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Speaking to PCGamesN, Tripwire Vice President Alan Wilson said the exclusion of modding tools from accessible genres -- most notably shooters -- is a choice they "really can’t wrap our heads around."



"Why would you stop people from modding your game?" he asked. "Why would you prevent people from being creative with your material? Just look what done for everyone concerned, for example. Arma 2 has been on the top-ten sales charts on Steam for about the last four months solid because of what one of their employees did for fun in his spare time."



Originally a team of spirited modders, Tripwire elevated to a full-fledged development studio after Red Orchestra took the grand prize in Epic's first Make Something Unreal contest. The standalone followup, Red Orchestra 2, gets its first expansion later this year.



"Frankly, we can see zero downsides to allowing people tools and letting them mod a game," Wilson added. "I never understand why companies effectively block people from doing that stuff."



Meanwhile, DICE recently reiterated that the closed environment it has established in Battlefield 3 should remain that way, warning players not to use a mod which affects the game's color saturation.
Community Announcements - [TW]Yoshiro
We have updated the stand alone Red Orchestra 2 beta build to include the upcoming map Barashka as well as refinements to the Countdown gamemode and elements of the UI.

We will be looking for player feedback as we work towards the next official content update. The full patch notes can be found here. Make sure to leave feedback in that thread!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Killing Floor knows all about mods, having been one itself. They never tidy their rooms, leaving files scattered all over internets and hard drives alike, and trying to organise them is like trying to herd cats. The multiplayer horrorshow is gathering all its mods in one place, the increasingly active Steam Workshop, which should make keeping track of maps and modes much easier. Tripwire will also be adding Steam Workshop support to Red Orchestra 2, which is receiving a paid for expandomod by the name of Rising Storm. I’ve got a load of notes about that which I shall compile later this week. There are booby traps, flamethrowers and kamikaze bayonet stabbings, all of which I approve of in games though I frown at them in life.

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Excellent co-op kill-o-geddon Killing Floor now has Steam Workshop support, letting fans share maps, mods and weapons. The most popular mods include a version of Killing Floor that uses Doom 2 assets, a map set in hell, a version of classic Counter-Strike mod, Gun Game and a scythe. That's a pretty good cross-section of the sort of bonus extras we can expect from Killing Floor's active modding community.



Red Orchestra 2 will be getting Steam Workshop support soon as well. To celebrate, a Tripwire Steam bundle has been on sale all weekend at 66% off. There's still seven hours left on the deal, which includes Killing Floor (and all DLC character packs), Red Orchestra 2, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, The Ball and Dwarfs!?
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This weekend only, save 66% off Killing Floor, Red Orchestra 2 and the newly available Tripwire Interactive Bundle!

Killing Floor Workshop
Plus, the Killing Floor Steam Workshop is now available! Create and discover new mods and maps!
Here you will find new maps, mods, weapon, monsters and more! Want to try your hand at modding or want to upload your mod to Steam?

Red Orchestra 2 Workshop Coming Soon
The Red Orchestra 2 Steam Workshop Will be available later this year with New Battlefields to explore!
Here you will find new maps, mods, and more! Want to try your hand at modding or want to upload your mod to Steam for everyone to see?


Community Announcements - [TW]Yoshiro
The "Refined Realism" community mod group is currently testing some settings. Information on their test can be found below:

Refined Realism
RO2 server settings for players seeking a more realistic and authentic behaviour.

The "core" settings are:
Base settings from Realism
Weapon and class progression bonuses disabled
Classic load out
Classic weapon handling

For more details see:
http://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/showthread.php?t=83111

***Server list***
Bob's Whorehouse #2 Refined Realism // Ip: 63.251.20.251:7877
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This week's best deals  ►  FTL, Max Payne 3, and more

FTL: Faster Than Light released at 10% off on both Steam and GOG, GameStop opened its trunk in the parking lot to reveal deals on Max Payne 3, Killing Floor, and Amnesia, and Guild Wars 2 is 25% off at Get Games for European customers. That's just the beginning of our weekly savings spelunking expedition, so come along with me for more unnecessary analogies. And weekend deals.





