The next Tex Murphy game is headed to Steam in early 2014. It’s been years… many, many years since the last installment and the gaming world has changed drastically since Tex has been relevant. That doesn’t mean Tex has to change with the world. The game looks wonderfully retro, albeit more high-rez, with full motion video (FMV) cutscenes packed with just the right amount of camp. Don’t believe me? Check out this 8-minute trailer to the game:
Similar to Microsoft’s originally announced (but later retracted) Family Sharing Plan, Valve is looking to bring game sharing to their PC game distribution platform Steam. This new sharing plan will allow gamers to share their entire game library with up to 10 of their friends.
Games that are shared can only be accessed by one user at a time with the owner’s account being able to access the game at all times (i.e. if a friend is playing a game you’re sharing and you want to play, feel free to boot him off). When the parent account logs into a game, the player borrowing the game will be “given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.”
A closed beta will begin later this month. You can join the Steam Family Sharing Plan group to express your interest in the beta. There’s no word yet about when the whole Valve community will be able to utilize this feature, but it’s sure to be a welcome addition to the world of PC gaming.
Upcoming horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is now available for preorder. The game is a sequel to 2010’s horrifying adventure game Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Preorders for A Machine for Pigs are now available on Steam and GOG for $15.99 (20% off the game’s release price of $19.99). Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs will be released on Windows PC, Mac OSX, and Linux on September 10, 2013.
Upcoming standalone episode in Telltale’s The Walking DeadSeason 1 now has a trailer. It shows off the five characters that will be the focus of 400 Days with the promise that this expansion is “coming soon.”
A newly released trailer for the upcoming indie game The Novelist teases what could be an extraordinary adventure game. Placing players in the ethereal boots of a ghost haunting a house inhabited by a writer and his family, they are encouraged to explore and influence the lives of these characters while staying out of site. As a fan of the genre and as a writer, I can’t help but be intrigued by this title. The Novelist promises a game about “life, family, and the choices we make.”
Remedy’s psychological action thriller Alan Wake has managed to sell over 2 million copies on both Xbox and PC. The game, which debuted on Xbox in May of 2010, has taken just under 3 years to complete this task, but Remedy remains hopeful about the future of the franchise. Being a new IP from a small studio, it’s entirely understandable that sales for Alan Wake weren’t on par with bigger budget games from the powerhouse developers, but it’s proven to be financially and critically successful.
News of this sales milestone comes just in time for Microsoft’s next Xbox reveal in just under a month. While Remedy owns the Alan Wake IP, Microsoft is the series publisher and Remedy has stated in the past that the software giant is in charge of the franchise’s future. Remedy has also been teasing a reveal of their latest project for some time now, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see an Alan Wake: Season 2 reveal at Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox reveal or E3.
A 2.5D remake of the classic platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is headed to consoles and PC this summer. This remake is being developed by Sega Studios Australia and features environments and characters modeled in 3D on a playable 2D plane. Trailer below: