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Telltale Developing Borderlands, Game Of Thrones Projects
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Telltale Games has revealed two new episodic game projects scheduled to release sometime next year. Tales from the Borderlands will be developed in collaboration with Gearbox and will feature characters from the popular Borderlands RPG shooter. The second project will be based on the successful novel and television series, Game of Thrones. It will offer "an epic new chapter in the saga of Westeros."

"Gearbox shares the independent spirit that Telltale was founded on, and like Telltale, they've broken the boundaries of what to expect within a gaming genre," said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "Our partnership is something that we are very excited about, because it will unite the incredibly rich world of Borderlands with Telltale's focus on story-telling driven by player choice, and characters that people truly care about."

'Tales from the Borderlands' will explore and expand on the stories of existing and all-new characters from the world of Pandora, as seen in the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Borderlands® 2 from Gearbox and 2K.

"At the 2012 Spike TV VGAs, our studios and games – Borderlands 2 and The Walking Dead - were fortunate to do incredibly well that night winning more awards than any other games! So we met up later for a great first date, one thing lead to another and, well, we're having a baby," said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. "Borderlands is incredibly important to us, so it is meaningful to share that with this partnership. I have great confidence and excitement for what Telltale has in store for its all-new adventures in our universe."

The multi-year, multi-title partnership between Telltale and HBO Global Licensing is targeted to premiere digitally in 2014 with an episodic game series for home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.

"Since the very beginning, Telltale's goal has been to work alongside the most talented and respected forces in entertainment, bringing their worlds to the interactive space as no other game studio can," said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. "Working with HBO to develop a new game series based on Game of Thrones is a natural fit for our studio. This partnership will create an experience that will captivate the huge, global Game of Thrones audience. It will put them in control of the epic stories of warfare, intrigue, violence and revenge that we know and love."

"We're delighted to be working with Telltale Games, a proven leader in the creation of engaging interactive content," stated Josh Goodstadt, Director of Global Licensing. "Our fans are always looking for new, exciting ways to engage with the Game of Thrones brand and this game series will put them right in the middle of the action by letting them decide where the story will lead. This brings a whole new dimension to the world of Westeros."

Click over to the links below to check out preview trailers for both projects.

Borderlands Trailer
Game Of Thrones Trailer
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Save Your Dog From Alien Invaders In Gomo
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Daedalic Entertainment and Fishcow Studio have announced the release of Gomo, a new point and click adventure from the creators of the Deponia series. In the adventure players take the role of Gomo, who must do everything he can to rescue his dog Dingo from the clutches of alien invaders.

How far would you go to save your best friend?

For Gomo, the answer to this question is clear: To the end of the world an further, if necessary.

Join him on his journey through the bizarre 2D landscapes of this dreamlike Point & click Adventure!

Far away, in a hidden valley Gomo and his dog Dingo live in undisturbed peace; but serenity in this fairy tale vale soon comes to a violent end: an unknown alien force abducts Gomo's companion. In exchange for his beloved pet, Gomo is supposed to obtain a rare crystal for the alien. This crystal lies well protected in a subterranean mine- getting your hands on this one won't be easy!
However, there is no choice, but doing as the alien asks...

You want to help Gomo? Then be prepared for a surreal journey packed with challenging puzzles.

  • Presented by the creators of the "Deponia"-Series, "The Whispered World" and "Edna & Harvey - The Breakout"
  • Point & Click exploration through a surreal dreamscape.
  • Fondly animated characters, hand-drawn backdrops and creative puzzle design.
  • Communication in non-verbal comic style
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 300 MB HD Space
Gomo is available now for $7.99 (USD).

Gomo (add to watch list)
Gomo Trailer
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Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A representative of indie developer Agharta Studio recently contacted IMG about the company's just released Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe. Inspired by the classic Mac OS Shufflepuck Café the game takes place inside a casino on a desert planet where everyone plays air hockey for a living. To earn the parts needed to repair their damaged spaceship players will need to conquer the game's many levels and opponents.

