Total War Warhammer Delayed

When it comes to epic battles of ginormous proportions, there was only ever really one video game series that came to mind, the Total War series. Featuring crusades from medieval England and feudal Japan, the Total War series took you everywhere in history to conquer and battle with the finest of units. That is all set to change with their latest series taking you not somewhere in time, but in reality with Total War Warhammer. Sadly if you want to enjoy the game you may have to wait just that little bit longer.

Total War Warhammer will now release a month later than previously indicated, now launching on May 24th instead of the original release date of April 28th. In his official press release creative director, Mike Simpon said “this could be the best Total War game we’ve ever made. We don’t want to rush it”.

Carrying on to say that the game will be “enormous”, they want to be certain that it will play well and their reviewers have had a chance to enjoy every part of it before launch date.

Alongside this announcement comes the recommended specs for your computer, so you now have that extra month to make sure your Empire can take on the Orc hordes in style.

PC Minimum Specs:
Expected around 25-35 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “Low”

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon HD 5770 1024MB | NVIDIA GTS 450 1024MB | Intel HD4000 @720P
  • *PC integrated graphics chipsets require 4GB ram, e.g. Intel HD series

PC Recommended Specs:
Expected around 45-55 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “High”

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core i5-4570 3.20GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon R9 270X 2048MB | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048MB @1080P

PC 60fps+ Specs:
Expected 60 FPS+ on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “Ultra”

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Fury X or Nvidia GTX 980 @1080P

Windows 10 Mobile Update Might Finally Arrive This Month

Whether Windows 8 mobile users have waited patiently for the update to Windows 10 or not is something the upgrade numbers will show, but up until now they haven’t had any other choice than wait. At least, if they wanted to keep their current Lumia phones powered by the older operating system. At first the update was promised to arrive in December last year, then it was January before being pushed to February, only to be postponed again.

The newest reports indicate that those were the last delays and that Windows 8 users will get the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 this month, after the monthly service update is completed for the Lumia 950 models. I should, however, point out again, that this isn’t officially confirmed information, at least not yet.

Microsoft plans to roll-out the update as an opt-in upgrade, allowing the users the choice to upgrade or not. At least at first. Once it has been verified that there aren’t any critical bugs or trouble with the upgrade, it will be pushed to compatible phones automatically.

With smartphones being as vital a component in people’s live these days, it is good to see that Microsoft takes its time to polish the operating system and make sure that everyone will get a great experience out of it instead of trying to stick to deadlines and then release a buggy product. It’s not something they can afford to do and the won’t.

It is an update that is well worth waiting for as I can say first hand that Windows 10 is an awesome mobile operating system. It takes a little time to get used to, as any change, but after a day, you won’t be missing any previous system. That is at least if you use your phone for communication where you’ll find all the popular instant messengers and similar things, but you might not find your favourite game on there yet.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Has Its Release Delayed Again

Uncharted has become one of Sony’s largest series with the fourth game in the series looking to be released this year. Following a treasure hunters search, the game features everything you could want to play, but you may have to wait a little longer for the experience with Sony announcing that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End release will be delayed.

Originally set for a March 18th release, the game has already experienced a push back but with the latest delay the launch date is now looking as the 10th May. According to Sony, this is to allow for “extra manufacturing time” before release.

Even with the delay, they seem confident, with the post continuing to say that “the good news is the game is phenomenal”.  This news comes just after it was revealed that inside their initial story trailer they used some artwork from Ubisoft’s Assasins Creed series, something that caused them to pull down the trailer and re-release it without the offending artwork.

Are you looking forward to the game? Does a delay matter to you or would you prefer that they released the game as soon as it was done and ready? We seem to get delays every other week, with some games being delayed so much they seem to almost never happen.

