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Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Just like the Games of Our Lives…
/// GAMES FEATURED
/// The First 16 Minutes of Dying Light: The Following!
/// HTC Vive Pre-Orders Begin on February 29!
HTC will start taking pre-orders for Vive, its virtual reality headset, from February 29, its chief executive has confirmed.
Cher Wang told the Telegraph the company had chosen to refocus on virtual reality (VR) and away from smartphones, saying the company was now “more realistic”.
“Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important,” she said.
Vive has been developed with game maker Valve, designed to fully immerse its wearer in their virtual environment while playing games. It will go on wider commercial sale in April, and will compete with Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Sony’s PlayStation VR as the technology finally enters the mainstream. Its price remains unknown.
HTC showcased the second generation developer kit, Vive Pre, at CES in Las Vegas, a signifcant aesthetic departure from the first version which was launched with much fanfare at last year’s Mobile World Congress.
The headset has been redesigned to rest more comfortably on the wearer’s face, with a smaller cage and more stable head strap. HTC said the new design can be more easily adjusted to users’ heads, and can still be worn comfortably by those who wear glasses.
It also contains an integrated front-facing camera, enabling you to see your physical surroundings while wearing the headset. This means you could sit down, eat and continue interacting with others without needing to remove it.
/// Final Fantasy XV Staff Discuss Altissia Scale, Building Warp Points & Battle Modes!
► How much of the big cities like Altissia/Insomnia will we be able to explore?
Planner Ishikawa Tomonori: “I can tell everyone a little about Altissia at this time.
“Altissia has many and varied locations, such as multiple cafes, ship-bourne market places and parks etc. The city is of a considerable scale, to the extent that even the developers sometimes get lost there!
The player is free to take a leisurely walk around the complex maze of streets, or ride the gondola to see the sights and there is also added enjoyment to be had looking for restaurants to visit!
You are bound to encounter some unique characters when exploring the city streets.
So we have created lots of different things to enjoy in Altissia and hope everyone is looking forward to visiting!”
► Will large buildings have multiple warp points to allow Noctis to scale and explore rooftops?
Lead Level Designer Terada Takefumi: “Why of course they will!
The warp ability that lets you teleport instantly to high up locations is a vital part of Final Fantasy XV’s battle system. The ability to use multiple warp points in a strategic manner is especially prevalent in the game’s large scale battles over urban terrain. It is not just the buildings though, and we have also created exciting aerial battles with flying foes and gigantic boss enemies, so watch out for those.”
► How will the difficulty modes compare in terms of XP gain, enemy states, damage, and A.I.?
Lead Game Designer Takizawa Masashi: “The equivalent to difficulty level settings in Final Fantasy XV is a system where you can switch between different battle modes. By having this ability to switch modes, we want to make it so that both players who like action oriented, technical gameplay and also those who want to fight at a slower, more relaxed pace can all enjoy the combat in their own style. This switching system is a key part of the gameplay that we decided to introduce based on the feedback we received from the Episode Duscae demo. We will go into more detail about the system closer to the game’s launch so stay tuned for more information.”
/// Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2 Gameplay Video Coming Next Week!
Kombat Pack 2. Game play video. Next Week. pic.twitter.com/EhYMOv300D
— Ed Boon (@noobde) January 8, 2016
/// Naughty Dog: Uncharted 4’s Ending Will Make It “Really Hard to Do a Sequel With Nathan Drake”!
Speaking to The Sun, Druckmann made sure not to say it will be the last Uncharted game, but he strongly suggested it will be Drake’s last outing.
“He’s at the height of his popularity, so it’s not a good business decision. But I feel like the best way to honor him is to go out on top, to finish his story,” he told the paper, pointing out that Sony owns the brand and future iterations are still up in the air.
“But with the end of this story, it will be really hard to do a sequel with Nathan Drake,” he added, before hinting that a prequel or a new lead could be in the series’ future.
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