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, 18 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 02:44pm 18/08/14 | 4 Comments
In a recent interview with IGN, Mortal Kombat godfather Ed Boon explained that his team at Netherealm Studios are "going to be reinstating an ‘Ality’ from a previous game", referring to the assortment of different finishing move options that players have been presented over the history of the series such as brutalities, friendships, babalities, and mercy (thanks VG 247).

While it wasn't explicitly confirmed, IGN's coverage is rather blatant with its suggestion that it likely means the return of the animality, where each character could transform into a distinct animal form (Sub Zero as a polar bear, Lui Kang as a dragon etc) and eviscerate their foe at the end of a round.

Mortal Kombat X is in the works for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 for 2015.
Post by Dan @ 10:42am 18/08/14 | 15 Comments
Roberts Space Industries released an assortment of new trailers for its epicly crowdfunded space sim Star Citizen, including the first look at the game's so-called FPS module, which plans to offer an up close and personal shooter mode to the mix.

Oddly, official reports are still referring to the development team working on FPS mode as "REDACTED", but community speculation seems to suggest that it's actual Illfonic, the Colorado-based studio responsible for the retail iteration of fast-paced shooter Nexuiz. An announcment post promises that "more will be revealed" at PAX Australia, the public videogames festival that will take place in Melbourne from Oct 31 - Nov 2.

In addition to the FPS teaser, RSI also released this new Consellation Commercial video, and this constellation fly-around, as well as a look at some space racing in the Murray Cup, and a comparison of the this time last year.

Post by Dan @ 09:30am 18/08/14 | 1 Comments
The incredibly popular beta test for Destiny took players to Bungie's sci-fi vision of an alien invaded Earth, but the full game will be venturing much farther from home than that. The latest trailer takes a peek at Mars, touring some of the expectedly red-hued environments that will be on offer.
What little we know of Mars may as well be a myth. We built a massive metropolis in the red dust. No one knows what remains of our lost age, now buried beneath the dunes.
Destiny is due to launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 9th 2014.

Post by Dan @ 09:17am 18/08/14 | 2 Comments
Crytek's take on the lucrative free-to-play MOBA market is taking shape and the developer has given us the first look at in-game action over the weekend with the release of a new trailer.

Viewers are invited to "see some of history's most valiant heroes clash with notorious villains", which essentially means a bunch of public domain characters with Victorian English accents, including Red Riding Hood and Alice.

Beta registrations are open over at arenaoffate.com. Check out the trailer below.

Saturday, 16 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:32pm 16/08/14 | 0 Comments
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to iPad, according to Josh Wittenkeller on Twitter.

The image attached to the Twitter post shows what looks like a version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game being played on a digital table on a white iPad. On the back of the cards is the familiar Pokéball design. The iPad game appears to be a version of The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, currently playable on Windows PC and Mac.

A representative from The Pokémon Company has confirmed to Polygon that the game is real, but did not provide any form of release date or further information. This will be the first time an official Pokemon game has appeared on mobile devices, instead relying on Nintendo's popular GameBoy and DS handheld devices.
Post by Eorl @ 10:49am 16/08/14 | 5 Comments
After making a brief appearance at Gamescom 2014 this past week, developer BioWare has confirmed in a recent gameplay trailer that the long-awaited player housing for their MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will be hitting servers as soon as next week.

The new addition will be part of the game's Galactic Strongholds expansion, which will also feature Guild Flagships alongside Strongholds. In short, players of The Old Republic will soon be given the chance to create player and guild housing, complete with fancy Star Wars-themed objects to place in your house.

The trailer below shows off Galactic Strongholds, which releases for long-term subscribers on August 19th. It comes to players with preferred status on September 16, and launches for all on October 14th.

Post by Eorl @ 10:17am 16/08/14 | 0 Comments
Depression Quest, the interactive text adventure game from independent developer Zoe Quinn, has now been made available for free on Steam.

Its Steam release comes at an important time, given the very recent and sad death of the late Robin Williams, who had suffered from depression. Developer Zoe Quinn was initially unsure whether to go ahead with Depression Quest's Steam release, given its content, but decided that it might help other depression sufferers.