Mighty No. 9 Delayed Once Again

Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter campaign was funded in a mere two days and went onto amass almost $4 million. Clearly, being the spiritual successor to the highly idolized Megaman franchise encouraged many fans of the genre to invest. As always the case with crowdfunding, it’s important to realize that any payment is an investment and certain risks are involved. Although, if something doesn’t live up to the initial promise, people are rightfully angry and want to regain their initial investment. Sadly, the game’s development has been plagued by numerous delays because of bugs, and inability to properly create a stable netcode. Back in October, the project’s lead pledged there would be no more delays and promised to keep the game on schedule.

Despite these assurances, the game is going to miss the February release target and been delayed once again. According to the Kickstarter update, this is due to issues with the online aspect and bound to cause anger from players only interested in the single player experience. Here is the latest update in full:

“To the fans eagerly awaiting the release of Mighty No. 9,  

Unfortunately, we have an announcement that will be very disappointing to all of you. In preparation for the February release of Mighty No. 9 we have been working hard with our partners to resolve any network issues and porting work necessary to publish Mighty No. 9 on the various platforms. However, the issues relating to the network modes were more critical than expected, and it has become apparent that we will need to delay the game from its February 9th release date. We have been working up until the very last moment to resolve these issues in order to make the February release, but it has become clear that we no longer have enough time to fix the issues and have everything prepared for release.

The reason for the delay is rooted in bugs inside the network modes, and specifically problems with matchmaking. There are two large reasons for this problem, one of them being the large number of platforms supported (the solution for each platform is slightly different) and the other stems from the fact that the engine we are using is no longer being updated which means adjustments for matchmaking and online code are being made manually (actually reprogramming parts of the engine by the dev team themselves). Unfortunately, this is all a result of miscalculations on the part of us, the development staff. As a result, our fans who have been looking forward to Mighty No. 9 have been forced to wait for over half a year longer than expected, and for that we are sincerely sorry. I want to take this chance to apologize personally, and on the behalf of the development staff.

Over the end of the year break and the beginning of 2016, the development staff has been working on these issues non-stop without break, and thanks to their hard work the end is in sight. We continue to make progress to resolve these last issues that have been holding up the release of the game on the different platforms.

Because we are constantly working on it in cooperation with all our partners, we want to wait and make sure that everything is confirmed to be ready before giving a new specific release date. But we expect it to realistically be in Spring 2016.

For this 3rd delay of the game, we have no excuses for disappointing our fans and especially our backers once more. We want to take this chance to express our sincerest apologies to everyone who has looked forward to the release.

Although we are far past our original release date, the release of Mighty No. 9 is still right around the corner. We are all working hard to make sure that we can finish and release the game to all of our fans as quickly as possible, and ask once more for your support of this project that we have created together over these last few years.”

With the huge amount of money at the development team’s disposal, it’s absolutely absurd to see the game being delayed time after time. Usually, I defend the notion of delaying games, because at least it releases in a proper state. However, Mighty No.9 is becoming a laughing-stock, and mocked online each time the release date is put back.

Star Wars: Episode VIII Causes Avatar 2 Delay

It’s a tough time to be a fan of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, although it for those who followed the release of the first movie in the series, it’s always been somewhat of a bumpy road anyway. The movie was first revealed as a project from James Cameron back in 1996, and it wasn’t until 2009 when we first got to see it; 13 years is a very long time, even in the world of movie development. Avatar 2 was originally planned for a Christmas 2017 release, so we’ve already been waiting quite a few years anyway, but there’s obviously hope that it won’t be pushed back by 13 years.

So what’s causing the delay? Star Wars: Episode VIII! It seems the studios don’t want to take on what would be an epic big screen battle for viewers, not only because it could hurt the profits of either, but it would likely limit each to a certain number of IMAX screens around the world, something neither studio would want. Disney would be mad to get locked into a competition with this movie too, given that they even have a planned Avatar installment coming to their park around the time of the movies release.

So with Star Wars taking the December spot for a major release for the next few years, it looks like 20th Century Fox will take Avatar into a summer release window for 2018. With Cameron wanting to wait till all three of the new Avatar movies are done before pushing them to market, allowing him to release each one just a year after the other, so expect to see Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and if rumours are to be believed, Sigourney Weaver, throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.

