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Do you play Original Sin - Early Access?
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No. Only on release
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Expected Releases

Apr: Forsaken Fortress
Apr: Dark Souls II
Apr: Child Of Light
May: Bound By Flame

Friday - April 11, 2014

Dragon Commander - Steam Sale

by Myrthos, 13:18

Divinity Dragon Commander is 66% off on Steam during the weekend. For this Larian's Forktong also tweeted this video on selecting your bride in Dragon Commander, which you might find funny (or not, depending on what you think is funny).

Information about

Dragon Commander

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Steampunk
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Daedalic Entertainment - Weekend Steam Sale

by Couchpotato, 06:56

Daedalic Entertainment is offering most of their game catalogue for more than 50% off this weekend only on Steam. Here are some of the deals.

Daedalic Super Bundle- 77% off for $49.99

Includes 9 items: 1954 Alcatraz, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Blackguards Deluxe Edition, Chaos on Deponia, Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, Journey of a Roach, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit

Blackguards- 50% off for $19.99

What happens when the only hope of a threatened world lies not with heroes in shining armor, but in the hands of a band of misfits and criminals? Blackguards, a new turn-based strategy RPG, explores this very question.

Blackguards: Untold Legends - 50% off for $2.99

The life of a Blackguard: Learn how Takate became the enslaved gladiator and seize the day to take revenge on everyone responsible for the forest man's suffering.

Thanks Dr. A for the link.Wink

Information about

Daedalic Entertainment

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Earthlock - Update# 18, Funded

by Couchpotato, 05:46

I shared news yesterday that Earthlock: Festival of Magic was funded, and the developer Snowcastle Games has posted another update with more information.

We reached the goal!

To say that we are excited, humbled, relieved, and blissfully happy...honestly, just a wild array of emotions just does not seem adequate. We truly have the best backers in the world - now over 4100 of you! We would say that we are beyond words, but there is an update to get to! The ride - as wild as it has been the last 35 days - is not over yet. There is work yet to be done!

Information about

Earthlock

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Serpent in the Staglands - Update#4, Portraits

by Couchpotato, 05:41

Whalenought Studios shares a few images about the games portraits in the next update for Serpent in the Staglands. Funding has slowed down though,but that is normal.

Portraits!

Hey everyone! At the time of this writing we have $300 to go until the second stretch goal! So awesome, thank you everyone for spreading the word and backing! We're doing fantastic! 

We wanted to share with you some portraits that we've started on from some of the early $100 dollar backers. Hopefully it gives you an idea of the direction we're going in for the style of characters and races. Represented below are a Pasaaran, Lachovian, and Taratorith respectively.

Information about

Serpent in the Staglands

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

SOE - New Post-Apocalyptic MMO

by Couchpotato, 05:37

Thanks to zentr we have news that Sony Online Entertainment has annouced a new post-apocalyptic MMO called H1Z1, and surprise it's another zombie game.

if you're interested check out Polyon, or Reddit.

Special EXTENDED episode of Game Talk Live features the first EVER reveal of gameplay from the highly anticipated zombie MMO from Sony Online, H1Z1.

We have Sony President John Smedley and Jimmy Whisenhunt as our guests to discuss the project, as they detail nearly every aspect of the new game and fields questions from members of the Skype audience.

Information about

SOE

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Shadowrun Returns - Reduced Price on Steam

by Couchpotato, 05:32

Harebrained Schemes announced on the Steam Forums you can now buy Shadowrun Returns from now on for a reduced price of $14.99.

Shadowrun Returns Price Reduced to $14.99

Have friends who would love Shadowrun Returns but haven’t played it yet? At $14.99, now is the time for them to try it out, too!

Hardcore Gamer gave Shadowrun Returns a 4.5 out of 5 and said "This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years."

Shadowrun Returns now includes the ability to save your game at any time. In addition to the original "Dead Man's Switch" campaign, Shadowrun Returns also includes access to the Shadowrun Returns Editor and Steam Workshop community. There are hundreds of hours of great mods in the workshop including a fan-made SNES Reboot, remakes of beloved Shadowrun stories, and, of course, many original works.

Buy Shadowrun Returns here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/234650

The Deluxe Edition, which includes the soundtrack and the Shadowrun Returns Short Story Anthology, has also been reduced to $24.99! You can pick up the Deluxe Edition of the game at the link listed above.

Information about

Shadowrun Returns

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Child Of Light - Interview @ Gamasutra

by Couchpotato, 05:26

Gamasutra interviewed Child of Light Writer Jeffrey Yohalem to ask a few questions, and come to the conclusion that smaller is better for development.

