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Sony Labels EA Access as Undervalued

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 30, 2014 01:10PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although EA Access was announced and made available to a limited number of Xbox One owners yesterday, Electronic Arts failed to reveal any relationship between the new program and the PlayStation 4. Apparently Sony is to blame for this, as a company spokesperson revealed today that Sony does not see EA Access as a valuable option for PlayStation 4 owners. According to Sony, PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200 percent since the initial release of the PlayStation 4, and the subscription model offers more value to gamers with PlayStation 4 consoles than EA Access does.

Due to this revelation, it seems fairly certain that EA Access will not be coming to the PlayStation 4 anytime soon.

Source: Game Informer



Crytek Confirms Homefront IP Acquisition by Koch Media; HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age Moving to Crytek Frankfurt

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 30, 2014 11:32AM
Author: ClayMeow


Earlier today, Deep Silver and Koch Media announced that it had acquired the Homefront IP from Crytek less than a week after Crytek revealed it was going through a "transitional phase." Crytek has now released a statement that confirms the acquisition, as well as addresses the rest of the changes taking place at the company. First off, Crytek says that in accordance with English law, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio will be transferring over to Koch Media's newly formed Deep Silver Dambuster Studios to continue their work on Homefront: The Revolution; though the deal still has to be finalized.

The other major change is that development of HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age will be moving from Crytek USA in Austin to Crytek Frankfurt, the company's headquarters. However, Crytek will retain a smaller presence in Austin, "with several staff members maintaining the CRYENGINE support team to assist North American licensees." Those that are not part of the support team are invited to apply for new positions at Crytek in Germany. Crytek's studios in Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev, and Sofia will be untouched, but "a closer collaboration between Crytek's studios in Shanghai and Seoul is under review."

Crytek founder and CEO, Cevat Yerli, said: "As we look to cement Crytek's future, this strategic deal with Koch Media would allow us to continue with our ambitious goals to become an online publisher. With Warface, Arena of Fate and HUNT, we believe we have the perfect portfolio and teams to make that happen. We would like to thank all our staff – past and present – in both Nottingham and Austin for their contributions to the company, and we wish all the very best to anyone who may no longer be under the Crytek banner moving forward."

Source: Official Site



Deep Silver Acquires Homefront IP from Crytek; Homefront: The Revolution Now Being Developed by Deep Silver Dambuster Studios

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 30, 2014 09:38AM
Author: ClayMeow


Remember last week when Crytek said it wasn't in financial trouble and was simply going through a "transitional phase" from being a development studio to an "Online-Publisher"? Well now things just got a whole lot more interesting. Publisher Deep Silver and parent company Koch Media announced today that it has acquired the Homefront IP from Crytek, and that development of Homefront: The Revolution has been moved to a new studio, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. Crytek had acquired the Homefront IP in January 2013 for over $500,000 during the THQ auction, after Crytek UK had already been working on Homefront: The Revolution before THQ went belly-up. In June, Crytek announced that the game was being co-published with Deep Silver, but apparently that falls solely on Deep Silver's shoulders now.

According to Deep Silver, Dambuster Studios is a new studio formed specifically to take over development of Homefront: The Revolution, and is located in Nottingham, UK, the same city where Crytek UK is located. It is unclear whether any Crytek UK employees are moving over to Dambuster Studios, but I doubt the locale is a mere coincidence. Deep Silver Dambuster Studios is the third development studio within the Koch Media Group, joining Deep Silver Volition (Saints Row) and Deep Silver Fishlabs (Galaxy on Fire). "We are thrilled to see another great IP joining the Deep Silver universe," says Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. "We strongly believe in the potential of Homefront: The Revolution and trust in the new team to continue the path we have been walking in the last years."

Homefront: The Revolution is being developed for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and is expected to arrive sometime in 2015. It is unclear whether this news will affect the time table.

