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Skybound Games is Bringing Baldur’s Gate, Planescape, Neverwinter Nights and More to Consoles

Skybound Games and Beamdog have announced a publishing partnership that will bring classic roleplaying videogames Baldur’s GateBaldur’s Gate llBaldur’s Gate: Siege of DragonspearIcewind DalePlanescape: Torment, and Neverwinter Nights to console platforms in 2019.

Beamdog is known for bringing enhanced versions of Dungeons & Dragons videogames to fans both new and old on the PC platform, including the critically acclaimed Baldur’s GateNeverwinter Nights and Planescape: Torment. Six of Beamdog’s fan-favorite games will be released on console platforms for the first time ever via Skybound, all as Enhanced Editions sold at retail stores and online. These upcoming releases will allow RPG fans the opportunity to experience epic Dungeons & Dragons adventures in a whole new way.

A selection of Beamdog’s games will be on display in the Skybound Games booth at PAX East in Boston from March 28-31, all coinciding with the first anniversary of Skybound Games as the video game publishing arm of Skybound Entertainment.

More details about what fans can expect with these upcoming console releases, including specific platforms and box contents, will be unveiled in the coming months.

Pre-PAX East Quick Reviews

With PAX East coming up in a few days and GDC only just having passed, there’s a lot of games that have been or will be announced, demoed, teased, and released. Here’s a few indie titles I’ve gotten to check out that will have booths at PAX East.

Witch It!

Witch It is a standalone prop hunt game by Barrel Roll Games similar to the PropHunt mode for Garry’s Mod. However, Witch It comes with a high dose of charming low poly graphics that refuses to take itself too seriously and go a long way to set the mood. Currently in Early Access and always being improved upon, you play as either speedy little transforming witches or oafish hunters using unconventional methods to track them down. With each round, the nine maps are randomly filled with objects the witches can transform into if they choose while the hunters use chickens, potatoes, pickles, and the impact of their own body weight after a fall to discern who’s what. If you’re a streamer who enjoys playing with your audience or you always seems to have too many people for most team games, this is definitely one to consider.

Available now for $14.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows. Find it at Booth #22055.

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Minit

The core concept behind this amazing little rogue-lite pixel-based gem created by JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom and published by Devolver Digital is simple: you have sixty seconds to try to complete your quests. The charming characters and small mundane adventure keep you engaged but the short bursts of play don’t force you commit too much time to runs. The only thing that could make it more perfect would be if it were available on mobile devices or the Switch in addition to Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. As it is, this is a great game to fill the queue gaps when playing things like League of Legends, Overwatch, and similar games.

Available now for $9.99 on Steam, PS4, and XBox One. Find it at Devolver Digital’s Booths #18090 and #18096.

Make Sail

This is a cute if sometimes frustrating sailing exploration game from Popcannibal that places the player as one of the sole survivors of a ship wreck that is trying to return a set of mystical chimes. While the story isn’t terribly deep or important to the gameplay, it does give some reference and framework to the game as a whole. It also models its physics and densities on their real world equivalents, giving anyone with practical sailing or boat design experience a leg up. Make Sail also includes some Twitch integration, which makes it another solid choice for variety streamers who want a quieter atmosphere. If you like the premise of Sea of Thieves but want a more relaxed and laidback approach and something more akin in visuals to Breath of the Wild, Make Sail is definitely worth considering throughout the rest of its development.

Available now for $19.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows.

There’s a lot to see at PAX East this weekend and it’ll be impossible to see everything. Even if you can’t attend, keep an eye out for these.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow? Do you know what you’re planning on getting? If you’re undecided, you can check out our picks later this morning!

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Was PAX East’s Diversity Lounge A Success? I Asked People Who Went – It’d be great to see more of these at conventions.

GamePolitics – AbleGamers Raises Over $33K at PAX East 2014 – Great organization. Great to see this!

Kotaku – This Avengers Bruce Banner Figure Isn’t Always Angry – Really nice looking figure.

The Mary Sue – Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey – Good to hear retailers are backing up our stats!

Kotaku – Miyazaki Films Would Be Just As Pretty With Pixel Art – Very cool.

Bleeding Cool – BBC Sherlock Manga Getting An Official English Translation Shortly – Cool!

The Mary Sue – Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China – Huh.

CBR – ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Will Aim For Tone of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ – Hrm, could be interesting.

The Beat – Saga, Foglio Nominated for Hugo Awards – Congrats!

Around the Tubes Reviews

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Aquaman, The Trench. Volume One

CBR – Superior Spider-Man #31

CBR – Thor: God of Thunder #21

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #30

Pax East Insights from Eventbrite

Last weekend was PAX East, and all of geekdom (and social media) rejoiced, so Eventbrite, an online ticketing service popular amongst gamer events, decided to give us a peek behind the curtain of the show for those who couldn’t attend. Partnering with Mashwork, Eventbrite analyzed all posts from Twitter, Facebook, forums, and blogs about Pax East during the three-day convention.

  • PAX East created a bit of a social media frenzy: the event drove a whopping 193,000+ social media posts, driving 500+ more posts than PAX Prime 2013 and 25% more social volume than PAX East 2013!
  • There were more women in the mix than ever: 28% of people talking about PAX East were women, up from 25% at PAX East 2013 and 26% at PAX Prime 2013, indicating that female attendance and social sharing at gaming events is steadily growing.
  • Move over, Nintendo! Indie games drove big buzz: Over a third of all discussion around game announcements and demos centered on indie games — great to see new names breaking through.

Conversations studied ran the gamut, and general excitement about PAX East dominated social discussion (48%), followed by chatter about gaming tournaments, like the Towerfall tournament and the 25K Infinite Crisis Event (15%). Other discussion topics included cosplay (12%), game announcements and demos (10%), Panels (9%), and parties and concerts (6%). The biggest social spike of the convention was the announcement of PAX South, driving over 5,500 posts from excited gamers.

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ONI Press’ 2013 Convention Schedule

Convention season is upon us once again, and Oni Press has settled on its season line-up.  Eager fans and devout readers can expect to find the independent publisher—best known for the popular Scott Pilgrim series and the Western fantasy The Sixth Gun—at the following shows this year:

Emerald City Comic-Con – Seattle, WA (March 1-3)
Stumptown – Portland, OR (April 27-28)
Pax East – Boston, MA (March 22-24)
MoCCA – New York, NY (April 6-7)
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – Los Angeles, CA (April 20-21)
TCAF – Toronto, ON (May 11-12)
Phoenix Comic-Con – Phoenix, AZ (May 23-26)
Book Expo America – New York, NY (May 30-June 1)
Heroes Con – Charlotte, NC (June 7-9)
San Diego Comic Con – San Diego, CA (July 18-21)
Gen Con – Indianapolis, IN (August 15-18)
Small Press Expo – North Bethesda, MD (September 14-15)
PAX Prime – Seattle, WA (TBD)
New York Comic-Con – New York, (October 10-13)

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