September 25, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals has been delayed to 2023 to make it Night School Studio’s “best game yet.”Night School Studio shared the update on Twitter, saying the delay was, in part, due to wanting to make it “truly special” and “add more localizations.””We owe it to our amazing community to make OXENFREE II: Lost Signals the best game it can possibly be,” Night School Studio wrote. “Seeing your fan art, reading your excited comments, and connecting with you fuels our ambition to make this our best game yet. To make OXENFREE II truly special and add more localizations, we’re moving…

September 24, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Xbox has officially launched Project Amplify, a new video series that “aims to magnify Black voices within Xbox to inspire, educate and motivate youth across the U.S. to aspire towards careers in the gaming industry through real-life storytelling from Black leaders and employees across the Xbox ecosystem.”Alongside a teaser, the first details of Project Amplify were shared on Xbox Wire by Black Communities at Xbox Co-Leads Q Muhaimin and James Lewis, and they begin by discussing the results of a recent survey from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Connect that discovered that, out of 200 respondents, 95% of college…

September 24, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Infinity Ward, Fromsoftware, and Insomniac are just a few of the hundreds of development teams out there but they and plenty of other top developers regularly take input from publishers like Activision, Bandai Namco, and Sony during the process to help their games reach the finish line. While some franchises and developers tend to be exclusive to specific publishers, there are a number of them that work across the industry with many different publishers. Call of Duty regularly cycles its developers yearly while FromSoftware has partnered with Sony and Bandai Namco for big successful titles like Bloodborne and Elden Ring….

September 24, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

In Beacon Pines, the story and decisions made are mapped out on a tree, showing branching paths from single moments that changed the course of the story. For developer Matt Meyer, that was true in real life, too. His path to developing Beacon Pines began with a single, simple, consequential decision made years ago, almost on a whim.“I worked a corporate job for five years or so in Chicago, and sort of just snapped one day,” Meyer says. “It wasn’t really the job’s fault. It was the traffic. I was in my car an hour and a half every day…I…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Xbox’s flagship shooter is an intergalactic sci-fi saga with narrative foundations that date back billions of years. Despite that far-reaching history, the actual Halo games largely take place within a single decade during the tail end and aftermath of the Human-Covenant War.The mainline Halo games present a sequential storyline, though several spinoffs complicate the series’ chronology. With that in mind, we’ve created this brief rundown of the Halo timeline as explored in video games.This list includes all mainline Halo games and most spinoffs, including the Halo Wars strategy games and Halo: Spartan top-down shooters. The mixed-reality game Halo Recruit, the…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Breathing new life into our favorite classic games is often a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the game has familiarity with audiences, so it will already have a fanbase that will be excited to see it make a return. Still, there is always the risk that the updated version won’t live up to the memories we have of the original. Successful or not, year after year, we see more and more developers attempt to breathe life into an older franchise in the hopes of returning it to its previous glory days. Recently we’ve witnessed Chrono Cross, Destroy All Humans,…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Harvey Smith is best known for his work on Arkane’s Dishonored series, but he’s now revealed a trio of games he pitched that never entered development.Speaking to NME, Smith said he at one point pitched a Blade Runner game, a fourth entry in the Thief series, and an immersive sim inspired by the 1995 crime drama Heat.Smith is obviously a fan of the immersive sim genre, which is a staple part of most Arkane games. So it’s no surprise that the games the designer pitched largely fall under that umbrella. The Thief series is one of the defining examples of…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

Clearing up some worries from voice actors and gamers alike, Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has confirmed it won’t use AI technology to replace voice actors in its video games.For context, a recent report dove into new AI technology from Altered AI, a company that’s working to give game developers the ability to “create compelling, professional voice performances” without the need to cast human voice actors. Apparently, this new tech allows devs to simply submit a recording of what they want said along with the proper inflection, and the technology produces a performance for in-game use. Ninja Theory was listed in…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

The swine of The Nine, Xûr, is now live in Destiny 2 for the weekend until next week’s reset. If you’re looking to get your some shiny new Exotic armor or weapons for your Guardian, look no further.Each week, Xûr has a random assortment of Exotic armor, one for each Guardian class, as well as a random Exotic Weapon and an Exotic Engram available for purchase. In addition to his Exotic wares, he’s got a random collection of Legendary weapons and armor to deck out your Guardians.We’ve rounded up all the info on Xûr for the week including where to…

September 23, 2022 CuttingEdgeTech

For ages, real-time strategy has been a genre where the number of things you can physically do per second has a major impact on how effectively you can play. And while there’s something to be said for that, Company of Heroes 3 is trying to expand the appeal of its tactical gameplay to those who would rather sit back and think through every move carefully, perhaps with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a mouse in the other. Tactical pause, as they call it, isn’t any less harrowing of an experience for your soldiers who are being sent…