Post by Eorl @ 10:02am 25/07/13 | 0 Comments
The Season Pass for the much awaited Saints Row IV from developer Volition will include two brand-new mission packs and the Season Pass-exclusive “Rectifier” anal probe weapon, which will help you, the President of the United States, get the ‘inside’ information from your enemies as you save Earth from a dangerous alien infestation.Currently the content is unavailable to purchase for Australian residents, presumably because of the "Rectifier" weapon, which was partially credited for the recent refused classification rating that the Australian Classification Board gave to Saints Row 4. It is unclear whether Australia will gain a modified Season Pass or not, however yesterday the ACB revealed that they will be meeting on July 29 to re-assess the previous refused classification.
Saints Row 4 will be available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 20th for America and originally August 22nd for Australia (however still on schedule for New Zealand).
Self-publishing Initiative for Xbox One Revealed; Every Console Can be a Dev-kit but Restrictions Uncertain
Post by Dan @ 09:45am 25/07/13 | 0 Comments
Previously developers of games on the original Xbox, and Xbox 360 would not only have to purchase expensive specialised developer kit consoles from Microsoft in order to create games, but would also have to sign up with an approved third party publishing partner, or Microsoft themselves in order to sell their titles on the system.
In a statement sent to several international publications, Microsoft's Chief Production Officer for Xbox, Marc Whitten had the following to say:
"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE," said Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten. "This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We'll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August."The announcement appears to have been made somewhat prematurely following leaked developer on the self-publishing initiative, and the lack of clarity is already causing speculation that it might not be the open season on Xbox One development that some may have presumed on first read.
Comments from several prominent indie devs by way of tech blog Engadget remain particularly hesitant, with Retro City Rampage Brian Provinciano expecting something more restricted than pure Xbox One development:
Make no mistake; while this is a great thing, it's again not the equivalent to what other platforms offer. On PS4, for example, developers can tap right into the system; use every bit of RAM and all of its power. Indies have access to everything that the AAA studios do, from platform support to development and release. The indication on Xbox One is that it's essentially XBLIG 2.0. Instead of XNA, it's Windows 8. Windows 8, which is already struggling to gain developer interest, will gain a boost from developers wishing to target the console. However, it won't be as full-fledged as published games on the system.Reading between the lines (and this is pure conjecture on our part), our best guess is that self-published games are likely to be fenced within the Windows 8 kernal environment on the console, rather than being able to "code to the metal" like games on the Xbox OS proper.
Whitten's comments regarding security in this Game Informer article also suggest that the 'every console as a dev-kit' ability will be heavily controlled by Microsoft --perhaps using the always-online paradigm they had originally intended for all Xbox One users before the infamous about-face:
"This is the type of thing that you can only do at the start of a generation," Whitten explained. "You make a set of assumptions, and those assumptions get baked in at the beginning. When you ask questions like that [about security], you're looking through the lens of how Xbox 360 works, and based on how we developed a lot of these things in 2004 and 2005."Whitten also reportedly confirmed to Game Informer that this functionality will not be available at launch, so chalk up another big announcement from Microsoft marred by ambiguity and suspected hidden detractions.
The GamesCom 2013 expo will be taking place in Cologne, Germany from August 21st, where Microsoft is expected to host another major press briefing, so we suspect they had intended to make this reveal there in full, before today's leaks compelled them to respond prematurely. With all that Xbox PR has already gone through this year, you kind of have to feel sorry for them.
Post by Eorl @ 02:59pm 24/07/13 | 6 Comments
According to Engadget, the new FCC report also reveals two interesting labels, a "Made in Japan" and "Made in China", hinting that Sony could be utilising both territories for manufacturing the next-gen console.
Check out the images below which shows off not just the console's new UI, but also the new UI that will be featured on mobile devices as Sony pushes for a more mobile focus.
The PlayStation 4 will be available to gamers sometime during the holiday season of 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 02:23pm 24/07/13 | 4 Comments
Green Man Gaming has revealed a new voucher code that will save PC gamers 20% off their next purchase.
Those hungry to save as many precious dollars as possible can utilise the code GMG20-NYMS7-460MO to gain the 20% discount, though as per usual note that some titles will be excluded from vouchers, multiple vouchers cannot be used in conjunction, and that vouchers do not work on bundles or physical versions of games. This fresh voucher will last until 12AM July 27th 2013 so act quick!
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:56am 24/07/13 | 0 Comments
I've always been intimidated by the physical game of Magic: The Gathering, but thankfully it's available in digital form, and this year in its 20th anniversary in the form of Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014. It's a non-confrontational way to learn the complicated game, and grow your skills in context. I took on the newest iteration to see if I could get over my fears and am confident I'll be able to throw down at next year's PAX Aus as a result.
Click here for our Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 review.
Post by Eorl @ 11:29am 24/07/13 | 0 Comments
Today, we’re pleased to unveil a whole new set of Weapons made especially for executing brutal Co-op Moves. With more than 10 possible Co-op moves, these Mythological Heroes Weapons make an excellent addition to any arsenal. The new Co-op Weapons include:For those wondering how exactly to use the weapons, Kaufman revealed that by equipping the weapons and pressing L1 Triangle or L1 Square special attacks you will be greeted with a Green Halo above your champions head that will signal for your co-op partner to tether your champion and begin the co-op move.
