Checkout the Latest DM Map for Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament is one of the most iconic deathmatch shooters ever created, and while I’m sure many of you have played previous entries in the series, did you know that the new one is free to play? The game’s been available for some time now, albeit in a pre-alpha in-development format, but it’s still good enough to download and get in on the action.

“Check out the latest map from the Unreal Tournament team, the community favorite DM Chill. Chill takes place in a Nordic fortress set high in an icy mountain range. Be sure to download the latest build from your launcher.” – Epic Games

Today, Epic Games has released some brand new screenshots of the upcoming Chill DM Map, which was recently added to the game, and if these gorgeous shots don’t tempt you into downloading the game and giving it a go, nothing will.

“Chill is a great level to try out our new Showdown game mode. In Showdown, players get one life per round, and start with 200 health. Before each round, players select their spawn location, allowing them to choose which weapons or power ups they want to start near.” – Epic Games

If you want to download the game and get in on the action, head on over to the official site here! For now, check out the screenshots below and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Fable Legends Microtransactions Strategy Revealed

Microtransactions originated from free-to-play mobile games and eventually became a common occurrence in full priced blockbusters like Halo 5. Some users defend microtransactions in $60 titles and describe their usage as optional. It seems generally accepted if the extras in question only offer cosmetic changes. Personally, I find the concept of any microtransactions in traditional releases quite insulting, but that’s a topic for another day.

Lionhead Studios received criticism from loyal Fable fans, after deciding to focus on a free-to-play MMO entitled, Fable Legends instead of Fable 4. Up to this point, its business model has remained a secret. However, according to an image found by Reddit user Fiend1138, Fable Legends will implement various tiers of payment all the way up to $59.99. If the current pricing is correct, then I can only imagine the final game being fairly imbalanced. To clarify, I have no problem whatsoever with microtransactions being in full priced games, as optional payments help to steer the developer to a profit.

On the other hand, the Fable games have always been about the gorgeous environments and an engrossing story. Each iteration has got progressively worse, and I’m unconvinced about Fable Legends having a long-term loyal player base. Only time will tell, but I’m certain the microtransactions on offer will alienate many users in time for the game’s final release.

Free to Play Arcade Racer Wincars Racer About to Enter Beta Stage

A new game is on the horizon for fans of arcade racing games and multiplayer features without extreme advances for anyone. An even playing field with fun game mechanics, a fast paced arcade action, and multiplayer races for up to 8 players sounds like a lot of fun.

The new game is called Wincars Racer and is the first project from DragonJam Studios. The new studio is made up of former EA, Gameloft, and Rovio employees that worked on projects such as Skara and Roving Rouge. Best of all, it will be free to play when it gets released, but for now it will enter the closed beta phase.

Beta keys are handed out here and there, so keep your eyes open and you might be lucky to get in before the actual release. The game blends the instant fun from arcade racers with present-day strategic and competitive features.

The key is that there are no random power-ups or any other element that arbitrary unbalances the game. Wincars Racer introduces a special skills system (three per driver) which needs time to cool down or collecting coins in order to be used. This system is inspired in MOBA games and extends the strategic options that the player can control. Besides, all cars have a different driving style and performance for each circuit. The combinations of driver and car for each race are crucial. As well as trying and testing different strategies in each circuit, even modifying them in the middle of a race, observing the game and your rivals’ actions.

I dare to say in advance that this game will become highly popular, especially with other free to play racing games being a thing of the past. EA shut down World for example.

Features

  • Online multiplayer mode and Time Attack mode, for one player.
  • 11 cars with different driving styles with more than 120 alternative skins.
  • 6 drivers with a specific and unique skill.
  • Ten circuits with alternative routes to explore.
  • Friends system, chats, custom races, rankings and content updates.
  • OST by Javi Diez from rock act Mago de Oz.

The game itself will become available directly at wincarsracer.com with the closed beta launching next Wednesday the 18th November.

Steam Controller and Workshop Support Added to Warframe on PC

Earlier this week we saw the launch of Steam Machines (at last!) and that means that Steam OS, the Steam Controller and more are all now fully out in the world and ready for people to use. To celebrate this, Warframe developer Digital Extremes have update their AAA Free-to-Play title to support it.

Warframe now supports the official Steam Controller, which is great news for those using it on PC or those who are using a Steam OS powered Steam Machine. Even cooler than that, the game now supports Steam Workshop, opening up the doors for a huge range of user-created content. Meanwhile, the developer is promising to tweak and update both of these new features based on player feedback.

