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Gears of War 4 update: multi-GPU support on Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2017 3:24 am

If you're rocking a multi-GPU setup on Windows 10 and playing Gears of War 4, you haven't been having a good time - until now.

 

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There's a new May Update for Gears of War 4 that includes multi-GPU support for Windows 10 years, something that allows gamers with enough hardware to crank everything up to 11. The new update is available right now, with more information on the Gears of War 4 May Update available here.

Hearthstone amasses 70 million strong playerbase

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 10:13 pm

Blizzard has announced Hearthstone's online community has grown to 70 million players worldwide.

 

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Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play card game Hearthstone is one of the company's key money-making pillars. Thanks to its blind booster-pack style microtransactions (which mimic Overwatch's loot boxes), the game rakes in earnings hand over fist, and is a key facet to the company's digital earnings.

 

In fact, Activision reported that in 2016 total digital in-game revenues doubled year-over-year and represented over half of the company's $6.6 billion total yearly revenues. As a result, Activision raked in an incredible $3.6 billion from player purchases in games like Hearthstone.

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Nintendo plans 10 million+ Switch surplus to meet demand

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 9:08 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hybrid gaming system is in extreme demand right now, and constantly flies off shelves as soon as stores resupply stock. The Japanese console-maker is betting big on Switch sales in 2017, especially during the holiday season, but if the consoles are rare now what hope do consumers have for Christmas?

 

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In a recent investors Q&A session, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima assures investors that stock of its new $299 Switch handheld-console will be ample for the holiday season. Mr. Kimishima recently confirmed the Kyoto-based games company expects to sell 10 million Nintendo Switch systems in its current fiscal year, and now Mr. Kimishima iterates that Nintendo plans to ramp up Switch hardware production to ensure a hardware stock surplus that exceeds its 10 million sales forecast.

 

In fact, shortly before the Switch console's launch Nintendo exercised its manufacturing facilities to produce 700,000 extra Switch consoles to meet excessive demand--culminating in 2.74 million hardware sales in just 29 days.

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Half-Life co-writer Chet Faliszek leaves Valve

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 8:12 pm

After 12 years of instrumental work on Half-Life, Steam, and Vive VR, Chet Faliszek says goodbye to Valve

 

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Chat Faliszek is the latest of Valve's key talent to say goodbye to the gaming giant. In his 12-year tenure Faliszek helped shape some of Valve's most notorious work: he co-wrote Half-Life 2's episodic expansions, the beloved Portal games, and the grisly co-op shooters in the Left 4 Dead series. The famed writer also helped build Valve's Vive VR platform and served as a public intermediary for VR developers across the globe. But now Faliszek seeks new horizons outside of Valve's pipeline.

 

"[It was]Nothing exciting or drama filled," ex-Valve writer Chet Faliszek told Games Industry Biz. "I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There's no news on what's next etc, I will let you know when that happens."

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Bandai Namco's new Code Vein is Dark Souls meets anime

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 1:51 pm

Bandai Namco just released the first trailer for its new Dark Souls-esque action RPG Code Vein, and we're very, very impressed.

 

 

Code Vein seems to be a delicious cocktail of some of the best JRPGs: we have Dark Souls combat with tons of rolling, hacking and slashing, infused with Dragon's Dogma's co-op pawn system, a fresh style straight out of an anime series, dark gothic storyline, and a dungeon-delving mechanic to top it all off. The game is being developed by the team that makes God Eater games, but Code Vein is a completely new IP.

 

Although Code Vein is a"dramatic dungeon-exploring action RPG," it certainly reminds us of Dark Souls in many different ways. The in-game world of Vein is dark, macabre and infused with mystery, and the combat itself looks to satisfy the bloodlust of ravenous Bloodborne and Souls fanatics everywhere.

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Darksiders 3 leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 10:40 am

UPDATE: For some reason, THQ Nordic let IGN announce Darksiders 3 with an IGN First reveal. The trailer can be found below along with info from the official Darksiders 3 press release.

 

"As promised, we have taken our time to ensure that this next Darksiders will be everything action-adventure gamers and especially Darksiders loyalists could dream of and more," said Lars Wingefors, Co-Founder and Group CEO, THQ Nordic AB.

 

The company also announced that it is working with the team at Gunfire Games, which is largely comprised of the original creators of the Darksiders franchise, on development of the long and highly-anticipated project.

 

"The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception," said Reinhard Pollice, Director of Business and Product Development, THQ Nordic. "There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders III, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero FURY - a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!"

