This must be a nice surprise for DiRT fans as Codemasters have announced and released DiRT Rally to Steam Early Access. Being an Early Access title, it will not come with everything the final version will have, but it does feature 17 cars, 36 stages across various locations, tuning, upgrades, damage, and repairs. Any new content released during the Early Access period will be freely added to the title, so you do not have to worry about purchasing new cars and such, at least until then. The game also features Rally Seasons for competitive events, and Rally Async, so you can compete with people without being online together.
One thing I am wondering though is if this is the DiRT 4 mentioned in both AMD and NVIDIA drivers, or is that yet another title?
It has been well over a year since AMD released the R9 290X GPU, its currently most powerful single-GPU offering, so naturally there is a lot of interest in what its successor will be, but there may be reason to look a little further ahead. As covered by WCCFtech, there are reports that AMD will introduce the Artic Islands GPU architecture in 2016, and that it will be made with HBM2 and with a 14 nm process.
The first generation HBM is supposed to be used in the upcoming generation of AMD GPUs, and while it may limit initial supplies, many expect it to dramatically increase performance. The second generation will push performance even further with double the speed per pin. Even with the superior memory though, the speculation is that Artic Islands will actually have a focus on improved power efficiency. With a likely transition to a 14 nm fabrication process at Globalfoundries for the GPU, we may just see that better efficiency.
A new week is here, with the final days of April wrapping up and offering plenty of items for you to check out. We have the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard that may be small, yet packs in a ton of features to make it quite appealing. If you don't need quite that high-end of a system, the ECS Z97-PK motherboard could be the one for you. There are several looks at the Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD, which offers 560MB/s read speeds and 530MB/s write speeds. SilverStone's 500W SFX-L Series power supply gets tested to see how well it can help power your system. Finishing off is the Topre Type Heaven keyboard, a basic looking model that uses hybrid switches.
While the Kaveri lineup by AMD has continued to impress gamers with its built-in Radeon graphics engine based on the GCN 1.1 architecture, a platform refresh is just on the horizon. Computerbase.de has announced that it has spotted the Kaveri-Refresh platform, which is officially known as Godavari, boasting the newer JC stepping. The upcoming platform, which is expected to use the FM2+ form-factor, will feature the same design as Kaveri, such as "Steamroller" x86 cores, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, heterogeneous system architecture capabilities, and the aforementioned Radeon graphics engine.
While the Godavari lineup was originally expected to feature a new 8000 series nomenclature, it looks like AMD will be sticking with the 7000 series naming scheme for unknown reasons. Below is a table that features the leaked SKU specifications of the Godavari platform before it was known that AMD was sticking with the current 7000 series nomenclature.
The Game Director of Batman: Arkham Knight and co-founder of Rocksteady Games, Sefton Hill, has been teasing gamers for some time about an upcoming trailer for the highly anticipated title. That trailer has finally arrived, and shows off a new feature known as "Dual Play," which allows gamers to seamlessly switch between The Dark Knight, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. While it is unknown whether this feature will make its way through the entire campaign or if it will be part of a challenge, it definitely looks amazing, since it allows gamers to truly utilize the different strengths that each character exhibits. The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, titled "All Who Follow You," also showcases the wealth of enemies that face Batman, confirming just how dangerous the city of Gotham is.
Securing our data can be very important, especially if that data is something sensitive like credit or medical information. This can be tricky to accomplish though, as many systems are moving to the Cloud, where a user's data may be on the same server as an attacker. Two years ago researchers at MIT designed a way to thwart some of these attacks, and now they have successfully built it into chips, which would make actually deploying it much simpler.
Many people may think that so long as data cannot be read, it is protected, but actually attackers can learn a great deal without ever seeing the data. Instead they can look to what a system does with it, such as how it calls the memory. To secure against such attacks, the MIT researchers developed a technique that calls multiple memory addresses at a time, obfuscating what the desired address was from the attacker. This was accomplished by treating all of the addresses as nodes in a tree, with one node immediately above, and several nodes below. When calling one address, the entire path of nodes from it to the top of the tree is called, and so the entire path is written to as well.
By building this method into hardware, it can be run much more efficiently, but to achieve this, the researchers had to develop some interesting tricks. For example, writing to a path on the tree is difficult to do on hardware, because it would normally require sorting. By adding an extra memory circuit though, the information can be stored there and then written to the main memory once its location has been determined. This writing is also done on only ever fifth read, to further improve efficiency.
