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E3 is going to begin next week in Los Angeles, and will feature some of the latest and greatest from the gaming industry. Virtual reality is expected to have a major presence at E3, with gamers learning to become more familiar with the rising format.
VR is expected to eventually take over the gaming market, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) apparently is looking forward to the technology.
"I've already scheduled my own demos to make sure I'm seeing and experiencing everything, so I'm looking forward to VR and AR, finding out how those segments have matured over the past year," said Mike Gallagher, CEO and president of the ESA, in a statement to GamesBeat. "There's so much buzz and excitement. The idea that the technology could be used not only for great video games, but that it could be a $150 billion industry by itself..."
The Xbox Japan website posted three images from Forza Motorsport 6, revealing rather impressive nighttime driving and in-game weather.
The Japanese Xbox page promotes "breathtaking graphics" and mentions the large variety of cars that gamers can select. Gameplay should be shown off during E3 later this month in Los Angeles - and Forza Motorsport 6 will be available later this year in time for Christmas on the Microsoft Xbox One. An exact launch date could be announced by Microsoft at E3.
NVIDIA expects gamers with a GPU that supports GameWorks will enjoy a special enhancement for Batman: Arkham Knight. The game launches for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft One on June 23.
GameWorks adds interactive fog and smoke, interactive paper debris, PhysX destruction, and enhanced rain - and while the game already looked pretty, it looks like NVIDIA's GameWorks pushes things to the next level.
"The team at Rocksteady Studios is continuing work on the epic finale to its Batman: Arkham trilogy," said Ben Wyatt, Technical Director at Rocksteady Studios. "As with our previous games, we are collaborating with NVIDIA to deliver an immersive PC experience by integrating NVIDIA GameWorks - Turbulence, Environmental PhysX, Volumetric Lights, FaceWorks and Rain Effects."
Project Cars has been one of the most talked about games of the year, with Slightly Mad Studios announcing that they have sold over one million copies since it was released a month ago.
The studio, together with publisher Bandai Namco, released a statement with SMS head Ian Bell saying: "Throughout the development of Project CARS the community were instrumental in guiding the game - giving us feedback daily on each build iteration, telling us what needed improving, highlighting what they'd like to see included, and ultimately approving it as the racing game of their dreams. Even with this amount of early indication that the bold, ambitious vision we had was on track to be something that would truly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the existing leading titles in the genre, it wasn't until the first review scores came in that we truly realised how much Project CARS had resonated with both media, racing professionals, and gamers alike around the world".
He continued: "To now stand here having reached over a million players in such a short time really justifies the work both the team and the community have done over the years and solidifies Project CARS' future as the multi-platform racing experience of choice for fans around the world. And we'll be talking more about that future very, very soon".
A European Metal Gear Solid fan site has posted new screenshots from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which showcase Snake and Diamond Dog.
Each mission in the game features opening and closing credits, with plenty of side-objectives offering additional rewards for gamers. The Phantom Pain has open ended game play, and many missions don't require numerous return trips to Mother Base.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release in September for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4.
The newly created video game hall of fame in New York's The Strong museum in the US has inducted Pong, Super Mario, Pac-Man, Tetris and World of Warcraft in it's inauguration, according to The Guardian.
The collection of game titles were apparently chosen based on their role in kick off, solidifying and expanding the world of video and computer games and were "recommended by a panel of judges made up of journalists, scholars and other experts on the history and impact of video games". While we didn't get the invite, the museum are now taking nominations for the 2016 round which can be lodged online so join us in our attempt to get the infamous E.T. video game nominated. Just kidding.
Set as a Kickstarter Staff Pick, this first person shooter project boasts the ability to make you "a pirate in space with friends online," allowing you to sail the seven.. err galaxies - alone or with companions.
Set for release on Steam (depending on Greenlight) with Microsoft Windows and Xbox One support, this game is focused on finding and boarding enemy player ships, seeing a large team split up into 4-5 player sub-teams in order to combat and take over an enemy ship from within - full-on pirate style!
This is claimed to be 100% skill based with no pay to win and opens up the doors to competitive PvP, custom matches versus AI or offline modes.
There has been more money thrown around for eSports in 2015 than ever before and this is added to by ESL's partnership with ReedPOP and Twitch to return to the theater at Madison Square, hosting what they claim is the "east coast's largest eSports tournament."
With $250,000 on the line, this ESL One competition is playing host to a Dota 2 event featuring many of the world's best teams.
Held as part of the New York Super Week, ESL is returning to last years venue of the Madison Square gardens and has recruited the help of the joinDOTA team to help them broadcast this event via Twitch TV to the world.
Microsoft and the Xbox team expect Windows 10 to become a solid overall operating system, but have special plans in regards to gaming. The company is removing middleware added to games for Windows Live, and expects to provide a better streamlined experience for gamers. However, there are plenty of other features that should excite gamers moving forward:
The idea that Xbox will be integrated into Windows 10 is another clear indicator that Microsoft wants to push Windows 10 forward - and hopefully generate extra interest in the Xbox One. Windows 10 is the "best version of Windows ever for both gamers and developers alike," and that will become clearer during the company's E3 event later this month.
"We weren't fully committed as a company, and I've said that before," said Phil Spencer, head Xbox executive, while speaking to PC Gamer. "We made commitments to developers and consumers that I don't feel we lived up to... the key difference now is that the Xbox team is driving the Windows and console gaming efforts as one connected ecosystem."
It has been a whirlwind couple of days for gamers, as Bethesda Softworks teased Fallout 4, and then announced it the next day. The actual launch date of the game hasn't been announced, but it seems likely Fallout 4 will be available before the end of 2015.
The official Bethesda online store originally had the title listed as "TBA 2015," which has now been changed to just "TBA." However, GameStop and Amazon both have the title listed for 12/31/2015, an unlikely date that is more of a placeholder for a late 2015 launch.
Gamers do know Fallout 4 will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4. We'll just have to wait and see what Bethesda has up its sleeve for E3 later this month - where we'll hopefully learn more about Fallout 4.