2K Games Developer Sale at Humble Store

The Humble Bundle is a well-known thing to PC gamers. The concept is that a selection of games will become available for as little as $1, with additional games being unlocked when you pay a little more. With you able to define how much you give to Humble Bundle’s creators, the game owners and from a selection of charities, you are able to decide just where your money goes. More recently they began the humble weekly bundle, a smaller time offer (at the moment the weekly bundle is titled “Japan Edition All-Stars”) and then the Humble store, offering games with a confirmed percentage going to charity. If you’re a fan of 2K’s games then it may be worth checking the site out as they are currently having a sale which will intrigue even the most reserved gamers.

Xcom Enemy Unknown for £6.24 (75% off), Bioshock Infinite for £4.99 (75% off), Civilization 5 £4.99 (75% off) and the expansions are both £4.99 each (Brave New World and Gods and Kinds).

Get the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization, Beyond Earth, for 50% at only £14.99, or if you feel like a great shooter with an interesting story and characters then why not grab some of the Borderlands series. The original Borderlands (GOTY edition with all the DLC’s) is only £4.99 (75% off) while Borderlands 2 (GOTY edition) is £8.74  (75% off). The latest in the borderlands series, Borderlands the pre-sequel, is also included at £11.99 (60% off).

See a few games you like? Spend over £10 and add Darkness II to your cart to receive it for free. Good games, good deals, and great causes, what isn’t there to like about that!?

Check out the deals here.

‘Bioshock Collection’ Could be Heading to PS4 And Xbox One

The South African retailer, Raru has listed ‘The Bioshock Collection’ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a release date of November 27th 2015. As with any unannounced retailer listings, it’s important to air on the side of caution with the release date which could simply be a placeholder. This would also explain the price which converted equates to £122. Nevertheless, it seems plausible enough given the huge success of Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite. The current console generation has suffered from a distinct lack of new titles and overly relied on HD remasters.

I expect the package to include all Bioshock games and the DLC but I’m not entirely convinced about Bioshock Infinite running at 1080p/60fps. It’s a possibility, but the current crop of consoles are quite mediocre in the horsepower department. Whatever the case, I’m a massive fan of the Bioshock franchise and love the atmospheric, single-player focus. While the gunplay could be better, there are very few games which can match each game’s enriching narrative. In an ideal world, I would love to see the first game remade from scratch, with high-resolution textures.

Raru has been a fairly reliable source of leaks before, and this latest piece of information is no different. It’s great to see more games on the current consoles but as a PC player it seems bizarre to re-purchase titles you have already paid for which actually look worse than the original PC version.

What is your favourite Bioshock game and why?

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Latest Released Details For The Upcoming WWE 2K 2016 Game

2K has announced further plans for the upcoming WWE 2016 game which will be home to platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This game is expected to be launched on the 27th October in North America and 30th October in Europe.

So, what amazing new features are fans expected to receive? Well, there will be 120 “unique” characters, this means no duplicates. There are caveats to this as a wrestler with several characters, for example Mick Foley; will have Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind counted as separate playable wrestlers. Although any wrestlers who have changed throughout the decades, think Sting in the 80’s, 90’s or 2000 or the Undertaker in the 90s, 2000s and 2010s would be considered as one playable character.  Memo to Vince, I am also thinking Sting vs Undertaker for Wrestlemania 32.

The rattlesnake Stone Cold has been officially confirmed for the cover of the game, while the commentators will for the first time have the option for three people. Other improvements but not necessarily new features are as follows,

  • My Career is mode: This time it goes a lot further, all the way to you gaining admission to the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • Create a Diva: Create a Show, Create an Arena, and Create a Championship are back in!
  • WWE Universe: Wrestlers can now be booked to multiple shows
  • Online has been “overhauled.”
  • Three-man commentary team: With John “Bradshaw” Layfield joining King and Cole.
  • Ladder, handicap, and tornado tag match types added back in.
  • No loading screens between entrances and you can assault opponents during their entrance!
  • Improved ref and manager AI.

Hallelujah! We have no loading screens; this has only taken at least 15 years to implement, my reaction is the same as the screenshot below. This game looks to be an improvement, albeit a drip fed one for the franchise, which will still attract fans alike.  I do wish developers would stop adding a previously removed feature before calling it “unique”.  The head of 2K would not like his leg removed before being screwed back on and calling it “a new human feature”  Where’s those creative genius’s from the Minecraft Deep Sea world when you need them.

Thank you IGN for providing us with this information

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Arnold Schwarzenegger To Appear In WWE 2K 2016

Famous wrestling video game franchise for the WWE has always been a popular series of titles, from the early WWF Smackdown for the PS1 to today’s crop of high-resolution wrestlers for the current selection of next generation consoles. One thing which does frustrate me with the notion of these games is the accompanied DLC which holds back a chunk of wrestlers which have to be purchased separately.

