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Friday, Mar 21, 2014

  

Far Cry 4 Rumor Extravaganza

Far Cry 4 will be set in the Himalayas, reports Eurogamer, deeming themselves an official source in saying they can "confirm" this, and noting this jibes with a supererogatory tweet from last month. They also cite "people familiar with the project" in reporting the game will feature the ability to ride elephants, and state "one source" says to expect the game to be unveiled at E3. They also say they "understand" Ubisoft is aiming to release this by March 2015.

Diablo III Double XP Weekend

Blizzard announces they've upped the experience bonus in Diablo III to 100% for this last weekend before the release of the Reaper of Souls expansion for the action/RPG sequel:

This is it! We're unleashing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ for Windows and Mac on March 25. To celebrate—this weekend only—we're doubling down on the +50% Bonus XP that's already available in Diablo III, and boosting it all the way to +100% Bonus XP.

This +100% Bonus XP period ends on Monday, March 24 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. So, (if you need to) update your Diablo III game files here, log in this weekend, and rack up some last-minute Paragon Levels to aid you in your upcoming crusade against death itself.

World of Tanks Visual Improvements Planned

This video developer diary for World of Tanks reveals visual improvements coming this year to the free-to-play online tank shooter. Wargaming explains: "In this new video, the developers dive into the technology of 3D modelling and explain how the introduction of advanced texture mapping, combined with new material models, will not only enhance the visual look of World of Tanks, but will also add a tremendous amount of realism and detail to vehicles and battle arenas." Continue here to read the full story.

Unreal Engine 4 Tools Video

Here's a new trailer that's being shown at the Game Developers Conference to demonstrate the tools in Unreal Engine 4. Word is: "In this video, Zak Parrish, senior technical writer at Epic Games, walks viewers through some of UE4's popular features, such as the new material system, Blueprints, VFX and level building." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Best of Bargain Bin on GOG.com. Save 70%.
  • Racing Manager 2014 on Steam. Save 50%.

Evening Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

  • Hyper Light Drifter on Polygon. Video demonstration. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: If Google Was Still a Guy. NSFW.

Assassin's Creed Unity Announced

Ubisoft announces Assassin's Creed Unity is the next installment in the stealthy assassination series with this video revealing the game is set during the French Revolution. The clip concludes saying the game is expected this holiday season, and shows logos for the following systems: PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Word is: "We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years, and wanted to find the perfect time to give you an early taste of the game. Apparently though, the Templar Order was hungry to know more right now. To this, we say “Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!” (“Let them eat cake!”). Help yourself to a serving of the first official footage from the next-gen only Assassin’s Creed Unity. Stay tuned - we'll have many more exciting details for you in the future." Continue here to read the full story.

Diablo III Missing Items Fix and Preorder Wings Near

A post by Blizzard to the Diablo III forums informs those who are missing items and gold since the action/RPG sequel was patched should get everything back over the weekend, even if they did not notice or report the losses. In a separate post they also identify a different issue that's delaying the delivery of the Wings of Valor perk for those who have preordered the Reaper of Souls expansion, saying those who ordered yesterday afternoon may experience a delay in delivery, while preorders since then are getting their bonuses immediately. Here's word on the return of the missing items:

Thanks to your reports and D3debug.tx files, we've been able to identify a very isolated number of players who did experience gold loss as a result of the missing gold/equipment/stash tab bug. We've developed a fix for this issue and are working to test and implement it by the end of the weekend. This fix should restore the full amount of gold lost as a result of the bug without any work required by the affected players. (Note that you need not have reported the issue in this thread to be eligible for the fix.)

We sincerely apologize for any trouble this bug caused. The missing gold/equipment/stash tab should now be resolved and we hope to address any lingering issues associated with it before the launch of Reaper of Souls. :)

Next CoD Sledgehammer's "Most Ambitious, Most Creative" Game

Creativity is not always the first word that comes to mind when considering the current crop of annual military shooter sequels, but Sledgehammer Games cofounder Glen Schofield told GDC attendees that this year's (still unannounced) installment in the Call of Duty series represents a pinnacle of innovation for him and Sledgehammer cofounder Michael Condrey, according to GameSpot. The pair pioneered the Dead Space series when they ran Visceral Games, but Schofield calls their new CoD the "most ambitious, most creative game we've ever made." There are no specifics about their plans to back up this claim.

Morning Interviews

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

As I mentioned yesterday, the wintery weather should return next week in spite of spring having sprung, but this weekend looks to be pretty mild around here, so I plan on taking the wraps off of Manstovia and doing some grilling. I don't have a specific plan, but I'll work out something, as I think a little charred meat will restore a little optimism that the seasons are actually changing.

R.I.P.: IDG Founder Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76.

Charred Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tinysasters 2.
Ants Warriors.
Telepoultry.
Link: Experimental 60s music sounds like a 80s video arcade.
Story: 'Game of Thrones' Movies Eyed by George R.R. Martin. Thanks io9.
Science: New drug makes brain cancer cells explode. Thanks nin.
Dust in the wind helped bring down CO2 in the past.
Shift workers: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says. Thanks Slashdot.
Night Vision Contacts Possible Thanks to Infrared Technology.
Media: BuzzFeed Is Running Out Of Lists.
How to Speak Dothraki (90's Muzzy Parody).
The Funnies: Savage Chickens.



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