OCC TECH NEWS
We here at OverclockersClub love to give things away to our members, and today we have a new contest for you. Noctua, purveyors of exceptional CPU coolers, has three heat sinks to give away. If you want a chance to win either the NH-D15, the NH-U14S, or the NH-U12S, then you are in luck! Any one of these CPU coolers can help keep your system from going thermal, and just may help you get to that next level of overclocking. The rules for this contest are fairly simple: take a picture of your current heat sink in your computer and post it in the contest thread. As these are all desktop coolers, only users with desktop computers are able to enter. However, the contest is open world wide, so there are no restrictions other than the type of computer you have.
The Noctua giveaway will last for two weeks (until November 2), so there is plenty of time to enter. All entrants can have the picture either attached in their post or hosted on a file sharing website (like Imgur). If you are one of the lucky winners, you have 48 hours to respond, or else it will go to someone else. Good luck to all who enter!
October 20, 2014
Superconductivity is an interesting phenomenon that could have many applications from power lines to computer circuits. Exactly how a superconducting circuit would take shape though is still being determined. Researchers at MIT have recently developed and tested one circuit design that could make superconducting circuits cheaper and easier to produce.
Josephon junctions are a kind of superconducting circuit that have been able to reach 770 GHz, but while they do have great potential, they are hard to make and hard to work with. The new design from MIT is called a nanocryotron, or nTron, and would be much simpler to create as it consists of nanowires forming a T shape. Where the base meets the crossbar though, the base tapers down to a point. When an electrical current is applied to the base, the point causes electrons to bounce off of each other, producing enough heat to warm the crossbar past its critical temperature. This ends the conductivity of the crossbar, until it is cooled again, and thus acts as an electrical switch. This design does have limitations though, such as likely never surpassing 1 GHz, but being simpler to create, working with currents similar to those in other hardware, and an impedance that matches that of mRAM may still make it very useful.
As superconductors can carry a current without resistance, they can work with a percent the energy needed by modern electronics. Of course the liquid-helium cooling system would cut into some of that savings, but it could still be a net improvement.
Ubisoft has unveiled the Season Pass contents for Far Cry 4, and while it doesn't offer up the insane variety seen in Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass, it does allow you to hunt yetis; so you know, it does have that going for it. The Season Pass is broken up into five parts:
- The Syringe – The day-one Season Pass exclusive mission will have you preventing Pagan Min from retrieving a rare recipe and using it against the rebellion. Take on The Syringe in either single-player or co-op.
- Escape from Durgesh Prison – Team up with a friend to escape Yuma’s prison after being locked up and tortured. Fun stuff.
- Hurk Deluxe Pack – More harpooning. More explosions. More Hurk. More awesome. Get access to five new missions starring Hurk, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption. We just love this crazy country boy so much.
- Overrun – Play as either the Rakshasa or the Golden Path in this new PvP multiplayer mode. Capture territory around Kyrat and stop that territory from being taken by your enemies.
- Valley of the Yetis – A crash landing on a Himalayan ridge finds Ajay fighting for his life in a strange new frozen landscape. Scavenge for tools and upgrade your campsite, while fending off deadly nighttime attacks from a mysterious cult. Explore caves in the area, but watch out for what lurks within. Valley of the Yetis has both single-player and co-op options, so it might be wise to bring a friend along to watch your back.
The Far Cry 4 Season Pass is priced at $29.99, but a Far Cry 4 Gold Edition that contains the base game and Season Pass together is also available for $89.99, which doesn't actually provide a further discount since the base game is priced at $59.99. Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Light emitting diodes for home lighting have been growing in popularity of late, thanks to their efficiency and long lives. One problem they possess though is cost, and that problem may get worse in the future. Rare earth elements are needed for LEDs and many other technologies, and as the supply shrinks, costs will increase, unless someone does something about it.
As reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers have developed an alternative to the rare earth elements in LEDs that is instead based on copper iodide. This material is much more abundant and can still be tuned to produce a variety of colors, including white. The white light the researchers were able to make was also warmer than that typical white LEDs emit.
