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, 20 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:55am 20/05/14 | 5 Comments
Previously scheduled for a Steam Early Access release on May 22nd, Vancouver-based studio SKS Games has today announced that their procedurally generated horror survival The Forest has been delayed just a few short days, now opening up on May 30th.

As you would guess from the title, the game takes place in a forest after you are left stranded from a freak plane crash. You'll have to stay alive by trusting your survival instincts and learning how to build a shelter, hunt for food, maintain warmth, farm for food and set traps as you find you are sadly not the only one living in this forest.

SKS's Mick Solomons previously revealed that inspiration for The Forest came from various cult classic films like The Descent and Cannibal Holocaust. Solomons also explained that as the player you'll be able to choose "between combat with crude weapons or taking the stealthy approach" when it comes to fighting enemies.

Find out more through the game's Steam Early Access page.
Post by Eorl @ 11:39am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Team 12 Digital has today announced that their iconic Worms series will see a return to the new-gen console with the launch of Worms Battleground come May 30th.

In Worms Battlegrounds, players suit up worm soldiers with their choice of weapons and items and attempt to eviscerate an opposing team. The game includes a level editor, single-player campaign with 25 story missions and 10 "Worm-Ops" time-attack missions, as well as multiplayer options for up to four in local and online battles. Multiplayer is available in modes such as Deathmatch and Classic.

"A particularly cool thing is that if we were in a clan together we could — for the first time — play controlling the same team," Team 17 Digital representative Bethany Aston wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "I'd take control of two of the worms, and so would you."

Team 17 is also introducing clans, allowing players to create and customise their group of strong worm brethren in the fight against death. You'll be able to create your own emblem as well to ensure everyone knows exactly who you are at a glance, and by participating in matches you'll earn community points to further grow your clan.

Worms Battleground will be available come May 30th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Post by Dan @ 10:22am 20/05/14 | 7 Comments
Mortal Kombat co-creator and NetheRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon has been posting a series of cryptic messages on Twitter, seemingly hinting that the studio is preparing to announce a new Mortal Kombat game on June 2nd 2014 (thanks Game Informer.

Far from any actual confirmation yet, the developer has posted several clues that appear to be counting down to June 2nd, and suggest that Mortal Kombat X could be the title of a tenth entry into the long running fighting game franchise -- following on from the 2011 Mortal Kombat which was widely referred to as MK9.
Hmmm... I wonder what the X stands for ? pic.twitter.com/qDq5LvK4vs
— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 18, 2014
Unless it's all just a crude prank, we'll likely know more in a couple of weeks.
Post by Eorl @ 10:13am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Sony will be bringing its private beta of their in-development game-streaming service PlayStation Now to PlayStation 4 later tonight, though sadly this is still only available to United States residents.

The company announced the news this morning, noting that PlayStation users who registered for the private beta may receive a code for the PlayStation 4 version "soon." A beta for the PlayStation 3 has been on-going for a few months now since its announcement in January, and Sony has also noted that they plan on extending that platform's beta "in the near future."

PlayStation Now was officially revealed during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, where Sony described it as a cloud-based streaming service that will encompass PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games. The service will utilise Gaikai, who Sony acquired a few years back, and will offer a number of titles including The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension. Plans for rolling out a public beta are expected later this year, though no word on Australian access.
Post by Dan @ 09:45am 20/05/14 | 1 Comments
As Bungie's first new project since Halo launching on both major console platforms, Destiny is getting a lot of care and attention from both the Xbox and PlayStation camps.

Today, the official PlayStation Youtube channel has another new video for the game, once again offering a general overview of some its focused features.

Titled "everything you need to know", the clip actually only really scratches the surface of what we already know about Destiny, but it is a useful introduction to the game's core multiplayer tenets with commentary from several Bungie developers. Check it out below.

Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th, but sadly, still no word on PC.

Post by Eorl @ 09:45am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Free-to-play zombie MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic has entered into the Steam Early Access arena, with developer Stunlock Studios offering three starter packs to gain access to the game.