Source: Press Release



Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Campaign Story Trailer Shows a World in Chaos; Three Collector's Editions Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 30, 2014 08:38AM
Author: ClayMeow


With release roughly three months away, Activision published the official Campaign Story Trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare yesterday, showing a world in chaos and a corrupt military corporation called Atlas taking advantage of the situation and abusing its power. At the helm of that corporation is none other than Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

Alongside the trailer release, Activision has announced three collector's editions for the game: Atlas Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition, and Atlas Digital Pro Edition. All three versions include the Atlas Gorge bonus multiplayer map and Atlas Digital Content Pack, which includes the following Atlas Corporation-themed content: two weapons (Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and Atlas 45 AE Pistol), Atlas Exoskeleton, Atlas Helmet, Atlas Player Card, five bonus Supply Drops, and a single player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token. The Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition also come with: a Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, which includes concept artwork alongside historical and tactical information; a Collectible SteelBook "featuring premium in-game artwork"; and a digital copy of the Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack. What separates the two editions is that the Atlas Pro Edition includes the CoD:AW Season Pass, which will include four action-packed DLC Map Packs. The Atlas Digital Pro Edition also includes the Season Pass, alongside the aforementioned digital content.

Atlas Limited Edition Atlas Pro Edition

The Atlas Limited Edition has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $79.99, the Atlas Digital Pro Edition has an SRP of $99.99, and the Atlas Pro Edition has an SRP of $119.99. For comparison, the Standard Edition has an SRP of $59.99. The Standard Edition, Atlas Limited Edition, and Atlas Pro Edition are currently available for pre-order, while the Atlas Digital Pro Edition will be available for pre-order at an undisclosed later date.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is launching on November 4 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with those versions being developed by Sledgehammer Games. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are being developed by High Moon Studios, but it is still unclear if those will be arriving on that same day. Activision has announced that there will be a worldwide reveal of Advanced Warfare's multiplayer on August 11.

Source: Press Release




New Assassin's Creed Unity CGI Trailer Introduces a "Fiery Templar" Named Elise

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 29, 2014 07:48PM
Author: ClayMeow

Ubisoft released a new Assassin's Creed Unity trailer today that introduces us to a young noblewoman name Elise, "determined to secure her place in the Templar dynasty amidst the chaos of the French Revolution." The trailer shows protagonist Arno Dorian racing over the rooftops and through crowds to prevent the beheading of Elise, who is apparently a central character to the game's story.

Elise will also star in the next Assassin's Creed novel by Oliver Bowden, told from her point of view and creatively titled Assassin's Creed Unity. If you still can't get enough of Elise, Ubicollectibles has designed an "Elise: The Fiery Templar" figurine, which can be assembled into a diorama with the "Arno: The Fearless Assassin" figurine.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The "Elise: The Fiery Templar" figurine will be released on October 14, while the novel will be available in November.

Source: Press Release and Facebook




Toki Tori Developer Two Tribes Unveils First Game Since Studio's Reboot: RIVE

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 29, 2014 04:09PM
Author: ClayMeow

Back in January, the indie studio Two Tribes, best known for the Toki Tori series, announced that the company was being rebooted. In short, Toki Tori 2+ took way longer to develop than expected and never achieved the sales the company needed to stay afloat. Parent company Two Tribes Publishing remained intact, but the development studio shut down and a new, smaller one was created. At the time, we were told that a "much smaller team" was working on the company's next game, " a 2D side scrolling shooter, which will be re-using the existing Toki Tori 2+ engine," thus decreasing development time. Today, Two Tribes finally unveiled what that new project is: RIVE.

RIVE is "the metal wrecking, robot hacking shooter" – a 2D shooter/platformer where "players learn to alter the behavior of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks." And it's all being created by a "base team of just three people." Check out the Announcement Trailer:

RIVE will be coming to PC via Steam and "all current consoles." No release date has been stated, but the game will be playable at Gamescom next month.

Source: Press Release




EA Access Announced by Electronic Arts

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 29, 2014 03:11PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Electronic Arts has just announced EA Access, a new offering to gamers that provides access to plenty of EA games as well as special perks. The new program, which is available immediately in beta form for a limited number of Xbox One players, is a subscription-based model that is specifically tailored to Xbox One owners. In the beta state four games are available, including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4; more games are scheduled to be added in the near future. Besides unlimited and instant access to EA titles, subscribers to EA Access receive special benefits that include 10% off purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store, 10% off membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium, and trials of new EA games up to five days before their respective release date.

