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Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Officially Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Spiderweb Software has officially announced Avernum 2: Crystal Souls will be released for Mac and Windows PCs later this year, and for iPad in early 2015. The complete remake of Avernum 2 will continue the story of the underworld Avernites and the war against their oppressors.

The end has come. Years ago, your people were imprisoned in the underworld, doomed to end their lives in the darkness. Then that was not enough. Your captors have invaded your caves, determined to kill you all. They are winning the war.

The surface world is commanded by the tyrannical Empire, the eternal power that controls all known lands. Everyone who spoke out, misbehaved, or didn’t fit in was cast into the dark, volcanic pits of Avernum, far below the surface. They were meant to die. Instead, these exiles survived, gained power, and struck back. They assassinated the lord of the Empire.

Now the Empire will have revenge. They have invaded Avernum, seizing cave after cave and destroying your people. Your land needs a hero, and it needs it now. If you can’t find a way to stop them, and soon, you are all doomed.

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in a unique, massive world, full of strange caves, cunning dungeons, and the alien inhabitants of the underworld. Fight to complete up to three game-winning quests. Explore a massive nation of tunnels and caverns, seeking over 100 towns and dungeons. Master over 60 spells and battle disciplines and hunt for hundreds of magical artifacts. Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is a total, ground-up rewrite of the award-winning indie hit Avernum 2. It will be open for adventuring in Q4, 2014.

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls features:

  • Epic fantasy adventure with over 40 hours of gameplay.
  • An enormous underworld, with multiple nations and alien cultures.
  • Over 100 towns and dungeons.
  • Three separate game-winning quests. There are many ways to fight the invaders. Do just one of them or all three!
  • Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any adventure out there.
  • Dozens of side quests and hundreds of magical artifacts.
  • Rich game system with over 60 spells and battle disciplines and a multitude of beneficial character traits to choose from.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 800 MHz Processor (1.6 GHz recommended)
  • Video card or processor with OpenGL support and 32 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 200 MB hard disk space
  • 1024x600 screen resolution with 32 bit color
Check out the pages below for more information.

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Trailer
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DiRT Showdown Roars Onto Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Spiderweb Software has officially announced Avernum 2: Crystal Souls will be released for Mac and Windows PCs later this year, and for iPad in early 2015. The complete remake of Avernum 2 will continue the story of the underworld Avernites and the war against their oppressors.

“DiRT SHOWDOWN is a no holds barred series of racing events that offers the gamer unprecedented high octane thrills as you enjoy the dents, scrapes and destruction of vehicular mayhem,” said Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton.

Virtual Programming today joined the chaotic world of freestyle, free-roaming sports racing with DiRT SHOWDOWN, an award winning arcade racing game. Pick up and play controls combine with electrifying events, frenzied crowds and stunning graphics to deliver high octane, dive in and drive thrills from event one. Earn the admiration of excited crowds at iconic locations from Miami to London, San Francisco to Tokyo and more. Use boost to blast past your rivals in nitro fuelled races, speeding and smashing your way to victory.

Show off your talent for automotive tricks and stunts, compete against your friends to reach “Showdown” finals and prove yourself under a variety of weather conditions – rain, sun, fog and snow, in the daytime or under the lights at night. This is Codemasters’ most connected game ever with split-screen mutiplayer, 4 player online racing and on and off-line quickfire party games all as standard. Experience a new world of full impact sports racing and Demolition Derby themed events in organised automotive bedlam utilising racings most advanced damage model.


  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • 2 GB RAM
  • GPU: A GL4.1 capable GPU with 512MB of VRAM (GeForce 640, HD4000, Radeon 5670 or better)
  • 12 GB HD Space
DiRT Showdown is available now for $19.99, €17.99, £13.99.

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Deadhold MOBA/RTS Hybrid Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Development on Deadhold, a new action real-time strategy title, has been announced. Featuring a combination of traditional real-time strategy with multiplayer online action battle arena gameplay, the game will focus on squad customization, positioning, and tactics rather than resource collection and base building. In Deadhold players take the role of commander for a force of humans, frost giants, and goblins battling an evil menace.

Doug Zartman, former Bungie PR Director, said, "I'm excited by Deadhold's ambition to bridge the gap between tactical RTS and MOBA. The careful maneuvering, formations, use of terrain and unit specialties that players loved in Myth, plus the frenetic back and forth of a game like LoL promises to be a powerful combination indeed. Cannot wait to play this."

Combining elements of traditional real-time tactics games with the action real time strategy (ARTS) and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genres, the game features a dark fantasy Viking inspired setting with different races and abilities, a stoic Norse empire, exploding Goblins, enraged Frost Giants and a horde of mutated horrors.

Deadhold eschews base building and resource collection and instead focuses on squad customization, positioning and tactics. Combat is easy to play but hard to master. The initial focus of development will be on multiplayer and developing the core gameplay systems for maximum fun and robustness; co op and single player gameplay will follow.

For more head over to the links below.

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Trailer Released
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Positech Games has released a new trailer for the upcoming Gratuitous Space Battles 2. The original GSB space battle simulation focused on spectacular space battles, allowing players to design ships, arrange them into fleets, and jump into the action. The sequel will stay true to the formula, adding an improved engine, multiple monitor support, and 3 new classes of ship.

GSB2 is a continuation of my fantasy of making this come to life. There are various questions answered on the placeholder website here, but let me summarize. GSB2 will be bigger, bolder, better and have more cool effects than you can shake a laser gun at. It will have a truly gratuitous user-interface. it will lovingly embrace the possibilities of twin 2560 res monitors. It will have a super-cool feature I haven’t announced yet. It will be a PC-first game, pure and simple, and it will be in your hands either late 2014 or early 2015. And you can play it in London at the Eurogamer Expo in September.

GSB2 will be available on PC, MAc or Linux, but is not being targeted at IOS or other tablets, as first and foremost, this is a desktop experience ideal for people with gratuitously big monitors. The game is designed to support 5120 resolutions stretched over multiple monitors, regardless of video card. Our aim is for the game to scale down nicely to older PCs, but provide a suitable experience for PC enthusiasts with insane setups!

GSB2 will retain the same hands-off gameplay of the original title, with players designing fleets of ships to battle it out against vast alien fleets. The game will support the same challenge-based asynchronous online combat of the original. Like GSB1, the new game will be a 2D experience, but with a substantially improved engine that gives a much-more 3D and immersive feel.

View the latest video at the link below.

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Trailer
Gratuitous Space Battles 2

Mac Games News for Thursday, September 4, 2014

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