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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - Candlekeep Library Opens
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition nears release Overhaul Games has begun to reveal more information about the updated RPG classic. This time the update takes the form of a new "Candlekeep Library" news section, debuting with the unveiling of nine new screenshots. Scheduled for release in September, BGEE is an updated version of Bioware's fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms. The game will feature an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, new adventures, and new party members.

Godlings, I have come to give you an important message: The realm of has been updated to include a section known as The Candlekeep Library, which will be where major public announcements are made. Not unlike the official blog of yore.

Today it opens with an extra fancy treat: 9 new screenshots from Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Later this week some other cool things will appear, such as a series of vignettes written by our very own Dave Gross. And perhaps something for your earballs.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will be available in September for $19.99 (USD). Check out the new visuals at the link below.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Screenshots
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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

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Deponia Arrives At MGS
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Mac Game Store has added Daedalic Entertainment's Deponia to its growing roster of digital game titles available for purchase. The adventure title follows the exploits of Rufus, a man doomed to live his life among mountains of trash until he encounters a woman from the floating city above. The game features hand drawn 2D graphics, a bizarre cast of characters, wacky humor, and challenging puzzles.

Daedalic Entertainment, once called “Lucasarts from Germany“ by the GameStar magazine, invites the players into a fantastic comedy adventure that revolves around a crazy love story of Rufus and Goal.

In Deponia, the world has degenerated into a vast garbage dump, in which the crotchety Rufus ekes out his sorry existence. He is part of the lowest social class, doomed to live his life in literal mountains of trash. He hopes for an opportunity to get into the world of the rich, who live in a floating city high above the clouds. Fate seems to smile on the snotty good-for-nothing when one day the attractive lady named Goal from the higher sector plummets into one of the trash heaps. Rufus decides to help the young woman out by taking her back to her husband. When he notices that Goal's husband is a dead ringer for himself, he hatches a diabolical scheme to gain access to the upper world. However, things don't work out quite as planned, since he has feelings for the beauty which limits his usual unscrupulousness.

Help Rufus, the poor boy from the junkyard, to win over the girl from heaven. Only with this rich girl from his dreams he might be able to escape Deponia and, unexpectedly, to save the planet.


  • Unique comic style with hand-drawn HD resolution 2D graphics
  • Bizarre characters and wacky humor
  • Challenging puzzles and hours of dialogue
  • Unique universe in the tradition of Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama)
  • From the creators of the award-winning games Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes and The Whispered World
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core Intel
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • HD Space: 3.5 GB HD space
Deponia is available now for $19.95 (USD).

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Two Year Status Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

A recent Frictional Games developer blog post has provided a look at the status of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, two years after release. The article examines topics such as the game's strong sales figures, modding community, and plans for the future. The game follows the story of Daniel, an amnesiac who awakens in a desolate Prussian castle.

The next big thing for us will be the release of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, which is a follow-up developed by thechineseroom and produced by us. This release will be very interesting in many ways. First of all it is a big experiment for us to do this sort of collaboration, so from the start we had no idea how it would turn out. Judging from the latest build we have nothing to worry about though, and so far it looks great. Another interesting aspect is how well it will sell compared to the initial Amnesia launch. Not only is the market a lot bigger now than two years ago, Amnesia is more more known. The result will be very important to how we plan our future. Release for AMFP is expected early 2013.

At Frictional Games our main concern is our new super secret project. We do not want to say much about this project yet,but we can disclose that it will be horror and that it will be first person. One of the things I was most disappointed with in Amnesia was that it never really managed to deliver any deeper themes, but was more like a shallow fright-fest. For the new project we want to change that and really try and bring a certain theme to the front. Our hope is that this will create a very special experience, creating horror in a much more disturbing way. For the curious, some information on the path we are taking can be found in this paper. The game's current status is that we have pretty much all tech working, and have started to playtest the first parts. Still, a lot is up in the air and the current design is bound to change. While we do not want the project to go on forever, we want to use our good financial situation the best we can and make sure we do not just rush something out (which we did with Amnesia actually). Release will probably be some time in 2014.

Check out the full article at the page listed below.

Amensia - Two Years Later
Frictional Games
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
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Firearms Expansion Set To Overhaul Terra Militaris
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gala Networks Europe has announced the upcoming release of Firearms, a new expansion for the history-based real time strategy MMO, Terra Militaris. The expansion will add the era of gunpowder to the game and will include new units and gameplay features.

Terra Militaris: Firearms, scheduled to launch this Autumn on English, French, German and Polish servers, adds the era and destructive power of gunpowder to the history-based strategy gameplay of Terra Militaris: new units, pets and equipment, increased building and research options, as well as a new crafting system are some of the new features.
The new trailer, which already shows some in-game scenes of the new features, is available in our press center.

In Firearms, thanks to the gunpowder, players will now be able to additionally train the so-called Hackbuteers, specially trained and armed riflemen, and build cannons, that surely will improve their tactical options and winning stakes.

But that’s not all: Through the completely new pet system, players will be able to add even more extra strength to their troops: For the first time in Terra Militaris, the expansion Firearms will allow virtual warlords to tame, summon and train mighty and ferocious battle creatures that will accompany them on the battlefield.

Furthermore, Firearm’s new crafting system adds smithing and cooking features to the game, and allows players to arm their troops with new weapons and armours. Keeping the troops well fed will grant additional bonuses.

With the expansion, building and research levels will be increased to 25, and the hero level cap will be set to 120. Firearms will also allow a faster era progression.

Building and researching will see an overhaul, too: Waiting times for building and completing researches will be replaced with a cool down feature. Training troops will be immediate.

Firearms’ new arena ranking system allows players to choose and challenge players of a specific rank for the top position, and gives them the opportunity to win rewards every day, depending on their standing.

Also completely new to Terra Militaris is the 10 vs. 10 battle system, in which heroes of the same nation team up to fight in groups of 10 against each other. Only heroes are allowed to participate, the minimum level to enter these special battles is 50.

Packed full of new units, powerful heroes and advanced features, Firearms is a massive new version of Terra Militaris, launching this fall. Gala Networks Europe will announce further details regarding the launch soon.

For all fans of the classic Terra Militaris gameplay, Gala Networks Europe will keep the existing servers running and offer both the options to either enjoy the new, extended Firearms gameplay features, or play the classic Terra Militaris.

Learn more at the links below.

Gala Networks Europe
Terra Militaris

Mac Games News for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition New Screenshot & New Portrait6:00 AM
EB Games Expo Playable Games List Released6:00 AM
Frederic: Resurrection Of Music Now At MGS6:00 AM
Radar Chaos Hawaii Edition Takes Flight At Mac Game Store6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Unit Details Uncovered6:00 AM
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