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Based upon Crytek's announcement today, it appears that the THQ bankruptcy hearing was accepted by the judge. Crytek has come out to say that they have acquired the rights to THQ's Homefront intellectual property. This means Crytek will now be able to develop games in the Homefront franchise.
Crytek was actually already working with THQ on a second Homefront game, which it announced back in late 2011. Due to the recent bankruptcy filing by THQ, Crytek decided to buy the rights to the Homefront franchise. They submitted the high bid at the THQ assets auction and have purchased the rights.
Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, said: "Since we first reached an agreement to develop Homefront 2, we've been firm believers in the IP and its potential to excite and amaze players. Our cooperation with THQ was always positive and we would like to thank them for all their support over the last two years and express our sympathy to those affected by the recent events at the company."
"From day one, the Homefront 2 team has been committed to creating a game that takes the series to new heights and features the level of quality and innovation associated with Crytek," said Nick Button-Brown, General Manager of Games at Crytek. "Nothing has changed with regards our development of the game, and we look forward to sharing the finished product with players."
Users keen on trying out NVIDIA's GeForce Experience can now try out the public beta by downloading the software from NVIDIA's website. For those who don't know, GeForce Experience aims to optimize graphical settings for a wide variety of games by using the cloud.
Want to know the best settings to play your games? GeForce Experience will figure it out for you. GeForce Experience connects you to NVIDIA's cloud datacenter to download optimal game settings tailored to your PC based on your CPU, GPU and monitor. Optimal settings maximize image quality while maintaining great performance so you get the best experience. A built-in interactive screenshot viewer helps you learn more about each setting and their benefits.
Looking forward to the PlayStation 4? After seeing this set of rumored specifications, I'm thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Of course, these are rumored specifications, with the source being fairly confident in them, though nothing is solid until the company decides to confirm these.
The system memory is said to be 8GB coupled with an AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPU. Video RAM is pegged at 2.2GB and the GPU is said to be an AMD R10XX. The system will feature 4 USB3.0 ports and 2 Ethernet ports. Sony is, of course, including a Blu-ray drive again. HDD space is said to be 160GB, which seems a bit small, considering the price of storage these days.
These specs are said to be the latest for the development kit. A production model will likely have a larger HDD and only one Ethernet port. The controller is said to feature a touchpad surface on the back of the controller, which can accept two-point multi-touch and also be pressed down as an additional button.
Things could change before Sony launches the final device, but the current working specifications seem top-notch. What are your thoughts on them?
Want to get a sneak peak at the upcoming Crysis 3 game? Well, Crytek and EA are giving everyone just that opportunity by offering an open beta of the multiplayer version of Crysis 3. Starting January 29, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to participate in the beta.
The beta is designed to give you just a taste of the full Crysis 3 multiplayer experience, and help the development team collect your valuable feedback.
In the Crysis 3 Beta, you'll be able to suit up, team up with your friends, level up to rank 10, and customize your Nanosuit with different weapons, attachments and suit modules.
It will feature two beta multiplayer modes: Hunter and Crash Site. The Hunter game mode is best described by the Crysis team: "This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked "Hunters", and up to fourteen CELL troopers awaiting extraction. Each trooper slain respawns on the Hunter team to prey on their former allies, building to a frenetic climax. If any of the troopers survive the round, the hunters lose. Whichever way you play, Hunter Mode delivers a heart-pounding test of strategy and survival."
The Crash Site mode is the ultimate King of the Hill type game experience. It's just like it sounds: an Alien ship drops a pod at a random spot on the map. Members of each team attempt to gather around the pod in order to capture it and accumulate points.
Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, announced that the company is developing some of its biggest franchises into new games for the Wii U. Unfortunately however, the information mostly stopped there.
We will see a new 3D installment to the Super Mario series, along with a similar edition of Mario Kart, but Nintendo has only confirmed their existence, no images have been released. We are expecting more details and maybe playable demos at E3 later this year.
