If you haven't seen the recently released Elite: Dangerous
trailer, head over to YouTube and check it out
before watching the game's latest dev diary. In the sixth diary, developer David Braben confirmed that almost all of the trailer was recorded in the game engine and went on to explain why making the trailer was very important for the game's development. As the ships in the scene were pre-programmed to fly along specific paths, for example, things like explosions and weapons fire could be tested repeatedly in a controlled environment.
showed off some nice concept art for its in-station MobiGlas user interface
. It's all fine and well having a UI projected onto the cockpit window in your spaceship, but doing the same for first-person gamepay could be immersion-breaking. To solve this issue, developers propose to add a togglable wrist-mounted holographic projector called MobiGlas that will overlay data like player names onto the game scene.
The crowdfunding total for Star Citizen
has almost crossed the $21 million US barrier that officially marks the game as fully funded. Though developers plan to continue adding new features after this milestone is hit, reaching $21 million officially gives them the budget to complete the game.
players on the PS3 and XBox 360 have been reporting incidences of hacking, modding and item duplication in the game's online portion. A Blizzard representative responded
by clarifying that the company isn't worried about character or item duplication
on consoles and hopes that people will enjoy the experience enough that they don't feel the need to cheat. We also learned this week that developers are working on a way to link all of the existing acts together
to let players teleport between two waypoints from different acts.
Grinding Gear Games
went on a press tour this week to celebrate Path of Exile
's upcoming transition into release. The free-to-play dungeon crawler has been in open beta since January of this year and will officially launch on October 23rd with a huge game update and full Steam release. The update will include a new prestige class called the Scion
that has to be unlocked by finding a character locked in a cage somewhere in the game world. This class starts in the center of the skill tree and so isn't as specialised as the other classes.
The release patch will also include three new zones at the end of Act III to finish the storyline, a new shrine mechanic for Domination leagues, and Twitch.tv integration. The future for the game includes new guild features and a capture the flag game PvP mode. News of the upcoming release came alongside the official launch trailer
, which has been receiving mixed reviews from fans
. Some appear to love the trailer, while others have said that it's not as good as the open beta trailer
and that it might not attract many new players.
Korean team SK Telecom 1 faced off against Chinese champions Royal Club Huang Zu this week in the grand final of the League of Legends
World Championship. SK Telecom 1 dominated all three games
for a convincing win, walking away with the million dollar top prize and the Season Three World Championship cup.
All of the balance changes Riot Games
had been saving until after the tournament arrived in the massive 3.12 patch
. The patch also included a visual revamp
for popular melee fighter Garen, which is shown off in his new champion spotlight video.
This week saw the release of Mercury, Messenger of The Gods, as a playable character in third-person MOBA SMITE
. Mercury is a melee physical assassin whose abilities all center around speeding across the map and dealing massive damage in one or two hits. He gains a physical attack damage boost from items that grant movement speed, and his passive ability grants him bonus damage on each strike based on the distance he moved before executing it. His Maximum Velocity ability also lets him ignore roots and slow effects for a short duration while increasing his attack speed.
His main damage-dealing ability causes him to lunge forward several feet and back again the blink of an eye and hit every enemy in the target area of effect. He can also use his Special Delivery ability to execute a similar forward dash that grabs and tosses the first enemy god encountered. Mercury's ultimate ability, Sonic Boom, charges up and then launches Mercury forward faster than the speed of sound, stunning and damaging all enemies struck.
officially launched on Steam this week and celebrated with a series of giveaways
offering microtransaction gold to lucky players. Developers also released a spotlight post on their latest characters, Vampire and Dahaka
, who share the same abilities and use health to cast spells rather than energy.
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