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InSomnia Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal a week early

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Good news for Russian indie developer Studio MONO this morning, as their Kickstarter campaign for InSomnia, a self-described “Dieselpunk” RPG, surpassed its goal of $70,000 this morning, a full week ahead of schedule. “The team and I are very happy with the continued support from our backers. To reach our initial funding target at this stage is amazing and we’re now extremely excited about the possibility of reaching further stretch goals,” said lead developer Anatoliy Necrasov.

This news comes in contrast to their first Kickstarter campaign in late 2013, which raised only $5,000 towards the then-MMO version of InSomnia. The game now promises a real-time RPG experience that can be played either alone, or as a team in co-operative mode. The story takes place on a gigantic retro-futuristic space station, in a 400-year search for a new planet to house what’s left of the human race. Studio MONO is currently planning a December 2015 release for InSomnia.

Best of all, a playable tech demo of InSomnia is available on their Kickstarter page.

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Go behind the scenes with 2K Australia and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

“The Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel” is a new great documentary that takes us behind-the-scenes on what is probably my most anticipated game of this year. This is “Episode 1: To the Moon,” which talks about how the project was brought to life, and the relationship that exists between 2K Australia and Gearbox Software. It’s mostly talking, but there are some great glimpses of the game in really early form. It’s gorgeous.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be out on October 14th for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 will be available to download next week

Telltale will deliver the next episode for The Walking Dead Season 2 next week. Titled Amid the Ruins, Telltale’s Laura Perusco told the PlayStation Blog that the episode puts Clementine in a very dangerous spot:

This episode picks up right where Episode 3 left off. After escaping Carver’s camp, the group now faces immediate danger in the dead center of a walker horde. Walkers aren’t the only threat to Clem’s safety, though. The group is beginning to fracture under the pressures of survival in an unforgiving world, and as they search for new shelter, it becomes apparent that the living may be just as dangerous as the dead…

The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins will be available to download for the PS3 and Vita on Tuesday, July 22. Xbox 360 owners will be able to play it beginning Wednesday, July 23. Finally, the episode will be available on the iOS App Store on Thursday, July 24.

As always, Amid the Ruins will be priced at $4.99 or available as a free download as part of the Season Pass.

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Adam West will play himself in Lego Batman 3

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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch Batman (and the rest of the Justice League) into outer space for an intergalactic adventure against Brainiac. And it looks like they’re bringing Adam West with them:

The official Twitter account for the Lego Batman game series posted this image yesterday, confirming that West will actually be playing himself in the sequel. Let’s hope he feels the need to ask the Caped Crusader, “Why doesn’t Batman dance anymore?”

We’ll likely get a sneak peek of West’s contribution to the game during TT Games’ Lego Batman 3 panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 PM). West will be a busy man during this year’s Comic-Con as he’ll also be promoting the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1960s Batman television series in a panel on Thursday, July 24. How does he do it? Pure… West…

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this Fall.

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Mass Effect 4 panel planned for Comic-Con 2014

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It looks like we’re going to learn a bit more about Mass Effect 4 at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Developers from BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal will be on hand to discuss the “expansion” of the game’s universe:

Mass Effect developers from the Edmonton and Montreal studios discuss what it’s like to expand on a well-established and beloved video game franchise. Panelists Carl Boulay (lead animator), Fabrice Condominas (producer), Mike Gamble (producer), Noel Lukasewich (senior artist), and Jessica Merizan (community manager), share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series. Moderated by Nerdist.com.

The panel, “Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect,” will be held on Saturday, July 26 at 2:00 PM (Pacific Time). Better get in line now.

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Pharrell Williams will curate the NBA 2K15 soundtrack

nba2k15-boxI’d like to believe that the timing of this announcement is because someone in 2K’s press relations department has a sense of humor.

2K Games has announced that Pharrell Williams will “curate” the NBA 2K15 soundtrack. Previously, this job has gone to LeBron James (NBA 2K14) and Jay-Z (NBA 2K13). Pharrell is best known for unleashing “Happy” on the world as well as singing background vocals on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and producing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

“It was a cool experience. I tried to curate songs that were diverse but yet still proved to be motivational to gamers,” said Pharrell. “It was important to me that the music complemented the on-court action of NBA basketball in NBA 2K15. I hope everyone enjoys it.”

Pharrell’s NBA 2K15 soundtrack will be revealed later this Summer, but in a wonderful bit of synergy, “Weird Al” Yankovic released his latest album, Mandatory Fun, today. In addition to making “Blurred Lines” 100% less rapey with “Word Crimes,” Yankovic turns “Happy” into “Tacky” and he enlisted Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black to help with the video. It’s a thing of beauty.

I’m sure Pharrell’s NBA 2K15 soundtrack will be just as interesting when the game is released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 7. Um… maybe not.

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Mortal Kombat X DLC will include “at least one” guest fighter

mortalkombat10-dragonlogoTime to start speculating. After dropping the Raiden bombshell on Evo 2014 attendees, NetherRealm’s Ed Boon sat down with MadCatz to talk a little more about Mortal Kombat X.

During the course of their conversation, Boon revealed that downloadable characters will once again be on the table for Mortal Kombat X and that “at least one” will be a guest character from outside the franchise. Guest characters are all the rage in fighting games these days, with NethRealm leading the charge. Kratos was included in the PS3 and Vita versions of 2011′s Mortal Kombat while the Dream Master himself, Freddy Krueger, was later added via DLC. Mortal Kombat mainstay Scorpion was even used as a guest character in last year’s Injustice: Gods Among Us.

So who do you think will get the coveted guest spot in Mortal Kombat X? Boon has previously talked about his love of horror icons from the 1980s, so perhaps Jason will finally get a chance to “Finish Him!” Or perhaps those Kiefer Sutherland rumors are a harbinger of the 24/Mortal Kombat crossover we’ve all been dreaming about. As much as I love Stryker, Jack Bauer would cut his head off.

Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One sometime in 2015.

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For Our Readers… For My Brother Interview with Crooked Tree’s Katy Levinson

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Last year, developer Lat Ware and his team successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for the brain-bending title Throw Trucks With Your Mind. Now that team is back under the guise of Crooked Tree Studios with a fresh puzzle platformer, For My Brother, which was featured in the latest edition of our monthly look at interesting crowdfunding campaigns, Kickstart This!. We chatted with Katy Levinson, the co-founder of ArcBotics and now Business Development Manager for Crooked Tree, about social media campaigns, art design, and Michael Bay’s The Rock. (more…)

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