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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

  

Diablo III Patch Ditches Legendary Crafting Materials

A new patch is now live in Diablo III in North America, updating the action/RPG sequel to version 2.06. The patch has a couple of bug fixes and balance changes, and also frees up some inventory space by dispensing with the specific legendary crafting materials previously required to craft set and legendary items. Here's word from the patch notes: "Legendary crafted items are meant to be both a stepping stone into end game items and a good place to spend crafting materials at the end game. While we like the fantasy of having the unique crafting materials, obtaining them was either keeping too many people from being able to complete the recipes in a timely manner or encouraging game flipping and similar less than ideal patterns of play in order to acquire them. As such, we are removing the requirement for unique items when crafting Legendaries."

Linux Sid Meier’s Civilization V

Aspyr announces the release of a Linux edition of Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Steam as a SteamOS release. Valve celebrates the news with Civilization Linux Launch Sale with big savings on the entire series. Here's word on the penguin-powered release:

Aspyr Media, in partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, announced today that the critically acclaimed Sid Meier’s Civilization® V, and all available expansion packs and downloadable content*, is now available on Linux for SteamOS. The title includes all the same options and features as its Windows PC and Mac predecessors, including Steam Play support. Players will enjoy achievements and cross-platform multiplayer between Windows PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, as well as direct access to the game’s community hub on Steam. This release of Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Linux targets SteamOS and features support for Valve’s upcoming Steam Controller.

Alien Isolation Trailer

The SEGA Blog offer the E3 2014 gameplay trailer for Alien: Isolation, along with new screenshots from Creative Assembly's upcoming survival/horror game. They say they are showing off the game at the show with a 20 minute theater presentation, and a new game mode playable on the show floor. Continue here to read the full story.

Armored Warfare Trailer

Obsidian Entertainment celebrates E3 with a new "roles" trailer from Armored Warfare, detailing a new role system and the types of tanks players will command the upcoming free-to-play military tactics game. Here's a summary: "The roles of the Main Battle Tank (MBT), Recon and Artillery units in Armored Warfare will offer players an endless amount of strategies in taking on the competition in a given match. Players must weigh the cost-benefit of each role in every scenario. MBTs are bruisers that can dish out damage and take it, Recon tanks sweep swiftly throughout levels to help flank enemies and spot them for artillery strikes, while Artillery units rain destruction on enemies from a distance." Continue here to read the full story.

Skyforge Trailer

Obsidian also offers a new a new trailer from Skyforge showing off their upcoming MMORPG, saying: "This week, players will get a glimpse of Skyforge’s unique Ascension Atlas, the Sunken Temple location and three new character classes: the weapons-centric Gunner, the ruthless Beserker and the merciful Lightbinder. The Ascension Atlas is a unique system that lets players customize their character in billions of ways with adapted skills, talents and spells. This interface displays all the directions in which players can develop their characters." Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 3

Evening Patches

On Sale

  • Enemy Front on Steam. Save 20%.
  • Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition on Steam. Save 66%.
  • Resident Evil Revelations / Biohazard Revelations UE on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Rogue Legacy on Steam. Save 66%.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

Link of the Day: A Deer and a Dog Become Running Buddies. Thanks nin.

Far Cry 4 Co-op Support

A tweet from FarCrygame announces the upcoming first-person shooter sequel Far Cry 4 will include co-op support, saying: "Big news, #FarCry4 has co-op! View the Gameplay Trailer: http://goo.gl/IOMtfI Pre-Order: http://goo.gl/8x0kuY pic.twitter.com/ZPpCqb3pCl." Thanks [VG]Reagle.

Postal 2 Add-on Announced

In a blast from the past, Running With Scissors announces Paradise Lost, an upcoming add-on that will return to the paradise of Postal 2, their intentionally outrageous first-person shooter that was released in 2003. "Here we are more than a decade later and the POSTAL brand is more popular than ever thanks to Steam and a super loyal fan base," says Running with Scissors boss Vince Desi. "From being scorned in the public arena and blacklisted in the retail market, today new gamers across the globe are experiencing the insane humor and gameplay thanks to the changing marketplace and interest in retrogaming." There's an interview about the news on Inside Gaming Daily, along with an announcement trailer. Here's more:

In PARADISE LOST the Postal Dude returns to Paradise, Arizona, the town where the original game and sequel took place. Last seen in the add-on Apocalypse Weekend, after having nuked the town, the Postal Dude is thrown back into a forgotten wasteland 11 years later. He will encounter an iconic cast of characters including Gary Coleman, Krotchy, Champ, MadCow MikeJ, Vince Desi and other familiar faces along the way.

