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Blizzard's new mobile game is MMO RTS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 11:30 pm

Back in April we reported that Blizzard is working on mobile games (because of course they are), and now it appears one of these projects will be a Massively Multiplayer Online RTS experience.




Mobile gaming is currently most lucrative segment of the games industry. Analyst firm NewZoo predicts mobile will pull in 42% or $46.1 billion of 2017's gaming revenues, with the bulk of that number earned from free-to-play titles. Suffice it to say everyone wants to get their slice of the billion-dollar industry, even Blizzard, who already has a number of billion dollar franchises in its lineup.


According to new job listing that's been scrubbed from Blizzard's site, the company is working on a new MMO RTS mobile game. "Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project," the now-deleted listing said. Blizzard's Warcraft series fits the bill perfectly.

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Rocksteady teases new game: people will lose their minds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 10:13 pm

Batman developer Rocksteady Studios has been quietly working on something big enough to make gamers 'lose their minds'.




It's been a long, long time since we've heard about any new games from Rocksteady. The devs, who are best known for their popular Batman Arkham games, released their last big project in 2015 with Arkham Knight. Next year the team put out a PlayStation VR game that put gamers into the body of the caped crusader. But what have they been working on in the last two years? Apparently it's something huge.


"Be patient, fans. I know we're not talking right now... but when we do, people are going to lose their minds. Can't wait," Rocksteady's community manager Gaz Deaves said on Twitter. So what is it? According to Kotaku, WB Montreal is making a new Batman game, possibly focused on Damien Wayne. However given the shake-ups that happened at the studio, it's possible Rocksteady has taken on the project.

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BioWare's new online shooter Anthem will have beta tests

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 8:16 pm

Anthem is the most ambitious game BioWare has ever made, and it's only prudent that the online shooter will have a beta test to provide feedback and gain invaluable data.



Any major online-based game needs a beta test. Online games like World of Warcraft or Destiny have infinitely complex systems that must all properly align at all times to ensure hundreds of behind-the-scenes infrastructures work at all times, and devs are constantly gathering and analyzing data to ensure their online gaming experiences are in tip-top shape. BioWare's new game Anthem, which sounds and looks like the developer's unique answer to Destiny, is no different--it needs a beta test (many of them in fact). While it shouldn't be a surprise to most gamers, Anthem game director Jonathan Warner confirmed the shooter will have a beta. Just don't expect it any time soon.


As far as official details, we have a nice idea of what Anthem is. We know that BioWare has been working on it for years and years now, and that it represents a massive turning point for the company as a brand new IP. We know that Anthem is a direct result of Electronic Arts' new focus on action-based games.


We know that the game features mech suits that players step into and fly around a beautiful, open world and blast fearsome baddies with third-person shooter mechanics. Anthem isn't sci-fi like Mass Effect, but sci-fantasy, like Star Wars. It isn't any one genre, though: it's what's described as genre-melding and BioWare says it'll incorporate action, shooter, RPG and deep story and lore the studio is known for.

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Wii Shop marketplace shuts down in 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 5:23 pm

Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii Shop Channel in 2019 and effectively cut off all access to marketplace games, Gematsu reports.




Shortly after announcing MiiVerse's closure, Nintendo is killing off another facet of its legacy systems: the Wii's digital games shop. The Wii Shop Channel will be closed on January 31, 2019, according to reports, and users will no longer be able to add currency to their accounts to buy games after March 31, 2018 (which, coincidentally, is the end of Nintendo's fiscal year). Games can only be purchased on the shop via points, so if you've had your eye on classic VirtualConsole games to play on the Wii U or Wii, now's the time to load up your digital wallet.


Users will still be able to re-download games they own after the shop closes, Nintendo says, but eventually this too will be shut off, effectively turning your games library into copies of P.T. -- if you delete it, or something happens to your HDD, your games are gone forever.

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Seagate join Bain Captial consortium in Toshiba purchase

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 2:21 pm

Yesterday we reported that Toshiba had sold its memory division for $18 billion to the Bain Capital consortium, Seagate have today confirmed their participation in the Bain Capital consortium to acquire Toshiba Memory Corporation. Seagate have committed $1.25 billion in funding to the group by March 2018, in return Seagate expect that this will enable a long-term NAND supply agreement with Toshima Memory that will provide NAND flash chips for Seagate's expanding SSD portfolio.




