The ‘Fortnite’-sized ‘PUBG’ map goes live Friday
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 3:08 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' third map 'Sanhok' will officially go live with a new patch on Friday, June 22nd. Its small-scale area (4km x 4km, a quarter the size of the other two and similar to Fortnite's map sizes) is expected to make for quicker games, and will come with a map-exclusive weapon that replaces the fan-favorite SCAR-L rifle. For now, Sanhok will be exclusive to the PC version.

Via: Polygon

Source: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Steam blog

'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto Android next month
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 4:33 pm

Alto's Odyssey, the sequel to the classic snowboarding endless runner Alto's Adventure, is headed to Android next month. Players on iOS devices have explored the Apple Design Award-winning game's gorgeous desert landscapes since February, though Android users have had to remain patient for their own chance to test their mettle on the sandy slopes. You can pre-register on Google Play now, and receive a notification when the game's available, which will be sometime in July.

Alto's Odyssey is coming to Android next month! Pre-Register today on @GooglePlay and be the first to get notified at launch 💚

— Alto's Odyssey (@altosadventure) June 19, 2018

Source: Alto's Odyssey (Twitter), Google Play

Some of the most popular PS4 titles now cost just $20
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 12:41 pm

In keeping with tradition, Sony has introduced a selection of best-selling PS4 games for a discount. 'PlayStation Hits' will offer titles like Metal Gear Solid V, Doom, Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 for $20. The game line will be available online and in stores -- just look for the red banner at the top of the box.

Source: PlayStation blog

GameStop confirms buyout talks as downloads take their toll
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 11:42 am

It won't shock you to hear that GameStop has been suffering as downloads have taken off. Now, however, it might be looking for help. In the wake of a Reuters leak, GameStop has confirmed that it's in talks about a "potential transaction." While the retail chain is shy about what those discussions involve and isn't promising a deal, the sources claimed that the chats were in response to "buyout interest" from private equity companies like Sycamore Partners.

Via: Reuters

Source: GameStop

Twitch allows everyone to customize streams with multiple tools
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 12:00 pm

Twitch's work on Extensions -- video overlays and visual embellishments for streams -- keeps plugging along. Today the broadcasting service announced that now every user can turn on up to three different video overlays and a trio of below-player Extensions for their channel. It all sounds pretty easy to use, too. Just head over to the Extensions Manager on your channel dashboard and activate the six add-ons you want. To celebrate, there are even a handful of new Extensions available from developers, some explicitly made to be combined with one another.

The Morning After: Red Rocks
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome back! We'll explain why it might be time to try Pokémon Go again and try to make our choice between a pair of excellent electric SUVs. Oh, and the president made a little announcement.

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 10:31 pm

The FIFA World Cup is already rolling along, but this week we're getting ready for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix. AMC has the season premiere of Preacher and Comedy Central brings Drunk History while Westworld wraps up season two Sunday night on HBO. For gamers there's Mario Tennis Aces and Pacific Rim: Uprising is ready to fill your robot fighting needs. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

'Westworld' mobile game puts you in control June 21st
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 2:51 pm

HBO and Warner Bros. have been teasing their Westworld mobile game for nigh-on half a year. Now, though, they finally have something to show. The Behaviour Interactive-built game is slated to arrive on June 21st -- Apple provided the date for iOS, but we've since confirmed that it's coming to Android that day as well. Whichever platform you use, the premise is the same: you're a Delos trainee running a simulation that grants ever-increasing responsibility over Westworld, requiring you to both satisfy guests and keep the robotic hosts in line.

Source: App Store (Twitter), Westworld Mobile

The WHO officially puts gaming on its list of addictions
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 4:14 pm

The World Health Organization was putting its finishing touches on the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) when it released a draft back in December. The early version of the document, which medical professionals will use like its predecessors as a baseline for classifying and defining diseases, included a condition for the first time in the ICD's history: Video game addiction. Today, the WHO finalized ICD-11 and left the gaming disorder in, enshrining it in the medical reference standard.

