Mashable has an article that reaffirms some of our own speculation that HBO's Game of Thrones will outpace the books.
Season 5 of Game of Thrones arrives in April. It is based on book four, A Feast for Crows, as well as parts of book five, A Dance With Dragons. (The producers managed to split book three into two seasons, but that was jam-packed with plot; sadly, there's barely enough meat in Crows and Dragons combined to make for a single season)...
The HBO show is on a regular schedule; it films every fall, and screens every spring. There's little hope of delaying Game of Thrones, especially given its large number of teenaged actors who are growing up faster than the pace of the story allows. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark, has already gone through so much pubescence that the producers have already parked Bran at the place where he arrives in book five.
The producers have made it quite clear they intend to end the show with Season 7. So we already have a clear road map: Season 6 arrives in 2016, and the HBO show will grace our screens for the last time in 2017.
Martin's roadmap, meanwhile, involves two more novels: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The titles were announced nearly a decade ago.
While I'm inclined to believe the show will outpace the books, I wonder if HBO will give up the money machine that is Game of Thrones. What do you think?
A new Spelunker game, Minna de Spelunker Z, is coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4, publisher Square Enix has announced.
Earlier this week, the Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider publisher launched a teaser website for an upcoming game with the working title "Project Code Z." Today, during the Tokaigi 2015 event in Japan, the company revealed that game is based on the original Spelunker, which was first released in 1983.
These days, you might better recognize Spelunker's gameplay from a more recent popular game it inspired, Spelunky. As you can see in the trailer above, much like Spelunky, Spelunker is a 2D platformer, where you venture into a cave, jump around, climb ropes, and collect treasure.
Minna de Spelunker Z is being developed by Tozai Games and will release in Japan on March 19. It will be free-to-play, and while it's not yet clear how Square Enix plans to monetize it, we can see an inventory system in the trailer where you can equip your character with different items and outfits.
Tim Burton's new drama Big Eyes stars Amy Adams (Man of Steel) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Margaret and Walter Keene, known in the 60's for a series of cheezy paintings of children with huge eyes.
In the movie, husband Walter Keene claims credit for Margaret's paintings, under the guise that people wouldn't take art seriously if it was painted by a woman. Walter spins her paintings into a massive commercial success, while behind the scenes Margaret is in torment over having hide from everyone that she is the real artist behind the waif paintings.
Both stars turn in great performances and the movie does hold your attention. The big drawback is that once you have seen the trailer or even read a description of the movie, it doesn't have any secrets left to unveil. Burton never takes the story in any daring directions and the characters never seem all that deeply emotionally impacted by their fraud and secrets.
It is more of an interesting tale, nothing more. If you were expecting any kind of Tim Burton weirdness, you won't find it here.
PC Gamer brings word that users have been unable to play games on Quake Live or even connect to the main site at times. The writer also offers a PSA I think we can all agree on:
I'm compelled to take a moment to note that a DDoS attack—Distributed Denial of Service—is the lowest form of "hack" that a person can undertake, essentially the digital equivalent of setting a bag of dog poop on fire and leaving it on someone's front porch. Worse, actually, because at least the poop is only going to be stomped on by one particular person, who's presumably caused you some sort of irritation; a DDoS attack is tedious, indiscriminate jerkery that accomplishes nothing.
Among loads of other perks available to Big Damn Heroes in The Cortex, official companion app for Firefly Online, is the Map of the Verse: a beautiful, highly-detailed, three-dimensional map with planetary details and trivia for every planet and moon in the Verse.
The Map of the Verse is a great addition to your Firefly collection, not to mention an indispensable tool for those of you who play pen-and-paper games. The Map also includes the Trade Route mini-game: a scavenger hunt that earns you BP and additional rewards, including digital Firefly Cortex Cards.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is the driving sensation where pedestrians (and cows) equal points and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. It's the antidote to racing games!
Hey guys! Ever wanted to play a game about console wars? How each company had a goddess that was either moe, jailbait or loli with action/turn RPG gameplay mechanics and crude humour that doesn't take itself seriously? Well, that is a quick summary of the Hyperdimension series! This title isn't particularly different from the others but it still has plenty of moxie. Rebirth2's world is not the same as the first one. Well, the story, anyway. This one is set in an alternate universe where over time, things have gone south due to a couple of bad guys. The CFW's main goal is to revive the "Goddess of Sin" and bring about "happiness". The CPUs, after losing the battle to CFW Magic (hot witch character), are trapped and kept in a dormant state and have been asleep for three years. After a quick rescue by Compa and IF, our Nepgear is freed and set on a quest to get enough power (and shares!) to rescue the CPUs. Stop the decay of Gamindustri and save the world! So why is Gamindustri in such bad shape anyway? Well, piracy! That's right, the Gamindustri is going to hell because of piracy!