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DOOM Teaser Trailer

The Bethesda Blog offers a DOOM teaser trailer from E3 with a cinematic look at id Software's upcoming return to their seminal shooter series. They acknowledge that this doesn't reveal much, saying we should expect a full reveal of the game next month at QuakeCon 2014, which kicks off on July 17th. In the meantime, that BFG could use a cleaning, space marine. Continue here to read the full story.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC This Fall

Rockstar Games finally announces that Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PCs, saying a Windows edition of the open world action sequel is coming this fall along with versions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PC edition will include a new video editor designed for advanced movie-making, all the new content added since the game's release, and the ability for players to transfer their current progress to one of the new platforms. They plan to open preorders today, and in the meantime offer this trailer showing off Los Santos in its next-generation glory, and the following explanation of what to expect:

Today we're proud to announce that the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking Grand Theft Auto V is coming this fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Grand Theft Auto V will take full advantage of the power of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with across-the-board graphical and technical improvements to deliver a stunning new level of detail. Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all work together to bring new life to the cities, towns, deserts and oceans of Rockstar North’s epic reimagining of Southern California.

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Dead Island 2 Announced

Deep Silver announces Dead Island 2, a sequel to Techland's zombie adventure in the works at Yager (Yager) which moves the setting of the series to California (which is not an island last we checked, though we do recall seeing some zombies). The Unreal Engine 4 game is planned for release in spring of 2015 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Dead Island 2 website is online, offering a cinematic announce trailer from E3 that takes all the emotion of the original Dead Island trailer and trades it for comedy. Here's the announcement:

The zombie apocalypse has hit the iconic, sunny realms of California as Deep Silver announced Dead Island® 2 today. Building on the strengths of the multi-million best-selling hit Dead Island, Dead Island 2 delivers a shared survival, open-world zombie experience set in a clash of natural beauty and bloody horror and violence: paradise meets hell once again!

Developed by award-winning studio Yager, Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release in spring 2015 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start. Combining the classic Dead Island elements of immersive close combat, action and role-playing, Dead Island 2 features crazy, never-before-seen handcrafted weapons and over-the-top characters in taking players from the iconic Golden Gate to the celebrated beachfront boardwalk of southern California’s Venice Beach.

Developed in Unreal Engine 4, Dead Island 2 brings back its acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience. Dedicated classes offer a variety of gameplay: From the action-oriented berserker to the stealthy hunter, every character offers a different style of play. An in-depth skill system allows the player to handcraft their own heroes and weapons.

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Magicka 2 Announced

Paradox Interactive announces Magicka 2, saying a sequel to the spellcasting action/adventure is coming to Windows and PlayStation 4, though a release date is not yet specified. There are some details on the Paradox Interactive website along with the E3 2014 announcement trailer, and here's word:

Paradox Interactive today announced that Magicka 2, sequel to the best-selling, award-deserving game Magicka, will be released on PC and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Magicka 2 will bring the iconic spellcasting system, irreverent humor, and relationship-testing friendly fire into an all-new adventure with up to 4-player co-op. Featuring a story-driven campaign mode, new co-op gameplay features, and plenty of surprises, Magicka 2 will have players casting and blasting together on computers and consoles alike.

While you get your robe cleaned and pressed for your next adventure, witness the announcement in a new trailer:
“Millions of people enjoyed the first Magicka, even after their friends exploded their heads with an ‘accidental’ fire beam,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “The next chapter of the Magicka saga is going to introduce new twists on the gameplay and customization options, all presented with beautiful art and animation on the PC and PS4®. Our players will be able to control their Wizards the way they like, assuming their fellow spellcasters let them live that long.”

In Magicka 2, Wizards will attempt to survive the next chapter of the Magicka tale, exploring a Midgård that has been ravaged by the recent Wizard Wars. Utilizing a new iteration of the dynamic Magicka spellcasting system, players will don a wide selection of robes and staffs, face new enemy classes, and seek guidance from Vlad, who is, thankfully, not a vampire.

