Grand Theft Auto 5 will get two collector's edition featuring in-game and physical goodies, as well as a bonus content for those who pre-order the title before launch, Rockstar Games announced today.
The Special Edition and Collector's Editions will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and are now up for pre-order worldwide. Players who pre-order either of these special editions or the standard version of the game will also receive access in-game to the Atomic Blimp vehicle, a slow-moving aircraft.
The Grand Theft Auto 5 Special Edition will cost $79.99 and features a copy of the game, a steelbook case bearing Grand Theft Auto 5 artwork, a replica map of Los Santos and Blaine Country and a number of in-game bonuses including a boost ability, new outfits and tattoo skins,...
The new system will need to be less confusing than the Xbox 360's system for monitoring and restricting a child's access to content, corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business Ben Kilgore told Polygon.
"How do we simplify it a bit," he said. "We have a lot of power that's hard for a lot of people to understand. Part of the goal is how do we simplify it and hit on the few things that are really what parents are looking for to keep them in charge. That part of the plan is still evolving, so I don't have any specific details."
The Xbox 360 allows parents to set up limitations on the sort of content, including movies and video games, their children can play. It can also limit who a child can communicate with using Live and what sorts of purchases are allowed on the...
Tital speaks for itself, of course you have the big image Quantum Break, and Forza 5. I wouldn't look too far into Halo, it's just a logo and we'll inevitably get one.... But the other images
1. Bottom left green Crackdown agility orb, I don't know why they would use that unless we're getting a sequel (a real one this time).
2. Bottom right has the Rare logo, if its an HD realization of a old franchise I wouldn't know what it is.
3. Middle right is almost certainly Ryse (roman buildings)
4. Top right, most intriguing to me, kind of gives me Fable vibe (Seer eyes)
I wouldn't look too far into the image between Forza and Halo, kind of looks like the Demo stuff 18 seconds in there. (I guess it could still be from a game?)
Turn-based iOS title Warhammer Quest is coming to mobile devices on May 30, developer Rodeo Games told Eurogamer.
The studio's upcoming title is based on the table-top Warhammer spin-off from 1995 and features top-down strategy gameplay, allowing the player to control a group of four warriors. Warhammer Quest supports iOS 6 and above and allows multiple cloud saves across iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4 or above devices.
Warhammer Quest will be available for $4.99 from the App Store.
The new console generation led by Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are ahead of the highest end PC on the market, according to EA CTO Rajat Teneja in a post written on LinkedIn.
"These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market," wrote Teneja, a former employee of Microsoft.
"Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen," he continued. "The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines."
Teneja highlighted both Sony and Microsoft's focus on connected data as another key factor, stating Electronic Arts handles 50TB of telemetry data daily on its network. The newly...
Sony is considering a proposal to split its entertainment and electronics divisions, in accordance with a recent proposal from billionaire investor Daniel Loeb for a public offering of its entertainment business including PlayStation, Bloomberg reports.
Loeb, who is Sony's largest investor, proposed a division of the two division in a hand-delivered letter. His company, Third Point, currently owns a $1.1 billion stake in the corporation.
"[The board will] come to a decision that represents Sony's stance," CEO Kaz Hirai said.
Loeb asserted in his letter that Sony would be able to reward management based on divisional performance by adopting this change.
Earlier in the month, however, a Sony representative openly rejected the offer stating: As President and CEO Kazuo Hirai has said...
Atari will sell off its assets individually this July over a four day period after failing to find a bidder for its full catalog, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The game publisher is seeking a minimum of $22.2 million in bids in an attempt to recoup some of its losses, according to a document filed with the U.S Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday.
The U.S. arm of Atari first filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 21 in an effort to "break free" from its French parent company, Atari S.A., who was believed to be in debt; however, while the company attracted over 180 potential buyers, only 15 of those submitted preliminary bids for its catalog. As a result, Atari deemed none of the initial offers acceptable.
"The Debtors believe that this type of a targeted bidding process affords the...
Aksys Games will reveal two new titles for the U.S. market at E3 2013, the publisher announced on its website.
At E3, the company will also show off its first mobile title, PlayStation Vita game Muramasa Rebirth and A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX, which is set to launch on Xbox 360.