“We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to support and encourage players’ interests in becoming more involved with Warframe,” said Rebecca Ford, Community Manager at Digital Extremes. “The quality level of this first round of beautifully created user-generated content from our Community is beyond impressive and is the beginning of what we hope will grow into a thriving resource for both creators and players. TennoGen truly delivers content made by Tenno, for Tenno.”

Gamers not as artistically inclined but interested in participating in the process are encouraged to vote on early submissions they’d like to see in Warframe on the official TennoGen Steam Workshop website.

For more details on the submission process for user-made TennoGen content, please visit the Steam Workshop FAQ on the officialWarframe forums.

Warframe is available for free download on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. To find out more about Warframe here.

Quake Live Steam Update Charges $10 and Deletes Player Data!

The popular free-to-play Quake Live first person shooter PC game was launched first as a browser-based game before moving to Steam in 2014. When it moved to Steam it continued to be free but also had a second tier option of a Pro subscription. But today we found out that when gamers went to play the game they love was now $10, with those who had the Pro subscription getting the upgrade free. This is all part of the move to Steamworks that will bring additional features such as Steam stats, achievements, and in-game Steam names. But to the shock of many players previous game data was erased, and for some of these players that’s up to five years worth of playing.

In a Steam community post entitled You have to be kidding me. You killed Quake, this was said: “So my old username is gone, my clans are gone, the match browser is absolutely useless, everything looks all ed up. You absolutely 100%, undeniably just destroyed THE greatest FPS ever created. It is completely ruined. You WILL be giving me my 10 dollars back.”

“In addition to our new Steamworks features, this update is an accumulation of a year of code updates, optimizations, and over 4,500 map fixes,” the developers said. “We hope all players enjoy soaking in our new UI, in-game settings menus, spectating features, UTF-8 text chat, True Type Font support, Workshop, and our Stats API. We have had great pleasure working on this project over the past 8 years, and cannot wait to see what the community comes up with in the many years to come.”

Rise of Incarnates is Shutting Down Only Months After Launch

Rise of Incarnates is a free-to-play brawler on PC and published by Bandai Namco. The game originally launched on July 1st and could be accessed via the Early Access programme since February. Initially, the game showed some promise as it was developed by experienced individuals who had previously worked on Soul Calibur and Tekken. Unfortunately, the published announced the game’s closure and said:

“We must regretfully inform all users of the closure of Rise of Incarnates,”

“We offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this game.

“We will be keeping the servers open until December 15, 2015, so please continue to enjoy Rise of Incarnates until the very end.” 

The fighting game will be removed from Steam today, so now is your last chance to try it out! It’s such a shame for a new IP to fail only months after launch, but the reviews are quite mixed. Additionally, it’s difficult for smaller games to be recognized on Steam due to the shear amount of titles released every day. Honestly, I’ve never heard of this particular game before, and I’m guessing that applies to a large amount of Steam users. Perhaps, the media coverage surrounding the game’s imminent closure could provide some much-needed publicity. Although, Bandai Namco appears to have accepted its fate.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information. 

Lionhead Focusing on Fable Legends “For The Foreseeable Future”

Lionhead Studios is renowned for creating some of the most enriching environments ever devised in the RPG genre. While Fable: The Lost Chapters is a masterpiece, the sequels progressively got worse which culminated in the fairly mediocre, Fable III. Despite this, the infectiously charming voice acting makes the series endearing and there is still a loyal fan base yearning for a sequel to Fable III. Unfortunately, Lionhead today announced their plans to focus on the free-to-play title, Fable Legends for ‘the foreseeable future’.

https://twitter.com/LionheadStudios/status/646703626489065472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

This is a shame as many core gamers dislike the free-to-play concept and worry about the integrated payment model. Additionally, many Fable fans aren’t interested in a multiplayer experience and simply want to enjoy a captivating story. It seems like Lionhead is trying to turn Fable Legends into a leading MMO but this will be challenging given the declining market and competition.

On another note, the game will only be available via Microsoft’s official store on PC which could deter some users who are very attached to the Steam client. I’m very disappointed by this announcement as a story-driven Fable game supporting 4K resolution in an expansive world has the potential to be ground-breaking. I honestly believe Fable Legends will struggle after a few months and experience a dwindling player count.

Thank you VideoGamer for providing us with this information.

