Showing posts with label VR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VR. Show all posts

Monday, June 15, 2020

Star Wars: Squadrons Release Date

EA announces starship dogfighter title Star Wars: Squadrons for PC and current-gen, coming out on October 2.

Originally leaked at PlayStation Network in back March, upcoming single-player action game Star Wars: Squadrons came out as next adventure into Star Wars universe from developer Motive Studios and publisher Electronic Arts.

After an official announcement a few days ago, SW: Squadrons has been revealed today at Summer Game Fest stream hosted by Geoff Keighley, currently scheduled to arrive on October 2, 2020, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Star Wars: Squadrons Release Date

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Star Wars: Squadrons invites you to become galaxy's finest pilots for your New Republic or Galatic Imperial.




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Taking place during the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, story of Squadrons will take place after Battle of Endor and destruction of second Death Star, where two groups of pilots from New Republic and Galatic Empire will collide.

SW: Squadrons is available for pre-order now on PC and current-gen console systems, priced $39.99 only. EA and Motive is very much likely to release an enhanced port of the game for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in near future.

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Players can jump onto their TIE-Fighters or X-Wings to engage in first-person dogfighting alongside your fellow pilots. Gameplay mechanics for Squadrons solely focuses on starship piloting, which supports cross-platform play.

Aside from a single-player story mode, there is a 5v5 multiplayer for two group of players going against each other. Plan your strategies thoroughly and chose your preferred cockpit from a variety of ships like an A-wing to TIE bomber.

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Previously known as Project Maverick, Squadrons is a spin-off game to Star Wars Battlefront II that took some inspiration from space battle simulation of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and '90s popular series entry Star Wars: X-Wing.

Star Wars: Squadrons will allow players on PC platform and PS4 console with VR headsets to enjoy its spectacular action in virtual reality. Windows PC version of SW: Squadrons will be available via Epic Games Store, Origin and Steam.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

No Man's Sky: Exo Mech Update Live Now

Hello Games adds massive mechs for No Man's Sky in latest Exo Mech free update to explore hostile planetary surfaces.

In latest series of free expansion updates, developer/publisher Hello Games have constantly been adding many features and improvement to make your interstellar journey interesting in multiplayer action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky.

Their most recent free content update titled "Exo Mech" is rolling out today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, adding a brand-new Exocraft along with a couple of quality of life improvements for an ever-expansive galaxy of NMS.

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No Man's Sky: Exo Mech Update Live Now

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Hello Games showcases key-features of No Man's Sky: Exo Mech update in a newly released official trailer.




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After adding "living organic spaceship" and VR support lately, No Man's Sky has given players a means to stomping around alien world in giant mechs that are designed to protect them from extreme temperatures and toxic atmosphere.

Newest debutant Minotaur joins existing roster of Colossus Nomad, Pilgrim and Roamer Exocrafts. These suits have advanced movement capabilities and can also be pretty handy when it comes to gathering resources for research.

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Hybrid Exocraft Walkers

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PlayStation and Steam VR players are in for a satisfying experience jumping into cockpit of these mechanical walkers and stomping around. Minotaur has a powerful jetpack that allows it to fly across various terrains faster than on feet.

There are multiple display panels inside it with weapons for defense outside and you can call your mechs from orbiting freighter. These Exos come along with built-in solar panel technology that helps recharging engines and improved scanning.

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Detailed VR Cockpit

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Hello Games have tirelessly worked on improving NMS from its launch state in recent years and fans are really appreciating their hard work. Living up to their promises to players, dev team has no intention to stop anytime soon as well.

No Man's Sky started taking larger steps towards greater goals following release of Beyond update back in August 2019. Exo Mech update is just another stepping stone in an ongoing effort to deliver a better game to player community.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Konami and Hideo Kojima Rumored to Work on Silent Hills Reboot

Recent rumors suggest that Hideo Kojima and Konami will team up to revive Silent Hill franchise through a reboot.

When a massive dispute between Hideo Kojima and developer/publisher Konami has led to the former to leave company back in 2015, an attempted reboot of fan-favorite Silent Hill survival horror series was being shelved for good.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor of Konami working on two new titles from their iconic series. A latest rumor suggests that Sony is apparently trying to revive Silent Hills for PlayStation 5 console with Kojima and Konami on board.

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Konami and Hideo Kojima Rumored to Work on Silent Hills Reboot

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Shortly after Kojima's departure, Komani has cancelled his ambitious project and removed its demo titled P.T. ("playable teaser") from PlayStation Store and even after five years of its cancellation, fans are still clamoring to bring it back.

After seeking out various developer studios to get a pitch, Konami ended up settling for two new Silent Hill games. One of them is a series reboot and another will be more in episodic format like most titles from Telltale Games.

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Having a track record for trustworthy sources, Twitter user Aesthetic Gamer has posted the following lately.


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One source states that creature designer Masahiro Ito of original series is currently working on one of those new game. 1999 Silent Hill director and writer, Keiichiro Toyama along with composer Akira Yamaoka is also reportedly returning.