"I feel like I have a responsibility to those who could be helped," said Quinn, writing on her blog. "So I am launching the game. Quietly. I will not be promoting it until a respectful time later. But I want it to be out there and available in all the ways I can make it be available so that if someone needs it, they have it. After agonizing over it and asking the general public, they’ve overwhelmingly responded with pleas to release it. Especially among depression sufferers."

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, contact Beyond Blue or call 1300 22 4636 for help on the subject.
Post by Eorl @ 10:06am 16/08/14 | 3 Comments
Speaking to Computer & Video Games at Gamescom this week, PlayStation EU boss Jim Ryan said that Sony is not chasing third-party exclusives. This comes hot off the heels of the controversy surrounding Rise of the Tomb Raider, which ic currently set as a one year exclusive title for Xbox.

"Well, you know, we've got a very large and very powerful network of studios on our own, all of whom are working on games that will be fully exclusive to PlayStation, and we feel that this on top of partnering with third parties where it makes sense," he said. "I think the partnership we have with Activision on Destiny is a good example of where it makes really good sense for them, it makes good sense for us and it benefits our consumers--when you complement those two things we think that gives us a pretty complete position in the market."

"So do we feel the need to go out and buy outright exclusivity? Probably not," he added. "You saw [at Sony's Gamescom press conference] that before the media briefing we showed updated videos of games that we had revealed at E3. That's because we wanted to keep the show itself full of new, fresh things. We think that gave us a good, strong, convincing portfolio of exclusive stuff and we're happy with that."

Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox (Xbox One, Xbox 360) exclusivity has irritated and upset fans who want more platform options when the game is released. Even if the game is only exclusive for one year, that's a long wait for someone who owns a PC or a PlayStation 4 and does not own an Xbox console.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:11pm 15/08/14 | 1 Comments
We are once again beating the very dead horse, with vice president of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe Michael Denny once again confirming to gamers still attached to the fleeting idea of its existence that The Last Guardian is infact still in-development.

While we saw nothing at this week's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, those hoping for news at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show will be somewhat disappointed. PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed in an interview with Eurogamer that we won't be seeing the highly sought after title anytime soon, stating that the game, already in development for at least seven years, "needs more time."

“When we are ready,” said Yoshida. “I cannot confirm any timing because we are waiting for it to be in a state where we are happy that this is the game.”

One day. One day we will get The Last Guardian, or at the very least confirmation of its death. Until then, speculate away.
Post by Eorl @ 03:58pm 15/08/14 | 1 Comments
Diablo 3's upcoming patch 2.1.0 will soon allow players to enter the strange region known as the Vault, the home of the Treasure Goblins, where boundless wealth is awaiting those keen to take on the challenges.

Previously, players engaging in a Loot Goblin and being unsuccessful in stopping their looting attempts would be granted with a defeating escape portal that they were unable to enter as the Goblin fled from the scene. Now, however, there's a chance that the creatures will spawn a portal when they die, and when that happens, players will be able to step through and into the Vault.

"In the Vault, players will encounter unimaginable wealth, presumably stolen from the merchants and townfolk of Sanctuary," Blizzard wrote in the Patch 2.1.0 preview. "Piles of gold, chests brimming with treasure, and enough gems to sate even Shen himself will reward your curiosity."

As is with any unimaginable amount of wealth, someone is wanting to protect the riches awaiting you. The Vault will be guarded by Baroness Greed, whose name gives you a hint as to her nature, and who is't quite as easy to share the loot as you'd hope.

"Initially, most people assumed that Greed would be a male. When working with the character team on Greed, though, they proposed for it to be a female," Senior Environment Artist Richie Marella explained in a Q&A on the demon's design. "This turned out to be a great idea because it fell in line with what we were going for with the bee hive motif and having the so-called queen (aka the Baroness) at the end fit perfectly."
Post by Eorl @ 01:55pm 15/08/14 | 0 Comments
Klei Entertainment shared a new trailer today heralding the August 19th arrival of its turn-based espionage title Invisible, Inc. on Steam Early Access.

For the duration of its time in Early Access, Invisible, Inc. will be available for $15.99, 20 percent off its full price of $19.99. The game features "procedurally generated levels, permadeath, and is a stealth game through and through," notes the devs website. "We've spent almost 2 years working hard and iterating with these fundamental principles, and we're finally ready to show our work to wide world of Steam. We hope you enjoy it, too!"