While on its launch the title will be free-to-play, those wanting to jump in ahead of its planned open beta phase will find three starter packs up for purchase. Each one offers access to the game, though the higher-priced tiers also come with a select set of weaponry and costumes to dress your character up in. These include Tier 2 weapons, a Golden Precise shotgun, a Keghammer (yes, kegs on hammers) and a bundle of character and gear points plus in-game cash.

You can find the Early Access page and all its starter packs over on Steam, with the cheapest option starting at $16.99 and rolling through to $44.99. Do remember though that this is early access, so expect bugs and the usual in-development tweaking that comes with the name.
Post by Eorl @ 09:23am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Monolith Productions have today revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for their third-person RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, taking a look at how you can upgrade protagonist Talion's powerful weapons.

In Shadow of Mordor, Talion possess three weapons: a sword, a dagger, and a bow. Killing enemy captains, or higher ranked enemies will cause them to drop runes, with its attributes defined by the manner in which you killed your foe, so while some will increase the damage done by your fire arrows, others will make your stealth takedowns that much more effective.

Getting the runes though will be a challenge, with the more epic ones locked behind killing overlord bosses. In order to actually kill said overlords, you'll need to dominate and stage enemy captains to draw out the overlord, though be wary of their rather tough bodyguards. Check it out in the video below.

Alongside in-game runes, certain retailers will be offering exclusive runes if you pre-order, including Steam, EB Games and online outlets like Green Man Gaming. Shadow of Mordor will launch on Oct 7th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Monday, 19 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 03:26pm 19/05/14 | 5 Comments
Over the weekend, Ubisoft released a new promotional video for the upcoming and hotly anticipated open world action game Watch_Dogs, but a little different to its usual trailers.

With an extensive crew of technicians and stunt people, the publisher stages and elaborate hidden camera prank in Los Angeles, where an unsuspecting citizen supposedly looking for a phone repair is duped into believing a smartphone app can wirelessly hack other electronic devices -- as players can do in the upcoming game.

Check it out, followed by the behind the scenes video below. Watch Dogs is due on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Wii U expected to follow later in the year.



Post by Dan @ 10:53am 19/05/14 | 4 Comments
What was earlier reported as a rumour that Microsoft was planning a Halo 2 anniversary edition similar to what we saw with the Halo: Combat Evolved remake for Xbox 360, reports are now suggesting that the Xbox One will be getting all four of the previous primary Halo adventures this year with a bundle titled Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Engadget (which has a pretty good track record on rumour reporting) cites industry sources that claim the Master Chief Collection will launch ahead of the recently announced Halo 5: Guardians, but won't include remastered versions of Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach -- the adventures that featured alternate protagonists.
The game's developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and frame-rate (Microsoft bragged that that the next Halo will run at a "blistering" 60fps), piecemeal releases, or if the games will surface on other platforms as well (PC, anyone?).
The first 3 Halo games appeared on the Steam Database last year, but nothing ever came of that (which is unusual for SteamDB appearances) so perhaps that has something to do with this bundle also. Microsoft's E3 press conference seems like a likely reveal opportunity for it, so we'll have to wait and see.
Post by Dan @ 10:13am 19/05/14 | 1 Comments
In collaboration with Square Enix subsidiary Taito, Valve Software's Left 4 Dead games have been retooled for the Arcade, in the only country where the form factor is still relevant, Japan.

Left 4 Dead Survivors is reportedly a blend of both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 for coin-op zombie crusading, and follows a 2006 arcade conversion of Half-life 2, title Half-life 2: Survivor.

Watch the trailer below, and look out for the cabinet next time you're in Akihabara: "ugh, ugh, arigato"!


Post by Dan @ 09:45am 19/05/14 | 13 Comments
The latest big tech buyout rumour on the Internet is that Google-owned Youtube is nearing a deal to purchase popular live streaming video platform Twitch for a cool US$1 Billion.

Unusually for a tech deal rumour, the report comes by way of Hollywood film publication Variety, citing "sources familiar with the pact" (thanks The Verge):
The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year.

YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.

