'Dishonored' studio co-founder steps down after 18 years
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 5:57 pm

Today the founder of Arkane Studios, Raf Colantonio, announced that after 18 years with the company, he is now stepping down. In a statement Colantonio said, "It is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is important to me and my future."

Source: Bethesda

'Crackdown 3' lives in the shadow cast by 'Agents of Mayhem'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 4:00 pm

Microsoft's biggest hurdle with Crackdown 3 isn't its rumored troubled development cycle, it's that Agents of Mayhem exists and is coming out first. Both share a similar premise: You're a superpowered human given free reign over a cartoony open world. There are plenty of physics-based shenanigans that result from shooting harpoon rifles at snipers and black hole guns at gang members in both, and each has a familiar structure of taking out a crime syndicate from the bottom up.

The difference lies in the execution: There are a lot of cooks working on Crackdown 3 -- some brand new to the franchise -- while Mayhem's team is a group of seasoned open-world veterans.

Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 3:03 pm

Twitch Partners get a lot of perks, including extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, financial support and the ability for fans to subscribe to their channels for $5, $10 or $25 per month. Starting this week, Twitch Affiliates -- streamers who make money on the site but aren't yet Partnered -- will also be able to collect monthly dues from their most dedicated viewers. Affiliate streamers will have the option to offer subscriptions at all three tiers, alongside one custom emote per payment level.

NYU lands New York City's ambitious VR/AR hub
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 3:30 pm

New York City is diving into VR in a big way with the launch of a virtual/alternate reality hub at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. It'll serve to nurture companies and projects relying on the new technologies, with the hopes of cementing NYC as a place where AR/VR can thrive. The hub will be backed by $6 million in funding from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as NYC's Economic Development Corporation. The city also claims that the NYU lab will also be the first publicly funded VR/AR hub in the country.

Source: NYU

How Troy Baker's Naughty Dog work influenced 'Shadow of War'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 9:21 am

Troy Baker has lent his voice and performances to some of the biggest games of the past decade. From six roles across Darksiders 2 to playing Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite or stepping into The Joker's shoes in Batman: Arkham Origins, you might not realize it's actually him delivering the lines until you see the credits. That's because he approaches each performance incredibly differently.

With Middle-earth: Shadow of War his job was particularly complex: In addition to reprising his role as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor who's more or less possessed by an undead prince, Baker served as the director for all of the game's performance-capture story sequences.

For that task, Baker relied on his experience with director Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog and his roles in the studio's The Last of Us (TLoU) and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Naughty Dog is widely regarded as having some of the best performances and shot composition in video game story sequences -- there are definitely worse places to look to for inspiration.

The Morning After: Tuesday, June 27th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 6:30 am

Welcome to Tuesday. Nintendo is reviving the SNES, Amazon's Echo with a screen is here and we look at how iOS 11 is shaping up.

Zombie shooter 'Arizona Sunshine' invades PSVR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2017, 5:02 am

When zombie apocalypse VR game Arizona Sunshine came out for SteamVR and the Oculus Rift last year, it quickly became the game everyone name-checked when talking about good VR. The game went on to sell more than more than $1.4 million in first month after release. It also won the VR Game of the Year award from Upload VR. Now, the immersive shooter is headed to Sony's popular PlayStation VR headset on Tuesday, June 27th.

Source: Arizona Sunshine

Here's what Nintendo needs to do to make the SNES Classic great 
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 4:50 pm

Before Nintendo unveiled the Switch, its new hybrid game console, to the world, it re-released an old one. The NES Classic Edition was an adorably small box of nostalgia packed with some of the best games for Nintendo's original home console. Now, the company is doing it again -- on September 29th, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will put games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country and Mega Man X back in the living room. Hopefully, it'll do that while improving on the faults of Nintendo's first throwback machine.

