‘Overwatch’ turns one with more skins for your arsenal
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 2:37 pm

Last week, Blizzard answered the susurrous rising from Overwatch fans wondering whether the studio would celebrate the game's one-year anniversary: Yes, an event was in the works. (And there was much rejoicing.) To commemorate the game's arrival exactly a year ago, and in recognition of its wild critical and commercial success, Overwatch is launching a new event and releasing a Game of the Year edition for $40. But if you need convincing, the game will be free to play this weekend.

Source: Blizzard

Twitch adds video speed controls to slow down that amazing play
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 1:33 pm

Now that Twitch is making a bigger deal out of pre-recorded videos, it's competing more directly with services like YouTube -- and that means adding the kind of playback controls you take for granted elsewhere. Accordingly, the service has introduced a reworked video settings menu that adds speed controls. You can slow all the way down to 0.25X to relive a game-winning moment, or ramp up to 2X if you're skipping through the slow parts.

Source: Twitch (Medium)

Blizzard launches an 'Overwatch' league for amateurs
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 11:23 am

Blizzard's colorful shooter may be one of the most popular multiplayer games out right now, but its eSport scene hasn't exactly got off to the best start. With rumors circulating that a slot in Overwatch's official League costs between $15 and $25 million, pro teams have started to abandon the game in droves. Now, in a bid to win them back, Blizzard has announced a new entry-level league for the game called Overwatch Contenders.

Source: Overwatch Blog

The Morning After: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 6:00 am

The newest TV technology is a stretchable OLED display, a patent troll lawyer meets karma, and this week we're talking about Tomorrow. No, not Wednesday, the conceptual one.

Valve hired the team behind 'Kerbal Space Program'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 11:10 pm

Worried that Valve's recent departures mark an end to conventional game development at the Half-Life studio? You might have a glimmer of hope. Valve has confirmed that it hired the team at Squad, better known as the creators of the shipbuilding hit Kerbal Space Program. The company isn't saying just how many people it hired, what they're working on or what's happening to KSP ("more details soon," a spokesperson says), but former Valve designer Roger Lundeen had said in the Game Dev Unchained podcast that the "entire team" had made the leap.

Source: Eurogamer, SoundCloud

'LawBreakers' makes the leap to PlayStation 4
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 8:28 pm

LawBreakers isn't confined to the PC any longer: The game is also heading to PlayStation 4, developer Boss Key Productions announced today. LawBreakers comes from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, and it's a rapid-fire, five-on-five, first-person shooter set in a low-gravity, sci-fi world.

Source: PlayStation Blog

'Red Dead Redemption 2' won't come out in 2017 after all
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 4:58 pm

Apparently, 2017 ain't big enough for Red Dead Redemption 2. The sequel is now slated to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2018, rather than its initial release window of fall 2017. Rockstar Games announced the delay in a blog post, alongside a handful of fresh apology screenshots.

"This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans," Rockstar says. "We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready."

Source: Rockstar Games

'Far Cry' is coming to America
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 3:23 pm

Up until today, all of the Far Cry games have been set in far off locations. A tropical island, Africa, another tropical island, the Himalayas and prehistoric times have all played witness to the franchise's often morally ambiguous open-world first-person shooter. But now, the franchise is heading stateside. Series overlord Ubisoft has started teasing the next game in the franchise with a live-action trailer, as one does, and while there isn't a lick of CGI or gameplay, the 41-second clip does do a great job setting the game's tone.

Source: Ubisoft (YouTube)

New in our buyer's guide: The Galaxy S8 and Gear VR controller
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 12:00 pm

Last month we updated our buyer's guide with a bunch of stuff and whaddya know: six days later we published our glowing review of both the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With scores of 91 and 92, respectively, both deserved a spot on our shortlist. And those aren't even the only Samsung products being inducted into our guide today: The Gear VR controller was also a no-brainer. Rounding out the list, we've added BlueAnt's Pump Zone wireless exercise headphones -- we've been testing them and feel they're worth their (sharply reduced) asking price. Find all that and more in our buyer's guide, and stay tuned for more additions next month.

Source: Engadget Buyer's Guide

Welcome to Tomorrow, the home of stuff that hasn’t happened yet
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 10:00 am

It was just about a month ago that Christopher Trout put up a post on Engadget introducing himself as our new editor-in-chief. Since then, we've been busy drilling down into the areas we cover best: consumer electronics ("gear"), gaming and entertainment, with the odd story on politics, culture or science, when it makes sense. Today, we're tying it all together with the launch of a new section on our site, about the future of, well, everything.

'Angry Birds' will celebrate its 10th anniversary with another movie
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 11:21 am
How will you celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Finland's biggest exports? No, I'm not talking about electrical machinery or oil -- I mean Angry Birds. Well, Columbia Pictures and Sony are doing so with a sequel to the furious fowl's silver screen debut, aptly titled The Angry Birds Movie 2. A Rovio blog post details that the film will be released September 20th, 2019 and that Thurop Van Orman and John Rice will serve as director and co-director, respectively. Maybe the production team can come up with a better title in two years' time.

Source: Rovio

The Morning After: Monday, May 22nd 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 6:00 am

Hey, good morning! Over the weekend, you might have missed the (legal) consequences of emoji, Microsoft's holographic display that could squeeze inside your glasses, and how drones and AI are battling poachers.

Recommended Reading: Inside Apple's new spaceship campus
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2017, 1:30 pm

One More Thing
Steven Levy,

Apple's so-called spaceship campus, or Apple Park, has been in the works for a while now, but this week Wired gave us a big update on the progress. The obsessive attention to detail, tunnel entry, modular "pod" sections for employees and more are all detailed here. Like any other Apple product, the company is using a keen eye when designing it's biggest project thus far.

