It's about time that we're hearing about next-gen games, with a new post by a former GameFan magazine editor on ResetEra talking about a new unreleased next-gen tech demo of an upcoming open-world game in development for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Scarlett, and PC.
The poster said that this new open-world game looked better than Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us 2, specifically saying that those two games in terms of scope, lighting, and environment dynamics "aren't even in the same time zone" as this next-gen open-world game.
In its early state the game was reportedly at 25-30FPS with the poster saying it was in an "early, early, early" form of development, noting that he "actually said out loud WTF when I first saw it". He pointed to the quality of the shadows being a highlight of this game, saying: "When they were swaying in the wind they were casting moving shadows with f**king PERFECT detail. No shimmering or stairstepping at all".
Better yet, there were reportedly 75-100 branches and 100s of leaves on a single bush... with the poster adding: "Casting. Perfect.Fucking. Shadows. Keep in mind this was just a random, whateverthef**k bush!"
Tomorrow the Nintendo Switch will be hit with one of CD Projekt RED's most nostoriously amazing titles, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Just before the games release we have already got a framerate test and it actually looks good!
If you have played The Witcher 3, you understand that the game is small by no means. This raised the question to gamers to how much the game will be down-scaled to run on the Nintendo Switch's hardware. While also in conjuction with that question is 'what framerate will it run at?'
Luckily before the release of the game, we already have some gameplay footage to look at. The above footage has come from Pixelacos Gameplays and it shows The Witcher 3 running on the Nintendo Switch in docked mode at a solid 30FPS. The game looks incredibly down-scaled when compared to its beautiful PC or console counter-parts, but that the expected price to be paid for a large game to go portable. The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch will be arriving on the hand-held console tomorrow.
The previous rumors of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare having supply drops or loot boxes have been squashed, with Infinity Ward Art Director Joel Emslie, confirming that IW is not working on any form of system like this for COD: Modern Warfare.
In a recent post on the official Modern Warfare subreddit, Emslie explained: "Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare. What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system. Also, functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY. Stay tuned, we're planning to release info this week".
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare might not have supply drops or loot boxes, but that doesn't mean there are no microtransactions at all. Infinity Ward confirmed the game will indeed have microtransactions, but they should be limited to just cosmetic items inside of the game. We hope. It's not like Activision-Blizzard needs anymore drama right now... right???
The release of Death Stranding is right around the corner and while many gamers have pre-ordered Hideo Kojima's mystery title, how much space will they need available on their system for the install?
According to a snag by ResetEra user, vestan who was looking through Best Buy yesterday and found the listing for the Death Stranding LE PS4 Pro, Death Stranding will require "55GB minimum". This number is located at the bottom of the image, and judging on the size of games that have been recently released, and the world that we have seen in Death Stranding - I think its safe to assume there could be some kind of day one patch. If not a day one patch, the box art could be accounting for a potential future patch.
Then again, Kojima and his team could of done some incredible work on this title and managed to squeeze the entire title down into the Bluray disc space. This would be the best case scenario for gamers, as they wouldn't have to account for potentially more disk space than 55GB. Obviously for those gamers who have the larger storage consoles with not-so-many-games this won't be an issue, but for gamers who have limited storage space on their consoles, its very beneficial to know big their coming game is. Death Stranding is releasing on PlayStation on November 11th.
Just this past Friday, Uber announced new plans to acquire an ownership percentage of the company Cornershop, who is a leading grocery delivery service.
Cornershop is currently leading in grocery deliveries in Chile and Mexico, and if the acquisition gets through the regulatory boards Uber could be moving into the grocery delivery business. According to Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, "Whether it's getting a ride, ordering food from your favorite restaurant, or soon, getting groceries delivered, we want Uber to be the operating system for your everyday life."
He continued and said "We're excited to partner with the team at Cornershop to scale their vision, and look forward to working with them to bring grocery delivery to millions of consumers on the Uber platform." Its possible that after the legals are finalized Uber will make an 'Uber Groceries' app that will directly compete with the likes of already established grocery delivery services Instacart, AmazonFresh, Walmart, and others.
Anyone who plays Apex Legends and has used, or been annihilated with the Charge Rifle knows that it is completely over powered and was going to be nerfed. So it should come as no surprise that developer Respawn Entertainment is about to do just that.
Respawn posted on the Trello board about the upcoming changes to Apex Legends, with the team explaining: "Current Charge Rifle balance is not where it should be. Changes incoming". Personally, I love the Charge Rifle but I do agree it is overpowered. I think it should have its own ammo and made to be used sparingly, versus using energy ammo that allows you to have hundreds of super-powered rounds.
On top of that, you can dump a sniper scope on the Charge Rifle and have crazy long distances of fodder to turn to dust.
Now this is something I can get behind -- NVIDIA beginning a new game remastering program that would see older games receive some gorgeous new ray tracing effects.
NVIDIA has a new job listing that is looking for an executive producer to run a new RTX Remaster project, with the job listing asking seeing NVIDIA "cherry-picking some of the greatest titles from the past decades and bringing them into the ray-tracing age, giving them state-of-the-art visuals while keeping the gameplay that made them great".
The new team will be called NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios, with NVIDIA building a team of "talented, dedicated game developers who are ready to get going quickly". This is music to my ears... with the Lightspeed Studios team forming in 2015 and looked after remaking older PC games and getting them onto Android devices, but now they're all systems go into injecting RTX into classic PC games?
In what appears to get a gigantic marketing stunt, Epic Games has literally deleted Fortnite from the internet after the end of their Season 10 'The End' event.
Twitch streamer 'CouRage' was in the middle of a game of Fortnite when it all happened, with a huge asteroid appearing above the map -- which then started flaring up as it entered the atmosphere and then blasted into the planet. This explosion caused a black hole which sucked everything into it, with CouRage capturing the entire event live with his reaction, including goosebumps.
Epic is now live streaming the black hole on the official Fortnite Twitch channel, where at the time of writing there were close to 40,000 people streaming it. Better yet, Epic has a new mystery for its upcoming 'Chapter 2' with a bunch of numbers -- which is giving me Lost vibes.
Since CD Projekt RED is only working on two franchises (Witcher and Cyberpunk), they're probably not done with the medieval fantasy RPG. Now one dev says he'd like to do more Witcher games...and that could happen quite soon.
We've been collecting evidence of a new Witcher game for years now. Although The Witcher 3 is the end of Geralt's epic journey, there's still room to explore the franchise, and CD Projekt RED isn't about to give up the lucrative IP. Even as CDPR works on the titanic Cyberpunk 2077 with its next-gen visuals, insane engine tech, and immersive freedom, the studio is also developing a mysterious AAA RPG. Right from the start I speculated this could be Witcher-related, especially given its 2021 release deadline, which would firmly plant it in next-gen console territory.
Now in a recent interview with GameSpot at PAX Australia, CD Projekt RED Krakow studio head John Mamais expressed interest in making new Witcher games.
Steam is launching a new feature that allows offline local co-op games to be played online, but there's some limitations.
Introducing Remote Play Together, a new Steam mode lets you play local-only arcade-style games like Cuphead or Killer Queen Black with friends on the internet. It's a way for developers to extend playtime and reach for audiences on PC, and potentially make more sales. Valve says that all local co-op games will be automatically entered into Remote Play Together beta.
The logistics are quite similar to the PS4's Share Play functionality, which basically streams gameplay to another console via a connected network.