Posts Tagged ‘Starbreeze Studios’

Raid: World War II due from ex-Payday devs next month

Those naughty Nazis are back and being murdered to bits in Raid: World War II [official site], a new cooperative shooter being published by Payday 2 publishers Starbreeze Studios. The four-player stealth-o-shooter will send goodies to rob, sabotage, and murder the baddies, leaving mayhem and destruction in their wake. It’s meant to be similar-ish to Payday 2. And yesterday, Starbreeze announced that Raid: World War II will launch on September 26th. Oh, and John Cleese will voice your intelligence dad. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead by Daylight’s newest survivor is a terrible person

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Last month was Dead By Daylight’s [official site] first anniversary, and Behaviour Digital are celebrating the occasion by releasing the asymmetrical multiplayer game’s fifth DLC chapter, which will be free. “We’ve sold the game to a few people so far,” says Mathieu Cote, modestly, as we start chatting about the new chapter. “And we said at the very beginning of the project that we’d be as generous as we can when we’re able.”

A Lullaby for the Dark contains a new killer, The Huntress, a new map and a new survivor, though Cote is mostly keeping shtum about all but the latter, attempting to hold back some surprises for the DLC’s launch later this week. The survivor’s a scrappy Mancunian fella called David King, the spoiled single child of wealthy parents, and his favourite activities include getting into bar brawls and debt collecting. “He’s a bit of a dick.”

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Dead by Daylight DLC adds shock doc and e-sports pro

Every Friday the 13th is bone-chilling, of course, but people expect it now. If you want to really surprise and scare someone, release a spooky murderdoctor on, say, Thursday the 11th. BOO! That’s exactly what Dead by Daylight [official site] has done, today launching DLC adding a new wacky doctor to the 1v4 horrorshow and a new victim/survivor. He was a torturer, she was an e-sports pro, can I make it any more obvious? I can with a trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Psychonauts 2 peeks at pretty plants, picks up publisher

You like rocks? I’ll show you nice rocks. You like trees? I’ll show you nice trees. You like squirrels? I’ll show you nice squirrels. All these and more are in a new Psychonauts [official site] dev video showing an art test of a quarry environment. It’s not a finished level, just Double Fine feeling out the game’s style, but some pretty stuff is in there.

Over in the world of #business, Double Fine have announced that Psychonauts 2 will be published by Starbreeze, the Brothers and Payday mob. But first, look at these rocks. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead by Daylight free Steam trial weekend now live

1v4 multiplayer psycho killer qu’est-ce que c’est fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far ’em up Dead by Daylight [official site] is free to play in full this weekend. If you keep an eye on what’s popular on Steam, you may have noticed it near the top of the most-played games list – or popping in and out of the charts – and wondered what it’s about. Well! You can now see what The Kids are into and briefly feel like you’re ‘down with The Youth’. Soon you’ll be striking up conversations with them on the bus, “What’s your favourite stabbing sound? I like the bone saw!” Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Your first reaction when playing this platforming adventure is probably going to be: “Well, this is disorienting.” Your second thought is going to be: “Actually, this is quite clever.” Your final thought is going to be: “Waaaaaaaaah.” Read the rest of this entry »

Starbreeze Launch IndieLabs Label With AntiSphere

It is increasingly misleading to refer to Riddick developers Starbreeze Studios as ‘Riddick developers Starbreeze Studios’. It became awkward when they bought Payday devs Overkill Software, then they made the jolly surprising Brothers, they got into publishing, and I always want to highlight/defend Syndicate’s co-op, and… now they have launched a new publishing label. Starbreeze IndieLabs, as you might guess from the name, will fund and publish smaller games by smaller teams. The first IndieLabs game will be AntiSphere [official site], a competitive arena shoot ’em up from Croatian studios Lion Game Lion and Soap Interactive. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight Gets Halloweenie In New DLC

Ol’ Shatface himself, Michael Myers, is now up to his usual tricks – leering at teens, following them muttering “I’m not touching you. Is this bugging you? I’m not touching you.”, then stabbing them through the neck – Dead by Daylight [official site]. The iconic murderman from John Carpenter’s Halloween has arrived in the 4v1 multiplayer horrorshow’s first big DLC as a new killer, bringing with him frequent foil Laurie Strode. A new suburban map is in too, his old stalking grounds. Mimy and Laurie’s abilities are based around stalking and surviving, respectively, so they do sound interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight Gets ’80s Clobber In First Paid DLC

Am I the only one who feels mocked by Millennials? While I work hard to pay for my car and house, Millennials swan around taking selfies and buying vintage clothes. Hey, I know you’re thousands of years old, but could you at least pretend our lives are more than a blink of an eye to you? Must you disrespect all the pitiful idols we cling to? You see me and simply imagine buying my clothes from a charity shop after I die.

They’re at it even in Dead by Daylight [official site]. The 1v4 multiplayer slasher ’em up’s first paid DLC is now out, and it’s a load of ’80s-inspired clobber for its Millennials to wear. Sorry, I’ll be more specific for you ruddy eternals: the 1980s. CE. The 1980s CE.

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Dead By Daylight Plans Parties, New Killers, New Maps

Dead by Daylight [official site] has lurched up the Steam charts with its 1v4, horror movie killer vs. plucky teens, multiplayer action. Basically, a supernatural slasher tries to sacrifice teens to dark gods by hanging them from meat hooks, while the teens try to evade the killer while they fix generators so they can escape. From what I’ve seen, it looks like a lark with pals but… that’s a bit tricky when it lacks multiplayer party support. Fear not! (Fear less?) Parties are coming, developers Behaviour say, along with more maps, killers, and so on.

