Cam Lee Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee has become a fixture here at AusGamers. The Aussie ex-pat took tie out of his Gamescom duties to chat with us again. Check it out!
Wrestling Time
We take a look at 2K Games' latest WWE contender and find out just what the game has in store for fans of the wrestling series. Click here for our full preview!
Resident Evil Within
The Evil Within is creeping up just around the release corner, so we decided to take a look back at Shinji Mikami's incredible Resident Evil 4. Click here for more!
fella!
Wrapping up a tour in Australia and with Summerslam dominating August, we had a chance to chat with the Great White himself, Sheamus! Check it out right here!
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 10:21am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
It looks like the assassins are still causing trouble for Abstergo as some more information has leaked its way out of the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity. A reddit user that was reportedly verified as a beta tester for the game has spilled some inside information about some manner of challenge mode called Rifts that will run auxiliary to the game's already revealed campaign single-player and cooperative multiplayer modes.

Perhaps most interesting is that the leaker claims that the mode will feature several thematic areas outside of the game's French Revolution Parisian setting, each based on other prominent assassin characters from the franchise, and supposedly offering them as playable characters.

A leaked video shows the player performing some manner of time trial, collecting glyphs to preserve corrupting data or some such, but an alleged screenshot displays a list of familiar faces (assassins from previous games) that include Altair, Ezio, Haytham, and Edward as well as Aveline and Shao Jun -- those last two suggesting that the game may have playable female characters in some form after all.

The youtube video has since been removed, but VGLeaks have preserved it. Take a closer look at the character page image below.

Assassin's Creed: Unity is due on October 28th 2014 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Post by Eorl @ 10:11am 27/08/14 | 3 Comments
Bethesda has revealed a loyalty program for its MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, designed to reward those who subscribe to the game for an extended period of time.

The developer announced the first such reward will take the form of a High Hrothgar Wriath vanity pet, and will be emailed to anyone who's subscribed to the game for a combined time of three months or more in September. These three months don't include the month of time that comes free when you purchase the game.

"There’s so much more on the horizon, but we think it’s important to give some special recognition to those of you who have already been there every step of the way," a post reads. "The loyalty program will keep expanding over time, so keep an eye out for more tokens of our gratitude if you’re a longtime player. Our next reward will be granted for those who have subscribed for six months — we’ll reveal it to you soon."

The system definitely sounds awfully free-to-play like, with a number of free MMO's utilising a loyalty program to reward those who choose to spend money in a in-game store or subscribe. Those who aren't subscribed at the moment can take up the rewards once they meet the requirements.
Post by Eorl @ 09:31am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. has announced a November 14th release date for their Bat-infused LEGO title Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Lego's third DC Comics-themed release, Lego Batman 3 is developed by long-standing Lego video game maker Traveller's Tales. More than 150 playable characters will be featured, from Adam West to Zatanna. As you might expect from its name, Beyond Gotham moves the action further afield from Batman's usual stomping grounds and out into space, into planets and cities that Brainiac has captured and shrunk down in size.

The bat game will also be featuring the one and only Adam West, who will be taking up his role as the 1960's Batman TV show man himself.

The game will launch for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Post by Eorl @ 09:05am 27/08/14 | 11 Comments
Edit: Nintendo has sent over official word on the DLC packs, noting that prices for both packs will be U$10.00/NZ$14.00 each, or AU$16.00/NZ$20.00 for the two. Considering the amount offered in this DLC, I'd say that is one killer pack.

Following the Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U leak, it seems Nintendo might have accidentally leaked the upcoming DLC planned for their arcade racer Mario Kart 8, pointing towards 16 new tracks and six new characters coming to the Wii U title.

With two upcoming downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 players will be able to add The Legend of Zelda's Link and the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, according to a post from Nintendo's official UK store. Also included in the DLC packs is 16 brand-new tracks, a whopping 50% increase to the current track count.