25% off Guild Wars 2 at Get Games - $41.24 (Europe only)

50% off Max Payne 3 at GameStop - $29.99

50% off Killing Floor - $9.99 at GameStop

15% off Battlefield 3 at Amazon - $33.81

10% off FTL: Faster Than Light at GOG - $8.99 (Also on Steam)

30% off Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD on Steam - $6.99

25% off PC downloads at Green Man Gaming with the voucher code GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G







Steam  ►  Sam & Max, Oddworld, and more

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD released today at a 30% discount, and Steam has also put together an Oddboxx bundle with all of the Oddworld games for 10.49. Also, Train Simulator 2013.





30% off Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD - $6.99

75% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $7.49

70% off Sam and Max Complete Pack - $14.99

10% off FTL: Faster Than Light - $8.99

33% off Vessel - $9.99

10% off Train Simulator 2013 - $26.99!

More Steam deals







Green Man Gaming   ►  25% off everything



Use the voucher code GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G to receive 25% off a digital download by Monday September 17th at 4 a.m. PDT. Plus, tons of Saints Row: The Third DLC is on sale! Fun fact: if you mush all the DLC together, you get Saints Row: The Fourth, the illegitimate, possibly inbred son of Saints Row: The Third. He eats K-Y Jelly.



Get Games  ►  Guild Wars 2

You can still get Sleeping Dogs for 25% off and Borderlands for 50% off. New this week, Guild Wars 2 25% off codes are back in stock. There's also the usual selection of pre-order and other discounts.





25% off Guild Wars 2 - $41.24 (Europe only)

25% off Guild Wars 2: Digital Deluxe Edition - $56.24

25% off Sleeping Dogs - $37.49

50% off Borderlands - $9.99

More deals from Get Games





GameStop   ► Max Payne 3, Killing Floor, Amnesia

GameStop continues to cross off every price it can, but digging through its pages of sales this week revealed some pretty darn good stuff. Here are some of my favorites:





75% off Age of Empires III: Complete Collection - $9.99

50% off Max Payne 3 - $29.99

50% off Killing Floor - $9.99

75% off Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - $4.99

75% off Mirror's Edge - $4.99

50% off Amnesia: The Dark Descent - $9.99

67% off Hard Reset - $9.99

More GameStop deals





GOG  ►  Diamonds of D&D

Aside from 10% off FTL: Faster Than Light, GOG has its usual themed sale. This weekend, it's all D&D deals...wait, what's this?! *Spit take.* Something new for GOG: the discounts scale with the number of games you buy. At one game, you'll get 30% off, buy two and get 33% off each, and so on up to all nine games for 65% off each. *Cleans up spit.*



Links to the individual games are below, but if you want the scaling deal, you have to go to the hub.





30% - 65% off Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Baldur's Gate 2 Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Icewind Dale 2 Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Icewind Dale Complete - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off The Temple of Elemental Evil - $4.19 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone - $6.99 - $3.49

30% - 65% off Planescape: Torment - $6.99 - $3.49





Amazon  ►  The Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle

Regular Amazon is way less fun than Labor Day Amazon -- it's pretty much back to the same 'ol, with games like Modern Warfare 2 and Civilization V on sale again. There is a new bundle sale, at least: the Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle includes 13 games. You probably don't want all 13.





85% off The Over-The-Top TopWare Bundle - $14.99

50% off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - $9.99

15% off Battlefield 3 - $33.81

50% off Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 - $9.99

21% off Sid Meier's Civilization V - $23.82

51% off Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $14.68

60% off Mount & Blade - $6.03

More Amazon PC game downloads





GamersGate  ► A horde of romance



It's the same deal as last week: a giant, colorful patchwork of box art and red discount stickers. Only a few deals stick out at me. 50% off BioShock? Sure. 20% off To The Moon (Friday only)? Not bad. Miss Chic Romantic for only $7.48? Sounds goo- hey, wait a minute.