Aksys Games recently released a new trailer for Muramasa Rebirth showcasing the game's two protagonists and their sword-slashing skills. Muramasa Rebirth launches June 25 on PlayStation Vita.
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is a re-imagined version of the side-scrolling action platformer for Windows PC and is set to launch on Xbox Live Arcade this summer. It will feature upgradable abilities, new weapons, areas, enemies and more.
The publisher is also bringing Idea Factory's visual novel Hakuoki:...
Virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR recently hired 20 year industry veteran and ex-Valve developer Tom Forsyth and robotics and sensor fusion researcher Steve LaValle Ph.D, according to the official Oculus VR blog.
While at Oculus VR, Forsyth will focus on the software development kit and a "few top-secret VR R&D projects." The software engineer was previously working on Team Fortress 2 in VR at Valve, with other past workplaces including Intel and RAD Game Tools.
"It was amazing working with it on Team Fortress 2 and seeing the extra immersion people felt inside a game they already knew so well," Forsyth said in a statement. "I'm really looking forward to helping other developers work with this tech as we go towards a consumer version."
LaValle, who has been working with the...
TV show host Jimmy Fallon made light of Microsoft's recently revealed Xbox One on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon listed several made-up Xbox One features including "Parental Disappointment Mode' - after playing a game for four straight hours, it lists all of the great things your cousin Jeremy has done with life," "Comes with just one controller - because let's be honest..." and "If you attempt to make your avatar better looking than you actually are, the system says, ‘Nice try, buddy.'"
In the past, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has featured hands-on sessions with the Oculus Rift, upcoming Killzone: Zone Shadow Fall on Sony's PlayStation 4.
Microsoft debuted its next-generation Xbox at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on May 21. The new console will ship bundled...
Untold Entertainment's Spellirium, an adventure game 'for hardcore word nerds,' met its $10, 000 Kickender campaign funding goal.
As Untold Entertainment have been working on Spellirium for five years, and is close to being finished, the studio only required funds to wrap up the game's development. Money from the campaign will be spent on the game's third act, voice-overs, sound, music, balancing difficulty, fixing bugs and general polish.
The independent funding campaign is now into its second stretch goal called Act III, Adequately Animated with 30 days to go. The developers ultimately hope raise $50, 000 in total in order to hire freelancers to help finish the game.
Those who pre-order the game are immediately granted with a playable alpha version, which consists of the first two...
Beginning May 23, Funcom will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its massively multiplayer role-playing game Age of Conan by unleashing brutal boss monsters across Hyboria and will also introduce membership improvements, according to the game's official website.
One boss monster of increasing brutality will be unleashed each day of the event until five monsters will roam the land. Players of any level can partake in the boss monster battles.
Through the membership improvements users will receive 200 Bonus Points each month, a Blessing of Asura item that doubles experience points, will earn one Alternate Advancement Point per level advancement and other perks.
As part of the celebrations, all players will be given a one-week Access Pass to the land of Khitai, which was introduced in the...
Ubisoft recently released the Far Cry 3 Mark IV Style Map Editor Pack for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which contains assets from the standalone spin-off title Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Using the free map editor pack, gamers can now create maps based on Blood Dragons universe of '90s retro VHS-era future. The pack includes modular components of the buildings featured in Blood Dragon, such as ramps, doorways and more.
The Far Cry 3 Map Editor lets users to create maps and share them with the community and it is necessary to own a copy of Far Cry 3 to use the map editor.
Blood Dragon launched earlier this month for Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Windows PC. Actor Michael Biehn revealed in an interview with Major Nelson that creative director Dean Evans is in discussions to create...
The original Xbox owed much of its success to one game: launch title Halo: Combat Evolved. Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer hopes to repeat that Halo-driven success as the Xbox maker becomes a first-party producer of an original live action TV series based on the franchise Bungie created in 2001.
"I think much like Halo begat the Xbox," Spencer told Polygon, "I think the Halo TV series can have a pretty dramatic impact on how people think about television."
343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross and Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem announced the new Halo television series at Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event yesterday. The two also announced that director Steven Spielberg, who Spencer said has long had "an affinity for Halo," will produce the show.
"We've been a...
