Dark Souls 2 could see a fourth pack of DLC released

Steam database entry points to more DLC for Dark Souls 2.

It looks like From Software could have a fourth pack of downloadable content on the way for Dark Souls 2.

Eagle-eyed Redditors have spotted a Steam database update that mentions “testdlc4” in relation to Dark Souls 2.

The Season Pass DLC was originally billed as a trilogy and the arrival last month of the final part, the Crown Of The Ivory King, doesn't preclude From Software form launching more DLC for the game. Dark Souls 2 could see a fourth pack of DLC released

Other Reddit users have previously noted that Dark Souls 2 has more DLC events on the way with content possibly coming for the game in November, December and early in 2015.

Thanks MCV.

Far Cry 4 is all about player choice, has five endings

Ubisoft promises a more personalized journey in Far Cry 4.

Ubisoft's Alex Hutchinson has been talking about Far Cry 4 and how they've worked to make it its own game distinct from its predecessors.

A major part of this is that Far Cry 4 is all about player choice. Hutchinson emphasized that unlike Jason Brody player character Ajay Ghale is just a starting point and how the game's story pans out is dependent on the choices the player makes during the game.

“Far Cry 4 is much more focused on the player and allowing you to solve problems and make choices that feel right to you, so there is much less of a traditional hero’s journey,” Hutchinson explained. “We’ve brought back the crafting and skill systems from Far Cry 3 with many improvements, and we’ve applied these to the story as well: Ajay is your introduction to the world, but the choices he makes are up to you as a player.” Far Cry 4 is all about player choice, has five endings

This goes all the way to the ending as Hutchinson later revealed. He said, “There are five endings to the game depending on various factors, but it’s up to you to discover them!”

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

Thanks IGN India.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC system specifications announced

Sledgehammer's first Call Of Duty title looks to be kind on PC hardware.

Activision has announced the details of both the minimum and recommended system specifications for the PC version of Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

It looks like Sledgehammer's first Call Of Duty title will be fairly easy on PC hardware with the notable exception that the minimum RAM requirement is 6GB.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC system specifications announced

The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • CPU: An Intel i3-530 2.93 GHz or and AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 6GB
  • OS: Windows 7 or 8 64-bit
  • GPU: A Nvidia GeForce 450 GTS or an AMD Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of VRAM
  • DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB free space

The recommended specifications are as follows:

  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 760 GTX with 4GB of VRAM

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

Thanks CVG.

Driveclub developers Evolution has announced that they have added more multiplayer events to their stricken racer as they work to improve the game's server issues.

In a new post on the game's Facebook page Evolution emphasized that their server improvements are taking time but they are doing everything that they can in order to ensure that they can get the full Driveclub online experience as soon as possible.

They wrote, “As more servers come online and regular server updates are rolling out we are steadily improving connectivity for everybody. Evolution adds more multiplayer events to Driveclub as they continue to work on the game's server issues

“Improving server performance is taking time, which is frustrating for all of us, but please understand that we are doing everything we can to get all aspects of online play up and running smoothly as quickly as possible.”

They went on, “We've also made changes today in Multiplayer to ensure that there are more events available to you, and that you have more variety when you choose to race with and against other drivers online.”

“We will keep you up to date as we improve server performance for all aspects of online play,” they rounded off. “Thank you again for your support while this work continues.”

Rockstar has announced that they will be holding a special event in GTA Online to celebrate the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas.

The event will run from tomorrow (October 24th) until October the 26th with a special San Andreas Throwback Jobs playlist and four special San Andreas radio station t-shirts available to buy in-game as well as discounts on all green clothing, bandanas, BMX bikes, vehicle suspension and mods and more.

The event will reward players with double GTA$ and RP for playing the San Andreas Throback Jobs playlist.

There's also a #GTASanAndreas Snapmatic photo contenst with five packs up for grabs containing a San Andreas themed Basketball, Bandana, special 10th Anniversary tees, Playing Cards & Poker Chips, the Kubrick Box Set, and stickers. To enter just tag your best photos with the #GTASanAndreas hashtag on the Social Club.

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round gets a release date

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round coming to consoles next year including a cut down Core Fighters version.

Tecmo Koei has announced a release date for the definitive version of their latest brawler Dead Or Alive 5.

