December 27, 2016

Super Sonic returns in Sonic the Hedgehog #290

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Jason Nason


The Super Sonic Warrior returns in “Genesis of a Hero” Part Three: The 25thanniversary celebration continues with another blast to the past!  Which is also to the future, and the past, and back again!  When Sonic goes to see the annual return of Little Planet, he’s surprised to find it chained to a mountain!  Join us for the exciting adventures of Sonic CD! Featuring cover art by the legendary Patrick Spaziante plus a “Cosmic Eternity” variant by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John Workman
Cover: Patrick Spaziante
Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley
On Sale Date: 12/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARK Devs Offering Future Content For Steam Award Votes

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

With both the Steam Winter Sale and Steam Awards underway a number of 2016’s biggest titles are gaining a lot of attention. It isn’t uncommon for developers & community managers to rally their communities to garner votes but in the case of ARK: Survival Evolved, Studio Wildcard is offering future content to ensure that ARK complies with its nomination in the “Best Use of Farm Animals” category.

In a post on the game’s Steam Community Discussion forum ARK representatives urge their community to vote for the game and if  ARK wins then sheep will be added in a future content update. Below is a snippet of the announcement post as it appeared at press-time;

“Head over to on Thursday the 29th of December, as you’ll have the opportunity to come show your support for ARK by voting for us! If ARK wins the award, we will ensure that our fluffy friend quickly makes its debut on the ARK in the next major version update!  
Let’s face it, ARK does have the raddest animals and what better way to thank them for all farming & fighting they do than by honouring them with the “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award” 

Yup, the game about dinosaur taming some how was nominated for the “Best Use of a Farm Animal Award” despite featuring nary an mammal in sight, let alone mechanics that could be considered the prehistoric equivalent of modern farming. The odd thing about the Steam Awards is that the nominees are selected through a Steam Awards selection committee, so it isn’t like Studio Wildcard mobilized their thousands of fans in-order to be included in an unrelated category.

The official post mentioned above has already seen a number of negative reactions from Steam users including this gem:

“Best Use of a Farm Animal Award” will be open for votes in two days, on December 29th.


Star Citizen Switches To Amazon Lumberyard Engine

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Star Citizen

Star Citizen the ambitious crowd sourced multi-genre spaceship simulator under development at Cloud Imperium Games has made the switch from Crytek’s CryEngine to the developed Lumberyard  engine.

Lumberyard is a freely distributed fork of CryEngine that provides developers with the graphical capabilities and networking code to produce everything from indie to AAA titles. In addition to the graphical prowess of that CryEngine is known for, Lumberyard also allows devs to use Twitch.TV and Amazon Web Services (AWS) within the game engine itself. It is no wonder that Cloud Imperium was able to make the engine switch over the last 12 months without alarming the community.

Speaking about the switch to Lumberyard, Cloud Imperium Games’ Chris Roberts said:

“Lumberyard provides ground breaking technology features for online games, including deep back-end cloud integration on AWS and its social component with Twitch that enables us to easily and instantly connect to millions of global gamers. Because we share a common technical vision, it has been a very smooth and easy transition to Lumberyard. In fact, we are excited to announce that our just released 2.6 Alpha update for Star Citizen is running on Lumberyard and AWS.”

News about Cloud Imperiums’ switch to Lumberyard comes amidst news that Crytek Corporate would cease all studio operations save for two – their headquarters in Frankfurt Germany and one satellite studio in Kiev, Ukraine. This leaves the fate of Crytek’s expansion studios in Turkey, Bulgaria, South Korea and China facing an uncertain fate.

Star Citizen‘s recent 2.6 Alpha Update which includes the brand new FPS deathmatch mode is actually running on Amazon Lumberyard, marking the first major release from Cloud Imperium to do so.


Login To Overwatch Before Jan 1st And Get 5 Free Loot Boxes

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Blizzard is in the giving spirit – they’ve left 5 free Winter Wonderland loot boxes for every Overwatch player who logins between now and January 1st.

Winter Wonderland’s loot boxes bring with them a chance to score some new event exclusive skins, winter themed sprays and chilled out player icons. Each loot box is guaranteed to include at least one item from the holiday collection. For a more exhaustive look at the goodies available in these limited time boxes make sure to check out our previous coverage.

Overwatch was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year and we gave it a glowing review just a couple of weeks after release.


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