Good news for fans of 2018's God of War: it looks like a development team is being put together for a sequel to the critically-acclaimed action game.As spotted by GamesRadar, Developer Santa Monica posted job listings last week for a number of roles across its programming, art, design, and tech art teams – with one listing clearly citing the God of War reboot.Applicants for Senior Combat Designer "Must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about the combat systems, mechanics and enemies."PS5 release date: when will we see the next-gen console?And what are the best PS4 games to play before it launches?A listing for Facial Blend Shape Character Artist also specifically mentions "next-gen video game platform experience" for the role: something that should whittle down prospective applicants to relatively few animators, given that the next generation of consoles have yet to launch.
Being a superhero is tough work, so Square Enix is taking at least one hurdle away from wannabe crusaders with its upcoming Marvel's Avengers game: an always-required internet connection.In an interview with GamesIndustryBiz, Crystal Dynamic's boss confirmed that, despite the game's focus on online multiplayer mechanics, Marvel's Avengers will be playable offline and solo."We want somebody to be able to go buy a disc and never have to go online," he said.He also emphasised the ability to fully customise the comic book heroes throughout play – which may go some way to allay the fears of those who were disappointed to find the game's stars do not share likenesses with their cinematic Hollywood counterparts."Your Black Widow could be different to my Black Widow – just a little, maybe a lot – depending on what you favour and how you unlock things.""We want people to be able to play together and go on this journey, but we also want to say if you want to over-invest in your characters and customise them, you've got it," Amos said.
LOS ANGELES —How much is a solid single-player Star Wars adventure game from EA worth in 2019?That answer might have been different six years ago, when EA's brand-new investment in the Star Wars universe had everyone wondering how epic its games would turn out.Since then, one huge project sputtered, then was outright canceled, while two Star Wars Battlefront reboots ranged from so-so to alarming.(According to Respawn lead technical designer Brandon Kelch, Asmussen brought on other members of Sony Santa Monica's old God of War design team, as well.According to Respawn, that use of Unreal Engine 4—as opposed to Titanfall's modified Source Engine or Star Wars Battlefront's Frostbite Engine—was imperative for a quick development turnaround."The team was really lacking programmers at the start, so [Unreal Engine 4's built-in tools] really let us build something," technical director Jiesang Song explained.
It never ceases to amaze me the surprises I run into at gaming’s biggest trade event.It’s a vast industry where it is very hard to separate the real trends from the fake ones.Sony decided not to come.Filling their floor space were indie games, charities, and energy drink companies.The Chinese game companies showed up but not nearly as big as they do when China Joy takes place in August.I saw a lot of them, even though gaming is moving far beyond the demographic that enjoys energy drinks.
The cinematic trailer was fine, if a bit jarring due to the new look Avengers.The 25-minute gameplay presentation showcased the prologue — essentially a significantly more detailed version of the events covered in the reveal trailer.The combat has weight to it, making each smack of Thor’s hammer look deliberate and satisfying.On the lower right-hand corner of screen, there were three slots for special abilities that charge over time.The top slot was always empty but was larger than the others, perhaps indicating an “ultimate” ability.Square Enix only showed off solo play, but Marvel’s Avengers is also playable cooperatively with up to four players.
The hidden message in a series of tweets by God of War director Cory Barlog in April of this year has finally been found, and it may be teasing a sequel to the highly-acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusive.Barlog took a trip down memory lane on Twitter, taking his followers through the development of God of War from “scribbles and notes on a board” to the game’s release.The tweets were filled with photos of the journey and heartfelt messages.Big board image is an early breakdown of the story.Raising Kratos (@corybarlog) April 21, 2019Apparently though, the tweets were more than just messages of appreciation and gratitude.
If you really wanted to see a game in the mid-2000s crumple to its knees with a guttural heave of gears and motor oil, conscript a side character to your cause and marvel as they jog into battle, pull out their weapon, put away their weapon, heal themselves for no reason, then wedge themselves in a doorway.2018’s God of War tried to foster a similar unlikely bond between Kratos (albino God-rilla) and Atreus (pubescent history nerd).They need to change, somehow, as your character does - whether you have a choice of actions or the writing tricks you into feeling like you’re growing with your protagonist.Bill in all his forms is an obvious way of compensating for AI that can’t be trusted to follow the whims of every mercurial player.And Days Gone (mostly) either segregates its NPCs from its zombie hordes behind fences and walls or puts them on motorbikes full of guns.We can overlook that when we’re controlling Joel, Ellie is rarely in any actual danger, because the story beats show threats to her on two fronts: Ellie the NPC being chased by monsters, and Ellie the child disappearing in a monstrous world.
