Thanks to new Twitch broadcasting rules, there won’t be any streams of games like upcoming controversial shooter Hatred.
In a blog post, Twitch has announced that it is not keen on players broadcasting games that have received an “Adults Only” rating from the United States’ Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
That outlaws Hatred, as well as uncut versions of Manhunt 2, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (which received an AO rating after the ‘Hot Coffee’ code was discovered).
However, ESRB Mature (i.e. cut) versions of Adults Only titles are permitted, such as Mature-rated versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.
Games rated 18+ by other rating systems are okay to stream, as long as they are not rated AO by the ESRB, and they don’t violate Twitch’s rules of conduct or terms and conditions.
Sci-fi/fantasy MMO WildStar is shifting to a free-to-play business model.
The transition will takes place in spring, but developer Carbine Studios says it is committed to ensuring the game remains at AAA quality via regular updates.
Following the transition, all players will be able to level to 50, acquire all Amps and abilities, and participate in all dungeons, raids, adventures, shiphands, and PvP. The entirety of the game will be open for players to explore for free.
Australian-made ‘narrative MMO’ Wander is coming to PlayStation 4 and Steam on June 4, developer Loki Davison has announced.
Wander is set in a peaceful fantasy setting populated by shapeshifters, and it encourages players to reveal more of the story by cooperatively exploring new areas of the game world.
Players can discover four avatar forms in the game, including a walking tree and a flying griffin.
For the first time, EA will include women’s teams in its flagship soccer franchise.
FIFA 16 will feature 12 women’s teams: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.
The women’s teams will be playable in several game modes including Kick Off and Online Friendly Matches, but can only play against other women’s teams.
A new version of the Xbox One controller will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to a since-removed update on the official Xbox support site.
The new controller looks identical to the current one, but sports a 3.5mm port on its underside to connect “compatible devices”.
A blurb stated that the feature would only be available “on controllers released after June 2015", so an E3 reveal seems likely.
A Wellington gaming startup is hoping its debut title will raise awareness for New Zealand’s near-extinct Maui’s dolphin.
GameStarter was founded by developer Mark Major, and it’s seeking funds on PledgeMe for Plunge Free Dive, a mobile title his team is creating with help from freediving World Champion William Trubridge.
According to the PledgeMe pitch, Plunge Free Dive’s gameplay is inspired by real exercises and bodily considerations that Trubridge undergoes while free-diving.
Tower defence/shooter mash-up Iron Brigade is no longer tied to Games for Windows Live.
Double Fine has acquired the publishing rights for the title, and is updating the Steam version to include Steamworks instead.
That move allows Steam Matchmaking, and a few bugs will be fixed and a few improvements made in the process. To celebrate, it’s currently 80 percent off at NZ$3.59.
A thief in the UK has nicked a lorry filled with copies of upcoming Wii U paint shooter, Splatoon
As reported by Eurogamer, the vehicle was on its way from Nintendo's European headquarters to GAME's UK warehouse when it disappeared.
That leaves GAME with exactly zero copies of the game, and some criminal mastermind with many copies of Splatoon’s Special Edition, which contains the game's rare Squid Amiibo.
Last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X have been delayed once again.
Several GameStop employees have told Kotaku that they they’ve been instructed to inform customers that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game won’t be out until spring.
GameStop has also changed the release date on its website from June 2 to December 31.
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