Fable Legends Has Now Officially Closed

Fable: The Lost Chapters received a great deal of critical acclaim for its memorable characters, exceptional dialogue and gorgeous environments. It spawned a very successful series which is remembered fondly by RPG fans. Fable II launched as an Xbox 360 exclusive and managed to emulate the magical formula which made the original so enjoyable. In contrast to this, there’s varying views regarding Fable III and I’ve never really been able to play it to the latter stages. Rather bizarrely, Lionhead Studios decided to move into the MMO circuit instead of creating another traditional Fable title.

This was a fairly big risk given the cost of development and uncertainty about the appeal of a Fable MMO. I was fortunate enough to be given access to the closed beta and really enjoyed my time exploring Fable Legend’s world. In a shock twist, Microsoft announced the closure of Lionhead Studios and Fable Legend’s development. Despite this, there was some hope that their work could be saved and acquired from another company. However, I received an e-mail today confirming the game’s current status which reads:

“As announced last month, Fable Legends has now been closed and can no longer be accessed.

Refunds are currently being processed, you can find further information on the Lionhead Forums.

From all of us here at Lionhead Studios, we would like to thank you for participating in the closed beta and being a part of the game’s development. All stories have to end eventually, but the memories of Heroic triumphs and Villainous plots will last forever. Thank you for your support – you are all Legends!”

This is a real shame because Fable Legends never got the chance to be publicly released. While there were some concerns with the cash shop, these could have been resolved in the future. Of course, Microsoft owns the Fable IP and it’s unlikely that we’ll see another game using the Fable name ever again.

GameTrailers Shuts Down After 13 Years

GameTrailers was a very popular video game website which specialized in unique previews, reviews, recorded footage and HD trailers. The website had a very passionate community and became involved in uploading community content. Sadly, this wasn’t enough to keep the site running due to advent of Twitch, YouTube and other video services. Despite operating for 13 years, GameTrailers is now officially over, and all the staff members have lost their jobs. GameTrailers’ Editor-in-Chief, Brandon Jones made the announcement on Twitter and thanked fans for their long-term support:

Clearly, the site found it extremely difficult to retain a large audience as trailers were posted on YouTube by leading publishers. Additionally, the advent of NeoGAF, Reddit and other popular forums probably contributed to their demise. It’s extraordinarily difficult to run a video games website and keep paying the bills. Perhaps, AdBlock had a major effect to the site’s revenue. Whatever the case, GameTrailers is the latest website to be removed, and follows the likes of CVG. According to Associate Editor Ben Moore, the team only heard about the site’s closure hours before it went public:

“Hi everyone, Ben here. I just wanted to confirm that GameTrailers is shutting down officially today. Everyone is being let go. We all found out mere hours ago, so we’re still reeling a bit. Sincerely, thank you all for the tremendous support.”

This a shocking way to treat employees who worked for over 13 years at a company. It’s uncertain if the ex-employees will move to other websites, or even stay in the industry. The rise of streaming and YouTube celebrities has really made traditional gaming sites seem from a different, bygone era. Who knows which site will be next, but in many cases, it looks inevitable.

Are you sad to see the end of GameTrailers?

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Phanteks Launches Eclipse Series P400 and P400S

We had a little look at Phanteks Eclipse series during our visit to CES in Vegas last month and now Phanteks officially launched the new Eclipse P400 and P400S chassis. The two cases are identical on the basic features and the difference between the two is that the S model is the silent edition. Both versions of the Eclipse P400 are available in three colours: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are compact mid-towers that still have space for a lot of hardware. The interior chassis design is based on the Enthoo Series and the case is built with a full metal exterior and it comes in both windowed and closed versions. Other features include the RGB lighting system with colour control for external ambient and the option to attach extra interior RGB lighting strips.

 

The Eclipse P400 series is also equipped with dust filters all around, it features all-in-one radiator mounting location in the front for up to 360mm units, and a power supply shroud to hide the things you don’t want to show off. The P400S comes with the same features as the P400, but it also has additional features for an improved acoustical performance. The P400S includes top ventilation covers with soundproofing layer, front and side panels with soundproofing layers and also an integrated 3-speed fan controller.