Guild Wars 2 Base Game is Now Free-To-Play

Guild Wars 2’s base package is now available for free after the studio announced a revised pricing structure. However, to monetize the game’s player base, there will be a significant number of restrictions imposed on free accounts. These include limiting the character slots from 5 to 2, disabling Map chat and even prohibiting access to the forums. MMOs require micro-payments or a subscription to remain successful, but I’m quite wary that the hefty restrictions could deter new players from joining up and upgrading to premium accounts. This huge table below illustrates the differences between the main three account types:

Free Account Core Guild Wars 2 Account Heart of Thorns Account
Character Slots 2 5 5 or more*
Bag Slots 3 5 5
Revenant Profession No No Yes
Heart of Thorns Maps & Content No No Yes
Central Tyria (Core) Maps & Content Starter maps only until character reaches level 10

Lion’s Arch unlocked for each character at level 35

Yes Yes
Masteries No No Yes
In-Game Mail Can only send to mutual friends

Can’t send gold or items

Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items) Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items)
Guild Bank Access No Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw) Yes (accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw)
Whisper chat Except for mutual friends, can only whisper in the same map, one new person every 30 seconds Yes Yes
Map chat No Yes Yes
Squad chat Unlocked for each character at level 30 Yes Yes
Looking For Group Unlocked for each character at level 30 Yes Yes
PvP Chat Team Chat always available

Chat in PvP Lobby unlocked when the account reaches PvP rank 20

Emotes, Map and Say chat unavailable during matches

Yes Yes
WvW Unlocked account-wide when one character reaches level 60 Yes Yes
Daily Login Bonus No Yes Yes
Gem Store Items unusable by free accounts (such as glider skin) are unavailable Yes Yes
Currency Exchange Gems to gold exchange available, gold to gems exchange unavailable. Yes Yes
Trading Post Can buy and sell items from a selected list. Yes Yes
Forum Posting Access No Yes Yes

According to the developer, this new strategy is designed to create a clear and transparent model showing how varying accounts differ and allowing players to see beforehand if the premium accounts are worth the extra. It seems the majority of MMOs end up going free-to-play barring World of Warcraft, and it will be interesting to see how the community reacts. Guild Wars 2 is an outstanding MMO and its latest free model reduces the barrier to entry.

Thank you MMOs.com for providing us with this information. 

Fable Legends Windows 10 Beta Starting This Month

Lionhead Studios made a bold choice when it comes to their new Fable Legends in more than one way, but it could very well be a strategy that will pay off big time for the company as well as the franchise in itself. The new game, unlike the previous installments in the Fable series, is a multiplayer oriented team-based game where you can play alone or with your friends with or against the AI. Fable Legends is also one of the first games to be built on Microsoft’s DX12 engine that should give the players some spectacular graphics and performance – hopefully.

Fable Legends will launch on both Xbox One and Windows 10 and the limitation here is of course due to DX12, this is the only place that you’ll find that API. Xbox One gamers have already been able to join the beta games and now PC players will be able to do the same. The Windows 10 beta is scheduled to launch this month and you can still sign up for an invite.

Fable Legends won’t just run on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, it can be played cross-platform on both systems with the same account and everything the way it was. Start on your PC and move on over to the Xbox in the living room later on – or the other way around, you can do it as you want. That could be a great win for the game besides being a completely free to play game. You can purchase cosmetics, but not overpowered winning attributes. The developers stress that you can unlock anything with gameplay alone and that is good news.

The full game is scheduled to be released later this year and until then we can enjoy the new trailer released during Gamescom 2015. It looks like an amazing game, especially with the focus on team play and cross-platform play, but also with the DX12 graphics and overall concept. I think Lionhead Studios has a winner here.

Thank You WCCFtech for providing us with this information

Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited Sees Console Release

For all you console owning, Elder Scrolls fans out there, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has been released for Ps4 and Xbox One.

After poor reception and player numbers a lot lower than expected, Bethesda dropped the monthly subscription to their MMORPG and released The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for PC back in mid-March. Now the good news for all you current generation console owners, you can wreak as much havoc upon Tamriel as you want. After you have purchased TEO:TU there is no more fees to pay.

The console version has a new, controller friendly user interface as well as a custom voice chat system that makes meeting other players a lot easier. It is a shame that cross-platform play isn’t an option, if only Sony and Microsoft could work out their company policies and let everyone play nicely together. The only glimmer of hope for this is when Windows 10 goes live it should have the ability to play with Xbox One players, but if this was to happen things would have to be rebalanced as the PC controls would be a huge advantage over a controller.

If you are new to The Elder Scrolls franchise you may want to jump straight into this MMO, but if you feel like you want to be a little less social I still highly recommend Skyrim as a perfect introduction to the series. Even though it was released at the end of 2011, it is still up there as one of the best RPGs and with the myriad of mods available there will be no shortage of content.

If you are unaware of what this game is, then check out this new trailer below:

EA to Shut Down Handful of Free-To-Play Games, Announce SWTOR Updates

In a recent news update, EA have announced that they will be stopping development and winding down support for 4 free-to-play titles in 90 days time. The games receiving the purge are: Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World. Although upsetting to see the titles come to an end, it came as no surprise as dwindling player counts meant that the games were no longer making the company capital they once were.