Check out the trailer below to see it in action. These new weapons and armour are now available on the PlayStation Network Store for PlayStation 3.
Post by Dan @ 10:31am 24/07/13 | 6 Comments
Husky notes that the application does not appear to have an official name yet, and refers to it as the New Battle.net Launcher, but what is shown is a desktop client packing World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II in a single interface designed to keep all games automatically updated, and serve as a one-stop control panel for all battle.net account management.
Notably, the client doesn't yet appear to offer any purchase functionality, and is limited only to Blizzard's three latest PC games, so it's by no means geared to go head-to-head with the likes of Origin or uPlay just yet, and obviously falls far short of Steam's ever-expanding feature-set, but it's a start. Check it out below.
Post by Eorl @ 10:04am 24/07/13 | 5 Comments
new screenshots yesterday showing off the dangers lurking not just below the Caribbean Sea but also what lurks above, Ubisoft has today revealed a new 13 minute gameplay video showcasing the open-world adventures that Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has to offer.
Game Director Ashraf Ismail takes us deeper into the world of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag with this new commented gameplay video. Embark on a journey with Edward and discover his daily life as a pirate and Assassin in this Open-World demo, in a quest for glory, fame and hidden treasures.Check out the video below to see just what you'll be able to do in the high seas, including overviews on several missions and the re-worked naval combat.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due on October 31st 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with PC to follow in November, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions also in production.
Post by Dan @ 10:01am 24/07/13 | 0 Comments
Today's clip is titled Making of: Gameplay, and features several members of the Parisian studio, speaking better English than many Anglo-natives, and discussing the ways that they have moulded the game's design with the aim of creating a more immersive experience, with a focus on interface intuition.
Watch the trailer below.
Beyond: Two Souls is due on PlayStation 3 on October 8th 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 12:09pm 23/07/13 | 2 Comments
Cursed with a degenerative disease after delving into the forbidden secrets of alchemy, the Mordesh have come to Nexus to find a cure. Being a space zombie can be complicated. Unleashing dark and deadly disciplines on the Dominion? Much simpler.To help show off these once secretive races, a new video has appeared online in the same taste as their previous racial reveals, offering a very brief glimpse at the Chua and Mordesh.
For more on each of the new races, you can check out the Chua official page and the Mordesh official page, both revealing far too little on what each can offer including available classes. Those looking to try their chances at gaining access to the beta, you can signup over here.
Post by Eorl @ 11:20am 23/07/13 | 0 Comments
post to the Kickstarter page, production on the game is roughly six weeks behind, and the team are now expecting a backer-only beta to be available in October.
One of the unique aspects to our crowd funding campaign is that we greatly overfunded which is wonderful in allowing us to create a larger experience, one that is in fact quite epic in size. It could well be the largest RPG I have worked on to date. Of course there is an inherent struggle with the original date hovering despite our greatly increased budget and design. In fact, we learned from this lesson on Torment in adjusting our end date as the monies increased and the stretch goals were met. It’s also important to note that we do not profit from the monies raised from crowd funding as we take 100% of that money (plus extra money in our case) and put it into the game, a game that we can be proud of and one that can become a classic.inXile founder Brian Fargo detailed further info on what exactly the delay meant for backers, stating that "in the next month we expect to have a version of the game that is feature complete, meaning all basic game functionality is in." According to Fargo, the feature complete game is roughly "6 weeks behind where I had wanted it to be but I can’t be too surprised considering the increased scope."
As a producer I always find myself in a conflicting role of both pushing on the design and detail to achieve something special yet at the same time keep it on schedule but that is the job. I’m quite pleased with Wasteland 2 from both a graphical and creative aspect; the scope of the game will be quite a surprise for people.The new update also revealed further praises to the choice of engine, Unity, saying that the choice was one that had "played a huge part in allowing us to make a game of this scale in a short period of time." inXile hopes to get a beta build of the RPG out during October for backers, allowing community feedback on the build to dictate when a release date should be set.
Post by Dan @ 10:51am 23/07/13 | 0 Comments
Recent updates have featured detailed descriptions of proposed player classes: The Hacker, Support, and Soldier, and a blow-by-blow synopsis of a typical mission scenario if played in a sneaky manner.
Most eye-catching however, is the new video posted by the team: an extended cut of the concept gameplay footage seen in the original pitch video. The clip is described as a "previs" gameplay visualisation, and was created in Unity 3D, the versatile third party engine being used for the game. Watch the embed below.
The video may not be entirely representative of the game that ends up being delivered, but at the very least should offer a good idea of the kind of art direction and play style the team is shooting for.
With six days left on the clock, Satellite Reign needs just over GBP£40,000 to lock its initial £350,000 target, so if it sounds like your kind of thing, head over to the Kickstarter page to get on board.
