Valve announced today that their highly anticipated Steam Controller has been pushed out to a 2015 release. Valve product designer Eric Hope said in blog post that the delayed release is partially due to the amount of feedback and new ideas that need to be considered in order to make the best possible controller.
"We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014."
In addition to the Steam Controller, Valve also has the first round of Steam Machines tentatively planned for 2014 although there has been no solid release date announced. For those of you who are unable to wait until 2015, be sure to check out my list of Top PC Game Pads.
Yesterday EA confirmed the existence of the next game in the Battlefield series of first person shooters after a seven minute trailer of the game leaked online. The trailer shows off game play footage and details aspects of single and multiplayer game modes. Based on the trailer, the game will take the Battlefield franchise in a new direction by having crime based theme that pits criminals against police. The trailer details some of the multiplayer modes as well as in game graphics, assets and more.
Since the leak, EA has setup a website for Hardline detailing that it will officially be revealed on June 9th. The press release published by Visceral Games VP Steve Papoutsis has since been removed from EA's site but still offers a little background into the game.
The next chapter in the Call of Duty series was confirmed/announced a couple weeks ago. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be the eleventh game in the first person shooter series and the first developed by Sledgehammer Games as the primary development studio. Set in the year 2054 the major military powers of the world we know today are no more, now the largest military force are corporate run militaries, the largest being Atlas which is run by Jonathan Irons (played by Kevin Spacey). Atlas starts a war with the United States in hopes of changing the balance of power in the world. Players take on the role of Mitchell, a former Marine who joins Atlas.
The game is expected to be released on Nov 4, 2014, the cinematic reveal trailer can be seen in its entirity on YouTube.
Electronic Arts has released a list of 50 games whose multiplayer modes will cease to work once GameSpy match making client is shut down at the end of this month. While the games impacted are older releases, they still have a fan base, but I guess not popular enough to keep the service running. Some of the games who will lose multiplayer include: Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 , Crysis, Crysis 2, Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2.
Back in April, Glu Mobile, owners of GameSpy, announced multiplayer hosting services would cease in May 31st and to contact game's publisher for more information. No word which games will get support elsewhere. Arma 2 and Arma 3 are planned to move to Steam. A full list of EA Games can be found here.
MachineGames has released a new trailer for their upcoming first person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order. The 3:30 trailer shows off some of the game play that can be expected in the game and the two different approaches one can take, one being stealth and the other mayhem. Wolfenstein: The New Order is the sequel to Wolfenstein released in 2009 and tells an alternative history in which Nazi Germany was victorious in World War II. Once again players will take on the role of famed OSA Agent B.J. Blazkowicz.
Here is a complete list of all of the video games in the X-COM series of games that have been released for the PC. There are a total of nine games in the series since the initial release of X-COM: UFO Defense (aka UFO Enemy Unknown) in 1995 up through the latest release, XCOM Enemy Within, which was released in November 2013. In all the series includes games in the turn based strategy, third person shooter and space flight combat simulation genre.
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