5:00 PM, Monday, September 29th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Gale Force Nine's next planned expansion for its bestselling Firefly: The Game is aimed at more experienced players and collectors; the Resin Ships miniatures expansion will release in February.
The Blue Sun Expansion is now in wide release, and that big-box expansion was aimed at more experienced players who want to explore the ';verse more extensively. In a similar appeal to miniatures aficionados, GF9 is applying parent Battlefront Miniatures' expertise with high end miniatures to put out high-quality, customizable resin ships, similar to their Dungeons & Dragons line.
The box will include a full set of the models from the base game that have been re-mastered and produced in high detail resin. The six ships (4 Firefly Class, 1 Reaver Cutter, 1 Tohoku-class Alliance Cruiser) are supplied unpainted, and some assembly may be required. MSRP is $50.00.
Firefly: The Game has been a Top 10 hobby channel board game since its release, and currently holds the #3 position on the Spring chart.
5:00 PM, Friday, September 26th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
This past Wednesday, the free-to-play MOBA game Infinite Crisis from Turbine based in the DC Universe launched its largest update yet. This update introduced a new tutorial mode where players are coached by famed DC heroes, and they unlock six free Champions as they learn to master the game. If that isn't enough, the update also featured huge performance improvements, completely remastered maps, and two brand new champions: Atomic Joker and Nightmare Robin! Check out the videos, images (click to enlarge) and bios below!
Universe of Origin: Nightmare
For millennia, the vampire Ra's al Ghul used his League of Assassins to manipulate Earth-19 from the shadows. His daughter, Talia, also cursed with vampirism, desired her father's power. All Talia's efforts failed until she finally found the edge that she required, a man who was strong enough to challenge the Demon's Head: Bruce Wayne.
Talia, knowing Bruce was Batman, spent years influencing him toward her ultimate goal of her father's destruction. Yet she would leave nothing to chance. Talia created a child, the perfect union of her family's vision and Bruce Wayne's potential. She named the boy Damian, training him in secret before sending him to apprentice with her estranged lover, as Robin.
Here, once more, Talia's plans met with frustration.
In the final confrontation between Batman and Ra's al Ghul, Damian realized the depth of his mother's depraved manipulation when Batman was infected by his grandfather. Damian watched as Batman, the man he loved and respected, became a ravening monster, succumbing to the curse of vampirism. The ashes of his father's humanity kindled a burning certainty that the blood of al Ghul could only birth monsters.
Now, feeling the compulsion of his own vampiric curse, the young Damien fights a war to scourge the filth of vampirism from the world.
Universe of Origin: Atomic
When they broke into an abandoned military bunker, those blighted survivors of the nuclear war couldn't have realized what they were about to unleash on themselves. Within its derelict walls, they discovered a hibernating computer system. Sensing their movements, the system activated and they found attached to it the head of the Joker suspended in a preservation vessel. The Joker welcomed them with a cackle and told them it was time to build the future.
The Joker told them that the military had wanted to use his unique mind to come up with nuclear war scenarios. Displaying a brutal pragmatism that the Joker appreciated, they put his head in a preservation vessel and got rid of the "superfluous" parts. Now that the "serious" world was dead and gone, he told the survivors, it was time to build a new "crazy" one. So desperate were the survivors that they decided to listen to the Joker and began building a new community within the bunker.
As the community prospered, the survivors increasingly followed the Joker's orders without question, until they eventually had no will of their own. When the Joker commanded that his vessel be attached to the back of one of his minions, so that he could better see the world he was building, many vied for the honor.
5:00 PM, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Developer and publisher Electronic Arts is one of many corporate partners supporting the "It's On Us" initiative, a public campaign launched this week by President Obama that aims to raise awareness about -- and hopefully curtail -- sexual assault on academic campuses.
Campaign organizers are asking supporters to take a pledge that entails watching for and intervening against potential instances of sexual assault, and the BBC reports that EA intends to advertise the pledge to its customers across the company's online game platforms.
This partnership is in line with EA's growing track record of supporting initiatives that raise awareness about social issues -- last year the company spearheaded a small summit to discuss LGBT issues in the game industry and threw its support behind the inaugural GaymerX conference.
