Sunday
Jan252015

Tragedy Strikes Georgia Game Community

It is unfortunate that I have to write this, but one of the people who has worked so hard to make sure that future developers/programmers/etc at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has suddenly passed away. Tony Tseng passed just as the Global Game Jam was set to occur. Though there aren't many public details coming out about his passing, it was definitely unexpected, and so the community grieves his loss. There has been a Memorial Fund setup, and if you can donate I would highly recommend that you do so. 

Here is the blurb that is posted on the Fund Website:

Last evening we lost a dear friend in our gaming community. Tony Tseng was a mentor, a co-worker, a teacher, a loving father, a husband, and to many of us a friend as well as a colleague. He left us far too soon, and we grieve not just for his loss but also for what his family lost.

The Georgia Game Developers Association and the IGDA-Atlanta chapter are raising funds to help Tony's wife and son through this trying time. All funds raised will go to them (other than what we pay GoFundMe).
 
If you have any thoughts, wisdom, or memories of Tony you would like to share, please use ‪#‎GGJ15‬ and ‪#‎tonytseng‬ and help us to spread Tony's spirit with the rest of the world.

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Thursday
Jan222015

The Witcher MOBA is Now Out for iOS and Android

In a world where MOBAs have started to reign supreme it comes as no surprise when a company decides to take on a MOBA version of their franchise. This time it is The Witcher, and it is now available for you to play and enjoy on your mobile and more possible tablet devices. That's right folks it is time to jump in as your favorite characters from The Witcher series. Unfortunately for some I don't think the romantic experiences are going to make it into this form of the game. For more information I give you the official press release:

 

CD PROJEKT REDand Fuero Games announce the global release of The Witcher Battle Arena—a fast, fun and accessible Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game designed exclusively for smartphones and tablets! 

In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight against each other, trying to capture and hold conquest points in short, intense and action-packed battles. Designed with mobile devices in mind, Battle Arena combines intuitive controls with skill-based strategies and fast-paced action. Dive into a rich fantasy universe as you rain fire from afar as a sorceress or cleave your enemies’ knees as a dwarf—all with the flick of a finger. 

Featuring elements known from role-playing games and a fair, player-friendly monetization system, the game features no pay to win elements and allows every item and functionality to be unlocked entirely via gameplay.

The Witcher Battle Arena ships with two maps—the Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert (both available in conquest mode)—and 9 playable heroes taken straight from the Witcher universe.

Play as the witcher Geralt of Rivia, the elven rebel Iorveth or the powerful sorceress Philippa Eilhart; earn experience points to develop your player profile; win rare and valuable pieces of equipment; and customize your favorite characters using our deep upgrade system. Modify any hero to cater to your playstyle and be the first to dominate the arena!

With The Witcher Battle Arena’s launch, the development team will now focus on providing ongoing support for the game—which will include making it even richer with new heroes, maps and gameplay modes.

Oh and I probably should point this out too, for all of those out there who want to jump in on this action, here are the requirements:

Android
Minimum System Requirements:
CPU dual core 2x 1.0
1 GB RAM
Adreno 220 
Mali 400
600 MB free disk space 

Example devices:
- Galaxy S3
- Nexus 7 (2012)
- Nexus 10
- HTC One S
- Galaxy Tab 3 8"
- Galaxy Tab 4 8"
- Galaxy Tab Note 10.1"
- Galaxy Tab Note 8"

Recommended System Requirements
Tegra K1
Adreno 420
Mali T760
>= 2GB RAM
700 MB free disk space

Example devices:
- Nvidia Shield
- Nvidia Shield Tab
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 6
- Amazon Fire Phone
- Xiaomi Mi Pad
- Samsung Galaxy S5 PLUS
- Motorola Droid Turbo

The game will work on current and previous generation devices from most major manufacturers.


iOS 
Minimum System Requirements:
iPhone 5 and above 
iPad 3 and above 
iPad Mini 2 and above 

The game is NOT supported on earlier generations or iPod Touch.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Phoenix Online Introduces Us to Supreme League of Patriots

This is definitely something that we should have given you a heads up on earlier, but we've just got our hands on the next episodic adventure thanks in part of Phoenix Online and No Bull Intentions. You will be helping Kyle Keever get on the hit reality show America's Got Superpowers. In this comedic adventure there will be plenty for you to do while poking fun at the world of reality shows and more. These episodes will be start to be available starting January 29th. So there is still time to pre-order.

For more information I give you the full press release:

HILARIOUS SUPERHERO COMEDY ADVENTURE SUPREME LEAGUE OF PATRIOTSTM COMING JANUARY 29TH

 Newest Game in Phoenix Online Publishing’s Line-Up of All-Star Story-Driven Outings is Now Available for Pre-order for PC, Mac and Linux

St. Louis, MO – January 13, 2015 – Phoenix Online Publishing and No Bull Intentions invite you to don your cape and mask and join the Supreme League of Patriots in this hilarious and irreverent superhero comedy adventure! The first game from developer No Bull Intentions, all three issues of Supreme League will be releasing on January 29th for PC, Mac and Linux on Steam, and the Phoenix Online Store for $14.99 as a season pass, and $5.99 individually, and pre-orders of the game are available now at a 10% discount. The new trailer can be seen here: http://youtu.be/yTadcMfsYkE.

