Bungie has announced that the Destiny Beta is now open anyone (no codes required) with PlayStation Plus (PS4/PS3) or Xbox Live Gold (Xbox 360/Xbox One).
The Beta has been eye-opening so far. We’ve watched the world of Destiny come to life. Guardians from every platform have arrived at the Tower from their battles in the wild. We have watched your adventures with great interest, and listened to your feedback. Your missions have provided us with volumes of discoveries we can use to prepare for the launch of Destiny in September.
Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.
Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. You’ll need to have a compatible console equipped with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. You’ll need to be brave.
Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.
If you have played the Beta, please prepare for new arrivals. We know you won’t go easy on them in the Crucible. Show no mercy.
Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.
Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke’s origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.
You investigate a secluded military lab and find something horribly wrong! All of the scientists are missing and the facility is ransacked. Years of research and top secret classified experiments are no where to be found.
The missing scientists, known as the Omicron Initiative, are responsible for developing new technologies. The only clue to their disappearance is a mysterious text message reading "we were forced to do it". The team's disappearance threatens the secrecy of it's research, which could potentially put your country into a chaotic panic. Now there's only one person who can rescue the Omicron Initiative and protect its secret technology from falling into the wrong hands.
In 21 real time strategy missions you'll race across the world to find out who, or what, is responsible for the team's disappearance. You'll battle with over 130 different types of RTS units ranging from infantry and ships to giant modern mega units.
After honing your skills in the campaign, fire up a random map and experience insane 5,000 unit real time strategy battles! Choose your nation and test your mettle in online multiplayer or conquer some AI opponents offline. Many adjustable options ensure every game is unique. Want to play with only ground units? Make the victory condition the death of a specific unit? The options are limitless in this real time strategy game!
Valencia, Spain – Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital have launched the much-anticipated point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Humble, and GOG. That’s right, your carefree days of crushing candy and enslaving weird Japanese creatures to fight at your whim are over – it’s time to grow up and face some intergalactic moral dilemmas like an adult. Gods Will Be Watching is now available in both a standard edition ($9.99) and a collector’s edition ($19.99) that includes the original soundtrack, a digital art book, and a digital comic that serves as the prologue to the haunting events of Gods Will Be Watching (godswillbewatching.com)
Gods Will Be Watching is a minimalistic “point and click thriller” centered on despair, commitment, and sacrifice as players face intriguing puzzles and tough decisions that will affect their entire crew’s wellbeing. Set against the backdrop of an interstellar struggle, Gods Will Be Watching follows Sgt. Burden and his crew in six tense chapters that examine a multitude of mature themes ranging from hostage situations and wilderness survival to biological weapon prevention and agonizing torture scenarios. Players are faced with incredibly difficult ethical and moral choices as their mental fortitude and personal limits are tested in every scenario. Each decision is crucial and players will need to choose between the lives of their team and the saving the world from genocide.
“My usual video game strategy of shooting everyone I encounter in the face has proven to be impractical in Gods Will Be Watching,” noted Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Shooting people in the knee works though. So that’s nice.”
Gods Will Be Watching is now available at all fine digital storefronts and probably on some backwoods torrents. But don’t do that. Geez, why would we even put that in a press release? For more information on Gods Will Be Watching or to try the original prototype, visit godswillbewatching.com.
Positech Games, Developers of the popular Gratuitous Space Battles and Democracy games for the PC are gratuitously happy to announce that they are currently developing… Gratuitous Space Battles 2!
Like the original, GSB2 is a 2D top-down space strategy game based on the idea of hands-off battles between huge armadas of player-design spaceships. GSB 1 sold over 150,000 copies on PC and continues to be popular with gamers, especially through the extensive mod scene and it’s innovative online asynchronous ‘challenge’ battles.
GSB2 uses an entirely re-written custom engine, vastly better visual effects, a much-improved GUI, and will feature steam achievements, mod support and some very sexy undisclosed new features. The game is especially targeting gamers with multiple monitor setups who enjoy ridiculously over the top space battles, but the engine should comfortable scale down to much older PC’s too. The aim is to replicate all of the OTT silliness of sci-fi movie user-interfaces.
The release date for the game is ‘probably 2014, possibly early 2015. We have not yet decided whether to have a pre-order beta system but this is a strong possibility. The game will be available on PC, Linux and Mac. The engine is custom-written by the developer for this game.
