Developer Uber Entertainment announced today via Twitter that the real-time strategy game Planetary Annihilation will see a full PC, Mac, and Linux release on September 5.
After receiving over $2 million dollars in funding from Kickstarter, the game entered into Steam Early Access on PC as an Alpha and was heavily criticized by many on the PC gaming service for costing $90 USD. Since that time, the price has dropped down to $30 USD, and access to the beta currently remains open.
The game will have different multiplayer modes, and recently it was revealed that Planetary Annihilation would also feature a single-player campaign called Galactic War. According to the developer, the solo campaign will take different paths each time it is played, as much of the game relies on random technology drops and special abilities. Several difficulty levels will also allow players the chance to tailor the experience to be just as expansive and challenging as they want it to be.
Warning: Full spoilers from The Last Ship: Season 1 to follow.
Ah, The Last Ship... A summer time-waster if there ever was one -- and I mean that in a good way. When the latest round of HBO shows were all but in the books and network fall shows were still weeks away, TNT's The Last Ship was there to fill the void. Luckily, the Michael Bay-produced drama series also happened to be pretty entertaining, with no shortage of explosions or gun fights to keep things interesting. Heck, by the end of Season 1, even a few of the characters had come into their own, offering several great seasonal arcs.
Of course, the real draw of The Last Ship was its unique, double-edged premise: U.S. Navy meets global pandemic. Therein lied the makings of some quality popcorn TV, and for the most part the series delivered. The pilot took immediate hold of viewers with its top-notch production values, expeditious storytelling and unique investigation into a very believable viral outbreak.
Presumed by some to be a piece of Azure Striker DLC, Mighty Gunvolt is actually a standalone game, albeit a tiny one, that people who purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt get free of charge. Now, the most important thing to know about Mighty Gunvolt is that it's woefully, incredibly short; roughly 20 minutes with just a little skill. However, that 20 minutes is a tantalizing throwback to an era that preceded and inspired 16-bit side-scrollers like Mega Man X. Unlike Azure Gunvolt, Mighty doesn't bring anything new to the table, but I'm pretty sure that was the idea. It's part of its charm.
If Azure Striker Gunvolt -- which we loved -- is Japanese developer Inti Create's 16-bit revival project, then Mighty Gunvolt is Azure's 8-bit icing. The original Mega Man is clearly the point of origin for Mighty Gunvolt. Everything about it -- its fluid gameplay, its simple-yet-colorful backgrounds, its soundtrack, and even its point system -- is a throwback to the Blue Bomber's original adventure. Heck, getting through its five stages takes a comparable amount of time it takes an expert to get through Mega Man's six initial stages. There are a lot of parallels old-schoolers will appreciate, which breeds welcome familiarity.
Starting September 6th, Season 1 of NBC's The Blacklist will be available to watch (or re-watch, for diehard fans) on Netflix. This acquisition came with a hefty price tag though. $2 million an episode is what Netflix shelled out.
As Deadline reports, Netflix just entered into what is believed to be the "biggest subscription video-on-demand deal" in history with Sony Pictures TV. This $2 million per episode price stands for Season 1 and all future seasons of the James Spader series.
Developer of indie horror Home has announced that Alone With You, a new sci-fi adventure, will be released in 2015.
Confirmed via a post on the PlayStation blog today, Alone With You will cast you as the sole survivor of a doomed colony. To evacuate, you must repair the last remaining escape pod... even though the people with expertise to get it running again are all, somewhat inconveniently, dead.
Only the colony’s AI can assist you in rebuilding the system - and the people - to get you to safety before the planet implodes. Together you must explore your surroundings, and slowly piece together exactly what happened to your fellow colonists.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is coming to Vita, Idea Factory announced today. Players will be able to purchase the game digitally and at retail in early 2015 in both North American and European markets.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth, the predecessor to Sisters Generation, was released Tuesday on PS Vita.
Sisters Generation is a revamped version of the PlayStation 3 game Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2. A spin-off title, Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection was released for PS Vita in June, but IGN found it to be far from the perfection its title suggests.
A Nintendo employee has let slip that Gone Home is headed to the Wii U.
The news was revealed by Damon Baker of Nintendo of America, speaking at the Unite 2014 conference on the processes of publishing on the Nintendo Wii U eShop. Baker says that Gone Home is "confirmed" as a Wii U title and is "coming out in the near future."
You can catch his mention of Gone Home on Youtube (listen at about the 6m50s mark).
Developer The Fullbright Company told IGN earlier this year that Gone Home would be coming to consoles, though at the time it was undecided which ones.
DC Comics has named Jason Fabok as the new artist of their Justice League comic book series. He replaces Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, who had previously followed up Jim Lee.
Fabok's first issue will be Justice League #36, written by Geoff Johns, who has been on the title since the launch of the New 52 in September 2011.
Ubisoft has announced Petz Beach and Petz Countryside, two new games in its pet-simulation series that'll be released on Nintendo 3DS.