Anyway, for the recently announced 2016 game by developers Visual Concepts and Yuke’s, they might have slightly veered of track, with the confirmation that the player will be able to choose Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wrestler within the title. Yep Arnie has been connected with WWE having most recently appeared via promo within the Triple H entrance at Wrestlemania 31. But I don’t remember him appearing as the two playable characters which will be a T-800, one from the original 1984 film and another from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Both characters will be available exclusively to those who pre-order WWE 2K16 from retailers such as Amazon or any other major retailer accepting pre-orders. All we now need is Robocop and players can have a wrestling style Cyborg Royal Rumble with the winner enslaving or saving humanity.

WWE 2K16 will be back on PS3. PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in North America on October 27, followed by its international release on October 30.

This game will be minus Hulk Hogan after the ‘you know what’ word controversy.

Thank You IGN for providing us with this information

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Advent Sci-Fi Game Teased by 2K.

2K, the people behind Bioshock, have tweeted an obscure reveal of what looks to be a new game. Of course at this point it could be anything, but the safe money is on it being a game.

So what is this Advent? From the look of the images that have been released and the quite informative in-world website, it looks to be a futuristic city. One that you wouldn’t be shocked to see Rick Deckard running amok in.

On the website there is a pamphlet that details the Advent gene therapy that apparently has saved millions, boasting a world without illness or pain. So what else could it be other than a George Orwell inspired, too good to be true, futuristic dystopia.

The website, tweet and pamphlet all leave a lot to the imagination, but there are theories out there that this could be the new X-COM game. Or more probable, the universe that follows on from Rapture and Columbia in the Bioshock series. This could all be wrong, as internet theories usually are, and be a new IP for 2K. What look to be a screen shot of the in game world don’t look to me as sequels to either of the aforementioned games, it looks more like a Sim City style game. All this is conjecture, it’s only one little glimpse of an otherwise mysterious thing. I’m sure the internet will be rife with more theories about what this new game is, but the only true way is to wait and see what 2K has in store for us.

2K Australia, Developer of BioShock and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Closes

Canberra-based 2K Australia, the studio responsible for developing the three BioShock games and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, is closing, a source has told Kotaku Australia. The source told the gaming website that “All hands are gone,” referring to the termination of every position at the company.

2K Australia, founded in 2000 as Irrational Canberra but absorbed by 2K in 2007, was focused on developing new intellectual properties and co-develop games with its 2K sister studios. The studio’s closure is blamed on high operating costs within the Australian territory. 2K Australia was the country’s last remaining AAA developer.

Kotaku’s source added that a move to Melbourne was considered, in an effort to save the studio and attract new developers, but many high-level members of the 2K team rebelled against the idea, leading to the decision to close the studio entirely.

2K later confirmed the closure with the following statement:

“We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.”

Thank you Kotaku Australia for providing us with this information.

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Nvidia Announce Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel GeForce Bundle

Nvidia has just announced a new game bundle for purchasers of their GTX Titan, GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780 and GTX 770 desktop graphics cards. The new promotion which started yesterday, August 12th, entitles eligible buyers to a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The offer runs for a limited time while supplies last, but Nvidia did not give any specific dates as to when the promotion ends. The digital download codes provided can be used to access the new game title on Steam from October 14th.

In the UK buyers can pick up eligible graphics cards from retailers such as CyberPower, Dabs, eBuyer, PC Specialist and Scan Computers.

Get ready to shoot ‘n’ loot your way through Pandora’s moon.  Starting today1, gamers who purchase select NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX® TITAN, 780 Ti, 780, and 770 desktop GPUs will receive a free copy of Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel, the hotly anticipated new chapter to the multi-award winning Borderlands franchise from 2K and Gearbox Software.

Discover the story behind Borderlands 2’s villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel offers players a whole lotta new gameplay in low gravity.

“If you have a high-end NVIDIA GPU, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will offer higher fidelity and higher performance hardware-driven special effects including awesome weapon impacts, moon-shatteringly cool cryo explosions and ice particles, and cloth and fluid simulation that blows me away every time I see it,” said Randy Pitchford, CEO and president of Gearbox Software.

With NVIDIA PhysX® technology, you will feel deep space like never before. Get high in low gravity and use new ice and laser weapons to experience destructible levels of mayhem. Check out the latest trailer here: http://youtu.be/c9a4wr4I1hk

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will also stream to your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet or portable.  For the first time ever, you can play Claptrap anywhere by using NVIDIA Gamestream technologies.   You can even livestream and record every fist punch with GeForce Shadowplay

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available on October 14, 2014 in North America and on October 17, 2014 internationally. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is not yet rated by the ESRB.

The GeForce GTX and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel bundle is available starting today from leading e-tailers and system builders including Computer Planet, PC Specialist and Scan. For a full list of participating partners, please visit: www.geforce.com/GetBorderlands

Source: Nvidia PR

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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.

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Gearbox Software Confirms A New Game Title is in the Pipelines

Gearbox Software, the developers behind a number of chart topping games including Borderlands 2 and Brothers In Arms have announced that they have a new game in the pipelines which is being brought together in conjunction with publisher 2K Games.