Describing the games as “pioneering”, EA also thanked the community for playing the now almost deceased titles and the feedback that has allowed them to hopefully improve future releases.

In the same update, EA spoke about the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic, confirming plans to bring more story-driven game updates to the 4 year old MMORPG and also acknowledged that the “enthusiastic” community is still growing and flourishing to this day, which is rare to see in older MMORPG’s.

Although sad to see the games go, we could be seeing more options available to us soon with EA saying, “In the next few months, we are exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more player around the world.” What they mean by that, I’m not entirely sure, but whatever it is I’m sure it’s exciting!

Thank you EA for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gamespot

Microsoft May Have Stopped ‘Halo Online’, but Modders Won’t

Microsoft announced the free-to-play closed-beta Halo Online title last week, having it be restricted to players in Russia. The modding community did not agree with the company’s decision to lock the title to a specific region, so they leaked a copy of Halo Online and the tool to connect was uploaded on GitHub, only to be taken down by Microsoft later on.

“Microsoft is probably quite bothered by what we’ve done already as these files were leaked. We obtained the files from a user on 4chan’s /v/ board,” modder and team member ‘Woovie’ told TorrentFreak.”From there, user Emoose proceeded to create a hack that would allow the client to load files and thus get in-game,” Woovie adds. “He has in the past done the same for Halo 2 and Halo 3 betas so he had experience with this. The files we have are definitely an early internal alpha. A lot of left over code from other Halo games.”

So it means that the modding community has no intentions to stop its own little opened-beta with the leftover code they got their hands on. The question now is whether or not it will become a copyright issue with Microsoft.

“In terms of DMCA/C&D mitigation, we have made redundant git backups on private and public git servers. This is to ensure we will always have one working copy. These are being synchronized so that data is always the same,” Woovie explains.”Further DMCAs may happen potentially, it’s not really known at the moment. Our backups will always exist though and we will continue until we’re happy.”

Also, it seems that ElDorito team is keen on working on their own version of Halo Online for pure passion and it seems they have been a bit baffled by its restriction to Russia. This could mean more action by Microsoft, but team member Neoshadow42 states that the modding of leaked files is more of a service to them.

“As someone involved in-game development, I’m sympathetic with some developers when it comes to copyright issues. This is different though, in my opinion,” the dev explains.”The game was going to be free in the first place. The PC audience has been screaming for Halo 3 for years and years, and we saw the chance with this leak. The fact that we could, in theory, bring the game that everyone wants, without the added on stuff that would ruin the game, that’s something we’d be proud of.” he added. “I don’t particularly see this as damaging, as some people have said. I don’t believe it for a moment, honestly. We’re working to improve people’s experience, bring it to those who wouldn’t have been able to play it anyway. I’d see that as a noble cause.”

This may seem as a piracy act at first, but the developer explains it is not due to the title’s nature of free-to-play and the fact that the game will not be pay-to-play, which in the team’s eyes does not make it piracy.

“This whole project would be completely different in an ethical way if we had taken a paid game and reversed it for everyone to access for free,” Neoshadow42 insists.”At the end of the day, El Dorito aims to deliver exactly what everyone wants. The closest thing to a Halo 3 experience as possible, but on PC. If we can manage that, I’ll be more than happy.”

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Microsoft Attacks Halo Online Modders with DMCA Takedowns

It only took modders a matter of days to unlock the Russia-only beta of Halo Online, making the free-to-play first-person shooter available to the entire world, but the killjoys at Microsoft have, predictably, issued these region-bypassing modders with DMCA takedown notices, with which they reluctantly complied.

ElDorado, the custom launcher that allowed players to access Halo Online from outside Russia has been pulled from GitHub, though versions of it have reportedly been found on popular torrent sites.

Microsoft has given no indication that it is considering opening up Halo Online to other regions, so it appears likely that modders will continue to find ways unlocking the game for users outside of Russia.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming

First Gameplay of PC Exclusive Halo Online Revealed

News broke recently that a PC exclusive version of Halo would be coming to PC. The bad news is that this game is currently only being released in Russia, with no plans to launch it in any other regions, at least at the moment. The game will be free to play and is clearly designed to cater to the fact that F2P is very successful in Russia, given that retail games suffer from mass piracy in that region.

The game is powered by a heavily enhanced version of the Halo 3 engine and is created by Innova and Syber Interactive Studio.

YouTuber ‘Noble’ has released a 17-minute video that showcases maps, weapons and vehicles for the game and so far, it certainly looks pretty entertaining.

https://youtu.be/fy1jbrrMfZc

Let’s hope they come to their senses and launch it in other regions!

