Ultima series creator Richard Garriott and his game development studio Portalarium announced that its crowd-funded, online-focused RPG for PC Shroud of the Avatar is now available via the Steam Early Access program.
Portalarium says that the Early Access program gives players the chance to try out the game as it continues to evolve. Shroud of the Avatar has already raised more than $5 million from public crowd funding efforts on Kickstarter and via the game's official web site.
Game developer American McGee and his company Spicy Horse are adding real-world gaming to one of its existing games, according to this Gamasutra interview with McGee. McGee confirmed with the publication that his crowd-funded online role-playing game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters will have a slots game added into thanks to a partnership with gambling game company Odobo.
Early adopters of Frontier Developments' space exploration game Elite Dangerous are up in arms over news that the UK-based developer will dump offline single player mode in favor of an "always-online" mode. The news came via the game's weekly newsletter, where Frontier Developments founder and game series creator David Braben attempted to explain why the company decided to take this seemingly drastic step.
Ubisoft has responded to complaints about frame rates and other issues related to the PC version of Assassin's Creed Unity. The PC version of the game, which was released yesterday seems to be having some issues related to certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations. Ubisoft described this specific problem as "not very widespread."
GOG.com has officially kicked off its annual Autumn Sale, offering steep discounts as high as 85 percent off its catalog of DRM-free PC games. Along with those discounts, you can get The Witcher 2 for free - but you'll have to jump through a few hoops first.
In order to get the free game you have to collect stamps each day by visiting the site. There are seven stamps that you have to collect and a new one will appear every day. Those who are ultra cheap and do not already own the CD Projekt RED title won't have to purchase anything in order to get the game for free.
The age of the home console is over, proclaims Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun in a recent discussion with investors of the graphics hardware chip maker. According to a report on this investor briefing from WCCFtech, Jen-Hsun says that the personal computer is becoming the most dominant gaming platform in the world.
A new update to the Steam version of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has caused some serious problems, according to fan site Rockstar Nexus. According to the site, the new update makes save files from the game incompatible and removes 17 songs from the game's original soundtrack (accessed through the game's radio station system).
You may remember that earlier this year AtGames Digital Media announced that it had acquired the GameFly Digital’ game distribution platform. That service, which was bought from IGN and used to be called Direct2Drive, will return to its roots, according to an announcement from the company today. AtGames will re-launch the service this weekend under its original brand, Direct2Drive.
Frontier Developments' space exploration game Elite: Dangerous finally has a release date: December 16. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in January of 2013, raising £1,578,316 (roughly $2,506,239.54 USD) - well over its goal of £1.25 million.
Ubisoft will not make several of its PC games available on Steam in the United Kingdom, according to PCNGames. Instead customers will have to buy Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (whenever it is release) through Ubisoft's digital distribution service, Uplay.
Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature Origin's (the company founded by Richard Garriott, not the DRM'd digital distribution system of the same name) popular action role-playing game classic, Crusader: No Remorse. The game will be free for the entire month of November. Of course, to get the game for free, you need to have an Origin account and the Origin client installed.
Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 is now at version 1.0, bringing the game that was launched briefly on early access via Steam to its final build. Double Fine took some heat for launching the game on Early Access and then quickly moving it toward a final build.
Many who bought the game early with the intention of playing it for awhile before it was released felt that Double Fine had not given them their "money's worth." To sort of make up for that, Double Fine has given early adopters its Zelda-like Hack 'n' Slash game for free.
The Humble Indie Bundle 13 is now live, offering seven high profile indie games for under $13. Pay what you want to get your hands on OlliOlli, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Tower of Guns. If you beat the average price you can get four copies of Risk of Rain, Jazzpunk, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Pay more than $12, and you get all of that plus Shadowrun Returns.
The LucasArts classic catalog is now available on GOG.com, and all of the games are DRM-free. The DRM-free digital distribution platform announced today that has secured the rights to carry LucasArts re-releases from LucasArts owner Disney including Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Both of those games will be released as "special editions" with better graphics and other extras. All of LucasArts' games on GOG.com have been reworked to be DRM-free and work on modern Windows operating systems too.
Richard Garriott (best known as the creator of the popular Ultima series and the MMO Ultima Online) and his studio Portalarium are taking the next step to get his online RPG Shroud of the Avatar to Steam Early Access.