Electronic Arts showed the first gameplay footage of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during its annual EA Play fan event in Los Angeles, which takes place at the same time as the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo (the gaming industry’s biggest trade show).Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single-player action game that takes place between the Star Wars prequels and the original trilogy.You play as Cal Kestis (Gotham actor Cameron Monaghan), one of the few Jedi Padawans who survived the infamous Order 66, where the Empire slaughtered most of the Jedi.Kestis is on the run from the Empire, and must fight against Stormtroopers, Inquisitors, and the new Purge Troopers.Fallen Order is the first Star Wars game from Titanfall studio (and EA-owned) Respawn.Ex-God of War 3 developer Stig Asmussen is serving as the director on the game.
CNET and GameSpot are partnering to celebrate E3 2019 with this amazing giveaway.The grand prize winner will take home a gaming bundle that includes a 65-inch TCL 6-series TV, courtesy of TCL; a Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Blaster, courtesy of Nerf; and a limited edition PS4 Pro bundle that comes with God of War.Our prizes don't stop there, two first runner up winners will take home the retro NES Classic and a Nerf Fortnite TS Blaster.Two second runner ups will each receive a Nerf Fortnite TS-R Super Soaker.To be one of the lucky winners you need to read the official rules carefully, accept the terms and conditions and fill out the form below.Looking to increase your chances of winning?
Chris Heatherly, executive vice president of games and digital platforms at NBCUniversal, has seen storytelling evolve in mobile, console, and PC games in the past few years.Heatherly directed a panel on the “future of interactive storytelling” at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in April.Krankel said his own game Oxenfree, as well as huge titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and God of War, show that stories in games aren’t dead, despite some public pronouncements otherwise.Some have said multiplayer-only modes or free-to-play live operations game are the way to go.But Heatherly said, “Obviously, we don’t believe that or we wouldn’t be here.”Krankel attributed some of the retreat from single-player story games to “bad business decisions.” He said the key is to tell good stories and figure out new ways to give players agency in stories.
Are you ready to see the most enticing matchup of the season, between the the incredible Gennady GGG Golovkin and the undisputed rookie Steve Rolls, in a challenging middleweight lineup.It is quite frankly the chance of a lifetime and with thousands of varying features what more could you possibly ask for, will Steve Rolls stand up to the challenging god of war up till the infamous 5th round, or will Gennady GGG Golovkin, show this rookie the front door.Find out on June 8th and what better place to watch it Gennady Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls but on Kodi.The exhilarating Gennady Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls fight in the United States on DAZN, may seem a distant goal for some due to their location however, with FastestVPN you can eliminate your fear altogether.The grand fight night is on June 8th however due to a few time zone differences, there are few discrepancies in timing for UK and US viewers alike.Nevertheless, the timing for the match is 4am UK and that too will take place at the fabulous Maddison Square Garden in New York, after all its only fitting for these those gladiators face off in a monumental stadium such as this!
Mortal Kombat 11 is breaking more than just bones.According to market researcher SuperData, the console versions of the bloody fighting game, along with perennial hit Fortnite, pushed digital game sales to $8.86 billion in April.That’s a 7% increase from April 2018, when God of War was one of the best-selling games.(While the year-old report originally claimed that digital games earned $9 billion that month, a representative from SuperData said that the company regularly reevaluates their data “based on new information and new methodologies.” The updated forecast for April 2018 is $8.29 billion.)The new report takes into account digital sales across console, PC, and mobile games.SuperData noted that console games grew the most last month, increasing 17%.
This VR Oculus exclusive has a lot of ambition.I played a demo during a pre-E3 showcase of Oculus games last week in Santa Monica on an Oculus Rift S. It’s beautiful and has some of the graphical fidelity you’d expect from a console exclusive like God of War (maybe I’m just thinking of that game because it’s also filled with Norse gods and stuff).In the demo, I took control of a shield-maiden.Yet Asgard’s Wrath has plenty of more creative ideas.From here, you can grab certain creatures — like sharks and turtles — and turn them into humanoid companions for your champion.They can then accompany your hero, helping them fight enemies and solve puzzles.
