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World of Warcraft Getting Some New Faces-- Literally

IGN.com - 3 hours 23 min ago

Soon, the familiar faces in World of Warcraft will be a thing of the past. No, Blizzard isn't radically altering the look of its gold-standard MMO, but instead it's bringing characters' faces inline with more modern graphical techniques.

It's no easy task, however. According to the latest edition of Artcraft, the low-polygon heads and texture overlays meant things like facial expressions were simply "painted on" the texture. Blizzard points to a sneering Dwarf lip as an example. Before, it was just a simple addition of a sneering lip texture over the relatively flat character model, but with the new facial customization system in place coming with World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, a sneer means adjusting the model to pose a sneer, adding the appropriate textures, then meshing "that base pose with all of the existing emotes and animations."

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Agility and Control Trailer

IGN.com - 3 hours 38 min ago
Players are more realistic and new ball physics make all shots and deflections accurate.
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Gearbox Fights the Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit

IGN.com - 3 hours 58 min ago

Gearbox Software is fighting against a lawsuit with SEGA, which claimed Gearbox funneled money for Aliens: Colonial Marines into other projects. Documents obtained by Polygon detail the ongoing drama's next steps.

Last year, plaintiff Damion Perrine filed a class action lawsuit against Gearbox and SEGA, saying that the pair "falsely advertised Aliens by showing demos at trade shows like PAX and E3 which didn't end up being accurate representations of the final product." According to the lawsuit, Gearbox and SEGA "never told anyone—consumers, industry critics, reviewers, or reporters—that their 'actual gameplay' demonstration advertising campaign bore little resemblance to the retail product that would eventually be sold to a large community of unwitting purchasers." At the time, Gearbox told us that the lawsuit was "beyond meritless" and "frivolous."

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Titanfall: Frontier's Edge Now Available

IGN.com - 5 hours 9 min ago
Dig Site, Export, and Haven are the latest maps now available in the new Titanfall DLC pack.
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Free-to-Play MOBA Chaos Heroes Online Announced

IGN.com - 5 hours 20 min ago

Chaos Heroes Online has been revealed by publisher Aeria Games.

Attempting to follow in the tradition of classic MOBA games, Chaos Heroes Online is meant to be a descendant of the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) mod from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and is derived from South Korea's Dota: Chaos custom map.

Along with new heroes and map mechanics, the game will allow players to instantly purchase and re-equip items while on the battlefield, meaning there's no need to head back to your base for equipment or consumables. Additionally, Chaos Heroes matches will start quickly, and the game won't make it clear who is winning in order to encourage players to rely on their skills.

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Martial Arts MOBA King of Wushu Coming to Xbox One

IGN.com - 5 hours 34 min ago

Snail Games, one of China’s biggest developers, has announced that it will be bringing its martial arts MOBA King of Wushu to Xbox One.

The game, which was previously announced for PC, is a sequel to Age of Wushu. It's martial arts oriented, and will take place in ancient China during a time of upheaval after the death of an emperor.

The battle arena will feature five-against-five matches, with the traditional formula of defending your home base while attempting to destroy your opponent’s. There will be six playable characters, and the world will be entirely 3D.

What makes it unique from other MOBAs is its third-person view and use of an action combat system, which allows players to dodge, jump, and use attack combos.

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Developer Diary Part Two

IGN.com - 5 hours 38 min ago
Travel deeper into the real Nepal to see how the treacherous location inspired Far Cry 4.
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IGN Plays The Crew - New Orleans to Miami

IGN.com - 5 hours 40 min ago
IGN's Jose Otero joins JR for the second half of a cross-country road trip in the closed beta for The Crew, heading from Dallas, TX through the bayous outside New Orleans, LA and finally ending up in Miami, FL.
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Gameplay Trailer

IGN.com - 6 hours 6 min ago
The third-person martial arts MOBA is coming to Xbox One and PC.
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Lionhead and EA Veterans Announce Multiplayer Sandbox Oort Online

IGN.com - 6 hours 7 min ago

UK-based studio Wonderstruck, whose employee lineup features many veterans of companies such as Lionhead and EA, has announced that its next project Oort Online is now available for early access and pre-order.

