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Against all odds, STALKER 2 has risen from the grave. Or, well, the probable grave - given recent talk of closure and the dev team being "almost completely dissolved." It would appear, however, that rumors of STALKER 2's death have been greatly exaggerated. Straight from the official Facebook page of the horse's mouth: "The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays." So dry your radiation-tinged tears. The Zone lives on to brutally murder you another day. I have, however, gone ahead and contacted GSC in hopes of finding out whether development's proceeding full steam ahead or in the emaciated fingers of a dedicated skeleton crew. Here's hoping for the former.
Sci-fi MMO Star Wars Galaxies’ servers will close on 15 December at 9PM PST (1PM GMT), according to a post on the game's official forum, and reported by VG247. The Galactic Civil War will end 24 hours earlier, with various battles and events ocurring during the morning of 15 December. It’s been a grand intergalactic journey for Star Wars Galaxies - the game's been up and running since 2003, and eight years certainly isn’t a bad lifespan for an MMO. In that time it’s had three expansions, a spin-off trading card game and a novelisation. It also survived the Sony Online Entertainment mega-hack that occurred earlier this year. Part of its closure is undoubtedly down to BioWare and EA’s upcoming Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic. The fact that Star Wars Galaxies has been online for such a long time casts doubt on Activision head Bobby Kotick’s claims that The Old Republic won’t be able to sustain its Lucasfilm licence fees.
NCsoft's decision to close Paragon Studios earlier this week consequently meant the shuttering of superhero MMO City of Heroes. That blow landed heavily among the community, but they're striking back with in-game protests and the ever-popular petition -- a petition nearly 14,000 signatures strong so far -- to change NCsoft's mind.
Late last week, the PC gaming world emitted a collective gasp as STALKER dev GSC Game World went nuclear. Since then, very loud whispers have suggested that the team is "almost completely dissolved" - a sentiment that doesn't exactly inspire hope. GSC, however, hasn't gone completely silent just yet. "We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain," the developer tweeted, also noting that its website, forum, and store will remain operational for the time being. When reached for comment, Russian-speaking acoustic guitar playing guy spoke Russian and played the acoustic guitar.
Diablo 3 is removing its auction houses! That's a pretty significant about-turn for a game that's generated a lot of controversy from its extraneous features and requirements. So now, given that these trading posts are being removed, and given that the recent console version proves that an offline Diablo won't herald the rise of the Prime Evil, will Blizzard scrap the game's always-online requirement? Spoiler: no.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will be ending support for four ongoing MMORPGs: Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Free Realms, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and Wizardry Online. Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures servers will shut down on March 31, while Vanguard and Wizardry servers will stop on July 31.
Star Wars: Galaxies servers to close on December 15th. SOE: "It's the right time for the game to end"
Venerable MMO Star Wars Galaxies will shut it's doors on December 15th of this Christmas after eight long years. Bowing out at the same time another Star Wars themed MMO takes centre stage. Details on the closure within.
It's 'Black Friday' in the US, which means prices are falling across the internet like drunks playing in a greased up bouncy castle. Given the deals that even Humble's own store currently hosts, the Humble Weekly Sale for this week seems almost pedestrian. Not that that should worry anyone who doesn't own these six indie games, and doesn't object to paying what they want to get them.
News arrives from GamesIndustry.biz that Codemasters is closing down its Guildford studio, which has previously worked on the recent Operation Flashpoint games, and the poorly received console shooter, Bodycount. Codemaster's official statement says that the publisher will be concentrating on growing the teams based at their Warwickshire and Birmingham studios, responsible for racing titles like DiRT, GRID, F1 Online and F1 2011. The closure of the Guildford studio means we're not likely to see any more shooters from Codemasters in the foreseeable future.
At Gamescom today, Microsoft have announced Microsoft Flight, a new flight-sim that they intend to "bring a new perspective to the long-standing genre, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight." Flight is being developed by Microsoft Games Studios. Here's the Microsoft Flight trailer. As you'd expect, Microsoft are emphasising Games for Windows Live connectivity - including achievements, voice messages, and "cross-platform communication". The new Flight game follows Microsoft's closure of ACES studio, the long-term developer of the Flight Sim series, in January last year.
