PC Fighter Aces Suit-Up! ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN Launches Today on STEAM

PC based pilots, your day has come! ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN is now officially cleared for take-off on STEAM®. Having garnered an 81 Metacritic score for both the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One versions, ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN is set to deliver the explosive dogfighting action, deep storyline, and beautifully rendered aircraft the franchise is known for, to PC players to experience and enjoy.

ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN is available now in the Americas for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs via STEAM.

Now, buckle up for take-off, we’ll see you in the skies!


ORIGIN PC Now Shipping Gaming Laptops Powered By NVIDIA GeForce RTX Graphics

Meet The New EVO16-S, All-New EVO17-S, and EON17-X RTX-Powered Gaming Laptops

Miami, FL – January 29th, 2019, 9:00 A.M. EST – ORIGIN PC has announced that gaming and workstation laptops powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards are now available to order. Designed for gamers or professionals that need portable high-end graphics and processing, these new laptops can run games or applications using RTX graphics. With the introduction of the EVO16-S gaming laptop, enjoy a 16.1” narrow bezel 1080p 144Hz display in a 15” chassis. The EVO17-S laptop has been updated with a reduced chassis size and a 17.3” narrow bezel 1080p 144Hz display. Both the EVO16-S and EVO17-S support up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q design which includes support for RTX-exclusive technology such as real-time ray tracing and DLSS. For a portable desktop-like experience, customize up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 desktop-class graphics card and an Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor on the EON17-X laptop. All the laptops are backed by 24/7 US-based lifetime support from our award-winning support team. Take on the world with an RTX-powered custom ORIGIN PC laptop powering your favorite games or applications anywhere.

The New EVO16-S High-Performance Thin and Light Laptop Features:

  • Up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor
  • 16.1” FHD (1920*1080) 144Hz HD Narrow Bezel Display
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
  • Up to 2 x 2TB m.2 PCIe SSD and 1 x 2.5” 7mm SSD/SSHD/HDD
  • Up to 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560
  • Sound BlasterX® Pro-Gaming 360°
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1, 2x USB Type-A 3.1, and a 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.3 over USB Type-C 3.1, 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.3, 1x HDMI Output
  • Free Lifetime 24/7 Phone Support Based in the U.S.

The All-New EVO17-S High-Performance Thin and Light Laptop Features:

  • Up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor
  • 17.3” FHD (1920*1080) 144Hz HD Narrow Bezel Display
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
  • Up to 2 x 2TB m.2 PCIe SSD and 1 x 2.5” 7mm SSD/SSHD/HDD
  • Up to 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560
  • Sound BlasterX® Pro-Gaming 360°
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1, 2x USB Type-A 3.1, and a 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 1x DisplayPort 1/3 over USB Type-C 3.1, 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.3, 1x HDMI Output
  • Free Lifetime 24/7 Phone Support Based in the U.S.

The EON17-X High-Performance Laptop Features:

  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Desktop-Class GPU
  • Up to a 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9900K Desktop Processor
  • 17.3” 4K (3840 x 2160) G-SYNC Display
  • Free Lifetime 24/7 Phone Support Based in the U.S.

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About ORIGIN PC:
ORIGIN PC builds custom, high-performance desktops, laptops, workstations, and servers for hardware enthusiasts, digital/graphics artists, professionals, government agencies and gamers. ORIGIN PCs are hand built, tested, and serviced by knowledgeable gaming enthusiasts, industry veterans, and award winning system integrators. Every ORIGIN PC comes with free lifetime 24/7 support based in the United States. The ORIGIN PC staff is comprised of award-winning enthusiasts, experienced in the gaming and PC markets who want to share their passion with others. ORIGIN PC is located in Miami, FL and ships worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.ORIGINPC.com or call 1-877-ORIGIN-Ø. (674-4460)

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Windscape – Homage to “The Legend of Zelda” coming to consoles and PC on 27th March

Open-World Adventure Game’s Full Release for Nintendo SwitchTM, Xbox One and PC

As a huge fan of “The Legend of Zelda”, “Secret of Mana” and “Golden Axe Warrior”, the German game developer Dennis Witte has always wanted to create his own game which contained elements of all of them. In 2016 his dream started taking shape with the help of Headup, when his “Herzensprojekt” Windscape was released into Early Access on Steam.

The result was a first person exploration adventure with elements of modern crafting and sandbox games, where you explore a beautifully handcrafted fantasy world, fight monsters, interact with NPCs, solve quests and puzzles.

Now, almost three years later, Dennis’ hard work and passion as well as the extremely helpful feedback from the community (Thank you!) has led us here: Windscape is leaving Early Access on 27th March and will also be released on Nintendo Switch™ and Xbox One.

