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Sunday, Jun 28, 2015

  

Baldur's Gate Countdown Timer

The Baldur's Gate website now sports a timer counting off the seconds until a week from Thursday, when presumably some sort of announcement will come to payoff on the suspense this is hoping to generate. The most obvious explanation is that this will be an official unveiling of the game previously referred to as "Project Y," a game to bridge the gap between Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. This was spotted by PCGamesN, who note that the site's source code indicates a live stream on Twitch may come when the timer hits zero.

Hatred Sequel and DLC Plans

There is a Hatred interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website talking with Przemyslaw Szczepaniak of Polish developer Destructive Creations about their recently released isometric shooter and their future plans (thanks James). Along the way they discuss the negative attention Hatred has attracted, as it is not actually even for sale in Australia, but Szczepaniak he says the press exaggerated the controversy of the game, which they announced it as an alternative to politically correct titles that would offer "a journey into the antagonist's hateful mind." He doesn't provide any sales figures, but says they "are happy with the sales," and true to that, tells them they are working on DLC he believe will come in Autumn, and that they also are already formulating plans for a Hatred sequel and an entirely different game:

ABC T&G: What next for Destructive Creations? Updates or expansion packs for Hatred? A sequel? Or something new? Is there a future for twin-stick shooters (and controversial games)?

PS: Yes, we plan some updates with new features soon, and a DLC in Autumn I believe. For the sequel I wouldn't like to spoil yet - there is an idea, but we won't tell much yet. There will be also a new game coming, but it will be different from what you saw in Hatred.

Battlefield 2143 Images?

A thread on reddit points to an Imgur album with three shots of a monitor showing what's alleged to be Battlefield 2143. The reactions to the blurry images cover a range, with some convinced, and others likening this to a bigfoot sighting. Thanks The Escapist.

Batman: Arkham Knight Patched; Progress Report

This Steam Community Group Announcement has the latest on efforts to fix the Windows edition of Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady's action/adventure sequel that's no longer for sale as they work on significant performance problems (thanks Shawn). They have deployed the first patch, offering this explanation of what they have done and what they still plan on addressing.

Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place.

Below is the list of the key areas where we are dedicating our resources to improve the experience for our loyal fans:

  • Support for frame rates above 30FPS in the graphics settings menu
  • Fix for low resolution texture bug
  • Improve overall performance and framerate hitches
  • Add more options to the graphics settings menu
  • Improvements to hard drive streaming and hitches
  • Address full screen rendering bug on gaming laptops
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers

While we work on improving performance, we will also continue to make interim patches available to address issues for those still playing the game on PC. The first patch is being released now and the updates include:

  • Fixed a crash that was happening for some users when exiting the game
  • Fixed a bug which disabled rain effects and ambient occlusion. We are actively looking into fixing other bugs to improve this further
  • Corrected an issue that was causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying the integrity of the game cache through the Steam client
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash when turning off Motion Blur in BmSystemSettings.ini. A future patch will enable this in the graphics settings menu

We would like to thank our fans for their patience and invaluable feedback. We will continue to monitor and listen for any additional issues.

Steam Top 10

These are the 10 bestselling games on Steam for last week according to Valve:

  1. ARK: Survival Evolved
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Elite: Dangerous
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary (RU)
  7. H1Z1
  8. Ori and the Blind Forest
  9. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
  10. BioShock Triple Pack

On Sale

Green Man Gaming site-wide code: GET23P-ERCENT-OFFGMG.

Sunday Patches

Op Ed

The Armchair Empire Infinite- The Frustrating Case of Koei Tecmo PC Ports.
"Not so with Koei Tecmo. The consistently substandard quality of their PC ports has been truly disappointing to such an extent that I think they may irreparably poison their brand in PC gaming circles if they don't sit down and seriously look at improving quality when bringing games to the platform. There comes a point when goodwill runs out, and that time may be coming soon for this company. They've been fortunate to have a small, dedicated group of die hard fans shouting that we're lucky to be seeing these games come to PC at all, but who wants to listen to a bunch of people suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?"

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Arespark AS100 Bluetooth Speaker and MP3 Player on Technogog.
  • ICYDOCK ExpressCage Two and Four Bay Drive Cages on TweakTown.
  • Mlais M7 Smartphone on Mad Shrimps.

etc.

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