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Square Enix recently revealed the official release date for sci-fi wonder Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but the celebration was dampened with a strange pre-order scheme that could have a huge impact on the future of the games industry.
The studio's neo-noir augmented dystopian sci-fantasy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks to be one of the best games in recent memory, and it now has a release date of February 23, 2016. Unless enough people pre-order the game--then it'll release four days earlier on February 19, 2016. To get the game early a good portion of gamers will have to pay up front and everyone gets the game early...this time.
In the future might be different. What if there are actually two release dates for games: the early pre-orderers who acted like early adopters in a weird sort of Early Access for AAA games, and the regular joes who get access to the game later. If this kind of disparity is created it'll likely eschew an exodus towards pre-buying as the mainstream public will probably want to get their game as soon as possible--it's the same price, right, so what's the big deal?
Ever wondered what Ocarina of Time would look like as a modern day game? Talented 3D artist Michael Eurek answers this query with a truly stunning vision of the Nintendo 64 classic rendered in Unreal Engine 4.
Eurek's enchanting overhaul takes us on a tour of the flowing oasis of Zora's Domain, fully realizing the original island vibes with torch-fire licking the rough-hewn rock walls, beautiful waterfalls, lush flora, and a color scheme that truly immerses you in another world. When I played the game as a kid, this area was one of my personal favorite areas in the game because of the tropical atmosphere, and it's amazing to see Zora's refuge given such a high-detail overhaul.given such a high-detail overhaul.
King Zora XVI sits atop his throne, features muted and frozen in stone. The water churns and endlessly flows while the exotic jungle plants sway in the gentle breeze. Everything is rendered in such pristine hyper-realistic fidelity that it really brings a new dimension to the franchise, offering a testament to the new generation of game-building engines that developers have at their fingertips.
To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has released an official debriefing that shows Hideo Kojima is truly one of the most heartfelt developers in the industry.
Hideo Kojima cares about his audience and really connects with the people who play his games. During the MGSV debriefing, the grandmaster of tactical stealth espionage personally visited the home of Sean Gillespie, a fan who had recently tragically died of cancer. Before his death in February, Sean's love and enthusiasm for Metal Gear Solid directly touched and inspired Kojima and his dev team.
"I'm visiting Sean's home after he passed because my energy comes from the players," Hideo Kojima said in the video, his voice seeming to hitch with emotion. "When I announced a release date for MGSV I swore to follow through, and not to disappoint them. The players are everything. Without them, nothing I do would matter."
I don't even know where to begin with this, but there is a new game that has hit Steam called 'Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015' and it is exactly, and I mean exactly, what it sounds like.
It's one of the weirdest games you could ever play, and is explained as "fast paced shower-simulation where you shower with your 8-bit dad". You can grab it from the Steam store for just $0.99, so you won't be spending much to shower with your dad, in a simulator of course.
Today Battlefront fans got a big shock when EA revealed that the new Star Wars shooter won't have server browsers, and instead will be based entirely on a new matchmaking system.
"Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser, but will utilize a new skill-based matchmaking system," EA's community manager Sledgehammer70 said in a Reddit post. Essentially it looks as if even PC gamers won't be able to create and join custom maps and gametypes on a server, instead being stuck in a matchmaking playlist.
EA says that gamers will still be able to join and create party lobbies with their friends, but the studio still hasn't revealed any concrete details on their new system. Reddit users accuse EA of "console-izing" PC gaming with this move. Servers offer a customized space for PC gamers, letting users filter game modes and maps so they can tailor their own specific experiences.
Fallout 4 is a pretty complex and dynamic game, and lots of gamers are stumped when it comes to the new perk system. Below we make an educated guess based off of data and speculation on how Fallout 4's perk and leveling system might work.
A recent OXM interview with a Bethesda rep has prompted a dizzying level of confusion in the Fallout community, leading to rampant speculation and millions of gamers scratching their heads. "You'll still level up via XP, and each level increase will still give you a point to spend on a perk, but now those perks have varying XP levels of their own," says the Bethesda employee. "It's perk-ception, essentially, and means that, should you theoretically play long enough to max out every tier of every single one gaining untold buffs and no doubt all kinds of horrendous real-world illnesses in the process - you'll top off with a total of 275."
Perk-ception? Perk level ups? How does that work exactly? Also does this mean there actually is a level cap after all? I believe the concept is pretty hard to explain in just words, and the rep was put on the spot and wasn't prepared to adequately explain the system. Which makes sense, as Todd Howard says Bethsoft won't spoil Fallout 4, and this could ruin some surprises.
The release of Halo 5 isn't far away, with Microsoft and 343 Industries releasing the cinematic trailer to Halo 5: Guardians, which you can check out below.
Hollywood star Nathan Fillion of Firefly fame is featured, with some pretty balls to the wall action. Unfortunately, most of it can't be done within the game, which sucks. Other than that, Halo 5: Guardians is an Xbox One exclusive hitting Microsoft's console on October 27.
DICE is planning on conducting an expansive beta test for Star Wars: Battlefront that will let players test out the iconic 40-player Walker Assault mode.
According to EA's new devblog update, the Star Wars: Battlefront beta will roll out "early October" across PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The beta will let gamers will clash in the epic Battle of Hoth in the prestigious 20 vs. 20 Walker Assault mode, which pits the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance for some old-fashioned iconic wide-scale chaos: snowspeeders tripping down AT-AT's, groundforces gunning down snowtroopers and the skies will be alight with lasers as the two sides dogfight in the clouds. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will join the battlefield as hero characters, wreaking havoc in the name of the Light and Dark sides of the Force.
Unikrn is gaining much more traction recently, with Ashton Kutcher of 'That 70s Show', 'Two and a Half Men', and 'Dude Where's My Car' fame investing into the Seattle-based eSports betting platform.
The news hasn't been confirmed by Kutcher himself, but GeekWire is reporting that the Hollywood actor has invested into Unikrn. Kutcher isn't the only celebrity to see the future of eSports betting starts with Unikrn, with Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban investing $7 million in venture capital funding earlier this year.
Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said during an interview with GeekWire: "He's highly active in the deals he's invested in. He does a lot of advocating for Twitter and Uber, and he usually gets deep into the companies".
Naughty Dog has announced the release date of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on the PlayStation 4, with the last game in the series arriving on March 18, 2016.
Uncharted 4 will arrive in a few different versions, with the Special Edition pre-order including a steelbook case, an art book, in-game currency, a sticker sheet and the game itself on a Blu-ray for $80. If you want to kick over $120 for the Collector's Edition, it will include everything that the Special Edition comes with, but with a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake from Gentle Giant, three in-game multiplayer outfits, two weapons skins, and other in-game customization options.
There will also be DLC packs for Uncharted 4, with the first two DLC packs being multiplayer packs with rare and legendary items while the third DLC pack is "the first ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series".