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Divinity Original Sin 2 launches this September

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

Larian Studios today announced that its new RPG sequel Divinity: Original Sin 2 will release on September 14, 2017.




Divinity: Original Sin 2 features a massive upgrade of features and content over 2014's original release, including a sprawling story arc set 1,000 years after the first game, tons of new tactical and strategic tweaks to give players different opportunities in battle, new mechanics like the spellcrafting system which lets players combine spells, and a wide variety of new skills and abilities. Divinity: Original Sin 2 even offers dueling: players can challenge others online in arena-based PvP matches.


"Divinity: Original Sin 2 features five playable races and a new tag system that lets players shape the background and motivations of their characters, from noble elven cannibals to swarthy dwarven outlaws. Each choice you make shapes the world, impacting how you complete quests, solve problems, and build relationships - go anywhere, take anything, and kill anyone, but be careful of the repercussions!" Larian said in an official press release.

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Unity valued at $2.8 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

Following its most recent $400 million investment, Unity Technologies is now valued at $2.8 billion.




Unity, whose video games toolset and engine powers countless games across all platforms, has boosted its value by 86% since last summer by securing more investment capital, The Wall Street Journal reports. This means the San Francisco-based games technology company is now valued at a total of $2.8 billion.


Like Crytek with its CryEngine, Unity's games-making tools, assets, and engine are much more lucrative and profitable thank the company's actual games. In fact, Unity affirms that its engine powers "one-third of the current 1,000 top-grossing free-to-play games" across mobile, consoles and PC. That means Unity powers about 333 out of 1,000 of today's most popular F2P games, including Pokemon GO.

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Top Memorial Day laptop deals with 7th Gen Kaby Lake

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

If you've been holding off on buying a new laptop, waiting for a sale - this week may just be the right time to make the call. Two of the major laptop manufacturers are springing up Memorial Day sale pricing on their popular lineups. At Lenovo, you'll find their business-focused Thinkpad laptops on tap, including the latest generation of their flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon. At HP, you'll find everything from their mainstream Envy machines to budget focused Pavilion, and the premium Omen laptops on sale.




For business and work laptops, the aforementioned ThinkPad X1 Carbon is at $1,175 - a new low price for the Spring 2017 released Kaby Lake powered ThinkPad X1. For this week, it's on sale for almost $300 off list price. Conversely at HP, the popular Envy x360 is on sale starting at $630 for the Core i5 model. Note that the high-end flagship Spectre X360 is only $100 off this week, so if you're looking for a deal on that particular model - we'll wait until the end of the week to see what HP brings as Memorial Day actually draws closer.


For gamers, our top pick in the budget-friendly category is the HP Pavilion 15t Power Laptop at only $650. This gets you a Quad Core i5 Kaby Lake, a fast GeForce GTX 1050, plus a 1080p Full HD IPS panel. That's as cheap as you can expect to play for a modern spec laptop that can handle all current games at respectable framerates. Coming in a close second is the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Laptop, which comes with similar spec at similar price range.


If you prefer something a bit more premium, Lenovo's new Legion Y520 is also a good pick at $779, which comes with a Quad Core i5, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of RAM all stuffed into the new slick and thin chassis of the Y520.


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New Dragon Age game could be big-budget, not RTS spinoff

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago

I originally predicted that BioWare's new Dragon Age game would be a spinoff like a Dragon Age Tactics spinoff or maybe even a card game like Gwent, but signs point to the new project being a fully-fledged triple-A sequel RPG instead.




I've been reporting on BioWare's new Dragon Age game for over a year now, and throughout that time my speculations and predictions have changed. Now with Eurogamer's recent interview with Sunless Sea writer Alexis Kennedy, who's helping BioWare write a portion of the new Dragon Age game, my predictions have changed again.


Kennedy affirms that the new Dragon Age game will have full voice-acting like traditional games in the series, as well as quests, and he'll actually be writing dialog and plot points for the quests in his "particular section of the game." Seeing as Dragon Age is typically separated in multiple acts with different regions as the stage for continued quests, this serves as possible evidence of a full Dragon Age game.


"One day will be breaking the story on the whiteboard wall for a proper scrawly arrows serial killer effect. [After that, it's] one day creating a skeleton of the quest with placeholder text in the editor; one day fleshing out dialogue; one day for contingency and admin," Kennedy told Eurogamer.


"I knew BioWare was constrained by being fully voice-acted. But I hadn't realized how much of a constraint it is. It's much easier to breeze through [writing] huge quantities of text when you don't have to worry about it being voiced. It's very difficult to put the player's name in dialogue - which is why you have the names Shepard and Ryder in Mass Effect, or the title of Inquisitor."