There aren’t many limitations when it comes to hardware you can mount in the Eclipse P400. There is room for up to E-ATX motherboards with a width up to 272mm as well as default ATX, mATX, and mITX motherboards. The CPU cooler can be up to 170mm high while the graphics cards and other expansion cards can have a length up to 395mm without additional HDDs mounted and up to 280mm with them.

Speaking of storage drives, there is room for up to six 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives in this great looking chassis, however only two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch brackets are included and you’ll need to purchase additional 3.5-inch mounts should you require them.

The new Phanteks Eclipse P400 series will be available in March for a recommended retail price of €69.90 in the basic version. The silent version will cost you an additional €10 and the same goes for a windowed version. Even the €89.90 for the most expensive model is a fair price for a case that offers as much as the Eclipse P400 does.

Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Postponed

Rainbow Six is a long series containing both books and games. Rainbow Six is a fantasy group formed from numerous armed forces and groups from around the world all with the intention of forming a united front against terrorist and organised crime around the world. Primarily strategy based shooters meaning that just running in and firing would end badly for your teams, strategies that have pulled Rainbow Six into a unique category of gaming. The problem is though that the game has been plagued by doubts in regards to several areas, such as announcing microtransactions or the large price or even the lack of single player. The latest problem though is a recent announcement on their forum, stating that their open beta will be postponed.

In the post, Ubisoft stated that due to “matching making times and connection on all platforms” they will be postponing the open beta until a later time. Just in case you were wondering why this might be an issue, the primary issue is that not only will the game remain on closed Beta for now but PC Gamer have received confirmation from Ubisoft that the release date will not be pushed back.

The release date is currently set for December 1st, meaning that the game has less than a week to go from closed Beta to full release. With them already having issues for a multiplayer only game, are you worried about what could become of the game?

Konami Confirms Kojima Productions Los Angeles Studio Closure

The bitter feud between Konami and Hideo Kojima is still shrouded in mystery although it’s now official that both sides have gone their separate ways. Back in 2013, Kojima Productions L.A was setup to create Metal Gear Solid V and embarked on an extensive recruitment campaign. On release, the game received widespread critical acclaim and is often described as a ‘masterpiece’. Sadly, Konami confirmed, the studio which created this wonderful piece has been permanently closed. In an e-mail to Polygon, the statement reads:

“Konami has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio, effective immediately, due to the product development resources being restructured into a more centralized unit,”  

“This facility contributed to the recent Metal Gear Solid games. Konami will continue its operations to support all Metal Gear Solid titles, including the recently launched Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.”

This is a crying shame and provides closure on the relationship between Konami and Hideo Kojima. Perhaps, Konami feels they can create another Metal Gear Solid, but this massively depends on investment and operating funds. However, it doesn’t seem right to produce a sequel without the visionary direction of Hideo Kojima.

DOOM Closed Alpha PC Requirements Released

The DOOM closed Alpha is currently available to anyone who pre-ordered or bought Wolfenstein: The New Order on or before May 26, 2014. This includes access to the platform of your choice and designed to test the network infrastructure in a real-usage scenario. The Alpha contains the Heatwave multiplayer map and based on 6v6 Team Deathmatch gameplay. There are also 6 weapons, 2 equipment items, a demon and the Gauss Cannon. In terms of the game’s technical requirements, there’s nothing too demanding although recommending an i7 does seem a bit baffling.  Here is the complete list of requirements in full:

Minimum Specification:

64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8.1
Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better / AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
8 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB VRAM) / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB VRAM)
6GB HDD space
Steam account
High speed internet connection

Recommended Specification:

64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8.1
Intel Core i7 @ 3.4GHz or better / AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz or better
8GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB or more VRAM) / AMD Radeon R9 280 (3GB or more VRAM)
6GB HDD space
Steam account
High speed internet connection

DOOM’s fluid fast-paced gameplay looks extremely promising and provides an old school first-person-shooter experience. Sadly, I didn’t pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order which received excellent reviews and surpassed my expectations.

Are you looking forward to DOOM?

Weaponslist From Upcoming DOOM Closed-Alpha Leaked

DOOM is one of those games that started the modern gaming era for real and the newest addition to the game series is about to hit the closed alpha phase where previous players of Wolfenstein: The new Order can register for access to play. Now a few screenshots of the upcoming Alpha have hit the internet thanks to DSOG, but they sadly don’t show any in-game footage.

