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Sony opens up public PS4 firmware beta testing program

Sony is pulling back the curtain on its development process a bit by opening up a public beta testing program for its PlayStation 4 firmware updates in the West. …


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PlayStation Plus ‘Vote To Play’ Polling Opens Thursday

Last month, Sony announced that it will let PlayStation Plus users choose a game to be offered as part of the Instant Game Collection. Polling opens Thursday, with three worthy contenders in the first batch.

The choices are digital board game Armello, open world exploration game Grow Home, and Zoink Games’ Zombie Vikings. The game with the most support will be included in September’s free-with-membership game lineup. The others will be offered at a discount for PlayStation Plus members.  

In order to vote, you’ll need to log into PSN on PlayStation 4. Vote to Play will appear under “What’s New” in the “Notifications” section. You can also navigate through the PlayStation Store to the PlayStation Plus section, where you’ll be able to make your choice.

Voting opens at 8:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 13, and closes on Monday, August 24, at the same time.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I’m curious to see how the developers involved choose to motivate their Twitter and Facebook followers. It will be fun to see if this becomes a monthly heated debate.

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Radiant Entertainment Opens Rising Thunder Alpha To All

Radiant Entertainment's upcoming free-to-play PC fighting game Rising Thunder has made its alpha test open to all. The change, which was announced via Twitter, means that anyone who visits the official Rising Thunder website and has a compatible version of Windows is able to register for and play the fighting game for free.

Rising Thunder is the product of several respected members of the fighting-game community. Seth Killian is known for his work on the Street Fighter series during his time at Capcom, Tom Cannon founded the Evo Championship Series fighting game tournament, and Tony Cannon developed the GGPO tech that many fighting games use for their netcode.

Previously, players who wanted to play Rising Thunder's alpha needed to obtain a download code through the official site. To learn more about Rising Thunder, you can read our full preview or listen to our interview with Seth Killian on the Game Informer Show.

[Source: Rising Thunder, Twitter via Polygon]

 

Our Take
Radiant Entertainment has an incredible pedigree for fighting games, so we have high hopes for Rising Thunder. The fact that it's now open to everyone gives the FGC the ability to try it out for themselves to determine if the title is able to live up to the potential of the team making it.

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Radiant Entertainment Opens Rising Thunder Alpha To All

Radiant Entertainment's upcoming free-to-play PC fighting game Rising Thunder has made its alpha test open to all. The change, which was announced via Twitter, means that anyone who visits the official Rising Thunder website and has a compatible version of Windows is able to register for and play the fighting game for free.

Rising Thunder is the product of several respected members of the fighting-game community. Seth Killian is known for his work on the Street Fighter series during his time at Capcom, Tom Cannon founded the Evo Championship Series fighting game tournament, and Tony Cannon developed the GGPO tech that many fighting games use for their netcode.

Previously, players who wanted to play Rising Thunder's alpha needed to obtain a download code through the official site. To learn more about Rising Thunder, you can read our full preview or listen to our interview with Seth Killian on the Game Informer Show.

[Source: Rising Thunder, Twitter via Polygon]

 

Our Take
Radiant Entertainment has an incredible pedigree for fighting games, so we have high hopes for Rising Thunder. The fact that it's now open to everyone gives the FGC the ability to try it out for themselves to determine if the title is able to live up to the potential of the team making it.

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2016 Independent Games Festival opens call for submissions

Submissions are now officially open for the 2016 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 18th year during GDC 2016 in San Francisco next March. …


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GDC 2016 opens call for papers, welcomes new board member Amy Hennig

Heads up game devs: GDC 2016 officials have opened the Call for Papers, running until August 27th, and added new advisory board member Amy Hennig. …


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Former Candy Crush frontman opens a studio to make ‘calmer’ VR games

Former King games guru Tommy Palm has cofounded Stockholm-based Resolution Games with a coterie of other game industry veterans to make “calmer” VR games that are “accessible to the entire family.” …


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Project Cars Opens Up Its Garage

Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios have revealed the car lineup for the upcoming Project Cars. It features more than 60 vehicles, which cater to a variety of different driving styles. Whether your tastes include karts, road racing, open wheel, or stock-car races, there's probably something for you here.