Would you prefer to keep working on smaller teams like this, or are you looking to get back on a larger project?

Um… As a creator, I like working with limitations. That’s where new ideas come from -- if there were no limitations, then you would have everything and just be done.

I love the challenges that Pat presents, so I love working with him. He’s a visionary, and he pushes me to write things I never would have written. He pushes me to overcome obstacles. So I hope we get to work on many things together in the future, even though I know we’ll probably do things apart too, because that’s how life is.

Sometimes you move apart, you come together, and it’s not always up to you. The company has things that they want, and various other things. But with or without him, I hope we both continue to forward the expressive space of video games.

The worst thing that can happen to someone in life is that they are numbed, that they are so cut off from expression that they end up unable to feel. The role of art is to open up those pathways again, and I think that we are in the youngest art form, and one of the most exciting art forms I’ve ever seen.

We’re also in a very dark place, as an art form, both because it’s the beginning and because tech keeps developing as products that need demos. I mean, that’s what it literally becomes -- it’s not that we’re making art, it’s that we’re making a demo for a product, so you have reason to buy this product.

I think that trend needs to reverse itself, and I think it’s in the process of reversing itself now, finally. The amount of new products coming out is slowing, and the pressure to make a compelling product that forces people to buy it is slowing, and at that point the content can grow.

Information about

Child Of Light

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Prisonscape - Update# 1, Crafting 101

by Couchpotato, 05:23

Lunar Enigma has posted the first update for Prisonscape with a video about Crafting.

Crafting 101

We will be posting gameplay videos where we introduce some of the basic features of Prisonscape. Here is the first one, Crafting 101:

It goes through the basics of item handling and crafting and shows some examples for crafting weapons and the nectar of gods, the prison wine. Hope you enjoy the vid, and all feedback is appreciated!

Information about

Prisonscape

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Transistor - Release Date Announced

by Couchpotato, 05:20

Supergiant Games announces the release date for Transistor is May 20th.

Transistor arrives May 20 on PS4 and PC

Mark your calendar for May 20, 2014. In just a few weeks, our next game will be available for the PlayStation 4 and PC!

We’ve been putting the finishing touches on it and think it’s just about ready.

This week at PAX East in Boston, several of us from Supergiant will be taking a short break from development to show you some of our latest progress. We’ll have a near-final build of the game running on the PlayStation 4, which you’ll be able to get your hands on at our booth 892. It was one year ago at PAX East that we showed Transistor for the first time!

We’ll have more details about Transistor in the days leading up to our launch next month. Until then, here are some quick facts we wanted to share, and stay tuned for more:

When is Transistor due out?
Transistor’s release date is May 20, 2014.

What platforms is Transistor coming to?
PlayStation 4 and PC.

Where will I be able to get the game?
On PSN for the PlayStation 4 version, and on Steam or our web site for the PC version.

How much is the game?
Transistor will be sold for $19.99 in North America, and €18.99 / £14.99 in Europe.

Will Transistor be available in my country?
We plan for a worldwide launch. Transistor includes English voiceover and text in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Can I preorder the game?
Not at this time though we’re looking into it!

I have more questions.
Sure! Read our Transistor FAQ or send questions to @SupergiantGames on Twitter or here on this web site.

Information about

Transistor

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dark Souls II - Editorial @ EDGE

by Couchpotato, 05:16

EDGE has posted a new article about the staff still playing Dark Souls II, and why the Souls games  difficulty is a damaging myth. Here is a small part of the article.

It’s become something of a badge of honour, this delight in the opaque. The Souls games are positioned as an antidote to the modern game design consensus, to big-budget games whose makers’ obsession with keeping the disc in the tray means games have never been so fatuous, so facile. And there’s merit to that. But there’s a big difference between hardcore and just plain hard. Candy Crush Saga is every bit as punishing as this, yet it is played by tens of millions every day. Until the conversation around Dark Souls shifts focus to its true strengths, it will forever remain in its niche, starved of the wider recognition it so deserves.

Information about

Dark Souls II

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Popup Dungeon - Kickstarter Updates# 5 & 6

by Couchpotato, 05:12

Ring Runner has posted two more updates for Popup Dungeon. The first update announces a new collaboration with Julian Gollop, and Chaos Reborn.

Announcing Popup Dungeon's first of many collaborative works and cameo appearances...

We were very lucky to be able to include something from the creator of X-Com, Julian Gollop's, new game,Chaos: Reborn. They've only got one week left to go in their Kickstarter, so check them out!

X-Com is a personal favorite and, of course, a big inspiration for the tactical, turn-based style of Popup Dungeon.

