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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Horizon, Madden 18 will compete for 2018 Writers Guild Award

With the Game Awards in the rearview mirror and the GDC and DICE Awards coming up, we are definitely smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Earlier today, the Writers Guild of America chimed in with their nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing.” Four games will compete for the writing award next month, and the list includes Bethesda’s Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, TinyCo’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the “Longshot” Story Mode from EA’s Madden NFL 18.

The winner of this year’s Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” will be announced on February 11. The complete list of nominated writers can be found after the break. (more…)

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Telltale will launch Episode 4 of Batman: The Enemy Within on January 23

Telltale Games has announced that Episode 4: What Ails You, the next chapter in the Batman: The Enemy Within series, will be available to download for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices on January 23. Once again, it looks like The Joker (excuse me, John Doe) is up to no good:

When the Pact puts its plan into motion, Bruce’s cover is finally blown, and as his web of lies unravels, new questions emerge: When and how will the Pact regroup? What’s truly motivating Amanda Waller and the Agency? And perhaps most importantly, how will John Doe handle the truth about his buddy Bruce? With another showdown brewing, the clown prince of crime may finally earn his crown…

History tells us that we should probably expect Telltale to release a trailer for Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4: What Ails You sometime next week.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn lead all nominees at 2018 GDC Awards

gdcawardsThe organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced the nominees for this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards.

Nintendo and Sony have a lot to celebrate this year as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn tied for the most nominations, with six apiece. Both games are in the running for “Game of the Year,” and both were also nominated in the “Best Audio,” “Best Design,” “Best Technology,” and “Best Visual Art” categories. Breath of the Wild tacked on one more nominations for the “Innovation Award,” while Horizon nabbed a nomination for “Best Narrative.”

Both games should probably be considered the frontrunners for the “Game of the Year” award, but they’ll also have to compete with PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Platinum Games’s Nier: Automata, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey for the coveted honor.

Outside of the “Game of the Year” competition, Studio MDHR’s Cuphead captured three nominations for “Best Audio,” “Best Debut,” and “Best Visual Art.”

The 2018 GDC Awards ceremony will take place on on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 PM (Pacific Time). The full list of nominees, and all the Honorable Mentions, can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Games of January 2018

It’s a new year and time for a brand new batch of video games from developers both big and small.

Fighting game fans will have a lot to look forward to in January with the launch of Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Square Enix’s Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and Capcom’s Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. And if you enjoy games with a retro aesthetic, you might want to keep an eye out for Cellar Door’s Full Metal Furies, Square Enix’s Lost Sphear, and Nintendo’s 3DS re-release of Pokemon Crystal.

You can find what we’re looking forward to after the break, along with a complete release schedule for all of this month’s new releases. (more…)

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Baba Is You, Night in the Woods, Getting Over It lead all nominees for the 2018 IGF Awards

The organizers of the Independent Games Festival have announced the finalists for this year’s IGF Awards ceremony.

Six games will compete for the “Seumas McNally Grand Prize” including Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall), West of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications), Into the Breach (Subset Games), Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments), and Baba Is You (Hempuli).

Baba Is You earned four total nominations, and will also be in the running for “Excellence In Design,” the “Nuovo Award,” and “Best Student Game.” Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy captured two additional nominations (“Excellence In Design” and the “Nuovo Award”), while Night in the Woods was also nominated for two other awards (“Excellence In Visual Art” and “Excellence In Narrative”).

Finally, Cuphead was a big winner at this year’s Game Awards, and the side-scroller is in line for more honors at the IGF Awards including an Honorable Mention for the “Seumas McNally Grand Prize,” as well as nominations in the “Excellence In Visual Art” and “Excellence In Audio” categories.

The IGF Awards will be held on March 21 during this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

A complete list of the nominees and honorable mentions for the 2018 Independent Games Festival Awards can be found after the break. (more…)

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Kickstart This! The French Are Coming!

A little while ago in a string of Kickstart This! posts, I teased that I would cover a French game in the future. That future is now. There are not one but two two brilliant games currently seeking donations on Kickstarter from the country that gave us cafetiere coffee and the Etch A Sketch. So let’s give these hard-working developers the kindness and support that this holiday season is meant to be about.

What have you got, France? (more…)

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Here’s a trailer for the season finale of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2… which launches on December 19

Telltale Games has announced that Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 will come to an end on December 19. That’s because the season finale, Episode 5: Above and Beyond, will be released next week for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Naturally, Jesse and friends will need to perform some bigtime heroics to make it out alive:

The home Jesse left so long ago — Beacontown — has succumbed to the iron rule of the Admin. Menacing guards patrol the streets, anxious citizens tremble in fear, and worst of all, everyone believes Jesse is responsible thanks to the Admin’s devious disguise. In order to save the city, the real Jesse must find a way to zap the Admin’s powers and take him down once and for all…

And as long as you’re all caught up, a new trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 – Episode 5: Above and Beyond has been embedded above.

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Life Is Strange will be released for iOS devices this week

Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment have announced that the first three episodes from Life Is Strange will be available to download through the iOS App Store beginning this Thursday, December 14. The reality-bending adventure game will be brought to iOS devices by Black Wing Foundation, and it’ll include several mobile-exclusive features:

Features Exclusive to Mobile

  • Enhanced User Interface for full touch screen integration.
  • Life Is Strange iMessage Stickers.
  • Share your game progress on social media and compare your story choices with friends.
  • An all-new Photo Mode allows you to take pictures, modify them with filters and share them easily.

“Everyone here at Dontnod is really excited to share the adventures of Max and Chloe in Life Is Strange with a new audience on mobile,” said Oskar Guilbert, Dontnod’s CEO. “We welcome new players to Arcadia Bay’s community and look forward to discovering the story choices that they make during their stay.”

After completing the first three chapters, players will be able to continue Life Is Strange’s story on their iOS device in Early 2018, which is when Square Enix plans to release Episode 4: Dark Room and Episode 5: Polarized.

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