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Daily Archives: August 12, 2014
Veteran developer and publisher Sierra has returned, as part of Activision Publishing. The new subsidiary is an indie-focused venture and has already signed two titles, with the first slated to launch this holiday season. The revamped studio’s debut title will be Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from Lucid Games. Dimensions will go “full 3D” and add support for both co-op and versus multiplayer as well as include a single-player campaign comprised of 50 challenges, 10-plus battle modes (five of which are new), and persistent progression. The other release, scheduled to launch in 2015, is a reimagining of the original King’s Quest by The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developer The Odd Gentlemen. In the new King’s Quest, King Graham regales his granddaughter Gwendolyn with tales from his youth, each filled with the series’ hallmark puzzles and humor.
Bungie has announced that Destiny has broken GameStop’s record for the most pre-orders of a new property. This follows the previous update that over 4.5 million unique players took part in trying out the game during its recent open-beta phase. Coinciding with the news is the release of a new multiplayer trailer, which is also being used to celebrate the commencement of gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
Sony has revealed that over 10 million PlayStation 4s have been sold as of August 10. The press release also stated that the PS4’s brisk sales, at less than nine months on the market, represent “the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history,” while software sales topped more than 30 million. Also noted were the upcoming releases of several previously announced features, including the ability to upload directly to YouTube and remotely take over a friend’s controller via Share Play.
Bandai Namco has announced a free DLC Costume Pack for their upcoming MMO-styled role-playing game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. The promotion is slated to run from launch until November 18 and will net gamers a dress shirt, nightie, school swimsuit, and wedding dress. These items will not be available in any other pack after the promotion ends. An extensive content update was also detailed, which will go live on September 23 and introduce a host of (free) changes, including a higher level cap, from 200 to 250, new bosses, new weapons and armor, new quests, and 50 new Hollow missions. Lastly, fans of the anime and manga can look forward to meeting Alberich and Heathcliff.
Piranha Bytes’ Risen series returns today with its third installment, Titan Lords. In a world forsaken by the gods and ravaged by the Titan Wars, players control a young warrior who is on a quest to reclaim his stolen soul and stop a darkness that is spreading over the land. Along the way, several factions will offer the chance to help him on his journey once he joins their ranks, including the Demon Hunters, the Guardians and their allies the Mages, and the Voodoo Pirates.