MoreWitchergoodness has arrived today, courtesy of Miles Tost, thegame's lead level designer. Tost took to Twitter to release three new screenshots of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which show a bathhouse, Geralt riding a horse through town, and a monster fight. The bathhouse is rather full of people, and our monster slayer is in only a towel as he makes his way through. Most of the patrons are similarly clothed, although there are a few who aren't. The horseback ride through town shows some nicely constructed houses, fences, and some training items. Judging by the quest text, Geralt is on his way to meet with Yennefer, with the town either being close by or just one of the many places we can check out on the way. As for that monster battle, well, Geralt is taking on a griffin. According to Tost, griffins exist in the world and we can even encounter some, which Geralt has found. It looks to be an intense battle, with some new tactics to utilize since griffins have wings.
Less than a month remains before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives on May 19. You may want to book some time to get lost in its world, and more later on if you pick up the Expansion Pass.
Things are a little off for Konami of late, as Hideo Kojima's name has been removed from any digitally available work he had a hand in. Then it was announced that he is just a contractor finishing up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and once the year ends, so does his employment. Now it seems the horror reboot Silent Hills is no more, as not only is P.T., the playable teaser for the title, removed from the PlayStation Store, but the full game itself looks to be canceled. Both Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus took to Twitter to voice their displeasure about the apparent canning of the project. Del Toro was collaborating with Kojima on Silent Hills, with Reedus set to star as the game's protagonist. In fact, when P.T. is played to completion you actually get to see Reedus in the game, although odds are that was the only part of his actually completed.
Until we hear something definitive from Konami about Silent Hills, consider the game in dire straits. If it is truly lost, which it certainly seems to be, Konami will have a lot to prove to gamers that it actually cares about games.
Thermaltake's Core X9 case is a unique take on the E-ATX market, as you can see in the OCC review, and now it is getting a new paint job. The Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition takes that case and gives it a pure white appearance inside and out, which should help it stand out even more in your setup. The Core X9 features a dual chamber design, with the top chamber containing the majority of the components, and the lower housing the PSU and drive bays. Cooling support is extremely large, as it can fit up to 20 120mm fans, 13 140mm fans, or four 200mm fans, plus any combination of those you see fit. A 200mm fan is installed in the front and a 120mm in the rear to give you a headstart. It also supports water cooling, with 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" tubing possible, plus up to a 480mm radiator. If you need even more room, grab a second Core X9 case and stack them, so one can house your hardware and the other all your watercooling needs.
The Core X9 has three 5.25" drive bays on the front, with a hard drive cage fitting either six 3.5" or 2.5" drives. There's also a hidden slot by the motherboard tray for one 3.5" or two 2.5" drives. The drive cages can all be customized to fit your needs, too. Four USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out are on the side of the case, as is a large window. Both the window and I/O panel can be changed around to match your style, so they can be on either the left or right side of the case. CPU coolers up to 250mm in height, video cards up to 590mm in length, and power supplies up to 200mm long are all supported by the Core X9.
The Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition is available soon for $179.99.
AMD has been previously rumored to be working on a 16 core APU, but a new rumor is doubling that core count for the server market. The Opteron CPU would pack 32 Zen cores and, being a server part, would not need a Greenland GPU along for the ride. It seems that stripping out the GPU component allows for double the cores. Each core apparently will have 512KB of L2 cache and every four cores share 8MB of L3 cache. The CPU would have eight clusters of four cores each, with support for secure boot, cryptographic co-processing, and eight DDR4 memory channels. Each channel would support 256GB of RAM, so that means 2TB in total is possible. The 32 core model should sit at the top, with fewer cores available as you get further down the line, based on what your server needs.
Again, this is all just rumor, with the 32 core Opteron not likely to arrive until sometime next year. Once we have some confirmation on this and any other AMD part in the works, you can be sure to find it here.
