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The developers of the vastly popular Star Wars game Jedi Outcast, have released its source code in the wake of yesterday's closure of LucasArts. The development company has also released the source code to the games sequel, Jedi Academy, as well.
In a statement Raven said:
"Raven is sad to hear about the closing of LucasArts today, we respected them and enjoyed working with them over the years. We wish the best for all the talented people who were let go and hope they find good work in studios in the industry. We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts. As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with.
Those interested can hit up the Source #2 and #3 links below to download the source code. Users should note that there is no documentation, support or direction given with either download. If you do happen to create something awesome from the code, please let us know and you just might see it on the front page of TweakTown.
Around six years ago, a rumored sequel to Doom was talked about, but it didn't excite id and Bethesda envisioned according to Bethesda vice president of marketing and publications, Pete Hines.
Kotaku have reported that the game was then thrown in the bin, with Hines backing up this claim stating that id Software refocused their efforts into a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the uber high expectations of the game and the Doom franchise. Hines has said that when they're ready to talk about it, they'll let people know.
The problems reportedly lie within id Software itself, which is described as a company that was once full of the world's best talent, but lacks direction. Politics and mismanagement all played a negative role at the company, with executives more focused on getting Rage shipped in 2011 rather than pay attention to what was happening with Doom 4 - how that happens, I just don't know.
SimCity has a new DLC available for free that adds the Nissian LEAF and LEAF charging station to the game. But nothing in life is ever free--the DLC essentially comes at the cost of having advertising inside of your SimCity gaming experience. We're pretty sure Nissan is paying Maxis/EA to provide this DLC.
For users who install a Nissan LEAF charging station, nearby businesses get a onetime increase of happiness and Sims who use the charging station gain happiness.
In-game advertising isn't anything new. Looking back, the first examples of in-game advertisements showed up as early as 1991. Of course, over the years, some in-game advertising has been done better than others. What are your thoughts on this DLC sponsored by Nissan? Will you download and use it?
If you haven't heard of the Stinky Footboard, don't feel bad. Until earlier today, neither had I. Now that I've seen the Kickstarter video, I'm rather impressed and thought I'd pass it along. The Stinky Footboard is a gaming controller designed to be used in conjunction with a mouse and keyboard.
The Kickstarter campaign is offering the Stinky Footboard package for cheaper than it will be when it hits stores this June. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign if you're interested in learning more or supporting this innovative gaming product.
A World Championship Series 2013 for StarCraft II is coming, Blizzard announced today. The World Championship Series will be run in conjunction with top eSports organisations, including Korea eSports Association, Ongamenet, GomTV, Major League Gaming, Turtle Entertainment, and Twitch.
There will be three different leagues in the sereis: one in Korea, one in America, and one in Europe. Each league will feature three sessions and three global season finals. Players will earn points from each of these events that will be used when deciding the World Champion.
Blizzard will be hosting the final match during their yearly BlizzCon event this Novemeber.
The structure of the StarCraft II World Championship Series is the result of an ongoing collaborative effort between Blizzard and our partners. Our collective goal was to make StarCraft II eSports even more exciting and easier to follow for fans than ever before. On the heels of the successful launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're all very excited about the present and future of StarCraft II eSports.
Thanks to a video just posted on YouTube, you can check out the difference between Unreal Engine 4 on the PC and on the upcoming PlayStation 4:
In my own opinion, the PC version of the benchmark appears to feature better graphics, though not by as much as you would expect. Both versions of the Elemental demo are impressive, to say the least. I am looking forward to Unreal Engine 4 and the games that will be created.
The War Z has had its fair share of troubles, but it has just gotten much more serious with its forum and game database being hacked. This has put users' data at risk.
The user data include e-mail addresses, forum passwords, both of which OP Productions has said were encrypted. E-mail addresses to log into The War Z, game passwords, in-game character names and the IP addresses of gamers on both the forum and in the game were also leaked. OP Productions has said that they don't collect names and passwords of their customers, so unless it was posted on the forum itself, you should be okay.
So if you're using the same (or similar) passwords as your The War Z account, or the forum, we would suggest you change all of your passwords just in case.
Rockstar Games has released the cover art for the fifth title in the Grand Theft Auto series this morning. In true GTA fashion the cover is very comicbook-esque with block scenes portraying characters and events from the game.
Grand Theft Auto V has been long anticipated by GTA fans since the release of GTA IV. GTA V takes us back to the mean streets of San Andreas (as featured in GTA San Andreas) in a present day setting. Last week we posted several in-game screenshots of the upcoming title.
Grand Theft Auto V will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 September 17, 2013 after a four month delay, with developers deciding to exclude PC gamers from the new title. Their reasoning for the exclusion is still unknown and I for one would like an answer.
Activision took some time during the Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco to show off some of their impressive 3D face rendering technology. You can check out the video below.
Activision seem to have produced some very realistic faces, but those lips and mouth movements aren't perfect yet. Everything else looks damn impressive, even more so that it was all driven from a PC with a single GeForce GTX 680 GPU inside. Activision have said that the technology demo is running at 180fps on the GTX 680 - a somewhat useless number - because if this tech was built into a game with another 20 characters with this tech, and entire world at this level of graphics, those frame rates would plummet.
It's nice to look through a window into next-gen facial rendering, and I can't wait until this becomes the norm. You can read more on it here.
A game from the 90s is coming back as a next-gen title, which we heard about a little while ago now but now we have the official trailer to Thief from Square Enix. Check it out below.
The trailer doesn't show off any in-game footage, which I don't think we'll see until the game is polished up to really sell itself to customers for next-gen platforms and PC. It does make me want to play it again with all of the technology we have at our disposal these days, oh boy.