Jeff Vogel makes ugly games. It's almost literally his brand. And he's been very successful at it, establishing his Spiderweb Software studio as a reliable developer of deep, complex fantasy RPGs. He took his first crack at Kickstarter in 2018 and did very well, more than tripling its $30,000 goal, and today the subject of that campaign—Queen's Wish: The Conqueror—went live on Steam.Like most other Spiderweb games, Queen's Wish: The Conqueror promises "a fascinating story full of surprises and interesting decisions," set in a massive open world where you can do pretty much whatever you want: Your job is to expand and fortify the Empire, but you might have other ideas: Maybe you want to call the shots yourself, or maybe you're a liberator who's come to set the people free. Whichever way you go, you'll explore indoor and outdoor environments, customize your character with 50 different abilities, engage in tactical combat against unique races and characters, and build and … [Read more...] about Spiderweb Software’s latest crappy-looking RPG is now live
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From Software’s mysterious “Shadows Die Twice” project was officially unveiled today live on-stage at Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference. Introducing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the next major RPG project from the creators of Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be immediately familiar to those who have played From Software’s past action games, but unique in ways that should entice fans both new and old. In Sekiro, players take on the role of an afflicted ninja sporting a prosthetic arm. Yes, that’s the bony, bloody contraption shown in Sekiro‘s original teaser trailer from The Game Awards 2017. The arm can be used in a number of ways, transforming into a variety of weapons or even a shield mid-action.A surprise to everyone, it appears that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be published by Activision of all companies. The news was confirmed in the announcement trailer shown during Microsoft’s … [Read more...] about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Announced by From Software
File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games
With weeks to go until the 2018 Game Developers Conference, organizers are pleased to announce the eight winners of the Best in Play award program for exhibitors in the three-day GDC Play 2018 event, which helps emerging developers to show their games at GDC. Being honored as a winner is kind of a big deal, because -- as part of the Best in Play award program -- all GDC Play exhibitors were judged on their in-development or complete games by a panel of veteran GDC organizers. Now, each of these eight Best in Play award winners (listed below) will receive 2 All Access Passes to the 2019 Game Developers Conference. Winners will also receive special 'Best In Play' designations they can attach to their table at GDC 2018, where their games will be playable by all GDC attendees. And of course if you're a GDC All-Access Pass holder, you can directly contact all GDC Play exhibitors via the GDC Play Matchmaking … [Read more...] about Check out the winners of GDC Play 2018!
Heads up, GDC attendees: 2018 Game Developers Conference organizers want you to know that the popular GDC Pitch event will once again be a part of the GDC Play emerging/independent developer showcase at the conference this March! GDC Pitch is a special event designed to help select participants practice their pitching skills -- in front of a live audience of GDC attendees! It's significant because a great pitch can secure the future of your studio, or ensure your game has the resources to reach the players who will appreciate it most. Here's how GDC Pitch works: Game developers that register to exhibit their game in GDC Play 2018 by February 16th may be selected to receive pitching advice and coaching, then pitch their game an opinionated panel of investors and publishers in front of an audience. No pressure! GDC Pitch will once again be hosted by Jason Della Rocca of investment platform Execution … [Read more...] about Come see GDC Play devs hone their pitching skills at GDC Pitch 2018!