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Metal Gear Online is getting its first DLC campaign sometime in March of 2016. The DLC pack will include three brand new maps and the ability to actually play as Quiet. All for the low low price of $3.99.
The new DLC is called Cloaked in Silence and also has an Appeak Action feature, which is something that triggers unique action poses for your characters. You can have up to five different poses preset to use. All of those poses can be individually purchased in the store as Appeal Packs.
A new Sabatoge mission type is being added, where you'll have to destroy an enemy missile before the round is up. There'll be terminals that you have to hack in order to make the would-be projectile ready for destruction first, though. Quiet will be a particularly good addition for this, with her ability to move about stealthily, able to sneak up on your enemies silently from behind.
World of Tanks is getting a pretty hefty update soon. Wargaming.net showed off the progress their making and what they're working on with version 9.14.
Like always they're hard at work meticulously recreating new tanks to bring into the fight. For this version they plan on introducing us to the mighty M41 from Germany (showed above) as well as some new Russian, French and British tanks. They slowly add in new tanks and replace others it keep things interesting and to add some flair. The level of detail is astonishing as well.
But this isn't just about adding new vehicles. They're improving the movement physics and improving sound-effects to make it sound and feel a bit more like you're actually driving a huge hulking piece of metal around. Module research will be simplified for the starting stages, to help make it easier for beginners to get into the game. And of course there's more.
In an attempt to woo developers, Amazon has released a brand new cloud-connected games engine to go up against established suites like Unity and Unreal. And the best part is that it's totally free.
Amazon's new engine is called Lumberyard, it's completely free with full source code, and it's a fully-realized suite of tools that can power high-end AAA games. Lumberyard is partly based on the CryEngine so it's able to create games for a smattering of platforms including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Amazon even promises that VR support is in the pipeline, along with mobile integration.
Unlike most game engines, Lumberyard has a secret weapon that gives it a distinct advantage: full cloud integration with Amazon Web Services. Devs can tap the power "the vast compute and storage of AWS Cloud" for an extra computational boost and to optimize server-side processes in a variety of games.
In a move that surprises no one, Ubisoft has just announced The Division will get an open beta test.
According to the blog reveal post, The Division's open beta test will only be three days long and kick off next week on Friday, February 19 thru on PS4 and PC. Xbox One gamers will get priority once again, with a 24-hour headstart over other platforms. The open beta will include an extra singleplayer mission, and players will be able to pre-load the open beta starting Feb. 16 to ensure easy access.
The devs say that most of the cheating exploits have been nixed on PC, so the open beta's Dark Zone battles should be relatively painless. Well, they'll still be painful as there's tons of random baddies gunning you down, but at least this time you'll have a chance. All feedback garnered from the open beta will be closely monitored, and Ubisoft says that all of the cheating issues will be fixed for the final release.
The latest update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has arrived, though only for the PlayStation 4 today. The change-log focuses heavily on the multiplayer side of things, improving the quality of life and making a few small adjustments to weapons.
The big patch does a bit of a re-balancing act for the various specialists so that none of the different classes are necessarily too over-powered. The official notes seem to have increased the likelihood of actually hitting someone. And of course the obligatory weapon stat changes help you to be a better player at long and mid-ranges with a few weapons.
Zombies is also getting a few helpful bug fixes. If you did it just right, an anti-gravity trap wouldn't ever turn off. How convenient, though now it does.The full patch notes are below for you to peruse.
H1Z1 gamers aren't going to be happy with the latest development from the game, especially after developer Daybreak Games promised it as a free-to-play title.
H1Z1 is splitting into two separate games, with neither of them being free-to-play. Instead, we'll see H1Z1: Just Survive which will be an open-world zombie survival game while H1Z1: King of the Kill will be "a fight-to-the-death shooter spectacle", according to Daybreak Games.
The developer announced the news in the last 24 hours, saying that the decision to split H1Z1 into two games had been lead by the community. Daybreak explains: "The more we developed this game with you, our community, the more we realized that in order to fully support both aspects of H1Z1, and their respective players, we needed to make them their own stand-alone games supported by their own dedicated development teams. Many players in the community have been discussing splitting the game and we've heard you loud and clear. We want to make sure we give both titles the support they need and deserve to truly flourish".
The problem is, Daybreak didn't talk about its decision to shift from its free-to-play model to a paid model. Back in 2014, Daybreak Games CEO John Smedley said: "This will be a F2P game (after early access). During early access it's going to cost $19.99 to play".
Just as video killed the radio (star), YouTube and Twitch have killed GameTrailers: after 13 years of entertainment, reviews, and original content, the beloved site is going off the air for good.
"After 13 years, GameTrailers is closing down today. Thank you for your continued support over the years. It has been an adventure," reads an official Tweet from GT's Twitter account. GT's founder Brandon Jones echoed the bad news with his own Tweet announcement, saying: "Today is the last day of GameTrailers. I wish it wasn't so. I love all of our fans like family. Thank you for letting me do this job."
Yesterday was the last day for GameTrailers' working staff, who apparently didn't even know that the site was closing down until the day of. "I just wanted to confirm that GameTrailers is shutting down officially today. Everyone is being let go. We all found out mere hours ago, so we're still reeling a bit. Sincerely, thank you all for the tremendous support," GT associate editor Ben Moore said in a NeoGAF post.
Firewatch seems to have caught the eye of many a gamer, garnering positive reviews from critics and gamers alike. And there happens to be a feature in the PC version that isn't available anywhere else, and it lets you memorialize the beautiful graphics forever.
A disposable camera that's found in the forest can be used to take photos in-game, but the surprise is that once you finish the game you'll actually be given a link to a store where you can buy prints of those photos that you took. TechnoBuffalo gave it a try and the prints are of very good quality and reflect the quality and care put into the games engine.
The photos themselves cost $15 and the service is available around the world with free shipping included. Oh, and all of the shots that were taken before you got the disposable camera are also developed for you. The whole idea is incredibly new and fascinating. Graphics are getting to the point where it's either very realistic, in certain lights, or representative of fantastic art. The scenery from Firewatch is no exception, and is stunning, to say the least. What a novel service!
The flow of free, pirated PC games may be significantly reduced as a leading games-cracking group 3DM is taking a break from piracy--possibly for good.
"We just had an internal meeting. Starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games," Bird Sister, the team's leader, said in a blog post. "Cracks by overseas warez groups will still get posted on the [3DM] forum, and we will actively deal with these."
Despite the popular consensus that 3DM's break is the result of Denuvo's Anti-Tamper DRM, the group says the time off will let them gauge the impact that piracy is having on the modern games industry. "We'll take a look at the situation in a year's time to see if genuine sales have grown," the leader stated.
When The Matrix came out in 1999, it was totally fresh - with a unique take on Hollywood, and it birthed the start of Bullet Time, and so much more - it became one my favorite movies of all time. So when a stale franchise like Assassin's Creed gets made into a movie, and its star, Michael Fassbender, comes out comparing it to the Keanu Reeves hit (let's forget about the sequels) - it has my attention, and not in a good way.
Well, Assassin's Creed has wrapped principal photography, and while speaking with Empire, Fassbender compared Assassin's Creed to The Matrix. Yeah, he went there, and said: "I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you're on board in a different way".
I don't know how you compare the 15th century to The Matrix, which is a world within a world - in a computer program, controlled by AI, with people learning Kung Fu and Jujitsu from a computer that can probably still run Assassin's Creed at more than 24FPS. Ugh.
Anyway, what do you all think about this?