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Oddworld creator "never saw a royalty check" despite his game selling 5 million copies

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Oddworld franchise creator Lorne Lanning has claimed that despite his company Oddworld Inhabitants selling over 5 million retail copies of games in the popular series, they missed out on millions of dollars due to unpaid cheques.

Speaking to Metro, Lanning said, "I sold over 5 million games at retail and I never saw one royalty cheque. Now if you go around and ask the rest of the developers who say, ‘Oh, we sold a million units!' Ask them how many royalty cheques they've had and it'll be, ‘Oh, well that's a sore spot'."

Action RPG Lords of the Fallen coming October 31

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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CI Games has announced that action RPG dungeon-crawler Lords of the Fallen is coming to PC and current-gen consoles this October 31.

It's way too obvious to describe the game as a bit like Dark Souls. But really, it's a bit like Dark Souls.

Call of Duty: Avanced Warfare audio dev diary promises weighty guns and meticulously recorded explosions

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games has posted a new dev diary video studying the futuristic shooter's sound design.

Audio director Don Veca says the team have been hard at work creating meaty, satisfying gun sounds and making each and every explosion sound unique. Which is impressive, considering there will probably be a lot of explosions.

Cliff Bleszinski's new game Blue Streak is a free-to-play shooter

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Gears of War and Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski has revealed that his new studio Boss Key is working in partnership with Nexon America to develop a new free-to-play shooter, codenamed Blue Streak.

Nexon has actually acquired a minority stake in Boss Key, as well as publishing and marketing rights to the new shooter.

Battlefield 4 expansion Dragon's Teeth coming to Premium members July 15

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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EA has announced that Dragon's Teeth, the fourth expansion for DICE's Battlefield 4, will be coming to Premium members on July 15.

They've also given a brief description for each of the new four new maps. Bring on the Levelluting. Levelizing? Levolutoring?... ah, Levolution.

Gearbox and 2K announce new first-person MOBA Battleborn

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Borderlands developer Gearbox Software has got a new IP in the works and surprise, suprise, it's a MOBA. Shocking, I know. There's hardly any of them about these days. It's called Battleborn, and Gearbox describe it as a “hero shooter”.

Battleborn has the typical 5v5 arena battles you'd expect from the genre, but it's also first-person and apparently contains a co-operative campaign, so maybe Gearbox will bring something a bit different to the MOBA party.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Q&A talks companions, combat and hugging

Posted: 09.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Bioware recently did a Q&A session for Raptr regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition, and the key snippets of information revealed have been gathered by a helpful Tumblr user.

As well as some interesting facts about combat, character creation and followers, there's the earth-shattering news that you'll be able to "hug some of your companions". Astonishing.

Co-op shooter Hazard Ops' open beta coming in July

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Infernum and Yinge Pei Games have announced the start date for the open beta of their third-person shooter Hazard Ops.

It's kicking off on July 16, and its bringing new battlefield Skull Island and a new King of the Hill game mode with it.

Dwarf Fortress gets first game update in two years

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Dwarf Fortress received its first update in two years yesterday. Update 0.40.01 adds a variety of different features and fixes, including the ability to retire/unretire your fortresses.

"Losing is still fun but if it doesn't happen when you want, you can put it off for a while," says the game's creator Tarn Adams.

Full version of King's Bounty: Dark Side coming to Steam in August

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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1C Company has announced an August 14 release date for King's Bounty: Dark Side, the spin-off to its popular turn-based fantasy series which lets you play as the poor, persecuted evil guys for once.

Specifically, you can be an orc warlord, a vampire count or a demoness in impractically skimpy armour. Naturally.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn gets major new Defenders of Eorzea update

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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For players wondering why the servers went down last night, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was in the process of receiving a huge new update patch 2.3, titled Defenders of Eorzea.

You should be able to connect once more, and you'll find a bevy of new content waiting for you, including new dungeons, PVP zones, quests and more.

Standalone Half-Life 2 mod NeoTokyo finally released on Steam

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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You might not even remember this one. Standalone Half-Life 2 mod NeoTokyo was first released way back in 2008, but now the tactical cyberpunk shooter is available via Steam.

As it's a standalone mod you can download it for free, and you won't need to own any other Source Engine-powered games for it to work.

How to build your own house in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Remember that scene in Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader nips back to his Coruscant crib to chill out and neck a couple of beers? Or when Luke Skywalker invites everyone back to his apartment on Tatooine for a round of space-KerPlunk?

Now you, too, can recreate those iconic movie scenes with Star Wars: The Old Republic's upcoming player housing feature. In this blog post lead designer Jesse Sky talks us through how it all works.

Check out the Kraken's moves in this new Evolve video

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Co-op shooter Evolve's second announced monster, the Kraken, has a very different style from the in-your-face brutality of his buddy the Goliath.

As you can see for yourself in this new video courtesy of VG247, Mr. Kraken's interests include flying above the battlefield and melting people with concentrated lightning bursts.

The Sims 4 exec producer explains the game's missing swimming pools and toddlers

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Well that's one of the weirder headlines I've written recently. Fans of omnipotent overlord simulator The Sims were dismayed last week when it was announced that the series' fourth entry would feature neither swimming pools nor toddlers.

For as EA doth say, "Upon the fourth age thy Ikea cabinets ye shall have, thy exercise bikes and spiral bookcases also - but lo! Thy tiny crawling children between the ages of one and three hath been cast right out! And no swimming pools neither."

Ubisoft claim that DLC and Season Passes are now "pretty much accepted"

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Ubisoft's VP of digital publishing Chris Early has claimed that gamers no longer have a problem with DLC, and are happy to put down their money for Season Passes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry, Early said, "I think there are some models that are accepted now, DLC is pretty much accepted. Season pass is pretty much accepted."

Konami respond to PES 2015 microtransaction concerns

Posted: 08.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Konami has responded to the rather lukewarm reception of their recently announced plans for micro-transactions in Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, claiming that those who don't want to pay extra can enjoy the game regardless.

"Some people have more time, some people have more money. Some people have a bit of each! Either way, you'll have the choice," said Konami Europe's studio head James Cox in a recent interview with IGN.

Alien: Isolation on Oculus is a prototype says developer, "no full game" in development

Posted: 07.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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Creative Assembly's survival horror Alien: Isolation sounds like the perfect title for a virtual reality headset, so it's not too surprising that a recent Oculus demo for the game generated a lot of buzz.

Sadly the developers have posted on the game's official Twitter page to clarify that the version shown was a prototype, and that "there's no full game" in development for the Oculus.

League of Legends 'Intro Bots' will help new players learn the game

Posted: 07.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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League of Legends can be brutal to the newcomer. Quite apart from having your team screaming deaththreats at you down the headphones after every small mistake, there's so many little mechanical quirks and odd rules that it's not surprising a lot of people find the MOBA genre impenetrable.

Riot Games think they have a solution for getting new players involved. In a new developer blog the team discusses their 'Intro Bots', a new tier of co-op vs. AI matches that aims to teach key foundational skills.

Command & Conquer fans band together to resurrect series' multiplayer

Posted: 07.07.2014 by nickhorth1

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The latest game series to crawl from under the shattered monolith that was GameSpy is Command & Conquer.

Fans of the venerable RTS franchise have banded together to provide a new server for several titles in the series, in order to replace those shut down when the multiplayer service was discontinued.
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