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Gaming News (921)

AMD Partners With Three Developers for Upcoming Games

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 14, 2018 06:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Partnerships between hardware manufacturers and video game developers are hardly new things, but it can still be nice to keep track of them, especially if the result is a better optimized game. At E3, AMD announced partnerships with three developers for their upcoming games. From Ubisoft, The Division 2 developers will be getting help from AMD and while no specifics have been given, the expectation is these benefits may be similar to those found in Far Cry 5, another Ubisoft title AMD partnered with them on.

From Rebellion, Strange Brigade is getting the partnership treatment, which is something other Rebellion games have enjoyed. Finally, the Resident Evil 2 remaster, which will be built in the Resident Evil 7 engine will enjoy an AMD partnership to bring about DirectX 12 support, performance optimizations, and support for FreeSync 2, including HDR support. This engine is also being used for Devil May Cry 5, which was announced at Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference.

There is some speculation part of the background to these partnerships is that the successors for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are coming, with both Microsoft and Sony continuing to use AMD hardware.

Source: Overclock3D



Cyberpunk 2077 Information Revealed by CD Projekt Red

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 12, 2018 04:54PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It has been years since Cyberpunk 2077 was first teased, but finally CD Projekt Red has shared more information on its next RPG. The game will be an open world, narrative-driven game set in the classic pen and paper RPG universe, Cyberpunk2020. More specifically, the game is in Night City, the most violent and dangerous city in this corporate-ruled future and you will play as V, a hired gun on the rise. Unlike There will be a robust character creator for V, so players will get to set gender, visual appearance, character class, and historical background, and all of this may influence the shape of the game going forward. The main story arc will take dozens of hours with additional activities adding many more on top, so there is always something to do in Night City. An interactive dialogue system will give players a greater narrative agency as well, which should be quite interesting as you decisions can ripple through the whole of the game.

When it releases, Cyberpunk 2077 will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: CD Projekt Red




Devolver Digital Shows Off Multiple Games at Press Conference

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 12, 2018 04:51PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Devolver Digital held its 2018 Big Fancy Press Conference ahead of E3 and showed off multiple games it will be publishing in the future. Among these is Metal Wolf Chaos, a From Software title from 2004 that had only released to the Xbox in Japan. Now it is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 with support for 16:9 and 4K visuals later this year.

 

 

Okay, I think this line is worth pulling directly from the press release concerning My Friend Pedro: "one man's struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana." Aside from describing the game as a violent ballet, I am unsure what more can be said. It is coming to PC and the Nintendo Switch in early 2019.

 

 

SCUM is an open-world survival sim game that will be entering Steam Early Access this Summer, allowing gamers to play as prisoners-turned-livestream contestants. The focus is the struggle to survive against the elements, wildlife, and naturally other contestants (and unnaturally undead contestants as well). The hardcore survival gameplay is combined with a versus mode of network events the TEC1 broadcaster puts on between volunteering players.

 

 

Also present at the press conference was Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass that will bring back the series on a greater scale, taking fans to a new adventure featuring bullets, guts, and the one-liners we can expect from Sam.

To celebrate the event, there is a Steam sale going on for featured Devolver Digital games.

The Big Fancy Press Conference 2018 is up on YouTube for you to watch:

 

Source: Press Release




Devil May Cry 5 Announced for Spring 2019

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 11, 2018 08:18PM
Author: Grilka8050


At Microsoft’s E3 2018 Press Conference, Devil May Cry 5 was officially announced by Capcom. This wasn’t the only game that was announced at the conference! DMC5 is being directed by the original game’s director, Hideaki Itsuno. This game features groundbreaking graphics, multi-platform availability, and three “radically different” playable characters, each with a unique combat style. This game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. 

This game looks like it’s really well done. I’m excited to try it when it launches next year! I especially like the personality of the girl in the preview video. I hope she’s a playable character!