Source: ICD-11 | Gaming Disorder, ICD-11 | Hazardous Gaming

After two years, 'Pokémon Go' is finally letting you trade monsters
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 11:37 am

It's been almost two years since Nintendo and Niantic released the mobile hit Pokémon Go. While the game's (very) slow feature rollout has whittled down the userbase to diehard fans, interaction with the upcoming Switch games make it a good time to get back in the game. But today, the game announced it's ready to roll out a Poké-critical function that's been missing since launch day: Trading your little beasties with anyone and everyone.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Niantic

How closing a Hooters will hurt indie games at E3
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 9:30 am

The Devolver Digital parking lot has been the best part of E3 for half a decade, even though it's technically not associated with E3 at all.

A big white balloon marks the spot across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center where a handful of bullet-like Airstream trailers huddle around tents offering free beer and hot sausages wrapped in tortillas.

A giant screen sits under the shade, pixels flashing as a group of people play the latest local multiplayer game under Devolver's publishing label. Some years, an arcade controller with neon dildos as joysticks sits on a low table in front of the screen, waiting for someone to load up Genital Jousting. High-profile indie developers float in and out of the parking lot, showing off their games in the trailers and indulging in the festivities.

What happens when a pro 'League of Legends' game crashes?
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 8:03 am

Riot Games ran into an unexpected snag during the North American LCS (League of Legends Championship Series) yesterday. The MOBA crashed partway through a match between Clutch Gaming and Echo Fox, kicking all 10 players out of the session. After a lengthy pause, Riot ruled that Echo Fox had won the match, pushing the team to joint first in the summer split standings. The decision was made because Echo Fox had claimed seven towers (Clutch Gaming, meanwhile, had zero) and a substantial gold lead before the game crashed 32 minutes in. A Clutch Gaming comeback was unlikely, though fans of the organisation are still understandably pissed.

Source: lolesports (Twitter)

The Morning After: Finally, a yacht that docks itself
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Good morning! We're kicking off this week with a brief Tidal exclusive, big news from the World Cup and important information for all yacht owners. We know what our audience likes.

Xbox One preview brings FastStart loading to Game Pass
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2018, 11:11 pm

If you like the thought of speeding up access to Xbox Game Pass titles with FastStart, you don't have to wait until the finished Xbox One update arrives later in June -- you can try it right now. Microsoft has rolled out FastStart to both its Xbox One Preview Beta members as well as some Delta Ring users. As the company outlined at E3, it uses machine learning to make titles playable roughly twice as quickly as before by downloading just those elements you actually need to get started.

Source: Xbox Wire

PlayerUnknown believes ‘PUBG’ doesn’t need to beat ‘Fortnite’
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2018, 4:00 pm

Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene is in an unenviable position at the moment. His namesake game, PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds was the surprise hit of 2017, going from being an obscure work-in-progress game in Steam's Early Access section to racking up over $60 million in sales in mere months, averaging 2 million daily players on PC and getting a console port via the Xbox One -- all before it hit version 1.0. By all accounts, it looked like the game's continued success was guaranteed. Then Fortnite: Battle Royale happened. This week, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced that in just nine months time, its free-to-play spin on battle royale had accrued 125 million players. (Weeks earlier, PUBG's parent company sued Epic for alleged copyright violations.)

But Fortnite isn't the only competition for PUBG. Giants of the FPS world like Call of Duty and Battlefield have announced they're joining the fray, and others will surely follow.

Greene couldn't talk about the pending lawsuit, for obvious legal reasons, but when I spoke to him at E3 this week he was candid about the competition and his team's plans to differentiate PUBG from everyone else. Oh and to get this out of the way up front, don't expect PUBG to go free-to-play any time soon. Greene said that the team hadn't discussed it "at all."

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

'Beyond Blue' is an educational game about saving the ocean
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2018, 4:30 pm

Our oceans are in trouble. Climate change, plastic waste and overfishing are all causing tremendous damage to underwater life around the world. Inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet II series, developer E-Line Media is making a video game that focuses on the scientists who are trying to understand our impact. It's called Beyond Blue and will put you in charge of a research team with stunning technology designed to unlock new insights about the sea. Your task is simply to gather information and learn what you can about these fast-changing, human-made threats to the sea.

'Resident Evil 2' is the classic you remember but with a good camera
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2018, 5:00 pm

Wow, those intestines are really pretty.

