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Monday, March 4, 2013

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Vengeance Trailer Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Blizzard Entertainment has released another cinematic trailer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Scheduled for a March 12 launch, the expansion for Blizzard's popular sci-fi RTS includes a new Kerrigan focused single player saga and a variety of new units to make use of in multiplayer warfare.

Welcome to The Hive Mind
You are Sarah Kerrigan, former Queen of Blades. Once the most feared entity in the galaxy, you now wait in a cell in the depths of a high-security research laboratory. Before the murderous forces of the Terran Dominion close in, you must plot your escape to the dark reaches of space… and reclaim your living empire at the Heart of the Swarm.

Command New Weapons of War
Deploy devastating new units across an ever-shifting battlefield. Incinerate advancing foes with the Hellbat, seize air superiority with the Tempest, engulf entrenched enemies with the Swarm Host, and much more.

Unleash Hell
Lead Sarah Kerrigan as she embarks on a path of furious vengeance. Evolve your brood for maximum devastation, unlock latent psionic powers, and swarm from planet to planet aboard your moon-sized zerg Leviathan.

Join The Global Battle
Experience the next evolution of StarCraft II’s global community on Battle.net. Join co-op games with friends, player near-limitless mods in the Arcade, and marshal your forces across ranked and unranked brackets for every level of play..

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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Vengeance Trailer
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StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm
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Gaming Without Text In Toki Tori 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Two Tribes has unveiled a new blog about the development of the upcoming Toki Tori 2, sequel to the company's original puzzle platformer. The new information focuses on how the developers will convey important information to the players without the use of text.

By this point, a smart development trick had turned into a full-blown design challenge. Could the team create a game that would just speak for itself, by the way the levels were designed? (Jumping forward for a minute, it took a lot of effort to make the game as self-explanatory as necessary, but I think the team nailed it!)

Around this time, I was brought in to create a story without a story. Two Tribes wanted to have a better ‘reason’ behind Toki Tori 2, as well as some exciting (and perhaps quirkily funny) events during the game. But they wanted to convey all of it without dialogs, pop-ups, voice-overs or anything like that.

Writing without words: that was a fun challenge for me, too. We kicked ideas around for a while, and ultimately came up with a couple of interactive cut scenes that explain what’s wrong with the island, and why. Well, not everyone may notice everything. But it’s all there!

Head over to the site below to read more.

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Anomaly 2 Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

11 bit studios has announced work on Anomaly 2, the sequel to its strategy game, Anomaly Warzone Earth. Coming to Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs in the second quarter of this year, the "tower offense" title will feature multiplayer action, a new single player campaign, and more than a million tactical combinations for squad building.

In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet is overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Banded together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.

Anomaly 2 is a real-time strategy game that takes the tower offense concept from Anomaly Warzone Earth to a new level. Maintaining the core concepts of the original – tactical planning and the on-field Commander to support troops in combat – Anomaly 2 introduces a number of important new features:

  • Morph your troops into war mechs to discover the new face of strategy: each unit has a different mech form with various abilities to help you overcome specific combat situations.
  • Engage in a multiplayer experience unique to Anomaly 2: tower defense vs. tower offense. Play as the towers and destroy the humans or lead the humans to annihilate the alien towers.
  • Fight across a post-apocalyptic world in a new single-player campaign that offers a more intense strategy experience than the acclaimed original.
  • Carve your own path to victory and create your ultimate battle squad. With more than a million tactical combinations to build your squad, your options in combat are nearly endless.
  • Dive into a beautifully rendered world, thanks to the team’s new and improved visual engine.
  • Experience alternative endings dependent upon your approach to enemy machines in the campaign.
Learn more at the link below.

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EVE Online Passes 500,000 Subscriber Milestone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

CCP Games has announced that their sci-fi MMO EVE Online has surpassed the 500,000 subscriber mark worldwide for the first time in the game’s history. The company also revealed that it will commemorate EVE Online's tenth anniversary (May 6) with a year long celebration of gatherings and online events.

“Ten years after release, it is incredibly inspiring that, through a lot of hard work from our EVE Online team, we are crossing the half-million subscriber mark,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “For me, this is a true testament that EVE can live on forever, as long as we do right by her. We have not come to this point alone; millions of players have helped push us to this milestone. I now know in my mind what I previously only believed in my heart: that EVE will outlive us all.”

CCP will commemorate EVE Online’s tenth anniversary throughout the year under a unified “Second Decade” theme. The year-long celebration will kick off in late April in Reykjavik, Iceland with the sold-out EVE Fanfest, EVE Online’s annual player festival which will be streamed live online. EVE’s official tenth birthday follows on May 6th and will mark the official start of the second decade of the EVE Universe.

Throughout the year, CCP will be supporting player gatherings around the world and holding in-game events to further the storyline of the combined universe as it continues to grow.

Check out the link below to learn more about the game.

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Mac Games News for Friday, March 1, 2013

iBomber Defense Now At Mac Game Store6:00 AM
New Website & Trailer For Divinity: Dragon Commander6:00 AM
Will Wright Discusses The New SimCity6:00 AM
World of Warcraft Thunder King Update Trailer Unveiled6:00 AM
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