Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, is planning to step down as the lead designer of the game. He has explained his desire to leave Bohemia Interactive, something he will do before the end of the year, after which he will set up a new studio in New Zealand.
Hall said: "I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it. Eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role".
The DayZ creator said that he had no plans to be around this year, but claimed "it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community". Don't fret though, as Hall will "always be involved" with DayZ, in either a leader or creative role. Hall said that DayZ is a "fundamentally flawed" concept, and that it is "not the perfect game, it's not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it".
One of the things that bummed out some Xbox One gamers at launch was the fact that the Twitch live broadcasting service for games wasn't available. All the Xbox One gamer could do was record and upload videos. Gamers on the PS4 console were able to stream their live games.
The good news is that Twitch live game streaming will be coming to the Xbox One game console next month. The feature will come along with an update to the console in March. The update will bring with it in addition to live streaming of games the ability to start game broadcasts using your voice, the ability to archive game clips, and the ability to watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device.
That means you can watch PS4 game streams on your Xbox One. Right now, the Xbox One user can only spectate on streams or record game clips using the Upload app. Players will also be able to broadcast from their living room using the Kinect camera. The update should land on March 11 along with Titanfall.
EA DICE has just revealed it is quietly inviting people into a new feature for the still-buggy Battlefield 4, something that will make the game more social. Platoons will allow gamers to track stats together in groups, and much more.
Platoons was featured in Battlefield 3, but the new feature will go live on Battlelog for BF4 gamers "very soon". DICE is offering select gamers early access to the feature in order "to test certain parts of the system", and to collect the usual feedback on it before it rolls out to digital soldiers across the planet.
Now that Respan Entertainment's Titanfall had a successful BETA testing on XBox One and on PC, its just a matter of time that the game will soon be released. Even in many retail stores and via online, pre-orders for Titanfall has started. That wouldn't really stop information to leak just yet!!
The response from Titanfall's BETA testing was great as million of gamers participated in it. The game is expected for release by next month. One of the aspects that would be present on Microsoft's gaming consoles are the achievement list. A member from neoGAF posted a total of 35 achievements of the game for XBox 360 and XBox One.
24 star and also the voice behind Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5 has told IGN that he is involved with an upcoming Mortal Kombat game. Sutherland said: "I did Mortal Kombat, and that's such a huge game, but it's so not like [MGS5]".
Jack Bauer's involvement with a new Mortal Kombat game is interesting, but the TV and movie star has not confirmed exactly what character he is playing in the game. What should we expect? Which character do you think he'd voice best?
More than one-third of U.S. gamers above the age of 13 are considered 'digital gamers' playing a downloaded game on PC, video game console, or a mobile device, according to research firm The NPD Group.
Just 16 percent of that group play digitally downloaded games only, with that number likely to be PC gamers and mobile gamers. There is growing interest in Web-based technologies for game consoles, including digitally downloaded content, but the market is still growing - and many gamers often resell or trade game titles when finished.
"The value that gamers see in physical is having an actual disk that can be held, while later being able to trade-in or sell the game," said Liam Callahan, The NPD Group industry analyst, in a press statement. "Digital gamers like the economy of these games: they're either free or less expensive than their physical counterparts, as well as the ease and convenience of acquisition and storage."
Just how much money has Garry's Mod made in the time it has been released? $30 million and counting. But, what about Facepunch Studios' other successful game, that has been available for much less time? $30.1 million or more.
Facepunch Studios' founder, Garry Newman, broke the news through Twitter yesterday, where he said "Garry's Mod has just broke $30,000,000". He continued: "And if my calculations are correct - we have now officially made more money from Rust than Garry's Mod". Newman said that Rust revenue is approximately just 0.34% more than the sales of Garry's Mod, which makes Rust's sales over $30.1 million so far.
Considering Garry's Mod has been out since December of 2004, and Rust has been out in alpha form since December, Rust is doing extremely well for the studio so far.
I am willing to bet that many of TweakTown's readers remember grinding out hours of thrashing in many of the titles in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater gaming franchise. I was one of those teens who spent hours on end playing Pro Skater 2 and racking up millions of points in maps enhanced by every cheat code the game offered. Fans of the series will be happy to hear that the Tony Hawk franchise is returning at some point in 2014 or 2015.
