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EA cancelled new Star Wars game to work on smaller project

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 37 mins ago

EA actually cancelled its new Star Wars game to preserve the release slate timeline and fill in gaps, not disrupt it.

 

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EA Vancouver's open-world Star Wars game was cancelled so the studio could work on a smaller, more condensed project that releases sooner, sources tell Kotaku.

 

The plan is to shift focus from EA Vancouver's previous project, a big galactic bounty hunter affair called Project Orca, into a more streamlined and self-contained game. This would allow the Vancouver studio to release a game sooner and fill in obvious gaps in the original Star Wars timeline of games. It's possible this new project will utilize and iterate key elements, assets, and content from Project Orca while depending less on live services, as online-driven games with microtransactions and digital economies typically take years upon years to make. How Kotaku frames Orca makes it seem like a live-based experience with a wide content roadmap.

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Far Cry New Dawn official PC requirements released

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 29 mins ago

Ubisoft has released the official PC requirements for the next installation of the Far Cry series, Far Cry New Dawn.

 

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For those that don't know, Far Cry New Dawn is a sequel to the quite successful Far Cry 5. New Dawn is a continuation of the Far Cry 5 story and gives a fresh new spin on the events of Hope County after what happened in Far Cry 5.

 

Raphael Parent, the Technical Director at Ubisoft Montreal commented about the PC release for New Dawn, here is what he had to say; "We are very proud of what our team achieved with the PC version of Far Cry New Dawn and cannot wait for PC players to discover the post-apocalyptic scenario we've created. The bold art direction we have taken for this game is all about a colorful, hopeful, and inviting world, which we know will benefit a great deal from the power of current PC hardware. We hope that players will love the fresh new look of Far Cry New Dawn."

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2K and NBA to smooth over $1b rights extension deal

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 29 mins ago

Take-Two Interactive's subsidiary company 2K Sports have announced an extension of a partnership between 2K Sports and the NBA. The extension has reportedly amounted to $1 billion dollars.

 

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In an official press release, NBA 2K and Take-Two Interactive Software will be expanding on their partnership with a "multiyear global partnership extension". The extension is of course based around the success of the popular NBA 2K franchise and shows how much faith Take-Two Interactive has in the future games to come. According to The Wall Street Journal, sources close to the deal that is being made have said that Take-Two Interactive is set to pay as much as $1.1 billion to the NBA over a seven year deal.

 

The Wall Street Journal also says that this new deal is "more than double" what was originally expected of Take-Two in the previous extensions of their partnerships. This could mean that it's entirely possible that Take-Two Interactive's forced introduction of microtransactions into their games (NBA franchise) is much more profitable then once assumed. Take-Two also plan to keep the microtransaction trend going for future NBA games, so expect them within NBA 2K20.

Death Stranding demo leaves Guerrilla Games 'so impressed'

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 29 mins ago

Death Stranding, the mysterious title from Metal Gear Solid creator, Hideo Kojima has been presented to the developers at Guerrilla Games and has left them "so impressed".

 

 

The story between the two development studio spans back three years ago when Hideo Kojima was deciding what engine to create his Death Stranding universe on. It was finally decided that Kojima would use the Horizon Zero Dawn engine 'Decima', Guerrilla Games handed over the source code of the engine in a small box to Kojima so he could begin his creation. Three years later, Kojima hands back the very same box with the Death Stranding demo inside, after watching what Kojima has manifested within the Decima engine, Guerrilla Games' co-founder Hermen Hulst says that he was left "so impressed".

 

Not only did Hulst get to see the demo but so did the rest of the Guerrilla Games team, Guerrilla's Technical Director, Michiel Leeuw spoke a few words about the demo, saying to Kojima that he was "so proud of what you've achieved!" As per usual, we still no basically nothing about Death Stranding and I feel as if it is going to stay that way until Kojima is ready to release some information. At the moment Death Stranding has a planned release date for 2019, but has no specific date attached as of yet. What we do know though, is that Death Stranding will be launching exclusively on the PS4.

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Capcom showcase 'Tofu' in Resident Evil 2 Remake screenshots

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 29 mins ago

Many die-hard Resident Evil fans are going to rejoyce at the recently released screenshots from Capcom, make way for the bean curd as the additional character Tofu is looking better than ever.

 

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For those that don't know, Tofu was a playable character in the original Resident Evil 2 and was available in the scenario "The Tofu Survivor." This scenario was more of a parody of Hunk's unlockable mission "The Fourth Survivor" Capcom's original plan when developing Tofu was to test the polygons within the world they created, and to see just how the Resident Evil 2 world would manage with a character as big as Tofu bounding around within it.

 

Players got their very first look at Tofu in the recently released "1-Shot Demo" for Resident Evil 2 and I'm sure that fans aren't disapointed. From the above screenshot we can see a nice glistening film across the whole body as well as the classic STARS (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) hat. Tofu simply looks more life-like then ever, but also doesn't have the hands that were found floating around him in the original game.

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COD: Black Ops 4 - Blackout Battle Royale mode goes F2P

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 29 mins ago

So you are getting sick of the Fortnite and PUBG battle royale experience and want to spice things a up abit? Well, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode 'Blackout' is about to go free-to-play for a limited amount of time.

