Blizzard Entertainment is introducing a new gold market of sorts into World of Warcraft that it hopes will spell the end for third-party gold selling sites.
The WoW Token – coming to the game in a future patch – will allow players to exchange real money for gold, and gold for 30 days of game time in a secure and sanctioned way.
“We hope the Token can help make World of Warcraft a safer and more enjoyable game for all of our players,” said Blizzard.
Players will be able to purchase a Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price, which is determined dynamically for each region based on supply and demand. There is no bidding involved, and all Tokens in a game region are priced the same at any given moment.
When you put a Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive upon a successful sale, and confirming the listing locks in the price. The gold is sent to your mailbox if another player purchases your Token, and the Token is then Soulbound to that player, so they only have the option to redeem it for game time.
Epic has made Unreal Engine 4 available for free to anyone who wants to use it.
The engine can be used for any purpose any user sees fit, whether it be game development, education, architecture, and visualisation to VR, film and animation, said Epic. The only stipulation on the engine's use is a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue after the first US$3,000 per product, per quarter.
"It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed," said Epic in a blog post.
Dean "Rocket" Hall has described his next game as "radical" and "unsafe".
A Kiwi, Hall created the hugely popular open-world zombie survival title DayZ. He has since left Bohemia Interactive and set up a new New Zealand studio in Dunedin called RocketWerkz.
In a new blog post, Hall has outlined the intent behind RocketWerkz's unannounced first title.
Netflix, the world's largest Internet television streaming service, will launch in New Zealand on March 24.
Internationally, Netflix offers a huge variety of original and syndicated programming. Original programming includes Bloodline, Daredevil, Marco Polo, and Sense8.
Two of Netflix's critically acclaimed original series, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, will not be available on the service in New Zealand as those have already been licensed to Lightbox.
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones is no longer a Wii U exclusive.
Curve Digital has announced that the stealth puzzle-platformer is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and PC in early April.
A sequel to Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark (AKA Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole), Stealth Inc 2 expands on the action-platforming gameplay of the original, introducing a metroidvania style overworld, hidden secrets, customisable clones with a wide range of silly hats, and brand new gadgets and equipment to play with.
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is coming to PC, iOS, and Android devices on May 15, Paradox has announced.
“Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customisable party,” said the company.
The retro adventure will simulate 16-bit graphics rather than the 8-bit graphics of its predecessor, and feature an overhauled combat system, new crafting and loot, new Racial Feats, dynamically generated dungeons, and “entirely too many gaming and pop culture jokes”.
A third Trine title is coming to PC this year, with other platforms a possibility.
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will once again be developed by Frozenbyte, and will feature the series’ trademark co-op gameplay.
"The Three Heroes embark on a new adventure through an enchanting fairytale world full of wonders, puzzles, dangerous foes, and strange magic," said Frozenbyte.
The first game in development for Valve's SteamVR tech is hoping to cash in on the silly Simulator trend.
Job Simulator, as the title suggests, asks you to perform the kinds of mundane tasks that people would actually have to pay you to do in the real world.
A teaser trailer, below, shows someone making soup in a restaurant kitchen.
“In 2013, The Creative Assembly came close to conquering Rome. But this time around, and like Attila before them, they too have been beaten back at the gates.”
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