Harebrained Schemes, the developer responsible for three successful Kickstarter campaigns (including Shadowrun: Hong Kong), is back at it again a fourth time for BattleTech. The BattleTech project is being led by Jordan Weisman, creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior; Mitch Gitelman, producer of the MechCommander series; and Mike McCain, creative director of Harebrained's Shadowrun games.
Well, as of October 5. And yeah sure, the game creation tool was kind of free in a try before you buy sort of way, but now the whole shebang will be completely free. Including, access to all the additional packs and downloadable content like the episodic Conker stuff. Thus opening up the door for everyone to get in and "create, play, and share". Now that's not exactly a quote, I'm just assuming that's the Project Spark tagline. It kind of has to be right?
To celebrate AOC's first instance of product placement in a AAA Hollywood movie (no, really), the company has used the impending release of Ridley Scott's The Martian to spruik a couple of new gaming monitors. I feel kind of bad for not noticing the AOC monitors when I saw a preview of The Martian two weeks ago (it's a great movie; go see it).
Dat eye candy. We get it, CD Project RED. The Witcher 3 is a pretty game. You don't have to keep rubbing it in our faces every time you release new content. Except, please don't listen to that. There's a bunch of new screenshots from the upcoming Hearts of Stone expansion for The Witcher 3, and they're expectedly stunning.
Warhammer is the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the gaming space, it seems, with a bunch of titles related to the popular tabletop franchise in development. Blood Bowl 2 released last week, Regicide hit earlier in the month, and in a few weeks, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide will launch, too. Unlike those other two turn-based examples, Vermintide offers a first-person perspective of the iconic Warhammer universe.
As Rock Band and Guitar Hero stand poised to resurrect their battle of the bands competition, the former IP has just announced the inclusion of a big name to headline some potential interest from rock enthusiasts: U2. The Irish rock group that's been around for almost 40 years (seriously) has never had its music in a game before, which makes Rock Band 4 the debut appearance for the old rockers. But there's a catch.
Before there was South Park: The Stick of Truth, there were, well, a whole lot of infinitely less entertaining titles based on the hit TV series. But in another bizarro world, we would have seen another untitled South Park game released, evidence of which has been discovered on a fortuitous purchase of an old Xbox one (note the lowercase 'c') dev kit.
Expat designer Luke Mancini is a really interesting interviewee who made his break in the industry by posting his sweet, sweet art on Deviant Art. True story! When it comes to shifting between the different styles of Diablo, Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, Mancini has a way of making it sound a whole lot simpler than I'm sure it is.
Ahead of its release next week Activision has dropped a new video for Transformers: Devastation, one where developer Platinum Games goes into detail about the game and their design philosophy. Plus, it's another excuse to basically fawn over how good this looks. For anyone that grew up with the cartoon series, this should definitely be on your radar.