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We’re really excited to be helping Dark Vale Games and all of their partners release FORGE today.  FORGE is an awesome new indie PC game that evolves PC multiplayer with amazingly fun, fast and strategic skill-based PvP.  Check out more at PlayForgeWar.com.

FORGE has followed a long road to get where it is today — and where is it?  On Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/223390/), Amazon, and Gamersgate for $19.99 (each purchase awards a second copy of the game FREE to give to friends!).  The game went through a “Kick-Finish” campaign on Kickstarter, launched an Alpha, and then was chosen by fans on Steam to be in the Greenlight program… all the while ,more than 20,000 players were transfixed in the beta program, constantly refining and bug squashing as release date neared.

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Congratulations to the team at Dark Vale, as well as everyone involved from SuperGenius and Digital Confectioners.  The game looks and plays amazing and is going to be the best indie multiplayer game of the year. Read more

 

Gamers Get One of the Best-Looking, Best Playing PC Games of 2012 for only $19.99; Each Purchase Comes With a Second Copy for a Friend via Steam, Amazon or GamersGate

CARSLBAD, CA (NOV. 14, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, will release FORGE, a multiplayer-only PC game set in a high-action fantasy world, on December 4 for $19.99 via digital distribution.  As an added bonus, anyone who purchases the game for $19.99 will receive a second copy of FORGE free-of-charge to bring another competitor into the fold.

On December 4, FORGE will be available as a PC download through several online retailers, including through Valve’s Steam service, Amazon.com and GamersGate, as well as directly from Dark Vale Games’ web site at www.PlayForgeWar.com.

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As Dark Vale Games bring their upcoming PC multiplayer game FORGE closer and closer to release, the closed beta is in full swing. That means that PC gamers from around the world have been blasting, shocking, hitting, casting and burning one another wildly for weeks.

Not in the closed beta yourself? Wondering what’s going on in there? Wondering what in this game drove media previewers to call it “Face-Punchingly Good?” Well now is your chance to take a peek inside the exclusive gaming sessions with an all-new gameplay video.

And the best part about this video is that it is made BY the community, for everyone who hasn’t discovered the game yet. That’s right — Dark Vale Games has been hosting a Movie-Making Contest, and community member Pilluminati won with the submission below. The prize? Some free stuff PLUS we’re using the submission as part of our PR campaign.

So take a look and enjoy — the game is coming very soon and is definitely one of the best looking and playing indie PC games of 2012.

 

Massive Steam User Community Votes-In Upcoming PC Multiplayer Game As One Of Top Ten Titles on Greenlight

CARSLBAD, CA (Oct. 19, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, is proud to confirm that FORGE, the upcoming PC multiplayer title that plays like an action-shooter — but featuring MMO-style abilities — will be available worldwide through Steam after being selected through Steam Greenlight. FORGE beat out thousands of other game submissions in the Greenlight program, earning the votes of the massive Steam user community to finish among the Top Ten of the most recently approved titles. FORGE will be available for pre-order on Steam soon.

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Enhanced Kickstarter Campaign Creates No-Risk Trial; Offers 40% Discount on Final Release Pricing

FORGE Alpha Play Is Live NOW

CARSLBAD, CA (AUG. 27, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, is upping the ante in support of its Kickstarter campaign for FORGE, offering backers of the game the opportunity to “try-before-they-buy” with instant access to the Alpha demo of the game, which is available now for download and play. FORGE is a multiplayer-only PC game due to release in 2012 that bridges the gap between the skill-based action of shooters and the strategic player-vs-player competition of massively multiplayer online games.

FORGE‘s KICKSTARTER PAGE.

“We’ve always said that we want to run our business a little differently, to do what is right for those people playing our games,” said Tim Alvis, COO/CTO of Dark Vale Games. “We’re doing just that – we’re giving PC gamers the opportunity to try FORGE’s unique multiplayer by pledging money on Kickstarter but never having to pay a dime if they’re not satisfied. As an added incentive, those who pre-purchase FORGE via Kickstarter now will receive a significant discount compared to the retail price.”

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Face-Punchingly Good.”  Shouldn’t that be an official ’nuff said??  How about: “I can’t pledge on Kickstarter fast enough”  Still not enough?: “…I’m a believer.”   The media LOVE FORGE.

We’ve been crowing about Dark Vale Games’ awesome new indie game FORGE for some time now, telling people that its mix of FPS speed and MMO abilities was creating something totally new and very fun.  But screenshots and teaser trailers can only go so far.

Pre-order FORGE now for a special early-adopter price: $15 via the official Kickstarter Page.

That’s why we hit the road with Tim Alvis, COO/CTO of Dark Vale Games, to visit some of the top gaming sites in the world and offer up some hands-on time.

The Pyromancer lights up the beautiful "Forest Ambush" map

If we ever needed to validate our opinions about this game, we sure got it on this trip.  The media loved the vision and the execution of FORGE and especially loved thumping the PR rep in a the quick head-to-head matches we played on the gorgeous Unreal Engine 3-powered maps.

We’ll leave it up to the outlets to tell you what they thought via the articles below.  You can also nab a peek at the game in-action in the narrated walkthroughs embedded below (note: the maps are designed for 8v8 – 24v24, not 1v1, so they are demonstration only).

IGN – “Rocket-jumping wizards? I can’t pledge on Kickstarter fast enough…What’s admirable here is that Forge isn’t expecting to own a massive audience out of the gate – it’s trying to earn a community with good ol’ fashioned great game design.”

MMORPG – “Face-Punchingly Good PVP… I can tell you that while Forge may be difficult to describe to the uninitiated, its gameplay will be instantly comfortable to aficionados of the MMO and FPS/TPS genres.”

GAMESRADAR – “FORGE looks like it’ll be a great romp for gamers looking to test their skills without investing hours into acquiring gear before they can compete.”

GR recorded a GREAT walkthrough session.  Check it out!

GAMESPOT:  Take a look at GameSpot’s quick gameplay sesssion!

MASSIVELY -“…there’s a lot to love about Forge, and I think that anyone who gives the game a fighting chance will find something about it to keep him around… I think Forge definitely deserves our attention.”

GAMESBEAT:  “Dark Vale Games is like the Gordon Ramsay of independent video game developers. The studio took two industry staples — massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and first-person shooters (FPS) — trimmed the fat, added its own special spices, and simmered everything under medium heat until the recipe was fit for public consumption.

GAMEZONE: “If you’re the kind of gamer that is always going, ‘man, they should have done this…’ well  here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.”

DIGITAL NOOB – “This week I was able to check out FORGE firsthand, and it is definitely one of the top games I’m anticipating the release of. It takes the best things of MMOs (the PvP), Shooters (in your face action) and MOBAs (the even playing field) and mashes them together in a great way….I admit that I was skeptical at first, but after meeting with the guys and spending some time testing out the game, I’m a believer.”

Be sure to also watch Totalbiscuit’s hands-on demo and interview right here:

** Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to register for the BETA and check out the Kickstarter Page!**