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Non-PS4 versions of Oddworld: New 'n Tasty still underway, still not dated

PS4 users have been able to enjoy Oddworld: New 'n Tasty, developer Just Add Water's overhauled take on the original release of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, since July of this year. Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U owners only have a TBA 2014 window to anticipate however, and series creator Lorne Lanning's recent appearance on the Fragments of Silicon podcast hasn't changed that.

When asked about the remaining releases, Lanning said that while each version is being "adamantly worked on," he would be "an idiot to give you a date." Lanning added that the team is "committed to making sure those games are as good as they can possibly be on those platforms. We're far more committed to that than we are a date."

In terms of the Wii U version, Lanning noted the team is "having challenges with not having a hard disk," and added that "if you're gonna make a game for the Wii U, it better run on the 8 gig unit." Considering the PS4 version of New 'n Tasty is 4.5 GB and the Wii U operating system takes a hefty chunk of the 8 GB model's internal memory, external devices would be the only way to fit New 'n Tasty on that model, unless crafty compression is achieved. A tweet from the series' official account later clarified that space is not the only issue with launching New 'n Tasty on the Wii U.

"At the end of the day, it's ultimately time and money and 'Can you do it?'," Lannon continued, adding that the team is still giving the Wii U version their all. Whichever non-PS4 platform you're anticipating New 'n Tasty's arrival for, your eagerness seems justified based on Weekend Editor Sam Prell's review.

Ex Diablo, Torchlight devs unveil faction-based Rebel Galaxy


Space-age video game futures have plenty of spotless, sleek ships under the command of yawning empires, but Rebel Galaxy seems to focus on the scrappier spacecrafts flying between planets and asteroids. The game's PlayStation Blog post welcomes future pilots to play as mercenaries, traders, pirates and rogue heroes, surviving in a sandbox universe with a faction system connected to a player's actions and conversation-based choices.

Rebel Galaxy is the work of Double Damage Games, a studio co-founded by Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer (Game Designer on Diablo 1 & 2), the same pair that founded Torchlight series developer Runic Games. Baldree likens its take on zero-gravity dogfights to naval combat like what's found in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, though the PS Blog post notes that players will pilot the "big, weapon-bristling ships" rather than pecking away at them with speck-sized vessels.

Rebel Galaxy's larger ships will follow a 2D plane, whereas smaller crafts are free-flying fodder for turrets, be they personally piloted or manned by player-assigned AI. Dialog choices are also tied more to general relations with factions than individual characters or romance-based subplots.

Baldree has clarified that Rebel Galaxy will not feature multiplayer and won't be $60, but somewhere "in the downloadable title price range." Though the trailer above gives a decent sense of what to expect, Rebel Galaxy won't reach the final frontier until 2015 on PS4, Steam and, according to the official site's announcing post, "maybe" Xbox One.
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Samsung White wins League 2014 World Championship

Korean pro-gaming team Samsung Galaxy White has taken home the championship title and $1 million prize from the 2014 League of Legends World Championship, developer Riot Games announced today. The team went 3-1 against Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club, dominating their rivals in the first two matches, faltering on the third, and finally sealing the tournament on the fourth.

Samsung White's Mata, who functions as the team's support role, won the title of 2014 World Championship MVP, finishing the tournament with 18 kills, 27 deaths and 253 assists. Samsung White lost only two games throughout the entire 2014 tournament, one less than 2013 champions SK Telecom T1. This is the second year in a row that Star Horn Royal Club has taken runner-up.

Last year's World Championship totaled 32 million viewers, the highest number in eSports recorded history. Riot has not yet released the numbers for the 2014 World Championship.
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SpeedRunners recruits YouTubers to help fight cancer

SpeedRunners, a PC game about superheroes racing one another, is now a game about YouTubers racing one another - or at least it is for the duration of a week starting on Monday, October 20, when developer DoubleDutch Games and publisher tinyBuild host the "King of Speed" tournament.

"A couple of months ago we had this idea. The idea that cancer sucks. And we should do something about it, with speed and running," an email to Joystiq from tinyBuild states. "SpeedRunners became popular in large part because of YouTubers. Why not put them in the game and create a charity campaign?" To that end, eight YouTube personalities have been adapted to the SpeedRunners world and divided into two teams of four. Each team will sell as a DLC pack for $2.99.