The first list includes the cars that ship with the game. After that, you can see the bonus cars you'll get from buying the digital version of the game, as well as the first in a series of free DLC cars.

For more information on Project Cars, take a look at our hands-on impressions – complete with video of our six-lap race.

Here's the list, straight from Bandai Namco:

Project Cars Lineup

  • Alpine A450
  • Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged
  • Ariel Atom 500 V8
  • Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid
  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3
  • Aston Martin Vantage GT4
  • Audi R18 TDI LMP1
  • Audi R8 LMS Ultra
  • Audi R8 V10 Plus
  • BAC Mono
  • BMW 1 M CoupÈ (E82)
  • BMW 320 Turbo Gr.5 (E21)
  • BMW M3 Gr.A (E30)
  • BMW M3 GT (E92)
  • BMW M3 GT4 (E92)
  • BMW Z4 GT3
  • Caper Monterey Stockcar
  • Caterham Seven Classic
  • Caterham Superlight R500
  • Caterham SP/300R
  • Ford Capri Zakspeed Gr.5
  • Ford Escort RS1600
  • Ford Focus RS
  • Ford Mustang Boss 302R1
  • Ford Mustang Cobra SCCA TransAm
  • Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Gr.A
  • Formula Gulf 1000
  • Ginetta G40 Junior
  • Ginetta G55 GT3
  • Ginetta G55 GT4
  • Gumpert Apollo S
  • Lotus 49 Cosworth
  • Lotus 72D Cosworth
  • Lotus 78 Cosworth
  • Lotus 98T Renault
  • Marek RP219D LMP2
  • Marek RP339h (PM 06a) LMP1
  • McLaren 12C
  • McLaren 12C GT3
  • McLaren P1
  • Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 DTM
  • Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ400
  • Oreca 03 Nissan
  • Pagani Huayra
  • Pagani Zonda R
  • Palmer Jaguar JP-LM
  • Radical SR3 RS
  • Radical SR8 RX
  • Renault Clio Cup
  • Renault MÈgane R.S. 265
  • Ruf CTR3
  • Ruf RGT-8
  • Ruf RGT-8 GT3
  • RWD P20 LMP2
  • RWD P30 LMP1
  • SMS Formula A
  • SMS Formula B
  • SMS Formula C
  • SMS Formula Rookie
  • SMS Kart 125cc (Kart01)
  • SMS Superkart 250cc (Kart02)

Limited-Edition Car Pack (Free with digital purchase of Project Cars)

  • Sauber C9 Mercedes
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe DTM
  • McLaren F1
  • Ford Mk. IV
  • BMW M1 Procar (E26/1)
  • MODIFIED CAR PACK (Free with pre-order of Project Cars at participating retailers)
  • Ariel Atom Mugen
  • Ruf CTR3 SMS-R
  • Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

Free Car

  • W Motors Lykan HyperSport – Free Car #1

 

Project Cars is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 7. A Wii U version of the game will be coming later in 2015.

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Interactive Banjo-Kazooie Experience Opens The SXSW Game Awards

This year, the SXSW Video Game Awards opened with an interactive Banjo-Kazooie experience.

It wasn't built by Rare, and it's unclear if it will ever be an actual video game available to consumers, but it was interactive and it featured never-before-seen Banjo-Kazooie "gameplay" that the audience at the show was able to participate with.

The experience was built by a company called Audience Entertainment, a company that specializes in creating interactive experiences for large audiences, in partnership with Rare.

You can see video of the experience at the beginning of the Twitch archive of the awards or in the video below. The sound was removed from the section of the stream, and consequently our video, due to a copyright claim made on the footage.

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[Source: SXSW on Twitch, via @geoffkeighley]

 

Our Take
The appearance of this… thing… is especially odd considering all the news today of the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor from a group of former Rare developers. It doesn't seem like this is in the works as an actual Kinect game, but if it is, I think many would be disappointed to not play a more substantial game with the Banjo-Kazooie license.

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Sega opens its wallet to acquire Western mobile developer talent

Sega Networks is making a show of investing in Western F2P game developers by pouring money into a pair of mobile game studios and buying a third one outright. …


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