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Electronic Arts and other major game companies are fascinated by mobile game development, even though casual gaming has been successful. It looks like the overall quality of mobile games is increasing, with more development funds and focus on creating a popular new Apple iOS or Google Android offering.
Following Take-Two transitioning Grand Theft Auto for mobile devices via premium sales, studios aren't showing as much interest in live services. However, a free-to-play live-service gaming trend could eventually draw some attention:
"Some will. It'll vary. The Grand Theft Auto game has been relatively successful over the last two or three years," said Bill Mooney, VP and GM at EA Mobile, in a statement to GamesBeat. "It would be a question of whether it's the halo or the experience itself. I'm not capable of answering that. EA believes that some of those hardcore gamer brands - you'll see us explore - in a methodical - committed fashion, stuff like sports. Some of our other brands I expect we'll do. We're actively working on it. I myself am working on brands that gamers love."
Well... after Rocksteady Studios' kick ass work on Batman: Arkham Asylum, many gamers including myself, were excited to see the studio take control on Batman: Arkham Knight. Well, it looks like they've borked the PC port of it up, with the word 'disappointing' being a true understatement. The NeoGAF forums are filled with posts on Batman: Arkham Knight, with both AMD and NVIDIA owners both noticing issues.
Batman: Arkham Knight seems to be plagued witih multiple issues, with some gamers reporting their hitting a 30FPS performance wall. A workaround has been discovered, but what the hell is Rocksteady doing releasing a game like this with a performance cap of 30FPS in the first place? Did they not test it on PCs?
Other problems with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight are massive performance issues, with stuttering and audio glitches being noticed by many gamers.
Slightly Mad Studios has officially announced a sequel to Project Cars is entering development, with Project Cars 2 to follow its predecessor in being crowdfunded. Project Cars 2 will hit the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Steam OS. You can check out all the details, and fund Project Cars 2 right here.
Project Cars 2 will be much bigger and better than the original, with 50 unique locations, 200+ courses, dynamic time of day and weather, 40+ different vehicle classes and a cooperative career. Slightly Mad Studios teases: "Building upon the huge success of Project CARS being one of the highest-rated and fastest-selling racing games of this generation, Project CARS 2 continues to expand, innovate, and dominate with:"
- THE LARGEST TRACK ROSTER EVER - 50 unique locations and 200+ courses including 'loose surface racing' on dirt, gravel, mud, and snow. All will have dynamic time of day and weather allowing you to play anytime, anywhere
- THE WIDEST VARIETY OF MOTORSPORTS with 8 different disciplines now including Rallycross, Hillclimbs, and Touge. 200+ cars from over 40 different vehicle classes including never-before-seen Concepts and Banned Race Cars
- CO-OP CAREER - Play as the Teammate Driver, Spotter, Driver Swap, or Co-Pilot. More choices, more opportunities, more strategy, greater risks and greater rewards
- SEAMLESSLY CONNECTED - Socialize and compete via Online Track Days, have players from around the world take the place of AI-controlled drivers in your solo play, and get news updates on the Driver Network around you
- PRO ESPORTS RACING - Skill & Behavioural-based matchmaking, create your own Online Racing Seasons, and Live Broadcast and Spectator functionality
- YOUR HOME FOR RACING - Your own personal, customisable Test Track to tune and test your cars. Invite others to showcase your passion for racing and learn race craft and engineering with the Project CARS Academy
Taking a look at the Steam Spy summary of Steam's recent Summer Sales thanks to Games On Net, you'll come to notice that Valve's Counter Strike: Global Offensive sold up big this time around - netting 606,696 sales, marking a 4.46% increase in owners, $4.5 million in revenue and selling at a discount of 50%.
Bringing up second place was the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, selling through 394,961 copies, marking a 12% increase in total players at an 85% discounted price of $2.99.
