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Guerrilla Games has been working on an open world RPG for the PlayStation 4 for a while now, with the only thing we know about it, is that it's called 'Horizon'.
The studio has hired CD Projekt Red's Lead Cinematic Artist, Pawel Swierczynski and Quest Designer Dennis Zoetebier, just a few months ago. But news has broken that Guerrilla Games has also scooped away another staff member from The Witcher 3 developer, with Senior Technical Designer Shadi Dadenji, this month. Dadenji worked closely on many of the systems within The Witcher 3, including:
- Designed and implemented various gameplay systems
- Supported quest and open-world designers with scripts and tools
- Took ownership of certain editor features and enhanced their usability
- Provided debugging support for a wide range of AI and UI issues
- Liaised between engineers and designers to ensure optimal communication
Square Enix will be hosting its first press conference in two years at E3 2015 this week, where they will be showing off some of their hottest upcoming games, as well as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu reached out to Square Enix, with a representative saying: "At this year's E3, we'll have our own conference for the first time after two years, where we'll deliver to everyone the rich line-up of the Square Enix Group. What we're going to show off at E3 is unprecedented in the history of Square Enix, with a strong line-up in which each can be considered a centerpiece. Since we plan to stream the conference live, it'll be at night [in Japan], but please watch it!"
Not only should we expect to see Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but we should get a glimpse at the Unreal Engine 4-powered Kingdom Hearts 3, as well as Just Cause 3.
Very shortly after we posted our news on EA showing off three unannounced games with one of them being new IP, we had an industry source of ours say that they've heard that EA will be teasing Battlefield 5 at E3.
We shouldn't be surprised by this, as Battlefield is one of EA's largest franchises. It was shot in the foot majorly with Battlefield: Hardline, and with Battlefield 4 being on the market for 16 months now, it's time to start hearing about a new Battlefield game. EA is already busy with Star Wars: Battlefront, and the new Mirror's Edge Catalyst, but a surprising tease of Battlefield 5 would really shake the walls at E3.
Of course our insider could be wrong, but with EA already saying Battlefield 5 will be a military-themed shooter in the same vein as Battlefield 4, and a release of Q4 2016, it's not too far away anyway. One thing I would like to see with Battlefield 5 is a full concentration on the PC build of the game, where they water it down to consoles. This way we will get one of the best looking games ever released, and please EA - include VR support.
If we don't see Battlefield 5, we have a sneaking suspicion that EA could instead tease Battlefield: Bad Company 3, which would be equally, if not, more exciting.
With E3 2015 right around the corner now, Electronic Arts is teasing its lineup of games that it will have at the show. Not only will EA be showing off games we already know about, but industry insider Shinobi602 says that EA will be showing off "3 unannounced EA games, one of which is a new IP".
EA will be presenting a large amount of games at E3 next week, including FIFA 16, EA SPORTS FIFA, Madden NFL 16, Madden NFL Moible, Minions Paradise, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, NBA LIVE 16, Need for Speed, NHL 16, EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, Star Wars Battlefront, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
But it's the 3 unannounced games, with one of them being new IP that has me interested. I'm really hoping we get to see Battlefield 5 unveiled, with the player numbers on Battlefield 4 dropping, and Battlefield Hardline pretty much being a flop. Mass Effect 4 is sure to be shown off, but some new IP would be good to see, too.
Bohemia Interactive has had its upcoming ArmA 3 expansion detailed in a new leak, where we've been teased of a beautiful new environment that is a far cry from the maps we have in ArmA 3, as you can see in the images below.
The beautiful island of Tanoa, found in the South Pacific, is part of Horizon Islands. Tanoa is a lush tropical environment, with a thick jungle floor and very large geological features. Not only is Tanoa absolutely massive, but the upcoming expansion for ArmA 3 will feature new vehicles, weapons, attachments, gear, story content, and much more.
The developer will be detailing the ArmA 3 expansion during E3 next year, with the expansion due for release sometime in the first half of 2016.
A blog posted today by Alan Joyce contained a heartfelt recap of a childhood filled with Pokémon, Game Boy's and LAN Parties.
In addition to this, Joyce's piece titled 'A YouTube built for gamers' talked about the new YouTube focus website, providing "more than 25,000 games" with their own personal pages, filled with videos and live streaming alongside content creators and publishers alike.
This gamer-orientated offshoot has been made to ensure gamers looking for content are kept within the gaming scene and searches for things like 'SSB Brawl' won't come back with a plethora of street fights. Live streaming will feature on the front page of YouTube Gaming including 60FPS and auto-uploading features.
In a short blog released recently, the Dota 2 team announced its Reborn Beta - boasting a new interface, new engine and added custom games.
"Everything in the dashboard has been completely redesigned utilizing a new UI framework, and the engine that powers the game has been fully replaced" reads the blog, with fans being given the opportunity to test out what Valve has made and provide extensive user feedback.
The blog also makes sure to point out that it;s the dashboard that is being focused on, as the HUD has remained the same. This beta is set for release "some time after The International" and it's likely that we'll see a sneak peak of whats on offer during the tournament.
Last year, developer Devolver Digital released a reboot of Shadow Warrior, but now the studio has just announced Shadow Warrior 2.
The company took to Twitter to tease the news, asking fans: "Who wants some more Wang?". But now, they've dropped a 19-second teaser video on YouTube, which we've embedded above. We should see Shadow Warrior 2 released for the PC, Xbox One and PS4, as well as SteamOS. The company should show off more of Shadow Warrior 2 next week at E3.
With less than a week before E3 2015 kicks off in Los Angeles, Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment have released a new video on The Division. It's a little different, as it's a community Q&A with the developer taking in questions from gamers all across the world and addressing them in the video embedded below.
Ubisoft will be showing off The Division in much greater detail at the Ubisoft E3 2015 Conference in June 15, with company CEO Yves Guillemot saying: "E3 is always a very special moment for the entire gaming community because we all come together to share our visions for the future of entertainment and reveal the games into which we've been pouring our energy and passion. The players' excitement and feedback when they first experience what we're developing is what motivates us the most".
Guillemot continued: "We love being a part of this great community, and our talented teams continue to take risks, push boundaries and offer more freedom and choice within our games so that we can create long-lasting, enriching experiences for the players".
Established in 2003 and commonly seen across the competitive scenes of Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 4 and regular gamers alike - Xfire has now closed its chat client and social platform in order to solely focus on the Xfire tournament platform.
With so much nostalgia attached, Xfire is described by some as Steam's influence into in-game chat, allowing users to converse in and out of game, log their gaming hours and share screenshots or videos seamlessly with other members.
Boasting a 12 year stint spanning 24 million users, Xfire has kindly allowed all members to download their full album of screenshots and videos simply by entering their username. Be warned, there is a long queue at hand.