Gaming news round-up: October 31

Halloween is over.  Time to put away all those treats you might have received last night (along with any tricks that got handed to you) and check out some gaming news for your pleasure:

Silicon Knights mass layoffs rumored - The Canadian-based game developer behind titles like the Xbox 360 exclusive Too Human and the just released X-Men Destiny is rumored to have laid off nearly 75 percent of its workers, despite reportedly receiving several million dollars in grants this summer from the local government.

Humble Voxatron Debut - The people behind the Humble Indie Bundle are at it again, giving folks a chance to pay whatever they like on an all new game called Voxatron. The game itself is described as a "voxel-based, old-school-gone-new platform shooter."

Doom 3 source code getting closer - id Software's master programmer John Carmack has told his Twitter followers that the source code release to the Doom 3 engine (otherwise known as id Tech 4) is getting closer to release.

Sword of the Stars II release issues - The recently released space strategy game has a lot of post-launch problems. However, Kerberos Productions plans to release a number of patches which should fix the game for its users.

Get the PS3 Jurassic Park game for free ... kind of - If you pay for a year's worth of the PS3's Playstation Plus service at $49.99, you will get the full four episode PS3 version of Telltale Games' upcoming Jurassic Park game for free (a $29.99 value).

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Silicon Knights mass layoffs rumored - Even though Too Human was a pile of horse manure, it's never good to see a developer lay off so many employees. Best of luck to those people; hopefully they'll be able to work for other developers.

Humble Voxatron Debut - Oh yeah, saw this just as I was about to leave college yesterday, and bought it straight away! I always love the Humble Indie Bundles.

Doom 3 source code getting closer - Hmm, I wonder what we'll see conjured up on id Tech 4 when others get their hands on it...

Sword of the Stars II release issues - Never heard of this game, but speaking of post-launch issues, theirs can't be as bad as Battlefield 3's post-launch problems. Honestly, I had to stop following them on Twitter because of all the maintenance and issues tweets! I just hope the rumours of it coming to Steam are true...

Get the PS3 Jurassic Park game for free ... kind of - Meh, still not worth it. As tempting as all the "free" stuff is, I'm not gonna buy PlayStation Plus until they add uncapped download speeds to the package. I've got 50Mb broadband, and PSN never seems to use more than 1/5th of that.

MightyJordan said,

Humble Voxatron Debut - Oh yeah, saw this just as I was about to leave college yesterday, and bought it straight away! I always love the Humble Indie Bundles.

Wow! Yes, it looks awesome. Sweet retro feeling, yet modern in a way! Nice! Nice!