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The Black List 257

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 9 August 2014No Comments


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

SUNDAY REVIEW Desperate measures at Crytek > Just days after fending off rumours of impending closure by claiming receipt of a capital injection, Crytek’s leadership has been forced to take what appear to be desperate measures to ensure the financial health of the company. First of all, Crytek is in the process of selling Homefront: The Revolution to Koch Media, along with the Nottingham team working on the recently announced FPS sequel. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Facepunch grapples with lawyers, fans > The team responsible for one of the most popular emergent survival sims this side of Day Z has endured what can only be described as an eventful period in its development. Attempting to build on the ‘early access’ success of Rust, Facepunch Studios has announced two new games in recent days, and it’s fair to say that things haven’t gone entirely to plan. READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Deadnaut > Deadnaut is a new tactical exploration game from Australian developers Screwfly Studios. Screwfly are the talented duo behind the cult indie hit Zafehouse: Diaries and they’re taking what they have learned on that game and focusing it on Deadnaut. Gone are the zombies and in their place will be tactical battles against otherworldly opponents. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY PREVIEW Heroes of the Storm > It’s a little known fact that the MOBA genre actually began with Blizzard. Not with the company itself though, but through a custom map for Warcraft III. Since then the scene has grown astronomically with League of Legends and DOTA 2 dominating the genre with millions of active players. Therefore it seems fitting that we go full circle and have Blizzard throw their hat in the ring with Heroes of the Storm (HOTS). READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Assassin’s Creed: Rogue > If you are a PS3 or 360 owner, you may have been feeling a bit left out of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity goodness. Fear not though, for now you will be able to take your revenge, and you can do it inside a new Assassin’s Creed title for the PS3 and 360! Ubisoft announced the new Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled Rogue, with the release of a new teaser trailer. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS BioWare farewells Casey Hudson > One of the architects of BioWare’s success over the past decade is leaving the company. Best known as the project director of the ambitious and innovative Mass Effect series, Casey Hudson contributed to a range of projects during his 16 years with the EA subsidiary, including acclaimed titles based on the Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons licenses. READ MORE



Hudson exits BioWare ahead of new IP reveal

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 8 August 2014No Comments

Hudson’s farewell function was pretty low key.

One of the architects of BioWare’s success over the past decade is leaving the company. Best known as the project director of the ambitious and innovative Mass Effect series, Casey Hudson contributed to a range of projects during his 16 years with the EA subsidiary, including acclaimed titles based on the Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons licenses.

Hudson’s decision comes as the RPG powerhouse prepares to release Dragon Age: Inquisition and, perhaps more importantly, unveil an entirely new property. In the BioWare blog post announcing his departure, Hudson is quoted as suggesting that this unannounced title will “redefine interactive entertainment.” His former colleagues will now be responsible for following through on Hudson’s extraordinary claim. It has been suggested that the new IP could be unveiled within weeks.

Hudson is yet to announce the next step in his professional journey, or even if it will be within the games industry. “I’ll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges.”


Last gen players still getting a piece of Assassin’s Creed action

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Thursday 7 August 2014No Comments

If you are a PS3 or 360 owner, you may have been feeling a bit left out of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity goodness. Fear not though, for now you will be able to take your revenge, and you can do it inside a new Assassin’s Creed title for the PS3 and 360!

Ubisoft announced the new Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled Rogue, with the release of a new teaser trailer. AC Rogue’s hero is Templar Shay Patrick Cormac, and he’s out for payback against the brotherhood after they betrayed him. Seaborne shenanigans familiar to fans of the series will be available in this new title, and Cormac will have access to a new ship called the Morrigan.

Last gen system owners will also get to explore a range of terrains, including New York and the icy North Atlantic (shiver me timbers, indeed!), in the 18th century, in the midst of the Seven Years War.

The new game will receive a worldwide release on 11 November , at which point you can laugh at all those early adopters, who no doubt have their previous gen systems in mothballs, while you bask in software of the future running on hardware of the recent past!


Heroes of the Storm Preview

Posted by Adam Rorke On Wednesday 6 August 2014No Comments

Coming to PC l Published and developed by Blizzard Entertainment l Classification TBA l Supports 1-10 players l Release date TBA

It’s a little known fact that the MOBA genre actually began with Blizzard. Not with the company itself though, but through a custom map for Warcraft III. Since then the scene has grown astronomically with League of Legends and DOTA 2 dominating the genre with millions of active players. Therefore it seems fitting that we go full circle and have Blizzard throw their hat in the ring with Heroes of the Storm (HOTS). Read the rest of this entry »