Monthly Archives: September 2015

Call of Duty Live Tweeted a Fake Terrorist Attack Today

Activision has posted a series of tweets about a fictional terrorist attack that sets up the framework of events to feature in upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Shared via the official Call of Duty Twitter account, the posts began with reports of an explosion in Singapore Marina.

BREAKING NEWS: Unconfirmed reports are coming in of an explosion on the North bank of the Singapore Marina.

— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 29, 2015

The source of the explosion is reported to be at Coalescence Corporation, a fictional company that was featured in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III “Ember” teaser. The tweets went on to state that Singapore Authorities had announced an official state of emergency, and declared martial law. The final post in the series of tweets read, “This was a glimpse into the future fiction of #BlackOps3.”

The tweets confirmed a character named James Chung will be tied to the game in some way as commander of the Singapore Armed Forces. A second Twitter account titled “TheUnMarkedMan” posted conspiracy-theory style speculation in response to the tweets, further teasing story elements in the upcoming shooter.

The social media campaign has been met with some criticism (via Digital Spy), as the posts could have incited unwarranted panic. At the time of posting the series of fictional reports of the attack in Singapore, the Call of Duty Twitter account had changed its profile picture, name, and profile description to resemble that of a real world news outlet, as seen in the screenshot on the right.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is scheduled for launch on November 6 this year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Activision has confirmed that the game will have a few less features on the last-gen versions compared to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC counterparts.

Do you think this social media campaign for Blacks Ops 3 went too far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

GTA V Style Heist in The Witcher 3’s Expansion Pack – The Lobby

Danny & Mike talk about their time playing various missions in Hearts of Stone, the first expansion pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Xbox Live Back Online [UPDATE]

UPDATE: And after that brief period downtime, Microsoft reports that all services are once again “up and running.” We’ll be monitoring the service (as well as PSN and Steam) for any other related service interruptions.

The original story appears below.

Xbox Live is struggling. Microsoft on Tuesday afternoon issued a service alert to let users know that the online network is facing problems that are preventing some people from signing into Xbox Live.

“Our best engineers are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Thanks for being patient while we get everything back to normal,” Microsoft wrote at 4:19 PM EDT. Affected platforms include Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 10 PC, and other devices. In short, all major platforms are impacted.

Purchase and Content Usage, as well as Social and Gaming services, are working normally. So if you’re already logged in, you may not experience any issues.

We’ll update this post as the sign-in problems are addressed.

Google Unveils 2 New Nexus Phones

Google revealed its Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X phones today during its live event. Both phones are now available for preorder.

The Nexus 6P, produced by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, is Google’s “first, all-metal-body Nexus phone.” The 5.7-inch aluminum phone comes with a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 12.3 MP camera, and can record 4K video.

The LG-produced Nexus 5X won’t have the metal body of its sibling, instead having a rounded, plastic body. The 5.2-inch phone has a Snapdragon 808 processor pushing numbers around, and just like the 6P, it has a 12.3 MP camera capable of recording 4K video.

Both phones also include a new fingerprint sensor called “Nexus Imprint,” along with Android Pay functionality. The Android Pay function is only available in the US, however.

The Nexus 6P will start at $499 and the 5X can be picked up for $379. Preordering through the Google store qualifies your for a 90-day subscription to Google Play Music, and US customers will also get a $50 Google Play credit.

You could use that credit toward Pokemon Go, which was recently announced for Android and iOS, and really, why wouldn’t you?

New Metal Gear Solid 5 PS4 Save Bug Reported

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain received glowing praise at launch earlier this month, but the stealth-action game has not been without its issues. Now, another has emerged. This one involves broken save files when users attempt to play The Phantom Pain on PlayStation 4 with multiple accounts on one console.

In certain circumstances, playing The Phantom Pain on a PS4 with multiple Sony Entertainment Network accounts linked to it can result in the error message, “This save data cannot be used, as the relevant downloadable content was not found.” In this scenario, it’s impossible to launch the game.

For now, Konami recommends using only a single SEN account per PS4. This is far from ideal, but the company says it’s working on a more permanent solution and will announce further details later.

GameSpot first encountered this issue when The Phantom Pain launched earlier this month. At the time, we believed it might have been an isolated incident. But this image, supplied by a GameSpot contact, suggests otherwise. We’ll have more details on this issue and the fix as they become available.

The Phantom Pain may mark the end of an era for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, as series creator Hideo Kojima is expected to exit publisher Konami due to reported strife between his team and the publisher. In addition, a recent report claimed Konami was mostly exiting the AAA gaming business, but a Konami developer has since said that “don’t believe everything you read in the press.”

Looking ahead, The Phantom Pain is slated to grow in October with the release of the game’s traditional multiplayer mode Metal Gear Online.

Star Wars Episode 7 Will Be Best One Yet, According to Fan Survey

The results of a new Star Wars survey are in, and they show that 63 percent of respondents think Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be the best movie in the series ever. On the flip side, 37 percent of people said they believe The Force Awakens won’t be better than the six previous films.

This survey, from Harris Interactive and conducted September 14-16, was reported on by Variety. It also reveals that only 15 percent of fans said director J.J. Abrams’ involvement with the project is the reason they’re excited for the film.

Instead, the biggest reason why Star Wars fans say they can’t wait to see the movie (36 percent), according to the poll, is that they expect it to have “more advanced CGI” effects. Following that, 25 percent said they thought the movie will have a “more interesting story” than past films, while another 25 percent reported that they believe it will be “more true to the Star Wars series.”