EA Access currently costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. The service can be purchased through Xbox Live as soon as it is out of beta, and GameStop will even carry EA Access membership cards in local retail stores for those looking to purchase a subscription at a physical location.

Source: EA News



New Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay Video Showcases the 'Real-time with Pause' Tactical Combat System

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 29, 2014 10:44AM
Author: ClayMeow

BioWare plans on releasing a series of videos for Dragon Age: Inquisition that each focus on one particular gameplay feature. The first such video, released today, focuses on combat. Considering a lot of the backlash for Dragon Age 2 focused on the simplified combat and removal of the tactical view present in the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins, this seems like a good starting point for the "Gameplay Features" series. And indeed, if you played the PC version of DAO, you'll likely be very pleased by what's shown in this new video:

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: Official Site




Rust Developer Facepunch Studios Announces New Game, Riftlight

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 28, 2014 02:08PM
Author: ClayMeow


Rust is still in Early Access, but developer Facepunch Studios is already working on other games, which has stirred up a bit of controversy – although doesn't everything on the Internet these days? Let's forget for a moment that money brought in from Rust Early Access sales is going to fund other games instead of only being used to improve Rust – Facepunch's new game, Riftlight, actually looks kind of cool.

Riftlight is an arcade twin-stick shooter with "light-RPG stuff" like loot, character levels, abilities, and talent trees. Developer Adam Woolridge created a developer blog entry for the game, explaining that he wants it to be "colorful and different" and that there will be three different ship classes to choose from: Ranged, Caster, and Melee. The Ranged class would play similarly to what we've come to expect from a traditional twin-stick shooter, while the Caster will be a glass cannon, equipped with "cool spells and area of effect damage." The one that truly goes against the norm is the Melee class, which will be equipped with a close-ranged energy beam (sword) and centered around getting in close.

Each class has its own unique talent tree, which allows you to choose new abilities every few character levels. Each ability uses energy, which regenerates quickly over time, and many have cooldown timers, but each ship also has a basic attack from the start that is free to use, though generally less effective. In addition, the game will feature plenty of loot with randomly generated stats (and names). Based on the "placeholder inventory and stats screen," there seem be slots for weapon, hull, engine, shields, and power, along with three unnamed slots – definitely a lot of room for customization. Not only are the items randomly generated, but so are the maps. The plan is it to not just be random layouts, but also include random missions.

If all that sounds cool, even cooler is that you'll be able to bring along a friend...or two...or three. Online co-op for up to four players "needs a lot of improvement and more work," but it's already playable in the current alpha build. There is no ETA for a release, but Woolridge "want[s] to get a super-early playable version out so people can try it out." That won't happen until he has some more levels and content to play, nor is it clear whether that would be a demo download for free or if it would be another Early Access program.

While there's been a lot of outrage about Facepunch diverting resources to a new project, founder Garry Newman released a statement, assuring fans that Rust's development will not be affected and that the studio continues to push out new content and updates frequently for Rust. He also added more fuel to the fire, explaining that the studio actualy has "three other prototypes being worked on by Facepunch staff." A lot of the community anger stems from the fact that money from Rust is being used on these new projects, but Newman says it's no different than Apple taking money made from iPhone sales and funding development of the iPad. I'm not sure that's the best analogy considering iPhones are complete, finalized products, while Rust is not, but nevertheless, it is what it is. For better or worse, this is why Steam Early Access is such a controversial program – but hey, nobody is forcing anyone to pay for these "unfinished" games.

Source: Riftlight Devblog via PC Gamer and Newman's Blog Post




New LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Cast Trailer Released to Celebrate Adam West Reprising His Iconic Role

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 28, 2014 09:06AM
Author: ClayMeow

As I stated last week, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the very best LEGO game yet. Part of that is no doubt helped by an amazing voice-over cast, which includes the return of Troy Baker and Travis Willingham as Batman and Superman, respectively. While their return surely pleases many fans, the one that has everyone buzzing is the addition of Adam West, voicing himself as well as 1960's Batman. To celebrate West's return to the iconic role that made him a household name, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and TT Games has released a new behind-the-scenes Cast Trailer, featuring Baker, Willingham, West, and more. One thing that is immediately noticeable is how much each cast member enjoys this job, which definitely comes out in their work.

