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“A lot of people who played WoW in the past” will be interested in its evolution and change, says Blizzard

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 21:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Cataclysm’s chief project manager, J. Allen Brack has said Blizzard is trying to make World of Warcraft the “best it can be” and is not focusing on subscription numbers.

Speaking with Guardian, Brack said including goblins as a playable race for Horde is something which has been asked for repeatedly by players, and the developers think “a lot of people who played the game in the past” will be interested in returning and seeing how the game has “evolved and changed”.

“You know, traditionally we are pretty terrible at predicting what happens with subscription numbers,” he said. “So the thing we try to do is focus on just making WoW the best that it can be and so far that’s worked pretty well for us. We’ve done a pretty good job in terms of players’ subscription rates.”

As far as Deathwing is concerned, the destruction caused by the denizen has reached its peak, and no capital cities will be destroyed due to the creature walking around the world.

However, when it comes to areas which are changing or will be changed around a bit, the developers are currently looking into what else can be done with the Outland and Northrend zones created in the previous two expansions.

“We have started to talk about what we need to do with Outland and Northrend because the story that we are telling in Cataclysm is kind of interesting once you get to Outland,” said Brack. “Because there’s no congruity between the two stories. It feels a little weird for you to have the whole Deathwing is back and has destroyed the world, and you walk into Outland and your like ‘Hey! There’s this guy Illidan’.

“That feels a little weird and we don’t exactly know how we’re going to tackle that yet, but that is definitely something that we do want to find a solution for.”

Cataclysm launches on December 7, which is just a week away.

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17 Comments

  1. Hunam

    To be honest, the game is now almost perfect. I recommend everyone give it a go now.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    Perfection is in the eyes of the beholder I guess. Usually there are as many opinions on that as there are players and theorycrafters.

    They are completely right though, it’s completely impossible for a former player to stay away from an expansion like this.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. M2Kx

    :D

    Always have to laugh if I read the word “game” related to World of Warcraft… but then I remember that it’s sad :(

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Seriously, every zone has been remade. Redridge is my favourite so far, all the quests are utterly glorious.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    You think Redridge is fun wait til you see Stranglethorn and the Plaguelands.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    They have managed to make STV fun?

    You’re pulling my leg right?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    Not at all. I would be the first one to complain if that wasn’t the case but no they even made STV fun and not a grindfest like the original with the troll ears or gorilla teeth, etc. No its actually an enjoyable experience especially with what they did to ZG.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I used the 7 free days they handed out to return.

    Some great and long over due improvments. But here is the thing. I have two accounts. One mine and one my kids and wife share.

    Their account was hacked and we are looking at charge backs.

    I haven’t played in months(either account) and haven’t used the old PC that I used to play on in months. I bought a new PC about one week after I stoped playing WoW/Battle.net. I had to redownload/reinstall the game client just to use the 7 free days.

    And I found we were hacked. I used to buy into the idea that maybe people were careless, used add-ons, visited rouge sites, fell victim to key loggers etc. Now I am possitive, 100%, that it is possible to be hacked with absolutly no fault of the player.

    And given that …. why would I want to start paying for wow again? Plus the 40usd for the cati expac. We had a stable of 80s on the compromissed account. They restored a measily 250G, to buy greens from the AH, thats a joke. And worse we still have to pay back the charge backss if we wanted to play.

    In short it is the lack of account security that will keep me away from wow.

    Login Athenticator you say?

    BS I say.

    Where does my responsibility start and theirs end when it comes to keeping accounts safe? If I need an athenticator then one should be provided for free, and still it should be seen as a weakness of their lack of security at their end. Name me one other game that requires you to do this to keep your account safe?

