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Posted: October 2, 2015 11:09AM
Microsoft has made a new purchase today to help boost its PC gaming focus, as it has acquired Havok from Intel. Havok is known for its 3D physics and is used in more than 600 different video games, including the Halo, inFamous, The Elder Scrolls, and Dark Souls series. Microsoft says it will continue to work with developers and license Havok out to different partners, which is great considering every studio from Activision to EA, Sony, and Nintendo utilize it. Havok is seen as a nice complement to Microsoft's own DirectX 12, Visual Studio, and Azure suites for game developers, with all of those now under one roof. The cloud computing aspect of Azure looks to be one area where Microsoft is going to take Havok, as it has plans for a "complete cloud service" for Havok. The upcoming Crackdown 3 will be one of the first games to make use of this Havok cloud, with others undoubtedly following suit.
With Microsoft's purchase of Havok, it stands to reason the company wants to show it's serious about getting back to PC gaming. Hopefully this is just the start of that, and no dropoff in Havok use by developers and partners comes as a result. Considering how much Intel licensed out Havok over the past eight years or so, Microsoft would be wise to keep up that trend.
Source: Microsoft Blog
Posted: September 30, 2015 09:39AM
For a while now NVIDIA has been offering its GRID service for streaming video games to your NVIDIA SHIELD devices. You may remember that back in May it was upgraded to allow for streams at 1080p60, if your connection could handle that much data. Now the service is getting a new name and formal launch.
GeForce NOW is officially launching as an on-demand gaming service on October 1 in North America, the European Union, and Japan. It will cost $7.99 a month, but the first three months are free. That membership will give you access to over 50 games, but you can also purchase more to play if you wish. Naturally these games will be running with their various GameWorks enhancements enabled.
Besides a fast Internet connection (you can view system requirements here: GeForce NOW System Requirements), you will also require some kind of NVIDIA SHIELD device to stream to. That means you need a SHIELD Portable, Tablet, or Android TV.
Source: NVIDIA Blog
Posted: September 29, 2015 11:20AM
The wasteland is calling to you once again, as the Wasteland 2: Director's Cut arrives in just about two weeks. This revamped edition of last year's stellar RPG brings with it new content, voiceovers, Perks, Quirks, and an update to the Unity 5 engine for impressive visuals. As for the game itself, you'll be presented with different choices throughout your journey, with your decisions shaping how the quests play out, which ones are available to you, and how much help the Citadel receives from potential allies. InXile's Brian Fargo narrates a new video to help show you some of the choices you can make in Wasteland 2, and just what the consequences can be based on those decisions. All these choices mean no gameplay experience is going to be the same for each player, and especially with your playthroughs, as you'll no doubt be tempted to change it up each time you play.
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut arrives on October 13 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is a free upgrade for all current owners of Wasteland 2 on PC, but will set everyone else back $40. Those new visuals alone should bring back many players, so whether you've played Wasteland 2 before or are jumping in for the first time, this is one RPG not to miss.
Posted: September 23, 2015 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga
The next DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced and it is entitled Catwoman's Revenge. The DLC is "a story pack pitting players in the role of Catwoman, seeking revenge against the Riddler" with "a handful of classic Batman TV series content, such as the 1960s TV series Batmobile and Catwoman and Robin skins, and two racetracks inspired by the classic TV series." Available as of yesterday are the Tumbler Batmobile Pack and Original Arkham Batman Skin with the Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #2 available September 29.
Posted: September 22, 2015 09:04PM
If you haven't gone back to Thedas in a while, you'll soon have the perfect opportunity with the Dragon Age: Inquisition - Game of the Year Edition. This GOTY includes the base game, a winner of more than 130 Game of the Year awards, and all the DLC, so you get to try out the Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent, and Trespasser for the full Inquisition experience. DA:I is the biggest RPG BioWare has made so far, with huge zones to explore, items to loot, armor and weapons to craft, and a story that pulls you along for one intense ride. Add in Jaws of Hakkon and its own history shaping tale, the lore-expanding dungeon crawl of The Descent, and the stellar wrap-up to it all of Trespasser, and this is the definitive edition to grab. Plus there's all the free content for it, like The Black Emporium to change your Inquisitor's appearance and the Golden Nug to share schematics between your characters, and the co-op multiplayer to keep you playing for ages.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Game of the Year Edition arrives October 6 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: September 21, 2015 10:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Deep Silver and inXile have officially released the first trailer behind Wasteland 2: Director's Cut, the definitive version of the previously released PC title known as Wasteland 2. This trailer introduces gamers to the atmosphere and story of Wasteland 2, and broadcasts some of the tactical turn-based combat featured in the video game. According to Deep Silver, Wasteland 2: Director's Cut offers RPG lovers with overhauled graphics, expanded voice-overs, gameplay enhancements and tweaks, as well as some brand-new features when compared to Wasteland 2.
United States gamers can expect the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to be available to purchase on October 13, 2015 for $39.99. Gamers located worldwide will be able to purchase the game on October 16, 2015.
Source: Press Release
Posted: September 15, 2015 11:05AM
Yesterday a rumor emerged about how EA was supposedly meeting with CD Projekt RED for a potential acquisition or publishing deal. The rumor came about from an apparent employee who provided a payslip as proof of working at the Polish developer, and heavily suggested EA was planning to purchase CD Projekt RED. There were some issues with that, namely with CD Projekt maintaining a firm stance as an independent and how founder Marcin Iwinski had no knowledge of any kind of a meeting. Well, today the developer wants to put any aspect of this rumor firmly to bed as being a pure fabrication. Iwinski stated there are no discussions with any company to purchase either CDP or GOG (its digital game store), and the payslip was a fake. Hard to get any clearer than that.
So, CD Projekt RED is not being sold to EA, nor is any part of the company being partitioned off. It was just some punk trying to stir up some excitement with an unfounded rumor. Iwinski is heavily against being part of any large corporation, such as EA, and is more than happy with CDP's rebel status. Things will keep on going as they always have been at CD Projekt RED, with working being done on the two The Witcher 3 expansions (Hearts of Stone arrives October 13) and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.
Posted: September 14, 2015 09:58PM
Earlier today, some potentially unsettling news came out from CD Projekt RED, developer of the stellar The Witcher series and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. According to this rumor from an apparent CDP employee, representatives from EA were talking to the higher ups at CDP about either a publishing deal or an outright acquisition. The publishing deal may be the better of the two options, even if Cyberpunk 2077 isn't expected until 2017 or so, but the acquisition rumor is unsettling. EA does not have the greatest track record when it comes to acquiring game developers, as many view the resulting products as cash grabs before the studio ultimately is shut down.
Now, the one interesting thing to kind of disprove an EA acquisition is that CDP's Marcin Momot stated founder Marcin Iwinski classified a buyout meeting as "new to him." Hopefully this acquisition rumor is just the imaginiations of an employee for something much more mundane. Maybe a meeting was for adding more/older EA titles to GOG or even licensing REDengine 3 to use in a future game instead of Frostbite 3. Until something definitive comes out one way or the other, take the rumor with a hefty dose of salt. After all, CD Projekt RED has been doing just fine on its own.
Source: Dark Side of Gaming
Posted: September 9, 2015 11:07AM
Just about two months remain for us to get our hands on Fallout 4, with many people no doubt planning how they'll spend their time in the wasteland around Boston. Bethesda is keeping plenty of information about the game under wraps, but did reveal some of it today. For starters, a whole bunch of free updates are planned for Fallout 4 to expand what's already in the game. Bethesda mentioned how Skyrim received free updates adding in more kill cams, mounted combat, legendary mode, and others, and plans to do the same types of things for Fallout 4. Those are all in addition to patches, bug fixes, and tweaks, which is just good to have.
The new Creation Kit is expected to arrive early next year on PC, allowing modders to really delve the depths of Fallout 4 with new content. Given the sheer variety of content created for past Bethesda games, expect everything you can possibly think of and beyond with mods. The mods will transistion into the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 after PC, with the PlayStation 4 receiving them after that.
