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Weeks before E3 2014 kicks off, we're hearing about Half-Life 3 from the co-creator of Counter-Strike, Minh Le. Le has said that he's personally seen artwork of Half-Life 3, and even captured a look at Left 4 Dead 3, too.
Le talked about Half-Life 3, where he said: "I don't know if I can talk about that, to be honest, but I think it's kind of public knowledge that people know that it is being worked on. And so if I were to say that yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news, to be honest".
He continued: "But yeah, I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe. It wouldn't surprise anyone if I said they're doing it, they're working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I'd say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3". When it comes to Left 4 Dead 3, Le had much more to say: "The one thing I'm really excited about is Left 4 Dead, the new Left 4 Dead. I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that. I was like 'wow, this looks great'".
Watch Dogs launches in just a couple of days time, with Ubisoft pulling out all of the tricks for its marketing. The video below is actually quite a good way of marketing the game, using actors with normal off-the-street people thinking they've just had their smartphones modified.
There's a 24/7 smartphone repair shop that adds a hacking application, and then they use this application in the real-world to do some pretty fun stuff. It's a great way of Ubisoft to show off its game to the general public!
Uber Entertainment's Planetary Annihilation is something that most RTS and Total Annihilation fans love, but it has, until now, been a multiplayer-only game. The developer has just announced Galactic War, the new single-player component of the game.
Planetary Annihilation's new Galactic War component sees gamers battling throughout a galaxy filled with procedurally generated content, with random drops, maps and abilities that Uber Entertainment says will make each game unique. Gamers can "define the scale and intensity" of their single-player experience, which features multiple challenges and tech trees.
Batman: Arkham Knight is slated to be the best game in the long-running Batman: Arkham series, and today we got our first look at just what the game will look like thanks to a newly released game-play trailer. Titled "Evening the odds," the trailer shows a beautiful and graphically superior to the previous games in the series. Additionally, if true, the game could be the last in the series, and the end of Batman forever.
"Scarecrow returns to Gotham City with a scheme to unite the Rogues Gallery and destroy the Batman once and for all. As the citizens of Gotham flee and criminal gangs take control of the city, Batman evens the odds taking to the streets in the legendary Batmobile to ignite the fight that will decide the future of the city," reads the caption from YouTube.
Apart from arriving on 3 trillion 1.44-inch floppy discs, Watch Dogs on the Commodore 64 would look like the video below - kinda. Balazs Kalocsai's retro look at Watch Dogs is quite funny.
But if you're after the real Watch Dogs, that arrives on May 27 on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. On the PS4 it will be running at 900p, with the Xbox One version running it at 792p - both versions will be running the open-world game at 30FPS. PC users on the other hand, have a much bigger, better looking version of Watch Dogs waiting for them when it's released - not long to go now, folks!
Over $6 million has been raised for the prize pool of Valve's DotA 2 International tournament, making nit the largest tournament in gaming history! Last year, the DotA 2 International saw a huge $2.8 million prize pool, but the 2014 tournament has dwarfed it.
Where is all of this money coming from? Crowdfunding, that's where. Anyone who buys a DotA 2 Compendium from Valve contributes $2.50 to the growing prize pool, which has a heap of stretch goals attached to it. Most of them have been unlocked because it has ballooned out to $6 million now.
Philip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life, is teasing his upcoming game dubbed High Fidelity. High Fidelity is a virtual reality-based, full body experience, announced in 2013.
When he announced he, he talked about it using sensor-based hardware in order to drive "rich avatar interactions" in the virtual world. This would see High Fidelity gamers seeing their movements and facial expressions replicated in the virtual world. The early production models of the game are using the PrioVR harness for the body tracking side of things, with the Oculus Rift for the immersion and visual side of the game.
Rosedale has said: "The virtual world's of the future are going to look like Pandora from Avatar. And once we can build things in those world's, I would assert that even people who are passionate about VR, here, have no idea what is coming. We're going to be arguing over the price of real estate in the forests of Pandora".
Ubisoft accidentally posted the name of its upcoming Far Cry 4 which also outlined more details about the game's storyline. The protagonist of the game 'Ajay Ghale' will be travelling to Kyrat to fulfil his mother's dying wish but getting caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.
Currently, Ubisoft has altered the description of the game in its Ubi story, but Redditors were quick enough to spot it. The first name 'Ajay' is one of the most common Indian names, whereas Ghale is from Nepal. However, its most likely that the lead is from the fictional country 'Kyrat'.
Alex Hutchinson, Ubisoft Montreal's creative director, said via Twitter,"Just so it's clear for those jumping to conclusions: He's not white and that's not the player.". Hutchinson responded to another article claiming that the promo art depicts 'a blonde light-skinned man in a shiny pink suit against the backdrop of the Himalayas, smirking as he uses a defaced statue as a throne'.
If you've been waiting for a better look at Bungie's upcoming first-person multiplayer shooter, Destiny, then now is your time to check out some new gameplay footage from the PS4, below.
In the video, Bungie talks about how it made the world of Destiny, and the various skills and abilities that players will be able to use to play against, or with each other. Destiny won't just be hitting the PlayStation 4, but the PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Destiny should be quite the game, with Activision already spending $140 million, with $500 million prepared for a massive marketing campaign to start soon.
Activision sees Destiny as its next $1 billion franchise, which should join Call of Duty in that cash-creating club.
During EA's press conference at E3 2014 in just a few weeks time, the company will be unveiling six new games. The press conference takes place on June 9 at 3PM ET, where the six new titles will be unveiled during the one-hour conference.
Spike TV will be broadcasting it live through the E3 All Access program, its website, the EA website and Twitch - which was reportedly acquired by YouTube for $1 billion. What new games should we expect? Well, we could see a sequel to Mirror's Edge, BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, with the conference also offering a look at "new projects and intellectual properties currently in development".
We should expect to see Star Wars: Battlefront, as well as The Sims 4.