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Blizzard to close Diablo III Auction Houses in Spring 2014

Blizzard just announced that it would be shutting down Diablo III's most hated feature. That's right, boys and girls, the much loathed auction houses from Diablo III will be going away effective March 18, 2014. Blizzard said that both real money and in-game gold auction houses will be shut down as they feel it detracts from what the game is all about: "killing monsters and scoring cool loot."

 

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When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we've mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III.

 

We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls will result in a much more rewarding game experience for our players.

 

We're working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down, but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. Please note that the shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014. We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process.

Rockstar Games launches Grand Theft Auto 5 on Xbox 360 and PS3

Today, Rockstar games released to the long-awaited and highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Sony says that the game is also available for digital download from the PlayStation Network.

 

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"Grand Theft Auto V was a massive undertaking for us, I'm so proud of what the team created," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "We cannot wait for people to finally play it."

 

Costing over $260 million to develop, GTA V is said to be the most comprehensive and full-featured open world games ever created. The game takes us back to Los Santos as well as the open countryside of Blaine County to once again commit crimes, cause mayhem, and explore one of the most massive open world maps ever created.

 

There is still no word on whether the game will ever make a PC debut, but after watching several gameplay videos today, I have decided to break down and buy an Xbox 360 just to play GTA V. I truly hope that Rockstar releases GTA V on PC so that the game can take advantage of some serious hardware and shine in a way that only a game costing 1/4 of a billion dollars can.

Analyst: GTA V will generate $1 billion in sales in the first month

My Facebook news feed is quickly filling up with my friends' posts about Grand Theft Auto V, but it looks like the latest title from Rockstar Games could generate over $1 billion revenue... in the first month on sale alone.

 

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This comes from Colin Sebastian, who is an analyst for Robert W. Baird, who predicted that GTA V will outpace its predecessors because it is launching on platforms that have massive player bases. Sterne Agee analysts, Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser chimed in, saying "we see potential for worldwide day-one sell-through of 6.5 million units [and] $400 for GTA V."

 

We did report not too long ago that Rockstar had pumped some significant coin into GTA V, to the tune of around $265 million. While this might sound like a lot, we are talking about Grand Theft Auto V here. Making its money back within a month would be quite the payday for Rockstar Games and Take-Two, that's for sure.

Battlefield 4's latest trailer will have you clicking 'buy now!'

Battlefield 4 is only weeks away, with the Open Beta hitting our screens on October 1 for those who have pre-purchased the game, or purchased Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition. The latest trailer for DICE's upcoming first-person shooter is below.

 

 

As you can see, the trailer showcases the many different features of Battlefield 4, such as Commander Mode, Levolution, scale of maps and much, much more. There's some awesome vehicle customization if that's your cup of tea, and some great teases of Battlelog, which moves into the mobile world - working on your smartphones and tablets.

 

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Battlefield 4 is locked and loaded for an October 29 release for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will launch on the Xbox One on November 19, and the PlayStation 4 on November 12.

NVIDIA shows off amazing new PhysX effects in Batman: Arkham Origins

Today, a demo video that showcases some of the special effects that NVIDIA's PhysX API powers in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins video game popped up online. The video covers the PhysX used to animate Batman's cape, but honestly the soft shadows and particle-based weather are much more interesting to me.

 

 

Unfortunately, the video features pretty poor quality even when set to 720p resolution and does little to show the minute effects that NVIDIA's PhysX will bring to the game. Honestly, this video actually makes me feel little let down as I was looking forward to some killer graphics and a massive new level of real-time rendering. The textures appear to lack detail and I really cannot tell that much difference in the hand-to-hand combat between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum.

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Amazon mistakenly launches GTA V days early in the UK

It appears that Amazon UK has accidentally shipped out copies of Grand Theft Auto V days earlier than the official launch date of September 17. A new report from the BBC suggests that not all Amazon pre-order customers got a copy of GTA V early, but more than a few did.

 

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This release has caused some problems for Rockstar as videos and spoilers have already began popping up online. This mistake marks the third strike for GTA V in content leaks over the last month. Earlier in the month, Sony offered pre-order customers a link that led to the game's soundtrack online as well as some gameplay secrets. Additionally, last week we saw the game's map leaked onto the web from yet another industry insider.