Source: WCCFTech



Metro Exodus Coming February 22, 2019

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 11, 2018 06:39PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Metro Exodus is the third game in the series started by Metro 2033 and continued with Metro Last Light (and then revisited with the Metro Redux releases), and we now have a new release date for it. The game is now scheduled to launch on February 22, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. To mark this announcement, a new trailer was shared at the Xbox E3 Briefing, showing off gameplay footage from a single massive sandbox survival area; Volga. It follows Artyom and the Spartans as they try to enter the region during the Russian spring. The Volga region holds the drainage basin for Europe's largest river and in Metro Exodus it is also home to bandits, a fanatic religious cult, and a range of mutants.

Source: Deep Silver and Press Release



Square Enix Shows Off Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Reveals Just Cause 4 and Babylon's Fall

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 11, 2018 06:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Revealed back in April, more of Shadow of the Tomb Raider was shown off at E3 by Square Enix. Embedded below are the new screenshots and you can follow the two relevant source links to also find the videos the company shared.

Also announced was Just Cause 4, which will be launching December 4, and again you can follow the source link below to find the trailers. This new adventure is set in the fictional South America world of Solis with its four distinct biomes; Rainforest, Grasslands, Alpine, and Desert. Each of these biomes have their own simulated weather events, and Extreme Weather events are a new addition to the franchise as something for players to contend with. Making the extreme weather possible is the new Apex engine that will be powering the game. You can already pre-order Just Cause 4 in its Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Gold Edition. The Digital Deluxe Edition gives you special Black Hand weaponry while the Gold Editions includes that, the Expansion Pass, and the Golden Gear Pack. Purchasing either of these special editions also gets you Early Access to the game.

Finally, Square Enix also revealed a new IP being developed with PlatinumGames. This new project will be released to Steam and PlayStation 4 in 2019.

 

 

Source: Square Enix [1] (Shadow of the Tomb Raider), [2] (Shadow of the Tomb Raider), [3] (Just Cause 4) and [4] (Babylon's Fall)




Even More Bethesda Announcements from E3 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 11, 2018 06:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There were a lot of announcements from Bethesda at E3 beyond The Elder Scrolls VI, Fallout 76, and new IP Starfield. First up is Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op experience set 19 years after Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The fight against the Nazis continues and after BJ Blazkowicz has gone missing in occupied Paris, it is his children, twins Jessica and Sophia that must carry on. Also announced was Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, a VR game.

 

 

Bethesda brought more than one FPS with it to E3 as id Software's DOOM Eternal was also shown off. This game serves as a direct sequel to DOOM from 2016 and will try to incorporate community requests, such as including more demons and making the DOOM Slayer even more powerful. More details will be announced at QuakeCon 2018 on August 10 in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

If you do not want to wait for something new from Bethesda, the company announced and released Mooncrash, a DLC for Prey that takes the player off the Talos I space station to the secret TranStar base. You will be playing as Peter, a hacker stationed on a spy satellite meant to intercept TranStar communications, but once the base stops transmitting, he goes in to investigate. The campaign of Mooncrash is a rogue-like experience offering infinite replayability. Mooncrash is available for $19.99 now and as part of the Digital Deluxe edition of the base game. Mooncrash will get a series of updates adding new items and themes in the coming months. If you already own Prey and have it installed currently, you should notice it received an update, which is adding new game modes to try. Story Mode is for those looking for a more casual, narrative experience while Survival Mode will put your skills to the test. The update also adds New Game+, for those looking for a reason to replay the game.

Source: Bethesda [1] (Wolfenstein: Youngblood), [2] (DOOM Eternal), and [3] (Prey: Mooncrash)



The Elder Scrolls VI Is Finally Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 08:56PM
Author: bp9801


Before Bethesda's E3 conference could end, before we were able to breathe after the reveal of Fallout 76 and Starfield, there was one other game to announce. One that we've been waiting for after countless other releases by Bethesda (and that doesn't even count the number of times Skyrim was released). No, this is the biggest one of them all. This is The Elder Scrolls. Yes, The Elder Scrolls VI is happening, it's in development, and it's on the way. We have a short teaser, and I mean short, but TES VI is real. We sadly do not know where it is taking place, since there wasn't a subtitle attached, but that doesn't mean we can't guess based on the location seen in it. Maybe we're off to Akavir, the island continent located to the east of Tamriel, or perhaps even the mythical Aldmeris, the supposed home of the Elves. Wherever it might be, we'll be getting to explore and discover what awaits us in The Elder Scrolls VI.