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Nintendo just announced what they call a "Creator Program" for YouTube, in which they'll share ad revenue with YouTubers promoting Nintendo content.
In the past, advertising proceeds that could be received for videos that included Nintendo-copyrighted content (such as gameplay videos) went to Nintendo, according to YouTube rules. Now, through this service, Nintendo will send you a share of these advertising proceeds for any YouTube videos or channels containing Nintendo-copyrighted content that you register.
Users must have a Paypal account. Nintendo will share 70% of ad revenue with YouTubers who dedicate their channels to Nintendo content, and 60% of ad revenue per video that specifically shows Nintendo games. Additional details can be found here.
Electronic Arts has announced that an open beta for Battlefield Hardline isheading to all the major platforms next week.
Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts studio, today announced that Battlefield Hardline, the next installment in the critically-acclaimed Battlefield series, will host an open multiplayer beta from February 3* to February 8. The beta will be available to all players around the world on Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system. Visceral Games also today released a new trailer that gives gamers an in-depth look at how new innovations with story, speed and strategy in single player and multiplayer are helping to make Battlefield Hardline a complete first person shooter experience.
PlayStation®Plus membership includes free games and online multiplayer on PS4™ systems.* In February, PS Plus membership includes Transistor, Apotheon, Yakuza 4, Thief, Rogue Legacy, and Kick & Fennick.
London, UK – January 29, 2015 – Today, Ubisoft announced Heroes® of Might & Magic® III – HD Edition, the anticipated title built from one of the most renowned games in the Might & Magic series, is now available on Windows® PC and for the first time on tablet (iOS and Android).
The fifteen year-old title comes back with a full HD lift thanks to the refined work done on graphics. Players will relive the iconic Heroes III adventure as they strive through seven campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. The game also includes a local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby (only for PC players), in which players can share their experiences with other fans of the franchise.
Pix the Cat, the addictive arcade game from studio Pastagames (Rayman Jungle Run), will be available today for download on PC! Our crazy little blue cat celebrates this event with an ultimate overview of the game. Watch its offbeat retro setting reminiscent of its famous "highscore" predecessors Snake and Pac-Man, electric aesthetic and tense, twitchy gameplay in Pix the Cat's PC launch trailer!
Over at the FirstadopterTumblr, there's some interesting Blizzard-related rumors:
Executives have “low expectations” for Heroes of the Storm. The insider thinks many of the senior staff on the Heroes of the Storm team will be laid off.
The next Starcraft 2 game is already done and ready to go. The release date is still not settled. The current time window ranges from April to June.
The World of Warcraft team has “quadrupled” its art outsourcing, which has been a bottleneck in the past. The next expansion is almost “feature complete.”
The insider says the members of the Diablo III team have been moved to a new project set in the Starcraft universe. The game will be similar to Warframe and contain gameplay aspects from Left4Dead, DayZ, Smite, and other MOBAs. It is in early pre-production, which means late 2016 or later.
I got my money's worth with Reaper of Souls. If the rumors are true, I'm definitely interested in the last point. Give me more takes on Star Craft! What do you think?
Breitbart has an interesting article detailing the fall of Joystiq. In it, the author attribute's Joystiq's demise to its current editor, Susan Arendt and her toxic behavior:
Perhaps it has something to do with how Arendt treats staff who work for her. Journalist Allistair Pinsof recalls: “I flew out [to the E3 conference] and got a hotel on my own – not uncommon for most people’s first E3 – and happily worked my ass off. Susan Arendt is an awesome editor in a technical sense but I found her a very toxic person to work under.
It's also worth noting that:
Arendt herself, of course, was a high-profile member of the notorious GameJournoPros mailing list, on which prominent games journalists and editors discussed which stories to cover and, in at least one case, pressured journalists from other organisations to censor user comments about controversial industry issues.
With the seemingly inevitable demise of Joystiq, I think that mainstream game journalism is on the decline. Youtube coverage is incredibly popular. Do you think written pieces are dead? What kind of coverage do you tend to favor?
