Announcement - Valve
Poker Night 2 is Now Available for Pre-Purchase on Steam and includes a free copy of Poker Night at the Inventory! Already own it? Gift it to a friend!

The chips are down and the ante is up in this sentence already bursting with poker clichés! Take the fifth seat in Poker Night 2, at a table featuring Claptrap (Borderlands 2), Brock Samson (The Venture Bros.), Ash (Army of Darkness) and Sam (Sam and Max series). Play to unlock new Team Fortress 2 items and win unique skins and heads for Borderlands 2! Your dealer is GLaDOS (Portal series), but at no point will you be considered as a candidate for a visit to Aperture Science’s Enrichment Center. Unless you lose.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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I’ve only played poker twice! Yet here I am writing a post about a poker game! That’s the kind of consummate professional I am. I know enough about poker to get away with this, though – for instance, I know that if someone plays five Jacks at once it’s called a Belgian Tickle and everyone else in the game has to take their trousers off. I know that if anyone scores 21, they immediately have to give their car keys to a homeless person. And I know that Telltale’s first attempt at a poker-based game starring a selection of pop-cultural characters was disappointing. Given that, post-Walking Dead, the studio is presumably now aware of the critical and commercial benefits of making really good rather than merely adequate and formulaic games, hopefully that means they’re going to give Poker Night 2 their all. (more…)

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Though it was leaked a little early, Telltale Games officially announced Poker Night 2 today. The card-playing cast of mixed intellectual properties is bringing a few new faces for the sequel, which will hit PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in late April. The announcement also teases "other systems to be announced."

As seen in the leak, Claptrap from Borderlands, Brock Samson from Venture Bros, Sam from Sam & Max series, and Ash Williams from Army of Darkness will be joining at the table. GLaDOS will serve as the dealer, and we previously noticed Mad Moxxi tending bar in the background.

The game will offer "Bounty Unlocks" for skillful gambling, which will let you unlock rewards within other games. You'll be able to score exclusive skins and heads for all version of Borderlands 2, character accessories for the PC version of Team Fortress 2, unique Xbox 360 Avatar items, and premium themes for PlayStation 3.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Internet detectives have blown the cover of a teaser campaign Telltale Games started this week. No, not for the Fables game--that was officially announced today as The Wolf Among Us. This mystery game has been unmasked as a sequel to Poker Night at the Inventory, and this time Ash from The Evil Dead, Borderlands' Claptrap, and Brock Samson of The Venture Bros. are joining the table.

Telltale has been running a, ah, 'Key Party' teaser campaign for the mystery game, dropping a new hint each day in the run-up to an April 1 announcement. Only, NeoGAF forum member 'Vert boil' uncovered box art, screenshots and a banner graphic for Poker Night 2 are hosted on Microsoft's web server for the Xbox Live Marketplace--if you happen to know the URLs.

Shacknews confirmed they were, and still are, there, though one imagines they may vanish soon. It's real. The keys in Telltale's bowl all match up to characters in the screenshots, too.

The original Poker Night was, as you may guess, a poker game. But! It was a poker game featuring characters from various video games, including Team Fortress 2's Heavy and Max of Sam & Max--whose canine partner Sam appears in this new game. The conceit, see, is that The Inventory is a place where they all get together and relax. You'll notice Mad Moxxi from Borderlands is tending bar, and Portal's GLaDOS is hanging around too.

As all we know is what we can gleam from screenshots, the game platforms, release date, price and all that are largely a mystery--beyond a safe guess that it'll hit Xbox 360. The 2010 original was only released for PC and Mac.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

In celebration of its 7th anniversary, Telltale Games is taking 75% off most merchandise from its online store. That means you'll be able to pick up the entire season of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse for only $8.75. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available for only $2.50. Who knows what else you'll discover by clicking around? The only things omitted from the sale's scope is the Back to the Future series and Puzzle Agent 2.

You'll have plenty of time to peruse the store before the sale ends on June 30th. What are you going to pick up?

Kotaku

Steam Plays A Game That Could Win You 100 GamesValve is giving Steam users a new way to win video games—up to a hundred of them!—and even score some new headwear in Team Fortress 2. The "Great Steam Treasure Hunt" is a game for winning games.



