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App News: An Ascension About-Face, Civ Rev 2 Released, Blood Bowl for Tablets and more...

David Neumann
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Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Staying with Playdek
More than a year ago, we reported that Playdek was only going to be supporting their acclaimed port of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer through 2014. After that, Stone Blade Entertainment would take over with their own Ascension app that would work on both Android and iOS devices.

This announcement caused much gnashing of teeth as people wondered what would happen to all the stuff they've already paid for, and would Stone Blade make an app as well done as the Playdek version.

It turns out there was no need to worry, as Stone Blade and Playdek have just announced that they have renewed their partnership and Ascension will continue to be developed and supported by Playdek. They have also announced that, later this summer, the Ascension: Rise of Vigil expansion will be released, as well as a version of Ascension for both Android and PC. The Android version will have access to all the expansions and promo cards that the iOS version has, and cross-platform play will be possible using Playdek's multiplayer system between all platforms.

What might be the most surprising part of this story is that Stone Blade ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund their version of Ascension which, it turns out, none of us will ever get to play. So...what happens to the $185K they pulled in on that Kickstarter? I don't know, other than Playdek and Stone Blade "will work together to fulfill digital Kickstarter rewards". We'll let you know when we find out what that means, exactly.

From gallery of Neumannium

Civilization Revolution 2 Released
When we posted about the imminent release of Civilization Revolution 2 for iOS, some comments popped up wondering if Civ Rev 2 would be an IAP laden mess.

Well, it hit the App Store last night and, thankfully, it's not an IAP laden mess. You pay $15 and get the entire game, IAP free.

I played around with it a bit last night, and at first glance it appears to merely be Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution with better graphics, but I haven't delved into it very far yet, so maybe that will change as it progresses.

Regardless, if you want to give it a shot you can pick it up for iOS Universal on the App Store.

From gallery of Neumannium

Blood Bowl for Tablets is a Thing
Over a year ago we talked about a version of Game: Blood Bowl coming to tablets called Blood Bowl: Star Coach. It was supposed to arrive in Q2 of 2013 but a year later has yet to show up on the App Store.

When we wrote that story, the comments were filled with readers lamenting the fact that it wasn't just regular ol' Blood Bowl they were getting but some watered-down version.

Well, it appears that full version of Blood Bowl IS coming to iOS and Android after all. Reader Tomas Riha found a page on Cyanide Studio webpage that indicates a full version of Blood Bowl is coming in early July, which could be anytime now.

The game will have a single-player matches and a campaign mode, as well as various forms of multiplayer. It will have hotseat multiplayer for playing on the same device, and there will be an online permanent league as well, which will offer global cross-platform multiplayer.

We'll let you know when it actually hits the App Store.

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Shenandoah Puts Games on Sale
To celebrate the recent launch of Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein and the 4th of July (a holiday here in the States), Shenandoah Studio is putting both Battle of the Bulge and Drive on Moscow on sale starting tomorrow.

The sale is a bit different in that you need to act fast to save the most cash. On July 3-4 each game can be nabbed for 70% off the normal price, but that percentage will drop every day after that. So, on the 3-4th of July you can get both for $3 each. On the 5th, $4 each. On the 6th? You guessed it $5 a piece. This will continue all through next week until the games are back at their usual price of $10.

If you don't own both of these games, getting them for anything under $10 is a good deal, but getting them for $3 is larceny. In other words, hit the App Store first thing tomorrow and pick both these bad boys up. You can get Battle of the Bulge for iOS Universal here, and Drive on Moscow for iOS Universal here.
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