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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

Minimum is back. Originally announced as a free-to-play shooter by Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios, it's now in the works at Human Head--the studio that worked on the what-ever-happened-to-it Prey 2. Like the original concept, Minimum has two teams fight against each other, each equipped with a gigantic robot Titan.

Watch: Robot-on-robot crafting action »

"Yet somehow its the nicest looking placeholder art ive ever seen...."
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Aliens: Colonial Marines sold 1.31 million units, Sega reports

Aliens: Colonial Marines sold 1.31 million units, Sega reports

Aliens: Colonial Marines has been through the wringer for a variety of reasons, but despite all the bad publicity, the game sold 1.31 million units since it released on February 12, according to Sega's year-end financials.

Read more: Second best selling title »

"Colonial Marines was discounted heavily just weeks after its release, so many copies probably ..."
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Section 8 developer files for bankruptcy protection

Section 8 developer files for bankruptcy protection

TimeGate Studios, the developer behind Section 8 and co-developer of Aliens: Colonial Marines, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The petition, filed in the Texas Southern Bankruptcy Court yesterday, lists less than 50 creditors owed money from TimeGate.

Read more: Legal struggles with SouthPeak »

"I will always know them as the makers of Kohan. Wish they'd bring the series back. :("
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Section 8 developer loses appeal and IP, must pay $7.35 million

Section 8 developer loses appeal and  IP, must pay $7.35 million

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios thought it was off the hook for a $7.35 million arbitration ruling when it won its appeal last year over a dispute with Southpeak Interactive surrounding the game. Unfortunately for TimeGate, that ruling has been overturned.

Read more: Loss of the Section 8 IP »

"Well if this studio can't create something new I guess it's closing time for this company. ..."
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F2P shooter Minimum announced by TimeGate

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F2P shooter Minimum announced by TimeGate

We've been through a retro pixel revival, but I fancy the return of a graphical style which means a lot more to me: big chunky old polygons. Right up my alley is Minimum, a free-to-play shooter from TimeGate studios, creator of the Section 8 games and, ah, co-developer of Aliens: Colonial Marines. But look, lovely big blocky robots and dinosaurs!

Watch: Blocky combat in the announcement trailer »

"After what various publishers have done to TimeGate, yes. They've dealt with Sega and Gearbox ..."
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Layoffs at Aliens: Colonial Marines co-developer TimeGate

Layoffs at Aliens: Colonial Marines co-developer TimeGate

An unconfirmed number of people have been laid off by TimeGate Studios, creator of the FPS series Section 8 and, most recently, co-developer of Gearbox's ill-fated Aliens: Colonial Marines. Officially it's part of TimeGate's preparations for "the transition to next-generation consoles and new business models," but rumour says the layoffs come shortly after a publishing deal fell through.

Read more: Studio also developed F.E.A.R. expansion packs »

"Ugh we all know Randy Pitchford hand picked who to lay off. Those jobs could have been saved if ..."
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Aliens: Colonial Marines: how too many cooks may have ruined the game

Aliens: Colonial Marines: how too many cooks may have ruined the game

Aliens: Colonial Marines, by all accounts, is a mess. Even after two delays, the game had a lot of issues that not even a huge day-one patch could fix. The game looked promising early on, so how did it end up so bad?

Read more: The many developers of Aliens »

"They explicitly stated that the goal of shipping DNF was to preserve what George B and the folks ..."
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TimeGate wins Section 8 dispute

TimeGate wins Section 8 dispute

Thanks to the ruling of a Texas district court judge, Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios won't be forced to pay millions in allegedly misused development funds to publisher SouthPeak, nor will SouthPeak retain a permanent license for the Section 8 IP and its sequels. The dispute originated way back in 2009, when Timegate sued SouthPeak for allegedly embezzling royalties by altering revenue reports. At the time, SouthPeak counter-sued, claiming that $7.5M in funding had been "misused" by the developer, in addition to $2.5M in development costs TimeGate failed to provide.

