Wizards of the Coast Gives Away D&D Basic Rule Book for Free

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Wizards of the Coast announced that it is giving away a free Dungeons & Dragons basic rulebook, downloadable via its official website. While the basic Dungeons & Dragons PDF won't go into any great detail on any game setting, it is equivalent to the old Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia.

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Unsung Story Within Striking Distance of Meeting Funding Goal

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Playdek has released a brand new update on the Kickstarter page for its game Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians. The latest update, answers a lot of questions fans have about this game being made by several principles that worked on such hit Japanese tactical strategy titles as Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. More importantly, Playdek is almost near its funding goal of $600,000, but the campaign only has a little over two days to raise the $90,669 it needs to get fully funded.

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Unsung Story Developers Host Reddit AMA Today, Inch Towards Funding Goal

February 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Playdek has released a new update on the Kickstarter page for its game Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians.

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Report: South Park: The Stick of Truth Will Not Use Ubisoft's uPlay

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some good news for fans of the RPG being developed by Obsidian and South Park Studios: It will be a Steam game and will not use Ubisoft's uPlay DRM. Responding to a question about whether the game would require uPlay to be installed in order to play, Obsidian Entertainment's official twitter account confirmed that the PC version of the game will not use Ubisoft's uPlay; instead it will be fully integrated into Steam.

The rights to publish the game were acquired by Ubisoft in an auction following the bankruptcy of its previous publisher THQ.

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Rogue Co-Creator Helps Select 'Ultimate Roguelike' Contest Winner

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a pretty cool story from Gamasutra - and a particularly awe inspiring thing if you happen to be someone developing a roguelike game. Glenn Wichman, one of the original co-creators of the super popular 1980s dungeon-crawler Rogue, served as a judge on the "Ultimate Roguelike Challenge" competition.

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Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore Kickstarter Launches

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

G3 Studios and Guido Henkel have launched the Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore, a new first-person, party-based role-playing game with a focus on story and character development. The game is being developed by G3 Studios and overseen by Guido Henkel, who has worked on such RPG hits as Planescape: Torment, the Realms of Arkania Trilogy, Fallout II, and many other games.

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Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore Kickstarter Launches Nov. 6

October 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

G3 Studios wants to get out in front of an upcoming crowd-funding campaign to bankroll its upcoming PC role-playing game, Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore. Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore is described as a first-person, party-based role-playing game with a heavy emphasis on story and character development. A prototype of the game is already in development by G3 Studios (using the Unity engine), and veteran role-playing game designer/producer Guido Henkel is leading the project.

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Reborn Kickstarter Launches

October 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher acttil announced that the Kickstarter campaign for Reborn has launched today. Developed by Elemental-Labs, Reborn is a real-time 3D action role-playing game with a heavy focus on weapons and cyborg augmentations. The game is set in the future sounding Neo-Tokyo in the year 2188 where a futuristic version of the legendary Japanese swordsman Musashi Miyamoto battles an evil corporation.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition On Sale Again

August 15, 2013 - James Fudge

After disappearing for over a month because of contractual issues with Atari, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is back on sale for various platforms.

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Spiderweb Software Humble Weekly Bundle Generates Over $182K

July 18, 2013 -

This week's Humble Bundle Weekly sale ended a few minutes ago, netting Jeff Vogel - the one man army that operates Spiderweb Software - a fair amount of change. As of this writing, the Humble Bundle Weekly Sale generated over $182,000 from the sale of nearly 39,000 bundles featuring Spiderweb's catalog of role-playing games. As is usually the case, Linux users paid the most for the bundle, with an average purchase price of $6.35, followed by Mac users who paid an average price of $6.19, and Windows users who brought the average down by paying an average price $4.43.

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Humble Weekly Bundle Features Spiderweb Software's Classic RPGs

July 11, 2013 -

While the folks at the Humble Bundle continue to ignore my suggestion for a role-playing game-themed Humble Bundle, this week's Humble Bundle Weekly Sale is as close as you can get: for the next six days consumers can get 15 games from indie RPG developer Spiderweb Software's catalog DRM-free and with plenty of extras.

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Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

July 8, 2013 -

The developers of the indie action RPG game Cube World have been trying to sell early alpha access to the game for a little under a weak but fans who try to purchase the game keep getting an error and can't complete the purchase. At first developers thought the problem was that too many visitors were trying to buy the cute little voxel-based RPG at the same time.

It turns out that the problem is that someone has been consistently bombarding the servers with an intentional distributed denial of service attack.

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Beamdog: We Are Still Interested in Baldurs Gate 3 Concept

June 24, 2013 -

Baldur's Gate 3 could still be made if the parties involved sort out the legal issues with the franchise, Beamdog studio head Trent Oster told Rock, Paper, Shotgun in an interview. Last week the company put production on Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition and patch updates for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition on hold and removed BGEE from various marketplaces.

