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BioShock devs might be making new Twilight Zone 'game'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

When BioShock developer Irrational Games closed its doors in 2014, we heard that Ken Levine moved on to work on a new Twilight Zone interactive experience. Now Irrational Games announced it has become Ghost Story, a new studio co-founded by Ken Levine and a bunch of former Irrational employees. We think it's way too coincidental that these two are unrelated, and here's why we think the ex BioShock devs are working on a Twilight Zone interactive game-movie.

 

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Irrational's new Ghost Story studio is a small team of twelve devs that's already working on a new game. This game will be a new IP and is entirely apart from BioShock--and we think it's a unique meld of movies and games. The team didn't go indie, however: Take-Two Interactive is still listed on the studio's website, meaning they're still part of the Grand Theft Auto publisher's label. This is important because a big project like a Twilight Zone interactive game/film crossover requires a decent investment.

 

Ken Levine is currently working on an interactive Twilight Zone project that will "explore the spaces between movies and games." By its own definition, Ghost Story is driven to create "immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them," which aligns with the experimental story-driven focus that Levine's Twilight Zone experience would offer. We get further hints from the studio's art director Shawn Robertson: "Ghost Story for me is defined by a small but experienced team working together to push the boundaries of what interactive narrative means."

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A closer look at Mass Effect: Andromeda's power combos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days ago

One thing I've always loved about Dragon Age and Mass Effect games is skill combos. The ability to combine certain skills in a potent concoction of chaos makes me feel like a mad scientist, and nothing is more satisfying than experimenting with different abilities. Mass Effect: Andromeda is carrying the torch forward with a newly evolved combo system that will make us all into crazy skill-brewers.

 

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BioWare's latest Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer shows off more nifty combat tips, character skillsets, companions, and our main attraction, combos. The anatomy of a power combo is "primers" and "detonators." Prime skills initiate the power combo, and detonators trigger the actual combo. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, combos had "starters" and "detonators," all of which delivered different effects that allowed for a tactical multi-faceted strategem. But Dragon Age has cross-class combos, and since Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn't actually have classes, the game opens up many more opportunities for havoc-inducing combos.

 

Power combos are triggered when successively casting abilities and powers from the Tech, Biotics and Combat trees. For example, you can cast Cryo Beam (Tech) and then Lance (Biotics) to trigger a potent power combo. Interestingly enough, this combination detonated a Cryo Combo, hinting that the "primer" skill will designate the affects of the combo itself. We don't know exactly what a Cryo Combo does, but I'd wager it slows enemies down while dealing frost/ice damage.

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Digital Nintendo Switch games locked to one console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Apparently Nintendo Switch digital game purchases can't be shared across multiple systems, hinting the same Nintendo Account can't be active on multiple Switch consoles.

 

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Despite Nintendo making strides by finally linking eShop purchases to online Nintendo Accounts instead of hardware, thereby not forcing gamers to rebuy games they already own on different platforms, Nintendo Switch has a rather conventional approach to game sharing: locking digital game ownership licenses to the account it was purchased on. This tidbit was uncovered in a recent YouTube video, where one curious parent gamer asked: "I have kids. I was originally going to buy one Switch, but if I were to buy a digital game do I have to buy it once, or do I have to buy it multiple times for different user accounts? If I want to take my system with me and my son or daughter want to play [can they play my account's copy of the game]?"

 

Nintendo exec Shinya Takahasi replied via Bill Trinnen's translation: "Currently we don't have a system like that in place for Nintendo Switch, but we haven't made any final decisions on how we would approach that going forward in the future. Unfortunately I cannot provide you a concrete answer right now." This strongly indicates that only one Nintendo Account can be the active owner on the Switch at any given time.

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All new Halo games will have split-screen, 343i confirms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross confirms that all future Halo FPS games will have split-screen.

 

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"We've done a lot of learning from when we fell down, like with multiplayer in MCC, or when we didn't put split-screen in Halo 5. I think it's incredibly painful for the community and for us and I think it erodes trust with the community. A lot of learning from that and I would say that any FPS going forward we will always have split-screen in," Ross said during the DICE 2017 Summit.

