SAN FRANCISCO, CA — February 13, 2013 — Double Fine Productions is compelled by the dark gods of Metal to announce that the epic rock-adventure Brütal Legend is being unleashed upon the PC. The game can currently be preordered for $14.99 on Steam—a 25% discount off the release-day price.
So powerful is the game’s raw lifeforce that even its creators cannot contain it any longer. Owners will receive immediate access to the Brütal Legend PC multiplayer beta, which is now live and already blowing souls. All preorder customers will also be granted two exclusive Team Fortress 2 items, Eddie Riggs’ hair and his guitar Clementine, all the better to spread the word of Metal throughout the virtual land.
“Adding a PC release to Brütal Legend’s list of conquests risks raising the world’s ambient Metal saturation to dangerously high levels,” said Double Fine President Tim Schafer, “which is why we’re conducting this closed beta test for preorders.”
“By purchasing this game, you are waiving your legal rights to recourse if the fire beast Ormagöden bathes the world in flame and ushers in the Age of Metal,” commented our lawyer.
“Shh,” added Mr. Schafer.
Also available on Steam is the Brütal Legend original musical score composed by Peter McConnell, which can be bundled with the game for $4.99 or purchased separately for $7.99.
And hot on the heels of the PC release is the long-awaited Art of Brütal Legend book from our friends at UDON Entertainment, including more than 600 lavishly reproduced pieces of concept art from the development process, featuring a foreward by Tim Schafer and an introduction by artist Scott Campbell. The Art of Brütal Legend can be preordered at the Double Fine Action Shop, along with other high-quality merchandise such as multiple brand-new collectible art prints and a limited-edition Eddie Riggs statue: http://shop.doublefine.com/collections/game-brutal-legend
Currently Brütal PC is in beta, which means we have more improvements planned before the full launch. Here’s a rundown.
The current version has the following:
• Much higher quality anti-aliasing (FXAA and SSAA). Users will be able to select these through the UI in a soon to come update.
• Support for resolutions > 720p (whatever your monitor/GPU will support).
• SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion) which makes for better contact shadows and more solid looking objects.
• Major improvements to latency/lag in multiplayer, especially in large games or games where some players have very bad pings.
Updates over the next week or so will add:
• Uncapped (i.e. as fast as your GPU can handle) framerate.
• Support for high-fidelity (i.e. 60Hz) simulation in single player.
• Higher quality shadows.
• Increased draw distance (which users can tune to be larger or smaller if need be).
With Valentine’s Day coming up, the Middle Manager of Justice team got to thinking.
“Hey, you know what we think of when we hear Valentine’s Day?” we asked ourselves. “Love… Love of middle management and filing paper work, because tax forms come out around now. Oh, and also alien invasions.”
And then we all looked up and caught each other in an uncomfortable gaze that was a couple of seconds too long, and declared, “HEY! In addition to the Alien Invasion storyline for the last two areas in Middle Manager of Justice, let’s add a mission that will allow all of our Middle Managers to save VALENTINE’S DAY, and thus…LOVE.”
Thus it was decided. We have now released the 1.1.0 update to Middle Manager of Justice, filled to the brim with new content, fixes, and other enhancements. We’ve also added a brand new hero, THE COSMIC CROWBAR, brainchild of Steve Dengler, our irreplaceable friend and supporter!
But that’s not all! We’ve also launched a brand-new piece of Middle Manager of Justice merchandise: the Justice Corp. Official Mug! Emblazoned with the pride-inspiring Justice Corp. logo, it’s the perfect way to signal to your co-workers that only one of you can be the real World’s Greatest Middle Manager of Justice, and it sure isn’t them.
Ever since the Humble Amnesia Fortnight Bundle ended, we’ve wanted to make the whole thing available for purchase again, but we wanted to wait until we had the perfect way to do it. And we finally figured it out: It’s a two-disc Special Edition Box Set containing all five AF2012 prototypes, the whole 2 Player Productions documentary on Blu-ray, the AF2012 original soundtrack, and three bonus prototypes from past Amnesia Fortnights.
