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“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

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Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher.

This is a highly unusual state of affairs, and has proved precarious more than once in the company’s history. But it has also provided Obsidian with a unique insight into how the world of publishing works, and how the relationship between developer and publisher has changed in the last couple of decades. This topic is especially pertinent today, as new methods of funding and distributing games have seen a significant shift in the power dynamic between developers and publishers.

I spoke to CEO Feargus Urquhart about how it all works (and doesn’t).

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Total War’s Warhammer expert on why we all love Skaven

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Ever been alone in a box with someone who knows an unusual amount about anthropomorphic rats? I have. The creators of fantasy strategy crossover Total War: Warhammer II [official site] were at Gamescom last week, showing off their endlessly quibbling goblins and skeleton men. So I sat down for a chat with lead writer Andy Hall, a man who’s spent 18 years scribbling fine detail into the Warhammer universe. I’m a bit out of my depth, knowing little about it, but he’s amiable and enthusiastic throughout. He tells me about how he bends the rules of this dark world, ponders the reasons everyone loves the ratty Skaven, and reveals his dream Warhammer crossover.
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Sonic Forces spinning into November

Against all odds, Sega have released a decent Sonic game. Can they do the impossible and follow Sonic Mania up with another? We’ll find out in two months, as Sega today announced Sonic Forces [official site] will launch on November 7th. While Mania is an olde schoole stylee 2De Sonice revisiting paste gamese, Forces is one of them there newfangled modern Sonics with 3D levels and the occasional side-scrolling section. It also has players create their own characters, which means your fanfic dreams of adventuring with Sonic can come true. Read the rest of this entry »

Total War: Warhammer 2 system requirements confirmed

With Total War: Warhammer 2 [official site] now only four weeks away, launching on September 28th, developers The Creative Assembly have settled and announced the fantasy wargame’s PC system requirements. They are, unsurprisingly, about the same as the first Twarham’s requirements but very slightly raised so folks with sluggish PCs will want to check ’em out. And for folks with silicon-snorting framecrushers, beefy boxes bulging with ribs and oozing sauce, or chip-crunching cybermaws crammed with Datadeglovers™, they’ve detailed the sort of rig you’ll need to slam 60fps. Read the rest of this entry »

Mekboy’s treat: Dawn of War 3 launches new mod tools

While Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 [official site] has not been to everyone’s tastes (our review was fond of its multiplayer but not the singleplayer, for the record), players do now have extra options to tinker with and improve it. Developers Relic Entertainment today launched a big update which includes new mod tools to let folks create new modes and bits, fiddling with it in ways beyond the level editor that was already out. And for those who already like what Dawn of War 3 is, hey, the update included a shedload of balance tweaks. Read the rest of this entry »

Sonic Mania is out today and it features Sonic

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Must travel quickly! That’s the infamous blue hedgehog’s catch phrase and it is doubly meaningful this afternoon, as the noted fugitive’s new two-dimensional adventure has been released on personal computers for all his troubled fans TODAY. Sonic Mania [official site] sees an alledgedly solid return for the steel blue country animal with a disturbing past. You’ll be using his trademark guddies and retro style to traverse whole new levels, including but not limited to:

  • The Green Place
  • Consumption Zone
  • Fermented Cactus Juice Bottling Grounds
  • Disco Wetlands
  • Customs & Immigration
  • Mammal Hell
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Wot I Think: Total War: Warhammer – Norsca DLC

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From the unpleasantly chilly northern edge of Total War: Warhammer’s [official site] Old World comes its final DLC faction: Norsca. These mammoth-loving Viking analogues, despite being a minor faction that don’t quite have the star power of the Orcs or Empire, manage to encapsulate and then build on all that’s great about Creative Assembly’s post-release armies. They’re aggressive, experimental and blessed with an exotic and intimidating roster of warriors and monsters.

