This week in games: Star Citizen is selling a $400 ship, Battlezone is back, and more

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Short week! We’re all off Friday because it takes an entire day to stock up on enough beer and meat for this weekend’s July 4 barbecues. However, video game news keeps a-rockin’ because…well, actually there’s not that much news this week either. Because it’s July.

Star Citizen announced its latest way to squander your kid’s college fund though, and did you know someone’s working on a virtual reality version of the arcade classic Battlezone? This is gaming news for the week of June 29.

That post-E3 rush

Somebody announced a game this week. Yes, in July. I know it’s weird.

It’s called ELEX, and it’s a new open-world RPG from Piranha Bytes (the team behind Risen/Gothic). ELEX ditches the fantasy setting though for video gaming’s other favorite setting, the post-apocalypse. Also, the press release describes the game as “Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial” which…well, hopefully that’s not why they titled it ELEX.

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We’ve got nothing else except for this single piece of art, with the rest of the game due to be unveiled at Gamescom next month in Cologne, Germany.

Rise and Shine

Path of Exile ‘s first major expansion, The Awakening, has been in closed beta for the last few months. That all changes today. Or…well not quite today. But soon, at least! Grinding Gear announced this week that the action-RPG’s expansion (free expansion) will officially release on July 10.

Lifting all the boats

Waiting on 2K to release Civilization: Beyond Earth’s first expansion, the aquatic-themed Rising Tide? Here’s a six-minute video of the E3 demo to tide you over.

More than an R9 290X

How much are you willing to spend on a virtual ship in a virtual world? $5? $10? $20?

What about $400? Are you willing to spend four hundred dollars on a fake spaceship? If you answered “Yes,” then you are the target audience for Star Citizen’s latest practical joke value offering, the Genesis Starliner.

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From the ship’s landing page: “As most frequently equipped, the Genesis-class includes support for forty passengers and eight crew. A fully modular interior allows individual concerns to adapt their ships to the task at hand, with aftermarket options for everything from complete luxury-oriented state rooms to passenger-free cargo configurations!”

Four. Hundred. Dollars.

Secret handshakes

In case you didn’t hear, I really liked what I saw of the King’s Quest reboot during E3. With the game’s first episode set to release at the end of the month, here’s a new (brief) trailer to show off just a bit of the art/writing:

Don’t mind me

I’m just posting this one because I missed it during E3 and I love the original Battlezone arcade game. Rebellion, the developer of the Sniper Elite games, is working on a virtual reality reimagining of Battlezone, and that makes so much sense.

They’re also remaking the 1998 Battlezone game, if that’s more your speed.

More reading

  • Valve sold out of its “Get it Early” Steam Machine test-run this week—although they’re not saying how many Steam Machines that actually constitutes.
  • Microsoft says its lenses can improve on the VR experience. The problem? The lenses run $200+ per eye.
  • Lego Minifigures Online ditched free-to-play this week. Parents, breathe a sigh of relief. No more Skylanders model.
  • Frictional’s latest game SOMA is unnerving, to say the least—in ways Amnesia never even attempted.
  • Ubisoft’s new medieval combat game For Honor is like that scene in Braveheart where both sides charge towards each other and then everyone dies.
  • And the new Need for Speed is just like The Fast and the Furious. The first one. Street racing’s back.
  • Also, I did not like Batman: Arkham Knight. For a variety of reasons, but mostly the Batmobile.
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