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Blizzard's on-going issues with Diablo III are a big talking point amongst avid fans of the game, and the tech/gaming worlds in general because of its lack of offline mode. But now there's an interview between Rock Paper Shotgun and Lead Designer, Kevin Martens, who has some interesting things to say:
I don't think people necessarily remember how mad they were that they had an offline mode and online mode in Diablo II. People will be like, 'I wasn't mad!' But I was there at the time, and then I studied this for a living. It sucks when your friend or brother is online and he wants to join this game, but you realize you're an offline character and he's an online character, and there's no way to transfer over because offline characters can be hacked and hex-edited to hell and back, right?
This looks to be the reasoning behind the developer not pushing offline mode into Diablo III, but I'm sure they could find a way. What do you think? Are you a Diablo III player who wishes there was an offline mode? Let us know in the comments.
The PlayStation 4 has just launched, and just as I'm wondering why there's no system-seller, the Japanese giant goes and teases a new Uncharted game for the PS4.
There's absolutely nothing known about the game, other than Naughty Dog is back developing. But, we could expect a new Uncharted game that doesn't feature Nathan Drake, which would be a disappointment - unless it's done right, and it could revolutionize the franchise, hopefully. We should expect more in the coming months, hopefully some gameplay is shown off on the next generation hardware!
Bugbear Entertainment's Next Car Game is currently on Kickstarter, where it needs $350,000 in funds to get made. Currently, at the time of writing, it is sitting at only $70,111 - so get over there and pledge some of that cash!
Now, to tease the world, the developer has unleashed some in-game footage, with some awesome destruction shown off. Check out the video above, and tell me you're not impressed with that. This is pre-alpha footage, and that destruction would be some awesome fun in a multiplayer game with friends. Hopefully Bugbear can hit the $350,000 required, as it is one game that could be some amazing fun with friends.
The AMD APU13 conference is continuing on, with some new details about AMD's Mantle API. DICE's front man for the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, took the stage at the APU13 conference to talk about Mantle, and how it is going to be used extensively in Frostbite.
Andersson said that there would be a Mantle-powered version of Battlefield 4 released soon, something I'm excited to start testing on, and that there will be a bunch more games released under the Frostbite engine, that would be powered by Mantle. The biggest benefit to take away here is that Mantle has a lot less of an overhead to it, when compared to DirectX.
Jorjen Katsman, from Nixxes, the developer who is working on porting Thief to the PC, said that DirectX 11 has an overhead of around 40%, while Mantle has an overhead of just 8%. Katsman said that it's "not unrealistic that you'd get 20% additional GPU performance" with a Mantle-powered GPU.
There are currently 15 games in development that will support Mantle, which will include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the Mirror's Edge prequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Citizen, Thief, and more. These are some of the biggest games coming soon, so it's an exciting time to be an AMD fan.
If you remember Myst, then you'll know who Cyan is, and you'll be excited for their upcoming game Obduction. The developer hit up Kickstarter for some crowdfunding for Obduction, to the tune of $1.1 million.
They reached it, and now it will go into production for an October 2015 release on Mac and Windows. I'm incredibly excited about the game, and I'm hoping that it reaches its stretch goal of $1.3 million, as that will include Oculus Rift support - something that would be absolutely mind blowing. It is something I've talked about (wanting a Myst-like game on the Rift) and something that I can't wait to play.
I've just made a pledge, and I can't wait to hopefully see this game hit $1.3 million in the next couple of days for that Oculus Rift support!
Its no secret that I am one of the biggest fans of Valves Steam platform in the world, and to back that claim up, I have almost 200 games in my Steam Library. One of my biggest gripes about Steam has always been that it will not allow users to download games while they are playing other games, but today Valve has changed that.
Earlier today, Valve began releasing an update to Steam that now enables background downloading. This means that Steam customers can now download and install games while they play other games. This feature can be turned off and back on at any time by the user too, which will be good for games that require high-bandwidth for online play.
For those who play Diablo 3 on PC, which is most Diablo 3 players, the mouse and keyboard combination is something that shouldn't be messed with - right? Well, Blizzard has considered building in gamepad support, to bring it in line with the consoles, but this won't be happening.
Senior Level Designer, Matthew Berger, has said: "The rhythm on PC is tactactactactactac - you're clicking the mouse, you're telling your character where to go. On console, the rhythm is very different. It flows more, because you're constantly repositioning your character with the thumbstick; you're really never stationary on console, whereas on PC you're a lot more stationary ... When you're playing on the PC, you're not really looking at your character as much, you're kind of focusing on the cursor. Whereas on console it's the exact opposite, you're drawn in."
Berger continued: "[I]f I let you use the controller on the PC, then I have to let you use the user interface that goes with it, and if I give you the roll and I haven't throttled the number of enemies attacking you because the mouse-and-keyboard players can handle all those enemies, but with a controller you have too many guys ... The games have really been structured to take advantage of their environment and their ecosystem, so in the same way it would not be a good fit to put a mouse and keyboard on the console."
The Humble Bundle may be the most popular game bundling service ever, and rightfully so. Where else can you go to buy 5-6 game bundles each month that contain 6+ games each for less than the price of lunch? Building off their ever-growing momentum, the team behind Humble Bungle have just launched a new Humble Store on the website.
The new Humble Store is designed to offer deep discounts on AAA titles while still maintaining their support of charities around the world. Like its weekly sales, and Bundles, the games offered as well as discounts only last for a limited time, and 10-percent of all proceeds go to charity. At the moment Guild Wars 2, FarCry BloodDragon, Alan Wake and more are available at up to 40-percent off, so what are you waiting for! Head over to the source link below and score some awesome games!
Looks like the Oculus Rift won't be coming to consoles anytime soon. Palmer Luckey, inventor of Oculus Rift says the next-gen consoles won't be able to keep up. He mentions the Oculus Rift needs 60 frames per second in 3D and that he sees games are being pushed out at 720p at 60 frames a second.
Palmer Luckey told TechRadar: "Consoles are too limited for what we want to do. We're trying to make the best virtual reality device in the world and we want to continue to innovate and upgrade every year - continue making progress internally - and whenever we make big jumps we want to push that to the public".
He continued: "The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they're locked to a certain spec for a long, long time. Look at the PCs that existed eight years ago. There have been so many huge advances since then. Now look at the VR hardware of today. I think the jump we're going to see in the next four or five years is going to be massive".
Next-gen consoles are just around the corner! Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One's launch titles are currently being manufactured, packaged and shipped to retailers. The company has also posted some pictures of the shipping crates that are full of the games.
Microsoft says "It's almost time. There are just 11 days to go before Xbox One's worldwide launch on Nov. 22, and all the wheels at Xbox HQ are in motion."
Microsoft Studios Corporate VP Phil Spencer shared with IGN. "Games in Xbox One's launch lineup, including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon have finished development. Today, we're excited to announce that they've also officially gone gold, and are currently being published, packaged and shipped to retailers at this very moment."