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Square Enix Knew Rise Of The Tomb Raider Xbox Timed Exclusivity Would Upset Fans

Written by Stuart Thomas on 28 July 2015 at 15:15

Square Enix has spoken out openly about the Rise of the Tomb Raider timed exclusivity for the first time. Phil Rogers, CEO of Europe and Americas at Square Enix, admitted the publisher knew the exclusivity would disappoint fans, but that the end result will be worth it.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was originally announced back in June 2014, premiering in Microsoft’s E3 press conference as an Xbox exclusive. The wording of the exclusivity was purposefully vague, and so it came as little surprise when he heard last week that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be coming to PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016. [More]

Mafia 3 Announced - Full Reveal Next Week At Gamescom

Written by Joffy S on 28 July 2015 at 14:05

In absolutely joyous news, 2K has announced an announcement. It’s not just any old announcement though, it’s Mafia III. I’ve already donned my fedora of hype in preparation. I don’t know whether 2K is intentionally make life as painful as possible for us, but we’re going to have to wait a week until the full reveal.

That’ll be coming as part of Gamescom, with a full worldwide premiere taking place on Wednesday, August 5th at 13:00 BST. All we’ve got for now is a nice teaser image. We’ve put it through our intense forensics process here at GD, and it looks as if Mafia 3 is going to be set in 70s/80s New Orleans. Forget Tommy Guns and Jefferson Provincials, we’re talking muscle cars and bayous. [More]

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Dragon Quest XI Is The First Game Announced For Nintendos NX Console

Written by Neil Soutter on 28 July 2015 at 12:45

The first games have been announced for Nintendo’s next-generation ‘NX’ console. The newly revealed Dragon Quest XI will be coming to Nintendo NX, PlayStation 4 and 3DS, while the MMORPG Dragon Quest X is also coming to Nintendo’s NX.

Dragon Quest XI is the next mainline entry in what is one of, if not the most popular game series in Japan. It was revealed during a live broadcast from Square Enix, and it will be coming to all platforms next year. The PlayStation 4 and NX version is running on Unreal Engine 4, while the 3DS edition makes use of full 3D on the top screen and retro top-down 2D sprites on the bottom screen. [More]

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt New Game Plus Mode Is The Final Free DLC

Written by Joffy S on 28 July 2015 at 11:30

The last of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s 16 free pieces of downloadable content is arriving soon. Despite offering hundreds of hours of gameplay, with stacks of quests and entire continents to explore, the DLC will be adding a New Game+ mode to tempt players in for another sprawling run through.

Already finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt multiple times? We’ve got something coming up…
New Game+, the final DLC, is on the way and, of course, it’s completely FREE!” reads the post from CD Projekt RED. [More]

RollerCoaster Tycoon World Changes Developer For A Second Time

Written by Stuart Thomas on 28 July 2015 at 10:25

RollerCoaster Tycoon World’s troubled development has taken yet another barrel rool into an inverted loop, as publisher Atari reveals it has switched developer yet again. Montreal-based studio Nvizzio Creations is now heading up the project; the third studio to work on the sequel.

It seems the switch happened some time ago, with Nvizzio Creations taking the reins as far back as May. In a blog post explaining where RollerCoaster Tycoon World is at, Atari executive producer Mattlab wrote [we have] a “new developer, Nvizzio Creations, whom we chose to work with a few months ago. They have brought fresh new ideas and expanded on the essentials all while embracing the challenge of making such a historic and giant game as RollerCoaster Tycoon World.” [More]

Hats Off: Data Analyst Firm Reveals Valve Made More Than 730 Million USD Profit In 2014

Written by Neil Soutter on 27 July 2015 at 17:30

Data analyst firm SuperData Research has posted what it claims is data on Valve’s earnings over the past year. According to the research firm, Valve’s total revenue for 2014 reached $1.5 billion. This includes $330 million in third-party game royalties, which comes from the 30% taken on all third-party Steam game sales.

With revenue of $1.5 billion, Valve posted a net profit of $730 million, which will be music to the ears of Gabe Newell. A large chunk of Valve’s money came from its own games, with DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive collectively bringing in an estimated $400 million. [More]

Razer Buys Out OUYA In Massive One Billion Dollar Deal

Written by Joffy S on 27 July 2015 at 16:00

In a bit of a head-scratching move, OUYA founder Julie Uhrman has confirmed the recent reports that high-end peripheral manufacturer Razer has bought the company out. Razer has obviously seen some worth in the ill-fated micro-console, which rose to prominence as an early Kickstarter success.

The deal is reportedly in the region of $1 billion, which boggles the mind a little. It’s Razer’s first ever acquisition. The purchase includes the OUYA software assets, as well as its technical and developer relations teams, so there’s sure to be some smart minds there. The plan is for Razer to roll its OUYA acquisition into its own Forge TV - an Android TV gaming console which is planned to work in conjunction with the Razer Cortex games platform. [More]

Summer Games Done Quick Is Live This Week - Speedrunning A Host Of Gaming Classics

Written by Stuart Thomas on 27 July 2015 at 14:10

The procrastinators dream come true is back. Yep, Summer Games Done Quick 2015 is running this week, featuring a bunch of world’s greatest speedrunners racing through a bunch of games insanely quickly. At the time of writing it’s the ambitious Shenmue 2, which Puri_Puri is attempting to run through in two hours 15 minutes.

Summer Games Done Quick is running from July 26th through to Sunday, August 2nd. There’s a crammed schedule over a whole host of platforms, including classic consoles like the NES, SNES and Genesis, as well as a bunch of PC speedruns. Highlights included a 15 minute 100% run of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, Deus Ex: Human Revolution in an hour, Dark Souls II in 90 mins, and Fallout in 15 minutes. Nope, I have no idea how. [More]

Steam Accounts Hacked Via Password Recovery Loophole

Written by Neil Soutter on 27 July 2015 at 12:55

A pretty simple loophole in Steam’s password recovery process has seen a number of Steam accounts hijacked. Valve has since fixed the bug, but not before some prominent Steam accounts had been hacked.

The problem stems from the password recovery system Valve had in place. When you try and login to the Steam client, a button at the bottom allows you to ‘Retrieve a Lost Account’. We’ve all probably used this legitimately at one point or another, but a fatal flaw allowed would-be hackers to type in the name of any user and get an account recovery code sent. [More]

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