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Ron Gilbert is like a bird. He needs to be set free. The designer of The Cave has announced that he's leaving Double Fine Productions, "now that The Cave is done and unleashed." Read more

Ragnar Tørnquist and Red Thread Games were clearly getting enough money to make Dreamfall Chapters, as its crowdfunding campaign rocketed out the gate and hit its $850,000 target in about a week, but how many stretch goals could it hit? Funding wrapped up over the weekend at $1,538,425--180% of the goal and just enough to make the adventure game as a 'Director's Cut.' Planned features it trimmed or cut to make the basic budget viable will now be added back in. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Mar 8, 2013 4:00PM PST

The Showdown Effect, the newly-released game from Magicka developer Arrowhead, has gotten a demo on Steam. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Mar 8, 2013 11:30AM PST

Diablo 3's senior technical game designer explains the focus of the upcoming 1.0.8 update, and how it aims to make co-op a more efficient way to play without going too far and making it feel required. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Mar 8, 2013 10:00AM PST

Richard Garriott's "Ultimate RPG" has been revealed, a spiritual successor to the Ultima series titled Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. It's currently seeking crowd-funding via Kickstarter. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Mar 8, 2013 8:30AM PST

Ten months after receiving a whopping $1.9 million from fans to make Shadowrun Returns, Jordan Weisman's HareBrained Schemes has revealed the cyberpunk-fantasy RPG in a twenty-minute alpha gameplay walkthrough. Weisman and co-founder Mitch Gitelman show off a squad of shadowrunners talking, shooting and summoning their way through one mission and gosh, it's good to see. Read more

Double Fine announced its next title today, a joint effort with the Leap Motion controller to produce a rhythm score-challenge game called Dropchord. Read more

With StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm scheduled to rollout March 12, Blizzard is already developing the scripting, story and missions for the Protoss-focused expansion Legacy of the Void, according to Game Director Dustin Browder. Read more

The 7th Guest is getting a sequel, titled The 7th Guest: 3. Developer Trilobyte is aiming to launch in 12-18 months, and plans to use a Kickstarter campaign if it doesn't find other funding. Read more

We don't often report on Kickstarter projects before they are fully funded, but the just-launched crowdfunding for Torment: Tides of Numenera is an exception. When a game blasts through its $900,000 goal, tops $1 million in record time, and blows through two stretch goals in the first 24 hours, that's worth noting. Read more