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Michael Bay to direct 'Transformers 5' after all

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 10:41 pm

He's previously said no, and then played coy about returning to the franchise for a fifth time, but according to a new profile in Rolling Stone magazine, Michael Bay is set to go back to the 'Transformers' universe one last time.

 

"I'm doing Transformers ... 5, is it? I've taken on a lot of work." Bay told Rolling Stone while shaking his head. "It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else. J.J. [Abrams] told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more."

 

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The article also confirms the film will be delayed from the once mooted 2016 release date to 2017. Hasbro and Paramount pictures are currently developing four different 'Transformers' feature films, which means the series will be alive well into the next decade.

Microsoft, Keiji Inafune's ReCore confirmed for PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 10:03 pm

The Microsoft-published, Keiji Inafune-developed action-adventure game ReCore was originally announced for Xbox One and given a spring 2016 release date. Well, that's now been changed to a general 2016 release date. As well, it's confirmed to come to PC (also sometime in 2016), following a recent leak indicating the same. Whether these two bits of news are related we can't say, but it's certainly plausible.

 

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Inafune, if you don't know, is one of the primary minds behind the Mega Man (maybe you've heard of it), going back to the earliest of days.

 

The news is consistent with Microsoft's push to bring gaming back to Windows; its Gears of War remaster and Fable Legends among other titles are on their way.

iPhone 7 Plus rumored to have 256GB storage option, 3,100 mAh battery

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 8:59 pm

Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus will have a 3,100 mAh battery and the option for 256GB storage, Chinese website MyDrivers claims.

 

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The battery is said to be 12.7% larger than what's seen in the iPhone 6s Plus (which features a 2,750 mAh battery). Other rumors state the phone will be almost as thin as the newest iPod Touch, so this is questionable, although if the headphone jack is indeed removed, maybe this is all achievable. There is no word in the report about base storage. Lastly, the report adds credibility to the buzz about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sporting 4.7'' and 5.5'' screens, claiming the same.

 

Last we checked, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were said to have a TSMC-built A10 chip and Intel 7360 LTE modem; the 7 Plus may have 3GB RAM.

Oculus Rift preorders are open starting this Wednesday

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 8:05 pm

The actual release date for the Oculus Rift VR headset hasn't been announced aside from a generic "Q1 2016" date, but they're opening it up to pre-orders starting this Wednesday, January 6th at 8AM Pacific.

 

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Of course we're hoping for more than just a pre-order date at CES and something more concrete to look forward to. The delay of the Oculus Touch controller shouldn't be too much of a detractor for those wishing to get their hands-on final hardware. If early development kits combined with controllers has been any indication, then VR is more than viable without a VR-specific input method.

 

So if you've been dreaming of trying out the consumer model as soon as it hits the streets, before anyone else has a chance to plop it on their heads, then you might want to be one of the first in (digital) line when the pre-ordering begins.

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25th anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog game might be in the works

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 7:08 pm

Something rather exciting might be happening with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise this year. A new game could be in development, if certain now deleted Facebook posts are to be believed.

 

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A band that has worked closely with Sonic the Hedgehog and have provided music for some of the later games, Crush 40, posted on Facebook that "We are planning a few performances to commemorate the anniversary of Sonic," but that wasn't the exciting part. They continued "We might participate in writing new songs for the anniversary game...stay tuned." indicating the existence of a new anniversary game. The post was promptly deleted, though not before we were able to see it. Even better is the graphic released by Sega commemorating the occasion, shown above.

 

It doesn't necessarily mean an entirely new game is being commissioned, but it might point towards something else. Whether that be a web-based game, a new mobile game or something on an even smaller scale. The formula for a successful Sonic the Hedgehog game seems to be directly tied to the older games. The newer more free-roaming and 3D titles were never quite as accepted, though they didn't do that poorly either. Our bet is on a remake of the original, given the logo that's come out.

First Rainbow Six Siege DLC delayed until February 2nd

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 6:02 pm

The first DLC for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, as part season one or Operation Black Ice, has been delayed for season pass holders until February 2nd, a slight delay if anything.

 

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Originally the new content, which includes new operators from the Canadian Joint Task Force 2 Counter-Terrorism unit, a new map and some new weapon skins, was originally planned for release on January 26th for those that have purchased a season pass.

 

Ubisoft confirmed the slight delay on Twitter while answering a question from a fan, and they reiterated that season pass holders merely have early access to the new content, and everything will be available for free for all players of the game. If you're a PC gamer, we highly recommend downloading the Ultra HD texture pack while waiting for the DLC to arrive.

Blind gamer finishes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 5:08 pm

A blind gamer has done something rather remarkable, proving that no disability can stand in the way of enjoying the world of gaming. He was able to complete The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time after five years, no easy feat.

 

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Terry Garrett's journey started nearly five years ago in 2011 when he started a YouTube channel to show that being blind doesn't stop a person from playing video games, regardless of how open-world they might be. And since that time he's been making steady progress by using sound as a means to navigate and know where things are in the world.

 

Garrett plays an emulated version of The Ocarina of Time so that he can take advantage his emulators ability to save game states for quick trial and error in particularly troubling spots. To navigate the world he places his speakers directly in front of himself so that he can more easily hear the auditory cues from the in-game world. This way he can locate enemies, Links fairy friend Navi and can even find his way by listening for his weapon striking a nearby wall.

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Far Cry Primal will have a language created, based in reality

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 4:03 pm

Far Cry Primal is going to feature a language you've probably never heard of in the game, but the best part is that it's going to be based off a real proto-European language dating back to around the Stone Age.

 

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The developers actually went and sought out linguists who specialize in languages from around the stone-age, or proto-European languages. But oddly, what was initially presented to them was seen as too "modern" for the setting they were going for, even though the language likely actually represented spoken words from the time-period they're portraying.

 

The creative director, Jean-Christophe Guyot, went back to the linguistic experts and asked them to attempt to devolve the language in a logical manner so that it could more easily align with with the overall creative vision they wanted to share with Far Cry Primal. To them, they wanted something even more primitive than the languages spoken during that time-period portrayed.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 3:37 pm

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Scalebound has been delayed until 2017, need time to perfect things

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 3:02 pm

Platinum Games's heart is heavy with the news that they're going to delay the release of Scalebound until 2017. They want to get it right, and with a game of this size and scale, that means they need more development time.

 

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A statement on the Platinum Games website from the Scalebound team reads that "In order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017." it goes on saying that "This will give us the time needed to bring to life all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences that we have planned." It certainly can't be an easy decision to make, but with so many games from 2015 having had the appearance of being unfinished, Scalebound and the amount of ingenuity they want to bring to gaming will have to wait until it's done right. Though we are always skeptical, more time to perfect things from good companies generally results in awesome things.

 

They also say that there will be plenty more to share in the upcoming year, so that we won't be completely in the dark during these longer days of development. We're particularly excited to see more specifics with the way you interact with your friend and companion, not to mention seeing more gameplay mechanics throughout the year.

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