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We all know Halo is for the most part, an Xbox exclusive, but Microsoft is pledging better PC support, where is does the first-person shooter stand on the PC? Executive Producter on the game, Dan Ayoub, explains: "We've definitely heard the questions about PC. Right now we're a couple months out from the Xbox version's release, and that's our main focus right now. That's quite honestly where all our headspace is right now".
Considering that Halo: Master Chief Collection is close to release, one would've thought there is no better time than now than to release it onto the PC. But, with four games with one of them receiving a complete graphical overhaul, it might have been too much for the company: releasing an Xbox One version, and a PC version.
Ayoub added: "From a technical standpoint, you look at the architecture of the Xbox One and there are some similarities to the architecture of a modern PC. That certainly makes that sort of cross-platform development easier. But beyond that the ease goes away. Master Chief Collection is massive. We have to coordinate four games, 100-plus maps, a lot of new cinematics, and Halo 2 Anniversary". Microsoft seems to be all-in with Halo on Xbox, with Ayoub saying: "We wanted to do a great job on console. The anchor of Halo: Master Chief Collection is the ten-year anniversary of Halo 2 on console. So our approach was to focus primarily on console as a result of that".
NVIDIA is kicking off its massive GAME24 event in less than 20 hours, with an entire 24 hours of celebrating that awesome thing we all love: PC gaming. NVIDIA will be giving out $50,000 in prizes during the event, as well as much, much more.
GAME24 will see NVIDIA showing off never-before-seen PC gaming technologies, exclusive partner interviews with some of the biggest names in gaming, including: Epic, Ubisoft, Boss Key, NCSoft, Blizzard, Wargaming, SOE, Deep Silver, 2K Games, Warner Brothers, Respawn, Red Bull. There will be two gaming World Records broken during GAME24, some of the best modders in the US competing in the world's first 24-hour livestreamed system building and modding competition, called Mod24.
There will be some seriously great prizes on offer, with NVIDIA giving out "4K G-SYNC monitors, SHIELD tablets, a Falcon Northwest Tiki, and the three PCs built by famous modders during Mod24. Each one-of-a-kind system includes three GeForce GTX GPUs in 3-Way SLI, and are VR-Ready".
Alien: Isolation is closer to release, ready to strike you and make you wet your pants with fear, so what better time to talk about its Season Pass? Alien: Isolation has something called Survivor Mode, which pits you against the xenomorph in the game and simply needs you to beat the clock, surviving the alien with limited resources.
There will be a Season Pass made available for Alien: Isolation when it launches on October 7, which will include all five of the Survivor Mode map packs. The first launches on October 28, with each pack including three maps. The first map pack will feature its "own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape" according to SEGA.
All of the Survivor Mode maps will be released before March 2014, but there's no information on the individual pricing of the DLC, but the pass does provide a 25% discount, or so, versus buying them individually.
Guerrilla Games has been working on the Killzone franchise for quite a number of years now, but some original IP could be on its way from the PlayStation developer. Over on the NeoGAF forums, there's leaked concept art for a new game called 'Horizon'.
Horizon looks like a very interesting mix of games, like a prehistoric science-fiction blend. We can see there are robotic dinosaurs, which is giving me flashbacks to the last Transformers movie, as well as some crossbow and gun action. There's not much known about it just now, but as news breaks on this game, we'll have it. It'll be interesting to see if this hits other platforms, or whether Sony will have Guerrilla Games making it a PS4 exclusive or not.
The world of Far Cry 4 is quite alive, with the native wildlife making the world feel real, and grounded. But, did you know that you can jump up onto an elephant, yes - and elephant - and control it? Using this majestic beast as a weapon? Check out the video below.
This has piqued my interest in Far Cry 4, as its predecessor was definitely a big surprise for me after the fiery mess that was Far Cry 2. The elephants can be used to ride into villages, crushing enemies, throwing them around, smashing cars away and so much more.
