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!
Monday, 19 May 2014
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.
Post by Eorl @ 01:52pm 16/05/14 | 3 Comments
Telltale's third episode in the second season of their gripping episodic series The Walking Dead has finally shuffled its way out into the hands of gamers. Titled In Harm's Way, the new episode continues on with the survival of 11-year old Clementine as she battles the apocalypse by herself, though not without help from a handful of strangers.

To help us endure the tears and keep our head held high through the point-and-click adventure is our own undead fan Jickle, who returns for Season Two's third episode in the epic zombie-filled tale.
It doesn’t give much in the way of set-up for the rest of the season though – if I were to hazard a guess Season 3 is already in the planning stages, and will carry on directly from this one, because there’s no real sign of a resolution or ‘goal’ for the last two episodes. If The Walking Dead keeps producing episodes this strong, though, I’ll happily keep playing it for years to come.
Check out his full review of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3: In Harm's Way for all the juicy zombie bits.
Post by Eorl @ 11:55am 16/05/14 | 10 Comments
Ubisoft has rather high hopes for its upcoming open-world hacking title Watch Dogs, with CEO Yves Guillemot stating today that "Watch Dogs' preorders are at record levels and it is perfectly positioned to become the industry’s most successful new IP in history."

Specifics on just how many pre-orders the company has seen were sadly not revealed, however the publisher previously stated that they expect 6 million copies to be sold. Of course Ubisoft hasn't been the first to make such bold claims, with other companies like Activision, who have previously stated that Bungie's Destiny will be a "multi-billion dollar franchise."

In another statement today, Ubisoft said Watch Dogs is the most preordered new IP in Ubisoft's history and the most preordered new IP in the entire video game business this year. Specific pre-order figures were not shared. Overall, Watch Dogs is the second-highest pre-ordered Ubisoft game of all time, though it's not clear which game is number one.

Watch Dogs will be launching on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is expected, though at a later date this year.
Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has posted its latest financial report for the year ending March 31st, 2014, with gross profits down €191.7 million (about $262 million) year over year, while its Q4 profits rose to €194 million ($265 million) year over year.

Gross profits in 2013-2014 reached €721.8 million ($986 million) compared to €913.5 million ($1.2 billion) in 2012-2013. Ubisoft cited a "contrition in sales from the core gamers segment" for the discrepancy, but said that the impact on gross profit was "largely offset by growth in digital distribution."

A number of titles were singled out in performing well, including previously mentioned Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag which hit 11 million sales since its launch. Ubisoft also singled out Obsidian Entertainment's South Park: The Stick of Truth's "solid performance" during Q4, citing its "higher-than-expected digital distribution levels."

CEO Yves Guillemot noted that the 2014-2015 period should bring the company back into full swing with double digits, predicted in part thanks to upcoming releases of Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Tom Clancy's The Division and a new Just Dance title.

For further reading you can find the full financial PDF report over here.
Post by Dan @ 10:28am 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Ahead of next week's release Bethesda has released the obligatory 'launch trailer' for Wolfenstein: The New Order, and like several prior promotional vids for the game, this one also features a bizzarro version of a well known song, a deustched up polka version of House of the Rising Sun.
Wolfenstein: The New Order - the first-person action-adventure shooter developed by MachineGames - reignites the franchise widely recognized for pioneering the first-person shooter genre. Set in the 1960s, the monstrous Nazi regime has used mysterious advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the globe with an iron fist. With the help of a small group of resistance fighters, Wolfenstein: The New Order sends you across Europe on a harrowing mission to bring down the Nazi war machine that has conquered Earth – and beyond.
The "beyond" referenced in the blurb there appears to be The Moon. Check it out below.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due worldwide next Tuesday May 20th 2014 on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Post by Eorl @ 10:22am 16/05/14 | 1 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia today announced that following its successful launch in Japan on the 10th of October 2013, the new slimmer PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi model is set to launch in Australia on June 4th.
The new PCH-2000 series takes portable gaming to the next level. By completely redesigning the internal architecture, the new PS Vita system is approximately 20-percent slimmer and 15-percent lighter than the original version, making the entertainment system even easier to carry. In addition, a high-definition liquid crystal display has been newly adopted for the 5-inch front display which is one of the PS Vita’s greatest features.

Thanks to the rapid progress of LCD technology in recent years, the new display provides users with the highest-level image quality that is at the core of PS Vita enabling a deep and immersive gaming experience. There has never been a better time to purchase a PS Vita as most games available on the recently released PlayStation 4 are accessible on PS Vita through Remote Play. With Online Multi Play, users can also connect with friends and enjoy all of the social gaming experiences they know and love through PSNSM.
The new PS Vita slim may be a bit of a hard pill to swallow however, with a suggested price of $269.95 for Australian gamers, a rather higher price in comparison to Nintendo's 3DS and 2DS handheld lineup. The new model will also come included with a 1GB memory card, though users going digital will find that this is rather useless and will need to shell out some serious dollars for their proprietary memory cards.

