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GoG.com adds Zork Nemesis to line up

The DRM-free PC gaming web site GoG.com has already added a number of games in Activision's Zork adventure game franchise. Today the site has yet another addition from the series, the 1996 released full motion video-based title Zork Nemesis.

Developed by Zombie Studios, the game has a much more serious tone than previous installments in the Zork series. Your player character has to enter the Forbidden Lands in order to find out what happened to four characters who have mysteriously disappeared. At the time the game had what was then considered to be advanced graphics that allowed for a full 360 degree view of a location. You can purchase and download Zork Nemesis now for $5.99.

Exclusive: Blacklight sequel to be free-to-play game; first screenshot released

In 2010 developer Zombie Studios released Blacklight: Tango Down, a downloadable near-future themed first person shooter. Pricing for the game was just $15. At the time of the game's release, Big Download learned from Zombie's CEO Mark Long that a sequel was already in the works. Today Big Download has learned exclusively that the sequel will have an even cheaper price; free.

Yes, the Blacklight: Tango Down sequel (which at the moment is titled "Blacklight" for now) will be released as a free-to-play game. According to what Long told us today, "The full game will be free along with premium content that can be purchased in-game. Blacklight will feature a large number of improvements based on the player feedback we've gotten. And we hope going free-to-play will close that loop so we can respond even faster to player preferences."

So why go with the free-to-play/microtransaction business model? Long told us, "The free-to-play model is something we've been interested in since we first began working with Korean publishers four years ago. Free-to play is the model in Asia. It's exploding in China growing fast in Europe and emerging here in Facebook and iOS games."

The sequel will not reuse any of the content of the original Blacklight: Tango Down, according to Long. It will be an all new game with new weapons, levels, items and more. That includes the previously announced drivable mech vehicles. You can see the mech in the background of the first ever publicly released screenshot above (you can check out a high-res version when you click the above image). Long told us that the sequel will use the latest version of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 tech.

The Blacklight sequel does not yet have a release date and Long would not comment on who might be publishing the sequel (the original Blacklight Tango Down was published by Ignition Entertainment). We hope to have more info on the game in the coming weeks and months.

Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary builds custom weapons

The first Blacklight: Tango Down developer diary explained how players would be fighting a futuristic Netwar. In this latest addition, the developers discuss how players can express their personalities through the weapon customization system. By earning different achievements, players unlock interchangeable upgrades to improve performance. There will also be decorative charms available to attach onto guns that also provide special stat boosts. Blacklight: Tango Down will release later this summer.

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Blacklight: Tango Down gameplay trailer slips on the Hyper Reality Visor

When fighting a NetWar, it's imperative to know everything that's going on on the battlefield. That's where the Blacklight: Tango Down's Hyper Reality Visor (HRV) comes into action. As demonstrated by this video, the visor allows players to see through walls and objects to spot enemy positions. However, we're guessing that the decorative keychain hanging off the assault rifle is a slightly less crucial part of future warfare. Players will get a chance to see how all these things add up with the game releases later this summer.

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Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary reveals info about waging a NetWar

This developer diary for Blacklight: Tango Down spotlights practically every aspect of the game and its features, from the story to level design. The game, which will be available exclusively through digital distribution, is expected to release later this summer.

"Blacklight: Tango Down takes place 25 years into the future. The player takes control of an elite covert ops team that is sent after missing American Colonel Klein and his personal BlackLight team. The game will feature four single player/co-op levels that support up to four players at once, 12 multiplayer maps, seven game types and literally millions of weapons customization combinations. As the team advances through regions that consist of old world architecture over laden with ubiquitous modern holographic advertising, the trigger based dynamic AI offers an intense and varied experience every time the game is played."

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Blacklight: Tango Down gets one-shot comic book in July

More and more we are seeing games get adapted into comic books. The latest such project is for Blacklight: Tango Down, the upcoming downloadable first person shooter from developer Zombie Studios and publisher Ignition Entertainment. A one-shot comic based on the game will be released by publisher Storm Lion in July. The story was written by Zombie's founder Mark Long.

Zombie already has some experience in comics, The developer also created the story and concepts for Radical Entertainment's sci-fi series Shrapnel. One four part mini-series was released in 2009 and a second three issue mini-series is scheduled to launch later this May.

Saw II game announced; still could come to the PC

Last year Konami released Saw, the survival horror game that's based on the long running Saw horror movie franchise. The game was released for the PC exclusively via digital download. The first Saw game, developed by Zombie Studios, sold well enough that Konami decided to commission a sequel, Saw II, that will be released in the fall of 2010.

While Konami's official press release only mentioned Saw II as a PS3 and Xbox 360 game, Big Download has learned that the sequel could still be released for the PC as well. We spoke with John Williamson of Zombie today who told us that while nothing is definiate yet, Konami is still considering a PC release for the title. If they do decided to release Saw II for the PC it will be as a digital download title only like the first Saw game. In its press release announcing the sequel, Konami states that Saw II will have "all-new stomach-twisting traps and puzzles, more visceral combat, and an all-new storyline that takes place between the second and third movie."

New Blacklight: Tango Down details and screenshots revealed

Last month, developer Zombie Studios and publisher Ignition Entertainment announced their plans to release the downloadable multiplayer shooter Blacklight: Tango Down. Since the official announcement the publisher has sent over some new screenshots and info about the game. Since the game is set in the near-future players will get to use some exotic weapons such as "Digi-Grenades that distort the optics of enemies" and a "Hyper Reality Visor" that lets players see in different vision modes.

While you can play as a member of the ultra-elite military force Blacklight in the game you can also play as The Order who has a goal of trying to defeat a virus that is ravaging the world's population. Meanwhile a chat with Zombie's lead designer Jared Gerritzen reveals that the PC version won't have any dedicated server support. However he adds, " . . this is not a console-to-PC port. We've taken some major steps to make sure the PC experience is just as good -- if not better -- with a smoking PC."

[Via Blue's News]

Blacklight turns into downloadable first person shooter

Last year developer Zombie Studios announced their plans for Blacklight, a near-future themed first person shooter that they were also trying to develop as a movie and comic book series. Today publisher Iginition Entertainment revealed that they will be publishing Blacklight: Tango Down, a downloadable first person shooter from Zombie sometime this summer.

The game itself, which uses Unreal Engine 3, is still set in the near future but will be multiplayer oriented with character and weapon customization features.Players gain more experience as they play and as such they also gain more access to weapons and items along with new player abilities (akin to Modern Warfare 2). Will this game have enough to stand out from all the other games available in this crowded genre? We should find out later this year.

Saw PC game now on sale via download

Just in time for the release of Saw VI in movie theaters today comes the long delayed release of the Saw survival horror game for the PC. The title from developer Zombie Studios and publisher Konami, is now available for download via Steam and Direct2Drive. As Big Download reported earlier this month, the PC version of Saw will be a digital download product only and won't be sold in stores in the US, although it now looks like Steam won't be the only digital download site the game will be made available, as we were originally told.

The Saw game, which features many of the types of traps and torture devices that the movies have, was first announced a couple of years ago by the now defunct Brash Entertainment. When that publishing company went belly up, Konami picked up the rights to the game. Now you can grab the game and see if the wait was worth it . . . kind of like that Droid phone that all the kids are talking about.

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