to the moon, athena
AusGamers caught up with 2K Australia and Randy Pitchford to discuss the recently revealed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and why Australia is making an impact on the moon. Click for more!
inquisitive minds
AusGamers managed to catch-up with BioWare's Cameron Lee, an Aussie expat who serves as a producer on Dragon Age: Inquisition. Check out our full interview!
oracle of ages
Batman: Arkham Knight is set to be Rocksteady's final in the Arkham series, so it's fitting that it's just so damn big. And Batmobiles. Nuff said. Click for more!
Trial By Dirt Bike
We take a look at the fourth title in the Trials series, and the first to hit next-gen platforms. Does it live up to the name? Find out in our review!
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Post by Dan @ 10:53am 22/04/14 | 5 Comments
Bethesda has published a higher quality version of the gameplay session of Wolfenstein: The New Order that was live-streamed by the developers recently on Twitch, offering a look at the first 30 minutes of the upcoming sci-fi WWII shooter in the works at MachineGames.

If you'd rather go in fresh, you probably won't want to watch too much of this one, as it is an uncut look at the game's first half-hour on PC, starting from the launch menu and traversing an extensive Nazi stronghold.

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be launching for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One come May 20th.

Post by Eorl @ 10:26am 22/04/14 | 0 Comments
//n/Dark Clouds, an eBook sequel to Watch Dogs, will release alongside the game on May 27, Ubisoft has announced. Authored by John Shirley, the eBook picks up the story after the game’s ending and is described as a techno-thriller that follows Mick Wolfe, an an ex-military character who gets caught in Chicago’s hyper connected and violent underground. It will feature both new and known characters from Watch Dogs.
“Working on Watch Dogs was enormously interesting to me because its world offers the convergence of cyberpunk and the edgy tech reality of our times; it all plays out with action and energy against the inner city backdrop that I thrive in” said John Shirley. “With hack tech in one hand and gun in the other, Aiden Pearce is a believable fusion of hacker and action hero who deliberately slips between the cracks of society to relentlessly pursue his agenda. The novel introduces Mick Wolfe, an ex-military, who gets caught in a dangerous game in Chicago’s hyper connected and violent underground. Working with Thomas Geffroyd and Kevin Shortt at Ubisoft to develop the book was a rocking experience – Ubisoft is right out there on the frontier of videogame development. I couldn’t ask for more inspiration”.
Watch Dogs //n/Dark Clouds will be available when the game launches on May 27 as a classic eBook or an interactive eBook with interactive videos and images. Those interested can purchase it in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. For more on the eBook, watch the trailer below.

Post by Dan @ 10:05am 22/04/14 | 0 Comments
The fate of the much anticipated Prey 2 still remains unknown, but developer Human Head Studios has been working on at least one other project recently, having been revealed as the new stewards for third person arena shooter Minimum.

Minimum is described as a minimalistic shooter with MOBA-style creep farming and crafting elements and was originally devised and announced by the no defunct Timegate studios.
Set in a minimalistic stylized universe, Minimum features fast-paced, session-based combat that pits teams of five against each other with powerful, craftable weapons. Each team has their own gigantic robotic Titan that they power up and support to help them fight and destroy the enemy's base. At the core of Minimum is an elaborate blueprint crafting system where players collect resources to create customized weapons and armor that power-up during kill streaks, enabling skilled warriors and Titans to become deadlier as matches progress.
(via Polygon):
It's similar to the original concept that TimeGate had when it announced Minimum last April, less than a month before filing for bankruptcy. Court documents revealed that Square Enix had originally signed on to publish the game, but left the project in December 2012. According to a press release Atari sent out today, the company worked with TimeGate to pull Minimum out of the studio's bankruptcy proceedings, after which point Madison, Wis.-based Human Head came on to the project as the new development team.
Minimum had been originally planned as a free-to-play title, but its unclear whether that will still the case, as the game's official website invites players to purchase the title soon via Steam Early Access.

