Starbreeze Is Bringing Payday To Mobile Devices

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In addition to its StarVR headset announcement tonight, Starbreeze has announced that it is bringing its popular Payday series to mobile devices. The developer is partnering with Cmune to bring the game to new platforms.

Starbreeze didn't share many details about the game, but it says it plans to include competitive options. As part of this collaboration, Starbreeze has made a $1 million investment in Cmune.

No release window has yet been discussed. Payday 2 arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 16.

Starbreeze Unveils Project StarVR With The Walking Dead Demo

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Starbreeze and 505 Games are getting the jump on E3 with an unexpected hardware announcement. We've known since Gamescom that the developer has been working on a cooperative shooter set in The Walking Dead universe. Today we had a chance to see a parallel virtual reality project.

Project StarVR is Starbreeze's own headset with the help of InfinitEye. The difference here is that Project StarVR features a 210-degree field of view and 5K display. The effect is enhanced peripheral vision.

We were given a ten-minute a vertical slice demo that worked like a rail shooter, with the character in a wheelchair. Partway through, I was handed a pump-action shotgun (both in the game and physically). A camera tracked the headset and the markers on the gun, made by Trinity VR. That company repositioned itself in the burgeoning market after its unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign.

Tracking was quite good, with hand movement in-game interpretted by the position of the gun. Aiming worked well, and I was able to use the shotgun to remove the heads of oncoming walkers.

Report: Dishonored 2 Reveal Discussed Over Open Live Stream

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Earlier today, an open microphone during rehearsal caught the discussion of several Bethesda and Arkane employees as they seemingly prepared for tomorrow’s Bethesda Showcase event. The audio recording has since been removed through a Bethesda copyright claim. However, a copy obtained by Kotaku includes, if our ears are to be trusted, co-creative director of the original Dishonored, Raph Colantonio, Harvey Smith, fellow co-creative director on Dishonored, and Bethesda vice president Pete Hines, among other participants. Dishonored 2 is not specifically mentioned, but the conversation and participants lend strong credence to the idea that we may be hearing about Dishonored 2 during tomorrow’s conference. 

Bethesda seemed to acknowledge the mistake, with a subsequent tweet that seems to promise more details in store for tomorrow night.

Twitch test a success. Tune in tomorrow night at 6:45 pm PT for more surprises. #BE3

The History of Punch-Out Revealed By Did You Know Gaming

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A new video from Did You Know Gaming aims to offer an educational look back on the development and release of the Punch-Out series over its many years of existence. We learn about the history of the early arcade cabinet and its unusual screen structure, details about the crazy intergalactic sequel, and the reason Mike Tyson was removed from later installments of the series.

Check out the video below.

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ILM Experience Lab Bringing Star Wars Into Virtual Reality

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A new video has released announcing the existence and showcasing the work of the ILM Experience Lab (shortened to ILMxLAB). The newly formed division of ILM and parent company Lucasfilm is exploring experiential interactive entertainment opportunities for Star Wars and other properties like Jurassic Park, with a particular focus on the use of virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift.

The video announcing the program shows off some early experiments, including a virtual reality program that allows a user to interact with a Velociraptor, as well as a very video game-like interactive Star Wars speeder sequence that sees the user zipping beneath the legs of a massive AT-AT walker. 

The new program is drawing on the talents of ILM’s story team, Industrial Light and Magic’s technical team, and the folks at Skywalker sound, all in pursuit of exploring new avenues for interactive engagement with these fictional universes. 

Rumor: Possible G1-Inspired Transformers: Devastation Game Leaked

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PureXbox today revealed a number of screenshots for an apparent new Transformers game being produced by Activision. The website states that their anonymous source provided the screens, along with the information that the game is entitled Transformers: Devastation, and that the game is coming to Xbox 360, although it’s unclear whether other platforms may also be on the docket.

The new game appears to be a cel-shaded revival of the original look for the Transformers characters, as they appeared in the 1980s cartoon. Screens reveal characters including Autobot leader Optimus Prime, spunky yellow Bumblebee, Decepticon tyrant Megatron, and perhaps most exciting of all, the huge combiner robot named Devastator.

We reached out to Activision regarding the screens and info, and the publisher told us they had no comment regarding the apparent leak. 

Reader Discussion: What Do You Think Won't Be At E3?

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It's fun to make predictions about what games will be revealed at E3, but what about the games you don't expect to see?

These could be sequels that are way to early to announce, even if we're pretty sure we will see them one day, like The Witcher IV, or games you really want to see, but have low confidence for, like Red Dead Redemption 2.

What games won't be at E3 2015, no matter how badly you want them to show up?

Harvest Moon: Friends Of Mineral Town Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

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The 2003 Game Boy Advance Harvest Moon title, Friends of Mineral Town, is now available on Wii U Virtual Console.

Friends of Mineral town is the first Harvest Moon title to release on Game Boy Advance and is demake, so to speak, of Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, the 1999 PlayStation title.

We recently took a detailed look back at the Harvest Moon series with producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto. You can find that interview here.

Report: Fire Emblem's Roy And Street Fighter's Ryu Discovered In Smash Bros. Update Data

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The latest Super Smash Bros. patch has already released in Japan, and fans have dug into the game's code to discover Fire Emblem's Roy And Street Fighter's Ryu will soon be added to the game.

You can see the two in action in the pair of videos below (while they're still online – Nintendo will likely pull them down soon). The videos showcase what is likely the short animations that appear when you complete the game as the characters in question.

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Reader Discussion: If You Could Go To One E3 Press Conference, Which Would It Be?

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Reader Discussion: If You Could Go To One E3 Press Conference, Which Would It Be?

E3 is right around the corner, and everyone here at Game Informer is getting ready for the big week. For many, E3 is a sort of state of the union for the hobby, and big gaming publishers take advantage of the attention to explain why you should be excited about their games, often through big stage presentations. It’s a wild ride of exciting announcements, hyberbolic statements, and always, always, dubstep music before and after the press conference. 

Whether you’re going to E3 this year or not, we want to know which press conference you’d attend if you could only get to one of them. Would you head to Nintendo’s conference to learn about the future of the Wii U? How about Sony’s big event, where you might cross your fingers to learn more about The Last Guardian or Uncharted 4? Would Microsoft be your choice, with what will almost certainly be an appearance of Halo 5? Or would one of the the third party publishers get your attendance, like Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft, or EA? Share your choice in the comments below.