Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

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Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

Epic has announced that throughout 2019 it is launching a suite of cross-platforming services for developers across seven platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch) as allowable on each.

The services were originally developed for Epic's Fortnite, and will be "free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores." These can be mixed-and-matched as the developer sees fit.

Epic has released a 2019 roadmap for the services, which involve cross-platform login, ID-ing of friends, voice comms, parties, matchmaking, data storage, achievements, and more.

ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

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ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

ZeniMax has settled its lawsuit against Oculus and Facebook which claimed that Oculus took ZeniMax's proprietary tech for Oculus' Rift VR headset. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed.

Back in 2017 a jury found Oculus guilty and awarded ZeniMax a $500 million settlement based on a breach of a non-disclosure agreement and misuse of copyrights and trademarks. This was later reduced to $250 million this summer.

"We are please that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome," said Robert Altman, ZeniMax chairman and CEO. "While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties."

Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Coming Soon, Convert Replays To Videos Now

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Coming Soon, Convert Replays To Videos Now

A message popping up for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today confirms that a new update coming in the next few days. The version 1.2.0 update is the first since the game's release last week and will be making actual balance changes to the game's fighting. While it's not clear what exactly the update will contain, that does mean the existing replays you have saved will become unusable.

Luckily, unlike previous games in the series, this time Nintendo is giving warning that that an update is coming and you can convert your replays into videos, keeping them from being affected by balance changes.

The way Super Smash Bros. saves replays is by recording the timing and order of button presses. So it knows when you punched Samus as Little Mac, but it doesn't save an exact image of that moment happening. Thus, when a balance change happens like nerfing that punch to do 10 percent instead of 12 percent, it breaks the log. Now that recorded button log playing out in the actual game can't keep up with the way it was supposed to work.

Indie Survival Game Overland Fully Releasing Next Year

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Indie Survival Game Overland Fully Releasing Next Year

Overland, a survival game and roguelike we highlighted as one of the best indie games coming out of E3 back in 2017, will fully release sometime next year.

Overland is currently in "first access" on PC (though it's over at the developer's official website and not on Steam), where players can play the game and offer developers feedback.  However, developer Finji recently tweeted the game was "real close to getting out of first access," and would release next year.

Back when played Overland, we thought "the road trip themes and aesthetics are reminiscent of Kentucky Route Zero mixed with XCOM-style gameplay," a concept we thought worked well.

Here's Our First Look At New Shadow Of The Tomb Raider DLC, The Pillar

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Here's Our First Look At New Shadow Of The Tomb Raider DLC, The Pillar

The Tomb Raider Twitter page officially announced the second DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider called The Pillar.  The tweet encouraged players to "venture into the Path of the Huracan to discover the truth behind the legend of the Maya apocalypse."

Only fifteen minutes after the initial announcement, a second tweet gave us a four-minute long video on the making of The Pillar. The video tour was lead by associate producer Jonathan Dahan and showed off some of the DLC's concept art, gameplay, and development. 

The Pillar will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 18. If you missed out on the first DLC, we wrote up some early impressions of The Forge alongside the announcement trailer back in November. 

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Gets 11 Free New Games Today

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Gets 11 Free New Games Today

The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection gets 11 complete new games today, and they're all free if you've already bought the game.

Today's update for the game is split across three downloads, but you get nearly a dozen games out of the deal. They are:

You get nine games at first from the initial patch out now. However, due to ESRB guidelines and the content of Beast Busters and SAR, you'll have to download those as DLC separately, but they're both also free.

Valve On Future Artifact Updates: 'We're In This For The Long Haul'

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Valve On Future Artifact Updates: 'We're In This For The Long Haul'

In addition to announcing a couple of good quality-of-life features for its card game Artifact, Valve has also stated it plans to continue improving the game "for the long haul," despite rumblings about it not finding as large an audience as some might like.

Valve released Artifact on November 28 after a short beta period, and while the initial positive reviews (including ours) and influx of players was promising, its playerbase has tapered off some since release. As of this writing, it's sitting at a 24-hour peak of about 13,000 players, according to Steam's own numbers. This puts it well behind Valve's other major multiplayer games on the service, which range from having peaks of nearly 650,000 (Counter-Strike: Global Offense) and 60,000 (Team Fortress 2). It more closely aligns it with smaller-but-still-ongoing multiplayer games like Payday 2, Terraria, and Brawlhalla.

While that lower-than-expected turnout for the game might be cause for concern about the game's longevity, Valve has stated Artifact isn't going anywhere soon. It recently announced a pair of quality-of-life updates for the game, including the ability to chat with your opponent mid-match and new colorblind options. It also announced there were several other updates planned for the game over the next couple of months. "We're in this for the long haul," the company said on its official Twitter feed.

Keifer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, And Others Star In New Black Ops 4 Zombies Map

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Keifer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, And Others Star In New Black Ops 4 Zombies Map

According to a new trailer, the next zombies map included in the Black Ops 4 season pass will feature Keifer Sutherland, who voiced Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and was also the voice of CoD multiplayer back in World at War. Playing the cigar-chewing Gunslinger, Sutherland is joined by Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, Helena Bonham Carter of basically every Tim Burton film ever made, and well-known English actor Brian Blessed.

Set in a an ostensibly haunted mansion, The Night of the Dead map has the foursome tangling with typical zombies and apparently werewolves too.  

The new update to the pass also introduces two new maps, Madagascar and Elevation and reintroduces the lethal robot, Reaper to the Blackout battle royale mode.

Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 2019 GDC Awards

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Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 2019 GDC Awards

Organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards have announced they will be honoring Amy Hennig's life's work at the San Francisco-based ceremony this March. Hennig was the creative director and writer of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted game series, writer and director of the Legacy of Kain and Soul Reaver series at Crystal Dynamics, and contributed to Jak and Daxter. Katie Stern, general manager of the Game Developers Conference, called her "a powerful figure in the game world," and "one of the most influential developers in the games industry." 

Amy Hennig is the last of a distinguished line of GDC Lifetime Award recipients including Tim Schafer, Tim Sweeney, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Peter Molyneux. If you have a GDC 2019 Pass, you can catch the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center. They haven't officially announced 2019's nommines, you can check out 2018's big winners here

Take A Look At Canada In Civilization VI’s Gathering Storm DLC

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Take A Look At Canada In Civilization VI’s Gathering Storm DLC

In Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm DLC, players can forge the destiny of the vast northern realm of Canada, helmed by the country’s seventh prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier.

With Canada, players will be able to farm on icy tundra tiles, purchase snowy plots at reduced rates, and construct ice hockey rinks to increase appeal and culture. The Great White North is a largely peaceful land, and as such its special ability is the Four Faces of Peace. Essentially, Canada cannot declare surprise wars, but likewise cannot be the target of one. The country also receives extra favor for tourism and diplomatic missions and is a solid choice for a diplomatic or cultural victory. Playing as Canada also grants players control over the famous red-shirted Canadian cavalry unit, the Mounties, which also have the unique ability to create national parks.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm releases February 14. To get a glimpse of the Maori civilization, hop on over here.