News

Find news for individual games or companies. Pause between typing for auto-suggestion.

Not many turn-based strategy titles, most "made badly" says Card

Posted: 28.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 3
 
Orson Scott Card has said how there aren't enough turn-based strategy games out, and he doesn't want to get locked into "endless battles." He would rather create than just war.

Card nods to Sid Meier as "the only guy" who does turn-based "reliably." More should learn lessons from the "way he does it." Others "emphasize the tedium", but not Civilization.

Digital sales for UK PC retail welcomed by Chart Track, starts 2010

Posted: 28.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 0
 
Dorian Bloch of Chart Track will open the floodgates to digital PC sales in the UK. That means from next year, all digital sales will be tabulated and included with retail figures.

The announcement was made yesterday at the London Games Conference. With digital sales included the PC market will "stop contracting" and show growth once more. Hooray!

Importers delight as Japan's PS3 Bayonetta in English, region-free

Posted: 28.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 0
 
Gamers who just really can't wait for the official western release of Bayonetta on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 don't have to wait, at least if you own the former console.

It's been confirmed that Japan's Bayonetta on the Sony platform is entirely in English, except for the game manual. The PS3 release is also region free so there's not much fuss in getting it.

Gearbox says "internal mix-up" cause of Aussie Borderlands censor

Posted: 28.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 0
 
The Steam version of Gearbox Software's colourful Borderlands, the one with all those guns in it, wasn't intentionally edited for censorship at all. It's all just a pre-load mistake.

For gamers Down Under, the pre-loading period for Borderlands was giving them an "incorrect version" to download. It's been replaced now, and so 2K asks you delete and re-download.

EA announces first DLC for Brutal Legend

Posted: 28.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 0
 
EA has announced that the first downloadable content for Brutal Legend will be released in November for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Tears of the Hextadon will be available on 3rd November for 400 Microsoft Points and 5th November on the PlayStation Network for free until 19th November, it will cost £3.99 after this date.

ASDA admits to selling key video games below cost price

Posted: 28.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 0
 
UK supermarket chain ASDA has admitted to selling key video game releases at a low price in order to offer "good value for money" to its customers.

This is in response to a claim from earlier in the month when Chips MD Don McCabe accused supermarkets of "bully boy pricing" after seeing them reduce the cost of FIFA 10 by more than 50 per cent of its RRP.

Left 4 Dead 2 Demo launches today

Posted: 28.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 0
 
Valve has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version of the Left 4 Dead 2 demo is now available for those who pre-ordered.

The PC demo has been slightly delayed, but it will be released later today.

Microsoft removes Sky Player due to technical issues

Posted: 27.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 2
 
Microsoft has confirmed that there are issues currently plaguing the launch of the Sky player service on Xbox Live, and has since removed the service, but hopes to relaunch it sometime tomorrow.

Funcom launches free Nights of Lost Souls update for Age of Conan

Posted: 27.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 1
 
Funcom has announced the launch of a new free update for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

The update 5.6 is named "Nights of Lost Souls" and introduces new in-game seasonal content, new quests and rewards, a new high-level dungeon and the Veteran Points system.

Gravity Bear will issue their first official news "in a few days" time

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 1
 
It's still going on, aftershocks of Flagship Studios' fall. Phil Shenk, co-founder of Flagship and Diablo 2 art director, formed the new Gravity Bear studio, and was eerily silent.

That is until now. Shenk also enlisted senior engineer Kevin Klemmick from Hellgate: London to join his space bear outfit. Their first official announcement is due "in a few days."

Rumour-mill: Roger Daltrey talks The Who Rock Band "next year"

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 1
 
Lead singer for The Who, Roger Daltrey, has revealed that EA apparently has designs for the long-time group and Rock Band to team up, possibly in the form of a special edition.

The singer told The Republican, that they're "going to be doing a Who one next year." It's unclear if he means a full The Beatles Rock Band treatment. It could be something else entirely.

Insomniac: PS3 "finally hitting" prime, not "maxed out" for 2-3 years

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 1
 
James Stevenson of Insomniac Games, developer of Resistance and much more, has said the PlayStation 3 has "a very high ceiling", with it still feeling "like a young system".

The platform is "finally hitting its prime," with lower price and sales picking up. We won't "see the PS3 really maxed" at least for a couple more years. Can always be "more efficient".

Programmer for "full-body motion tracking" wanted by Braid team

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 2
 
Number None, who brought the world Braid, is looking for a new member for their indie A-Team to handle "very interesting work" that involves "full-body" motion tracking tech.

This is most assuredly Project Natal. The applicant must have "substantial" experience with 3D game development says Number None. They're working on 'The Witness', using motion.

Gearbox and Rebellion's Aliens projects rival, "in a healthy sense"

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 8
 
David Brickley of developer Rebellion, the studio behind upcoming Aliens Vs Predator, has admitted there is a rivalry between them and Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox.

They "all want to produce" the best possible game, and you've got to "keep pace" with others. There's been some "gentle ribbing" at trade shows, and "drunken ideas" exchanged.

CD Projekt closes down Metropolis dev, shooter They is "on hold"

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 2
 
According to industry persons, the subsidiary developer Metropolis Software has been closed down by owner CD Projekt prior to the finalization of the Optimus buyout deal.

Metropolis was purchased in February '08, and downsized earlier this year. Now it's closed down with its shooter project, They, put "on hold" with no resurrection prospects, for now.

Rumour-mill: Amazon UK shows Interplay classics re-releasing soon

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 2
 
Retailer Amazon has its UK website showing some interesting wares, for this week no less, that Interplay is re-releasing a tide of old RPG gems in single and bundle form.

Oldies like Plane Scape Torment, Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 and Icewind Dale have been listed, with the new PEGI ratings. They're scheduled for release October 30th, with full XP and Vista support.

Assassin's Creed II Lineage part one is live

Posted: 27.10.2009 by JamieSI

Comments: 1
 
Ubisoft has published the first part of its Assassin's Creed II Lineage series, with the first showing being 14 minutes long.

Developed by Ubisoft's Hybride Technologies, the visual effects studio behind 300 and Sin City, Assassin's Creed: Lineage combines live action and computer generated imagery (CGI) to explore the events that happen just before the Assassin's Creed II game starts. The short films revolve around Ezio's father, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, and give insight on the game's back story and universe.

Telltale is working on something that will "blow everybody's mind"

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 4
 
Developer Telltale Games, who've risen to prominence thanks to their resurrection of classic franchises in episodic form, have got something in the works that's 'mind blowing'.

Unfortunately we won't be told what it is, at least not yet. The studio is busy "out in the streets," chatting with folks about franchises. So far they've brought back two LucasArts classics.

Sky Player is a go on Xbox Live, airing 24 channels to subscribers

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 0
 
It's finally here but Microsoft can't breathe a sigh of relief yet, having secured yet another source of subscriber revenue, because the Sky Player is experiencing some outage.

In fact it's crashing quite a bit according to user reports. It doesn't stream channels in HD sadly, and that's because Britain's broadband is "simply not good enough" says Sky.

Futuremark's Shattered Horizons detailed, PC DirectX 10 exclusive

Posted: 27.10.2009 by Technet2k

Comments: 0
 
The first-person multiplayer shooter Shattered Horizons will be retailing digitally via Steam and the official game site November 4th. It's a zero-G space blast-athon, with DLC plans.

This is Futuremark's first ever game, and they're exclusively launching on PC with support only for DirectX 10 graphics. Shattered Horizons also has dedicated servers, with source code.