Post by Eorl @ 05:31pm 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
“We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on Fable Anniversary. “It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”As enticement to revisiting Albion and the previous console generation, the game will include a "Launch Day Weapons & Outfits Pack." The highlight in there is "a lute weapon," because next to a keyblade, just incase you wanted to rock out while hitting your enemies.
Post by Dan @ 03:47pm 13/12/13 | 10 Comments
Andreessen also currently sits on the board of other high profile tech companies such as Facebook, eBay and HP, so his support of Oculus is a pretty massive vote of confidence in the company from someone that has picked some serious winners in his time.
Tech publication Wired reports on comments from 'sources close to the conversation', that "the funding is based on a valuation of more than $250 million".
It is the largest investment thus far in Oculus, a company founded last year by 19-year-old Palmer Luckey. (The Rift first surfaced at the E3 videogame trade show last summer, when legendary programmer John Carmack brought a duct-taped prototype to the show.) Luckey envisioned the Rift as a DIY kit for hobbyists; but after bringing on two partners, Oculus began selling an early version to software developers through Kickstarter in August 2012.The move is expected to spur the development of a consumer version of the still prototyping Oculus Rift head-mounted display, and the conversation suggests that launch intentions are aimed at 2014.
Our own impressions of the currently available devkit prototype reflect the reserved experience described by Chris Dixon above, so if things have improved as much as his comments suggest, we can't wait to try out a consumer-ready device.
Post by Eorl @ 03:28pm 13/12/13 | 2 Comments
The single-player DLC comprises nine missions, in which players take on the role of former slave Adewale. Now first mate to blond buccaneer Edward Kenway, Adewale finds himself washed up in Haiti, or as it was back then, the French-owned colony of Saint-Domingue, a land itself plagued by slavery. Although he begins unarmed and crewless, Adewale finds new weapons in a machete and blunderbuss gun, as well as a personal reason to fight.
"We're still true to how his character was established in Black Flag," said AC4 Lead Writer Jill Murray on Ubisoft's blog. "He's not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He's Adéwale. He's the character we know. He has the wit that we've come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He's matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story."
Those interest in the new DLC will find it available at a standalone price of $9.99, though it is also included in the $19.99 Season Pass.
Post by Eorl @ 02:28pm 13/12/13 | 3 Comments
Anyone who was previously in the very closed off Friends & Family beta will find their access automatically granted to the closed beta, and if you are looking at copying your already existing character over from vanilla Diablo 3 you can do so, though only once every 72 hours.
"As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning," reads a note from Blizzard in the beta FAQ. "We'll provide information regarding extended downtimes, should they occur, in the Reaper of Souls General Feedback forum."
Beta participants will find the closed beta contains all the content in the expansion, including the final boss fight. Blizzard are using this testing phase to gather further bug reports and tweak all the new content coming in the first expansion.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is expected to launch sometime in 2014. For more on the expansion check out our latest interview with lead level designer Matthew Berger on all things Nephalem.
Post by Eorl @ 12:42pm 13/12/13 | 2 Comments
Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.The mobile title also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression.
Get your Grove Street life on through Apple's App Store for $7.49, which is available on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Post by Dan @ 12:15pm 13/12/13 | 4 Comments
Nordic Games and Uber Entertainment were going to announce one of those taxi startups, but sending suited Scandinavians around the world to deliver new games turned out to be WAY too expensive. Who knew! Instead, the two gaming giants are announcing an exciting partnership to bring the retail version of Planetary Annihilation to market, as well as a non-exclusive partnership to handle the online release.Billed as somewhat of a spiritual successor to Total Annihilation guys from a team littered with former TA devs, Planetary Annihilation is currently kicking it beta form on Steam Early Access and the Humble Store, but an official release date for the completed game remains as "when it's done".
Post by Eorl @ 11:59am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Previously a PC-only software download, the all-new Razer Comms Android app will allow those who don't feel connected enough the ability to take their Razer Comms experience mobile by allowing calls and messages to be made from in-game to Android phones and from Android phones to users who are in-game on the Razer Comms PC client.
“Staying connected in today’s world has become increasingly important and gamers are no exception to that,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Razer Comms solves that by being the world’s first VoIP solution to allow gamers to make VoIP calls or instant message with their friends on the road from in-game and vice versa.”
You can find the app now available through the Google Play Store, though Razer also has a handy video to help demonstrate what exactly you can expect.
Post by Dan @ 11:52am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Humble Jumbo Bundle, publisher Atlus and indie studios Tripwire and ACEt Team have gotten in on the action with the latest Humble Weekly offer, serving up a pay-what-you-want package for an assortment of six their well-received indie games.
Six remarkable games. The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every Thursday. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it's gone! This week, pay what you want for Zeno Clash, Zeno Clash 2, Killing Floor and Dwarfs!?! If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Rock of Ages and Rising Storm!Head on over to humblebundle.com/weekly for the goods.
