As foretold in the great Steamworks leaks of late, this year's Steam Autumn Sale, also known as the "Exploration Sale" has now begun. It will run from November 25th until December 1st, lasting just under a week. As expected, this sale has finally brought about the death and removal of Daily Deals and Flash Sales, which previously introduced larger, temporary discounts on select games and software for short periods (of 24 hours and 8 hours, respectively).
Instead, all deals featured in the Exploration Sale are static for the duration of the event, with the daily "Highlighted Deals" section merely pointing out high profile discounts, rather than changing them. This removes much of the repetitiveness of having to check the Steam Store page at least 3 or 4 times a day, but it definitely also limits that special feeling of loading up Steam at the same time every evening to check out the latest big discounts.
While the rest of the sale is mostly the same as ever, the Steam Community Market has also been brought into the seasonal event for the first time, offering players between 5% and 33% off purchases should they use the recently introduced Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, with this particular deal lasting until December 16th 2015.
After several months of animation, rendering, submitting, and voting, the winners of the Fifth Annual Saxxy Awards were revealed yesterday evening!
Don't forget, all winners receive a Saxxy melee item in Team Fortress 2, with the "Overall" winners also being invited on a free trip to Valve for a tour of their studio and facilities. The full list of winners are listed in the spoiler tag below.
A Dang Good Cop
Dota 2 - Together We Stand
As you can see, this year's winners, while still mostly focused around TF2, also features an entry set at least somewhat in the Dota 2 universe. We're really pleased to see a bunch of our favourites popping up as winners, with the unfinished but extremely excellent Turbulence proving you don't quite need a finished product to entertain people.
Congratulations to all the winners!
In a week of gaming news absolutely dominated by the release of Fallout 4, Valve's Saxxy Awards and Steam Hardware launch just about managed to stand out! We're also briefly covering the latest updates for Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive!
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It's been almost three years since Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams appeared together on stage at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. In their speech they discussed the importance of story telling in both games & films and how bridging the gap between the two mediums was a logical next-step for the entertainment industry. At the end of their speech, both executives from their respective entertainment studios, Valve and Bad Robot, expressed how interested they were in working with each other; Bad Robot would get help from Valve for their new game, and Valve would get help from Bad Robot with movie production. Well, as of today, it's looking like the former isn't going to happen - at least between Valve and Bad Robot.
A new game, entitled SPYJINX, is being developed by Bad Robot and ChAIR. In a video released today, J.J. and Donald Mustard, ChAIR's Founder & Director, said exactly the same thing that was discussed at D.I.C.E.: how important it is for both studios to work together to make great games. But another point of emphasis was how important the development tools are for this game, and Unreal Engine 4 was exactly what both studios were looking for. So, can you see where this is going, and why the Valve/Bad Robot partnership may have ended for games?
If not, then you're probably saying, "but, smash, Bad Robot just released a game mode for TF2! The partnership isn't over!" Well, here's how I interpret the current situation...
Bad Robot was either tired of waiting for Source 2's tools, or Source 2 wasn't good enough for them in that they wouldn't have been able to rapidly build a new, full-fledged IP and also release & support it on multiple platforms. So, Bad Robot had to cut and run. But, they still value Valve's expertise, and so they reached an agreement where Bad Robot would be given a platform to experiment with game development and user feedback - that's where Team Fortress 2's PASS Time game mode comes in, but it's probably the extent of their game development partnership for now, unfortunately.
But what do you think is going on with the Valve/Bad Robot partnership? Has it dissolved?
Although late, it's time to recap and celebrate all the Halloween-themed goodness from the past few weeks! The headlines this week include new spooky updates for Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2, the introduction of four new Asian currencies to the Steam Store, and the addition of Steam "Item Stores"!
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