Rumor has it that, this trio is assembled by SIE Japan Studio for a soft reboot of the franchise, joining up with development team of Project Siren, a group that previously worked on 2008 PlayStation 3 horror game Siren: Blood Curse.

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For a rumored second game, Sony is interested to re-launch Kojima's canceled title in anticipation of upcoming next-gen release as a PS5-exclusive by having Konami own the IPs and let Kojima Productions continue its development.

Given past history between Metal Gear series creator and its Japanese publisher, it seems quite impossible for any collaboration among them but Sony has stepped in to build a bridge to patch things up for a series reboot of Silent Hill.

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If Sony can somehow manage to make two new Silent Hill games as PlayStation 5-exclusive, they can be a driving force to sell more consoles. There are plans to include VR support to promote next-gen PlayStation VR device as well.

An immense fan-demand for scrapped Silent Hills game has forced Sony to seriously rethink its revival. Although it took years for Konami to get Silent Hill series back in track, fans would finally see Kojima making the scariest horror game.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Reveal

Valve releases new gameplay footage of upcoming VR game Half-Life: Alyx, showing off control and movements.

In less than a few weeks, developer/publisher Valve Corporation will be releasing their upcoming flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx on March 23, 2020 to mark their return in game development after more than 12 years.

Most recently, Valve has released three videos featuring nearly 10 minutes of gameplay footage from HL: Alyx, each showcasing lead character Alyx Vance playing on different environments and implementing various in-game features.

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Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Reveal

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Following gameplay videos from Half-Life: Alyx focuses on and demonstrates three unique locomotion styles.










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Three different movement styles are highlighted in these videos and one is teleport, which lets you move from one place to another. Continuous is traditional first-person style and shift locomotion style is zooming transition to locations.

Variation to player movements through a blend of shifting and regular maneuver is likely to minimize motion sickness while playing in VR. She even uses gravity gloves to catch grenades thrown at her to return them back to her attackers.

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Alyx Vance takes on some Headcrab zombies and took them down by either shooting or using other tools at her disposal. When she entered an occupied City 17, there is a heated firefight between her and a group of Combine soldiers.

In terms of gameplay, HL: A displays its VR interactivity by having Alyx perform set of tasks, work with objects, solving puzzles etc. She is seen removing planks from a doorway and grabbing a car door to use as shield during gunfight.

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It seems that fans are not getting their hands on Half-Life 3 anytime soon and have to be content with Half-Life 2 prequel game. Valve is probably using HL: Alyx to revive its iconic franchise to pave path for HL3 release in future.

Half-Life: Alyx will be out on Steam in weeks to play with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index. Players who own Index headsets will get free copies of the game with gun skins and themed content as bonus.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Resident Evil 8 Won't Be VR-Exclusive, No Plans for Code: Veronica

Reputed leaker confirms Resident Evil 8 will not be a VR-exclusive title and there is no Code: Veronica remake.

While fans are currently waiting for developer/publisher Capcom to release upcoming survival horror game Resident Evil 3 Remake on April 3, 2020, more leaks for Resident Evil 8 keeps coming with new and interesting details.

Earlier this year, AestheticGamer has leaked new details on enemies and location of upcoming Resident Evil game. He was asked recently if Resident Evil 8 will be a VR-exclusive and he confirmed that is not going to be the case.

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Resident Evil 8 Won't Be VR-Exclusive, No Plans for Code: Veronica

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This is largely predicted by primary audience base for Capcom's iconic survival horror franchise. Besides, virtual reality technology needs to grow even more popular and only then a Resident Evil VR-exclusive game can become a possibility.

He also states that next year will be a crazy time for any Resident Evil fan as Capcom has at least one surprise title ready for launch. However, they are not ready to bring RE8 just yet and nor will there be another classic remake in 2021.

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Resident Evil 8 may not release as a VR-exclusive but there could be an optional VR mode like Resident Evil 7.


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Another reliable source known as Evil VR has previously stated that Capcom is not interested in a remake of Resident Evil Code: Veronica back in January 2019 and AestheticGamer have simply reaffirmed that same claim once again.

Fans who wanted a remake of Code: Veronica will surely be disappointed but Capcom may very well consider this project in future. However, there are rumors from insider sources of an experimental spin-off game that may release soon.

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Series characters Chris Redfield and Ethan Winters are both are reportedly returning in next mainline Resident Evil game, which will be moving over to a medieval setting with armored zombies and wolf-like creatures in a castle.

Resident Evil 8 is currently rumored to be in works at Capcom for PC and next-generation platforms. Until an official announcement for RE8 comes out at some point, fans are advised to take all leaked information with a grain of salt.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Release Date

Valve has announced official release date of Half-Life: Alyx, currently set to arrive on March 23, 2020.

In anticipation of release for their upcoming flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx and to celebrate 21st anniversary of the franchise, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has made Half-Life series of games free-to-play on Steam.