Nintendo swears the SNES Classic won't sell out so quickly
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 3:37 pm

Nintendo's sales strategy for the NES Classic Edition was frustrating, to put it mildly. It shipped so few systems that they sold out almost immediately, and killed the product despite loads of pent-up demand. Will it learn from its mistakes now that the SNES Classic is on its way? Apparently, the answer is yes... maybe. The gaming giant has put out a statement (you can read it below) promising that it'll ship "significantly more" SNES Classics than it did last year's retro console. It's not divulging numbers (that would be spilling trade secrets), but this suggests you might not have to pre-order right away to bring one home. However, you probably don't want to get your hopes up just yet.

Source: Time

DHS has a video game-like trainer for active shooter incidents
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 1:19 pm

Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate announced the release of a virtual training platform for active shooter incidents. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, or EDGE, is a program that creates a virtual active shooter scenario through which first responders can train themselves. EDGE launches today and is free for all first responders.

Source: Department of Homeland Security

Exceedingly difficult ‘TumbleSeed’ just got a bit easier
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 11:46 am

For those who have struggled through and given up on the exceptionally difficult rogue-like TumbleSeed (don't worry, we had a hard time too), a patch was just released that makes the game a bit easier to navigate. The team behind TumbleSeed has acknowledged the game's flaws and where they went wrong in their design, explaining the situation in a detailed blog post.

Source: Aeiowu

The SNES Classic is real, arrives on September 29th for $80
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 12:07 pm

The delicious rumors are true: Nintendo is gearing up to launch the SNES Classic, a miniaturized version of the glorious original Super Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Nintendo's Twitter account, the system will be available on September 29th with 21 games built-in -- including the never-released Star Fox 2.

Source: Nintendo

Live out your stunt driver dreams in 'Final Fantasy XV'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 10:14 am

Final Fantasy XV's latest update isn't that Prompto spin-off episode you've been waiting for, but it does give you a new ride: the Type-D off-roader. (We'll accept the substitution.) Yes, you can finally leave the confines of Eos' roads and highways and tear up the countryside, gifted not only with monster truck tires but also a "jump" button for avoiding anything in your way and... just leaping off really tall things.

Nintendo bolsters 'Arms' eSports appeal with LAN play
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 11:14 am

Nintendo's Arms, the rollicking cross between Punch Out and Wii Sports Boxing (with beefed-up motion controls), is receiving another in a long line of promised updates. The most notable addition in version 1.1.0 is LAN play, allowing players to hookup multiple Switch consoles using a wired LAN adapter (that can be purchased separately) for extra stability during multiplayer battles.

Source: Nintendo

The Morning After: Monday, June 26th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2017, 6:00 am

It's Monday morning, and we're talking about how tweets are now official presidential statements, the problem with the console wars and Snapchat Specs made for underwater.

Ben Heck’s ultimate Nintendo Switch mod
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2017, 9:30 am

Max is struggling with his Nintendo Switch, and so to avoid serious hand surgery, Ben is modding a Nintendo Switch JoyCon to move the analogue stick. This gives Ben the perfect opportunity to void the warranty on the JoyCon and tear it down to see how it works. Thankfully, the modification is pretty simple, and with an extension to a ribbon cable and movement of a connector, Ben helps Max avoid the surgery he thought he needed. Which game controllers would you want altering? What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? Let us know over on the element14 Community.

Recommended Reading: Apple's original television aspirations
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2017, 12:30 pm

Apple Is a Step
Closer to Making
Its Own TV Shows

David Sims,
The Atlantic

While the company's television aspirations remain largely a mystery, Apple hired two big names this week to help build its slate of original shows. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents of Sony Pictures Television, will make the move to Cupertino this summer with experience making hits like Damages, Breaking Bad, Justified and other series. The Atlantic offers a look at what this means for Apple and what we can expect from Eddy Cue & Co. in the months to come.

'Rocket League' will die without cross-console multiplayer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2017, 11:00 am

All online games eventually die. But the difference between the original version of World of Warcraft and, say, Call of Duty: Ghosts is that WoW was more of a service on an open system (PC). Players were able to gradually migrate to its annual expansions, while remaining a part of the overall population.

