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2K Games and Firaxis Games announced Monday the latest title in the Sid Meier’s Civilization universe, Sid Meier’s Starships. The game is scheduled for release in “early 2015” as a digital title for Apple iPad, Mac OS X, and Windows.
Set in the post-game world of Civilization: Beyond Earth, Starships promises to allow players to “build a planetary federation” in order to secure peace for the galaxy. PLayers take the role of starship commanders with the ability to customize their fleet of vessels for exploration and combat. Firaxis is planning cross-connectivity between Beyond Earth title and Starshps.
The third part of Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II trilogy, the Protoss-centered Legacy of the Void, has been officially announced at BlizzCon 2014 today. The RTS will feature the conclusion to the epic story arc started in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and continued in its expansion Heart of the Swarm. Legacy of the Void will be a standalone title, not requiring either the previous StarCraft II games be present to play. Continue reading StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void To Be A Standalone Game
Blizzard Entertainment announced a new title today at BlizzCon 2014: Overwatch, a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter. In a combination of pre-rendered video and gameplay footage, the World of Warcraft studio showed off a game focusing on humans and humanoids in futuristic arms and armor engaging in fast, action-packed firefights.
The Overwatch beta is coming in 2015, and fans will be able to sign up for beta access at playoverwatch.com
Video credit: RadioStarCraft
Stirring up trouble this December for Windows®, Mac®, and iPad®, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be available by purchasing Goblins vs Gnomes-specific card packs in the in-game shop with either gold or real money, whichever you prefer (same pricing as expert card packs). As with Curse of Naxxramas, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be made available in your Arena picks as soon as the cards have been released; even if you haven’t added them to your personal collection!
Minecraft developer Mojang AB’s US$2.5B sale to Microsoft has closed according to Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s XBox division:
“It’s official, today we welcome Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family. We’re excited for the possibilities ahead w/ the Minecraft community.” Continue reading Microsoft Officially Owns Minecraft
Earlier today, a NeoGAF user discovered that publisher Bethesda Softworks had trademarked something called Fallout: Shadow of Boston in Germany, and the gaming press rushed to spread the word. “Shadow of Boston” was even trending on Twitter this afternoon. Continue reading Fallout: Shadow of Boston Proves To Be A Hoax
UPDATE 16:20 EST: Bethesda Softworks has indicated that this filing is a fake. See our post for details.
A trademark application has been filed in Germany for the brand “Fallout: Shadow of Boston” by Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the Fallout games since 2008’s Fallout 3. Continue reading Bethesda Registers Trademark for Fallout: Shadow of Boston (UPDATED)
As promised in September, the City of Alamagordo has placed the 80s-era Atari cartridges unearthed by the documentary Atari: Game Over up for sale on eBay. Continue reading Atari Archaeology: Exhumed Game Cartridges On eBay