Star Wars: Battlefront Delights, Raises Questions/Concern at E3

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in News, Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

Like last year, DICE, the developer behind one of the most hotly anticipated gaming titles of the Star Wars Universe, Star Wars: Battlefront, made use of E3 to add further hype to the product it’s currently working on and to showcase the progress that’s been made. The work-in-progress footage that was shown this time around was captured off a PS4 and – although impressive- it gave rise to some controversy and concern among fans in regards to a number of performance issues and game features. Most of the “problems” which apparently surfaced in this year’s E3 showing could probably be attributed to the overly impressive footage released back in April, the one about the battle in Endor’s woods, which was in-engine footage indeed, but it wasn’t in-game footage and the differences are indeed quite significant. The Endor footage was set to a totally different tune: it was rendered at a resolution higher than 1080p, and then down-sampled for that added visual bang, it featured a movie-like 2.35:1 format and super-smooth frame rate. Compared to it, the current E3 in-game release was indeed a bit of a dud, though it was much more realistic in terms of what one can/should expect from the eventual PS4 version of the game. It has to be noted though that the footage presented was from a pre-alpha version of the game, which obviously means that there’s plenty more work that will go into the title before release, fine-tuning as well as more radical changes. For now though, here’s what the E3 presentation told the information starved Star Wars: Battlefront fan: the differences between Battlefront and Battlefield 4 and Hardline are apparent in a couple of ways. First of all, environmental, physics-based damage isn’t exactly played up in Battlefront. Secondly, the cap for multi-player has been reduced from 64 to 40. The smaller number of potential players is probably a move aimed at helping out the frame-rate, which – like it or not – is currently struggling. Through the presentation, it stayed in the 40-50 FPS range, occasionally dipping into the 30s. Expectations bred on the superb visuals of the April presentation were let down by these issues, especially considering the fact that a number of other visual artifices have been cut as well: per-object motion blur is no longer part of the package and while the same was indeed the case for Battlefield 4’s multiplayer component, its campaign mode did feature this perk. With no campaign planned, Battlefront will have to do without this feature. On the upside though, the game mechanics looked impressive and the visuals did too: it was obvious that the special technique of photogrammetry used by DICE was yielding results in terms of authenticity. DICE did indeed get access to Lucasfilm’s Cultural Arts Museum, where they got the chance to photograph all the original props used for the films, and to use those photos to create a high-resolution 3D-mesh through photogrammetry. The bottom line: everything considered, the E3 footage shouldn’t really be viewed as more than just a herald of things to come. In its pre-alpha phase, the game has plenty of growing-up to do and the current code-base is indeed a solid starting point.   Philip Thalberg works for www.esportslistings.com, the best and only eSports betting destination and THE source of eSports odds and...

Read More

SWTOR E3 Livestream Recap and Summary

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in News, SWTOR | 0 comments

The EA livestream begins at 1PM PT (4PM ET) today, June 15th. This post will serve to recap all SWTOR coverage. First you will see a timeline of the E3 livestream and down below you will find more details of the SWTOR-related portions of this event. 4:00 PM – EA CEO Andrew Wilson takes the floor 4:05 PM – “Need for Speed” coverage 4:15 PM – Jeff Hickman, Studio General Manager, Bioware Austin, takes the floor [Expansion is announced, trailer is revealed, full recap below.] 4:20 PM – “Unravel” coverage 4:25 PM – “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2” coverage 4:35 PM – “NHL 15” coverage 4:36 PM – “Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” coverage (first EA game using Frostbite Engine) 4:38 PM – “NBA Live 16” coverage 4:45 PM – Mobile Gaming coverage 4:48 PM – “FIFA 16” coverage 5:00 PM – “Mirror’s Edge” Coverage 5:05 PM – “Madden NFL 16” Coverage 5:15 PM – “Star Wars Battlefront” coverage SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire Expansion Summary The expansion launches on October 27th, and is FREE for all subscribers. Hickman tells us how the fans want more story and Bioware has listened. SWTOR will go back to its roots of cinematic storytelling. You can betray companions (lots of people excited about this one). There will be new worlds to explore, new story arcs and new companions to meet. CHOICES THAT MATTER Be at the center of a personal Star Wars™ story where choices matter and impact outcomes. START AT LEVEL 60 You will become The Outlander, a Level 60 veteran of the Great Galactic War. BUILD AN ALLIANCE Build a team of hand-picked allies to join your alliance; meet new companions and reunite with existing companions ready to offer you their loyalty. YOUR PERSONAL SAGA Play one of eight class stories enhanced to offer a deeper, more accessible experience purely focused on immersing you in a personal Star Wars story. CONTINUOUS STORY This is only the beginning of an evolving Star Wars story, new chapters released on a regular basis. Subscriber Rewards Program Be a subscriber on the dates below to earn in-game rewards at launch: Nico Okarr Companion (July 31st) -When you travel with Nico Okarr, the legendary gunslinger from Star Wars: The Old Republic’s “Return” cinematic trailer, you can be sure that he will always have your back. Nico Okarr Blaster Set (August 31st) – A stylish weapon set for the enthusiastic gunslinger; keep it for yourself or give to your Companion. Nico Okarr Duster Coat (September 30th) – Impressive is the only word that describes Nico’s swashbuckling duster; you can be sure that wearing this duster sets you apart from other heroes. Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™ – Inspired Swoop Bike (October 19th) – Escape your enemies in epic style on your custom Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™-inspired Swoop Bike Early Access (Sub between July 31st to October 19th) Choose to be a Subscriber from July 31 to October 19 to receive the Early Access Bonus Reward! Be one of the first to jump in and get access to Knights of the Fallen Empire seven days prior to live launch. Here’s the trailer once more, in case you missed...