In addition to the video above, WBIE also released a whopping 80 new images (73 screenshots and 7 voice-over side-by-sides), which show off several characters, including multiple suits for Batman, Robin, Cyborg, Joker, and Lex Luthor. All the images are attached below.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS.

Source: Press Release




New Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer Exposes the Mysterious Wraith

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 25, 2014 08:36PM
Author: ClayMeow


Back in April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released a Story Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that explained what happened to protagonist Talion and his motivation in the game, yet it kept the wraith that unites with his body a complete mystery. I thought for sure the identity of said wraith would remain a mystery until the game released, but clearly I thought wrong. Today, WBIE released a brand new Story Trailer, entitled "The Bright Lord", which provides the rather shocking revelation. The trailer below is completely badass, but it also provides a major spoiler – one that I kind of wish I didn't learn – so I'm warning you now, if you already have the game pre-ordered, just don't watch.

If you read The Silmarillion, or simply keep up on your Middle-earth lore, the identity of the wraith may be quite the revelation. To avoid spoilers, I'm going to write the next quote from the press release in blue on a blue background, so if you watched the trailer and thus learned the identity, highlight the following to read it:

After being slaughtered alongside his family at the Black Gate, Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor’s™ protagonist, Talion awakes as if from a long slumber and must put the pieces together as to why he has been denied the peace of death.

Talion realises he is inhabited by a mysterious Wraith, who is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the greatest Elven Smith of the Second Age. Celebrimbor was deceived by Sauron into working with him to forge the Rings of Power. After they made the Rings, Sauron betrayed and murdered Celebrimbor as well as his family in circumstances that mirror the death of Talion and his family.  This connection unites the two heroes in their pursuit of the Dark Lord.

Who is Celebrimbor?

•    One of the most powerful elves of the Second Age
•    He was responsible for crafting the Rings of Power alongside Sauron
•    Celebrimbor was murdered by Sauron. The spirits of the Elves are immortal within Middle-earth, so Celebrimbor chose not to return to the Undying Lands after he was killed
•    Celebrimbor wants to destroy the Dark Lord; as Sauron does not have the One Ring, Celebrimbor can become powerful enough to challenge him within Mordor.
•    The power of Celebrimbor, as the maker of the Rings, is very closely tied with the power of the Rings

As announced earlier today, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



Crytek Isn't in Financial Trouble, It's Just in a "Transitional Phase"

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 25, 2014 01:35PM
Author: ClayMeow


You may have heard reports over the past month or so that Crytek was in financial trouble, failing to pay employees on time and on the verge of bankruptcy. Crytek denied those rumors, and I'm not one to participate in unfounded rumors and speculations, so I didn't feel it was worth posting about. But today, Crytek released an official statement to GamesIndustry.biz that addressed those rumors and explained the company's current situation, which should, hopefully, put it to bed once and for all. According to the statement, Crytek has been in a "transitional phase" as it evolves from a pure development studio into an "Online-Publisher." It goes on to say how such a transition required a refocus of strategies and brought with it an increased demand for capital, which the studio has secured. It does acknowledge that it should have been more open with its employees in regards to the transition, but makes no apologies for keeping it relatively hush with the public.

In any case, the statement says that, "Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek's future - not just in the short term, but also long term. [...] We remain committed to doing what we are best known for and trying to develop the best interactive experiences and technology possible for everyone who loves gaming. We are confident that we will be able to share more positive news on Crytek's progress soon."

So hopefully that's the end of the controversy; especially considering Crytek stated it will not communicate any further on the matter. With Arena of Fate, HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, and Homefront: The Revolution all looking exceptionally promising, it's nice to see that the rumored financial trouble was essentially just a misunderstanding. Here's wishing Crytek much luck and a bright future!

Source: GamesIndustry.biz



LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is Calling All Justice League Members in New SDCC Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 25, 2014 08:17AM
Author: ClayMeow

Whether you look at the LEGO series as a whole or LEGO Batman as its own series, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the best one yet. Over 150 characters from across the DC universe, several characters with multiple suits (not just Batman and Robin this time around), and an all new setting – it's fun for all ages. With San Diego Comic-Con currently underway, it should be no surprise that a game steeped in comic tradition has received a brand new trailer:

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS. If you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, the game is actually playable at the LEGO booth, DC Comics booth, and the Microsoft Gaming Lounge.