As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn his respect, Kratos is faced with an unexpected opportunity to master the rage that has long defined him.Set within the untamed forests, mountains, and realms of Norse lore, 'God of War' features a distinctly new setting with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods."The player assumes the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the lost city to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned there since childhood.Audio Dream Team: Dynamic play-by-play and analysis by Madden and Michaels.Joel, a salty survivor, is hired to smuggle a fourteen-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a rough military quarantine, but what begins as a simple job quickly turns into a brutal journey across the country."The dark power of a relic called Majora's Mask has wreaked havoc on the citizens of Termina, but their most urgent problem is a suicidal moon crashing toward the world.
The full-color, backlit, widescreen, 3D-rendering console was released to capitalize on the dominant success of the PlayStation 2.— we’ve picked out some of the best PSP games that we think are still worth your time and money.Burnout: Legends takes the high velocity racing of Burnout 3: Takedown and adds several tracks and gameplay modes from the first two Burnout titles to create a deep, extremely enjoyable package for racing fans.All told, the game includes 95 unlockable cars, 18 distinct maps, and nine unique race types (including the ever popular Crash, where you simply fly into intersections and try to rack up huge property damage bills).Chronicles included both Rondo and its celebrated sequel, Castlevania: Symphony of Terror, in one incredible vampire-slaying package.In Chronicles, you play as protagonists Richter Belmont and Alucard, and try to navigate perilous 2D, side-scrolling castles and dungeons in an effort to take down Dracula.
For me, it was the Infocom series of text-based adventures and in particular, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was written by the novel’s author, Douglas Adams, in collaboration with Steve Meretzky.For a time, it seemed that things were looking dark for interactive fiction.As the industry changed from the story-driven heyday of LucasArts to an increasingly multi-player future, we were told by industry luminaries that story was a thing of the past.This past year, one of the industry’s biggest brands, Call of Duty, which had previously cast big Hollywood actors for its story-driven campaign modes, made the decision for the first time in 15 years to ship without a story at all, and replaced it with an even larger multi-player Battle Royale mode.Add to that the sudden collapse of Telltale, one of the most well-known contemporary story game companies, and the story indeed was looking grim for interactive fiction.However, as major franchises pivoted away from story, we’ve seen unprecedented success for those who still believe in the genre.
Humans interact with each other every day, and as such, are able to recognize a wide range of complex facial expressions.At Cubic Motion, we use computer vision technology to quickly translate human expressions into data and apply the results to almost any medium – from video games to film, VR and holograms.Capturing every nuance of performanceTranslating computer vision data into a truly photoreal character involves a myriad of technologies and animation techniques – from hair shading to skin textures, lighting, and rendering.Every facet requires strict attention to detail and must be brought into a cohesive whole, if any one element drops out of sync, the entire illusion will disappear.Finally, pupil dilation is needed for close-up shots, and you can do this by capturing detailed eyeball movements from high resolution head-mounted cameras.
It's an action game in which you're a shinobi trying to rescue your young kidnapped lord from formidable foes.Admittedly, I'm a fan of developer From Software.I've written in the past about the positive impact that Dark Souls, one of its previous games, had on my life.Sekiro doesn't offer that choice.Accessibility options should include specific tweaks to gameplay in a specialized menu you can access if you need them -- such as tweaking the game's speed -- but should stay out of sight if you don't need them.An easy mode typically means a choice presented to all players right at the start of the experience that changes many aspects of the balance of the game.
It's got puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga and Words With Friends, the battle game Cash of Clans, and even the cultural phenom Fortnite.Now Apple is hoping to level up those games with Apple Arcade, a new service, announced Monday, that's set to go live in the fall.It features a collection of more than 100 games -- from independent game designers as well as gaming legends like Sim City creator Will Wright and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi -- that will be exclusive to Apple Arcade."We're not just curating, we're backing their development," Ann Thai, a senior product manager for the App Store, said during an event at the company's California headquarters.That means Apple will help fund the creation of new games that will then be exclusive to Apple Arcade.Game makers have made intricate and visually stunning games for those other platforms, including the cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption 2 and the fighting game God of War.
Experts found an array of sacrificial remains during an excavation at the base of the Templo Mayor temple site in downtown Mexico City.Reuters reports that the finds include the body a 9-year-old boy dressed as Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war.The Aztecs made human sacrifices to the deity, who was also the god of the Sun.The boy was wearing a wooden disk that symbolizes Huitzilopochtli and a necklace constructed from jade beads.A wooden disk symbolizing Huitzilopochtli was also discovered on the jaguar’s back and an atlatl, or spear-throwing tool was uncovered in the box.The area was once the epicenter of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan -- a gruesome site where human sacrifices were performed to honor the gods.