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AI could one day fuel in-game microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 11 mins ago

Artificial intelligence may one day find its way into the billion dollar revenue stream of in-game microtransactions.




In a recently leaked paper, a data firm recently outlined how AI could be used to propel players to in-game purchases even further than lootboxes and other engagement-monetizing schemes. The paper outlines a few key instances where an in-game AI would offer a prompt to let players know that if they spend money, they could do X better, whether X is aiming, finding better loot, you name it. Essentially rather than having publishers control the engagement cycle in how players are typically led towards these purchases, an AI would do it instead.


This abstract could neatly fold into EA's new experimental SEED division, which includes AI among its many next-generation technology focuses. Other publishers like Blizzard, Activision, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft (and of course EA) could benefit tremendously from this new method...but only if it's handled just right.

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Playground Games making new Fable, sources say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 10 mins ago

Apparently Fable isn't dead after all, and Microsoft is keen on filling the very noticeable void of first-party games in its Xbox One lineup.




Playground Games' new unannounced project is a fresh entry in the Fable series, sources have told Eurogamer. The game should be follow the typical formula of open-world RPG, but also may have service-based elements of some form simply because Microsoft thrives on online engagement via Xbox LIVE.


However it appears the new Fable game could be primarily singleplayer-driven, especially after how Fable Legends fell apart. Sources say Microsoft was interested in resurrecting Fable because of Sony's big win with Horizon: Zero Dawn, which sold over 3 million copies on PS4. Of course the Xbox One's install base is lower than Sony's PS4, but the publisher could make up for it in other ways, such as in-game purchases and other monetization options.


Or it could be totally single-player offline-only gaming in a throwback to the old-school days of the franchise.

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Nintendo Labo brings cardboard cut-outs to the gaming world

By: Jak Connor | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 10 hours, 7 mins ago

Nintendo has just announced they're bringing out cardboard cut-outs to the world of gaming with Nintendo Labo, following Nintendo Direct Mini event which was just a couple of weeks ago.



Nintendo never disappoint with their motivation to be the leading company of innovative ideas in the gaming industry. Keeping up the pace of fresh ideas, Nintendo has now announced Nintendo Labo, a customizable accessory kit made out of cardboard for Nintendo Switch users.


Nintendo Labo will open the door to another widespread of games that will be available on the Switch, users will be able to make, play and discover the 5 different Nintendo Labo projects that are available. Users are encouraged to step out of their creativity boxes and take Labo to a whole different level by creating their own projects with the Labo cardboard.

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Metal Gear Survive will feature microtransactions

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 19 mins ago

Next month Metal Gear Survive will be released, it has been discovered that the game will feature microtransactions and also the requirement of a constant internet connection.




Konami has joined a large amount of modern day releases by implementing micro-transactions into their game. Metal Gear Survive will have an in-game store that will allow players to purchase virtual currency that can also be obtained through standard gameplay.


Konami has not revealed what these micro-transactions will officially be as of yet, but from the image below we can see that most of the ones available are boost packs which can be assumed are for experience gains. As the game is not complete yet, these micro-transactions could be a subject of change, as the community gives their feedback.

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Surprise character hits Dragon Ball FighterZ before launch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 15 mins ago

Days before the launch of Dragon Ball FighterZ, a new character has been revealed in the latest issue of the V-Jump magazine, Android 21 with a majin buu makeover.




Reported by Gematsu, Bandai Namco has revealed that the next fighter to join the lobby of playable characters within Dragon Ball FighterZ is going to be Android 21.


Android 21 was revealed to us back in September, but all that was known is that she played a pivitol role in the games storyline. What is most interesting about Android 21 is her appearance, even though she is an Android character it appears that a transformation can occur which turns her into a Majinn Buu like creature.

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God of War: Stone Manson Edition unveiled

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 22 mins ago

A week ago we learned that the new God of War isn't going to be an open world game, and now more news has surfaced with what the games special edition is going to be on release.




A listing on GameStop's website has revealed what the special edition will be providing players, bonuses to the additional game will include collectibles such as a statue, carvings, a digital comic, art book and more.


Not only will players receive real-life collectables but also a bunch of digital content is provided as well such as a in-game armor set, custom shield and a dynamic theme. From the GameStop listing, it appears that the Stone Mason Edition will be priced at $150.

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Dark Souls Remastered won't support cross-platform

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 50 mins ago

Bandai Namco has taken the stage to squash any further speculation to whether the remastered version of the original Dark Souls will support cross-platform play, unfortunately it will not.



IGN has reached out to Bandai Namco to see if they could comment on whether cross-platofrm play would be a feature or if the company has decided against it. The reply from the representative is most unfortunate news as Dark Souls: Remastered "will not have cross-platform play."


Dark Souls: Remastered is planned for release on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC. The current release date is on the 25th of May.

Minecraft boss becomes Xbox boss, replacing Phil Spencer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 9 mins ago

Phil Spencer has been synonymous with the Xbox brand for what feels like forever, but Spencer has recently moved into a position where he is planning the grand strategy for games, while ex-Minecraft boss Matt Booty will be in charge of executing said strategy in games publishing.




Booty will be reporting directly to Spencer, while the rest of the studio bosses will be reporting to Booty. Spencer spoke with Venture Beat, where he said: "I wanted to make sure we had the right organization in place to deliver on our content goals. With that, I made the decision that I wanted to anoint a leader of our Microsoft Studios organization, which if you've tracked it, I've had the leaders of our individual franchises reporting to me for the last three and a half years".


Spencer continued: "That's been great in driving our all-up strategy and getting us to the point where Satya was willing and eager to make the investment in gaming that he's made, but it's also become very clear to me that we're going to invest more in content, which we are doing, and that a unified studios leadership organization was going to be critical to our long-term success. I've asked Matt Booty to step up into the role of leading Microsoft Studios".

Ubisoft says that the PC is the 'superior' gaming platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 46 mins ago

Ubisoft has released a new video titled 'Why We Love PC' that has a bunch of Ubisoft staff talking about their love of the PC, gaming on the PC, and the future of PC. Check it out:



Ubisoft staff go on about their love of PC gaming, only mentioning Ubisoft-made games which makes it cringe worthy to watch. Nothing about PC gamers loving the biggest PC game of the last decade; Battlegrounds, or any other game in literally any other franchise from a developer that's not Ubisoft.


Keep it real, Ubisoft.

Samsung 4TB SSD teased, will cost a mighty $1900

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 19 hours, 51 mins ago

Samsung has just announced it is now producing GDDR6 memory chips, but the company also teased its upcoming 860 Pro SSD that will rock a huge 4TB capacity.




Samsung's massive new 4TB SSD will cost a huge $1900 according to the leaked tease, which makes sense considering the current Samsung 850 Evo SSD costs $1600 for the 4TB model.


The new 960 Pro will rock up to 560MB/sec read speeds while write speeds will scale up to 530MB/sec. We should expect an official unveiling and release in the coming weeks.