During its official reveal back in November 2019, HL: A only had a set release window of March 2020. Last month, Valve has confirmed finishing development on Reddit and today, a launch date of March 23, 2020 is finally announced.

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Half-Life: Alyx Release Date

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Although HL: A will not have to compete with a lot of major AAA-titles that has now been delayed from March 2020 launch period to later dates, it will arrive shortly after Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal.

HL: Alyx is spared from struggling against games like Cyberpunk 2077Final Fantasy VII Remake and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Instead it will go up against a simulation game for Nintendo Switch and a first-person shooter.

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VR gaming is currently in dire need of a major success to get people interested and Valve is capable of doing that. Following return to game development after over a decade, Half-Life series creator is ready to reclaim their throne.

In past, industry experts have hyped that virtual reality will be future of gaming but it failed due to hardware cost and a slow start. Valve is promoting Half-Life: Alyx as a landmark VR experience, which is much needed for the platform.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for February 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup of February 2020 adds Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4 and Firewall: Zero Hour.

Shortly ahead of February 2020, upcoming monthly free PlayStation 4 games lineup for members of PlayStation Plus is recently announced by Sony Entertainment and they look quite promising to begin a new month with.

For next month, PS Plus is giving out three games instead of two and those who haven't got a chance to play games from last month can still catch up to Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator before February 4.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for February 2020

Offering complete experience of iconic first-person adventure from original series, Bioshock: The Collection features all single-player story content from BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite in a bundle of remastered trilogy.

Players would begin their journey on 60's utopian city of Rapture underwater to escape before tangling into another conflict eight years later in a sequel and then head over to flying city of Columbia in search of a woman named Elizabeth.

Latest in long-running life simulation game series, The Sims 4 by developer Maxis and publisher Electronic Arts will be celebrating its 20th birthday next month, which is a great moment to jump on in for creating your own virtual world.

Then owners of PS VR can take part into a 4v4 tactical shooter playing Firewall: Zero Hour. An exclusive for PS platform, this first-person virtual reality game will be receiving a brand-new free content update including Oil Rig map soon.

Long-time subscribers of PlayStation Plus service would admit that Sony used to offer better deal each month before they got rid of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games, which are now limited to only two PS4 games per month.

After a revolt of fans back in July 2019, Sony has become more selective in choosing games for their valued PS Plus members. Recently revealed free games for February will be available to download and play until March 2, 2020.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

In a latest AMA session on Reddit, Half-Life: Alyx developers revealed the game is finished developing.

After a decade-long hiatus, Valve Corporation has returned to game developing but not essentially with Half-Life 3. Instead, they are offering players a brand-new VR experience though Half-Life 2 prequel game, Half-Life: Alyx.

During a recent AMA session on Reddit, dev team has revealed new information on HL: A, including the game is already pretty much complete and was worked on by largest development team in Valve history on board.

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Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

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On previously set time, Alyx team joined fans for an AMA sharing many key-moments and promised that the game will absolutely not be delayed for launch in two months as they are done aside from some tweaking to its final scene.

Hearing that from developers themselves is a huge relief considering New Year of 2020 has seen a series of delay for many AAA-titles. Even Half-Life 2 was delayed for a year and players never saw release of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 till date.

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They also added working with a development team of 80 members, which has been the largest one in history of Valve. Many of them and play-testers within studio have run through entire HL: A for more than once by now.

As they are expected, dev team is currently busy fixing bugs and polishing at this stage they are in to reach their planned release window. Keeping VR features in mind, Valve worked around with accessibility and possible movements.

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Gameplay is focused on two-handed play at once but weapons are generally for one-handed use but players can grab them by offhand for steady aim while your other hand will be occupied with flashlight, gravity gloves and interactions.

In terms of game length, Alyx will roughly take as long as it would require to playthrough HL2. Players can of course put a bucket over headcrabs but they will be able to move it as they keep crawling and play-testers reported it as a bug.

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Half-Life: Alyx Dev Team

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Half-Life: Alyx has also changed voice actress Merle Dandridge for its protagonist and replaced her with Ozioma Akagha. Initially, Valve started working with Merle but then decided to approach a different route by the end.

In terms of voicing for a younger Alyx, Akagha makes more sense according to a past statement from designer Greg Coomer. Though it didn't made fans happy, many games have successfully changed voice actors in past for various reasons.

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Mainline games of Half-Life series mostly had theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman in lead role, who is silent but deadly. However, upcoming VR-exclusive title will solely focus on his closest ally and recurring character Alyx Vance.

Fans were so excited following official announcement last year that there was a rise in selling of Valve Index VR headsets on a large number in Canada and North America, leading to stock shortages in many stores of those regions.

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Though people are not getting their hands on HL3 just yet, at least a return to Half-Life universe is not that bad. Who knows, maybe events of HL: A can eventually bring back Gordon Freeman and make a third installment happen in future.

Lately, Valve has made entire Half-Life series of games free-to-play on Steam until release of Half-Life: Alyx in March 2020. So, you can take this time to go back to catch up to past events before entering the world of Alyx in virtual reality.