 

GTA V will be available for in-store purchases and online ordering tomorrow, September 17. Rockstar has disclosed that GTA V was the most expensive video game ever made, costing a whopping $265 million. Many of us here at TweakTown expect this to be one of the greatest games released in the history of gaming, but are still a little miffed by the title not been released on PC.

Rockstar releases "iFruit" companion app for GTA V, iOS only for now

Today, Rockstar Games released a new companion app for Grand Theft Auto 5 ahead of tomorrow's launch. The aptly named Grand Theft Auto: iFruit app is an apparent jab at Apple's iDevices, but it does actually serve a purpose within GTA V.

 

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The new iFruit app allows users to create and customize vehicles that can be used in game, with the ability to make changes to almost every aspect of the vehicles in the game. Vehicle appearance as well as performance is upgradable via the app and users can even customize license plates that can be used in the online portion of the game.

 

"The Los Santos Customs app offers players the freedom to create their ultimate vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V from anywhere. At the bar, on the beach, on the toilet. This is the future, we're almost sure of it." Said Rockstar. "Depth of content, high production values, defecation. It's the app that has it all. Because who doesn't love tending to a virtual pet? Chop is Franklin's canine sidekick in Grand Theft Auto V. Look after him well in the "Chop the Dog" app and you will reap the benefits when playing as Franklin in Grand Theft Auto V. Pet him, feed and water him, play fetch and tug-of-war, teach him tricks."

 

Additionally, the app features options for caring for Chop the Dog, the player's in-game sidekick in GTA V. This virtual pet system reminds me somewhat of the Tamagotchi's of the mid 90s, but by taking good care of Chop, he can perform tricks and locate hidden items within GTA V. Additionally, the app provides access to the Rockstar Games Social Club. For the moment, the Grand Theft Auto: iFruit App is only available on iOS, but Rockstar says that Android support is coming soon.

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Art Director says no one will find all the Easter eggs in GTA V

During an interview with TechRadar, the Art Director for GTA V, Aaron Garbut, said that Grand Theft Auto V is so packed with Easter eggs and references that he feels that it is impossible for anyone to find them all. He was asked about the fabled Yeti rumored in the first visit to San Andreas and he said that "players would be wowed" by the stuff they find in GTA V.

 

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"There's stuff that's so obscure that most people will never see it," said Garbut. "I love the connection that social media has given us to the people that play our games... We can see what they like and what is interesting them as it happens, and this really has helped push more of these things into the game. I think everything in IV has been found, I'm not sure if the same thing will happen for 5."

 

For our readers who see these quotes as a challenge, you are in luck as GTA V goes on sale tomorrow! I, for one, will be picking up my copy and starting my hunt for Easter eggs. Have you pre-ordered GTA V or are planning on purchasing it tomorrow? What place will you visit first? Let us know in the comments.

Here we go again: GTA V could be heading to the PC and PS4

Rockstar Games' $265 million sure fire hit Grand Theft Auto V, has been getting a thrashing across pirate sites in the last couple of days, but one of the biggest benefits of this is that hackers and modders have their hands deep inside of GTA V's source code.

 

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What did they find? Evidence of GTA V to reach PC and the PlayStation 4. The evidence was buried in an XML file that has been posted on PasteBin for the world to eyeball, but we could be looking at a fake here, so don't get your hopes up just yet. We can see in the above XML file references to "Orbis" which is the codename of the PS4 dev kit OS as well as the PC. If Rockstar play their cards right, they could release the game to PC alongside the next-gen console releases, which would keep everybody happy.

Battlefield 4 Open Beta unlocks on October 1 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

Even though I write news on the daily, it becomes an ocean of content that sometimes I forget that certain things are coming... like the Battlefield 4 Open Beta which opens up on October 1 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

 

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Next-gen consoles will see the next-gen first-person shooter open its doors up on November 12 for the PS4 and November 19 for the Xbox One. Console gamers who use the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the retail BF4 version, where they can build their stats and then transfer them over to the PS4 or Xbox One when those consoles launch in November.

 

How do you get into the Battlefield 4 Open Beta? Well, you could do what I just did and pre-order Battlefield 4: Digital Deluxe through Origin, or if you've already purchased Medal of Honor: Warfighter in its Limited or Deluxe Editions, then you're ready to go.

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