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!
Friday, 9 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 09:44am 09/05/14 | 4 Comments
Insomic Games has lifted the veil on its upcoming Xbox One exclusive action game Sunset Overdrive, releasing the first gameplay trailer of the technicolour open world action game.
Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world game set in the not-so-distant future. A catastrophic event has left your city overrun by mutants. While the majority perish or transform, you flourish. It turns out your calling isn't picking up trash or serving food, it's mutant destruction. With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. Your story is just beginning.
The game is probably best described as an open world third person shooter with the punk rock aesthetic and movement mechanics of a Tony Hawk game and the over-the-top arsenal of Ratchet and Clank.

Pre-orders are now available if that's your thing. Sunset Overdrive is due on the Xbox One later this year

Post by Eorl @ 09:43am 09/05/14 | 2 Comments
Continuing the delay news this morning, Bethesda and Zenimax Online have today officially confirmed that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console versions of their recently launched MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will be delayed for another six months.

Originally scheduled to launch in June of this year, developer Zenimax Online has issued a statement revealing the delay, stating that "We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms."
"Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks -- which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve."
It isn't all bad news though, with Zenimax outlining that a new deal has been struck between console platformers Sony and Microsoft. Those who decide to purchase and play the PC or Mac version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June will now have the opportunity to transfer their character(s) to either console when they are released. The offer will allow you to begin playing immediately on the PC/Mac, and then add the PS4 or Xbox One version and transfer the character(s) you have created and developed.

If that doesn't sound like a nice deal, Zenimax has also noted that for $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time.
Post by Eorl @ 09:18am 09/05/14 | 0 Comments
Developer and publisher Ubisoft has today revealed a new character trailer for their open-world title Watch Dogs, taking a look at just who you'll be meeting in the world of Chicago.

"Meet Aiden’s friends, his enemies and some that blur the line. In a city of more than 3 million people, you’d be surprised at how few you can trust," the tagline reads. The trailer gives a brief taste of just some of the more important characters you will meet along your travels, including some you may not have seen recently. Check it out below.

Watch Dogs will be available on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A Wii U version will be available later this year.

Post by Eorl @ 09:06am 09/05/14 | 2 Comments
Dying Light developer Techland has today announced that the zombie first-person open-world survival title has been delayed into 2015, with the expected date now sometime during February.

Citing further development time needed, the developer has noted that none of the five platforms - PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - will be dropped due to the delay, instead gaining further improvements. The team also note that the new date "ensures that we can fully realize our vision of an innovative open-world game."

"We won’t need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we’re working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile."

Hopefully we can expect more to be seen at E3 this year, so stay tuned.
Post by trog @ 04:19am 09/05/14 | 20 Comments
Some big news for FPS gamers today with Epic revealing that they have plans for a new title in the Unreal Tournament series. The main points announced are:
. We’ve created a small team of UT veterans that are beginning work on the project starting today.
. From the very first line of code, the very first art created and design decision made, development will happen in the open, as a collaboration between Epic, UT fans and UE4 developers. We’ll be using forums for discussion, and Twitch streams for regular updates.
. If you are a fan and you want to participate, create a free account and join the forum discussion.
. All code and content will be available live to UE4 developers on GitHub.
. The game will be true to its roots as a competitive FPS.
. Development will be focused on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The game will be free, and they mention that they'll be generating revenue from it by creating a marketplace for "developers, modders, artists and gamers" to create, buy and sell content - presumably looking at the success of Valve's Dota and Team Fortress 2 in this space.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 05:14pm 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Caffeine is one of the better sources of keeping yourself up late at night while coding or gaming, but what about combining caffeine with a dose of fear?

To help us figure out that question is local indie developer Dylan Browne, who we had the chance to chat about his upcoming sci-fi horror title Caffeine. Poised as the first sci-fi horror Unreal Engine 4 game, Caffeine takes you on a chilling journey through the eyes of a young child exploring an abandoned caffeine mining platform in space.

