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Blizzard Offers Diablo III Apology, Delays Auction House
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently posted an apology letter to fans who experienced difficulties when attempting to play the company's latest action RPG, Diablo III. In addition to explaining some of the problems and how Blizzard is dealing with them, the letter also announced a release delay of the real-money auction house beyond the original May 22 date.

We’d like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who joined the global Diablo III launch celebrations this week, as well as to everyone who was ready to jump into Sanctuary the moment the game went live.

To that end, we’d also like to say that we’ve been humbled by your enthusiasm -- and we sincerely regret that your crusade to bring down the Lord of Terror was thwarted not by mobs of demons, but by mortal infrastructure. As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within hours after the game's launch led to players experiencing error messages and difficulty logging in. These issues cropped up again last night for the Americas and Europe servers. Despite very aggressive projections, our preparations for the launch of the game did not go far enough.

We’ve been monitoring the game 24/7 and have applied several optimizations to help our systems better weather the global rush. As of late last night, specifically 11:50 PM PDT on May 15, all systems have been online and running relatively smoothly. We’re continuing to monitor performance globally and will be taking further measures as needed to ensure a positive experience for everyone. This includes some maintenance to implement additional improvements for each region.

In order to make sure everything is continuing to run as it should, we’ve decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22. We’ll post further updates on that in the near future.

Aside from the tremendous number of players simultaneously logging in to the game, one of the launch-day service issues was linked to the achievement system. Some players began to notice early on that achievements were either not being earned properly, or not being saved between multiple logins. We’re investigating this issue and will provide a specific update as soon as possible.

Read more at the page linked below.

Diablo III Launch Update
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Guns Of Icarus Online Closed Beta Footage Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Muse Games has released some new footage of the upcoming Guns of Icarus Online. Taken during the first two weekends of closed beta testing, the videos offer an example of the cooperative airship combat game's progress.

Welcome to Guns of Icarus Online, the first cooperative airship combat game mixing together first-person shooter action with team-based strategy. Up to four people will crew a ship, taking on one of three key roles—Captain, Gunner, and Engineer—to battle it out against other ships above the post-apocalyptic waste. In Guns of Icarus Online it will take teamwork and tactics to dominate the skies.

In the most recent beta test, covering Friday May 11th to Sunday May 13th, we had over 200 matches with over 7,000 ship components destroyed—over 8 components destroyed per ship—per match! The most popular ship was The Junker, whose 5 small guns give it extreme tactical flexibility that makes up for its lack of maneuverability. The most popular gun was the Small Howitzer, whose long range and high damage make up for its low ammo count and limited firing arc.

Check out the new footage at the link below.

Guns Of Icarus Closed Beta Videos
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Tex Murphy: Project Fedora Kickstarter Begins
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Chris Jones and Aaron Conners, creators of the Tex Murphy adventure game series, recently began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a continuation of the franchise. If the team reaches its $450,000 goal, they will develop Project Fedora for Mac and Windows PCs.

“Project Fedora” will continue the amazing adventures of Tex Murphy, the down-on-his-luck P.I. in post-apocalyptic San Francisco. This long-awaited game will be the sixth in the adventure series, which includes the award-winning games Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive and Overseer.

Project Fedora will reunite creators Chris Jones and Aaron Conners and feature their trademarks of rich interactive storytelling and immersive gameplay. The new game will incorporate the very best of the classic Tex Murphy elements - sci-fi, film noir, witty dialogue, great characters, beautifully integrated FMV, and a deep, engaging story - but it will also enhance the experience of the former games with stunning new graphics, a sleek new interface, and other updates.

The detective-style gameplay takes place in a fully 3D world where you search for clues, solve puzzles, investigate crimes, and question witnesses and suspects. While the gameplay will be fun and challenging, you'll never get stuck with the free, built-in hint system.

One of Project Fedora's most exciting features is how the game and story can unfold in different ways. As you play, your actions and choices will change events, leading to new story elements and gameplay. This "narrative pathing" not only allows you to customize your experience, it will provide unique replayability, as the game will have at least three or more story paths leading to multiple endings.

Long-time Tex fans may be curious if the new storyline will pick up where Overseer (and its infamous cliffhanger) left off. The short answer is YES, but this game will be just as enjoyable for people who have never played the earlier games. While we can't give too many details yet, just be prepared for an incredible opening sequence!

For more information check out the site linked below.

Tex Murphy: Project Fedora

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Legends Of Atlantis: Exodus Comes To MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story has increased its catalog of game titles with the addition of Legends of Atlantis: Exodus from Legacy Interactive. In the game players must help the last queen of Atlantis save the people before the land is destroyed. Legends of Atlantis: Exodus includes more than 50 levels, 5 unique areas, and a variety of achievements.

Atlantis is facing its end of days. Massive tidal waves are sweeping away its coasts, earthquakes shake its mountains, its fields are in flames and its cities are falling apart. The player takes on the role of the champion of the last Queen of Atlantis as they work to save the people of Atlantis and fight to save their kingdom.

In Legends of Atlantis: Exodus the player must evacuate Atlanteans from their homes before a series of disasters sinks the cities beneath the waves. The player does this by clearing paths and building various types of roads to the various dwellings that populate Atlantis, connecting them to the edge of the map and allowing the residents to escape. Along the way, the player may also be given other goals that they need to achieve: to retrieve priceless relics before theyíre destroyed, to dig canals to drain water away from towns and cities, and chasing off enemies that block the escape routes.

The world of Atlantis can be divided to 4 main locations: The Emerald Coast, the Golden Sand, the Iron Mountains and The Capital. Each of the places is suffering from a different disaster, but players must still do everything they can to rescue the citizens of Atlantis and preserve the ancient treasures the city has guarded for a thousand years.

The player must evacuate a total of 50+ levels from the 5 different areas of Atlantis. Each area is threatened by a different natural disaster which themes the difficulties the player faces there.


  • Experience a challenging and innovative strategic time management game!
  • Discover five enthralling locations with beautifully rendered graphics and colorful characters!
  • Challenge 50 time management levels with exciting mini-games, achievements, bonuses, and more!
Legends Of Atlantis: Exodus is available now for $6.99 (USD).

Legends Of Atlantis: Exodus

Mac Games News for Friday, May 18, 2012

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Ultimate Edition Updated6:00 AM
Diablo III Reviewed6:00 AM
Out Of The Park Baseball 13 Now At MGS6:00 AM
The Elder Scrolls Online Dominions Examined6:00 AM
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