Nintendo today announced a very non-Nintendo move: Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have paid expansion DLC content.
Rather than update Zelda: Breath of the Wild with free content updates, the new game will be the first main Zelda game to get additional paid DLC content. Breath of the Wild will have two DLC expansions on Wii U and Switch, and Nintendo is offering a $20 season pass to unlock both expansions. The packs can also be purchased separately on the eShop, and pre-orders will begin when the game ships on March 3, 2017.
In an additional very non-Nintendo move, the season pass will have pre-order incentives in the form of special exclusive in-game items: three treasure chests that give you a special Nintendo Switch logo shirt for Link to wear, and "two useful items."
Summer 2017 DLC
- Cave of Trials challenge
- New hard mode
- New in-game map feature
- New challenges
- New dungeon
- New original story
As we get closer to the launch of Horizon: Zero Dawn, more screenshots are leaking - and it's shaping up beautifully.
Guerrilla Games has been working on the action RPG for a few years now, but there have been copies of Horizon: Zero Dawn that were sold before its official release - and thus, we have screenshots to ogle over.
Machine Games is currently developing a sequel to their stellar FPS hit Wolfenstein: The New Order, and according to Bethesda's Pete Hines, this new sequel will push the bar even further than its predecessor.
Wolfenstein: The New Colossus will be the next Wolfenstein game from Machine Games, and we have strong reason to believe it'll be set in a Nazi-occupied United States. Bethesda teased The New Colossus during its E3 2016 showcase, but so far the publisher has been quiet on the game.
Now Bethesda's Pete Hines has broken that silence: "Machine Games has been hard at work on something, which I can tell you I have played. It's fu*cking bananas. And I can't wait to show what it actually is," Hines said in a recent podcast interview with Kinda Funny Games.
Nier: Automata is one of the best-looking games I've seen in the last few months thanks to its innovative style and action-packed mechanics. But according to a recent leak, the android-infused action RPG will have a very unique representation of "death" that reminds us of fighting Shadow Link in Zelda II.
In Nier: Automata you play as an android. You're not human, so you can't really "die" so to speak--not really, although your body can be broken down.
But Platinum Games didn't end there. In true JRPG fashion, the devs pushed the envelope to redefine what we expect with player death and "game over" sequences. Here's how dying works in Nier: Automata--but be forwarned, here there be spoilers!
Nintendo Switch will use a second-generation 20nm NVIDIA Tegra SoC processor based on the Maxwell architecture, according to recently leaked documents.
Remember when Eurogamer broke the news about the Switch's 6.7-inch screen and varying processor speeds across handheld and docked modes? The source document used for that coverage has now been leaked, and they confirm the Switch will use a Maxwell Tegra X1 instead of NVIDIA's new Pascal-powered 16nm "Parker" SoC as we previously reported. The documents highlight specs for internal devkits, but actual retail models should use the same processor.
The Switch's internal Maxwell-based Tegra SoC ishighly customized to scale across the resolution and performance disparity between docked mode (up to 1080p 60FPS) and handheld mode (720p varying FPS). However in basic raw specs, it should be quite similar to NVIDIA's new Android-based Shield TV Pro microconsole, which uses a new refreshed Maxwell Tegra X1 chip with 256 CUDA cores, four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 1024 TFLOPs of compute power, and support for advanced APIs like Vulkan and OpenGL.
Nintendo has completely reversed its stance with its new handheld-console Switch hybrid: instead of being closed off and incredibly difficult for third-party devs, the Switch is flexible, easy to use, and supports modern APIs and engines. As a result tons of third-party developers have pledged games for the Switch--and most of them have praised the system's programmer-friendly toolset.
Games-maker Nicalis is the latest developer to praise the Nintendo Switch's open and accessible development environment, saying that the system's incredibly easy tools have drastically accelerated the porting of games like Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and 1001 Spikes. We've heard big players like Ubisoft and EA favorably discuss the Switch, but indie developers will benefit from the system as well.