Nintendo Switch™ players can enjoy a 20% discount on pre-purchase starting 8th March, while Xbox One users can buy the game for 20% off from 13th Marchin the Microsoft Store. For PC players, the game is already available as Early Access version, also with 20% off until release.

Watch the new trailer for a quick glance at the charming world of Windscape!



About Windscape

Windscape is a first-person exploration adventure set in a lovely world made up of floating islands in the sky. The game is highly reminiscent of the The Legend of Zelda games as well as Secret of Mana and Golden Axe Warrior of which the developer is a huge fan of. As such Windscape combines the spirit and flow of these genre classics with elements of modern exploration, crafting and survival games. The result is a unique game with a fresh blend of genres.

Meet peaceful NPCs each island’s overworld and vicious monsters in the dungeons and lairs you uncover along your journey. While the islands work in a non-linear manner, the dungeons are more puzzle and combat driven – each with its own style and atmosphere. However, brute force won’t get you far in larger boss fights. Tactics and figuring out your enemies’ combat patterns are key to defeating larger foes such as ghosts, ogres and dragons. Your effort will be rewarded of course – there are many valuable items to loot!.

Features:

  • A handcrafted universe
  • A beautiful world to explore and discover
  • An immersive yet classical story around a young girl
  • A profound yet simple to use crafting system
  • Murky dungeons and challenging boss fights

About Headup

Headup is a hybrid games publishing and development company providing players worldwide with the best content in the independent gaming sector. Established in 2009, it is active on all major platforms such as consoles, mobile devices and PC, and was awarded as “Best Publisher” at the German Developers Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2017. With over 70 million customers served on mobile and further several million players on the PC and consoles, Headup is always looking to raise awareness and commercial success for developers thinking outside the box. More information can be found at  www.headupgames.com

About Dennis Witte

Hi, my name is Dennis and I am the creator of Windscape, a first-person exploration adventure. Instead of just letting you read a boring game description, please allow me to share my vision of the game I am creating. Hopefully you will like what I am working on.

Ever since my childhood I was a huge fan of the Zelda series of games, Golden Axe Warrior, Secret of Mana and games in which let you explore a vivid world without time pressures and a too restrictive storyline. Over the past year and a half I’ve been working on my vision of a modern exploration adventure, combining it with my fondness for modern crafting and sandbox games.

$5.7 billion games investment in 2018 doubles previous record

Digi-Capital’s Games Report Q1 2019 tracked games companies raising $5.7 billion in 2018, which was over twice the previous record investment from 2017. Tim Sweeney’s Epic Games’ $1.25 billion was not only the largest round raised last year, it was the largest non-IPO games investment of all time. The only larger single amount raised by a games company was when Netmarble Games held its IPO in 2017. Even that record might not survive given Fortnite’s extraordinary performance.

Source: Digi-Capital Games Report Q1 2019 (note: free charts do not include numbers and data from subscriber version. All data sourced directly from companies and reliable secondary sources)

As a sign of both financial muscle and the need to expand beyond core markets, Tencent was either a major shareholder in or investor in four of the top five deals last year. As we’ve discussed before, this is becoming a familiar pattern. Tencent was behind investments in Douyu ($630 million raised), Shanda Games ($474 million) and Huya ($462 million raised). France’s Voodoo raised $200 million from Goldman Sachs to round out the top five.

11 other companies also raised $100 million plus rounds last year, with more in the single millions to tens of millions range. By far the largest categories for investors were mobile and games tech/other (particularly streaming), each of which took around one third of investment dollars last year. MMO/MOBA games, eSports, console/PC games and AR/VR games companies also raised significant amounts.

The games acquisitions market was also on fire in 2018, with over $22 billion games M&A making it the second highest year on record. Games M&A dollars are always dominated by mega-deals, which last year included Naspers selling 2% of Tencent for over $10 billion dollars for a 60,000% return, and Tencent and others acquiring Vivendi’s $2 billion plus stake in Ubisoft.

Zhejiang Century Huatong acquired Shenyue Network (the online games affiliate of Shanda Games) for $4.4 billionPAI Partners picked up Asmodee Digital for $1.4 billion, and Aristocrat closed its Big Fish Games deal for nearly $1 billion. There were another eight acquisitions in the $100 million plus range, and more in the single millions to tens of millions range.

Unsurprisingly, mobile dominated acquisition activity last year as it did the year before. MMO/MOBA and console/PC made up most of the rest of the acquisitions market. The games market as a whole is incredibly consolidated, with the top 10 public (i.e. stock market listed) games companies taking over three quarters of public games company revenue and around four fifths of public game company valuations worldwide (note: this is not all market revenue/valuation, as privately held companies are also significant). The big keep getting bigger.

