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F.E.A.R. Online will be released on October 17

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Aeria Games and WB Games have announced that F.E.A.R. Online will be available to download through Steam on October 17. Interested players can also sign up for an open beta, which begins October 8, on the game’s official website.

F.E.A.R. Online is a free-to-play shooter set within the F.E.A.R. universe where players will cooperatively do battle with the “unsettling experiments” created by Armacham Technology Corporation:

In F.E.A.R. Online, tensions reach a boiling point as the F.E.A.R. task force investigates Armacham Technology Corporation’s unsettling experiments. With several team combat modes spanning more than ten ominous maps, the game is packed with chilling details. The storyline continues in cooperative scenarios that detail the terrifying occurrences surrounding the F.E.A.R. team, in parallel to the events of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Up to four players can team up and fight for their lives against both hostile Armacham personnel and hideous monsters lurking around every corner.

F.E.A.R. 3, released in 2011, was the last game in the F.E.A.R. franchise.

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Joe Madureira and other ex-Vigil developers form Airship Syndicate

airshipsyndicateJoe “Joe Mad” Madureira is a pretty big name in the comics industry, having worked on multiple titles in the Marvel universe such as Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Avenging Spider-Man, The Ultimates, and Savage Wolverine. He was also one of the founders of Vigil Games, which developed Darksiders and Darksiders II for THQ before the publisher closed its doors in 2013. Since then, many of Vigil’s developers have found homes at Gunfire Games and the now defunct Crytek USA. Madureira himself (along with Ryan Stefanelli, Steve Madureira, and other ex-Vigil employees) has also set sail for new pastures… specifically that of Airship Syndicate.

Airship Syndicate is located in Austin, Texas and is currently gearing up to begin work on their first project. Details are pretty sparse right now, but the developer did say on their official website: “RPG? Metroidvania? Battle Chasers Open World Kart Racer? You never know. Any way you shake it, adventure is the name of the game.”

Howwever, Stefanelli told Game Informer that the team will be small, and that they plan to create, “classic experiences with a modern edge.” That’s a common refrain for indie teams these days. Stefanelli added that Airship’s first game is currently in development for the PC and consoles with Madureira chiming in to say, “the game we’re working on now isn’t [Darksiders III].”

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New Releases: Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Shadow of Mordor, Forza Horizon 2, More

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Phase Two of Nintendo’s plan to dominate the Fall gaming season kicks off this week as Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, the first Smash Bros. game for a handheld system, will be available on Friday, October 3. New friends (Little Mac! The Duck Hunt Dog! Miis! Mega Man! Pac-Man!) and old favorites (Mario! Link! Samus!) give it one of the deepest rosters the franchise has ever seen, making Super Smash Bros. For 3DS even more of a must have.

Also available this week is WB Games’ latest foray into the Lords of the Rings universe, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS4, Xbox One). Set between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Shadow of Mordor will tell a brand new tale within the franchise with assistance from Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien Enterprises, and the writer of Red Dead Redemption. Less epic (but still pretty epic) is Microsoft’s newest racing game, Forza Horizon 2, which will be released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Finally this week, Atlus is going back to the arena to bring PS3 and Xbox 360 owners Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Fight!

More new releases (including the return of one of the greatest PC games ever) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Total War: Attila will burn the world in 2015

Sega has announced that players will be able to take command of the barbarian hordes in the next Total War game, Total War: Attila. A 2015 release is planned for the PC exclusive, which is in development at Creative Assembly.

The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequaled. The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

“With Total War: Attila we will create a Total War game that will challenge and enthrall fans of the series,” said Janos Gaspar, Project Lead on Attila. “We’re reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we’re building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies clash. We want to push players to the limits of their skill to survive against the odds, and to love every minute of it.”

Creative Assembly will add “new gameplay mechanics which improve and add to numerous core turn-based and real-time systems” while giving players the chance to conquer the world as Attila or battle for survival as the last remnants of the Roman Empire. Either way, the game’s tagline certainly applies… “Your World Will Burn!”