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LeEco's crash in the US leaves hundreds unemployed

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

Chinese smartphone manufacturer LeEco has announced that they will cut over 300 jobs at its US business, which is around 70% of its local force.


The cuts are being made to increase the company's investments in its home market. Last year, Jia Yueting said that the expansion to the US market had been too quick and costly.




The company made a bold entry into America, but they failed to market itself appropriately, which resulted in this situation. Additionally, they failed to secure additional funds to continue growing the US operations at their current capacity which led to the layoffs.

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Tekken 7 PC requirements revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Bandai Namco has revealed Tekken 7's PC spec requirements, and they're pretty interesting.



Tekken 7 marks the very first time the fighting franchise crosses over to PC, and Bandai Namco has put lots of effort into ensuring the game runs smoothly on the platform. While we're not sure if Tekken 7's frame rates will be uncapped, we do know the game will have native 4K textures and can at least run at 4K 60FPS on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. If you hadn't noticed, Bandai Namco has teamed up with NVIDIA for Tekken 7.


Tekken 7's PC requirements are a bit strange and indicate the Unreal Engine 4-powered fighter is quite RAM intensive. You'll need at least 6GB of RAM to run Tekken 7, but you can skate away with an Intel Core i3-4160 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or GTX 750Ti with 2GB of VRAM. Tekken 7 will be a DirectX 11 game and it takes a whopping 60GB of installation space. Recommended specs aren't too harsh either: Bandai Namco wants you to have 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-4690, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 equivalent.

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Huawei announces another low-end phone - the Y6 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

A day after the Honor 6A launch, Huawei has announced another affordable smartphone - the Y6 2017.




The Y6 2017 is the successor to the Huawei Y6, announced two years ago. The low-end phone is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.


The smartphone comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. The Y6 2017 has a 5-inch 720p display. Other features include a 3,000 mAh battery and unfortunately - Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Far Cry 5 box art shows villains, airplanes, and chaos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Ubisoft has released Far Cry 5's official box art, showing us the game's main villain and confirming the religious-based plotline.




Far Cry 5 was officially confirmed days ago, and Ubisoft is set to reveal the game in a trailer this Friday. Ahead of Far Cry 5's official showcase, the publisher dropped new key art for the game to give us our first glimpse at its main characters. No information was released about the game--only the picture--but the image tells us quite a bit. In fact, Ubisoft threw in some extra blasphemy by recreating The Last Supper with Far Cry 5 characters, outright confirming the religious aspect.


For instance, we already know Far Cry 5 takes place in modern-day Montana, and is heavily based on a religious cult held in check by armed guards. Now we get a good look at the villains we'll no-doubt be taking down: the main baddie in the center who's likely in charge of the cult in Hope County, Montana, alongside his henchmen, which includes an Army vet with a pet direwolf.

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Sony's Project FIELD mobile tech may release in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 19 hours ago

Sony has indicated its new Project Field technology, which allows consumers to use physical trading cards to play against other users digitally, may be released this year.




Following Nintendo's push towards mobile gaming, Sony is making its own earnest effort to embrace smartphone games and get a cut of the lucrative industry. Sony Interactive Entertainment started its own proprietary mobile games company called ForwardWorks, which will adapt the company's popular IPs--as well as key third-party partners' IPs such as Square Enix--into mobile games. Upcoming mobile titles include entries from the Arc The Lad and Wild Arms franchises, as well as Parappa the Rappa and Disgaea.


However, one of Sony's most interesting takes on mobile is Project FIELD. With Project FIELD, SIE aims to tap the lucrative worlds of physical and digital card gaming by combining the two using a smartphone add-on device. Users place physical trading cards onto the device's top, which then send signals to the digital smartphone game, effectively letting friends play actual trading card games with one another across the internet. Project FIELD's compatible trading cards are not unlike Nintendo's amiibos which use special chips to unlock in-game content, and the device is not unlike an NFC reader that processes amiibo chip signals.


"A new game development developed by Sony, Platform "Project FIELD" platform that blends real trading card game and smartphone application! Forward Works provides content! # ForwardWorks," reads Sony Japan's official Tweet.

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NASA shows Mars 2020 rover concept

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 19 hours ago

NASA has published an artist' concept of the Mars 2020 rover, which should join Opportunity and Curiosity rover on the Red Planet in 2020.




The Mars 2020 rover is intended to investigate an astrobiological relevant ancient environment on Mars, investigate its surface geological processes and history, including the assessment of its past habitability, the possibility of past life on Mars, and a potential for preservation of biosignatures within accessible geological materials.


The Mars 2020 rover introduces a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils and set them aside on the surface of Mars. A future mission could potentially return these samples to Earth.

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