August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Sometimes video games feel like call and response: One developer makes a great game, and another team (or two… or five) create their own based on that idea but with key additions or refinements — new mechanical twists, a change in scope, or a story that feels like a natural fit for the concept. In this way, Phantom Doctrine responds to the call from Firaxis’ XCOM franchise. Using the basic tactical RPG/management sim structure and workings of XCOM 2 as a foundation, from its world map and management systems to specific actions like defensive “Overwatch” posturing, developer CreativeForge reshaped it…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

From Software’s Dark Souls Remastered will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch on October 19, 2018. Announced on Twitter, From Software has confirmed that the delayed Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered will be arriving in just a couple months. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture developer, The Chinese Room has been acquired by Sumo Group. The acquisition, reported by GamesIndustry.biz, comes after the UK studio had to lay off the majority of its staff last year during development of VR title So Let Us Melt. Sumo Group owns Sumo Digital, which is currently working on Crackdown 3 and Sonic Team Racing. Sumo Digital managing director, Paul Porter, has said the purchase of the studio will give the team an opportunity to “Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

An unopened box of pristine condition 20 year-old Pokemon booster packs was recently auctioned off for $56,000 USD (approximately £40,000 / $94,500 AUD). The cards are one of a limited run of the first edition English base set booster boxes, reports Kotaku AU. With an opening bid of $20,000, the offers soon escalated, in no small part due to the fact that there’s a fair chance it might contain a first edition holographic Charizard, which Kotaku AU reports sold for over $55,000 USD on eBay last year. The pristine condition box sold via Huggins & Scott Auctions last week after 82 bids were made, and…

August 13, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Though we may get another tease or two in the weeks to come, the launch trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man is likely our last big look at the upcoming PS4 exclusive. And though it largely touches on scenes and themes we’ve seen before, could its structure be hinting at a much larger, playable role for one of its main supporting characters? Insomniac Games revealed Miles Morales would appear in its Spider-Man adventure back at E3 2017, with a quick tease of Peter Parker-as-Spidey swinging over his head. But since then, we’ve gotten even more Miles. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

August 13, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Ion Hazzikostas, the current game director for World of Warcraft, is set to give the opening “Storytime” keynote speech at PAX West 2018, which will take place in the Washington State Convention Center between August 31 and September 3. Though Hazzikostas joined Blizzard in 2008 to design raid encounters, balance classes and maintain the game’s achievement system for Wrath of the Lich King, he officially became WoW’s game director in 2016. This keynote will come after WoW’s newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is released on August 14. “There really are two worlds – one before World of Warcraft, and one…

August 13, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The massive rift in Fortnite’s sky is starting to shrink and will continue to disappear over the next week. An update released this past Saturday started the closure of the rift where small sections began to vanish every day. According to leaker @FNBRLeaks, the rift will completely disappear on August 21. During Season 4, the impressive rocket launch event took place during the season’s ninth week and ultimately created the giant rift we see today. Teases for the event like the skulls appearing on TV screens and the rocket holograms began appearing during the season’s seventh week. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

August 13, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

It’s been five long years since we first hopped aboard Edward Kenway’s Jackdaw in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and aside from the arctic reskin we saw in Assassin’s Creed Rogue, seafaring hasn’t made many appearances in the franchise since.  While the few tastes of naval combat we got in Origins definitely whet our appetites for war on the open ocean, Ubisoft Quebec is serving up a fully-overhauled version of the beloved combat and travel system in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. “We felt like it was a good time to bring back something that fans were really happy with in past Assassin’s…

August 13, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The early 2010’s were not great for Electronic Arts. After a series of lawsuits over the rights of student athletes to be compensated for their likeness being used in merchandise, EA lost the license to NCAA branding and decided to discontinue the NCAA Football game series for at least the near future. “I will never forget the day that I had to stand in front of the Tiburon studio and break the news that we were going to stop building our college football games,” EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber said. “I kind of felt like we ripped the…