Magicka 2 features:

  • 4 Player Friendly Fire Co-op: Making and losing friends has never been better with all game modes supporting co-op, including hot-joining, checkpoints, and more supportive functionality.
  • Venture into Adventure: Witness a Midgård mostly purged of Wizard-kind, save for a few remaining madmen, and encounter hordes of fantasy creatures great and small.
  • Wizard Your Way: Try on your choice of robes, staffs, and weapons, each with special abilities of their own, to play as the Wizard of your choice.
  • The Art of Artifacts: Discover the new “Artifact” system of Magicka 2, offering new gameplay changes and options to put new twists on each level.

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Dreadnought Announced

Indie publisher Grey Box announces Dreadnought, a multiplayer aerial armada action game in development for PCs by Yager, who are also developing the just-announced Dead Island 2. The Unreal Engine 4 game does not have a set release date, though they say it should begin testing next year. The Dreadnought website is online, offering a teaser trailer, and here's the announcement:

Independent publisher Grey Box has issued a call to battle stations today, announcing it is working with Berlin-based studio YAGER to create Dreadnought, an aerial armada action game for PC. Set in a futuristic era of war and refuge, players will take on the role of a mercenary spaceship captain who owes allegiance to no nation, fighting for glory amidst a galaxy of chaos.

“Dreadnought harkens back to the PC space combat game we developed when we first started out,” explained Mathias Wiese, Art Director and Co-Founder at YAGER. “In the years since, we’ve been developing and testing some incredible ideas that now perfectly come together in Dreadnought. Grey Box has been an amazing partner and we’re incredibly thankful they share our vision for what Dreadnought will become.”

Battleships in Dreadnought are massive spacecraft that come in varied shapes and classes. Commanders will assume complete control, dedicating power to specific sub-systems, customizing weapons, engines, armor, abilities, crew and their ships’ aesthetics, all while collaborating with the development teams to help determine what comes next.

“We all have that dream of sitting in the Captain’s Chair,” noted Tony Medrano, Creative Director at Grey Box. “It’s an awesome feeling to control something so huge and powerful, and that feeling is present in Dreadnought. Our goal is to nurture that feeling at all costs by working with players to fulfill the creation of their dream armada. With the game announced, that feedback starts now. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Dreadnought is powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) technology and is set to enter public testing in early 2015. For more information, please visit www.playdreadnought.com , like the game on Facebook (www.facebook.com/playdreadnought ), and follow it on twitter (www.twitter.com/playdreadnought).

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Croteam's The Talos Principle Announced

Publisher Devolver Digital announces The Talos Principle, saying this puzzle game will be the next release from Serious Sam creator Croteam this autumn for Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4. Here's a teaser trailer, and here's what they're revealing for now:

Devolver Digital has announced Croteam's new game, The Talos Principle! According to the description for the game's teaser trailer's description, The Talos Principle is a first person game that has the player, a construct designed by an artificial intelligence, solving over 120 puzzles through digital recreations of ruins from different eras, such as Rome and ancient Egypt. Little information has been given about how the game plays, but it seems to be based on manipulating laser beams and computer terminals. The Talos Principle uses Serious Engine 4, which the teaser trailer description says has “ new proprietary method to scan real world locations and historical elements into the game world”. The game will be released for the PC, PS4, Linux, and Mac this autumn!

The game is written by Tom Jubert, the person who wrote the stories for FTL and The Swapper, and Jonas Kyratzes, who wrote Infinite Ocean. The Talos Principle is about intelligence and what the term “meaning” means as it relates to a dying world. It seems that the story will play a very prominent part of the game, unlike the Serious Sam games.

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Titan Souls Announced

Devolver Digital announces Titan Souls is another new game in the works at Croteam. There are few details about this one for now, though they explain this action title from Acid Nerve was honored in the 2013 Ludum Dare game jam. The game is coming to Windows, PS4, and PS Vita. Here's what they are saying about this for now:

Indie action title Titan Souls takes players into a world between worlds, where the Titan Souls reside as the spiritual source and sum of all living things. Scattered about this dimension between dimensions are the remnants of the souls, now shattered into pieces with each piece guarded by one of the titans of legend. On a quest for truth and power, you are armed with but a single arrow and whatever courage you have left to take down the titans hidden amongst the ruins.

Hotline Miami 2 Level Editor Plans

Indie developer Dennaton Games reveals plans for a level editor for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, bragging this is being shown off at "the RV in the parking lot with the BBQ across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center next door to the Hooters. Here's a trailer showing the editor, and here's word on what this will add to the serial killer sequel when it is released later this year for Windows, PS4, PS3, and PS Vita:

With the new level editor, fans will be able to meticulously design their own soul-crushing levels to die over and over again in and share with other cold-blooded strangers on the Internet.

