Month: May 2013

DayZ release info, pricing model revealed


By:  Dan Chiappini The standalone version of apocalyptic survival mod DayZ is getting closer to public release, creator Dean “Rocket” Hall confirmed in an interview with Gamasutra. “So what we’re doing at the moment is, we gave free keys as a gift to the forum moderators, the Reddit moderators, people who helped out with DayZ development, and stuff like that,” Hall said. “I guess there’s about 30-100 people involved with that.” Systems such as Steam’s Early Access service allow players to buy in early []

Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders Proposal Picked Up By Fox


By: Sean O’Connell Ben Mezrich isn’t Stephen King, James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks. Not yet, anyway. But he is one of those authors whose literary works regularly find their way across the desks of Hollywood decision makers who believe the plots he uncovers would make for great movies. Sometimes they do. Mezrich’s Accidental Billionaires gave way to David Fincher’s Facebook opus, The Social Network. Earlier, the movie 21 — about math wizards counting cards in various casinos – took its cues from Mezrich’s own Bringing Down the House. Hollywood []

Xbox One will be region locked – Report


By:  Dan Chiappini The Xbox One will require game software to match the console’s hardware region to play, according to a report by Digital Trends. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to the publication that region-specific encoding will be put in place to comply with legal requirements for selling the hardware across various global markets. “Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” said the rep. “We will continue to work with our partners []

First Look At Chucky’s Makeover For Curse Of Chucky


By: Kristy Puchko He’ baaaaaaaaack! Since he crawled out of a toy store in 1988, Chucky has been a creepy icon of both childhood and terror. Modeled after the My Buddy dolls that were everywhere by the late ’80s, Chucky is a “Good Guy” doll. Well, more specifically his first adventure Child’s Play introduced him as a fatally wounded serial killer whose evil soul was distilled into a nearby plaything thanks to some well-timed voodoo. Since then he’s tormented kids and killed grown-up with []

Square Enix executive criticizes long game development periods


By:  Zorine Te Square Enix senior executive managing director Yosuke Matsuda has voice concerns about the company’s approach to game development, specifically long development times. Matsuda recently presented at the Square Enix financial results briefing session, which included discussion on the company’s business strategy. Acknowledging that the financial results from the March 2013 fiscal year were “disappointing”, Matsuda went on to suggest ways to reform the company’s approach with new initiatives, stating that the problem was “not simply a financial issue”. “Making customers []

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Hires Kon-Tiki Directors


By: Eric Eisenberg They were said to be the frontrunners for the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 directing gig when a shortlist of filmmakers vying for the job was released a couple weeks ago, but it seems as though its been made official. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who gained a great deal of buzz for their action-adventure film Kon-Tiki, have apparently been chosen to bring Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow back to the big screen. According to Deadline, which first reported that Rønning and Sandberg got []

Legacy of Kain game world name appears on Steam database and AMD patch logs


By:  Jonathan Toyad A new game based on the Legacy of Kain series may be in the works. The word “Nosgoth”, which was the name of the world where the franchise was set in, appeared on the database of Valve’s digital distribution tool Steam. According to the database report (viaPolygon), the last recorded update was on May 27. The words “Nosgoth and “War for Nosgoth” were also mentioned on anAMD driver patch log, possibly hinting at an upcoming game based on the franchise. User []

Michael C. Hall Joins Revenge Thriller Cold In July


By: Nick Venable Though it still doesn’t have a release date yet, Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are has gotten enough festival buzz to make the film seem like it could be a successful remake – Jorge Michel Grau wrote and directed the 2010 Mexican original – while also rising above Mickle’s other previous lackluster genre efforts. Positivity breeds optimism, which is needed to really get behind his next film, an adaptation of the cult revenge novel Cold in July by revered author Joe Lansdale. But []

Xbox One preowned plan revealed?


By:  Eddie Makuch [UPDATE 2] Sources have told Polygon that the Xbox One will not require gamers pay an activation fee to play used games, but will mandate regular checks to verify the authenticity of games. Microsoft is also reportedly mulling over the idea of special “exemption codes” that could be provided to those in Internet-free scenarios, like active-duty soldiers. [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft director of Xbox Live programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb provided a new statement on Xbox One and used []

Michael Bay Teases First Look At Transformer 4’s New Bumblebee


By: Sean O’Connell Transformers fans have been treated to several new looks at the redesigned elements of Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4, mainly thanks to the director’s official Web site and the images he’s courteous enough to share as he tries to get his fanbase revved up for the next installment in the ongoing franchise. Earlier this week, we received images of the Autobots(in automobile form), as well as a shot of the new Optimus Prime, with his trademark flame decals in place. This morning, Bay []