Source: Press Release



Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is the Opposite of Delayed; It's Arriving a Week Early!

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 25, 2014 08:02AM
Author: ClayMeow


Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announced that the highly anticipated open-world, action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be arriving one week earlier than originally planned. Announced back in April as launching October 7, the game will now arrive September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe. Sure it's only one week earlier, but in an industry full of delays upon delays, this is welcome news indeed.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



1987 Point-and-Click Adventure Shadowgate Re-imagined for Modern Audiences; Launching August 21 on PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 24, 2014 05:24PM
Author: ClayMeow


Reboots and remasters are all the rage these days. So are Kickstarter campaigns. Yet Virginia-based indie studio Zojoi decided to embark on both well before it was cool. Back in 2012, Zojoi launched a $120,000 Kickstarter campaign for a re-imagining of the classic first-person point-and-click adventure game Shadowgate. The campaign was successfully funded on November 25, 2012, bringing in $137,232. Zojoi is calling it a re-imagining because the team took the original game and built upon it in fresh ways. Now, nearly two years later, it's finally ready to unleash the final product unto the world. Here are the features of the re-imagined Shadowgate (straight from the press release):

  •     All-new and updated puzzles seamlessly expand on the original game
  •     Multiple difficulty levels enable players to play on Master, the renowned difficulty of the original, or scale back the brutality with Apprentice (Easy) or Journeyman (Medium)
  •     Players can take advantage of a bevy of objects, spells, an all-new mapping system and on-screen commands to aid them in their quest
  •     Tons of hand-painted illustrated rooms feature both new and familiar locations
  •     Gorgeous visuals complete with new environmental effects and unique animations offer an immersive experience
  •     Bonus Retro Mode enables players to experience the game like it’s 1989! Choose Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES score, turn the graphics into 8-bit, and more
  •     Customize the experience with the classic or auto-hide control layout, tailored key binds for actions and objects, and/or lock commands for ease of use
  •     Updated storytelling features dramatic cut-scenes, plus all the same great storytelling you'd expect from a Shadowgate adventure
  •     A digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack and sound effects change based on gameplay
  •     50 in-game and Steam-based achievements to find and unlock

Shadowgate is launching August 21 for Windows and Mac on Steam and other digital outlets, while the iOS and Android versions will launch Fall 2014. You can pre-order a Steam copy from the official site for $14.99 (25% off), with additional options available with extra goodies.

Source: Press Release




Trine Enchanted Edition Now Available on PC

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 24, 2014 10:15AM
Author: ClayMeow


Last month, Frozenbyte announced that it was porting the original Trine to the Trine 2 engine, providing improved visuals, improved gameplay, and additional features such as online multiplayer. Entitled Trine Enchanted Edition, it has now launched today on Steam, GOG.com, and Humble Store; free for existing Trine owners. "We've sold over 6 million copies of the Trine series so far, and we just passed the five year anniversary mark of the original Trine's release" says Frozenbyte CEO Mr. Lauri Hyvärinen. "So we wanted to give something back to our fans with this update by improving the game, and finally bringing it to Linux as well. We've also heard a lot of requests for Trine from console owners, so we're happy to announce that we’re bringing Trine Enchanted Edition also to Wii U and PS4."

If you don't already own the gorgeous 2.5D puzzle platformer, Trine Enchanted Edition is currently on sale at Steam for a mere $2.99 (80% off), or you can grab Trine Complete (which contains the sequel as well) for a mere $4.99 (also 80% off). Both sale prices are available until August 5. The Wii U and PlayStation 4 versions are planned to arrive later this year, but no specific date has been stated.

Source: Press Release




Risen 3: Titan Lords is Going 'Back to The Roots' to Combine the Best Parts of the Gothic and Risen Series

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 23, 2014 06:49PM
Author: ClayMeow


Back in May, Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes released an Official CGI Trailer for the upcoming RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords. It looked awesome, but most cinematic trailers do. Today, we now get our first look at some actual gameplay in a rather lengthy (nearly twelve-minute) trailer entitled "Back to The Roots". Aside from providing us with a look at some gameplay, it also provides a ton of in-depth information about the game, broken down into ten categories: Handcrafted World, Exploration, Attitude, Combat, Skills, Three Factions, Return of Crystal Magic, Hundreds of Quests, Crafting, and The Living World. You can skip to any section via the navigation bar at the top of the video.