We’ve previously been teased with the new game, first with a 3-second trailer during E3 and later on a little early in-game video. This time we get a look at the weapons list, what will be available and what functions they have. The weapons look relative normal for DOOM from a function point of view and fans will be glad that the super shotgun is back, but fans have already called them both boring and lifeless.

We have to keep in mind that this is pre-early-alpha screenshots, so we can expect a lot to change, especially cosmetic, before the game ultimately launches. The closed alpha version of Doom will provide one multiplayer map, Heatwave, that should suit most play styles and allow players to get a feel for the game. The one available mode will be 6vs6 deathmatch in this early version, something that doesn’t remind me a lot of DOOM at all. I’d rather seen a normal deathmatch mode where everyone is against everyone.

Closed Doors Footage of Fallout 4 Gameplay Leaked

Fallout 4 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated and hyped games to be released soon and that was shown very well when the Fallout 4 craze crashed the GAME servers. We’ve seen a little bit official gameplay footage when the game was revealed, but otherwise Bethesda Softworks has kept pretty quiet and not released much information.

However, at Gamescom there was a presentation behind closed doors and for a very limited number of people which showed a lot more gameplay. The person filming it, whoever he might be, managed to capture about 7 minutes of gameplay video from this behind closed doors presentation and then uploaded it to the internet. Once there, it won’t go away and we all can enjoy what was intended for very few eyes.

The angle and video quality aren’t the best as it most likely was recorded with a hidden cell phone, it is however still interesting and worth to watch. Sadly, I can’t embed the video here, so you’ll have to visit SegmentNext to watch the 7 minutes of Fallout 4 awesomeness.

How many have already pre-ordered this game and if you have, did you get the Pipboy too? Let us know in the comments if you did.

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Closed Beta Testing for StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void Could Start at the End of March

The latest StarCraft title, Legacy of the Void, is said to be the closing story for the StarCraft 2 series. It was first announced at BlizzCon last year, but Blizzard did not mention when it will be released.

While Blizzard is known for taking its time with their titles, The Daily Dot gives some hope that the release date is close than expected. Their sources say that the closed beta for Legacy of the Void should be launched at the end of March or early April, pointing out that gaming press and esports organisations have been told to submit their requests for beta keys.

“It’s great timing for them. WCS Season 1 will be all but over and this will give players plenty of time to stream the beta and generate some excitement. As things stand the beta is pretty much ready to launch with the balance team just tweaking a few units.”

Blizzard stated that StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void will not be an expansion, but a standalone game. It is said to focus on the Protoss side of the story and should ultimately end the StarCraft 2 story as a whole.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Closed Alpha Specifications

So the newest in the line up of the Rainbow Six series has just launched for closed Alpha. Check out the press release below;

“TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE IS THE UPCOMING INSTALLMENT OF THE ACCLAIMED FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER FRANCHISE DEVELOPED BY THE RENOWNED UBISOFT MONTREAL STUDIO FOR THE NEW GENERATION OF CONSOLES AND PC.

INSPIRED BY THE REALITY OF COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIVES ACROSS THE WORLD, RAINBOW SIX SIEGE INVITES PLAYERS TO MASTER THE ART OF DESTRUCTION. INTENSE CLOSE QUARTERS CONFRONTATIONS, HIGH LETHALITY, TACTICS, TEAM PLAY, AND EXPLOSIVE ACTION ARE AT THE CENTER OF THE EXPERIENCE. THE MULTIPLAYER GAMEPLAY OF RAINBOW SIX SIEGE SETS A NEW BAR FOR INTENSE FIREFIGHTS AND EXPERT STRATEGY IN THE RICH LEGACY OF PAST RAINBOW SIX GAMES.

COUNTER TERRORIST UNITS
ASSUME THE ROLES OF GLOBAL COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIVES, SPECIALIZING IN CLOSE-QUARTERS COMBAT, DEMOLITION AND BRUTALLY PRECISE EXECUTION OF COORDINATED ASSAULTS.