Marvel has seen a resurgence in relevance and economic standing, due in no small part to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Comics and movies are big for Marvel, and so is the video game front, with various popular titles released throughout the years. Soon there will be a new video game from Marvel, as the company recently announced a partnership with Telltale Games. Telltale is known for its story-driven titles like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Wolf Among Us, among others, and it is that expertise that it will bring to the Marvel Universe. Marvel Games creative director Bill Roseman said the Telltale titles will aim for authenticity, an "eye-popping" visual style, and should please Marvel fans the world over. Marvel's Peter Phillips, the executive vice president and general manager for interactive and digital distribution, said "Marvel is about storytelling," which perfectly plays with Telltale's abilities.
The first Marvel/Telltale games won't be ready until 2017. The platforms aren't known either, but one would think PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and possibly mobile platforms will be included.
Our voices and how we speak are part of how we stand apart from each other, but as we age, these can change. Over time the muscles and tissues involved degrade, leading to weaker or strained voices, but some researchers at the Beckman Institute are interested in finding ways to prevent or reverse this. To that end the researchers have used an advanced MRI technique that allows for detailed images to be captured at an unprecedented speed of 100 frames per second.
There are over one hundred muscles involved with speech, spanning from our chest and neck to our jaw, tongue, and lips. To understand how they all work together and how they change over time, the researchers needed a view inside the human body, while the subject was speaking. Actually the subject was singing 'If I Only Had a Brain.' Obviously the person does, as you can see it in the MRI, and much more. The MRI technique was also developed at the Beckman Institute, and at 100 FPS is significantly faster than any other technique. Typical MRIs operate at around 10 FPS.
The end of the week is here, with some items to help welcome the weekend. There is a review of the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140 Convertible laptop, which has an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. We also have a new case mod that honors last year's passing of H.R. Giger, the man behind some truly classic sci-fi designs, and has a Xenomorph design worked into the case itself. Lastly there's a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the past week.
Nanotubes are among the carbon allotropes that have piqued the interest of many since their discovery, thanks to their special properties. One of the hopes for these materials is that they can be used to create advanced electronic devices. Now researchers at Rice University have found that some important properties can be tuned for double-walled nanotubes.
Carbon nanotubes are long cylinders of carbon atoms, arranged in hexagons, and come in various forms, include single and multi-walled. Single-walled nanotubes are made of a single cylinder, whereas multi-walled nanotubes are comprised of multiple concentric tubes, and are stronger and stiffer than the single-walled versions. It turns out that double-walled nanotubes exist in a nice place as they have some of the useful properties of single-walled nanotubes, while still being stronger and stiffer. Now the Rice researchers have determined, with atomic-level models, that the properties of double-walled nanotubes can be tuned by manipulating specific properties. For example, the band gap can be controlled by altering the separation between the inner and outer tubes, if the inner tube is semiconducting and outer tube is metallic.
At the moment there is sadly no way to control the growth of double-walled nanotubes with the necessary accuracy, but this research still indicates a great future for such efforts. Also other configurations of nanotubes could have other properties beneficial for various applications.
Batman: Arkham Knight is arguably one of the most anticipated games of this year. With the minimum, recommended, and ULTRA specifications released just yesterday, the game is likely to be enjoyed by a wealth of gamers upon its June 23, 2015 release. In order to show off just how beautiful Batman: Arkham Knight can look when running on a high-end system, Warner Bros and Rocksteady have released a brand-new 4K screenshot of the game, which successfully showcases its magnificent visuals.
All computer users have undoubtedly experienced frustration with their machines at one point or another, due to system crashes, slow performance, or simply the inability to complete a certain task. While most users tend to deal with the frustration in a nonviolent manner, one man decided that using a gun to end his personal frustration with his Dell computer was the best option available. Lucas Hinch, 37, placed his computer in a Colorado Springs alley and shot it a total of eight times, rendering the machine completely useless. While Hinch may have gotten what he wanted in disabling his computer, he was issued a citation by Colorado Springs police for discharging a weapon within city limits; the penalty for the citation has yet to be decided by a judge.
Aerogels are a fun class of materials as they are unbelievably light and have some unique uses, such as collecting dust from a comet's tail. By making them out of different materials, one can get special properties, but some materials are harder to work with than others. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have recently managed to create an aerogel out of graphene by 3D printing, which is something many have tried and failed to do before.
