year subtitled Creation, which will have fans crafting a new era during various historical periods of Japan.
They're going all out and will have a full 3D map with over 300 castles, which is their largest ever count. The dev team highlights three words: reality, dynamic and dramatic.
The number of fans buying the Interactive Compendium for DOTA 2's tournaments are growing fast, and the community have already unlocked two stretch goals. 25% of proceeds go into the International Prize Pool.
The digital tome is just $10 and is there to help fans navigate the tournament events. The next stretch goal is at $2m and rewards a custom HUD for all Compendium owners.
Blue Byte's Anno Online is now entering the open beta phase for English speaking gamers. The free-to-play strategy sim has been developed with features suited to a "persistent, web-based game."
Ubisoft announce the closed beta was a "great success due to the high stability" of Anno Online, with testers given a decorative gift in thanks. A premium ship is also offered if they keep testing.
Valve has announced that enough sales of their $10 International Interactive Compendium have been achieved that owners of the DOTA 2 digital tome will now receive new Smeevil courier mounts.
It's a digital tome designed to guide players through DOTA 2's tournaments, as well as letting them participate in related events. 25% of proceeds go into the prize pool.
Radiant Entertainment's Stonehearth, a sandbox strategy inspired by Zelda-style visuals, had cleared its Kickstarter goal of $120k early on but there are plenty of stretch goals now on offer with 15 days left.
Currently the pledge pile stands at just over $314k from almost 10k backers. Nine stretch goals have been unlocked, with co-op multiplayer promised at the $400k mark.
Gamers who loved the old The Incredible Machine games published by Sierra Online can rejoice as members of the former developer of the series are working on its spiritual successor, Contraption Maker.
A new mod has been released that brings the world of The Elder Scrolls into Crusader Kings II called Elder Kings.
One of the longest free-to-play games, FreeCiv, is now even more convenient to play, as it is now available as a browser-based HTML5 game.
A new developer diary series "Beyond the Battle" has been posted for the 2014 reboot Command & Conquer.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion will be getting some new downloadable content in the form of "Forbidden Worlds" on the 5th June. The new DLC will add new planet types, planet specialization, technologies, planetary bonuses and achievements for $4.99 USD.
Ave, citizen of Rome. SEGA has announced September 3rd as the glorious moment those legions burst forth from Roma and march North, South, East and, well okay, West as well - but will you march in style?
A Collector's Edition has been detailed, with each CE copy being "laser-etched" in Roman numerals. You also get a Tabula set, Tesserae Dice, Total War Cards and more.