"The Switch is, by far the easiest and most programmer friendly [Nintendo console] so far," Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez said in a recent interview with Polygon. "I know this sounds like lip service to Nintendo, but it's actually not. If this wasn't true, we wouldn't be able to get these games up and running as quickly as we have, and we wouldn't be able to have a launch title."
One of my principal worries about Mass Effect: Andromeda is quantity over quality. I look at BioWare's track record with Dragon Age: Inquisition, whose grindy scope really turned me off eventually, and I see this carrying forward with the new Mass Effect. But BioWare says that the quests have been carefully tailored to be more meaningful--not unlike CD Projekt RED's magnum opus RPG.
"We are approaching the completionist aspect very differently [in Mass Effect: Andromeda], because we've done and learned a lot from Inquisition," BioWare's Patrice Condominas told PC Gamer in a recent interview.
In fact, BioWare has been inspired by games like The Witcher 3 in terms of impact, depth, and overall resonating experiences. As a result the new Mass Effect should have more meat on its bones than grindy fetch quests and the like. "We've also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn't downgrade the quality of whatever your are doing there."
Nioh's boss fights get progressively more difficult and then you come across Nue, a brutal chimera that summons devastating lightning from the heavens and creates tons of Yokai Realm pools to wreck your day (and your ki). But he's far from invincible, and he can actually be beaten quite efficiently with a simple method. We'll teach you that method here today.
Defeating bosses often requires abstract thought and the ability to use your surroundings to your advantage. In pure Ninja Gaiden style, Nue's boss fight really forces you to use your environment to take out your quarry. This particular battle really opened my eyes on how to approach enemies in Nioh, and taught me a newfound respect for the game: it's not just about perfect timing, strikes, caution and general mastery of fluid combat, but a total big picture focus--using strategy when you can, where you can.
Nue killed me about 8 times before I tried this method, and I was able to kill the mythical beast in my second try. The method is rather simple and revolves around one concept: creating a protective cage for yourself in the level's porches and striking slow, steady, and consistently.
Hitman developer IO Interactive is apparently working on a fresh new IP that will be based in Unreal Engine, not its new next-gen Glacier 2 Engine that was used to make the latest Hitman game. This interesting move may mean IOI's new IP will be on Nintendo's fresh Switch console-handheld hybrid.
According to a recent job listing posted by IO Interactive, the devs are working on a new IP outside of any current series or franchises. "The team is currently working on a new unannounced IP and is responsible for prototyping different mechanics for the Hitman team. We are looking for a programmer to help the team drive the project forward," reads the listing, which has now been altered and scrubbed clean of any mention of the IP. "You will work closely with a small team of designers to prototype gameplay mechanics in Unreal Engine"
The position is for a "Gameplay Programmer for Incubation/R&D," which is exactly what it sounds like: a programmer who works on early (incubated) design concepts for new Hitman content updates and the new IP. So where does the Nintendo Switch tie in here? Epic Games Japan manager Takayuki Kawasaki says that the Nintendo Switch will get lots of Unreal Engine 4 games, and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has already confirmed the company's devs have "mastered" Unreal Engine.
I love Castlevania. These old-school sidescrollers taught me the meaning of true skill before the Souls series dropped. I've beaten all the Castlevanias I own including Castlevania I-III, Dracula X, Super Castlevania IV, and Symphony of the Night. So when I heard Netflix is going to make a violent, gritty and dark anime miniseries based in the series, I was on the brink of forgiving Konami for it's transgressions. Yes, that's how excited I am for this project.
The new Castlevania mini-series won't have any annoying real-life nonsense: it's a fully-fledged anime. I've long thought this is the only real way to capture the macabre mystique of the franchise. The project is an "R-rated as f*ck" ultraviolent anime adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and Netflix confirmed the first episode will launch this year. The first season will be a mini-series with four 30 minute episodes. Netflix says the series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself." A second season will come in 2018.
The series is being put together by Adi Shankar, who is best known for films like Dredd and The Grey. Shankar affirms Castlevania on Netflix will be "America's first animated series for adults" and is extremely confident it'll be a massive hit: "I personally guarantee it will end the streak and be the Western world's first video game adaptation."