The closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront went live today, sparking a flurry of leaks of gameplay details and footage.
The footage, none of which has stayed up online long enough to provide a reliable embed, depicts a raging battle on Hoth, replete with enemy bombers and AT-ST walkers.
Other details were gleaned from poking around in the game's UI and file structure.
The alpha only contains two maps, Hoth and Tatooine, though interestingly the Tatooine map is available in both "noon" and "dawn" versions.
Cryptic references to weaponry were also found, including weapons likely unique to characters such as Boba Fett.
Australian company Flat Earth Games has announced Objects In Space, a stealth space trading game with a cerebral, "modempunk" twist.
Eschewing the dogfight-style mechanics of most other space games, Objects In Space is played in a world of computer readouts, physical switches, and other '70s retro-future accoutrements.
The Metrocide developer says that in creating space battles without even seeing opponents, they aim to evoke "the nerve-wracking and cerebral battles from Star Trek II and The Hunt For Red October," rather than the high-octane action of Star Wars.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force will not feature Samus as a playable character, says director Kensuke Tanabe.
Responding to intense fan criticism about the 3DS spinoff, Tanabe said the focus on co-op is "an attempt to expand the Metroid universe," and that it "wouldn't make sense" for players to control four Samus clones.
He added, "You may be able to see Samus in the game," hinting at a possible cameo appearance from the traditional Metroid lead character.
The first episode of the new King's Quest will launch July 28, Sierra says.
Titled King's Quest: A Knight to Remember, the episode is the first of five in a reboot that aims to capture the 30-year-old series' trademark quality of adventure and writing.
Pre-orders for the full set of episodes are open now.
Warner Brothers knew the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state," but shipped it anyway, according to two anonymous QA staff.
Speaking with Kotaku, the two quality assurance testers stated that the PC port's bugs and graphical issues "were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago".
“We reported literally thousands of bugs that were specific to the PC version relating to the frame rate,” said the source. “All sorts of f***ed up texture issues. The Batmobile in particular has always f***ed things up on PC.”
Australia has banned hundreds of mobile titles that have been "refused classification" under a new pilot programme.
Working with the International Age Rating Coalition, which asks developers to self-evaluate the nature of their in-game content, the Australian Classification Board has refused classification for over 260 games that do not "reflect the Australian community's expectations and standards."
All banned games so far come from Google Play and the Firefox Marketplace; the IARC expects Xbox Live, Nintendo's eShop, and the PlayStation Store to follow suit. As the iOS App Store is subject to its own internal ratings system, it is not part of the IARC's programme.
Sony's PlayStation 4 commands between 70 and 90 percent of console market share in continental Europe, says SCE Europe president Jim Ryan.
"We have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant. I don’t think market-share’s any less than 70 percent, and frequently greater than 90 percent in continental Europe," Ryan said.
Ryan's gloat comes after Microsoft's Phil Spencer admitted to EDGE Magazine, "We need to do better in Europe. When I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on.”
Star Citizen's first-person shooter module, Star Marine, has been delayed for the foreseeable future.
"When will we see Star Marine? Tonight, I don’t have an absolute answer for you," said game director and Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts.
Star Marine was originally slated for an April 2015 release, but has slipped behind due to development issues.
Microsoft has announced some details of its Xbox Briefing at Gamescom 2015, via its Major Nelson blog.
The Cologne, Germany-based trade show will play host to new demos of games like Quantum Break, Scalebound, and the rebooted Crackdown.
After a fairly predictable E3 presentation, Microsoft has Gamescom all to themselves, thanks to Sony giving the show a miss.
“The Witcher 3 is a thrilling, expansive, and deep RPG with more character, emergent gameplay, and interesting stories to tell than any game released in the past few years.”
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