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Campaigning with Total War: Warhammer 2’s Skaven

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When Great Warlord Queek Headtaker fell in battle, it wasn’t a particularly heroic end. Nor was it especially brave; he was fleeing from the battlefield when an enraged dinosaur trampled him. But the Skaven, Total War: Warhammer 2’s [official site] long-teased and recently revealed fourth race, don’t have much use for bravery or heroism. They’re sneaky, untrustworthy rodents, and for 30 turns of the campaign, I led them to several unchivalrous victories and one devastating defeat.

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Skaven tunnel into Total War: Warhammer 2

The Skaven ratmen are seen as rumour, hearsay, or heresy in the world of Warhammer. Who’d believe that an empire of giant pestilent rats lies beneath our feet? Similarly, Sega have tried to play it cool with the Skaven in Total War: Warhammer 2 [official site]. After five months of teasing a mysterious fourth faction — which has clearly been the Skaven, clear since the chuffing announcement trailer — today they finally confirmed that yup, that ratty rabble will round out Total Warhammer 2. You never really know they’re real until they’re rolling towards you with doom-blasting hamster wheels and vast abominations, as the other factions experience in this new trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Football Manager 2018 announced for November

Football Manager 2018 [official site] is a game which exists and will launch on November 10th, publishers Sega announced today. Football Manager Touch 2018 also exists and will also launch on November 10th. That is about all Sega say. What’s new with this year’s instalment? They won’t tell us until September. As Sega won’t offer details, we’ve turned to our trusted secret sources [it’s Ian Video Games wearing an assortment of fake moustaches and a Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet -ed.]. Read the rest of this entry »

Gotta go slower: Sonic Mania delayed on PC

Hogamaniacs might scream “Gotta go fast!” while slamming chili dogs and practising roly-polies, but sometimes a ‘hog has gotta go slow. Platforming remix-o-rama Sonic Mania [official site] is delayed once again, though this time only the PC release is affected. Sonic’s retro adventure is due out on Tuesday but, alas, the PC version is now delayed to August 29th. Mate, given how many modern Sonic games are rubbo, I do not mind waiting another fortnight for one which looks like it might be pretty decent. Read the rest of this entry »

Total War: Warhammer revamps original races tomorrow

Total War: Warhammer 2 is almost here, taking the hammerwar to new warlands with new warbands on September 28th, but what of the Old World? As new races and units have arrived in the hamwarworld over the past year, power creep has left some of the original residents of Total Warhammer [official site] a little weak and bland in comparison. Thankfully, developers The Creative Assembly are now addressing this problem with a big balance patch fixing old Old Worlders. Launching tomorrow, the Foundation Update will boost their power and also make them a little more interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Total Warhammer getting extra units to celebrate Creative Assembly’s 30th birthday

As part of their their thirtieth birthday celebrations, The Creative Assembly are about to whack thirty extra ‘Regiment of Renown’ into Total War: Warhammer [official site]. Sadly, the celebratory additions are simply famed units from the world of Warhammer [that’s ‘the Hamwarworld’ to fans -tabletop ed.] rather than folks from Creative Assembly’s history. There’s no Garrius from Accountington, no Great Minstrel Jeff van Dyck, no General Ian dos Fifa, not even Pip’s Beyoncé elf. No, instead we’re getting the likes of Khorok’s Manrippers, Knights of the Lionhearted, Wyrd Spawn, and Loec’s Tricksters. Pssh, fine, you have your ‘lore’. Here, meet some of them in this video: Read the rest of this entry »

The Joy Of Football Manager’s sparse crowds

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We’re poised in the drop zone, hanging on by a thread, and nobody seems to care if we cling on by the skin of our teeth or tumble into oblivion.

I am the manager of Bury FC and the terrible results aren’t the worst thing about this season. The truly heartbreaking thing is the apparent demise of a small club and its generations-old local support base. If a last minute goal condemns a team to relegation and nobody is around to see the ball hit the net, does it even matter? In Football Manager [official site], they only sing when you’re winning.

