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Tekken producer: Japan can't compete with Western games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 8:33 pm

Despite strong sales and acclaim of key Japanese titles, and the sense that overseas devs "make the best games", Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada doesn't think Japan will ever be at the top of the gaming world again.




Japan once reigned over the games industry, especially during the early days of console gaming. But over the years Western developers and publishers--including Europe and North America--slowly took back the industry from Japanese devs. Fast-forward to modern days and we see U.S.-based giants like Activision-Blizzard and EA conquering the market with key billion-dollar franchises, whilst Japanese companies like Capcom, Konami, and Bandai Namco weather the market. While Japanese games are typically heralded as the pinnacle of excellence--especially games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5--some key Japanese devs don't think the Land of the Rising Sun will ever be back on top.


Tekken producer Katshuhiro Harada is one of these devs, and told games website Finder that Western gaming will pretty much always eclipse Japanese gaming in certain ways.


"I was one of the first people, back in the nineties, to say that Japanese game development is over and I haven't really changed my opinion. There are a few hits like you mentioned, but Japan was once seen as being at the top of game development. Then it fell right down, and while it might be a bit better [than a few years ago], it hasn't really changed all that much. Compared to the USA, over there you have a lot more game developers just because of the population. You have a lot more funding. Just the scale and scope of development is something Japan can't really compete with. Although there are a few titles that only Japanese can make - and sometimes they do quite well - it's not like Japan will ever be back on top of game development. That's our position: it's a realistic view, I guess you could say. We're not too high, but we're not too low."

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Dead Island 2 dev is making exciting progress

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 7:25 pm

Despite no official details on Dead Island 2, Deep Silver says the game is still in development and making progress.




Dead Island 2 has had a troubled development. The sequel was originally in development by German game dev Yager (Spec Ops: The Line), but the studio dropped out and handed development to Sumo Digital because the team had a "better understanding of the brand" without straying to far from Yager's original vision. Back in March 2016, Sumo Digital took over development of Dead Island 2...and then all updates and info ceased.


More than a year later, Dead Island 2 publisher has stayed quiet about the project. Eurogamer decided to break the silence and flat out ask the publisher what's happening with the sequel, and Deep Silver replied by saying the game hasn't been abandoned, and Sumo Digital is making exciting progress. "Dead Island 2 is in development at Sumo Digital, and we are excited by the progress the team are making with Deep Silver's most successful IP," the publisher told Eurogamer. "When we are ready to share more information, we will."

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OnePlus 5 might come with 8GB of RAM and a higher price

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2017 6:27 pm

OnePlus has recently confirmed that they will launch the OnePlus 5, the successor to the OnePlus 3/3T, this summer.


The highly-anticipated smartphone should be the company's flagship that could compete with the recently launched Galaxy S8.




We know that the device will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, but other specs are still a bit vague. OppoMart recently listed the OnePlus 5 on their website at a price of $449, and according to them, the phone should come with 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of internal storage, and dual rear camera setup (12MP+12MP).


However, GearBest has also listed the device and the specs are somewhat different. The first thing you'll notice on their website is the price which shows that the OnePlus 5 could cost $200 more than we previously thought. GearBest listed the OnePlus 5 at a price of $688, but at that higher price could come some specs upgrades.

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Moto Z2 Play specs leak: Thinner phone, smaller battery?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2017 5:21 pm

The Moto Z Play was announced back in August last year, and now, the company is preparing to unveil its successor, the Moto Z2 Play.




According to Evan Blass at VentureBeat, the Moto Z2 Play will be slightly thinner and lighter than last year's model, which would put the device more in-line with the rest of the Z series. However, to make the phone thinner, the company had to compromise somewhere which resulted in smaller battery capacity, according to the report. The original Moto Z Play had a 3,510 mAh battery, while the Moto Z2 Play is expected to feature a 3,000 mAh one.


The display will remain the same, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED with 1080 x 1920 resolution, but the other specs of the phone will receive an upgrade.


The Moto Z2 Play should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 626 clocked at 2.0Ghz. The device is expected to come with 4GB of RAM, which is 1GB more than the last year's Z Play, and internal storage should be doubled, compared to last year's model, to 64GB.

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Rumor: Obsidian is making Fallout New Vegas 2

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 4:28 pm

UPDATE: Sources close to Obsidian Entertainment tell TweakTown that Fallout: New Vegas 2 isn't in development, but Obsidian might be working on something better.


Sources say that Fallout creator Tim Cain is leading a new IP that will essentially be Obsidian Entertainment's answer to the Fallout universe, and may be a classic cRPG. Click here for more details.