The latest Insider Video for Alien: Isolation™, ‘The Cast of Alien™’, features exclusive behind the scenes interviews with key cast members of the 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece, Alien. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) discuss reprising their roles in a video game and the legacy of one of the most enduring horror franchises in movie history.
Alien: Isolation’s bonus content is set to bring fans of the series and gamers alike one of the most memorable and unique gaming experiences. Transporting gamers back to the set of Alien in the pre-order bonus content “Crew Expendable” and “Last Survivor”. “Crew Expendable” sees the original crew reunited aboard the Nostromo. Brett and Kane are dead; alongside Ash and Lambert, it is now down to the player as Dallas, Parker or Ellen Ripley, to find a way to isolate the Alien and overcome the terror that confronts them. “Last Survivor” picks up the story as Ripley tries to escape on the Narcissus. On hearing the screams of Lambert and Parker, the player must navigate their way back down through the Nostromo in order to activate the self-destruct sequence, before retracing their steps back to the Narcissus shuttle and escape.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
The development of Mordheim: City of the Damned, the first video game adaptation of the cult tabletop game, Mordheim, is going full steam ahead at developers Rogue Factor. Today, they're taking a short break to share some new screenshots! Having previously unveiled the Skaven and the Human mercenaries, they are now revealing one of the next playable factions: the Sisters of Sigmar.
Mordheim: City of the Damned is a turn-based tactical game set in the Warhammer World's doomed city, which blends elements of RPG, highly tactical turn-based combat and intricate unit customisation in a world overwhelmed by chaos and faction rivalry, and where the law of the strongest reigns supreme. Numerous factions are locked in battle in Mordheim, mainly for glory, fortune and power. Today's images unveil the Sisters of Sigmar, one of the four playable factions of the game!
Made up exclusively of women, the Sisters of Sigmar fight in the City of the Damned for a very different reason than the other factions: whereas the mercenaries throughout the Old World are seeking the fame and fortune that the shards of Wyrdstone can grant them, and the Skaven covet the precious green shards for the power they contain, the Sisters of Sigmar are eager to find the Wyrdstones in order to hide it all, where it will not spread further into the Empire the wave of insanity that has engulfed Mordheim.
Riches and infamy await you late 2014 in Mordheim: City of the Damned!
Marvel’s next summer blockbuster film is coming to Disney Infinity. Today, Disney Interactive officially announced the latest Play Set for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) – Guardians of the Galaxy, inspired by the upcoming film Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters August 1.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful cosmic object from the villainous Ronan the Accuser. Players will guide the team as they race to protect Knowhere from Ronan and his attacking Sakaaran fleet while keeping their newly liberated item safe from the villain’s evil grasp.
In addition to the trailer, the new asset pack includes character images and action screenshots showing the characters in the Play Set and Toy Box 2.0.
Playable characters for the Play Set include Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot, as well as crossover characters Iron Man (from The Avengers Play Set) and Nova (from The Spider-Man Play Set). Mission givers will include Cosmo, The Collector and Yondu.
Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot will be also playable in the all-new Toy Box 2.0, along with all characters previously released for Disney Infinity. Players will be able to use these characters, plus hundreds of Marvel and Disney-themed items, locations, props and vehicles to create new adventures in customized worlds. Additionally, the Guardians of the Galaxy characters will partake in one of the new structured Toy Box Games now offered in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The Toy Box Game, called Attack on Asgard has Loki opening a series of portals that allow an army of Frost Giants to invade Odin’s Palace at Loki’s command. The Giants threaten to lay waste to Asgard, rob Odin’s Palace and ultimately grant control of the throne to Loki.
In addition, there will be Guardians of the Galaxy themed Power Discs that will enable players to customize their Play Set and Toy Box experiences. The Power Discs include:
The Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set will be available in retail stores this fall. Additional characters will be announced in the coming months.
Hey budding C.O.U.N.T.E.R agents! David Nottingham, (Dynamighty Creative Director) here with some exciting CounterSpy news!
Yesterday, the good folks at Sony, along with our co-conspirators at C.O.U.N.T.E.R declassified the Release Date information for CounterSpy. The day that you will be able to get your hands on CounterSpy (and hopefully prevent this crazed superpower plot to destroy our moon), is August 19th in North America.
