The departure was notable in part because Faliszek was perhaps second only to company co-founder Gabe Newell in terms of public exposure, but also because Faliszek's work represented a seemingly long-gone era at the game studio: one of irreverent, story-driven games that emphasized co-op (both Left 4 Dead games and Portal 2, among other titles).It seemed like a good fit.Faliszek didn't explain that point further to Ars, but his public outreach while working at Bossa revolved around cooperative gameplay that would emphasize different, unusual "verbs" (meaning, players might have other primary actions in gameplay beyond jumping, shooting, and killing).Its spirit appears to live on in Stray Bombay Company, the new game studio he has co-founded with Dr. Kimberly Voll.After leaving Bossa "earlier this year," Faliszek said, he approached Voll, whom he'd first met in 2012 when Valve began sharing SteamVR prototypes (which led to her team working on Fantastic Contraption as a SteamVR launch title).Back then, Faliszek admits that Valve was a bit clueless about how to describe the best qualities of VR, both for gameplay and development, and appreciated Voll's academic background in that respect.
Turtle Rock Studios, the development team behind co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead, today announced they’re developing a new game in partnership with Warner Bros.The game is — hold onto your butts — a co-op zombie shooter called Back 4 Blood.Neither company has released much info about the game thus far, save that it’ll be a “premium” title with both a campaign and PvP gameplay in which you’ll be able to “shoot up a lot of zombies.” Turtle Rock is adamant this isn’t Left 4 Dead 3, but team members have hinted it’ll be at least something of a return to form.“We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains,” said Chris Ashton, Turtle Rock’s co-founder.I feel about this the same way I felt when I heard Koji Igarashi was making Bloodstained, a Castlevania-esque game: it’s at least worth checking out, because he’s the one who invented the genre.So it goes with Turtle Rock: despite the paucity of facts in the official reveal, it’s just exciting to hear these particular developers are making a new zombie co-op shooter, because they made such a shining example of the genre.
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Turtle Rock Studios announced Back 4 Blood today, a new cooperative zombie-based shooter.Turtle Rock Studios created Left 4 Dead, a zombie co-op shooter that came out in 2008 and sold millions of copies.The developer then released Evolve in 2015, a multiple shooter that had a team of four hunters take down one monster, all controlled by real players.It did not have as much success as Left 4 Dead and would go on to a free-to-play model.Back 4 Blood marks the developer returning to its roots, as it sounds like a new Left 4 Dead in everything but name (Valve still owns the rights to that franchise).“It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is,” said Chris Ashton, the cofounder and design director at Turtle Rock Studios, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.
Valve Software is one of the most-respected game developers in the business, having created the "Half-Life," "Portal," and "Left 4 Dead" franchises.The company's first game in years arrived in late 2018 — a collectible card game named "Artifact," developed by "Magic: The Gathering" creator Richard Garfield.Though the game was warmly received by critics at launch, it has largely flopped with players.The studio that created classic video games like "Half-Life" and "Portal" has a brand-new game named "Artifact."That's because "Artifact" is a rare flop for Valve — a company that specializes in making games that tens of millions of people play for years.That is not normal for Valve's games, which tend to be enormously popular.
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In Holospark’s Earthfall, the world teeters on the edge of annihilation as hordes of villainous extraterrestrials run amok, hunting down and swarming four desperate survivors.It’s a game of teamwork, but equally a game of cutting down tides of gruesome invaders.We all got along really well, and we were working together on the project, but when Perfect World shut down a lot of projects in the U.S., we decided to stay together.”Since the team was originally put together to create a multiplayer shooter and they predominantly came from an MMO and action background, it only made sense to continue down that path, though ultimately with a very different game.In Earthfall, you’re able to run around with your friends, be the heroes, and have that great co-op experience, and even though there’s been a resurgence in the field recently, I still think it’s a really underserved market.”Going down the co-operative route allowed Holospark to give players all sorts of toys and empowering moments that would be considered unbalanced in a competitive game.