We even pestered an artist from each of the five teams to make a custom Collector’s Edition slipcase, which will be signed by the appropriate team lead. They did a bang up job, even under duress! (They’ll probably be fine.)
Note that we are currently only taking pre-orders on the boxed edition. However, you’ll get a download code immediately, so you don’t have to wait to start playing! And watching! And listening! Then, soon enough, you’ll receive a ridiculously attractive box in the mail and won’t that be swell?
...is what you’ll be hearing in mere days, when our newest game The Cave appears on pretty much every gaming platform known to man. Yes, this game is coming January 22 to PlayStation 3 and Wii U, and January 23 to Steam (for PC, Mac, AND Linux!) and Xbox 360! It’s outrageous, really. (If someone tries to tell you there are other gaming platforms than those, they’re probably lying.)
In fact, you can preorder The Cave on Steam right now! Your steam copy will work on PC, Mac, or Linux. So get on it! It also comes with a nifty exclusive Team Fortress 2 hat which, based on the TF2 community’s hat obsession, probably has a dollar value that exceeds the entire budget of The Cave’s development. There’s also a beard and a teddy bear. So don’t miss out.
Still not convinced? I think you’ll be whistling a different tune once you see this irresistible character trailer…
STILL not convinced? Then please, just buy it for our sake. This is Ron Gilbert’s game, and if it sells millions of copies he’s promised to finally stop telling us all what to do.
Our latest game, Kinect Party, is out now, and you can download it for free until December 31! Just head over to the game’s Xbox.com page and download both “Full Game - Kinect Party - Base Game” and “Kinect Party - Full Unlock.”
Then sign into Xbox Live on your Xbox 360 and they’ll download automatically! Then you can play!
Please note: Kinect Party is not currently available in all regions. If it doesn’t show up in your region’s Xbox Live Arcade: We’re sorry! :( Hopefully it can become available soon.
The following list includes all regions where the game can be downloaded now:
Republic of Ireland
Middle East and Africa:
United Arab Emirates
Middle Manager of Justice is a superhero-themed time management game: Run a busy crime-fighting corporation, hire and train your heroes, and fight to keep scum off the streets. And do it on your iPhone or iPad!
To celebrate, artist Mark Hamer created this MMOJ comic—the first of several! (It’s also free.)
We hope you’ve been paying attention to Kinect Party, the sequel to Double Fine Happy Action Theater, because it is on the verge of being in your home. It comes out for free on December 18, and it’ll stay free for the rest of the year. So don’t miss it! Tell your friends! After all, you’ll need people to dubstep with.
I know, I know. “Free!?” you’re asking. “That’s can’t be true, not when Kinect Party includes 36 amazing reality-altering activities.” But it’s definitely true, because it was officially reported by Major Nelson. You really have to know your stuff to reach Major in the Microsoft Accurate Information Corps, so you know it’s legit.
So download Kinect Party on Xbox Live Arcade starting December 18. After all, you can’t put a price on family-friendly holiday fun. And even if you could, this is free. What could be better?
The winning ideas were these:
Brandon Dillon’s Hack ‘n’ Slash
JP LeBreton’s Spacebase DF-9
Andy Wood’s The White Birch
Lee Petty’s Autonomous
Levi Ryken’s Black Lake
(Originally we were only going to make four, but it turns out we had the staff for an extra team!)
Every day, we’re live streaming team meetings and updates. Keep up with them at the Humble Bundle site, our Twitch.tv channel, or at the top of this post. 2 Player Productions will also be releasing daily highlight videos showing standout moments from the teams each day. The first of those should be out soon! If you’re an Amnesia Fortnight Bundle owner, you’ll be able to find them in your Humble Bundle account page.
Don’t forget—the bundle is still on sale even if you missed voting. It includes two past AF prototypes (Costume Quest and Happy Song), and the new prototypes when they’re complete. Plus, if you beat the average you also get a never-before-seen BRAZEN prototype, led by Brad Muir in a past Amnesia Fortnight! And three extra Brazen download keys so you can play co-op with your friends!