AlphaOmegaSin rants about the Legends of the Gaming Industry panel at USC being cancelled. USC cancelled All-Stars games industry panel because there were no female guests. Naturally we know this was pressure from people complaining to them. Because the gender of those speaking is more important than the discussion itself and the topic itself. Such a shame this is how things are now.
In the last decade, Steam has gone from ‘Half-Life 2 DRM’ to being the unofficial frontend of a massive gaming platform. Many gamers see it as an indisposable means of interfacing with their PC games and connecting with friends, but even though it’s grown from intrusive to a necessity, Steam still has plenty of problems. Lucky for us, PC players always find a way.
To share the wealth, we’ve compiled a few of the best ways to get the most out of Steam, from dealing with huge data transfers to tidying up an ever-expanding library, and more.
After a lengthy and productive Early Access period, Darkest Dungeon officially released in January to very strong reviews. That doesn't mean Red Hook Studios has moved on, though: the game continues to get regular updates, with the next poised to introduce new 'Town Events' to the game, which will bring some life and variety to the game's Hamlet.
Previously a static hub world the player returns to after each quest, the Hamlet will now feature events of its own which will trigger after certain quests. "For example, the ALL SAINTS DAY event has a high chance to proc after successfully completing the Ruins Gather Holy Relics Quest," a studio spokesperson explains in a recent update.
They elaborate further: "ALL SAINTS DAY sends the Abbey into a zealous celebration, and makes all treatments there free for that week! We like this example as it helps answer a common community concern on the value of the various gather/destroy quests that we’ve had in the game for a long time, and have been criticized for their loss in value due to inventory restrictions."
Meanwhile, Darkest Dungeon now has a Linux port, and the studio intends to make modding the game a more accessible enterprise. To these ends, "better tools, docs and Steam Workshop integration" is still a work in progress. As for the Town Events, they're expected to roll out mid-May.
Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets' history with Ubisoft hasn't been entirely smooth and happy. In 2010, he left Ubisoft Montreal “to take a creative break from the industry,” as Ubi told GameInformer, and when he returned it was not to the warm embrace of his former employer but rather to THQ. When THQ collapsed, Ubisoft bought out its Montreal studio—Désilets included—and acquired control of 1666 Amsterdam, the project he was working on the time. Then it fired him.
In response, Désilets sued Ubisoft, and based on the statement he linked to on Twitter earlier today, he's come out on top. Technically, he's withdrawn his complaint, but it's hard not to see it as a victory, as he's been given full rights to the game, as he wanted, and will “have all creative and business control over the project.”
"This agreement is good news for everyone,” Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat said. “Ubisoft's creative teams are currently working on innovative projects that will mark our industry for years to come. This is precisely where we want to focus our energy, on our teams, to continue what we have been building in Quebec for nearly 20 years.”
Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I think I detect a slight whiff of sour grapes in that statement, specifically the implication that Ubi is only giving up the property because it doesn't have the resources to do anything with it in the foreseeable future. In any case, each side wished the other well, as you do, and that's the end of that. But those of you expecting a quick revival of the game might want to dial back your expectations, because Désilets' hands are apparently full right now too.
In old news, Pacific Rim 2 found a director. Deadline has the story:
Legendary Pictures has set Steven S. DeKnight to direct Pacific Rim 2, the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham’s epic 2013 action-adventure film. The current script was written by Jon Spaihts based on characters created by Beacham and del Toro. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Mary Parent are producing and Jillian Share will be executive producer. Universal Pictures will release the film worldwide in 3D. Del Toro’s 2013 film grossed $411 million worldwide. About 75 percent of that came from overseas, and it was a big hit in China, where it was worth $111 million.
At EVE Fanfest this weekend, our intrepid nordic explorer Jeremy Peel asked Árnason if Dust 514 may have performed better put on PC, where there were fewer hardware limits and an established player base.
"I wouldn't put it on the platform," Árnason said. "I don't see that it wouldn't have done the exact same thing on PC."
The trouble, he believes, was not in the technical performance or the platform switch to console, but the developers' inability to contain their own ambition.
