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Full steam ahead for 'Jurassic World' sequel, studio confirms director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 10:46 pm

You didn't honestly think that after grossing nearly $1.7 billion at the worldwide box office, that Universal would let the 'Jurassic Park' franchise rest for another decade? Today the studio has announced who'll be slipping into the directing chair for the much anticipated 'Jurassic World' sequel - and you might not know who he is.

 

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As rumored by Deadline Hollywood back in January, the outlet has now confirmed that 'The Impossible' and 'The Orphanage' director Juan Antonio Bayona will direct the follow up, which is expected to return stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Universal have already set a date for the film's release, which will hit worldwide in July 2018.

 

'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow had to depart the sequel after signing on to direct the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars: Episode 9'.

Battlezone 98 Redux releases on Steam today, more Redux titles planned

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 10:10 pm

Rebellion has wasted absolutely no time in getting their remastered version of Battlezone 98 released. It's out now on Steam with a 20% discount for all the early adopters. Thus far, with 5 reviews, the new version has outstanding reviews as it manages to retain the charm and appeal of the original FPS/RTS hybrid.

 

 

Rebellion announced in February that they were also working on more than just the original Atari Battlezone. They have the rights to the whole franchise and have been systematically upgrading the visuals and making the original PC game playable again.

 

For this version, they concentrated on leaving the basic mechanics intact and just giving it a much-needed overhaul so that it fits in with other games of the genre currently out. The art style and unique hybrid control mechanics are all there, with much better graphics. It's worth a look if you enjoyed the original and even if you're looking for something new. The unique way that it blended base-building and the action still hasn't quite been emulated even today.

 

Rebellion also hinted at future games with the redux branding, meaning that other games in their vast library of franchises might make future appearances in remastered guises.

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Netflix doesn't want to make exclusive VR content

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 9:33 pm

Netflix isn't convinced that VR will see enough mainstream adoption to warrant the production of exclusive VR movies and TV. So don't expect to see Orange is the New Black or Trailer Park Boys in 360-degree video anytime soon.

 

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Although Netflix released a VR app that allows users to watch shows and movies in virtual reality living rooms, the streaming titan currently has no exclusive VR projects in the pipeline.

 

"We're really focused on movies and TV shows and doing more of those, which you can watch in a virtual reality headset if you want to," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Mashable, "but we think most people will watch Netflix on a smartphone or a smart TV."

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SteamOS gains another great physics-based racing game, Vector 36

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 9:04 pm

Another great indie game on Steam has just joined the growing catalog of those that are becoming available for Linux. Vector 36, a futuristic physics-based racing game, is now available on Linux and specifically on SteamOS, and they're encouraging everyone to give it a proper try.

 

 

Vector 36's developer responded to some of the feedback from their fans nad have finally added in this support. Of course, this is the first iteration on SteamOS and as such will be a bit less stable than desired. Bugs and glitches are inevitable, but they're an active developer and try to fix everything found while also continuing to perfect their game so they can officially launch it. If you have it, give it a whirl and see how it does, it should play just as fast as the Windows counterpart.

 

SteamOS is seeing a surprising amount of support even if it isn't quite as overt as we're used to. Thus far, Vector 36 joins some 1700 other games that are able to run on Linux that are available on the Steam storefront. Vector 36 is also an example of an indie developer, a very small studio, that's rising to the challenge and taking advantage of all the future technologies that they can. It might be slow going, but the results thus far have been steady and still quite fun. The game right now features leaderboards so you can properly compete and a slew of different ways to modify your own racing stallion. Flying across the wasteland that is Mars, with it's lower gravity, in a jet powered skiff is quite fun. The controls take some getting use to, but overall it's a joy to play.

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Dark Souls 3's first DLC release is a long ways away

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 8:35 pm

Die-hard Souls fans will have to wait until autumn rolls around to play the first Dark Souls 3 DLC.

 

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Although Bandai Namco is all too eager to sell Dark Souls 3 Season Passes at $24.99 a pop, gamers will have to wait as long as September before they can play the first Dark Souls 3 DLC. Since the second pack obviously comes after the first, we may not get the full Dark Souls 3 package until holiday 2016.

