Valve plans to shut the doors on its community-driven Steam Greenlight publishing tool in favour of a more direct, and traditional, Steam Direct model. For those that use the service regularly, Steam Greenlight was a section on Steam that smaller developers could put their games on display where the community would then act as a sort of gateway in order to determine what ended up on the Steam service proper. Naturally, it didn't always work like that.
Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch in many ways looks and plays a lot like the Wii U original. And in case you were wondering, that's not a bad thing. Mainly because Splatoon represents Nintendo's take on the whole competitive shooter scene, and it's as accessible and fun as anything put out by the Big N since the days of the 16-bits. And in preparation for the sequel Nintendo will be holding an Open Beta of sorts for Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch from March 25-26.
But on the plus side, the game is getting the original U.S.S. Enterprise as seen in the landmark television series from the 1960s. In addition to the game's brand new creation, the U.S.S. Aegis. Star Trek: Bridge Crew's appeal is simple, it allows four players to team up on the bridge of a star-ship and take on the roles as depicted across the many Star Trek films and televised series'. In cutting edge Virtual Reality -- i.e. the poor man's Holodeck.
And that's full as in not extended prototypes or demos created to help sell the concept of VR gaming. That's three "full games" developed using both Source 2 and Unity. According to Valve boss Gabe Newell, this experimentation and transition to hardware across VR headsets and VR-specific controllers has meant that the company can utilise hardware design to inform software, and vice versa.
And by presented by Nvidia we mean just that, as the PC specs for Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Wildlands was posted on Nividia's site. Which means no mention of any AMD graphics cards, just CPU's. Okay, so taking the tin foil hat off for a second, Ghost Recon Wildlands is shaping up to be one of the most promising shooters of the year. And with its large open world, and co-op focus, you'll want to make sure you go the right gear to play it right.
As in the real deal NBA, who are partnering with Take-Two (publishers of the NBa 2K series) to create a new professional gaming league aimed at bringing together all the great basketball gamers from across the globe to compete in Virtual B-Ball. According to the press release the new NBA 2K eLeague will be "the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league."
The recent financial call from Activision Blizzard was naturally one filled with an almost celebratory tone, with stellar sales and active users for both Overwatch and the Call of Duty franchise. Quarterly growth! And so forth. But the investor call also pointed to what's in store for 2017, including news that Destiny 2 is still on track for a 2017 release. And, that the next Call of Duty will see the franchise go "back to its roots."
In that it'll offer up a number of different dialogue choices without the good versus evil headers of Paragon and Renegade. Now, when we think about the choices made in the first three Mass Effect titles we immediately remember the blue and red system and how in a way it felt like a descendant of the good side and dark side meter from BioWare's earlier RPG-classic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It made sense in the universe and story, so it'll be interesting to see how Mass Effect fares without it.
In a recent financial call, Ubisoft announced that the highly anticipated South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed yet again. No new date has been provided outside a vague "FY18" window. Which refers to anytime between April 2017 - March 2018. Originally slated for a 2016 release, that was pushed back to allow for more time to get it right. This new delays cites similar reasons.
Which is a few more than what we were expecting. And judging by which mini-games were chosen to showcase the Nintendo Switch back in January, which included a quick draw game, ping pong, milking a cow, and holding a box full of marbles, you can be sure that the full line-up gets even crazier. And thankfully, Nintendo Japan has released a string of new videos that showcases how insane things get.