No release date or platforms are known at this time, but hopefully, that will be revealed before long.

Source: Bethesda E3 Conference



Bethesda Announces Starfield; First Original IP in 25 Years

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 08:36PM
Author: bp9801


After all the excitement of Bethesda's full reveal of the online multiplayer Fallout 76, there were two other announcements. One is a familiar game, which you can check out here, and the other is for something brand new. Something that Bethesda isn't entirely revealing just yet, but it's the company's first original IP in 25 years. It's called Starfield and is a space epic currently in development at Bethesda Game Studios. This is a game that's been teased ever since a trademark appeared in 2013, but precious little is known about it. It could be a first-person shooter/role-playing game hybrid, it could be something a little like Freelancer with FPS and RPG elements (Elder Scrolls in space?), or really anything at this point. We know it's on the way and we should expect more information soon once QuakeCon arrives in August. Until then, enjoy the teaser trailer below and let the speculation commence.

Source: Bethesda E3 Conference



Experience the West Virginia Wasteland With Friends in Fallout 76; Arriving November 14

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 08:16PM
Author: bp9801


Last week, Bethesda Game Studios teased a new entry in the Fallout universe, Fallout 76. Not much was revealed then, which lead to plenty of speculation on just what it entails. The trailer for it mentions rebuilding, so is this a larger take on the settlement building of Fallout 4, where we have to rebuild parts of society? Was it multiplayer? Single player? What we did know is that it's set in Vault 76, which is a control vault and set to open 25 years after the bombs dropped. So that means Fallout 76 is set in the year 2102, which makes it the earliest a Fallout game has taken place. Bethesda's Todd Howard even said this is a prequel to the series, with a wasteland unlike any we've seen yet. However, that still leaves the question of what the game actually is.

Fortunately, the Bethesda E3 conference confirmed Fallout 76 is set in West Virginia and is four times the size of Fallout 4. There was mention of having to rebuild the world and even some scenes set in Washington, D.C., which does show just how large the world of Fallout 76 is when we step out of the vault. Now, what is the game actually? Well, it's an entirely online multiplayer game. Yes, that's right, Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer game that you can play solo if you prefer, but can team up with friends and strangers if you want. You can do quests solo, build up your settlement solo (yes, settlement building is back), explore the six distinct regions solo, and just treat it as a regular, single-player Fallout game.

Or you can team up with some friends, make new ones, get shot at by strangers, and experience everything Fallout 76 has in an online game. Some will be hostile, some will be friendly, and you can experience it all together if you so choose. There are new creatures and mutants to fight, new threats to prepare against, a whole new world to explore, and much more. The game features 100% dedicated servers, but you don't join a server and have all your progression tied to it. No, your progression is tied to your specific character, so whether you play solo or with friends, it always goes with you. One more thing about progression is how death is not tied to it, so if you die, you don't have to worry about starting over from scratch again. Not bad for a survival game, which Fallout 76 certainly is. Just it's a softcore survival game, as Todd Howard put it.

The world of Fallout 76 has 16 times the detail as before, featuring new terrain and texture improvements, and also with the ability to see much farther than you could in previous games. That even means being able to see weather systems across the map. As mentioned, there are six distinct regions of West Virginia represented in Fallout 76, with the game building on the folklore and history of the region. Those regions also hold a secret, as there are nuclear missile solos hidden away. As you go about killing ghouls and other baddies, you will find access codes to these silos. If you don't have all the codes, maybe your friends do or some friendly strangers who want to take out a settlement or area causing problems for everyone. Get inside that silo, pick your target, and watch it be bathed in nuclear hellfire. It should make for quite a sight.

New power armor, new weapons, new enemies, new settlements, new regions, and a new online multiplayer experience. Fallout 76 certainly looks to have it all, and fortunately, we don't have long to wait to see it all. Fallout 76 arrives on November 14, 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There is also a collector's edition that has a glow-in-the-dark map, little figurines to put on that map, and a wearable T-51b power armor helmet. It has a voice modulator even, so you can experience Fallout 76 without revealing your actual voice when you hop in with friends/strangers. Oh, and it also has access to the B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) to give Fallout 76 a try before you dive in for good.

