Follow us on:

Top stories

Reus picks up 700K sales ahead of Renowned Explorers launch

Abbey Games has sold 700,000 copies of its 2D god game, Reus, designer Manuel Kerssemakers told Joystiq at Gamescom. Reus launched in May 2013, and within its first three months, it brought in 235,000 sales. The 700,000 count comes from copies sold across Steam, GOG, Humble, Desura and Gamersgate.

Sales of Reus have allowed Abbey Games to establish a studio with 16 people, some full-time and others as needed, Kerssemakers said. Abbey is now working on Renowned Explorers, a turn-based strategy game about a group of 19th century adventurers traveling the world and gathering treasures to show off at the World Expo. It's inspired by XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Fire Emblem, Indiana Jones and Jules Verne.

Renowned Explorers is due out in the first quarter of 2015 for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam, and so far Abbey isn't interested in launching an early access version. "We're kind of traditional in that we want to release a full version," Kerssemakers said. "Reus people seemed to appreciate getting a full game."

Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition round table: Should you upgrade?

Diablo 3 raises a lot of questions. If angels don't have heads and faces, why do they exclusively wear hoodies? Does the witch doctor have a chronic illness or is he just shaking like that because he drank way too much coffee? Biggest of all, though, is this whopper: Should you take this chance to upgrade?

With Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition gracing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this week, the Joystiq crew has been asking that very question. Richard Mitchell, a Diablo veteran back to the original game, joins console-only player Susan Arendt and complete Diablo neophyte Anthony John Agnello for a roundtable discussion of how best to enter the series while discussing their experiences with Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4.

Continue Reading

Silent Hills Swedish radio broadcast hints at aliens



The playable teaser for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's Silent Hills offers a hint at the game's premise: aliens. A creepy Swedish radio broadcast outlines a world of tortured paranoia, including the phrase, "The radio drama from 75 years ago was the truth," as translated by YouTube user dimhoLten. This timeline aligns with Orson Welles' radio performance of The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938.

Welles' broadcast of The War of the Worlds incited mass panic among the US radio audience, as it was presented as a series of news bulletins describing a live alien invasion, which many listeners took at face value. The radio drama was based on HG Wells' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds.

Continue Reading

The Golf Club climbs into a tiny cart, departs Early Access

To coincide with its Xbox One debut earlier this week, HB Studios' picturesque golfing simulation The Golf Club has just exited Steam's Early Access program.

Now available on Steam at $35, The Golf Club offers players a spartan simulation complemented by a wealth of gameplay options, including online multiplayer, impromptu tournament creation and a fully-featured course editor. The Golf Club lacks extraneous bits such as a tutorial or any useful guide to learning the game's unique swing mechanics, but that falls in line with The Golf Club's aim of being a golfing simulation aimed not at gamers, but at those who consider themselves both gamers and golfers.

Alongside its Early Access exit, The Golf Club has been updated with a handful of new features including female golfers, additional objects and wildlife for the course editor and improved graphics. Full details on the final release version of The Golf Club can be found on Steam.
[Image: HB Studios]

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris UK pre-order bonuses announced

Square Enix revealed a series of retailer-specific pre-order bonuses it has in store for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in the UK, including a selection of franchise crossover character skins and items that grant in-game perks.

Players who pre-order Temple of Osiris at Amazon.co.uk will receive the Deus Ex Pack, which includes a unique combat rifle and an Augment ring that gives a 10 percent discount on in-game treasure chests. GAME customers get the Lara Croft Legend Pack, which bundles Tomb Raider Legend-themed skins, a golden pistol, and a health-regenerating Legend ring.

Pre-order the digital version of Temple of Osiris and you'll get the Hitman Pack, granting access to Agent 47's Silverballers, unique character skins, and a ring that deals increased weapon damage. Pre-orders are available up until the game's UK launch on December 9. A North American release date has not been announced.

[Image: Square Enix]

Guild Wars 2 retools commander icons, fees

GW2As Massively's Anatoli Ingram discussed in his Flameseeker Chronicles column yesterday, Guild Wars 2's September feature pack will include significant changes to the commander system that marks player volunteers as leaders on various world maps.

After the patch, commander tags will become account-bound rather than character-bound, meaning your newbie Asura can strut around Metrica Province as if she owns the place. Consequently, tags will triple in price to 300 gold. Players will also be able to customize their icons with spiffy new colors intended to "facilitate a range of tactical uses" like organizing groups in PvE and PvP.