Each game features more than 50 different types of animal to take care of. The player's village will expand as players progress, and the environments also change with the seasons.
The 3DS' facial recognition system reportedly plays a part in the bond between player and pet, and voice recognition allows players to teach their pet tricks.
Charlie Murder developer Ska Studios has announced a brand new title, Salt and Sanctuary.
The stylistic side-scroller will shipwreck players on a mysterious island, where travellers must unite together to locate isolated Sanctuaries and survive the land’s ancient war.
Dubbing this new venture as a “stylistic, brutal action RPG platformer” inspired by classics like Castlevania DS, the two-person studio - also behind The Dishwasher series and I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1- think their new game will feature “the most incredible bosses” they’ve designed to date, a “killer” soundtrack, intricate combat and a deep, satisfying story set within the studio’s signature hand-drawn artistry.
At a screening of 25 minutes of footage from Disney Animation's Big Hero 6, Disney-Pixar CCO John Lasseter addressed the notion of a rift between the Mouse House and Marvel over the comic book-based film, and proceeded to dispel that rumor. Marvel branding has been conspicuously absent from the posters and trailers for Big Hero 6, while Marvel Studios has also not mentioned the animated movie during any of its press events.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lasseter says Disney "worked very closely with Marvel," even though the animated feature "was made 100 percent here in the Walt Disney Animation Studio." Lasseter reassures cynics that "We have a fantastic relationship to
It's been nine months since Sony's PlayStation 4 arrived in North America, beating out its European release by a week and its Japanese launch by a few months. When it did finally launch in its homeland in February, total global sales of the console passed 6 million units. According to the most recent numbers posted by the NPD Group, PS4 still sits atop sales charts, with 10 million units sold to date. The PS4 is the current next-gen sales leader, but can Sony keep the momentum going?
The classic arcade sidescroller Metal Slug 3 has been announced for PlayStation platforms.
The re-release promises a set of online features that "the PlayStation userbase and fans of the series truly deserve," though these features haven't been detailed yet. Further details will be shared in the coming months.
Metal Slug 3 will arrive on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita sometime this winter.
Metal Slug 3 is a run-and-gun game developed by SNK Playmore and first released for the Neo Geo arcade platform in 2000. It saw subsequent releases on PS2, Xbox, Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and mobile. IGN's review of the Xbox 360 version said Metal Slug 3 was fun, but didn't have much longevity.
Respawn Entertainment has revealed that update six is in the works for Titanfall, introducing a new featured game mode called Pilot Skirmish and making Marked for Death a permanent fixture of the first-person shooter.
The biggest change for Titanfall in update six is Pilot Skirmish, which removes AI and Titans. As such, player size is increased to 16 people, with two teams of eight battling it out on the frontier. In addition, Marked for Death is a permanent game mode, meaning it won't be replaced in the future.
CCP Games has lost a pair of executives, and is closing its San Francisco branch, according to a company financial report.
The EVE Online developer has suffered lower sales in 2014 compared to the same time last year, the company said in the report, which was translated by Reddit user two_step. Chief marketing officer David Reid announced that he was leaving the company because travel between the U.S. and Iceland was taking its toll –– the company is also losing CFO Joe Gallo, although it's unclear whether he was laid off or decided to leave.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Bioshock – ($14.99)
2007's widely praised FPS from the Xbox 360 (and later PS3), Bioshock's shocking fans for a second time by being ported over to mobile platforms – on a visual level, if nothing else. Check out this comparison we put together of the graphics in action in both the new version and the old:
Check out these two new images from Walt Disney Animation Studios' new short Feast, which will play in front of Big Hero 6.
Patrick Osborne, who served as head of animation for the Oscar-winning short Paperman, makes his directorial debut on the Kristina Reed-produced short. Feast tells "the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share."
Multiplayer party game Nidhogg is coming to PS Vita, and will be released simultaneously alongside its PS4 version.
It will be cross-buy between the two platforms, meaning you only have to pay once in order to have them on both Vita and PS4.
You can play locally, Vita-to-Vita, in ad-hoc mode. You'll also be able to connect to PSN and play against people online.
In a pinch, two players can even play on a single Vita with one thumbstick per player.
Nidhogg is an indie two-player fencing game developed by Messhof, originally released on PC in early 2014. In IGN's review, we named it "the most exhilarating competitive game" that we'd played in years. The PS4 version was announced in May, though a fixed release window has not been named for either the PS4 or PS Vita versions.
Believe it or not, it's actually kind of rare for IGN folks to play games at work. Between writing news, going to events, planning coverage, and so on, a lot of game time happens at home.
Well, when Infamous: First Light hit and Laura Bailey -- Fetch herself -- was on her way to town for Up at Noon, IGN's Greg Miller had to play the game ASAP. Rather than run home and do it, he strapped on a headset, hit record, and invited you along for a Let's Play miniseries.