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Joe Madureira, famed comic book artist and creative director for the Darksiders series, announced that he’s leaving Vigil Games. After seven years at the studio he co-founded, Madureira made his announcement on Twitter.

In a longer post on his Facebook page, he elaborated, “After 7 long years and 2 hit games ( Darksiders BABY! ) I’m afraid the time has come for me to move on to new adventures. I could not be more proud of what we achieved, or the awesome people who helped build up this studio.” I really liked the weight and heft to Joe’s designs in Darksiders and Darksiders II. I wish both him and Vigil Games success in the future. So long and thanks for all the skulls.


Aveline will have a few more toys to play with when Liberation launches soon on the PlayStation Vita, as a few cross-play items have been unveiled by Ubisoft. If you link up Liberation with your copy of Assassin’s Creed III, you’ll unlock a special New York mission, as well as Connor’s tomahawk, and the “French Agile” multiplayer character.

You’ll also earn an ammunition pouch upgrade, but it seems as if you need the PlayStation 3 version of the game to utilize this promotion. Personally, I can’t wait to try this out. For the first time, an Assassin’s Creed game is getting the console experience on a portable, with a fully fledged female assassin. There’s tons of reasons to be excited this October 30th.


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BioWare revealed some new details and concept art for their upcoming Dragon Age III: Inquisition yesterday at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo via Producer Cameron Lee’s tweets.

While the details themselves are fairly scant, and there’s only a few pieces of concept art available, it’s enough to keep me excited for the game. Though the second game in the series was good (depending on who you ask), I’m confident that BioWare will learn from their missteps.


Like charity? Like games? Revision3 combines the two into a perfect marriage with a 24 hour marathon for charity through Extra Life. The marathon started at 8 AM PST, 10/20/12, and will run for…24 hours!

The marathon, ran by Rev3Games’ Anthony Carboni, Tara Long, and Max Scoville (with friends), supports children’s hospitals by way of playing through a ton of new games.

Among those that are headlining the marathon are XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands 2, but there’s plenty of other gems thrown in there for good measure, including special guests from Double Fine and Gearbox.

You can find the stream here (or below) — watch it, have fun, and donate! Read more… »

Prey 2 "still in limbo, not canceled"

Despite Prey 2‘s troubled development history and missing its 2012 release window, one of the developers at Human Head tweeted today that the game still isn’t dead. Nathan Cheever tweeted, “P2 hasn’t been officially canceled, only in limbo.”

This isn’t a new statement, as it echos statements made by publisher Bethesda in April. The game has been in limbo because development was not proceeding in a satisfactory manner. This non-update which only reinforces the game’s previous questionable status doesn’t inspire confidence that Prey 2 will ever see the light of day.


Call of Duty Black Ops 2

Today Activision announced that all of the Call of Duty Elite services will be free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The Elite service launched last year with two tiers. While both tiers received stat tracking and social options, one of the biggest draws of the paid premium subscription was its monthly map updates.

Of course, there’s always a trade off. Instead of giving the premium Elite members early access to DLC, Activision is offering players the opportunity to purchase a season pass.


Watch it now! You done? K. While this trailer only shows a little bit of gameplay, Dennaton Games’ Hotline Miami, completely nails that sleazy 80s cocaine binge vibe. What am I even looking at? A man in a terrifying, blood-stained pig mask?

Seriously, I’m really excited for this game, which is classified as a “top-down f*ck-’em-up” by publisher Devolver Digital. Hotline Miami will be released on October 23rd. You can pre-order it on Steam,, Get Games, and GamersGate. Remember, wear something fancy.


Cliff Bleszinski

Today, Cliff “Cliffy B” Bleszinski announced that he is leaving Epic Games, the company he c0-founded and worked for twenty years. Best known for the Gears of War series, Bleszinski most recently held the title of Design Director at the studio.

Tim Sweeney, CEO and Technical Director at Epic Games had this to say: ““In 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears’ series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today. ”


The critically and commercially acclaimed The Walking Dead games, developed by adventure veteran Telltale Games, previously available on XBLA, PSN, and PC, is getting a disc based version on December 4th.

So far, we have absolutely no details on the fourth and fifth episode, but I personally think this release will coincide with the delivery of the fifth and final episode of the collection. There’s no word on the pricing yet, but you can pick up each episode for $5 currently.

If the disc is going to retail for more than $25, hopefully it’ll come with some extras!

Ray Muzyka & Greg Zeschuk

Today, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka–the pair of doctors that co-founded BioWare in 1995–announced their retirement from the games industry. In separate blog posts, Muzyka and Zeschuk explained their decisions to leave not only their company but the industry as a whole.

This announcement comes at an inopportune time as BioWare just announced Dragon Age III: Inquisition yesterday. Gamers, already wary of the next game in the Dragon Age series, can’t see the company’s two founders leaving as a good sign.


Dragon Age 3 Inquisition

BioWare officially announced Dragon Age III: Inquisition today in a post on the BioWare website by Executive Producer Mark Darrah. Darrah said that BioWare has been “working on it in some way for about two years now with the bulk of [their] efforts ramping up about 18 months ago.”

The announcement doesn’t come as much of a shock as many gamers assumed BioWare was already working on the next game the series, especially after rumors about the third title surfaced last month. Surprise announcement or not, actual details about the project are scarce.


Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment

This week Obsidian Entertainment’s countdown ran out and revealed a brand new Kickstarter project called Project Eternity. So what is Project Eternity? It’s a “an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world” from the people responsible for Fallout 1 & 2Planescape Torment, and more.

According to the summary on the Kickstarter page, the game looks to combine the best aspects of Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale and ”tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.” Those are lofty promises, but if Obsidian is able to live up to them, then this game could be something special. Currently they have $604,405 pledged of the $1,100,000 goal.