From December 6 to 19, Steam users are tasked with completing online and in-game objectives, like setting up a Steam avatar and unlocking The Heavy's Iron Curtain in Poker Night at the Inventory, which can lead to winning free games. Prizes will be handed out bi-daily to lucky winners and at the end of the whole affair, Valve will hand out 100 games to three lucky Steam users.



There are also deals to be had, like cheaper copies of R.U.S.E. and even cheaper copies of Chime. Begin the hunt!



The Great Steam Treasure Hunt [Steam]


Announcement - Valve
Now through December 20th, the Great Steam Treasure Hunt will have folks spending time in the tropical sun, earning Steam Achievements in select games, joining Community groups, and earning a slot atop the Steam Leaderboards all in the name of winning free games. Every 48 hours a new set of four tasks will be announced. Select games will also be on sale throughout The Great Steam Treasure Hunt.

Completing a objective qualifies you for a drawing to win the top 5 games on your Wishlist. Each objective has its own drawing, so the more you complete, the better your chances. At the end of the Great Steam Treasure Hunt, there will also be three grand prize winners, each awarded 100 individual Steam games of their choosing. Importantly, our lawyers tell us at this point to say, "No purchase necessary" and to check out the official rules here: http://store.steampowered.com/treasurehunt.

The first objectives are:
  • Self Portrait: Setup an avatar on your Steam Community profile.
  • Got Tanked?: Earn the Desert Fox Steam Achievement in R.U.S.E.
  • Up the Ante: Win The Iron Curtain in Poker Night at the Inventory
  • More Cowbell: Set a leaderbord score of at least 1,124,400 in easy mode for the 'Paul Hartnoll' level in Chime

  • The promotions over the next 48 hours are:
  • 33% off R.U.S.E.
  • 40% off Poker Night at the Inventory
  • 75% off Chime

  • Good luck!

    For more details, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/treasurehunt.

    Product Update - Valve
    Updates to Poker Night at the Inventory have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

    Compatibility Fixes

    • Anti-aliasing quality control added to Graphics Settings screen.
    • Improved compatibility with Shader Model 2.0 graphics cards.
    • Fixed cases of invisible and garbled text on the title screen and settings screen on some systems.
    • Some lower end video cards which formerly just drew a black screen should now display the game.
    Poker & Gameplay Fixes

    • At the end of a hand, winners of the main pot and any side pots all announced individually. (Previously, only the winner of the biggest pot was announced.)
    • Each round, the minimum raise starts at the big blind until someone raises, after which the minimum raise is the amount of that last raise.
    • In heads up (one on one) play, the dealer is now the small blind and first to act pre-flop.
    • If a someone folds and is part of a side pot, and after the fold only one person remains in the sidepot, the sidepot gets cleared and paid out to that one remaining person.
    • The tutorial now automatically comes up once, the first time the game is played. It is still also available on-demand from the Poker Help screen.
    • Players who have a straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush or straight will now get the appropriate hand achievement even if everyone else folds to them in that hand.
    • Fixed issue causing character tells to rarely play.
    • Fixed issue causing only one of the player's hole cards to display when skipping dialog.
    • Improved readability/consistency on the unlockable Strong Bad card deck.
    Content

    • Two new poker tables available on the Unlocks screen: “Poker Night,” and “Inventory Security”
    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

    I probably shouldn't fart that loudly.

    Telltale have released their all-star super-cheap poker game, Poker Night At The Inventory. Starring characters from a range of games, and including all their original voice actors, it’s a really fun idea. But is it also a fun game? I’ve been through an awful lot of its tournaments, and am ready to throw in my chips and tell you Wot I Think.>

    (more…)

    Product Release - Valve
    Poker Night at the Inventory is now available on Steam!
    As with all SteamPlay titles, buy once and enjoy the game on either PC or Mac OS X.

    Prepare for a different kind of poker night in a very different kind of club. In Poker Night at the Inventory, you'll deal with Penny Arcade's clever, cunning Tycho, Team Fortress 2's hulking Heavy, Homestar Runner's self-proclaimed "awesome icon" Strong Bad and the hyperkinetic "rabbity-thing" from Sam & Max. These characters come together in ways some never thought possible, in a setting few would have predicted.

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