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Microsoft has been forced to make a statement regarding Games for Windows Live, which is a service for PC gamers, and whether it will be shutting down. The software giant has formally denied that it is shutting down the service.
The company talked with Game Informer, where it said: "We are continuing to support the Games for Widows Live service. We remain committed to investing in PC gaming in the years ahead, and look forward to sharing more in the future. Although customers are unable to purchase new games from the marketplace or receive title updates, they can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading them through the Games for Windows Live client as usual".
We heard back in March that Microsoft had "a renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming" when the head of Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, stepped up and talked about it. Is the future of PC gaming DirectX 12? For me, I think we're going to see big changes soon, but Microsoft won't be at the center of it.
I'm sure you've already loaded up your library with games during the Steam Summer Sales, but they continue - with Saints Row IV down to $12.49 from $49.99, representing a nice 75% off. We also have Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition down 75%, from $19.99 to just $4.99.
Nether has a massive 80% off, dropping its original $14.99 price to just $2.99, while The Lego Movie: Video Game also enjoying 75% off, reducing its $29.99 price to just $7.49. The Flash Sales today include Gone Home, which is down from $19.99 to just $2.99, Scribblenauts Unlimited with 75% off, down from $19.99 to $4.99, Spec Ops: The Line with 80% off, and Rising Storm: GotY Edition with 75% off.
YouTuber 'XBLToothPik' has modified the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V, adding in an incredible looking first-person view. There's a video below which gives you a closer look at how the first-person feel would translate into the third-person smash hit.
It actually looks quite impressive, even more so that it's modded on the console. The PC version of the game has been promised to be something truly special from Rockstar, so we should expect modders to do some truly awesome things with the PC version of GTA V. Now all we need is some Oculus Rift support, and we could spend the next few years in GTA V.
It wasn't even 48 hours ago that I wrote my article about Ubisoft and the future of PC gaming, but now there is news floating around that Crytek is in some serious trouble. The studio is reportedly not seeing developers using CryEngine that much, with German videogames magazine Gamestar throwing around the word bankruptcy.
Gamestar has said that the adoption rate of CryEngine is not that great, and that word of mouth at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) a couple of months back was negative. During GDC, Crytek announced that it was offering up CryEngine as an 'engine as a service' which should've seen more developers jumping onto the graphics engine, but this wasn't the case.
Another problem was the Xbox One exclusive 'Ryse' which didn't sell well for the company, and Microsoft. Ryse was a 'catastrophe' for the company, with the studio only completing it by getting more staff onto the job. There is reportedly a cash injection deal close to completion, which will see the company hopefully headed toward a brighter future, but DSO Gaming is reporting that "a lot of big publishers are waiting for a possible bankrupt in order to sign the talent and shop the IPs from Crytek".
The Steam Summer Sales continue, with today's games including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with 75% off, knocking it down from its original price of $34.99 to just $8.74. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition also has 75% off, dropping from $29.99 to $7.49.
Wasteland 2 is up for grabs, dropping from $59.99 to $40.19 - a 33% discount - with 7 Days to Die seeing a 45% discount, down from $24.99 to just $13.74. There are also the 8-hour Flash Sales, which include NBA 2K14 for 50% right now, dropping the original $49.99 price to $24.99. Get in on these Steam Summer Sales now!
Battlefield 4's upcoming DLC, Dragon's Teeth, will see gamers killing each other on top of a floating restaurant. The restaurant is part of the destructive, Frostbite 3-powered world, where games can drain a lake that pushes a restaurant into the water.
Dragon's Teeth will include four new maps: Lumphini Garden, Pearl Market, Propaganda and Sunken Dragon. These new maps see gamers traversing across Asian cities, through alleyways, the rooftops of Pearl Market, and on canals "in the pristine park to get the upper hand in the battle of Lumphini Garden".
The new DLC for Battlefield 4 is due out in the summer, which will include 10 assignments and a new game mode known as Chain Link. Chain Link will allow players to create chains by linking up capture points in order to win. Dragon's Teeth will also roll out five new weapons: the Ballistic shield, and the heavily armed, remotely operated ground vehicle, R.A.W.R.
After a week of Ubisoft fighting a losing battle about watering down the PC version of Watch Dogs, EA is on the offensive for PC gamers. First, offering up Titanfall for free for 48 hours, second - unlocking all of the weapons and gadgets in its beta of Battlefield: Hardline, and now - stating that the PC version of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is not a console port.
Justin Wiebe, the game's Creative Director, took to PopCap Games' (which is owned by EA) developer diary today, where he explains: "It's not a port. Everything from our UI to how the mouse-driven controls are going to work - everything has been looked at from PC gamers' POV". When Garden Warfare launches on PC, it will include a new map, Jewel Junction, which features a world event that affects gameplay.
In this map, a train runs down the middle of the map, which should be an interesting turn for the game. Jewel Junction will be a timed exclusive for PC. Right now, you can pre-order Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on Origin - with the Standard Edition costing $29.99, while the Digital Deluxe Edition costs $34.99. Garden Warfare launches in just three days time, on June 24.
EA only just announced it had extended its beta of Battlefield: Hardline until next Thursday, but for the next few days you'll be able to enjoy the Visceral Games developed first-person shooter with all of its gadgets and weapons unlocked.
EA has unlocked everything on the PC and PS4 version of the game, something that includes the ballistic shield, breaching charge, and decoy gadgets. EA and Visceral have promised that all of the weapons that gamers see in the beta "are just a taste of what fans can expect" when the game launches on October 21 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
There's a patch for the PC version of the game that is rolling out right now that improves some of the audio issues and netcode. I think it's good that we're seeing Visceral attempting to squash any issues quickly, and this really feels like a better test so far than the mess that was Battlefield 4. Of course, we won't know the full story until October 21.
For fans of Dead Rising, you might be surprised that the zombie game is being turned into a "full-length digital feature" That will first hit Sony's service, Crackle. There's no director tied to the project just yet.
Legendary is producing the film, but it will not be hitting theaters, with the company's Chief, Tom Lesinski explaining: "Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary's brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience".
Once the Dead Rising movie has hit Crackle, it will move on to disc media, TV and VOD. Most people are probably thinking "ugh... why" - but a theatrical release of this movie might have not been that great, a smaller budget and the movie being a "digital feature" might play in its favor. It means that the movie doesn't need to target a mass audience to make its profits, meaning it could be gorier (it is a post-apocalyptic zombie game after all) with all of the things that have made the Dead Rising games so much fun.
How do you fight the Steam Summer Sales if you're EA? Well, you offer one of your biggest games of the year on a 48-hour trial - that's right, Titanfall is free right now for a 48-hour timeframe, or "Game Time". This means you get to play the game for 48 hours as a 'trial' and if you end up liking it, you can buy it.
All you have to do is log-in to Origin, and download the (albeit massive game weighing in at 48GB) game. Over on Origin's blog, EA explains: "We're launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don't see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they're available to download".