Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tales from the Borderlands Zer0 Sum Is Out Now

Update November 26: The Xbox 360 date has been moved up to correspond with the Xbox One date, so it's now available worldwide on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America. The Mac and European PSN versions still have yet to release.

Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands page is now live, and you can buy and play the PC version right now.  The Mac version is not ready yet, but it's coming soon.  Steam will get the PC release later today, as will PSN for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America.  It will then be released for Xbox One on November 26, and for Xbox 360 and on PSN for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Europe on December 3.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Shadowgate Remake Includes Original Shadowgate and Deja Vu

For a limited time current owners of the Shadowgate remake as well as those who buy it while the deal is going on will get the original black and white 128k Mac versions and the colorized Apple IIGS versions of both Shadowgate and Deja Vu for free. If you want these games and haven't purchased the Shadowgate remake yet, now is the time to take advantage of this deal as the Shadowgate Remake is currently on sale on Steam for $6.99 USD, 65% off it's usual $19.99 USD price.

If you purchase the game from Steam, you can find the original games in their Steam directories:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Shadowgate\retro

~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/Shadowgate/Retro

Downfall Remake Is Coming, Original Downfall Is Now Free

Downfall was the first game by Harvester Games, the creator of The Cat Lady.  It follows Joe Davis, who stops with his wife Ivy for the night at Quiet Haven Hotel, only to find it's not as quiet as he hoped when things start to go wrong.  The story will remain mostly the same, but the most paths leading up to main events will be changed and the dialog has been re-written to make them more interactive in the vein of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.  It will also have the scrolling and keyboard mechanics of The Cat Lady rather than the point and click control of the original.

The original Downfall is now available to download legally, free of charge.

Kelvin and the Infamous Machine on Kickstarter

The Kelvin and the Infamous Machine Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign for a comedy adventure game featuring a time machine made from a standup shower.  The humor is inspired by Day of the Tentacle, and they aim to capture the whimsy of the early 1990's LucasArts adventures.  They are currently about half way to their $20,000 USD goal, with 17 days to go.  So, if this sounds like something that interests you, head to the Kelvin and the Infamous Machine Kickstarter, and pick a pledge tier.

Dave Grossman Joins Reactive Studios

IGN is reporting that Dave Grossman, who recently left Telltale and joined the Duke Grabowski team as a co-designer, has joined Reactive Studios as the chief creative officer.

Reactive Studios is known for their episodic interactive radio spy drama Codename: Cygnus, which was funded through a successful kickstarter campaign. It plays like a choose your own adventure style of game, with branching paths depending on techniques chosen to complete mission objectives. The game shows a tally of these techniques, such as bold vs. secretive or stealthy vs. athletic, adjusting them as you make each decision.

It really does seem like a role suited towards Dave Grossman, and I wish him the best of luck at his new position.

Game of Thrones Available for Preorder

Game of Thrones, Telltale's upcoming 6 episode series based on the HBO series which is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, is now available to pre-order on Steam for the pre-order discount of 10% off the usual $30 USD price.  A teaser trailer has also been released, showing the graphics in action, and can be seen above.  The first episode, Iron From Ice, is scheduled to be released in December.

Publisher Axes Unannounced Double Fine Game, 12 Laid Off

Double Fine's publisher woes haven't improved as of late it seems, as Gamasutra is reporting that one of Double Fine's unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher, which led to them having to lay off 12 people.

Tim Schafer states that "Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected".

Hopefully those affected get back on their feet soon and I wish them the best of luck in the future.