Source: Bethesda E3 Conference



EA Adding Origin Access Premier Subscription Tier this Summer

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 11:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


EA has announced a new tier is coming to its Origin Access subscription service for PC players; Origin Access Premier. This tier offers subscribers not only the benefits of the Origin Access Basic membership, with the ability to enjoy a library of over 100 games, but also new titles, including Anthem and Battlefield V, shortly before their launch. Additionally, you get a 10% discount on Origin purchases.

Origin Access Premier will be $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year when it starts this Summer. You can register to get more information about the tier closer to its launch by following the second source link.

Source: EA [1] [2]



EA Reveals and Launches Unravel Two

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 11:06AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


If you enjoyed Unravel, then this is good news for you as EA not only announced Unravel Two but has launched it at the publisher's pre-E3 event. The experience of Unravel Two builds on the original game and focuses on the bond between two Yarnys. You can play as both Yarnys in single player or local drop-in/drop-out co-op if you are with a friend. The story explores the bonds that will form after cutting ties to the past, with these two Yarnys forming an unbreakable friendship.

Unravel Two is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $19.99.

 

 

Source: EA [1] and [2]



Anthem from BioWare Launching February 22

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 10, 2018 10:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Though E3 2018 has not started yet, the press releases have and EA has put out information about Anthem, a new IP from BioWare and it is coming February 22 to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is an action-RPG focusing on co-operative multiplayer as it will allow up to four players to explore the world and fight the enemies they encounter. While you can be in a group, players will be crafting their own stories as they go, so no two people will have the same journey. To survive the hostile environment, you will be wearing Javelin exosuits that you can customize and personalize with paint jobs and gear so you have the right tools for whatever you face.

Those who pre-order the game will get VIP demo access and the unique in-game Founders banner. Pre-ordering the standard edition also gets you a legendary weapon and the Legion of Dawn Armor Pack for the Ranger Javelin. Those going for the Legion of Dawn Edition of the game, as a pre-order or after launch, will receive the full set of Legion of Dawn Armor Packs, a Ranger Javelin gear attachment, the soundtrack, and more.

 

 

Source: EA [1] and [2]



HITMAN 2 Announced and Coming November 13

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 7, 2018 03:52PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was earlier this year the future of the Hitman franchise seemed uncertain as IO Interactive, the series' developer split from Square Enix, becoming an independent studio and taking the IP with it. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) signed a publishing and distribution agreement with the developer in April, so more games could see wide-release, and now the next game has been announced.

HITMAN 2, the sequel to the HITMAN game released in 2019, and it is currently scheduled to release on November 13 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will include new features, modes, and franchise firsts along with changes the community has pushed for. The game will continue to follow Agent 47 on his hunt for the Shadow Client to stop his militia, but after he learns more about his own past, things will change forever.

 

 

Among the franchise-firsts is a standalone co-operative experience that will allow two players to work together to deal with their targets. This Sniper Assassin mode can also be enjoyed alone as well and right now, as an early access bonus for those who preorder any edition of HITMAN 2. Also, those who go for the Gold or Collector’s editions will get four days of early access to the game.

 

 

Source: IO Interactive



Wreckfest Leaving Early Access June 14

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 7, 2018 03:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


After being available as an Early Access game for 1611 days, Wreckfest is going to release to PC on June 14. With the release of this full-contact racing game, players can expect new features and unusual vehicles, like a challenge mode and crop harvester. These cars can be customized too, so you can place shark fins on your cars.

Today the official launch trailer for the game was released and is embedded below. For those looking forward to game coming to console, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will release on November 20. Also, if you want to get the game on PC, the price will rise after its official release to $44.99.

 

 

Source: THQ Nordic




Celebrating 25 Years, Stardock Holding Big RTS Sale

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 7, 2018 02:50PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Stardock was founded 25 years ago and to celebrate this silver anniversary, the company is holding one of its biggest sales ever. How big is the sale? The All-Star RTS Bundle, which includes Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Gold Edition, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Gold Edition, and Offworld Trading Company Gold Edition is just $49.99. The normal price is $232.75 for these collections of the base game, DLC, and expansions, so that adds up to 80% off. If you do not want or need these three games, the gold editions are on sale separately as well, priced at $19.99 each. That translates to 73% off for Offworld Trading Company Gold Edition, 74% for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Gold Edition, and 76% off for Sins of a Solar: Rebellion Gold Edition.

