February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The System Shock remaster is on hiatus, and the team is reassessing the best path forward in development. Nightdive Studios’ CEO and founder Stephen Kick made the announcement on the game’s Kickstarter page, assuring fans the game has not been cancelled, merely postponed, to give the team time to “return to vision” of the game. In the hiatus announcement, Kick said during development, due in part to changing game engines from Unity to Unreal, and the team’s subsequent ability and desire to ” more,” the team strayed “from the core concepts of the original title.” The team went through changes, and the…

February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

How about that Nintendo Labo, huh? Video games built around cardboard! What a nutty idea! Or… is it? In truth, Labo fits perfectly into Nintendo’s lengthy history of creating interesting play experiences with low-cost materials. The company has been spinning fun out of mundane, unexpected objects for half a century, ever since the late Gunpei Yokoi got bored on assembly line duty and invented the company’s first-ever hit toy (the Ultra Hand) for his own amusement. Yokoi’s legacy lives on in Labo. He once described his core philosophy as a toy and game maker as “lateral thinking with seasoned technology”—that…

February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

One of the biggest questions going into Ubisoft’s next entry of the Far Cry series is just what exactly is changing in Far Cry 5. It’s a fair question, and while Far Cry 5 will definitely be familiar to those who’ve come to know the series, there are quite a few new elements that modify the core gameplay. As part of our deep dive into Far Cry 5, I got to go roughly 15 hours of hands-on gameplay with the impressively sprawling slice of Montana, and I took note of a few big changes and several smaller ones that expand…

February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Commander Video’s latest adventure, Runner3, has finished development, and the game has been submitted to Nintendo for final approval. Developer Choice Provisions has announced the third game in the Bit.Trip.Runner series is complete, and once Nintendo finishes testing the game, to ensure it is ready for release, the game will go to the manufacturer to begin printing physical versions. Digitally, the game will be available day and date on Switch and Steam. Although the developer is “eager to share” a release date, since the game has now been submitted for testing, “the ball is currently in Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ problem with cheaters has been a major issue for the game, and recent data from the company’s anti-cheat tech provider, BattlEye indicates that 99% of accounts that have been banned for cheating are from China. Youxi Story reports the statistic, adding that 46% of PUBG’s total players are based in China. It makes the problem a significant one in PUBG’s most important territory. One million accounts were banned for cheating in January, with BattlEye saying that “things continue to escalate” in spite of this. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Persona Series is set to receive an official companion app in Japan. According to Siliconera, Persona O.A. will be a “support app” containing news and updates about the series as well as a built-in exploration game. It’s not yet clear if the app will head west. From the rough translation, it looks like fans will be able to explore the Mementos palace from Persona 5, earning items and “Persona Points” to summon more characters  in the Velvet Room. “Conversation events” will also occur, where a character from the game will appear and provide dialogue if you engage and attempt…

February 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Netherrealm has built a reputation for including some wild guest characters in its fighting games, but perhaps none has been as unexpected as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crashing the party in Injustice 2. While it may initially seem strange to see Leonardo clashing with Superman, or Donatello in a gadget battle with Batman, Netherrealm has done an exceptional job with fine tuning the Turtles to make each one of them feel unique, yet familiar, and all the while fitting in with the rest of Injustice 2’s super powered roster. (Read the full Injustice 2 review.) The most important thing…

February 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

A “significant number of staff” has been laid off at Mafia III developer Hangar 13. 2K confirmed the layoffs to IGN in the statement below: “2K can confirm that there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans. These reductions will not influence 2K’s ability to create and deliver its products that are currently in development. We never take these matters lightly, and are working with the affected employees to support them and explore potential opportunities throughout our organization.” Kotaku reports it was a “large proportion” of…