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Resident Evil 3 Remake likely optimized for next-gen consoles

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 59 mins ago

Inside sources say Resident Evil 3: Remake is set for 2020, which is pretty exciting. But what's even more exciting is how it should be optimized for next-gen consoles.

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Pretty much every game releasing in 2020 will be optimized for next-gen consoles in some way. We don't know exactly how this will work, but expect enhancement patches to roll out for games released prior to the PS5 and Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020. Games released during next-gen rollout should be fully optimized for each platform, complete with a separate SKU for next-gen systems.

Capcom is among the major heavy-hitting publishers who are banking big on next-gen. The company only released one major game in FY2019 (Monster Hunter World: Iceborne) and sent a clear message to investors: They're ramping up their biggest games for next-gen consoles. Capcom's COO already confirmed the REngine is being used to craft new titles on next-gen consoles, and we expect Resident Evil 3 Remake to be one of them.

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Half-Life: Alyx is basically practice for more Half-Life games

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 32 mins ago

Half-Life: Alyx is just the beginning of Half-Life's comeback story, and Valve reveals why they chose to make a VR-exclusive game rather than jump right into Half-Life 3.

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The new Half-Life game isn't what we expected. It's a VR-only Half-Life 2 prequel that aims to be virtual reality's killer app and justify Valve's massive investment into the still-fringe platform. But it also serves another big role: Half-Life: Alyx is basically a practice run for new Half-Life projects. It's a way to get Valve back into the groove of the franchise, all while learning new things about Source 2 like optimizing graphics, textures, and FPS mechanics. A lot of what Valve learns from Half-Life: Alyx can translate into other Half-Life games, even if they're not VR projects.

In a recent interview with Geoff Keighley, Valve programmers talked about how Half-Life: Alyx is a stepping stone to new things. The team might not be ready to work on Half-Life 3 just yet, but this new VR project will help pave the way to that magical threequel.

"Back in 2016, when we started this, Half-Life 3 was a terrifyingly daunting prospect, right? I think to some extent VR was a way we could fool ourselves into believing we had a way to do this," said Valve's Robin Walker.

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Borderlands 3's first DLC has you robbing Handsome Jack's casino

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 9 mins ago

Borderlands 3 is getting four story DLCs throughout its lifetime, and the first one brings Handsome Jack back (well...kind of).

Introducing Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, Borderlands 3's brand new wacky DLC. The expansion sees gamers hijacking Handsome Jack's interstellar floating casino (not unlike Gargantua-2 from The Venture Bros.) and absolutely destroying everything to steal that sweet loot.

You'll find lots of new gear on Handsome Jack's slot machine wonderland and blast tons of casino security bots and a few new hulking bosses--including evil Claptraps.

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Pokemon boycott didn't work, Sword and Shield sell 6 million copies

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 3 mins ago

Pokemon Sword and Shield are massive sellers on the Nintendo Switch, moving more than 6 million copies in the first three days of availability. Apparently that proposed boycott didn't achieve much.

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With its decision to cut out a lot of original iconic Pokemon from Sword and Shield (a controversy known as Dexit), GameFreak aggravated lots of fans. There were also moves that were cut, and other features watered down to make the games more friendly for new players. Many called for a boycott of the new Switch RPG duo, but the proposed boycott really didn't have an affect on game sales.

Nintendo today announced that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield together sold-through more than 6 million copies worldwide, including physical and digital purchases. This makes the duo the highest-grossing Pokemon game of all time. Nintendo also confirms the games managed to sell over 2 million copies in the United States in the launch weekend.

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Alien: Isolation is arriving on the Nintendo Switch December 5th, 2019

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 19 mins ago

Alien Isolation has been officially announced to be arriving on the Nintendo Switch before the end of this year.

The announcement comes from the official Feral Interactive Twitter account, who will also be bringing the title over to the handheld console. If you have never heard of Alien Isolation, here's a quick excerpt from the game's description: "When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday. She never made it. Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother's ship has been recovered. Amanda enters Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, only to confront an unknown menace."

