Blizzard's hero-shooter Overwatch is already poaching players away from Valve's ridiculously popular Team Fortress 2, months before its release.
Froyotech, one of the most successful Team Fortress 2 teams around, recently blamed a rare loss on Overwatch, claiming the game had been distracting the team.
"Many of our teammates, since the release of Overwatch, have had waning interest in TF2 (myself included). As a result, our team cohesion took a heavy hit," said Froyotech team member Clockwork.
Additionally, Tempo Storm — an organisation possessing pro teams in Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm - has been actively recruiting North American Team Fortress 2 teams for the upcoming shooter.
Blizzard does not use "eSports" when describing Overwatch, but the studio is banking hard on the game, while its design suggests competitive play is virtually a given.
Just Cause 3 isn't even out yet, and there's already a day-one patch disc owners will have to install before playing.
Patch 1.0.1 weighs in at 2.8GB, and features a broad range of fixes.
The accompanying patch notes are below, and feature a number of jokes that reflect the game's overall sense of humour.
The original Fallout is being remade inside Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, courtesy of an enterprising group of modders.
Fallout 1: The Story is a work in progress, aiming at entirely recreating the 1997 original game.
Movement, combat, and dialogue are handled in first person, while each gameplay area is discrete and accessible via an overworld map, as in the original.
Valve's Steam Controller has received a new feature, in beta, aimed at making its touchpad perform more like a mouse.
Dubbed "Mouse Region," the feature enables players to map the touchpad (or parts thereof) to a particular on-screen area, meaning the cursor will immediately jump to that area when the appropriate touchpad spot is touched.
The feature is intended to grant players quicker access to features like ability bars or RTS maps.
Night Dive Studios' remake of the 1994 classic System Shock is underway, and the first screenshots and art have landed.
The screenshots show some of the remake's interior environments, shinily rendered in the Unity engine, while the concept art gives an idea of how the game's enemies and NPCs will look.
Aside from polygon count and lighting effects, however, the maps appear to hew very close to the layout and appearance of the original game.
Indie platformer Fez is getting a limited-edition physical release, three years after its original debut.
The release — limited to 500 signed and numbered copies — costs US$100, and is expected to ship December 18th.
It will include DRM-free PC and Mac versions of the game, inside a red canvas, gold-embossed hardcover notebook "ready to be filled with details of your journey into the 3rd dimension."
Valve CEO Gabe Newell's latest project is an investment in a strange implement designed to facilitate a little-known cooking method.
Designed by Seattle startup ChefSteps, the Joule cooks food using the "sous-vide" method, which involves slowly circulating gently heated water around food in airtight plastic bags.
Newell's relationship with the Joule began when ChefSteps offered to cook for him and his son.
Sony has sold 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles, as of November 22.
The company's press release proudly proclaims the console to boast "fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history."
It still has some ways to go to beat other significant records, though: the Nintendo Wii holds the title for fastest-selling console, moving 45 million units in approximately the same period, while the PS2 sold 155 million units in its unusually long lifespan.
Dying Light's next DLC is so substantial that developer Techland is raising the price on both the expansion and the season pass.
The Following, which adds an entirely new gameplay zone, as well as a new main quest, side quests, and vehicular gameplay, is "moving into the polishing period," according to Techland.
"Looking at it, it’s clear how big the expansion pack has grown — it could be a stand-alone title, but since it would mean a launch delay, we decided against it."
“the key question will be, "Does Battlefront feel like Star Wars?", and the answer is a resounding "yes"”
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