League of Legends maker Riot Games (which is owned by China-based online gaming super power Tencent) has invested an undisclosed amount of money in online media and tech company Curse. The focus of the investment appears to be in Curse Voice, the company's VOIP solution for gaming, but Curse is best known for its Gamepedia web portal, a Wikipedia-style repository of information on a number of popular games, and a number of portals dedicated to specific games run by fans. The site touts 28 million monthly visitors and over 1 billion page views.
The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.
As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.
Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.
This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.
inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.
According to data collected through a new TIGA survey of "new" British game developers, there appears to be a trend towards making games more for the PC. According to the trade group representing British game developers, more than half of all new developers launched in the UK during 2014 are primarily focused on the PC, showing that some are moving away from mobile game development. Around 52 percent of British games companies started in 2014 are focused on the PC, versus 35 percent on mobile.
Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.
While Rocksteady Studios has released the first update to the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, the developer says that the work that needs to be done to fix everything is "significant" and will "take some time." Basically, expect some problems to continue to exist for awhile while Rocksteady works them out slowly.
According to data collected by Steamspy, ARK: Survival Evolved, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Total War: ATTILA sold the most games and generated the most income during the Steam Monster Summer Sale which ended on June 21.
In terms of unit sales, Steamspy put ARK, two Total War games Counter-Strike Global, and Castle Crashers in the top five. In terms of actual revenue, Total War ATILLA topped the list with $14.7 million in sales.
Rocksteady co-founder and game director Sefton Hill noted on Twitter last night that he fully supported the decision to pull the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight off of Steam, from other digital distribution channel and from retail.
Retailer Green Man Gaming announced via its blog today that it will give refunds to customers who bought the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight a refund if developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment don't fix the myriad of performance issues the game is suffering from.
And while GMG hopes that an upcoming patch will fix the problems, it also notes that it is ready to reimburse customers for the purchase if it comes down to doing that.
We're not sure if Rocksteady Studios' response to performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be met with much joy among those gamers who bought the game when it launched yesterday on Steam. In a lengthy post on Steam, the developer laid out suggested settings for various PC configurations, and many of them are below the expected threshold of 1080p running at 60 fps.
The latest Humble Bundle is all about Gearbox Software's and 2K Games' popular Borderland series of action RPGs. The Humble Borderlands bundle lets you pay whatever you want to get Borderlands, and the DLC Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, and Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.
Bethesda has no plans to support paid mods for Fallout 4; apparently it learned a valuable lesson when it tried to introduce them on Steam earlier in the year for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This news comes from an interview with the game's lead Todd Howard, who spoke to German publication Spiegel Online at E3.
In a new update on the Steam page for Early Access game Windborne, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announces that it is shutting down its game's inclusion in the program due to a lack of funding. You may known Hidden Path better as the game studio that the popular Defense Grid games for PC and consoles.
The PC Gaming Show, an event celebrating PC gaming put together by PC Gamer magazine and a number of sponsors, held its inaugural event this evening in Los Angeles on day one of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The over two-hour event was hosted by Sean Plott and mostly stuck to a talk show format.
We missed this news yesterday because, E3. inXile's The Bard's Tale IV has hits its funding goal on Kickstarter with 24 more days still to go. As of this writing The Bard's Tale IV crowd-funding campaign has raised $1,265,277 - a little over the $1,250,000 it was asking for. It's been backed by 28,503 people and still has 24 more days to go.
In less than 24 hours after being mentioned on stage last night at the Sony E3 media briefing, Shenmue 3 has been fully funded. Last night during the event, series creator Yu Suzuki took to the stage to help count down the launch of the Kickstarter and urged fans to help "save Shenmue" by creating a true sequel to the original RPG-themed action games. He is not disappointed this morning.
As of this writing, the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 has generated $2,319,889 from nearly 29,000 backers and it still has 31 more days to go.
Today there will be three E3 press events starting at 9am PT (Noon ET) with the Nintendo Direct E3 pre-recorded presentation. That will be followed by the Square Enix media briefing at 10am PT (1pm ET), and the PC Gaming Show at 5pm PT (8pm ET). You can watch them all live via Twitch, but we'll have a recap of each shortly after each one concludes.
Humble Bundle is celebrating E3 this week by teaming up with Twitch for the E3 Digital Ticket. In addition to hosting a Twitch live stream of all of this week's major press events, Humble Bundle is offering a collection of games and other goodies on the cheap in a special bundle to support Twitch and the ESA Foundation.
At 9:30 am PT (12:30 pm on the east coast) this morning Microsoft will host its annual Xbox media presentation live from Los Angeles. You can watch the event in its entirety right here - we'll have a full report later today.
Playtonic Games has added the option to receive a DRM-free PC copy of Yooka-Laylee via GOG.com on its Kickstarter. The spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie will also be available for PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One. According to an update to the Kickstarter page, anyone already eligible for a PC copy as a backer reward will be able to choose between Steam or GOG versions.
Some gamers are a little bit upset that Grand Theft Auto V is being prominently displayed as a part of the Steam Monster Summer Sale, despite the game not actually getting a discount. There is a discounted version of the game that comes with $.25 million in in-game currency, but the virtual greenbacks don't appear to be covered under Steam's brand new refund policy.
inXile Entertainment announce this week that that the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate will be given away for free to anyone willing to back its current crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with a $20 or higher pledge.
CD Projekt RED's latest game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold four million copies worldwide since its release, according to this Eurogamer report. The announcement on this major milestone was made by CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski in an open letter to the community:
Amplitude Studios announced the latest update to its rogue-like, dungeon-defense game Dungeon of the Endless, is now available. Most notably, the new "Australium update" adds four playable characters and five new items from Team Fortress 2 into the game - and it's all free.
The developer says that this free content is the result of a stretch goal that was surpassed during the spring ‘Endless Free Weekend’ on Steam.