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gets “Exo Survival” co-op mode

After giving us another look at the game’s Kevin Spacey-led story campaign and the expansive new online multiplayer mode, the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer introduces a new co-op mode to the word: “Exo Survival.”

In Exo Survival, players are able to team up with three other players to battle back against waves of enemy soldiers and drones. It doesn’t look like Exo Survival will feature a connected story like the Extinction Mode found in last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts or the Zombies Mode from 2012’s Black Ops II. But one could always be revealed at a future date.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released for the PC, PS3, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 4.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass, AC Chronicles China side-scroller announced

Ubisoft has announced they’re preparing a Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed: Unity that will include story content that takes place after the main campaign as well as a standalone side-scrolling adventure set in China. You read that right… Unity’s Season Pass will include access to Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a standalone game developed by Climax Studios that takes place after Assassin’s Creed: Revelations:

For the first time ever, players will be transported to the Middle Kingdom in the 16th century, where the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood has returned to her homeland. Players will be immersed in a vibrant setting, inspired by traditional brush paintings and Chinese architecture from a pivotal, historic time period in one of the greatest civilizations in history. Hell-bent on revenge, Shao Jun will use the skills she learned under legendary Assassin Ezio Auditore to exact vengeance. Players will be able to rely on stealth to accomplish their mission, as well as Shao Jun’s martial arts training and all-new Assassin gear.

Meanwhile, the Unity expansion is known as “Dead Kings” and includes a wonderful weapon known as the Guillotine Gun:

In this self-contained set of missions, players will explore the murky depths of the Basilica and fight merciless adversaries to uncover the darkest secrets of the city. Arno will equip the new Guillotine gun, a deadly explosive weapon for short and long range combat. In addition to the main missions, players will discover new open-world activities including treasure hunts, murder mysteries and contracts, as well as new co-op missions. Additional weapons, gear, skills and outfits can be unlocked and carried over to the main game.

The Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass has been priced at $29.99 and those who pre-order it will receive an exclusive in-game weapon, the Double-Handed War Axe. All of the Season Pass content, including Chronicles: China, will be released separately and should be available by “early 2015.”

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Blizzard ceases development on their Titan MMO and officially cancels StarCraft: Ghost

blizzardlogoIn an interview with Polygon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime has confirmed that the company’s upcoming MMO, Titan, has been canceled. Development on Titan previously hit a snag when Blizzard delayed it into 2016 “at the earliest” last year. This massive delay was due to Blizzard blowing up their work on the game to start from scratch. According to Morhaime, that wasn’t enough to save Titan:

“We didn’t find the fun,” Morhaime continued. “We didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.”

Morhaime is unsure if the developer will ever try their hand at an MMO again, but he still has big plans for World of Warcraft. “My hope personally is that we’ll support it forever,” he told Polygon. And finally, after being “on hold” for years, Morhaime also confirmed that StarCraft: Ghost is officially canceled as well:

“It’s always really, really hard to make those kind of decisions. It was hard when we canceled Warcraft Adventures. It was hard when we canceled StarCraft Ghost. But it has always resulted in better-quality work.”

The decision to cancel Titan was definitely affected by Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which just notched its 20 millionth player last week.

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United Front announces Sleeping Dogs spinoff Triad Wars

Triad Wars is an online open-world action adventure PC game where you rise to power as a criminal kingpin of the Triad underworld,” says developer United Front Games. Triad Wars is meant to be the other side of the Sleeping Dogs world – instead of playing as good guy Wei Shen, now you’re trying to build your own gang. You can fight your way to the top – or extort your way there.

Triad Wars is PC-only, and you can sign up for the closed beta right now. They’re also having a Reddit AMA today at 12:00 pm PST (3:00 pm EST), so bring your questions!

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