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BioShock's Irrational Games Closing
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a message posted on the Irrational Games website Ken Levine has revealed that the BioShock developer will be closing its doors, laying off nearly all of its staff and moving what remains to a new venture at Take-Two. Levine plans to make "narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable." He also said he would be "handing the reigns" of the BioShock universe to 2K so his new venture can "focus entirely on replayable narrative."

Now Irrational Games is about to roll out the last DLC for BioShock Infinite and people are understandably asking: What’s next?

Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had. While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers.  In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience.  

I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two.  That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team.   There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition. 

Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios. Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.*

Click over to the link below to read more about the shut down and Levine's future plans.

A Message From Ken Levine



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Untold Legends DLC Announced For Blackguards
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Daedalic Entertainment has announced Untold Legends, the first DLC for its turn-based RPG, Blackguards. Set in the universe of The Dark Eye, Blackguards puts players in the role of a convicted murderer leading a team of outcasts and criminals who are the world's last hope of survival. The Untold Legends add-on will offer seven new quests, four new weapons, ten new battle maps, one proving ground, and 25 new songs.

Humiliated. Enslaved. Thrown into the dust of the arena to die.

This is the heritage of Takate, native of the Moha, before he joined the Blackguards. But even now the wounds of the pasts still hurt. It's a pain that only revenge will ease.

With the "Untold Legends" DLC the Blackguards will once again return and follow Takate's tracks into the darkness of his past. A past that lies in the foothills of the rainforests in Southern Aventuria, where staying alive is a feat of its own due to beasts and monsters of the wild.

Key Features:

  • Seven new quests
  • Four new weapons
  • Ten new battle maps and one proving ground that can be visited again and again to test your strategies, skills and items
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  • 25 songs added to soundtrack
Untold Legends will be available on March, 4th 2014 for $5.99 / €4.99 / £3.99. Players who already bought the Contributor Edition during the Early Access will get the DLC for free.

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Eschalon: Book III Launch Woes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Basilisk Games has posted a new forum topic explaining why its website went down during the initial launch of the third installment in its fantasy RPG series, Eschalon: Book III. The final title in the old school fantasy RPG series gives players the chance to answer questions about four powerful gemstones and the clouded past of the protagonist. The game includes a variety of engine updates, new items, new spells, and an open world to explore.

The demand was too great. You animals began grabbing the files like they were the last bottles of water and the world was about to end. The traffic crushed our website.

We called GoDaddy and were given some very bad advice: we were told that in order to fix this problem, we needed to upgrade our hosting platform (they should have just reset our connection and let us take the files offline). We were told the switch would take a couple hours, and that it would be transparent. This was misinformation by the GoDaddy "sales and support" staff. Here's a helpful tip: anytime a company combines "sales" and "support", you are going to get horrible advice. We later found out migrations actually take 24-72 hours, and it wasn't transparent...we'd be down the entire time.

Worse, the GoDaddy first-tier support technicians did not know what they were doing. We were moved from our Linux server to a Windows server. This caused the migration to fail and have to be restarted. After the first move to the new Windows server, we needed to switch again back to Linux, which is another migration of 24-72 hours.

Read more at the link below.

Eschalon Book III: What The Hell Happened?
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Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods Now At Mac Game Store
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Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods from Paradox Interactive is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The fourth expansion for the strategy roleplaying game gives players the chance to play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, and offers a focus on the dreaded Vikings.

Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.

Now Is the Time For Greatness…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!

Features:

  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 2 GHz Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB HD Space
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Requires Crusader Kings II
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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