For those who are not familiar, CounterSpy is an Action Stealth side-scroller from Dynamighty (that’s us) set during the Cold War. You play as an agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R, whose singular goal is to prevent the superpowers from accomplishing their crazy race to destroy the moon with nuclear missiles.
The August 19th PSN release is for PS4, PS3 & PS Vita and the price is $14.99. As a reminder, the game is Cross-Buy & also Cross-Save, so purchase it once and you’ll have a copy on all three devices!
As we count down to that date, we’ve also got some help from some talented folks at PlayStation, who helped us by putting together this launch trailer. Enjoy!
We are really excited to finally be close to getting the game into your hands. Starting a new studio has been a big journey for John and me, starting from when we left LucasArts back in 2010.
We’ve been joined along the way by some awesome talented folks. We have two Marks, a lot of Chrisses, only one Ryan though (you don’t want more than one Ryan at a small indie studio — trust us). Grace & Devin, Ed & Jamie all helped bring life into this game… plus many others! We may have to start assigning agent names to people in future.
Also a huge thanks to our friends at PlayStation. They’ve all been big believers in the world of C.O.U.N.T.E.R.
So purchase on August 19th, or if you can’t wait, you can alsopre-order! Thanks to the wonders of PlayStation technology, the game will preload on your shiny new PS4 so its available right on launch day.
Stay tuned on Twitter for further announcements. Also, our tumblr continues to post bits and pieces about the development process, including groovy espionage artwork coolness.
So start the clock ticking for August 19th. Meanwhile, read up on your espionage techniques, eat your vegetables and take that yoga class. We need able-bodied C.O.U.N.T.E.R agents. Because if C.O.U.N.T.E.R won’t save us from reckless moon destroying superpowers then who will?
The latest Steam client beta carries with an interesting surprise: An update image of the Steam Controller buried deep within its files.
The revised diagram was first spotted by Steam Database and posted on its Twitter profile. The diagram in the latest client beta update, dated July 23 2014, shows a mock-up that abandons the left-side buttons in favor of an analog thumbstick. The thumbstick sits to the bottom right of the controller's signature trackpad on the left side. If the image represents a planned iteration of the controller, it could be a move to make the Steam Controller more versatile.
Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
London, UK – July 23, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® released Might & Magic® Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars, a strategy card game available for download on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Choose a hero from six time-tested factions from the Might & Magic® universe and battle through the single-player campaign, against friends in local multiplayer or online against ranked opponents.
Players will explore the story of the Forgotten Wars through the single-player campaign of more than 30 missions. They will choose a hero and assemble an army of creatures to battle against fierce opponents while playing spells, fortunes, buildings and events wisely to unleash combinations to defeat opponents on the battlefield. In the online multiplayer mode, users will face off in ranked matches against opponents of similar skill level and battle for a spot atop the leaderboards. Local multiplayer mode will allow friends to duel on the same console.
“With Might & Magic Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars, we worked to create the best gaming experience for players familiar with the franchise and those new to Duel of Champions and collectible card games,” said Samuel Jobin, producer, Might & Magic Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars. “Forgotten Wars includes the cards and game mechanics players have come to know and love as well as unique gameplay elements only available for console players.”
Four additional card sets are also available to help reinforce ranks and build out card decks, which will give players more than 650 cards to collect.
Might & Magic® Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars can be downloaded for £7.99 starting today from the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360 and from the PlayStation Network for PS3.
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German-based RPG developer Piranha Bytes, creators of the iconic Gothic series, are going back to their roots with the newest installment of the classic role-playing series, Risen. In Risen 3: Titan Lords, published by Deep Silver, open-world exploration is paramount in the largest game world ever created by developer Piranha Bytes. The diverse landscapes are handcrafted and full of life, providing the player with the same authentic, classic experience that epitomized the Gothic series as well as the original Risen. In their "Back to the Roots" video feature, Piranha Bytes and Deep Silver take the player to the various locations of Risen 3: Titan Lords and show how favorite elements of the previous Piranha Bytes games are coming back.
Fundamentally built to be a completely Free-to-Play AAA MMO Shooter, Firefall delivers an engaging gameplay experience like no other. With a constantly changing world, deep narrative, endless customization, and rewarding player progression, Firefall will consistently deliver spectacular content that will please both PvE and PvP players.
