It's official, Skyrim has gone gold today, with the game only due on Friday. Bethesda's latest and greatest hack-and-slash you-can-do-it-all title might actually hit store shelves a little early depending on where you're based and what version you purchased.
If you pre-ordered through Steam, it is set to unlock on 11/10/11 instead of the advertised 11/11/11 date. Pre-loading isn't available at the moment, but it shouldn't be too far behind since its gone GOLD today! Wow, how time has flown.
We had Deus Ex: Human Revolution a few months ago, Battlefield 3 a few weeks ago, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out today and now the news of Skyrim going Gold
Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution has sailed past 2.18 million copies sold, as found out from their financial figures as part of their bi-annual financial report. It revealed a year-on-year fall in net sales of 15-percent between April and September.
Net profile for the same period was up by 115-percent to approximately £30 million, with one of those titles contributed quite a bit to it, DX:HR. The vast majority of those 2.18 million copies sold were in Europe, surprisingly.
Dungeon Siege 3 sales you ask? They're only at 820,000 units. How about Minecraft? Minecraft has an impressive 4 million sales, despite the game not even fully released yet and only in a playable beta state. It goes on sale later this month, though.
A fresh video of Hitman Absolution has been uploaded complete with Director's Commentary from Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam.
The near 17 minute long video gives a behind the scenes rundown of the upcoming fifth entry in the Hitman game series which runs on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine.
Join Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam as they take you behind-the-scenes of the award-winning Hitman: Absolution, with a 17 minute commentary version of "Run For Your Life" playthrough. Learn first-hand what it takes to create a living and breathing world, gain new insight into the creation and ambition for the game and get a taste of what players can expect when they enter the mindset of the original assassin: Agent 47.
The game is due for release in 2012. A definitive date for its launch has not yet been made official.
Kmart have let a copy of Modern Warfare 3 slip off the shelves, and four days before its released, sold on eBay for an astonishing $1,725. Of course the buyer is anonymous, but there is one [lucky?] person out there who happened to value a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $1,725.
$1,725. That number is huge. Especially for an Xbox 360 copy, consider this; you could buy a full HD TV, Xbox 360 console and a handful of games for that kind of money. But, to a diehard fan, or someone who just wants it before everyone else (COD-peen?), then it would be invaluable to that person.
The problem with this? It takes three-to-four days for the game to be shipped as on the eBay delivery status it clearly states "Delivery: Estimated within 3-4 business days". Can you imagine how your heart would feel if it stopped beating for a second? That's what this person would feel when they realised they'd be waiting to pretty much on the day of proper release of MW3, and they'd get their copy. But, at $1,725.
I stumbled across this video today, which is from the same two guys who bought the world the live-action Battlefield 3 video which featured "Fearless CPU player who loves running down dark corridors" and "Sitting-down terrorist with no peripheral vision", comes a Skyrim-themed short film.
The two guys behind it, Rob Hardy and Jarrad Cody are also from my home town, Adelaide, South Australia. I noticed some of their props looked like local brands, and then at the end of the Battlefield 3 video they said that the prize giveaway was to be picked up from Adelaide, SA. Small world! Anyway, check out the Somewhat Skyrim video below:
Rainbow 6 series' new title has been confirmed today called Rainbow 6 Patriots and is the latest Tom Clancy first-person shooter which won't see the light of day until 2013. This marks a five-year gap in between Rainbow Six console releases as the most recent of them was Vegas 2 in March 2008.
The wait is possibly at the fault of Vegas 2, which was criticized at the time for being too similar to the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, released in November 2006. The setting for Patriots hasn't been confirmed with the only nugget of information to go on is that it "captures the reality of modern-day terrorism". The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, "with the support of" Ubisoft Toronto and Ubisoft Red Storm.
You would think that a company the size of Activision would not let this happen so close to launch, especially since Elite was announced so long ago now. Alas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elite will not launch on PC with the game, and will be released sometime after the game itself.
This is due to the developers saying the PC is "insecure", where they're worried people will hack the system. Those statistics can't be hacked, it would cause the world to implode and would be equal to the consequences of dividing by zero! Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny says:
We're as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It's really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1. We're working our butts off to make it happen, but we won't release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it's meant to be. The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can't give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.
Earlier this week, Dead Island developer Techland filed a trademark for something called Dead World. The name was logged on the 28th of October, and potentially refers to "computer game software and electronic software programs."