Post by Dan @ 10:01am 23/07/13 | 3 Comments
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars.Hit the thumbs below for the full gallery.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due on October 31st 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with PC to follow in November, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions also in production.
Saints Row 4 Gaining Cut Expansion as First DLC Pack, Classification Board Will Re-assess Rating Next Week
Post by Eorl @ 09:53am 23/07/13 | 3 Comments
Titled Enter the Dominatrix, the DLC will feature various cut content including things like a flying, fire-breathing dragon and a Bollywood-style dance number, both of which were removed due to being too resource-intensive for Saints Row 4.
Polygon are also reporting that the new DLC was "previously the name of a planned expansion to Saints Row: The Third before former publisher THQ and Volition opted to develop a full sequel. The "director's cut" version of Enter the Dominatrix was first announced in April."
In related Saints Row 4 news, the Australian Classification Board has revealed that they will be meeting on July 29 to re-assess the previous refused classification that the title gained last month, a decision which was made over a "anal probe" gun and certain naming of drugs.
Games.on.net reports that the official media release (PDF available here) is asking those interested to "submit their thoughts before the 25th of this month."
Enter the Dominatrix is expected to release roughly six weeks after the initial launch of Saints Row 4, which will be available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 20th for America and originally August 22nd for Australia (however still on schedule for New Zealand).
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:50pm 22/07/13 | 5 Comments
We have a lot of content yet to spill forth from what we saw, and made a lot of contact with indies to work with them and their passion-projects into the future, but on a more personal level, I felt a desire to share just how the passion and dedication of the show's true heroes -- gamers -- rocked my world. If you missed the event, it's been revealed the team are working on even bigger projections for next year, and based on our experience alone, it's a safe bet this thing isn't going anywhere.
For now though, click here to read my thoughts -- PAX Australia: An Introspective Retrospective.
Post by Dan @ 03:21pm 22/07/13 | 0 Comments
Post by Dan @ 01:40pm 22/07/13 | 3 Comments
court documents have reportedly already named the successful highest bidders from auction proceedings held last week (thanks Game Informer).
Most notably, World of Tanks publisher Wargaming are listed as the successful bidder on both the Total Annihilation, and the Masters of Orion franchises, two critically acclaimed strategy series that a clearly a good fit for the rapidly expanding company's lineup.
A Wargaming acquisition of Total Annihilation is particularly interesting, as it follows the publisher's recent purchase of Gas Powered Games, the studio founded by TA and Cavedog's original creator and founder Chris Taylor. Joining the dots obviously suggests that this means more Total Annihilation in the future, but Wargaming and Gas Powered Games have yet to reveal what they have been working on since coming together.
Other results of the Atari auctions see Rebellion as the highest bidder on the Battlezone, and Moonbase Commander franchises, and Stardock Star Control with the Star Control Franchise.
Post by Dan @ 10:38am 22/07/13 | 2 Comments
Unfortunately, no recordings of the video have yet surfaced online, but film blog Aint it Cool News offers a detailed description of what was reportedly referred to as a "tone piece":
Footage started in a desert environment. Slow build, seeing the desolation. The only hint of a sci-fi element is a green light in a circling cloud mass. We see a rugged man standing alone, takes a last drink of water, then pulls a big blade from his back. He's dressed almost like Mad Max except for the sword, which has a dragon's head overlapping the blade and the handle.Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, and David Bowie's son) also made an appearance to remind fans of his videogame passions, and claimed that filming is due to start early next year, suggesting a likely 2015 release for the film.
We'll be sure to post up the video when it finds its way into the outside world.
Post by Dan @ 09:49am 22/07/13 | 3 Comments
back in April one careless user leaked some early footage, and today it looks like we have another, with a 10 minute let's play style video surfacing, showing what appears to be gameplay from TESO's snowy Skyrim region (via: Reddit/games).
No doubt the Zenimax overlords are already moving to purge the clip from video sharing sites, so we won't embed it here, but tenacious Reddit users will most likely maintain its proliferation if you're interested in checking it out.
Post by Eorl @ 12:55pm 21/07/13 | 16 Comments
Manager of Brand Engagement and Events, Debra McGrath, said, “We are thrilled that EB Games and Microsoft are combining forces to give gamers a chance to get hands-on with the Xbox One at this year’s EB Expo. We hope that this glimpse of the future is as exciting to the gaming public as it is to us. We can’t give away too much just yet, but watch this space for more huge announcements in the coming weeks.”According to Microsoft, approximately 100 consoles will be available to the public at the EB Games Expo, allowing the public to gain hands-on time with the next-gen hardware. The PAX Australia presentation featured a look at the Kinect 2.0 and on-stage demos, including Ryse, Battlefield 4 and Killer Instinct.
Currently PAX Australia is underway on its last day of the now annual event, having been quite successful with a large number of gaming fans turning up for the three-day event. The AusGamers team was on hand during the three days so stay tuned for more details on what we found interesting and of course a number of exclusive interviews.
The EB Games Expo 2013 will take place at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia from Oct. 4-6, 2013. Tickets are still available for purchase which you find over here.