We've got other very big collaborations and cameos to surprise you with in the future, but for some, you're going to have to wait and discover them in the dungeon itself. :)

The second update talks about enemies that lurks in the dark.

What lurks in the dark?

The procedural nature of Roguelike games yield lots of possibilities, but pure randomness can lead to blandness. 

If in one run, some rats spawn next to a pot and in the next they spawn two tiles over next to a box... it doesn't make for thrilling variety. So what are we doing to combat this?

New Enemies Every Run

One of the many ways we're going to make sure every run is exciting and full of the unexpected is to allow players the option to automatically download user-generated enemies that will appear throughout the dungeon (even bosses!)

If you like the enemy, you can choose to permanently add them to your library, otherwise, they're cleared and a new set is brought in the following run. If our community thrives, this could mean a nearly infinite supply of new opponents for you to face.

Information about

Popup Dungeon

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Roguelike
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Witcher 3 - New Screenshots & Videos

by Couchpotato, 05:03

Dual Shockers has a new article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with new screenshots, and two videos that show off The World & Advanced Occlusion Tech.

At the Games Developers Conference CD Projekt RED Engine Programmer Przemysław Czatrowski held a panel titled “Solving Visibility and Streaming in the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Umbra 3” explaining how the developer used the Umbra 3 middleware to help building the world, and its advanced ambient occlusion culling technology to render only the objects that are actually visible on the screen, massively reducing the load on the video card.

The presentation slides are now available, and Umbra Software published a recording of the presentation.

Here’s how the occlusion process works:

  1. The world is split in tiles, and for each tile a “tome” data package is built, including the occlusion data. The engine determines which tomes are needed to be shown depending on the camera position and direction.
  2. If the newly determined set of tomes differs from the previous set, an asynchronous compitation process starts, creating a new tome collection, that is sent to the renderer to replace the one previously rendered.
  3. Tomes that are not used anymore are removed from the stream to free up memory.

Information about

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Forsaken Fortress - A New Beta Clip

by Couchpotato, 04:58

We were sent another beta video for Forsaken Fortress. The clip gives us a glimpse of the new the chopper in flight, and the developer admits it still needs work.

New Clip from Forsaken Fortress, A Post-apocalyptic Survival RPG, Testing out the Chopper, First attempt to land on homebase, didn´t quite nail it. ;)

Information about

Forsaken Fortress

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Gauntlet - Preview @ GameReactor

by Couchpotato, 04:53

GameReactor is the next site to write a preview of the new Gauntlet HD based on an early demo of the game, and a talk with Game Director Axel Lindberg.

The demo we play is specifically tuned for journalists we're told. It's one of those subtle insults we've learned to live with, taking it in our stride. It's rather easy, and nowhere near as challenging as the proper game. And a Gauntlet game needs to be challenging. Arrowhead knows this and while there are plans for different difficulty settings - the idea is that accomplishing something in Gauntlet should mean something. With great ass tingling comes a great sense of accomplishment, if all ends well.

One great design challenge that presented itself was how to build a game that worked both for the solo player and multiplayer, as drop-in/drop-out was a feature that felt core to the experience. And while it's easy to adjust the number of pressure plates players need to stand on, it's harder to design a level where you have to carry an object from one end of the level to another for both a single player and for a team of four where three players can cover the one carrying the object. They're still toying around with a solution for this problem, and we suggested adding legs to the object if there's only one player. Remains to be seen if that's a solution that will make it into the final game.

We were only shown a small slice of the game with no real way of measuring the scope of the game. We imagine that given the arcade heritage, a session/playthrough isn't necessarily all that long. A sequence of adventure/puzzle levels, procedural levels and boss levels that you can play through with a few friends in an evening or perhaps two. Regardless of this the team is still designing and experimenting with new ideas and with a release pencilled in for this summer, it may seem like things should be locked down more.

Information about

Gauntlet

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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The Red Solstice - Update# 9, Monsters

by Couchpotato, 04:49

Ironward shares new information about the various monsters you will fight against in the latest kickstarter update for The Red Solstice.

Monsters of TRS

Hey everybody, so as we have promised we are making our update cycle even more intensive as we enter last 10 days of TRS Kickstarter campaign. We are almost at 60% of our funding goal reached and things are going exactly where they should be :) Thank you, thank you so much for supporting us!

Bestiary

Monsters and monster design in The Red Solstice is something that has been given a really special care. It is heavily influenced by various styles and some major SF and horror movies. It is really important to note that as we are reaching certain goals during this Kickstarter campaign (every 1000 backers / every 1000 Facebook fans) we will be adding new monsters / boss monsters to The Red Solstice. So let's have a look at some of those baddies.