"SCE Aust. will continue to expand the PS Vita platform with this PS Vita PCH-2000 series, together with a wide variety of attractive game software titles and value for money bundles such as the popular Mega Packs."
Post by Eorl @ 10:04am 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has shared their updated sales statistics in the latest year-end financial report, noting that a whopping 11 million copies of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag have been shipped to retailers since its launch last year.

While it isn't quite there yet with reaching Assassin's Creed 3's sales of 12.5 million, the title now cements the brand as the fourth largest by retail sales for the past nine years. It isn't no surprise then to hear that Ubisoft are preparing for two titles this year, one for next-gen and PC and one for past-gen's PS3 and Xbox 360.

"We are extremely pleased that Assassin's Creed has become the fourth-biggest franchise in the industry," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during the publisher's earnings call today, adding that the Assassin's Creed development team has been progressively growing the brand "into a regular 10 million-plus elite franchise."

Assassin's Creed Unity, the only Assassin's Creed game that Ubisoft has announced for 2014 so far, is being developed by 10 different Ubisoft subsidiaries around the globe, according to a financial presentation from the publisher. The slide lists Ubisoft Montreal as the lead developer on Assassin's Creed Unity, as well as the nine other internal studios providing assistance: Toronto, Singapore, Quebec, Annecy, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kiev, Montpellier and Bucharest.

“As a company, we expect to continue to support those consoles for the foreseeable future,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot on the topic of supporting past-gen consoles. He also indicated that Assassin’s Creed will appear on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall, though no further information was given.
Post by Eorl @ 09:36am 16/05/14 | 1 Comments
Ubisoft has today announced in a post on the game's official website that Tom Clancy's The Division has been delayed into 2015.

The title — in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC — was announced during Ubisoft's press conference at E3 2013. The third-person shooter is being built in the Snowdrop engine, a new engine built by Ubisoft to power next-generation games that wowed audiences with its rather visually stunning appeal.

"Working on The Division is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us at Massive, Reflections, and Red Storm Entertainment," reads the post from the development team. "We are creating something we are really proud of and we don't want to compromise on quality. We are going to release the game when it's ready."

Hopefully we'll hear more on the title come E3 2014 next month.
Post by Eorl @ 09:27am 16/05/14 | 0 Comments
EA and Respawn Entertainment's mech shooter Titanfall has topped sales in the April 2014 NPD, however Sony's PlayStation 4 is still topping hardware charts despite the rather large software sales going to Microsoft's Xbox One.

Following its launch in March, Respawn's Titanfall is once again topping the April charts for Xbox One, but software sales in the US retail declined roughly 10 percent to $227.9 million for the month, according to the NPD (via GamesIndustry). It isn't all bad news though, with total industry sales climbing 17 percent to $580.3 million, thanks in part to the next-gen hardware movement. Hardware sales for the April NPD moved 76 percent to $192.8 million, with accessories gaining a 21 percent increase to $159.7 million.

While Titanfall's sales have topped the NPD and definitely helped push Xbox One sales, NPD results for April show that Sony's PlayStation 4 is still topping charts for the fourth month in a row. "Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

"PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent," he continued.
Post by Dan @ 09:17am 16/05/14 | 2 Comments
Ubisoft has officially announced Far Cry 4 and its far enough along that they've revealed it with an official release date - November 18 2014 in North American and November 20 in Europe.

Confirming previous rumours, the game will feature a Himalayan setting:
In Far Cry® 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles, and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer. “Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry® 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months.”
There are no screenshots of videos yet, only a packshot. However we won't have to wait too long as a full reveal is expected next month at E3 2014.



Post by Eorl @ 09:16am 16/05/14 | 2 Comments
With Dragon Age: Inquisition now dated for October 9th, BioWare is moving on to the more interesting part of advertising their game: collector's editions.

Today's announcement brings to reality the Inquisitor's Edition, which comes in a faux reptile skin Inquisitor's Collector's Edition case. If that wasn't enough, it also contains a cloth map of Thedas, 72 card Major and Minor Arcana tarot card deck, full scale six tool lock pick set and a set of four full scale map markers. The package also includes an Inquisitor's Badge, quill and inkpot, 40-page Inquisitor's Journal, Orlesian Coins and limited edition SteelBook case.

The edition features content from the Deluxe Edition, such as the Skyhold Throne, the Red Hart Halla mount, Bog Unicorn mount, digital soundtrack and bonus to be announced digital content. It also offers Flames of the Inquisition Gear, including themed weapons arsenal, armor and a themed armored mount.

All of this can be yours thanks to EB Games, with a price tag of $229 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and $209 for PC players. Be warned though, stock is strictly limited so don't miss out on a rather cool collector's edition.
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