3:00 PM, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Telltale Games will in 2014 release an episodic video game inspired by HBO's "Game of Thrones," the hit series based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Confirmed for release on PC/Mac and mobile devices, the game is the first unveiled as part of a what was described in a release as a multi-year, multi-title partnership between Telltale and HBO Global Licensing.
Plot and characters were not yet revealed, but Telltale principals Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner said the game will take its lead from the television series rather than Martin's books.
"The book is a great resource to understand the decisions that they made on the show and how rich the world is," said Connors in unveiling the game on Spike TV's "VGX" program on Saturday. "VGX" is a retooled version of the station's video game awards that focuses on promoting upcoming games by premiering a series of teaser trailers.
Telltale, the Bay Area studio behind the successful episodic game series inspired by Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" comics, emphasizes narrative and character over action in its games. The company's games are modern takes on the classic PC-style adventure game, where puzzle-solving and dialogue are placed at the forefront.
"Game of Thrones," said Connors and Bruner, will be done in a similar style as Telltale's prior adaptions. Telltale's "The Walking Dead" game was much lauded for the way in which it created character depth and attempted to confront players with larger, existential questions, unfolding like an interactive novel.
Telltale's titles tend to be story-first with very light action elements, often in the form of quickly pressing a button to get through a challenge and onto the next narrative element. Though a "Game of Thrones" game could lend itself to epic, strategic battle-planning, Telltale's Bruner said the company wouldn't stray far from its comfort zone.
"It will be similar to other Telltale Games, but you can't tell a ';Game of Thrones' story without big battles and those kind of elements," Bruner said during the "VGX" telecast. "They'll definitely be there in the story. The way we attack them and the things you do in those battles will be more a Telltale way of doing it. So you'll be swinging a sword every now and again, but you won't be hacking your way through a hundred people."
The decades-old Telltale Games were launched by a number veterans of LucasArts, a now-shuttered game studio known throughout the '80s and '90s for its point-and-click-style story-driven games. Early Telltale titles revived popular LucasArts adventure franchises of yore, as the company offered new chapters in the "Sam & Max" and "Monkey Island" universes.
More recently Telltale has focused on larger, cross-media licenses, having issued "Back to the Future" and "Jurassic Park" games. Plans to revive "King's Quest," a well-known adventure game franchise that dates to the early '80s, were announced but later rescinded as Telltale has instead focused on its popular take on "The Walking Dead" as well as launching a game inspired by the DC Comics series "Fables."
Telltale has stated that its second season of "The Walking Dead" will debut before Christmas with subsequent chapters issued in 2014. Also new from Telltale in 2014 will be an episodic game based off of the "Borderlands" franchise, a beloved first-person shooter developed by Gearbox Software.
VGX, the next generation of the Video Game Awards, is an all-day gaming experience and a true binging dream for gamers. VGX is taking things to a whole new level with world-premiere game trailers, in-depth extended demos of the next generation of games and interactive one-on-one interviews and panels all in an intimate studio setting.
2:00 PM, Friday, December 6th, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Cryptozoic will release The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Board Game on December 20th, a week after the movie premieres in theaters .
Like Crypto's first Hobbit movie board , this game is designed by Reiner Knizia. The game is stand-alone, but can be combined with the Unexpected Journey game. Players must work cooperatively as they travel to the gold-filled caverns of Lonely Mountain in search of treasure and the courage to defeat Smaug. The game is for 1 - 4 players, ages 15 and up, and plays in 30 - 45 minutes. MSRP is set at $40.00.
The box contains 2 game boards, a resource board, 4 cheat sheets, tiles, cards, custom dice, markers, a dragon pawn and a rulebook.
Cryptozoic also updated release dates for several of their other Middle Earth related titles. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Deck-Building Game and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Deck-Building Game are now Q1 2014 releases, and The Middle Earth Expandable Card Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Edition Starter Set and Expansions will also release early next .
5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Palladium has announced plans to release Robotech: Expeditionary Force Marines Sourcebook One for its Robotech RPG Tactics RPG/miniatures game in March.
The book was originally solicited as Robotech: UEEF Marines Sourcebook, and was recently updated to include ';Sourcebook One' in the title on their website. "This is the first of two UEEF Marine books," Palladium president Kevin Siembieda confirmed, saying the second volume will also release later in 2014.
