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Epiphany working on episodic conspiracy saga

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Wednesday 30 July 2014No Comments

Are they dancing or fighting? Perhaps neither? Perhaps both?

Once in a while, the Black Panel will take a risk. A risk so outlandish that it could spell our very end just for printing the words that are about to follow.

Our informants at Sydney based Epiphany Games know something. Something about various conspiracies that have occurred in the past few decades. The first of these revelations are presented in the debut season of its RPG series Majestic Nights, “an episodic role-playing-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are True.”

If you choose to read more, the Black Panel suggests that you dim the lights, shade the screen of your tablet or smart phone, and keep your wits about you. Morgan Lean, CEO of Epiphany Games admits that “People walk around knowing all the facts about conspiracies like the Moon Landing, but don’t yet see the Truth.” He believes that it is Epiphany’s dangerous responsibility to enlighten people via entertainment.

Players, nay… truth-seekers, will need to use “wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.”

Season One of Majestic Nights is split into six chapters, which can be played as individual experiences or as a complete story. To entice new players, the first chapter will be free.

It’s probably a good time to reshape your tin foil hat, and get in touch with your inner Mulder or Scully in preparation of a late 2014 release on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

Crytek attempts to calm fears for its future

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 29 July 2014No Comments

Has Crytek received the helping hand it required?

After weeks of rumours suggesting that the company was of the verge of collapse, Crytek has issued a statement claiming to have secured new capital. The statement, printed in full by PC Gamer notes that the team most famous for its work on the Far Cry and Crysis franchises has been attempting to restructure its business.

“Like the games industry as a whole,” the statement reads, “Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.”

In recent years, Crytek has moved away from traditional blockbusters and focused more of its energies on free-to-play offerings like Warface and the recently announced Arena of Fate.

Though the source or extent of the claimed capital injection is thus far unknown, it could help to shore up confidence in the company. According to sources cited by Eurogamer, there have been dozens of staff departures from Crytek in recent months. Could this latest news stem the tide?

The Forest Preview

Posted by Stephen Foote On Monday 28 July 2014No Comments

Available on PC l Published and developed by Endnight Games l Classification TBA l Supports 1 player l Final release date TBA

Coming from four-person development team Endnight Games, The Forest is a first person horror game with a heavy dose of building and survival elements. Currently available in Early Access on Steam, it follows the template set by contemporaries such as Day Z and Rust while providing a different take on the gameplay found in those titles due to a focus on solo play. While showing promise in some areas, my time with The Forest has me concerned that certain elements of its design are at odds with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

Abyss Odyssey Review

Posted by Jason Imms On Sunday 27 July 2014No Comments

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by ATLUS l Developed by ACE Team l Classified M l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Abyss Odyssey is a beautiful and insane action platformer that tries really hard to take advantage of some currently popular mechanics, but ultimately fails in the attempt. Its refreshingly uncommon setting harkens from Chile, and brings with it a form of mythology most players will find unfamiliar and distinct. Having said that, its failings and lack of longevity are somewhat forgivable thanks to its modest price tag. Read the rest of this entry »