Overwatch tops 15 million players

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Overwatch tops 15 million players

They've already logged half a billion hours of playtime

More than 15 million people are playing Overwatch, Activision Blizzard announced ahead of its quarterly earnings call today. That’s an increase of more than 100 percent since the game’s launch in May, when 7 million people jumped into the popular hero-based shooter.

Overwatch players have logged 500 million hours in the game thus far, its publisher said; that’s up from a reported 119 million hours back in early June. These numbers point to its continued success, with other milestones including Overwatch’s rise to the top of Korean internet cafe charts and a new record for fastest-selling Windows PC game of all time in China.

Valve now licensing SteamVR tracking to third-party hardware companies

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Valve now licensing SteamVR tracking to third-party hardware companies

A training session is required for this partner program

SteamVR tracking technology is now available to hardware makers, royalty-free, Valve announced. Companies can sign up to license the technology for their own devices through a new partner program the company launched today.

The program will give developers access to the virtual reality tech after a representative completes a required training program. The in-person sessions will be held over three-day periods in September and costs $3,000 to participate. Valve notes that this may not be a requirement in the future, but for now, third-party developers interested in the VR tracking technology must be Valve-certified as having grasped "a solid foundation in the theory" of it.

See Prey in action in a new trailer from QuakeCon

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See Prey in action in a new trailer from QuakeCon

Come see the sights — and some gameplay too

Bethesda Softworks premiered a new trailer for the upcoming Prey reboot at QuakeCon today. Watch it above for a brief look at how the first-person shooter plays, interspersed with looks at several of the game's battlegrounds.

Players assume the role of Morgan Yu, a test subject for human experiments who seeks to find out the truth behind a futuristic, alien-infested space station. Morgan can be either male or female, according to a recent interview with the game’s director, but will be tasked with gunning down enemies while watching fellow station dwellers fight to survive either way.

No Man’s Sky soundtrack streaming now for free before its official release

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No Man’s Sky soundtrack streaming now for free before its official release

Take a trip through the infinite universe

No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe, the soundtrack to the upcoming sci-fi exploration game, is available to stream for free ahead of its Aug. 5 release. You can listen to all 10 tracks in the video above.

The soundtrack was composed by British post-rock band 65daysofstatic, who announced their involvement with developer Hello Games in 2014. As with everything else in No Man’s Sky’s universe, the music as it appears in the game will be procedurally generated.

Indigo Prophecy is heading to PlayStation 4 next week

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Indigo Prophecy is heading to PlayStation 4 next week

The predecessor to games like Heavy Rain will be upgraded to 1080p

Sony confirmed on the U.S. PlayStation Blog that Quantic Dream’s paranormal thriller game Indigo Prophecy will be available on the PlayStation Store Aug. 9.

The game was originally released in 2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows PC. The version available for PlayStation 4 will support trophies and will be playable in 1080p.

Overwatch's other heroes are popping up in Lucíoball

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Overwatch's other heroes are popping up in Lucíoball

Now no mode is safe from Bastion

Overwatch players have discovered a glitch with the game’s new soccer-esque mode, Lucíoball, that allows them to play as any hero they want, not just the titular Lucío. Characters like Widowmaker, Winston and Bastion have been seen competing in the exclusive Summer Games event are making the rounds online, both to players’ delight and chagrin.

That’s because players aren’t choosing the heroes they’re playing Lucíoball as. Instead, according to a thread on Reddit of players sharing their strange experiences with the mode, Lucío will transform into a different character at random. Reports of the character respawning as someone else entirely abound, and players have even been able to finish games as anyone but Lucío.

Torment: Tides of Numenera coming to PS4 and Xbox One alongside PC

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Torment: Tides of Numenera coming to PS4 and Xbox One alongside PC

Time to torment your TV

Torment: Tides of Numenera has been delayed a few times, most recently to early 2017, but there’s a silver lining: The fantasy role-playing game will now be released simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developer InXile Entertainment is working with Techland on the console versions, which Techland will publish, the companies announced today. Gamescom attendees will be able to check out the ports in person.

Report: Nintendo NX will get Zelda, Mario and Pokémon games within first six months

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Report: Nintendo NX will get Zelda, Mario and Pokémon games within first six months

Big games in a short time

Nintendo’s next home console could boast a library of big games from the Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon franchises just months after launch, according to MCV. The British trade publication reports that the hardware, known as the NX for now, will receive these marquee titles within its first six months on the market, citing "sources close to Nintendo."

Leading the three games is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which Nintendo has already set for a March 2017 release on Wii U. Breath of the Wild, the first mainline Zelda game since 2011, is expected to arrive alongside the codename NX system when it hits shelves that month as well.

Disney 16-bit classics Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book hit GOG.com

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Disney 16-bit classics Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book hit GOG.com

Don’t worry, they got the better version of Aladdin

Three of Disney’s classic 16-bit platformers — Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book — have been updated for modern computers and re-released exclusively on GOG.com, the retailer announced today.

These aren’t remasters or HD remakes; all three games "have been meticulously updated to be compatible with modern operating systems while preserving the original graphics, sound, and gameplay," according to a press release from GOG.com. As you can see in the trailer above, the re-releases retain the games’ native 4:3 aspect ratio, with the rest of the space on today’s widescreen monitors taken up by what appears to be original 16-bit artwork from each title.