January 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Hearthstone’s competitive scene has evolved significantly over the last 12 months, thanks, in part to Blizzard actively trying to grow it as an esport. That has meant new competitions, globe-trotting events and higher production values. While all that changed, however, a handful of things stayed the same, such as the core casting personalities who provide insight into high-level play during tournaments, and keep the broadcasts entertaining when players are simply thinking. Among those personalities is the UK’s Raven, who – usually paired with Sottle, also from the UK – has an easygoing style all his own. I caught up with…

January 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Konami has confirmed Metal Gear Survive will require a constant online connection and include a microtransaction system. As reported by GameSpot—after attending a preview session—the survival action game will require you to have an internet connection at all times, even if you’re playing solo. According to Konami, this is to “support a seamless integration between single player and co-op,” and enable the studio to deliver “ongoing content post-launch.” Additionally, Metal Gear Survive will have microtransactions through an online store where players can use real money to purchase in-game currency that can be used to buy things like Boost Passes. The virtual…

January 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

My reaction as I watched the reveal of Nintendo’s latest (literal) out-of-the-box idea, Nintendo Labo, was as follows: “What the f…?” “No way.” “THAT’S AMAZING!” I suspect I’m not alone in that, particularly among parents, and it’s probably exactly what Nintendo was hoping for. And while I haven’t yet physically tried Labo, on paper (pardon the pun) it’s an incredible idea that doesn’t just go a long way towards answering the question of, “After an amazing 2017, what will Nintendo do for an encore in 2018?” It also potentially adds a Wii-like level of mass-market appeal to a Nintendo Switch…

January 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

A new series of figures from Think Geek based on a variety of PlayStation franchises have been revealed. It’s called the Totaku Collection and features incredibly detailed figurines of Kratos from God of War, Crash Bandicoot, Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet, Heihachi from Tekken, Parappa the Rapper, the Hunter from Bloodborne, and the Feisar FX350 ship from Wipeout. Each figure is priced at $10 USD. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Plenty of people want to work in the games industry, but how do you make that a reality? I caught up with long-running Hearthstone caster TJ Sanders to talk about how he got his start in the scene and what it’s been like to transition into working for Blizzard’s Hearthstone esports team. It’s an interesting insight into what it takes to succeed, not to mention the thinking behind how Hearthstone broadcasting continues to evolve. (The World Championship finals are on right now if you’re interested in seeing what Hearthstone esports is all about.) IGN: How did you initially get into…

January 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Weeelcooome to Nintendo Voice Chat, Episode 391 — now featuring cardboard! This week, Filip, Peer, Brian, and Zach sit down to discuss the newly announced Nintendo Labo. Also, Lily chimes in for the second half of the show, as the panel shares their thoughts about Darkest Dungeon, InnerSpace, and more! As always, you can watch NVC here on IGN and on our YouTube channel (subscribe and hit that bell!) or listen to it on your commute in audio format. If you enjoy the show, share it with other Nintendo fans, leave us a comment, and give us a thumbs up or leave us a review! Listen to…

January 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Reed Morano’s next film may be taking place in a galaxy far, far away. During a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Morano mentioned she recently met with the head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy. Morano did not reveal many details about her meeting with Kennedy, but Morano said the two spoke about adventure movies. “Any movie that I put my finger on that I loved when I was growing up was a movie that produced,” Morano told THR. “Anyway, it was a great meeting. Obviously, I can’t say anything about what else we were talking about.” Morano offers no specifics on if…

January 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Playground Games, developer of the Forza Horizon series, is developing its next game with Xbox One X in mind. In an interview with Daily Star Online, creative director Ralph Fulton confirmed that Xbox One X will be the “lead platform” for Playground’s next project, which is heavily rumored to be a new game in the Fable series. Reflecting on the studio’s currently undisclosed project, Fulton said, “Ease of development in the Xbox One X’s make up provides a really great development platform,” Fulton said, “not just for that console but also the whole family of devices and even PC.” He also…

January 19, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Over 100,000 people are receiving permanent bans in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The PUBG team discussed the decision on its dev blog, saying the investigation of cheaters has been the highest priority since launching version 1.0 on PC. “We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action,” the PUBG team said. “This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed analysis of tens of millions of data logs. “Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat and now we have confirmed that it…