GameSpot has dug up the first trailer for Dragon's Dogma Online, a free-to-play RPG for PC and PlayStation that is due out later this year in Japan.
Following the game's announcement earlier this week, Capcom has now released the first trailer trailer for upcoming free-to-play PlayStation and PC role-playing game, Dragon's Dogma Online.
The trailer shows off a group of players--each of different classes--working together to take down hulking enemies such as dragons and other massive monsters. There is also a quick look at some of the town gathering spaces where players will be able to assemble and coordinate.
Announced on Tuesday, Dragon's Dogma Online is scheduled to launch in Japan for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC later this year. An open-world game, the title appears to play similar to the original Dragon's Dogma (2012) and its Dark Arisen (2013) expansion.
However, in Dragon's Dogma Online, players can group up into parties of four--and possibly eight sometime later--to work together to journey across the world and battle enemies. The game's public gathering spaces will support up to 100 simultaneous players, Capcom says.
Warner Bros. has announced two new Lego titles, though the details are still quite sparse. Traveler's Tales is returning to the Marvel universe and will walk with dinosaurs this year.
Lego Jurassic World (teased at the end of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham) is coming this June, and will feature elements of Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, and the upcoming Jurassic World movie. Lego Marvel Avengers is the follow up to Lego Marvel Superheroes will be focused on the two Avengers films, including Age of Ultron out this May. You can look for it this fall.
Both titles are planned for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, and PC.
You can experience everything Evolve has to offer offline, playing single player. The first match in this video features a single player as the monster against challenging AI hunters. The second features a single player controlling the full team of hunters by hot swapping between classes in battle.
When Epic unveiled Unreal Engine 4 in early 2013 it wanted to show off all the tech's bells and whistles. Its "Infiltrator" demo had whirling ships, flying sparks, complex light sources and plenty of explosions. It looked cool, to be frank. But it also looked like a video game. Set in a grim world of warring space marines, it didn't exactly equate to the type of thing we'd ever see in our ordinary lives. Yet one man, level designer and 3D artist Benoît Dereau, who worked on Dishonored, has single-handedly created one of the most shockingly realistic pieces of scenery ever modeled in 3D.
Polish developer CD Projekt Red has revealed resolution and frame-rate specifications for upcoming open-world role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game will run in 1080p/30fps on PlayStation 4 and 900p/30fps on Xbox One, it has now been confirmed.
German website Gamestar was first to report the resolution and frame rate details. GameSpot has since confirmed with CD Projekt Red that these numbers are indeed correct.
Sex has always been a relatively prominent part of The Witcher videogames. The original release actually included a series of saucy in-game collectible cards that provided a record of Geralt's many and varied conquests during his world-saving adventures. And, unsurprisingly, he'll keep on keeping on in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which according to The Guardian contains 16 hours (!) of sex scene motion capture data.
That sounds like an awful lot of sex scene motion capture data, and the game apparently even opens with the tail-end, so to speak, of a libidinous encounter between Geralt and Yennefer. But that moment, and all the others, are there for a reason that goes beyond mere titillation.
"We are establishing that your character was intimate with this woman recently in order to plant in your mind, that, at the very least, he must enjoy her company," Senior Game Designer Damien Monhier said. "Through sex we have shown that this is a person who Geralt would be compelled to chase after if she went missing."
Sex is the quickest way to establish a meaningful relationship between characters, Monhier explained, and to justify Geralt's pursuit of Yennefer. "We couldn't just tell you to go find someone you don't know or care about," he said. "It wouldn't work."
Plymouth, MI – January 28, 2015 – Stardock and Mohawk Games pulled back the curtain today on Offworld Trading Company, the highly anticipated return of Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson to the traditional PC gaming world. Offworld Trading Company is headed for Steam Early Access on February 12, and the publisher revealed the first gameplay footage today, showcasing its fast-paced, cutthroat economic competition across its single-player campaign, Internet multiplayer, and AI skirmish modes.
Offworld Trading Company is available today for pre-purchase directly through publisher Stardock at http://offworldgame.com/store. For a limited time, the game will be discounted to $35.99 off of its regular $39.99 as a token of appreciation for the support of those first players through the door.
The initial Early Access version of Offworld Trading Company allows players to compete head to head or in free-for-all matches over the Internet, explore the dynamic single-player campaign that responds to your choices and the outcomes of the scenarios, and skirmish against the advanced AI that is already more than capable of wiping the floor with unsuspecting players.