Check out the full interview over here for all the juicy content on his plans for consoles, what its like to work with the Unreal Engine 4 and how hard it is to scare people.
Post by Eorl @ 03:06pm 08/05/14 | 13 Comments
Survival sandbox game The Stomping Land will soon be hitting Steam Early Access thanks to its recent Greenlight movement, developer Alex Fundora has annoucned.

Powered by Unreal Engine, the multiplayer survival sim sees players roaming a sandbox while hunting smaller dinosaurs with their bow, fishing in lakes and gathering food to outlast each day. It’s been Greenlit on Steam, with an early access trial coming on May 23 for Kickstarter backers, while non-backers can buy in from May 30 at $24.99.

The initial dinosaurs waiting to kill you or serve as your food will be the Styracosaurus, Carnotaurus, Gallimimus, Puertasaurus, Helicoprion, Ankylosaurus and Stygimoloch, with more species set to roll out over time. The Stomping Ground will launch with one environment called Capa Island, which is smaller than the game’s previously-shown Wayneth Island setting.

Players be wary though, there is no magical inventory system in this one so don't expect to place that freshly cut wood into a void of nothing, you'll have to use your arms. Items that you'll be able to craft include pole vaults, torches, traps and more, with caves littered around the map for players to take shelter in.

For more on the title, check it out in action below or through the official website which includes a run down of the first island players will be able to explore. Jurassic Park meets DayZ is truly happening.

Post by Eorl @ 02:23pm 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Two of Electronic Arts' major upcoming games, EA Maxis' The Sims 4 and EA Tiburon's next golf title, now have possible release windows thanks to the publisher's schedule for the 2015 fiscal year.

The Sims 4, which EA previously delayed to 2014 last October, is scheduled to be released on PC during the second quarter of EA's 2015 fiscal year. That would put the game's launch somewhere within the three-month period from July through September 2014. The other main EA titles set to be released during that quarter are Madden NFL 15, NHL 15 and FIFA 15. EA's third fiscal quarter, which runs from October through December, will include NBA Live 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition and an unannounced console title running on the Frostbite 3 engine that EA will reveal at E3 2014.

Last October, EA announced the end of its relationship with Tiger Woods for the publisher's Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of golf games, and indicated that the franchise would continue without him on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. EA is skipping this year, but the company's next golf game — the new name of which has yet to be revealed — is scheduled to be released during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. That means the publisher is aiming to launch the title from January through March 2015; the last few Tiger Woods titles were released at the end of March, just before the Masters Tournament.
Post by Eorl @ 12:05pm 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Nintendo's investory briefing is currently underway for the fiscal year, and the company has today revealed a new NFC product making its way to the Wii U and 3DS.

Details are still light on exactly what the product will entail, though company president Satoru Iwata stated that more will be shown at E3 2014 in June. According to analyst David Gibson, the NFC figurines will work with both platforms, with the 3DS getting an external infrared device. The product lineup is being called "NFP", which presumably stands for Nintendo Field Platform but more will hopefully be known soon. As GameInformer points out, there has only been one title that utilises the NFC capabilities of the Wii U GamePad: Pokemon Rumble U.

Gibson notes that a Mario figurine was shown at the briefing, with reports that the product has been in development since 2013, and Nintendo is planning to show multiple titles off at E3. One thing is for sure, this could be a really smart move by Nintendo considering how profitable both Disney Infinity and Skylanders are for Disney and Activision respectively. My wallet is ready.
Post by Eorl @ 11:14am 08/05/14 | 2 Comments
After being successfully kickstarted way back in 2012, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is finally back after a 16 year hiatus and a recent last minute two week delay to bring you the return of the FMV neo-noir detective.
Tex Murphy is the last of the hard-boiled private detectives living in dystopian post-World War III San Francisco in the year 2050. Tex is an honest and good-natured private investigator with a penchant for bourbon, cigarettes, and getting himself into trouble.

