Oculus dev: VR isn’t a good bet yet for new game devs

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Oculus dev: VR isn’t a good bet yet for new game devs

It's going to be a couple of years before virtual reality achieves the sort of growth and adoption that some were expecting, Jason Rubin, Oculus’ head of content said during an on-stage discussion at this week’s DICE Summit in Las Vegas.

The comment came in response to a question asked by Insomniac Games founder Ted Price. The two were on stage to discuss the state of VR and its potential.

PAMELA blends BioShock with DayZ, hits Steam soon

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PAMELA blends BioShock with DayZ, hits Steam soon

PAMELA, the futuristic, single-player survival horror game from a tiny Canadian development team, is entering Steam’s Early Access program on March 9.

When Polygon first heard about PAMELA we were struck with the glossy, modern design of its environments. Turns out that the developers at NVYVE started out doing architectural visualizations. That means the failed, utopian world called Eden that they’ve created is as much a character in the game as anything else. The player’s main ally will be P.A.M.E.L.A., Eden’s AI overseer. She’s can share information on how to survive, and also grants the player amplified abilities.

Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda

Natalie Dormer, veteran of Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and Elementary, will play an important role in Mass Effect: Andromeda — as the first person you meet in the galaxy of Andromeda.

Dormer’s character is an Asari doctor who goes by the name Lexi T’Perro, and she is the first person to greet the Andromeda’s lead when they wake from the 600 years of cryosleep that got them through the journey to a new galaxy.

Wartile is gorgeous, back from the dead and coming to Steam next month

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Wartile is gorgeous, back from the dead and coming to Steam next month

Wartile stormed onto Kickstarter less than a year ago, but the campaign was canceled in part due to a lack of funding. Now the small team at Playwood Projects is back with a more complete version of the game, launching on Steam’s Early Access platform March 17.

Even more impressive is the fact that even without crowdfunding support, Playwood still got the game ready to meet the delivery date that it originally pitched in its Kickstarter campaign.

Don’t mess with these attacking Pokémon figures

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Don’t mess with these attacking Pokémon figures

The latest Pokémon toys, the Gallery Figures line from The Pokémon Co. International, are a special set of collector’s items: Instead of cute toys, these things are, well, action figures. The initial lineup of these small figures is being produced for four first-generation pocket monsters: Eevee, Magikarp, Mew and Pikachu.

Like many figurines, these toys come in a particular pose. Each one features the Pokémon in question performing one of its patented moves: Swift for Eevee, Splash for Magikarp, Psychic for Mew and Thunderbolt for Pikachu. A stand is included in the package, since these figurines are designed to be put on display. Of course, you can also leave them sealed in the box — they’re packaged to highlight their action pose.

Nintendo Switch’s day-one patch adds online features

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Nintendo Switch’s day-one patch adds online features

The Nintendo Switch’s online features, including Nintendo eShop access and social media connectivity, will be added as part of the console’s day-one patch. A system update that adds in all network capabilities will go live ahead of the console’s launch on March 3, according to Nintendo.

The specific features made available in the day-one update are as follows:

Watch us unbox the Nintendo Switch

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Watch us unbox the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s next console, the transformable Nintendo Switch, will be in fans hands in just over a week.

To see just what exactly comes with every Switch box sent out, Polygon’s Russ Frushtick and Chelsea Stark decided to tear through (well, gently open) the package for all of you to see. We also provided some initial first impressions on hardware, though Polygon reviews editor Arthur Gies’ pre-review of the console should also be on your reading list.

Virtual Console won’t make the Switch launch

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Virtual Console won’t make the Switch launch

With just over a week on the clock before the launch of the Nintendo Switch, we finally have some details on the console’s digital storefront and what, precisely, will be available on launch day. Perhaps most notably, Virtual Console — the name Nintendo has given retro games on the platform — “will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch.”

While “more than 60” indie games and digital versions of retail releases will grace the Nintendo eShop “this year,” only three indie titles will be available on launch day: FAST RMX, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Lost in space: A confusing 90 minutes with Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Lost in space: A confusing 90 minutes with Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is a game featuring a complicated story of intergalactic exploration, conflict and discovery, its cast composed of dozens of characters with complicated, interwoven backstories and interactions, both between each other and with the player, who can build and develop various kinds of relationships across genders and species. Last week, I spent around 90 minutes with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and ... well honestly I didn’t really get to see any of that.

What I got instead was a taste of raw gameplay, in a way that made me uncertain of how I felt about the flavor, and desperate for the next course.

Breath of the Wild on Switch doesn’t require an install

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Breath of the Wild on Switch doesn’t require an install

In our hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch thus far, we noticed something major: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn’t require a massive install in order to start playing.

Instead, popping in the cartridge into the console gets you into Link’s latest adventure right away. There’s no extra data installation required.