It’s a bit of a long wait, but with Cameron pulling out all the stops for one of his biggest blockbusters yet, the end result is likely going to be a spectacular cinematic treat.

Can’t wait all that time for the new movies? Takes a step back and enjoy the original trailer on more time.

Brits Will Have to Wait Until 2016 for the SurfaceBook

If you live in the UK and would like to get your hands on the new SurfaceBook from Microsoft like your American and Australian friends, then you are out of luck for quite some time. This news comes directly from Microsoft’s booth at the Future Decoded venue in London via Micheal Gillett, Microsoft MVP for Windows Consumer Apps.

The latest news tells us that it will be at least March 2016, if not April 2016, before it will become available for UK customers. It will most likely be the same date or later for the rest of Europe too, but that’s just speculation so far. There are still quite a few parts in the world where you can’t get any Surface products at all yet, so this certainly isn’t a new scheme.

Whether this is down high demand where the production can’t keep up or if it is another portion of company stupidity and regional exclusives is down to everyone’s own guess, but one thing is sure: People won’t be happy about this. I am personally planning a new portable and powerful workstation purchase very soon and had my eyes on a Surface Book. With this news, I might just put my eyes on a new Yoga or similar instead.

While we are in the sad corner, there is more coming and that is in regard to the new Surface Pro 4. The Surface Type Cover with fingerprint scanner won’t come to the UK at all, at least there currently aren’t any plans for it. There is no real reasoning behind this, at least no official ones. So you can get your tinfoil hats out and start making your own theories on that too.

Overall, this is not the best news out of the house of Microsoft. It was only yesterday that Tim Cook was dissing the Surface Book, so it will be interesting to see what comes tomorrow.

Nintendo Delays Launch of Smartphone Games – Stock Price Plummets

 

Have you been waiting for the much-loved Nintendo games to hit your mobile phone? Sorry to inform you but today Nintendo have announced that they have pushed back the much-anticipated launch of game service for smartphones to March 2016. Japan’s Wall Streets Journal Reporter Mayumi Negishi blogged on this disappointing news for both gamers and investors and it sure does show when you look at Nintendo’s shares, which fell down by more than 10 percent!

Nintendo’s entering the mobile game market was a new strategy announced by its previous chief executive who died of cancer earlier this year. Nintendo had previously stated it would introduce its first smartphone games by the end of 2015. So this means it was prime time to buy up shares as investors had hoped that would include it’s best-selling Mario video game franchise in the first line-up. Nintendo’s current Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima said the delay would help Nintendo concentrate on selling its existing consoles and game software during the year-end holiday season.

“The year-end is traditionally our peak season for sales,” told a packed news conference, when asked about the delay. “This way, we’d be able to introduce our new applications after the holiday season is over.”

Tatsumi Kimishima did not comment on whether Mario would come to smartphones, instead he focused on promoting the new social networking style game called “Miitomo” which will now be available in March. The news knocked Nintendo’s shares down by as much as 10 percent in morning trade this morning as DeNA Co, Nintendo’s mobile gaming partner fell as much as a staggering 19 percent.

This drop is a mighty shame for Nintendo as shares this year surged by more than 80 percent, aided by the success of the Wii U alongside the hype that the company would be entering the smartphone game market. What are your thoughts on the subject? Let us know in the comments.

Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition Delayed

The soon to be released Batman Arkham Knight is a game that has had anything but a smooth start for Rocksteady and Warner Interactive. There have been a lot of delays and just last week we saw the cancellation of the Batmobile edition of the game due to faulty figurines. They just didn’t live up to a quality standard that could be sold.

Now the next version of the game is in trouble and this time it is the Batman Arkham Knight Limited Edition sold exclusively by the online shopping giant Amazon. The Limited edition won’t be cancelled, but it will be released with a delay.