Sony has announced a PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition of Disney Infinity 2.0 that will include all of the figures (including the timed-exclusive Hulk figure) and a custom stand for all the Avengers. This edition can also come bundled with a PlayStation 3.
After some laughter and back-and-forth, we had come to a consensus on our execution: We would create some sort of cool carrying case that would include all components of our Starter Pack (which focuses on the Avengers), all of the additional Avengers characters that would be available at launch (including Captain America and Hawkeye), and we would allow Hulk to be sold early inside this PlayStation Collector’s Edition. Adam and his team also said that they wanted to bundle our Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack with a PlayStation 3 console for Holiday 2014, which we found quite flattering.
After exploring numerous options for a carrying case, the team decided that none of them felt right for our fans. We decided to create a Collector’s Edition that could act more as a “collector’s display” for the various Disney Infinity figures, which is something our fans have been asking for us to create for a long time.
Things are definitely not looking good for Crytek. Homefront’s producer has left the building, Tiego Sousa – the man behind CRYENGINE – has recently left Crytek and we just found out that Mike Read, producer of both Crysis 3 and Ryse – has resigned from this German studio.
We know you’ve been waiting, so we busted our asses to finish our chores up early. You can download and play the Beta right now. This is a great moment for the entire Bungie Community to share in this adventure, and we couldn't be more excited. Get in there. Break it. Tell us what you think. Share your experiences online.
If you’ve yet to get a code and download the Beta, now is the time. Every single Guardian with a pre-order code is welcome to join us in the Tower. Detailed instructions for scoring a code and redeeming a code can be found right here.
If you’ve already played, you haven’t seen everything yet. We’ve got some surprises in store, and if you play on Saturday, July 26th beginning at 2pm PDT, we’ve got a permanent reward on reserve that will commemorate the experience.
A genuine publishing phenomenon, Farming Simulator confounded all expectations by becoming a real bestseller, with over 2 million copies sold worldwide with the latest version available on (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360) and computer (PC & Mac).
Sticking to the recipe that has so far proved such a smash hit, the Farming Simulator franchise is now moving up a gear! A new graphics and physics engine, new visual effects, a new interface, new gameplay mechanics and, of course, a new and vast game environment; Farming Simulator 15 combines all the right ingredients to offer the richest and most detailed farming experience ever on PC in October of this year, and early 2015 on home console (cross-generation)!
Similar to its predecessor, in Farming Simulator 15 you to face the daily challenges of a modern farmer as you grow crops, sell produce, rear livestock and manage and develop your own farming complex in two immense open worlds. with a new Nordic setting!
The game engine in Farming Simulator 15 has been totally revamped, and the game can now display visual effects and graphic rendering that are way ahead of the previous version, in particular using PBR (physical-based rendering) that for example, provides a photo-realistic rendering of the vehicles. But Farming Simulator 15 hasn't just added some esthetic improvements: besides an exclusive game backdrop and a new interface, this farming sim also includes extra activities, notably logging! You can now manage forested areas in the game environment using a range of new vehicles and machines designed specifically for this activity: harvesters, chain saws, chippers and even trailers.
This additional equipment joins the long list of agricultural machinery that has been faithfully reproduced from the originals made by famous manufacturers such as Case IH, Deutz-Fahr and Lamborghini that are ready to be put to work. More prestigious brands in the sector are also available; New Holland and Ponsse among others!
As you would expect, Farming Simulator 15 also has an extensive online mode and services that enable you to manage a farm with up to 15 players online or on a local network and exchange numerous "mods" with the community created by the players themselves using the in-game customization tool, including vehicles, equipment and even environments!
We are thrilled to announce that Stronghold Crusader 2 is now available for pre-order on Steam, the Humble Store, GetGames, Amazon and other online retailers. To sweeten the deal we have also lined up several pre-order bonuses, including two exclusive mini-campaigns, a 10% discount and more! Please enjoy this latest trailer which features new siege equipment, one very unfortunate castle and a brief glimpse at an old enemy...
Today we are announcing that Battlefield Hardline will launch in early 2015. Obviously, this is big news, so I’d like to address why we’re making this change.
Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you.
From Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age, there is this word:
I’m writing to let you know that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new release date of November 18, 2014 in North America (November 21st in EU). We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it.
Every serious gamer wants a good solution for cataloging their game collection. But which site or application should you choose? I demo 6 of the most popular methods of organizing your game collection and show you the Pros & Cons of each.