Post by Dan @ 09:27am 22/04/14 | 5 Comments
Veteran racing game developer Codemasters has teased a new racing game that is widely expected to be a new addition to the successful GRID franchise.

A teaser trailer posted on the official GRID Youtube channel features the grid emblem logo and a reveal date of April 22 2014 (tomorrow in UK time) with the tagline "Brace Yourselves...Racing is Coming".

Additionally, a post on the official GRID Twitter account promises that "next Tuesday's announcement will NOT have the words Android or iOS in them", indicating that it won't just be another mobile racing game, but a full experience on PC or console or most likely both. We'll know more tomorrow.

Post by Eorl @ 09:22am 22/04/14 | 0 Comments
The enhanced edition of popular RPG classic Baldur's Gate is now available for Android smartphones from developer Beamdog, more than a year since its release on PC, iOS and Mac. Available at a price tag of $9.99 through Google Play Store, the title is playable on Android 4.0 devices and later.

The Enhanced Edition sees the addition of three new characters and 400 improvements made to the original game. The three new characters include Neera the wild mage, Rasaad yn Bashir and Dorn Il-Khan. Each character brings with them new story lines, adventures, new areas and additional hours of gameplay.

There is also a new adventure called The Black Pits which provides 15 levels of arena styled combat challenges, over six hours of gameplay and complete control and customisation of up to six players.

Find the game's purchase link over at the Google Play Store.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:53am 19/04/14 | 0 Comments
With Diablo 3's first expansion - Reaper of Souls - now out and into the hands of both new and returning players around the world, we at AusGamers decided to do a bit of time travel, heading back before the launch of the expansion to chat with Lead Character Artist Paul Warzecha on all things Diablo.

From discussion on just how the Crusader class came to be through to a look at the specific Reaper of Souls artistic style, Warzecha reveals a number of interesting bits about the expansion that you may not have known. So while you wittle away at bad boy Malthael's health to gain those fat loots, check out our full interview with Paul Warzecha on all things Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls.
Post by Eorl @ 10:56am 19/04/14 | 0 Comments
Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be making its way to the PlayStation 4 come next week, developer Young Horses revealed through the PlayStation Blog.
For those of you unfamiliar with Octodad, he’s a normal everyday father with an adoring family, but he just so happens to be an octopus! Life for him is a neverending struggle to control his wobbly limbs and to conceal his cephalopod secret from his loved ones. In Dadliest Catch, Octodad and his family take a disastrous trip to the aquarium, putting him at odds with marine biologists, a manic sushi chef, and his wife’s ever rising suspicions.
You can check out the rather hilarious and awkwardly controlled launch trailer for the PlayStation 4 below. Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be available on April 22nd, and is currently available right now for PC.

Post by Eorl @ 10:45am 19/04/14 | 0 Comments
While you may be busy adventuring across the lands of Tamriel pushing out the evil Molag Bal and his cretins, Zenimax Online has revealed a new splash page for their upcoming veteran content Craglorn, showing off some rather beautiful looking art features to boot.

Craglorn will be the MMO's first major content since launching on April 4th, and will be aimed directly at the higher level "veteran" ranks that players achieve once hitting level 50. The zone will include a new storyline that tasks players with finding out just what happened to the three missing constellations - the Mage, the Thief, and the Warrior - plus new group content that includes the 12-person Trials.
Deadly forces have overrun the desolate region between Skyrim and Cyrodiil. An army of ancient Yokudans lays siege in the west, led by a being that calls itself the Celestial Warrior. In the east, a torrent of atronachs defiles the land under the command of another of these beings, the Celestial Mage. What drives them to their acts of destruction? Journey to Craglorn to unravel the mystery of the constellations, but don’t go alone.
Check it all out through the new splash page, and find the trailer below in-case you missed out. Currently the content is expected sometime during late April.