I never expected that particular phrase to pass through my mind, but it definitely did during my playthrough of the new Resident Evil 2 remake -- and more than once. Twenty years after its launch on the original PlayStation, RE2 has been essentially rebuilt from the ground up for modern platforms and it's nearly unrecognizable, at least from a visual standpoint. Gameplay-wise, however, it feels just like RE2.

Turtle Beach's new headsets have solid audio and won't break the bank
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2018, 5:20 pm

With the rise of games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, headsets have become essential gear. Like any other personal audio purchase, there are a range of options, offering loads of features and levels of sound quality -- depending on how much you're willing to pay. At E3, Turtle Beach announced two new wired headsets that offer solid audio and decent features without breaking the bank.

Source: Turtle Beach (1), (2)

'The Last of Us: Part II' may jump between two points in time
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2018, 6:16 pm

Naughty Dog's E3 trailer for The Last of Us: Part II gave us a good idea what combat as lead character Ellie would be like, but the story is still largely a mystery. But during a panel earlier this week, game director Neil Druckmann dropped a tantalizing hint about how the game might be structured. It sounds like it won't be the totally linear affair found in the first game. Instead, the narrative may move between two different times, much the way that Left Behind (a three-hour, Ellie-focused add-on to The Last of Us) jumped between two points in time.

Steam's new data portal shows your shameful purchase history
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 2:15 am

Like other platforms and websites, Steam recently rolled out policy and product changes to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As part of those updates, it has also launched a new portal that puts all your data in one place -- and yes, it includes a list of all your games, including the ones you blindly purchased during sales that still sit unplayed and untouched in your library. It shows your subscriptions, the fund sources you used, tournament registrations and even the profiles you've reported over the years. You can also see your and your friends' activity feeds, your inventory, trades, uploaded content, broadcasts and chat messages.

Via: Gamasutra, Rock Paper Shotgun

Source: Steam

The Morning After: Jaguar's I-Pace EV takes on the Model X
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

We're close to wrapping up our reports from E3 2018, but in between the games, we have an update on a new challenger in the EV race and The Boring Company's big opportunity in Chicago.

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' on PC is all about the customization
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 8:00 am

Call of Duty is no stranger to the PC. Previous versions of the game have been available on the platform before this year's Black Ops 4, but Treyarch is putting way more energy behind the PC edition than it has in the past. That means a much larger team is working on this version of the game. There's much more attention to detail, customization and other features specifically for the PC faithful.

Telltale's quest to end 'The Walking Dead' on a high note
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 8:30 am

With its third season of The Walking Dead, game developer Telltale took a risk. The team moved the spotlight away from Clementine and onto a new batch of survivors led by former baseball star Javier Garcia. "People just wanted more Clementine," Kent Mudle, creative director on Telltale's The Walking Dead said. "They liked the Clementine stuff that was there, and she was playable in the flashbacks and that kind of thing. But that's what people have been demanding since season two, basically." So for the fourth and final season, the studio is putting the focus back on Lee's beloved "sweet pea."

The creator of 'Dark Souls' made a PSVR palate cleanser
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 9:00 am

Titles by FromSoftware, like Dark Souls, Bloodborne (and most probably the incoming Sekiro) are exhausting games to play. Incredible and rewarding, yes, but harrowing too. Perhaps Déraciné is as much a break for FromSoftware's staff as it is for players. The new PlayStation VR game reunites Japan Studio, FromSoftware and director Hidetaka Miyazaki, and centers around gentle environmental puzzle-solving. No swords, no violence and no pride-damaging difficulty -- just some head scratching. Intrigued?

'Wattam' is a wonderfully weird game about friendship
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 9:30 am

Keita Takahashi is an unusual video game designer. His breakout hit, Katamari Damacy, was about picking up objects with an increasingly large, sticky ball. He then made Noby Noby Boy, a game about a colorful, worm-like creature that can stretch around animals, houses and planets. Now, the artist is working on Wattam, a light-hearted puzzle game about a little green mayor and his quest to find a group of long-lost friends. It's a wonderfully weird experience that doesn't fall into any conventional game genre — and that's just fine by me.

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