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Most thought that when Irrational Games was being shut down, that it meant lights out for BioShock, but not anymore. BioShock's other developer, 2K Marin, is now taking over, according to GameSpot.
During the Cowen and Company analyst conference, someone said that the BioShock series hadn't reached its commercial potential yet, with Take-Two Interactive's boss agreeing. Strauss Zelnick said that the 2K Marin team would now lead the development on BioShock. We shouldn't expect to see anything unveiled at E3, but at least we know BioShock hasn't been sucked up by the Rapture just yet.
Fans of the video game Red Dead Redemption have been clamoring for a sequel to that game for a long time now. There seemed to be some concern that a sequel wouldn't be made. Considering the original Red Dead sold 13 million units, the fear of no follow up to the original seems out of place.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has made some comments recently that seem to indicate that a sequel to the game is in the works. He described the Red Dead franchise as being permanent and sitting alongside Grand Theft Auto and Borderlands. Those are two of Take-Two's most popular franchises putting Red Dead in good company.
Batman: Arkham Knight has seen its first trailer hit the Internet, and what a trailer it is! Rocksteady Games is back in the development chair, with a truly beautiful game in their hands.
As you can see from the video above, Batman: Arkham Knight looks truly delicious - powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. Driving around in the Batmobile is a big part of the game, where gamers can summon Batman's ride at nearly any point of the game. There's also some gravity-defying racing in the tunnels below Gotham, which is a nice change of pace.
We can expect Batman: Arkham Knight on October 14, which isn't too far away.
The launch of Watch Dogs has been met with controversy - did you expect any less? - with
Useless Uplay causing some serious issues for PC gamers. Some PC gamers have been unable to access Watch Dogs, as they've been receiving authentication errors through Uplay.
Ubisoft has fired back, saying it is addressing the issue: "We are experiencing issues with the authentication services. Players may experience long delays when trying to login in-game. More to come. All the possible efforts are put into the resolution of this problem. We are currently monitoring the situation closely. The connection is rising and the issue still seems intermittent, the sign in system might work after several tries".
We've said it once, but we'll say it again - also watch out for that torrent of Watch Dogs that is installing Bitcoin miners onto gamers' PCs.
We heard rumors about a police-themed Battlefield game developed by the studio which made Dead Space, Visceral Games, but it looks like those rumors are finally materializing.
EA has just opened up a new site for Battlefield: Hardline, and from the imagery depicted, it looks like we can expect some serious cops vs. robber gameplay in the upcoming first-person shooter. The site says to expect a proper unveiling on June 9 at 12:00PDT, which is during E3. Visceral Games has a great track history, so I'm personally excited to see where it will take the Battlefield franchise - it can be worse than Battlefield 4, right?
If you are a PS3 owner with a PlayStation Plus membership, a trial of Battlefield 4 is kicking off for you today. The trial will last for 20 hours, which is much longer than the typical 1-hour trial that subscribers get for most games.
A trial that long will certainly give the player enough time to figure out if they want to purchase the entire game. The trial only includes content from the base game, but that is a lot of content. None of the content from any of the three expansion packs is included in the trial.
Fans of the Call of Duty franchise of video games are waiting in anticipation for the next entry into the franchise. The next game in the franchise is called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This game is being produced by Sledgehammer and is set to launch in November 4, 2014.
The game is set in 2054 and has high-tech futuristic weapons that players will get to use. One of the coolest of the weapons in the game is a slick assault rifle that is able to 3D print ammunition on-the-fly. That means it should have lots of ammo to use.
A kickstarter was started for 'A history of the Great Empires of Eve Online' written by Andrew Groen. The book is a narrative history book based on the politics, culture and warfare during the first decade of Eve Online.
He said,"The hardcover deluxe version did not exist prior to this Kickstarter campaign. Your pledges are entirely to thank for that, and I can't wait to get to work on creating the best book that I - and my new team - possibly can for you."
The Kickstarter turned out to be more than successful as the campaign raised $95,729 by May 25th with excess funding of $12,500 by 3,116 backers. Now, the author will be able to have a hardcover deluxe edition of the history book which was not originally planned. Groen hired an artist Daniel Warren for the illustrations. Many Eve online fans will be familiar that Johnson work on 'Eve: True Stories' graphic novels for Dark Horse comics.
GIGABYTE and ASUS are planning to aggressively push their gaming notebook businesses further, in order to compete against MSI which has a strong presence in the market.
As of now, much of GIGABYTE's profits comes from its motherboard business. But in 2014, the company launched its 'Aorus' gaming notebook brand, which was quite successful in the US market. It is also being rumored that GIGABYTE would be releasing its second generation gaming notebook at Computex, next week.
ASUS wants to strengthen its gaming notebook business using its Republic of Gamers brand. However, it is indicated that ASUS is not happy with its sales of its ROG notebooks, along with price and performance ratio along with functionality and design.
With Watch Dogs going on sale tomorrow, and some people already enjoying the open-world hacking title - but with Bitcoin miners attacking their system - NVIDIA GeForce owners are going to be enjoying increased performance, and better graphics.
NVIDIA worked closely with Ubisoft Montreal for Watch Dogs, as it fell under NVIDIA's Gameworks program. NVIDIA's Gameworks helps developers with a set of tools in order to fully utilize all of NVIDIA's technologies, something we saw in a video not too long ago. This is great for NVIDIA users, but AMD Radeon owners will not see these extra effects on PC, on top of reduced performance.
Forbes editor Jason Evangelho wrote a piece, benchmarking two cards against each other: the $500 Radeon R9 290X against the GeForce GTX 770 priced at $300. You can see in the image above that the $300 GPU does quite well for itself, keeping up with, and in one test beating the R9 290X which is $200 more. So, GeForce users - enjoy your increased performance and graphical bells and whistles enabled, but AMD fans - you're out of luck. It'll still run without a problem, but consider this like Mantle on Battlefield 4 - there are benefits on both sides of the GPU war.