DICE's Frostbite 2 is still to this day one of the best game engines on the market, but it looks like the developer is ready to amp things up a bit. DICE posted a tweet earlier today where they've teased that they will have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will only work on a 64-bit operating system.
DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson is the man behind the tweet, and has recommended that Windows 8 would be a great upgrade when it arrives if they're still running a 32-bit version of Windows. This is only for those who have a 64-bit CPU, some people rock a 32-bit OS with a 64-bit CPU, which of course you'd need both a 64-bit OS and CPU to run the 64-bit-only Frostbite games.
At the moment, it's hard to know which upcoming game could use the 64-bit-only Frostbite engine. Could it be Battlefield 4? Mirror's Edge 2? Battlefield: Bad Company 3? It could be any of those games. Right now, the only 2013 Frostbite title confirmed is Command & Conquer: Generals 2.
The upcoming Nintendo WiiU will feature an innovative tablet controller as the primary input for the gaming console. A picture has surfaced of a new revision of the controller and shows some tweaks from previous versions. The picture is courtesy of a QA tester at gaming firm Traveller's Tales who Tweeted the picture.
The picture and Twitter account have since been removed, and I imagine the Tweeter has received quite the reprimand from his boss(es). What the picture shows is that the overall device form remains the same as previously seen. However, now the device features full analog sticks similar to a PS3 or Xbox controller as opposed to the flattened circle present on the 3DS. The new picture is above with the older released picture below.
Additionally, the start and select buttons have been relocated to the right-hand side and a new button appears to have shown up next to the power button. Another button appears to be present under the D-pad. They are unlabeled and there use is not apparent at this time. The picture also shows that the tablet has the WiiU logo on it, which should confirm Nintento's name along with the logo. The device is expected to be featured at E3 where we will get the full scoop.
It's always frustrating to pre-order a game and then have to wait for it to download after release. That's why Sony is introducing a pre-loading feature into PLayStation Network. What the feature will do is allow users to download a pre-purchased game before it officially releases so that it is playable once the release date passes.
The debut of the pre-loading feature will be with the upcoming game Sorcery which will release next week. Valve's Steam already has a similar feature built-in and it is loved by users of the digital download and management software. A pre-loading feature makes sense on so many different levels, it's a bit surprising that it has taken Sony this long to implement it.
Pre-loading will also take care of some of the server hammering that usually occurs on a major game launch day. It also allows users who don't have the fastest connection, such as yours truly, to be able to play it right when it launches. It should also help increase pre-sales as the game has to be pre-ordered by a user to take advantage of the feature.
Nearly a year ago, EA Games President, Frank Gibeau, teased that EA were "actively looking at how to bring [Mirror's Edge] back in the right way", this was in a discussion with GameTrailers. But, now there's some more concrete, well, kinda, information available on this news.
GamerZines reports that judging from two former EA employee's LinkedIn profiles tease they've worked on a Mirror's Edge sequel. According to GamerZines, the profile of an ex-EA Software Engineer has said that he's worked on Mirror's Edge 2 between July and August of 2009, where he was implementing "the wandering of crowd system within Unreal3 engine".
Another ex-employee had a different task, where was implementing "new gadgets and interactive features" into Mirror's Edge 2, including "leaderboards" and a mini-game embedded into Mirror's Edge game story". If development started on Unreal Engine 3, EA must've switches engines mid-development to Frostbite 2, the engine that powers the beautiful first-person shooter that is Battlefield 3.
Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3-exclusive 'The Last of Us' is shaping up very nicely, and there's something to get excited for: the latest trailer for the game. The new trailer doesn't show any in-game footage, but rather a cinematic.
The cinematic is quite powerful, with the leads Ellie and Joel driving in a car, when they stumble across what they think is an enemy. The enemy quickly reacts, and it turns out its an ambush. They get shot at, a brick thrown at them, and finally, they push an old run-down bus at them and they crash. These are the situations the game will put you in, and I'm quite excited at the possibilities.
