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Fortified.

VideoBastion for XBLA launch trailer

Kicks off Summer of Arcade next week.

VideoSmooth-looking Bastion footage

Summer of Arcade star on XBLA soon.

VideoXBLA Summer of Arcade 2011 video

Bastion! From Dust! Soldiers! Fruit Ninja!

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Bastion creator announces new game Transistor

Bastion creator announces new game Transistor

Supergiant reveals sci-fi adventure for 2014.

Supergiant Games, the talented developer behind 2011 action RPG Bastion, has announced its next project - Transistor.

The sci-fi adventure is set in a futuristic city and stars a young woman, named in an initial reveal trailer as Red.

"Everybody has a voice in Cloudbank. Now the city's most influential voices are disappearing one by one. It is Red's turn," the footage teases.

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Humble Indie Bundle 5 breaks records

Latest pack raises $5.1 million from 600,000 downloads.

The fifth Humble Indie Bundle has proven to be the most successful release in the series to date, organisers have announced.

Bastion dev: DLC can compromise atmosphere and immersion

In-game transactions threaten the fourth wall.

DLC and in-game transactions can compromise a game's atmosphere and make it very difficult for players to get properly immersed in the experience, so says the creative director of acclaimed action RPG Bastion.

Bastion's axed gardening feature revealed

Supergiant boss details a year of scrapped work.

Last year's phenomenal indie adventure Bastion at one point featured a substantial gardening feature, the boss of developer Supergiant Games has revealed.

No Bastion 2 planned, despite strong sales

No Bastion 2 planned, despite strong sales

Any return to Caelondia won't be "financially motivated".

Bastion 2 is not currently on the cards, despite the fact that its acclaimed indie action RPG Bastion has been a huge success, this week passing the 500,000 sales mark.

Supergiant Games' Greg Kasavin told Eurogamer that the title's success has given the fledgling studio the freedom to self-fund its next project and try something new.

"Our stance around what we want to do in the future hasn't changed in light of Bastion's success," he explained.

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Bastion sells over half-a-million copies

Bastion sells over half-a-million copies

"Well, it's been a good year."

Downloadable action game Bastion has sold over half-a-million copies, developer Supergiant Games has announced.

It sailed past the impressive sales milestone last week - just over five months after it launched on Xbox Live Arcade.

Bastion subsequently launched on PC (Steam) in August, then, last month, on web browser Google Chrome (via the Chrome Web Store).

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About 20 years ago, "closure" became a thing that we wanted after something bad happened. When someone dies, we are told that the grieving parties desire closure - that they want to take the death, put it in a box, and tape the edges shut on that sucker until it is good and sealed.

Bastion DLC expansion announced

Bastion DLC expansion announced

Stranger's Dream free on PC, 80 Points on XBLA.

Acclaimed indie action RPG Bastion gets a new DLC expansion on 14th December.

Titled Stranger's Dream, it adds a new, fully-narrated Who Knows Where sequence that expands Rucks' story and offers more background on Caelondia. See the new screenshot below for a closer look.

There's also a new Score Attack Mode that rates your combat efficiency as you play through the main quest.

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Saturday Soapbox: Was 2011 a Vintage Year?

It may have lacked innovation, but the breadth of experiences made 2011 a year to savour.

A couple of weeks back, Oli told of how he spoke to a friend who believed that 2011 was the finest year for gaming since 2001 - and then promptly disagreed, saying how this year, for all that it's offered in terms of excellence, hasn't really offered anything particularly new. Games are now bigger and better, yes, but that heady thrill that defined gaming's last golden age is now gone.

Metacritic culls review-bombing users

Metacritic culls review-bombing users

Bastion, Toy Soldiers scores attacked.

Metacritic has deleted scores of accounts used to bomb review scores of Summer of Arcade titles Bastion and Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

The XBLA games were subjected to coordinated attacks from multiple users who rated the games with zero scores, reports Giant Bomb.

The reviews aggregator acted after developers Supergiant Games and Signal Studios spoke out about the score-bombing, which saw average user ratings for both games pushed down several points.

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Building Bastion

Supergiant's Greg Kasavin on crafting this year's Summer of Arcade standout.

While perhaps not quite scaling the heights of previous years, the current Summer of Arcade season has thrown up a fine harvest so far - from the cute Metroid-with-Martians stylings of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, to Eric Chahi's ambitious attempt to breathe some life into the god game genre with From Dust. However, it's Supergiant Games' delightful isometric action RPG Bastion that has come closest to providing the class of 2011 with a Limbo or a Braid.

Bastion PC release date announced

Bastion PC release date announced

XBLA hit on Steam later this month.

Xbox Live Summer of Arcade highlight Bastion launches on PC from 16th August, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

The Supergiant-developed action RPG will set you back 11.49 on Steam, before, according to the announcement, "becoming available on other popular PC portals later this month".

It's the same game that picked up a richly-deserved 8/10 from Eurogamer earlier this month, though boasts a revamped PC control scheme.

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Game of the Week: Bastion

The pen is mightier.

It's a curious contradiction about game reviewers that we tend to wish games would move backwards just as much as we yearn for them to move forwards; they don't make 'em like they used to, they don't make 'em like they could do. They just make 'em like they do. Boring.

Bastion

Bastion

Fortified.

You can't swing a chainsaw bayonet in a video game these days without hitting a choice that has consequences for you further down the line. The last three games I completed ended in "kill him or don't kill him" showdowns, and most of the stuff on my wish list for the rest of the year will test my moral compass as much as my dexterity.

If you ask me, at some stage we are going to have to consider the consequences of our choosing nothing but games about nothing but choice and consequence. In the meantime, a game like Bastion, which blurs the line between agency and fate in new and interesting ways, is rather welcome.

Bastion is an isometric action role-playing game where you pick up the pieces after an apocalyptic event - called the Calamity - which has splintered the beautiful lands of Caelondia into floating fragments in the sky and filled them with angry critters. It's your job, as a hero known only as The Kid, to discover what happened by picking through ashes and memories with a range of increasingly devastating weaponry.

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Bastion PC coming, but no PSN plans

Supergiant Games hails Xbox Live Arcade.

Bastion, this year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade curtain-raiser, will see a PC release before 2011 is out, but PlayStation Network patrons may not be so lucky, developer Supergiant Games has revealed.

Out This Week - 22/07/11

Juarez! Insect Armageddon! PS3 Double Packs!

This week sees gaming's first Western since last year's epic Red Dead Redemption. Can Call of Juarez: The Cartel compete? The third entry in Techland's cowboy series is taking a very bold tack - uprooting the shooting from the genre's classic timeframe and dumping gamers in the modern day.

Eurogamer's Best of E3 2011

Game of the Show, Best Tech, Best Publisher and more.

It began, as ever, with a leak. With just hours to go until Microsoft's absurdly lavish... Wait a second, this is last year's intro. Oh well, it turns out it still works: where last year we heard about Kinect before we'd even donned our space ponchos, this year we knew about Halo 4 and several new Kinect sequels before Don Mattrick even had a chance to start educating us about "growth and innovation".

Bastion confirmed for XBLA

Bastion confirmed for XBLA

Warner Bros picks up gorgeous indie RPG.

Easy-on-the-eye indie RPG Bastion hits Xbox Live Arcade this summer, new publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

First announced as a PC-only affair, the Supergiant Games-developed title will now debut on Xbox 360 following a new deal with Warner Bros, before migrating to PC later in the year.

"We're thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Bastion," said Amir Rao, Studio Director of Supergiant Games.

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