More Hints Regarding Bioshock Collection on PS4 and Xbox One

We all have those games which you just feel like picking up every now and again to see how you can play it differently, or just to immerse yourself in their world again. One of those games series if the Bioshock series for many. A few months we reported on the fact that a “Bioshock Collection” could be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4, it would now seem that more information is coming forward with a Brazillian rating board listing a similar title.

With the title of “BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION”, the games are listed for release on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the latest generation of consoles in the form of a Playstation 4 and Xbox One release. With re-releases being the rage these days, bundling together games, their DLC’s and more often than not a graphics update, we could soon see you playing the games in a whole new light.

With games like Gears of War getting HD remakes  amongst a slew of gameplay features, is it really that surprising that 2K games are looking at one of their more famous franchises to kick some life into their company following 2K Australia closure.

Would you buy (or even re-buy) the Bioshock games? If you did what platform would you choose? Personally, I love the games but unless it featured something that the previous games didn’t, I would just replay the originals for their amazing storylines.

Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Receive Giant Patches

Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K games, Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are some of the most enjoyable first-person-shooter RPG’s ever created. Even though both of these games came out quite some time ago (2012 for Borderlands 2 and 2014 for The Pre-Sequel), the games are still receiving plenty of attention from both players and developers. A little birdie told us that the two titles have received two massive patches, which include various balances, tweaks and fixes that are meant to ensure very smooth and glitch-free gaming experiences. Some of the most important changes include the re-implementation of SHiFT connectivity for Steam users on OS X El Capitan, as well as permanent hot-fixes for a generous number of quests.

It definitely looks like the developers have been hard at work to perfect both of these titles, and that’s always commendable as other companies just prefer to leave things as they are and focus on creating new games instead. I finished both of these Borderlands games and I enjoyed my time spent with each one, but those of you who never got a chance to try them out should definitely go ahead and play them now. Below you will find a full list of patch notes for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Borderlands 2 v1.8.4

General

  • Fixed connection issues with SHIFT in 10.11.
  • Various balance refinements and tweaks, with special attention given to Maya to make her more in-line with the other characters.
  • The Fastball grenade has been added to Boll’s loot pool.
  • DLC offers from Steam have been added to the in-game DLC menu.
  • Players will no longer encounter a progression blocker in the mission “A Match Made on Pandora” at the objective “Talk to Moxxi” in the Wedding Day Massacre DLC.
  • The mission “Cleaning Up the Berg” will now adjust to the current OP level instead of always being level 72.
  • The wedding party should now always appear at the appropriate time during the mission “A Match Made in Pandora”.
  • Missions that can be failed and re-attempted will now show the correct level when the player re-accepts the mission.
  • Chests that are dug up by varkids in the Wam Bam Island mission “Fun, Sun, and Guns” will now appear for all co-op players when unopened.
  • Gun-based splash damage will now scale correctly.
  • The Aquamarine sniper rifle has been updated with the proper stats. It was previously incorrectly categorized as an SMG. Players with this weapon in their inventory at the time of the update will have an SMG in its place. Future drops of the Aquamarine sniper will be correct.
  • Player locations will now display correctly after being revived.
  • French, Italian, German, and Spanish language versions of the game will now properly display Critical Hit FX.
  • Jack’s protective probe will now take damage from Maya’s Phaselock ability.
  • Kill Skills will now properly receive bonuses modified by external sources (i.e. class mods) upon activation.
  • Weapon abilities will no longer be retained when using the inventory to swap weapons during the weapon-swap animation.
  • The color red will now appear appropriately for players using the “Protanopia” color-blind mode.
  • Players now have the option to choose a “Camera-Based” driving control setting.
  • Badass stats will no longer display multiples of the same choice when selecting a Badass Rank stat bonus.
  • Tweaks to improve performance while navigating menu screens.
  • The game will no longer become indefinitely paused if the status menu is opened when the HUD is not displayed.
  • Updated the presentation of the SHiFT EULA (End User License Agreement).
  • Fixed an exploit to duplicate SHiFT rewards while playing in split-screen.
  • Players at OP level 4 or above should now find it easier to find a game via matchmaking.
  • Players will no longer see placeholder graphics when joining into a 3 or 4 player game on certain maps.
  • Bloody Harvest Halloween candy item card text will now display correctly when colorblind mode is active.
  • When a user switches weapons just before using a travel station, their holstered weapon will no longer appear to have a plain white texture if viewed from third-person
  • Players can now sort their inventory by value and vending machine inventory by price.
  • A rare issue where an object could appear to have a bright, neon-colored texture will no longer occur.
  • “Use” prompts will now appear and disappear more quickly, resulting in a more responsive gameplay experience.
  • Unowned DLC will no longer appear in the Fast Travel menu as a valid destination.
  • Various stability improvements.
  • Memory adjustments have been made to prevent audio dropout in some cases.
  • When playing with the language set to Spanish, the text for the “trade” option has been corrected.
  • Minor text fixes.
  • Green quality corrosive and explosive nova shields can now spawn in-game.
  • McNally will now be the appropriate level in the mission “The Bane”.
  • Drop rates for the Cobra have been increased in Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.
  • Players will no longer be permanently slowed by the sorcerer’s “slow” skill.
  • NPCs will no longer become invisible for clients during play sessions with many map transitions.
  • Community Day 2013 head and skin customizations will no longer disappear from the player’s inventory if they save and quit before using them.
  • Torgue weapons will now glow correctly
  • Some skin customizations that previously did not drop from any source can now drop in-game.
  • All items will now have impact audio when dropped from inventory or in the world.
  • Game difficulty scaling will now reliably return to the appropriate value after fighting Raid Bosses.
  • Purple rarity rocket launchers will now use the appropriate material.
  • Subtitles in the side missions “My Dead Brother” and “Lost Souls” updated for accuracy
  • Brood the Invincible’s nameplate will now appear correctly.

