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What if the PlayStation 4 had an early access program? That's exactly what Studio Wildcard wants so it can bring the mega-popular dino-sim ARK: Survival Evolved to all platforms.
"We're pretty excited about PS4. We wish Sony had an early access program, and a lot of people have been asking us for it," ARK co-founder and creative director Jesse Rapczak told Gamespot.
Sony actually does have its own unofficial early access system for the PS4, but Rapczak says it calls for games to be pretty much finished beforehand. Sony also makes sure that the games are guaranteed to be completed, whereas Steam and Xbox EA games may never be released. "We just kind of got to say, 'Well you know, it's not really up to us. It's the way Sony runs things, the game pretty much has to be finished'," Rapczak said. "There are a few exceptions that we're not quite sure why they made an exception for one game or the other, but Ark is in the state where at present time unless it's finished, it's not coming out on PS4 until they have some other program that allows us to do that. That being said we are really excited about it."
Microsoft and Ubisoft have concocted one of the strangest game bundle that's ever come to the industry. When you buy the Xbox One that comes with Far Cry Primal, then you'll get a free game, though it's not from the Far Cry franchise (that would be too easy, right?).
Instead of something that might make logical sense, Ubisoft has decided to give you Valiant Hearts, the World War 1 2D adventure game. It's developed and published by Ubisoft, so at least they're choosing from within the family. It's also a fantastically done game that's garnered plenty of positive reviews.
But to get the free game, you'll have to pre-order the bundle now and then you'll be able to download Valiant Hearts by April 14th. The code will be applied to your account, so you'd just need to search for it in the Xbox store and download it. Far Cry Primal is coming out at the end of the month on February 23rd for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PC gamers will have to wait until March 1st before they can enjoy it.
Deep Silver is adding seven games from their past PlayStation 3 catalog to the PlayStation Now library of games, so that everyone with a proper device can continue to still enjoy playing them.
The games they're adding are some of their very best releases and even include their most recent Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, which was only released just last January, and is also natively on the PlayStation 4.
- Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
- Escape Dead Island
- Metro: Last Light
- Narco Terror
- Risen 3 Titan Lords
- Sacred Citadel
- Sacred 3
Logitech has signed on as an official ESL partner throughout the whole of 2016, according to the latter company in a recent press release. Known as the largest gaming company in the world, a sign on with ESL is no small feat, showing that Logitech has decided to go all in on eSports throughout this year.
This partnership means that Logitech will be providing demonstrations and product sales at numerous ESL events throughout 2016, including the ESL CS:GO Pro League, ESL One Manila, ESL One Frankfurt, ESL One Cologne and an additional unannounced ESL One event.
Thanks to these types of sponsorship, ESL has increased its ESL Pro League prize pool by 50%, with Nik Adams from ESL stating that these "two industry leaders are joining forces to bring esports to the next level." Backed by Ujesh Desai from Logitech, he added that "This is a great opportunity for Logitech G to be the exclusive gaming gear for ESL, one of the world's most successful eSports organizations."
Nintendo is entering the smarphone gaming arena with Miitomo, which will be more of a general entertainment platform with a small focus on the social side of things. And during a shareholder meeting, they announced that it'll be released around the middle of March, though initially in Japan.
Miitomo, as the name suggests, focuses on the Mii avatars that can be created on Nintendo's consoles. You'll be able to "engage friends in a lighthearted, playful and welcoming social setting," Nintendo announced regarding their inaugural mobile game.
And inside there'll be other micro-apps that allow for expanded functionality, such as Miifoto, a photo-sharing app that'll probably allow for limited editing as well. The upcoming game seems to be very conceptually similar to Tomodachi Life that was released in 2013, allowing you to physically take care of your Mii characters.
As announced in a recent press release, MSI's notebook division has decided to sponsor one of North America's premier eSports teams, Cloud 9.
This sponsorship is all part of a global business plan, says Andy Tung, the president of MSI Pan America, who stated "MSI lives and breathes gaming, and we've dedicated countless hours and resources to support the world's eSports community," adding that Cloud9 now joins "our [MSI's] family of more than 12 professional gaming partnerships worldwide."
Championed by its League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rosters, MSI joins other Cloud9 sponsors including BenQ, Logitech, Intel, Alienware and more.
It looks like we can expect some DirectX 12 visual upgrades for Elder Scrolls Online, with developer Zenimax Online Studios teasing the upgrade in their ESO Live stream on Twitch. We can also expect the 7th core on the PS4 to be used, which should increase performance on the PS4 version of ESO, which currently runs at 1080p 30FPS, but with the additional CPU horsepower, it'll keep at 30FPS during intense parts of the game.
During the Twitch stream, Zenimax said: "Yes, we are planning on a DX12 upgrade and expect that this will give us a number of graphics performance improvements. We cannot provide an ETA at this time, but it is something we're working towards". During the ESO Live show, Zenimax also talked about the fog and limited draw distance issues, saying that they're working on it - but it's at a lower priority than some of the other things they're working on.
They added: "In certain situations, the fog is intended to be heavy and thick to contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the region. Aldcroft in Glenumbra, for example, is a spooky and moody place - as are many areas of Tamriel. The fog distances do change based on weather and time of day, and yes, we are able to change them. But, we have set maximum fog distances in each environment to hide other immersion-breaking issues such as LOD (line of distance) transitions, and very low-detail terrain, the worst culprits being the mountains and large rock features in the geography. This is an old issue and something we have been slowly working on addressing".
With its graphics set to maximum, The Division is a pretty darn good looking game. But, at 4K with some custom SweetFX mods applied - it looks positively gorgeous. Check out some screenshots below.
Next, we have some environments, which look even better. There are a bunch of screenshots, so check out the original thread on the Ubisoft forum right here.
If you're playing the PC version of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen with anything but 16:9 aspect ratio (mainly 16:10 and multi-monitor users), you'll notice a wonky aspect ratio correction, leading to unpleasant gameplay and interface navigation. Fortunately, the mod community has come to the rescue with the Agnostic Dragon mod, which corrects this issue and related others. This one comes especially recommended because it's from Kaldaien, who worked on the Tales of Zestiria 30 FPS fix.
Agnostic Dragon is in the early stages (current version number is 0.2.0), but it should get the job done much better than the default method, and will likely be updated frequently in the months ahead. Hit the source to grab it. There you can and should also take a look at the current known issues.
Tales of Zestiria was quite a solid PC port apart from the 30 FPS lock, but even that was rectified with a community-created fix eventually. Not so with follow-up Tales of Symphonia: user reports indicate the game is again locked at 30 FPS, but also the rendering resolution is fixed to 720p (it upscales if you select a higher resolution), there is missing text and typos, the interface often displays PS3 buttons even when using keyboard and mouse, the config and save menus can take 30 seconds to load on Windows 7 (this is being investigated), and it has DRM called VMProtect that creates a new .exe upon every boot. That last bit is concerning unto itself, but it also means you can't do things like force AA through your GPU settings.
To top it all off, the developer's username was "Lazy Mofo" on Steam, before he changed it following complaints. He also has a VAC ban from about 10 years ago. Perhaps this was a false positive, but it must be noted.
The creator of the 30 FPS fix for Zestiria says he'll get around to fixing Symphonia as well, but it won't be for awhile.