Preliminary line-ups of the guest speakers and playable games that will be present at next month’s Digital Nationz show in Auckland have been revealed.
A number of unreleased games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Far Cry 4, Alien Isolation, FIFA 15, and The Crew will be playable at the expo, with more announcements coming soon.
On the guest speaker side of things, more than 10 speakers from around the world will share their knowledge with show-goers, including developers from Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward, Halo creator Bungie, Half-Life studio Valve, and more – see below for full profiles of all speakers announced so far.
This year’s expo will also feature LAN events, including a LAN party and a Pro Championships competition. Up to 500 players can compete in the latter, where they stand to take away a piece of the more than NZ$30,000 in prizes that are up for grabs. Nine games will be included in the Championship LAN, including League of Legends and DOTA 2. Tickets for the competition are NZ$89, while those for the LAN party will set you back NZ$69.
You can no longer download free-to-play RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul from the Xbox 360 Games Store.
There is still a listing on the site, but the game will no longer be available on the console.
"Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game’s success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace," developer Signal Studios wrote on its official site.
Paradox Interactive has announced it will publish Ancient Space, a story-driven real-time strategy title for PC and Mac that’s expected to launch this coming spring.
Ancient Space is a singleplayer RTS title that puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in ‘The Black Zone’.
“A rich and compelling story will guide the player as they build and upgrade their fleets and then survive overwhelming odds in deadly strategic missions,” said Paradox.
Microsoft has accidentally unveiled a plan that appears to allow Xbox Live Gold subscribers to play certain games for a day for free .
A tile on the Xbox One’s US store advertising the feature was quickly pulled by Microsoft, but not before it caught the attention of Reddit.
The tile showed Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood with the caption "Free Play Day with Gold".
Mystery adventure title The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will be available on Windows PC on September 26 for US$20, developer The Astronauts has announced.
The Astronauts was founded by former co-owner People Can Fly Adrian Chmielarz (Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgement), and also features a number of his former staff.
Its goal is to "evolve immersive storytelling in games", and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is said to be "inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century”.
The PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft has failed its final certification, making an August release unlikely.
Developer 4J Studios – which is responsible for all of the game’s console ports – revealed yesterday that Sony found flaws in what was to be the build that shipped to retail.
The Xbox One version of Minecraft is also supposed to release in August, although a date has yet to be announced.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Australia, and will launch tomorrow in New Zealand.
The third-person multiplayer online shooter is already available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
“We’ve been perfecting Garden Warfare and optimising it for PlayStation gamers.” said PopCap creative director Jeremy Vanhoozer.
Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater developer The Behemoth is teasing its latest game, which is has codenamed Game 4.
“Shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater we started working on something new,” said Behemoth.
“We schemed up a bunch of concepts and picked our strongest one. From there we fleshed out the lone survivor prototype!!!
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn’t coming to the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games has revealed.
Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey tweeted that the decision was made by Activision rather than his studio.
In related news, Ubisoft has decreed that Watch Dogs will be its final mature release for Wii U, because sales of similar games haven’t done well on Nintendo’s console.
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