In addition to the free ways to expand your game, Bethesda is planning its first ever Season Pass for Fallout 4. The Season Pass is priced at $30, much like others, and will include all the DLC Bethesda has planned for the game. Right now there's no information on what to expect for Fallout 4, but Bethesda did say the DLC will arrive sometime early next year. Presumably after the Creation Kit, so hopefully that information is known not long after launch.
Fallout 4 arrives November 10 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: September 8, 2015 08:54AM
If you thought you were done with Geralt of Rivia once The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ended, think again. The first of two expansions is nearly here, and today we have a teaser trailer of what to expect from CD Projekt RED in Hearts of Stone. This expansion sees Geralt hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain known as Olgierd von Everec, a man cursed with immortality. Things don't start off too great for our intrepid monster hunter, with Geralt apparently being captured, imprisoned, and marked by some kind of magic on his face by the Merchant of Mirrors. Perhaps his task of defeating this bandit captain is forced upon up and the only way for Geralt to get free. Hearts of Stone adds more than ten hours of new content, with new quests, characters, a unique romance to experience, and a storyline shaped by our choices.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone arrives on October 13 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is available by itself for $9.99 or in an Expansion Pass for $24.99 with the other expansion, which is due to arrive early next year. You can save 15% if you pre-order Hearts of Stone through GOG, bringing the price down to $8.49, and it's also available in a limited edition box set with the Monsters and Scoia'tiel Gwent decks, plus a guide and tokens for Gwent.
Posted: September 7, 2015 07:01AM
Author: Nick Harezga
The official beta for Star Wars Battlefront will begin next month but that hasn't stopped some intrepid scammers from trying to take advantage of "foaming-at-the-mouth gamers" with fake beta sites. Electronic Arts Community Manager Matthew Everett reminded gamers in a Reddit post that "Registration has not been made available yet. Do not be fooled by fake beta sign-up sites," and added that "Our beta registration will live on our official site here: starwars.ea.com. I will also be sure to post a link once it is available."
Source: Tweak Town
Posted: September 3, 2015 03:28PM
Author: Brentt Moore
While gamers have been expecting a patch from Rocksteady Studios that improves the game itself, AMD released a new Catalyst beta driver just a few days ago that brought along some much needed performance and quality/stability improvements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Now, thanks to a brief appearance made by the beta version of the upcoming game patch, details surrounding the upcoming update to Batman: Arkham Knight are now available. The next major patch for the game will bring along a variety of fixes, such as reduced frame rate hitches, improved performance across all GPUs, optimized system memory and VRAM utilization, and low resolution texture bug fixes. The Batman: Arkham Knight patch will also add in a wealth of in-game settings to include the ability to limit the game’s FPS to 30, 60, or 90, high texture resolution selection, texture filtering options, Adaptive V-Sync capabilities, a VRAM usage meter, mouse sensitivity and mouse smoothing controls, and motion blur, chromatic aberration, and film grain toggles.
Rocksteady Studios has not provided any release date for the upcoming patch for Batman: Arkham Knight, but gamers should expect to see it available for download in the coming weeks.
Posted: September 1, 2015 01:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore
According to danmotoxx, a Community Manager for Battlefield at Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 Night Operations is now available virtually worldwide for platforms that include PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation3, and PlayStation 4. European gamers on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will have to wait until September 8 to receive the map, unfortunately. The launch of Night Operations comes alongside the release of the Battlefield 4 Summer Patch, which features the nighttime map that is based on vanilla BF4’s Zavod level as well as gameplay tweaks and fixes. Battlefield 4 Night Operations supports Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch, Obliteration, Domination, and Gun Master game modes, and should provide plenty of fun for those still playing Battlefield 4.
Posted: August 31, 2015 11:05AM
First announced back in April, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been given a release date of February 23, 2016. Mankind Divided continues Adam Jensen's story from Deus Ex: Human Revolution in a time when augmented humans are being segregated from the world. He will have to navigate the many choices before him to eventually reveal a worldwide conspiracy.
