Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Linux

Outlaws, Loom, The Dig, and more from LucasArts added to GOG.com

Outlaws (PC) GOG Announcement - Screenshot 1

Another batch of LucasArts titles has been added to GOG.com’s library. Six games are included in the latest set, three of which are making their digital distribution debut: the action-platformer Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, first-person shooter Outlaws (plus A Handful of Missions expansion), and point-and-click adventure Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. The remaining games, each 20% off as part of a launch promo, are all adventure titles: Loom, Monkey Island: LeChuck’s Revenge, and The Dig.

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number now available for console, PC

Hotline Miami’s story concludes today with the release of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number for console and PC. The sequel follows the original closely, as it was originally envisioned as downloadable content, so be sure to check that one out first. Returning players will find new characters with stories that reveal more about the 50 Blessings group.

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Devolver, Kitty Lambda to debut action-RPG Paradise Never at PAX

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Devolver Digital is set to debut a new action RPG from Kitty Lambda Games at PAX East, Paradise Never. The game will take place on a French island colony in 2027, during the outset of a revolution. Players must relive the same three days in order to free the island while keeping as many of their friends and fellow rebels alive. Said to utilize a “sophisticated NPC behavioral system,” players will be able to learn more from characters by talking to them at different times of the day and on different days. Characters left alone will continue on their regular routine. The ultimate goal is to stop the days from restarting, but that will only happen when enough people survive the revolution.

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Shadowrun Online drops “Online” for “Boston Lockdown”, dated

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Cliffhanger has sent word that they have renamed Shadowrun Online to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown. The name was chosen with the assistance of the game’s current community as well as its Kickstarter campaign backers. The change was stated to be in large part to clear up any potential confusion for future players, especially those picking the game up in stores, about its single-player content. The shift away from “Online” is said to move away from the idea that they game is an MMO instead of a single-player game that also supports four-player co-op. Cliffhanger’s managing director Jan Wagner offers additional details in a letter to the community, posted below. To go along with the name change, the studio also announced that they have a release date for the final version: April 28.

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Nordic Games to assist in physical distribution of Shadowrun Online

Shadowrun Online (PC) Nordic Announcement - Screenshot 1

Nordic Games will be working with Cliffhanger Productions to distribute Shadowrun Online, including a physical boxed version. The tactical team-based role-playing game is currently available through Steam Early Access. In the game, players live in a cyberpunk-infused 2076, after the destruction of Boston by a dragon whose escape led to the poisoning of its inhabitants, turning them into killers. Elves, Dwarves, and other mythical races live in this new world, where corporations rule the land. The final version of the game will feature 50-plus enemies, hacking, over 60 combat and noncombat skills, and five races.

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Shooter roguelike Sublevel Zero announced for PC

Mastertronic has sent word that they will be publishing Sigtrap’s shooter Sublevel Zero this summer for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The first-person, six-degrees-of-freedom shooter will feature procedurally generated levels, crafting, and permadeath. There are also plans to support the Oculus Rift. Ammo will be scarce, necessitating item crafting, and players will have to navigate levels filled with enemies and puzzles. The description of a roguelike Descent seems pretty apt. A trailer and screenshots have also been released.

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Square Enix Collective offering Anachronox, Fear Effect, and Gex IPs

Gex (PC, PSX, Saturn) PC version, courtesy of GOG.com

Square Enix is offering three Eidos IPs for independent developers to try their hand at through the studio’s Collective platform. Anachronox, Fear Effect, and Gex are all on offer for developers to submit game ideas, and new project pitch submissions have also been reopened. A previous submission, Goetia, a point-and-click adventure from French developer Sushee, recently passed its Kickstarter goal with 48 hours to go. According to the release, it was the latest campaign’s success that inspired them to open up the Eidos IPs.

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El Presidente harnesses wind power in Tropico 5: Gone Green

Tropico 5 (360, PC, PS4) Gone Green Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

El Presidente has decided to embrace green tech in the recently released Gone Green DLC for Tropico 5. The download adds a new building, avatar accessories, music, and sandbox map. All of the content is based around renewable power, which will allow the president’s helpers to use the new windfarm buildings to turn the latest island addition, Isabella, into an energy-efficient tropical paradise.

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GOG.com adds bizarre FMV-infused adventure Toonstruck

GOG (PC) Toonstruck Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

GOG.com has added the surreal point-and-click adventure title Toonstruck to their library. The 1996 adventure title from Interplay follows cartoonist Drew Blanc as he attempts to escape a strange cartoon world populated by a wide variety of weird creatures—ah, the ‘90s. The game also features digitized actors, and a handful of notables are involved, including The Simpson’s Dan Castellaneta, Christopher Lloyd, and Tim Curry, also star of Interplay’s Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 release date, Almanac Edition revealed

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The Book of Unwritten Tales developer King Art Games has announced that the sequel’s final chapter will now be released on February 20. The studio also revealed a special version, the DRM-free Almanac Edition. The premium set will come bundled with a 104-page hardback artbook, a making-of DVD, a soundtrack, a double-sided poster, and the Color Your Critter DLC, which will allow players to choose the color of Nate’s sidekick. And to store everything, the set will be packed inside of box designed to look like a hardcover book.

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