Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has received a new trailer, showing off the powers you'll possess when utilising your wraith abilities.
The gameplay trailer, which you can see above, explores just what Celebrimbor, forger of the Rings, is prepared to do in his quest for vengeance against Sauron the betrayer.
Capcom's financial report for the first quarter of the financial year reveals the publisher's ongoing drive to increase efficiency is starting to pay dividends.
Despite not releasing any major titles between April and June 30 this year, the company saw operating income rise sharply to ¥1.27 billion compared with ¥723 million for the same quarter last year. This enabled it to offset a drop in sales of ¥7.8 billion to ¥9.6 billion and a fall in net income of ¥63 million to ¥765 million.
An accompanying statement explains, "Although sales declined due to a lack of major titles, operating income increased on highly profitable repeat sales and cost reductions in each business segment."
Defiance is set to get a free expansion, Silicon Valley, on August 5.
The world expansion will see players attempt to discover what's happened to Karl Von Bach, who has recently disappeared into a supposed paradise with his EGO-imbued followers. Unfortunately, the valley is overrun with Grid, and a strange cult, the Pilgrims of the Guiding Light. It'll be up to you to save the valley's inhabitants.
Hatoful Boyfriend, the popular Japanese pigeon dating sim, is coming to PC, Mac and Linux on August 21.
The game is set to cost $9.99, though anyone who pre-orders will get 10 percent off this. A Collector's Edition has also been revealed, called the Summer of Dove edition, that includes the official digital soundtrack, an exclusive digital comic from series creator Hato Moa, exclusive wallpapers of Oko-san, and a digital St. Pigeonations 2014 Yearbook.
Developer NetherRealm studios may unveil new Mortal Kombat X information during this year's Gamescom, series creator Ed Boon teased on Twitter today.
"I won't play GAMES or try to COMpete with you," Boon hinted in response to a fan’s question when new information will be released about the 2015 fighting game.
Boon did a similar tease prior to recent fighting game tournament EVO 2014 where the studio revealed Raiden and his variations across his three different styles. For more on the fighting game franchise, be sure to check out our Mortal Kombat X preview from E3 2014 and read our feature on how NetherRealm resurrected Mortal Kombat.
State of Decay developer Undead Labs will be announcing a new game on Monday, and it has nothing to do with zombies.
It is not a zombie game. Like... not at all a zombie game. More than that, I cannot say.
— Undead Labs (@undeadlabs) July 30, 2014
According to the developer's official Twitter feed, the game will also have nothing to do with Microsoft, State of Decay's publisher. This is particularly interesting, considering Undead signed a multi-year extension of its contract with the publisher at the beginning of the year.
Sony Discusses PlayStation Now Refinements, But Won't Comment on Subscriptions, Discounts, or Much Else
Sony's streaming games service, PlayStation Now, launches into open beta tomorrow, July 31, on PlayStation 4 in the United States and Canada. If you're a PS4 owner in either of those countries, you'll be able to pay to play certain PlayStation 3 games without ever downloading them or putting a physical disc in the system. Even with so many new users about to begin using it in less than a day, there remain numerous questions about Now and how it'll work--questions Sony continues to avoid providing answers to.
GameSpot recently spoke with PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser and Gaikai senior VP Robert Stevenson about the service, which they are happy to note is the first of its kind on consoles. Sony says more than 50 publishers have signed on to offer their games through Now, although an exact list of games planned for it has not been made available. (More will be added "all the time," according to Buser.) The company still won't give exact numbers for how much data you can expect Now to use--a real issue for those in dorms or with ISPs that have data caps--but Stevenson says, "You can think of it [as] very comparable to movie streaming. It's not exactly the same, but it's similar." We'd previously heard you will need a 5 megabits-per-second connection for a "good experience."
A closed beta that's been running since earlier this year has provided Sony with a lot of data to work with--more than 300,000 hours have been streamed so far--that it's already used to improve Now. "Some areas we've really focused on have been in the [user experience], making sure that users really understand the service as we go into open beta," Stevenson says. The Now beta has been using its own dedicated app, but the PlayStation Store itself will become the home for the service as it enters open beta, which presents new challenges. Sony has changed the messaging it uses and tried to ensure people aren't confused when they go to rent a game.
Stevenson also highlighted the addition of cloud saves partway through the closed beta, which allow users to save their game and then resume it on another device at a later time. There are also plans for a new $1.99 price option for certain rentals that is $1 less than the lowest price we've previously heard about. And Sony will make it clearer when streaming games offer DLC, which is said to be part of the reason why rentals during the closed beta could be more expensive than buying a brand-new physical copy.
