If you've been waiting for a good time to jump on indie hit Dungeon Defenders, now might be just that opportunity. The latest Indie Royale bundle, nicknamed the "May Hurray," packages Dungeon Defenders with four other games for a nice low name-your-own price. As usual, paying extra nets you another goody to boot.
The full bundle includes Containment, Data Jammers: FastForward, Brainpipe: A Plunge into Inhumanity, and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, Dr. Blob's Organism, and the original soundtracks VooDoo Interface and Temporal Logic Grid Blues. Paying seven bucks or more gets you the chiptune album "Future, Toward the Edge of Forever" by Starscream.
Right now the minimum is set at a little above five bucks, so it should be a good deal for bargain-hunters with lots of time to fill. Then again, between Indie Royale and the Humble Bundle updating so often, it's hard to imagine how any thrifty gamer has an abundance of free time.
Among the cacophony of high-larious pranks this April Fool's Day, THQ teased another piece of content for Saints Row: The Third. Titled (ahem) "Enter the Dominatrix," the standalone expansion promised super powers, new weapons, and new recruits. Apparently THQ and Volition decided to make it happen for real, announcing it as a standalone expansion coming this fall.
The main thrust of the expansion is the addition of "freaking super powers" like super-speed, strength, and high jumps. You'll use these new-found powers to battle the alien warlord Zinyak, who is preparing an invasion of earth for precious resources and females. Wait, that plot sounds familiar.
Zinyak has watched earth enough to know that the Third Street Saints' media empire means they pose a threat to his plans. So naturally, he kidnaps the boss and puts him in a simulated virtual reality to neutralize him or her. Wait a minute, that also sounds familiar.
THQ confirmed to Joystiq that the game is launching only as a boxed retail product, and will cost $30 for everyone -- including Season Pass holders.
This decision probably has something to do with Saints Row being one of the bright spots in THQ's recent financial statements. The company noted strong continued sales of Saints Row: The Third and higher-than-expected sales of DLC helped boost its bottom line. It must be hoping that another boxed product will do the same.
Fans of Company of Heroes have been waiting for any hint that a sequel was in the works, but recent images from a UK gaming magazine seem to show that those fans won't be waiting too much longer for an update to the wildly popular RTS franchise.
A thread on Reddit reveals scans of the upcoming issue of PC Gamer UK showing a massive cover story on Company of Heroes 2, detailing the reporter's trip to Relic to see the game. We contacted THQ and they have no official comment on the images or article.
According to the cover story, the game will be set on the Eastern front where "13 of the 15 bloodiest battles" of World War II took place, including Stalingrad, Smolensk, Kursk and Moscow. The story quotes Lead Designer Quinn Duffy as saying that the sequel isn't about being different, but being new and offering more. "We want more authenticity, we want more realism, we want more tactical improvements," Duffy said in the article.
Few major details were revealed, except a release date of sometime in 2013, but with the magazine out before an official announcement from THQ, we should be hearing more in the next few days.
Making good on a rumor from March, The Elder Scrolls Online has officially been confirmed. As suspected, the game takes place a millennium before The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and focuses on the daedric prince Molag Bal's attempts to pull Tamriel into the demonic realm.
The game is appearing as June's Game Informer cover story, so we should see more details, screenshots, and a teaser trailer soon. For now, the setting is about as far as our knowledge goes. The game is being developed by Zenimax Online Studios, and is due in 2013 for PC and Mac.
"We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted," said game director Matt Firor in the announcement. "It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made - and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."
Team17 did say it was shaking things up in Worms Revolution, after making largely the same game for 17 years, and it seems that may be the case. Worms Rev will introduce classes to the turn-based strategy series, the English indie has revealed, in four flavours with different attributes and abilties.
The Soldier class is the plain old regular worm as seen in countless games, but it's joined by the Scout and Heavy classes. They have less or more attack power and are lighter or heavier, respectively, so they trade off damage for mobility and vulnerability to being buffeted around.
The fourth class, the Scientist, is something of a support role. Scientists are weaker and slower than Soldiers, but automatically heal their chums every turn and can equip gear like the Sentry Guns and Electromagnets.
Worms Rev is crawling onto PC and some form of console between July and September. Series creator Andy Davidson recently rejoined Team17 to chip in, after over a decade away.
EA is doubling back on plans to shut down the iOS version of Rock Band on May 31. The company has issued an apology and claimed the in-app message was an "error." EA had also stated that it would be shutting down the server in an online help FAQ -- but the FAQ didn't clarify if the game would still be playable offline, and the page has since been pulled completely.
"Rock Band for iOS will remain live - the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error," read a company statement to Cnet. "We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible."
Faulting an "error" seems a little odd, since the message was incredibly specific and couched in Rock Band language; plus the statement doesn't address the pulled help FAQ at all. Still, the game is no longer being taken down. You can continue tap-rocking, and EA will probably be a bit more cautious to avoid these kinds of "errors" in the future.
Mad Catz's plane 'em up Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII has been on the horizon for a while but flying low, as if attempting to dodge radar, but today it soared up to drop a formal announcement with clusters of screenshots and videos. Chocks away and tally ho, chaps!
Coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this summer, Damage Inc. is an arcadey-looking affair running through WWII air operations in the Pacific Theatre from Pearl Harbor onwards. More than twenty campaign and co-op missions are promised, plus several competitive multiplayer modes.
Naturally there'll be a Collector's Edition too, packing a Pacific AV8R FlightStick, exclusive Reaper Corsair plane, and some fancy decals you can stick all over the place. Hit up the official site for more information on that, the game, and all that jazz.
Here's the announcement trailer, though there is another with multiplayer action:
Kickstarter is being instrumental in bringing back games playing on nostalgia, from Tim Schafer adventure games and cyberpunk to post-apocalyptic RPGs and, ah, wank jokes. The campaign to fan-fund Leisure Suit Larry HD, a remake of Al Lowe's sleazy adventure game wrapped up yesterday at $673,602, having passed its goal of $500,000 last week.
However, LSL fell short of its second funding goal. Replay Games was gunning for $750,000, hoping to add new speech, puzzles, cutscenes locations, minigames, "girls" and more if it hit that mark. Still they got close, so one imagines Larry's adventure may be fleshed out a little.
Leisure Suit Larry HD is coming to PC, Mac, and Android and iOS devices. The remake was actually announced back in October 2011, to be funded the regular way, but when that fell through they turned to fans.
Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.
We also have a second developer diary for Dragon's Dogma, a launch trailer for Fable Heroes, a tutorial for Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, a fifth developer diary for Diablo III, a wizard trailer for R.A.W.: Realms of Ancient War, and two Starhawk trailers. Be sure to check out additional trailers and screenshots on each game page!
It's mods-a-go-go down in the Dungeons of Dredmor. Along with a hefty free content update built upon several mods, the indie dungeon crawler's getting support for the shiny Steam Workshop to find and share mods.
The snappily-named You Have To Name The Expansion Pack DLC packs new skills, monsters, items, and wonky geometry, smashing loads of community-made mods together.
The DoD Steam Workshop will presumably work similar to the Skyrim workshop, which lets people browse, rate, comment on, and easily install mods. Obviously it'll only be available to people who own the game on Steam, sorry everyone else.
The update is promised "very soon."