This month saw the launch of a local server for Wargaming's World of Tanks for the ANZ region. The only restriction was that based on player numbers that Wargaming were observing in the region the server was only available from 6pm to midnight. But after a few days the response far exceeded Wargaming's expectations, as Travis Plane, Wargaming Australia New Zealand Country Manager explains.
The WGL APAC Extended Season Finals for World of Tanks once again comes to Sydney this weekend where teams will battle it out for their share of $100,000 USD at ESL Studios Sydney on Sunday. With Chinese favourites EL Gaming attempting to claim their 4th WGL APAC title in a row, the other teams including Australian favourites Team Efficiency and Chinese teams Yato RSGaming and Seven Pirates will be vying for an upset. Ahead of the spectacle we caught up with Jini Jun, Wargaming’s Head of Competitive Gaming APAC.
Called Resurrection, it will focus on Commander Iden Versio during the days of the First Order’s rise to power. The add-on is set to drop December 13 alongside a suite of free content including maps and heroes to mark the release of the new film 'The Last Jedi'. No word yet if the single-player DLC will fall under the same "every post-launch hero, map, ship, and weapon will be free for everyone who owns the game" banner.
And in a purely cynical response, this probably means that the Star Wars game that the developer is working on is probably on track for release. Ahem, this acquisition news comes shortly after word that EA is closing Visceral Games. Respawn, the studio formed by ex-Call of Duty veterans were behind last year's excellent Titanfall 2.
SMITE has just received it's latest and greatest co-op adventure, Shadows over Hercopolis, which takes players through iconic locations from Norse mythology as they tackle giant creatures. And of course, collect loot. And thanks to the fine people at Hi-Rez Studios you can tackle the free co-op adventure as Harbinger Nike.
Celebrating the release of Game of the Year edition of Hitman, the recently troubled and now independent Io-Interactive took the time to confirm the status of the next Hitman game. The post, by CEO Hakan Abrak confirms that "great progress" is being made and that we should expect to find out more next year.
Speaking with Gamespot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that the company believes that the next consoles proper from Sony and Microsoft are at least two years out. With the release of the Xbox One X earlier this week, and the PS4 Pro last year, it's the sort of prediction that makes perfect sense.
Yeah, the Total War from a few years back. Called Empire Divided it will include new features like cults, bandits, and plagues in a cinematic approach to the final days of the Roman Empire in 270 AD. With ten playable factions each with their own unique leaders, the new expansion showcases developer Creative Assembly's focus on creating new content for a number of its Total War titles.
After debuting on PC comes the official release today of the new Clockwork City DLC for The Elder Scrolls online, a mini-expansion of sorts that introduces the fascinating new Clockwork City region, characters, story-lines, quests, and more. Also out today, the Xbox One X patch for The Elder Scrolls online, which if this were a '90s action film we'd say it turns the game "From Zero to Hero".
Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with general manager of Microsoft’s Global Games Publishing, Shannon Loftis, to discuss the new console and pose some questions about the past, present, and future of Xbox. Like, does the Xbox One X represent the end of the traditional console generation cycle? Was it tough to delay the launch of Crackdown 3? And, what secret marketing strategy got the company in early on the PUBG phenomenon?
With 90 people losing their jobs at the well-known maker of interactive adventures due to a "comprehensive company restructuring". And to make the studio "more competitive as a developer and publisher of groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead". What does this mean for current and future Telltale productions? We're not sure.
Recently we had the chance to sit down with Aussie developer Tim Stobbo, who currently works at the extremely talented studio Guerrilla Games as Principal Game Designer. A role that leans heavily towards the narrative side of things, and a key figure in crafting some of the intricate story missions that countless fans have embarked on as Aloy.
As PAX we had the chance to site down with with general manager of Microsoft’s Global Games Publishing, Shannon Loftis, to discuss the new console and pose some questions about the past, present, and future of Xbox. Naturally, the conversation touched on one of the bigger console releases this holiday season - the debut of PUBG on Xbox One.
Overwatch’s presence at BlizzCon this year, outside of the awesome spectacle that was the Overwatch World Cup, was a tad predictable. In that just about anyone could have guessed “new map, new hero, new animated short”. But, that’s not to say that what we got wasn’t impressive. The new map, called Blizzard World that celebrates the worlds of Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft within the Overwatch universe is just, well, awesome.