The graphics are top-notch, and should be pretty close to the in-game graphics, as Naughty Dog uses the in-game engine to display cinematics, ala the Uncharted series. The game is a PlayStation 3-exclusive, so PC's won't be getting The Last of Us anytime, well, ever. But you'll want to check out the trailer to this, for sure.
It has been previously reported that Rockstar would only launch one game this year, and that game launched today in the form of Max Payne 3. But, with the phenomenal reaction the third-person, slow-mo shooter has received, why would Rockstar want to wait? Strike while the iron is hot, right?
Well, according to Internet retailer Amazon, Grand Theft Auto V could be released as soon as December of this year. This is coming from Amazon listing GTA V for pre-order, giving gamers something to aim for in terms of a release date. If it is made available in December, it would be perfect for the pre-Christmas rush.
Why December, though? Well, if we look at October and November, they're both filled with some insanely large titles such as Assassin's Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, Halo 4, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Waiting a month would let players finish their game/s of choice, and snap up Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V (in my opinion) would sell as much as those games, if not more. Exciting news anyway you look at it!
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that their reboot of Tomb Raider has been delayed until 2013. Head of Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, said that the studio had two aims when it decided to make a new Lara Croft title, firstly to create a "modern" Tomb Raider, and secondly, to make the "best game of our careers".
It's the second goal that has caused them to delay the reboot, from its original Autumn release date, to sometime in Q1 of 2013. This delay will fly right past the lucrative Christmas shopping season. Gallagher adds:
We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. believe that this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.
Showing it off at E3 means that the company at least has some solid code to display, and with E3 only weeks away, we'll see it soon enough.
Diablo III launched last night, and for some, it was OK and working. For others, Error 37 plagued many. The various server load issues stopped people from creating characters, starting the game, joining others, or launching into the game at all.
My game launched with one issue where I couldn't create a character, I logged out, logged back in and I was ok. The game crashed a few times, but I put that down to my NVIDIA Surround setup, and requiring new NVIDIA drivers. The game is delicious. Sexy. Addictive. Awesome. It's PC gaming, and it's here, right now.
But there's a new error on the block, Error 3003 which says "Unable to connect to the service or the connection was interrupted". This is the problem with Internet-required games, is that if there are any server-side issues, like most people have experienced with Diablo III, then it pisses a lot of people off. Let's hope it only gets better from here, shall we?
Diablo III is here, and whilst a lot of you probably aren't even reading this because you're raiding dungeons and levelling up characters, here's some very cool news. Team Immunity from Australia is live streaming their event in HD playing Diablo III non-stop.
There are a bunch of gamers at the RedBull HQ in Sydney, Australia, right this very second, who are taking shifts to get their time on the mouse and keyboard to slay baddies in Diablo III. Oh, what's that? You want to see it, sure - there's a live stream link, right here!
Rovio Entertainment has constantly been pushing milestones for their super-popular Angry Birds, but this milestone is quite significant. The Angry Birds series has now been downloaded over one billion times. Rovio celebrated the occasion with a video:
One billion downloads... did you ever think it would reach this far? A feature film, cartoons, pyjamas, and everything in between doesn't seem like such as stretch now, does it? I wonder what milestone Rovio will hit next.
The company said on its blog:
Angry Birds games have now been downloaded more than a billion times. THANK YOU to all of our incredible fans! This is only the beginning of our story, keep your eyes peeled for what's coming up next from Rovio!
Rovio does tease in the video that "more amazing things are coming soon", so we should keep our eyes peeled for more Angry Birds-related news!
Max Payne 3 is receiving some great reviews, if you didn't want to play it before, you'll want to now
One of my favorite series ever is Max Payne, and the third outing, this time by Rockstar, is nearly here. The game releases later this week on the consoles, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the PC release slated for two weeks from now.
Whilst that's bad news for PC gamers, the game itself seems to be getting quite positive reviews. Ranging from 90- to 100-percent. There's a few niggly reviews where they've reviewed them at lower scores, but the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones. G4TV smashes out of the gate with a 5/5 review, so I'm guessing they loved it.
