Bioware has issued a statement that will disappoint fans of Commander Shepard: there will be no info about the next Mass Effect game until 2014.
The results are in with turn-based combat scraping together more votes than real-time (pausable or otherwise), and so inXile Entertainment is going ahead with their preferred choice.
In truth turn-based only bested real-time by a single percentile; 48 to 47. The team calculated that nearly 20% of backers voted, double their expectations. End Turn.
For The Witcher 3 fans, their cups runneth over, as not one but two gameplay trailers debuted for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will be released in 2014 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Morroblivion, a group of fan modders have been working on a mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim called "Skywind", which completely recreates the third game of the series, Morrowind.
After returning to the Steam registry yesterday
, Square Enix has officially released Final Fantasy VIII
on Steam, optimized for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
D3 has announced that its Marvel-licensed version of Puzzle Quest is now available on Steam. Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign is free-to-play, and supported by macrotransactions.
Indie developer Allgraf today has their sci-fi sandbox title Darkout release on Steam. Players find themselves stranded on a planet, which is procedurally generated, and must build, research and defend.
It mixes "strategy, exploration and storytelling" on the post-apocalyptic planet Illuna. It's an RPG with survival elements in 2D, where the light is our friend. Stay. In. The. Light.
Zombie RPG Dead State from DoubleBear Productions is almost here as a new developer diary exposes the latest happenings over at Brian Mitsoda's studio. The First 7 Days is literally just the first week.
The demo gives just a taste of the RPG brains in the full game, which won't release until January. Across those 7 days we'll get 8 allies and 10 areas to explore. It's for backers and pre-orders.
Square Enix has listed Final Fantasy VIII in Steam's registry before but pulled it once it was spotted. However there's movement in the registry again as Square has updated FF VIII with regional purchase options.
When a publisher or studio goes to these lengths a release is almost assured. Could it be purchased in 'restricted countries'? Yes, so cheer up Russia and former Soviet Bloc.
Grinding Gear Games has announced that after just one month of release, their free-to-play action-RPG Path of Exile has hit over 4M registered users. The number of users "has exceeded initial expectations."
Basilisk Games has announced that Eschalon: Book III will release for Windows, Macintosh and Linux on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2014.
Eschalon: Book III was recently approved on Steam's Greenlight service and will be available worldwide and DRM-free from most digital distribution portals when it launches.
The independent developers behind a pirate roguelike Pixel Piracy are so resigned to their game being pirated that they have opened a bitTorrent of their own game, basically inviting anyone who wants to steal their game to steal it.
Perihelion Interactive's space opera The Mandate has achieved Kickstarter success with 16,408 backers pledging $701,010. That's accompanied by around $15,000 from Paypal donations.
Not only is The Mandate well on its way financially but the community also managed to hit the Starbase Boarding Operations stretch goal. Visit planets and starbases now.
Ballardia Games shut down World of the Living Dead back because the game could not handle the crush of interested players. The game used Google Maps to put players on a real-world map that would have zombie infestations, and the developer found out the app couldn't handle a high volume of players.
Larian Studios is on the cusp of releasing the alpha to Divinity: Original Sin but they're making a significant change. It will become available for everybody who backed the Kickstarter, and not just those who paid extra.
That means those who did fork out the extra cash will be getting refunds if they so wish. They decided on this wider access to "maximize" feedback on the game. Keys will be emailed soon.
Perihelion Interactive's space opera The Mandate is $15k over its $500k campaign goal as of press time, and so the studio has offered stretch goals for the remaining four days on Kickstarter.
The first stretch is at $600k for planetary away missions, $700k for starbase boarding operations and $800k for mod support that will assign dev time to "greatly simplify" things for modders.
Curt Shilling has tweeted his support of the Amalur IP universe calling it a "billion dollar franchise," and implores anyone who buys it through the December auction to "put team back on it" and continue the journey.
He also remarked that years after its release "still no ones done what we were doing". Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning scored high among critics despite a few rough edges.
Turn-based RPG Blackguards has been on Steam Early Access since last month and now Daedalic Entertainment has released Chapter II. Each new chapter is to be released triweekly (first time for that word).
The delay between chapters is designed to give users and the dev team time to digest feedback. Three editions of Blackguards are on sale, all granting the full game.
Fans who backed Wasteland 2 can start getting their post-apocalyptic juices flowing, as inXile studio head Brian Fargo has announced that the beta will be coming sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.
Last July, a 19 year old modder Alexander Velicky produced
a Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod called "Falskaar", which took him a year to produce. The mod was a land mass a third the size of the game's main continent and included new quests, NPCs and soundtrack.