Fans with a talent for designing potential murder scenes will be able to create a floor plan and place items within including furnishings, fashionable décor, weapons, and unforgiving enemies armed with whatever instrument of death you choose.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

WBIE offers a new trailer from Batman: Arkham Knight, showing off more of the Batmobile, which is seeming more and more like the costar of the upcoming Batman sequel. The clips shows off the supercar's "battle mode," though there is a bit of a delay while Bats remembers where he parked. Here's word: "Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have just released the first Battle Mode gameplay footage for the upcoming Batman™: Arkham Knight video game. Scarecrow has returned to unite the Rogues Gallery and has enlisted the Arkham Knight and his immense military force to bring all-out War to Gotham City and destroy the Batman once and for all. The Dark Knight must utilize the Batmobile’s newly-revealed Battle Mode, as well as his full arsenal of abilities, to protect his city from complete destruction." Continue here to read the full story.

Far Cry 4 Trailers

Ubisoft offers two new trailers from Far Cry 4 that they are using to show off the shooter sequel at this year's E3. There's a gameplay world premiere video as well as a Pagan Min Villain Reveal trailer that they explain like so:

Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Ubisoft® showcased Far Cry® 4, the much anticipated sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012. Players can now bring a friend along on their open world journey, making Far Cry 4 the ultimate Far Cry® experience.

Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snowcapped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This striking and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and peril. You quickly find yourself caught up in a rebellion to overthrow the oppressive regime of Pagan Min, a man known as much for his sense of style and charisma as his cruelty and calculated brutality. Navigating the treacherous landscape, you find your fate increasingly determined by the choices you make because in Kyrat, every second is a story.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Video

Gearbox Software offers a video of their E3 demo of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from Spike's TV coverage of the trade show. Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 2

Op Ed

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

You just can't predict E3... I've grown comfortable with the trend of recent years where most big announcements precede the actual show, but there's been a surprising amount of news this year. I like it better this way, as the show was seeming less like a big deal all the time. Wonder if we have any more coming?

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Monday, Jun 09, 2014

Rainbow Six: Siege Announced

Ubisoft announces Rainbow Six: Siege, a new installment in the tactical shooter series in the works for release next year on Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This E3 trailer from the game says it's pre-alpha gameplay footage from a multiplayer match, and here's the announcement:

Today, Ubisoft announced the development of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, the latest in the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be available in 2015 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Development of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is being led by Ubisoft Montreal. Inspired by real world counter-terrorist organizations, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarters confrontations. For the first time in a Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six game, players will engage in sieges, a new style of assault where enemies have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy’s position. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege gives players unprecedented control over their ability to fortify their position -- by reinforcing walls and floors, using barbed wire, deployable shields and mines, and more -- or breach the enemies’ using observation drones, sheet charges, rappelling, and more. The fast pace, lethality and uniqueness of each siege sets a new bar for intense firefights, strategic gameplay and competitive gaming.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege also features a technological breakthrough that redefines the way players interact with a game environment. Leveraging Ubisoft Montreal’s proprietary Realblast engine, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege incorporates procedural destruction that is realistic and unscripted, meaning the environment reacts authentically, distinctively and dynamically, based on variables like the caliber of bullets or the amount of explosives used. This advance allows players to leverage destruction in meaningful ways. Walls can be shattered, opening new lines of fire. Ceilings and floors can be breached to create new access points. This ability to modify the level design in real time enables players to create new gameplay opportunities directly within the game level.

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Mass Effect 4 and New BioWare IP Teased

At E3 today BioWare teased the next installment in the Mass Effect series, speaking reverently about the treatment they are giving the space opera. This is pretty vague, but still concrete compare to the references they made to the new IP they are working on, where they are excited about the living virtual world they are crafting. You can see what they are revealing of both projects in this video excerpt. Continue here to read the full story.

The Crew in November, Closed Beta Signups Now

Here's the E3 2014 trailer for The Crew, showing a time lapse trip across the virtual version of the U.S. in the upcoming action/driving MMORPG. Ubisoft announce the game will launch in November, and in the meantime, they put out the call for participants in closed beta testing planned for this summer. Here's word:

You have been requesting it for quite some time and we are now pleased to announce that The Crew closed beta will be coming this summer on July 23rd.

