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The next generation consoles are at least a year from announcement, so unless a company decides to pull a fast one and release earlier, they are still a good distance out. We've reported several rumors over the past months about the specs of the upcoming next generation consoles. Of course, these could be completely off base.
And, that's what it sounds like as John Carmack is saying to not expect much improvement out of the next generation consoles. About the only feature he expects to be present in the next generation is the horse power to render games at 1080p and 60fps. Currently, games are rendered at 720p and 30fps, so it is a bit of improvement.
Any creative vision that a designer could come up with, we can do a pretty good job representing on current generation and certainly on PC. In many ways I am not all that excited about the next generation. It will let us do everything we want to do now, with the knobs turned up. If you take a current game like Halo which is a 30 hertz game at 720p; if you run that at 1080p, 60 frames with high dynamic frame buffers, all of a sudden you've sucked up all the power you have in the next-generation. It will be what we already have, but a lot better.
Carmack suggests that virtual reality is where gaming should be heading. Keep in mind, however, that he is working on a set of virtual reality glasses, so he could be a wee bit biased.
After a reported eight-year development, Max Payne 3 has not done so well. According to last month's NPD numbers, actual sales figures of Rockstar's slow-mo, kill-lotsa-dudes game, Max Payne 3, has only sold 440,000 copies.
Considering that new IP from Rockstar from last year, LA Noire, pushed over 900,000 copies, one would think an already-established IP like Max Payne would do better. But it has fallen short of industry expectations with Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter calling the game "a flop".
Pachter cites the eight-year development, and claiming "Rockstar put off releasing GTA" to work on Max Payne 3. Have you picked up the game yet? I've only played through around 20 minutes of it and have enjoyed it so far, but it's hard to play the game with a broken wrist and cast! 4 more weeks until I can thrash through it!
Bethesda Softworks have announced that the Doom 3 enhanced re-release of Doom 3 is coming out just before Halloween, on October 16. Doom 3 "BFG Edition" hits PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and will retail for $40 on the consoles, and $30 for the PC.
Doom 3 BFG Edition includes Resurrection of Evil and "The Lost Mission", all in glorious 3D, 5.1 surround sound, achievements, improved rendering and lighting as well as a new checkpoint save system. The improvements don't end there, also included is an armor-mounted flashlight "allowing players to illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time".
Doom 3 BFG Edition also comes with the original Doom and Doom 3, making the BFG Edition the "definitive collection" for the series.
It looks as though the Call of Duty franchise is hopping over to Sony's PlayStation Vita, with Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified. Mobile gaming has just received an injection of first-person shooter gaming thanks to Declassified.
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is an original fiction tale in the COD: Black Ops universe featuring an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Declassified is optimized for gamers on-the-go, and "delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored to the PS Vita".
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is due out during the holidays, exclusively to the PS Vita.
Thanks to a 56-page leaked document, more details of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox 720 have emerged. The presentation looks to be from quite sometime ago, August 2010, and is loaded with future improvements such as SmartGlass, a Metro dashboard and Xbox TV apps.
Microsoft list their clear vision for the Xbox 720, including Blu-ray, native 3D output, and glasses, concurrent apps, additional sensor and peripheral support. They've also teased us with a '6X performance increase', as well as mention of true 1080p output with full 3D support, as well as an "always on" state for the Xbox 720.
The document tells us that the Xbox 720 is designed to be scalable in the number of CPU cores and their frequencies, it seems that the Redmond-based company have been finding it hard to decide between six or eight ARM-based cores, or going down the x86 route, each clocked at around 2GHz each, with 4GB of DDR4 memory as well as some backward-compatible PPC cores clocked at 3.2GHz. Backwards compatibility will be a great selling point for the Xbox 720.
Drox Operative, a new starship action RPG, is available for pre-order, get access to beta, other perks
Drox Operative is a space-based RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer. The game is now available for pre-order at a reduced price of $14.99. With your pre-order purchase, you will gain access to the latest beta build, forums for feedback, and the final game when it is released.
