Hamburg, 29th of August 2014 - The invasion of the goblins won’t end: The successful tower defense game “Incoming! Goblins Attack” thrills players around the world. Xyrality, the developer and publisher from Hamburg, has registered over 1,000,000 downloads within a very short time and has gotten positive feedback from countless gamers. The completely free app offers loads of content, tactical variety and longterm motivation with it's 160 levels, more than 80 different types of monsters and many possible upgrades. The steep difficulty level of the later levels will prove a challenge even for the most hardened tacticians, but with the help of the automatically refilling diamonds and a few tactical adjustments, even the hardest levels can be mastered.
“Incoming! Goblins Attack does not only have cool graphics and beautiful ambient sounds, but it offers a great gaming experience for both newcomers and experts in the strategy genre with it’s easy to learn, hard to master principle”, says Volker Dressel, CMO at Xyrality.
Incoming! Goblins Attack is a free-to-play tower defense game with fantastic 3d comic graphics. The players defend themselves against hordes of onrushing monsters in 160 levels. The diverse defense towers can be upgraded and also improved during battle to anticipate the enemies' tactics. The players support their defense with magic spells against the various attacks of the mean creeps. With the large amount of levels, upgrades and monsters, Incoming! Goblins Attack provides strategic depth and lots of variety for a long-term gaming fun.
Xyrality is a sustainable growing, independent Hamburg developer and publisher consisting 60 dedicated employees. This young company develops and markets games, which are available on smartphones and tablets as well as web browsers. The debut title “Lords & Knights”, is an innovative strategy-building-MMOG in a medieval setting. Within a few months of the publication in June 2011, Xyrality evolved to become one of the most successful start-ups in the industry. Pocketgamer.biz proclaimed Xyrality as one of the Top 50 mobile Developers of 2013 worldwide; in 2012 and 2013 Xyrality featured several times in “Best of Apple’s App Store”. Today the portfolio includes nine titles that have altogether been downloaded more than 10 million times; Other games are to be published soon.
The anticipated release of Star Conflict, including free access to the new ‘Invasion Mode’, is officially set for September 4th, and Star Gem, Inc and Gaijin Entertainment have announced a special sale running from now until launch day to help players stock up on supplies for the ‘Invasion’ pre-launch event, currently underway for closed beta testers. Starting today, players with closed beta access have a week to defend their home bases against scores of aliens to win prizes. With increased award-earning opportunities by getting in early and the special pre-launch sale, now is the best time to join the ranks of defenders. Players new to the fray can access the Invasion Mode Closed Beta by earning in-game achievements “Detachment of Prometheus” and “The Voyage of the Galaxy”.
After September 4th Star Conflict opens for all gamers - Invasion Mode is unlockable - and the ‘Invasion’ event continues for one more week, allowing all players to join the battle and defend their home bases against the alien onslaught.
Currently in Closed Beta, Invasion Mode features an underlying story in which an alien race that disappeared into another dimension of space and time has now returned to invade and conquer. Star Conflict players must team up in parties of four to explore the new ‘Open Space’ area and combine forces as they take on new quests and engage in PvP and PvE battles. These new activities provide new loot, which can also be used to craft unique armament options and protection for their spaceships.
Star Conflict, is currently in Open Beta and puts players at the helm of an intergalactic spaceship to fight in the star fleet’s massive battles!
About Star Conflict
Developed by Star Gem Inc, Star Conflict is an action-packed, massively multiplayer space simulation game that puts players in the roles of elite pilots engaging in a widespread interplanetary skirmish.
The game includes a wide variety of battleships, from light and fast interceptors to powerful fighters and well-defended frigates. Players can choose to go it alone or team up with friends to form powerful alliances. The combination of strategic and skill based gameplay in Star Conflict allows players to develop their abilities and establish specialized skills.
Star Gem, Inc. (previously known as Targem) was established in 2011 by game industry veterans, with the goal of bringing high-quality online entertainment to players worldwide. Star Gem is dedicated to the creation of cutting edge multiplayer games. Visit developer’s official website:www.stargem-games.com
Shiver me timbers, it's a new piratey point and click adventure game project by Bill Tiller and the crew at Venture Moon Industries, so it is me hearties. What started as a demo spoofing Guybruish Threepwood's 3 tasks to prove himself pirate material, using Unity 3D and the Adventure Creator Toolkit (see my interview with its creator, Chris Burton) has kept growing to become a game with its own identity.