Aerogels sometimes referred to as 'liquid smoke' and are made by replacing the liquid component of a gel with a gas. Attempts at making one from graphene have more or less failed because the pore structure has been so random, making it impossible to control its mass transport and mechanical properties. The LLNL researchers solved this problem though by turning to a kind of 3D printing called direct ink writing. The ink in this case was an aqueous solution of graphene oxide, mixed with silica, and it was extruded from a micronozzle to form the 3D structure. This allows for the necessary control over pore structure and physical properties.
The resulting aerogel is electrically conductive, lightweight, has a high surface area, and demonstrates supercompressibility. The material could end up finding uses in energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis and separations, and more thanks to the ability to print almost any complex structure desired.
Valve is adding a new feature to the Steam Workshop today, one that is a little different than past rollouts. Mods are now available to purchase and sell, so whether you're looking to make a little cash from your creation or support a favorite modder, now you're able to. The paid mods are debuting with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Workshop, which Valve says has some 24,000 free mods already available. A total of nineteen paid mods are arriving today, with prices ranging from $0.25 to $5.99 (so far) for things like weapons, armor, followers, and even new towns. A bundle for $28.68 can be bought to grab the mods in one fell swoop, or you can pick and choose. Prices can be set by the creator or you can pick what price to pay, if the mod allows. All the mods can be returned within 24 hours after purchase if it doesn't work right or is broken/buggy/conflicts with other mods.
More games will be supporting paid mods down the road, although which ones from the Workshop weren't yet mentioned. Neither was the exact split of profits, although it stands to reason mod creators will get about 25-30%, as with items for Dota 2 and the like. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a free weekend on now for anyone who hasn't played it yet, with the game 75% off if you decide to buy. You can grab plenty of free mods through the Workshop or at places like the Skyrim Nexus, so you don't have to pay for any mods if you don't want to, like always. While places like the Nexus probably would have liked to know in advance that paid mods were coming to the Workshop, those sites will still do what they can to support the many thousands of mods on them.
So, how does Valve's decision to launch paid mods sit with you? Good idea, bad idea, or something in between? With the abundance of free mods already available, some quite extensive, it is curious to see why there needs to be a paywall.
Besides higher speeds, DDR 4 memory also allows for higher capacity chips, allowing a system to sport as much or more RAM than some of my computers have had as storage. G.SKILL is proving that capability by announcing the world's first DDR4 128 GB (16 GB x 8) 2800 MHz memory kit, which runs at 1.35 V.
The memory chips are made on the latest 20 nm fabrication process by Samsung and the modules have already been validated on an ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme with Intel Haswell-E CPUs. The modules also support Intel XMP 2.0 for the Intel X99 platform. The memory will be available in kits of up to eight modules and at frequencies from DDR4-2133 MHz to the aforementioned DDR4-2800 MHz. As usual it is backed by G.SKILL's limited lifetime warranty.
Probably one of the more anticipated games this year is Batman: Arkham Knight, which releases June 23. With the release so close we can expect more information to appear for it, including the system requirements, which are now listed:
Minimum System Requirements
OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
Also, there is a rumor out there now that Arkham Knight may receive a post-release patch to give it DirectX 12 support, for those running Windows 10 with appropriate hardware. The rumor also states that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will receive a similar patch, but only time will tell for both games.
Less than a month remains before we once again step back in the boots of Geralt of Rivia and find out what all awaits us in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you just cannot wait to get some information on the game and want to see how it plays out, well we have a treat for you. The "Precious Cargo" quest from the game's prologue has been revealed in a walkthrough, so this is the perfect chance to see what The Witcher 3 is like. Of course, for those wanting to avoid spoilers of any kind, it is probably better you did not watch the video. For everyone else, we get to see how Geralt handles his business. Heading towards the quest sees Geralt riding on a horse, through some rather gorgeous environments, with the sun shining, trees moving in the wind, and workers clearing part of a road. Footage is from the PC version of the game, but played with an Xbox One controller, hence the button prompts.
The man giving the quest calls out to Geralt from a small camp just off the road, and perhaps you pass him by without even stopping. In this case, Geralt stops and hears what the man, a merchant, has to say. Some monsters are afoot and devoured the merchant's horse after he was thrown off. A small box is what is most precious to him, and Geralt can decide whether or not to bring it back. I have to say, Geralt's hair looks pretty good as it moves in the wind, which is nice to see as some games tend to have static hair no matter what. We get a look at the quest and inventory system, with the new quest being made active and a potion put into a quick slot. Then it's off to find the merchant's wares and that small box. Instead of describing it any further, I'll let you watch how it all unfolds below.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Expansion Pass is also available that includes two expansions totaling at least 30 hours combined.