Already a commander? Lucky you: ArenaNet says you'll be grandfathered into the new system for no extra fee. The studio plans to consider "possibilities for recognizing experienced and prestigious commanders" in the future.

Joystiq Giveaway: Back to school with Razer PC gear

Graduation is a distant memory. Middle school? High school? Undergrad? Daycare? Everyone's leaving their old life behind and getting ready to build a new front of educational righteousness in the near future. Just like mom asked you to, you've made a checklist of necessities. New phone case to prevent backpack breakage! New writing utensils of varying stain power! One used copy of Lord of the Flies! A totally sweet new PC that you told your entire extended family was for that design class but it's really for Dota 2!

Alright, that last one is pretty hard to swing. Building a killer PC with all the accoutrements you can imagine is a difficult task. While we can't help with the rig itself, Joystiq and Razer can assist with some accessories. In the spirit of our Back to School feature, we're giving away one Razer Adaro Wireless headset worth $150, one Razer Naga mouse worth $80, and one Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2014 worth $140.

All you have to do to enter is like Joystiq on Facebook using the Rafflecopter widget below before 10AM EST on Wednesday, August 27th. Three random winners will be selected to win the goods.
Note: Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States and Canada and are 13 years of age or older.

Joystiq Deals: Last call for Duracell battery bundle

Today is your last chance to pick up a year's supply of Duracell AA and AAA batteries through Joystiq Deals. Normally priced at $148, our bundle of 100 AA and 50 AAA batteries is $56 until tomorrow, making it a great time to refill your supply before your next marathon Mario Kart 8 multiplayer session.

Joystiq Deals also offers a lifetime of web developer training through OSTraining this week, delivering more than $2,000 worth of online courses for only $79. OSTraining currently offers over 1,800 tutorial videos covering WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SEO, HTML, CSS, PHP, and other key topics, with new classes launching every week.

If you're on the hunt for Xbox digital bargains, you'll want to check out this week's Deals With Gold lineup, which offers price drops on Bully Scholarship Edition, LA Noire, Grand Theft Auto 5, and multiple Call of Duty games through next Monday.


Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

NHL 15 hits the ice with six game modes, EASHL absent

Publisher EA has unveiled a list of the game modes to be included in the upcoming hockey simulation NHL 15, and it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a modern EA Sports production.

When you absolutely, must play hockey this very second, NHL 15 offers the de rigueur "Play Now" mode. For more depth and persistent stat tracking, NHL 15 includes the "Be A Pro" and "Be A GM" modes, which allow players to assume the roles of either a pro hockey player or a team's general manager, respectively. "Online Versus" is exactly what it sounds like: An online multiplayer mode that pits two (or more) players against one another. "Hockey Ultimate Team" adds a virtual card-based collectible wrinkle to NHL 15's on-ice gameplay, while "NHL Moments Live" allows users to "relive, recreate or alter some of the most exciting situations from the current NHL Season." Notably absent from the list are the fan-favorite six-on-six EASHL mode and the Connected GM mode.

EA claims that while these are the game modes that will ship with NHL 15, the development team may change things as time goes on. "As part of the move to next generation consoles, our team is focused on delivering significant content updates post launch," reads a message from producer Sean Ramjagsingh. "Our commitment is to continue to optimize the gameplay experience for you in the months to come, as well as deliver new game content throughout the year for free."

Edit: The above description of the NHL Moments mode was originally incorrect. It has sinced been fixed.
[Image: EA]

EA Sports Season Ticket, Sports Arena draw to a close

EA Sports Season Ticket, a promotion that grants subscribers early access to EA's numerous sports games alongside discounts on DLC and other perks, is slated to be phased out over the course of the next two years.

In an update to the Season Ticket FAQ, EA has revealed that Season Ticket subscription sales will end in March of 2015, and all Season Ticket benefits will expire in March 2016. There's good news, however, if you don't mind that the service's days are now numbered: To coincide with the announcement, EA has reduced annual subscription rates on the Season Ticket from $25 to $20.

Likewise scheduled for closure is EA Sports Arena, an online matchmaking service designed to connect virtual sports fans to other like-minded players. According to its FAQ, Sports Arena support is scheduled to end in November 2014.

Though EA has yet to confirm the idea, it seems likely that the publisher plans to roll these aging services into its newly-launched EA Access program.
[Image: EA]

Deus Ex writer teams with BioWare designer for Sienna Storm

Sheldon Pacotti, lead writer of Deus Ex, has joined forces with Tony Evans, designer on games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, to create an ambitious sci-fi adventure dubbed Sienna Storm.

