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!
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
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.

Saturday, 23 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
Finnish developer Almost Human Ltd. has announced that not only has their classically-styled first-person dungeon crawl sequel to Legend of Grimrock entered beta, but the original is also making its way to iOS.

According to an official press release, entering beta means that all content to be included in Legend of Grimrock 2 is now in place and needs only polish and quality assurance testing before the game will be available to the public. "We feel the game is like a raw diamond and now we're concentrating fully on polishing every aspect of the game until everything is perfect and shining," said Legend of Grimrock artist Juho Salila.

The developers plan to begin beta testing soon, after enlisting a "carefully selected" group of testers. Almost Human believes this tight-knight testing group will allow for better developer feedback and more fluid interaction between testers and the people building the game. Barring any major problems, Almost Human hopes to launch Legend of Grimrock 2 on PC this Fall.

Unfortunately, information on the iOS version of Legend of Grimrock is currently lacking. Almost Human has yet to confirm a release date for the game, or even which iOS devices will be supported (though the above screenshot indicates the iPad is a very likely candidate). The developer claims that more information on the mobile dungeon crawl will be coming soon.

Post by Eorl @ 10:06am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
In addition to Arkane Studios' hit game Dishonored being available for free on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 until the end of the month, it is also available for free play on Steam all weekend. Borderlands 2 is also available during the weekend as a free play game.

The first-person stealth action game is playable for free until Monday, 6:00am AEST. Bethesda are also offering the game at a 75% discount for those who want to continue playing after the weekend, pricing it at $11.24 for just the game or $16.99 for the Game of the Year Edition.

Dishonored launched on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2012. You can find out more about the game through its Steam profile, or you can check out our review on the game over here.
Post by Eorl @ 09:43am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Naughty Dog will be adding in two new multiplayer maps for free to their remastered version of The Last of Us, noting the gesture of goodwill "in appreciation for all of your continued patience as we work to resolve the matchmaking issues."

PlayStation 4 users have been made to endure long waits while to connect to the game's online Factions mode - an issue that the developer is now working with other PlayStation teams to try and fix.

"Over the last couple of weeks, we have deployed LiveUpdates and Patch 1.02, which have resulted in some significant improvements, but there is still more to be done to reduce the matchmaking wait times," Naughty Dog explained via its official site.

"We've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries. Our current estimate is on the short side of weeks, rather than months."
Post by Eorl @ 09:32am 23/08/14 | 1 Comments
After launching their Kickstarter mid-way last month for post-apocalyptic RPG After Reset, Black Cloud Studios' crowd-funding campaign has now ended, surpassing their goal by nearly $60,000.

Born out of the disappointment of the cancellation of Fallout: Van Buren a decade ago, After Reset RPG is being developed to fill the void for a classic old-school RPG that hardcore fans of the genre have been clamoring for.

"Today I am proud to announce that together, we did it," the latest Kickstarter post read. "Yes, any mere gamer, like myself, can take it upon themselves to stop moaning on forums and establish their own serious development team to build the game of their dreams. Proven by gamers, for gamers!"

Developed with scientific realism and offering a larger playing area than Fallout 1 and 2 combined, After Reset RPG features a non-linear story offering complete freedom of choice, branching story paths and multiple endings. With that freedom of choice the player can totally explore the world at their disposal, the Great Desert (formerly known as Nevada) and the State of Eagle (previously California).
Friday, 22 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:38pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Welcome all to the very first Indie Friday feature! As the name suggests, each Friday we'll be taking a look at a handful of independent game developers from around Australia and giving you, the reader, a chance to know a bit more about the local scene and just what to keep your eyes on.

Do keep in mind that some of these titles aren't quite ready, but we believe that even without the polish these games have some great potential at showing off Australia's very prominent local talent.

To start off the first week we have five indie titles to check out, all from around Australia and all with very different playstyles. Check out the list in action over here, and as always leave a comment on your thoughts.
Post by Eorl @ 04:11pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard may be planning to immortalise late actor Robin Williams in the form of a genie in their upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, along with a couple of other additions.

Files datamined by fansite WoWHead from the latest beta build reveal the addition of a new NPC called "Robin the Entertainer". The nod to Williams' Genie role in DIsney's Aladdin is definitely a big one, and the idea that his in-game character has the ability to shapeshift could mean different models may be used to represent some of his more famous movie roles.

Other models spotted so far include a human female, which is no doubt a nod to the ever popular Mrs. Doubtfire, and a human male. That one could possibly be a take on Williams' breakout success, Mork and Mindy. We aren't quite sure where these characters will feature or what they will have to offer, as Blizzard has yet to confirm if these are indeed the official ones previously promised.
Post by Eorl @ 02:35pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Assassin's Creed Memories, the free-to-play mobile spin-off title from Ubisoft's Assassin Creed series focusing on card battles, is now available for all the iOS devices today via the App Store.

Assassin's Creed Memories explores Renaissance Italy and Colonial America and adds new periods such as feudal Japan and imperial Mongolia. Players travel through time and collect cards while engaging in missions to hunt boss targets. Stats are boosted through the use of weapon or armor cards, while ally cards summon special characters to assist in combat. Multiplayer is available in the form of 20 vs. 20 player guild battles; participants build combos and choose their strongest to engage in front-line battles.

