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We have the new 12.1 firmware update for the E12 controller and run it on all four capacities.
We have the new 12.1 firmware update for the E12 controller and run it on all four capacities.
Metal Gear Solid hasn't really moved as a franchise lately with the last entry in the franchise not doing well, and series creator Hideo Kojima moving onto bigger and better things with the mysterious Death Stranding. But... Metal Gear Solid is back and its being turned into a board game.
Konami Digital Entertainment and IDW Games has announced Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game, which will be offering an immersive cooperative experienced for fans of the MGS franchise. You'll be able to play as characters from the Metal Gear Solid franchise like Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja.
The minituares in Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game are being sculpted by Francesco Orruu, while Metal Gear Solid fan and comic artist Kenneth Loh will be taking care of the art style.
Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will feature a "dynamic AI system" with sandbox gameplay where playing through your missions and choosing specific things in the game will change the way the game plays. IDW Publishing VP Jerry Bennington explains: "Having partnered with Konami in the past to adapt Metal Gear Solid into comics and produce all new stories in the Silent Hilluniverse, we are extremely excited to be partnering again to bring Metal Gear Solid to a new gaming medium: tabletop. We know this a beloved franchise with a die-hard fan base, and as such we're putting all of our energy into producing a premium gaming experience that is exciting to play over and over again".
LG has just announced its new 14-inch and 17-inch laptops, expanding its Gram family of products. The new 17-inch LG Gram laptop is quite the beast, marking a return to the world of 17-inch laptops that has been pretty empty for the last few years.
The new 17-inch laptop weighs less than 3 pounds which is impressive considering its large 17-inch screen which has a native resolution of 2560x1600 on its, surprise surprise, 16:10 aspect ratio panel. Inside, there's an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor, up to 512GB of SSD and up to 16GB of RAM. There's also a fingerprint sensor which makes logging into the 17-inch LG Gram easier than most laptops.
LG's big selling point here other than the what should hopefully be very spacious 17-inch 2560x1600 16:10 panel is the fact that the company is touting a huge 19.5-hour battery life on a single charge. The only laptops that come close to this are from Qualcomm in the form of Snapdragon-based Always On, Always Connected PCs.
Fortnite developer Epic Games is wanting to push the world of cross-platform gaming, with the company unveiling its latest plans for a new developer framework for online services.
Epic Games will begin this new journey in 2019 by launching a bunch of cross-platform game services that the developer originally built for Fortnite, and highlights this by saying they've been "battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms. These services will be free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. As a developer, you're free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish".
There are extended plans for 2019, but the new service from Epic Games will see gamers signing up and then customizing profiles, adding friends to the service, and competing for items. If you're gaming on a PC and then go mobile with your Nintendo Switch or Android smartphone, all of your activity is on the new service so you can go between devices without skipping a beat.
Ubisoft is inviting a small amount of people from the The Division 2 beta to take part in the closed technical alpha on the PC, with the technical alpha taking place between December 15 at 8AM ET, and December 18 at 8AM ET.
If you are involved in The Division 2 technical alpha you'll be pre-loading the game right now but other than that, we don't know anything about the going ons of the technical alpha since players involved in it have signed an NDA. If you have been invited into The Division 2 technical alpha, this is what you'll need to do to get access to Ubisoft's latest and greatest:
Ubisoft will be hosting a private beta of The Division 2 in the near future, with anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the beta but you're not forced into pre-ordering the game as anyone can sign up to the beta.
Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds looks quite promising, and now we get some gameplay footage.
While Obsidian's new sci-fi game The Outer Worlds will be a AA-style game and not a huge open-world affair like Fallout: New Vegas, it certainly encapsulates the studio's stylish humor and core RPG framework. Back in 2017 we reported that Obsidian's new IP, now revealed as The Outer Worlds, would be the studio's own unique answer to Fallout, and now the game is set to fill the vacuum left by displaced and disgruntled Fallout 76 players.
