Wednesday
Aug062014

Red Katana's Upcoming RTS going to KickStarter

Red Katana, a group of developers out of the Argentina have come up with what they think is the next big RTS. Taking what they loved about other beloved series they have come together to create their very own RTS that will have RPG elements, tactical, and strategy game mechanics. This game will be set in a post-apocalyptic world, which seems to continue to be a favorite setting (in my own opinion). If after you read the following press release, you think that this is something that you can definitely get behind I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you put a little money down to help KickStart this project into reality.

RED KATANA LAUNCHES FALLEN: A2P PROTOCOL ON KICKSTARTER

Indie Developer Announces Post-Apocalyptic Turn-Based Strategy Game, Paying Homage to X-COM, Fallout and Shadowrun


BUENOS AIRES—August 6, 2014—Argentinian indie developer Red Katana today announced Fallen: A2P Protocol, the next evolution in turn-based tactical and strategy games. Inspired by beloved and critically acclaimed genre predecessors X-COMFallout and ShadowrunFallen: A2P Protocol combines RPG, tactical, and strategy gameplay elements in a post-apocalyptic world.

Fallen: A2P Protocol screenshot

One year in development, Red Katana seeks to raise at least $75,000 to completeFallen: A2P Protocol (currently in alpha) for a 2015 release. It also invites backers to join the indie developer in a collaborative development process, helping choose and prioritize key features, additional content, and stretch goals.

“We love turn-based strategy and tactical games, and have been playing them for many years; but we felt there weren’t enough great contemporary games in the genre and came up with the idea of Fallen: A2P Protocol,” said Red Katana CEO Martin Cao. “During the early development process we realized how important it is for fans of these games to be involved, and so we are asking the gaming community to not only assist us with financial backing, but work together with us to define features and prioritize gameplay elements that will make Fallen: A2P Protocol a game that is both worthy of the genre’s predecessors and includes fan-favorite features and community-driven must-have content.”



Fallen: A2P Protocol takes place in a near-future Earth where the world has been devastated by a series of natural disasters and nations have collapsed. The use of A2P, a hyper-powerful new type of energy is controlled only by GENKORP, a mega-conglomerate and private military-industrial complex. A small group of revolutionaries, known as ARKANE, has taken up arms to oppose to the use of A2P. Meanwhile, independent bands of bandits and survivors, allied with neither faction, roam the ravaged planet outside the reinforced cities and strongholds in an area known simply as “The Dust.” Players must explore this vast and hostile game world, gather resources to upgrade armor and weapons, use tactical skills to attack or defend against multiple enemy groups, leverage a destructible environment to their strategic advantage, and ultimately, determine the fate of mankind on Earth.

Fallen: A2P Protocol is scheduled for a 2015 release on PC. For more information about the Kickstarter campaign, please visit ks.fallena2p.com.

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Oh My Gore! the Reverse Tower Defense and Tower Defense Game

So here's the deal, Daedalic Entertainment is joining forces with a company called bumblebee to give you a very interesting game next year.  This game is called Oh My Gore!. It is a real time strategy game where you will be trying to conquer towers defending the land, but once you have conquered it you will need to defend it with towers of your own. It is a constant struggle between the awesome cool bad guys and the silly full of themselves good guys. Will you have what it takes to conquer the land, and defend it? I guess we will find out when this game comes out.

For more information here's the press release:

Daedalic and bumblebee. develop pixelart tower defense game 'Oh My Gore!'

Hamburg, July 30th, 2014. – When pixels fight: Today, Daedalic Entertainment and bumblebee. announce a cooperation for a tower defense game developed in pixel art design. The game's title: 'Oh My Gore!' The sheduled release date is early 2015 for PC and Mac.
 
Concept and design are brought to life by bumblebee.,  development itself also takes place in Wiehl, Germany, where the studio is based. Daedalic Entertainment will publish Oh my Gore! worldwide.

Oh My Gore! is a genre-mix of RTS, tower defense and reverse tower defense, visualized in a 2D pixel art top-down style. The player will join the forces of evil, playing an evil deity unrivaled in his viciousness and eager to execute revenge on the world for past wrongs. And nothing less than total world domination will satiate the hunger for vengeance; so the godlike player ventures forth to wipe out all goody-two-shoes from the planet.

That's where the tower defense mechanic kicks in: players conquer and defend territory after territory, castle after castle, keep after keep. The strike force consists of vile orks and bone-knights. As soon as they scourged and conquered one area, they'll defend it against the attacks of noble knights.
The first conquered keep will be declared the Fortress of Evil and will be fortified with all kinds of vicious defenses.
 
Ressource management is crucial in order to produce new units, gather ressources and stock them. Quests allow the player to recruit more heroes who can also go on sidequests.
 
Each level of the game offers different challenges and utilizes one or both mechanics of tower defense gameplay. Additionally, there are optional factors like time limits or secondary objectives - carnage allows the god to increase his power. Unique 2D-liquid-physics enable the player to influence the game world directly: a broken dam flash-floods enemy camps, while an active volcano can bring a fiery and sudden end to the player's own troops. Random encounters and events are the icing on the cake and give an exciting taste to classic gameplay.
 
On the economic side, the pixel-villains take care of gathering precious gold that's used for construction and recruiting more units. Experience points are used to train your heroes and soldiers.
Inside the evil god's keep one can find a lot of RPG elements: NPCs flesh out the story and offer side quests.
 