If you want to be one of the first to enjoy cruising in the entire USA, challenging your friends in missions and skills, and of course fully customizing your favorite cars, sign up now!

Keep in mind that this closed beta will be available for a limited time only and it does not represent the final game as many modifications may be applied before the release.

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, so don’t wait anymore and head over The Crew Closed Beta Page.

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Assassin's Creed Unity in October; New Trailers

Ubisoft announces an October 28th release date for Assassin's Creed Unity for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Here's the E3 single-player commented demo trailer as well as the E3 2014 world premiere cinematic trailer for the upcoming installment in the stealthy assassination series. Here's word on the gameplay clip: "Discover Assassin's Creed(R) Unity's redefined gameplay pillars in this single-player demo revealed at E3! Paris,1789. In this period of oppression, commoners starve in the streets while aristocrats squander the wealth of the nation. Among them, a young nobleman named Arno will stop at nothing to stop the oppression." Continue here to read the full story.

The Sims 4 in September

EA announces a September 2nd release date for The Sims 4, promising smarter Sims in the lifestyle simulation, demonstrating at E3 today a Sim so smart he died laughing because he had too much fun at a party. Here's a new trailer showing how the stories of your little friends will unfold as you play. Here's word on the game:

The Sims 4 takes this best-selling franchise to an entirely new generation. Our new Sims have been reinvented into smarter, emotionally rich characters who come to life through a combination of their free will and player direction. Players control the mind, body, and now the heart of these new Sims and bring their stories to life with richness and texture that has never before been possible in the franchise. Pair these revolutionary new Sims with brand new creative tools that are powerful, tactile, and easy to use, and the all-new Gallery, which allows players to access other players’ The Sims 4 user generated content directly from the game, and the result is a stimulating new gameplay experience that powers a new era for The Sims.

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Star Wars Battlefront Trailer

There's a new Note from Battlefront's Design Director where DICE Design Director Niklas Fegraeus offers a brief status report on Star Wars Battlefront to accompany the official E3 trailer from the upcoming Star Wars action game that includes early in-game footage, and concludes with DICE's familiar challenge to themselves to get this right: "Do or do not, there is no try." Here's the note:

I grew up with Star Wars, watching the classic movies over and over and collecting all the toys I could afford. Since then, like most of our team here at DICE Stockholm, I’ve never really left this fantastic universe.

A little over a year ago, we learned that we had the amazing opportunity to work on a Star Wars game. I’ll never forget the moment when this was officially unveiled at our company meeting with the entire studio present – you could literally touch and feel the excitement in the room. This is the spirit I feel from the team every day, whether we’re trying out the AT-AT on Hoth or racing speeder bikes through the forests of Endor.

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Mirror's Edge Trailer

The E3 2014 trailer for Mirror's Edge takes a look at the return of the highly regarded action series, featuring the game's designers discussing the influence of real parkour on the action, evolving the original game's premise, design considerations, combat, and more. There's also a new word from the producer on the game's website. Here's a bit:

Mirror's Edge is all about fluidity, physicality and movement. We want to make sure we evolve the game and Faith in a way that gives you an exciting new player experience. We want the game to be accessible enough to embrace new players while at the same time reward the skilled player. We are also committed to provide the best 1st person close combat in the world. Advanced combat that is integrated into an improved fluidity of movement. These are not small undertakings, but they are challenges that we are up for.

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Battlefield Hardline Trailer

Here's the trailer from Battlefield Hardline shown at E3 today, offering six minutes of multiplayer gameplay from the upcoming cops-and robbers shooter. Here's word, including a reminder about the closed beta announced earlier:

Visceral Games, makers of the critically-acclaimed Dead Space series, today unveiled Battlefield Hardline, taking the award-winning Battlefield franchise to a new world filled with new ways to play. Coming October 21 in North America, Battlefield Hardline puts players right in the middle of the war on crime in the gritty and glamorous streets of Los Angeles and Miami, allowing gamers to live out their fantasy of being a cop or a criminal. The fantasy begins today in a bold move – Visceral Games is making Battlefield Hardline playable now for the public in a closed multiplayer beta on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and on Origin™ for PC. Players can sign up for a chance to play at www.battlefield.com/beta.