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round features improved visuals and an expanded range of character and costume customisation. Any story progress and additional unlocks from Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate will also be carried over on last-gen consoles.

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round will also be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. Tecmo Koei have built a stripped-down version of the game featuring four fighters – Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ryu - called Core Fighters which will be available for free on PS4 and for a small fee on Xbox One.

The small fee on the Xbox One will add a further four characters – Hitomi, Tina, Jann Lee and Bass. PS4 gamers will be able to add individual characters via microtransactions.

Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round will be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 in North America on February the 17th and in Europe on February the 20th.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Unfinished Swan to hit the PS4 and PS Vita next week

Giant Sparrow's curious PS3 hit wanders onto the PS4 and PS VIta.

Sony has announced a release date for the PS4 and PS Vita versions of Giant Sparrow's The Unfinished Swan.

The indie darling title has been nicely remastered for its PS4 release and now runs in super-sharp 1080p. It is also a Cross-Buy title so those that picked it up for the PS3 will get the PS4 and PS Vita versions for free. The Unfinished Swan follows a young boy as he explores an unfinished kingdom.

Players must splash paint around the place to reveal what the kingdom looks like so he can find the swan he has bee following. Unfinished Swan to hit the PS4 and PS Vita next week

The Unfinished Swan will arrive on PS4 and PS Vita on October the 28th in North America and October 29th in Europe priced at 9.99GBP/12.99 EUR/14.99 USD. Click on the image above to see a gallery of new screenshots from the game.

Gamersgate.com CEO emphasizes that they have nothing to do with #Gamergate

Digital download platform receiving misguided abuse over #Gamergate.

The CEO of digital distribution platform Gamersgate.com has been forced to point out that they are not affitiated or connected to #Gamergate in any way shape or form.

Gamersgate's Theodore Bergqvist has released a statement strongly underlining that they have no connection to the movement which has currently riven the gaming community in two as some people have mistakenly connected the two together and bombarded the company with abuse.

The statement read, “Announcement: GAMERSGATE.COM is NOT Gamergate! As many of you are aware of, recently there has been a fierce and infected discussion about sexism as well as journalistic ethics in the gaming industry. We’ve received threats and harsh words from around the world and want to make it clear for everyone that Gamersgate.com is not part of this controversy whatsoever. Gamersgate.com CEO emphasizes that they have nothing to do with #Gamergate

“Next year Gamersgate.com celebrate our 10th anniversary and since start we have been selling games for download,” Bergqvist added. “We are one of the original download platforms and we do our best to support gamers so that they can buy and download games to good prices. Anytime, anywhere.”

Thanks MCV.

Microsoft announces the feature list for the November Xbox One update

Lots of new personalisation options coming to Xbox One in the next update.

Microsoft has released a new video giving the highlights of what they have coming for Xbox One owners in the console's November update.

This update is heavily focused on personalisation and customisation of player profiles and of the Xbox One dash. Players will be able to set the background colour and even use unlocked achievement art.

Player profiles have been updated so that players can showcase their proudest gaming moments on their profile from achievements to GameDVR clips. Twitter linking is also coming in allowing players to share their GameDVR clips with their followers on Twitter.

The update will bring in a few other features like the What's On section to introduces some other activities for folks to do when they're not playing games.

EA Sports patches in some more missing features for the next-gen versions of NHL 15

A couple more features get added to NHL 15 on the PS4 and Xbox One.

EA Sports has released a new patch for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NHL 15 which adds some more features that were missing at launch.

The biggest addition in the new patch is five-on-five online multiplayer that offers players the chance to get a team together with each member locked at their favourite position.

In addition it brings in the brand new Rookie Draft feature for the Be A GM mode allowing NHL fans to draft their picks of this season's to enhance their chosen team. EA Sports patches in some more missing features for the next-gen versions of NHL 15

The patch also adds third jersey options for several NHL and lower league teams and a handful of gameplay tweaks including improvement for Ultimate Team and Be A Pro modes. Full patch details are available over on the EA Sports blog.

Blizzard begins rolling out a new patch for Starcraft II

Blizzard hasn't forgotten about Starcraft fans.

Starcraft II players might be feeling a little left out at the moments with most of this year's focus for Blizzard being on the Diablo and Warcraft universes but it doesn't mean that they've forgotten about their sci-fi RTS.

