The video-games industry likes to think of itself as progressive but on the evidence of 2019 you’d suspect it was in the throes of a mid-life crisis. After the 24th, 15th and 13th instalments of Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts and Far Cry; we await Mortal Kombat 11, Tropico 6 and Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled; a HD update of a 20 year-old kart racer from the publisher that parted ways with Destiny, the shooter that defined the generation. After the summer, the console release schedule turns to mist, where the certainty of a Call of Duty update is all that stands between the games industry sticking two PS Move controllers up its nose and crossing the Atlantic in a Nintendo Labo coracle. This lack of visibility around release schedules isn’t the existential funk that it first appears, however. As Google prepares to unveil its vision for gaming’s future, a new technology war is emerging from the shadows; ahead of a year of key announcements including PS5, two new Xbox … [Read more...] about 10 key battles that will define the future of gaming, as PS5, Google and Xbox Project Scarlett draw near
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On the heels of the surprise launch of Apex Legends, a new free-to-play battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, developer Respawn Entertainment says there's more Titanfall in the pipes. CEO Vince Zampella tweeted that "we are also working on more Titanfall for later in the year," though he didn't specify what this mystery content is or when it will arrive. EA's latest financial report mentions plans "to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences," so Zampella's teaser may be connected to new content for the fledgling battle royale. In any case, whatever it is he's hinting at, it's almost certainly not Titanfall 3. As our sister site PC Gamer reported, Apex Legends project lead Drew McCoy recently confirmed that Titanfall 3 is not in development. Kotaku previously reported that Titanfall 3 is indeed real and was originally scheduled to release in late 2018 - so one popular theory is that Titanfall 3 was scrapped and reworked into Apex Legends - but it's … [Read more...] about “More Titanfall” coming in 2019 according to Respawn boss
Electronic Arts chief technology officer Ken Moss has shared some interesting, far-looking insights into Project Atlas, an integrated "engine + services game development platform" that he described in a lengthy Medium post as " a vision for a cloud-native gaming future." "We’re at an inflection point where major, complementary tech disruptors are falling into place. As an industry, we’ve made remarkable technological advancements in AI, cloud, distributed computing, social features, and engines," writes Moss. "But because all of these technologies have continued to evolve separately, it’s been difficult to conceptualize what we could achieve by bringing them together. That’s about to change. Technological disruptors — when brought together in a complementary way — will result in a truly profound unlock for game creators." The idea is to combine game engines and online services in ways that haven't … [Read more...] about EA reveals Project Atlas, a game platform built on AI and cloud computing
It’s 2018, and I am legit wild about a $190 Super Nintendo clone. Let me explain. For the last four years, I’ve been rebuilding a gaming collection that I sold off. I remember the date: 9/9/99. Yes, I traded in everything I had to get a Dreamcast, which was either a really good or a really bad idea. I go back and forth on it still, to be honest. But in rebuilding this collection, I’ve realized something alarming, something I knew intellectually but hadn’t actually internalized: CRTs are rapidly disappearing, and old consoles do not want to work on your new high-definition television. That simple, inherent conflict has plagued not only game collectors, but video game historians, preservationists, journalists and fans for years. And on a long enough timeline, that conflict is only getting worse. Emulation is one solution and, for the vast majority of people, an incredible one to explore and experience the increasingly vast history of video games. But it’s … [Read more...] about Super NT review
The Burnout franchise is a beloved racing franchise that puts an emphasis on the action elements of racing fast. Unfortunately, the franchise has remained dormant for quite a while as original developer Criterion Games has gone on to support other studios with projects like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Battlefield Hardline. Even though it appears that a new Burnout game isn’t in the near future, evidence of a remastered version of Burnout Paradise continues to mount. The latest nugget of information comes from the online entertainment retailer known as Base.com. The UK specialist added a pre-order listing for Burnout Paradise HD on the PlayStation 4. The game comes in at 39.99 British pounds, roughly $55 with a release date of March 30, 2018. No other information is included outside of the original box art and a description that depicts an older trailer for The Ultimate Box edition which originally launched back in 2009. While EA has yet to confirm or deny the existence of … [Read more...] about Burnout Paradise HD Remaster in the Works?