Once the King of Speed tournament is underway, player wins will accrue under their respective team's banner. The team with the most wins, well ... wins. The entirety of the winning team's DLC sales will be donated to fighting cancer, while 30 percent of all DLC will go toward the cause as well. If you don't want to play as any of the YouTube personalities but still want to help push a team to victory, playing as either SpeedRunner or The Falcon will also count toward the tournament tallies for their respective team.

To see who's on which team, check out the full list after the break:

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Sigils of Elohim is The Talos Principle's free, puzzling prelude

Sigils of Elohim is an early, free taste of one puzzle type you'll find in The Talos Principle, but it's also prime practice for those looking to brush up on organizational skills. Each timed stage asks players to arrange Tetris-esque shapes inside a grid that allows exactly enough room for its set. iOS and Android users can find Sigils of Elohim in their respective stores, while PC, Mac and Linux users can grab it on Steam.

A related press release notes that as players conquer stages, they'll unlock "helpful items and relics" to be used in The Talos Principle. Sigils of Elohim's first set of puzzles is available as soon as the game is installed on your device of choice, but two additional sets will arrive before The Talos Principle launches on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and PS4 later this year.

To get a glimpse of The Talos Principle in action (as well as Titan Souls and Not a Hero), check out Senior Reporter Jess Conditt's tour of Devolver Digital's booth from Gamescom 2014.
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Final Fantasy 14 expansion Heavensward announced

Square Enix MMO Final Fantasy 14 will be receiving its first expansion in spring 2015, reports our sister site, Massively. The expansion, called "Heavensward," will feature new jobs, a new race, new primals to fight, a level cap raise to 60 and new areas to explore, including the city-state of Ishgard, which is constantly at war with a horde of intelligent dragons.

There's still plenty unanswered at this point in time. What are the new jobs? What is the new race and what does it look like? Is the expansion's title supposed to be "heaven sword" and "sword" is just misspelled? Or is it "heavens ward"? So many questions! Good thing we'll be able to find out more during the London Fan Festival on October 25.

For now, if you're dying for any and every bit of Heavensward you can get, check out a teaser trailer after the break.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer has guns, Kevin Spacey, double XP

Image Sure there's guns galore in this Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer, but virtual Kevin Spacey overshadows all of them. Pre-ordering will get you 24 hour early access (along with double XP and a bunch of guns) but really, we just want more of that handsome man. Mmm. [Image:... Continue Reading

Mighty No. 9 will feature English voice acting thanks to vote

Mighty No. 9, Comcept's spirtual successor to the Mega Man series, will feature English voice acting according to an update on the game's Kickstarter page. A vote which drew more than 20,000 participants was the deciding factor, and according to the update, the vote was never more than 1,000 votes from going in favor of English or Japanese.

Back in July, Comcept updated their crowdfunding efforts and asked for $200,000 to add both English and Japanese voices. However, at the beginning of October, a Kickstarter update explained that funding was insufficient for supporting both languages.

"Rather than stick to the revised target of $200K for both English and Japanese voice acting and close it down short of the goal, we've decided to lower the goal back to the original $100K for one language," the update reads. "And, rather than dictate which one voiced language we offer in the game, we want to put it to a vote and let you, our loyal backers decide: English or Japanese!" Now that the votes have been tallied, it appears the former is the winner.

Mighty No. 9 is due to release in spring of 2015 for ten mighty systems: PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U and 3DS.
[Image: Comcept]

Be a runner's guardian angel when Harold races to PC this fall

Things have been quiet regarding Moon Spider Studio's Harold since we last checked it out, but it looks like the platformer / runner mash-up is nearing the finish line. A new trailer, released yesterday, claims a release window of "Fall 2014" for PC.

We wouldn't blame you for forgetting what Harold is about over the past 26 months, so here's a refresher: in order for a guardian angel to enter archangel academy, it must first succeed in a competition where it guides a runner through obstacle courses full of pitfalls and traps.

In the player's case, you're an angel assigned to help Harold, a protagonist who is somewhat ... athletically-challenged. You'll be able to manipulate objects to help Harold out or hinder his competitors, or even zap the ground with lightning to dish out some much-needed motivation.

To see Harold in action, check out the recently-released trailer after the break.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Steelbook Edition only on Uplay

Those with an undying love for physical media should prowl Ubisoft's Uplay store for a peek at Assassin's Creed Unity's Steelbook Edition, a $64.99 target housing PS4, Xbox One and PC downloads of the game. The Steelbook features a stained-glass take of Unity's protagonist, Arno, drawn by illustrator Tony Moore, the same artist that worked with Rob Zombie on an ultra-violent short celebrating the Assassin's Creed series.

