• Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Spotted Online

    gears of war ultimate editionThere have been so many rumors recently about a new Gears of War compilation game, but there hasn’t been any concrete evidence. Recently, a Brazilian rating body, Classificação Indicativa, has listed a game called Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The release date for the game is set for 2015.

    A rating body is a company like PEGI or ESRB that rates the age rating of a game, so unlike a retailer listing, which could easily have been placed by mistake, it’s very likely that the listing on the rating body was not false. The listing for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Classificação Indicativa suggests that a game of that exact name has been sent off for an age rating.

    Interestingly, the same rating body has listed another game called Dishonored Definitive Edition, despite there being very little details about such a game ever being released.

    Chances are, even if the details on the Brazilian rating body are wrong, there’s no doubt that some kind of Gears of War experience is coming to the Xbox One, and it’s coming soon. We’ve heard so much about it recently that it would just seem downright bizarre to not have a Gears of War re-master now.

    Everything so far is just rumors and whisperings though, so until we hear something official we shouldn’t get our hopes up. Hopefully we’ll hear something more official at an upcoming gaming expo later this year, such as E3.

  • Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition Revealed

    After the recent release of the remastered version of DmC: Devil may Cry, Capcom has revealed the details for Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, which is set to release this summer for current gen consoles and PC.

    Revealed on publisher's blog, this updated version will have 1080p visuals and 60 frames per second, along with no fewer than five playable characters. That's right, in addition to Dante and Nero, fans will get a chance to play as Virgil, Trish, and Lady.

    On top of that, Legendary Dark Knight Mode, a wave-based horde mode which was only available in the original PC release of DMC4, will be included in this re-release as well. And if that weren't enough, Capcom is also throwing in a batch of new costumes and skins, which will be reflected in the in-game cut scenes. Capcom will also bring us "improvements to the game tempo and balancing."

  • Is Resident Evil 7 Being Released This Fall?

    According to a new report by SuperDataResearch (via Twinfinite), Resident Evil 7 might be just around the corner. In the final paragraph of the report, the article talks about what to expect in 2015:

    "We anticipate this month’s downturn to level off during the coming few months, following a regular seasonal pattern but expect to see an upswing as the next editions of several major franchises like Halo and Resident Evil come out in the 2015 fall season."

    As vague as it is the report could be flat-out wrong, but alongside a giant like you'd hope the researchers in question had the correct information.

    Which if not would be a pretty stupid error to make, or they could be referring to some sort of spin-off.

  • Respawn On Titanfall Sequel

    No press release just yet but they are working "a lot of stuff that people are going to be excited about." So says Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe, when he recently spoke in an EXL Podcast.

    One of the highlights of the interview where Heppe’s commented on a working sequel, as they can focus on "the core of what Titanfall is." She stated:

    "We have assets, we have an engine, and we have all of these things that we laid the foundation for in the first game that now we can really build off of in the second. So I think there's going to be a lot of stuff that people are going to be excited about. And that's all I can say."

    As for whether it will have the traditional campaign and more weapons, Heppe only said the team has "definitely heard the feedback."

    Earlier, Respawn boss Vince Zampella said he thought the original game worked well without that campaign, and the shooter genre is dominated by multiplayer. So, don’t get hopes up for a narrative-driven campaign just yet.

  • 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.

  • Battlefield: Hardline Campaign Details

    Battlefield: Hardline will with no doubt center on the multiplayer action.

    But it has a single player campaign, Creative Director of visceral Games Ian Milham addressed the single player game on twitter.

    Here are a few the highlights:

    -- There are ten episodes in the hardline single-player campaign; some episodes will be less than an hour, while some will be a little over an hour. More chapters may arrive via DLC.

    -- Weapons unlocked in single-player don't carry over to multiplayer, but some other "stuff" will.

    -- The decisions you make in the campaign won't be specifically moral.

    -- You play as one character in the campaign, but you will get to see both sides of the conflict.

    -- Don't expect many QTEs.

