It’s been a crazy week or so. My Mac went down for nearly a week, the government intruded on my rights, there was a convention in Dallas called All-con (meh) and Ubisoft had a ton of news. Below you’ll find a few of the announcements and some tidbits from yours truly.
“A DAY TO REMEMBER DLC PACK NOW AVAILABLE FOR UBISOFT’S ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION“
Ubisoft® announced today that the A Day To Remember DLC pack for Rocksmith® 2014 Edition is now available for download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox® 360, the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation® 3 and Steam for PC and Mac.
Songs included in this 5-song pack are “All I Want,” “The Downfall Of Us All,” “If It Means A Lot To You,” “All Signs Point To Lauderdale,” and “It’s Complicated.”
Individual songs are available for $2.99 or the complete 3-song pack for $7.99.
“Ubisoft Releases “Making Of” Trailer for Child of Light““
I’m personally looking forward to getting this game for review. Looks lovely.
Ubisoft releases a brand new trailer for the upcoming 2D RPG, Child of Light. Inspired by watercolor artwork from the Golden Age of Illustration, Child of Light takes players on an extraordinary journey through the mystical world of Lemuria. Check out the trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for the art of Child of Light.
Child of Light will be available to download for $14.99 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on April 30th and is rated E10 for “Everyone 10+.
“GUNNAR Optiks Launches Game Developer Discount Program in Collaboration with IGDA”
Just in time for the kickoff of the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC), GUNNAR Optiks, the pioneer of precision-engineered computer and gaming eyewear, has launched an exclusive discount program for game developers. Qualifying game devs can take advantage of up to 50% off select styles of GUNNARs starting today by visiting www.gunnars.com/gamedev.
All members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) have been pre-approved for the GUNNAR Game Dev Discount Program and can take advantage immediately by visiting www.gunnars.com/igda.
In addition to the discount, any new, renewing or lifetime members completing an application during GDC for the IGDA also have a chance to take home a complementary pair of GUNNARs.
Game developers can “try before you buy” a variety of GUNNAR glasses at the IGDA Booth (located just inside Moscone Convention Center/South Hall) or at the IGDA 20thAnniversary celebration on Tuesday, March 18.
For more on the GUNNAR GDD Program, please visit: www.gunnars.com/gamedev
To sign up for an IGDA membership, please visit: www.igda.org/join
“TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON PHANTOMS® AVAILABLE ON APRIL 10
“The next step in the evolution of Ghost Recon Online comes to Steam and PC”
Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online will be released worldwide on Steam and PC on April 10 as Tom Clancy’sGhost Recon Phantoms.
“The end of open beta is a new start to the game. The difference between where the game started and the game today is so considerable that we felt we should mark it with a fresh identity,”said Corey Facteau, producer of Ghost Recon Phantoms. “Feedback from our five million players throughout beta enabled us to continuously increase the content of the game and to improve what makes the game unique, the blending of intense shooters with the teamwork and tactical depth of MOBAs. Ghost Recon Phantoms brings a narrative layer to the game based around The Phantoms, ex-Ghosts and current adversaries who left The Ghosts to pursue personal agendas. We’ve also added new gameplay elements to expand the depth of the game and give new experiences to seasoned veterans. Of course, no accounts will be wiped, and our current players will not have to start over.”
Updated Characters and Maps
The game’s new identity comes with a new art direction, including new character and device designs for all three classes as well as a complete reworking of lighting and level design on the majority of maps. Referencing military system prototypes, the art team created realistic new gear for players to deliver an experience representative of tomorrow’s battlefields.
Major Changes in Matchmaking and Customization
With the launch of the game, the development team will address the main concerns of player. Matchmaking will now take into account both the skills and gear, which will grant a fair gaming experience to all users, both new and veterans, paying or not. The team is also going to reveal the new “Mod Master” and weapon camo systems, which will allow countless customization possibilities. The details of these changes will be shared in a community video later this week.
Upcoming Features Built With the Community
Post-launch the team will continue to develop new features and weapons to keep the gameplay dynamic. Currently the team is fine-tuning tactical insertions and smoke grenades, which are being tested in large scale playtests by the community before being released in-game in the near future.
Play Now, Play Free at www.GhostReconOnline.com.
About Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms
Developed by Ubisoft Singapore, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms is a tactical, 3rd-person, team-based shooter that allows players to engage in fierce 16-player online matches. The game delivers a premium online-multiplayer-shooter experience that is downloadable and playable for free on PC and Steam. Players can choose between three classes of characters, six special devices and thousands of weapon combinations to suit their particular style of play. Players not only earn points through their individual performance but also for with their ability to support their team. Offering unique gameplay, Ghost Recon Phantoms melds the intensity of a shooter and the tactical depth of a MOBA to provide players with a one of a kind experience.
TitanFall for Xbox 360 delayed…again
The new date is April 8th it seems. The game has been enjoying success on next Gen platforms, and I’m actually surprised the game is coming out for last generation. I’ll be very surprised if the game is anywhere near the innovative brilliance on 360 and PS3.
In a bit of comic/gaming news, we offer you the following press release from Dark horse comics
THE WITCHER: HOUSE OF GLASS #1 OF 5 COMIC BOOK RELEASED TODAY!
CD Projekt RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise, and Dark Horse Comics, one of the global leaders in comic book publishing, are thrilled to announce today’s release of The Witcher: House of Glass, a new and exciting addition to the vast and action packed universe of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.
Hellboy Day Megabundle
Although the convention wasn’t an explosion in my face, it did have some great bright spots. The anthropologist that was doing lectures apparently cancelled all of his talks with zero notice. We were left sitting in the room for half an hour with no word that it had been cancelled.
Darwin Prophet was there and in her full witchy glory. I actually helped her unload her van lol. Felt weird being the roadie instead of the lead singer. I wanna know where the rest of the band was!
Black Mariah, who is a friend that I’ve worked with worked with La Divina and put together some cool things like “Naked girls reading”. There were some cool costumes and really cool vendors as well. There was a lecture on WestPunk that I really enjoyed. I tried finding more information on the lecture, but the gentleman doesn’t have much of a web presence. Maybe our faithful readers can help out with some research on this. Here are some of the pictures from All-con 2014. That’s all for now kiddies. Look for game review soon, and some more fun from me.