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Missing pieces: Wasteland 2's release date, how to go hands-on with Civ: Beyond Earth, and more must-know games news

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 25, 2014
It's like I'm standing between two tornadoes--one named Gamescom, the other named PAX. And there's all sorts of crazy news in those tornadoes!

It's like I'm standing between two tornadoes — one named Gamescom, the other named PAX. And there's all sorts of crazy news in those tornadoes!

But none this week.

Okay, some news this week. Paradox has a new space RTS, Wasteland 2 gets a launch date, and Nicolas Cage saves humanity — again.

The final frontier

Paradox Interactive, your favorite creator of grand strategy titles (Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings), announced it's publishing a new real-time strategy game this week: Ancient Space. You'll command a space fleet as it explores the edge of the universe, and there's quite a bit of voice talent backing the project: Ron Glass of Firefly fame, Dwight Schultz and John Billingsley of Star Trek, Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica, and Dina Meyer of "Starship Troopers" (but more importantly "Johnny Mnemonic").

Apparently the game is releasing this fall for PC and Mac, so we don't have long to wait. Check out the trailer below:

Panda bearia

With a new World of WarCraft expansion around the corner, maybe you're thinking it's time to get caught up. If so, Blizzard wants to facilitate those homesick feelings by dropping the price of the last expansion, Mists of Pandaria, to a mere ten dollars.

Cultural victory

If you're a long-time fan of Mr. Sid Meier's Civilization franchise, you might want to look into heading to not-quite-Baltimore in September. Firaxis announced this week that it's holding Firaxicon on September 27, where you'll be able to get your hands on Civilization: Beyond Earth a month before release, see an exclusive presentation by Sid Meier himself, and tour the Firaxis offices. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased here. Do your part to help expand Baltimore's cultural borders.

Get wasted

Brian Fargo finally got to announce a Wasteland 2 launch date: September 19. Let's hope it doesn't take 25 years to make a third.


The team behind Super Meat Boy put out...whatever the hell this trailer is:

Purporting to be a trailer for a "live action stealth game," the Internet at large quickly figured out (of course) that A Voyeur For September is an anagram for Super Meat Boy Forever. Whether that means a new Super Meat Boy is on the way or whether it's just a playful reference, I don't know. I don't even really know what I just watched.

Just because

Avalanche Studios, creators of Just Cause and the upcoming Mad Max game, is moving to a new studio space in Sweden.

But that's boring . More interesting is that they teased "several surprises planned for next year." All I can say is Just Cause 3 better bring back Bolo Santosi and her awfulmazing voice acting.


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