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Well, well, well... Oculus VR has secured itself a major Oculus Rift exclusive title: EVE: Valkyrie. EVE: Valkyrie started off as an Oculus Rift tech demo built by a small team over at CCP, but turned into a full blown space VR experience.
It took multiple awards at E3 2013, and is now being developed by CCP's Newcastle, UK-based studio. CCP CEO, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, said during his DICE 2014 talk: "The core purpose of CCP is to make virtual worlds more meaningful than real life". He expressed how excited the team at CCP is over Oculus Rift, too.
In regards to the implementation of Oculus Rift, the CCP CEO said: "It is much easier for people to accept as reality. It's a much shorter leap of faith to really accept that we really have the ability to create virtual worlds more meaningful than real life". I'm just excited to see Oculus racking up a serious game for the Rift when it launches, hopefully later this year.
Adhesive Games' free-to-play mech combat title, Hawken, is heading over to Steam very shortly. As of today, the developer will phase out its existing launcher and gameplay services, in favor of moving its current players to a pre-release version of the game on Steam.
After that, Hawken will require Steam to play, with the game not being accessible outside of Valve's digital distribution client. All player progress won't be lost, with Adhesive Games shifting it all over to the new Steam version. Current Hawken players will receive early access to the Steam version, with Adhesive noting: "This patch will be missing some core content and you may run into some of our QA testers still working on final polish. Right now, we're aiming for a formal release of the update in the next couple of weeks".
Borderlands 2 is one of the most popular games released in the last few years, and with a massive fan base that has continued to grow over the last 15 months, there's no wonder why Gearbox has continued to release DLC for the game. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and this morning the developer announced that the last DLC for Borderlands 2 will be released after its upcoming DLC on February 11th.
Next week, for $2.99, Borderlands 2 fans will get a new Head Hunter pack named Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre. The DLC is focused around the two of the worlds big families and you have to play cupid. Moxxi will send you on a quest to obtain ingredients for love potion that will be used to unite the families. Shortly after the Moxxi DLC releases, the final DLC for Borderlands 2 will drop, and will be yet another Head Hunter pack titled Sir Hammerlock and the Son of Crawmerax. Some reports suggest that this could come as early as late March or Early April.
Cyberith is working on some great technology, with a new video showing off the only way to play Skyrim: with Oculus Rift, the Cyberith Virtualizer - which is an omnidirectional treadmill, two Wii remotes and a lot of spare time.
One of the main goals of the Virtualizer, as Cyberith notes on its website: "The Virtualizer not only supports simple forward-faced movements like walking or running, but also walking backwards, crouching, jumping and even sitting". The crowdfunding campaign for the Virtualizer is coming soon, with the CEO and founder of Cyberith, Tuncay Cakmak, telling Eurogamer that: "we cannot tell an exact price no but we can tell that everybody who can afford a gaming PC, can afford the Virtualizer".
For those of you waiting for the PC system requirements for Respawn Entertainment's very first game, Titanfall, we have them here for you, below:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
- Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Video card: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
An interesting addition to this news, is that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has said that a Mac version of Titanfall is something the studio is "talking about" and that he'd "like to see it happen". Titanfall on the Mac would definitely be an interesting thing to see, that's for sure.
There are very few things I look forward to spending money on every month, but the Humble Bundle is one of those things. I enjoy it so much that I actually have a line item in my budget titled "Humble Bundle Funds." While not all Humble Bundle's feature my flavor of gaming goodness, the new Humble Bundle is exactly what I have been hoping for.
Today Humble launched the Sid Meier Bundle which features the full edition of Civilization III and Civilization IV, as well as Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, followup Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, and 2006 railroad business sim Sid Meier's Railroads. If you pay more than the average you will land Civilization V as well as its Gods and Kings DLC. Additionally, a donation of $15 or more will land you Brave New World, the latest DLC for Civ V. Unlike previous bundles, this new one will support Action Against Hunger instead of the EFF and Child's Play.
Today Valve announced that it has begun testing a new feature its calling Steam Music, that will allow gamers to bring their audio collection into SteamOS and Big Picture Mode. Allowing users to play music from within Steam while gaming from within Steam is something that users have been asking for for years now, and it finally looks like Valve is listening.
Importing your music into SteamOS and Big Picture Mode is quite easy and only requires the user to tell Steam which directory the music is stored in. Once Steam knows where to look for the tunes, the app will build a music library in steam and users can build out playlist, and even control tracks the same way they track achievements while in-game. At the moment, the new feature is only being rolled out to those who have opted in to test it, however, anyone can join the test group by visiting the Steam Music group in the Steam Community.
Minecraft has sold over 14 million copies on the PC and Mac, thanks to Markus "Notch" Persson's latest update on Twitter, where he said:
Considering the alpha of Minecraft was released back in May 2009, it has taken close to five years to reach this point. The full version of Minecraft launched in November 2011, and as of August 2012, over 17 million copies of the game were sold.
We posted a rumor of this not too long ago, but more details have surfaced on the next Battlefield game. It will be developed by Visceral Games, as we reported previously, who are the studio behind Dead Space.
It is reportedly a police-themed Battlefield game, which is currently codenamed Havana. Better yet, it is due out this year. There's not much else known on the new Battlefield game, but a police theme is quite interesting, and should breathe some fresh air into the troubled franchise.
The NeoGAF forum has gamers up in arms once again, where news has broken that the next release in the Halo franchise, Halo 5, has been delayed until November 2015.
The source does claim that we will see many Halo games released over the next 18 months, five of them in fact: Halo 2 Anniversary Edition for Xbox One on November 11, 2014, Halo 3 port for Xbox One, Halo 4 port for Xbox One and the aforementioned Halo 5. Halo 2 Anniversary Edition should arrive with 1080 support, and beta access to Halo 5.
60FPS support is rumored, but we should definitely see two versions: a Collector's Edition, and War Collection.