Minecraft developer Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson and Jakob Porser have announced a new game at GDC 2011 called Scrolls, a digital collectible card game/board game. The game is being created with story help from Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins, and art by "demaker" Jnkboy as well.
Ironclad and Stardock Studios have announced a new standalone expansion, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, which will introduce two factions: the Rebels and the Loyalists, each of which will have their own art style.
2K Games has announced DLC for Civilization V and that they both release this week. A new map pack is revealed as well as an all-new civilization to play.
We get to play as the "Polynesian kingdoms" with new tech and social policies to explore, including the Maori Warrior and the Moai. The map pack is free.
The latest 1.30 patch for Starcraft II has been released, and is being met with anger from fans, as it nerfs all three races. Some of the lowlights pointed out is an increase in stimpack research time, the removal of the High Templar Khaydarin Amulet upgrade, and a decrease in Infestor Fungal Growth stun duration, to name a few.
Paradox Interactive has let us know that they've issued some new content for Magicka, including the latest patch, #11 (version 220.127.116.11), some free downloadable content, and a song.
Paradox Interactive has let us know the public transportation strategy simulator, Cities in Motion, is now on store shelves.
Developer bitComposer Games and Koch Media have announced Wildlife Park 3 for PC is releasing this April 8th. It features a twenty-mission campaign.
It's also got 25 different land and water species and a "comprehensive lexicon" to go with them. Animal behaviour and movement is "meticulously reproduced".
Electronic Arts has announced that the Command & Conquer IP is now in the hands of newly formed developer Victory Games. The new studio is reportedly headed by Jon Van Canegham, who managed the Command & Conquer brand for EA Los Angeles and previously created the classic Might & Magic roleplaying games.
In a shocking turn of events, Microsoft has announced that Robot Entertainment, the group formed of ex-Ensemble Studio employees, is no longer developing Age of Empires Online. Gas Powered Games, led by Chris Taylor and best known for the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander series, will be taking over on the MMORTS.
Robot Entertainment has announced their first original IP, Orcs Must Die!, a hectic blend of action and strategy in which the player must defend a fortress from a horde of invading orcs.
In a case of 'accidental websiting' by publisher EA, a brand new internal studio called Victory Games is announced and they'll be handling all strategy games.
A little more was spilled online before the new EA site got pulled - a brand new Command & Conquer is being developed for PC; reveals "later in the year."
The second developer "webisode" for The Sims Medieval has been released, showing off the art and sound design, which serves to give the game its own unique style.
StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder isn't sure if the Battle.net Marketplace will see the light of day as he admits that Blizzard are "struggling"
with it. "As you can imagine there is an immense number of challenges for us to overcome,"
he told Eurogamer
. "We're trying to deal with those issues. I don't know how we're going to solve some of the player rights issues. How do players protect their own maps so they don't get ripped off by other players? What are the rules of how much you're allowed to charge? There's just a ton of work for us to figure out. "
Jonathan Blow, developer of Braid, has some serious issues with social networking games like Farmville and Mob Wars. He thinks these "social" games are fairly anti-social, and in the end - "evil".
George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is being adapted by Cyanide Studios as a real-time strategy game for PC with its author shaping the campaign.
It lets us experience the books greatest historical moments and battles. We can use the military, economics or dirty politics to defeat enemies. It's PC only.
Blizzard has announced a new patch for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, officially version 1.2.1.
Sega has announced that the demo for Total War: Shogun 2 will be available on Steam next week on February 22. The game itself launches on March 15.
Danny Bilson, THQ's Core Games VP, has revealed via Twitter that a new RTS game from Relic Entertainment will be announced in August. "The big announce for the next Relic RTS should come in August...that's the plan."
said Bilson on his Twitter
Ensemble Studios founder Bruce Shelley stated that he felt Age of Empires III was a "huge mistake", and that they deviated too far from what made the first two games classics.
Portal 2 wants you to give the love of your life the best Valentine's Day gift of all - Portal 2. The couple that makes portals together, stays together.