The game will be available for Mac and Windows PC, with Klei looking into a Linux version for later down the line. The developer also plans to make tweaks based on feedback throughout the Early Access period and encourages players to drop notes and suggestions on the game's official forums.

Post by Eorl @ 01:45pm 15/08/14 | 16 Comments
Ubisoft said today that it is seeking to take Windows PC gaming way more seriously, as the platform continues to make gains against rivals.

With a notorious anti-piracy system in its past, and a habit of releasing PC versions of games after console versions, Ubisoft has faced its share of criticism from PC gamers. But the company said today it is seeking to focus more on the needs of PC gamers, through simplified DRM activation and a greater commitment to multi-platform releases.
"We listen to feedback from players and continue to adapt accordingly," said European boss Alain Corre in an interview with MCV. "For instance, we switched to a simple, one-time activation for our PC games; a standard practice in the industry. We're also doing our best to bring our games to PC at the same time as the console versions."

"We recognise the importance and needs of PC gamers, and want to continue to improve how we create and support games for PC," he said. "We are committed to improving the optimisation of our games for each platform on which they're released, including PC."
Although versions of big Ubisoft games have eventually made their way to PC in the past, they have tended to trail weeks and even months behind, leaving a large gap in building launch hype parity. Changes to this can already be seen with both Assassin's Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 being released simultaneously on console and PC come October 28th and November 18th, respectively.
Post by Eorl @ 01:08pm 15/08/14 | 0 Comments
A short and to the point tweet from developer Red Thread Games has revealed (via Joystiq) that their upcoming episodic adventure game Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey has made the PlayStation 4 their exclusive console home.

Now, before PC fans start pulling their hair out, Red Thread has noted that this is console exclusive only, and that you can expect the modern continuation of Ragnar Tørnquist's cult-classic adventure series The Longest Journey to still be on PC. Players will once again assume the role of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey heroine Zoë Castillo as she explores the ethereal, almost dreamlike realm of Arcadia and the comparatively staid world of Stark, though Red Thread also claims that April Ryan, heroine of the original The Longest Journey, will also appear in Dreamfall Chapters.

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey will be making its debut on PC come a November 2014 launch, with PlayStation 4 to come soon after.
Post by Dan @ 12:12pm 15/08/14 | 5 Comments
Not to be mistaken with AusGamers' own Stephen Farrelly, professional wrestler Sheamus is the current reigning United States Champion of the WWE, and one of the playable characters in WWE 2K15 -- 2K Sports' second pass on the annualised franchise since the torch was passed from THQ.

Joab Gilroy points a microphone at Sheamus with a few questions about the current state of the WWE, his boxart aspirations, red hair representing and the sound of one hand clapping. Check it out below, or click here for the HD video page.

WWE 2K15 is due on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in late October 2014.


AusGamers WWE 2K15 Interview with Sheamus
Post by Eorl @ 11:20am 15/08/14 | 0 Comments
Possibly buried under all the bombs Sony dropped during its gamescom press conference is a new trailer for Evolution Studio’s DriveClub.

Shown in the video are not just how points are earned in-game, but the drop-dead car models, too. Here’s the trailer’s official description:
DRIVECLUB is about teamwork; it’s about everyone fighting for one another and earning rewards together – and most importantly it’s about sharing in the excitement of every race.
In a post on the EU PlayStation Blog, it mentions that some familiar Sony employees can be seen racing against each other in the trailer.
In this video we asked our friends across the PlayStation family to get involved, so keep a look out for friendly faces from Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, Guerrilla Games, Santa Monica Studio, XDev, SCEE and of course Shuhei Yoshida. So check it out (again!) and start thinking about who you will play DRIVECLUB with – and share this trailer with them so your club is ready for launch.
Driveclub will be available as a PlayStation 4 exclusive come October 8th, with a free PlayStation Plus demo to boot for members. Those looking for even more in-depth coverage can find a full 40-minute demo playthrough via PlayStation's Twitch.

Post by Eorl @ 10:40am 15/08/14 | 6 Comments
The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is making a proper return with RollerCoaster Tycoon World, which is in development on Windows PC at Pipeworks, publisher Atari Interactive announced this week.

