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The Black List 147

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 30 June 2012Comments Off


Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.

MONDAY NEWS Namco Bandai working on Smash Bros. > Nintendo is loosening its grip on one of its most celebrated franchises. The publisher has revealed that the next instalment in its madcap Super Smash Bros. fighting series will be created in conjunction with Namco Bandai. According to the platform holder, long time director Masahiro Sakurai will return to collaborate with a Namco Bandai team boasting veterans of the popular SoulCalibur and Tekken fighting series. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Saints Row expansion dead, sort of > THQ has cancelled Saints Row the Third: Enter the Dominatrix. The recently announced project was being positioned as a disc based “standalone expansion” to last year’s outrageous open world crime game Saints Row the Third. Believe it or not (and if you’re familiar with the preceding game, you’ll probably believe anything) Enter the Dominatrix would have taken place in a virtual reality prison devised by an alien overlord. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS nanoBITES 83 > Capcom is bringing its lupine fantasy game Okami into the high definition era. In addition to receiving a graphical spit and polish, Okami HD will boast Move support when it arrives on PSN in spring. This is just one of the stories in the latest edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS A new look for AVWW? > Twenty years ago, there was precious little scope to right a game’s wrongs after it had arrived in stores. These days, you rarely encounter a title that isn’t, at least to some extent, refined or rebalanced in the weeks and months following release. Even so, it isn’t often that a game undergoes the kind of overhaul that developer Arcen Games has in store for its cult hit sidescroller A Valley Without Wind. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Warframe > Canadian developer Digital Extremes has finally offered gamers a sneak peak at Warframe, its free-to-play third person shooter for the PC. As reported by IGN, the game is a fast paced fusion of sci-fi and fantasy in which players are equipped with customisable exoskeletons. The developer is aiming to keep the cooperative action vital by offering randomly generated levels and objectives. READ MORE

Digital Extremes balks at patch

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 29 June 2012Comments Off

Canadian developer Digital Extremes has finally offered gamers a sneak peak at Warframe, its free-to-play third person shooter for the PC. As reported by IGN, the game is a fast paced fusion of sci-fi and fantasy in which players are equipped with customisable exoskeletons. The developer is aiming to keep the cooperative action vital by offering randomly generated levels and objectives. According to creative director Steve Sinclair, there are “more than ten-thousand permutations right now with just the basic set”.

Sinclair also revealed that Warframe was intended as a console release before a prospective publisher requested a rather unpalatable change to the protagonist (“add an eye patch, make the cod piece larger”). As a result, Digital Extremes adopted a publishing model that would allow it to not only retain ownership of Warframe but also ensure the integrity of its creative vision.

The developer hopes to launch the game by the end of the year.

Arcen keen to redecorate

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 28 June 2012Comments Off

What's not to like?

Twenty years ago, there was precious little scope to right a game’s wrongs after it had arrived in stores. These days, you rarely encounter a title that isn’t, at least to some extent, refined or rebalanced in the weeks and months following release. Even so, it isn’t often that a game undergoes the kind of overhaul that developer Arcen Games has in store for its cult hit sidescroller A Valley Without Wind.

As reported by Indie Games, plans are afoot to completely reskin the game in an attempt to appease gamers put off by its unusual visuals. The current version of the game makes extensive use of royalty free stock images and the developer is hopeful that a graphical overhaul will help it reach a broader audience. To this end, Arcen has commissioned three studios to pitch new art styles. Once it has identified its preferred option, it plans to launch a Kickstarter program in order to bankroll the overhaul.

It will be interesting to see if this level of post release tinkering becomes a trend.

nanoBITES 83

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 27 June 2012Comments Off


NanoBITES captures those small but important morsels of gaming information that otherwise might slip between the cracks.

ITEM! After years of swimming against the tide, Nintendo is about to dip its toes into the world of paid DLC. As reported by Joystiq, August’s New Super Mario Bros 2 for the 3DS will allow players to purchase special Coin Rush stages.

ITEM!  Capcom is bringing its lupine fantasy game Okami into the high definition era. In addition to receiving a graphical spit and polish, Okami HD will boast Move support when it arrives on PSN in spring.

ITEM! Publisher SEGA has pushed its multiplayer brawler Anarchy Reigns back to 2013. As noted by CVG, the announcement came as surprise to the game’s developer Platinum Games, which has already completed work on the project.

ITEM! Apocalyptic action sequel Darksiders II will be supported with at least three waves of post release DLC. According to publisher THQ, the first pack will arrive about a month after the game launches on Thursday 16 August.

ITEM! We’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for Ubisoft’s open world shooter Far Cry 3. Originally slated for a September release, the game is now due to arrive on 360, PS3 and PC on Thursday 29 November.