Video game news roundup: Aug. 27, 2014

‘Doorways: The Underworld’ infiltrates your psyche Sept. 17

Playable as a stand-alone game or a continuation of the atmospheric horror series, “Doorways: The Underworld” is available for pre-order on Steam with a 25-percent discount. It will be released Sept. 17, 2014.

Prized for their psychic abilities, the agents of Doorways are charged with tempting the thresholds of sanity to hunt down the most depraved criminals, but Thomas Foster may have stepped too close to the edge. Confused, his memories riddled with holes, Foster’s only option is to go deeper in search of his next target; The Surgeon.


It’s ‘XCOM’ in the Weird Wild West: Meet Hard West

Hard West is a PC game that features the turn-based combat of “XCOM” with an overworld map reminiscent of Heroes of Might and Magic and a Weird West setting seldom explored in video games.

CreativeForge Games is a Polish company with members that have worked on titles like Call of Juarez, Dead Island, Hard Reset, Shadow Warrior.

Check out the Kickstarter page here.


Firefly moves ‘Stronghold Crusader 2’ back to Sept. 23

Firefly Studios has announced that the release date for “Stronghold Crusader 2,” its coming RTS “castle sim” sequel, has been moved back from September 2 to September 23.

Simon Bradbury, Creative Director of Firefly Studios said, “Over the past two years we have stuck to our mantra that the sequel to Stronghold Crusader will be ‘ready when it’s ready’ and, although we hate having to delay the release, this is the best course of action for everyone. Our closed beta gave us vital feedback from the Stronghold community and the Crusader 2 team feels that the game needs more polish before we release it. We love being in control of our own destiny, unlike with Stronghold 3, and not being forced to release a game too early.

“Stronghold Crusader 2” will be released on Steam and in stores on September 23, 2014. The game can be pre-ordered on Steam with 10% off, exclusive mini-campaigns and more:


Above, a scene from "Fallen A2P Protocol." (Photo credit: Red Katana)

Above, a scene from “Fallen A2P Protocol.” (Photo credit: Red Katana)

‘Fallen A2P Protocol’ will combine RPG elements, tactical combat, turn-based gameplay mechanics and dynamic weather effects

Red Katana, an independent Arentinian studio, has been working on “Fallen A2P Protocol” for more than a year. Now, when the game reached alpha stage, developers want to invite all genre fans to take active part in the development process by helping chose most wanted features, prioritizing them and deciding about what additional content should be implemented.

“Fallen A2P Protocol” takes place in the near future, in a drastically altered dystopian world. In 2125 mega corporation GENKORP unveiled A2P, a new power source to fuel humanity’s thirst for expansion and satisfy the needs of an ever-growing global population. GENKORP quickly rose in influence and fashioned itself the ultimate military-industrial complex, controlling access not only to the primary source of global energy but also crafting a military force that easily dwarfed all others.

Although touted as perfectly safe and environmentally friendly, there were those that foresaw the danger of A2P and an unchecked corporation. Known as ARKANE, and quickly branded as ‘terrorists’, this opposition group organized around a common principle: stopping the unchecked growth of GENKORP and halting A2P.

The developer is raising funds on Kickstarter for the game further development with the goal being set at $75,000 and only 12 more days to go. You can check out and support the game here: Fallen A2P Protocol Kickstarter Campaign


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Skullcandy announces limited-edition ‘Plants Vs. Zombies’ – Ink’d 2 earbuds

Skullcandy, Inc., the original lifestyle and performance audio brand, and its division ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, announced the release of the Limited Edition “Plants vs. Zombies” Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Earbuds. The new in-ear headset is the first in a series of products being developed by Skullcandy and ASTRO Gaming which are inspired by PopCap Games iconic Plants vs. Zombies franchise.

“One look at our new Limited Edition “Plants vs. Zombies” Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Earbuds and gamers will see how perfectly we’ve captured the addictive fun and distinctive style of Plants vs. Zombies” said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming and Skullcandy Gaming. “Our in-ear headsets deliver high-quality game audio and are a great way to experience the game, listen to music, watch videos and communicate with your friends.”

The Limited Edition “Plants vs. Zombies” Skullcandy Ink’d 2 Earbuds are available now directly through the Skullcandy website at and from select retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $24.99.


‘Interstellar Marines’ has sold more than 100,000 copies, getting co-op gameplay on Sept. 18

Copenhagen-based indie developer Zero Point Software’s ambitious shooter, “Interstellar Marines,” is set to introduce the first iteration of co-op gameplay in its next big update, aptly codenamed “Project Co-Op” and scheduled for Sept. 18 on Steam Early Access. The game – which has generated more than $1.5 million in revenue for the team and has sold more than 100,000 copies in total since launching last year – was built with top-notch co-op play in mind; this update brings the game closer to the full experience the team hoped to deliver when it set off to create Interstellar Marines more than a decade ago.


‘Deathtrap,’ the first tower-defense game from NeocoreGames, announced

“Deathrap” is a mixture of action-RPGs and tower defense games, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.


‘Anomaly 2’ coming to PS4 next month

After a bit-longer-than-expected, “Anomaly 2” is all set up to hit PS4. The tower offense strategy — or reversed tower defense if you prefer – game will land in Full HD on PS4 on Sept. 16, 2014.

“Anomaly 2” is a sequel to the critically acclaimed “Anomaly Warzone Earth.” Maintaining the core elements of the original, “Anomaly 2” adds new features to the single-player campaign and finally puts your skills to a test in a completely unique experience: the dynamic tower defense vs. tower offense multiplayer mode.

In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet has been overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Traveling together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.

Find more at


‘The Star Trek Online’ announces ‘Delta Rising’ expansion

Set 32 years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, “Star Trek Online: Delta Rising” will bring players into the Delta Quadrant – a mysterious region of space recently made easily accessible through an ancient Iconian gateway. As players explore uncharted worlds and interact with alien species, they will partner with well-known crew members of U.S.S. Voyager to investigate an unknown enemy presence.

“Star Trek Online” is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, or become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.

To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, please visit the official website at

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