During an episode of hits show, Demolition Radio, on SiriusXM Radio, Tony Hawk himself let the news slip about the upcoming title on accident, and since then, a spokes person for Activision has came forward and confirmed that the game does exist and that new information regarding it will be officially released soon. This is good news for long-time fans which saw the franchise die out after a horrible HD remake of the original game failed miserably after its control system proved to be more buggy than an AAA title from EA on launch day.
Microsoft is always working on updates for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles. Sometimes those updates are for bugs that have surfaced, like the black screen bug the last Xbox One update added for some. Other times the updates for the consoles add new features.
Microsoft has announce that it has been inviting specific Xbox Live gamers to beta the next update for the Xbox One game console. The Xbox team is working on an update for the Xbox One for March. The users that are chosen by Microsoft will get some of the features of that update early.
They will use the new features and provide Microsoft with feedback on the update via a private forum. Microsoft isn't offering any information on how it is choosing the people that will participate in the program. It does say that the users will be able to opt out of participating. That implies that the people don't have to ask to be part of the program.
Peak Antifreeze and iRacing have announced something that will excite virtual racers out there. Peak will be sponsoring iRacing's top online racing championship series for the next three years. The events sponsored by peak will kick off on February 25.
The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com will pit the top sim racers in the world against each other for over $20,000 in cash and prices. Participants will race in precise digital models of Generation-6 stock cars with a 17-race schedule.
The racing will take place on iRacing.com's laser scanned NASCAR racing tracks. This is the only sanctioned online world championship by NASCAR. The racing series will kick off at the virtual Daytona International Speedway at 9pm Tuesday, February 25th.
Boutique gaming company Feenix has launched the Aria gaming headset, aimed towards providing gamers with better quality sound than regular headphones.
Using Japanese pine wood for the acoustic chamber, coupled with 50mm neodymium magnet drivers, Feenix wanted to bring audiophile sound to the gaming market. Aria owners have an immersive experience with 100% memory foam that surround the ear, and an independent clip microphone that provides "studio-grade recording" ability.
"For years gamers have been misled as to what they should be looking for in a gaming heaset," said Ashkon Shayani, Feenix Creative Director, in a press release. "Their choices have had nothing but poor sound quality, gimmicky features, and unnaturally over pronounced bass. The Aria focuses on providing high grade audio and reproducing sounds perfectly in studio monitor fashion. The result is the ability to hear sounds you never knew existed."
The Feenix Aria headphones are available for pre-order with a whopping $349 price tag.
Feenix gaming products are more expensive than the majority of current competing products, but are extremely high-quality and perform well. Also, customers have a dedicated account manager to assist in any follow-up support that is needed in case there are any questions - or problems - that might arise in the future.
Final Fantasy gamers rejoice! According to series producer Yoshinori Kitase, it looks like future Final Fantasy games will make their way to the PC. Kitase talked with Eurogamer, saying that while the series has a long history on consoles, this could change moving into the future.
Kitase said: "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC. Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security. So we decided not to do it this time around".
It's interesting to note that Kitase said it "would have been possible for us to make a PC version" but there were reasons behind it. He continued: "But we see potential in it and there are lots of regions and countries where PC is very strong. So in terms of our hope of being able to deliver our games to every single country in the world and to as many gamers as possible, yes, we would definitely be interested in pursuing that route in the future".
When Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls haunts your gaming life when it arrives on March 25, it will include two new major social features: clans and communities.
Blizzard Entertainment confirmed the new social features today, which will help form friendships between Diablo 3 players. Clans are limited to 120 members, and are invite-only organizations. You can't just join clans at a whim, as you can only be in one clan at a time. The feature is aimed at uniting players who have similar interests, schedules (which can be important), or goals.
Communities, however, are more casual: they can be public or private, and membership is "nearly unlimited," says Blizzard. You can be part of multiple communities, which will be interesting. The new clans and communities part of the game will go live in patch 2.0.1, an update that will be pushed out before Reaper of Souls arrives in March 25.
We've had a couple of teases of Fallout 4 lately, one where the trademark was filed and we thought it was close to being announced, and another teasing that 'nuclear winter is coming soon'. Both of those, seem to be weird, detailed dreams to the news we're about to break to you.
Bethesda's game director, Todd Howard, has come out and publicly said: "We don't [have a timeframe for our next game announcement], but I think it's gonna be a while". We've gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years. Everyone wants information. Right now, we're just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it.