Post by Eorl @ 11:38am 13/12/13 | 1 Comments
Those who had backed a minimum of £200 or over will be able to gain access to the initial phase, which lets users test the game's single-player combat. Other alpha sections of the game will be made available next year as they're completed, and then will filter down to beta backers who pledged less.
Check out the action below in the latest dev blog and gorgeous looking gameplay trailer, and if you want to get in on the action you can still do so by purchasing one of the beta packages on their official website.
Post by Dan @ 11:32am 13/12/13 | 9 Comments
The Walking Dead: Season Two continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad.The new season is set to kick off with episode 1 on Steam next week on December 17th PST, but launch dates for the console and mobile platforms remain unconfirmed at this point. Watch the new video below.
Post by Eorl @ 11:11am 13/12/13 | 5 Comments
Holiday season is upon us! If you are a long-time GOG.com user you know well enough--or if you're relatively new to our service, you're about to learn--that we just love offering great games for free whenever it's possible. This year for instance, we've given away innumerable copies of the action-rpg gem Torchlight. Today, we're taking our gifting habit a step further. No, actually make that two steps, as we're handing out a package of three games this time around. For the upcoming 48 hours you'll be able to add Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics to your GOG.com collection, completely FREE of charge.Alongside the free games GoG.com is also runninn their 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, with more than 600+ games discounted by 50% or more, special bundle deals up to 80% off, and daily personal deals all for your wallet to cry over before Christmas time.
Check out the full catalog over at their website, or find the Fallout promo page here.
Post by Eorl @ 10:21am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Bound by Flame puts players in the role of a mercenary possessed by a flame demon who must choose between the powers offered by their host, or to keep their humanity with heroic talents. There will also be temptations to acquire more power in the game by giving up part of the hero’s soul to the demon. Progression of the demonic influence will also be reflected by the transformation of the hero’s body.Check out the trailer below and if you are in need of some close ups to study these foul beasts you can check out our game page for all manner of images.
Bound by Flame is expected to be released sometime in 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 05:20pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
Free to those who own the Season Pass and priced at $6.99 for everyone else, the new DLC will contain three new weapons - Red Rider BB Gun, Christmas Dubstep Gun, and the North Pole - all for your destruction pleasure.
The new chapter in the Saints lives will also follow the story of the Scrooge-like boss of the Saints, who doesn't care enough that Santa is trapped in the game's Matrix-like simulation. Of course the Saints will have to remedy this themselves, helping the boss discover the true meaning of the season.
The new DLC is now available across PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 so forget your family and go make things explode.
Post by Eorl @ 05:06pm 12/12/13 | 7 Comments
Coming in at a whopping $2, the new skin changes the fluffy fido companion that you receive after hitting the required killstreak in multiplayer matches into a snarling wolf ready to snap at your enemies bones like dust. Note that this is only a cosmetic change, and will most likely not get you any real world wolves sadly.
The DLC will be available starting tomorrow on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, though presumably this is just a timed DLC exclusive so we'll have word on when its available elsewhere. If the idea of having a wolf at your command wasn't enough, check out the video over at Call of Duty's Instagram channel.
Post by Eorl @ 04:57pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
“In War of the Light Part I, lanterns of all colors have lost connection with their emotional spectrum entities. Following cryptic evidence, four Corps — Green, Blue, Sinestro and Red — converged on Earth determined to find their entities. The clash of Lantern Corps has resulted in a new war of light, centered in Downtown Metropolis and nearby sentient planets Mogo and Ranx. Players must team up with Hal Jordan or Sinestro in high-level multiplayer adventures to investigate the colored mists that have descended upon Metropolis and are affecting the citizens’ emotions.”The update will also be giving players access to two new Legends PvP characters: Saint Walker and Atrocitus. If that wasn't enough, you'll also be getting new and reimagined environments in DC Universe Online such as changes to Metropolis and for the first time you'll be able to journey to Mogo, the sentient Green Lantern Planet, and Ranx, the Sentient Sinestro Corp City.
The first part of the trilogy DLC will be available for download on the PC, as well as the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 early next year. Find out more on the update through the official website.
Post by Dan @ 04:18pm 12/12/13 | 1 Comments
High-end custom PC retailer Digital Storm has shown a glimpse (that we've artificially brightened up a bit below) of a SteamOS driven, living-room tailored machine that unlike the recently touted console-priced offering from iBuyPower, aims to be able to go head to head with bleeding edge gaming PCs in an entertainment unit friendly form factor (thanks The Verge):
At CES 2014, Digital Storm is going to defy the cookie-cutter mold of small form factor systems. With its advanced thermal design, this gaming PC doesn’t make any compromises for performance.According to The Verge, Digital Storm's model will start at US$1469, come packed with liquid CPU cooling, and "advanced thermal management" inside it's 4.4" x 14.1" x 16.4" chassis (a touch larger than an Xbox One console), accommodating a full-sized graphics card, with a GeForce GTX Titan and 700W PSU as optional upgrades.
