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