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Since launching in March, Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has more than 20 million players, and will hit Apple iPhones and Google Android smartphones in early 2015. The company is currently revamping the game's interface to ensure it operates well on smartphones, and Blizzard developers are still working out the kinks.
"While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don't feel like we'll be ready to share it with you until early next year," according to a blog post published on Battle.net. "It's very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions."
Sunset Overdrive hits the Xbox One as an exclusive to Microsoft's console on October 28, but days before its release, the developer behind the game has started talking about why they changed from running the game at 1080p, to 900p.
The downshift in resolution allowed the developer to have more on-screen action, as 1080p would've seen a reduction in on-screen mayhem as the frame rate would obviously drop. Creative Director with Insomniac Games, Marcus Smith, said: "Why would you want less action on screen? That's insanity. 900p works perfect for us. We spent a lot of time comparing and contrasting. We had it running at 1080p, we'd play it; we had it running at 900p, we'd play it and they didn't look considerably different. But the things that you could draw on screen were a lot more, and we wanted to draw a lot more on screen. More action, more better. Michael Bay would be very proud".
Another game where the 'next-gen' consoles, this time an Xbox One exclusive, is running the previous generation specs: 900p (or so) at 30FPS. I would've preferred to have heard they dropped to 720p and enabled AA, but bumping the frame rate up to a solid 60FPS.
Peripheral maker Satechi launched its Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse, designed for high-speed gaming along with traditional PC activities. The mouse supports 800, 1600, 2400 and 4000 DPI, with a 250Hz or 500Hz speed of transmission rate, and has four assigned LED colors depending on the DPI in use. The mouse is powered by two AA batteries and will automatically switch to sleep mode after five minutes of inactivity, with an estimated 36 months before batteries need to be changed.
Satechi also included a "Gaming Mode," powered by clicking the "Turbo Button," so users only have to click once instead of needing to double-click while gaming. The Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse has a $19.99 MSRP.
The gaming peripheral market has yielded countless products for PC gamers, though many of the wireless products are relatively expensive.
Longtime rock band Metallica will play during the closing ceremony of BlizzCon 2014 next month, hitting the stage on November 8, Blizzard has confirmed. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California. The event is a celebration of the company's Diablo, Startcraft, and World of Warcraft franchises, and will host tournaments, panel presentations, and hands-on game demos.
"We're thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO, in a press statement. "After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an Earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home."
For gamers unable to attend the event live, as BlizzCon 2014 is sold out, high-definition BlizzCon virtual tickets are available for $40.
There have been some truly incredible creations within Minecraft, but this one would have to be one of the most elaborate: a working iPhone. You need to check out the video, below.
The creation was done with countless hours by YouTuber "SHUFFLE" who made the 'working' iPhone within Minecraft, something that even has working apps. The video above is in German, so most of you won't understand it, but you can still see the working iPhone, well, working in Minecraft, which is a sight to behold.
Ubisoft is now detailing its season pass for Far Cry 4, something that will cost $20 when the game launches next month. Far Cry 4's DLC will include an exclusive launch-day mission, a new PvP multiplayer mode, five missions with Hurk, and more. For $30, you'll receive:
- The Syringe - Available from launch exclusively for Season Pass holders, players must keep a rare and potent recipe from falling into the hands of Pagan Min's forces. Playable in single-player and co-op, players will need to ensure that he does not use its devastating effects on the rebel forces.
- Escape from Durgesh Prison - Ajay and Hurk have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma's prison. Team up with a friend to escape and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min's Kyrat.
- Hurk Deluxe Pack - Five missions, playable in single-player and co-op, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk's Redemption are available. Access an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.
- Overrun - Team up as Rakshasa or Golden Path in this PvP mode and control a series of neutral locations across Kyrat's countryside to protect them from being overrun by your opponents.
- Valley of the Yetis - Ajay's helicopter has crashed on an unforgiving Himalayan ridge. Explore the frozen landscape and find tools to upgrade your camp and protect it from a dangerous cult when night falls. With single-player and co-op options, players will not be alone, but in the darkest caves players will have more to fear than just the cult as the yetis await their prey...
It was only back in March that we reported there was a "beta" of Grand Theft Auto V floating around for the PC, fooling unsuspecting gamers into its phishing arms. Well, we're back again with another supposed beta for the game, this time, for the remastered version.
Rockstar Games, the developer behind GTA, has said on its "no beta" page (something that has been up since May 2013) "Please note: There is no pre-release 'beta' test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam".
The re-release of Grand Theft Auto V will reach the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, with the PC version delayed a couple of months, with a release date of January 27, 2015. Grand Theft Auto Online will be included with GTA V on the PS4, Xbox One and PC when it launches, something that supports 30 players at once.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4, but you'd better have some HDD space free, as well as copious amounts of RAM. The new Call of Duty requires 6GB of RAM, which we've previously reported, but the required HDD space has been increased from 40GB to 55GB.
The update on the HDD requirements are thanks to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's system requirements on Steam, which state it will only work on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, as well as requiring 6GB of RAM and 55GB of available HDD space. The last game in the series, Call of Duty: Ghosts, required 6GB of RAM and 40GB of HDD space, but the 6GB of RAM requirement was later reduced.
If you've ever dreamt of playing a game where you play as a slice of bread, now is your chance. I am Bread is a new RPG from the developers of Surgeon Simulator, in which you play as a slice of bread.
Your journey will start as a piece of bread that gets toasted, but not overly damaged, or crusty. How do you control a piece of bread? Simple, each four corners of the bread can twitch, allowing you to flop along surfaces, or climbing walls - you know, how bread would react if it were alive.
Bossa Studios is behind I am Bread, coming up with the idea during a game jam environment last month. This is the same way the team came up with Surgeon Simulator, with the studio formed back in 2010, specializing in free-to-play social network games, such as the Facebook bound Monstermind.
Professional gaming is a booming market in South Korea, with thousands of fans attending live tournaments - and millions watching over the Internet - as major tournaments offer large cash prizes. The recent League of Legends World Championships, held at the World Cup Stadium in South Korea, offered a championship title and a $1 million prize. The team of Samsung White won the top prize, with member ages ranging from 17 to 21 years old.
"Most of the biggest championships are won by Chinese and Koreans simply because the number who go at it in a professional manner and everything aside are from those two countries," said Peter Warman, NewZoo CEO. "In the west that's difficult, in the west many wouldn't say e-sports is everything in their life, but in China and South Korea they would say it."
Along with heavy promotion of e-sports tournaments, Korea also has some of the leading pro gamers in the world - whether talking of strategy games or first-person shooters - and should only grow in popularity further.