In fact, they've begun rolling out a new patch that should deal with a few issues for gamers who use Windows XP as well as some voice-chat problems. It also fixes the default visual settings for some Mac graphics cards.

It's a relatively small patch but it does show that Blizzard are still thinking about their sci-fi RTS fans. Blizzard begins rolling out a new patch for Starcraft II

BlizzCon 2014 is scheduled for the beginning of next month and hopefully Blizzard will have some more news on the final part of Starcraft II, Legacy Of The Void. More information on the patch is available on the Blizzard blog.

Thanks Attack Of The Fanboy.

Far Cry 4 Season Pass details announced

Ubisoft details what they have planned for Far Cry 4 in terms of DLC.

Ubisoft has announced details of what will be included in the downloadable content Season Pass for Far Cry 4.

The Season Pass includes three bits of mission DLC – Escape From Durgesh Prison, the Hurk Deluxe Pack and Valley Of The Yetis. It also includes the Overrun PvP multiplayer mode pack.

As a bonus it also includes the day one mission called The Syringe which sees players racing to prevent Pagan Min from getting his hands on a rare recipe to use against the rebellion. Far Cry 4 Season Pass details announced

Far Cry 4 will be released on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November the 18th in North America and November the 21st in Europe. The Far Cry 4 Season Pass will be available from launch for 29.99 USD.

More details are available over on the Ubiblog.

Shinji Mikami: I never use women as objects in my games

The Evil Within creator bemoans “ridiculous breast physics”.

Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami has spoken of his approach to using female characters in his games.

Mikami-san explained that while he's never consciously put more emphasis on women in his games he does work to avoid female characters as objects.

"I don't know if I've put more emphasis on women characters, but when I do introduce them, it is never as objects,” Mikami-san explained. “In some games, they will be peripheral characters with ridiculous breast physics. I avoid that sort of obvious eroticism.” Shinji Mikami: I never use women as objects in my games

He went on, "I also don't like female characters who are submissive to male characters, or to the situation they're in. I won't portray women in that way. I write women characters who discover their interdependence as the game progresses, or who already know they are independent but have that tested against a series of challenges."

Shinji Mikami's new game The Evil Within is out now on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Thanks The Guardian.

Microsoft has released the first trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced TV series Halo: Nightfall.

The trailer is part of the publicity for this year's Halo Fanfest. This consists of a load of special broadcasts on Xbox Live, Xbox.xom and Twitch in the build-up to the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One.

The event will include an exclusive first look at the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and the premiere of the very first episode of Halo: Nightfall.

Halo Fanfest 2014 runs from November the 8th to November the 10th and includes a Halo 5 tournament. It will culminate in the premiere of Halo: Nightfall at 8pm PST on November the 10th.

Silence – The Whispered World 2 announced for Xbox One

Xbox One version of The Whispered World 2 announced.

Daedalic Entertainment has announced that Silence – The Whispered World 2 will be coming to the Xbox One.

PC and Mac versions of the point-and-click adventure sequel have already been announced and the Xbox One version is due to arrive at the same time.

“Silence has always been a multi-platform project”, said Daedalic’s studio manager Steffen Boos. “From early on, we planned to release Silence – The Whispered World 2 on consoles as well, but we wanted to make absolutely certain the controls were tuned to each platform before announcing its console status.” Silence – The Whispered World 2 announced for Xbox One

Silence – The Whispered World 2 is due to be released on Mac, PC and Xbox One early on in 2015. Click on the image above for a gallery of the latest screenshots.

Titanfall to get its very own Horde mode called Frontier Defense

Respawn details a brand new gameplay mode coming to Titanfall in the next update.

Respawn has announced that they will be adding a new co-op multiplayer mode to Titanfall.

Frontier Defense mode is similar to Horde mode with players fending off waves of AI enemies of increasing difficulty. It will even introduces some new enemy types. The new mode will also be fully playable on all 24 of Titanfall's maps.

This is the first of three modes that Respawn will be adding to Titanfall over the enxt few months. The others are Marked For Death Pro and Deadly Ground which centres around players using their wall-running abilities to avoid a floor of electric smoke. Titanfall to get its very own Horde mode called Frontier Defense

Frontier Defense will come to Titanfall with |Content Update 8 which is due to drop soon.

