Gears 5 is built “from the ground up for PC” with a 4K 60 fps target

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Gears 5 is built “from the ground up for PC” with a 4K 60 fps target

Gears 5 might be dropping the “of War” (probably), but it’s not dropping the reputation of being one of the Xbox brand’s most technically impressive titles. The latest entry in the series looked impressive enough at E3, and the developers have some impressive ambitions for the latest iteration of the engine. Namely, 4K 60 fps on consoles, and naturally much more on PC.

The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson says that they’re aiming for “60 fps at 4K” on the more powerful Xbox One X console revision. That’s especially notable given Gears of War 4’s performance options on console, which offer either 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps - never both. The changes are based on “the learning we've taken from Gears 4, and the optimisations we've been able to do beyond that.”

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Now you can admire World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s login screen in motion

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Now you can admire World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s login screen in motion

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has a login screen - obviously. That screen will be new for the expansion - as usual. But now you can see precisely what it looks like right now, and get a lengthy taste of the new musical track that will accompany it.

The new art focuses on the reignited conflict between Horde and Alliance, with arms and armour from both sides strewn around a battle site. Tattered banners fly at either side, and birds circle over the fortress that looms in the background. Everything enjoys a subtle animation pass giving the appropriate elements a bit of motion.

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 begins tomorrow

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 begins tomorrow

The latest Steam Summer Sale will begin its assault on your hearts, minds, and wallets tomorrow, so be prepared. Steam will launch its customary mid-year sale at roughly the usual time, just a couple of days off from its start date over the past few years.

Steam sales may not be quite the event they once were - the steady march of time and the unending onslaught of savings has hardened us all - but if there are any games you’ve been holding out on buying, you’ll probably want to keep waiting just a little bit longer. Store updates almost always happen at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST, so expect the sale to launch at that time tomorrow.

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Cyberpunk 2077’s entire E3 demo has leaked - in audio form

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Cyberpunk 2077’s entire E3 demo has leaked - in audio form

Cyberpunk 2077 made a big splash at E3, thanks largely to the 100-second trailer that closed Microsoft’s press briefing. But people in attendance at the show got to see far more footage than that, with CD Projekt Red showing an hour long gameplay demo to press behind closed doors. That demo’s been described in detail all over the internet and now, finally, you can see it for yourself. Er, rather, you can listen to it.

The audio of the full presentation is now on the internet, where it shall live forever, as all things do once they hit the web. So you can take a listen, close your eyes, and imagine what the world of Cyberpunk 2077 might look like - and, more concretely, get a taste of the voice acting, including the female version of our player character V.

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CS:GO’s Panorama UI is the game’s biggest visual update since 2012

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CS:GO’s Panorama UI is the game’s biggest visual update since 2012

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a big interface update on the way, and that new Panorama UI is now available as a beta release. Valve says the impending update “is the most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012,” and the new beta shows us exactly what that means.

Menus across the board have gotten overhauled. The new buy menu offers more detailed weapon stats and shows your teammates’ money and loadouts. A button labelled “more stats” on the scoreboard shows statistics ranging from headshot percentages to utility damage. Bots are now also called out more specifically on the scoreboard, so you no longer have to guess whether those bot names are real or not.

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Free games: Mojang’s Scrolls is now Caller’s Bane, and it’s out right now

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Free games: Mojang’s Scrolls is now Caller’s Bane, and it’s out right now

Remember Scrolls, Mojang’s hexagonal card game? It didn’t exactly have the popularity you might expect out of the next game from the Minecraft people, and development officially ended three years ago, almost to the day - except, apparently, it didn’t. Scrolls is now Caller’s Bane, and it’s available now as a free download.

“We're releasing the game for free, for anyone to enjoy,” Mojang’s Måns Olson says. “The team's been working towards this behind the scenes for a long time now. I'm thrilled we're finally here!”

After announcing the end of development, Mojang did guarantee that servers would remain up and running through July 2016 - but they ended up keeping those servers running until February of this year. This new release coincides with an update allowing fans to host their own servers, offering the ability to completely change the rules and re-balance the game as they see fit.

Diablo mods are easier than ever thanks to reverse engineered source code

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Diablo mods are easier than ever thanks to reverse engineered source code

Diablo’s source code is now available for your perusal, courtesy of a reverse engineering project called Devilution. The project aims to make the old code available for documentation, maintenance, and to make it easier for fellow fans to keep the game alive with fresh updates and mods.

Compiled through 1,200 hours of work over the course of months, Devilution creator Galaxyhax says the project’s purpose is to “recreate the original source code as accurately as possible.” This project only contains the code itself, with none of the associated data files - the images, sounds, and other bits that don’t constitute code - so you’re not just getting a free, pirated copy of Diablo here. Running Devilution simply means replacing the executable from an original install with a new binary.

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Prey - Mooncrash is what a triple-A roguelike should be

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Prey - Mooncrash is what a triple-A roguelike should be

Prey - Mooncrash is by far and away one of the most masterfully crafted pieces of DLC I’ve played. For the money - £12.99 / $19.99 - it’s easily one of the best experiences to come out of E3. Truly, if you’re a fan of Arkane’s unbeatable narrative design work in games like Dishonored, Mooncrash is unmissable.

The concerns around the DLC are warranted. How do you graft a roguelike structure to an immersive sim? It’s a question that Arkane answer with confidence. My worry was that Mooncrash was simply an attempt to turn Prey into a predator of more popular genres -  what next, a battle royale mode? But no, my worries were more than mitigated during my first hour of play.

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Bitcoin exchange hacked for $31 million... only a week after the last attack

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Bitcoin exchange hacked for $31 million... only a week after the last attack

Bitcoin has been hit with another catastrophic hack. Hackers made away with $31 million worth of Bitcoin from Korea-based exchange Bithumb - one of the largest in the world. All current funds on the exchange have been transferred to cold (offline) storage for safe keeping while the exchange rebuilds its security measures and compensates traders.

This hack, which occurred sometime in the last few days, comes only just over a week after Bitcoin dropped to seven month lows due to another $28 million dollar Bitcoin heist. South Korea’s Coinrail exchange was the target of the last attack, and shortly after the value of Bitcoin plummeted downward into the mid-$6,000 range. Quite a distance from the $20,000 value it held only six months ago.

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Mutant Year Zero adds Metal Gear Solid-style stealth to its ducks-in-XCOM formula

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Mutant Year Zero adds Metal Gear Solid-style stealth to its ducks-in-XCOM formula

“There's a tradition in Swedish roleplaying games of ducks being a character class, so this is a little nod to that,” Mark Parker, producer for The Bearded Ladies, says. He’s discussing Dux, the top-hat wearing giant mallard in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. Dux, along with a brutish talking hog called Bormin, make up the animal leads in this tactical RPG, and signal from the start that this is a different kind of isometric roleplaying universe.  

“In one of the expansions for the Mutant pen-and-paper game there was the introduction of anthropomorphic characters, and we found those to be an interesting character to use rather than just a standard soldier,” Parker explains. “So we picked some cool animals to make into characters for the game... There will be at least one additional animal mutant in the roster of unlockable characters.” 

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