The concept may not be appealing to many PC veterans that are comfortable rigging their own parts together, but the idea behind Steam Machines has been to seek the user-friendliness of consoles in the often intimidating open development world of PC gaming.
Expect to hear much more about Steam Machines over the next few weeks as beta testers get a hold of Valve Software's own official units, and CES 2014 kicks off in Las Vegas from January 7-10 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 01:07pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
Titled Wraith-Night, the new Christmas event is themed around helping keep alive the Skeleton King, who is "crumbling to dust after too many resurrections." Players will be tasked with surviving through a wave-based game mode, wherein every beast slain will pass along a spark of Wraith Essence flows to the King to keep him alive. Survive until dawn and Valve promises that your crumbling King will be reborn.
Skeleton King is crumbling to dust after too many resurrections. He has staked his hopes on a ritual that can be performed but once in a millennium. On the solstice known as Wraith-Night, auroral powers charge the earth with an eerie glow. Imbued with Wraith Essence, monsters grow in power but heroes gain new strength. You alone can harvest the energy needed to prepare the King for his next coronation. Who knows how he might show his appreciation?The updated splash page is filled to the brim with new content, though players of the free-to-play MOBA will find that Skeleton King is sadly unable to be played while in his trance-like state, though don't fret as the more you play, the more you'll come to helping his Second Coronation.
Wraith-Night will bring in unique Phantom Fragments that players will be able to collect in the success of their campaign. Uses these collectables to redeem for lockless reliquaries, said to hold great gifts inside. Want more? Purchase the Wraith King's Favor and you'll find for a limited time your squad earns Shining Fragments in addition to normal Fragments, which can be redeemed for a Wraith-Night Ossuary - a "treasure box containing unique gems and rare, socketed items, or cash in your Shining Fragments toward a recipe to craft a Relic of the Wraith King."
Also coming in the new event is a brand new hero, Legion Commander, who will definitely spice up the battlefield as you fight your way through the waves of beasts. You can find a full list of her abilities at the official splash page.
The previously outed Ranked Matchmaking will also be featured in this new update, as is a number of other additions to the game including new items, friend recruitment, a new Frostivus Crate to unlock and of course much, much more. Check out the full rundown over at the splash page.
Post by Eorl @ 12:07pm 12/12/13 | 3 Comments
Kickstarter page (thanks Tollaz0r!)
Backers who donated $55 or more can now download the beta and begin playing an early version of the game right this second. Brian Fargo, lead mastermind behind the Wasteland vision and its return, makes point that this an incomplete version of the game, and to expect the usual experience. If you're participating in the beta, there is a detailed process to log bugs and let the development team know how to recreate them and hopefully fix them for the full release.
Those looking to make some cash on the side while they play the beta, which is not under any form of NDA, are happily able to do so confirms inXile in their updated Kickstarter post. This might be in part due to the recent controversy surrounding YouTube taking down certain Content IDs, but it's always nice to get official confirmation from developers and publishers.
"For the Wasteland 2 beta, we are not putting any restrictions on written and video coverage. Feel free to stream the game, produce YouTube videos, blog about it or write articles about it. You’re free to use any revenue programs available, such as the YouTube Partner program. The only thing we ask is that you explicitly mention that this is a backer/early access beta, and not necessarily representative of the final product."
Post by Eorl @ 11:52am 12/12/13 | 2 Comments
"We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans," Xbox Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing Yusuf Mehdi said in a statement. "We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world.
"Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We're also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date."
Microsoft has rattled off a number of statistics to help show how big of a number 2 million consoles is, including over 83 million hours in games, TV and apps on the Xbox One. Interestingly this number also indicates that the company aren't that far behind Sony's PlayStation 4, which previously hit its 2 million milestone - specifically 2.1 million - last week, though in significantly more countries.
Post by Eorl @ 11:06am 12/12/13 | 4 Comments
Speaking on popular podcast Pointless (via Polygon), hosted by former Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira, Bleszinski told Pereira that "I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do." He also promised that it will be a "PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I'm saying."
When questioned about the genre, Bleszinski said that the game won't be like any tpe of current first-person shooter that is popular these days - "a lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don't think they know what a proper arena shooter is," he explained.
Currently it is unclear whether this arena shooter is the same game that Bleszinski was previously teasing on social media sites, though he did reveal that there is currently no development team in place, and that he won't want or need a massive studio. The podcast interview also revealed that Bleszinski won't be going with a traditional publisher-developer arrangement, possibly suggesting a form of crowdfunding like Kickstarter.
"It would require a studio. But as much as I'm impressed with No Man's Sky, you know, that's four people," he pointed out.
"I don't want to work with the old guard, per se," Bleszinski continued. "I'll talk to them, have meetings. But the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that 'well, traditionally, this doesn't sell well, so we're concerned,' and all that. Because they're all rearward-looking, and it just drives me fucking batshit."