Sourcebook One is written by Irwin Jackson, and has 160 pages. The book promises new character classes, mecha, aliens, weapons and gear for the Marine Corps of the United Earth Expeditionary Force (UEEF), as well as history, training and organization on the group. MSRP is set at $20.95.
The book will follow closely on the heels of the updated release of the Robotech RPG Tactics box set
1:00 PM, Sunday, December 1st, 2013 - Posted by John Wilson
Brotherwise Games will release Tools of Hero-Kind, a new mini-expansion for its 8-Bit-style card game Boss Monster, on February 5, 2014. The first two printings of the core game sold out at the distributor level within days of release, and the third printing has shipped. Brotherwise told ICV2 that they have shipped over 17,000 units to distribution, of the over 22,000 copies in print.
Tools of Hero-Kind will introduce the new Items card type to the game. Items can make those pesky dungeon-invading heroes more of a threat, but they also offer Boss Monsters new tactical options. The set will include 20 Item cards, 4 Advanced Room cards, and 2 Spell cards. MSRP is set at 9.95. As it is an expansion, it requires the Boss Monster set to play. The game is for 2 - 4 players, ages 13 and up, and plays in about 20 minutes.
Boss Monster was launched via Kickstarter in November 2012 and raised $215,056 from 4,689 backs ($45.86 average per backer). However, after initial fulfillment and launch in July of this year, Brotherwise took a long-term approach, focusing on normal distribution channels and building relationships within the hobby market.
In addition to the Tools of Hero-Kind mini-expansion, there is a full expansion planned for the future (code-named Boss Monster 2) but the website says "we will not announce a release date until we are further along in development."
9:00 PM, Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Starting December 1st and running through December 12th, 18 Twitch.TV streamers from 9 different countries will be streaming live for 12 straight days for charity.
During these twelve days of indie game streaming, gamers will raise money for Toys for Tots. In addition to the gamers, there are over 15 developers, publishers and countless indie game fans who will join together in a 12 day, non-stop, streaming relay extravaganza.
They are guaranteeing that from 12:00 PM (Noon) to 12:00 AM (Midnight) Pacific Standard time, however initial response has been enough to allow for 24 hour continuous streams.
12 Days of Indie strives to bring indie game streamers, developers, publishers and players together to raise money for Toys For Tots, and allow children to experience the joy of a new toy.
11:30 PM, Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Today, three all-new pieces of the DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins became available: Infinite Earths Skins Pack, Black Mask Callenge Pack, and Online Supply Drop #1. Here are the details on each from Warner Bros. Interactive:
Batman: Arkham Origins Infinite Earths Skins Pack
The Batman: Arkham Origins Infinite Earths Skins Pack is now available on the PlayStation Network, the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and Steam for $4.99, and on Nintendo eShop for $3.99. Players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet will have instant access to the content that can be used in challenges maps, as well as the single-player campaign upon completion of the main story and in multiplayer for players that reach Level 2.
The pack contains six bonus skins based on a variety of classic comic books and modern storylines pulled from the comics:
Earth 2 Dark Knight
Long Halloween Batman
Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table
Earth 2 Batman
Classic Tim Drake Robin (available in multiplayer mode only on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC)
** Please note that Season Pass owners do not need to purchase this DLC pack, as all new content is already included in the Pass.
Batman: Arkham Origins Black Mask Challenge Pack
Available on the PlayStation Network, the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft, Nintendo eShop and Steam for $1.99, the Black Mask Challenge pack allows players to take on Gotham's most dangerous crime lord in two all new challenge maps: Lot Full and Hidden Facility. All players can defend the city as Batman, and those who own the Deathstroke Challenge Pack can also choose to play as Deathstroke in this new challenge map pack.
Batman: Arkham Origins Online Supply Drop #1
Available on PlayStation Network, the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and Steam for $2.99, the Online Supply Drop #1 DLC offersadditional multiplayer content: two additional clothing items with game enhancing features for Bane and The Joker; the all-new Sawn-Off Shotgun; and extra weapon progression bonuses and skins.
5:00 PM, Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 - Posted by Cameron Zoldak
Some Call of Duty Newsletter subscribers received an email regarding the Season Pass for Call of Duty: Ghosts, normal you think? Well think again, it in fact revealed the names of all of the upcoming DLC for Ghosts; Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis which spells out ODIN, the orbital satellite strike system which is seen extensively in the game's campaign.
The map packs are set for release over the next 12 months, and will be available for free to those who pay the one off cost for the Season Pass, which would save $10 to those buying the packs individually.