What's Vulkan? Well it's a new low-level API from the Khronos Group that removes a lot of the overhead when accessing hardware. Which means faster frame-rates. And in the case of DOOM, being able to run the game in the three figure range. The support for Vulkan comes with a new update to the PC version of the game, alongside new drivers from AMD and Nvidia. And in addition to being able to run the game at blindingly fast speeds on the latest AMD and Nividia cards it's also expected that older GPUs will also benefit from the new technology.
With the recent announcement that Tetris is being adapted into a sci-fi trilogy, it shouldn't come as a surprise that EA and DICE's Battlefield is also getting the adaptation treatment. But this time into a TV series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Now at this stage it has only been optioned, which means development has yet to begin, but apart from the past, present, or future-war setting there really isn't much to go on.
One of the great things about the Civilization series has always been the way in which it takes history's great empires, leaders, and historical figures, and present them in a way that is balanced and non-partisan. It adds a sense of fun to what is, when you get down to it, a very serious game. In a recent string of videos introducing some of the leaders and factions in Civilization VI, we're introduced to the likes of Queen Victoria who leads the British, and Theodore Roosevelt who leads the American civilization.
Although what we see here is still pre-alpha and subject to change, it's clear that Dawn of War III will be more cartoon-like and colourful than the first two games. Well, visually. In terms of the game itself this is the best look so far at the blend of hero mechanics from Dawn of War II with large scale unit production from the original Dawn of War. It's different enough that player feedback so far has been mixed, but it certainly looked interesting.
Okay so if you happen to be part of this thing called social media, where people post their opinion about what mindless blockbuster movie remake may or may not desecrate the memory of the original mindless blockbuster movie remake from 20 years ago, you may have noticed a slight uptick in the Pokemon department over the past few days. And it's all thanks to the release of Pokemon GO, and mobile game that seems to have almost overnight brought the long running series back into the zeitgeist.
Nightdive Studios recently took its ambitious System Shock remake project to Kickstarter asking for $900,000 USD in funding, and with the campaign only half-way through it has met that target. Which means, just like the Kickstarter heyday and prophetic Mayan year of 2012, it's now all about the stretch goals. Stretch goals that all the way up to 1.9 million with promises of remixed soundtracks, expanded narrative, and additional locations to explore.
Let's face it, with prices over $1000 AUD, the GeForce GTX 1080 is more of a dream than reality. But for the lucky few out there that reality is a blindingly fast 4K gaming experience with advanced graphical effect the likes of which the rest of us can only dream about. The more moderately priced GeForce GTX 1070 isn't far behind performance-wise, but it's also not that far behind price wise. Which makes the announcement of the more budget friendly GeForce GTX 1060 something to take note of. As it provides VR-ready GeForce GTX 980 performance for $250 USD.
And it looks fantastic. No wonder GTA V has been on pretty much all of the top seller lists for the last thousand years or so. Called 'Cunning Stunts' this new update to GTA Online brings gravity defying race tracks, jumps, boosts, and loops to the already very solid racing. And it drops next week on July 12.
Congrats Ubisoft! 30 years is a long time, and it's great to see that you're still releasing awesome games after all these years. What's that under my arm? Oh, nothing. That's an umbrella, it's been raining here the past few days. I forgot to get you something. I'm sorry, I didn't realise we had to bring gifts. I ran out of time. Next time though, I'll get you something special. What's that? You got me something? A free game! A free game every month until the end of the year. Oh Ubisoft!
As per the announcement yesterday, Turtle Rock and 2K have officially launched what they're calling Evolve Stage 2 on PC today. This free-to-play version of the game comes with all content released so far, and with a number of improvements based on player feedback dating all the way back to when it first launched last year. Currently in Beta, the game is still open for anyone to jump in. And for those that bought the original game and DLC content, that stuff will carry over too.