 

 

Amazon has prematurely revealed Darksiders 3, a sequel in THQ Nordic's fan-favorite series.

 

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The Amazon storefront listing confirms Darksiders 3 will feature a new character named Fury, who uses a whip and magic and "various forms each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities." The game will take place in an open-ended living world, and the storyline has Fury taking on the Seven Deadly Sins to restore the balance of the light.

 

  • Play as FURY - a mage who must rely on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth!
  • Harness FURY's magic to unleash her various forms - each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities
  • Explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world in which FURY moves back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story
  • Defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their servants who range from mystical creatures to degenerated beings
  • Darksiders signature art style - expansive post-apocalyptic environments that take the player from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, dilapidated by war and decay and overrun by nature

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NiOh sold 1 million copies in first two weeks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 6:38 am

Thanks to strong sales of Team Ninja's celebrated game Nioh, Japanese games publisher Koei Tecmo has reported boosted yearly earnings.

 

 

According to Koei Tecmo's FY2016 briefings, Nioh, Team Ninja's fresh new IP, sold 1 million copies worldwide in its first two weeks. This was in spite of the title being a PS4 exclusive, but Sony's PlayStation 4 reigns over the market with 60 million consoles sold to date.

 

Nioh spearheaded the publisher's games segment earnings, and the Japanese games-maker even said Nioh was its "most successful title in the west." I for one absolutely love Nioh and frankly think it's one of the best games ever made--if you own a PS4 do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild's first expansion detailed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2017 2:31 am

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's first DLC is called The Master Trials, and features a new mode, new armor sets, and more.

 

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The Master Trials features five major pieces of content that range from modes to equipment and new ways to play the game. First we have the new mode called Trials of the Sword, which is an arena-style combat mode that pits players against spawning waves of enemies--but with a catch: they have to use armor and weapons found on enemies. Next is the Hard Mode, which boosts monster grades and imbues all baddies with regenerating health. Enemies even get little mini-skyships to attack Link while he's paragliding across the clouds!

 

Then there's the Hero's Path Mode, which shows Link's footsteps and path on Hyrule's overworld map to give players a better idea of where they've been--and where they need to go. If you don't have a handy map this can be a great tool to keep track of your travels. Next up we have the Travel Medallion. This lets players mark any fast-travel location on the map and zap to it at any time--think Mark and Recall from Morrowind--but only one location can be mapped at a time. Last but certainly not least are the eight new outfits and armor pieces--actually there's only one armor set, along with outfits from past Zelda games. We even get a Tingle outfit!

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Morrowind, the best Elder Scrolls, turns 15 today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2017 11:09 pm

15 years ago today, Bethesda created one of the best games in its entire career: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

 

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I've gone on record many times saying that Morrowind is the best Elder Scrolls ever made, and I'll do the same today. If you haven't played it yet, then remedy that right away. Morrowind is a true RPG, a game that plunges you head-first into a world replete with magic, fantasy, and more importantly, absolutely no hand-holding. There's no compass, or waypoints: you have to find your way with a journal, and NPCs are absolutely vital. You actually have to take notes and pay attention, and it's all too easy to get lost in Vvardenfell's massive sub-continent. But that's the magic of Morrowind, and it's a place I'll always love to get lost in.

 

Remember when you actually had to think to figure out quests? Remember when the games were challenging and exploration felt organic? Remember when you could actually kill anyone in the game, and doom the storyline if you so chose? Players had staggering freedom in this game, and it was one of the experiences that shaped my love for open-world RPGs. Morrowind rewarded your curiosity; brew up some potions and push the game's rules to their breaking point, or outright defy the laws of physics and reality with magical spells. It's up to you, man or mer, to forge your own path.

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Mario Kart 8 on Switch sold 459,000 units in first day

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2017 10:10 pm

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe has smashed sales milestones and explodes onto the U.S. market with almost 500K sales in its first day.

 

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Nintendo today announced that Nintendo Switch's new Mario Kart 8: Deluxe sold a total 459,000 digital and physical sales in a single day within the United States alone. The new racer is now recognized as the "fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series." The game has a high attach rate of 45%, which means that almost half of Nintendo Switch owners bought the game at launch.

 

A bit of quick math shows Nintendo made about $27.5 million in a single day's sales of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe in the United States. Remember that the Nintendo Switch's first-party market was sparse before Mario Kart 8 launched on the handheld-console, so it certainly makes sense why so many gamers purchased the title. It's absolutely one of the must-have games for the system, and Nintendo is gearing up its other first-party games like ARMS and Splatoon 2 to be system-sellers as well.

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