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We have another live blog for you of Microsoft's press event. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.
What are you expecting from Microsoft at E3? Let us know what excites you or what you expect to see!
We're just hours away from E3 starting but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some leaked trailer goodness now, does it? One of which is the game at the top of my most wanted list, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs.
The trailer isn't in-game footage, but it does set the pace for the game and what it is all about. It has a great feel to it, and I'm pretty sure that everything that is done in the trailer is capable of being done in the game. It truly is a no holds barred trailer, and something you need to watch right now.
While surfing Xbox Live tonight, a friend of mine noticed that Fable III is available for download for the sweet sweet price of $0.00. That's right it's 100 percent free! First released in October 2010, Fable III has sold more than 3 million copies.
For those unfamiliar with the game, the story focuses on the player character's struggle to overthrow the King of Albion by forming alliances and building support for a revolution. After a successful revolt, the player becomes the monarch and is tasked with attempting to defend Albion from a great evil.
Nintendo has decided to skip holding a press conference at E3 this year citing the rise of social media marketing. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie spoke directly to fans in a video posted on Facebook saying that "change can make people nervous."
He went on to add that "people are wondering how we can possibly share information about all our games without all the bells and whistles of an expensive press conference." He said that the company plans to promote itself on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube during E3.
The company will hold a Nintendo Direct Conference on June 11 at 7AM PT, which will be followed by a steady stream of content ranging from developer interviews, game trailers, and wrap-up videos.
The only thing we are left wondering is what is Nintendo thinking? The entire tech media world will be focused on E3, which leaves little coverage room for the slowly sinking company. Maybe that is their plan since Wii U sales are flat-lining and the company has no interesting announcements to share at the Expo.
To say EA faced launch issues with SimCity would be an understatement. In fact, when the PC version of SimCity launched in March, it was nearly unplayable, resulting in mass anger from purchasers. Many blamed the always-on, always-connected DRM and play-style. Things have calmed down in the months since launch, but the Mac version still hasn't launched.
The Mac version was actually slated to launch back in February, but it was delayed to June 11. Now that we approach the delayed launch date, EA and Maxis have again delayed the launch, this time to August. A specific day has not been provided, but they did note that they want to make sure the experience is great:
Today we are announcing that we are moving the release date of the Mac version of SimCity to August. We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for primetime yet. We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time.
PlayStation 3 gamers will get access to Diablo III on September 3. Blizzard has had pre-orders available for a few weeks now, but the PlayStation blog has provided us with this specific release date. Furthermore, the blog adds that they have been working on tailoring the experience to fit PlayStation.
According to the post, Diablo III will have a playable demo available on the show floor at E3. This means we should be able to go hands-on and get an impression on how well the port was done. E3 takes place next week, so stay tuned to TweakTown for your gaming news!
Are you excited for Diablo III on the PlayStation 3? Let us know in the comments.
In an exciting gaming-related piece of news, Epic Games has announced that their upcoming Unreal Engine 4 will come with support for Oculus VR's upcoming Oculus Rift VR headset. Oculus Rift is seen as a holy grail gaming device and the future of gaming. From personal experience, Oculus Rift is quite epic.
By including Oculus Rift support in Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games is making it easier for game developers to include support for the virtual reality headset. The easier it is to include, the more likely it is that developers will include support. Unreal Engine 4 will also come with support for various other middlewares:
- Audiokinetic - Wwise
- Autodesk - Autodesk Gameware
- Donya Labs - Simplygon
- Geomerics- Enlighten
- IDV - SpeedTree for Games
- Intel - Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB)
- NaturalMotion - morpheme and euphoria
- NVIDIA - PhysX and APEX
- Oculus VR - Oculus Rift
- RAD Game Tools - Bink Video and Telemetry Performance Visualizer
- RealD - RealD Developer Kit (RDK)
- Umbra Software - Umbra 3
- Xoreax - IncrediBuild-XGE
This morning, Amazon has announced the launch of a new Indie Games Store that features more than 400 titles from at least 100 independent game developers. This new addition comes at a time when the Indie game market couldn't be any hotter with promotions like The Humble Bundle and Steam pushing indie games hard.
A representative from Amazon has told TweakTown that the new storefront has several features aimed at helping indie game developers get discovered, such as the Indie Gamers Choice Program, where to indie games go head-to-head for gamers' votes.
Another interesting feature is the Indie Spotlight which features Bios and Q&As that offer insight into the developers behind great independent games. A new Indie developer Spotlight will be released every Thursday and to kick things off Amazon has featured Mike Roush and Alex Neuse from Gaijin Games, the developers behind the BIT.TRIP series.
To celebrate the launch of this new storefront, Amazon is offering several deals throughout the month of June on PC, Mac, and browser-based games. The deals include $9.99 game bundles, 75 percent off select titles, and three free pre-selected titles on any purchase made from the Indie Game Store during the months of June and July. You can head over to Source #1 below to check out all the great indie games.
With the new Xbox One just around the corner and the upcoming Xbox TV series directed by Steven Spielberg announced, Halo fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the next installment in the Halo game series. Today were finding out that game is here... Well, sort of.
Unfortunately, the next Halo game is not for the Xbox One, but rather for Windows Phone and Windows 8 touch-enabled devices. Halo: Spartan Assault, developed by 343 Studios, appears to be a top-down RTS style shooter. While this is sure to disappoint some fans, it is only natural for Microsoft to try and capitalize on Halo's popularity by bringing a version to touchscreen devices.
"In a nutshell, it's a top-down twin stick arcade-style action shooter," explained Dan Ayoub, executive producer at 343 Industries. "Really, [its] a brand new way to play Halo." The game does appear to be a major part of the Halo timeline and fills in the gaps between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The game will also have a companion comic book series called Halo Initiation which further details the saga of Sarah Palmer.
343's Kevin Grace:
What we've got right now has been designed for a single player experience. There are multiplayer components in the challenges and leader boards -- so you can challenge your friends and get that level of interaction -- but for this story and this particular game, it's just single player.
Metro: Last Light is doing incredibly well, has shifted more units in a week than the original game did in three months
It looks like Metro: Last Light is turning into a success, with both digital and US retail sales doing extremely well. Deep Silver, the publisher of Metro: Last Light, haven't provided exact numbers, but have noted that across all platforms Metro: Last Light is on, the game has sold more copies in one week than Metro 2033 did in three months.
Not only that, but in the United States, Last Light has sold more retail copies in the first week than its predecessor has managed since it was released three years ago. Metro: Last Light has stood on top of the charts for the past four weeks in a row in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
Have you played Metro: Last Light? This news of its success makes me think I should play it.