Thanks Polygon.

John Riccitiello joins Unity as their new CEO

Former EA boss takes over running Unity from co-founder David Helgason.

Former EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as the new CEO of free game engine developer Unity.

Unity co-founder David Helgason has stepped back from the CEO role himself but will continue on as the executive vice president of strategy and communications. Riccitiello steps up to CEO from the place he took up on Unity's board of directors back in November of 2013.

Helgason said, "I'm so proud of everything Unity accomplished in the last decade but now it's time to look forward to an excellent future. Our mission is an important one, so I'm incredibly happy that John has agreed to lend his formidable experience to the role of CEO at Unity.” John Riccitiello joins Unity as their new CEO

He went on, "We've had the chance to work together over the last year-and-a-bit and come to recognise how similar our views are on the importance of the democratisation of development to a thriving developer ecosystem and healthy games industry. We're in great hands."

Thanks Develop Online.

Bungie explains their latest weapon balancing efforts in Destiny, promises more is coming

This is why Destiny's auto rifles and shotguns were nerfed by Bungie.

Bungie has taken steps to explain their reasoning behind the latest weapon balancing patch for Destiny.

The last patch played with the effectiveness of auto rifles, scout rifles and shotguns in order to better reflect what the weapons were designed to do. This meant reducing the effectiveness of auto rifles and shotguns at longer ranges and tweaking scout rifles so they are better at long ranges.

The auto rifle tweaks have been particularly controversial as many players feel like Bungie has nerfed their favourite weapon. Bungie explains their latest weapon balancing efforts in Destiny, promises more is coming

“The Auto Rifle archetype is designed to appeal to players who like to throw up a wall of bullets and not worry if a few miss their target,” Bungie explained. “It is intended to inflict sustained damage at close to medium range, but to lose effectiveness at longer ranges.Today the Auto Rifle is too effective at long range, even beating Scout and Pulse Rifles in some circumstances. Expect stability and/or damage adjustments to the Auto Rifle to address this in the weeks ahead.”

Shotguns also had their performance tweaked to provide a greater drop-off of their potency at longer ranges.

They explained, “Shotguns are for those situations where you need to deliver a massive spike of damage, right now, to the thing standing next to you about to do you harm.Today shotguns are effective beyond their intended range, especially when upgraded with that intention. Expect changes soon to address shotguns which push the envelope of what it means to be close quarters.”

Scout rifles were improved a bit to emphasize their effectiveness at long range but Bungie are promising more improvements coming too. Bungie explains their latest weapon balancing efforts in Destiny, promises more is coming

They added, “Scout Rifles are for players who like to keep their enemies at medium range and hate to miss. They are intended to be an awkward weapon to use at close range but to be dominant - as long as you land your shots - at medium and longer ranges.Scouts just aren't hitting hard enough today when compared to other precision weapons. We'll be addressing this soon.”

Blizzard aiming to release Hearthstone on Android tablets by the end of the year

Android tablet version of Hearthstone due soon. Smartphone versions coming next year.

Blizzard has given a better idea of when Android tablet owners when they can expect to play Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft.

In a new blog post they stated that they are aiming to have the Android tablet version of Hearthstone ready for release by the end of 2014.

They wrote, “Throughout the past year, many of you have been asking about the release date for Hearthstone on Android. The team has been hard at work to bring Hearthstone to that platform, and is making great progress. We’re taking things one step at a time and we’ve got our sights set on a release for Android tablets, our next new platform, before the end of the year; we’ve just got a few more mana crystals to polish and some Angry Chickens to chase down.” Blizzard aiming to release Hearthstone on Android tablets by the end of the year

They also gave an indication of when iOS and Android smartphone users will be able to get their hands on the game. These versions are taking a little longer to come together as the Blizzard is trying to find a good way to present the game on smaller smartphone screens.

The post elaborated, “We’re also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it’s become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don’t feel like we’ll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.”

“Releasing Hearthstone on iPhone and Android phones is something we’re incredibly excited about,” they went on, “but ultimately we’d rather take the extra time to make Hearthstone’s user interface on the phone customized to feel great for the platform, rather than a port that doesn’t taken into account the limitations of a smaller screen.”

Casey Hudson, one of the key figures behind the Mass Effect series has given the first hint on what he's working on now that he's left BioWare.

