Sad Day For Double Fine As 12 Staff Get Laid Off

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After an unannounced project was cancelled at Double Fine, a dozen members of the studio's staff had to be let go. Many of the company's already announced titles will be unaffected.

"One of our unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher," Double Fine studio head Tim Schafer told GamesIndustry.biz, "forcing us to reduce our staff by 12 people. Our remaining projects – Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected."

We're still waiting for a release date for the second half of Broken Age, but you can watch our own Tim Turi play part of the game before its initial release here, and then watch Massive Chalice's project lead Brad Muir sound off on the development of that title here.

This Is Eve Online Trailer Makes Me Want To Play The Game

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The sci-fi MMO Eve Online is so big and sprawling that it's hard to describe in only a few words. Thankfully, CCP Games has collected the words of many of its players to craft this spellbinding trailer that makes this 11-year-old title very enticing.

In September CCP Games issued a call to EVE Online players to submit some of their most memorable moments from in-game voice communication, and then the studio crafted it into a trailer that advertizes a 14-day free trial. Check out the censored version below or go here for the uncensored version.

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Weekend Warrior 11/21/14

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Weekend Warrior 11/21/14

Tons of new games have been released in the past few weeks, so many that it’s hard to keep them all straight. It should come as no surprise that this weekend the GI staff is playing catch up. Kim’s boldly juggling Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4, Tim’s getting ready to blow Alien: Isolation out of the airlock, and Jeff M’s doing housekeeping with Shadow of Mordor and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. What titles are you chipping away at this weekend?

Tim Turi (@timturi): This weekend is an exciting one! I believe I’m drawing to a close in Creative Assembly’s impressive Alien: Isolation. Hopefully I can make it off the doomed Sevastopol Station without too much issue so I can move onto cleaning up Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s campaign. In addition to completing Sledgehammer’s campaign set in the studio’s vision of the future, I’d also like to play a lot more multiplayer. After all the dust has settled there I hope to crack open Dragon Age: Inquisition and see what all this potential Game of the Year nominee kerfuffle is all about.

Valve Tightens Up Guidelines For Steam Early Access Titles

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As developers explore new business and development models, one that has become a growing favorite is “early access.” While Steam’s offerings of titles that aren’t fully released isn’t unique or original, the platform has become synonymous with the practice.

Yesterday, Giant Bomb reported that changes were made to the Steam Early Access. Valve confirmed to us updated rules for developers seeking to distribute games using this mechanism and provided the full text of the notification.

These are broken up into firm rules and guidelines that serve as suggestions for operating under the program. The new strictures are designed to provide transparency and honesty about the Early Access model.

Remedy Reveals Two Well Known Actors For Quantum Break

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Remedy Reveals Two Well Known Actors For Quantum Break

Remedy has shared the names of two previously unannounced actors for its upcoming Xbox One action game, Quantum Break. An image of the duo in motion capture suits accompanies confirmation of their involvement.

Shawn Ashmore, who played Bobby Drake/Iceman in the X-Men films and Agent Mike Weston in The Following has joined the cast. Alongside him in the picture is Lord of the Rings and LOST star Dominic Monaghan.

There’s no word yet on who the actors will be playing in the game. For more on Quantum Break, check out our preview from Gamescom.

[Update] Our Stream-Through Of The Evil Within Continues Saturday, November 22

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[Update] Our Stream-Through Of The Evil Within Continues Saturday, November 22

Join us tomorrow, November 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern as we continue our playthrough of The Evil Within. You can tune in HERE and catch up on the first five chapters of the game below. 

And we thought the battle versus Chainsaw Chuck was bad. He's got nothing on Crawling Carol, who killed us at least half a dozen times.

Also, we've got more jump scares, stupid music, and hilarious fanfic (if you have a liberal definition of the word "hilarious"). And if you want to spend some time catching up, you can do so with every piece of the stream-through here:.

Xbox One Console Exclusive Ori And The Blind Forest Delayed Into 2015

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As recently as TGS, Microsoft had sommitted Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest for release this year. Unfortunately, that is not to be.

In an announcement on the game’s website, Moon Studios informs that the title will not arrive until 2015. “While we’re extremely excited for all of you to get your hands on Ori and the Blind Forest as soon as possible, we made the decision together with our partners at Microsoft Studios that we’ll need just a little more time in order to add a final layer of polish to – what we hope – will be an unforgettable gaming experience,” the developer writes.

For more on Ori and the Blind Forest, check out our coverage from Gamescom. You can also check out a video interview from E3. Ori and the Blind Forest will also be coming to PC next year.

Check Out This Free Minimalist Browser Puzzle Game Called 0h h1

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Check Out This Free Minimalist Browser Puzzle Game Called 0h h1

A developer called Q42 created 0h h1 (a play on "oh hi") for browsers. The self-described "little logic game" tasks players with filling in a colored grid with blue and red tiles. The trick is to have two of both colors in every horizontal and vertical column and row. And you can't repeat any patterns horizontally or vertically. 

A single click makes a red tile while the double click forms blue. If you mess up, the game will explain what rule you've violated. A handy back button undoes your latest turn. A hint eyeball provides tips if you're stuck. Once you're feeling confident you can jump up from 4x4 grids all the way to 10x10.

It's got a little bit of Picross and a dash of Sudoku. Plus, it's easy to get into and the flexible difficulty lets you go with the challenge you're ready for.

Survive DayZ's Bleak World In Cute New Browser Game

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As we head into the holiday season, there's one thing we can all be thankful for: However bad it may seem at times, at least we don't have to worry about zombies. DayZ players know that zombies are only part of the problem facing survivors of the apocalypse, but not everyone has played the game. Bohemia Interactive has released a free new browser game that provides a taste of that experience while offering a new perspective on survival.

MiniDayZ is a 2D, top-down game that you can play here. You won't mingle with other players (which, as DayZ veterans know, isn't necessarily a bad thing), but you will have to battle the undead as well as your own basic human needs. Good luck out there.

Our TakeI've played the game for a little while now, and it looks like I've got a lot to learn about staying alive. Maybe my time with Frank West has made me soft.