‘Quake Champions’ isn’t finished, but you can play it August 22nd
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 7:13 pm

Been green with envy over your pals playing the Quake Champions closed beta? Time to stop being jealous and start working on your rocket jumping because the classic shooter's revival is moving to Steam's Early Access on August 22nd, where everyone can play. Now, there was an open beta during E3, but that was a limited-time deal. To celebrate, publisher Bethesda is knocking 25 percent off the Champions Pack, bringing the price down to $29.99.

Source: Bethesda

Twitch can filter streamers by their 'Overwatch' hero of choice
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 2:00 pm

Overwatch and Hearthstone fans will now find it easier to discover livestreams most relevant to them after Twitch introduced new channel filtering options for the popular Blizzard titles. From today, viewers can open a new menu that appears at the top of each directory, which allows them to select channels based on what on hero a streamer is playing, as well as the opportunity to filter by game mode, player rank, number of wins in Hearthstone games.

How 'We Happy Few' plans to avoid the pitfalls of 'No Man's Sky'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 2:30 pm

The 1960s dystopia of We Happy Few will hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on April 13th, 2018, thanks to Compulsion Games and Gearbox, the studio best known for Borderlands. You're not hallucinating -- We Happy Few did already come to Xbox One and Steam as an early-access game, but now it's ready for prime time. The full experience, priced at $60 and featuring a rich storyline starring three separate characters, will be ready to roll next spring.

That's all fine and dandy, but We Happy Few's joyous release-date news hides a deeper development story. Compulsion has followed a long, winding road to April 2018, and the first major twist in that path came early in the development process.

'Volume' developer launches a surprise, bite-sized sci-fi game
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 2:57 pm

Subsurface Circular came out of nowhere.

Well, that's not entirely true. Mike Bithell, the developer behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume, tweeted a prescient question in April, asking followers if they'd be interested in paying $5 for a unique, hour-long video game. He didn't mention that his team at Bithell Games was already building Subsurface Circular, a bite-sized, reasonably priced experience for PC and Mac.

Source: Steam

PS4’s next update finally lets you squelch notifications during movies
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 12:35 pm

We knew a few things PlayStation 4 owners would be getting with the system's next big software update thanks to a leak last week. But it goes beyond enabling PS4 Plus owners to stream on Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second. While only pre-selected users get to enjoy the new additions as the update rolls out in beta today, Sony released a list of features for the console's greater playerbase to look forward to.

Source: PlayStation Blog

‘World of Tanks’ adds single-player campaigns on August 22nd
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 12:47 pm

The multi-player competitive game World of Tanks is getting its first single-player campaign mode next week. On August 22nd, Wargaming will release War Stories -- episodic gameplay that users can experience both solo or cooperatively. "As the first campaign series in the World of Tanks universe, War Stories allows us to bring a new narrative to the game and expand on our multiplayer experience with engaging single-player and online Co-op content for our new and longtime tankers," said TJ Wagner, Wargaming creative director, in a statement.

Via: PlayStation

Source: World of Tanks, Gamasutra

'Splatoon 2' Switch bundle is a $380 Walmart exclusive
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 1:14 pm

In case you've been holding off on picking up a Nintendo Switch until it had a pack-in game, you're in luck. Nintendo has announced that it's releasing a special Splatoon 2 version of the console replete with neon green and pink Joy-Cons, a carrying case and a download code for the seafood-starring shooter. If there's a downside, it's that the bundle will only be available from Walmart. Assuming that doesn't deter you, it'll cost $379.99 starting September 8th. So, for an extra $80, you'll get a much-needed carrying case and a solid game -- it's a veritable circus of value.

Source: BusinessWire

'Collegiate Rocket League' is invading campuses this fall
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 8:30 am

The world of competitive gaming has broken out of livestreams and plugged itself into network television. These days, eSports sit alongside traditional sports and popular TV shows on networks ranging from ESPN to TBS. To ensure this industry continues to flourish, developers (such as Riot Games, and Blizzard) are supporting grassroots college eSports groups. And, so too is Psyonix, the company behind the modern multiplayer classic Rocket League. In partnership with college gaming network TeSPA, the developer is putting its weight behind a new competitive college league.

The Morning After: Thursday, August 17th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! This Thursday, Nokia is returning to the flagship phone fight, neo-Nazi sites struggle to find a place on the web and HBO's woes continue.

Twitch starts its retro 'Starcade' marathon on August 28th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 August 2017, 5:02 am

Twitch has nailed down the start of its Starcade marathon... and unlike many of its other marathons, it won't just involve playing episodes back to back. It'll stream the arcade-themed game show on Shout! Factory's channel starting August 28th at 2PM ET. The focus is on playing all 123 episodes digitized from the source tapes, but there's a modern twist: Geek & Sundry host and streaming veteran Erika Ishii will introduce games and provide context. You shouldn't be lost if you're too young to have played the games outside of an emulator.

Source: Twitch Blog

Microsoft delays ‘Crackdown 3’ until 2018
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2017, 11:28 pm

Microsoft has delayed the much-anticipated heroic brawler Crackdown 3 until Spring 2018. The sandbox brawler was previously scheduled to come out this November alongside the launch of the Xbox One X, but the tech titan pushed back the game's release date for both console and PC versions to give the three teams working on it time to refine.

Source: Polygon

Horror adventure ‘The Black Mirror’ revived for modern gamers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2017, 7:49 pm

Despite being released long after the point-and-click game genre's heyday, 2003's The Black Mirror became a gothic horror hit long before the unrelated British sci-fi anthology show. THQ Nordic tapped German developer King Art Games to revive the original game into modern adventure title, which is due for release on November 28th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

The Morning After: Wednesday, August 16th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2017, 6:00 am

Welcome to Wednesday! Virtually creep inside Kendall Jenner's closet, watch a drone chill on the UK's biggest warship and hear about a smart-lock update that bricked said locks. Whoops.