Oort Online is an ambitious voxel-based multiplayer sandbox that will have players visiting different planets, each with unique appearances, resources, and player creations. You'll be able to choose what sort of life you lead on Oort, whether it's that of a temple-raiding explorer or a shrewd trader, and craft tools and weapons for your chosen path.

The team hopes that Oort will become a "second home" for its players, and is running a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of making that dream a reality. Instead of going the usual Kickstarter route, Oort Online can be backed via its website, allowing backers to select from various reward tiers. The lowest paid tier entitles you to a game key upon launch for $15, though if you're really keen, you could pay anywhere from $95 to a whopping $5000 for instant pre-alpha access.

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Play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn For Free

IGN.com - 6 hours 10 min ago

For those wanting to try Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, now is your chance. Square Enix is launching a free trial, starting today.

PC players can try the fantasy MMORPG for free for 14 days. The trial allows game play up to level 20 with some limitations on in-game activities. To play, you'll need to download the trial software and create a free trial account. You can access the free trial via Square Enix's site.

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn is a beautiful and fun, subscription-based MMORPG. We gave it an 8.6 in our review.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Nemesis DLC Release Date Announced

IGN.com - 6 hours 19 min ago

Developer Infinity Ward announced today that the fourth and final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is incoming.

Titled Nemesis, the pack includes four new multiplayer maps and the final chapter in the story-driven Extinction saga.

The first of the maps, Goldrush, takes place in an abandoned gold mine and contains two roving mine carts, giving players a fast-travel option to traverse the environment. Completion of the map's field order will call in a pack of wolves to take out other players.

Subzero is set on a mysteriously abandoned Canadian submarine base. This medium-sized map features a unique kill streak that calls in a blizzard seemingly occupied by angry and vengeful spirits.

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Daily Deals: Tomb Raider, Sin City, PC Peripherals, Last Day for Games with Dell Gift Cards

IGN.com - 6 hours 36 min ago

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition $30

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Yesterday Lara took a tumble down to $30 on PS4, and today the Xbox One version followed suit. If you haven't played this yet, or if you played it on last-gen and couldn't stomach a full price upgrade, now's your chance.

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Batman: Arkham Knight's Red Hood DLC - Podcast Beyond

IGN.com - 6 hours 55 min ago
The crew of Beyond discusses the newly announced Red Hood DLC for Rocksteady Studios' highly anticipated Batman title.
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Tech Trailer

IGN.com - 7 hours 2 min ago
See how weather, bloom, particles, reflections, god rays, and more come together to create a beautiful world.
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How Riot Games is Making MOBA Communities Better - IGN Arena Podcast

IGN.com - 7 hours 5 min ago
Find out why we're okay with Riot Games issuing harsh punishments to those who mouth off in games.
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Announcement Trailer

IGN.com - 7 hours 5 min ago
Explore, fight, survive, build, and craft through connected world in this voxel-based MMO.
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Nemesis DLC Pack Preview

IGN.com - 7 hours 16 min ago
The final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts includes new maps Goldrush, Subzero, Dynasty, and Showtime and the end of the Extinction saga.
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Announcement Trailer

IGN.com - 7 hours 30 min ago
In this challenging MOBA you can buy items from anywhere to unleash havoc on your opponents.
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SteelSeries Reveals World of Warcraft Siberia Elite Headset

IGN.com - 7 hours 32 min ago

Gaming peripherals company SteelSeries has revealed its World of Warcraft edition headset.

The headset is a rune-dotted take on SteelSeries' Siberia design. It uses Dolby audio technologies for a surround-sound experience, and users can tweak their own equaliser settings, microphone functionality, and more.

The decorative runes on the earcups are also customisable, allowing gamers to change their colours as well as choose options such as a pulsating glow, or dynamic lighting based on in-game actions.

SteelSeries CTO Tino Soelberg describes the headset as a "complement to Blizzard's upcoming Warlords of Draenor" expansion. A release date hasn't been announced for this WoW headset yet, but it's available for preorder on the SteelSeries website for $220 USD.

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