The game is a collaboration between free-to-play mobile game developer PlayNext and mobile social company Gree, and comes with your typical mobile in-app purchases.
Post by Dan @ 02:21pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
After some delays, Ubisoft's The Crew looks to now be on track for its holiday 2014 launch, and the publisher has sent along another new gameplay trailer.

This latest 4 minute clip presents a rather comprehensive overview of the arcade racing title, explaining how players can race across the entire continental United States.
The Crew is a vast, gorgeous and diverse imagining of the United States of America; one of the biggest playgrounds ever conceived for high-speed, exploration and MMO action driving. Are you ready to join countless other players on a boundless journey?
Check it out below. The Crew is due on November 14th 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.

Post by Eorl @ 11:52am 22/08/14 | 4 Comments
Paradox Interactive and developer Creative Forge have joined forces to unveil Ancient Space, a title that the duo describe as "a new story-driven real-time strategy game."

As its title suggests, Ancient Space takes players to the edges of the universe. Specifically, an area known as "The Black Zone." Though objectives vary throughout the game, the core goal of Ancient Space is to build an impressive interstellar fleet that can survive attacks by aliens, space pirates and things that exist only in nebulous regions of the cosmos.

Unlike most real-time strategy games, which are split equally between a b-movie singleplayer campaign and an online multiplayer component, Ancient Space focuses entirely on the former. To that end the developers have enlisted a cast of sci-fi genre regulars to populate the game, including John Billingsley of Star Trek: Enterprise and Dina Meyer of Starship Troopers.

The game is aiming for a release on both Windows and Mac later this year, though no solid release date has yet been given. Those eager for some space action can check out the announcement trailer below.

Post by Eorl @ 11:05am 22/08/14 | 12 Comments
Valve's first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has turned another year older, and to help celebrate this milestone the developer has introduced exploding chickens into the game. Yes, exploding chickens.

Jumping into the game you'll discover that all the chickens roaming around on the various maps are equipped with party-themed hats for the occasion. Pointing a gun at said chicken and pulling the trigger will not only explode said chicken, but bring about a shower of confetti in true birthday spirit. Get out there and celebrate!

Are you still playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Happen to miss out on last week's Cologne 2014 ESL One tournament? Check out the full coverage over here to see all the action.
Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
The fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead Season 2, "No Going Back," hits next week, developer Telltale Games announced today.

The final episode will launch on August 26th for PC and Mac via Steam, with August 27th marking Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita's launches. August 28th will mark an iOS release as an in-app purchase for Season Two.

If you'd like a refresher of what's happened thus far in the series, Telltale has released the following trailer bringing people up to speed. As you would expect from a catch up trailer there will obviously be major spoilers for everything prior to this upcoming episode, so you have been warned.

Post by Dan @ 10:10am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games are inviting Android device owners to beta test the recently announced The Witcher Battle Arena, the MOBA style game based on the Polish studio's much-loved RPG franchise.
Once launched, the closed beta will allow the community to test the core functionalities of Battle Arena and will help CD PROJEKT RED and Fuero Games balance gameplay, fix potential netcode issues and further refine in-game features. Upon being granted access to the event, selected participants will be given the possibility to playtest 8 heroes on two maps playable in Conquest Mode--The Arena and Korath Desert. Players will also have the opportunity to develop their player profiles in an RPG fashion, as well as help to test several other functionalities present in the full game coming later this year.
The mobile-tailored game is also headed to iOS and Windows Phone devices, but beta testing is currently limited to Android for moment. Watch the debut gameplay trailer below, and head over to thewitcher.com/twba/beta for a chance to get in on the early action.

Post by Dan @ 10:04am 22/08/14 | 2 Comments
The Astronauts -- the Polish independent studio founded by former People Can Fly vets of Painkiller and Bulletstorm fame -- has announced a September 25th 2014 launch date for the PC version of its debut title The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.
Accompanying the release date news is a new developer commentated walkthrough trailer, offering up around 13 minutes of narrated gameplay that should give you a good idea on what to expect. Check it out below.

Post by Dan @ 09:57am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
The much anticipated release date for Destiny creeps ever closer, and publisher Activision has now let loose the obligatory launch trailer.

It's not quite as interesting as most previous videos for the game, but it ought to still get you in the mood for defending the solar system and humanity from the galactic threat.
There are enemies out here you would not believe, but they’ve never seen anything like you. It doesn’t matter who you are, only what you will become.
Destiny is due on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 9th 2014.

Post by Eorl @ 09:40am 22/08/14 | 5 Comments
Hideo Kojima and Konami have lifted the curtains on what to expect in the multiplayer side of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain thanks to a new batch of gameplay footage.

The reveal was streamed on IGN and clocks in at just over the 22 minute marker. The gameplay showcases new uses for Snake's infamous cardboard box, further exploration of the vast open-world players will get to experience and how the day-night cycle will impact missions. Actual multiplayer doesn't appear until around the 17 minute mark of the video, and seems to focus on stealing resources from each other.

You can check it out in action below, alongside another gameplay video from the single-player perspective that was showcased at last week's Gamescom 2014 Konami event.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Ground Zeroes pre-sequel is also heading to Steam for PC, which was announced at Gamescom last week.



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