 

 

Players will be able to jump into all of the fast-paced action beginning on January 17th. The free-to-play period will be lasting an entire week and is planned to end on the January 24th. It should be noted that Blackout will be the only mode that will be free-to-play, so if you would like to enjoy slaughtering of zombies or the classic Call of Duty multiplayer a full purchase of the game will be required. Looking towards the positives now, if throughout this trail period you realize that you would like to continue to play Blackout or the multiplayer, a $30 Black Ops 4 Battle Edition pass will grant you access to both of these permanently.

 

Check out the above trailer for a better look at what Blackout offers. Personally, after playing both PUBG and Blackout I can say from my experience that I enjoyed Blackout's fast-paced action much more. The responsiveness and smoothness of the controls is unparalleled for a battle royale game in my opinion, and I'd certainly recommend anyone who enjoys battle royale to have a shot at Blackout. Why wouldn't you have a taste though? its free...

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Elite Dangerous devs working on new IP

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 56 mins ago

Frontier Developments is working on a new franchise that may release as soon as this year, the company announced in a fiscal earnings filing.

 

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The earnings report shows Frontier Developments, the developers behind Elite Dangerous, are doing quite well for themselves and clearly understand the industry. Their space simulator continues garnering consistent earnings via a strong playerbase, monetized cosmetics, and full game sales. To date Elite Dangerous has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, and over 4.3 million copies of the franchise. The devs' new Jurassic World Evolution game came storming out of the gate with 1 million sales in five weeks, and grew to a big 2 million sales in 7 months.

 

Based on these trends, we should expect the developer-publisher's new IP to follow a similar live service model. The game has yet to be announced and we don't know anything about it or the franchise it belongs to, but we have a release window. Frontier Developments expects to launch the new IP in its Fiscal Year 2020 timeline, which is from June 2019 through May 2020.

 

Thanks to the continued success of its catalog games and the huge impact of Jurassic Park Evolution, the company expects to see a record 236% increase in six months revenue this year to 64 million GBP.

 

"For the six months to 30 November 2018, the Board expects to report record company financial results based on the successful launch of Jurassic World Evolution in June 2018 and the ongoing performance of Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster, as Frontier continues its strategy of building long term franchises delivering multi-year revenues.

 

"Frontier expects to report revenue of approximately £64 million for the period compared to £19 million recorded in the interim results last year."

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr brings dragons back to Tamriel

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 4 mins ago

To culminate the Year of the Dragon, ZeniMax Online brings fearsome dragons back to the world of Tamriel in a huge new expansion.

 

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Today ZeniMax Online announced The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, a substantial new paid expansion to its popular MMORPG. The new content introduces a host of new activities, regions, and even a new character class. Set in Elsweyr, the expansion takes players across the arid deserts and tropical jungles the Elder Scrolls' Khajiiti cat-people call home. Players will encounter skooma farmers, bandits, and Imperials vying for control of the exotic land, all wrapped in a 30-hour new storyline that delves into the deep lore and history of the mysterious Khajiit.

 

Dragons are back and will set Tamriel ablaze with fire and fury. These winged beasts roam the skies and represent endgame bosses that players have to team up to defeat, possibly in the new 12-man Sunspire trial. Another major addition is the new necromancer character class, who can summon the undead and dish out serious damage with elemental attacks. The necro should have some interesting skill and party synergies, and we can't wait to see what kinds of builds players will cook up.

 

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EA cancels new Star Wars game, disrupts release timeline

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 10 mins ago

Disney's multi-year exclusivity deal with EA is being stressed even further as the games publisher cancels yet another Star Wars game.

 

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Electronic Arts has cancelled the new open-world Star Wars game that was in development at its Vancouver studio, three sources tell Kotaku's Jason Schreier. EA Vancouver's unannounced project was built on the bones of Project Ragtag, a linear narrative-driven singleplayer third-person action-adventure game in development at the now-defunct Visceral Games and led by Uncharted dev Amy Hennig.

 

After EA closed Visceral Games it handed the scraps of Project Ragtag to EA Vancouver who then morphed it into a new entity, one that EA hoped would deliver consistent engagement. Despite all the work and effort that was put into Ragtag, EA shut down the studio and other teams cannibalized its assets.

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New Evil Dead game still happening

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 8 mins ago

Bruce Campbell may have retired Ash on the big screen, but he'll come back to play the chainsaw-wielding maniac hero for a new video game.

 

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It's been a long, long time since a new Evil Dead game hit the market. The last one was a 2011 mobile game that slipped under the radar as most niche smartphone games do. But back in August, Bruce Campbell confirmed that Ash will break out his boomstick for a fresh "immersive sort of dealio" at some point. It's been a while since we've heard about the project but it looks like it's still in development.

 

A fan recently asked Campbell about the chances of a new Evil Dead game, and the groovy movie star responded with a simple affirmative. So it looks like the game is still happening and hasn't been canned yet--Campbell would know as he's lending his voice to in-game Ash. Hopefully the new game will be as over-the-top, gory, and chaotic as the beloved classic trilogy.

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