Face Your Fears 2 is one of the titles coming for the Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset in the spring.I tried out the demo on the prototype Oculus Quest hardware at the Oculus Connect 5 event on Thursday in San Jose, California.I was in a dark room with plenty of room to move around.And so did all of the creepy spiders, centipedes, and other creatures.The jump scares only work if you react to them, and even though I was well aware that I was in a VR headset, I couldn’t help but freak out.I’ll assume I reacted that way because VR is more immersive.
Meanwhile, over on eBay, customers are actually shelling out $450 for a physical copy.Once a product becomes scarce, third-party sellers inflate the price of the remaining stock to outlandish proportions knowing that someone surfing the web will shell out the big bucks.Epic published the game digitally as a paid-for early access title for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, MacOS, and Windows 10 while Gearbox Publishing handled the physical copies for retail stores.Launched on July 25, 2017, all versions of the co-op survival game relied on a player-versus-environment Save the World scenario that blended the fort-building mechanics of Minecraft with the survival shooter aspects of Left 4 Dead.Along with the Save the World mode was the Fortnite Battle Royale mode that pits 100 players against each other until there is a last player or team standing.Players parachute onto a large island, gather weapons, ammo, and resources, and build forts to protect themselves and their fellow team members against the opposing team until the very end.
I’m talking about the kind of fear where your blood runs cold, and you feel every hair on the back of your neck stand up like pine trees in a forest.The kind of fear that makes you involuntarily hold your breath, and causes beads of sweat to build upon your forehead.Off the top of my head, I can think of Doom, Alien: Isolation, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.It’s a small list, but it just got bigger, because earlier this week At Unity’s developer conference, Unite Berlin, I got to play 10 Chambers Collective‘s upcoming survival-horror title, GTFO.GTFO is a four-player team-based FPS, similar to Left 4 Dead, but with a stronger emphasis on stealth, survival, and teamplay.On his command, you’re sent into a desolate environment packed with murderous mutated creatures in order to salvage technological relics.
Still don’t believe that eSports is a million dollar business now?Just look at the nine-digit figure Epic Games dropped to fund Fortnite’s competitive season.As one of the two biggest battle royale titles, there is a maddening rush to get players, sponsorship deals, and more between Fortnite and PUBG.Just in time for E3 week, Epic is providing more, but not all, details on how the competitive season is going to play out.Sort of like Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead meets Overwatch.FBR, has practically surpassed the original game with over 125 million players in less than a year.
Guns blazing, my squad of five fire our weapons at the zombie horde that poured in through the main door of our mansion.We're so focused on our task, we fail to notice a bunch sneaking up behind us until I feel their claws swiping at my back.Luckily, a buddy comes over, puts his hand on my shoulder and brings me back to life.No, this didn't all happen in my imagination.I was wearing a pair of VR goggles, with a laptop on my back and a haptic vest that could deliver sensations from inside the game, much like the VR suits worn in the movie, Ready Player One.Deadwood Mansion is a squad-based shooter where you defend your territory against a horde of zombies, much like in Left 4 Dead 2.
If you ask gamers and game developers what’s the hottest title around these days, they’d most likely answer one of two titles: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale.They are the games that everyone wants to copy, especially to make a quick buck.Tons of clones have sprung up, especially on the easy to market mobile, with varying results.To cut those off before the run wild, and to get that money for itself, Epic Games is announcing Fortnite Battle Royale for iOS and, soon, Android.Given the oversaturation of zombie-themed games of late, you’d think the “Minecraft slash Left 4 Dead” four-player co-op would become just another title on Epic’s belt.And thanks to PUBG’s own fame, the massive multiplayer battle royale mode gained 10 million players just two weeks after it was released as a free standalone game.