D&D's revamped RPG companion site is live
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 6:02 pm

Back in March, Wizards of the Coast announced a new digital toolset for Dungeons & Dragons that would eliminate the agony of paperwork in the pen-and-paper game. Players can still gather around a table and roll their own dice, but the web-based D&D Beyond will handle all their characters' stats, skills and modifiers to streamline play. Today, the toolset is available for everyone with both free and paid tiers. Time to assemble a party, adventurers.

Source: D&D Beyond

Blow stuff up and fight evil as ‘Agents of Mayhem’ on console and PC
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 6:33 pm

In the age of online-only Overwatch, you might think to yourself, 'I'd love this hero shooter stuff if it was in a single-player campaign.' You might want a game that had great cartoony art as you blow enemies away. You might want it to be funny and a bit crass -- say, written by the studio responsible for the bizarre sandbox series Saints Row. If you checked those boxes, Agents of Mayhem is probably right for you, and it's available now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Source: Agents of Mayhem (Twitter)

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ won’t require VR come September
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 4:09 pm

EVE: Valkyrie was one of the first games Oculus used to show off one of its Rift prototypes, and since 2014, the game has been associated exclusively with virtual reality. That's changing. The game's "Warzone" update will strip the VR headset requirement, allowing anyone with a PlayStation 4 or powerful enough PC to play the game. If you're keeping track at home, that means true cross-platform multiplayer is here; you'll be able to battle folks on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PC, PS4 and PSVR.

Source: EVE: Valkyrie

Atari partners with LGBT Media to make more inclusive games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 3:25 pm

Atari is making good on its promise to stake part of its strategy on LGBTQ apps. The company has formed a partnership with LGBT Media, the company behind the social app LGBTQutie, to reach more of the community. The deal will see LGBT Media acquire and "re-launch" Atari's city-building game Pridefest by taking advantage of its connections to the LGBTQ community, including an expansion of the title's social side. Ultimately, the two hope to create a "new standard" for gaming in a demographic that they see as underserved.

Source: Marketwired

Riot Games loses 'League of Legends' lawsuit to retired soccer star
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 8:02 am

A Dutch court has ruled that developer Riot Games must pay former Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids for using his likeness in League of Legends. According to the ruling, a championship skin used in the game infringed on his personal image rights.

Source: Het Parool (Dutch)

The Morning After: Tuesday, August 15th 2017
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 6:00 am

Hey, good morning! What happened? DeLorean's making a flying car, that's what. Well, it has a render and plans. There's also a ready-for-swimming wearable for Samsung and Mewtwo wants to fight.

Blizzard isn't ditching the Battle.net name after all
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 August 2017, 2:33 am

Some fans got sad when they heard that Blizzard plans to ditch the Battle.net name after two decades online. Others shrugged it off: it's new name doesn't matter anyway. It's always going to be called B.net. After hearing its fans' thoughts, the video game developer has decided to scrap its plans. The team said they changed their decision, because they understand that names matter, and that Battle.net "represents years of shared history and enjoyment, community and friendship..."

Source: Blizzard

Gaming chat app Discord starts shutting down racist accounts
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 5:59 pm

Google and GoDaddy aren't the only internet companies dumping racists in light of the violence in Charlottesville. The team behind the gaming chat app Discord has shut down both accounts "associated with the events in Charlottesville" and the altright.com chat server. As the company explains, it plans to take action against "all forms of hate," and that its mission is "positivity and inclusivity" -- it doesn't believe gamers will feel welcome if racists have a home in the app.

Source: Discord (Twitter 1), (2), (3)

What we're playing: 'Tacoma,' 'Final Fantasy' and 'A Dark Room'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 2:00 pm

Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, we've enjoyed (to varying degrees) two flavors of Final Fantasy, explored Fullbright's new game, Tacoma, and lost ourselves in a "button-tapping mash-up between an idle-clicker and a text adventure." To open proceedings, UK Bureau Chief Mat Smith talks about how, when it comes to Final Fantasy XII, third time's a charm.

'Sonic Mania' is a wonderful balance of nostalgia and novelty
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 11:00 am

If you've played Sonic the Hedgehog on your phone, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in the last half-dozen years, you have Christian Whitehead to thank. In 2009, he created an unofficial proof of concept iPhone port of Sonic CD using a custom-built game engine -- a project that eventually led to Sega hiring him to officially port Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to modern platforms. This week, the fruits of that partnership reached a new high point in Sonic Mania, an all-new 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog platformer that sees the mascot return to his glory days.

Fighting Mewtwo in 'Pokémon Go' is invite-only
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 11:18 am

Mewtwo finally made an appearance in Pokémon Go today in Japan. The legendary pocket monster helped show off the new Exclusive Raid Battle system in Japan, and soon will be making its way to domestic shores.

Source: Niantic, Engadget Japan (translated)

NYC is getting a huge new VR conference this fall
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 12:03 pm

In addition to an upcoming virtual reality hub at NYU, New York City will also host its first VR-focused convention later this year. The NYVR Expo, which will take place at the Javits Center from October 26th through 28th, aims to be the biggest virtual reality conference on the East Coast. It'll be a place for both newcomers and existing VR professionals to explore what's next in the burgeoning medium. And since the NYVR Expo will run alongside the PhotoPlus Expo at Javits, it will have easy reach to a wide audience of media enthusiasts.

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