Post by Eorl @ 09:53am 19/04/14 | 0 Comments
Sony has revealed a new post on the PlayStation Blog detailing the updated suite of editing tools coming to PlayStation 4 in the 1.70 hardware firmware. With the new SHAREfactory, aspiring video editors can splice together multiple clips and personalize them with special filters, transitions, and themes. Console users can also use their PlayStation Camera for picture-in-picture video commentary and import original music to give videos a custom soundtrack; though there's no word how that feature will work when the console is still unable to read audio CDs or MP3s.

Once you've finished making the coolest Michael Bay movie ever with large explosions and robots, the upcoming update will allow you to save your creation to USB. This new change will offer a much quicker and easier method of sharing or uploading to your favourite Internet site, though will also hopefully allow for further advanced editing.

Other features included in the 1.70 firmware update is the option to disable HDCP, allowing users the ability to capture direct feed video without pesky DRM. The ability to auto-download and pre-load games that have been pre-order is also making an appearance, with the EU region (which includes Australia and New Zealand) getting pre-loading at least three days ahead of launch.

At this time there is no date for the firmware update, though the PlayStation Blog does offer a rather vague "soon" window. Check out the snazzy tutorial video below.

Post by Eorl @ 09:31am 19/04/14 | 0 Comments
A new teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords has been revealed, offering a rather brief glimpse at one of the enemies players will have to face once they step into the game's war-torn world.

Risen 3: Titan Lords is the third game in developer Piranha Bytes' pirate-focused role-playing game franchise. Like in previous installments — players will be able to explore the world at their leisure and engage in combat with various foes. The story will focus on a young warrior whose soul is stolen; he then sets out on a revenge quest to reclaim it. The world, "abandoned by all gods" according to the Risen 3 website, is filled with different guilds that the player must align himself with in order to achieve his goals.

"Like a carpenter with a hand-crafted piece of furniture, we put together the story, the characters and the landscape until it all fits and the player has the possibility to discover things all around the place," reads a statement on the website from Project Lead Bjoern Pankratz. "You can try out and find things that others might not. Exploration is the key to our game."

Risen 3: Titan Lords is expected to launch in August of this year for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Friday, 18 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:31am 18/04/14 | 3 Comments
H1Z1, the recently announced zombie survival title from developer Sony Online Entertainment, will be hitting Steam Early Access sometime in the next four weeks according to an early morning Twitch stream today.

SOE revealed the news during a gameplay sneak peak which showed off a number of mechanics for the upcoming free-to-play title, including exploding barrels, catching people on fire and rather aggressive zombies. The Twitch stream was joined by Game Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt and Technical Director Tom Schenck, who offered up a rather in-depth look into H1Z1, including answering various fan questions.

When asked on air about the price for the Steam access, Whisenhunt revealed that you can expect H1Z1 to go up for $19.99, though further specifics on that will be made available later. Other fan questions included how the team would handle microtransactions, which Whisenhunt responded with "you won't be able to pay to be babied" and "no instant access to weapons."

The stream is now available for viewing directly through Twitch, where the team shows off vehicles, the rather bloodthirsty zombies and the realistic day/night cycle.
Post by Eorl @ 09:59am 18/04/14 | 2 Comments
The NPD Group has issued its March video game sales report, revealing a rather large 28 percent drop in software sales (including PC) to $432 million. Hardware on the other hand has soared 78 percent on the strength of the new consoles, totalling $395 million. Overall, total industry sales increased 3 percent to $1.03 billion.

“Software declines in March 2014 stemmed from poor comparisons to new launches from last March. Collectively, March 2014 launches sold 42 percent less than March 2013 launches," explained NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

"Last March we saw eight of the top ten games were new launches with games like Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment, God of War: Ascension. This March saw six of the top ten games as new launches with Titanfall, inFAMOUS Second Son, South Park: The Stick Of Truth, and Dark Souls II.”

