from Epic's former Steam Spy Sergey Galyonkin announces a change in the refund
policy for the Epic Games Store. As noted by
, the new policy is now the same as Steam's. Here's word:
also changed our refund policy. Unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and
under 2 hours played. The team is working on the self-service solution, but for
now, you'll have to go through player support.
discovered lawsuits between Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford and
Wade Callender, who served for several years as Gearbox Software's general
counsel. Callender's suit centers around "accusing Pitchford of violating
various contracts involving both Gearbox and a separate real estate company that
they both owned, as well as Callender’s own employment contract." This came in
response to Gearbox suing Callender a month earlier, alleging fraud and breach
of fiduciary duty. They accuse him of borrowing money he did not repay in full,
and abusing "the privilege of credit card access by charging unapproved, wholly
personal expenses, including family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms
accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs." Word is Pitchford and Callender
were once close friends, but that is probably over and done with, as included in
Callender's filing is the accusation that Pitchford received an illicit $12
million bonus from Gearbox, that he at one point lost a USB stick in a Dallas
restaurant with sensitive business documents (which has
some basis in fact
) and underage pornography (which is disputed), along with
other sensational details.
: "As the day progresses, I am discovering who my my [sic] friends
are. Thank you for your love and support. I am just going to try to focus on my
work and trust that truth and justice will prevail with the courts." This also
inspired the following statement from Gearbox following the original publication
of the article:
Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the State Bar of
Texas against our former general counsel Wade for disciplinary proceedings for
filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue. The
lawyer’s rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of
documents that are knowingly false. The tell is within Wade’s claim itself – his
use of hedged lawyer language and clever application of quotation marks betray
that he knows that the impression he is trying to create is based in lies. We
imagine that he used the quotation marks and lawyer language in hopes that will
give him some angles of defense when we inevitably take action against him for
false statements. Wade is engaged in a shakedown and he’s clearly using deceit
and lies to try to cause damage by promoting a narrative that he knows is
has word that Verizon also has their heads in the cloud, saying the
telecom giant is already testing a cloud streaming service for Shield owners
they plan on opening to Android phones as well. Here's a bit:
Verizon is currently
conducting alpha testing of Verizon Gaming, a game streaming service that would
represent a major new initiative for the home and mobile internet giant. The
Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia
Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation,
eventually make its way to Android smartphones. In either usage scenario, the
service can be played using a paired Xbox One controller. Verizon has not
publicly advertised Verizon Gaming or even really acknowledged its existence.
Verizon has quietly been recruiting players to take part in the test, which
currently involves over 135 games. Participants are promised a $150 Amazon gift
card upon completion. They’re given a free Nvidia Shield, Xbox One controller,
and a login for the test.
The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon
will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Play later this
month. This initial trial run is schedule to wrap up at the end of January,
according to emails seen by The Verge.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
is now available
, offering the promised Windows release of this updated version of
the Japanese RPG. This enhances the original version and adds some all-new
content. Here's a trailer
and here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
Leading video game developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO
Entertainment America Inc. is excited to announce today that TALES OF VESPERIA™:
Definitive Edition is now available for the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer
entertainment system, Nintendo Switch™ console, and PC via STEAM® for $49.99.
TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition comes with updated HD graphics and new
content that has never been released outside of Japan until today, including;
new playable characters, story segments, music, and costumes.
TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition is an adventure that follows Yuri Lowell,
a former Imperial Knight, as he travels around the world of Terca Lumireis
looking for his neighbor’s blastia core. Along the way, Yuri gets pulled into a
whirlwind of different exploits, meeting new characters and traveling to
different locations, ultimately being dropped into the middle of an evil scheme
that threatens the survival of the entire planet.
TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition features a specialized version of the
TALES OF series’ Linear Motion Battle System for combat, where players control a
party member in real-time combat while the rest of the party is controlled by
A.I. commands. TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition also features two new
playable characters; Patty Fleur, a young pirate searching for her lost
memories, as well as Yuri’s rival and best friend, Flynn Scifo. Along with these
new playable party members, TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition will include
additional story scenarios, locations, and costumes that will be all-new for
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
is on track for its
release on January 24th, and the second preorder beta for the space-based
real-time strategy game will get underway on January 15th, and will continue
right up until the launch. Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer
Tindalos Interactive urge those interested to consider preordering to get in on
the action. They offer a
new campaign trailer
to show off gameplay, and make the case as follows:
Continue here to read the full story
Stunning space RTS sequel Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 launches January
24, 2019, bringing all the chaos and destruction of Warhammer 40,000 fleet
battles to PC. On top of skirmish and multiplayer, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
comes with three full grand campaigns letting you control humanity’s combined
Imperial forces, the ancient re-awakening Necron empire, or the ravenous
extra-galactic horde of the Tyranid Hive Fleets. Our new campaign trailer breaks
down every facet of the 100+ hours that can easily be spent in Armada 2’s
single-player offerings. Every campaign is also playable in co-op, with two
players controlling a split fleet in each battle.
Also announced today is the second pre-order beta, running January 15 up until
launch. This will be your first chance to go hands-on with the campaigns as the
first sectors of the Imperial and Necron storylines will be available to play.
This second beta will also feature all the multiplayer and skirmish options,
including the 12 playable factions, the 80+ subfactions, ranked play, custom map
options with special environmental effects from the first beta, updated with
brand new balance adjustments and bug fixes.
A new video
War: THREE KINGDOMS
is "A Hero's Journey Trailer" for Zhuge Liang, a historical
figure at the center of this next installment in Creative Assembly's strategy
series. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
Legendary hero Zhuge Liang wanders ancient China
searching for a worthy master in the latest Total War: THREE KINGDOMS cinematic.
A stunning showcase of the varied land your dynasty could stretch across.
This realm of breath-taking natural beauty lies fractured, torn asunder by
power-hungry warlords each vying for control of China's future. Lush subtropics,
iconic mountains drenched in mist, and tranquil golden rivers serve as the
backdrop for the bloodiest period in ancient Chinese history.
Zhuge Liang, an incredibly talented strategist, is willing only to serve an
honourable master. In this age of boundless greed, hope of finding someone
worthy seems lost. Until he meets the kind and virtuous man of the people, Liu
Bei. Together, they will fight to bring peace to China and restore harmony to
its embattled landscape.
Will you be worthy enough for Zhuge Liang to join your cause?
The next historical title in the Total War™ strategy series will launch March
Giving in to the dark side edition:
Link of the Day:
Eating Something Spicy
. Thanks Ant
Victory Lap Games announces
the giveaway on
of free copies of Blast Zone!
, their bomb-throwing, battle royale arena game. This bombshell celebrates
that the game is now feature complete and on track to graduate from
Early Access on February 28th. The freebie is a time-limited offer which will
expire on January 16th. Here's a new
here are more details:
Continue here to read the full story
To celebrate the upcoming launch Valve Corporation
in cooperation with Victory Lap Games, a team of AAA veterans who held
leadership positions on Ratchet & Clank, Resistance: Fall of Man, Descent and
Red Faction, is offering Blast Zone! Tournament free on Steam from today until
Blast Zone! Tournament expands on the frantic fun of Blast Zone!, which has been
enjoyed by more than 1,000,000 players, with 32-player multiplayer enhanced by
PlayStation 4 to PC and Xbox One to PC cross play, 283 multiplayer maps, a
story-driven single player campaign with 240 challenges, more than 10 billion
cosmetic combinations and social features, all delivered in 4K HD at 60 FPS on
PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Hop quickly into online matchmaking for 32-player battle royale, team knockout,
or free-for-all matches in a fast-paced, desperate scurry to blow each other
into oblivion. Create custom games and compete solo or on teams to collect
coins, protect your king, survive a zombie apocalypse or score the most kills.
Work your way up the leaderboards each season in a gameplay experience that’s
classic at its core but refined for a modern era.
If the bomb-tossing news above is not enough,
Sudden Event Studios and Whitethorn Digital announce BOMBFEST
released on Steam
on January 31st, offering a pick-up and play party game centered around
everyone's favorite party favors, high explosives.
the game, and you can read on for more:
Continue here to read the full story
Battle with bombs and try to be
the last player standing in BOMBFEST, a local multiplayer game for you and up to
three friends. Whoever's left standing at the end of each round earns the most
points, and the player with the most points at the end wins. Duke it out in
wooden forts, on folding chairs, and inside the kitchen sink as you attempt to
eliminate your foes -- but don't get caught in a chain reaction of explosions!
