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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

  

DirectX 12 Announced

The DirectX Developer Blog has the official announcement from Microsoft about plans for DirectX 12, saying the next iteration of their gaming API will bring significant performance improvements when it's released in the holidays of 2015:

DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX. Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we’ve redesigned it to be faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 enables richer scenes, more objects, and full utilization of modern GPU hardware. And it isn’t just for high-end gaming PCs either – Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices you care about. From phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, of course, Xbox One, Direct3D 12 is the API you’ve been waiting for.

What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization. In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects. And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling.

Trials Fusion Beta Tomorrow; Preorders Get Access

Ubisoft announces that closed beta testing begins tomorrow for Trials Fusion, RedLynx's upcoming platform racing sequel to Trials Evolution. They expect to release the game on April 24th, but they are also offering beta access for those who order the game for Windows from the Uplay shop, GameStop, Amazon, and other select digital retailers. Details can be found on the Trials Fusion website, and here's a bit on the game:

Trials Fusion offers players an unlimited array of obstacles and challenges as they race against the clock – with players from around the globe – to set track records.

The game builds off the same maddeningly addictive physics-based gameplay of its predecessors while incorporating brand-new features, including the FMX tricks system. Create tracks that stretch your imagination and skill, and put your friends to the test by sharing online with the bustling Trials Fusion community, made possible by the fan-favorite Editor mode.

Guild Wars 2 April 2014 Feature Pack

NCSOFT announces details on The Guild Wars 2 April 2014 Feature Pack, an update the plan to release on April 15th for the MMORPG sequel, calling this the "first-ever release focused entirely on new and enhanced features." They offer an information portal where they will trickle out details over the next couple of weeks, hoping to prevent giving anyone a dangerous case of the bends that can be caused by too many patch details at once. So far they offer the patch announcement along with an article discussing overhauling the trait system and the more that 40 new traits the patch will introduce.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Trailer

This new trailer is titled "Exploring Wolfenstein: The New Order - On a Train to Berlin," offering a look at the upcoming shooter reboot. Here's word: "Watch an early scene from Wolfenstein: The New Order. In this video, BJ Blazkowicz has an unexpected run in with one of Wolfenstein's most cunning villains, Frau Engel." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: He's not Walken, he's Dancin'!
Also, happy International Day of Happiness. Thanks Ant.

Armored Warfare Announced

Obsidian Entertainment announces Armored Warfare, a military-themed tactical MMOG planned as a "free-to-compete" release for Windows sometime this year. They say they are offering beta signups on the game's official website, but nothing is there at the moment. Here is the announcement trailer, and here is the announcement:

Obsidian Entertainment and My.com, the subsidiary of Mail.Ru Group, the largest Internet company in Russian-speaking countries, today revealed Armored Warfare, a massively multiplayer online tactical military video game. Armored Warfare features stunning next-gen visuals, dynamic destructible environments, customizable vehicles and intense team-based gameplay where players work to crush each other with the power of modern combat vehicles in a free-to-compete experience.

“Armored Warfare gives players two deep levels of upgrading and progression through a huge array of both military vehicles and their own personal military base. Each giving players a diverse and wide-ranging path of strategies,” said Richard Taylor, Project Director of Obsidian Entertainment. “We are incredibly excited to bring Armored Warfare to players around the world, so they can enjoy the strategic and destructive potential of modern fighting vehicles.”

In Armored Warfare, players will take on the role of private military contractors who are called into action throughout a modern virtual world. Overseeing their own personal command base, players will expand, enhance, and customize their headquarters, manage and upgrade their military convoy of vehicles, and train and develop their crews through a robust reputation and experience system. Dynamic environments in Armored Warfare require players to change strategies on the battlefield at a moment’s notice keeping them ever vigilant to the tides of battle.

Continue here to read the full story.

CryENGINE Subscriptions Announced

The CryDev website announces Crytek will offer developers access to their CryENGINE as a subscription service, a similar model to what Epic just announced for the Unreal Engine 4 (thanks Grifter). Beginning next month they will be offering use of their game technology for US$9.90/€.9.90 per user per month with no commission. Here's word:

As a first tier of its new program, Crytek has revealed that from May this year, indie developers will be able to use all of CRYENGINE's cutting-edge features for a monthly subscription fee of 9.90 USD/EUR per user - royalty free. Those features include the recently announced addition of CRYENGINE features such as Physically Based Shading, Geometry Cache and Image Based Lighting - an upgrade already shown in action by Crytek at this year's GDC conference in San Francisco.

