This kill-happy year of 2016 has claimed a lot of lives, and the last week has also killed another game. Hero's Song has been unceremoniously cancelled, with the studio shutting down and a call for all backers to collect refunds for any money invested. This may not have been unexpected news when it failed to succeed at either of its crowdfunding pushes, but it's still sad news.
Meanwhile, whilst the rest of the world was quietly recuperating, some other interesting tidbits of beta news did come out this week:
- It turns out that Star Citizen is using Amazon's Lumberyard and didn't tell anyone. Huh. Chris Roberts specifically addressed the lack of transparency and the reasoning for the integration, so that's unexpected. Kind of neat, really. More pertinently, the game's 2.6 patch has launched, complete with the first build of the FPS module.
- A persistent demo build is up and running for Dogma: Eternal Night. Included in the build: character creation. Not included: anything else. Never to be included: a day/night cycle.
- Justice is coming, possibly raining from above. We'll find out once the game details its beta cycle some time next year; the game has apparently been in the works for four years now.
- Conan Exiles is going to take you to school. War school. Yes, there is combat, and it's going to be... well, exactly the sort of thing you'd think of given the surrounding franchise information.
- Last but not least, we're in the final stretch before launch for Shroud of the Avatar, with the last work being done now to transition out of early access. That's just good news for next year, now two ways about it.
And that wraps up our betas for the year. Of course, there's still a list down below, and you can let us know if something switched test phases without us noticing... but for now, we're just going to wait until 2017. You know, in two days. Here's hoping for good news.