Could we be looking at the expansion and sequel to the hit game, Dead Island? Dead World would be pretty cool. Eurogamer reached out to Techland and a spokesperson for the company told Eurogamer "Techland is not going to comment on [the trademark filing] at this time."
I was a huge fan of Heavy Rain, it wasn't a perfect game, but it was a very, very good game. Next week, it's being re-released as "Heavy Rain: Director's Cut". In addition to the original game, it will include DLC, the original soundtrack, bonus videos, and more. Better yet, it will only be $29.99!
Heavy Rain: Director's Cut starts shipping on November 8th in the US. Here is a list of all the great content fans can look forward to:
If the TweakTown powers that be would allow me to do it, this post would simply say "Wow" followed by the trailer... but, we'll discuss it is a bit first. Battlefield 3 is obviously out and the first DLC Pack for it comes in the form of Back to Karkand. Back to Karkand features four of the most loved maps from Battlefield 2: Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman and my personal favorite, Wake Island.
The expansion pack also sports new weapons, vehicles, persistence, and the return of the classic Conquest Assault. Better yet, those who pre-ordered will get Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand for free... yep, no extra charge. Those of you who didn't pre-order can purchase it on the same day for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points.
The trailer is just awesome, I really wish the Battlefield 3 trailers were done in that way, it just looks... amazing. What I'd like to know is what is this "enhanced destruction" about, is it more than what we experience in Battlefield 3? If so, why? Is this something they'll switch on with an update to BF3? I hope so.
If you can't get Battlefield 3 running smoothly enough to enjoy it and are desperately saving some cash to get that rig upgraded, perhaps in the meantime you may like to take up Futuremark on its generous offer in providing its zero gravity FPS, Shattered Horizon for just $4.99 via Steam.
Beginning tomorrow (Friday 4th) through to Sunday the 6th, Futuremark is offering the game up for the aforementioned all-time low price, and even if you happen to miss picking it up then, it will remain at a permanently lower price of just $9.99 from Monday November 7th onwards, down from the current $19.99.
When we launched Shattered Horizon its high hardware requirements put it out of reach for some gamers. Today, Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in Steam's hardware survey and games like Battlefield 3 are raising the technical bar for PC games. We are happy to offer Shattered Horizon for an extra low price this weekend to give PC gamers the chance to enjoy its unique zero gravity combat.
If you were a big fan of one of the hottest FPS hits in 2004, Doom 3, you might be particularly excited to know that creator John Carmack has just tweeted news that Doom 3's Source Code is about to be released to the public.
doom 3 source is packaged and tested, we are waiting on final lawyer clearance for release.
The result will inevitably bring us some terrific spin-offs and a ton of funky mods from all directions!
Rockstar has been kind enough to release some new screenshots for the upcoming slow-mo, bullet-dodging, painkiller-addicted Max Payne 3. There's reportedly a new trailer that is meant to hit the tubes later this month, but until then, this news is just a "hey everyone, look at these pretty screenshots!". Once that trailer hits, you can bet your bottom dollar we'll post it up as soon as possible.
If you'd like to check out a trailer anyway, you can check out Rockstar's other awesome game, Grand Theft Auto V. That trailer popped up just a few hours ago.
What I do like from those screenshots, is it looks like Max can now take advantage of his environments... check out that first screenshot where he's holding onto a handle above him, swinging forward shooting bad guys. March 2012 cannot come soon enough!
If you read my mini Editorial yesterday, you'd see that I'm not happy with the state of the gaming industry right now. Today is another day, and with it brings the news that Valve has delayed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta, after feedback given by professional Counter-Strike 1.6 players. The closed beta was planned for last month, and now has no start date.
Professional CS 1.6 players were invited by Valve to come and play the game and offer their thoughts. Valve's Chet Faliszek explained that their early access was granted because they could "talk intelligently about the game", versus the masses where constructive feedback can be quite hard to come by.
Faliszek didn't say when the closed beta will begin, but when it does begin, around 10,000 people will be invited to participate. "After that we'll grow it in steps as we get a test server infrastructure and scalability," he explained. For a full read of this news, where there are lots of quotes and snippets of news, check out the source.
Sony has completed some spring cleaning of their PlayStation Home, and will relaunch tomorrow sporting a new, refreshed design. The redecorated Hub will hit PlayStation 3 consoles in North America tomorrow, which includes "genre-based districts" split into Action for core gamers, Sportswalk for related scores, news and titles, Adventure which will extend the Uncharted 3 experience, Pier Park that will host arcade games, PlayStation Home Theater for media content, and PlayStation Home Mall for the purchasing of DLC.
