It's time to start gathering presents as Ubisoft is launching the annual Christmas Event for The Settlers Online tomorrow, December 12th. Presents become a special resource during this time, so get mining.
The lands in the game will be covered in snow and littered with presents, which can be collected and exchanged for special Christmas items. Santa will be leading a special quest hub.
Some news is coming out about Chris Robert's space combat sim Star Citizen that has nothing to do with crowdfunding. Instead, it seems that the developer is working on a faction system, and that an early release may be coming in January.
Hello Games revealed a new trailer at the Spike TV Videogame Awards for their new game, No Man's Sky, which the developer explicitly states is completely procedurally generated, from space to under the ocean surface. Every flora and fauna is procedurally generated as well.
Bohemia Interactive has just announced that the second episode for Arma 3's The East Wind campaign will be arriving January 21st, which is named Adapt. The first episode, Survive, released October 31st.
In the opening episode they "focused on the basics" of infantry, but the second "plays with the other cool features" of Arma 3. The sandbox features of Adapt will arrive this holiday.
Voxler Games has announced the studio will be releasing their first karaoke game for PC, Let's Sing, which will be released on the 12th December 2013. The game had previously been released on Xbox 360 and Wii.
Team Meat has announced one of their new features for their cat breeding sim Mew-Genics: an Animal Crossing-style home furnishing, that will not only give the player something to do but affect their cats as well.
Update 15 is now live for Introversion's prison simulation Prison Architect, which is still in alpha. The new update adds better mod support, a prison staff exhaustion mechanic, and a time compression tool.
CCP has announced that they're offering a Black Friday deal for EVE Online, a mere 99 cents for the first month.
Egosoft has announced the next patch for X Rebirth is likely to arrive "before the weekend" as the studio apologises for the delay in getting it out. They also explain how these trade bugs were missed during testing.
Testers ran the space sim's economy at an accelerated rate and so didn't catch the problems, and also didn't tend to occur early on but after a significant amount of play.
Indie developer Radiant Entertainment has revealed the studio's upcoming plans for the alpha test of their blocky city building game Stonehearth, which $30+ tier backers will be able to play.
A few days ago Star Citizen had broken the $30 million barrier in crowd-funding, but the people got bored quickly and so decided to charge ahead with almost $32 million to-date. Tonight a live stream is scheduled.
The recent huge surge in pledges comes from a week long anniversary sale of ships culminating in the Star Citizen Anniversary Livestream hosted by Chris Roberts @ 7.00pm GMT.
Wargaming.net has announced some of the first information about the upcoming Update 8.10 for World of Tanks, which will feature some new Japanese tanks along with a new lighting system.
UIG Entertainment has announced that players can now preorder their agricultural simulation Professional Farmer 2014 from now through its release on the 28th November.
Keen Software's space colony sim Space Engineers was released a month ago on Steam Early Access, and since there, there's been a ton of updates to the game.
FIFA Manager founder and designer Gerald Kohler has issued an open letter to fans of the simulation series announcing that EA Sports is retiring it. It's a "highly specialised" type of game that caters to a niche.
England and Germany are the two 'primary' communities for football management sims, and rival Football Manager from SEGA has "practically dominated the market" for some time.
The crowdfunding for Chris Roberts' space simulation Star Citizen continues to soar, as the $29M stretch goal has been eclipsed, adding Enhanced Mission Design for Squadron 42.
Mojang has announced that one-click live streaming on Twitch.tv for Minecraft is now active. Gamers who wish to broadcast their session to the world can do so with greater ease than ever.
Another gem from the deep PC mine of yore has been spirited away as GOG.com adds Wing Commander: Armada to the shelves, completing the entire Wing Commander series. You know what this means?
It's 48 hour 50% discount sale time! Originally launching in 1990, Chris Roberts began his campaign of global domination through the medium of space simulators, starting with Wing Commander.
Developer Little Green Man Games has just beefed up the Early Access alpha version of Starpoint Gemini 2 with "yet another big content update" bringing the space sim/RPG to v0.6000.
On-screen notifications can now happily blurb data at you, expanded in-game options, new purchasable ships that go straight to your garage, bounty boards and a campaign video intro.
Double Fine has announced on Indie Fund that the studio has recouped their $400K investment on their space station sim Spacebase DF-9 in two short weeks via Steam Early Access.