Trine series sells 7 million copies, Frozenbyte releases user-creation tools

Frozenbyte's Trine puzzle-platforming adventure series has done rather well for itself.

Frozenbyte, the developers behind the Trine series has announced that the series has been selling rather well.

Between Trine and Trine 2 the series has managed to sell over 7 million copies world wide across the Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 which is not a bad achievement especially for indie titles.

To celebrate the occasion Frozenbyte has released user-creation tools so that PC gamers can go on and start modding their own Trine levels and perhaps even create their own entire adventures. Trine series sells 7 million copies, Frozenbyte releases user-creation tools

Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvarinen said, "Opening up the games to user-generated content is something we've wanted to do for a long time, and we're thrilled to see what people can come up with using the editors."

Trine: Enchanted Edition has also just launched on PC and will be coming to the PS4 and Wii U in the future too. Trine 2: Complete Edition is already available on PC, PS4 and Wii U.

Thanks MCV.

Lots of teary-eyed gamers as more Star Wars: Battlefront 3 gameplay footage leaks out

Watch gameplay footage of the Star Wars: Battlefront sequel that never was.

A large chunk of pre-alpha gameplay footage for canned title Star Wars: Battlefront 3 has appeared on the internet.

The story of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is a long and sad one that eventually led to the downfall off developer Free Radical when LucasArts decided to can the game. The latest footage is still pretty rough but shows around 30 minutes of gameplay across two separate videos from the Xbox 360 version of the game.

The series had won a special place in many gamers' hearts with its impressive brand of Star Wars-themed online multiplayer mayhem and Free Radical's struggle to get the game published is well-documented.

EA DICE is currently working on reviving the series which seems apt given that Battlefront was inspired by their early Battlefield titles. Both videos are included here for your teary-eyed enjoyment. Part one is at the top of the article and part two is just above here.

Thanks Polygon.

Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft Toronto to pursue new opportunities

Ubisoft star developer Jade Raymond leaves after 10 years with the company.

Jade Raymond, head of Ubisoft Toronto has announced that she is to leave the studio that she helped found.

The announcement brings to an end an illustrious ten-year career with Ubisoft that included producing Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs as well as founding Ubisoft Toronto back in 2009.

Raymond explained, "I've spent ten extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games." Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft Toronto to pursue new opportunities

"This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path,” she went on. “I'm confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what's next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours."

She will be replaced by Ubisoft's Alexandre Parizeau.

Thanks Kotaku.

Crytek has managed to scoop a presitgious design award in Germany for Ryse: Son Of Rome.

The German developer has ahad a pretty rough year so far with financial problems causing some major restructuring and the sale of the Homefront IP including Homefront: The Revolution to Deep Silver.

There has been a silver lining as they have managed to win the Best Game Design award at the annual Animago Awards ceremony in Potsdam Germany.

Ryse: Rome Of Rome has recently been released on the PC with full support for 4K visuals.

Activision releases the launch trailer for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare a little early

Activision gives a nice early look at the Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer.

Activision has released the launch trailer for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare a little earlier than usual.

As you'd expect, the trailer shows Sledgehammer's take on the Call Of Duty brand of action which gets a pace boost courtesy of their new Exo powered suits.

The trailer comes with a reminder that pre-orders will come with access to the game 24 hours before the official release. It also reminds that PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers who buy the game on PSN or Xbox Live will be able to upgrade to the PS4 or Xbox One version respectively (no cross-platform upgrades) for free.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 11th.

Rockstar won't be holding a beta for GTA Online on the PC

After the PS3 and Xbox 360 GTA Online launch problems are they sure no beta is a good idea?

Rockstar has stated emphatically that there will be no GTA Online beta on the PC.

In a message meant to warn against phishing scams that will likely arise as the launch of the PC and next-gen console versions eek ever closer they stated that there would be no pre-release beta.

“Please note: there is no pre-release ‘beta’ test for Grand Theft Auto 5,” the developer stated. “If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam”. Rockstar won't be holding a beta for GTA Online on the PC

GTA V will launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on November the 18th with PC gamers having to wait until January the 27th to get their hands on it.

Thanks Load The Game.

