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Torment: Tides of Numenera is now the most successful Kickstarter game ever

9 Apr

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera is a story-driven RPG set in the world of Monte Cook’s Numenera and it’s considered by most the spiritual successor to Planescape Torment. This indie game set a new record on Kickstarter, scoring the highest amount of money raised by a game: $4,188,927

That’s quite a lot. Obviously the game was fully funded (from its starting goal of $900k) and it will be released somewhere between 2013 and 2014.

But what is exactly Torment: Tides of Numenera? Well, its creators said that they’re striving to create a rich role-playing experience that explores deep and personal themes. But here’s the scoop:

  • Torment is a single-player, isometric role-playing game.
  • You will play a single, specific character, though you will encounter optional NPC companions you may choose to include in your party.
  • The story-driven game will have a rich dialogue system.
  • The game will be developed in the Unity engine for PC (Windows)Mac, and Linuxplatforms.
  • The game will be available in EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPolishRussian,Spanish.
  • The game will be distributed DRM-free. (You’ll be able to get it from Steam, and other DRM-free download options will be made available.)

Said so, we’re really looking forward to know more about this game, but for now enjoy these video-screenshots.

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Shenmue 3 will be released by the end of 2014

1 Apr

shenmue 3

Yep, we can’t believe it too, but IT IS REAL! Yu Suzuki, after all the false news and the never started Kickstarter campaign, just announced that he found a private funder for the long-waited Shenmue 3!

Thanks to this mysterious benefactor, Suzuki has been able to buy all the unused rights of the Shenmue franchise from SEGA (we’re wondering for how much) and finally get to work on the new chapter of the saga. There are still no details about the development team and/or the precise release timing, but the Japanese designere confirmed that the game will be ready by the end of 2014 and it will be released on the current generation consoles (no words about the Wii U).

Suzuki also said that he’s recruiting talented people for the project, and that he will publish a proper press release, including all contact info for joining Team Shenmue.

So, the wait is over (oh well, it’s yet started) and the game that everybody wants is finally becoming real! Stay tuned for more upcoming infos in the next days.

* JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE, THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOL *

Yu Suzuki is still thinking about making Shenmue 3

31 Mar

Mark Cerny Yu Suzuki shenmue 3

Yes, we know. You heard this a gillion times, but every time the name Yu Suzuki meets the magic word Shenmue 3 everyone gets super hyped!

So here we are. In fact seems like Yu Suzuki (you know, the creator of Shenmue, but also of Out Run, After Burner and other SEGA evergreens) is still thinking -or let’s say, trying- to make Shenmue 3. Indeed Suzuki-san has been caught talking (and posing for the picture above) with Mark Cerny, that is PlayStation 4 lead architect…so maybe…well you know what we mean.

Here’s the original tweet by Meggan Scavio, that suggests Suzuki and Cerny are talking about some kind of strategy for the game:

But this is not all folks, indeed here’s another tweet by Brandon Sheffield that met Yu Suzuki during last week’s GDC:

So, looks like something is happening…we’ll see. Stay tuned and finger crossed!

NES, SNES and N64 emulators available at Ouya’s launch

26 Mar

ouya amazon june

 

Different sources confirms that the upcoming Android-powered console Ouya will feature plenty of unauthorized Nintendo consoles’ emulators at launch. Indeed an N64 emulator has already been sanctioned and included in the official store, a NES emulator will be ready on the day of the release and a SNES is in the closing stages, developed by two emulator teams.

This could be a smart move for the launch, stated that Ouya still has no launch titles…but what about Nintendo? They’re gonna be very pissed! Brace yourselves Ouya guys…

Kickstarter campaign begins for the spiritual sequel of Ecco the Dolphin

25 Mar

the big blue ecco the dolphin sequel kickstarter

Ed Annunziata, creator of the Ecco The Dolphin series, and Spencer Nilsen, composer of the original scores of the game, teamed up with Bear McCreary known for his music works on The Walking Dead and Battlestart Galctica, announced the will to create a spiritual successor for the high-loved underwater adventure game.

The game is called The Big Blue, and it is a new aquatic action adventure game where players will experience the ocean like never before. The look and feel of this game will be strikingly beautiful and at the same time mysterious and terrifying. The ocean, especially a million years in the future, is the perfect setting for a unique game play experience.

the big blue ecco the dolphin sequel kickstarter

“While this game isn’t based on the original Ecco the Dolphin series, it is the next evolutionary step in underwater adventure games. We want to make something epic. Something with smooth game controls, deep backstory, emphasis on exploration and artificial life.