    -- ...inspirations include the works of film director Michael Mann, including Heat and Miami Vice.

    -- The story itself is linear, but gameplay is more sandbox-style.

    Battlefield: Hardline is set to release on March 17 for current gen and past gen consoles and Pc.

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Delayed

    Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed. The game’s official twitter, twitted out earlier that the game was delayed by three weeks from the already delayed released date which was June 2.

    This is not the first time that Warner Bros. and Rock Steady have pushed back a release date back. The game was originally planned for release on October 14 last year, then it was delayed to June 2nd . This new release date confirms that the game has been officially delayed for eight months

    "We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy," stated the game director Sefton Hill. "As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video."

    The newly released video, shows seven minutes of gameplay from the game and shows Batman chasing after an armored vehicle with links to Scarecrow.

  • Deus EX: Mankind Divided Announced

    So Square Enix has now official revealed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    The story will take place in 2020, exactly 2 years after the Aug Incident that occurred in Panchea in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After millions died, a massive divide has occurred between people with augments and those without.

    David Anfossi, Head of Studio, Eidos-Montréal said, “For 15 years, Deus Ex has been a point of conversation across the games industry and beyond, whether the topic is the franchise’s unique gameplay or topical narrative focused on advanced biotechnology and human augmentation. What began with Deus Ex: Human Revolution goes to a whole new level in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, diving even deeper into this discussion and, in turn, offering fans an all-encompassing experience, one which will challenge their skills as players and emphasize decision-making based on real world topics.”

    Adam Jensen will return in the midst of this social and political chaos with new and improved augmentations. According to the press conference, this time around there will be greater player choice which would affect the outcome of the game.

  • Uncharted 4 Maybe at 60FPS, But Performance Prioritized

    So the trend right now shows that gamers care about two things when it comes to a new game. Whether it will be in 1080p and whether it will run at 60FPS.

    Although admittedly developers and critics have come out to say these don’t really determine whether a game will look or play great, right now it is definitely held as the standard expectation from current gen consoles.

    But Naughty Dog doesn’t want to just follow the numbers trend. They are planning on achieving 60FPS for Uncharted 4 but they will are not willing to compromise on the gaming experience for it.

    In an interview with Edge, game director Bruce Straley said that they had actually locked the gameplay demo (shown at PlayStation Experience) at 30 FPS. Here is what he said:

    "We're actually above 30, but we locked it [for the demo]. We're going to do whatever it takes to make the game we want to make. If it means we could go for 60 but lose something that would really impact the player's experience, then it's our choice as developers to say, 'Well, we're going to go for the experience [instead of] the 60 frames.'"

    As reference just remember that all the Uncharted games till now have been set to run at 30 FPS. However last year Eric Monacelli of Naughty Dog said they were planning on making the next Uncharted run at 60 FPS on the PlayStation 4. The fact that The Last of Us Remastered ran at 60FPS shows that the team is definitely capable of it. It is whether to choose to stick to that decision or not just remains to be seen. 

  • Ubisoft: Problems with Assassin’s Creed Unity Made Them Stronger

    Every cloud has a silver lining, even the blackest ones.

    Ubisoft is making another addition to the Assassins creed entry for 2015 and it’ll use the same engine that powered Unity.

    Unity as many know had major issues when it first launched, which CEO of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot explained:

    When you [build a new engine and tools], it's painful for all the group, and everything has to be recalibrated. And with [Unity], a few things were not perfect when the game was launched."

    Guillemot also added "steps are sometimes painful" but they will allow the team to improve the overall quality of the product. Yves was very confident that these problems were lessons learned last year, and that they will be able to take the once-revered series.

    He said "At launch, the game had suffered from frame rate issues and bugs which have had a strong resonance among the community. We are blessed to have such passionate and committed fans, and we will always strive to earn their trust and support. We took that situation very seriously, and our teams have been working relentlessly since launch and have provided constant and direct progress updates to our fans."

    The rumor is that the next arc will be taking place during Victoria London, and here’s hoping that it will be an awesome game.


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