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Total War: Warhammer II waggles Norsca race DLC as early purchase incentive

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My partner is literally playing Warhammer in the living room with a friend right now. That means I’ve probably got enough ambient Warhammer to write an entire post about Warhammer. “Age of Sigmar” is a Warhammer phrase. So is 40K. I also remember that guy with all the eyes. The Chancellor of Eyes we call him. Hangs out with the Lord Relictor and Sir Doots And His Trumpet in the Silver Tower. OH. He is called the Gaunt Summoner.

Anyway, if you pre-order Total War: Warhammer II [official site] or buy it on the first week of release you get the Norsca Race Pack for the first game free of charge when that particular DLC comes out on 10 August.

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Football Manager has secured the Bundesliga license

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Gary Lineker once summed football up as neatly as anyone ever has: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Lineker was wrong, of course. The goalkeepers rarely chase the ball.

The quote is even more inaccurate when applied to Football Manager [official site]. There, football is a simple game where twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, an alternate universe, corrupted copy of the Germans always wins. Football Manager, you see, has not had access to the Bundesliga license for many years, which means if you want official team and player names, you need a mod. Starting in 2018/19 and for the four seasons (presumably with possibility of an extension) following, Sega will have an official German license as well.

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Creative Assembly clarify DLC plans for Warhammer 2

More beasties, less mini-campaigns. In response to fan feedback and to avoid some of the criticism that the Chaos Warriors stirred up, Creative Assembly have outlined some changes to their pre- and post-release plans for Total War: Warhammer 2 [official site]. Brand director Rob Bartholomew has written a blog post explaining all (except what the actual preorder bonus will be, natch). Acknowledging the negative response that the Chaos Warriors DLC stirred up in some quarters, Bartholomew goes into detail about the reasoning behind “Early Adopter Bonuses”, both in terms of delivery and content. He also says that there are “more historical releases planned in the next twelve months than fantasy”.

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How Company of Heroes made a destructible battlefield

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Company of Heroes [official site].

The Tiger tanks come rolling in, the artillery comes thundering down. Walls are blown wide open, buildings collapse on themselves. In Company of Heroes, the battlefield is ever-changing, munitions cutting into the map new opportunities for flanking and to be flanked. Confident pushes turn to disaster as the enemy punches through rear guards, and last-ditch defences are saved as the cavalry smashes through barricades. Company of Heroes is a deeply dynamic RTS, something that’s all down to:

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Meet Total War: Warhammer 2’s Dark Elves

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Imagine being a PR today. “HELLO PLEASE STOP LOOKING AT BEYONCE RESPLENDENT IN MANY FABRICS AND COVERED IN BABIES AND PLEASE LISTEN TO THINGS ABOUT THE DARK ELVES BEING IN TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER II.”

I thought I could pay attention to both but then I realised I was about to report that Sir Carter and Rumi were secret extra new factions in the game. Their special powers would be “being swaddled” and “enjoying what might be decorated hedge mazes”. I would play far more Warhammer if there were hedge mazes and tulle netting and Beyonce. I suppose I will now tell you about the Warhammer stuff even though ALL ELVES ARE THE WORST otherwise Alice will be all “Why is there no mention of a videogame in your videogame news post?” Let us look at a video of the newcomers to Total War: Warhammer II [official site] Read the rest of this entry »

Total Warhammer 2 vid prances with High Elves

A new gameplay video for Total War: Warhammer II [official site] focuses on the High Elves, or ‘pricks’ as everyone else calls them. The 11-minute narrated gameplay video shows off units including the Dragon Princes of Caledor (pricks), Phoenix (prick), Frostheart Phoenix (icy prick), and the Phoenix Guard (heaving sack of pricks). If you want to watch a band of wanks in big hats beating up some ace lizards because they’re jealous of the lads’ bodypaint and topless japery, 1) this is the video for you 2) what does that say about you? Read the rest of this entry »