Awesome New Trailer Released for Unreal Tournament

It’s been a while since I’ve heard any news about the new Unreal Tournament. It’s been long enough that I actually forgot that the game had made a return at all! So today is a very awesome day indeed, as not only do we get a nice reminder, but we also get to see some gib filled action from Epic Games glorious return to form.

The new trailer shows off intense action and a gorgeous new map that is packed full of detail; setting the bar pretty high for the games future.

“Take a look at the Unreal Tournament gameplay trailer with footage from our latest map, Outpost 23. Outpost 23 sets our visual bar for where we would like to see Unreal Tournament continue moving forward. “

Remember, the new Unreal Tournament is free, just like its game engine counterpart UE4! So you can go download the latest build and play it right now! The game isn’t finished, but with the help of community development, it’s already shaping up to be a great experience.

 

Fable Legends Will be Free-to-Play

Lionhead Studios’ forthcoming cooperative RPG Fable Legends will be free-to-play, with PC and Xbox One players both able to join the same online matches.

David Eckleberry, Creative Director of Fable Legends, wants the game to be the pinnacle of AAA free-to-play games. Eckleberry said, “The right version of F2P is a very good thing for the world. The wrong version is kind of an abomination, but if you’re very fair to your players and they can play as much as they want, then it seems right.”

Studio Head of Lionhead agreed, saying, “We need scale. PC gives us that scale element, but even with the core Xbox audience, we’ve got a lot to work with there.”

“[We need] millions, probably,” Eckleberry added. “But then, previous Fable games have hit those kinds of numbers. We’re taking on a lot of risk, I accept that and so does Microsoft, but there’s no risk for you, as a player.”

Fable Legends, currently in closed beta testing stage, will be inviting more testers soon before releasing an open beta version soon. This rigorous approach, Lionhead says, will ensure that the game will be fit for launch later this year.

“The honest answer is a really long beta,” Eckleberry said. “There’s a lot of new stuff for us both in game design and technologically: cross-platform, Windows 10, all of the networking we have to do is mostly new to us. We run into game-crashing bugs frequently in our beta. But we want to find them NOW, so we have time to fix them… a bad launch week sticks with you forever. Nobody ever forgets – and they shouldn’t, I think fans are right not to forget it. They might forgive it… but I don’t blame fans for saying “dude, you screwed this up”. I don’t want to be in that place.”

Interested parties can still sign up for a beta invite here.

Source: Kotaku

Dragon’s Dogma Online to be Free-to-Play for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3

Details on Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma Online have emerged, thanks to Japanese video game magazine Famitsu. The MMORPG will be free-to-play, but rely on microtransactions in lieu of a monthly fee, à la World of Warcraft. Produced by Minae Matsukawa, directed by Kent Kinoshita, and executive produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, it will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

You will play as an Awakened, exploring the land of Lestaria in four-player parties, made up of either AI pawns or real players. A “quick-matching” feature is available, and socialising takes place in huge town lobbies that can hold up to 100 players at a time. In-game jobs include Fighter, Hunter, Priest, and Shield Sage, and roles can be switched, player and pawns alike, at any time.

Dragon’s Dogma Online is entirely open-world, with regular updates planned to expand the playing area incrementally, and raiding parties of eight players is to be another future introduction. Four NPC characters – Fighters Vanessa (voiced by Atsuko Tanaka) and Leo (Koichi Yamadera), Hunter Iris (Marina Inoue), and Fabio (Yoshimasa Hosoya) – are to be introduced, as members of the White Winged Buddha Corps.

Dragon’s Dogma Online is set for release in Japan later this year.

Source: Gematsu

GPU App Showdown: AMD Gaming Evolved vs Nvidia GeForce Experience

Introduction


Since last year AMD and Nvidia have both been fairly eager to develop and push their own software to be used with their graphics cards products. AMD released their Gaming Evolved app in September 2013 which is produced by Raptr while Nvidia released their in-house software called GeForce Experience in January 2013. Both AMD and Nvidia have been eager to lavish unique features onto their software that incentivise prospective graphics card buyers to choose them over the competition. This can also be seen as part of a broader trend among hardware vendors who are keen to offer just more than hardware. To the keen observer it has been a dramatic transformation over the past 2-3 years with SSD, motherboard, graphics card and even power supply vendors all offering value-added software to their products.