Ironically the issue is close to the one for the Batmobile edition, although not as bad. The figurines might be up to the quality standard that is needed, but they lack the CE certification that they need by law within the EU. This is a double face-palm for both companies and I’m pretty sure that there is some screaming on the phones and harsh words in the emails between them and the figuring manufacturers.

The Limited Edition will now ship on the 14th of July instead. Amazon knows your frustrations and will be providing game codes for a download on the 23rd of June so customers can enjoy played the game right away. So the good news for those who pre-ordered is that you can play upon release, but you will have to wait for all the extras.

Rockstar Announce Delayed Release Date For GTA V PC

Another delay? Yes indeed, Rockstar Games has just announced that GTA V for PC will now be released 2 months later than planned on March 24, 2015. In return for delivering this bombshell, the developer has released some screenshots; something that probably won’t satisfy everyone’s complaints, especially considering the screenshots are from a game that has been available on other platforms for over a year.

“Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.” – Rockstar Games

They posted some details of specs, minimum and suggested hardware requirements as well as that the PC version will run “at 1080p and 60fps with up to 4K resolution and support for up to triple monitor configurations, as well as NVidia 3D Vision for up to triple monitor setups.”

As expected, there has been a bit of a backlash in the comments beneath Rockstar’s news release, with many complaining that Rockstar has too much of a habit of delaying things. Well just incase you find yourself fuming in response to this news, perhaps this quote from the legend that is Shigeru Miyamoto might calm you down a little.

“A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” – Shigeru Miyamoto

Source: Rockstar Games

New Rumours suggest GTA V PC Release Delay

Grand Theft Auto V is without a doubt one of the biggest and most anticipated game releases for the PC and it is currently set for a January 27 release date. New rumours have cropped up based on information from the Steam Store listing, that this launch date might be delayed.

The game changed the release date from the previous mentioned January 27 to Early 2015. One can argue that it’s still a match, but it seems odd. Usually, a release date is changed the other way around when the actual release date is getting close. It could also just be Steam that wants to safeguard themselves against a possible sh!tstorm from their users in case a delay should happen.

After the story broke yesterday, a Rockstar employee replied to a concerned fan on the official forums that there wasn’t any changes announced on the release date. That statement however still doesn’t deny the rumour, just that it hasn’t been officially announced yet, if true.

“GTAV will be coming to PC on January 27th. We have not announced any changes to this date at this time.”

Thanks to WCCF tech for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Rockstar and Valve

Android Silver Put On Hold by Google

For those of you who’ve been waiting to get your hands onto a high-end Android based handset running stock software – the wait’s going to be much longer than expected. Reports have leaked that Google’s own employee’s seriously fear that the yet unannounced Android Silver initiative wouldn’t take-off with consumers. Mountain View for the moment has put all plans for Android Silver on hold – with the recent departure of Google’s sales boss Nikesh Arora making matters far more difficult than intended for the company. Arora held strong ties with both high end handset makers as well as the big name mobile telecommunication companies – his departure is said to have set the project back significantly, with Google failing to have anyone suitable to fill in their big shoes.

Android Silver looked to remove software bloat from Android devices – and was expected to be targeting premium high-end handsets across major developed global markets. The news is a large blow for the company, as Google’s still a shy away from challenging head on against rival Apple at the top tier end of the market. In the meantime, Mountain View is hard at work on releasing its new Android version Android L – set for release later this year.

Thank you to The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of nextpowerup.com.

Don’t Count on GTA V for PC and Next Gen Any Time Soon

New rumours are starting to appear that we shouldn’t expect to play GTA V on our PC, Xbox One or Playstation 4 during the Christmas holidays as many had hoped for. Some point towards a 2015 release date while other suggest the project has been completely cancelled.

There are a lot of conflicting information at the moment, and in a way it seems unlikely that it would be cancelled after all the extra effort they put into the PC specific features. The lack of their presence at this years Gamescon on the other hand shows that something could be fishy in the Rockstar pond.