SimCity's 4.0 update, launching tomorrow, will introduce new areas, re-enable features and add additional fixes, according to a post on EA's forums.
Post update, global market prices now "dynamically" change, and region filters and leaderboards are once again active. SimCity will also show the player's current server in the options menu and include more detailed rollover information about Sim happiness.
The update also adds two new areas. Edgewater Bay is a region with seven city sites in a single cluster, and SimCity Launch Park is a special area dedicated to fans that will be available exclusively to "early adopters."
Update 4.0 also includes a few graphical, messaging and weather updates. You can read the full post for more details.
Maxis recently teased new add-on content for S...
The winners of Indies Crash E3, a community-voted contest to provide independent developers with E3 badges, were announced and include FrozenPixel with Nucleotuide, Man Fight Dragon with Black Annex and Sunstone Games' Kaiju Combat.
Winners and, controversially, their fans will be provided with badges to attend the tradeshow which runs from June 11 to 13.
Sunstone Games' Kaiju Combat's Kickstarter campaign was suspended in March because it is the subject of an intellectual property dispute with Wizards of the Coast. Man Fight Dragon's action strategy title, Black Annex, was revealed as one of six PAX Aus Indie Showcase winners.
Other winners include Argentinian-based Saibot Studios; Brazilian game development studio Behold Studios; Polish game studio Spiffy Goats; Pardis Game Studio...
A Missouri family built an arcade in their basement where classic cabinets like Donkey Kong, Punch-Out and Tron are always set to free play, according to a post by redditor mertzlufft.
The Vintage Vault Arcade and Gameroom, as the sign above calls it, is located outside of St. Louis. Mertzlufft's father has a degree in electrical engineering and works as an information systems manager and a children's pastor, and the family hosts gatherings and church game days in the homebrew arcade.
The basement arcade is the result of mertzlufft's father's love for arcade games and his electrical engineering skills.
"My father really likes to fix up old arcades and resell them for more than what he paid for ... but then keeps the ones he really likes," mertzlufft wrote. "If we had to do the...
The lawsuit against Curt Schilling's game company, 38 Studios, began today with opening arguments from both sides, Providence Journal reports.
In June of last year, 38 Studios declared bankruptcy after missing payments to the state on its $75 million loan. The developer then laid off its entire staff and shut down. Rhode Island is currently suing the now defunct company on the grounds that it knew it would fail and did not inform the state.
The validity of the state's case is currently in discussion. According to Max Wistow, an attorney for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, which backed 38 Studios' loan, the state has an "avalanche" of evidence to back its claim.
Reports from last week indicated that 38 Studios is currently looking to sell assets related to its...
Alan Wake: Collector's Edition and Alan Wake's American Nightmare are on sale at a pay-what-you-want price as part of the Humble Bundle's weekly deal.
Both games are for Windows PC only and come with bonus content, including exclusive videos, never-before-seen comics and screenplays. Buyers can choose to donate $0.01 or more, and those who pay $1.00 will receive Steam keys. Both games also come with their respective soundtracks.
Buyers can chose to split their money between Alan Wake developer Remedy Games, charity foundations Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play, or as a tip to the bundle organizers.
The Alan Wake Humble Bundle sale will end May 29. The game is also available for $4.99 through Xbox Live's Marketplace.
Remedy creative director Sam Lake said earlier today...
Turbine will release its upcoming Dungeons and Dragons Online expansion, Shadowfell Conspiracy, Aug. 19, the company announced via press release.
Shadowfell Conspiracy is the game's second expansion and will raise the level cap to 28. The expansion is set in the Forgotten Realms era and introduces new wilderness areas, monsters and dungeons. Additionally, players over level 15 will have access to new playable Iconic Heroes. Iconic Heroes allow players to jump in at level 15.
According to DDO's senior producer, Erik Boyer, the Iconic Classes system will be available immediately to those who pre-purchase the game. Pre-orders opened today and come in two different editions. The Standard Edition, $29.99, includes one character slot, 1,000 Turbine Points, special goggles and more....
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7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat, developer Mousechief's video game tour of Western civilization, will be released on Windows PC and Mac June 7.
The Independent Games Festival-nominated title will be available for $15 on Steam and Mousechief.com. The strategy game uses board game mechanics, text vignettes and four playable social classes to chart a course across the human history.