Information about

The Red Solstice

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Bloodlust: Shadowhunter - New Demo Version

by Couchpotato, 04:45

WRF Studios has a post on the website for Bloodlust: Shadowhunter about a new demo version available for everyone to download. Here are the details.

New Demo version 16.2B is now available - New features Include - Randomly Generate Dungeons, Rats, New items, secret areas and more weapons.

Information about

Bloodlust: Shadowhunter

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Kyn - The Music of Kyn

by Couchpotato, 04:41

Tangrin has a new post on the Steam Forums with a few music tracks fof Kyn.

Kyn's music is composed by Will Bedford[willbedfordmusic.co.uk]. I asked Will to put some tracks on soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Every track has dynamic layers that we use depending on the mood. We have layers for when you are exploring, in combat, entering a peaceful village, or when sad things happen.

As far as I know I can't embed the soundcloud player on steam, so instead you can listen to the music here: https://soundcloud.com/2-byte/sets/kyn-ost. Since we all love our cranky sheep, we are planning a little contest involving sheep in the near future. Thank you for the great support, we have really enjoyed our first week on steam greenlight.

Information about

Kyn

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Risen 2 - Now Available on GOG

by Couchpotato, 04:35

GOG.com is now selling Risen 2 Gold Edition for $11.99. The game contains all the DLC so it's the perfect time to finally buy the game. Thank you for the link SpoonFULL.

Release: Risen 2: The Dark Waters - Gold Edition

Risen 2: The Dark Waters - Gold Edition, the pirate-themed open-world action-RPG from Piranha Bytes--the makers of Gothic--complete with all the expansions: Treasure Isle, Air Temple, and A Pirate's Clothes, is available 60% off on GOG.com. That's only $11.99 for the next 48 hours! You can also get the standard edition, without the expansions, for just $7.99.

Information about

Risen 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Dead Crusade - Kickstarter Updates# 1 & 2

by Couchpotato, 04:28

Aesthetic Games has posted two more updates for it's Co-Op horror RPG Dead Crusade. The first update is for backers only so I will skip it, but the second two new videos.

New Kickstarter Showcase Video!

We have been listening to feedback, and after a lot of careful consideration have revised and updated our Kickstarter Showcase Video. This was done in an effort to give the video more impact, feel less cluttered, show more combat footage, and also clarify which parts of our footage were running on our old Unreal 3 build and which were Unreal 4.

We encourage you to check out the video, as it contains new prototype combat footage that displays some of the dodging and counter attacking mechanics mentioned in the page description along with more 3rd person gameplay. We hope you like it!

New Animated Lore Video!  

By reworking the Kickstarter Showcase Video, we have taken the story introduction and gave it the respect it deserves by turning it into its Video listed under the Story section of the game. This is a brand new video that features some great animated 2D work by our concept artist Long Pham. We think you all will really like it, so give it a watch and let us know what you think!

Information about

Dead Crusade

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Historical
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

Thursday - April 10, 2014

Earthlock - Update# 17, 48 Hours Left

by Couchpotato, 08:48

The next kickstarter update for Earthlock: Festival of Magic mentions the project has 48 hours left till it's closed. The other good news is the game was also funded.

48 HOURS LEFT

We do not want to jinx it, because this campaign is far from over – but today has performed well above expectations. We have had an incredible turnout today and a great showing of community by our loyal backers.

Thank you – each and every one of you – for getting Earthlock to such a healthy point for the 48-hour rush! It means the world to us that you are so passionate about this game we are developing. 

Stretch goals are within reach with this funding level and tomorrow we will have an update or two where we discuss the first few stretch goals in more detail. We also have a reveal for a brand new add-on, but no spoilers for that tonight! You will have to be surprised!

Information about

Earthlock

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dead Crusade - A New Co-Op Horror RPG

by Couchpotato, 05:29

Dead Crusade is a new kickstarter game being developed by a studio called Aesthetic Games. They are asking for $250,000, and describe their game as the following.

A refreshing take on the Zombie Apocalypse. Dead Crusade is a medieval survival horror RPG that will take you to Medieval Europe in a time of great upheaval and strife as an unstoppable plague tears the world apart. Travel through the cities, countryside, and cemeteries of Medieval Europe across multiple expansive campaigns as you battle hordes of the undead, and avoid becoming infected with the plague yourself.

