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A trio of new updates bring new balance changes to A Valley Without Wind 2, and some new reviews/videos of the Valley franchise have surfaced among the latest press for Arcen's library of titles.

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Valley 2 Official 1.005 "Fear Of Bats" Released!

This one addresses one and only one balance issue: shadow bats outside of The Deep, particularly on harder difficulties. These guys really could make the overlord's keep unwinnable in certain circumstances.

Originally posted: Arcengames.blogspot.com

Valley 2 Official 1.006 "Five Tier Rejuvenation" Released!

This one addresses the balance between some of the mage classes; in particular, focusing on those at Tier 5.

Originally posted: Arcengames.blogspot.com

Valley 2 Official 1.007 "Thorns In The Sink" Released!

This one tweaks a tiny bit more balance relating to the Thorncerer and the blast spells.

It also puts in some automatic re-syncing during multiplayer after each turn is advanced, after each time an NPC order is given, and after each time morale is lost due to a death. Desyncs were not common at all with the game, but recently one group of players were finding some sort of consistent cache of them. This automatic re-syncing should prevent central desyncs of all sorts (knock on wood), and is quite similar to something along these lines that we did for Skyward Collapse.


These are all standard updates that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game. If you have the beta on Steam, it will automatically update for you. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have the standalone game, you can download that here. If you already own the first game, just use your existing license key to unlock the sequel for free!
Originally posted: Arcengames.blogspot.com

Skyward Collapse Reviews, AI War 7.0 Coverage and Other Press/Videos

2013 has been nuts. It's crazy to look back at what we've been able to do in the past six months (especially if you're aware of our previous track record): launching A Valley Without Wind 2, Shattered Haven, Skyward Collapse and AI War: Vengeance of the Machine between February and June. Quite a schedule!

The team's not about to slow down either, with new expansions for Skyward Collapse and AI War due out before the end of the year. Perhaps even more exciting, we've begun development of our seventh game: Bionic Dues. We'll have more on this one soon, what it's all about and when/where it can be played.

Feel free to stop by the forums if you want to get involved with any of these titles, or just want to follow along with what we're up to. Also, just a reminder that it's last call for the AI War franchise sale on our store, GamersGate and Steam (sale ends tomorrow morning).

Chris Park On Tour (with a dash of Keith)

Bias Bear: [Podcast] Arcen Games: Gamers Are Intelligent
Game Wisdom Perceptive Podcast: Balancing Imbalances of Skyward Collapse
Playfire: Q&A Session with Arcen Games!
Leviathyn: E3 2013 round-table with developer Christopher Park
OMGeek: An Inteview About Exodus of the Machine With Arcen's Keith LaMothe
GameDev.net: Advice For Aspiring Indie Game Developers By Chris Park
/r/GameDev: A first four years postmortem of AI War (a relatively unique case of an indie game)

Skyward Collapse Reviews

GamesBeat: Skyward Collapse truly reinvents the god game (review) (9/10)
VG247: Skyward Collapse: a brain-bending battle against yourself
Joystiq: Skyward Collapse lets you play god on both sides
Games Abyss: Skyward Collapse Review (8.5/10)
Select Start Media: Skyward Collapse (8.5/10)
EGM Now: Skyward Collapse Review [Steam][PC]: Playing God is a Fickle Thing (A)
Linkters: Skyward Collapse Review
Blistered Thumbs: Skyward Collapse Review (8/10)
Indie Game Reviewer: Review: Skyward Collapse (4/5)
Universal Gaming Reviews: Skyward Collapse Overview and Review (8/10)
Gameverse: Review: Skyward Collapse
Invision: Skyward Collapse Review (3/5)
The First Hour: Skyward Collapse
GameSkinny: Skyward Collapse Review (7/10)
Co-Optimus: Skyward Collapse Co-Op Review (4/5, 3/5 for co-op)
DealSpwn: Skyward Collapse Review | Indie God Game Strikes A Brilliant Balance (8/10)
Indie Game Magazine: Let's Try – Skyward Collapse
Twinfinite: Skyward Collapse LTTP Review – A God Game Full of Athiests (4/5)
CasualCore Cast: Episode 33 (E3 Wrap Up w/ Skyward Collapse Review)
GameZebo: Skyward Collapse Review (3/5)
Indie Game News: Quick Review Of Skyward Collapse
Indie Game Insider: Skyward Collapse Review (6.8/10)
TechZwn: Review: Skyward Collapse
MonsterVine: Skyward Collapse Review (3/5)
You Are Journalism: Skyward Collapse (German)
ComboCaster: Skyward Collapse Review (Portuguese) (8/10)
SugarFreeGamer: Skyward Collapse – A Conflict Of Balance
GameSparked: [REVIEW] Skyward Collapse (6.5/10)
IndieStatik: Impressions: Skyward Collapse
Snackbar Games: Skyward Collapse: Here, a stalemate’s not so bad (8/10)
JustPressStart: Quick Time Event- Skyward Collapse
FrontTowardsGamer: Skyward Collapse Review (PC) (7/10)
ETAO: Perpetual Wars and Occasional Minotaurs in Skyward Collapse
GamesReviews: Skyward Collapse Review (8/10)

