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The Black List 253

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 12 July 2014No Comments


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

SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Escape Dead Island > According to Deep Silver, the newly announced Escape Dead Island “unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak” and bridges the gap between “Dead Island and the recently announced successor Dead Island 2”. While the publisher describes the game’s visuals as “unique”, they’ll probably seem familiar to anyone acquainted with Jet Set Radio, Borderlands, No More Heroes and other cel-shaded offerings. READ MORE

MONDAY REVIEW Age of Empires goes offline > Another of Microsoft’s many attempts to revive its PC gaming fortunes has reached the end of the road. Age of Empires Online, the company’s free-to-play (but far from free) strategy revival, was last week retired with little fanfare. With no new content being produced for the game over the last 18 months, this decision will hardly come as a surprise to fans of the game. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Blizzard loses Chief Creative Officer > In an impassioned message on the Battle.net forums, Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer with Blizzard Entertainment, has announced that he is leaving after 17 years. Probably best known as a Lead Designer on the company’s long running World of Warcraft MMO, Pardo has also made significant contributions to the long running StarCraft and Diablo franchises. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY REVIEW Lifeless Planet > Lifeless Planet invites players to visit a stark and mysterious world. In theory, danger lurks around ever corner, but players will have to traverse large portions of a mostly empty (though still striking) landscape in order to engage in some tricky platforming and simple puzzle solving. Some intriguing ideas and story elements propel the adventure, but some players may find their patience stretched. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED BlueStreak > You heard it right, people. Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games’ former design director has popped his head up in the gaming world again. Bleszinski has a new studio, Bosskey Productions. Through his twitter feed, he recently announced Bosskey’s first project, a free-to-play science fiction shooter for PC, with the working title of BlueStreak. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Battleborn > League of Legends and Dota 2 may still be the biggest fish in the pond, but MOBA fans are now well and truly spoiled for choice. This week Battleborn from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software joined the likes of Dawngate, Battlecry, Dead Island: Epidemic, Sins of Dark Age and numerous others on the upcoming release roster. READ MORE



Gearbox reveals Battleborn

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 11 July 2014No Comments

League of Legends and Dota 2 may still be the biggest fish in the pond, but MOBA fans are now well and truly spoiled for choice. This week Battleborn from Borderlands developer Gearbox Software joined the likes of Dawngate, Battlecry, Dead Island: Epidemic, Sins of Dark Age and numerous others on the upcoming release roster.

Gearbox has actually been careful to avoid the MOBA tag. Much as Monday Night Combat shook up the tower defence formula by viewing the action from an over the shoulder perspective, Battleborn will be blazing its own path within the MOBA genre. For one, it’s a first person shooter. For another, it will feature a proper story mode in addition to its multiplayer shenanigans. Judging by the rather flashy announcement trailer, the setting will meld elements of fantasy with sci-fi and steampunk.

Publisher 2K Games is aiming to bring Battleborn to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC before the end of its fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.


Bleszinski back with BlueStreak

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Thursday 10 July 2014No Comments

Some early concept art.

You heard it right, people. Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games’ former design director has popped his head up in the gaming world again. Bleszinski has a new studio, Bosskey Productions. Through his twitter feed, he recently announced Bosskey’s first project, a free-to-play science fiction shooter for PC, with the working title of BlueStreak.

After leaving Epic Games in October of 2012, ending a 20-year stint with the studio, Bleszinski took a long break from the industry. He is known for his work on Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and of course, the action packed Gears of War franchise. It’s of little surprise that BlueStreak sees Bleszinski head back to the shooter action realm yet again.

Known for his colourful descriptions of his own titles, Bleszinski is already back to his quotable best. After various tweets announcing his new studio and game, he thought he should write a heartfelt message:  “Thanks to everyone who has been supportive! Those who have been mean, you should feel bad and go home and step on a nail.” Yep, that’s the Cliff Bleszinski we remember.


Lifeless Planet Review

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 9 July 2014No Comments

Available on PC l Published by KISS Ltd l Developed by Stage 2 Studios l Unclassified l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Lifeless Planet invites players to visit a stark and mysterious world. In theory, danger lurks around ever corner, but players will have to traverse large portions of a mostly empty (though still striking) landscape in order to engage in some tricky platforming and simple puzzle solving. Some intriguing ideas and story elements propel the adventure, but some players may find their patience stretched. Read the rest of this entry »