From Software's hardcore action RPG Dark Souls II has suffered from a bug since it was launched that makes weapons degrade faster than they should. Last month From Software said that it was working on a fix, and it looks like that fix is in first for PC users, according to this Reddit thread (spotted by Eurogamer).
ArenaNet did something mildly amusing when it found out that a Guild Wars 2 player was cheating: they took control of the account, stripped the player's character (Darkside) in the public square, sentenced it to death, deleted characters off the account, and then banned the account holder. All of this was captured on video and shared for the entire world to see (as first reported on by Eurogamer).
GOG.com announced today the beta testing phase for its Galaxy client is a go. Announced almost a year ago, the GOG Galaxy client is described as an "optional client" to facilitate cross play multiplayer regardless of where you buy a game from.
EVE Online maker CCP Games is accepting "PLEX for GOOD" donations from players to benefit victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, leaving over 6,000 people dead, over 14,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless. CCP began its PLEX for GOOD campaign in support of disaster relief for Nepal on May 1 and plans on letting it run until May 15.
Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:
Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.
Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.
Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being), and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.
Bungie has created a Destiny-themed t-shirt specifically to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims. The t-shirt, available exclusively on the Bungie Store, comes in three types (and varying sizes): men's, women's, and children's. The shirts are available for purchase between now and May 24, with orders shipping in "early June." Also included in the purchase price are some digital goodies - a Destiny in-game shader and emblem.
Ubisoft and the Far Cry 4 development team said today that they will match the first $100,000 in donations given to the Canadian Red Cross for the Nepal Region Earthquake Fund, Polygon reports. The company wrote on the Canadian Red Cross web site that it decided to help out victims of the recent earthquake there because it spent a lot of time in the country taking in its scenery and culture for research related to the development of Far Cry 4.
Minecraft players finally get a default female character model option. Developer Mojang announced today that the new "Alex" character skin will be available for the console version of the game on April 29, while the mobile versions of the game will have to wait until this summer.
Mojang describes the Alex skin as having "thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."
Kitty Powers' Matchmaker is proving to be a popular hit, but the dating simulation starring the larger-than-life personality may cause some trouble for YouTubers. Developer Magic Notion gave a warning to anyone thinking of making Let's Play videos and posting them on YouTube that they might find themselves the target of a copyright claim.
The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has generated $2.25 million (as of this writing, at least) for charity. The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. Pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.
Organizers of the GX3: Everyone Games event have announced that publisher Ubisoft has signed on as "64-bit sponsor." GX3 takes place December 11-13, 2015 at the San Jose Marriott, in downtown San Jose. The event is an adults-only (18-years-old minimum) gathering designed to offer a welcoming space to celebrate geek and gaming culture. Previous GaymerX events have focused on LGBTQ+ friendliness, but organizers are emphasizing that its December event is all inclusive and that everyone is welcomed.
Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.
Epic Games has announced the game projects that will get a small chunk of its $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program to promote projects that use its Unreal engine 4 technology. Today Epic gave Arran Langmead a $14,000 grant for a kart racing Steam and PS4 game called Bears Can't Drift; $7,000 to Aaron Shea for BLUI, a free Chromium plugin for UE4 that enables UI elements to be created in Web objects and served to UE4; and $16,000 to Untold Games for its VR project, Loading Human.
The first gay character in the Mortal Kombat universe has been revealed today by Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer NetherRealm. The character is Kung Jin (not pictured), a Shaolin Monk fighting for the Earthrealm in the recently released Mortal Kombat X.
First reported by Gay Star News, the character's sexual orientation was confirmed by NetherRealm's Dominic Cianciolo on Twitter:
Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.
One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:
"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.
He once was alive, but now he's dead.
The last woman he bedded, turned out a man
Subaltern Games is working on an interesting game that pokes fun at the U.S. education system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind." In its game, No Pineapple Left Behind, an evil wizard appears at a local school and turns all of the students into pineapples. These pineapples don't do much, save bounce around from classroom to classroom and take tests.
On his personal blog, Gaikai founder David Perry offers his opinions on the rocky road that game streaming service OnLive was on - from its inception to its acquisition by Sony this month.
Perry starts out by saying that OnLive was a serious competitor to Gaikai but the two companies made different choices - primarily that OnLive decided to focus solely on the PC gaming space, while Gaikai wanted the kind of organization and clarity that the console space provided.
Epic Games has released a "collection of realistic assets" from its Open World demo introduced during the Game Developers Conference back in March. The assets are for use with Unreal Engine 4.0, which the company made free to everyone during GDC 2015. The freely available assets were created using a process Epic calls 'photogrammetry' using photos of objects in the real world. Here's more from Epic on the assets:
GOG.com is doing something cool for PC gamers through a new "reclaim" program for select games, according to Eurogamer.
BioWare has announced that it is making its Orbit Java framework open source. Orbit is described by BioWare as a Java framework to "build and maintain distributed, secure, and scalable online services." This is the same toolset it used to develop technology used in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep, according to BioWare.
FEMICOM Museum announced plans to host its first-ever game jam. The first FEMICOM Museum Game Jam will take place April 15 - 21. The theme of the jam will be inspirational femme / feminine games, software, hardware, and toys of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Those new to developing games are encouraged to participate and FEMICOM Museum suggests tools such as Gamemaker: Studio, Phaser, Scratch, Twine, and Unity to build your game - though I would imagine you can use whatever you like.
Epic Games has selected three more developers that will receive money through its Unreal Dev Grant program. The recipients for March include Retro Yeti Games, Three One Zero, and PixelBeam.
Epic has given Retro Yeti Games a $13,000 grant for its Unreal Engine 4 powered game, 404Sight. The development team is made up of University of Utah students, who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.
Buoyed by support from the Obama administration right out of the gate, Unity's new program aimed at secondary school educators has the right trajectory for wide proliferation.
Bungie announced that it will add new audio and colorblind-friendly options to its online action game Destiny in the next major update. The upcoming 1.1.2 update for Destiny will add the ability to play your own music, adjust your teammate's chat volume, or mute the soundtrack.
The new colorblind mode will also be implemented, allowing those players who are colorblind to adjust the settings so that they can see the game better.
"We don't all see the world the same way," said Bungie community manager.
Four days remain to donate to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Pixelles Game Incubator 2015/2016. While the crowdfunding effort has already generated $8,716 CAD - well above its $5,000 CAD goal and beating all of its funding stretch goals - the money put towards the campaign will help Pixelles Montreal have even more resources to realize its goal: empowering young girls and women to "learn, love, and create games."