Twitch was launched in June 2011 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, co-founders of Justin.tv, one of the first websites to host livestreaming user-generated video. Shear currently serves as CEO of Twitch.
Considering the prices that some other major tech acqusitions have attracted lately, 1 billion seems a little low for Twitch, which earlier this year hit one million broadcasters, but we'll no doubt hear more soon.
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:44am 17/05/14 | 13 Comments
Developer Frontier Developments has released their newest Alpha 4 version for successfully kickstarted space sci-fi simulator title Elite: Dangerous, bringing with it hyperspace jumping.

"Alpha 4 vastly expands scale, scope and depth over the previous Alpha versions," notes the official website on the new version. "Set within a 200 cubic light-year volume containing five star systems in contested space with spectacular sights such as an unusual quaternary star system and ringed gas giants."

"The five Alpha 4 star systems are themselves set within 400,000,000 star systems of the Milky Way galaxy, all of which are moving correctly; spinning and orbiting in an incredible ballet. Whilst exploration is currently limited to the five Alpha 4 systems, the ‘night sky’ is accurate wherever you travel."

You can check out a glimpse of the really cool hyperspace jumping below thanks to YouTube user Robin Barnard (via Polygon). Those interested in hyperspace jumping into the current alpha of Elite: Dangerous can do so through the official website.

Post by Eorl @ 10:08am 17/05/14 | 1 Comments
Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games will add online co-op to the first-person shooter next month with a new expansion called Intercept, the studio announced today.

Intercept will be available free to owners of Shadow Fall's season pass, however Guerrilla are also looking at releasing a standalone version later this year. The expansion will include four new maps based on previous campaign locations. The expansion supports up to four players, with the team playing as members of an elite group known as Intelligence Squad Alpha within the ISA's Vektan Security Agency.
Intelligence Squad Alpha's mission is to intercept Helghast intelligence missives and send them back to VSA headquarters; the co-op mode is a wave-based arena combat experience in which players are attempting to hold off Helghast forces for as long as it takes to establish a hacking uplink and send the data back to home base.
The expansion will include four classes: Assault, Marksman, Medic and Tactician. All four players must work together to increase their Team Score, which measures how close they are to setting up the uplink. Defending said uplinks from the Helghast will also raise the score, as does personal performance, though dying or losing uplinks will drop the team's score.

For more info check out the PlayStation Blog which includes a great breakdown of each class and their unique abilities and loadouts. Intercept is expected to arrive for Killzone: Shadow Fall sometime in June.
Post by Eorl @ 09:55am 17/05/14 | 1 Comments
After being teased earlier in the week with one sole screenshot, developer DICE has revealed a brand-new trailer today depicting the two final expansions players can expect for Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth and Final Stand.

You can find the video below, which gives a glimpse at both expansions in action, which are due for release this winter according to the Battlefield 4 website. Dragon's Teeth will transport players to dense Asian Pacific cities as they fight it out in urban all-out-war complete with a ballistic shield. Final Stand on the other hand takes to the skies as players battle it out to see who will dominate the blue skies.

Both expansions will be available for free to Premium members two weeks early, while non-Premium members will be able to purchase them separately at a price to be determined closer to the date.

Post by Eorl @ 09:42am 17/05/14 | 1 Comments
505 Games has shared a new trailer for Sniper Elite 3 today, detailing the types of situations players will face and a number of various combat strategies to get through said situations.

In his fight against Germany's Afrika Korps across Northern Africa, protagonist elite sniper Karl Fairburne will have tools new to series at his disposal. Players will be encouraged to explore each theatre to determine the best route to victory, which will come from careful planning and stealthy execution. The title will also include the previous X-Ray bullet cam that many adored in showing off the brutal shots from your rifle.

Sniper Elite 3 will launch on June 27 for Windows PC and July 1 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Friday, 16 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:42pm 16/05/14 | 1 Comments
Microsoft has decided to run ahead of their E3 2014 conference and announce one of their bigger titles for the Xbox One - Halo 5: Guardians, due for release in 2015 developer 343 Industries announced.

"Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4," 343 general manager Bonnie Ross wrote on the Xbox Wire today. "That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what's now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we've invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One's hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen."

Ross said Halo 5 will "incorporate the things we learned from Halo 4 about technology, aesthetics, performance and scale — and perhaps more importantly, understanding and embracing a community of gamers who love what lies at the heart of this game, and the limitless potential of the Halo universe."