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Tom Clancy's The Division Trailers

Here's the E3 2014 cinematic trailer and the an E3 2014 gameplay demo video from Tom Clancy's The Division, providing a look at how the upcoming tactical shooter is being demonstrated at the show. Here's word on the gameplay video:

In Tom Clancy's The Division, society has fallen and it's your job to set things right. In this exclusive walkthrough you'll see five minutes of gameplay footage showing off the game's detailed open world, advanced gadgets, intense tactical gunplay, and online co-op action.

Watch as a squad of agents work their way through the ruins of New York to combat deadly opposing factions and bring order to a city lost to a pandemic. With state-of-the-art gadgets like the data-collecting ECHO tool and high-powered firearms, the agents have a vast array of tools and technology to defend New York and bring society back from the brink.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Trailer

Here's the announcement trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new Tomb Raider game announced earlier today. The official announcement of the game has also rolled out, so here's that:

Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, today announced its latest title in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider® series, Rise of the Tomb Raider ® . The game will redefine survival action in Holiday 2015.

In her first adventure, Lara Croft® was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

“With the power of the new generation, and our proprietary Foundation engine, our high octane action moments will be even more epic. Multiple locations around the world will be filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth and over three times larger than we could achieve before,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Western Studios at Square Enix. “Our digital actors will rival CG quality, and after hearing the cry from our fans loud and clear, we will put the tombs back into Tomb Raider, all in our gritty Survival-Action style.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider builds upon the formula that made Tomb Raider a success, and features the return of Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft. Camilla will take character performance to new heights as Lara pushes herself beyond human limits and is confronted with what it means to become a hero. Once again, Crystal Dynamics is proud to have the award-winning author Rhianna Pratchett as a key member of the writing team, helping craft a story that delves into Lara’s inner turmoil and motivations in this critical second act of her journey.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Trailer

The official announcement trailer is also now online for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the upcoming follow-up to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Here's the announcement with further details:

Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, today announced its latest title in the Lara Croft series, Lara Croft® and the Temple of Osiris™. The game will launch on the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows® PC.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and the first-ever four-player co-op experience with Lara Croft. Featuring stunning visuals and a brand-new story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, players will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights.

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Criterion Teaser Trailer

This trailer shown at E3 today teases what's Criterion Games is up to, as the studio behind the Burnout series and recent Need for Speed games looks to stretch beyond the limitations of automobiles. The developers discuss how much fun they have creating and playing their games, and promise the same for this unnamed project that looks like it will feature ATVs, helicopters, boats, wingsuits, parachutes, and all sorts of ways to combine them for wild stunts. They are not revealing platforms yet, but the clip does include a couple of glimpses of prototype gameplay from what they are calling "the biggest game Criterion has ever made." Continue here to read the full story.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer

"Lead them or Fall" is the title of the E3 trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest installment in the Dragon Age series of action/RPGs. Here's the accompanying spiel: "A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over the kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. Bonds will form - and some will break - as the campaign for truth takes its toll. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style. Explore, lead, and battle. Tough choices define your experience, and even one decision can change the course of what's to come." Continue here to read the full story.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 1

Evening Interviews

Evening Previews

  • Hyper Light Drifter on Polygon. Thanks nin.

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

Into the Black

Battlefield Hardline Closed Beta Instant Access Now

EA DICE just announced at E3 they are opening a closed beta for Battlefield Hardline today. Head over to the Battlefield website, where they are offering first-come, first-served signups for instant access to testing of the cops versus robbers game. Windows 7 or 8 64-bit and an Origin account are required. Update: This access turns out to not be as instant as originally promised, as Origin now says the beta will be available tomorrow at 3:00 pm (no time zone specified).

Two Tomb Raider Games Announced

Crystal Dynamics follows the news of two new Tomb Raider domains with the announcement of two new games, one for each. At E3 today they announced Rise of the Tomb Raider, a continuation of the prequel story from last year's Tomb Raider. The announcement only mentions the Xbox One edition, but the last game also came to Windows as well as the then-current gen consoles. They also unveiled Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, a four-player co-op action game set in Egypt starring Lara Croft (or Laura Croft, as she was repeatedly called today) and some friends. There were trailers for each which will presumably appear online at some point.

H1Z1 "My Evil Ways" E3 Trailer

The E3 trailer from H1Z1 is titled "My Evil Ways," offering a look at Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming zombie MMORPG. The clip concludes with word that the game is coming soon to Steam Early Access. Continue here to read the full story.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer; Screenshots

There's a first-look gameplay interview video on GameTrailers that discusses Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth with co-lead designers David McDonough and Will Miller. In addition to a pre-E3 discussion of the upcoming strategy sequel, this provides a look at gameplay. We also have a batch of eight screenshots from the game in advance of its showing at the expo. Continue here to read the full story.