These kinds of refinements are to be expected, and are no doubt critical to Now achieving a real degree of success. But just as important are many of the issues gamers have been wondering about since Now was announced in January: How will a subscription option work, and when will see one? Can I get free or discounted access to games that I can verify I already own (reportedly the answer is no)? Who is this for? Unfortunately, neither Buser nor Stevenson were willing to provide us with the kinds of answers we were looking for.
"I think, ultimately, you look to this vision of expanding to a wide number of devices and you can imagine that there is this very rich catalog of PlayStation 3 games available to them." -- Jack Buser
Repeatedly describing the service as being in "early days," the two shied away from answering questions about the particulars of a subscription option. Sony is aware of the interest in such an option, and Stevenson says it's "researching exactly how to deliver that. We've got some really strong ideas, but nothing to disclose today in terms of timeline or pricing or anything of that sort."
Fair enough, but how about the way Now will deal with users who own a supported game and would like to stream it to their PS4? "[We have] nothing to discuss at this time," Buser says. "As I mentioned, we are going into open beta on PS4. It will be a rental offering, you'll see a variety of different durations, and, again, a variety of different price points. You'll see durations as short as four hours for an evening of fun--something where maybe you maybe want to come in and just check out a game--you'll see longer durations, like 30 days, 90 days. And Robert talked a lot about the cloud save feature, where you can try out a game for a short duration, save your game to our cloud servers, decide you want to continue playing, rent for a longer duration, and pick up where you left off.
"You know, this is a beta, we are listening to our customers, and if customers want to see features or functions as part of PlayStation Now, they should feel free to let us know. And we'll be collecting that feedback as part of this open beta process."
You'll notice there was no specific mention of what we asked about, something which happened again when we asked about The Last of Us, which has been shown to be playable using Now but was released this week on PS4 as The Last of Us Remastered. Considering PS4 owners who never owned a PS3 now have a way to play the game, who is Sony targeting with the Now version of a game like this? "We're entering into open beta on PlayStation 4, so this particular period is all about the beta and hearing about people's experiences and how things are going," Buser answers. "I think, ultimately, you look to this vision of expanding to a wide number of devices and you can imagine that there is this very rich catalog of PlayStation 3 games available to them.
"It's all about giving the PlayStation community options on how they want to access content." -- Jack Buser
"We're making this available to the PlayStation 4 community. Many of these titles are going to be brand new to these folks, because they're new to the PlayStation ecosystem, and the PlayStation 4 is maybe their first PlayStation device. And as we expand beyond there, you can imagine an entirely new type of customer who maybe doesn't even have a game console of any sort, who is going to be experiencing this rich catalog for the very first time, and really understand the thing we, in the industry, have known for so long, which is how wonderful these experiences are. The different types of content will fill different kinds of needs depending upon who that target customer is as we move forward."
Stevenson reiterated the idea that Now presents PS4 owners who never got to play The Last of Us on PS3 with a way to do so. (He didn't mention that Remastered does this.) We brought up the fact that Sony is, in a way, competing with itself in a case like this; for a PS4 owner who can choose to pick up Remastered--an improved version of the game--what is the appeal of being able to stream the PS3 version? "Well I think, in general, we're just interested in providing options for our gamers, just to give them the freedom to discover and play games in ways never before possible," Buser says. "So I think we look at all these options as existing symbiotically with one another. It's all about giving the PlayStation community options on how they want to access content. And I think PlayStation Now is really a part of that larger vision for the platform itself."
This was similar to what Buser tells us when asked about the possibility of new games being released directly onto PlayStation Now. "I couldn't comment on that concept specifically," he says. "One thing that's exciting about PlayStation Now is that you have a whole bunch of people who are new to PlayStation in general who own a PlayStation 4, and they might have missed out on a lot of these great PlayStation 3 titles. I think that's one of the things that show some of the power of PlayStation Now as a game-streaming service. So both ourselves at PlayStation as well as publishing partners are really exciting about introducing these amazing PlayStation 3 games to customers who own PS4 but are maybe new to PlayStation. I think that's really exciting."
Even with the open beta kicking off on PS4 tomorrow, many issues will remain unanswered for the time being; the beta will only offer rentals and Sony can point to the beta label to explain why it has so few answers about the service.
But at least we'll have options.Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManXGot a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email email@example.com
With hundreds of different cards to draw from in Hearthstone, you’re bound to encounter obvious references to the game’s World of Warcraft source material. But every once in a while a rare character or unique encounter elicits a more uncommon callback to the franchise’s rich lore. Here are 9 examples you might not have noticed.