G4TV's final words:
Max Payne 3 is a technological tour de force that will have you screaming "Dear lord!" more times than midnight mass. The performances are top notch, the action plays out with unrivaled fluidity, and the multiplayer is deep and rewarding. Silly distractions aside, Max Payne 3 is an action lover's wet dream that also happens to employ some of the slickest direction and transitional trickery this side of a David Fincher box set. Lock and load. It's bullet time...time.
Our Deal of the Day is Xbox 360 4GB Console Bundle w/ Extra Controller and Free Game - $238.97 Shipped!
Awesome Xbox 360 Bundle from Walmart! You get the Xbox 360 4GB Slim Console, Extra Wireless Controller, and your choice of game for just $229 + $9.97 shipping! You can choose from 11 games, but I would recommend these: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Skyrim, or Batman: Arkham City.
We here at TweakTown hope to really embrace Diablo III, so you should see some more Diablo III-related content over the coming months, and more. But for now, you should be preparing for the release, if you haven't already purchased it!
If you haven't, then head down to your local retailer now, or if you're like me and love digital games, then you should scoop up the game directly from Blizzard as a digital pre-sale. Next up, you will need to create your BattleTag. This is a requirement of Diablo III, and displays both in-game and on the website, so choose wisely.
Next up we have launch times! The launch time of Diablo III has had Blizzard break down the launch time of the game per region. The Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia) servers all open at 12:01am PDT, May 15.
Have you seen that movie that everyone is talking about? Well, Ubisoft has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to create a new game based upon the Anvengers. The new game will be released on WiiU and Kinect and is touting the motion controls that it will come with. This isn't a surprise since it's launching on two of the biggest motion control platforms.
The new game, dubbed Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, will showcase interactive environments inspired by Marvel's comic artwork and the Secret Invasion storyline. The game features a massive 20 characters including popular Avengers like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor. The super villains aren't left out, though.
Super villains, along with other super heroes from the Marvel Universe not mentioned above, will also be included in the game."We are excited to team up with Marvel Entertainment to bring some of the most iconic comic book characters from the Marvel line-up to life in motion-gaming," said Tony Key, SVP of US sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "Fans of the Marvel universe and superhero games are going to love the extensive combinations of characters, motion-controlled moves and competitive gameplay." The game will launch in the Autumn.
Are you an owner of an Aqua Blue 3DS? You may just happen to own a piece of history as Nintendo Japan's website states that the Aqua Blue 3DS is "Scheduled to end production shortly." Why? No reason was cited on the website, so it is time to do some guessing. Online people are speculating that it could be due to a lack of popularity.
Furthermore, it could be that the recently launched Cobalt Blue 3DS has impacted sales. This idea goes along with the lack of popularity idea. Last year when the 3DS launched, it was available in just two colors: Auqa Blue and Cosmo Black. I happen to own Cosmo Black. It is now available in 6 colors. Well, soon to be 5.
Since this is a Japan website announcement, it could just be ending in Japan, however, since it states it is ending production, I imagine they will no longer be available in the United States. Of course, this portion is unknown, so take it with a grain of sand. I will update you as soon as I know something concrete.
Happy Friday everyone! Bethesda and id Software would like to help you get just a little bit less done on this Friday. They have released an official browser port of the the game Wolfenstein 3D to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said game's release. The port is full featured and has all of the original levels and assets as the original.
The game is playable on pretty much any recent browser and looks to be using HTML5. Head on over to http://wolfenstein.bethsoft.com/game_NA.php if you would like to play the game and waste some time. Controls are pretty easy to learn: arrows to move, X to shoot, Z to strafe, and space for doors and secrets.
Since it's Friday, I'm sure we all could use just a wee bit more stuff to help us procrastinate, so they released a Director's Commentary video. In the video above, John Carmack talks about the history of the game along with some of the technical details. The first half of the 25-minute video is in still images, with the second half being Carmack actually playing through a few levels while still talking.
Max Payne 3 is mere days away, and now we have the Max Payne 3 launch trailer available one week early. It doesn't show off much in-game footage, but it fleshes out the story a little bit more. I'm just a little excited for this game.
