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There's another Battlefield: Hardline beta coming, which will reach the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC sometime soon. There's no solid ETA on it just yet, but it should be in the immediate future.
EA hasn't mentioned the date yet, but it does tease what we can expect. We will continue to see the main Conquest mode features, but the new beta will include a new game mode: Hotwire. Hotwire is explained by DICE as "an all-new mode coming to Battlefield focused on combining all-out warfare with all-out speed".
There will be no progression cap during the beta, so you can go rank crazy if you want. Any and all progress will not be carried over to the full game, which is still on track for release on March 17.
Twitch has finally unleashed something broadcasters can jump for joy over, with a new music section launched which features over 500 royalty-free tracks that broadcasters can use in either live, or archived videos.
These songs, according to Twitch "will not be flagged by the audio recognition system implemented in 2014 to protect audio copyright holders and Twitch broadcasters alike". Twitch's Chief Strategy Officer Colin Carrier said: "Our community has been vocal about the importance of music for their broadcasts and their love of music in general. By working with both established and upcoming record labels, we are now able to offer music for them to use that is cleared for live broadcasts and archiving."
Not only that, but the new Music section has been added to Twitch's main game directory. This provides artists with a way of "creating, performing and presenting original songs" after Twitch approves it of course, where they continue "certain established labels and artists" may also host "radio-style listening shows and broadcast large scale events, such as music festivals".
The video game industry had a lot to cheer for, as developers are excited to make games for the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, but slumping game sales caused major headaches.
Hardware sales are racking up strong sales numbers, but not enough gamers are purchasing new titles, according to The NPD Group. Hardware sales increased 20 percent, up to $5.07 billion throughout 2014 - but Microsoft and Sony are engaged in a price war, with console prices continually dropping.
Disc video game sales in December dropped 2 percent year-over-year, down to $1.28 billion, as the industry strives for stability. A 2 percent year-over-year drop is smaller than previous months, and could indicate that gamers were willing to break out the wallet for new titles.
Microsoft has announced a new skin pack featuring characters from "The Simpsons," which will be available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late February. It will cost $1.99.
Gamers will get to try out Home, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and 19 other characters from the longstanding popular TV show. Support for Minecraft on other platforms is expected to follow the Xbox 360/Xbox One launch.
"We have an active community of more than 14 million die-hard Minecraft fans on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, in a blog post. "We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring The Simpsons to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions. I can't wait to see what the community creates."
Game developers have noticed the rise of eSports, as 12 percent of game developers say they are creating a game they believe fits the description as an eSport, according to the GDC State of the Industry report. Game studios describe a potential eSport as one that is a "competitive, skill-based multiplayer game.
Furthermore, 79 percent of survey respondents believe eSports will be a long-term, sustainable market, especially with Twitch and other broadcasting competitions making viewership even easier.
"Creating a game as an eSport causes it to become a hobby and an interest outside the act of playing it," a game developer said in the GDC "State of the Industry Survey." "This increased engagement is one way of allowing a game to become part of a player's life in ways that [don't] require them to always be investing their time into playing it."
We demand better graphics and more immersive gameplay, but that comes at a cost. As video games progress the amount of storage they require is exploding. Some current games can chew up to 40GB each, and this can grow even more with DLC. Nyko has the bases covered with a new innovative enclosure that snaps onto the top of the PS4. The internal PS4 drive is limited by capacity, and users can upgrade it, but it requires a 2.5" drive. These are limited in capacity, and higher in cost, compared to their larger 3.5" brethren.
The Data Bank supports 3.5" drives, which can be between $40-$50 cheaper than 2.5" models. 3.5" drives currently top out at 6TB for consumer models, and heftier capacities are on the horizon. The Nyko Data Bank will retail between $30 and $40 when it is released. The Nyko Data Bank snaps to the top of the PS4 and is connected via a pass-through power cable on the rear of the unit. The design mimics the PS4's aesthetics, but it does add a large component to the top of the console.
As seen in their Twitter description, Telltale Games has been working on "games based on Game Of Thrones, Minecraft, Borderlands, The Walking Dead & more!" But now it's time for them to produce something completely of their own, as according to their new CEO, Telltale has an "upcoming original IP" in production.
Kevin Bruner has been promoted within the company from president to CEO, in a statement to GamesIndustry he said that "we're thrilled to continue our growth and bring our unique style of scripted entertainment to the next generation of digital media, and do that across thousands of different devices. Our top priority is to continue fostering an environment where the most talented and creative storytellers in the industry are working side by side with the world's biggest creative partners. We're already working on some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, and when you add our unannounced partnerships and upcoming original IP, it's clear the most exciting time to be at Telltale is now, and there will continue to be more and more opportunity to innovate ahead of us."
Far Cry 4 was probably the most successful launch for Ubisoft last year, and now we're seeing the very first DLC for it in the form of "Escape from Durgesh Prison".
The Escape From Durgesh Prison missions is a downloadable piece of content for the first-person shooter, where Ubisoft explains it as "In this new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, Ajay and Hurk find themselves defenseless in the dangerous northern region of Kyrat after being captured, tortured and stripped of their weapons in Yuma's prison". The developer continues "On their way to the extraction point, they will be able to complete a series of challenges kicked off by the tyrannical Pagan Min to acquire weapons and upgrade their gear before a final stand-off against Yuma's forces".
Better yet, you can play Escape From Durgesh Prison by yourself, or with a friend in cooperative mode. It ups the ante by making the mission a time trial, which sees players pushing to be at the top of the online leaderboard. But, if players are killed or die throughout the mission, they are forced to restart the entire mission.
When Markus "Notch" Persson purchased his $70 million house not too long ago, snatching the property from the hands of Jay-Z and Beyonce, most didn't know that a housewarming would be this close - but come on, it was going to happen.
Well, Notch flew back to his new home to host a massive housewarming party, bringing in some of the biggest names in the industry. John "Daikatana" Romero and his partner Brenda were in attendance, as was Tim Schafer, ex-Infinity Ward and now Respawn Entertainment boss Vince Zampella, former Blizzard CCO Rob Pardo, and many more. Gamers were in attendance, celebrities (including Selena Gomez) and producer/DJ Zedd.
It was only a few hours ago now that we reported the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC was delayed, but it was the PC requirements that caught my eye.
The biggest point of GTA V on the PC is that it requires a huge 65GB of free HDD space. Yes, 65GB! Most will shout back that HDDs are cheap these days, but SSDs aren't. Sure, SSDs are definitely cheaper than they used to be, but they still aren't cheap enough where you can just throw 65GB installations of games - and not just one, but multiple - without worrying.
On top of that, you'll need a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM minimum with 8GB of RAM recommended, and modest GPU requirements. The HDD space is definitely a shocker, with even the biggest game installations on PC maxing out at around 50GB these days.