As with most modern games, you can pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but there is a bit of a twist to it. As people pre-order, tiers of rewards will be unlocked for everyone to choose from. The first tier is already unlocked and allows everyone who pre-orders to select from three equipment packs to use in game, including the Classic Pack with Adam's gear from Human Revolution. The second tier lets you choose between a digital artbook or soundtrack sampler, while the third tier awards a mission, and the fourth tier contains a digital comic book and a novella to choose from. If the number of pre-orders reaches tier five though, the game will release four days early.
If you want all the goodies from the 'Augment your Pre-Order' program, you can purchase the Collector's Edition that includes all of the in-game items, and some physical items as well.
Source: Square Enix
Posted: August 31, 2015 10:47AM
Ahead of tomorrow's releases of Mad Max and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, NVIDIA has released version 355.82 of its Game Ready Drivers. This new driver features the latest optimizations for both games and their SLI profiles. Rocket League, Gu Jian Qa Tan Online, and World of Tanks for Windows 10 are also receiving their SLI profiles.
You can download the new drivers manually or through the GeForce Experience application.
Posted: August 29, 2015 05:29PM
The world of Thedas is in peril once more, but this time from an entirely different threat than anything we've faced before. Two years have passed since the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition (so yes, consider spoilers throughout if you have yet to finish the game), and it appears the Orlesians are unhappy with how things have played out. A trial is held, but something else crops up: a Qunari invasion. In Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser, we're tasked with fighting off a Qunari invasion into southern Thedas, further than they've ever reached before in these numbers. And through Eluvian mirrors, no less, so I wonder what else they may have at their disposal. To make matters worse, it appears the Inquisitor's Mark is threatening their life, although why it's doing so is unknown. Perhaps it was never meant to go that long without a Breach in the sky?
Trespasser takes us across new and familiar parts of Thedas to fight the Qunari, and even a dragon. New equipment and abilities await us, and so does a certain Elf. Perhaps he can help with the Mark? And where has he been these past two years? So many questions, but fortunately we do not have long to go to get those and more answered. Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser arrives on September 8 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. EA Access members can save 10% off the hopefully $14.99 price. Trespasser is set to be the final story DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it certainly looks to send it out with a bang.
In addition to the new DLC, BioWare is also adding in a Golden Nug statue to Skyhold's Undercroft once you beat the game (think New Game+, but with a twist). Clicking on the statue uploads all your schematics, potions, mounts, and any other collectible to the cloud on your platform of choice, and then you can access that content on any character, regardless of point in the game for them. Just have the game completed with one character and you can access it on every other character you have, new or old. We are also getting a wardrobe with more than a dozen different outfits to change into and wear around Skyhold. The Golden Nug and wardrobe will be added into the next patch, so you won't need the Trespasser DLC to enjoy them.
Source: Dragon Age PAX Prime Panel and Dragon Age Website
Posted: August 29, 2015 07:00AM
Author: Nick Harezga
Lionsgate, the studio behind movies such as the Hunger Games and Divergent series, has announced that it is developing a movie centered around the Borderlands universe. The movie is being produced by industry veterans Avi and Ari Arad, who have worked on movies such as Iron man, Spider Man, and X-Men. There aren't any significant details on what aspects of the Borderlands games will be explored in the game, but the games present a great deal of content to explore. Lionsgate Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger described the decision to make the movie stating, "Part of our strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows. The ‘Borderlands’ games don’t pull any punches, and we’ll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise." Take-Two Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick added "This alliance is ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight ‘Borderlands” current legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world."
Posted: August 28, 2015 12:32PM
When XCOM 2 was announced in June, it was given a November release date. Now it has slipped to February 5, 2016. In a letter to XCOM fans at XCOM.com, the developers say they need "a little more time to make it the best possible game."