Offworld Trading Company is a new direction for real-time strategy, where money is both your deadliest weapon and toughest defense. After the Earth is tapped out and the asteroids claimed by faceless megacorporations, the stark Martian surface is the final frontier on which dreamers and entrepreneurs can make something of themselves by staking their claim to the red planet’s abundant resources and building an economic engine capable of out-producing the competition.
The real-time, player-driven market is the foundation of the game, allowing players to buy and sell resources, materials, and even the food and water their colonists need to survive. Only by buying low and selling high – and perhaps engaging in a little more overt market manipulation with hacker arrays, black-market pirate raids, and more – can players build up enough capital to gain access to the incredibly lucrative offworld markets that bring in the cash they need to buy out their rivals and claim the Martian economy for themselves.
Mohawk Games is heavily invested in community-driven development – not only has the game been played by early adopters for months already, but the team will be livestreaming its own playtests and engaging with the community every week. Tune in to http://www.twitch.tv/mohawkgames every Thursday at noon Pacific (3pm Eastern) to see the latest on Offworld Trading Company development.
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Recently, Daedalic Entertainment presented their upcoming portfolio during "Daedalic Days" in Hamburg. This included overviews of the recently announced AER, a console preview of Silence, the steampunk adventure -- The Devil’s Men and highlights of more upcoming titles for 2015, including Anna’s Quest, Dead Synchronicity, Fire, as well as the just released Blackguards 2.
IGN is reporting that Xbox hardware sales are down for the quarter closing out 2014. On the positive side Microsoft says mobile device sales are doing well and the company still managed to generate a net income of $5.86 billion.
Xbox sales are down, according to the report, with over 6.6 million Xbox console units – both Xbox 360 and Xbox One combined – sold during this quarter. Last year's report from this time saw 7.4 million units sold.
Microsoft did not reveal how many Xbox One units were sold over the quarter, but claims that an expected decrease in Xbox 360 sales contributed to a general decline in the Xbox console's earnings.
Ubisoft has announced that the Hurk Deluxe DLC for Far Cry 4 has been released on PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
Today, Ubisoft announced that Hurk Deluxe, a new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry® 4, is available now on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC. Hurk Deluxe includes five missions playable in single-player, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption. This new content also gives access to an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.
Hurk Deluxe is available as part of the Far Cry 4 Season Pass or can be purchased separately. The Season Pass includes Hurk Deluxe as well as the following content: The Syringe and Escape from Durgesh Prison, which are already available, and Overrun and Valley of the Yetis, both of which will be available soon.
The Far Cry 4 Season Pass is available from PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, uPlay, Game, Amazon, and selected games retailers.
Although the outlet is sure to note that plans are in very early stages, Deadline is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are eyeing Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt to potentially replace Harrison Ford as the headlining star of the Indiana Jones franchise!
Although the most recent big screen adventure, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was not entirely a hit with critics, the fourth film in the series managed to gross more than $786 million worldwide when it was released in 2008. Shortly thereafter, George Lucas hinted that plans were underway for a fifth cinematic adventure, but he admitted that he had yet to decide on a MacGuffin (A term popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, referring to a narrative element that drives the story forward, such as the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark). Following the sale of Lucasfilm to Walt Disney Pictures and Lucas’ own subsequent retirement, however, hints regarding plans for the future of the franchise have been few and far between. Ford, however, has suggested that he’s quite eager to reprise the role himself, despite turning 73 this year.
Electronic Arts wrapped up 2014 on a high note, as the publisher today released better-than-expected results for the three months ended December 31.
For its fiscal third quarter, EA reported net revenues up 39 percent to almost $1.13 billion on a GAAP basis, with a net income of $142 million compared to a $308 million net loss for the year-ago quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue was actually down more than 9 percent, while net income slipped a little less than 3 percent to $388 million. Even so, all of those figures were better than EA's guidance for the quarter.
One highlight for the company was its growing strength in digital. Digital revenues were up 34 percent year-over-year to $693 million. Net revenues from EA Sports' various Ultimate Team modes grew 82 percent year-over-year, and on a trailing 12-month basis, EA brought in a majority of its non-GAAP revenues from digital for the first time ever ($2.18 billion out of $4.34 billion in net revenues came from digital sources).