December 8, 2015

HTC Vive Will Officially Launch In April 2016

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The HTC Vive – a new virtual reality headset spearheaded by hardware manufacturer HTC and software behemoth Valve won’t see a limited release this year as expected. Instead of getting a “limited number” of headsets into the hands of consumers this winter HTC will launch the commercial version of the headset next April the company announced via their Facebook page today.

Over 7000 additional development kits for the HTC Vive are expected to be in the hands of developers by the beginning of next year.

Will this additional time give HTC & Valve enough breathing room to best the folks at Oculus? Expect to hear a lot more about VR as the commercial release of both products inches ever closer. It might not seem like it now but it’s starting to feel like Virtual Reality is going to make a huge wave in 2016 – here’s hoping you can see it coming.

Part of the statement HTC issued is as follows:

“In collaboration with Valve, we have been distributing the HTC Vive Developer Kits to developers and content creators, and are continuing to work with many other innovative companies to create content that spans gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail.”

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Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign- Coming To Steam

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Arc System work’s latest entry in the long running Guilty Gear franchise, Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-, will be brawling its way on to steam starting tomorrow. To celebrate the impending release of this 2014 fighting game on to Windows PC the developer has released a brand new trailer alongside a fact sheet that gives readers a rundown of some of the new features on display in Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-.

Here are just a few of the highlights of Xrd –Sign-:

  • 17 Total Characters – 12 returning from previous versions of Guilty Gear and 5 brand new characters. 3 additional characters – Leo, Sin and Elephant can either be purchased using real-world money or in-game currency as DLC.
  • Expanded Online Modes – Go online and face the world in Ranked Matched, practise casually against other opponents in Player Matches or learn through observation with the Spectator Mode.
  • Plenty of Game Modes – Arcade Mode is pretty self explanatory; it plays just like the arcade cabinet! Story Mode lets you experience the in-game narrative for your self, M.O.M Mode (Medal of Millionaires) is an endless gauntlet of A.I opponents that you must defeat to rank up your favorite fighter. There’s also a Gallery Mode that will let you sample all of the games background music and a training mode to help you get started.

Want to know if your PC will be able to run Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-? Here’s the full System Specs as released by Arc System Works:

OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1
Processor: Intel Core i5, 2.0 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 / Radeon HD 7770
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X Sound

If you’re interested in pre-purchasing Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign- it’s Steam Store page is already live.

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Shovel Knight Amiibo To Be Released January 8th In North America

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Yacht Club Game’s Shovel Knight will make his amiibo debut on January 8th in North America and December 11th in Europe the developers have announced via their blog. The reason for the almost month long gap between launches in the two territories stems from an issue with the figure’s production. Rather than only ship a limited supply to North America for Christmas Nintendo & Yacht Club Games have decided to post-pone the figures release.

Once you get your hands on the blue digging hero what can he be used for? Here’s a rundown of everything you can do with your new blue friend once you have him:

Deep Customization with Custom Knight! (Wii U / 3DS Ver of Shovel Knight)

  • Level up to a max level of 50 by finding treasure!
  • Earn relics in an all new way while uncovering all-new relics, abilities, and powers you never thought possible!
  • Customize the look of your Shovel Knight with cool and crazy cosmetic options!
  • Use your Custom Knight seamlessly between Nintendo 3DS and Wii U!

Cooperative Multiplayer (exclusive to Wii U)

  • Join a friend’s Shovel Knight campaign and shovel together!
  • Use your cooperative skills to help each other out along the way!
  • Compete against each other collecting gold and defeating enemies to prove who is the true hero of Shovelry!
  • Play with any combination: two Custom Knights, one Custom Knight/one Classic Knight, or 2 Classic Knights.

Will compatibility for the Shovel Knight Amiibo go beyond the 3DS ports of the game that bears his name sake? Right now we don’t have a definite answer to that question – rumors surfaced last August before the official reveal of the figure suggesting that Shovel Knight may in fact appear in Smash. Nintendo has made no official announcement of Shovel Knight as a playable character in Smash Bros – the last officially announced character was Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII during last month’s Nintendo Direct.

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Nexus mods has been hacked, unauthorized changes made to Fall Out 4 mods

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Rock Paper Shotgun is reporting this morning that: “Nexus Mods, the site which has long hosted a gazillion mods for 216 games, particularly Bethesda RPGs – including Fallout 4, which has not yet followed Skyrim to the Steam Workshop. There’s been a possible hack, with some Fallout 4 mod-makers reporting suspicious changes having been made to their uploaded files. Nexus’ owners have established that the breach only affects user registrations up until mid-2013, although that still comprises almost six million accounts and very much covers the Skyrim heyday.”

Basically some un-authorized changes have been made to mods for super popular Fallout 4, which means someone has access that they shouldn’t have and according to Nexus mods them selves these files included the password database. Even if you arent currently using Neuxs Mods, if you had used it in the past its definatly a good idea to change your password as soon as possible.

The Author of sevaral mods including: Rename Dogmeat, and BetterBuild mods say someone other than them made changes to the versions of their mods hosted on Nexus, while site representative DarkOne brought the news of a “potential database breach. it’s too ambiguous to draw any concrete conclusion”,

None the less the site is asking everyone changes their password ASAP. Whoever’s responsible for the breach has access to user IDs, usernames, email addresses for registrations prior to July 22, 2013. Passwords are encrypted – hashed and salted – though it’s not impossible that that could be broken in time. The better news is that Premium member’s payment details aren’t kept anywhere, as they outsource all that to Paypal.

According to the site itself only accounts pre  July 22, 2013 should be effected, but staff has said it is a good idea to change your password anyways to ensure it is not an issue. The site is currently down, and the rumor has it its because they are rushing to add in an additional suite of security features for things like two factor authentication. Full details can be found here  here , and you can change your password at that link right there.


Codemaster’s DIRT Rally Takes a Sharp Turn Out of Early Access

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

After collecting driver feedback through the Steam Early Access program Codemaster’s next racer, DIRT Rally has given the full release treatment on Valve’s digital distribution platform.  A physical release for current-gen consoles (Xbox One & PS4) as well as a Windows PC DVD release is expected to hit store shelves on April 5th 2016.

Dirt Rally entered Early Access this past March with 36 stages and 14 cars. In contrast the full version of Rally features an increased number of vehicles and tracks to test your handling skills on. In the latest update – titled Winter Wonderland – three new tracks from Sweden make their way into the game just in time for launch.

Version 1.0 of Dirt Rally also add support for the SteamWorks service meaning that users can share their Car Setup & Force Feedback settings.

As of press time Dirt Rally is currently 15% off on steam to celebrate it’s launch, priced at $46.74 Canadian.

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