RocketWerkz has capped a busy year with the release of space management sim Stationeers onto Steam's Early Access platform.
The Dunedin studio released standalone expansion Out of Ammo: Death Drive in August, and yesterday revealed neo-noir adventure Living Dark, a new teaser for which was released today.
Stationeers was due to hit Early Access in September, but the addition of extra mechanics saw its release delayed.
RocketWerkz estimates it will be in Early Access for about a year, and at full release its price will probably increase substantially.
Loot boxes do not meet the legal definition of gambling, New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs has told Gamasutra.
Therefore, the DIA added, it has no ability to regulate them under the Gambling Act 2003.
"Gamers do not purchase loot boxes seeking to win money or something that can be converted into money," wrote DIA licensing compliance manager Trish Millward.
Dunedin's RocketWerkz is teasing a project called Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure driven by a procedural narrative.
The game takes place in Vox, a near-future city "straining under tensions it can barely control", and looks to explore themes of inequality, violence, manipulation, and control.
"Fight for friends, factions or your own future, but survive at all costs in a society where justice is only for the powerful," the official site reads.
Sony has sold more than 70.6 million PlayStation 4s, the company announced today.
For comparison's sake, the PlayStation 1 sold 103 million, PlayStation 2 sold more than 155 million in nine years on the market, and the PlayStation 3 sold more than 83.8 million.
Today Sony also announced that more than 617.8 million PS4 games have been sold at retail stores and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store, more than two million PlayStation VR units and 12.2 million VR games have been sold.
Dunedin mobile games studio Runaway Play is launching a VR version of Flutter, its popular butterfly title.
Flutter VR is "a relaxing, meditative experience that a player can comfortably immerse themselves in for short gameplay periods and feel utterly transported to the tranquil rainforest", Runaway said.
It will launch for Google Daydream on December 12.
Square Enix has announced that a new Tomb Raider game is coming, while sneakily acknowledging that it is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Overnight, the company tweeted the following message [emphasis ours]:Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year.
Bluehole has given its insatiable playerbase a decent look at the upcoming desert map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Called Miramar, the map will be showcased at The Game Awards this week.
It will feature new weapons – a six-shot revolver called the R45, a Win94 rifle, and a sawed-off shotgun – and a new truck.
“BJ’s got a fight to finish, and I can’t wait to see what insanity occurs next when he does it.”
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