    Blizzard has 100% lost my faith.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Nonamegamer

    Is it just me or am i the only one who sees that it is the same 40$ for just 5 levels! i am relly upset with blizzard for this i would have considered buying the expansion but for the fact of 5 new levels now don’t get me wrong, i feel it is great that they changed the “vanilla” azeroth and added new races but why? couldn’t blizz have added the typical 10 levels instead of 5 because for me when i used to play it wasn’t for all the endgame now granted i still played endgame but it was as much a part of the journey as the destination i feel and i can only speek for me but for haveing a few 80′s they should have let me take the journey to 90 and now i feel blizz is just saying here take it so you can get to endgame and ooh raid some more.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Hunam

    I’d imagine it’d take as long to do those 5 levels as it would to do 10 normal levels? Once you get that high, any ability you get is going to be godly, giving you tons of stuff at that level would make balancing pretty brutal.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Nonamegamer

    Still with just 5 levels doesn’t that make the classes even more “cookie cutter” because it is less talent points i mean i know they don’t want players to have a “frost fire” spec as in the ability to do 1 tree and about half of another i just feel like when i am playing i get pushed along to the end game as i said earleir i feel jipped for $40 and does bliz really need to give godly abilities… no they didn’t in the last expansion just because the lvl # goes up doesn’t mean that your abilities have to be more “godly” they just have to make sense as the other ones did to make the game fun that is all i ask from blizz 1 to make the game fun and to as related to og’s post i would like blizz to increase there security because when i have a gnome decked out in purples i don’t like to come back and see all of his stuff and his gold gone that was a lot of hours invested in those dungeans into getting that gear.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @10

    You are correct 5 levels but they need so much experience to get to that next level it would be like doing two levels of Wrath or BC even the stats jump accordingly. The new areas are huge compared to previous expansions.

    @11 Security has been buffed especially for the states its not Blizz joob to make sure your computer is clear of malware or you giving out your password to damn near anyone. In the states you have 3 ways of securing your site by smart phone(free), by plastic device(6$) or by phone(free). Your computer and password is for you to protect not Blizzard’s. Right there on the TOS.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    I gotta go with JR. on this one PB.

    I know for a fact that we were clean. I think the biggest trick of all that Blizz has pulled of is to convince the masses that people getting hacked did something wrong. My wife is a high up IT PC nerd for a fortune 500 company. She runs said companies Security in terms of their global Email servers, and DR for it(she now handles some 140K users within their messegaging enviroment). Long story short our PCs are locked down tighter then I think they need be.

    We never run add on, we won’t even visit wow heros.

    We didn’t do anything wrong. We have two accounts, same pc, one was hacked one wasn’t. Trust me. or not. There is more to the Blizz/Battle.net account theft then meets the eye.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    Yes to boost money Blizzard sells passwords and accounts to hackers. THis is the first I have heard of it. You are saying they make all their GMs fish through millions and million of logs to find these hacked accounts’ gear and gold just because they can. Yeah that makes perfect sense. They aren’t making money on the authenticators as I said two of them are free and one you are paying 6$ for which they sell their pets and mounts for twice or even triple for.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Your being unreasonable PB.

    Where did I suggest or even elude to anything remotly close to Blizzard selling account keys? Or having some master plan to force subscribers to buy authenticators as a money making scheme?

    That is just plan dumb.

    However are you really as nieve to think that ALL comprimised accounts are a direct result of players being careless? I don’t buy that for one second, not anymore. But Blizzard would love you to keep thinking that way. I know I used to. I used to think that rouge emails(phishing), keyloggers, bad addons, fansites, friends sharing logins, and just about anything else you can think of was to fault. Now I know better.

    No doubt that many, and maybe even most accounts are lost to one of those various ways. But not all, not mine.

    And I could accept the fact that I got hacked. Crap happens, and it often stinks. I could deal with that. But the fact that I was hit with a charge back? Nope, not happening.

    Its crazy, think about it. They already restored some stuff. Not all, too much time elasped for them to do a complete restore. So instead the toons were given a starter set of lvl 80 gear and 250G. But in order for my wife and kids to play, I must pay the charge back. The charge back is of course in the form of one months subscription. And of course a charge back occurs when a CC doesn’t go through.

