When the first wave of indies broke through, they implored everyone to make games - to not be held back by coding inexperience or industry structure, and just built things. And it seems now that everyone’s listened. In the first nine months of 2013, just 304 games were added to Steam; over the same period the following year, the total was 1,300.
Unity have been one of the enablers of that - their engine is affordable, makes porting to several platforms a relative cinch, and has an asset store that fills in the blanks of developers’ abilities. It’s behind Pillars of Eternity, Her Story, Kerbal and Cities: Skylines.
At Unite Europe we found John Riccitiello - onetime placater of EA shareholders, now Unity boss - and picked his brains about where the democratisation of development has led us.
Team Fortress 2 is a few hours away from receiving one of its biggest updates yet. The Gun Mettle update will offer a campaign to players, providing two contracts per week for three months, giving them specific challenges to fulfill. If you’re good enough, you’ll be awarded with a brand new weapons case, which contains juicy new weapons that sport unique skins.
Even if you don’t want to pay the $5.99, it’s all good - although the majority of the new maps are tied to the Gun Mettle Campaign pass, a brand new Valve-made map will be free for everyone.
For a handful of lucky people, the Star Wars Battlefront alpha begins today. If you’re in that elite group, then may the force be with you today as you do galatic battle. For the majority of us who weren’t lucky enough to get an invite, I do have something to ease your pain.
Images and details of the Star Wars Battlefront alpha game client have surfaced on the deep dark web, as well as information gleaned from the game’s contents.
Update: we've also got some leaked footage below of the game's single-player mission mode.
Well, it was inevitable really. Valve are now boasting a whopping $15 million dollar prize pool for the biggest eSports event in history: the Dota 2 International 2015. With the final stretch goal unlocked, providing all International Compendium owners a shiny new Axe immortal item plus a comic, there’s two questions that remain.
Will Valve add more stretch goals? And if they do, could this not even be close to the final prize pool?
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A herd of tanks stops in its tracks, a flock of planes cease pecking at carrion – something’s happening in War Thunder. It’s nothing to worry about, though. War Thunder’s just been hit with a massive update.
Cold Steel throws a whopping 20 new vehicles, air and ground, into the mix, and the first winter map, set in Finland, can now be fought in by lots of angry tanks.
After being quite taken with Reus (though Jules wasn’t a fan), I’ve been eagerly awaiting Renowned Explorers: International Society. Set in the 19th Century, it’s a strategy adventure where you can assemble a team of explorers to chart the unknown, get in brawls with the locals and try a spot of diplomacy.
It’s got a release date, now, and a new trailer that you can watch right now.
A new patch hit Smite last night, introducing a brand spanking new deity to the roster: Ravana, The Demon King of Lanka. He joins Smite as part of the Hindu pantheon, where he’s a 10-headed, wife-stealing ne’er-do-well. In Smite, he’s only got one head, but it’s his fists that enemies will want to worry about.
He’s designed to be both a solo laner and a jungler, able to stick to foes thanks to his root and rush abilities, and he’s best when tackling enemies one on one. Take a gander at the god reveal, below.
It’s hard to imagine that the abysmal state of the Batman: Arkham Knight PC port was a surprise to the publisher, Warner Bros. If it was, it would imply a problem just as serious: that Warner Bros. has no idea what it’s selling. According to a report from Kotaku, however, coming from two anonymous sources involved in the game, Warner Bros. did know how plagued with problems the Dark Knight’s latest adventure was.
Now that Heroes of the Storm has been officially released for a month, you’d think the team at Blizzard would be able to put their feet up and take a load off. You’d be entirely wrong, because there’s an neverending battle between the forces of Heaven and Hell that’s now gripped the Nexus, which means more heroes, more battlegrounds and a bunch of cosmetic goodies, all Diablo-themed, of course.
It’s time for the Eternal Conflict to hit Heroes of the Storm.
Prolific publisher of hyper-detailed wargames, Slitherine, has announced a surprising partnership with one of the world’s largest defence contractors, BAE Systems. Wargame developers working with defence contractors? The grognards are going to be excited.
Episodic gaming seems to have finally taken off, thanks mostly to Telltale and their ability to actually stick to a semi-regular schedule. But indie developer SyncBuildRun want to beat Telltale at their own game. Their current project V.Next is a 2D adventure game released in 18 chapters, and the goal is to release a chapter every week. It’s on Kickstarter looking for funding right now.
In recent years, the term ‘rebalancing’ has become synonymous with the act of changing the stats of various elements in MOBAs to completely shake up the game. These big metagame changes excite players, and is often considered a big event. It’s an approach Blizzard has never taken with Starcraft II, instead making the same changes over and over in an attempt to strive for true balance perfection.
But why doesn’t Blizzard just screw around with stats to bring an entirely new angle to Starcraft? It’s because Starcraft’s plan is all about the long-run, and not short little seasons.
Final Fantasy XIV is one of my favourite MMORPGs. We think it’s one of the best MMOs ever created. It has an incredibly engrossing story, engaging combat, and is arguably one of the prettiest MMOs around.
But some of its best and unique features are also hard to stomach for a lot of new and potential players, through a combination of ambiguous terms and intimidating depth. I’m here today to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve dissected and de jargoned FFXIV’s unique systems so that it’s easier to digest for people still on the fence, and new players alike.
So: here’s what you need to know to play Final Fantasy XIV. And you definitely should.
Lorne Lanning, co-founder and president of Oddworld Inhabitants and creator of the Oddworld games, has some strong opinions on Virtual Reality. Despite thinking the new technology is game changing, Lanning believes that a lot of developers are diving into VR without any true understanding of what is required to make a successful VR game.
The last couple of weeks has seen America get very vocal about the use of the Confederate flag. Apple’s response to this was banning any game on the app store that uses the flag, and among the pulled games was Ultimate General: Gettysburg, which uses the flag in historical context.
Ultimate General: Gettysburg is also on Steam. Interestingly, as the App was pulled by Apple, player counts of the PC version jumped considerably.
Kerbal Space Program has received a brand new official mod that focuses on helping detect asteroids that could collide with the planet Kerbin. Based on an actual real word mission, the mod adds a new experiment and a new contract to the game, along with four new components.
If you’ve been playing the closed beta of Orcs Must Die! Unchained, then you’ll want to make sure you log in today to check out some brand new additions to PvE. A new capture point system will allow players to seize points and use them to send minions into battle.
Codemasters’ hardcore motorsport sim Dirt Rally is in its third month of Early Access now, and has been updated with a strong selection of new stages and cars. For this ‘Tarmac Terror’ update, drivers will be heading to the fast paced roads of Baumholder, Germany, for 12 new rally stages.
The surprisingly-good Path of Exile will launch its newest expansion, The Awakening, on July 10th. And according to the latest info from Grinding Gear Games, there’s even more going on in The Awakening than we knew to expect.