Risen 3: Titan Lords launches on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 12 in North America and August 15 in Europe. Pre-ordering grants you three pieces of bonus content: Fog Island, Uprising of the Little Guys, and Adventure Garb. See the image below for details on each.

Source: Facebook and Steam




Act Fast and Grab Your Free Copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 23, 2014 06:31PM
Author: ClayMeow


Free games are always nice. When it's the best-selling PC game of all-time, even better. Earlier in the month, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 2 was being "retired," but anyone who owned the game on Origin would get a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection containing all the expansion packs and DLC. Well, considering The Sims 2 was originally sold well before Origin existed, maybe there were some people that complained they couldn't get a copy, so EA made it a bit easier to do so – simply launch Origin, select "Redeem Product Code" from the "Origin" menu dropdown, enter "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS" (minus the quotes), and voila! I did it myself and it worked!

According to the official EA Help page, "This code will [be] available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT." But, since the wording implies this was supposed to be for "passionate The Sims 2 players" and not leaked to everyone, you may want to jump on the deal ASAP just to be safe. That being said, The Sims 2 is no longer being sold, so I doubt EA will mind, even if that wasn't the original intention. Besides, maybe a few people will like The Sims 2 so much, they'll go out and pre-order The Sims 4. Win win!

Source: EA Help via PC Gamer



Rumored Steam Controller Design Change

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 23, 2014 01:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

An updated image of the Steam Controller was found by Steam Database in the latest Steam client beta and it carries a significant new feature, an analog stick. The analog stick replaces the left side buttons and is found on the left side of the controller, a look comparable to many available game controllers. PC Gamer Editor-in-chief Evan Lahti commented on the Steam Controller design available at GDC 2014 saying that he "didn’t once feel comfortable, in control, or that Valve’s hardware configuration was in any way an upgrade over a controller with analog sticks."

Source: PC Gamer



Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Tomb-raiding on December 9

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 23, 2014 01:24PM
Author: ClayMeow


While the official site still lacks any release date information, IGN is reporting that Lara Coft and the Temple of Osiris is launching on December 9 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is a follow-up to 2010's surprisingly excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, bringing the isometric platforming action to new-gen, upping the ante to support up to four-player co-op. Check out the Announcement Trailer from E3 2014, along with two screenshots below:

If you've never played Guardian of Light, it's currently available in the $14.99 tier of the Humble Square Enix Bundle, currently going on for roughly thirteen more days, alongside some other great titles. It may not be the classic Tomb Raider we know and love, but trust me, this spin-off series is quite fun, especially if you have a buddy to play it with.

Source: IGN




Dead Rising 3 on Steam Upgraded to Apocalypse Edition; Includes Four Story DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 23, 2014 08:22AM
Author: ClayMeow


Former Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3 is set to arrive on PC via Steam on September 5, and whether you've already pre-ordered the game or have been holding off, I have good news for you. Last night, Capcom announced that the Steam version has received a permanent free upgrade and is now called Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition. The Apocalypse Edition contains the four DLC that was part of the "Untold Stories of Los Perdidos" pack: Operation Broken Eagle, Fallen Angel, Chaos Rising, and The Last Agent. "Each add-on chapter focuses on a different protagonist that ties into the main DR3 storyline and gives players access to crazy new weapons and vehicles that carry over to the main game."

While not directly related to this announcement, I just wanted to take a moment to address another issue some people may be worried about. Dead Rising 3 runs at 30 FPS on Xbox One, which made many PC gamers a bit wary. There is an excellent post in the Steam forum by Capcom's "wbacon" that goes into great detail on how the game runs uncapped. That's right, there is no FPS cap! The post also discusses what settings are "intended" for minimum and recommended specs – something I wish more studios would mention.

