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Shadowrun Online renamed by developer and Kickstarter backers

Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has #announced the game’s #name has been #changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set.

Recently picked up by Nordic games, the new title was formed through the developer and its Kickstarter backers. The goal is to let anyone not familiar with the game know by the title alone it can be played in single-player, while not assuming it is an MMO based on the “online” part outlines.

Jan Wagner, Managing Director of Cliffhanger, explains: “Shadowrun Online has always been a title that invited a wide range of expectations – some gamers thought it meant we are doing a full-blown MMORPG with a persistent open world, others believed it meant we are doing a free to play browser title. The core vision of the game has always focused on experiencing the world of Shadowrun together with your friends and meeting other players, swapping stories and exchanging strategies as well as a creating a space for actual role-playing with others. This to us is the core experience of Pen and paper roleplaying – a shared imagination and story experience. But a lot of people thought that the title meant they had to play it in multiplayer and didn’t even check it out. The new title also expresses our goal to continue to tell stories and release new content evolving from the collective actions of our players. They will shape the way the future plot of Shadowrun develops, literally making history in the Shadowrun Universe.”

“Especially for the boxed version, gamers need to be sure they can play the game alone at their convenience and not be forced into some online pattern or depend on any server activity for that matter. The new title also implies that Shadowrun Chronicles is here to stay,” said Gennaro Giani of publisher Nordic Games.

“The new title also implies that Shadowrun Chronicles is here to stay.”

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown is set for a release on April 28 for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

The co-op tactical combat game will be made available through Steam Early Access on March 31.

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Frozen Endzone re-named to Frozen Cortex, huge update, available on Linux and Mac

Futuristic #strategygame Frozen Endzone has received a huge update that #rebrands the game with a new name and updates many of its systems.

Frozen Endzone re-named to Frozen Cortex updated linux and mac support

Re-named Frozen Cortex, the turn-based Early Access title is also now available on Mac and Linux for the first time.

Indie studio Mode 7 has upgraded the game’s AI and significantly improved its loading times and frame-rate – with improvements of between 50 and 100 per cent expected on most hardware.

New stadiums, balls and animations have also been included.

“There are three reasons for the rebrand,” Mode 7 explained in a new blog post. “The original name was a bit rubbish and we got bored of it, we think the game looks better like this, some people thought we were making a Madden game with robots: that is not what we’re doing.

“Cortex is a simultaneous-turn-based strategy game; a tense competitive contest wrapped up in the trappings of a brutal futuristic sport. It’s not a simulation of any existing sport; it takes an influence from football but you can certainly play it without understanding even a smidgen of that particular game.”

Still confused? Mode 7’s new trailer shows off some of the changes, before launching into a full, commentated match so you can learn the basics.

Reblogged from: eurogamer.net

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