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We knew it was coming, but Avalanche Studios has confirmed it: Just Cause 3 is coming. JC3 will be released next year, for current-generation consoles and PC.
Xbox One and PS4 users will be over the moon, but Xbox 360 and PS3 users? Not so much. Just Cause 3 will throw gamers into the fictional Mediterranean islands, which are ruled by a dictator. We did hear about microtransactions for Just Cause 3, but the developer has ruled them out, as well as a free-to-play model.
The leaked screenshots? Don't worry about those, according to the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche, Christofer Sundberg. He said: "Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today".
Telltale Games is teasing more of its Game of Thrones series, confirming that it is coming to the Xbox One and PS4. We knew it was coming to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and iOS - but now the current-gen consoles get some A Song of Ice and Fire love.
Where does the Game of Thrones game take off? It starts at close to the end of season three of the HBO smash hit TV series, and will end right on the bar of the start of season five. The game world is created from the Game of Thrones series, instead of the books written by George RR Martin. The story will focus on House Forrester, where throughout the season, gamers will play five members of House Forrester, either direct family, or servants of the House.
Telltale teases: "Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones ... where you win, or you die".
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been around for not even a week, but Sledgehammer Games is already patching it up following player feedback since it launched. The first patch will fix various issues, as well as a few changes to gameplay.
The patch will fix those Prestige resetting issues, change the placement of the in-game chat, fix speed reloading, and it should also add in some connection optimizations - which should fix the game-breaking lag that many gamers have been complaining about. The developer will also be baking in some changes to the challenges required to unlock camos for weapons, and allow users to unlock eSports options in private matches.
Activision is also finally talking about dedicated servers for the game, with the company saying: "Advanced Warfare employs game servers hosted at data centers globally on all platforms and listen servers as part of our proprietary matchmaking system. Our goal is to ensure the best possible connection and greatest gameplay experience regardless of location and time of day".
Just how many copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has Activision sold? LOTS. It has sold so well, that its first week of sales has stripped the combined first week of sales of Titanfall, Destiny, and Wolfenstein... combined.
The new COD is also outselling its predecessor, Call of Duty: Ghosts, but that shouldn't be surprising. What is surprising, is that the new Call of Duty is outselling two of the biggest games in its first week: Titanfall and Destiny - both of which had truly massive marketing campaigns behind them.
Far Cry 4's Creative Director, Alex Hutchinson, is making headlines again today - but not for the argument that resolution is "certainly not something" he cares about in a game, but that there will not be a sequel to the surprise-hit Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
The announcement happened during the IGN Pubcast, where Hutchinson said: "The cool thing about Blood Dragon was that it was a surprise. It was a great use of the Far Cry 3 base, and had an awesome soundtrack. So the answer is no, you won't be getting another one of those. Hopefully we can come up with something that surprises you as much as the original Blood Dragon".
He did add that the company will get pounded about it, where he added: "And if we did make one, I'd probably get told on Twitter 'are we going to get a Blood Dragon every year? You're just in a factory churning things out'".
Activision's Call of Duty received the top vote as best game franchise, voted on by 5,000 gamers polled for the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition, winning ahead of Super Mario Bros., Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, and The Legends of Zelda.
Here is what Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief said: "More than 5,000 fans of the book from 140 countries across the world took to an online poll vote for their favorite games, and the top 50 record-breaking games were featured in the book."
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare recently launched - and despite some analysts showing concern over game sales - Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg believes it will outsell Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Most headlines are filled with Star Citizen lately, especially when Chris Roberts told us exclusively that he "doesn't care about consoles", adding a tease about 8K textures, which seems to have gamers excited. But now we have news of competing space combat game Elite: Dangerous, and an official release date: December 16.
December 16 is a little over a month away, with Frontier Developments putting up a pre-order package of "Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition" which gives gamers the full game, ship liveries, Day One decal, and other stuff for $50. Pre-orders receive a $9.99 discount from the final release of the game. Any crowd-funded backer who purchased the Beta, or higher, will receive the Mercenary Pack on December 16.
The rise of eSports might be overlooked in the United States, but is growing rapidly worldwide - and online gambling websites are jumping into the fun. Pinnacle, E-Sport Bets, Datbet, and several others have seen eSports gambling interest increase, with a specific interest in League of Legends and Dota 2 matches.
Here is what Phil Hudson, from the online betting website Pinnacle Sports, recently mentioned to NBC News: "E-sports is definitely our fastest area of growth. It's quite big in Asia and Eastern Europe, but e-sports is really a phenomenon across the world."
eSports has risen to become Pinnacle's eight most popular sport to gamble on, with more than 350,000 bets so far in 2014 - and while that doesn't come close to soccer or American football, the company has seen placed bets double each year since 2011. There are now eight employees dedicated to determining the lines and wagers of eSports.
Skateboard legend Tony Hawk confirmed he's working with Activision on a new skateboarding console game that should be released in 2015. It's unknown if the title will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, or for next-generation consoles only.
Here is what Hawk confirmed via Twitter: "I'm currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped."
Additional details will be made available later down the road, and it doesn't appear Activision is ready to spill the beans on exact game details just yet.
After publicly unveiling Overwatch during Blizzcon 2014, the public video demo shows 12 heroes - all with unique skills and fighting styles - battling through multiple environments. The design team wanted "limitless diversity" in the gaming environment, which will continue to need adjustments during internal testing - and when the beta opens up next year.
Here is what Bill Petras, Blizzard Art Director said: "We want to have a world of diversity, so that's something we're really excited about. Looking at all the heroes, there is a lot of iteration back and forth when I work with the heroes."
The Overwatch beta will begin 2015, but interested gamers can now sign up for a test of team-based shooter. Blizzard doesn't have a scheduled release date for the game, and will continue to work to ensure the product is well polished before release.