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition will arrive on Steam on September 5 and can be pre-ordered at a 10% discount, bringing the price down to $44.99. Now if only Capcom would include Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α to the mix, the PC version would truly be the definitive one. But either way, Capcom has received a lot of flak in the past for its DLC policies, so this is certainly a step in the right direction!

Source: Steam [1] and [2]




AMC Announces a New Mobile Game, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, Coming Early 2015

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 22, 2014 09:53PM
Author: ClayMeow

AMC released a cinematic trailer today for a new The Walking Dead mobile game based on the popular AMC television series. Entitled The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, "the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game."

The game is being developed by Next Games, a brand new studio "founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney," and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The Walking Dead: No Man's Land is one of two games the studio is currently working on (the other is unannounced), with the studio "focused on crafting majestic narrative-driven games with engaging free-to-play mechanics." That seems like a lot of PR talk, so it'll be interesting to see how the game actually plays; the trailer certainly didn't show much.

The global launch of the game will coincide with the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5, early next year. It's being developed exclusively for smartphones and tablets, but exact platforms were not stated.

Source: AMC and Press Release



Dragon Age: Inquisition Pushed Back to November 18, 2014

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 22, 2014 01:59PM
Author: ClayMeow

The inevitable has occurred – BioWare has announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition will no longer be released on October 7, 2014, as originally planned, but rather delayed until November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe. Executive Producer Mark Darrah broke the news via the official site just a short while ago. As I've stated time and time again, I have absolutely no issues with delays, as I'd rather have a polished experience than a rushed, buggy one; though I understand why delays frustrate many people. In the meantime, if you didn't watch the E3 gameplay demos, I've embedded both parts below – though watching them may just make you more disappointed with the delay.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Official Site via Facebook




Subscription-based MMO Market Pulled in Nearly $2.9B Worldwide in 2013

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 21, 2014 05:51PM
Author: ClayMeow

Free-to-play business models may be on the rise, but subscription-based models are still holding strong thanks largely to that $1 billion juggernaut called World of Warcraft. It also helps that even subscription-based MMOs are making a killing with microtransactions. So despite the MMO subscription market shrinking year-over-year since 2010, part of the decline has been offset by microtransactions, nearly doubling from 14% to 27% in the past five years. In fact, though the market has shrunk from 30.6 million monthly active subscribers to 23.4 million, the average revenue per user has actually risen. The user base may be lower, but the ones that remain are loyal and willing to spend.

World of Warcraft unsurprisingly tops the 2013 list with 36% of the market, raking in worldwide revenues of $1.041 billion. What may be surprising to some is that the next four contenders all earned more than $100 million in 2013: 1998's Lineage captured 9% of the market and earned $253 million; TERA: Online captured 8% of the market and earned $236 million; Star Wars: The Old Republic captured 6% and earned $165 million; and Lord of the Rings Online captured 4% of the market and earned $104 million. Not too shabby at all. In total, subscription-based MMOs earned $2.882 billion in worldwide revenues in 2013.

It'll be interesting to see how 2014 plays out with two big new entries in the subscription market, Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Online and NCsoft's Wildstar. Elder Scrolls Online boasts a subscriber base of 772,374 as of June, likely helped by its multi-platform release. Meanwhile, NCsoft not only has Lineage under its publishing arm, but it also has three other MMOs in the 2013 Top Ten (Aion, Blade and Soul, and Lineage II) – so there are certainly big expectations for Wildstar as well. While free-to-play is certainly on the rise, it doesn't seem like subscription-models are going away any time soon, even if some are merely optional.

Source: SuperData Research via GamesIndustry International
 




Enhanced Social and Mobile Features Coming to Xbox One

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 19, 2014 08:20PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed that the latest Xbox One update, which will be available to early access individuals next week and all other Xbox One owners next month, will bring enhanced features to the gaming console. One of the major features that the August Xbox One update will provide is support for 3D Blu-ray functionality. Some of the social and mobile improvements coming to the Xbox One include activity feed improvements, an expanded friends area on the home screen, and information on when friends were last seen online. The latest update will also usher in support for mobile purchases, a low battery pop-up notification for controllers, the ability to disable notifications during videos, and OneGuide for Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland.

