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There's an update coming for Battlefield 4 next month that will offer core gamelpay improvements, with soldier movement in the game getting a tweak as well. DICE says that it is tweaking the soldier movement so that it "closely matches the one in Battlefield 3, but without compromising the visual fidelity".
The developer has also said that the changes will make it easier to get yourself out of "undesirable firefights". The new update will also see a refresh to the HUD of the game, which will, from September onward, "only show what is important". Players will have more options to select what they want to see, or not see during the battles in BF4.
DICE is also doing some work on the vehicles, weapon balance and making reviving another soldier a little easier. The new update will see a players defibrillators paddles make a sound when they're fully charged, and ready to revive a teammate. The developer has also promised improvements to the Rush, Obliteration, Obliteration Competitive, Capture the Flag and Carrier Assault game modes. The new update is expected sometime next month, but between now and then, if you don't own the game, enjoy a week free thanks to Origin's Game Time.
One of the Xbox One launch titles was Ryse: Son of Rome, developed by Crytek, published by Microsoft. Ryse is now coming to the PC, with Crytek and Deep Silver co-publishing the game. Deep Silver recently acquired the rights to Homefront: The Revolution from Crytek, too.
The flood gates aren't quite open for all games to come over from the Xbox One to PC, but they're happening. Ryse is the second Xbox One exclusive to come over to the PC, with Dead Rising 3 coming to the PC next month. Now all we need is for Microsoft to see the light and in order to better compete with the PS4, it could unleash Halo, Forza and a slew of other Xbox games to the PC.
What will Ryse on the PC have on offer? We'll see the original game with downloadable extras, 4K support, and hopefully much more.
Well, this is something you've probably never seen before: a fish playing Pokemon. Over on Twitch, there's a channel called FishPlaysPokemon (did you think it would be any different?) where they have Grayson Hopper, the fish in question, playing Pokemon.
The channel explains: "Hi everyone! Welcome to our stream where our fish, Grayson Hopper, plays a Pokemon game. Unfortunately, we don't have a dedicated light for Grayson at night as he lives in a tiny dorm room and we would rather not sleep with the light on. :( But in the future we will be getting him a dedicated lamp and improving the quality of the stream to include recent inputs determined by the motion tracking. Things can move a little slow, so another option we're considering is making the system distributed where we have a site where you can provide a fish stream link and we'll include it in the controlling".
Right now there are 17,877 people watching, with a total of 1.17 million total channel views. Grayson has been playing Pokemon for around 125 hours, and now has a Charmander named 'AAAABBK' and even defeated his first opponent, the rival's Squirtle.
For the next 168 hours, or one week, Battlefield 4 is completely free. For those who haven't purchased it yet, EA is providing you with the chance to play the first-person shooter for free, thanks to Origin's Game Time program.
Previously, Origin's Game Time program offered up Titanfall for free. The one-week of free Battlefield 4 goodness isn't just locked to single-player or multi-player, but it opens up the world's of both for the 168-hour timeframe. Gamers are open to downloading Battlefield 4 and playing it for free all the way through to August 14 at 10am PT. Once you start playing it, you'll receive a countdown to this time, so you'd better get in quick!
Once Valve gets things into gear, it's going to be non-stop for them. We have Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Half-Life 3, and various other sequels to expect from the company. But, one of those main cogs is Source 2, the company's next generation graphics engine.
Well, according to some user reports, the company has just silently launched it. Reports are coming out that Source 2 has been spotted in DotA after the alpha launch of DotA 2's Workshop Tools last night, with the entire game reportedly being shifted over to Valve's next-gen Source 2 engine. A post within a thread of Reddit reads: "So, The Workshop tools isn't just a modding platform. It's Source 2. And it's running Dota 2".
The post continues: "Everything in this package is a new game. It's all the Dota assets and code ported over to Source 2. That's why Hammer is different. That's why the console is different. Guys. Valve just soft launched the entire Source 2 engine". This isn't a 100% confirmation that Source 2 has launched, but Gabe Newell did tease in a Reddit AMA back in March: "The biggest improvements [in Source 2] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see UGC having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won't work if users themselves have to create content".
Since Diablo 3 launched back in 2012, the game has sold over 20 million copies as of June 30, 2014. The news comes from Activision-Blizzard's second quarter earnings call, where the company released a press release announcing the milestone.
The 20 million copies includes expansions and digital sales, as well as the usual brick-and-mortar retail sales. At the end of 2013, Diablo 3 had sold 15 million copies, which means Activision-Blizzard have sold five million copies since the beginning of the year, and are sitting on an average of five million copies sold every six months or so.
With all of the hoopla going around right now with Star Citizen, people forget that it all started with Wing Commander for Chris Roberts. Well, EA and Origin are giving away Wing Commander III on Origin right now, one of the big games form the 90s.
Wing Commander III being free is part of Origin's "On The House" deals, where it randomly gives away PC games. Today, that game is Wing Commander III. For those who never played it, it stars Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, Biff from Back to the Future and even Malcolm McDowell. You can grab Wing Commander III for free on Origin from here.
Capcom has officially announced that it will be re-releasing the original Resident Evil game next year, with Producers Tatsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi saying that they were trying their best to not mess anything up when rebuilding one of the survival horror games that started it all.
Hirabyashi said: "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game, and are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo". Most of the changes to Resident Evil will be in the graphics department, and not in gameplay. Kitabayashi chimed in with: "When it comes to graphics, we didn't just want them to look better, we have taken the game apart, polished up all the different elements and carefully reassembled them in such a way that its original atmosphere shines through".
Resident Evil will be launched once again next year for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
Microsoft is preparing two Xbox One bundles in the coming months, with the first being EA Tiburon's Madden NFL 15, while the second is Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive. Sunset Overdrive's bundle will include a white-colored Xbox One, something quite unique.
Starting with the Madden NFL 15 bundle, which will see the normal black Xbox One without Kinect included, with a code for the digital version of Madden NFL 15 in the box, for $399. Considering its $399 for the Xbox One without Kinect, you're just getting Madden NFL 15 for free. The bundle should be available when Madden NFL 15 launches, later this month on August 26.
The other bundle, with Sunset Overdrive, will include a white Xbox One. This marks the first time that the public will have the option of purchasing a white Xbox One, with the only other time being when the company launched the Xbox One last year, making them available for employees of Microsoft and no one else. Sunset Overdrive launches on October 28 exclusive to the Xbox One, so we should hear more information on the bundle before then.
The Witcher 3's Lead Engine Programmer, Balazs Torok, spoke with Gaming Bolt where he had some interesting things to say about DirectX 12. Torok said that while DX12 will allow developers to pull more triangles out of the Xbox One's GPU, the shading power inside of the Microsoft's console isn't enough to make it worth it.
He added: "I think there is a lot of confusion around what and why DX12 will improve. Most games out there can't go 1080p because the additional load on the shading units would be too much. For all these games DX12 is not going to change anything". Torok continued: "They might be able to push more triangles to the GPU but they are not going to be able to shade them, which defeats the purpose. I think we will see a change in the way graphics programmers will think about their pipelines and this will result in much better systems hopefully".
What do we take away from that? Well, the Xbox One is capable of 1080p gaming, but what he is saying is that DirectX 12 won't improve the performance at 1080p when it arrives.