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The original Frozen Synapse is a wonderfully readable turn-based strategy game that plays out a little like a fully top-down Rainbow Six. You have your deep blue background, of the sort I tend to use in word documents to be less harsh on the old eyes; you have your team in green, the baddies in red, and neutrals in yellow, making it very easy to tell what's going on at a glance. I mention this because a new version of the game, Frozen Synapse Prime, is coming to PC soon, which messes with the colour scheme in scary ways. Its procedurally generated environments now look a bit like stark, grey alien spaceships, while the more animated characters no longer resemble plastic army men.

Developers Double 11 originally adapted Mode 7's Frozen Synapse for the Playstation Vita, and now they're re-adapting it back to the PC. I'm not convinced by Prime's shiny, high-contrast art, but I'm happy that the game will now feature controller support. The other changes are detailed here, and include new commands, overhauled multiplayer, a reworked campaign, and a couple of additional tutorial missions. There are also a few new maps exclusive to this Steam version.

Frozen Synapse Prime is out on November 14th. The original version included two copies (one for a friend), and it would be neat if this new one did something similar. Here's a trailer.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ben Barrett)

Hang on, that’s not the contrasting green, blue and red I’m used to! There’s been a robbery of extreme colour, replacing it with bluish greys and skyline backdrops! Just one of the changes made to Frozen Synapse in the Prime version that’s coming to Steam on November 14th. It’s a port of the Vita, uh, port with some added goodies. I actually quite like the old Synapse art, it’s simple but unique and nicely abstracted enough from the usually quite extreme violence being committed. Fit the tactical feel of the game as a whole, too. The other changes are less controversial and there’s a trailer to show them off.

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Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 80% on Frozen Synapse!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Frozen Synapse developers Mode Seven have been quietly talking about changing the name of their exceedingly clever but regrettably-titled strategic robo-sports game Frozen Endzone for some time now. Tired of all the friendzone puns and concerned about how much it overstated the American Football aspect, they’ve only gone and done it. Frozen Endzone is no more: as of today we have Frozen Cortex. Or, Frendzone is no more: now we have FroCo. >

The name isn’t all that’s changed. As of any minute now, Frozen Cortex also boasts a new, more heavily sci-fi look, revamped AI, a big performance boost and Mac/Linux builds. This is a major update, not a mere rebrand. I had a chat with Mode Seven’s Paul Taylor and Ian Hardingham about why they’ve changed so much after so long – including their reasoning for (and risks of) that rebranding. Read on for that and a glimpse of the new-look game.> … [visit site to read more]

Product Release - Valve
Breach & Clear - Frozen Synapse Pack, all new content for Breach & Clear is Now Available on Steam!

The Breach & Clear Frozen Synapse Pack adds a new team as well as five new missions based on the hit game Frozen Synapse.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
Mode 7 may be preparing to hit the gridiron, but they haven't forgotten their original top-down strategy game, Frozen Synapse. The developer is bringing the game's Red DLC to the iPad version today, adding in co-op play and a slew of other additions.
Announcement - Valve
Play Frozen Synapse for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Frozen Synapse at 80% off the regular price!*

Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad: classic gameplay with a modern interface.
Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Prime" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously.

Competitive-but-intuitive multiplayer and a huge single player campaign mean that Frozen Synapse will give you hours and hours of tactical delight.

If you already have Steam installed, click here to install or play. If you don't have Steam, you can download it here

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time.

Community Announcements - James
Ian and Paul (the founders of Mode 7) are currently doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.
You can find it at http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/201u70/we_are_paul_taylor_and_ian_hardingham_coowners_of/
Community Announcements - James
Hi!
We've now launched turn notifications for Frozen Synapse on Steam.
The next time you log in you'll be asked if you want to recieve notifications. If you choose yes you'll be notified by Steam itself as soon as a new turn is ready for your matches, even if the game itself isn't open. You can choose to turn these notifications on or off from the Game Notifications Settings page.
You can also launch the game from your notifications page and once you log in the relevant match will load automatically.
Community Announcements - James
Hi all!

Frozen Synapse now supports Steam Game Notifications. This means you'll know as soon as new turns are available in your matches even if you don't have the game open.

We're running a beta over the weekend before going ahead and making it available to everyone. If you'd like to try it out simply follow these instructions:
  • Right click on the game in your Library and click on Properties
  • Click on the Betas tab
  • Enter the password 'courage' in to the text field provided and click on Check Code
  • Select the preview option from the drop down box
  • Either wait or restart Steam and the update will begin downloading
Let us know what you think in the forums!
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