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Almost half of UK studios were focused on mobile game development in the UK in 2014, but is facing increased pressure from PC game developers. The mobile lead dropped from 49 percent to 48 percent year-over-year when comparing 2014 to 2013, while PCs increased from 34 percent up to 37 percent, according to the TIGA UK video game trade association.
Of course, PC game development includes retail and online PC games, social network games and MMOs - and the shift more towards PC could continue through this year.
"PC, in contrast, gained steam in 2014, with 37 percent of studios adopting it as their primary platform choice up from 34 percent in 2013," said Dr. Richard Wilson, CEO OF TIGA.
With the first ESL One Cologne pre-qualifier coming to an end, HLTVorg broke the news that over 300 teams from various parts of Europe all took place in this mammoth event.
Setting out to qualify for the upcoming live event on June 25-26 in Cologne, Germany, teams named 1337, ENCORE, INSHOCK and PiTER were victorious this time around - with the rest having to wait for subsequent pre-qualifiers to take place soon.
Interestingly enough, team 1337 competed with three stand-in players this time around but still managed to wash away its competition, taking the number one spot. These four qualified teams will join the invitees of; Dignitas, Titan, HellRaisers, PENTA Sports and FlipSid3 Tactics at the offline event.
Until virtual reality matures and establishes, don't expect too many breakthroughs beyond gaming. Microsoft and Sony both seem interested in helping VR succeed, but Nintendo doesn't share their enthusiasm.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said VR is "just tech," and it must be made fun and social - which is something that it's not. During E3, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said VR isn't a good fit for Nintendo right now - but didn't fully shut out the idea that VR could one day be in the plans.
Nintendo, which chose not to engage Microsoft and Sony in the new generation console war, also isn't a huge fan of VR. Instead of trying to compete directly in VR, expect Nintendo to show a larger interest in helping global eSports develop.
Most gamers might not know, but Rocksteady Studios didn't work on the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, where instead the studio had Iron Galaxy Studios port the game over to PC. You might remember that Warner Bros. pulled the PC game from being sold last week.
Rocksteady is now in control of the game, with the studio posting on their official website saying: "Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place". The first patch, which should've already hit owners of Batman: Arkham Knight, has some interim fixes:
- Fixed a crash that was happening for some users when exiting the game
- Fixed a bug which disabled rain effects and ambient occlusion. We are actively looking into fixing other bugs to improve this further
- Corrected an issue that was causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying the integrity of the game cache through the Steam client
- Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash when turning off Motion Blur in BmSystemSettings.ini. A future patch will enable this in the graphics settings menu
But you know what? Rocksteady would've seen the game before they, or Warner Bros. would've greenlit its release on PC. Obviously Rocksteady was too busy at work on the console version of Batman: Arkham Knight that the PC version wasn't just receiving as much love, it was thrown to the side without a second thought. It was released completely unready, and thus untested, and Rocksteady should be ashamed of themselves ending the Batman trilogy of games on this note.
There was some pressure on Electronic Arts to make sure Star Wars: Battlefront is released before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie. However, single-player was never really on the drawing board for the newest Star Wars video game, as multiplayer will create a more enjoyable gaming experience.
"To be honest, single-player was never in the plan. It was never the concept," said Patrick Bach, DICE GM, in an interview with GameSpot. "The concept for us was always that we wanted players to re-live the battles. We wanted them to play the battles from the original movies. And DICE, coming from its Battlefield background, knows how to make awesome battles in that context."
Bach also admitted while the studio has created intriguing single-player campaigns, they haven't been as strong as its multiplayer efforts.
The outer reaches of space are no boundaries for Chris Roberts' far reaching space shooter/economy/adventure/everything game, with Star Citizen to allow players to become a transporter in the game.
The developer has just unveiled a very in-depth transportation career, something that will be propelled with the use of the first transport ship: the Genesis Starliner. The Genesis Starliner can transport up to 40 people, where you can customize the ship and its modular interior to your liking. You could splash out and throw in some expensive state rooms, where you can charge more for people to stay there.
Roberts Space Industries, the developer behind the game, explains: "Whether it's the centerpiece of a private spaceline or part of a larger system of passenger transports, the Genesis can be used for a variety of support roles. Potential owners and operators can rest easy: the Starliner is a ship designed to pay for itself!"
With the release of Crystal Dynamics' second game in the rebooted Tomb Raider series due out in November for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, it looks like Microsoft might have a huge one-year timed exclusive for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The news is coming from YouTuber 'The Know' who has said that Rise of the Tomb Raider won't hit the PlayStation 4 until November of next year, but Square Enix will drop the price of the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider to $40 to entice games. As for the PC version, there's no concrete release date, but we could be waiting as long as PS4 gamers for the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.
And if you haven't seen it, we've included some Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay, dubbed 'Siberian Wilderness', showing Lara Croft in the super-cold environments, playing through the game and showing the improved crafting system.
If I had a dollar for every hour I've pumped into Mario games over the years, I'd be a rich man. But in the last few years, I haven't really played many Nintendo games apart from Mario Kart 8.
But if they looked as good as the ones we have above thanks to YouTuber 'aryoksini' who has teased Mario in the world of Unreal Engine 4, then I'd be spending many hours in front of my PC. The video shows off Mario running around and leaping about the place with the various environmental assets that are found within the Unreal Engine 4 license.
Not only that, but all of the animations are created from scratch, and are pre-scripted.
It's no secret that Deus Ex games don't shy away from sometimes touchy subjects, and while Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has its own curious plot points, don't expect Eidos Montreal to directly touch on religion.
"One thing that we never touch on from the front is religion," said Jean-Francois Dugas, game director at Eidos Montreal, in the latest issue of GamesMaster. "The subject we're tackling, it goes into religion from the aspect of do we choose to play God or not? But we try to keep it as agnostic as we can because the field is too sensitive. We also don't want to be offensive in any way, or tackle something we don't really understand ourselves. Instead we distill transhumanism, and what it does for human beings regardless of your beliefs."
Eidos Montreal showed off the game during E3 2015, and featured a game preview and a second portion demonstrating its actual gameplay. The studio wants to focus on allowing players to mix in a bit of stealth and head-to-head action, providing gamers the chance to play through the game how they feel most comfortable.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gamers will get to enjoy Zombie Mode, which Treyarch Studios is expected to show off during Comic-Con in San Diego next month. Zombies gameplay director Jason Blundell will unveil the "mind-bending tale of the undead" for the latest CoD: Black Ops video game.
There aren't too many details about what gamers can expect, so we'll have to wait and see what happens during Comic-Con in a couple of weeks.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is scheduled for launch on November 6, and will be available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One.