Source: Xbox Wire



NVIDIA Launches the Ultimate Quest, Culminating in a New Product Launch July 22

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 18, 2014 11:03AM
Author: ClayMeow


Do you want to win a mysterious new NVIDIA product launching on July 22? Well, you're going to have to work for it! Today, NVIDIA launched an interactive tweet-based text adventure entitled Ultimate Quest: Journey to the Far Side of Possible by internationally renowned interactive fiction author Emily Short and featuring illustrations by Silvio Aebischer (Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Iron Man 2). According to NVIDIA, "The challenges are surprising, the images are beautifully-crafted and this is a unique foray into a forward-thinking world of social gameplay."

Ultimate Quest takes place over the course of five days, July 18-22. Each day, a new episode will unfold and you'll have to participate every day in order to win. "New pieces of the story reveal new ways to interact with the game, including on social media, and solving a variety of unusual and perplexing problems brings the story forward." If you progress through all five days and you're the first person to beat the game on that fifth day, you'll win NVIDIA's new, unannounced product launching that very same day. A new video card? A new SHIELD? A new tablet? Whatever it is, I'm sure you'll want it, so get to work now at the official site!

"There will be a variety of social activity tagged with #UltimateQuest on Twitter, with @NVIDIAGeForce driving the conversation. If you get stuck anywhere along the way, go to @Ultimate_Qs and see what kind of tips you can dig up."

Source: Press Release



Styx: Master of Shadows Gets a Summer Trailer and Official Site

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 18, 2014 08:04AM
Author: ClayMeow


Announced all the way back in January, with its first trailer in February, Styx: Master of Shadows finally has its own official site. But more importantly, the debut of the official site brings with it a brand new Summer Trailer, which explains a little bit of the story while showing us some more gameplay. After watching the new trailer, be sure to go back and watch the E3 Gameplay Video from last month, which shows nearly fifteen minutes of unedited gameplay.

Styx: Master of Shadows is planned for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this September.

Source: Press Release



It's All About the Kill Count in Sacred 3

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 17, 2014 09:02AM
Author: ClayMeow


Last month, Deep Silver released a CGI short entitled "Trophy" that took a humorous look at the competitive aspect of action-RPG Sacred 3. Today, the publisher released a new CGI trailer entitled "Fighter", which once again showcases that competition thrives even during co-op.

Sacred 3 will release on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 1 in Europe and August 5 in the United States. Pre-ordering provides you with a fifth playable character, dark assassin Kython the Malakhim, along with the Underworld Story DLC consisting of four new missions, the Z4ngr13f Weapon Spirit, an artbook, and the soundtrack. You can also enjoy four new screenshots, attached below.

Source: Press Release




Prepare to Descend into the Nightmarish Abyss When Abyss Odyssey Launches Today

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 15, 2014 08:21AM
Author: ClayMeow


After ACE Team published an in-depth Gameplay Trailer and Versus Mode Trailer last week for Abyss Odyssey, the side-scrolling, Rogue-like, fighting game is now ready to launch in mere hours. And of course, no launch would be complete without an official Launch Trailer. If you're not familiar with the premise of the game, this trailer does a good job explaining it.

Abyss Odyssey releases today on Steam, which means you have just a couple hours to claim the 33% pre-purchase discount. The PlayStation 3 version should also launch today when the PSN Store updates, while the Xbox 360 version should launch tomorrow when the XBLA Store updates.

Source: ACE Team



Assassin's Creed Unity Gets Two New Trailers in Honor of Bastille Day

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 14, 2014 11:20AM
Author: ClayMeow

Over two centuries ago, on July 14, 1789, French Revolutionaries laid siege to the medieval fortress, the Bastille, in what is now commonly referred to as the Storming of the Bastille. That action marked the unofficial beginning of the French Revolution and eventually led to the unity of the French Nation. A year later, the new nation held the Fête de la Fédération to commemorate the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French people, which literally translates to "Celebration of the Federation." Since then, July 14 has been known as French National Day, or Bastille Day to us English folk.

To honor the occasion, Ubisoft has released not one, but two new trailers for Assassin's Creed Unity, which if you don't know, takes place in 18th century Paris during the French Revolution. The first trailer is CGI, providing a look "Inside The Revolution", while the second trailer is a "Revolution Gameplay Trailer".

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release




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