"It failed to contain scope, and delivered too many average features instead of few top quality ones," he said. "We could have maybe used the power of the PC to mask several problems, sure. We could have thrown in more trees and increased texture quality somewhere in there but it wouldn't have fixed the inherent problems of scope versus execution."
Project Nova looks to combat some of the problems of Dust by having more obvious ties to the original EVE universe, and setting firefights in tighter confines than massive battlefields, like ship interiors.
Get your first look at the highly-anticipated new animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures in this special video, featuring clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and cast interviews! Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. EST on Disney XD!
THE DUEL stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town. The thrilling western THE DUEL will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand June 24, 2016.
Square-Enix and Eidos-Montréal today released the 101 trailer for the much awaited Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. In this new video, you will follow Adam Jensen, an experienced counterterrorism agent of Task Force 29, as he makes sure that the events of the past won’t repeat themselves.
The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society. Now an experienced covert operative, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.
Narrated by Adam Jensen, this trailer takes the form of a short investigation, showcasing brand new footage of Adam’s apartment and new locations in Europe, including Prague. You’ll learn more about Adam Jensen’s improved augmentations, which help to enhance his infiltration, combat, and hacking capabilities. Additional insights into the storyline will be revealed, and you’ll also discover both old and new acquaintances, all of which have their own agendas. Whether going rogue or by the book, choices never come without consequences. The truth is still yours to reveal.
Details of the various editions of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided available on launch can be found below. The season pass will also be available for purchase on August 23rd for all platforms.
An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Variety has the news that NBCUniversal has purchased the animation studio behind hits like Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon for a cool $3.8 Billion.
NBCUniversal has set a deal to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in cash, giving the Comcast-owned media conglomerate added heft in its effort to compete with rivals like Disney, Time Warner and Viacom, all of which cater more directly to kid-and family audiences.
The deal values DreamWorks Animation at $41 a share, a rich premium over the company’s recent trading levels. The total equity value of the deal, including debt, is $4.1 billion. Shares in the smaller company surged nearly 25% in earlier trading after the announcement was made.
DreamWorks Animation will become part of NBCUniversal’s Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Chris Meledandri, head of Universal’s Illumination Entertainment animation wing, will oversee operations. The DreamWorks Animation brand will remain intact as an imprint.
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.
Sony says that the Uncharted 4 discs that ended up on eBay were stolen from a truck in a "violent assault."
Sony has provided new details on the recent robbery of a truck in the UK where thieves made off with copies of the unreleased Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. A Sony representative told MCV that the game discs were stolen as part of a "violent assault," though it's not clear at this time if anyone was injured.
"We can confirm that unfortunately some contents from a lorry transporting a variety of video game and DVD titles, including a quantity of the much anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, was stolen in the UK, during a violent assault," a representative said.
Sony added it is assisting police as much as it can as they conduct a criminal investigation. No details about where or when the attack took place or the nature of the heist have been divulged. We also don't know exactly how many units were stolen, as Sony has only said the thieves made off with "a number of copies." We'll bring you more news as it becomes available.
The Bitpay Blog is reporting that Valve will now accept payment for games in fantasy-money Bitcoins.
Today we're announcing a new payment integration with software and gaming giant Valve which will bring bitcoin payments to Steam gamers worldwide.
Founded in 1996, Valve's Steam platform is used by more than 89 million gamers. Steam reaches 237 countries, and its more than 9,000 different games include popular titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Civilization V, XCOM 2, and Fallout 4. Many of the award-winning titles were produced in-house at Valve, including Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, and Portal.
Valve reached out to us because they were looking for a fast, international payment method for Steam users in emerging gaming markets in countries like India, China, and Brazil. While more users are coming online in in these countries, traditional payment options like credit cards often aren't available. As the internet's universal currency, Bitcoin will allow Steam to easily reach gamers in every market around the world – without the high fees or the risk of chargeback fraud that come with card payments.
Last month Ubisoft launched its multiplayer action-RPG The Division, and shortly thereafter people began comparing notes on how the game's design could be glitched, exploited or outright cheated.
Video game networking consultant Glenn Fiedler took notice, and in a recent blog post he explains why some of the ways Division players exploit the game (using client-side cheat tools to teleport or give themselves infinite health) suggest developer Ubisoft Massive may have implemented a fundamentally insecure "trusted client" network model.