While the sale is at Stardock's own store, these purchases will get you Steam keys. The Sale ends June 20 at 1 PM ET.

Source: Stardock [1], [2] (the sale), [3] and Press Release



Ubisoft Reveals Season Pass Details and Post Launch Content Plans

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 6, 2018 07:01PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


The Crew 2 launches June 29 and today Ubisoft revealed what we can expect after that day. The game will receive regular updates after its release, with two new vehicles being added each month. These vehicles will be free for all players, but those who purchase the Season Pass for $39.99 get these vehicles seven days early, along with three additional vehicles available on day one. Those who purchase the Gold or Motor editions of the game, which include the Season Pass, will get three days early access to the game as well.

Every three months after the game's launch will see the release of New Live Updates that bring new activities, features, and disciplines. The first update due in September is titled Gator Rush and will add hovercrafts, five new vehicles, and new events. The Legendary rarity level for vehicle parts will also be introduced with Gator Rush. In December The Crew 2 will get PvP lobbies to complement the co-op gameplay available at launch. All post-launch content can be earned using in-game currency, so the community will not be split.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft



NVIDIA is Bundling The Crew 2 with Select GeForce Products

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 5, 2018 05:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Crew 2 recently ended its closed beta and will be releasing on June 29. If this arcade action racing game is of interest to you, and you are either building a new system or upgrading your graphics card, you might be able to get it with your hardware purchase. NVIDIA announced today the game will be bundled with specific GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, as well as some desktops and laptops. NVIDIA does suggest you ensure wherever you purchase the hardware from is taking part in the Join The Crew promotion, which you can check on at the second source link below.

Both the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti surpass the recommended GTX 1060 (6 GB) and GTX 970 recommended for reaching 60 FPS performance at 1920x1080 at the High preset. That means those of you taking advantage of the bundle could push things farther.

Source: NVIDIA [1] and [2]



Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition Launching July 3

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 4, 2018 03:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Announced back in March, Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered now has a launch date of July 3. This remaster of the 2009 game will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. If your hardware or console is powerful enough, you will be able to enjoy it at 4K resolution even. And do not worry if you already have a copy on Steam; come July 3, this version will be added to your library.

This new version of the classic game will feature fully reworked textures and new graphic features, like specular maps. Shadow rendering and lighting are being improved to, along with reworked shaders and postprocessing. On PC there will also be native 4K support.

Though the release is still a month away, THQ Nordic is already revealing what we can expect on the consoles for performance. The Xbox One will run it at 900p @ 60 FPS while the Xbox One X will run it at 1800p @ 60 FPS or 4K @ 30 FPS. The PlayStation 4 offers 1080p @ 60 FPS and the PS4 Pro will run it at 1500 p @ 60 FPS or 4K at 30 FPS.

 

 

Source: Press Release



Assassin's Creed Odyssey Teased Before E3

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 1, 2018 09:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Following the visit to ancient Egypt in Assassin's Creed Origins, we now know the next entry in the franchise will be set in ancient Greece and be called Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Ubisoft revealed this on its @AssassinsCreed Twitter account, stating "See you at E3!" and sharing a five second video of one character heel-kicking another off a cliff, ending with a view of the logo and title.

This year's E3 will be taking place from June 12 to June 14, so we are just a couple weeks away from more information on this and many other games.

Source: Ubisoft (Twitter)



Avalanche Studios Purchased by Nordisk Film

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 31, 2018 06:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year it was announced that Avalanche Studios, known for the Just Cause franchise, the 2015 Mad Max game, and for working with Bethesda on RAGE 2, was partnering with Nordisk Film, to better enable the game studio to develop and self-publish its own games. This partnership also involved Nordisk Film acquiring a minority ownership share of the developer for $10 million. Apparently Nordisk Film was so happy and impressed with this partnership it decided to purchase the remaining shares, becoming the new owner of Avalanche Studios.