Permanent Hot-Fixes

  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add Community Day heads and skins as world drops.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue in which the Tiny Tina’s damsels can become invisible.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix “Release the Beast” sometimes not activating.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue with critical hits not registering properly sometimes when using the “Interspersed Outburst” Mechromancer skill.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an inaccurate skill description for the Mechromancer’s “Buck Up” skill so that it properly displays the recharge as 100%.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Wilhelm so that he takes damage from the Ahab rocket launcher.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixto adjust camera zoom when Krieg is in the gunner seat of the runner.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to fix incorrect attribute presentations for relics.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue in which skrakks can deform when running PhysX.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue so that Deathmark can be applied more than once in a multiplayer game.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue in which Zero’s deception ability will not activate properly when triggering the skill while firing and reloading a Tediore SMG.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix a missing VO in ‘A Match Made on Pandora’.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix an issue with some weapons having low DoTs applied.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to modify Vermivorous so that he always drops something from his unique pool.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to increase the bulk collect radius.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to increase the drop rate of legendary items across the game.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel v1.0.7

General

  • Fixed connection issues with SHIFT in 10.11.
  • Players can now right-click items in the inventory to sell non-favorited items.
  • Client players can now join a host’s game via Steam invitation while set to “invite only”.
  • Claptrap will no longer drop his buzzaxe when pressing the “drop weapon” key.
  • The Mission “Rose Tinting” is now able to be completed after saving and quitting during dialog while killing minions.
  • The Boss Nova assault rifle will now correctly appear as blue rarity, rather than green and its stats will receive a slight boost.
  • Players will no longer become permanently slowed when exiting a vehicle while under the slowing effect of a Cryovine.
  • A notification to inform players that they must agree to the Terms of Service and PP to access SHiFT will now appear prior to displaying them in the main menu.
  • DLC customizations should no longer be unlocked when certain base game customizations are unlocked.
  • The boss “EOS” will now have its nameplate display correctly for clients in a multiplayer game.
  • Objective waypoints for the side mission “EG0-TP” will now appear correctly when playing the mission in True Vault Hunter Mode and above.
  • The waypoint in the mission “Follow Your Heart” will now appear correctly when Janey Springs has moved back to Concordia.
  • The mission “Sub-Level 13” will now display the correct level transition waypoint.
  • The weapon aim toggle will now work correctly when using Nisha’s “One for Each of Ya” skill.
  • Clients will no longer see placeholder graphics when joining into a 3 or 4 player game.
  • A New-U station in “Veins of Helios” now has an appropriately sized ‘use’ distance.
  • The explosive element of Claptrap’s elemental subroutine is now capable of setting off a nova when triggered.
  • Player inspect menu should now provide accurate data.
  • Rocket launchers will no longer spawn with critical hit bonuses. Players with rocket launchers with a critical hit bonus will find that a random bonus has replaced the critical hit bonus.