The researchers of Villanova University and Rutgers University have published a study where there have made a comparison using the sales of violent video games with criminal statistics across the United States. Interestingly, it was discovered that contrary to a certain belief, the number of criminal activities seems to drop at the time when AAA titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty are released.
The co-author of this study Patrick Markey said, "Various measurements of video game use are related to decreases in violent crime such as homicide." Markey has been studying about this issue for a while, and according to him such games earn a bad reputation among some people, the belief is that violence is something that young men enjoy. But he also pointed out that doesn't mean that violent games encourage people to be violent in the real-world.
He added, "We always have to be careful with correlational data. Correlation doesn't mean causation. But we haven't just looked at sales of games and violent crimes. We have taken into account trends in the data. We remove stuff that typically happens, like a spike in murders during summer and high sales of games near the Holidays, and it's still negative. To me what is most amazing is that is never positive. It is always statistically negative."
Microsoft has confirmed it will pay $2.5 billion to purchase Mojang, the company responsible for Minecraft. Minecraft has sold more than 54 million copies across the world, and the three founding executives of Mojang will reportedly leave the company. The game is the top paid app for both the Google Android and Apple iOS, and with only 4 employees, brought in $287 in revenues during 2013
"At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people," the company said in a press statement. "Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise."
News of the acquisition sent shockwaves through the Minecraft community, with many gamers worried about which direction Microsoft would take. Meanwhile, Microsoft hopes to draw gamers mobile platform instead of focusing on the Xbox One or PC.
Rockstar Games made an announcement that GTA V for current-generation gaming consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will start shipping on November 18th. There will be a PC version as reported earlier, however the PC version's launch is delayed to January 27, 2015. Rockstar games also revealed a new trailer for GTA V, which is an actual gameplay recorded from the Sony PlayStation 4 console.
Rockstar did reveal some in-game improvements and features. One of them is that those who pre-order the console or PC version of GTA V will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash as a bonus to spend at Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online. The game studio also confirmed that its in-game radio stations will now play more than 100 new songs and DJ tunes.
The rest of the features are as follows:
- New weapons, vehicles and activities
- Additional wildlife
- Denser traffic
- New foliage system
- Enhanced damage and weather effects
Destiny shook up the gaming industry after launching earlier this week, topping $500 million in sales to retailers during launch day. The game title was made by Bungie and published by Activision, with hype surrounding the game building over the past few months. Sales to retailers doesn't provide an exact tally of game sales to consumers, but indicates retailers expect it to continue to be a sought after game title.
"Since the beginning, we've been confident that our investment and belief in Destiny would pay off," said Eric Hirshberg, head of Activision game publishing. "But not many people believed we'd be able to say it did so on day one. We have more confidence than ever that Destiny will become one of the iconic franchises of this generation, and Activision's next billion dollar brand."
Video game blockbusters are big money, with gamers often preferring to continue playing storylines as they develop over multiple titles. Some analysts predict Destiny could sell 10 million units to consumers before the end of the year, indicating it could become a major influence to help push console sales.
The gaming market is a multi-billion-dollar industry and most of the attention is directed towards game consoles, but PC gaming has enjoyed a resurgence over the past few years. A recent study found 37 percent of U.S. residents nine years old and older play PC games for an average of 6.4 hours per week, separated into the following categories: Casual, Light Core, and Heavy Core.
The Casual gamers enjoy non-core games, while Light Core gamers play less than five hours per week, and Heavy Core gamers play five or more hours per week. Digital game downloads have also helped shake up the PC gaming industry, as Steam and similar platforms offer gamers the chance to play demoes, view trailers, and download entire games without a physical disc.
"Consumers' expectations may be the greatest barrier to maximizing spending in the PC gaming space," said Liam Callahan, NPD Group analyst, in a press statement. "Since half of PC gamers who play digital and/or physical games on the computer are expecting there to always be a sale right around the corner, publishers and retailers alike need to better manage these expectations."