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Assassin's Creed 4 developers talk about PlayStation 4 development and what it's allowing them to do
Ubisoft developers are excited about the upcoming PlayStation 4 and what it's capable of doing. People seem to be the most excited about the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, but there are a lot of other benefits introduced with the PlayStation 4. The developers discussed the upcoming Assassin's Creed 4 game on video:
While we still have doubts that the PlayStation 4 will be able to compete with what is possible with a PC, it certainly ups the game for consoles. The new Assassin's Creed 4 looks like quite the game and some of the features discussed in the video, like seamless at-sea boarding, will really help with game immersion.
Battlefield 3 players will be saddened by the news that Battlefield 3 servers continue to be hit by a distributed-denial-of-service attack, rendering multiplayer basically unplayable. DICE has announced that, despite their security measures, the attack is continuing. They note that they are working around the clock to mitigate the impact.
Despite our security measures, we have been working around the clock to mitigate the impact of an ongoing denial-of-service attack on our Battlefield 3 game infrastructure over the last several days. While the motives are unclear, the focus of the attack has been interference with network communications preventing access to multiplayer gameplay. At this point, no user data is involved. We share your frustration about the impact this has had to our service and the ability for many of you to play Battlefield 3. We are working tirelessly to mitigate the problem.
As a part of our efforts to resolve these issues, we've conducted rolling restarts of Battlefield infrastructure servers to apply some updates. Thank you for your patience and support while we work to get everyone back and playing Battlefield 3 as soon as possible. More updates to come.
EA hates on the Wii U, says next-gen games won't arrive on the Nintendo Wii U due to performance issues with the Frostbite engine
EA and DICE have both worked hard on the Frostbite 3 engine, which will be the engine of choice to power many of their next-generation games. But, it looks like EA won't be putting any Frostbite 3-powered games on Nintendo's Wii U console.
Technical Director of the Frostbite project at EA DICE, Johan Andersson, has said that they've tested Frostbite 2 on the Wii U and found the results to be "not too promising", going as far as they "chose not to go down [the] path" of porting over the next-gen engine. EA have around 15 games under development on the Frostbite 3 engine, which means Wii U owners are going to miss out on some seriously huge games.
Games such as Battlefield 4, the next-gen Mass Effect, Star Wars and many, many more. Not only are Wii U owners going to miss out, but this means Nintendo's sales are going to continue to dwindle, even more so when Microsoft and Sony unleash their consoles into gamers' hands.
According to Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's Worldwide Studios president, Sony never even considered putting always-on DRM in the upcoming PlayStation 4. "Did we consider it? No, we didn't consider it," Yoshida said.
His reasoning makes sense, but unfortunately doesn't preclude Sony from adding always-on DRM on a future console. "The main reason being that many countries don't have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have Internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet."
While this is good news, some are still worried that the upcoming Xbox will feature always-on DRM. However, a leaked memo suggests otherwise. Microsoft would have issues if Sony's PlayStation didn't feature always-on DRM and theirs did. It seems as though these companies have learned their lessons from others that always-on DRM is not a good choice.
While most of us are still waiting for the Ouya console to hit store shelves, iFixIt is busy tearing the console down to see just how repairable it is. Fortunately for us, the Ouya console is easily fixable. It's easy to open and isn't stuck together with any sort of adhesive.
iFixIt found some interesting things about the construction. For instance, the creators of Ouya put in five weights into the bottom of the console, likely to make it more stable. Without the extra two ounces of weight, the console would likely be tipped over by the weight of the cables plugged in the back.
iFixIt found that the Ouya console was hiding two 4 Gigabit DDR3 SDRAM modules made by Samsung, resulting in 1GB of RAM total. It runs an NVIDIA T33-P-A3 Tegra 3 multi-core CPU. iFixIt awarded the Ouya Console a repairability score of 9 out 10 meaning the console is easily repairable.
Players of Battlefield 3 might have noticed some outages earlier today. EA has confirmed that the Battlefield 3 and Battlelog servers were under an attack "aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure." EA has not confirmed whether or not the attack has ended or who the responsible party is.
Upon logging into Battlelog, users are presented the following message: "The current BF3 and Battlelog outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure. We will provide up to date information on our official channels, including the Battlefield Twitter account. Thanks for your patience!"
Let us know if you experienced any trouble logging into or playing Battlefield 3 or using the Battelog system.
Bethesda announced a new Wolfenstein game that has been completely re-imagined. Along with the announcement, Bethesda released a trailer for the upcoming game. We've embedded the trailer below for your viewing pleasure:
The new game will see players in control of B.J. Blazkowicz, an American war hero, in an alternative world where the Nazis came out on top in World War II. The game is set in the 1960's and will require players to take the fight to the Nazis via an impossible counter-offensive.
The game is slated to launch in the fourth quarter on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and next-gen consoles. If we see the game at E3, we'll be sure to go hands-on.
Rockstar Games has released no less than twelve new screenshots from the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game. The graphics are really impressive, to say the least, and the new screenshots display a multitude of scenes ranging from gorgeous sunsets to high-speed chases. Take a look at one that has both:
I've never been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, but I'm starting to change my mind. The more I see of GTA V, the more I think its a first-day purchase for myself. What are your thoughts on the graphics? See the rest of the screenshots at the source link or in the gallery below.
Microsoft is really making a push for the next-gen Xbox. Likely trying to win back support after being second to the unveiling party, Xbox's social media marketing manager tweeted that Xbox would make a return to Gamescom at the 2013 event this summer.
My hopes are that Microsoft will get all of the details out in the open at their May 21 event, though it's starting to seem like we'll get bits and pieces of information at each of the three events. The tweet reads: "Xbox will be back at gamescom this August. 'Next chapter of Xbox gaming experience' on show. Can't wait, LOVE gamescom."
We will, of course, provide our readers the full details of Xbox's Gamescom 2013 event.
A new rumor has surfaced that says the next Microsoft Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity. For the past several months, we, along with most, have been calling the next-gen Xbox the Xbox 720. If this rumor proves to be true, it would be the second time Microsoft has changed its naming scheme.
The above logo leaked out on Reddit and is said to be the logo for the upcoming Xbox. We will hopefully know if Infinity is the new Xbox name on May 21 when Microsoft hosts its Xbox event in Redmond. If not then, we should find out at Microsoft's E3 event taking place June 10.