  • Players will no longer fail the Holodome Onslaught missions and become stuck when getting too close to the New-U station.
  • The formerly non-functional New-U station in the map “Motherlessboard” in the Claptastic Voyage DLC will now function.
  • Aurelia’s “Excellent Shot, Madam” skill DoT will now do the correct amount of damage.
  • X-STLK-23 can now drop Eridian Vanquisher class mods for the Doppelganger and Baroness.
  • Frostfire weapon effects will now become inactive when switching to a different weapon.
  • Claptrap can now only digistruct one copy of himself when using the skill “Second Wind (by Tediore)”.
  • The platform and travel station to Deck 13 ½ from the final boss area will no longer be hidden when the mission “System Shutdown” is ready to be Turned In.
  • Moxxi’s toy chest can now only be opened once.
  • Aurelia’s “Excellent Shot, Madam” skill will no longer be triggered when the player is inside a vehicle.
  • Inventory cards with long titles will now display the second line of the title in all languages.
  • Oz Kits will now show comparison arrows on their item cards if the element types do not match.
  • The Fragnum 88’s critical hit bonus will now be applied correctly.
  • Clients playing as Nisha will no longer keep a copy of a dropped pistol in their left hand when using the “One for Each of Ya” skill.
  • Players can now receive loyalty rewards for DLC characters.
  • Athena players will no longer receive a message and experience when using the “Clear!” skill on a co-op partner who has already bled out in “Fight for Your Life” mode.
  • Waypoints will no longer be displayed on a disabled level transition in Tycho’s Ribs.
  • Purple rarity rocket launchers will now use the appropriate material.
  • The waypoint for the objective “Find last colleague” in the mission “Science and Violence” will now display correctly after saving and quitting during the mission.
  • Nisha’s left-hand weapon will no longer fire when aiming down the sight.
  • Both guns should now always be present when dual wielding as Nisha.
  • There will no longer be waypoints on a travel station from Concordia to Crisis Scar before it is accessible.
  • The waypoint for the mission “Find Pickle” will now display correctly.
  • The Bosun will now have higher shield regeneration, particularly in True Vault Hunter Mode.
  • Players now have an option to turn off the Oxygen V/O Warning Messages through the pause menu during gameplay. Client players on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 may have to restart the game after changing the option for the change to take effect.
  • Moonstones will no longer be refunded to the player after buying a Moxxtail from Moxxi’s Bar in Concordia and then looting another moonstone drop.
  • The V/O for starting the mission “Quarantine: Infestation” will now more reliably play when accepting the mission.
  • V/O will now play correctly regardless of the order in which the books are picked up in the mission “Voice Over”.
  • The “damage resist” effect will now display correctly when playing in non-English languages.
  • The “Data Scrubber” grenade mod will now use a more appropriate material.
  • The “Meganade” grenade mod will now use a more appropriate material.
  • The “Shield of Ages” will now use a more appropriate material.
  • The “Rerouter” shield will now use a more appropriate material.
  • Juggernaut Oz Kits will now use a more appropriate material.
  • Disrepair and Self-Loathing will no longer get into an infinite teleporting loop.
  • Aurelia now has a callout for when her oxygen is low.
  • The turrets in the mission “Rose Tinting” will now spawn at the appropriate time.
  • Credits now include composition sections.
  • The Fast Travel station at the entrance of Outlands Spur now activates when the player enters the map.
  • Aurelia’s “Save the Queen” skill now has appropriate status effect damage.
  • Various stability improvements.