The first pack of the two adds Link, cat-suit Peach and tanooki-suit Mario, as well as four vehicles and eight tracks. It will be available in November of this year. Pack 2, available in May 2015, adds Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks.
"Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent," the site reads. "The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack."
Those who purchase both DLC packs will receive additional content as well: eight new colors each for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who pre-purchase those packs gain access to the new colors immediately.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:11pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Nathan "NachosJustice" loves a good shadowy realm. It's how we found him -- hiding out of sight of the sun; his milky-white skin being the perfect reflection of the average gamer and so it seemed fitting we let him take his fear of light to BioWare's new IP, Shadow Realms.

Of course none of that is true, Nathan is a model of Vitamin D sustenance and has never lived in his parent's basement (to our knowledge), but he still knows games and where some games came from, so taking on the role of the Dungeon Master in Shadow Realms is especially fitting for him.

Read on for his full thoughts on BioWare's Shadow Realms.
Post by Eorl @ 04:52pm 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Seasons, two new zones, and tons more content will be coming in the form of patch 2.1.0 to Blizzard's loot-filled title Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls according to a new forum post on Battle.net.

Blizzard announced the new Seasons game mode back in June, along with details on the addition of Greater Rifts, a type of Nephalem Rift, and Cesspools, one of two new areas for Reaper of Souls. Blizzard's 2.1 Patch Roundup revealed even more content coming with the 2.1 patch, including The Vault (another new area), leaderboards for Seasons and Greater Rifts, and details on the first Season's new items.

Community manager Tyvalir noted on the Diablo forums that while the patch only weighs in at 300mb, "it will be making several changes to the game files stored on your computer. As a result, the “Applying Patch” phase may take up to 30 minutes to finish once the patch has been downloaded." Those lost or wanting to catch up on the new changes can also find a stack of cliff notes giving the quick rundown on the patch over here.
Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Bandai Namco have today revealed new details of their next Adventure Time game, subtitled The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom.

Its Adventure Time! The third entry into the Adventure Time series of video games is due this coming November 21st, coming to Steam, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 3DS. The latest entry in the popular video game adaptation is being developed by veteran game studio WayForward, who also created the first two titles.

“WayForward is the perfect studio to bring the third all-new Adventure Time video game to fans of the animated series,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “Just like the Adventure Time television series, these video games have resonated strongly across all age groups and we’re thrilled to be publishing the latest installment of this beloved franchise.”

In Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, you will take on the personas of Finn and Jake as they battle through the eponymous kingdom, an unexplored region in the Land of Ooo.

Post by Eorl @ 02:32pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Blizzard's casual take on the competitive MOBA scene will be heading into the eSports limelight beginning tomorrow, with ESV Champions League announcing a new month-long Heroes of the Storm tournament for the top teams in North America.

Promising to provide "insight on the competitive side of Heroes of the Storm," the ESV Champions League will pit some of the very best alongside each other as they compete for the first of many eSports challenges. These include Team dIISENt, ESV's own teams Tempest and Wildfire, plus Glorious! Gaming led by Heroes streamer ZPs.

The tournament will begin on August 27th, 8:00am AEST, with the first six matches being broadcast through ESV's Twitch channel. A coverage hub has also been set up to offer match schedules, list of results, news and anything else pertaining to the event, which you can find over here.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:50pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
AusGamers had a chance to not only get hands-on with WWE 2K15 (impressions coming soon), but to also speak with a number of WWE superstars at the company's most recent PPV event, Summerslam.

While not active on the roster currently -- and during the PPV -- due to injury, crowd (and AusGamers) favourite, Daniel Bryan, stopped by the site for five-minutes to answer a few questions about his thoughts on the game, his own ranking within it, and wanting a head like Brock Lesnar's.

Click here for our full WWE 2K15 Daniel Bryan interview.
Post by Dan @ 11:37am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Boutique games hardware manufacturer Razer is continuing its R&D on the software side of things too, and the latest project is Razer Cortex, described as a "gaming nerve center" with several utilities for optimising your PC gaming experience -- including, it seems, trawling for bargains on online games retailers (thanks Polygon).
From combing the web for the best game deals, improving your PC performance in-game, to recording then sharing your in-game moments on Facebook and YouTube, and even backing up your save games in the cloud, Cortex is the free all-in-one software which gives you the best gaming experience possible.
A product overview page explains that Cortex currently monitors the likes of Steam, GOG, Origins, Green Man Gaming, Amazon, GameStop and GamersGate, updating prices every hour and informing games of discounts relevant to their tastes.