Meet Duke Grabowski.
Duke is a massive, brutish pirate who desperately wants to be an suave & sophisticated swashbuckler. He has a good heart, and he needs your help. He has to complete three tasks to convince his crew he can become captain.
He usually solves his problems by punching. He wants to change, but he doesn't know how.
Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! is an exciting 2.5D adventure game for PC/Mac/Linux/OUYA, in the style of LucasArts and Autumn Moon Entertainment. Projected release date is October 2015.
It's currently got a Kickstarter Campaign running which is doing rather well so far. But it could use more help to reach its initial funding goal and further stretch goals...
Seattle, WA - August 22, 2014 - Samantha Kalman, Director of Timbre Interactive LLC, announces the early access release of Sentris on Steam and Humble Store. Sentris is a new kind of music game that puts you at the epicenter of musical creation. It transforms the act of making music into a puzzle of colorful concentric circles. It's a rhythmical challenge that enables personal musical expression. Sentris will launch on early access at 9am PDT / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET today.
“This release is made possible by the backers who helped the Kickstarter campaign succeed”, says Kalman. “With their support, Sentris has undergone multiple improvements, expanded the team, and now is available for everyone in a solid but unfinished state.” While general skepticism in the current landscape of crowd-funded projects is increasing, Samantha presents Sentris as evidence of undeniable success from crowdfunding.
In the nine months since the Kickstarter campaign completed with $56,000 in funding, hundreds of backers have been testing out multiple iterations of the game. The team of contributors has grown to include Seattle-based visual artist Izaak Moody, as well as musical artists Rich Vreeland/Disasterpeace and Kasson Crooker/Symbion Project.
The final version is expected to launch on these platforms plus Ouya in Q1 2015. Additional game features, puzzles, backgrounds, and musical content will be added to the game during its Early Access period.
Samantha Kalman is an independent Artistic Technologist and founder of Timbre Interactive, LLC. She is a self-taught game designer, programmer, and musician. Her current project is Sentris, a unique puzzle game funded via Kickstarter that’s intended to help everybody create music. Previously, as a Design Technologist at Amazon she developed and co-designed interactive user experience prototypes for the Fire Phone. And as QA Director at Unity Technologies she helped thousands of developers make games by shipping multiple versions of the Unity engine.
Austin-based independent developer, Stoic, took home another award on Sunday night with its smash hit PC video game The Banner Saga winning the Geekie Award® for the Indie Video Games category. The award ceremony took place on Sunday evening, August 17th in Hollywood, California and was broadcast live via Twitch livestream. Currently available on PC and Mac,The Banner Sagawill be coming to iPad, Windows and Android based tablets and is scheduled to launch in September 2014.
“We are honored by the outpouring of love from fans for The Banner Sagaand know that this award is due to their support”, said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic. “This comes just as we are about to launch the game on tablet, and we are excited about the prospect of offering The Banner Saga to a new medium of gamers”.
The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing Viking saga with turn-based tactical combat where the player’s choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of their own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization. The game features stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters that drive the story forward. The journey is enhanced by a beautiful and haunting original score by Grammy nominated, and two-time BAFTA winner, composer Austin Wintory conducting The Dallas Winds orchestra, as well as a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: Peter Hollens, Malukah and Taylor Davis.
The Banner Saga is available now through Steam, Amazon, GreenMan Gaming, Humble Store, UPlay, GameFly, GameStop, GOG and Gamers Gate for PC and Mac. A digital Deluxe Edition is also available through select retailers which includes the game and complete soundtrack.
The Geekie Awards® is an award show by geeks for geeks™, aimed at putting the true geek culture in the spotlight as a collection of valid, respected, award- winning genres for storytelling and creation. In an industry filled with award shows for established celebrities, we honor talented, independent creators and give them the opportunity to receive recognition in front of a worldwide audience and leaders in their respective industries. We inspire creativity and hope and foster cross-market innovation. Our mission is to create a fun, action-packed, unforgettable broadcast event tailored to all of the things we geeks love: entertainment, gaming, products and art—delivered via the latest digital technologies.