It looks like From Software and Bandai Namco are finally going to ditch Games For Windows Live. After saying earlier in the year that they were going to stick with the multiplayer matchmaking system for PC games from Microsoft, From Software says that it will allow gamers to transfer over their Dark Souls characters, progress, and Achievements to their Steam accounts later this year. GFWL rankings will not be transferred over.
Sony Online Associate Art Director John Roy passed away on October 14th 2014. The cause of his death is unknown as of this writing.
Roy has worked in various positions at SOE since 1998. He started out as a Lead Artist at SCEA; in August of 1998 he took on the role of Assoc. Art Director at SOE. Roy has worked for Sony for nearly 18 years and has contributed to such games as EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies and many of SOE's biggest MMO titles.
Yesterday in response to a GameSpot article about its game, Hatred, Polish developer Destructive Creations said that it would like to release its games on Steam and GOG.com.
"We really wish to release [a] digital version through Steam and GOG, but actually we have no idea if they will let us to do this, because of all the sh**storm the game is delivering," Destructive Creations' Jarosław Zieliński told GameSpot.
Today a representative from GOG.com told the publication that it has not had contact with the developer yet:
Cloud gaming company OnLive announced today a new partnership with Samsung that offers Samsung GALAXY Note 4 users three months of unlimited OnLive gaming for free. Using the OnLive Android app (available to download free from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store), users can stream PC and "console-quality" games from OnLive’s servers to their Galaxy Note 4 for play anywhere if they have a Wi-Fi or 4G connection, according to OnLive.
The latest Humble Bundle offers a handful of HTML5 based games for very little cash in support of some fine charities. The Humble Mozilla Bundle (powered by asmjs.) offers browser based games like Super Hexagon, Osmos, Zen Bound 2, Dustforce DX, and more for as little as $1. Pay $8 or more will receive all of the above plus Democracy 3. All of the games can be taken for a test drive right on the Humble Bundle site before you buy them too.
This week's Humble Weekly Bundle is all about IndieCade the annual festival of independent games happening now in Los Angeles. The Humble Weekly Bundle IndieCade 2 offers the games LYNE, A Slow Year and Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love for whatever you want to pay. Meet or exceed the average price to score Proteus and a double pack of ibb & obb for you and a friend.
The PC was marked down as dead as tablets began to outsell desktops a year ago. But new research from Gartner - as reported by GIGA OM - suggest that PC shipments are actually doing well again in developed markets. While tablet sales are still expected to be better than PCs in 2015, according to the research from Gartner, they are starting to show improvement in markets where they saw the most decline.
Uber Entertainment announced that its popular RTS game Planetary Annihilation will no longer require players to be "always online." Uber revealed that it will soon make an offline mode available through an upcoming update, according to PC Gamer.
No petition required for this game! Some good news for PC gamers wanting to play the latest Metal Gear Solid game from Konami: it's coming to Steam on December 18th. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will come to the PC with 4K support, and will feature an "increase in the number of simultaneous light sources, the number of models that can be displayed on-screen, and increased shadow resolution," according to Konami.
For the next two days, those who want a nifty entry level tool to develop a role-playing game can buy Enterbrain's RPG Maker VX Ace for just $17.49 as part of the Humble Store's RPG Weekend sale. RPG Maker VX Ace normally retails for $69.99, so this is a pretty dramatic price cut.
For the next 12 days gamers can buy ten games for cheap by putting down some cash on the IndieRoyale Mystery Bundle. The bundle isn't a "mystery" because it contains mystery games (though it might, who can tell right now?); instead it's called the mystery bundle because not all of those ten games have been revealed.
Online retailer Green Man Gaming announced today that it has opened a digital publishing division called Green Man Loaded. This new division will be led by former Codemasters and Sega executive Gary Rowe, who joins the company as EVP of publishing.
"Green Man Loaded was born out of several years of Paul Sulyok [Green Man Gaming founder and CEO] being bombarded by developers asking for advice in selling their games," said Rowe.
We meant to mention this yesterday: the newest Humble Weekly Bundle is all about the ladies - leading ladies, that is.
The Humble Weekly Bundle: Leading Ladies offers four games featuring female leads including action-y puzzler Ms. 'Splosion Man, adventure game Lilly Looking Through, tower defense RPG Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, and the psychological horror game The Cat Lady. You can pay whatever you want to grab those games.
But if you $6 or more you can also score "choose you own adventure games" The Yawhg, or Long Live the Queen.