The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2017, 8:40 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We're looking back at all the big Google I/O news, as well as an easy way to fix WannaCry.

Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 7:35 pm

'Nex Machina' brings co-op robot slaughter to the couch June 20th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 3:51 pm

Developer Housemarque's ode to Robotron: 2048, Nex Machina, finally has a release date: June 20th on both PC and PlayStation 4. And if you were a fan of what you played in the beta but thought it was missing something, maybe that je ne sais quoi was couch-play with a buddy. "Local co-op will allow two players to play side by side, just like in the old school arcade halls, competing or helping each other out," the developer writes on the PlayStation Blog. It's something Housemarque has included in its previous games, sometimes as a post-launch add-on, but here it'll be a part of the experience on day one. Want a preview of how the voxel-based madness will play out next month? Peep the trailer below.

Source: PlayStation Blog

‘Destiny 2’ tackles the original’s biggest problem: storytelling
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 2:45 pm

The first time I played the original Destiny, I felt frustrated and annoyed. It was a fun online, co-op team shooter but the game's narrative was insultingly shallow -- a poorly written space opera where a vague "darkness" was out to destroy a mysterious entity called the Traveler that somehow thrust humanity into a golden age, but also might be dead. It took a year for Bungie to patch in interesting characters and emotional hooks with The Taken King expansion, but by then, I had moved on. Destiny 2, however, has my attention. Not only does it look like a good starting point for new players, but it has the one thing every epic story needs: a great villain.

'Destiny 2' on PC won't have dedicated multiplayer servers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 12:24 pm

There's good news, and bad news, about Destiny 2 for PC gamers. On the plus side is the fact that it exists on PCs at all -- the first game never left consoles. But, unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to settle for multiplayer matches without dedicated servers, PC Gamer reports.

Destiny 2 will instead continue to rely on peer-to-peer networking, like the original game. For players, it means that they might have to deal with more latency and instability during their frag fests. Dedicated servers, on the other hand, are typically more reliable and something PC gamers are used to seeing in big budget games.

Via: Polygon

Source: PC Gamer, (2)

Watch an AI teach itself to drive in 'GTA V' on Twitch
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 1:17 am

While automakers are still negotiating with local and state governments to let autonomous cars test drive on open streets, one programmer has found a more accessible proving ground to teach AI how to be a motorist: Grand Theft Auto V. It's not the first time folks have used the game to train their self-driving vehicles -- but you can watch this one learn in real-time on Twitch. One warning: If you're expecting a graceful, law-abiding AI driver...don't.

Via: Rock Paper Shotgun, Prosthetic Knowledge

Source: Twitch

A new 'Life is Strange' game is in the works
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 9:24 am

The episodic, time-bending teenage drama of Life is Strange is coming back for a second season. Developer Dontnod Entertainment confirmed the news in a brief YouTube video, but said little about the premise or when it will be released. "We've been working since the release of the boxed version last year on a new Life is Strange game, with the Life is Strange team, and we cannot wait to share more with you," Luc Baghadoust, executive producer teased. The original game has now passed the 3 million mark, which no doubt helped with the decision to green-light a sequel.

Source: Life is Strange (Tumblr)

The Morning After: Friday, May 19th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2017, 6:00 am

Google's big annual conference has wrapped up, while the FCC has voted to roll back net neutrality protections made under the last US government. Less (more?) importantly, Apple has designed, patented and made a pizza box to ensure your crust doesn't get soggy. Progress.

Facebook will stream live 'Counter-Strike' eSports events
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2017, 8:44 pm

Gaming and eSports have definitely hit the mainstream media. In fact, you can find FIFA tournaments live on ESPN and TBS is hyping Counter Strike: Global Offensive games as if they were championship boxing events. With Twitter and Sony already jumping into the lucrative industry, it was only a matter of time before Facebook joined the fray. In an announcement today, eSports leader ESL announced it has cut a deal with the social networking behemoth to stream exclusive events and content in six languages, all of it centered around the elite Rank S Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition.

Source: ESL Gaming

‘Destiny 2’ has the fundamentals to be a solid sequel
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2017, 9:00 pm

When it comes to serialized media, be it film, comics or video games, rarely does someone say with conviction that "the sequel was better." The expectations are always too high. A good sequel not only has to embody the best of its predecessor, but also be new and original enough to stand on its own. Destiny 2's gameplay premiere event didn't completely assure me that it would surpass the original game, but it's off to a great start.

Catch up on Google's plans for VR in under 3 minutes
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2017, 5:42 pm

During day two of Google I/O 2017, the company detailed its plans for both AR and VR. If you didn't catch our live coverage earlier today, don't worry: We've cut down the half-hour talk into a much shorter clip. You can catch up on all the news about Daydream Euphrates, YouTube VR, Google Cast and much more in under three minutes.

For all the latest news and updates from Google I/O 2017, follow along here.

'Destiny 2’ plays matchmaker so you aren't stuck with weirdos
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2017, 3:43 pm

Bungie wants to make it easier to join and play with other people in Destiny 2. Previously, clans were a complicated affair, making you log on to Bungie.net and connect your PSN or Xbox Live account to join them. During a live event today, Bungie revealed that a revamped Clan and matchmaking system will exist in the game itself. This and other new features fell like a welcome push to make the Destiny 2 experience more comfortably social.

Source: Destiny/Twitter

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