Poking fun at pop culture, politics, reality TV and more, Supreme League of Patriots invites players to join Kyle Keever in his politically incorrect quest to win a spot on the newest hit reality TV show, America's Got Superpowers. When a freak accident turns Kyle's alter-ego, the Purple Patriot, into his main ego and triggers real superpowers at the cost of his sanity (and good taste), Kyle's got a new mission to become the hero New York deserves, and definitely not the one it wants. Navigating a twisted world of vigilantes and villains with his cheeky and sarcastic sidekick Mel, Kyle's got a lot to learn about the world of superheroes!

 Key Features:

  • Three episodes of fully-voiced satirical superhero antics
  • Discover, befriend and declare your enemies from the city’s zany and colorful cast of superheroes and archenemies
  • Two playable characters: Kyle Keever aka The Purple Patriot and his sarcastic sidekick Mel
  • Tiered hint system to make the game as challenging as you want it to be
  • Fantastic original soundtrack composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman
  • Fight for something resembling justice from the sewers of New York to the theatres of Broadway!

"I'm a huge fan of classic point-and-click adventures. I wanted to take that classic gameplay and fuse it with the satirical, subversive humor you expect from Family Guy or South Park, and the high production values you associate with modern adventures," said Creative Director Philip Ings. "The Purple Patriot is such a thoroughly obnoxious, yet hopelessly inept, character. I can't wait to see how people react to him.”

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

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Monday
Jan192015

Blackguards 2 Now Available

Alright so it is finally time to dive back into this franchise, and the best news is that you are going to be journeying with many familiar faces. Actually if my memory serves the only change is really the main character. You will be playing the part of a woman who was ripped out of her bed and thrown into a dungeon that no one escapes from... well you know you are going to escape, but that's not the point, you are going to be able to get the band back together and you're going to find some new mechanics in the game, as well as some refinement to the first game, so what are you waiting for, don't let your wallet burn a hole in your pocket, get the game now!

Blackguards 2 now available worldwide!
 
Hamburg / Munich, January 19th, 2015 -  Blackguards 2, the sequel to Daedalic Entertainment’s successful S-RPG Blackguards, is available worldwide for 29.99 US$/ 22.99£/ 29.99€/ 499RUR/ 2,980Yen on Steam, GOG and other major online stores tomorrow. Featuring full English and German localization as well as subtitles in Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Korean.
 
You can find the brand new release trailer right here:
-> www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK6tAuxVhF4

Not much time has passed, but a lot has happened in the time between the events of the turn-based RPG-hit Blackguards and its sequel Blackguards 2. Set only few years after the story of the first game, Blackguards 2 will bring along many changes – for the well-known characters as well as for the players.
 
Blackguards 2 will stay an SRPG focussing on turn-based, strategic battles with a group of scoundrels as anti-heroes. Some of the best-known Blackguards from the first game will be part of the team again – unfortunately, their lives didn’t go very well since then. Dwarf Naurim, for example, has rest on his fame as a successful gladiator and defeater of the Nine Hordes. He used his popularity for shady businesses and excessive parties and got quite potbellied – not a very good condition for battles, and so he hung up his axe and ditched his old gang, as long as they wouldn't yield any profit.
 
Wizard Zurbaran was even less lucky: His mistress could track down the former slave, who was able to escape his servitude. She shackled, mortified and sold him for one symbolic copper piece at the slave market.
 
Takate, on the other hand, is back among the forest people and arranges his own gladiatorial games, letting humans fight for their destiny, just as he was forced to. He believes that there are no challenges left, after he has defeated the Nine Hordes, and gets bored with sending others to their death.
 
Nevertheless, the fame of the defeater of the Nine Hordes seems to be everlasting – at least for the three survivors, as all others have found their end. Cassia, main protagonist of Blackguards 2, is looking for them: Cassia’s only goal is to rule from the Shark Throne at all costs, even if it’s only for one day. In the Blackguards she sees the fighters and the power she needs for her plans, even if they are a shadow of their former glory: Naurim became fat and lazy, but also more cunning; Zurbaran lost his self-confidence and Takate seems to have lost his killer instinct.
 
Together with Cassia the three remaining Blackguards will be the main characters of Blackguards 2. In many quests the group will travel through South Aventuria to fulfill Cassia’s dream.
 
Blackguards 2 will again be based on the RPG rulebook of The Dark Eye, but it will come along with some revisions, optimisations and simplifications. The gameplay will focus on turn-based battles once more – this time the players have to conquer Cassia’s lands and defend them against intruders when the need arises. As in a fraction-based game the enemies can recapture the territories from the Blackguards.
 
If not in a battle, players take care of a lot of quests and the development of their characters. As common in RPGs, the quests will offer optional and alternative plotlines.
 
Furthermore, Blackguards 2 will have new weapons, armor, enemies and stamina as additional battle resource.
 
On top of that, Blackguards 2 will involve mechanics that have been requested by players of the first game, like improved line of sight, cover and formation.

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Wednesday
Jan142015

XBOX One: Evolve Open Beta Starts Soon

Alright folks for those of you who have been waiting for a chance to try out the game Evolve, your chance is going to happen very soon, as in tomorrow, 1/15/2015, soon. Now for those of you who want to play it you can go ahead and pre-load the game so that when the bell tolls you can start and you don't have to wait around for it to download. 

One thing that many people find annoying about betas is that your accomplishments get wiped away, well apparently this isn't going to be the case with this game, any monster or hunter characters you stumble upon will be transferred over to the full version, should you choose to pick the game up. Another thing is that this open beta is not too far away from the actual release of the game, so you are going to be able to get hooked and then go right into the actual game which is scheduled for release Feb 10th, 2015.

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