"With each turn, you optimize the use of resources to achieve powerful legends, using a tactical board-game mechanic that empowers overarching family strategies across the generations," according to the developer's description. "Along the way, children are conceived and romances forged, discoveries are made and tragedies suffered. Will your lineage survive through the ages, or be crushed under the weight...
Clandestine: Anomaly, ZenFri's augmented reality game currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, is in development for PlayStation Vita, the developers announced today on the game's Kickstarter blog.
The developers describe the game on Kickstarter as a "reality expansion pack" that will use portable devices to augment reality with the game. You play as yourself in Clandestine: Anomaly, "an epic, story driven game that you play in your own neighborhood." The game was originally in development for iOS and Android devices.
Earlier this year, Sony announced that the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Mobile would support the Unity engine. Early this month, Sony announced that it would waive the publisher license fee for PlayStation Mobile this summer. The...
A teaser posted by ZeniMax Online for The Elder Scrolls Online introduces a new monster not yet seen in Elder Scrolls lore.
The bulky, lizard-like wamasu lives in the Black Marsh where it threatens adventurers and passersby. It has some sort of innate electric power as evidenced by its lightning breath and tendency to crackle with electricity, and can knock enemies down with a powerful tail lash.
In a post on the Elder Scrolls Online site, the developers shed some light on the creature's creation. "The wamasu has never appeared in an Elder Scrolls game, and it’s rarely mentioned in existing lore, so we had some freedom to define and flesh out this intimidating foe," reads the post.
The post elaborates on how the wamasu fits in to the world of The Elder Scrolls, and how the team...
The Warriors, a 2005 beat-em-up from Rockstar Games, will arrive on the PlayStation Store May 28, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.
The $9.99 PlayStation 3 version will launch as a PS2 Classic. Based on the 1979 film of the same name, the game sees players fighting through the streets of New York after being framed for killing a rival gang leader. Originally developed by Rockstar Toronto, it was released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PSP.
The Warriors will join other Rockstar titles on the PlayStation Store like those from the Grand Theft Auto series and Manhunt, which was released last week. Other Rockstar PS2 classics on the PlayStation Store include Bully, Max Payne and Midnight Club: Street Racing.
Xbox One will support avatars like Xbox 360, but Microsoft believes that users will use more "real images" to represent themselves on the next-gen console, Ben Killgore, corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business, told EGMnow.
"Avatars are still around," Kilgore said. "Identity is a big thing for us. We believe on Xbox One, people will start to use more real images of themselves as well, but we still support Avatars."
Avatars were introduced to the Xbox 360 in 2008 alongside the New Xbox Experience. The revamped user interface also allowed players to create and customize avatars to represent their profiles. Several games, including 1 vs. 100 and Guitar Hero 5, allow players' avatars to be used in-game.
After Xbox One's unveiling yesterday, Microsoft...
Microsoft's new agreement with the National Football League for interactive NFL experiences, which includes the NFL on Xbox app for Xbox One, is worth $400 million over the next five years for the NFL, reports the Associated Press.
Neither the NFL nor Microsoft disclosed terms of the deal yesterday; the AP cited an anonymous source familiar with the deal between the companies. Reached for comment, a Microsoft representative told Polygon, "We do not comment on rumors and speculation and we do not disclose the financial terms of our partnerships."
Microsoft announced an Xbox One app yesterday during its Xbox One reveal event. The app is designed to enhance the NFL viewing experience for fans by integrating Microsoft technology built into the Xbox One such as Skype and SmartGlass, with...
Alan Wake creator Remedy Games' next title won't be a sequel, but the team hopes to return to the property "when the time is right," creative director Sam Lake said during a video aimed at fans.
"As you might have already seen or heard from the Xbox reveal event, we are working on something new," Lake said in the video, which you can watch above. "Something big. Which of course means that the next big game from Remedy won't be Alan Wake 2."
Lake said that after the release of the first game, the team worked hard to make a sequel happen. But there are several things needed to make the title fall in place, Lake said. The team could have created something "less ambitious," but that wouldn't have done justice to the fans or the game.
"From the creative perspective, it would be awesome if...