Permanent Hot-Fixes

  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix a progression blocker that occurred when saving and quitting before uploading the H-Source during the mission “System Shutdown” in Deck 13 ½.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix kickoff dialog not playing for “Eradicate!”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent Belly from being killed when Red dies.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault Symbol not displaying correctly for clients in Concordia.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault Symbols not displaying correctly for clients in Crisis Scar.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add footstep audio to Janey in Serenity’s Waste.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to change collision on some scav components to prevent erratic ragdolling.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to set emitters to replicate on DAHL teleport spawn styles.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent the grinder from becoming non-functional if it is used immediately after closing it.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent the trash compactor from having its kill target changed.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to adjust the location of the socket used by “Compound Interest” on Shuggurath enemies.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent DAHL combat training missions from being marked as plot missions.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent Roland from emoting while running during “Home Sweet Home”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to ensure that mission critical Kraggons spawn during “Lost Legion Invasion”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix particle effect optimization.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to fix mission dependency on Lunar Lunching Station fast travel station.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to fix Cult of the Vault symbols not displaying correctly for clients.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent portrait from displaying for Customs Trap when non-ECHO dialog plays.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to ensure “Space Slam”’ rocket launcher reward is always available.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to apply performance optimization for a particle used by the Storm Front grenade.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix ECHO log Merciless Killing Machine Part 4 dialog not playing as an ECHO.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix clients not seeing the shipping container after failing “To The Moon”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Hyperventilator Ozkits showing incorrect comparison arrows.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to fix Vladof sniper rifles reload sound not being attenuated.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix the UI rotation of the Lawbringer’s Chronicler of Elpis class mod.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix skill Bottled Courage so that it works correctly with class mods that modify consumption rate.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent Epicenter skill from throwing around boss Kraggons.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent Athena skills from ceasing to function after entering and then exiting a vehicle.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent client Jacks from being refunded more than 100% of cooldown duration when recalling Expendable Assets.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent bridge from disappearing in Cluster 00773 P4ND0R4.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to change the undiscovered description of “Picking up the Pieces” to reference the correct map.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix the Vault symbol in Jack’s Office being the wrong size for clients.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to improve performance in Cluster 99002 0V3RL00K.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent Aurelia’s action skill from causing a blocker during “Eye for an Eye”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixto prevent clients from seeing a black screen if they finish the Marigold credits before the host.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbols not displaying correctly for clients in Outlands Canyon.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbols not displaying correctly for clients in Outlands Spur.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbols not displaying correctly for clients in Research and Development.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbol not displaying correctly for clients in Vorago Solitude.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbol not displaying correctly for clients in Tycho’s Ribs.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent Sponxes from respawning mid-session.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent a progression blocker during “They Psychology of a Claptrap”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbol not displaying correctly for clients in The Cortex.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbol not displaying correctly for clients in Subconscious.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Cult of the Vault symbol not displaying correctly for clients in the Nexus.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent wall from not opening near the transition into the Cortex.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to increase legendary drop rates.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to ensure that two glitch chests spawn upon the defeat of Shadowtrap in the Cortex.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent scavs behind a glassed-in area from respawning in Titan Robot Facility.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to move teleporter exit points to prevent players from becoming stuck in Lunar Launching Station.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to increase bulk collect radius.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent “A Backhand to Remember” movement speed bonus from being applied twice.
  • Permanent Hot-Fixes to prevent “End of the Line” from becoming blocked on the “Follow Claptrap’s Consciousness” objective.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent “You Can Stop the Music” from becoming blocked on the “Pick up musical remains” objective.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add grinder support for the Hard Reboot and Party Popper.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix dialog from not playing on client during “To Arms!”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Aurelia’s oxygen dome remaining on while in a vehicle in atmosphere.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to fix Aurelia’s action skill deactivating too early.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent clients from hearing DLC intro audio after it has already played.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to prevent players from over-donating during “To Arms”.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add grinder support for the Bullpup.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add grinder support for the Smasher.
  • Permanent Hot-Fix to add grinder support for Gwen’s Other Head.

Apple Moves Closer to the Gaming Market

We know that Apple’s hardware, especially its OS X operating system, was not designed with gaming in mind. This is why gamers and developers alike chose Windows and its DirectX when it comes to graphics, but Apple seems to want a piece of the gaming market too and this was clearly shown today at their Worldwide Developer Conference.

If you are familiar with last year’s WWDC, then you know all about the company’s Metal API. If you don’t, then you should know that the latter is Apple’s gaming platform previously announced for their iOS devices. However, this year the company wants to integrate it into their latest OS X too.