The mixture of retro-cool pixel style and gripping super-villain story turn Oh my Gore! into never-ending tower-defense fun.
Oh my Gore! is scheduled for release in early 2015 and will be available on Steam Early Access in fall 2014.

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Saturday
Aug022014

Elysian Shows KickStarter Now Live

Alright technically this bad boy went live yesterday, but this is still a huge deal and one day late does not mean that this game is any bit less worthy to talk about. Remember that awesome idea for making an RPG that screams nostalgia with some of the newer technology? Well this is the game. Now they are looking for $150,000 right out of the door to make this dream a reality. To me that sounds about right for what they are trying to do. Of course there are still features in the game that I'm sure the entire development staff wants to see happen, and of course the big number is $500,000 which makes this an online game.

I'm going to be honest some of these features seem very ambitious, espeically the online one, but hopefully this team had enough time to map out all the obstacles, licensing fees, additional assets and time, that goes into this, and we can see something truly amazing come together.

So let's get right to it then, here's the link, lets make this game happen. Also, by the way, the pledge levels, they look beyond solid and it looks like at almost every level supporters are going to be receiving some really good stuff. I mean, come on look at this kick-ass list of goodies you can get, and the levels you can get them at:

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Friday
Aug012014

Cognition Gets a Game of the Year Edition

Now I know everyone has read my review on Cognition, so you should all know how awesome it is to hear that this episodic criminal investigation game is getting a Game of the Year Edition. Now that being said I do hope the fixed the small issues that I had in the game, and that this will get some of you fellow gamers out there to pick up this version of the game and give it a try. Yes it is a point click adventure game, but the story is solid, and it is definitely worth a playthrough. Now I think I've given you enough information to start this off, so lets just go straight to the press release so that you can soak up the morsels that might have slipped through the cracks:

AWARD-WINNING MURDER MYSTERY ADVENTURE COGNITIONTM: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION NOW AVAILABLE FOR PC AND MAC

New Edition of Critically-Acclaimed Hit Features Director’s Commentary, Behind the Scenes Material and More

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 31, 2014 – Phoenix Online Publishing is celebrating the support of the adventure game community today with the release of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Game of the Year Edition, after winning six Reader’s Choice 2013 Aggie Awards in February, including Best Adventure Game of 2013. This extensive new edition of the popular thriller includes all four Season One episodes of the smash hit game, plus brand new bonus features including a complete director’s commentary track, concept art, behind-the-scenes development diaries, outtakes, and more! The Game of the Year edition is regularly priced at $14.99, and is currently on sale this week for $9.99 for PC and Mac on Steam, GOG, the Phoenix Online Store and other online retailers, and is being made available to all existing owners of the game as a free update.

Awarded entirely based on reader votes from the adventure game community atAdventureGamers.com, Cognition also came away with Best Writing (Drama), Best Story, Best Independent Adventure, Best Traditional Adventure, and Best Music, which it also won in 2012. The second volume of the official soundtrack is also being released today, featuring 24 new songs from the game composed by Austin Haynes and the single “Keep You” by Slow Down Clown, for $7.99.

“We were both floored and honored by the immense support of the community in the Aggie Awards this year,” said Katie Hallahan, PR Director and one of the designers of Cognition. “They’ve been with us every step of the way to make Cognition a reality and a success, starting with our Kickstarter and still going strong today! We’re excited to share a new aspect of Erica’s story and ours with the Game of the Year edition.”

In Cognition, Boston FBI Agent Erica Reed uses her power of post-cognition to see visions of the past and uncover clues no one else can—when she can control it--always hoping something will lead her to the Cain Killer, a serial killer who murdered her brother but was never caught. When clues begin to point to someone knowing Erica’s secret, the hunt is on to find out who they are, what they want, and whether they can be trusted in this thrilling episodic adventure.

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Phoenix Online and Pelgrane Press Team Up for a Horror Special

So this should be something interesting to keep the love of the unique experience of The Last Door. These two publishers of different mediums have decided to come together and have decided to not only give the wonderful fans a free novella, a prequel to the game. They are also going to be looking for flash short stories, so I would try my hand at it if I were you, and you were a horror, lovecraftian enthusiast. For more information I give you the official press release:

PELGRANE PRESS AND THE LAST DOOR TEAM UP FOR HORROR CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY

Free David Conyers The Last Door-inspired Novella and Promotional Offers from the Trail of Cthulhu Creators and Phoenix Online Publishing Available for August

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 29, 2014 –  Phoenix Online Publishing™ and Pelgrane Press™ today announced they are teaming up to offer fans of Lovecraftian horror games a free novella inspired by the award-winning point-and-click adventure game The Last Door™; discount codes on both their products; and a 140-character horror story contest for a chance to win a free RPG PDF from Pelgrane.

For the month of August, all new subscribers to Phoenix Online’s newsletter will receive a free PDF of “The Five Arches”. This prequel story to The Last Door™ is written by by David Conyers, author of more than fifty short stories, including an on-going Lovecraftian sci-fi espionage series. The PDF also includes discount codes for $5 off at the Pelgrane Press webstore, and 20% off The Last Door: Collector’s Edition at the Phoenix Online Store.

Additionally, the two companies invite horror fans to submit 140-character flash horror stories tohorror140@postudios.com for a chance to win a free Pelgrane Press PDF of their choice, such as Trail of Cthulhu13th Age or Night's Black Agents. Five winners will be announced on August 12th on both sites.

For more information, please visit www.POStudios.com and www.PelgranePress.com.

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