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Valve announces Source 2, Steam Link, Lighthouse VR

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Valve announces Source 2, Steam Link, Lighthouse VR

Valve has made a trio of big announcements at the Game Developers Conference: Source 2, Steam Link, and Steam Lighthouse VR technology.

Source 2 is the successor to the original Source engine, which has been around since 2004 and powers games such as Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, The Stanley Parable, and Titanfall.

"With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity," said Valve developer Jay Stelly.

"Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not just for the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games."

Source 2 will be available for free to content developers, and a special version of the engine will be compatible with Vulkan, a "cross-platform, cross-vendor 3D graphics API that allows games developers to get the most out of the latest graphics hardware."

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Wednesday Briefing: Sunset Overdrive, GearVR, Syndicate and more

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Wednesday Briefing: Sunset Overdrive, GearVR, Syndicate and more

The re-release of 2003 “hardcore top-down dual-stick arena shooter splatterfest” Crimsonland makes its way to Playstation tomorrow as a three-way Cross-Buy title. It was rather well-received on Steam.

The Trigger, the fifth add-on pack for winning survival horror title Alien: Isolation, adds three new maps to the game’s Survivor Mode today. Set before the events of the main game, The Trigger puts players in the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo, who prioritises the lives of the station’s inhabitants over his own survival in a bid to kill the alien.

Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, the final add-on for Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive, will launch on April 1 and add a new sci-fi area with fresh challenges and story missions to the game.

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Sony's latest Morpheus prototype halves latency, doubles frame rate, and more

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Sony's latest Morpheus prototype halves latency, doubles frame rate, and more

Sony has unveiled the latest prototype of its Morpheus VR headset at GDC in San Francisco, and it’s a large step up from the first incarnation.

The headset’s screen size has been increased from a 5 inch LCD to a 5.7 inch OLED which runs at 1080p and 120Hz (frames per second). The new screen expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removing motion blur, said the company.

In addition, the latency of the system has been reduced to fewer than 18ms – about half of what the first Morpheus prototype had – and tracking has been augmented by the addition of three extra LEDs to the headset, bringing the total number of LEDs to nine.

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Kiwi brawler Swordy, Wasteland 2, among latest XO indie announces

Kiwi brawler Swordy, Wasteland 2, among latest XO indie announces

New Zealand-made brawler Swordy, a pair of Aussie games, and inXile Entertainment’s acclaimed RPG Wasteland 2 are among the games coming to Xbox One via its ID@Xbox programme.

Multiplayer physics-based brawler Swordy will debut first on Xbox One courtesy of local studio Frogshark, Melbourne-based indie Samurai Punk will chip in “second-person shooter” Screencheat, and Uppercut Games will add Unreal 4 exploration title Submerged to the mix.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release date leaked

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release date leaked

IGN has accidentally let the snake out of the bag.

According to a since-removed video on the site, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released worldwide September 1.

Platforms weren’t specified, but the game is in development on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

The seven-minute video was spotted by NeoGAF, and stars Metal Gear creator creator Hideo Kojima himself.

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Local co-op added to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

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Local co-op added to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

Capcom has added local co-op play to the PC edition of Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

Co-op play was initially removed from the PC version to ensure a stable user experience across a variety of different PC settings and devices.

However, the game was mistakenly advertised as containing co-op, and that slip-up resulted in 43 percent of the game’s Steam reviews being negative. Capcom subsequently offered refunds to customers who purchased the game expecting co-op.

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Mad Max has a release date, last-gen dropped

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Mad Max has a release date, last-gen dropped

Mad Max will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and SteamOS on September 5, Avalanche Studios has announced.

However, there is bad news for last-gen console owners: the game’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions have been cancelled.

According to Avalanche (Just Cause), Mad Max delivers open world gameplay in a post-apocalyptic setting where cars are the key to survival.

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free

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.

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DayZ creator's next game is "esoteric", "crazy"

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DayZ creator's next game is "esoteric", "crazy"

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.

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EA outlines Battlefield Hardline Premium

EA outlines Battlefield Hardline Premium

EA has revealed the contents of the Battlefield Hardline Premium pack. It includes four story-themed digital expansion packs and four new features.

The Premium pack will cost AU$59.99.

Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 20.

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Netflix is coming to New Zealand on March 24, can be streamed from consoles

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Netflix is coming to New Zealand on March 24, can be streamed from consoles

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.

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Blizzard to battle gold sellers with WoW token system

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Blizzard to battle gold sellers with WoW token system

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.