Atari released the brief teaser trailer above to offer a sneak peek at RollerCoaster Tycoon World, although it's unclear if the glimpse at the theme park near the end of the clip is actual in-engine footage.

"Many of the new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon World were not possible a few years ago, but we have taken advantage of technological improvements to offer a wildly fun gaming experience that stays true to the storied franchise. This is the game fans have been asking for," said Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is scheduled to be available in early 2015. Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at the action.

Post by Eorl @ 09:43am 15/08/14 | 0 Comments
The latest trailer for The Order: 1886 introduces the newest member of the titular faction: famous scientist Nikola Tesla.

Tesla's role in The Order: 1886 is to craft the weapons The Order uses to fight the Lycans, the Half-Breed wolf-like humanoids prowling Neo-Victorian London. But Tesla seems conflicted on the use of his achievements in this battle: will they save everyone, or destroy them?

Ready at Dawn's The Order: 1886 will launch on February 20th, 2015.

Post by Dan @ 09:36am 15/08/14 | 1 Comments
Following on from the brief GamesCom trailer, Ubisoft has now released the 11 minute gameplay demo of Assassin's Creed: Unity that was demonstrated recently at the Cologne, Germany exhibition.
Watch 11 minutes of uncut single player Assassin’s Creed Unity gameplay. Narrated by Creative Director Alex Amancio, follow a full single player assassination mission from start to finish and experience the all new immersive gameplay elements.

You’ll get a look at the all new parkour system, enhanced stealth, and the beautiful city of Paris all made possible by our all-new next gen engine.
Assassin's Creed: Unity is due on October 28th 2014 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Post by Dan @ 08:48am 15/08/14 | 1 Comments
Since Microsoft's 2002 acquisition, many older fans of the UK studio's work have expressed disappointment with its output. The studio that brought us Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Battletoads and Killer Instinct across the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 eras had a very muted start on Xbox, but more recently found success with the Kinect Sports series of motion controlled mini-games.

Acknowledging the studio's decorated past, Xbox head Phil Spencer sought to defuse concerns that Rare might have settled into a rut as the platform's casual Kinect game developer during a recent interview with CVG:
The Xbox head conceded that from the outside it could seem like Rare - which has now worked on three Kinect games in a row - had been "pushed" into spaces by the platform holder, but insisted the UK studio was actually chasing innovation.

"Right now with Rare we're at a point where I don't want the Rare brand to mean Kinect Sports. The Rare brand can be more valuable to them, to us and to gamers than that.

"I think it's about them thinking about the next game that's going to be the next 'Rare game' and really stand for what they are. I know they've got some great ideas. I've not been up to Twycross for maybe six months, but I'm planning on getting up there this fall and seeing bits for the new game. But I know they're hard at work and Phil Harrison has been up talking to them.

"So they've got some new ideas, they're excited about them and I think Rare should, can and will be an important part of our game future."
Rare's most recent title, Kinect Sports Rivals launched last week exclusively on Xbox One.
Post by Reverend Evil @ 07:35am 15/08/14 | 45 Comments
Blizzard has set the date for its next major MMO content expansion with the retail release for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor now set for November 13th 2014.

More importantly, accompanying the announcement is another one of the studio's famously impressive cinematic trailers, and going one further, they're also kicking off a new "animated lore miniseries" titled Lords of War, which promises to be continued in the weeks ahead.
“Players will encounter an epic cast of legendary characters and a huge amount of content to explore in Warlords of Draenor,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The countdown to the arrival of one of the greatest threats in Warcraft history has begun. We can’t wait to send everyone through the Dark Portal this November.”

Warlords of Draenor adds a world’s worth of exciting new content for World of Warcraft players to discover. As Azeroth’s displaced heroes venture across Draenor, they’ll build and manage a mighty Garrison, a customisable fortress that grows with them on their journey; delve into otherworldly draenei temples and clash in the heart of hostile orc clans’ territory; fight the opposing faction for control of Ashran, a huge and dynamic PvP zone featuring a variety of personal and cooperative objectives; and take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more. No matter what kind of content you enjoy, your legend is waiting to be forged on Draenor.
Watch them both below.



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