Finally, 14 percent said they had high hopes for The Force Awakens due to its “better cast” compared to previous entries in the blockbuster sci-fi film series.

The study also reveals that 7 percent of respondents said they would trip an elderly person to get their hands on rare Star Wars merchandise, if it came to that. See the full results of the study at Variety. Harris polled 2,031 people in the US aged 18 and older for this study; 801 described themselves as Star Wars fans.

The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18–or December 17 if you live in the UK.

Watch Thrilling New Trailer for DiCaprio’s New Action Epic The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy plunge into the savage wilderness of uncharted 19th century America in the upcoming period thriller The Revenant. The film is directed by Birdman‘s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and comes to cinemas in December.

A new full-length trailer has now been released–check it out below:

Inspired by real events, the film tells the story of legendary fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is robbed and left for dead by his hunting team after he is attacked by a bear. Swearing revenge on his former companions, he embarks on a 200 mile trek across the wilderness to find them.

The Revenant also stars Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. The production was reportedly a troubled one–in July, the Hollywood Reporter quoted a crew member, who described the 10-month shoot as a “living hell.”

Inarritu’s desire to only shoot using natural light allegedly caused huge delays in filming, as did the decision to move the entire production from Canada to Argentina, and there were reports that there had been a huge turnover of crew throughout that time. Suggestions that the production could’ve been made easier by the use of computer generated effects was strongly countered by Inarritu.

“That’s exactly what I didn’t want,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “If we ended up in greenscreen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of sh*t. When you see the film, you will see the scale of it. And you will say, ‘Wow.’ “

The Revenant will have a limited theatrical release from December 25, 2015, followed by a wide release on January 8, 2016.

Amazon Making "Melee-Oriented" PC Game, Hires Guild Wars 2 Lead Designer

Amazon Game Studios may have lost some of its top talent recently, but the company continues to move forward on its new PC game. Now, we’ve learned that the Seattle-based company has hired ArenaNet veteran Eric Flannum, who is working at the company as creative director for the project, labeled a third-person “competitive, melee-oriented” title that aims to use Twitch to “radically evolve” gameplay.

Flannum confirmed his exit from ArenaNet on Linkedin, while the description of the PC game comes by way of this recruitment post written by Flannum. We already knew that Amazon was working on its own PC game, described in June 2015 as “ambitious,” but today is the first time we’re hearing more about it.

“We’re currently building awesome teams with the aim of radically evolving gameplay using Twitch, the Amazon Web Services cloud, and technical innovation,” Flannum wrote. “We believe games can be a driving force in uniting people and driving technical and artistic innovation.”

Amazon’s new PC game aims to explore the third-person, competitive, melee-oriented genre “in an entirely new light.” No further details about the project are available. Amazon is currently looking to fill more than 10 positions for this new project across the engineering, art, and design disciplines.

Flannum worked at ArenaNet for more than 10 years, most recently serving as lead designer on PC MMO Guild Wars 2, the base game for which recently became free. He joined Amazon in September this year.

Last month, key Amazon Game Studios developers Clint Hocking, Erik Nylund, and Jonathan Hamel all left the company. Just two weeks ago, Amazon announced a new, gaming-focused Fire TV set-top box, which sports 75 percent more processing power and 2X the performance of the existing unit.

In August 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch in a $1 billion deal.

Via: Gamasutra

Witcher 3 "Massive" Patch Will Address PS4 Performance and More

CD Projekt Red is working on a new Witcher 3: Wild Hunt patch that will, among other things, address performance on PlayStation 4 and implement a range of bug fixes. Writing on the game’s forums, community manager Marcin Momot said the upcoming patch, 1.09, will include a “massive” number of changes, though the full changelog has not yet been published.

“The patch is on the way,” he explained. “Was just looking at the changelog and it looks really impressive– the list of changes is massive. The update will bring a lot of fixes and improvements including PS4 performance (as well as other platforms) plus many more. We ask for a bit more patience.”

A release date for the 1.09 patch was not announced. Releasing it in October alongside The Witcher 3’s first expansion, Hearts of Stone, would seem likely, but this is not confirmed.

Hearts of Stone launches on October 13. GameSpot recently played a chunk of the expansion, which is expected to add around 10 hours of gameplay and you can read an excerpt from our preview below.

“Hearts of Stone is full of varied quests to follow, and striking characters to meet,” editor Mike Mahardy wrote. “It’s also well paced, a facet that’s hard to come by in an open-world RPG, wherein players have every chance to venture off the beaten path.”

New Mario Tennis for Wii U Gets Release Date

Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, the latest entry in the long-running Mario Tennis series, launches for Wii U on November 20, Nintendo announced today on Twitter. The game will sell for $50 instead of $60.

Announced at E3 2015 this summer, Ultra Smash adds a number of new features, including a “Jumpshot” ability where you vault into the air and slam the ball with force. In addition, it introduces a new Mega Mushroom power-up that causes players to grown in size (and seemingly strength) considerably. The game supports 1v1 or 2v2 matches against friends or the computer. Check out the video below for a closer look.

According to the Ultra Smash product page on Nintendo’s website, the game will feature characters never before seen in a Mario Tennis game. However, Nintendo has not yet announced the full character roster or provided a complete list of power-ups for the tennis game.

What new characters and power-ups would you like to see in Ultra Smash? Let us know in the comments below.