At the core of both these GPU software offerings is the assumption that it should make life easier for gamers with features such as game-optimisation and automated driver updates. But they should also give gamers more unique functionality and incentives to use the software: such as rewarding gamers for using the software and giving them premium software capabilities like hardware level gameplay recording. From an outsider perspective it is easy to see that AMD’s Gaming Evolved and Nvidia’s GeForce Experience programs both offer similar things but if we take a closer look it is also possible to see that there are also slight differences: both offer things that the other doesn’t.

Join us in today’s feature article as we explore AMD’s Gaming Evolved (pictured above) and Nvidia’s GeForce Experience (pictured below).

Crytek UK Employees on Strike, Refusing to go to Work

It has been said that Crytek UK’s employees were paid £700 for a month’s work, but despite that, the company still was able to release Warface, the free-to-play FPS Crytek promised to release some time ago. The latest rumors coming from the UK headquarter points to the staff refusing to go to work entirely.

Sources over at Kotaku indicate that work at Crytek UK, which was currently working on the new Homefront: The Revolution title, has been halted due to the unfair pay. Employees apparently claim that they are still owed back pay on previous work and to show they concerns regarding the current situation, they are said to have handed letters of grievance before going home.

It is said that most problems at Crytek are the result of the shortcomings brought by Ryse: Son of Rome’s Xbox One launch. The title has been reported to do well, but users apparently were unsatisfied and complained that the gameplay was too stuffed with quick-time events. Despite its graphics and gameplay, it is said to have failed in capturing users’ attention, resulting in Crytek going through the current financial problems.

Other rumors out of the headquarters speak of Deep Silver, Homefront’s publisher and Dead Rising franchise owner, attempting to buy out at leas the British developers who have left and/or are currently unsatisfied with the current measures Crytek is using to deal with the crisis. However, nothing is clear at the moment. Crytek is the only one who can share more solid information about what is going on, that is if and when they will release an official statement.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

Warface Title Launched Amids Crytek Financial ‘Crysis’

Though Crytek is facing financial problems in the UK headquarters, having paid employees only £700 last month and staff leaving due to this, the company was able to at least release its long-awaited free-to-play title, Warface, the latest free-to-play title to hit Steam.

Crytek is counting on Warface to become a success, having promising daily content updates in order to keep players interested in the title. One way or the other, it may even be the company’s way out of the financial situation it currently faces at the UK headquarters. Steam has stated that the game is currently available in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

“Bringing Warface to Steam paves the way for a new audience to discover the game’s engrossing cooperative and competitive action; completely for free. As well as putting the power of CryEngine to work, Warface draws on Crytek’s FPS expertise to ensure players are immersed in the heat of battle–whether they’re jumping in for a quick game with friends or dedicating more time to the game’s extensive multiplayer modes” Hasit Zala, Warface Franchise Director stated.

In terms of features, Warface is said to offer four player co-op missions and a ‘versus’ mode, having players work together or against each other in order to win. The title is said to have fairly low system requirements in order to attract a variety of gamers with different system specs. The minimum requirements are said to be an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2 GHz CPU, 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 8600 or Radeon 3650.

The recommended system requirements for users who like to experience the true graphics of Warface is stated to be for users having an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2.6 GHz or higher CPU, same 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 9600GT, AMD Radeon 3870 or higher end GPUs. The game can be found and downloaded from Steam.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Steam

Slightly Mad Studios Reveals World Of Speed MMO Racing Game For PC

Slightly Mad Studios have a already proven they can make a great racing game, having created both Need For Speed: Shift titles, as well as working on the soon to be released Project C.A.R.S. and while we’re looking forward to Project C.A.R.S. it seems that developing one racer isn’t enough for this team, who have just revealed yet another title, World of Speed.

World of Speed is set to be a AAAA massively multiplayer online (MMO) arcade racing game and will become available on PC as a free-to-play title later this year. In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

“At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

Connected competition will allow players to enjoy real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

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World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com.

Thank you Slighty Mad Studios for providing us with this information.

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Destiny Said To Be Activision’s ‘Billion Dollar’ Franchise

Since its unveil last year, there have been a lot of talks about Activision’s next bet, as stated by CEO Bobby Kotick, on the upcoming ‘billion dollar’ franchise, Destiny.

The title is a big step in terms of combining the amazing science-fiction FPS gameplay in a MMORPG shell, making a sweet gameplay and experience, at least from what the trailer revealed. And most importantly, releasing it on next-gen consoles, as well as the old ones, will attract a big mass of players to its alluring and mysterious ways.

Even Activision is praising Bungie’s title every change it gets, having Kotick looking at a big future for Destiny, the one that might go as big as a ‘billion dollar’ franchise.

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“We expect Bungie’s Destiny, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision Publishing’s next billion dollar franchise.” stated Kotick.

