Looking to Gamescom 2014

We’re just a week away from Gamescom 2014 now.. time to catch up on what’s happening in the gaming world!

Amongst the more interesting headlines.. Valve is rumoured to have slipped the Source 2 engine out, via the Dota 2 Workshop tools.  Fans of the game found references to Source 2 in file names and routines, and the new and improved engine has been rumoured for a while.  Valve has made no comment as yet, so we’ll have to wait and see..

Blizzard will be celebrating World of Warcraft’s 10 year anniversary this November with some in-game activities.  Players can look forward to Tarren Mill vs Southshore, a special 40 player Raid Finder version of Molten Core and a Molten Corgi pet for those logging in during the event.

Ubisoft have released screenshots and gameplay details about their newest Settlers game, Kingdoms of Anteria.  Part city builder, part action strategy, Kingdoms of Anteria allows players to build, manage and expand their kingdom, whilst fighting enemies to gain loot and resources with up to four players.  Closed beta launches soon.

BioWare has been teasing something with their short videos (You’ve Been Chosen).. we won’t have to wait long to find out what this one’s all about, as a special fan event takes place next week, at the beginning of Gamescom 2014.


SimCity Launches.. And There Are Queues.

SimCity has launched in the US, and there are 30 minute queues to get in and play.  The game doesn’t even unlock in Europe for another three days, so unless EA hurry up and add more servers, this is only going to get worse.

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Ubisoft and EA Sell Each Other’s Games

Ubisoft and EA are now selling each others games on the Uplay and Origin services (via RPS).

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THQ Finished: Assets Grabbed

According to MCV, Sega, Koch Media, Crytek, Take-Two and Ubisoft have moved in to buy up THQ’s assets at auction.

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ZombiU!

We got our Wii U last week, but what I really wanted.. actually, what I’d wanted since I first heard of it.. was ZombiU, Ubisoft’s survival horror set in the middle of London!

Rather than jump in at the deep end with the hardcore Survival mode, I decided to try the normal game mode first, where the game provides you with a new survivor if you die.  Just as well, because my first survivor died almost immediately, dragged off that first ladder by the ravenous horde!  The poor guy didn’t stand a chance! (more…)


Ubisoft Scrap Always-On DRM!

Ubisoft have finally scrapped their always-on DRM for PC games!

In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games noted that they have listened to feedback, and removed the always-on requirement for single player games, although they will still require a one-time online activation when the game is installed.


Gamescom 2012 Round-Up!

Gamescom 2012 started off with Sony’s press conference, with a selection of games for the PlayStation Vita.. Little Big Planet Vita, Killzone: Mercenary, and other games previously mentioned at E3: Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified; PlayStation All-Stars; Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, featuring a new female lead, Aveline; and Need for Speed Most Wanted, a Vita game with all the same features as the PS3 version, with a huge open world to explore.

Media Molecule’s new game Tearaway was demonstrated for the first time, with a lot of use being made of the Vita’s touch features.

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Ubisoft Launches Uplay PC

Ubisoft has now launched Uplay PC, their own digital distribution platform.   Uplay PC will sell games and connect to the existing Uplay community, and the new Uplay PC app will act as a launcher for individual games as well as managing friends lists and chat.

To try and attract gamers to the service, Ubisoft are currently offering a number of PC games for £1, with daily deals continuing throughout Gamescom.


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