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SpeedTree 8 to be shown at GDC 2017 on Amazon Lumberyard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 7 mins ago

After two years in development, SpeedTree 8 is nearly ready, featuring graphical and intuitive time saving features - and will make its grand debut during GDC 2017 next week.




The debut of SpeedTree 8 will happen with Amazon's CryEngine-based Lumberyard graphics engine, making its way to Lumberyard in Q2 2017 - but there will be support for other graphics engines in the near future. IDV, the team behind SpeedTree 8, has released some new screenshots to tease us before the big reveal next week.




Michael Sechrest, co-founder of Interactive Data Visualization (IDV) explains: "Amazon Lumberyard is an outstanding showcase for the new surface-scanned materials and modeling features that SpeedTree 8 brings to the table. Our new physically based rendering material workflow, wind algorithms and overall modeling enhancements all shine in the engine. Lumberyard will be the first to experience the most powerful version of SpeedTree yet".


What does SpeedTree 8 do? Let's see:


  • Seamless integration with Amazon Lumberyard
  • Full PBR material workflow and rendering
  • All new 3D surface-scanned 8K PBR texture library
  • New techniques for low-poly branch structure modeling and mesh editing
  • Automatic vertex color painting for Lumberyard wind with in-modeler preview
  • One-draw-call models with tiling textures, wind, and LOD
  • New art director tools and more intuitive workflow

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Project CARS 2 latest screenshots look amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 53 mins ago

Project CARS was one of the best looking games of all time, but the sequel is shaping up beautifully so far, with the unofficial FB fan page for the game sharing 11 new screenshots of the game.




There will be over 170 cars, and 60+ tracks featured in Project CARS 2 as well as the fan requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines - something that will include ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing.




Expect Project CARS 2 in the second half of this year... but until then, enjoy these new screenshots.

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Genesis Alpha One is the 80s sci-fi game I always wanted

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

I love it when video games leave a distinct impression and make you think. Team 17's new unique sci-fi game Genesis Alpha One looks like the 80s sci-fi game I've always wanted, and I'm genuinely intrigued.



Indie dev Radiation Blue's new game Genesis Alpha One has ignited my imagination. Aesthetically, it looks like it'd be at home in the Alien franchise, and I see shades of 80's style sci-fi from the greats like John Berkey, Kubrick and Ralph McQuarrie. There's a synthetic sterility to it all that really invokes this true feeling of cold, heartless androids or genetically-modified nonhuman clones. Its space without the celestial wonder: the dark, deadly and foreboding space, the space where no one can hear your scream. The space that's our future and our damnation all-in-one.


In this short trailer and the accompanying screenshots I get a very real sense that we'll essentially be playing a sci-fi novel. To extend that feeling Genesis Alpha One shifts gears quite a bit--like the genetically modified clones onboard the ship, the game is a cross-bred hybrid: one parts FPS, one parts base-building, one part survival and one part roguelike all wrapped into one. If this wasn't enough, the game will have randomly-generated galaxies and systems to explore, all teeming with hostile aliens.



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Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC is Origin exclusive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC port will deliver the ultimate experience in many ways: uncapped frame rates, proper 4K gaming, 21:9 ultrawide support on day one, better visuals and PC-wide optimizations through DICE's powerful Frostbite 3 engine. But there's one caveat: it's exclusive to EA's Origin client.




If you want to play BioWare's latest and greatest new Mass Effect game on PC then you have two options: buy the game physically in DVD form or pick it up on EA's Origin client. BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won't be sold on Steam. This is likely to secure the game with Origin client DRM.


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Nintendo sues company for real life Mario Kart racing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

Nintendo is suing a Japanese go-kart company for hosting real-life Mario Kart racing events throughout the streets of Tokyo.




Marika is a company in Japan that hosts go-kart racing tournaments where attendees dress up as Mario Kart characters and zoom around the city of Tokyo. These races are quite popular, however Marika (an abbreviation for Mario Kart) didn't get Nintendo's permission, nor are they paying Nintendo for the rights to use their characters.


Once Nintendo got wind of this they instantly filed a lawsuit seeking "compensation for unfair competition and copyright infringement acts."