It's not all bad news, as it seems that the PC is important to the developer, where Howard was enthusiastic about the best platform in the world. He said: "PC is resurgent. Skyrim did better than we've ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that's where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it's exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we've wanted to do in the past. There are kind of random ideas we're working on right now, and it's like, 'Wow, I think there's potential here to do some really cool stuff".
The original Doom series developed by John Carmack and ID Software had a cult following and is still held as one of the best FPS games ever made by its fan base. When word first came that Bethesda and ID Software were working on DOOM 4, the internet roared with cheers, but hopes and dreams were soon thereafter crushed when Bethesda announced that development had ceased on the game.
It appears that things have taken a turn for the better and today Bethesda announced that entry into Doom 4's beta program will be happening soon. There is a catch however, and it involves pre-ordering Bethesda's upcoming Wolfenstein remake which opens up on May 20th of this year. Bethesda says that beta keys will be placed inside boxed copies of the game, and that an open beta is still a possibility, but at the moment, the only sure way to get into Doom 4 Beta is to purchase Wolfenstein.
One of the biggest problems in Battlefield 4 is the pace at which different players rank up their weapons and unlock new ones. Each person unlocks weapons at different rates due to their skill level, time spent in each class, and even their campaign and challenge participation. EA and DICE have just released a new feature for Battlefield 4 that they hope will level the playing field for some players who are new or are falling behind.
Known as Shortcut Kits, these new packs allow players to purchase (free for premium players for a limited time) kits that fill out their Handgun, DMR, Grenade, and Shotgun kits by simply buying the pack from the in-game store. During February and the beginning of March, 4 shortcut packs will be available, with more to come in the coming months.
One of the things that makes the Forza franchise so popular is that the development for each version continues well after the game is introduced. That means that you get new cars and in the case of Forza Motorsport 5, you get new tracks as well.
The first track add-on for Forza Motorsport 5 has been announced. The track is one of the premier facilities in the US and is called Road America. The track is fully integrated into the Forza 5 experience. Players will get to drive the track at events in Career mode.
The player can also drive the virtual track in Career bonus events after the mini-Career series is complete. Players will also be able to play against each other on the track with availably in the Rivals Mode and multiplayer lobbies.
In just under a month from now, Valve will debut its first documentary titled Free to Play to the world. Free to play is a film about the lives of three professional computer gamers who come from very different walks of life from across the world including Asia, North America, and Europe. They may speak different languages in real life, but in Dota 2, the game that unifies them, they all speak the same language.
The documentary focuses on the three players as they prepare to play for the first ever $1 million prize in professional video gaming competition. Valve says that it will hold a public screening of the documentary followed by a Q&A session on March 18th at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, California. While seating is limited, users can register for the even via the event bright link below. Additional information about Free to Play can also be found at the source link below.
Earlier this month we reported that the update for the Xbox One that had been expected in February wouldn't land until March. Microsoft came back and changed that a bit when it made the update available last week. Many Xbox One owners installed the update straight away to get their hands on the new features it brought with it.
The update added in notable new features like a battery level indicator for the controller and the ability to access the device storage and delete things. The Xbox One update bought several other things that gamers will appreciate, but hit some with an issue no one wants.
The update has also resulted in a bug that is affecting some users. The bug manifests by presenting a black screen to the user when they power the console on. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and has offered a quick fix for the problem.
A couple days ago, we mentioned that the coming video game from Konami called Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was going to have a higher native resolution on the PS4 than the Xbox One. Konami tipped that on the PS4 the game would have a native resolution of 1080p at 60 fps. Xbox One gamers will have to get by with 720p at 60 fps.
Konami had also announced that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game would get by with 720p via upscaling and 30fps frame rates. If you wondered at the time what differences would be noticeable between the four versions, Konami has a new video you will like.
The new video has all four of the console versions put up side by side. It's clear from the video that the next generation consoles have much better lighting effects. Konami also notes that the PS4 and Xbox One also have larger texture maps giving extra detail. Objects on the screen in the PS4 and Xbox One version certainly look more realistic and three-dimensional.
A Reddit post in Counter-Strike: Global offensive thread caught many people's attention about Valve's Anti-cheat system. The post came with a screenshot and an explanation which claimed that VAC was collecting browser information and sending it back to Valve's servers. But Gabe Newell of Valve Software immediately made a post in Reddit to dismiss any such claims and set the record straight.
Gabe Newell explained that they do not talk about anti cheating or its counter hacking systems in the open because it creates more opportunities for cheaters to attack the system. But because of the heated discussion in Reddit, he had to make an exception.