Random Wednesdays

The Thief reboot was confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One last week, surprising nobody. Somewhat relatedly, don’t miss this chat between Doug Church and Warren Spector at GDC 2002, where the two men compare the original Thief and Deus Ex.

Speaking of Warren Spector…Epic Mickey 2 should be coming to the PlayStation Vita on June 18th.

The 38 Studios saga continues to lurch onward; the formal court case began last week, with the state of Rhode Island claiming to be in possession of an “avalanche” (yes) of evidence that support its claims in the suit. Said “avalanche” hasn’t stopped the state from investigating the costs of simply not paying back the lenders that financed the failed studio, however.

Is it worth noting that Lincoln Chafee, governor of the state, has announced that he will run for his next term in office as a Democrat, a shift from his present Independent status? I know his name has come up a few times in 38-related news, and it was speculated that he had a hand in bringing the studio’s demise to a head. His poll numbers have been flagging of late; could this whole affair have something to do with that?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun! has a neat feature called “Twenty Bucks” that they run periodically. Its point is to test supposedly free-to-play games, to see how far spending $20 on in-game currency will get a player in terms of acquiring items, skills, and suchlike. Somewhat surprisingly — but pleasantly so — they found that Cryptic Studios’ Neverwinter didn’t actually offer a compelling reason to spend a cent. The additions that come from spending money may be useful, but won’t prove necessary to playing — and enjoying! — the game, in their assessment.

Which is…good to know. And which dovetails nicely with what Cryptic’s CEO had to say about free-to-play in a recent interview. It’s a rare thing when what the talking head is saying and what the players are experiencing align.

Of course, it was mentioned last week that the game had to be reverted by seven hours to correct for a massive economic exploit. Cryptic, for their part, have released a care package to affected players.

Massively has a short analysis of the exploit and the initial response to it that might be worth a read. GameInformer, meanwhile, has a quasi-review of the game up.

Did anyone here back Sui Generis? It was another Kickstarter RPG, one which just barely made its goal, but it did certainly look promising. I keep bumping into references to it on the Shroud of the Avatar forums, mostly when people there agitate for the use of something akin to its combat system in Richard Garriott’s upcoming game.

Anyhow, development proceeds apace on Sui Generis, with the latest update to its Kickstarter page going into some detail about just what the developers hope to deliver in terms of “dynamic story”.

Guido Henkel posted another Deathfire blog entry, this one taking a look at some of the work that is being done on the user interface for the game.

If you’re curious about what is happening in Path of Exile’s development and ongoing beta testing, this interview might be one to check out. The game apparently has almost 2.5 million registered users at this point…nothing to scoff at, that.

Another game I haven’t really covered in the Wednesday feature, but which might be worth a mention or two, is Ubisoft’s free-to-play action RPG The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot (yes). The game has a new trailer out, this one introducing its Archer class. It looks like a fun game, actually.

And yes, there is a BioShock Infinite-related link in today’s post, but only one: a look at the architecture featured in the game.

If you play Legend of Grimrock on Linux, that version of the game is now available on Steam…and has also been updated a bit. Oh, and Legend of Grimrock 2 development is proceeding nicely; recent work has focused on monsters, apparently.

Finally, two pieces of random trivia about Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition: it has mods, and its sequel has already had over 350,000 words of new content added to it.

2 Responses

  1. Sanctimonia Sanctimonia says:

    Sui Generis sounds awesome from its Kickstarter video. Too clicky, but its obsession with realism is admirable.

  2. enderandrew says:

    I am curious if there was any political motivation in the state going after Curt Schilling (a devout/vocal Republican).

    38 Studios had just released a game and was likely to have some income coming in. If they had opportunities to release DLC for that game, they might get more income. And they had an MMO they spent years on that they never got to release. Obviously releasing said MMO could have produced income. But the state demanded immediate payments on their loans and then pretty much shut down the studio.

    Schilling has been made out to be a villain, but people are overlooking that he put all his personal wealth in as well. He is having to sell off personal belongings to help cover debt. It isn’t like he stole money. He sincerely just wanted to make RPGs.

    If there was no political motivations in play, I wonder if 38 Studios could have been given extra time to repay their loans, allowing them to get DLC and the MMO out the door, which in turn could have allowed them to repay their debts.

    Closing the doors on 38 Studios early means the state (and the tax payers) won’t get their money back, and people lost their jobs.

    I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I’m just wondering if partisan politics is the real villain here.