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Battlefield 4 fans, get your trigger fingers ready for the month-long event that is Battlefest. This event is geared for all BF4 gamers, getting them read for the launch of Battlefield 4's new DLC coming this week, Dragon's Teeth.
The new Dragon's Teeth expansion rolls out this week with five new weapons, a new unlockable gadget in the form of a Ballistic shield, a new game mode, 10 new assignments, and a new Battle pickup. Gamers can now also submit their in-game screenshots for a daily contest known as Battleshots. Battleshots will see a daily winner taking home an AMD Radeon GPU (!), a $50 gift card to the DICE store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership for the platform of their choice.
The goodies continue, with the daily contest not the only thing that BF4 gamers have access to, but gamers will also receive a free camo in-game unlock each week, and another double XP weekend early next month. Battlefest also includes weekly community missions and a stunt video competition where the top 12 submissions get selected by DICE for some truly great prizes. These prizes include the nine finalists receiving an AMD video card valued at $300, while the top three winners get voted by fans, each receiving an AMD-powered PC worth over $3,000.
PDXLAN 24 - TweakTown is on the ground in Portland, OR, for PDXLAN, one of the largest LAN parties on the west coast. A little background: PDXLAN started back when CRTs were still in vogue and the whole LAN was run off of a 1.5 DSL connection. Since then, the LAN has grown in size, and they have added more and more events throughout the year. PDXLAN 24 is currently taking place and runs from 6pm on July 11 to 6pm on July 14. We've been taking video during the event, but my MacBook Air isn't the most capable video editing machine, so video will be coming later this weekend.
We're going to take you through the start of the event until around midnight using pictures as pictures are worth a thousand words. So, with that introduction out of the way, let's get on to the fun stuff.
The LAN takes place in the Holiday Inn convention center next to Portland's airport (PDX), hence the name PDXLAN. As you can see, the LAN has yet to open to the general public, but setup has already been completed. Shortly, this cavernous room will be filled with heat-producing PCs and gamers hungry to frag and win prizes.
Christopher Butler has taken to Kickstarter to fund his own version of Half-Life 3, as "Valve seems set on not re-creating a Half-Life 3" but then he adds that he and his fellow developers are "looking to steal the market for this ourselves".
Butler was asking for just $2500 or so for the development of the game, as he has "a small team of 6 people including myself". Butler said on the Kickstarter page for Half-Life 3 that "we all have our own funds in order to keep ourselves paid for the duration of the project, the main ask for pledges is literally just to keep up to date with the latest software and maintenance in a project such as this".
Butler claimed to have worked for both EA and Valve in the last ten years, admitting that he hadn't approached Valve about making the game. He added that he hoped to have a playable alpha build of the game for backers to play within 10 months. Butler was quick to pull the project from Kickstarter, with it now all but gone.
Hello Games' co-founder, Sean Murray, spoke with GameSpot explaining that the incredibly large No Man's Sky will still feature a "traditional" multiplayer component.
No Man's Sky multiplayer won't act like traditional MMOs, but it doesn't meant it won't feature large scale fights either. Murray explains: "This is not a game about forming a clan or allegiances, right? But it has some MMO-esque mechanics, I guess". With the galaxy being virtually unlimited in size, won't it be hard finding other players?
Murray continued: "There is this thing, which I'm not going to talk about now, that is a plan for multiplayer and for people to have a more traditional multiplayer experience within the game. And that's something that we'll deal with further down the line that is exciting. But that is not what's core to the game right now".
If you're waiting for the new Dragon Age: Inquisition, then you might want to check out the just-released 16-minute gameplay video for it, which we've included for your viewing pleasure below.
The video shows off some real in-game footage, which does look quite beautiful. In the first 40 seconds, BioWare shows off a space that is just one area, but is bigger than the entire world of Dragon Age: Origins. Inquisition is built on multiple regions, of which you get to explore the entire game world over your multiple adventures.
SEGA is pumping the gas on Alien: Isolation before its release in October, announcing some DLC for the game. But, The Creative Assembly seem to be on the right track here, with this DLC reuniting the cast of the original Alien movie.
The pre-order DLC includes some missions that will see Sigourney Weaver return to the role that made her famous: Ellen Ripley. The actors that played Dallas, Lambert, Brett, and Parker are also coming back, some 35 years after they starred in the Ridley Scott directed movie. There will be two DLC missions that recreate parts of the movie in a kind of 'what if' alternative path.
It's an interesting way of giving DLC to customers, but offering it before the game is here is definitely going to turn some people away. Especially after the mess that was the previous Aliens game, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
A young Chinese couple has sold their two sons to child traffickers, all so they could fund their gaming habits. The couple sold their two sons on two separate occasions, to fund the purchase of in-game items such as armor, and weapons.
During an interview with Guangdong TV from a local detention center, the couple said that their first child wasn't planned. The father, A Hui, said that he had no intention of financially supporting the child, so they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. His partner, A Mei, fell pregnant again, where he explained: "[A Hui] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes".
This meant that most of their finances were being funneled into A Hui's gaming life, so it meant the second child couldn't be supported. They then sold him to traffickers. The traffickers in China sell children to couples who want to be parents, street gangs and street peddlers, and even to orphanages where they put them up for adoption overseas. A Hui's father was aware of what was going on, and in the end reported the couple to the police. The two were arrested, and are now awaiting trial and sentencing for the crime of selling children.
Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has been teasing a new game for a while now, but today we finally hear the codename for it: Project Blue Streak. CliffyB describes Project Blue Streak as a free-to-play sci-fi arena shooter for the PC.
Boss Key Productions, CliffyB's new studio, is behind the game. Boss Key will be working with Tokyo-based Nexon, who is known for making a bunch of free-to-play online games. CliffyB didn't say much about the new game, but it looks like he's enjoying the fact that he no longer has the big budget companies behind him pushing massive hype trains.
After announcing Project Blue Streak, within three minutes Bleszinski tweeted "And no, there won't be a fake CG trailer showing "Gameplay" because that's not how @bosskey does it". It's great to hear this being said from Bleszinski, as he has come out of retirement to make video games again.
Gearbox Software and 2K have just unveiled Battleborn, a first-person MOBA title that will reach next-gen consoles and the PC. The first trailer to Batlteborn can be viewed below:
Battleborn is Gearbox's new IP, which is in development for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The development team behind Battleborn calls it a hero-shooter, as it combines the world's of a fast-paced first-person shooter with cooperative combat, with an "expansive collection of diverse heroes to create an experience unlike anything you've played before".
Players have the option of fighting alongside their friends in the narrative-driven story campaign, or they can jump online for competitive multiplayer matches. There's no ETA on Battleborn just yet, but I'm sure we'll be hearing much more about it in the coming months.
Battlefield 4 Premium members will get their chompers on the upcoming Dragon's Teeth DLC on July 15. The news was announced from a now-deleted tweet from Origin's main Twitter account.
The tweet mentioned a July 15 released date in its promotion for buying Battlefield 4 Premium with 20% off. We should expect a general release date of July 29 for the rest of the community, as the Battlefield website mentions a two week head start for Premium members with the new DLC.