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Divinity: Original Sin Crowdfunding Campaign Inches Towards $100K

March 28, 2013 -

Larian Studios is off to a rousing start with its Kickstarter for its new Divinity computer role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin. The game, which adds another chapter to the long running series, will be self-published by Larian and is well into its development cycle at this point. The series used to be published by German publisher JoWooD, but that is no longer an option for obvious reasons.

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Diablo 3 for Consoles Will Not Require a Constant Internet Connection, Will Not Include Auction House

March 25, 2013 -

When Diablo 3 lands on the PS3 and PS4 it won't have some of the features or the requirements that its PC counterpart currently has. According to Polygon, a Blizzard official told them at PAX East this weekend that Diablo 3 will not require a constant internet connection in order to play.

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Writer Tracy Hickman Signs on to Shroud of the Avatar as Lead Story Designer

March 15, 2013 -

Richard Garriott's Kickstarter campaign for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is within striking distance of being fully funded. The campaign has generated $905,628 of the $1 million in funding it needs, and a new announcement today from his studio Portalarium will likely put it over the required threshold.

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DLC Keeps Skyrim Relevant, Profitable

March 12, 2013 -

While Bethesda Softworks' popular role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been out for over a year on various platforms (PC, Xbox 360, and PS3), the company says that it is far from done with the game and that downloadable content is helping the company keep the RPG relevant to this day and make some money in the process. Speaking to UK publication MCV, Bethesda European MD Sean Brennan is using retailers to help push the game’s DLC (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn) on Xbox 360.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera Raises over $2.1 Million

March 8, 2013 -

InXile has managed to raise over $2.1 million dollars in just a few short days for its spiritual sequel to the hit RPG Planescape: Torment. Initially the company was looking to raise $900,000, but that number was surpassed in the first six hours of the crowd funding campaign. Torment: Tides of Numenera is a single-player role-playing game based on designer and writer Monte Cook's new tabletop role-playing game, Numenera. The game will be distributed DRM-free for Windows (PC), Mac, and Linux and will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

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Richard Garriott Reveals Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, Launches Kickstarter

March 8, 2013 -

While Richard Garriott (also known as Lord British in most circles) may no longer hold the rights to the Ultima series of classic CRPG games or Ultima Online (he sold it, along with Origin over a decade ago) that hasn't stopped him from returning to his roots. Today Garriott announced that his Austin-based studio Portalarium is hard at work on his newest game, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, a sort-of spiritual sequel of sorts to the Ultima series, but set in a whole new universe.

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Gas Powered Games Raises Nearly 10 Percent of Wildman Funding in One Day

January 15, 2013 -

Chris Taylor's and Gas Powered Games' Kickstarter for their MOBA-style action RPG strategy hybrid Wildman is well on its way to raising the $1.1 million it is seeking on the crowd sourcing site from the community. Yesterday after the announcement I posited on Facebook that they would need to raise at least $50,000 a day to be well over their goal in the time remaining (around $1.6 million).

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Gas Powered Games Launches Kickstarter Campaign for 'Wildman'

January 14, 2013 -

Gas Powered Games founder Chris Taylor today launched the official Kickstarter campaign for his next big game called Wildman. Taylor and GPG are seeking $1.1 million in funding for the development of what he calls an action game that combines some of the best elements of his previous titles including Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod. Taylor is best known for creating the ultra popular real-time strategy game Total Annihilation while at Cavedog Entertainment.

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Wizardry and Anachronox Creators Team Up for 'Old School RPG' Kickstarter

October 3, 2012 -

We've seen some interesting Kickstarters looking for funding, but a new Kickstarter that features Tom Hall (Commander Keen, Doom, Rise of the Triad, and Anachronox) and Brenda Brathwaite (Wizardry RPG series) promising an "old school" role-playing game is one that probably deserves your rapt attention. The legendary developers, who will work with John Romero's Loot Drop on this particular project, are seeking $1 million, with a stretch goal of $1.9 million.

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Obsidian's Project Eternity Hits $1.5 Million Milestone

September 17, 2012 -

Late last week Obsidian Entertainment announced a new RPG project and a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. In only a few days the new RPG managed to rake in $1.5 million in funding from 37,482 backers with 29 more days to go. They have also passed one stretch goal ($1.4 million) that adds one new playable race, class and companion. Obsidian has a bunch of ideas for further stretch goals on the Kickstarter page.

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Black Isle Studios is Back... Sort Of

August 27, 2012 -

You may have heard the announcement that "Black Isle Studios is back," but is it really? The Interplay label responsible for such role-playing game hits as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment, and many others may be back but it is in name only and the developers that once wandered its hallowed halls are somewhere else working on such games as the upcoming enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate and a South Park PRG.

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Square Enix President: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Still In Development

July 24, 2012 -

Last week it was reported that Square Enix had abandoned development on Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Final Fantasy fans put on sackcloth and ashes. Hands were wrung raw. Prayers were said. Incense were burned to dark gods and souls were offered up to creatures that slither in the underbelly of the universe. It is too bad that those reports weren't completely accurate.