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Dead By Daylight Bringing 4v1 Slasher Horror To June

The last time Behaviour Interactive tried to make a psycho killer (qu’est-ce que c’est?) game, they ended up with Naughty Bear. Ohhh dear. Two of ’em! This time, they’re going for classic horror movie slashing in Dead by Daylight [official site]. It’s a 4v1 multiplayer game about hapless teens trying to escape the murderous clutches of killers with bear traps, big knives, meat hooks, and all that. We’ve not seen much yet, but publishers Starbreeze today announced Dead by Daylight will launch on June 14th.

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Starbreeze Making Co-op FPS Based On F2P CrossFire

Starbreeze Studios, makers of the Riddick FPS and owners of Payday devs Overkill, have announced a new co-op FPS based on Smilegate’s F2P mega-hit CrossFire (pictured above). How big a hit? Up to six million players online at once big. I’m familiar with South Korean developers making free-to-play versions of western FPS–and still fascinated by Counter-Strike Nexon Zombies–but can’t think of many times it’s gone the other way. Fingers crossed their CrossFire embraces the original’s weirdness.

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Payday 2 And Goat Simulator Swap Goofy Crossover DLC

Checks calendar. Okay, it’s not April 1. Checks Steam. There’s definitely a store page for it. I guess this is really happening.

The latest Payday 2 [official site] heist is themed around…Goat Simulator. And the latest Goat Simulator [official site] DLC is themed around… Payday 2.

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Payday 2 Gets Point Break Remake Tie-In DLC

Since launch, Payday 2 [official site] has received a staggering 39 different bits of DLC that range, from festive soundtracks to cross-promotional movie-game tie ins. John Wick joined the co-op crime FPS last year, and now it’s going a bit Point Break. Overkill have teamed up with Warner Bros. to add things loosely inspired by the upcoming remake (no, not the 1991 Patrick Swayze-starring original) to Payday 2, in both a free update and extra paid DLC.

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StarVR: Starbreeze Get Into Cybergoggles

Folks have been gushing and gasping (and grumbling, in my case) for years about the coming virtual reality revolution, but it’s all about to kick off. Valve’s Vive is due later this year, Oculus have revealed the Rift consumer model that’ll launch in early 2016, and Microsoft’s augmented reality HoloLens will follow Windows 10. Starbreeze Studios want in.

The company behind Brothers, Syndicate, and (through their subsidiary Overkill) the Payday games have snapped up cybergoggle makers InfinitEye. Along with releasing hardware under the name StarVR, they plan to make VR-friendly games – starting with Overkill’s The Walking Dead.

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Have You Played… Syndicate?

Not pictured: your own legs. But they're down there!

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

No, not that one. The other one. Yes, the FPS. EA trying to resurrect Bullfrog’s top-down tactical series as an FPS was obviously going to rile up the people it was supposed to excite, but ignore the name. It’s a pleasant spot of face-shooting in a sumptuous cyberpunk world of gleaming clean lines and filthy neon. I don’t remember much of the campaign, but writing this has me wanting to dive back into the co-op.

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PaydayZ: Overkill’s Walking Dead Co-op FPS

Boo! Or is that ghosts?

Don’t blame the zombie. Look at ‘im! That brainless schlub isn’t responsible for the shoddy games he’s often found in. He’s a symptom, not the cause. You know what, I think I might even enjoy murdering the li’l fella. Zombies be damned, I’m looking forward to Payday creators Overkill’s new game–a co-op FPS based on The Walking Dead–because it’s a co-op FPS made by Overkill. It wasn’t the fool zombies’ fault that the last Walking Dead FPS was such a horrible mess. Those poor zombies have enough on their hands, and some don’t even have those.

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That Riddick Game Diesel Teased? An iOS Movie Tie-In

Update: I sought clarification from Gaming Corps about Vin Diesel’s comment, further games in the Riddick series, and whether or not PC will be involved, and CEO Nicklas Dunham replied with the following: “At the moment we can only disclose that the iOS version is just the beginning.” So there’s more to come, but it’s still far too early to determine the exact form it will take.

Original: That’s it, Vin Diesel. I have had it with your coy, ultimately empty promises and suspiciously shiny head. Next time I see you, we’re going to throw down. You will win, because a) you have the musculature of a mythological Greek titan and b) are the Iron Giant, but still. Afterward, you will absolutely, positively – for some reason – regret getting me all excited about the prospect of a new Chronicles of Riddick game. Because really? All that ballyhooing and getting the old Starbreeze band back together for a quick-and-dirty mobile movie tie-in? I’m sitting here, fists clinched, just shuddering right now, Vin. And it’s only mostly from fear.

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Robber Man – Payday 2 Interview


David Goldfarb has a brilliant name. He’s the game director of Payday 2, a very good game about being a horrible bank robber. It turns out everyone in the world enjoys being an awful person, because Payday 2 has remained near the very top of the Steam’s sales charts since its release, while hovering in and around the top ten most played games list. I chatted to him about what it’s like being a tiny studio with a huge hit.
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Diesel Powered: New Chronicles Of Riddick, Maybe MMO?

I’ve not seen the third Riddick movie yet, but oh boy do I plan to. Obviously Pitch Black is a great action movie – how could anyone question a film with the opening line, “They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I’m still awake,”? But then comes The Chronicles Of Riddick – a film that’s so ludicrously under-appreciated. Yes, it’s unintelligible madness from beginning to end, but it’s also a true epic, in a way that even the biggest, most expensive films just aren’t any more. And Judi Dench has never been better miscast in her career. Bloated, nonsensical, and utterly glorious, today I laud this hated film before you. And then get around to mentioning that hideously, I’ve never played Escape From Butcher Bay. I’ll put that right soon enough, especially with the news that Vin Diesel says he’s pulled the creative team back together for another title.

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