It seems Titanfall, while grabbing the number one spot, wasn't enough to hold PlayStation 4 sales back, with the NPD confirming that Sony's next-gen console has officially topped Xbox One. Yesterday we saw Sony announce that the PlayStation 4 has surpassed 7 million sales globally, while Microsoft has revealed 5 million for their Xbox One.
We’re also happy to share today that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since our launch. The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming. Even more important to us is how much fun you are having on Xbox One. It’s amazing that Xbox One fans are spending an average of five hours per day on Xbox One and collectively have totaled more than one billion hours of time spent in games and apps on the console. We’re also thrilled to see your use and enjoyment of the latest features and apps we have released as part of our regular system updates. In particular, we broke new usage records with the number of unique Twitch broadcasters in the first week of availability.
Hardware in general put in a robust performance during the last month, boosting the industry year-over-year. "PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five months currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360," added Callahan.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:12pm 17/04/14 | 1 Comments
Activision has confirmed that the upcoming movie game tie-in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has now been delayed indefinitely for Xbox One, just weeks before its launch.

Activision has yet to fully explain the move, however has confirmed that they are "revising our release plans for ASM2 on Xbox One." The delay was first noticed by GamersHonestTruth, which came to light after reports that pre-orders for the Xbox One version had been cancelled our local EB Games retailer.

Initially it was believed to only be effecting Australian versions, however reports from NeoGAF users show that references to the Xbox One version had been quietly removed from the game's international official site. These included the removal of the box from any and all assets plus the inability to pre-order for the console. The Activision spokesperson confirmed the decision, stating that "when and whether ASM2 is released on Xbox One is TBD."

The game is still due for release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U come May 7th.
Post by Eorl @ 03:01pm 17/04/14 | 14 Comments
While World of Warcraft's much-loved races are soon to be getting a visual makeover, developer Blizzard has revealed that those worried about performance shouldn't expect a drop come the release of the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

Blizzard community manager Taepsiulm has taken to the forums to calm the crowd, stating that "you shouldn't be worried about any big drop in performance; things will most likely remain very close to what you are experiencing right now." With the addition of some rather hefty model polygon increases, its no wonder users are somewhat worried about their performance, though it looks like Blizzard are well aware of the situation.
Client performance is something we care about a lot. It doesn’t matter how well-designed an encounter is: you aren’t going to have fun raiding at 8 FPS.

We want everyone to be able to enjoy playing with the new models, and our dev team is working hard making sure that WoW is as resource efficient as possible in order for that to happen.
The post also revealed that Blizzard have plans to implement performance improvements for add-ons that process combat data and other stats, mainly within raids and dungeons. The development team will also reduce the amount of visual clutter that is visible during fights where groups of players are involved, hopefully reducing the performance issues seen in the much larger fights.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will be launching sometime later this year, and will feature a number of new additions including the improved character models, new animations and a level cap of 100.
Post by Eorl @ 01:29pm 17/04/14 | 0 Comments
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare's latest expansion, Zomboss Down, is now available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, developer PopCap Games announced.

Zomboss Down is the second free expansion for Garden Warfare, following March's Garden Variety add-on. The western-themed DLC includes eight new characters, such as the Law Pea and Sun Pharaoh, as well as a new multiplayer map for the Gardens and Graveyards mode called Cactus Canyon. The expansion also bumps up the level cap from 20 to 30.

You can check out a trailer for Zomboss Down below, and find the full patch notes through the developer's Facebook page. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is currently available only on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, though a PC port is planned sometime soon.

Post by Eorl @ 01:20pm 17/04/14 | 0 Comments
While many may be waiting for the PlayStation 4 release of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog has today announced the third and final DLC for PlayStation 3 users, titled Grounded Bundle.

The new pack will come with six trophies and a mix of single-player and multiplayer content, including a new "grounded mode" for single-player that aims to pit you against "relentless, smart and brutal AI." For multiplayer the pack contains the Reclaimed Territories Map which comes with four maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower.