Read More

Announcing Knights of the Fallen Empire [Official] and Trailer

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in bioware, News, SWTOR | 0 comments

While news leaked out early about the new expansion, official word came today from SWTOR.com. As always, we’re here to bring you updates as we see them  and we were anxiously awaiting the trailer (scroll down to see for yourself). We are happy to announce our brand new digital expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire! Knights of the Fallen Empire marks a renewed focus on BioWare-style cinematic storytelling in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. Your character will become the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War who comes face-to-face with a new threat to the galaxy: the Emperor of the Eternal Throne. This expansion also raises the Level cap to 65, and includes the option to create a Level 60 character! This allows you to start fresh in Knights of the Fallen Empire and jump right into the new story content. We are also delivering this story content in a way never before done in Star Wars: The Old Republic: Chapters. The first nine Chapters will be available at launch on October 27th, with new Chapters delivered regularly following that. With the launch of Knights of the Fallen Empire, all of the original eight Class stories will be enhanced, allowing for a faster and more engaging playthrough for new and veteran players. Additionally, many of our existing Flashpoints and Operations are being scaled to 60+, giving you many more Elder Game options at Level 65. All Subscribers will received the digital expansion for free. We are also excited to announce the Knights of the Fallen Empire Rewards Program. Between today and October 19th, Subscribers can earn collectible rewards for each month that they maintain their Subscriber status. This reward program is in addition to the fact that ALL subscribers receive Knights of the Fallen Empire for free! To learn more about the Rewards Program and the digital expansion, please visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/fallen-empire. We look forward to bringing you this exciting new chapter for Star Wars: The Old Republic! The Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Team Star Wars The Old Republic Knights Of The Fallen Empire Trailer E3 2015 And of course, out of E3 today we saw the big reveal of the highly anticipated trailer: Stay tuned for updates and answered questions on the new expansion, as well as more exciting news and recaps coming out of E3...

Read More

SWTOR Knights of the Fallen Empire LEAK

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in bioware, News, SWTOR | 0 comments

  For a brief time, SWTOR.com accidentally displayed a page that was not meant to be shown yet. Be warned that the information  you are about to read and see might contain spoilers. For those still interested in reading, we introduce you to Knights of the Fallen Empire! “A man can have anything if he’s willing to sacrifice everything.” A new expansion is coming to SWTOR and this just might be the thing to revive the existing player base and bring old players back to the game once more. A third faction emerges and we will see some new content, new story arcs and much more. Beginning on October 27th, you will have access (free to all subscribers) to The Outlander, a vet of the Great Galactic War. You can experience a new player-driven story arc from the Bioware team. Knights of the Fallen Empire will feature Here is a screencap before the page was taken down [Warning: E3 spoilers]:   The expansion is still in development and the live posting of the page was clearly a big mistake but it’s definitely sparked a lot of renewed interest in the game and conversation among the community. The ability to betray companions certainly seems to have a lot of people excited. Are there specific companions you’d like to get rid of?   Here is a recap of the still-developing chapters: Chapter 1 The Hunt Chapter 2 A Dream of Empire Chapter 3 Outlander Chapter 4 The Gravestone Chapter 5 From the Grave Chapter 6 Asylum Chapter 7 Lady of Sorrows Chapter 8 Taking Flight Chapter 9 The Alliance Chapter 10 Anarchy In Paradise Chapter 11 Disavowed Chapter 12 Coming Soon Chapter 13 Coming Soon Chapter 14 Coming Soon Chapter 15 Coming Soon Chapter 16 Coming...

Read More

Yavin 4 Stronghold and Togruta Reveal First Look – SWTOR Dev Stream Recap

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in News, SWTOR | 0 comments

On 3rd of June the SWTOR Developer Stream showed to the gamers for the first time the new playable Species coming with Update 3.3 – Togruta.  They also walked us through the new Stronghold on Yavin 4. Here are some of Vulkk’s notes. For more, check the video below. * The event was hosted by Community Manager Eric Musco and the Designer Tobby * There will be male and female Togruta. At this point the team is not ready to show Character Creation and details. * Togruta is targeted for release in Patch 3.3. Its date for now is 21st July 2015. * The new Yavin 4 Stronghold is very very big. Has decoration slots both inside and outside and many, many hooks. * The limitations related to GSH remain the same, meaning players with 4 Strongholds will have to deactivate one if they want to have Yavin 4. * The new Stronghold has a couple special secrets hidden inside (something like the easter egg with the Droids on Tatooine GSH?) * Patch 3.3 is available on PTS as of 04.June 2015, but without the Stronghold and Togruta. * There will likely be a new Dev stream showing more details about Togruta when it is more finished. * The reason why Combat Dummies are not available yet is technical. * There are and will be a lot new decorations specificly designed for the new stronghold. * Musco hinted a few times about the upcoming big announcement on 15. June – #FallenEmpire. * Stream lasted ~45-47...

Read More
Page 2 of 113123...10...Last »