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Interview: DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson on Battlefield 3 and the 'dying' PC platform

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Interview: DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson on Battlefield 3 and the 'dying' PC platform

The Battlefield franchise has been circling in new directions on console and even on PC but not since 2005 has the original series been treated to a new instalment. All that changes in 2011 when Battlefield 3 arrives for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Deciding to cancel development on a long-awaited PC version of Battlefield 1943 as well as the Onslaught DLC for Bad Company 2 for PC, developer DICE focuses its attention on the series that popularized the franchise. Read more »

"My hope is that BC2 was a bit of a "test lab" for DICE, and that they learned alot of lessons as ..."
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GDC: Minecraft developer announces Scrolls

GDC: Minecraft developer announces Scrolls

After months of teasing, Minecraft developer Mojang has announced its next game at GDC 2011. Named Scrolls, it's a multiplayer game mixing board game with collectible card game.

"At the core it's a collectable card game, but it's also a board game," Scrolls lead designer Jakob Porser explained to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. "It's combining the two. As you place your units or your buildings, or your siege weapons, you place it on the game board to play against your opponent. It's not only about designing a proper collection of scrolls [cards], and the tactical aspect of that deck, but it's also about the tactical sense of how to place your units on the game board." Read more »

"So they're combining Magic the Gathering with Panzer General. I have both on xbox live and love ..."
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GDC: Stardock's Impulse announces free-to-play dev tools

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GDC: Stardock's Impulse announces free-to-play dev tools

At the Game Developers Conference today, Stardock announced that its Impulse::Reactor toolkit will be adding several features, designed around giving developers the ability to make their games free-to-play. The next beta for Impulse::Reactor is scheduled for this month, and will include dev tools for in-game stores, feature unlocking, and downloadable content management.

The tools are made to be unobtrusive for developers, letting them pick which features it wants from Impulse::Reactor, rather than forcing them to use an external client. Developers can use the tools to let players buy pieces of the game, from content like maps or campaigns to features like multiplayer modes. "This allows for greater selection and choice on the gamer's end, and on the developer end, a more streamlined development experience with greater value add," said CEO Brad Wardell. Read more »

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GDC: Ms. Splosion Man unveiled with trailer

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GDC: Ms. Splosion Man unveiled with trailer

When Ms. 'Splosion Man was announced in December 2010, developer Twisted Pixel held back on showing us just what the little lady could do. Today at GDC, a gameplay trailer and screenshots were released to reveal that the feminine sequel to Xbox Live Arcade platformer 'Splosion Man is as wacky and volatile as ever. Read more »

"yeah, it was amazing. i just hope the banter isn't as frequent as the trailer suggests. other ..."
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GDC: Sony announces Home 1.5

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GDC: Sony announces Home 1.5

At the Game Developers Conference today, Sony announced the development of PlayStation Home 1.5, set for release this spring. The update is developer-focused, introducing a new set of tools for development inside the Home interface. The tools will allow for real-time multiplayer games, and improvements to the physics engine and animations.

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GDC: Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion announced

GDC: Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion announced

Stardock and Ironclad Games announced the anticipated standalone expansion to Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy, titled "Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion," at the Game Developers Conference.

The long war of the previous games has dragged on so long that diplomacy has broken down and weapons are scarce. Sub-factions are rebelling, expanding the universe to let players choose between playing as Loyalists or Rebels, each with their own tech trees. Read more »

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GDC: Magicka: Vietnam expansion announced

GDC: Magicka: Vietnam expansion announced

Having promised a Magicka surprise at GDC, publisher Paradox Interactive today announced an expansion for Arrowhead's action-RPG named, against all odds, Magicka: Vietnam.

"Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if wizards were allowed to roam the jungles of war-torn Vietnam, attempting to bring peace and stability to the region by casting spells on all opponents?" Paradox asks in the announcement. Read more »

"I'm sorry to say I just sang the whole thing in my head. And it kind of worked."
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GDC: Super Meat Boy 'Ultra Edition' to retail in April

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GDC: Super Meat Boy 'Ultra Edition' to retail in April

Super Meat Boy is finally coming to retail, in April, with an "Ultra Edition" of the game. Joystiq reports that Team Meat member Edmund McMillen announced the retail edition and showed off the box art at a GDC postmortem.