    So someone used CC fruad to activate my account.

    And Blizz freely admits that my account was activated by someone other then me. But still wants me to pay?

    Man, that is all kinds of wrong.

    But Blizzard has you convinced that I must have done something wrong. Hell maybe I was even so careless as to almost ask for it. And there is a whole army of folks that have the same pov as you have PB.

    Something like 12M play WoW, and I am sure tons more use battle.net. Simply said they are a target. No matter how good their D is sometimes the hackers will score.

    So please don’t be unreasonable. My account was hacked. Period. I don’t want to pay or subscrib to Blizzard subscriptions right now. Thats reasonable.

    Oh, also unreasonable to think that everyone that plays wow has a mobile device that can use their mobile authenticator. I know I don’t. And would you want to make a phone call each and everytime you logged into the game? I get up in the AM, thats a phone call, I tunr it off and get lunch, another phone call, do dishes, walk the dog, grab the mail, get a phone call, etc. rather inconvienant if ya ask me.

    If I ever decide to return to wow, and I had been playing off and on scince launch, I will buy an authenticator. For awhile at least, I am going to stick with XBL/PSN/Steam.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    @15

    “Oh, also unreasonable to think that everyone that plays wow has a mobile device that can use their mobile authenticator. I know I don’t.”

    Not everyone, No, but how else is Blizz going to contain these hackers. Only way to do it is through smart phone, device or the phone service outside the reach of the user computer and it really is not any more difficult than pressing a button on your phone, device or calling them which is a two second thing my wife does it.

    My account was hacked 7 months ago did I blame blizzard for it? No, I messed up somewhere there is no other way of your account getting hacked other than the user messing up somewhere on the nets unless Blizzard is giving out passwords and account info. Not sure where you are getting at or how you are placing the blame on Blizzard. As I said it is stated on their TOS that they don’t have to look for hacked accounts gear and gold, they do it as a courtesy.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    I know it is nice that they do a look into it for you. But I honestly think that they wouldn’t worry about it if it was only one or two%. But it seems like almost everyoe I talk to has at one point been hacked before. And I think they do it, because if they didn’t, they would lose people in droves.

    All of that indicates two things, to me.

    One is that the problem is so wide spread they really have to do it.

    And two, at least some element of the “Hacking” is not just user end fault.

    Of course I don’t know for sure. And am not pointing fingers. The only thing I am 100% certian of, is that my PC was not comprimised. 100% possitive.

    Like I said Blizzard is a hella target. WoW is huge.

    Going forward I hope they learn from this for their next MMORPG. Nearly everything BOP. Nodes instance for each player individualy. A Blizzard run store, selling in game iteams/mounts/weapons/armor/gold. Completly ban add-ons. And so on. Little in game design stuff that elemenates opertunity for someone to exploit something in game for out of game profit. Trying to reduce the game as a target would be a huge help. IMO.

    I read that a stash of Data had been oncovered that litterly contained millions of game account login keys. Games from NCsoft to Sony to Blizzard. I mean really crazy numbers like 5million plus accounts. I can’t remember the link/story/web page at this point. Sorry. But my point would be that games like WoW where you can make a fair amount of real world cash(chinesse gold farmers, anyone?) are going to draw a lot of attention from cons.

    Knowing that, more needs to be done to keep peoples game keys safe. I do believe that educating gamers is a good and needed step. But no way do I feel that blame can be fully placed on the end user.

    Besides this is Blizzards bread and butter. If hacked accounts drive away their paying subscription holders … surly it is in their best intersts.

    Anyways it is late, I need to get to bed. Sorry your account was hacked, but unless I was 100% sure where/how/when your account was compromissed, I would keep an open mind. I know people have the “it must not be true, unless it happens to me” pov. I know a guy that has been hacked three times. And he keeps going back to Curse for addons. But I also know a couple people that claim they never used adds or clicked false emails or anything else. But once it happend to me, now I believe them.

    #17 4 years ago

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  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]