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Can you believe that next year marks the 20th anniversary of QuakeCon? QuakeCon 2015 has been officially announced, and will take place between July 23-26, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas.
QuakeCon tickets are free once again, and will be made available at a later date. Bethesda bills the show as "North America's largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party" but there will also be other games previewed by the company, other activities, panels, tournaments, and more. At QuakeCon earlier this year, Bethesda showed off an exclusive look at the new Doom.
The latest trailer to the money-making series Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here, teasing that the upcoming first-person shooter will feature four-player cooperative mode.
Sledgehammer Games calls this four-player co-op mode "Exo Survival Co-Op Mode", which looks very similar to Left 4 Dead's "Horde" mode, where you survive with your team mates killing as many of the enemies as possible. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops on the 4th of November, so you'd better be getting those trigger fingers ready.
Blizzard Entertainment developers have decided to cancel Titan, a massively multiplayer online game that has been in development for more than seven years. Story and franchise development was being lost, despite originally starting game production for the appropriate reasons.
"We didn't find the fun, we didn't find the passion," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard co-founder and president, in a statement to the media. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the new game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.""
Blizzard tends to take its time developing video games, and Titan joined the canceled ranks of StarCraft Ghost and Warcraft Adventures. The company's World of Warcraft continues to prove to be a successful cash cow for Blizzard, and developers apparently don't want to shift focus to new MMO-related projects.
Television and monitor manufacturer AOC has announced a 24" gaming monitor using the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, in an effort to give owners an added advantage while gaming. The NVIDIA G-SYNC technology was introduced in October 2013, as gamers hoped to see video lag and other issues limited. The monitor has a $449 price tag, possibly pricing casual gamers out of the market.
"This advanced AOC gaming display (2460PG) gives competitive gamers a serious edge so they can focus on the game without the distraction of screen tearing, ghosting or latency," according to AOC in a press release. "This means gamers receive critical images, such as enemy movement, on screen the moment they are rendered for greater accuracy and a serious gaming advantage over competitors."
The 24" monitor offers 300 cd/m brightness, 5 ms response time, 16.7 million display colors, and a recommended resolution of 1920 x 1080. An integrated DisplayPort connector includes five USB ports that support USB 3.0, the ergonomic stand allows enhanced gaming comfort for extended periods of gaming.
Goat Simulator launched onto iOS and Android just five days ago, but has racked up over 100,000 sales so far. 100,000 sales might not seem like much in the shadow that is Destiny with $325 million in sales so far, but for a game where about... goats, it sure is impressive.
Armin Ibrisagic from Coffee Stain Studios, the developer behind the game, wrote on the Coffee Stain blog: "It feels really amazing that so many people like our game! We're also really happy that we can now reach out to even more goat fans, and that people without a computer can now also enjoy the life of being a goat!"
Looking to the future of Goat Simulator, the developer is aiming on crushing any bugs on iOS and Android, with the studio aware that there are various issues on the Android version of the game right now. Coffee Stain Studios said "While we realize you might be super curious of our future plans, the truth is actually that we don't plan much ahead at all [....] But after a couple of weeks we'll see how it goes! Hopefully we'll be able to give you more information then".
Steam gamers will enjoy the new Steam Discovery Update that Valve is pushing out right now, which adds "functionality and features designed to optimize the Steam shopping experience as the number of new titles on Steam increases".
Valve has softly announced that there are now over 100 million active Steam accounts, with an additional 1300 new titles being added to Steam in the last nine months alone. Valve, with the Steam Discovery Update, is offering a smarter Home page, which will be "offering recommendations based on past purchases, recent playtime, and recommendations by friends".
Valve has also improved Steam Search, with a new feature called Curators, which allows anyone to become a Curator, recommending games and allowing people to follow them, and their recommendation on titles. Alden Kroll of Valve said: "We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers. This update introduces multiple features and functionality to help customers explore Steam's growing catalog and find the games they are most interested in playing".
Ah, the days of arena shooters have a special spot in my gaming history, with more hours pumped into games like Unreal and Quake than I have ever spent playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. Well, if you're never heard of Toxikk, maybe you need to check out the video below.
Reakktor Studios, who definitely loves the use of the letter 'k', has finally shown off a gameplay trailer of their upcoming game, Toxikk. Toxikk takes the hard path, offering no regenerating health, no loadouts, no free-to-play, no classes, and much more. There will be two separate types of maps on offer, with "Classic Maps" that will be smaller and not include vehicles, and then "Massive Maps" which will, you guessed it: feature vehicles.
Toxikk is being funded with pre-orders, with packages that range between $5 and $90. Reakktor Studios plans on offering a closed beta through Steam Early Access before 2014 is wrapped up.
Rockstar Games had a support article on their website, which has since been ripped away, teasing some new features for the new version of Grand Theft Auto V coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. One of these features was something never-before-seen, a first-person mode for both on foot and vehicles.
The full list included: "a brand new first person mode for vehicles" something that "shows off the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights and more". This is a big, big change, as GTA V has countless vehicles that the developer would need to re-work the internals of. Better yet, Rockstar teased that there would be "a brand new first person mode while on foot" which changes the game, completely. A first-person mode on foot would propel Grand Theft Auto V to completely new heights, especially with the precision offered on a mouse for the PC.
The news was confirmed just today, with the RockstarGTAV account on Twitter teasing "First person #GTA V #PS4 #XBOXONE #PC". Other new features for the upcoming re-release include "a wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode", possible animals roaming Los Santos, player transfers from the Xbox 360 and PS3 releases of GTA V offering free new weapons and a free garage in GTA Online, and a "newly overhauled character selection screen".
Activision may have opened up its bank accounts to the tune of $500 million for Destiny, but how has the first week paid off? The company has sold over $325 million worth of copies of the console exclusive game, with these figures coming from Chart-Track.
Activision chief executive, Eric Hirshberg has said: "Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader". Activision has shipped over $500 million worth to retailers and vendors across the world, so we should expect some even bigger numbers in the coming months.
Bungie and Activision signed a ten-year deal for Destiny, so we can only expect this to be the start of a very big new IP. Although Destiny has received mixed reception so far, there's no denying that it is a massive new launch right now. Have you played it? What do you think?
At the end of next month, the second PAX Australia event kicks off in Melbourne, Victoria. Games.on.net reported a few moments ago that Cloud Imperium Games will be showing off "the next phase" of Star Citizen, at a separate, more formal event at a theater to show off what most think will be the first-person shooter module of the game.
I've just purchased my $20 ticket, so you can ensured to see whatever is shown off at the event (as long as it's not under embargo and can have pictures and most of all, video taken). The reveal takes place on the Saturday, 1st of November (GMT+10), and is exclusive to 18+. I'm excited about what we'll see, hoping that we can hopefully score a quick interview with the man himself, Chris Roberts.