While Nordisk Film will own the company, Avalanche will remain independent. Its co-founders are remaining at the company and the management team is also going to be left unchanged. The studio will continue to develop its own IP and will work with third-party publishers and license holders, but in the future we may see more games coming out under the Avalanche Studios publishing label.

Source: Avalanche Studios



Bethesda Teases Fallout 76 with Trailer and Tweet

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 30, 2018 10:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking forward to another adventure in the Fallout franchise, Bethesda just teased something new is coming. The tease comes in the form of a trailer and a tweet, with the tweet promising more to come at the Bethesda E3 event on June 10 at 6:30 pm PT.

The trailer is embedded below and it looks to me like this next entry in the franchise will have you venturing beyond Vault 76 not necessarily to battle the wasteland and its occupants, but to reclaim it. The large "Reclamation Day" banner at 1:10 in the video kind of suggests this. We also see earlier in the trailer that Vault 76 is the "Official Vault of the Tricentennial" on a poster at 0:48. Watch it below and see what you can find hidden in it.

 

 

Source: Bethesda (Twitter @Fallout)



Ubisoft Teases E3 2018 Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 24, 2018 09:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This year's E3 is just weeks away and so Ubisoft has teased some of what we can expect. There will be updates on Beyond Good & Evil 2, The Division 2, Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle and Atlas, and Transference. We can also expect new content for For Honor as well. Naturally we can also expect there to be some surprise announcements, so you will want to watch the conference to see what those will be.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft



Far Cry 5 Getting Hours of Darkness DLC on June 5

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 24, 2018 09:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was back in February when Ubisoft revealed the DLC that would be part of Far Cry 5's Season Pass, and now we have some release information for them. First up is the Hours of Darkness DLC that will take players to the jungles of Vietnam on Jun 5. This expansion will allow players to bring Vietnam-era weapons, including the M16, SVD sniper rifle, and M60 machine gun back to the main campaign. If those weapons are not enough, you will also have the ability to call in bombing airstrikes and a Survival Instinct feature that grants stealthy players up to four temporary perks. Two additional game modes will also be unlocked upon completing the DLC: Survivor mode removes weapons and increases the challenge; and Action Movie Mode lets you carry more weapons and improves the airstrike.

If you are not getting this DLC, the Vietnam-themed assets are still coming to you, in the Far Cry Arcade. Outside of the Season Pass though, it will cost $11.99 to purchase as standalone DLC.

Those with the Season Pass can expect to get Far Cry 3: Classic Edition starting May 29, four weeks before it launches on all platforms. Also we have a timeline for when the other DLC will be released, with Lost on Mars coming in July and Dead Living Zombies in August. July and September will also see Arcade asset drops.

Source: Ubisoft




Battlefield V Announced with October 19 Launch

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 24, 2018 06:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


After a teaser website was discovered, EA has announced Battlefield V and its release date is October 19. This next entry in the series will take players to World War II and will allow them to tow stationary weapons, build fortifications, and even repair structures. Those interested in the multiplayer will see 65-player Conquest return and will get to try the new Grand Operations, event-based experiences that are multimap and multi-mode to take players through historical battles. The War Stories approach for the single-player campaign in Battlefield 1 returns for this game's campaign as well.

A change many may consider especially significant is Battlefield V will not have a premium pass. Instead the developers, DICE, are trying a new approach called Tides of War for live services. All players will have access to the maps and modes of the game as Tides of War takes players through WWII with themed experiences, unlocking themed rewards.

Battlefield V is scheduled to launch on October 19 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will get access three days early (October 16) and those with EA/Origin Access can start playing even earlier, on October 11. Pre-ordering an edition with the Enlister Offer will get you early access to the Open Beta, access to Special Assignments in the launch week, and five weapons to use in Battlefield 1. To celebrate the announcement, In the Name of the Tsar for Battlefield 1 and Final Stand for Battlefield 4 can be downloaded for free.

 

 

Source: EA



Horror Game Agony Will Have Roguelite Survival Mode

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 23, 2018 11:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Next week the horror game Agony will release and in addition to its story tasking the player to explore Hell, searching for an escape, it will also have Agaony Mode, a roguelite survival mode. Players will be placed in procedurally generated, labyrinth-like chambers with only one life and quests to complete. The experience only ends when you die, and then your score will be compared against others on the global leaderboards, though the experience can change. After completing the quest objectives and reaching the Red Chamber, you can earn more points by moving to new stages or returning to a cleared maze to play as a prowling Succubi.