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique. The studio is comprised of Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen, and John Watson - all industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga: Factions content is used by permission.
About Versus Evil
Versus Evil is an independent video game publisher focused on working with talented independent game developers for all platforms. The company’s philosophy centers on building relationships by giving development teams the level of support they need so they can focus on making the games they want to make. For more information visit:http://vsevil.net/
Seattle, WA – August 21, 2014 –Unity Technologies, the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences, announced the winners of the 2014 Unity Awards at the2014 Unite Conferencein Seattle, WA.
Unity Technologies began the Unity Awards to honor the developers creating the best video games and interactive 3D and 2D applications using the Unity development platform. This year's winners were chosen by a combined vote between Unity Technologies and the Unity community of developers. The winners are:
Best Student Project - The Rift: U.R.I.D.I.S. by URIDIS Team from ISART Digital
Best 3D Visual Experience - Monument Valley by ustwo
Best 2D Visual Experience - The Bridge by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Best Gameplay - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
Technical Achievement - Shader Forge by Joachim Holmér
Best VizSim Project - Minto Longbranch Visualization from NVYVE
Best Non-game Project - Art and Skin by Alexx Henry Studios
Community Choice - Monument Valley by ustwo
Golden Cube - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
The Unity Technologies team was the judges for the awards. In spring 2015, open nominations for the next Unity Awards will begin.
About Unite 2014
Taking place August 20 - 22, 2014 at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA, Unite 2014 is an event for developers, publishers, enthusiasts and others interested in Unity to come together to learn more about the market-leading platform for creating high quality video games, training simulations, medical and architectural visualizations and other 3D and 2D interactive content—and how to get the most out of it. The conference offers three days of learning including advanced hands-on class tutorials, technical sessions, previews of upcoming technology as well as the chance to network in a creative and energetic environment and attend awesome parties.
Follow#Unity2014on Twitter for real-time news during the conference!
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform to create rich interactive 3D and 2D experiences.Unity’s powerful core engine and editor serve as the foundation for developers and designers to quickly build beautiful games or apps and easily bring them across multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems.
At the heart of Unity’s democratization initiatives you will find solutions and services for building games and audiences. The Unity Asset Store digital content marketplace supports developer efforts by providing time and money saving solutions to tough production, design, and art challenges. New integrated services such as Unity Cloud Build extend the platform for greater productivity in creating, testing and deploying while Unity Everyplay and Unity Ads help developers to connect with their audiences and acquire users through sharing of game replays on social network and offering a high quality advertising network.
Unity Technologies serves over 600,000 monthly active developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit:http://unity3d.com.
This is giving more and more a "The Dig" vibe (which can only be a good thing!). Short teaser trailer below, I probably (/possibly) won't be voicing anyone in the game but I did voice 3 words (count 'em!) in this trailer - and my AGS buddy Tabata voiced the female character. Her attempt at a Brummie accent when she was going to help me out with a characeter for Captain Disaster in Death Has A Million Stomping Boots still cracks me up (she's not British and had no idea what a Brummie accent sounds like, but she still gave it a go!!). :-)
Currently being Kickstarted, the latest game from Frogdice is a massive MMORPG with both hand-crafted and randomly generated content, as well as lots and lots (and lots) of loot.
Stash is a multiplayer online RPG with turn based, tactical grid based combat, an incredible housing system, an engaging story shaped by its players, and much more. It takes place in the high fantasy world of Primordiax: the game world of all Frogdice games.
Stash's core features include:
Turn based combat on a tactical grid.
Housing: Stash your treasures in your personal Base of Operations, which you can build and upgrade from bedroll to fortress.
Crafting: Use, sell, or enter items into competitions.
Massive character customization via class, race, build, gear, cosmetics, costumes, pets, mounts, and more.
Cool world story with a unique twist. Players affect the world and the story.
Hand crafted as well as procedurally generated/random dungeons.
Huge world with hundreds of unique locations, tons of monsters, and epic amounts of loot.
Clans: form with friends and compete for dominance as well as optional solo or group PvP.