Summary

  • Planned Platforms: PC (Mac, Linux TBA)
  • Release date: Q4, 2015 
  • Approx, 3 Campaigns 
  • Single-player and Multi-player support
  • 1st and 3rd person gameplay

Information about

Dead Crusade

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Historical
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Fractured Reality - Update# 2, Catch-22

by Couchpotato, 05:18

Ross Tunney of New Reality Games has posted the second update for Fractured Reality with news on the games slow funding, or as he calls it Catch-22.

It's called a catch-22, I believe!

At least, that's what the Americans say. So! We have something of a speedbump here!

The momentum of the campaign has reached a snail's pace, in spite of my efforts to badger the games press into covering the project.

The main issue here, I think, besides being largely an obscure developer, is that we simply don't have enough to show, at a polished enough level, to entice would-be backers to jump off the fence onto our turf.

Therein lies a deeper problem - there's no more money 'in the pot' to pump into this game. I've literally spent every last penny of my savings getting this game to the level it's at, and it doesn't seem like enough. For now, at least.

In short, I think it's going to take a small miracle for this campaign to reach funding! The majority of existing backers are loyal DH fans, with newcomers only making up the minority.

I have two options before me:

1. Continue working on FR at a glacial pace, due to lack of funds, in the hope that maybe when we come back we'll see more interest. If the campaign were moving at a steady pace at least, I'd consider re-launching straight away, but that would seem to me to be an inefficient use of resources.

2. Put FR on the back-burner for a while, and return to making classic 2D games. 

I've leaning quite close to option 2, for several reasons. 

  • Less costly to make - The funding goal for FR is the BARE minimum we'd need to scrape this project through to completion. And let's face it, £35,660 is a lot of money to ask for. We'd need to entice 3,566 backers at the basic tier. 
  • I can once again focus more on story - Writing is my passion, and it shows through in NRG's games. By spending too long on other aspects, such as getting to grips with Unity, animating, tweaking, mapping, etc, I think I'm stretched way too far.
  • Die-hard DH fans are alienated - I can sense that FR simply isn't to the taste of the loyal fans; those people who made NRG possible. I thought that they might be tempted into taking the plunge with 3D, but that doesn't seem to have been the case. 
  • I prefer making 2D games - Truth be told, 3D seemed like natural progression for the company. But in hindsight, I ask myself 'why?' Does 3D make the story better? Does 3D make the game mechanics better? All 3D does is increase the size of your potential market, but at what cost? Tens of thousands of pounds. Does it scale? It doesn't seem to.

So, what now?

Don't get me wrong, Fractured Reality has tons of potential, and I think that when it does finally see a release, it's going to be epic, not to mention popular. Evidently, we're just not ready to take on a project of this scope. 

Fear not! NRG is going to continue making awesome classic RPGs. In fact, work has already begun on Data Hacker: Reboot...

Information about

Fractured Reality

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Chaos Reborn - Interview @ Forbes

by Couchpotato, 05:14

Forbes Contributor Daniel Nye Griffiths had the chance to interview X-Com Creator Julian Gollop about his new kickstarter Chaos Reborn.

There’s something decidedly intimidating about taking on Julian Gollop at his new game, Chaos Reborn. As the co-creator of 1994’s X-Com: UFO Defense (released as UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe), he is the author of probably the best turn-based strategy game of its generation, and arguably – an argument I believe has significant merit – the best PC game ever made.

20 years later, Gollop, who has been quietly plying his trade across many different games and franchises, from his own Rebelstar to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, has taken to Kickstarter to continue the development of Chaos Reborn.

Hence the invitation to play the current build of the game, and the suspicion that this is going to be a massacre.

Information about

Chaos Reborn

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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The Banner Saga - Technical Blog Update

by Couchpotato, 05:08

Stoic has posted a new Tech Blog update from John Watson.

John Watson is back to work and has resumed his Tech Blog where he goes in to detail on some of the things he is working on.

Information about

The Banner Saga

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Consortium - Master Edition Announced

by Couchpotato, 05:02

Interdimensional Games has a new update for Consortium about a new version of the game called The Master Edition, and talks about the baker awards.

CONSORTIUM:  The Master Edition

Lately, we've had our heads down once again, working on polishing, fixing and optimizing our game to a very high degree.  Our goal?  Essentially we are gearing up to re-launch the game on April 29th, as "CONSORTIUM:  The Master Edition". 

Polished and improved combat gameplay, greatly optimized and bug fixed, greatly polished choreography, and much more.   All backers at the $10 (gimme the game) + level and everyone who owns the game will get this version for free.  We will also be launching the game on GOG.COM and the Humble Store.

You heard it here first.  This version has the benefit of thousands of players playing it for a few months, and we've been working to address every single issue that has been posted to the Steam discussion forums.