More details about the game-changing opportunities on offer to developers as part of the program will be announced in the near future. The CRYENGINE free SDK will continue to be available under its current terms but developers wanting to take advantage of the new features of CRYENGINE will need to subscribe to the new EaaS-Program.

"Several" Unannounced UE4 Games in Development; UT Not One of Them

Epic's Tim Sweeney says Epic is "not shipping an Unreal Tournament game" to a GDC panel when asked about the future of their first-person shooter series, reports CVG. "We have a lot of nostalgia for the game but we're actually not developing anything in the Unreal game universe at all at the moment," the Epic CEO explains. "We've announced Fortnite... That's a game we'll be talking about later. We don't have anything to show you here at GDC." Though UT is not one of them, he does tease that in addition to the previously revealed Fortnite, there are "several" unannounced games in the works using Epic technology: "We're developing that project and there are several other projects that aren't announced yet that are being developed with Unreal Engine 4."

GDC Award Winners

The winners of the 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards are now revealed, with Naughty Dog's Last of Us taking home game of the year honors. Here are all the winners:

Lifetime Achievement Winner: Ken Kutaragi
Pioneer Award Winner: Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill
Ambassador Award Winner: Anita Sarkeesian
Audience Award Winner: Kerbal Space Program (Squad)
Game of the Year: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Innovation Award: Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Best Audio: BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)
Best Debut: The Fullbright Company (Gone Home)
Best Downloadable Game: Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Best Design: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
Best Narrative: The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Best Technology: Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
Best Visual Art: BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)

Immediate Beta Access For Warlock 2 Preorders

Paradox Interactive is now offering immediate beta access to Warlock 2: The Exiled for those who preorder Ino-Co's upcoming turn-based strategy sequel. They offer a new instant access trailer showing off gameplay as inspiration, and those interested cab buy the game through this page. This will involve some decision-making, however, as they outline the following choices:

Warlock 2: The Exiled is available in three editions, with premium editions offering several tomes’ worth of extras like soundtracks and content packs for discerning diviners. All three, including the Standard Edition ($29.99), grant instant pre-order access to the game, minus the game-customizing Editor Tool. The extra content for the premium editions will also become available upon release. Players who purchase the Lord Edition or Great Mage Edition will also receive an original digital copy of the novel Warlock 2: The Great Mage Game.

Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III Reaper of Souls New Skill Videos

Battle.net now offers a series of videos from Diablo III showing off new character skills to be introduced in next week's Reaper of Souls expansion for the action/RPG sequel. These clips are barely over Vine-size, running from five to 18 seconds, showing off the Barbarian's Avalanche, the Demon Hunter's Vengeance, the Monk's Epiphany, the Witch Doctor's Piranhas, and the Wizard's Black Hole. They have a popularity poll showing that the readership thinks the Black Hole does not suck at all, while there's a tie for least popular new skill with the sudden realization that epiphany is not all that enlightening, though dissatisfaction with Avalanche prevents that from being a landslide.

WildStar PvP Trailer

A new "devspeak" trailer for WildStar shows off some player-versus-player combat in Carbine's upcoming MMORPG. Here's how this is described: "Are you a PvP junkie? Us too! It's time for some bone-crushing arenas and battlegrounds! Want to jump into WildStar and show off your PvP skills? Be sure to pre-order today, and gain access to all beta weekends!" Continue here to read the full story.

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Out of the Blue

Happy spring to those of us in the northern hemisphere, as today is the vernal equinox. This is welcome after a rough winter, though it would be even more welcome if it was working more as intended, as the forecast has taken a turn for the worse around here, and while it may reach 49°F today, there's a chance of snow tomorrow night, and it's supposed to be 35°F on Monday, which is not very spring-like. The old saying is March comes in like a lion and goes out by a lamb, but at this rate it's more like it came in like a lion and will go out as the same damned lion.

Lion Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Koan.
Monsters Packer.
Penalty Fever 3D.
Links: Putin's Watch Collection Worth Six Years Of His Declared Income. Thanks Devicer.
Stories: Your Coffee Pods' Dirty Secret. Thanks Digg.
Let's Dance: How Bowie played the outback. Thanks Devicer.
Science: Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012.
Ants Prove Useful in Detecting Land Containing Gold.
How we make immune cells that keep the body from attacking itself.
Media: LITERAL Titanfall Trailer.
Guy Pulls Off Incredible 'Wheel Of Fortune' Guess.
Follow-up: Ivan Reitman Departs "Ghostbusters" Reboot.



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