Obsidian showed a closed-doors demo of The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018, and Game Informer got a copy of the footage. The video clearly illustrates the scope of the game: it's a sci-fi RPG built around shooter combat interspersed with quirky NPCs, story-driven content, and exploration. The game world won't be massive--it's set on two planets--but game directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky indicate this compaction allows for more robust flavor.
To dig itself out of a big financial hole, Starbreeze Studios will now focus exclusively on developing big marquee titles like Payday and publishing third-party games.
Starbreeze has had a tough few weeks. First its big new Walking Dead game stumbled on PC sales, triggering a big financial disparity that caused the company to re-evaluate is business model. Shortly after, it filed for reconstruction, an overseas form of bankruptcy that protects the company from certain debts. Then Starbreeze's headquarters were raided by authorities and one employee was arrested on suspicions of insider trading. If that wasn't enough, its board of directors is shrinking.
Now the games-maker is taking proactive steps to solve its problems, and is interested in making guaranteed bets like making games. The company announced it's new business model is solely built on making and publishing video games. Other ventures, like its StarVR headset, will essentially break off from its core focus and will rely on partner funding and collaboration.
One of Activision's mainstay development arms of the popular Call of Duty series had to leave the building following a bomb threat.
Infinity Ward's Los Angeles offices were evacuated earlier this morning due to a bomb threat, sources tell Kotaku. The threat, which was issued through email, demanded $20,000 in bitcoin cryptocurrency or a bomb would presumably go off on premises.
Neither Infinity Ward nor Activision have spoken about the incident, which happened earlier this morning. The police evacuated developers and staff members from the building and no one was hurt.
Jagex could be widening its MMORPG scope to the console plane.
Thanks to accessibility, Runescape is getting more and more popular and remains a lucrative earner for developer Jagex. The game has now earned over $1 billion across its long lifespan, and 260 million people have signed up for the game. This momentum is set to continue with Runescape mobile, but the company might be targeting a new platform: consoles.
According to Jagex Executive Producer Nathan Richardsson's LinkedIn profile, the company is working on a new unannounced Runescape RPG. The profile says that "an unannounced Runescape Shared World Action Role Playing Game" has been in the works since Richardsson joined in October 2018, but the project has likely been in dev way before his arrival. Given Jagex's mobile strategy it's possible they're working on a free-to-play Runescape console port for PS4, Xbox One, and maybe even Switch.
4A Games has laid the finishing touches on their latest post-apocalyptic opus and have moved the game's release date up a week.
Metro Exodus has gone gold, meaning development is finalized and its ready to ship. Originally slated for a 2018 launch, the huge survival shooter was delayed to 2019 to ensure polish and a rich feature slate, and now Deep Silver has moved the release date forward a week to February 15, 2018. This is an odd decision considering both Far Cry: New Dawn and Crackdown 3 will come out the same day.
Exodus will push the series forward to new heights, says 4A Games. It'll feature a huge continent-spanning open world to explore with a day-to-night cycle, dynamic weather, and changing seasons. Although it's not an online service game, the gameworld will feature standard engagement hooks with its new crafting and scavenging system and very Red Dead Redemption 2-like gear maintenance.
The ZeniMax vs Facebook saga is finally over.
ZeniMax and Facebook, who were once up in arms over Oculus Rift VR tech, have settled their long litigation for an undisclosed sum. ZeniMax, parent company to Bethesda Softworks, alleged in 2014 that ex-employees including John Carmack (of id Software fame) took trade secrets with them when moving to Oculus. These secrets included specific code that ZeniMax says was used in making the Oculus Rift VR headset. ZeniMax wanted to block all sales of the headset and sought damages from Facebook, who had then bought Oculus for $2 billion.
In 2017 a Dallas court ruled in favor of ZeniMax, finding that Facebook violated NDAs and awarded the plaintiff $500 million. That sum was lowered to $250 million, causing both companies to appeal. Now the lawsuit has been settled for an undisclosed sum, ZeniMax today announced in a press release.