Finally detailed at Bethesda's E3 showcase, Fallout 76 is indeed a multiplayer survival game, confirming rumors surrounding the prequel's recent reveal. Director of Bethesda Game Studios Todd Howard took the stage to explain the new direction for Fallout, addressing concerns from those expecting the usual singleplayer RPG the studio is known for. "Of course you can play this solo. You'll be who you want, exploring a huge world doing quests, experiencing a story, and leveling up," explained Howard.During a montage showing off the new West Virginia setting, Howard also teased a few new creatures we'll see. Among them were ghoulish toads and bugs, and a massive flying creature that might be familiar to those in the area. "We even used the folklore of West Virginia to bring our Fallout versions [of monsters] to life," Howard said. So if you got a Mothman vibe, you likely weren't off base.The settlement building system is back as well, streamlined for multiplayer. The … [Read more...] about Fallout 76 is an online game, and you can nuke other players
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IT'S been almost a year since Blizzard released Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer in the summer of 2017, and we've not really heard much officially about the dungeon crawler since. Now a job listing has surfaced for a dungeon artist on 'a new, unannounced Diablo project'. This is the latest hint from Blizzard that Diablo IV is coming -- but what do we know about the game? When will it be released? The latest iteration in the much-loved old-school mace-em-up franchise was announced back in 2008 and released four years later after eleven years of development, so even though Blizzard are hiring for a new project there's no guarantee it'll be out any time soon. Blizzard is also still bringing new content out for Diablo III. Just this week they announced details of season 14 and overhauling how they work by introducing themes for each three-month-long season. Will it be 'World of Diablo', a Massively Multiplayer Online game? Possibly. A job listing in 2017 from Blizzard showed the firm was … [Read more...] about Diablo IV – when is it coming out, will it be massively multiplayer, and what else do we know about it?
19-year-old Brazilian developer Matheus Valadares announced his game Agar.io on 4chan on April 27th 2015. Within weeks it had been picked up by free online games site Miniclip, as well as popular Twitch streamers and YouTubers. In a May 2015 video with 8.2 million views, PewDiePie called it his “new favourite game,” and he subsequently covered it at least nine more times. Agar.io quickly became so popular that a genre was born. Despite not having any formal connection, the “.io” domain extension has become synonymous with an extremely popular segment of browser multiplayer games, characterised by simple graphics and player vs. player mechanics. Agar.io’s mechanics had appeared in games such as Osmos before: players compete to become the largest cell in a petri dish playing field by eating smaller cells, including other players, while avoiding being eaten themselves. But Osmos, though popular and critically acclaimed, did not go viral. Agar.io did. The … [Read more...] about The rise and rise of .io games
Professional Jason players in Friday the 13th: The Game are a special breed of diabolical tricksters. Taking gleeful advantage of the game’s proximity-based voice chat, in which you can only hear and talk to other players when they’re in plausible range of your character, these in-game killers exploit the power of sound to terrifying effect. Some will inflict dischorantly unsettling music through their microphone, like the time I once found myself hunted by a Jason singing along to the theme tune to Friends. You haven’t experienced true fear until you’ve witnessed a six-foot-four psychopath screaming “I’ll be there for youuuu” as he breaks down the door with a meat cleaver. Others will use proximity chat as an opportunity to commit to the part, either by putting on their creepiest voice (this usually amounts to a bad Pennywise impression) or by making no noise at all and just breathing heavily down the mic instead, releasing the odd … [Read more...] about Friday the 13th, Sea of Thieves, and how proximity chat continues to be online gaming’s most exciting evolution in years
Some of the games below haven't been officially announced, yet circumstantial evidence has pointed to their definite existence in years past. Others have been confirmed, but have little concrete details known about them apart from official logos or trademark renewals. And some have even moved a significant way down the development track, with playable versions demonstrated in previous events. But one thing each of the games below have in common is that we've heard very little about them in recent times. Are these games still coming? Are they stuck in development hell? Will we ever get to play them, or have they gone away completely? Our GameSpot editors have joined together to look back at what we know about The Last Guardian, Blizzard's Titan, Starcraft: Ghost, Rockstar's Agent, Rainbow Six Patriots, Brothers In Arms: Furious 4, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and of course, the ever mysterious Half-Life 3. The Last Guardian -- Peter Brown The Last Guardian is a game that chronicles the … [Read more...] about Missing In Action: The Biggest Games To Have Never Been Released