UK to toughen up laws on internet harassment

British Parliament to raise the maximum sentence for internet harassment to 2 years.

The British government is considering toughening up their laws on internet harassment.

Under current law those found guilty of abusing and harassing another person on the internet could face up to six months in jail for their trouble. New measure suggested by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling could see that maximum sentence extended to two years as well as the ability for magistrates to pass more serious cases on to crown courts.

As well as increasing the possible punishments for harassment and abuse over the internet the measures would also afford the police more time to gather evidence in such cases. The changes would be introduced as an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently passing through the British Parliament at the moment. UK to toughen up laws on internet harassment

The measures were proposed after a series of high-profile attacks including one on TV presenter Chloe Madeley, daughter of famous presenter couple Richard and Judy.

Madeley received a series of rape threats after she defended comments made by her mother Judy Finnigan on Twitter speaking out against the rape committed by professional footballer Ched Evans.

Grayling stated, "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence."

Why does this qualify as gaming news? Well, since August there have been a series of increasingly sickening internet attacks on women in the games industry incuding Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu (Twitter abuse pictured above) and culminating in the threats of the worst school shooting in US history made to Utah State University if they allowed a scheduled lecture hosted by feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian went ahead. UK to toughen up laws on internet harassment

The talk was cancelled due to Utah's open gun laws permitting those with the appropriate permits to carry a concealed weapon meaning the security of teh evnt could not be guaranteed.

Thanks BBC.

Square Enix has announced the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn due to be released next year.

Heavensward will bring in new towns and areas including the new city of Ishgard, new races, new jobs and the mandatory raise in the level cap.

More information on Heavensward will be released at the new European fan festival event to be held at London's Tobacco Dock next Saturday, October the 25th. Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward expansion announced for release next year, first screenshots released

Tickets are sold out but they will be hosting an official Livestream of the event. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be released on PC, PS4 and PS3 in the spring of next year. Click on the image above to see the first gallery of screenshots and artwork. 

Driveclub issues persist as players report trouble downloading the latest patch

Sadly it looks like the issues with Driveclub will continue into the weekend.

Even though Evolution are working hard to fix Driveclub it looks like the game's issues are continuing.

Numerous players are now reporting having troubles downloading the latest patch. Evolution posted an update yesterday on the Driveclub Twitter account saying , “Lots of reports from players having to retry the 1.04 download over & over for it to be successful. Keep retrying. PSN team is investigating”.

Speaking on the Driveclub Facebook page they promised that they are continually working to improve the game's servers on an hourly basis. They wrote, “More servers and new upgrades are still coming online hour-by-hour, so we expect improvements to server connectivity and reliability for everyone. We will be bringing Face-offs back into play soon.” Driveclub issues persist as players report trouble downloading the latest patch

The Facebook update also promised that the PS Plus edition of Driveclub is still on its way and will be released as soon as possible.

Thanks Game Informer.

New featurette release talking about faithfully recreating the artwork from The Legend Of Korra in the new game

The Legend Of Korra's artists talk about recreating the TV show's style in Platinum Games upcoming title.

Activision and Nickelodeon have released a new featurette that looks at how Platinum Games and Titmouse have been working to recreate the art from The Legend Of Korra in the upcoming game.

Recreating artwork faithfully has been proven highly important this year already with Obsidian working closely with South Park Studios to bring the art style of the cartoon to life in The Stick Of Truth.

The new featurette sits down at Titmouse with the artists that draw the TV show on a regular basis and examines their role in recreating that art style digitally.

The Legend Of Korra will be released on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on October the 22nd.

Sony details PS4 update 2.00, Music player is among the highlights

Sony highlights what they'll be adding to the PS4 along with Share Play and YouTube support.

Sony has announced details of the big autumn firmware update for the PS4.

While they've already announced that update 2.00 will bring some of the big features that have been missing from the PS4 so far like Share Play, YouTube support for the game DVR and Themes. Alongside that the PS4 will be getting some other handy features.

These include a new USB Music Player to allow PS4 users to play music off USB storage devices, enhancements to live broadcasting, a friend finder, a new content area and library, enhanced voice commands and the ability to add PS Plus free games to your library without downloading them. Sony details PS4 update 2.00, Music player is among the highlights

They've posted more details on the additional features coming in with the PS4 update 2.00 on the PlayStation Blog.