Over the last decade, games IPOs have gone through three year repeating cycles where one huge year is followed by two quiet ones. The last high came in the record year for games IPOs in 2017, with games IPOs in 2018 raising around 90% less than that high point (as Digi-Capital anticipated at the start of last year). While it’s too early to tell, if the 3 year cycle repeats in the same way 2019 could also see muted games IPO activity.

In such a highly consolidated, hit driven market, the level of games deal activity last year was extraordinary. Again it is too early to tell whether this year will continue in a similar vein, or if the cyclical nature of deal-making might see the market pull back. One thing’s for sure, it’s not going to be dull.

(Full details and all transactions in Digi-Capital’s new 258 page Games Report Q1 2019)

(Tim Merel is Managing Director of Silicon Valley AR/VR adviser Digi-Capital)

Check out : Retro Asylum

If you’re into retro gaming and listen to podcasts, I’m pretty sure you would have come across Retro Asylum.

It’s a great podcast with a group of guys who love their retro gear and gaming and have a great sense of humor.

I’ve been tuning into them for about 8 months now and find it fascinating listening about all the systems they’ve come across or own, a lot of gear we never saw officially in New Zealand.

They cover all aspects of retro gaming, from hardware, software, peripherals, newly developed games (inc Amstrad!) and more.

I highly recommend checking them out. You can find them on all the usual social media platforms, including Discord – but the bugger about discord is that we’re usually asleep when they all come to life 🙁

 

Sea of Thieves : Thoughts

Sea of Thieves – since it was first announced it had my attention, but I was slightly concerned that would be it different enough than everything else out there to get people interested, and hold their interest.

Well, since the game had its Final Beta this weekend and I can reveal more info and a video (all previous Beta’s etc were under a NDA), I’m happy to announce its looking damn good and a lot of fun.

Graphics – wow. I have not seen such amazing water physics in a game. GTA5 water was good, but this takes it 5 steps further. The water looks real, acts real, and when light hits it, it reacts how it would in the real world. The main ship and character graphics look like they’ve been ripped from Team Fortress 2 due to their artistic style, but are very well animated. Their simple looking but very effective. Everything is very smooth and clear. Now, most games of this ilk, if you go under water, you’re either looking at fairly bland scenery or just cant see the bottom – not so here. When you’re near an island, the water is teeming with life and color.

Sound – everything that can move, has a sound effect attached to it – sails, ropes, wood, when people moving around on deck while you’re below, you can hear their footsteps etc. Music is played in a similar fashion to Red Dead Redemption – a small bit of background music will come on occasionally. If you like your sailing to be a bit more noisy, then you can select one of two period correct instruments and start playing one of 3 pieces of music (Ride of The Valkyries while chasing an enemy boat is awesome) and if one of your fellow crew decides to pull out a musical instrument at the same time, you both play the same piece giving the music a more complete sound.

Gameplay – very simplistic and yet effective. Switch between a sword and a pistol/rifle/shotgun quickly, access various other equipment such as buckets (needed when you’re taking on water), banana’s (for energy), lanterns (to see) and other options. When you encounter an enemy ship, thats when the game really kicks in, you can either attempt to get away by angling your sails with the winds for maximum speed, or fight it out – either with cannons, or just ram the other ship and board them.

When you die, you end up on The Ferry of the Damned, a ghost ship where you must wait a couple of minutes before being able to spawn back into the game.

If you are left behind by your crew, or fall overboard, you can spawn back on board courtesy of the friendly mermaid/mermen who appear.

Overall, this game is looking to be a lot of fun, with crew not working together (oi who’s steering/fixing the ship/bailing water), firing yourself out of a cannon to board ships or get to hard to get to places, getting drunk in game together and so on. I’m on board for it and hope to purchase the full game on the 20th when its released.

I have had someone ask if its a grinding game etc like WoW/Guild Wars etc – not really, depends how you want to play it. There are quests and treasure maps, to give you money to buy better gear, but honestly, I think if you were just in it for the ship battles and exploring, then you’ll be happy as a fish in the sea.

Now, for those on older systems thinking “crap, Ill need a graphics card/CPU update”, fear not. Its well optimized and runs nicely on my system (specs below) which is considered “crap” by many 😉

Intel Pentium G3258, 8GB DDR3, Zotac AMP! Edition 760GTX (2GB), Kingston SSD.

Rare have done an amazing job on this game, and I look forward to playing it.