Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 7/21/13

NVIDIA’s handheld gaming device SHIELD will be launching at the end of July, the company announced today. The SHIELD was originally scheduled for release on June 27th but then suffered a last-minute delay.

“We want to thank you for your patience and for sticking with us through the shipment delay of your SHIELD. We have great news to share with you – your SHIELD will ship on July 31st,” reads an update on the SHIELD’s official website website. “Our goal has always been to ship the perfect product, so we made sure we submitted SHIELD to the most rigorous mechanical testing and quality assurance standards in the industry. We built SHIELD because we love playing games, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

Gaming Blend

A new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” game is coming in October, Activision announced via press release. The game is based on the Nickelodeon animated series, and is described as a “side-scrolling action-brawler” with “loads of combat and animated scenes.” It is the product of a multi-year, three-game deal between Activision and Nickelodeon, first announced in February.


But now the story is being retold under oath in a San Francisco federal courtroom, where the programmer of the first “John Madden Football” is claiming that his work cast the mold for the series and that he deserves tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.

Closing arguments concluded Friday in Robin Antonick vs. Electronic Arts, and a jury will continue deliberating the outcome Monday. Whether the case inspires similar suits is unclear, but should Antonick prevail, it would be a high-profile victory for the technicians behind video games – recognition that their coding has artistic merit and financial worth.

San Francisco Chronicle

“Wasteland 2,” like Double Fine’s adventure game, is one of Kickstarter’s greatest video game project successes. And, like Double Fine’s adventure game, it’s also run into a snag because, well, y’all just gave it too darn much money.

The game is six weeks behind schedule, says developers inXile entertainment, and the reason is the “increased scope” that came from getting $2 million more than the $900,000 it originally sought. That means the game’s planned October release will now essentially begin its beta. An estimated full release date was not mentioned in the latest update on the game’s progress.


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