Indie developer, 4gency, today announced several new updates to Habitat: A Thousand Generations In Orbit. The v0.20 update with a new “HAL” Management System, Combinations, and Advanced Construction Mode is now live and currently available through Steam’s Early Access program. 4gency also announced that they will be supporting Steam Workshop which means that players will be able to build their own custom ‘junk’ for use in-game in the future.
About “HAL” – The Habitat Management Interface
HAL is the system that allows players to tactically manage their creations.
Health, resource production and the new combination system, and management of key habitat properties like rocket throttle settings, fuel usage, and weapon tuning are all presented in a simple and clean way. Time is even stopped so that players are given a chance to learn, think and strategize.
More features will be rolled out in the future including features like citizen and crisis management, upgrading parts, re-wiring of resources, and engineer management.
Accessed in HAL, a new combination system has been added that unlocks certain bonuses for particular configurations of different components.
In this update players can expect bonuses to booster rockets, weapons, and producers like fuel tanks and electrical generators.
The team is also working on future combinations that will allow for advanced weapon systems, auto tracking turrets and shields.
Advanced Construction Mode
As a result of community feedback a precision based construction mode has been added that gives gamers a more reliable control of angles, distances and symmetry to balance their stations in both operation and aesthetics. This will be the default construction mode in the game.
The Habitat HQ
Players now have a Habitat HQ! This is the player’s central hub and houses the Engineer Training Facility, where they can build new engineers for reinforcements. This also makes it a defensive focal point. If the HQ gets destroyed, it’s game over.
As players face more challenges and areas to explore, they will have to balance the need for engineers and resources from the HQ with the risk of putting the HQ in danger.
More uses will be added for the Habitat HQ in the future.
New space junk, gameplay tweaks, and bug fixes have also been added to the update and more functionality will be coming to HAL and the Combination system with future updates.
AnEarly Access build for PC, Mac and Linux is now available through Steam, Amazon, Humble Store, GameFly, Gamer's Gate, GreenMan Gaming and Nuuvem priced at $14.99, £10.99 and €14.99.
In Habitat gamers have to build and manage the future homes of humanity from orbital debris they find in space junkyards surrounding Earth’s orbit. Leading their team of engineers, they will have to build and fly space stations in a zero gravity setting, mastering physics driven flight simulation to explore space. In order to thrive and grow they have to manage their population and their population’s environment. In the event of a threat they will have to turn their space stations into deadly weapons using pieces of debris picked up such as rockets, lasers and particle accelerators to fight and ultimately survive against attacks from the enemy. This is a space survival game where crisis is guaranteed and the only chance for survival is to be creative and decisive in the face of disaster.
On our G+ page we've just put up Steam codes for AI War and it's "Destroyer of Worlds" expansion pack - check out this post to see if you're quick enough to be the lucky owner of these! (I won't know the codes have been used unless someone tells me...)
Have a look at this post for more information about this new release.
Only saw this today - looks really good. The game itself is already funded but with 8 days to go there are plenty of stretch goals to aim for. See the Kickstarter Page for more information - after you've watched the wonderfully voiced trailer below, of course.
Just after the single player Quantum Rush: Champions developed by GameArt Studio got greenlit on Steam we have further great news today: The Quantum Rush team would like to announce that a great update went online successfully on Quantum Rush. Next to two new racetracks the update contains many bug fixes and wide optimizations.
In addition to the tunnel track "Selenit Tunnels" available to tiers 1 to 9 the volcano track with the name "Chthonic Crater" available to tiers 3 to 8 went online and open to racing.
On the fast track "Selenit Tunnels" the borders between up and down and left and right diffuse. As pilots race through the tunnels at breakneck speed they have to keep the perfect racing line in mind without colliding with one of the many moving obstacles!
On the track "Chthonic Crater", beginning at the foot of a volcano, participants fight their way through tunnels and caves filled with lava until they reach the glowing peak. Only those using a good cooling system can keep their head cool!
With the patch of today the highscore list is active again as well and the hunt for the top placements continues.
Senior pilots will especially like this: As by today tier 5 is available! Racer manufactures finally send their tier 5 racers into action so you can show who drives the best vehicle on our brand new race tracks! From now on tier 5 racers can be researched in the usual way over the research tree.
Besides all this we had many improvements and optimizations. Which ones exactly you can find out as always in the official forum or in the Quantum Rush blog.
