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Techland, the developer behind Dying Light, has announced a special edition of the game that costs an insane $386,000. Yes, nearly half a million dollars for a video game.
The My Apocalypse Collectors Edition costs $386,000 but includes a real-world zombie-proof shelter, a round trip package to visit the Techland studio in Poland, night vision goggles, parkour lessons, Razer Tiamat headphones, and much more. Techland will be offering up just a single version of the My Apocalypse Collectors Edition, which is available exclusively through UK retailer GAME.
At least for that $386,000 you're getting a real-world "zombie apocalypse-proofed house" that Tiger Log Cabins will build for you. The zombie-proof house will come with some bells and whistles, including live-in amenities, as well as a TV, Xbox One and a sound system.
Battlefield Hardline has a launch date of March 17, but it will release five days earlier for EA Access members, with those gamers able to play the cops-and-robbers first-person shooter from EA and Visceral Games on my birthday, March 12. EA Access is an exclusive to the Xbox One, which means no early play for PC or PlayStation gamers.
The five-day trial will allow EA Access members to play the full version of Battlefield Hardline, but for only 10 hours in total. EA Access normally offers six hours of trial before the game goes live, so this is a nice four hour addition. The entire game will be accessible: all maps and modes in Battlefield Hardline's multiplayer component will be playable. As for the single player side of the game, only the first chapter of the story and the prologue will be made available.
Any and all progress will be carried over to the full game when it launches on March 17, which is a nice touch. EA Access customers can purchase Battlefield Hardline from the Xbox Games Store with a 10% discount, dropping its $59.99 price down to $53.99.
Rocksteady Games has unveiled the official Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, dubbed "Gotham is Mine". The trailer shows off what we can expect from the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Batman: Arkham trilogy.
The developer says: "As Scarecrow unites the Rogues Gallery, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, they bring all-out war as they try to take down The Dark Knight, and claim Gotham City as their own". The trailer doesn't show off much actual gameplay, but it does provide a great tease of all the characters and environments we'll get to see, and explore.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 2, 2015.
For fans of LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStation, you might be interested in taking a look at 'Hunger' from Tarsier. Tarsier was actually behind the PS Vita version of LittleBigPlanet, but their new game is shaping up to be something very special, exclusive to the PS4.
In Hunger you play a girl that is trapped in a beautiful labyrinth that is filled with monsters and all sorts of gorgeous environments with very realistic lighting, shadows and physics judging by the teaser video above. Tarsier is focusing on tactile controls, very unique camera perspectives, and characters with "soft, dark centers".
We should expect to see more of Hunger at GDC 2015, if not I'm sure we'll get more of a taste for the PS4 exclusive at E3 2015 in June.
Universal and Turn 10 have teamed up to launch Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious for free, and it will be a standalone title not requiring Forza Horizon 2. The title will launch on March 27 for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. The game will cost $10 after April 10.
The vehicles in the game will be the same ones as in "Furious 7," which will hit the box office on April 3. Cars include the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, the vehicle of choice for Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel).
"We've been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always wanted to work together," said Bill Kispert, executive VP of digital licensing at Universal. "It was a matter of schedules, capacity and a film coming together at the right time. It finally has, and we're excited to collaborate with Turn 10."
Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4.7, an update that it calls "our biggest yet" that has "the power to render huge numbers of instanced objects in large worlds, beautiful rendering of leaves and foliage, HDR texture support, in-editor animation editing, along with hundreds of optimizations and improvements". It was only yesterday that we teased what a fan-made video using Unreal Engine 4 was capable of.
One of the stand out features with Unreal Engine 4.7 is the addition of the new Foliage Shading Model, which allows for light to be transmitted through grass, leaves, paper, and other materials. The result, is super realistic lighting onto foliage, as you can see in the above shot. Epic Games explains that "diffuse lighting on the opposite side of the surface becomes transmissive lighting on the side being shaded". The latest update to Epic Games' graphics engine has its foliage system updated, which is now optimized for "huge, open environments".
There are various other new tweaks and additions baked into Unreal Engine 4.7, with another notable feature being HTML5 and WebGL support (for Windows only). This means that Unreal Engine 4.7 users can package and run their games in their Web browser using binary tools that you get through the Launcher.
Rockstar Games sent out a memo today confirming that Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed again, and won't launch until April 14. The game was originally expected to ship last fall, then was delayed until January, and then until March 24 - so this delay is yet the latest annoyance for PC gamers waiting to play GTA 5.
Gamers who have pre-ordered the title will receive an additional $200,000 in-game cash.
"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible," Rockstar Games said.
EA and DICE are currently walking the minefield that is game development, where it has to be careful with its next release after the not-so-well received Battlefield: Hardline. Star Wars: Battlefront is that next release.
During Sony's reveal on its upcoming games for the PlayStation this year, the Japanese giant teased Star Wars: Battlefront for a Winter 2015 release. We are being told to expect a large and expansive single player experience, where Star Wars fans being in their element. As for the multiplayer side of things, we can expect the usual goodness from DICE, we hope. With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 right around the corner, we could see EA and DICE tease it there, but E3 2015 is also not that far away now.
Star Wars: Battlefront has a Winter 2015 release date, and will hit the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Microsoft and 343 Industries released Halo: The Master Chief Collection onto the Xbox One some four months ago now, but even to this day, the game is still broken. Matchmaking and lobby systems still don't work, and this is a serious problem.
There have been countless problems found in the game, various patches, and game breaking bugs that have plagued the game since launch. But don't worry, it gets better. 343 Industries has created an achievement in the game called "Stick With It" that awards players for sticking with the game. Except, this achievement is also buggy, and won't unlock.
If you thought CryEngine looked good, or that a modified Skyrim could look even better, well you ain't seen nothing yet. Unreal Engine 4 has been detailed beautifully in some fan-made videos that we've linked below.
You can pick your jaw off the ground at any moment now. When I first saw the very top video, the one with the snow and trees, I showed it to my nephew and said "check out this video of snow using a GoPro" and he said it looked great. When I said it was powered by Unreal Engine 4, he was just completely blown away, as was I.