When it comes to getting Steam into your living room, Valve does not joke around. In fact, as we approach the year 2014, it seems like they’re reaching to the stars and thinking big as they tease us with their next announcement.
In a teaser page, Valve is looking for users to get involved and become a part of the design process. While details are scant, signs point to the oft mentioned Steam Box.
The page has a countdown under what seems to be the first phase of development, signaling a reveal for Monday at 1 p.m. EST, a little over 48 hours as of this posting. It’s as creepy as it is intriguing. Not much else is shown, except for that blasted cat at the bottom of the page and a controller. It seem like we’ll have to wait until Monday before we get the first glimpse of what the future of Steam has in stock for us.
To many post-apocalypse aficionados, Wasteland is a seminal title in the genre. It’s often credited for inspiring the creation of the massively beloved Fallout series and one of the earliest examples of games set in the aftermath of nuclear war.
While still embroiled in the development of Wasteland 2, inXile Entertainment recently announced the decision to re-release the game that started it all, offering it up for free as a separate download for backers of the upcoming sequel on Kickstarter.
inXile originally had come up to an agreement with EA to give all Wasteland 2 backers a copy of the original Wasteland that was set to be integrated within Wasteland 2‘s menus.
However, inXile got the go-ahead from the powers that be to release Wasteland as a separate game, giving players time to play the original while waiting for the sequel.
Since many older games often have compatibility issues with newer operating systems, the company has pledged to ensure the game will run on modern rigs before releasing it, possibly by using emulation software like DOSbox.
After backers get the game for free, Wasteland will also be available on GOG.com and Steam for purchase. Wasteland 2 has no release date as of this posting, though it is estimated for a late 2013 showing.
From Clive Barker to Tom Clancy, famous authors have been dipping their feet in the videogame industry for many years where some of them have created memorable stories and franchises.
Neil Gaiman, writer of over 20 memorable books including The Sandman, Coraline and much more, is joining in on the fun with the launch of his first video game, Wayward Manor.
While inXile Entertainment has been hard at work to give all of their Wasteland 2 Kickstarter backers the best experience they can possibly receive, the developer has announced that a distribution deal was struck with Deep Silver.
This deal lets inXile Entertainment place even more focus on the development of the game while Deep Silver handles all the aspects of getting the game out to the backers and on store shelves. In a statement released on Wasteland 2′s Kickstarter page, inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo said:
“This is a perfect opportunity for inXile: it allows us to continue to focus all of our energy and money into the creative aspects of the game while letting Deep Silver take our game outside of the pure digital space. This has the added bonus of allowing us to spend more of the Kickstarter funds on development while continue to retain all ownership and control. I’ve known the people at Deep Silver for many years and they have always been a first rate organization to deal with.”
And the support doesn’t stop there. Deep Silver will also help inXile with QA testing of the localized international versions of the game as well.
With this partnership, we can expect inXile to continue on its path of giving the fans the game they truly want.
After letting players take part in a two year beta, the folks at Valve announced today that Dota 2 will get an honest-to-goodness launch. Just without the whole ‘everyone gets to play the game on day one’ thing.
According to Valve, the game will be made available immediately to everyone currently participating in the beta, offering “uninterrupted access” during the game’s release. New players, however, will have to sign up and wait for their chance to join in.
Double Fine announced its second Kickstarter endeavor, Massive Chalice, about a month ago, and today the Kickstarter campaign has come to a close. Double Fine was never in any real danger of not being funded, as the game surpassed its initial goal of $725,000 in just five days. In the remaining 25 days, Double Fine raked in a total of $1,299,015.
While not as successful as Double Fine’s record breaking Broken Age, which brought in over three million dollars, Massive Chalice’s success just goes to show that Double Fine’s Kickstarter success isn’t based on hype.
Massive Chalice promises to be a “tactical strategy PC game on an epic fantasy timeline.” As of right now, a bunch of gorgeous concept art is all we have of the game, but concrete evidence of how it plays shouldn’t be too far off.
Remember that thing Valve announced just a little over a month ago called Steam Trading Cards? It turns out the super meta-game that gives players digital tchotchkes for playing select games will be out in the wild this Wednesday.
According to the digital distribution giant, Steam Trading Cards will be made public at at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST).
For those that don’t know what Steam Trading Cards is, think of it as a mini-game for Steam where virtual collectible cards show up as loot while playing a game like DOTA 2. Every complete set redeemed gets a special item, like a cosmetic badge for their profile to coupons to be used for future game purchases.
What makes this a completionist’s dream/nightmare is the fact that only half of any given set is obtained through gameplay. The other half comes from trading with friends.
When originally announced, Valve said a number of features like a “Card Binder” and “Trade Offers” section was in the works, though it seems they have been delayed for the time being.
“We’ll be continuing to iterate on existing features and add new ones after the release. There are a few things we have talked about previously that we really wanted to get to, that have now been pushed till post release – Trade Offers, and the Card Binder. They will still get done we just don’t have an exact timeline on that.”
Though trading cards have only been available as a beta in Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, Portal 2, Half-Life 2 and Don’t Starve, the feature’s release will also see other games added to the list.
They also mentioned an “event [they] think everyone can be excited about” to coincide with the feature’s release… I wonder what that could be…
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition released for iOS last on Dec. 7 of last year, but the classic role-playing title has been pulled from the Apple App Store and the Beamdog website. The game is still available on Steam, but upcoming patch for the game and, unfortunately, the Enhanced version of Baldur’s Gate II will be delayed.
“We’ve taken this step at our publishing partner’s request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues,” the President of Beamdog & Overhaul games wrote on the Baldur’s Gate website. As usual with legal matters, Beamdog isn’t speaking on these contractual issues. In the FAQ listed on the website, Beamdog states they do not have a specific date or timeline for when the game will be available again, nor does Beamdog know when the Android version of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be released now.
Fortunately, there is nothing to worry about if you’ve already purchased Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. These troubles will not brick your game or affect it in any way; however, if you were eagerly awaiting the next patch, which included German language options, over 100 gameplay fixes and a new font, it won’t be available anytime soon.
The people at Humble Bundle are back in the news again with their latest weekly vidoegame bundle. It seems like the Humble guys are on a never-ending quest to separate the videogame community’s money from their wallets all in the name of charity. This week Humble Bundle teamed up with Telltale games to deliver some of their best episodic adventure games that they have to offer.
The Telltale Humble Bundle includes all of the episodes for Back to the Future: the Game, Puzzle Agent 1 & 2, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse and Poker Night at the Inventory. All games are available on both Windows and Mac computers except for Wallace & Gromit, which is exclusive to Windows.
Per tradition, the bundle is pay what you want but you will have to spend a dollar or more for the Steam keys. Of course, get to choose whether your money goes to Charity, to Telltale Games or to the people who support the Humble Bundle servers. If you pay above the average, which is holding at just above $4, a copy of the award-winning The Walking Dead will be added to your order.
This offer only lasts until next Thursday.
The developer that proved crowd-sourcing to be a viable option for videogame development is back at it again. This time around, Double Fine is asking players to back an epic strategy role-playing title called Massive Chalice.
Massive Chalice promises to be a game in the same vein as Final Fantasy Tactics or X-Com, but with a twist: the “feudal-fantasy” tactics lovechild will span centuries. Double Fine cites Game of Thrones’ array of noble families as inspiration for a mechanic where your heroes will age, die and leave behind heirs to take up their quest. Mix this all with kingdom management and some roguelike randomization elements, and you have what Massive Chalice is all about. (more…)