Games

Steam is down as Valve performs its standard Tuesday maintenance

Update at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time on February 13: Steam is back up.  It’s Tuesday evening in the United States, and that means somewhere within the bowels of Redmond, Washington, engineers are banging away at some Steam servers with a hammer. That’s right, the PC gaming platform Steam is offline at the moment for its regular maintenance, …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bring heroes in a half-shell to Injustice 2

NetherRealm Studios’ fighting game Injustice 2 is serving up some half-shell power in its newest DLC. Folks who own Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #3 can play as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. All other players will be able to add …

Fear Effect Sedna launches mix of franchise revival and Inuit mythology March 6

Sushee’s grim tactical adventure Fear Effect Sedna is debuting on March 6 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Square Enix Collective is publishing the title. The sequel to the 1999 Fear Effect raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. It features an isometric view of the world and real-time tactical play, …

Ubisoft plans to make fewer games after a decade of annual releases

Assassin’s Creed took a year off in 2016 for the first time after having at least one new blockbuster-sized release per year since 2009. But despite some strong sales for 2017’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft is saying that it plans to make fewer games in the future. Instead of a bunch of annualized franchises, Ubisoft …

AMD releases first Ryzen-Vega combo chips for desktops

Advanced Micro Devices released the first Ryzen chips that combine graphics with a central processing unit (CPU) for desktop computers. The accelerated processing units (APUs) combine a Radeon Vega graphics processing unit (GPU) with a Zen CPU for mid-range and low-cost desktop computers. AMD said the new chips will bring down the cost of gaming …

Let It Die hacks and slashes its way to 4 million downloads

Let It Die has reached the 4 million downloads milestone, according to developer Grasshopper Manufacture and publisher GungHo Entertainment. Let It Die is a free-to-play hack-and-slash action game for the PlayStation 4 that supports itself with microtransactions. These include items that let players continue the game after dying. It came out on December 2, 2016. In …

IGDA appoints Jen MacLean as permanent exec director, adds new board members

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has promoted Jen MacLean as its permanent executive director for the world’s largest organization serving game creators. MacLean was previously interim executive director, replacing previous head Kate Edwards. In addition, Kongregate CEO Emily Greer and Big Huge Games lead producer Zoe Bell have joined the IGDA board of directors. …

Florence uses clever interactions to create a relatable mobile game about romance

Florence is a gentle narrative-driven game about modern romance and daily life. Its mobile-first design enables you to tap, touch, and drag your way through two characters’ conversations and interactions as they get to know each other and fall in love. It’s the debut game from Australia-based indie studio Mountains, and Annapurna Interactive will publish it …