The Rising popularity of Strategy Games in 2018 The last few years has seen a renewed interest in strategy games, with the release of popular titles like Total War: Warhammer 2, XCom2 and Dungeons 3 A genre that focuses on skillful thinking to overcome logistical and tactical challenges, the primary attraction of strategy games lies in their immersive environments, dynamic content, unpredictable outcomes and replay value. Digital distribution platforms like Steam provide players with a wealth of content for PC, which is a key platform for strategy games. With early access development and streaming services, there has been an increase in overall audience interest for strategy games, which has acted as a major push for developers and publishers. The strategy genre can be subdivided into two main categories: Real-time Strategy games(RTS): RTS games involve continuous gameplay, where players manage multiple units and resources to achieve objectives which can include securing areas of … [Read more...] about Rising popularity of Strategy Games in 2018
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May is almost here and you know what that means - free PlayStation games! Sony has released the line-up for next month and it's looking pretty spicy - here is what we know so far. What are this month's free PlayStation Plus games? Sony unveiled May's list a little earlier than expected, on April 26. After April's mad racing bonanza, Sony have something a little different in mind. Beyond: Two Souls is a phenomenal narrative-driven game with true to life visuals. A technical showcase of a game, it was originally out of PS3 before being remastered for PS4. Rayman Legends is one of 2D platforming's great accomplishments. Get ready to dive into twenty years of platforming experience - plus, it's even multiplayer. The games are available to download from May 1st. Here's the line-up in full: Beyond: Two Souls (PS4) Rayman Legends (PS4) Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3) Eat Them (PS3) King Oddball (PS Vita) Furmins (PS Vita) What were last month's PlayStation Plus games? April 2018 gave PlayStation … [Read more...] about PS Plus May 2018 line-up – what free PlayStation Plus PS4 games are available to download?
Valve’s new game Artifact has a vague release window of 2018, but thanks to a bit of jealousy on Gabe Newell’s part it won’t be the only Valve game we can look forward to in the next few years. Who do we have to thank for this? Nintendo. This jealous has driven Newell to get back into developing games beyond the current lineup of multiplayer titles. There’s at least one single-player experience and up to three big VR titles… at least if Gabe’s comments from several years ago are still to be believed. So, take with a grain of VR salt. “Sort of the big thing, the new arrow we have in our quiver, is our ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously,” Newell said. After spending most of the last decade investing in hardware, this is a big transition. Newell was worried about the iPhone’s closed ecosystem and the effect that had on the big gaming world, which spurred their investment in SteamVR and the Vive. “You can see … [Read more...] about Jealousy drives Gabe Newell to start shipping games again
At a presentation for upcoming Dota 2-themed card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington today, Gabe Newell reiterated that Valve is getting back into developing new games beyond its current roster of multiplayer titles. After talking about Valve's focus on Steam and hardware during the past several years, which he described as "an investment in the future", Newell said "Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that's sort of good news. Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again." That's games, plural: Artifact isn't the only game Valve is working on. In a January 2017 Reddit AMA, Newell did confirm that Valve was working on at least one fully-fledged singleplayer game. And the following month, in roundtable interviews with PC Gamer, Newell said that Valve was working on "three big VR games." Today's statement doesn't make it 100 percent clear whether Valve has projects in development beyond these previously mentioned … [Read more...] about Gabe Newell: ‘Hooray! Valve’s going to start shipping games again’
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?