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Remedy working on three new IPs, including unannounced AAA project

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 12 mins ago

Control is coming out next week, but Remedy is already working on its next project. It just won't be released any time soon.

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Remedy games are special and take a while to bake in the oven, but once one batch is done another goes right on the rack. As an indie studio, Remedy has to constantly jump from project-to-project in order to stay afloat, so it often starts planning its next game way before its current game is finished. This iterative process sees all previous games influencing the later ones, like Alan Wake 2 fed into Quantum Break which then morphed into Control.

Now Remedy talks about its upcoming projects, including a new AAA title and games in its new Vanguard live service team. We knew as far back as 2018 that a new AAA game outside of Control was in planning phases, but in a recent earnings call Remedy says the project is now in early dev stages.

Right now Remedy has three projects in the immediate pipeline:

  • A new CrossFire game
  • New unannounced AAA project
  • Live service game from its new Vanguard team

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New Star Citizen ship costs $675, more than a PS4 and Xbox COMBINED

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

Star Citizen is a money-printing machine that's always releasing massively expensive ships, and the latest costs $675 (it's not even the most expensive either).

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Star Citizen, the game that may never be completed, recently revealed a new $675 ship called the Aegis Nautilus, a large-sized Squadron 42 military ship that lays two types of mines (sentry and homing mines). The Aegis Nautilus also sports dual S7 guns. Gamers affirm this is a niche ship, and many criticize Roberts Space Industries for not making more progress on the game's promised features including the big Squadron 42 singelplayer mode.

This is actually quite normal for the game and it routinely releases ships that cost as much as $1,200 a piece. Star Citizen even has a pack that costs $27,000--you can either buy a bunch of ships or a brand new car.

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New cyber-ninja Ghostrunner mixes Deus Ex, Superhot and Mirror's Edge

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 38 mins ago

With its samurai blades, fluid wall-running, and replayability, Ghostrunner could be the next big arcade hit.

Ghostrunner looks to be an extremely addictive and fun romp in the vein of Superhot, complete with one-hit kills. But unlike Superhot, this stylish cyberpunk slasher has you jumping, sliding, dashing, sprint-strafing and wall-running like a Tenno--all in first-person. The areas are much more open-ended and fleshed out with high-tech visuals, reminding me of Midgar fused with Deus Ex's Utelek facility. And your only weapon is a dual-handed katana that slices and dices badguys. There's also instant respawns so you can jump right back into the action and try again; do or die, there is no try.

The project is being developed by indie devs One More Level and published by All In! Games, and even has a mission-based storyline with actual objectives. There's also a grappling hook. I mean what cyber-ninja would be complete without a grappling hook?

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Gears of War 5 uses Win32 on Windows Store and Steam, not UWP

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 57 mins ago

Microsoft is investing heavily into PC gaming, and UWP might not be a part of that plan.

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Gears of War 5 on PC will use the more flexible Win32 API in both its Steam and Windows Store versions instead of the more closed-off Universal Windows Platform (UWP) framework. Senior community manager Liam Ashley confirmed the news on Twitter.

After recognizing the limitations and frustrations with UWP, Microsoft initially promised that more of its games sold on its digital PC storefront would support Win32. This move comes after Microsoft tried to unify its first-party PC games using the Windows 10-exclusive UWP, which would've nixed support for legacy Win32 apps and games. This fledgling attempt culminated in a wonky games launcher that was missing key features and added extra steps for developers.

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Bizarre new RPG Bleak Faith: Forsaken would make Beksinski proud

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 28 mins ago

Introducing Bleak Faith: Forsaken, a new supremely weird action RPG that blends bizarre art styles, Dark Souls survival combat, and nightmarish environments.

Bleak Faith: Forsaken looks pretty intense. It's the type of game that'd make Giger and Beksinski proud, up there with the likes of Scorn, and looks like a collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro and FromSoftware. Hell I think even Bryan Fuller of Hannibal TV show fame would be impressed. The game was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter with $30,000 in pledges, and is described as an open-world survival-horror action RPG with some serious freaky overtones and visuals.

Horrid monstrosities straight out of Del Toro's nightmares stomp around, weird demonic ritualistic music plays in the background, and the overall visual flair is post-apocalyptic otherworldliness mixed with medieval sword-and-board mystique. We didn't get to see much combat or gameplay in the trailer, but the Bleak Faith: Forsaken is still heavily in development.