Designed as a game of many elements, Battleborn is “a fusion of first-person shooting and loot-grabbing RPG elements in a living comic book art style”, with a 5 player co-op layout, but with an FPS type game play. Made to look like a comic-style game, Gearbox say this is the most ambitious game that they have ever created and when it finally gets released, most likely between April next year and March 2016, it will feature elements of game play from other hit titles such as DOTA 2 and LOL, giving us a fast paced game that is like no-other. What’s more, Gearbox plan to release it on the PC, Xbox One and Playstation platforms for every gamer to enjoy.

Randy Pitchford Gearbox’s President made a statement saying: “Battleborn’s story takes place in a distant future, the only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors, who must put aside their differences to drive back an unstoppable menace. As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, co-operative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created”

With so many elements being pushed together from a number of game genres, it is no surprise that this is a very ambitious game title and although I’m no big gamer myself, I’m sure our resident game editor Pete will be interested in working his way through the game when it comes out possibly late next year.

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Source: Fudzilla

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Upcoming Galaxy S5 Specs Rumors Leaked, To Include Fingerprint And 3D Tour View

A series of tweets from the well-known reliable source, @evleaks, has revealed several details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, apparently confirming the official name of the product as well as some of its specs that have been previously included in many other reports – the fingerprint scanner and the 2K resolution display.

“They’re sticking with a winner, name-wise,” @evleaks wrote, posting a wallpaper image that has “Galaxy S5” written on it. It doesn’t come as a surprise considering the popularity of the Galaxy S5′s predecessors. Additional images show names of purported applications “from Samsung Galaxy S5” including “FingerprintService.apk” and “3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk.”

The Fingerprint Service app indicates that the phone will have a fingerprint scanner complete with related functionality, a feature that some Samsung execs hinted to. The second app reveals that the resolution of the phone’s display will be WQHD at 2560 x 1440 pixels, or 2K, something many reports have also pointed to.

However, KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently said that the Galaxy S5 will come in two versions with different screen resolutions, including a WQHD “Premium” model and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) “Standard” version – a new leak has also revealed that some Galaxy S5 versions will have Full HD displays. According to Kuo, both versions will have a fingerprint scanner as well.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information
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“Quad-HD” 2560×1440 Panel Rumored To Be Featured In The New LG G3

According to a report from ZDNet Korea, LG is rumored to have leaked the specs of its LG G3, the next generation smartphone. The report shows the handset boasting a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel quad-HD display.

The Quad HD is the name for 2K resolutions, which refers to a display that has a horizontal resolution of more than 2,000 pixels. In the case of smartphones, the resolution refers to the vertical side resolution size. The rumor does not specify how large the display will be, but LG showed off a new 5.5-inch quad HD display this August. ZDNet Korea’s report also says that the G3 will feature a 16-megapixel rear camera and an eight-core processor. The G3 isn’t expected to launch until the second half of 2014.

The LG G2 shows some impressive specs, however it suffers from a focus on useless features such as its awkwardly placed buttons. As a result, the G2 has struggled, only selling 2.3 million units to date, which is far below the company’s expectation of 3 million units.

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‘Tales from the Borderlands’ Episodic Game Series Premiering in 2014

Telltale Games will be working along side Gearbox Software, and publisher 2K, announced today their partnership to create an all-new story-driven episodic game series entitled, ‘Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series’, set to premiere digitally in 2014 on home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices.

“Gearbox shares the independent spirit that Telltale was founded on, and like Telltale, they’ve broken the boundaries of what to expect within a gaming genre,” said Dan Connors, co-founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Our partnership is something that we are very excited about, because it will unite the incredibly rich world of Borderlands with Telltale’s focus on story-telling driven by player choice, and characters that people truly care about.”

‘Tales from the Borderlands’ will explore and expand on the stories of existing and all-new characters from the world of Pandora, as seen in the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Borderlands 2 from Gearbox and 2K.

“At the 2012 Spike TV VGAs, our studios and games – Borderlands 2 and The Walking Dead – were fortunate to do incredibly well that night winning more awards than any other games! So we met up later for a great first date, one thing lead to another and, well, we’re having a baby,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “Borderlands is incredibly important to us, so it is meaningful to share that with this partnership. I have great confidence and excitement for what Telltale has in store for its all-new adventures in our universe.”

Developed by Gearbox Software, and published by 2K – a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. – the Borderlands franchise has sold-in more than 15 million units worldwide, won more than 55 editorial awards, and was a breakout original property that invented a new genre, the FPS/RPG hybrid known as “shooter-looter.” It’s also one of the best co-op gaming series ever to have been released, I’ve personally clocked up hundred of hour on this game sitting side by side my girlfriend as we explore Pandora. Hopefully this new series will help us continue this epic quest for many more hours!

Stay tuned for more information on Tales from the Borderlands in the coming weeks.

Thank you Telltale for providing us with this information.

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