Unity has partnered with Microsoft to offer Unity for Xbox One completely free to all registered ID@Xbox developers with development kits.
Unity for Xbox One is available to anyone with an Xbox One development kit. To learn more about the ID@Xbox program for independent developers, developers can head over towww.xbox.com/idto sign up for Microsoft’s independent developer publishing program for Xbox One.
The first round of titles are preparing for release and are paving the way for all the games in production. Some up and coming titles include:
Thought this might possibly be of interest to artists working on indie games? Though looking at the prices, I think I might stick to GIMP myself! (Not that I'm much of an artist, as anyone who has played Captain Disaster in: The Dark Side of the Moon will know...)
Latest Release Delivers on Artists’ Top Requests with Performance Enhancement and a Mobile App
OTTAWA – August 12, 2014 – Corel today released Painter 2015, the latest version of its digital art software package. Known as the world’s most realistic digital paint program, Painter 2015 builds on this reputation with revolutionary Particles Brushes, 64-bit support for Mac and the new Painter Mobile app for Android. Artists can enjoy other new features that will enhance their workflow, such as Real-Time Stylus support, Custom User Interface Palette Arrangements and improved cross-platform performance, making the program 40 percent faster than previous versions.
“The new revolutionary Particle Brushes will change the digital art landscape,” said Chris Pierce, Product Manager, Corel Painter. “Painter 2015 makes it easy for artists to create effects unlike anything they have seen before, with a simple brush stroke. With the improved stability and enhanced performance, artists can focus on their creative process, and forget about the technology.”
New and Enhanced Features:
Painter has become the most trusted Natural-Media® software application among artists all over the world. Whether it’s traditional art, illustration or photo art, Painter delivers the tools and functionality that artists need to create stunning works of art. Some of the new and enhanced features of Painter 2015 include:
NEW Particle Brushes: Uses the laws of physics to create, with a simple brush stroke, unique effects never created before
NEW 64-Bit Support for Mac: Delivers major performance enhancements and options for Mac users
NEW Jitter Smoothing: Gives brushstrokes a more organic look by delivering natural-looking space and flow
ENHANCED Cross-Platform Performance: Increases speed on both Mac and PC; brushes are up to six times faster and overall performance is 40 percent faster than in previous versions
NEW Custom User Interface Palette Arrangements: Jump-starts the artist’s workflow by displaying only relevant palettes and tools based on a specific genre of art (traditional art, photo art, etc.)
NEW Real-Time Stylus & Windows Tablet PC Support: Allows artists to create on the go by combining their Tablet PC with Windows Real-Time Stylus; this is made possible by Intel’s 2 in 1 technology
ENHANCED Brush Tracking: Adapts the program to the artist’s specific style by applying the appropriate settings for individual pressure and velocity
Pricing and Availability
Painter 2015 is available in English, German, French, Chinese Traditional and Japanese. It can be downloaded at PainterArtist.com. Box versions will begin shipping on August 26, 2014. Owners of Painter 7 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing. The full version is available for £314.95 GBP (incl. vat) and the upgrade is available for £159 GBP (incl. vat). Commercial and volume licenses are also available
Painter Mobile App
In addition to Painter 2015, the new Painter Mobile App for Android is also available today. With more than 70 Painter brushes, it allows artists to create and edit their artwork wherever they may be, including en plein air. They can import artwork directly into Painter 2015 or export using formats such as JPEG, PNG or PSD. Users can download a free version or a fuller featured version for $4.99 (USD) from the Google Play Store.
About Corel Paint Programs
Corel is the proud creator of Corel® Painter®, the world’s most realistic paint program. Whether you’re a budding artist or a creative professional, Painter gives you the freedom to create digital art without boundaries. The Corel Paint Program lineup also includes Painter® Lite for aspiring digital artists, Painter® Essentials, the complete home art studio, Paint it!® photo-painting software, and mobile apps that let you create digital art on the go.
Boasting some of the industry’s best-known brands, Corel’s product lines also include CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® PaintShop® Pro, Corel® PDF Fusion™, Corel® VideoStudio® and Corel® WordPerfect® Office. For more information about Corel Paint Programs, please visit www.corel.com.