McMillen later confirmed that it's set for an April launch, and will cost $20. Goodies for the Ultra Edition include a 40-page booklet with art, behind-the-scenes info, extended comics, and the soundtrack. The (creepy) art revealed last year will be included as a mini-poster, and no longer serves as the cover for the game. Read more »

"Considering how they handled the Wii version, I wonder if "Steam Play" actually means I'll ever ..."
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GDC: Tecmo to 'unmask' Ninja Gaiden 3 at E3 '11

GDC: Tecmo to 'unmask' Ninja Gaiden 3 at E3 '11

The party at this week's Game Developers Conference started off with a bang today with Tecmo releasing the first trailer for Ryu Hayabusa's next blood-soaked adventure.

Ninja Gaiden 3 will be the first game to be in development at Team Ninja without Tomonobu Itagaki at the helm. The game was first revealed during a private Tokyo event in mid-September 2010. Read more »

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Steam 'big picture' mode announced

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Steam 'big picture' mode announced

Valve today announced plans to add a new 'big picture' mode to its digital distribution platform Steam, which it says "will offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction." Good news for those who do their PC gaming from the comfort of a sofa, then.

"Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3, we've done just that," Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi said in the announcement. "With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house." Read more »

"Then your keyboard and mouse will continue to work when you want to use them. Additionally, the ..."
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Peter Molyneux to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Game Developers Conference 2011

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Outspoken studio head Peter Molyneux will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Game Developers Conference. The award recipient is chosen by a Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes various luminaries from throughout the industry.

The Lionhead founder will be recognized for his years of experience and his part in creating the "god games" genre. Molyneux will be delivering a lecture series at GDC 2011 as well, regarding the god game genre and his title Populous. Molyneux helped found Bullfrog Productions in 1987, then left in 1997 to found Lionhead Studios. His studio was bought my Microsoft in 2006, and he is currently the Creative Director at Microsoft Game Studios. He's best known recently for Black and White and the Fable series. Read more »

""Whatever their failures, it doesn't erase their achievements." Couldn't agree more."
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LIMBO, Red Dead Redemption, and Mass Effect 2 Most Nominated Games for 11th Annual GDC Awards

The nominees for the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced, meaning that we now get to see what games the international panel of industry professionals felt are in the running to be acknowledged for the greatest overall achievements over the past year. (via Gamasutra)

The Xbox Live Arcade exclusive, LIMBO, leads the charge with seven nominations, followed closely by Red Dead Redemption (six nominations) and Mass Effect 2 (five nominations). All three front-runners are in the running for GDC's Game of the Year award. Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement Special Awards, as well as the host of this year's awards show, have yet to be revealed. Read more »

"How Bad Company 2 did not get nominated for Best Technology is beyond me."
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Presenting "Video Games Turn 25" Keynote at GDC 2011

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Described in the release as "a longtime friend of the GDC," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will present a keynote that helps celebrate this year's 25th anniversary of the Game Developers Conference. In "Video Games Turn 25: A Historical Perspective and Vision for the Future" Mr. Iwata plans to share Nintendo's unique way of looking at what defines a gamer and gaming, review how games have evolved, and provide a glimpse of his view of what comes next.

Mr. Iwata has delivered three prior keynotes at the GDC, each with dramatic results. In 2005 the first information on then-new console code named "Revolution" which would go on to become the Wii. In 2006 he focused on "disrupting development" and shared the Nintendo approach to attracting new players. And in 2009 he revealed The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Read more »

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Battlefield 3 Unveiling Planned for GDC 2011

When rumblings of a popular EA property appearing at the Spike VGA awards were in full-murmur, many were hoping for a full reveal of the shooter Battlefield 3. Sadly, that's not what happened.

With the dark and snowy past behind us, we look to the future and specifically to GDC 2011 where the publisher has confirmed it will officially reveal DICE's latest title. Read more »

"Only thing i want is leverage current gen PC hardware to their full potential."
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Independent Games Festival 2011 Main Competition Finalists Revealed; Awards Presented on March 2

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After culling through nearly 400 entries since opening submissions back in June 2010, the Independent Games Festival has announced the main competition finalists for its 2011 awards, separated into six categories.

Nominees include the "still in development" cult-hit Minecraft and the harrowing adventure Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which received three nods each. Read more »

"Nah, Shacknews will be exactly the same 30 years from now, just like it was 10 yrs ago."
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