Described as a "non-linear thriller," Sienna Storm uses sketchy, hand-drawn art to complement a lengthy story and a unique card game mechanic that takes the place of in-game combat. "Fluid situations are executed via an innovative card game mechanic that actuates the intel, gear, and skills you've gathered throughout the game," reads the game's description. "Persuasion is just as important as deduction in this sociopolitical thriller, in which the crucial moves in a dangerous multipolar world truly lie in your hands." Though full details on the card game component remain under wraps, the brief description offered by the developers makes it sound a bit like a less complicated take on Netrunner.

Unlike most crowdfunding projects, which add minor rewards for each funding goal reached, Sienna Storm will reward its backers with an improved development team. Assuming the two stretch goals are reached, the aforementioned developers will be joined by Unreal Tournament composer Alex Brandon and Fallout designer Chris Avellone.

Sienna Storm is seeking $179,000, and has currently raised $2,168. 28 days remain in the game's fundraising drive.
[Image: Digital Knights]

Bungie ordered to recoup Marty O'Donnell's founders' stock

A court-appointed arbitrator has ruled that Bungie must return the founders' stock it stripped from former Halo composer Marty O'Donnell following his contentious dismissal earlier this year, reports VentureBeat.

As our readers are no doubt aware, founders' stock in Bungie is now quite valuable, following the lengthy string of successes the developer has had since it launched Halo on the original Xbox all those years ago. With the upcoming debut of the highly-anticipated, open-universe shooter Destiny, O'Donnell's stock is likely to grow even more valuable. Unfortunately for O'Donnell, despite this ruling, the legal red tape has yet to be cleared away. Bungie can still file an appeal against the arbitration and until a final order is issued O'Donnell isn't in the clear.

This ruling marks the second time an official has sided with O'Donnell in the recent past. About a month ago, O'Donnell was awarded a little over $95,000 that a court ruled was owed the composer as unpaid wages and overtime compensation.
[Image: Bungie]

Castle Crashers dev teases its next game with Earth-shattering bear

The Behemoth, developer of Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater, is teasing the impending announcement of its next game. Labeled "Game 4" for the time being, its trailer shows an enormous six-legged bear crashing into the Earth as a narrator describes the apocalyptic event that happened as a result. Of course, the narrator couldn't imagine the planet in any state other than in a storm-riddled chaotic mess. The Behemoth revealed that Game 4 is in development for Xbox One in April.

The developer began working on the game's concepts just before launching Battleblock Theater in April 2013. It said the game is "of a genre we haven't covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into," and that a "lone survivor" prototype emerged during its beginning phases before noting that it may have hinted at its genre in the teaser video. The Behemoth plans on offering a playable demo of Game 4 at PAX Prime in Seattle, which begins next Friday, August 29.
[Image: The Behemoth]

Continue Reading

Joystiq goes back to school

With some of our readers heading back to school, the team at Joystiq started to discuss the games that have mechanics or stories that could apply to standard school curriculum.

Of course there are obvious choices: the Civilization series can teach players about history and planning, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego can teach players geography and critical thinking. But here are a few less obvious choices for you to consider playing while you try to get a leg up on that school work.

Have some less obvious suggestions for back to school video games? Tell us in the comments and we may it to our featured gallery!

Blizzard: Microsoft demanded 1080p for Diablo 3 on Xbox One

Microsoft spurred a last-minute resolution bump for Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition prior to its recent launch for the Xbox One, Blizzard production director John Hight told Eurogamer at Gamescom.

"We did find it challenging early on to get it to 1080p," Hight said. "That's why we made the decision to drop to 900. That's what we demoed and were showing around E3 time. And Microsoft was just like, 'This is unacceptable. You need to figure out a way to get a better resolution.' So we worked with them directly, they gave us a code update to let us get to full 1080p."

Blizzard announced during E3 that the Xbox One version of Diablo 3 would be presented in 900p, placing it at a disadvantage compared to the 1080p PlayStation 4 edition. A day-one patch pushed the Xbox One version's resolution to 1080p at launch, though Eurogamer notes that the update introduces slight framerate drops in busy gameplay areas that weren't present at 900p.

[Image: Blizzard]

Advertisement


The Joystiq Podcast

The Joystiq Podcast

Super Joystiq Podcast Special: Gamescom 2014 Day 5

Latest episode: Friday, August 15th, 2014

Facebook Activity

Engadget

Engadget

TUAW

TUAW

Massively

Massively

WoW

WoW