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Shadowrun Returns Backers Reject Exclusive Content

April 14, 2012 -

I find this fascinating.  Having just crossed the million dollar mile marker, the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter was just updated to say that if it reaches $1.5 million, developer Harebrained Schemes will build a special mission exclusive to backers as a thank you.  A thoughtful gesture for sure but the comments show that backers are overwhelmingly against the idea.

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Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter Hits $898K

April 13, 2012 -

Hairbrained Schemes' Kickstarter for a 2-D turn-based RPG for tablet devices and the PC has managed to raise $897,767 of its original goal of $400,000 from 20,895 backers. The company that has worked on such franchises as Shadowrun, Mech Commandeer, Crimson Skies, and MechWarrior, hopes to hit a new milestone of $1 million. They say that if they meet this new funding goal they will add some new content. As of this writing the game, Shadowrun Returns, will be developed for PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux.

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Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

August 25, 2011 -

Bethesda's Peter Hines revealed on Twitter that same-sex marriage will be allowed in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Hines made the comment after a Twitter follower accused him of being "hush-hush about this aspect of the game. His reply:

"Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone." In a subsequent tweet he clarified by adding: " ... not any NPC, [I] just mean any male or female. Doesn't matter what you're playing."

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Richard Garriott to Keynote GDC Europe

June 15, 2011 -

The man, the myth, the legend - Richard Garriott, will deliver the keynote to GDC Europe this year. The creator of the Ultima series and the popular and long-running MMO Ultima Online, will talk about his newfound love for social gaming.

Garriott’s keynote, "The Three Eras of Gaming and Why This One is a Game Changer," will explore the industry’s transformation powered by social and mobile games.

"There are few developers with Richard Garriott’s history, pedigree and vantage point," said GDC Europe president Frank Sliwka.

Indeed. His only real low points were Ultima IX and Tabula Rasa. Last year Garriott founded social game development company Portalarium, to create social games. Recently, the company secured $3.6 million in funding. Garriott plans on creating an "Ultima Online-like social game."

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Fallout Online, Earthworm Jim 4, in Jeopardy as Interplay Stumbles

May 30, 2011 -

Fallout Online and a number of other lesser titles may not see the light of day if Interplay doesn't get its financial act together. Or at least, that's what a recent SEC filing from the company indicates. A 76-page filing obtained by website Develop paints a grim picture for the company, who says that it has “substantial doubts" over its "ability to continue as a going concern," and has told investors that it has a cash balance below $3000 and a working capital deficit of $3 million.

“The lack of any credit agreement has resulted in a substantial reduction in the cash available to finance our operations,” the company said in a filing.

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Andrew EisenYes, the Wii U upscales but rendering in a higher resolution looks a hell of a lot better.08/01/2014 - 10:35pm
Andrew EisenIt's pretty. Lots of videos of it floating around. Just search "Xenoblade dolphin" and you'll find them.08/01/2014 - 10:32pm
ZippyDSMleeThe WII upscales tho. Matthew: It might be becue cartoonish desings do not age as fast as presudo realisim.08/01/2014 - 10:29pm
Matthew WilsonPeople who have run the Mario Galaxy games on a emulator have said they look better then most xb1/ps4 games when upscaled, so it would be interesting to see a upscaled version of Xenoblade08/01/2014 - 9:24pm
Andrew EisenHeck, it would probably sell better to newbies anyway. Even with its awesome art direction, the game looked dated when it came out years ago. I imagine an SD version would be a tougher sell.08/01/2014 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenBecause it would be cool, would serve the game's fantastic art direction well and encourage people who've already played it to buy it again.08/01/2014 - 7:42pm
ZippyDSMleeWhy bother with an HD relese just repack the damn thing and promote it since it will play on the WIIU anyway....08/01/2014 - 7:04pm
Andrew EisenPlus, with Nintendo carrying the Wii U almost all by itself, it could help plug one of the unfortunately inevitable release schedule gaps.08/01/2014 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenAn HD re-release would be cool though. It's a great game (and quite the looker, especially when up-rezzed) and more people should play it (the game had a limited release at a time when the Wii was all but dead an buried).08/01/2014 - 3:21pm
E. Zachary KnightSo no, people are not going to need to play the Wii game to undstand or enjoy the Wii U game.08/01/2014 - 1:27pm
E. Zachary KnightFrom what I understand, the two games have as much to do with eachother as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 2.08/01/2014 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's my secret hope that Nintendo announces Xenoblade HD to be released in the leadup to Xenoblade Chronicles X, or at least a mass market version of the first game so that people aren't going into this one blind.08/01/2014 - 12:40pm
PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenStill a pretty cool promotion. Unfortunately for me, I'm not interested in purchasing Mario Kart 8 and I already owned or didn't want any of the free games on offer.07/31/2014 - 1:43pm
Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
 

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