Backer Rewards Update

As per our last update about this, we did hope to largely be completely finished with the rewards at this point.  Our focus has shifted since then a little bit, as we've gone back to the dev grindstone to get the Master Edition completed.  HOWEVER...real progress has been made, and here's proof:

  • T-shirts and Posters.  As you can see above, they have all been created.  We are now working through the process of shipping everything.  U.S backers will be receiving T-shirts first...watch for them arriving within the next few weeks!   The rest will follow soon...
  • Kickstarter Special Edition and DVD:   This version will be built on top of the Master Edition described above.  The core development team spent three days in March, playing through the whole game together.  During these sessions, we had a room microphone hooked up and we were all encouraged to just talk out loud about memories from the production, funny development stories, etc.   Steve and Gregory will be getting together soon to compile all of this into "sound bytes", create additional commentary AND place developer commentary triggers into the game itself.
  • iDGi-1 Discoveries:  This has taken us much longer to produce than we anticipated, but I am pleased to announce Steve has completed work on it and it is currently in the polish and edit stage. It's shaping up to be a very dense 130 pages long and is just an awesome read into the deep back-story of CONSORTIUM, specifically through the lens of our early quantum stream explorations (the A.R.G.)

We all really appreciate your continued patience with getting your goodies, and hope that the quality level that we're aiming for with all of it will be well worth the wait.

Finally, we would also like to mention that after we ship the Master Edition, work will resume on our Mac and Linux ports - so for those of you in the "Other Platforms" tier, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel! 

Wish us luck with finishing up the Master Edition - we'll be updating more this month as we approach April 29th....

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Consortium

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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South Park - Patch Three Released

by Couchpotato, 04:56

Obsidian has released patch three for South Park: The Stick of Truth. You can find more information on the games forum. Here is the short changelog.

April 8, 2014 - 12:00PM PST

Patch 03 is available on Steam now. It should automatically update itself after you exit the game. The patch is in testing at Ubisoft and will become available on the consoles soon.

Fixes:

  • Allows WASD keys to work as arrow keys during the Goth Dance mini-game.
  • Fixes a potential hang in the counter attack tutorial battle.
  • Fixed an issue where accessories would not show up on the player if a new game was started while having the Hoff face equipped.
  • Fixed an issue where the outfit might now show up on the player during the costume changes in the Photo Dojo.
  • Fixed an issue where using Mr. Slave in the Giggling Donkey could cause issues in the fight.
  • Fixed an issue where the dire bear quest may not properly advance in Canada.
  • Fixed an issue where content could be skipped if grounded in the Lost Forest.
  • Fixed a few typos in messages.
  • Fixed a potential crash while playing in the Portuguese language.
  • Adjusted the difficulty of the Alien Probe mini-game.
  • Adjusted the difficulty of the pooping mini-game.
  • Adjusted the visuals of the magic tutorials while using PC controls.

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South Park

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Citizens of Earth - New Teaser Trailer

by Couchpotato, 04:52

Since the failed kickstarter it seems Atlus has agreed to publish Citizens of Earth, and they have released a new trailer with some new information.

You've just been elected Vice President of the World--what do you do now? Why, recruit your mother, brother, and 40 other Citizens of Earth to fight for you, of course!

Being the Vice President of the World means asking not what you can do for your countrymen, but what your countrymen can do for you! The retro-inspired game begins just after the VP has won a long, drawn-out candidacy and returned to his hometown for some taxpayer-funded rest and relaxation. But after just one night passes, the VP awakens to find the world gone berserk! As elected official he has two responsibilities: investigate what's caused people to go crazy... and delegate as much of the dirty work as possible.

Citizens of Earth will be available in North America and Europe later in 2014 as a download-only title for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, and Wii U™. For more information, check out the official website: http://www.atlus.com/citizensofearth

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Citizens of Earth

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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The Seed - A 2D Interactive Post-Apoc Novel

by Couchpotato, 04:47

I reported on The Seed last year, and forgot about it. It's now on kickstarter asking for £15,000, and has seven days left to get funded. It's described as the following.

MDT, the team behind the award winning S.T.A.L.K.E.R. MISERY mod, present a seminal project taking the form of a post-apocalyptic visual novel and showcasing the gravity of choice. Your choice.

Imagine you are one of the last surviving members of the human race. After all your family and friends were lost in the struggle with an invisible foe, it is solely up to you to slowly crawl back from the depths of hell, against all odds. In 2026, 11 years after the global apocalypse our Russian protagonist – played by you – is forced to abandon his underground shelter for the very first time after the disaster, beginning the journey that will change his life forever. Prepare for a world of pain and struggle in this single player story-driven interactive story game with rich plot branching and moral dilemmas. Let the plot unfold according to your mental focus and your survival priorities.