He also mentioned big plans for Activision this year, having new entrants in the Skylanders title and Call of Duty series. They have also mentioned taking an interest in the free-to-play sphere, with titles such as Hearthstone and Call of Duty Online.

Activision really has some big plans set out for them this year, though their main focus still remains Destiny, which is set to release on September the 9th for Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, and PS4.

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Outrageous Free-To-Play Shooter ‘Loadout’ available Now On Steam

Edge of Reality have been hard at work creating what is easily one of the maddest games of the year so far. An MMOFPS that fills your world with outrageous guns, weapons and larger than life characters that bring blood, gore, and every curse word they can think of to the arena.

This game has no intention of being sorry with its loud, offensive, in-your-face attitude to FPS gaming. Blowing holes in your enemy, literally in some cases, then flipping the bird seems common place and show-boating, trolling, and showing off in general seem to be encouraged almost more than anything else, because of course the action takes centre stage.

Gory art style may be a big feature here, but one of the best features is the ability to craft your guns from scratch with a weapon system that makes Borderlands look pathetic. With the game being free-to-play you’ve little in your way to stop you from trying it out and if you’ve been looking for a change of pace it’s certainly worth a look.

Check out the trailer below, just keep in mind that it has [NSFW] audio.

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3rd Expansion Part 3 Released For Continent Of The Ninth Seal

Webzen have just announced their fourth expansion for the dungeon-based MMORPG, Continent of the Ninth Seal (C9), Rakhdan’s Counterattack. Starting January 15, 2014 (Global Server Time), the Guardian’s Tower will increase 20 levels up to the 40th floor. Players will have a chance to battle new monsters who are invading the newly-updated floors within the Guardian’s Tower in Raebin , the Sixth Continent of Glenheim.

Among the new monsters appearing on 20th to 40th floor of the Guardian’s Tower will be the boss monsters originating from the First to Fifth Continents, such as Ixion from the Fourth Continent, Orc Kayl from the Third Continent, and more. Moreover, there will be new quests available for each newly added floor.

“The evil Nefer and his army have invaded the Guardian’s Tower in Raebin to find Tertis’ Heart, a special power protected by the water dragon, Artesia. To save Glenheim from destruction, C9 players must battle their way through each level of the tower, while fighting off Nefer’s powerful forces.” Said Webzen in a recent press release

Also, Last month saw C9 release a new character, the Mystic – wielding a deadly hammer and powerful magical attacks. The Mystic also possesses a Gust Wind attack, which allows her to swing her hammer violently at her opponents, while remaining completely still. Most of the character’s offensive attacks are airborne, which allows players to focus on skill combination, instead of worrying about which enemies to target.

The mixture of FPS style controls, and an ever growing level of content make this one of the hottest MMORPGS out there at the moment, the ones that will really stand the test of time are defined by how proactive the development team are at keeping the game up to date and fresh and C9 is certainly making a good effort.

Thank you C9 for providing us with this information.

Nightmare, Pyrrha & Astaroth To Be Playable In Free-To-Play Soul Calibur: Lost Swords

Namco Bandai has confirmed that fan favorite characters from their Soul series will be playable in the upcoming Soul Calibur: Lost Swords. The latest chapter in the hit Soul Calibur franchise will be a free-to-play single player experience and will feature numerous famous fighters including Siegfried, Mitsurugi and Sophitia. As Nightmare, Pyrrha and Astaroth will also be playable in the game, watch the new gameplay videos featuring these beloved characters!

Nightmare – is the main antagonist of the Soul series. He is the living incarnation of the cursed sword, Soul Edge, the objective of most other characters in the story. Under the sword’s control, he perpetually hunts souls in an attempt to satisfy its evil hunger. He possesses an intense power and performs tough and instantaneous attacks.

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Pyrrha – is a young nomadic girl who was abducted as a child by minions of Soul Edge. Though she dislikes fighting, she exhibits surprising strength and defense when the odds are against her. Unbeknownst to her, she holds the innate ability to be the next vessel for the evil sword. Her excellent skills with a shield provide her with standout defense and her counter-attack stance proves useful while dodging an opponent’s attacks.

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Astaroth – is a golem warrior created by the High Priest Kunpaetku of the cult Fygul Cestemus for the purpose of seizing the evil sword, Soul Edge. His existence comprises solely of instinctual destruction and slaughter. He is specialized in long-range attacks with his broad axe. He also possesses a tremendous ramming attack, as well as throws that maintain his superiority in battle.

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Soul Calibur: Lost Swords will be coming to Europe in 2014 exclusively on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3. I can’t wait to find out how this game plays given that it’s a fighting game franchise that has spawned a single player experience, it also remains to be seen what level of microtransactions the game implements.

