Gameplanet New Zealand – video game news, previews, videos, reviews, and forums


News

Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

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.

News

Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

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.

News

Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

2
Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

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.

News

First episode of King's Quest launches July 28

First episode of King's Quest launches July 28

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.

News

Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC

26
Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC

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.”

News

Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games

13
Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games

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.

News

Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe

4
Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe

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.”

News

Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely

6
Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely

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.

News

Microsoft's Gamescom plans include Crackdown, Scalebound, Quantum Break

5
Microsoft's Gamescom plans include Crackdown, Scalebound, Quantum Break

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.

Friday 3 July

Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
News
Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
Vehicles, maps, emotes, and more.
World of Warships launch trailer
Trailer
World of Warships launch trailer
Now in open beta.
Victor Vran story trailer
Trailer
Victor Vran story trailer
March Of Industry announce trailer
Trailer
March Of Industry announce trailer
From the cvreator of 8-bit MMO.

Thursday 2 July

Fat Princess Adventures, Shadow of the Beast, Until Dawn, and more
Hands-On
Fat Princess Adventures, Shadow of the Beast, Until Dawn, and more
Hands-on with some smaller PS4 games.
9
Path of Exile: The Awakening launch trailer
Trailer
Path of Exile: The Awakening launch trailer
New expansion out early July.
Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"
News
Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"
Nintendo focuses on co-op.
2
First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
News
First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
Sierra's reboot is headed your way.
Quiplash – Xbox One trailer
Trailer
Quiplash – Xbox One trailer
From the makers of Fibbage.
Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
News
Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
Google Play hardest hit.
13
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sam Pursuit gameplay trailer
Trailer
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sam Pursuit gameplay trailer
Full E3 presentation released.
Smite – Ravana God Reveal trailer
Trailer
Smite – Ravana God Reveal trailer
The Demon King of Lanka.
The Settlers Online – Midsummer Night Special dev diary
Trailer
The Settlers Online – Midsummer Night Special dev diary
New event outlined.
Panzar – A New Dawn trailer
Trailer
Panzar – A New Dawn trailer
MMOBA gets a big update.
Silence cinematic trailer
Trailer
Silence cinematic trailer
Closed beta begins on July 9.
Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe
News
Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe
"Extremely significant."
4

Wednesday 1 July

Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely
News
Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely
Confine your shooting to space (for now).
6
Mojang quietly halts development on Scrolls
News
Mojang quietly halts development on Scrolls
Servers to keep running for at least a year.
8