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The Seed

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Age of Wonders 3 - Patch 1.09 Released

by Couchpotato, 04:39

Triumph Studios sent out a press release with information about a new patch for Age of Wonders 3. The should auto update on Steam unless you have the GOG version.

First Age of Wonders 3 update released; game continues to be developed with input from community

DELFT, the Netherlands, April 9, 2014 – Triumph Studios, the team behind the Overlord and Age of Wonders series, today releases the first Age of Wonders III patch along with plans for continued support and fan interaction.

Since the critically and commercially successful release last week, the team has been hard at work looking at the feedback we have received and can now present the first official patch for Age of Wonders III. Many thanks go out to the players testing this patch in beta form over the past week.  The overall goals with this first patch are: performance optimization, fixing hardware specific issues, registration issues, improved AI behavior and the first balance adjustment. Triumph also added the first feature requests such as quick saves and native high resolution support.

Triumph Studios, is working closely with the fans at ageofwonders.com to provide continued support in the form of free features, as well as gathering ideas for expansions.

Information about

Age of Wonders 3

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Wasteland 2 - Post-Funding Update #47

by Couchpotato, 04:35

InXile Entertainment has a new post-funding update for Wasteland 2 with a look at the new barter screen, and talks about the newLos Angeles area.

Beyond the Current Boundaries

Chris here to give you a snapshot on our current progress. First off, the next beta update is being wrapped up! It’s been in testing for the past few weeks and we’re putting the final touches on it as I write this. You can expect it to go live next week. 

This beta update will include the first release of the Linux build, new merchant UI elements, the Missile Silo map, the Darwin Village map, an updated leadership skill, a few new enemies with unique AI (I dare you to get in combat with the suicide monks…), many additional balance tweaks, tutorial, lots of optimization and oh-so-much more. As always, we will put full patch notes up on our tumblr when the patch goes live.

One thing we were excited to look into were stats showing how long people were playing the game. It can be hard for a developer to estimate exactly how long a game takes because even when playing through fully, we're still too familiar with it to not go through it fast. But now that we've had people playing it and based on how long they've been taking on the live content, we can estimate the full game will likely take the average new player around 50 hours on a normal playthrough. Though it'll take quite a bit longer if you're looking to fully explore every location and mission.

Now let's talk development: at this stage we are working not just on beta builds and polishing those areas, but on tweaking the game's systems and taking lessons learned from beta feedback and applying them throughout the game. Every day our level designers are adding new touches and various levels of reactivity to the game. For example, in this next update you'll find major areas are now open to you right from the moment you leave Ranger Citadel, rather than being plot-gated.

As we're finishing up more Arizona areas we are intensifying our work on Los Angeles, and for the entire game we are making great progress. Much of the team is on California right now, adding layer after layer of depth into the current design.

Information about

Wasteland 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dead State - Development Update

by Couchpotato, 04:32

DoubleBear Productions has a post on the Steam forums with a new development update for Dead State were they share news on what the developer has been up to.

What We're Up To + Official Wiki Announcement

First, DoubleBear is pleased to endorse Gamepedia.com’s Dead State wiki[deadstate.gamepedia.com] as our official wiki for the project. The wiki has existed for a while as an unofficial resource, maintained by our most active community members - it just seemed like the logical step to make the whole thing official! If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend you visit it and consider becoming a contributor. Please spread the word to other members of the gaming community who either already love Dead State or are curious to learn more about it. Right now, there’s still a lot of content on there waiting to be fleshed out, so this is the best time to get involved and really help expand the Dead State wiki. If you’re looking for more ways to help us out in addition to playing the Early Access build and providing feedback, this is a great option! I hope this wiki proves useful to everyone, and I look forward to seeing it grow and develop!

For those who are curious what we've been up to since Update #1 - we're finishing up Systems beta, and while it may be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month before you see our next update, it'll be a HUGE one. You'll be getting character creation, combat barks, experience progression, and more content. As always, we'll need your help and feedback to improve and tweak these systems and your bug reports to make sure we don't miss anything in the final game! In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and love seeing all the screenshots, videos, and more coming out of the community. It just makes us that much more excited and motivated to get the updates - and then the final game - out sooner!

Information about

Dead State

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Prisonscape - A New RPG Adventure Game

by Couchpotato, 04:28

If your tired of the usual fantasy RPG then you may like Prisonscape from develpoper Lunar Enigma on kickstarter. They are asking for $49,500 to get funded.

Here is the pitch video, and game description.