News Index


Wednesday Briefing: Sunset Overdrive, GearVR, Syndicate and more
Wednesday Briefing: Sunset Overdrive, GearVR, Syndicate and more
NEWS A dose of bite-size news.
3
Sony's latest Morpheus prototype halves latency, doubles frame rate, and more
Sony's latest Morpheus prototype halves latency, doubles frame rate, and more
NEWS Coming early next year.
PS4
2
Kiwi brawler Swordy, Wasteland 2, among latest XO indie announces
Kiwi brawler Swordy, Wasteland 2, among latest XO indie announces
NEWS Parity clause might be history.
PC, XO
Valve announces Source 2, Steam Link, Lighthouse VR
Valve announces Source 2, Steam Link, Lighthouse VR
NEWS Steam Machines dated.
12
Local co-op added to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC
Local co-op added to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC
NEWS Capcom comes to the party.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
2
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release date leaked
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain release date leaked
NEWS Kojima says it's the last Metal Gear.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
7
Mad Max has a release date, last-gen dropped
Mad Max has a release date, last-gen dropped
NEWS Don't get mad, get even.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
Unreal Engine 4 is now free
Unreal Engine 4 is now free
NEWS Download it now.
1
Blizzard to battle gold sellers with WoW token system
Blizzard to battle gold sellers with WoW token system
NEWS Money for gold, gold for game time.
PC
RPG: MMO
12
EA outlines Battlefield Hardline Premium
EA outlines Battlefield Hardline Premium
NEWS AU$59.99.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
DayZ creator's next game is "esoteric", "crazy"
DayZ creator's next game is "esoteric", "crazy"
NEWS Developed with Improbable.
7
Netflix is coming to New Zealand on March 24, can be streamed from consoles
Netflix is coming to New Zealand on March 24, can be streamed from consoles
NEWS Available on all last- and new-gen platforms.
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Stealth Inc 2 coming to Xbox, PlayStation, PC next month
Stealth Inc 2 coming to Xbox, PlayStation, PC next month
NEWS No longer a Wii U exclusive.
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 hits PC and mobile in May
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 hits PC and mobile in May
NEWS Roleplaying a player.
Trine 3 is coming to PC and possibly console this year
Trine 3 is coming to PC and possibly console this year
NEWS Trailer inside.
4
Job Simulator is the first Steam VR game
Job Simulator is the first Steam VR game
NEWS Ha, ha, haaaaa...
4
The next Hearthstone expansion is set in Blackrock Mountain - report
The next Hearthstone expansion is set in Blackrock Mountain - report
NEWS Data-miners at it again.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Future Assassin's Creed games will include more contemporary settings
Future Assassin's Creed games will include more contemporary settings
NEWS A return to norm.
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Modder adds co-op to Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC
Modder adds co-op to Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC
NEWS Doing Capcom's work for it.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant crosses Kickstarter funding goal
Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant crosses Kickstarter funding goal
NEWS Expected late 2016.
Valve and HTC unveil Vive VR headset
Valve and HTC unveil Vive VR headset
NEWS Controllers and position trackers coming too.
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Capcom refunds those expecting co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC
Capcom refunds those expecting co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PC
NEWS Co-op is present on console.
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"It's getting harder to be an indie" - Fat Princess boss
"It's getting harder to be an indie" - Fat Princess boss
NEWS Processing power calls for more scale.
New-gen Payday 2 arrives June, will include most DLC
New-gen Payday 2 arrives June, will include most DLC
NEWS Upgrade discount a possibility.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
Action: First-Person
Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis lands in two weeks
Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis lands in two weeks
NEWS Fight a "mystical evil".
PC, XO, PS4
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Darksiders creator announces Battle Chasers, an RPG based on the comic
Darksiders creator announces Battle Chasers, an RPG based on the comic
NEWS Comic is returning, too.
1
Fable Legends adopts free-to-play business model
Fable Legends adopts free-to-play business model
NEWS Will be open, fair, and generous, apparently.
XO
6
Google creates AI that can teach itself to play games
Google creates AI that can teach itself to play games
NEWS I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
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Thursday Briefing: The Order, Battlefield Hardline, ScreamRide, and more
Thursday Briefing: The Order, Battlefield Hardline, ScreamRide, and more
NEWS A dose of bite-size news.
1
Sydney studio announces Braid-style puzzler Clockwork
Sydney studio announces Braid-style puzzler Clockwork
NEWS Coming to new-gen and PC this year.