Despite being quite busy developing a cRPG sequel, and outright denying the reports, rumors say Obsidian Entertainment is not only developing Fallout: New Vegas 2, but it'll be revealed at E3 2017.




Remember when the Fallout: New Orleans rumor broke out? I sure do--I reported on it, but realized something was amiss when the teasers didn't match up. Fallout: New Orleans turned out to be a bust, and Obsidian Entertainment even confirmed they're not making a new Fallout game. But now sources have apparently told FragHero that Fallout: New Vegas 2 is happening, and that Obsidian is "involved"--the same team who said in February they're not doing a Fallout project.


According to FragHero, the source who leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us 2 specifics says Bethesda will announce Fallout: New Vegas 2 soon, possibly at its E3 2017 showcase. The source goes on to say that Obsidian is involved, but doesn't say the team is actually developing the game. This last part is extremely important. After raising $4.4 million for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian Entertainment is currently knee-deep in their new cRPG project and committed to its development.

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Air Force's X-37B lands after secret 2-year mission

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 8, 2017 3:32 pm

The Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 has landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility on May 7th, after 718 days in orbit.




The Air Force's statement says that the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, is an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force. The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold; reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.


Technologies being tested in the program include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals, conformal reusable insulation, lightweight electromechanical flight systems, advanced propulsion systems, advanced materials and autonomous orbital flight, reentry and landing.


However, not much is know about the spacecraft. Among many theories floating around, some mention that the X-37B could be a space bomber or a new type of probe that can destroy spy satellites.

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Tesla will double the number of Superchargers this year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 8, 2017 2:23 pm

Tesla began building the Supercharger network in 2012, and today, they have over 5,400 Superchargers with the goal of enabling convenient long distance travel for more than 200,000 Tesla owners around the world. The company also built a network of more than 9,000 Destination Charging connectors that replicate the convenience of home charging by providing hotels, resorts, and restaurants with Tesla Wall Connectors.




Tesla Motors started this year with over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of this year, the company will double that number to total more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors around the world. In North America, Tesla will increase the number of Superchargers by 150 percent, and in California alone, they will add more than 1,000 Superchargers.


In their blog post, titled 'Charging Is Our Priority,' the company explained their plans:


Toward that goal, Tesla will build larger sites along our busiest travel routes that will accommodate several dozen Teslas Supercharging simultaneously. In addition, many sites will be built further off the highway to allow local Tesla drivers to charge quickly when needed, with the goal of making charging ubiquitous in urban centers. Tesla will continue to lead the industry with the fastest, most advanced charging technology in the world and continue to build the only cars capable of leveraging that power. The ongoing expansion of the networks will ensure that Tesla drivers are able to quickly and easily charge their vehicles no matter what, and that a seamless charging experience remains our priority.

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Turok 2's new high-def texture pack released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 11:12 am

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the best-looking first-person shooters of the mid-90s on the PC and Nintendo 64, even when it was a fog-of-war filled game.




For me, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil didn't have the same feel, but there's now a high-def texture pack for the game from modder 'grabeskuehle'. The texture pack keeps with Turok 2's original look and feel, but the modder has provided some gorgeous 2048x2048 phototextures.




There will be future revisions of the high-def texture pack that will replace the older textures in the first 4 worlds, and a future update that will improve the last two levels too - as well as the textures for the character/enemy models, and the weapons. You can download the high-res texture pack for Turok 2: Seeds of Evil right here.

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New details on System Shock 3 coming on May 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2017 9:30 am

We haven't heard much about System Shock 3 in the last couple of weeks, and while it's not coming out until sometime next year, developer Starbreeeze Studios will be detailing the game during a livestream on May 10.




Starbreeze said that they would be introducing gamers to the worlds of not just System Shock 3, but Psychonauts 2 as well. If you want to get into the livestream, be sure to look at the Starbreeze Twitch Stream on May 10 at 9AM PST/12PM EST/6PM CEST.

Oculus founder turns up in Japan, wearing a bikini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 8, 2017 8:32 am

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was effectively booted out of the real-world of Oculus not too long ago, and the billionaire VR startup founder is now parading around in Japan in a bikini... yeah, I know.




Luckey was in Japan for the spinoff from Anime convention Machi Asobi that has morphed into a VR festival, where he was hanging out with his girlfriend and spotted by eager fans. Luckey was dressed as Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which The Verge reports that the character like to wear a bikini because "she breaths through her skin".