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Paranautical Activity Developer Steps Down Following Gabe Newell Threats

Written by Jonnie on 22 October 2014 at 14:00

Mike Maulbeck, the controversial Paranautical Activity developer has resigned from his role at the games studio Code Avarice. The renegade developer hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons yesterday in a Twitter based rant threatening Valve boss Gabe Newell. The very public rant included an ill-advised death threat toward Gabe Newell that, despite being hastily removed, resulted in Paranautical Activity being removed from Steam.

Maulbeck has now sold his share of the company to co-owner Travis Pfenning and parted ways with the studio. Both Maulbeck and Pfenning have posted statements on the Code Avarice website to explain the situation fully. Maulbeck, who seems to have fully realised the damage that his actions caused, admitted that his actions “resulted in not only my own dreams and aspirations being destroyed, but those of the entire team I worked with.” He went on to concede that his temper had got away from him, and issued a sincere apology again to Valve and Gabe Newell. [More]

Blizzard May Be Planning To Show Off Brand New Title At BlizzCon 2014

Written by Neil Soutter on 22 October 2014 at 12:45

It’s safe to say Blizzard’s got some nifty surprises up its sleeves for this year’s BlizzCon event, the fan conference for anything and everything Blizzard. Fresh from announcing a live concert at the event from the biggest name in thrash metal, Metallica, it appears that Blizzard has left a mighty 2-hour undisclosed slot on the main stage at BlizzCon 2014 from noon until 2pm.

Leaving a gap like that is something that Blizzard has never done before, leading some to speculate that Blizzard could be planning to show off a brand new game at BlizzCon. Backing this up is the news that there is also unaccounted floorspace in one of the halls, suggesting there may be hands-on area with the new title. [More]

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China Just The Start For Assassins Creed Chronicles As Ubisoft Plans Series Of 2D Titles

Written by Jonnie on 22 October 2014 at 11:30

Ubisoft has confirmed that the 2.5D Assassin's Creed Chronicles spin off arriving with the season pass of Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be the first of a planned series set to span across a variety of different locations, cultures and eras of time. The first game to be announced in the series, developed by Climax Studios, will be Assassins Creed Chronicles: China. The side scrolling 2.5D game will also be available as a standalone download available early in 2015.

Set in 16th century China, players will control Shao Jun, the Chinese Assassin previously featured in the animated film Assassin's Creed Embers and and the novel of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. One of the features that will run through the upcoming series is that each game will be designed in at art style that is representative of the time it is set in. AC Chronicles: China has a distinctive red and black paint brush colour scheme. [More]

Free Shadow Of Mordor DLC Lets You Play As Antagonist The Black Hand

Written by Jon Sutton on 22 October 2014 at 10:15

Free downloadable content aren’t the words you expect to see often, so we were more than a little bit surprised when Warner Bros Interactive announced a totally free playable character for Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The new character is part of the The Power of Shadow bundle which is available to download now, letting players take on the role of Sauron’s servant, the Black Hand. The Black Hand is normally an antagonist in the main game but the tables are turned with this DLC, which also provides three new Epic Runes granting more combat abilities. [More]

Far Cry 4 Season Pass Will Get You An Encounter With The Yeti

Written by Jonnie on 21 October 2014 at 17:30

Ubisoft has revealed the first details of Far Cry 4's inevitable season pass, following the announcement earlier this week of what the Kyrat Special Edition includes. Amid a selection of bonus missions and an exclusive PvP mode, the feature that is sure to tempt most players to fork out will be the Valley of the Yetis mission.

In a game set in a mountainous fictional Nepal, with a broad selection of dangerous wild animals to take on like elephants, rhinos and tigers, it seems only fitting that the legendary beast gets a spot in the limelight. The Far Cry 4 season pass isn’t cheap though, anyone wanting to take on the sasquatch on his own turf will have to cough up an abominable £23.99 for the privilege. [More]

Valve Takes Down Paranautical Activity From Steam After Gabe Newell Death Threat

Written by Jonnie on 21 October 2014 at 16:15

Valve has removed the indie roguelike first-person-shooter Paranautical Activity from Steam after the game's developer tweeted a death threat toward Valve head man Gabe Newell. The issue that led to Paranautical Activity being removed began when it became apparent that the final release of the game, out in time for Halloween, was still marked as being in Early Access despite its full retail launch happening yesterday.

Paranautical Activity’s developer Mike Maulbeck chose the very public sphere of Twitter to vent his frustration at Valve’s error in no uncertain terms. However when is tirade of anger culminated in a tweet that read “I am going to kill gabe newell. He is going to die”, Valve decided to put an end to the fiasco once and for all at that point and the pulled the plug on its Steam storefront activity. Despite the tweet in question being hastily deleted by Maulbeck, the damage was already done. [More]

Ancient Space Review : We Come In Peace, Shoot To Kill.

Written by Stuart Thomas on 21 October 2014 at 15:55

The last couple of years have seen a much braver Paradox. Like a nerdy Swedish caterpillar, they’ve emerged from their chrysalis as a beautiful and multifaceted butterfly of games publishing, still your one-stop-shop for mind-bogglingly complex historical simulations but now also flitting distractedly between genres, pausing just long enough to suck a little nectar before moving on.

Do butterflies actually do that? I have no idea. So instead, let’s talk about the tautology that is Ancient Space. A single-player RTS that tells the tale of the crew of the Ulysses II, a star cruiser that ventures into an area of the galaxy known as the Black Zone in search of a previous scientific expedition, and a species of semi-legendary space whales. Along the way, unsurprisingly, you’re beset by pirates, aliens and just about anyone else and his cybernetically-enhanced dog. [More]

Ryse: Son of Rome Free Game Giveaway Competition

Written by Jon Sutton on 21 October 2014 at 15:29

It's about that time of the week when we get the opportunity to thank the GD members for all their support, and this time we've got a copy of Crytek's Ryse: Son of Rome up for grabs. Previously arriving late last year as an Xbox One exclusive, Ryse: Son of Rome comes to PC packing some of the most beautiful visuals this side of the Flavium Ampitheatre.

Bloodthirsty gladiatorial battles and hack and slash adventure are the order of today, in a tale that follows Marius Titus on a heroic quest to avenge the death of his family. Sound familiar? It's all just an excuse for some glorious combat though, and with Crytek at the reins you can be sure this will give your gaming PC the solid workout it craves. All you've got to do is enter the competition below and you can grab yourself a totally free copy of Ryse Son of Rome! [More]

Gigabyte Unveils Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Overclocked GeForce GTX 970

Written by Jon Sutton on 21 October 2014 at 14:15

Small form factor PC gamers will be delighted to find out that Gigabyte has developed a Mini-ITX version of the GeForce GTX 970. This pint-sized wonder is considerably smaller that the stock GeForce GTX 970 and is designed specifically to fit into smaller gaming PCs.

If your rig’s case is on the small size then this could be the perfect upgrade answer. The GeForce GTX 970’s low energy requirements make it the perfect fit for converting to a Mini-ITX setup, and Gigabyte has created this graphics card using a custom made cooling solution and printed circuit board, all the while still maintaining the significant power of Nvidia's new GPU. [More]

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