New guns and new survival skills will also be part of the Grounded Bundle and all new guns and skills will be available “to try before you buy” as part of new pre-set load outs. The Survivalist Weapon Bundle contains four new weapons: Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher. Non-season pass holders are also in for a treat with a new gun – the Full-Auto Rifle – for free. It’s a fully-automatic, “modified burst rifle”.

The Grounded Bundle is part of the season pass which will be available for four more weeks until May 13. You can find out more details over at the PlayStation Blog.

In related news, Naughty Dog has revealed that the they are looking into upgrade plans from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4. Eric Monacelli commented on the EU PlayStation Blog stating that "We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions."

The PlayStation 4 remastered edition will include all three DLC packs and any past updates, plus the graphical enhancements from moving platforms. It is scheduled for release sometime during June 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 12:49pm 17/04/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Obsidian has released a score from the old school-inspired, Kickstarter success Pillars of Eternity soundtrack to give anxious adventurers a taste of what to expect when the game releases later this year. The music is an ambient background tune for the Dyrford Village area.

The man behind the music, Audio Director Justin Bell, noted in a forum post that he looks to the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale) for inspiration, blending "tropes found in European folk and pre-Renaissance modal music" with modern techniques. Bell also wrote that he listens for inspiration during his daily commute to work, and that he reads Johann Sebastian Bach daily.

Take a listen below, and let us know your thoughts on this rather classy piece. For more on Pillars of Eternity, catch up with our latest interviews with Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart and developer Josh Sawyer for a great look into the development of their crowd-funded title.

Post by Eorl @ 11:13am 17/04/14 | 0 Comments
This week's PlayStation 4 launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has helped push the MMO pass the 2 million mark for registered accounts, a rather large bump from previous numbers.

Square Enix hasn't given any hard numbers on just how many of those registered users are actually playing the game, but we do know that six months ago the number was at 1.5 million registered users. Meanwhile, a trailer from February proclaimed the second-iteration MMO had "over 1.8 million adventurers."

It's worth noting registrations do not equate to active subscribers, although the base game does require a purchase and includes the usual 30 days of free game time. According to a translated 4Gamer interview with Director Naoki Yoshida, in March around 500,000 people were logging into A Realm Reborn each day. It is unclear as to whether that amount is still steady, but hopefully hard numbers will come out during the next quarterly report from Square Enix.
Post by Dan @ 10:58am 17/04/14 | 0 Comments
Swedish indie developer Vreski has released the first prototype gameplay for its Hong Kong Massacre project, and as Rock, Paper, Shotgun succinctly puts it, it is pretty much a "none-too-subtle marriage of Hotline Miami‘s utterly peerless top-down intensity and the aesthetic of Hong Kong action cinema ala John Woo".

From the developer's official blog:
The idea of the games is that the player is set out to hunt down a triad leader(or similar) in Hong Kong, his whereabouts is unknown so your job is to track him down. You do this by finding people in his organization for more clues. When you start the game you have a map with different locations available. These acts as levels and you can choose any order you want to visit them. As you get new clues new locations will be unlocked on the map for you to visit, and so on. I also want to include levels that are more stealth based (haven't tested this yet so it might not work at all), and some where you only take out one target.

The main game mechanic is the ability to slow down time whenever you want. This is crucial to be able to clear a harder level. When you slow down time you can dodge bullet by rotate your character and also rack up shoots when killing enemies. In the future I want to extend this ability with some more stuff.
The game is currently in development for PC, Mac and Linux and expected to launch before the end of 2014. Watch the gameplay clip below.

Post by Dan @ 10:50am 17/04/14 | 2 Comments
Unlike most games based on the Aliens movie franchise, Creative Assembly keeps reminding us that the forthcoming Alien: Isolation draws its inspiration from the horror themes of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, rather than its more action-oriented contemporaries.

The developer is also aiming to capture the look of the first film too, and this latest developer diary style video explains how the studio has approached what they refer to as "low-fi sci-fi" with things like spaceship instrument panels and displays as they were imagined in the 1970s with lots of buttons, dials and CRT screens. Watch it below.

Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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