Users have let their rage over this out over at 4chan and their user-base has hacked the Rantic website leaving a message that reads “Dear Rockstar, Hacked by 4chan, Give us our GT5 for PC”. Rantic is a PR company and it’s founder who currently is  known as Brad is also an Rockstar North employee. Brad had shared concerns about the current state of the game on the Rantic website and the chairman backed up the rumours in an interview, saying they (Rockstar) never wanted to create a PC version and only did so due to their customers pressure.

It’s yet to be seen if we get our GTA V on PC and next gen consoles or not, but for now the user-base from 4chan has sent a solid signal to Rockstar. They want it, and they are willing to fight for it. I’m sure Rockstar will be forced to come with some sort of public statement now, something they usually don’t do at all.

Thank you gamersky for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Rockstar

 

Assassin’s Creed Unity Launch Delayed

The newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed series, Unity, should have been released in October, but has now been postponed. It is however not as bad as we’ve seen it in the past from Ubisoft titles *cough Watch_Dogs cough*.

Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed 2 weeks to allow the developers to fix the last small bugs and put the last finishes on the game. So about the same thing we hear every time a game is delayed. The new date is now November 11. in the United States and November 13 in Europe. The news came from a blog post made by Ubisoft.

Now that the team has a near-finished game, those extra two weeks will allow them to focus on those minor adjustments that can make a big difference – and ultimately help Ubisoft deliver on the promise of the game. “We’re very confident in the game we’re making,” Pontbriand says.

The second new game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released on the same day. That however is sadly a console exclusive from the looks of it, at least for now, coming to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thank you Ubisoft for providing us with these information.

Image courtesy of Ubisoft.

Intel Braswell Delayed Again

The Braswell SoC chip was originally scheduled for Q1 2015 release date, but back in July we heard that the production of Braswell had been pushed back and it customers would have to wait at least until March 2015, but more likely April or May.

Now it has been pushed once again and delayed by another quarter due to slower than expected sample validation. Current “Ready To Ship” dates of Braswell microprocessors are June to August 2015 and their production is expected to start in April to June 2015.

Braswell is the future entry-level Intel desktop and mobile processors that will be built on 14nm technology. The Braswell SoCs will feature 2 or 4 “Airmont” CPU cores  capable of out-of-order execution  and 8th generation graphics with 16 Execution Units.

Both the CPU and the GPU cores will support burst technology. The chips will also incorporate 1 MB or 2 MB L2 cache, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, security engine and several modern I/O interfaces. The processors are going to replace current generation of “Bay Trail-M” and “Bay Trail-D” budget products.

Thank you CpuWorld for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Intel.

Breaking News: Sim City for Macintosh Pushed Back To August

SimCity’s senior producer Kip Katsarelis announced today vai the Sim City Blog that they will not be bringing SimCity to Mac users, yet, and not on June 11th either, as stated before. Mac users will not be able to play their version of SimCity until at least August, the new date has not yet been announced. Could this hurt sales, or promote them? Some Mac users may pull back their pre-order copies of SimCity because of this delay. Though I think that this may be a good thing, and I almost wish that they would have done this with the PC version. Katsarelis stated that the makers of SimCity “do not believe it is ready for primetime yet”.

Many users believe that PC was released to soon, with many glitches and other problems with the game. SimCity has changed their stance though for the Mac users, and want to make sure that they have a great experience. The developers of SimCity are opting to take more time in perfecting the game, pushing the game back a few weeks, at least that is what they are saying right now.

SimCity is still working of many fixes for the PC users and server fixes and will likely bring players Update number 5 which should be available in a couple of weeks. At the same time, work has already started for Update number 6, primarily focusing on residential, commercial and industrial improvements.

Sim City developers have been seeking feedback from their userbase on their forums, you are also able to see what they are working on by checking their “Currently in Development” thread.

As a bonus to all Mac fans, and as a thank you from SimCity, they will be giving the SimCity Launch Park to all who have purchased the mac version.

What are your thoughts on the pushback of the game? Let us know in the comments below.

Original image courtesy of SimCity.com