Source: American Chemical Society
Spotify has announced that it will soon offer its members a family plan subscription. Dubbed Spotify Family, the new plan is one of the most asked for features from the Spotify audience according to the Chief Content Officer for the company, Ken Parks. Spotify Family will offer household members with independent Spotify Premium accounts that feature separate listening histories, playlists, and recommendations. According to Spotify, the new subscription option will offer a 50 percent savings for each additional member, meaning that new members under the plan will only cost $5 each. The plan does feature a five person maximum, though that should not be an issue for most families access the music streaming service under Spotify Family.
Spotify Family is set to roll out globally in the coming weeks.
Fitbit, a company that specializes in wearable devices that track personal health activities, is set to lunch the Fitbit Surge in the coming weeks, according to leaked marketing materials. The new watch, which is being marketed as a "superwatch," includes technology dedicated to serious athletes that are looking to track activities and monitor various health metrics. The Fitbit Surge features built-in GPS tracking, PurePulse heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, smart notifications, sleep tracking capabilities, and wireless syncing. While the leaked Fitbit Surge is not technically a smartwatch, it does offer phone call and text notifications along with music playback support.
The Fitbit Surge is expected to retail for $249 and will come in three color options that include black, slate, and tangerine.
It can be weird to think of the number of technologies that future generations may never encounter, and one of these will likely be the typewriter. With computers and word processors, it would seem like typewriters no longer serve a purpose. With some imagination and creativity though, a student at the University of Plymouth has resurrected a typewriter and connected it to the Internet.
It was not an easy task, as some parts had to be built and supplied by a German company, but it was a fun project, according to the 22-year-old student. The typewriter, called Dico, can tell when someone is approaching it using ultrasound, and will then connect to a random person on an Internet chat service. Using micro-controllers and solenoids, messages can be received and typed onto the paper to be read, though sometimes it will be encrypted. This was intentional, to cause the user to think about online security.
The student would like to refine Dico some more and may even build another, so the pair can talk to each other. This is not the only time he has converted older technology into something new and interesting, as he gave the 1950s short wave radio the ability to create small poems from people's brain activity.
Source: University of Plymouth
A new week is upon us, which means some new reviews for you to check out. There is a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and how it performs, so those wanting a gaming laptop can see just how powerful the new part truly is. For those needing a small yet powerful computer, there is a review on the ECS LIVA Mini PC kit. In a world of privacy concerns, we have an article examining some alternatives to Gmail and Dropbox that should offer more security for those desiring it. If you just simply need a new phone yet cannot decide on which to get, we have an article comparing the LG G3 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 to see which is the better option. Wrapping things up for today is a case mod featuring the Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene Snow case.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Performance Testing @ PC Perspective
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit @ Madshrimps
LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 @ LanOC Reviews
Case Mod Friday: Armor Revo Spartan Edition @ ThinkComputers
Secure, Private Email and Cloud Storage Alternatives to Gmail and Dropbox @ TechSpot
October 19, 2014
ACE Team's side-scrolling fighting game Abyss Odyssey launched in July and received a fairly good reception. The combat takes some getting used to, but the art style and soundtrack are simply amazing. While the game is available on consoles, the PC is the preeminent version with its inclusion of Versus Mode. Now Versus Mode is even better with the introduction of the much anticipated Online Versus Mode for up to four players. The new update also adds mid-combo transformation for even more complex combat techniques, a new enemy called the White Phantom, and Zeno Class II's Golem as a new boss. As a bonus, Golem is playable in Versus for owners of Zeno Clash II or the Abyss Odyssey Soundtrack on Steam.
Source: Press Release
Back in August 2012, Moon Spider Studio announced its debut title, Harold. Then, silence. Now, over two years later and after four years of development, the indie studio is finally revealing more of its platformer racing game – a game where you don't actually control the character, but rather the environment around him.
While originally scheduled for PC and consoles in 2013, Harold is now a PC exclusive, planned to release later this year. The game features twelve distinct courses and three unique game modes.
