The Wild Eight is survivalism served extra-cold

Eight Point’s debut effort isn’t a particularly unusual survival game, at least on the strength of a few hours play, but it does handle some well-worn ideas with thrilling starkness. In particular, I really like what it does with fire. If wood-chopping, mining, hunting and crafting are the verbs that carry you through this Alaskan wilderness, campfires are the punctuation points – fleeting reprieves from the chill of nightfall, where you can cook otherwise poisonous food, patch your wounds, hone your character’s fledgling ranger skills and maybe craft yourself a pair of wooden clogs without worrying (quite so much) about dying of hypothermia.

Viewed in top-down, it all makes for an arresting tableau. Firelight etches deep, twitching shadows into the surrounding, procedurally generated woodland, warming the flat planes of the game’s stylised geometry. The listless piano score fades as darkness sets in, leaving you all alone with the crackle of twigs, the shifting of snow-covered branches, the scuffles and howls of passing animals.

Eight Point’s nine members proudly declare themselves to be residents of Yakutia, a wintry expanse the size of India that houses a population smaller than that of Rhode Island, and while I doubt they developed this game while crouched in a makeshift tent, it certainly feels like the work of people who are intimately familiar with the experience of being very, very cold. There’s a sense of actual, tangible peril to it that survival games often fail to convey, preferring to bury you in vaguely anxiety-inducing drudgery.

Four years later the Kingdoms of Amalur court case comes to an end

Four years later and it looks like whole 38 Studios/Curt Schilling/Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning legal battle with Rhode Island state is coming to a close.

Schilling and three other defendants from 38 Studios have agreed to pay a $2.5m settlement. They aren’t personally liable for the money – their old insurer Starr Indemnity and Liability Co. will foot the bill, reports the via .

If the court agrees to the settlement, Rhode Island will have recuperated, via settlements, a total of $45m from 38 Studios. That doesn’t quite cover the $75m loan Rhode Island granted 38 Studios in 2010. That loan came from tax payers’ money and it was around the loan that the whole case revolved. After this settlement only litigation against 38 Studios’ financial advisor remains.