GameFly   ► L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire is the highlight of GameFly's sparse list this weekend.



75% off L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition - $7.49

75% off L.A. Noire - $4.99

More GameFly deals





Let us know in the comments if you find any more great deals, and if you feel like sharing: what are you playing this weekend? It's all FTL: Faster Than Light for me. Well, not all, but lots of it.
Community Announcements - [TW]Yoshiro
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A long railroad bridge, scattered buildings, bunkers facing each other across a long gully. Sound familiar?

For long time Red Orchestra fans it should, because I'm talking about Barashka, the next official map for Red Orchestra 2. Featuring combined arms gameplay and thrilling cat and mouse chases between infantry and armor as they duel for control over territory, we are bringing this classic RO map back to life.

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While its full facelift underway to bring it up to RO 2 standards, we will shortly be adding it to the stand alone beta so players can help us with feedback on gameplay. We look forward to playing this classic map with the community again (and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites)!

A lot of community members have been asking when we'll be adding more vehicles to the game, particularly troop transports. The short answer is that we've shifted around our plans a bit and additional vehicles are something that we're still looking to add, but won't be coming in the really near future. This is partially due to Rising Storm catching us by surprise - in a good way! Once we played the early versions of Rising Storm we knew it was going to be awesome, and decided to turn it into a full product. This means a lot of the Tripwire team have been cranking away working on Rising Storm along with the Rising Storm team to get the game ready for release. We've also been hard at work supporting the RO2 mod community by working on SDK updates and Steam workshop support which we're very excited about. Steam workshop should really revolutionize the way community mappers distribute their maps and make it much easier for players to find the cool content mappers and modders are working on.


We've also heard the murmuring in the community with speculation about how Rising Storm will be priced. While we aren't yet ready to release the exact pricing, we will clarify something right now. We will not be throwing the current RO2 community under the bus!!! Our current plan is to allow existing RO2 owners to upgrade to Rising Storm at a significant discount compared to someone that just buys Rising Storm outright. Additionally, we will not be splintering the community by keeping players separated. Servers will be able to run RO2 and Rising Storm maps back to back on the same server. Finally, while we're not quite ready to release the details of exactly how it will work, RO2 players that don't own Rising Storm won't just get booted off the server when a Rising Storm map comes up. Rather RO2 owners will be able to play Rising Storm even if they haven't purchased the add-on, likely with some limitations on weapon/class selection. So to summarize, RO2 owners will get a discount on Rising Storm, and everybody will be able to play together on the same servers!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Oh, he needs a step ladder.Tripwire have released a bunch of footage of Rising Storm, narrated and explained by the lead dev. It shows some of the extremely diverse maps, as well as the combat in those environments. There’s some great detail in there, showing features such as Japanese riflemen using their grenades as boobytrap mines. Oddly, Heroes Of Stalingrad multiplayer is going to be included in this expansion, which basically means that by buying Rising Storm you’re going to get the meat of both games for free. That might raise a few eyebrows among the existing Red Orchestra onwership. Anyway, detailed nine-minute gameplay trailer below. Take a look! (more…)

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Tripwire's WWII shooter Red Orchestra 2 gets its first expansion, Rising Storm, later this year. Yesterday, the dev posted a new gameplay video which shows off the expansion's Pacific Theater hallmarks, including booby traps, flanking spawn bunkers, flamethrowers, and banzai charges, all set within iconic battles including Tarawa, Kwajalein, Saipan, and Iwo Jima.



Rising Storm is a Tripwire-backed mod which turned into a full collaborative effort between the studio and the modding team. The standalone expansion -- which Tripwire says includes RO2's original multiplayer content as a bonus -- focuses on the war's Pacific front and the fierce jungle scraps waged between American and Japanese forces.

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