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Thimbleweed Park artist will share 8-bit art tips at GDC 2016

Mark Ferrari has created art for everything from Lucasfilm Games’ Loom to veteran adventure game designer Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park, and he’ll share what he’s learned at GDC! …


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Thimbleweed Park Trailer Introduces Special Agent Ray

Thimbleweed Park, the "new classic" point-and-click adventure game from the creators of Maniac Mansion, released its second trailer today. It focuses on the character of Special Agent Ray and gives a few teases about the game's mysterious plot.

There's a lot of exposition from Ray in the trailer, setting the stage for the investigation of a murder in a small town. Apparently, that also involves clowns, ghosts and glowing toilets in the dark but goofy world of Thimbleweed Park. See for yourself in the embedded video.

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Thimbleweed Park is billed as a true successor to Manic Mansion, and has almost doubled its initial funding goal on Kickstarter. It recently brought on the original artist from the Monkey Island games to work on the project. The game is now coming to PC, Xbox One, iOS and Android in August.

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Five Million Copies Of South Park: The Stick Of Truth Have Been Shipped

While the path to release was rocky, South Park: The Stick of Truth was well-received by critics and fans. Ubisoft has today announced just how successful the game is.

On its third quarter earnings call today, the publisher shared that the Obsidian-developed RPG has shipped 5 million copies. At E3 this year, the company announced a sequel is in the works.

Where The Stick of Truth spoofed fantasy tropes, The Fractured But Whole riffs on super hero themes. South Park has featured a number of episodes with the cast taking on hero personas, giving Ubisoft San Francisco a foundation from on to build.

The next game in the series is due during fiscal year 2017. This places release no later than March 31, 2017, provided there is no delay.

 

Our Take
Given the problems with development and how long we went during The Stick of Truth’s creation without seeing gameplay or getting hands-on time, its success is a bit surprising. I’m a big South Park fan and loved Obsidian’s work. I’m hopeful that Ubisoft San Francisco can build upon that success.

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Learn About Some Of South Park: The Stick Of Truth’s Cut Content

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had big many big ideas for The Stick of Truth that didn't make the cut. The latest from Did You Know Gaming looks at some of that content.

Cut content includes areas of exploration, characters classes, stealth elements, and much more in the video below.

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Prior to release (before it even had The Stick of Truth subtitle), we featured South Park on our cover. You can find features about the game by clicking the banner below.

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Psychological Horror Game The Park Coming To Consoles

Developer Funcom has announced that its psychological horror game, The Park, is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A release window has also been announced.

Funcom, who also developed the occult-themed MMO The Secret World, announced that the game is set to release in Q1 of 2016. No pricing information has been released, but the game is currently priced at $ 12.99 on Steam.

The Park tells the story of a young mother searching for her son in a haunted theme park, complete with the dark themes of depression and loss. According to the developer, the game is set in the same universe as The Secret World, but a familiarity with the game isn’t required to play it.

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You can read Jeff Cork’s review of The Park here.

Our Take
With Jeff Cork's review indicating a moderate level of craftsmanship and tension for players to face, console owners still looking for a post-Halloween horror fix may have something to look forward to.

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Classic Postmortem: Trespasser: Jurassic Park

An in-depth postmortem of this ahead-of-its-time FPS, released 17 years ago today. The ambitious action-adventure game has been cited as a source of inspiration by many indie game developers. …


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PopCap hops on the theme park bandwagon with a real-life PvZ arena

EA-owned PopCap Games is the latest video game company to make eyes at the amusement park business, announcing plans today to open a Plants Vs. Zombies attraction at the Carowinds theme park. …


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Footage Of Alleged Unreleased South Park Game Found On Xbox Devkit

Yesterday, footage of what is being labeled as an unreleased South Park game for the original Xbox emerged online. While in a rough, early development state, the footage shows elements of open world driving and combat.

The material was presented by Happy Console Gamer. According to the video below, the game was in development by Buzz Monkey Software. The company handled a number of ports, including versions of Tomb Raider games, NFL Street 3, and Army of Two: The 40th Day.

In 2012, Zynga purchased the studio. Since then, the developer has released two Android games under its own name. 

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The Xbox devkit on which the prototype is said to have been discovered was purchased at a gaming convention. Upon connecting the device, the software was present.

Given the studio’s work with PlayStation systems and the limited information available, there is a strong possibility that this South Park game was in development for all three of that generation’s systems (PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube). There are also PlayStation button icons present on-screen.

No publisher information was present, if one was even attached to the project at this point. Right now, there aren’t many details about this game, but it’s a cool look at what might have been.

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Our Take
As a South Park fan, this was a neat look at a game we could have been playing. If not for The Stick of Truth, my heart would likely be breaking in half. Thankfully, South Park is alive and well in the gaming world, with another RPG on the way.

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Ubisoft’s Movie Division Planning To Open Malaysian Theme Park In 2020

Ubisoft has announced plans to open its own theme park in Malaysia. The facility, which will showcase attractions from Raving Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, and Just Dance.

The publisher’s motion picture division (responsible for the Rabbids television show and upcoming Assassin’s Creed film) are spearheading the effort. Ubisoft is creating the theme park alongside RSG, a development company specializing in this kind of effort.

RSG is also behind the Movie Animation Park Studios, opening in Malaysia next year. The Ubisoft park will open in 2020.

 

Our Take
This story makes a bit more sense when you remember that Ubisoft is cultivating its own motion picture and television business. Disney, Universal, and others have been in this game for a long time. The difference here is that Ubisoft started in gaming, instead of the other way around.

Still, I wonder if these brands are pervasive enough to bring people in. Is there that much love for Assassin’s Creed in Asia (and among those wealthy enough to vacation in Malaysia) that this will be sustainable? Only Michael Fassbender knows.

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Disney Unveils Plans And Concept Art For Star Wars Theme Park

Turns out the galaxy far far away is in Florida.

Announced today alongside a number of other Star Wars announcements including Rogue One details and a director for Star Wars: Episode IX as part of the D23 EXPO 2015, Florida's Star Wars Disney World expansions will be the largest single-themed land expansion for the park ever with two new parks at 14-acres each.

The parks will be modeled after a brand new Star Wars planet and will have two main attractions. One will represent a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and another will let park-goers fly the Millennium Falcon.

Above, you can see three pieces of concept art created for the park that is likely still many years away.

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