XCOM 2 is the follow-up to 2012's XCOM: Enemy Unknown and is being developed by Firaxis Games, the studio behind the Civilization series. This sequel is set some twenty years after Enemy Unknown and in that time, the aliens have conquered the planet. Your new goal is to lead the resistance against the aliens with guerrilla tactics. The game is a PC exclusive.
Posted: August 26, 2015 09:19AM
You read the title right, multiple Bethesda Softworks games have come to GOG, and some have returned after some time away. Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics were available on GOG back when the site first launched, but were removed a few years ago due to some licensing issues. Now all three are back, and if you purchase all three together at 66% off.
Along with them, Quake, The Ultimate DOOM, and DOOM II + Final DOOM can be purchased together for 33% off. The third and final Bethesda bundle contains The Elder Scrolls: Battlespire, The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Red Guard, and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and has a 33% discount. If you are looking to get The Elder Scrolls: Arena or The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, just purchase any Bethesda title, and the pair will be added to your library for free!
The bundle deals only last until September 2, so you have a week to make your purchases.
Posted: August 25, 2015 08:55AM
Back in May the GOG Galaxy client came to open beta, allowing everyone interested to work with the completely optional and DRM-free platform. At the time it listed more features as coming than were included, but today one of the more significant and unique features has been released: the Rollback feature. With this feature you can take a game back to a previous version, when mods were working, performance was better for you, exploits were still present, or whatever other reason you may have.
To get the update with the Rollback feature, you will have to go into Galaxy's settings and check off receiving preview updates, as it is not yet being distributed to every user. Along with this feature, the Friend system has been improved to accept email address and GOG.com username, improved navigation, better performance HiDPI support, the ability to pause downloads and installations, and more control over the installation process in general, amongst other changes. You can read more on these other changes by following the source or going to the GOG.com/Galaxy webpage, where all of the upcoming features are listed.
Posted: August 24, 2015 11:22AM
When the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V launched earlier this year, it included the Rockstar Editor, a tool for capturing and editing gameplay to create videos. With it the player can record gameplay starting from any point, or keep the last few moments captured for when something unexpected happens. Then the clip can be loaded up and manipulated by changing the camera's position and angle, adjusting the speed of the clip, and more.
Now Rockstar has announced that this tool will be coming to both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 next month, as part of a downloadable update that also includes new GTA Online Freemode gameplay. Rockstar Editor is also getting some new features, including an ambient audio and sound effects library, the ability to export still frames to Snapmatic, improvements to Director Mode, new fonts, and the ability to copy and paste marker properties (something I personally have been looking forward to).
Source: Rockstar Newswire
Posted: August 21, 2015 01:37PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Head of Xbox at Microsoft Phil Spencer addressed the question of whether the company would extend backwards compatibility to original Xbox games with some comments on Twitter earlier this week. The team is "actively considering" the possibility with Spencer stating "I don't think it's silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now." More than 100 Xbox 360 games will become playable on the Xbox One starting in November and Xbox backwards compatibility could be a logical next step. It would certainly give Microsoft another leg up on Sony and the PlayStation 4, which lacks backwards compatibility.
Posted: August 20, 2015 10:28PM
The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is getting closer to its patch that will help to hopefully give us the game we should have had from the start. Warner Bros. has released some details of what we can expect in the PC patch, and it's a fairly extensive list of items. The argument can and should be made that if WB actually invested the time to give PC players an actual product instead of a shoddy port we wouldn't be in this mess, but we can only hope it serves as a lesson for its future PC releases. At any rate, here are the main aspects of what WB and developer Rocksteady are bringing to the PC version in the upcoming patch:
Reduced frame rate hitches
Optimized system memory and VRAM usage
Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
Min Spec AMD GPU is once again the Radeon HD 7870 2GB
More Robust In-Game Settings, including:
- Added the ability to change settings for Max FPS to 30/60/90
- Added toggles for Motion Blur, Chromatic Aberration, and Film Grain
- Added a “High” Texture Resolution value
- Added Texture Filtering option
- Added an Adaptive V-Sync option (NVIDIA only)
- Added VRAM Usage Meter
- Added Mouse Sensitivity Slider & Mouse Smoothing Option
Fixed low resolution texture bugs
Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)
It's a nice list of changes, especially all the in-game options for things like texture resolution, mouse smoothing, and the ability to display more than 30FPS. It isn't the full list of changes in the patch, just the highlights. WB calls this an "interim patch," which hopefully means we'll have more coming down the road to improve performance and bring the PC version even more in line with its console counterparts. There was no date given for when to expect this patch, so it'd be nice to have that information, and the patch, soon.