A special mention goes out to Deeponia. Being listed as the most heavily discounted game in the whole sale, this indie adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment was listed at a massive 95% off price of 99 cents and saw just shy of 70,000 total sales.
When Fallout 4 hits the market later this year, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 gamers can expect to play it at 1080p and 30 fps, according to Bethesda. There was initial confusion - and a bit of panic - when it sounded like PC gamers would also have to endure restrictions, but that has been clarified by Bethesda.
The game studio also noted that gameplay on the PC will not be limited:
Fallout 4 is 1080p & 30fps on Xbox One and PS4. Resolution and FPS are not limited in any way on the PC.- Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) June 22, 2015
Microsoft wasn't shocked when Activision announced Sony would become the new 'home' of Call of Duty, giving PlayStation 4 gamers the chance to receive all content first.
Not surprisingly, Activision wants to make sure its games have a good playing experience, regardless if a gamer is using a PC, Microsoft Xbox One or PS4 - however, now is the time to partner with Sony, as the company has "a lot of momentum" with the PS4.
"Maybe Sony's the one that made an interesting switch? The thing behind it, it was the right partnership at the right time, for the right reasons, for all parties involved," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, in a statement to GamesBeat. "I'd rather not talk about the inside baseball stuff. Both platforms matter to us. We want to create great experiences on both platforms. We're going to do that. No matter where you play Call of Duty or Destiny or any of our games, we'll deliver the best possible experience on each platform as we always have. In the case of Call of Duty, everyone gets all the content as well."
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature extremely developed artificial intelligence, so gamers will get to enjoy a more unique playing experience.
Ideally, AI is able to pose a challenge to gamers, and be a bit more dynamic - but the studio had to be careful not to make the AI too difficult to overcome:
"The enemies make a reasonable, intelligent choice at all times," said Jason Blundell, Black Ops 3 campaign director at Treyarch, in the latest issue of Edge magazine. "One soldier may have an SMG, but his mentality could be 'I want to keep my distance,' 'I want to protect this point' or 'I need to flank.' The problem was reining that system in so the AI agents weren't too good."
With a 3-1 map score in the grand final, Natus Vincere toppled EnVy Us in a four map spectacle across de_cbble, de_dust2, de_overpass and de_inferno with the last map going into overtime and finishing at a 25-23 round score.
This close match saw powerhouse player GuardiaN finish up with a 34-17 score on de_cbble and ensure NaVi was to take home $22,000 in cold hard cash for its efforts. The overall star of this series was counter-strike long-time legend 'Edward', with a +14 kill death ratio, a headshot percentage of 44% and a rating of 1.12.
Ranking in the other top spots were GPlay and Flipsid3 in 3-4th, Gamers2 in 5th and HellRaisers in 6th place.
Konami has released a 40-minute game play video of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, after screenshots and details about the game were published earlier this month. Although gamers are excited, there has been concern regarding how the game will support microtransactions.
Microtransactions have been included to assist gamers "who might not be able to spend as much time with the game," according to Konami. Here are some additional details about microtransactions in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain:
"While it is true that a few microtransactions options do exist, the entire game has been carefully balanced to be fair and enjoyable with or without using these options," Konami said. "There's no pay to win option. Rest assured that every single item, weapon, and mission in the game is available to all players without paying a single cent."
Want to be a beta tester for Rainbow Six Siege? It doesn't matter if you're a PC gamer or Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 console owner - you can throw your hat into the ring right now. Visit the sign up page.
"Come join IGN and Ubisoft for the Rainbow Six Siege Closed Beta event and put your wits and combat skills to the test. Uniquely skilled Operators, the thrilling Siege gameplay, and destructible, intimate combat arenas await in a playable first-person shooter gaming experience you can't miss," the signup page says.
The signup page recommends users sign up sooner rather than later, as the beta access codes will be distributed using a first-come, first-served basis. You can also opt in for a chance to win a few prizes, including a Samsung 65" 4K UHDTV, an Xbox One console, or Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition and standard game copies.