Source: Press Release and Official Site
October 18, 2014
Things are not looking too good for AMD right about now. The company has a new CEO, Lisa Su, but she's already facing a tough decision due to AMD's recent market struggles. Overall revenue dropped 2% from last year, but the Computer and Graphics division saw revenue drop 16% in the same time. That division also saw an operating loss of $17 million, which is a fair bit more than the $6 million loss in the last quarter. The news isn't all bad for AMD, however, as its Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom division saw a revenue increase of 21%. Still, as a result of all this, AMD is restructuring and laying off 710 employees worldwide; roughly a 7% reduction in workforce. There's no telling if the layoffs will affect people across all divisions or only certain ones (or just one), but hopefully it can help get AMD back on track. It's never easy seeing so many people lose their jobs, and probably is not how the new CEO wanted to kick off her rule.
Source: Bright Side of News
After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign came to an end on September 14, 2012, Planetary Annihilation exited Steam Early Access and officially launched on September 5, 2014. Now developer Uber Entertainment is back on Kickstarter with yet another real-time strategy game, but one that bears little resemblance to Planetary Annihilation, except maybe the robots. Human Resources is a real-time strategy game exclusively for PC "that puts you in command of apocalyptic factions vying to conquer the drifting remains of a shattered Earth." Those factions include ancient squid monsters from another dimension and giant killer robots. There's no human faction because, well, they're your resource.
The story behind Human Resources is quite unique. As the human race is wont to do in any sci-fi story, they are responsible for the apocalypse that has befallen them. It all began when newly-sentient automated factories started churning out waves of giant robots known as Machines, hell-bent on dismantling and recylcing all of mankind. In a last-ditch effort to save themselves from the Machines, humans decide to invoke the tentacled Ancient Ones. What could possibly go wrong? Oh wait, I know – the Ancient Ones now compete with the Machines to consume the last remains of Earth. It's a lose-lose situation for mankind. Don't think that these will be the only two factions in the game though – Uber plans on adding more asymmetric factions based on community feedback during development.
Up to eight players can duke it out on procedurally generated "floating fragments of Earth as they are ripped from the planet and pulled toward the waiting mouths of god-sized faction leaders." Each battlefield is full destructible, allowing players to not only uproot buildings and use them as giant clubs, but also decimate the terrain beneath them by boring giant holes in the ground or cutting the Earthshard in two. A single game may also encompass more than one Earthshard.
While the premise alone sounds pretty sweet, I think I'm actually more impressed by the game's visual style. This may be a post-apocalyptic game, but it's as far from gray and drab as can be. Using a unique cel-shaded, comic-style aesthetic, Human Resources is colorful and gorgeous.
Uber Entertainment is seeking $1,400,000 in its Kickstarter Campaign, which is actually $500,000 more than the initial goal for Planetary Annihilation, but still shy of its eventual pull of $2.2+ million. According to Uber, the higher goal is simply because Human Resources requires a lot more content – "more animation, more effects, more organic art, more everything!" And for those Planetary Annihilation fans who may be worried that Uber is moving on from that game, no need to fret – Human Resources is being built by a separate team than the one that is currently working on and will continue to work on Planetary Annihilation.
If you're interested in backing Human Resources, the lowest tier is a mere $20. Beta access can be had at the $40 tier, which also comes with $50 in-game credit for Uber's Super Monday Night Combat. Alpha access requires a mininum pledge of $90, but not only comes with that same SMNC in-game credit, but also a copy of Planetery Annihilation. If you're interested in various physical rewards, you'll have to fork over a minimum of $125, with Uber's reasoning being that fulfillment and shipping costs would be too cost prohibitive below that point. Of course, there are several other tiers in-between and after, so check out the Kickstarter page below to find one that best suits your desires. The Kickstarter Campaign ends on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:00PM EDT. It's still over $1 million away from its goal, so get cracking and help spread the word!
Human Resources is currently planned exclusively for Windows, though I wouldn't be surprised to see Mac and Linux/SteamOS versions in the future considering Uber is using the same core engine as the one used for Planetary Annihilation. It's obviously too early to tell for system requirements, but we do know that the game will support English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Korean languages, with other languages possible as time and funding permits.
Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, in conjunction with Vanguard Games, have announced top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Strike, the spiritual successor to Halo: Spartan Assault. The game takes place during the events of Halo 2, but features "an all-new story that will take you from New Mobasa on Earth to the enigmatic Gamma Halo located at the edge of charted space." During the game's 30 challenging missions, you'll get to use new weapons (Suppressor, Scatter Shot, Binary Rifle, and Incineration Cannon) and new armor abilities (Proximity Mine, Bubble Shield, Teleport, Shock Chain, and Airstrike), as well as drive various vehicles, like the iconic Warthog. There will also be weekly challenges with leaderboards, and players can earn Xbox achievements that unlock content for Xbox One's upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Despite the Xbox One unlocks, Halo: Spartan Strike is exclusive to Windows 8 devices, coming to Windows 8/8.1 Phone, Windows 8/8.1, and Steam on December 12 for $5.99. Supported controls include keyboard and mouse, USB Xbox controller, and touch-controls using a virtual joystick.
Source: Press Release and Xbox News
October 17, 2014
Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to end support for webOS cloud services on January 15, 2015 as "the user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running." The end of support won't cause webOS powered devices to stop working, but will disable several device features including cloud backup. Users will also be prevented from new app purchases through the HP App Catalog, and only apps purchased by November 1 will be available for download up to the shutdown date. Another key feature that will no longer be available is password recovery and HP is encouraging users to keep their passwords "in a safe location or turn off the device locking function."
Mirrors are fairly common and useful objects, but do you know how they work? When light, electromagnetic radiation strikes a mirror, it interacts with the electrical component, causing the reflection to have the reverse electric field. Though not possible naturally, metamaterials can allow for magnetic mirrors that reflect the magnetic component, and, as reported in The Optical Society's Optica journal, a new design has been developed.
The reason metamaterials are required for a magnetic mirror has to do with the fact that magnetic fields interact with charged particles, but light has no charge. The first metamaterials to achieve magnetic mirroring only worked on long microwave frequencies. More recent designs using 'fish-scale' shaped metallic components allow for shorter wavelengths, but have considerable signal loss and are very dependent on the components' particular shapes. The new design addresses these issues by using a 2D array of non-metallic dielectric resonators. These resonators interact strongly with the magnetic component of light and, being made out of tellurium, have a low signal loss compared to their metallic counterparts.
Among the reasons magnetic mirrors would be useful is that traditional mirrors reversing the electric components of light, causes that component to cancel out, at the surface. This prevents nanoscale antennas and quantum dots from interacting with the light. By preserving the electric component, a magnetic mirror would allow for the maximum absorption of the light, and new technologies.
Source: The Optical Society
Rdio, an online music service that is currently available in 60 countries across the world, has converted its entire music library to AAC. The file format is generally more data efficient and offers better sound quality than a MP3 digital music file, and is available immediately through the audio quality settings menu within Rdio. In addition, the online music service now offers 320kbps streaming across web, Android, and iOS applications. Rdio previously defaulted to 96kbps MP3 streaming, but users can now choose streaming bitrates of 64kbps, 96kbps, and 320kbps, though Rdio Unlimited subscribers are the only ones who can access the 320kbps streaming bitrate.
This news comes roughly six months after Rdio announced a joint venture with Bob Weir that was aimed at improving audio quality while sparking discussions about the unfairness of streaming audio quality.
CBS is looking to steal market share from other video streaming services, as it has just launched its own digital subscription service known as CBS All Access. The new service offers on demand video and live streaming content that consists of CBS Television's current lineup, previous seasons, and classic shows. Primetime shows will be available the day after they air, and past seasons and more than 5,000 episodes of CBS Classics are available on demand. Users of CBS All Access can also stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest United States markets. President and CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, noted that "CBS All Access is another key step in the Company's long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it."
CBS All Access currently costs $5.99 per month and can be accessed through the CBS website and through the CBS App, which is available on Android and iOS devices.
Source: CBS News
Google has publically revealed through a tweet on its official Android Developers account that Google Play Games now supports Nearby Multiplayer. The technology enables two players to be synced together within the same game as long as they are physically near one another. Support for Nearby Multiplayer allows developers to create local competitive and cooperative experiences between two Android players that are close by each other, paving the way for mobile games to plant themselves as substantial offerings in the video game market. The feature is built into the Google Play Games API and is immediately available to developers who wish to take advantage of it.