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Horizon Zero Dawn launch trailer, first patches detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is nearly here, and it is riding quite the hype wave being called the best game on the new PS4 Pro so far - developer Guerrilla Games has released the launch trailer, and details on the upcoming v1.01 and v1.02 patches.



Guerrilla took to the official PlayStation Blog, where they wrote: "It is my pleasure to be able to share the launch trailer for Guerrilla's new title, Horizon Zero Dawn. This is easily our most ambitious project that we have taken on. When we began our journey over five years ago, we wanted to have the creative freedom to imagine something fresh. As soon as we saw the enthusiasm from the team for the concept, and our lead Aloy, we knew we were on the right path".


The developer continued: "The result of our voyage is Horizon Zero Dawn - a game set in a lush post-apocalyptic world, in which Machines are the dominant species and mankind is propelled back to the stone ages. It is a game of exploration, not just of the perilous new world but also of Aloy's identity. On behalf of the entire team at Guerrilla, I hope you'll enjoy accompanying Aloy on her journey as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you".

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Mass Effect Andromeda PC requirements released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Mass Effect Andromeda is close to its release - with BioWare sharing the PC system requirements for the game, with relatively tame requirements - like a GTX 660/Radeon HD 7850.



The full requirements:




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

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Obsidian wants to make a Dark Souls-type game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Obsidian Entertainment, the devs that brought us many such fine games as Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas, want to expand their repertoire with a number of different types of games. In fact, the devs want to make their own Dark Souls-style hard-as-nails 3D RPG.




Obsidian devs revealed some interesting details about future projects and aspirations in a recent Reddit AMA. When asked if the team will make more traditional action 3D RPGs similar to Dark Souls, Fallout or Mass Effect, company CEO Feargus Urguhart replied in the affirmative.


"Absolutely, one of the reasons we are up on FIG is to see if we can find a new source of funding for our games to make all sorts. However, I'm not sure if you saw, but have both Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky working on something that isn't Pillars of Eternity."


"I want us to do a Dark Souls-style game. Can you please edit your question to say "along the lines of Dark Souls or Bloodborne" so that it looks like Feargus has said "Absolutely!" to that? kthxbye," Obsidian dev Eric

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Death Stranding is an open-world action game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Hideo Kojima previously said that his new mysterious Death Stranding game will "transcend established genres," but now the Metal Gear Solid creator says the game is an open-world action game with tons of freedom.



In a recent interview with PlayStation Blog, Kojima teased new info on Death Stranding. We already knew some of this info--such as the action/shooter elements and promises of delivering something gamers have never seen before, but there's some new teases too. "You can think of Death Stranding as an action game. Many people play games in the shooting genre and I want to make a game that is very intuitive for them so they can get into the experience very easily, but when they play it for a bit they will realize there is a certain new type of depth to it, something that they might not have seen before."


Mr. Kojima goes on to confirm Death Stranding is an open-world game with a staggering level of freedom. Since the game will use Guerrilla Games' new DECIMA Engine--the same engine that powered the studio's massive open-world game Horizon: Zero Dawn--this isn't exactly a surprise. "In a word, it's an action game - an open world game, with a lot of freedom. You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there's plenty of opportunity for that. If you're not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can't really say much more, but it's an open-world, action game that's very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we're hoping there's something there you've never seen before."

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AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks leaked, is this Vega?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

AMD might have launched their Ryzen CPU family in the last 36 hours, but the tease of Radeon Vega was very welcome - and now, we're seeing benchmarks of the Radeon RX 580. But, is the Radeon RX 580 based on the Vega GPU architecture? I don't think so.





First off: the new Radeon RX 580 benchmark leaks are from a single benchmark - Ashes of he Singularity. Second, the person testing the Radeon RX 580 is coming from AMD - so we could be seeing someone trying to throw us off. Secondly, the Radeon RX 560 was also tested - which is an interesting thing to see, right? This is why I do not think the Radeon RX 500 series are Vega-based graphics cards, so let's talk about that now.



Radeon RX 500 Series + Radeon Vega = Totally Different


My sources told me months after AMD launched the Radeon RX 480 that there would be a revamped version with an improved PCB without the power delivery issues, and I think this is what we're seeing now with the Radeon RX 580 and RX 560. I think the Radeon RX 580 will be a heavily improved RX 480 priced at $199, and will be unveiled very soon.



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