XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization developer Firaxis will be announcing a "new AAA game" tomorrow, according to 2K Games teaser for their PAX East 2014 'pre-show checklist'. More XCOM or Civilization?
The 'Firaxis Games Mega Panel' will commence tomorrow at 4:30pm BST for one hour at the DragonFly Theatre. 2K promise an "exciting sneak peek" at their latest project.
The sci-fi action RPG Transistor will be available on PC next month, as it also arrives on PlayStation 4. It's developed by Bastion's Supergiant Games. Transistor will be at PAX East this weekend in Boston.
In the RPG we play as a young singer called Red who comes into possession of the mysterious Transistor, a powerful and intelligent sword. It's got turn-based strategy with real-time movement.
Julian Gollop, creator of the XCOM series, has said that "AI should be a lot better now," but that it hasn't really improved since the original XCOM's AI of a "few Kb" designed for 80386 PC. It hasn't leaped with hardware.
While XCOM: Enemy Unknown "does a good job" with its AI, it still "relies a lot on the player triggering stuff." It's behaviour-based and predictable patterns soon emerge.
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.
The secret organisation of XCOM isn't the only game in town with the arrival of XCOM: Enemy Within, as a rival group known as EXALT starts putting the moves on the alien invaders too for their own purposes.
Developer Firaxis has blogged a little bit more about them, and how they ultimately plan to "rule what's left of the world" once the aliens are finished stomping on humanity.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that its Magic: the Gathering via Heroes of Might & Magic hybrid, Magic: the Gathering - Tactics, will be shut down on the 28th March 2014.
While XCOM: Enemy Unknown has an Iron Mode that doesn't allow players to save and continue, the upcoming Enemy Within DLC will add a Save Scum mode, designed to let players, well, save scum, with a randomizer on loading so that the same result doesn't always occur when loading a quick save.
Wizards of the Coast has announced that the first expansion for Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers is now available for the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam versions of the game.
The Enemy Within downloadable content pack for XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be adding new options for the players like nano-tech psionics and powered armor, but the enemy aliens will be getting an upgrade as well. One of the them is the Mectoid, which is a Sectoid in its own powered suit.
Kalypso has announced that the Gold Edition of Port Royale 3
is now available on GamersGate
and other digital distributors, and PlayStation Network.
Gamers who are worried that the new weapons like the flamethrower and new enemies such as the "flying spider shark" in the Enemy Within downloadable content for XCOM: Enemy Unknown was not actual content dropped from the original game. Rather, they were concepts that were discarded in favor of better options.
Firaxis has released a new trailer for the upcoming downloadable content for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Enemy Within. It focuses on the biological augments coming to the game, including alien bionanotechnology that will give humans more resistance and better psi powers, and cybernetic platforms that will turn soldiers into cyborgs.
Wizards of the Coast has announced that a major expansion will be coming to Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers on the 18th September. The expansion will add new planes, new enemies and new challenges.
Lead designer Ananda Gupta from Firaxis has said the team has "definitely changed" the power curve for players with XCOM: Enemy Within. Classic and Impossible modes have longer research times.
They've also slowed down soldier progression. He also reveals the studio never thought Ironman would become so popular - that it would be just "this little thing".
2K Games and Firaxis have released an announcement trailer for XCOM: Enemy Within, which boasts whole new mechanics, enemies and challenges across an "additional 47 maps."
Gene Mods can apply alien tech directly to our squads, or how about a Mechanized Exoskeletal Cybersuit (MEC) for dominating the field? Two new alien classes are introduced.
Peggle 2 will be a timed exclusive for the Xbox One, Microsoft and Electronic Arts have announced. The sequel will include the ability to customize the host Peggle Masters, as well as new power-ups and multiplayer modes, as well as motion controls.
A squad-based RTS JRPG by the name of Project Phoenix has stormed Kickstarter and is taking no prisoners as it's already cleared the $100k goal. In fact almost 6,000 backers have pledged over $370k.
They're Kickstarter's "FIRST Japan-based video game" with Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu attached. It's for a worldwide audience, and not just Japanese gamers.
Gamescom is looking mighty fine right now for a major reveal of something XCOM related as the Steam database has just added thirty new achievement entries to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. All are without title or description.
Unless your able to decipher the meaning behind 'Achievement_74' and so on, it seems we'll have to bide our time skulking in our undisclosed XCOM base locations beneath the surface.
Keen eyes have uncovered the conspiracy of something called 'XCOM: Enemy Within' that was hidden within the Steam database, and even listed via the South Korean ratings board.
Naturally everyone is puzzled as to what it could be. Is it DLC? An expansion? A sequel? A spin-off? Well whatever it is, 2K has said they're "looking forward" to August 21st.
Wizards of the Coast has announced Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 will be released this Summer 2013.