In a new post on his personal Twitter Hudson posted a pictire of the Oculus Rift VR headset with the message “It begins... @oculus #VR”.

Hudson announced his departure from BioWare back in August stating that it was time for him to take on some new challenges. Former BioWare man Casey Hudson hints at an Oculus Rift project

His experience at BioWare centred around building the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games so it will be interesting to see what he is working on in relation ot the Oculus Rift.

Thanks GamingBolt.

Dark Souls on PC to switch from Games For Windows Live to Steam next month

Bandai Namco announces Dark Souls on PC to make the switch to Steam.

Bandai Namco has announced that they will be migrating Dark Souls online services on the PC from Games For Windows Live to Steam.

GFWL users will be able to redeem their GFWL token for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition on Steam to begin the migration. They'll be able to recover their savegames and achievements as well from their GFWL account and bring them over too.

The migration period will begin some time in November with specificl start and end dates to be announced soon. Dark Souls on PC to switch from Games For Windows Live to Steam next month

Owners will be able to redeem their GFWL tokens on Steam for free after the migration period is up but they won't be able recover their saves and achievements. More information is available over on the Bandai Namco Tumblr.

Square Enix announces details and pricing on the premium livestream of Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2014

First annual Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival to be streamed live on Twitch.

Square Enix has announced details of the premium livestream of this years inaugural Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival.

The event is set to take place at the Tobacco Dock in London this coming Saturday and for those unable to attend Square Enix will be hosting a premium livestream of the even for 20 USD.

That 20 USD outlay will give fans access to a full HD stream that includes the opening keynote from game director Naoki Yoshida, a concert of rock covers of the game's scores by The Primals and the closing ceremony. Square Enix announces details and pricing on the premium livestream of Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2014

It also includes some exclusive Twitch emotes and a code for the bonus Moogle Attire for the game. The livestream begins at 10am on saturday over on Twitch and viewers will need a Twitch account to access the premium stream. A standard definition stream of the event is also available for free.

First Challenge Mode DLC arrives next week for Alien: Isolation

Corporate Lockdown DLC pack will arrive next week for Alien: Isolation.

SEGA has announced that the first load of Challenge Mode maps for Alien: Isolation will drop as downloadable content next week.

The first pack is called Corporate Lockdown and it includes three new maps for Alien: Isolation's Challenge Mode – Severance, Scorched Earth and Loose Ends - and a new character, Ransome who is a Seegson executive.

This is the first of five packs of DLC that have been planned for the game and it also includes new Gauntlet Mode which lets players take on all three new maps in a row as well as tackling the individually. First Challenge Mode DLC arrives next week for Alien: Isolation

Corporate Lockdown will be available to download on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 from October the 28th priced at 7.99 USD. If you've not played Alien: Isolation you can also check out our review to get an idea of what you'll be in for.

Thanks DualShockers.

Metallica to close out this year's BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2014 gets heavy in the closing ceremony.

Blizzard has announced Metallica as the band that willl be playing the closing ceremony for this year's BlizzCon.

Metallica are not the first big name to close out BlizzCon with the Foo Fighters being one of the other big names to close out the show in previous years.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said, "We're thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year. After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home." Metallica to close out this year's BlizzCon

This year's BlizzCon will take place on the 7th and 9th of November at the Anaheim Convention Center. Actual tickets for the event are sold out but the Virtual Ticket is still available which gives full access to all of the event via livestreams on Battle.net including archived access for two weeks after the event.

Free DLC adds a new skin and runes to Shadow Of Mordor

Players can play as the Black Hand of Sauron with new Shadow Of Mordor DLC.

Warner Bros has released a brand new free piece of downloadable content that adds a few handy new goodies to Shadow Of Mordor.

The Power Of Shadow DLC adds a new Black Hand player skin and three new Epic Runes for Talion's weapons - One With Nature which grantes immunity to poisons, Ascendant which doubles Focus Time in slow motion ranged combat and Elven Grace which halves the damage of enemy strikes.

This is the first piece of DLC to be released for Shadow Of Mordor but more is on the way including the three story packs that are available as part of the game's DLC Season Pass. Free DLC adds a new skin and runes to Shadow Of Mordor

Shadow Of Mordor is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It will hit the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November the 18th in North America and November the 21st in Europe.