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Bungie: Activision let us do awesome things with Destiny

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 15 mins ago

Activision is blamed most for Destiny 2's overmonetization with microtransactions, season passes, and piecemeal expansion purchases, but Bungie says the publisher gave them tremendous power with the series.

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Destiny has changed over the years, and for a bit Destiny 2 was an expensive hobby that required separate purchases of multiple expansions and a season pass for good measure. Microtransactions were thrown in too. This was all a result of Activison's attempt to "re-engage" (which really means re-monetize) Destiny 2's playerbase with Forsaken content. It was quite contentious and the attempt didn't work. Shortly after, Activision jettisoned the Destiny franchise because it was "tying up our resources" and sold it back to Bungie, who now holds publishing rights to the Destiny franchise.

Despite the live service red tape, Bungie is thankful for Activision's help. Years ago, Activision put up a whopping $500 million to fund Destiny across a big ten-year plan that culminated across three mainline releases. Without the publisher, Destiny would've never manifested--at least not in the way it did. Now that Destiny is free, Bungie can do whatever they want. And they are, starting first with cross-saves on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and then with a F2P version on all platforms. But would Activision approve of Bungie's new plans? Maybe not.

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Disney+ includes free 4K streaming, supports 4 simultaneous streams

By: Derek Strickland | HT & Movies | Posted: 18 hours, 23 mins ago

Disney's new $6.99 a month streaming service Disney+ has some big advantages over Netflix, and will let subscribers stream 4K content at no extra cost.

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Disney isn't playing around with its new service. Disney+ is shaping up to be a titanic endeavor that offers classic Disney films, all Star Wars films, a smattering of Marvel movies, and a ton of original shows like The Mandalorian, a new Home Alone reboot, and The Simpsons.

The biggest selling point of Disney+ is its price compared to Netflix, but Disney+ also offers extras like no-cost 4K streaming and letting users stream to up to 4 screens at once per account. Netflix charges $15.99 for 4K UHD streaming and 4-screen streaming, and $12.99 a month for 2 screens and HD streaming. Disney+ on the other hand includes both for $6.99.

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Bandai Namco: Epic Store exclusivity isn't our vision

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 53 mins ago

Not everyone wants in on Epic's lucrative exclusivity deals. Some publishers like Bandai Namco still want maximum long-term reach instead of short-term gains.

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Epic is still spending big money on exclusivity contracts to fill up its games store. But its Fortnite billions can't buy everyone. Even as major players like Ubisoft and Take-Two jump on the Epic Games Store for that big 88-12 revenue split, Japanese games-makers like Bandai Namco simply aren't interested in trading exposure and potential sales for upfront cash or promised earnings. Japanese publishers like SEGA, Capcom, and Bandai Namco are still relatively new at PC ports but they still recognize the power of Steam's massive userbase.

Now Bandai Namco says Epic's exclusivity really isn't part of its grand vision--a vision that sees the company selling its games to 2 billion gamers worldwide. In order to do that they can't pick either Steam or the Epic Games Store. It has to be both or the biggest one.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie announced, drops October 11 on Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | HT & Movies | Posted: 23 hours, 4 mins ago

We all knew it was coming, and now it has been not only confirmed -- but a trailer, and a release date for the Breaking Bad movie is here. It is called El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, with its trailer below:

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is coming to Netflix on October 11, with the trailer squared on Skinny Pete who won't tell teh authorities where Jesse Pinkman is. The movie is written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, with Aaron Paul returning to star as Jesse.

Netflix explains El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie: "In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future".

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The best destruction physics in a game EVER, also features ray tracing

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 26 mins ago

I am a massive fan of destruction physics in games, riding the wave from the 90s of Red Faction (how good were those destruction physics for the 90s) through to DICE and multiple Battlefield games with kick ass destruction.

All of those games pale in comparison to this demo, from developer Dennis Gustafsson. I stumbled up on the video, with Gustafsson running the game on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, and a quad-core CPU with it hitting that liquid-smooth 60FPS mark.

It shows off what I will claim here, as the best destruction physics I've ever seen. It's not just buildings and pipes and cars, but internally the engine handles fire and smoke like I've never seen before.

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