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Codemasters puts Grid in reverse

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 23 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

One of the industry’s marquee racing franchises appears to be heading back to the drawing board. The freshly announced Grid Autosport will apparently abandon the arcade handling and social media melodrama of Grid 2. In its place will be a pure racing experience far more in keeping with previous offerings from the team at Codemasters, which is also responsible for the popular Dirt series.

Writing for the official PlayStation Blog, Codemasters community manager Ben Walke acknowledged that Grid 2 had missed the mark with some fans. “If Grid 2 raced off into a more narrative-led world of racing with more accessible controls, it’s clear that for many of you that wasn’t what you wanted or expected,” he wrote.

According to Walke, Grid Autosport will hark back to Codemasters’ roots “in terms of content and handling”.

Look for this one to land on 360, PS3 and PC in June, with no sign of next gen versions at this stage.

Tribute unveils Curses ‘N Chaos

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 22 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

The Canadian retro specialists responsible for Wizorb and Mercenary Kings are hard at work on a new 2D action fest known as Curses ‘N Chaos. Tribute Games this week issued the first footage of its latest pixel art extravaganza, and if this early in-game glimpse is any guide, Curses ‘N Chaos will offer the same sense of familiarity that saw the studio’s previous offerings attract a cult following.

Curses ‘N Chaos appears to be set in a fairy tale world at constant risk of being overrun by all manner of ghoulish creatures. You’ll be tasked with facing down waves of ghosts, skeletons and wolves, as well as the occasional toad. Fortunately, you won’t have to fight this battle on you own, with co-op play shaping as a significant part of the appeal.

Look for Curses ‘N Chaos to make its way to PC and Vita, a platform pairing that seems to be becoming increasingly common in the world of indie development.

Atari and Human Head step in to save Minimum

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 18 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

When Gearbox Software quite justly received an avalanche of criticism for the embarrassingly amateurish Aliens: Colonial Marines, another company, TimeGate Studios, also found its good name being dragged through the mud.

Shortly after completing its contract work on the much-maligned shooter, the company laid off 25 employees (as reported by Bit-Tech).  TimeGate then announced an intriguing new shooter called Minimum.

For the cynically minded, it felt like the kind of announcement that generally bobs up just before a studio goes out of business. Sure enough, it was only another month before Polygon  reported that TimeGate had filed for bankruptcy protection. The story doesn’t end there, though, as Minimum is apparently still a going concern.

As reported by Polygon, the property is being revived and shepherded to market by Atari and Human Head Studios. Look for Minimum to begin its campaign via the Steam Early Access program.

This must qualify as a genuine ‘good news story’ for anyone who has been hoping against hope that the game would ever come out.

Civ prepares for lift-off

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Tuesday 15 April 2014ADD COMMENTS

A new Civilization game has been announced. Civilization: Beyond Earth will challenge you to create a new society after the collapse of the old one. According to the Civilization website, you will “colonise an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world”. (That’s a lot of responsibility).

Every decision you make has consequences and you’ll be trudging through political and corporate minefields as you attempt to build a new world. The announcement trailer provides a brief idea of just how we got ourselves into this mess in the first place with the poignant voiceover stating that “our time on Earth is ending”. There is also an overt (and ironic) warning about the dangers of progress. Essentially, it seems that long-time fans of the series are to blame for this dystopian future.

Of course fans of Sid Meier’s work would not be unfamiliar with a futuristic setting, given that Beyond Earth is seen as the spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri. This critically acclaimed 1999 release saw players hold the future of mankind in their hands as they colonised a new planet.

If you’ve been waiting for 15 years for this unofficial sequel, you’ll only have to wait a few more months. It should be hitting shelves in spring of this year.