Prisonscape is an adventure/RPG game about the harsh and brutal life in prison, made for PC, Mac, and Linux.

The focus is on making the best of what you have. Gathering parts and crafting makeshift weapons, interacting with other prisoners (bartering, forming alliances, or making enemies) and learning the trade inside the prison.

You can develop your character to be a tough fighter, charismatic manipulator, intelligent craftsman, or a slimy snake, and the choices you make affect the story.

The game was heavily inspired by two HBO classics, The Wire and Oz and the art style inspiration was pulled from SNES classics such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6. What separates Prisonscape from other games of same genre is its gritty, uncompromising atmosphere - we're not attempting to sugarcoat the prison life and culture.

Information about

Prisonscape

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Modern
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Van Helsing II - Preview @ Gizorama

by Couchpotato, 04:18

Gizorama has posted a new preview of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II.

Overall, the beta is just a taste of the game that will be released towards the end of May. The game obviously feels, looks, sounds and plays very much like the first game due to the nature of the development being more like an episodic game. The addition of the DLC classes is a plus, and the new features that weren’t available in beta look to make The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II a must buy for fans of the first.

Information about

Van Helsing II

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dragon Fin Soup - Update #13, 48 Hours Left

by Couchpotato, 04:14

If anyone was thinking of backing Dragon Fin Soup you have less than 48 hours left. The developers Grimm Bros has more information in the games latest update.

48 hours left!

We now have less than 48 hours left on this Kickstarter campaign! A huge thank you for all of your support! Let’s make this last two days count! 

Updated time for AMA on Reddit

We are rescheduling our AMA on Reddit for Thursday April 10th at 12 noon EST, 9am PST, and 5pm BST. We will send out an update, make a comment, and post on our FB/Twitter when we start the event. Looking forward to chatting with you all!

With the Sheep Stretch Goal unlocked the sheep is now officially coming as a Pet in DFS! We will add an additional quest to unlock the sheep as a Pet who will then accompany you on your journeys!  
With the next Stretch Goal we will be adding the undead Skeleton Warriors as playable characters in Survival Mode and Endless Labyrinth!

Dragon Fin Soup Game Play Video with Commentary! 

As promised we present you an extensive 24 minute long gameplay video with commentary from Randis explaining various game play features and showing off the first Quests in Dragon Fin Soup!

All Footage was recorded in 1080p as you would see in a full HD screen or TV (minus the video compression) The video explains a whole lot about DFS but does not cover all the gameplay and features. We plan to make more videos in the future to talk about things such as Pet Familiars, parties with NPC, Escort and protect missions, Fishing and mining, Survival Mode, Overworld, Endless Labyrint and more!

Here is an exclusive article on Polygon featuring the video! Please check it out and leave a comment http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/9/5594822/watch-24-minutes-of-grimm-bros-dragon-fin-soup-in-action and here is the video on our YouTube channel (make sure to set the video quality to 1080p and watch it in fullscreen)

Information about

Dragon Fin Soup

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Wednesday - April 09, 2014

Spiderweb Games - Avernum 2: Crystal Souls

by Couchpotato, 07:05

You can all thank Kordanor for the following information, Apparently the latest Spiderweb Software's newsletter confirms Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is in development.

We have already begun work on our ground-up rewrite of Avernum 2. In the same manner as Avernum: Escape From the Pit, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls will be a fresh, expanded reworking of one of our most beloved titles. Hopefully, it will be out for Windows, Mac, and portables before the end of 2014. When we have an official announcement, you can find out right away on our Facebook page.

I'm sorry I can't find any more information beside this right now. I will be sure to keep you all updated on any future news from Spider Web, or other sites in the future.

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Spiderweb Games

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Eschalon: Book III - Review @ GameBanshee

by Couchpotato, 05:41

GameBanshee's Steven Carter has posted a new review for Eschalon: Book III. The review is three pages long so I will just post the conclusion.

Conclusion

Overall, while the Eschalon trilogy didn't win a lot of awards or appear on many top 10 lists, all of its games have been solid, and Book III is no exception.  The campaign might take you 25+ hours to complete, and with all of the options for character builds, and with the fundamentally different ways some of those builds play, that means you might spend 50+ enjoyable hours with the game, which is a good deal at its $20 asking price.

That being said, Book III is very similar to Books I and II, so if you didn't enjoy those earlier games then you won't like the new one, either.  But since all of the games are similar, that means you could pick up Books I and II (which you can often find for $5 from online retailers) and inexpensively test out if the series is right for you.  I enjoyed the time I spent with Eschalon, and I'm quite sad to see it end.

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Eschalon: Book III

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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