The acclaimed horror title will be making its way over to the Nintendo Switch on December 5th. The title will cost $34.99, and pre-ordering is currently available via the Nintendo eShop. A link to that can be found here. It should be noted that you might have to change your region to your respective country to be able to pre-order the title.

Half-Life 3 is still possible, Valve says other Half-Life games coming

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 37 mins ago

Half-Life is back, and Valve isn't just stopping with its new prequel VR project. Other games could happen too, including that magical threequel everyone's been dying to see.

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Today Valve did the unthinkable: Not only did it announce a new game, but it announced a new Half-Life game. Unfortunately, it's not Half-Life 3. The new project, Half-Life: Alyx, is a VR-exclusive endeavor that packs a full singleplayer-driven campaign that takes place between Half-Life 1 and 2. You play as Alyx Vance in immersive, real-time VR FPS chaos--Valve built the game from the ground up for VR, and it supports motion tracking, multiple inputs, and allows for realistic interactions like dodging enemy attacks, scouring the environment for ammo and gear, and leaning around corners (to name a few).

But what about everyone who doesn't have a VR headset? Valve apparently has you covered. In a recent interview with The Verge, Valve's David Speyrer confirmed Half-Life will continue after Alyx's VR romp.

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Half-Life: Alyx supports mods via new VR-optimized Source 2 tools

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Valve just revealed Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR-exclusive shooter that takes place before Half-Life 2. And like any Half-Life game, the new VR project will support user-created mods for lots of chicanery, chaos, and fun.

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With its high-def visuals, immersive real-time combat, and realistically-reactive environments, Half-Life: Alyx looks like the killer VR app. But the real excitement could come after launch as gamers and fans alter the game with their own levels and scenarios. The game may not have multiplayer...but it has the second best thing that'll ensure it doesn't die a few months after release.

Tucked in Half-Life: Alyx announcement is confirmation of full Source 2 modding support, effectively allowing anyone to create their own unique customized slices of gameplay. Half-Life has a long history with modding and level-editing--the original game still has an active playerbase thanks to Sven Co-op and Deathmatch action--and it's great to see this tradition continue with the VR project.

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Sega Saturn devkits cost $77,000 back in 1995

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Games development is, and always has been, pretty expensive. Even back in the day when 3D gaming was just hitting its stride, a Sega Saturn devkit would cost over $70,000...and that's not even including licensing and publishing fees.

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ResetEra user Krejlooc recently got their hands-on a Sega Saturn devkit to make old-school games with. The kit came with documentation that outlined the price of all the components and tech you'd need to make a Saturn game in the 90s. The results aren't too pretty.

Making a Sega Saturn game would cost you roughly $77,000 to start (roughly $128,000 in today's dollars). That's not including your time, the miscellaneous fees required to pass and publish your game, nor does it include the astronomically expensive Indigo2 workstation used for 3D modeling way back when.

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Rumor: Capcom is developing 'Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake' for 2020

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Would it be surprising if Capcom decided to do another remake of a Resident Evil title? No it wouldn't, Resident Evil 2 Remake sold extremely well, so why wouldn't Capcom continue with the nostalgic goodness?

A new rumor has surfaced online from Spawn Wave, who has said that he has received some news privately that Capcom is currently developing the next Resident Evil remake. This remade title is rumored to be the Capcom development pipeline is none other than Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

If you remember back to the start of the year, Capcom did say that they would be willing to continue remaking old Resident Evil games if fans want them to -- in other words, if they sold well. Then in March this year a rumor came out that Capcom wasn't going to develop Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake, and that another developer was.

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Half-Life: Alyx VR is a Half-Life 2 prequel, coming March 2020

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

It's FINALLY happening! Valve just revealed a new Half-Life game, but it's exclusive to VR.

Half-Life: Alyx bridges the story between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and puts you in the shoes of Alyx Vance, complete with immersive virtual reality motion-tracking and interactive realism. You'll be able to scour the environment to find bullets on a shelf, for example, or lean around corners too shoot from cover and even dodge enemy attacks in real-time.

Half-Life: Alyx was built from the ground up specifically for VR and aims to be the platform's killer app when it releases March 2020. The game is compatible with all SteamVR headsets, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, the Valve Index, and even Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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