Blizzard’s EU servers were up and down last week - bothering many of the 30 million registered Hearthstone players at the opening of a new season and interfering with a 24-hour marathon from streamers Reynad, Forsen, Kungen and Savijz.
By way of apology, the Hearthstone dev team will be doling out two free classic card packs to each European region player with an account created before May 3rd.
While Valve Time is an extremely well-known phenomenon, Blizzard Time is familiar to fewer - and yet affects just as many. The StarCraft II in-game clock records how long games go on, and was designed to move in real-time. But since most games are played at ‘Faster’ speed, StarCraft players tend to live at a quicker rate than the rest of us, like dogs or insects.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, previously known as Victory, is due for a reveal tomorrow, but some information has already leaked out of Ubisoft, again. Two sources apparently familiar with the game fed Kotaku a couple of morsels: Syndicate will have two playable characters, brother and sister Jacob and Evie, and no multiplayer.
Green Man Gaming has turned five, and it isn’t celebrate with sponge and icing, but with flash deals on games like Borderlands 2, XCOM and Civilization V. There are limited codes, apparently, and once they’re gone, the deal’s over.
On top of that, there are a couple of indie bundles that will only set you back a mere 50 pence.
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Korean League of Legends may have just suffered its most serious defeat since Worlds 2012. At the Mid-Season Invitational in Tallahassee Florida, in a five game series, China’s EDward Gaming defeated the vaunted SK Telecom team for the Invitational title.
You couldn’t even call it an underdog upset. EDG were in control of the series from the start, forcing SK to change mid laners late in the series and play catch-up to force a game 5. EDG made a convincing argument that China has well and truly arrived on the summit of League of Legends eSports.
Sega expressed disappointment in its latest earnings report, despite posting a over 10% revenue growth over its 2013 earnings. One of the culprits for Sega’s slump: “weak” sales for Alien: Isolation, which shifted just 2.1 million units.
When Black Mesa, the unofficial, Valve-sanctioned remake of Half-Life, launched on Steam Early Access last week, it added multiplayer and the promise of the Xen levels. It launched at £14.99, though the free mod that’s been in development for a fair chunk of the last decade is still available.
Unfortunately, Crowbar Collective, the volunteer modding team, explained in a Reddit AMA that features like the Xen levels would not be making their way to the free mod because they were designed for the newer engine.
It was the best-selling game of 1997 - but even among those with a taste for peculiar point-and-clicks, Riven has always been overshadowed by the game in its subtitle: Myst.
Riven was overlooked by Cyan when it came to remaking their adventures in the ‘00s, and recently relegated to second place in Google results by a League of Legends champion. But fans haven’t forgotten. They’ve spent the last five years fleshing out the still frames of its sprawling mechanical mystery in full 3D.
There’s a star man waiting in the sky, and he’s got a gun.
Chris Roberts has talked details on Star Marine, the FPS component that will glue together the spaceship and planetary wandering segments of Star Citizen seamlessly. Where most FPS developers concern themselves with the weightiness of combat, Cloud Imperium are also tackling weightlessness - perfecting zero-g in CryEngine before they release a version of the module to backers.
Pull out the emergency salt barrels, because it’s rumour mill time. Apparently Bethesda has hired Mirada Studios, an animation house set up by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, to create a cinematic trailer for Fallout 4. If this is the case, it logically connects together with the persistent rumour that Fallout 4 will be revealed at Bethesda’s event at E3 this year.
You pushed millions of dollars into Star Citizen’s crowdfunding campaign, and now RSI have something to show for it. It’s explosive, it’s exciting, it’s full of spaceships! It’s… Hyper Vanguard Force IV! An 80s style arcade space shooter with a thrilling story, a solid collection of enemies, and nerve-wracking zero gravity combat!
It’s a free webgame. Don’t worry, it’s not actually Star Citizen for real.
Heaven’s above, someone’s aquired marketing ‘materials’ from Ubisoft and passed them on to members of the press, like hooded assassin’s sharing details of the next Templar missions. These materials reveal some interesting tidbits on the next Assassin’s Creed game. Yeah, that London one we all thought was called Victory. Turns out that was just a codename, and the name of our next stab-a-thon is Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
If you’re living in Australia, the prices of your Steam games look like they’ll be about to jump up 10%. It’s thanks to a new tax on ‘intangible’ digital imports that will be introduced in Australia’s 2015 budget, designed to make up for downloads dodging the country’s Goods and Services Tax.
Apparently lots of people bought the Resident Evil HD remaster this year. It’s got Capcom a-thinking about what other HD remasters they could start working on. In a presentation discussing the company’s latest financial results, it was announced that by March 2016 Capcom plans to have more HD remasters of their popular games released.
The core fear spreading through the galaxy right now is that Star Wars: Battlefront will be nothing more than a sci-fi skinned Battlefield. But if the fact that the game won’t feature iron-sight aiming doesn’t calm your fears perhaps this will: Battlefront won’t have squads, not will it have classes. The two elements vital to Battlefield will be completely absent from Star Wars: Battlefront.
Riot have revealed the latest champion for League of Legends during the broadcast of the Mid-Season Invitational: Ekko, a young boy with some kind of techno-magical device that allows him to move through time.
It’s grand final time for the Red Bull Battle Grounds, where we’ve managed to weed out two prestigious teams out of a whopping twenty. Team Secret and Invictus Gaming, who both received invites to Valve’s Dota 2 International, will fight to the death in a best of five.
If you want to gauge which team shows the most promise going into the International in August, this is the match to watch this Sunday.
Payday 2 developers, Overkill, have announced a permanent price reduction for the co-op heist shooter, and all of its DLC. The game, which has now been out for over a year, has been steadily supported with torrents of DLC content.
"Heisters, we're thankful for your support thus far," said Overkill. "As we continue to develop Payday 2, working on additional free updates as well as paid DLC, we feel it's time to adjust the pricing of both Payday 2 as well as all DLC released during the first 16 months of its lifespan."
Korean and Chinese League of Legends have been on a collision course this year as the two powerhouse eSports communities vie for LoL world title. Today, at the Mid-Season Invitational, Korea’s SK Telecom team (the 2013 World Champions) will play against China’s EDward Gaming in what could easily be a preview of the World Championship final.
At stake is a $100,000 grand prize and, more importantly for these two teams, an early verdict on whether China’s leading eSports organizations have managed to catch-up to Korea’s most venerable and accomplished professional gaming teams.
Patch 1.05 for Obsidian’s deep and spectacular RPG, Pillars of Eternity, has been finally released, and it’s a big one. An option has been added to allow players to remove the default auto-level system from followers, and instead let the player dictate their stats and abilities. Save games can now be renamed (woo hoo!), more item sorting options have been introduced, and to top it all off there’s a slew of balance fixes.