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  • Next Call Of Duty May Feature a "Different Movement"

    Industry Insider believes that we can expect changes with the movements to the uber-popular Call of Duty franchise.

    This was spotted by Paradiger, shinobi602 is the original source, he revealed over on Twitter, and he stating that the next CoD will boast movement that are "a little different than Advanced Warfare." He adds that it "won't be like older games “leaving everyone to wonder: What will these changes be, adding some weight to the character, or no EXO suit or a faster movement.

    But then again any drastic changes cannot be made, lest you lose your target audience. Still they did make a few changes to their newest iteration. A lot of people who lost interest in the franchise came back thanks to it. Maybe they’ll pull of something more spectacular seeing how this is their second attempt at the PS4 and Xbox One.

  • Xbox One April System Update Details

    The latest update for the Microsoft Console will add voice messaging, dedicated servers for party chat and more.

    With the addition to the new features is the ability to leave voice messages for friends. Players will be able to compose and playback a voice message and then send them by double tapping the Xbox button, players will also be able to send messages between the Xbox one and the 360.

    Dedicated servers will also be added for party chat which will improve quality and reliability. The Staff picks will also be tailored based on the latest game you’ve played.

    In the previous update which added the ability to take screenshots and introduced a new suggested friends feature, along with party chat enhancements that adds and icon displaying microphone status, tile transparency, voice search privacy, and the ability to report spam.

  • Just Cause 3 Details Revealed

    Sequels should improve on the original in whatever way possible, making it bigger and better right?

    Just Cause 3, when this games drops on players that is exactly what might happen based on the latest statements in a recent PC Gamer interview with game director Roland Lesterlin, the AI is focus of the team:

    "If you took an armored, missile launching chopper into a base and spammed it with missiles without taking damage, it would take away the joy. So our AI guys have been working hard to balance that by introducing things like anti-air guns and heavy enemies. If you get into some tough military vehicle, we’ll send in RPG troops to counteract it. That way you constantly have to shift your priorities and tactics. This makes attacking bases more fun. Maybe you’ll wing suit into a base and use your guns, then grapple up to an enemy helicopter and suddenly you’re in an air battle. The more varied the game is, the more fun it is."

    As for the random events on the fictional island of Medici, He stated that it was to "give you a sense of the conflict going on."

    Lesterlin also mentioned that there will be jets to travel, which will lead to many mid-air hi-jacks. The game franchise has mostly been about the crazy stunts. Avalanche will continue to push the envelope in Just Cause 3.

  • Microsoft hints DirectX12 is coming to the Xbox One

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    Seem everyone is going to reveal something big this month. Even Microsoft announced that they will be making an appearance at the Game Developer Conference on the 20th of March to reveal the new DirectX 12. A host of partners including AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and Qualcomm will be supporting the new suite of APIs.

    This was the description of the conference that will be provided by Windows Graphics’ development manager Anuj Gosalia.

    For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet.

    However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. You also asked us for better tools so that you can squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console.

    Just recently, 8th of March, Microsoft added the Xbox One logo to the teaser site for DirectX 12 and also tweeted another teaser which says that DirectX 12 will also be working with the Xbox One.

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    Considering that the Xbox One shares a kernel with Windows, it means that Microsoft has the ability to implement such innovations to the console as well in a short time. Although it is yet not clear what this really means for the Xbox One, guess we will find out in just over a week! Considering the Microsoft’s excitement, it might be something substantial.

  • Xbox One Getting a Price Cut in the UK

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    UK gamers rejoice; the Xbox One is getting a price cut in your region! Microsoft has recently revealed that Xbox will be cutting the price of the Xbox One in the UK to £399.99, which is £30 off of it’s original value.

    There has been a lot of controversy behind the high price of the next gen Xbox console, and many have complained that there is little reason to invest in an Xbox One when the PS4 can be picked up for a much cheaper price. Even with this £30 price cut, it’s still £50 more expensive than the PlayStation 4, which unfortunately still only makes the console appealing to those already interested in buying.

    However, with Titanfall just around the corner, it seems pretty clear that Microsoft will go to all measures to try and get as many gamers as possible to jump to their new system. Microsoft have also revealed that the Titanfall bundle will be included in the price cut, and all SKU’s will have their price dropped from the 28th of February.

    If you’re getting your hopes up for a price cut in other regions, unfortunately it’s unlikely to happen. Xbox’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle revealed to IGN that it’s unlikely that any other regions will get a price cut at this point.

    Despite this, the Xbox One is bound to go down in price over the next year or two as more demand is met, but only UK gamers will be able to make use of this current price cut.

  • Activision On Call Of Duty 2014: Next-Gen Is The Focus

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    So there seems to be more promising news about the next CoD game. Recently Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing CEO, told IGN that the next iteration in the franchise will have a next-gen focus; meaning that this game is being developed first for the next-gen consoles.