Dubbed El Capitan, Apple’s latest OS X 10.11 seems to move closer than ever to the gaming market, bringing 10x rendering performance compared to their previous OS X. To demonstrate El Capitan’s potential, they brought Epic Games to show everyone how gaming can be made possible on low-level graphics performance.

Also, Epic Games is not the only company to back Apple’s decision. Metal seems to be endorsed by other big name gaming companies such as 2K Games, Blizzard, and Unity. The companies have announced that they will be integrating Apple’s Metal API into their engines, which means we can look forward to more titles coming to Apple’s OS next year.

Than you TechCrunch for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of iC

2K Humble Bundle Offers up to 83% Discount over the Weekend

2K Games appears to offer big discounts on its titles in the Humble Bundle store, having some titles come with 83% discount. It looks like Spec Ops: The Line comes free with any titles on sale, so users wanting to purchase either Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth or Evolve will get a 2-in-1 offer.

The big titles currently on sale are as following:

  • Evolve – £26.24 (or grab the Digital Deluxe version for just £35.24 or even the PC Monster Race Edition for £44.24)
  • Bioshock Triple Pack – £7.99
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel! – £14.99
  • Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth – £14.99

The above are just a few titles that can be found on the website. Also, deals are also likely to change until the weekend sale ends, so be sure to check the complete updated list here. Another important thing to mention is that each Humble purchase goes to various charities, namely the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water.

The Weekend Sale is set to end on March 31st, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can!

Source: Humble Bundle

Evolve To Get Two New Maps for Free

2K Games has recently announced that Evolve will get two new maps for free. The Broken Hill Mine and Broken Hill Foundry will be available to users later on, featuring the Hunt, Nest and Rescue modes.

As a short description of the maps, the Broken Hill Mine is a “deep labyrinth of caves running below the surface”, while the Broken Hill Foundry is a place with a lot of open areas and corridors in a warehouse/street setting.

Both maps are said to be available on Xbox One starting from March 31st and will arrive on the PlayStation 4 and PC on April 30th.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

2K Games Announces Evolve Open Beta Exclusive to Xbox One Next Month

Evolve has been quite the experience for gamers, with 2K Games now announcing that it will be hitting the Microsoft Xbox One next month, exclusive to Microsoft’s now current generation console.

The company has announced that Evolve will be open up to anyone who has an Xbox Live Gold account, with the open beta taking place between January 15-19, 2015. The new open beta will include new playable characters, monsters, and maps that were shown off in 4 hunters versus 1 monster Hunt mode. Starting on January 17, there will be a new “Evacuation” campaign mode that will mix gameplay types over a five-round series.

Any and all progress over the four-day open beta of Evolve on the Xbox One will carry over to the full release, which is expected on February 10. It was originally due in October, but was pushed back after hitting the “Big Alpha” period on the PS4, PC and Xbox One.

Source: Ars Technica.

Havok Technology To Power BioShock on iOS

BioShock, the iconic story-driven shooter from 2K Games is heading to the App Store later this summer for iOS devices. The game is now confirmed to be running on Havok technology to provide animation and physics processing for the game.

When the game was launched back in 2007, developer Irrational Games used the still popular Unreal Engine 3, combined with extensive use of Havok’s Animation tools, something that added (for the time) unprecedented levels of animation and fluid motion to the games inhabitants. The addition of Havok Physics really brought the games abilities to life too, with things like the Telekenesis Plasmid allowing to send environment decals and enemies flying around the level.

Now the 2K China team are working to bring the title to mobile devices using Havok’s cross-platform toolset, allowing them to achieve parity between console and mobile versions of the game, including the full dynamic range of gameplay elements that made the original so great, without having to make any sacrifices.

“It’s a true testament to the power and breadth of Havok Physics and Havok Animation Studio that these technologies have seamlessly transitioned from a AAA console title to an amazing mobile experience,” said Brian Waddle, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Havok. “Just as BioShock redefined the scope of what a game could and should be, the 2K Games team has proven that mobile devices can go beyond simple apps and offer a wholly mature and complete gaming experience akin to those seen on high end gaming platforms.”

Release date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, but we suspect some time around Gamescom or just after would be a safe guess, no later than the end of September.

