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Havok have done the world of mobile game development some good today, announcing that their graphics engine, Physics and Animation suites, and their award-winning AI tools will now be free for "leading" mobile platforms.
This is all thanks to their new Project Anarchy initiative, where Havok being the team behind some of the technology built into today's biggest games such as Assassin's Creed, Halo, Skyrim and by some of the biggest game developers like EA, Bungie and more. The download includes game samples and tutorials for would-be game developers, as well as a complete online community to "encourage free sharing and collaborative development of extensions and customizations by the community."
Havok's Project Anarchy will launch later in the spring with more details to follow in the coming weeks.
We've just shown you the first screenshots of Battlefield 4, so how about an early look at the trailer that has been leaked? 'Circus Maximus' posted a comment on our BF4 screenshot news, pointing us in the direction of the leaked trailer for BF4.
The trailer features a weirdly placed Rihanna song, and so many quick cuts it's not funny. It'll be great to see it in actual detail from the 17-minute gameplay video we should receive in the coming days - which the trailer states will arrive soon.
What are your thoughts on the trailer? I need to see it in 1080p to really make a judgement on it, but for now it definitely has my trigger finger itching.
I've been waiting for this day for quite some time now, but it appears that the first leaked screenshots of DICE's first-person shooter, Battlefield 4, are here and boy are they good.
The images have made it to multiple sites, taken directly from a public directory on the Battlefield Blog, which is why we haven't slapped a 'RumorTT' tag on this post. Battlefield 4 is expected to be unveiled at GDC in the coming hours, where we should have our eyeballs greeted by BF4's first official trailer. Until then, check out some more screenshots from BF4.
Sony took the stage at GDC 2013 to announce they're focusing on their relationships with indie developers, unveiling two new titles for the PlayStation 4. First up we have the free-to-play PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution and the episodic adventure Primal Carnage: Genesis.
This means that we'll see three indie games on the PS4, hopefully at launch, if we include Jonathan Blow's The Witness. Blacklight: Retribution will make good use of the Sony Pub Fund for financial and marketing support, which is the first game on the PS4 to do so.
If Chinese site Gamersky is to be believed, Battlefield 4 could be coming earlier than previously thought. They've posted up what they're claiming to be an EB Games poster advertising the Battlefield 4 release date of 'available fall 2013.'
The poster lists the release date, and that those who pre-order will receive "a pair of real Battlefield 4 dog tags while supplies last". We've seen some leaks so far, showing off some ground-based, naval and airborne combat, as well as some talk about the graphics engine behind it, Frostbite 2, getting much better scaling. EA are hosting an unveiling of Battlefield 4 at GDC tomorrow, followed by the official BF4 trailer on Wednesday.
Whether you love or hate EA, you kind of have to feel sorry for them at this point. After what could be described as one of the worst launches in history, the hits just keep coming for the company behind the Need for Speed, SimCity and Battlefield franchises.
This time the bad news comes out of EA's Battlefield spin-off, Battlefield Play4Free. At the Black Hat security conference last week, crackers demonstrated a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow attackers to execute and run malicious code on systems running Windows XP and Battlefield Play4Free.
According to the report, a webpage is used in the exploit, and opens the game on a victim's computer, which it then instructs it to load a malicious "MOD" file used to customize game settings and features. With games that charge for "perks", this malicious software could possibly steal a user's payment information, or hijack the users account altogether. EA is said to be investigating the hole, but no word has been released on a patch.
Blizzard have yet another game that gamers will pour hours into, where during the Penny Arcade Expo, Blizzard announced a free-to-play, collectible card game based on the Warcraft franchise. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will see players select one of nine characters as they take turns summoning characters, casting spells and using weapons in a one-versus-one online game.
The company have said that they love collectible card games and have been playing them since their Silicon & Synapse days, adding that creating a digital card game like Hearthstone felt natural, so they constructed a small team of 15 developers to smash out the title. They were reportedly given more creative freedom to experiment, but it looks like it could pay off.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be made available for PC and Mac users, with an iPad version arriving at a later date. You can try to apply for beta access through your Battle.net account.
My Facebook feed has been set ablaze of the last few days due to the first expansion to StarCraft 2, Heart of the Swarm, being released. Blizzard have now announced that they sold 1.1 million copies of the game in just 48 hours.
The 1.1 million copies are from combined physical and digital copies, but Blizzard hasn't said how it split in terms of sales. Blizzard launched StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm on my birthday, I mean March 12, and saw their launch date event broadcast online with an additional 1.1 million viewers, with the concurrent viewers sitting at around 125,000.
Just about 10 years ago Final Fantasy X and X-2 were beginning development, and a man by the name of Yoshinori Kitase was brought on to serve in the roll of producer for the now legendary games. This morning on the official PlayStation blog, Kitase announced that both games would be getting a North America refresh in HD.
On the blog, Kitase posted:
Around 10 years ago, I was given the privilege of taking on the role of Producer on FINAL FANTASY X and FINAL FANTASY X-2. Just in time for PAX East, I am excited to announce that FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster will be coming to North America this year for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita... I invite you all to once again join Tidus and Yuna as they combat the colossal menace known as "Sin" to bring about lasting peace to the world of Spira - all in gorgeous HD!
Archos announced today that it has launched its long awaited Gamepad in the US after more than a month of delays. The Android Jelly Bean powered gaming tablet is capable of running most games in the Google Play store and features controls off to each side.
The Gamepad houses a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, but has just 1GB of RAM. Like most of the cheaper Android tables on the market, graphics crunching is handled by a quad-core Mali 400MP GPU. Internal storage is decent at 8GB with a micro SD card slot that can provide up to 64GB of additional storage.
A 1.2MP front facing camera along with a 2MP rear handle all your imaging needs, while the 1024x600 screen serves up all that Android gaming goodness. Coming in at 0.3-inches thick, the $179 Gamepad will appeal to some who just enjoy casual gaming, but do not expect it to perform on the level that something like Razer's Edge does.