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.
Chucklefish raised over $2.1M in crowdfunding for Starbound, which can best be described as "Terraria in Space", where players explore a procedurally-generated 2D world while crafting and surviving on the landscape's resources.
The mysterious site TheSurvivor2299.com, which may or may not be teasing Fallout 4, has updated itself with a cipher puzzle, along with the phrase "Nuclear winter has come."
An MMO all about gossiping? Ever, Jane has achieved its $100,000 goal and is now on its way to spread societal mischief in Regency Period England. There's no killing, only spinning tall tales at dinner parties.
Gossip is the weapon of choice and it is how rivals are vanquished. A prototype of this Ever, Jane is available
with a 3D village full of bowing, curtsying and backstabbing.
A new report is claiming that Microsoft will be releasing a new wave of major updates to its operating systems for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS in the Spring 2015. The update is codenamed "Threshhold" and will make the three OS systems more synergistic.
Bioware has announced that premium subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic will be granted early access to enjoy 12 vs 12 space dogfights three weeks before anyone else, with the release of the second major expansion to the MMO, Galactic Starfighter.
The PC Gaming Alliance along with the USB Peripheral Mafia are prepping to launch their certification program for PC titles in a bid to offer a standardisation of quality to boost confidence in PC gaming.
Already in 'soft launch', the program is to basically give a stamp of approval on titles that meet certain criteria but at much less cost than console certification. The PCGA wants more to sign up.
According to research firm International Data Corporation, PC shipments will fall in sales by 10.1% this year marking the "most severe yearly contraction on record" for the industry, worse than the 9.7% estimate.
The last six quarters have seen drops, the longest historically, with global shipments affected by mobile and tablet devices. There's "little indication of positive growth" beyond replacements.
Valve has routed some of their Steam pipes directly into The Linux Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation that furthers the development of the open source operating platform. Valve hope to turn on the pressure.
More hardware support for Linux moving forward is their goal, and software of course. With Valve's own SteamOS in the works it's a vital move for their own growth.
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.
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."
Ubisoft has announced that players will now be able to use any card owned in more than one deck in Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, as part of a new Five Towers update that also adds 80 new cards and two new cards types, Buildings and Melee-Shooters.
Vostok Games has announced that their spiritual sequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Survarium, will be getting a UK release sometime in the second half of 2014.
There's only so far the current cert system in Planetside 2 can carry players before it runs out of unlocks, and so now the Sony Online team is looking into "personal progression systems" for long-term aspirations.
It's a "tough design challenge," says creative director Matt Higby. They can't "gear out" newcomers and so have to look at other customisation options besides just adding more 'gear to the treadmill'.
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 race for developing software on PCs for Kinect 2 is on as Microsoft has begun sending out waves of 'Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview' kits for teams to start poking around in.
The original Kinect came to PC without much fanfare, beside some quirky experiments now and then. Microsoft say they're impressed by studio "expertise, passion, and the raw creativity".
Publisher Mastertronic has announced that the remastered update to the classic futuresport game Speedball 2 is now available on Steam for $9.99 USD.
ArenaNet has announced that the Wintersday event will be launching on Guild Wars 2 next week.
Bossa Games, which developed the offbeat Surgeon Simulator 2013 game, has started working on a small browser-based game, Time to Live, in which players must fight each other in a sci-fi game show.
Subterranean Games are still busy working away on their new dungeon management game, War for the Overworld, which is currently in Beta and due to be released for the PC in 2014.
The development team revealed a few new details this week, with The Garrison room highlighted and three new multiplayer maps.