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Author David Craddock has been working on a book about Blizzard Entertainment since mid-2008. Entitled Stay Awhile and Listen, the unauthorized book talks to nearly 80 former employees, including those who used to work at Blizzard, Condor (later Blizzard North), and Silicon & Synapse (Blizzard's original name when it was founded). Shacknews is pleased to offer a steady stream of stories from the book leading up to its release early next year. Read more

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 was a curious announcement from Gearbox at E3 2011, both because it went silent almost immediately and because, well, it seemed to be a very silly game for a once-po-faced World War 2 series. CEO Randy Pitchford said that it was "evolving" a few months back, then over the weekend at PAX Prime revealed it's been split off from BiA so Gearbox could comfortably go crazy with it. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Sep 3, 2012 6:00AM PDT

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Sep 2, 2012 10:00AM PDT

Next week's a bit of a quiet one but there are still a few interesting odds and ends. We'll see the release of games including Shank creator Klei's sneak 'em up Mark of the Ninja, the PC edition of monochromatic puzzle-platformer Closure, Zen Pinball 2, The Sims 3 Supernatural, and an old-school RPG a decade in the making, Inquisitor. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Aug 31, 2012 4:00PM PDT

Nadeo's TrackMania games traditionally ran under a free-to-play model of sorts but TrackMania 2 Canyon shook that up by simply charging a cover price, and it seemed ShootMania Storm would too. Not so. Nadeo's first FPS will in fact return to the old way, publisher Ubisoft announced today, and offer two of its many modes for free. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia,, Aug 31, 2012 1:00PM PDT

We track the trials and travails of Ozzie's Syvari Mesmer as he gets comfortable in his new surrounding of Guild Wars 2. Read on for part 2. Read more

NCsoft's long-running hero-themed MMO, City of Heroes, will be closing later this year as part of a "realignment of company focus and publishing support." Read more

Guild Wars 2 dev ArenaNet had vowed that a pleasant gaming experience for it players was paramount to game sales, and it enforced that my closing digital sales on the game's official site until the player population stabilizes. Read more

by John Keefer,, Aug 31, 2012 10:30AM PDT

Sacred 3 has been on the fringes of our consciousness since Deep Silver took over the franchise in August 2009. We would get bits and pieces here and there, but finally today we get more details on the upcoming action RPG being developed by Keen Games. Read more

by Alice O'Connor,, Aug 31, 2012 10:00AM PDT

The announcement of Dead Island Riptide at E3 was unusually terse, merely saying that such a game was being made for PC and consoles. How mysterious! Publisher Deep Silver has since realised it might need to show something of the game, and today released the FPS-RPG sequel's first screenshots and along with a few details. The five shots show our zombie-slaying heroes returning to pootle around in boats, mostly. Read more