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GDC 2014 - Epic Games announced that it is now offering its Unreal Engine 4 on a subscription-based model, which will open the graphics engine up to many more developers, but now Crytek has entered the same market - announcing the "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program.
This will allow developers to use CryEngine and its associated development tools for a flat monthly fee. This all kicks off in May, starting with the first tier of $9.90 per month, which gives developers access to the engine, without a royalty fee attached to sold games. There's not much more known on this at the moment, but Crytek will unveil more details on the service in the coming we eks.
GDC 2014 - It looks like AMD's Mantle API is gaining some traction, with the chipmaker announcing a new deal with Crytek, the developer behind CryEngine, and the popular Crysis games, Forbes reports.
The news is coming directly from Matt Skynner, who is the Corporate VP and GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, who said the company has had productive couple of months. We've seen the chipmaker team up with Roberts Space Industries - the developer behind the upcoming Star Citizen, which is built on CryEngine, as well as the very popular Battlefield 4, which runs on Frostbite 3 from EA and DICE.
With over 35 studios working with CryEngine and over 50 games powered by the engine, this is quite the coup for AMD. This new announcement of a partnership between AMD and Crytek is an interesting one, as it seems AMD's API is picking up some steam. We still have to see how DirectX 12 fares, and then we have SteamOS and Steam Machines coming out later in the year.
GDC 2014 - Massive Entertainment, the developer behind The Division, has shown off a new trailer for the game's engine, Snowdrop, which you can check out below.
It looks absolutely beautiful, one of the first games that truly looks next-gen. The team talks about how versatile Snowdrop is, and how great it is to develop with. The video shows off some bits where you can see it is quite like connecting Lego together, in terms of ease. The last time we saw The Division we thought it looked great, but this video is a big step up on that.
Remember, the team has said that The Division won't just be a port on the PC, but it will "stand out" on PC. Hopefully Massive keep to its word, and we don't see the game being scaled down in terms of graphics and features when it gets closer to release.
According to a GameSpot article and Polygon's sources, EA has just landed the deal for the sequel to Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. Polygon's sources have said that Titanfall 2 will this time around, not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.
Titanfall, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, was exclusive to Microsoft platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. An EA representative told Polygon that it wouldn't talk about the rumor, saying: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation. Right now all our focus is on supporting all the fans worldwide enjoying Titanfall."
Rewinding back to October, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted that his company would eventually make games for the PS4, implying that Titanfall's exclusivity to Microsoft platforms was limited to just the first Titanfall. Hopefully we see this materialize into Respawn making Titanfall 2 for the PS4.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was one of those games that gained massive popularity not only for its epic gameplay, but for its pricing point as well. When the game first released, NeoCore Games priced it at just $15 which was unheard of for a game of its caliber, and the company has done it again with the games sequel.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is based on the same RPG game play type as the first, but features more character classes, multiplayer modes, and an overall more complex story line. With more than 250 unique weapon models, and over 1000 item types to collect, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II is a no brainer purchase at just $15 on Steam. I played through the closed beta some today and the game is quite fun and I lost track of time and spent about an hour in-game.
DICE has just released the official trailer for Battlefield 4's upcoming Naval Strike Expansion, and WOW was it worth the wait. Naval Strike brings in four new maps, a new game mode, and a new vehicle plus a treasure trove of new weapons, assignments, and achievements to Battlefield 4. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new Carrier Assault game mode which is reminiscent of the old Titan Mode found in Battlefield 2142.
The trailer above illustrates the new maps well, and we can even see that some ancient cannons are able to be fired from some of the map's fortresses. Only in battlefield are you able to take down a modern fighter jet with a historic cannon! Naval Strike is expected to drop next week for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, and two weeks later, arrive to the rest of Battlefield 4 players.
Valve's highly anticipated documentary, Free to Play, launched this morning to great fanfare. The documentary follows three aspiring professional gamers as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in a video game tournament. The game of choice is Dota 2, one of the most popular online games in the world with over 7 million active monthly players. We went into detail about Free to Play earlier this year, and you can find that article here.
Valve says that more than 600,000 viewers pre-loaded the documentary last night in anticipation of the launch, and that public viewing parties were organized all over the world, including the Crest Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can find Free to Play on Steam, Twitch, YouTube, and iTunes for free beginning today. I haven't had the chance to watch the documentary yet, but it will be queued up before I head to bed tonight.
Grand Theft Auto V hasn't even been announced for the PC yet, but there is a scam going around acting as the beta for GTA V, with some people unfortunately falling for it.
An e-mail has been going around teasing people to click a URL and download a .zip file, which contains the Grand Theft Auto V beta... or what it wants people to think. Instead, they're downloading malware. The e-mail itself uses Rockstar imagery, and a fancy banner, but comes in plain text explaining: "You invited beta tester GTAV to Windows."
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes may be short, with most gamers finishing it within 2-3 hours, but Eurogamer YouTube editor Ian Higton finished the game in just 10 minutes.
Higton did playthrough the game multiple times, so he knew exactly where to go and what to do. He also skipped all of the side missions and cutscenes in order to finish it in under 10 minutes. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes takes place in a single location, which consists of a two-stage rescue operation. So it wouldn't be hard to finish that quick, especially if you had a few times running through it. But 10 minutes? Wow, that's fast.
GDC 2014 - Sony only took the wraps off of its VR headset for the PlayStation 4, Project Morpheus, earlier today, but the company will be walking attendees through four demos on the conference floor using the VR goods.
EVE: Valkyrie will be one of the big playable demos, and so will the recently-released Thief, a special build created specifically for virtual reality. Sony will also be showing off two demos: The Deep and The Castle, the former allows you to experience a shark infested lagoon, while the latter sees you exploring a medieval fortress.