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The Black List 241

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 19 April 2014No Comments


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

SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED H1N1 > Why should Day Z have all the fun, or for that matter, make all the money? These could very well be the questions that led to the creation and subsequent announcement of H1Z1. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) this week announced its own entry in the booming (seriously, there is still no end in sight) zombie subgenre, and its latest offering is certain to draw comparisons with the industry’s favourite mod. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS First wave of Titanfall DLC incoming > Since the release of Titanfall in March, Repawn Entertainment has been quietly tinkering with its multiplayer show pony in an attempt to create a better experience for its fan base. While the current focus behind the scenes appears to be on improving matchmaking, the developer this week revealed the first significant wave of contents updates for its futuristic shooter. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Civilization: Beyond Earth > 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). READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Severed > The team responsible for diabolically challenging action platformer Guacamelee is working on a new fantasy action project. While the developer’s previous releases have been more traditional in nature, Drink Box Studios is focusing its attention on the mobile arena this time around. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Bungie sacks Halo composer > There are few sounds more closely associated with the original Xbox than the ethereal soundtrack of Halo. The man responsible for this iconic soundscape, Martin O’Donnell, went on to score several further instalments in this bestselling series for Bungie. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS TimeGate’s final game is still alive > 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. READ MORE



Atari and Human Head step in to save Minimum

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 18 April 2014No 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.


Composer of Halo and Destiny soundtracks shown the door

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 17 April 2014No Comments

Could Martin O’Donnell actually be Master Chief?

There are few sounds more closely associated with the original Xbox than the ethereal soundtrack of Halo. The man responsible for this iconic soundscape, Martin O’Donnell, went on to score several further instalments in this bestselling series for Bungie.

In more recent times, O’Donnell has been contributing to the soundtrack for Bungie’s forthcoming Destiny, a project has seen him collaborate Beatles legend Paul McCartney.

Despite these past successes, O’Donnell and Bungie have this week parted ways in rather mysterious circumstances.

The former revealed the split by telling his Twitter followers that, “I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.”

The latter responded with “For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future. We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.”

Neither party has commented any further following these initial statements.


Guacamelee devs cut loose with Severed

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 16 April 2014No Comments

Lend me a hand?

The team responsible for diabolically challenging action platformer Guacamelee is working on a new fantasy action project. While the developer’s previous releases have been more traditional in nature, Drink Box Studios is focusing its attention on the mobile arena this time around.

The new game will carry the rather grisly sounding title of Severed. We can only hope that the players will be doing most of the severing. Believe it or not, the hero of the piece will be expected to retrieve the disembodied limbs of fallen foes and attach them to his own body. That can’t be hygienic.

In a recent discussion with Destructoid, Lead Designer Greg Lesky described Severed as a blend of Mega Man (in terms of structure), Infinity Blade (swipe based combat) and Punch-Out (identifying each enemy’s ‘tells’). The action will take place in an open world and from the first person perspective.

Severed is due for release in 2015.