If you’ve acquired the legendary Illidan card through crafting, card packs or Hearthstone’s arena rewards, you’ve probably heard “You are not prepared!” each time he’s summoned. But when he's summoned against an opponent playing as Malfurion, Hearthstone’s Druid class hero, a new line of dialogue is spoken: “Hello brother.”
Riot Games is adding a Demand Board, a Suggested Players list, and revised the matchmaking system for League of Legends' Team Builder mode in order to improve "queue times, match quality and building a team itself."
Jeffrey Lin, Riot Games' lead social systems designer detailed the changes in a forum post, and explained why these new features were necessary:
"When we were designing the system, we decided on a goal of "six minutes or less." From when a player hits "Play" and decides to start or join a team in Team Builder, we wanted them to be at the loading screen in six minutes or less," Lin said.
Today, Epic Games released a video showing off some early footage of the latest Unreal Tournament.
The video, which features Gameplay Programmer Joe Wilcox along with others, gives us a brief look at the early building stages of the game. Although they don't go into detail about weapons and levels, fans of the series will be able to spot various well known weapons from the franchise as play tests are shown throughout the first look. Towards the end, we also see how testing improves the game, with the developers calling out improvements that can be made during their daily in-house play tests. The brief blog post also provides information on how to join in on the early version of the game, if you wish to help them with testing and feedback.
Activision today released a teaser trailer for Nemesis, the fourth and final expansion for Infinity Ward's 2013 first-person shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts. The 15-second trailer is a wild montage of images for what appear to be score streaks.
You'll also notice that at the very end, the "g" and the "s" in the word "Ghosts" come into focus last, which makes the word "host" flash on the screen for a brief moment. How or if this is tied to the Nemesis expansion for Call of Duty: Ghosts remains to be seen.
The Nemesis expansion follows previously released add-ons for Call of Duty: Ghosts, including Onslaught, Devastation, and Invasion. All four expansions are included with the $50 Call of Duty: Ghosts season pass or can be purchased separately for $15 each.
Activision has not announced a release date for Nemesis. When it does arrive, however, it will be exclusive to Xbox platforms for a period of 30 days per Activision's longstanding arrangement with Microsoft.
The next Call of Duty game is November's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which developer Sledgehammer Games says is "not the same old Call of Duty." Characters in Advanced Warfare can wear exoskeletons that grant players superabilities. We will get to see how these abilities, like increased dexterity and super-jumping, affect multiplayer when Activision takes the lid off the mode on August 11.Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuchGot a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Buy has rolled out a special deal on the Xbox One where, if you buy a $399 system, you will automatically receive a $50 Xbox gift card for free. The deal is only valid for the $399, no-Kinect version. There is no indication as to how long the deal will last, so you may want to act quickly.
You'll need to add the system to your cart to see the free $50 Xbox gift card.
The $499 Xbox One system (with Kinect) comes with a free copy of Forza 5 at Best Buy. And of course, Best Buy--and other retailers--continue to sell the $499 Xbox One Titanfall bundle that comes with a system, Kinect, and a copy of Respawn Entertainment's shooter.
The Xbox One launched in late November 2013 and sold more than 3 million units by the end of the year. Microsoft has not provided a new official sales number since then, though we do know that the number of units shipped is somewhere north of 5 million units. That's well behind Sony's PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 7 million units as of early April.
The $399 Xbox One went on sale on June 9 and immediately flew off the shelves at GameStop. Likely due to the arrival of the new, less expensive Xbox One SKU, Xbox One sales in the United States "more than double[d]" in June, compared to May. However, the PS4 was still the top-selling console for June in the US.
If you're taking advantage of Best Buy's Xbox One deal, what do you plan to spend your $50 on? Let us know in the comments!Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuchGot a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email email@example.com
Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the best unknown quantities to come out of E3. Debuting at Microsoft’s media briefing before making its way to the show floor, Ori is a gorgeous and stylish 2D platforming adventure that pulls in equal parts Super Metroid, Symphony of the Night, Journey, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Super Meat Boy. It’s a great group of influences that simply work, as Leah B. Jackson explained in her E3 preview.
After getting hands-on with the same demo at San Diego Comic-Con, I gravitated towards four distinct features that help make Ori a fantastic experience.
GameStop is preparing to introduce its own credit card, according to Destructoid,
The site says the interest rate for the credit card will be 26.99 percent - about double the current market average of 13 percent. The card will be closely tied with the company’s PowerUp Rewards program, and will reward customers with 5,000 points for basic members and 15,000 for Pro members.
Destructoid was able to uncover these photos, which look to be marketing materials for the credit card:
So far, details on when we might see this card are unknown. However, Destructoid sources claim that PowerUp members have already been approved for use of the card, suggesting we may be seeing it soon.