Runefest 2014 Runescape's most successful fanfest yet

Jagex hosts another impressive Runefest event this year.

Jagex has announced that Runefest 2014 has been their most successful Runescape community gathering yet.

Fans travelled from as far afield as the US and Australia to spend the day at the Tobacco Dock in London to see the unveiling of Chronicle: Runescape Legends and attend presentations on the future of the game, Q&A sessions with the games devs, cosplay competition and a host of other attractions.

The event was also watched online via two official Twitch streams which reached a peak of 16,000 concurrent viewers. The event's Twitter hashtag was used over 2000 times reaching over 1.7 million people. Runefest 2014 Runescape's most successful fanfest yet

Community and events director at Jagex, Jane Ryan said, "RuneFest has been building in scope and scale since the inaugural event in 2010, so we’re thrilled that this year we delivered the biggest and most successful RuneScape fan convention yet! In addition to the fantastic reception we received from our fans at the Tobacco Dock itself, it was great to see that many thousands more took part online through Twitch, Twitter, and other social media channels."

Project CARS delayed into 2015 to push it out of the busy Christmas release schedule

Slightly Mad Studios are welcomingly honest about Project CARS' delay.

Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios have announced that they will be delaying the release of Project CARS for a duo of very practical reasons.

Naturally one of them is that Slightly Mad want a bit mnore time to add a bit of polish no doubt after seeing the torrid time Driveclub has had since launch. The second reason is that it was originally due to launch in November, a month that is now looking terrifyingly crowded with two Assassin's Creed games, Far Cry 4, The Crew, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Dragon Age: Inquisition all due to release in the space of two weeks in that month.

“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience” said Slightly Mad boss, Ian Bell. “Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.” Project CARS delayed into 2015 to push it out of the busy Christmas release schedule

Project CARS will now pull up to the starting grid on March the 20th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A Wii U version is also due to be released some time in 2015.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection needs a 20 GB day one update because 343 filled up the 45GB game disc

343 unable to cut corners to squeeze all of The Master Chief Collection's content on the disc.

Microsoft has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold meaning that it's on target for its release date.

They also revealed that it will receive a hefty 20GB content update on day one because 343 Industries has packed the game disc full to its 45GB limit.

“You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update,” said 343's Dan Ayoub. “Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to optimise the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection needs a 20 GB day one update because 343 filled up the 45GB game disc

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now on target to arrive exclusively for the Xbox One on November the 11th. It will arrive in Belgium on November 12th and France on November 14th due to national holidays.

SEGA announces the Fox Company pre-order bonus for Company Of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

Pre-order bonus gives Company Of Heroes 2 fans another tactical option with Ardennes Assault.

SEGA has announced the details of what bonuses strategy fans can expect for pre-ordering the Company Of Heroes 2 standalone expansion Ardennes Assault.

Those who pre-order the game will get the Fox Company downloadable content. It includes a company of US Rangers led by Captain Monte Durante adding another tactical option for players. It also includes a unique mission and company reports as well.

Relic's Alex Price said, “We are really excited to offer such a substantial piece of content to those who pre-order! There are a huge amount of playthrough options for Ardennes Assault already, but the inclusion of Fox Company adds even more variety to the game.”

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault will launch on PC on November the 18th. Company of Heroes 2 is available as part of this weekend's massive free weekend to play and is discounted by 75 percent for those that enjoy playing it over the weekend.

Tim Schafer has finally finished writing Broken Age Act 2

The second part of Double Fine's record-setting Kickstarter game, Broken Age, edges closer to completion.

Double Fine has announced to backers that the second part of Broken Age is edging ever closer to completion.

The main reason for the big announcement is that Tim Schafer has finally finished writing the second act of their record-setting Kickstarter game.

With writing duties finished, more music has been written and recorded for the new cutscenes and they're hard at work recording the final voice-acting as well as playtesting what has been built so far. Tim Schafer has finally finished writing Broken Age Act 2

On the subject of a release date the studio said, “The topic of a ship date is still one that’s ongoing at the studio, but now that we have the final writing we’re able to put together a much clearer plan for the remainder of development and are in the process of doing so. Until then, everyone is hammering away on the game and working to get it in your hands as soon as possible. Ultimately we’re going to give the game the time it needs to be something truly special, and we really appreciate your patience while we do so.”