Tesla Effect is a mystery 3D adventure game seamlessly blended with the Tex Murphy franchise's renowned full-motion video (FMV) scenes with real actors such as June Lockhart, Larry Jones (Soup Nazi) and Kevin Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000). You'll need all your wits about you and a lot of help from Tex's more competent companions to get to the game's 5 different endings. Of course, that's only if you survive long enough to not get your head blown off by C4 chewing gum.
The game is available Windows and OS X, and can be purchased at a price tag of $19.99 through GoG.com or Steam. Check out the launch trailer below to witness the corny old school acting at its best.

Post by Dan @ 10:43am 08/05/14 | 2 Comments
As the days tick down to Watch_Dogs much anticipated and delayed launch date, Ubisoft has released another new batch of screenshots offering a few more glimpses at its vision of a security-state Chicago.
In Watch Dogs, players will be immersed in a living, breathing and fully connected recreation of Chicago. Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (CTOS) and control almost every element of the city.
Hit the thumbs below for the full gallery.

Watch_Dogs is coming to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on May 27th 2014, with Wii U still planned for later in the year.

Post by Eorl @ 10:37am 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Ubisoft's puzzle adventure taking place during World War One, has been slated for a June 25th release on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
This is the story of 5 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart.

All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. In Valiant Hearts, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.
In development by Ubisoft's Montpellier studio, who had previously brought us Rayman Origins and Legends along with ZombiU, the title will also be utilising Ubisoft's proprietary UbiArt Framework engine seen in the recent Rayman and Child of Light titles. It makes for a rather good looking game, which you can get a glimpse of below in the newest trailer, "Comeback."

Post by Dan @ 10:21am 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes have released a new cinematic trailer for its forthcoming RPG sequel Risen 3: Titan Lords, offering up another fancy fantasy combat scene with all of the armour-clad swordplay and skull-faced sorcery you'd expect from such.

A specific release date has also now been set, flagging the game for launch on August 12 in North America and August 15 in Europe, for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Watch the new clip below.

Post by Dan @ 10:09am 08/05/14 | 5 Comments
A job listing posted to Microsoft's careers website suggests that the publisher is staffing up in house development for a new Age of Empires game. (thanks CVG).
"Microsoft Studios is looking for a highly experienced senior games developer to help build and lead the team for a new AAA title within an established and well-loved strategy game franchise."
While the listing bears no specific mention of AoE, unless they've sneakily acquired the rights to something else, it really is the only title in the publishers portfolio that could be remotely described as a "well-loved strategy franchise".

Since 2005's Age of Empires 3, the series has only seen brief life in Age of Empires Online, which launched as a free-to-play game in 2011 and was effectively shut down to new players last September.
Post by Eorl @ 10:01am 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Sony has outlined its release plans for the PlayStation Plus edition of Evolution Studios' sim-styled racer Driveclub, revealing that the upcoming free version will feature around one-fifth of the total content found in the full retail release.

While it may be one fifth of the full release, the PlayStation Plus version will feature all game modes, 11 tracks and 10 playable cars. Additional vehicles and tracks can be unlocked either individually via in-game purchases or all at once with a full upgrade option priced at $49.99. The retail and upgraded versions of Driveclub boast a total of five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars, and 50 tour events.

Sadly, DriveClub players who wish to upgrade from the free PlayStation Plus edition of the game to the full version will only be able to access it while their PS Plus subscription is active, Evolution Studios community development manager Jamie Brayshaw announced via the PlayStation Blog.

"It's about accessibility for all and building a community of gamers who love online play," Brayshaw wrote. "DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition is designed to be a quick and easy way for gamers all over the world to join the DriveClub community. You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DriveClub community."

Post by Eorl @ 09:42am 08/05/14 | 3 Comments
Continuing their trend of reimagining past titles, Nintendo and The Pokemon Co. International have today announced two new but not new titles in the Pokemon franchise: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Reimaginings of the original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, each game will be a "new adventure" that takes place in a "spectacular new world" according to a press release from Nintendo and The Pokémon Co. International. The original two titles launched way back in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance system, and were as always a resounding hit for the franchise.

A release date of November 2014 has been promised, though no further details have been revealed. A trailer can be seen below.