THE SIEGE GAMEPLAY
BREACH ENEMY STRONGHOLDS WITH NEW TACTICAL MEASURES OR FORTIFY YOUR OWN WITH DEFENSIVE RESOURCES IN BOTH SIDES OF SIEGES, A BRAND-NEW MODE OF ASSAULT COMBAT FOR THE RAINBOW SIX SERIES.

PROCEDURAL DESTRUCTION
CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF YOUR ASSAULT WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION. WALLS CAN BE SHATTERED, AND FLOORS AND CEILINGS CAN BE BREACHED. MASTERING THE ELEMENT OF DESTRUCTION IS THE KEY TO VICTORY.”

Sounds like they have taken Terrorist Hunt very seriously and made an entire game about it; I loved the Terrorist Hunt feature and can’t wait for this to be released. Going by the Alpha specifications, even though they say the requirements will be less for game launch, I think this game will be very demanding.

“Minimum Rainbow Six Siege Closed Alpha PC Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, x64
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core
  • CPU Speed: 3.3 GHz (Recommended), 2.6 GHz (Minimum)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 / R9 280 X
  • VRAM: 2 GB

Note: These specs are the ones required for Alpha testing and are not the final PC specs. We are still working on optimizing the game and the launch specs will be lower than the Alpha specs.”

World of Warships Hits Closed Beta

Wargaming’s latest MMO title, World of Warships, has just hit closed beta status. The developer states that, as with their other titles, World of Warships aims to deliver an authentic experience to all players.

There are reports that a total of 50 ships, both American and Japanese, and 5 maps are present in the beta. However, expect Wargaming to add a lot more once the title is released. Fans who would like to participate in the closed beta can sign up on the developer’s website here.

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Microsoft Office Reportedly Heading for Android Tablets

Microsoft has launched its Office product for the iPad earlier this year, having it be a stripped-down version of the actual Microsoft Office for desktop, designed specifically for the iPad. It apparently has been released ahead of Microsoft’s own Windows tablets, which is a little ironic.

Rumor now has it that the Android version of Office is nearly here, having Android tablet users be able to benefit from Microsoft’s product by the end of the year. The Android version is said to be similar to the iPad version, having users with an Office 365 subscription able to use it. Microsoft is apparently looking for private beta testers, having companies to individuals given an equal chance to sign up for the beta program over at Microsoft’s SharePoint website.

This information points to the Android version of Office being released ahead of the Windows version as well. Though this might sound as a ‘failure’ for the company, it could be a big thing financial-wise. This is because iOS and Android are currently ahead of Microsoft’s mobile OS, and thus have more potential in drawing companies and individual users to benefit from Microsoft’s product. Also, this move can further improve Microsoft’s final version of Office for Windows tablets, having it releasing a more stable and bug-free product for its own OS.

Microsoft is said to be releasing the Office product for its own devices later on in 2015. Until then, Android tablet users can sign up to experience the Office product on their own devices through the beta program.

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Microsoft Launches Security and Threat Information Sharing Platform Named Interflow

Microsoft plans on providing new and more efficient ways for security professionals to effectively and swiftly respond to potential threats. This is why the company has just launched the closed preview of a platform named Interflow, designed with cybersecurity in mind.

The platform is said to have been announced in a Microsoft blog post, having stated that it is a product of collaboration with the Microsoft Active Protections Platform. Interflow is designed to “take industry specifications to create an automated feed of machine-readable threat information that can be shared across industries and groups”. Also, Microsoft has stated that users decide which information or feeds are shared with the communities and even which community is required to be established.

Up until now, Microsoft has been testing the platform internally having its own security teams assessing the threats. However, Microsoft states that the platform is available to other companies as well who desire to test and even participate in improving it. The company has also stated that it plans on making Interflow available to all MAPP groups in the future.

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In terms of specifications, Microsoft said that Interflow supports a number of open specifications, such as STIX (Structured Threat Information eXpression), TAXII (Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information), as well as CybOX (Cyber Observable eXpression). Given the latter, the platform should integrate with existing systems and avoid potential data locking.

Given that threats and cyber attacks are increasing in number, security is becoming every company’s main priority and being able to respond to cyber attacks at the same time they occur is the best solution in order to have a greater chance of successfully protecting the company network and systems.

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