 

Now that everyone can fire up PSN or Xbox LIVE for their multiplayer needs, split-screen FPS gaming is pretty much dead. But Halo has always been about playing with friends, and removing split-screen co-op or multiplayer is pretty much a slap in the face to fans--not that the entire game itself isn't a slap to the face, microtransactions, horrible story, and awful AI mechanics and all.

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Dead Rising 4 shambles to Steam in March

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

Today Capcom announced that Dead Rising 4 will shamble over to Steam and Windows 7 PCs on March 14, 2017.

 

 

Dead Rising 4 is currently locked into an exclusivity deal with Microsoft, and the game is only available on Windows 10 PC's via the Windows Store and Xbox One consoles. This deal will end in March about 14 weeks after the game's initial release, allowing Steam gamers will finally be able to buy into Capcom Vancouver's re-imagining of the series.

 

Although Capcom reported "firm" Dead Rising 4 sales on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, it's only natural for these exclusivity deals to be timed. These companies want to maximize profits as much as possible and that means multi-platform releases (just don't expect it to ever come to PS4). Given Dead Rising 4's critical reception as the "anti-Dead Rising" game I'm wondering just how many copies the game will sell on Steam without sales or discounts.

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New Call of Duty returns to 'boots on the ground' roots

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

This year's Call of Duty game won't take place in space; it'll be a more grounded, traditional and gritty foray into the heart of the franchise and return players back into the mud and blood firefights that made the series popular during its early days. In short, Sledgehammer Games will resurrect Call of Duty to its former glory--and we have strong evidence that the game will take place during the Vietnam War.

 

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Sledgehammer Games studio head Glen Schofield is extremely excited about Call of Duty 2017, and further teases boots on the ground action: "There's nothing I can say about the game except there are boots and ground and I guess some roots. I hope I can talk soon or I may implode," Schofield said on Twitter. In fact, the dev says this is the studio's best work yet and gamers will go absolutely nuts when it's revealed: "Nothing to worry about. Wait until we reveal. You're gonna go nuts. Our best yet dude! Man, I'm so psyched to show it...someday."

 

There's strong evidence that Call of Duty 2017 will be based on Sledgehammer's once-cancelled "Fog of War" game, a gritty and grisly war-torn story set during the Vietnam War. The studio has teased a Vietnam setting on Twitter by posting up pictures of a M1911A Colt .45 pistol, which was used during multiple eras including the Vietnam War.

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Nintendo Switch requires day one update to access eShop

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Nintendo today confirmed that a day one update is required to access the eShop on the Nintendo Switch console.

 

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When the Switch hybrid-handheld console launches on March 3, it won't be able to actually download games on the eShop without an update. Nintendo affirms these system updates are highly optimized and un-intrusive, allowing users to download system firmware updates in the background while playing games.

 

"To access Nintendo eShop, a system update that will be available on launch day is required. The system update downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay," the Japanese console-maker revealed in a recent press release.

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Nintendo Switch has no Virtual Console games at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Nintendo today confirmed some very disappointing news: the Switch won't have any Virtual Console support when it launches on March 3.

 

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"Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future," Nintendo confirmed in a recent press release.

 

So there you have it folks. The Switch will not have any Virtual Console integration when it releases, significantly impacting the system's functionality and features.

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Apple new headquarters is ready for April's opening

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

Apple has announced the name of their new spaceship-looking headquarters - Apple Park. The 175-acre campus will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April.

 

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Over the next six months until the official opening, more than 12,000 people will move into the futuristic structure.

 

To honor the memory of Steve Jobs, Apple decided to name the theater at Apple Park 'Steve Jobs Theater.'

 

Apple Park will also include a visitors center with an Apple Store and a cafe open to the public.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 VR dev kit program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

MWC 2017 - Qualcomm recently launched into the stratosphere with its push for 5G technology leadership, but now the company has announced its Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality Development Kit.

 

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor is the heart and soul of the new VRDK, providing developers with early access to VR HMDs powered by the Snapdragon 835, something that includes an upgraded VR SDK that works with the headset. Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President for Qualcomm Technologies., and President of QT, said: "With this new VRDK, we're providing virtual reality application developers with advanced tools and technologies to accelerate a new generation of VR games, 360-degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education, healthcare and entertainment applications".

 

He continued: "We see great potential for the exciting new experiences made possible by truly mobile, untethered virtual reality that's always connected to the internet, and we're excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 835 VR-capable products".

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