Post by Eorl @ 09:29am 08/05/14 | 0 Comments
Hack 'n' Slash, Double Fine Productions hacking-themed action puzzle game conceived during the company's annual Amnesia Fortnight game jam, is now available through Steam Early Access for Windows PC, Mac and Linux.

The title is $19.99 and players can pick up the game and soundtrack for $24.99. Remaining development on Hack 'n' Slash's mechanics, features and puzzle design include the addition of the final dungeon, extra puzzles and Steam Workshop integration.

Players take on the role of an elf named Alice who uses her "computer hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action/adventure game." Armed with a USB connector-tipped sword, Alice can hack in-game objects — such as blocks, barrels, moving platforms and enemies — to manipulate the action-adventure title.

Hack 'n' Slash was announced last December and is slated for a full launch later this year.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 08:58am 08/05/14 | 2 Comments
Joab, as you may know, is something of a DayZ survivor. With this in mind, we asked him what he thought of SOE's forthcoming H1Z1 which clearly takes its inspiration from the successful mod-turned-standalone title, expecting a loyalty-driven fanboy reaction, but instead we got a measured level of excitement and adoration for what is pretty much going to become its own genre.

So naturally we asked him to articulate this for you, the swarming masses, so you might better understand why another game in similar coagulated vein is not only worth your interest, but eventually your investment.

Click here for our H1Z1 and the Zombie Game Epidemic feature
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 07:56pm 07/05/14 | 6 Comments
Following others today, Nintendo has posted its fiscal earnings for the year ending March 31, 2014, with a 46.4 billion yen operating loss ($456 million) marking the third consecutive annual operating loss for the company.

The financial report details a net loss of 23.2 billion yen ($22.8 million), down from last year's net income of 7 billion yen ($71 million). Net sales for the year were 571.7 billion yen ($5.63 billion), a 10 percent decrease from the year before, with 394.7 billion yen ($3.89) of that figure from overseas sales.

While the losses may be rather high, Nintendo remains positive that it will hit profit for the 2014 fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, as it ramps up its release slate, merchandising and digital sales. It has projected revenue of ¥590 billion ($5.81 billion), and an estimated ¥20 billion ($196.9 million) profit. In a response to the financial report Nintendo has pledged to continue playing its gaming strengths, and also re-iterate commitments to its Quality of Life program.
“In the belief that the true value of entertainment lies in individuality, Nintendo continues to provide unique products and services by positioning as its core management strategy the dedicated video game platform business of hardware and software integration, in which Nintendo can best leverage its strengths.

In addition, by introducing Nintendo Network IDs and taking advantage of smart devices, for example, Nintendo strives to strengthen its efforts to build a long-term relationship with its consumers and expand the market of its own platforms.”
On the Wii U front, the newest console addition continues to struggle with only 6.17 million Wii U sales since its launch in November 2012. The company's report noted that only 2.72 had been sold for the financial year, slightly down from its projection of 2.8 million, and 310,000 for the quarter. Software wise the Wii U titles Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U all sold more than a million units.

Nintendo 3DS sales on the other hand continue to be moving along nicely, with hardware and software reached 12.24 million and 67.89 million units, respectively. During the fiscal year, Pokémon X and Y moved 12.26 million units, Animal Crossing: New Leaf shipped 3.80 million units (7.66 million units in its lifetime). Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team each sold more than two million units. Nintendo 2DS sales reached 2.2 million worldwide during the company's fiscal year.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:13pm 07/05/14 | 2 Comments
Since Ghost is his favourite movie, and he cries over the loss of the late, great Patrick Swayze every night, we decided to send Nathan Lawrence in to check out Murdered: Soul Suspect from Airtight Games, assuming it was on the same ethereal, romantic plane.

Imagine our surprise when he not only walked out exorcised of his Ghost affection demon, but also more than intrigued by what is more akin, allegedly, to Die Hard. One thing's for sure, in a videogaming world where varying types of warfare and shooting reign supreme, it's tantalising to see a new IP like this come out of left-field.

Click here for our Murdered: Soul Suspect hands-on preview.

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