Pachter reckons GTA V won't sell all that well on next-gen consoles, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare should do well though

Industry analyst gives modest expectations for GTA V and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Outspoken games industry analyst Michael Pachter has been giving his ideas of how some of this year's big releases will perform including the next-gen GTA V and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Pachter expects the next-gen sales of GTA V to be significantly lower than the sales on PS3 and Xbox 360 although, to be completely fair the install base of next-gen machines is probably no higher than 20 million units combined between the PS4 and Xbox One.

He also expects Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare to sell better than Call Of Duty: Ghosts. The main reason for this is the lack of direct competition after Battlefield: Hardline was delayed into 2015 as well as early access for those that pre-order.  Pachter reckons GTA V won't sell all that well on next-gen consoles, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare should do well though

Pachter explained, "We expect an increase in Call of Duty sales this year. [This is] due to the free upgrade feature, Day Zero access and less competition – EA’s Battlefield Hardline launches in the March 2015 quarter, and sales of Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen consoles should pale in comparison to sales of the current-gen version of the game last year) – and likely improved review scores driven by a three-year development, up from two-year development cycles for previous iterations."

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will hit PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 11th. GTA V will hit PS4 and Xbox One a week later on November the 18th. Both are worldwide launches.

Thanks VideoGamer.

Warner Bros releases new photograph mode for Shadow Of Mordor

Shadow Of Mordor players get a new way to share their experiences with the world.

Warner Bros has released a new photograph mode for Shadow Of Mordor in the game's latest update on next-gen consoles.

The new Photo Mode allows players to capture their and share their exploits as they terrorize the orc denizens that populate the region of Mordor just inside the Black Gate.

Thanks to the game's Nemesis System every player's experience of the game is different and their tussles with the enemy are the most personal ones that have ever been created in a game. Warner Bros releases new photograph mode for Shadow Of Mordor

The Photo Mode is available now as an update on the PS4 and Xbox One and is headed to the PC version very soon. The game is due to hit the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November the 18th in North America and November the 21st in Europe.

Cameron Lee, producer on Dragon Age: Inquisition has been talking about the volume of content that they have built for the game.

Lee has indicated that there's between 150 and 200 hours of total gameplay content giving players plenty to do when they return to Ferelden later this year. He intimated that the story is between 20 and 40 hours of gameplay on the main campaign and everything else is a bonus.

Lee began, "We want to give our players a real world to explore - we want to give them a BioWare story. A really vast, epic BioWare story. That's what we do, and it normally takes 20 to 40 hours anyway to tell the story we want to tell." BioWare offering a 20-40 hour story for Dragon Age: Inquisition, up to 200 hours of content in total

"People could burn through it and just do the main path, but we wanted to have a world that's fully immersive and well-defined for you to explore, discover and get involved in,” he went on. “We want you to see you decision have an impact and take shape in the world. We're just making more. More and more and more. And it's all entirely up to the player. It's your world, your game."

Dragon Age: Inquisition is due to be released on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 18th in North America and November the 21st in Europe.

Thanks Polygon.

New iPad Air and iPad Mini to launch next week

Two new iPads are coming your way next week.

Apple has announced two new models of iPad which will hit stores next week.

The iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than the previous model and boasts a processor that is 40 percent faster and has 180 times the graphics processing power of the original iPad. It also comes complete with an anti-reflective coating, a new 1080p 8MP iSight camera, a ten-hour battery life and a minimum of 16GB storage.

The iPad Mini 3 will include a 1080p 5MP iSight camera and a 7.9-inch Retina display and models will start with at least 16GB of storage space. New iPad Air and iPad Mini to launch next week

Both models are available to preorder and will launch next week. The iPad Air 2 starts at 499 USD for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and the iPad Mini 3 will start at 399 USD again fro the 16GB Wi-Fi model. There's also price cuts for the iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2 as well (see the image above).

Thanks Polygon.