A bit more about the game from the company itself since they know more about it than anyone:
Eons ago the Drox ruled the galaxy through their mighty Operatives. These elite starship captains were trained to accomplish the impossible at whatever cost necessary. Whether employing stealth or brute force, they were always deadly. Using these Operatives, the Drox built a starlane system for quick travel amongst the stars, colonized and conquered millions of planets, and ruled the galaxy with an iron grip for over 100,000 years. Eventually realizing their Operatives were a threat, they attempted to assassinate all of them. They failed. The following Galactic Civil War was devastating.
Thousands of years later, the Drox are extinct, but the secretive Drox Operative guild lives on. They have learned their lesson though: loyalty to any one race is foolish. They now work for whoever can pay. And pay they do! Empires might span hundreds of planets and thousands of ships, but when a critical task arises, they still turn to an Operative
How often have you seen someone cheating during online multiplayer action? Usually companies just ban the offending accounts, if they even do that. Rockstar is taking an interesting approach to punishing cheaters in the new Max Payne 3 game by forcing them to play with each other by placing them in a "Cheater's Pool."
It doesn't matter what the person did wrong. If they are a "confirmed miscreant," they will be added into the "Cheater's Pool." Rockstar is giving users one chance to get back out of the Cheater's Pool, but if they misbehave again, they will be left there permanently, doomed to play the game only with other cheaters.
Rockstar can't manage this all by themselves, however, so they are calling upon users in the game to report suspicious activity. Basically like a neighborhood watch, Rockstar asks users to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the platform (PC, Xbox360, PS3), the cheater's screenname, a description of the activity, and, if possible, hard evidence like a screenshot or video.
Rockstar cautions would-be reporters that they only want to hear about legitimate cheaters. There is no point e-mailing them about legitimate tactics such as camping as those aren't cheating. Not only are they not cheating, but the invalid reports also take away time that could be devoted to catching real cheaters.
Epic has released a YouTube video demoing the capabilities of their next generation graphics engine. Unreal Engine 4 is designed to run on next-gen consoles and push the limit for DirectX 11 games on PCs. Unreal Engine 4 has been under construction for some time now, and is finally nearing completion.
The most world-class game engine to date, Unreal Engine 4 gives you the power to do more than ever before. Unreal Engine 4's architecture offers fully dynamic lighting features, cutting down on development time and ensuring less iteration on creative ideas.
Artists and designers can bring their creative visions to life directly in game without programmer assistance via the new Unreal Kismet. This offers programmers the freedom to focus on core gameplay features and sophisticated systems. With significant new visual features, Unreal Engine 4 enables you to achieve high-end visuals, while remaining both scalable and accessible to make games for low-spec PCs.
I can't wait to see this new engine unleashed and the games that come with it. Unreal-powered games have always been fun and graphically good, and this new engine appears to not disappoint. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.
Sources around the web are indicating that Crytek, the studio behind the hit series Crysis, is moving towards producing free-to-play games with pay-to-play budgets. This means that Crysis 3 is likely the last retail title we will see from the Crytek team. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli let the cat out of the bag to Videogamer.com.
Right now we are in the transitional phase of our company, transitioning from packaged goods games into an entirely free-to-play experience.
What this entails is that our future, all the new games that we're working on, as well new projects, new platforms and technologies, are designed around free-to-play and online, with the highest quality development.
These free-to-play games will be serious, online games that are near console quality. Budgets should be in the range of $10-30 million which will produce some great quality games. Crytek has already teamed up with Trion on one of these games to create a free, online FPS game called Warface. We reported on the game, which is live in Russia and in closed beta in China, from E3.
Valve's Source engine arrived in 2004 and has powered some truly great games such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike: Source, and more. Now the game engine is stepping over into movies where it will be used in the upcoming movie 'Deep'.
Deep is a small-budget animated movie, utilising the Source engine as its a low-cost solution for real-time rendering and editing. Thanks to the partnership between the developer and film producer, Deep could be the first movie released on Steam. Deep is an animated film set in the post-apocalyptic landscape of World War III, where the remaining few members of mankind huddle together in abandoned ship hulls, struggling to survive.
Deep has a budget of a shave under $19 million. This could be a step in a very interesting direction for Valve, and Steam.