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Imagine a Call of Duty with third-person action and first-person combat set in ancient Rome--you've just envisioned the cancelled Call of Duty: Roman Wars.
The Call of Duty franchise is notorious for going back and forth in the timestream--from World War 2 all the way to the deep future with cyborgs and the like. But what if it went to, say, ancient Rome? The ancient world is replete with massive wide-scaled battles with thousands of sword-toting centurions, lumbering siege engines, and thundering cavalry--thus it'd be perfect for a game like Call of Duty. Activision, however, didn't think so, and that's why CoD: Roman Wars never saw the light of day.
Roman Wars was being developed by Vicarious Visions--the devs responsible for Skylanders and the new Crash Bandicoot PS4 remaster trilogy--and had a massive scope. Players would take the different roles within the 10th Legion of Roman legionnaires, from high-ranking officers and lowly grunts to archers, praetors, and even Caeser himself, and take part in an over-arching campaign based on Julius Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico, chronicling the nine-year Gallic war against Celtic and Germanic barbarians.
Microsoft's huge Ultimate Game Sale is back, and this time Redmond has slashed prices on both console and PC games.
The new Ultimate Game Sale slashes prices on 250 Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 10 games like Quantum Break and Rise of the Tomb Raider are discounted up to 60% off, with Xbox LIVE Gold members getting an additional 10% off on all sale prices.
Notable deals include the newly minted backward compatible Red Dead Redemption for just $7.50, Halo 5, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and The Witcher 3 for $29.99, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Evil Within, Saint's Row IV, and Wolfenstein: The New Order for just $15; and Metro Redux Bundle for just $7.50. Check below for the full list, or head over to Major Nelson.com for all the links.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition has been officially rated on German USK ratings site on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Although CD Projekt RED has no plans to release a Witcher 3 Enhanced Edition, it looks as though a Witcher 3 GOTY SKU is in the works. Presumably the Witcher 3 GOTY Edition will include the base game, the two huge Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions, all the free DLC packs, and new patch updates on a single disc. Before now the only way to get the expansions was to buy a $74.99 digital bundle or the $24.99 Expansion Pass, so this route will be much more affordable for gamers.
The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition was rated just a month after the game's one-year anniversary (June 22), but we still have no actual release information. Given Witcher 3 has been on sale on PSN and Steam for $24.99 or thereabouts (and will be 50% off starting today on the Xbox Ultimate Sale) I think it's fair to say almost everyone owns the game already, so CDPR isn't really losing much cash by bundling the game + expansions for $59.99.
Microsoft confirms in a recent blog post that all of its future published games will included in the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning you can purchase on Windows or Xbox and play the game on either, and with shared progress, saves, and achievements.
The post makes no mention as to whether or not past Microsoft titles may come to the PC platform, but we lean toward no, as the company has been very much focused on current releases since beginning its PC spree.
ReCore (pictured here) will be the first Xbox Play Anywhere release when it hits September 13; Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, and Cuphead will join it in due time.
It looks like Microsoft is going to be looking after PC gamers in a big way with the announcement that every new game published by Microsoft Studios will be on the PC.
All of these new Microsoft Studios games will support Xbox Play Anywhere, which is used through the Window Store. This means the new Halo game will be released on the PC, which is beyond exciting. Microsoft claimed in its "Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2", the company teases:
"With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store".
For those old enough to remember the original Unreal, you'll have to rewind your memory all the way back to 1998 - and you might remember the original fly-by intro scene that some of you might have used to benchmark your video card back in the day. I know I did, I put hundreds of hours into watching that scene, and have the best memories of it.
Well, someone has recreated the fly-by scene from the original Unreal, in the much better looking Unreal Engine 4. It isn't quite the stunner that it was back in 1998, but it's something that floods my brain with memories of Unreal. Do you remember the original Unreal? And more specifically, do you remember the fly-by intro scene?
Microsoft has officially confirmed the new slim $299 Xbox One S will upscale all games from 1080p to 4K, adding even more benefits to the upcoming system.
The confirmation came from Xbox exec Mike Ybarra, who Tweeted that all existing Xbox One games can be upscaled to 4K with the new Xbox One S. The upscaling capability is made possible by the Xbox One S' newly designed AMD SoC (System-on-Chip) that provides a GPU and CPU boost for the console as well as power efficiency and the 40% smaller size. It's also highly likely the Xbox One S makes use of AMD's brand new console-centric upscaling technology--the same tech that will allow Sony's new PlayStation 4 Neo to upscale to 4K.
We still have no clue what the AMD SoC is packing, and there's been no specification leaks or anything so far, but the $299 Xbox One S will directly combat Sony's new upgraded PlayStation 4K console in the 4K gaming department--at least when it comes to upscaling. Given the $299 price tag, the Xbox One S surely won't go head-to-head against the PS4 Neo's boosted specs, but it's quite interesting to see Microsoft offering 4K upscaling in its mid-tier system.
We've known for a while that Blizzard is hiring for a brand new Diablo game, but a new game director job opening tells us that the project won't be a small excursion.
According to a new Blizzard job listing, the company is looking for a brand new game director for a "new unannounced Diablo game," outright confirming that Diablo III's current game director Josh Mosqueira won't be overseeing the next game. Given the gravity of this position--the creative director will be the "vision holder for the franchise, setting the creative goals for the team"-- we can pretty much assume Blizzard is preparing the next chapter in the landmark ARPG franchise, Diablo IV.
"Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a game director with outstanding communications skills, proven experience in creative direction, strong ability in system design, and a stellar track record of shipping AAA games to lead the Diablo series into the future," reads the listing. There's absolutely no reason for Blizzard to hire a new game director unless they're working on a massive new chapter of the series, so it pretty much has to be D4.
Last week, Overwatch's Competitive Play mode launched on PC, and now Xbox One players can get in on the action too.
Competitive Mode means ranked matches, and an overall much higher skill level than what you see in Quick Play. It also means best of 5 rounds, sudden death, map tweaks, golden weapon rewards, and a whole lot of other things.
Remember, you need to be level 25 before you can try it out.
Pokemon in itself is quite weird, but in a good way...at least sort of. And over the years the series has gotten weirder and weirder, bringing us to the bizarre assembly of Pocket Monsters revealed today.
Remember those wacky creatures shown in the recent Pokemon leak? Remember how everyone thought they were fake? Well, it turns out they're 100% real--yes, even that weird bug-type Charjabug that literally looks like a bus, and Bruxish the fish with lips--and all of them will be featured in the upcoming Pokemon Sun & Moon 3DS games.
The Pokemon Company released a new video showcasing each of the seven new Pokemon in all of their peculiar glory, and check below for pics and full BIOS of Drampa (hi Falcor!), Togedemaru, Vikavolt (not so bad), Cutiefly (okay this one is awesome), Bruxish (why is this even a thing?!), Charjabug (hilarious) and Tapu Koko (pretty neat). There was also an eighth snake/gem-like Pokemon that transforms into a weird bi-pedal Gundam-like creature, but there's no info about this mysterious Pocket Monster.