Comparatively, CoD is a franchise with annual sequels on several different pieces of hardware, each with cordoned off players who jump from one game to the next. But sometimes you don't want to stop playing a game just because seemingly everyone has moved on after 14 months. Rocket League developer Psyonix's Jeremy Dunham has an idea for how to fix these fractured player bases: opening up cross-platform multiplayer.

Sony is losing its grip on the indie market
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2017, 9:30 am

Here we go again.

In 2011, Microsoft was the indie king. The industry was just blossoming thanks to services like Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, which introduced independent games to huge, hungry audiences. Indie Game: The Movie was about to debut, giving fans a deep, behind-the-scenes look at the perils and triumphs of small-scale development. The Xbox 360 served as the foundational platform for the film's major projects, Super Meat Boy, Fez and Braid.

And then, the pendulum swung -- in 2012, Journey landed exclusively on the PS3. It served as a lightning rod for discussions about emotion and art in video games, and it gave Sony the momentum to transform its indie ecosystem. By July 2013, Sony had opened up its processes, allowing indie developers to self-publish their games on the company's next console, the PlayStation 4. Even Microsoft still required indies to partner with established publishers, at this point.

Microsoft attempted to regain its indie dominance with the ID@Xbox program, though that turned out to be more complicated than most developers would have liked. The launch of the Xbox One was a low-key disaster, while Sony continually dropped the mic, showcasing indie games at E3 to widespread acclaim while Microsoft played catch-up. As recently as E3 2015, Sony's head hung heavy with indie jewels.

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2017, 8:00 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have Galaxy Note 8 rumors, and information about an Amazon beehive -- we'll explain.

Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2017, 11:02 pm

Earlier this month, Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two angered the PC gaming community after sending a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allowed people to create modifications for GTA IV and GTA V single player, but according to its creators, the letter said their tool could "allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights." Facing the threat of legal action, they announced on June 14th that they would stop distributing OpenIV.

Source: Rockstar Games Support, OpenIV

‘Modern Warfare Remastered’ heads to PS4 without the bundle
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2017, 5:36 pm

If you were disappointed that you had to keep the $80 disc for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in your gaming rig to be able to play the better-reviewed Modern Warfare remaster, you're in luck. Publisher Activision has announced that it will reverse the classic bait and switch tactic it employed with Infinite Warfare by putting out Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone title on June 27th. Of course, it's not all straightforward, as the title will only be available for PS4 as a disc or digital download (at first). We've reached out to Activision for more specific information on other platform release dates.

Source: Activision

'Pokémon Go' badasses can now play Raid Battles
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2017, 2:02 pm

Some Pokémon Go players can now start working in groups to take on powerful creatures in Raid Battles, one of the long-awaited features for the popular augmented reality game. There's a catch, though: Pokémon trainers have to be level 35 and up to access the new co-op mode, so don't get too excited if you're a noob. In addition to that, developer Niantic says the Raid Battles are only live at "select" Pokémon Go Gyms around the world, though it's unclear which exactly. Those of you who do happen to be near one will have the chance to capture rare Pokémon and unlock a handful of other rewards, such as Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries and different types of Technical Machines.

Source: Pokémon Go (Twitter)

Keiichi Yano wants to make a music game with heart
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2017, 10:40 am

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild West.
A state that's untouchable like Eliot Ness."

It's rare for a video-game developer to rap during an interview. It's rarer still for him to recite a Tupac track with perfect pitch and cadence. But that's Keiichi Yano, the Tokyo-based game designer behind cult classics Gitaroo Man and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, better known as Elite Beat Agents in the West. He loves music and will happily talk for hours about jazz, electronica or the intricacies of mumble rap.

'Overwatch’ loot boxes will have fewer duplicates
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2017, 11:02 am

Players of Overwatch and Hearthstone should pay attention to Blizzard. The company has made two separate announcements that will significantly affect the loot systems in both games.

Via: Gamasutra

Source: Overwatch, Hearthstone

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