Tag: PC Gaming

Respawn pledges transparency for Apex Legends, teases Season 2 updates

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment is going through some growing pains with the popular battle royale shooter. In a new blog post, the company said that it plans on fixing some issues while also improving communication with fans. “While we’ve made some good progress towards a healthier game, as our community grows issues have come […]

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Epic Games is giving away 500 Magic Leap One AR devices to developers

Epic Games is making its Epic MegaGrants fund a little more enticing. Today, the company said that it’s partnering with Magic Leap to award 500 of the Magic Leap One augmented reality glasses to developers working in AR (the Creator Edition normally retails for $2,295). The free AR headsets are in addition to the $100 million Epic is […]

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CEO Tim Sweeney: Epic Games Store will ‘hastily’ retreat from exclusives if Valve changes revenue model

The war between rival digital storefronts on PC wages on. On Wednesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made a comment on Twitter about what it’d take for the company to stop signing exclusive games on the Epic Games Store. Sweeney claims that if Valve, the company operating Steam, permanently adopted a revenue share model similar […]

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Microsoft reports $30.6 billion in Q3 2019 revenue: Azure up 73%, Surface up 21%, and LinkedIn up 27%

Microsoft today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $30.6 billion, net income of $8.8 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 (compared to revenue of $26.8 billion, net income of $7.4 billion, and earnings per share of $0.95 in Q3 2018). All three of the company’s operating groups saw […]

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Overwatch’s new Workshop will let players make their own game modes

Blizzard announced Workshop for Overwatch today, a new feature will let players create their own game modes. Overwatch launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. The team-based shooter became a quick hit, and Blizzard has supported it with a steady stream of new (and free) characters and maps, along with seasonal events. […]

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Mortal Kombat 11 has franchise’s most successful launch ever, ‘years of content’ planned

Despite being almost three decades old, the Mortal Kombat series is more popular than ever. David Haddad, the president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, announced that Mortal Kombat 11 has had the best launch in the franchise’s history. Haddad pointed out the milestone during his panel at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit in Los Angeles. The news comes just […]

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Chris Taylor reveals Kanoogi cloud gaming platform and Intergalactic Space Empire RTS

Chris Taylor, a game developer known for the titles Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege, and Supreme Commander, announced today that he has been developing a new cloud-based gaming platform, Kanoogi, and a new real-time strategy game, Intergalactic Space Empire. Taylor unveiled the game, which will run on any modern web browser, at the GamesBeat Summit 2019 […]

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Wizards of the Coast taps Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic designer James Ohlen for new studio

James Ohlen retired from BioWare last year after a 22-year career in role-playing game design, serving as the lead designer and creative director for landmark hits like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age: Origins. He went into the tabletop industry, founding Arcanum Worlds, but it looks like […]

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Google Stadia’s Phil Harrison: Cloud-based gaming will be a difficult but ‘fundamental shift’

With Stadia, Google is trying to change the way people play games. And if the upcoming cloud gaming service takes off, the company hopes it’ll fundamentally change how developers make their games, too. Google vice president Phil Harrison (who’s overseeing Stadia) and veteran game designer Amy Hennig spoke about the future of gaming at the first […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: We talk online gaming, influencers and video, and community on Day 2

Day 2 of our GamesBeat Summit 2019 kicks off this morning at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. As with Tuesday’s program, we’re streaming live from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on the Hero stage at 9:15 a.m. (all times Pacific) with opening remarks from our co-emcees, […]

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Magic: The Gathering and ProGuides partner on tutorial videos

Magic: The Gathering is drawing in new players with Arena, a free-to-play digital adaptation of the granddaddy of all collectible card games. And let’s face it — learning Magic can feel daunting. ProGuides wants to help. The esports company specializes in producing guides and how-tos for getting into competitive games like League of Legends, Hearthstone, […]

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Frostpunk sells over 1.4 million copies in its first year

Frostpunk’s world may be cold, but its sales have been anything but frigid, as 11 Bit Studios reveals that the postapocalyptic survival sim-city builder has sold over 1.4 million copies since its release one year ago today. A studio rep said that Frostpunk, which surged to more than 250,000 copies sold just three days after […]

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Bonfire Studios is not ‘gonna suddenly go out and make Candy Crush’

Indie studio Bonfire Games has been quiet about what it’s been up to since its founding in 2016. But at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit, the Irvine, California-based company offered a few new details about its debut project, saying that it’ll be an online multiplayer game for targeting core gamers. “We’re not gonna suddenly go out […]

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Vince Zampella wants to improve Apex Legends’ communication with players

Apex Legends has become a giant hit since its launch in early February. But that success caught Respawn Entertainment, and its CEO Vince Zampella, by surprise. Zampella talked with Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price during a special session today at GamesBeat Summit 2019 in Los Angeles. During the chat, Zampella noted that Apex Legends’ popularity […]

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March 2019 NPD: The Division 2 jumps over Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to lead sales chart

The Division 2 shows that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice isn’t too hard to beat — at least on the sales charts. But for the industry overall, March 2018 trumps March 2019, as total industry spend is down 11% compared to this time last year in the United States, market research firm The NPD Group reported […]

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How Eco gives gamers the same global warming problem as scientists

Eco is a multiplayer game about starting a civilization from scratch and progressing it far enough that you can stop a meteor from destroying your virtual world. During all of that technological advancement, however, you can have a negative impact on the environment. That includes global warming. Two Bit Circus chief technical officer Eric Gradman […]

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GamesBeat Summit 2019: Dean Takahashi’s opening speech on gaming communities

We’ve kicked off GamesBeat Summit 2019, our event at Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, and I talked about our themes, motivations, and speakers for the event in an opening speech. I’ve included the speech for you here. You can also view what’s happening on the stages live here. Here’s the speech. Building gaming communities […]

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SteamWorld Quest review — clever card combat

I was worried about SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech. After falling in love with SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist, I wasn’t sure that developer Image & Form Games could win me over in yet another genre. Where Dig is a Metroidvania and Heist is a tactics game, Quest is a role-playing adventure with card-based […]

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Slay the Spire’s blend of roguelike and deck-builder hits PS4 on May 21

Developer Mega Crit and publisher Humble Bundle announced today that the indie game Slay the Spire is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 21. This is the first console release for the game. Slay the Spire launched for PC in January. A Switch version is coming later this year. The PC version has sold over […]

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UploadVR announces E3 VR Showcase, a Nintendo Direct for virtual reality

PlayStation VR is the biggest virtual reality platform in gaming, but with Sony being a no-show at the important Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow this June, someone needs to step in to fill the void. Enter UploadVR. GamesBeat’s syndication partner announced today the E3 VR Showcase, a prerecorded show that will reveal new games and trailers and […]

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