After "accidentally" jumping your spaceship through a wormhole, you’ve crash landed onto this forsaken desert planet a billion kilometers from home. The only thing between you and the horizon is the seemingly endless dunes of sand, save for one strange, huge building. Inside, it appears to be an interstellar Casino where everyone plays air hockey for a living.

You’ll have to fight hard to grind down all your opponents until they are utterly defeated to earn the critical parts needed to repair your ship. Once you’ve obtained all the spaceship pieces you’ll have to defeat the owner of this insane Casino so you can go home.

FEATURES

  • Hundreds of hours of addictive gameplay!
  • No loading times!
  • Blur, dynamic lighting, glow, particles, spatial sounds!
  • High performance lightweight in-house 3D engine!
  • 5 floors in a fantastic universe!
  • 13 opponents entirely modeled and animated in 3D!
  • More than 40 gadgets and equipment to collect and upgrade!
  • 200 levels of evolution!
  • Over 350 missions and 120 mini quests!
  • Unlock all your opponents biographies to embody them and take advantage of their powers!
  • Unleash furious special strikes on your opponents!
  • Super precise and responsive gameplay!
GAME CENTER (Mac App Store)
  • Achievements
  • Leaderboards
BONUS CONTENT (Steam)
  • Oculus Rift owners can opt into "Beta Oculus Windows" for an immersive experience!
LANGUAGES
  • English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • OS: OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or faster processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 2 Compliant Graphics Device, 128 MB VRAM
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Learn more at the links below.

Mac App Store: Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe
Steam: Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe
Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe (add to watch list)



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Starbound Beta Testing Begins
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An IMG reader emailed to let us know that Chucklefish recently released a beta version of its upcoming "extraterrestrial sandbox adventure," Starbound. In the game players take the role of a character who has just crash landed after fleeing his homeland. From there they'll have to learn to explore and fight their way across an infinite universe populated with procedurally generated planets filled with unique creatures, weapons, and locations.

In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.

You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends!

Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.

Traverse the stars with the starmap to find endless procedurally generated planets and creatures. Discover new crops, creatures and weapons, capture monsters to keep as companions and clear dungeons of their loot.

Complete quest lines that let you delve into the greater galactic mysteries! Who created the Glitch? What is Big Ape’s secret? Why are the Hylotl so uptight? From abandoned bunkers to creepy temples, Starbound’s richly detailed universe offers a host of places to investigate and tales to unfold. Follow the story or create your own, experience the game how YOU want to.

As developers, we’ve been inspired by all the games we grew up playing. From isometric 80s classics to Castlevania, Zelda, Metroid. Celebrated platformers like Mario and Sonic, RPGs such as Elder Scrolls and Ultima, and iconic handheld games such as Pokemon. Starbound draws on numerous classic influences, while taking a thoroughly modern approach to crafting, narrative and world-building. It’s an amalgamation of the games we loved as kids, and the games we love now, fully focused on providing the player with an engrossing, fun experience.

Players love to get creative, and with Starbound, we’ve tried to offer as much creative scope as possible. Foraging and crafting provides the player with numerous resources and items to kit themselves out to suit their playing style. Building allows you to create wonderful, expansive worlds to call your own. Fancy a campfire singalong? Just whip out a musical instrument and jam away. Always wanted to camp out in a hostile desert with buddies? Then head off into the wilderness of multiplayer, armed only with your wits (and a massive sword). Customise your spaceship to be your home away from home, then journey to an uncharted planet, and lay down the building blocks for a new life.

Video games offer untold scope for adventure and wonder, and with Starbound we hope to provide you with a memorable, exciting experience. We can’t wait for you to explore the universe we’ve created.

The beta version of Starbound is available to Kickstarter backers and those who pre-order. Head over to the links below for more info.

Starbound (add to watch list)


Mac Games News for Monday, December 9, 2013

Escape The Island In Montague's Mount6:00 AM
Puzzle Your Way To Freedom In Contraption Max 6:00 AM
Wasteland Unleashed At MGS6:00 AM
XCOM: Enemy Within Released6:00 AM
 
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