Mirror's Edge Tease

EA tweets an image showing a familiar butt, along with a Mirror's Edge logo in case there is any confusion about what this is teasing. We're going to take a leap of faith here and guess they plan on using E3 to further discuss plans to reboot the parkour franchise. Thanks CVG.

Battlezone II Patch Restores Multiplayer

A new patch is now available for Battlezone II, updating the action/strategy hybrid to version 1.3.6.5. The new version replaces the multiplayer functionality lost amid the Glu/GameSpy takeover, as it was one of the first games impacted by the change. The patch itself is unofficial, and considered a public beta, though it was created by a couple of the game's original programmers. Word is: "The 1.3.6.5 Public Beta patch is a cumulative patch for Battlezone II that includes a number of fixes and new features, such as Windows XP/Vista/7/8 compatibility, DirectX 9 graphics, networking moved from Gamespy (where support has been terminated) to RakNet, integrated voice chat in multiplayer games, over 140 maps for multiplayer installed with the patch, stability improvements, and a lot of other fixes and features." The patch can be found on this page.

New Tomb Raider Domains

A tweet from supererogatory reveals two new domains registered by Square Enix, which may shed light on plans for the Tomb Raider series. One is for LaraCroftAndTheTempleOfOsiris.com and the other for RiseOfTheTombRaider.com. It's probably not a stretch to think we may here more about this news during this week's E3 proceedings. Thanks CVG.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK reveals the bestselling games in the U.K. for the week ending June 7th. On the PC full-price chart WildStar debuts at number one, pushing Watch Dogs down to the number four spot. On the all platforms/all prices chart Watch Dogs retains the top spot, while Murdered: Soul Suspect enters the chart at number three. Here's how they describe the situation:

‘Watch Dogs’ still has its teeth firmly gripped on No1 this week despite an 81% drop in sales (84% drop on PS4/Xbox One and 68% drop on PS3/Xbox 360).

You have to go back to W22 2012 and ‘Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ for the last Ubisoft title that managed to hold on to the No1 spot. A non-mover at No2, ‘Mario Kart 8’ (-76%) has to fend off strong competition from Square’s new title ‘Murdered: Soul Suspect’, only 400 sales behind, at No3. ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ (-51%) and ‘FIFA 14’ (-25%) both drop one place to No’s 4 and 5 respectively, while ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ (-10%) holds on to No6. There are still 2 Minecrafts in the Top 10 with the PS3 Edition (-37%) down 2 places to No7 and the Xbox 360 Edition (-27%) also down 2 places, to No10. Minecraft hasn’t dropped out of the Top 10 all year.

Previous No1s and big FPS titles ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (-11%) and ‘Titanfall’ (-22%) are fighting it out at No’s 8 and 9 respectively with Activision Blizzard’s shooter leapfrogging EA’s with only 200 sales separating them. ‘Murdered: Soul Suspect’ isn’t the only new entry this week with NCSOFT’s latest MMO ‘Wildstar’ debuting at No14 ahead of Nintendo’s 3DS life simulation game ‘Tomodachi Life’ at No15.

It Came from E3 2014, Part 0

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Actiontec PWR51WK01 Powerline Adapter Kit on Bigbruin.com.
  • Corsair Force LX 256GB on Vortez.
  • Gigabyte R7 250X OC 1GB GDDR5 Video Card (GV-R725XOC-1GD) on Mad Shrimps.
  • HIS R7 250X iCooler 1GB GDDR5 Video Card on Mad Shrimps.
  • Patriot Viper 32GB PC3-17000 2133Mhz DDR3 Memory Kit on Technology X.
  • Samsung MicroSD PRO 32GB and EVO 16GB on Pure Overclock.

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Out of the Blue

Welcome to the E3 2014 roller coaster. You must be this ___ tall to enjoy this ride. Please remain seated with hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the vehicle, and keep your wallet firmly in your pocket. Management is not responsible for hype, lies, unfulfilled promises, or bullshots. That said, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Actually, the 2014 E3 expo doesn't officially get underway until tomorrow, but that's a fine distinction, as a full slate of press conferences are scheduled for today, and of course, publishers have been flooding the Internet with so many details lately about their showings that one could argue we've been having the decentralized E3 going for a few weeks now.

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