Star Citizen Backer's Pledge Canceled Over 'Vaporware' Allegations

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Star Citizen Backer's Pledge Canceled Over 'Vaporware' Allegations

Star Citizen has lit up headlines for its impressive fundraising success since its Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Unfortunately, the projects is making waves now due to a conflict with a backer that led to developer Cloud Imperium Games canceling a pledge from one of its earliest supporters.

On November 19, 2012, Cloud Imperium Games celebrated the closing of its $2.1 million, 34,000 backer Kickstarter Campaign to fund Star Citizen. The project was pitched as a return to the heyday of space simulation games, and according to the original pitch, we should be playing it right now.

The “finished game” was promised for delivery in November 2014, but even before the Kickstarter campaign closed, Cloud Imperium and its leader Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander fame) had bigger ideas. The company had started raising money via its own website, pulling in over $3 million more during the campaign that was unaffiliated with Kickstarter.

A Justice League Villain Is Hiding In The Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC

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A Justice League Villain Is Hiding In The Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC

If you read Andrew Reiner’s impressions yesterday, you know that the Batman:Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC doesn't really fire on all cylinders. However, a new discovery gives us a reason to return to it.

YouTube user Dribbiz found a potent hint that points toward the Justice League. Found hidden in the DLC is a vent that leads to a small room. 

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[Update] Deep Silver Drops Yager As Developer Of Dead Island 2, Yager Offers Comment

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[Update] Deep Silver Drops Yager As Developer Of Dead Island 2, Yager Offers Comment

Update: Yager has provided a statement on the matter via its Facebook page. The company confirms Deep Silver's announcement that the two have parted ways.

”Our YAGER team is fully committed to the development of AAA quality titles," writes Timo Ullmann, CEO of YAGER Group. "We work closely with international publishers and partners and have at the same time always remained an independent development studio. Our team is made of the best creative minds and tech specialists who all share a common identity. The team worked with enthusiasm to take Dead Island 2 to a new level of quality. However, YAGER and Deep Silver's respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made. We’ll focus our current efforts on Dreadnought together with Six Foot and our publisher Grey Box as well as on new projects. More details will be disclosed soon. All I can reveal at this point is that gamescom will be awesome for Dreadnought.”

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Gearbox’s Pitchford Is Open To Outside Developer Handling New Duke Nukem

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Gearbox currently has its hands full developing Battleborn for this coming winter and another unannounced project. Speaking at the Develop: Brighton conference though, CEO Randy Pitchford says the studio hasn’t forgotten Duke Nukem.

The studio acquired the property from 3D Realms in 2010, finally releasing Duke Nukem Forever after nearly 15 years in development in 2011. It wasn’t received terribly well, and many thought that the days of Duke were in the past.

At Develop though, Pitchford says that Gearbox has done some prototyping on a new entry. However, he believes it would be faster if the right development partner came along to shepherd the project.

The Elder Scrolls Online’s First Expansion Arrives Next Month

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The Elder Scrolls Online’s First Expansion Arrives Next Month

The Imperial City is under siege, and the heroes of Tamriel must band together to liberate it from Molag Bal. The new content features a blend of player-vs-enemy and player-vs-player combat.

The City includes six districts, new dungeons in both normal and veteran varieties, new quests, and additional enemies. The Imperial City also introduces a new currency, Tel Var Stones. These can be traded for high-level (Veteran Rank 16) gear or to open treasure vaults that house rare items.

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Play Six Hours Of Dragon Age: Inquisition For Free On PC

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If you haven’t yet played Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA is hoping to lure you into Thedas with a sweet offer. The publisher’s Origin storefront is offering a trial for one of 2014’s best games.

Mirroring its Xbox One EA Access offer, the company is giving PC players six hours to explore Dragon Age: Inquisition. There are no strings attached other than needing an Origin account.

The trial covers the single-player campaign only. So if you want to get in on the multiplayer, you’ll need to purchase the games and gather some friends.

PSA: Last Chance For Plants Vs. Zombies Via Games With Gold

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Xbox Live Gold members have only a bit of time remaining to get the first Xbox 360 Games with Gold title for the month. Plants vs. Zombies rotates off the service tomorrow.

Gears of War 3 will take its place through the end of the month. A second new Xbox One title arrives tomorrow, also.

So Many Me, a puzzle platform that uses cloning as a core mechanic, will be available from July 16 through August 15. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag remains available on Xbox One through the end of the month. 

PSA: Epic Games' Forums Compromised, Password Change Recommended

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Epic Games recently sent out a message to members of its forums to let them know that its message boards had been compromised, and is suggesting users change their passwords.

Users' usernames, e-mail addresses, passwords, and date of births may be in the hands of hackers. As a result, Epic has temporarily pulled its forums offline. These forum accounts do not have financial information affiliated with them, but it's always a good idea to change your password in these types of situations.

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Reader Discussion: Do You Think Season Passes Offer A Good Value?

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Reader Discussion: Do You Think Season Passes Offer A Good Value?

To understand the season pass phenomenon, we must first discuss a basic principle of finance called “time value of money.” Essentially, it means that money in my pocket now is worth more than cash in hand later. The idea is that the sooner you have a customer’s money, the sooner you can start earning interest on it.

With that in mind, it's not difficult to see why publishers have flocked to the practice. The concept of the season pass is to maximize revenue, both by way of capitalizing on the excitement of a new release and getting that cash earlier. Purchases are incentivized by bundle discounts and, more recently, in-game items that are only available (or provided early) via the season pass.

Now, with the mechanics of why season passes exist out of the way, we’d like to ask if there are any with which you’ve been satisfied. If so, what about that particular group of offerings made it compelling for you?

Epic God Of War Prints Available For Pre-Order

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Epic God Of War Prints Available For Pre-Order

Ever wanted to see Kratos reimagined as a comic book hero? Fortunately for you, art studio iam8bit has created a limited edition God of War poster that displays the vengeful demigod in exactly that manner. That print, along with two others, is currently available for pre-order.

Each of the three prints features an alternate version with a different color scheme. Iam8bit looks to produce 450 copies of each poster, with 350 of the original design and 100 of the variant. For a look at all the posters, check out the image below:

Only the first and third prints received an official license, but all three are 24 x 36 and cost $65.