Yesterday came the news that trailers for both Just Cause 3 and Mad Max would launch today. While the Just Cause 3 trailer is something we're still waiting on, the Mad Max one is here. It is called a "gameplay overview" trailer composed of in-game cinematics and actual gameplay, as it introduces us to the very elements that make up the game, with car combat, melee fights, and more. A narrator starts off by telling us that we start the game with nothing, where everything Max ever cared about is gone, and our will to survive is what sustains us. What we need to do first is get a new car, the Magnum Opus, to help us get around, and it can be customized however we like with a multitude of parts, mods, and weapons. Armor, engines, body kits, and more can all be upgraded and swapped out on the car, with some pretty sweet looks, to boot.
Max himself can also get new armor and weapons to take down enemies, with the armor providing various bonuses to better suit your playstyle. Your gear and abilities also need to be upgraded to take down bigger and stronger foes, with an RPG-like skill system allowing you to pick and choose. There looks to be a good amount of abilities for Max, with ones to increase his health, use melee weapons longer before they snap, and find more ammo when looting. Speaking of looting, as you drive around the Wasteland there will be hidden caches to uncover that hold valuable scrap items to upgrade your car, armor, and weapons, so be sure to get out there and find them!
Surviving in the Wasteland requires a ruthless attitude, as the factions controlling the resources will not go easy on you. Fights are brutal, whether they are from within your car or on foot. Not everyone is out to get you, of course, and it is to these people you can look to form alliances. Helping them get stronger increases the safety and security of their strongholds, and also means easier access to the essentials to survival. You will survive and reclaim what was stolen from you, because after all, you're Max.
All this and more await us in Mad Max, which arrives on September 1 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders get the Ripper car, a savage looking beast that is sure to help out in the Wasteland.
The week is drawing to its close, but not before a couple of items are on the table. We have a review of the Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion motherboard, an overclocking beast with an orange color scheme that is sure to make your rig stand out. There is also a look at the Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime gaming keyboard, which is a membrane keyboard with macro keys, three color illumination, and a price tag that is sure to make many people happy.
It has been interesting to see how the Internet has changed over the past decade, with social media effectively replacing forums as a means of interacting with others. Despite that change though, forums are still regularly used by many, and are impacting people's lives. That impact may be more than you expect though, as researchers at the University of Exeter have found forum use can significantly improve a user's well-being.
For their study, the researchers surveyed users of forums with stigmatized and non-stigma-related topics, such as mental health issues for the former, and golf for the latter. The survey asked about why people joined the forum, how their expectations were fulfilled, how they identified with other users, their satisfaction with life, and their offline engagement with forum issues. What the researchers found is that those who sought out forums for answers also found them to be sources of support, especially for stigmatizing issues. As the users engaged more, regardless of the nature of the topic, they became more willing to get involved in related offline activities.
As the researchers sum up, by putting more into a forum, the users can get more back. As this also results in more offline engagement and activities, such as volunteering and donating, society can come to be significantly impacted as well.
NVIDIA has officially announced that it has launched a new datacenter in California that substantially reduces latency for SHIELD owners located in the Southwestern United States. SHIELD owners who live in this region will automatically connect to the new GRID server based on ping time, ensuring the best performance possible. In addition to the new server location, NVIDIA added Strider, the action and platformer series revival, to its GRID Games library, bringing the total amount of PC game offerings to 47.
As a part of its ongoing commitment to satisfy gamers through its GRID Games library, NVIDIA also revealed that SHIELD owners will be able to play LEGO Movie the Videogame and Dirt 3: The Complete Edition on April 28, 2015 and May 5, 2015, respectively.
Although AMD has been actively working on its latest desktop GPUs for the consumer market, which it will likely reveal at Computex 2015, it looks like the company has been hard at work on its next generation of mobile GPUs as well. GFXBench, a website that has provided accurate information on previously leaked AMD mobility GPUs, has posted benchmarks of the upcoming Mobility Radeon R9 M385 GPU. The Radeon R9 M385, which will likely be one of the many high-end options within the 300 Series Mobility lineup, looks to be a rebrand of the Tonga GPU, as both cards feature the same Device ID.