Other Skyward Collapse Press
GameTrailers: Skyward Collapse Released for PC, Mac
GamesArk: Skywards Collapse of Arcen Games available on Steam (Italian)
GameConnect: Arcen Games' Skyward Collapse now available for PC/Mac
Skyward Collapse listed under Games Pressure's Popular PC Strategy Games

AI War Four Year Anniversary Coverage

Gameranx: AI War: Fleet Command - The Four Year Financial Climb
Blue's News: Ships Ahoy - AI War: Vengeance Of The Machine
VG247: AI War fifth expansion out now, four year anniversary edition available
Indie Game Reviewer: AI War Launches 4-Year Anniversary Edition, New Vengeance Expansion
Invision: AI War 4 Year Anniversary Celebration on Steam
Gert Lush Gaming: AI War Four Year Anniversary Edition And Vengeance Of The Machine Now Available
Gamer's Hell: AI War: Vengeance of the Machine Released and Trailer
Pixel Perfect Gaming: AI War: Anniversary Edition – Now Available on Steam
Co-Optimus: AI War Celebrates 4 Years with Bundle Savings, New Expansion
GamesArk: AI War: Fleet Command is updated to version 7.0 with a new expansion (Italian)

Shattered Haven/Valley 1 & 2 Reviews
Everyday Gamers: Review: Shattered Haven (7/10)
Select Start Media: A Valley Without Wind 2 (6.7/10)
New Game Network: Shattered Haven Review (69/100)
The Way of the Game – 167 – Clone Me Once, Shame on You (Mentions A Valley Without Wind)
Gaming Illustrated: Shattered Haven (PC) Review (60/100)
Game Podunk: Review: Shattered Haven (5/10)
Planet Zombo: Review: A Valley Without Wind 2 (4/10)
Gizorama: Shattered Haven (3/5)
Internet Freaks: Shattered Haven (6/10)

General Video Coverage
Strategy Gaming World- AI War: Vengeance of the Machine
Poolitzer LP: AI War: Fleet Command (19 Parts) (German)
Poolitzer LP: Skyward Collapse (9 Parts) (German)
Button Mash: Meroka Plays A Valley Without Wind 2 (17 Parts)
Eddiember: A Valley Without Wind (10 Parts)
King's Shattered Haven (6 Parts)
Gambell Ventures: Tidalis
LostScarf: Sunday Special - IndieRoyale Arclight Bundle
GameDeciderTV: Skyward Collapse - First Looks
Sledge is worse than AI [AI War: Fleet Command]
Angelo Teodorak: A Valley Without Wind 2 (Portuguese)
Brazouck: AI War: Fleet Command (3 Parts) (French)
James Allen: Skyward Collapse Gameplay Impressions
aPoF: A Valley Without Wind
aPoF: AI War: Fleet Command
WhyShouldWeBeGood: Let's Review: Skyward Collapse [PC]
Various Ren: AI War
SanguineCoven: Let's Play: Skyward Collapse EP03 (Age of Monsters)
Sid Plays: Shattered Haven: Part 4: Key
PersonifiedFear: Lets Look At: Skyward Collapse
WinningDuct: A Valley Without Wind 2 (Russian)
Nosferatuda: Skyward Collapse Gameplay (3 Parts)
Wutoholik: Skyward Collapse, Rush Bros & The Swapper - Review (German)

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