Read more: TimeGate retains permanent license»

"What are you talking about, they've published Two Worlds, Velvet Assassin...okay, yeah. ..."
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Section 8 Prejudice lands on PS3 on July 26 with free DLC

Section 8 Prejudice lands on PS3 on July 26 with free DLC

It's taken quite a long time for Section 8: Prejudice to come out on PlayStation 3. The $15 online shooter made its debut on Xbox Live in April. So, why the long delay for the PS3 version? Bryan Perez, Community Manager of TimeGate Studios, says the studio needed to "take the time to optimize the game for the platform."

Of course, people don't usually like being late to the party without a gesture of goodwill. So, the PS3 version of Section 8: Prejudice will debut with some free DLC. For the first week after the game launches on PSN, all purchases will include the Blitz Armor Pack and Overdrive Map Pack for free. That's about $7 worth of DLC included with the standard $15 purchase.

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Section 8: Prejudice getting 'Overdrive' map pack

Section 8: Prejudice getting 'Overdrive' map pack

Despite being a $15 downloadable game, Section 8: Prejudice has been treated more-or-less like a retail product. So far the game has gotten a title update and unlockable mode, so it comes as no surprise that TimeGate is releasing a map pack like the big boys. Read more »

"This game sucks. You pay to get the good items and weapons, you pay to get new maps and the ..."
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Section 8: Prejudice 'Assault' mode unlocked

Section 8: Prejudice 'Assault' mode unlocked

Section 8: Prejudice has just gotten a new game mode fueled by players' bloodlust. "Assault Mode" is a team-versus-team control point mode with a time limit. Developer TimeGate says it encourages cooperation between the classes to finish your objectives fast. The mode is now included and unlocked, so no DLC is required.

The Assault mode was set to unlock when the PC and Xbox 360 audiences scored a combined 10 million kills. The impressive feat happened in just over two weeks, so now current and new players alike can enjoy the fruits of their murderous labor. Read more »

"Ahhh, good news. They just announced they *will* be patching in a fix for the horrible FOV. ..."
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Section 8: Prejudice issues title update

Section 8: Prejudice issues title update

Section 8: Prejudice is barely a week old, and already TimeGate has issued its first title update for Xbox Live Arcade. The patch addresses a variety of stability bugs, along with usability tweaks to several of the menus.

The team is also using hot-fixes on their end to respond to community feedback, allowing two-player Ranked Swarm matches, and increasing the chance that you'll get placed with friends or Xbox Live Party members when the game auto-balances the teams. Read more »

"This game is totally on my radar. I love that they went with the risky bet of making a full on ..."
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Section 8: Prejudice dedicated server rentals available for Xbox 360

Section 8: Prejudice dedicated server rentals available for Xbox 360

Section 8: Prejudice for the Xbox 360 lets you play online using standard Microsoft servers like any other Xbox Live Arcade game, but if you're extremely devoted to your Section 8 experience, you can now rent dedicated servers. TimeGate Studios announced a partnership with GameServers to let players check out dedicated servers for up to 32 players. You can make the servers ranked or unranked, and customize gameplay settings, maps, modes, and difficulty levels. The feature is an unusual one for consoles, since dedicated servers are usually PC-only, or tailored by the publishers on consoles. Read more »

"Nice to see a company testing this kind of thing out. The price seems reasonable if clan ..."
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TimeGate Announces 'Section 8: Prejudice' for 2011

TimeGate Studios has announced a sequel to its 2009 title Section 8 for early 2011, titled Section 8: Prejudice. The original title was released for the PC and Xbox 360 and later as a downloadable game on the PS3. No platforms have been confirmed yet, but a TimeGate representative tells Shacknews that the company is targeting the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Read more »

"Agreed. Hope that they tailor the PC version's controls better too. While it was fun, it ..."
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