"I sincerely hope this is not the case, because if it is true, my opinion of can this be fixed is basically no. Not on PC. Not without a complete rewrite," writes Fiedler, who has worked on (among other things) the online architecture of Titanfall & Titanfall 2, as well as multiple God of War games. "Possibly on consoles...but not on PC unless they completely rewrite most of their netcode and game code around a server-authoritative network model.
The Hollywood Reporter has the good word that the BBC and Netflix are teaming up for a 4-hour CGI version of the classic Watership Down, starring John Boyega, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult.
The animated BBC One mini-series also has Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton and Olivia Colman adding their voices.
A generation of Brits may have been left traumatized by the gory and somewhat tear-jerking feature-length animated adaptation of Watership Down in 1978 (many questioned its U rating at the time), but the major names now cast in the latest take on Richard Adam's classic allegorical bunny adventure will likely bring people back for more.
First announced last year by British broadcaster the BBC and due to air in 2017, the four-part CGI mini-series will now see John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley voicing a group of rabbits – led by the brave Hazel (McAvoy) and visionary Fiver (Hoult) – with Netflix also having come aboard to premiere the drama globally outside the U.K.
A co-production between BBC One and Netflix, the new 4 x 1 hour interpretation of Watership Down is being developed and produced by growing U.K. production and management company 42 alongside Noam Murro’s Biscuit Films. Murro, who helmed Smart People and 300: Rise of an Empire, is also set to direct.
Written by BAFTA-nominated Tom Bidwell, the series will also feature the vocal talents of Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Freddie Fox (Pride), Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Miles Jupp (The Thick of It) and Olivia Colman, currently seen on AMC in the acclaimed spy thriller The Night Manager.
Vanillaware, the team behind the hit side-scrolling title Dragon’s Crown is working on a new authentic HD project with ATLUS to recreate and perfect Odin Sphere – the 2D action RPG with Norse Mythology roots. Told in five tales from the perspectives of five unique protagonists, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir expresses the original game with glorious HD graphics in Vanillaware’s renowned style, expanded worlds with new monsters, fully voiced story scenes, and a fine-tuned refreshing combat and RPG system to perfect the gameplay. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir will be available as a physical and digital release for the PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita on June 7, 2016 in the Americas.
Click on the image for the screenshots, six of them are new, and the headline for the trailer.
GameSpot is reporting that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Legacy Edition will include a remastered copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which is reportedly the name of this year's entry in Activision's first-person shooter series, will include a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, according to an image of a preorder card.
The image was posted on Reddit and looks to be from US retailer Target. It shows the cover for a Legacy Edition of the game and states the package "also includes" Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
A November 4, 2016 release date is also prominently displayed.
Although Activision and Infinity Ward have not officially revealed the game yet, a listing for it appeared on Sony's PlayStation Store. Activision typically fully reveals its new Call of Duty games in the April/May period, so an announcement may be imminent.
"Thank you kindly for all your support. Honestly, I never expected it. Believe me or not, when I wrote that comment, it was just that - a comment, as simple and relaxed as any comment I write. I never really expect it to touch so many, let alone so deeply."
The video is a tear-jerker and something only a gamer could understand. Just watch it.
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.
Finally, fans can make it their beeswax to see what happens to their favorite campers and counselors ten years after the original film in a new Netflix original series titled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The series will include eight all-new, 30-minute episodes and is set to premiere in 2017.
20th Century Fox has released the first photo from the upcoming Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant.
Set as the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus, Alien: Covenant connects directly to Ridley Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. It begins with the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Sony has announced the free PlayStation Plus games for May, including Tropico 5 and Table Top Racing: World Tour for the PlayStation 4.
Our team is thrilled to present your free PS Plus games for May on PS4! Satisfy your desire to be the dictator you always wanted to be, or challenge your friends to relentless combat races in next month’s lineup.
First up is the island dictator sim Tropico 5, featuring the long-running virtual dictator, El Presidente! Tropico 5 is a full-fledged city-building game based on the fictional island nation of Tropico. Inside this not-so-subtle parody, El Presidente guides and directs the everyday life of his beloved Tropicans using a firm grip and ridiculous edicts, all presented with a heavy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor.