"Over the course of many years, Seagate has developed an excellent long-term relationship with Toshiba Memory, and we have always been impressed with their consistent leadership in advancing NAND technology," said Steve Luczo, Seagate's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are pleased and honored to be part of the Bain Capital consortium and to help facilitate maintaining Toshiba Memory as a world leading independent NAND technology company. We know that Bain Capital is dedicated to the long-term success of Toshiba Memory and believe this acquisition is in the long-term best interests of our industry and of storage customers worldwide."

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WWE 2K18 to be released on Steam same time as consoles

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 1:34 pm

I will admit that I'm a closet wrestling fan, I have signed Hulk Hogan merchandise and more WWE DVD's than any 31-year-old man should own. I also purchase the yearly installments of the WWE 2K series on PC, mainly for the updated rosters and regret nothing.




As all WWE 2K PC gamers are aware, the PC port has always been released much later than the console versions, usually six months post release. Sure, we get most the DLC included but the roster is always outdated and never made sense why 2K couldn't simultaneously release on all platforms.




Finally, WWE 2K18 on PC will finally launch same day as consoles, October 17. Steam is the chosen platform as expected, joining Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. 2K are offering some enticing pre-order DLC that allows four day early access (only on consoles) and playable Kurt Angle.

Synology launches the DS418play 4-bay NAS

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 12:45 pm

Synology have released their latest 4-bay NAS that is perfect for serving as an ultra-high definition multimedia center, introducing the DiskStation DS418play. Powered by a new 2.0GHz (2.5Ghz boost) Intel Celeron dual-core processor, the DS418play supports real-time transcoding for up two channels of H.264/H.265 4K video simultaneously. This NAS also features 2GB DDR3L memory, which can be expanded up to 6GB and Dual 1GbE LAN ports.




"Mobile devices supporting 4K video recording are becoming increasingly popular. However, since 4K video clips are capacity-consuming and not all TVs at home support 4K video playback, users tend to record videos with lower resolution as an alternative," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. "With DS418play supporting up to 40TB of raw capacity, users can store their favorite videos in ultra-high definition, organize and share videos with families and friends effortlessly, and transcode videos on-the-fly to allow video playback on devices that do not support 4K."

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds now has its own company

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 12:05 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is now so big it has its own dedicated company, showing that Bluehole is keen on not being squeezed out of the battle royale market by its competitors.




Today games publisher Bluehole announced the PUBG Corporation, a new subsidiary made up of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developers and helmed by game producer Chang-han Kim, who will serve as CEO for the company. The PUBG Corporation is making big plans for expansion across the globe to ensure the service-based shooter grows to new staggering heights; the company says it's established a branch in the United States, and will do the same in Europe and Japan. The PUBG Corporation is just the beginning of Bluehole's plans for world domination. The company says it will launch a "variety of new businesses including esports and prepare for PUBG to become a global IP franchise."


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is one of (if not the) most popular PC games in the games industry, and has smashed multiple records and milestones on its meteoric rise to success. At TweakTown we've chronicled the last-man-standing game's stunning performance on Steam, where it sold 10 million copies and is still climbing.

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SteelSeries release new APEX 150 gaming keyboard

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 11:32 am

SteelSeries have announced the affordable APEX 150 gaming keyboard. Built upon SteelSeries' reputation of quality and innovation, the APEX 150 gaming keyboard introduces new membrane switches that provide an ultra-fast and quiet key feel with guaranteed 20-million click and splash resistance. Five-zone RGB lighting allows the user to customize their setup to suit their preference.




The APEX 150 features fully-programmable keys with advanced anti-ghosting and 24-key rollover to deliver impressive results that extreme online gaming requires. First introduced with the APEX M750, Discord integration allows for real-time chat notifications to be synced with all compatible SteelSeries illuminated products.

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Call of Duty: WWII PC multiplayer PC beta now live

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2017 10:40 am

Can't wait for the Call of Duty PC multiplayer beta to begin? Neither can developer Sledgehammer Games, who took to Twitter to announce that the PC beta is now live!


Originally set for a September 29 release, it appears that Sledgehammer Games were in a generous mood and released the PC beta a day early on Steam. There's been no official confirmation, but expect the beta to continue through to October 2 as originally planned.

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