Thank you Namco Bandai for providing us with this information.

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MechWarrior Online Releases Stupidly Overpriced, $500 Mech Skin

I’ve seen my fair share of crap DLC over the years, some over priced, some that simply were not fun, but this latest one from the creators of Mech Warrior Online is beyond insanity. They actually expect people to pay a staggering $500 for a gold mech, keeping in mind that this doesn’t offer you any special abilities, weapons, boosters, stats, not a damn thing, it’s just a texture replacement.

Even huge online games such as DOTA and LOL don’t have things priced this stupid, at least not officially and the fact that Mech Warrior doesn’t have the biggest player base to even get away with an offer like this. The game isn’t even official out until this fall, and this price tag just stinks of money grabbing and it saddens me that the developers ever through this was a good idea.

Literally the only thing worse than a company charging $500 for a mech skin in a free-to-play game is anyone who is stupid enough to waste such a large amount of money on something so pointless. Micro transactions are one thing, and the usual $5 to $30 packages would typically satisfy most who stuck with the game for some time. Yet the introduction of new packages priced at $240 and $500 are an insult to the gaming community as some free-to-play games are quickly becoming the most expensive games ever!

I’d love to hear our readers feedback on this one, so feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

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War Thunder Set For December Release As Ground Forces Beta Begins On PC

Gaijin Entertainment has announced that that the Closed Beta program for Ground Forces Expansion for military World War II MMO game War Thunder, has begun today. Selected players, who participated in various daily in-game challenges during November, will be among the first to get a taste of intense tank battles and new progression system in this exclusive event. Ground Forces Expansion marks the next glorious chapter in War Thunder’s evolution toward providing gamers with the ability to experience next-gen WWII military gameplay filled with intense action and highly explosive battles, launched from either the air or using armoured vehicles.

“Our ultimate goal is to have hundreds of thousands of individual games made up of dozens of players who can experience intense battles where they come from the skies, the land and eventually from the sea,” said Anton Yudintsev, CEO, Gaijin Entertainment. “The launch of Ground Forces Expansion closed beta is another step towards that goal.”

For users that want exclusive content that will become collector’s items when the Open Beta for Ground Forces starts, there is an option to purchase one of the advanced packs. All of these packs will also grant access to the Closed Beta later in December, although the other means of getting access are planned as well.

M4A2 Sherman Starter Pack ($49.99)

• Exclusive M4A2 Sherman, captured by the German forces, that will be available only for the owners of this pack;
• 2000 Golden Eagles;
• Access to the closed beta later in December

M4A2 Sherman Advanced Pack ($59.99)

• Exclusive M4A2 Sherman, captured by the German forces, that will be available only for the owners of this pack;
• Unique German “Panther” decal of 39th Tank Regiment, 51st Battalion;
• Unique German “Knight with spear” decal of 505th Heavy Tank Battalion, 1944;
• Unique title “Sherman Hunter”;
• 3000 Golden Eagles;
• Access to the closed beta later in December

T-34 Advanced Pack ($49.99)

• Exclusive T-34 prototype, that will be available only for the owners of this pack;
• Unique Soviet “Swift” decal of 15th Guards Mechanized Brigade, 4th Guards Mechanized Corps, 3rd Ukrainian Front, 1944;
• Unique Soviet “Circles” decal of 7th Guards Tank Corps, 1945;
• Unique title “T-34 Test Driver”;
• 3000 Golden Eagles;
• Access to the closed beta later in December

T-34 and M4A2 Sherman Advanced Pack ($99.99)

• Exclusive T-34 prototype, that will be available only for the owners of this pack;
• Exclusive M4A2 Sherman, captured by the German forces, that will be available only for the owners of this pack;
• Unique Soviet “Swift” decal of 15th Guards Mechanized Brigade, 4th Guards Mechanized Corps, 3rd Ukrainian Front, 1944;
• Unique Soviet “Circles” decal of 7th Guards Tank Corps, 1945;
• Unique German “Panther” decal of 39th Tank Regiment, 51st Battalion;
• Unique German “Knight with spear” decal of 505th Heavy Tank Battalion, 1944;
• Unique title “Sherman Hunter”;
• Unique title “T-34 Test Driver”
• Unique title “Tank Pioneer”
• 6000 Golden Eagles
• Access to the closed beta later in December

Over 5 million players enjoy the PC-version of War Thunder and this fan base continues exponential growth. War Thunder is currently in Open Beta on PC and PlayStation 4, and in development for Mac OS and Oculus Rift. Best of all the game is free-to-play, so either head over to the PlayStation Network on your PS4 or download the PC edition at warthunder.com.

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