It is worth noting that it has been revealed that the leaked benchmarks are likely skewed in some unknown fashion, thereby making most of the data incapable of being compared.
Avalanche Studios has two titles coming out this year, with both Just Cause 3 and Mad Max promising big adventures and plenty of exploration. As it stands, both games are going to get a trailer tomorrow to help whet your appetite until E3 arrives. The Just Cause Twitter has recently lit up with teases and information, with a "Di Ravello is gathering his forces. We need 1000 new Rebels!" in one tweet. What exactly that means isn't known, but we can be sure to find out at least a little in tomorrow's trailer. Sadly no photo mode for Just Cause 3 is planned, and neither is a demo. Both past games had a demo, but as it stands JC3 does not. That may change the closer we get to release, but don't get your hopes up.
As for Mad Max, Avalanche teases that the "Wasteland is calling" and that we'll see more tomorrow. The game sees the title character rebuilding his Interceptor to have some meaning in the Wasteland, with thousands of mods at our disposal. Vehicular combat is also going to play a big part, with all sorts of weapons able to be attached to the car. Stealth, gunplay, and melee combat will help Max survive out in the post-apocalyptic wastes, and we'll be able to upgrade his stats, gears, and abilities along the way.
Just Cause 3 is slated for a release near the end of this year, with Mad Max arriving on September 1, 2015. Check back with us tomorrow for these trailers and whatever new information comes with them.
Right now billions of neutrinos are streaming through your body, without interacting with any of your cells. Neutrinos are weird particles like that, as they do not interact with much of anything, so we have little knowledge of them. Researchers at MIT, however, may be bringing us closer to determining their mass with a new particle detector.
Many processes emit neutrinos, including the decay of tritium into an isotope of helium. When this happens, a neutrons turns into a proton and emits an electron and a neutron. As the sum of the output must add up to the input, researchers want to narrow down the energy of a single electron to determine the mass of a single neutrino. To that end the MIT researchers have built a particle detector that can pick up the emissions of a single electron. It works by trapping the electron in a magnetic bottle, and then, when the electron moves through a magnetic field, it emits radio waves, which can be used to analyze the electron.
This new detector is small enough to fit on a table top and the area the electrons are tracked in is smaller than a stamp. This in comparison to an advanced spectrometer being used elsewhere that barely fit in city streets. Currently the detector has only worked with krypton, but in a couple years it should be able to move up to tritium.
Total War is heading to the world of Warhammer after all, as The Creative Assembly has officially unveiled Total War: WARHAMMER. This is the land of fantasy, where giant monsters roam the landscapes; humans, elves, and dwarfs square off against orcs, the undead, and goblins; and where lizardmen, skaven, and the forces of Chaos can join the fight, too. There are heroes to contend with, flying creatures to fend off, and magical abilities that could turn the tide of battle. It is a decidely different take on the Total War franchise, but as you can see in the announcement trailer below, one that should prove for an intense experience. The footage in the trailer is all CGI, since the Creative Assembly isn't quite ready to show the game off in earnest. That doesn't take away from the excitement and action. The Old World is faced with war, betrayal, and an "unfathomable power," but something else lurks to the north that starts to pull at the fabric of reality. Perhaps Chaos is coming.
Total War: WARHAMMER features a turn-based campaign to try and build up your empire, treat with your neighbors, and wage war when you must. There will be a mulitude of races to play as, with Goblins and Orcs; Dwarfs; and Vampire Counts known so far. Given that we see Karl Franz, the Emperor of Mankind, in the trailer, hopefully that means the Empire is a fourth playable faction. The release date is just a simple "coming soon," but hopefully we'll find out that and more once E3 arrives. Sega and the Creative Assembly are planning a trilogy, with Total War: WARHAMMER leading the way, and then two more standalone games and expansion packs planned.
Recently it was discovered that a Crossfire profile for DiRT 4 was included in the latest beta drivers, even though the game has not been announced. It turns out there are a 3D and SLI profile for the game in NVIDIA drivers as well. The 3D profile is rated 'Excellent,' so the game must run well with a NVIDIA 3D Vision setup. At this point it must only be a matter of time before Codemasters announces the game, since the graphics drivers are apparently ready for it.