Valve’s annual Steam Autumn Sale (also known as the Black Friday sale) kicked off moments ago with deals on more than 6,700 titles, many of which are quite significant.Highlights include 60 percent off Dark Souls III (now $23.99) and The Witness (yours for $15.99), half off The Evil Within 2 (down to $29.99), 75 percent off Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (now just $7.49) and 40 percent off Aven Colony (priced at $17.99).There are also deals on several franchise titles.For example, you can score savings of up to 87 percent on games from the Resident Evil franchise, 80 percent off titles in the DiRT family of games and 75 percent off select Fallout entries.You can also pick up Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 for a combined $2.98, an excellent deal on two great games.Those on a tight budget may want to check out Steam’s “Under $10” section for deals like 40 percent off Terraria ($5.99), 50 percent off Rust ($9.99) and Rocket League ($9.99) and 75 percent off Europa Universalis IV ($9.99).
Walmart on Thursday published its Black Friday ad and as you’d expect, there are several attractive deals on a variety of electronics including televisions, game consoles, smart home gadgets, computers and more.If you’re in the market for a new television, Walmart has a 39-inch Element 720p set for $125, a Sharp 55-inch 4K model for $298, a Vizio 43-inch 1080p unit for $198 and a 65-inch Samsung 4K model for $998, among others.Gamers may be interested in picking up a PlayStation 4 with a 1TB hard drive for $199, a PlayStation 4 GranTurismo Sport VR bundle for $299 or an Xbox One S with a 500GB drive for $189.PS4 and Xbox One controllers will be marked down to $39.There’s also a huge collection of games on offer including hits like Need for Speed Payback, Forza 7, The Evil Within 2 and Overwatch for $29.Classics such as Left 4 Dead 2, Fallout 3 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, meanwhile, can be had for just $9 each.
Valve’s got a treat for gamers in the mood for tricks.The annual Steam Halloween Sale kicked off on Thursday, bringing big-time discounts to spooky games, scary VR experiences, and even horror movies (potentially to remind people that yes, Steam sells movies, too) through November 1.But the big draw is the games, of course.If you’re looking for a spine-tingler to keep you feeling unsettled between now and October 31, many of the games in PCWorld’s list of the best PC horror games are on sale, from Alien Isolation to Resident Evil 7 and Soma.You’ll also find some great games that didn’t quite make the list, though some skew more toward “dark overtones” than “outright horror.” Darkest Dungeon is $10, orcs-meet-Left 4 Dead-alike Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is just $7.50, and if you’ve ever wanted to become a YouTuber that plays up jump scares to amuse your audience, the entire Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise bundle is a mere $7.35.That’s a whole lot of games for not a lot of cash.
Developer Fatshark has revealed that Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide – the 2015 title that I still pour most of my gaming hours into – is getting a sequel.The brilliant four player co-op original sold over 1.5 million copies, so it’s not surprising to discover a second game is in the works for PC and consoles.The trailer for Vermintide 2 is the very definition of ‘teaser,' showing little more than the unifying symbol of the Skaven Under-Empire being sliced apart.Some early screenshots have been released, but fans will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out more details.The clip finishes with news of a “worldwide reveal” set for October 17.For those who don’t know, there are a lot of parallels between Vermintide and the Left 4 Dead games, but instead of fighting infected humans, players face Warhammer’s Skaven – huge, humanoid rat-like creatures.
Marc Laidlaw, the former head writer for Valve's "Half-Life" video game franchise, posted early today what he imagined the story line would be for the highly-anticipated "Half-Life 2: Episode 3."Fans have been waiting 10 years for news of when Valve might release the third episode, or a third title entirely.The mere hint of a new game has repeatedly driven the internet insane .But the storyline released by Laidlaw may signal the final nail in the coffin for the beloved franchise, especially since Laidlaw left Valve last year.You'll have to read the entire thing for yourself, but just know that yes, it's heartbreaking.And yes, the plot threads left from "Episode 2" AND "Portal " could have potentially been picked up.