This isn't the first we've heard of a new Halo in the series, with 343 Industries teasing the new title at E3 2013 last year during Microsoft's conference. "In 2014, Halo combat will truly evolve and your journey with Halo on Xbox One begins," Ross said during last year's announcement, indicating that Microsoft has plans for Halo projects on Xbox One that preface Halo 5: Guardians.
Post by Eorl @ 03:21pm 16/05/14 | 1 Comments
New indie outfit Citadel Studios has launched a Kickstarter for an ambitious MMORPG entitled Shards that hopes to put the player back into MMO's.

Developed by industry vets who have worked on Ultima Online, Warhammer Online, The Elder Scrolls and Dark Age of Camelot, Shards seeks to be the "first-ever player-run MMO." Citadel described it as an MMO that does away with such genre standard conventions as levels, classes and quest grinds. "We are returning to living virtual worlds where stories emerge naturally as players explore the worlds laid out before them," the developer stated on Shards' official site.

"At launch, Shards Online will feature a wide variety of official rulesets, while players will additionally be able to create and share their own," Citadel explained. "Anything from a hardcore PvP experience to a shard in which players can only farm is possible. Gamers can run their own server, creating live content for mortal players as gods, or jump into other servers and take advantage of open-ended character development, customisable housing, tactical combat and more in living virtual worlds. Various maps will range from high fantasy and sci-fi, to the wild west, jungles, dinosaurs and beyond."

Check out the full Kickstarter page for more info, or find the pitch video below. Those who jump in early will be able to nab a digital copy of the game for $20 on PC - and possibly Mac and Linux - upon its estimated release.

Post by Eorl @ 03:07pm 16/05/14 | 12 Comments
After sitting at $4 million only just three days ago, Dota 2 fans have kicked in an extra $1 million in prize pool funding for their upcoming The International 2014 eSports event.

Valve originally kicked in just $600,000 to start the prize pool off, with users pitching in the rest since its debut only just this weekend gone. The rather rapid increase is all thanks to a $2.50 donation from any player purchasing the Compendium, an all-in-one digital in-game book that offers users the chance to interact with fans and eSports players.

More details about The Compendium, which allows fans to keep up to date with competitors and matches, and its fundraising stretch goals are on The International's official site. The International will be held at Seattle’s Key Arena From July 18th to July 21st.
Post by Eorl @ 02:44pm 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Fatshark's free Shieldmaidens "mini-expansion" has now gone live for free to anyone owning the medieval War of the Vikings, bringing new female fighters to the bloody viking battlefield.

“This update launches alongside a new DLC package that adds a wealth of customization options to the new female warriors – absurd and nonsensical ‘boob armor’ not included,” stresses developer Fatshark.

“Out of all of the research and study that went into designing War of the Vikings, the history surrounding shieldmaidens was some of the most fascinating and controversial,” writes Gordon van Dyke, the game’s executive producer. “Our design reflects the preparations that any warrior, male or female, would have made for battle: practical protection, not sexualized fantasy. We’ve saved the physics for the combat, where it belongs.”

You can find the full patch notes over at the official Steam discussion, and the Steam purchase page for those who have yet to join in on the viking ranks. Those wanting to customise the heavily armoured female warriors can find a Shieldmaiden DLC pack for $4.99, though Valhalla or Blood Eagle owners gain it for free.
Post by Eorl @ 02:04pm 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Announced last November, The Stanley Parable's rather omnipresent narrator has officially joined the ranks of other notable narrators in Valve's Dota 2.

Announcer packs for Valve's multiplayer online battle arena allow players to hear match commentary from characters from other games, including Bastion's narrator, Dr. Kleiner from Half-Life 2 and GLaDOS from the Portal series.

"The pack inserts the Narrator and his particular brand of sardonic meta-commentary into Dota 2, rendering the game not only understandable but even downright accessible to the common layperson," developer Davey Wreden wrote.

The announcer pack is currently retailing at $10, however a 10 percent discount is currently available for the first 48 hours of sale. The Stanley Parable itself is also on sale in celebration of the Dota 2 pack, with a nice 50 percent off on Steam.
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