Posted: August 19, 2015 05:49AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Razer is working with Intel to develop and deliver a consumer desktop and Virtual Reality camera that features RealSense technology. The camera is expected to provide a wealth of features offered by Intel’s RealSense technology, such as 3D scanning as well as motion and gesture recognition, all within a sleek and stylish Razer product design. The camera is going to enhance game broadcasting and Virtual Reality gaming capabilities for communities surrounding both gaming and Virtual Reality. Min-Liang Tan, the co-founder and CEO of Razer, publically noted that "Razer is excited to be working with Intel, using Intel RealSense technology to help pioneer work for game broadcasting, as well as with VR, with support from the growing OSVR movement." Dr. Achin Bhowmik, the general manager of Perceptual Computing, stated that "We are proud of the beautiful design of Razer's Intel RealSense Camera peripheral and we look forward to enabling innovation in the gaming world together."
Posted: August 14, 2015 02:36PM
Gamers everywhere have been enjoying The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt over the last several months, with CD Projekt RED's stellar RPG keeping many people entertained for hours on end. If you want a little more to your game, however, and need something beyond what CDP has already provided with the free DLC, perhaps some mods will strike your fancy? Earlier today, CD Projekt announced the Witcher 3 Modkit and a suite of modding tools to give you a little more with your game. The Modkit allows for texture import and export to change up how items look in the world, new meshes can be inserted to completely replace in-game models, and scripts can be implemented to change up existing files or bring in whole new ones. Want to change up some item stats? Now you can!
The Modkit can be downloaded from the Witcher 3 Nexus page, along with four mods to give a taste of what the tools can do. These sample mods are all bundled in one download and are based off the official modding guide CDP released. One replaces Geralt's starting outfit, another changes up Roach's appearance, the third changes up some scripts for bombs, and the final one covers scripts for an equipment set. The Nexus has also updated its Mod Manager to version 0.56, but because of how it is set up with the game folders, it will only work with mods made through the Modkit. Older mods and mods made without the Modkit will still work, of course, just not with the Nexus Mod Manager.
One thing that CDP does not intend to release anytime soon is a full Redkit for The Witcher 3 to allow modders to change up everything in the game. Maybe someday that tune will change, but for now, the Modkit will be it.
Posted: August 11, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga
The Smach Zero is a handheld version of the Steam Machine consoles that run the Steam OS from Valve, giving users access to their PC game collection in a console form factor. The device will be powered by "an AMD G-Series SoC named Steppe Eagle, which features a Jaguar-based CPU paired with a GCN-based GPU." The specifications of the chip are believed to be around 1GHz for the CPU and 200-300MHz for the GPU. The Steppe Eagle will be partnered with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 5" 720p touchscreen. The Smach Zero will be available for pre-order starting November 10 at a price of $330 with an expected delivery date of sometime in 2016.
Source: Ars Technica
Posted: August 10, 2015 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga
A job listing has been posted by Blizzard for an Art Director on an unannounced project set in the Diablo universe. The job requires a great deal of experience in the field with a "minimum of 10 years' experience in creating video game art, with at least 5 years as a lead artist or art director," and "a proven track record of shipping AAA products in an art director role." Applicants should also have "passion for games with a deep understanding of the Diablo franchise." Diablo 3 started out a bit slow with some issues at launch, including the real money auction house, but seems to have turned it around since then with the Reaper of Souls expansion pack and numerous gameplay patches.