Cortex is expected to launch official in a couple of weeks, but interested users can sign up for early access here at razerzone.com.
Post by Eorl @ 11:33am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Microsoft has revealed a new return to the long-running series Age of Empires, though this time in the form of a touch-based multiplayer game coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Titled Age of Empires: Castle Siege, the fast-paced game lets players choose from several civilizations — including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus — then tasks them with fortifying a castle and surrounding city, training armies and attacking other players' castles. Microsoft says the game is being built with touch devices in mind, meaning players will control their armies with swipes of a touchscreen.

At first glance the game bears a striking resemblance to Supercell's hit strategy game Clash of Clans, but Microsoft promises "the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for." Age of Empires: Castle Siege is being developed by Smoking Gun Interactive. The developer has worked with Microsoft in the past on Kinect Doodle Jump, Mars Rover Landing, Kinect Adventures and multiple Kinect Fun Labs titles.

The game is scheduled for release sometime in September, and will feature cross-play support between Windows 8 PCs, tablets and mobile phones.

Post by Dan @ 11:06am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
The latest Weekly Update on Bungie's official blog confirms that the game has "gone gold", the industry term for when a game completes its initial development and manufacturing of retail game discs commences.
Now, we’re very close to launch – the final weeks. This next milestone carries a heavier weight of finality. Destiny is Gold. Discs are being pressed and packed into crates. Destiny is done, in some respects. Even now, so close to the end, it still feels like we’re just getting started.

Have we said that before, too? As the saying goes: This is not even our final form. Though Destiny may be basking in the gold light of release, we’re already looking ahead to the next milestone, and the next one after that
Destiny is due to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide on September 9th 2014, but one hotly requested feature that apparently won't be making it to launch is loot trading, as the developer confirms toward the end of its weekly update that although players will be able to swap gear around between characters on the same account, there won't be a facility to share your spoils will fellow players:
Only with your enemies. Trade your ammo for their loot. You know the best way to deliver ammo to a Cabal Centurian? You’ll figure it out, and it’s tons of fun.

As for swapping irons in the Tower? Nope. We want you to earn ‘em. You should be able to tell a badass story for every sweet jewel in your arsenal.
An odd omission for such an MMO-inspired social online multiplayer game, but perhaps they need more time to consider and refine the economic machinations of trading or similar.
Post by Eorl @ 11:00am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
NBA Live 15 will once again be featuring a leading player of the sports, this time Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

Lillard, a point guard in the team, was the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year and made his first All-Star appearance this past season. According to EA, Lillard has been working with NBA Live 15's developers at EA Tiburon for two years. The studio scanned his face and head to build a detailed in-game model of him, and along with doing motion capture work, Lillard has provided feedback on the game.

Lillard also lent his voice to Learn Live, a tutorial mode that's new to NBA Live 15 and will help introduce players to the game — an onboarding process that was notably absent at NBA Live 14's launch. Those wanting to see him in the digital flesh can check out the video below.

NBA Live 15 will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come October 7th.

Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
A new leak has appeared online suggesting that we could be seeing Shulk, Bowser Jr. and Ganondorf as fighters for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.

A massive roster leak for the new Super Smash Bros. is being documented on NeoGAF, with convincing video evidence revealing Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr., and Ganondorf as the newest additions to Nintendo's all-star brawler. YouTube user Izat True was responsible for the five leaked videos showcasing the three previously unannounced fighters, though the videos have now been claimed by Nintendo.

It seems these aren't the only fighters who have had their appearance leaked ahead of the game's launch. The Duck Hunt Dog and Ness from Earthbound are reportedly going to show up for battle, as well as Dr. Mario and Dark Pit. There is even a DLC rumor list that features Lucas, Wolf, Chorus Men, Ice Climbers, and Snake. It also seems general information has been dumped as well on Imgur, featuring trophies, arenas and more.
Post by Eorl @ 09:51am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
After revealing in June that successful Kickstarter title The Banner Saga would be heading to iPad, Windows and Android tablets, publisher Versus Evil has announced that the team are aiming for a September release.

