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The release of Fallout 4 is right around the corner, where we've now learned that the PC version of the game will still require gamers to download a large chunk of the game, even if they buy the physical retail version.
Fallout 4 on the PC will ship on DVDs, but Bethesda boss Pete Hines took some questions over Twitter where he said: "there is no data on the disc". The next question was "so I install Fallout 4 with the disc" with Hines replying with: "Yes, though you will still have to download from Steam. The disc doesn't contain the entire game".
The PC version will ship on multiple DVDs while the console versions of the game will be released on much bigger Blu-rays. Someone asked why the PC version of the game was being restricted this way, to which Hines replied with a single word: "piracy".
Valve has reportedly been removing SteamOS icons from Linux titles on Steam, with the reason behind it being that these games don't meet the requirements of SteamOS, or they're experiencing compatibility issues.
Gaming on Linux reports that some of these games are no longer available on the Steam store, but if you own the game you can still download and play them. StarMade, one of the games in question, was removed from Steam due to a Java requirement. The developer has said that once the new launched is available, the issue will be resolved.
Valve most likely doesn't want to advertise a game as having SteamOS compatibility, if an "outside launcher/installer such as Adobe Air, Flash or the like", according to Gaming on Linux.
Blizzard has been getting a bit more forward with its upcoming first-person shooter 'Overwatch', so much so that the European website for the game has the following in its source code:
"Overwatch is Blizzard's team-shooter for PC and consoles. Choose your hero from a huge roster of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities, each with their own unique set of abilities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash a dizzying array of extraordinary powers in concert with your allies. Lead your team to victory in iconic locations across a near-future Earth. The world needs heroes!"
Considering Overwatch is set to be Blizzard's next big game, it would be naive to think it would be a PC exclusive. The closed beta kicked off on October 27 in the US, with Blizzard teasing the occasional open beta test.
Silent Hills could've been one of the best horror games ever released, but the game will most likely never see the time of day. But what does filmmaker Guillermo del Toro have to say about the cancellation of his horror game that he collaborated with Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise?
During an interview with Bloody Disgusting, del Toro said that some of the stuff they were working on in Silent Hills was spotted in The Last of Us. He said: "We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs. Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I've seen in games that came after, like The Last of Us, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction".
"The thing with Kojima and Silent Hills is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular", del Toro continued. He added: "We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it's not happening. When you ask about how things operate, that makes no f**king sense at all that that game is not happening. Makes no f**king sense at all. That's the randomness that I was talking about".
We've known for quite some time that Nintendo's new NX platform would have its own handheld controller, but new reports indicate that the second half of the NX could be a 3DS-like on-the-go handheld rather than being tethered to a central console.
Information gleaned from Nintendo's NX patent filings have already told us quite a bit about the Japanese console-maker's plans for the future. We know that the NX is made up of a stationary console and a handheld controller, and that the NX will have cartridge-based games much like the 3DS (which further adds credence to a mobile handheld). But it looks like the controller will be a cross between a 3DS and a Wii U.
"The exact shape of the NX hardware isn't yet clear," reads a report on the Wall Street Journal. "People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use."
With regular sales on its entire library of games and huge widespread platform for communities and gamers, Steam is seen as the leading ecosystem for PC gaming. But the trade-off lies in Steam's customer service, which is extremely lacking--and that's putting it lightly.
If you have a specific problem with a Steam game, you have two choices: just let it go and avoid the game altogether, or contact Steam customer support. The latter of which can be the entry point to a whole new can of worms, leading to days upon days (sometimes weeks) of waiting for a reply. The platform still doesn't have a phone system, so millions of users are at the mercy of a support ticket system built around e-mail communication.
Valve knows that Steam support is pretty bad, and the company says it's working on optimizing the service, and plans to have some fixes in place by Christmas. "It's meant that training people in third-party has taken longer than we expected," Valve's Erik Johnson told Kotaku. "It bugs us, but it is what it is. We think we'll have the support wait time down to an acceptable point by Christmas time. That's our goal. It's a function of training up more and more people answer customer issues. We're not there yet. It's getting better internally; it's just that it hasn't yet translated to great support for users. We're gonna get there, though."
The Star Wars: Battlefront beta was seen as a huge boon for EA and DICE, with a huge portion of gamers having a blast in the 20v20 Walker Assault skirmish or Drop Zone PVP chaos. But all in all the beta was quite limited, but a recent leak shows how little content the beta actually offered.
As with any beta release of a popular AAA game, dataminers completely scoured every inch and cranny of the beta's core files, finding a treasure trove of content that will be released in the final game. The unearthed code was formatted for legibility by Reddit user me_and_my_johnson, and reveals the full array of heroes, weapons, traits, upgrades, maps and everything else that EA and DICE have planned for Battlefront's release this November.
Be aware that the list contains spoilers and is an entirely massive and comprehensive amount of data consisting of over 17 pages in Google Docs. One of the most amazing surprises is Leia's hero ability--we knew she'd be in the game from previous leaks, but her super is pretty amazing...however we won't spoil the fun.
While Valve has started to ship its new Steam hardware out to pre-orderers across PC and Mac, the tech only actually works on one platform. When Mac owners get their hands on Valve's new streaming box and controller combo they'll be sorely disappointed to find the tech doesn't function on their platform--but Valve is on the case, and they're making it right.
Due to "temporary software issues" Valve affirms the Steam Controller and Steam Link PC game streaming set-top box aren't compatible with OS X. The digital storefront giant says that these issues will be fixed via a number of firmware updates that will roll out in the next few weeks, but until then Mac users are out of luck.
To make up for the inconvenience and disappointment, Valve is starting to gift free copies of its huge $100 Valve Complete Pack that contains every released first-party game it released. Email correspondence between a frustrated Mac owner and Valve reveals more details.
If we rewind the clock all the way back to February 2014, we'll remember that Bethesda promised that anyone who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order at the time would receive alpha access to the new Doom game.
Well, now that we're closer to the release of Doom, it's happening. Bethesda used Doom as a way of boosting the sales and marketing prowess of Wolfenstein (which didn't do too badly by the way), and now they're making good on that promise. Anyone who pre-ordered Wolfenstein back in 2014 should've received a code at the time for the Doom alpha. If you have that, you can now redeem that promise on the Doom website.
The Doom multiplayer alpha will include 6v6 team deathmatch that will take place on one map in the game. There will be one demon, where "the first player to the Demon Rune will transform you into the powerful Revenant. Use your jetpack and dual rocket launchers to hunt down the other team for a limited time to either secure your team's lead or mount a comeback", according to the official Doom website. Six weapons and two equipment items will be in the closed alpha, where they can be used in both standard and customizable load outs. Equipment wise, we have a personal teleporter and frag grenade. These weapons include:
- Vortex Rifle
- Super Shotgun
- Rocket Launcher
- Static Cannon
- Plasma Rifle
With the impending release of Valve's gaming arsenal, which includes Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Machines and the Steam Box, Valve is beginning to talk more about letting ads onto their Steam platform.
During a recent interview with GameSpot, Valve's Erik Johnson said: "It would be a bad business decision, let alone just dumb. We don't see a case for that ever getting user value, so we wouldn't do it. I don't think that those ever work, either. To take it a step further, I don't think anybody buys Doritos as a result of that".
It's good to see that Valve don't just want to shove ads down gamers' throats, as this is something that will clearly differentiate them from the competition come next month, and into 2016.