    Although not much else was revealed, it is still good to know that this game is being tailor made for the Xbox One and PS4 than the PS3/Xbox 360. He also mentioned that the addition of Sledgehammer Games (the developers of this next-gen CoD), will allow each team a 3 year development cycle to create each successive CoD game.

    "On the two-year cycle, with the level of content we were putting in the games, it became a real horse race each and every time to get everything done that we wanted to get done. With next-gen hardware, we’ve got more capabilities than ever before to play with and we want to make sure our developers have the time to innovate, iterate, to bring the best creative vision and the most possible polish to each and every game."

    As before Hirshberger showed great faith on Sledgehammer and said we we'll definitely see something different. He said, "We give each of our studios a lot of independence," and as such provided Sledgehammer with one objective "You know what makes this thing great; now go do it your way."

    A new studio mixed in with next-gen consoles might just be what this franchise requires to get some fresh new direction. The games are still selling by the bunch so they can’t do much with their magic formula. But I guess if we expected anything new and different from CoD, this is the best shot we got. They have the resources, and now they have the tech too.

  • Square Enix Updates on FFXV and Kingdom Hearts III

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    After all this time it better be near completion! Recently VideoGamer asked Yoshinor Kitase, Square Enix producer, about the current state of Final Fantasy XV. Although in true fashion he was as vague as possible, but we still got an update regardless.

    The first things he confirmed was that Kingdom Hearts III and FFXV are not "in competition" with each other. He went on to say that the new FF iteration is "quite far into development now" and has being given "a very high priority within the company."

    Funny to hear that now though; I mean since its announcement as Final Fantasy XIII back in 2006 and after being renamed to FF XV, it just received priority within the company? At least fans will be glad to know that despite the name changes and massive delay, they have decided to keep part of the original narrative for the game:

    "Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series.

    So even though it's not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they're all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it's moved on--obviously the title's been changed to Final Fantasy XV--but that hasn't actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point."

  • New XBox One Updates Improve Voice Control and Other Features

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    So it seems that the Xbox One has been scheduled to receive a number of patches. The first of which was released just a few days ago, on the 11th of February which fixed a bunch of things.

    This is what Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer, had to say about the updates that will be coming from 11 February onwards. 

    Just as we did with Xbox 360, Xbox One will have regular updates to deliver new features and platform experiences designed to delight you”

    He went on to add that the first set of updates would further fine tune the Kinect to perform that much better along with the following list of things:

    • Ability to see and manage your storage space. 
    • Ability to control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue, with separated My Games and My Apps lists. 
    • Ability to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One. 
    • Controller battery power indicator 

    The Xbox One will be receiving another update on the 4th of March which would basically “prepare” the console for the upcoming FPS TitanFall.

    Regarding this Whitten told GMA News, “This update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems,”

    So what do you guys think? What feature do you think Microsoft should update or add in its next patch? What should be their top priority?

  • Titanfall PC Requirements Revealed

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    Just recently the requirements for one of the most anticipated FPSs, Titanfall, has been revealed. This reveal came from none other than Vince Zampella, boss of the Respawn (creators of Titanfall).

    The minimum PC requirements for the game are as stated:

    • 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1

    • AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz

    • 4GB RAM

    • 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT

    In response to whether the game will make its way to Mac he said, "talking about it, would like to see it happen. Would have to be after launch."

    The game will be releasing on the 14th of March, 2014 in the UK and on the 11th of March in the US. Titanfall will be available on PC, Xbox One and later on the Xbox 360.

    Also in regards to the PC version, it has also been confirmed that in order to play Titanfall gamers will have to sign up to Origin (EA’s digital platform). This news again came straight from Vince.

    Vince replied to replied to one of his tweeter followers who claimed he would not buy the game if he had to sign up for Origin with “yes it does, we'll miss you :(" and “I'll also ask that you give origin a try for the beta, costs you nothing."

    Console players however don’t have to worry about this as Xbox One and 360 version of the game do not require Origin.

  • Microsoft: Trade in your PS3 for a $100 Rebate on Xbox One

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    So Microsoft just came up with a nifty little deal. The deal was spotted by a NeoGAF member and basically asks US consumers to “ditch” their PS3s in favor of getting a brand new Xbox One at a cheaper price.

    The PS3s of course have to be in a working condition in order for you to get the rebate. If all is good, then you can walk away with the Xbox One for the price of $399 ( a good $100 rebate from the current retail price). This deal is available through March at Microsoft’s stores in the US.

    Of course the deal still applies for Xbox 360s but the highlight in the ad was given to PS3s. Now this is a pretty cheeky move. It is no surprise why the price was set at $399. Their chief competitor the PS4 is priced at that exact point and analysts have been mentioning for a while that the price difference is going to be the major factor for the popularity of the PS4, and it has.

    Also considering people who still have not made the jump to the next-gen consoles this might just make the Xbox One and PS4 even more comparable. Plus it is a great way for Microsoft to snag those PS3 players who would technically upgrade to a PS4, since that is what happens usually. Xbox 360 users go for Xbox One and PS3 users go for PS4. It is just convenient really.

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