2:00 PM, Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Slightly weak review scores didn't stop Destiny from becoming a sales juggernaut.
According to the game's publisher Activision, Bungie's new sci-fi shooter sold through, that is to consumers, an estimated $325 million in its first five days. The estimate is derived from "Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates." The publisher shipped $500 million worth of Destiny product to stores.
People are playing in massive numbers, too, Activision says.
"Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing, in a press release. "Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can't put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game."
Destiny has already added its first major new content, the high-level Vault of Glass raid that is reportedly taking some teams up to 10 hours to complete.
9:00 AM, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
After making the dates on most of its long-planned rollout of the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast has announced that the last of the first range of releases will be delayed. Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master's Guide, originally planned for November release, will now ship in December.
The delay is blamed on "an entire additional cycle of design and editing to ensure that the books were as close to perfect as humanly possible" introduced with this new edition of the game. While this effort is touted as a boon for the quality of the Player's Handbook and Monster Manual, which are releasing on schedule, it has pushed the production schedule back on the Dungeon Master's Guide. For stores participating in WotC's early release program, the book with have an on sale date of November 28th, with general release following on December 9th.
3:00 PM, Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Some Destiny players have been taking advantage of an exploit which allows them infinite ammo.
The glitch allows users to fire continuously without ever reloading.
Bungie has yet to announce how it will deal with the exploit.
The developer previously announced that Destiny will roll out two new events in the first week of release, starting with a new Crucible playlist from today through the weekend.
On September 16, a Level 26 raid named 'Vault of Glass' will be available on Venus. In addition, two more events are coming later in the month.
Destiny is a persistent world shooter on consoles
Activision claims the online game is the biggest new gaming franchise in history, selling a combined $500m through retailers and digital stores. It has helped push PS4 sales past the one million mark in the UK.
Destiny was released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 9 worldwide.
6:00 PM, Friday, September 12th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Batman: Arkham Knight will be exclusive on PlayStation 4 in Japan, it has been announced.
Warner Bros Home Entertainment Japan (via DualShockers) revealed that the Rocksteady Studios sequel to Arkham City will launch solely on the Sony platform on July 2, 2015.
Batman Arkham Knight sees the Dark Knight return to next-gen consoles and PC
However, it did not specify if it would be a timed or permanent exclusive.
The Japanese version of the game will be fully localised and include Japanese voice acting.
The news follows the announcement that Batman: Arkham Knight will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 2, 2015 in Europe and North America.
Rocksteady Studios' final game in the Batman Arkham series will be set a year after Arkham City. It centres around the evacuation of Gotham after the Scarecrow seeds the city with bombs containing a new strain of his fear gas.
The game will feature expanded combat with in-air attacks, throw counters and fear takedowns, but multiplayer support has been omitted.
A retailer recently teased the existence of Red Hood story downloadable content.
4:00 PM, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Building on last year's DC HeroClix: Superman Quick-Start Kit, WizKids will release a similar Marvel-based kit, which will debut on Free Comic Book Day, May 2, 2015.
The Marvel HeroClix: The Avengers Quick-Start Kit is a non-collectible two-figure pack designed as an easy and fast introduction for store owners to sell to potential players. The package contains specially designed Captain America and Iron Man figures, with character cards, a Quick-Start rules document, and a map game board.
The Marvel HeroClix: The Avengers Quick Start Kit will be released as two SKUs, one as WizKids' Free Comic Book Day product, and another "regular" release. Both products will be identical, and the sell-through version will carry a $4.99 MSRP.
The Quick Start rules focus on the core concepts of the game: how to read the combat dial, basic movement and attacking, and how damage is dealt to other figures in the game. The game cards include descriptions of how the powers work for quick reference during initial play.
If WizKids follows the pattern from last year's DC HeroClix: Superman Quick-Start Kit, the two figures will be valued at 100 points each, in order for two new players to use a single set during a match. Both figures will also have a purple ring on the Combat Dial, meaning they are not legal for tournament play, since the product is intended as an inexpensive entry point for new players.
Much like the DC HeroClix: Superman set, which was released last September, the set is intended as an evergreen, non-collectible product.