BOMBFEST features 2-button controls and simple mechanics that are quick to learn
and fun to master. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert gamer or a party game
novice - anyone can pick-up and play!
- 4-player, local-multiplayer for friendly battles
or settling grudges
- 10 unique bombs for blowing away the competition
- 12 hand-crafted stages for you to duke it out on
- Plenty of options and modifiers to customize your
- Unlock new bombs, stages, characters, and more as
- Free content updates after launch are in our plans
as well! Including new bombs, stages, characters, and accessories to unlock
blog post from Improbable
discusses heat they are getting from Unity over a
terms of service violation
that they interpret as saying "all existing
SpatialOS games using Unity, including production games and in development games
of all developers, are now in breach of Unity’s license terms."
has more on this, saying "That means the company will no longer be
able to fully support Unity developers, some of whom have been forced to
down the servers for their SpatialOS projects
post on the Unity Blog
responds by saying Improbable's take on this is
incorrect, and that developers should keep working on their SpatialOS games.
According to them, this is not a problem that popped up out of nowhere: "More
than a year ago, we told Improbable in person that they were in violation of our
Terms of Service or EULA. Six months ago, we informed Improbable about the
violation in writing. Recent actions did not come as a surprise to Improbable;
in fact, they’ve known about this for many months." Calling this "Unity's public relations (and dev relations) blunder,"
Gamasutra has a follow-up
reporting that Epic Games is wasting no time
in taking advantage of this by establishing a fund to help developers move away
from Unity and towards the Unreal engine and the Epic Games Store:
Games, purveyor of Unreal Engine and the biggest competitor to Unity, said
Thursday night that it has partnered with Improbable to establish a $25 million
fund to "assist developers who are left in limbo by the new engine and service
incompatibilities that were introduced today."
In essence, that means Epic is offering to help pay for game developers to move
away from its competitor Unity -- a calculated move that seeks to capitalize on
Unity's public relations (and dev relations) blunder.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and Improbable CEO Herman Narula wrote that the fund is "to
help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems. This
funding will come from a variety of sources including Unreal Dev Grants,
Improbable developer assistance funds, and Epic Games store funding."
AMD Drivers and Support
new version 19.1.1 Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition reference drivers for
AMD graphics cards running under Windows. The
explain these offer Fortnite
along with a host of bug fixes. Here's word:
- Up to 4% faster performance in Fortnite (Season 7) using Radeon™
Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 on the Radeon™ RX 580 graphics
card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.3 at 1920x1080
- Up to 3% faster performance in Fortnite (Season 7) using Radeon™
Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64
graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.3 at
1920x1080 (1080p). RS-283
- Virtual Super Resolution may not show up as
available on some 1440p Ultra-Wide Displays.
- Some Radeon RX Series graphics products may
experience system lag when Alt+Tab is used during gameplay.
- Radeon Settings Advisor may incorrectly suggest
older versions of Radeon Software as an update.
- Radeon Settings software update notifications may
appear more often than expected.
- Application profile settings for Radeon WattMan
may not reset to default correctly when using the reset button.
- Radeon Settings may experience a crash when
clicking the restart button after a driver installation or while switching
between some Radeon WattMan tabs when changing fan settings.
- Zero RPM control may fail to enable correctly when
toggled on/off in Radeon Settings.
- Radeon ReLive gallery upload queue may sometimes
fail to upload videos.
- Radeon Settings may sometimes incorrectly display
the previously installed Radeon Software version after upgrade.
- Custom color profile options may fail to retain in
game on clone or Eyefinity display setups.
- Performance metrics overlay feature may scale
incorrectly when changing resolution in game.
- Screen tearing may be observed with Enhanced Sync
enabled on Vulkan API games.
- Some systems running multiple displays may
experience mouse lag when at least one display is enabled but powered off.
- Upgrade Advisor may intermittently fail to detect
games and provide compatibility recommendations.
Happy birthday to Ant
, one of this site's dear long-time friends and
contributors. Ant has submitted more links over the years than a Zelda
convention, and has had a strong positive influence on the coverage here. Hats
off to you Ant, have a great birthday. Here's hoping there are no ants in the