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Ubisoft is taking a less traditional approach to Far Cry: Primal's storytelling. Instead of linear-based progression, players can travel down different paths--all of which branch out from the central Wenja village.
In a new interview, Ubisoft Associate Producer Paola Joyaux reveals that Far Cry: Primal's story arc will be tightly woven with the protagonist's ancestral Wenja homeland. The Wenja village will grow and flourish depending on what paths players take, offering a dynamic and emergent experience that's resplendent with prehistoric culture.
"The village is really the backbone of your progression and your story. By going into the wild and exploring the world, you'll find specialists. Each of them will be your mentor in a specialty that you'll need to master to push back the danger of the world," Joyeaux explained. "So when you bring them back to the village, they'll build huts there. And by working with them - sometimes they'll need new components you can only find farther away, or you'll help them develop new technology - you'll not only improve your village, but also gain new knowledge that will help you improve yourself."
After nearly a decade, Sony is apparently bringing back PlayStation icon Crash Bandicoot for a new game on the PlayStation 4.
According to National Entertainment Collectibles Association exec Randy Falk, Sony is resurrecting the cult platformer Crash Bandicoot for a new game.
"On the modern gaming front, we're going strong. We've got a lot of cool stuff going on with Sony. So we have Ultimate Kratos from God of War III that's about to hit retail. We have Uncharted 4 Nathan Drake, which comes out in May. And then LittleBigPlanet is doing really well. And looking at some of their other titles, I see they're bringing Crash Bandicoot back, which is really cool. There's some great stuff there."
Now that we know Quantum Break won't be an Xbox One exclusive with the announcement of a release on the PC - with it being an exclusive to Windows 10 as it requires DX12 - we're finding out that it will not be on Steam, either.
Quantum Break will be a Windows Store exclusive according to Aaron Greenberg during the MajorNelson podcast. Greenberg said: "So, Quantum Break on Windows 10 is a Windows store exclusive". So while this is good, there were issues surrounding the Windows Store version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, so let's hope it doesn't happen with Quantum Break.
The Windows Store version of Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn't feature exclusive full screen support for SLI and Crossfire-based setups, and PC gamers aren't able to use third-party overlay programs like FRAPS or MSI Afterburner.
During E3 2015, PC Gamer hosted the awesome PC Gaming Show, which was an event for all things PC gaming. This year, it's coming back, and once again it'll happen during E3 in June.
PC Gamer says: "With the help of all the feedback and support everyone gave the event in 2015, we're looking forward to bringing you an even better show than last year. In 2015 it was really important to us to get a big variety of participants on stage to help convey the spectrum of exciting stuff happening on PC, but an inevitable effect of that was that we ran quite long".
They continued: "This year's show will be more focused, but packed with tons of new announcements and exclusive reveals". As for participants, we don't know who will be at this year's PC Gaming Show, but we can expect some big names - last year, we saw AMD, Microsoft, and many game developers join in on the PC gaming fun.
The show will be livestreamed on Monday, June 13 @ 12PM PT / 3PM ET / 8PM UK.
ARK: Survival Evolved has finally been updated on the Xbox One to v732.0, which enables some sweet old-school split screen gaming competition.
The update weighs in at 4.5GB and also adds three new prehistoric creatures for you to attempt to tame, the Dung Beetle, Dimetrodon and the Gallimimus. The Gallimimus can handle up to three people on it and run incredibly quickly. The Dimetrodon can shelter you from harsh environments with its gigantic sail, a useful feature.
Some other new items have made it into the game such as an electric prod type weapon and SWAT-style armor to help protect you from the new creatures. You're also able to build a greenhouse and brew your own beer. Because pre-historic micro-breweries were a thing. They've even added a hangover effect that happens after the fun stops. Performance hasn't explicitly been optimized in this patch though some people are reporting a slight increase in framerate.
We all know just how big Twitch is, but how many minutes did people spend watching gamers play games in 2015? Oh, just a casual 241.1 billion minutes - or if you like zeroes, that would be 241,100,000,000. Yeah, a lot.