And Table Top Racing: World Tour on PS4 is a high-octane combat racer from Nick Burcombe, the co-creator of PlayStation all-time classic Wipeout. Table Top Racing: World Tour is a total reinvention of the Table Top Racing universe, bringing micro combat-racing to a truly next-gen audience for the first time.
For the rest of the free PlayStation Plus games, read on.
Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo NX will be launching in March of 2017 and will be a no-show at E3 this year. In addition, they have announced that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be added to their slate of mobile titles.
Nintendo announced today, along with its financial results, that the company’s next video game system, code-named Nintendo NX, is set to arrive on March 27.
“For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally,” the company said.
For E3, the company added that the “NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attention on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.”
“Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall (US, UK) and spring (AU). As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the ‘Fire Emblem’ games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game.
“Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of ‘Animal Crossing’ for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both ‘Animal Crossing’ games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.
In another big win for the Sad/Rabid Puppies vs the Hugo Awards, the nominations are out, and like last year the Puppies recommendations have swept the categories including a hilarious nomination for Chuck Tingle's Space Raptor Butt Invasion in the short story category.
Rumor is that George RR Martin purchased over 500 Hugo memberships himself to keep the Sad/Rabid Puppies from sweeping the nominations again this year -- with no luck. Despite over 4,000 nominations (almost double last year) the Puppies still took whole categories. I wonder if Noah Ward will win a bunch more awards this year.
Flying Wild Hog has a dozen hot minutes of Wang action for you in a new Shadow Warrior 2 gameplay video.
Shadow Warrior 2 is the stunning evolution of Flying Wild Hog’s offbeat first-person shooter following the further misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. Now surviving as a reclusive mercenary on the edge of a corrupted world, the formidable warrior must again wield a devastating combination of guns, blades, magic and wit to strike down the demonic legions overwhelming the world. Battle alongside allies online in four-player co-op or go it alone in spectacular procedurally-generated landscapes to complete daring missions and collect powerful new weapons, armor, and arcane relics of legend.
Mods and the players who create them have always been an important part of our games, going all the way back to Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls Construction Set. We believe that our games become something much more special, when we put the power of creation in your hands. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, outfits, weapons and more – with Mods, the possibilities of what you can do are endless. You are creating new experiences that enhance and take our games into amazing and surprising new directions.
For Fallout 4, our goal was to make Mods easier and more accessible than ever before – for both the creators and the players. By building an all-new system with Bethesda.net we’ve made a huge leap forward in achieving that.
You can now browse and search for the latest and greatest Mods, choose your favorites, post feedback, and install them – all within the game. Simply select Mods from the main menu, and start browsing.
If you want to try making Mods (and we think everybody should), the Creation Kit – the same tool that we used to create Fallout 4 – is a free download via the Bethesda.net launcher. You can check out the Creation Kit Wiki, our online documentation and help file, for more details and tips on how to make them.
We plan to update and evolve Mods and the Creation Kit based on your experiences so be sure to leave feedback in our forums.
How to access the 1.5 Update in Steam Beta:
• Log into Steam
• Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
• Select Settings
• Select Betas
• A drop down menu will appear. Select beta
• Select OK
• Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
• When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library
For console players, Mods will be coming to Xbox One in May and PlayStation 4 in June. We have a lot to do yet, but we hope it changes console gaming the way it has changed PC.
Finally, we’d like to thank all the Modders who volunteered to beta test the Creation Kit and Mods during our closed beta. Your feedback has been invaluable and we couldn’t have done it without you. For them and for all our players, we can’t wait to see what you create.
As the excitement for Fantastic Beasts continues to build, we can now reveal that J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut will be published later this year.
A new book from J.K. Rowling is always a good reason to celebrate. But this year will mark the first time the author has published a screenplay, which you’ll be able to buy as a print edition from Little, Brown (UK) or Scholastic (US and Canada), or as an eBook right here on Pottermore.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander in 1920s New York, and the screenplay will be published on 19 November - hot on the heels of the movie's release on 18 November (as if you don't have that date in your calendar already!)
The news that J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut will be published comes in a very exciting year for the author, who has also collaborated on the new stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Keep your eyes on Pottermore for all the latest updates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.