Max Payne 3 launches on May 18, and hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The launch trailer is something you should definitely watch, especially if you're a fan of the series. The only fail here is that the PC version launches nearly two weeks after the consoles versions in the US... boo!
What did you think of the trailer? Are you picking it up on the console, or on the PC?
Diablo III isn't even here yet, and it's already doing some amazing things for Activision Blizzard. During yesterday's Q1 2012 financial results report, it has been noted that Blizzard's Diablo III has "set a new all-time pre-order record for Blizzard".
Considering the game has been over a decade of waiting and torture for all of our souls, it has been good business for Blizzard, which in turn, is great for us. The only thing is that Blizzard didn't give out any specifics on the pre-order figures. I'm guessing it would have to be in the millions, but how many exactly, no-one knows.
I've pre-ordered it, and I don't pre-order many games, so that's telling you something. Have you pre-ordered it? Did you get the Collector's Edition? I wish I did, but I can't bring myself to pressing the 'purchase' button on it, it's quite expensive. I think I'll play it first, get into it, go to Computex, come back and hack'n'slash my way into the CE purchase.
Let's talk some Call of Duty numbers, shall we? The first-person shooter launched its Elite service to mixed opinions, but it now sports over 10 million registered users, with two million of these paid-up premium subscribers.
As of March 31, COD has 40 million monthly active users, with players logging in a total of 1.6 billion hours of online gameplay in Modern Warfare 3 alone. These numbers were released alongside Activision's quarterly financial report. On top of this Elite news, there's also talk that the COD: Modern Warfare 3 sales have been quite a bit lower than the Black Ops at equivalent times in their respective life cycles.
But, Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin has told Eurogamer that the way people are buying COD is changing. MW3 has a shorter tale than its predecessors because sales of new COD launches are now more front-loaded than ever. He explains:
What we're seeing is bigger and bigger spikes earlier on. Sales aren't less, they're more, but they're just front-loaded. People are getting more and more excited about the launch and more aware of when it comes out. Pre-orders are crazy, through the roof. Every time we come out with a game it breaks the record of the previous game.
Black Ops 2 could be pulled, due to Infinity Ward still holding the rights to "modern day, near future or distant future"-based COD titles
Activision are already enjoying the (probably) comfortable seats in court with ex-Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella over their dismissal from Infinity Ward back in 2009, but, a clause in a Memorandum of Understanding filed with the lost wages and royalties suit in 2010 could shake up the recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
According to Game Informer, Activision still holds the rights to the Call of Duty franchise, but any Call of Duty games set in "modern day (post-Vietnam), the near future or distant future" would be retained by Infinity Ward. Considering that the upcoming Black Ops 2 is based in 2025, Treyarch have put a fair amount of thought into their futuristic setting. One would think Activision would know this, too.
An intellectual property attorney has said that if West and Zampella win their suit, Activision could be forced to pull the game. Yes, not release it, period. But, we're most likely going to see a fair amount of $$$ enter the bank accounts of West and Zampella in damages if the court awards them so. But, there's always a but, remember. Clause 4(D) at the end of the memorandum specifically states that if Infinity Ward management, Ward and Zampella in this case, are no longer employed by Activision, then the terms of the memorandum are no longer in effect.
I don't have the spare time these days to really sit down and finish games, but one series I've thoroughly loved is the Dead Space series. The third outing is currently being worked on and IGN is reporting that Dead Space 3 will feature drop-in, drop-out co-op!
In Dead Space 3 you play as Isaac Clarke, just like the previous two games, and if players choose, you can fight alongside a man with a scar on his face, an engineering RIG of his own, and glowing red eyes glaring at you from his helmet. Oh yeah. During the single-player campaign this character acts as Isaac's guide.
Do you think it sounds like a simple tack-on? Nope. The cooperative mode mirrors the single-player campaign, but Isaac's story changes to accommodate it. In one sequence within Dead Space 3, Isaac and this new character stumble, wounded, bloody, and missing chunks of armor, out of burnt wreckage together. If you were playing by yourself, this scene happens the same, but without the other character there.