It has been one year since Heroes of Newerth was released and to kick off the anniversary celebration, S2Games is offering 11 days of FREE play. Starting today (Thursday, May 12) at 9 p.m. EST new players will be able to sign up and play at no cost. Grab your friends and get your game HoN. The F2P session ends Sunday, May 22nd at 12 a.m. EST. To join, new players simply need to download the game and register a HoN nickname at: http://www.heroesofnewerth.com/create_account.php
EDGE spoke with Tim Willits about how mod development will likely shake out with RAGE with built-in tools on the PC-side (note: as with Neverwinter Nights, this might not necessarily mean it’ll be the case with Linux); also of note is an update on Doom 3/id Tech 4’s open source release:
“That’s mostly up to [id co-founder] John Carmack,” Willits explained, “he sets the schedule for that. But his philosophy of maintaining that type of connection with the community hasn’t changed.”
Shacknews interviewed producer Jason Kim at length about the post-apocalyptic shooter, covering such topics as developing adversarial AI behavior.
Bethesda Blog has a new 5 minute gameplay trailer that follows a mission against the Shrouded Clan (hey, spiderbots are back!):
Entar: Talk about some of the benefits of using the Darkplaces engine as your engine of choice for this game.
Alexander: The first and foremost benefit is that Darkplaces engine is a complete, solid game engine. All we had to worry about is the game logic and art assets. We didn’t have to worry about creating state-of-the-art technology, it was already there for us.
A reader (thanks scrawl!) pointed out this Ogre profile of Garshasp: The Monster Slayer, a new action game with a Linux port in development and some sweet moves:
This game is based on ancient Persian mythology bringing to life the epic battles of the mythological hero, Garshasp, in the ancient lands against the evil monsters. You play as Garshasp himself, the strongest man in Persian Mythology, in a journey to revenge and reclaim the legendary mace of his ancestors which is stolen by the Deevs. A journey which proves to unlock more significant hidden mysteries. The main mechanics of the game revolve around melee combat, platforming and exploration.
Project Zomboid is available to pre-order; a zombie survival RPG, it features an open world with an isometric viewpoint where players can cooperate or compete to survive in the undead landscape. There should be demo in the near term (i.e., this month), but in the meantime, the site emphasizes that this is not a game you can win:
Project Zomboid is about the choices you make, and how you choose to live your last days on Earth. As a hero who goes out in a moment of heroic self-sacrifice to save a defenseless family? Or a callous coward who saves his own skin and leaves his companions for dead?
It’s these choices, and the story you weave in your adventure. That is what Project Zomboid is all about. Not saving the world with some pie in the sky cure, or flying away in a helicopter where everything will probably be okay. This is the apocalypse.
A new arcade game has come out to kick your nerves and test your reflexes! Vertigo is an open-source, cross-platform game in which the player controls a probe that’s equipped with 2 shields to protect it from hazards. You have to navigate the probe and complete your mission as briefed, and to do that, you have to be very quick…