Twitch had an average of 1.7 million broadcasters streaming every month, with the average concurrent viewers for 2015 reaching 550,000 with peak concurrent users reaching its milestone of 2.09 million on August 23 for the ESL One: Cologne 2015 and the League of Legends NA LCS Finals on the same weekend. As for the top ten games streamed, here's the list:
- League of Legends
- Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Dota 2
- World of Tanks
- World of Warcraft
- FIFA 15
While Xbox One fanboys have their knickers in a knot over Remedy Entertainment unveiling Quantum Break for the PC, instead of it being a timed exclusive fro the Xbox One, we're finding out more details on the PC version of Remedy's new cross-platform game.
Quantum Break is a DX12-only game, requiring Windows 10. Not only that, but Remedy has requirements of 8GB of RAM, with the developer suggesting you have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti or an AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, as well as 16GB of RAM for their "Ultra" requirements. As for their recommended PC requirements, you'll need a GTX 970 or R9 390.
The minimum CPU required is an Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-6300 while the recommended specs are the Core i7-4790 or the "AMD equivalent". You'll need 55GB of HDD space for Quantum Break on your PC, too.
Quantum Break will be released on April 5 for both the PC and Xbox One.
The latest patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider will be hitting Steam shortly, with v1.0.616.4 for the PC version of ROTTR including some multi-GPU fixes, and more.
Here's the full changelog:
- Fixed Map sometimes not showing or showing the wrong region.
- Fixed ALT-TAB in combination with Exclusive Fullscreen occasionally hanging the game or entire system. (Steam Only)
- Fixed graphics glitches on NPC clothing on NVIDIA 6×0 and 7×0 hardware.
- Fixed rare crashes with a "DX11 Internal Heap" error.
- Added separate mouse sensitivity control for X and Y axis, allowing users to equalize sensitivity.
- Added option to reduce in-game camera shake, for users that prefer this.
- Added audio-cue for finding secrets in the relic viewer.
- Fixed game changing system screen saver settings for some users. (Steam Only)
- Added additional error handling and messaging in case the GPU driver is crashing or unresponsive.
- Various performance improvements for GPU-bound situations. CPU bound scenarios are not impacted.
- A variety of other smaller optimizations, bug-fixes, and tweaks.
Another holiday another round of deals to commemorate the day. The PlayStation Network is rife with savings up to 75% off on games for the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and even the aging PSP. All these deals are going on until the 15th at 11AM PT.
The funny thing is that none of the games listed are necessarily titles that have anything to do with the loving holiday. It's an excuse to sell us things at lower prices, which isn't a bad thing if you've been wanting something and have been waiting for a sale like this one to get it. And the selection this weekend is massive with 216 titles to choose from.
Looking to enjoy the Battlefield series if you hadn't had the chance already? Battlefield is at the forefront on all platforms with 60% off. Magicka 2 is also there for $5.99 and you can find the classic Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for the PS3 on sale for $8.99. Overall a good selection that warrants a look through to add something new to the collection, or to lovingly add to your partners collection, because that's what great significant others do, right?
Conan Exiles looks to be a desolate and demanding, one that requires a bit of mental fortitude in order to summon the strength and very essence of Conan himself. It's an open-world survival game that's as brutal as the story is beautiful.
This isn't the first time that a Conan game has been attempted. The mythos and universe was the subject of Funcom's own Age of Conan, an MMORPG set in the same Hyborian Age as most other fictional works of Conan, that has more traditional RPG elements that we're used to. Conan Exiles takes that universe and adds a dynamic single-player storyline where you get to choose your narrative, and survival elements in a way that surely won't be typical of that sub-genre.
The key elements of the game are to survive, build and to dominate. Take the mindset of Conan himself, who saves you from your own destruction in the beginning cinematic, to tame the harsh mistress that is the barbaric wasteland. It's going to be a violent game, as the developer diary suggests, it'll require you to out-think your opponents with violence, being the most savage of the land. Precisely what Conan is about.