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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.