Stoic's Viking-themed role-playing strategy game launched on Windows and Mac back in January, and the tablet version is said to feature controls reworked for touchscreens. It will be listed as a premium title, though no price has yet been determined.

Wondering what The Banner Saga is all about? Check out our review to see just what the Vikings have in store for the tablet devices.
Post by Dan @ 09:40am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Following rumours that a $1 Billion acquisition from Google was looming, online retail giant Amazon has revealed itself as the new owner of Twitch, confirming a $970 million cash purchase of the hugely popular streaming video service.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month — from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
A statement from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear thanking users for their support and describes Amazon as the right choice for the deal as they "share our values and long-term vision". Shear also goes on to say that Twitch plans to "keep everything the same" in regards to its office, employees and brand, and rather puzzlingly intends to retain its "independence".
Monday, 25 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 11:28am 25/08/14 | 5 Comments
An online hacking group that also claimed to be responsible for the recent PlayStation Network outage has reportedly indicated that it was also behind a bomb threat called in to American Airlines that saw flight 362 from Dallas to Phoenix redirected as a result. Polygon reports that Sony Online Entertainment present John Smedley had been on board and is the presumed target of the felony prank.
"Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac," Smedley tweeted. Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America, SOE and the Phoenix office of the FBI for additional comment.

An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to The Arizona Republic that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons. KPNX-TV also reported the FBI was investigating the threat.

Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines' account. A tweet while the flight was airborne (and since taken down) also contained a link to this image appearing to show an e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, with a confirmation number, asking Smedley and Sony if this was indeed his flight. The hackers continued to tweet threats about the flight.
Sony has reassured PlayStation Network users that "no personal information has been accessed", but as of the time this article, services have yet to be restored.
Post by Dan @ 10:19am 25/08/14 | 15 Comments
Cloud-streamed gaming services like OnLive and PlayStation Now have yet to be made widely available to markets outside of North America and Europe, and high latency has made such services unplayable from far flung locations like Australia so they're all geolocked anyway.

However, Microsoft Research seems to think that tyranny of distance might be a solvable problem, having recently outlined their findings on a project they're called "DeLorean" that is essentially an advanced form of client prediction that instead of just guessing a single most likely outcome for each user movement, calculates several.
In this paper, we present DeLorean, a speculative execution system for mobile cloud gaming that is able to mask up to 250ms of network latency. DeLorean produces speculative rendered frames of future possible outcomes, delivering them to the client one entire RTT ahead of time; clients perceive no latency. To achieve this, DeLorean combines: 1) future input prediction; 2) state space subsampling and time shifting; 3) misprediction compensation; and 4) bandwidth compression.

To evaluate the prediction and speculation techniques in DeLorean, we use two high quality, commerciallyreleased games: a twitch-based first person shooter, Doom 3, and an action role playing game, Fable 3. Through user studies and performance benchmarks, we find that players overwhelmingly prefer DeLorean to traditional thin-client gaming where the network RTT is fully visible, and that DeLorean successfully mimics playing across a low-latency network.
Masking up to 250ms of latency? Surely like usual client prediction it won't be without side effects, but if it pans out and makes high latency cloud-gaming feasible, that would be particularly good news for Australian gamers.
Post by Dan @ 10:05am 25/08/14 | 0 Comments
That feature length film based on Capcom's Dead Rising games looks to still be happening as director Zach Lipovsky has now reportedly been attached to the project (thanks VG247).

Best known for the new horror film Leprechaun: Origins, Lipovsky's background is in visual effects. Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Tim Carter was previously announced as handling the script, and Legendary Pictures still appears to be planning a straight to digital release by way of the Crackle video on demand service.
Post by Dan @ 09:51am 25/08/14 | 0 Comments
The last two Yakuza games -- Yakuza 5 and Yakuza: Restoration -- are still yet to find their way to Western audiences, but SEGA has revealed the title of the Japanese mafia-themed action series' next addition as Yakuza Zero.

An official website appears to promise more details at the upcoming Tokyo Games Show in September, and confirms PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as target platforms, but doesn't offer much else about the game other than a logo.

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