The Evening Report, February 13, 2013: Nazi Zombies, Free-To-Play GOTY, and Valve Firings

Sniper Elite V2 devs announce Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army

Rebellion, the developer and publisher behind last year’s Sniper Elite V2, revealed Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army with a new trailer today. The trailer features what you probably expect from a game with a name like Nazi Zombie Army. There’s lots of pentagrams, hordes of glowing-eyed shamblers, ominous gas masks, giant zombies with miniguns, all that good stuff. Rebellion promises more information tomorrow, when the game will also become available for presale on Steam. For now, it seems likely that the four living characters facing off against the zombies means four player cooperative play. Sniper Elite V2’s trademark slow-mo sniping is curiously absent from the trailer, so it’s up in the air whether or not players will be able to gruesomely obliterate enemy testicles. 

[Source: Digital Spy]

Free-To-Play Tribes: Ascend getting GOTY edition

Hi-Rez Studios announced today that a Game of the Year Edition for Tribes: Ascend. For $30 players will get everything the game has to offer that’s normally unlocked by microtransactions. If you’re already a VIP subscriber, you can get the new edition for $20 and unlock whatever features you had yet to obtain. Even if you don’t pay anything at all, Hi-Rez will be adding six new maps, a new Shocklance gun, and two character skins to coincide with the GOTY’s release.

[Via: Joystiq]

Valve employees let go, Newell claims no change in focus

Valve Guy was let go, but asked not to comment why

Gamasutra reported today that an unconfirmed number, possibly up to 25, of employees were let go from Half-Life and Portal developer Valve. One employee let go included Jeri Ellsworth, who was said to be working on controllers, presumably for the “Steambox.” In response, Valve head Gabe Newell made a statement to Engadget, saying the firings did not reflect a change in direction.

“”We don’t usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I’d take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren’t canceling any projects. No, we aren’t changing any priorities or projects we’ve been discussing. No, this isn’t about Steam or Linux or hardware or [insert game name here]. We’re not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn’t working here.”

[Source: Gamasutra, Engadget]

Author: Ryan Franklin

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