We have also heard that there is not one, but two new additions to the Zelda series being developed as we speak. Reports are that one will be an enhanced port of the GameCube classic Wind Walker, while the other is a brand new entry that is said to take the series "back to the basics." Ending the string of new game reports, is a new game staring Yoshi, but details on it are almost nonexistent.
Interested in the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG? If so, you might consider signing up for the beta. Bethesda has announced that gamers can sign-up for The Elder Scrolls Online beta. Of course, only a select few will actually be chosen to participate in the beta, so polish those resumes before sending them in.
Along with the beta sign-up announcement, Bethesda released a new cinematic trailer, seen above, which contains a look at the CG sequences in the game.
The beta has not been scheduled to begin quite yet. According to Bethesda: "If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon-watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites."
Every cloud has a silver lining and for gamers, that silver lining in THQ's bankruptcy is the THQ Mega Pack. Bankrupt THQ is selling a THQ Mega Pack for just $25. The THQ Mega Pack is available on Amazon and comes with a large selection of THQ's games. Nearly every major game released by THQ is part of the pack.
- Company of Heroes - Tales of Valor
- Company of Heroes Game of the Year
- Darksiders II
- MX vs ATV Reflex
- Metro 2033
- Red Faction Armageddon
- Red Faction Guerrilla
- Saints Row 2
- Saints Row: The Third
- Supreme Commander
- Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
- Titan Quest Gold
- Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II - Gold Edition
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War Gold
- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II Retribution
All of the above games come in the THQ Mega Pack. Noticeably absent from the list above is the line of wrestling titles produced by THQ. This is likely due to licensing deals with the WWE.
The reboot of SimCity coming from Electronic Arts and Maxis is going into a closed beta next week, which was revealed through the official SimCity Twitter account as well as a newly opened registration page.
The beta will take place for just a few days, between January 25 and January 28. If you want to jump in, you'll need to punch in your details into the registration page before the registrations close. Participants for the beta are chosen completely at random, so I hope I get in!
Registrations are easy, you just get asked how much you play games, did you play the previous SimCity games, and how many hours you'll be able to participate in the beta.
We already heard that the next-generation PlayStation 4 was set to be more powerful than the next-generation Xbox, but now we have found some better details on the exact hardware being baked into the next-gen console from Sony.
The CPU that will find its home in the new PS4 is said to be sporting a new "Jaguar" technology from AMD, which features low-power processor cores that are designed for the entry-level laptop and tablet market. This is a perfect solution as console power consumption is a huge problem, and it looks like it'll be solved by the hardware in the PlayStation 4. The PC bound Jaguar technology from AMD is headed to the consumer market in a quad-core design, but consoles are looking to amp this up with some customizations to the overall design.
The PlayStation 4, or 'Orbis', will aos feature a high-end Radeon GPU solution. We should be looking at the mobile side of AMD's GPU plans, with the "Pitcairn" design, or the Radeon 7970M design. The 7970M is clocked at 850MHz, and feature 20 "Graphics Core Next" compute units, but the Orbis will take 10% off those specs - reducing the GCN compute unit count to 18, and the clock speed down to 800MHz.
A popular gaming website is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will be significantly more powerful than its rival, Microsoft's Xbox 720. VG247 has said that their developer sources who possess intimate knowledge of the PS4's specs as well as the Xbox 720 have confirmed the rumors.
VG247 says that the PS4 will clock in at around 1.84 teraflops of run-capability which is significantly more than the mere 1.23 teraflops possessed by the Xbox 720. The Xbox however, will sport 8GB of RAM over the PS3's 4GB, according to the source.
The website is also reporting that the new Xbox will have Blu-ray playback capabilities this time, which should come as no surprise because developers will need the extra disc space to fit all of those high-end graphics on. We will know for sure which console wins the power race in March when both companies are set to make announcements. Until then we'll keep reporting on developments on the subject as they come to hand.