Posted: August 5, 2015 09:23AM
Dust off your helmets and gear up for another adventure in Thedas, as BioWare has officially announced a new piece of DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Called The Descent, this DLC takes us into the Deep Roads to an area far beneath the surface, where a Darkspawn horde await us. The Inquisition must solve one of Thedas' greatest mysteries, as the world is beset by earthquakes that could consume it. The Darkspawn may be the ones to blame, but there could be something else lurking within the depths, something more ancient and dangerous. The Descent can be undertaken anytime after you reach Skyhold, so while we don't get the questions after Inquisition ends answered, we do get to square off against the "ultimate Darkspawn horde." Based on how monstrous some of them look now, we should be in for one wild ride, especially when some Blighted dwarves stand in our way. The Descent features level scaling, so as your journey deeper and deeper in, you'll start facing tougher and tougher challenges.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - The Descent arrives on August 11 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $14.99. EA Access members can enjoy a 10% discount on the DLC, which is a nice little bonus.
Posted: August 5, 2015 09:03AM
Last week, 2K Games confirmed that Mafia 3 does, in fact, exist, and we would get to see it during Gamescom. Well, a short while ago the worldwide reveal trailer for Mafia 3 was officially shown off, and boy, does this game look to be one to get. Mafia 3 takes us to 1968 and the heart of New Orleans, where our new protagonist, Lincoln Clay, has just returned from Vietnam. He's discovered that family just isn't who you're born into, considering he's an orphan, but who you die for, which he didn't learn until he was off fighting a war halfway around the world. Upon returning from the war, Clay, a half-black veteran, joins up with the Black Mafia in New Orleans, but sadly, they're wiped out soon after by the Italian Mafia, and Clay is left for dead. Now it is up to him to exact a path of vengeance and eventually create a power vacuum in the city, one in which Clay and his new mob can fill.
NSFW (language and violence)
Mafia 3 features different factions vying for control of New Orleans, and Clay has a way to bring them all together. Different gang leaders can serve as Clay's new lieutenants as they're welcomed into his mob, and all bring their own background to the party. Cassandra is leader of the Haitians, Burke has his Irish, and Vito Scaletta, who you may remember from Mafia 2, has his Italians, a different group than the one who wiped out Clay's former Black Mafia. You can bring these different groups into the fold and have them help you out with different abilities and favors, or watch as they try to undermine and betray you if they are unhappy with the current state of your crime empire.
The 1960s were a turbulent time, but also one filled with hope and change. Mafia 3 looks to play this up nicely, with New Orleans being an unwelcoming, racially charged city in 1968, one that looks to offer a unique experience to carry organized crime into a new era. Muscle cars, iconic songs, and the swamps and bayous of Louisiana should make for a stunning backdrop in Mafia 3, and one that we'll get to experience next year. Mafia 3 is set to arrive in 2016 (no exact date given just yet) for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: August 5, 2015 02:02AM
During E3 in June, EA showed off the new Need for Speed game, which looks to recapture the experience of the older Underground games, while adding in new elements to the formula. Racers can modify their cars in any number of ways, with a wide variety of cars available to tweak, modify, paint, and drive however they want. Take the cars out on races, compete how you see fit, and advance along based on your style of play: Speed, Build, Crew, Style, and Outlaw. This new Need for Speed takes us to the city of Ventura Bay, and in it are five real world icons for you to impress and get on your side. These five icons introduce you to the five different playstyles, and each one can help you on your chosen path. Check out the new Gamescom trailer below to see just who is along for the ride.
Also introduced at Gamescom is a new trailer combining elements from the E3 trailer and the Icons trailer, along with some all-new footage. The in-game scenes are in-engine shots, while the real-life scenes are just that. Whether or not the story is told through those in the game or not remains to be seen, but either way, the real star are the cars. Porsches, BMWs, Mazdas, Toyotas, Subarus, Fords, and beyond are all featured, plus a few high-end models every now and then.
Need for Speed arrives on November 3 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you missed the E3 footage, well, you can check that out below.