By Colin Campbell on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
Post-apocalyptic first-person shooter Rage is available to play for free on Steam this weekend. The id-developed game, published by Bethesda, will be available for free until Sunday at 4pm, ET. Buyers can pick up the game for $4.99, a 75 percent discount on its usual price of $19.99. First released in October 2011 to generally positive critical reception, Rage is a story of humans struggling to survive in the years after a devastating asteroid impact, fighting against bandits and mutants.
By Michael McWhertor on Aug 08, 2013 08.08.13
Matt Hooper, ex-creative director at id Software, has joined his former colleague John Carmack at virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR, assuming the title of director of development at the company's Dallas, Tex. office, according to an update to his LinkedIn profile spotted by GameFront. Oculus confirmed the hire in a statement to Polygon. Hooper left id Software in February, according to his LinkedIn profile, and joined Oculus VR in August. He was an 11-year veteran of id Software, serving as designer on Doom 3, executive producer of the expansion Resurrection of Evil and design director of Rage. Following a leak of purported screenshots of Doom 4 in 2012, Hooper responded publicly to questions about their authenticity, saying on Twitter, "Those images have nothing to do with what...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Aug 05, 2013 08.05.13
Disctrict 9 director Neill Blomkamp talked about the positive side of the Halo movie film collapse. FEAR developer Monolith Productions unveiled its colonial-themed first-person shooter, Betrayer. Company of Heroes 2 will no longer be available for distribution in Russia. We wrapped up QuakeCon with info on Rage, artist Hugo Martin and The Elder Scrolls Online. Halo film's collapse was lucky, says director Neill Blomkamp Colonial-era FPS Betrayer coming Aug. 14 from FEAR devs Company of Heroes 2's Russian distributor halts sales Rage franchise could have a future, id Software says Why the artist behind 'Pacific Rim's' mechs settled down at id Software Elder Scrolls Online is becoming a lot more like a Skyrim MMO
By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 11, 2013 02.11.13
id Software co-founder John Carmack believes that it isn't worth doing Linux ports of games and that it barely makes his top 10 of priorities, he wrote on Reddit recently. "Burn the heretic!" he joked on post titled "John Carmack asks why Wine isn't good enough" using his Reddit handle id_aa_carmack. "I was happy to hear that Rage ran in Wine, but no special effort was made to support it," he wrote of id's first-person shooter running on Wine, a compatibility layer that allows some Windows applications to run on Linux distributions. "However, I don't think that a good business case can be made for officially supporting Linux for mainstream games today, and Zenimax doesn't have any policy of 'unofficial binaries' like id used to have," he said. "I have argued for their value (mostly...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 09, 2013 02.09.13
The official tool kit used to create Rage and its downloadable content The Scorchers will be available on Steam, id Software announced on the Bethesda Blog. The studio included a FAQ for troubleshooting and a brief introduction for those interested in the kit, which "should not be interpreted as consumer ready." Its tools are complex and aimed at those with a previous understanding of modding. Tutorials, maps and game assets are included. The kit begins at 35 GB, though with recommended additions and creations it will expand. The Rage Tool Kit will available in Steam's Tools section.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 15, 2013 01.15.13
ArenaNet has sold more than three million copies of MMORPG Guild Wars 2 since the game launched in August last year, according to a press statement from game director Colin Johanson. For 2013, ArenaNet will expand and balance Guild Wars 2's achievement system. Players will be able to earn rewards, like higher-level gear, when they complete achievements and progress down "achievement paths." Daily achievements will be implemented with the goal to drive players to certain areas of the world. ArenaNet also plans to add a sub-system later that will allow players to complete a smaller subgroup of achievements in order to fulfill a daily one. Cosmetic awards like skins and medals will be offered as prizes for completing certain events. "Our reward systems need to be exciting, and include...
By Patrick Stafford on Dec 20, 2012 12.20.12
Christian Games Developers Conference Christian Games Developers' Conference Tim Emmerich More than 100 developers gather every year at the Christian Games Developers Conference to discuss how they can make their games better. It's a diverse group, representing five continents in the conference's best year. It's a serious affair. They have volunteers, plenty of discussion. Even matching t-shirts. The conference was founded in 2002 by Tim Emmerich, a soft-spoken engineer who works at HP to pay the bills. He wanted to improve what he thought was a lack of support and experimentation in the Christian games community. "My expectations have been really blown away by the conference," Emmerich says. "I was just expecting 12 in the first year, and we got 30. Now we're...
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 14, 2012 12.14.12
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 14, 2012 12.14.12
Jordan Mechner's Karateka remake, as well as new downloadable content for United Front Games' Sleeping Dogs and id Software's Rage, will launch on PlayStation Network next Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to the most recent episode of Sony's PlayStation Blogcast. The Karateka remake, which Mechner developed with a small team at Liquid Entertainment, launched in November on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points ($10) and earlier this month on Steam for $9.99. Sleeping Dogs will get its second campaign add-on, the Zodiac Tournament Pack, which publisher Square Enix announced in mid-November. The DLC pack adds a new island to the game's Hong Kong setting, the site of an exclusive invitation-only tournament in which combatants fight to the death. The Zodiac Tournament will feature a...
By Tracey Lien on Nov 29, 2012 11.29.12