Over the weekend - and in the midst of Steam's Holiday Sale - Valve's digital distribution platform managed to reach a milestone of over 8 million concurrent players online using the service at one time. On Sunday, December 28, a peak of 8,357,541 players were online at once at one point, according to the Steam Game and Player Statistics page.
Creative Destruction's ultra violent action game Hatred has been approved on Steam Greenlight by the Steam community. The road to getting on Greenlight has been an interesting one for Creative Destruction. Earlier this month Creative Destruction managed to get its "mass shooter" action game on Steam Greenlight only to have it pulled by Valve after only a few hours. At the time Valve's Doug Lombardi said that Hatred wasn't a good fit for Steam.
This NeoGAF thread highlights the unique way that developer Croteam has come up with to teach those who pirated its latest game The Talos Principle a lesson. Players who obtained Croteam's first-person puzzle game by pirating it end up being stuck in an elevator.. forever, according to what people are saying in this steam thread.
GOG.com is giving away what is commonly referred to as "Ultima 0," the very first role-playing game from Richard Garriott. Akalabeth: World of Doom is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as an early Christmas gift from Garriott and GOG.com. It joins GOG.com's other free games created by Garriott including Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire, and Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams.
What is now being described as a "mistake" and a "misunderstanding" had the Dark Souls community in a bit of a lather for the last several days. Apparently a company representing the interest of Bandai Namco sent out a DMCA takedown request to the host of a very popular Dark Souls PC mod. The company responsible for doing that is FDS File Defense Service, which was hired by Bandai Namco's US arm to remove Dark Souls debug mode patches from the internet.
Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."
Valve's annual Holiday sale is alive and kicking, offering deep discounts on various games from now until January 2.
During the sale Steam customers can take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new "Featured Deals" happening daily. Like last year's sale, Steam users can also vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. Those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.
Humble Bundle is offering two bundles in time for the holidays worth taking a look at. The first is the Humble Weekly Bundle: RPG Edition - Book I, which offers seven role-playing games fort a little over $10. Paying $1 or more will get you three games: Skara - The Blade Remains (Early Access Starter Package), Alpha Kimori: Episode One, and Avadon 2: The Corruption. Paying more than the average price will get you CONSORTIUM, Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom , and Deep Dungeons of Doom.
Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, the creators of the classic 2D point-and-click adventure game Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island (and many other games over the years) have something to celebrate today: their latest endeavor, a classically-styled 2D point-and-click adventure game project called Thimbleweed Park has been fully funded via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The game managed to raise $626,250 from 15,623 backers when it finally ended eerier today.
Maybe the Christmas Spirit moved them, or maybe they thought it should be up to the community - but whatever the reason - Valve has decided to reinstate Creative Destruction's controversial game Hatred on Steam Greenlight.
If you haven't been paying attention to the situation, Valve removed the game (which its developers describe as a mass shooting action game where you gun down people for no particular reason) from Steam Greenlight a few hours after the project went live on the service, with Valve's Doug Lombardi saying the game wasn't a good fit for Steam.
RuneScape maker Jagex announced today that it is shutting down Transformers Universe, the company's MMO based on the popular Transformers franchise from Hasbro. The UK-based MMO developer proposed downsizing its team last month, noting that the free-to-play MMO game was reaching a "new stage of development in its life cycle."
But it turns out that the company decided that the game wasn't performing well enough to continue supporting it.
Creative Destruction's controversial mass shooter game Hatred launched a Steam Greenlight page today, but within hours of it going online Valve decided to take it down. The game was announced back in October to a mixed reaction from the community due to its violent nature and because it seemed to glorify mass shootings.
Valve's Doug Lombardi tells Eurogamer that Hatred isn't a good fit for Steam:
Today is the day to finally give Games For Windows Live the heave-ho on the Steam version of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition. Bandai Namco revealed details on how users can go about transferring save files and achievements to Steamworks today on this page.
Microsoft keeps giving lip service to gaming on the PC, but it hasn't done much with the space in a very long time. It has all but abandoned its Games For Windows concept and - while it hasn't confirmed it - is quietly shutting down its Games For Windows Live multiplayer service (which was poorly received by fans anyway). Earlier in the year Microsoft renewed its talk about how important PC gaming is and promised some movement in the space. This followed its announcement about Windows 10.