Agony releases May 29 to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: Press Release



Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC Roadmap Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 23, 2018 08:42AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Launched back in February, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has had its DLC roadmap revealed. Some of the DLC on the calendar is already marked as being free, including a Hardcore Mode slated to come this Summer. It looks like the From the Ashes DLC should also be arriving in the Summer, based on the line drawn between it and the timeline.

According to these lines, we can expect The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon and Band of Bastards DLC to be released this year, as well as a The Making of Kingdom Come video, Tournament mode, and Combat Academy, which also appears to be a video. Next year we should see the DLC A Woman's Lot release. Also in the image is Modding Support, but there is no line placing it on the timeline, so it appears we cannot guess when we can expect it to launch.

Source: Warhorse Studios (Twitter)




The Crew 2 Specs and Video Options Detailed

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 23, 2018 08:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Next week the closed beta for The Crew 2 will begin, and ahead of it the game's system requirements have been revealed, along with video settings. The minimum requirements, targeting 1920x1080 at 30 FPS using the Low preset, are an Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD FX-6100 with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD HD 7870 along with 6 GB of system RAM. The recommended configuration, targeting 1920x1080 at 60 FPS using the High preset, consists of a Core i5-4690K or Ryzen 5 1600 paired with a GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB), GTX 970, or AMD RX 470. The game supports both UHD and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, if you have the hardware to run the game at these resolutions.

For advanced video settings, Ubisoft lists support for exclusive fullscreen, borderless window, and classic window, an FPS limit of up to 60 FPS, V-sync, controlling view distance details, and a host of graphical settings. Shadows, textures, environment mapping, depth of field, motion blur, grass, volumetric effects, anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, screen space reflection, weather, terrain, and FOV scale factor for three monitors, for those running multi-monitor setups. Not a bad list, though I will admit I am interested in seeing what some of the actual options will be, like what anti-aliasing methods will be available.

The Crew 2 releases June 29.

Source: Ubisoft



Tencent Acquires Majority Stake in Path of Exile Developer, Grinding Gear Games

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 21, 2018 09:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Grinding Gear Games, the developers of free-to-play ARPG Path of Exile have stated today Chinese publisher Tencent has acquired a majority stake in the company. Tencent is one of the largest game publishers in the world and owns other popular franchises like League of Legends and Clash of Clans. While Tencent may have a majority stake in the company, Grinding Gear Games will remain independent, a point the developers asked CEOs of other Tencent-invested companies about. Grinding Gear Games employees will also remain employees of that company and not Tencent. Going forward, the Chinese version of Path of Exile will not be prioritized over the international version, though the developers do want to reduce the release gap between the two versions. For those concerned about the Chinese version potentially getting exclusive features, almost all features are developed for the international version, but if Tencent requests something for the Chinese version that is not planned for the international version, it will be ported back into, if the developers feel it will be a good fit. There will not be a change to how people log in.

Along with this information, Grinding Gear Games also states it is working on multiple 3.x expansions for this year and next, and that work has begun on version 4.0.0, which is targeting Beta testing for early 2020.

Source: Grinding Gear Games



To the Moon Game Being Made Into Animated Feature Film

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 19, 2018 06:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone who enjoyed the game To the Moon, including myself, there was some pretty cool news revealed yesterday. Kan Gao, director and composer for Freebird Games, shared on YouTube that the game is becoming an animated feature film. Details on the production are somewhat light at the moment, though he states it is a collaborate project between China and Japan, and it will be done by first tier Japanese animation companies. Also, Kan Gao will be part of the scripting and advising process, so it should remain a faithful telling of the story.

For those of you who have not played To the Moon, it is a narrative story following two doctors that enter the memories of the dying to give them a dying wish. In this game the wish is to go to the moon. As they work toward this goal, they discover suppressed tragedies in the patient's life and question if revealing those memories and granting the wish will do more harm than good. It is a very emotional game and quite an experience so I am quite interested in seeing how this film turns out.

 

 

Source: Kan Gao YouTube and Rock Paper Shotgun



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