Konami has confirmed that it is delaying the launch of Metal Gear Survive, the first entry in the Metal Gear franchise since the departure of its creator Hideo Kojima, until early 2018.Announced back in 2016, Metal Gear Survive has a controversial history: It's Konami's first Metal Gear game since franchise founder Hideo Kojima, who created the original Metal Gear in 1987 as a top-down stealth-action game for the MSX2, left the company to form Kojima Productions, and takes a distinct departure from the stealth-focused approach of its predecessors in favour of throwing hundreds of zombies at the player character in order to test their survival skills in the style of Valve's Left 4 Dead and its sequel.Kojima distanced himself from the title, telling attendees at the Tokyo Games Show 2016: 'That's nothing to do with me.The Metal Gear games are about political fiction and espionage.Where do zombies fit in with that,' he asked, while conveniently forgetting that his 'political fiction and espionage' franchise has included among its cast giant robots, scantily-clad and entirely-silent cheesecake dancing in the rain and excusing her exposed skin with the 'explanation' that she heals through photosynthesis thanks to plant DNA, a character called Man on Fire who is literally a man who is constantly on fire, and the Skulls Parasite Unit which is comprised solely of actual zombies.Now, developer and publisher Konami has confirmed that the game will miss its originally-scheduled 2017 launch window thanks to a last-minute delay pushing its launch back to early 2018.
And I recent got the chance to spout them in a conversation with Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock Studios, the maker of the Evolve video game published by Take-Two Interactive’s 2K label in February 2015.Steve Goldstein: For the past four years now, I’ve been the president and general manager at Turtle Rock Studios.Prior to that we created Left 4 Dead, which was a big hit a while ago.One is focused on service-based games and the other is focused on VR.We just won’t approach publishers with a concept where we say, “This’ll cost $60 and then we’ll make another $50 worth of DLC.” It doesn’t make sense for us as a business to get into that space.I’m hoping that, as other companies start entering the VR space and also see a need to populate their hardware with a bunch of content, that they follow suit.
p If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to grow your Xbox One backward compatibility collection, now’s the time to act as Microsoft has slashed prices on more than half of its library.The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Super Sale, which runs through May 22, features sizable discounts on many Xbox 360 games that are playable on the newer Xbox One.Highlights include Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 at 75 percent off, several Call of Duty titles for half price, BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite for between 50 and 65 percent off, four Assassin’s Creed games at 67 to 75 percent off, Grand Theft Auto: IV and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony at half price and several Gears of War titles for 75 percent off.There are also a handful of add-on packs on sale for games like Destiny: The Taken King, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Borderlands 2 and Red Dead Redemption, among others.While on the subject, Microsoft has also put several Xbox One games like Final Fantasy XV and Mirror's Edge Catalyst up for sale with discounts ranging from 10 percent on up to 85 percent.Full details on both sales, which are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, can be found over on Major Nelson’s blog.
This can backfire when it results in a dissonance between player expectations and the final result, but never more obviously than when the game never comes out at all.Many of the longest-standing vaporware bugbears such as Duke Nukem Forever and The Last Guardian did eventually see the light of day — a fact that keeps fans on the lookout for coded Half-Life 3 messages in everything Valve says — but there are plenty of juicy titles in that sweet spot where we’ve assumed that someone has been working on them, but things have been awfully quiet.It’s a third-person, cooperative survival game where players work together to build and defend a base against nightly waves of zombies.Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney once described it as “Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead.” Despite some early buzz, news on the project’s development has grown quiet over the last few years as it’s taken a backseat to Epic’s Overwatch-style first-person MOBA, Paragon.That game’s development has followed the course of free-to-play, with extended early access and the promise of steady post-release support, so we expect Fortnite to follow a similarly protracted release plan when it does come to the public.Starring photojournalist Jade and set in the distant future, this dark, sci-fi mystery has since been canonized as a classic.
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