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Missing pieces: Wasteland 2's release date, how to go hands-on with Civ: Beyond Earth, and more must-know games news

It's like I'm standing between two tornadoes—one named Gamescom, the other named PAX. And there's all sorts of crazy news in those tornadoes!

But none this week.

Okay, some news this week. Paradox has a new space RTS, Wasteland 2 gets a launch date, and Nicolas Cage saves humanity—again.

The final frontier

Paradox Interactive, your favorite creator of grand strategy titles (Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings), announced it's publishing a new real-time strategy game this week: Ancient Space. You'll command a space fleet as it explores the edge of the universe, and there's quite a bit of voice talent backing the project: Ron Glass of Firefly fame, Dwight Schultz and John Billingsley of Star Trek, Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica, and Dina Meyer of "Starship Troopers" (but more importantly "Johnny Mnemonic").

Apparently the game is releasing this fall for PC and Mac, so we don't have long to wait. Check out the trailer below:

Panda bearia

With a new World of WarCraft expansion around the corner, maybe you're thinking it's time to get caught up. If so, Blizzard wants to facilitate those homesick feelings by dropping the price of the last expansion, Mists of Pandaria, to a mere ten dollars.

Cultural victory

If you're a long-time fan of Mr. Sid Meier's Civilization franchise, you might want to look into heading to not-quite-Baltimore in September. Firaxis announced this week that it's holding Firaxicon on September 27, where you'll be able to get your hands on Civilization: Beyond Earth a month before release, see an exclusive presentation by Sid Meier himself, and tour the Firaxis offices. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased here. Do your part to help expand Baltimore's cultural borders.

Get wasted

Brian Fargo finally got to announce a Wasteland 2 launch date: September 19. Let's hope it doesn't take 25 years to make a third.

Anagrams

The team behind Super Meat Boy put out...whatever the hell this trailer is:

Purporting to be a trailer for a "live action stealth game," the Internet at large quickly figured out (of course) that A Voyeur For September is an anagram for Super Meat Boy Forever. Whether that means a new Super Meat Boy is on the way or whether it's just a playful reference, I don't know. I don't even really know what I just watched.

Just because

Avalanche Studios, creators of Just Cause and the upcoming Mad Max game, is moving to a new studio space in Sweden.

But that's boring . More interesting is that they teased "several surprises planned for next year." All I can say is Just Cause 3 better bring back Bolo Santosi and her awfulmazing voice acting.

It's real to me, dammit

2K revealed the roster for WWE 2K15 this week and it's a doozy—sixty wrestlers total. The roster is vanilla, for the most part, but upheaval in WWE this year has led to some interesting problems considering 2K finalized the roster around WrestleMania, which occurred in March. For instance, there's an entire storyline dedicated to CM Punk even though he walked out on his contract shortly after Wrestlemania. Alberto Del Rio also was released from his contract, and wrestlers who've come into the spotlight since March (Bo Dallas, Rusev/Lana, Paige) didn't make it onto the roster in time. Ah, the perils of time-sensitive game development.

Humanity's last savior

Somebody put Nicolas Cage's face in Halo. Like, in everything in Halo. He is Cortana. He is Master Chief. He is the Halo ring. He is me. He is you. He is Legend.

More reading

You can hide games from your Steam library! You can play Shadowgate! You can play Metro Redux! You can (someday) play H1Z1!

Yeah, that's it. Slow news week. Enjoy it while it lasts, people—next week I descend on PAX and bathe in the sweat of a thousand hot, sweaty dudes. I do it so you can be informed. Remember that.

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