I have to do it, I’m kind of obligated to the character. I got really lucky that Ecco was really successful, and that it kind of put me on a trajectory where I get to make my own weird games. I’ll always have an emotional connection. It’s just huge in my heart.”

the big blue ecco the dolphin sequel kickstarter

But this game isn’t real, yet. The creative team behind Ecco the Dolphin is currently seeking $665,000 on Kickstarter, so if you feel like The Big Blue would be a must-play masterpiece, help them to make it real.

Help to revive Retronauts on Kickstarter

24 Mar

retronauts podcast kickstarter

After the umpleasant shut down of 1UP last month, the retro games podcast Retronauts found itself without a home or any money to keep going, and that’s a shame because it was a fucking good podcast, one of the best out there.

Obviously its hosts have immediately started a Kickstarter project to revive the classic games podcast. They’d like to produce an entire year of new Retronauts episodes, released semi-monthly (that’s twice a month) with three regular hosts and a rotating fourth chair. All told, if this Kickstarter reaches its minimum amount, they’ll give us 26 new episodes to dig into, with the possibility of more on the way. But, with the help of some extra fundage, they’d like to do a hell of a lot more than that.

Those are the words from Retronauts guys asking for your money:

“Over the course of 160 episodes, the Retronauts podcast has delved into the history of your favorite titles, interviewed legendary developers, and explored the many strange tangents that exist within the realm of classic gaming. Since 2006, we’ve made a habit out of talking way too much about the intricacies and oddities of video game history.

But now that its benefactor has gone kaput, Retronauts as we know it is without a home — and its various contributors are without the platform they’ve used to educate and entertain these past seven years. That’s where you come in. We’d like to keep Retronauts going for at least another year, but we’re in need of the equipment and resources necessary to produce the quality podcast you’ve come to expect. Sure, we could always use Skype, but nothing beats the intimacy of four people in a tiny room screaming at each other about Milon’s Secret Castle.”

So if you’ve enjoyed their podcasts in the past (as we did) give them some money on their Kickstarter project!

Over $100 Million pledged to games on Kickstarter

22 Mar

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Today the guys at Kickstarter shared an exciting stat: more than $100 million has been pledged to games projects on Kickstarter, giving 1,476 new games the green light!

Games Category Stats

  • Total Dollars: $107.6 Million
  • Successful projects: 1,476
  • Total Backers: 633,242

In the past four years, more than 633,242 backers have pledged to more than 4,500 games projects, nearly 1,000 of them in the past year alone. After the launch of Double Fine Adventure in February 2012, things really took off. Take a look at this video.

Keep it up guys, you’re one of the few helps for all the indie games devs out there!

Raiden’s daily routine

15 Mar

We already told you about some of the stunning video games themed video of Freddiew (like this one), the YouTube superstar. But this one, in our opinion is definitely one of the best ever made.

Enjoy watching Raiden from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on one of his typical morning!

We also remember you that Freddiw is shooting the second season of VGHS after been funded on Kickstarter.

Help Bob to get back to his bed

4 Mar

back to bed bob bedtime game

That wasn’t a metaphor, in this indie game you actually have to help Bob the sleepwalker to get back to his beloved bed. How? Controlling Subob, his subconscious guardian, through an honiric and Dalì-like dream world.

Sounds weirds, and it is indeed. But it also looks amazing and deep. Also a bit creepy…

The project is from Bedtime Games (so appropriate name) and Rusty Dice Digital Games, two Danish indie developers. Back to Bed was originally developed in a student production under the Danish Academy for Digital Interactive Entertainment (DADIU), in the fall of 2011. The members of the production team was made up of student from different universities, art schools, and the Danish Film School. The goal of the production was for student to experience being a part of a full production team, complete with roles and responsibilities. The result of the production is a game with a dozen level and a bunch of different mechanics for puzzles.

The game is currently on Kickstarter looking for funds.

To better understand the game mechanics take a look at the trailer below and/or try the demo.

Yu Suzuki is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund Shenmue 3

3 Mar

shenmue 3 III yu suzuki kickstarter

Yep, you heard it so many times in the past twelve years, but everytime it was just bullshit…probably also this time, but still, here is your news about a possible making of long-waited Shenmue 3.

Indeed seems that Yu Suzuki, acclaimed developer of the Shenmue franchise for SEGA, is seriously thinking about a Kickstarter project to fund the development of Shenmue 3. The news comes from Sebastien Abdelhamid, a french journalist for CANAL+ , that met Suzuki at the Monaco Anime Game Show. Here’s the tweet about the rumor.

(TRANSLATION: Yu Suzuki just said that he is thinking about a Kickstarter to fund the Shenmue 3 developement ! #MAGS)

We don’t know if this will really happen, but we hope so…still, we are a bit worried about SEGA and its ownership of all the copyrights for the franchise.

Stay tuned!