 

The publisher confirmed Dark Souls 3's DLC release schedule with Videogamer.com. Namco Bandai has yet to officially announce DLC details, but affirms that the two new packs will come with "new maps, bosses, enemies and additional weapon and armor sets."

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Australia Post testing delivery drones

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 8:07 pm

The Australia Post is currently testing drones for small package delivery. Assuming all goes well, they will be used to test home delivery later in 2016.

 

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The company -- the first of its kind to test this kind of thing, beating Google's plan by some margin -- believes the drones will mean quicker delivery, including for imperative items like medication.

 

It's said the testing will be rigorous as it's carried out over the next few months. The Post's goal is to to determine exactly what the drones can deliver, how far it can deliver it, and how customers will receive their goods.

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Titanfall 2 listed for 2016 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 7:31 pm

Titanfall 2 will release sometime this year, according to listings found on GAME UK's storefront.

 

 

Last week EA dropped a Titanfall 2 bombshell with a new teaser trailer that confirmed a PS4 and PC launch. While the publisher plans to announce a release date on June 12 at E3, it looks like UK games retailer GAME spilled the beans early.

 

The British retailer lists Titanfall 2 as "TBC 2016", hinting that Respawn's sequel will release sometime this year. These dates are always placeholders, but more often than not its the months that are placeholders, not the years.

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GameStop is now a full-fledged game publisher

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 7:03 pm

GameStop isn't just a purveyor of fine gaming wares and a place to economize physical game merchandise. Now they're fully entering the publishing business with their own fully owned, and separate, division created specifically for publishing games; GameTrust.

 

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They've already tried their hand at publishing their own games in the past, but now they're officially entering fray with their own, non-traditional mechanism for letting developers get their games out there, and funded even. It's non-traditional in that they have a completely hands-off approach to the development process. The goal of GameTrust is to provide their clients with exclusive real estate, as they're calling it, both online and in their stores to allow for a higher degree of discoverability. Right now they're working with Insomniac Games, Frozenbyte, Read At Dawn and Tequila works, but there's plenty of room for more developers to join their new business model.

 

Even though it might at first seem the antithesis of their unspoken policy to protect their own physical merchandise business, however, the extension into the digital release business is actually a natural progression and now another source of income for them. GameStop is striving to be more relevant in an evolving climate. They plan on distributing to as many platforms as possible, consoles and PC, with their sites set on including a dose of VR content as well.

 

The move into the publishing business is a smart business decision as their sales continue to rapidly drop while the industry moves in a direction that precludes their older, slightly archaic, business model. They're changing and evolving as the industry does, and this is a natural fit since they're already well-positioned in the industry to offer these services to indie and larger developers alike.

Mafia 3 release date rumored for October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 6:30 pm

The latest open-world entry in the beloved Mafia game series will release in October across PS4, Xbox One, and PC if rumors can be believed.

 

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In a recent Tweet, renowned industry insider Wario64 predicted that Mafia 3 will release on the same month as Gears of War 4--in October 2016. 2K will reveal a brand new trailer tomorrow at 8 AM EST, and it's highly likely we'll get an official launch confirmation in the footage.

 

If you need a refresher, Mafia 3 takes place in post-Vietnam 1960's and follows Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet who starts up his own crime syndicate. The Big Easy's organized mob strikes out against Clay, murdering his entire gang as well as his family and friends, leaving him with nothing. Players then build up Clay's gang once again to unleash revenge on the mob, while taking over the city's vice-ridden streets.

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Netflix US subscriber count double that of Comcast

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 6:01 pm

Comcast is America's cable giant and Netflix is the poster child for new wave programming, so it's only logical to compare the two in light of their recent company reports. As fate would have it, Comcast boasts 33,347,000 cable subscribers, but Netflix does them about 22 million better with 44,740,000: a 100.2% differential.

 

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Mind you, Comcast does business by charging a lot lore to fewer customers, whereas Netflix charges a lot less to a lot more. So while the user gap is major, the revenues for the competing services would tell a different story.

 

Meanwhile, subscriber growth rates show Comcast doesn't really have a growth rate (not too surprising given how long cable has been around), whereas Netflix has been increasing its base steeply each year.

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