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Transcend delivers storage upgrades to the OG Retina MacBook Pro!
Transcend delivers storage upgrades to the OG Retina MacBook Pro!
EA's Vancouver-based studio is hiring for an "open world Star Wars game," and it's probably Visceral's killed project. But a new job listing strongly suggests the game will have online-based elements, which points towards live services, engagement, and monetization strategies that EA is well known for.
One of the most disappointing things that EA has done recently was a two-fer: killing off Visceral Games, and then cancelling its ambitious-sounding Star Wars game only to have another studio recycle it. Everything I reported about the Visceral game made it sound pretty good, but EA wasn't convinced: the linear singleplayer action game just didn't mesh well with player feedback (and of course it probably didn't have a live services element that'd make the publisher tons of recurring cashflow).
EA's Patrick Soderlund explained the situation but let potential development issues off the table "Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design."
The new Atari VCS isn't technically a console--it's a Linux-based "PC" that supports gaming as well as other connected content (probably streaming, browsing, etc). Apparently the system's hardware will be a limiting factor to its gaming capabilities.
At $250 I don't think anyone expected the Atari VCS (previously known as the Ataribox) to run demanding AAA games at blistering performance targets. But just what kind of gaming can the box deliver? Atari says the all-in-one style box is powered by a customized AMD Radeon processor but official details haven't been revealed, and according to Tom's Hardware, the box's gaming power may be closer to the Nintendo Switch rather than an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
The publication spoke to Atari COO Michael Arzt at GDC 2018 to glean some more details about the box. The Atari VCS is technically compatible with all Linux-based games, but running them at acceptable FPS or in-game resolution is another story: don't expect the latest and greatest games to run at 1080p 60FPS on the device, for example. Interestingly enough it appears Atari is testing lower demanding games like the first Borderlands on the Atari VCS to see what happens...which is interesting given pre-orders might open up soon.
The team at CD Projekt RED has described Cyberpunk 2077 as the "biggest project we've ever made," and rightly so: the game is a massive investment in technology, manpower, and pretty much every facet of games development. But development seems to be going smoothly and the game should be out in at least three years time.
Back in 2016 we reported that CD Projekt RED plans to launch Cyberpunk 2077 and a new unannounced AAA RPG by 2021 as part of its five-year roadmap strategy. Now in its fiscal year 2017 results the company reaffirms this plan, which reinforces the assertions that Cyberpunk 2077's huge world-building is on schedule. In fact CDPR President and CEO Adam Kicinski said the sci-fi RPG hit a major milestone in the FY2017 report: "The development of our next flagship product - Cyberpunk 2077 - is on schedule, and has reached a major production milestone in late 2017."
To help with the near-overwhelming weight of Cyberpunk 2077's living, breathing cities, advanced AI, and unique online player interactions, CDPR acquired a new pool of talent and opened a fresh studio in Wroclaw, Poland to work on the game.
The Witcher 3 is by far the most popular game in the White Wolf's fantasy trilogy, generating tons of revenue for CD Projekt RED over its three years of release.
During its 10th anniversary year the Witcher series sold a mighty 33 million cumulative copies across three games, but one of those games was a leading driver in sales revenues. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt not only represented a massive investment for developer CD Projekt RED in terms of technology and manpower, but is a critical milestone in the studio's current reputation as the masters of their craft. In terms of sales revenue, though, The Witcher 3 earned a whopping 15 times as much as The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in three-year cash generation.
CD Projekt RED's fiscal year 2017 results show just how important The Witcher 3 has been/is to the games-maker, and the title's game of the year re-release along with PS4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements have ensured longer-term interest. "With regard to sales, The Witcher 3 again provided the largest contribution to sales revenues," said CD Projekt RED's Chief Financial Officer Piotr Nielubowicz during the FY2017 report.
The remastered rendition of the classic ARPG Titan Quest is now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In an age where action RPGs like Grim Dawn, Path of Exile, and Diablo III typically rule the market, it's great that companies like THQ Nordic reminding gamers about old-school hack-and-slashers that helped define the genre. While that mantle will pretty much be defined by the original Diablo game, Titan Quest was a big mover that provided a unique ancient setting infused with Greek mythology. And now modern gamers can experience what PC players in the 90s know quite well.
Titan Quest is now available on PS4 and Xbox One with newly enhanced graphics and online multiplayer action, but couch co-op isn't in just yet. The Nintendo Switch port is also on the way but hasn't been finalized just yet--it may even be the first real ARPG on the console unless Diablo III is actually coming to the system soon.
Nintendo's hybrid-handheld Switch console enjoys immense popularity through its first year of sales, especially in the United States.
Despite component shortages that limited hardware allocation throughout most of 2017, the Nintendo Switch has sold 14.86 million units as of December and overshot the company's internal 14 million sales target for the entire year. This consistent popularity has been driven by strong first-party and third-party software support along with the system's transforming on-the-go and home console hardware duality--and it's not something that should change any time soon.
It's no surprise the Switch is selling like gangbusters, but the NPD Group's latest findings put the console's success into perspective. According to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, the Switch has raked up the highest hardware install base in U.S. history within a one-year period.
PUBG players will soon be gifted with a very special mode from PUBG Corp, titled 'Event Mode' will bring to life a slew of different game modes and types for players in a rotative fashion.
At the moment 'Event Mode' is available on the test servers and has been described by PUBG Corp as "periodically changing preset Custom Game where we will be trying new things and experimenting with different game parameters."
Currently, players can join in on the test server fun, joining as a eight-player squad that will be dropping into Erangel with double the drop rates for rifles. PUBG Corp has said that this is just the beginning for 'Event Mode', here is what they had to say "We know it's not a huge change from the public matches, this is just to get things rolling, the future of the Event Mode holds exciting things!"
A Japanese peripheral company has decided to provide Nintendo Switch owners with the option of picking up a custom Joy-Cons that feature a D-pad.
This custom Joy-Con may sound like a great idea for "retro games and fighting games" but keep in mind the product does come with a considerable downside.
Hori, the peripheral company making the custom Joy-Con will NOT feature the following: an accelerometer, gyro sensor, wireless connection, SL or SR button support, Player LED or Sync. Meaning players will only have the option of using the custom Joy-Con when attached the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo has decided to gift their Nintendo Switch owners with a eShop sales in both Europe and North America. The sales range from games that are well known on the Switch to amazing indie titles.
If you are interested in adding some new titles to your Nintendo Switch, you will be glad to know if you check the Nintendo eShop this week you will be bombarded with sales across the board.
A special thanks to Resetera user "Captain of Outer Space" for providing a full list of the titles that are on sale for not only the Nintendo Switch, but all other Nintendo eShop sale compatible products as well. Examples of some well known titles on sale are Rocket League, Steamworld Dig and Brawlout, check out the full list here.
If are not good at Sea of Thieves and notice that you are being resurrected quite a lot then sadly I have some bad news for you, Rare will soon be implementing a gold-fee charge for players to re-spawn.
Rare has addressed this new mechanic in their recent release notes which can be found here. The new change will usher in the Captain of the Ferry of the Damned asking players for a "small gold fee" once they perish.
Rare discusses that the "rates are dependent on the cause of death, so the more avoidable the death, the less patience the Captain will have when we enable this feature!" Many players are expressing concern about this update, saying that spawn camping could happen or even that this could be a incentive for players to purchase more gold through future microtransactions.