If you bought a digital copy of APB and feel let down by the game's recent closure, you can claim compensation from EA in the form of a free replacement game.
This Sunday, GOG.com disappeared, replaced with a vague message from its creators about the website's closure. It read, in part, that "GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form." People were understandably upset. Good Old Games are a digital distributor of old, DRM-free games, and a well-respected company. People were sad to see them close down. But it turned out they weren't closing. Tomorrow, the site will re-launch, out of beta with some new features and some new games, but fundamentally unchanged. The closure was a hoax. After days of growing backlash as rumours spread and gamers were understandably unhappy at being fooled, we asked Good Old Games why they decided to re-launch the site in this way. Their statement is included in full below.
Numerous Sony Online Entertainment studios are closing according to George Broussard's twitter feed. The developer has been tweeting about the state of the company today. As reported on NeoGaf Broussard originally tweeted: "Word that Sony Online Entertainment Seattle is having layoffs and that studio closure is possible. http://bit.ly/eSxtvq." He later confirmed the rumour, saying "SOE Seattle and other studios (Denver is rumored) will be closed tomorrow. Good luck to all impacted." SOE Seattle were developing the ambitious upcoming shooter, The Agency for PC and PS3. They were also the team behind Magic The Gathering: Tactics. We've also heard rumours that half of the staff at SOE Austin have also been sacked. They're responsible for DC Universe Online. George Broussard was one of the original creators of the Duke Nukem series.
Yesterday Reddit spotted some footage from the cancelled Avengers movie tie in, and it looks like it could have been something very special. The game, which was being worked on by THQ Studio Australia before closure, was a first person shooter/brawler with co-op features. So you could've been punching Skrulls till they explode as The Hulk, while your buddy soars through the skies as Iron Man, blowing up enemies from afar. Also on show is the infamous Super-Skrull who can imitate the powers of superheroes, and looks like an amazing enemy to fight. In one scene he combines with Wolverine's claws and Cyclops' eye beams, while in another he manifests the powers of the Fantastic Four. The game looks like it could've been fantastic fun; it's a real shame it'll never see the light of day.
The seventh Humble Indie Bundle is upon us, just in time for the holidays. For whatever cash you’ve got left over after your shopping’s done you get a slew of indie winners that include The Binding of Isaac, bloody platformer Shank 2, the surreal Closure, the gross-tastic Binding of Isaac (and its Wrath of the Lamb DLC), and colorful sidescroller Snapshot.
After a few opportunities to dig into SimCity, Tyler, Evan, and Omri share their impressions of the game so far and reflect further on the expected impact of the city size restriction. Beyond that, we talk over the effect of THQ's closure, whether Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PC, and answer listener questions on voice acting and AI in RPGs. Listen to PC Gamer Podcast 342: Canadian Hands
Dishonored's last DLC, the Knife of Dunwall, followed the story of Daud, the assassin who went all stabbity-stab-stab in the wake of ruthlessly slaughtering the Empress. Look, everyone mourns in their own way, right? In this case, it looks like the fella will be receiving some sort of closure soon—Bethesda today unveiled two new pieces artwork for the next DLC, The Brigmore Witches, ahead of the release of more information tomorrow.
The water may be starting to recede, but devastating floods in Thailand are going to affect the cost of computers and components for at least another six months, according to analysts at IDC and IHS iSupply this week. Prices for hard drives have rocketed in the last few weeks as a result of factory closures in Thailand as the country has been battered by storms since July. The cost of storage has more than doubled at UK online retailers, and the US is following suit. Consumer prices are rising faster than business costs due to the rapid buying up of any surpluses by IT channel companies keen to guarantee the best deals for their customers.
Troubled Facebook game/vacuous money-trap maker Zynga is rushing to cut costs in the wake of its fast falling share price. TechCrunch are reporting that 11 titles are being shut down, including PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, and Vampire Wars, among others. FarmVille remains safe. I know you were worried.