Far Cry 4 devs aiming for 1080p on both PS4 and Xbox One

Looks like 1080p is the goal for Far Cry 4 devs.

The resolution question has still not been put to bed and Far Cry 4 has become the latest Ubisoft title to attempt to answer it.

Following the storm surrounding Ubisoft's decision to lock a recent preview build of Assassin's Creed: Unity to 900p at 30fps on both PS4 and Xbox One Far Cry 4's devs have been asked if the game will hit 1080p on either console.

After a few questions on the resolution of Far Cry 4 on Twitter Ubisoft responded saying, “We have not locked the resolution as yet but, as Alex Hutchinson notes, we are aiming for 1080p on all platforms, including PC...” Far Cry 4 devs aiming for 1080p on both PS4 and Xbox One

That probably means that there'll be no 4K support for PC gamers at launch but it does look like good news for next-gen console gamers.

Far Cry 4 will be released on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 28th in North America and November 21st in Europe.  Click on the image to view a full gallery of screenshots.

Thanks Attack Of The Fanboy.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 release date appears, Capcom calls it a “placeholder”

PS Store indicates that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 could release in February. Capcom denies it.

A release date for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has appeared on the PlayStation Store indicating a February release.

The PlayStation Store entry for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Complete Season indicated that it would be released on February the 9th of next year.

Capcom has immediately moved to respond to the news saying on Twitter that it was just a “placeholder” date. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 release date appears, Capcom calls it a “placeholder”

They wrote on the official Resident Evil Twitter, “PSA: That release date you're seeing for Revelations 2 is just a placeholder! The true date is still unconfirmed.”

Thanks Arcade Sushi.

Latest Xbox One update begins rolling out from today

New TV and Snap features begin hitting the Xbox One from today.

Microsoft has announced that they have begun rolling out the latest Xbox One update from today.

The latest update includes the new Snap Centre feature which can be accessed by double-clicking the Xbox button. This brings up a range of options to control the Snap features.

There's also a new Friends section that shows what's going on with your friends on Xbox Live including what they're playing anda handy Leaderboard for everyone's Gamerscore.

There's also a few more smaller features coming in like support for DLNA and MKV support for the Media Player app, improved support for SmartGlass and more Live TV features including service roll-outs in 11 more regions. A full features list is available over on the Xbox Newswire.

The Witcher 3 to open up The Golden Joystick Awards with the game's opening cinematic

The Witcher 3's opening cinematic getting premiered at the Golden Joysticks.

CD Projekt Red has announced that the opening cinematic for The Witcher 3 will be opening up this year's Golden Joystick Awards ceremony.

The cinematic trailer will introduce some of the game's main story as it follows Geralt of Rivia down The Trail. The Witcher 3 is nominated in the Most Wanted category for this year's awards.

The Golden Joystick Awards are due to take place on October the 24th at 15.45pm BST and voting is still open across all categories. The Witcher 3 to open up The Golden Joystick Awards with the game's opening cinematic

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on February the 24th, 2015.

Talk of revisiting Far Cry 3's characters and location in Far Cry 4 lasted about 4 days says Dan Hay

"We realized that it wasn’t going to be a thing that we wanted to do," said Dan Hay on returning to Far Cry 3's location and characters for Far Cry 4.

Executive producer of Far Cry 4 Dan Hay has been discussing their choice to take the series somewhere new for the latest title.

Hay revealed that there was discussion on bringing Far Cry 4 back to the tropical locales of Far Cry 3 and even revisiting the games characters especially villain Vaas Montenegro but ultimately they decided against it.

“We definitely had the option of making a 3.5, of making a choice to just stay in the same location with the same characters. We talked about the idea of taking Jason’s story and growing it, maybe figuring out a way to bring Vaas back,” Hay explained. “And very quickly we realized that it wasn’t going to be a thing that we wanted to do. So we stopped that conversation and said, that’s the end of the 3.5 conversation – which lasted probably about four days.” Talk of revisiting Far Cry 3's characters and location in Far Cry 4 lasted about 4 days says Dan Hay

Far Cry 4 is due to hit PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 18th in North America and Europe on November the 21st.

Thanks Load The Game. http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/10/15/ubisoft-considered-bringing-vaas-back-before-far-cry-4/