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The end of “endgame” & gaming as a relationship

Tags: gaming

David Polfeldt - The Division 2

We made a conscious decision to rethink the live-phase. Instead of thinking of it as ‘games as a service’ we redefined it as ‘games as a relationship’.

Blatant self-promotion this one. Roast me if you will 🙂

Recently Ubisoft Australia gave me the amazing opportunity to interview Massive Entertainment managing director, David Polfeldt.

Developers of The Division franchise, Polfeldt talks about how the studio changed its entire development strategy after the release of the original and how their new relationship with gamers goes towards shaping the content they produce.

It was a fascinating chat and a great opportunity that I’m quite proud of.

Source: The End Of “Endgame” And Gaming As A Relationship

EA’s Apex Legends hits 25m meanwhile Anthem employs Neill Blomkamp to stay relevant

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What were EA thinking?

Two studios with two different games and two vastly different marketing budgets releasing within days of one another. EA has cooked up some sort of David vs Goliath battle pitting two of its own studios, underdog Respawn and triple A story-tellers Bioware, against one another.

Why EA thought it would be a good idea to release the rock solid, stable and highly addictive behemoth that Apex Legends has become just weeks ahead of Anthem I’ll never know, but they have, and they did, so here we are.

Today in a continued effort to show off the millions being poured into the marketing budget of EA’s champion, Anthem, we get a live action trailer directed “from” Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame. The trailer, produced by Blomkamp’s Oats Studio, is of course beautiful to look at but I fear leads the game further down a path already well trodden by Destiny’s shit-show of a storyline.

With that said Bioware are lauded to be the magicians of story telling in the gaming world so if anyone can make it work it should be them.

An exclusive look at The Division 2’s Dark Zone

Tags: gaming

If The Division was a McDonalds Big Mac, the Dark Zone would be its Special Sauce. The hybrid Player versus Environment versus Player (PvEvP) mode was the original’s crowning “jewel” and for those that dared enter, offered a world of intense high risk action and reward. The same rings true of its sequel, however, as I found out, it does so in a far more fair and enjoyable manner than ever before.

Yours truly, sent on a mission to check out The Division 2’s Dark Zone ahead of its release this upcoming March.

You can read my full preview over at Press Start and check out the three modes of gameplay I was given hands on with in the video above.

Source: We Played The Division 2’s Dark Zone And It’s Still Damn Intense

PlayStation wont be at E3 2019

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Sony Interactive Entertainment […] won’t be hosting its annual press conference or showing up at all during next year’s massive E3 expo.

I can’t imagine an E3 without Sony. I’d say this is the beginning of the end for the gigantic gaming trade show but that already started when EA decided to take a major dump on them & open up their own thing next door.

Sony have also cancelled their “PlayStation Experience” event after four years and while this has absolutely nothing to do with their mammoth PS4 sales figures I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to announce another event in the months to come.

E3 is still on next year though and Nintendo, Xbox, Bethesda and others have confirmed they will be there. The question is, for how much longer?

Source: PlayStation Skipping E3 For First Time – Variety

Melbourne GTA Online cheat developer has home raided

Tags: australia, gaming

A gamer in Melbourne has had his assets frozen in connection with a cheat for Grand Theft Auto Online, raising questions about the reach of copyright law and the policing of online civility.

This is a cracking read & raises so many great discussion points around the reach of copyright, cheating in online games, profiting from selling cheat-enabling software and the stifling of the mod-ing community out of fear of legal action.

Spend the five minutes to read through, it’s an incredibly well written piece and well worth it.

Source: He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided. – The New York Times

Get Destiny 2 on PC for FREE!

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In celebration of one year of Destiny on Battle.net we want to gift you a copy of Destiny 2. Claim now before the offer expires on November 18, 2018.

 

That’s a pretty sweet deal. All you have to do is log into your Battle.net account and click the “Claim” button before November 18th and it will forever be there for you to play.

Even if you think Destiny isn’t your jam its definitely worth checking out, especially at that price!

Source: Blizzard Gifts

Oculus co-founder departs Facebook after Rift 2 cancelled

Tags: gaming, tech

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook.

Iribe announced his departure in a Facebook post yesterday, thanking his colleagues and employees who’ve been a part of the Oculus journey since it began in 2012. Notably (and unsurprisingly) absent from that list any mention of Oculus’ other co-founder Palmer Lucky who remains one of Silicon Valley’s ostracised Trump funders.

While Iribe doesn’t mention it his departure from Facebook is said to have come at the cancellation of the company’s successor to the popular Oculus Rift headset. It’s believed the desired growth path is to concentrate on all-in-one solutions like the recently announced Oculus Quest.

Cancellation of the “Rift 2” should ring alarm bells for PC VR gamers whom are now potentially left with only one unit being actively developed by HTC.

Facebook have since stated that the Rift is definitely not be shuttered and they’re still developing the headset but who believes anything Facebook says at this point?

Source: Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset | TechCrunch

A malicious message is bricking PS4s

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Numerous PS4 owners on Reddit and across social media are warning of a message containing a string of characters that can reportedly cause Sony’s console to seize up and crash

Like the iPhone iMessage bug not long ago this latest occurrence of “messaging gone wild” sees users PS4s crash and in some cases brick due to the console freaking out over its contents.

Suggestions from the community, as Sony haven’t really said much about it yet, are to enable private messaging only – so only your friends can message you and deleting any messages received via the PSN companion app and not touching messages on your PlayStation.

Source: PlayStation 4 reportedly crashing due to malicious message – The Verge

PlayStation will finally let you change that ridiculous PSN name

Tags: gaming, tech

We’re happy to announce that we will soon begin testing the long-awaited feature that will allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID from their PlayStation 4 system.

In what is apparently a task tantamount to Moses parting the sea, Sony have officially announced that changing your ill-selected PlayStation Network name will finally be an option.

The name change will be rolling out to PS’s preview program participants over the next month and is expected to have a full release early in 2019.

A single change will be cost free but don’t be too flippant, subsequent changes will set you back US$5 if you’re a PS+ member or US$10 if you aren’t.

Say bye bye “Brownian“!

Source: PSN Online ID Change Feature Entering PlayStation Preview Program Soon – PlayStation.Blog

Microsoft unveils ‘Project xCloud’ & screams “We’ve got streaming games too!”

Tags: gaming, tech

Today, the games you play are very much dictated by the device you are using. Project xCloud’s state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device…

Hot off the heels of Google’s Project Stream announcement last week Microsoft have come to the party, probably earlier than they’d have liked, in unveiling their game streaming solution “Project xCloud”.

Although the service was eluded to back at E3 in June of this year many believed it was to be fleshed out and announced in full at an Xbox event in Mexico City next month. Google I’m guessing have forced their hand.

Microsoft’s announcement focuses more on the hardware behind their service, which coincidentally has no delivery date or pricing or user specs at this point.

The company has essentially broken down an Xbox One S into its bare components and shoved as many as possible into a server mounted blade that will be the workhorse behind their streaming solution.

xCloud will be playable on a phone, tablet, computer or any MS approved device that will tap into their upcoming service. Control can be done either via a Bluetooth connected Xbox controller or via touch – but lets be honest, that’ll suck for the most part.

There are more questions than answers in Microsoft’s announcement and users aren’t able to try it out like they can Project Stream (if you’re in the US) but the one encouraging thing you can take away from their announcement video is that it will reportedly work over a 4G connection. That means even in Australia with our shitty, shitty internet it may be a possibility. Big emphasis on “MAY”.

Source: Project xCloud: Gaming with you at the center – The Official Microsoft Blog