The new update also includes a few "freemium" titles, with a bunch of mini-games like Bootleggers '29, poker-based PlayStation Home Hold 'Em, PlayStation Home Sport Trivia, racer RC Rally and 3D puzzle game Cogs.
Jack Buser, director of PlayStation Home, SCEA says:
This is a major milestone for PlayStation Network, and we are thrilled to bring a new core experience to PlayStation Home where games are front and center. Home's community is made up of some of the most passionate gamers on PS3, and we've listened to their feedback since Home launched in 2008, finally transforming Home itself into a game. This redesign marks a new beginning for PlayStation Home, and players can expect much more to come.
If you think back to 2009, you may remember a teaser trailer from Piranha Games for a new MechWarrior title. But recently, they announced MechWarrior Online, a free-to-play multiplayer mech simulator set in the Battletech universe.
In a dev blog, Creative Director of Piranha, Bryan Ekman, explained how the company's attempts to secure a publishing deal redefined and ultimately derailed the MechWarrior project they had planned. The original game was pitched as an Xbox 360/PC release, but "the scope and budget required to develop a console reboot needed the support of a PS3 SKU and we just couldn't convince publishers to take risk."
Now we have MechWarrior as a PC-exclusive, it will feature a first-person cockpit view, and Ekman hopes to include joystick support. Ekman has also bragged of urban combat zones and "information warfare" as MechWarrior Online's two big design pillars.
How's performance in Battlefield 3 for you? Struggling to get the kind of FPS you were hoping for and trying to avoid having to fork out $ on upgrades? If you run an AMD Radeon based VGA card and / or processor, you might find a freshly posted guide on AMD's blog site of particular value in helping you achieve a decent balance of performance vs. detail.
In this guide AMD would like to offer some counseling around these topics. We understand that Battlefield 3 is not the only hot title this season, but it's certainly one of the most demanding one in terms of hardware. Therefore we're providing a little insight into what settings we think make sense for different levels of hardware.
We posted a few hours ago it was imminent and now the wait is over.
What are your thoughts?
Looking for a good reason to stick around online for a bit longer before heading out / into the lounge / to bed? - Well now you've got one. A real good one, especially if you're a Grand Theft Auto fan.
The GTA V trailer premiere is upon us, which we first knew was coming about a week ago when Rockstar officially revealed plans for the next instalment in the series via some artwork and a date of release for the aforementioned trailer.
There's only about 42 minutes to go at the time of writing; with the set time of its debut being 9am PT. Just hang out via this link where you will see a live countdown for it! - It's anyones guess at this stage what Rockstar plans to do for this killer series this time around, so hopefully the trailer gives a few good signs of which direction they're taking things to get us super excited!
DICE GM Karl-Magnus Troedsson has confirmed that development for Battlefield 3 switched from lead platform on PC to consoles half way through the development "in order to meet release on time". Troedsson elaborates:
We said originally that the PC was the lead SKU of the game, but in mid-production we switched to console as lead platform to make sure we could get all the versions done for release. Our ambition at DICE is to use the power of each individual platform to get the most out of the game. In the case of the PS3... I understand that if you compare it to a high-end PC, it's not going to look as good. But if you compare it to other games on the PS3, including other games we've done previously, I have to say I'm very happy with how it looks. Hopefully people will agree when they look at it in the same way.
The state of gaming is in disarray, but the problem is that 90-percent of gamers don't really notice it. It's the old-school gamers, the early FPS titles that were remembered, the fast-paced, PC-exclusive, hardware-loving, crazy-insane FPS titles from the 90s that are the most enjoyed FPS games of all time. Back in a day when gaming wasn't mainstream, when a PC gaming system would give you hours of joy with hard games, not corridor shooters, with puzzles and hours of head-scratching now just simplified, easy games.
There's a video I found online, saying that if id Software's FPS defining Quake were built today, what would it be. Check it out below:
First we find there's a million and one load screens and advertisements before the game starts, as the game starts we find the main menu displayed. In the main menu is "new game", "options", "DLC" and "exit". The video shows "options" and within options, "graphics". Graphics has an awesome display of "on" and "off", which is taking the piss out of the current console ports like Crysis 2 which feature lack lustre graphic options when compared to even the original Crysis.