Ubisoft has officially launched The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles, a free-to-play strategy, tower defense hybrid for iOS and Android devices. The game features both offensive and defensive levels, with offense requiring you to maneuver your robot units around traps and blockers, while defense plays out like your typical tower defense game. There are dozens of robots to check out and you can level them up to build a stronger army. At launch, the game features a whopping 180 stages to complete, while Ubisoft has said post-launch support will continuously add additional stages, along with more puzzle modes and units.
The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles is currently available on the App Store and Google Play.
The end of the week has arrived, and with it comes some items for you to look over before the weekend hits. We have a review on the Cooler Master Mizar gaming mouse, which features an ergonomic shape, seven buttoms, and an 8200DPI. There is also a look at the Maingear Pulse 15, a gaming laptop with an Intel Core i7, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, and a 3K resolution. For those looking to ditch cable, there's an article looking at various hardware alternatives to access TV content. Wrapping things up is a podcast looking back at the latest news and reviews of the past week.
Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Maingear Pulse 15 @ TechSpot
Cutting the Cord: Part 1 Alternatives Boxes @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #322 @ PC Perspective
More many modern technologies, thin is in, but this example may be a bit extreme. Researchers at Columbia University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a 2D material that exhibits the piezoelectric effect. This effect links mechanical deformation to the creation of electrical voltages.
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is part of a family of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides, which are 2D semiconductors. In theory, they can all be piezoelectric because they all break central symmetry, but this is the first time one has been successfully tested. While MoS2 did demonstrate the effect though, it does not always. As a bulk material, it does not, but even when working with atomically-thin sheets, it does not always. There must be an odd number of layers to generate any electricity, because with an even number the layers' output voltages will actually cancel each other out. Also electricity was only generated when the material was deformed in a specific direction.
Even with all of these conditions, this is still an important discovery, as it suggests other piezoelectric materials that can be just atoms thick. Being so thin, the materials will be naturally flexible, making it possible to use these generators to power wearable devices.
Source: Columbia University
System software update 2.0, the latest firmware for the PlayStation 4, is set to bring exciting new features to owners of the Sony video gaming console. Firmware version 2.0 will offer a redesigned content area, improved filter and sort functions within the library, enhanced voice commands, the ability to change the background color of the home screen, and an 'Add to Library' button that allows games to be added to a player’s library without downloading them. The latest system software update will also usher in a USB music player, live broadcasting enhancements, SharePlay and YouTube support, additional themes, and a friend suggesting feature known as Players You May Know.
Scott McCarthy, the director of product planning and software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America, has revealed that more features surrounding version 2.0 of the PlayStation 4 firmware, which will be released this fall, have yet to be announced.
October 16, 2014
The yearly Halloween event for Killing Floor is Halloween Horror and is now available to play on Steam. Two new maps, Club Clandestine and Devil's Dollhouse, will be available and are filled with Halloween themed Zeds, including the new Toy Master mod. Players will be able to earn new achievements as well as achievements from previous Halloween events. Tripwire will be offering a number of special DLC bundles and will also offer reduced prices on all DLC. Killing Floor is free to play for the weekend as part of the Steam Free Weekend Weekend and is also on sale for $4.99.
Source: Tripwire Interactive
Google has submitted an application to the US Federal Communications Commission to conduct tests in California across a number of wireless frequencies. One of the frequencies is a "rarely-used millimetre frequency capable of transmitting large amounts of data," and could potentially be used as a wireless extension of the Google Fiber service. Is was not revealed exactly what the tests would be for, but this is a logical explanation according to some experts. Wireless engineer and consultant Stephen Crowley said, "You could look at it as a possible wireless extension of their Google Fiber wireless network, as a way to more economically serve homes. Put up a pole in a neighbourhood, instead of having to run fibre to each home."
Ubisoft has posted a new video for Assassin's Creed Unity that introduces us to the various characters in the game and their voice actors. In order of appearance, there's Dan Jeanotte as protagonist Arno Dorian, Catherine Bérubé as Elise de la Serre, Alex Ivanovici as Marquis de Sade, Brent Skagford as Napoleon Bonaparte, and Bruce Dinsmore as Maximilien de Robespierre.
Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Season Pass is also available with eight hours of additional content, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a unique 2.5D reimagining of the franchise.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
As an avid PC gamer, this is not the kind of news you may want to hear. According to a post on Reddit, some Ubisoft engineers were going to visit a school and answer some questions, so naturally the poster invited suggestions for questions. Among the questions were some concerned with the performance and features of games released for PC and console. One of the questions got the answer that prior to release, the console manufacturers receive a copy of the game and then let Ubisoft know "what to keep and what to throw away." For 30 FPS versus 60 FPS gameplay, a Game Architect answered that while they do target 60 FPS, limitations force them to settle on 30 FPS. The poster then said, "He (the Game Architect) then implied that console makers are pressuring them into doing the same thing on PC."
While there may be more to this than these answers provide, the prospect that the console manufacturers are influencing PC versions of games negatively is not very reassuring. It is definitely worth giving the sources a read, if you are interested in this, to see the other questions and answers.
Sources: Reddit and TweakTown
Back in July, Ubisoft unveiled the Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition, which includes the Limited Edition of the game, a Collector's Box, a Travel Journal, a Propaganda Poster, a Map of Kyrat, and a 7.9" Pagan Min Figurine. Today, Ubisoft posted an unboxing video that shows off the contents.
Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.
COUGAR, a leading brand in eSports and computer peripherals, has just released the 600M gaming mouse. The new mouse, which is the company’s second gaming mouse after the award-winning 700M, provides an aesthetically appealing design, gaming specific features, and state-of-the-art technology. The COUGAR 600M contains premium components such as OMRON switches, an ADNS-9800 Sensor, and a premium quality soft touch surface, which all add to the quality feel that the 600M provides. The latest gaming mouse from COUGAR also comes with a 32-bit ARM processor, 512KB on-board storage, eight fully configurable buttons, and a floating key with an LED backlight that can display up to 16.8 million colors.
The COUGAR 600M is compatible with the COUGAR UIX System and COUGAR FUSION, which allows for easy configuration of all the device’s functions, mode synchronization, macro sharing, and more.
According to COUGAR, the 600M will be available for purchase before the end of the year.
Source: Press Release
We may not think about it when we turn a light on, but every light source only produces so many photons in a second. Depending on the application, this emission speed can be critical, such as in telecommunications where 10 billion photons need to be produced in the blink of an eye. Typical LEDs only produce 10 million photons in that much time, but researchers at Duke University have found a way to close the gap.
The Purcell effect describes how emissions from fluorescent molecules can be increased when the molecules are near an intense light source. To create that light source, the researchers sandwiched the molecules between a 75 n silver nanocube and a thin film of gold. When the cube size and gap are tuned properly, the researchers realized a 1000 fold increase in fluorescence speed for the LED.
That record-setting speed may be surpassed before long though, as the researchers believe that aligning the molecules could magnify the effect. Regardless, fast light sources like this could prove invaluable for telecommunications and even quantum cryptography.
Source: Duke University
October 15, 2014
Erich Schaefer and Travis Baldree have sure been around the block. Before teaming up to found Runic Games and develop the highly successful Torchlight series, the two worked on several projects. Schaefer co-founded Blizzard North and worked on the Diablo series, then left that to co-found Flagship Studios and made Hellgate: London. Baldree developed Fate at WildTangent, then worked with Schaefer on Mythos at Flagship Studios. Now the two are at it again, having left Runic Games in April to found Double Damage Games. Today, the studio announced its first game, Rebel Galaxy.
"Rebel Galaxy is an action-packed, swashbuckling space opera. You'll battle pirates, explore anomalies, befriend aliens, scavenge battle wreckage, mine asteroids, and discover artifacts. Choose your path as a roguish do-gooder, crafty space-trader or power-hungry privateer - or maybe a little of each! Buy larger and more powerful craft with your hard-earned credits, and outfit them with a variety of wicked weapons and defenses. Set in a galaxy of fantastic sights, and secrets to be found, Rebel Galaxy is above all a space epic of adventure, exploration, and combat."
Rebel Galaxy is slated to arrive in 2015 for PC (via Steam) and PlayStation 4, with Xbox One also a possibility.
Source: Press Release and Official Site