Reinforced protection for your disc (or voucher) is joined by an official soundtrack and art book, all of which should be heading for your door by Unity's general November 11 launch day. Editor-in-Chief Ludwig Kietzmann recently followed Unity's stealth-favoring lead, and while he thinks its crouch-activated stealth mode is "effective and snapping to cover worked well on every surface," Ludwig's Arno "often climbed the wrong way" and was hindered by a framerate that "seems to have a lot of trouble keeping up with Unity's huge crowds and vivid lighting, which impacts Arno's responsiveness."
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Dark Souls 'Crown of the Ivory King' review: Burning bright

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It sounds strange, but one of the best environments in the latest downloadable chapter of Dark Souls 2 DLC is hardly an environment at all. It's called the Frigid Outskirts, and it's a vast, nearly empty expanse – a long, curving valley only occasionally dotted with small, dilapidated stone structures. Like much of Dark Souls 2, however, this area of "The Crown of the Ivory King" DLC differentiates itself from the rest of the game with a few outstanding features.

Specifically: a constant, unrelenting blizzard. What should be a simple jaunt from one end to the other becomes considerably more difficult, as near whiteout conditions make it impossible to see more than a few feet in front of you, only clearing once every thirty seconds or so. It's a smart mechanic that not only imparts a sense of fear, but also elevates what would otherwise be a boring, linear quest.

And then there are the lightning-spewing horse bastards that accost you at regular intervals, but we'll get to those later.

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First-person platformer Deadcore is a sci-fi speedrun

First-person platformer Deadcore is now available on PC, Mac and Linux. Developed by the five-person French studio 5 Bits Games, the game costs $10 on Steam and Desura. Set in a mysterious sci-fi world, Deadcore has players climbing to the top of a labyrinthine tower, shooting at mechanical enemies and triggers in the twisted tower's security system to open new pathways.

Deadcore features a Speedrun mode with online leaderboards, allowing players to challenge their friends' best times in the fast-paced levels. Bandai Namco handled the distribution of the independent platformer, as announced back in April. Head past the break to check out the game's launch trailer, which shows off Deadcore's jumping abilities.
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Learn to fear The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo

Author Michael Lutz has released The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo, a short work of interactive fiction revolving around that one kid you knew in school who supposedly had an industry insider relative.

The story begins with players sleeping over at a friend's house on a rainy night, and recalls commonly shared experiences with the Nintendo 64 and tall tales that once circulated regarding Pokemon's infamous Mew. Things take a sudden turn as the in-game clock approaches midnight, however, leaving you questioning the nature of your boastful childhood friends and their always-nameless Uncles.

There are multiple endings, and experimenting with alternate story paths pays off in a big way. Make sure you wear headphones, too.

[Image: Michael Lutz]

Joystiq Deals: Choose Your Own Android Giveaway

Joystiq Deals has a giveaway today that you'll definitely want to check out if you're in the market for a new Android phone. One lucky winner will walk away with a Galaxy Note 4, Moto X (New Version), HTC One M8, LG G3, or a Galaxy Note Edge as part of our Choose Your Own Android Giveaway. All you have to do is submit your e-mail address to confirm your contest entry, so enter today for your chance to win!

If you're on the hunt for Steam deals, many developers are taking part in a shared free weekend event, giving you the chance to test drive and purchase featured games at a steep discount. Awesomenauts, Blade Symphony, Company of Heroes 2, Don't Starve, Grid 2, Injustice, Killing Floor, Payday 2, Trine 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown are all free to play through October 19 at 1:00 p.m. PST, giving you more than a full weekend's worth of gameplay and a prime opportunity to expand your Steam library.
Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

Surgeon Simulator team tackles loaf life in I Am Bread


The warped minds behind Surgeon Simulator 2013 explore another unexpected branch in the simulation genre with I Am Bread, a game in which players assume the role of... an ambulatory slice of bread.

In Bossa Studios' I Am Bread players use the bumpers, triggers, and face buttons on an Xbox 360 controller to guide the glutenous star on its quest to be toasted and served at breakfast. The game's mundane premise and setting really help sell it as a work of pure ridiculousness, and the bread can wind up in all sorts of misadventures on its way to the dining room table. "How did it get up on the ceiling fan?!" is something you may find yourself thinking while watching the above trailer, followed soon after by "Oh, no not the toilet, ewwwwwww gross."

A release date for I Am Bread was not announced, and target platforms (including toasters) are not yet known.

[Video: Bossa Studios]

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