Thank you Gamasutra for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Havok.

New Humble Bundle Offering Eight 2K Games, More to Come Next Week

The Humble Bundle is back with even more PC games, having 2K in the spotlight this time around. The bundle in question is said to currently offer up to six 2K games, with more to be added next Tuesday.

People who pledge $1 are said to receive BioShock, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and The Darkness II. Those who want even more ‘goodies’ can head on over to the Humble Bundle website and check the average pledge and if you decide to pledge above the stated amount , you will be automatically rewarded with BioShock 2, Mafia II and Spec Ops: The Line.

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However, if you still are not satisfied and your wallet is big enough to contribute even more than just these small sums of money, it is said that pledging $20 or above will grant you access to everything the Bundle currently has, namely XCOM: Enemy Unknown and BioShock Infinite amongst the others previously mentioned, and even the content it is going to release next week, as soon as it gets released that is.

The bundle itself is stated to be worth up to $209, having the average bid going up every minute. So if you still want to get all these cheap, you best hurry up and start pledging here!

Image and video courtesy of the Humble Bundle

San Francisco’s 2K Studio Reportedly Working On A Mafia 3 Game From Scratch

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven was one of the games that revolutionised the gaming industry back in September 2002 when it first got launched. It emerged you in a unique experience of the Mafia world in the ’30 era, full of thrilling chase episodes, interesting plot and exceptional mix of characters. It also introduced a few environmental features, such as speed limit and the ability for cops to properly cope with law offences.

Then in 2010, eight years later, the second part was released, packed with newer graphics and physics engines, having the same expected outcome as the first. It even had the mission which linked the two games, namely the mission to kill Thomas Angelo, the first Mafia’s main character.

We now hear that there is a Mafia 3 in the works, but it however will not be developed by 2K Czech as Mafia II. There are rumors that even a few members from 2K Marin have followed Rod Fergusson, the head of 2K Studio over in San Francisco, to the new studio as well as others from 2K Czech. The reports state that 2K San Francisco will start from scratch on the new Mafia 3 project. They have no intention of using what the Czech studio developed for Mafia 2.

Regarding the fate of 2K Czech, nobody knows for sure. There had been some layoffs back in 2011 as Fudzilla reports and the exact number of people still in the Czech HQ is not known. They say that the layoffs were due to the studio not being able to deliver another Mafia 3 project before its deadline. However, concrete information has been released on the Mafia 3 attempt, neither on the actual rumor of the Mafia 3 development in San Francisco.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information

Grand Theft Auto V Gets More Screenshots

We’ve been covering quite a lot of Grand Theft Auto V news in the past year or so. If you’ve missed any we encourage you check it out here as quite a lot has happened. Grand Theft Auto V wasn’t present at E3 but Rockstar Games are trying to grab a bit of the limelight by putting out nine new screenshots of the game.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Grand Theft Auto V is inbound for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17th. We feel sales might be hindered a bit as people hold out for the next generation console version. A PC version is apparently coming, though it may take a while longer and may be launched later alongside the next generation (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) console version.

The new images can be seen below and they show various car/boat chases, firefights, plane flying and just general awesomeness.

Let us know what you think about the upcoming GTA V game from Rockstar Games.

Images courtesy of Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V Will Be Absent From E3 2013 Says 2K Games

2K Games is a publishing partner with Rockstar games and according to 2K Games big upcoming titles like Grand Theft Auto V and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will not be unveiled at E3 2013 this June.

Out of those two GTA V is clearly the most anticipated and millions of cross-platform Gamers are eagerly awaiting its release. 2K Games has reiterated its message about not attending E3 2013 confirming it will not be bringing any high profile titles – although this does not mean they won’t be released.

E3 attendees should not expect to play GTA V or The Bureau: XCOM Declassified but 2K Games will focus their marketing efforts “elsewhere” in order to promote these two games. In essence this means 2K Games are ditching E3 2013 as a marketing platform and will probably choose to “go at it alone” by creating their own media events for these particular games.

We don’t know whether this E3 withdrawal has any implications for the release date of these two games but as far as we can see it doesn’t, it is just an experimentation with different ways to market a game launch.

So if you are going/were going to go to E3 for GTA V, you will be disappointed.

What are your thoughts on this news?

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