Valve's first annual Holiday Auction ran into a bit of a snag in its early outing and has been rebooted due to some questionable activity by a small minority of participants, according to this Ars Technica report. The idea behind the auction was simple: Steam users could trade their unwanted inventory items for gems that could then be used to bid on 2,000 Steam game codes (with a total of 200,000 copies being sold during the course of the auction).
The Linux, Android, and iPhone versions of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will be released December 16. Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition was released last year at around this same time for PC, Mac and iPad. Linux support will be added via Update 1.3, which will also include lots of bug fixes, better pathfinding, improved multiplayer, German and Spanish language support (and a few other languages), an option to increase font size, and much more.
The Humble Bundle has launched its annual sale, offering steep discounts on top tier and indie games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Running now until January 2, the Humble Winter Sale is offering discounts on such games as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Kentucky Route Zero, Road Redemption, This War Of Mine, The Walking Dead Season 2, Divinity Original Sin, Final Fantasy III, Dark Wood, and many, many more.
GOG.com has launched its Big Winter Sale today, offering steep discounts on over 750 DRM-free PC games. In addition to the price cut on most of its catalog GOG.com is offering time-limited flash sales and bundle deals too.
At a glance, GOG.com is offering deals on the Age of Wonders Pack, The Ultimate D&D Collection, The Witcher Tag Team, and The Stalker Zone. These deals last for 24 hours, so if you want to grab one of those bundles you'd better do it while you can.
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is coming to Steam on February 17, but it will be missing online play at launch. On the game's Steam product page publisher Koei Tecmo tells potential buyers that "Online modes for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be added in a patch within 3 months of release." Further details on why the online mode won't be available at launch were not revealed by either the publisher or developer Team Ninja.
Adult entertainment web site YouPorn has finalized a deal with Spain-based pro gaming team Play2Win to sponsor them for six months. Play2Win will play as Team YP at the Gamergy competition in Madrid on December 5 (www.gamergy.es). Play2Win specializes in professional competitive multiplayer DOTA 2 matches.
The Steam version of Red Faction Guerilla is dumping Games For Windows Live in favor of Steamworks for multiplayer thanks to a new update from Volition and Nordic Games (Nordic Games acquired the IP in a THQ bankruptcy fire sale).
The new and improved Steam version offers Steam Trading Cards, the Behemoth Mode, matchmaking and multiplayer via Steam, six Wrecking Crew maps, leaderboards, voice chat, and Steam achievements.
Crytek is shutting down its online action game Warface in February 2015, the company announced today. This is pretty shocking news considering that the game launched in April of this year.
The game will be shut down for good on February 1, 2015 and Crytek has already closed off access for new sign-ups as of today. Existing accounts can continue to play but they will no longer have the ability to buy "kredits," the game's in-game currency for buying various digital bits and baubles.
Julian Gollop, best known as the creator of the popular X-COM series of tactical strategy games, has launched his latest game on Steam Early Access. The game is called Chaos Reborn and officially launches on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux on December 9 for $19.99. Chaos Reborn is sequel of sorts to the cult classic 1985 ZX Spectrum strategy title Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. This turn-based strategy role-playing game lets players control a wizard who casts spells to summon creatures for an army to use against AI controlled opponents and other players.
Those wanting to ditch Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks for multiplayer, leaderboards, and achievements in the PC versions of Dark Souls will have to wait a bit longer.
Bandai Namco and From Software announced on Steam that testing Dark Souls: Prepare to Die saves and achievements to Steam is taking a bit longer than expected and has forced them to push the migration to Steam to sometime in December.
The latest Humble Bundle offers a bunch of Sega titles at a steep discount. The Humble Sega Bundle let's you pay whatever you want for the Dreamcast Collection (SEGA Bass Fishing, Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut, and Space Channel 5 Part 2), NiGHTS Into Dreams, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Total War: Rome II - Caesar in Gaul DLC, and the Miles Jacobson's Tactic DLC for Football Manager 2015.
In a move meant to stifle the activities of Steam code resalers, Valve Software has announced a new policy for gift codes. Going forward you will no longer be able to trade Steam gift codes for at least thirty days, according to Valve. There will be no restrictions on giving these codes away as gifts, as intended.