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PAX East has come and gone, and I’m currently in a nice post-PAX coma! Right now I’m sitting at home, listening to the rain on the windows, totally exhausted and happy. I’ve been looking at pictures from PAX all day, so it’s almost like it’s not over yet!
But I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers! I’ve got some deals for you, as always. There’s plenty happening over at the Humble site, for starters. There’s the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 – pay what you want for Bag It!, R-Type II, and Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Pay more than the average to unlock The Cave, The Room Two, Carcassonne, and some unannounced games. After that is the Pew Die Pie Saves the Children Humble Weekly sale. Pay what you want for Surgeon Simulator 2013, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, and QWOP for Android. Pay $6 or more for SpeedRunners and Garry’s Mod. Pay $10 for Probably Archery, and top out at $15 to get State of Decay.
There aren’t many t-shirts, which is a good thing if you’ve just gotten back from PAX, because you’re probably swimming in them already…
It blows my mind that Soda Drinker Pro is a real game and not some kind of insane April Fool’s joke. Unless it’s both. Whatever it is, Soda Drinker Pro is about to get more real as developer Will Brierly has announced that he plans to bring it to the Xbox One (with full Kinect support) in the very near future.
Soda Drinker Pro on the Xbox One will include the 100 original soda drinking simulations as well as 10 bonus levels exclusive to the Xbox One. Also on tap for the next-generation port is a “hyper-realistic simulation mode,” Achievements, and “other surprises.” One of those surprises is the inclusion of a “500% larger version” of Brierly’s previous game, Vivian Clark.
Brierly is bubbling over with excitement now that the news is official: “We are truly excited to have the opportunity to release Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One. We have been working hard to fine-tune the fluid dynamics, from the condensation on the cup to the carbonated bubbles that float up the straw, this is something we are so proud to release for the Xbox One!”
I admit, I don’t really get it. Perhaps Soda Drinker Pro is just an absurd entryway into the much more surreal Vivian Clark. But somebody must understand it, as Brierly posed with Soda Drinker Pro cosplayers who attended this past weekend’s PAX East convention.
Joystiq caught up with Nathan Vella, the President of Capybara Games, at PAX East 2014 and they managed to get him to talk about the release window of Super Time Force. According to Vella, the game will be submitted to Microsoft for certification soon and, because there’s no multiplayer mode and just a single Leaderboard, it should sail through rather quickly. So he expects the game to be available for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime in “late May or early June.”
Super Time Force has suffered multiple delays over the last year, but Vella also said they were needed to create the kind of game players expected to play: “It was always cool, the original game jam game was cool, but what we’ve turned it into is what I think people expected when they saw the very first trailer.”
I know it’s been a long time, but Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development at Ubisoft under the direction of Michel Ancel. Further proof of the game’s continued existence was delivered by Ancel himself a few weeks ago during a Q&A session with BG&E Myth. At 2:06 in the video above, Ancel unfurls a poster showing Jade’s new character design. The image shows Jade wearing clothes and in a pose very similar to traditional Japanese drawings of samurai and ronin.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in development for next-generation consoles and will be released eventually. Probably a few years from now after several more teases like this one.
Activision’s Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be released this year and it will combine the world of Michael Bay’s Transformers films (including this Summer’s Age of Extinction) with High Moon’s War For Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron series. The game’s latest trailer makes good on this promise with two versions of the little yellow robot that could: Bumblebee. The two never meet, but both “Earth” Bumblebee and the more lovable “Cybertron” Bumblebee will make an appearance in Rise of the Dark Spark.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is in development at Edge of Reality and it will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in June. A slighty different version of the game is also in the works for the 3DS at WayForward Technologies.
2K Games previously promised that the next game from Firaxis would be revealed at this year’s PAX East convention and the publisher and developer did not disappoint. During Saturday’s Firaxis panel, the developer revealed Civilization: Beyond Earth, a spiritual successor to their 1999 title Alpha Centauri. Firaxis was unable to use the Alpha Centauri name for Beyond Earth because the rights currently reside with Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher.
“The heart and soul [of Alpha Centauri] lives at Firaxis. For all the fans of Alpha Centauri, this is the game we’ve made for you,” Co-Lead Designer Will Miller said during the panel.
Civilization: Beyond Earth will feature a unique “skill web” system for its science fiction concepts, which will result in the creation of radically different civilizations as players replay the game over and over again. As of now, the game is expected to be available this Fall on the PC.
The Respawn Entertainment panel at this year’s PAX East convention included a brand new tidbit of information about TitanFall that fans of the game may be interested in: details on the game’s first expansion. Known as “Expedition,” the first map pack for the game will be available this May and it will include three new maps: “Runoff,” “Swamplands,” and “Wargames.”
In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base. When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, Spyglass activates an archaeological team to investigate the site. To maintain battle readiness at the new base, IMC Pilots use simulation pods to train for anticipated Militia raids, based on lessons learned in Angel City and IMC Airbase Sierra.
TitanFall: Expedition will be the first of three downloadable expansions for the game. The expansion will be released for the Xbox One and PC, as well as the Xbox 360. It will carry a $9.99 price tag on all three platforms, unless you purchased the TitanFall Season Pass, which includes access to all three packs for a discounted price ($24.99).
The Behemoth had a very strange shirt available for sale in their booth at this weekend’s PAX East event. The crimson t-shirt showed a cupcake riding a woman/spider hybrid. For some reason, a spoon-shaped scooper that looks to be holding ice cream is also involved. To top it off, this surreal image carries the caption, “Game 4?”
According to Destructoid, the question mark signifies that the shirt may not have anything to do with The Behemoth’s next game. The currently untitled “Game 4″ might star the spider woman or it might all just be an elaborate practical joke from a company best known for their sense of humor. Whatever the case may be, Destructoid has learned that the game is in development for the Xbox One and that The Behemoth plans to reveal more at this year’s Comic-Con and PAX Prime conventions.
The Behemoth will release BattleBlock Theater on Steam later this year, so don’t expect “Game 4″ to stay exclusive to the Xbox One for long.